Faculty Newsletter

July 2013

We're half way there!

It's hard to believe we are half way through 2013. The summer has been especially busy this year, which can only be attributed to the hard work we are all doing together! We have been full with trial lessons, group classes and are looking forward to upcoming meetings to continue creating relationships with schools in the area. Thank you all for your continued support and dedication to our mission, to provide superior music instruction to students in the Akron area.

Impromptu Teacher Gathering

Wednesday, Jul 3rd, 8pm

102 Merriman Rd

Akron, OH

We will have food, drinks and sparklers to start ringing in Independence day a little early!

Here is the Facebook invite link!

Connect with us through Social Media!

Do you use Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn? Connect with us through each!

Facebook: Stay up to date with school news and teacher updates.

Twitter: Stay up to date on school and community information.

LinkedIn: Share ideas and opportunities with other teachers. This group is only open to faculty/staff at FSM or HSM.

Hello, Goodbye

We would like to welcome Kim Shimpo (Cello) and Joe Orsoltic (Trumpet)!

We are sad to see Kevin Johnson (Trumpet) go, but are thrilled for his opportunity to study at IU- Bloomington! Kevin's last day will be July 25th.

Headshot update

We are looking to create a teacher display wall at each location, which will include high resolution photos of each teacher and information posted below.

If you are in need of a new picture, please contact either office to schedule a time to have your picture taken.

If you would simply like to update the picture we currently have, please email a high resolution picture to the office.

Calendar Updates

Be sure to update the office about upcoming performances to include on our school calendar! Links to the FSM and HSM calendars are below.

Schedule Changes?

Is your availability changing going into the fall? Please contact the office no later than July 31st regarding your fall availability. The office will work with you and your students to reschedule. Movement in schedule is dependent upon room availability.


As those that teach at HSM know, we have a partnership which allows Kindermusik to teach classes during the day and some afternoons. The Kindermusik of the Western Reserve was recently recognized as one of the top 5% of Kindermusik programs in the country! We have been so happy with our partnership, that we are allowing Kindermusik to expand to our FSM location in the fall! More details about this arrangement and any scheduling that will affect evening lessons will be communicated in August.


Allison Lint will be continuing her Violin for Vasculitis efforts this fall. She will be heading to Nebraska, Connecticut and beyond!

Charlie Trenta's band Winslow is on tour! Visit their website or Facebook to find dates and locations.

Matt DeRubertis' band, Dave Hammer's Power Supply, will be releasing their 3rd studio album, Greasy, this month! The pre-release party is July 6th at 7pm at Square Records in Highland Square. The CD release is July 12th at 9pm at Musica. Tickets are $5.

Helen Welch has a busy month ahead! She will be performing in Grant Park in Chicago and at Music in the Mountains in Colorado. Safe travels and we look forward to your return!

We all miss Lisa Myers (Braun), our former FSM Office Manager. She is doing well living in Texas and recently moved into her new home!

Have anything you would like to add? Email the office!