Music Community Programs Faculty

The faculty of the YCP Summer Music Experience and the YCPrep Community Music School are dedicated teachers and serious performers with a broad range of experience and education. They offer you the unique opportunity to study with artists at the highest level of their professions. 

Directors:

Piano and Organ Faculty:

Voice Faculty:

Brass Faculty:

Woodwind Faculty

String Faculty

  • Jennifer Herrera-Mullar, Violin, Viola, M.M., Peabody Conservatory
  • Zachary Levi, Cello, M.M., University of Akron

Percussion Faculty

Jazz Studies

Gretchen Dekker-Elicker, Piano, Harpsichord/Theory, M.M., New England Conservatory of Music

Born and raised in Central Pennsylvania, Gretchen (Elicker) Dekker began her formal training in piano locally at age eight. She continued her studies at the Peabody Conservatory School in Baltimore and, following her graduation from Northeastern High School, she entered the Peabody Conservatory and graduated with honors in 1989. Pursuing a strong interest in the harpsichord, she auditioned for and was accepted by Gustav Leonhardt as one of four pupils in his international class from 1989-1991. During her time of residence in Amsterdam, she studied both harpsichord and organ and performed recitals throughout the Netherlands, France and Belgium. In 1993, Gretchen received a Master’s Degree with high academic honors and special recognition for distinction in performance from the New England Conservatory of Music and has since concertized as both a soloist and collaborative artist in the mid-Atlantic region. She has been featured as a soloist with the Peabody Chamber Symphony, the York Symphony Orchestra, the Harrisburg Symphony, the York Oratorio Society, the Newton Chamber Orchestra and the Concertante Chamber Ensemble. She currently serves as an adjunct professor of piano and solfege and a staff accompanist on the faculty of York College. Mrs. Dekker resides on a farm north of York with her husband and children, where she maintains an active private piano studio. In addition to her teaching and professional concert commitments she is, together with local musician friends and colleagues, working toward the formation of a community school for the performing arts in the York area.

 

Susan Loy, Saxophone/Clarinet, M.M., Indiana University School of Music

Susan Loy received a bachelor of music education from Susquehanna University and a master’s degree in performance from Indiana University, Bloomington, where she has also completed doctoral coursework. In 1990 she was awarded the Marcel Mule Scholarship. Her major teachers include Eugene Rousseau, Larry Teal, Daniel Deffayet, James Campbell and Donald Beckie. Ms. Loy is a former member of the Dallas Saxophone Quartet and the Keystone Saxophone Quartet, and has also played with the Harrisburg Symphony. Recently she was featured as a guest soloist with the York College Wind Ensemble. She has been an adjudicator for several MTNA Festivals and Regional Collegiate Woodwind Competitions. She has been on the faculty of Texas Wesleyan College, Fort Worth, TX and Harrisburg Area Community College. She currently serves as an adjunct professor of music at York College, teaching clarinet, saxophone, woodwind methods, music appreciation and music in film. Active as a performer as well as an educator, she is a Performing Artist member of the Wednesday Club of Harrisburg and also frequently performs in popular and ethnic idioms throughout the Central Pennsylvania area.

 

Kimberly Buchar, Bassoon, D.M.A., University of Illinois

Bassoonist Dr. Kimberly D. Buchar Kelley received her degrees in bassoon performance from the Harid Conservatory in 1997, the Eastman School of Music in 1999, and in May of 2005 she earned her D.M.A. at the University of Illinois. Kimberly has taught bassoon and double reed method classes at Millikin University, Eastern Illinois University, Chestnut Hill College and at the University of Illinois as a sabbatical replacement. She has performed in various orchestras such as the Illinois Symphony, New World Symphony, Palm Beach Opera, Sinfonia da Camera, BACH Ensemble, and the York Symphony. She is a member of the Dickinson Faculty Woodwind Quintet, the Messiah College Faculty Quintet, the York Wind Orchestra and a founding member of the Trelumina Trio. In the summer, Kimberly plays in the Endless Mountain Music Festival and teaches at the Illinois Summer Youth Music Double Reed Camp. Her major teachers include Phillip Kolker, Arthur Weisberg, John Hunt and Timothy McGovern. Currently, she is teaching bassoon at Franklin and Marshall College, Dickinson College, York College, Messiah College, and the Maryland Conservatory of Music. She also performs in the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra and throughout the region.

