Teacher Biographies

List of 14 items.

  • April Studeny - Cello

    April Studeny is originally from Salem, Oregon. She studied cello at the University of Oregon, and received a master's in Music Performance from the University of Michigan.
    Her cello teachers include Hans Jensen, Erling Bengtsson and Steven Pologe. Mrs. Studeny has performed in several music festivals including the Aspen Music Festival, National Repertoire Orchestra in Breckenridge, Colorado, and the Kent/Blossom Music Festival.

    After completing school, Mrs. Studeny went to play with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, while also gaining valuable teaching experience on the faculty of the Music Institute of Chicago and other community music schools. Mrs. Studeny has been teaching and performing in the Baltimore/Washington area since 2007. She has a thriving private studio of young cello students, and enjoys playing with the Annapolis Symphony and the National Philharmonic. She is a member of the American String Teachers Association and the American Federation of Musicians.
  • Julie Hiscox - Voice

    Originally from Ontario, Canada, Julie Hiscox received her Master of Music in Voice Performance from the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins Univeristy.
    Her operatic and theatre roles include Gretel in "Hansel and Gretel," Musetta in "La Boheme," Susanna in Mozart's "Le Nozze di Figaro," Maria in "The Sound of Music" and Cousin Hebe in "HMS Pinafore." Orchestral appearances include Barber’s "Knoxville: Summer of 1915," Mozart’s "Requiem" and "Laudate Dominum" from the sacred work "Solemn Vespers".

    Ms. Hiscox is adjunct voice faculty at Anne Arundel Community College and The Bryn Mawr School. She is the recipient of the 2009 Teaching Excellence Award for Adjunct Faculty and is a Founding Teacher for the Carnegie Hall Royal Conservatory Achievement Program. Ms. Hiscox is also a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.
  • Noelle Lipa - Woodwind Specialist

    Woodwind Specialist Noelle Presby Lipa holds a Master of Music from The Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Music from Florida Atlantic University.
    She is currently the woodwinds professor at Cecil College and the clarinet instructor at Harford Community College. She has performed with groups such as the Florida Philharmonic, Symphony of the Americas, Boca Pops, Gold Coast Opera, Miami Opera, Florida Wind Symphony, North Carolina School of the Arts European Summer Festival Orchestra, MidnightMoon Ensemble, Baltimore Blaser Quintette and Maryland Conservatory of Music Chamber Orchestra. She is also a founding member of Quintaero Woodwind Quintet and performs with Arioso Reed Trio. She is an active substitute with Toby’s Dinner Theater as a reed tripler and as a soloist, and was featured with the St. Louis Church Concert Orchestra when she performed the Mozart Clarinet Concerto and a full length multi-media solo clarinet and flute recital in 2012.

    She has also performed on several faculty recitals including at Towson University, Cecil College, Harford Community College, CCBC Essex and the Maryland Conservatory of Music. She has served in several pit orchestras and has instructed all ages and levels on clarinet, flute and saxophone since 1997. She has been the woodwind instructor at Towson University Preparatory, CCBC Essex and Dundalk continuing education, Maryland Conservatory of Music, Chesapeake Center of the Arts, Notre Dame Preparatory, Calvert Hall, Loyola Blakefield, Musician’s Institute of Baltimore, Waldorf School of Baltimore and continues to maintain a private home studio.
  • Kathrin Murray - Guitar

    Guitarist Kathrin Murray is originally from Honolulu, Hawaii. She holds a master's degree from the Peabody Conservatory, where she studied with Julian Gray.
    She also holds a bachelor's degree from the Lamont School of Music of the University of Denver, where she was a scholarship student of Ricardo Iznaola. She also has studied at the Bowdoin Summer Music Festival and privately with composer Gilbert Biberian in England.
  • Seungmin Paik - Piano

    Seungmin Paik, Ph.D., a native of Seoul, Korea, has been teaching piano for almost twenty years.
    Dr. Paik graduated from Seoul National University summa cum laude with a bachelor's degree in piano performance, and received her master's and doctoral degrees from Peabody Conservatory where she served as the accompanist coordinator from 1999 to 2003. She has studied with Yonghi Moon, Julian Martin and Ellen Mack. She also received a full scholarship at Peabody Conservatory for four years.

