George Bittner (Percussion)
George started playing drums at an early age and has been teaching lessons for over 40 years. He received his AAS Degree for Music from Burlington County College and Undergraduate for Music Performance from Rutgers University. He studied with master drummers Tony DeNicolla and Joe Morella and jazz musician, drum instructor and writer, Armand Santerelli. He and his band, All Tuned Up, play over 80 dates a year at venues from Philadelphia to the Jersey shore.
Tom Cavanagh (Guitar)
Tom earned his BA from Michigan State University. He studied classical and jazz guitar with John Hall in Detroit and jazz guitar with Dennis Sandole in Philadelphia. He has over 20 years experience teaching classical, blues, jazz and all styles of rock guitar.
Diane DeLuca (Voice)
Diane began her musical education while attending high school at the renowned Combs Conservatory of Music in Philadelphia. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Temple University with a major in Theater and Communications. She has established herself as an accomplished singer, actress and dancer throughout the United States and Europe. She owned and operated her own performing arts studio in Florida and is currently a trustee and teacher of the performing arts with the Atlantic City Ballet.
Christine Dalsey Hansen (Flute)
Christine earned a BMusEd from Temple University, a MM degree from the University of Delaware and a DMA from Rutgers University. She has performed with the Delaware Symphony, Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, Peter Nero and the Philly Pops, the Opera Company of Philadelphia and in master classes of Julius Baker and Jean-Pierre Rampal. She has taught at many public and private schools including Settlement Music School and Rowan University.
Dr. Ray Landers (Piano)
Ray earned his BM, MM and DM degrees in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the Sherwood Conservatory of Music, Northwestern University School of Music and Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He has studied with many distinguished pianists, including Ivan Davis and has been a clinician and performer in music institutes and festivals in 45 states and 11 countries. His teaching methods combine the best of traditional and modern approaches, including Suzuki method instruction.
Akhmed Mamedov (Violin & Viola)
Akmed graduated from the Sobinov Saratov State Conservatory in 2005, actively performing in solo, chamber ensembles, and string quartet concerts. Among his awards are the Grand Prize in the Fourth Regional Goldenberg Violin Competition, stipend from the “Russian Performing Art” foundation, Diploma at the 5th Demidov International Violin Competition, and an award from the VI “Golden Talent.” In 2006 Akhmed was selected to join “Youth Symphonic Orchestra of CIS Countries” and through 2009 toured the cities of CIS, Europe, and USA, under such conductors as Yury Simonov, M. Gorenshtein, and Vladimir Spivakov. In 2010 Akhmed was accepted into Artist Diploma Program at Temple University in Philadelphia, completed his Master of Music degree in violin performance (2014) in the class of Professor Schmieder, and Master of Music as a second major in viola performance in 2017. He plays at Symphony in C, New Jersey Capital Philharmonic Orchestra, Vox Ama Deus Orchestra, Wayne Presbyterian Oratorio Society, and Bach Festival Orchestra of Bethlehem. Akhmed Mamedov is a cofounder and active performer of the Blue Line Quartet.
Mihaela Matei (Violin & Viola)
Mihaela earned a degree in music performance from Romania’s National Academy of Music, studied music performance and education at Louisiana State University and earned a masters degree in musical performance from Rowan University. She has taught and performed in Romania and the United States.
Inna Nikolyukin (Piano)
Inna has her degree in music from Donetsk State Music College (Ukraine). She has extensive experience with the Suzuki method and choral conducting. Inna is the church choir director at the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of St. George (Yardville, NJ). She has been teaching for over 20 years.
Carol received her degree in Music Education from Crane School of Music at Potsdam State University in NY. She has a master’s degree in Opera from Binghamton University. Carol has been teaching voice for the past 20 years and brings a broad set of experiences into the studio. As a vocal teacher, she specializes in the training of young voices in styles from pop and Broadway to opera. She has had the opportunity to perform across the US with several regional opera companies and enjoyed 10 years as an artist-in-residence with Tri-Cities Opera Co. in Binghamton, NY.
Beverly Pugh-Corry (Flute)
Beverly is one of the most versatile and gifted flutists on the concert scene. Her unique solo performances using various flutes have taken her to Avery Fisher Hall, NY; Kleinen Goldenen Saal in Augsburg, Germany; and many other locations. She studied at the Paris Conservatory of Music, Academie International, Nice, France; Indiana University; and extensively with Marcel Moyse (widely considered as the best flute teacher in the world). studied at the Paris Conservatoire of Music, Academie International (Nice) and Indiana University. She teaches at Rutgers University and others. She is a founder and board member of the Flute Society of Greater Philadelphia and is President of Beverly’s Pan Flutes.
Ryan Smith (Piano)
Ryan started playing music with his family around 10 years of age by playing along to classic rock and classical music. He’s been a part of many bands writing originals and was the resident accompanist for the choir as well as the music director of the drama club during high school. Ryan attended Rowan University studying classical piano performance as well as jazz studies. Now, he performs regularly with jazz groups, solo, and with his band, Verside Collective. Ryan also co-created a recording studio/media company, Empathy Records where he records artists, writes music, and hosts events like livestream performances and jam sessions. Music is what Ryan loves, and he wants to share this love with the world!
Frank James Staneck (Piano, Theory, & Composition)
Frank earned his BA from West Chester University and his MM from Temple University. His original works have been premiered by The Philharmonic of Southern NJ, Greater South Jersey Chorus and West Jersey Chamber Music Society. He has performed at a variety of venues including Lincoln Center. Staneck teaches at Rutgers – Camden and is the USA Chairman of the Ralph Vaughan Williams Society.
Michael Wessner (Guitar, Beginner Saxophone)
Michael began his musical studies at Rowan University. There he studied Classical guitar with instructor Joseph Mayes as well as Jazz studies with private teacher Allan Slutsky. Michaels’ first professional teaching job took place at Moorestown Friends’ School. This experience led to a position at the Philadelphia Academy Charter School where he taught general music, music technology as well as music theory and directed the school’s Jazz band until the spring of 2012. During that time, Michael attended Eastern University’s Music Education program earning his teaching certificate. In the fall of 2012, Michael became the Music Director for the Catholic Partnership Schools. There he taught general music for grades K-8, directed the partnership’s Concert Band as well as the school’s choir. In 2015, Michael accepted the position of Instrumental Music Director at Bishop Eustace Preparatory School. There, Michael directs the school’s Symphonic Band, Orchestra, Jazz Band, Pep Band and instructs the AP Music Theory course. In addition, Michael performs in various cover bands. Recently, he has performed at numerous venues including, the TLA, Citizens Band Park, Wells Fargo Center, Hard Rock Café, Ocean City Music Pier and World Café Live.