*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.
*Beverly Gard, oboe instructor
Teaching Artist Statement
I have been involved in the arts since a young age participating in choirs, bands, orchestras, theatre productions, and dancing. Music inspires me to express myself and feelings in a universal language that evokes emotion that cannot be captured in any other way. Music has helped me to find my voice, especially when playing my oboe. Through my playing and performing experiences, I have been continuously growing and learning from the musical environments I have been a part of. I have been inspired to teach music to give students the opportunity to find that same voice and means of expression that they may not have anywhere else.
Beverly began teaching at CVSM in the Fall of 2020. She specializes in oboe but has had experience teaching all instruments, general music, and choral music as well. Beverly is also currently teaching general and instrumental music at Centre Learning Community Charter School in State College, Pennsylvania. Previously, she has taught at Indian River Central School District in Philadelphia, NY. Beverly is certified to teach K-12 general music, band, choir, and orchestra in New York and Illinois as well.
Beverly holds a Bachelor’s of Music Education from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam and is currently pursuing her Master’s of Music Education with Anderson University as well as her Professional Performance Certificate with Penn State University. Beverly has held playing positions all over the East Coast. She has played in both the Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra at Bloomsburg University (PA) as well as the Symphony Orchestra at Bucknell University (PA). Additionally, she has performed with the Symphonic Band and Concert Band at the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam (PA). Most recently, Gard performed with the Scruffy City Orchestra and Knoxville Community Band in Knoxville, TN. She is currently playing with the Penn State School of Music Symphonic Band.
https://youtu.be/IJ8O0wwB4QA (performance video)
*Tim Gotwald, flute & saxophone instructor, CVSM Community Symphonic Band director
Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Susquehanna University, Master of Music Education and Music Performance from Shenandoah University. Tim is a founding board member of CVSM. He taught in the Chambersburg Area School District music department for 37 years and has performed with various local organizations.
*Heather McEndree, Executive Director, Musikgarten & flute instructor
We are born to be musical, and music is one of the many pieces that make us whole. I encourage music-making to be a joyful part of every day life, from my tiniest Musikgarten babies to my adult flute students. The early childhood classes are designed for the learning and sharing of music within families and the curriculum is based on the natural stage of childhood. I extend this natural progression to the flute lessons, adjusting music and tasks to match the goals and needs of each individual student.
McEndree holds a B S Music Ed and B A Flute from Lebanon Valley College and M Music Ed graduate assistant-ship from Temple University, including special courses in early childhood music. She is a certified instructor for Musikgarten, an international early education music program. Heather began teaching for CVSM in 2011 and is a former teacher of middle school band and general music for Frederick County and Washington County Public Schools. McEndree has had articles published in ‘Music Educators Journal’ and ‘Maryland Music Educators Journal,’ as well as presenting sessions for the Maryland Music Educators Association. She has received honors including ‘First Year Teacher Award,’ ‘First-Class Teacher Award,’ and three nominations for ‘Teacher of the Year.’
McEndree is a flutist and publicist for the Shippensburg Community Band in Shippensburg, PA. She is a member of Toot Uncommon, a flute ensemble based out of Williamsport, MD, and a former member of the Frederick Flute Choir in Frederick, MD. Heather is a member of the CVSM Symphonic Band on flute and percussion. She performs for various events in a solo capacity as well as with piano or guitar.
*Patrick McNamee, clarinet & saxophone instructor, New Horizons Band director
B.S. Mu. Ed. Clarion University. Retired Director of the High School Band for the Waynesboro Area School District and previously at Scotland School for Veterans Children. Performance experience includes soloist for church & other community events, and playing for various musicals in the pit orchestra.
*Suzanne Thierry, flute instructor
B.M. University of Alabama. M.M. & M.M. Bowling Green State University. Five-year tenure on the faculty of BGSU and administrator for BGSU’s MidAmerican Center for contemporary music. An active flutist and piano accompanist, she has performed as a soloist and chamber musician on a variety of venues nationally. Has worked with composers throughout the U.S. as a specialist in the performance of contemporary music. Active with the National Flute Association. Studied with Sheryl Cohen and Judith Bentley, has participated in the master classes of Jean Pierre Rampal, Alain Marion and Samuel Baron. A former faculty member of Wilson College and Dickinson College. A certified public school teacher in PA & OH, she currently teaches with CASD and was a reader for the AP National Music Theory Exams administered through the Educational Testing Service (ETS). She also directs the flute choir at Shippensburg University.
*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.