Our Music Teacher Faculty

Our music lessons instructors includes decorated recitalists, nationally recognized composers, including members of the Columbus Symphony and many of Columbus’s top performers.  Our teachers have received their education from prestigious institutions such as the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, The Berklee College of Music, Oberlin College and Conservatory, The Ohio State University, Capital University and many others.

Chad Ebert

Chad Ebert

School Director

Citing his family as his biggest musical influence, and coming from 4 generations of professional musicians, Chad started his musical education at 3 years old. He began his college training at the age of 16, in Jazz Studies as a Pianist and has also studied under Jazz legend Tony Monaco. In addition to his training in Jazz piano he has studied classical technique in the Taubman Method and is one of only a handful of pianists in Ohio that teach the technique. As a member of the National Piano Guild and the Music Teachers National Association he is dedicated to providing high quality music education in a fun environment.

Alex Vaughn

Alex Vaughn

Drum Instructor

Professionally trained with a B.A. in percussion from McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul Minnesota, Alex has been practicing the art of drumming for over 20 years. Throughout his musical journey Alex has studied and performed a range of musical styles including rock, blues, jazz, fusion, hip-hop, country, funk, disco, R&B and Latin from studio settings to music festivals. Along with stylistic methods Alex has also had the opportunity to study rhythmic methods and conceptual approaches with renowned drummers such as Gordy Knudston, Marve Dahlgren, David Stanoch and Michael Bland.

As a teacher, Alex utilizes a variety of coordination methods, techniques, applications, and pedagogy to accommodate any skill level and strives to provide a creative positive learning environment that fosters confidence and encourages each student to reach his or her full potential. With many years spent honing his craft and gaining musical experiences from touring and performing live across country to working in the studio and collaborating with artists, Alex is ready to guide you through creative musical pathways and improve your performance. Alex Vaughn has been teaching at the Powell Academy of music since April 2018.

Brennan Harris

Brennan Harris

Piano, Guitar, & Voice Instructor

Brennan Harris is a musician who received his M.M. in Choral Conducting from The Ohio State University. As a pianist, he has accompanied choirs at OSU, Capital University, and many middle and high schools throughout the Columbus area. As a vocalist, he has performed with OSU’s top traditional choirs, as well as the Statesmen, a select a cappella ensemble. He is a singer and guitarist in the folk duo Two Can Tell. He is also a published composer and arranger versed in both classical and pop styles.

Bryan Percoco

Bryan Percoco

Piano & Guitar Instructor

Bryan Anthony Percoco received a MM in music composition and a BM in classical guitar performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He also holds a certificate in performance and composition from the Upbeat International Music School in Milna, Croatia. Additional studies include lectures and private lessons at two summer courses in Italy with music faculty from institutions such as Princeton, Yale, Eastman, Peabody, Oberlin and Italian conservatories.

Bryan’s compositions have been performed and recorded throughout the United States and Europe. His orchestra music has been recorded in the Czech Republic by the Janacek Philharmonic and the Brno Philharmonic. His orchestra music has been selected to be released worldwide on the ABLAZE records label release "Orchestral Masters Vol. 4". His most recent orchestra composition was selected as a finalist in the American Prize competition. He was selected to write music for the renowned Italian string quartet, Quartetto Indaco, which premiered in Italy at the HighSCORE festival. In addition to composing, Bryan is a focused and dedicated, multi-faceted instrumentalist with years of professional performance experience on both piano and guitar, and can teach and perform styles ranging from jazz, classical, rock and many other popular styles.

Christiana Calantropo

Christiana Calantropo

Violin Instructor

Christiana Calantropo is a violinist and dancer from Virginia Beach, VA. She started violin with the Suzuki method at age 5, participating in her first international Suzuki performance tour to Italy at the age of 10 with the Suzuki Strings of Hampton Roads. Christiana furthered her musical studies in high school at The Governor’s School for the Arts, with whom she had the privilege of performing as Concertmaster at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Christiana received her Bachelor’s in Music with a concentration in Music Industry from James Madison University. During her studies, she has performed extensively in musicals, weddings, opera orchestras, chamber music groups, for nursing homes, and for city events in Virginia Beach with the group Dolce Strings. In recent years, she has branched out into improvisational playing and creating her own electronic-based music. Christiana is new to Columbus and is looking forward to building her studio! She strives to craft a fun teaching experience that inspires you and your musical heart.

