Gilmour Academy is thrilled to partner with Cleveland International Piano Competition (CIPC) ArtsConnect to bring world-class music instruction to our community!
 
CIPC ArtsConnect is designed to bring music into all facets of the Greater Cleveland community. The program works in partnership with a group of professional artists, community organizations, schools, healthcare institutions and generous foundations to create innovative educational programs for young people and present concerts that have broad based appeal for all generations.

Gilmour Academy offers private music lessons taught by top-tier faculty members from the CIPC roster of professional artists. Our teaching artists have masters' degrees in their respective areas and extensive experience performing around the region, the nation and the world.
 
As a K-12 Steinway Select School, Gilmour will offer piano instruction on our beautiful Steinway pianos as well as professional instruction in strings, brass, woodwind, percussion and voice. Both traditional and Suzuki methodologies are available. Students of all skill levels are welcome!
 
Fall 2019 lessons will resume September 9, 2019.
Registration begins August 24, 2019.
Cost and additional details on Fall 2019 Schedule and Registration pages.
CIPC ArtsConnect Faculty
 

Piano

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  • Dylan Glenn

    Photo of Dylan GlennDylan Glenn, baritone and pianist, is from Pleasant Grove, UT. As a vocalist, he has performed professionally with Utah Opera and Utah Lyric Opera, appearing alongside the Utah Symphony and ULO orchestra. Notable roles include Figaro in The Barber of Seville, Marcello in La Bohème, Count Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro, and Lescaut in Manon. In addition to placing 1st in his divisions of NATS ('15-'16), he was named 2017 Male Singer of the Year in the Nancy Peery Marriott Young Artist Competition. During the summer of 2017, he was selected as the baritone fellow at the Atlantic Music Festival in Waterville, Maine. As a masterclass artist, he has worked with internationally-acclaimed singers Lawrence Brownlee, Stanford Olsen, and Wendy Bryn Harmer. Glenn completed a bachelor of music degree in vocal performance from BYU, and is currently pursuing a master of arts degree in vocal performance at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studies with Clifford Billions.
     
    As a pianist, Glenn has worked extensively in the operatic repertory, accompanying for over eight opera scenes programs and four fully-staged operas, including Mozart's Cosi fan tutte and Gounod's Roméo et Juliette. He was a staff collaborative pianist at both BYU and UVU and worked closely with Utah Vocal Arts Academy and Utah Lyric Opera, accompanying for recitals and summer opera festivals.
  • Joshua Konow

    Photo of Joshua KonowJoshua Konow is a graduate from the Cleveland Institute of Music with a master of music degree in piano performance. Joshua’s music endeavors include conducting, solo and chamber music performance, musical theater directing and piano teaching. Joshua Konow is in his fifth season as Music Director for the TrueNorth Chamber Orchestra on the west side of Cleveland and first season as Principal Conductor for the Solon Philharmonic Orchestra. Additionally, Mr. Konow is the full-time Director of Music Ministries at Federated Church UCC in Chagrin Falls. Prior to moving to Cleveland in August of 2010, Joshua attended the Manhattan School of Music earning a bachelor of music degree, also in piano performance.
  • Caroline Vickers*

    Photo of Caroline VickersCaroline Vickers joined the Gilmour Academy faculty in 2013. She teaches students in all three divisions of the school and is dedicated to celebrating the unique creative gifts in every child. Prior to Gilmour, she taught at Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C. for 13 years. During that time, she served as Arts Department Chair (middle division) from 2008-12 and was awarded the Goldberg Family Award for excellence in teaching in 2012. Caroline is a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy and Ithaca College where she earned a bachelor’s of music in music education and vocal performance. She was the co-founder of the Washington Girls Chorus and has served as a guest conductor/clinician throughout her career. Caroline holds a master of music in music education/choral pedagogy from the School of Music at the University of Maryland.

