Faculty

Marlene Baldwin

voice

Marlene Baldwin earned her BM at the University of Maryland, She founded and has continued to direct the Baldwin Music Theater Camp.  She has performed in several choral groups, including Winchester Musica Viva, Voce, and Washington Choral Arts Society.  She has adjudicated numerous vocal competitions including NATS District and Regional Auditions, the Bland scholarship competitions, Virginia District Choir Auditions, Maryland All-State Choir Auditions and Maryland Show Choir Competitions.

Kailbeth Chacin

violin

Kailbeth Chacin recently received a Master of Music in Performance from Shenandoah. She began her Doctor of Music Performance in Fall 2018.  In addition to acting as a teaching assistant, she also served as Concertmaster and section leader of the Shenandoah Conservatory Symphony Orchestra. In 2017, Ms. Chacin joined the Teaching Artist faculty of the DC Youth Orchestra Program in Washington D.C. She currently performs with chamber and symphony orchestras in the Northern Virginia area.

Hsin-Yi Chen

piano

Hsin-Yi Chen has completed a DMA in Collaborative Piano at the University of Maryland, College Park. She holds two masters in Piano Performance and Collaborative Piano and a bachelors degree in Piano Performance, all from Shenandoah University, Winchester, VA. She is certified to teach Suzuki piano and has training in using the Music Mind Games curriculum. She has extensive experience accompanying choirs and theatrical productions

Laura Cullinane

fiddle, violin, viola

Mrs. Cullinane earned a BM in Music Education from George Mason University, and taught for several years with Fairfax County Public Schools.  She has performed with traditional Irish groups and celtic rock bands in a variety of festivals and stages, from sidewalks to the Kennedy Center, on both sides of the Atlantic. She is also a trained Music Together instructor.  Laura teaches strings at MCCS and has been with CMSP since 2007. In her non-musical life she enjoys gardening and being a mom to Katie and Daniel.

Szymon Czerniak

piano

American born Polish pianist, Szymon Czerniak, has been hailed for his “brilliant technique, extraordinary energy, and strength in interpretation." Szymon was awarded a Cultural Arts Scholarship by the Koszczisko Foundation  to study in Poland under Katarzyna Popowa-Zydron at the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz. Currently, Szymon serves as adjunct faculty at Shenandoah University while completing his doctorate in Musical Arts . Szymon holds a BA in Musical Arts from University of Houston, and Master’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music in New York.

Eberle Damron

piano, voice

Eberle Damron received a BA in Music from Queen’s College, Charlotte, NC.  She specializes in Eurhythmics, Improvisation, Solfege, and Piano. She did graduate work at the Dalcroze Music Institute (NY), Catholic University of America (DC), Shenandoah Conservatory (Winchester, VA), and Westminster Choir College (Princeton, NJ). Ms. Damron has been a private piano instructor for over twenty.  She teaches  Rhythm and Movement classes and piano at CMSP.

Matt Gattuso

viola, violin, piano

Matt Gattuso, who teaches violin, viola and piano, received his BA in Music from The College of William and Mary, and his MM in Strings Pedagogy from George Mason University. He is an accomplished violist and pianist with concentrations in Strings Pedagogy, Piano Performance and Composition. He currently performs with the Piedmont Symphony Orchestra as section violist and principal 2nd violin, and the St. Charles String Quartet, and the Atoka String Quartet.

Chris Inman

guitar

Chris Inman received his BA in Music, theory and composition and classical guitar from San Francisco State University.  His musical experience is quite varied from guitar to sax and violin. He performs with the Piedmont Symphony Orchestra and has been guest conductor with the Fauquier Youth Orchestra in Warrenton, VA. His motto, “Have baton, will travel!” He has been engaged at all musical levels - basic children’s ensembles to community college orchestras to major metropolitan orchestras.

