Greg Adams is a jazz pianist, composer, and piano teacher located in Baltimore, MD. He graduated summa cum laude from McDaniel College in 2008, earning his Bachelors in Music Theory and Composition. While at McDaniel, Greg studied both jazz and classical piano under the tutelage of Eric Byrd and David Kreider respectively. In 2010, Greg earned his Masters degree in Music with an emphasis in Jazz Piano from Towson University, where he studied with Tim Murphy and served as the teaching assistant for the Music Theory department. Greg's own jazz piano trio performs regularly around the DC/Baltimore region and was recently a headliner at the Baltimore-Washington Jazzfest. Outside of jazz, Greg is also a member of the eclectic rock/fusion band Turtle Buddy and pianist for Valley Brook Community Church in Columbia, MD.
Greg has been teaching piano lessons professionally since 2008, and creates his own arrangements and lesson plans to suit his students' varying needs and interests. Whether teaching a Miles Davis tune, a Chopin waltz, or a Radiohead song, Greg is excited to help his students explore their own creativity through the study of music.
Nancy White - brings the unique gift of inspiring her students to learn and enjoy music in a fun, yet ultimately highly educational manner. Nancy studied with Peabody instructors and has shared her talents with hundreds of students for over 20 plus years of teaching. She is great with younger children and adults love her easy going, nurturing manner. Nancy is versatile in musical styles, knowledgeable in varying piano methodologies, and most important - has infinite patience. She also teaches beginning guitar lessons.
Laura Combs – brings over 25 years of teaching experience to her students. Laura grew up in a musical family and learned her craft through many years of performance and teaching. She is equally proficient in piano and organ and has an great understanding of electronic instruments and how to use them. Laura specializes in teaching standards, pop, jazz, and gospel styles.
Laura teaches our Recreational Music Making classes for older adults - bringing her patient, warm and friendly style to these low-stress, high fun lessons. Laura is equally at home and active in teaching all ages, starting as young as age 4 (with adult present).
Bruce Anderson has over 30 years experience in music education, management and performance. Bruce graduated from the University of Miami with a degree in Theory and Composition. Bruce was a product specialist and education consultant for the Education and Keyboard Divisions of Yamaha.
Bruce was a Vice Prsident and Director of Education for Jordan Kitt's Music and managed their music education programs from 1995 to 2011.
Currently as owner/director of Lutherville Music School, Bruce will teaches the Yamaha Music Education System classes and other specialty programs.
Bruce has been the organist for the Washington Capitals for 16 seasons and won an Emmy in 2014 for his work in a special segment for Caps Red Line. He also plays for the Washington Wizards and WNBA Mystics.
Patricia Genetos - holds a B.A. in Music Education with piano emphasis from the University of Washington and has studied jazz at Berklee College of Music and with Robert Fields. She studied classic guitar with Ray Chester at Peabody and has an extensive background in contemporary guitar. Patricia is currently piano and guitar accompanist at Center For Spiritual Living Baltimore and performs with the Baltimore Classic Guitar Society Ensemble. She offers a free quarterly ensemble class for her guitar students.
Drew Wright - is a Baltimore native who began lessons at the age of six. At ten, he began to play trumpet and played in wind ensembles until he was eighteen. However, his true love of music began when he picked up his grandfather’s guitar at the age of thirteen. He decided to pursue music as a career and started Asbestos with his friend Erik. After releasing 3 CDs and touring across the country 7 times, Asbestos is still going strong, always searching for new ways to explore “the Prog/Punk Dichotomy.” When he was seventeen, Drew decided to study Music Composition and Recording Technology at UMBC from where he graduated in 2012. He currently works as a Youth Choir Director at Calvary Baptist Church in Towson and continues to play with Asbestos.
Kurt Krenzischek - This multi-talented, award-winning and European trained music instructor has been performing and teaching piano, organ, guitar and voice since 1969. Kurt teaches the enjoyment of music to all ages from 3-1/2 to 85+ years of age. When you have fun with music the success ultimately follows. The music is in all of us, we simply need to find a way to bring it to the forefront."
