Matthew Blaisse – Piano Instructor. Matthew Blaisse earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Lebanon Valley College, where he studied piano with Dr. Dennis Sweigart and organ with Dr. Shelly Moorman-Stahlman. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Lebanon Valley College, and a Master of Engineering in Acoustics from The Pennsylvania State University. In addition to teaching piano, Matt serves as organist and music director at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Harrisburg, and operates his own piano tuning and repair business, which boasts a rapidly growing list of individual and institutional clients in the Harrisburg/Hershey area.
Hope Bowling – Cello Instructor. Hope Bowling has a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Susquehanna University. She was a student of John Zurfluh. Hope has performed with the Harrisburg Symphony, Lehigh Valley Chamber Orchestra, Allentown Symphony and the Pennsylvania Sinfonia. She has taught at the Yeshiva Academy, Infinity Charter School, Holy Name of Jesus School and Palisades School District. Hope is also a member of the Morning Star String Trio.
Dvon Cruse - Piano/Jazz Piano Instructor. Dvon Cruse is a versatile jazz keyboardist/pianist from the Washington, D.C. Area. He started his music career at 4 years old playing drums at Jericho City of Praise, the area’s largest place of worship. He then ventured off to more melodic instruments such as the saxophone and the piano. At 11 years old he played organ for the Jericho City of Praise Men’s Choir. At 14 he earned a spot in the statewide classical band playing saxophone. At 17 he won first place in the Alpha Psi Phi Omega fraternity Annual Teen Hunt competition. At 18 he opened for Marvin Sapp. At 19 he began touring on Carnival and Holland America cruise ships where he opened for artists such as Lionel Richie and Little Big Town. Today, Dvon plays with a variety of different bands. He is listed as a performer with the Central Pennsylvania Friends of Jazz, is a private instructor, and also produces his own original music.
Caleb Flick - Piano Instructor. Caleb Flick was recently chosen chosen as one of eleven pianists internationally to participate in the Winter Academy “Feuerwerk” and to give performances in the region of Einbeck, Germany as member of the upcoming 2020 Class. Caleb has also performed in Lithuania and France. Regionally he has extensive experience as a collaborative pianist having served as as Principal Keyboardist of the Reading Pops and Symphony Orchestra. He performs regularly with a wide array of instrumentalists as well as singers associated with the nation's major opera companies. Until recently Caleb pursued a busy primary career in the insurance industry and only recently chose to shift his focus to a career as a performer and teacher so that he can share his love of music making and piano playing with others. He previously served on the faculty of Dickinson College, and he currently serves Faith Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Lower Paxton Township as Director of Musical Ministries, a position he has held since 2013. He recently created the series "Concerts on Colonial" at Faith Immanuel and was named the Artistic Director. Caleb is a graduate of Lebanon Valley College and has furthered his piano studies in Philadelphia, New York, and Montreal.
Gregory Flury - Strings Instructor. Greg Flury began his musical career at the age of four, starting on the piano at the musical preparatory division at Elizabethtown College. At eleven, he took his musical interests to the cello and began studies with Jill Placeway. Beginning in his high school years, Greg started private lessons with Richard Whiney for two years. At this point, he had decided that he wished to pursue music at the collegiate level and transitioned to studying with professional cellist Steven Lavender for the next three years. In the fall of 2012, Greg attended the Sunderman Conservatory at Gettysburg College, studying with Daniel Levitov, director of the preparatory division at Peabody Institute. During his four years at Gettysburg, he participated in selective groups such as the Gettysburg College Orchestra, Metta Ensemble, Sunderman Strings, and various string quartets and new music ensembles. Greg currently participates in ensembles across south-central PA including both collegiate and professional orchestras such as the Hershey Symphony and Allegro Chamber Orchestra. He has had the opportunity to study under John Koen, a member of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and Sara Male, a prominent cellist within the central PA area. Greg is always looking for ways to support the contemporary music scene as well as educate others in the art of the cello. Along with teaching privately, he is excited to be collaborating with the State Street Academy to provide musical opportunities to all.
