Faculty Bios

Jennifer Shoup, Owner/Piano


Jennifer is a frequent soloist and chamber musician who performs throughout the United States and abroad. She has been a featured soloist with the National Orchestras of Chile, Costa Rica, and the University of Dayton Orchestra, and presented solo recitals for the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, Sigma Alpha Iota National Convention, Ohio Music Teachers Association and numerous university Artist Series. She regularly presents recitals and lecture recitals for the American Matthay Association for Piano, most recently at Arizona State University (2017), Pennsylvania State University (2016), Texas Wesleyan University (2014) and the University of Kansas (2011).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jennifer received a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance and Certificate in Piano Pedagogy from Carnegie Mellon University, and a Bachelor of Music degree in Performance from the University of Dayton. She began Doctoral studies in Piano Performance at Arizona State University. Her teachers include Donald Hageman, Eric Street, Enrique Graf and Caio Pagano. Additional studies took place in Vienna, Austria and at Belgais Center for the Arts (Portugal). She has worked with a diverse range of artists including Emanuel Ax, Maria Joao Pires, Earl Wild and Grammy award-winning composer Lucy Simon.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jennifer has taught for the prestigious Carnegie Mellon Preparatory School and as adjunct faculty for the University of Dayton and Cedarville University. She has served as past President of The Dayton Music Club, Chair of the Ohio Federation of Music Clubs District 3G, VP of Programming for Ohio Music Teachers Association Western District, and as Editor of The Matthay News. 




Garry Ball, Guitar


Garry Ball, a native of Springfield, is a passionate song-writer, guitarist, and teacher. He started taking guitar lessons in high school after spending his childhood listening to the radio and 45 records. Now with three CDs of his own, Garry is an active performer in the Dayton and Springfield area. 

In 2013 he released his first solo album, Frozen Smile. It was followed by Marble Heart in 2014 and One Man's Way in 2015. His music speaks to his favorite genres; folk, folk rock, and Americana. Garry is especially inspired by the California rock genre from the 1970's. Some of his musical influences are Jackson Browne, Crosby Stills and Nash, Neil Young, Dan Fogelberg, JD Souther, and James Taylor. Other mentors, coaches, and influences are Peter Bradley Adams, Luke Brindley, Dana Cooper, Michael Fracasso, Tom Kimmel, Darden Smith, and Brooks Williams. Garry teaches private guitar lessons and a group class for teens/adults. 

 




Julia Bonifield, Violin


Julia Bonifield holds B.M.E in Music Education with instrumental focus from Cedarville University. She began piano lessons at the age of 5 and added violin shortly after. She regularly performs on both instruments, including through Viva La Strings, a Dayton based company of musicians that performs professionally for company and church events, weddings and parties. Julia has more than seven years of experience teaching private lesson for piano, violin, viola, and ukulele, and has worked with ensembles at the middle school, high school, and elementary levels. In Spring of 2019, she received the “Outstanding Future Music Educator Award” from Cedarville University. Julia is passionate about helping students develop their musical abilities at their own pace and engaging students in learning.




Jessica Bowling, Piano


Jessica Bowling started playing piano at age 11, and by age 13 decided she would be a piano instructor. She is is currently finishing her second year of a Master degree in Piano Performance at Wright State University. An accomplished accompanist, Jessica has worked with choirs and soloists for more than seven years. She was featured as an undergraduate at Simpson College, providing piano features while accompanying the Women’s Chorale. Jessica is passionate about teaching! She has taught children and adults in a variety of capacities for more than seven years. She directed Children’s Choir and Hand Bell Choir at the United Methodist Church. She also enjoys organizing and arranging group quartets for her piano students. She firmly believes that a well-rounded musician should be highly proficient in both solo and group settings. In each piano lesson Jessica teaches, her knowledge of music history shines.  Each student learns about the development of the piano as well as important musical figures. Jessica is currently developing a piano history curriculum for young children which she hopes to publish. Jessica is a mom of two young children, and is living her dream of being a wife, mother, and piano instructor!




Julian Calvin, Piano


Julian Calvin earned a Master of Music in Piano Performance from The University of Tennessee (Knoxville) and a Bachelor of Arts in Piano Performance and Theory/Composition from Lipscomb University in Nashville. His versatility as a performer and collaborator has allowed him to perform a wide range of repertoire, from Steve Reich’s massive chamber work Music for 18 Musicians with the University of Tennessee New Music Ensemble, to standards from the piano trio repertoire with Lipscomb University’s Avalon Trio. As a collaborative pianist he works with the Dayton Opera Chorus and Stivers School for the Arts. In addition to teaching at The Piano Preparatory School, he also serves as a church music director in Fairborn. 