Elizabeth Reeves

Flute & Piano Instructor

Elizabeth Reeves received her B.M. in music performance from Wright State University in 2012, where she studied with Dr. Christopher Chaffee. While at WSU, she was a winner of the 2010 School of Music Concerto Competition, for which she performed as a soloist with the University Symphony Orchestra. In 2009 and 2010, Elizabeth was also a finalist in the Collegiate Division of the Central Ohio Flute Association Competition. She was honored to receive the 2010 Agnes Fowler Scholarship from the Ohio Federation of Music Clubs, and the Robert Stofer Music Award in 2011 from Wright State University. In 2012, Elizabeth moved to Phoenix to pursue her Master’s degree in music performance at Arizona State University, where she studied with Dr. Elizabeth Buck. At ASU, she performed regularly with the ASU Symphony Orchestra, the ASU Flute Choir, and the Arizona Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME) before receiving her degree in 2014. A native of Southwest Ohio, she and her husband moved to Columbus in 2015. They enjoy cooking, spending time with their friends and family, and being outside with their dog, Rey.

Hannah Roberts

Hannah Roberts

Voice & Piano Instructor

Hannah Roberts is a recent graduate of Ohio University with a master’s in Vocal Performance. Throughout her academic studies, Hannah has appeared in a variety of productions. Hannah was recently seen singing the role of First Lady in Ohio University Opera Theater’s production of Die Zauberflöte and as a 2018 Vocal Academy Artist with Prague Summer Nights Young Artist Music Festival. In addition to solo work, Hannah also has an extensive background in choral music and has performed with ensembles such as the Capital University Chapel Choir, the Capital University Women’s Chorus, and the St. Joseph’s Cathedral Choir. Hannah holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Technology from Capital University.

Helen Cates

Helen Cates

Violin & Piano Instructor

Helen Cates began studying the violin at age 5 at the Staedtische Musikschule Aalen, Germany. Her primary teachers include Liviu Bogdan, Jonathan Thomas and Gabriele Turck in Stuttgart, Germany. At a young age she performed with orchestras such as the Aalener Sinfonieorchester, the Kammerorchester Rosenstein and the Junge Philharmonie Ostwuerttemberg. With them she has travelled throughout Europe, including Germany, Italy, Belgium, Spain, France and Austria. She has performed as a soloist with the Kammerorchester Rosenstein in 2010 and the Indiana University South Bend Philharmonic in 2013. In 2011 and 2012 Ms Cates participated in the MasterWorks Festival.

She has completed a Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana University South Bend studying under Jameson Cooper. In addition she holds a Masters in Music degree from Bowling Green State University, where she was a member of the Graduate String Quartet. Ms. Cates enjoys teaching and inspiring young musicians toward excellence. She continues to be passionate performer of chamber and orchestral music.

Ike Wade

Ike Wade

Piano Instructor

Ike’s passion for music formed early on in his life with piano lessons beginning at 6. From 2007 onwards, he regularly volunteered at assisted living homes to provide music for the infirmed, and, beginning in high school, he received his vendors’ license to act as a street musician at farmer’s markets. He was also deeply involved in local concert and jazz bands.

Ike earned his Bachelor of Arts at Otterbein University in 2017. During this time, he spearheaded Otterbein’s chapter of FMTA’s (Future Music Teacher’s Association) community outreach program, which provides free piano lessons to students who are otherwise unable to pay for lessons. All the while, he participated heavily in Otterbein’s Classical, Folk, and Jazz community.

After college, Ike continued to participate in local community choirs and in the Saint Michael’s Church Choir.

All of these experiences have informed him of two fundamental ideals regarding music: 1) Anyone can make music if their heart is in it. 2) Music is supposed to be fun; if it isn’t, someone’s doing something wrong!

