Meet Our Administrators!
FOUNDER & DIRECTOR
Laura Hines Wittman
Growing up on a steady diet of classical music of such composers as Mozart, Haydn, Bach, Debussy and Chopin hardly prepared Laura for her current repertoire of music of Sara Bareilles, Coldplay, The Eagles, Brandi Carlile or Carole King. Laura grew up in a musical family, beginning her classical piano studies at a typically young age. Laura’s fondest memories include those of playful, intricate duets which she performed with her sister, Dianne. Fortunately, her parents always believed in the value of learning a musical instrument. Gratefully, she didn’t have a choice!
As a resident of Millstone Township, NJ for over twenty years, Laura has enjoyed her share of volunteer appointments to various committees, boards and foundations within the community and Monmouth County. Several years ago while (as a mother and homemaker raising daughters, Olivia and Isabel) Laura began teaching piano lessons in her private studio. It was a modest arrangement, yet served an important purpose. As the years progressed, she began to feel inspired to create a space in the community that would welcome and nurture music students of a wide range of instruments. The opportunity presented itself and Cornerstone Music Studios at Millstone became a reality.
Laura holds her Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Master of Arts in Organizational Communication from the University of South Florida, where, during a part-time assistantship, spent semesters in a dance rehearsal hall, accompanying USF ballet students during their demanding advanced performance classes. She currently assists with the St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Freehold, NJ, “Wiggle-n-Worship” music program.
Every being is musical and has the unique ability to foster and express creativity through melody! “I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.” Psalm 104:33
ARTS ADMINISTRATION MANAGER
Danyel Shiflet is excited to be on staff as the Arts Administration Manager and on faculty for voice, piano, Musikgarten, Storybook Series at Cornerstone Music Studios. She completed her Master of Music in Voice Performance, from the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati in 2013 and received her Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance, from Westminster Choir College of Rider University in 2011.
Danyel filled her summers by participating in various young artist programs such as The Florence Voice Seminar in Florence, Italy in 2010, Songfest at the Colburn School in Los Angeles, CA in 2012, and Bay Area Summer Opera Theater Institute at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in 2013.
Danyel loves igniting a passion for music with her private students, the children in her Musikgarten and Storybook classes, campers during the MPAC Summer Music & Theatre Arts Camp, Storybook Series Camp and all of the students who enter Cornerstone Music Studios’ doors!
“Fortunately, something always remains to be harvested. So let us not be idle.” - Gustav Mahler
ARTS ADMINISTRATION COORDINATOR
Renee is thrilled to be part of Cornerstone Music Studios as an Arts Administration Coordinator.
After graduating from Rutgers University with a B.A. in Religion, Renee has worked in many
administrative and marketing positions, and is eager to continue honing in new skills. Her work has led her to make connections to many community and faith-based nonprofits in the Central Jersey area, and she cannot wait to grow in a community like Cornerstone Music Studio.
Renee grew up playing the clarinet and comes from a musical environment, with many of her friends and family involved in acting, voice, and music. Prior to coming to Cornerstone Music Studio, she had worked with the YWCA Princeton Dance Program for more than six years assisting in, and in her last year coordinating their ballet camp.
Outside of Cornerstone Music Studio, Renee enjoys exploring local farms, working in the activist community, and is an amateur mycologist.