Faculty

Amber Palmer

Drama Instructor
“Young artists are an unstoppable force of passion and curiosity. My goal as their instructor is to foster this innate love of creation and provide a safe space for experimentation and creativity.”

Barbara Wolfman

Piano & Composition Instructor
“It’s such a wonderful gift to discover new things about one’s self in the process of making music and to soar on the ability to express one’s self through that music – both alone and in collaboration with and support of others!“

Brian Grimm

Cello and Bass Guitar Instructor
“My two main principles when teaching are: (1) for every student to have healthy technique, no matter what style of music they wish to play; (2) for students to comprehend applied music theory on their instrument.”

Charity Schmitz

Piano Instructor
“ I want my students to take their knowledge of music and use it even after their time with me in the studio. I want them to be lifelong learners, musicians, problem-solvers, and critical-thinkers!”

Emily Vandenberg

Voice & Drama Instructor
“By participating in the arts, we are able to broaden our perspectives on the world around us and develop a deeper appreciation for its existence in our daily lives. Few things are capable of tapping into our humanity in such a tangible yet indescribable way, and its existence simultaneously strengthens our sense of individuality and our sense of unity.”

Julie Baskinger

Program Director/Piano Instructor
“There is innate, unique, and beautiful musicianship and artistry within all people. No matter the student’s age or level of experience, anyone can achieve joy and personal satisfaction playing a musical instrument!”

Justine Ostrander

Violin/Viola/Piano Instructor
“Music is a gift. My goal in teaching is guiding students in cultivating that gift to be used to the fullest in their lives and in the lives of others.”

Kari Engleson

Executive Director/Founder/Piano Instructor
“Everyone has an ability and a right to experience the arts. Learning moments should be a collaborative process and guide students to their own unique creative path.”

Katy Byrd

Violin and Viola Instructor
“Studying, playing, and teaching music are journeys unique to each individual but universal in the joy that they bring all of us.”
Kyle Rightley

Kyle Rightley

Guitar, Euphonium, Trombone, Jazz Instructor
“I want to foster individual expression, collaboration, and communication through music.”

Madison Deyo

Art Instructor/Administrative Assistant/Media Specialist
Working with the arts allows people to express themselves and their creativity through a visual outlet, letting them better understand who they are as well as the world around them. The arts are the most evident sign of what it means to be a human, and participating in any form of art gives people the opportunity to foster their own creativity and individualism.”

Matt Allen

Percussion/Drum Set/Jazz Instructor
When we practice music, we are improving the most central skills of the human experience: communication, teamwork, improvisation, pattern recognition, organization, mindfulness, focus, and emotional vulnerability.”

Nicha Pimthong

Piano Instructor
I believe that music has the power to uplift, inspire, and transform. Each musical journey offers endless possibilities for character building, critical thinking, creativity and perseverance. Challenging students to become independent thinkers, I equip and provide my students with abundant musical tools to deliver music with joy and excellence.”
Peter_Baggenstoss

Peter Baggenstoss

Piano & Jazz Studies Instructor
“Music education can teach us things like creativity, discipline, flexibility, and the ability to cooperate with others, but most importantly it can simply make life more enjoyable.”

Rosie Brand

Voice Instructor
“I am a strong advocate of the arts and what experience in the arts can do for children, adults, and families throughout our nation.”

Summer Kleppek

Voice and Drama Instructor
“My favorite thing about arts education is the freedom it gives students to be bold and to be completely themselves. I grew up taking classes at a theater company that preached “life skills through stage skills”, which is a motto that has shaped my life as both a student and an educator.”

Ying Wang

Piano Instructor
My job as a teacher is to help students cast me aside so that they eventually become their own teacher.”