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MEET THE FACULTY
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LOCATION

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

814-238-3451

Evelyn Bookhammer (Traditional and Suzuki Cello) loves teaching both Suzuki and traditional cello to any age of student. Evelyn studied at Mansfield University, Elmira College, and Penn State University. She has performed with Elmira Symphony, Juniata College Symphony, Celtic Classic, and Altoona Symphony. Ms. Bookhammer is certified through book 5 in Suzuki Repertoire, through book 7 overview American Suzuki Association. Evelyn has been teaching Suzuki cello in the State College Suzuki Program since 1989. She also teaches in Hollidaysburg, and at Juniata College. She has studied with Marco Branda, Irwin Borodkin, Leonard Feldman, and Kim Cook. Ms. Bookhammer believes all have inborne talent that can be developed in a positive environment, with the proper nurturing. Evelyn is blessed by teaching cello.
Tom Cody (Guitar and Bass Guitar) maintains a busy performing schedule working as a pit musician for shows (guitar, mandolin, banjo, ukulele), accompanist, freelance musician, and arranger. He also performs as part of horn/guitar duo with his wife, Sarah Schouten. Tom is on the music theory faculty at Penn State University teaching freshman and sophomore music theory and aural skills—a position he has held since 2001. Tom holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Guitar Performance and a Master of Music degree in Music Theory/Composition from Youngstown State University. He is currently completing the requirements for the Ph.D. in Music Theory from The Ohio State University.
Bonnie Cutsforth-Huber (Voice and YogaSing) mezzo soprano, enjoys an active performing career in oratorio, cantata, and operatic circuits. As a concert artist, she has performed in prestigious venues across the world, including New York’s Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall in Istanbul, Turkey, Strasbourg Cathedral, and Vienna’s St. Stephen’s Cathedral. She is also in frequent demand as a recitalist and concert performer of new works. She has several world premieres to her credit, including song cycles and concert works by Robert S. Cohen, Martha Hill Duncan, and Timothy Melbinger. Ms. Cutsforth-Huber is also an active teacher; she has been the recipient of the Emerging Leaders Award from the National Association of Teachers of Singing and Penn State Altoona’s Athleen Steer Award for Outstanding Teaching and Mentorship. She currently serves as associate professor of music at Penn State Altoona.
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 14 years.  Brandy is also an active 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, Chicago the Musical tour, P & J Productions, Moshannon Valley YMCA Student Youth Theatre Program, Bavarian Stompers, 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.  
Gregory Glessner (Traditional Violin) Violinist Gregory Glessner holds a Master of Music degree from Penn State University as well as a Bachelor of Music degree from Messiah College. During his time at Penn State, Gregory studied with James Lyon and Timothy Deighton. He served several concerts as principal violin II in the Penn State Chamber Orchestra and Concertmaster of the Penn State Philharmonic. He was also a member of the Pennsylvania Centre Chamber Orchestra, and still performs with the Penn's Woods Music Festival Orchestra at Penn State. Gregory also plays frequently with the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra. Gregory's past teachers include Peter Sirotin and Anthony Lucia. He has participated in masterclasses with Julia Wedman, David Geber, and Philip Setzer. Gregory has also served as concertmaster of the Messiah College Symphony Orchestra and the West Shore Symphony Orchestra. In addition to playing and teaching, Gregory enjoys repairing and servicing string instruments in his Boalsburg shop, as well as providing high quality rentals to students.
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.
Paul Kim (Traditional and Suzuki 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. Suzuki-certified for cello through Book 5, Paul hopes to inspire a passion for the instrument in his students, and to have them see possibilities within and without the classical realm. In addition to offering private lessons, Paul will be leading various group and ensemble classes.
