The Community School of the Arts is blessed to have a faculty with such a wide array of voice and instrumental talent, and our program would not be possible without the time and talents of these dedicated instructors. Please take a moment to browse their biographies and the areas they teach.
Keyboard & Harp
Anne Buckwalter, piano
Manica Gentry, piano
Krysta Hawkley Hartman, piano
Ramona Kim, harp
Luke Norell, Piano Program director
Mary Rose Norell, piano & CSA Director
Emily Evans Nussbaum, piano
James Richardson, organ
Christine Way, piano
Anne Marie Weaver, piano
Jacob Zehr, piano & voice
Lyn Buschert, violin & viola
Dato Machavariani, cello
Rafael Chávez y Moreno, guitar & ukulele
Kyle Pitcher, bass
Janell Preheim, violin
José Rocha, cello
Solomia Soroka, violin
Matthias Stegmann, guitar
Rosalyn Troiano, violin, viola, & Suzuki
Rose Wollman, violin & viola
Ainslee Zou, cello
Vocal and Choir
Sandy Hill, voice & Shout For Joy
Kristin Kauffman, Rejoice Choir
Rebecca Dengler Kaufman, voice
Marcia Yost, Sommo Voci
Jacob Zehr, voice & piano
Winds, Brass, & Percussion
Max Mault, trumpet
Ben Runkel, percussion & Percussion Ensemble
Erin Yoder, French horn
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.
B.A. Goshen College
Rafael Chávez y Moreno has taught guitar for almost 10 years at various music schools in the area. Rafael graduated from Goshen College in 2009 with a BA degree in Music Business and Technology. He is also an active performer, playing various musical styles in bands such as Kansas Bible Company, Lalo Cura and WIlson’s Reservoir. Rafael specializes in Jazz, Rock and Latin genres and enjoys instructing all levels.
M.M. University of Northern Colorado
B.A. Goshen College
Rebecca Dengler Kaufman is a graduate of Goshen College and received her Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Northern Colorado. While attending UNC Rebecca appeared onstage as Cherubino inLe Nozze di Figaro and Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus. She also received 1st place at the National Association of Teachers of Singing competition in the Colorado/Wyoming chapter. After attending UNC Rebecca taught in the music department at Arapahoe Community College in Littleton, Colorado while performing throughout the Denver Metro area. In Denver, Rebecca was a regular soloist at St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral as well as performing in the Opera Colorado chorus. She has appeared as soloist in Vivaldi’s Gloria, Copland’s In the Beginning, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, and Handel’s Messiah. Currently, Rebecca helps many young Elkhart County students find joy and confidence in singing through vocal instruction. She performs with the Saint Joseph Valley Camerata as well as finding opportunities to serve as soloist in the Michiana area in the midst of raising her three beautiful children.
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.
M.M. Westminster Choir College of Rider University
B.A. Goshen College
Krysta Hawkley Hartman has been teaching piano since 2001, and has taught at Westminster Conservatory (Princeton, NJ), Levine Music (Washington, DC) and the Goshen College CSA. She received her pedagogical training from noted pedagogues such as Beverly Lapp, Ingrid Clarfield, Phyllis Lehrer, Jean Stackhouse, and Jim Goldsworthy; her piano teachers included Matthew Hill and Ena Bronstein Barton. She has taught all ages and skill levels, and specializes in introducing young students to the art of making music at the piano. Krysta is also an Applied Adjunct Instructor and Staff Accompanist for the Goshen College Music Department.
M.M. University of Texas at Austin
B.M.E. University of Wisconsin (Eau Claire)
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 performed on Wisconsin Public Radio’s Live from the Elvehjem and has appeared in a variety of musical and operatic roles. She was chosen as an intern to participate in the National Association of Teachers of Singing Internship Program at Penn State University with master teacher Jean Westerman Gregg. Sandy has taught voice with the CSA since 2003 and has directed Shout for Joy since 2008. Shout for Joy has performed with the South Bend Symphony in Requiem of the Innocent by Jorge Muñiz and most recently with the Goshen High School choirs in John Rutter’s Mass of the Children.
B.A. Goshen College
Kristin Kauffman is a graduate of Goshen College with a BA degree in Music Education. She served as Choral Director at Central Noble High School and Middle School in Albion (Ind.) from 2000-2004 where she also provided private voice instruction and taught courses in Music Theory and Musical Theater. Kristin has privately taught students throughout Elkhart and St. Joseph counties and currently teaches voice at Fairfield Junior/Senior High. Beyond the classroom, Kristin is an adjudicator with the Indiana State School Music Association, a guest song leader for area retreats and conferences, a soprano soloist, and a clinician who was selected by the Indiana Music Education Association as the guest conductor for the 2017 Circle the State with Song Elementary Choral Festival. She is a member of Belmont Mennonite Church in Elkhart (Ind.) where she is active in music leadership. This is Kristin’s 8th season as Director of the Rejoice Children’s Choir.
