Andrew is a patent attorney with Frost Brown Todd LLC. He is passionate about music and the arts, and particularly about art and music education for children. His two children are involved in piano lessons and the Suzuki violin program at the Fine Arts Center. His goals as a Board member include expanding the Suzuki program, enhancing outreach to children in Wyoming’s neighboring communities, and enhancing the facilities at the Center while maintaining its historic character.
Annie Roth is a painter and illustrator at heart, but is happy to explore a variety of mediums. Her work varies from large scale paintings on wood panels, to small illustrations for greeting cards and wedding stationary. Annie is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati's Design, Art, Architecture, and Planing program with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. She has participated in both local and national art shows, and has a coloring book featured in the permanent collection of the Chattanooga Public Library's zine library.
Annie has been involved in various Cincinnati based art organizations including membership in Broadhope Art Collective, interning at Homemeadow Song Farm, and consigning art through Robot Inside and Rock, Paper, Scissors, and instructing painting parties at Painting with a Twist. She has also participated in local craft fairs such as Luminocity, Crafty Supermarket, and Craft Menagerie.
Autumn McKinley is a local abstract artist, and jewelry designer who had spent 15 years working in the nonprofit and community organizing sector across the country. Always a fan of the arts, Autumn discovered her inner artistic voice while going through treatment for breast cancer in 2017. Art became her form of healing, strength, and love. Now a survivor, she turned her love of color and texture into a growing business where she creates beautiful abstract art, jewelry and accessories inspired by her creations. She views life as a magical moment to inspire and be inspired.
Cathy graduated from Shenandoah University with a BM in French Horn Performance in 1997. She and her husband Walt moved to Wyoming in 2006 to be closer to family. A mom to 4 girls, Cathy and her children took our Musikgarten class in 2006, and she started teaching several Family Music classes and Preschool classes with Ms. Mary in January 2015. She is currently the Artistic Director of the Cincinnati Civic Orchestra, and the Registrar/Office Manager here at The Center.
Cheryl Raine, MM
Cheryl Ann Raine is both a CCM and Miami graduate, with a Masters of Music Education in Supervision and a Major in Organ. She has been active as a music educator and church musician for over 40 years. Cheryl is in her 5th year as Organist at Fleming Road United Church of Christ.
After 10 years as an Adjunct Music Instructor at Mount Saint Joseph University , teaching Organ, Class Piano and Church music skills, she is focused on Piano Instruction at Wyoming Fine Arts Center with the Raine Music Studio at home.
Doodle, a rescued Shih-tzu provides hours of enjoyment and active companionship for walks, games and meeting other dog-owners.
Claire Timmerman's diverse musical studies, travels, and innate passion for teaching have led her to have a dynamic and holistic approach as a music educator. She enjoys teaching children and adults, and lives and breathes the Suzuki philosophy that “every child can” taking it one step further, believing that “every person can”. Claire believes that music, being truly universal, is an integral part of the human experience, and that everyone should have an equal opportunity to learn and love music. She strives to share her love of music with her students, and to nurture and cultivate their artist within.
A native of Cincinnati Ohio, Claire Timmerman has been teaching since she was a teenager herself, and currently teaches at the Cincinnati Music Academy and out of her residence in Northside. She has taught violin, cello and guitar at the Cincinnati Music Academy since 2011, and was the director of the Suzuki Strings program from 2014-2016. She also spent many years teaching at the Wyoming Fine Arts Center on all instruments in both private and group class settings, and is regularly invited back as a guest teacher and speaker for Suzuki parent talks. Her students regularly receive accolades in competition, performances, and auditions. Several students have continued their music education at the School for Creative and Performing Arts, and most recently had a student perform with the Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
Ms. Timmerman returned home in 2011 after several years of residence and music studies in Paris, France. Claire was born into a musical family where her passion for music was nurtured from a very young age. Her parents, both Suzuki teachers, studied in Japan under the direct tutelage of Dr. Suzuki. At the age of 2, Claire started playing the violin using the Suzuki method, and started cello shortly thereafter. By her late teens, she began her Suzuki teacher training and taught at her first Suzuki workshop in St. Petersburg, FL. Soon thereafter, she was being invited to teach Hip-Hop and Jazz violin courses at different workshops and group classes in the midwest.
In 2008, Ms. Timmerman began teaching violin, cello and guitar at the Peaslee Neighborhood Center in Over-the-Rhine with underprivileged students. There she taught classical, hip-hop, jazz and blues, in a curriculum designed by herself and her colleagues and heavily influenced by Suzuki Method principles. Her innovative teaching approach further inspired her to create and teach a music curriculum in a math tutoring program at Mr. K’s Enrichment College Consortium beginning in 2009.
Claire attended SCPA in Cincinnati, Ohio, and later graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy, in Michigan, where she majored in violin performance. She then majored in Music Therapy with a minor in Cello Performance at the University of Dayton. In 2009, Claire took residence in Paris, France, where she studied Jazz at Paris VIII Université and began touring internationally as an independent singer-songwriter, performing her original work at some of Europe’s acclaimed festivals and venues. Claire released her first album of original works entitled “Between Worlds” in the spring of 2013. Since then, she has continued to perform regularly in small chamber groups and as a Singer-Songwriter.
