Woodwinds, Brass, General Music, Piano
Joshua Loar is an Alliance, Ohio native and a graduate of Malone University, where he received his Bachelor of Science in Music Education in 2018. At Malone, he studied saxophone under David Kana and Don Turoso and participated in the University Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble, Chorale, and Men’s Glee choir. He also performed in the Ohio Private College Instrumental Conductor’s Association’s honors festival jazz band for four consecutive years and is also a regular player in the Canton Concert Band. Currently he is on staff at Copley-Fairlawn Middle School where he serves as an instructor and woodwind specialist for band students in grades 5 - 8. He enjoys playing video games, reading internet memes, and spending time with his wife and family.
Shawna Taylor graduated from Malone University with her bachelor's degree in Music Education, with an emphasis in voice and secondary study in piano. In her college career, she studied voice under both Cynthia Wohlschlager from Malone University and Amy Yekel from the University of Akron. Currently, she is involved in the EN-RICH-MENT Arts Program, a program funded by Arts in Stark to allow students in poverty a well-rounded experience with music, art, and dance. She teaches beginner/intermediate strings and is the choir director of this program.
Shawna has taught a variety of learners and believes that each student is unique. Her lessons cater to the interests of the individual, and she strives to help them reach their goals and their fullest potential in every lesson.
Gabriella Stout has taught violin and viola lessons for over 10 years. She has taught at Newark Performing Arts, The Community Music School at the University of Delaware, The Music School in Wilmington, the State College Suzuki School, and at Ithaca Talent Education. She has taught from the range of three years old to age fifty.
Gabriella graduated with a masters in Suzuki Pedagogy from Ithaca College where she was taught specifically how to train young musicians. Trained by Carrie Reuning-Hummel and James Hutchins, Gabriella has been currently teaching at the Ithaca Talent Education.
Gabriella has performed throughout Pennsylvania, Delaware and New York where she was a member of the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra, Altoona Symphony Orchestra, Newark Symphony Orchestra and made several appearances at the Grassroots Symphony orchestra, Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra and with the Festival Chamber Orchestra at Cornell University. Gabriella earned her Bachelors at the University of Delaware where she studied with Xiang Gao, her first masters at Pennsylvania State University studying with Max Zorin and her second masters at Ithaca College studying under Calvin Wiersma and Carrie Reuning-Hummel.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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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.
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.
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.