Frank Gorgo, Piano

       

Frank Gorgo  is an award winning songwriter and producer.  As owner of Radio Active Music of New Jersey, Frank has earned the reputation as a premiere creative talent by combining his songwriting, producing, and marketing skills to create some of most recognized songs used in commercials in the Greater Philadelphia region and the Northeastern United States. 

     As a musician who specializes in piano and keyboards, Frank toured the United States with various performers throughout his career until purchasing a private recording studio in New Jersey. 

In 2010 Frank moved his studio to Harrisburg Pa. which he uses for songwriting, scoring, arranging for original artists, client music production and teaching.

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Ryan Frantz, Guitar/Bass/Music Theory/Recording


Hi my name is Ryan, my musical journey started when I was 12 years old when I discovered my mothers first guitar in our basement. By the time I was in High School I knew that music was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. My senior year I decided to focus on bass guitar studying jazz under the instruction of Jim Miller, who just so happened to be my main instructor at Lebanon Valley College where I studied Music Business. Since then I have owned my own recording studio, played with many bands ranging from Jazz Fusion to Country and taught lessons at Guitar Center and privately. Music is a passion that must be shared through creativity, discipline, and determination, but we must always remember that it is always fun. Come by anytime to meet with me so we can discuss your musical interests. 

Jamie Fuhrman, Drums/Percussion


~You could say I was born to play drums. My mother says that when she was pregnant with me, she would go to watch my father play,and I would kick to the beat of his drums.

~At age three, my dad gave me a practice pad and introduced drum rudiments to me. I took to it right away and couldn't stop pushing myself to work out the grooves.

~When I was six years old, a rogers kit was passed down to me. A new world of possibilities opened up.

~At age nine, I played my first gig with a band. Jazz drummers and funky grooves began to intrigue me. And I started to see drumming as a way of who I was. Around this time I began to win talent shows and competitions.

I met a drummer Aron walker from the band burning bus and started working with him on reading and grooving. Around the same time,I began lessons with a rock drummer Jamie hess.

After studying for a couple years, I was introduced to world class jazz drummer Clyde Lucas. Providing a unique focus on gospel and jazz drumming, Clyde strongly influenced me and my love for drumming grew.

I went on and earned a degree in drumming from Berklee college of music.

~I have now created my own style, using all the great influences I've had over the years.

Since the age 18, I have been working as a session drummer in numerous bands, including gospel groups, folk, rock, r&b, funk, even country.

I have also opened for national bands and recorded with Grammy award winning artists. I have hosted open mics and met hundreds of musicians. I also now own and run a professional recording studio in hershey pa and teach a number of drum students.

Every day, I continue to dedicate myself to the art of drumming.



Kayla Capone, Voice/piano

Martha Jane Atkins, Piano


Hello, my name is Martha Jane. I started playing piano at the age of 4, and I have been playing ever since. I remember when I was little how my Dad used to sit at the Piano with me while I practiced. Now I get to sit with others and share my passion for music with them. I love all different types of music and enjoy sharing that with others.

My background is in classical music with an emphasis on sight-reading and piano theory. While I was in high school I studied with Jim Sempeles. I have performed both as a soloist and as an accompanist. I have been teaching private lessons for some time now and I'm so excited to be joining Melody Place where I was once a student. One of the things I love the most about teaching is that every student is unique and learns differently. The fun is in learning how to teach each student individually however it is that they learn best. In the end, I learn as much from my students as they learn from me.

Joe Shattls, Drums /percussion


Joe Shattls has been playing drums professionally since the age of 13. He has studied

with many locally and nationally acclaimed teachers and artists.  While attending the University

of the Arts in Philadelphia, Joe was a member\ of the Downbeat award winning “Z” Big Band for

two consecutive years.

Joe has played with various local and national artists throughout his 20 years of

playing¨ as well as giving clinics and performing drum tech duties for various artists. He

attended Lebanon Valley College and graduated from The University of the Arts in 2014.

Jessica Phillips-Rife, Voice/piano


Lyric soprano Jessica Phillips-Rife has enjoyed successful runs starring in local opera productions over the past several years.  Most recently, she performed the leading roles of Violetta (La Traviata) in 2016, and Mimi (La Boheme) in 2017 with Capitol Opera Harrisburg.  She has also performed with the Sylvan Chorale and Center Stage Opera.  As a soprano who also possesses a lush and rich middle and lower register, Jessica was chosen to be the alto soloist in Mozart’s Requiem with the Sylvan Chorale in 2015, to great acclaim.


Born and raised in Central Pennsylvania, Jessica studied privately starting in the 1990’s with a complete focus on opera.  She also studied piano privately.  At the age of 17, she started her onstage operatic experience auditioning for the chorus of Harrisburg Opera but ultimately landing small roles with the company.  Growing up, Jessica shared her love of opera with her father and he too acquired a passion for it and specifically, Verdi’s music.  Jessica even had the opportunity to teach her father how to sing opera and together they would visit area retirement communities and sing Verdi’s famous “father/daughter” duets as real-life father and daughter.


In addition to her operatic stage experience, Jessica has performed several independent vocal recitals, taught voice privately, directed church choirs, and directed opera choruses.  Her choral directorial style focuses on producing the most blended and excellent sound possible from any group she leads.   


