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Debra Arnold

  • UD Gold Children's Choir director, Children's Choral Camp director

Debra (Debbie) Arnold, graduated from West Chester University with Bachelor of Science and Master of Music Degrees in Music Education. Debbie is also a Level 3 Orff certified teacher. She is a seasoned music educator with over 15 years experience teaching in the Christina School District and the Owen J Roberts School District where she was director of the grade 4-5 District Chorus. Debbie is a well known vocalist in Delaware and Pennsylvania and has performed in and directed musical theatre productions and ensembles for over 30 years.

Kourtney Bastianelli, clarinet
  • Meet the Instruments Camp Director


Lydia Bak, piano (returning students only)

  •  Suzuki Piano
Lydia Bak is a graduate of Susquehanna University (Selinsgrove, PA) where she received a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education, piano emphasis, studying piano with John Fries and Galen Deibler and organ with James Boeringer. Since her junior year of high school she has been a Director of Music, Organist, and Handbell Choir Director at numerous churches in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Delaware. Lydia is currently the staff accompanist at Faith Baptist Church in Wilmington, and the former Organist and Director of Handbell Choirs at Limestone Presbyterian Church in Wilmington where she was accompanist for two choirs and director of three handbell choirs. Lydia has served as Delaware State Chair for the AGEHR (American Guild of English Handbell Ringers) and played in numerous auditioned community handbell choirs. Lydia is also accompanist for numerous vocal and instrumental music students at the University of Delaware. For three years she was accompanist for the Suzuki String Academy at the Music School of Delaware. She is Suzuki certified in Every Child Can! Piano 1, Piano 2, Piano 3, Piano 4, Piano 5, Piano 6, and Piano 7, studying with James Hutchens (ECC), Marilyn Anderson (book 1), Nancy Modell (book 2), and Jane Reed (books 3-7). She also observed Suzuki teaching philosophies of Rita Hauck and Nightingale Chen.


Josh Baker
  • Musical Theatre Camp - Pit Orchestra Director
Natalie Sylva Brown, trombone, euphonium
  • Trombone & Euphonium (Junior)

Natalie is a sophomore music performance major at the University of Delaware. She has been playing trombone since she was 10 years old and is a graduate from Cab Calloway School of the Arts where she was an instrumental music major.  She recently went to China and attended the international trombone festival. 

Patricia Burt, piano (returning students only)
  • Piano (professional)

Assistant professor of music theory at the University of Delaware. Full biography HERE.

Kevin J. Cope, guitar/composition/theory

  • Guitar (professional), Suzuki Guitar, Composition, Music Theory

Kevin J. Cope started as a youthful heavy metal guitarist inspired by the likes of Megadeth and Metallica. His tastes grew into the more intellectual metal of bands like Symphony X and Dream Theater as well as the more psychedelic progressive rock of YES. Through exposure to the classical greats of the 20th century such as Igor Stravinsky, Alberto Ginastera, Richard Danielpour, and John Corigliano his own composition style became more complex while still maintaining a connection to the rock and metal music that he still loves to this day. His unique style incorporates everything from serial techniques, free atonal, Latin dance, Arabian scales, and metal.

A graduate of the University of Delaware with master's degrees in music composition and guitar performance, Kevin has studied with composers Patrick LongJennifer Barker, and Andrew Bleckner as well as guitarists Matthew Slotkin and Christiaan Taggart.  Kevin has been the recipient of the Emerging and Established Professional Awards for Music Composition as well as the Emerging Professional Award for Music: Solo Recital from the Delaware Division of the Arts and was featured on the cover of Soundboard Magazine in their 40th Anniversary Edition with a focus on composition for the guitar.  

A primary composition focus is the classical guitar but Kevin has written for a wide range of instrumentations and has received commissions for many ensembles including horn octet, guitar ensemble (Salisbury Guitar Festival), choir, woodwind quintet, chamber ensembles (Melomanie), and concert band. Solo and duo commissions have also been completed including works for guitar (including the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society competition), flute and guitar, tenor and piano, saxophone and guitar (Duo Montagnard),  and guitar duo (Duo Cortado). 


Kevin's first CD Destination Unknown, Original Compositions I, Solo Guitar Vol. 1 was described by Classical Guitar Magazine as "a fascinating and stimulating debut that gets better and better the more you listen to it" while analyzing Kevin's compositions as "though there are certainly nods to less conventional modern strains, and a certain dark solemnity...infuses much of this, it still ultimately feels very accessible." 

Recent performances include solo recitals and masterclasses at Penn State University, Susquehanna University, Bloomsburg Unversity, and Mansfield University, as well as with the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society and many local venues such as Wilmington's Kirkwood Library and the Darlington Arts Center.

An experienced guitar teacher, Kevin teaches with the University of Delaware Community Music School and the Darlington Arts Center (Shavertown, PA) as well as teaching private guitar and composition students. Kevin is also an experienced Suzuki Guitar instructor in the Newark, DE area.

Currently the president of the Philadelphia Classical Guitar SocietyKevin continues to work to enhance the influence the classical guitar and contemporary art music in the Philadelphia area.

Kevin's works are available for purchase from StringsbyMail.comSheet Music Plus, and Recording releases include Destination Unknown (Solo Guitar Vol. 1), the saxophone and guitar piece Origin Unknown: A Pole Was Journeying, recorded and released by Duo Montagnard and the solo clarinet piece Sirocco recorded and released by Christopher Nichols and Navona Records.

Natalie DiTommasso, percussion
  • Percussion (Junior)

Miss DiTommasso is a Music Education major at the University of Delaware. She is currently a sophomore in the percussion studio and the President of the percussion club, Club 120. She has experience playing many styles, ranging from classical concert percussion to marching Drum Corps..

Isabella DiVirgilio, oboe
  • Oboe (junior)

Miss DiVirgilio is currently an undergraduate music student in the University of Delaware Department of Music.

Oksana Grytsai, violin/viola
  • Violin/Viola (professional)

Ukrainian born violinist and violist, Oksana Grytsai  is a current graduate assistant concentration in violin Performance with Prof.  Elicia Silverstein. She was a principal violinist and soloist with famous orchestras in Ukraine such as: Lutsk Youth Symphony Orchestra, Lutsk Philharmonic, Academic Music & Drama Theater and popular Ukrainian ensemble "Volyniany".  Oksana has performed on the competition and festivals around the Ukraine and Europe throughout Poland, Germany, France, Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland, Italy and Spain. She was graduated from the College of Culture and Arts named Igor Stravinsky in Ukraine with Prof. Svetlana Marchuk. Oksana Grytsai was private violin instructor working with a wide variety of students of different age 4-40 and level of violin technique, developing technical skills, musicality, helping students become better at self-expression through music. Also, she was principal violinist and soloist in Symphony and Chamber Orchestra daring the school time. Oksana was a graduate assistant in the Lviv Music National Academy, where she got her bachelor degree of viola performance with Prof. Yuriy Dyletskiy. She hold a principal position in Chamber and Symphony orchestras. In student time, she had the pleasure to worked professionally with “Lviv Virtuosos” Chamber Orchestra (Ukraine), “K&K Philharmoniker” Austria-Ukraine (Da Capo), “INSO Lviv” (Ukraine), were she worked with famous conductors: Georg Kugi (Austria), Jean-Jacques Kantorow (France), Raymond Janssen (Holland), Fahraddin Kerimov (Turkey-Azerbaijan); and soloists: Oleg Krysa (violin, USA-Ukraine), Denis Severin (cello, Swiss), Alexandre Brussiloysky (violin, France), Vadim Brodski ( violin Poland-Italy), Konstanty Andrzej Kulka (violin, Poland), Dimitri Ashkenazi (clarinet, Swiss) Christian Howes (violin, USA). Oksana Grytsai has performed in the biggest concert halls and cities like Lublin, Warszawa, Krakow, Lodz, Katowice, Dortmund, Dusseldorf, Karlsruhe, Freiburg, Lubeck, Aachen, Stuttgart, Kopenhavn, Bordo, Marcel, Strasburg, Barcelona, Tarragona, Valladolid, Lousanna. She has honored to worked in ”Opera in Castle” (Szczecin, Poland) and “Prenzlau Chamber Orchestra“ (Germany) as a viola principal assistant with Conductor Vladimir Kiradiiev (Vienna, Austria). Oksana was graduated from the Southeastern Louisiana University with a degree Master of viola performance in class of Dr. Zorica Dimova, were she was a principal in viola section of Southeastern Louisiana Orchestra and private instructor preparing students for recitals. Oksana has performed professionally as a principal and viola section with Acadiana Symphony Orchestra (Lafayette,LA), Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra (Biloxi, MS), Rapides Symphony Orchestra (Alexandria,LA).

