The faculty of the Community Music School are comprised of some of the most sought-after and experienced instructors in the area. Most teachers have achieved advanced degrees in music and all of them share a love for teaching others the joy of making music. Many of the instructors also teach at the collegiate level at Salem College and other local institutions. They have been involved in numerous recordings, significant educational projects, and performances around the world. Many are members of local, state, and national organizations, which allow them to keep abreast of the newest pedagogies and involve their students in music festivals and competitions.
Glenna Elam Poindexter of Winston-Salem, NC, is an experienced piano instructor, having taught both in her home studio and on the adjunct piano faculty of Wake Forest University Department of Music. She taught music at Jefferson Academy and was a piano instructor at the UNCG Summer Music Camp. Ms. Poindexter holds a masters in music from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her bachelor of arts degree is from Wake Forest University where she majored in both music and elementary education. She graduated with honors in music, and was a winner of the WFU Giles-Harris Piano Competition. Ms. Poindexter is president of the Winston-Salem Piano Teachers’ Association, of which she is a long-time member. As a faculty member of the National Guild of Piano Teachers, she is a guild adjudicator. She is a member of the National Federation of Music Clubs and judges for festivals.
Jesse MacKenzie is a graduate of Salem College with a BA in music and a professional certificate in Well-Coordinated, Injury-Preventive Keyboard Technique. Since 2009, she has been a teaching assistant to Barbara Lister-Sink at many Wingsound International Intensive Technique Training Workshops. She is a member of the Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society and received the 2010 Bright and Annie Lee Fitzgerald Sink Award for Excellence in Piano and the 2012 President's Prize in Music from Salem College. Ms. MacKenzie is an active member of the Winston-Salem Piano Teachers' Association and serves as recording secretary. For more information, please visit her website: www.pianoconnectionsstudio.com
Lisa Duerr joined the Salem College Community Music School in 2013. With twenty-five years of teaching experience, Ms. Duerr has also taught at the Community Music School of UNCSA, the Community Music School of the University of Alabama, and Southern Arts Academy in suburban Atlanta. As an active member of the Music Teachers National Association since 1989, her students have consistently received superior and excellent ratings and have performed at North Carolina Music Teachers Association State Conferences. Several of her pre-college students have been accepted into established and reputable collegiate music programs.
Ms. Duerr holds the bachelor of arts degree in music, with a secondary emphasis in science, from Agnes Scott College, and a master of music in piano performance, with secondary emphasis in piano pedagogy, from Georgia State University. While at GSU she was inducted into Pi Kappa Lambda Honorary Music Fraternity. Her primary teachers include Anna Hayward, and Cary Lewis of the Lanier Trio. As a performer, Ms. Duerr was a freelance pianist in Atlanta and Tuscaloosa , and participated in the 2002 UNCG Pianoforte Workshop taught by Andrew Willis. She received her Musikgarten certification in 2002. At the CMS of UNCSA, she developed and taught a successful Musikgarten program for toddlers from 2005-2013. Students range in age from 4 1/2 to 70+ years and include beginners of every age, music enthusiasts and hobbyists, as well as students auditioning for competitions and college music programs. Approaching each student as an individual, Ms. Duerr encourages communication between the parent-child-teacher triangle and uses unique instructional strategies that combine tradition with modern eclectic flair.
Lucia Denk considers music to be one of her greatest passions, and the ability to learn an instrument truly fulfilling, no matter what the age of the individual. She began her study of piano with private lessons before being admitted to the Monmouth Conservatory of Music in Red Bank, New Jersey at age eleven. While studying on a full scholarship at the Conservatory with a world-class Russian pianist, she performed in a number of recitals, and was selected to perform in a major gala concert at Count Basie Theater at age fourteen. After high school, she received an A.A. degree in Liberal Arts from St. Mary’s College, St. Mary’s, Kansas, before pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance at Salem College, Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Having studied with Dr. Barbara Lister-Sink, an internationally acclaimed performer and global leader in injury-preventive keyboard technique, Lucia teaches the Lister-Sink Method of piano playing, which helps the student play as freely and effortlessly as possible, and thus fully develop his or her own unique musical potential. She received a Professional Certificate in Well-Coordinated, Injury-Preventive Keyboard Technique from Salem College in 2015, and will graduate with her Bachelor of Music degree in Spring 2017. Lucia is also a member of the Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honors Society, and in 2015 received both the Bright and Annie Lee Fitzgerald Sink Award for Excellence in Piano and the Winnie Warlick Simpson Award in music theory/composition. She currently teaches private lessons in piano at Irving Park United Methodist Church in Greensboro, and is also a piano teacher on staff at Mitchell’s Piano Gallery in Winston-Salem and the Community Music School at Salem College.