Kurt's students attend weekly lessons for fun, relaxation, musical enjoyment and to learn the songs that "they want to play!"
Jillian Finnamore - As a voice teacher, vocal coach, and audition coach, Jillian delights in bringing out the talents of her students. While she specializes in the musical theatre and classical genres, Jillian enjoys assisting students of all levels and vocal types learn to communicate through song. She particularly enjoys teaching students how to belt with confidence and health. Jillian has been teaching since 2005 and has also music-directed and accompanied for a variety of musicals.
Soprano Jillian Finnamore “has drama, musicianship, flair, and a gorgeous instrument,” as well as versatility. In June 2012, Jillian made her Arbor Opera Theater début singing Mimì from La Bohème. She recently performed Violetta from La Traviata with Center Stage Opera. She has been in the finals of the Rising Star Emerging Artist Award. Favorite past opera and operetta performances include the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor, Helène from Victor Herbert’s Orange Blossoms, Mabel (Pirates of Penzance), “Tourist A” from the world premiere of Lost in Translation, and Zemphira in Rachmaninoff’s Aleko (cover). She has performed as soprano soloist for numerous oratorios, including Handel’s Messiah, Faure’s Requiem, Mozart’s Exsulate Jubilate, Dyson’s Hierusalem, Schubert’s Mass in G, and the Christmas Oratorio by Camille Saint-Saens. Jillian received her Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the University of South Carolina. She was born in Papua New Guinea and raised in French West Africa.
Greg Wimmer began his love of music as soon as he could reach the keys of his parent's piano. After taking lessons for a while, Greg began teaching himself rock and roll by learning the music of The Beatles and Jerry Lee Lewis before progressing to the works of Elton John and Billy Joel. Greg wasn't satisfied with just learning the piano. Over the years, he has spent time playing the drums, bass, guitar, and saxophone. While he has had formal instruction from greats like Mark St. Pierre and Charles Freitag, Greg values his own exploration of instruments as the key to his success.
Along with past experience in a band, Greg has spent time in the studio. As a student, he learned the recording aspect of music from The Sheffield Institute of Recording Arts. Following his completion of his education at Sheffield, Greg interned at the studio which allowed for him to sit in on many sessions and learn from engineers and producers with Gold and Platinum credits. As a musician, Greg has played on various studio projects including working with Lutherville's own Mike Ruocco (Plunge, Cinder Road, SR-71).
While Greg plays piano, his focus lies with guitar. His teaching approach to guitar varies based on the individual student's needs, but the goal for each student is the same - to quickly get them playing their favorite music. Greg's students learn the secrets to chords, scales, shapes, positions, and ear training, in a way that takes away the intimidation factor of learning the guitar.
Greg is a graduate of University of Baltimore. He also owns and operates Boxador Music, which creates custom music for advertising, video, and web.
Chris Phillips has been playing in bands and recording from the age of 16. Appearing with groups such as The Fugitives, Modern Ruins, France and currently The Black Labels, Chris has played in historic venues like CBGB's, The Limelight and The Knitting Factory in NewYork.
Locally he has performed at all the classic Baltimore clubs - Hammerjacks, The Recher Theater, Ottobar, The Bayou and the old 9:30 Club
While drums and percussion are his primary instrument, Chris also plays guitar, bass and vocals. He likes to teach recording techniques using Garage Band and other programs to his students as well.
Chris loves to share his passion for music and performance with students of all ages.
Rose Marie Davila had an interest in music at an early age. She began lessons at the age of 7. At the age of 14, she attended Peabody Preparatory. Throughout high school, she was lead pianist in the Piano Quartet and accompanied the Madrigal choir in several occasions. At the UMBC, Rose majored in Music Performance in Piano. While there, she accompanied the Wind Ensemble and participated in various student composers’ ensembles. In 2013, Rose graduated with a Bachelor’s of Music. In addition to receiving many years of formal training and performing at local churches, she has been teaching piano to people of all ages since 2010. Rose continues to have a passion for music and looks forward to sharing this passion with others.
