Instructors

Dwilyn Beiler

Dwilyn Beiler

Paradise, PA

Dwilyn spent 20 years in Christian school education as a music teacher and administrator. He received his music education degree from Millersville University in 1985 and a master’s degree in Christian School Administration from Grace Seminary, Winona Lake, IN in 1991. He was the music director at Faith Mennonite High School, Kinzers, PA for 6 years and then taught music and was the administrator at Linville Hill Mennonite School, Paradise, PA (grades K-8) for 14 years. Currently, Dwilyn works as a self-employed painter and teaches music part time at Fair Haven Christian School, Gap PA. He continues to direct Gap Male Chorus (a 40-voice men’s choir which has been singing every year since 1922) as well as Men With A Song (a group of younger men which has its roots at Music Camp). Dwilyn and his wife Bertie have 5 children–Melanie, Austin, Krista, Carli, and Mindy who enjoy living on a small farm along with numerous cats, 1 dog, 3 goats, and 2,000 pigs. Along with choral conducting and playing the accordian, Dwilyn enjoys the outdoors–hunting, hiking, caring for fruit trees and spending time with family at a mountain cabin. He and his family attend Life Mennonite Fellowship, Willow Street, PA.

Regina Brubaker

Regina Brubaker

Harrisonburg, VA

Regina Brubaker is a music educator, choir director, and pianist with specific interests in pedagogy.  She teaches private lessons from her home studio and general music for K-Gr.4 at Calvary Christian Academy and serves as Academic Dean for Shenandoah Christian Music Camp.  Regina graduated from James Madison University with a Bachelor of Music, Music Education concentration (2015).  She enjoys ensemble performances as an alto of Oasis Chorale and conductor of the children’s choir of Valley Arts Society. Moments of leisure are spent in the garden, reading, dabbling with colors, messing with textures, encountering God through His Word and creation, or bringing order to chaos.  

Joe & Fern Ebersole

Joe & Fern Ebersole

Bedford, PA

Family songs, church hymns, and choral music have contributed to the wide-ranging interests Joe and Fern have today, from recovering Psalm singing to immersing babies in folk song.  They have studied with Masters, including Dr. Alastair Roberts, Dr. Randal McChesney, and Mr. Lamar Robertson, on such topics as cognitive development, music literacy, music in the Scriptures, and what it means to be human.  Joe and Fern have enjoyed singing with SCMC Chamber Choir, Oasis Chorale, and Aspire Chamber Ensemble.  In the past, Joe served as Administrator for Shenandoah Institute of Music and Art and tour director for Oasis Chorale.  He is a private piano tutor and maintains a graphic design studio.  Fern has experience in elementary education and has taught a variety of music classes for children. Currently, she is a stay-at-home Mom for their young son, Alden.  Joe and Fern collaborate in publishing music resources for teachers, children’s audiobooks, and most recently, a series of memory enrichment books for a young audience.  For relaxation, Joe likes gardening or water sports, and Fern likes designing colorwash quilts.

Wendell Glick

Wendell Glick

Waterloo, ON

Wendell is a composer, choir director, and music educator, with a particular interest in contemporary hymnody and choral music.  He holds degrees in music composition from Wilfrid Laurier University (BMus), the University of Toronto (MMus) and Western University (PhD), and has taught at Western University, the University of Toronto Scarborough, Faith Builders Educational Programs, Calvary Bible School, and Shenandoah Institute for Music and Art.  Wendell serves as academic director for the New Generation A Cappella Choir Camp in Jamaica and as artistic director of Voices of Shalom and Mennonite Memorial Choir.  He is a deacon and song leader at Countryside Mennonite Fellowship, and enjoys model trains, tree houses, aviation, Lego bricks, rainy days, puzzles, and life in Waterloo with his best friend Janelle and their four lively children.

