*Amanda Bietsch, violin & flute instructor
B.M. Mu Ed, Temple University, Flute Concentration (2008). Certification in Orff-Schulwerk, George Mason University (2011) trained with world-renowned Orff-Schulwerk practitioners, Donna Fleetwood, Jacqueline Schrader, and Richard Layton. Currently pursuing a Masters of Education from Wilson College. Teaches General Music (K-2) and Instrumental Music (5th Grade) in the Greencastle-Antrim School District. Active member of Central Presbyterian Church, performing with the Praise Band on Electric Bass and Violin and also dancing with the Liturgical Dance Team. Professional organizations include: American Orff-Schulwerk Association, National Association for Music Education, Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, and the National Education Association.
*Michael Cameron, cello instructor
“To teach is to learn.” Pablo Casals
Michael Cameron serves as a member of the cello faculty of the Cumberland Valley School of Music. He was cellist and General Manager of the Marian Anderson String Quartet from 1989-2002. He holds degrees from The Hartt School of Music, Northwestern University and Rice University. As a member of the Marian Anderson String Quartet, Mr. Cameron won the 1991 Cleveland Quartet Competition, which enabled him to study cello and chamber music at The Eastman School of Music for three years. He has performed with the Maryland, York (PA) and Pan-American Symphony (DC) Orchestras and has taught cello and chamber music at Texas A&M University, Prairie View A&M University (TX) and California State University, Los Angeles. In addition to his responsibilities at CVSM, Mr. Cameron serves as both Contributing Faculty (Cello) and Coordinator of Chamber Music at Dickinson College (Carlisle, PA), Director of the Mercersburg Academy String Ensemble (Franklin County, PA) and is Conductor of Orchestras at the Susquehanna Waldorf School (Lancaster County, PA). He also teaches many private cello students who reside in the Harrisburg/Lancaster/Chambersburg region and beyond.
*Herm Hopple, string & electric bass instructor, CVSM Community String Orchestra director
Teaching Artist Statement:
I love the bass! Providing the “bottom” in ensembles is an experience that always thrills me. The sound of the bass is powerful and exciting and I delight in passing the skills of bass playing on to students of all ages and accomplishment.
Herm Hopple has been providing double bass and electric bass instruction at CVSM since 1999. He received his B.S. Mu. Ed. degree at Susquehanna University and his Masters in Mu. Ed. from Penn State. As a former public school string teacher and orchestra director, Herm has experience with differing levels of ability and enjoys working with all ages – incorporating both note and rote techniques in his instruction. Herm is a member of PMEA (Pennsylvania Music Education Association).
B.S. Mu. Ed. Susquehanna University, M. Mu. Ed. Penn State University. Central Pennsylvania native, Herm Hopple has played double bass with the Potomac Symphony, the Gettysburg College-Community Orchestra, and served many years as principal bass with the Shippensburg College-Community Orchestra. Herm is the current and founding director of the CVSM String Orchestra, and is also well known as the electric bassist with the CVSM Concert Jazz Band and the CVSM Jazz Quartet.
*Danielle Karppala, cello instructor
Teaching Artist Statement:
With proper direction, the ability to play an instrument will stay with a person for the rest of his or her life. I include all aspects of musical study – technique, performance, music theory, and music history into my lessons while making each lesson experience fun and customized for each particular student. I teach all ages and skill levels using both Suzuki and traditional methods. When technical or musical problems arise, I aim to find creative solutions while equipping my students with a think-it-through approach, and always encouraging my students to consistently practice! I embrace the challenging moments of learning and teach my students to view them as the most enjoyable aspects of learning the cello. Without the difficulties, progress would never take shape, and performing beautiful music would only be a distant idea! The reward of being able to play music beautifully and effortlessly is the core of my teaching philosophy.
M.M. The Hartt School of Music, P.D. The Pennsylvania State University, and B.S. Southern Adventist University with honors in performance.
