2790 W. College Ave., Suite #7,  State College, PA 16801

Email: info@scmusicacademy.org  |Phone: 814-238-3451

Meet the Faculty

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Evelyn Bookhammer  (Traditional and Suzuki Cello)

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Evelyn Bookhammer (Traditional and Suzuki Cello) loves teaching both Suzuki and traditional cello to any age of student. She is versatile and creative in helping students to be successful and to love the cello.  Evelyn has had many very small children, lots of school aged and many adult students through the years.  Ms. Bookhammer believes all have inborne talent that can be developed in a positive environment, with the proper nurturing. She started cello with Marco Branda in Altoona, and then Evelyn studied cello at Mansfield University, Elmira College, and Penn State University with Irwin Borodkin, Leonard Feldman, and Kim Cook.She has performed with Elmira Symphony, Juniata College Symphony, Celtic Classic, and Altoona Symphony since high school. Ms. Bookhammer is certified through book 5 in Suzuki Repertoire, through book 7 overview by the American Suzuki Association. Evelyn has been teaching Suzuki cello in the State College Suzuki Program since 1989. She also teaches in her home studio at Alexandria, PA, and formerly at Juniata College.   Evelyn is blessed by teaching cello.

Allie Brault (Voice

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Allie Brault (Voice), soprano, is a Master of Music student at Penn State University. Native to New York, she obtained her Bachelor’s in Music Education and Performance from The Crane School of Music. She has been teaching voice privately since 2017, and additionally has experience teaching general music, choir, and music theory. Some of her favorite credits include her Off-Broadway debut in David Harrower’s “Blackbird” and the world premiere of Tom Cipullo’s opera “Mayo.” She was most recently seen as Blanche de la Force in Poulenc’s “The Dialogues of the Carmelites” with the Penn State Opera Theatre. She was also the 2023 winner of Penn State’s SingOut competition and has been selected twice to perform in Penn State’s Graduate Recognition Recital.

Betha Christopher  (Early Childhood Classes) 

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Betha Christopher (Early Childhood Classes) is a fully licensed Musikgarten teacher, was a National Musikgarten Teacher Trainer and a Level I Certified ECMMA member. She earned a Bachelor of Music from DePauw University in Indiana, and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Boston University.  "Because I can see the wonderful benefits of music in my own children, I am delighted to offer Musikgarten & Music Together programs to families at The Music Academy!  I bring over 20 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."  Betha is also the Early Childhood Coordinator. 

Brandy Davis  (Clarinet, Saxophone) 

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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.

Ashley Godwin (French Horn and Trumpet)

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Ashley Godwin (French Horn and Trumpet)  is a teacher and performer currently based in State College while pursuing her master’s in French horn performance from Penn State. She is originally from the Tampa Bay Area, where she completed her undergraduate degree in Music Education from the University of South Florida. 

Ashley currently studies with Dr. Sarah Schouten and serves as her Graduate Assistant at Penn State, where she teaches French horn classes, private lessons, and performs in several ensembles. Ashley has previously studied under Carolyn Wahl and Andrew Karr of the Florida Orchestra. 

Brooke Greybush  (Piano)

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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.

Cathy Herrera  (Flute, Baroque Flute, World Flutes, Recorder) 

