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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.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.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.A., Loyola Marymount University
M.M., Surrey University
PPRNCM., Royal Northern College of Music
Mezzo soprano Madeleine Gray (BA, MMus, PPRNCM) was born in New York, but for many years made her home in the United Kingdom. She received her BA and MMus from Loyola Marymount and Surrey Universities before completing her musical education with a Professional Performer artist diploma at the Royal Northern College of Music, where awards included a major grant from the Peter Moores Foundation.
Since her return to the US, she has performed regularly as a principal artist with companies including Baltimore Opera, Washington National Opera, Annapolis Opera, Lyric Opera Baltimore, Gotham Chamber Opera, the Caramoor Festival, The Bard Festival, Opera Columbus, Toledo Opera and others. Her many roles include The Witch (Hansel and Gretel), Rebecca Nurse (The Crucible), Baba (The Medium), Marcellina (le Nozze di Figaro), Berta (il Barbiere di Siviglia), Emilia (Otello), Aurelia (The Chocolate Soldier), and Mama Lucia (Cavalleria Rusticana), a role she performed in critically-acclaimed concert performances with the Washington National Opera opposite Dolora Zajick and the late Salvatore Licitra.
An avid recitalist focusing on creative programming of works outside standard repertoire, she is also a frequent oratorio and concert soloist and has been heard with the National Cathedral Choral Society, National Chorale, Annapolis Chorale, York Symphony, Quad Cities (Iowa) Symphony, Hopkins Symphony, and many others across the US and United Kingdom.
She is also much in demand as a teacher, and in addition to her private studio has been the Applied Voice teacher at Harford Community College since 2000. In 2016 she also joins the Peabody Preparatory Institute as Voice Department Chair.
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.
B.A., Michigan State University
D.M.A., Peabody Institute
B.M., Catholic University, School of Music
M.M., University of Michigan, School of Music
Having graduated from Bel Air High School in 1980, Ms. Leanza did her undergraduate studies in Violin Performance from the Catholic University School of Music, as a David Burchuk Memorial Scholarship recipient. She went on to receive her Master’s degree in Violin Performance from the University of Michigan School of Music, where she was a member of the Honors String Quartet and received a full scholarship as a Teaching Assistant.
Ms. Leanza’s professional career began by being appointed Principal Second Violin of the Baltimore Opera Company, winning by audition the Concertmaster position with the Harrisburg Symphony, and later winning a first violin position with the New Orleans Symphony.
Currently, Ms. Leanza holds the position of Principal Second Violinist of the Concert Artists of Baltimore, and Principal Second Violin of the Lyric Opera of Baltimore. She is also regular substitute violinist with the Baltimore Symphony. As a free-lance musician, Ms. Leanza has had the opportunity to play for world-renowned pop artists as well, including Stevie Wonder, Andrea Bocelli, Johnny Mathis, Christin Chenowith, Jennifer Hudson and many others. She is also considered an “actor” after appearing as the First Violinist in a string quartet for a scene in the Netflix production, “House of Cards” starring Kevin Spacey. Ms Leanza has also been a regular orchestral musician for Harry Connick, Jr. on his visits to Baltimore and Washington, DC. They were honored to perform at the White House for President and Mrs. Obama.
Ms. Leanza is the Applied Music Violin teacher at Harford Community College and is always looking for new and motivated students to improve their talent and pursue their passion for music!
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.M., Peabody Conservatory of Music, Johns Hopkins University
M.M., The Julliard School of Music
D.M.A., Peabody Conservatory of Music, Johns Hopkins University
Pianist Joseph Satava has a diverse repertoire with performances spanning the standard repertoire, chamber music, and works just composed. Most recently, he has appeared with the New Prism Ensemble, featuring works by Robert Baker, and on his latest recording Sharp Edges, was featured on the Navona label, in solo and chamber works by composer Keith Kramer, as well as a performance of Bartok’s Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion at York College.
Dr. Satava has collaborated with orchestras and conductors and performed at festivals across Europe, Canada and the U.S. His performances have included appearances with the South Bend Symphony Orchestra, the Jefferson Symphony Orchestra, the Millennium Orchestra, the Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra, and at the Aspen Summer Music Festival, the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, Steinway Gallery in Tuscon, AZ, the Music Academy of the West, The Kosciuszko Foundation, the French Embassy in Washington D.C., the American Conservatory of Fontainbleau, France, Iglesia San Felix de Candás, The Banff Centre, and the International Piano Festival in Gijon, Spain. Dr. Satava has appeared in Alice Tully Hall as part of the Focus! Festival for Contemporary Music and at Merkin Hall in New York City.
In 2011, he received the Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award in Classical Music Solo Performance, and was named a finalist in The American Prize for Piano. He has taken prizes in the Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition, the Miecyslaw Munz Piano Competition, the Jefferson Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, the Peggy and Yale Gordon Piano competition, and was named a Promising Young Artist by the National Society of Arts and Letters.
In the spring of 2013, Dr. Satava was Distinguished Artist in Residence at Baldwin Wallace Conservatory, and currently holds faculty positions at Harford Community College, The St. James School, and Shepherd University. In addition, he acts as accompanist for the Bach in Baltimore concert series, maintains a private studio and is the pianist for First Church of Christ, Scientist, Towson . For ten years, he was on the faculty of the Bryn Mawr School, and acted as program coordinator for the Gijón International Piano Festival in Gijón, Spain.
Primary teachers and mentors have included Julian Martin, Jerome Lowenthal, Olga Radosavljevich, Ann Schein, Marc Durand and Boris Slutsky. Dr. Satava received his DMA from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University, where he was awarded the Turner Memorial Prize in Piano and a Peabody Career Development Grant to complete a residency at the Banff Centre for Performing Arts in Alberta, Canada. He completed a bachelor’s degree at the Peabody Conservatory and master’s degree at the Juilliard School.
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.S., Towson University
M.M., Boston University
D.M.A., Peabody Institute
A native of Erie, Pennsylvania, William Spencer studied bassoon beginning at age twelve and within a few years began private conducting studies with two successive Erie Philharmonic Music Directors. He attended Northwestern University and later Boston University, where he continued his bassoon studies while also pursuing conducting opportunities as they presented themselves. As part of his master’s degree he conducted various choral and instrumental ensembles within the Boston University Collegium Musicum, and eventually moved to Baltimore to pursue a doctoral degree in conducting with Frederik Prausnitz at the Peabody Conservatory. While at Peabody he conducted the Baltimore premiere of the Symphony No. 14 by Dmitri Shostakovich as well as several Renaissance choral works among other widely-divergent scores. He also attended the Aspen Music Festival, studying conducting with Paul Vermel for two seasons, and attended the 1990 choral-orchestral conducting workshop at Dartmouth College where he worked with Thomas Dunn, Jan Harrington, and Melinda O’Neal (recently-retired Music Director of the Handel Choir in Baltimore).
Dr. Spencer served as Music Director of the Continuum Chamber Singers in Washington, D.C. for three years, and as Assistant Conductor of the Frederick Symphony for the 2009-2012 seasons. He also pursued his interest in broadcasting with seven years on the staff of WJHU-FM in Baltimore (prior to its re-format as WYPR), where he served in a wide variety of roles.
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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