Faculty Bios

* Denotes Master Teacher

Jennifer Shoup, Owner/Piano*

Jennifer is a frequent soloist and chamber musician who performs throughout the United States and abroad. She has been a featured soloist with the National Orchestras of Chile, Costa Rica and the University of Dayton Orchestra and presented solo recitals for the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, Sigma Alpha Iota National Convention and numerous artist series. Recent engagements include lectures and recitals for the Ohio Federation of Music Clubs, Ohio Music Teachers Association, Francis Marion University Artist Series, and the American Matthay Association for Piano.    



























































































































Jennifer received a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance and Certificate in Piano Pedagogy from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor of Music degree in Performance from the University of Dayton. She began Doctoral studies at Arizona State University. Her teachers include Donald Hageman, Eric Street, Enrique Graf and Caio Pagano. Additional studies took place in Vienna, Austria and Belgais Center for the Arts (Portugal). 


































































































































































Jennifer has taught for the prestigious Carnegie Mellon Preparatory School and as adjunct faculty for the University of Dayton and Cedarville University. She has worked with a diverse range of artists including Emanuel Ax, Maria Joao Pires, Earl Wild and Grammy award-winning composer Lucy Simon. 

Garry Ball, Guitar

Garry Ball, a native of Springfield, is a passionate song-writer, guitarist, and teacher. He started taking guitar lessons in high school after spending his childhood listening to the radio and 45 records. Now with three CDs of his own, Garry is an active performer in the Dayton and Springfield area. 

In 2013 he released his first solo album, Frozen Smile. It was followed by Marble Heart in 2014 and One Man's Way in 2015. His music speaks to his favorite genres; folk, folk rock, and Americana. Garry is especially inspired by the California rock genre from the 1970's. Some of his musical influences are Jackson Browne, Crosby Stills and Nash, Neil Young, Dan Fogelberg, JD Souther, and James Taylor. Other mentors, coaches, and influences are Peter Bradley Adams, Luke Brindley, Dana Cooper, Michael Fracasso, Tom Kimmel, Darden Smith, and Brooks Williams. Garry teaches private guitar lessons and a group class for teens/adults. 


Kara Camfield, Violin*

Kara earned a Master of Music degree from the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati (OH) and a Bachelor of Arts degree in music from Minot State University (ND). She is Assistant Principal Second Violin for the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and has performed with the orchestra since 2006. Other duties for the philharmonic include playing first violin as part of an educational string quartet, and serving as a SPARK (School Partners with Artists Reaching Kids) teaching artist. Kara is the conductor of the Dayton Philharmonic Junior String Orchestra and an adjunct violin professor at the University of Dayton. 

Kyleen Downes, Guitar*

Kyleen earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Wright State University where she studied classical guitar with Jim McCutcheon. While a student, she performed numerous recitals and participated in the WSU guitar ensemble. She also studied composition. Kyleen is an active teacher and performer in addition to conducting beginning guitar courses and clinics. She enjoys a wide range of musical styles including classical, folk, rock and pop, and incorporates each into her own songwriting. Kyleen is passionate about helping her students achieve their musical goals and encouraging them to explore music.

Emily Evans, Violin/Voice

Soprano Emily Evans is originally from Chicago, Illinois. She earned a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from DePaul University School of Music, and a Bachelor of Music degree from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. Her teachers include Elizabeth Byrne, Pamela Hinchman, and Jori Jennings. Emily participated in masterclasses with Ruth Hennessy, operatic tenor Quinn Kelsey, and soprano Nicole Cabell. She has worked with The Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company, The Floating Opera Company, and DePaul Opera Theater. Some of Emily's notable operatic roles include The Queen of the Night in Mozart's The Magic Flute and Gretel in Hansel and Gretel. Emily has a passion for modern and obscure operas, and has enjoyed playing roles such as a Quark sister in The Quantum Mechanic and the Five Year Old in The Proposal. She has been a featured soprano soloist in The Fairy Queen and Handel's Messiah. and was selected as the runner-up in the Sinfonietta Bel Canto Competition. In 2014 she was accepted to a collaborative music festival in Vianden, Luxembourg. There, she performed scenes from operettas and participated in small chamber ensembles with other young musicians from around the world. In addition to opera, Emily studied violin for over 10 years and played in small chamber ensembles and a touring symphonic band. She has taught beginner violin for 7 years, most recently at Cincinnati School of Music. Although she was trained classically on the violin, Emily has also developed improvisational skills on her electric violin that she showcases with several bands. She enjoys bringing her electric violin in so her students can explore it's unique sound. Emily is thrilled to join the faculty at The Piano Preparatory School and is looking forward to helping her students find joy and passion in their music!

Abigail Geist, Piano & Music Makers

Abigail is a pianist and composer who has worked with beginner through advanced piano students in group and private settings for eight years. She also has more than six years of experience teaching early childhood music and pre-piano lessons for preschool and early elementary. Abigail has a Bachelor of Arts in Piano Pedagogy from Maranatha University in Watertown, Wisconsin, where she studied piano, early childhood music and composition. While there, she also taught private and group lessons with the Maranatha Piano Preparatory School. Additionally she has worked as faculty at piano camps, conducted composition workshops, and written several commissioned pieces for various musicians. Abigail has taught elementary general music and directed multiple award-winning elementary and Junior High choirs and performing groups. Abigail also has ten years of experience as pianist for churches around the United States and has accompanied various choirs, soloists and performing groups.

Heather Goertemiller, Piano & Music Together

Heather received a Bachelor degree in Music Education from The University of Dayton. She has 10 years of experience teaching private piano to early elementary through adult-age students. Additional experience includes serving as vocal coach for UD’s Vocal Performance Institute, teaching for The Dunbar Institute’s Summer Arts Program, volunteering with the Jamaica Field Service Program, and leading world drumming workshops. Heather has presented for the OMEA Professional Development Conference and been published in leading music education journals.  She is an elementary general music teacher for Springboro Community City Schools and the Center Director for Music Together of South Dayton, a local early childhood music program. 




Michaela Hibbard, Cello*

Michaela Luchka is a freelance cellist in the Cincinnati area. She has been teaching group classes and private cello lessons in Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati since 2008. In addition to keeping a busy teaching schedule, Michaela enjoys performing with area orchestra, including the Springfield Symphony and the Dayton Philharmonic. Michaela received a Bachelor of Music degree from DePaul University with Stephen Baldserton and a Mater of Music degree from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati with Lee Fiser. Michaela loves the Cincinnati Reds and would someday like to visit all 30 Ballparks. So far, she has been to GABP, Progressive Field, PNC Park, Wrigley Field, US Cellular Field, Comerica Park and Busch Stadium.




Dr. Scott Jackson, Violin*

Scott Jackson is an accomplished violin performer, recently receiving the DMA from the College Conservatory of Music (CCM) at the University of Cincinnati under Won Bin Yim. Scott has competed in numerous competitions and was a semifinalist in the 2011, 2012, and 2013 Sphinx competitions. He also won the CCM Concerto Competition in 2014. In 2015, Scott was accepted into a fellowship position with the Grant Park Symphony in Chicago, IL where he performed extensively with both the orchestra as well as a member of the PI String Quartet. He has been invited to play in masterclasses with famed violinists such as Midori, Gil Shaham, and Augustin Hadelich. Scott currently plays in several orchestras and ensembles, including the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and Las Vegas Philharmonic. He has also been invited for the past four years to play with the Sphinx Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra on 6-week tours across the United States. Scott is a founding member of the Price Hill String Quartet, which performs regularly in Cincinnati, Ohio and has earned a grant from ArtsWave, the nation’s largest community campaign for the arts. Scott began studying the violin at age 10 in his hometown of Las Vegas. He has attended numerous summer festivals including Meadowmount School of Music, Indiana University’s String Institute, Aspen Music Festival in Colorado, and the Pacific Music Festival in Japan. Scott received his Bachelor's Degree in Violin Performance from the University of Texas, where he studied with Brian Lewis. He continued his studies at the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati where he has completed a Master’s Degree. 

Kristen Kosey, Piano*

Kristen earned her Bachelor degrees in Piano Performance and Mathematics from Valparaiso University and Certificate in Church Music from the University of Dayton. She completed all but the thesis for a Masters in Music Theory from the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music. She is a member of the American Guild of Organists and National Association of Pastoral Musicians, having earned the Service Playing Certification from both groups.  Kristen is also an active member of the Dayton Music Club. Kristen enjoys serving as a church musician and accompanying high school choirs and soloists.  She loves to help her piano students learn well and enjoy music. 


Lori LaMattina, Viola/Violin*

Lori LaMattina started on viola instead of the traditional violin in 6th grade. She attended Vanderbilt University Blair School of Music for three years before transferring to the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where she completed her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Viola Performance under the tutelage of Masao Kawasaki. In the Fall of 1999, Lori joined the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, while continuing to serve as a substitute with the Cincinnati Symphony. Lori has more than twenty years teaching experience. She is a homeschool mom, enjoys riding her Norwegian Fjord Horse every day, and loves to garden. 


Saul Meyerson-Knox, Guitar*

Saul completed a Master of Music degree with a double major in Classical Guitar Performance and Music History from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. He received a Bachelor of Arts from Guilford College (NC). His major teachers include Clare Callahan and Kami Rowan. Saul has taught undergraduate guitar lessons, beginning guitar classes and assisted in directing the CCM guitar ensemble at the University of Cincinnati. At CCM Saul was able to further explore his interest in both African music and the American Blues in his thesis “African Blues: The Sound and History of a Transatlantic Discourse,” that traced the roots of American Blues music back to its origins in West Africa. In 2005, Saul spent a semester abroad in London where he was studied with Carlos Bonell. He has performed in master classes with Oscar Gighlia, William Kanengiser and Sergio Assad. He currently teaches guitar and ukulele to students of all ages in the Dayton and Cincinnati areas.  


Dr. Kevin Nordstrom, Viola/Violin*

Dr. Kevin Nordstrom leads a busy career as performer, teacher, and scholar. He is the Adjunct Instructor of Applied Viola at Wright State University and has duties teaching courses in string methods and non-western music appreciation. He also serves as the Adjunct Professor of Applied Violin and Viola at Earlham College and Indiana University East in Richmond, Indiana. Dr. Nordstrom holds a Bachelor of Music degree from The University of North Texas, and the degrees of Master of Music, Artist Diploma and Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. His teachers have included Dr. Catharine Carroll, Masao Kawasaki, and Dr. Susan Dubois. 


















































































































Dr. Nordstrom has performed solo concerts in Canada, Italy, Austria, and China, and has given numerous solo recitals throughout the United States. These performances include solo recitals at Wright State University, Earlham College, Miami University, and The University of Florida as well as lecture recitals at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and the Xi'an University of Arts and Science in Xi'an, China. He was awarded an orchestral fellowship to the Aspen Music Festival for two consecutive years in 2012 and 2013, was a fellowship recipient at the CCM Spoleto Festival in Spoleto, Italy 2011, received a full scholarship to the Music Academy of the West in 2009, and was awarded substantial scholarships to the Manchester Music Festival 2007 and the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival 2006 and 2008. He has been awarded high honors at many international solo competitions as well, including 2nd prize awards at the Lima Symphony Young Artist Competition 2012, The Cincinnati Conservatory annual concerto competition 2011, and the Hubbard Solo Contest 2007. He has also been a semi-finalist in the Sorantin Competition 2011, the only violist invited to compete, and was a semi-finalist and the top violist in the 2009 Crescendo Music Awards.  






















































































































As an orchestral musician, he has served as principal violist of festival orchestras in Italy as well as at the Music Academy of the West and was the acting principal violist for the Debut Orchestra in Los Angeles for their 2009-2010 season. He currently is the acting assistant principal viola in the Richmond Indiana Symphony, and has been a guest principal with the Lebanon Symphony as well as guest assistant principal with the Middletown Symphony Orchestra. In addition to teaching and performing on the viola, Dr. Nordstrom enjoys studies in musicology, composing and writing about music, reading about American and ancient history, and spending time with his wife and daughter. 



Aurelian Oprea, Guest Artist - Violin

Born in the cultural capital of the Transylvania region of Romania, Aurelian grew up in a musical family. His parents and grandfather were string players in the Romanian National Opera House Orchestra, and his grandmother was the prima ballerina of the Opera’s ballet corps. Aurelian graduated in 1995, with a Baccalaureate degree in violin performance. As a student, he served the music school orchestra’s concertmaster and frequently played as a guest soloist with several Romanian orchestras. In Romania, Aurelian studied with Stefan Ruha, violin soloist and prizewinner in the Tchaikovsky and Thibaud competitions.

In the United States, Aurelian was concertmaster of the Chautauqua Institution Youth Orchestra (NY) in 1993 and 1994 and of the Chautauqua Institution Music Festival Orchestra in 1997. He was also the winner of the Chautauqua Institution Concerto Competition and the Bowling Green State University Concerto Competition. In 1999, he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in music performance from Bowling Green State University. While in Bowling Green, Aurelian studied with Vasile Beluska. Aurelian won his first professional audition at the age of 20, becoming the youngest member of the Michigan Opera Theater Orchestra in Detroit. He held that position until 2000, when he became the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra’s Assistant Concertmaster and, later, Associate Concertmaster. Aurelian speaks Romanian, Hungarian, and English. 

Haley Perritt, Piano

Haley received a Bachelor of Music degree in Keyboard Pedagogy from Cedarville University. While attending Cedarville, she performed three recitals, accompanied vocalists, participated and led various music ensembles, and taught private piano lessons to students of all ages. In 2017, she was the recipient of the Mr. and Mrs. Rolan David Polsdorfer Music Award from Cedarville. Additionally, her research detailing the transition from modality to tonality in the music works of Claudio Monteverdi was accepted to the National Conference of Undergraduate Research (NCUR) where she presented in April 2017. Haley’s undergraduate research capstone focused on the techniques and mechanisms for exciting and motivating students to internally desire to pursue music lessons, especially for those who seek music as simply a hobby. Her passion is to create an atmosphere that instills a genuine love of music and aspiration to explore color and expression within a variety of styles. Haley enjoys coaching students to grow in their technique and musicality, while also being attentive to the individual’s learning styles and needs. She views teaching as an open door to encourage and influence the lives of her students. 

Hannah Rinehart, Piano

Hannah received a Bachelor of Music degree in Keyboard Pedagogy from Cedarville University.  During her time at Cedarville, she performed three recitals, was a member of The Piano Ensemble, accompanied for The Concert Chorale for three years, and collaborated with instrumentalists and vocalists on numerous occasions. In 2015 and 2016, Hannah received The Love Pedagogy Scholarship in Music from Cedarville. She also won the University’s Concerto Competition in 2016 and performed a double piano concerto with the university’s orchestra in the spring of that year. Her research has included classical improvisation, and teaching music to special needs students, specifically students with hearing impairments. She has taught piano privately for more than 5 years and greatly enjoys helping her students learn. Her goal in teaching is to generate a love for and appreciation of music in her students by teaching in a way that is best suited to the individual.

Christina Sidaras, Piano* & Music Together

Christina has been teaching professionally since 2005 to students of all ages and abilities. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music with an emphasis in Keyboard Pedagogy from Cedarville University. For her senior project, she researched music therapy methods and conducted fieldwork at the Alzheimer’s unit of a local assisted living facility.  She also studied Music Education with a Vocal Emphasis at Baptist Bible College in Springfield, Missouri. Christina is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music with MTNA and recently received a scholarship from the National Piano Foundation to study Recreational Music Making at the MTNA National Conference.  She has been a church musician and accompanist for nearly twenty years and continues to participate in her church’s praise band. When Christina is not teaching lessons or dancing around with Music Together families, she enjoys spending time with her four children. 

Toni Smith, Piano

Toni received a Bachelor of Music degree in Keyboard Pedagogy from Cedarville University.  During her time at Cedarville, she performed frequently as a soloist; accompanied instrumentalists and vocalists; tutored for the group piano class; and taught private lessons for ages 6 to 65 years through the Directed Teaching program. Her research has focused on techniques to assist teachers in maintaining adolescent student interest in music, particularly for those who do not intend to pursue music as a career, but rather as a hobby. Her goal in teaching is to not only help her students learn in the manner most suited to each unique personality, but to also share her love of diverse musical styles. Toni joined the Piano Preparatory School in 2016 and, in addition to serving as a private teacher, helps to facilitate the Practice Partner program.  

Tom Sobieski, Violin*

Thomas Sobieski is currently adjunct at Wright State University, where he teaches violin, World Music classes, and plays second violin in the Faculty String Quartet.  He is concertmaster of the Lebanon Symphony Orchestra and has played in orchestras such as the Virginia Symphony, the Richmond Symphony Orchestra of Virginia, and the Dayton Philharmonic.  He has participated in music festivals including CCM's Music-X, a modern music festival, the Grandin Festival, the Aspen Music Festival and the Opera Theater of Lucca, performing opera and chamber music in Lucca, Italy. Tom has appeared as soloist with the Wright State University Symphony Orchestra, CCM Percussion Ensemble and in various recital series and programs around the Cincinnati and Dayton area. Tom earned his BM, MM and AD from the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, where he studied with Dr. Won-Bin Yim and studied chamber music with Lee Fiser, Henry Meyer, Peter Oundjian, William Grubb and Awadagin Pratt.