Ferrwood Music Camp

Welcome to Ferrwood !
    Faculty and Staff


Welcome To Our Faculty Page

  • Phil Latella (Ferrwood Music Camp Director)

Phil is a life long educator with 30 years experience in public education. Phil holds a BM in Music Education, a masters equivalency, an elementary education certificate, a Masters in school counseling, a principal’s certification and a degree in instructional technology. Currently he acts as principal at Hazle Township Early Learning Center and Arthur Street Elementary School. Phil has served the district as a music teacher, guidance counselor, instructional technology specialist and assistant principal. Phil lives in Hazleton with his wife Lydia, two daughters , and two dogs.


Under Latella’s direction, the camp administration will take on the role of servant leaders. To lead effectively is to serve. We will do what ever it takes to ensure that each child is viewed as an individual with individual strengths and weakness. Both weeks of camp will be dedicated to community building and respect. We look forward to providing your child with an amazing experience that will be both fun and educational. Our ultimate goal is to provide a unique camping experience where children will leave being a little better person than they were when they came. Parents are welcomed and encouraged to stop by at any time, we have a 100% open door policy. We look forward to working with you.



  • Louis Kugelman (Music Director and Beginner Band Director)
Louis Kugelman is a Music Education PhD student at Temple University, where he was awarded a full tuition assistantship in 2015. At Temple, Louis enjoys researching curriculum and performing with the TU Night Owls as a graduate conductor. Outside of university life, he works at the largest community music school in the country, Settlement Music School. Louis is an active performer with many ensembles and enjoys repairing wind instruments at his at-home shop. One of his favorite performing jobs is to play in pit orchestras for musicals.

Before returning to Philadelphia, Mr. Kugelman taught band, classroom music, and chorus for six years at Drums Elementary Middle School in the Hazleton Area School District. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Music Education at The Pennsylvania State University, where he studied saxophone with Dr. David Stambler and completed a Masters of Music Education at Auburn University. Louis currently studies jazz saxophone with Ben Schachter at Temple University and hopes to graduate in 2018 to pursue a career in higher education.


  • Alex Mann (sax)
Alex Mann is from Doylestown, Pennsylvania and has been studying Music Education at Penn State University for the past three years. He has studied saxophone with Dr. David Stambler, Dan Yoder, and Tim Powell. Alex has participated in many ensembles at Penn State including the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, the Symphonic Band, Centre Dimensions Jazz Ensemble, A Great Deal More Jazz Combo, the Horizon Saxophone Quartet, and the Penn State Saxophone Studio Ensemble. Through these tremendous ensembles, he has been fortunate to learn from and perform with world-renowned artists such as Jim Snidero, John Fedchock, Dennis DiBlasio, George Rabbai, Marko Marcinko, Christopher Creviston, Joe Lulloff, and Joe Murphy. Alex is also the President of the Penn State Jazz Educators, and Treasurer of the Penn State Saxophone Alliance. While at school, Alex has been an active member of the Central Pennsylvania music scene, performing at events in Lock Haven, State College, and Altoona. Additionally, Alex has recently performed in pit orchestras for the Penn State School of Theatre’s production of Be More Chill, and the Penn State Thespian’s MasquerAIDS, which benefits AIDS research. Alex has been passionate about education since high school when he volunteered teaching music lessons to underprivileged youth in several communities in Bristol Township through the SmArt Arts program. Since then, he has worked with experienced teachers and faculty around the Bucks County area and at Penn State to further develop his teaching skills. Alex is excited to be back for his second year as part of the Ferrwood staff!


  • Neil Forte (Wind Ensemble Director)
Neil Forte (Wind Ensemble Director)
Neil Forte III has taught instrumental, vocal, and general music classes grades K-12 in the Hazleton Area School District for the past 29 years. Currently he is the Band Director at Drums and Freeland Elementary Middle Schools. Forte served as band director at Hazleton Area High School, a founding member of the Arts and Humanities Program of Hazleton Area School District, Band Director of the Hazleton Elementary Middle (Castle) School, and Band Director/General/Vocal music teacher at the former Hazle Elementary School and original Drums Elementary School.

