Josh is a cellist, symphonic conductor, and arts administrator. He has performed throughout the US and abroad as a soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician. Josh can be heard on numerous recordings, is a founding member of the Sylvan Trio and the Gichigami Piano Trio, and has premiered a variety of new works as both conductor and cellist.
Josh is Music Director with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra in Columbus, Indiana, Director of the Woodland Chamber Music Workshop, and Executive Director of The Music Village.
Josh received a Master of Music degree in Cello Performance from the University of Colorado, and completed his undergraduate work at Oberlin Conservatory of Music and Oberlin College.
Linsay Kelly has been a vocal instructor for over 15 years. She was classically trained as a Music Theatre Major at Western Michigan University, but uses techniques in her classes that are suited to each individual. Most lessons are focused on pitch, tone, rhythm and breathing but Linsay also incorporates performance into each lesson to encourage her students to share their hard work in the future.
She has been a vocalist in several local bands like "Elephant Rescue", "The LowLifes", "LinzNCello", "Get Back" and many other bands in the Michiana area. She has performed in 6 seasons of theatre at the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre, worked as a vocal instructor and creative administrative assistant at Michiana Creative and Adaptive Arts, performed at Meet Me on the Island, South By South Bend, Everybody has a Story and performed every month for 3 years at the Four Winds Casino and Resort.
Dave is an award-winning graduate of the McNally Smith College of Music. He has over twenty years of guitar instruction experience in a variety of styles including rock, jazz, heavy metal, pop, etc. He has almost thirty years of experience with ensemble playing as a professional in the local area. Additional teaching skills include music transcription and theory.
Guitar and Music Theory
South Bend native Don Lerman is a jazz saxophonist who would like to pass on musical knowledge that he has been fortunate to gain to others. He has taught both private lessons (on saxophone and clarinet) and in classrooms at jazz camps (University of Wisconsin Green Bay), and most recently taught lessons at Quinlan and Fabish in Mishawaka. His experience as a professional arranger and performer in groups in both the Washington, DC, and South Bend areas is helpful in his efforts to provide practical and in depth musical information to students.
Wendelyn has been singing since she was two, and music has always played a huge role in her life. She used music in her early childhood classrooms to teach, comfort, support, and bring more joy to the day. With an Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education, over 20 years of experience teaching, and experience presenting music workshops to local childcare facilities, as well as State and University level Early Childhood Conferences, she is always looking for ways to add music to the community.
Vincenzo has more than 10 years of teaching experience and has been a professional
drummer for almost 30 years. He was the lead drummer for UZIMA! Drum and Dance
for many years, has performed with countless local bands, and is currently the drummer
for a popular cover band called Mr. Z.
Joce Dugan is a classically trained pianist and teacher. She has over 20 years of piano playing experience and has completed 3 years of Suzuki Piano teacher training. She briefly studied jazz composition at Columbia College in Chicago and is now teaching various genres extending outside of jazz and classical.
Her teachings include ear training, music theory, improvisation, songwriting, music composition, and performance. She teaches beginner and intermediate piano for children and adults of all ages. She loves to inspire her students and help them develop skills that work the absolute best with their own personal learning processes. Her goal is to create not only amazing piano students but lifelong musicians. She helps her students build lifelong skills that will help them throughout many moments in life.
Bruce Morrow brings to The Music Village a lifetime of experience teaching and performing on the violin. Bruce was born and raised in South Bend where he began his violin studies at the age of 8. In 1980 he received a Master of Music in Violin Performance from Indiana University – Bloomington where he studied with Franco Gulli and Henryk Kolwalski. After graduating he was appointed concertmaster of the New York Harlem Opera Ensemble orchestra, with whom he toured Europe, performing nearly 200 performances of the George Gershwin opera Porgy and Bess. He then spent four years playing opera in Austria as a member of the Graz Philharmonic Orchestra.
After returning to South Bend, Bruce performed with a number of regional orchestras, maintained a small teaching studio, and eventually found himself managing the String Instrument division of The Woodwind and the Brasswind. For the past seventeen years Bruce worked for the violin workshop of William Harris Lee & Co., while he continued teaching and performing in the South Bend area. Bruce has recently retired from William Harris Lee & Co. to devote all of his time and energy teaching violin and viola.
Violin and Viola
Tom Parisi, professor emeritus in psychology and humanities at Saint Mary’s College, is a guitarist who has been playing for most of his life: folk/rock beginning in the 60s and 70s, more recently classical, Great American Songbook and Brazilian.
In South Bend, he studied for over adecade with Dean Wachs and is currently studying with Gerry Zubko. Way back when, he was a regular at his college coffeehouse, and more recently performed solo and with others at Fiddler’s Wednesday night sessions. During the pandemic he formed MWC, a remote trio, with high school classmates, and they have recorded several tunes.
His teaching at TMV is focused on those new to the guitar, as well as those with previous musical experience, e.g., piano, and welcomes students of all ages.
