Marcell Bellinger: trumpet, baritone, trombone, french horn, piano
After an introduction initiated by local music professor Patrick Dorian, Marcell Bellinger began his studies under world-class trumpeter Terell Stafford at Temple University. During his college years, Bellinger worked as a band leader, arranger and composer. While building his reputation on the Philadelphia music scene, he has had the opportunity to share the stage with several jazz greats such as: Randy Brecker, Charles McPherson, Benny Golson, and Urbie Green. Along with jazz performances, Bellinger has made several appearances with Jeff Bradshaw’s R&B group Brass Heaven and a special performance with Chuck Brown and The Roots.
After receiving his undergraduate degree from Temple, he continued his musical education at New Jersey City University. While at NJCU, Bellinger studied trumpet with Joe Magnarelli and composition with pianist Joel Weiskopf. Just a train ride away, Bellinger performed at various venues in Manhattan such as Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, Orbit and The Garage.
In addition to performing, the spark of educating young musicians was ignited. Due to his positive mentoring experience, he felt compelled to give back. Marcell began coaching young musicians at the Calhoun Summer Jazz Camp in Manhattan. He has done similar work at the COTA Jazz Camp in Delaware Water Gap, Pennsylvania. After receiving his master’s degree, Marcell was given the opportunity to perform and teach, for many summers, at the Birch Creek Performing Arts Center in Door County, Wisconsin. He taught beginning jazz theory and served as a trumpet teaching assistant at the Jazz House Kids Summer Jazz Camp in Montclair, New Jersey from 2012 to 2015, and an after school ensemble director in the Havertown School District. Additionally, from 2012 to 2018 Bellinger served as a teaching artist for the Jazz House Kids educational outreach program in Newark, NJ.
Now residing in Philadelphia, Bellinger is an adjunct professor at Temple University and instructor at the Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts. He has collaborated with the Philadelphia Jazz Project on a variety of concert series, one of which resulted in a live album of his original compositions inspired by artist Norman Lewis. In his quest for knowledge, Marcell continues to study various musical subjects with Philadelphia stalwart music performer and industry maven John Vanore. He remains an active arranger, composer and trumpet player. Since music has made such a difference in his life, Bellinger continues his commitment to use music to positively influence people--young or old--wherever he goes.
Kaitlyn Canneto: saxophone and piano
Kait Canneto is a saxophonist and musicologist based in Philadelphia, PA, originally from the Jersey Shore. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from The College of New Jersey and is currently working towards her Master of Music in Music History. Kait has been playing the saxophone for 12 years and has performed a variety of music from marching band, wind
ensemble, and jazz music from her youth through her undergraduate studies. Kait is also fluent in Spanish.
At The College of New Jersey, Kait studied classical alto and bari saxophones under Ms. Kathy Mitchell with whom she worked privately and in coached saxophone quartets. In her musicology studies, Kait’s research deals with the intersections of identity in contemporary music of the United States and Latin America. She actively presents her research from institution-wide to
regional conferences in music studies, and writes for the Performing Arts blog for Temple University.
Kait is passionate about sharing the joy of learning music at a young age to develop an awareness and appreciation toward different music. She finds a great importance in exploring the creative outlet of music making, tailored to the students’ interest and experiences to encourage their growth as musicians!
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.