OUR INSTRUCTORS

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SIERRA FAIRBANKS

Flute/Strings/CMA Director - Virtual

Sierra is an orchestra teacher in the Allegany County Public School District as well as a teacher here at CMA. She holds a Bachelors degree in music education and a Masters degree in orchestral conducting. Sierra has been teaching at the academy for 7 years. She teaches flute, piano, violin, viola and cello

“I love teaching at the academy because it allows me to personalize each lesson. Each of my students have different needs and I love that I can address specifically what they need every week! It’s so fun to develop relationships with my students as well as to create a love of music!”

Sierra will be teaching virtually during the fall semester. Her tuition will be $231 for 14, half hour private lessons.

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JODY MOSSER

Guitar/Banjo/Dobro/Mandolin/Bass 

Jody Mosser has been a full time music instructor and touring musician for 14 years. He teaches guitar, mandolin, dobro, banjo, ukulele and both electric & upright bass. Jody is a versatile teacher and performer that is well versed in rock, jazz, blues, bluegrass, R&B, funk, contemporary and classical styles. He is experienced in teaching the most beginning level student to the most advanced. 

"Teaching at the academy is a great experience. I enjoy diving into every lesson with a goal to address each student's individual needs no matter what the instrument or playing level. I've had some students for as many as 8 years so it's great developing a relationship and seeing each student's progress."

 

Jody will be teaching in store and his tuition will be $238 for 14, half hour private lessons.

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ROB WALLACE

Guitar/Bass

Rob Wallace is one of our amazing guitar teachers! He received his Associate's Degree in Secondary Education from Allegany College, his Bachelor's in Music Education from Frostburg State University and is currently working on a Master's in Music Education from Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA. He is currently in his fourth year as the band director at Paw Paw Schools and has been teaching private lessons for eleven years 

 

His lessons focus on the students' ability to sight-read classical notation, improvise and compose. He will be teaching virtually and in person for guitar, bass, violin, mandolin and ukulele. His tuition will be $238 for 14, hour long lessons!

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MARK GAUTHIER

Drumset/Percussion

As a 33 year old veteran of the east coast music scene, Mark Gauthier began his performing career at the age of 10 in Cumberland, MD. Since then, Mark has lived and performed in many parts of the country, including Washington D.C., Pittsburgh, Charlotte, Richmond, Philadelphia and New York to name a few. In 2010, Mark finished his studies at FSU in music management and percussion performance. While attending college, Mark studied orchestral percussion with Dr. Ronald Horner at FSU and jazz drumset with Dr. David Glover of Slippery Rock University in Pittsburgh. Throughout Mark’s career, he has performed with many critically acclaimed acts including the Three Rivers Jazz Orchestra, No Bad JuJu, Salsamba, Patritzio Buane, Johnstown Symphony Orchestra and Pittsburgh’s premier Latin jazz group Azucar. Currently, Mark resides in Cumberland where he is an active performer and clinician throughout the Tri-state area. Mark has been teaching percussion performance and arranging for 13 years and currently is the percussion director at Allegany and Frankfort High Schools.

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EUN HEE SON

Piano

Eun Hee has taught piano for the last 25 years. She has experience teaching all age levels and can play in all styles. She has owned her own piano studio and has also worked at various academies.

 

Eun Hee has been with us for a few semesters and we look forward to working with her more!

She will be teaching in store during the fall semester. Masks will be worn and she will be disinfecting the piano after each student. Her tuition will be $238 for 14, half hour private lessons.

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EMILY BROBST

Flute/Piano

Emily Brobst is currently at Frostburg State University in the music education program, studying the flute under Dr. Eftihia Arkoudis. She has also studied piano and musical composition under Dr. Sean Beachy and previously studied flute under Dr. Keith Hanlon. She is a member of the Garrett Community Concert Band, a frequent guest accompanist of the Garrett Choral Society, and a former member and first-chair flutist of the Johnstown Youth Symphony Orchestra. At Frostburg State, she is a first flutist in the FSU Wind Ensemble and soprano in the FSU Chamber Singers group.

Emily is a long-time resident of Garrett County, Maryland, and offers private flute and piano teaching in her home in Fizel, where she has been teaching since 2017. Her future desires are to ultimately stay local and help revive music and love of arts in Western Maryland and beyond. Emily will be teaching piano lessons in studio and flute lessons virtually (per COVID regulations). Her tuition will be $224 for 14, half hour private lessons.

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TANNER PETRI

Saxophone

Tanner Petri is currently accepting private saxophone students through the Cumberland Music Academy for the fall. Tanner will be teaching exclusively online. He currently teaches general music at Martinsburg North Middle School in Martinsburg, WV. A graduate of West Virginia University, Tanner has a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education with a focus in Jazz Studies as a minor. While at WVU, Tanner studied both concert and jazz saxophone playing under Dr. Jared Sims, Dr. Jeff Siegfried, Dr. Joel Diegert, and Dr. Michael Ibrahim.

Saxophone lessons will be curated to each student’s goals for playing, but feature studying both concert and jazz styles. Tanner welcomes students of all ages and ability levels! Tanner's tuition will be $322, for 14, half hour private lessons.

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EMMA LOCARINI

Clarinet

Emma Locarnini is our new clarinet teacher! She is currently in her fourth year of her music performance degree and has detailed experience in classical clarinet techniques, as well as solo and ensemble literature.

