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Meet our extended team.
In addition to our full-time faculty, we have many talented adjuncts adding a variety of skills to our team. Below you will see a list of those who regularly teach for us, but who may not instruct every semester.
B.A., University of South Florida
Tim Anderson has been performing as a freelance cellist in the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area since the late 1970s. He received a B.A. in Music Performance from the University of South Florida and studied at the graduate level at Peabody Conservatory and Syracuse University.
His playing has taken him all over the world, appearing with orchestras, chamber ensembles, and as a soloist, in Canada, England, Austria, Mexico, Indonesia, and India. He is the cello instructor at McDaniel College, Goucher College, and Harford Community College.
Having an avid interest in diverse genres, Tim has played in Javanese Gamelan and Afro/Cuban drumming ensembles. Currently, he performs with Keltia - Irish/classical, Washington's Camerata, - early music, Mingalabop - a jazz trio, and Endris - acoustic early American music.
B.S., M.S., Towson University
Liz Antwarg is a native of Maryland and has lived in Fawn Grove, PA since 2003. Since 1999, Liz has taught music through Harford County Public Schools. She began to work for HCC in 2011. She currently performs with the Susquehanna Symphony and the Regal Brass Quintet. Liz received her Bachelor of Science in Music Education and Masters in Instructional Technology at Towson University in Towson, MD. She is a wife and mother of 2 children.
B.S., M.M., Towson University
Stefan Antwarg is from Randallstown Maryland and switched from trumpet to tuba as a high school student. In high school he performed for two years in the Maryland All State Band. He continued his studies as a music education major at Towson State University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in music education. While at Towson State, his primary tuba instructor was Ed Goldstein. Mr. Antwarg then earned a Master of Music degree in tuba performance from Towson University while studying with Mike Bunn. In addition, he has studied tuba with David Fedderly and Scott Mendoker.
Mr. Antwarg has played tuba with numerous area ensembles as well as in many freelance situations. Several of the groups that he has performed with include the UMBC Symphony Orchestra, the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra, the Maryland Wind Symphony, the Harbour Brass Quintet, and the Potomac Brass Quintet. Currently Mr. Antwarg performs regularly with the Regal Brass Quintet, the Upper Chesapeake Wind Ensemble, and the Hunt Valley Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Antwarg is a band teacher at Southampton Middle School in Bel Air, Md. where his bands have earned superior ratings at area festivals and competitions. In addition, he serves as tuba instructor at Harford Community College in Bel Air, Md. As an adjunct instructor, Mr. Antwarg has performed on several solo recitals.
Mr. Antwarg currently resides in Fawn Grove, Pa. with his wife and children. In addition to his musical endeavors, he is an avid photographer and enjoys many types of outdoor activities.
B.M., Elizabethtown College
Med., Towson University
Sheldon Bair is the Founder and Music Director of the Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra (SSO - Maryland), a community orchestra of over 80 members currently in its 40th season. He holds a Bachelor's degree from Elizabethtown College (Pennsylvania) where he studied conducting with Otis Kitchen and composition with James McVoy and Darrell Douglas, and a Master's degree from Towson University (Maryland). In addition, his post-graduate studies include classes at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey. Sheldon Bair has studied conducting with Witold Rowicki in Vienna, and Marc Mostovoy, William Hudson, and Leonid Grin.
Bair taught orchestra and other music classes for 40 years for the Harford County Public School system (Maryland). Bair is currently adjunct faculty for Harford Community College, is on the conducting staff for the Elizabethtown College Music Camp, and is often invited to conduct and adjudicate youth orchestras and soloists. In November 2000, Bair was bestowed the Paderewski Award for Contributions to Society and Culture at the Polish Embassy in Washington D.C. In the fall of 2007, Bair was the guest conductor for the Flower Mound Symphony Orchestra in Dallas, Texas, in February 2011 he conducted the Oklahoma Youth Orchestra in Norman, Oklahoma, and in October 2012 he conducted the Scarborough Philharmonic in Toronto, Canada. In the fall of 2007, 93 members Susquehanna Symphony appeared at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City, performing a program of Polish music with several choirs in front of an appreciative, standing-room-only audience. In the fall of 2009, 100 members of the Susquehanna Symphony performed on the main stage at Carnegie Hall for the same Polish impresario, performing a program of Polish works under three different conductors. Bair participated in the Sixth Malcolm Arnold Festival in Northampton, UK, in the fall of 2011 by introducing Arnold's 9th Symphony at the final Gala Concert.
