ABOUT OUR STUDIO
The Musik Makers was started in 2000 by Rebecca Pieper as she gave lessons in her little attic apartment to some younger students who were involved in local theatre. As she taught, she began to realize how unique each student was and how differently they all learned. She began to notice that not all of their journeys were the same and she started reaching deep into her education background to meet the needs of each individual student so that they can create the musical path they desired, while at the same time, always being challenged to excel, work outside of their comfort zone, develop the skills and discipline their instrument demands, and always remaining authentic to who they are as a person and performer. The studio has grown substantially since those first days, but Rebecca and all of the staff at The Musik Makers remain true to these same beliefs and wholeheartedly welcome you into The Musik Makers family.
Our studio holds many performance opportunities within the studio and in the community throughout the year which are not mandatory but are highly encouraged. In addition to these performance opportunities, the staff at the Musik Makers, have active memberships in many organizations which allow the students to audition and compete for adjudication and placement in their field of study. Our master classes, workshops, group classes, summer camps, zoom rooms, open mics, and intensives are just another way our Studio strives to provide opportunities in the Performing Arts to our Studio Family and Beyond.
OWNER: REBECCA PIEPER - Audition Coaching, Music Theory, Musik Makers College/Career Mentor, Piano, Voice
Education: Vocal Performance and Music Education at Westminster Choir College; Westminster College of the Arts Vocal Pedagogy Institute
Years Teaching: 22 years of experience in the field of teaching voice, piano, acting, dance, directing, choreographing
- Levels 1-3 of Contemporary Commercial Music with Shenandoah University CCM Institute
- NeuroVocal Method Certification
- Meisner Certification
- Chekhov Acting Technique Certification
- Musical methodologies of Orff, Kodaly, Dalcroze and in the 4Mat Teaching System
- Certification from the Westminster Choir College Summer Voice Institute
- Early Childhood Certification through the Musikgarten Program
* Lehigh Valley Music Teachers Association
* Music Teachers National Association
* Music Theatre Educators Alliance
* National Association of Teachers of Singing - Lehigh Valley President &
Member of New Jersey, Eastern Regional & National Level
* Pennsylvania Music Teachers National Association Chapter President
* SpeakEasy Cooperative Membership.
Miss Rebecca has been heavily involved in music and theatre from a young age. Because Miss Rebecca feels an early exposure to the arts is so beneficial, one of the goals of The Musik Makers is to make students feel comfortable sharing their gift of music not only with themselves but with others. If this comfort level is reached at an early age, the possibilities are infinite. Music can be learned at any age!
Starting with piano lessons at the age of three, Miss Rebecca soon added tap, jazz, ballet, and later modern dance. By the age of eight, Miss Rebecca was performing in her first musical and her passion for the stage was rampant! Voice lessons followed shortly thereafter and Miss Rebecca began competing in vocal competitions in high school. The highlight of her competitive career came when she was featured as a soloist in the NYSTS Young Artists Winners Recital at Carnegie Hall at the age of 17. Miss Rebecca double majored in vocal performance and music education at Westminster Choir College. While a student, she also performed leading roles in school and local opera and theatre companies. She also studied dance at the Princeton Ballet School.
Her schooling piqued an interest in Early Childhood Development. and Miss Rebecca became certified in the musical methodologies of Orff, Kodaly, Dalcroze, and in the 4Mat Teaching System. She received Early Childhood Certification through the Musikgarten Program and ran a birth through 6-year-old, parent and child, music, and play program from 2000-2003. From 1997-2004, Miss Rebecca served as the Choir Director to several vocal and handbell choirs as well as for a musical drama group at Readington Reformed Church in Readington, NJ. Since leaving the Princeton area, Rebecca has performed in various theatres throughout PA. In addition to performing she also has directed, choreographed, music directed, and ran summer musical theatre camps at Chansonette, NCC, PA Playhouse, and Civic Theatre where she also served as an intern to the Artistic Director. In 2002 Rebecca played the leading role of Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro with the New York City Opera Forum.
In addition to teaching in her private studio, Miss Rebecca is an Adjunct Professor of Voice in the Theatre Department at DeSales University. She was also recently accepted as an accredited long-distance instructor for Berklee College of Music. She can also be seen accompanying and assistant directing the Nazareth Area Intermediate School Chorus and loves the opportunity to work with students as they begin their musical journey in this nationally recognized top school district for music education.
She is currently the President of the Lehigh Valley Chapter of The National Association of Teachers of Singing and is enjoying continuing her education in the field of Vocal Pedagogy and Performance Master Programs. Rebecca loves being a student as well as a teacher and is constantly pursuing her studies in the field of Performing Arts to bring as much back to her students as she possibly can.
