Our Teachers, Staff, and Board of Directors

 

The Uptown Music Collective is led by a small, dedicated staff, governed by a board of directors, and elevated through the efforts of its teachers.

Each group is committed to the students, and to making sure that every person who enters the Collective leaves as a better version of themselves.

Our teachers

Our teachers are passionate musician teachers, experienced in the art of engaging, guiding, and inspiring students of all ages. 

At the Collective, we believe that everyone has music in them waiting to come out. Our teachers are dedicated to doing the work and demonstrating the patience that is required to find that music within each of our students.

We succeed by following a thorough, well thought out curriculum, and by focusing on the connection and relationship building that is the foundation of effective learning. Our constant efforts to further refine the way we teach help us to guide our students along the path of learning while adjusting our methods and teaching styles to fit each students’ specific needs. And we don’t shy away from holding our students to the highest standards. 

They’re the epicenter of everything we do – the secret behind our past, current, and future success.

 

Meet our UMC Program, AMP, and Discovering Music Teachers!

 Click on the bio’s below to learn more.

Stacia Abernatha

stacia@uptownmusic.org

Vocal & Workshop Instructor

Kimberly Adair

kim@uptownmusic.org

Vocal & Keyboard Instructor

Steve Adams

steve@uptownmusic.org

Keyboard Instructor

Dave Brumbaugh

dave@uptownmusic.org

Executive Director, UMC & Performance Program Director, Guitar, Workshop, & Class Instructor

ben geise

ben@uptownmusic.org

Adult Music Program Director, Guitar, Workshop, & Class Instructor

Aegina Leidhecker

aegina@uptownmusic.org

Discovering Music Program Director & Instructor

Bobby Leidhecker

bobby@uptownmusic.org

Drum Instructor

Haley miller

haley@uptownmusic.org

Vocal, Keyboard, & Workshop Instructor

Jared mondell

jared@uptownmusic.org

Assistant Director, Marketing Director, & iOn Uptown Program Director & Instructor

willi ort

willi@uptownmusic.org

Performance Booking & Technical Director, Tech Monkey Program Director & Instructor, Guitar & Workshop Instructor

Jesse Roedts

jesse@uptownmusic.org

Drum & Workshop Instructor

mallory scoppa-gardner

mallory@uptownmusic.org

Vocal Instructor

Sara Scott

sara@uptownmusic.org

Vocal Instructor

Levi Stover

levi@uptownmusic.org

Bass Instructor

Bonnie tallman

bonnie@uptownmusic.org

Music Business Instructor

Adam Westover

adam@uptownmusic.org

Drum & Workshop Instructor

Our teachers

Our teachers are passionate musician teachers, experienced in the art of engaging, guiding, and inspiring students of all ages. 

At the Collective, we believe that everyone has music in them waiting to come out. Our teachers are dedicated to doing the work and demonstrating the patience that is required to find that music within each of our students.

We succeed by following a thorough, well thought out curriculum, and by focusing on the connection and relationship building that is the foundation of effective learning. Our constant efforts to further refine the way we teach help us to guide our students along the path of learning while adjusting our methods and teaching styles to fit each students’ specific needs. And we don’t shy away from holding our students to the highest standards. 

They’re the epicenter of everything we do – the secret behind our past, current, and future success.

 

Meet our UMC Program, AMP, and Discovering Music Teachers!

 Click on the bio’s below to learn more.

Stacia Abernatha

stacia@uptownmusic.org

Vocal & Workshop Instructor

Kimberly Adair

kim@uptownmusic.org

Vocal & Keyboard Instructor

Steve Adams

steve@uptownmusic.org

Keyboard Instructor

Dave Brumbaugh

dave@uptownmusic.org

Executive Director, UMC & Performance Program Director, Guitar, Workshop, & Class Instructor

ben geise

ben@uptownmusic.org

Adult Music Program Director, Guitar, Workshop, & Class Instructor

Aegina Leidhecker

aegina@uptownmusic.org

Discovering Music Program Director & Instructor

Bobby Leidhecker

bobby@uptownmusic.org

Drum Instructor

Haley miller

haley@uptownmusic.org

Vocal, Keyboard, & Workshop Instructor

Jared mondell

jared@uptownmusic.org

Assistant Director, Marketing Director, & iOn Uptown Program Director & Instructor

willi ort

willi@uptownmusic.org

Performance Booking & Technical Director, Tech Monkey Program Director & Instructor, Guitar & Workshop Instructor

Jesse Roedts

jesse@uptownmusic.org

Drum & Workshop Instructor

mallory scoppa-gardner

mallory@uptownmusic.org

Vocal Instructor

Sara Scott

sara@uptownmusic.org

Vocal Instructor

Levi Stover

levi@uptownmusic.org

Bass Instructor

Bonnie tallman

bonnie@uptownmusic.org

Music Business Instructor

Adam Westover

adam@uptownmusic.org

Drum & Workshop Instructor

Our Staff

 

The Staff of the Uptown Music Collective is committed to providing the highest quality musical education possible – one filled with high-impact performance opportunities, regular positive interaction with peers, upstanding mentorship, and “real world” technical training that will serve them now and later. Beyond music, our staff is committed to teaching discipline, respect, and the rewards of hard work.

With several former UMC students on staff, the functional leaders of our efforts have a unique, two-sided experience – one that gives them a deeper understanding of what our programs mean to our students. Their perspective on the work we do helps to drive home the belief in the one-of-a-kind, once-in-a-lifetime experience of the Uptown Music Collective. 

Tip-toeing the line between exceptional professionalism and passionate artistry, each member of our staff makes a meaningful contribution to our mission as they fill their roles in the Collective family. They’re the gears that keep us moving forward, and they love what they do.

 

Meet the Staff!  Click on the bio’s below to learn more.