Forte’s bands have earned various awards, honors, and top rankings in the categories of Marching Band, Concert Band, and Jazz Ensemble. Many of his students have pursued becoming music educators/ performers in their post-high school careers attending such schools as Temple, Penn State, Marywood, West Chester, Kutztown, Lebanon Valley, Millersville, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Mansfield, Ithaca, and North Texas University. Hazleton Area band students also attend many honor band festivals. They have participated in Tournament of Bands, Cavalcade of Bands, Luzerne County Band, Marywood University Celebration bands/clinics, Pennsylvania Music Educator Association events such as Jazz Fest, Band Fest, District 9, Regional 4, All State, All Eastern, and All National levels of band, orchestra, and jazz. He also performs with the Smoke and Mirrors Saxophone Quartet and various freelance opportunities throughout the area. Forte also founded and directs the Cellar Dwellarazz Jazz Ensemble and Hazleton Community Youth Concert Band, both Hazleton community ensembles consisting of students from throughout the area in grades 5-12. His teaching and advocating of music throughout the area with community performances exposes students to a professional approach of performance.

Forte is a member of the National Association for Music Education, the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, and the National Band Association. He is a graduate of Wilkes University with a BM of Music Education, majoring in saxophone and minoring in clarinet. He studied saxophone and clarinet with the late, William Gasbarro, saxophone with Thomas Heinze, and jazz studies with Bob Wilbur. He studied conducting with Jerome Campbell and William Weber. He also has done graduate work in conducting at Marywood University.


  • Kate Anderson (Sax Instructor and Jazz Band Director)
Hailing from Huntersville, Pennsylvania, saxophonist Kate Anderson has been performing and educating for nearly a decade. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance at Penn State University and her Master’s degree in Jazz Studies at Northern Illinois University.

Kate has been a musical ambassador for two tours in Cuba with Penn State and Richmond Universities, and currently tours with the Royal Court Theatre Orchestra on the British-American cruise line, Cunard.

Presently Kate has joined the Calderone School of Music in New Jersey as a woodwinds and brass instructor. CSM is a Founding School for Carnegie Hall Royal Conservatory Achievement Program which provides a national standard for all private instruction. She teaches various instruments and music styles to students of all ages. Kate continues to pursue her passion for performing and educating music as a freelance musician, regardless of where she is at!


  • Jennifer Gerhard (Clarinet and Concert Band Director)
Jennifer Gerhard is in her thirteenth year as a music educator.  A 2002 graduate of Elizabethtown College, she obtained her BS in Music Education as a clarinet major and saxophone minor, under the tutelage of Mrs. Beverly Butts.  Upon graduation,she spent seven years in Maryland as an Elementary/Middle school instrumental music teacher and band director for the Archdiocese of Washington DC’s Archdiocesan Music Program (AMP.)  While in Maryland, she served as Archdiocesan Honors Band director for three years.Her bands were consistently ranked among the top performers for seven years during the Archdiocesan Band Festival competitions.  Currently, she is an Elementary/Middle school instrumental music teacher and band instructor in the Hazleton Area School District.  Instructing instrumental music students in Freeland EMS, West Hazleton EMS, Maple Manor EMS, and Heights-Terrace EMS, all of her schools have seen a tremendous growth in the musicianship and popularity of the band programs.


