This is Maestro Musicians Academy’s official list of Baltimore Music Teachers. Click on the links below to jump to the instrument of your choice and read about our fabulous faculty members! If an instrument you are interested in is not listed, please let us know and we will be very happy to find a teacher for you! All of our faculty members are hand-picked for their great rapport with both kids and adults and their extensive training and performance experience. Our Baltimore Music School is located at St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church in Towson. We also offer lessons in your home. If you are interested in studying with our Baltimore Music Teachers, feel free to contact us and ask about our free trial lesson!
Our Baltimore Music Teachers are experts in the following instruments:
Our Baltimore Music Teachers
Cellist/Double Bassist Kassandra Ferrero began her musical studies at the age of 5 on piano, 9 on cello, and 10 on double bass. Ms. Ferrero performs regularly as an orchestral and chamber musician as well as teaches in various settings throughout the Greater Baltimore area. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music under the tutelage of Jeremy McCoy, and her Master of Music degree from the Peabody Conservatory, where she studied with Ira Gold. She has also studied privately with Craig Brown, Curtis Burris, Kevin Casseday, and John Wieland. During her time at Peabody, she was the recipient of the Ruth Blaustein Rosenberg Orchestral Scholarship, which granted her a full tuition during her studies.
Kassandra is also an alumna of the Brevard Music Center Orchestras, Chautauqua Institution Music School Festival Orchestra, and the National Repertory Orchestra, where she was awarded the Shaw Breast Cancer and Cancer Center Chair. Ms. Ferrero has played in many master classes for renowned bassists, including but not limited to Nicolas Tsolainos, Max Dimoff, Rinat Ibragimov, Scott Pingel, and Owen Lee. In her free time, Kassandra enjoys cooking, hiking, and spending time with her husband and cats.
Award-winning guitarist Oscar Somersalo performs as a soloist and chamber musician in America and Europe. In recent seasons Somersalo has appeared with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra at Finlandia Hall, and with Panama National Symphony Orchestra. Somersalo won 2nd prize in 2009 at the International Guitar Competition “Ciudad de Llerena” in Spain and was awarded as the young soloist with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra in 2011. Somersalo has performed solo concerts on festivals such as Kauhava Chamber Music Festival in Finland, Tuscia Guitar festival in Italy and Panama Guitar Festival in Panama, as both performer and masterclass instructor. Somersalo has more than 6 years of experience teaching students of all ages, including early childhood music, both individually at schools like Suzuki Music School of Maryland and Roberson School of Music as well as summer programs such as Levine’s Summer Music & Arts Day Camp. Somersalo is also a cellist and emphasizes the importance of experiencing music from different angels in order to build a strong foundation of musicality and diversity. Somersalo earned the Master of Music degree and the Graduate Performance Diploma from the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, where he studied under international virtuoso Manuel Barrueco. He is also a graduate of the famed Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, where he earned the Bachelor of Music degree.
Innovative French guitarist and composer Julien Xuereb strives to make every performance a unique experience. His compositional style ingeniously blends elements of Classical Music, Jazz and Middle Eastern Music. Tim Smith, music critic of the Baltimore Sun, wrote his work showed “Subtly nuanced compositions.”
Julien’s recent appearances on stage include performances throughout France, New York City and the Baltimore-DC area. Julien also plays at charity events coordinated by the Creative Access organization at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. Julien’s desire to make music available to a diverse audience led him to create the Peabody Musician-in-Residence Program through which students of the Peabody Institute receive free room and board at a retirement community in exchange for musical services. This program, which creates intergenerational links through music, is received in a very positive way in the Baltimore area and has been featured in local media such as WBAL, MPT and the Baltimore Sun as well as PBS. Since June 2015, Julien lives at the Springwell Senior Living Community in Baltimore where he performs daily.
Julien privately teaches guitar to students from the age five to sixteen. Julien offers lessons adapted to the tastes of each of his students, incorporating elements of classical training, theory, improvisation, and composition.
As a teenager in 2006, Julien Xuereb began composing his first solo album Introspection; he finished in 2014. After the eight years of composition, the album was released in May 2015. The ten-piece album outlines aspects of the human experience, including time, death, love, remembrance, and humanity’s place in the universe. The Atlantic Guitar Quartet premiered one of his latest works, Dialogues for Guitar Quartet, in 2015 at the Engineers Club in Baltimore, MD. Julien is now actively working on his second solo album for classical guitar.
