Christina Marcopolus-- Owner (Piano-Wednesdays,Thursdays, & Fridays)
Christina is a recent Rutgers University graduate with a double major in music and economics. She has had over 12 years of private training in piano, with additional experience in violin, orchestra, choir and various performance-related events. Over the years, Christina studied with numerous pianists and incorporated many different methods and techniques that greatly influenced her teaching. She has been teaching music lessons to both children and adults for over ten years, and is comfortable teaching any age. Christina believes that a solid foundation in any instrument begins with music theory, and it is something she incorporates little by little into each lesson; however, it is very important to her that the learning process be enjoyable, and she strives to make each lesson as fun, inspiring, and exciting as possible!
Laura Havrilla--Owner (Voice/Piano)
Laura is a classically trained singer of 20 years. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from William Paterson University with a Vocal Performance degree in 2005, received her New Jersey Music Teacher's Certification in 2012. Laura completed her Masters Degree in Teaching December of 2015. Her research included in-depth focus on the adolescent changing voice. Laura gained expertise and further understanding of the physical and emotional aspects of young singers (males and females) going through vocal change, and applies that knowledge in the studio. She has traveled and performed around the world in countries including Italy, Tanzania, and Switzerland. She has trained with Juilliard professors including Mr. Daniel Ferro, Mr. Robert Kopelson, and Bruno Rigacci in the Daniel Ferro Vocal Program in Chianti, Italy. Laura has also trained with professionals in a performance-based music program for emerging artists called Opera Works, run by Ann Baltz in Los Angeles, California. She currently enjoys teaching students in piano and all areas of the voice and loves to perform all musical genres.
Traci (Art Classes)
Traci is a Certified Art Teacher pursuing her dreams of inspiring the next generation of young artists. Her creativity and artistic talents formed at a very young age; dabbling in every field of art until finding her love of drawing. One of her first drawings was of the infamous mouse, Mickey. Ever since that first drawing, Traci has been inspired by classic Disney films and illustrations such as Mel Shaw's beautiful pastel and pencil renditions of "Fantasia."
Traci's work is styled with a sense of soft colors and playful imagery that make for endearing and child friendly illustrations.
Traci believes that as an educator, she can take from her own experiences to not only better herself but her students. This aids her in teaching students and setting an example of patience and hard work. “Just like students, we are constantly learning and growing, and if we share our experiences we allow our students to grow with us. Art allows us to express and challenge our intellect, allowing us to become the best we can be.” -Traci
Brittany (Voice & Piano- Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays)
Brittany is a graduate of the University of Delaware where she studied music education with a concentration in choral and general music. She is a certified K-12 music teacher who combines many methodologies into her teaching. She was the musical director of the D Sharps, an all-female a cappella group. Brittany has a strong musical theatre background and has musically directed, stage managed, and performed with many theatre companies around New Jersey. Most recently, Brittany was brought in as a musical director at the prestigious children’s theatre company, Children’s Musical Theatre, in Oklahoma. Currently, Brittany is a music teacher at an elementary school in Hunterdon County, New Jersey. She also directs the musical at the middle school in her district. Brittany has had over thirteen years of vocal training and has been teaching voice and piano for over seven years.
Danielle (Voice & Beginner Piano- Mondays & Wednesdays)
Danielle is currently the Choir and General Music Teacher at Jefferson Township Middle School. At Jefferson, she also has the pleasure of directing the Spring Musical. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Montclair State University in 2015 with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education with a concentration in voice. Over the years, she has had the opportunity to perform at many popular venues such as Carnegie Hall and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. When she’s not teaching, she manages and volunteers with the Sussex County Junior Honors Choir and North Jersey Junior Region Choir. Danielle has experience performing and teaching many styles of music. These styles include Broadway, Classical, Opera and Pop. Danielle is extremely excited to be a teacher at Standing Ovation and is looking forward to sharing her passion and love of music with her students.
Jan (Piano & Voice)
Jan has been playing the piano, accompanying and teaching music since she was a young teenager. She has been a music director for dozens of musicals, including the Wayne Senior Follies, West Milford High School productions, St. Anne’s Players musicals in Fair Lawn and St. Catherine's Performing Arts Guild productions of Peter Pan and Titanic (assistant music director) in Ringwood.
Sheis currently Music Minister at St. Michael’s Church in Wayne and has been for more than 11 years. She also taught elementary and high school music in West Milford Schools for 14 years. She has had dozens of private students of all ages, teaching both piano/keyboard and voice lessons/coaching. She and her husband (now deceased) toured the east coast and midwest for 6 years in a rock trio. They played top 40 music at upscale hotels. Several years later her husband founded their audio/video production company, Rave Review Productions, LLC, which still is a thriving business with her son (who has a Bachelor’s Degree in recording arts) taking over for his dad.
Jan graduated from Denison University with a BMus degree in piano, obtained her teaching certificate and 48 credit hours at University of Michigan, trained in technology at Walden University, and achieved Level 1 and 2 certification in TI:ME, the technology association for Music Educators.
Jordan (Voice, Piano, & Beginner Guitar-Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays)
Jordan is the director of Eighth Grade and Select Choirs at Macopin Middle School, and teaches the Highlands Chorale and guitar classes at West Milford High School. Jordan graduated cum laude from Montclair State University in 2013 with a BM in Music Education with a concentration in voice. This year she was the manager for the North Jersey Junior Region Mixed Chorus. She has over ten years of experience in teaching and performing classical voice, Broadway and Opera. Jordan was featured on Grammy Nominee Meredith Monk’s album, Songs of Ascension and has performed numerous times with the NJSO around the tristate area. In addition she has toured Europe with Dr. Heather Buchanan's Vocal Accord. Jordan is excited to be offering voice, piano and guitar lessons here at Standing Ovation and looks forward to inspiring and encouraging another group of young musicians.
Pete (Percussion- In-Home)
Pete is a professional Musician/Teacher with over 20 years of experience. He attended WPC University Jazz program under the direction of the world renowned Jazz bassist Rufus Reid. Pete has performed and recorded worldwide with recognized artists such as Bill Ware (Vibraphonist for Steely Dan), Jeanie Bryson (daughter of Dizzy Gillespie) and Bluegrass great, Tony Trishka. Other performances include Jazz and Rock festivals, TV and film work, and numerous recordings with local artists. In addition to his private teaching practice, he also teaches at Gerrard Berman Academy in Oakland, NJ, and as an Adjunct Instructor at Caldwell College. Pete has also previously taught at Newark Academy in Livingston, NJ, and the Summer Jazz workshops at Rutgers University. Lessons include a variety of styles such as Rock, Jazz, Rhythm and Blues, Funk and Hip Hop. Lessons also focus on many aspects of music including snare drum rudiments, reading and rhythm studies, drum set independence studies, chart reading, performing and soloing.
Accepting all students, beginners through advanced!
Mrs. Elizabeth has been teaching flute privately for 18 years. She is a graduate of Lebanon Valley College (Annville, PA) with a degree in Music and Arts Management. While there, she studied flute with Dr. Teresa Bowers, and performed in the Flute Choir, Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Marching Band, and Pennsylvania Intercollegiate Band. She has held many arts management positions including marketing manager and group sales manager for American Symphony Orchestra, Concordia Orchestra, New York City Opera, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC). She resides in Butler, NJ.