Mr. Matthew Albright received his Bachelor's Degree from Shepherd University in Choral and Instrumental Music Education K-12, Piano Pedagogy, and Piano Performance. Matthew received his graduate degree from Shenandoah University in Church Music in Organ and Choral Conducting as well as a graduate certificate in Church Music. Matthew Albright is the Director of Adult Music and Organist at First Christian Church Hagerstown and is the Vocal Director at Winston Churchill High School in Montgomery County Public Schools. He is also a Colleague and a ChoirMaster in the American Guild of Organists and is a Vocal Coach in the Young Artists of America at the Strathmore.
Melody Kegerreis has been teaching music for 12 years in various settings, including public school general music, elementary chorus, elementary beginning band, and private lessons for multiple instruments. Her primary instruments are piano and clarinet. She received her Bachelor of Music Education degree from Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri in 2004 and has completed graduate work in music education at Loyola University in Baltimore.
Rachel Thompson Rachel Thompson has several years of experience in teaching music in public schools in Pennsylvania. She has taught pre-K- 12th grade choral and general music, as well as orchestra. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in music education from Messiah College and a Master’s Degree in Music Education from Shepherd University.
Matthew was awarded second place in the the 2003 WVMTNA Piano Competition, and was a top-5 national finalist in the Yuling Wang International Piano Competition in 2002. He has played at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and has been a featured organist in the Quad-State area as well as in the Walls of the Vatican. In addition to his solo pursuits, he frequently performs for the Monocacy Jazz Quartet, Maryland Symphony Orchestra, and the Matt Albright Trio in the metropolitan D.C area, as well as directing and accompanying many musical theater organizations in the surrounding area.Matt has taught class piano for over a decade for the Shepherd University Preparatory Program, Montgomery County Public Schools MD and Frederick County Public Schools MD, for which he actually helped develop the curriculum.
Jim is a multi-instrumentalist performing and recording artist, composer, arranger,
engineer, and producer who began his life of music playing makeshift percussion
instruments along with his parent’s record collection before he could walk. He began
formal training on drums and percussion at eight years old, which continued through
high school and ended when he decided against university training despite the promise
of a full scholarship at Rochester’s Eastman School of Music.
Jim has performed professionally for over thirty years throughout the U.S. and abroad,
the majority of his career focusing in and around large and small church and conference
settings but also including all manner of venues from biker clubs, to concert halls, house
concerts, and street performances. He also has over twenty years of teaching experience,
including high school drum line instruction, band camps, drum clinics, worship conference teaching, as well as private instruction on drums and percussion, piano, guitar, ukulele, bass guitar, cello, voice, and other instruments.
Equally at home in the company of celebrities and novice students, he exudes a passion and love that inspires everyone he comes into contact with and instills a sense of worth, honor, and dignity to every student he teaches; all the while having lots of fun and igniting a lifelong love of music.
Tracy Thomas is the owner of Growing With Music. She received her Bachelor of Music Education Degree from West Chester University of Pennsylvania in 2003 and has completed Graduate work in Music Education at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, WV. She spent 10 years teaching general music to Primary and Elementary students in public schools in both Pennsylvania and Maryland before founding Growing With Music. She has been serving in the Army National Guard as an Army Bandsman since 2000, and has had the privilege of singing for the NASCAR circuit and Vice President Joe Biden.
Karen Long earned her Bachelor of Science in Music Education degree from Millersville University and her Master of Music Education degree from Shenandoah University. She has several years’ teaching experience in public high school choral and general music, and has taught private piano lessons for more than twenty years. Since marrying her favorite dairy farmer and having children, she has largely concentrated her energy on educating her children, teaching private piano lessons, serving as pianist and choir director for her church, and keeping track of the family farm finances. For fun, Karen keeps her nose in a book, her fingers in a sewing project, and her ears open to “moosic”.
Our experienced, dedicated, and highly talented teachers pride themselves on providing fun, high quality musical opportunities to students of all ages and learning levels, across all genres and styles. It is our goal to see our students progress musically from birth to adulthood, so that their lives may be enriched with one of life's greatest gifts- the gift of music.
Since graduating with a degree in Professional Music from Berklee College of Music in Boston, Ma., Denny has been a music educator and performer. He has taught music at the elementary, secondary, and college levels. Additionally he has toured throughout the United States and Canada with performances in Las Vegas and Atlantic City. Denny has had the opportunity to perform with and for several celebrities and politicians such as James Earl Jones, Carol Channing, Jean Stapleton, Norm Crosby, Joey Bishop, Pat Cooper, Don Cornelius(Soul Train), Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, The Oakridge Boys, Merv Griffin, former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, and former Speaker of the House Thomas “Tip” O’Neal. Denny is currently teaching privately and is performing throughout Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia.
Wayne Schmidt comes from the marsh lands of The Eastern Shore of Maryland. He earned his Bachelor's degree in tuba performance from Frostburg State University, and and his Master's Degree in Tuba Performance from the University of Southern Mississippi. He has been performing music for over 20 years and loves to listen to a wide spectrum of music; anything from orchestral, to viking metal, to 70’s disco. He has 13 years experience teaching private music lessons, working with marching bands, and teaching at summer music camps.
While studying at Southern Miss, Wayne substituted with the Gulf Coast Symphony in Biloxi, was principal tubist with the school orchestra and wind ensemble, and performed at the 2010 International Tuba Euphonium Conference with the universities tuba euphonium ensemble. At Frostburg State, in addition to low brass, he played electric bass in jazz band, salsa band, and percussion ensemble; he has also been known to sing in a barbershop quartet a time or two.
Wayne currently plays with the Frederick Symphony Orchestra, Spires Brass Band, and Spires Brass Quintet in Frederick, MD.