Ian Fairweather trained in classical piano through the Australian Conservatory of Music. He commenced teaching over 30 years ago, specializing in improvising, arranging, and personalizing music. Ian has written and taught college courses for piano and guitar. He is also actively involved in church music, and has served as the Music Minister at several churches in Australia and the USA.
Ian has worked as a professional musician and is also a piano technician, servicing and repairing pianos in the greater Baltimore area.
Paul Tokarz has been fascinated with music since the age of 12. He began by jamming with friends in various garage bands. After spending countless hours practicing guitar during his teenage years, Paul decided to move to Los Angeles to pursue a career in music. He attended the GIT program at Musicians Institute from 2010-2012, earning an associates degree in guitar performance. While at school he was able to study under world renowned guitarists including Paul Gilbert, Scott Henderson, Carl Verheyen, and Dean Brown. Shortly after graduating MI, Paul was able to land a gig working with Grammy award-winning producer/engineer, Gary Lux. Paul has worked as a touring guitar player as well as numerous sessions for a variety of artists. He is also an experienced guitar instructor and can play and teach most styles.
Nicole Steinberg, a soprano, is a recent graduate of the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. She has won various performance awards and been part of programs such as Miami Music Festival and University of Miami School of Music in Salzburg, Austria. She recently performed the role of Amore in Monteverdi’’s L’incoronazione di Poppea with New York Lyric Opera Theater and performed various concerts at Carnegie Hall Weill Recital Hall and the National Opera Center. Nicole has a passion for teaching and is currently pursuing her graduate studies at Towson University, where she will be performing the role of Laetitia in the program’s upcoming production of Menotti’s The Old Maid and the Thiefand Wisteria in a new children’s production of Sleeping Beauty. She is also a TA for the Music History Division and teaching multiple segments of Solo Voice Literature. Nicole is very excited to help mold young minds and voices at Lutherville.
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Juliana Marin is a voice teacher and arts administrator. She is a graduate from Towson University with a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance and The Peabody Conservatory with a Master of Music in vocal performance. While at Towson University, she received the Music Department Talent Award and was the first-place winner of the Dr. Sydney Lieberman Music Competition.She is a recipient of a Peabody Career Development Grant the George Woodhead Prize in Voice.
While at Towson she performed the role of Pamina in Mozart’s The Magic Flute and at Peabody, Clorinda from Rossini's La Cenerentola. She has previously been the music director of a production of Jason Robert Brown’s, Parade with Wildwood Summer Theatre in Bethesda, MD, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat with Drama Learning Center in Columbia, MD, and Pippin with Greenbelt Arts Center.
Ms. Marin is very passionate about bringing music into the lives of young people. Knowing she has a part in fostering appreciation of the arts and skills that go beyond the music studio is incredibly rewarding! She wants students to have fun exploring the depths of vocal music and to be bold by allowing something as personal as their voice to be heard.
When Ms. Marin is not singing, she can be found decorating, cooking or watching BBC's Sherlock and episodes of Doctor Who repeatedly
Mike Hall hails from Denver Colorado, Mike has taught music to children and adults all over the front range for two decades. Percussion performance was his undergraduate study at University of Colorado at Denver, and over the years "he has played for over 30 bands, 4 of them nationally touring acts. Mike also has done music for therapy in a social work setting for children with special needs and at risk youth for over ten years. His delight for music can be contagious, and he has a talent for making music fun!"
Dr. Xiao Liang graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) Glenn Korff School of Music in August 2016 with her Doctoral degree in Music Arts (DMA) in Piano Performance. She graduated from UNL in May 2011 with her Master’s degree in piano performance, after she received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Dickinson State University (DSU), North Dakota in 2009.
As an undergraduate student in piano performance, she was awarded the Representative of North Dakota in the Music Teacher National Association (MTNA) West Central Division Young Artist Competition in 2009. In her graduate studies, she worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant, serving as a piano accompanist for different instrumental studios and the instructor of Keyboard Skills to music major college students at UNL. During her last
semester as a DMA student, she worked as an adjunct piano faculty at Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, NE. With ten years of teaching experience, she teaches students of all age, including young children, both piano and non-piano major college students, and adult students. She has a passion for working with young students. She is a member of MTNA since 2008.