Erica Haas, bassoon
  • Bassoon (Junior)

Erica Haas is currently an undergraduate student in the University of Delaware Department of Music.

Christine Hadfield
  • Blue Choir Director

Christine is a graduate of the University of Delaware where she earned her master's degree in music education.

Adrienne Harding, flute(45-60 min. lessons only)
  • Flute (professional)

Flutist, Adrienne Harding made her Carnegie Hall debut as principal flutist of the 2001 National Festival Orchestra under legendary Maestro Lukas Foss. Her work has since been recognized and supported by honors such as the Leander Morris Memorial Music Scholarship, the Kappa Alpha Psi Musical Achievement Award in which she was awarded a Yamaha piccolo, and an honorable mention as Delaware Division of Arts Emerging Artist Fellow 2004. In 1999 and 2000 she won third and second prizes in the Austrian American Society’s Sommerakademie Mozarteum Scholarship competition, then triumphed in 2003 when she won the six- week full scholarship to attend the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria.

Most recently, Adrienne was named one of 15 recipients to receive the prestigious US Student Fulbright grant to Salzburg, Austria. She is currently enrolled in the Masters program for interdisciplinary Music and Dance studies at the University of Salzburg, where she will also perform research at the Derra de Moroda Dance Archives, the most rare and significant dance archives in the world. Another part of her research will include community involvement in historical dance classes from the Renaissance to Mozart's time, with dance historian Natalie Gal. Additionally, she will work in two secondary schools as an English Teaching Assistant, where she will have the opportunity to share in open discussions and mutual understanding of US and Austrian cultures through her lessons with Austrian students.

Her many years of training include a master of music degree in flute performance from the University of Delaware, in addition to master class performances with Mimi Stillman, Jeffrey Khaner, Trygve Peterson, and a week-long master class given by the renowned composer/flutist, Robert Dick, where she received an Emerson Flutes Scholarship. Adrienne’s primary instructors were Kimberly Reighley, Carol Brown Beste, Eileen Grycky, Peter Lukas-Graf, and Adeline Tomasone.

Adrienne has performed as a guest artist in several concerts including legendary Grammy Award Nominee, jazz trumpeter, Donald Byrd, the Messaien Festival, and as a featured soloist for Delaware Classical Showcase for 10 years. Her chamber music collaborations with flute quartet, Flautet have received recognition from the Delaware Division of Arts and several successful performances including the world premiere of Paroxysm, written especially for Flautet by composer Diane Jones.

Her musical involvement also extends to teaching and arts advocacy. She is a professional faculty member at the University of Delaware Community Music School, an adjunct faculty member of the University of Delaware Department of Music, and has served on the board of several community arts organizations. She has been featured, photographed, and interviewed in various local media including The News Journal, Delaware Woman Magazine (cover April-May 2007), radio interview on WILM, State of the Arts, WHYY TV, and The Flutist Quarterly.

Morgan Hurlock, saxophone
  • Saxophone (Junior)

Morgan Hurlock is a sophomore Music Education major with a minor in jazz studies at the University of Delaware. She studies with Todd Groves, saxophone professor at UD. Morgan is a member of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and the UD Honors Program. At UD, she has been a member of Wind Ensemble (principle), Jazz Ensemble, several jazz chamber ensembles, Marching Band, Pep Band, saxophone chamber groups, and a graduate-level reed quintet. She is from Lewes, Delaware, and performed in the Delaware All-State Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble. Morgan can help students looking to audition for All-State and county bands, as well as students of all ages looking to build their skill level in classical performance, jazz performance, and flute and clarinet doubling.

Jasmine Lee, cello
  • Cello (Junior)

Jasmine is currently a Music Education major on cello at the University of Delaware.

