Where families celebrate music!

Meet our Staff!

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Bruce Anderson

Owner, Director of the Music School
Keyboard Instructor, Band Coach

Bruce Anderson has over 30 years experience in music education, management and performance. Bruce graduated from the University of Miami with a degree in Theory and Composition. Bruce was a product specialist and education consultant for the Education and Keyboard Divisions of Yamaha. Bruce was a Vice President and Director of Education for Jordan Kitt's Music and managed their music education programs from 1995 to 2011. Currently as owner/director of Lutherville Music School, Bruce will teaches the Yamaha Music Education System classes and other specialty programs. Bruce has been the organist for the Washington Capitals for 20 seasons and won an Emmy in 2014 for his work in a special segment for Caps Red Line.

Drew Wright
Drew Wright

Director of the Rock School
Guitar/Bass/Drum/Recording Instructor, Band Coach

Drew attempted to play the piano as soon as he could walk. In elementary school, he took lessons on piano and eventually the trumpet. During a rough patch in middle school, he began playing the guitar, discovered the therapeutic nature of music, and felt called to pursue it as a career. He started a band, Asbestos, with long time friend Erik Davis to achieve this goal. Asbestos released 3 CDs, and toured throughout the country over the course of their 10 years as a band. A few years after earning a dual emphasis Music Composition and Recording Technology degree from UMBC, Asbestos split up, and Drew began working at Lutherville Rock School. He discovered a passion for helping students follow their own dreams in music, while providing them something to help negotiate the type of adolescent turbulence he had experienced. He continues this work today as the Director of Lutherville Rock School. In addition to teaching, Drew leads the Motley Choir and Bell Choir at Calvary Baptist Church in Towson and plays with The Nuffs as well as various side projects and collaborations.

Noah Pierre
Noah Pierre

Director of Guitar Studies
Guitar/Bass Instructor, Band Coach

Noah Pierre joined Lutherville Rock School as a guitar/bass instructor. Noah has a background in various genres of music and graduated from Towson University with a degree in jazz commercial performance. He currently performs in various bands doing various styles, both on guitar and bass, throughout the Baltimore area.

Nancy White (Keyboard Instructor)
Nancy White
Nancy White

Keyboard Instructor

Nancy White brings the unique gift of inspiring her students to learn and enjoy music in a fun, yet ultimately highly educational manner. Nancy studied with Peabody instructors and has shared her talents with hundreds of students for over 20 plus years of teaching. She is great with younger children and adults love her easy going, nurturing manner. Nancy is versatile in musical styles, knowledgeable in varying piano methodologies, and most important - has infinite patience.

Laura Combs (Keyboard Instructor)
Laura Combs
Laura Combs

Keyboard Instructor

Laura Combs brings over 25 years of teaching experience to her students. Laura grew up in a musical family and learned her craft through many years of performance and teaching. She is equally proficient in piano and organ and has an great understanding of electronic instruments and how to use them. Laura specializes in teaching standards, pop, jazz, and gospel styles. Laura teaches our Recreational Music Making classes for older adults - bringing her patient, warm and friendly style to these low-stress, high fun lessons. Laura is equally at home and active in teaching all ages, starting as young as age 4 (with adult present).

Greg Adams (Keyboard Instructor)
Greg Adams
Greg Adams

Keyboard Instructor

Greg Adams is a jazz pianist, composer, and piano teacher located in Baltimore, MD. He graduated summa cum laude from McDaniel College in 2008, earning his Bachelors in Music Theory and Composition. While at McDaniel, Greg studied both jazz and classical piano under the tutelage of Eric Byrd and David Kreider respectively. In 2010, Greg earned his Masters degree in Music with an emphasis in Jazz Piano from Towson University, where he studied with Tim Murphy and served as the teaching assistant for the Music Theory department. Greg's own jazz piano trio performs regularly around the DC/Baltimore region and was recently a headliner at the Baltimore-Washington Jazzfest. Outside of jazz, Greg is also a member of the eclectic rock/fusion band Turtle Buddy and pianist for Valley Brook Community Church in Columbia, MD. Greg has been teaching piano lessons professionally since 2008, and creates his own arrangements and lesson plans to suit his students' varying needs and interests. Whether teaching a Miles Davis tune, a Chopin waltz, or a Radiohead song, Greg is excited to help his students explore their own creativity through the study of music.