Kara Camfield, Violin


Kara earned a Master of Music degree from the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati (OH) and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Minot State University (ND). She is Assistant Principal Second Violin for the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and has performed with the orchestra since 2006. Other duties for the philharmonic include playing first violin as part of an educational string quartet and conducting the Dayton Philharmonic Junior String Orchestra. Kara is an adjunct violin professor at the University of Dayton and performs with the Aviatori Piano Trio.

 




Jarrod Davis, Voice


Born and raised in Dayton, Jarrod Davis Jr. graduated from Wright State University with a Bachelor Degree of Music in Vocal Performance.  He then pursued graduate studies at Bowling Green State University, graduating with a Masters Degree in Vocal Performance.  Jarrod recently returned to the Dayton area, and currently teaches at Stivers School for the Arts in addition to The Piano Prep School. He is a member of the Dayton Opera Chorus.  His most notable roles include Mr. Sankey from Street Scene, Giorgio from The Gondoliers, Pirate King from Pirates of Penzance, and Marius Pontmercy from Les Misérables.  

 

 




 

Kyleen Downes, Guitar


Kyleen earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Wright State University where she studied classical guitar with Jim McCutcheon. While a student, she performed numerous recitals and participated in the WSU guitar ensemble. She also studied composition. Kyleen is an active teacher and performer in addition to conducting beginning guitar courses and clinics. She enjoys a wide range of musical styles including classical, folk, rock and pop, and incorporates each into her own songwriting. Kyleen is passionate about helping her students achieve their musical goals and encouraging them to explore music.






Elizabeth Dunkel, Piano


Elizabeth Dunkel will graduate from Cedarville University in May, 2021 with a Bachelor of Music degree in Keyboard Pedagogy. She has studied piano for twelve years and has taught privately since 2014. During her time at Cedarville University, Elizabeth performed two solo recitals and collaborated with vocalists and various ensembles, including the university’s Women’s Choir.
 
Elizabeth received the Mr. and Mrs. Roland Polsdorfer Music Award and served as secretary and treasurer for the university’s Music Teachers’ National Association (MTNA) chapter. Additionally, she has experience in classical improvisation and played piano with Cedarville University’s jazz band for two semesters.
 
Elizabeth enjoys teaching a variety of ages and levels, and loves to help her students think critically and truly enjoy music. She believes that lessons should be personalized for each student’s unique needs and desires, and also that each student should learn thorough musical and technical understanding. The goal of Elizabeth’s teaching is to help students realize their musical goals with enthusiasm and excellence. 



 

Heather Goertemiller, Piano & Music Together


Heather received a Bachelor degree in Music Education from The University of Dayton. She has 10 years of experience teaching private piano to early elementary through adult-age students. Additional experience includes serving as vocal coach for UD’s Vocal Performance Institute, teaching for The Dunbar Institute’s Summer Arts Program, volunteering with the Jamaica Field Service Program, and leading world drumming workshops. Heather has presented for the OMEA Professional Development Conference and been published in leading music education journals.  She is an elementary general music teacher for Springboro Community City Schools and the Center Director for Music Together of South Dayton, a local early childhood music program. 

 

 




 

Michaela Hibbard, Cello


Michaela is a freelance cellist in the Cincinnati area. She has been teaching group classes and private cello lessons in Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati since 2008. In addition to keeping a busy teaching schedule, Michaela enjoys performing with area orchestra, including the Springfield Symphony and the Dayton Philharmonic. Michaela received a Bachelor of Music degree from DePaul University with Stephen Baldserton and a Mater of Music degree from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati with Lee Fiser. Michaela loves the Cincinnati Reds and would someday like to visit all 30 Ballparks. So far, she has been to GABP, Progressive Field, PNC Park, Wrigley Field, US Cellular Field, Comerica Park and Busch Stadium.

 




Stephanie Klein, Viola/Violin & Voice


Stephanie grew up in a musical household where she began singing and playing piano at a young age. She earned a Masters Degree in Music Education from the University of Dayton and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Viola and Vocal performance from Luther College (IA).
 
