Camp Music Director
Born and raised in Scranton PA, Anthony Fortuna is a unique multi-instrumental musician that specializes in multiple woodwinds performance. Anthony is currently working towards his doctorate in music performance, pedagogy, and literature at James Madison University with a specialization in multiple woodwinds. Prior to his attendance at James Madison University, he was awarded a bachelors of music in music education from Marywood University, and a masters in woodwind performance/pedagogy from Ohio University.
Anthony has performed with numerous professional ensembles such as The Northern Tier Symphony, NEPA Lyric Opera Orchestra, Northern Appalachian Wind Symphony, Rockbridge Symphony, and The Civic Orchestra at Wyoming Seminary. Anthony has been a featured oboe soloist with the Marywood University Symphony Orchestra and bassoon soloist with the Marywood University Summer Band. In addition to his ensemble performances, he has been a featured solo recitalist on WVIA radio’s segment ‘Music at St. Stephens’. He also has experience performing as a church musician and musical productions.
Combined with his passion for woodwinds and performance is his love of pedagogy and teaching. Students of Anthony’s have gone to win competitions and place highly in PMEA, OMEA, and VMEA band and orchestra festivals, PMTA/MTNA competitions, and be awarded entrance into mentorship programs with professional symphony orchestras. Students that have decided to pursue music in higher education have been offered acceptance and scholarship into university music programs. Someday, Anthony hopes to pursue a career amongst academia and collegiate applied teaching.
Administrative Assistant and Clarinet Faculty
Marley Palmere currently attends Moravian College to pursue a major in clarinet performance. She is a member of the Moravian College Community Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Clarinet Choir, and Early Music Ensembles. She is a 2018 graduate of Dunmore High School. Marley has attended many PMEA events and this past year has placed principal 2nd clarinet in PMEA All-State Orchestra. Marley has also played with musical pit bands, the Marywood Youth Wind Ensemble, the Keystone Symphonic Band and Chorale, and the NEPA Lyric Opera Orchestra. Marley has studied clarinet with Anthony Fortuna for five years. After college, Marley hopes to pursue a graduate degree in music.
Flutist Edward Wargo is an active performer and teacher who is currently on the faculty of Marywood University, and is a member of the Northern Tier Symphony and the Wyoming Seminary Civic Orchestra. Mr. Wargo is a graduate of The Manhattan School of Music, and Temple University, where he received the Essie Baron Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement in the field of Music. Mr. Wargo has performed as principal flutist in several orchestras including the Houston Metropolitan Symphony and the Galveston Symphony in Texas, where he was also a member of the Houston Flute Quartet. Edward Wargo performs regularly with Arcadia’s Bach Festival Orchestra, and with various freelance ensembles. Mr. Wargo’s solo and chamber music performances have been broadcast on WVIA-TV and WVIA-FM.
Maureen Wezmar is a life-long lover of music, supporter of the arts, and a NEPA local professional musician. Born and raised in Ossining, New York, she first began her musical career by learning the clarinet in school. Throughout her time in school she attended numerous band festivals and frequently placed highly in competitions. After high school, Maureen received her Registered Nursing Diploma from Westchester School of Nursing at Grasslands Hospital and a Bachelors of Science in Nursing at Misericordia University. During her attendance at Misericordia, she began learning the flute and studying privately for 6 years. Upon having children she knew that she wanted to enrich their lives with music as well. This led her to take them to learn music at The Suzuki School for Strings in Wilkes-Barre, PA. She discovered that through helping them learn cello and bass that she was inspired to take up both instruments too. Although her children eventually gave up studying music, Maureen did not. Her passion drove her to attend Marywood University and receive a Certificate in Music Education. During and slightly after her time at Marywood, she was the master strings teacher of the Marywood University String Project for several years. Maureen currently serves on the board of directors for the Suzuki School for Strings and is a registered Suzuki cello teacher for books 1 through 4, a registered Suzuki bass teacher for books 1 and 2, and has audited Suzuki violin-viola books 1 through 3. Maureen performs on cello and bass frequently with The Wyoming Seminary Civic Symphony, Wilkes University Chamber Orchestra, Northern Tier Symphony, and the Northern Appalachian Wind Symphony. She also hosts a music studio at her home in Waverly, PA. In her free time, Maureen loves spending time with her two dogs Boo and Beatrix, cooking and baking, gardening, and helping her community in any way possible.
French Horn Staff
Lance C. Ohnmeiss is the Artistic Director of the Northern Appalachian Wind Symphony (NAWS) located in northeastern Pennsylvania. Working with this nascent group of professional musicians, Ohnmeiss has launched his professional conducting career. The Wind Symphony has also allowed him to remain active in his lifelong commitment to music and academic study of scores and conducting styles. An alumnus of San Francisco State University, Ohnmeiss holds a Bachelor of Music (BM) degree with an emphasis in music education. He has a Master of Music (MM) degree in conducting from Messiah College, located in Grantham, PA.
As a lifelong learner himself, Ohnmeiss remains active in music education. As a music educator, clinician and conductor, Ohnmeiss worked with school groups throughout North America and the West Coast teaching band as an assistant director, private music instructor, and small group ensemble coordinator. He taught music clinics for Mount Boucherie Secondary School in West Kelowna, British Columbia, and John F. Kennedy High School, Los Angeles, California and other schools involved with the Northern California Band Association.
Suzuki School for Strings Staff