M.M. Indiana University – South Bend
B.M. Azusa Pacific University
Ramona Kim, a native of southwest Michigan, began her study of the harp at the early age of 7. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Azusa Pacific University in southern California and a Master of Music degree with an emphasis in harp performance from Indiana University South Bend where she studied with Suzann Davids. Ramona also attended the Salzedo Harp Colony in Camden (Maine), for intensive study with Alice Chalifoux, former Cleveland Symphony principal harpist. In addition to teaching in her home studio, Ramona is the adjunct professor of harp at Goshen College and Bethel College. She also is the principal harpist for Elkhart Symphony Orchestra, Symphony of the Lakes in Warsaw, and plays periodically with South Bend Symphony Orchestra.
M.M. Tbilisi State Conservatory
Post Graduate studies – Tbilisi State Conservatory
David Machavariani was born in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia. His official musical training started at the age of eight in a special music school for gifted children in Georgian capital Tbilisi. David debuted at the age of fourteen with the Georgian National Symphony Orchestra, performing Haydn’s Concerto in C major. He continued his studies at the Tbilisi State Conservatory under the tutelage of Eldar Isakadze and Tamara Gabarashvili (both pupils of Mstislav Rostropovich), and earned his master’s and post graduate degrees with highest distinction. During these years David played numerous recitals as a soloist and chamber musician, he has successfully toured in Georgia, Russia and Ukraine. In 1982 David won first prize at the Transcaucasian chamber music competition. After graduation he was invited to become a part of the cello faculty at central music school for gifted children. During 1990-92, David was a part of the cello faculty in Tbilisi State Conservatory. He was member of Georgian Chamber Orchestra under Liana Isakadze and was touring in Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, Hungary, West Germany, and Austria. In 1992, David moved to United States and earned his master’s degree and artist diploma at Indiana University South Bend. As a soloist David played many times with a Georgian National Symphony, Georgian Radio and TV Orchestra, IUSB Philharmonic, Elkhart Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Machavariani has performed in very prestigious venues such as Settimane Mussicaly di Stressa (Italy), Gilmore International Keyboard Festival in Kalamazoo (Michigan), Oxford, (England), at Santa Cecilia in Rome (Italy), and Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon (Portugal). Currently Mr. Machavariani is a member of South Bend Symphony Orchestra, Kalamazoo and Southwest Michigan symphony Orchestras, and co-principal cellist in Summer Festival Chamber Orchestra (Columbia MO). He serves as an adjunct faculty at Goshen college and Valparaiso University.
D.M. Indiana University
M.M. Indiana University
B.M. University of Northwestern (St. Paul MN)
A native of rural Minnesota, Luke Norell has concertized internationally as soloist and chamber musician. His prizes include first place awards in the Schubert Club Competition, the Minnesota MTNA Competition, and the Third Biennial Lee Piano Competition. Luke studied with André Watts at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, while teaching as an Associate Instructor, and working as the Accompanying Coordinator. During the summer, Dr. Norell teaches at the Young Artist World Piano Festival and the University of Northwestern Piano Institute.
D.M. Northwestern University
M.M. Indiana University
B.M. Indiana 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 Norway, England, Austria, Italy, and Lithuania. Active as a concerto soloist, Mary Rose has performed with ensembles such as the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, the Northwestern Summer Orchestra, the Elkhart County Symphony, and the Maple City Chamber Orchestra. She frequently performs with her husband Luke as the Norell Piano Duo, and enjoys playing chamber music of all varieties. 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. Mary Rose currently serves as the CSA Director, and teaches piano lessons and group classes of the Piano Pedagogy Lab Program for the CSA.
Victoria Petrak is a conductor, performer and educator recently appointed Director of Orchestras for Concord Community Schools in Elkhart. She recently completed her Masters degree in Orchestral Conducting at Kent State University under the instruction of Dr. Jungho Kim, and earned her BM in violin performance and BME in music education at Baldwin Wallace University where she studied violin with Dr. Julian Ross and Katherine Bormann. Victoria’s conducting education has included study with Octavio Más-Arocás and Tiffany Chang, and master classes in the United States and Europe with Howard Williams, John Farrer, Markand Thakar, and Kevin Noe. While studying at Kent State University, Petrak worked with Kent State University Orchestra, Opera Production and Scenes, and New Music Ensemble. Additionally, Victoria is on faculty at Camp Encore/Coda in Sweden, Maine and conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra, teaches private lessons and coaches chamber music. Previously, she taught middle school band in Lakewood City Schools, and was an ensemble manager and assistant at Interlochen Arts Camp. Victoria served as assistant conductor at Shaker Heights High School, and assistant to Octavio Más-Arocas for the Baldwin Wallace Symphony Orchestra and Conservatory Summer Institute orchestras. She was chosen as the first guest conductor for the Contemporary Youth Orchestra under the direction of Liza Grossman, and conducted the United States premiere of Fay Wang’s The Play of Toys. An advocate for contemporary music, Victoria has conducted multiple world premieres with the Baldwin Wallace Symphony Orchestra, BW Brass Ensemble fanfare project, and the premiere of Scott Little’s opera Story of an Hour with the Kent State University Opera scenes program. She hopes to continue to diversify the repertoire performed by orchestras, and increase the accessibility of orchestral music. As a performer, Victoria enjoys playing in orchestra and has toured Europe with the International Youth Symphony Orchestra, as well as performed with the National Music Festival Orchestra, and Baldwin Wallace Bach Festival Orchestra.
