Letter From the Director
If you can dream it, You can be it!
This slogan sums up the passion that has made our students achieve.
I would like to welcome you to the family of the Conservatory of Music and Dance. We began in 1989 and grew from one studio to three studio's,The Pennsylvania Performing Arts Company, a non profit and Cathy's Capezio an in-house store and online store. We are most proud of our students. Students who have been successful in so many aspects of their careers both as professionals in the arts and many continuing with the arts in a less formal way. The arts have brought self confidence, work ethic, goal setting, task completion, strategies for success and the ultimate use of all their talents to make them well rounded in the many careers they have chosen. Whether professional performers, teachers, doctors and/or parents, many of their memories were made here at the Conservatory. We are so grateful to have touched the lives of so many students and extremely appreciative of the parents who have shared the vision that we have. We continue to expand on that vision and we are excited about how our program will grow new young artists The extensive growth we have had in each department through the development of our programs are our motivation.We seek out and evaluate some of the most prestigious programs in the country.
We are so fortunate to have artistic directors, advisors, administrative staff and faculty with such a caring and passionate approach to your students education. We believe each student grows differently and our program is designed to review their goals and levels and help them achieve as young artists.
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In the Beginning:
The Conservatory of Music and Dance began in 1989 in Audubon, Pa..
By 1991 we moved to Jeffersonville and expanded our program. With new programs and opportunities for students blossoming, we made another move to an even larger location in Eagleville, Pa..
The Growing Years:
We then added our Harleysville location and soon after that moved to the Hennings Shopping center to include Music in our curriculum at this new location. Nine years ago we opened at a new location in North Wales and with passion and commitment, we promoted new opportunities in Musical Theatre, expanded our ballet department.
Presently, we are excited about our newest move from North Wales to Worcester, Pa to bring our program full circle, with a Theatre and potential for Children's dinner theatre and for more recital opportunities.
Our students have performed in Disney a number of times,Universal Studios, in Rome, Italy, on Cruise Ships, in Opryland, Governors mansion, Sixers games, Flyers games, Merv Griffin Theatre in Atlantic City. They have performed in an annual or bi annual performance of "The Nutcracker" with guest artists for ABT, American Repertory Company and also in other large productions as "A Christmas Carol", "A Midsummer's Night Dream" and many productions, too many to name.
Our Students have attended and most with scholarships, Juilliard, Peabody Johns Hopkins, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Temple University, New York University, The Hartt Conservatory, University of the Arts, Penn State University, Muhlenberg College, Boston College, Indiana University and a multitude of other programs. Some have made a career out of their art and some use it as a part of their lifestyle participating in adult activities related to dance even as an adult.
Catherine Cianciulli: Executive Director(Musical Theatre, Vocal Coach, Dance):
Catherine Cianciulli attended Jacksonville University in Florida with numerous scholarships in Voice, Dance, Opera, and Choreography. She graduated cum laude with a Bachelors of Art Degree. She also received her State Certification in Music Education through Immaculata College and is also certified through Dance Educators of America. She continued on a Masters level with courses at Temple University and West Chester University and is presently pursuing a Masters from University of Pennsylvania for Non Profit Leadership. She has performed in Europe, for Bob Hope’s USO Shows, in Saint Mary's Georgia, for Charlton Heston, in Disney, and has sung back-ups for Barry Manilow. She has won numerous awards for her performances. Mrs. Cianciulli was a winner in the Mario Lanza Competition and performed at the Mario Lanza Ball. In 1985, she was crowned Miss Montgomery County (Miss America Pageant) and was also nominated "Woman of the Year" in Philadelphia. She was a judge for the Governor's school of excellence for over 15 years. She has attended numerous workshops in