*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.
*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.
*Paul Grane, saxophone & clarinet instructor
Paul sees himself as an educator first and a musician second. By focusing on teaching music fundamentals, he strives to develop confident musicians who play at the peak of their abilities.
He holds degrees in music education from both Penn State University and Messiah College. He is a retired Greencastle-Antrim School District instrumental music teacher where he taught all levels of instrumental music from beginning elementary students to high school marching band. In addition Grane has given private lessons to clarinet and saxophone students during his entire career. Over 30 different private students have been selected to PMEA district bands with seven advancing to all-state bands and orchestras. He has taught at CVSM since 1991.
As a performer Grane currently plays with the Hagerstown Municipal Band and the HMB Big Band. He also freelances in the local area. Grane continues to be active as a music festival judge and adjudicator.
*Heather McEndree, Musikgarten & flute instructor
We are born to be musical, and music is one of the many pieces that make us whole. I encourage music-making to be a joyful part of every day life, from my tiniest Musikgarten babies to my adult flute students. The early childhood classes are designed for the learning and sharing of music within families and the curriculum is based on the natural stage of childhood. I extend this natural progression to the flute lessons, adjusting music and tasks to match the goals and needs of each individual student.
McEndree holds a B S Music Ed and B A Flute from Lebanon Valley College and M Music Ed graduate assistantship from Temple University, including special courses in early childhood music. She is a certified instructor for Musikgarten, an international early education music program. Heather began teaching for CVSM in 2011 and is a former teacher of middle school band and general music for Frederick County and Washington County Public Schools. McEndree has had articles published in ‘Music Educators Journal’and ‘Maryland Music Educators Journal,’ as well as presenting sessions for the Maryland Music Educators Association. She has received honors including ‘First Year Teacher Award,’ ‘First-Class Teacher Award,’ and three nominations for ‘Teacher of the Year.’
McEndree is a member of the CVSM Symphonic Band on flute and percussion. She is a flutist and publicist for the Shippensburg Community Band in Shippensburg, PA. She is a former member of the Frederick Flute Choir in Frederick, MD. McEndree performs for various events in a solo capacity as well as with piano or guitar.
*Patrick McNamee, clarinet instructor
B.S. Mu. Ed. Clarion University. Retired Director of the High School Band for the Waynesboro Area School District and previously at Scotland School for Veterans Children. Performance experience includes soloist for church & other community events, and playing for various musicals in the pit orchestra.
*Suzanne Thierry, flute instructor
B.M. University of Alabama. M.M. & M.M. Bowling Green State University. Five-year tenure on the faculty of BGSU and administrator for BGSU’s MidAmerican Center for contemporary music. An active flutist and piano accompanist, she has performed as a soloist and chamber musician on a variety of venues nationally. Has worked with composers throughout the U.S. as a specialist in the performance of contemporary music. Active with the National Flute Association. Studied with Sheryl Cohen and Judith Bentley, has participated in the master classes of Jean Pierre Rampal, Alain Marion and Samuel Baron. A former faculty member of Wilson College and Dickinson College. A certified public school teacher in PA & OH, she currently teaches with CASD and was a reader for the AP National Music Theory Exams administered through the Educational Testing Service (ETS). She also directs the flute choir at Shippensburg University.