MEET THE FACULTY
To find out more about our faculty, please contact us at your convenience.



LOCATION

2790 W. College Ave., Ste. 7
  State College, PA 16801
PHONE

814-238-3451

Evelyn Bookhammer (Traditional and Suzuki Cello) studied at Mansfield University and Penn State University, and currently performs with Altoona Symphony and Juniata College Symphony. Ms. Bookhammer is certified in Suzuki Repertoire through the American Suzuki Association and teaches at Juniata College in Huntingdon, PA, the State College Suzuki Teachers Coop, and the Music Academy of State College, PA.  Evelyn also has a studio in Hollidaysburg, PA.  She has studied with Marco Branda, Irwin Borodkin, Leonard Feldman, and Kim Cook.  Evelyn is comfortable with beginners and non beginners from age 3 up to adult, believing all have inborne talent that can be developed in a positive environment with the proper nurturing.
Betha Christopher (Musikgarten) a fully licensed Musikgarten teacher and ECMMA member, earned a Bachelor of Music from DePauw University in Indiana, and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Boston University. Now, most of Betha's performances are at the command of her three young children, and include silly songs, lullabies, and dances.  "Because I can see the wonderful benefits of music in my own children, I am delighted to offer the Musikgarten program to the families of State College!  I bring over 15 years of experience with young children, as a children's choir director, nanny, nursery director, preschool music teacher, and mother.  I hope that your family will join me soon to sing, dance and experience music together."
Brandy Davis (Clarinet, Saxophone) holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from the Pennsylvania State University.  She has been teaching clarinet and saxophone lessons for 12 years.  Brandy is also a freelance musician with experience in performing a wide variety of music with various groups.  Some of these groups include the Nittany Valley and Altoona Symphonies, FUSE Productions, Singing Onstage Studios, Penn State Centre Stage, P & J Productions, Moshannon Valley YMCA Student Youth Theatre Program, and the State College Area Municipal Band.
Michael Divino (Violin) is currently a Graduate Teaching Assistant at Penn State University, where he studies with Professor James Lyon.  At Penn State, he is a member of the Philharmonic and Chamber orchestras, and is responsible for teaching violin lessons to non-majors.  After completing his undergraduate studies with Akemi Takayama at Shenandoah Conservatory, he built a studio of private students in Southern Maryland, with students ranging in age from 5-50. He was most recently a participant in the Wintergreen Summer Music Academy, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains.  
Justin Dorsey
 (Double Bass, Electric Bass Guitar, and Basic Guitar) began his training both in the State College public schools and alongside local musicians including his father and brother playing roots music. From there both an interest in jazz and improvised, as well as orchestral and chamber, music flourished. Earning both his bachelor’s degree and a professional performance certificate at Penn State studying with Rob Nairn, he was able to establish a foundation for string playing and pedagogy rooted in the Viennese tradition. Then going on to earn his master’s degree at Duquesne University studying with Aaron White of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. This range of training from bar band musician to orchestral bassist, has imbued Justin with an appreciation for all forms of music and the power for change it represents.
Diane Gold
Diane Gold Toulsen (Recorder, Flute, Piano) has been on the faculty of the Music Academy since near its inception. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music and Columbia University, she is principal flute of the York (PA), Nittany Valley, and Altoona Symphony Orchestras. A member of the Huntingdon Trio and Easterly Chamber Players, she has performed extensively in the United States and Europe. Ms. Gold Toulson taught for many years at Bucknell University, and Juniata and York Colleges.
Arthur Goldstein
Arthur Goldstein (Piano, Composition, Jazz Studies) holds an MFA in composition from Pennsylvania State University with emphasis in piano and has studied at the Eastman School of Music and the Berklee College of Music. Mr. Goldstein teaches jazz history and music appreciation at Penn State University and is active as a solo recitalist, accompanist, and leader of his own jazz quartet. Mr. Goldstein has two solo recordings, "Piano Solos" and "Intersections", devoted to twentieth century piano literature.
Anne-Marie Hildebrandt (Voice, Celtic Instruments) is  graduate of the Juilliard School and Columbia University, Anne-Marie has taught ear training and harmony at the Juilliard School and private lessons and classes in improvisation, keyboard, and singing for more than 20 years.  She performs and creates in many genres including classical, pop, folk, rock, and Irish traditional music, which she has performed on the stage of Carnegie Hall over two dozen times. Anne-Marie is currently completing a Ph.D. in Music Education at Penn State University.