Gwendolyn Good

Gwendolyn Good

Evington, VA

Gwendolyn is the mother of two teenage boys and is a part of Bethel Mennonite Church in Gladys, VA. She works from home giving private music lessons, writing and recording music (www.singthekjv.org) and making pottery (www.kjvpottery.com). Gwendolyn graduated from Cedarville University with a BA in piano performance and BME in music education. She received an MS degree from Longwood University and an Ed.D. degree from the University of Virginia in Administration and Supervision. Gwendolyn served in the Virginia public school system for eleven years: five as a music teacher grades preK-8 and six years as an assistant principal, grades ranging from 5-12. In 2003, Gwendolyn returned to music, composing songs out of personal pain and brokenness in her life under the pseudonym Tirzah Joy (“Tears of Joy”). Her passion is that all may find the peace that comes from surrendering their lives fully to our loving Lord. It is impossible to trust Him too much!

Lloyd Kauffman

Lloyd Kauffman

West Jefferson, OH

Lloyd has been a music instructor at Sarasota Christian School (Florida), Rosedale Bible Institute (Ohio) and Daystar University (Nairobi, Kenya). He holds a BA in Music Education (Eastern Mennonite College, 1971), and an MA in Music Education with a choral-conducting and vocal concentration (Ohio State University, 1987). He directed the Rosedale Chorale and other school/community choirs during his teaching years, and continues periodic musical activities ranging from weekend events to overseas choral tours. He is self-employed as a painter, handyman, commercial driver, choral / vocal resource person, and choral arranger/composer.  He enjoys listening to music from a variety of historic and cultural genres, along with aviation, motorcycling, mechanical tinkering, travel, and more. He is married to Mary (Slabaugh), formerly from Hartville, OH.

Rosemary Eberly Lebold

Rosemary Eberly Lebold

Wellesley, ON

Rosemary (Eberly) Lebold, soprano, graduated from West Chester University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music in Vocal Performance (2013) and holds a Diploma in Education from Faith Builders Educational Programs (2006).  The current season sees her performing with Oasis Chorale,  Menno Singers, and Village Voices Community Choir.  Rosemary’s expertise as a vocal clinician is frequently sought after by choirs. She holds a private studio from her home and serves as music/choir teacher at Countryside Christian School.  She lives in southern Ontario with her husband, Philip, and daughter Aria.

James S. Martin

James S. Martin

Versailles, MO

James is a grain trader by day and a choral missionary by night.  Born into a singing family in Lewisburg, PA, he taught junior high and high school level music and other subjects in Mennonite schools in PA and TX for thirteen years before relocating to central MO.  He directs the annual Midwest Mennonite Men’s Chorus events, as well as various local choir projects, and has led congregational worship regularly for over two decades.  His chief musical interest hovers around the successes and struggles in Anabaptist congregational singing.  His lovely wife Keri has sweetly endured these things for 22 years, helping him raise their five children and fresh vegetables, but always taking time to enjoy the best books and art with him.  James and Keri are members at Ridgeview Mennonite (PMC).

John D. Martin

John D. Martin

Shippensburg, PA

John has been an active promoter of quality church music for more than 40 years. This has prompted him to compile a new hymnal for the church that carries on a tradition of excellence. He will serve as instructor of congregational music classes. John resides at Chambersburg, PA with his wife Patricia. His 4 children are Anne (married to Craig Martin, with 4 grandchildren: Carter, Edward, Charlotte, and Elizabeth), Heather (married to Brandon Byler, with 1 grandaughter: Kaitlyn and 1 grandson: Hudson), Candace (married to Heinrich Schander, with 1 grandson: Camden), and Spencer. His son Geoffrey (2006 SCMC student) died at age 18 in an automobile accident. John holds BS degrees in both elementary education and library science.

Nolan Martin

Nolan Martin

Quarryville, PA

Nolan teaches classes in music and physical education at Faith Mennonite High School and conducts the school choir, Faith Chorale.  He graduated from West Chester University with a bachelor’s degree in Music Education.  He has sung with numerous choirs including the Sharon Singers, Faith Builders Chorale, Oasis Chorale, and the Hope Singers. He enjoys reading, listening to free audio books, promoting Anabaptist thought, traveling, and playing sports. He and his wife Alena live in Quarryville, PA and attend Rawlinsville Mennonite Church.