Stephanie has 20 years of teaching experience which include K-8 general music, middle and high school choir as well as private violin, viola, voice, and piano lessons. She is a freelance violinist, violist, pianist, and mezzo-soprano. Stephanie has played viola with the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra and both viola and violin locally with the Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra. As a vocalist, Stephanie has been a soloist at the Air Force Ball, March of Dimes Walk for Babies, and with the Miami Valley Symphony. She has directed the Miami Valley Symphony Chorus and her children’s choirs have been selected numerous times to perform the National Anthem for the Dayton Dragons and Wright State Raiders Basketball games.
 
Stephanie is also an active church musician and co-owner of a small craft business. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, yoga, ballet and spending time with her husband and two young children.



Kristen Kosey, Piano


Kristen earned her Bachelor degrees in Piano Performance and Mathematics from Valparaiso University and Certificate in Church Music from the University of Dayton. She completed all but the thesis for a Masters in Music Theory from the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music. As an organist, Kristen has earned the Service Playing Certification from the American Guild of Organists with dual certification through the National Association of Pastoral Musicians.  She also works as a church music director.  As a pianist, Kristen is an active performing member of both the Dayton Music Club and the Fortnightly Music Club of Springfield.  She also enjoys accompanying high school choirs and soloists. As a teacher, Kristen works to help every student grow in playing the piano and enjoying music.    




Lori LaMattina, Viola/Violin


Lori LaMattina started on viola instead of the traditional violin in 6th grade. She attended Vanderbilt University Blair School of Music for three years before transferring to the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where she completed her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Viola Performance under the tutelage of Masao Kawasaki. In the Fall of 1999, Lori joined the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, while continuing to serve as a substitute with the Cincinnati Symphony. Lori has more than twenty years teaching experience. She is a homeschool mom, enjoys riding her Norwegian Fjord Horse every day, and loves to garden. 

 




Diane Larochelle, Piano


Originally from New Hampshire, Diane grew up in a home where learning an instrument was encouraged and nurtured. Music making was a part of every social gathering with members of her family playing a variety of musical instruments and singing songs from the roaring ‘20s to present day.
After 12 years of piano lessons, Diane began her college studies in the field of Elementary education, and later transitioned to attain her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Performance with piano as her primary instrument. While completing her degree, she also studied classical organ. Upon attaining her
degree, she studied with concert pianist Donna Stoering and organ master, Kenneth Grinnell. 
 
Diane has maintained an active private piano studio for over 30 years with a wide range of students from age 5 to 75. Her students have participated in the Ohio Federation of Music Clubs festival where they have received top ratings. Diane is also an accomplished church organist. She maintains
memberships in the National Federation of Music Clubs, the American Guild of Organists, and the National Association of Pastoral Musicians.
 
Diane is passionate about teaching piano, helping her students develop their skills and enjoy a wide array of music. She enjoys gardening, walking in metro parks and spending time with her family and grandchildren.



 

Shannon Myers, Voice


Shannon, born and raised in Northeast Ohio, has been passionate about music since the first grade. Through encouragement from her family, friends, and teachers, Shannon performed solos in concerts and entered many competitions. Going into college, Shannon always said, "I'd love to be a teacher, but I would only want to teach music." In 2019, Shannon graduated from Malone University (OH) with her Bachelor of Arts in Music. While at Malone, she was actively involved in the Music Department as a member of the University Chorale, University Concert and Marching Band, and the Opera Theatre. Shannon graduated in May, 2021 with academic distinction from Liberty University (VA), earning a Master of Arts in Music Education. As a graduate student, Shannon wrote a thesis and performed a lecture recital on the impact and history of American female composers. 
 
When not performing, Shannon enjoys spending time with her husband and cat. She is a musical theatre enthusiast, enjoying the likes of The King and I and Anything Goes to Waitress and Come From Away. Shannon also enjoys performing classical works by Caccini, Mozart, Schubert, Amy Beach, and others. She looks forward to getting to know her students and beginning a wonderful musical journey together!

