*Amanda Bietsch, violin & flute instructor
B.M. Mu Ed, Temple University, Flute Concentration (2008). Certification in Orff-Schulwerk, George Mason University (2011) trained with world-renowned Orff-Schulwerk practitioners, Donna Fleetwood, Jacqueline Schrader, and Richard Layton. Currently pursuing a Masters of Education from Wilson College. Teaches General Music (K-2) and Instrumental Music (5th Grade) in the Greencastle-Antrim School District. Active member of Central Presbyterian Church, performing with the Praise Band on Electric Bass and Violin and also dancing with the Liturgical Dance Team. Professional organizations include: American Orff-Schulwerk Association, National Association for Music Education, Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, and the National Education Association.
*Michael Cameron, cello instructor
“To teach is to learn.” Pablo Casals
Michael Cameron serves as a member of the cello faculty of the Cumberland Valley School of Music. He was cellist and General Manager of the Marian Anderson String Quartet from 1989-2002. He holds degrees from The Hartt School of Music, Northwestern University and Rice University. As a member of the Marian Anderson String Quartet, Mr. Cameron won the 1991 Cleveland Quartet Competition, which enabled him to study cello and chamber music at The Eastman School of Music for three years. He has performed with the Maryland, York (PA) and Pan-American Symphony (DC) Orchestras and has taught cello and chamber music at Texas A&M University, Prairie View A&M University (TX) and California State University, Los Angeles. In addition to his responsibilities at CVSM, Mr. Cameron serves as both Contributing Faculty (Cello) and Coordinator of Chamber Music at Dickinson College (Carlisle, PA), Director of the Mercersburg Academy String Ensemble (Franklin County, PA) and is Conductor of Orchestras at the Susquehanna Waldorf School (Lancaster County, PA). He also teaches many private cello students who reside in the Harrisburg/Lancaster/Chambersburg region and beyond.
*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.
*Danielle Karppala, cello instructor
Teaching Artist Statement:
With proper direction, the ability to play an instrument will stay with a person for the rest of his or her life. I include all aspects of musical study – technique, performance, music theory, and music history into my lessons while making each lesson experience fun and customized for each particular student. I teach all ages and skill levels using both Suzuki and traditional methods. When technical or musical problems arise, I aim to find creative solutions while equipping my students with a think-it-through approach, and always encouraging my students to consistently practice! I embrace the challenging moments of learning and teach my students to view them as the most enjoyable aspects of learning the cello. Without the difficulties, progress would never take shape, and performing beautiful music would only be a distant idea! The reward of being able to play music beautifully and effortlessly is the core of my teaching philosophy.
M.M. The Hartt School of Music, P.D. The Pennsylvania State University, and B.S. Southern Adventist University with honors in performance.
Ms. Karppala has completed both undergraduate and graduate level courses in Cello Pedagogy and has instructed cellists and coached chamber groups of all ages and skill level. She has prepared many students for merit competitions, recitals, orchestra concerts, and college auditions, and has previously served as group cello class instructor at A.W. Spaulding Elementary (Collegedale, TN) and Insight Assistant Director for the At First Sight Music Festival in Collegedale TN.
Ms. Karppala is an active freelance cellist and orchestral musician throughout the region. She is frequently found performing with orchestras including The York Symphony Orchestra, The Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra, The Shippensburg University-Community Orchestra and Mercersburg Community Chorus Orchestra and with her husband, mandolinist Michael Shaffer. She has previously served as principal cellist of the Penn State Philharmonic, a member of the Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra, and in the graduate resident string quartet at The Pennsylvania State University. Her past orchestral performances have taken her to such noticeable venues such as Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in NYC, Philam Life Theater in Manila, Philippines and the (Le) Poisson Rouge in NYC.
*Terry Losee, violin instructor
BM & MM Oberlin Conservatory- Terry has performed with the Chattanooga Symphony, the Milwaukee Civic Orchestra, the Shippensburg Festival Orchestra, and the Mercersburg Chorus Orchestra. She has taught violin at the Hart School of Music, for Glendale Public Schools, for Wilson College, and privately.
*Jane Peatling, cello instructor
Music performance, Middlebury College (VT), Penn State University. Cellist Jane Peatling performs with the Mercersburg Area Chorus and Orchestra and in duet with husband, Marlin Barnes on marimba, as RitmaCordia. She has worked in arts management for several orchestras and was a founding member of the Cumberland Valley Chamber Players. Ms. Peatling holds degrees in music performance from Middlebury College (VT) and Penn State University. Ms. Peatling has taught privately for over three decades in the Cumberland Valley and continues to perform in small ensembles in the area.
*Cindy Scanzello, violin instructor
Teaching Artist Statement:
Everyone can learn to play an instrument. I have worked with hundreds of musicians of all ages and abilities. I am adept at finding many ways to demonstrate and teach new concepts to students with various learning styles. When assessing a student’s progress/performance I think it’s important to temper constructive criticism with positive feedback.