 

Dave Brumbaugh

dave@uptownmusic.org

Executive Director, UMC & Performance Program Director, Guitar, Workshop, & Class Instructor

Jared mondell

jared@uptownmusic.org

Assistant Director, Marketing Director, & iOn Uptown Program Director & Instructor

willi ort

willi@uptownmusic.org

Performance Booking & Technical Director, Tech Monkey Program Director & Instructor, Guitar & Workshop Instructor

Brendan Mondell

brendan@uptownmusic.org

Enrollment & Admissions Director, Business Manager

Katie Willard

kate@uptownmusic.org

Fundraising Coordinator

Breanne Eisenhardt

bre@uptownmusic.org

Office Manager, Marketing Assistant & Graphic Designer

Dave Brumbaugh

dave@uptownmusic.org

Executive Director, UMC & Performance Program Director, Guitar, Workshop, & Class Instructor

Jared mondell

jared@uptownmusic.org

Assistant Director, Marketing Director, & iOn Uptown Program Director & Instructor

willi ort

willi@uptownmusic.org

Performance Booking & Technical Director, Tech Monkey Program Director & Instructor, Guitar & Workshop Instructor

Brendan Mondell

brendan@uptownmusic.org

Enrollment & Admissions Director, Business Manager

Katie Willard

kate@uptownmusic.org

Fundraising Coordinator

Breanne Eisenhardt

bre@uptownmusic.org

Office Manager, Marketing Assistant & Graphic Designer

Our Board of directors

 

Our engaged and growth-focused board of directors oversees the successful execution of the organization’s day to day function, weighs in on the development of long-term strategic goals, and actively supports our mission.

They meet bi-monthly to discuss finances, business climate, fundraising needs, and other important issues impacting our school. With a focus on measuring every action against our mission, they strive to keep the organization true to its ideals and on a continuous path toward growth and sustainability. 

Our Board, like the rest of our organization, is made up of a great group of professionals from many fields of endeavor who are passionate about what we do. They generously volunteer their time and expertise to make sure that our organization can continue to do what it does today and forward into the future.

 

Meet our Board! Click on why the UMC motivates each board member below.

 

Jodi Batman

President

Hunter Wentzler

Vice-President

New MEMBERS:

sean farley

Christopher Kohler

Angela Pinsky

Gregory Ray

In Memorial Celebrating UMC Board of Director Member and Friend, Meg Finn.

Meg Finn, who passed away suddenly in November, was a passionate and tireless supporter of the arts, an inspiring and devoted friend, and a truly loving and giving spirit. She was a powerful advocate for the Uptown Music Collective, both in her private life, and later as a member of the UMC Board of Directors. Meg’s love of our work inspired the staff, who she worked so hard to support, endeared her to the students, and to everyone else who knew her within the organization. She was brilliant, vibrant, and endlessly giving. She will be greatly missedMay the road rise to meet you, may the wind be always at your back, and may you find peace. We Love You, Meg.

— The Uptown Music Collective Family

“I am most inspired by the overall growth of the students as they undergo personal development beyond musical training.”  

Meg Finn

I began singing in grade school, participating in school musicals and chorus concerts. I've always loved to collaborate with others and sing harmonies!

I sing professionally in the Williamsport area, collaborating with many talented & wonderful people. I had the honor of participating in The Silkroad's Global Musician Workshop 3 years in a row where I studied with many master musicians, including vocalists Abigail Washburn, Aoife O'Donovan, and Celia Woodsmith. In 2018, I participated in The International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN in the solo/duo category.

Vocal performance is my life's passion! As a teacher here at the UMC, I strive to help my students realize their potential - not just singing songs, but delivering dynamic performances from their hearts and guts! 

Come out and see me sometime! Click Here to check out my Facebook Page.

I began singing in the church choir at five years old. When I turned seven, I started taking piano lessons. As music became more and more prevalent in my life, I added drums, clarinet, and writing to my list of musical talents. Through the years, I have immersed myself in the constructions of many styles of music. I was a member of elementary, middle school, and high school bands, as well as the lead singer of a community choir.

As a recording artist, I have performed at various venues such as The Apollo Theater in NY, Memphis Grizzlies NBA games, BB Kings Memphis, and many other venues throughout the United States. I am also the lead singer and musician of Kimberly Adair and Soulful.

Check out some of my original work!

I have been performing throughout central Pennsylvania as a pianist, organist, composer and arranger since moving to the area from Philadelphia in 1979.

During my time in Philly, I studied improvisation, arranging, and composing with Dennis Sandole. In 2009, I attended Dave Liebman’s chromatic masterclass at East Stroudsburg University, and I’m currently studying the Alexander technique with Kay Hooper. I believe that we always have more to learn. 

As an original member of the David Rose Band, I performed with Cruel Four Days, Jazzin’, The Transcendents, Bop Top, Daddy-O and the Sax Maniacs, The Clickard Consortium(tentet), The Zero Point big band, The Dave Stahl big band, WJCO, VJQ, the Ann Kerstetter Band, Adams, Stetz & Haynes, the Hammond Brothers, and the Jay Vonada Trio.

Additionally, I’ve performed with international artists Dave Liebman, Jim Pugh, Virginia Mayhew, Gary Thomas, Tim Warfield, Herb Robertson, Eddie Severn, Josh Davis, Nelson Hill, and Paul Smoker.

As the Executive Director, it’s my job to oversee the school’s operations. In our business dealings, just like in our music education, we strive as an organization for excellence. We work hard to keep our staff and expenses lean while focusing our attention on supporting our high-impact programs.

As a teacher, I work mostly with intermediate and advanced guitar students, although I do like to work with beginners and students of other instruments when I have the time.

I’m also the guy that wrote a lot of the curriculum that we follow, and I teach a lot of the higher-level classes and workshops.

I graduated from the Berklee College of Music in 1984 and have studied music and the guitar for over 38 years. For the last 25, I have also taught extensively and have helped produce a great deal of highly-skilled professional and amateur musicians.

In my lessons, classes, and workshops, my goals are always the same: I want my students to become musicians, not just guitar players, drummers, vocalists, etc. To accomplish this they must:

 

I love to teach music and have been blessed with an incredible amount of great students over the past 25 years. They will tell you that being a student of mine requires discipline, commitment, and hard work. All of which is hopefully worth it in the end.

 

It’s an honor to have the opportunity to teach and participate in the development of the Uptown Music Collective. An early alumni of the UMC, I have been training and guiding musicians since the early 2000s.

I graduated Suma Cum Laude from the University of Pittsburgh and was honored to receive the Mellon Jazz scholarship in 2004. Whilst at Pitt, I studied with former jazz messenger Dr. Nathan Davis and guitar great Joe Negri. After graduation, I moved to Philadelphia for nearly a decade where I taught guitar and bass while participating in a variety of original music projects. My next move was to Austin, Texas where I studied blues and soul music and acted as the bassist and musical director for Garrett Lebeau’s band, all while collaborating and performing with many musicians in the city’s rapidly growing scene. The newest chapter in my musical life brings me back home to share what I have gathered from my years participating in the field.

