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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 Music, and Indonesian Gamelan. David has also performed and recorded drum set with jazz and rock ensembles, including Wadada Leo Smith, Trichy Sankaran, […]

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 substitute violinist with the Cleveland Pops Orchestra. From 2015 to 2017, Abigail was violin faculty at Thiel College, Pennsylvania, where she was the […]

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 conductor and violinist of the Northeastern Pennsylvania region. Throughout his academic and professional career he has studied with Dr. Min Soo Chang (undergraduate […]

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 set at the age of four, and at fifteen began studying classical percussion at “Ilija Nikolovski – Luj” in Skopje, Macedonia under percussion […]

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 education and received her certification through Mansfield University of Pennsylvania. She received her Orff-Schulwerk Level I and Level II certification through Baldwin Wallace […]

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 but mighty Tri-C Metro Campus Jazz Studies program, as well as stints at Berklee College of Music in Boston and the Recording Workshop […]