B.M.E. Western Michigan University
Hailing from Grand Rapids, Michigan, Kyle Pitcher studied at Western Michigan University where he received his Bachelor of Music in Music Education. He is an active performer as a double bassist, and currently teaches private double bass lessons. Kyle is the 5th/6th grade Orchestra Director for Goshen Community Schools, as well as an Assistant Director for the 7th grade, 8th grade, and high school orchestras. Kyle is an active member of the American String Teacher’s Association and the International Society of Bassists.
M.M. University of Oklahoma
B.M. DePauw University
James Richardson is a Goshen-based organist and church musician. He is Director of Sacred Music and Organist at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Goshen, Indiana where he serves as choir master, organist, cantor, as well as part-time music teacher for elementary music K-5 at the St. John the Evangelist Catholic School. His duties include coordinating cantering schedules, musical programming & arranging, providing music at 5 weekly masses, and rehearsing the adult choir. He is adjunct instructor of organ at Goshen College. Richardson has a Master of Music degree in Organ Performance from the University of Oklahoma, and a B.M. in Music from DePauw University.
B.M. & B.M.E. Northern Illinois University
Ben Runkel is a versatile percussionist, educator, and composer who seeks to bring powerful experiences to his audiences through the percussive arts. A native of Naperville, Illinois, Ben was a winner in the WAMSO Young Artist Competition and has been a soloist with the St. Paul Civic Symphony, Elkhart Municipal Band, and Northern Illinois University Philharmonic. Ben has performed locally and internationally including Costa Rica, Millennium Park Chicago, Goshen College, Bethel College, Concord High School, and all across the United States as a member of the Madison Scouts and Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps. Ben currently serves as percussion faculty at Goshen College, and until recently, was the Percussion Specialist for Concord Community Schools, Elkhart, IN. As a composer, Ben writes and arranges for many groups throughout Indiana, Illinois, and Michigan. Ben is proud to endorse many fine percussion companies including Mapex and Majestic Percussion, Sabian Cymbals, Evans Drumheads, and Vic Firth Sticks and Mallets, and to be a member of the Percussive Arts Society. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degrees in Music Performance and Music Education from Northern Illinois University’s School of Music where his primary teachers were Greg Beyer, Robert Chappell, Rich Holly, and Rodrigo Villanueva.
B. M. Kiev Conservatory
M.M. Kiev Conservatory
D.M. Kiev Conservatory
D.M.A, Eastman School of Music University of Rochester
Violinist Solomia Soroka, born in L’viv, Ukraine, made her solo debut at age 10, playing the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the L’viv Philharmonic Orchestra, and has since performed with orchestras in Ukraine, Australia, and the United States. Her recitals in Washington D.C. were part of the Smithsonian Institute performing arts series and she received the following review in the Washington Post: “Soroka is a superbly equipped violinist, at ease with the technical challenges of Sarasate or of Jeno Hubay’s Czardas No. 2, but even more impressive in the gentler moments…. Her tone is warm and mellow on the low strings, brilliant on the high strings, perfectly controlled and expressively used.” Dr. Soroka has appeared as soloist and as chamber musician at concerts and festivals in Australia, New Zealand, Germany, France, Italy, Czech Republic, Ukraine, USA, Canada, China, Korea, and Taiwan. Dr. Soroka performed premieres of a number of important contemporary Ukrainian compositions for violin, including works by Borys Lyatoshynsky, Myroslav Skoryk and Yevhen Stankovytch. Solomia Soroka has toured and recorded extensively with her husband, the American pianist Arthur Greene. Their Naxos recording of Four Violin Sonatas by William Bolcom was selected as a Recording of the Month with the highest ranking for both artistry and sound quality by Classics Today, and received reviews in various distinguished journals: “Another virtuoso piece…confidently delivered by this brilliant duo” (Gramophone). Dr. Soroka is currently a violin professor at Goshen College, and is on the faculty of Castleman Quartet Program, and Schlern Music Festival. She studied with Hersh Heifetz, Bohodar Kotorovych, Liudmyla Zvirko and Charles Castleman.
