Meet our Instructors

All of our Instructors are professionally trained in the instruments that they teach and are here to help you on your musical journey!
Arielle Egan

Arielle Egan

Voice Instructor

Arielle Egan is a graduate of Westminster Choir College (Magna Cum Laude) with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance. From a young age she has been singing for audiences all over the Tri-State area and has continued to branch out into as many aspects of theater as she can since. A south Jersey native, Arielle is actively cultivating her love of musical theater, classical music, and choral repertoire on stages throughout the area. She teaches voice here at Resonance as well as Mannington Music School and privately. Arielle also extends her craft as a teaching artist in public schools, an acting coach, a music director, a church singer, and a conductor. She continues to perform whenever she gets the opportunity. Some of her favorite roles include Carrie in Carousel, Lucille in Parade, Lilli/Katharine in Kiss Me, Kate, and Winifred Banks in Mary Poppins. Arielle believes that the only thing that matches the joy she finds in creating art is helping others learn to do it.

Beth Pirolli

Beth Pirolli

Voice & Piano Instructor

Since graduating from Rowan University with her degree in Vocal Music Education, Beth has been pursuing many musical and educational endeavors. She teaches piano and voice lessons at Resonance School of Music as well as at the Philadelphia Vocal Conservatory and is the Music Director at Holy Angels Parish in Woodbury, NJ. Throughout her life, she has studied voice with Karen Huffstodt, Lauren Athey-Janka, and Melissa Daniels-McCann. She has also studied piano with Ellen Youssefian, Alrene Ezekiel, and Lydia Boguslavsky. Beth has a great deal of experience as a church musician and in teaching private lessons, workshops, classes, and leading choir rehearsals.

Beth started piano lessons at the age of 8 and has loved music ever since. She truly enjoys sharing her love for and knowledge of music with others.

Aaron Adriano

Aaron Adriano

Piano Instructor

Teaching piano in the South Jersey area for over a decade, Aaron is an Alumni of the Berklee School of Music of Boston where he studied music composition for film and television, Mr. Adriano has made his career in surrounding himself in the world of all things music. As a Musician, Mr. Adriano is still active as both a pianist and a composer and take a great deal of time perfecting his craft. As a teacher, Mr. Adriano likes to challenge his students through the study of dynamic repertoire and encouraging their own artistic abilities. Aaron Adriano is available on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday nights at the Resonance School of Music, where he teachers composing, songwriting and piano lessons.

Dan McGarry

Dan McGarry

Piano Instructor

Professor Dan McGarry, pianist, teacher, and general lover of music is fully committed to the practice his craft, whether it be through his own playing or through the sharing of knowledge. While his primary focus is on the classical repertoire, he is also proficient in Jazz and Pop styles. To quote Sergei Rachmaninoff “Music is enough for a lifetime, but one lifetime is not enough for music.” Professor McGarry earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree under Professor’s Veda Zuponcic and Lidia Boguslavsky. He has also studied under the critically acclaimed pianist Raffi Besalyan. Professor McGarry did well as a collegiate student, placing in two state events and one National piano competition, both run by MTNA. He has also held positions as music director at two churches and taught over a hundred students throughout the years. Currently, Professor McGarry divides his time equally between teaching as an adjunct at Rowan University, giving piano lessons, and practicing.

Kathryn Pepe

Kathryn Pepe

Voice Instructor

A music education and vocal track graduate at Rowan University, Kathryn takes the acquisition of vocal pedagogy seriously, and she currently studies classical voice with Professor Lauren Athey-Janka, professional classical singer and recently published pedagogy expert. In the summer of 2016, Kathryn studied at Westminster Choir College’s Vocal Pedagogy Institute with their esteemed faculty. In 2018, Kathryn was recognized in the published pedagogy series “Solo Vocal Repertoire for Singers and Teachers of Singers” by Christopher Arneson and Lauren Athey-Janka for contributing to the research and editing process.
Kathryn has sung in college, community, and honors choirs. She has performed in operas, musicals, pageants, and oratorios. Her greatest accomplishments include winning the Marian Anderson Scholarship Competition twice, singing with the Philadelphia Pops Choir, and singing as section leader at the Presbyterian Church at Woodbury. In musical theater, she has portrayed Mrs. Potts in Beauty and the Beast , Erzulie in Once on this Island, Vie Moore in Footloose, and Dolly in Annie Get Your Gun. In Rowan University’s opera department, she has performed Mable in Pirates of Penzance (sceanes), First Lady in Magic Flute (sceanes), Cunegonde in Candide (scenes), Cupid in Orpheus and the Underworld, Papagena in Magic Flute, the 1st Witch in Dido and Aeneas, and the Angel in The Happy Prince. Kathryn has been a student of and collaborated with the following artistic community leaders: Jack Hill (choral and musical director), Sylvia Richardson (Gloucester County Children’s Choir ), Dr. Lillian Levinowitz (Music education professor at Rowan University and founder of the nationally recognized Music Together ), Professor Marian Steiber (Rowan Opera Company), and Dr. Christopher Thomas (Choral Professor at Rowan University).

