Instructors

Our instructors change from year to year, often on a rotating basis to provide different experiences for our returning Young Musicians. The following is a list of the instructors your student may have this year.

Flutes - Ashley Weer

Ashley Weer is a native of Goldsboro and a 2005 graduate of North Caroline High School. This fall she will be in her second year teaching classroom and instrumental music at Ridgely Elementary School for Caroline County Public Schools. Before that time Ms. Weer taught in various capacities in Pennsylvania and Delaware. Also throughout her career Ashley has maintained a private lesson studio, as well as lead several different marching bands through successful competitive seasons including North Caroline's Band of Blue. Ms. Weer’s primary instrument is the flute and she is once again looking forward to working with everyone involved with the Young Musicians Summer Academy!

Clarinets - Donna Ewing

Clarinets - Kim Mogensen

Kim Mogensen is currently the Band Director at Kent Island High School in Stevensville, MD after moving from central New Jersey to the Eastern Shore in 2015. She graduated from York College of Pennsylvania Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Music Education. At York College, she performed as the Principal clarinetist in the Wind Symphony and performed with the York College Community Orchestra. She is currently completing her Master of Music in Wind Conducting degree at Messiah College. Ms. Mogensen was the Pequannock Middle School Band Director in 2014-2015 and also led the 5th Beginner Band and instructed the Pequannock Township High School Marching Band. She has spent the last three summers performing mellophone as a member of the Hawthorne Caballeros Drum and Bugle Corps from Hawthorne New Jersey. At Kent Island High School, Ms. Mogensen leads the Concert Band, Marching Band, Jazz Band, and instructs AP Music Theory, Percussion Ensemble, Music Appreciation, and Piano Musicianship.

Saxophones - Chris Kefer

Chris Kefer is from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and now lives with his wife in Baltimore, Maryland. He graduated from West Chester University in 2013 with a B.M. in Music Education and is currently working on his M.S. in Music Education at Towson University. He is in his fourth year as the band director at Matapeake Middle School in Queen Anne’s County Public Schools where he leads the concert band, symphonic band, marching band, and jazz band. Under his direction, the symphonic band has earned Excellent and Superior ratings at District Band Festival and Music in the Parks competitions. His students have earned Excellent and Superior ratings at both District and State Solo and Ensemble. Mr. Kefer’s primary instrument is the saxophone and he is looking forward to participating in the year’s Young Musicians Summer Academy

Saxophones - Oren Vigo

Mr. Orren Vigo is currently a music educator at Colonel Richardson Middle School in Maryland, where he instructs both the general music classes and the instrumental ensembles, as well as co-directs the musical theater productions. These ensembles include the marching band, jazz band, concert band, and wind ensemble.

A graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Mr. Vigo acquired a Bachelor's degree in Music Education with an Instrumental Education concentration. He took additional coursework in conducting and composing to supplement his degree, as well as being a member of the Robert E. Cook Honors College and an active brother in the national music fraternity Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia - a group that works to further music in America and benefit education of music and the arts.

Mr. Vigo has led and performed in many performing groups from chamber ensembles and barbershop quartets to marching bands and symphonic bands. In 2015, under the direction of internationally renowned composer David Holsinger, he performed with the national Sinfonia Winds ensemble. He is currently a member of the Mid-Shore Community Band and Mid-Shore Big Band, which perform all over the Eastern Shore of Maryland, and is also a member of the Eastern Shore Band Directors Association.

High Brass - Leon Frison

Mr. Leon Frison is a native of Philadelphia, PA. He is currently the Director of Bands at Kent County Middle School in Chestertown, Maryland where his groups include, Level I and II Bands, Advanced Band, Festival Band, Jazz Band and a string group. Mr. Frison is a graduate of the Overbrook High School Music Magnet Program in Philadelphia where he played in the concert band, jazz band and orchestra. He received experience as a studio musician in his early teens and continued to establish himself as a writer, arranger and producer while in Philadelphia.

