INSTRUCTORS

KATHRYN GUENTHER (Owner, Classical Piano, Musical Theatre) - originally from Mt. Holly, New Jersey, graduated from Lebanon Valley College with B.S. in Music Education and B.A. in Music with Piano Performance Concentration. Kathryn was accepted to study music at Anglia Ruskin Polytechnic in Cambridge, England. She studied for 15 years with Mrs. Judith Walter and Dr. Dennis Sweigart.  She completed her first master's degree in December 2011 in Special Education from Saint Joseph's University. She has a particular interest in the benefits of music education on students with special needs. 

Kathryn has worked as a soloist and accompanist, playing everything from Bach to Broadway. In 2004, she made her orchestral debut performing Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto Op. 102 No. 1. Locally, she has worked as a music director and performer with numerous organizations such as Music Mountain Theatre, Maple Shade Arts Council, The Road Company, and Circle of Friends.

     

Kathryn has worked for the past 16 years for the Pennsauken School District as Vocal Director for the middle school and now high school program. She has directed numerous productions for the district including The Wedding Singer, Pippin, Little Shop of Horrors, Godspell and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.  She regularly attends workshops including the Broadway Teacher's Workshop in NYC to expand her knowledge of past and current theatrical training.

She is currently a MA Theatre candidate with the Guildford School of Acting within the University of Surrey.

DAVID NIKOLAS (Guitar) - David has been playing the guitar for 35 years and has been a professional actor, singer, and musician for the past 20 years.  He has experience performing with multiple rock bands in the New Jersey/Pennsylvania area, and his original band The Understudies was a favorite on college radio stations in the early 90s.  In addition to his work as a musician, David is a professional stage, television, and film actor who has appeared in more than 20 musicals and had the opportunity to play the guitar on stage several times in the role of Captain Von Trapp in The Sound Of Music. 

 

David brings an approach to teaching the guitar that focuses on using the music students enjoy to strengthen technique, help teach basic music theory, and understand song structure while having fun learning favorite songs!

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WILLA CAPPER (Voice & Piano) graduated from Ithaca College with a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education. She has been heavily involved in a variety of music activities and ensembles throughout her life, including performing at the Walnut Street Theatre and the Academy of Music in Philadelphia.  She led an All-Female Acapella group in high school and directed an All-Gender A Capella group during her time at Ithaca College.

 

This past Fall she provided voice, piano, and guitar lessons for students ranging from Elementary to High School and Adult level at Bach to Rock music school in Wayne, PA. She also directed early childhood music classes and coached Modern Band.

 

An avid songwriter, she enjoys composing and performing her original music for recordings and live concerts. She strives to inspire students while teaching voice, piano/keyboard, ear training, and beginner songwriting. 

 

Willa is strongly passionate about ensuring that all students feel valued and empowered to develop their individual musical identities here.