She currently resides in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania with her husband, Rusty and cat, Oliver.  Jessica is also a gifted pianist, arranger of hymns, and composer of songs.  When not performing on the stage, Jessica enjoys preparing and arranging music for upcoming events.

Marissa LaBant, Flute


Marissa LaBant, flutist, earned a BM in flute performance from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University and an MA in flute performance from New York University. She has had the opportunity to study professionally with Robert Dick, Laurie Sokoloff and Keith Underwood. A central Pennsylvania native, Marissa began serious flute studies in high school with Mary Hannigan of the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra.


Performing has afforded Ms. LaBant the opportunity to share her music in several diverse venues; from one of her most recent performances as a flute soloist in the Gracias Convoca Arts Festival in Gracias, Lempira, Honduras; to performing with the Avanti Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.; to playing chamber music in local arts spaces, such as the Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center and the Susquehanna Art Museum.  Marissa has also attended and performed in The Aspen Music Festival, The Penns Woods Music Festival, The Geneva International Masterclass Series with Marina Piccinini, the Gezmataz Festival in Genoa, Italy and at the Rocky Ridge Music Center in Estes Park, Colorado.


Ms. LaBant enjoys sharing the joys of music with people of all ages, taking an independent approach with each pupil. Students of all levels are encouraged to sign up for lessons and may bring any pieces, etudes or method books on which they are currently working. In addition to freelancing and teaching, Ms. LaBant previously worked for several years in music administration at the Peabody Preparatory in Baltimore, Maryland.



 

Emily Hoffman, Woodwinds, Brass, Guitar, Violin and Piano


Emily Hoffman has lived in Central Pennsylvania her entire life, graduating from Lower Dauphin High School before attending Millersville University for music education with a focus in saxophone and music theory. A student of Dr. Christy Banks, Emily was second chair alto saxophone in the university wind ensemble for four years, first chair in the saxophone choir, and a member of the clarinet choir, graduating with her Bachelor’s degree and PA teaching certification in 2014. She has also performed in numerous master classes, recitals, and other ensembles throughout her college and post-college career. Emily has experience ranging from private lessons to leading a sixty-person marching and concert band. Whether it is classical, pop, or anything in between, Emily is ready to show you what the music world has to offer!

Mark Dundore, Piano, Low Brass and Voice


Mark Dundore is an emerging composer originally from the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania area. His work includes repertoire in both the vocal and instrumental media, and he is always looking for new challenges and opportunities in the field.

A teaching artist, Mark specializes in sight-reading, ear-training, respiratory technique, music theory, and comprehensive musicianship; he believes that all students are "musicians-in-training" whose coursework should contain all of the above to ensure success.


Mark is on staff at Trez Music Education Center in Mechanicsburg, where he specializes in low brass, piano, voice, composition, and music theory. He is active as a singer and instrumentalist with several groups in the area, currently serving as Principal Tuba of the West Shore Symphony Orchestra and on the Board of Directors for the Greater Harrisburg Concert Band. You can also see him blowing the tuba in eclectic bands

The Three-Mile Islanders and St. John’s Dilemma, as well as in his role as Director of Handchimes at St. Paul's United Church of Christ, Mechanicsburg. In addition, Mark is an active pit orchestra musician, available for hire.


His prior credits in the mid-state include work with the instrumental ensembles at Messiah College and Dickinson College and two years as an instructor at The Perfect 5th Musical Arts Center. Mark is a 2011 Cum Laude graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, with a B.A. in Music Theory and Composition. He studied composition with Daniel Perlongo and David Martynuik, piano with Judith Radell and Anastasia Antonacos, tuba with Zach Collins, and conducting with Jack Stamp, Jason Worzbyt, and Christopher Thomas. He pursued additional coursework in Composition at Rowan University, studying under Denis DiBlasio and Bruce Yurko, while providing recorders, crumhorns, sackbut, and vocals in the Rowan University Collegium Musicum. During this time, Mark served as Director of Music at the First Presbyterian Church of Glassboro, as well as Instructor of Piano and Voice at Old Towne Music, and Bb Bass in the Atlantic Brass Band. Composers in whose master classes Mark has participated include Eric Ewazen, Frank Ticheli, Drew Hemenger, Stephen Michael Newby, Oystein Baadsvik, and Jim Self. He has premiered works for both vocal and instrumental ensembles, and is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP), the International Tuba-Euphonium Association (ITEA), the American Composers Forum, the Society of Composers (SCI), and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

Christine Mann, Cello, strings

Chris Mann has played cello for 40 years, and taught cello for 35 years.  She graduated from the University of Oregon School of Music in 1991, and has taught beginning to advanced strings in California, Oregon, Idaho, Virginia, and Pennsylvania.  Chris has been an active freelance cellist in Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana, and Principal Cellist of the Idaho Falls Symphony and the Snake River Chamber Ensemble.  She has worked in backup ensembles for Kenny Rogers and Amy Grant, and done private performances for Bruce Willis, Adam West, Clint Eastwood, and other members of the Sun Valley Music Club.  Since moving to Pennsylvania, Chris has played with the Hershey Symphony and worked with Mr. Daniel Gaisford.  Chris makes her home in Susquehanna Township.