Conservatory Outreach


Conservatory Outreach Brass Adjunct Faculty

David Betts (trombone private lesson teacher) has been teaching for the Conservatory Outreach for over 25 years.  He graduated from Baldwin Wallace University in 1981 with a BM in Trombone Performance where he studied with Alan Kofsky of the Cleveland Orchestra.  He continued his studies at Case Western Reserve University graduating in 1994, where he received a MA in Early Music Performance Practices studying with Ross Duffin.  He teaches music lessons on recorder and low brass instruments including trombone, euphonium and tuba.  He teaches recorder to children as well as adults, and is the music director for the Greater Cleveland Chapter of the American Recorder Society.  His brass teaching includes assisting beginning students just learning to play their first instrument, preparing High School students to play a brass instrument for Marching Band, improving skills and preparations for contest, as well as adults wanting to start a new hobby. In addition to performing on the modern trombone and euphonium, he enjoys performing on their predecessor, the sackbut, and other early wind instruments.  He has performed with Ganassi, Burgundy, Red {an orchestra}, Cleveland Opera, Ohio Chamber Orchestra, Cleveland Playhouse, Blossom Festival Band, Music for 2..., The BW Alumni Brass Collective and at many Cleveland area churches and community theaters.

William Black (trumpet private lesson teacher) teaches private trumpet and cornet lessons to students of all ages and playing levels.  Mr. Black teaches all styles of music but prefers classical.  He received his Bachelor's of Music Education from Baldwin Wallace University and his Master's of Music from the University of Cincinnati.  Mr. Black has taught trumpet at Lorain Community College, Cuyahoga Community College and has taught instrumental music at parochial schools.  His professional performance experience includes the Canton Symphony and Cleveland Opera; he is a freelance musician.

Michael Feller (trumpet private lesson teacher) has been teaching trumpet for three years in North Carolina and is excited to be teaching in Berea, OH.  He is a recent graduate of Baldwin Wallace University with degrees in Music Education and Trumpet Performance.  He has experience in teaching middle school, high school and adult students.  His goal is to teach the fundamentals, history, and repertoire of trumpet playing, while having fun!  He has studied under Jack Sutte (Cleveland Orchestra), Judith Saxton (North Carolina School of the Arts), Ryan Anthony (Principal of Dallas Symphony), and Anita Circa (Principal of Greensboro and Winston-Salem Symphony).  He has performed in venues such as Steven Center in Winston-Salem, NC and Carnegie Hall in New York.  He loves going to hear the Cleveland Orchestra, and also enjoys backpacking, camping, hiking, reading and going to movies.

Katherine G. Musat (trumpet private lesson teacher) has been teaching trumpet for 50 years to students of all ages.  She is a graduate of Baldwin Wallace University (Bachelor's of Music Education) and the College of Mt. St. Joseph on the Ohio in Cincinnati (Master's of Science in Education).  She taught music in the Parma City Schools for over 30 years and retired in 2004.  She performs regularly with the Parma Symphony Orchestra, the Hermit Club Orchestra, the St. Charles Brass Quintet, and the Baldwin Wallace Alumni Jazz Orchestra.  Her teaching philosophy is technically based but inclusive of history and literature appropriate to the student and a little fun added on the side.  When not teaching, she dabbles in photography and caring for her grandchildren.  She has been married 40 years to musician John G. Musat and has three wonderful children and four grandchildren.

Richard Pokrywka (trumpet private lesson teacher), a native of North Olmsted, holds degrees in trumpet performance from Baldwin Wallace University (BM ‘97) and the University of Georgia (MM ‘99), and is currently a doctoral candidate in trumpet at The Ohio State University.  He began private studio teaching as a student of James Darling at BW, and since, has enjoyed assisting students of all levels in achieving their individual musical goals.  Performance credits include the Macon (GA), Athens (GA), Ashland, Mansfield, Wooster and Canton Symphonies, Cleveland Piano Competition finals orchestra, Cleveland Chamber Symphony, The Ohio State University Faculty Chamber Orchestra and Faculty Brass Quintet, Baldwin-Wallace FOCUS Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, Keith Brion’s New Sousa Band, the 1999 Brass Quintet Competition of the Americas, and Playhouse Square's production of Finian's Rainbow.  Rich resides in Sheffield Lake with his wife Mary and sons Richie and Joey.

Jason Riberdy (horn private lesson teacher) has been teaching private French horn lessons for 14 years. Open to students of all ages and skill, he specializes in teaching the fundamental mechanics needed to establish a solid foundation for playing the horn.  Jason is currently a member of the Ashland symphony orchestra and spent two years playing with the Firelands symphony as well.  He received his bachelors in music performance from Baldwin Wallace University in 2000 and spent 5 years at Indiana University doing post graduate work with the acclaimed horn player Myron Bloom.  His interests outside of music include oil painting, home remodeling and Greek mythology. 


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