Faculty

Theresa Kendall, Ballet and Modern Dance

Mrs. Kendall holds B.A. and M.Ed. degrees from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She has studied extensively with Dr. Jane Dakak, protégé of Alwin Nicholais and Murray Louis. Mrs. Kendall has been a performer and choreographer of Modern Dance and Ballet for 38 years. She is actively involved in community collaborations with Dr. William Ciabattari of the Lycoming College Music Department, brining live music and dance to the Community Arts Center for the last six years. Substitute teachers are Rose Troisi, Trisha Patterson, and Kate Welsh.

Bonnie & Gary Glidewell, Ballroom Dance

Gary and Bonnie Glidewell are well-known and respected in the local ballroom dance community. They are registered Social Dance Instructors with USA Dance (formerly US Amateur Ballroom Dance Association). Teaching venues have included East Lycoming School District, Tokishi Center in Wellsboro, and River Valley YMCA. They have performed demonstrations for nursing homes and non-profit organizations and have appeared numerous times on WVIA TV’s ballroom dancing show.

Ashley English Tobin, Yoga Instructor

Ashley English Tobin brings joyful energy, a positive spirit, and lots ofencouragement to her practice as a yoga instructor. She teaches Hatha andVinyasa Yoga at Pennsylvania College of Technology and The Barrne, andGentle Yoga at Lycoming College and the Williamsport YMCA. Ashley holdsworkshops, private sessions, small-group yoga courses, and appearsregularly as an instructor for studios, fitness centers, festivals, and corporateoffices around the region. She enjoys connecting with students, and alwaysstrives to understand individual needs. When she’s not practicing yoga,Ashley enjoys a very busy career as a professional classical musician,performing on the viola for the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra, Orchestraof the Southern Finger Lakes, Williamsport Chamber Players, and a variety ofother ensembles around our region. She is also an highly-sought-afterViolin/Viola teacher in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, and loves studying balletin her spare time. Ashley English Tobin is a Registered Yoga Teacher (ERYT500) with Yoga Alliance and a Certified Children’s Yoga Teacher withLittle Buddahs Academy of Yoga and Mindfulness. She has completed theSoulful Teaching Mentorship program with master instructor Marni Sclaroff,and is trained in Restorative Yoga and Meditation as well.

Diane L. Havrilla, Piano/Organ

Diane Havrilla graduated from College Misericordia with a bachelor of music in music therapy. She has a teaching certification from Lycoming College and a master of music degree from Mansfield University. In addition to her private teaching experience, she has taught general music, music theory, music appreciation, and directed choirs and shows at the elementary and junior high levels.Mrs. Havrilla is currently the organist at First United Methodist Church in Williamsport, where she also volunteers with various ministries and programs. She is available to teach piano and organ to all ages and abilities.


Tim Breon, Guitar,Bass Guitar, Double Bass

Tim Breon studied the guitar with Ben Sher(NYC) and local guitar legend Dave Brumbaugh. Mr. Breon is a graduate of the PA Governor's School for the Arts.Tim is the instructor of guitar and music technology at Lycoming College. He also teaches audio production at Susquehanna University, and is the personnel director/librarian, and Stage manager for the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra.Over the past few decades, Tim has shared the stage with many diverse artists-from the Monkees' Davy Jones, to American Idol's Clay Aiken. He's also played in orchestras backing people like: Olivia Newton-John, Buddy Rich, Chuck Mangione, and many others.As a studio musician, he has played on hundreds of recordings by local and regional artists, and been a guest on WVIA's "Homegrown Music" series many times.Currently, Tim plays, and subs with many of the area's jazz, rock, country, and classical groups. Recent highlights include: Opening for country stars "Big and Rich", and performing in Lycoming College "Closeup Concert Series" under the direction of Dr. William Ciabattari.Tim lives in Williamsport with his wife Crystal, and their three cats.


Philip W. Herfort,

Woodwinds, Brass

Philip “Flip” Herfort holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from Wilkes College and has done graduate work at SUNY Oneonta, SUNY Fredonia, and Penn State University.He has full time instrumental music teaching experience in New York state (Franklin Central and Union Springs Central districts) and has been a substitute teacher in and around Lycoming County. Mr. Herfort taught general music at St. Boniface, St. Joseph’s, and Immaculate Conception and is now retired from public and parochial school teaching.He currently plays in the Lycoming College Community Orchestra and the Central Pennsylvania Community Band, along with the Billtown Brass, the Repasz Band, the Windjammers Unlimited Circus Band, and the local New Horizon Band. Other performance venues include the Liberty Community Band Festival, the Association of Concert Bands, and many other local groups and churches. Mr. Herfort was inducted into the “Who’s Who in American Education.”

Rebecca Ciabattari, Trombone, Euphonium

Rebecca Ciabattari has over 20 years of professional performing experience from playing with pit orchestras productions in Cleveland, Ohio to touring groups Burning River Brass and Paragon Ragtime Orchestra, as well as large ensembles such as the Charleston and Williamsport Symphony Orchestras. She has also been an instructor at Lycoming College, Bucknell and Mansfield Universities and locally at St John Neumann Regional Academy. Her students in this area have a reputation for attaining Region and State level ensembles. Mrs. Ciabattari attended Eastman School of Music for Trombone performance and holds advanced degrees in performance and music education from both Cleveland Institute of Music and Case Western Reserve University.

Ellen Davis, Voice

Ellen Davis is the Director of Music at Saint John’s-Newberry United Methodist Church. She earned a bachelor of music degree in vocal performance from the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music, a M.A. degree in music history, and a doctor of church music degree in choral conducting from the Claremont Graduate School in southern California (where she also studied voice). She has taught voice lessons at the School of Fine Arts in southern California. Professionally, she has sung with the Sine Nomie singers, a chamber vocal ensemble in Lexington, Kentucky. Dr. Davis has been a guest soloist and conductor for different churches, and a choir member with the summer music academy’s festival choir in Eisenstadt, Austria.

Megan Havrilla, Voice

Megan Havrilla relocated to this area in June 2019 from New Jersey. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication and General Music from Geneva College in 2018 (concentrations in Voice and Public Relations), where she sang with the Genevans and served as their President and director of PR. She also has professional experience working in churches inc. as part of the Music Ministry Staff of The Boardwalk Chapel in Wildwood N.J., where she sand and rehearsed with the youth and music staff, arranging music, and accompanying large ensembles. She is currently singing with the Williamsport Chamber Choir and is working with Special Education students in the Jersey Shore Area School District.
Jason Paulhamus earned a B.A. in fine arts with an illustration concentration from Messiah College. Currently a freelance illustrator, you can see many examples of his work on his website (www.jasonpaulhamus.com). He has worked with many clients on a wide variety of projects, including illustrations for numerous books.Mr. Paulhamus specializes in children’s books as well as cartoons and comic book-styled artwork. He taught basic art classes at the School of the Arts for ten years and currently offers private instruction in art to all ages at S.O.T.A..He has offered bonsai classes since 2011. Mr. Paulhamus also runs a home business, Bug Eaters and Stony Gap Bonsai, where he sells carnivorous plants, bonsai, cactus, succulents, and air plants at local markets (see details at facebook.com/bugeatersandstonygapbonsai). Bonsai classes are offered in the spring, summer, and early fall at SOTA.

Jason Paulhamus, Art