Choosing Woodwind Music Lessons in South Jersey is made easy by The Conservatory of Musical Arts. We have the finest classical, jazz and studio musicians and our professionally degreed music staff has been hand selected not only for their reputation as performers but also for their ability to be able to inspire and motivate students through their passion for woodwind instruments.
Whether you take advantage of any of our specialty music programs, private music lessons, semi-private music lessons or in-home music programs you can feel safe knowing that each of our teachers has years of experience with us and providing students with outstanding results.
ANTHONY SALICANDRO – Director
Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet – Tony has performed with such celebrity musicians as Frank Sinatra,Tony Bennett, Natalie Cole, Johnny Mathis, Sammy Davis Jr, Burt Bacharach, Cher, Steve & Eydie Gormé, Barry Manilow, and Doc Severnson. His radio and television credits include “The Tonight Show” (1978), “Mel Torme Live” (1988), “The Miss America Pagent” (1979-1985), and the soundtrack for “Dick Clark’s Freedom Festival ’89”. Tony has also toured with Ben Vereen (1978-79) and Lou Rawls (1978), and his playing can be heard on CDs featuring Bobby Rydell and Lou Rawls.Tony holds a Bachelor of Music in Flute from the University of the Arts. He is an adjunct professor at the University of the Arts. He was an adjunct professor for 25 years at Rowan University. He has performed with the Atlantic City casino orchestras and The Philly Pops, and he currently performs and records with the Brazilian jazz group Minas.
GIA WALTON – Assistant Director
Woodwinds – Gia received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of the Arts and a Master of Music degree from Temple University. She is currently the Instrumental Music director at Cherry Hill High School East.
Previously, she held an adjunct position of senior lecturer at the University of the Arts, woodwind faculty member of the Temple University Preparatory Division, Co-director and owner of the Ventnor School of Music in Ventnor, NJ, and conductor of the South Jersey Pops Symphony.
Gia is a freelance musician who has performed with various orchestras, and in casinos and showrooms throughout the Philadelphia-South Jersey area including Philly Pops Orchestra, Walnut Street Theater Orchestra, Ocean City Pops, Atlantic Chamber Ensemble, Bridgeton Symphony and Princeton Music Festival Theater.
EVAN KILGORE – In-Home Instructor
Saxophone – Evan is a University of the Arts-trained musician in Jazz Performance and Music Education. He currently leads the University of the Arts Saxophone Quartet and co-leads a student-driven big band. Evan is also an active member of various university ensembles. He has had the privilege of studying with Anthony Salicandro, Chris Farr, Mark Allen, Mike Cemprola, Larry McKenna and Joel Frahm. Evan has also studied arranging and composing with Chris Farr and has written for the Z Band and Studio One ensemble at University of the Arts.
LISH LINDSEY – Studio & In-Home Instructor
Flute – A. Lish Lindsey is the adjunct professor of flute and the director of the flute ensemble at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, PA as well as the artist instructor of flute and the chamber ensemble teacher at Mercer County Community College in NJ, teacher of flute and piano for the Bronx House School of Music, an online coach for Lessonface.com, and conductor of the Hillsborough High School Flute Choir. She has also taught at The College of New Jersey.
As a performer, Lish made her Carnegie Hall debut as solo piccoloist with the Eastern Wind Symphony and has performed in venues such as Avery Fischer Hall at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, and Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall. Ensembles include Harrisburg, Lancaster and Reading Symphonies, Riverside Symphonia, Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, Strauss Symphony of America, Sheep Island Ensemble, Sinfonietta Nova, TwtrSymphony, Favore String Quartet, Philadelphia String Quartet, Center City Opera Theater, New York Opera Exchange, Rittenhouse Orchestra, Video Games Live Orchestra, and 5 for Dinner Wind Quintet. Last year, Lish won the opportunity to solo with Carol Wincenc and the Pocono Flute Choir during the Pocono Flute Festival and was principal flute for the Conducting Workshop for Music Educators at The Juilliard School. This year she received a scholarship to attend the Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival as a fellowship performer in NYC and recorded a new wind ensemble CD with the Eastern Wind Symphony for Klavier Records which includes works by Benson, Fillmore, Maslanka, Persichetti, Rodrigo, Wood, and Yurko.
Lish received her MA (Flute Performance) at New York University and a BM (Flute Performance) and BA (English, Music Minor: Flute Concentration) from The College of New Jersey. Influential teachers include Julius Baker, Dr. Brad Garner, David DiGiacobbe, Dr. Dent Williamson, David Ancker, and Ronna Ayscue.
STEVE MARR – Studio & In-Home Instructor
Saxophone, Clarinet – Steve Marr has been teaching in public education for the past 10 years. During this time he has worked with students from kindergarten to the twelfth grade as a band, classroom music, jazz band, orchestra, and choir director. Steve holds a Bachelors degree in Music Performance from the University of the Arts where he also minored in Education. He also attended Rowan University to earn his public teaching certificate.
As a performer Steve has played the saxophone and clarinet in many local bands where he has played prestigious events such as the inauguration of President George W. Bush, the R&B Foundation Awards VIP Party, the Wedding of Tiny Fey, private parties for vice president Joe Biden and many others. Steve has also performed and recorded with Luciano Pavarotti, Boys II Men, Kurt Elling, and can be heard on the soundtrack to the movie “Robots.”
Currently Steve teaches Band at Beck Middle School in Cherry Hill, NJ and is looking forward to working with the students at the Conservatory of Musical Arts.
MARK SNYDER – Studio & In-Home Instructor
Oboe, English Horn – Mark Snyder presented his New York Recital Debut to critical acclaim in March 2002 at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall as a prizewinner of the Artists International Competition. Active as a freelance artist, he has toured throughout the United States and Asia performing with various orchestras as a member of the oboe section and as a soloist. Some of his performances have included appearances with ensembles such as the Glimmerglass Opera Orchestra, Key West Symphony, Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional (Dominican Republic), Festival Musical de Santo Domingo, Binghamton Philharmonic, Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas, North Eastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Albany Symphony, Reading Symphony Orchestra, Delaware Symphony, Princeton Symphony, Allentown Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Manhattan Chamber Orchestra and the Westchester Chamber Orchestra. Dr. Snyder’s Broadway credits include Les Miserables, Little Women, South Pacific, Tale of Two Cities, and The Phantom of the Opera.
Dr. Snyder has presented solo recitals throughout the northeast including Trinity Church at Wall Street, and The Cathedral of St. John the Divine; has recorded for Koch International Records, Albany Records; and is a founding member of the chamber ensemble Pastiche, winner of the Artists International Chamber Music Award in 2000. He is also a member of the oboe trio, Threeds, which recently recorded their debut CD, Unraveled, and finishing their next CD, Palette, to be released in August of 2014.
Dr. Snyder began his musical studies at the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts and received his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Connecticut, Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree, from the Mason Gross School of the Arts / Rutgers University. He has studied with Joseph Robinson, Matthew Sullivan, Keisuke Wakao, Ronald Roseman and Sandy Consiglio.
Dr. Snyder is on the faculty of Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ; Western Connecticut State University, Danbury, CT; Long Island University, LIU Post, Greenvale, NY; The Lawrenceville School, Lawrenceville, NJ; and the New York Summer Music Festival. For more info visit: www.oboedextrous.com