Randall Martin

Randall Martin

Bluevale, ON

Randall grew up in a singing family where quality singing and correctness were esteemed. He currently teaches grades 4-10 music at Living Hope Christian School, conducts “Voices for God” choir annually, and sings with various choirs. Randall’s passion is to help people find their voice through musical interpretation.  For recreation, he enjoys relaxing on the deck, drinking coffee with his wife, and engaging in rubber band wars with his four rambunctious children as well as building fence and watching the cows grazing on his hobby farm.

Franklin Miller

Franklin Miller

Wilmot, Ohio

Franklin and his wife, Brittany, currently live in Wilmot, Ohio but have plans to move to their new home in Dover, Ohio this winter. They love to travel, sample quality food, and make new friends. Franklin graduated in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in Music from Kent State University where he served as the assistant for Kent Chorus. Since 2007, Franklin has been the conductor of Minerva Community Choir which has toured internationally, and has guest conducted Kent State Chorus and Oasis Chorale. He is currently teaching music at Legacy Christian School in Sugarcreek, Ohio, Minerva Christian School and with a homeschool group in Minerva, OH. As chorister, he has served with Kent Presbyterian Church Choir, Sonnenberg Station, Canton Symphony Orchestra Chorus, Hope Singers, and Oasis Chorale. Franklin strives to bring life and energy to the music making process with the firm belief that music should be dynamic!

Jonathan Miller

Jonathan Miller

Stuarts Draft, VA

Jonathan is a member of Pilgrim Christian Fellowship of Stuarts Draft, VA, where he serves as deacon. Jonathan has taught school for more than 15 years and is currently high school teacher at Calvary Christian Academy in Harrisonburg, VA.  Jonathan holds a BA in Music Education from Mary Baldwin College and serves as Administrator of SCMC Virginia.  He enjoys philosophical discussions as well as outdoor activities such as birding, hiking, and camping.  He is married to Malinda (Swarey) and has six wonderful children.

Brandon Mullet

Brandon Mullet

Guys Mills, PA

Brandon Mullet conducts choirs and teaches classes in music, literature, and writing at Faith Builders Educational Programs. He graduated from Grace College, majoring in Choral Music Education. He conducts the Faith Builders Chorale, Heart & Voice Men’s Chorus, and the FBCS high school choir while continuing periodic study in voice and conducting. Brandon enjoys being married to Marie; conversation over good food with his sons; connecting with friends; leading congregational singing; reading world news, theology, and novels; and landscaping his yard. Brandon and Marie live in Guys Mills, PA, in their (finally) finished, remodeled house.

Wendell Nisly

Wendell Nisly

Harrisonburg, VA

Wendell grew up on the plains of Kansas in a singing family and in a singing church. His first formal musical training was at Wichita State University, where he completed a Bachelor of Music Education degree. After teaching and conducting for a number years, he moved to Harrisonburg, Virginia to complete a Masters in Choral Conducting at James Madison University.

He lives in Virginia with his wife, Jeanene. He is administrator of Shenandoah Christian Music Camp, artistic director of Oasis Chorale, and a conductor of the Valley Arts Society in Harrisonburg, VA.

Sarah Sommers

Sarah Sommers

Dalton, OH

After begging her parents for several years, Sarah received her first violin at age 12. She studied violin with Mary Bontrager for 10 years and has played with local orchestras and string quartets. She has been teaching violin for 18 years and is Level 3 Suzuki Violin School certified. She is passionate about facilitating student collaboration and serves on the administrative committee of the Anabaptist Orchestra Camp. Sarah fell in love with harmonization when she first learned how to sing alto at age 8. Since then, singing alto and playing 2nd violin are her favorite parts to contribute in any ensemble. She has studied voice with Sue Walin and sung with the Cantate Singers, Orrville Community Chorus, Hope Singers, Oasis Chorale, and Minerva Community Choir. Currently, Sarah is studying music education at the University of Akron School of Music while continuing to teach violin at Central Christian School and in her home studio. In her spare time, Sarah loves spending time with her nieces and nephews, going to concerts, traveling, and laughing at corny jokes.

