Artistic Leadership

Rebecca Maciejczyk, Artistic Director of Nittany Ballet

Rebecca Maciejczyk has been teaching classical ballet for Nittany Ballet, part of Performing Arts School of Central Pennsylvania (PASCP), since 2007, and for Penn State Musical Theatre since 2017. Rebecca became Artistic Director of PASCP in 2012. She has trained dancers who have been accepted to programs with School of American Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Washington Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Exploring Ballet with Suzanne Farrell, Bolshoi Ballet, Ballet Magnificat!, Chautauqua Institution and others. As Artistic Director, Rebecca arranges two major productions annually, in addition to smaller- scale performances throughout the year, for which she has choreographed and set new and existing works on PASCP students and guest artists. Rebecca also plays a crucial role in establishing opportunities for the local community to experience dance performance through PASCP.

Rebecca began her training with eight years of classical ballet with the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB) under the direction of Marcia Dale Weary. During this time, she trained under permanent and guest teachers including Richard Cook, Leslie Hench, Darla Hoover, Melinda Jones Howe, Lisa de Ribere, Violette Verdy, Gennadi Vostrikov and Deborah Wingert, among others. She studied ballet and modern dance with Washington School of Ballet and Delaware Dance Co. Rebecca danced principal roles with both CPYB and Delaware Dance Co. and has performed various principal and ensemble roles with Virginia Opera, Virginia Musical Theatre and Theatre Harrisburg. Local theater credits include performances with FUSE Productions and State College Community Theatre, as well as choreography for SCCT. Professionally, Rebecca has attended the CPYB Summer Teacher Training Seminar, the Peabody Conservatory Teachers Seminar, and observes master classes with various professional ballet companies. Rebecca holds a B.S. in Exercise and Sports Science from Penn State University and lives in Boalsburg with her husband and 2 children.

Tim Farrand, Music Director and Conductor of Youth Orchestra

Conductor and pianist Timothy Farrand, is currently Assistant Conductor of the Pennsylvania Chamber Orchestra, working alongside Music Director Yaniv Attar.  He is also Assistant Conductor of the Central Pennsylvania Youth Orchestra (aka CPYO), where he collaborates in planning rehearsals and chamber music coachings. 

Tim has served as rehearsal conductor with the Penn State Campus Orchestra and other Penn State ensembles.  In addition to these appointments, he assists and is mentored by conductor and Music Director Teresa Cheung of the Altoona Symphony Orchestra

As a collaborative pianist, Timothy has worked extensively with both vocalists andinstrumentalists on a wide variety of repertoire. He also enjoys working as anensemble pianist with the Penn State Orchestras and Symphonic Bands.   Since 2015, he has served as the Piano Coordinator for the summer Honors Music Institute at Penn State University.   Both as a conductor and a pianist, Timothy is passionate about performing student compositions through Penn State’s Musica Nova concert series.

Starting his conducting studies at an early age, Timothy has participated in several conducting workshops and festivals in the United States and abroad. While at these workshops, he was privileged to working with conductors Harold Farberman, Mark Gibson, Apo Hsu, Donald Portnoy, Maurice Peress, Paul Vermel and many others. 

Recently, he completed his second summer of study with Larry Rachleff and Donald Schleicher at the highly selective International Conducting Workshop and Festival in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Timothy is currently in his fourth year of study at Penn State University where he will receive a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance.  He studies piano with Dr. Timothy Shafer and conducting with Maestro Gerardo Edelstein.

Jonathan Dexter, Music Director and Conductor of the CPYO Chamber Orchestra

Jonathan Dexter, conductor and cellist, received music degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory, the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest, and the University of Texas at Austin.  Performance highlights include the Jimmy Fallon Show, The View, Fox and Friends, Rachel Ray, and live on Sirius XM satellite radio.  Recently, Jonathan was part of the recording “Irving Berlin: This is the Life” with the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra.  Jonathan has been featured in many recordings including SONY Masterworks & Columbia Records recordings with singer Megan Hilty and at two sold out CD release shows in 2013.  Other highlights include the Kerrville Folk Festival with David Amram (2011), the Trans Siberian Orchestra (2008-2012), and Mannheim Steamroller (2015-2016)   He has been heard on film soundtracks for Bernie (2013) and A Scanner Darkly (2006).  He produced strings for the 2011-2013 seasons of NBC’s TV series Smash and composed the original score to the short film Recess, an official selection at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.  With the Allegria Ensemble, Jonathan has been a part of a musical outreach show “How to Listen to Classical Music” with Debbie Trudeau funded by the PA Council on the Arts (2014-2016).  Jonathan performs with the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra, Music at Penn’s Woods Festival, principal cello with Altoona Symphony, and with his own original music trio, THE UNBANNED, seen at Arts Fest and monthly at the Happy Valley Brewing Company. 

Mr. Dexter is a much sought-after cello teacher, highly esteemed by his students.  He is delighted to take the podium in front of the Chamber Orchestra.