Glenn Ferracone (CEO, drums, percussion) is a Grammy-nominated producer who has worked with many of today’s top musicians in jazz, rock, blues and classical music. Numerous recordings in his catalog have topped national and international charts, and have also been critically acclaimed bestsellers. Producing credits include Papa John, Johnny and Joey DeFrancesco, Larry McKenna, Lee Smith, Bill Goodwin, Dave Liebman and many others. He collaborates regularly with John Diliberto on NPR’s award-winning show, Echoes, featuring artists such as Hillary Hahn and Christopher O’Riley of From the Top. Glenn’s drumming discography includes well over 100 titles, featuring many regionally and nationally known performers. He has also appeared with Joe Cocker, Hunter Davis, Steve Allen, Chubby Checker, Roger Girke and Robert Goulet. For the past 25 years, Glenn has been a leading figure in the Chester County music scene, creating and directing music programs for numerous area venues and festivals, as well as leading his own jazz group. He has served as a clinician at Berklee College of Music, The University of the Arts, West Chester University, Rowan University and Lehigh University. Glenn maintains an active teaching schedule at The Music Centre, which he founded in 1991, and many of his students have excelled in local, district, state and regional ensembles. Glenn’s students have also been accepted into major university music programs and gone on to fruitful professional careers. Check out Glenn's Discography here.
Elyssa Gilmar (cello) earned her B.S. and M. M. from Boston University. She is currently an active member of the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, as well as a clinician for high schools and colleges. Along with winning numerous awards, she has performed with Rod Stewart, Yanni, Josh Groban, Ronan Tynan, Robert Plant, Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Beatlemania. Her teachers include members of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic and Boston Symphony.
Greg Mascherino (vioiln, viola, music history/theory/appreciation) is a sought after violinist and pedagogue who seeks to encourage great technique, musicality, and great practicing. He also teaches, starting Fall ’14, a music history and appreciation course at the Music Centre. Greg has performed all over the East Coast, including Symphony Hall in Boston and sold out arena shows with the Trans Siberian Orchestra. He holds a BM in Violin Performance and a BA in German Language and Scandinavian Studies from the University of Massachusetts Amherst where he studied with Elizabeth Chang. He currently works with Juliette Kang of the Philadelphia Orchestra. His philosophy is building the community music scene through educating and working with people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. He is currently a committee member for the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia Young Friends sect and plays in the Altoona Symphony, Main Line Symphony, Chesco Pops Orchestra, as well as area chamber ensembles. Follow Greg on his Facebook Page.
Paul Klinefelter (double bass, electric bass) received a performance diploma from the University of the Arts where he studied with Neil Courtney, assistant principal bass with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Paul is a member of the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra and also free-lances with many area ensembles. Once voted Philadelphia’s “Best Bass Player” by WRTI, he has appeared on dozens of critically acclaimed blues and jazz recordings. Many of Paul’s jazz students have gone on to college study and professional careers. In one recent season, two of the eight bassists in the Philadelphia/Chester County District Orchestra were Paul’s students. They, among others, have progressed to Regional, Pennsylvania All-State and All-Eastern Orchestras as well. Students of Mr. Klinefelter have been accepted at the Peabody Conservatory, the Boyer College of Music at Temple University, and the Eastman School of Music. Visit www.paulklinefelter.com.
Philip Forlano (trumpet, saxophone, clarinet, flute, beginner oboe) holds a B.S. and M.S. in Music Education from West Chester University. He studied keyboard harmony and jazz improvisation with Jimmie Amadie. Phil has played saxophone, clarinet and flute with the Reading Civic Opera, Fulton and Hershey Theatre Orchestras, and with show bands for Steve Allen, Al Martino, Red Skelton and Bobby Rydell.
David Thomas (piano) received his B. S. in Liberal Studies from West Chester University and his M.M. in Composition from Peabody Conservatory. He has studied with Lukas Foss, Jacques Voois and Ron Thomas. Currently a faculty member at the University of the Arts, Dave is a highly-respected and prolific composer. He has produced numerous works for piano, chamber ensembles and choral groups. His compositions have been documented on critically acclaimed recordings, and many have been performed internationally. Dave is also an accomplished jazz pianist with an active performance schedule. Visit www.davidbthomas.com.
Susan B. Guyer (voice, piano) received her B.M. in Vocal Performance from West Chester University, where she studied voice with Alan Wagner and piano with Vincent Craig. Susan has performed at Carnegie Hall with the MENC All-Eastern Honors Chorus. She has been music director for various churches since age 15, including Middletown Baptist Church and currently, Marple Presbyterian Church. She is an accomplished vocalist and pianist, currently active in professional musical theatre. Ms. Guyer brings much energy and expertise to her teaching studio, specializing in designing music programs to fit each student’s needs.
Sean Townsend (guitar) received his B.M. from Berklee College of Music and his M.M. from the University of Miami. He performs in two rock bands and is an active composer/performer of jingles for commercials, video games and film soundtracks.
Stu Frederick (guitar) has been a performing musician for nearly four decades. As a member of the Philadelphia singer-songwriter community, he has appeared in many regional venues and festivals. Stu was a major figure in the original Seattle, Washington rock music scene after serving four years in the US Coast Guard. He is a PA-certified music teacher and graduate of West Chester University.
Melissa Brun (cello, piano) is a summa cum laude graduate of Purchase College, SUNY. Her performance credits include the American Music Theatre (Lancaster, PA) The Knitting Factory (NYC), the Mark O’Connor Fiddle Camp, and many other venues. She has performed as cellist and vocalist for numerous musical theatre productions and recordings, including several world premieres. Melissa’s teaching emphasizes traditional techniques as well as improvisation and playing by ear.
Meghan Williams (mezzo soprano/violin/piano) Meghan made her Carnegie Hall debut at 16, later pursuing The Hartt School of Music, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Performance with a Minor in Conducting, followed by The Peabody Conservatory where she earned her Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance. Meghan has gone on to receive distinguished recognition for her ability to perform various styles of music with great success including roles such as; Dorabella (Così fan tutte), Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro), Mercedes (Carmen), Adalgisa (Norma), and Dinah (Trouble in Tahiti) which was conducted under the baton of Steven Crawford of The Metropolitan Opera. Meghan’s oratorio and concert credits include solo appearances with the The Philadelphia Orchestra, Central Connecticut Orchestra, West Jersey Chamber Music Society, Vox Renaissance Consort, Ama Deus Ensemble and as a featured soloist on tour throughout Europe. Meghan is equally comfortable performing non-classical roles including; Lily Craven (The Secret Garden) and Cathy Hyatt (The Last Five Years) off Broadway in New York City and has worked as a Cast Member with The Walt Disney Company.
Sharon Sigal (voice, piano) Every singer is unique-based on age, background, interest , personality and goals. While she is an instructor-someone who will guide you into your own understanding of how to sing- she is also your advocate-supporting you in your own goals and objectives.
Sharon is fascinated with music as a therapeutic tool. So after she received her BFA in Vocal Performance from Carnegie Mellon and studying with Maria Malpi, her vocal journey took a detour when she studied Creative Arts Therapy at Hahnemann University. She later returned to studying-this time-acting! As a voice teacher, Sharon’s study and work as a spoken word actor have greatly influenced her work as a voice teacher.
You will always receive her honesty, sense of humor and passion for singing! Rejoice in your voice!