Bair, a member of ASCAP, has written a number of works for student string orchestra (published by Howard Publications in Maryland), three works for the Susquehanna Symphony, and several works for church choir. In addition, Bair has arranged two Christmas Sing-Alongs (published by Theodore Presser) and has also arranged a number of other works for the SSO. Ensembles in Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, and Texas have performed his music. Bair has three grown children and lives in Bel Air, Maryland, with his wife Barbara who is also a musician.
B.M., University of Miami
M.M., Towson University
Baltimore based pianist and award-winning composer. He and his ensembles have performed at Blues Alley, the Kennedy Center, and many festivals and venues from San Francisco to New York. Recent performances have been with Donny McCaslin, Joe Locke, Ferenc Nemeth, Mike Pope, Warren Wolf, Tim Green, Alex Norris, and Sunna Gunnlaugs among others. He was selected to be part of the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead program at the Kennedy Center, The Banff Centre Residency program and has received grants from the Maryland State Arts Council in jazz composition, performance and world music as well as the Chamber Music of America's prestigious New Jazz Works multi-year commission. Arrangements and performances of his music have been featured on NBC's Parenthood, NPR's Talk of the Nation, and JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater, as well as Stephen King's movie, 1408.
Turning Point featuring Donny McCaslin was released in 2011, Alone Together: The 2 Piano Project in 2012 and The Coastal Suite, a multimedia work is out now on Top Floor Records. Chapter 3, released in 2018 is the latest recording and features guitarist Gilad Hekselman.
B.M., The College of New Jersey
M.M., Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University
D.M.A. (in progress), Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University
Christopher Ciampoli is a composer and performer who takes interest in the intersections of "old" and "new," with frequent inspiration from visual art, poetry, anthropology, and astronomy. A recipient of the Peabody Institute's Randolph S. Rothschild award and a guest composer for Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute 2019 National Youth Orchestra, Christopher has had his music performed in the United States, Europe, and Asia.
As a violinist, Christopher has premiered, performed, and recorded the works of dozens of young composers and of many contemporary masters through a wide variety of styles, along with routinely displaying and teaching music of the traditional repertoire in venues ranging from St. Paul's Chapel at Columbia University in New York City to nature preserves in North Carolina. Christopher has served as Principal Violin II of Symphony Number One, Concertmaster and Principal Violin II of the Occasional Symphony, Concertmaster of the Peabody Camerata, and Concertmaster of the TCNJ College Orchestra, along with performing solo and in collaboration with groups such as Mind on Fire, Ensemble 4-33, and Sinfonietta Nova.
Christopher's violin training was with Jon Beiler of the Philadelphia Orchestra and with soloist Ruotao Mao. Christopher's composition teachers have included Michael Hersch, Jason Eckardt, and Oscar Bettison, with further mentorship from Sean Shepherd and Conrad Cummings. He has presented his compositions and performed violin in masterclasses with Georg Friedrich Haas, Christopher Rouse, Kate Soper, Jennifer Koh, and Peter Sheppard-Skaerved.
B.A., Rutgers University
Philip B. Cunneff, Adjunct Professor of Music at Harford Community College, has led his own innovative piano-less jazz trios for over thirty years. His musical apprenticeship was served in the jazz clubs of Virginia, Washington DC, Boston, and New York. During a two year residence in Charlotte, NC, he performed and lectured with the American Indigenous Music Project. He attended Rutgers University, majoring in jazz performance and leading his own quartet and quintet at the world-famous Blue Note and other New York and New Jersey venues. Mr. Cunneff also designed and presented jazz concert/lecture programs in schools throughout New Jersey under grants from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, administered by Young Audiences.
His recordings, "Exits" and "Levi," have been released on the Fells Point Jazz label. He can also be found supporting blues singer/pianist/guitarist Steve Kraemer, vocalist Judy Willing, and vibraphonist Charles Bubeck. He has performed with pianists Sammy Price, Steve Kessler, Bill Mays, and Harry Pickens, vocalists Jon Hendricks, Carol Sloane, and Mark Murphy, saxophonists Eddie Barefield, Clifford Jordan, Harold Vick, Julius Hemphill, Ken McIntyre, Carl Grubbs, and Cecil Payne, bassists Steve Novosel, Drew Gress, Larry Ridley and Paul Gill, trumpeters Doc Cheatham, Marcus Belgrave and Virgil Jones, trombonists Dicky Wells, Curtis Fuller, and Benny Powell, violinists Joe Kennedy, Jr. and Sara Caswell, and guitarists Rory Stuart, Sheryl Bailey, Paul Wingo, Steve Abshire, Larry Camp, and Joshua Breakstone.