  • Marisa Youngs (Trumpet)

Marisa Youngs is currently a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate in trumpet performance at the University of Kentucky, where she is a Teaching Assistant for both the trumpet studio and the music theory department. She has also been awarded a competitive academic fellowship, and is currently working with the UK Linguistics Department to conduct inter-departmental research on the effects of linguistics in trumpet performance. Before coming to UK, Marisa earned a Master of Music in Trumpet Performance from Boston University and a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. At UK, Marisa is currently second trumpet of the Faculty Brass Quintet and has performed as principal trumpet of the Symphony Orchestra, Opera Orchestra, and Wind Symphony. She also recently founded “Kentucky Barrelhouse Brass,” a local brass quintet that performs at many public and private events. As a freelancer, Marisa has performed with various ensembles, recently playing E-flat soprano cornet and flugelhorn with the Lexington Brass Band, as well as performing with the Lexington Chamber Orchestra, UK Chorale, Capital City Chorale, and many local church ensembles. As a soloist, Marisa was featured on the Boston University Concert Band’s tour of Ireland, performing Alexander Goedicke’s Concert Étude and leading the group as the assistant conductor on several pieces. In recent years, she has also been featured on performances of Haydn’s Concerto in E-flat with the Virginia Blue Ridge Music Festival Orchestra and Alexander Arutiunian’s Concerto for Trumpet with the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Wind Ensemble. An active teacher, Marisa teaches undergraduate students at the University of Kentucky, maintains a private studio of high school students, and has also served as the music librarian and substitute chamber coach with the Boston University Tanglewood Institute’s wind ensemble program. She has spent three previous summers on the brass faculty of the Ferrwood Music Camp and is ecstatic to return to such a wonderful group of faculty, staff, and students.


In recent years, she has also been a winner of various solo competitions, including featured performances of Haydn’s Concerto in E-flat with the Virginia Blue Ridge Music Festival Orchestra and Alexander Arutiunian’s Concerto for Trumpet with the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Wind Ensemble. An active teacher, Marisa teaches undergraduate students at the University of Kentucky, maintains a private studio of high school students, and has also served as music librarian and substitute chamber coach at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. She has spent two previous summers on the brass faculty of the Ferrwood Music Camp and is ecstatic to return to such a wonderful group of faculty, staff, and students.

  • Luke Randazzo (Trumpet)

Luke Randazzo is from Islip Terrace, New York and is currently working towards his Bachelor of Music in Music Education at Temple University. Before his time at Temple University, Luke had performed with the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, and the Nassau Suffolk Wind Symphony at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts. At Temple, Luke has performed with the Temple University Diamond Marching Band, Basketball Band, Night-Owls Community Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Symphony, and Trumpet Choir. Luke is currently studying trumpet with Eric Schweingruber at Temple University.

Luke is a collegiate member of the National Association for Music Education, the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, the National Band Association, and a collegiate chapter member of the American Choral Directors Association. This will be Luke’s first year teaching at Ferrwood Music Camp, and he’s more than excited to teach trumpet to his students this summer!

  • Jesse M. Dooley (Trumpet)
Jesse is originally from eastern Massachusetts and is currently a junior at Temple University studying Music Education with a concentration in trumpet. He has been playing trumpet since age 9 and played in a variety of ensembles. In high school, he played in multiple district and all-state bands, as well as the Massachusetts Youth Wind Ensemble at the New England Conservatory Prep School. As a student, he currently studies with Eric Schweingruber and plays in multiple ensembles at Temple University, including the Symphonic Band, Trumpet Ensemble, and Diamond Marching Band. Jesse has taught private trumpet lessons to Middle and High School students for the past five years and after graduation hopes to teach any level of band and continue building his private studio.


  • Stephanie Latella (General Instrumental Instructor)

Stephanie Latella is a graduate of West Chester University with a degree in liberal arts. She is also graduate of Bloomsburg University with a degree in music education. Stephanie has studied the trumpet for approximately 17 years. In the past, Stephanie has studied with Dr. Kevin Eisensmith of Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Since 2014, she has studied with Mr. Jeff Smith at Bloomsburg University. Throughout her studies at Bloomsburg, she has been a member of the community orchestra, chamber orchestra, jazz band, concert band, wind ensemble, and an active member of NAfME. Stephanie was accepted as an undergraduate researcher for the 2017 Pennsylvania Music Educators Association conference. She eventually plans to obtain her master’s degree in music education.



