When you want to learn how to play an instrument, there is no better way than studying with a professional. Twin Rivers Music has some of the most accomplished, teacher/artists in the area ready to teach you one-on-one all the necessary skills and techniques to become a well-rounded musician as completely and quickly as possible.
Todd Patnaude has been teaching and playing guitar for over 18 years in the Lehigh Valley. He taught at Twin Rivers Music for nearly a decade. He has played many different styles of music including rock, classical, jazz, pop, reggae, blues, and folk. Todd’s method of teaching focuses on the fundamentals of music in addition to helping students learn the songs they know and love. His students are also taught the fundamentals of improvisation so they can learn to create their own musical ideas. He also teaches bass guitar. He enjoys teaching guitar to both children and adults.
Lou Pompilio started playing guitar at the age of 7. He studied with Russ Ditzel (famous for composing music pieces for Tony Mottola and Al Caiola). Lou Pompilio pursued his dream by attending Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass.
He continued his studies at Jersey City State College. Subsequently he travelled on the road with big bands, sextets, duos and 5 piece bands. He continues his professional career as well as his teaching carrier to this day. His enthusiasm for music has never waned and he takes great joy in passing his knowledge and skills onto his students.
Stephani Bell earned her BA and MA from The Eastman School of Music, is an alumna of the Julliard School, and held a graduate teaching fellowship at Northwestern University. Ms. Bell has held positions with such groups as the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the American Composer's Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, the New Jersey Symphony and the New York Pops. She was recently the music director of the Lafayette Chamber Orchestra, and she currently performs with the PA Sinfonia, Bach Choir of Bethlehem and the Allentown Symphony Orchestra.
Violinist Julie Bougher has been playing the violin since the age of five. She holds Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from Temple University and has performed in orchestras and ensembles throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. Julie is a member of the Delaware Symphony, Allentown Symphony, and Riverside Symphonia, and is the founder of the Elysium String Quartet. She is actively involved in string pedagogy, having participated in the Starling-DeLay Symposium at The Juilliard School; she has also taught at The Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts and at Temple University, where she was Artist in Residence. In addition, Julie is registered with the Suzuki Association of the Americas and teaches at Lafayette College, Muhlenberg College, and privately.
Mardi Metzger holds a Bachelor of Music, Lawrence University, Appleton, WI; Master of Arts in Music, University of Wyoming. She has studied with Frances Rehl, David Tomaz, Ko Iwasaki, and others. She is the author of “The Violoncello and Its Unaccompanied Repertoire”, University of Wyoming, 1973. Mardi has played with orchestras in many states and is currently with Allentown Symphony. She has taught cello and strings in Wisconsin, Texas, New York, and locally. Mardi toured China in December 2011 with the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony of New York.
Kelly Melissa Crosslin has been playing the violin since she was 8 years old performing in after school orchestra programs such as the Manalapan Battelground Prep Orchestra, Junior String Philharmonic, and Young People's Philharmonic. She graduated at the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Performing Arts on violin and is currently finishing her studies at Kutztown University for Music Education. She has been concertmistress and president of the Kutztown University Orchestra since 2012. In the Fall of 2014, Kelly got the chance to play along side with David Kim the concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra. This summer, Kelly plans to teach her private students and teach at the Schoener MusicMan Camp in June.
Keith Beyer is a Lehigh Valley native who has studied trumpet since the age of 8. He holds a BA degree in music performance from West Chester University. While there he studied with Frank Kadarabek, Kenneth Laudermilch, Matt Gallagher, Dave Sheetz and others. He spent a year performing with combos and orchestras on Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise lines.
A full time professional musician, Mr. Beyer performs regularly with the Allentown Band and the Allentown Symphony. In addition to teaching, Keith is also a qualified brass repair technician serving apprenticeships with J. Landress Brass in NYC and the Colorado Institute of Musical Instrument Technology.
He is principle trumpet of the 78th Army Reserve Band, Fort Dix, NJ with the rank of Staff Sergeant.
Clark Hamman has a master’s degree in Music Education and has taught elementary and high school instrumental music in the Bethlehem Area School for 35 years. During his 7 years at Twin Rivers Music, Mr. Hamman has taught trombone, baritone, tuba, French horn, trumpet, and string bass.