Pamela Letts

  • Middle School Band Camp director

Pamela Letts received her Bachelor of Music degree in Performance and Music Education from the University of Delaware and her Master of Music degree in Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music. She has been the Director of Bands at H.B. du Pont Middle School since 2002. Prior to H.B. she was the director at Stanton Middle School and Perryville High School. Additionally, she is on the faculty of the University of Delaware Community Music School and has been the director for their Middle School Band Camp since 1996. Mrs. Letts is also an active performer in the area. She is a member of the Renaissance Brass and has performed with the Delaware Symphony, the Harrisburg Symphony, the Brandywiners Orchestra and the Superior Ragtime Orchestra. She frequently performs at the DuPont Theatre and has worked with such celebrities as; Rosie O'Donnell, Nathan Lane, Andrea McCardle, Nell Carter, Stephanie Powers, and The Temptations.

Serhiy Matviychuk, violin/viola
  • Violin/Viola (professional)

Ukrainian born violinist and violist Serhiy Matviychuk was a soloist and principal of the chamber orchestra “Lviv Virtuosos” (Ukraine) and symphony orchestra “K&K Philharmoniker” (Ausria) under Jean-Jacques Kantorow (France), Myroslav Skoryk (Ukraine), Saulius Sondeckis (Lithuania-Russia), Georg Kugi, Matthias Kendlinger (Austria). As a co-principal, Mr. Matviychuk has been worked in ‘’Opera in the castle’’ (Szczecin, Poland) under Vladimir Kiradjiev (Austria), “Greifswald Opera”, “Prenzlau Chamber Orchestra” (Germany), “Gorzow Philharmonic”, “Baltic Neopolis Orchestra” (Poland), “INSO Lviv” (Ukraine). He was performed with numerous orchestras Acadiana Symphony Orchesrta in Lafayette, Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra, Delaware Country Symphony, National Lviv Philharmonic Orchestra, (Ukraine).

As a chamber musician, Mr. Matviychuk got Third Price Winner at the NOLA Chamber Music Competition in New Orleans, Louisiana (2017). He has collaborated with famous soloists, including Daniel Rowland (violin, London, Great Britain), Sergey Ostrovsky (violin, Swiss-Israel), Christian Howes (violin, USA), Denis Severin (cello, Swiss), Dimitri Ashkenazy (clarinet, Swiss), Alexandre Brussilovsky (violin, France), Oleh Krysa (violin, USA-Ukraine), Vadim Brodski (violin Poland-Italy), Konstanty Andrzej Kulka (violin, Poland).

As a solist and a principal, Mr. Matviychuk has performed throughout the world including Leipzig “Gewandhaus”, Berlin “Koncerthaus”, Frankfurt “Alte Opera”, Bern “Casino-Musiksaal”, San-Sebastian “Auditorio Kursaal”, Valencia “Palau de la Musika”, National Philharmonic of Ukraine in Kyiv, at the main city halls in Lublin, Warszawa, Krakow, Lodz, Katowice, Dortmund, Dusseldorf, Karlsruhe, Freiburg, Lubeck, Aachen, Stuttgard, Kopenhavn, Bordo, Marcel, Strasburg, Barcelona, Tarragona, Valiadolid, Basel, Lucerne, Bienne-Biel, Lousanne, Bogota, Medellin, Cali, Cartagena. He was recorded by “Deutsche Grammophon” in Lubeck and Berlin (Germany).Mr. Matviychuk was participate on the numeral festivals at Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Spain, France, Hungary, Romania, Italy, Poland, Belarus and Ukraine.

Serhiy Matviychuk currently is a graduate student at University of Delaware in the class of Professor Guillaume Combet. He was graduated from Volyn State College of Culture and Arts named Igor Stravinsky, where he was studied with Igor Smetanin (Russia), Oleksander Negoda, Igor Grynkiv, Lviv Music National Academy with Leontiy Olenych, Yuriy Dyletskiy, Lubow Vojtovic and Tatiana Slusar, Southeastern Louisiana University, with Yakov Voldman, Zorica Dimova and Dr. Victor Correa-Cruz.

Jessica McCoskey, flute
  • Flute (professional)

Miss McCoskey is a graduate student at the University of Delaware Department of Music.