Issac Cowden

Issac Cowden

Piano Instructor

Isaac Cowden began learning about music at the age of 4. He and his older brother being the only musicians in the family began playing at their church soon after. After wanting to go the college for music and also theology, He applied and was the recipient of a Worship Studies scholarship at Indiana Bible College where he spent the next 4 years recording 5 albums and going in nine tours across the US. After completing his Bachelors in Worship Studies and Music Technology the with a minor in Theology, he moved to Columbus Ohio. He now serves as the Creative Director as well as Band Director, for Calvary Apostolic Church. He also works with various studios and artists in the U.S and writes songs in his free time, whenever he can manage.

Jacob Campbell

Jacob Campbell

Piano Instructor

Jacob Campbell is a Columbus, Ohio based pianist, composer, arranger, and educator. Originally from Mansfield, Ohio, Jacob started music at a young age and continues his work on technique and style.

While studying in Capital University’s Jazz Studies program, Jacob had the privilege to play in the Capital University Big Band, and Jazz Consort - Capital’s top jazz combo. He won several awards for his performances most notably - Outstanding Musicianship Award at the Elmhurst College Jazz Festival, St. Louis Jazz Festival, and the Capital University Jazz Festival.

Jacob’s jazz instructors at Capital include Mark Flugge, Erik Augis, and Dr. Lou Fischer. To continue to elevate skills and accelerate growth, Jacob took private lessons from Lynn Arriale, Dave Powers, Martin Wind, Luke Gillespie & Jon Eshelman. Jacob studied classical piano with Seymour Fink, and Dr. Orlay Alonso.

Jack Walbridge

Jack Walbridge

Guitar, Bass & Ukulele Instructor

Jack Walbridge earned a Bachelors degree in music from Susquehanna University in 2012. Jack has taught guitar, bass, upright bass, and piano for over twelve years. In addition to teaching, Jack has worked as an Off-Broadway pit musician in New York and as a Session musician in Los Angeles. Jack has also worked as a freelance composer where his music was featured on television and movies.

James Cahalin

James Cahalin

Guitar Instructor

James has over 20 years experience and is a versatile guitarist, proficient in many styles of music. Formally trained at the renowned G.I.T. in Los Angeles he has studied with such greats as Scott Henderson and Paul Gilbert. His training and extensive knowledge of jazz, blues, rock, country, slide guitar, classical and more, make him an ideal music teacher for those with broad musical tastes. His teaching emphasizes music theory, reading standard notation and guitar tablature, overall musicianship, building repertoire and playing for pure enjoyment. James teaches ages 6+ and can accommodate groups of 2.

Jeanmarie Strawbridge

Jeanmarie Strawbridge

Piano Instructor

Jeanmarie Strawbridge has been teaching at the Powell Academy of Music since 2016. She has earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Piano Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, as well as two Masters degrees in Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy, both from The Ohio State University. During her time at Ohio State, Jeanmarie held a full-time associateship, teaching undergraduate group piano classes, for which she was awarded the Outstanding Graduate Associate Award. Jeanmarie also was a winner of the Ohio State Concerto Competition and performed Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with the university symphony. Additionally, she has presented lecture recitals on teaching and performing topics at state conferences and is involved in Music Teachers National Association and Ohio Music Teachers Association events. In her student-centric teaching, Jeanmarie hopes to foster a love for music, superior technique, a high musical aptitude, and a sense of achievement in each of her students. Jeanmarie has had the privilege of studying with esteemed professors including Steven Glaser, Maria Staeblein, and Elena Abend. She has also studied at the Corsi Internazionali di Musica in Urbino, Italy. Beyond her teaching, Jeanmarie has served as a pianist for the Columbus Ballet (BalletMet) and has worked with members of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, as well as Opera Columbus.

Jenna Hunnicut

Jenna Hunnicut

Vocal Instructor

Jenna Hunnicutt has had a lucrative start to what promises to be an exciting opera career. Recent performance highlights include Sorceress in Dido and Aeneas, Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus, and Orfeo in Orfeo ed Euridice. Hunnicutt’s voice has been called “one of the most beautiful I’ve known” by Dr. Scott McCoy, author of Your Voice: An Inside View. Touring with national choirs has led to performances from the Denali range in Alaska to the esteemed Carnegie Hall in New York City. Hunnicutt received a music degree from Ball State University and is pursuing an MA in Voice Pedagogy from the Ohio State University, where they just received The Swank Voice Lab Award for Excellence in Voice Pedagogy.