Randy Martono-Chai

 jazz piano, voice

Randy Martono-Chai holds Bachelor of Music degrees from Shenandoah University in Piano Performance and Jazz Studies.He is a pianist-singer active all over the DMV, specialized in Western Art, jazz, and musical theatre styles.  He also music directs, plays flute and organ, arranges, orchestrates, conducts, tunes pianos, and teaches. He dedicates his life to community, competition, and creating music. Since a young age, he's performed at churches as well as competed in piano and voice competitions and talent shows with great success.

Sylvia McClain

harp

Sylvia McClain received a Bachelor of Music Degree in Harp and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music from Birmingham-Southern College. Ms. McClain has won awards and honors in the national competitions of the American Harp Society, and the Musicians’ Club of New York. She was harpist of the Blossom Festival School of the Cleveland Orchestra where she performed under the direction of Pierre Boulez. In 2005 Sylvia was the featured soloist with the Loudoun Symphony.

Jamie Potter

guitar

Jamie Potter has 30 years performing experience both in classical and popular genres. A graduate of Brown University in 2006 with a degree in History, he set about pursuing a multi-discipline career in the arts--teaching and performing the blues up and down the East Coast, publishing YA fiction and graphic novels, and becoming a 2016 finalist for the prestigious Bernard Ebb Songwriting Prize recognizing outstanding songwriting in the DC/MD/VA region. He and his wife Amy, also a songwriter, tour the country with their Americana band The Crooked Angels. 

Doria St. John

piano, voice

Doria St. John attended Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ, where she received her BA in Music Education. She is also a certified Montessori teacher, and has received training in Kodaly.  Mrs. St. John teaches voice and piano at CMSP.

Ed St. John

saxophone, flute, clarinet

Ed St. John began his musical journey playing trumpet. He studied with several top New York musicians including Harold Lieberman.  He continued his studies and plays in a variety of settings including big bands, saxophone quartets, and combos of various sizes. Along with Tim Grant, Ed founded The Intrepid Jazz Project in 1999. In addition to performing, Ed teaches sax, flute and clarinet at CMSP, and in Front Royal and Manassas.

Miho Sato de Saucedo

 piano, voice, music therapy

Miho Sato de Saucedo graduated  with a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance from Musashino Music University in Tokyo, Japan. She earned her Master of Music degree in Music Therapy from Shenandoah University.  Miho is a board-certified music therapist by the American Music Therapist Association. Miho’s areas of specialization include early childhood and applications for sensory processing theory. She is trained in Orff and Music Together®. Miho developed the music curriculum for the Piedmont Childcare Center in Upperville, Virginia.

Alan Saucedo

cello

Alan Saucedo holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Cello Performance from Escuela Superior de Musica, Monterrey, Mexico.  He also earned a Master of Music degree in Cello Performance and his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Cello Performance from Shenandoah University. Alan is a founding member of the Vitali String Quartet.  Currently, he performs with the Roanoke Symphony. Virginia, where he also directs the annual chamber music workshop each June.  His doctoral dissertation was published by University Press of America in April 2014. 

Cynthia Saucedo

violin, viola

Cynthia Saucedo graduated  with a Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance from Escuela Superior de Musica in Monterrey, Mexico.  She earned a Master of Music (MM) degree in Violin Performance from  and an MM in Violin Pedagogy from Shenandoah in 2005. Cynthia received an Artist’s Diploma in Chamber Music from Shenandoah in 2007. In January 2006 Cynthia won the Shenandoah Conservatory Concerto Competition and had her solo debut with the orchestra in March of that year.  She works with the “After School Music” program at several local public and private schools.

Eli Thomas

violin

Eli Thomas holds both Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees in Violin Performance from Shenandoah University where he was a winner in the Bach Handel Competition in 2014. In 2015 he was the second place winner of the VMTA Concerto Competition. In addition to teaching private lessons, Eli serves as the Co-founder and Director of the Charles Washington Youth Orchestra in Charlestown, WV. Eli teaches the middle school violins at Wakefield for CMSP.