Violin and Viola
Inspired by Disney's Fantasia to play violin at age 4, violist Anna Bross hasn't been able to stop performing ever since. She has gone from playing in Grandma's living room to pursuing her dream in Symphony Orchestras and Chamber Groups all across America. She has performed in Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Michigan, and in Baltimore, MD, where she currently resides.
Ms. Bross has formerly served as principal of the Illinois Valley Symphony, The Kishwaukee Symphony, the NIU Philharmonic and the Peabody Concert Ochestra, and currently performs as a member of the Peabody Symphony Orchestra and the Charm City Collegium. Anna has recently completed her Masters Degree at Peabody Conservatory.
Anna teaches in our Eldersburg studio.
A native of Indonesia, Bagus Wiswakarma studied violin at the Hochschule fuer Musik und Theater Hamburg, Germany (Prof. Winfried Ruessmann). Additional pedagogical studies include the Amadeus Quartet, Brandis Quartet, Schleswig Holstein Music Festival in Europe and Asean Youth Music Workshop.
Mr. Wiswakarma is a concert soloist and Founder/Director of the Chamber Music Series (Jakarta, Indonesia 1999 – 2006). He also served as the Director of the International Music School (Jakarta, 2000 – 2006) and Music Director of the Jakarta Philharmonia 2003 – 2005.
Bagus teaches in our Eldersburg, Westminster and New Windsor studios.
The cellist William Kass is an active chamber musician, soloist, and educator based in the Baltimore-Washington area. Recently, he has given solo recitals in Baltimore, Maryland, performed of the music of Bartók and Beethoven with the Lind Quartet, and toured with the Rushmore Concert Artists. He has collaborated with groups such as the "Symphony No. 1" Chamber Orchestra and the Stony Brook Chamber Ensemble; he has been featured as a soloist with the Alton Symphony (IL) and the St. Louis Civic Orchestra.
Mr. Kass studied cello performance at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University under the tutelage of Amit Peled, as well as pedagogy with Bai-Chi Chen. He has appeared in masterclasses for Ronald Leonard, Hans Jørgen Jensen, Colin Carr, and Timothy Eddy. As a chamber musician, Mr. Kass received instruction from members of the Takács, Juilliard, Brentano, Miró, and Borromeo Quartets, as well as from the pianists Robert McDonald and Benjamin Pasternack.
Mr. Kass is the Assistant Director of the Rushmore Music Festival, as well a member of the cello faculty. Held each summer in the Black Hills of South Dakota, the Rushmore Music Festival brings together musicians from around the world to share their love of chamber music through a series of free concerts and summer camp programs for students of all levels.
A strong interest in community outreach has led him to perform in many diverse venues -from hospitals, nursing homes and prisons, to coffee shops and schools, even an elementary school in the small mountain town of La Unión, in Colombia.
Mr. Kass maintains a private teaching studio in Baltimore and he is the cello instructor at the ART-IST Music Center in Reisterstown, Maryland and at the Opus Community Music School in Eldersburg, Maryland. More information is available at williamkasscellist.com
Ms Wiswakarma’s professional degrees include Vordiplom-Dinieren (Conducting) and Diplom-Rhythmik, Diplom (Hochschule fuer Musik und Theater Hamburg, Germany), Music Lehrerin (Eurhythmics music teacher) and a Bachelor of Arts (Music Education, St. Mary’s College, Maryland). She has special experience in the area of Piano Methods and is expert in the area of Eurhythmics and Movements. Pamela is and experienced teacher in preprimary, primary and secondary school, in areas of music, dance and drama.
Ms Wiswakarma’s extensive teaching, conducting and music director experience includes Australian International School Kemang Kampus, Jakarta; Sekolah Ichthus South, Jakarta; Sekolah Mentari, Jakarta; Bambino Kindergarten, Jakarta; Sekola Cita Buana; PPIA International Choir, Jakarta; Yayasan Musik International, Jakarta; The Harburger Maenner chor and the Harburger Frauen Chor and the Phoenix Orchestra in the Friedrich-Ebert Halle, Hamburg-Harburg, Germany; The Harburger Maenner Chor and the Harburger Frauen Chor in the Friedrich-Ebert Halla, Hamburg-Hartburg, Germany; The DESY Orchestra, Hamburg, Germany; The Hamburg Bach Society Orchestra, Germany. She has served as Guest Conductor for Orchestral Ensembles and Choirs in both Europe and America. Ms Wiswakarma won 1st Prize as conductor in the Choir competition in the Winsener Statd Halle, Winsen, Germany in September 1996.