He currently teaches Evolution of Jazz (jazz history), Popular Music in the United States, and Drum Set/Percussion. Mr. Cunneff joined the HCC faculty in 2001.
B.A., Towson University, Music Education
M.S., West Chester University
Brian Folus has been an adjunct faculty member since 1986, teaching String Bass lessons and as a lecturer – "Art of Listening 1 & 2. Mr. Folus is also Principal Bassist for The Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra, has also been a frequent guest conductor of the SSO. He received his Bachelor of Music Education from Towson University and began teaching in Harford County, Maryland in 1985. He earned a Master of Music Degree from West Chester University, PA. in 1993. Mr. Folus has also completed an additional 30 graduate credits at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Mr. Folus has studied conducting with Dr. Leigh Martinet, Mr. Ray Moore, and Maestro Leonid Grin.
Mr. Folus is currently teaching instrumental music at Red Pump Elementary School in Harford County, Maryland. In addition to teaching, Mr. Folus is the founding conductor of the Harford String Orchestra and assumed the podium of the Harford Youth Orchestra in the Fall of 2005 and named Music Director of the Harford Youth Orchestra in 2012. Mr. Folus has several arrangements for the Harford String Orchestra include "The Turtle Dove," the "Hanover Chorale", and an original composition "Summer Breezes". Mr. Folus' arrangement of "Symphony No. 1" by William Boyce has been published by Highland-Etling Publishers- the String Orchestra division of Alfred Publishing. Mr. Folus has also prepared an arrangement of Hanukah music for the Susquehanna symphony Orchestra – "A Hanukah Celebration", this work has been performed three times by the SSO.
B.M., M.M., Temple University
D.M.A., Johns Hopkins University, Peabody Institute of Music
Guitarist James Hontz studied at the New School of Music and received his B.M. degree in Guitar performance and M.M. degree in Guitar Performance/Music History from Temple University. In March of 2006, he graduated from the Peabody Institute of Music at the Johns Hopkins University with a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in guitar performance under the tutelage of Julian Gray. Currently, Dr. Hontz in of the faculties of Dickinson College (Carlisle, PA), Gettysburg College, Harford Community College, and Temple University. He has served as a past President of the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society. In addition to his many solo appearances, Dr. Hontz has appeared as a featured soloist with Concert Artists of Baltimore, the Ocean City Symphony (New Jersey), and the York Symphony (Pennsylvania). He was invited by the Malarmé Chamber Players (based in Durham North Carolina) to conduct residency in Landrum, South Carolina for the public school district. As an accompanist for the Gettysburg College Choir, Dr. Hontz participated in tours of Brazil and the northeastern US. Along with flutist Kelly McDermott, the Hontz-McDermott Duo was broadcast in a live performance/interview on WNYC in New York City and toured the Midwest. In 2009, Dr. Hontz collaborated with renowned composer Libby Larsen to arrange her work for choir and orchestra, "Crowding North," for choir and guitar.
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B.A., Michigan State University
D.M.A., Peabody Institute
Laurie Kotter is a multi-talented musician with two Bachelor of Art degrees from Michigan State University. Laurie has three decades of experience. She has taught and performed all genres of music from jazz to classical in both Los Angeles and the mid-Atlantic area. Ms. Kotter was also a finalist in the Baltimore Chamber Ensemble Competition. She also ran and taught for Musicians Institute of Baltimore for the past 22 years. Laurie is currently working as a freelance artist, church instrumentalist and teaching in Central Pennsylvania as well as Harford Community College.
B.A., M.A., The Juilliard School
Acclaimed for "exquisite clarity" and "remarkable virtuosity", Korean-American pianist Sun-A Park is quickly establishing herself as one of the exciting pianists of her generation. Since making her orchestral debut with the New Jersey and Houston Symphony Orchestras, Ms. Park has performed at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C., Tel Aviv Museum of Art in Israel, Manuel de Falla Auditorium in Spain, Bass Hall in Fort Worth, Texas, and Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, Alice Tully Hall and the Juilliard Theater in New York.
As an active soloist and recitalist, she has collaborated with such eminent conductors as Peter Oundjian, Eiji Oue, Arthur Hagen, and Krzysztof Urbanski. Ms. Park has performed with the Yale Philharmonia, Albany Symphony, Sendai City Orchestra in Japan, San Marino Republic Orchestra, Orchester Haydn in Italy, Hannover Hochschulorchester in Germany, Symphonic Orchestra of Castilla y León and Orquesta Ciudad de Granada in Spain. Ms. Park has been heard on recital series throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia, making appearances in Horowitz Recital Series at Yale University, Stecher and Horowitz Foundation, East Tennessee State University, Missouri State University, Deutsch-Amerikanisches Institut in Germany, Pusan National University and Performing Arts Center in South Korea, among many others.