Paul Kim (Musikgarten and Cello) picked up the cello at four years of age after watching his older siblings taking lessons on the piano and violin. He began with Suzuki instruction, working his way through Book Four before eventually enrolling at the Peabody Institute's Preparatory Division in Baltimore. Transitioning to traditional solo studies under Paula Skolnick-Childress, he also undertook chamber studies with the Peabody Trio and orchestral studies with Rebecca Henry and Gene Young. As a member of the Peabody Sinfonia, he had the opportunity to tour Germany, The Netherlands, and Belgium.  While earning his BM in Music Production and Engineering at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Paul's solo cello studies continued under Eugene Friesen, branching out beyond classical music into jazz, blues, and folk traditions. Ensemble and orchestral work with Friesen, Mimi Rabson, and Mitch Haupers, as well as studio session work, allowed him to explore contemporary styles and free improvisation. He hopes to inspire a passion for the cello in his students, and to have them see possibilities within and without the classical realm. In addition to offering private lessons, Paul will be assisting Evelyn Bookhammer with the cello group classes."
 Mary Levin (Voice) Mary holds a Masters of Fine Arts from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and Voice Therapy Certification from the Boston Conservatory, where she studied with Blair McClosky.  Ms. Levin has sung with the Cleveland Opera theatre, the Harrisburg Civic Opera and in concert at the Whitaker Center.  she has worked with James conlon at Carnegie Hall.  A 25 year veteran of The Music academy, she has enjoyed working with students of all ages.  Ms. Levin lives in Lewistown with border collie, Buster, and cat, Boots, where she is organist at Sacred Heart Church.
Hannah Lin (Violin) completed a master’s degree in Suzuki pedagogy from Ithaca College, studying violin with Calvin Wiersma and Suzuki pedagogy with Carrie Reuning-Hummel. In addition to her long-term training at IC, Hannah has received teacher training from Suzuki pedagogues Edward Kreitman, Kimberly Meier-Sims, Thomas Wermuth, and Sharon Miller. For her undergraduate studies, Hannah attended Penn State as a Schreyer Honors Scholar, earning a bachelor's degree in music education. At PSU, she studied violin with James Lyon and string pedagogy with Robert Gardner.  As a teacher, Hannah has taught privately since 2011, with students ranging from age 4 to adult. She served as a graduate assistant to James Mick at IC, teaching beginner strings to undergraduate music education students. In addition to her teaching activities, Hannah enjoys performing as a solo, chamber, and orchestral musician.
Diane Lindsey (Piano) has a B.M. degree in piano performance from U.N.C.G., and a M.M. degree in piano performance and pedagogy from S.U.N.Y. Potsdam, Crane School of Music. She has completed the coursework for certification in K-12 general music in N.Y. State. She has certificates for Suzuki piano books 1-4 and overview of books 5-7 at Stevens Point, Falls Church and KY workshops. She is a member of Piano Guild, CPMTA, and SAA. She has taught for over 28 years as a Suzuki teacher. She has composed chamber music for children, 2 sets of piano duets and a set of intermediate solos.
Joshua Long
Joshua E. Long (Euphonium, Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone) holds degrees in band/wind ensemble conducting, music education, and euphonium performance.  Currently, he is completing a PhD in adult education at the Pennsylvania State University and is the Bellefonte Community Band Director.  Joshua has experience as a public school teacher, performing musician, community ensemble instructor, and conductor of university bands.  He has research interests in community music ensembles, nutrition for musicians, instrument repair, and historical bands.  Joshua performs as a conductor, community band director and euphonium soloist with various musical groups.  Joshua and his wife Becky also own and operate the Art & Music Emporium where he is the primary music instructor and instrument repair technician, specializing in brass.  To find more information, please visit www.joshuaelong.com.
Mark Minnich (Violin) holds a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from Bowling Green State University and a Master of Music in Violin Performance from Penn State. In his early career, Mark Minnich won the Toledo Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition, the Bowling Green Young Artists Competition, and the Firelands Symphony Concerto Competition. He also toured as Concertmaster with the Toledo International Youth Orchestra in Canada, Germany, Austria, Poland, China, and Tanzania. He is currently a member of the Altoona Symphony and Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra, with whom he recently appeared as a soloist. He also performs regularly with his wife, violinist Sally Williams Minnich, in the duo Revamped. Mark is continuing his education with a Master of Arts in Music Theory and History at Penn State and has received Suzuki training through book 1.
Sally Williams Minnich (Violin) began Suzuki violin lessons at age four and was accepted at age 16 as a preparatory student of David Russell at the Cleveland Institute of Music. She has appeared as a soloist at numerous events, including the Electronic Music Midwest Festival in 2011 and the Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra in 2014. She also recorded strings for Superchic[k]’s album “Rock What you Got” which was nominated for a Grammy in 2008. She performs regularly with her husband in the innovative violin duo Revamped. Williams Minnich holds bachelor's degrees in violin performance and music composition and a master’s degree in violin performance from Bowling Green State University as well as a master's degree in music education from Pennsylvania State University. She has had the privilege of studying with violin pedagogues Vasile Beluska and James Lyon and with composers Burton Beerman, Marilyn Shrude, Elainie Lillios, and Mikel Kuehn. She also teaches violin at the Grier School for Girls in Birmingham, PA and is Suzuki-certified through violin book 2.
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Jay Tyler Nelson (Basic and Intermediate Guitar) is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who has enjoyed a career as a guitarist and singer for folk and rock bands and studio sessions for nearly two decades. He is proficient in folk, rock, and Irish traditional styles. In 2007, he co-founded the Lehi Arts’ Center Youth Orchestra and Guitar Ensemble where he lead the orchestra, guitar ensemble, and taught private guitar lessons.  He offers guitar lessons to beginning and intermediate students of all ages looking to develop skills in folk, rock, country, bluegrass, and Irish traditional. Focuses include strumming technique (fingerstyle and flatpicking), rhythm, reading guitar tablature, music theory, harmonization, accompanying, and songwriting as appropriate.
Victoria Petrosky
Victoria Petrosky (Piano, Theory, Solfege, Accompaniment) trained as a child at The Moscow Children's Music School #36. She is a graduate of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, with a B.A. in music theory, and of Gnessin's Russian Academy of Music in Moscow, where she obtained a Master's degree in music theory and piano pedagogy. At the Gnessin Academy Victoria studied with Galina Turkina (of the famed Galina and Yulia Turkina duo). Victoria has been teaching for over twenty years, first at The Moscow Children's Music School and later at the Main Line Music Academy near Philadelphia. She has served as music director and editor on music programs for Russian Radio and has been active as an accompanist, including several ballet companies and the Bolshoi Theater Choreography College in Moscow.
Ann Rebuck (Piano) received her BA in Music Education from Hood College.  She completed postgraduate work at the University Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, receiving a certificate in Orff Schulwerk.  Ann did additional graduate work in Music Education at Penn State University.  She has completed Suzuki piano teacher training through Book 4.  She is a certified music therapist and is currently working toward Board Certification through the American Association of Music Therapy.  For the past 20 years, Ann has concentrated on teaching Suzuki piano in her home studio.  She also has a small private music therapy practice for special needs children.  In addition, she is a licensed Kindermusik educator offering music experiences for children from birth through 7 years in both pre-school and community college settings.  Ann’s teaching style focuses on nurturing each child’s musical potential, knowing that “a good beginning never ends.”
Joanne Rutkowski
 Joanne Rutkowski (Children's Music) Professor Emeritus at The Pennsylvania State University, taught general and choral music, K-8, in Ohio and New York and continues to teach music classes for young children. While at Penn State she taught undergraduate and graduate classes in elementary general music, care and nurture of the child voice, curriculum, research, and music learning and development; she and her students provided music classes for preschool and kindergarten children at the Bennett Family Center and Hort Woods Childcare Center; she was also Music Education area coordinator and Graduate Program Chair. Her research has focused on the nature of children's singing voices and techniques and materials for helping uncertain singers in a classroom setting.  More recently she has explored issues related to graduate education and preparation of music teacher educators.  Joanne has presented her work at international, national, regional, and state conferences and symposia and published in numerous journals and books.  She held leadership and editorial positions with the International Society of Music Education (ISME), the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), and the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA).  She is a frequent visiting professor at various universities across the county and a workshop presenter for music teachers.
 