Jim Kucera

Piano Instructor

Originally a native of Ohio, James moved to Rochester, New York to study piano at the Eastman School of Music under Dr. Nelita True. Upon graduating, James Kucera moved to Los Angeles for two years to continue his music studies in piano performance and improvisation. While working towards his graduate degree at the California Institute of the Arts, he also taught piano at Plaza de la Raza, a performing arts school that focused on providing affordable music lessons to the children of lower-income families.

During his time at CalArts, James competed in several national competitions, including the Elizabeth Harper Vaughn Concerto Competition in which he won first place, allowing him the opportunity perform the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Kingsport Symphony Orchestra (now called "Symphony of the Mountains" in Tennessee).

After returning to Ohio to major in both computer science and music, James continued to teach students of all ages and levels of experience and performed in a variety of venues throughout Columbus. He currently performs regularly with Capriccio Columbus (an 80+-piece adult choir) as well as for a variety of musical theater groups (including the Short North Stage and Imagine Columbus). Besides enjoying his current profession as a software developer, James also has a wide array of interests ranging from fitness and jogging to interior design.

He’s excited about returning to teaching and hopes that others will come to love the pursuit of performance as a lifelong endeavor as much as he does.

John Basel

John Basel

Piano & Guitar Instructor

John‘s interest in music came about rather late as he started guitar and piano at ages 13 and 14 respectively. However, he was dedicated and was accepted at Bowling Green State University as a Piano Performance major 4 years later. Later he received his Master’s in Piano Performance from the University of Iowa where he was also awarded a Teaching Assistantship. While John‘s own interest in piano is primarily classical, he is comfortable teaching and playing many styles. On guitar, John enjoys playing rock, blues, finger-style, and other genres. John’s teaching philosophy focuses on helping students genuinely understand the concepts in whatever they are learning. He believes that it is also important to help students develop their own passion for music and learning. John moved to Ohio in 2017 with his wife and daughter from Texas where he lived and taught music for 4 years.

John Paul Fretwell

John Paul Fretwell

Violin & Viola Instructor

John Paul Fretwell is a violinist and violist originally from Anderson, South Carolina. He is the Onsite Manager of the Chamber Music Connection in Worthington, Ohio and is on the violin/viola faculty of the Powell Academy of Music. He has a Bachelors in Violin Performance from Appalachian State University, and a Master of Music from Ohio University where he served as the Ensembles Division Graduate Administrative Assistant along with being the orchestral assistant for OU’s Symphony Director, Steven Huang. During his time at Ohio University, he taught private lessons on violin and viola for Athens Community Music School. John Paul Fretwell is a member of the Ohio Valley Symphony Orchestra and has worked with other organizations such as the Huntington Symphony, and Johnson City Symphony Orchestra. He studied violin with Dr. Nancy Bargerstock, and Dr. Dawn Wohn, and viola with Dr. Eric Koontz, and Stephanie Price-Wong.

Katrina Cortes

Katrina Cortes

Piano Instructor

Katrina Cortes is a pianist and teacher from Hilliard, Ohio. She began taking piano lessons at the age of 5 and was performing, teaching, and collaborating by the time she reached high school. She received her Bachelor‘s degree in Piano Performance from Cedarville University in 2011. During her time there she won first place in the University’s concerto competition and performed with the school orchestra. She also received the Charles and Margaret Clevenger scholarship for exemplary musical stewardship and character, and was published in Musical Offerings, the University‘s Journal of Musicology. Katrina later studied Collaborative Piano under Dr. Allison Gagnon at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. She is currently the music director at Whitehall United Methodist Church and is pursuing her certification in the Suzuki teaching method. When she isn’t playing piano, Katrina enjoys taking bike rides with her husband and two children, reading, and salsa dancing.

Kyle Rowland

Kyle Rowland

Drum, Piano, & Guitar Instructor

As a drummer and percussionist, Kyle has performed with Vic Juris, Todd Coolman, Pete Malinverni, Jon Faddis, Wessell "Warmdaddy" Anderson, Tony Monaco, Rick Depofi, Radam Schwartz, Cameron Brown, and James Weidman. He also has a master’s degree in Jazz Studies from Purchase College in New York. He has composed music for theatre, television, and film. Television shows include Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda, Sins & Secrets, Disappeared, Fatal Attraction. He also scored films for Magic Dog Productions, B12 Productions, Killer Goose Films, and Wildlife Productions.

