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Adult Classes

(BCMD) Dr. Deborah Confredo, Night Owls Campus Community Band, Director

Adrienne Dafcik, Singing for Busy Adults. B.M. Ed., Temple University; M.M., (Voice Performance and Pedagogy) Westminster Choir College; currently studies with Emily Golden, Laurie Rogers, Jeffrey Miller; previously studied with Randi Marrazzo, Julian Rodescu; Certifications: Music K-12 for New Jersey and Pennsylvania, Middle School Mathematics for Pennsylvania (grades 7-9), Early Childhood Music Gordon Institute of Music, Level I; has performed with Opera Delaware, Poor Richard’s Opera (Philadelphia Fringe Festival 2012), Elysium Concert Opera, Philadelphia Freedom Band (Clarinet Section Leader, Assistant Conductor); maintains a private voice studio; tutor/instructor: beginner music theory, drama, language arts, math, study skills, writing; formerly taught at Folks Arts Cultural Treasures Charter School, Beverly Hills Middle School, and Vineland Public Schools..

Connie Koppe, Command the Room. B.S. (Music Education/Voice) Indiana University of Pennsylvania; M.M. (Opera Performance) Temple University; Designation Linklater Voice Work, Awarded by Kristin Linklater, Dialect Coach designation awarded by Louis Colaianni; Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of the Arts; member of: AGMA, Actor’s Equity Association, Delaware Valley Opera Company; former member of Opera Company of Philadelphia; recording artist and lead singer with Enchanté, maintains a private studio.

(BCMD) Joan Krzywicki, Every Child Can; Suzuki Piano Teacher Training. B.M. Ed., Indiana University (Bloomington); M.M. Youngstown State University; studies with Abbey Simon and Haruko Kataoka (co-founder of the Suzuki Piano School); registered Suzuki Teacher Trainer with the Suzuki Association of the Americas; currently serving as Board Member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas.

Ross Mann, Guitar for Busy Adults. B.M., Georgia State University; M.M., Cleveland Institute of Music; studies with John Sutherland, John Holmquist, Angelo Gilardino; first prize winner: 2001 National Federation of Music Clubs, 2002 American String Teachers Association; faculty, Bucks and Delaware County Community Colleges; Assistant Director, Philadelphia Classical Guitar Orchestra, active soloist and chamber musician with recent appearances at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival and Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society.

Jay Epstein, Beginning Piano for Busy Adults; Jazz Piano; Pre-Twinkle Suzuki Classes. A.A. in Jazz Studies, Cuyahoga Community College; B.F.A. in Jazz & Contemporary Music, New School University; M.M. Ed. (in preogress), Temple University; studies with Rachel Niccolazzo, Hal Galper; maintains private studio for jazz, theory and composition; director, arranger and manager of Jay Epstein Quartet; toured with regional all-star Tri-C Jazz Ensemble; active freelance musician.


Brass

Michael Franchetti, Trumpet. B.M.Ed., Temple University; music teacher, Philadelphia School District; director, Central High School Jazz Band; Director and member of Cresheim Valley Brass Quintet; directed honors ensembles (All-City Middle School Band and Philadelphia All-Star Jazz Band); has performed with: Symphony in C, Pennsylvania Sinfonia, Pro Musica, Westminster Brass Quintet; serves in orchestra at Arden Theater Company of Philadelphia; freelance musician.

Justin Moore, Trombone. M.M., Temple University; B.M. Louisiana State University; former member, Acadiana Symphony Orchestra, Atlantic Brass Band (solo trombone); has performed with Curtis Symphony Orchestra, Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, Louisiana Sinfonietta; faculty, Play On, Philly!, Settlement Music School; freelance musician.

Najib Wong, Trumpet. DMA Candidate, Temple University; MM, Temple University; BM, New England Conservatory of Music; recipient of Tanglewood Music Center Armando Ghitalla Fellow 2011; faculty of Community Music Scholars Program; freelance musician.


Center for Gifted Young Musicians-Conductors and Chamber Music Ensembles Coaches

Dr. Rebecca Ansel, Violin by special arrangement; Chamber Ensembles. B.M., Rice University; M.M.and D.M.A., University of Michigan; studies with Kathleen Winkler and Paul Kantor; Former Professor: University of Oklahoma, Ithaca College and The Ohio State University; chamber/orchestral/baroque musician: Holmberg String Quartet, Ariadne String Quartet, Roycroft Chamber Festival, Ensemble X, Light in Winter Festival, Skaneatles Festival Orchestra, Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, Pro-Music Chamber Orchestra, Iris Chamber Orchestra, New York State Early Music Ensemble, Denton Bach Society.

