Student Teachers & Faculty

Becca Renner

Becca Renner is a freshman music therapy major. She began playing the piano at age 5 and viola at age 8. For the past few summers, she has been a camp counselor for her local elementary school strings camp. In addition, she been an assistant and intern at an international string festival every summer. She has also played in the pit for her high school’s performance of Phantom of the Opera. Becca enjoys working with children and sharing her love of music.

Heather Kani

My name is Heather and I am an undergraduate music education student at Marywood University. I am currently the Undergraduate Administrative Assistant for the Marywood String Project and work alongside Sophie Till in organizing the program. I teach Andante and Allegro level violin classes and co-teach the Presto level violin classes. I also give private violin lessons to many students with some as young as 4 years old. I am very grateful for the opportunity to work with Strong Project because it allows me to work with such a diverse group of students. This is a wonderful program and I am so lucky to have it as part of my undergraduate career.

Janet Herrington

Janet is a Music Therapy student, and is graduating from Marywood University in December 2016. She has been studying cello for a decade,and working with String Project since 2015. Janet is currently a teacher for the beginner class on Wednesdays, as well as the satellite program at Nativity Miguel.

Kati Berry

Katie Berry graduated from Marywood University in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in music education. She has been with the String Project since 2008 and loves every minute of it! She started playing the violin in 4th grade and since has played in many orchestras and festivals. She currently resides in Clarks Summit and is a music teacher in the North Pocono School District.

Megan McDonald

Hello! My name is Megan and I am a music therapy major at Marywood. I help out in the second violin section of the Presto Orchestra. I have been involved in many youth orchestras throughout my life and am so excited to continue my participation by teaching others in the Marywood String Project!

Patrick Hein

I'm Patrick. I teach the Allegro and Presto viola classes, as well as the violin/viola class and orchestra at the Nativity Miguel School. I went to Marywood for my bachelor's degree in music education, and am currently enrolled as a graduate music education student. My main instrument is violin, but I've played viola since high school and love teaching it. I also play string bass, and have taught bass classes in the past for String Project. In addition to working for String Project, I also teach    private lessons in Scranton and play violin/viola in a few different orchestras and for weddings, receptions, etc. I love teaching for String Project because of the opportunities it provides to children in the area and because of all the fun they are able to have. I am very grateful for the opportunity to work with the students.

Sarah Heyne

I am a sophomore Music Education major at Marywood University. My primary instrument is the cello. I have been playing for 13 years. This is my first year joining the String Project. I look forward to playing and helping others.