MiPAC Teachers • Garrett Krohn, French Horn & Jazz Bass

Mr. Krohn plays the unusual combination of French Horn and Jazz Bass, making him MiPAC’s answer to Bert the Chimney Sweep from Mary Poppins.

Garrett Krohn is a versatile freelance Hornist, Jazz Bassist and Educator based in Bowling Green, Ohio.

As a Horn player he has had a wide range of performance experiences from orchestral to chamber such as: Camp Hill Light Opera Experience, West Shore Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Youth Orchestra and Wind Ensemble, Adrian Symphony Orchestra, Birmingham-Bloomfield Symphony Orchestra, the Glass City Brass Quintet, and leads the Chautauqua Brass Quintet.

Garrett has established himself as a strong bass player in addition to his horn playing.  He has performed with the 2014 Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Jazz Orchestra, The Reese Project, The Michael Shirtz Quartet, George Waltemire, and Mary McClendon.

Krohn-Garrett-bassGarrett is a passionate music educator, teaching in a wide variety of settings.  He holds a position as adjunct instructor of Jazz and Bass at Terra State Community College where he teaches applied Bass, applied Jazz Improv, Directs the Jazz Combo and Big Band.  He has maintained a private studio teaching Horn, Bass, and Guitar in Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and Ohio.  He also teaches at the Central Pennsylvania Friends of Jazz Camp in Harrisburg, PA and Michigan Performing Arts Camp in Adrian, MI.

Garrett received his Bachelor of Science in K-12 Music Education at Messiah College where he studied with Dr. Michael Harcrow (Horn) and Kirk Reese (Bass).  He received a Master’s of Music in Horn performance at Bowling Green State University, where he is studying with Dr. Andrew Pelletier (Horn), and studied with Jeff Halsey (Bass).  In the Fall he will begin his DMA in Contemporary music at BGSU.

MiPAC Teachers • Abagael Martin, Voice, Music Librarian

In addition to conducting the Repertoire Choir and  vocal ensembles, Ms. Martin will serve as MiPAC’s Music Librarian, Publicist, Office Staff, and Assistant to the Directors in Assisting Music-y Stuff.


Abagael V. Martin holds a BM in Vocal Music Performance from Adrian College, where she studied with Professor Elizabeth Major and Dr. Kristin Eder.

In addition to being active in Adrian College Opera Workshop, City of Adrian Opera Uptown program, musical theatre, and theatre, she was a section leader and served as Adrian College choir librarian for a number of ensembles including the Adrian College SATB Choir, Adrian College Women’s Choir, Adrian College Jazz Choir, and the Lenawee Community Chorus. She will be pursuing her Masters in Music Performance this fall.

PRESS RELEASE: MiPAC to Grant Automatic Scholarship to ALL campers • May 19, 2016

All Campers Attending the 2016 Michigan Performing Arts Camp (MiPAC) Will Automatically Receive Jesse R. Daeschlein Memorial Scholarship

Weekly scholarships of up to $301 for all campers created in honor of former US Marine and relative of camp co-founder Timothy Martuch

Contact: Keisuke Hoashi, President, MiPAC
May 19, 2016
Email: pr@MiPAC.us

ADRIAN, MICHIGAN –The Michigan Performing Arts Camp (MiPAC) announced today that all campers will automatically receive the Jesse R. Daeschlein Memorial Scholarship to attend the camp’s 2016 premiere season.

The JRD Memorial Scholarship grants $201 to each Resident Camper, reducing their MiPAC tuition to $999/week. It also grants $301 to each Day Camper, lowering their tuition to $499/week.

The scholarship will apply for all weeks enrolled, and will be awarded automatically to all campers this summer, including all those currently enrolled.

The scholarship was created in honor of the late Jesse Robert Daeschlein (b. 3/8/79), a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, and brother-in-law of MiPAC Artistic Director and co-founder, Timothy Martuch. Mr. Daeschlein passed away on April 16, 2016 after a year-long battle against a form of liver cancer. He was 37 years old.

Mrs. Stacy Daeschlein, Jesse’s wife of ten years and older sister to Mr. Martuch, released the following statement: “Jesse was my first deep love, though his first love was music. If there was anything he wanted to do with his life, it was to be a mentor or teacher to young individuals to help them find their life’s passion. I am proud to announce his dream will become a reality through the Jesse Robert Daeschlein Memorial Scholarship at MiPAC. I hope that his memory will touch and inspire MiPAC’s students as much as Jesse touched me, my brother Tim, and our whole family.”