(BCMD, PO) Luis Biava, Music Director Emeritus, Youth Chamber Orchestra.

(BCMD, PO) Davyd Booth, Violin by special arrangement; Conductor of Baroque Players and Classic Strings. New School of Music; studies with Jascha Brodsky; violin, The Philadelphia Orchestra, 1807 and Friends, Wister String Quartet; keyboard: Philadelphia Orchestra, Amerita Chamber Players; lecturer in violin, Boyer College of Music and Dance.

(BCMD, PO) Che-Hung Chen, Viola by special arrangement; Chamber Ensembles. B.M., Curtis Institute of Music, studied with Joseph de Pasquale; first prize: Banff International String Quartet Competition (Daedalus Quartet), Pièce de concert prize, Székely Prize; three-time winner, Taiwan National Instrumental Competition; viola, The Philadelphia Orchestra; adjunct faculty, Boyer College of Music and Dance; participant: "Musicians from Marlboro" tour, Marlboro School of Music, Ravinia, Caramoor, Kingston, Bridgehampton, Music from Angel Fire Festivals.

Guillaume Combet, Chamber Ensembles. First Prize in violin and Chamber Music from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris; Advanced Certificate, The Juilliard School; studied with Gerard Poulet, William Lincer, Joel Smirnoff and Robert Mann; former concertmaster: Chicago Civic Orchestra under Daniel Barenboim and Pierre Boulez; performed concertos with the Chicago String Ensemble and Orchestre Symphonique de Tours; toured internationally with Les Virtuoses de France and the West End String Quartet; performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Lyric Opera of Chicago and on chamber music concert series including Dame Myra Hess Concert Series, Mostly Music, and Craftsbury Chamber Players.

(PO) Sidney Curtiss, Viola by special arrangement; Chamber Ensembles. B.M., Philadelphia Conservatory of Music; studied with Leonard Mogill; formerly Assistant Principal Viola, Philadelphia Orchestra; former member of the New Orleans Symphony and the National Symphony Orchestra; also chamber music coach, Settlement Music School.

Glenn Fischbach, Cello by special arrangement; Chamber Ensembles. B.M., Curtis Institute of Music.; studies with Orlando Cole, Metta Watts, William Stokking; substitute, Philadelphia Orchestra; active soloist, chamber musician; former principal cello, Savannah Symphony Orchestra.

(PO) Cristian Macelaru, Principal Guest Conductor of Youth Chamber Orchestra.

(PO) Marvin Moon, Viola by special arrangement; Chamber Ensembles. B.M., Curtis Institute of Music; studies with Choong-Jin Chang, Joseph dePasquale; Viola, the Philadelphia Orchestra; Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, 2006; Music from Angelfire (NM), 2001-2005; Fourth International Chamber Music Encounters led by Isaac Stern (Jerusalem), 2000; former member: Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Curtis Symphony Orchestra (as principal).

(BCMD) Charles Parker, Jr., Violin by special arrangement; Coach and Coordinator of Chamber Ensembles in the Center for Gifted Young Musicians. B.A., S.U.N.Y. (Stony Brook); studies with Ivan Galamian, Helen Kwalwasser, Paul, Zukofsky; artistic director, Davidsbund Chamber Players; orchestra member: Opera Company of Philadelphia; chamber music coach: Haverford College, Bryn Mawr College; lecturer in violin, Boyer College of Music and Dance, recipient of the "Inspiration Award" from Temple's Center for Gifted Young Musicians.

Aaron Picht, Resident Conductor of Youth Chamber Orchestra; Conductor of Classic Strings. B.M., Boston U.; M.A., Teachers College, Columbia U.; studies with George Neikrug, Walter Trampler, Eugene Lehner; Director, Sandra Dean String Ensemble at The Philadelphia School; formerly: Viola, Boston Musica Viva; Principal Viola, Het Limburgs Symphonie Orkest.

(BCMD) Kimberly Rowe, Harp by special arrangement; Conductor of Youth Harp Ensemble. BM, MM, Cleveland Institute of Music, is best known as founding editor of Harp Column, a magazine she founded in 1993 that circulates to harpists worldwide. She performs with ensembles throughout the region, including multiple performances with The Philadelphia Orchestra for maestros Charles Dutoit, Cristoph Eschenbach, and others, including the orchestra's 2010 tour of Asia and performances at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and Verizon Hall. Kimberly has been a featured performer at conferences of the American Harp Society, the World Harp Congress, Camac's Festival de la Harpe, and Lyon & Healy's International Jazz and Pop Harpfest. She has performed in Atlantic City showrooms for stars such as Tony Bennett, Bernadette Peters, Sarah McLachlan, and many others. In 2008 Kimberly founded the Temple Music Prep Harp Ensemble; she also teaches undergraduate students at Temple University. She is co-director and founder of the Young Artist's Harp Seminar and Competition in Rabun Gap, Georgia, and has been on the faculty at Rowan University and the Sartatoga Harp Colony. Kimberly Rowe studied with Alice Chalifoux.