As an educator he has taught as an adjunct professor at William Paterson University, Purchase College SUNY, The Thurnauer School of Music, and The School of Rock.

Lili Sanner

Lili Sanner

Voice & Piano Instructor

Lili Sanner is a 2018 Berklee College of Music graduate who majored in Songwriting. She has been composing songs for over 10 years, and producing her own music for more than 5. She has experience teaching private/group voice lessons, piano, songwriting, music theory, as well as directing musical theater productions. She coaches students of all ages and experience levels to sing to the best of their ability while educating them in vocal health, expanding their repertoires, and building their confidence on, and off stage.

Matthew Michalski

Matthew Michalski

Guitar Instructor

Matt Michalski is a instructor, guitarist and composer whose early influences include many of classic rock’s greatest bands such as Kiss, Led Zeppelin, Rush, and the Rolling Stones. Further studies of these types of acts brought Matt to the same conclusion as many other guitarists: “The Blues had a baby, and they called it Rock and Roll.” With his late teenage discovery of what is now called Alternative rock, the world of music opened up for Matt, and his life long love of music blossomed.

Like many guitarists, Matt is primarily self taught, but has studied classical guitar repertoire with Paul Reilly at Ball State University. He has also taken lessons with many of Columbus, Ohio’s finest players, including Stan Smith at Capital University and local blues master David Friedlander.

Matt has been teaching guitar to students of all ages for over a decade and is a 33 year veteran of the Columbus music scene. He currently plays with the Instrumental Surf band, The Bastard Sons of Neptune (https://www.facebook.com/THE-BASTARD-SONS- OF-NEPTUNE-109881392377629/?ref=bookmarks) and his own quartet Match (https://www.facebook.com/The-Band- Match-1024720584321663/), and also plays solo throughout Central Ohio. He looks forward to helping you achieve your musical goals.

Meg Linebaugh

Meg Linebaugh

Voice & Piano Instructor

Meg Linebaugh is a singer and educator based in Columbus, Ohio. Ms. Linebaugh earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Ohio Wesleyan University in 2015 and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Cleveland Institute of Music in 2018. She is passionate about classical vocal music, musical theater and opera. She has performed with Ohio Wesleyan Opera Theater, Ohio Wesleyan Choral Arts Society, Columbus Dance Theater, Ohio Song Project, Cleveland Institute of Music Opera Theater, and Opera Columbus. Her performance highlights include Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel, Neris in Medea, La Zia Principessa in Suor Angelica, Carmen in scenes from Carmen, and Desiree Armfeldt in A Little Night Music.

Her teaching experiences include student teaching placements in middle and high school choir in Delaware City Schools, substitute teaching for elementary general music (and various other subjects), and teaching voice and piano lessons. She is constantly working to find new ways to help her students grow into technically accurate and dynamic musicians and performers. Ms. Linebaugh is passionate about performing and teaching students of all ages. She strives to inspire her students to embrace their unique talents and to enjoy the process and experiences of making music.

Mercedes Aviles

Mercedes Aviles

Piano & Violin Instructor

Mercedes began studying violin at age 8 after learning about the different orchestral instruments during a school assembly - a surprise to her family, considering there isn’t a musical bone in their lineage. After studying primarily classical music, Mercedes discovered her love for contemporary performance and moved to Boston where she received her Bachelor of Music in Contemporary Writing and Production from Berklee College of Music. During her time at Berklee she studied Jazz under Mimi Rabson, traditional Middle Eastern music under Simon Shaheen, and Contemporary / Pop under Mike Block.

After graduation, she relocated to New York where she performed and managed projects for commercial advertisements with Antfood, a renowned music & sound design studio. In April of 2018 she self released a collection of violin and vocal based compositions titled “Nothing To Show” under the moniker Meche. Outside of teaching, Mercedes spends her time experimenting with various loop & effects pedals in a constant quest to create new textures and evolve her sound.