Miss Rebecca finds it extremely important to teach to the individual student. Lessons are structured around the student and not a publisher’s curriculum. There is a focus on the quality of the music and performance, rather than the quantity. Miss Rebecca recognizes the importance of producing a musician for life. This unique approach to teaching is a combination of her own performance experience as well as her studies in the field of music education. A passion of Miss Rebecca is to train her students to have a healthy and functional voice. A voice that is healthy and functional is one that can be used on any stage whether it be operatic, dramatic, concert, or coffee house.
Alumni of Miss Rebecca's studio can be found performing in opera houses, symphony Halls, Broadway theatres, national tours, off-Broadway theatres, dinner, and community theatres throughout the country. Students have been accepted into some of the most exclusive undergraduate and graduate Performing Arts and Music Education, as well as Music Composition Programs in the country. Many have also gone on to be the stars behind the scenes working in technical theatre and others have become directors, music and drama teachers, and accompanists themselves! Lehigh Valley residents would recognize several of the faces that cross the stage as Freddy award nominees and recipients as students from the studio of Rebecca Pieper. In Miss Rebecca’s life outside the studio, she is a mother of two not-so-little boys, Carson and Brandon. In addition to teaching and learning and performing, Rebecca loves fitness, food, fashion, and her friends.
ALEXANDRIA AUSTIN - Acting Through Song, Audition Prep & Mini Musik Makers Voice + Music Class
Alexandria Austin is a singer, actress, and dancer beginning her journey of a professional performance career. She is a recent 2021 graduate of DeSales University with a B.A. in Theatre with a concentration in Musical Theatre. Alex has studied all three primary aspects of Musical Theatre; singing, dancing, and acting, for 15+ years. She has performed leading roles in many musicals and also has experience singing in different cabarets in the New York & Lehigh Valley areas. In addition to performing she has choreographed, directed and music directed throughout the Lehigh Valley. She has a passion for story-telling through song and specializes in vocal variation. She loves to discover how she can find different meanings for the words written in songs and how she can express that in her own way. One of her passions is helping others to find their voice and to learn how to use it. Alex is a visionary with a deep love for inspiring others and seeing someone reach success and accomplish something that may have felt like a challenge. She is super excited to be joining the MusikMakers staff after studying under Miss Rebecca for the past 4 years!
ALYCE DAUBENSPECK - Foreign Language/Diction Coaching, Piano, & Voice
Alyce Daubenspeck is a classically-trained mezzo-soprano whose public performances have been described as "emotionally shattering" with a voice "fully formed from top to bottom, a pristine tone, and high notes that are both extraordinarily controlled and on the edge of wildness."
A Nazareth native, Ms. Daubenspeck enjoys performing opera, cabaret, musical theater, and oratorio. She has most recently performed with Opera in the Ozarks (2018), Westminster Opera Theater (2016 – 2017), the Princeton Festival (2016), and the Russian Opera workshop (2016). She has also participated as a Fellow in the CoOPERAtive program (2016), as an artist apprentice with Opera Ithaca (2015-2016), and as a young artist with the Si Parla, Si Canta program (2014). Ms. Daubenspeck has also sung with the Princeton Society of Musical Amateurs as the soloist in Beethoven's C Major Mass. She has sung in Westminster’s Lindsey Christiansen Art Song Festival – both in 2017 and 2018. Ms. Daubenspeck’s past roles have included Augusta (The Ballad of Baby Doe), Berta (Il barbiere di Siviglia) Madame de Croissy (Dialogues des Carmélites), Third Lady (Die Zauberflöte), Lyubov (Mazepa), Kecal (Bartered Bride), La Tasse Chinoise (L’enfant et les sortilèges) and Virginia (Billy Blythe).
She has won several major competitions including the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 2019, and also the American Prize in 2019 - placing first in two divisions.
Ms. Daubenspeck received her B.A. in Environmental Studies from Ithaca College in 2014, where she studied voice privately with Marc Webster. Today she studies voice in the studio of the distinguished dramatic soprano Sharon Sweet. She graduated with distinction from Westminster Choir College in 2018 with a Master of Music in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy.
Armed with pedagogical know-how and her vast experience teaching adolescents and performing, Ms. Daubenspeck's goal is to help every student find their own voice, in a way that is healthy, inspiring, safe, and fun. She believes that a good singer is a balanced person and that music can inspire this growth in people.
KELSEY LAUREN KISH - Piano & Voice
Kelsey Lauren Kish, from Easton, PA, holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance degree from Moravian College, a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of South Carolina, and is nearing the completion of a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance degree from USC. She has appeared in many operas at USC productions including the roles of Die Mutter in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel, Old Lady/Baroness in Bernstein’s Candide, Rita in Donizetti’s Rita, and Mrs. Cratchet/Ghost of Christmas Past in Douglas’ Scrooge.