Mr. Hamman is affiliated with the following organizations: Allentown Band (45 years); Bethlehem Municipal Band (22 years); Red Hill Band (25 years); Bethlehem American Legion Band (19 years); South Side Brass (23 years); Lehigh Valley Pops Orchestra (3 years); Hanover Big Band (35 years); Elm Street Jazz Band (2 years) and various brass quartets, quintets, and ensembles including the Moravian Trombone Choir.
Don Kemmerer was born and raised in Bethlehem. After graduation from Liberty High School, he completed his musical education at West Chester University majoring in trumpet and French horn.
After college graduation, he taught instrumental music in public schools. Eventually he became a full-time professional musician. Mr. Kemmerer has performed with many of the bands in the Lehigh Valley Area, and he is often called upon to be a guest soloist. He has been a member of the Bethlehem Area Moravian Trombone Choir for more than forty years, and he has served as its conductor since 1981. Mr. Kemmerer is also the Music Director of the Bethlehem Municipal Band.
He is a member of the American Federation of Musicians, past president of the Pennsylvania Bandmasters Association, and he holds numerous copyrights for band, trombone choir, and small ensemble music.
Kent Kuder is a lifetime musician in the Lehigh Valley. He holds a Bachelors and a Masters degree in music education from West Chester University and has taught music in the public school system for 37 years. Kent currently performs with many local bands and had previously played with the Allentown Band for 18 years. He teaches both beginner and advanced students, with several of his former students advancing to professional playing and teaching positions.
Meghann K. Wright is a 2008 graduate of Lebanon Valley College where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Music Education and bassoon Performance. She also has a Masters of Education from Wilkes University. She has taught both vocal and instrumental music in the Easton and Bethlehem school districts as well as privately at Twin Rivers Music music where she instructs students in piano, flute, and bassoon. Meghann performs with several ensembles, including the Allentown Band, which she has appeared with in performances at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and internationally. She is also active in her church’s handbell choir, orchestra, and choir. She also sings professionally with The Wandering Singers.
Linda Laubach holds a B.B. in Music from Maryville College, Maryville, TN, and an M.M. in voice from Northwestern University, Evanston, IL. She continued her voice studies with Sebastian Engelberg (Mannes School of Music) in NYC. Her vocal solo experiences include the position of cantor for six years at Temple Covenant of Peace, soloist for various Lehigh Valley concerts and churches, and many singing roles in theatre and opera productions. She currently teaches private voice to students of all ages. She utilizes song repertoires from classical to Broadway, while keeping an emphasis on maintaining a healthy vocal production.
Stephanie Shelton began piano lessons at the age of 6 when it was time to start school and leave "the road" with her parents who were both professional musicians. Her mother, Damita Jo, had a long stage and recording career, and her father, Steve Gibson, was the leader of "The Red Caps" awarded in the Doo Wop Hall of Fame and later with the "Ink Spots". A scholarship to Peabody Conservatory was awarded in 10th grade studying with Irma Starr, and music education continued at Montclair State University. At age 13, she began playing organ for church and still plays piano and organ for St. James in Allentown, PA. Among the many opportunities to play, she was the pianist for the Shad Royful Swing Orchestra, Off Broadway plays, comedy clubs, Gospel bands, the R&B band "The Pretenders", and has given concerts throughout the Lehigh Valley. She enjoys playing and teaching piano, and is currently on staff at Twin Rivers Music in Easton, PA.
Beth Faulstick earned her Bachelor’s of Music in Percussion Performance from Ithaca College. A native of the Poconos, music was Beth’s first language: she began piano lessons at age 3, and she learned to read music before she could read words. Beth performs with various ensembles throughout the Lehigh Valley, including The Allentown Band, Bethlehem’s South Side Orchestra and various ensembles at DeSales, Lehigh University, and Moravian and Muhlenberg Colleges. Beth is also an active choral director, organist, soprano soloist, conductor and composer. She has appeared twice at Carnegie Hall and has attended Interlochen Arts Camp, the Leigh Howard Stevens Summer Marimba Seminar, the NYU Broadway Percussion Seminar.