Faculty & Staff

Sean Patrick joined Goshen Community Schools District joining the program in 2011 with responsibilities as the podium director for the Goshen Middle School Seventh and Eighth Grade Orchestras as well as the Goshen High School Philharmonic Orchestra.  Mr. Patrick is also responsible for assisting with the Fifth and Sixth Grade Orchestras and the Goshen High School Crimson Concert and Symphonic Orchestra.  Prior to his position in the Goshen Community Schools, Sean taught for three years in the Elkhart Community Schools District.

Mr. Patrick received a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Ball State University in 2008 and Master of Education in Teacher Leadership from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2014. He believes in providing high quality,  varied, and comprehensive music education to his students by holding high expectations of music performance, encouraging a high level of enrollment in private lessons, placing all students into chamber groups, providing extra-curricular string jazz/fiddle/mariachi ensembles, and integrating music theory and history instruction into the classroom curriculum.

Sean Patrick is an active performer on cello and double bass currently performing with small groups like the Generations Jazz Trio, French Quarter, and Vibenation, as well as larger groups such as the Tom Milo Big Band and The Elkhart County Symphony Orchestra among others.  Mr. Patrick is a member of the National Association for Music Education and the American String Teacher’s Association.  He is also an Indiana State School Music Association adjudicator assessing soloists and small groups at the annual solo & ensemble event as well as large ensembles at the middle and high school ISSMA organizational festivals in the Spring. 

Mr. Patrick can be contacted at spatrick@staff.goshenschools.org or at Goshen Middle School (574) 533-0391 ext. 2778



Jason Pfeifer joined the Goshen Orchestra faculty in 2014 as the head high school orchestra director. He grew up in Rochester, NY and received bachelor degrees from Baldwin-Wallace University where he studied music education and violin performance. Mr. Pfeifer also earned a masters degree from Central Michigan University where he studied violin performance and also was a string teaching graduate assistant.  Mr. Pfeifer has also taught for seven years the Saginaw Township Community Schools (Michigan). Highlights of his years in Saginaw include performing at the American String Teachers Association’s National Orchestra Festival, State Festivals and the Saginaw Spirit Hockey Games.  Jason is the podium director for the Goshen High School Camerata Chamber Orchestra, Crimson Concert Orchestra, and the Symphonic String & Full Orchestras.  Mr. Pfeifer also assists the Goshen Middle School 7th & 8th Grade Orchestras.

Mr. Pfeifer can be contacted at jpfeifer@staff.goshenschools.org or at Goshen Middle School (574) 533-8651 ext. 2521

Kyle Pitcher has been with the Goshen Orchestras starting in 2017. Originally from Grand Rapids, MI, Kyle is a 2016 graduate of Western Michigan University with a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education. He brings his passion and knowledge of music education to Goshen in order to keep the Goshen Orchestras tradition of excellence going strong.

Mr. Pitcher is excited to be the podium director for the All-City 5th grade orchestra and the 6th grade orchestra. He will also assist with the 7th and 8th grade orchestras at Goshen Middle School, as well as the orchestras at Goshen High School. Before coming to Goshen, Mr. Pitcher served as a sectional and chamber music coach for orchestra programs in and around the West Michigan area. Mr. Pitcher has also maintained a private studio of double bass students for the past 6 years. Students from his studio have received Division I ratings at Solo and Ensemble and participate in regional youth orchestras.

Outside of school, Mr. Pitcher enjoys making music in many different settings. Mr. Pitcher has performed with the double bass sections of the Kalamazoo Philharmonia, Gaylord Community Orchestra, and the Alpena Symphony Orchestra. He is a founding member of the Kalamazoo, MI-based Celtic ensemble “Blarney Castle”, as well as the R&B/rock band “Sonder Green”, where he enjoys playing his double bass and bass guitar. Mr. Pitcher is a member of the American String Teacher’s Association and the International Society of Bassists, which help him to continue to learn about music education.

Mr. Pitcher can be contacted at kpitcher@staff.goshenschools.org or at Goshen Middle School (574)533-0391 ext. 2778

Tom Cox is the Wind/Brass/Percussion Assistant with the Goshen Symphonic Orchestra and rehearses with this ensemble on our Weekly Monday night rehearsals.  Tom Cox is the head band director of the Goshen High School Bands and assists with the Goshen Middle School bands.

Stephen Snyder is the director of the music pit orchestra for the annual Goshen High School Musical.  Personnel is selected in December.  This ensemble rehearses after school starting in January.  Rehearsals increase in length and frequency as we approach the musical performance dates.  Mr. Snyder is also an assistant Choir director for Goshen High School Mr. Snyder is the podium director of the Goshen High School Men’s Chorus and the Goshen High School Music Department Chair.

Goshen Orchestra Staff:

Elizabeth Dragoo:  Goshen Middle School Music Secretary

Krysta Hartman:  Goshen High School Music Office Manager & Accompanist

…:  6th Grade Orchestra Assistant & GMS Choral Accompanist

Goshen Orchestra Private Teachers:  The following private teachers come to Goshen Middle and High School to teach students during their orchestra periods.  Lessons are generally weekly for about 30 minutes.

Benita Barber (violin/viola specialist)

Brooke Bennett (cello specialist)

Jessica Bennett (violin specialist)

Lyn Buscher(violin/viola specialist)

Ramona Kim (harp specialist)

David Machiavariani (cello specialist)

Natalie Pfeifer (cello specialist)

Kevin Piekarski (bass specialist)

Solomia Soroka (violin specialist)  Goshen College’s Community School of the Arts Instructor

Dr. Rosalyn Troiano (violin/viola specialist)  Goshen College’s Community School of the Arts Instructor