Flute, Clarinet & Saxophone
Don Buckmaster is a professional musician and educator. He plays professionally in bands performing all styles of music on woodwind instruments and vocal. He is currently the Director of Instrumental Music at St. Valentine School in Redford. Previously he served as the Director of Instrumental Music at Ladywood High School in Livonia. He has taught private lessons in flute, saxophone and clarinet since 1974.
Guitar & Ukulele
Mark McCoy is an accomplished guitarist as well as a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, arranger and teacher with a career spanning three decades in the Detroit area. Mark has worked as a studio musician and producer of many recordings for artists such as “Flaming Embers: with the hits “Mind, Body and Soul” and “West Bound #9”, Earl Klugh, Alto Reed (a member of “The Bob Seger Silver Bullet Band”, “Ivy Joe Hunter” of Motown fame, William “Red” Guest of “Gladys Knight and the Pips”, “D. Lee and the Edge”, “Lou Wilson & Today’s People” and many others. Mark has performed with many artists locally and nationally as well. Artists such as rock artist, “Mitch Ryder”, the jazz group, “D. Lee and the Edge:, the classic oldies band, “King Sweat”, the soul and gospel vocal group, “The New Birth” and the gospel artist, “Alicia Myers”. Mark received his formal training as a classical guitarist at the Joe Fava Conservatory of Guitar in Birmingham, MI. He also studied piano, sight singing and composition at Oakland Community College.
Piano & Organ
Darlene Kuperus is a versatile musician. She is an organist, pianist, conductor, chamber musician, and concert manager. She is the Associate Music Director/Organist at the First United Methodist Church of Plymouth, MI. She is currently a Visiting Faculty member in the University of Michigan Organ Department during the sabbatical of Dr. James Kibbie, department chair. She is a piano and organ instructor at the Fine Arts Academy at Plymouth First United Methodist Church. She has spent over 30 years as a church musician in positions at Lutheran (ELCA and Missouri Synods), Methodist and Presbyterian Churches. She has conducted the Northville Concert Chorale since 1997. Under her direction this ensemble has performed Handel’s “Messiah” each December and accompanied by professional orchestra and soloists. In addition, she has conducted performances of other major choral works such as Mozart’s “Requiem”, Faure’s “Requiem”; Haydn’s “Lord Nelson Mass”; Robert Ray’s “Gospel Mass”; Rutter’s “Feel the Spirit” among others. Her chamber music performances as an organist and pianist include collaborations with local professional musicians for various concert series offerings. Her undergraduate degree is from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI. She earned Masters and Doctoral degrees in Church Music at the University of Michigan.
Violin & Viola
Linda J. Ignagni completed her studies in performance under scholarship at Wayne State University. She is an alumnus of the Interlochen International Music Camp, All State Division. She has studied violin under Jack Bosen, Emily Austin, Paul Cantor, Gordon Fuchs and Morris Hoelburg. She is the founder and a member of the Doree’ String Quartet and provides private lessons in violin and viola. Mrs. Ignagni played in the Saginaw Symphony for 20 years and also with the Nashville Symphony and the Flint Symphony. Linda is currently the first violin with both the Southern Great Lakes Symphony and the Livonia Symphony Orchestra. She is also a founding member of the Livonia Youth Symphony Orchestras of Michigan.
Sarah Lenhart received a Bachelors of Music Education from the University of Michigan and a Masters of Music Education from Western Connecticut State University. She has been an orchestra teacher in the public schools for several years in the Greenwich, CT public schools and most recently in the Livonia, MI public schools. She has performed in many musical theater productions and offers her musical gifts in several local churches as a solo violinist. During the summer months she directs Fiddle Camps and Orchestral Camps.
Voice & Percussion
Carrick is a classical trained tenor and received a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance and Film Music Scoring from Madonna University in May of 2014. He has a broad background of experience in the recording, editing and production of music. He has taught voice and percussion privately for 5 years.
Linda Muse received her Bachelors degree in Music Education from the University of Illinois where she studied with Sanford Berry. She received a Masters degree in Music Education where she studied with David Pierce. She has been teaching instrumental and general music in the South Redford School District for the past 25 years. Currently she performs with the Plymouth Community Band and the Plymouth First United Methodist Church Orchestra.
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