 

 



Dr. Kevin Nordstrom, Viola/Violin


Dr. Kevin Nordstrom leads a busy career as performer, teacher, and scholar. He is the Adjunct Instructor of Applied Viola at Wright State University teaching courses in string methods and non-western music appreciation. He also serves as Adjunct Professor of Applied Violin and Viola at Earlham College and Indiana University East in Richmond, Indiana. Dr. Nordstrom holds a Bachelor of Music degree from The University of North Texas, and the degrees of Master of Music, Artist Diploma and Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. His teachers have included Dr. Catharine Carroll, Masao Kawasaki, and Dr. Susan Dubois. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Nordstrom has performed solo concerts in Canada, Italy, Austria, and China, and presented solo recitals throughout the United States. He was awarded orchestral fellowships or scholarships for the Aspen Music Festival, the CCM Spoleto Festival (Spoleto, Italy), Music Academy of the West,  Manchester Music Festival, and the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival. He has been awarded high honors at solo competitions, including 2nd prize awards at the Lima Symphony Young Artist Competition, The Cincinnati Conservatory annual concerto competition, and the Hubbard Solo Contest. In addition to teaching and performing on the viola, Dr. Nordstrom enjoys studies in musicology, composing and writing about music, reading about American and ancient history, and spending time with his wife and daughter. 


 

 



Haley Perritt, Piano


Haley received a Bachelor of Music degree in Keyboard Pedagogy from Cedarville University. While attending Cedarville, she performed three recitals, accompanied vocalists, participated and led various music ensembles, and taught private piano lessons to students of all ages. In 2017, she was the recipient of the Mr. and Mrs. Rolan David Polsdorfer Music Award from Cedarville. Additionally, her research detailing the transition from modality to tonality in the music works of Claudio Monteverdi was accepted to the National Conference of Undergraduate Research (NCUR) where she presented in April 2017. Haley’s undergraduate research capstone focused on the techniques and mechanisms for exciting and motivating students to internally desire to pursue music lessons, especially for those who seek music as simply a hobby. Her passion is to create an atmosphere that instills a genuine love of music and aspiration to explore color and expression within a variety of styles. Haley enjoys coaching students to grow in their technique and musicality, while also being attentive to the individual’s learning styles and needs. She views teaching as an open door to encourage and influence the lives of her students. 




Lily Rose, Piano


When you take lessons with Dr. Lily Rose you will experience a lesson that is custom tailored to your personal needs and interests; think of it as getting a custom tailored dress, or suit, especially tailored to the comfort of your personal measurements.  I have found this method of teaching to be incredibly rewarding for my students. I have been teaching piano for over twenty-five years and have worked with ages ranging from five to adult seniors, as well as beginning to advanced levels. I have a Ph.D. in Music Composition and Theory from the University of Oregon, and a Master degree in Piano Performance from Drake University.  I’ve performed in theater productions of Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera at the Faulkner Dinner Theater. Currently, I am working on producing a digital CD of my original songs in which I sing, play the piano and record digital instrumental tracks and background vocals.  I look forward to meeting you and learning about your musical interests. Let’s start our piano adventure!




Amber Sarno, Violin


Amber Sarno's road to teaching could be dubbed "serendipitous" by observers; however, music has been a constant presence in her life. Over the past 20 years, her musical journey has been shaped by both Suzuki and traditional pedagogues such as Jan McClure, Adam DeGraff, and James Hutchins, the last from whom she earned her Teaching Certificate in Suzuki Book 1. In her teens, she was a featured violinist at the First Stage Young Artists Program at Carnegie Hall in Lewisburg, WV. Her music experience has been enriched by participation in chamber music camps hosted by the Fry Street Quartet and playing with the Bluefield Community College Orchestra and Andrews University Symphony Orchestra. Aside from arranging a cappella music, playing piano, and fiddling with photography, she can be found brushing up on her coding skills or coaxing her houseplants to live another day.   




Tom Sobieski, Violin


Thomas Sobieski is currently adjunct at Wright State University, where he teaches violin, Theory III and IV and World Music classes, and plays second violin in the Faculty String Quartet.  He is currently concertmaster of the Central Ohio Symphony Orchestra and the Lebanon Symphony Orchestra, and has played in orchestras such as the Virginia Symphony, the Richmond Symphony Orchestra of Virginia, and the Dayton Philharmonic.  He has participated in music festivals including CCM's Music-X, a modern music festival, the Grandin Festival, the Aspen Music Festival and the Opera Theater of Lucca, performing opera and chamber music in Lucca, Italy. Tom has appeared as soloist with the Wright State University Symphony Orchestra, CCM Percussion Ensemble and in various recital series and programs around the Cincinnati and Dayton area. In Spring of 2018, the Honors Department at WSU awarded him "Honors Teacher of the Year" for the World Music course he teaches in the fall and spring semesters.  For the 2019-2020 school year, he will be recognized as the College of Liberal Arts' "Adjunct Faculty of the Year."  Tom earned his BM, MM and AD from the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, where he studied primarily with Dr. Won-Bin Yim and studied chamber music with Lee Fiser, Henry Meyer, Peter Oundjian, William Grubb and Awadagin Pratt.




