Stephen Kleiman is currently an Adjunct Professor of Music at Arcadia University in Glenside, Pa, where he has taught for the last 18 years. Due to his ability to perform on many string/fretted instruments(Guitar, Bass, Tenor Banjo, 5-String Banjo, Mandolin and Ukulele) and is comfortable in a variety of styles, he is one of the most sought after musicians/teachers in the Tri-State area. He has performed with Grammy winners Siane Schurr, Al Martino, and comedian Rich Little. The Woody Herman Big Band and the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra are among some of his many musical credits. Stephen has an extraordinary reading ability and gets calls for local show work in the Philadelphia area. He has worked on “Cats”, “Suessical the Musical”, “Dessa Rose”, “Pippen”, “3 Penny Opera”, and “52 Street”, just to name a few. Stephen studied with legendary guitarist Pat Martino and Maestro Dennis Sandole, who is also John Coltrane’s teacher. He has done recording work in Philadelphia at Morning Star Studios and arranging for many of the local singers, as well as written some local jingles. In the 70’s, Stephen was on the road with the late great Buddy Miles, who was the founding member of The Electric Flag in 1967, then as a member of Jimi Hendrix’s Band of Gypsies from 1969 through January of 1970. Some of Stephen’s students have ended up being plaved in many top music colleges and universities including Curtis, Temple, Drexel and Duquesne.
Born into a family that always loved and appreciated music, Moustapha Noumbissi was surrounded by music from an early age. It was not until he sang a solo a cappella rendition of “Silent Night” at a Christmas concert in third grade that the true musician in him was born. Moustapha has since gone on to perform in countless bands, ensembles, choirs and groups. Formal musical instruction began when he successfully auditioned for the Bryn Mawr Boys Choir, with whom he got to sing on a professisonal level and go on tour in Chicago, Canada, England, Ireland and the Czech Republic. Along the way, Moustapha picked up the guitar of which he was initially self taught, but eventually graduated to formal instruction and eventually college edcation in Jazz guitar and composition. Along with Jazz studies, Moustapha has also studied music production, theory, arranging, and piano. Today you can find Moustapha performing solo or with his Philadelphia based band “Cologne” where he serves as guitar player, lead vocalist, and primary songwriter. Moustapha has always appreciated great songwriting and even better guitar solos. As a self proclaimed musical “sponge”, Moustapha draws inspiration from many artists with some of his favorites including Bill Withers, Stevie Wonder, John Mayer, Jimi Hendrix, and George Benson. Moustapha has always been a strong advocate of learning from the greats in the journey of discovering your own musical voice. A well rounded artist and musician, Moustapha has a musical resume that continues to grow with every lesson, performace, and knowledge through the years of experience that he imparts on his students.
James Guglielmo has been playing the piano for 60 years. He is well versed in both classical and jazz, and has been composing music since he was 11 years old. He was the pianist at the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas and the Music Director on many cruise ships. James was also an accompanist for many stars including Elvis Presley, Shirley Basset, Rita Moreno, and Henry Mancini. He studied composition with Vincent Persichetti and Joseph Castaldo; orchestration with Albert Harris; conducting with Frederich Zweig; classical piano with Clement Petrillo; and jazz piano with Dennis Sandoli. For voice, James studied with Julie Zarukin Hanlon, Leigh Munro and Per Bristow. He is currently studying with Jeff Alani Stanfill in New York.
Anthony Cherego is a saxophonist who also doubles on clarinet and flute. He graduated from West Chester University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education with a jazz focus. During his career at West Chester, he performed with some of the universities top ensembles including the Criterions Jazz ensemble and Wind Ensemble where he played lead soprano/alto/tenor sax, flute and clarinet. Anthony has also played with world renowned professional musicians such as John Swana, Ralph Bowen, Delfeayo Marsalis, Charlie Sepulveda, Randy Brecker, Adam Larson and many more. Currently Anthony is the leader, composer/arranger and saxophonist of “Habanero”, a Latin jazz/salsa band based out of West Chester, PA. Anthony also plays saxophone and clarinet with “Big Boy Brass”, a New Orleans style brass band based out of Lancaster, PA for whom Anthony has also composed and arranged.
Nathaniel Stottlemyer holds both a Bachelor and Master degree in Ethnomusicology, Percussion Performance, Studio Production, and Professional Certificate from Liberty University, The Catholic University of America and Berklee College of Music. He is also in the process of obtaining a Doctoral degree in Music Education from Boston University. Nathaniel has a broad experience in performace and technology-based pedagogy and is a music educator, composer, and producer.