Instrument or Specialty:
Piano (ages 4 through adult)
Voice (ages 9 through adult)
Darlene taught her first piano lesson as a teenager and loved her award-winning high school show choir. After earning her Music Education degree from Florida State University, she taught high school and middle school choir and trained church vocal groups in Florida. In 1999, she moved to Cincinnati and established her private voice and piano studio; additionally, she taught preschool music classes and participated in church music programs.
Darlene loves to help people of all ages grow in ability and confidence as they explore the world of music.
Donald Broerman, a Cincinnati native, earned his BM in Classical Guitar Performance at the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) under the direction of Clare Callahan, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2013. He has also studied with David Case at the University of Oregon (School of music), as well as, Jazz guitar with Mike Denny and Chris Sorenson and started his training at the Musical Arts Center in Cincinnati.
During his time at CCM, Mr. Broerman performed in master classes from internationally acclaimed artists such Oscar Ghiglia, David Russell, Robert Belinic and Rupert Boyd and participated in classes given by Zoran Dukic, Marcin Dylla, Carlos Perez, Johannes Möller, Daniel Lippel and others. Coruses completed for degree include: Guitar Pedagogy, Guitar repertoire and History, Guitar Ensemble.
Mr. Broerman is an active composer, whose compositions are primarily solo guitar works. He briefly studied composition with Terry McQuilken at the University of Oregon, Orchestration at CCM and private lessons with Jennifer Jolley (Composition Professor at Ohio Wesleyan, President and Co-founder of N.A.N.O. Works Opera Company). A budding interest in this field has led to performances of his own works at CCM’s North of Here, Classical Revolution and a commission by The Ascend Project.
Mr. Broerman serves the community through his work in non-profits. He is the current President of Greater Cincinnati Guitar Society, as well as, a member and guitar adjudicator for the Ohio Music Educators Association. Donald is a dedicated pedagogue. His students have won gold medals in the Royal Conservatory of Music examinations. He currently teaches at Indian Springs Academy of Music, Wyoming Fine Arts Center and Leaves of Learning, select Cincinnati Public schools and is a co-director of and instructor for the CCM Guitar Youth Workshop.
Elaine Wisniewski, MM
Elaine Wisniewski joined the Wyoming Fine Arts Center in June 2016. An active teacher over the last 9 years, Elaine has taught at Music Notes Academy, Montclair State University Preparatory Center for the Arts, and Franklin Township Suzuki Program.
Ms. Wisniewski graduated from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville in 2016 with a Masters in Suzuki Pedagogy. She also holds a Masters in Viola Performance from Rutgers University where she studied with Craig Mumm, Associate Principal Violist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Elaine completed her Bachelor of Music Education degree at Montclair State University where she was also president of the American String Teachers Association chapter.
An active performer, Elaine Wisniewski has performed with the Garden State Opera, the Tim Keyes Consort, the Freelance Ensemble Artists of New Jersey, the Livingston Symphony Orchestra, and the Metropolitan Orchestra of St. Louis. During the summers Elaine has participated in Stokes Forest Music Camp, ASTA’s Chamber Music Institute, and Meadowmount School of Music. She has also performed for Patricia McCarty, Jeffrey Irvine, Sheila Brown, Karen Ritscher, Chris Tantillo, and the Shanghai Quartet in masterclasses.
Originally from New Jersey, Ms. Wisniewski has been taken all over the country through her music adventures. In 2015 she attended a Violin Craftsmanship Institute where she learned to repair instruments and rehair bows. In May 2016 she relocated to Ohio to join the Cincinnati Music Academy faculty and the Wyoming Fine Arts Center.
Elise Edelman (Secretary) has worked as an Innovation and Human Potential Consultant for the past 8 years. She previously spent 24 years in Product Development at Procter & Gamble, where she uncovered consumer insights to guide technology development and bring products to market. Her experiences developing new product ideas led her to coach teams and leaders on strategy, creative problem solving, and holistic idea development. She specializes in assessing organizational dynamics and leadership coaching. She holds a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from The University of Toledo. She lives in Wyoming with her husband Ken and daughter Fiona, who participates in art and musical theatre classes.
Gayna Bassin, MM
Gayna Bassin teaches traditional violin to students from age 6 to adult, with emphasis on reading skills, technique and musical styles. She has been on the faculty of the Wyoming Fine Arts Center since 1997.
Mrs. Bassin was a member of the First Violin section of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra for twenty years. She has performed as Concertmaster for Musica Sacra and the Cincinnati Community Orchestra. During college, she performed in many international music festivals, including Blossom (Kent State University, OH), Tanglewood (MA), the Casals Festival in Puerto Rico, and the Orchestra de les Jeunesses Musicales.
Mrs. Bassin has been a soloist with Cincinnati Community Orchestra,the Colorado Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Windsor Symphony. She has played many solo and chamber music recitals locally and is an active member of Matinée Musicale Cincinnati. She also plays klezmer violin in the Queen City Klezmorim band.