Rose Marie Davila (Keyboard Instructor)
Rose Marie Davila
Rose Marie Davila

Keyboard Instructor

Rose Marie Davila had an interest in music at an early age. She began lessons at the age of 7. At the age of 14, she attended Peabody Preparatory. Throughout high school, she was lead pianist in the Piano Quartet and accompanied the Madrigal choir in several occasions. At the UMBC, Rose majored in Music Performance in Piano. While there, she accompanied the Wind Ensemble and participated in various student composers’ ensembles. In 2013, Rose graduated with a Bachelor’s of Music. In addition to receiving many years of formal training and performing at local churches, she has been teaching piano to people of all ages since 2010. Rose continues to have a passion for music and looks forward to sharing this passion with others.

Bob Adams (Keyboard/Guitar/Bass/Ukulele Instructor)
Bob Adams
Bob Adams

Keyboard/Guitar/Bass/Ukulele Instructor

Bob Adams has been giving private music instruction for piano, guitar, bass, and ukulele in the Mid Atlantic region for many years. He began playing the violin and piano at the age of six and was inspired by movie soundtracks and tunes on the radio before taking to the stage as a singing guitarist and keyboardist. His career as a band leader and performer include working with fulltime regional bands for 25 years and has performed for several world class recording artists. Bob wants to share his music experience with as many people as possible. His philosophy of teaching is: Every student has a different background, set of experiences, goals and desires. Each should be treated uniquely in those regards. Bob’s approach to teaching not only accounts for this range of ambitions and interests, but also the opportunity for the student to find and express their own unique voice. As a Music Composer, Audio Post Production Mixer, and Sound Designer for Discovery Channel, Bob has many television, radio, film, digital media and computer game credits. He was a 2011 Emmy Award nominee for Sound Design for a Series on the History Channel. Bob currently performs music at a variety of churches in the area.

Ian Fairweather (Keyboard Instructor)
Ian Fairweather
Ian Fairweather

Keyboard Instructor

Ian Fairweather trained in classical piano through the Australian Conservatory of Music. He commenced teaching over 30 years ago, specializing in improvising, arranging, and personalizing music. Ian has written and taught college courses for piano and guitar. He is also actively involved in church music, and has served as the Music Minister at several churches in Australia and the USA. Ian has worked as a professional musician and is also a piano technician, servicing and repairing pianos in the greater Baltimore area.

Juliana Marin (Voice/Theatre Instructor)
Juliana Marin
Juliana Marin

Voice/Theatre Instructor

Juliana Marin is a voice teacher and arts administrator. She is a graduate from Towson University with a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance and The Peabody Conservatory with a Master of Music in vocal performance. While at Towson University, she received the Music Department Talent Award and was the first-place winner of the Dr. Sydney Lieberman Music Competition.She is a recipient of a Peabody Career Development Grant the George Woodhead Prize in Voice. While at Towson she performed the role of Pamina in Mozart’s The Magic Flute and at Peabody, Clorinda from Rossini's La Cenerentola. She has previously been the music director of a production of Jason Robert Brown’s, Parade with Wildwood Summer Theatre in Bethesda, MD, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat with Drama Learning Center in Columbia, MD, and Pippin with Greenbelt Arts Center. Ms. Marin is very passionate about bringing music into the lives of young people. Knowing she has a part in fostering appreciation of the arts and skills that go beyond the music studio is incredibly rewarding! She wants students to have fun exploring the depths of vocal music and to be bold by allowing something as personal as their voice to be heard. When Ms. Marin is not singing, she can be found decorating, cooking or watching BBC's Sherlock and episodes of Doctor Who repeatedly

Tracy Hall (Voice Instructor)
Tracy Hall
Tracy Hall

Voice Instructor

Tracy Hall has an MM in Voice Performance (University of SC), an MLS in Library Science, and a BM in Piano/Choral Music Education (UNC-Greensboro), but some of her most valuable learning took place after her formal study. She scoured the country to find the best voice teacher for her, learning valuable insights from every teacher, and then studying with Amy Burton (New York City Opera, Metropolitan Opera) for several years. She participated in many training programs that helped her develop her acting and onstage presence. And performed in operas, concerts, and church music. In more recent years, her focus has been on performing popular and folk/traditional music of the world, along with composing & songwriting. She is the Music Director at Towson Unitarian Universalist Church, where she plans music for worship, conducts the choirs, plays the piano, facilitates the drum circle, and coordinates special events like choir concerts and musicals. Also Tracy loves movement and dance, and she recently earned her White Belt in NIA Technique, a dance-based fitness and lifestyle system. Tracy enjoys helping every student explore and get the most beauty possible out of their vocal instrument, and she helps her students develop performance skills and confidence as well.