Stephanie comes to Ferrwood with a wide range of skills and experience. Currently Stephanie is acting as the Inline Visual Tech for the trumpet section of the New York Skyliners Drum and Bugle Corp. Stephanie's ultimate goal is to become a high school band director where she can use her talents to create a meaningful musical experience for all of her students.



  • Caleb (Bo) Bohanan (Trombone)
 Caleb (Bo) Bohanan, from Mountain Top, Pennsylvania, is a Bachelor of Music  Education student at The Pennsylvania State University. As a student, he pursues  an emphasis in high school instrumental education, and studies Trombone with  Mark Lusk. In recent years, he has performed in Penn State Concert Bands, The  Marching Blue Band, Penn State Jazz Ensembles, Penn State Choirs, Pit  Ensembles, and the Penn State Trombone Choir. Within the past year, he has  had the privilege to perform at the International Trombone Festival as well as the  American Trombone Workshop with the Trombone Choir. Post 2016 graduation,  Caleb plans on attending graduate school for Musicology or applying to  organizations such as Teach for America.


  •  Emily Elinsky (trombone)

Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Emily Elinsky is currently a student at The Pennsylvania State University. She is pursuing both a Bachelor of Music Education degree and a Bachelor of Arts-Economics degree. Emily completed a joint apprenticeship with The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Duquesne University. Additionally, she has been a brass instructor at the Pittsburgh Youth Philharmonic Orchestra’s summer camp for the past five years. Throughout her college career, she has participated in Penn State Bands, Penn State Orchestras, The Marching Blue Band, and the Penn State Trombone Choir; and has studied under Bruce Lazier and Mark Lusk. Emily has taught private lessons in euphonium, trombone, and trumpet. Upon graduation, Emily is hoping to teach middle school band and continue teaching private lessons. This will be Emily’s second year at Ferrwood and is excited to reunite with all the students and staff.

  • Lance Laster (Low Brass)
Born and raised in Houston, TX, Lance Laster is a trombonist who comes to Ferwood Music Camp with a decade of teaching and performing experience. Lance is a graduate of the University of Houston where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Music with Elective Studies in Music Education. Prior to moving to Pennsylvania for graduate school, Lance taught middle school band for seven years at G.W. Harby Jr. High in Alvin, TX in the Alvin Independent School District. Lance was also a frequent low brass and trombone private lesson instructor and clinician in the Houston area.

In addition to his teaching, Lance was also active in the Houston music scene. Lance played three seasons as principal trombone in the Texas Medical Center Orchestra, performed at Jones Hall with the Houston Symphony, the Free Press Music Festival and the South by Southwest Music Festival (SXSW) in Austin, TX.

Lance is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Trombone Performance at Temple University where he earned a full tuition scholarship in 2016. While at Temple, Lance serves as the teaching assistant for the Temple Diamond Marching Band, Basketball Band, Symphonic Band and Collegiate Band.

  • Nicole Schroeder (Flute)

Flutist Nicole Schroeder made her Carnegie Hall debut as First Prize Winner of the 2014 International Shining Stars Concerto Competition. According to the Epoch Times, “Schroeder played with a beautiful, well-projected tone undiluted by excess air, as well as subtly understated dynamics and lyrical phrasing.” Nicole frequently plays flute in the Broadway show Wicked and performs with a number of other groups in NY, NJ, and PA, including Northern Tier Symphony Orchestra, New York Opera Exchange, Joffrey Ballet, Berks Opera Company, Berks Sinfonietta, Garden State Philharmonic, Litha Symphony Orchestra, One World Symphony, and the Greenwich Village Orchestra. She has recorded with rock band Symfinity and collaborated with Seann Branchfield on the Branchfield/Schroeder Duo album Gateway.

In addition to maintaining a busy performance schedule, Nicole enjoys teaching flute in her private studio and as a Teaching Artist for Midori & Friends, ArtsConnection, and Harmony Program in NYC. She also serves on the board of the New York Flute Club. Nicole holds a Masters of Music degree in Flute Performance from New York University, where she studied with Bradley Garner.