The scholarship will give Mr. Martuch the chance to fulfill a promise. “Jesse and I met when I was just 10 years old, and I loved him as if he were my big brother,” said Martuch. “He was one of the most supportive, motivating, and influential people in my life. Last spring, Jesse asked me to teach him how to play guitar. I made him a promise that we would do it this summer of 2016. But then he got his diagnosis, and we just ran out of time.”

“We are extremely grateful to Jesse’s wife, Stacy Daeschlein, and to her entire family for making possible such a generous gift to every single one of our campers,” said MiPAC President Keisuke Hoashi. “It will be our great honor and privilege to dedicate our first season to Jesse’s memory.”

Complete information is available at http://www.MiPAC.us.

The Michigan Performing Arts Camp (MiPAC) is a four-week summer music camp, holding its first season June 26 – July 23, 2016. Young musicians ages 10-18 of all musical levels may attend 1, 2, 3, or all 4 weeks, as resident or day campers. Hosted at Adrian College in Adrian, Michigan, MiPAC was founded by Hollywood actor Keisuke Hoashi and Adrian composer Timothy Martuch.

Contact: Keisuke Hoashi, President, MiPAC
May 19, 2016
Email: pr@MiPAC.us

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MiPAC Teachers • Lara Mitofsky Neuss

Ms. Neuss will be MiPAC’s teacher of all things CLARINET. She also specializes in NEW MUSIC for the instrument, allowing her to bring an exciting diversity to all our music campers this summer.

Clarinetist Lara Mitofsky Neuss continually shows her passion for varied genres of music through her clarinet playing.

Lara is a Graduate Teaching Assistant at Colorado State University studying with recital clarinetist Wesley Ferreira and she holds a Bachelor of Music from the San Francisco Conservatory. She is on the clarinet faculties of Michigan Performing Arts Camp and Junior Lift Clarinet Academy and maintains a clarinet studio of all ages in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Recently Lara performed a complete 21st Century Clarinet Recital, consisting of music written in the past ten years for clarinet, bass clarinet, and electronics.

Other performances range from playing principal clarinet in the Colorado State University Orchestra and Wind Symphony, a series of world premieres in collaboration with composer Kyle Hovatter, and a showcase by her wind trio of the music of Lady Gaga and Katy Perry, complete with choreography and electronics.

Aside from clarinet, Lara enjoys studying Mindfulness and meditation techniques and is certified in Reiki.

MiPAC Teachers • Eric Strasshofer

Mr Strasshofer will be MiPAC’s main tuba teacher this summer.

Eric Strasshofer, from Highland Heights, Ohio, earned his Bachelors in Music Education at Adrian College. His primary instrument is the tuba.

Mr. Strasshofer spent his time at Adrian working in all kinds of ensembles, ranging from concert band, jazz band, marching band, orchestra, choir, and more. He student-taught at Lane Technical Prepatory High School in Chicago, Illinois.

STRASSHOFER_Eric_tuxEric’s most memorable musical experiences include backing up Andrea Bocelli; playing solo tuba in Italy; and playing principal tubist in the Michigan Intercollegiate Honors Band.

MiPAC Teachers • Amanda Roth

ROTH_AmandaMs. Roth will be MiPAC’s Violin and Electric Violin (WHOOHOO!) instructor, and will cover our Viola needs as well. She will help manage the Electric String Orchestra, the Yamaha SV Silent Electric String Program, and perhaps even be convinced to ROCK OUT in a Rock Band or two.

Amanda Roth started playing the violin when she was four years old. She just received her Bachelor of Music in Music Performance (Violin Concentration) from the Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University, and in the fall will attend the Longy School of Music to pursue a Master of Music in Violin Performance.

Besides her mastery of traditional classical violin repertoire, Amanda also enjoys the worlds of jazz, funk, country, and rock-n-roll, playing on her six-string fretted electric violin made by Wood Violins.

ROTH_Amanda-countryShe has shared the stage with Rachel Barton Pine, various members of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and ex-Trans-Siberian Orchestra violinist, Mark Wood.