David Yang, Chamber Ensembles. B.A. University of Pennsylvania; M. Arch. University of Pennsylvania; Special Studies: Chamber Music San Francisco Conservatory; Viola, composer; private studies with Martha Katz, Heidi Castleman, Karen Ritscher; Artistic Director - Newburyport Chamber Music Festival; Director of Chamber Music - University of Pennsylvania, collaborations with members of Borromeo, Brentano, Lark, Miro, Tokyo String Quartets, Eroica Trio, Trio Cavatina; recent concerts in Italy, UK, Canada; recipient of 2009 Independence Foundation Fellowship awarded to exceptional artists in the Philadelphia region; Director of Auricolae Storytelling and Music Troupe; member of award-winning string trio Ensemble Epomeo based in the United Kingdom.

 

Dance

Victoria McGuigan, B.F.A., M.Ed. Dance, Temple University; recipient: Professional Dance Educator Award, Ellen Forman Memorial Award; choreographer, educator, performer. Teaching and performance includes venues throughout Philadelphia, New York City, Dance West, Utah, and Brazil. Member: Dance and the Child International, Member of Board of Directors: Dance Conduit.


Early Childhood Music

(BCMD) Dr. Beth Bolton, Curriculum Director. B.S., Ft. Hays State U.; M.M., Emporia State U.; Ph.D., Temple U.; Associate Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of music education, Boyer College of Music and Dance; Vice Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs, Center for the Arts; author, Musicianship, Jump Right In: The Music Curriculum, Music Play.

Heather Waters, Early Childhood Music Foundations. B.M. (Music Education/Piano Performance), University of Alaska Fairbanks; M.M. (Piano Performance), Ithaca College; current Doctoral Fellow at Temple University in Music Education; National Board Certified Teacher in Music: Early and Middle Childhood; Orff-Schulwerk Levels from the University of Northern Colorado, Kodaly training from Colorado State University; Elementary General Music Teacher in Colorado for 8 years.

Yiyue Zhang, Early Childhood Music Foundations. B.ME., M.ME., (Music Education) Shanghai Conservatory (China), M.ME., doctoral candidate (Music Education) Temple University; Early Childhood Music Mastership Certification, Elementary General Music Mastership Certification from the Gordon Institute for Music Learning; Orff-Schulwerk Certificate from University of St. Thomas; formerly taught Kindergarten and Elementary general music classes in China.


Guitar

Carol Tileston, Suzuki Guitar. B.A. Jazz Composition/Arranging, Berklee College of Music; registered Suzuki guitar teacher by the Suzuki Association of the Americas. faculty: Soundstage Music School; Member of the Greater Philadelphia Suzuki Association; studied with Frank Longay, William Kossler and Mychal Gendron.

Ross Mann, Guitar for Busy Adults; Individual Lessons. B.M., Georgia State University; M.M., Cleveland Institute of Music; studies with John Sutherland, John Holmquist, Angelo Gilardino; first prize winner: 2001 National Federation of Music Clubs, 2002 American String Teachers Association; faculty, Bucks and Delaware County Community Colleges; Assistant Director, Philadelphia Classical Guitar Orchestra, active soloist and chamber musician with recent appearances at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival and Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society.

 

Jazz Studies

Jay Epstein, Jazz Piano; Beginning Piano for Busy Adults; Pre-Twinkle Suzuki Classes. A.A. in Jazz Studies, Cuyahoga Community College; B.F.A. in Jazz & Contemporary Music, New School University; M.M. Ed. (in preogress), Temple University; studies with Rachel Niccolazzo, Hal Galper; maintains private studio for jazz, theory and composition; director, arranger and manager of Jay Epstein Quartet; toured with regional all-star Tri-C Jazz Ensemble; active freelance musician.


Harp

(BCMD) Kimberly Rowe, by special arrangement; Youth Harp Ensemble. BM, MM, Cleveland Institute of Music, is best known as founding editor of Harp Column, a magazine she founded in 1993 that circulates to harpists worldwide. She performs with ensembles throughout the region, including multiple performances with The Philadelphia Orchestra for maestros Charles Dutoit, Cristoph Eschenbach, and others, including the orchestra's 2010 tour of Asia and performances at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and Verizon Hall. Kimberly has been a featured performer at conferences of the American Harp Society, the World Harp Congress, Camac's Festival de la Harpe, and Lyon & Healy's International Jazz and Pop Harpfest. She has performed in Atlantic City showrooms for stars such as Tony Bennett, Bernadette Peters, Sarah McLachlan, and many others. In 2008 Kimberly founded the Temple Music Prep Harp Ensemble; she also teaches undergraduate students at Temple University. She is co-director and founder of the Young Artist's Harp Seminar and Competition in Rabun Gap, Georgia, and has been on the faculty at Rowan University and the Sartatoga Harp Colony. Kimberly Rowe studied with Alice Chalifoux.


