Our Instructors

Stephen Cline

Piano and French Horn

  • Stephen has performed with the Cleveland Philharmonic, Erie Philharmonic, and Youngstown Scoring Stage

  • He has held many organist/music director positions in Northeast Ohio

  • 20 years experience teaching private lessons

  • M.M. in Music Performance, Youngstown State University

  • B.A. in Music Performance, Youngstown State University

David McHenry

Guitar and Bass Guitar

  • Studied at Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music

  • Founder of Open Ears – Open Minds, a society for music appreciation

  • Especially trained in classical and jazz

  • Teaches all styles

  • Believes an appreciation of music inspires students and provides the foundation for success on their instrument

Mike McClosky

Guitar and Bass Guitar

  • Master’s degree in Music Education from The University of Akron

  • Named “Outstanding Undergraduate Guitarist” at The University of Akron

  • Teaches classical, rock, jazz, and fingerstyle for guitar, and rock and jazz for bass

  • Emphasizes reading music, music theory, and fundamentals

  • Over 20 years performing professionally

C.J. Briggs


  • Current music director of Brecksville-Broadview Heights Community Chorus

  • Extensive music director experience in multiple area churches

  • C.J. is a prolific performer in area theaters, bands, and churches

  • Emphasizes reading music, music theory, and fundamentals

  • B.M. in Theory and Composition, College of Wooster

Harry Madorsky

Guitar, Ukelele

  • Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Illustration and Fine Arts from University of Colorado

  • Performs and records professionally as a singer-songwriter

  • Music archivist with a knowledge of history for all styles of music

  • Incorporates current music to teach fundamentals

Rob Thorndike

Guitar, Bass Guitar, Banjo

  • Bachelors of Music in Guitar Performance and Music Education at Youngstown State University

  • Has taught private guitar and drum lessons in schools and studios since 2005

  • Served as Percussion Pit Instructor for The Warren Junior Military Band

  • Focuses on fundamentals and music theory as it applies to the student’s musical interests

Bob Young

Drums and Percussion

  • Studied Music Education at Youngstown State University

  • Professional freelance percussionist for rock, orchestral, and musical theater pit ensembles

  • Co-founder of newYopercussion, a percussion quartet from Youngstown, Ohio

  • Has taught private lessons for 12 years

  • Focuses on fundamental understanding of rhythm, feel, and technique as it applies to all percussion instruments

Tracy Ramer

Guitar and Bass Guitar

  • Studied guitar at the Berklee College of Music and The University of Akron

  • Toured the United States as the music director for Dennis Edwards, the former lead singer of The Temptations

  • Currently sings and plays guitar, bass, and keyboards for various local music groups

  • Teaches all styles of music on guitar, bass, or ukulele

  • Focuses on sight reading, music theory, and improvisation during lessons

Curtis Marazzi

Guitar and Bass Guitar

  • Bachelor of Music from The University of Akron

  • 20 years of experience as a teacher of guitar and bass guitar

  • Played with a wide variety of bands

  • Focuses on the fundamentals and technical abilities that allow students to play their favorite styles of music

Val Sibila

Voice and Piano

  • M.M. in Voice Performance, Cleveland Institute of Music

  • Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance, Kent State University

  • 9 years as a pianist and cantor church service professional

  • 7 years experience as an instructor of voice and piano

  • Focuses on creating well-rounded musicians with strong theory skills and healthy, sustainable techniques that can last a lifetime

Zachary Brandon

Violin and Viola

  • Zach has performed in more than 8 local symphonies throught Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana
  • M.M. candidate, Cleveland Institute of Music
  • B.A. in Music Performance, Colburn Conservatory
  • Zach has placed in the top rankings of dozens of nternational strings competitions


Caitlin Richards

Flute and Piccolo

  • B.A. in Flute Performance, Kent State University

  • 16 years of extensive performing experience
  • Caitlin has a passion for teaching flute and believes that learning music, in any capacity, is important in creating a confident and well-rounded individual

Kevin Natoli


  • Currently performs with several area symphonies including Mansfield, Canton, Erie, and Akron

  • Performed with Civic Orchestra of Chicago and New World Symphony of Miami

  • Certified teacher and clinician for the Alexander Technique

  • M.M. in Trumpet Performance, New England Conservatory
  • B. A. in Performance, Boston Conservatory

Christopher Brosius

Trombone, Baritone/Euphonium

  • Chris has studied with both Rick Stout and Massimo La Rosa of the Cleveland Orchestra

  • Performed with the Akron, Youngstown, Canton, Erie, and Firelands Symphonies

  • 7 years teaching experience in public and private settings

  • M. M. in Trombone Performance, Cleveland Institute of Music
  • B. M. in Trombone Performance, Cleveland Institute of Music