Bernie Williams has been with the Notre Dame College band program for 2 years as the head brass and music instructor. Bernie Williams studied music performance at Bowling Green State University under the direction of international acclaimed soloist and teacher Velvet Brown. He also received a Post-Baccalaureate in Music Education at Cleveland State University. Before coming to Notre Dame College Bernie served as the Assistant Marching Band director at Firestone High School for the past 6 years. Bernie also served as the Brass Studio Director for Akron Public Schools Visual and Performance arts program for the past 8 years. He has enjoyed a long career as a music educator, soloist, and has performed with numerous symphony’s and brass quintets. Bernie has also been a featured soloist with the Cleveland State University Wind Ensemble, Edgewater Brass, and the Firestone High School Symphonic Band.
John Max McFarland received his degrees in Composition (B.M.) and Percussion Performance (B.M., M.M.) from Western Michigan University. He studied percussion under Judy Moonert and composition under Curtis Curtis-Smith, Dr. Richard Adams, and Dr. Robert Ricci. John was also a marching member of the Kiwanis Kavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps as well as the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum & Bugle Corps. His compositions and arrangements have received international recognition with performances all over the United States as well as Taiwan. His percussion music is published through Tapspace Publications where he is also on staff as a music engraver. John is an active music educator and clinician in the Midwest were he instructs Legends Drum & Bugle Corps, Westlake High School in Westlake Ohio, and Brunswick High School in Brunswick, Ohio. John is also the President of New Music Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion and performance of new music by emerging composers.
Michael S. Martinek is currently pursuing a Masters of Education degree in Technology Facilitation from Notre Dame College, where he is actively involved in the day-to-day operations of the NDC Performing Arts Department. A native of Cleveland, Michael is a graduate of Notre Dame College in 2013, with a degree in Management Information Systems. While at NDC, Michael was a four year member and founding Drum Major in the Notre Dame College “Falcon” Marching Band and a dedicated member of the College’s Choir.
Kyle Shriver received his BME degree in Music Education from Baldwin Wallace University’s Conservatory of Music in May of 2013. During the spring of 2013 he completed his teaching practicum with Jennifer Leyrer in the Euclid (Ohio) City School District.
During the last six years, Kyle has been studying bassoon under the tutelage of Jonathan Sherwin of the Cleveland Orchestra. Kyle has also studied with Cynthia Cioffari of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Dr. Christin Schillinger (Miami University), and Russell Hinkle (Northern Kentucky University).
Currently, Kyle serves as Director of Woodwind Studies at Notre Dame College in South Euclid, Ohio, and also teaches part-time at Brush High School in the South Euclid-Lyndhurst School District.
Alyssa Hoffert, Brass Instructor
Saxophonist and music educator Alyssa Hoffert is a native of Cleveland, Ohio, where she holds an MM in Saxophone Performance from the Hartt School and a B.S in Music Education cum laude from Case Western Reserve University. Alyssa has been a featured soloist with many ensembles including the University Circle Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra, the Hartt Wind Ensemble, and is currently the soprano saxophonist with the nationally-recognized La’Ventus Quartet, who were recently third prize winners of The American Prize in Chamber Ensemble Performance.
In addition to her extensive work as a soloist and chamber musician, Alyssa enjoys performing in a variety of musical settings as a pianist, vocalist, conductor, and multiple woodwind and brass player in addition to saxophone. Recent endeavors include various theater productions at the Huntington Playhouse and Solon Center for the Arts, the Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps, The Cleveland Winds, the Blossom Festival/Cleveland Orchestra Chorus, The Firelands Symphony Orchestra, The Hartford Independence Chamber Orchestra, and the National Collegiate Wind Ensemble under the baton of H. Robert Reynolds at Carnegie Hall.