Mr. Stottlemyer has served as an Adjunct Instructor of music at Anne Arundel Community College, percussion ensemble director and technology-based music teacher at Annapolos High School, and director of ensembles at Brooklyn Park Middle School.
An accomplished percussionist, Nathaniel has concertized with a number of critically acclaimed artists and ensembles including Jenny Oaks Baker, Alex Sharpe(of Celtic Women), Rachid Halihal, Hicham Chami, the Luis Gara Ensemble, Fuad Foty, N. Scott Robinson, the Annapolos Chamber Orchestra, and the McLean Orchestra. Mr. Stottlemyer’s interests include technology-based music learning, world music, and culturally responsive learning.
At four years of age, David Queppet got into his uncle’s collection of 45 single records. He heard Mickey Baker, Les Paul, and the Every Brothers, and that got him hooked on music. He immediately wanted to get a guitar and learn any type of genre he had heard. Following his love for guitar, David tried other instruments such as banjo, bass, mandolin, harmonica and ukulele. He started teaching in his own way and enjoys cultivating a love for music in his students just like he did when he was young.
Erin Kearney is a graduate of Mansfield University with a Bachelor’s degree in Music. She has taken lessons from a member of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic for three years, as well as been part of Maywood University’s String Project where she learned fiddling techniques. During her time at Mansfield, Erin has been apart of the American String Teacher’s Association(ASTA). With ASTA, she had the opportunity to play for a few moments with Mark Wood, formally of Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Before going to college, Erin was part of Scranton High School’s Advanced Strings for three years, in one of those years she performed in Disney World. Erin enjoys bright colors, happy music and always having a good time!
Joyce Mannato has over 15 years experience in teaching vocal music and piano in both private and public schools. Originally from El Paso, Texas, Joyce earned her Bachelor of Music from University of Texas at El Paso and taught high school choir before enrolling in Boston University for her Master of Music Education.
Joyce has taught students of all ages and levels voice, piano, vocal ensemble, sight-singing, theory, and performance techniques. She is passionate about teaching students based on their musical interests to then expand their knowledge to other musical genres and styles. Joyce currently teaches music to preschoolers and serves in her church’s music ministry as a director of the children’s choir and a cantor for masses.
Jason Roamer studied Music Education at the University of Nevada in Reno where he developed his playing in the Bel Canto style. He was the principal tubist in the University symphony orchestra and symphonic band. He played bother trumpet and Trombone in the University Jazz lab band. Outside school, Jason was the principal tubist in the Reno Pops Orchestra and Carson City Symphony, and he currently plays with the Rose Tree Pops and Carriage House Brass.
Former students of Jason’s have attended Boston University’s Tanglewood Young Artists’ Institute, won scholarships to both Lake Tahoe and Donner Mine music camps, and won seats in the Reno Philharmonic Youth Orchestras.
Jimmy Cianci has been playing local venues for over 30 years, and teaching for over 26. He teaches all ages and styles on both six and twelve string orientations. Jimmy places an emphasis on the importance on the various fields of music theory and strives to combine that knowledge with what his students wish to play. He has played in several well known groups in the area and specializes in Hendrix and Santana style progressive rock music, but his passion is creating and recording original music. His original compositions have been compared to Frank Zappa, Jimi Hendrix, and Deep Purple.
Steve Harbaugh has been drumming for 40 years, and teaching the art of drumming for 35 years. He attended West Chester University where he earned a Bachelor of Music degree in percussion performance. He received his teaching certificate from Immaculate College, and received honors for academic achievement. Steve loves to play any style, but has a special love for jazz drumming.
He is a master of the traditional grip in drumming, but realizes most students lean towards matched grip playing. Steve believes the most important element in drum technique is to let the stick bounce and do all the hard work. With a history of playing in many varied ensembles, Steve is ready to help all eager and aspiring drummers.
Ryan Berg is a dedicated drum-set performer and educator with international touring and teaching experience. Ryan’s educational background includes studies conducted at Berklee College of Music in Boston and extensive studies with world-renowned educator Gary Chaffee, whose former students include many of the top drummers working today.
An active performer, Ryan has performed internationally in diverse musical settings with artist such as Project/Object featuring Frank Zappa band alumni, composer Chris Opperman, and many more.
Former students have performed internationally, attended college, and participated in national tours. Current and former students alike include professional performers and educators in the area.