Mr. Frison is a graduate of Philadelphia College of the Performing Arts (now known as University of the Arts) where he majored in Trumpet/Studio –Jazz Emphasis. There he composed for the jazz band and worked independently for a major gospel label. In addition to playing trumpet and arranging, Leon has worked as a keyboard player. He has played, recorded and/or arranged for Rev. James Cleveland, The Williams Brothers, Wagner Alumni Choir, Chuck Jackson, The Tymes, Jean Carne and has been sought to play for Ray Charles, The O’Jays, Bob Hope and Suzanne Summers.

High Brass - Bill Williams

Bill Williams is a music educator, performer, and band director from Salisbury Maryland. Originally from Pennsylvania, he earned his Bachelors Degree in Music Education from Mansfield University and studied trumpet with Dr. H. Michael Galloway. Mr. Williams performs regularly with the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra and other professional performing groups in the Maryland and Virginia area, and has served as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator. He was the director of instrumental music at Washington High School in Princess Anne, Maryland for 19 years where he directed bands that were consistently ranked excellent and superior at the local and state levels. He is currently in his first year as director of bands and teaching music technology at Pocomoke high School in Pocomoke City Maryland.

Currently Mr. Williams resides in Salisbury Maryland with his wife Jennifer and children Brandon and Sienna. He enjoys spending his free time boating and camping with his family.

Low Brass - Christopher Moore

A champion of contemporary music, Chris Moore has worked closely with such composers as Helmut Lachenmann, Vinko Globokar, Christian Wolff, Roger Reynolds, Lei Liang, and Pierluigi Billone. As a performer, educator, and teaching artist, Moore is driven by the belief that all music is accessible if presented in the right context and constantly seeks to broaden the sonic horizons of his audiences, his classes, and himself. He regularly performs with Callithumpian Consort and Sound Icon and is sought after as an avant-garde soloist.

Outside of contemporary music, Chris keeps busy performing with such ensembles as Spokane Symphony, New World Symphony, Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra, and the Redline Brass Quintet. He is on faculty at the Longy School of Music of Bard College in the Teaching Artist Program and holds degrees from the University of Maryland, New England Conservatory, and Longy School of Music. No one succeeds without help and Chris is no different. He owes a debt of gratitude to Norman Bolter, Carol Viera, Stephanie Skor, and Stephen Drury for their long and profound support over the years.

Percussion

- EJ Oesterle

A native of Parkersburg, West Virginia, percussionist EJ Oesterle has been the band director at Lockerman Middle School since 2008. Since graduating Cum Laude from West Virginia University with a Bachelor's Degree in music education he has performed with the Balitmore Symphony, The Pipes and Drums of St. Andrew, the St. Marys Community Band, and the Mid-Shore Community Band, where he is currently the Director. He is also a founding member of the Choptank River Big Band. He lives in Greensboro, MD, with his wife Nicole, and spaniel, Penny.

Percussion - Ali Rodrigues

Ali Rodrigues is originally from Central Pennsylvania and now lives in Cambridge, MD. She earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Education (with a focus in percussion) from West Chester University in 2008 and a Master of Arts in Music Education from Mansfield University in 2015. Before moving to Maryland she spent time teaching competitive, championship, and award winning marching bands and indoor drumlines. She is currently the director of bands at Mace’s Lane Middle School in Dorchester County where she works with two concert bands, a symphonic band, and the marching band. When not teaching she can be found performing around the Mid-Shore, mainly with the Mid-Shore Community Band.

Strings - Bob Merkley

Robert Merkley is a string player and teacher who lives in Easton Maryland. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, NY, a Master of Music Degree from West Chester University and a Mathematics Certification from Albright College.