Tom Palmer, drums/piano

  • Jazz Camp director, Drum Set, Jazz Piano (artist)

Tom Palmer, head of Jazz Studies and director of Jazz Big Bands at the University of Delaware, has performed with many jazz artists including Ernie Watts, Robin Eubanks, Herb Ellis and Donald Byrd. He has appeared at The Kennedy Center, Philadelphia's Zanzibar Blue and in various jazz festivals including Wilmington's Jazz in the Village, The Clifford Brown Jazz Festival and The Rehoboth Jazz Festival. Mr. Palmer has recorded with Ernie Watts and Don Glanden as well as local artist Shawn Quaissanee. He recorded on piano and drumset and produced with his wife, jazz singer, Ellen Lebowitz, the jazz and popular standards albums: "Invitation To Yesterdays" and "Smokin' Aloud."

Luisa Raigosa, clarinet
  • Clarinet (professional)
Born in Medellín, Colombia, Luisa has been part of many events both in United States and in her home country and city. She has participated in regional and national symphonic band competitions in Colombia with the Sabaneta Symphonic Band and Amina Melendro Symphonic Band, and in numerous festivals such as ClariBogotá, ClarinEAFIT and ClariSax, as well as in the International Congress of Band Music as part of one of the performing bands. Her studies include extension and precollege programs at EAFIT University, and two semesters in the Tolima Conservatory, where she performed with small ensembles, symphonic bands and in clarinet studio recitals. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor of Music with a Clarinet Performance concentration, where she performed in the USF Symphonic Orchestra, and USF Wind Ensemble, including performances at Carnegie Hall and Charleston. In 2015 and 2016 she was part of the FMEA intercollegiate band. She has taken lessons and classes with Calvin Falwell, José Antonio García, Javier Asdrúbal Vinasco, Jakob Bokun, Ron Samuels, Chris Nichols, Carlos Fernández and Andrés Ramírez among others. Luisa is currently pursuing a master’s degree in performance at the University of Delaware under Dr. Chris Nichols.
Rachel Pomeranz, voice
  • Voice (professional)

Rachel Pomeranz is a graduate of the University of Delaware Department of Music, where she received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Vocal Performance. She is honored to be joining the esteemed faculty of the Community Music School as a private instructor! Rachel is a firm believer that anyone can learn to sing—and furthermore, that developing the foundation for healthy vocal technique and artistry is a rewarding journey that will leave a positive mark in all areas of a student’s life.

When Rachel isn’t teaching voice at CMS, she serves as a cantor and alto section leader at St. Anthony of Padua Church and an early childhood teacher at Gymboree Play & Music. She is excited to appear with Wilmington Concert Opera and the chorus of OperaDelaware this coming season.

During her time at UD, Rachel performed extensively with the University of Delaware Opera Theatre (UDOT), taught French Diction, and competed internationally with the UD Chorale. Her favorite roles with UDOT include Charlotte (Werther), Frugola/Zita (Il Trittico), Prince Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus), Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro), and Romeo (excerpts from I Capuleti e i Montecchi). Rachel also spent a summer performing the role of l’Opinion publique (Orphée aux enfers) with the Franco-American Vocal Academy in Périgueux, France.

Alyssa Regan, director
  • Neuro Notes Parkinson's Choir Director

Alyssa is a graduate of the Unviversity of Delaware Department of Music.

Dr. Lauren Reynolds
  • Delaware Youth Wind Ensemble director

Bio can be found here.

Julia Rim, piano (returning students only)
  • Piano (junior)

Julia is an undergraduate student at the University of Delaware Department of Music.

Skip Rohrich, drums
  • Drums (professional)

Skip Rohrich has been a performer/educator since graduating from Indiana University with a B.M. in jazz studies. He is a student of jazz history and enjoys performing jazz from any period of the music. Of particular interest to him is the period of jazz between 1920 and 1930 and he has done extensive research and playing over the years in that style of jazz drumming which is poorly represented on recordings due to the limitations of the recording industry during that period. He has been fortunate to have been able to perform with some of the finest young exponents of this music on many rare vintage instruments he has collected over the years.

Though a drummer, Skip considers soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy and pianist Paul Bley to be his main musical influences and enjoys introducing these musicians to audiences which even though may be fairly knowledgeable about jazz, often have no idea who these two remarkable musicians are. He has been fortunate to have studied with many fine teachers over the years including George Gaber, Michael Rosen, and Duncan Patton in Classical percussion, but considers the summer he spent studying with jazz drummer Barry Altschul to have been the most influential on his development as a jazz musician. Skip was recently awarded a 2007 Individual Artist Fellowship in jazz performance from the Delaware Division of the Arts.

