our teachers

Kyle Almeida


 Violin / Viola 

Kyle is currently a Junior at Temple University's Boyer College of Music, double majoring in Music Education and Violin Performance. An active orchestral and pit musician, Kyle has played in the Bucks County Symphony Orchestra, Temple University Symphony Orchestra, Temple University Opera Orchestra, and Temple University Theatre Pit.  He helps direct Temple’s Community Music Scholars Program String  Orchestras, which are made up of students mainly from the city of   Philadelphia. Kyle has been playing violin since the age of 5 and has studied with Inna Nedorezov and Barbara Sonies.  Additionally, he maintains a private studio in Montgomery County teaching elementary and middle school students violin and viola and is a freelance musician playing in pits and various other events. 

Nicole Atkinson


Piano and Flute 

Nicole received a Bachelors of Music in Music Education from the Frost  School of Music, University of Miami. Her primary instrument is flute and her ensemble experience includes the renowned Band of the Hour Marching Band, Symphonic Winds, Flute Choir, Woodwind Chamber Group and Flute Quartets. She is currently teaching general music at East Goshen Elementary School in West Chester, PA 

Kirstyn Ballard



Kirstyn Ballard is a theatre artist and composer in  Philadelphia. She graduated with her BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of the  Arts, and since then has been involved in several different projects both as a performer and a part of the creative team.  While she loves producing new music and theatre, one of her strongest passions is having the opportunity to share the gift of music with younger folks as a way to navigate life and find enjoyment through self-exploration and expression! The Malvern School of Music has been an incredible opportunity for this so far, and she looks forward to teaching and learning more and more from the students here. 

Anthony (Tony) D’Addono


 Classical, Jazz and Rock Guitar, Bass, Sax
Tony has been performing professionally for 50 years. He is an outstanding classical and jazz guitarist, and can certainly rock out if the need arises :-) He has been a member of the Vincent James Band for the past 25 years.  His studies include the Granoff School of Music where he studied with Bill Viola and Peter Segal from the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society. He's taken master classes with Christopher Parkening, Oscar Ghiglia and John Duarte (all students of Segovia). Tony has had his classical arrangements of Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcraker" and Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" published by Hal Leonard. To read more about Mr. D'Addono, and listen to him perform, visit his website at  http://www.tonydaddono.com/ 

John Dickinson


Percussion/Drum Set

 John is a Berklee School of Music graduate. He plays in two great local bands. The funk Band, Universal Funk Order, and the Reggae Band,  Spookey Speaky. You can even find him playing Gospel tunes from time to time at Covenant Presbyterian Church. It goes without saying, John is a versatile drummer and a great instructor. Here is a link of his Reggae band performing a Bob Marley Tribute at the World Cafe Live. 

Dr. Leonardo Dugan


Piano, Jazz Saxophone, Guitar, Bass, Composition, Jazz Improvisation, Music Theory and Composition Tutor 

 Dr. Leo Dugan has been teaching piano, saxophone, guitar, bass, composition, and jazz improvisation at the Malvern School of Music for the last ten years.  He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where he received both a B.A. in Music in 2002 and a PhD in Composition in 2007. An accomplished composer, Dugan’s works have been commissioned by the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Kansas City Symphony, the New Albany Symphony, the Juilliard School, the Government of Flanders, Jesse Colin Young of The Youngbloods, and many others. He also serves on the faculties of Haverford College, where he teaches Music Theory and directs the Jazz Ensembles, and Holy Child Academy, where he teaches piano, guitar, and ukulele, and directs the Rock Band.  

Dr. Stephanie Esposito


Clarinet, Oboe, Flute, Sax 

 Dr. Stephanie Esposito Olcese is thrilled to say that she has been with MSoM for six years! After completing her doctorate in clarinet performance from the Shenandoah Conservatory (2013), she has sought to expand her musical tastes. As a freelance musician throughout the greater-Philadelphia area, Stephanie performs within the American musical theater circuit, teaches Music History and World Music at Eastern University, conducts a church handbell choir, and has launched a volunteer music program with the Ronald McDonald House of Philadelphia.  Outside of music, Stephanie lives with her husband and cat and enjoys weekend getaways to Gettysburg to enjoy history and scenery. 

Lynne Frederick, MM, MT-BC


Music Therapy, Piano, Guitar, Ukulele 

Lynne Frederick is a graduate of Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado, where she received a Master’s in Music with a concentration in Music Therapy and Elizabethtown College in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, where she received a Bachelors in Music Therapy with a minor in Psychology. She has worked with children with various abilities through work at the Kardon Institute / Settlement Music School (Philadelphia,  PA), where she was responsible for creating and overseeing the Music Therapy Internship program, the Academy of Community Music (Fort  Washington, PA), where she oversaw 15 music therapists and the data collection for music in the Head Start program, and the Center on Central (Paoli, PA), where she conducts music groups and individual sessions for children of all ages and abilities. She is currently the owner of Malvern School of Music.

Kathryn Hockenbury


Piano, Ukulele, Clarinet, Brass 

Kathryn Hockenbury is one of our new teachers! A graduate of Lebanon Valley College, she received her B.A. in Music minoring in business.  There she performed in the LVC Symphony Orchestra as well as the Clarinet Choir and the Symphonic Band. Last year she spent her time in the United Kingdom on a Fulbright scholarship to earn her Master's in Music and performed in the Bangor Music Society Orchestra as well as the Bangor Symphony Orchestra. Kathryn is a multi-talented musician with a passion for teaching music, and is excited to teach piano, ukulele,  clarinet, and beginner brass!

Bonnie Sumerfield


Classical Pianist 

Bonnie holds a Bachelors degree in Piano Performance from the Boston Conservatory and a Master of Music in Accompanying from West Chester  University. Ms. Sumerfield has been on the staff at Millersville University, the University of Delaware, West Chester University and Settlement Music School as both teacher and collaborative artist. She is the staff pianist at the Camphill School in Glenmoore, PA, pianist at  Covenant Presbyterian Church in Malvern and for the Pennsylvania Eurythmy Ensemble, a performing group of movement artists. In addition to teaching at MSoM, she also runs a private studio. 

Zachary Washko


Bass, Guitar, Saxophone, Piano

Mr. Zachary Washko began his professional music career while attending Lebanon Valley College. Zachary acquired a double major of Audio Music  Production and Music, Concentration in Jazz. In his time at LVC, Zachary studied Electric Bass under the direction of Mr. Timothy Wolfe, and Alto Saxophone with Mr. Thomas Strohman. Zachary participated in many of  the school's ensembles, and has also studied Piano and Guitar.
Since graduating college, Zachary has continued his career in music by writing and arranging music in a variety of stylings and sounds such as Pop/Rock, RnB, and HipHop.
He performs on a regular basis with a number of groups including SALT Performing Arts, The  William Douglas Orchestra, Space Donkey and the Moonbouncers, and many Churches and School Pit Orchestras.
He has experience in the musical realms of Jazz, Classical, Contemporary Gospel, Broadway Showtunes, and Pop/ Rock.