Mrs. Bassin received a Bachelor of Music Degree from the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with Ivan Galamian, Jaime Laredo, and Jascha Brodsky. She received a Master of Music Degree from Indiana University at Bloomington, IN, where she studied with Josef Gingold. She has been coached in chamber music by members of the Guarneri, Curtis and Budapest Quartets.
Gene Allison, AIA Emeritus – Ohio Registered Architect attended the University of Cincinnati and graduated from DAAP in 1972. His wife Melinda and he moved to Wyoming in 1987 so their children could take advantage of the school system.
They live in a home that was originally constructed in 1860. He has worked for a series of architectural firms in Cincinnati, on a range of commercial designs including shopping centers, schools, senior living facilities and auto dealerships. His career culminated in 2018, when he retired as President of Reztark Design Studio, LLC. Gene currently serves as Chairman of the Architectural Review Board, (ARB) which he joined in 1999. He also serves on the Wyoming Historic Preservation Commission (HPC). Beside the ongoing maintenance and renovation of their home, he also has several sports cars and participates in local, regional and national Autocross competition for the past forty years.
Through his acquaintance with Bobbie McTurner, The Center's Board President, on the HPC, she introduced him to the Wyoming Fine Arts Center leading him to join the Facilities Committee in 2019.
Inna Terekhov, MM
Education and Training
- Bachelors and Masters degrees in piano performing, Piano pedagogy, Master of accompanying and chamber music ensemble at Music College of Kishinev, Moldova USSR 1966-1971 and State Conservatory of Music 1972-1977 Moldova USSR
- Post-Graduate study in Piano Pedagogy
- State Institute of Music and Pedagogy by Gnessin-1984-1985 Moscow Russia
- Certified Suzuki Piano Teacher
- Suzuki Association of America, Inc. Cincinnati, OH 1992
- Organ Courses with professor: Dr. David Mulberry
- Piano Faculty at NKU Music Preparatory Department 1995-Present
- Center for the Arts Wyoming ,OH 1995-Present
- Private Studio Wyoming OH 1990-Present
- College Mount St. Joseph Preparatory Music Department 1991-1995
- School of Creative and Performing Arts Cincinnati OH 1990-1995
- Piano faculty Kishinev Music College Moldova USSR 1970-1989
Ultimately, she strives to create musicians, each with their own heart, soul, mind, and a natural musical talent. Her students have praised her dedicated and inspiring teaching. She strives to instill a love for piano and overall appreciation for all music. Mrs. Terekhov wants to show the beauty and breadth of classical repertoire. She ensures that every student is confident in themselves and their musical abilities. She want them to be proud of who they are and what they are able accomplish. Mrs. Terekhov won’t allow her students to settle for less; on the contrary, aspire to be their very best.
Inna Terekhov is an active member of the OMTA, RACE and RCME certificate programs. Her warm and patient teaching approach is particularly suitable for beginners and kids, but her exceptional performance background and artistry gives her the ability to confidently teach and prepare students at the most advanced levels. In addition to a very active teaching career, she has founded and in an acting Director of the Summer Piano Camp and Ensemble workshops at the Wyoming Fine Arts Center since 1998.
Every year a large number of her students participate in the National and Local auditions, such as JMF Music Guild, Audition –Festival CCM, and JME where students are recognized with exceptionally high scores. Many of her students are prize winners in Local, Regional and National Competitions, such as OMTA, Buckeye, Heidelberg University Performance Competition, DePauw University, Young Artists Piano Competitions, Concerto competition at the UC- College-Conservatory of Music and others.
Her students are very active in community service. Students in collaboration with Mrs. Terekhov have registered with the Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce as part of a non-profit music organization, “Share the Music”, founded in 2007. As part of this program, students perform throughout the Tri-State region at various retirement centers, nursing homes, hospitals and schools receiving great appreciation for sharing their passion of music and quality of performances.
Mrs. Terekhov students often appear at Showcase recitals conducted by the OMTA at the Aronoff Center and Art Museum.
Dr. JaeEun Lee, DMA
Dr. JaeEun Lee has both her master's and doctoral degrees in violin performance from University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). Her minor studies are in string pedagogy. Dr. Lee holds a bachelor's degree in music performance. It was completed in South Korea.
Dr. Lee has been playing the violin for eighteen years. Her playing experience consists of participation at numerous music festivals in South Korea, Guam, China, Indonesia, and Italy. She also holds High School teaching certification in South Korea.
Her teaching experience spans both South Korea and Cincinnati. As a Suzuki teacher, she trained Suzuki method in North Carolina and California and currently teaches at the Wyoming Fine Arts Center and the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music Preparatory Department. She teaches both Suzuki and the traditional method.
In her childhood, Dr. Lee also studied piano and organ. She currently serves also as an organist at the Sacred Heart Church. This experience allows her a unique approach to teaching, as she is able to also accompany her students in their lessons.
A lifelong Wyoming resident, Jason Bartel grew up in a musical family and business. Jason’s father Paul, founder of the Baroque Violin Shop, as well as the Wyoming Fine Arts Center, exposed Jason to his passion for the arts at an early age.
