North Ridge Music School Faculty

Chris Hall - NRMS Director. Instructor of Guitar, Electric bass and Double Bass. Teaching with an intense focus on aural development, reading, writing, and understanding a wide range of musical styles. A life long Philadelphia resident and Temple University graduate with a long history of performances throughout the tri-state area. He enjoys the interaction of student teaching and helping each student grow to their very best personal and musical potential. As a world traveler and closet-ballad-pianist of many years, he feels music is a gateway to universal communication.

Sandy Hall - NRMS Co-Director/Vocal Instructor/RN. A vocalist of extraordinary natural abilities, her intuitive sense of melody and pitch are equaled by her extensive years of live performances and studio recording sessions. Started singing professionally in high school, appearing on local TV and radio and rattling the rafters of noted area hot spots which culminated in 20 years of working as a lead singer for many pop/rock and special affair bands performing in the tri-state area. Studied voice with Margaret Stefano - Curry, vocal teacher/guru.

Sandy teaches vocal techniques based on the methods of Larra Browning Henderson and Kenneth H. Phillips which emphasize singing in a physiologically correct technique. A graduate of Hahnemann University, her vocal talents are complemented with her medical knowledge and abilities as a registered nurse working in pediatrics and adult care. She has a first hand understanding of the physical demands and complexities of the voice and wants to inspire students to sing with passion and sincerity while discovering oneself and having fun in the process.

Yuiko Ono - Piano and Jazz Ensemble Instructor. A native of Chyogoku, Japan. Mrs. Ono now resides, teaches and performs in the Philadelphia area. She has studied with Dennis Sandole, Steve Giordano and Trudy Pitts. B.M. in Jazz Performance from the University of the Arts, PA, and recipient of awards including the Best Performance Prize at the Fukuyama, Japan Piano Competition and the University of the Arts Steinway/Jacobs Music Award in 2002.
Anna Matijasic - Violin and Piano instruction utilizing Suzuki techniques and publications. Ms. Matijasic has a BFA in Music from the University of Virginia and had been a faculty member of the Music Education Center in Charlottesville, VA since 2000. Her extensive violin performance experiences in the Ashlawn Opera Festival and concerts with the Shenandoah Symphony Orchestra and the Charlottesville Oratorio Society reveal a depth of classical knowledge and appreciation for the art of music.
Nick Catalano - is an eclectic guitarist and innovative instructor. He studied classical guitar at the Pennsylvania Governer's Schoool for the Arts, and went on to earn a bachelors degree for jazz guitar performance from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia where he studied with greats like Jimmy Bruno, Pat Martino, and Steve Giordano. He has also performed with several original projects in Philadelphia including Natural Selection, Fred F Hopper and 722. Nick most recently appears with 722 on the TV show City Sessions New York.
Wesley Rast - Percussion and Bucket Band Instructor. North Carolina School for the Performing Arts. Fluent in jazz, ska/reggae, and afro-cuban styles and frequent performer in the Philadelphia area.
Melinda Krpata - Piano Instructor. B.M. and State of PA Music Teaching Certificate from Susquehanna University, has taught both classroom elementary music and private music lessons in piano, flute, oboe, handbells, and choir throughout both Pennsylvania and North Carolina.

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