Conservatory Outreach


Conservatory Outreach String Adjunct Faculty

Christopher Ellicott (guitar, beginning electric bass private lesson teacher) has been teaching for 18 years.  He provides lessons for all ages from 8 years old to adult and instructs all levels, beginning to advance.  Instruction in all styles is available with specialties in classical and rock.  Mr. Ellicott has a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Baldwin Wallace and an Associate Arts in Humanities/Music from County College of Morris (NJ).  He frequently coaches with Dr. Loris Chobanian and has attended the University of Cincinnati Classical Guitar Workshop for the past seven summers as soloist and ensemble member.  Mr. Ellicott performs frequently throughout the area as classical guitar soloist and as a member of the clarinet and guitar duo Sunday in the Park.  In addition, he plays guitar and sings in contemporary worship services at area churches.  As a runner for almost thirty years, he plans to complete his 10th marathon this fall.

Michele M. George (violin/viola/fiddle private lesson teacher) enjoys working with students of all ages to achieve their goals through solid technique and musicianship, whether the goal is recital preparation or personal enrichment.  In addition to classical music, she loves learning about and playing non-classical styles, ranging from fiddle styles to rock and jazz.  Michele holds Bachelor of Music from Baldwin Wallace University, a Master of Music from Cleveland State University, and will soon be licensed in K-12 Music Education.  In July 2009, she became one of the first forty strings teachers to receive certification in the Mark O'Connor Violin Method in New York City.  A member of Cleveland Federation of Musicians, she has performed at Playhouse Square, Cleveland Playhouse, with regional orchestras and area rock bands. She enjoys her family and friends, biking, and fishing.

Rachel Harrington (double bass private lesson teacher) has been teaching for 10 years.  She has experience teaching students of all ages.  Rachel has had training in Kindermusik.  She specializes in beginning to intermediate piano students and all levels of bass students.  Rachel graduated from Baldwin Wallace with a Bachelor's degree in performance.  Prior to teaching at BW, she taught at Talent Unlimited Music Studio and Richland Academy for the Arts and Sciences.  She has experience accompanying a variety of groups, ranging from private students to opera workshops and theater groups.  She keeps busy with three young children at home.

Gayle Klaber (cello private lesson teacher) Cellist and string teacher Gayle Klaber holds her degrees in cello performance from The University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. A faculty member of the Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory Outreach Department, Mrs. Klaber is also an active performing musician locally (Cleveland Pops, Blossom Festival Orchestra).  

Jeanette Meyer (violin/viola private lesson teacher) is a classically trained violinist and violist and has loved teaching students of all ages to develop their innate skills and potentials for over 40 years. One of Mr. Josef Gingold's (former Cleveland Orchestra Concertmaster) first four students, she became his teaching assistant at the Cleveland Music School Settlement after studying at the Julliard School, receiving her Bachelor's Degree from Western Reserve University, and exploring advanced studies with Ivan Galamian in New York. Founder of the BW Youth Orchestra program in 1976, Mrs. Meyer has taught string pedagogy and viola and violin lessons for the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory and continues her private lessons with the BW Outreach Department. As Concertmistress of the Parma Symphony Orchestra for over 30 years, she has performed numerous solos and other professional engagements.

Bryan Reichert (guitar private lesson teacher) has experience teaching students of varying ages and playing abilities.  He is fluent in styles including: classical, jazz, and popular genres.  Bryan’s teaching philosophy is that with dedication, all students have the ability to play the guitar.  He holds a Bachelor of Music in Classical Guitar Performance from Baldwin Wallace University’s Conservatory of Music.  Bryan is a member of the Chobanian Guitar Trio, a group with recent performances for the Philosophical Club of Cleveland and St. Gregory of Narek Armenian Church.  In the popular music genre, he has opened for acts such as Michael Stanley and Streetlight Manifesto.  Bryan plans on auditioning for a graduate guitar program in the coming year with interest in obtaining a guitar performance and pedagogy degree.

Corrie Anne Riberdy (violin private lesson teacher, Suzuki Director) teaches violin to all ages from beginners to advanced players.  She believes in the adage that students are rarely too young and never too old to start violin.  A graduate of the Suzuki method herself, she incorporates that philosophy into all her lessons. In addition to the traditional violin repertoire, she utilizes fiddling, improvisation, and modern music in her teaching.  Mrs. Riberdy began teaching at Baldwin Wallace in 2005 and became director of the Suzuki program in 2010.  She performs regularly with the Ashland Symphony, sometimes as concertmaster.  She received her Masters degree in violin performance from Mannes College of Music in New York City and her Bachelors in Music from Baldwin Wallace Conservatory.  She studied with Carol Sykes at the International Music Festival for her Suzuki certifications.  When not at the Conservatory, she is home with her husband Jason and two young sons.  She especially enjoys reading, both for herself and out loud to her children.

Dianna Richardson (bass private lesson teacher) is director and conductor of the orchestra program at Cleveland School of the Arts.  She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music and a Masters from Cleveland State University.  In addition, she has studied music at Arizona State University and The Juilliard School of Music.  In 1998, Ms. Richardson received the Heidi Castleman Award for excellence in teaching and performing chamber music.  She is director of the String Ensemble and String Orchestra in the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music's Youth Orchestra Program, All City Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra for the Cleveland Municipal School District and is principal bassist of the Grammy Award winning Cleveland Chamber Symphony.  Ms. Richardson founded the Strings Attached summer program that promotes literacy through music and serves on the faculty of Muskingum College.