  • Elizabeth K Robbins(Flute)

Elizabeth Robbins is currently a PhD student in music education and women’s studies at Temple University. At Temple, Elizabeth has played in multiple chamber ensembles, including a flute nonet. She also plays the viola in Owlchestra, Temple’s community string orchestra. As part of her teaching assistantship, she teaches woodwind methods (flute, clarinet, and saxophone) to current music education majors. She also serves as a TA in a course called Teaching Students with Special Needs.

Elizabeth earned her Bachelor of Music in Music Education at Ithaca College, where she studied flute with Kelly Covert. She spent one semester at the Ithaca College London Center, taking lessons with Susan Milan at the Royal College of Music. After completing her undergraduate degree, Elizabeth moved to southern Maryland, where she taught pre-k through fifth grade band, strings, chorus, and general music for four years at St. Mary’s County Public Schools. While in Maryland, she earned her Master of Music in Music Education from Boston University. In 2010 she played Griffes’s Poem for Flute and Orchestra with the Chamber Orchestra of Southern Maryland In Concert as the winner of the COSMIC Young Artist Competition. She also taught private lessons in flute, clarinet, saxophone, violin, viola, and cello at MEA Music Service.


  • John (JT) Hofmann – (Saxophone)
John (JT) Hofmann is from Langhorne Pennsylvania and has a degree in music education from The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State). He has studied saxophone under the direction of Dr. David Stambler, Tim Powell, and Dan Yoder. He has also received a Professional Performance Certificate in jazz saxophone from Penn State. John has been involved in several ensembles, including Penn State concert bands, saxophone quartets, jazz combos, jazz bands, The Marching Blue Band, saxophone ensemble, and Wilkes University Civic Band. John is also the 7th and 8th grade general music teacher/beginner band director at West Hazleton Elementary/Middle School; As well as the assistant marching band director at Hazleton Area high school. This will be John’s fourth year as part of the Ferrwood staff.

  • Adam Price (Woodwinds and Boys Counselor)
  Adam Price is an active freelance musician based in eastern Pennsylvania. After graduating from Boyertown Area Senior High School, Adam went on to receive his Bachelor's in Clarinet Performance from New York University. Since then he has performed and toured with many bands, songwriters, and musicians in NYC, Pennsylvania, and the rest of the US. He is often on tour, and when he is not, he can be seen in Pennsylvania and the tri-state area with his jazz combo. Although his first instrument was the clarinet, he is equally proficient on all the saxophones and flutes, and has recently been deeply exploring ethnic woodwinds.


  • Sebastian Goodridge (Percussionist & Jazz Drummer)
   As an undergraduate at Penn State, Sebastian played in almost every classical and jazz instrumental ensemble offered by the School of Music. Sebastian took general percussion, drumset and timpani lessons from Dan Armstrong, marimba and vibraphone lessons from Giff Howarth, and drumset/vibraphone lessons with Marko Marcinko. As a composition student, Sebastian has worked one-on-one with composer Dr. Paul Barsom and music theorist Dr. Steve Hopkins, and learned a great deal about contemporary musical concepts such as programming, recording, synthesis and audio technology from Dr. Mark Ballora and the music technology department.

Upon graduating with dual degrees in Music and Engineering Science last spring, Sebastian received the Creative Achievement Award for music from the College of Arts & Architecture for his dedication to playing music. Currently living in State College, Sebastian is pursuing graduate work in engineering while also continuing his jazz studies with Professor Marcinko. He is a staff audio engineer for the School of Music, freelances in State College, has recorded with three original bands, and is involved in a continuous stream of private session engineering and mixing projects with local musicians.