In May 2015, Julien Xuereb graduated from the Peabody Institute with a Master of Music degree in Guitar Performance and Pedagogy under the guidance of maestro Julian Gray. He is now pursuing a Graduate Performance Diploma at Peabody from which he is expecting to graduate in May 2017.
Currently living in Baltimore and performing around the Baltimore/DC metro, trumpeter Brandon Cave has built a reputation for his impeccable musicianship and virtuosic performances. Mr. Cave has the wonderful opportunity of being the second trumpet of the American Pops Orchestra, and teaching as the head of brass faculty at the Baltimore School of Music and on the brass staff for the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps.
Cave has had the opportunity to perform and collaborate with many different artists including: Kristin Chenoweth, Leona Mitchell, Brandon Ridenour, Zuill Bailey, Leon Fleisher, Marin Alsop, Hannu Lintu, Juanjo Mena, Tim Gunn, Arturo Sandoval, Ginuwine, John Lloyd Young, Tommy Tune, Rita Moreno, Christine Ebersole, Marilyn Maye, Elaine Paige, Matt Doyle, Lila Downs Gabby Moreno, and many others. His performances have led to his involvement with many different ensembles as well, such as: The Washington Chamber Orchestra, The 2 Rivers Chamber Orchestra, Concert Artists of Baltimore, The Occasional Symphony, Cimmaron Opera Company, The Norman Philharmonic (substitute), The Omaha Symphony (extra), The University of Oklahoma Symphony Band, The University of Oklahoma Wind Ensemble, and The University of Oklahoma Symphony Orchestra, The Peabody Symphony Orchestra, The Peabody Camerata, Peabody Wind Ensemble, Peabody Brass Ensemble, Peabody Conductor’s Orchestra, The Sooner Theatre Pit Orchestra, Elation Brass, Monument Brass, Patriot Brass, Archipelago Brass Ensemble, Brassivity Brass Quintet, Marquee Brass Quintet, and the American Pop Orchestra. His playing can be heard on the Naxos label performing with the Peabody Symphony Orchestra in their recording: American Classics – Kevin Puts, Symphony No. 2, Flute Concerto, Rivers rush; conducted by Marin Alsop.
Currently, Brandon is pursuing his Doctorate of Musical Arts from the Peabody Conservatory. Along with his many other studies, Brandon’s work at Peabody has led to the formation of Marquee Brass, a brass quintet dedicated to community outreach concerts. Marquee Brass was recently added to the roster of Young Audiences of Maryland (a non-profit organization dedicated to arts integration in public schools) and was the winning recipient of Peabody’s Young Artist Development Series (a partnership designed to bring the study of musical performance beyond mastery of technique and musicianship and into the context of community engagement) giving them the opportunity to work with Zuill Bailey.
Over the course of his life Cave has spent a large majority of his summers participating in Drum Corps International. In 2005 and 2006 he was a member of the trumpet section with the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps in Dubuque, Iowa before moving to the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle in 2007. Brandon marched with the Cavaliers from 2007 to 2011, in 2009 he was named as horn sergeant and in his final two summers he was made the head drum major. Since then Brandon has had the great joy of returning home to teach on the brass staff for the Cavaliers beginning in 2016. In the summer’s of 2014, and 2015 Cave participated in Domaine Forget International Music Festival where he was able to perform and get lessons from Manon Lafrance, Geoffrey Thompson, Mark Gould, Guillaume Jehl, Phil Smith, and Eric Aubier.
A very passionate teacher, Mr. Cave has held a private studio for the past seven years holding teaching positions at Sonder Music, Edmond Memorial High School, as well as having his own private studio. Mr. Cave has also been apart of several teaching workshops including drum major workshops with Edmond Memorial High School and Moore High School, and a trumpet workshop with Moore Central Middle School. Brandon currently teaches at the Baltimore School of Music and at the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps.
A prolific arranger, Mr. Cave has arranged pieces performed by Beaucoup Brass, Elation Brass, Monument Brass, Brassivity Brass Quinete, Marquee Brass and the Men’s and Women’s Basketball Bands at the University of Oklahoma.
Brandon Cave has both an undergraduate and masters degree from the University of Oklahoma where he was a student of Dr. Karl Sievers. Mr. Cave is currently pursuing his Doctorate at the Peabody Conservatory where he is a student of Mr. Josef Burgstaller.