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

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.

Alys Denney

Program Coordinator

denney@baltimoreschoolofmusic.org
Instrument Taught: Piano

Bachelor of Music: University of South Carolina, Piano Performance

Biography: Alys Denney is both an enthusiastic teacher and expressive performer. During her twenty years of piano study, she participated in masterclasses with David Dubal and Peter Takács at the Southeastern Piano Festival, and performed Beethoven's Sonata, Op. 14, No. 2 on South Carolina ETV. An active member of the University of South Carolina's collegiate chapter of MTNA, Ms. Denney served as Vice President during her senior year of study. She is a multifaceted musician, and regularly composes music for small ensembles in many genres.

Shona Goldberg-Leopold

goldberg@baltimoreschoolofmusic.org
Instruments Taught: Trumpet, Trombone, French Horn, Tuba, Euphonium

Bachelor of Music: Vanderbilt University, Music Education
Master of Music: Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, French Horn Performance
Graduate Performance Diploma: Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, French Horn Performance (in progress)

Biography: A multifaceted horn player, Shona Goldberg-Leopold is passionate about performing orchestral, chamber, and solo music. Originally from Philadelphia, she earned a Bachelor of Music at Vanderbilt University as a student of Leslie Norton and a Master of Music at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University as a student of Denise Tryon. Having played with numerous musical ensembles, including the New World Symphony, Maryland Symphony, and Reading Symphony, she is currently a member of the Ars Nova Chamber Orchestra, Occasional Symphony, and Charm City Wind Quintet. She has enjoyed spending her summers at the Aspen, Chautauqua, Siena, and Eastern Music Festivals.

Lillian Green

green@baltimoreschoolofmusic.org
Instruments Taught: Violin, Viola, Beginning Piano

Bachelor of Music: West Virginia University, Music Education
Master of Music: University of Deleware, Viola Performance
Master of Music: Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, Music Theory Pedagogy (in progress)
Doctorate of Music: Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, Viola Performance (in progress)

Biography: Lillian Green has performed as a solo, orchestral, and chamber musician across the United States, and in February of 2013 made her international debut playing recitals in Thailand and Malaysia. She is an active educator, currently teaching at the Peabody Preparatory Department, University of Delaware Community Music School, and Roland Park Country School. In the spring of 2013, she served as a part-time lecturer at West Virginia University. Lillian is finishing a doctorate in viola performance at Peabody Conservatory with Victoria Chiang; while at Peabody, she served as a theory teaching assistant for two years with Dr. Joel Puckett.

Jennier 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.

James Keretses

keretses@baltimoreschoolofmusic.org
Instrument Taught: Guitar

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

Biography: James Keretses is a graduate of the University of South Carolina where he studied classical guitar with Christopher Berg. In 2012, he received the Christopher Berg Guitar Award, awarded to the student best exhibiting qualities of creativity, humility, perseverance, and improvement in their study of the guitar and music performance. He has performed as a soloist in multiple venues in the state of South Carolina and with a variety of ensembles, including the Columbia Guitar Orchestra, the University of South Carolina Guitar Trio, and with the St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church Parish Choir. He is currently pursuing his Master of Music in Guitar Performance at Peabody Institute.

Michael Pistorio

pistorio@baltimoreschoolofmusic.org
Instruments Taught: Voice, Beginning Piano

Bachelor of Arts Salisbury University Vocal Performance

Biography: An emerging artist, Michael Pistorio is a recognized performer of Opera, Oratorio, Art Song, and Musical Theatre. He became a reputable performer on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and is hoping to carry that over to his roots in Baltimore and Annapolis. While an undergraduate, Michael had the pleasure of performing the principal roles of Robert in Company, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, Lancelot in Camelot, and Pirate King in The Pirates of Penzance among others. In concert, Michael has been a featured soloist in Requiem by Fauré, Messe Solonnelle by Gounod, and with various organizations and ensembles including the Salisbury Pops Band. Michael completed his undergraduate studies in December 2013 and can currently be heard as a Cantor and in the Choir of the Baltimore Basilica and this season with Opera AACC.

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