UMC’s educators are university trained musicians who are dedicated to teaching. UMC only partners with confident and accomplished professionals who believe in making a difference in people’s lives through the gift of music!


Mark Woerpel

Main instrument taught at UMC:  Guitar.  Also plays and teaches: Bass Guitar, Mandolin, Native American Flute, Ukulele, Banjo, Piano, Voice, Songwriting, Recording Techniques, Beginning Harmonica, Trombone & Saxophone. Education:  Bachelor in Music Performance - Wisconsin Conservatory of Music / Marquette University.  Credits:  Toured worldwide, wrote and recorded as a member of BLACKFOOT with LYNYRD SKYNYRD’s Rickey Medlocke. Also, recorded with OZZY OSBOURNE  guitarist, ZACK WYLDE. Won NAMA; Native American Award for BEST INSTRUMENTAL in 2013. Mark’s original music and CD WARP DRIVE is available on I-TunesCurrently: active as staff writer and studio musician for Minneapolis based company “In The Groove Music” where his work is heard on NFL programs, CBS Sunday football games, NFL Tonight, ESPN and various commercials and national TV shows. Mark can be seen locally as a member of 80’s era rock band THEM PESKY KIDS performing throughout Minnesota and regularly at Treasure Island Casino here in Red Wing.

Mark teaches a modern, progressive style of guitar instruction at UMC and maintains an enthusiastic, dedicated roster of students.


Paul Holland

Main instrument taught at UMC:  Piano / Keyboards.  Also plays and teaches: Trumpet, Trombone, Baritone, Clarinet, Saxophone, French Horn, Music Theory & Songwriting. Education: Bachelor in Music Education - University of Wisconsin La Crosse. Credits: Paul is a 28 year veteran educator and currently Senior band director at Lake City High School (14yrs). Paul is affiliated with the following education organizations: Minnesota Band Directors Association, National Association for Music Education, National Education Association and Education Minnesota. Member of: Madison Scouts - Drum Corps International. Currently: Working professional with the following local bands for over 25yrs:  Backlash and American Flyer. Paul has shared the live stage with: Jeff Carsons, Asleep at the Wheel, 38 Special, Head East, Molly Hatchet and The Marshal Tucker Band.

Paul brings the absolute highest level of piano instruction to UMC.


Susan Forsythe

Main instrument taught at UMC:  Violin, Viola, Cello. Susan is a highly trained violinist who has studied at the University of Minnesota under Shirley Santoro and Oliver Steiner. Mr. Steiner is well known for teaching at the Eastman School of Music and for having studied under Dorthy DeLay at the Julliard School of Music. Susan studied pedagogy under Jonathan Strasser, Conductor of the New York City Orchestra, School of performing Arts Orchestra, School of Music and Arts Orchestra and the Manhattan Youth Symphony. Additional studies include: Suzuki Training with Pauline Barryman and Eleanor Stanliss,Teaching experience includes: String Art - Birmingham Alabama, Community Music School - University of Alabama, Atlanta Music School - Atlanta Georgia, Rock Valley College - Rockford, IL, Rockford Academy of Music - Rockford, IL. Performance experience includes: Dubuque Symphony, Dubuque Iowa - Rockford Symphony - Rockford, IL, Mankato Symphony - Mankato, Minnesota, Minnetonka Symphony - Minnetonka, Minnesota, Dartmouth Symphony - Hanover, New Hampshire and the University of Minnesota Symphony - Minneapolis, Minnesota. Susan has also performed live on-stage with countless Motown legends including Stevie Wonder as well as major Christian artists.


Jay Mercado

Main instrument taught at UMC:  Drums. Jay is an exceptionally talented, versatile and contemporary drummer who has been studying drums and percussion since a very early age. His experience includes concert band, jazz ensembles, big bands, orchestras and marching bands. Upon graduating from high school, Jay was accepted into the United States Navy Band where he graduated from the Armed Forces School of Music. Stationed outside of Chicago, IL he played in Rock, Jazz, Big Bands and Latin ensembles. After his stint in the Navy jay re-entered the military in 2001 joining the US Marine Corps in San Diego, CA where he played was small jazz ensemble leader and played in all of the Marine bands. Jay has performed with jazz legends Christian McBride and Grover Washington as well Kenny Simmons of the Commodores. Jay is a tremendous addition to our teaching staff and brings world class skill to UMC and our community.