After growing up in the family retail store, the Baroque Violin Shop, he chose this as his career path after graduating from the University Of Cincinnati with a bachelor's degree in Industrial Design. In 2011, Jason took his passion for music, and his experience in the orchestral string retail shop, and combined them into a new business, Maple Leaf Strings.
Maple Leaf Strings is an orchestral string manufacturer and national distributor that offers instruments from the student level to the professional level, as well as complimentary marketing and branding solutions for their customers.
Jennifer Higgins Wagner
Jennifer Higgins Wagner began her studies on the cello at the age of 12 and five years later made her solo debut with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. After receiving her Bachelors’ Degree in Music Performance in 1997 from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, she began teaching privately and performing professionally both locally and across the United States. She has played in Master Classes with Janos Starker and the Tokyo String Quartet and has performed with the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the Starling Chamber Orchestra, with whom she toured Germany in 1992.
In 2007 Jennifer began expanding her repertoire beyond the classical world. With her folk/pop/blues duo, Lines and Spaces she has made regular performances at the Rohs St Cafe, Speckled Bird Café and at the Southgate House, as part of the River City Music Club’s Monthly concert series “One More Girl on a Stage”. In 2007 Lines and Spaces gave made a history-making appearance at the Eden Song folk music festival where they were the only group to get a standing ovation in the nearly 3 decades the festival has existed. Since then Jennifer has performed with Crosby Still Nash and Young at the Sundance Film Festival, onstage at the Cincinnati Fringe Festival, and done a great deal of work in the recording studio both for local artists and for independent film scores.
Jennifer is a registered Suzuki Teacher trained through book 5. Her training has been with Jean Dexter, Nancy Hair, Carol Tarr and Carey Beth Hockett, as well as Rick Mooney. She has been on the Faculty at Earlham since 2003, and has taught Suzuki Cello with the Suzuki Co-operative of the Cincinnati Public Schools since 2008. Her students have performed with the Cincinnati Junior Strings and The Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra and gone on to continue their studies at CCM.
Jen has over 20 years experience with GE Aviation – in sourcing, manufacturing, and program management. Most recently, she spent 4 years living abroad – Turin, Italy and Prague, Czech Republic – where she found a renewed passion for the arts. After spending four years abroad, Jen moved to Wyoming, taking a new role as the Chief Operations Officer for the Business and General Aviation division at GE.
Outside of work, Jen and her husband Bobby spend much of their time taking care of their two daughters – one enjoys voice lessons, and both are enrolled in the The Center's summer camps. Jen also has a passion for running – completing half-marathons in 7 countries, and running her first full marathon in Ohio this past fall.
In addition to the Wyoming Fine Arts center, she serves on the board of Queen City Opera.
Dr. Jill Phillips, DMA
Jill Phillips, mezzo-soprano, received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in voice from the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music. In addition to her studies, she has performed as an alto soloist with the Bach Ensemble of St. Thomas in Terrace Park, OH. In the fall of 2017, Jill sang the alto solos in J.S. Bach's Mass in B minor at Cincinnati's Christ Church Cathedral.
Jill performed as the alto soloist in the Peoria Bach Festival in 2017. In addition, she was the alto soloist in the Verdi Requiem with Bradley University in Peoria, IL, in the fall of 2016. During the summer of 2015, she was a Young Artist at Opera Saratoga, where she covered the roles of Dido in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas and Cenerentola in La cenerentola.
She earned her Master of Music degree in voice from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. While at CCM, Jill sang the roles of Marcellina in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, the Old Prioress in Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites, and Baba the Turk in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress. In addition, she participated in the Opera Fusion: New Works project with CCM and Cincinnati Opera.
Jill has been an Apprentice Artist with Des Moines Metro Opera and made her mainstage debut at DMMO in 2013 as the Zweite Mägd in the company's production of Elektra. She has sung with Kentucky Opera, NANOWorks Opera, Cincinnati Chamber Opera, and Dayton Opera. In addition, Jill has been a Studio Artist with Wolf Trap Opera.
She has sung scenes from such operas as Anna Bolena, Cendrillon, La cenerentola, The Crucible, Dead Man Walking, Don Carlo, Giulio Cesare, L'italiana in Algeri, Peter Grimes, and Vanessa.
In addition to performing, Jill teaches private voice lessons at the Wyoming Fine Arts Center in Wyoming, OH. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. While at Luther College, she performed in the opera scenes program and the spring opera productions.
Kevin Gillie, PhD
Kevin Gillie is a veteran of polymer and material science applications. His career has been primarily focused on formulating and manufacturing substrates and coatings for the food packaging and labels industries. He has held R&D leadership roles for global organizations and continues as a Technical Product Manager for a specialty chemicals company.
He is an avid musician, having played french horn for over 45 years performing with many community bands, orchestras, and brass quintets. He has played in pit bands for high school musicals and taught privately for many years while living in Delaware. He supported the musical and performing arts endeavors of his own children and many of their peers throughout their educational years. He was on the Middletown High School (Delaware) band boosters board for 9 years serving as president for 5 years.
His passion is working with young people using music and art to enhance their skills and learn important life lessons. The educational focus of The Center is what brought him to this organization.
