CSA Instructors

Brook Bennett, Cello – M.M. SUNY-Purchase, B.M. Cleveland Institute of Music.
Brook Bennett has served on CSA’s faculty since September 2004 as cello instructor. A registered Suzuki teacher, Brook teaches beginning to advanced CSA students in both Suzuki and traditional methods. He also directs the New Horizons String Orchestra, CSA’s string ensemble for adults. Active as a performer in the Goshen and surrounding community, Brook is also a cellist with the South Bend Symphony Orchestra.

Jessica Bennett, Violin – B.A. Goshen College.
Jessica Bennett began her violin study at age 6 in the Goshen College string preparatory program (forerunner of CSA). She studied violin through high school and college, and as a GC student was a winner in the music department’s annual Concerto Aria Competition in 2000. Since that time, Jessica has taught many students of all ages and levels, and in 2009 she was appointed to the first violin section of the South Bend Symphony Orchestra. This fall she will add CSA violin teaching to her professional appointments.

Lyn Buschert, Violin, Viola – B.A. Goshen College.
Lyn Buschert has been teaching in the Goshen College CSA string program since 2003. Along with teaching, she is active as a church musician, and enjoys performing as s a member of local orchestras and smaller ensembles, including Maple City Chamber Orchestra and Elkhart County Symphony.

Kent Dutchersmith, Orff instruction -  M.M.E. and Orff Schulwerk certification from Anderson University, B.A. Goshen College.
Kent Dutchersmith has taught in the Goshen Schools for 13 years. He currently teaches general music at Model Elementary School using the Orff Schulwerk approach.  Kent received both his masters degree in Music Ed. and his Orff certification from Anderson University.  Kent is also a multi-instrumentalist and is a member of the groups “Kentucky T. Dutchersmith and the Rubber Band,” “Not Your Mother’s Irish Band,” “Faithful Bread,” and “The Band of Goshen.”

Chris French, Clarinet/Saxophone – M.M. Juilliard School
A versatile instrumentalist, Chris French is an accomplished clarinetist, saxophonist, and flutist. He received B.M. and M.M. degrees from the Juilliard School, and worked with traditional and modern jazz groups in New York City. After briefly playing with the Orquesta del Estado de Mexico, he returned to Los Angeles and continued playing jazz and classical music with symphony orchestras, Broadway show pit orchestras, and recording studios until 1997, when he moved to Goshen. In addition to teaching at Goshen College, Mr. French is also on the faculty of Indiana University South Bend and St. Mary’s College, and plays regularly with classical and jazz performing groups in Indiana, Michigan, and Illinois. He has been featured soloist with the Elkhart Youth Symphony, Maple City Chamber Orchestra, Elkhart Municipal Band, St. Joseph band, Truth in Jazz, Elkhart Symphony and the Elkhart Jazz Festival.

Manica Gentry, Piano – Performer’s Certificate, Trinity College of Music, London (Thailand).
Manica Gentry has taught piano lessons to students through the CSA since 2004. Before that time she taught applied piano to students from grades 3 through 8 at Trinity College of Music and Royal School of Music (Thailand), and was also a piano teacher at St. Joseph Convent School and the Progress School in Thailand.

Sandy Hill, Voice, Shout for Joy Children’s Choir – M.M. University of Texas at Austin.
Coloratura soprano Sandy Hill has taught private vocal instruction in the Goshen community since moving here with her family in 1999, and before that at the Wausau Conservatory of Music (Wis.). Sandy has taught voice with the Community School of the Arts since 2003 and has directed Shout for Joy Children’s Choir since 2008.

Rebecca Hovan, Flute, CSA Flute Choir – M.M. North Texas University, B.M. Middle Tennessee State.
Rebecca Hovan teaches flute to intermediate through advanced students through the CSA and is also a music faculty member at Goshen College and Indiana University-South Bend. Rebecca has served as Chair of the National Flute Association Pedagogy Committee and is co-author of the Blocki Flute Method. She also actively performs as soloist and in community ensembles.

