Faculty Bios

* Denotes Master Teacher

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 and numerous artist series. Recent engagements include lectures and recitals for the Ohio Federation of Music Clubs, Ohio Music Teachers Association, Francis Marion University Artist Series, and the American Matthay Association for Piano.  

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 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).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jennifer has taught for the prestigious Carnegie Mellon Preparatory School and as adjunct faculty for the University of Dayton and Cedarville University. She has worked with a diverse range of artists including Emanuel Ax, Maria Joao Pires, Earl Wild and Grammy award-winning composer Lucy Simon. 




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. 

 




Kara Manteufel 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 serving as a SPARK (School Partners with Artists Reaching Kids) teaching artist. Kara is the conductor of the Dayton Philharmonic Junior String Orchestra and an adjunct violin professor at the University of Dayton. 






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.






Emily Evans, Violin/Voice


Soprano Emily Evans is originally from Chicago, Illinois. She earned a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from DePaul University School of Music, and a Bachelor of Music degree from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. Her teachers include Elizabeth Byrne, Pamela Hinchman, and Jori Jennings. Emily participated in masterclasses with Ruth Hennessy, operatic tenor Quinn Kelsey, and soprano Nicole Cabell. She has worked with The Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company, The Floating Opera Company, and DePaul Opera Theater. Some of Emily's notable operatic roles include The Queen of the Night in Mozart's The Magic Flute and Gretel in Hansel and Gretel. Emily has a passion for modern and obscure operas, and has enjoyed playing roles such as a Quark sister in The Quantum Mechanic and the Five Year Old in The Proposal. She has been a featured soprano soloist in The Fairy Queen and Handel's Messiah. and was selected as the runner-up in the Sinfonietta Bel Canto Competition. In 2014 she was accepted to a collaborative music festival in Vianden, Luxembourg. There, she performed scenes from operettas and participated in small chamber ensembles with other young musicians from around the world. In addition to opera, Emily studied violin for over 10 years and played in small chamber ensembles and a touring symphonic band. She has taught beginner violin for 7 years, most recently at Cincinnati School of Music. Although she was trained classically on the violin, Emily has also developed improvisational skills on her electric violin that she showcases with several bands. She enjoys bringing her electric violin in so her students can explore it's unique sound. Emily is thrilled to join the faculty at The Piano Preparatory School and is looking forward to helping her students find joy and passion in their music!



Abigail Geist, Piano & Music Makers


Abigail is a pianist and composer who has worked with beginner through advanced piano students in group and private settings for eight years. She also has more than six years of experience teaching early childhood music and pre-piano lessons for preschool and early elementary. Abigail has a Bachelor of Arts in Piano Pedagogy from Maranatha University in Watertown, Wisconsin, where she studied piano, early childhood music and composition. While there, she also taught private and group lessons with the Maranatha Piano Preparatory School. Additionally she has worked as faculty at piano camps, conducted composition workshops, and written several commissioned pieces for various musicians. Abigail has taught elementary general music and directed multiple award-winning elementary and Junior High choirs and performing groups. Abigail also has ten years of experience as pianist for churches around the United States and has accompanied various choirs, soloists and performing groups.






Benjamin Geist, Piano


Benjamin is a home-schooled graduate from Ohio. He received a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance and a Master degree in Piano Performance at Wright State University under the guidance of Dr. Jackson Leung. While a student, he received Presidential Recognition from Wright State University’s President on behalf of Dr. Leung’s piano studio and was presented with the most prestigious music award at Wright State University, the Robert Stofer award. For six years, he has performed in Wright State's annual ArtsGala and was interviewed by the Dayton Daily News regarding his 2015 performance. He has performed  as a featured soloist in many different venues including Cincinnati's Music Hall, Wright State University's Nutter Center, Troy Hayner Cultural Center, Dayton Art Institute, and Otterbein Retirement Community. He is the winner of the 2014 OFMC Agnes Fowler competition and was a finalist in the 2014 Honor's Recital competition at Wright State University. Mr. Geist has performed in master classes given by world-renowned pianists, Sergei Babayan, and Ann Schein.  Mr. Geist is committed to continuing his studies and pursuing a deeper knowledge of music to better his ability to perform and teach. His interests extend to composing, and he is eager to continue to compose, perform, and share the music he has been given with others.




 

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. 