New York and Philadelphia to enhance her love for educating children in the arts. She has presented opportunities for students to perform in Nashville, Tennessee, Disney World, Florida, on cruises, at the Governor’s Mansion, at Sixers, Flyers, and Wings games, in parades, on cable television, and also to study and perform in Rome, Italy. Her most valued honors and motivators are her husband, a silent and supportive partner, and her four children. She and her husband have been involved with the development of artistic programs since 1989. Her 4 children are all studying or pursuing a career in the performing arts. Joseph Jr, is with the Kentucky Opera Company and Louisville Ballet as well as has a full scholarship in Opera to University of Kentucky, Jarred who graduated from Peabody, Johns Hopkins University as a Violist and toured Europe as well as Asia and the United States. Jason who attended Juilliard for Dance and also graduated Purchase College as a dance major and is now with the company VIM VIGOR under one of the top choreographers, Shannon Gillen. Erica, her youngest, is with Point Park University in Musical Theatre with an $80,000.00 scholarship. Their enjoyment of the arts was nurtured and developed at the Conservatory through the many talented and dedicated staff whom she is proud to represent. Developing opportunities, nurturing a love for the arts and advancing the students technically, musically, and creatively are her ambitions and lifelong commitments. Her love for performance has encouraged her to reach out to educating and motivating students. She believes that, “There is always something new to be learned; we must seek, find, and shower our children with new and exciting curriculum in dance, music and theatre.”.
Christina Jones(Dance)-Ballet Artistic Director
Artistic Director of Ballet Concerto, Director of Ballet Concerto Productions
Christine Jones received her early training in Maryland. She went on to further her training at North Carolina School for the Arts and on scholarship at the Pennsylvania Ballet School (the former official school of the Pennsylvania Ballet), under the direction of Lupe Serrano. Mrs. Jones joined Pennsylvania Ballet as an apprentice, and was promoted to corps de ballet the following season. She remained with Pennsylvania Ballet throughout its direction under Robert Weiss and Richard Tanner, and for one year under Christopher D'Amboise. Mrs. Jones was also a recipient of the Princess Grace award for dance during her apprenticeship with the company. Mrs. Jones continues to perform as a guest artist in principal and solo roles with regional companies in Pennsylvania and in her home state of Maryland. In addition to teaching all levels of ballet for the past 10+ years, Mrs. Jones is also the Artistic Advisor for the Harford Ballet and Ballet Mistress for Dance Theatre of Pennsylvania. Mrs. Jones is also a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant and proud mother of two.
Annemarie Macrina(Dance)- Dance Administrator
Annemarie has been at the Conservatory of Music and Dance since 1995 where she first entered as a student. She joined the Dance Team and had several opportunities to perform. She also became a student teacher and taught classes in ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop and tumbling. She performed for the 76ers and competed in many talent competitions including Starpower and won several awards. She also traveled to Italy with the Conservatory and Cathy Cianciulli. There she studied Ballet in Rome, Italy and performed at the end of her 3 week stay. Annemarie graduated in 1998 from Beaver College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. She worked as a teacher for the Methacton School District for 6 years before leaving to have her children. She also in that time, continued her Dance Education at the Koresh School of Dance. She Performed with The Philadelphia Civic Ballet Company and also performed in the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. She choreographs for the Conservatory's performance of the Nutcracker every Christmas. She has also choreographed for some of their Musicals such as Mary Poppins and Cats. This past summer Annemarie took Dance Company, Tumbling Team and Hip Hop Team to Nationals in Ocean City Maryland where they won several awards and special awards and some placed 1st overall in their category. Annemarie teaches Dance Company, Hip hop Team, Tumbling Team, tumbling, ballet and jazz. Annemarie is the proud Mom of 4 children, who all dance at the Conservatory. She continues to take dance classes and workshops and loves to teach all styles of dance.
