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Music Lessons Registration

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Fall 2019 Registration is open as of August 19, 2019.

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Private lessons at Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School are provided in the following areas: Piano, Voice, Guitar, Strings, Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion, and Harp.

Lessons are given during the school day with rotation of time each week to avoid missing the same classes. There are a total of 24 ½-hour lessons per year (12 per semester); the lesson tuition price for 2019-2020 is $400 per semester. Students may enroll on a semester basis but may not drop or add lessons in the course of a semester.

Instrumental lessons (excluding piano, voice and guitar) are offered at ½ price to students who participate in the school orchestra. Attendance at all school rehearsals and performances is required.

After registering, parents will be contacted by the individual music instructors to provide them with all necessary information.

Please click on the Registration link above.
 


 

Performance Ensembles Open to Freshmen

Glee Club

Our largest music activity open to any girl in grades 9-12 who enjoys singing. Membership in this group is mandatory for acceptance into any of our selective vocal organizations. Glee Club performs for our annual Candlelight and Arts Festival concerts.

Liturgical Music Group

Liturgical Music, open to all interested students, provides singing and instrumental accompaniment to enhance our liturgies and prayer services. Members must be willing to assist with special masses on weekends.

Orchestra

Our larger instrumental ensemble open to all students who have had at least one year of study on their instrument and are currently taking lessons in or outside of school.

Performances include Candlelight and Arts Festival Concerts.

GMAHS String Ensemble

Our smaller chamber ensemble open to violinists, violists, cellists and harpists capable of playing at an intermediate or higher level. Students must also be members of Orchestra. Performances include Candlelight and Arts Festival Concerts.

Girls with Guitars

GMA’s select “rock band” open to guitarists, keyboard players, drummers and vocalists who are selected through audition.

* Please note that Chorale, our select concert choir, and The Mercy Melismatics, our 'a cappella' group are exclusive to grades 10 through 12 (with some exceptions) and require a minimum of 1 semester of participation in Glee Club, as well as a successful vocal audition at the end of freshman year.

members of the chorale at the arts festival

 

Music Instructors

Brass and Orchestra

Trish Giangiulio has a multifaceted career in the arts, as a performer, educator, and administrator. A Philadelphia area native, she had some of her early musical education with Randy Gardner, former 2nd horn of the Philadelphia Orchestra. She continued her education in New York, where she studied with Ranier DeIntinis, retired 3rd horn of the New York Philharmonic, and received her Bachelor of Music.

A member of Academy Brass Quintet (for which she also serves as Managing Director), the Bay Atlantic Symphony, former member of Opera New Jersey Orchestra, with other credits ranging from the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia to the Strauss Orchestra of America, one would already imagine a busy and fulfilling musical life. But Trish’s performance schedule is not so one-dimensional.

Much more than a classical musician, her other credits include numerous engagements backing Frank Sinatra Jr., two tours with Josh Groban, tours with Sarah McLachlan, Il Volo, and Warren Haynes’(of Allman Brothers, Gov’t Mule, and Grateful Dead fame) “Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration.” Trish has found herself on the short list for East Coast musical contractors when the likes of rock legend Peter Cetera, latin jazz phenom Poncho Sanchez (leading the late Tito Puente’s band), and indie-rock star Lisa Loeb come calling.

Not to be pigeon holed as a orchestral musician or a backing “side(wo)man”, Trish’s solo work has taken her to collaborations with Hugworks for the Memorial Service for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. In 2008, she played the Philadelphia and Connecticut premiers of “The Aim was Song”--a cantata commissioned by LyricFest and written for 7 Soloists, girl choir, horn and piano by Grammy nominated composer Nicholas White. In 2011, Trish premiered “Convergence: A Charm of Moonlight” for choir and quartet for the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts by renowned composer Thomas Pasatieri.

In addition to her live performances, she has extensive experience in the recording studio, having recorded for NASCAR, film soundtracks including a “modern day silent film”, CD projects for New World Records, Albany Records, Angel/EMI, Inc, as well as sessions for various artists/composers/publishers.

As an educator, Trish has had the privilege of teaching students at Waldron Mercy Academy and Merion Mercy Academy over the past 20 years. Educated by the Sisters of Mercy, Trish is deeply rooted in the Mercy philosophy and is grateful that she has the opportunity to teach in the Mercy schools.

pgiangiulio@gmahs.org

Percussion/Drums

More information to follow.

