Susan Altemose is a third-year Music Education and Flute Performance major at West Chester University of Pennsylvania (WCU). Her primary focus is flute, but she also plays violin. Susan’s also a student ambassador for the Wells School of Music. She plays piccolo in the WCU Incomparable Golden Rams Marching Band and serves as one of the flute/piccolo section leaders. She’s also a member of WCU’s Wind Symphony, Flute Ensemble, Latin Jazz Ensemble, NAfME – collegiate organization, and serves as the President of WCU’s American String Teachers’ Association. Some of Susan’s hobbies include photography, figure skating, and listening to Broadway showtunes. Susan is most looking forward to gaining more teaching experience through her passion for music while building new connections within her community.
Jeffrey Barlow is a third-year Music Education major at West Chester University of Pennsylvania (WCU). His primary instrument is saxophone, but he also sings regularly with experience in the Mastersingers vocal ensemble at WCU. Jeffrey is also a member of WCU’s Incomparable Golden Rams Marching Band, currently holding a saxophone section leader position for the second consecutive year. Jeffrey also works with Unionville High School as a woodwind technical advisor for their marching band. Jeffrey works with the Clip Staff for Vivace Productions Drum Major Academy. Some of his favorite hobbies are playing frisbee and video games. Jeffrey is very excited to begin this new journey with Music Service Learning.
Peyton Beebe is a fourth-year Music Education major at West Chester University of Pennsylvania (WCU). Originally from Bethany Beach, Delaware, Peyton’s primary instrument is oboe. In the Wells School of Music, she is involved with many ensembles, such as Wind Symphony, Symphony Orchestra, Marching Band, Chamber Winds, Women’s Chorus, and Double Reed studio. She is also involved in Kappa Kappa Psi, WCU’s NAfME-C chapter, and holds the position of Ambassador for the Wells School of Music. When she’s not in class or practicing, Peyton enjoys yoga, journaling, meditating, baking, and reading. She enjoys learning and connecting with wonderful teachers and students through Music Service Learning. Peyton will be teaching oboe, guitar, trumpet, piano, trumpet, flute, and other subjects, such as Music History and Aurals Skills.
Kathleen Carter is a third-year student at West Chester University of Pennsylvania (WCUPA) from Fenwick Island, Delaware. She is studying Music Education with a concentration in Percussion. At WCU, she is involved in a variety of clubs and ensembles, such as Symphony Orchestra, Choir, Marching Band, Percussion Ensemble, NAFME-C, and Percussion Club. Outside of school, she enjoys traveling, hiking, cooking, and crafting. Kathleen enjoys teaching various beginning band instruments, percussion, voice, aural skills, and sight reading.
Trent Detweiler is a third-year Music Education major at West Chester University of Pennsylvania (WCU). He is originally from Harleysville, PA and graduated from Souderton Area High School. He recently acquired the role as one of the high brass section leaders in WCU’s Incomparable Golden Rams Marching Band and the principal trumpet chair of the WCU Concert Band. Trent is a multi-instrumentalist who can proficiently teach over 15 different instruments to ambitious students who are driven to become great musicians. He aspires to be an effectively inclusive educator who gratifies the ubiquity of music and showcases the endless possibilities a young musician can pursue in their future career.
Kaitlyn Grubbs is a second-year graduate student pursuing her Master’s degree in Music Education at the University of Missouri – Columbia. She currently holds a teaching assistantship in the areas of music history and music theory, and will assist in teaching flute technique in the spring. Kaitlyn received her bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Eastern New Mexico University in 2020. She has been teaching flute privately since 2016 and loves helping students of all levels succeed. After she completes her graduate program, she plans on teaching band at the middle and high school level. Kaitlyn currently lives in Columbia, Missouri with her beau, Zak, and their two cats, Luna and Artemis.