Rachel Parfenchuk

Rachel Parfenchuk

Voice & Piano Instructor

Rachel Parfenchuk earned a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Ohio Wesleyan University (2014) and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Cleveland Institute of Music (2017). Parfenchuk has performed with Ohio Wesleyan Opera Theater, Columbus Dance Theater, Cleveland Institute of Music Opera Theater, and Opera Columbus. Her performance highlights include the role of Anne Egerman in A Little Night Music, Denise in Beatrice and Benedict, Frasquita in Carmen, as well as being a two-time winner of the Ohio Wesleyan concerto competition. Ms. Parfenchuk’s passion for performance carries over to her love of teaching, as she has taught both voice and piano since 2012. During her education she studied pedagogy extensively with both Dr. Jason Hiester and Dr. Dean Southern and continues to seek the most efficient and engaging ways to cultivate skill and confidence in students of all ages.

Saori Collins

Saori Collins

Voice & Piano Instructor

Saori Collins has taught a variety of students from diverse age groups and cultures by adjusting methods and strategies based on each individual’s needs and goals for almost 20 years. Her methods keep students involved and interested in the material, thereby encouraging them to reach their full potential. She received her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and Master of Music in Voice Pedagogy at Notre Dame de Namur University, Belmont, CA. Saori served as voice trainer for Ragazzi, the Peninsula Boys Chorus in the San Francisco Bay Area where she worked with boy sopranos and young male singers. At the San Francisco School of the Arts, she taught voice, musicianship and theory classes. She directed a choir at the Japanese Bilingual Bicultural Program West Elementary School, San Francisco, CA. Saori is a member of National Association of Teachers of Singing and Music Teachers National Association for which she served as president of the San Francisco Chapter. Her teachers include Eileen Davis, Pamela Fry and Nancy Hiller.

Seth Alexander

Seth Alexander

Drum & Piano Instructor

Seth Alexander was raised in Columbus, OH within a family of drummers and musicians alike. After graduating as Valedictorian of Reynoldsburg High School and being awarded the John Philip Sousa Award, he was accepted into the Ohio University School of Music. Seth completed his Bachelor’s of Music in 2016, studying percussion with Professor Roger Braun and teaching locally in the Athens Community Music School. He was then offered a Graduate Assistantship at Ohio University, where Seth pursued the high-level study of jazz, drum set, composition, and contemporary music. In 2018, he completed his master’s degree and moved home to Columbus, Ohio.

Seth maintains a strong performing and teaching career with the community. His latest endeavors are with Julia Neville, the Largemouth Brass Band, and Wolfmen- all Ohio-native bands that perform regularly throughout the state. Seth performs and studies several styles of music, including rock, jazz, pop, country, Latin, hip-hop, funk, and fusion. He also composes new music that can be found through Ohio Percussion Publishing. He is excited to join the Powell Academy of Music and begin molding music minds!

Tim Davis

Tim Davis

Piano and Trumpet Instructor

Currently choir director and worship accompanist at New California Church. Worship accompanist at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, Powell, Ohio. Over 30 years of teaching and performance experience, including 16 years as music director for The Ink Spots. First call keyboardist for Broadway touring shows in Columbus and Dayton, performing over 40 Broadway tours. Band leader or pianist for Bob Newhart, Buddy DeFranco, Doc Severinson, The Four Aces, The Four Lads, The Drifters, The Coasters, The Platters, John Lithgow, Hal Linden, Jim Nabors, Don Knotts, The Dorsey Brothers, The Four Freshman, The Columbus Symphony Orchestra, World tour of The Zelda Symphony Symphony, many cruise lines, and most notably, Andrea Bocelli, and Il Divo.

Certified instructor of The Yamaha Music Education System. Local teaching experience includes five years as Adjunct Instructor of Piano at Denison University, and many years of instruction at Coyle Music Centers, Hauer Music, Columbus Music Academy, and others. I have also served as a church accompanist for as long as I can remember, and have been signed to a major record label (Curb Records) in Nashville.

Tom Martin

Tom Martin

Piano, Brass and Cello Instructor

Graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music, Tom has been studying and playing music his entire life. He has played in ensembles ranging from symphonic orchestra and big band to jazz blues and rock. He has performed and traveled extensively throughout the United States. He has also worked as a producer and arranger in the studio, working with recording artists and also doing commercials for radio and tv. He has been teaching music in central Ohio for over twenty years.
Tom is currently the director of the strings program at Union Scioto schools in Ross County and music director for the Contemporary Worship Service at Ascension LutheranChurch in Columbus.