Voice

Mrs. Elizabeth Stubbs was trained in vocal performance in London at the Guildhall School of Music, and graduated from the London College of Music in 1973 with an Associate, Licentiate teaching diploma, and Fellowship of the College. She performed in and around the London area in operas, concerts and recitals, and toured with D'Oyley Carte and Operabout; many of these concerts were broadcast on British television and radio. Mrs. Stubbs worked and performed with Sir Peter Pears and Benjamin Britten at the Aldeburgh Festival in England and later at Glyndebourne under the direction of Jonathan Hinden .

Mrs. Stubbs and her husband moved to the US in 1981 where she continued her career teaching and performing, including a performance as soprano soloist in the Pergolesi Stabat Mater at Carnegie Hall. In 1994, Mrs. Stubbs was hired as vocal instructor and later assumed the position of assistant director of the GMAHS Glee Club and Chorale. Her students have attended prestigious vocal institutes and conservatories such as Peabody, Westminster, Oberlin, and the Metropolitan Opera Young Artists Program. She continues to impart her love of classical music and opera to our students at GMA.

 lstubbs@gmahs.org

Soprano Meg Vandegrift is a native of the Washington, D.C. area who has maintained an active private voice studio from her home in Lower Gwynedd Township for the last 12 years. In 2004 she completed her Master of Music degree from Rutgers University where she studied voice with Grammy Award winning soprano Faith Esham. Meg’s undergraduate voice degree is from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA.  Meg has performed in numerous operatic roles including Juliet in Gounod’s​ Romeo and Juliet, Anne Ford in ​The Merry Wives of Windsor, Rose Maurrant in ​Street Scene, Birdie Hubbard in ​Regina, Baby Doe Tabor in ​The Ballad of Baby Doe, and Second Lady in​ The Magic Flute. Meg has performed as a soloist with a number of orchestras including Beethoven’s ​Mass in C Major with the Richmond Symphony, and Mozart’s ​Requiem with Independence Sinfonia.  Some of her other previous voice teachers include Wayne Batty, Judith Coen, and Charles Kellis, and Peggy McNulty. For four years, Meg was a soloist, choral section leader and liturgical cantor at St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church in Highland Park, NJ. She is currently a soloist and choral section leader at Congregation Beth Or in Maple Glen, PA as well as a regular soloist at Carmel Presbyterian Church in Glenside, PA. As an undergraduate, Meg spent a semester abroad at the University of Vienna in Austria, as well as studying Bel Canto vocal technique at the Spoleto Vocal Arts Symposium in Spoleto, Italy in 2001 and 2003. Meg has a full certification from the CCM Vocal Pedagogy Institute (Contemporary Commercial Music) from Shenandoah University, as well as Somatic Voicework Ⓡ The Lovetri Method, Level I. Meg was previously on the voice faculty of the Rutgers Community Music Program in New Brunswick, NJ as well as The Dresher School of Music in Dresher, PA.

 

Piano

Eileen Grabowski Ericsson - is a lifelong lover of music, earned a bachelor's degree in Music Education from Immaculata College in 1987. Eileen has taught piano and organ for 30 years. She is the Bell Choir director at Swarthmore Presbyterian Church and the Music Director at St. Maria Goretti Church where she has the privilege of directing the vocal choirs, bell choirs, and ensembles. When she is not teaching or playing Eileen loves to spend time with her family of four sons and her extended family, The Daughters of Our Lady of Mercy.

eericsson@gmahs.org

 

Guitar

Dan Hanrahan has a degree in Jazz Performance from Temple University. Since graduating in 2009, he has been performing regularly as a leader and a sideman at venues such as Chris' Jazz Cafe, Time, The Deer Head Inn, and many others. Dan has worked extensively with many musicians from Philadelphia's jazz scene, and has performed with Larry McKenna, Terell Stafford and Tim Warfield. Additionally, Dan maintains a busy schedule as an educator. He has taught lessons and ensembles at Father Judge High School and DeLuca Music, and is currently a guitar instructor at Settlement Music School and Friends Select School in Philadelphia.

dhanrahan@gmahs.org

Violin

Violinist Karen Banos is and active performer and teacher. She attended Carnegie-Mellon University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the New School of Music, where she studied with Jascha Brodsky. She also studied with Sally Thomas at the Meadowmount School for Strings, and had additional chamber music studies with Charles Castleman at the Quartet Program.