Lainey Schwaner is a multidisciplinary artist originally from Cleveland, Ohio. She has lived and worked in Cincinnati since 2017. She is set to graduate with her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP) at the University of Cincinnati in the spring of 2022. Her current art practice focuses on printmaking and performance art. Her work aims to create a visual representation of memory, and is influenced by the things she sees, feels, and experiences. Interaction with the world around her is vital to making her work, as it is reflective of her life and experiences.
Schwaner’s work has been featured in shows, including at PIQUE gallery’s 24-hour Perform-A-Thon at the close of This Time Tomorrow, Basketshop Gallery’s Transmission 21: Circut Bending Event, and Sacramento Fine Arts Center’s National Juried Printmaking Exhibition: Aspiring Artists Debut. Schwaner’s involvement in arts organizations includes working as a Gallery Assistant at The Carnegie in Covington, Kentucky. She also runs an online art gallery, Alternative Gallery Space, and is working on forming an artist collective with like minded artists local to Cincinnati.
Lauren Schloemer Wilson
Lauren Schloemer Wilson is a graduate of Northern Kentucky University with a degree in Music Education with an emphasis in Orchestral Studies. She currently teaches lessons at Northern Kentucky University Music Preparatory where she instructs fiddle, violin, viola, cello, ukulele, and beginner mandolin, banjo, and guitar. Additionally at NKU Music Preparatory, she directs and conducts the Adult Orchestra class. She is thrilled to be a part of the historic Wyoming Fine Arts Center teaching staff!
Lauren has performed with and supported such artists as Michael Bublé, Vince Herman (of Hot Tuna) and Hot Buttered Rum.
She recently concluded a twelve year original project called ‘Hickory Robot’ where Lauren sang lead vocals and played fiddle. She recorded three albums with the band and was nominated in 2012 for the Cincinnati Entertainment Awards ‘Album of the Year’ for Hickory Robot’s sophomore album ‘Sawyer’.
Lauren is a sought after studio musician as a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist and performs regularly in various bands performing genres ranging from classical, gypsy jazz, bluegrass, folk, country and pre-swing era big band music. Her latest projects are performing in the duo 'The Sweet Peas' and original folk group 'Steve Covington and the Humble Strays'. She is also a regular in Cincinnati's premier gypsy jazz band 'The Burning Caravan'.
Lauren joined the Cincinnati Arts Association's 'Arts in Healing' team in late Fall of 2015 and enjoys performing a variety of styles of soothing string music for the patients, friends, family, and staff at various hospitals and hospice locations.
When not teaching, rehearsing or performing, Lauren enjoys spending time with her husband and their three dogs, gardening, hiking, attending music festivals, camping and painting.
Liz is an experienced journalist with a heavy background in business reporting. She freelances for a variety of outlets including Forbes, Cincy Magazine, WCPO-TV and others.
She received a BS degree in English-Journalism from Tennessee Tech University where she graduated Summa Cum Laude and played volleyball.
Liz Knodle, MA Ed
Elizabeth Knodle is a Cincinnati native and graduate of SCPA. She attended the Art Academy of Cincinnati. She created abstract paintings but also loves to create ceramics and collage.
She received her Master’s degree at DAAP in education. She has been teaching 7-12 grade in Cincinnati Public Schools for the last 13 years.
Liz is married with two daughter’s, a pup and a cat. She enjoys cooking, hiking and art making in her free time, and has been joining us for our wonderful Summer Art Camps for the past 10 years.
Madison, is Musikgarten trained and certified in Music Makers (Pre-Piano) and Group Piano. She studies piano with Dr. Nozomi Yamaguchi at the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. In spring (2018), she participated and placed 2nd in the international competition, "Great Composers Best Bach Performance."
As a young child, Madison's musical training started on her mom's lap with the Musikgarten curricula at the Wyoming Fine Arts Center. She began learning piano through the Musik Kids group class, and is now completing the circle by teaching Pre-Piano and Group Piano.
Mary has been teaching children since 1978, first as a classroom teacher, then as a music teacher in both private school settings and in her own music studio.
In 1999, Mary came to the Center as a Family Music teacher. Four years later, she started a full program encompassing all levels of the MusikGarten curriculum -- from Baby Music through Group Keyboard.
In addition to directing and teaching in the Musik Kids program, she is currently teaching for the Cincinnati Suzuki School at the Wyoming Fine Arts Center, bringing the MusikGarten curriculum to Suzuki's youngest children and teaching music theory to the older students.
Matt Wiles is a Cincinnati based professional bassist and instructor. Holding a Bachelor of Arts in music from Northern Kentucky University, Matt performs on both electric and acoustic basses in all styles. His performance schedule keeps him regularly busy in Cincinnati and its surrounding areas, as well as performances in Chicago and New York City.
In addition to freelance performance, recording, and teaching, Matt performs with many original bands around town such as Cincinnati Entertainment Award winning jazz/funk/hip-hop band Eclipse Movement, salsa band Clave Son, and progressive jazz groups Art & Science and the Brandon Coleman Quartet.