 

Kirstin Myers, Oboe, M.M. Michigan State University

Oboist Kirstin Myers earned her B.S. in Education and Oboe Performance at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a minor in piano. In 1999 she also graduated summa cum laude as a full scholarship recipient from Michigan State University with a M.M. in Oboe Performance. Since the year 2000 she has been on the faculty of Millersville University as Double Reeds Professor as well as the Oboe Professor at York College of Pennsylvania. She has been a featured soloist with the Johnstown Symphony, the IUP Symphony, the New Holland Band, and the Lyric Band of Hanover. In addition to maintaining a private studio and working as a freelance artist, she is currently a member of the York Symphony Orchestra, the Reading Pops Orchestra, the Keystone Winds, Trio Jolie and the Silverwood Trio.

 

Jennifer Herrera-Mullar, violin and viola, M.M., Peabody Conservatory

Jennifer Herrera has performed extensively as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States. Her performances include concerts at Carnegie Hall’s Isaac Stern auditorium, New York City’s Lincoln Center, and the Peabody Institute of Music. As a faculty member at York College of Pennsylvania and the Preparatory division of the Peabody Institute, she also performs regularly with the York College Piano Trio and faculty ensembles at Peabody. Ms. Herrera has collaborated with several different ensembles and enjoys performing a wide range of music. As a member of the early music ensemble Seicento in Memphis, TN, she released the CD Spirit of Florence in 2004. She also performs regularly on contemporary concert series at the Peabody Institute and has premiered pieces by young composers in the Baltimore area. Ms. Herrera has won numerous competitions in her hometown of Mobile, AL, and has performed as a soloist with orchestras in the Mobile area. She was also a member of the winning string quartet in the University of Iowa chamber music competition in 2002. An avid chamber musician, she has performed at various summer music festivals throughout the United States and has collaborated with faculty at the Garth Newel Summer Music Festival in Warm Springs, VA and the Five Seasons Chamber Music festival in Cedar Rapids, IA. Currently on the faculties of the Preparatory Division of the Peabody Institute and York College of Pennsylvania, Ms. Herrera has a large studio of violinists from the Baltimore and south-central Pennsylvania areas. She also has taught at various summer festivals including the Five Seasons Festival in Iowa, the Levine School of Music in Washington, DC, the Sounds of Summer music camp at the University of Memphis, and directs a strings program at the University of Mobile’s Summer Music Camp in Alabama. Jennifer Herrera received a Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance with a minor in economics, summa cum laude, from the University of Iowa and the University of Memphis. She received a Master’s Degree in violin performance/pedagogy as a scholarship student under Violaine Melancon at the Peabody Institute of Music, and is currently a candidate for the Doctorate of Musical Arts Degree in violin performance at the Peabody Institute. Teachers and ensembles she has worked with include Timothy Shiu, Lynn Chang, Lewis Kaplan, Marylou Speaker Churchill, The Ying Quartet, David Finckel, Wu Han, the Borromeo Quartet, and the Guarneri Quartet.

 


Alicia Kosack, flute, D.M. University of Maryland

Dr. Kosack recently debuted at Carnegie Hall performing in the Ton Koopman Young Artists Concert. She is an award winning performer and has received the Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award, been selected for the 2005 National Flute Association Professional Flute Choir, and was a prizewinner in the 2004 Flute Society of Washington Young Artist Competition. An active soloist and chamber musician, she regularly performs with both the Trelumina Trio and Washington’s Camerata and has performed with the Ash Lawn Opera Festival, Inscape Chamber Orchestra, Washington Bach Consort, Opera Vivente, the Handel Choir of Baltimore, and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. She is currently on the faculty of York College, Bryn Mawr School, Roland Park Country School and Garrison Forest School. Ms. Kosack has also served as Vice-President of the Flute Society of Washington and was the program chair for the 2007 and 2008 Mid-Atlantic Flute Fair.

 

Jon Moyer, Lower Brass, D.M.A.., Boston University

Jon Moyer is music department chairman and instrumental music instructor at Central York School District in York, PA. In addition, Jon is an adjunct faculty member at York College of Pennsylvania teaching all low brass – trombone, baritone/euphonium and tuba. Mr. Moyer holds a B.S. in Music Education from Penn State, M.S. in Music Education from Towson University and has completed a D.M.A. from Boston University. Jon is principal trombonist and soloist with the Spring Garden Band, a member of the First Capital Brass and the Nittany Trombone Quartet.