Ms. Karppala has completed both undergraduate and graduate level courses in Cello Pedagogy and has instructed cellists and coached chamber groups of all ages and skill level. She has prepared many students for merit competitions, recitals, orchestra concerts, and college auditions, and has previously served as group cello class instructor at A.W. Spaulding Elementary (Collegedale, TN) and Insight Assistant Director for the At First Sight Music Festival in Collegedale TN.
Ms. Karppala is an active freelance cellist and orchestral musician throughout the region. She is frequently found performing with orchestras including The York Symphony Orchestra, The Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra, The Shippensburg University-Community Orchestra and Mercersburg Community Chorus Orchestra and with her husband, mandolinist Michael Shaffer. She has previously served as principal cellist of the Penn State Philharmonic, a member of the Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra, and in the graduate resident string quartet at The Pennsylvania State University. Her past orchestral performances have taken her to such noticeable venues such as Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in NYC, Philam Life Theater in Manila, Philippines and the (Le) Poisson Rouge in NYC.
*Jane Peatling, cello instructor
Music performance, Middlebury College (VT), Penn State University. Cellist Jane Peatling performs with the Mercersburg Area Chorus and Orchestra and in duet with husband, Marlin Barnes on marimba, as RitmaCordia. She has worked in arts management for several orchestras and was a founding member of the Cumberland Valley Chamber Players. Ms. Peatling holds degrees in music performance from Middlebury College (VT) and Penn State University. Ms. Peatling has taught privately for over three decades in the Cumberland Valley and continues to perform in small ensembles in the area.
*Cindy Scanzello, violin instructor
Teaching Artist Statement:
Everyone can learn to play an instrument. I have worked with hundreds of musicians of all ages and abilities. I am adept at finding many ways to demonstrate and teach new concepts to students with various learning styles. When assessing a student’s progress/performance I think it’s important to temper constructive criticism with positive feedback.
A native of Chambersburg, Cindy Scanzello has been teaching violin and viola at CVSM since 2008, and teaching and directing orchestra students in grades 4-12 for the Chambersburg Area School District for more than twenty years. As an undergraduate, she attended West Chester University where she received her B.S. in Music Education majoring in violin and voice. While at West Chester University, Cindy began studying the philosophy and teachings of Shinichi Suzuki and has earned certification in levels 1-4 of the Suzuki Violin School from the Suzuki Association of the Americas. She attended Suzuki teacher training institutes at Catholic University, Ithaca College and West Chester University. Her first teaching position was at the Delaware Music School in Milford, DE where she taught private and group instruction in both Suzuki and traditional styles. After she began teaching for the C.A.S.D., Cindy enrolled at Shenandoah University where she earned a Masters degree in Music Education. She enjoys working with students of all ages and has prepared her CVSM students for merit competitions, recitals and community orchestra concerts.
Since graduating from West Chester University, Cindy Scanzello has been a substitute violinist for the Harrisburg and Maryland Symphony Orchestras and a regular playing member of the Cumberland Valley Chamber Players and the Shippensburg Festival Orchestra. She currently performs with the Mercersburg Community Chorus orchestra, the Shippensburg University/Community Orchestra, Mercersburg Academy musical pit orchestra, HUB Opera orchestra and various freelance musicians for weddings and other special occasions.
*Deborah Stotelmyer, violin instructor
I believe in teaching the ‘whole’ person, because a student is more than just technique and musicality, they are growing individuals who want to play the instrument for various reasons. I believe in playing for personal enjoyment while honing skills to the highest level to which each student is capable, but I also endeavor to coach students on the discipline necessary for achievement of any goal, and encourage each student to reach farther than they think they are capable. I believe in helping students believe in themselves while understanding the process necessary for reaching their desired goals. I understand that most students are not interested in a career, but I do encourage those that have the ability to consider it, and I believe everyone benefits from playing as well as their ability allows. I am as comfortable with a 70+ senior adult and 4 yr old beginner as I am with high school aged and middle school aged students.