Through the AMP program, I am able to reach out to individuals who have reached their creative limits or those that haven’t yet had the chance to properly explore their artistic side. Whether it be songwriting, guitar, and bass performance, or music theory knowledge, I believe that I can help students grow and meet their goals while upholding the standards of an environment as venerable as the Uptown Music Collective.

When I can, I jump in on some UMC recordings - take a look!

I have been teaching music to children since I graduated from Mansfield University in 1982 with a degree in Music Education. I started my career teaching music to Pre-school & Kindergarten aged children in a daycare setting, then continued my career teaching elementary instrumental and classroom music in the public school system for 27 years in both the Loyalsock Township and Bloomsburg Area School Districts.

I am now returning to early childhood music instruction through the small, group music workshops of the Discovering Music Program. The program offers an array of musical activities designed to inspire musical enjoyment and musicianship for children ages 3 and up.

I am also a professional flutist, performing both freelance and with the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra for over 30 years.

I perform as both a concert and a jazz percussionist throughout the region. Appearing with the world-renowned Empire Brass Quintet from 1986 to 1994, I have performed with the Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Detroit, Philadelphia, Harrisburg, Cincinnati, Rhode Island, and Rochester Symphony Orchestras. I have also performed at the South Street Seaport and Carnegie Hall in New York City, the Boston Esplanade, toured twice in Japan and played with the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.

My recording credits include Empire Brass – “Greatest Hits”, Empire Brass – “On Broadway”, Andy Otto – “Fully Known”, The Buzz Jones Big Band – “What’s Up In The Attic”, and The Rooke Chapel Choir with Linda Russell – “Civil War Songs of Stephen Foster”.

I recently retired from teaching instrumental music and digital audio recording in Loyalsock Township School District for over 32 years. I also served on the Jazz Faculty for the annual Mason/Dixon summer jazz camp at Gettysburg College from 2001-2010. I have been principal Timpanist with the Williamsport Symphony for the past 33 years and am a founding member of the Williamsport City Jazz Orchestra. I am a YAMAHA regional performing artist and clinician and have presented at PMEA sponsored events in schools throughout Pennsylvania.

Colin Beatty and I had a desire to learn music theory and the classes were not offered at our high school. Fortunately, Dave offered music theory at the Uptown Music Collective. Through taking theory classes with Dave, I learned what the Collective was all about and decided I wanted to be a part of it. Meeting Dave was the equivalent of Luke meeting Obi-Won; a mentor was found.

Since then I have participated in nearly every show and recital the Collective has put on and in 2006 was given the opportunity to direct the show The Wall. I graduated from Lock Haven University in the spring of 2007 with a BA in Communications Media. After graduation, I was offered a position at the Collective to help out with the day-to-day running of the school.

Currently, I am the frontman for the local band, 44MAG.

 

I was inspired to play guitar at a young age after watching my dad play a smoking rendition of Malaguena. My desire to play guitar was only intensified by listening to my sister’s Led Zeppelin records and my Dad’s CCR tapes. By the age of twelve, I had my first guitar and had begun taking lessons.

After graduating from high school, I enrolled at Bloomsburg University where I earned a degree in music with a concentration in A/V recording. While in college, I studied blues, jazz, and theory at the Collective.

I currently play in multiple bands and continue to sharpen my skills in the pursuit of musical excellence. I love teaching at the Collective, both lessons, and tech monkey workshops, and I enjoy helping young fledgling musicians work their way to rock stardom.

 

I have been playing drums for over 20 years. I started at the age of 11, taking lessons from Robert Morrison, who worked with the Williamsport Symphony, and Joseph Hauserman, who has worked with Tommy Cash.

My first musical projects were with the Montoursville Jazz and Marching Bands. For the past 10 years, I have been playing in the local hard rock band 44Mag. I have also worked with various country and classic rock bands.

I am schooled in the styles of rock, blues, country, funk and pop drumming.

I grew up in the Williamsport area and was a student at the Uptown Music Collective in the early days of the organization. I was one of a small group of female students in what was, at the time, mostly a “boys club.”  I lent my leadership skills, powerful voice, and strong guitar work to many Uptown Music Collective projects, most notably, the first Uptown Music Collective major performance, Dark Side of the Moon: A Theatrical Presentation.

After high school, I attended the Berklee College of Music for a few years as a vocal student, where I was awarded a Songwriting Scholarship. I graduated from Penn State University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science-Art Education degree.

Since that time, I have been substituting in local school districts and performing in the local area as a solo singer-songwriter and with my band Mal Scoppa and the Tall Tales.

I have been performing as a vocalist since the age of 7 and have years of experience singing a variety of genres. In 2007, I moved to Nashville, TN where I was a student at Belmont University’s Commercial Music program and also an intern at a music publishing firm. I moved back to Williamsport and graduated in 2012 from Lycoming College with a degree in Music, where I am also a Voice Faculty member. I have experience teaching musical theater classes and lessons, classical voice, and commercial music. I am also a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS).

In 2018 I was selected through national auditions to participate in the 2018 OperaWorks Advanced Artist Program held in Los Angeles, CA. The four-week program included a public performance of the world premiere of ‘Opera Reconstructed’. Upon returning, I founded Hawthorne Opera Company, where I and other young artists perform classical music for the community. I am a soloist in churches, choirs, and orchestras and I also perform as a singer/songwriter at local venues and festivals. I love to perform acoustic folk and country music as well as acoustic arrangements of pop/rock songs. My voice and musical style is a blend of my commercial and classical musical experiences.

Learn a little more about me! -  www.sararscott.com

Hello, there I’m Levi Stover! I am a bassist and teacher at the Uptown Music Collective. 

I started playing bass at the age of 12, but my love for music goes way deeper than that. My parents always told me that, as a child, I would ask them to turn the radio up when we were out driving. 

I’m not exactly sure what it was that attracted me to the bass so much, but once I got one and started learning, I could never get enough. I joined the Collective at the age of 14 and was able to dive into all different styles of bass playing such as jazz, blues, rock, bluegrass, reggae...anything I could get my ears on.