    While living in Korea, Dr. Paik received numerous piano competition awards, including first place in the Samik Competition, first place in the Chosun Times Competition, second and third places in the Ewha Kyunghyang Competition, third place in the Korean Chopin Competition, and first place in the Hankook Newspaper Music Competition. Dr. Paik received a scholarship from the Korean Embassy in 2003 and was awarded a Special Presentation by Artist International in New York City in 2007.

    She has given many performances at the Peabody Conservatory, the University of Maryland in College Park, Goucher College, the Bowdoin Music Festival, the Kennedy Center, and Carnegie Hall as well as in London, Spain and Korea. Dr. Paik is currently a member of the Maryland State Music Teachers Association and Music Teachers National Association.
  • Lori Peters - Harp

    Lori Peters has been the harp instructor at The Bryn Mawr School for over 25 years. She received her bachelor of arts degree from The College of Notre Dame of Maryland and spent many years continuing her harp studies with Jeanne Chalifoux.
    She is vice president of the Baltimore chapter of the American Harp Society and has participated in and helped organize many of their local and regional events. She is an active freelance harpist and maintains a private teaching studio. She is also on the faculty of Notre Dame of Maryland University and is a member of the Charm City Harp Ensemble. She is currently playing weekly for the assisted living residents at the Charlestown Retirement Communities.
  • Carol Reid - Piano

    Carol Reid has been teaching piano for 29 years. She graduated from Towson State University with a bachelor's degree in music literature, where she studied with Jane Tan and Katherine Merani.
    Mrs. Reid taught for Jordan Kitt and Kunkel Piano and Organ Company and is also on the faculty of Catonsville Senior Center. She also maintains a full studio in her home.
  • Samuel Thompson - Violin

    Samuel Thompson enjoys a versatile life that includes solo, chamber music, orchestral and interdisciplinary performance and arts journalism.
    He has performed throughout North America in venues including Koerner Hall (Toronto), the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Music Center at Strathmore, Wortham Theatre Center (Houston) and the historic Dock Street Theatre (Charleston).

    A very active violinist in the region, Samuel appears regularly with the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra and the Delaware Symphony, and has performed with the Harrisburg Symphony, Lancaster Symphony, Peabody Concert Opera and Washington Dc’s Great Noise Ensemble. Samuel is currently a member of the Colour of Music Virtuosi, a twenty-member chamber orchestra comprised of African-American instrumentalists from across the United States, and for two seasons served as one of the concertmasters of the Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre.

    Samuel is a two-time recipient of Artistic Assistance awards from Alternate ROOTS made possible with funds from the Ford Foundation, Open Society Foundation, the Nathan Cummings Foundation and the Kresge Foundation. A graduate of Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, Samuel teaches both violin and viola at the Bryn Mawr School in Baltimore and at the Main Street Music Studios in Fairfax, Virginia.
  • Todd Twining - Piano

    Todd Harrison Twining is the Middle School music director at The Bryn Mawr School. He also teaches kindergarten music.
    A veteran music teacher, Todd enjoys teaching students of all ages. He graduated Magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Music Performance. He has completed post-graduate work in music at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota. When not teaching at Bryn Mawr, Todd directs the music at St. Ignatius Church in Forest Hill, MD.
  • Daniel Weiser - Piano

    Daniel Weiser has a doctorate in Piano/Chamber Music from the Peabody Conservatory, where he studied with Samuel Sanders and Robert MacDonald.
    He has performed on many great stages, including the Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall, and has concertized around the world, including in Israel, Thailand, Holland and France. He was the 1996 U.S. Artistic Ambassador Abroad, for which he performed on an 11-country tour of the Middle East and Asia.