Buddy offers private, and group class instruction for beginning or advanced electric and upright bass. Playing and teaching lessons for over 20 years, Buddy offers a wealth of “know how” in terms of technique, reading music, playing with others, playing various music styles, and much more.
DENNIS "BUDDY" PEARSON
Guitar, Bass, Double Bass and Ukulele
Don Savoie is an original blue-eyed soul artist. He is a vocalist, guitarist, pianist, and harmonica player. Don currently plays shows throughout southwestern Michigan, northern Indiana, and Chicago, and released a new album of music on Spotify called
“King in Exile”.
Arthur hails from the South Bend area. He began playing the snare drum in elementary school band around age 10, and started private drum set lessons at 13. In high school he played in the St Joe all-school mass band. After high school, Arthur took drum lessons with Eddie Knight for about a year, and played with the IUSB big jazz band and jazz combo band for three semesters under the guidance of professor Darrel Tidaback. While at IUSB, he formed relationships with several students, most notably Eli Kahn, with whom he has been working with for the last 15 years.
Arthur has had the opportunity to play well over a thousand shows with dozens of musicians and in several different genres. In the past three years he began teaching students of his own, both here in South Bend and at a summer camp in the Adirondacks of New York.
Arthur says, “I’m excited to be a part of TMV because of their sense of community. I look forward to meeting new people and helping to engage with the community through music.”
Annie is a student at IUSB pursing a degree in the Bachelor Of Arts, with a focus in violin, studying under violinist Jameson Cooper.
Annie has been playing the violin since the age of 12 and currently plays in the IUSB Philharmonic Orchestra. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family and friends, and being at home with her cat.
Annie says, “I enjoy inspiring others with music and teaching. I look forward to meeting and working with you!”
Rebekah is a classically trained pianist with a passion for teaching. She loves music because it is such a great way to express creativity as well as technicality and skill! Rebekah is thrilled to be teaching at TMV because she wants to share her passion with others and help them achieve their musical goals. Some of Rebekah's favorite composers are Beethoven and Chopin. Outside of piano Rebekah loves to paint and play with her two dogs.
Lyric tenor Michael Snyder graduated from the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music at The Catholic University of America, in Washington, D.C., where he earned a Bachelor of Music degree, with a concentration in vocal performance.
After graduating from CUA, he studied English repertoire, in the United Kingdom, with Robert Tear, Eric Crozier, and Nancy Evans. He sings most everything from Bach to Broadway.
Michael also serves on the administrative team at TMV as Program Coordinator.
Melinda is a certified Musik Garten Instructor and Piano instructor.
Quin is a Tenor currently pursuing his Master’s Degree in vocal performance at IUSB, studying under acclaimed Tenor, Emanuel Caraman. While he only recently got re-involved in theater and opera, he has quickly begun making a name for himself.
Recently, Quin has been seen performing with The South Bend Lyric Opera, in their productions of Rigoletto, as well as Cavalleria Rusticana. In addition to the South Bend Lyric Opera, Quin has also been seen in Art 4’s production of Songs for a New World.
In addition to the theatrical and Operatic side of the stage, Quin has also been heavily active in the Indie music scene, performing festivals and concerts extensively with the band The Dream Eels, and is currently performing with his latest band Naive Joy.
Sean Conlon is an educator, bassist, DJ, and music producer from Milwaukee, WI. He has lived his passion for music and taught for 3 decades. His music has sold internationaly and been featured on television. As both a bassist and DJ'ing as the Funky Professor he has performed from Seattle to New Orleans with appearances at Seattle's Bumbershoot, Milwaukee's Summerfest, the BurningMan Festival, Chicago's Cabaret Metro, South Bend's Reggae Festival, Venice Beach, the Traverse City Film Festival, Kalamazoo's Black Arts Festival, Three
Oak's Acorn Theater, LangLab, Martha's, Vegetable Buddie's, and Czar's 505.
Sean currently teaches the BeatLab, where students explore the creative world of modern music making with Apple's Garageband. He developed the BeatLab at Nuner and Perley Fine Arts Academies where he worked for over a decade. He also worked as a bass instructor at Hoosier Dad's Music and as a Pro Audio Manager at Guitar Center helping customers with computer recording, DJ rigs, and PA systems. He has taught an African American music history class at Portland Community College and worked at Seattle's Experience Music Project. In addition to the BeatLab he teaches bass lessons, Ableton Live, DJ'ing, GarageBand, and audio production/recording.
Beat Lab & Recording Arts
Jay is a piano faculty member at the School of American Music in Three Oaks Michigan and the Music Institute of Chicago in Evanston, Illinois, in addition to the Music Village. He has studied with Vladimir Leyetchkiss, Darryl Rosenberg, Leena Crothers, and Sara Kohane, among others. He is also trained and certified to teach Suzuki piano.
His other interests include raising 3 dogs, gardening, and landscaping. He was worked with the Peace Corps in Togo, with WorldTeach Kenya through Harvard University, and with Kisumu International School, also in Kenya. He is a graduate of Hampshire College and Boston University, both in Massachusetts.