*Tim Gotwald, flute instructor, CVSM Community Symphonic Band director
Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Susquehanna University, Master of Music Education and Music Performance from Shenandoah University. Tim is a founding board member of CVSM. He taught in the Chambersburg Area School District music department for 37 years and has performed with various local organizations.
*Herm Hopple, string & electric bass instructor, CVSM Community String Orchestra director
Teaching Artist Statement:
I love the bass! Providing the “bottom” in ensembles is an experience that always thrills me. The sound of the bass is powerful and exciting and I delight in passing the skills of bass playing on to students of all ages and accomplishment.
Herm Hopple has been providing double bass and electric bass instruction at CVSM since 1999. He received his B.S. Mu. Ed. degree at Susquehanna University and his Masters in Mu. Ed. from Penn State. As a former public school string teacher and orchestra director, Herm has experience with differing levels of ability and enjoys working with all ages – incorporating both note and rote techniques in his instruction. Herm is a member of PMEA (Pennsylvania Music Education Association).
B.S. Mu. Ed. Susquehanna University, M. Mu. Ed. Penn State University. Central Pennsylvania native, Herm Hopple has played double bass with the Potomac Symphony, the Gettysburg College-Community Orchestra, and served many years as principal bass with the Shippensburg College-Community Orchestra. Herm is the current and founding director of the CVSM String Orchestra, and is also well known as the electric bassist with the CVSM Concert Jazz Band and the CVSM Jazz Quartet.
*Ethan Larsh, Rock Camp instructor
Teaching Artist Statement:
Music for me has been a series of small discoveries that I’ve found both from lessons and through my own experiences. I find it very important to encourage students to be creative with their music, whether it be on piano, guitar, or voice. I love that I am making a stamp on a young person’s musical journey. I believe that personal expression plays an important role in music, so teaching songwriting is very significant to me. I also teach ear training, which to a musician along with theory is the most valuable skill you can learn.
Playing piano, guitar, percussion, and singing baritone, Ethan Larsh has been playing in the Midwestern and Northeastern United States since 2008. He studied music and vocal performance for two years before graduating from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2011. He has participating in a variety of operatic and songwriting workshops. His music has been copyrighted, published and sold on Amazon, iTunes and Rhapsody since 2012. He specializes in teaching intermediate rock piano, beginning guitar, ear training and songwriting.
Following graduation from the University of Central Oklahoma, Ethan returned to his rock performance roots. Since 2008, he has been performing on stage throughout the United States in a variety of rock bands as well as taking on solo gigs. He has performed in festival, including Wakarusa, the Playground Festival in California, and Oklahoma City’s Arts Festival. Ethan has written and performed over forty-five original works, many of which can be found online. He has performed as a solo act in New York City, Washington, DC, Maryland, and Pennsylvania.
*Jeffrey Noll, piano instructor, Cumberbunds & Voice and Drama Camp director
Bachelor of Sacred Music, Baptist Bible College. Further study at Towson State, Md. Accompanist for many area instrumental and vocal soloists. Served as musical director for various children’s musical productions at CVSM and is the Minister of Music at Hagerstown Bible Church.
*Keith R. Smith, low brass instructor, New Horizon ensembles director
I want my students to become life-long learners through the inspiration they encounter in the study of music.
Keith serves as the director of the CVSM New Horizons Band, and the New Horizons Orchestra. He is also a current brass and guitar instructor at the St. James School in Hagerstown, MD. At St. James, Keith also directs an SJS brass ensemble, and teaches music for the eighth grade Wellness Art and Music Class. He is now spearheading the reinstitution of the SJS Concert Band.
Keith earned a Masters of Music Education and a Masters of Music Performance degree from Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia. He received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Oklahoma State University. Keith is retired from the Tuscarora School District, where he directed the James Buchanan High School Rocket Band, the JB Symphony, the Elementary Orchestra, JBMS 6th Grade Band and Elementary Band. He served as the TSD Music Departmental Chair for many years.
As a tri-state freelance trombonist, Keith is principal with the current Mercersburg Area Community Chorus Orchestra. He is a founding member of the Delta Brass Quintet. He was principal trombonist with the former Millbrook Orchestra in Shepherdstown, WV. Keith has played violin for several years with the CVSM Community Orchestra. Keith sings baritone with the Corpus Christi Catholic Church Sacred Choir. He performs regularly with the Hagerstown, Maryland Municipal Band in the trombone section and as a featured soloist. Additionally, he appears on trombone with the HMB Big Band and the Ray Birely Big Band. He played trombone with the former Sound of the Decades big band throughout the area. Keith enjoys being an invited performer with the Virginia Grand Military Band in the Washington DC area. In addition, he is called to substitute for the Harrisburg and Maryland Symphonies. He lives in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, with his wife and family.