Edward Rosen-Wallberg, violin (returning only)

  • Suzuki Violin, Violin (professional)

Edward Rosen-Wallberg (5/5/1991) is a violinist and teacher in the Delaware area. He studied violin at the Hudson River School of Music with Nancy Dexter and Heather Vogel, and at the University of Delaware with Xiang Gao. He currently teaches General Music, Orchestra, and Suzuki Violin at three schools in Delaware, Maryland, and Southern New Jersey. He is an active player in the area.

Stephanie Schrader, clarinet
  • Clarinet (Junior)

Miss Schrader is currently an undergraduate student in the Department of Music at the University of Delaware.

Tongtong Shan, piano (returning students only)
  • Piano (professional)
Tongtong Shan is a piano performance graduate student at the University of Delaware, studying with Professor Christine Delbeau. She actively participates in many campus performances as soloist and accompanist in General Student Recitals, studio recitals, the UD Opera Orchestra. Tongtong has also performed in the UD Master Players Chamber Series, and in master class for Van Cliburn gold medalist Haochen Zhang. She is a graduate of the high school of the Tianjin Conservatory of Music in China with a major in piano performance. She has a great passion for music, and especially for playing the piano, which she has played for more than sixteen years. She has worked with many students from different levels and backgrounds. Tongtong will provide a positive and enthusiastic environment for piano learning. She will develop a feeling of success at each student’s individual rate of learning and cultivate each student towards musical independence with technique, sight-reading, and a balanced program of theory. She will also make piano learning as entertaining and fun as possible!


Rachel Shapiro, voice (returning students only)
  • Voice (junior)

Miss Shapiro is an undergraduate music student at the University of Delaware.

Tina Sheing, voice/theatre audition prep
  • Voice/Theatre audition prep (professional)

Tina Sheing has been professionally performing and directing in the area for quite some time now. Tina made her NYC debut singing at Don’t Tell Mama’s. Recently, Tina attended the Cabaret Conference at Yale University where she had the pleasure of working with such Cabaret greats Julie Wilson, Amanda McBroom, Tovah Feldshuh, Michael Orland (American Idol Music Director), Tex Arnold and Alex Rybeck. Tina has performed on some of the greatest stages such as Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center and even overseas for Royalty. Locally, Tina has directed for Wilmington Drama League, The Brandywiners, Artists Theatre Association, Musical Theatre Factory, Candlelight Dinner Theatre and Brandywine School District. Her directorial favorites include the recent critically acclaimed production of Sweeney Todd at the Wilmington Drama League, Jesus Christ Superstar, Seussical, Tommy, Mame, Godspell, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, The Wiz, Once Upon A Mattress and Anything Goes. Tina has performed professionally with the Arden Theatre Company in Philadelphia in Merrily We Roll Along, A Sondheim Celebration and The Grandfalloon, The Wilmington Drama League, Artists Theatre Association, Chapel Street Players, The Delaware Children’s Theatre, Musical Theatre Factory, Candlelight Dinner Theatre, The Brandywiners, and Actor’s Community Theatre at the Everett. Some of her favorite roles/shows have included Rose in Gypsy, Lizzie in Baby, Annelle in Steel Magnolias, Charlotta Champion in Follies, The Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Mrs. Mushnik in Little Shop, Godspell, Into the Woods, The Wizard of Oz, Nuncrackers, and Big River. During the day (and some nights) Tina can be found as a proud to be a part of the Resident Ensemble Theater Company (REP) staff.

Stephen Tipping, percussion/drums
  • Percussion (Tier 3)
  • Currently accepting college-prep and All-State students
  • Online instruction available for: Beginning band, High school band (except Timpani), Mallets (preferably 2-mallet), Vibraphone (including jazz), Drum set, Steel Pan (tenor, 2nds), Rudimentary marching band drumming, Assorted hand drums

Stephen Tipping is a percussionist and educator in the Greater Philadelphia Region. He performs and teaches an extensive scope of musical genres, including the marching arts, classical percussion, jazz and pop drumset, and steel pan. Stephen has performed across the East Coast, Arizona, Europe, Israel, and Puerto Rico. He most recently performed with Philadelphia-based Philadelphia Pan Stars (Philly Pan Stars) at the 2016 Brooklyn Panorama, the second largest panorama competition in the world. Stephen is a member of the Philadelphia-based percussion quartet Phil-A-Rhythm and is the drummer for the new Wilmington rock band Bedlam Kiss.

