Teacher Bios

Sophia Hardesty

Owner/Operator, Glee Club Director, Private Voice Teacher

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Sophia Hardesty (formerly Tobin) is the Founder of Naptown Sings! With an unwavering passion for music education, Sophia opened the Naptown Sings! studio to offer a rich and exciting musical experience to local Annapolis youth.  She holds two music degrees from The University of Maryland School of Music, College Park: a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and a Bachelor of Music Education in K-12 Vocal/General Music.  She recently received a Master of Music Education degree from Anderson University.  Sophia teaches general music at Rogers Heights Elementary in Prince Georges County.  Her chorus was named one of the top two elementary choirs in the county.  She was also selected to be part of a 3-member team to rewrite the county’s elementary choral curriculum.  Additionally, Sophia teaches private voice lessons to people of all ages.

Shannon Day

Glee Club Director, Private Voice Teacher

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Eleanor Guerin

Private Voice Teacher

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Elle Guerin is a private voice instructor at Naptown Sings! She has loved both singing and teaching for as long as she can remember. While studying Psychology, Education, and Music at Marist College, Elle participated in several choirs as well as an a cappella group called The Sirens. After being appointed the musical director of the group, Elle assisted fellow singers with learning music, strengthening pitch, blending with the group, and performance skills. Elle has taken classes in music history, music performance, and vocal conducting. When she isn’t singing, Elle is teaching middle school students at Kennedy Krieger School. She is excited to continue to share her love of music with her voice students at Naptown Sings!

Meghan Taylor

Private Voice Teacher

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Meghan Taylor, Soprano, is an actor/musician and has been teaching voice and musical theatre in the Baltimore/Annapolis area since 2011. She regularly performs with companies such as Stillpointe Theatre Initiative, and Baltimore Rock Opera Society, and toured with Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre (Barrett, MN) in 2014 as an actor/director. Meghan has a classical vocal background, but now focuses on belting techniques for pop/rock, and musical theatre.

Victoria Scalfaro

A-La-Carte Private Voice Teacher

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Victoria Scalfaro is a Maryland transplant from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She studied music education and vocal pedagogy at Susquehanna University, graduating with the highest academic honors. She recently completed her Masters in education from Walden University. Victoria has been teaching elementary music and choir for six years in Anne Arundel County and has been a theater director for three years. She has performed at various venues including Carnegie Hall, Maryland Hall, The Academy of Music, and local churches and theaters.

Trevor Shipley

Private Piano Teacher

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Trevor is a multi-­instrumentalist, composer and musician who began studying music at age four. In his early youth, Trevor studied traditional Irish and Cape Breton music and dance, traveling around the East Coast, as well as parts of Canada and Ireland, performing with his family band. As Trevor’s musical interests broadened over the years, he began to learn different instruments and styles and began composing music on guitar and piano. Trevor is graduate of St. Mary’s College of Maryland, where he found a niche for his music by forming original bands and performing/composing music for many theatre productions. For several years after college, Trevor worked as the music director for the Maryland Institute College of Art’s Rivals of the West theatre company, both leading the bands for popular musicals such as Hair, and Little Shop of Horrors, as well as composing original scores for many of the plays. Trevor now works as a full time music educator both teaching independant private lessons as well as teaching regularly at music schools in and around Baltimore. Trevor is also a regular performing musician in several professional/amateur theatre companies in Baltimore City as well as a member of a several local
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Ben DeHan

Private Guitar Teacher

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Ben DeHan has released three albums, sold over 100,000 records & toured with national acts such as Blink 182 & Train.  In the past 10 years Ben has worked with hundreds of students to help them find their voice through guitar.   Whether it’s simple riffs or music theory, Ben finds a way to make guitar fun and easy for all of his students!

Elizabeth Melvin

World Drumming Teacher

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Vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Elizabeth Melvin brings a lifetime of study and performance in world music to her work as a choir director, song workshop leader and youth ensemble drum instructor. In 2013 she won an Annie Award for her contribution to the performing arts in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. She is the founding director of two world music community choirs, The Freedom Choir and the Annapolis Morning Song Circle. A graduate of the Community Choir Leadership Training institute in Victoria, BC, Canada, Elizabeth has led vocal music workshops at Common Ground on the Hill, Tai Sophia, the Creative Alliance of Baltimore, and Unitarian Church of Silver Spring. In 2004 she gained certification as an instructor in World Music Drumming, designed to bring ensemble drumming to youth.  She teaches group drumming and singing to youth in school residencies, community centers and camps, including 9 years at Creating Communities’ Arts Mentorship Academy.