Melinda Welch, MA Ed
Melinda E. Welch earned her Master’s degree and teaching license in Art Education from the University of Cincinnati's school of Design Architecture, Art and Planning. Melinda’s Masters thesis focused on developing a visual arts curriculum for a community art center.
Melinda’s teaching experience includes Kennedy Heights Art Center, after school art at Pleasant Ridge Montessori, student teaching at Walnut Hills high school, Sherwood Elementary, North Avondale Montessori, and Anderson high school. For Arts Wave, she taught an arts integration curriculum at Bond Hill Elementary. She has completed internships at the Cincinnati Art Museum, the Taft Museum of Art, Manifest Gallery and Prairie Gallery. She was part of a youth community photography program in conjunction with Happen Inc, Prairie Gallery and the Mill Creek Restoration Project.
In addition to Art Director at the Center for the Arts, Melinda brings art programming to three public library branches in Cincinnati.
Melinda is an active and experienced artist who works in ceramics, photography, collage and whatever else strikes her artistic fancy. She and her husband reside in Camp Washington with their two children.
Michael Ronstadt, MM
For two decades, Michael G. Ronstadt has entertained audiences throughout North America on cello, guitar, mandolin and voice. An exceptional musician-composer conversant with a wide range of styles, he not only executes captivating solo performances, but participates regularly in duo and trio situations with a diverse camp of young, innovative musician-songwriters including Lisa Biales, Serenity Fisher and David Trotta.
His versatile talents have been tapped for concert and studio work by such artists as David Bromberg, Linda Ronstadt, Muriel Anderson and Craig Bickhardt. Throughout his extensive performance schedule, he has been teaching steadily for the last 10 years in Arizona, Cincinnati, and the last 5 years in greater Philadelphia where most of his 12 students auditioned and blossomed in the Reading Youth Orchestra.
Working with students of all ages, Michael has also taught cello workshops for Common Ground On The Hill (Westminster, MD), Tucson Cello Congress (Tucson, AZ), Trappe Community School (Collegeville, PA), High Peaks Music Festival (Hunter, NY), as well as co-teaching with Scottish cellist Seylan Baxter at Patrick Burgh Halls (Glasgow, Scotland).
Michael displays genre-blending explorations on cello and guitar in complement to thought-provoking lyrics. He is a much sought-after studio musician, who has appeared on more than 75 albums in the last dozen years. Dan Buckley writing for The Tucson Citizen noted his “amazing command of the typical and exotic sounds of the cello, a true virtuoso and a man of instinctive musicality.” Michael holds both a Master and Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance and studied under esteemed pedagogues Yehuda Hanani, Nancy Green and Dr. Gordon Epperson.
Nancy Huey is a professional musician and educator specializing in sharing music and theater with children of all ages. Since graduating from DePauw University with a BA in Elementary Education, she has taught in elementary classrooms and music departments, and has taught and directed in both junior high and high school drama programs.
In 1999, Ms. Huey envisioned and founded the St. John’s Performing Arts Troupe, a drama/ musical theater group for sixth, seventh and eighth grade students, and still serves as director for the troupe.
Nancy is also a certified Musikgarten teacher, and currently teaches early childhood music as well as private lessons from her home studio.
Rachael Hussong, CPA
Rachael is currently a controller with Sibcy Cline with a history of strong leadership and management skills when overseeing internal financial controls. She is a dependable, enthusiastic, and ambitious certified public accountant professional with strong attention to detail and a commitment to quality work. Rachel holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Kentucky and a Master of Business Administration from Thomas More College. She has also earned a Certificate of Accountancy and is a Certified Public Account. Rachel’s record of effective communication, building relationships, and adapting to evolving technology has allowed her to supervise and strengthen professional relationships.
Richard Seil, MM
Richard Seil (Suzuki Piano Coordinator) is a graduate of Indiana University (MM), Baldwin-Wallace College (BM), all in piano performance. His wide background in collegiate and private teaching extends over 20 years. In addition, Mr. Seil’s Suzuki certification through Book 5 of the piano curriculum has provided him with a wealth of skills to positively influence developing musical minds of all ages.
When he is not teaching or performing, Mr. Rich enjoys attending concerts, jogging, watching football, pampering his pets, rescuing animals and, of course, spending time with his fiancée in Northern Kentucky.
Rose Gowda, MM
Rose is a native of Cincinnati and received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in performance from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, graduating summa cum laude. During her time at CCM, she studied with renowned violists Masao Kawasaki and Catharine Carroll and served as a graduate teaching assistant. Mrs. Gowda has been the recipient of multiple awards, including CCM’s Outstanding Academic Achievement Award, and scholarships from the Clef Music Club & Southern Ohio Music Teachers’ Association, and was a winner in the Geraldine B. Gee International Viola Competition.
A former Suzuki kid herself, she is a passionate advocate of the Suzuki philosophy and is a registered Suzuki instructor and member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas. She is the Director of the Suzuki String and Orchestra programs at the Wyoming Fine Arts Center, where she teaches a full studio of Suzuki violin and viola students ages 4 and up in private lessons, group classes, and orchestra. She is also a Director of Suzuki Violin for the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music’s Preparatory Department. She believes in nurturing and developing the whole child through music. In addition, she is a trained MusikGarten instructor.