Hannah Lin Glessner (Traditional and Suzuki Violin) has been teaching violin since 2011: at first just for fun, then as part of her studies, and most recently as an instructor at Juniata College and The Music Academy. She completed a master's degree in Suzuki pedagogy at Ithaca College, where she studied violin with Calvin Wiersma and Suzuki pedagogy with Carrie Reuning-Hummel. While at Ithaca College, Hannah taught beginner strings to undergraduate music education students in a graduate assistantship under James Mick. In addition to her long-term teacher training (through all ten Suzuki violin books) at Ithaca College, Hannah has received additional unit training from Suzuki pedagogues Teri Einfeldt, James Hutchins, Edward Kreitman, Kimberly Meier-Sims, Sharon Miller, and Thomas Wermuth. Hannah received a bachelor's degree in music education from Penn State, where she attended as a Schreyer Honors Scholar, studying violin with James Lyon and string pedagogy with Robert Gardner. In her musical activities outside of teaching, Hannah enjoys performing as a solo, chamber and orchestral musician.
Michelle Metty (Traditional and Suzuki Violin and Viola) began learning violin at 9 years old, and has been playing the viola since she was 15. She attended the State University of New York at Fredonia for her undergraduate studies, where she took viola lessons with David Rose and earned a Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance. Michelle attended Ithaca College with a graduate assistantship and now holds a Master of Music in Suzuki Pedagogy and Viola Performance. She studied viola with Kyle Armbrust and Suzuki pedagogy with Carrie Reuning-Hummel. In addition to her long-term Suzuki training, Michelle has also taken Suzuki violin training units with Kimberly Meier-Sims and James Hutchins, and is registered for 8 units of Suzuki Violin. In addition to teaching, Michelle enjoys performing as a solo, orchestral, and chamber musician. She loves learning and performing contemporary pieces just as much as works from the Baroque period, and all music in between. In her teaching, Michelle hopes to inspire passion and love of all music, foster individuality, and provide a positive, nurturing environment for creativity and learning.
Mark Minnich (Suzuki Violin) holds a B.M. in Violin Performance from Bowling Green State University, as well as an M.M. in Violin Performance and an M.A. in Music Theory and History from Penn State. Mark has performed in the United States, Canada, Germany, Austria, Poland, China, Greece, and Tanzania, and has played as soloist with the Toledo Youth Orchestra, the Toledo International Youth Orchestra, the Firelands Symphony, and the Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra. An enthusiast of diverse musical styles, he has participated in jazz combos, Latin rock bands, new music ensembles, string quartets, and fiddle camps, as well as with the Mannheim Steamroller orchestra, the world tour of Chicago: The Musical, and Grammy award winning pianist Billy Childs. Mark performs as concertmaster with the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra and with his wife in the innovative violin duo Revamped. He holds positions teaching violin, viola, chamber ensembles, and group classes at the State College Suzuki Program and the Grier School.
Sally Williams Minnich (Suzuki Violin) is an avid freelance performer, music educator, arranger, and composer. She has appeared as a soloist at the Electronic Music Midwest Festival, the Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra, the Altoona Symphony, The Cleveland Pops Orchestra, and The Williamsport Symphony Orchestra. She is a founding member of the internationally-known violin duo, Revamped, and has invented extended techniques for the violin. Williams Minnich is also the first violinist and founding member of the Allegria String Quartet which most notably performed with Grammy Award-winning artist Billy Childs.  Williams Minnich studied as a preparatory student at the Cleveland Institute of Music and holds bachelor's degrees in violin performance/music composition and a master’s degree in violin performance from Bowling Green State University. She also holds a master's degree in music education from Pennsylvania State University. She has had the privilege of studying with violin pedagogues David Russell, Vasile Beluska, and James Lyon. She is currently serving as the Director of the State College Suzuki Program.
