Williamsport

Our Williamsport lesson department has so much to offer!  From woodwinds to brass, piano to guitar, voice, and more, we have qualified teachers here to help guide you through your musical journey! 

Deb, our lesson coordinator at our Williamsport store, is happy to answer any questions you may have and to get you set up with lessons! 
Phone: (800) 326-9450 ext. 125
Email: [email protected]

Ashley English Tobin

Ashley English Tobin

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Celebrated for her intense artistry and joyful energy, violist/violinist Ashley English Tobin is highly sought-after as an ensemble member across the United States. Ashley serves as Assistant Principal Viola for the Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra and the Commonwealth Pops, as well as from the section of the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra. In Los Angeles she performs as a member of the legendary daKah Hip Hop Orchestra, bringing live, progressive Hip Hop, funk, and jazz to multi-generational festival and concert hall audiences. As an avid chamber musician keenly interested in early music, she continually pursues Historically Informed Performance. As a teacher, Ashley relates to students of all ages with encouragement, compassion, and empathy. She has worked as an orchestral coach, mariachi coach, and class instructor for Harmony Project Los Angeles. She completed her Bachelors of Music in Viola Performance with Paula Cho at Utah Valley University.

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Christian Humcke

Christian Humcke

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Christian Humcke is a composer, pianist, organist, conductor, and piano tuner who currently serves as Organist and Music Director for St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Williamsport, PA. His compositions have been performed across the country and internationally. Recently, several of his choral works have been performed by the
First & Franklin Presbyterian Church Choir in Baltimore, and his Piece for Mixed Ensemble was performed and recorded by the Omnibus Ensemble in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. He was librettist, composer, conductor, pianist, and organist for his two-act chamber opera Cajuum Jaa Amajiis, which featured the singers of the Bucknell
Opera Company. Over the past two years, he transcribed and edited Karl Siegmund von Seckendorff’s 1777 monodrama Proserpina in collaboration with musicologist Annie J. Randall. Proserpina was performed by the New York Baroque Incorporated Ensemble on October 14, 2016 at Bucknell University’s Weis Center for the
Performing Arts for the first time since its premiere in 1778. He recently earned his Master of Music in Composition from the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University, where he studied with Oscar Bettison, and before that attended Bucknell University, where he earned a Bachelor of Music in Composition, studying with Joseph Eidson and Paul Botelho.

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Grahm Dion

Grahm Dion

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Grahm Dion is a Composer/Multi-Instrumentalist and wrote his first piece shortly after starting to learn his first instrument. Since then, he has written hundreds of pieces for ensembles ranging from jazz combos and rock bands to orchestras and chamber music. As well as being a composer, Grahm is also a well-known pianist primarily from New York City. While receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Jazz and Contemporary Music Performance from the State University of New York at Purchase, Grahm studied under Doug Munroe and Dr. Jim McElwaine. During this time ,he was mentored by two contemporary music master composers, Dary John Mizelle and Richard Cameron Wolf. His compositions and performances have been featured in many locations around the world, from the ‘Knitting Factory’ in NYC to Taipei Cultural Center in Taiwan. Grahm has performed with many greats in the fields of jazz and popular music. His Master’s Degree in Ethnomusicology from Taiwan University of the Arts , reflects his diversity and appreciation of all genres of music.

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Jeffrey F. Bartholomew

Jeffrey F. Bartholomew

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Jeff started playing in 1972, performing in 1974 and began teaching in 1982. He has performed in rock, heavy metal, blues and country bands and is able to teach these styles. He teaches guitar, bass, mandolin, lap steel and beginner banjo and fiddle. His emphasis is theory and improvisation. From beginner to those who have been playing awhile, Jeff can help you reach your goals.

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Kayla Furman

Kayla Furman

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Kayla Furman graduated from Mansfield University with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education where she performed with the Mansfield University Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, Woodwind Quintet and Marching Band. She continues to play in several ensembles in the Williamsport Area. Her primary instrument is bassoon, however she specializes in all woodwind instruments. Kayla has been teaching private lessons for several years, focusing primarily on elementary music education. Sheteaches all woodwind and brass instruments at the beginner level and all woodwind instruments beginner level up to advanced.