M.M. College Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati
Matthias Stegmann was born in Münster, West Germany, where he began playing the guitar at the age of twelve. Mr. Stegmann also pursued graduate studies in Music History and Theory at Ohio University and earned a Master’s degree in classical guitar performance under the supervision of Clare Callahan at the College Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati. Stegmann currently teaches guitar and audio production at Goshen College and guitar for the CSA. He also coordinates all recording activities at the GC Music Center.
D.M.A. Eastman School of Music
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.
M. Mus. Ed. Illinois State University
B-Exam Berliner Kirchenmusikschule (Berlin Church Music School)
B.A. Goshen College
Christine Way has lived in Goshen since 1997 after returning to the U.S. from Berlin, Germany. There she studied church music (organ, piano and choral conducting). Most of her life she has worked in the areas of Music Therapy, Elementary School music teaching as well as studio teaching. She thoroughly enjoys working with students in developing piano skills as well as discovering together how music can enrich all of our lives.
Ph.D. University of Rochester, Eastman School of Music
M.M. Bowling Green State University
B.A. Goshen College
Anne Marie Weaver has nearly two decades of experience teaching private piano lessons to students of all ages, in Indiana, Ohio, and upstate New York. She performs across Michiana as a collaborative pianist, including accompanying Vesper Chorale in Mishawaka. As a musicologist she serves as an adjunct faculty member at Goshen College, and she is also the director of musical activities at College Mennonite Church.
D.M. Indiana University
M.M. & Diploma New England Conservatory
B.M. University of Illinois (Urbana)
Praised for her multifaceted interpretations of classical and contemporary music, violist Rose Wollman is sought after as a soloist, chamber musician, teacher, orchestral musician, and now conductor. She has performed in venues around the world such as Carnegie Hall, Suntory Hall, the KKL, and Constitution Hall. She is thrilled to be joining the GC Community School of the Arts as conductor of the YHCO and a violin/viola faculty member. Dr. Wollman has worked in many settings as conductor and coach for programs such as the Notre Dame choral conducting program, the Evansville Youth Philharmonic, and New England Conservatory Prep. A dedicated teacher, Rose currently teaches at Saint Mary’s College, the University of Notre Dame, and Valparaiso University. Additionally, she has taught viola and chamber music at the University of Evansville, DePauw University, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and the University of Illinois. As an orchestral musician, Rose has performed with the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra under Pierre Boulez, the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra under Fabio Luisi, the Portland Symphony, and the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra. She has served as principal violist of the Evansville Philharmonic and Cape Cod Symphony, and frequently plays with the South Bend Symphony and for University of Notre Dame events. Rose lives in South Bend with her husband and daughter, who will turn 1 in October.
M.M. Northwestern University
B.A. Goshen College
Erin Yoder is a native of Goshen, Indiana, where she attended Goshen College and earned degrees in both music performance and biology. In addition, she graduated from Northwestern University with a master of music performance in horn. Erin has studied with David Mosley, Bruce Heim, Barry Benjamin, and Arnold Jacobs. She taught applied horn lessons at both Bethel College and Goshen College, and played principal horn in the Maple City Chamber Orchestra. Erin is currently studying at Indiana University with Myron Bloom (modern horn), Richard Seraphinoff (natural horn), and working toward a doctorate in brass pedagogy.
M.M. West Michigan University
B.M. University of Indianapolis
Learning the joy of music at a very young age, Marcia Yost continued her study of music throughout her school years performing in bands, choirs and orchestras. She continued her passion for music by attending the University of Indianapolis where she received an undergraduate degree in Music Education. She furthered her music training receiving a Master of Music degree from Western Michigan University. In 1983, she accepted the position of Choral Director at Goshen High School where she has created a state and nationally recognized choral program. As Music Department Chairperson at Goshen High School, Yost has been instrumental in the growth of one of the finest high school music programs in the State. Since 2012, Marcia has served as Executive Director of the Music Center.
Ainslee Zou is a multi-talented cellist, pianist, and vocalist who has been involved with the Community School of the Arts since the young age of two, as a student in the Kindermusik program. Ainslee has been playing cello since the fifth grade. She was involved in Youth Honors Concert Orchestra, Youth Honors Symphonic Orchestra, Indiana All-State Orchestra, Music for All’s National Honors Orchestra, Concord High School Symphonic Orchestra, Elkhart County Symphony Orchestra, and is currently a member of Goshen College’s Symphonic Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra. She has performed in musicals, ISSMA Solo and Ensemble Competitions, and private events. Ainslee is currently a double major at Goshen College, studying music and biochemistry. She graduated from Concord High School in 2018. Ainslee has studied under Lara Turner and Jose Rocha. She is excited to share her talents with CSA students and families in the upcoming school year.