Erica Ickes - Piano Instructor. Erica Ickes has a Bachelor of Arts degree in music from Carroll College in Waukesha, WI. She has taught piano for over 20 years in Wisconsin, New York, and Pennsylvania. She enjoys working with students of all ages. Erica is also the organist at Silver Spring Presbyterian Church in Mechanicsburg.
Katie Kerick - Woodwinds Instructor. Katie Kerick has been playing saxophone for 15 years. She graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance from Mansfield University in 2014. Katie is fluent on all 4 different saxophones. While at Mansfield University, she was involved in Wind Ensemble (Principal Saxophonist), Jazz Ensemble (Lead Alto & Bari Sax), Mountie Sound Machine (Bari Sax), Marching Band (Alto Sax), Saxophone Quartet (Soprano, Alto, & Bari), and many other appearances. She has performed on various student recitals and concerts during her time at Mansfield University. Katie has also have been lucky enough to perform/work with Ernie Krivda, Chris Vadala, Rich Thompson, Wayne Bergeron, The Village VanGuard Band, the New York Voices, Dr. William Wakefield, Dr. Stephen Gage, Dr. Timothy McAllister, Dr. Kenneth Tse, Dr. Otis Murphy, Professor Carrie Koffman, Professor Chien Kwan-Lin, and various other guest artist that have come to Mansfield University. She has also performed a Junior, Senior, and Quartet Recital during her undergraduate career. While at Mansfield University Katie developed a passion for arranging music. She has had many of her pieces performed with saxophone quartets and saxophone large ensembles. She is currently working on publishing her pieces, and making them available to saxophonists. After graduating from Mansfield University Katie received her Masters degree in Music Performance with a concentration in saxophone from the University of Maryland in College Park. She was involved in the Wind Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, Repertoire Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra, various chamber ensembles, performing at the Navy Band Saxophone Symposium, and perform as a soloist.
Joseph M. McAnulty – Violin Instructor, String Ensemble Conductor. Joseph McAnulty holds a Bachelor of Arts in music from Penn State University where he studied violin with James Lyon and orchestral conducting with Gerardo Edelstein. Prior to college he was a student of Brandon Christensen. Joe has been a member of the faculty at State Street Academy since 2007. Along with teaching over 30 private students, Joe also conducts three levels of string ensemble. As a professional violinist, he is a member of the York Symphony and performs with various chamber orchestras around the region. He has also adjudicated orchestra festivals for several years in the central Pennsylvania area, and was recently named the concertmaster of the Central Pennsylvania Symphony.
Elyse Rinehart - Viola Instructor and Chimes Ensemble Director. Elyse Rinehart earned a B.S. Ed. In Music from Millersville University where she studied violin and viola. Elyse has taught strings, orchestra, and general music in public and private schools in the Central PA area and continues to play in various orchestras in the region. She began teaching at SSA in 2009 as faculty of the summer camp and became a private instructor in 2011. She directs the SSA chimes choir and also directs a children’s choir at St. Matthews Catholic Church in Dauphin, PA.
Molly Shortridge - Flute Instructor. Molly Shortridge studied flute performance and music therapy at Temple University’s Esther Boyer College of Music. Her primary instructor was David Cramer, Associate Principal of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Post-college, she studied extensively with concert-soloist, Clifford Tretick. Molly studied flute pedagogy under the award-winning Kathy Blocki, and recently completed the KinderFlute training program to become a certified KinderFlute teacher. She regularly free-lances in this area and has played in the Central Pennsylvania Oratorio Orchestra, The Harrisburg Choral Society Orchestra, The Hershey Symphony, flute quartets, pit orchestras, the Carlisle Musical Arts Club, The Pennsylvania Governor’s Mansion Events, The York Strand Theater’s opening galas, and several other chamber and choral ensembles in the greater Harrisburg region. In 2012, she toured Central Italy with The Market Square Singers, led by Eric Riley, and performed solos in a series of concerts in Central Italy. Outside of SSA, Molly maintains a studio of over 55 students, develops ensembles and classes, and teaches flute workshops. She also was also an adjunct flute instructor for the Blue Mountain Chamber Music Festival. She is recognized on the national level and has taught flute pedagogy workshops at the The National Flute Conventions regional conventions. Her students regularly win auditions in the PMEA district, regional and state band/orchestra ensembles and in the Harrisburg Youth Symphony Orchestra. Her very successful program, Kinderflute-Academy www.Kinderflute-Academy.com https://www.facebook.com/Kinderflute-Academy-482876201744528/?fref=ts has been in operation for over 6 years, successfully starting children as young as four on the flute. She is also now a business owner of The Fluteplace of Central Pa, where she is a dealer of flutes, music and accessories.
