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.

Carol Biskup, piano faculty

Carol Biskup has been teaching piano in Harford County since 1985. Her concentration is on the basics of playing and the classical approach to playing. She likes to get to know each student as an individual and find music for each one to inspire their love for music. She enjoys teaching all ages of people from the very young to senior citizens.
Carol received an AA in music from Harford Community College, and also received the Student Leadership Award upon graduation for her participation in many community musical groups. She also sings and plays several other instruments.

She received a BA in Music magna cum laude with concentration in piano from Towson University. She has also studied piano pedagogy at Westminster Choir College. In addition, she taught class piano for all ages at Harford Community College. She is a member of the Harford County Piano Teacher’s Association, and served as the Association’s President for two years.

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Dr. Christopher Dillon, piano faculty

An active recitalist, collaborator and chamber musician, Christopher Dillon recognizes that today’s music student needs a well-rounded musical education. His goal has always been to train the next generation to be musically self-sufficient, knowledgeable, and confident, having the skills to play whatever music they desire.
Christopher Dillon was featured piano soloist with the San Luis Obispo County Symphony at the age of 17. That same year, he attended the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California, where he studied with Jerome Lowenthal.

Dr. Dillon pursued his education at the Eastman School of Music, the Oberlin Conservatory, and the Peabody Institute. While at Peabody, he studied with Julian Martin, Ellen Mack, and Robert MacDonald. After receiving his Doctorate from Peabody, he served as adjunct faculty there for three years; He has taught theory at Towson University since 2003. Dr. Dillon is presently Lecturer in Theory and Piano at Towson University.

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Katie Ostrosky, piano faculty

Pianist, organist, and singer Katie Ostrosky is a dedicated music teacher, having maintained an active private teaching studio since 2002. Her goal is to stimulate the mind, while inspiring the heart. Ms. Ostrosky uses a multi-sensory approach with her students, engaging music with movement and “off the bench” activities in addition to traditional pedagogical methods. Her students are often selected to participate in honors masterclasses and regularly score very highly on the Trinity Guildhall College of London Practical Exams.

Ms. Ostrosky has her Masters of Music in piano performance from Towson University, where she studied piano with Eva Mengelkoch and pipe organ with Tim Murphy. She also studied classical voice with Marion Pratnicki at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and with Jennifer Casey Cabot at Towson University.  Ms. Ostrosky has won several piano competitions including the Reynaldo Reyes Piano Scholarship and the James L. Dunbar Memorial Music Scholarship.  Her research into the works of Ignaz Moscheles, a nineteenth century pianist and teacher, earned her the Graduate Student Association Research Award and the Harold J. Kaplan Grant.

An experienced performer, Katie Ostrosky has given performances in 35 states and continues to perform publicly in many capacities. As a collaborative pianist, she plays for choirs and soloists in many of the surrounding counties, including serving as the accompanist for the Anne Arundel County Performing Arts Magnet Program.  She can also be heard providing music for churches all around the Baltimore region.

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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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Patrick Merrill, piano faculty

Harford County native Patrick Merrill began his formal musical training at the Maryland Conservatory of Music in Bel Air, Maryland. His private studies with Maryland Conservatory founder and director, Dr. Duke Thompson, continued into his high school years at the Baltimore School for the Arts. In 2013, Mr. Merrill completed his undergraduate degree in piano performance at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University in the studio of Ms. Yong Hi Moon. In 2008, he was given first prize at the Marian Garcia Piano Competition, and in 2012 he won the Maryland state division of the Music Teachers National Association. Mr. Merrill has adjudicated the Maryland State Music Teachers Association Solo Piano Competition, the Miriam Gottlieb Memorial Piano Competition, and the Greater Laurel Piano Teacher’s Association Kirchoff and Concerto Competitions.

A Baroque enthusiast, Mr. Merrill completed his Master’s degree at Peabody in harpsichord performance in 2015 under Dr. Adam Pearl. In 2016, he won second prize at the eighth Mae and Irving Jurow International Harpsichord Competition. As a harpsichordist, he has participated in masterclasses with Davitt Moroney and Trevor Pinnock on antique instruments, served as accompanist at the Amherst Early Music Winter Workshop and the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute, and coached ensembles for Capitol Early Music. His continuo work includes appearances with Pennsylvania Philharmonic, the Washington Chamber Orchestra, the Bach in Baltimore series, the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra, and the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra. He also co-founded and performs with the Baltimore-based early music ensemble S’amusant.

In addition to private teaching, Mr. Merrill serves on the faculty of the department of music at the George Washington University and Baltimore School for the Arts. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts in harpsichord performance at Peabody, for which he is a recipient of the Peabody Dean’s DMA Fellowship. Mr. Merrill also serves as the organist at Bel Air United Methodist Church.

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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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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.

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®.