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Kimberly Adair

Kimberly Adair

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Since the age of seven, Kimberly has been singing and playing piano. She then added drums, clarinet, and song writing to her list of musical talents and has immersed herself into the constructions of many styles of music. Kimberly has performed in such venues as The Apollo Theater, The Pyramid in Memphis TN, The FedEx Forum, and
many other events. Kimberly performs at various venues throughout the United States as the lead singer and musician of Kimberly Adair and Soulful.

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Mary Alice Koch, NCTM

Mary Alice Koch, NCTM

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Mary Alice has many years experience as a piano teacher and is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (piano) through Music Teachers National Association. She has an Associate in Arts degree from Harrisburg Area Community College. She studied piano pedagogy at Valley City State University, ND, music theory and music history at College of St. Scholastica, MN, and applied music (organ) at Lycoming College. Mary Alice is chairperson of the Williamsport Chapter of National Guild of Piano Teachers and a member of MTNA and PMTA. She serves as church organist and chime choir director for her church.

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Nathan Fulkerson

Nathan Fulkerson

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Nathan Fulkerson is a graduate of Mansfield University with a Bachelors Degree in Music Education with a specialization in vocal music. At Mansfield, Nathan performed
with many ensembles including the Mansfield University Concert Choir, the Mansfieldians (Vocal Jazz/Madrigal a capella group), the MU Festival Chorus, the MU Opera
Department, and various musical theater productions in which he starred in both lead and supporting roles. Nathan’s love of singing began early in his life. Starting in
elementary school and continuing to the present, he is actively involved in musical theater, choral, and solo performance.

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Richard Adams

Richard Adams

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Dick Adams has been a professional musician and instructor of music for over 30 years. A graduate of Lycoming College, he also studied at Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music and privately with jazz great, Phil Woods. An adjunct instructor of music at Lycoming College since 2001, Dick has also performed with such musical artists as Aretha Franklin, Lionel Hampton, “The Captain and Tenille”, as well as leading his own bands on the Williamsport music scene. In addition, he has been a guest clinician and musician for various local high schools, as well as Susquehanna University, Bucknell University, Dickinson College, and the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra.

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Ryan Workman

Ryan Workman

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Tenor, Ryan Workman began his vocal training in earnest at age 16 and after winning several competitions attended the Eastman School of Music and Susquehanna University where he recently graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Music/Vocal Performance degree. Ryan has sung many major roles in opera, operetta, and musical theatre in addition to sacred music and oratorio. Ryan has performed internationally in venues such as the Vatican in Rome, Italy and the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria as well as Albania’s National Theatre of Opera and Ballet in Tirana, where he was invited to perform for the Albanian 100th Anniversary of Independence. At home, Ryan is the Music Director for Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Montoursville, and has produced several solo recordings.

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Shirley Smith

Shirley Smith

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Shirley has been teaching both piano and organ since her youth. She has been a Director of Music Ministries, organist, and pianist for churches for over 40 years. Shirley has a B.M. degree from Oberlin Conservatory,
M.M. from George Washington University, and a M.S. from Norwich University. Shirley has usually included teaching along with her duties as a Director of Music Ministries. She enjoys teaching all ages and feels privileged to be a member of the Robert M. Sides team.

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Urie Kline

Urie Kline

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Urie began playing music at the age of 12 and like most US drummers, he came up through concert and marching bands, culminating with a season each as center snare at the University of Pittsburgh’s drumline and bass captain with Three Rivers Indoor Percussion Ensemble. Urie also developed his fascination with drumming as a global phenomenon during his time at the University of Pittsburgh, joining Pittsburgh Taiko as a founding member in 2009, playing with the school’s Sundanese gamelan ensemble, and studying tabla privately under Samir Chatterjee. Following his time at Pitt, Urie moved to Honolulu to study under venerable taiko artist Kenny Endo,
an experience that inspired him to start Lyco Taiko when he returned to the Williamsport area in 2015. Urie currently teaches the World Drumming Lab at Lycoming College, where he has been an adjunct faculty member since 2015. He also serves as the marching percussion instructor at Jersey Shore High School. Additionally, he plays in several local bands as a drummer and percussionist, has conducted workshops throughout the state of Pennsylvania.

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