This helped me to be open to many different bands and genres, and I’ve stabilized my career with my diverse ability to play for any gig that comes my way. I’ve played with reggae bands, funk bands, blues bands, country bands - the list goes on and on. My music has taken me all over the country. 

Music and the bass have always been a part of my life and I’m excited to help students make it a part of theirs too. 

I am a farmer’s daughter, and therefore love to watch things grow. When I look back on the work of my life, it seems I was always drawn to watching things grow. I spent 12 years in microbiology at the then Williamsport Hospital. The docs would send various specimens to the laboratory and I would “grow” them out in culture for identification and recommended treatment. I moved on to the corporate world as a sales representative for a medical diagnostics company in New York and during my tenure there I became a regional manager with responsibility for 10 salespeople covering ¼ of the USA. I LOVED guiding these salespeople from where they were when I first hired them, watching them grow professionally and personally.

From there I went to a start-up company - literally from an idea on a napkin - which grew to a full-fledged major pharmaceutical company in the exciting new biotechnology field that was just taking off in the late 1980s. Every day was filled with new ideas and challenges, and the company grew by leaps and bounds nearly every day!

In 1994, I started an artist management company, managing the careers of professional musicians. I loved talking to musicians, but there was always a common thread – they had no idea how to plan, how to set goals, or how to manage their tours and finances. Forget a 5-year plan – many had no idea where they were going the next day! I took all that I had learned in my past experiences and applied it to helping musicians “grow” from wherever they were on their career to someplace greater and closer to their dream.

And here I am now, retired, but at the UMC as a volunteer instructor teaching the business of music, where once again nothing beats seeing a prospective student come in on an open house day or an enrollment day – barely giving any eye contact, or saying more than 2 words – embrace their instrument or their voice and evolve (not only musically9), let their personalities sparkle, and grow into responsible young adults.

When I was a kid, going to Grandma’s house was always a blast because my Uncle Leon played drums and had a kit set up there. I’d bang away as long as they would let me! When I was 10 and the Montoursville school system offered instrument lessons, I jumped at the chance and embarked on a life-long obsession with music and drumming. I also took private lessons with local legend Bob Morrison, and I had a great marching band drum instructor in Mike Ferlazzo who led our drumline to many High Drum Awards at TOB competitions and currently writes for Drum Corps World Magazine.

I played in every band I could throughout high school, was involved in 7 musicals, sang in the choir for two years, and even took sax lessons for a year, earning the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award my senior year (not to mention the Music Merit Badge on my way to Eagle Scout). During the summers of 1988 and 1989, I was accepted as a member of the United States Music Ambassadors (consisting of a concert band, a jazz band, and a choir of students from the tri-state area) and toured through Europe those two summers. After high school, I enlisted in the Army and attended the Army/Navy/Marine Corps School of Music where I took music theory and ear training classes as well as played in concert, jazz, rock, and marching bands and percussion ensembles. I served three years, including a six-month tour in the Middle East during the first Gulf War, and then returned home in 1992.

Since then I have been a member of several local bands, most notably, Lyonnesse (who won the WZXR/K&S Music Battle of the Bands in 1998 and played at the legendary CBGB’s), Williamsport’s rock/dance/party favorite Flu Shots, and the hard-rockin' Aftermath. I have enjoyed sub drumming on several occasions with Pepper Street, Random Axe, Dirty Mojo, and other local bands and have recently taken on some new projects that I am excited about, including Rattletrap Jack and Sons of Billtown. Through the years I have also worked as a sound/light/stage technician for other bands in many different venues - from bars to theaters to arenas.

In 2008, when I was approached by the Uptown Music Collective, I was flattered and honored that the prestigious organization wanted to add me to such a talented group of staff and teachers. As each year at the Collective passes I see more and more of what a great program we have here, and I love watching the kid’s talents progress as they grow and enjoy sharing my 35 plus years of musical experience with them.

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I began singing in grade school, participating in school musicals and chorus concerts. I've always loved to collaborate with others and sing harmonies!

I sing professionally in the Williamsport area, collaborating with many talented & wonderful people. I had the honor of participating in The Silkroad's Global Musician Workshop 3 years in a row where I studied with many master musicians, including vocalists Abigail Washburn, Aoife O'Donovan, and Celia Woodsmith. In 2018, I participated in The International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN in the solo/duo category.

Vocal performance is my life's passion! As a teacher here at the UMC, I strive to help my students realize their potential - not just singing songs, but delivering dynamic performances from their hearts and guts! 

Come out and see me sometime! Click Here to check out my Facebook Page.

I began singing in the church choir at five years old. When I turned seven, I started taking piano lessons. As music became more and more prevalent in my life, I added drums, clarinet, and writing to my list of musical talents. Through the years, I have immersed myself in the constructions of many styles of music. I was a member of elementary, middle school, and high school bands, as well as the lead singer of a community choir.

As a recording artist, I have performed at various venues such as The Apollo Theater in NY, Memphis Grizzlies NBA games, BB Kings Memphis, and many other venues throughout the United States. I am also the lead singer and musician of Kimberly Adair and Soulful.

Check out some of my original work!

I have been performing throughout central Pennsylvania as a pianist, organist, composer and arranger since moving to the area from Philadelphia in 1979.

During my time in Philly, I studied improvisation, arranging, and composing with Dennis Sandole. In 2009, I attended Dave Liebman’s chromatic masterclass at East Stroudsburg University, and I’m currently studying the Alexander technique with Kay Hooper. I believe that we always have more to learn. 

As an original member of the David Rose Band, I performed with Cruel Four Days, Jazzin’, The Transcendents, Bop Top, Daddy-O and the Sax Maniacs, The Clickard Consortium(tentet), The Zero Point big band, The Dave Stahl big band, WJCO, VJQ, the Ann Kerstetter Band, Adams, Stetz & Haynes, the Hammond Brothers, and the Jay Vonada Trio.

Additionally, I’ve performed with international artists Dave Liebman, Jim Pugh, Virginia Mayhew, Gary Thomas, Tim Warfield, Herb Robertson, Eddie Severn, Josh Davis, Nelson Hill, and Paul Smoker.

As the Executive Director, it’s my job to oversee the school’s operations. In our business dealings, just like in our music education, we strive as an organization for excellence. We work hard to keep our staff and expenses lean while focusing our attention on supporting our high-impact programs.

As a teacher, I work mostly with intermediate and advanced guitar students, although I do like to work with beginners and students of other instruments when I have the time.