Ms. Park is a first prize winner of the 2018 Olga and Serge Koussevitzky Young Artists Awards and the Kosciuszko Chopin Competition. Her other accomplishments include second prize and the Rosa Sabater award for best interpretation of Spanish music at the 2019 Jaén International Piano Competition (Spain), and major prizes at the 5th International Sendai Music Competition (Japan), the 58th Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition (Italy), and the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition.
In 2015, Ms. Park formed the piano "Duo Amadeae" with her sister, pianist Esther Park. Together, they have performed in the United States, Germany, and South Korea. They are the winners of first prize at the International Chicago Duo Piano Competition, and frequently gives piano duo masterclasses across United States. As a period-keyboard music lover, Sun-A has performed in fortepiano masterclasses with fortepianists Alexander Lubimov and Kristian Bezuidenhout at the Yale University Collection of Musical Instruments.
Ms. Park was born in Busan, South Korea and grew up in New Jersey. She began to play the piano at the age of four and later studied with Seymour Bernstein of New York University. Ms. Park completed her undergraduate and graduate studies with Yoheved Kaplinsky and Matti Raekallio at the Juilliard School. In 2014, Ms. Park received the Soloklasse Programm diploma in Hannover, Germany with Bernd Goetzke. She is the recipient of Elizabeth Parisot Piano Award for the most outstanding pianist at the Yale School of Music under the tutelage of Boris Berman. Ms. Park is currently a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate and piano minor faculty at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University. Her recording of early keyboard sonatas by Muzio Clementi is released under the Naxos label in July 2019.
B.A., M.A., Morgan State University
After an extensive career in New York City, Russell moved to Harford County, Maryland and chaired the Jazz Department at the Maryland Conservatory of Music in 2004. Previously, Russell performed in Europe, Africa, and throughout North America as a woodwind artist, composer and arranger for Harry Belefonte, Bill Cosby, Melba Moore, Carly Simon, David Murray, Carrie Smith and a host of other artists. He has also worked on and off Broadway and chaired the Jazz Division at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music from 1995 – 2004. He has received numerous commissions for orchestra works as well as works for Jazz orchestra. Presently, he is an Adjunct Professor at Harford Community College, teaching Jazz, Sax, Improv and Popular Music of the US.
B.S., Lebanon Valley College
M.M., Peabody Conservatory
C. Scott Sharnetzka is a native of York County, Pennsylvania. Mr. Sharnetzka graduated from Lebanon Valley College with a B.S. in Music Education in 1968. He served with the 327th Army Band from 1968 to 1971 as a solo cornetist and leader of the Jazz Band. In 1973 he graduated from the Peabody Conservatory with a Master of Music Degree in Trumpet. He retired as band director in Harford County Public Schools, serving in that capacity and as Department Chair at C. Milton Wright High School from 1979 -2003. He has held the position of Director of the Bel Air Community Band and the Bel Air Jazz Ensemble since 1996. He spent a year as the interim Band Director at Elizabethtown College and is presently on the staff of Harford Community College as an adjunct professor of music.
Mr. Sharnetzka is active as a guest conductor and adjudicator throughout Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. His professional memberships include NEA, NAfME, MMEA, MBDA, PMEA, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and the Association of Concert Bands. In 1997 he received the Maryland Music Educators Association Award for Excellence/Outstanding Music Teacher of the Year Award. In 2012 he had the honor of being inducted into the Maryland Music Educators Hall of Fame and the Harford County Public Schools Educator Hall of Fame. Mr. Sharnetzka lives in Fawn Grove, PA with his wife Sandra ( also a retired music teacher from Harford County). They have two married sons and five grandchildren.
B.M., Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam - Music Education
M.S., College of St. Rose - Music Education
Dawn Zipay received her Bachelor of Music in Education from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam and her Master of Science in Music Education from the College of St. Rose in Albany, NY.
Mrs. Zipay is a native of Huntington, NY, and started her teaching career in 1997 as a Band Director in Schnectady. After moving to Maryland in 2001, she taught chorus and band for Cecil County Public Schools for 6 years and has been teaching elementary band and orchestra for Harford County Public Schools since 2007. In addition to teaching in the public schools, Mrs. Zipay maintains a private studio for young brass players. She is also a member of the Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra, The Nova Ensemble as well as a free-lance horn player. When not teaching or performing, she enjoys her time at home with her husband and son.
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