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Cathy Herrera (Flute, Baroque Flute, World Flutes, Recorder) Flutist Cathy Collinge Herrera enjoys an international performing and teaching career spanning four continents and several decades. Her Doctorate in Flute Performance and Certificate in World Music have led her down many unique as well as traditional orchestral and chamber music paths. She has served on university and conservatory faculties in Australia, Peru and the U.S. While a Fulbright scholar to Peru, she was principal flute of the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional and a founder of the Latin American Flute Festival scene. In recent years she has added new age improvisation, composing and interdisciplinary arts collaboration to her list of musical passions. An artistic ambassador for U.S. Embassies, Cathy has premiered multiple works, including her own compositions in the U.S. and abroad as soloist at music festivals, such as the Bournemouth (England) Music Festival; Música Para Todos festival in La Paz, Bolivia; Festivales Internacionales de Flautistas in Peru and El Centro del Mundo Quito, Ecuador; the Mesoamerica tour with the Cornell University Men’s Glee Club; as well as throughout the Americas with the Herrera-Register flute and guitar duo; Camerata Amistad trio; and the TrioArts Project, a collaboration of music, dance and the spoken word. Founder of The Flutopia Initiative charitable organization with the motto ¨flutists inspiring musicians to change the world, one concert at a time¨, she has worked locally to benefit hometown residents with ¨Play it Forward¨ concerts and the ¨Flutopia 5k!¨ featuring musicians along the route. In the U.S. she organizes Flutopia Initiative benefit concerts for a local charity in the host city of each National Flute Association convention, and on an international level has raised funds and provided musical instruments for music students in Guatemala, Haiti and Peru, as well as funds for Doctors Without Borders. Cathy is a Rostered Artist for the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, flutist and piccoloist with the Penns Woods, Altoona and Nittany Valley, Symphony Orchestras, and is the Flute Lecturer at Juniata College. Her compositions are published by ALRY and her book, “It’s Performance Day! Success in the Spotlight” by Theodore Presser.

Mark Minnich  (Suzuki Violin)

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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/Traditional Violin)

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Sally Williams Minnich (Suzuki/Traditional 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. 

Jesse Moore  (Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, and Bass Guitar)

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Jesse Moore (Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, and Bass Guitar) is an active performer and songwriter, specializing in electric guitar, acoustic guitar, and bass guitar. He holds a bachelor's degree in guitar performance (rock, blues, funk, and jazz fusion) from Berklee School of Music and a certificate from CAP21 Musical Theatre Conservatory in NYC. Jesse regularly appears as a pit musician for shows in the area and enjoys a support role with the Penn State School of Music. He began learning the guitar at the age of 13 and continues to pursue new areas of growth as a musician, composer, and educator.

Victoria Petrosky  (Piano, Music Theory, Solfege, Accompaniment)

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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)

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Lisa Raymond (Traditional violin and viola) has 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  (Piano) 

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Cathy Scafidi (Piano) holds a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Oberlin Conservatory of Music.  She has been teaching individual piano lessons for over thirty years to students that are beginner through advanced levels.  Ms. Scafidi has been teaching at The Music Academy since 2000 and also teaches at Juniata College.

Dan Shevock  (Percussion, Marimba, Drum-Set, Jazz)

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Dan Shevock (Percussion, Marimba, Drum-Set, Jazz) is a creative musician, percussionist, and philosopher. As a musician, he was the primary drummer for the Ray Ryan Jazz Band in Pittsburgh, PA for a decade, performing 20-30 engagements each year at festivals, parades, parks, and events. Since 2012 he has performed primarily as a vibraphonist in Central, PA. Dan was a jazz artist in residence at Penn State Altoona, where he continues to teach, and he performs, writes, and arranges music with a focus on ecological jazz and free improvision. Dan has also performed as a poet since 2020. As an author, his books focus on the intersection of music and ecology. In his free time, Dan enjoys gardening, hiking, running, and swimming. Dan has degrees from Clarion University of Pennsylvania (BSEd), Towson University (MS), and Penn State (PhD).  

Ruth Stokes (Cello)

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Ruth Stokes (Cello) is a cellist from Minnesota, working and studying at Penn State University as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for cello and Master's student in cello performance. She is an active freelance musician in State College and surrounding areas, including performing with nearby orchestras such as the Altoona and Williamsport Symphony Orchestras. Ruth has been teaching at Penn State for one year and taught private students while in Minnesota for the past six years. She has also recently given performance classes at Concordia Academy High School in MN and

Altoona Area High School in PA. 

