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The woodwinds department offers lessons to students of all ages and ability levels on the flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, and recorder.  The brass department teaches lessons in trumpet, trombone, euphonium, French horn, and tuba.  Our faculty is experienced and able to teach in styles ranging from classical to jazz to pop.  We foster our students’ musical interests and encourage them to be as well-rounded as they can be.  We offer expert guidance and pre-performance coaching for our high school students training for music competitions as well as college auditions.

Elizabeth L.K. Berman, oboe and English hornElizabeth L.K. Berman, oboe and English horn

Oboist Elizabeth L.K. Berman is no stranger to Howard Community College, where she is currently a faculty member for the Music Department and its noncredit counterpart, The Music Institute. She has been an active chamber and freelance musician since 1998 and has played in a variety of settings, including musicals, recitals, wedding ceremonies, and touring productions.

She received her Bachelor of Music in Oboe Performance from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University and her Bachelor of Arts in Romance Languages from the Johns Hopkins University Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, both in May 2005. She received her Master of Arts in Arts Administration from Goucher College, writing her major paper on the economic condition and challenges of today’s symphony orchestras. Her oboe teachers have included Jane Marvine, Leslie Starr, and Barbara Girdler. She has coached with many highly-acclaimed musicians including bassoonist Phillip Kolker, chamber musician Clinton Adams, baritone John Shirley-Quirk, and oboists Joseph Turner and Joseph Robinson.

Elizabeth has had the pleasure of touring with the national tours of Annie and Oliver!, musical productions of NETWorks Presentations, LLC, of Columbia, MD and Musical Theatre Associates, of New York, NY, respectively. She learned a great deal about conducting and computer music while on the road as she was the Assistant Conductor on Annie and the NOTION operator for both shows. Following 18 months of touring, she finished the necessary coursework, internship, and completed her major paper for her master’s degree. Her internships, with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, enlightened her on both the state of symphony orchestras and symphony orchestra management, with particular attention to marketing, development, and database management.

She is also a staff member at the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, exploring the realm of her master's field: arts administration.

Elizabeth L.K. Berman, oboe and English horn

Dr. Kyle Coughlin, clarinet, saxophone

Dr. Kyle Coughlin, clarinet, saxophone, and jazz improvisation, Coordinator of Woodwind, Brass, & Jazz Studies

Clarinetist, saxophonist, composer, teacher, and writer Kyle Coughlin is a versatile musician who is proficient in styles ranging from jazz to classical to popular music.  He earned both his Masters and Doctorate degrees in clarinet performance from the Peabody Conservatory, as a student of Loren Kitt, and he received his Bachelors degree from the University of Maryland as a student of Ed Walters.

As a classical soloist, Dr. Coughlin has performed the Mozart Clarinet Concerto with the Loyola DaCamera and the Columbia Orchestra.  He has also performed numerous solo recitals in the Baltimore-Washington area.  His clarinet honors include first prize in the Professional Division of the Baltimore Music Club, and finalist in the Buffet North American Clarinet Competition.  In 2007, he was awarded a Solo Instrumental Performer grant from the Maryland State Arts Council for his classical clarinet work.

As a jazz musician, Dr. Coughlin has played at every major venue in the Baltimore-Washington area, including Blues Alley, the King of France Tavern, the New Haven Lounge, the Baltimore-Washington Jazzfest, and the Kennedy Center.  In 2004, he was a featured soloist at ClarinetFest, the annual conference of the International Clarinet Association.  He has performed with several outstanding New York-based jazz musicians, including Terell Stafford, George Colligan, Alex Norris, and Lou Rainone.  He also has performed and recorded with The Todd Butler Group, John Blount, and guitarist Mark Stanley.

Dr. Coughlin has worked as a freelance musician with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Maryland Philharmonc, the National Gallery Orchestra, Concert Artists of Baltimore, the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, and the orchestras at the Kennedy Center, the Lyric Opera House, Arena Stage, Wolf Trap, and Merriweather Post Pavilion.  He has also worked with Manhattan Transfer, Ray Charles, Carol Channing, Tommy Tune, Marie Osmond, Tony Curtis, the Moody Blues, Roger Daltrey, and many others.  His musical journeys have led him far beyond his home state to concerts throughout the East Coast, California, and Evian, France.

An active educator, Dr. Coughlin teaches private lessons on clarinet, saxophone, and jazz improvisation.  He has written two educational books, Beginning Jazz Clarinet Studies, Volumes 1 and 2, which are publshed by SkyLeap Music.  Presently, he is finishing his Beginning Clarinet Songbook, which will be an interactive online teaching tool with an accompanying CD.

Dr. Coughlin has released two critcally acclaimed jazz CDs, When Afternoons Return (2001), and In the Shadow of Palms (2002).  He has won several honors for his compositions, including a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council in 2003.  His composition credits also include works for Fox Television, the Discovery Channel, and several commercial jingles.

Jared Denhard, bag pipes, Celtic harp, euphonium, jazz improvisation, trombone, and ukulele

Celtic harper, storyteller, highland piper and trombonist Jared Denhard is a member of the Celtic rock band O’Malley’s March, the medieval jazz group Keltia, and the early music ensemble Boar’s Head Consort.  He is a visiting artist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s Arts Excel educational outreach program.