Marge Ricksecker (guitar private lesson teacher) has been teaching guitar at Baldwin Wallace since 1980.   Ms. Ricksecker teachers all styles of guitar, including: Classical, Acoustic, Electric and Bass.   She specializes in teaching adults and advanced students.  She is the director of the Contemporary Choir and Ensemble at St. Raphael Catholic Church in Bay Village and is an active performer throughout Ohio. Ms. Ricksecker received her Master of Arts in Education from Baldwin Wallace University, as well as, her Bachelor of Music in Music Performance and Bachelor of Education from Baldwin Wallace University. Her current interests include:  travel, skiing, biking, gardening and reading.

Tanya Rogers (violin private lesson teacher)
Bio coming soon

Carol Ross (Suzuki violin teacher) has distinguished herself as a solo, chamber and orchestral violist and violinist.  She has performed in the Princeton Chamber Symphony, the Tallahassee Symphony, the Cleveland Opera Orchestra, Ohio Chamber Orchestra and Cleveland Chamber Symphony.  A top prize winner in the Memphis Beethoven Club Competition, she enjoys performing a broad range of recital repertoire.  She appeared frequently in performances of chamber works at the Yellow Barn Music Festival and Rutgers Summerfest,and has been heard in live performances on WNYC, New York City Public Radio.  She has collaborated with artists including Fred Sherry, Elizabeth Thompson, David Wells, Christopher Wellington, Pam Ryan, Eric Rosenblith, Karen Clarke and Fumika Konishi.  Since her student days in Memphis, Carol Ross has actively performed works by living composers, most recently premiering violin/viola duos by husband, Julian Ross.   Ms. Ross has held teaching positions at Florida State University, Westminster Choir College and the Hartt School of Music Community Division.  She founded the Suzuki Program and was the Assistant Director of the Rutgers Community Music Program at Rutgers University and has taught Suzuki and traditional violin and viola for over 25 years.  A former Suzuki student herself, Ms. Ross studied Suzuki pedagogy with Allen Lieb, traditional pedagogy with Sally O'Reilly and Pam Ryan and was a teaching assistant to Teri and David Einfeldt.  She has been a clinician at Suzuki workshops in OH, NJ, PA and TN.   Ms. Ross has been teaching for the Outreach Department of Baldwin Wallace Conservatory since 1997. She earned her B.M. at the University of Memphis and M.M. at the Hartt School of Music.  Her major teachers include Eric Rosenblith, Hiroko Yajima and Jeff Irvine.

Julian Ross (violin private lesson teacher and BW string faculty) Click link for full bio.

Sam Rotberg (violin private lesson teacher and BW string faculty) Click link for full bio.

Xiao Lei Salovara (harp private lesson teacher) has been teaching harp for 30 years. At age of four, she began her musical training with her mother who is the first harp professor in Shanghai Conservatory.  Ms. Salovara won The Woman of The Year in China for her outstanding film recording work while she was the principle harpist with the Film Orchestra.  In 1984, she came to Cleveland.  She has performed with the Cleveland orchestra and many other orchestras throughout Ohio.  In 1988, Ms. Salovara appeared on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show.  She taught at CIM prep harp department from 1991 - 2007. Ms. Salovara received her Bachelor's, Master's and Artist diploma in music performance at The Cleveland Institute of Music.  She enjoys jigsaw puzzles.

Sara Schimelpfenig (violin private lesson teacher) has been teaching violin for over 20 years.  She teaches students from grade 5 through age 75 and specializes in balancing the business of learning with the necessity of fun.  On a recent evaluation one of her students wrote, "Sara was so much fun to work with.  She brought excitement to each lesson."  Ms. Schimelpfenig is an active performer and member of the Cleveland Federation of Musicians, Local 4 of the American Federation of Musicians.  She has taught at Cleveland State University and the Beck Center, and has performed with many of the area orchestras and productions at Playhouse Square.  Her Masters of Music is from Cleveland State University and her Bachelors in violin is from Bowling Green State University.  Current interests include walking her collie dogs, family fun nights, and fishing for perch on Lake Erie.

Laura Simna (violin/viola/Suzuki teacher) holds an M.M. in Violin Performance from The Ohio State University, an M.A. in String Pedagogy from The Ohio State University, and a B.A. in Music from Case Western Reserve University with studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music. She received her Suzuki training from Ronda Cole, Martha Shackford, and Tom Wermuth. Laura has also taken extensive Dalcroze Eurhythmics training at the Cleveland Institute of Music and at Carnegie Mellon University. She is the concertmaster of the Lakeland Civic Orchestra and performs with many ensembles in a wide range of styles, including classical, rock, jazz, and bluegrass. Her students of all ages have received numerous scholarships, awards, and top rankings in musical competitions and events. Former students have gone on to degree studies in music performance, therapy, and education.

Erik Wagner (guitar private lesson teacher) has taught guitar for 18 years and has been teaching at Baldwin Wallace since 1998. He specializes in teaching children and adults.  Mr. Wagner received his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Toledo and his Master's in Music Performance at University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music where he received full scholarship and was a graduate assistant. Mr. Wagner teaches his students proper technique and music theory. His current interests include fishing, exercising and traveling.
Kyle Williams (violin/viola private lesson teacher)
Bio coming soon

Louise Zeitlin (viola private lesson teacher, intermediate and advanced students and BW string faculty) divides her time between teaching in the conservatory at Baldwin Wallace University and directing the Oberlin Community Music School. She has taught young children through adult for the past 25 years, specializing in the intermediate and advanced student. She loves to encourage young, serious violists.  Ms. Zeitlin was educated at the Eastman School of Music and Yale University.  She has served as Past President of the Ohio Viola Society and as both Secretary and board member to the American Viola Society. Ms. Zeitlin can be found regularly with her two teenage children and trying to stay in shape in any local swimming pool.




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