Woodwind Lessons

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 - Saxophone LessonsANTHONY 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 - WoodwindsGIA WALTON – Assistant Director 
– 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.

Kaytlynn Capasso - Woodwind InstructorKAYTLYNN CAPASSO – Studio & In-Home Instructor
Kaytlynn Capasso is a professional saxophone and woodwind player from Penns Grove, NJ. From the time she began learning how to play, Kaytlynn excelled in the arts throughout her high school career and knew she wanted to pursue music as a career. She continued  her education and received a BA in saxophone performance in just 3 short years from The University of the Arts. Upon graduation, Kaytlynn went on to receive her Master’s Degree from the University of the Arts in Music Education (Master’s of Arts and Teaching). During Kaytlynn’s time at the university, she was an active member in the Rick Kerber Tribute Big Band, the Saxophone and Clarinet Quartets, and played Reed One in the University of the Arts Pit Orchestra.

Kaytlynn is a prominent freelance performer around the area and also has an extensive teaching history. She has been teaching privately since 2014, and has rigorously taught in elementary, middle, and high school settings. Kaytlynn’s main teaching focus is working with K-12 and specials needs students, in both general music and instrumental.

Kaytlynn’s philosophy of music education includes internalization through movement, sound, and creativity. She states that “It is my purpose to not only educate, but provide students with a full understanding of what they are learning. To have knowledge is a beautiful thing, but to understand it completely, is extraordinary. “

Antonello DimatteoANTONELLO DiMATTEO – Studio & In-Home Instructor
Born in Abruzzo -Italy, multi-instrumentalist, he began his musical studies under the guidance of Roberto Torto and Composition with Sante Centurione at Civic Institute of Music in San Giovanni Teatino (Chieti -Italy), afterward graduating in clarinet with highest honors at the Conservatory of Music “G.Braga” in Teramo. After his graduation he continued to refine his musical skill studying with well-known international artists, until he moved to Philadelphia obtaining his degree in Master of Music Performance at Temple University in Philadelphia.

As an eclectic classical and world-music performer, Mr. DiMatteo boasts several concerts in USA, Italy, Switzerland, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Greece, Malta, Iraq and Libya, performing in the foremost concert halls and festivals.

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.

TARA ROZANSKI – Flute Teacher, Administration, Social Media Marketing
Flute – Tara Rozanski (Flute Teaching Artist, Administration, Social Media Marketing) is a professional flutist and piccolo player from Franklinville, NJ. She is a graduate of Montclair State University with a concentration in flute performance, where she studied with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra’s Susan Palma-Nidel. Upon her graduation from Montclair State University, Tara obtained her master’s degree in flute performance at University of Delaware under the direction of flutist Eileen Grycky. During her time in Delaware, she gained pedagogical and professional experience as the professor of flute methods. As a performer, she was an active member in the school’s graduate woodwind quintet, sat principal chair of the University of Delaware Symphony, and also won the school’s concerto competition. She has an extensive performance history and continues to thrive in the classical community. Some highlights include being a featured soloist with Colonial Symphony and University of Delaware’s orchestra, performing at Carnegie Hall as part of Montclair State University’s flute quartet, and playing at the Mann Center as part of the Video Game Orchestra. She actively plays with chamber ensembles and freelances as a soloist and orchestral musician throughout the tri-state area.

Aside from her teaching and performing career, Tara has served as administrative support in many musical organizations, most recently acting as Engagement Coordinator of The Philly POPS. She also serves as front of house support and educational support for the organization. She has a natural talent for social media marketing and has succe musical and non-musical organizations and companies as a social media marketer, such as Mad Decent Philly, Philadelphia International Music Festival, and many more.

Tara sees any opportunity in music as an inspiring one, and continues to dedicate her life to the arts in any way she can, whether it be teaching, playing, or acting as office support. She is excited to bring her efforts to CMA.

MarkSnyder13MARK 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