 

Grace Muzzo, Vocal Coordinator, D.M.A., University of Georgia

A member of the music faculty at York College of Pennsylvania, Grace Muzzo directs the choral program and teaches courses in music education and conducting. Holding degrees from Gordon College and Westminster Choir College, she holds the D.M.A. in Conducting from the University of Georgia. While in Georgia, Dr. Muzzo sang under the direction of Robert Shaw as a member of the Atlanta Symphony Chamber Chorus. Trained as both a pianist and a singer, she counts among her conducting teachers Joseph Flummerfelt and Allen Crowell. Dr. Muzzo has worked as a music educator at the elementary, secondary and collegiate level. She has conducted choirs at Lycoming College, Bloomsburg University and the University of Georgia, and has taught courses in music education, vocal techniques, conducting and music history. Dr. Muzzo maintains an active membership in the American Choral Directors Association, The National Association for Music Education, and has adjudicated and taken voice students to auditions for the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Through these organizations, Dr. Muzzo has participated as guest conductor and workshop leader for numerous conferences and festivals. A resident of southeastern Pennsylvania, Dr. Muzzo is active in the musical life of the community as the founding director of the Vocal Artists of Chester County and as a musician at West Chester United Methodist Church.

 

Kenneth Osowski, Music Theory and Keyboard Studies, D.M.A., Peabody Conservatory

Pianist Kenneth Osowski maintains an active career as both performer and educator. Osowski has performed chamber music at the Tanglewood Music Center, the Yellow Barn Festival, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall, and the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage. As a soloist, he has appeared with the Reno Chamber Orchestra, the University of Nevada Orchestra, and he has collaborated with the Mark Morris Dance Group. In the fall of 2007, Osowski was appointed Assistant Professor of Music at York College of Pennsylvania, where he serves as Coordinator of Piano and Music Theory Studies. He has also served on the music theory faculties of the Peabody Conservatory and Johns Hopkins University. Osowski earned a doctoral degree from Peabody Conservatory, a master’s degree from the University of Nevada, Reno, and a bachelor’s degree from Yale University. His teachers have included Boris Slutsky, Robert McDonald, James Winn and Sara Laimon. In addition, he has participated in coaching and master classes with Emanuel Ax, Malcom Bilson, Leon Fleisher, Claude Frank, Pamela Frank, Peter Frankl, Gilberty Kalish, Ursula Oppens, Joseph Silverstein, Donald Weilerstein, and Pinchas Zukerman. Osowski’s range of interests is wide – recent projects include a solo recital at York College titled “Extended Piano”; recitals and master classes in Reno, Nevada; and a performance at Maryland’s Strathmore Mansion with guitarist Tracy Anne Smith. He is a frequent contributor to Baltimore’s Evolution Concert Series, which is devoted to contemporary music by living composers. He has recently worked with and performed music by composers Christopher Theofanidis, Steven Mackey, David Smooke, and McGregor Boyle. Osowski’s March 2009 performance of Theofanidis’s All dreams begin with the horizon was described by the Baltimore Sun as “taut, vivid”, and “played with particular sensitivity.” In his spare time, Ken enjoys traveling and hiking. He has been backpacking in Wyoming’s Wind River Range, California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains and, most recently, in Montana’s Bob Marshall Wilderness. Ken is also an avid bicyclist; he biked across the United States in 1998 and biked from Reno, Nevada to Seattle, Washington in 1999. He has also taken up trail running and swimming, and he has been competing in triathlons since 2009.

 

Jeff Stabley, Jazz Studies and Percussion, B.M., Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Jeff Stabley teaches Jazz Studies at York College of Pennsylvania where he directs the Jazz Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble. He is also a music teacher at Lincoln Intermediate Unit No. 12. Jeff is the contemporary music director and pianist at Zion Lutheran Church of York. It is at Zion that he puts the music together for their annual Good Friday Jazz Service. For over twelve years, Jeff has been the music director at First Presbyterian Church of York’s popular Jazz Vespers Concert that honors Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. This concert has featured leading jazz musicians Chris Bacas, Paul Carr, John Swana and Tim Warfield. Locally, Jeff can be heard drumming with Kirk Reese, Tim Warfield and Jim Wood. He also plays keyboard with Kris Kostoff’s hip-hop jazz group – Compound. The Jeff Stabley Trio has also released a CD entitled, “Music to Listen To Music To” which features Kirk Reese, Steve Meashey and Andy Roberts.

 

Randal Woodfield, Voice, D.M.A., Peabody Conservatory

Lyric baritone Randal Woodfield enjoys wide recognition as an accomplished and versatile singer of a broad range of vocal literature and has received many favorable notices for his appearances as a featured soloist with opera companies, orchestras, and choruses. A critically acclaimed performer of contemporary music, Woodfield has premiered several works written especially for his unique voice. His recitals have been heard across the southeastern and Midwestern United States and throughout the mid-Atlantic region. A native of Arkansas, Woodfield now resides in Baltimore where he earned the Doctor of Musical Arts in Voice degree from the Peabody Conservatory of Music. He is currently on the voice faculty of York College of Pennsylvania. In addition to his busy teaching and performing schedule, he is a much-sought-after lecturer on opera and the American musical theater.