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Tara (Reber) Bernstel, Music Dept. Head

Tara (Reber) Bernstel currently teaches music classes and private voice and piano lessons at Yocum Institute. Tara is a graduate of Kutztown University with degrees in Music Education and Music Performance. She is currently the Music Director at Long Memorial UM Church and is the co-founder/owner of the MissBehavin’ Band. Tara enjoys performing regularly in […]


Susan Gish Forry

RETIRED Susan Gish Forry teaches piano for ages 4 to adult. She has studied with Dr. Malvina Leshock, internationally acclaimed concert pianist and composer. In addition to private lessons and introductory classes to young children, she coordinates music for the Institute Preschool and has been an accompanist for internationally renowned operatic Bass-Baritone Brian R. Gibson.


Kristina Dennis

Kristina graduated from Cedar Crest College earning a B.A. in Dance, where she performed in the Cedar Crest College Dance Company. She was President of the CCC chapter of Nu Delta Alpha (National Dance Educational Honors Society). She also teaches dance classes at Premiere Dance Studio and at Berks Ballet Theatre Conservatory of Dance. She […]


Debbi Silas

Debbi Silas was the director of our Broadway Junior program until 2019, the Without Limits Dance instructor, and teacher of various theatre classes. She attended West Chester University to receive a degree in Elementary/Special Education, and Penn Sate University and St. Joseph’s University for her Masters in Education. Debbi is the President of Reading Community […]


Joel Gori

Joel Gori earned his BFA in Theater from Daemon College and his Masters in Theater from Penn State University. He is the instructor in the Neighborhood Bridges Program, a play director, and workshop leader.


Beverly Houck

Beverly Houck, since 2005 she has produced and directed for Yocum Institute for Arts Education’s Primary Stages Productions. In 2012, Houck was asked by the Berks County Parks & Recreation Dept. to direct the inaugural production for an outdoor event: Shakespeare at the Mill in Berks County. Beverly has performed in film, TV, and onstage. […]