Kathleen Dwyer (Dance)- Artistic Staff
Kathleen Dwyer began her ballet training with Olga Kresin. She graduated magna cum laude in 2001 from Mercyhurst College with a Bachelor of Arts in dance/ arts administration. Kathleen has danced professionally for the past six years with the Louisville Ballet, and previously with several other companies including the Lake Erie Ballet, Channel Islands Ballet, and Charleston Ballet Theatre. Over the years she has danced many of the classical ballets and in various ballets and works by world-renown choreographers such as George Balanchine, Paul Taylor, Twyla Tharp, Val Caniporoli, Andre Prokovsky, Helen Pickett, Amy Sewiert, Adam Hougland, Mark Godden, Ben Stevenson, and many others. For the past fifteen years, Kathleen has instructed at several different dance schools, teaching ballet, pointe, variations, creative movement and even public school dance education.
Melisa Putz is a dancer, choreographer and educator based in Philadelphia, PA. She is co-founder and artistic director of PIMA Group, a professional dance and music performance company. She received notable dance training through the Professional Training Program at the Merce Cunningham Dance Studio in New York City, Anouk Van Dijk in Amsterdam, Strictly Seattle Dance Intensive and Anne Green Gilbert at the Brain-Compatible Dance Education Workshop in Seattle, WA. She was full-time Dance Teacher at the Chester Upland School of the Arts from 2008-2012. She has taught dance at Pennsylvania Performing Arts Academy since 2003 and currently teaches in the pre-professional ballet training program and choreographs for Ballet Concerto productions. Melisa is a certified yoga instructor recognized through the Yoga Alliance and continues to offer dance, yoga and composition workshops locally, nationally and internationally.
Nicole Panzullo began her dance career at the Conservatory at the age of three. She has been in trained in ballet, hip hop and jazz. Throughout her training she has performed at Flyers and 76ers games and in Walt Disney World. Nicole has been teaching at the Conservatory for the past six years and has recently graduated from Temple University with a degree in Elementary Education. She is always continuing her education in dance by attending workshops and classes in New York and Philadelphia.
Mary Boyer(Intern Advisor-Piano)
Mary Boyer has been a teacher with the Conservatory of Music and Dance since 1996. She graduated from Immaculata University with a Bachelor of Music, cum laude, with certification in Music Therapy. She is a member of the Delta sigma Music Honor Society and a member of the American Music Therapy Association. Mary has worked at the Academy of Community Music as a music therapist and music teacher in the crescendo program. She was a staff music therapist at Temple Continuing Care and currently works as a therapist at St. Mary Manor in Lansdale, PA. Mary enjoys providing private and group instructions in piano here at the Conservatory and looks forward to many more years of service.
Stacy Malachowski(Voice, Piano, Saxophone,Musical Theatre):
Stacy Malachowski has been a vocal music educator in the public schools for 16 years. She received her B.S. degree in Music Education from Penn State University and her Masters of Music in Music Education from West Chester University (vocal emphasis). In 2009, Stacy was selected for the Lauretta Woodson Award for unselfish dedication and exemplary service to the Keystone Central School District, she was nominated twice for the Who's Who Among Teachers, the Disney Award for Outstanding Teachers, and has held various leadership positions in the District IV Pennsylvania Music Educator's Association. Stacy grew up in Quakertown and is happy to be returning to the area as of this year to further her career as a vocal music educator.
Kelly Trevlyn began her dance training at age 5 through various studios including the Rock School West in West Chester, PA. Throughout her years she has studied under Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, the Joffrey School, Koresh Dance Company, and Broadway Dance Center. She graduated in 2013 from Point Park University with a BA in dance. During her time at Point Park, Kelly had the opportunity to perform original works by Sidra Bell, Christopher Huggins, Garfield Lemonius, Ron Tassone, and Patrick Franz, as well as explore her own choreographic ideas.Kelly was a company member of Dissonance Dance Theatre and Deviated Theatre for the 2013-2014 season in Washington, DC. She is currently performing with Brian Sanders' JUNK in Philadelphia.