Strings

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  • Violin: Aniela Eddy

    Photo of Aniela EddyAniela Eddy has performed throughout the United States and Europe. She is a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the Cleveland Institute of Music and has performed with ensembles such as the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra, CityMusic Cleveland, Ensemble LPR, the Knights, A Prairie Home Companion and the American Bach Soloists Academy, among others. In addition to frequently teaching at various El Sistema programs throughout South and Central America, Aniela has toured India, performing concerts to promote and sponsor various organizations.
  • Violin: Kelsey Ferguson

    Photo of Aniela EddyKelsey Ferguson is a Cleveland violinist who started playing the violin at age 10. She recently graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Music where she studied with Jan Mark Sloman and achieved a double master’s degree in Violin Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy. Previously, she studied with Ivan Zenaty at the Cleveland Institute of Music and Olga Kaler at the DePaul School of Music in Chicago where she graduated in 2016. In both Cleveland and Chicago, Kelsey is an active freelancer, performing with some of top ensembles in the areas, including The Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Fifth House Ensemble, the Akron Symphony, and Cleveland Opera Theater. She also maintains a busy teaching schedule; in Chicago she worked for the Ravinia Festival’s El Sistema program along with other area string programs and private students. Now in Cleveland, she teaches violin at the Aurora School of Music, the Cleveland Music Settlement, Laurel School, City Strings, and is the director of children’s choirs at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Cleveland Heights. Last summer, she traveled to Harare, Zimbabwe to teach Suzuki Violin, lead group classes and give recitals. She has had the privilege of playing in masterclasses for Paul Kantor, Frank Almond, Ilya Kaler, and Grigory Kalinovsky as well as attending highly regarded music festivals such as the National Orchestral Institute, Bowdoin International Music Festival the Orford Academy. This summer she will performed with the New Hampshire Music Festival and Festival Napa Valley in California.
  • Cello: Daniel Pereira

    Photo of Daniel PereiraDaniel Pereira, from Caracas, Venezuela, enjoys a multifaceted and versatile career as a cello teacher, chamber music coach, orchestral performer and chamber musician. Currently he is a cello teacher and chamber music coach at the Cleveland Institute of Music Preparatory Division. Since 2005 he has been a member of the cello section of the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra. He performs regularly with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra in South Carolina and the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra in West Virginia. He has also performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony and the New World Symphony. From 2006-2017 Mr. Pereira served as a regular substitute with The Cleveland Orchestra, during that period he was able to work under some of the world’s leading conductors including Franz Welzer-Möst, Herbert Blomstedt, Alan Gilbert, Vladimir Ashkenazy and Stephane Deneve among others and travel throughout the United States and Europe.
     
    Before moving to Cleveland, Mr. Pereira was a founding member of the Dali String Quartet as well as a member of The Sturgis String Quartet and the Arkansas Symphony. Currently, he is the cellist of the Cleveland based Verditas String Quartet. He has also served as principal cellist with the National Repertory Orchestra, Philadelphia Virtuosi and co-principal of Red {an orchestra}. Daniel has appeared as a soloist with the National Repertory Orchestra, Hendrix College Orchestra, Emil Friedman Philharmonic and Arcos Juveniles de Caracas.
     
    Mr. Pereira has participated in several music festivals including La Jolla SummerFest, Sequoia Chamber Music camp both in California and the Dali Quartet International Music Festival in Pennsylvania where he has served as faculty since 2011. Recent chamber music highlights include a performance of Modesta Bor’s Cello Sonata at Carnegie’s Weill Hall, appearances in the Heights Arts chamber music series, frequent chamber music collaborations with members of The Cleveland Orchestra, Cavani and Dali string quartets and an invitation to perform with Harrisburg Symphony Maestro Stewart Malina in his chamber music series Stuart and Friends.
     
    Daniel is also an avid enthusiast of new music and is currently a member of the new music ensemble Ars Futura. As a member of Ars Futura he has participated in several projects including an hommage concert to Pierre Boulez at the Cleveland Institute of Music and a recording project featuring the music of composer Greg D’Alessio.
  • Guitar: Morgan Mecaskey

    Photo of Morgan MecaskeyMorgan Mecaskey is a professional musician, composer, songwriter, and educator based in Cleveland, Ohio. A Cleveland native, Morgan grew up taking lessons at the Cleveland Music School Settlement, and, after attending Interlochen Arts Academy, decided to pursue songwriting and jazz studies. Morgan studied music performance at Tri-C and Cleveland State, with both guitar and piano as primary instruments. She regularly performs original music all around northeast Ohio. As an instructor, Morgan emphasizes a cohesive comprehension of music as well as theory and ear training practically applied.

