Young Artists Music Academy

The Summer of a lifetime for children

Donna Yocum, piano

     Miss Donna graduated from Marywood University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting.  She earned a minor in music at Marywood, and participated in the Marywood Campus Choir and Orchestra.  She performed in many music department recitals as a soloist and accompanist.  

     Donna serves as organist at several local churches.  During her high school and college music studies, Donna participated in various piano competitions.  She was a finalist in the 2010 Northeast Pennsylvania Philharmonic Piano Competition, and was named WVIA's Artist of the Year in 2010.  Donna has performed in honor recitals at Carnegie Hall, NYC, and at the Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre.

Allison Hoegg Leonard, Toddler Time

     Miss Allison is a well-known area vocalist.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communications with a Minor in Music, Vocal Concentration, from Susquehanna University, and her Master of Science in Organizational Management from Miseracordia University.  Previously, Allison was the news co-anchor for WYLN and a Kindermusik educator.

      At present, Allison is a substitute teacher at Holy Family Academy, Hazleton, does voice-overs for radio and television commercials, and is a consultant in the communications industry.  She is a church cantor and has sung at many local civic and church events.  

Sheila Berger Butkiewicz, Owner/Director

     Miss Sheila has over 15 years' experience instructing piano students of all ages.  She is thrilled to be able to fulfill her lifelong dream of maintaining a music school with the finest and most qualified instructors in the Greater Hazleton area.  

     Sheila is a local church organist and choir director and has served on the faculty of Penn State University, Hazleton, Luzerne County Community College, Nanticoke, and MMI Preparatory School, Freeland.

     Sheila is a graduate of Penn State University, where she obtained her Bachelor or Arts degree in Music History, magna cum laude, and of Columbia University, where she earned her Master of Arts degree in Music Theory.  She is a member of PMTA, the Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association.

Stephanie paden, violin

     Miss Stephanie is a music teacher at Drums Elementary/Middle School.  She currently studies in the Taubman/Golandsky Approach for violin with Sophie Till, professor at Marywood University and associate faculty member of the Golandsky Institute.  Stephanie regularly performs with the Marywood String Ensemble.  

      A 2009 graduate of Houghton College, Stephanie obtained a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education with a concentration in violin under the tutelage of Donna Lorenzo and Lin He.  Her student teaching experiences include placements in exemplary middle school string and high school choral programs in western New York. 

matthew D. Seamon, Voice

     Mr. Matt is well known to the Hazleton area from his many appearances as a lead singer and actor in the Most Precious Blood Community Players' productions.  Matt has acted as musical assistant for several productions, providing accompaniment and helping to lead the chorus at rehearsals, and as set designer.  Matt continues to serve the MPB community as pianist and vocalist in the church folk group.  

     Matt is a graduate of Bloomsburg University with a degree in Art Studio, Graphic/Web Page Design.  While at Bloomsburg, he studied voice and completed a number of music education classes.  Matt performed with the BU Husky Singers and BU Concert Choir, both of which he served as President.  Matt is currently a member of the Choral Society of Northeast PA. 

our Staff 

Rachel Lipski, Piano & Ukulele

     Miss Rachel earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education with a focus on piano from Bloomsburg University where she was named "Outstanding Musician in Music Education" by the music department faculty.   Rachel studied under Dr. Charisse Baldoria and Jennifer Billig.  

     Rachel has performed internationally with the Bloomsburg University Jazz Ensemble.  She was the featured pianist in George Gershwin's masterpiece, "Rhapsody in Blue" with the Bloomsburg University Wind Ensemble and has also performed in Carnegie Hall.  

     Rachel occasionally performs in recitals with local classical musicians, sharing her love of the piano with the community.  She is grateful to serve her church as pianist.  

Our experienced, professional staff is adept at working with anyone--youngster through adult--at any skill level, beginner through advanced.