The Faces of Singing Onstage

Leah Mueller

Director/Co-Owner

Leah Mueller (she/her) grew up in State College and was a Singing Onstage student when she was in middle and high school. When FUSE was formed, Leah was frequently seen on stage in productions. She has over ten years of teaching experience, from Pre-K through collegiate levels. Leah was the Performing Arts teacher at the Delta Middle School Program for six years where she directed, choreographed, and music directed their musicals and plays. She holds a BME in Music Education (Choral/Voice emphasis) from Penn State University, an MA in Theatre Studies from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London, and will graduate from Indiana University with her MFA in Acting in May 2023!

Jared Yarnall-Schane

Operations/Co-Owner

Jared Yarnall-Schane (he/him) grew up at a summer camp in the Pocono Mountains where he fell in love with the outdoors and team-building activities. He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Penn State University. Jared is an experienced entrepreneur and program director, and is currently the Director of Innovation at the Biomimicry Institute where he helps scientists and entrepreneurs tackle systemic sustainability challenges through nature-inspired design. At Singing Onstage Jared will be working behind the scenes to manage financials and operations. 

Joe Appel

High School Level Teacher 

Joe Appel (he/him/his) is a native of NYC who recently moved to State College to work in student affairs at PSU. Having spent his entire career to date in secondary education, Joe has directed/musical directed over 50 shows for teenagers and founded his own youth theatre company. The crowning achievement of his theatrical career was staging and conducting a 25-piece orchestra in the first-ever Brooklyn production of his favorite show, Les Misérables, shortly after the close of its original Broadway run. Although an extensive and never-ending list, some of his other favorite shows include Ragtime, Guys & Dolls, Newsies, West Side Story, Carousel, Miss Saigon, Rent, Gypsy, Dear Evan Hansen, Evita, Come From Away, Next to Normal, Assassins, Bat Boy, Annie, Hairspray, and many, many more. Joe is a self-proclaimed theatre geek and makes no apologies! Nothing makes him quite so happy as gathering people around a piano or a karaoke mic to belt out some show tunes. As a lifelong educator, Joe’s real passion is guiding young people to cultivate their talents and develop their love for musical theatre. It is truly a calling and the honor of a lifetime to walk alongside his students during this fundamental part of their journey. As he starts this new chapter of his life in Happy Valley, he is beyond thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the emerging thespians of Singing Onstage and become a part of this incredible family.

Val Flamini

Elementary Level Teacher 

Val Flamini (she/her) The scope of Val Flamini’s teaching experience includes ten years in Georgia public schools, musical theatre, and community choir director, over fifteen years teaching private voice, and is currently an instructor at Penn State. She has served students from kindergarten to adults in multiple vocal settings. Dr. Flamini’s experience as a musical director includes shows such as West Side Story, Sound of Music, Into the Woods, and Anything Goes. Val also developed and directed Camp eXpresso! This successful camp in Milton, PA aimed to foster enjoyment and confidence in young singers with stage singing goals. In addition to directing musical theatre, Dr. Flamini was the community choral director for the Susquehanna Valley Youth Chorale (SVYC) where she led singers from 7-18 years old in multiple ensembles. Val conducted the SVYC in many performances such as Britten’s Saint Nicholas & Opera Gala I and II, and the Coro e Ragazzi of both the Susquehanna University and Susquehanna Valley Chorale performances of Carmina Burana. Special projects with the SVYC ensembles include a Veteran’s Day Benefit and the Sandy Hook Memorial Project. Val was recognized by the American Red Cross as a Community Impact Hero for the SVYC Sandy Hook Memorial Video. In the spring of 2021, Dr. Flamini initiated a new kind of ensemble: Little Flame, a multigenerational group of singers from over a dozen states who collaborated with her Penn State students on social justice music projects. Most recently Val has opened a studio in State College, Sohum Studio & Retreat where she is applying her research in mindfulness and flow theory to guide singers in creative musical endeavors. Val Flamini received a bachelor’s in music education at Georgia Southern University and her master’s and Ph.D. in music education from The Pennsylvania State University.

Julie Foster

Middle Level Teacher 

Julie Foster (she/her) is a voice teacher and performer from New York to Austin and now State College, she has been a sought-after talent both in the studio and on stage. Broadway World has hailed her voice as one of the best in Austin. She has been seen on stage recently in The Great American Trailer, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, and Ring of Fire. Her LP, “Another Year Round the Bend”, landed #53 on the Americana music chart. Julie holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Pennsylvania State University with a focus on contemporary and musical theatre vocal techniques. In 2011, Julie opened her voice studio in Austin and it quickly became the go-to destination for students to learn voice fundamentals and perfect their vocal skills. Central to her success is her ability to connect with each student, understanding that every student is unique. She is passionate about teaching the healthiest technique to give singers the ability to sing for a lifetime. Her approach builds voices to last throughout the demands of a professional career. Julie is excited to be now teaching in State College! Julie is currently a member of The National Association of Teachers of Singing.

Rose Hanahan

Elementary Level Teacher 

Rose Hanahan (they/them) is thrilled to be joining the team at Singing Onstage and sharing their love of theatre and storytelling! Rose has over 15 years of performance experience in a variety of mediums including training in dance, voice, and acting. They attended Penn State’s School of Theatre, where they studied various acting techniques and theatrical approaches. In 2020, they earned their B.F.A. in Acting and began pursuing professional opportunities. Rose started taking classes at Singing Onstage when they were 13 years old and began performing with FUSE Productions shortly after, so they are honored to be back at the Pugh Street studio, continuing the tradition of performance, imagination, and play!