Cathy Scafidi

Cathy Scafidi (Piano) holds a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Oberlin Conservatory of Music and has been teaching piano for over twenty years to students beginner through advanced levels. Ms. Scafidi also teaches at Juniata College and the Grier School.
 
Carolyn Sepp

Carolyn Sepp (Piano, Voice) graduated from Elizabethtown College with degrees in voice and piano performance, along with an additional degree in professional writing.  Upon graduating in 2013, she joined the faculty at the State College Music Academy where she currently teaches piano and voice. Carolyn recently completed her first year as a graduate student at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania and plans to receive a Master of Arts in music performance by May 2017.  In addition to teaching, Carolyn frequently performs for weddings throughout Pennsylvania and accompanies for the REX Performing Arts summer camps each year.
Kevin Sims

Kevin Sims (Percussion, Piano) has been teaching percussion and piano to students of all ages for 8 years. A native of central Pennsylvania, he earned a Bachelor's degree from the Manhattan School of Music and a Master's from the Musikhochschule in Freiburg, Germany, where he studied for two years on a DAAD scholarrship. While Kevin's focus is on 20th and 21st century music for percussion, he is an accomplished pianist and amateur violinist and singer. He is a founding member of the New York City based collective Red Light New Music, and continues his performing and teaching pursuits from his home in Millheim, Pennsylvania.
Brooke Welsh (Piano) is delighted to teach piano at the music academy.  She is accepting piano students of all ages.  She teaches individual piano lessons and group piano and plans to start some music courses for young children in the fall.  Brooke holds degrees in Music and Psychology from Susquehanna University and her Masters in Piano from Temple University.  She has taught piano at Settlement Music School in Philadelphia, Temple University and Susquehanna University’s prep program.  She has taught at the Music Academy for 5 years!