A popular performer at Celtic, classical, and jazz events in the Mid-Atlantic region. Jared has performed as soloist on the highland bagpipes with the Delaware Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Municipal Band, and the Lexington Brass Quintet.

Jared is also an active composer whose works have been performed and recorded by the United States Air Force Band, The Kinetics Dance Theatre, the London Portable Harp Company, and the Annapolis Brass Quintet.

Jared is a 1989 graduate of the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, Maryland.  He and his wife Heather live in Columbia, Maryland, with their seven children.

Jared's CDs, Cold Nights of Winter, Songs of Innocence, Canterbury Suite, Idylls of the King Winter Spirit, and Legend of the Selkie are available through his label.

Jared Denhard, trombone, euphonium, folk instruments

Melissa Lindon, flute

Melissa Lindon, flute

A Howard County native, Melissa completed her Artist Certificate in Flute Performance at Southern Methodist University, where she studied with Jean Larson and Deborah Baron (piccolo). She began her flute studies with her mother, Marlee Lindon, and studied with Emily Skala before attending Boston University. She received her Bachelor of Music (magna cum laude) and Master of Music degrees in Flute Performance from Boston University as a student of Doriot Anthony Dwyer and Marianne Gedigian. Other influential teachers include Keith Underwood, Martha Aarons, David Shostac, and Linda Toote.

As Adjunct Faculty at Howard Community College and Flute Instructor for The Music Institute at HCC since 2003, Melissa teaches students of all ages and levels. She is co-director of "Flute-a-rama," a weeklong summer flute camp in Takoma Park, Maryland, where she maintains an active private studio. Previous faculty appointments include the Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras Independent Schools Orchestra Program, Winchester (MA) Community Music School, Creative Arts for Kids (Reading, MA), and the acclaimed Duncanville (TX) Independent School District Band Program.

An active orchestral, chamber and solo freelancer in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area, she has performed at venues including The John F. Kennedy Center for the Arts, Strathmore Mansion, Fairfax Old Town Hall, the Hillwood Museum, and Buckingham's Choice. A wind quintet aficionado, she is founder and flutist of the Patagonia Winds, and flutist with the Georgetown Quintet, which was nominated for the Washington Area Music Award as Best Chamber Ensemble of 2009. She is also a performing member of the Friday Morning Music Club and co-principal flute and solo piccolo of its orchestra, Avanti. She performed with Boston area ensembles, including the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, Cape Symphony Orchestra, New Bedford Symphony Orchestra, and Atlantic Symphony Orchestra.

She was a featured soloist with the Meadows Wind Ensemble and the Texas Festival Orchestra, and a finalist in the prestigious Pappoutsakis Flute Competition in Boston. She was a 1996 recipient of the P.E.O. Scholar Awards grant. As a member of the Meadows Wind Ensemble, she premiered Stephen Jones' Passages in Manchester, England and is featured on the ensemble's recording of that work on the CD Snow Tracks on the Gasparo label.

Also a certified yoga teacher (RYT500), Melissa brings particular attention to breathing, posture and body awareness to her flute teaching. She has been featured as a clinician leading "Yoga for Musicians" workshops at the Trevor Wye Masterclass at Boston University, the Flute Society of Washington's Mid-Atlantic Flute Fair, and Howard Community College, and works individually with professional and student musicians to apply yoga practices to achieve freedom and ease in their music-making.

Brent Madsen, trumpet and jazz improvisation

Versatile trumpeter Brent Madsen is an active jazz, commercial, orchestral, chamber and solo performer as well as an educator. Madsen has performed with groups such as the National Philharmonic Orchestra, the Wolf Trap Opera Company, the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, the Brad Linde Ensemble, the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, and Baltimore-based improvised music collective Out of Your Head. He is also a founding member of NYC-based group Jerseyband. Madsen has played in the backup bands for stars such as Wayne Newton, Johnny Mathis, the Temptations, and the Four Tops. He has also performed in numerous musical productions including Peter Pan, Sunset Boulevard, Show Boat, 42nd Street, A Chorus Line, West Side Story, and Take Joy! at venues such as Wolf Trap, the National Theatre, the Music Center at Strathmore, the Hippodrome Theatre, and the Signature Theatre.

In addition to seven Jerseyband CD releases, Madsen's recording credits include Sting's If On A Winter's Night..., Shakira's She Wolf, Steve Reich's Triple Quartet, Music for a Large Ensemble, Electric Guitar Phase, and Lawrence Moss' New Paths, which features Brent playing alongside Chris Gekker on the trumpet duet entitled "Together".

Madsen holds a BM in jazz performance from the Eastman School of Music and an MM in classical trumpet performance from the University of Maryland. He is currently a DMA candidate at the University of Maryland. In addition to teaching at Howard Community College and The Music Institute at HCC, Madsen is also on faculty at the Peabody Preparatory.