A native of Chambersburg, Cindy Scanzello has been teaching violin and viola at CVSM since 2008, and teaching and directing orchestra students in grades 4-12 for the Chambersburg Area School District for more than twenty years. As an undergraduate, she attended West Chester University where she received her B.S. in Music Education majoring in violin and voice. While at West Chester University, Cindy began studying the philosophy and teachings of Shinichi Suzuki and has earned certification in levels 1-4 of the Suzuki Violin School from the Suzuki Association of the Americas. She attended Suzuki teacher training institutes at Catholic University, Ithaca College and West Chester University. Her first teaching position was at the Delaware Music School in Milford, DE where she taught private and group instruction in both Suzuki and traditional styles. After she began teaching for the C.A.S.D., Cindy enrolled at Shenandoah University where she earned a Masters degree in Music Education. She enjoys working with students of all ages and has prepared her CVSM students for merit competitions, recitals and community orchestra concerts.
Since graduating from West Chester University, Cindy Scanzello has been a substitute violinist for the Harrisburg and Maryland Symphony Orchestras and a regular playing member of the Cumberland Valley Chamber Players and the Shippensburg Festival Orchestra. She currently performs with the Mercersburg Community Chorus orchestra, the Shippensburg University/Community Orchestra, Mercersburg Academy musical pit orchestra, HUB Opera orchestra and various freelance musicians for weddings and other special occasions.
*Renee Shaw, violin instructor
Teaching Artist Statement:
My teaching philosophy begins with a love of music and love for the individual student. It is my goal to expose my students to the many ways that music has shaped our culture and engage students in making some music of their own. We accomplish this through games, performances for friends and family, improvisation and more. All the while, I enjoy encouraging students by recognizing all the small steps they are taking forward as they continue to learn more about their instrument and themselves. I believe anyone can learn. As the influential violin pedagogue Dr. Shinichi Suzuki said, “If love is deep, much can be accomplished.” Music provides a wonderful and unique opportunity to nurture everyone, whether they are four or sixty-four!
Renee Shaw has been offering private instruction in the tri-state area since May of 2011, while still a student at Messiah College and Shepherd University. In addition to receiving a Bachelor of Music Education from Shepherd University, Ms. Shaw has participated in workshops offered by the Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA), Kodaly Educators of Eastern Pennsylvania (KEEP), the American Kodaly Institute of Loyola University and more.
Renee has been proudly teaching with the Cumberland Valley School of Music since 2014. She also currently teaches with the Shepherd University Preparatory Division, Hagerstown Music and Arts store and Grace Academy of Hagerstown, Maryland.
Renee Shaw is an active member of the local music community. Past performance opportunities have included the Mercersburg Community Chorus and Orchestra, Apollo Civic Theatre, the Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra, the Shepherd University Masterworks Orchestra, CVSM’s community string orchestra and more. Ms. Shaw also plays in small groups of duos, trios and quartets for weddings, business events and similar social gatherings.
*Deborah Stotelmyer, violin instructor
I believe in teaching the ‘whole’ person, because a student is more than just technique and musicality, they are growing individuals who want to play the instrument for various reasons. I believe in playing for personal enjoyment while honing skills to the highest level to which each student is capable, but I also endeavor to coach students on the discipline necessary for achievement of any goal, and encourage each student to reach farther than they think they are capable. I believe in helping students believe in themselves while understanding the process necessary for reaching their desired goals. I understand that most students are not interested in a career, but I do encourage those that have the ability to consider it, and I believe everyone benefits from playing as well as their ability allows. I am as comfortable with a 70+ senior adult and 4 yr old beginner as I am with high school aged and middle school aged students.
B.S. Mu. Ed, Frostburg State College. I have studied with John Eaken of the Eaken Trio, William Haratounian of the National Symphony, Norman Nunamaker formerly at Gettysburg College, and have received coaching from Elizabeth Adkins, retired Associate Concertmaster of National Symphony. My former students have auditioned and been selected for MD, PA, and WV All-State Orchestras, PA Central District and Regional Orchestras, the National Symphony’s Orchestra Institute and Interlochen Summer Institute, in addition to Merit Scholarship winners at Cumberland Valley School of Music. In addition to teaching for Cumberland Valley School of Music at St Maria Goretti HS in Hagerstown and at Wilson College in Chambersburg, I am also an adjunct at Hagerstown Community College, where I teach individual lessons and the string ensemble class.
I am currently the Concertmaster for Mercersburg Community Chorus/Orchestra. I am the former Principal 2nd Violin in the MD Symphony Orchestra, and the former Concertmaster of Millbrook Orchestra and Frederick Community Orchestra. Recently (Spring 2012) I was Concertmaster for Shippensburg University Orchestra.