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Meet the Faculty

Meet the Faculty

GMA Team

Julian Baldwin

- B.M. Music Performance at Shenandoah University; Cecilia Award for Vocal Excellence
- Classical tenor based in the DC Metro area
- Versatile skills in operatic and concert repertoire
- Advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion in the arts for people of every background
- Chorister for the Empire City Men’s Chorus

Marina Beeson



- B.A. Vocal Performance from New England Conservatory
- Teaching privately since 2018
- Co-Director of I am the Lead!
- Specializes in teaching vocal technique for opera and musical theater as well as sacred music


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Mary Carr



- B.M. Music History from Catholic University of America
- Teaching privately since 2009
- Specializes in multiple string instruments
- Proficient in instrument repairs and maintenance

Emberlein Di Salvo

- B.M. Vocal Performance; Minor in Performing Arts Management; Catholic University of America
- Director for GMA’s I am the Lead! program
- Teaching privately since 2020
- Former Dance Programming Intern for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Andrew Ferguson



- B.A. from Peabody Conservatory
- Teaching privately for over 10 years, including time with The Suitland School for Performing Arts
- Former orchestra member for the Maryland Choral Arts Society
- Member of the Magic Ray Quintet

Matthew Guilherme

- Graduate of Bridgewater State University.
- Studied Jazz under Berklee graduate, Felix Rentschler.
- Teaching privately since 2014.
- Performed on renowned stages such as Connolly's Pub in Times Square and The Mohegan Sun Wolf Den.
- Lead guitarist/vocalist in nationally acclaimed wedding bands (i.e. Closing Time Boston & Bachelor Boys Band)

Charles Jones



- Woodwind and Classical studies at Howard University and Morgan State University; Jazz Improvisation studies at Peabody Conservatory
- Teaching privately for over 40 years
- Extensive performing career, notably opening for Earth Wind and Fire, Rick James, Kool and the Gang, and more
- Band Director for The Lower School at Calverton

Jonathan McPherson


- B.M. Electronic Music Production and Sound Design from Berklee College of Music; Piano studies at University of Louisiana
- 3 Air Force Band overseas tours 
- Highlights include performing alongside Drake White, Arturo Sandoval, and NFL Halftime show with Max Impact
- Won a team Emmy Award in 2021 for Red Tail Angels as a composer and sound mixer

Teresa Nielsen


- Graduated from Brigham Young University.
- Teaching privately for over 25 years in the U.S. and overseas.
- Utilizes a wide range of teaching methods for beginner and intermediate students of all learning styles.

Scott Shirley

- A.A. Music Performance from Prince Goerge's Community College.
- Teaching privately since 2009.
- Former director of Product Scheduling for PRS Guitars.
- Performs locally with several bands, primarily in Rock and Country styles/venues.

Amanda Thompson

- M.A. Leadership in Teaching from Notre Dame of Maryland University; B.M. Clarinet Performance from University of Maryland, College Park School of Music
- Teaching privately and in public schools since 2012.
- Experience teaching woodwinds, piano, choir, and strummed strings.

Ross Thompson



- Graduate of University of Maryland, College Park School of Music
- Alumni of the Oberlin Trumpet Workshop (2 years)
- Teaching privately since 2013
- Students have seen success in Maryland All-State Band, Solo & Ensemble festivals, and the National Trumpet Competition.
-  Member of various groups, including the Chesapeake Orchestra and Magic Ray Jazz.
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