Jeremey Poparad is an Akron area guitarist and bassist who performs regularly with jazz and rock bands, cover bands, and in musical theatre. Jeremey began playing the guitar while in high school, and soon developed an interest in jazz. After high school, he pursued this interest by entering the jazz program at the University of Akron. Jeremey graduated in the spring of 2006 with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Jazz Studies and Music Composition. Jeremey works full time as a musician, splitting his time between performing and teaching. He is an adjunct professor in applied guitar and director of studio ensembles at Kent State University at Stark.
As an active composer, Jeremey writes for numerous ensembles that he performs in. He also writes for and performs on a custom 9-string electric guitar, which extends the range of a standard electric guitar both lower and higher. As both an electric guitarist and a fan of classical music, Jeremey is an advocate for the electric guitar as a serious instrument in the classical idiom, and works to compose and perform chamber music for the instrument.
Angelina received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Music with a concentration in Vocal Performance from Malone University. Her vocal studies at Malone include voice with Angela Rose and Heather Curtis (musical theatre). Over the years, Angelina has been in multiple performances and scenes of both operas and musicals with the Malone Opera Theatre. Some of her most notable roles include Cinderella's Mother (Into the Woods), First Lady (Die Zauberflöte), and Sophie (Rom Com - An Original One Act Musical). She plans to pursue a Masters degree in Music Education in the near future.
Mr. Campbell is originally from Elyria, Ohio. He moved to Florida, and in 2014 he completed his Bachelor’s in Viola Performance from Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, Florida. He studied viola with Dr. Marguerite Richardson and piano with Dr. Scott Watkins while at JU. Currently he is finishing a master’s degree in Viola Performance at Cleveland State University. His orchestral experience includes, North Port Symphony (Florida), Venice Symphony (Florida), Blue Lake Festival Orchestra (Michigan), and Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra (Ohio). Mr. Campbell plays violin and viola frequently in the Cleveland area. As a conductor, he has conducted the North Port Symphony, CSU orchestra, and the Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra.
Franklin is originally from Akron and has played the piano since age 6. After taking lessons for 6 years, he continued to teach himself until college, where he studied under Alina Polyakov at Gordon College in Wenham, MA. Franklin focuses on classical piano, particularly on the late Classical and Romantic periods.
Music has always played an important role in Franklin’s life—as a creative outlet, a mode of self-expression, and a meditative technique. He has played for churches, accompanied vocalists, and performed on the street; anywhere he finds a piano, from Denver to St. Andrews to Vilnius to Honiara, he will play it.
After graduating with a BA in Linguistics and a minor in German, Franklin moved to Klaipeda, Lithuania, where he worked for an international university and taught English. He returned home for a year and then moved to Scotland to complete his MSc in Linguistics at the University of Edinburgh. Upon completing his degree, Franklin spent several months travelling and farming in New Zealand. He now lives in Munroe Falls. When he is not playing the piano, Franklin is usually teaching himself Russian, hiking, making coffee, or at the gym.
Sarah Hughes is a Georgia-born Cellist currently studying Music Education at the University of Akron with Paul Kushious. Inspired by her mother’s piano playing when she was a young girl, she picked up the piano at age 7 and never dropped music since. Around the age of 10 she heard a recording of Faure’s Elegy and became determined to learn that instrument. Since then, she has been a performing cellist.
She has performed in numerous youth orchestras throughout Georgia and Massachusetts as either a member of the orchestra or as a guest soloist. Her past teachers have included James Woodall, Dr. Cathie Hudnall, Stephanie Dickerson, Ronald Lowry, and Professor Emmanuel Feldman of New England Conservatory, where she studied as a preparatory student from 2015-2018. Notable Masterclasses she has taken were from the Verona Quartet and the Escher Quartet’s Brook Speltz.
She believes that above all else, music is a matter of self expression and growth. Her lessons are geared towards giving the student a set of tools for them to use and explore themselves, and using these tools to self-evaluate and promote effective practicing strategies. She strongly believes in the individual and highly subjective nature of music, and teaches accordingly, catering to a student’s specific needs and musicality rather than using a strictly systemic method of instruction.
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Mike Lowden has been playing guitar for as long as he can remember, and has found a love of teaching it. Mike has education from Berklee College of Music in Boston and the University of Akron Jazz Studies program. Jazz is a very strong love, but he is a self-described “music nerd” who listens to pretty much anything and everything. It’s not uncommon to see him playing classical music at a library or public park, with his own rock band, filling in for a country or heavy metal band, and a jazz gig all in the same week. Mike’s teaching style is completely personalized for each student, rather than using “canned” lessons for everyone, to help meet each student’s personal goals.
Kathleen Moreland is a singer, vocal coach, and recitalist living in the Cleveland area. She has been coaching for five years and sings in several area choirs including the Cleveland Pops Chorus, Blossom Festival Chorus and Choral Arts Cleveland. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Music from Cleveland State University with a concentration in voice and a Master’s degree in Music History/Literature from the University of Akron. Her musical focus is on the repertoire and composers of the Great American Songbook and she has written a book on the topic.
Angelica originally began taking classical piano lessons at the age of 7 years old, and continued studying privately up through high school. Since then, she has also played in various church music groups, reading both classical notation and popular lead sheets. Angelica studied at The University of Akron, and continues her classical piano studies in the piano studio of Philip Thomson. Beginning in 2010, Angelica began taking on private piano students of her own, and has maintained a studio of students ranging from beginning to intermediate, playing a wide variety of repertoire.
Amanda began taking piano lessons at the age of 6 years old and continued through high school. She often accompanied for her school's concert choir and played the keyboard in the jazz band. She was also an assistant to the choir director for the fourth- and fifth-grade choirs. In her junior and senior years she taught piano for beginners from her home. She began studying Choral Music Education at the University of Akron in 2013. Piano has always been more than just a hobby for Amanda and she hopes to help enrich students' lives and encourage them to cultivate their skill and love for music.
Joseph Donnola graduted from Kent State University in 2015 with a Media Production Major. He's been playing guitar since the age of ten, and has since played with various groups and musicians, spanning an array of musical genres. Although laying his roots in rock, he enjoys participating in all styles-even if they don't exist yet! Before teaching, Joseph worked full time patching stages and running sound (including stage monitors for various venues). He enjoys composing, recording, and mixing in his home studio.
Sara Simonovska was born in Kumanovo, Macedonia on June 14, 1994. She started playing drum set at the age of four, and at fifteen began studying classical percussion at “Ilija Nikolovski – Luj” in Skopje, Macedonia under percussion professor Zoran Spasovski. After studying there for two years, Sara received a full scholarship from the prestigious Interlochen Arts Academy in Traverse City, Michigan. Here she studied under the percussionist John Alfieri, and took master classes with Mojca Sedeu, Peter Erskine, Scott Pallegrom, Eric Schweikert, Clocks in Motion, and SO Percussion. She graduated in 2014 with honors. Sara graduated from Jacksonville University in Florida in 2018 and currently pursuing Masters degree in percussion performance at University of Akron.
Some of Sara’s accomplishments include Music Down Beat 2013 Winner and First Special Award at the International Chamber Music Competition in Sofia, Bulgaria. She has also been awarded First Special Prize in a solo percussion competition, First Chamber Music Award, Second Award in a xylophone competition, and Second Award in a multiple percussion competition in Skopje, Macedonia.