Ruth received her Bachelor's degree in Instrumental Performance at the Frost School of Music at University of Miami, where she was a Stamps Distinguished Ensemble Scholar, Class of 2022. Throughout her undergraduate degree she performed extensively throughout South Florida as well as in New York, South Carolina, and Georgia with her string quartet. She has spent the summers performing in summer festivals such as Credo Oberlin, the St Paul Chamber Music Institute, the Castleman Quartet Program, Festival Napa Valley, the Berkshire High Peaks Festival, and the Penns Woods summer music festival. Ruth has been playing as co-principal of the Chamber and Philharmonic Orchestras at Penn State School of Music for the last year, recently won their 2023 Concerto Competition, and is currently performing and working on multiple chamber and solo projects at the school.

Spencer Stover (Suzuki/Traditional Violin)

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Spencer Stover (Traditional and Suzuki Violin) is a recent alumnus of Penn State University, where he successfully completed his Bachelor's degree in Music Education. During his time, he had the privilege of studying violin under the esteemed guidance of Professor James Lyon. Building upon his accomplishments, Spencer will be attaining a Professional Performance Certificate, which he aims to fulfill in the upcoming year at Penn State.

Spencer's passion for music extends beyond the classroom, as he actively engages in freelance opportunities and performances with various local ensembles such as The Pennsylvania Chamber Orchestra and The Williamsport Symphony. With nearly fifteen years of immersive experience in the arts, encompassing roles as a performer, teacher, and dedicated student, Spencer has garnered invaluable insights and honed his skills. His commitment to musical excellence has led him to participate in prestigious summer programs like The Josef Gingold Chamber Music Festival of Miami and The Philadelphia International Music Festival, where he collaborated with esteemed musicians from around the world, fostering growth and artistic collaboration.

His previous teachers include Kimberly Fisher, Principal Second Violinist of The Philadelphia Orchestra, and Beth Guerriero, Interim Executive Director of Westrick Music Academy, both of whom have played instrumental roles in his artistic development. Their mentorship has undoubtedly contributed to Spencer's musical prowess and commitment to his craft.

Trevor Thompson  (Suzuki/Traditional Violin)

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Trevor Thompson has an active career as a freelance violinist and music educator. Trevor performs in concert halls throughout the country, performing with the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, California Symphony, Sacramento Philharmonic, Pacific Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonia da Camera, Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana, and the Ohio Valley Symphony. A passionate chamber musician, Trevor has performed in concert alongside violinist Ariana Kim, Berlin Philharmonic violist Matthew Hunter, and cellist Andres Diaz. As an educator, Trevor has a passion working with a wide array of students and levels, taking inspiration from the pedagogies of Suzuki and Paul Rolland. Trevor has served as a faculty member of The Crowden School in Berkeley, CA, and as the Senior Coordinator and Lead Strings Instructor at California Symphony’s Sound Minds music program. Trevor has coached and given masterclasses as a Chamber Fellow at the Palo Alto Chamber Music Summer Camp and served as the Assistant Coordinator and Violin Instructor with the Illinois String Academy, where he taught violinists of all levels and coached chamber music at the Pre-College Chamber Music program. Trevor received a B.M. in Violin Performance from Vanderbilt University, and an M.M. and Artist Diploma in Violin Performance from the University of Illinois.

Laurie Troyer  (Early Childhood Classes)

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Laurie Troyer (Early Childhood Classes) An experienced educator, Laurie taught full time in public schools for 14 years and has also enjoyed teaching part time in community and church settings.  Laurie received a B.M. degree in Music Education from Grove City College and an M.A. in French from Middlebury College.  She holds Pennsylvania state teaching certification in Music Education, grades Pre-K through 12, and is a certified Musikgarten teacher.  “I have seen so much growth in my own daughter through Musikgarten.  I am excited by the range and quality of Early Childhood Music classes at The Music Academy."