Besides performing, Amanda is passionate about giving back to the community. With the help of Rick Henry and Isaac Young, she started OWLchestra, a community string orchestra at Temple University. The ensemble is open to all Temple students, as well as members of the Philadelphia community.

ROTH_Amanda-troopsWhile still being a full time student, Amanda works as a violin and viola teacher, intern for the Philadelphia String Project, and can be found playing for weddings, functions, and pit orchestras throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York.


  • Temple University’s Grammy Nominated Symphony Orchestra
  • College of New Jersey Orchestra
  • Associate principal second violin, Temple University Opera Orchestra for their production of La Finta Giardiniera.
  • Concertmaster, Guest artist, principal second violin, Waukesha Area Chamber Orchestra (Waukesha, WI)
  • Kimmel Center, Philadelphia 
  • Lincoln Center, Alice Tully Hall, New York City
  • North American premiere of Georg Friedrich Haas’ Sieben Klangräume
  • World premiere, Michael Daugherty’s Reflections on the Mississippi with tuba soloist Carol Jantsch, Philadelphia Orchestra
  • Collaborated with dancer and choreographer Jenna Wurtzberger for the premiere of her multi-media dance performance, Umwelten (their technologies, your processes).
  • Participant:
    • New York Summer Music Festival
    • Mark Wood Rock Orchestra Camp
    • Aria International Summer Academy
    • Starling-DeLay Symposium on Violin Studies at Juilliard


  • Dr. Vladimir Dyo
  • Laura Bossert
  • Joan Cordas
  • Joe Deninzon
  • Zach Brock

MiPAC Teachers • Elizabeth Kitson Arnold

Mrs. Arnold will serve as MiPAC’s Flute instructor for weeks 3 and 4.

Elizabeth Kitson-Arnold received her M.M from the Manhattan School of Music and her B.M from the University of North Texas.

She is principal flutist with the Catskill Symphony Orchestra, the Wallingford Symphony Orchestra and the Utica Symphony Orchestra.

  • Ms. Kitson-Arnold is currently in her sixth year of  teaching band to students in grades 4-8 at several Catholic Schools with Connecticut Future Musicians.
  • Her students have won first chair positions with the CMEA Middle School All-Region Festival, and CT Future Musicians All-State Bands.
  • Ms. Kitson-Arnold is on the music faculty of Choate Rosemary Hall
  • She was a faculty member of the Manhattan School Summer Music Camp from 2005-2008.


She also has performed with the following groups:

  • Clinton Symphony (New York)
  • Ridgefield Symphony
  • Bridgeport Symphony Orchestra
  • Member of the Earl Banquer Woodwind Ensemble
  • Windscape, Manhattan School of Music’s woodwind quintet in residence
  • During the 2003, 2004 and 2007 seasons of the American Wind Symphony Orchestra, Ms. Kitson-Arnold performed as principal flutist and she can be heard as a featured soloist on Villa-Lobos Concerto Grosso for Woodwind Quartet and Wind Orchestra on their recording Music of the Americas, #AWSO 117.  She can also be heard on the recordings Reflections, #AWSO 118, and Concertos from Three Continents, #AWSO 112.
  • She attended the Scotia Festival of Music in 2007 where she performed with the orchestra on a live CBC broadcast.
  • Attended the Lake Placid Institute Flute Seminar
  • 2nd Annual Juilliard International Master Class
  • Innsbrook Institute
  • Winner of the Lillian Fuchs Chamber Music Competition
  • Only flute finalist at the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Instrumental Competition
  • Semi-finalist at the William C. Byrd Young Artists Competition
  • Outstanding Soloist at the Texas Flute Society’s 23rd Annual Flute Festival
  • Performed in masterclasses for Pierre Boulez, Jeffery Khaner, Mark Sparks, and Timothy Day
  • Teachers include Michael Parloff, Mary Karen Clardy, Alberto Almarza


MiPAC Teachers • Jason Arnold

Jason Arnold, Tuba, ConductorMr. Arnold will serve as MiPAC’s Tuba instructor for weeks 3 and 4. He will also conduct the Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band; direct the Brass Ensembles; and quite possibly play electric bass in a Rock Band, Bass Trombone in a Jazz Combo, or the Miter Saw in a Home Improvement Seminar. Seriously! He’s THAT good at all those things!