Kelsey maintains an active performing career and has had the opportunity to work in an assortment of genres. Most recently, she has presented several solo recitals encompassing a wide variety of styles and has been engaged as the soloist for several twentieth-century chamber ensembles including Andriessen’s De Staat, Rogers’ Three Japanese Dances, and Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians. In addition, other solo appearances include Vivaldi’s Gloria, Handel’s Messiah, Saint-Saëns’s Christmas Oratorio, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, and Bach’s Mass in B Minor. Kelsey has served as Adjunct Professor of Voice at Newberry College in Newberry, SC for the 2015-2016 academic year, currently serves on the voice faculty at Moravian College, was the graduate assistant to the voice faculty at USC throughout her doctoral residency, and has been a voice teacher for six summers with USC’s Carolina Opera Experience for Kids. She teaches full-time as the Voice Specialist at Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts in Bethlehem, PA.
LOUIS JANNUZZI - Acting, Audition Prep, Fiddle, Mandolin, Trombone, & Violin
Louis Jannuzzi is an actor, singer, and multi-instrumentalist working out of the New York Tri-State Area. Experienced in both the stage and screen, he most recently finished the 1st National Broadway Tour of Bandstand portraying Wayne Wright and playing trombone. Other professional equity credits include The Buddy Holly Story, Dames at Sea, The Fantasticks, The Producers, Evita, Les Miserables, Julius Caesar, and The Fiddler on the Roof.
He also co-starred alongside Academy Award Nominee Eric Roberts in the Gatorade + Bleacher Report produced web-series "Football, Texas." Other screen credits include multiple episodes of "Evil Lives Here" (ID Network), "Mysteries at the Museum" (Travel), and NBC's "Rise". He is also the English-speaking model for the South Korean language company "Studymax".
MADISON WILLIAMS - Administrative Assistant/Social Media Manager & Broadway Beginners Instructor
Madison Williams is a graduate of DeSales University with a B.A. in Theatre. Currently, she is in her second year of graduate school at Temple University, majoring in Musical Theater Studies. Madison promotes events and posts social media content for the Musik Makers and is the Broadway Beginners Instructor! She believes the performing arts helps a child find their fullest potential, confidence, and artistic voice. You can find Madison tutoring students and teaching theatre courses in the Lehigh Valley and Philadelphia area. After graduating from Temple, Madison plans to get another Masters Degree in Education and her Doctorate in Communication Studies.
Prior to graduating from DeSales, Madison served as the Education Liaison for DeSales University's Act 3 Production of "The Jungle Book". Additionally, she performs locally throughout the Lehigh Valley. Her credits include Hair (Crissy), A Year With Frog and Toad (Mouse/Ensemble), and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Cheerleader/Ensemble). Madison is thrilled to be a part of The Musik Makers Team and looks forward to sharing her passion for the performing arts with others!
MELODY CRUZ - Studio Manager & Instructor of Guitar, Improvisation, Piano, Songwriting, Vocal Styles & Ukelele
Memberships: Music Teachers National Association, Pennsylvania Music Teachers National Association, Lehigh Valley Music Teachers Association
Melody Cruz is a local musician who has been playing guitar, piano, ukulele, and singing for 10+ years. She has studied and continues to study with voice with Rebecca Pieper. She regularly performs at breweries, bars, restaurants, taverns, weddings, and other various venues and events in the Lehigh Valley and beyond.
She performed at and won the West End Lounge’s “Spirit: Search for the Next Superstar” contest in NYC and subsequently performed with “The Four” singer Matt Bloyd at NYC’s “The Cutting Room.” She has debuted some of her original work and it is now available for download on iTunes. Check out some of her work at www.melodycruz.com.
RICH TARRIFF - Voice
Rich Tarriff holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from The College of New Jersey, as well as an M.Ed. from East Stroudsburg University. While teaching Vocal and General Music in Clinton Township School District, New Jersey, for the past 18 years, Mr. Tarriff has also privately coached students ranging from elementary school through collegiate singers. Classically trained, favorite Operatic Roles include Colline from Puccini’s “La Boheme” and Figaro from “Le Nozze di Figaro” by W.A. Mozart. In 2019, Mr. Tarriff coached vocalists for the First Annual Musik Makers Summer Camp and served as an adjudicator for the National Association for Teachers of Singing (NATS) at Moravian University. Lessons will consist of building healthy vocal techniques, and life-long musicianship skills through age-appropriate repertoire. Mr. Tarriff currently lives in Nazareth, PA with his wife, three kids, and a basset hound.
MANY OF OUR TEACHERS HOLD MEMBERSHIP AND OFFICE IN THE FOLLOWING PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS: