Owner / Director
Cappella School of Music
Guitar, Mandolin, Songwriting
Geoff has been passionate about the guitar for over 40 years. His specialty is the Piedmont Blues finger picking style but he is also proficient at many other styles from rock to blues and pop. He has a Masters in Education and has taught at public schools from the elementary to college level. Geoff released his first CD, "Pilgrim's Progress" in 2009, a live album, "Swimming To The Sun" in January 2012, and "Kick Off Your Muddy Boots," in January 2014 as Geoff Hansplant & Dirt Track Racer with bandmates Paul Deck, Julie Myers and Nick Terramani. A single from the album, "Bucket Full of Rain," reached #2 in the nation on the Roots Music Report's Top 50 Rock songs for the weeks ending February 14 & 21, 2014. In March, 2015, Kick Off Your Muddy Boots earned the Americana Album of the Month Award from The Akademia Music Awards. The band's next studio album, "Something's Gotta Give," is set to be released later in 2018.
Piano, Violin, Viola, Voice, Guitar, Mandolin, Flute,
Monique Canniere has established herself as a prominent music performer and teacher in the Philadelphia area since arriving in 2004. She received her BM in Performance at Mansfield University and her MM in Jazz Studies / Performance at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She is primarily known as a singer, violinist and pianist and performs in many styles and genres. She appeared as the lead role in Roger & Hammerstein's "Cinderella" and has also played lead or supporting roles in "Annie" and "Is There Life After High School?" She is the lead violinist and vocalist in the Divine Hand Ensemble, an internationally acclaimed chamber group featuring strings and Theremin. Also a songwriter and composer, Monique has been commissioned to compose numerous songs and pieces which have been performed and recorded by the Divine Hand Ensemble and other groups. She released her first solo album, "Preachin' to the Choir," in 2015.
Drum Set & Hand
Over the years Paul has played in many ensembles and in a wide variety of styles including orchestral, funk, classic rock and jazz. He studied for many years with a variety of teachers including Tommy Campbell who played with jazz greats John McLaughlin and Dizzy Gillespie. Paul performed as a member of the house band at the famed Zanzibar Blue jazz club in Philadelphia. His wide experience gives him great insight into the ways that drums can be used. His goal is to teach the art of drumming with a contemporary flair while respecting the traditions of the past and helping students develop the required dexterity to express their own creativity. In high demand throughout the region for his session work, Paul also works closely with Geoff Hansplant in their Americana band, Dirt Track Racer, where his flair for Latin percussion establishes the great grooves for which they are becoming known.
Guitar, Cello, Alto Sax, Clarinet,
Pete has studied guitar with the likes of Jerry Hahn, Dave Creamer, Barry Finerty, Bill Kanengiser, and Ted Greene. Pete’s career has been highlighted by appearances on many and very different concert stages, from hard rock to opera and Sondheim, and from non-Western and avante-garde musics to Mozart and bubble-gum pop. Notables include performances and recording with superb musicians from King Crimson and Frank Zappa and prestigious pop performers like Three Dog Night and Kenny Loggins. Pete received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Sonoma State University. He has training in Waldorf Education and instrument making. He is a pro cellist and mandolinist but he is first, last, and always a very electric rock guitarist.
Voice, Violin, Piano,
Kent Schauble is a proud graduate of the prestigious Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, where he received his Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance in 1999. He continued his career as an opera singer with such roles as Canio in "I Pagliacci "and Rodolfo in "La Boheme" with the Natchez Opera Company in Mississippi and Atlantic Coast Opera in New Jersey, among others. From 2001-2008, Kent sang with the Chorus of the Philadelphia Opera Company and spent a summer singing The Saint of Bleeker Street. He resides in Philadelphia and has a natural strength to communicate the proper images and vocabulary needed to teach voice parts of all types and to all ages. Kent teaches students from the Ambler Choral Society and has had a thriving vocal studio for over 7 years. In between singing with the Ambler Choral Society, Vox Amadeus Ensemble, Upper Dublin Choirsters, and the Opera Company of Philadelphia, Kent also recorded a self produced album in NY entitled “Happy Birthday, Kyle” by The Local Tourists in 2007 where both his operatic and rock voice combined with original guitar work and song writing. In May of 2013, Kent earned his K-12 teaching credentials from Eastern University for Music. The Summer of 2016 has seen Kent with lead roles in three separate Operas, a touring company residency in Texas and two more operas lined up for the fall season! In 2017, Kent will be singing lead in the Delaware Valley Opera Company's staging of "La Boheme."
Violin, Voice, Piano, Guitar, Ukulele
Born into a musical family, Julie began performing at the age of three, and professionally at eight. She has performed in many notable venues including the Count Basie Theatre, Keswick Theatre, World Cafe Live and the Kennedy Center, sharing the stage with Wynonna Judd, Little Big Town and Trout Fishing in America. Julie has extensive training in theatrical singing and has been cast in leading roles in "Into the Woods" and "The Music Man." As a violinist, she earned the Helen Buckman Award for Outstanding Musicianship at the age of seventeen. Today, Julie is a fiddler and vocalist for Nashville recording artist Liv Divine, and a featured violinist in the classically based Divine Hand Ensemble. Julie has also lent her talents to Geoff Hansplant's latest CD, "Kick Off Your Muddy Boots," with contributions on a violin, organ, piano and vocals, as well as being a songwriter and arranger with the band. As Geoff has said about her, "In our band, Julie is a spark plug. Her ideas and musicality bring a tremendous depth and sensitivity to the music and make it come alive in ways I could not have imagined." As a teacher, Julie is flexible and adapts easily to situations and people. In developing her students' overall musiciality, she uses ear training, music theory, reading, technique, and songwriting as a basis for her teaching. In her own words, "I will always teach music, as long as I live. Music enhances life; it makes the world a better place. Everybody has music inside them; I'm just here to show them which door to open."