Stephen currently serves as Instructor of Percussion at Delaware State University (Dover, DE) and Wesley College (Dover, DE), Caption Head/Lead Percussion Arranger of perennial TOB Chapter 9 Champions Caesar Rodney High School Marching Band (Camden, DE), and is now Music Consultant with 2016 WGI Championship A-Class Finalist Aftermath Percussion (Lehigh Valley, PA) after two years serving as Bass Technician on their return to Finalist status. Stephen holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of Delaware and a Master of Music Performance from the University of Arizona. Stephen proudly endorses Sabian cymbals and is a member of the Sabian Educator’s Network. For more information visit

Noel Williams, voice (returning student only)
  • Voice (professional) - returning students only

Noël Graves-Williams, soprano, lives in Wilmington, Delaware with her husband, Clint. Along with being a part of the voice faculty at the University of Delaware’s Community Music School she also teaches voice and piano at Sanford School and is the soprano soloist at Trinity Church, Oxford in Philadelphia. Noël performs in the chorus of the Opera Company of Philadelphia and looks forward to joining the Philadelphia Singers this season.

Noël has always enjoyed singing Mozart’s soprano heroines. Of her performance of Konstanze inThe Abduction from the Seraglio,Opera Newsproclaimed, “Ms. Graves-Williams stunned the audience with the virtuosity of her singing.” Her Queen of the Night (TheMagic Flute) has been deemed “legendary – the vocal difficulties were surmounted with ease. She literally stopped the show with her Vengeance Aria” (Ashville Citizen-Times). Other Mozart roles have included Donna Anna inDon Giovanni, Madame Goldentrill inThe Impresarioand the First Lady inThe Magic Flute.

Noël’s other favorite roles include Nella inGianni Schicchi, Clorinda inLa Cenerentola, Tytania in Britten’sA Midsummer Night’s Dream, Mrs. Ford in Nicolai’sThe Merry Wives of Windsor, Calisto in Cavalli’sLa Calistoand Olympia inThe Tales of Hoffmann.

Noël was a District Winner in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and a finalist in the Upper-Midwest Regional Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. She received her bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Central Oklahoma and attended Temple University for post-graduate work in opera performance.

Harvey Price
  • Percussion Workshop coordinator for UD Music Department


Brent Edmondson

  • Wabass Workshop Coordinator

Bruce Tychinski
  • UD Trombone Day Director
  • First State Middle School Trombone Choir Director
Ziqian Ye (ZQ), violin
  • Violin (pro level)

Ye is a current student at the University of Delaware, where he is receiving his Masters degree in Violin Performance. As a student of Xiang Gao, ZQ is from Beijing, China where he gave his first public performance at the age of eight. Before arriving at UD in 2016, ZQ had studied with Professor Zhiqin Zhang, former Concertmaster of the China National Symphony Orchestra. As a recipient of UD's highest music scholarship, ZQ has solo performed in open master classes conducted by such world-renowned musicians as David Kim, the Concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra, University of Michigan Professor Stephen Shipps, Angella Ahn from the Ahn Trio, Suliman Tekalli of the Catalyst String Quartet, as well as for members of the Calidore String Quartet and Emerson String Quartet. ZQ served as the concertmaster of the UD Symphony Orchestra since Sophomore year and toured with the University of Delaware Symphony Orchestra not only within North America but also internationally - including China. ZQ has worked with top musicians worldwide and performed in major concert halls - including Carnegie Hall in New York City and Shanghai Oriental Art Center. As a soloist, ZQ has won several competitions, including the UD concerto competition during his sophomore year, and international competitions such as the Master Players Festival solo and concerto competitions, where ZQ performed as a featured soloist with orchestra.

Emma Engle, chamber ensemble dir.
  • Chamber Ensemble Director
Molly Leary, Univ. Strings director
  • University Strings Director
Dr. Heidi Lucas
  • Connect2Learn Director