Jarred Cianciulli(Violin, Viola, Piano)
Mr. Cianciulli started taking piano lesson’s from Mary Boyer at the age of 3. He has performed at many summer festivals including the Aspen Music Festival, Meadowmount School of Music, Sienna Music Festival, Trentino Music Festival in Italy and the North American Viola Institute. Jarred was enrolled in the Manhattan School of Music Pre-college program where he studied orchestral performance, chamber music, music theory and ear training. He hold a Bachelor’s Degree from Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University for Viola Performance.
Jarred has been teaching violin, piano and viola for 7 years. He teaches his students the fundamentals of music theory. He believes in the importance of scales and arpeggios and suggests his students use them daily in their warm up routines. Mr. Cianciulli teaches from the Suzuki method and Galamian scale system.
Catherine Natter(Dance, Musical Theatre Dance Coach)
Catherine Natter holds her BS in Dance, as well as her MS in Teaching, Learning and Curriculum from Drexel University, and is a certified elementary school teacher. She was honored during her time at Drexel to complete a dance study tour in London, and in addition to performing with Drexel Dance, she has performed in the Live Arts/Fringe Festival, and in the independent dance film “Momentum,” released in 2014. Catherine’s choreographed several works for Drexel Dance Ensemble, as well as for the Philadelphia Dance Academy’s Youth Ballet. In the summer of 2014 Catherine collaborated with fellow artist and mover Dawn Mazzola to form PhysiKal Bodies, a dance company which performed for the Philly Fringe Festival in both 2014 and 2015, with Catherine acing as producer, choreographer and performer. Catherine has been honored to teach at Drexel University's Dornsife Center as well as Pennsylvania Leadership Charter School's Performing and Fine Arts Center. In addition to the Conservatory of Music and Dance, Catherine currently teaches at The Creative Living Room in Wallingford, PA where she acts as a children's camp director, and serves as a PA public school substitute teacher.
After beginning her teaching career in high school, Angelica continued her dance education at Adelphi University where she received her degree in both Communications and Dance. She began dancing at the age of 3, studying ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, modern, lyrical/contemporary, and musical theater. She is an award winning dancer and choreographer, earning top scores and specialty awards for her work. Angelica has taken master classes from renowned teachers including Desmond Richardson, Frank Ohman, Mia Michaels, Mandy Moore, Ray Leeper and Tyce Diorio as well as classes offered by ABT and The Paul Taylor Dance Company. She has been a featured part of productions including the Boscov's Thanksgiving Day Parade, the Sunoco "Welcome America" 4th of July Parade, Hershey Centennial Parade, Governor Ed Rendell's Inaugural Parade, and her studio's performance of The Nutcracker where she had the leads of Dancing Doll and Arabian Coffee.
Breanna Yates(Musical Theatre Director, Dance
Breanna Yates has been training in all styles of dance since she was three years old. After finishing out her dance training at The Conservatory, she went on to pursue her B.A in Dance and B.S. in Elementary Education with a minor in Special Education from The Pennsylvania State University. Throughout her college career, she performed under the artistic direction of Elisha Clark Halpin and Michele Dunleavy as a member of Penn State's University Dance Company. She was also an active member of Penn State's chapter of The National Honor Society for Dance Arts and was the president of the chapter for both her Junior and Senior years.
Breanna recently returned from studying in Dublin, Ireland under the visiting artists at the Dublin Dance Festival. She is currently continuing her training by taking classes and workshops in Philadelphia and New York City in both performance and choreography.
Joseph Cianiulli(Piano, Voice, Dance)
Joseph Cianciulli holds aBachelor of Music degree from Temple University in Performance. He has studied with Miguel Companeria and Hilda Morales at the Hartt Conservatory as well as William Stone, David Arnold for Voice and Dr. Barbara Mathis for Vocal Pedagogy. He also studied with Savion Glover, Mike Minery for Tap and attended NYU summer Intensive for Musical Theatre and the school for film and television in New York. He has played and accompanied throughout the United State. He is presently an artist in residence on the faculty of Temple University as well as an accompanist for Pennsylvania Ballet. He has performed roles for the Louisville Ballet Company, The Kentucky Opera Compan, The Delaware Opera Company, The Philadelphia Opera Collective, the New York Lyric Opera. Joseph was also a student at the Conservatory from age 3 to age 17 in voice, dance and theatre. He has also performed a number of Musical Theatre lead roles. Joseph is continuing his performing and studying of voice and is happy to be back working with the students of the Conservatory.
Shannon Dingman (Dance, Musical Theatre)
Shannon Dingman started dancing when she was 3 years old. Always taking dance, Shannon ventured into other sports like gymnastics and cheer but by time she was in high school was fully committed to dance. A student at the Conservatory she danced on teams, acted in theater productions and also took voice and piano lessons. She attended Muhlenberg College and received a degree in Dance. All the while, she was back a the Conservatory her senior year of College- this time as a teacher!
After college Shannon moved to Chicago with her husband and continued to teach classes of all varieties to all ages at Yvonne's Dance Academy. Upon returning to the greater Philadelphia area a few years ago, Shannon came back to teach with the Conservatory. She helps run the intern program as the intern adviser. She loves the community at COMAD and looks forward to the next year!
Lori Ullman (Zumba)
Lori has been dancing since she before she could walk. She took classes from Joanne Dougherty throughout her youth and through high school and received her Teaching Certification through Joanne Dougherty, Dougherty’s Dance Studio and her DMA (Dance Masters of America) Certification in 1996. She then went to Walt Disney World in Florida and was a "Kid in Toyland" in the Magic Kingdom from September 1996-March 1997. While in college at The Pennsylvania State University, Lori was hired as a Jazz Instructor and also implemented all the first Hip Hop Classes at Centre Dance and became the Hip Hop Instructor from 1997-2000 (http://www.centredance.org/). In addition to her studies, she taught 9 classes per week and helped choreograph several routines for the competition team. While teaching, she was also actively involved in attending several workshops and conventions and won “Best All-Around Dancer” from The Edge Performing Arts Center in Pittsburgh in 1998(http://www.edgepac.com/)
She started teaching Hip Hop Classes at Dansarts in 2001 and continued for the next 12 years as the Hip Hop, Advanced Jazz and Beginner Ballet Instructor. In the last 2 years there, she taught 4 classes a week, including introducing Zumba to the school. She received her Zumba Certification in January 2011(Loriullman.zumba.com) and currently teaches 2 classes per week at Conservatory of Music and Dance. Lori's mix of hip hop and her background in dance along with the Zumba flair and spice complement each other and her classes are full of excitement, energy and most importantly, lots of dancing!
Lauren graduated from Indiana University in 2012 with a BS in Contemporary Dance and a minor in Exercise Science. She began dance training at the age of 5 in her hometown of Columbus, Indiana. She continued her dance training at the Russian Ballet Academy of Indiana and the Butler University precollege dance program. Lauren attended summer intensives at Interlochen Center for the Arts, American Ballet Theatre, and Martha Graham School. While she was at Indiana University she performed works by choreographers such as David Parsons and Martha Graham. We would like to welcome Lauren to the Conservatory of Music and Dance
Kevin Robinson brings an intelligent, warm and sensitive presence to his teaching life. Hailing from Philadelphia area, he grew up in a family of professional musicians. His diverse musical life has brought him to a number of stages: solo recitals, jazz big band, and electro-rock to name a few. Kevin completed his bachelor’s degree at George Washington University, studying with Berta Rojas and Orlando Roman. He completed his MM at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music
in the studio of Marc Teicholz.
Jason Cianciulli- (Dance) Artistic Director
Jason Cianciulli currently dances with VIM VIGOR Dance Theater Company under the direction of Shannon Gillen. He has taught at various programs such as B12, the Juilliard Summer Intensive and VIM VIGOR's Summer intensive. He has also taught at Princeton University, Juilliard and Peridance in NYC. Throughout his training he has worked with choreographers such as Azure Barton, Loni Landon, Greg Dolbashian and Norbert De La Cruz III. Jason has studied at the Conservatory of Music and Dance, Pittsburgh Ballet Theater School and has his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Conservatory of Dance at SUNY Purchase.