Jamal Jones is a jazz trumpeter and composer with teaching skills in music performance, composition and arranging, music theory and ear-training. Since completing his B.F.A. in Trumpet Performance and the University of the Arts in Philadelphia in 2005, Jones has worked and recorded with such musicians as: John Swana, Dennis Wasko, Matt Gallagher and Thee Phantom. He has been a private music instructor since 2001 and has taught lessons and master classes for the Music and Arts Center, SoundStage School of Music, Philadelphia Academy of the Performing Arts and the Mount Airy Learning Tree. In September of 2007 Jones moved to Holland to obtain his M.M. in Jazz Composition & Arranging from The Conservatorium van Amsterdam. During his two year stay in Amsterdam he performed, composed and recorded with original ensembles of his own and also for fellow students and jazz orchestras throughout the Netherlands. Jones completed his degree in June 2009 and in August was admitted as a member of the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop with Jim McNeely and Mike Holober.
Becky Ruiz is a lifelong pianist who began her studies at Settlement Music School when she was eight years old. While there, she won a scholarship which allowed her to enhance her classical piano studies with coursework in Music Theory. Upon graduation from High School, Becky was accepted into the Esther Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University, where she completed her degree in Piano Pedagogy. In addition to a private stable of students, Becky also performs as an accompanyist for two services each Sunday at a Methodist church in New Jersey.
Pianist, composer, and music educator, Sabrina Clarke has been playing the piano since the age of four. In the Spring of 2016, Sabrina completed her doctoral dissertation in music composition with an emphasis in piano performance at the Boyer College of Music, Temple University, where she teaches aural theory as a graduate teaching assistant. She holds a Master of Music Degree in music composition from Temple, and a Bachelor of Arts in music theory and composition from McDaniel College. She is an alumna of the Hood College Music Preparatory, and the European American Musical Alliance summer composition program in Paris, France. Sabrina is a versatile pianist, with both solo and collaborative performance experience. Her main compositional interests are chamber, choral, and orchestral music, and her works have been performed by numerous vocal, instrumental, and large ensembles. She currently serves as president of con Templum, Temple University's chapter of the Society of Composers, Inc.
Bass, Piano, Guitar, Violin, Ukulele
Rory Flynn began playing guitar while very young, but found his passion for bass soon after beginning to play. While studying bass with Don Grabowski Music at Millersville University of Pennsylvania, Rory spent four years in both the Jazz Ensemble and Orchestra. During his last two years, he was the principal of the bass section. While at Millersville, Rory also studied piano and violin. With a passion for various genres, Rory has an understanding of the role and repertoire of bass in rock, jazz, funk, country, pop, and classical music. As founder and member of several bands, Rory also has an adept understanding of composition. Since returning from Millersville, he has been playing the greater Philadelphia area with Chaos Thompson, Memphis Hat, and, most recently and extensively with the Dirk Quinn Band.
Bass, Piano, Guitar, Violin, Ukulele
Nick Terramani returns to us from our original SoundStage staff and brings a wealth of experience as a music teacher, performer and recording artist. Nick is a graduate of Lebanon Valley College's prestigious music program and is currently studying toward his Masters at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Nick is skilled in all styles of music from classical to rock and jazz, has a warm and easy-going teaching style, and has been a student favorite for many years. Along with Julie Myers, Paul Deck, and Geoff Hansplant, Nick is the bassist in Dirt Track Racer, helping to set the groove for their #4 in the country, 2014 album, "KIck Off Your Muddy Boots" and continuing on their latest project, "Something's Gotta Give." In addition to teaching at Cappella, Nick is also a Music teacher at the Tacony Academy Charter School in Philadelphia.
Drew Burke truly found her voice and defined herself as a vocalist at the age of ten. In high school, she made the leap to express her talent on the stage. She was accepted into the vocal program and the Arts Academy at Benjamin Rush where she performed in show choir and showcased her voice in various musical theatre productions. During her time at the Arts Academy, she realized a career in the music industry was the path that fit her best. After graduating, she was accepted into Albright College, where she attended for a year as a theatre major, developing her confidence and educational techniques. Four years later she returned to finish her education at the Community College of Philadelphia where she studies under a number of vocal educators in different settings including vocal lessons with Calli Graver. Drew continues to perform in theatrical venues such as The Bristol Riverside Theatre. She says “Working on shows at the theatre gives me the opportunity to broaden my abilities and take my performing to a whole other level.” She will be graduating with an associates degree is vocal performance in December 2018. She is excited to start her new journey providing young singers with the necessary technique and confidence to strive within the music community.
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Cappella School of Music
317 Oreland Mill Road
Oreland, PA 19075
Phone: 215 233-8933
Congratulations to Cappella's Samantha Klein, who will be starring as Amahl in the Delaware Valley Opera Company's production of Amahl and the Night Visitors, Saturday, January 6th, 2018, in two shows, at 4:00 and 7:00p.m. The performance will be staged at the Venice Island Performing Arts and Recreation Center, 7 Lock Street, Philadelphia, Pa. 19127. Great job, Samantha!
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