I’m also the guy that wrote a lot of the curriculum that we follow, and I teach a lot of the higher-level classes and workshops.

I graduated from the Berklee College of Music in 1984 and have studied music and the guitar for over 38 years. For the last 25, I have also taught extensively and have helped produce a great deal of highly-skilled professional and amateur musicians.

In my lessons, classes, and workshops, my goals are always the same: I want my students to become musicians, not just guitar players, drummers, vocalists, etc. To accomplish this they must:

 

I love to teach music and have been blessed with an incredible amount of great students over the past 25 years. They will tell you that being a student of mine requires discipline, commitment, and hard work. All of which is hopefully worth it in the end.

 

It’s an honor to have the opportunity to teach and participate in the development of the Uptown Music Collective. An early alumni of the UMC, I have been training and guiding musicians since the early 2000s.

I graduated Suma Cum Laude from the University of Pittsburgh and was honored to receive the Mellon Jazz scholarship in 2004. Whilst at Pitt, I studied with former jazz messenger Dr. Nathan Davis and guitar great Joe Negri. After graduation, I moved to Philadelphia for nearly a decade where I taught guitar and bass while participating in a variety of original music projects. My next move was to Austin, Texas where I studied blues and soul music and acted as the bassist and musical director for Garrett Lebeau’s band, all while collaborating and performing with many musicians in the city’s rapidly growing scene. The newest chapter in my musical life brings me back home to share what I have gathered from my years participating in the field.

Through the AMP program, I am able to reach out to individuals who have reached their creative limits or those that haven’t yet had the chance to properly explore their artistic side. Whether it be songwriting, guitar, and bass performance, or music theory knowledge, I believe that I can help students grow and meet their goals while upholding the standards of an environment as venerable as the Uptown Music Collective.

When I can, I jump in on some UMC recordings - take a look!

I have been teaching music to children since I graduated from Mansfield University in 1982 with a degree in Music Education. I started my career teaching music to Pre-school & Kindergarten aged children in a daycare setting, then continued my career teaching elementary instrumental and classroom music in the public school system for 27 years in both the Loyalsock Township and Bloomsburg Area School Districts.

I am now returning to early childhood music instruction through the small, group music workshops of the Discovering Music Program. The program offers an array of musical activities designed to inspire musical enjoyment and musicianship for children ages 3 and up.

I am also a professional flutist, performing both freelance and with the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra for over 30 years.

I perform as both a concert and a jazz percussionist throughout the region. Appearing with the world-renowned Empire Brass Quintet from 1986 to 1994, I have performed with the Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Detroit, Philadelphia, Harrisburg, Cincinnati, Rhode Island, and Rochester Symphony Orchestras. I have also performed at the South Street Seaport and Carnegie Hall in New York City, the Boston Esplanade, toured twice in Japan and played with the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.

My recording credits include Empire Brass – “Greatest Hits”, Empire Brass – “On Broadway”, Andy Otto – “Fully Known”, The Buzz Jones Big Band – “What’s Up In The Attic”, and The Rooke Chapel Choir with Linda Russell – “Civil War Songs of Stephen Foster”.

I recently retired from teaching instrumental music and digital audio recording in Loyalsock Township School District for over 32 years. I also served on the Jazz Faculty for the annual Mason/Dixon summer jazz camp at Gettysburg College from 2001-2010. I have been principal Timpanist with the Williamsport Symphony for the past 33 years and am a founding member of the Williamsport City Jazz Orchestra. I am a YAMAHA regional performing artist and clinician and have presented at PMEA sponsored events in schools throughout Pennsylvania.

Colin Beatty and I had a desire to learn music theory and the classes were not offered at our high school. Fortunately, Dave offered music theory at the Uptown Music Collective. Through taking theory classes with Dave, I learned what the Collective was all about and decided I wanted to be a part of it. Meeting Dave was the equivalent of Luke meeting Obi-Won; a mentor was found.

Since then I have participated in nearly every show and recital the Collective has put on and in 2006 was given the opportunity to direct the show The Wall. I graduated from Lock Haven University in the spring of 2007 with a BA in Communications Media. After graduation, I was offered a position at the Collective to help out with the day-to-day running of the school.

Currently, I am the frontman for the local band, 44MAG.

 

I was inspired to play guitar at a young age after watching my dad play a smoking rendition of Malaguena. My desire to play guitar was only intensified by listening to my sister’s Led Zeppelin records and my Dad’s CCR tapes. By the age of twelve, I had my first guitar and had begun taking lessons.

After graduating from high school, I enrolled at Bloomsburg University where I earned a degree in music with a concentration in A/V recording. While in college, I studied blues, jazz, and theory at the Collective.

I currently play in multiple bands and continue to sharpen my skills in the pursuit of musical excellence. I love teaching at the Collective, both lessons, and tech monkey workshops, and I enjoy helping young fledgling musicians work their way to rock stardom.

 

I have been playing drums for over 20 years. I started at the age of 11, taking lessons from Robert Morrison, who worked with the Williamsport Symphony, and Joseph Hauserman, who has worked with Tommy Cash.

My first musical projects were with the Montoursville Jazz and Marching Bands. For the past 10 years, I have been playing in the local hard rock band 44Mag. I have also worked with various country and classic rock bands.

I am schooled in the styles of rock, blues, country, funk and pop drumming.

I grew up in the Williamsport area and was a student at the Uptown Music Collective in the early days of the organization. I was one of a small group of female students in what was, at the time, mostly a “boys club.”  I lent my leadership skills, powerful voice, and strong guitar work to many Uptown Music Collective projects, most notably, the first Uptown Music Collective major performance, Dark Side of the Moon: A Theatrical Presentation.

After high school, I attended the Berklee College of Music for a few years as a vocal student, where I was awarded a Songwriting Scholarship. I graduated from Penn State University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science-Art Education degree.

Since that time, I have been substituting in local school districts and performing in the local area as a solo singer-songwriter and with my band Mal Scoppa and the Tall Tales.

I have been performing as a vocalist since the age of 7 and have years of experience singing a variety of genres. In 2007, I moved to Nashville, TN where I was a student at Belmont University’s Commercial Music program and also an intern at a music publishing firm. I moved back to Williamsport and graduated in 2012 from Lycoming College with a degree in Music, where I am also a Voice Faculty member. I have experience teaching musical theater classes and lessons, classical voice, and commercial music. I am also a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS).

