Bill Schmearer was appointed to the NEMC faculty in 1984. Among the groups he conducted at NEMC are the Chorale, Concert Band, Stage Band and Jazz Ensemble. Schmearer is retired from the Spring-Ford Area School District, located in the Philadelphia area where he served as Director of Bands and Supervisor of Music for the school district.
William Hones teaches applied double bass at Saint Mary’s College of Maryland and the College of Southern Maryland. Previously, he served on the faculties of Shenandoah University, the University of Akron and Bowling Green State University.
A native of Longmeadow, Massachusetts, Dr. Gail B. Levinsky is committed to the teaching and training young musicians. Presently serving on the faculty of Susquehanna University, her career began teaching saxophone in the Dallas (TX) area (Grades 6-12) and for the past 24 years in higher education.
Daphna Schmidt is a freelance trumpet player and teacher in New York City. A native of Philadelphia, Daphna graduated from Susquehanna University with a Bachelor of Music in Music Performance – classical and jazz. She also holds a master’s degree in Educational Leadership and a Music Education Certificate. She is currently the General Music teacher for grades K-5 at Linden Tree Elementary School in Bronx, New York.
Dr. David Johansen is the Professor of Trombone at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, LA and is also a member of the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra; he has held both positions for twenty years.
Andrew Willmott, an alumnus of NEMC, is the senior trumpet instructor at the Westport Music Center, where he has been teaching students of all ages and levels of ability since 1996. Mr. Willmott has been on our faculty since the summer of 2011, and is an active performer in the greater New York City area where he plays in a variety of styles from classical to contemporary.
Dr. Benjamin Fraley is currently an Adjunct Instructor of Percussion and Marching Percussion at Troy University in Troy, AL. He holds a Bachelors of Music degree in Percussion Performance and Music Management from The Hartt School at the University of Hartford, a Masters of Music degree and Artist Diploma from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, and a Doctor of Music degree from The Florida State University.
Steven Erickson is originally from Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. He is known to have an exceptionally broad range of musical skills and experience: he is an accomplished classical pianist and chamber performer, but is also well known as an exceptional jazz performer and arranger, and has teaching experience across both styles.