  • Nathan Peachey (Percussion)

Nathan Peachey is a performer and educator with a Bachelors of Music education from Penn State. Currently he holds a position as a general music and choral teacher at Oak Hill Elementary in Maryland. He has studied percussion under Daniel C. Armstrong, James Latter, and David Buzzinski. While at Penn State Nathan was a member of various musical ensembles including the Penn State Marching Blue Band. Nathan has taught at multiple levels both instrumentally and vocally and hopes to continue pursuing music education the rest of his life. When not involved in playing or teaching, Nathan loves to relax and head down to the dog park with his 4 year old lab Pickles


  • Claire McCarthy – (Percussion)
       Claire McCarthy is a dual major in Music Education and Percussion Performance and minors in piano at West Chester University. Claire is highly involved at WCU and is entering her final year. In the school of music, she has been principal percussionist in the symphony orchestra for three semesters, president of Cantari Donne, a member of the percussion ensemble, and the Community Music Program percussion teacher. Claire was awarded the 2016 Mittman Percussion Scholarship, the School of Music Ambassadors Scholarship, and the prestigious Who’s Who Among Students in America Award. Outside of the music school, Claire is the choir director at the WCU Catholic Newman Center, where she is an active member and leads a Gospel study group. She has been an employee of the Office of New Student Programs for three years, holding the positions of New Student Orientation Leader, Parent Orientation Leader, and now Lead Parent Orientation Leader. In her free time, she does freelance performing and arranging. Her goals are to get a Masters in Percussion Performance and possibly teach at the university level, although she hopes to continue in church music ministry as well as teach children of all ages her whole life.​

  • Jack Synoski – (Bass / Jazz Artist)
            Jack Synoski is a jazz performance major with a bass concentration. He has performed for several years with the Temple University Jazz Band led by renowned trumpet player Terell Stafford. During his time in the band he performed with some of today's most notable jazz musicians including Christian McBride, Jimmy Heath, and John Clayton. Jack has also played with numerous small jazz ensembles in the Philadelphia area including the Steve Fidyk Quartet. He is also a recording engineer at Temple's BCM+D Records record label. In his spare time he enjoys watching anime and posting hilarious memes on Tumblr.

  • Maria Rosato (Vocal Instructor / Choral Director)
  Miss Maria K. Rosato has been teaching the Ferrwood chorus for 5 years. She lives in Lansdale, PA, about 45 minutes west of Philadelphia and has lived there her whole life. She went to North Penn High School and graduated from West Chester University in 2015 with a Bachelor in Music Education degree with a focus on flute. Currently, she teaches in the Wissahickon School district in Ambler, PA, about 45 minutes north of Philadelphia. She teaches elementary music, grades K-5, as well as the grade 4 and 5 choir. She has also directed an annual spring musical at her elementary school, and is currently in the process of directing her second musical to be performed in May of 2017. She also teaches 12 private students on flute, piano, and voice. She plans to attend Temple University in the fall, as well as teach full time, to receive her Master’s degree in Music Education.

  • Kendra Balmer (Vocal Instructor)
  Kendra Balmer is a passionate music educator and conductor from Dallas, Pennsylvania. She received her degree in Music Education with a clarinet concentration from Temple University in 2011 and then received her Masters in Choral Conducting from Temple University in 2017. Ms. Balmer has performed at Carnegie Hall and worked with many choirs including the Drakensberg Boys Choir, Chicago Childrens Choir, New Jersey Youth Chorus, Trinity College Choir, and the choirs at Temple University.

Kendra currently conducts the Home for Harmony choir: a collaboration between Temple University singers and members of Project HOME, a Philadelphia non-profit organization empowering individuals to break the cycle of poverty and homelessness. Kendra is a founding teaching artist of Sister Cities Girlchoir, an el-Sistema inspired girl choir with the purpose of social change in Philadelphia, PA Baltimore, MD and Camden, NJ. In 2016, she won the Presser Foundation Music Award to help fund research and international branches of SCG. By 2018, Ms Balmer will move to Johannesburg, SA to expand branches of Sister Cities Girlchoir and create an exchange program.


