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2017 - Conductor - Mr. John F. Banghart
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Originally from Central Pennsylvania, music has been a major part of John’s life since starting the baritone in fourth grade in Palmyra, PA. He completed his Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and his Masters work at Pennsylvania State University in State College, PA with additional studies at the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business. He has had the pleasure of teaching and conducting all levels of young musicians in Liverpool, NY and Jersey Shore, PA. and has served as Interim Conductor for the Mid-Shore Community Band in Easton, MD. He remains in that organization as the Assistant Conductor and member of the tuba section and was a founding member of the Band. He has also served as Assistant Conductor of The Tidewater Singers and sang as a member in the bass section. Currently he also plays tuba with the Burnished Brass Quintet and is a freelance musician. He is active in the community as a Certified Piano Tuner and Technician.

In addition to his musical endeavors locally, he has also had the honor of playing with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Academy under the direction of Maestra Marin Alsop for three seasons and studying tuba with Principal Tubist, David Fedderly.

Flutes - Ashley Weer
Ashley Weer is originally from Goldsboro, MD and recently moved back to the areaafter working in the York-Lancaster areas for the past ten years. She graduated from
Millersville University of Pennsylvania in 2009 with a B.S. in music education, minor in
psychology and is currently elementary music educator for the Laurel School District in
Delaware. Throughout her career she has maintained a private instrumental studio, and
under her collaborative guidance has led several competitive marching bands through
successful seasons – most recently working with the North Caroline High School Band
of Blue. Ms. Weer’s primary instrument is the flute and she is excited for the
opportunity to work with everyone involved with the Summer Academy.

Clarinets - Kim Mogensen

Kim Mogensen is currently the Band Director at Kent Island High School in Stevensville, MD after moving from central New Jersey to the Eastern Shore in 2015. She graduated from York College of Pennsylvania Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Music Education. At York College, she performed as the Principal clarinetist in the Wind Symphony and performed with the York College Community Orchestra. Ms. Mogensen was the Pequannock Middle School Band Director in 2014-2015 and also led the 5th Beginner Band and instructed the Pequannock Township High School Marching Band. On the weekends, she is an active mellophone member of the Hawthorne Caballeros Drum and Bugle Corps from Hawthorne New Jersey. At Kent Island High School, Ms. Mogensen leads the Concert Band, Marching Band, Jazz Band, and instructs Music Theory, Percussion Ensemble, Music Appreciation, and Piano Musicianship. This summer, she will be continuing her education at Messiah College to earn a Master of Music in Wind Conducting.

Saxophones - Oren Vigo
Mr. Orren Vigo is currently a music educator at Colonel Richardson Middle School in Maryland, where he instructs both the general music classes and the instrumental ensembles, as well as co-directs the musical theater productions. These ensembles include the marching band, jazz band, concert band, and wind ensemble.
A graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Mr. Vigo acquired a Bachelor's degree in Music Education with an Instrumental Education concentration. He took additional coursework in conducting and composing to supplement his degree, as well as being a member of the Robert E. Cook Honors College and an active brother in the national music fraternity Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia - a group that works to further music in America and benefit education of music and the arts.
Mr. Vigo has led and performed in many performing groups from chamber ensembles and barbershop quartets to marching bands and symphonic bands. In 2015, under the direction of internationally renowned composer David Holsinger, he performed with the national Sinfonia Winds ensemble. He is currently a member of the Mid-Shore Community Band and Mid-Shore Big Band, which perform all over the Eastern Shore of Maryland, and is also a member of the Eastern Shore Band Directors Association.

Woodwind Doubler - Chris Kefer
Chris Kefer is from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and now lives with his wife in Baltimore, Maryland. He graduated from West Chester University in 2013 with a B.M. in Music Education and is currently working on his M.S. in Music Education at Towson University. He is in his fourth year as the band director at Matapeake Middle School in Queen Anne’s County Public Schools where he leads the concert band, symphonic band, marching band, and jazz band. Under his direction, the symphonic band has earned Excellent and Superior ratings at District Band Festival and Music in the Parks competitions. His students have earned Excellent and Superior ratings at both District and State Solo and Ensemble. Mr. Kefer’s primary instrument is the saxophone and he is looking forward to participating in the year’s Young Musicians Summer Academy.

High Brass - Leon Frison
Mr. Leon Frison is a native of Philadelphia, PA. He is currently the Director of Bands
at Kent County Middle School in Chestertown, Maryland where his groups include,
Level I and II Bands, Advanced Band, Festival Band, Jazz Band and a string group.
Mr. Frison is a graduate of the Overbrook High School Music Magnet Program in
Philadelphia where he played in the concert band, jazz band and orchestra. He
received experience as a studio musician in his early teens and continued to
establish himself as a writer, arranger and producer while in Philadelphia.
Mr. Frison is a graduate of Philadelphia College of the Performing Arts (now known
as University of the Arts) where he majored in Trumpet/Studio –Jazz Emphasis.
There he composed for the jazz band and worked independently for a major gospel
label. In addition to playing trumpet and arranging, Leon has worked as a keyboard
player. He has played, recorded and/or arranged for Rev. James Cleveland, The
Williams Brothers, Wagner Alumni Choir, Chuck Jackson, The Tymes, Jean Carne and
has been sought to play for Ray Charles, The O’Jays, Bob Hope and Suzanne

Low Brass - Christopher Moore
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A champion of contemporary music, Chris Moore has worked closely with such composers as Helmut Lachenmann, Vinko Globokar, Christian Wolff, Roger Reynolds, Lei Liang, and Pierluigi Billone. As a performer, educator, and teaching artist, Moore is driven by the belief that all music is accessible if presented in the right context and constantly seeks to broaden the sonic horizons of his audiences, his classes, and himself. He regularly performs with Callithumpian Consort and Sound Icon and is sought after as an avant-garde soloist.

Outside of contemporary music, Chris keeps busy performing with such ensembles as Spokane Symphony, New World Symphony, Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra, and the Redline Brass Quintet. He is on faculty at the Longy School of Music of Bard College in the Teaching Artist Program and holds degrees from the University of Maryland, New England Conservatory, and Longy School of Music. No one succeeds without help and Chris is no different. He owes a debt of gratitude to Norman Bolter, Carol Viera, Stephanie Skor, and Stephen Drury for their long and profound support over the years.
Percussion - Ali Rodrigues
Ali Rodrigues is originally from Central Pennsylvania and now lives in Cambridge, MD. She earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Education (with a focus in percussion) from West Chester University in 2008 and a Master of Arts in Music Education from Mansfield University in 2015. Before moving to Maryland she spent time teaching competitive, championship, and award winning marching bands and indoor drumlines. She is currently the director of bands at Mace’s Lane Middle School in Dorchester County where she works with two concert bands, a symphonic band, and the marching band. When not teaching she can be found performing around the Mid-Shore, mainly with the Mid-Shore Community Band.

Strings - Stephanie Skor
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Since graduating from the New England Conservatory where she studied with Nicholas
Kitchen, a founding member of the Borromeo String Quartet, violinist Stephanie Skor has
enjoyed an eclectic performance career in New England. In demand for her ability to
cross genres, Skor has performed with a variety of ensembles - from the critically
acclaimed Boston-based chamber orchestra Discovery Ensemble, to a US tour with Jethro
Tull. With a passion for 20 th century and contemporary music, Skor has premiered over
20 new works and is a member of the Callithumpian Consort, an ensemble dedicated to
performing cutting-edge music from the last one hundred years. Skor is a member of the
symphonic-electronic band Anthem Noise, and her work with that band has been featured
on radio stations throughout Ireland. Skor enjoys performing in the many symphony
orchestras in the Boston area, and has been fortunate to work with such orchestral artists
as concertmaster Jorja Fleezanis, and conductors Michael Stern, Courtney Lewis, Osmo
Vanska, and Larry Rachleff.

Strings - Martha Mancuso
Martha Mancuso received a Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance from Peabody Conservatory and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Salisbury University. She has been an instructor at the Music School of Delaware, Salisbury University’s Presto Preparatory Program, Salisbury University, and University of
Maryland Eastern Shore. Currently, Martha teaches Chorus and General Music at North Caroline High
School and orchestra at Lockerman Middle. In addition, she performs with the Salisbury Symphony
Orchestra, maintains a private studio and freelances locally.
Ryan List - Equipment Manager and Music Technology Instructor

Ryan List is in his second year of teaching classroom music, band, chorus at Preston Elementary School. In addition to his duties at PES, Mr. List serves as Drill Writer and Visual Coordinator for the Colonel Richardson High School Spirit of the Revolution Marching Band. He's also the unofficial recording technician for CRHS and CRMS. Outside of school, Mr. List maintains a small private lesson studio and performs as a trombonist in various local musical ensembles.
Mr. List earned his Bachelor of Science in Music Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Music with a Concentration in Trombone from Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pennsylvania (2012). After graduating, he served as Second Assistant Director for the Middletown Area High School Blue Raider Marching Band before moving to Denton, Maryland in 2015. This is Mr. List's first year at the Summer Music Academy.
Special Guest Instructor -
Matthew Murchison is a musician. Keep reading for more details. Matthew enjoys a varied career as a performer, composer, arranger, educator, conductor, and producer. Matthew has been called one of the finest players of his (or any) generation. He has also been called other things which should not be repeated here.
Matthew was a member of River City Brass in Pittsburgh, PA from 2002-2015 where he was a featured soloist hundreds of times. His solo performances with the River City Brass have been broadcast across the country. His comedy songs have been enjoyed by tens of people from every dark corner of the internet.
As a brass musician Matthew plays euphonium, tuba, and trumpet. Matthew has served as producer for CD recordings and can be heard on solo, chamber, large ensemble, and rock band albums. He has also been hired to write jokes and perform as the emcee for concerts. Matthew has performed solo and chamber music concerts all across the United States as well as in South America, Europe, and Asia. He has been able to perform with groups such as the Pittsburgh Symphony, Brass Band of Battle Creek, United States Army Band ͞Pershing’s Own, and the Dallas Wind Symphony. His piece "Motions" won a Harvey Phillips Award for Composition Excellence at the 2016 International Tuba/Euphonium Conference.
Matthew is a regularly featured performer at regional, national, and international conferences and has served on adjudication panels for international composition and performance competitions. As a member of the award-winning River Bottom Quartet, Matthew has performed as the opening act for the world-renowned Emerson String Quartet. Matthew’s interest in a variety of music means that he’s performed in bars, concert halls, and for tens-of –thousands of slightly buzzed onlookers as part of Pittsburgh’s St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.
Matthew self-publishes a number of his compositions though his Bandcamp website while others may be obtained only after completing a series of magical quests. Recent performances of his compositions have taken place across the US as well as in Japan, South America, and Europe. He released his solo CD entitled ͞Everyone But Me" in 2003 on his own Mulholland Records and Music label. Matthew performs exclusively on the XO euphonium.

Special Guest Instructor -
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Tim Whittemore - Didjiridu Performance and workshop. Learn more about Tim and his music at his website
Mickey Justice

Artistic Director - Scott Bunting

Scott Bunting has been teaching and performing for most of his life. He holds a degree in music education from Salisbury University and continues to play with the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra. Scott's main instrument is clarinet, but he performs regularly on a variety of instruments, including saxophone, trombone and guitar. Currently, he works at Cambridge-South Dorchester High School teaching Band and Choir. Scott hopes to continue directing musical ensembles and to focus on Music Theory and Composition.

Administrative Director - Rob Honer
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Rob Honer is the Co-Founder and Administrative Director of the Young Musician’s Summer Academy. A lifelong musician, Rob began playing the banjo when he was 5 with his family in church. He studied saxophone performance at Bucks County Community college and received his Elementary teaching degree from Towson University. He has performed with the Kent County Community Marching Band, Smyrna Fire Company Marching Band, and currently performs with the Mid Shore Community Band, The Bolla Boneshaker Big Band, and has played in several pit bands (guitar and saxophone) for the Colonel Richardson High School Drama department. He is also a past Vice President and President of the Caroline County Council of Arts. Since 1999 he has been the 6th grade science teacher at Colonel Richardson Middle School.