Musicianship

Sandrine Erdely-Sayo, Individual lessons. M.M., University of the Arts; First Prize, Conservatory National Supérieur de Musique de Paris in harmony, counterpoint, fugue; recipient, 1983 French Minister of Culture Award; Prize Winner, Ibla International Competition (Italy); Gold medalist, Scène Française International Competition (France); member: International Society for Philosophical Enquiry (ISPE); classical music editor, Mega Foundation; member, International Society for Philosophical Enquiry; solo recitalist, lecturer, recording artist.

Dr. Girard, Kratz, Summer Music Theory Intensive. B.M., Wilkes University; M.M., Bowling Green State University; D.M.A., Temple University; former faculty: Boyer College of Music and Dance (adjunct for Composition), Montgomery County Community College, Bowling Green State University; active composer; published internationally by Recital Music, UK.


Veronika Zhmeniak, Building Blocks;, FUNdamental Musicianship; Musicianship Beginner/Advanced;, Summer Music Theory Intensive. Music College (Uzhgorod, Ukraine); B.M., M.M., Temple University; certificate, Alexander Technique Teacher; recipient, Future Faculty Fellowship, Temple University; instructor: Suburban Music School; former instructor: Philadelphia Art and Music School, Making Music (Media, PA), Meridee Winters Music School (Ardmore, PA), Friends Select School (Philadelphia, PA).


Piano

(BCMD) Dr. Charles Abramovic, by special arrangement

Luba Agranovsky, M.M. (performance), M.M. (pedagogy) Moscow Gnessin State Music Institute (Russia); Professional Studies (harpsichord), Rubin Academy of Music (Israel); winner, Carlo Soliva International Chamber Music Competition (Italy); member, The Rachmaninov Trio; accompanist, Curtis Institute of Music; performed on Philadelphia Orchestra Chamber Music Series (1999-2013); active recitalist internationally.

Jay Epstein, Jazz Piano; Beginning Piano for Busy Adults; Pre-Twinkle Suzuki Classes. A.A. in Jazz Studies, Cuyahoga Community College; B.F.A. in Jazz & Contemporary Music, New School University; M.M. Ed. (in preogress), Temple University; studies with Rachel Niccolazzo, Hal Galper; maintains private studio for jazz, theory and composition; director, arranger and manager of Jay Epstein Quartet; toured with regional all-star Tri-C Jazz Ensemble; active freelance musician.

Sandrine Erdely-Sayo, M.M., University of the Arts; First Prize, Conservatory National Supérieur de Musique de Paris in harmony, counterpoint, fugue; recipient, 1983 French Minister of Culture Award; Prize Winner, Ibla International Competition (Italy); Gold medalist, Scène Française International Competition (France); classical music editor, Mega Foundation;
member, International Society for Philosophical Enquiry; solo recitalist, lecturer, recording artist.

Ellen Feldman, B.M., M.M., Temple University; studies with Maryan Filar, Harvey Wedeen; recitalist; accompanist.

Emily Jennings, Suzuki and Traditional Piano. B.M. Piano Pedagogy, Temple University; studies with Alexander Fiorillo, Maria del Pico Taylor, and Clipper Erickson; Suzuki studies with Joan Krzywicki; registered Suzuki teacher with the Suzuki Association of the Americas; Taubman studies with Maria Taylor; Alexander Technique studies with Anne Johnson; participant, Rome Festival in Italy; former faculty, Conservatory of Musical Arts, Haddonfield, NJ; faculty, Moorestown School of Music, Moorestown, NJ.

(BCMD) Joan Krzywicki, Every Child Can; Suzuki Piano Teacher Training. B.M. Ed., Indiana University (Bloomington); M.M. Youngstown State University; studies with Abbey Simon and Haruko Kataoka (co-founder of the Suzuki Piano School); registered Suzuki Teacher Trainer with the Suzuki Association of the Americas; currently serving as Board Member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas; lecturer of piano, Boyer College of Music and Dance.