  • Casey Herseim (Kindergarten and First Grade Music Appreciation)

Casey is a preschool teacher and educational director with 16 years experience working with kids and families. Casey holds a BA in Psychology from Elon University and a MS in Early Childhood Education from Bloomsburg University. She is the co-owner, educational director and preschool teacher at Bright Beginnings Early Learning Academy. She also enjoys volunteering with PTA Council, Valley Kiwanis Club, and Girl Scouts in the Heart of PA.


Casey has two amazing, energetic, smart, funny daughters also attending Ferrwood this year; Caylee in the chorus and Nora on recorder. She is very excited to join the Ferrwood family in her new role guiding the youngest musical artists in week one, after serving as a parent volunteer the past two summers. Casey looks forward to learning from the incredibly talented camp directors, councilors, and instructors that make Ferrwood a magical, musical experience for students and families.



  • Rachel Schuck (Flute)

Rachel Schuck is a senior Music Education and Flute Performance dual major with a voice minor at West Chester University. At West Chester, she is a member of many ensembles, such as the Wind Ensemble, Mastersingers, Flute Ensemble, and Woodwind Quintets. She has been playing flute for eleven years and is very involved in promoting music in the community. As the President of WCU’s chapter of the Pennsylvania Collegiate Music Educators Association, Rachel facilitates music programming for children in the community. Rachel also serves as a School of Music Mentor and the Student Liaison for the WCU School of Music Advisory Board. This past year, Rachel was excited to perform with the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra. In her free time, Rachel enjoys participating as Vice President of the Lutheran Student Association and as Corresponding Secretary for Sigma Alpha Iota Professional Music Fraternity. Rachel has experience teaching children music through many years of volunteering at VBS camps in the Chester County area, as well as serving on the WCU faculty for elementary and middle school band institutes. Rachel is so excited to return to Ferrwood this summer and share the blessing of music and faith!


  • Emily Bly (Clarinet)
  Emily Bly is currently in her sixth year as a music teacher in the Wilkes-Barre Area School District, where she teaches band, strings, and general music at Daniel J. Flood Elementary. She graduated with honors from Wilkes University in 2004 with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education, and was a clarinet student of David Sapadin. In 2008, Emily completed a Master of Music in Musicology from the University of North Texas. She wrote her thesis under major professor Dr. Benjamin Brand, entitled “Belle Musique and Fin’Amour: Thibaut de Champagne, Gace Brulé and an Aristocratic Trouvère Tradition.” Ms. Bly has a plethora of performing experiences which include concert bands, community orchestras, chamber ensembles, pit orchestras, original rock music, and a recording session in Ireland.


  • Mindy Danowski (Clarinet)
Mindy Danowski is a public school music teacher from Philadelphia who has taught general music for students in grades K-6 for three years. Mindy has extensive performance experiences playing clarinet for the 2009 PMEA All-State Band, the Susquehanna University High School Wind Ensemble Institute, Lutheran Summer Music Camp (Decorah, IA), and the Community Scholars Music Program (CMSP) at Temple University. She currently performs in the 1st clarinet section of the Merion Concert Band. Mindy is a summa cum laude graduate with a BM in Music Education from Susquehanna University. She also was the valedictorian at the Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) in 2010. This summer Mindy is working on her Orff level III certification at The University of the Arts and working at Ferrwood Music Camp.



  • Andrea Welch(Recorders)

Andrea Welch has over 23 years of music teaching experience. Her teaching experience includes instrumental music, private piano and voice, handbells, recorders, and Orff instruments. Her main instructional focus over the past 20 years has been teaching general and choral music at the elementary level.

Andrea earned her BS in Music Education in 1994 from West Chester University where she was a voice major.

Andrea is Orff Level I certified and holds a Kodaly Certificate (Levels I, II, and III) from West Chester University.

In 2001, she obtained her MM Degree in Music Education with Kodaly emphasis from West Chester University.