Brass

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  • Trumpet: Theresa May, Dave Kilkenney*

    Photo of Theresa MayTheresa J. May is a native of Cleveland, Ohio. She received her masters' degree in trumpet performance from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and her bachelor of music from the University of Dayton. Theresa keeps a vigorous performance and teaching schedule. She is adjunct faculty at Cuyahoga Community College, where she teaches Applied Trumpet, African American Music History and World Music. Theresa also plays trumpet in the Cleveland Opera Theater Orchestra, Colour of Music Festival, Mourning [A] BLKstar, the DIVA Jazz Orchestra and has recently began subbing with the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra. Theresa has also been featured as a guest artist in the Alumni Recital Series at the University of Dayton.
     
    Photo of David KilkenneyDavid Kilkenney has been the Director of Instrumental Music at Gilmour Academy for the past 14 years. He is currently the Fine and Performing Arts department chair at Gilmour Academy where he teaches and directs the Gilmour Academy Middle School (6th, 7th, and 8th grades) Band as well as the GA Pops Ensemble which is Gilmour’s premier Upper School performance group. In addition, he has developed an intensive Digital Music and Media curriculum which he also teaches at Gilmour Academy. Dave holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from Cleveland State University where he studied under Geoff Hardcastle and Alan Couch and graduated cum laude. He also has his master’s degree from Indiana University (IUPUI) in Music Technology and is on the TI:ME Ohio state board.
  • Trombone: Dan DiMarino, Dave Kilkenney*

    Photo of Dan DiMarinoDan DiMarino has been studying and performing music all over northeast Ohio for the past decade. He is currently pursuing a degree in trombone performance at Cleveland State University. While at CSU, he has studied with Shachar Israel (Assistant Principal trombone in the Cleveland Orchestra) and Jason Smith (Playhouse Square/City Music Cleveland). He has performed as a soloist with the Cleveland State University Orchestra. Dan was the second-place scholarship winner in the 2017 Tuesday Musical solo competition. In 2013 and 2014, Dan was a participating member of the Cleveland trombone seminar, where he performed as a soloist. He also has participated in the Summer Trombone Workshop at Temple University. He has performed in master classes with such trombonists as Toby Oft (principal trombone, Boston Symphony Orchestra) and Matt Vaughn (Philadelphia Orchestra). Dan is currently the principal trombonist with the Cleveland Winds, the winner of the 2016 American prize for wind band performance, and has recorded with world-class euphonium soloist David Childs. Dan is a multifaceted musician, with experience in jazz and Latin music. He has performed at Tri-C Jazzfest in 2016 and 2017, as well as with big bands such as the Ernie Krivda Big Band, the Skatch Anderson Orchestra, and others.
     
    A native of Ottawa, Ontario, Chris holds degrees from McGill University in Montreal and the Cleveland Institute of Music.
     
    Photo of David KilkenneyDavid Kilkenney has been the Director of Instrumental Music at Gilmour Academy for the past 14 years. He is currently the Fine and Performing Arts department chair at Gilmour Academy where he teaches and directs the Gilmour Academy Middle School (6th, 7th, and 8th grades) Band as well as the GA Pops Ensemble which is Gilmour’s premier Upper School performance group. In addition, he has developed an intensive Digital Music and Media curriculum which he also teaches at Gilmour Academy. Dave holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from Cleveland State University where he studied under Geoff Hardcastle and Alan Couch and graduated cum laude. He also has his master’s degree from Indiana University (IUPUI) in Music Technology and is on the TI:ME Ohio state board.
  • French horn: Emily Shelley, Dave Kilkenney*

    Photo of Emily ShelleyEmily Shelley was born in Toronto, Ontario. She is currently second horn of both the Wheeling Symphony in West Virginia and the Erie Philharmonic in Pennsylvania and is a member of the North Coast Winds quintet in Cleveland. Mrs. Shelley has taught privately for over a decade, is the French horn faculty member at the Music Settlement in Cleveland and has been on faculty for numerous summer music programs, such as The Sitka Fine Arts Camp in Sitka, Alaska and the North Coast Winds Chamber Music Camp. In addition to her performing career she holds the position of ArtsConnect Coordinator with the Cleveland International Piano Competition.
     
