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.
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.
CARMINE DIFLORIO - Piano and Voice
Carmine DiFlorio is a pianist, vocalist, and composer who is all about forming a unique bond and teaching style with each of his students. He graduated from Berklee College of Music in 2017 with a degree in Film and Video Game Music Composition, and also studied voice as his primary instrument. He has plenty of music theory knowledge and experience in performing classical, choral, and contemporary styles. As a teacher, his number one goal is to help his students find the same passion and love for music as he has in their own unique way. Above all else, he is a kind and amiable teddy bear who loves to pass his ample musical knowledge along to his students.
MALĀNA WILSON - Studio Manager & Voice Instructor (4ᵗʰ — 7ᵗʰ grade)
Malāna Wilson holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre and a Music Minor from Texas Tech University (Lubbock, TX) where she graduated Summa Cum Laude and as a first- generation student in the spring of 2021. Malāna began studying harp at the age of 6 through the University of North Texas and began classical voice lessons shortly after. She pursued musical theatre in high school where she was nominated for Best Actress in the Dallas Summer Musicals High School Musical Theatre Awards and the Betty Buckley Awards, in addition to receiving numerous accolades from her performances in UIL One Act Play.
During her undergraduate at Texas Tech University, Malāna performed in over ten productions, served as a student ambassador for the College of Visual and Performing Arts, and was a member of the Alpha Psi Omega National Theatre Honor Society. She studied harp privately and performed with the University Harp Ensemble in which she honed her musical skills through arranging and transcribing musical theatre and pop music repertoire for the instrument. Malāna also competed with a select few classmates at the National Opera Association Musical Theatre Scenes Competition and placed 2nd and 1st in 2020 and 2021 respectively. She finished out her senior year by placing 2nd in her region for musical theatre in NATS and performing her senior recital character study of Christine Daaé from Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera.
Although this is her first official position as a teacher, Malāna already has experience as a music educator. During the last two years of her undergraduate, she was given the opportunity to serve as the assistant music/choral director for Guys and Dolls and A Chorus Line in addition to her roles as a performer. These experiences gave her the confirmation of what she always suspected; that she would find great joy and love in teaching. Having studied both classical and musical theatre styles, Malāna greatly supports cross-training and believes that every singer should explore all aspects of their voice and never feel confined to one style. She also strongly believes in vocal health, and values technique and the vocal safety of her students above all else.
Upon completing her degree, Malāna relocated to her home state of Pennsylvania and has begun to establish herself in the area, studying voice with Alyce Daubenspeck and shadowing Ms. Rebecca’s lessons. Within the next few years, she aspires to attend graduate school and receive her master’s degree in music. When not teaching or performing, Malāna can be found spending time with her family, especially her nephew.
SAMANTHA FERRANTE - Voice Instructor & Group Class Instructor (K-6th Grade)
Miss Sam is thrilled to be teaching and working with The Musik Makers this year! She is a recent graduate of DeSales University, where she studied voice with Ms. Rebecca, graduating with degrees in Secondary English / Theatre Education and Musical Theatre! For the past two summers, she has been the choreographer for The Musik Makers High School Summer Broadway Bound Intensive, and helped lead the Broadway Beginners Camp. Miss Sam herself has been a student at The Musik Makers since her freshman year of college! She is also currently teaching in and choreographing for Southern Lehigh School District Schools. She loves performing and was one of the select few featured in the Senior Class Showcase at DeSales Universtity in 2022 for Voice and Acting. Her passion for teaching and for helping students discover, experience and create through the arts is inspring and we are so fortunate to have her on board.
ANDY PORTZ - Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin, Songwriting, Ukelele
Andrew Portz has played guitar for close to 35 years and has taught private lessons for over 25 years. Andrew teaches all styles of music including rock, jazz, funk, finger-style, country, and folk. In addition to guitar, he can provide instruction on 5-string banjo, ukulele, mandolin, and beginner piano. Andrew also coaches students who are aspiring to become singer-songwriters. He graduated with a B.A. in music(jazz) performance from The University of the Arts in 1997. As a singer/songwriter, he released his debut album Blue Lake California in 2008, which received airplay on over 150 college stations nationwide. Andrew has been a member of the Philadelphia Funk Authority since 1998 and has performed at Rockefeller Center, Godfrey Daniels, The Sellersville Theatre, The Hammerstein Ballroom-NYC, and Musikfest.
MANY OF OUR TEACHERS HOLD MEMBERSHIP AND OFFICE IN THE FOLLOWING PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS: