Our Staff

Begin Your Journey as a Musician


Jeff has been teaching guitar since the 1970’s. He is an experienced performer as well as a recording techniques and equipment specialist. His bands (rock, reggae, jazz) perform all over the eastern panhandle and beyond. Jeff’s students enjoy learning a variety of genres and eventually start to perform in our Rockn’ rolcitals and form their […]

Violinist Emily Ilyes holds dual Bachelor of Arts degrees from West Virginia University, where she majored in both music education and violin performance. While at WVU, she was invited to perform in masterclasses with world-renowned violinists such as Ray Chen and Midori, and studied under the direction of Dr. Mikylah Myers. In 2018, Emily was […]

Matthew Kian Holmes

Electric Bass, Upright Bass, Cello, Brass, Jazz Improvisation & Music Theory

Matthew began his musical career at the young age of 10. After several years of playing Trumpet, Matthew began playing Upright Bass at the suggestion of his band teacher. He currently performs with various jazz big bands and small groups. He is one of the founding members of Stuffed Crust, a jazz quartet, which plays […]

Janet Hinzman

Piano, Organ & Voice

Janet is a graduate from B.B.C in Springfield, Montana with a music degree in organ and piano. She has taught in private and public schools in Indiana and is currently the director for Shenandoah Junction Enlarged United Methodist Charge. She is available to teach on Monday, Thursday, and Friday.

Dave Goldman

Guitar & Pedal Steel Guitar

Dave Goldman has been teaching guitar since the mid-1960’s. A student of the late Bill Gibson of Washington, D.C., Dave’s early influences were well grounded in theory and technique. He attended Los Angeles City College as a music major and while there was fortunate to take private lessons from the world renowned George Van Eps […]

Bridget Ellsworth

Violin, Piano, Guitar, Ukulele & Bass

Bridget Ellsworth, a Shepherdstown native, is an accomplished musician, teacher, and children’s performer. A graduate of The Duke Ellington School of the Arts and SUNY Purchase, Bridget has years of experience with learning and sharing music. Bridget recently moved back to WV after spending 14 years teaching in NYC. As an educator she knows how […]