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Faculty

Dance

Kristina Dennis

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Kristina Dennis is a teacher in dance, preschool movement, and the Neighborhood Bridges Program. She attended Cedar Crest College and earned her BA in Dance. She was the President of the Cedar Crest College...
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Laura Gaydos

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Laura Gaydos began her training in Maryland at Cecil Dance Center and went on to receive a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Education from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Upon graduation...
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Holly James

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Holly (Allwein) James (former Dance Director 2000 – 2011)  has been teaching since the age of sixteen and here at the Yocum Institute since 1999 where she began her dance training with Cheri Noble, of...
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Music

Susan Gish Forry

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Susan Gish Forry teaches piano for ages 4 to adult. She has studied with Dr. Malvina Leshock, internationally acclaimed concert pianist and composer. In addition to private lessons and introductory classes to young children,...
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Tara (Reber) Bernstel

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Tara (Reber) Bernstel currently teaches music classes and private voice and piano lessons at Yocum Institute. Tara is a graduate of Kutztown University with degrees in Music Education and Music Performance. She is currently...
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Steven Holgate

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Steven Holgate is a graduate of Indiana University of PA, with a degree in Music Education and a degree in Music Performance from Illinois State University. Steven teaches brass instruction and many of the...
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Danny Phillips

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Danny Phillips teaches guitar, bass, mandolin, ukelele and other stringed instruments at the Yocum Institute and has been studying and playing guitar for over 40 years. He has performed in numerous local and regional...
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James Neher

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James Neher teaches piano, theory, and composition, and is the director of our Piano Ensemble program. He is a former student at Manhattan School of Music, and has a BA in Music from SUNY...
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Kate Uhler

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Kate Uhler earned her BS in Music Education, cum laude, from Millersville University, with a concentration in clarinet. She is a certified music teacher in the state of Pennsylvania and has taught band, chorus,...
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Mary Grace Harris


Theater

Beverly Houck

Beverly Houck, Theater Department Head, since 2005 she has produced and directed for Yocum Institute for Arts Education’s Primary Stages Productions. In 2012, Houck was asked by the Berks County Parks & Recreation Dept....

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Samantha Clarke

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Samantha Clarke is a writer, director, actor, and theatre educator. She attended Philadelphia’s University of the Arts (BFA Acting) graduating first in her class and London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (MA Text and...
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Joel Gori

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Joel Gori earned his BFA in Theater from Daemon College and his Masters in Theater from Penn State University. He is the instructor in the Neighborhood Bridges Program, a play director, and workshop leader.
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Debbi Silas

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Debbi Silas is the director of Broadway Junior Camp, the Without Limits Dance instructor, and teacher of various theatre classes. She attended West Chester University to receive a degree in Elementary/Special Education, and Penn...
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Visual Arts

Phylis Moser

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Phylis Moser, Visual Arts Department Head is a visual artist (specializing in acrylics and mixed media), calligrapher, and designer. As Director of Visual Arts for the Yocum Institute, she oversees program design and development....
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Thomas Dareneau

Thomas Dareneau is a drawing and contemporary art teacher. He has his degree from Kutztown University and his Masters from Gratz University. Thomas is an Art21 Educator.

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Shawna Hansberry

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Shawna Hansberry attended Kutztown University and University of the Arts for her teaching degree. At Yocum, she is the visual arts mixed media teacher with school-age students. Her passion and love for art shows...
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Rebecca Kline

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Rebecca Kline graduated Kutztown University in May 2017, with the major Bachelors of Science in Art Education and a concentration in Painting. She has a range of experience working with pre-K-12 youth and adults...
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Tammy Updegrove

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Tammy Updegrove is an accomplished artist in multiple mediums including, but not limited, to charcoals, collage, and acrylics. She has painted hundreds of murals in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia. She is a published illustrator...
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Danielle Wynen

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Danielle Wynen recently returned to the city of Reading after a 15 year period in the Eastern Sierra Mountains of California. While in CA, she started a family, pursued an Associates Degree in Liberal...
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