Ms Wiswakarma has been a private piano instructor in Hamburg, Germany and a piano accompanist for concerts and recitals in Europe and America. In addition to her teaching and conducting experience, Pamela has also performed as a singer in the Baltimore Symphony Choir, Baltimore, Maryland.
Ela teaches in our Eldersburg and New Windsor locations.
Pianist Tim Hartnett has pursued advanced study in both piano performance and piano pedagogy over the past three decades. He first began his training under the tutorship of Karen England of the Howard County Music Teachers Assocation, and more recently studied with both Dr. Michael Adcock of the Washington and Peabody Conservatories and Dr. Audrey Andrist of UMBC, after admission into a graduate program of Piano Performance. Currently, Mr. Hartnett is pursuing an advanced graduate performance diploma through the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.
As a teacher, Mr. Hartnett has been an efficient and successful mentor for all ages and levels with a philosophy that emphasizes a strong foundation in both music history and theory, in addition to technique. Mr. Hartnett has extensive experience as a competition adjudicator, having prepared students for competitions, scholarship and performance auditions, as well as various piano and music theory exams. Consulting Editor of the John Bresnik Jazz piano method, Mr. Hartnett is also an instructor at Mike's Music in Ellicott City, MD.
In addition to his music education, Mr. Hartnett holds a BS in Mathematics from UMBC, and is soon to complete his MS in Applied and Computational Mathematics from the Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering, with a strong interest in the role of artificial intelligence and mathematics in music. He currently resides in Dayton, MD.
Larry Wilson has been teaching guitar in the Eldersburg area for eight years, and in Carroll County since 1990. Larry studied classical guitar with William Sims from Peabody and played in the Baltimore Classical Guitar Society from 1998-2005. Larry has played in various gospel and jazz bands, receiving awards for his jazz playing, beginning with the Band Director’s award while still in school, the highest award given.
Currently, Larry performs as a studio musician at New Castle Studio, while maintaining a large studio of private students. Opus is thrilled to be able to provide guitar lessons with Larry.
Larry teaches guitar in our Eldersburg studio.
Dan Eschliman is an experienced vocalist, keyboardist, and church musician who has been playing and singing professionally since 2004. A musical jack-of-all-trades, Dan is equally at home performing and teaching in classical, musical theater, jazz and pop styles. Dan currently serves as the Director of Music and Worship Arts at Wesley Freedom United Methodist Church, where he directs the choirs, handbells, and praise band, and oversees over 100 volunteer musicians and artists. Dan is a graduate with distinction of the University of Nebraska with a double major in Vocal Music and Religious Studies.
In his spare time, Dan loves to read, cook, and spend hours in coffee shops.
David Le is a professional flutist based in Baltimore, Maryland, where he leads a diverse career as a recitalist, chamber musician, and educator. Nationally recognized, he won First Prize in the Florida Flute Association College Young Artist Competition, Hampton Roads Flute Faire Young Artist Competition, and has been a prizewinner of competitions sponsored by the Music Teachers National Association, National Flute Association, and the Tampa Bay Symphony Orchestra. David is also a grantee of the Friends of Flutes Foundation, as well a winner of the National Flute Association's Frances Blaisdell Memorial Scholarship.
A dedicated teacher, David has presented guest masterclasses and clinics at public school and summer music programs, universities, and music education conferences. Students of his private studio consistently win regional and national competitions; alumni are pursuing degrees at universities throughout the United States. While living in Baltimore, he has coached chamber ensembles at the Peabody Preparatory and served on the flute faculty of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's OrchKids program, providing musical instruction to students from disadvantaged backgrounds. David is currently on the flute faculty of Mike's Music and the OPUS Community Music School.
David has performed in prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall and The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, among others. As an orchestral musician, he has appeared with the Florida Lyric Opera, Experiential Orchestra, Hunt Valley Symphony, and Occasional Symphony. In addition, he was selected to attend the Marrowstone Music Festival for two seasons, performing with the Festival Symphony and Chamber Orchestras. David has performed under the batons of luminaries such as Marin Alsop, Leon Fleisher, Edward Polochick, Leonard Slatkin, and Gene Young.
