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
Doctor of Musical Arts: Shenandoah University, Guitar Performance (in progress)

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.

Michael Pistorio

Michael Pistorio

Program Coordinator

pistorio@baltimoreschoolofmusic.org
Instrument Taught: Voice

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.

Alys Denney

Alys Denney

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

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.

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

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

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.

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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