 

 




 

Dr. Scott Jackson, Violin*


Scott Jackson is an accomplished violin performer, recently receiving the DMA from the College Conservatory of Music (CCM) at the University of Cincinnati under Won Bin Yim. Scott has competed in numerous competitions and was a semifinalist in the 2011, 2012, and 2013 Sphinx competitions. He also won the CCM Concerto Competition in 2014. In 2015, Scott was accepted into a fellowship position with the Grant Park Symphony in Chicago, IL where he performed extensively with both the orchestra as well as a member of the PI String Quartet. He has been invited to play in masterclasses with famed violinists such as Midori, Gil Shaham, and Augustin Hadelich. Scott currently plays in several orchestras and ensembles, including the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and Las Vegas Philharmonic. He has also been invited for the past four years to play with the Sphinx Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra on 6-week tours across the United States. Scott is a founding member of the Price Hill String Quartet, which performs regularly in Cincinnati, Ohio and has earned a grant from ArtsWave, the nation’s largest community campaign for the arts. Scott began studying the violin at age 10 in his hometown of Las Vegas. He has attended numerous summer festivals including Meadowmount School of Music, Indiana University’s String Institute, Aspen Music Festival in Colorado, and the Pacific Music Festival in Japan. Scott received his Bachelor's Degree in Violin Performance from the University of Texas, where he studied with Brian Lewis. He continued his studies at the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati where he has completed a Master’s Degree. 




Josh Johnson, Guitar


 

Joshua earned a Bachelor of Music degree with an emphasis in Jazz Studies from Central State University. Prior to exploring Jazz Guitar at Central State University, Joshua studied classical guitar for three years at Sinclair Community College. He performs regularly as a freelance musician in various settings such as pit orchestras, rock and jazz bands, and in solo performance. He has taught private guitar lessons for over 15 years and enjoys teaching his students various guitar styles and genres.         

 




Adrienne Kling, Voice*


A native of Cleveland, OH, Adrienne holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and a Master of Music degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where she studied under the tutelage of Ken Shaw. Ms. Sereta made her operatic debut as The Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute and has since performed numerous roles including Esmerelda in Smetna's The Bartered Bride, Servilia in Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito and Cunegonde in Bernstein's Candide. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An avid performer of 20th and 21st century works, she has collaborated with North American New Opera Works, Fringe Logic for their Cincinnati performance of Terry Riley’s In C and with composer Douglas Pew in the Cincinnati premiere of his opera A Game of Hearts. Competition credits include an Encouragement Award from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Audtions, the Kentucky Bach Choir's Audrey Rooney Vocal Competition (Finalist) and The Opera Guild of Dayton's Tri-State Vocal Competition (Finalist). Ms. Sereta returned to musical theatre as Rupunzel in Into the Woods with Cincinnati Landmark Productions. Recent performances also include Gretel with Roundabout Opera for Kids: Cincinnati in their touring performances of Hansel and Gretel and a soloist with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra for their Broadway Sing-Along as the winner of Cincy Sings. 

 

 




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. She is a member of the American Guild of Organists and National Association of Pastoral Musicians, having earned the Service Playing Certification from both groups.  Kristen is also an active member of the Dayton Music Club. Kristen enjoys serving as a church musician and accompanying high school choirs and soloists.  She loves to help her piano students learn well and enjoy music. 

 




Saul Meyerson-Knox, Guitar*


Saul completed a Master of Music degree with a double major in Classical Guitar Performance and Music History from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. He received a Bachelor of Arts from Guilford College (NC). His major teachers include Clare Callahan and Kami Rowan. Saul has taught undergraduate guitar lessons, beginning guitar classes and assisted in directing the CCM guitar ensemble at the University of Cincinnati. At CCM Saul was able to further explore his interest in both African music and the American Blues in his thesis “African Blues: The Sound and History of a Transatlantic Discourse,” that traced the roots of American Blues music back to its origins in West Africa. In 2005, Saul spent a semester abroad in London where he was studied with Carlos Bonell. He has performed in master classes with Oscar Gighlia, William Kanengiser and Sergio Assad. He currently teaches guitar and ukulele to students of all ages in the Dayton and Cincinnati areas.  

 




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. 

 




Michaela Luchka, Cello*


Michaela Luchka 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.

