DR. BETH TREZ

 

Dr. Beth Trez has been playing the piano from as young as she can remember. Her early piano experiences include her first music job as organist and choir director at church, accompanyist for her high school chorus, and her first experience teaching private piano lessons. Beth continued to study music at Shenandoah University, switching from classical to jazz piano and achieving degrees in Jazz Studies and Commercial Music. After graduation, she moved to New York City to work at Electric Lady Studios.

 

While in New York, Beth decided to pursue her master's degree at New York University in the area of Music Education with an emphasis on jazz. She studied piano in New York with Don Friedman and began her career in music education. Her first teaching job was at William Cullen Bryant High School in Astoria, Queens, after being a music education major for a month. Her masters thesis was on teaching jazz as part of a high school general music curriculum.

After graduating from NYU, Beth moved to Pennsylvania and obtained a teaching job in elementary music education in Elizabethtown. At this position, she developed a jazz club that performed at a clinic with Eddie Gomez and Mark Kramer at Elizabethtown College. Beth completed her doctorate degree in music education in 2015, studying the piano blues improvisations of first, third, and fifth graders.  

Beth also began her own business teaching private piano lessons and her performance career began to develop in Pennsylvania.  Beth's business began to grow and she resigned from the public schools to develop the TrezMusicEducationCenter located in Mechanicsburg. Using a combination of traditional piano styles, jazz instruction with an emphasis on improvisation, and music education techniques that foster all learning styles, TrezMusic is a successful business today. 

Beth is also enjoying a full life of gigging. She plays in several different groups in the area including Cruise Control and Kerensa Gray Jazz.  Beth also performs several solo and freelance piano gigs. Her piano styles are easily adaptable to any performance situation including band playing, weddings, private functions, and anything else that one may need a pianist for. Beth can also form any type of musical ensemble to fit the function, drawing from the most gifted musicians in the Harrisburg area

 

 

Kate McCutchan

Kate has been teaching piano for the last 20 years. She joined the staff at Trez in October 2006 and has enjoyed her association with the Studio and students, expanding her talents to include working with very young pianists.

 

Kate was born and raised in McLean, Virginia, went to school at East Carolina University in North Carolina and traveled extensively in her younger years. She is a solo pianist and vocalist, performing at a variety of retirement homes, including the Masonic Village in Elizabethtown, Country Meadows and The Home stead.

 

Kate is Music and Choir Director at Unity Church of Enola, and teaches piano in her home. She is also available for private parties, weddings & memorial services (have equipment, will travel)

Jason Mescia


Jason, Sax, Clarinet, Flute teacher, graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s in Music Composition and Performance from Duquesne University’s Mary Pappert School of Music. He was a Golden Key Honor’s Society Member as well as a Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society Member. In his studies Jason has covered such diverse interests as classical and jazz saxophone, Jazz Improvisation, Composition, Orchestration, Electronic Orchestration, Music Synthesis and Film Scoring. Mr. Mescia studied classical saxophone with world renowned classical tenor player James Houlik as well as the New Century Saxophone Quartet’s Stephen Pollock. Jason has also studied with Kenny Werner (author of Effortless Mastery), Michael Tomaro, Neil Wetzel, Lynn Purse, and David Stock. 

 
Among his list of accomplishments Jason has composed the music for the feature film ‘Gumshoe’, the score to a ‘The Presenter’, Chamber and Orchestral works for the ensembles O. Angel, Negrin, Affinity Saxophone Quartet, Duqesne Chamber Orchestra Contemporary Ensemble, and Finale work and editing for Joe Beck’s DVD. Jason, who is also an active performer, has worked with Kaligata, Todd Horton, Ben Edwards Quartet, the Philly Soul Band Soulamite, Karl Jones Quartet, Jim Love and the Blue Groove, Valerie Oswald, From Cosmos to Chaos, Rented Mule, and the Philadelphia Opera Company.

 

 
Jason teaches saxophone, clarinet, flute, composition, music theory, jazz theory, and improvisation and continues to have a great track record with his students who are all enthusiastic about coming to lessons. Jason has great success preparing students for auditions and he strives for his students to have fun playing their instruments and finding their own voice rather than viewing lessons and practicing as a chore.

 

Jennifer Neslund

Jennifer Neslund received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Vocal Performance from

Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania under the late Charlotte Black and later
continued her classical vocal studies at Western Michigan University under Linda
Trotter-Heger. She has performed as soloist in oratorio, chamber music, and solo recital
in Argentina, Austria, and the United States. Operatic roles include Dido (Dido and
Aeneas), Florence Pike (Albert Herring), Baba (The Medium), and the Third Lady (The
Magic Flute). While in Pittsburgh, Jennifer continued her operatic pursuits as an AGMA
chorister singing in over 30 Pittsburgh Opera productions as well as performances with
The Opera Theater of Pittsburgh.

An arts administrator, Jennifer’s tenure as Director of Special Music Programs for the
School of Music at Carnegie Mellon saw its Music Preparatory School prosper, growing
in student numbers and programming to serving over 300 children in the Pittsburgh and
surrounding area.

A lover of all music styles and genres, Jennifer understands the importance of a solid
vocal technique whether singing pop, jazz, classical or rock. Technique allows the
musician to freely express as an artist and find their unique voice.

Jennifer currently resides in Carlisle, PA where she is an artist and staff member with the
Carlisle Arts Learning Center and teaches private voice lessons.