Casey Jennings is a current Music Education student at West Chester University of Pennsylvania (WCU). Casey is an active participant in multiple instrumental and vocal ensembles, with a concentration on the French horn. Additionally, she holds internships with the Kennett Symphony Children’s Chorus and F-flat Books, and she serves as the Vice President of WCU’s NAfME Collegiate chapter, the Director of Music for the Zeta Upsilon chapter of Tau Beta Sigma, and a Student Leader for WCU’s Incomparable Golden Rams Marching Band. Upon graduating this school year, Casey hopes to teach in an elementary music classroom, where she will continue to share her love of music with her students and the community.
Mae Prasch is a fourth-year Music Education major at West Chester University of Pennsylvania (WCU). Mae has worked with Music Service Learning since it began. In addition to assisting with administrative tasks, she has collaborated with professional music educators through MSL on several projects to meet the unique needs of individual music programs in order to advance the field of music education- even amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Furthermore, Mae is a member of the National Association of Music Educators (NAfME) and is currently serving as President of WCU’s Collegiate Chapter. Outside of school, Mae also enjoys dabbling with candid photography, amateur video editing, and writing comical music parodies.
Emma Rolecki is a third-year student studying Music Education and Music History with a focus on saxophone at West Chester University of Pennsylvania (WCU). Her educational philosophy involves aspects of collaboration, equity, inclusion, and community; believing that music is a phenomenon that universally connects all people in the most humane sense, and is passionate about sharing that with her students. Outside of MSL, Emma is active in the WCU’s Incomparable Golden Rams Marching Band as a saxophone section leader, NAfME-C as acting treasurer, and the Zeta Upsilon chapter of Tau Beta Sigma—where she is a Sister and acting Vice President of Service.
Gabe Romero is a fourth-year Music Education major from Temple University. Originally from Long Island, New York, Gabe is primarily a cellist, but also enjoys playing piano and guitar, as well as songwriting and production. He has been involved with Music Service Learning since May of 2020, and is looking forward to further honing his skills as a music teacher and servicing the community while doing so. Gabe is also an avid cook, record collector, and coffee enthusiast!
Christina Samar is a Vocal Music Education Student at West Chester University. She is passionate about voice music and is a member of the semi-professional, virtual A Cappella Group Inside Voices and she also serves as Visual Director of West Chester’s competitive and award winning, A Cappella Group Under A Rest. In the evenings, she is a private Voice, Piano, and Ukulele instructor at W.C. Music Academy where she focuses on building an inclusive learning environment to nurture the growth and spirit of every student. Christina also manages a personal YouTube channel with videos recognized by and featured on America’s Got Talent and VidCon.
Elesa Stoltzfus is a fourth-year Music Education student, specializing in voice, at West Chester University. She has been involved with Music Service Learning from the beginning, working with educators, parents, and students from the community and providing graphic design services for the organization. In addition to working with MSL, Elesa teaches privately and conducts various choirs. She also enjoys singing with various community and collegiate choirs. She highly values people and relationships and believes that music can be an avenue to build up individuals and strengthen community.
Kaitlyn Wincup is a Music Education student studying at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, OH. Originally from Naperville, IL, she continually strives to learn all she can in the field of music with the constant mindset of serving her future students in the best ways possible. As a scholar in the Musicianship and Advanced Pedagogy scholarship group at BGSU, she has been able to experience different teaching environments and gain professional development experience. Organized, loyal, and resilient, she always puts as much of herself as she can into each project and never gives up in the face of adversity. Outside of music, Kaitlyn can usually be found swing dancing late into the night or curled up on the couch with a good book.
Madison Youngcourt is a third-year student at Bloomsburg University with a major in Music Education and minor in Theatre Arts. Madison has been singing for 15 years and now studies under Dr. Amelia Garbisch. After completing her Baccalaureate Degree at Bloomsburg University, Madison plans on attending Graduate School for Voice Performance. Outside of Bloomsburg, Madison can be seen performing on the stages of many community theatres across NEPTA.