Ms. Banos is currently a member of the orchestras of the Pennsylvania Ballet, and the Opera Company of Philadelphia. She toured with the NYC Opera, National Company, and is also currently a regular substitute for Broadway musicals. She is a founding member and first violinist of the Rittenhouse String Quartet, and spends her summers playing with the Lake George Opera Company in Saratoga Springs, NY and the Endless Mountain Music Festival in Wellsboro, PA.

Committed to the education of the underprivileged, Ms. Banos has worked for the Institute for Arts in Education (trained by the Lincoln Center Teaching Artists) as well as the PA Arts in Education Partnership. These residencies in the city schools of Philadelphia provide music education to students who attend schools that no longer offer general music.  Ms. Banos is also the violin and viola teacher at Drexel University.

In addition to classical performing, she has enjoyed performing with headlining stars like Bob Hope, Tony Bennett, Vic Damone, Dionne Warwick, Burt Bacharach and Bernadette Peters, to name a few. She has performed with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and on Broadway has played in the pits for Secret Garden, Tommy, Ragtime, Boy from Oz, and West Side Story.

Flute

Anne Levinson is a graduate of The University of the Arts with a Bachelor in Music and also Music Education. She recently moved back to Philadelphia after having spent the past twenty years in beautiful Arizona and California. While in California, she taught privately and coached flute ensembles for adults and was a member of the professional flute quartet “Flutés dé Salon”, performing on Piccolo, C flute, Alto flute, and Bass flute.

She is currently a member of the Philadelphia Flute Quartet and the Germantown Flute Trio.

Anne is on the teaching staff at Settlement Music School, Chestnut Hill Music Academy and Waldron Mercy Academy.

alevinson@gmahs.org

Oboe

DOROTHY ANNE STONE, L.R.A.M.

After her initial oboe studies with Louis Rosenblatt, solo English Horn player of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Ms. Stone continued her education at The Royal Academy of Music in London. There she was awarded the Licenciate of The Royal Academy of Music degree in Oboe Performance specializing in music of the Baroque era. As soloist, she performed the “L'Horloge de Flore” for oboe and orchestra by Jean Francaix under the baton of Sir Neville Marriner and at the invitation of conductor Christopher Seaman, she was guest oboist with the Dunfermline Festival Orchestra in Scotland. Ms. Stone founded The Festival Chamber Players of London, a Baroque ensemble consisting of flute, oboe, violin, cello & harpsichord performing in London and at country estates. She spent a year as professor of oboe studies at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama before returning to the United States.

As founding director of The Festival Chamber Players of Philadelphia she programmed concerts for five seasons in galleries and museums such as the Gardner Museum in Boston, the Phillips Gallery in Washington, D.C. and the Frick Museum. This led to the creation of D.A.S. Artists' Management and D.A.S. Productions which continued for twenty-five years to provide production and entertainment services for corporate and private events in the greater Philadelphia area. Perhaps you attended the “Great American Picnic” at Penn's Landing where D.A.S. Productions provided forty acts on four stages over a period of four days!

Ms. Stone played oboe and solo English Horn for several seasons in the orchestra of The Boston Opera Company under the renowned director and conductor, Sarah Caldwell. This included performances of the American premiere of Prokofiev's “War and Peace”, “Don Carlos”, “Madame Butterfly”, Kurt Weill's “Mahagony”, “The Barber of Seville” and “Don Quichotte” with such vocal opera greats as Beverly Sills, Donald Gramm, Enrico di Giuseppe and Spiro Malas.

Ms. Stone currently instructs oboe students privately and specializes in chamber music coaching.

Clarinet/Saxophone

Sean Bailey, multi-instrumentalist, enjoys an active career playing an array of genres in venues spanning from intimate jazz clubs to symphony halls.  He is a regular clarinet soloist and lead tenor with Terell Stafford’s Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia and a member of the Philly POPS Big Band, and he can often be seen with the Philly POPS orchestra.  Sean performs as a substitute musician on clarinets and saxophones with The Philadelphia Orchestra, and he appears with a number of other ensembles including the Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra, Opera Philadelphia, the Delaware Symphony OrchestraOrchestra 2001!, and the Ocean City Pops.   Frequently engaged as a musician in commercial and musical theater productions, Sean regularly plays woodwinds for shows at the Arden Theatre, the Delaware Theatre, and Bristol Riverside Theatre, and he plays regionally for touring acts like Hugh Jackman's The Man, The Show.