Tracy Lipscomb

Tracy Lipscomb

Violin, Viola and Cello Instructor

As a graduate of Ohio University, Tracy Lipscomb has been teaching string instruments for thirteen years. Ms. Lipscomb has performed with professional orchestras since high school when she was accepted into the West Virginia Symphony apprentice program. In 2001 she joined the American Federation of Musicians and has since performed with orchestras such as the North Carolina Symphony, Ohio Valley Symphony and the Huntington Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Lipscomb’s teaching philosophy is centered around the concept that every student learns in different ways, thus lessons are structured around the students individual learning style in a way to help broaden the students musical abilities while also having fun.

Zach Koors

Zach Koors

Drums & Piano Instructor

The music of Zach Koors has impacted audiences in places such as Berklee College of Music in Boston, Belmont University in Nashville, and University of Arizona in Tucson, among many others. In just the past few years, many soloists, chamber groups and large ensembles across the country have commissioned Zach to write more than ten compositions for instrumentations ranging from solo percussion with audio playback to SATB chorus with organ, brass and timpani.

In October of 2017, Zach curated a free public concert that took place in Columbus, OH. Among the performances was “Etch,” a 30-minute work in 4 movements composed for a mixed ensemble of 18 Columbus instrumentalists.

As a soloist, Zach performs arrangements of his compositions by playing drums, percussion, bass or keyboards with multi-track audio. He also plays bass in a trio, named Sea State, in which the other members, Dan Seibert and Jim Lindroth, play drums/synths and mbira/bodhran, respectively.

Zach maintains an active teaching studio of 30+ drumset, percussion and piano students per week. Many other teachers and students are using his recently composed collection of 10 Etudes for Marimba Four-hands as a fresh new tool in mallet percussion education.

Born and raised in Ohio, Zach currently lives in Columbus with his wife, Sophie, and their black lab, Dan.

Madeline Crone

Madeline Crone

Office Manager

Madeline Crone grew up in Upper Arlington and received her B.A. in 2015 from Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts. She is an experienced administrative professional who strives to provide an exceptional client experience in a fun and friendly environment. She is thrilled at the opportunity to work around music as she has a considerable musical background herself - she has studied the piano for over twelve years, has played the trumpet in symphony orchestras, jazz groups, and pit orchestras for musicals such as “West Side Story” and “How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying”, and is a proud alumna of Mount Holyoke College’s “Nice Shoes” a cappella group. Her favorite musical artists include Bruce Springsteen, Beyonce, and Sergei Rachmaninoff. She would love for you to visit her at the desk to chat about Harry Potter, Marvel superhero movies, scary Stephen King books, or any other of her numerous pop culture obsessions.

Lexi Cluff

Lexi Cluff

Assistant Office Administrator

Lexi Cluff is a pianist who was raised in Columbus, Ohio. As she studied piano in her youth, her love for music developed. She is excited to work in an environment where she can be surrounded by music. It is a priority for her to help support those interested in pursuing music. Lexi is currently studying her undergraduate at Brigham Young University – Idaho and is working towards a Bachelor’s degree in Public Health. It is her goal to continue incorporating music in her own life. She is determined to bring an exciting atmosphere to those studying here at The Powell Academy of Music.

Jessica Wong

Office Administrator

Jessica Wong grew up in Toledo, Ohio. She received her Bachelor of Arts in 2019 from the Ohio State University for English and Political Science. She has been involved in music for almost her entire life, so she’s extremely excited to be working at the Lewis Center Music Academy! She started playing the baritone in fifth grade and played all the way through high school in her marching and symphonic bands. She’s competed in OMEA competitions and participated in honor bands and is very familiar with music due to her two younger sisters being involved in music as well. Along with her background as a baritone player, she has other musical background in voice and theatre. Jessica is super passionate about music education and how music can impact young people, and she looks forward to working with the students and families at LCMA. In her free time, she enjoys writing poetry and essays, hiking, trying new restaurants, going to concerts, and traveling!