Amy Feriante, piano and voice faculty

A versatile musician and instructor of many talents and interests, Amy Feriante began her piano study at age 7 under Annamarie Lindstrom, and began playing the flute in school at age 8. By middle school, she was studying flute privately as well as participating actively in her  local community theater.

In high school, Ms. Feriante devoted most of her spare time to various musical ensembles, and began taking private voice lessons in addition to piano lessons. She sang in both Concert Choir and Madrigal Ensemble, and co-founded North Harford High School’s first ever all-women’s barbershop quartet. In the summer of 2001, she spent 10 days touring Italy with her various choirs, where she was given the amazing opportunity to sing a solo in the Vatican!

Amy attended Lebanon Valley College and graduated in 2005 with a B.S. in Music Education. There she immersed herself in Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, Symphony Orchestra, recording technology, and pedagogical approaches.

Ms. Feriante began her teaching career in Delaware, teaching middle school, general music, and choir. Five years later, she moved to Portland, Oregon.  While there, she began teaching private piano and voice at Ethos Music, and joined Beati Chorum, a professional choir based in Portland.

Driven by her passion for music and for helping others, Ms. Feriante now teaches part time at Mother Seton Academy in Baltimore, in addition to Bel Air Music Studios. Her training in music education has given her tools for working with children of all ages and backgrounds, including those with learning disabilities or on the autism spectrum, but she is at ease with students of all ages, including adults and the very young.

William Jenkins, Jr, piano faculty

Since his first piano lesson at age 6, Bill Jenkins has had an ongoing passion for playing the instrument.  He obtained his B.A. from Loyola University Maryland in Fine Arts with a specialization in music.  There, he studied piano performance under acclaimed pianist Lura Johnson.

After college and a year of teaching, Bill studied theology for three years and obtained the Masters of Divinity degree at the Reformed Episcopal Seminary, in suburban Philadelphia.  He now teaches liturgical music there, directs the seminary choir, and serves as the seminary’s organist.

Bill has chaired the music department of a 2 day/week home school co-op in Carroll County as well as taught piano privately in Bel Air since 2008.  He is the organist at Faith Anglican Church in Baltimore, where he has been a long-time member.

Currently, Bill is working on a Masters in Sacred Theology (STM) at the Lutheran Theological Seminary of Philadelphia, with an emphasis in Liturgical Music.

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Jennifer Easter, violin and viola faculty

Jen Easter began studying the violin at age 5, quickly followed by piano studies.  She studied at the Peabody Preparatory for 10 years, and then was accepted to the Baltimore School for the Arts. Ms. Easter received her Bachelor in Music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music, and her Master of Music from Florida State University.

Ms. Easter has played with several major orchestras which include the New York City Opera, Baltimore Opera, Naples Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, Savannah Symphony, Harrisburg Symphony, Columbus Symphony, and has toured internationally, including performances in Austria. She has performed with such acclaimed artists as Yo-Yo Ma, Hilary Hahn, Kathleen Battle, Pinchas Zukerman and André Watts.

Ms. Easter began teaching as a graduate student at Florida State University.  While there, she taught private lessons and coached undergraduates in chamber music, a passion she retains to this day. Jen taught strings in both the Anne Arundel and Harford County Public Schools, and currently teaches at Harford Day School. Jen has taught private music lessons at Joyful Sounds School of Music (now Bel Air Music Studios) since 2002.

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Scott Winter, piano faculty

Scott loves teaching piano to students of a wide variety of ages and with diverse musical backgrounds. Providing private piano instruction since 2015, Scott desires to share his love of music and his expertise in piano with his students. He believes in an eclectic teaching approach, engaging the student with interesting repertoire, high quality training in technique and artistry, and instruction in music theory and music history.

Scott earned his Bachelor of Music (B.M.) and Master of Music (M.M.) in Piano Performance from Towson University. He also holds a minor in Electronic Media and Film (EMF). At Towson, Scott won three piano competitions and received more than ten musical and academic scholarships, including the Distinguished Scholar Award, one of the highest honors for academic excellence conferred by the university. He was chosen as the undergraduate commencement speaker for Towson’s College of Fine Arts and Communication graduation ceremony in May of 2015, where he represented more than 400 baccalaureate students. Scott tutored music theory and music history as an undergraduate, and worked for two years as a graduate assistant to the music department’s recording studio, where he oversaw pedagogical recording sessions.

In addition to his classical piano training, he has studied jazz piano, composition, pipe organ, harpsichord, Latin percussion, and video/audio production. He has also done extensive research into the connections between mathematics and music with an emphasis in the theoretical discipline of “musical geometry.” His thesis entitled “Geometry in Carl Vine’s Piano Sonata No. 1: The Rhythm Necklace as an Analytical Tool” was defended with distinction in May of 2017.

