Private Music Lessons

Students at Mercersburg have the opportunity to study music with private professional instructors in many areas. Lessons are coordinated by Richard Rotz; students may elect these lessons for each term. Fees are normally charged home.

Michael Cameron, cello, directs the strings program at Mercersburg. From 1989 to 2002, he was cellist and general manager of the Marian Anderson String Quartet (winners of the Eastman School of Music’s Cleveland Quartet Competition) and has performed throughout the United States at such notable venues as Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, the Library of Congress, and the Corcoran Gallery (Washington, D.C.), as well as on a live national telecast of ABC’s Good Morning America. Cameron holds degrees from the Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford, Northwestern University, and Rice University. In addition to his responsibilities at Mercersburg, he serves on the adjunct faculties of Dickinson College and Frederick Community College and is the conductor of orchestras at the Susquehanna Waldorf School. He teaches cello and chamber music throughout the Central Pennsylvania region.

Marlin Barnes, percussion, holds a bachelor of science degree in music education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Recently retired after 34 years of teaching, Barnes was chairman of the music department in the Tuscarora School District. He performs with the Shippensburg Festival Orchestra, Altoona Symphony, Mercersburg Area Community Chorus, Hagerstown Municipal Band, St. Patrick’s Chorale, and RitmaCordia, a cello-marimba duo (with his wife, Jane Peatling).

Timothy Gotwald, flute, graduated with a bachelor of science degree in music education from Susquehanna University and has done graduate work in conducting, arranging, and music technology at Ithaca College, Duquesne University, and Radford University. Gotwald retired recently as an instrumental music teacher, band director, jazz band teacher, and music technology teacher from the Chambersburg Area School District. He has performed as a flutist and saxophonist in bands, orchestras, jazz bands, rock bands, and chamber ensembles.

Michael Hoover, clarinet and saxophone, has a degree in music education from West Chester University. He is the principal 2nd Clarinet with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra and also performs with the Shippensburg Festival Orchestra, the Mercersburg Area Community Chorus Orchestra, the Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra, and the Totem Pole Ensemble. He is also an instructor of clarinet and saxophone at St. James School and at the Music and Arts Centers of Hagerstown, Md.

Susan Matson, piano, holds a bachelor of music degree in piano performance from Peabody Conservatory and has had Suzuki teacher training with Haruko Kataoka (co-founder of the Suzuki piano method) and others. She has completed graduate studies in dalcroze eurhythmics at Carnegie Mellon University’s Marta Sanchez Dalcroze Training Center. Matson directed the Greater Washington Suzuki Piano Institute from 2003 to 2013 and has taught music in K–12 private schools, directed children’s and youth choirs, and taught traditional piano. Her performance experience includes chamber music, instrumental and vocal accompanying, and solo performances.

Lindsay Owen, soprano, holds a bachelor of music degree in voice and piano from Vanderbilt University and a master’s in choral conducting and church music from Belmont University. She studied conducting in graduate school under the direction of Dr. Tim Sharp, who is executive director of the American Choral Directors Association of America; voice from teachers Amy Jarman and Dr. Keith Moore; piano from Anna McGrosso and Karen A. Krieger; and has taken postgraduate courses in conducting under the direction of Anne Tomlinson, artistic director of the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, and at Westminster Choir College’s Summer Institute with Judith Willoughby, artistic director of the Youth Choral Program of the Canterbury Choral Society. Owen has performed in several operas, including Vaughan Williams’ “Riders to the Sea,” Purcell’s “The Fairy-Queen,” and Puccini’s "Suor Angelica,” and in several musical theatre productions, including “South Pacific,” “Godspell,” “The Secret Garden,” and “Into the Woods.” She has taught private voice and directed choral ensembles for 20 years.

John Pursell, trumpet, is retired from his position as senior ceremonial trumpeter for the United States Air Force Band. He is a trumpet artist and clinician for the Yamaha Music Corporation and has taught at Gettysburg College and Mount Saint Mary’s University in addition to Mercersburg. Pursell holds a doctorate from the University of Maryland and has published numerous articles in national journals.

Jane Peatling, cello, holds degrees in music performance from Middlebury College and Penn State University. She performs with the Mercersburg Area Community Chorus Orchestra and in duet with her husband, Marlin Barnes (on marimba), as RitmaCordia. She has worked in arts management for several orchestras and was a founding member of the Cumberland Valley Chamber Players. Peatling has taught privately for more than three decades in the Cumberland Valley and continues to perform in small ensembles in the area.

Marsha Stine, piano, has a bachelor of science degree in piano performance from Frostburg State University. A private piano instructor since 1980 in Pennsylvania and Maryland, she accompanies various soloists throughout the area. Stine has toured as a singer with the Festival of Praise Singers and Band and has served as a church musician as an accompanist, vocalist, choir director, and praise team leader at various churches for 30 years.

Deborah Stotelmyer, violin, holds a bachelor of science degree in music education from Frostburg State College (now Frostburg State University) and has studied with William Haroutounian of the National Symphony and Elizabeth Adkins (retired associate concertmaster for the National Symphony). Her former students have auditioned and been selected for All-State, All-District, and All-Region orchestras in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia, as well as the National Symphony’s Orchestra Institute and the Interlochen Summer Institute. In addition to teaching for the Cumberland Valley School of Music at St. Maria Goretti High School in Hagerstown and at Wilson College in Chambersburg, she is an adjunct teacher at Hagerstown Community College.

Bill Wilson, tuba, studied tuba with Lee Southall at West Chester State College (now West Chester University of Pennsylvania) and currently performs with the Hagerstown Municipal Band, the Mercersburg Area Community Chorus Orchestra, the Delta Brass Quintet, and the Capitol Dixieland Band.
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Founded in 1893 in the heart of Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic, Mercersburg is a private, coed, college preparatory boarding school with approximately 435 students (15 percent are day), grades 9-12 and postgraduate.
We offer 170 courses, including AP and Honors, more than $7 million in financial aid, 26 varsity sports, and a state-of-the-art performing and visual arts center.
Located 90 minutes from Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, and within easy driving distance of New York City, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh.
100 Academy Drive, Mercersburg, PA 17236
GPS Address: 10951 Buchanan Trail West, Mercersburg, PA 17236
717-328-6173