Brent Madsen, trumpet

Lynn Moncilovich, bassoon

Lynn Moncilovich, bassoon

Lynn Moncilovich is currently the principal bassoonist of the Londontowne Symphony Orchestra, the second bassoonist with the Keystone Wind Ensemble, and she performs regularly as the auxiliary/contra bassoonist with the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra. As an active freelance musician in the Baltimore – Washington DC area, she has performed with the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, Apollo Chamber Orchestra, and Musicians of Mercy. Presently, Lynn is adjunct faculty at both Howard Community College and the University of Delaware, and is an instructor for the annual Peabody Bassoon Week.  Ms. Moncilovich also maintains a private teaching studio and reed business.

Originally from Johnstown, PA, Lynn received her BS in Music Education from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania where she studied with Dr. Jason Worzbyt.  While in Pennsylvania, she served as the second bassoonist/contra bassoonist with the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra.  Lynn then began studies at the University of North Texas, where she received her MM in bassoon and studied with Kathleen Reynolds.  At UNT she held a teaching fellowship where she taught woodwind methods and coached chamber music.  Lynn is a featured soloist on the UNT Wind Symphony’s recording of Gordon Jacob’s Concerto for Bassoon on the GIA Composer’s Collection - Gordon Jacob CD.   Lynn also holds an Artist’s Certificate from Southern Methodist University where she studied with Wilfred Roberts.  At SMU she held a teaching assistantship in reed making and placed second in the Concerto Competition.  While in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, Lynn was an active freelance musician, performing with the Dallas Chamber Orchestra, Los Colinas Symphony Orchestra, Irving Symphony Orchestra, Sherman Symphony Orchestra, and the Camerata Winds.  Lynn also maintained a teaching studio upward of twenty students.  Lynn has been the recipient of many awards and scholarships including the American Bassoon Company Award, Aegon USA Scholarship, and the UNT Deans Camerata Scholarship.  Lynn recently finished a Graduate Performance Diploma at the Peabody Conservatory where she studied with Philip Kolker.

David Rybczynski, saxophone and jazz improvisation

Dave Rybczynski is a graduate candidate in Music Education at Towson University and has been teaching saxophone, clarinet, and various classes and ensembles at Howard Community College for seven years. Dave wrote the curriculum for our Jazz Theory course. He has toured extensively throughout the United States, Japan, Canada, and Central and South America with the Glenn Miller Orchestra and Columbia Artists Big Band Series, including performances at Carnegie Hall and many other major concert halls at home and abroad. He is also an active freelance musician and bandleader in Maryland and Washington, D.C. and has many performances to his credit with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Tony Bennett, Patti Austin, Martin Short, The Four Freshman, and countless area groups in genres ranging from opera to jazz, Motown to salsa. Dave has also performed as a recitalist and with the Old Line Quartet in concert series at Loyola College, Goucher College, Howard Community College, and at the U.S. Navy’s International Saxophone Symposiums. He has recorded with groups for the Sea Breeze label, PBS television, and various movie trailers.

Dave has also studied at Berklee College of Music and the University of Maryland with jazz saxophone greats George Garzone, Chris Vadala, Billy Pierce, and Andy McGhee. He is currently a student of Michael Bayes of the U.S. Navy Band. Prior to teaching at Howard Community College, he taught in various capacities at The McDonough School, Loyola College, Goucher College, and the Towson University Preparatory.

David Rybczynski, saxophone and clarinet

Melissa Wertheimer, flute and piccolo

Melissa Wertheimer, flute and piccolo

Melissa Wertheimer is a diverse performer of solo, chamber, and orchestral music. She is a piccolo specialist, new music enthusiast, and dedicated scholar of women in music. An artist-teacher, Ms. Wertheimer is Adjunct Faculty at Howard Community College in Columbia, MD, as well as at The Music Institute, HCC's community music division. Ms. Wertheimer is also a Music History Instructor for the Peabody at Homewood Program of the Johns Hopkins University. Additionally, she teaches flute at the Chesapeake Arts Center, the J. Friedman Music School, and from her private studio.

With the Dahlia Flute Duo, Ms. Wertheimer has given recitals, lectures, and workshops in 11 states. The Duo has received grants from Yamaha, the College Music Society, the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts, and the Peabody Institute. The Dahlia Flute Duo also hosts an annual summer flute masterclass, and continually premieres new works.

Ms. Wertheimer won second place in the 2009 Piccolo Artist Competition of the Flute Society of Washington, DC. In 2007, she became the first student in the history of Ithaca College to win the Ithaca College Concerto Competition on piccolo. Ms. Wertheimer has performed as principal flute in the orchestras of the College Light Opera Company, Maryland Choral Society, Syracuse Chorale, and Ithaca College at Avery Fisher Hall. She is the Instrumental Artistic Director of hexaCollective, as well as the ensemble's flutist and piccoloist. She also performs with Vivre Musicale and the Golden Egg Ensemble. Ms. Wertheimer has been featured on the NPR program "Crossing Borders," the Peabody Spotlight Series, and the Peabody Institute Thursday Noon Recital Series.

She holds an M.M. in Piccolo from the Peabody Institute and a B.M. in Flute from Ithaca College. Her teachers include Marcia Kämper, Laurie Sokoloff, Wendy Herbener Mehne, and Carron Moroney.