In 2018 I was selected through national auditions to participate in the 2018 OperaWorks Advanced Artist Program held in Los Angeles, CA. The four-week program included a public performance of the world premiere of ‘Opera Reconstructed’. Upon returning, I founded Hawthorne Opera Company, where I and other young artists perform classical music for the community. I am a soloist in churches, choirs, and orchestras and I also perform as a singer/songwriter at local venues and festivals. I love to perform acoustic folk and country music as well as acoustic arrangements of pop/rock songs. My voice and musical style is a blend of my commercial and classical musical experiences.

Learn a little more about me! -  www.sararscott.com

Hello, there I’m Levi Stover! I am a bassist and teacher at the Uptown Music Collective. 

I started playing bass at the age of 12, but my love for music goes way deeper than that. My parents always told me that, as a child, I would ask them to turn the radio up when we were out driving. 

I’m not exactly sure what it was that attracted me to the bass so much, but once I got one and started learning, I could never get enough. I joined the Collective at the age of 14 and was able to dive into all different styles of bass playing such as jazz, blues, rock, bluegrass, reggae...anything I could get my ears on.

This helped me to be open to many different bands and genres, and I’ve stabilized my career with my diverse ability to play for any gig that comes my way. I’ve played with reggae bands, funk bands, blues bands, country bands - the list goes on and on. My music has taken me all over the country. 

Music and the bass have always been a part of my life and I’m excited to help students make it a part of theirs too. 

I am a farmer’s daughter, and therefore love to watch things grow. When I look back on the work of my life, it seems I was always drawn to watching things grow. I spent 12 years in microbiology at the then Williamsport Hospital. The docs would send various specimens to the laboratory and I would “grow” them out in culture for identification and recommended treatment. I moved on to the corporate world as a sales representative for a medical diagnostics company in New York and during my tenure there I became a regional manager with responsibility for 10 salespeople covering ¼ of the USA. I LOVED guiding these salespeople from where they were when I first hired them, watching them grow professionally and personally.

From there I went to a start-up company - literally from an idea on a napkin - which grew to a full-fledged major pharmaceutical company in the exciting new biotechnology field that was just taking off in the late 1980s. Every day was filled with new ideas and challenges, and the company grew by leaps and bounds nearly every day!

In 1994, I started an artist management company, managing the careers of professional musicians. I loved talking to musicians, but there was always a common thread – they had no idea how to plan, how to set goals, or how to manage their tours and finances. Forget a 5-year plan – many had no idea where they were going the next day! I took all that I had learned in my past experiences and applied it to helping musicians “grow” from wherever they were on their career to someplace greater and closer to their dream.

And here I am now, retired, but at the UMC as a volunteer instructor teaching the business of music, where once again nothing beats seeing a prospective student come in on an open house day or an enrollment day – barely giving any eye contact, or saying more than 2 words – embrace their instrument or their voice and evolve (not only musically9), let their personalities sparkle, and grow into responsible young adults.

When I was a kid, going to Grandma’s house was always a blast because my Uncle Leon played drums and had a kit set up there. I’d bang away as long as they would let me! When I was 10 and the Montoursville school system offered instrument lessons, I jumped at the chance and embarked on a life-long obsession with music and drumming. I also took private lessons with local legend Bob Morrison, and I had a great marching band drum instructor in Mike Ferlazzo who led our drumline to many High Drum Awards at TOB competitions and currently writes for Drum Corps World Magazine.

I played in every band I could throughout high school, was involved in 7 musicals, sang in the choir for two years, and even took sax lessons for a year, earning the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award my senior year (not to mention the Music Merit Badge on my way to Eagle Scout). During the summers of 1988 and 1989, I was accepted as a member of the United States Music Ambassadors (consisting of a concert band, a jazz band, and a choir of students from the tri-state area) and toured through Europe those two summers. After high school, I enlisted in the Army and attended the Army/Navy/Marine Corps School of Music where I took music theory and ear training classes as well as played in concert, jazz, rock, and marching bands and percussion ensembles. I served three years, including a six-month tour in the Middle East during the first Gulf War, and then returned home in 1992.

Since then I have been a member of several local bands, most notably, Lyonnesse (who won the WZXR/K&S Music Battle of the Bands in 1998 and played at the legendary CBGB’s), Williamsport’s rock/dance/party favorite Flu Shots, and the hard-rockin' Aftermath. I have enjoyed sub drumming on several occasions with Pepper Street, Random Axe, Dirty Mojo, and other local bands and have recently taken on some new projects that I am excited about, including Rattletrap Jack and Sons of Billtown. Through the years I have also worked as a sound/light/stage technician for other bands in many different venues - from bars to theaters to arenas.

In 2008, when I was approached by the Uptown Music Collective, I was flattered and honored that the prestigious organization wanted to add me to such a talented group of staff and teachers. As each year at the Collective passes I see more and more of what a great program we have here, and I love watching the kid’s talents progress as they grow and enjoy sharing my 35 plus years of musical experience with them.

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As the Executive Director, it’s my job to oversee the school’s operations. In our business dealings, just like in our music education, we strive as an organization for excellence. We work hard to keep our staff and expenses lean while focusing our attention on supporting our high-impact programs.

As a teacher, I work mostly with intermediate and advanced guitar students, although I do like to work with beginners and students of other instruments when I have the time.

I’m also the guy that wrote a lot of the curriculum that we follow, and I teach a lot of the higher-level classes and workshops.

I graduated from the Berklee College of Music in 1984 and have studied music and the guitar for over 38 years. For the last 25, I have also taught extensively and have helped produce a great deal of highly-skilled professional and amateur musicians.

In my lessons, classes, and workshops, my goals are always the same: I want my students to become musicians, not just guitar players, drummers, vocalists, etc. To accomplish this they must:

 

I love to teach music and have been blessed with an incredible amount of great students over the past 25 years. They will tell you that being a student of mine requires discipline, commitment, and hard work. All of which is hopefully worth it in the end.

Colin Beatty and I had a desire to learn music theory and the classes were not offered at our high school. Fortunately, Dave offered music theory at the Uptown Music Collective. Through taking theory classes with Dave, I learned what the Collective was all about and decided I wanted to be a part of it. Meeting Dave was the equivalent of Luke meeting Obi-Won; a mentor was found.

