Our faculty offer artist level private instruction in almost all areas of music instruction.  Each of our instructors are professional music educators and performers.  This incredibly talented group of musicians provide quality student oriented instruction that will help each student become the best they can be and help to grow as musicians to the fullest potential.

VMA Faculty

Lance Allen


AD Business Management and Information Systems Technology, Blue Ridge Community College


Mr. Allen has a deep love for music and feels that every child should have an education in the arts. He has played percussion for over 20 years in many different styles, including rock n roll, jazz, country, and show tunes. He is a highly sought after performer in the Shenandoah Valley and has performed in many local choral productions and musicals. Mr. Allen has taught private percussion lessons at VMA for over 10 years and is also a local drum line instructor.


Orville Bame

Piano, Accordion

B.A. in History, Music, James Madison University


Mr. Bame joined VMA's faculty in 2002 and has been teaching piano and organ privately for more than 15 years. Currently Mr. Bame is the pianist/organist at Main Street United Methodist Church in Waynesboro. He is an active performer of sacred and secular music throughout the local region and has accompanied such groups as the Waynesboro Choral Society and Schola Cantorum. In addition, he is the accompanist for the “Faithful Men” male vocal ensemble. Mr. Bame has released a CD "My Vow" with the profits to support the capital campaign of Main Street United Methodist Church and a Christmas CD to support Valley Music Academy. His honors include winning the James Bland Young Artist Competition and participation in the National Bartok-Kabalevsky Competition.


John B. Clark

Guitar, Piano

Music Theory, University of Massachusetts


Mr. Clark joined the faculty of VMA in 2015 and has been teaching privately since 1972. He has studied with great guitarist such as Sal Salvador (Stan Kenton’s guitarist), Jazz artist Ted Dunbar and Barry Galbraith of the NBC Orchestra. Mr. Clark is a highly sought performer locally and has performed with various jazz, rock and R&B groups in New York and throughout New England.


Lewis Freeman


B.A. in History, Ohio State University; MPP, George Mason University


Mr. Freeman, a baritone, has performed in opera, concert, recital and musical theatre in the Mid-Atlantic area and in Germany. His teaching concentrates on developing vocal technique that helps a singer improve breath control, tone quality, stamina and projection. As a performer he has more than 65 stage roles to his credit. Mr. Freeman has been a guest soloist with the Washington National Opera, Cathedral Choral Society, Washington Bach Consort, Dominion Chorale and Greenville (SC) Symphony, among others. His oratorio performances have included Handel’s Messiah, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion and B-minor Mass, Mozart Requiem and Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem. As an actor he is an Associate Artist with Constellation Theatre in Washington, DC. More at www.lewisfreeman.com.


John Paul Gladwell

Cello, String Bass, Guitar, Percussion

BA in Music Composition, Belmont University


John Paul Gladwell is a highly regarded composer and producer, an innovative performing and recording artist and a respected teacher. He performed with acclaimed author/film director Bruce Wagner in a series of readings in Los Angeles, and two of his compositions appear on The Matrix: Special Edition DVD Box Set. A master of many styles of music, he has an extensive classical guitar repertoire as a solo performer and has performed on cello with the New Music Ensemble. In 2003, Gladwell moved to Los Angeles where he quickly caught the attention of Hollywood’s top professionals, and attracting a loyal following of high-profile private students, grateful for his discretion and virtuosity. In 2015 John Paul returned to the east coast and joined the faculty of VMA in 2016 where he is teaching cello, string bass, guitar, percussion and various aspects of music production.


Andrew Green

Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin

BA in Psychology with a concentration in Music Cognition and Evolutionary Musicology; Ethnomusicology; Oberlin College


Mr. Green is an accomplished and highly sought musician, performing professionally across the United States on banjo, guitar and bass with a variety of musical groups including Roosevelt Dime and the New York based Red Rooster. In addition to his extensive performing and recording experience, Mr. Green has taught privately for more than ten years. His studio of students are of all ages, from as young as 8 to 74. His instruction and lesson plans are custom tailored to fit the needs of each student. In addition, Mr. Green is a Lead teacher of early childhood music and arts classes at Kids at Work for children ranging from two months to five years of age. Mr. Green's experience both as a performer and teacher make him the perfect choice when looking for banjo instruction in the valley.


William Berkeley Harner, III


Bachelor of Music Education, Shenandoah University


Mr. Harner joined the faculty of VMA in 2013 and served as one of our private percussion instructors, teaching in all areas of the percussion family. In addition to teaching at VMA, Mr. Harner is currently the band director at Kate Collins Middle School in Waynesboro. Prior to teaching in Waynesboro, he was the band and choir director in Augusta and Madison Counties in Virginia.