Daphne Pantelopulos, Suzuki Piano. B.M. in piano performance at University of the Arts and student of Clement Petrillo and Susan Starr; graduate studies at Indiana University (Bloomington) and student of Sydney Foster; Studied at Mozarteum Sommer Akademie Salzburg (Austria) with Heinz Scholz (master classes) and Antonio Janigro (chamber music); also studied piano and voice at Universitat Mozarteum studying piano with Hedalise Haugp-Stummer; vocal training with Marion Harvey and Dr. Michael Larkin; Registered teacher with the Suzuki Association of the Americas: piano teacher training with Carole Bigler, Joan Krzywicki, Françoise Pierredon and Mary Craig Powell and voice teacher training with Mary Hofer; Member of the Greater Philadelphia Suzuki Association and Piano Basics Foundation; Suzuki piano faculty, Community Music School at University of Delaware.

Nozomi Takashima, Accompanist. B.M., The New School of Music; Diploma and Artist’s Certificate, Curtis Institute of Music; additional study at the Oberlin Conservatory. Piano studies with Vladimir Sokoloff and Leon Bates; chamber music studies with Felix Galimir and Karen Tuttle. Studio accompanist for Julius Baker, David Cerone, Jascha Brodsky, Olrlando Cole, Yumi Ninomya Scott, Arnold Steinhardt, Michael Tree and others. Frequent recitalist in Philadelphia and accompanist in many national and international competitions.

(BCMD) Harvey Wedeen, by special arrangement.

 

Strings

(PO) Richard Amoroso, Violin by special arrangement. B.A., Dickinson College; studies with Norman Carol, William de Pasquale, Rafael Druian, David Arben; member: Philadelphia Orchestra; formerly: Associate Principal Second Violin with Philly Pops, concertmaster for Pro Musica, Principal Second Violin for Mendelssohn Club, Philadelphia Singers and Academy of Vocal Arts; performed as soloist with Philly Pops, North Penn Symphony, and recently in a trio recital at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall.

Dr. Rebecca Ansel, Violin by special arrangement. B.M., Rice University; M.M.and D.M.A., University of Michigan; studies with Kathleen Winkler and Paul Kantor; Former Professor: University of Oklahoma, Ithaca College and The Ohio State University; chamber/orchestral/baroque musician: Holmberg String Quartet, Ariadne String Quartet, Roycroft Chamber Festival, Ensemble X, Light in Winter Festival, Skaneatles Festival Orchestra, Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, Pro-Music Chamber Orchestra, Iris Chamber Orchestra, New York State Early Music Ensemble, Denton Bach Society.

(BCMD) Millie Bai, Violin by special arrangement

Joanne DiMaria Bates, Double Bass. BM, Curtis Institute of Music; bass and chamber music studies with Roger Scott, Felix Galamir, Karen Tuttle, Mischa Schneider; Ford Foundation Fellow, Koussevitzsky Foundation at Tanglewood; Principal, Riverside Symphonia and member, Princeton Symphony; First woman to play in The Philadelphia Orchestra bass section; Adjunct faculty, Kutztown University and Chestnut Hill College.

(BCMD, PO) Luis Biava, Music Director Emeritus, Youth Chamber Orchestra.

Ben Blazer, Double Bass; CMSP String Ensemble; Theory Class. B.M., Double Bass and Theory, M.M., Composition, Temple University; music teacher, Philadelphia School District; substitute for Allentown Symphony; freelance musician.

(BCMD, PO) Davyd Booth, Violin by special arrangement; Conductor of Baroque Players and Classic Strings. New School of Music; studies with Jascha Brodsky; violin, The Philadelphia Orchestra, 1807 and Friends, Wister String Quartet; keyboard: Philadelphia Orchestra, Amerita Chamber Players; lecturer in violin, Boyer College of Music and Dance.

(PO) Choong-Jin Chang, Violin, Viola by special arrangement. B.M. (violin), Curtis Institute; A.D., Curtis Institute of Music; Principal viola, The Philadelphia Orchestra; Viola professor, Peabody Conservatory of John Hopkins University and Mason Gross School of the Arts of Rutgers University.; Marlboro Music Festival 1992-94; Musicians from Marlboro, 1993-94; member, The Johannes Quartet; soloist; chamber musician; recording artist. .

(BCMD, PO) Che-Hung Chen, Viola by special arrangement; Chamber Ensembles. B.M., Curtis Institute of Music, studied with Joseph de Pasquale; first prize: Banff International String Quartet Competition (Daedalus Quartet), Pièce de concert prize, Székely Prize; three-time winner, Taiwan National Instrumental Competition; viola, The Philadelphia Orchestra; adjunct faculty, Boyer College of Music and Dance; participant: "Musicians from Marlboro" tour, Marlboro School of Music, Ravinia, Caramoor, Kingston, Bridgehampton, Music from Angel Fire Festivals.