Karen Gorden (Violin Instructor)
Karen Gorden
Karen Gorden

Violin Instructor

Karen Gorden is a fourth-generation musician. She is a graduate of Yale University and the National Conservatory of Lyon, France, with studies in violin, piano and composition. Karen has given numerous solo recitals and chamber music performances in Europe; appeared as soloist at the Cumbria and Oxford International Festivals; and toured Italy with the SONUS contemporary ensemble. She has over fifteen years’ teaching experience - including with young children - in violin and viola, as well as piano and all aspects of music theory. She also warmly welcomes adult students. As a performer Karen thinks outside the box, and has shared the stage with artists such as Garrison Keillor and Herbie Hancock. In her experience, training in classical music creates a great foundation which can empower people to move in different musical directions - which in her case has included symphony, opera, ballet, chorus, international folk music, classic jazz, gypsy violin, Irish fiddle, and music from the movies.

Chris Philips (Drum Instructor)
Chris Phillips
Chris Philips

Drum Instructor

Chris has been teaching drums at Lutherville Rock School since 2013. He has played in many bands and performed at famous venues. Chris has also taught in Baltimore City Public Schools as a music and art teacher. Chris strives to turn his students into confident rock drummers.

Paul Tokarz (Band Coach)
Paul Tokarz
Paul Tokarz

Band Coach

Paul has been with Lutherville Rock School since 2016, serving as a guitar teacher and band coach. A graduate of Musician's Institute, Paul can be seen gigging in various groups in the Baltimore area.

Connor Murray (Guitar/Bass/Mandolin/Drum Instructor)
Connor Murray
Connor Murray

Guitar/Bass/Mandolin/Drum Instructor

Connor joined us in 2017, bringing great enthusiasm as a guitar teacher and band coach. Connor has a strong background in bluegrass music and is currently completing his degree in Music Education at Towson University.

Anshuman Goswami (Guitar/Bass/Drum Instructor, Band Coach)
Anshuman Goswami
Anshuman Goswami

Guitar/Bass/Drum Instructor, Band Coach

Anshuman Goswami is an experienced Composer, Educator, and International Touring Artist. With 5+ years of Rock School teaching, a bachelor's degree in Jazz Performance, and an extensive background in Heavy Metal guitar and drums, Anshuman offers a practical and diverse approach to several disciplines of the guitar and the drumkit.

Brice Adkins (Guitar/Bass Instructor, Band Coach)
Brice Adkins
Brice Adkins

Guitar/Bass Instructor, Band Coach

Brice has been playing music for over ten years and is currently studying music technology at UMBC. He has experience playing a wide variety of styles including rock, jazz, indie, and bluegrass. He has a passion for creating music and helping others to find their own creativity.

Oscar Sobkowic (Guitar/Bass/Ukulele Instructor, Band Coach)
Oscar Sobkowic
Oscar Sobkowic

Guitar/Bass/Ukulele Instructor, Band Coach

Oscar Sobkowicz has toured and played music for over half his life. He currently plays in a pop punk band called Kings of the Wild Things and has played with acts such as All Time Low, Reel Big Fish, Escape The Fate, and The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus. He teaches guitar, bass, and ukulele and also runs bands for the schools band program. He is a sincere believer in putting on a good show while also playing good music.

David Jacober (Drum/Recording Instructor)
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David Jacober

Drum/Recording Instructor

David Jacober is a seasoned, and well-recognized, native Baltimore-based percussionist, song writer, composer, recording artist, session musician, and drum teacher. He earned a B.S. in Audio/Radio Production & Jazz Performance from Towson University in 2009. He is best known for his role as drummer and as 1 of 3 founding members of the band, Dope Body (Drag City Records), which formed in 2008, toured the U.S. and Europe extensively from 2009-2016, released more than 4 full length records, and were recognized as Baltimore’s best new band by the City Paper in 2011. Over the years, he has made a name for himself in the local music scene in Baltimore and beyond, by drumming with various bands and performing his own music as a solo musician. David has also recorded marimba with Future Islands and recorded and toured extensively with Baltimore based, electronic musician and composer, Dan Deacon. Currently, David is focusing on writing, recording, and producing his sixth solo record while earning a MAT from Goucher College. David enjoys sharing his percussion expertise and musical knowledge with students of all ages and skill ranges.

