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.
John Devorick - Piano Instructor. John Devorick earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from West Chester University, and a Master of Liturgical Music degree from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He did further graduate study at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, N.J. and at Philadelphia’s University of the Arts. A native of Camp Hill, John had a thirty-five-year public school teaching career prior to coming to State Street Academy. He served as an elementary vocal music teacher in Mechanicsburg Area School District for many years, and finished his public school career at Red Land High School in the West Shore School District. At Red Land he directed several choral ensembles and taught courses in music theory, music history, and piano keyboarding. He also did the stage and musical direction for several full-scale musicals, including Into the Woods, The Wizard of Oz, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and Les Miserables. John also had a long career serving as music director and organist in several local churches, including First United Methodist in Mechanicsburg, Camp Hill United Methodist, and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Upper Allen Township. In addition to his teaching at State Street, John is also on the adjunct faculty of Messiah College, where his duties include teaching music theory courses, private piano lessons, and the supervising and mentoring of future music educators who are doing their student teaching in area schools. John maintains memberships in the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), and the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA). Writing on musical topics, John’s articles and reviews have appeared in The Choral Journal (ACDA), Teaching Music (NAfME), and The PMEA Journal.
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.
Mark Hunsberger - Percussion Instructor. A native of Somerset, Pennsylvania, Mark began playing percussion at age 11. He found a passion for music through his first percussion instructor and IUP professor, Ronald Horner. Mark followed his passion to Messiah College where he earned a B.A. in Classical Percussion Performance (2011) as well as his certification in Music Education (2012). During his time at Messiah, Mark discovered and cultivated a love for jazz. His studies with Kirk Reese, Tim Warfield, Lenny Rogers, and Dan Monaghan provided him a strong foundation in the jazz tradition. In 2014, Mark earned his M.M. in Jazz studies from Michigan State University where he had the opportunity to study and perform with jazz masters Randy Gilespie, Rodney Whitaker, Reggie Thomas, Etienne Charles, Diego Rivera, and Michael Dease. Mark maintains an active performance schedule as well as a private studio in which he teaches both classical and jazz lessons. In addition to his work at SSA, Mark serves as the Director of Education for the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra and is on faculty at Messiah College, Juniata College, and Central Penn College.
Caleb Liddick - Strings Instructor. Caleb Liddick is a 2012 graduate of Messiah College, majoring in music education, with his concentration on the double bass. Currently, Caleb teaches elementary strings in the Central Dauphin school district. He has been a member of the York Symphony and the Central Penn Symphony, and is an avid running enthusiast.
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.
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.
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.