Gilmour Academy is thrilled to partner with Piano Cleveland (formerly known as CIPC) to bring world-class music instruction to our community!
 
Piano Cleveland 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 Piano Cleveland roster of professional artists through the Arts at the Academy program. Our teaching artists have masters' degrees in their respective areas and extensive experience performing around the region, the nation and the world.
 
Lessons will return to in-person instruction this fall. Professional instruction will be offered in piano, strings, brass, woodwinds, and voice. Both traditional and Suzuki methodologies are available. Students must have their own instrument to enroll. Musicians of all skill levels are welcome. Course credit is available to US students that are enrolled. Most instructors are flexible, so if you don't see a time slot (including community block) or instrument available, please contact Fine and Performing Arts Program Coordinator Lucas Clark at clarkl@gilmour.org.
Fall 2021 Session Dates:
September 7- December 17
No classes week of Fall Break (October 11-15) and Thanksgiving (November 22-26)
Recital on Saturday, December 11 at 2 p.m.
Cost $490 for 30-minute lessons and $609 for 45-minute lessons
Piano Cleveland Faculty
 

Piano

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  • 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.

Strings

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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Harp: Grace Roepke

    Photo of Grace RoepkeGrace Roepke, harpist, is from Minneapolis. Minn. Roepke has played the harp since she was six years old, learning through the Suzuki method at the MacPhail School of Music. Although a new performer, she was the grand prize winner in the 2019 Friends of the Minnesota Orchestra Young Artists Competition. As the grand prize winner, Roepke is a soloist in the Minnesota Orchestra’s upcoming 2020-21 season. Roepke has earned additional awards as well, the Alice Chalifoux Prize in Harp 2019, the Cleveland Institute of Music Merit Award 2015-2019, the Eastern Music Festival's Young Artist Merit Award 2016, the Eastern Music Festival's Concerto Competition Winner 2016 and Interlochen Summer Arts Camp's Emerson Scholarship. Her orchestral experience includes Ohio Light Opera (Principal Harp), Illinois Symphony Orchestra (Substitute Harp), Cleveland Pops Orchestra (Substitute Harp), Firelands Symphony Orchestra (Substitute Harp), and Cleveland Institute of Music and New Music Ensemble (Principal Harp). As an instructor, Roepke is certified in Every Child Can!® Course 2019 and has earned Suzuki Harp Book 1 Certification. Roepke is currently a student at the Cleveland Institute of Music in the Master of Music in Harp Performance program.

Brass

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  • French horn: Emily Shelley

    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.

Woodwind

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  • 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.
  • Saxophone: Thomas Lempner

    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.

Voice

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  • Anna Lowrey

    Photo of Anna LowreyAnna Lowrey is currently a second-year graduate student at Shenandoah University majoring in Vocal Pedagogy with a concentration in contemporary and commercial music. She received her Bachelor of Music from Baldwin Wallace University in May of 2019. During her time as an undergraduate she was a Vocal Performance major, heavily focused on the classical genre. Halfway through her undergraduate career, she found a passion for teaching voice when she started taking pedagogy classes and began teaching through the Baldwin Wallace Community Music School outreach program. Now she is an enthusiastic pedagogue passionate about teaching crossover training. Even though she was originally trained classically, she is now shifting her specialty to musical theatre, pop, rock, country, jazz, and gospel functional training. Anna has been involved in numerous choirs, opera, and musicals during her academic career. She is a member of the Shenandoah Conservatory Choir and was most recently a featured soloist for their Bach Festival. Some her favorite roles she has learned include Mother Goose in The Rake’s Progress (Baldwin Wallace University), Jenny in The Three Penny Opera (Cleveland Opera Theatre), and The Beggar Woman in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Hawaii Performing Arts Festival). She is trained vocally by Professor Gregory Lee Harrell (Baldwin Wallace University) and Edrie Means Weekly (Shenandoah University). She is a proud member of SNATS (Student National Association of Teachers of Singing) and recently completed the Shenandoah CCM institute. Her passion is teaching safe and healthy techniques for students of all genres, while helping her students to find their individual and unique voice.

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