* 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)
* Stephanie Gemmell, flute, guitar, & ukulele instructor
Teaching Artist Statement
Every developing musician’s artistic voice is inherently unique and valuable. I seek to foster open, collaborative lessons that help musicians express themselves clearly and authentically. My hope is for my students to leave each lesson feeling confident in their own potential and excited to continue their musical growth! As an instructor, I specialize in teaching beginning through advanced flute and piccolo, along with beginning through intermediate ukulele, guitar, and bass guitar. Music is ultimately a form of communication, and I support my students in effectively conveying musical ideas across a variety of genres and musical styles.
Stephanie Gemmell earned her BA from George Washington University in 2021, where she completed pedagogical training and practicum as a peer tutor and led woodwind sectionals within the GW Orchestra. She taught lessons remotely from 2020 to 2022, and is excited to teach in-person lessons while pursuing her MA from Berklee College of Music. As a woodwinds instructor, Stephanie guides students in developing embouchure, breath support, traditional and alternate fingerings, and positive practice habits. She also specializes in teaching extended performance techniques, including double and triple tonguing, harmonics, whisper and wind tones, pitch bends, and other contemporary and jazz flute practices. She enjoys introducing her students to improvisational styles and techniques across instruments. In addition to her Berklee classes, she participates in workshops through Femme House and ASCAP.
Stephanie Gemmell earned her BA from George Washington University in 2021, and she joined CVSM as a teacher in 2022. She is pursuing an interdisciplinary MA from Berklee College of Music, concentrating on music production, composition, and jazz performance. She has performed in the Washington, DC area as a member of the GW Orchestra, the Washington Young Sinfonia, and the National Cathedral Choral Festival Orchestra. She specializes in jazz and rock flute performance, playing with bands locally in Pennsylvania and Maryland. In 2020 and 2021 she received music composition awards from SELEF for orchestral and jazz instrumental projects.
* 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.
* Scott Ziegler, bassoon & saxophone
My job doesn’t end with having students play the correct notes to a piece of music. In fact, I believe that’s barely the beginning. The greatest teachers I’ve had were the ones who showed a true passion and joy in what they were teaching, and those teachers were able to easily pass that on to their students. That’s my goal as a teacher: to show and pass on what I love about a particular instrument, piece of music, composer, etc. to my students. That will stay with them, and if they can keep that interest and joy in music throughout their lives, then I know my teaching will have been a success.
For the past six years, Scott has been a graduate teaching assistant and instructor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln while complete his graduate degree. He taught private bassoon lessons, music theory, and woodwind methods. He is a 2010 graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he majored in music education.
Scott has been an active performer throughout his undergraduate and graduate degrees. While at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, he played bassoon, saxophone, and clarinet in various ensembles and would sub with the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra. During his time at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, he played principal bassoon with the UNL Symphony Orchestra, and gave numerous solo and chamber recitals. Outside of UNL, he was a regular performer with Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra, the Omaha Symphony Orchestra, and the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra. Since moving home to Pennsylvania, he has been performing with the Hagerstown Municipal Band, the Frederick Symphony Orchestra, and the Kokopelli Winds.