(PO) Sidney Curtiss, Viola by special arrangement; Chamber Ensembles. B.M., Philadelphia Conservatory of Music; studied with Leonard Mogill; formerly Assistant Principal Viola, Philadelphia Orchestra; former member of the New Orleans Symphony and the National Symphony Orchestra; also chamber music coach, Settlement Music School.

(BCMD) Dr. Vladimir Dyo, Violin by special arrangement.

(BCMD) Hannah Doucette, Suzuki and Traditional Violin. B.M., The Hartt School; M.M., Temple University; studies with William dePasquale, Robert dePasquale, Emlyn Ngai, and Mickey Reisman; Suzuki certified with Teri Einfeldt, Edward Kreitman, & Alice Joy Lewis; chamber coachings with Helen Kwalwasser, Sidney Curtiss, Brandon Vamos, Rita Porfiris; master classes include Eric Lewis, Elizabeth Faidley, and Cathy Robinson; coach for PRYSM division (Philadelphia Region Youth String Music) of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra; faculty: Moravian College Music Institute, Ambler Music Academy; adjunct faculty: Temple University & Ursinus College; freelance musician.

Glenn Fischbach, Cello by special arrangement; Chamber Ensembles. B.M., Curtis Institute of Music.; studies with Orlando Cole, Metta Watts, William Stokking; substitute, Philadelphia Orchestra; active soloist, chamber musician; former principal cello, Savannah Symphony Orchestra.

Steven Heitlinger, Viola. B.M., Arizona State University; M.M., University of Maryland, College Park; Professional Studies, Temple University; participant: National Orchestral Institute, principal violist; Elysium String Quartet, Symphony in C, Riverside Symphonia.

Estelle Kerner, Violin by special arrangement. B.S., Temple University; M.A., University of Pennsylvania; Chamber Music Fellowship, Yale School of Music; studies with Raphael Bronstein; publications on musicology and violin pedagogy; forth coming book: A Vanishing Culture: Photographic Portraits from Tibet with an Introduction by Pico Iyer.

Ruth Kiang, Suzuki and Traditional Violin. B.A., University of Northern Iowa; M.M., Temple University; Suzuki certified with Joanne Melvin and Marilyn O’Boyle; master classes include Shanghai Quartet, Faure Quartett, Lavard Skou-Larsen, Walter Verdehr, and Michiko Otaki; faculty: Sudanese Cultural Society of Greater Philadelphia; section sub: Bay-Atlantic Symphony, active chamber and freelance musician.

Thomas Kraines, Cello by special arrangement. B.M., Curtis Institute of Music; M.M., Juilliard School; studies with Frederic Raimi, Orlando Cole, Joel Krosnick; member: the Daedalus Quartet; former instructor: Princeton University, Longy School of Music, Peabody Conservatory; chamber music performances: East Coast Chamber Orchestra, Mistral, Music from Copland House, Network for New Music, Kingston Chamber Music Festival, Moab Music Festival, Festival dei Due Monde (Spoleto, Italy) among others; soloist; chamber musician; composer.

(BCMD) Helen Kwalwasser, Violin by special arrangement. Curtis Institute of Music; Juilliard; recipient: American String Teacher Association's 2006 Artist/Teacher of the Year Award, Temple University 2006 Great Teacher Award, 1997 Lindback Award, and 1985 Creative Achievement Award; founding member, Temple Trio; concert violinist; member, New York Chamber Soloists; Professor Emeritus of violin, artistic advisor for String Instructor, Boyer College of Music and Dance.

Karen Meier, Suzuki and Traditional Cello. BM, Curtis Institute of Music; graduate studies, Juilliard School of Music; studies with Orlando Cole, Metta Watts, Joel Krosnick; College House Teaching Fellow, University of Pennsylvania; registered Suzuki instructor; member, The Westwoods Ensemble; freelance musician.

(PO) Marvin Moon, Viola by special arrangement; Chamber Ensembles. B.M., Curtis Institute of Music; studies with Choong-Jin Chang, Joseph dePasquale; Viola, the Philadelphia Orchestra; Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, 2006; Music from Angelfire (NM), 2001-2005; Fourth International Chamber Music Encounters led by Isaac Stern (Jerusalem), 2000; former member: Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Curtis Symphony Orchestra (as principal).

