Heather Jones: brass and woodwinds
Heather Jones is a K-12 music educator and special education teacher who currently works and resides in Malvern, Pennsylvania. Heather studied at Shenandoah University and Conservatory where she earned dual degrees in both music education and psychology. She grew up playing the trumpet but learned how to play and teach on all conventional band and string instruments while in college. Heather is extremely passionate about accessibility and strives to make music accessible to all individuals. As a special education teacher, Heather specifically tailors each lesson to the student, ensuring that each individual can find success. She is looking forward to guiding students as they embark on their musical journey.
James Looney: Piano, Voice, Trumpet
James Looney is a professional vocalist, pianist, and trumpet player. He currently calls Malvern, Pennsylvania home but originates from Charlottesville, Virginia and regularly gigs in the DelMarVa region and Tri-State Area. James studied at Shenandoah Conservatory where he earned dual degrees in both classical performance and jazz studies. His principal teachers included Disco Risque’s Ryan Calonder, Craig Fraedrich of the Army Blues, Chuck Seipp, Mary Elizabeth Bowden of Seraph Brass, Robert Larson, and Luis Hernandez. Playing and performing professionally for over a decade, James is a highly sought-after musician and performs regularly for a variety of events, ranging from swing dances to black-tie galas. Prior to moving to Pennsylvania, James taught K-12 general and instrumental music where he cultivated a strong and successful learning environment, encouraging the students to ask and answer the “why” of music.
Matti Beresin: guitar, music production, song writing
Matti Beresin is a professional music producer, composer and musician born and raised in Philadelphia, Pa. He began his music studies at Philadelphia's Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts. Matti studied guitar at the Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts, and received his Bachelors from Temple University in Media Studies and Production. He has played guitar for over a decade, produced for over 8 years, and recently received a RIAA Gold Certification in March of 2021.
To hear some of the music he has been a part of you can visit: https://genius.com/artists/Matti-free
Adrianna McCaw: Piano & Voice
Adrianna McCaw is an accomplished pianist, vocalist, composer, and songwriter based in Chester County, PA. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from West Virginia University’s College of Creative Arts with a Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies degree with emphases in Music, Music Industry, Theatre, Religious Studies, and History. During her time at WVU she studied Music Composition under Dr. Matthew Heap, writing original chamber, choral, and solo pieces, as well as an original album of Contemporary Christian songs entitled Enough, which was released in July 2022.
On piano, she has accompanied both vocal and instrumental soloists, as well as numerous church, school, and university choirs, performing in places such as the Pennsylvania Capital Building and Hershey Park. Vocally, Adrianna has performed with the West Virginia University Women’s Choir, Community Choir, and auditioned Chamber Singers, as well as been featured as a vocalist in bands across eastern Pennsylvania and northern West Virginia. Her original choral pieces have been performed by multiple school and church choirs in the area, as well as by the West Virginia University Community Choir. Adrianna also has experience with the music and recording industry, working in a studio setting as a musician, vocalist, and producer.
Adrianna has taught many music students of varying ages and skill levels on a variety of instruments and believes in fostering a passion for music and performing from a young age. She has experience performing, composing, and teaching many styles and genres of music, including Musical Theatre, Pop, Rock, Classical, Christian/Gospel, and Jazz. She focuses on individualized learning and creating an environment where students can reach their full musical potential.
Listen to Adrianna’s debut album Enough on YouTube here.
Emma Sullivan: Cello
Born and raised in Oak Park, Illinois near the Chicagoland area, Emma Sullivan has had the privilege of exposure to Classical Music her entire life. After five years of formal cello lessons, she enrolled in Merit School of Music’s Tuition Free Conservatory at the age of 14. There she studied cello under Herine Coetzee Koshak and Christopher Fiore and was eventually given the opportunity to play in Merit’s Honors String Quartet, a competing chamber ensemble that represented Merit School of Music in Masterclasses and other events. Upon her graduation, she was awarded the Neal Abarbanell College Scholarship.
At Drake University, where Emma received her Bachelors in Music Performance, she was a recipient of the LaVerne Sedrel Briggs Endowed Cello Scholarship through her Cello Professor, Dr. Ashley Sidon. She went on to complete her Master’s in Music at University of Delaware, studying with Dr. Lawrence Stomberg. Throughout her musical education, she has had the privilege of performing in master classes with musicians such as Matt Haimovitz, Zlatomir Fung, Yo-Yo Ma, and Anthony Ross.
Now an active performer, Emma’s musical passions include playing chamber music and teaching cello. She has taught a variety of students, in terms of skill level and ages, both online and in person. Through her positive attitude and tips for a healthy practice mentality, she strives as a teacher to ensure that her students are always proud of their work while also helping them to develop their technical skill in the practice room.