The String Program Located at the Perfect 5th
Title: The String Program
Skill Level: Advanced, Intermediate, and Beginner
Instructor for advanced, intermediate and beginner violin, viola, cello and upright bass;
I began my studies on violin at age 8. Throughout my formative years, I had inspiring music teachers to guide me on my journey. I hope that I can do the same for my students!
I graduated from Lebanon Valley College in 2020, with two degrees in Music Education and Music, with a concentration in Violin Performance and Pedagogy.
During my collegiate years, I also had the opportunity to play viola on a professional level, while also learning cello and bass. One fun fact about me: I also marched the sousaphone in the Pride of the Valley Marching Band!
As a musician, I was classically trained. Nowadays, I enjoy playing on local bands' albums, playing in weddings, which I do mostly by ear, and improvising in worship, jazz, and more! To me, aural skills are just as important as reading, especially as a strings player!
Currently, I am an elementary strings teacher at the Cumberland Valley School District. I have also taught secondary strings in public schools as well! You will find that while I expect my students to put their best effort forward at all times, I am laid-back and all about making a personal connection with my students!
*Online Instruction Only*
Instructor for advanced, intermediate and beginner cello; Instructor for beginner violin and beginner viola.
Greg began his musical career at the age of four, starting on the piano at the musical preparatory division at Elizabethtown College. At eleven, he discovered the cello and began studies with Jill Placeway.
Beginning in his high school years, Greg started private lessons with Richard Winey. Discovering a newfound love for playing, he decided that he wished to pursue music at the collegiate level and transitioned to studying with professional cellist Steven Lavender for the next three years.
In the fall of 2012, Greg attended the Sunderman Conservatory at Gettysburg College, studying with Daniel Levitov, director of the preparatory division at Peabody Institute. During his four years at Gettysburg, he participated in selective groups such as the Gettysburg College Orchestra, Metta Ensemble, Sunderman Strings, and various string quartets and new music ensembles.
Greg currently participates in ensembles across south-central PA including both collegiate and professional orchestras such as the Hershey Symphony and Allegro Chamber Orchestra. He has had the opportunity to study under John Koen, a member of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and Sara Male, a prominent cellist within the central PA area.
Assistant for cello.
Eli Whitehead-Zimmers is 16 years old and has been playing the cello for four years under John Gerschefski, a Julliard-trained string teacher. Eli has played in various ensembles including pit bands, his school's concert band, and Hershey's festival strings orchestra. During his time with Hershey, Eli played at venues such as The Lincoln Center in New York City and a Music Educator's Association conference in Atlantic City. More recently, Eli is has founded the Cosmopolitan Chamber Quartet that meets regularly at the Perfect Fifth and sits eighth chair in the Harrisburg Youth Symphony Orchestra. Eli continues to participate in various ensembles for school and community events, always anxious to share his passion for music and the cello.