Clarkston Conservatory of Music

Roberta Libstaff: A.A. in Performing Arts, Northwestern Michigan College. B.A. in Music Education K-12, Oakland University. M.A. in Music Education in progress, Oakland University. Music instructor in Madison District Schools, Waterford Public Schools, Clarkston Community Schools and others.


Mark Chandler: Mark received his Bachelor of Music degree from Oakland University under the direction of Bret Hoag, with focus on the classical guitar and music theory. He has performed the greater Detroit region often, both with groups and as a solo artist. Mark started the Bedside Music program at William Beaumont (Troy) hospitals and hopes to bring his love, passion and knowledge of music to students of all ages.

Kyle Marker: Kyle received Bachelor of Music in Instrumental Performance from Oakland University (2014) under the guidance of Bret Hoag. For years he has performed various styles of music around the Metro Detroit area, as both a soloist and with multiple groups.


Dr. James Wilhelmsen: B.M. in Piano Performance, M.M. in Piano Performance, DMA in Piano Performance, Chamber Music and Vocal Accompanying, University of Michigan. Studies in Piano Performance, Oberlin Conservatory, Fulbright Scholar, with studies in Vienna, Austria. Member of the Conservatory faculty for thirty-nine years, and now the director.

Paul Burns: Received his Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Wayne State University under Prof. Boris Maximovich and did further Master's work under his guidance. He has performed widely as soloist and chamber musician at such major area venues as Orchestra Hall, Meadowbrook Music Festival, The DIA, Somerset Mall, and in the Caribbean region in Jamaica and St.Kitts, British West Indies.


Katharine Dunham: Lived in and performed throughout Austria for twenty-one years. She has a Bachelor of Music from the Peabody Conservatory of Music, a Master of Music in Improvisation from the University of Michigan and studied Scottish fiddle at the Gaelic College Sabhal Mor Ostaig on the Isle of Skye in Scotland.


Julie Espinoza: Bachelor of Music Education, Northwestern Univeristy, Diploma in Sacred Music, Moody Bible Institute, additional musical studies, University of Minnesota.

Kimberly Louden: Bachelor of Music and Master of Music Degrees in Voice Performance, Oakland University. Private coaching with retired Metropolitan Opera bass Ara Berberian. Varied experience in recital and opera with performers such as Glenda Kirkland and Curtis Peters. Teacher, Oakland University Music Preparatory Program.

Miriam Moore: Bachelor's Degree in Music Education, Master of Music (2008), Oakland University. Level III Orff Certification, University of Denver. A member of the Conservatory faculty for twenty-three years, Mrs. Moore is also on the faculty of Cranbrook Schools.

Ren'ee Ginell: Studied dance of all types for over 40 years all over America, and Canada, While studying through The Gaelic College in Nova Scotia, Canada, she was well-educated in her Gaelic ancestry and dance which plays a critical role in her vision for her school, "Dancin' Feet School of Gaelic Culture & Dance", founded in 1998. Her passion for her Celtic ancestry, music, dance, and Gaelic language is evident , not only in her choreography, and frequent performances with music group, Blue Caledonia, featuring, Katherine Dunham, Clarkston Conservatory's violinist, and renowned harpist, Carol Kappus, but also in her interactive and educational Gaelic presentations, and classes. Her classes are an excellent, and fun avenue in which to teach students of all levels the concepts of rhythm and timing. She also incorporates "performance appeal" aiding music students in developing the complete performance package.


Giselle Graham: Kindermusik Director at the Clarkston Conservatory. Bachelor of Arts from Marygrove College. Over 25 years of vocal training. Singing since the age of 6. Giselle had private vocal lessons from the age of 6 - 18. Kindermusik certified instructor since 2001. Giselle has been married for over 17 years to her husband Jamie and they are raising two beautiful daughters.

April Boucké: As a graduate of Central Michigan University April studied music, anthropology and museum studies and loved her job with a local daycare. April started singing before talking and learned to play piano before taking up the oboe and guitar. April enjoyed leading her high school marching band, participated in all sorts of honors bands and earned high ratings at regional and state solo and ensembles. In addition, she toured Europe with Blue Lakes Fine Arts Camp Internationals, played in numerous university and local bands and orchestras and has given lessons to students young and old. She currently is a substitute teacher in the Waterford School District's elementary, middle and high school music classes.

Maria Cassar: Received a Bachelors of Science degree in Family Consumer Science and Nutrition from Western Michigan University. Has played the violin for 20 years and has been teaching private violin lessons for 9 years. Played in many regional orchestras throughout high school and competed in many competitions. Currently is a violin instructor at Expressions Music Academy. Enjoys spending time with her husband, Domenic, and son, Salvatore!

Buffie Dumas: An alumni of Oakland University. While there she majored in music performance but then got the call to teach and changed her major to music education. She and her husband Dan have been the ministers of music at the Apostolic Church for the past 26 years, where she also teaches music at the church's school, Auburn Hills Christian School. Five years ago she received her certification from Kindermusik and has been teaching all levels, Village through Young Child. She and her husband Dan have raised 4 great children.

Emily Welch: Has a degree in Elementary Education. Music has always been a big part of my life. I grew up in a home surrounded by music. I have sung in many choirs and chorals both in High School and College. Since I starting teaching Kindergarten 5 years ago, I have seen first hand how much music affects ones learning. My 2 year old has been in Kindermusik since she was 8 weeks old and it has always been the highlight of her week. I hope I can bring that excitement that I see in her to my students.