She has held the position of K-5 general and choral music in the Bloomsburg Area School District since 2000. Additionally, Andrea has served as a Cooperating Teacher for Penn State University, Mansfield University, Bucknell University, and Bloomsburg University. She holds the position of Team Leader for the Expressive Arts team and is also the building representative for the Bloomsburg Area Education Association.

Andrea is a member of PMEA/NafME and Sigma Alpha Iota. She is currently the President of the Selinsgrove Alumnae Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota. She is also active in the Berwick AYSO as Region Registrar.

Outside of the classroom, Andrea enjoys spending time with her family. She lives in Nescopeck Township, PA with her husband Shawn and children Regan and Liam.

  • Aimee Latella (Girls’ counselor and K/1 Music Appreciation Teacher)
Aimee Latella is a senior at West Chester university for early grades education. Aimee has participated in West Chester's concert band and wind symphony on the trumpet throughout her years there. In high school, she was actively involved in the marching, concert, and jazz band. She was one of the piano accompanists for two years for the high school chorus. Aimee is a member of SAI, a professional music fraternity for woman, and a member of the West Chester American Sign Language club. She is also working at the West Town Children's academy at West Chester. Aimee has a huge passion for the camp and has been involved for 10 years.


  • Charles Bower (Boy’ counselor )
Charles Bower is a current student at Temple University with a prospective major in Music Technology. Charles has been playing piano for the majority of his life and has performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City as well as the Capitol Building in Harrisburg. He has attended Ferrwood Music Camp for many years as a child and was a volunteer for the camp in 2016. Charles loves listening to all of the campers' music and can't wait for Ferrwood 2017.


  • Emily Sabatos (Girls’ counselor )

Emily Sabatos is currently a sophomore at Eastern University, where she is studying for her Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics with a minor in Dance. She has been dancing for 15 years and was also heavily involved in chorus and drama club in high school. Theatre and the arts have been a huge part of her life ever since she can remember. Emily is looking forward to continuing her involvement with the Hazleton arts community this summer.


  • Katina Oursler (Girls’ counselor )

Katina Oursler is currently a sophomore music therapy major at Maywood University. She has participated in concert band, jazz band, and marching band throughout high school. In college, she participates in wind symphony, wind ensemble, and brass ensemble on French horn, of which she has played for 10 years 



  • Morgan Pecile (Girls’ Counselor)

Morgan Pecile is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University Class of 2016 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education. Morgan teaches grades 9-12 English Language Arts at Colonel Richardson High School in Caroline County, Maryland. She is the percussion instructor for the Colonel Richardson Spirit of the Revolution Marching Band, in addition to being the girls’ varsity track and field coach and the varsity girls’ basketball assistant coach. Morgan is also a member of Sigma Alpha Iota, The International Music Fraternity. Morgan has been coming to camp since she was 6 years old, and is an experienced member of the counseling staff. Her favorite thing about Ferrwood is having the opportunity to provide the same camping experience she had as a child to a new generation of campers!





  • Joel Paden (Boys’ Counselor)
 Joel comes to camp with several years of experience in security, including 2+ years as a Security Officer with the Hazleton Area School District. He attended Houghton College to pursue a major in Vocal Performance, focusing in Opera. Currently, Joel is the caretaker of Ferrwood Camp grounds, as well as the Pennsylvania Theater of Performing Arts in Hazleton. He is thrilled to be returning for his fifth year as Counselor and Security at Ferrwood and can't wait to see returning campers and meet new ones!




About Our Instructors

Ferrwood instructors are caring and dedicated professionals who are committed to meeting your child’s needs . Our instructors will challenge your child to grow as a musician and a person. Our instructors will look at the whole child and treat them with respect and dignity as they watch them grow. All the instructors are degreed professionals or professionals working toward a degree in music. As parents you can rest in the fact that we student focused and dedicated to proving each camper with a memorable experience. All Ferrwood staff have submitted a copy of their PA Criminal History and PA Child Abuse clearances. Clearances are on file with the music director.


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