Management & Staff

Brennan and Charlene Hartley, Owners and Directors

Nira Aldhizer, Administrative Assistant

If you or anyone you know is interested in joining the GRSM Faculty, please email your resume to and we’ll get right back to you.  Minimum requirement is a Music Degree, with two years of teaching experience.


Robert Ellithorpe
Director of Bands, Brass, Woodwinds, Band Percussion; B.M.Ed., Virginia Commonwealth University; M.M., University of Richmond

John Conley
Private Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Mandolin, Banjo; B.M., Virginia Commonwealth University

Danah Dargon
Private Voice and Piano; B.M., Virginia Union University; M.M., Virginia Commonwealth University

Cora Wilson
Private Piano, Voice, Ukulele, Woodwinds, Strings, Choir, Band Direction, Chamber Ensembles; B.A. Music and Psychology, Virginia Wesleyan University; M.M.Ed., Old Dominion University

Nathan Aldhizer
Private and Group Guitar, Ukulele and Piano, Private Banjo, Cello and Violin; B.M., Virginia Commonwealth University

Carrie Haacke-Golden
Private and Group Voice, Piano, Musical Theater, Early Childhood Music; B.M. Vocal/Choral Music, Millikin University; M.Ed. Curriculum/Instruction, University of Richmond

Jean Reynolds McEntire
Private and Group Voice and Piano, Early Childhood Music; B.S. in Music Ed., University of Richmond; M.M., Virginia Commonwealth University

Hayes Cummings
Private and Group Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Piano, Music Theory; B.M., Appalachian State University; M.M. Longy School of Music

Richard Rieger
Private and Group Woodwinds, Brass and Band Percussion, Piano, Music Theory, Jazz Improvisation; B.M., Virginia Commonwealth University; M.A. in Music, University of Missouri Kansas City

Sal Mowery
Private and Group Piano, Voice, Strings, Woodwinds, Percussion; B.A. Music Ed., University of Florida; M.Ed. University of Florida; Ph.D. Educational Leadership, Emory University

Anna Bell “Abby” Baird
Private and Group Piano, Voice, Ukulele, Orff; B.M. Ed., Longwood University

Austin Martin
Private and Group Percussion, Piano; B.M., University of South Carolina

Anthony Burnham
Band Director, Brass, Woodwinds, Band Percussion, Bass Guitar, Piano; B.M., University of Nebraska; M.M. University of Nebraska

Samson Trinh
“Uke ‘n’ Roll (r)” Founder and Consultant; B.M., Virginia Commonwealth University


Ivy Haga
Private Bassoon, Private and Group Piano; B.M., Virginia Commonwealth University; M.M., Rutgers University

James Oyan
Private Percussion; B.M., Virginia Commonwealth University

Maureen Hawley
Private Cello, Double Bass, Violin, Guitar, Piano; B.M., James Madison University; M.M., Boston University

Spencer Jensen
Private and Group Violin, Viola, Cello, Upright Bass, Bass Guitar, Private Piano; B.M., Brigham Young University; M.M., Eastman School of Music; D.M.A., University of South Carolina-Columbia

Michaela Houchens
Private and Group Guitar, Ukulele and Piano, Early Childhood Music; B.A. Music, University of Mary Washington

Ayca Kartari
Private and Group Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Piano, String and Chamber Ensembles; B.M., Dokuz Eylul University State Conservatory, Turkey; M.M., Conservatory of Lausanne, Switzerland; M.M., International Yehudi Menuhin Music Academy, Switzerland

Gustavo Dobles
Private and Group Guitar, Electric Bass, Ukulele, Piano, Music Theory; B.M., Boston Conservatory of Music; M.M., New England Conservatory of Music

Kelly Speiran
Private Oboe, Piano, Reedmaking; B.M., Johns Hopkins University – Peabody Conservatory

Sonjia Upshaw
Private and Group Voice, Piano, Clarinet; B.A., Music Ed., New Mexico State University

Lane England
Private and Group Piano; B.A., Music Ed., Harding University

Daniel Wingo
Private Piano and Percussion; B.A. Music, California Institute of the Arts

Lewis Vaden
Private and Group Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone; B.M., Virginia Commonwealth University; M.M., Florida State University

Robert Rosenbrook
Private and Group Guitar, Ukulele, Piano, Music Production and Private Bass; B.A. Music, Virginia Commonwealth University

Ilana Matfis
Private and Group Violin and Viola, Chamber Ensembles; B.A. Music, Wesleyan University; M.M., San Francisco Conservatory of Music