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Jill Thomassen
Teaches Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday

Jill Thomassen began studying piano at the French School of Music in NJ when she was 8 years old. The following year she added private lessons on the flute. A graduate of The Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University, Ms. Thomassen studied modern and baroque flute performance with Timothy Day (then Principal flutist of the Baltimore Symphony). Her teaching and performing are also greatly influenced by her attendance and performance at many master classes taught by renowned English flutist Trevor Wye, one of the leading flute pedagogues in the world today. Other important teachers include Julius Baker, Christopher Krueger, Gerardo Levy, and Virginia Schulze-Johnson.

Ms. Thomassen has been teaching and performing as a professional soloist and chamber musician in the Baltimore and Washington areas for the past thirty years. She has been heard in many local concerts such as The Friday Morning Music Club, The Cathedral of Mary Our Queen Concert Series, The Dickeyville Concert Series, and The Peabody Tuesday Noon Recital Series, and her chamber ensemble is in high demand for weddings and other private events. In 2012 her flute quartet was selected to perform Harmony in Blue and Goldby Eric Ewazen, commissioned by the quartet, at the annual National Flute Association Convention. The quartet was also invited to perform the piece in New York City at the Julliard School of Music. Ms. Thomassen was a winner of the prestigious New York Flute Club Competition. In addition to flute and piano, she also loves playing her Celtic harp.

Ms. Thomassen enjoys teaching all ages and levels (including adults!). Her flute students have held positions in upper level ensembles such as All County, All State, and the Maryland Youth Symphony Orchestra. Her teaching emphasizes effective and efficient practice techniques, and above all, she encourages her students to love and enjoy playing music, at every level.
Sarah Casey
Teaches Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday

Sarah began playing flute when she was just seven years old, coming home and declaring she wanted to play piccolo. After some negotiation with her parents, she began flute lessons. Until she went to college, she studied with members of the President’s Own US Marine Band including; Beth Plunk, Dawn Kulak, and Sharon Winton.

Sarah found her true passion for performing while at James Madison University with Dr. Beth Chandler, and Ohio University studying with Alison Brown Sincoff. While in school, Sarah enjoyed performing in Wind Symphony, Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Ensembles, and New Music Ensemble.

Sarah’s students have been selected as winner of the Baltimore Symphony's Side-By-Side concerto competition, and have played in the Baltimore Symphony Side-By-Side Orchestra, GT Band, All-County band and orchestra, and Chesapeake Youth Symphony Orchestra. Sarah's students regularly receive superior ratings in county and state Solo & Ensemble, and sit first chair in their school bands and orchestras .

When she doesn’t have her flute in her hands, Sarah works as marketing manager and box office manager for The Columbia Orchestra, a community orchestra based in Columbia, MD.
Kim Keehner
Teaches on Thursdays

Kimberly McNicholas Keehner inherited her love of music from her father, who played trumpet with a US Army Air Force band during World War II. Kim began playing flute at age 10 and was a member of bands and orchestras associated with Towson University’s outstanding music department. She earned bachelor and masters degrees in music education at Towson where she studied flute under noted instructor Robin McKey-Day.

During a 32-year teaching career with the Baltimore County Public Schools, elementary and middle school bands and orchestras under Kim’s direction received superior and excellent ratings at both county and state levels of competition. In addition she served as the elementary instrumental music representative to the Maryland Music Educators Association and has played flute and piccolo with the Gettysburg Symphony Orchestra.

Kim specializes in developing a lifelong love of music and performance in the youngest musicians. Although she excels at playing and teaching woodwinds (flute, clarinet and oboe), Kim is happy to work with students who are learning strings and brass. Quite simply, Kim’s passion isn’t just music, it’s teaching the techniques that guide beginning players to excel. Whether working with young musicians in several Howard County schools or as a part of the Mike’s Music family, Kim is uniquely qualified to nurture the sheer joy that comes from making music.