    Photo of David KilkenneyDavid Kilkenney has been the Director of Instrumental Music at Gilmour Academy for the past 14 years. He is currently the Fine and Performing Arts department chair at Gilmour Academy where he teaches and directs the Gilmour Academy Middle School (6th, 7th, and 8th grades) Band as well as the GA Pops Ensemble which is Gilmour’s premier Upper School performance group. In addition, he has developed an intensive Digital Music and Media curriculum which he also teaches at Gilmour Academy. Dave holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from Cleveland State University where he studied under Geoff Hardcastle and Alan Couch and graduated cum laude. He also has his master’s degree from Indiana University (IUPUI) in Music Technology and is on the TI:ME Ohio state board.

Woodwind

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  • Bassoon: Mackenzie Brauns

    Photo of Mackenzie BraunsMackenzie Brauns is an active performer throughout the Midwest and beyond. Mackenzie is principal bassoon of the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra, Mansfield Symphony Orchestra and Columbus Indiana Philharmonic. Mackenzie received her bachelor and master of music degrees from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and is currently pursuing an artist diploma at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Mackenzie has been teaching bassoon privately since 2015 and her students have successfully auditioned for OMEA District Honor Band and have received Superior (I) ratings at OMEA Solo and Ensemble Contest. Mackenzie is also an apprentice teacher through CIM’s Distance Learning Program, which broadcasts live music classes to classrooms around the world.
  • Flute: Gayle Getts

    Photo of Gayle GettsGayle Getts earned her Bachelor of Music degree from Baldwin-Wallace University (studying with William J. Hebert, piccoloist of The Cleveland Orchestra) and Master of Music degree from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana (studying with Alexander Murray, Principal Flute of the London Symphony Orchestra). In addition to being a Musician-in-Residence of The Cleveland Clinic for over 10 years, Ms. Getts also performs weekly at the Metro General Health Centers. She carries a full private teaching schedule at her home as well as the Laurel School. In 2015, she joined the staff at John Carroll University as an Adjunct Faculty member, conducting the Wind Ensemble. She has performed with the Blossom Festival Band, Cleveland Symphonic Winds, the Sounds of Sousa Band and even the Moody Blues and Yanni. Having taught private flute lessons for over 40 years, her students have ranged from beginners to advanced national award-winners, many whom are today music teachers and playing flute professionally.
  • Clarinet: Jennifer Magistrelli

    Photo of Jennifer MagistrelliJennifer Magistrelli is on the faculty of the Aurora School of Music and plays second and bass clarinet for ProMusica Chamber Orchestra in Columbus. She is an active performer in the Northeast Ohio region and is a member of JAY trio (violin, clarinet, piano). Ms. Magistrelli earned her bachelor's degree from Carnegie Mellon University and her master's degree from Northwestern University. Her primary teachers have been Tommy Thompson, J. Lawrie Bloom and Dan Gilbert. Many of her clarinet students are involved in the area’s youth ensembles, including the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra, Contemporary Youth Orchestra and Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony.
  • Saxophone: Thomas Lempner, Dave Kilkenney*

    Photo of Thomas LempnerThomas Lempner, saxophonist, serves on the faculty at Baldwin Wallace University’s Conservatory of Music, Cleveland State University and Notre Dame College, and is a woodwind coach for the Cleveland Institute of Music Cleveland Youth Wind Symphonies. Tom earned a master of music at Kent State University, graduating summa cum laude. At Kent State, he was awarded the Walter Watson Jazz Award, Outstanding Soloist at Elmhurst Jazz Festival, and Winner of the Graduate Student Soloists Competition. He also earned a double bachelor's degree in music therapy and music performance at the Baldwin Wallace College Conservatory of Music and a diploma from the Armed Forces School of Music.
     