Peg Stockton, Piano


Peg Stockton is a native of Cincinnati and possesses solid skills and proficiency in piano and music theory. She began playing at the age of four and competed throughout her primary school years, receiving excellent ratings from the Ohio Music Teachers Association.

Peg continued classical studies throughout her secondary and postsecondary educations. She received her Bachelor of Music degree in Music Theory from the University of Texas at Arlington where she was awarded several music and academic scholarships. She earned her Master of Music degree from the University of Oklahoma where she was awarded a Graduate Teaching Assistantship in Music Theory, giving her the opportunity to teach/assist undergraduate college I-IV music theory.
 
Peg considers music to be an empowering medium of personal and public expression with the ability to change lives and enrich the social, cultural, and spiritual world. She has 20-plus years /teaching students of all ages, backgrounds, and musical abilities. She developed a K-6 music program which she used to teach elementary music, as well as a college theory placement exam and accompanying curriculum from which she taught upper-level band students.

 

Peg is often requested for personal and professional events, having soloed for holiday functions, birthdays, weddings, and local recitals, and accompanied numerous soloists, ensembles, and choirs.



Kathleen Sturgis, Voice & Piano


Kathleen Sturgis is an experienced, energetic and professional music educator with a deep desire to instill and encourage the love of music in others.  For 35 years, she has offered music instruction to students ages 4 to 67 years. Her vast and varied experiences include personal and concert performance; programming, directing, and coaching with choirs and ensembles; college and performance auditions; musical auditions and solo recitalists; public education (K-12); and private studio work in voice and piano. Her continued love of learning and is quenched through discussion, seminars, webinars, blogs and literature.  Kathleen studied music at Moody Bible Institute and received her Bachelor of Music Education from Cedarville University. Additional studies took place at the Amherst University Oren Brown Voice Seminar, John Hopkins University (earning Masters degree credits in Conducting), and at the Estill Voice Seminar. 




Angela Vaubel, Piano


Angela Vaubel has been an independent piano instructor in Beavercreek for over 20 years. She teaches students of all ages and abilities. Her students regularly participate in the Ohio Federation of Music Clubs (OFMC) Jr. Music Festival and Ohio Music Teachers Association (OMTA) Ribbon and Scale Festival. Many of her students have earned top honors in competitions, including the David L. Pierson Young Musicians Concerto Competition, DePauw Young Artists Piano Competition, Buckeye Auditions, Heidelberg University Piano Competition, OFMC Marlyn Walters Competition, OFMC Charlotte and W. Alfred Gray Competition, OFMC Elizabeth Gerber Competition, and other miscellaneous awards.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

Angela is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) with a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in Piano Performance, where she studied with Frank Weinstock. She graduated Summa Cum Laude and was named valedictorian of CCM in 1994. Angela was also awarded the Sword of Honor in the Sigma Alpha Iowa honorary music fraternity and is a lifetime member. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Angela is an active collaborative pianist, and she enjoys playing with soloists and ensembles in the area. Angela currently serves as President for BPTA. She previously served as the Festival Chair and Gold Cup Chair for the OFMC III-C District and Recording Secretary for OMTA Western District.  




Danny Voris, Guitar


Danny Voris has been entertaining audiences for more than 30 years, playing guitar for both private and public events as well as opening for national acts such as Hootie and the Blowfish, Kenny Loggins, Earth Wind & Fire, and Jefferson Starship.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Born and raised in Beavercreek, Danny began studying the guitar at the age of 14 with Jim McCutcheon before going to on to earn a Bachelors Degree from Wright State University and a Masters Degree in Guitar Performance from the University of Akron. Danny has served on the faculty of such diverse institutions as The Miami Valley School, Capital University, and Clark State Community College. He now teaches guitar at Sinclair Community College, where he directs the Sinclair Classical Guitar Ensemble.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In addition to performing and teaching, Danny is also a composer and has recorded four CDs of original instrumental music and collaborated with Native American flutist Douglas Blue Feather on two award-winning CDs. Danny’s instrumental guitar performances range from relaxing to exciting, blending classical guitar music with Spanish, Latin, flamenco, pop, rock, New Age, and jazz sounds.