(BCMD, PO) Hirono Oka, Violin by special arrangement. Toho Conservatory of Music (Tokyo); San Francisco Conservatory; Curtis Institute of Music; studies with Ivan Galamian, Jaime Laredo, Arnold Steinhardt, Felix Galimir, Stuart Canin; violin, Philadelphia Orchestra; appeared as soloist with: San Francisco Chamber Ensemble, Utica Symphony, among others; chamber musician with: Marlboro Music Festival, Chamber Music West, Theatre Chamber Players of the Kennedy Center, Network for New Music, Delaware Chamber Music Festival, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society; toured with: Brandenburg Ensemble, Music from Marlboro; lecturer of violin, Boyer College of Music and Dance.

Tracy Parente, Lead Teacher of the Philadelphia String Project at Temple University. B.M. in violin, Temple University; M.A., Arcadia University; Teaching Certificate, Immaculata University; currently a String Specialist in the School District of Philadelphia; has conducted All City Middle School Orchestra; served on All City High School committee; has performed with The Pennsylvania Opera Theatre, The Metropolitan Opera Guild as well as with The Moody Blues, Page and Plant World Tour,  Lester Lanin Orchestra, Smokey Robinson, Harry Connick Jr., Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra Jr. and Pavarotti.

(BCMD) Charles Parker, Jr., Violin by special arrangement; Coach and Coordinator of Chamber Ensembles in the Center for Gifted Young Musicians. B.A., S.U.N.Y. (Stony Brook); studies with Ivan Galamian, Helen Kwalwasser, Paul, Zukofsky;  artistic director, Davidsbund Chamber Players; orchestra member: Opera Company of Philadelphia; chamber music coach: Haverford College, Bryn Mawr College; lecturer in violin, Boyer College of Music and Dance, recipient of the "Inspiration Award" from Temple's Center for Gifted Young Musicians.

Ingrid Rosenback, Violin. B.A., University of Delaware; B.S., Philadelphia College of Pharmacy & Science; B.M., Temple University; did studies with Helen Kwalwasser; faculty: Music School of Delaware.

(BCMD) Dr. Eduard Schmieder, Violin by special arrangement

(BCMD, PO, Curtis) Yumi Ninomiya Scott, Violin by special arrangement. Toho Cons. of Music (Tokyo); Curtis Institute of Music; member, Philadelphia Orchestra; faculty: Curtis Institute, Boyer College of Music and Dance; chamber musician.

Metta Watts, Cello by special arrangement. New School of Music; assistant to Orlando Cole; former member, New Chamber Orchestra; chamber musician.

 

Voice

Veronica Chapman-Smith, B.M., M.M., Temple University; studies with Carlos Serrano; soloist: Spoleto Festival (Italy), Choral Arts Society, Mendelssohn Club, Colorado Symphony, Charlotte Symphony, Gulf Coast Symphony, Orquestra Sinfonica Municipal de Caracas; opera solo roles: Lyric Opera of Chicago, Opera Birmingham, Bristol Riverside Theater, Opera Theater of The Rockies, Opera Colorado, Elysium Concert Opera, Ash Lawn Opera Festival, Center City Opera Theater, Shaker Mt. Opera, Natchez Opera Festival, Savoy Company; member: Opera Company of Philadelphia, The Crossing Choir, Philadelphia Singers.

Adrienne Dafcik, Singing for Busy Adults, Individual Lessons. B.M. Ed., Temple University; M.M., (Voice Performance and Pedagogy) Westminster Choir College; currently studies with Emily Golden, Laurie Rogers, Jeffrey Miller; previously studied with Randi Marrazzo, Julian Rodescu; Certifications: Music K-12 for New Jersey and Pennsylvania, Middle School Mathematics for Pennsylvania (grades 7-9), Early Childhood Music Gordon Institute of Music, Level I; has performed with Opera Delaware, Poor Richard’s Opera (Philadelphia Fringe Festival 2012), Elysium Concert Opera, Philadelphia Freedom Band (Clarinet Section Leader, Assistant Conductor); maintains a private voice studio; tutor/instructor: beginner music theory, drama, language arts, math, study skills, writing; formerly taught at Folks Arts Cultural Treasures Charter School, Beverly Hills Middle School, and Vineland Public Schools..

Dr. Barbara Di Toro, B.M., M.M. (Voice Performance), Ed.D., (Educational Administration) Temple University; B.A. (Elementary Education), Holy Family University; studies with Klara Meyers, John Douglas, Robert Nay, Dr. Neal Tracy, Diane Forlano; Associate Director, Temple Music Prep; adjunct voice faculty, Arcadia University; performed roles with Temple Opera Theater, Opera Delaware, Buck-Mont Opera Company; soloist, Wyncote Calvary Presbyterian Church, St. Hilary of Poitiers, Our Lady Help of Christians; member: Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia, Boyer Alumni Association Board, Children’s Opera Box Board.

