Our Music Lessons Instructors

Catherine Thorpe

Voice Instructor

Soprano Catherine Thorpe received her training at Peabody Conservatory and The Juilliard Opera Center and has been praised by The Washington Post as having “a voice of liquid silver.” She has enchanted audiences throughout the United States, Europe and Asia- Pacific in numerous operatic roles, orchestral concerts and solo recitals. A versatile musician and vibrant and engaging presence on stage, Soprano Catherine Thorpe is equally comfortable performing numerous vocal styles, from Opera to Early Music to premiers of new works to Big Band standards. For many years she was the featured Girl Singer with the famous Swing-n-Sway with Sammy Kay Orchestra on stage and appearing on specials broadcast by PBS stations across the country.  
Ms. Thorpe will offer 30-minute VIRTUAL voice lessons in the Choral Boosters program

Leslie Spitz-Edson

Piano Instructor

Leslie Spitz-Edson received her B.A. with a major in Music from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, where she studied piano with Sanda Schuldmann Clark. She also holds an M.A. in Music History and Musicology from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. When she first moved to this area she worked at Smithsonian Folkways Recordings and later for the Folk Masters Concert and Radio Series. She believes that music is a language that everyone can learn and she loves helping students make it their own. Her children both are recent GMHS graduates. She has taught piano privately in Falls Church City since 2003. 
Ms. Spitz-Edson will offer 30-minute VIRTUAL piano lessons in the Choral Boosters program

JAMES MYERS

Voice Instructor

James Myers is an accomplished singer, actor and voice teacher who has peformed with Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center, Wolf Trap Opera Company at the Filene Center and abroad in Germany with the Mittelsachsisches Theater. He holds a Master of Music degree in vocal performance. He has taught private voice lessons for many years and is very comfortable teaching virtual lessons. James has sung a wide variety of repertoire that includes opera, classical art song, musical theatre, sacred religious music and contemporary vocal music. Recent musical theatre roles include the Beast in Beauty and the Beast, Tommt Albright in Brigadoon and Rutledge in 1776.
Mr. Myers will offer 30-minute VIRTUAL voice lessons in the Choral Boosters program