Moira Susan Gannon (Voice, Musical Theatre)
Moira Susan Gannon has been studying classical voice for seventeen years and piano for ten years. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Westminster Choir College in 2014 with her Bachelor’s Degree in Voice Performance and continued to receive her Master’s Degree with Distinction in Voice Pedagogy in 2016. Moira has studied in the voice studios of Sally Wolf and Robin Massie and placed first in a NJ NATS competition. Moira is a member of The Same Stream Choir, a professional choir based in Princeton, NJ. She was a member of Westminster Williamson Voices for five years and sung in the 2014 Grammy nominated recording of James Whitbourn’s Annelies for Best Choral Performance. Moira can be heard as a soprano soloist in an upcoming GIA recording titled Hole in the Sky. She has sung at venues including Carnegie Hall, the Kimmel Center, Avery Fisher Hall, and Alice Tully Hall with orchestras including Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, and Vienna Philharmonic.
Madeline Sedler (Theatre, Musical Theatre)
Madeline is a recent graduate from Albright College in Reading, Pa with a degree in Arts Administration and Theatre. She has received extensive training in performance and technical theatre and won awards from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre festival for Assistant Directing, Stage Managing, and Ensemble Acting. She's worked with multiple theatre companies including; the Pennsylvania Youth Theatre, Civic Theatre, and the Reading Theatre Company. Madeline is so excited to be on board with the Music and Dance Conservatory. She loves working with children and is happy to be able to teach them all things musical theatre. Her dream is to start her own theatre company for children with special needs and her new role with the Music and Dance Conservatory is getting her one step closer to her dreams and she couldn't be more appreciative for the opportunity.
Alissa Johann (Dance)
Alissa started her dance training at The Dance Center in West Chester, PA where she was trained in ballet, modern, jazz and hip hop. In 2007, she began performing with the Brandywine Ballet. She graduated from Cedar Crest College in May 2016 with a B.A. in Dance and a B.A. in Media Studies. She has performed with the Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley, and received scholarships for dance to Cedar Crest College, The University of the Arts and the Burklyn Ballet Summer Intensive. She also attended summer programs at Brandywine Ballet, Joffrey Ballet School and American Ballet Theatre.
She has worked with the Lehigh Valley Dancers and Monarch Dance Company. Alissa has performed at the Ailey Citigroup Theatre, Lincoln Memorial, The Painted Bride, The Ice House and many more notable locations. She is currently dancing with Beyond Dance Company and throughout the Philadelphia region.
Svetlana is a gifted teacher of music and piano technique. She achieved the equivalent of a Masters Degree in Music and Music Theory in her native country of Belarus in Eastern Europe. Svetlana taught music at a college level for ten years in Belarus before she came to America in 1998.
Michael Peragallo started his guitar studies at the age of 13, and immersed himself in all styles. He pursued classical guitar in college, earning his degree in classical guitar performance from East Stroudsburg University and graduating with several awards and honors! While studying guitar, he began to teach in-home lessons during his free evenings. Michael joined the ESU Jazz Ensemble, where he would eventually become the principle guitarist and serve an important role in aiding and mentoring new guitarists. He continued his study of the classical guitar while earning his master's in music education from Marywood University. While studying at Marywood, Michael taught guitar classes to freshmen and sophomore music therapy majors, helping them with guitar proficiency for their work in the field. He was also an active performer as a soloist, in duos, and as part of the Marywood Guitar Ensemble, In his own words Michael expresses: "As a guitarist who has studied rock styles, classical, and jazz, I am excited to offer my services and teach all styles and ability levels." Michael is excited to have begun instructing students on guitar and piano at The Conservatory of Music and Dance and brings a wealth of teaching experience for all ages and ability levels.