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


Irene Bernstein
Irene Bernstein (Traditional and Suzuki Piano, Theory) holds a Bachelor of Music, Kharkov, Ukraine and Masters of Music in Theory and Musicology, Saint Petersburg Conservatory, Russia. Teaching young beginners through advanced intermediate students and adults for 42 years has resulted in a system of training that incorporates European, American, and Suzuki methods, and requires parental involvement and, for Suzuki students, group class participation.

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.

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.

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
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Chris Mincer (Classical Guitar, Alexander Teacher) received his B.M. in guitar performance from Penn State in 1987 and his M.M. in guitar performance from Southern Methodist University in 1991. He has been a certified Suzuki guitar instructor (through book 8) since 2005. In 1996 he became an AmSAT-certified Alexander Teacher at the Brighton Alexander Training Centre in the U.K. and completed a second training at the Alexander Technique Center of New England in 2002. Chris maintains both guitar and Alexander studios in State College.
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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.
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!