Since then I have participated in nearly every show and recital the Collective has put on and in 2006 was given the opportunity to direct the show The Wall. I graduated from Lock Haven University in the spring of 2007 with a BA in Communications Media. After graduation, I was offered a position at the Collective to help out with the day-to-day running of the school.

Currently, I am the frontman for the local band, 44MAG.

 

I was inspired to play guitar at a young age after watching my dad play a smoking rendition of Malaguena. My desire to play guitar was only intensified by listening to my sister’s Led Zeppelin records and my Dad’s CCR tapes. By the age of twelve, I had my first guitar and had begun taking lessons.

After graduating from high school, I enrolled at Bloomsburg University where I earned a degree in music with a concentration in A/V recording. While in college, I studied blues, jazz, and theory at the Collective.

I currently play in multiple bands and continue to sharpen my skills in the pursuit of musical excellence. I love teaching at the Collective, both lessons, and tech monkey workshops, and I enjoy helping young fledgling musicians work their way to rock stardom.

 

My earliest memories of music begin with my mother’s record player on Saturday mornings, playing the music of Motown, the Beatles, Eric Clapton, and Jimi Hendrix. I found a passion for music at a very young age that has stuck with me throughout my entire life. My passion grew to the point where listening was not enough anymore and at the age of 13, I received my first bass guitar.

I took lessons from a friend for a year before enrolling at the Uptown Music Collective in April of 2003. The Collective gave me the chance to explore music through more than just listening - through education, countless performance opportunities, and collaboration with peers. My generation of UMC students was one of the first “classes” at the Collective. A group of 8-10 students of the same age, on varying instruments who played together, learned together and performed together in some of the very first UMC major performances, now known as the Major Performance Program.

Graduating Williamsport Area High School in 2006, I attended Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania from 2006-2011 attaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with concentrations in Management and Entrepreneurship. Throughout my time in college, I played in several musical projects and continued to play in UMC fundraising performances with students and teachers.

Shortly after my college graduation, I was given the opportunity to join the UMC administrative staff and have enjoyed building my professional career at the helm of an organization that is such an influential part of who I am.

I grew up with music surrounding me. From "car tunes" during evening rides in my dad's appropriately-named pick-up truck, "Betty Lou," to learning the best songs of the '30s and 40's from my grandfather's raspy acapella, I have always wanted to be singing. I carried my love of music to undergrad where I had the pleasure of learning from Dr. Fred Thayer at Lycoming College, taking part in his tour and chamber groups, and traveling through Europe and South America to perform with his choir. Music always served as my grounding space, instilling in my discipline, self-examination, and humility. 

After graduating with a degree in fine art, I found an outlet for my creativity in various marketing roles. Eventually, my experience carried me to the founding and management of a company-affiliated non-profit, and I quickly realized my passion for development. I've seen the impact I'm able to make when I work in partnership with others, and it has inspired me to continue to strive to do more than just my part.

My goal is to build genuine relationships with individuals who believe in the same mission and goals that I do. Joining the staff at the Collective makes me feel like I'm coming full circle -- connecting back to music and working to push others forward.

Hi, I'm Bre.

Music and art have always been a part of life. I remember listening to my grandpa’s old country records of Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, and even some bluegrass while he taught me how to play a game of pool and build things out of wood after his long days work as a farmer. Together with my mom, we would listen to her CD collection of all different genres; Heart, Fleetwood Mac, and the popular country at that time; Faith Hill, Martina McBride, Allison Krause, etc., while she, an incredible artist, taught me how to draw, paint, and be creative. From the very beginning, the phrases, “Work hard for what you want” and “You can do anything you set your mind to” were instilled in me, along with the encouragement of my creative expression. From there, I was inspired by strong women and powerful female voices.

I still remember the first time I sang in front of others at the age of 9. After that, singing was all I wanted to do. Throughout middle school and high school, I took vocal and piano lessons for six years and participated in everything I could that involved music. For my senior project, I recorded my own CD with all original songs. I remember it being a way for me to express myself freely...an outlet. When I listen to those songs now, part of me feels embarrassed, but I’m still proud that I did all of that at the age of 17.

After graduating from Liberty High School, I started out as a voice major focusing on a music education degree at Mansfield University. Within that year, I took lots of music theory and secondary instrument classes, practiced piano more than I’d like to admit, partook in semester juries, and was a part of ensemble groups including the Mansfield University choir.

At that age, I was still figuring it all out. I decided to switch majors and study graphic design. I graduated from Mansfield University in May of 2016 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Graphic Design and a minor in studio art.

Art and music are very similar. Through both, you can express your creative self, working hard throughout the process while spending ENDLESS amounts of TIME perfecting your craft. I still remember the nights where I was up until 2 am practicing piano for my jury or working on a branding project that I had to present to the graphic design and art department faculty the next day. Through art and music, I constantly challenge myself, constantly learn, and constantly grow.

I found the Collective through searching google and started taking lessons there after graduating from college. I started working there not long after.  The quote, “When you love something, it will come back to you” could not be more fitting. Being involved with music again seemed like home. Being a part of an organization that inspires students to connect, study, work hard, rise above, and become leaders, well-rounded musicians, and good human beings has helped my growth immensely.

Being surrounded by Collective students inspires me and impacts my life every day. I work to help brand the Collective through digital and print media, continuing my love for art/design and music, and helping to build relationships with students and their families -- all for an organization with an important mission and vision: connecting people through music.

As the Executive Director, it’s my job to oversee the school’s operations. In our business dealings, just like in our music education, we strive as an organization for excellence. We work hard to keep our staff and expenses lean while focusing our attention on supporting our high-impact programs.

As a teacher, I work mostly with intermediate and advanced guitar students, although I do like to work with beginners and students of other instruments when I have the time.

I’m also the guy that wrote a lot of the curriculum that we follow, and I teach a lot of the higher-level classes and workshops.

I graduated from the Berklee College of Music in 1984 and have studied music and the guitar for over 38 years. For the last 25, I have also taught extensively and have helped produce a great deal of highly-skilled professional and amateur musicians.

In my lessons, classes, and workshops, my goals are always the same: I want my students to become musicians, not just guitar players, drummers, vocalists, etc. To accomplish this they must:

 

I love to teach music and have been blessed with an incredible amount of great students over the past 25 years. They will tell you that being a student of mine requires discipline, commitment, and hard work. All of which is hopefully worth it in the end.