Damian Silvas (Guitar/Bass Instructor, Band Coach)
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Damian Silvas

Guitar/Bass Instructor, Band Coach

Damian played guitar for 14 years and has played in four working bands throughout his career. He is experienced in playing all genres, but typically writes, records, and performs modern metal. He is especially experienced in developing and drilling retention of picking styles, arpeggiation styles, scalar runs, chord study, amplified sound articulation, singing while playing, stage movement, and rocking hard.

Ben Kolakowski (Guitar/Bass Instructor)
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Ben Kolakowski

Guitar/Bass Instructor

Ben joined the Lutherville Rock school staff in 2021, and has been a private music instructor in the Baltimore area for over 12 years. Ben is proficient in playing and teaching a wide range of styles from Classic Rock, Jazz, Blues, Heavy Metal, Country, and Bluegrass. In addition to teaching he has been performing regionally and nationally with various bands since he was 16. For the past 7 years Ben has been touring and performing with Baltimore based bluegrass act The Dirty Grass Players.

Carl Hengen (Voice/Guitar/Bass/Theatre Instructor, Band Coach)
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Carl Hengen

Voice/Guitar/Bass/Theatre Instructor, Band Coach

A classically-trained opera singer, Mr. Hengen has sung leading opera roles such as Ruggero in Puccini’s La Rondine, Ferrando in Mozart’s Così Fan Tutte, Nemorino in Donizetti's L'Elisir d'Amore, Aeneas in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. Additional credits include Gherardo in Puccini's Gianni Schicchi with Oberlin-In-Italy, and Benvolio in Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette with Maryland Lyric Opera. He has also enjoyed performing with the chorus at Annapolis Opera in recent productions such as La Bohème and Rigoletto.

Beyond Classical Voice, Mr. Hengen enjoys playing guitar in many styles, not limited to rock and jazz. He studied guitar with Maryland Music Hall of Famer Tobias Hurwitz. Mr. Hengen currently serves as guitarist and vocalist for original prog rock group Bardic Compass. In the past, he has contributed to a number of Maryland local original bands such as MisEuphoria, The Silver Annex, Z’Roussette, and Migration of the Herd. He has enjoyed a career of performing in bands of various styles not limited to Jazz & Jazz Fusion, Rock, Metal, and in orchestras for musical theater productions.

Mr. Hengen holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music in Voice Performance from the University of Maryland College Park, a Master of Music Degree in Voice Performance from Michigan State University, and the Graduate Performance Diploma in Voice from The Conservatory of the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University.

Jasmine Brion (Administrator, Band Coach)
Jasmine Brion
Jasmine Brion

Administrator, Band Coach

Jasmine Brion is a former student of both Lutherville Music School and Lutherville Rock School. She currently attends Towson University. At the age of 9, she started taking piano lessons at Lutherville Music School. She also plays bass guitar, acoustic guitar and drums. She was a member of the band “If You Could”, which was one of the first Lutherville Rock School bands to play in 2013. The band continuously played together for 7 years and was inducted into the "Band Wall of Fame" in 2019. Jasmine was also awarded the Scott Fisher Award in the same year, which recognizes students who exemplify excellence, talent and dedication. In addition to coaching bands and performing administrative duties at Lutherville Rock School, she has been a worship leader for the Church of the Nativity Student Band in Timonium since 2014.

Siobhan Beckett (Voice/Theatre Instructor)
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Siobhan Beckett

Voice/Theatre Instructor

Siobhan Beckett is an actor, singer, makeup artist and arts educator living and working in the Baltimore area. Siobhan studied Theatre with a special concentration in Acting at Towson University and graduated with her Bachelors Degree. Siobhan is a freelance actor, performer and vocalist, with professional stage experience ranging from acoustic unplugged bands and pop stylings, to musical theatre to opera to rock opera, and even metal vocals. Siobhan is comfortable singing everything from show tunes and arias, to Adele and Janis Joplin, to metal growls and screams. Siobhan draws on her experience as a performer in theatre and musical theater to help teach audition technique, full body vocal warm ups and stretches, and how to be an engaging, animated lead vocalist who doesn't just sing, but performs!

Siobhan focuses on Alexander Technique and Roy Hart Vocal Technique with her students, which emphasizes proper posture, breathing and diaphragm work and the versatility of the human voice as an instrument. Siobhan, also known as Shiv, encourages energy, imagination, individuality and finding your own inner rock star. Shiv teaches a range of vocal stylings and techniques. She specializes in hard rock and unclean vocal styling, like healthy screaming, as well as voice and body to mind connection training, and developing engaging stage presence techniques as a performer.