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, 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. 


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.

Emily Evans, Violin/Voice

Soprano Emily Evans earned a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from DePaul University under the tutelage of Elizabeth Byrne, and her Bachelor of Music degree from Moody Bible Institute. In Chicago she worked with The Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company, The Floating Opera Company, and The DePaul Opera Theater, where she was seen most notably as the Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute. She has been a featured soloist in Handel's Messiah and Purcell's Fairy Queen and was selected as runner up for the Sinfonietta Bel Canto Competition (2016). In addition to her operatic credits, Emily has participated in master classes with tenor Quinn Kelsey, sopranos Nicole Cabell, Pamela Hinchman and Ruth Hennessy. She is now an active performer in the Dayton area and a member of the Dayton Opera Chorus. In addition to opera, Emily also studied the violin, playing in chamber ensembles and her undergraduate symphonic band. She has taught beginner violin for seven years and is very passionate about helping little ones develop good habits at the onset of their musical journey.

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 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.




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. 


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.  


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 and has duties teaching courses in string methods and non-western music appreciation. He also serves as the 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 has given numerous solo recitals throughout the United States. These performances include solo recitals at Wright State University, Earlham College, Miami University, and The University of Florida as well as lecture recitals at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and the Xi'an University of Arts and Science in Xi'an, China. He was awarded an orchestral fellowship to the Aspen Music Festival for two consecutive years in 2012 and 2013, was a fellowship recipient at the CCM Spoleto Festival in Spoleto, Italy 2011, received a full scholarship to the Music Academy of the West in 2009, and was awarded substantial scholarships to the Manchester Music Festival 2007 and the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival 2006 and 2008. He has been awarded high honors at many international solo competitions as well, including 2nd prize awards at the Lima Symphony Young Artist Competition 2012, The Cincinnati Conservatory annual concerto competition 2011, and the Hubbard Solo Contest 2007. He has also been a semi-finalist in the Sorantin Competition 2011, the only violist invited to compete, and was a semi-finalist and the top violist in the 2009 Crescendo Music Awards.  






















































































































As an orchestral musician, he has served as principal violist of festival orchestras in Italy as well as at the Music Academy of the West and was the acting principal violist for the Debut Orchestra in Los Angeles for their 2009-2010 season. He currently is the acting assistant principal viola in the Richmond Indiana Symphony, and has been a guest principal with the Lebanon Symphony as well as guest assistant principal with the Middletown Symphony Orchestra. 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. 



Aurelian Oprea, Guest Artist - Violin

Born in 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. 

Haley Perritt, Piano & Music Makers

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. 

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, where she studied under Dr. Charles Clevenger, and joined the Piano Preparatory School in 2016. She performs as a soloist as well as accompanying both vocalists and instrumentalists. In addition to teaching private lessons, she has taught group classes and helped facilitate the Practice Partners program. Her research has included figured bass, maintaining adolescent students’ interest in music, and Béla Bartók’s contributions to ethnomusicology. She is passionate about tailoring her lessons to suit each student’s unique learning modality and being a positive role model for her students. 

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*

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.