Scott serves as church organist and pianist at Grace Bible Baptist Church in Catonsville. He is active as a composer and arranger, as an accompanist/collaborative pianist, and as a performer for weddings, graduations and other events. Twice he has served as a graduation emcee. He is also the founder and director of Scott Winter Productions, a multi-camera videography business that has recorded and edited more than seventy recitals at Towson University, Mount Saint Mary’s University, and Gettysburg College.

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Patrick Sise, guitar faculty

A dedicated private teacher since 2006, Patrick Sise has over 10 years of teaching experience. Since 2012, he has guided the Guitar Program at Frostburg State University, where he is lecturer in Guitar.

A native of Richmond Virginia, Mr. Sise started playing the guitar when he moved to Elkton, Maryland at the age of eleven, and received his Associate of Arts degree in music/guitar from Cecil College in 2006.  While attending Cecil College, he received the 2005/06 Cecil County Arts Council Fellowship, which awarded annually to one student for artistic excellence.

Mr. Sise holds both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Guitar Performance and Guitar Pedagogy from the Peabody Institute, where he studied with Julian Gray.  During his graduate studies at Peabody, Mr. Sise was awarded a graduate assistantship with the music education department.

An active performer, Mr. Sise has performed at a wide variety of venues throughout the northeast region, including the Guitar Foundation of America’s regional symposium, Cecil College’s Milburn Stone Theatre, the Port Deposit Heritage Corporation concert series, and the Lehigh Valley Classical Guitar Festival.  Other notable performances include the 2010 Port Deposit Heritage Corporation Holiday Concert where he performed with Peabody faculty member Donald Sutherland, organist, and the 2009-2010 John E. Marlow Guitar Series. In addition to solo and chamber concerts, he is currently concertizing with his duo partner, guitarist Mark Edwards. He has performed in master classes for Manuel Barrueco, Adam Holzman, Laura Oltman, David Leisner, David Starobin, William Kanengiser, Bruce Holzman, Ricardo Cobo, Lorenzo Micheli, Ana Vidovic, and Nathan Fischer.

A versatile musician with eclectic tastes, Mr. Sise is the founder of Arizona Bay, a band that is dedicated to performing the music of  Tool as well as original compositions.  Mr. Sise is also an active member of We Love the Underground.  Both bands have performed all around the Baltimore area at popular venues such as the Ottobar and Angel’s Rock Bar in Power Plant Live.

Mr. Sise is active in community outreach programs.  During his student days, he was a member of Creative Access, a student-run volunteer performance program. In addition, he was a site coordinator for the Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Baltimore City Veterans Hospital, where he performed monthly.  He is currently active in the Face-to-Face Guitar program, an organization that provides free lessons to Baltimore’s inner-city elementary school students.

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Alina Antonenko, voice and piano faculty

Alina Antonenko began her musical career studying piano under the late Reynaldo Reyes at Towson University, where she received her Bachelor’s in Piano Performance, and recently completed her second year of graduate study in Vocal Performance/Pedagogy at Shenandoah University, studying voice under Aimee Sposato. She regularly participates in collaborative performances in the Greater Baltimore and Virginia area as both singer and pianist, most recently appearing as Norina from Don Pasquale in Shenandoah’s opera scenes program. Today, Ms. Antonenko works as a music director at the St. Christopher’s Episcopal and Ferndale United Methodist Churches. She is a private piano and voice instructor and coach, an accompanist for the Department of Dance at the Shenandoah Conservatory, as well as an accompanist for singers and instrumentalists. She hopes to continue spreading her lifelong love of music through her teaching and performing.

Jihea Choi, cello faculty

Jihea Choi holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Maryland, as well as a Performer’s Certificate from Northern Illinois University (where she was awarded a graduate assistantship) and a Bachelor of Music degree from Catholic University. She has studied with some of the premier cellists in the Northeast, including Robert Newkirk, David Teie and Marc Johnson

Trained in the Suzuki Method, Ms. Choi seeks to merge the method with more traditional approaches, adjusting the formula to suit the student. She is on the faculty at the Potomac School and the Landon School, where she has taught for over five years. In addition, she has served on the faculty at Cellospeak, a two-week camp whose goal is to build the technique and ensemble skills of adult amateur students, and performed as a member of the Cellospeak faculty ensemble, 16 Cellos.

A chamber musician as well as an accomplished orchestral cellist, Ms. Choi has played with the Prince William, Lancaster, Illinois Valley, and Rockford Symphony Orchestras, as well as the Alexandria and National Philharmonic Orchestra. Ms. Choi currently serves as an associate principal cellist with the Fairfax Symphony.

Brendan Betyn, percussion faculty

Brendan Betyn is an innovative percussionist devoted to sharing his love of music with the masses, and is quickly making a name for himself as freelance performer and educator in the Mid-Atlantic region. From the concert hall to the classroom, Brendan brings a infectious energy to his craft.

Performing with groups large and small, Brendan feels as much at home with a symphony orchestra as he does with a blues band. Brendan has performed with acclaimed groups such as the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Newprism Ensemble, and the Heritage Players. He has also formed his own groups, Tala Rasa and Mitt3n Percussion, which focus on creating new and exciting contemporary music.

