DE Music School Welcomes New Milford Faculty


Staff Report

The Music School of Delaware welcomed a number of new faculty members to its branch in downtown Milford. “These instructors expand the reach of our already high-caliber faculty roster,” agrees Music School Dean Cheri Astolfi. “We are happy to offer a continually high level of expertise to students statewide and throughout the Delaware Valley.”

Milford Branch Director Kate Inie-Richards agrees, “I’m honored to welcome these six new faculty members to our Milford Branch. Their dedication to teaching, pedagogy and performance allows us to continue growing our music offerings for Kent and Sussex County residents.”

The new faculty include:

mindy-bowmanMELINDA BOWMAN (flute, Suzuki flute & groups, Early Childhood music, Woodwind Chamber Ensemble) Bowman has a B.M. in flute performance and a B.M. in choral education from the University of Delaware. She has registered Suzuki training: Flute Units 1-5 and is a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas. Bowman is also trained in Kindermusik® and Musikgarten®.



j-andrew-dickenson_guitarJ. ANDREW DICKENSON (guitar)

Dickenson has a B.M. in guitar performance from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University and an M.M. in guitar performance from Mannes College of Music. Dickenson is the Performing Arts Coordinator and Professor of Music at Cecil College.


screen-shot-2016-09-29-at-2-53-58-pmMATTHEW GENDERS (cello)

Genders has a B.M. from Temple University and an M.M. from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. Genders also teaches at the Darlington Arts Center and the Haddonfield School of Music.



patrick-hoffmanDR. PATRICK HOFFMAN (trumpet)
Hoffman has a B.S. from the University of Illinois, an M.M. from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University and a D.M.A. from the University of Georgia, Athens. An Associate Professor of Music in Applied Trumpet and the Director of Brass Ensembles at Delaware State University, Hoffman has also taught at Minot State University, North Dakota.



sara-hoffmanSARA HOFFMAN (horn)
Hoffman has a B.M. in horn performance from the University of Georgia and an M.M. in horn performance from Yale University. She has taught at Delaware State University, New York Summer Music Festival, Minot State University and Yale University.



joanne-ward_voiceJOANNE WARD (vocal/choral department head, class voice, Delaware Women’s Chorus)
Ward has a B.M. in music education from Montclair State College and an M.M. in voice from West Chester University. She has extensive training in the Orff-Schulwerk methodology.
The Music School’s Milford Branch at 10 S. Walnut Street in downtown Milford.



Founded in 1924, The Music School of Delaware reaches thousands of people from Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maryland through its instructional programs and over 100 public performances each year. The Music School is the only nationally accredited program of its kind in Delaware and is the only statewide accredited community music school in the nation. The Music School offers standard-setting instructional programs for all ages and has a faculty of nearly 100 expert artists and educators with branch locations in Wilmington and Milford and over 20 satellite and outreach sites statewide. For more information, please call the Wilmington Branch at 302-762-1132, the Milford Branch at 302-422-2043 or visit the website at

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