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Ciara Emily Newman

Ciara Emily Newman

Voice

Ciara Emily Newman is a soprano and an Alaska native. She recently  graduated with a Master’s degree in vocal performance and pedagogy from Penn State University. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Ciara has

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Abigail McLaughlin

Abigail McLaughlin

Violin

Abigail McLaughlin is a violinist and music educator in northeast Ohio. She is a violinist in the Warren Philharmonic Orchestra, Youngstown Symphony, and the Youngstown Scoring Stage, and is also a regular

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David Shaffer

David Shaffer

Drums

David Shaffer earned his BFA and MFA at California Institute of the Arts where he studied percussion and many Non-Western music systems including the Ewe Music of Ghana, North and South Indian

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Matthew Costello

Matthew Costello

Guitar

Matthew Costello is a guitarist and composer originally from New York. He attended Five Towns College where he received a bachelor’s degree in Jazz and Commercial music with a concentration in Composition.

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Eric Fairfax

Eric Fairfax

Saxophone

Eric Fairfax is a professional musician/recording artist/music producer/audio engineer from Berea, Ohio. Eric’s main instrument is the saxophone which he has played for twenty-two years. His secondary instruments are flute, (15 years)

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Dr. Bryan Kennard

Dr. Bryan Kennard

Flute / Woodwind

Composer and flutist Bryan Kennard has written extensively for jazz ensembles and small groups, chamber ensembles, and full orchestra. His music has been performed at the Montreux and North Sea Jazz Festivals,

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Laura Morabith

Laura Morabith

Piano

Laura Morabith started playing by ear at the age of 6 at which time she also began learning to play the violin. When she began, She was fully self-taught and learned how

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Mr. Gary Siperko

Mr. Gary Siperko

Guitars, Bass, Mandolin & Ukulele

Gary Siperko is a professional touring/recording guitarist and composer most notably associated with The Legendary Shack Shakers, Pere Ubu, and Rocket From The Tombs. Mr. Siperko has over 30 years of experience

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Ty Deane

Ty Deane

Bass

Ty Deane is a bass trombonist and low brass instructor currently active in Cleveland, Ohio. He has appeared with diverse ensembles ranging from classical to jazz in Canada, Germany, Spain and China.

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Samantha Loomis

Samantha Loomis

Voice & Piano

Samantha Loomis is an active voice teacher in the Cleveland area, offering private voice lessons and piano lessons at the Lakewood Music Academy. Samantha also directs the Children’s Choir at Westlake United

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Fred Clark

Fred Clark

Brass, Ukulele, Guitar, Piano & Drums/Percussion.

Fred Clark obtained his education at the University of Tampa, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s of Music degree in Music Education. While in Tampa, he performed in many different situations, from

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Thomas McKeon

Thomas McKeon

Trumpet, Piano & Ukulele

Thomas McKeon is a Lakewood native who has been teaching and performing in the Cleveland area for over 10 years. Thomas received his Bachelor’s degree in Trumpet Performance from Otterbein University before

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Sarah Boyle

Sarah Boyle

Piano

Sarah Boyle is a composer, vocalist, and pianoist resident in Lakewood, Ohio. Sarah graduated at Cleveland State University in the spring of 2019 with a Bachelor of Music in Composition. There she

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David Debick

David Debick

Piano, Voice

David Debick has served as director of music at Brecksville United Church of Christ since 2002, where he directs an adult choir, a children’s choir, a soprano recorder/dulcimer/guitar ensemble, and a youth

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Ben Wolgamuth

Ben Wolgamuth

Guitar, Drums & Bass

Ben Wolgamuth is a Lakewood-based music producer, audio engineer, songwriter, and working multi-instrumentalist. He was the lucky recipient of a roundabout music education, including an Associate of Arts degree from the small

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Meghan Galloway

Meghan Galloway

Voice, Piano, Guitar & Brass

Meghan Galloway teaches K-8 general music on the west side of Cleveland. She received her Bachelor of Music in music theory from Ithaca College. Meghan attended Eastern Illinois University to study music

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Sara Simonovska

Sara Simonovska

Drums

Sara Simonovska was born in Kumanovo, Macedonia on June 14, 1994. Her father is a professional drum set player and from him she inherited her love of music. She started playing drum

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Dr. Victor Liva

Dr. Victor Liva

Violin

Dr. Victor Liva, Associate Professor, Coordinator of String Studies and Conductor of Orchestras. Dr. Liva began his musical career as a violininst, studying first with his father, Ferdinand Liva, a well acclaimed

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