Kristin Kauffman, Rejoice Children’s Choir – B.A. Goshen College.
Kristin Kauffman is a graduate of Goshen College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education.  She served as Choral Director at Central Noble High School and Central Noble Middle School in Albion (Ind.) from 2000-2004 where she also provided private voice instruction and taught courses in Music Theory and Musical Theater.  She has privately taught students from Penn-Harris-Madison and Concord Schools and currently teaches voice at Bethany Christian Schools.  Kristin is an adjudicator with the Indiana State School Music Association, a guest song leader for area retreats and conferences, and a flute and soprano soloist.  She is an active member of Belmont Mennonite Church in Elkhart, (Ind.), where she directs the Hosanna Children’s Choir.  Kauffman has directed Rejoice since 2012.

Anne Lehman, Piano – B.A. Goshen College.
Anne Lehman began teaching in the piano preparatory program (forerunner of CSA) as a student intern at Goshen College. As a GC student, she was a winner in the music department’s annual Concerto Aria Competition in 2002. Anne graduated with a major in psychology and a minor in piano pedagogy in 2003, and began teaching piano with CSA again in 2007. Anne is active in music at her church.

Luke Norell, piano – D.M.A. candidate, M.M. Indiana University.
A Minnesota native, Luke Norell is completing his doctorate with André Watts at Indiana University, after previously obtaining his M.M. degree from IU, and his B.M. degree from Northwestern College (St. Paul).  An active teacher, Luke serves on the faculty of the Young Artist World Piano Festival and the University of Northwestern Piano Institute. He was the Accompanying Coordinator for the Indiana University piano department for two years, and held an Associate Instructor position there for five years, teaching both private lessons and group piano classes.

Mary Rose Norell, piano – D.M.A. Northwestern University
A Goshen native, Mary Rose (Jordan) Norell began her piano studies under Marvin Blickenstaff in the Goshen College Piano Preparatory Department. She has developed a vibrant performance career at home and abroad, concertizing in Ravinia’s Bennett Gordon Hall and Chicago’s Cindy Pritzker Auditorium, as well as at venues in England, Austria, Italy, and Lithuania. Passionate about outreach in classical music, she works as a Guest Artist for the Ravinia Festival’s “Reach*Teach*Play” program, giving interactive lecture-performances for children in inner-city Chicago Public Schools for a variety of repertoire.

Kathryn Schmidt, piano – D.M.A. University of British Columbia
Kathryn Schmidt, pianist, enjoys a blossoming career as a performer of solo and collaborative works, teacher, and adjudicator. Kathryn has performed at noted venues including the Chan Centre, the Norman Rothstein theatre, the Telus Studio theatre (Vancouver), the Winnipeg Art Gallery (Winnipeg) and the Wiener Saal (Salzburg, Austria). She has appeared with orchestras in Grand Forks (USA) and Winnipeg. In recent years, Kathryn adjudicated several festivals around BC, and served as the Music Director of Christ the Redeemer Anglican Church (Cloverdale, BC).

Rosalyn Troiano, Violin, Viola and String Academy Director – D.M.A., Eastman School of Music, Rochester (NY).
Rosalyn Troiano has directed CSA’s string program since 2004. Having worked as teaching assistant to Eastman professor of viola George Taylor, she currently serves as lead instructor of CSA’s viola and violin students of all levels and ages, and directs the school’s Allegro and Vivace string ensembles for beginning and intermediate players.  A certified Suzuki instructor, Rosalyn also leads CSA’s active Suzuki program in private and group instruction.

Kevin Vaughn, Organ – M.A. Notre Dame Univ.
Kevin Vaughn is organ instructor for the Goshen College Music Department and the CSA.  He is Director of Music and Organist at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Elkhart. Kevin currently serves as Dean of the St. Joseph Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and is a member of the Church Music Association of America.

Beth Wheeler, Flute – B.A. Goshen College.
Beth Wheeler has taught flute since 2006, and began with CSA in 2008. She has studied flute and flute pedagogy with GC professor Rebecca Hovan. She has also played with various community ensembles, including the Sagwa Valley and Goshen College flute choirs.