Rose is an active and versatile freelance musician and performs a wide range of styles from classical to pop/rock. She performs extensively with several groups, including the Midnight Rose Trio, Serenity Fisher & the Cardboard Hearts, and the Rosenthorns (a Celtic band).
Sam currently serve as Vice President of Dakota Watch Company. He oversees management and operations of their retail management and operations, the corporate office, and the ecommerce presence.
He has been a member of the Board for the Schilling School for Gifted Children for the last 15 years.
He has also served on the Board of Congregation Beth Adam for 8 years and was Board President for 2 years.
Sam received his BA from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
For the past decade, Serenity Fisher has taught private piano lessons, songwriting, and playwriting at the Wyoming Fine Arts Center. Her extensive training in piano, vocal technique, musical theatre and writing fuel her passion for teaching.
She offers a well-rounded, enjoyable musical experience for both children and adults. Lessons are tailored to the individual needs and interests of each student. The lessons may include: development of technique and theory using method books such as Faber, Bastien, and Alfred’s; using chord charts to play and sing popular music; songwriting and composition; and improvisation. Her teaching style is fun, inventive and engaging. Serenity’s teaching style emphasizes creativity and self-expression; maintaining a safe and respectful environment that values each students individuality; and fostering a lifelong love of playing music.
Serenity is a dynamic group instructor, teaching groups of students the art of songwriting. She is also versed in teaching students to compose using not only their own voice, but also on piano, ukulele, and guitar.
She provides opportunities for her students to perform outside of recitals, including playing at professional music venues and local festivals, sometimes opening for sets her own performances.
She performs original music with her band, Serenity Fisher and The Cardboard Hearts, which features two other teachers from The Center: Rose Reidmiller Gowda on violin and Michael G. Ronstadt on cello. She’s released three studio albums: Watercolor Harmonies, Rogue Strawberry, and Carousel of Love. The band call their music: theatrical indie dream pop with a Tim Burton-esque twist.
Serenity co-founded the Tangled Leaves Theatre Collective with playwriting partner Robin O’Neal. She’s written, produced, and acted in five original plays, three of which were winners of the Cincinnati Fringe Festival’s “Audience Pick of the Fringe” award. As a theatre instructor, Serenity enjoys helping students develop characters and story lines and to learn how to collaborate with others to create an entirely original theatrical production.
Serenity is happy to call Cincinnati home, though she tours and teaches both nationally and internationally, including teaching piano, voice, and choral pieces at a music camp in Ireland. When not teaching or performing, she enjoys doing puzzles and listening to audiobooks.
Song-Hun Nam, MM
- Master of Music in Piano, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
- Bachelor of Music in Piano, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
- Freshman year at Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH
Professional Teaching Experience
- Adjunct Professor of Piano, Music Department, Northern Kentucky University
- Piano Faculty, Preparatory Department, Northern Kentucky University
- Piano Faculty, The Center for the Arts, Wyoming, OH
- Private studio students from across Greater Cincinnati area
- Director of Music, Pianist, Organist, St. Thomas Church, Ft. Thomas, KY-present
- Pianist, Matthew 25 Ministries, Blue Ash, OH
- Pianist and Music Director, St. Andrew Kim Church, Cincinnati, OH
- Frequent Solo and Chamber Music Concert Appearances in US and S. Korea
- William Black-University of Cincinnati
- Dana Buel-Xavier University
- Further studies with James Tocco, Frank Weinstock, Richard Morris, Richard Fields
- Chamber Music Studies: Peter Oundjian (Tokyo String Quartet), Henry Myer (LaSalle Quartet), James Tocco, Sandra Rivers, Donna Loewy, Yehuda Hanani, Norman Johns, Erez Ofer
Awards and Scholarships
- Special Recognition Award of Faculty by Graduating Seniors, Northern Kentucky University
- Prize awards from the McEloy Piano Competition, the Rildia B. O’Bryon Cliburn Competition
- University Graduate Scholarship Awards, University of Cincinnati
- Undergraduate Scholarship Awards, University of Cincinnati
Spencer Elliott, MM
Spencer is a working musician. Outside of lessons, he plays across the Midwest with Zack Attack, the “Greatest Throwback Party Band Ever.” With Zack Attack, Spencer regularly plays clubs and casinos, weddings, private parties, and corporate events. At weddings, Spencer often provides lovely instrumental ceremony music, or lively instrumental cocktail music.
Spencer plays as a soloist for private parties and events, performing jazz, classical, and solo guitar arrangements of popular songs. His “solo career” has had him performing at some of the most beautiful destinations for weddings and private parties across New England and the Midwest.
As a performer, Spencer has gained valuable experiences that he gladly shares with his students. Through work with cover and event bands, Spencer has had to learn to transcribe by ear and prepare guitar parts to be performance ready. In lessons, he uses this training to transcribe songs that students want to learn. Through his work as a soloist, Spencer has had to arrange entire ensembles into a single guitar part. In lessons, he can arrange a guitar part to a particular student’s skill level. His transcription and arrangement skills allow students to learn almost any song they please.