B.S. Mu. Ed, Frostburg State College. I have studied with John Eaken of the Eaken Trio, William Haratounian of the National Symphony, Norman Nunamaker formerly at Gettysburg College, and have received coaching from Elizabeth Adkins, retired Associate Concertmaster of National Symphony. My former students have auditioned and been selected for MD, PA, and WV All-State Orchestras, PA Central District and Regional Orchestras, the National Symphony’s Orchestra Institute and Interlochen Summer Institute, in addition to Merit Scholarship winners at Cumberland Valley School of Music. In addition to teaching for Cumberland Valley School of Music at St Maria Goretti HS in Hagerstown and at Wilson College in Chambersburg, I am also an adjunct at Hagerstown Community College, where I teach individual lessons and the string ensemble class.
I am currently the Concertmaster for Mercersburg Community Chorus/Orchestra. I am the former Principal 2nd Violin in the MD Symphony Orchestra, and the former Concertmaster of Millbrook Orchestra and Frederick Community Orchestra. Recently (Spring 2012) I was Concertmaster for Shippensburg University Orchestra.
*Ashley Wyrick, woodwind & violin instructor
Miss Wyrick is a native of Chambersburg, PA and studied a variety of instruments in the Chambersburg School District. She studied clarinet with Paul Grane and violin with Cindy Scanzello. Ashley was a CVSM Merit Award Winner and Guarriello Scholarship recipient. In addition, she participated in County, District, Regional, and State band during high school.
She completed her K-12 Music Education Certification at Kutztown University, where she studied clarinet with Elizabeth Stimpert and Dr. Soo Goh. During her college years, she participated in a variety of music groups including the KU Marching Unit, led by Professor Daniel Neuenschwander, and the Kutztown University Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Willis Rapp.
Since graduating in 2014, Miss Wyrick has been a substitute teacher in the Chambersburg School District. In the summer she enjoys playing with the Hagerstown Municipal Band.
*Michael Quinlivan, guitar & violin instructor
Teaching Artist statement:
Michael’s teaching method is a shared adventure in making music. Music is similar to karate or meditation, disciplines where one must focus the mind to be in the present moment. The inner battle of distraction versus being absorbed in an activity is what prevents beginning students from practicing and advanced students from achieving new levels of mastery. A great mentor and teacher can guide a student in developing the inner skills necessary to enjoy their time practicing and playing music while setting and reaching their goals.
Chambersburg native, Michael Quinlivan, Jr. has been playing and teaching guitar throughout Pennsylvania for over 10 years. His first instrument was the viola, a love he later returned to during college, and started playing guitar in elementary school. After high school, Michael received his bachelor’s degree in music performance from Kutztown University, where he studied guitar and was a music theory tutor. He taught in the Reading area upon graduating and four years at The Lesson Center in Bethlehem where he taught students as young as 5 years old to retirees looking to start a new hobby, coached bands for music festivals, and started teaching beginner violin and viola. A devout guitar enthusiast, Michael seeks out opportunities to study with prominent jazz and rock guitarists in the Philadelphia and New Jersey areas so he may continue to grow and have more to share with his own students.
While attending college at Kutztown University, Michael performed and recorded with the KU Jazz Ensemble, which played at local jazz clubs, recorded four albums, and gave masterclasses at local high schools. Outside of the university, Michael played with the Reading Symphony Pops Orchestra, was a member of the pit orchestra at the Genesius Theatre in Reading, and was also a side musician for various folk, country, and rock groups. After graduating, Michael formed his own jazz quartet, Loose Measure, playing and recording throughout the Lehigh Valley and New Jersey, while continuing to be a side musician in r&b, funk, pop, folk, and rock bands, performing at prominent music venues in Allentown, Easton, and Bethlehem including the Steel Stacks venue during Bethlehem’s Musik Fest.