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   We are pleased to introduce our staff of private teachers       
   at the Country String Shop Music Academy.  We are very   
   proud of these folks ... they are quite capable in their areas  
   of expertise.  For further information about lessons, please  
   contact us at                        

ADULT STRING ENSEMBLE (directed by Rebecca Gray) and
   CELLO CHOIR (directed by Steve Witter) have begun Fall 2020
   sessions:  Adult String Ensemble on Monday evenings, and Cello
   Choir on Tuesday evenings.  Call for more information.

JENNIFER HARRIS - violin, viola, cello, ensembles
               Director and instructor, Summer Music Program

ennifer Harris graduated from West Chester University with a B.S. degree in music education.  Jen has performed with the Hershey Symphony, Shaw Strings (largest all-female string group in Pennsylvania), Ephrata Performing Arts Center, Reading Pops Orchestra, Central Pennsylvania Symphony, Londonderry Strings Quartet, and various other ensembles.  She is a member of the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, and directs the orchestra program at Milton Hershey School, Hershey, PA.  Jen teaches privately at home and at the Country String Shop Music Academy, where her experience with young players included the Londonderry Youth String Ensemble and Londonderry Junior Youth String Ensemble.  She is the program director for the Summer Strings Program offered at the Country String Shop Music Academy for school-aged string players.


JASON NADEAU - violin, viola

Jason Nadeau is a professional violinst and private music instructor.
He is a current member of musical groups including Stringz by 2 and Grace Notes.

Originally a guitarist, Jason's experience started with a professional rock group which recorded 2 CD's and toured the east coast.  Through this experience Jason learned about the recording process and sound engineering.  Finding his passion for violin, this quickly became his primary instrument.  He has also studied composition with local composers and has had his works performed by local colleges.

Jason has been teaching violin lessons since 2009.  Infusing lessons with different ear training, music theory, sight reading, and different styles of music, he strives to make every student a well-rounded musician.


             fiddle, Irish whistle, guitar

Melissa is a multi-talented celtic performer who began playing classical violin at age 5.  She crosses over genres including celtic, bluegrass and jazz.  She is an accomplished fiddler, a Berks County Fiddle Grand Champion, who also plays accordion, Irish whistle, and guitar, and sings/dances as one of the key performers in the Celtic Martins and the Martin Sisters Band.


                           Cello instructor, Summer Music Program
                                          Director, Cello Choirs

Steve, a graduate of Messiah College, is a member of the Londonderry String Quartet.  He teaches privately and directs Cello Choir classes and performances at the Country String Shop Music Academy.  Steve also instructs cello participants in the Summer Music Program.

REBECCA GRAY - violin, viola, ukulele
                   Violin/viola instructor, Summer Music Program
                       Director, Adult and Youth String Ensembles
                                          Ukulele instructor

                 BRANDON BUTERBAUGH - brass

Brandon Buterbaugh is currently the Director of Bands at Hershey High School, where he directs the Trojan Marching Band, the Wind Symphony, the Symphonic Band, and the Jazz Ensemble. Brandon received his Bachelors in Music Education from Penn State University and his Masters in Trombone Performance from West Virginia University. He has studied with Steve Stiffer, Mark Lusk, Keith Jackson, and Brian Plitnik. Brandon is a member of the West Shore Symphony and Berks Sinfonietta Chamber Orchestra. He also frequently freelances in the Southeast region. Brandon is a member of the International Trombone Association, National Band Association, and the National Association for Music Education.


                            JULIA EVANS - violin

ulia has been playing the violin for over 45 years.  She started Suzuki Violin Method at the age of 5 with Pam DeWall of Hershey, and continued with Linda Fiore of West Chester until high school graduation.  She received her Bachelor of Music Therapy from Shenandoah College and Conservatory where she studied violin with Kenneth Sargent.  After becoming a Registered Music Therapist, Julia began her own music therapy practice traveling to local nursing and group homes.  She completed Suzuki Teacher Certification and has been teaching for the past 19 years.  Julia  performs with the Worship Team at the Church of the Good Shepherd, resides in Lebanon with her husband Todd, and her two daughters, Annika and Gabrielle.

                PHIL MITCHELL - guitar, ukulele, bass

Phil Mitchell has been playing music for 52 years, first on trombone, then on guitar.  Phil taught at Marty’s Music for 11 years before coming to the Country String Shop Music Academy.  He has had students as young as 5-1/2 years old as well as adults in their 70’s and all ages in between.  Phil particularly enjoys teaching music theory as it applies to the guitar.

                 DEAN PALANZO - piano, woodwinds

Dean's musical training began with piano lessons at age 5.  His study of woodwind instruments came later.  He has had very fine teachers, and started private teaching as a youth.  He has performed, toured, and also has had experience in recording.  Currently Dean enjoys teaching mostly piano students.

                            MARK WESLING - guitar

Mark is a classical guitarist, composer, artist and teacher.  Mark teaches Mondays through Thursdays and Saturdays at the Country String Shop, where he instructs individuals and groups in many different genres.   In June he offers Summer Rock Band Camp at the Country String Shop Music Academy. More information about Mark is available on his website,

                                                                                 For further information about the Music Academy,
please contact us at


         Music Academy Building
2849 Horseshoe Pike, PO Box 499
Campbelltown, PA  17010
                                                                             Phone (717) 838-8732    FAX (717) 838-9206