Joel Hartshorn

Trumpet, Horn

Master of Music Education, James Madison University; BA in Music Education, Fairmont State College


Mr. Hartshorn joined the faculty of VMA in 2014. In addition to teaching privately at VMA, Mr. Hartshorn is the Band Director at Western Albemarle High School in Crozet. Before moving to the area in 2008, he was band director at Strasburg High School and Signal Knob Middle School in Strasburg. Mr. Hartshorn is an accomplished musician and performer, playing throughout the region. He has served as guest conductor and clinician for various district and county honors bands and workshops. He is a member of the International Trumpet Guild and National Association of Music Eduction.


Dr. Holly Havis, Ph.D

Piano, Bass Guitar, Sitar, Theory, Composition

Ph.D in Music in Higher Education, New York University; MA in Ethnomusicology, University of Washington; BA in Music Performance in Piano, University of New Hampshire; Intensive Curriculum in Jazz, Berklee College of Music


Dr. Havis is an avid performer, composer and teacher, with numerous accomplishments to her credit. Dr. Havis has taught at Westfield State College, Greenfield Community College and Northampton Community Music School. With more than 20 years of private teaching experience, Dr. Havis offers quality music for students at every age and performance level. She is experienced in both classical and jazz style instruction has developed her own teaching methods that will motivate and help students progress regardless of learning style, age or ability.


Karen Hopley

Violin and Viola

B.A. in Music, State University of New York at Fredonia


Ms. Hopley received her Bachelor’s in Music in 2006 and taught strings in the Florida public school system in Brevard and Pinellas County Schools in from 2006-2013. Ms. Hopley has taught at beginning, intermediate and advanced levels. She has taught privately on violin and viola and is also a local performer in the region. After relocating to Virginia, Ms. Hopley joined the faculty at VMA. She is trained in the Suzuki method and teaches both in traditional and Suzuki methodology.


Daniel Kirkland

Piano, Voice

Bio Forthcoming


Dawn Lemasney

Musikgarten, Voice, Piano

Master of Music, Westminster Choir College of Rider University; BS in Music Education, Messiah College


Ms. Lemasney has provided vocal instruction to children, teens and adults at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ since 1999. She became an early childhood music instructor at WCC in 2010 where she helped develop the curriculum for the Early Childhood Department. Ms. Lemasney is an accomplished performer in her own right and is the receipient of the Keith Lance Kuhlmann Award and was selected for the prestigious NATS intern program in 2002. Dawn plays piano, guitar, recorder, Orff percussion and is a licensed Musikgarten teacher. She joined the faculty of VMA in the spring of 2016.


Greg Moody

Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Ukulele, Mandolin, Beginning Piano, Recorder, Theory, Arranging and Composition, Director of VMA SuperSax Big Band

B.M. in Jazz Studies, Shenandoah University


Mr. Moody joined VMA's faculty in January 2004. He is a highly skilled performer on both the saxophone and flute. In recent years, he has used his talents as a theater orchestra performer and soloist aboard several cruise ships. He has taught private woodwind lessons for the past 10 years and is an active member of the Stonewall Brigade Band of Staunton, Virginia and performs with the Vosbein Magee Big Band. Mr. Moody is the director and composer/arranger for the VMA SuperSax Big Band.


Spencer Moore

Flute, Oboe, Bassoon, Clarinet, Saxophone

B.A. in Music, Bridgewater College


Mr. Moore earned his degree from Bridgewater College in Bridgewater, VA. He has been a member of many different performing ensembles, performing on flute, oboe, and saxophone, as well as voice. He has performed as a soloist for many occasions including weddings, contests, concerts and more, and even performed as a member of the Bridgewater College Chorale in their 2008 international tour in Austria, Hungary, and Germany. Mr. Moore is also an active member of the Stonewall Brigade Band and the Stonewall Flutes of the Shenandoah of Staunton, VS.


Mary Smith

Voice, Piano

B.A. Music, Emory and Henry College


Mrs. Smith has been a teacher for more than 25 years in the Wise County, Albemarle County and Waynesboro City Schools. She taught voice at Clinch Valley College in Wise, VA and has taught at VMA for five years. Mrs. Smith was Teacher of the Year in 2000 and 2004, and a Dawbarn Award Winner in 2005. She is a charter member of the Schola Cantorum.


Luke Sackett

Trombone, Baritone/Euphonium, Tuba

Bachelors of Music (BM), James Madison University; Master of Education (M.Ed.) Averett University


Mr. Sackett is an accomplished Trombonist and low brass instructor. He has taught high school and middle school band in the public school systems in Pittsylvania and August Counties since 2007 as well as teaching privately on trombone, euphonium and tuba. He performs locally with UVa Drama, Heritage Repertory Theater, Live Arts and New Lyric Theater. His performing ensembles consistently receive superior ratings in state assessments.



All faculty complete a thorough background check process prior to teaching for Valley Music Academy.