Currently, Kathryn is finishing her music education degree at Rowan University. She can be found doing local productions, singing as section leader of the presbyterian Church of Woodbury, and assistant direction the Gloucester County Children’s Choir.

In the future, Kathryn plans to pursue a Masters of Music degree in performance and pedagogy.

Mark Nestman

Mark Nestman

Guitar & Piano Instructor

A classically trained musician and teacher at Resonance School of Music, Mark teaches Electric and Upright bass, guitar and clarinet. His life long career in music started at the age of 7 with Helen Slavin in Rockaway, New Jersey and since then he has played clarinet, electric bass, upright bass, and guitar. Throughout his time as a musician, Mark has studied with Rob Hall in high school and Doug Mapp at Rowan University. Being a part of the Marching Band, Jazz Band, Musicals and the Tri-M Music Honor Society in High School shaped his abilities and honed in his interest in playing and being a part of the musical world. At Rowan University he achieved a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies for Upright Bass and played in the Jazz Band, Lab Band, String Ensemble, and Orchestra, as well as in many other ensembles.
Outside of academia Mark has written, recorded and played live for a multitude of groups ranging from folk and jazz to rock and classical. These groups have played in cities all across the country on tours and single concerts in places like New York City, Nashville, and Denver. Mark has taken all these influences and focused them into teaching to allow students the knowledge and capabilities to play in all styles of music masterfully. Theory and practice are an integral part of playing music and thus are implemented through these lessons.

Vince Gattinella

Vince Gattinella

Drum Instructor

Graduating from Rowan University in 2013 with a Bachelors of Music in Music Composition, Vince studied under the direction of Dr. Harold Oliver, Dr. James Castelli, and Bruce Yurko. There he received percussion lessons from Dean Witten and Dean Schneider. Before that he studied drum set under the instruction of Tom Callan for 4 years. Vincent has played drum set/percussion in ensembles from elementary school through college along with marching band and jazz band. In addition, he has played drum set at open mic nights and special events across the southern New Jersey area. Vincent can play a wide spectrum of genres including Jazz, Rock, Funk, Latin and is always ready to challenge himself in order to improve his abilities. He has a strong passion for percussion and composition as a whole, one that he will continue for as long as he can.

Zebadiah Coombs

Zebadiah Coombs

Viola & Violin Instructor

A freelance violist and music teacher based in the Philadelphia area, Zebadiah started his education in the Play On, Philly! program when it first began. Since then, he has gone on to perform in many renowned ensembles such as the Philadelphia Sinfonia Players and the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra and has been in notable programs such as the Primavera Fund. He has also attended Kinhaven Music School located in Weston, Vermont. He is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in music education at Rowan University where he studies with the head of strings, Dr. Timothy Schwarz. Zebadiah has been part of many amazing projects both due to his musical abilities and his ability to capture an audience with his words. These projects include being part of a chamber group that opened a TED Conference in Vancouver and being featured in the documentary Crescendo, the Power of Music. Zebadiah currently resides in Glassboro, NJ but is still very active in Philadelphia as well as in New Jersey.

Ryan Cullen

Ryan Cullen

Drum Instructor

A graduate from Rowan University, Ryan plays an active role in the local percussion scene by playing in Musicals and local productions year round.
Ryan is available Mondays and Wednesdays.

Christopher Flaherty

Christopher Flaherty

Voice & Piano Instructor

Christopher studied voice at William Patterson University and Composition and music Theory at Rowan University.

Christopher has always had a passion for music, but an even deeper passion for instructing. Teaching all ages and holding a large studio of pupils in South Jersey since 2008, his students have gone on to professional fields in the performing arts. Mr. Flaherty’s students have been featured on T.V, American Idol, Broadway, film, crafted records, granted University acceptance with scholarships, received high marks on Piano/ vocal exams and have won many awards. His students can be seen performing on stages across N.Y, LA, N.J, PA, and Nashville, TN. Mr. Flaherty studied voice at William Paterson University, Composition and Piano at Rowan University and holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Harvard University. He is currently pursuing a master’s of liberal arts degree in marketing and management. Quality in education is an important part of his life, and shows through his focus as a music pedagogue. When he’s not teaching, he enjoys spending time in New England with his family. Mr. Flaherty teaches Monday and Tuesday nights at Resonance School of Music.

Noah Avis

Noah Avis

Saxophone Instructor

A former student at Resonance, Noah has then gone on to complete his Bachelors degree in Music Education. He is a very talented and friendly face in our community.

Noah is available on Tuesdays evenings.

Christian Cortes

Christian Cortes

Drum & Recording Instructor

An active performer in the local music scene, Christian has always had a passion for performing music and understanding what makes it sound good.

At Resonance School of Music, we encourage our students by inspiring them toward greatness. So that they can imagine their dreams and strive to conquer their goals with each new skill they acquire here.  Do you think you have the dedication to take your music to the next level? Come start your musical journey with us today!

We are conveniently located in Sewell, NJ close to Mantua, Mullica Hill, Pitman, Washington Township and West Deptford.

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