Conservatory Outreach


Conservatory Outreach Wind Faculty

David Betts (recorder 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.

Mark DeMio
(bassoon private lesson teacher) In addition to teaching for BW Conservatory Outreach, Mark DeMio is bassoon instructor for the Case Western Reserve and Cleveland State Universities: as well as other music schools.  Performing on bassoon and contrabassoon throughout the area, he is with Opera Cleveland, Trinity Cathedral Chamber Orchestra, Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Blossom Festival Band and Orchestra, Akron Symphony, Erie Philharmonic, and is fortunate to have played with the Cleveland Orchestra many times for performances, recordings, and tours.  Mark and his wife Elizabeth (a professional pianist) live in Cleveland Heights with their two fabulous children and two rascally dogs.  Mr. DeMio enjoys long walks, reading, endless yard work, travel and cooking.  And, watching older, odd 'B-movies' keeps the whole family chuckling.

Beth Elardo (flute private lesson teacher) has taught flute in the Outreach Dept in the Conservatory at Baldwin Wallace University for over 20 years.  She has over thirty years experience teaching the flute to students of all ages, and enjoys teaching at all levels including adults. Ms. Elardo's students perform each year in a flute recital at BW which highlights solo and ensemble performances by her students.  Students are taught flute emphasizing a full resonant tone and attention to skill building in technique, rhythm, and musicianship.  Ms. Elardo received her Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace University and furthered her studies in the Graduate Music Education and Music Therapy Program at Cleveland State University.   Her teachers included Maurice Sharp (former principal flutist of the Cleveland Orchestra for over 50 years), William Hebert (former piccolo with the Cleveland Orchestra), and Deidre McGuire (former principal flutist of the Cleveland Opera and Ballet).  Ms. Elardo is a frequent solo and chamber music performer at several local churches.  She currently teaches music in the Cleveland Municipal School District.  Her hobbies include photography and travel.

Jennifer Andersen Germaine (flute and piccolo private lesson teacher) has been teaching for Baldwin Wallace University since 1998. Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance (Cum Laude) from Baldwin Wallace and a Master's of Music in Flute Performance from The University of Akron. Jennifer free-lances in the Cleveland area, plays in a woodwind quintet, and performs with many local theaters. Jennifer has previously worked as the Band Director's Assistant with the Copley Fairlawn School, Music Fundamentals Instructor with the Broadway School of Music and the Arts, and the Children's Choir Director for her church. Jennifer's interests include Disneyland Memorabilia, reading, and spending time with her husband and dog.

Mary Ann Grof-Neiman (clarinet private lesson teacher) is currently the program administrator of the Cleveland Institute of Music's Preparatory and Continuing Education Division. She received her bachelor of science in music education degree from the Bowling Green State University. Ms. Grof-Neiman has served as clarinetist for the Blossom Festival Band, Lakeland Civic Band, Lakeside Symphony Orchestra, Youngstown Symphony, Erie Philharmonic, and currently performs with the Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra, Lakewood "Home Town" Band, Medina Community Band, the Cleveland Winds, and is principal clarinetist with the Sounds of Sousa Band and the Chagrin Falls Studio Orchestra. She maintains private studios at Baldwin Wallace University through their Conservatory Outreach Program as well as her home in Medina. She has served the Ohio Music Education Association as a Woodwind Adjudicator for the last 18 years and is a member of AFM Local 24. She resides in Medina with her husband Marcus and their cats Dmitri and Sasha. 

Ethan Miller (saxophone private lesson teacher) originally from Buffalo, New York, is quickly emerging as one of his generation’s most versatile and sought after saxophonists. Mr. Miller is a Conn­-Selmer Performing Artist and has regularly appeared in international solo recitals, recording sessions, Classical ensembles, Pop/Rock and Jazz combos, Big Bands, and as a concerto soloist in the United States and Europe. An advocate for modern repertoire for the saxophone, he has premiered works by noted composers such as Dr. Frederick Koch, Dr. Thomas Janson, and members of the Cleveland Composer’s Guild. Additionally, he has given solo performances with The 5th International Competition Adolphe Sax (Dinant, Belgium), Classical Radio WCLV, the Canton Symphony Orchestra, Solon Philharmonic Orchestra, Cleveland Bop Stop, Playhouse Square, and Cain Park Concert Series.

He is a founding member of the Cleveland Saxophone Quartet, Trio Diverso, and The Ethan Miller Jazztet. Other affiliations include positions as saxophonist and arranger for Abby Normal and the Detroit Lean, a group heralded by Cleveland’s Plain Dealer as, “Northeast Ohio’s Most Original Band.” As a recording artist, he has appeared courtesy of Ludwig Music and recorded modern works for the saxophone by composer Victoria Belfiglio.

Mr. Miller regularly presents master classes for youth through college-level saxophonists throughout Ohio and Western New York. He has been awarded degrees with honors from the Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory of Music (B.M.) and Kent State University (M.M). Mr. Miller holds appointments as Assistant Professor of Music at Kent State University’s Hugh A. Glauser School of Music and KSU Regional Campuses. He is an Adjunct Faculty member of the Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory of Music and Instructor of Woodwinds and Jazz Studies at Solon Center for the Arts. In addition, he maintains an extensive private teaching studio. Mr. Miller is a Conn-Selmer Performing Artist, a member of the American Federation of Musicians, Local 4 (Cleveland) and The North American Saxophone Alliance.

Cynthia Watson (oboe private lesson teacher) joined the faculty at Baldwin Wallace as Teacher of Oboe in 2011. In addition she teaches at Case Western Reserve University. Ms Watson is the Principal Oboe of the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra and a member of the Swannanoa Chamber Music Festival. She has also served as principal oboe of the Albany Symphony, the Glimmerglass Opera Orchestra, and as a member the Solaris Woodwind quintet, the IRIS Chamber Orchestra and the Canton Symphony. From 1991-1994 she was a regular member of the Mainly Mozart Festival in San Diego. She has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Cleveland Opera, the Rochester Philharmonic and the Virginia Opera Orchestra. Ms. Watson has been on the faculty of the University of Akron School of Music, and Ithaca College. Ms. Watson received a Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Richard Killmer. She continued her studies at Yale with Ronald Roseman, earning a Master’s Degree. Her playing has been described as "creating a lasting impression with exquisite singing tone" (Times Union, Albany, N.Y.), "an evening of superlative work" and "[a performance] with soulful brilliance" (Schenectady Gazette). She has recorded on Telarc with the Akron Symphony, on Albany Records with the Albany Symphony Orchestra and CBS Masterworks with Wynton Marsalis and the Eastman Wind Ensemble.


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