Jason Arnold hails from Midland, Texas. He earned his Masters in Music Performance from the Manhattan School of Music in New York City.

Mr. Arnold has taught in schools in Texas, New York and Connecticut. He is currently Band Director at Notre Dame High School in West Haven, CT and Director of the Pep Band at Fairfield University. He is also on faculty at Sacred Heart University.

Jason has a broad range of musical experience ranging from performing in Carnegie Hall to an appearance on ABC’s All My Children.

Get to Know MIPAC: Interview with Keisuke Hoashi, Co-Director

Thanks for visiting the site for the Michigan Performing Arts Camp – a GREAT new summer day camp and sleepaway camp for young musicians and performers. This is the first in our new series of interviews with MiPAC’s talented and dedicated administrators, staff, and faculty.

First up: Co-Founder and President Keisuke Hoashi.

Keisuke Hoashi, Co-Founder, Michigan Performing Arts CampPresident of MiPAC Keisuke (pronounced CASE-kay) Hoashi is a very busy man. In addition to founding the greatest summer performing arts camp in the history of the world, he is also a working Hollywood actor who has been in more than 150 TV shows, movies, and TV commercials. A former music camper himself, he’s now a sought-out speaker who talks to high school and college students about building realistic and sustainable careers in the arts. Keep reading to learn more about our visionary co-founder. Continue reading Get to Know MIPAC: Interview with Keisuke Hoashi, Co-Director

PRESS RELEASE: The Michigan Performing Arts Camp (MiPAC) Opens for its First Season in Summer 2016

Contact: Keisuke Hoashi, President, MiPAC
Email: pr@MiPAC.us

The Michigan Performing Arts Camp (MiPAC) Opens for its First Season in Summer 2016

New summer music camp will be hosted at Adrian College in Adrian, MI

ADRIAN, MICHIGAN (Feb 22, 2016) – The Michigan Performing Arts Camp (MiPAC) announces it is accepting applications for its first season, June 26 – July 23, 2016.

MiPAC is a four-week summer music camp for young musicians ages 10-18 of all musical levels. It is hosted on the campus of Adrian College in the city of Adrian, Michigan, and is open to both resident and day campers.

“What really makes our camp special is the freedom that we give to our campers,” said Timothy Martuch, co-founder and Artistic Director of MiPAC. “They can choose to focus on a single instrument, or play different ones in every ensemble, even move among every musical style, genre, or field we offer. There’s no added cost to experiment, and no penalty for being curious. The only limit is how much you can fit into your day.”

MiPAC will have over 30 ensembles and classes, including 3 bands, 4 orchestras, 12 jazz groups, 4 choirs, rock bands, and chamber ensembles. Every camper performs every week, and each ensemble plays different music for each concert. A total of 25 performances are scheduled, all of them free and open to the public.

For campers interested in creating their own original music, MiPAC offers a complete “New Works Program” that features its “New Musical Workshop.” Keisuke Hoashi, MiPAC’s co-founder and president, developed and ran this workshop for 8 summers at other camps, eventually producing 21 original shows.

“We teach our campers the whole process of collaboratively writing an original one-act musical, and challenge them to put it up on stage in just 12 days,” said Hoashi. “It is the most challenging, exciting, and rewarding class we offer – and it’s truly amazing, every time, to see these young musicians premiere their very own Broadway-quality show for the world to hear.”

Complete descriptions of MiPAC’s programs are available at http://www.MiPAC.us. The camp’s online application form is available at http://www.MichiganPerformingArtsCamp.com/apply.

Keisuke Hoashi is a Hollywood actor with more than 150 film and TV credits, including Bob’s Burgers, Criminal Minds, Mad Men, Hot in Cleveland, and Jane the Virgin. He founded the New York Summer Music Festival in Oneonta, NY, and served as its Director of Communications and Resident Actor from 2006–2013. He is a former multimedia designer for the NCR Corporation, IBM, and AT&T.

Timothy Martuch holds degrees in Composition and Music Theory from Adrian College, where he is an Adjunct Professor and Performing Arts Recruiter. He is active throughout Michigan as a composer and performer, including positions at the Prelude String Orchestra, A Joyful Noise Music Studio, and Broken Television Entertainment.

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