Visits from the Pros

Solebury School's Music Department faculty are all professional musicians, and their years of experience come with invaluable connections to the industry. To that end, Solebury School has hosted many musicians, as well as industry pros, here on campus and via Skype to share their career paths and inspire our students.

A music instructor wearing a black shirt and a cap is sitting at a drum set, raising his hand mid-explanation to a student. The setting appears to be an informal music class with a whiteboard in the background, enhancing the educational atmosphere.For example, drummer Rich Scanella (shown) hosted a workshop on campus for Arts Festival Week 2019. He's played, toured, or recorded with Bruce Springsteen, Lady Gaga, Bon Jovi, Michael Anthony of Van Halen, Adam Duritz of the Counting Crows, Joe Elliot of Def Leopard, and more.

Other Recent Visits

Brian D'Addario of the indie rock band, The Lemon Twigs.

Producer Cam O'bi, who worked with Chance the Rapper on his Grammy-winning album The Coloring Book, Kendrick Lamar, Noname, SZA, Lil Wayne, Saba, and more.

Composer Sidd Khosla, who writes music for film and TV, including for the hit show This Is Us.

Opera singer (and Solebury School alum) Jon Tetelman '07, who has worked around the world as one of the industry’s most sought-after tenors.

Pop band Jukebox the Ghost, rock band Good Old War, folk pop trio Pearl and the Beard, rock band The Districts, and indie rock musician Bess Rogers.

Film composer and songwriter Dan Romer, who also produced the Grammy-winning single "Say Something," and Shawn Mendes’ worldwide hit “Treat You Better.”

WXPN radio host John Vettese, who is also a music writer and photographer.

Producer/songwriter/bassist Chris Kuffner, who has worked with Ingrid Michaelson, A Great Big World, and more.



The Music Department also hosts masterclasses several times a year. Held in the evenings for the Solebury School community at large, these classes span a variety of genres and offer a deep dive into the professional's career. They may feature performances.

Virtuoso pianist Clipper Erickson

Philly rapper Alexander Charles

Guitarist Trevor Gordon Hall

Marley McNamara, music manager of the rock band, The Districts