Jennifer Hsiung, BM (Piano), San Jose State University; MM (Voice), Mannes College; AD, Academy of Vocal Arts; Opera experience includes roles with the St. Barth’s Music Festival, Opera New Jersey, Academy of Vocal Arts, Opera North and Mannes Opera. Awards: 2nd and 3rd place in the James P. Parkinson Foundation Competition; 2nd place in the Mario Lanza Scholarship Competition; winner of the San Jose Opera Guild Competition. Ms. Hsiung also was a regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and earned grant awards from Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation and the Shoshana Foundation (Richard Gold Career Grant Award). Attended young artist programs at Chautauqua Studio, Opera North and Bay Area Summer Opera Theater Instiute. Taught piano and voice formerly at Riverdale Music Studios, South Bay School of Music Arts and was assistant choral director for the San Jose State Choraliers.


Woodwinds

Brian Adamczyk, Saxophone. B.M., University of the Arts; recipient: Michael Brecker Saxophone Award, Promising Artist Award; member, New Jersey Saxophone Quartet; freelance musician; recording with John Legend; performed with The Temptations; instructor: George School, Wendy Hellyer Performing Arts Center, Music and Arts Center; formerly assisted: University of the Arts Summer Jazz Studies Program, Pennsbury HS Summer Music Workshop.

Jason O'Mara, Saxophone; CMSP Jazz Orchestra; Jazz Workshop. B.M., University of the Arts. Freelance saxophonist, clarinetist, flautist, oboist, composer, arranger, session musician. Has performed and/or recorded with Natalie Cole, Frankie Valli, Frank Sinatra, Jr., Teddy Pendergrass, Randy Brecker, James Moody, The O’Jays, the Temptations, the Bay-Atlantic Symphony, the Lancaster Symphony, and the Trenton Symphony, among others. Recent tour with the original cast of the Jersey Boys and can be seen on Sony/PBS DVD production of “Love Train: The Sound of Philadelphia.” Founding member of the New Jersey Saxophone Quartet. Completed tours throughout US, Canada, and Europe as well as 2 recitals at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. Performed in over 50 musical productions as a woodwind doubler. Past faculty positions include Immaculata University, Germantown Friends, George School, Bensalem High School. Founder and Director of the CMSP Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Workshop.

Jocelyn Plant, Oboe. M.M., Temple University; B.M. Duquesne University; has performed with Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Symphony in C, Wilmington Ballet, Delaware Valley Opera Orchestra; former member, Butler County Symphony Orchestra; Coordinator, Temple Music Preparatory Program; freelance musician.

Dr. Rie Suzuki, Clarinet. BM, Musashino Academia Musicae (Tokyo); MM, Webster U.; DMA, Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University; member: Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra; principal clarinet: Princeton Festival Opera Orchestra; founding member: Tripod Trio, Eastwinds Quintet; guest artist: Apple Hill Chamber Music Festival, Northern Lights International Music Festival; faculty: Rowan U.

Stephen Wilensky, Flute. B.M. Ed., Philadelphia Musical Academy; M.M., Manhattan School of Music; doctoral studies, Temple University; studies with William Kincaid, John Wummer; recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship (Japan), National Grammy Foundation and  PFT Excellence in Teaching awards among others.

Stephanie Wilson, Oboe. B.F.A., Carnegie Mellon U.; M.M., Temple University; member: Delaware Symphony Orchestra; freelance musician, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Lancaster Symphony, Harrisburg Symphony, Richmond Symphony (VA); former member: Haddonfield Symphony; former faculty: Susquehanna University, Episcopal Academy.

 

Faculty in the News

Former Temple Music Prep faculty member and Philadelphia music educator, Dr. Saul Feinberg, is the recipient of the Discovery Orchestra's 2013-2014 Break Through Classical Music Award. Dr. Feinberg is being honored for his educational legacy of teaching listening skills that help listeners connect with classical music. A special patron’s dinner and a concert entitled Laughing with Rossini will be presented to honor Dr. Feinberg on April 6, 2014. For more information, please visit the Discovery Orchestra website.

To mark the 25th anniversary of the 1987 march on Washington to free Soviet Jews, the Jewish Federation of Omaha hosted a concert featuring Duo Dmitri (Flute and Piano Duo) with Luba Agranovsky from the Temple Music Prep piano faculty.

Luba Agranovsky, Music Prep piano faculty member, joins members of The Philadelphia Orchestra in a chamber music concert. The concert, featuring music of Milhaud, Debussy, and Rachmaninoff, takes place on Sunday, November 18 at 3:00 pm in the Kimmel Center's Perelman Theater.

Guitar faculty member, Ross Mann, performs with Duende Musical as part of this year’s Philly Fringe Festival in early September 2012.

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