    He has been on the music faculty of Dartmouth College and the prestigious St. Paul’s School in Concord, NH. He founded AmiciMusic, which is dedicated to performing chamber music in intimate venues and non-traditional spaces and to breaking down barriers between performers and audience. A phi beta kappa graduate of Columbia University with a degree in American History, he also spent a year at Harvard Law School, where he was a classmate of President Obama.
  • Jane Wilbur - Piano

    Jane Wilbur earned her bachelor's degree at Marlboro College in Vermont, and her master's degree in Music Therapy from New York University.
    In addition, Ms. Wilbur has Orf Schulwerk certification and a teacher's diploma from the Guidehall School of Music and Drama in London. She has taught piano lessons privately and at the Community School of Music and Art in Mountain View, California. She has also led early childhood music classes in California and Singapore. She currently teaches at the Bryn Mawr Little School as well as the Peabody Preparatory.
  • Katy Stevens - Voice

    Katy Stevens has been singing practically her entire life. She studied with Dennison University's Stephanie Henkle throughout middle and high school and with Dr. Mary Schiller as a vocal performance major at the University of Akron.
    She holds a bachelor's degree from the West Coast Bible College and Seminary. Ms. Stevens has been teaching voice for 20 years and specializes in the vocal styles of musical theater, jazz and classical, and especially enjoys helping young performers feel comfortable and confident in performances and auditions. She is an accomplished performer and recording artist with more than 10 recording projects including her own solo project which was released in May of 2006. Ms. Stevens lives in Parkville and is a busy wife and mom to three boys as well as a worship leader at Harford Community Church in Belair. She also maintains a full studio in her home.
  • Alec Hiller - Double Bass

    A Baltimore native, Alec Hiller met the bass at age nine. Studying with Paul Johnson in the years that followed, he continued this relationship as an undergraduate at the Peabody Conservatory, where he would also study with National Symphony bassist Ira Gold.
    Alec then traveled to Montreal, where he earned a master’s degree from McGill University studying with Ali Yazdanfar, Principal Bass of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. Currently a member of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra Alec has also appeared with, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Annapolis Symphony Orchestra and Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, among others. Having taught at the Peabody Preparatory, Alec also receives a great amount of joy from working with children. In addition to the Bryn Mawr School, Alec teaches at Morgan State University while also maintaining a private studio in Baltimore City. During the summer Alec can be found teaching at Bass Works and the Baltimore String Orchestra Camp.
  • Alice Young - Violin/Viola

    Alice Young received a Diploma of Viola Pedagogy from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow, Scotland. She also holds a master’s degree in Viola Performance from the Peabody Conservatory. Her teachers have included Miles Hoffman and Karen Tuttle.


    An active violist in the Baltimore area, she has worked as a core member of the Baltimore Opera Orchestra and the Opera Viventi Orchestra, as well as performing with the Bermuda Philharmonic, the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, the Annapolis Opera Orchestra and the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, the latter of which she was with for more than a decade. In addition to her busy performance schedule, Ms. Young currently teaches viola and chamber music at the Baltimore School for the Arts and Goucher College, violin and viola at The Bryn Mawr School and maintains a private studio.

    Previously, Ms. Young taught strings at Roland Park Elementary/Middle School for ten years, building a thriving string music program during her tenure. During the summers, she has served on the faculties of the Baltimore String Orchestra Camp as well as the Bryn Mawr Summer Music Camp program. When not immersed in music, Ms. Young enjoys raising her backyard flock of chickens.
Located in Baltimore, Maryland, The Bryn Mawr School is a private all-girls kindergarten, elementary, middle and high school with a coed preschool for ages 2 months through 5 years. Bryn Mawr provides students with exceptional educational opportunities on a beautiful 26-acre campus within the city limits. Inquisitive girls, excellent teaching, strong student-teacher relationships and a clear mission sustain our vibrant school community where girls always come first.