    Photo of David KilkenneyDavid Kilkenney has been the Director of Instrumental Music at Gilmour Academy for the past 14 years. He is currently the Fine and Performing Arts department chair at Gilmour Academy where he teaches and directs the Gilmour Academy Middle School (6th, 7th, and 8th grades) Band as well as the GA Pops Ensemble which is Gilmour’s premier Upper School performance group. In addition, he has developed an intensive Digital Music and Media curriculum which he also teaches at Gilmour Academy. Dave holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from Cleveland State University where he studied under Geoff Hardcastle and Alan Couch and graduated cum laude. He also has his master’s degree from Indiana University (IUPUI) in Music Technology and is on the TI:ME Ohio state board.

Percussion

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  • Percussion: Dave Kilkenney*

    Photo of David KilkenneyDavid Kilkenney has been the Director of Instrumental Music at Gilmour Academy for the past 14 years. He is currently the Fine and Performing Arts department chair at Gilmour Academy where he teaches and directs the Gilmour Academy Middle School (6th, 7th, and 8th grades) Band as well as the GA Pops Ensemble which is Gilmour’s premier Upper School performance group. In addition, he has developed an intensive Digital Music and Media curriculum which he also teaches at Gilmour Academy. Dave holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from Cleveland State University where he studied under Geoff Hardcastle and Alan Couch and graduated cum laude. He also has his master’s degree from Indiana University (IUPUI) in Music Technology and is on the TI:ME Ohio state board.

Voice

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  • Dylan Glenn

    Photo of Dylan GlennDylan Glenn, baritone and pianist, is from Pleasant Grove, UT. As a vocalist, he has performed professionally with Utah Opera and Utah Lyric Opera, appearing alongside the Utah Symphony and ULO orchestra. Notable roles include Figaro in The Barber of Seville, Marcello in La Bohème, Count Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro, and Lescaut in Manon. In addition to placing 1st in his divisions of NATS ('15-'16), he was named 2017 Male Singer of the Year in the Nancy Peery Marriott Young Artist Competition. During the summer of 2017, he was selected as the baritone fellow at the Atlantic Music Festival in Waterville, Maine. As a masterclass artist, he has worked with internationally-acclaimed singers Lawrence Brownlee, Stanford Olsen, and Wendy Bryn Harmer. Glenn completed a bachelor of music degree in vocal performance from BYU, and is currently pursuing a master of arts degree in vocal performance at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studies with Clifford Billions.
     
    As a pianist, Glenn has worked extensively in the operatic repertory, accompanying for over eight opera scenes programs and four fully-staged operas, including Mozart's Cosi fan tutte and Gounod's Roméo et Juliette. He was a staff collaborative pianist at both BYU and UVU and worked closely with Utah Vocal Arts Academy and Utah Lyric Opera, accompanying for recitals and summer opera festivals.
  • Rachel Glenn

    Photo of Rachel GlennRachel Glenn, soprano, is currently pursuing her master’s degree in voice at the Cleveland Institute of Music under the direction of Dr. Mary Schiller. With years of singing, performing, and teaching experience, Rachel has had the opportunity to work with many teachers and coaches including Dr. Diane Reich, Michele Scott, Erin Morley, and Wendy Bryn Harmer. She has performed extensively with BYU's opera theater and participated in summer music programs with Utah Lyric Opera, Utah Vocal Arts Academy, and the Atlantic Music Festival where she was privileged to work with Metropolitan Opera tenor Anthony Laciura, Maestro Nicolas Giusti, Barbara Day Turner, and Daniel Helfgot. Some of her favorite roles include Susanna from Le nozze di Figaro, Rosina from Il barbiere di Siviglia, Nella from Gianni Schicchi, and Yum-Yum from The Mikado. Rachel won first place in both the district and regional rounds of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) competition and competed in the BYU Young Artist Competition where she was awarded the Roy Samuelson Award.
     
    Along with Rachel's passion for performing, she has a passion for teaching. Rachel is versatile in many musical styles including classical, musical theater, and jazz. She has taught students in junior high through college and loves helping students find their unique and individual voice. Inspired by the words of Joyce DiDonato when she said, "The opposite of war isn't peace . . .it's CREATION," Rachel Glenn aims to create confident singers who can create a better world through the mediums of discipline, hard work, sensitivity, and music. Rachel aspires to create joyful singers who, through their performance, inspire others to create beauty in their respective fields.
* denotes Gilmour Academy Music Department faculty

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