David can be heard as soloist on the McCormick Percussion Group's album Plot: Music for Unspecified Instrumentation (Ravello Records) and Principal Flute on the USF Wind Ensemble's album Live at Carnegie Hall...and more (Mark Records). He is also Principal Flute on the Peabody Symphony Orchestra's forthcoming album, featuring the works of Aaron Jay Kernis conducted by Marin Alsop, to be released by the Naxos label in late 2017.
David earned a Master of Music degree from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where he was awarded a full scholarship and the Clinton Lee Arrowood Memorial Prize in Flute. A native Floridian, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of South Florida, where he was named a Presser Foundation Scholar and Distinguished Graduate in The Arts. He is wholly indebted to his mentors Kim McCormick, Marina Piccinini, and Barbara Prescott.
David is proud to be represented as a Miyazawa Emerging Artist.
Barbara Anastasion teaches clarinet at OPUS. She is a 15 year veteran instrumental music teacher in Carroll County, MD. She teaches 4th grade band, 5th grade band, 4th grade orchestra, 5th grade orchestra, and Kindergarten vocal/general music. She has taught privately since 2000 in Harford, Baltimore, and Carroll Counties.
Barbara began playing the clarinet in 4th grade, and also doubled on the tenor saxophone for jazz band in high school. She is a music graduate of Towson University, having studied under Ed Palanker, Dan Silver, and Chris Wolfe. She received her Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction in 2008. Barbara is also a National Board Certified music educator. She is an alumni member of Kappa Kappa Psi, National Honorary Band Fraternity.
Barbara is actively involved in the state level of the MBDA (Maryland Band Directors Association) and is the All State Band Auditions co-chairperson. She assists with recruiting the adjudicators for the auditions, and organizes the on-site check-in/registration for the hundreds of students that audition during the two weekends of auditions each November. She serves on the executive board of the MBDA. She also adjudicates for the State Solo and Ensemble Festival each spring.
Barbara directs the hand bell choir and children's choir at her church. She is also currently the color guard instructor for South Carroll High School. Barbara has a primary aged daughter who takes violin lessons at OPUS and loves to sing and dance, and a young toddler-aged son who loves to bang on things!
Barbara teaches in our Eldersburg studio.
Appointed in 2015 as an Instructor of Oboe and Saxophone with Opus Community Music School and a Faculty Clinician with Academy of St. Cecilia Youth Orchestra in Damascus, Mark Runkles completed his Doctor of Musical Arts in Oboe Performance at UNLV. Dr. Runkles earned his Master of Fine Arts in Oboe Performance and Master of Arts in Jazz Studies from the University of Iowa and his Bachelor of Arts in Oboe Performance from St. Mary’s College of Maryland.
He formed the Twin Arch Duo, which plays a mixture of standards and his own contemporary jazz compositions, with guitarist Charlie Trapp in 2013. In 2008, Dr. Runkles performed a series of Jazz Vespers services in Scotland. He served as the Assistant Principal Oboe with the Chesapeake Orchestra from 1999–2004 and performed on 2nd Oboe with the Las Vegas Philharmonic from the winter of 2009 through 2012. Dr. Runkles is an oboe student of Stephen Caplan, Mark Weiger, and Vladimir Lande and a saxophone student of John Rapson and Don Stapleson.
Dr. Mark Runkles's Oboe reeds FAQ
David Anderson is a freelance horn player, teacher, and coffee fanatic. He began playing 15 years ago when he found a WWII era trumpet in his grandfather's attic. When not playing or teaching, you can find him in Baltimore gardening and drinking tea with his fiancée and two cats.
Less is more. David’s approach to music stems from the Pareto Principle, or 80:20 rule, which states that 80% or results come from 20% of the work. By focussing only on musical ideas it is possible to achieve excellent technique and sound. If it sounds good, it is good.
David has appeared in performances with the Lancaster Symphony, Fairfax Symphony, Maryland Choral Society, Manassass Ballet Theater Orchestra, American Festival Pops Orchestra and the McClean Orchestra. David has been working with horn and trumpet players for over a decade and is a graduate of The Peabody Conservatory and George Mason University.
David teaches in our Eldersburg studio.