John Tuzza - Percussion Instructor. John Tuzza is a freelance musician and composer/arranger in the Harrisburg Areas and studied Music Performance and Music Production and Engineering at Berklee College of Music. John has performed and recorded with many local, regional, and national artists as well as with numerous local and regional theater companies. He has taught (both privately and in local high schools) for over 20 years.
Maria Wilson - Guitar Instructor. Maria is a published guitar composer for RDSD Publishing for T.V. and small film projects. She has been teaching guitar for over 20 years. Many of Maria's students have gone on to further their careers in music education, music business, and audio technology at Belmont University, Lebanon Valley College, and Berkeley College of Music. Maria has five original music CDs and has toured the East Coast opening up for music legends Roger McGuinn, Michael McDonald, Livingston Taylor, and John Sebastian. She has has been the featured musician at the Belmont Race Track, Atlantic City Beach Festival, and the Philadelphia Folk Festival. Maria is a six time scholarship winner to Duqesne University's Guitar and Bass Workshop and School. She has also studied with guitar instructors from Peabody Conservatory, Towson University, and Elizabethtown College. In addition, she holds a music marketing and music technology diploma from the Harrisburg Area Community College. Maria has also had articles written on her music in Self-Employment Magazine, Wood and Steel, The York Dispatch and The Patriot News. In addition she has performed on the River 97.3 and World Café in Philadelphia. For more information, visitwww.mariawilsonmusic.com.
Amy Yovanovich - Voice Instructor. Ms. Yovanovich started singing as a child. She is a 1989 graduate of Elizabethtown Area High School, Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania. After high school she served as lead soloist at St. James Episcopal Church in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Amy has studied voice/opera extensively at the Pennsylvania Academy of Music in Lancaster, PA. Ms. Yovanovich studied under Mr. John Darrenkamp, a well-known veteran of the Metropolitan Opera Company in New York City and currently studies with Ms. Kyle C. Engler, Mezzo-Soprano, Baltimore, Maryland. She has performed with the Pennsylvania Academy of Music Opera Theatre Workshop, Lancaster and Harrisburg Opera Companies, Reading Pops Orchestra & Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra. She has performed in a number of operas, including, Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte as Dorabella, Bizet’s Carmen as Carmen and Mennotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors as the Mother. Ms. Yovanovich has also performed many oratorios, including Verdi & Mozart Requiem, Handel’s Messiah and Judas Maccabeus, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass and Beethoven’s 5th Symphony. She has also performed in several productions at the Fulton Opera House including The Sound of Music as Mother Abbess, in Rags as Rosa, in Ragtime as Sarah’s Friend, in Carousel as Netty Fowler and Oliver as Widow Corney. In March of 1998, Ms. Yovanovich was the recipient of the prestigious Oxnard Gold Medal, First Place Award in the American Traditions Competition in Savannah, Georgia, sponsored by Savannah On Stage. She also was Honorable Mention at the 1998 Metropolitan Opera District Auditions, finalist in the 1999 National Federation of Music Clubs Competition, and a winner in the 2000 Connecticut Opera Guild Competition. In February of 2003, she made her non-musical debut with Ephrata ACT as Berenice Sadie Brown in Carson McCullers’ “The Member of the Wedding.” She is a frequent guest artist and soloist throughout the Central Pennsylvania region. Amy is currently on the faculty at The Lancaster Conservatory of Music and is the Director of Music for the Westgate Baptist Church in Lancaster, PA.