Bob was the elementary school string teacher and orchestra director in Boyertown Pennsylvania from 1972–1987 and conducted the Boyertown Junior High and Senior High Orchestras from 1999-2008. Under Bob’s direction, both groups consistently took 1st place in adjudicated festivals in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Ohio. In 2005 the Boyertown High School Orchestra won the $1000 First Prize in The National Orchestra Festival held in Warwick, Rhode Island. During three overseas music tours with Boyertown High School Bob has conducted concerts in England, Scotland, and France and Italy. A highlight of the 2006 tour was the Boyertown Orchestra performance in Florence, Italy as part of the World Sacred Music Festival. That tour also included orchestra performances in Siena, Padua, and Rome.

He co-founded the Berks County Elementary Orchestra Festival in 1975. He served as advisor and string coach for the Tri-County Orchestra from 1980-1983. He started the Schuylkill Valley Youth Orchestra in 1984. Bob founded The Bridge String Quartet in 2002.

He played violin in The Allentown Symphony Orchestra from 1977-1982, The Lehigh Valley Chamber Orchestra from 1979-1983, The Pottstown Symphony Orchestra from 1973-1983 and 2000-2005 and The Reading Pops Orchestra 2001 -2014.

Strings - Martha Mancuso

Martha Mancuso received a Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance from Peabody Conservatory and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Salisbury University. She has experience teaching music in public school, and has also taught at Salisbury University and University of Maryland Eastern Shore. She currently teaches cello for PRESTO preparatory program at Salisbury University and in her private studio as well as directing the Salisbury Youth Orchestra Middle ensemble and the Lockerman Middle School Orchestra. In addition, Martha enjoys being principal cellist of the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra and freelancing locally.

Strings - Stephanie Skor

Since graduating from the New England Conservatory where she studied with Nicholas Kitchen, a founding member of the Borromeo String Quartet, violinist Stephanie Skor has enjoyed an eclectic performance career in New England. In demand for her ability to cross genres, Skor has performed with a variety of ensembles - from the critically acclaimed Boston-based chamber orchestra Discovery Ensemble, to a US tour with Jethro Tull. With a passion for 20 th century and contemporary music, Skor has premiered over 20 new works and is a member of the Callithumpian Consort, an ensemble dedicated to performing cutting-edge music from the last one hundred years. Skor is a member of the symphonic-electronic band Anthem Noise, and her work with that band has been featured on radio stations throughout Ireland. Skor enjoys performing in the many symphony orchestras in the Boston area, and has been fortunate to work with such orchestral artists as concertmaster Jorja Fleezanis, and conductors Michael Stern, Courtney Lewis, Osmo Vanska, and Larry Rachleff.

Brandon Mast - Equipment Manager and Music Technology Instructor

Artistic Director - Ryan List

Ryan List is in his fourth year of teaching classroom music, band, chorus at Preston Elementary School. In addition to his duties at PES, Mr. List serves as Drill Writer and Visual Coordinator for the Colonel Richardson High School Spirit of the Revolution Marching Band. He's also the unofficial recording technician for CRHS and CRMS. Outside of school, Mr. List maintains a small private lesson studio and performs as a trombonist in various local musical ensembles.

Mr. List earned his Bachelor of Science in Music Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Music with a Concentration in Trombone from Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pennsylvania (2012). After graduating, he served as Second Assistant Director for the Middletown Area High School Blue Raider Marching Band before moving to Denton, Maryland in 2015. This is Mr. List's third year at the Summer Music Academy.

Administrative Director - Rob Honer

Rob Honer is the Co-Founder and Administrative Director of the Young Musician’s Summer Academy. A lifelong musician, Rob began playing the banjo when he was 5 and guitar at 10. He studied saxophone performance at Bucks County Community college and received his Elementary teaching degree from Towson University. He has performed with the Kent County Community Marching Band, Smyrna Fire Company Marching Band, and currently performs with the Mid Shore Community Band, The Choptank River Big Band, and has played in several pit bands (guitar and saxophone) for the Colonel Richardson High School Drama department. He is also a past Vice President and President of the Caroline County Council of Arts. Since 1999 he has been a science teacher at Colonel Richardson Middle School in Caroline County Maryland.