Below is what Emma had to say about teaching private lessons!

 

"I love teaching private lessons because it gives my student a chance to develop a personal relationship with music and the clarinet. During lessons, I always make sure my students understand the “how” and “why” behind each concept, and that my lessons align with their personal goals. Whether it is prepping for college auditions or learning to read music, I work with the student to guide them towards success. The online format can be daunting, but I have the experience needed to make lessons as productive and enriching as possible. I am excited to meet all my students and start teaching!"

Emma will be teaching virtually and her tuition will be $252 for 14, half hour private lessons.

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EMILY KUHN

Bassoon

Emily Kuhn received her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education in 2015 from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and two Master’s degrees in Music Performance (Multiple Woodwind; Bassoon Literature) from Ohio University in 2018. Currently, Emily holds a Teaching Assistantship at the University of Illinois, where she is completing her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Bassoon Performance. Emily regularly performs with professional chamber groups and orchestras in the Central Illinois area. Most recently, she has performed with the Champaign-Urbana Symphony, Sinfonia da Camera, the Millikin-Decatur Symphony, and the University of Illinois Doctoral Wind Quintet. Emily has honed her multiple-woodwind skills as a member of many pit orchestras throughout Ohio and Illinois.

As a teacher, Emily maintains a small studio of players ranging from beginner to advanced. She also holds faculty positions at summer music academies and camps. Her students receive lessons focusing on technical playing, musicality, and reed-making and adjusting. Emily will be teaching virtually and her tuition will be $280 for 14, half hour private lessons.

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TREVOR FOY

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Trevor Foy is a student at West Virginia University and has been giving private lessons for 5 years. Trevor has performed with the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra, West Virginia University Symphony Orchestra, Morgantown Community Orchestra and the East River Town Band. He is a student of Dr. Mary Woodbury, Dr. John Winkler, Dr. Timothy DeWitt, 2nd generation student of Adolph Herseth and Arnold Jacobs. Trevor is currently studying With Robert Sears at WVU.

Here is what Trevor says about teaching private lessons!

"I enjoy giving lessons because music is truly a life changing experience for anyone of any age. I love seeing my students achieve their goals and overcoming the obstacles music provides."

Trevor will be teaching virtually and his tuition will be $238 for 14, half hour private lessons.

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DAVID HUMBERTSON

Trombone/Low Brass

David Humbertson is currently a freelance trombonist and educator in Nashville, TN and a member of the Nouveau Bones. David is originally from Cumberland, MD where he attended Fort Hill High School. David is a graduate of Alderson Broaddus University where he received his bachelor’s degrees in Music Performance, Musical Arts, and Music Education. He is also a recent graduate from Shenandoah Conservatory where he graduated with his Masters in Music Performance. While at Shenandoah David was a member of the Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, and Shenandoah Trombone Collective. David has performed at a variety of settings such as at the American Trombone Workshop, the Mid-Atlantic Trombone Alliance, and on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center. Past high lights of David’s career include being the Second trombonist of the Loudoun Symphony Orchestra for their 2019 – 2020 season and was a pit musician in the 2019 season of Shenandoah Summer Music Theater. He has also been a guest musician with the Brass Band of Northern Virginia and the Saturday Morning Brass Project. David has been a guest artist and clinician in a variety of events. He was a Guest Artist at the 2019 Shepherd Trombone Workshop and Part of the Staff for the 2019 National Jazz Workshop. David also has a diverse teaching background. He was the brass instructor for the Patriot High School Marching Band in 2018 and 2019 as well as a clinician for many schools across Virginia all while balancing his students in his private studio. David has studied trombone with Brian Plitnik, Timothy DeWitt, Val Huffman, and Matthew Niess.

SAMMY HOLLMAN

Flute

Sammy Holloman, originally from Toledo, Ohio, graduated with honors from The University of Kansas with a Master of Music in Flute Performance in May 2020. She received her Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Kent State University (magna cum laude) in 2015. Sammy spent several years engaged as an active freelance musician and teacher in Ohio. She is an active clinician and frequently visits local schools to provide workshops for middle and high school students. Sammy will begin her Doctorate of Music in Flute Performance in Fall 2020 at West Virginia University.

 

Sammy will be teaching virtually and her tuition will be $322 for 14 half hour private lessons.

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ALICIA RAFTER

French Horn

Alicia Rafter, a student at West Virginia University, recently completed her Bachelor of Music in music education and minor in history and is currently finishing her Bachelor of Music in horn performance and will be graduating in December of 2020. Upon completion of her degrees, she will be pursuing a Masters of Music in horn performance in 2021.

She is a four-year member of the collegiate chapter of the National Association for Music Education and student taught at Cheat Lake Elementary School with Mrs. Jennifer Connoley and digitally with University High School students under the direction of Mr. Mark Palmer. When not in Morgantown, she is a substitute teacher with Washington County Public Schools in western Maryland. In spring of 2019, she held the position of long-term substitute band director at Williamsport High School, where she taught the Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, percussion class, guitar lab, and AP music theory. She remains on the instructional staff for the marching band. She has experience teaching grades K-12 in as small as individual to as big as large group instruction.

 

Alicia will be teaching virtually and her tuition will be $322 for 14, half hour private lessons.

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WESTERN MARYLAND MUSIC CENTER

115 BALTIMORE ST

CUMBERLAND, MD

21502

PHONE: 301.724.1234

FAX: 301.777.7774

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