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Cynthia Marie
Teaches on 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.
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
Amy "Chun-Ting" Chao
Teaches on 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.

Thomas Hochla
Teaches on 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.

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.
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. 

Molly Young
Teaches on 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 specialization in classical and musical theatre repertoire. Molly also teaches beginning to intermediate piano to students of all ages.