Our Teachers at the Bel Air Arts Academy
Elizabeth DeVito is an enthusiastic voice teacher who believes that anyone can learn to sing. She graduated from the Sunderman Conservatory at Gettysburg College with a B. M. in Voice Performance, where she studied as a soprano with Professor Matthew Osifchin. In 2017 she studied and performed in Vienna, Austria under the guidance of soprano Donna Robin. Elizabeth has sung as a featured soloist with choirs and orchestras, and placed as the semifinalist in her division of NATS in 2018 and 2015. In musical productions, she has performed as Adina in L’elisir d’amor, Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus, Just Jeanette in Too Many Sopranos, Miss Pinkerton in The Old Maid and the Theif, and Dater #3, #41, and #50 in Speed Dating Tonight!. Elizabeth has also enjoyed performing solo recitals, performing works ranging from baroque arias to world premieres. She believes that all singers can benefit from a strong classical foundation, whether they want to sing classical, musical theater, pop, or jazz.
For over 30 years Chris Defeo has made a passion for music and guitar a daily practice. Influenced early in life by different genres, that led him to focus on finger-style rhythm, complex chord extensions, chord melodies and progressions. Chris writes, performs, and records original music that can be heard on all streaming platforms. He routinely performs locally and enjoys musical camaraderie with other people. When teaching, Chris works to educate through music the student is motivated by while expanding their musical abilities and knowledge. Chris can also play the piano, ukulele and bass guitar. One day he would like to learn to play the harp and drums.