Passionate about influencing generations to come, Brendan has worked as an educator through the Baltimore School for the Arts and the Orchkids program, aimed at giving music education to public schools in the Baltimore area. Through these programs, Brendan hopes to give access to music education in areas where it would otherwise not be possible. He has also given clinics around the country at different schools including Juiliard Pre-College, Interlochen Academy for the Arts, and New York University.

In addition to winning the grand prize in the MFMC (Michigan Federation Music Club) Percussion Competition, Brendan was a finalist in the WAMSO (Woman’s Association of the Minnesota Orchestra) Young Artists Competition. In 2016, he was awarded a Graduate Music Grant from the Presser Foundation.

Brendan is currently pursuing his doctoral degree in music from the Peabody Conservatory where he studies with renowned professor Robert van Sice. He holds degrees from both the Peabody Conservatory and Michigan State University. Brendan is also a Vic Firth Performing Artist.

George Wilkerson, voice faculty

George Wilkerson, Jr. (tenor) hails from Wilmington, Delaware and was born into a large family of musicians. He holds the Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from West Chester University of Pennsylvania and the Master of Arts degree in Music (Voice) from Morgan State University. He is currently pursuing the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Voice Performance from the Shenandoah Conservatory at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia under the tutelage of Dr. Byron Jones. He is also a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS).

Mr. Wilkerson has extensive experience in opera and musical theatre; most notably, performing the roles of Beppe in Pagliacci, Alfred in Die Fledermaus, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Bill in A Hand of Bridge, Professor Bhaer in Little Women: The Musical, Chauvelin in The Scarlet Pimpernel, and Jake in Side Show. He is also the tenor section leader/soloist for the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Baltimore, where he has sung numerous oratorio and other sacred song solo selections, including “Frohe hirten, eilt eilet” from J.S. Bach’s Weihnachtsoratorium (Christmas Oratorio).

Prior to beginning his doctoral studies, Mr. Wilkerson taught for seven years at Calvert Hall College High School in Towson, MD as the Director of Vocal Music and as the Music and Drama teacher at St. John Paul II Catholic High School in Tallahassee Florida for three years prior to Calvert Hall. His solo voice students have successfully participated in district and state solo festivals and the NATS student auditions at the district, regional, and national levels receiving superior and excellent ratings. His ensembles performed very well, receiving a “Best in Class” distinction and superior ratings at district, state, and other major music festivals. Many of his students have successfully auditioned for and performed in All-State and All-Eastern choruses.

Mr. Wilkerson thoroughly enjoys the study of languages and is passionate about the study and performance of various styles of art song. Recent recitals included performances of On Wenlock Edge (Vaughan Williams), Poéme d’un jour, Op 21 (Faure), and Vier Canozenen, D. 688 (Schubert). He also presented a full recital of British and American art songs featuring Seven Elizabethan Lyrics, Op. 12 (Quilter), Despite and Still, op.41 (Barber), Canticle III: Still Falls the Rain, op. 55 (Britten), and a set of songs by African-American composers Undine Smith Moore, Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, William Grant Still, and John Wesley Work, III.

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Patricia Celozzi, piano faculty

Patricia Celozzi has been teaching piano in Harford County since 1998.  She has organized and taught summer piano camps, held annual recitals, and regularly has her students perform in nursing homes throughout Harford County.

Ms. Cellozzi received her Associate’s Degree in music from Harford Community College, with high honors.  While there, she studied piano with Joseph Satava, continuing for several years after. She has a lifelong passion for ongoing music study, not only for professional development, but also for personal enrichment. To that end, she is presently furthering her piano studies with Lawrence Crawford at Towson University. Additional musical pursuits include violin with our own Jen Easter, serving as pianist at her church, and directing handbell choir.

Ms. Celozzi enjoys passing along her knowledge of piano skills with the classical approach (along with technique and theory) that she has gained through years of study and practice.  Helping students of all ages to discover the music that they will enjoy for a lifetime is her primary goal.  “For me, it is a joy to share my passion for music through piano teaching.”

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Natalie Williams, Music Together®

Music is an essential part of Natalie Williams’s life. Ms. Williams holds a Bachelor’s of Music in Piano Performance from Towson University, where she studied under Reynaldo Reyes and Eva Mengelkoch. She was the recipient of numerous piano competitions and scholarships throughout her college career. Natalie tutored college-level theory, musicianship, and writing, and she enjoys performing in both chamber ensembles and with soloists. A member of the Baltimore Music Teacher’s Association, Natalie maintains a private piano studio, where she instructs children and adults of all ages. She completed the Music Together® teacher training program in 2017. Well-acquainted with the joy and fun of dance and music through her experience with Vacation Bible School and church worship teams, she enjoys fostering the love of music with the littlest of musicians, and is thrilled to bring her love of music to our young students in Music Together®.