Our Teachers

Not only are our teachers highly educated, talented, and experienced, they also bring new ideas, methods, and concepts to expand what is possible in music lessons.

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James Robert Lowe

James Robert Lowe

Director

lowe@baltimoreschoolofmusic.org
Instrument Taught: Guitar

Bachelor of Music: University of Nebraska at Omaha, Guitar Performance, Religion
Master of Music: Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, Guitar Performance
Graduate Performance Diploma: Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, Guitar Performance

Biography: An accomplished concert classical guitarist and native of Omaha, Nebraska, James Robert Lowe was a graduate assistant and protégé of world renowned guitarist and teacher Julian Gray at The Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University. Along with his performing accolades in the United States and Europe, he is an advocate of music education and has written his first book on playing guitar, Guitar Technique: Arpeggios and Scales, Level I. He is currently the Director of the Baltimore School of Music, faculty member at The International School of Music in Bethesda, Maryland, and a professor of guitar at the Community College of Baltimore County.

Juliana Burdick

Juliana Burdick

Program Coordinator

frontdesk@baltimoreschoolofmusic.org
Instrument Taught: Voice

Bachelor of Arts: Dickinson College, Vocal Performance
Master of Music: Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, Vocal Performance

Biography: Juliana is a graduate of The Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins where she had the pleasure of studying under the tutelage of Steven Rainbolt. She has focused her singing career on opera, art song, and “new” classical music. Most recently she premiered a new work entitled Exhortation, by Robert Pound, a student of Milton Babbitt. This past summer on Nantucket Island, Massachusetts, she taught a vocal workshop at the Nantucket Community Music Center.

Violin and Viola Instructor Brandon Buckmaster

Brandon Buckmaster

buckmaster@baltimoreschoolofmusic.org
Instruments Taught: Violin, Viola

Master of Music: Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, Violin Performance
Bachelor of Music: University of North Carolina, Violin Performance

Biography: A prizewinner in the Donald Portnoy International Violin Competition, Brandon Buckmaster continues to demonstrate his acumen as a performing artist both in the United States and internationally in Japan, Sweden, Canada, and Mexico. Emmy award-winning composer, Garth Neustadter praised Buckmaster saying, “his concept of sound is full of originality and character. He plays beautifully and his lyrical phrasing demonstrates that we’re dealing with a very mature artist.”

Jessica Hardesty

Jessica Hardesty

hardesty@baltimoreschoolofmusic.org
Instruments Taught: Violin, Viola

Bachelor of Music: Shenandoah University, Violin Performance

Biography: Jessica Hardesty is a graduate from the Baltimore School for the Arts and Shenandoah University, where she received her BM in Violin Performance. She completed additional music and pedagogy studies at Ithaca College’s Suzuki Institute and at Queen’s University Belfast in Northern Ireland. Jessica was named a Maryland Distinguished Scholar of Music in 2008, and has taken part and performed in several music festivals and community orchestras, including Apple Hill Chamber Festival, Philadelphia International Music Festival and the Charles Washington Orchestra.

Jennifer Hughson

Jennifer Hughson

hughson@baltimoreschoolofmusic.org
Instruments Taught: Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone

Bachelor of Music: Indiana University, Clarinet Performance
Master of Music: Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, Clarinet Performance

Biography: Jennifer Hughson is a vibrant clarinetist who is freelancing and teaching in the greater Baltimore/D.C. area. Having completed her BM from Indiana University and her MM from the Peabody Conservatory, Jennifer has performed in both the US and Europe. She is the clarinetist in the SONAR New Music Ensemble and the Charm City Wind Quintet and has played with the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Columbus Philharmonic and the Bel Cantati Opera Company.

Kira Levitzky

Kira Levitzky

levitzky@baltimoreschoolofmusic.org
Instruments Taught: Piano

Bachelor of Music Education: University of Maryland, Instrumental Music
Masters in Arts Administration: Goucher College (in progress)

Biography: Kira Levitzky is currently the music director of the Baltimore International Academy music program as well as the Baltimore Gamer Symphony Orchestra. She conducted the Gamer Symphony Orchestra at the University of Maryland for five years–leading the group through some of the biggest moments of their life. Kira has a degree in instrumental music education and seeks to receive a masters degree in Arts Administration from Goucher University.

Matthew Palumbo

Matthew Palumbo

palumbo@baltimoreschoolofmusic.org
Instrument Taught: Piano

Bachelor of Music: Walla Walla University, Piano Performance
Master of Music: Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, Piano Performance
Master of Music: Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, Ethnomusicology
Graduate Performance Diploma: Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, Piano Performance (in progress)

Biography: Described as “daring… brilliant… seemingly effortless… “ and “powerful!” by the Seattle Times, Matthew Palumbo has performed extensively throughout the United States and Europe in recital, as a soloist with orchestra, and as an avid chamber musician. A current student of Yong Hi Moon, he has performed for such artists as Van Cliburn, Andre Watts, Alexander Kobrin, and Robert McDonald.

Maria Scott

Maria Adele Scott

scott@baltimoreschoolofmusic.org
Instrument Taught: Piano

Bachelor of Music: Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, Piano Performance
Master of Music: Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, Piano Performance (in progress)

Biography: Maria Adele Scott frequently performs as soloist, chamber musician, and collaborative pianist on the east coast. A Delaware native, she began piano lessons with her father at age 6, and entered the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University in 2010. She has performed in venues such as Peabody’s Friedberg Concert Hall, the Grand Opera House of Delaware, and Carnegie Hall. Maria has performed as a soloist with the Ambler Symphony of Ambler, Pennsylvania, and is a scholarship recipient through the National YoungArts Foundation.

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