Victoria Petrosky
Victoria Petrosky (Piano, Music theory, Solfege, Accompaniment) was trained as a child at The Moscow Children's Music School #36, with her beloved piano teacher who was a student of Vladimir Sofronitsky. Victoria is a graduate of the College of Music of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory , 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 piano performance with Galina Turkina (of the Turkiny piano 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 been active as an accompanist, including the Bolshoi Theater Choreography College in Moscow, church and concert choirs in State College, musical theater productions in State College. Victoria teaches piano to students of all ages, beginner through advanced levels. She is an active member of the Central Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association, where she serves as a co-chair for the Phyllis Triolo Music Competition.
Lisa Raymond (Traditional violin and viola) violin performance degrees from The Juilliard School and Yale University. She has performed with many orchestras in the United States, among them are The Albany Symphony, The Syracuse Symphony, The Concerto Soloists Chamber Orchestra, The Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, The Nittany Valley Symphony, The Penns Woods Festival, and The Pennsylvania Chamber Orchestra. She has been guest concertmaster with The Nittany Valley Symphony and The Pennsylvania Chamber Orchestra as well as principal 2nd violin with The Nittany Valley Symphony. She has given many recitals and has been a member of numerous chamber ensembles, and was a founding member of The Ithaca Trio. Lisa has been a violin and viola teacher for over 35 years, and tailors her instruction to each student and their unique needs. The emphasis is on building technique, while at the same time fostering a love of music and the desire to be the best musician that each student can be.
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.
Sarah Schouten
Sarah Schouten (French Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, and Tuba) Dr. Sarah Schouten maintains an active career as an educator and performer. She enjoys teaching students of all ages and ability levels and her students have successfully auditioned into everything from Jr. High Symphonic Band to Graduate School Programs. Sarah currently serves as Assistant Professor (Horn) at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she teaches applied horn lessons and directs the Horn Ensemble, and as Instructor of Horn in the D'Angelo Department of Music at Mercyhurst University. Previously, Sarah served as Lecturer of Horn at The Pennsylvania State University (Sabbatical Replacement for 2017-2018), at Edinboro University, and Marywood University.  In addition to her endeavors as an educator, Sarah performs regularly with the Altoona Symphony Orchestra and the Music at Penns Woods Festival and freelances frequently with other orchestras in Northwest and Central Pennsylvania.  As a chamber artist, she is member of Just Two, a horn/guitar duo with Tom Cody and the ChambersSchouten Horn Duo.  Sarah earned her DM from Florida State University, her MM from The Pennsylvania State University, and BA in history, Spanish, and music, from the University of Dayton.
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 also obtained a Master's degree in music performance from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania in December 2017. In addition to teaching, Carolyn frequently accompanies for various performances and events in the State College area.
Kevin Sims (Percussion, Piano) has been teaching piano and percussion to students of all ages since 2005. While studying classical percussion at Manhattan School of Music in New York City, he began to focus on contemporary and experimental music, working closely with composers and helping to form Red Light New Music. While studying at the Musikhochschule Freiburg in southwestern Germany, he had the opportunity to travel to music festivals in Switzerland, Korea, Russia and Ukraine. Kevin's experiences with new and experimental work, improvisation, and various approaches to composition, are big influences on his teaching. He is currently an active performer as a soloist, with the duo Moth Bucket, and in the Open Music Ensemble (which he also directs), as well as other occasional projects in the area.
Brooke Greybush (Piano) is delighted to teach piano at The Music Academy. She welcomes students of all ages to take individual piano lessons or group piano lessons. Brooke holds dual B.A. degrees in Music and Psychology from Susquehanna University and her Masters in Music in Piano Pedagogy from Temple University. Teaching positions include Susquehanna University’s preparatory program, Settlement Music School in Philadelphia, and The Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts in Clearwater, Florida. Since 2010, Brooke has enjoyed teaching individual piano lessons, group piano and early childhood music classes at the Music Academy. Brooke has an interactive teaching method and adapts to each student’s learning style. She encourages families to be involved with their child’s musical journey. Piano lessons focus on technique, sound, theory, analysis, memorization and creativity. Brooke looks forward to exploring the world of music with her students while enhancing their everyday lives with creativity, discipline, and joy.