Sean is part of the Music Studies faculty at Temple University, where he teaches courses on arts entrepreneurship and audio engineering, editing, and production; and, he is an instructor for the Business Minor at the Moore College of Art and Design.  His work as an engineer can be found on the Naxos label.   Sean teaches clarinet at Rutgers University Camden and the Community College of Philadelphia, and he serves as an adjunct woodwinds instructor at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, the Shipley School (Byrn Mawr, PA), and the Symphony in C Youth Orchestra and summer camp.  Sean holds M.M. and B.M. degrees in Clarinet Performance from Temple University, where he studied under Ricardo Morales.

Sean Bailey is a Backun Artist.

Harp

Principal Harpist for the Pennsylvania Ballet, Mindy Cutcher is an in-demand professional soloist, teacher and recording artist in Philadelphia. Her most recent collaboration, Principally Harps! is a duo-harp ensemble formed with fellow harpist, Janet Witman. Symphonic engagements include the Baltimore and Delaware Symphonies, the St. Louis Symphony, and Philadelphia's Chamber Orchestra.

Taught by world renowned Alice Chalifoux at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Mindy Cutcher received her Bachelor of Music Degree in Harp Performance. While still a student, Ms. Cutcher had already gained national exposure when she made her network television debut on NBC's The Tonight Show.

Ms. Cutcher has earned a truly international reputation, performing and traveling outside the U.S. She has traveled regularly to Japan, where she fulfilled several three month engagements in Tokyo and Okinawa. In addition to time spent in the Orient, Ms. Cutcher has entertained world travelers onboard Cunard and Holland America cruise lines.

Ms. Cutcher resides near Philadelphia with her husband Steve, also an accomplished musician and her two children, Jeff and Jane.

mcutcher@gmahs.org

Cello

Ross Beauchamp, cello, holds a bachelor and masters degree in cello performance from Boston University. He has been teaching cello for over 25 years. He is currently an instructor at The Conservatory in Doylestown, PA, and the Pennsville (NJ) High School Music Academy, and has taught at the Darlington Arts Center, the Music School of Delaware, and Taylors Music in West Chester, PA.

Ross is also an active performer in the Delaware Valley area, playing with a variety of ensembles including the Delaware, Reading, Kennett, and Bay-Atlantic Symphonies. His principal teachers include Michael Reynolds, Marion Feldman, and Douglas McNames. He also enjoys playing chamber music and coaching student chamber groups. Every August, Ross spends several weeks in New Hampshire as a summer director for the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music. He was also a founding member of Trio Jeudi, Trio des Amis, and the Kythia String Quartet.

rbeauchamp@gmahs.org

Trumpet

Originally from Chicago, trumpeter, educator and composer Elliot Bild got his undergraduate degree from Western Michigan University where he studied with Scott Cowan, Andrew Rathbun and Edward Simon. Shortly after, he completed his Masters Degree from Temple University where he studied with John Swana, Terell Stafford and Dick Oatts. In August 2017, Elliot was selected along with 14 other fellows to participate in the Ravinia Steins Music Institute, a week-long workshop focusing on composition where he worked with Rufus Reid, Nathan Davis and Billy Childs. Later that summer, Elliot attended the Banff Workshop for Jazz and Creative Music, where he had the chance to work with Gary Bartz, Jeremy Pelt, Vijay Iyer, Tyshawn Sorey, Robin Eubanks and Tia Fuller, among others. In the Summer of 2018, Elliot was a sub trumpeter for the touring Big Apple Circus and became faculty of the Litchfield Jazz Camp. Earlier this year Elliot was commissioned to write a big band piece for the Philadelphia Clef Club big band featuring Jaleel Shaw. Recently, he has performed with the great Philadelphia Bassist Mike Boone at Smalls Jazz Club in NYC as well as the 2019 Philadelphia Center City Jazz Festival, as part of his new working Quintet. He has also performed with such people as Orrin Evans and the Captain Black Big Band, Don Braden, John Swana, Duane Eubanks, Tim Warfield, Randy Brecker, Dave Ballou, Avery Sharpe, Mike DiRubbo, Zaccai and Luques Curtis, Behn Gillece, and Pablo Batista,. Elliot is currently one of the top in demand freelance trumpeters the Philadelphia area, performing at such venues as Chris’s Jazz Cafe, South Jazz Kitchen, Smalls Jazz Club, Time, The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Clifford Brown Jazz Festival, Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola,  Litchfield Jazz Festival among others. Elliot just finished recording his debut live record, which will be released early 2020. He currently teaches at The Philadelphia Orchestra Youth Lessons Program, DeLuca Music in addition to Gwynedd Mercy Academy.