Alyssa has been a winner of various competitions and awards, including finalist of the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra concerto competition, a winner of the Joan Terr Ronis scholarship prize and concerto competition at Case Western Reserve University, winner of the 2013 Paranov concerto competition, and recently qualified for the International ISSAC competition in the fall of 2014. She can be heard alongside grammy-nominated saxophonist, Greg Banaszak, on Music Minus One’s latest saxophone recording “Romantic Music for Alto Saxophone and Piano“.
Andrea has been involved in colorguard and winterguard as a performer and educator
for over 18 years. She is a graduate of Copley High School in Copley, Ohio where she played flute and marched colorguard. Through the winter season, she marched Copley Winterguard, Perception, and Collage. She is a graduate of Bowling Green State University where she marched with, and taught, the BGSU Falcons for over four years. She played percussion in the University Band, and was the Vice President of Tau Beta Sigma, the National Honorary Band Service Sorority. She has taught at several high schools including Wadsworth High School in Wadsworth, Ohio, St. John’s Jesuit in Toledo, Ohio, and Manchester High School in Akron, Ohio. She currently works as a sales account manager for Composites One, and is excited to join the excellent program at Notre Dame College. This is Andrea’s first year teaching at Notre Dame College.
Michael Leone serves as a brass and woodwind instructor for the Notre Dame College band program, where he helps the full ensemble as well as brass and woodwind ensemble rehearsals. He is a native of North Royalton, and holds Bachelor’s degrees in Music Education and Performance from The Ohio State University. While at Ohio State, Michael performed with a variety of groups, including the Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, Marching Band, Men’s Glee Club, Trombone Ensemble, and various chamber ensembles.
In addition to his responsibilities at NDC, Michael serves as a music teacher at University School, a private all-boys school in Shaker Heights. At US, he teaches band, orchestra, and general music for boys in grades 5-8. He is also an active performer and plays with a variety of ensembles in the Cleveland area.
Michael holds professional memberships in the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA), and Phi Mu AlphaSinfonia, a fraternity dedicated to the advancement of music in America.
Jonathan has been a percussionist for over 23 years. He attended Saint Ignatius High School in Cleveland, Ohio where he participated in ensembles such as the Marching Band, Pep Band, Jazz Band, Wind Ensemble, and Pit Orchestra. Jonathan was also a 6 year member of the All-Ohio State Fair Band performing approximately 40 times each summer with the band throughout the duration of the Ohio State Fair. Jonathan then attended the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio majoring in Computer Information Systems. He continued his love of music by participating in the Pride of Dayton Marching Band, Flyer Pep Band, Dayton Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combo, Indoor Drumline, and Symphonic Wind Ensemble. While attending UD, Jonathan marched 2 summers of DCI with the Capital Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps out of Columbus, Ohio on the snare line. He currently works for Hyland Software, Inc. in Westlake, Ohio as a Database Engineer. This is Jonathan's 4th year at Notre Dame College with the marching band and NDIPE.
Justine Lownsbury has been involved in percussion for over 15 years, having the opportunity to spend the last 4 years teaching at Broadview Heights High school as the front ensemble instructor. She attended Brunswick High School, in Brunswick Ohio, where she was a member of the every music ensemble offered. After high school, Justine attended Youngstown State University where she obtained her Bachelors degree for English Education with a minor in Music Education. Although her major focus was not specifically music, she was actively involved in numerous percussion ensembles, as well as the university band and the concert band, all while teaching percussion in Brecksville. Justine has been a part of the World Class Indoor Drumline Matrix, performing 3 seasons with them during her college years, having the opportunity to travel to Europe to perform. She has recently graduated from Ashford University with her Masters Degree in Healthcare Administration and accepted a position at the Veterans Clinic in Youngstown, Ohio. Although her career is in health care, she has always found great enjoyment in the sharing of her experiences through the teaching of percussion.
Kelly Radwan is the twirler instructor for NDC. She has been twirling for over 20 years. She twirled for Royal Cadets in the United States Twirling Association individually, in pairs, and on teams where she has achieved many state, regional, and national titles. She twirled at Westlake High School and at the University of Dayton. Kelly is a 6th grade teacher in North Olmsted, Ohio.