Teachers & Staff

Savannah Baber — Piano

406-570-1558sbaber@westplainsmusicaldiscovery.com

Photo of Savannah Baber in front of a piano.

A classically trained musician, Savannah Baber is currently studying Piano Performance at Eastern Washington University. Her awards include 1st place in the Anna Rollins Johnson Scholarship Competition and five years Honors for the Music Teacher’s National Association. Competition performances include the Chopin Festival Northwest and Snohomish County Music Teachers National Association. Concerto Competition. Although she specializes in solo work and pianistic independence, she also enjoys and is involved in collaborative music with The Brontë Trio at EWU, as well as numerous piano duets. Savannah enjoys playing and teaching an array of genres which include: classical, contemporary and church music. Aside from her musical career, she also enjoys hiking, antique shopping, and going to see the Spokane Symphony.

Whitney Bertholic — Voice

509-850-8572wbertholic@westplainsmusicaldiscovery.com

Whitney Bertholic is a Vocal Performance major at Eastern Washington University. She has been singing all her life, and has been performing in ensembles and individually for 14 years. She is actively involved in the choir ensembles (Symphonic Choir, Collegians Jazz Choir, Opera) at EWU, as well as being a lead singer for the Masterclass Big Band. She has performed with the Spokane Jazz Orchestra at the Bing Crosby Theatre, the Symphony Chorale/Spokane Symphony at The Fox Theatre, and with the Masterclass Big Band at the Knitting Factory in Spokane. Ms. Bertholic has won numerous awards over the years such as the Anaheim Music Festival Maestro Award (2019), and the Best Soloist Award (Demiero Jazz Festival 2018). She specializes in the Jazz, Classical, and Musical Theatre styles of singing. She currently studies with Dawn Wolski and Dr. Nicole Sonbert at EWU.

Ms. Bertholic has a deep passion for both teaching and performing alike. Her goal is to inspire her students to love performing, and to help them become knowledgeable and creative musicians. She will guide her students to better understand the ways their voice works as well as teaching the pedagogy behind it all. Along with this, she aims to push her students to grow, and to encourage her students to explore outside their comfort zones in order to excel and achieve whatever they set their minds to.

Nick Gronewold —

Guitar, Beginning Bass Guitar, Beginning Ukulele

206.599.9841ngronewold@westplainsmusicaldiscovery.com

Nick Gronewold is a graduate of the Eastern Washington University music program where he studied classical guitar under Michael Millham as well as music education. Nick has performed locally as a solo performer around the Spokane area as well as with the EWU Guitar Ensemble, EWU Concert Jazz Orchestra and EWU Collegians Vocal Jazz. Originally from Seattle, Nick has performed with various bands around the Seattle area with genres ranging from rock, blues, folk and funk.

Formally trained in both classical and contemporary styles, Nick possesses a deep understanding of music theory, composition, and technique. As a guitar teacher, Nick is committed to helping his students unlock their full potential. He guides them through comprehensive lessons that cover everything from basic chords and scales to advanced improvisation techniques. Nick’s students not only develop strong technical skills but also gain a deep understanding of music theory and the ability to express themselves through their instrument.

Adeline Kovell — Violin

425.205.0041akovell@westplainsmusicaldiscovery.com

Photo of Adeline Kovell playing the violin.

Adeline Kovell started studying violin at age 5, and teaching violin at age 13. Ms. Kovell is currently a substitute violinist with the Spokane Symphony and has performed alongside the Seattle Symphony.

Her solo career includes performances at Carnegie Hall and the Fox Theater. Honors include winning the Sno-King Music Educators Solo/Ensemble Festival (2020) and Eastern Washington University’s Concerto Competition (2023). Additional recent awards include MusicFEST 2023: gold medal for Piano Trio and honorable mention for Young Artist’s Competition–string division. 

Ms. Kovell currently studies violin performance with Spokane Symphony violinist and Eastern Washington University Professor Amanda Howard-Phillips.

Gloria Miller — Cello

509.822.9770gmiller@westplainsmusicaldiscovery.com

Gloria Miller has ten years of cello study and is excited to share her passion for this instrument with students here in Cheney. She is an active chamber music performer performing with the following groups: Miller/Komarov Duo, EWU Tango Trio and EWU String Quartet.  Ms. Miller has received the following awards: Spokane Youth Symphony Conductor’s Award, North Central High School Best Musician, EWU Most Academic Growth in Strings & EWU Best Music Historian. 

Gloria is currently majoring in music education—specializing in cello performance (studying w/John Marshall). She performed for five years in the auditioned ensemble: Spokane Youth Symphony–recently as a commissioned player.  She volunteers with the Spokane Solo Ensemble Festival and is active in the EWU Washington Music Educators Association.

Janet Hubbard
Kindermusik Teacher/Owner

509-230-8742jhubbard@westplainsmusicaldiscovery.com

Headshot photo of Janet Hubbard.

Janet Hubbard is owner of the West Plains Musical Discovery Center and primary Kindermusik Teacher. Janet has a passion for music–especially a passion for mentoring the next generation in exploring, playing, and enjoying music.  She currently teaches Kindermusik classes (ages newborn to 6), piano lessons (ages 5 thru adult) and is a church musician. Pictures indicate that she has been playing piano her entire life. When she was younger she could be seen playing cello and occasionally percussion in regional orchestras. Always wanting to see expanded arts opportunities in the West Plains area, she decided to expand from piano teaching to opening a regional music center in 2021.

Aubrey Hanna — Outreach Coordinator

509-230-0655ahanna@westplainsmusicaldiscovery.com

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