Colin Beatty and I had a desire to learn music theory and the classes were not offered at our high school. Fortunately, Dave offered music theory at the Uptown Music Collective. Through taking theory classes with Dave, I learned what the Collective was all about and decided I wanted to be a part of it. Meeting Dave was the equivalent of Luke meeting Obi-Won; a mentor was found.

Since then I have participated in nearly every show and recital the Collective has put on and in 2006 was given the opportunity to direct the show The Wall. I graduated from Lock Haven University in the spring of 2007 with a BA in Communications Media. After graduation, I was offered a position at the Collective to help out with the day-to-day running of the school.

Currently, I am the frontman for the local band, 44MAG.

 

I was inspired to play guitar at a young age after watching my dad play a smoking rendition of Malaguena. My desire to play guitar was only intensified by listening to my sister’s Led Zeppelin records and my Dad’s CCR tapes. By the age of twelve, I had my first guitar and had begun taking lessons.

After graduating from high school, I enrolled at Bloomsburg University where I earned a degree in music with a concentration in A/V recording. While in college, I studied blues, jazz, and theory at the Collective.

I currently play in multiple bands and continue to sharpen my skills in the pursuit of musical excellence. I love teaching at the Collective, both lessons, and tech monkey workshops, and I enjoy helping young fledgling musicians work their way to rock stardom.

 

My earliest memories of music begin with my mother’s record player on Saturday mornings, playing the music of Motown, the Beatles, Eric Clapton, and Jimi Hendrix. I found a passion for music at a very young age that has stuck with me throughout my entire life. My passion grew to the point where listening was not enough anymore and at the age of 13, I received my first bass guitar.

I took lessons from a friend for a year before enrolling at the Uptown Music Collective in April of 2003. The Collective gave me the chance to explore music through more than just listening - through education, countless performance opportunities, and collaboration with peers. My generation of UMC students was one of the first “classes” at the Collective. A group of 8-10 students of the same age, on varying instruments who played together, learned together and performed together in some of the very first UMC major performances, now known as the Major Performance Program.

Graduating Williamsport Area High School in 2006, I attended Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania from 2006-2011 attaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with concentrations in Management and Entrepreneurship. Throughout my time in college, I played in several musical projects and continued to play in UMC fundraising performances with students and teachers.

Shortly after my college graduation, I was given the opportunity to join the UMC administrative staff and have enjoyed building my professional career at the helm of an organization that is such an influential part of who I am.

I grew up with music surrounding me. From "car tunes" during evening rides in my dad's appropriately-named pick-up truck, "Betty Lou," to learning the best songs of the '30s and 40's from my grandfather's raspy acapella, I have always wanted to be singing. I carried my love of music to undergrad where I had the pleasure of learning from Dr. Fred Thayer at Lycoming College, taking part in his tour and chamber groups, and traveling through Europe and South America to perform with his choir. Music always served as my grounding space, instilling in my discipline, self-examination, and humility. 

After graduating with a degree in fine art, I found an outlet for my creativity in various marketing roles. Eventually, my experience carried me to the founding and management of a company-affiliated non-profit, and I quickly realized my passion for development. I've seen the impact I'm able to make when I work in partnership with others, and it has inspired me to continue to strive to do more than just my part.

My goal is to build genuine relationships with individuals who believe in the same mission and goals that I do. Joining the staff at the Collective makes me feel like I'm coming full circle -- connecting back to music and working to push others forward.

Hi, I'm Bre.

Music and art have always been a part of life. I remember listening to my grandpa’s old country records of Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, and even some bluegrass while he taught me how to play a game of pool and build things out of wood after his long days work as a farmer. Together with my mom, we would listen to her CD collection of all different genres; Heart, Fleetwood Mac, and the popular country at that time; Faith Hill, Martina McBride, Allison Krause, etc., while she, an incredible artist, taught me how to draw, paint, and be creative. From the very beginning, the phrases, “Work hard for what you want” and “You can do anything you set your mind to” were instilled in me, along with the encouragement of my creative expression. From there, I was inspired by strong women and powerful female voices.

I still remember the first time I sang in front of others at the age of 9. After that, singing was all I wanted to do. Throughout middle school and high school, I took vocal and piano lessons for six years and participated in everything I could that involved music. For my senior project, I recorded my own CD with all original songs. I remember it being a way for me to express myself freely...an outlet. When I listen to those songs now, part of me feels embarrassed, but I’m still proud that I did all of that at the age of 17.

After graduating from Liberty High School, I started out as a voice major focusing on a music education degree at Mansfield University. Within that year, I took lots of music theory and secondary instrument classes, practiced piano more than I’d like to admit, partook in semester juries, and was a part of ensemble groups including the Mansfield University choir.

At that age, I was still figuring it all out. I decided to switch majors and study graphic design. I graduated from Mansfield University in May of 2016 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Graphic Design and a minor in studio art.

Art and music are very similar. Through both, you can express your creative self, working hard throughout the process while spending ENDLESS amounts of TIME perfecting your craft. I still remember the nights where I was up until 2 am practicing piano for my jury or working on a branding project that I had to present to the graphic design and art department faculty the next day. Through art and music, I constantly challenge myself, constantly learn, and constantly grow.

I found the Collective through searching google and started taking lessons there after graduating from college. I started working there not long after.  The quote, “When you love something, it will come back to you” could not be more fitting. Being involved with music again seemed like home. Being a part of an organization that inspires students to connect, study, work hard, rise above, and become leaders, well-rounded musicians, and good human beings has helped my growth immensely.

Being surrounded by Collective students inspires me and impacts my life every day. I work to help brand the Collective through digital and print media, continuing my love for art/design and music, and helping to build relationships with students and their families -- all for an organization with an important mission and vision: connecting people through music.

As the "non-musical" parent of a musical child, I am motivated by the UMC's mission of bringing a higher level of music education to children in a safe and disciplined environment. 

I am happy to see that the children are encouraged to improve individually, work together, support each other and at the same time are learning to be leaders within their "community of musicians". 

I find the wide genres of music beneficial to the students and the community as a whole.

Of the positive influence that the Uptown Music Collective has on young people, and the dedication to excellence .

The "safe and open environment" for kids of all types of backgrounds that allows for learning, community, relationships, and opportunity.