Cameron Streicher

Cameron Streicher

Listowel, ON

Cameron graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with a double degree in Music Education and Music Theory (2014). He is an active piano examiner with the Canadian National Conservatory of Music, a music festival adjudicator, and a member of the Ontario Registered Music Teachers Association (ORMTA). He has been on faculty at Renaissance School of the Arts and the Beckett School at Wilfrid Laurier University as a piano and music theory instructor. Cam directs the Trinity Youth Choir and is the founder and director of Village Voices Community Choir in Milverton, ON. He has been a guest conductor for Laurier Singers, Laurier Alumni Choir, and Chor Amica. He has sung with many choirs including Laurier Singers, Da Capo Chamber Choir, and Oasis Chorale. As a respiratory therapist, Cam finds great satisfaction in helping patients “breathe easy” in a wide range of clinical situations.

Lyle Stutzman

Lyle Stutzman

Washington, Indiana

Lyle Stutzman grad­u­ated from Con­cordia College in Moor­head, Min­nesota with a bachelor’s degree in Music Edu­ca­tion. He teaches music at Elnora Bible Institute in Elnora, IN, and arranges and composes choral music. In addi­tion to his musical inter­ests, he enjoys reading, cooking, learning about kingdom living, playing bas­ket­ball, and spending time with his wife. Lyle and Maria live in Washington, IN with their four children: Scott, Ivana, Megan, and Levi.

Deana Swanson

Deana Swanson

Terre Hill, PA

Deana currently is the eighth grade homeroom teacher and teaches middle school grades at Shalom Mennonite School.  She received her B.A. in Communications from the University of Texas at Arlington and completed courses for Secondary English Education at Valdosta State University.  She instructed various musical groups for twenty-five years until she returned to the classroom in 2009 and has been there ever since.  She plays flute in the Anabaptist Orchestra, and sings in the Eternal Praise Chorale and the Lancaster Meistersingers with her husband and children.  In her free time she enjoys reading, writing about her and her husband's educational endeavors, and composing scripture songs to help her students memorize scripture.  She lives in Terre Hill, PA, with her remarkable husband Jeff who always keeps life fun and interesting, and four children

Jeff Swanson

Jeff Swanson

Terre Hill, PA

Jeff is currently the director of music at Shalom Mennonite School and Terre Hill Mennonite School in Terre Hill, Pennsylvania, where he lives with his stunning wife, four notable children, and two rogue cats.   He began his career as a classical musician, performing in various symphony orchestras around the country.  After nine years of playing professionally, he switched careers to become a full-time music educator.  Jeff holds a Bachelor of Music Performance degree from Florida State University, a Master of Music Performance from Southern Methodist University, and a Music Education certificate from Aquinas College.  Jeff currently fulfills his love of the performing arts by serving as co-conductor of the Anabaptist Orchestra and as a member of the Oasis Chorale.  He also considers himself blessed to be the current director of the Eternal Praise Chorale.   He enjoys singing, running, restoring antique furniture, playing games late at night with his family, and getting to know interesting, geeky, artistic, educator-type people.

Lee Weaver

Lee Weaver

Lebanon, PA

Lee has been involved in music from early childhood, plunking melodies and harmonies out on an electronic keyboard from shaped note hymnals. As a teenager he developed the appreciation of music into a love of choral singing and conducting, singing with many choirs and gaining choral conducting experience. This path led to study at Lebanon Valley College, where he earned degrees in Music (BA) and Music Education (BS). Lee enjoys conducting choirs, shaping voices into ensembles, spending time with his family (wife, daughter, and son), learning new things, gardening, and working at Weaver’s Carpet & Tile – his current occupation.

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