Spencer doesn’t just teach how to play songs, but finds connections between songs, patterns in songwriting and guitar parts, and directs each student’s lesson plan along a smooth arc of learning. This allows students to hone old skills while tackling new skills.
Rather than just playing guitar, Spencer understands music. In part, this is due to his experience as a professional musician, but he also benefits from a Master of Music in Music Education (Boston University, 2013), and a Bachelor of Arts in Music (Otterbein University, 2006). The balance of higher education and practical application of that education has given Spencer a broad, open-minded approach to music and music education.
Steve Irwin has more than 20 years of professional experience as a dancer, instructor and choreographer. He has performed throughout the world on cruise ships, dinner theaters and theme parks, and in local and regional theater. Irwin’s teaching and choreography credits include Northern Kentucky University, Governor’s School of the Arts, Cincinnati Ballet, Contemporary Dance Theater, Playhouse in the Park and ArtsWave.
At the Wyoming Fine Arts Center, in addition to Hip Hop dance, Steve is a well-known face during our many Summer Musical Theater camps, where he is one of the 2 directors, in charge of choreography.
Tom Buckley is one of the most in demand drummers and drum instructors in the Cincinnati area. While attending the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, he performed with a variety of ensembles including the Jazz Lab Band, the Jazz Ensemble, and numerous small jazz combos. He also played in several of the school’s highly acclaimed musicals. He was the first recipient of the now annual Bob Bodley award and scholarship, which is given to the student who most exemplifies characteristics of humility, creativity, and professionalism.
He has been teaching private lessons regularly for 11 years and has experience teaching students as young as 3 years old up through adults that are active, professional musicians. He has also instructed drum lines in the Cincinnati area and has taught at several marching band camps and drum set camps around the country.
In addition to his busy teaching schedule, Tom regularly performs with some of the best musicians in the area. He can be heard with his band FLOCKS, The Cincy Brass, the Brad Myers Trio, the Rick Van Matre Quintet, and the Buckley/Kline Duo. He can be heard on several acclaimed recordings including FLOCKS self-titled debut, Dan Karlsberg’s Tales From the Winter Solstice with JD Allen, Brad Myers/Mike Sharfe’s Sanguinaria, Buckley/Kline Duo Live at Filament, the Brad Myers Quintet album Prime Numbers, the Rick Van Matre Quintet album Lines Above, and Will Wedmedyk’s Awakening.
Tom is from Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he started playing percussion at age nine.
Valerie Bobosh, MS
Valerie received her Bachelor of Music from SUNY Potsdam, and her Master of Science in Education with a concentration in music education from the University of Dayton. Suzuki Piano Teacher Training, levels 1 through 6, was pursued at Capital University. Further professional development includes Kodaly music education from the Kodaly Institute at Silver Lake College, and Orff –Schulwerk music education. Additionally, Valerie is a licensed and certified Musikgarten instructor.
As an Ohio certified teacher of Music Education, K-12, she has taught in both public and private schools. Her professional experiences also include over 20 years as a liturgical choir director, choral accompanist, and ballet school accompanist.
Victoria Ellington, MM
Soprano Victoria Ellington received her Master’s of Music from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) where she studied with Professor William McGraw. During her time at CCM, she was able to workshop several new operas including Blind Injustice and Awakenings with the Opera Fusion: New Works program, a joint collaboration between Cincinnati Opera and CCM Opera. In past seasons she has performed at Cincinnati Opera and the Kennedy Center among other places.
Victoria earned her B.M in Voice Performance, as well as a B.A in Religion, from Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music. While studying at Oberlin, she performed the role of La Feé in Cendrillon. A versatile performer, Victoria also participated in performances with Oberlin’s Theater productions of Dessa Rose and for colored girls. Midway through her undergraduate tenure she started to study Jazz Voice under La Tanya Hall in addition to her classical studies with Timothy LeFebvre. In collaboration with Cleveland Opera Theater's New Opera Initiative, Victoria performed the role of Rachel in the Midwest premier of Nkeiru Okoye’s Harriet Tubman: When I Crossed the Line to Freedom.
Victoria has been the recipient of many awards, including First Prize in the George Shirley Vocal Competition and a recipient of the A. Grace Lee Mims award from the Cleveland Foundation for her work in preserving the art and performance of the Spiritual.
Victoria has been teaching voice lessons privately for a few years. She specializes in Opera, Classical, Musical theater, Jazz , Gospel and Pop. Victoria is a teaching Artist with Cincinnati Opera, and teaches by guiding each student to form solid technical foundations to unlock their potential and allow let their voice soar.
Yuko Tsujimoto, MM
As a Starling Competition first prize winner, Yuko studied at CCM where she completed her Bachelor’s degree in Violin Performance. While at CCM, Yuko was the concerto competition winner and performed the Tchaikovsky violin concerto with the Philharmonia Orchestra. Upon completion of her studies at CCM, Yuko went on to receive Master’s Degree in Violin Performance from Indiana University with Violin Pedagogy as a cognate field. Her teachers include Naoko Tanaka, Franco Gulli and Won Bin Yim. Yuko is also a former member of the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra and has been on faculty at the Center since 1997.