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Chun-Ting "Amy" Chao
Teaches Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday

Dr. Chun-Ting Chao, originally from Taiwan, performs as a lyric soprano and a dramatic actress. She also goes by the name Amy. She has obtained a Doctorate of Musical Arts from The Catholic University of America, a Graduate Performance Diploma from the Peabody Institute, a Masters of Fine Arts from Tunghai University, and a Bachelors of the Fine Arts from the Taipei National University of the Arts. Dr. Chao has been cast in the roles of Ortlinde in Wagner’s Die Walküre by National Symphony Orchestra in Taiwan, L'ecureuil in Ravel's L'enfant et les Sortilèges by the Taiwan National Symphony Orchestra, Donna Anna in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Juliette in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, Lauretta in Puccini's Gianni Schicchi, and Cio Cio San in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly by Catholic University of American, Juliette in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette by Bel Cantanti, Pousette in Massenet's Manon by Peabody.  and Micaëla, Frasquita, and Flora in highlights of various operas with Tunghai University Orchestra.  She has also sung the solos in Magnificat by Pergolesi, and Organ Solo Mass K. 259 by Mozart, and she has been invited to perform with the National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan, the Opera Studio in Taiwan, and the Taiwan National Symphony Orchestra. In 2007, she was named Young Artist of the Year by the Mondial Chinese Vocalist Concourse. 


During her Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees, she minored in piano. Dr. Chao also teaches beginning to intermediate piano to students of all ages. She believes by making music education fun, she can keep students motivated to improve their skills. She encourages her students to learn new techniques or repertoire every lesson so they can move closer to their goals. She helps her students at their own pace to achieve their goals and enjoy music.

Joseph Worrell
Teaches Monday thru Saturday

Pianist, Organist, Vocalist, Percussionist and Choir Director for various churches, conferences, schools, bands, and events along the east coast for the past 18+ years. Has 12 years of teaching experience teaching all ages in all styles. Specializes in music composition and places a strong emphasis on building a solid musical foundation that can carry over to all instruments.
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.
Pat Carter
Teaches Monday, Friday, and Saturday

Pat has been teaching piano, organ and keyboard for over 40 years. Can teach all levels in classical as well as contemporary. Pat has her degree in education.
Thomas Hochla
Teaches Monday, Tuesday, and Friday


Thomas is a classically trained baritone with many years of teaching experience working with all ages. He works with students to help them find what makes them exceptional and what sets them apart as musicians! 
His training includes a Master of Music at Peabody Conservatory (currently pursuing) and a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Vassar College. He is also currently working towards his Music Education Certification at Peabody.

Megan Heavner
Teaches Tuesday thru Saturday
Megan Heavner has been working with students of all ages in the Baltimore area for the last 8 years. She holds an undergraduate and graduate degree from the Peabody Conservatory of Music at Johns Hopkins University where she studied vocal performance and music education. While at Peabody, Megan  spent two years as the Peabody Opera Outreach Coordinator, working with the brilliant team at the Peabody Opera Department to bring interactive children's opera to schools and private venues all around the east coast!  Megan specializes in early childhood and elementary general music and believes that teaching musical literacy and piano skills at a young age can open the doors to learning virtually any musical instrument.  Megan also teaches a series of early childhood music classes and elementary music workshops that teach musical concepts through games and guided play!

An avid and accomplished performer, Megan has sung with opera companies across the United States, Europe and Central America. She has studied vocal technique for over 10 years and focuses on teaching her students not only to sing with correct vocal technique, but also the physiology behind singing so they can build a healthy foundation!
Edwin Jacob
Teaches on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday

Edwin Jacob, born and raised in the suburbs of the Washington, D.C.-metropolitan area, is an active Vocalist and Music Educator. He graduated from University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA with a Bachelor of Music (Vocal Performance) in 2011 and a Master of Music (Jazz Studies) in 2012. During this time, Jacob honed is vocal skills in Opera, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Pop and R&B, while sill completing a rigorous workload of ear training, sight-singing, music theory, arranging and composition. While at UArts, Jacob was involved in a number of performances. His most notable performances include: Lead in “Does Your House Have Lions” written by Sonia Sanchez, Directed by Johnnie Hobbs (2009), Lead singer in the children’s album "Get Up and Sing" produced by Mike Kennedy (Forge Recording, 2010 Valley Forge, PA), and Singer in Monkadelic Ensemble – Music of Thelonious Monk (Chris’ Jazz Café 2011 Philadelphia, PA). After graduating, Jacob began teaching Voice and Piano at several locations in New Jersey and is currently the Middle School Chorus Teacher at Christ Episcopal School in Rockville
Cynthia Marie
Teaches Monday and Saturday

Cynthia Marie is a performing singer-songwriter & pianist, with a background in classical piano, improvisation, and folk music. She holds a B.A. in music from the University of Washington School of Music, and has been teaching for over 10 years. Her students learn ear-training & harmony, as well as repertoire, and are invited to create their own music too.
Marissa Zechinato
Teaches on Thursdays

Marissa Zechinato is a performer and a private lessons teacher with a focus on voice and keyboard. She graduated college with a Bachelors of Music from Howard University, where she majored in Jazz studies with a focus in music technology. As a member of Howard University’s premiere vocal jazz ensemble Afro Blue, she performed onstage with renowned artists including Kelly Clarkson, Esperanza Spalding, Marc Anthony, Yolanda Adams, Geri Allen, Cyrus Chestnut, Patti Austin, and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. Some of her most noteworthy performances with the group include a private performance at The White House for President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, the National Christmas Tree Lighting in DC, NPR Tiny Desk Concert, and at venues including the Apollo Theater, the Kennedy Center, and Blues Alley. Most recently she has performed with Nolan Williams' Voices of Inspiration onstage with Bruce Hornsby, Mavis Staples, Alison Krauss and Neko Case.
Molly Young
Teaches Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday


Molly Young is a classically trained singer in Baltimore. She holds degrees in vocal performance and early music from Peabody Conservatory and Western Michigan University. She performs regularly throughout Baltimore and DC as a soloist and chamber musician, spanning genres from opera to Renaissance choral music to new compositions. She works with students on all styles of singing, with specializiation in classical and musical theatre repertoire. Molly also teaches beginning to intermediate piano to students of all ages.
Rachel Seibel
Teaches on Mondays

Rachel studied at Shenandoah Conservatory where she received her B.M. in Music Education with a performance certificate in French Horn. While attending Shenandoah Conservatory, Rachel received a minor in piano and voice. Currently, Rachel teaches for Montgomery County Public Schools as a music teacher for a special needs school focusing on guitar ensemble, band/orchestra, and chorus.

For the past 9 years, Rachel has taught brass lessons, piano lessons, brass and voice chamber ensembles, and percussion ensembles. No matter the classroom, Rachel’s private lesson style is tailored to the learning pace of the student and the musical interests of the student. Lessons focus on fundamentals, methods book(s), songs, and student’s music from school or personal interests. 

 

Mia Coyne
Teaches Monday thru Saturday

Over 30 years of experience teaching children in various settings, including private lessons, directing choirs, and teaching music classes in schools. Worked as a choir director, organist and pianist in various churches. Master's degree from Catholic Univ, in DC. Native of Korea, speaks both Korean and English. Resides in Howard county with her husband and their 5 children.
Phyllis Jovich
Not accepting new students at this time

Trained in classical music at Ohio University with 38 years of teaching experience, Phyllis provides a well rounded range of musical styles for piano study to help develop the talents and stimulate the interests of students of all ages.