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Artists In Residence


Tamara Wapinsky

Voice Instructor

Tammy Wapinsky, a native of Pottsville, Pennsylvania has studied voice since the age of fifteen. Her studies began in Pottsville, under the tutelage of Cora Gamelin-Osenbach. She pursued her studies in voice with earning a Bachlors of Music in performance at Temple University. She continued her post bachlors studies earning performance degrees at Johns Hopkins, The Peabody Institute, Indiana University's The Jacob School of Music and Mannes The New School for Music. 


In the summer of 2006, she was chosen to participate in Chauatuqua Opera's Studio Program in Chautauqua, New Year. In the summer of 2007, she was accepted into the prestigious Merola Opera Program. In the intensive weeks of studio, she made debut in the world premier of Thomas Pasitieri's Hotel Casablanca as Tallulah Carter. Shortly after finishing the Merola Program, she was invited to join San Francisco Operas Adler Fellowship. In the two years Ms. Wapinsky spent at San Francisco Opera, she sang and performed numerous roles under eminent directors and maestri.


Wapinsky has performed on the international stages around the world, which include; The Royal Swedish Opera, Palacio de Bellas Artes, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, San Francisco Opera, Seattle Opera and Vancouver Opera.


Gulara Askernia PH.D

Piano Instructor

Julie Askernia, Ph.D, holds a doctorate degree and has successfully taught piano as a Senior Professor at the Azerbaijan Pedagogical University, in Baku, Azerbaijan. In 1997, she opened and still currently maintains her piano studio at the Schuylkill County Council for the Arts. She also teaches at the Blue Mountain Academy in Hamburg, PA. She specializes in piano, accompaniment and all theoretical sciences of music. 


Julie's goal as a music teacher is to foster a love for music to each student and to develop their full potential while considering their individual needs. She believes that a well-rounded music student should have the ability to read and interpret various musical styles in a knowledgeable and artistic manner. If you bring a discipline approach to music, she believes it will build a student's confidence to play and give back to their community by sharing their music with school, religious, and other musical events. Julie works with students of all ages and levels and loves incorporating fun games and activities into lessons. 

If you want to book with Julie, you can email her at or call her at 570-366-3097 (home) or 272-208-6344 (cell).


Jillian Warminsky

Transcend Yoga Studio

Jillian discovered yoga in the summer of 1998 while working at a summer camp. She enrolled in a college course on yoga and was hooked. “The movements, linked with breath made me feel amazing, in a way that regular exercise didn’t.” After losing her husband in 2012 to Cystic Fibrosis she enrolled in her first 200 hour training at Shri Yoga Wellness Center under the guidance of Pam Guido. “I was in a really vulnerable place emotionally. My whole identity felt ripped from me. Yoga was there. Yoga became my foundation.” Jillian learned the power of yoga and wanted to share it with others. She began teaching in her community and eventually began teaching in Pottsville. After a series of venue changes Jillian found a home in the Carriage House of the SCCA. She continued her education and received her 500 hour certification and her Yoga Therapy certification from the Yoga Life Institute. Jillian currently teaches classes at her studio and at Berks Encore in Strausstown. She also sees private clients with a variety of concerns from ADHD to cancer to scoliosis and general life stresses. “Yoga asana (poses), breathing, and yoga philosophy has the ability to change lives for the better. It allows you to reflect on your own lifestyle and make the necessary changes to simultaneously transcend the muck of life, yet live in it and learn from it.” Jillian is currently happily married to an amazing man. She has a beautiful daughter and several pets. She is also a Reiki Master and has used reiki to help her clients as well.


Book a class with Jillian here:

Jocelyn Harach

Danie Mae Photography

I am Jocelyn, and the owner of Danie Mae Photography. How did I come up with the name? (I get this a lot) my middle name, and my daughters middle name - easy enough! 


My interest in photography started when I was about 14 years old and started in the publications classroom at Pottsville High School. I owe a lot of my skills to my pub teacher Mrs. Zwiebel. I ended up going to school for criminal justice and started a career in social work, which I still maintain today. In 2019, I decided to revisit the field of photography and see where it would go. Shortly after I decided this, I ended up leaping into my business. I have since partnered with Justin from Skook News to cover a lot of local sports, events in the area, and overall photojournalism. I also enjoy capturing youth, families, and more. I have always had a slight obsession with the Yuengling Mansion and the architectural characteristics which makes me even more excited to have the opportunity to maintain a studio space and broaden my experience in this field.



Would you like to book a session with me?



Phone: 5704499843


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