 

 

 




Aurelian Oprea, Violin*


Born in Cluj-Napoca, the cultural capital of the Transylvania region of Romania, Aurelian grew up in a musical family. His parents and grandfather were string players in the Romanian National Opera House Orchestra, and his grandmother was the prima ballerina of the Opera’s ballet corps. Aurelian graduated in 1995, with a Baccalaureate degree in violin performance. As a student, he served the music school orchestra’s concertmaster and frequently played as a guest soloist with several Romanian orchestras. In Romania, Aurelian studied with Stefan Ruha, violin soloist and prizewinner in the Tchaikovsky and Thibaud competitions.

In the United States, Aurelian was concertmaster of the Chautauqua Institution Youth Orchestra (NY) in 1993 and 1994 and of the Chautauqua Institution Music Festival Orchestra in 1997. He was also the winner of the Chautauqua Institution Concerto Competition and the Bowling Green State University Concerto Competition. In 1999, he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in music performance from Bowling Green State University. While in Bowling Green, Aurelian studied with Vasile Beluska.

Aurelian won his first professional audition at the age of 20, becoming the youngest member of the Michigan Opera Theater Orchestra in Detroit. He held that position until 2000, when he became the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra’s Assistant Concertmaster and, later, Associate Concertmaster. Aurelian speaks Romanian, Hungarian, and English.

 




Brendan Orchard, Guitar


A native of Xenia, Ohio, Brendan is currently studying Jazz Guitar in the Music Performance Program at Cedarville University. Brendan is a multi-stylistic guitarist who is comfortable performing in a variety of settings, from church and worship bands, to Big Band and Jazz combos. He also plays original music and covers with his rock band, performing locally in the Cincinnati and Columbus. Brendan has been teaching private lessons the past two years and enjoys teaching a variety of musical styles.






Hannah Rinehart, Piano


Hannah received a Bachelor of Music degree in Keyboard Pedagogy from Cedarville University.  During her time at Cedarville, she performed three recitals, was a member of The Piano Ensemble, accompanied for The Concert Chorale for three years, and collaborated with instrumentalists and vocalists on numerous occasions. In 2015 and 2016, Hannah received The Love Pedagogy Scholarship in Music from Cedarville. She also won the University’s Concerto Competition in 2016 and performed a double piano concerto with the university’s orchestra in the spring of that year. Her research has included classical improvisation, and teaching music to special needs students, specifically students with hearing impairments. She has taught piano privately for more than 5 years and greatly enjoys helping her students learn. Her goal in teaching is to generate a love for and appreciation of music in her students by teaching in a way that is best suited to the individual.






Christina Sidaras, Piano* & Music Together


Christina has been teaching professionally since 2005 to students of all ages and abilities. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music with an emphasis in Keyboard Pedagogy from Cedarville University. For her senior project, she researched music therapy methods and conducted fieldwork at the Alzheimer’s unit of a local assisted living facility.  She also studied Music Education with a Vocal Emphasis at Baptist Bible College in Springfield, Missouri. Christina is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music with MTNA and recently received a scholarship from the National Piano Foundation to study Recreational Music Making at the MTNA National Conference.  She has been a church musician and accompanist for nearly twenty years and continues to participate in her church’s praise band. When Christina is not teaching lessons or dancing around with Music Together families, she enjoys spending time with her four children. 






Toni Smith, Piano


Toni received a Bachelor of Music degree in Keyboard Pedagogy from Cedarville University.  During her time at Cedarville, she performed frequently as a soloist; accompanied instrumentalists and vocalists; tutored for the group piano class; and taught private lessons for ages 6 to 65 years through the Directed Teaching program. Her research has focused on techniques to assist teachers in maintaining adolescent student interest in music, particularly for those who do not intend to pursue music as a career, but rather as a hobby. Her goal in teaching is to not only help her students learn in the manner most suited to each unique personality, but to also share her love of diverse musical styles. Toni joined the Piano Preparatory School in 2016 and, in addition to serving as a private teacher, helps to facilitate the Practice Partner program.  




Tom Sobieski, Violin*


Thomas Sobieski is currently adjunct at Wright State University, where he teaches violin, World Music classes, and plays second violin in the Faculty String Quartet.  He is concertmaster of 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. Tom earned his BM, MM and AD from the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, where he studied with Dr. Won-Bin Yim and studied chamber music with Lee Fiser, Henry Meyer, Peter Oundjian, William Grubb and Awadagin Pratt.