BM, Mannes College, The New School for Music; MM, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts
Kanda Haight is offering a new class, Piano Lab of six students for mixed ages and abilities, in order to develop their interest and playing skills on the piano. She will be giving individualized attention and will supervise practice, assist with technique, music reading, and repertoire. Kanda graduated from Salem College with a degree in piano and has been teaching piano for the last several years.
David Holter has studied piano with Barbara Lister-Sink at Salem College, with Keiko Sekino and Paul Tardif at East Carolina University, and with Jane Rose. In 2010, while suffering from a playing-related injury, he attended Dr. Lister-Sink's Intensive Training Workshop in Injury-Preventive Keyboard Technique at Salem College, where he learned the principles of well-coordinated piano playing. In 2011, he graduated from Middlebury College with a BA cum laude in music composition, and immediately returned to Salem College to study the Lister-Sink Method in detail. In 2013, he completed the Certificate Program in Injury-Preventive Piano Technique at Salem College. He currently serves as pianist for Winston-Salem Friends Meeting Church, and teaches piano at the Community Music School at Salem College, Keith Cumbie's “Music Can Change the World” Studio, and Mitchell's Piano Gallery.
Regina Pozzi is an accomplished organist and pianist who is director of music at First Christian Church in Winston-Salem. She is an adjunct faculty member in the Music Department at Salem College and has a certification in the Injury-Preventive Piano Technique.
Dr. Ronald Smith holds a PhD in trombone performance with experience playing in professional orchestras and brass ensembles. As the dean and chair of the Music Department at Piedmont International University in Winston-Salem, he has assisted many brass students to successfully audition for all-county and state festivals.
Kristin Schwecke graduated from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts Fletcher School of Opera. She has performed professionally in local opera and concerts and at musical venues across the country.
Joy Rushton is director of choirs and music at Salem Academy. As director of the Spirit Ensemble Glee Club and Chorus, her choirs have performed in Charlotte, NC, Walt Disney World, and at a Winston-Salem Dash baseball game, where they have performed the national anthem.
Dr. Eileen Young, conductor of the historic Salem Band, holds degrees from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in clarinet performance and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in saxophone performance. She is a principal clarinetist in the Winston-Salem Symphony. She is also skilled at preparing her students for all-county and state festival auditions.
Debra Reuter-Pivetta, principal flautist with the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra and the flute instructor at Salem College, enjoys a diverse career as soloist, chamber artist, orchestral player, and teacher. A winner in the 1999 Concert Artists Guild Competition, she also holds top prizes in national and international competitions. She is a founding member of the critically acclaimed flute, viola, and harp trio, the Fire Pink Trio, and has performed in more than seventy-five cities nationwide, with her husband, pianist Federico Pivetta.
Anna Lampidis is a member of the music faculties of Salem College and Wake Forest University and holds a DMA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, an MM from Yale University, and a BM from the University of Miami (Florida). She is principal oboist of the Salisbury Symphony and also holds positions of oboe and English Horn with the Greensboro Symphony and Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle.
Sally Duran has been a professional harpist in the Piedmont Triad area for twenty-five years. She received her BM from Salem College and is currently an adjunct professor of harp at Salem College.
Olesya Dashkevych has performed with several orchestras in the area, including Carolina Philharmonic as well as having given numerous duo performances. She holds a masters in chamber music (Rome) and a PhD in violin performance (Rome). She has experience teaching students whose ages range from five to seventy years.
Sam Taylor received his degrees in guitar performance and composition from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He subscribes to a pain-free, released-tension technique in playing and teaching.