John Garnes

Voice, Piano

John Garnes is a Senior at Malone University who is from Wooster, Ohio. At Malone, he is pursuing a degree in Music with a primary focus on voice and a secondary focus in piano; he is also pursuing a minor in Psychology. John has performed with the Malone University Chorale, where he served as the tenor section leader since the Spring of 2016, as well as Chamber Choir, Men’s Glee Ensemble, and Malone Opera Theatre. As a part of Malone Opera Theatre, he has performed notable roles, including Monostatos in The Magic Flute, King Kaspar in Amahl and the Night Visitors, the Counsel to the Plaintiff in Trial by Jury, and Frederic in Pirates of Penzance. John currently serves as the Music Director at Dueber United Methodist Church in Canton, and teaches voice at Green Music School. John finds joy in spending time with his friends and family, as well as his newlywed wife.

Franklin Brown

Piano

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.

Elyse Wachsmuth

Voice, Piano, General Music, Violin, Viola

Elyse is a recent graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University with a Bachelor of Science in Music Education. Her first love is singing but she is also trained in orchestral instruments, specifically violin and viola. Over the course of her training, Elyse has conducted the Heart of Indiana Children's choir and was assistant conductor of the University Chorale. Elyse has performed in multiple productions including playing Adele in the opera "Die Fledermaus". She has a passion for teaching and wants to teach how and what you want to learn! From jazz, to musical theater to classical and everything in between, if you want to learn it, she can make it possible!

Sara Simonovska

Percussion/Drums, Piano

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.

Paul Lesigonich

Percussion/Drums, Piano

Paul originally hails from Louisville, Ohio. He has been playing drums since he was 5 years old, and began taking piano lessons at 8 years old. He has a bachelors of science in music technology from Kent Stark, where he was a music theory tutor, and achieved the student of the year award within the program. Paul has taught lessons privately for over 5 years throughout the Canton and Louisville area. Paul’s piano concentrations are in classical and postmodern. His percussion experience is rooted in orchestral and marching percussion (including mallet percussion), as well as a variety of drum set styles. Paul knows that every student has their own desires and goals when it comes to taking lessons, and it is his mission to help his students progress in their own unique way.

Mat Morgan

Guitar

Matthew is a graduate of Kent State University Stark branch, with a degree in Music Production, and Audio Recording. His professional career as a musician has evolved in many directions throughout and consistently remains focused on being guitar orientated. His professional guitar playing has taken place in small ensembles, cover groups of different varieties, and includes original material that has seen a large amount of stage time, and performances. These performances include wedding entertainment, multiple music venues, and theaters in the North Eastern areas of Ohio.  

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Mike Lowden

Guitar

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.

Angelina Seeman

Voice, Piano

Angelina is a singer, actress, and vocal instructor from the Akron/Canton area. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Music with a concentration in Vocal Performance from Malone University. Over the years she has studied with various vocal instructors, studying opera and musical theatre techniques. Angelina is very passionate about teaching vocal anatomy, vocal technique, audition prep, and everything between. She wants lessons to be educational, yet fun for all students.

Outside of teaching, Angelina can be found performing in theaters across Northeast Ohio, whether it be musicals or cabarets. She has even musically directed the NEO premier of Frozen Jr., as well as Footloose. Some of her favorite roles include Countess Rosina Almaviva (Le Nozze di Figaro), Alice Beineke (The Addams Family), Vi Moore (Footloose), and The Witch (Into the Woods). Her performances in Into the Woods and Footloose have earned her two consecutive nominations for the Broadway World Cleveland Awards.

Nathan Rogers

Guitar, Bass, Drums

I’m Nathan, and I love to play and teach guitar. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Kent State University with a minor in Music Technology. I enjoy playing a wide variety of music with some of my favorites being jazz and progressive rock. When I’m not teaching I enjoy playing music in bands with my friends, as well as playing guitar for local musical theater productions.

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