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Accompanist

Biba Benjamin, accompanist, is a native Philadelphian, and received her training from Eleanor Sokoloff at Settlement Music School. While a student, Benjamin was twice a soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra and attended Fountainebleau Conservatory in France. She graduated for Peabody Conservatory where she was a student of Leon Fleisher. She went on to earn a master's degree in accompanying and chamber music. For the past seven years, Benjamin has been staff accompanist for Franklin and Marshall College as well as the Lancaster Symphony Choir and teaches piano privately in Lancaster, PA.

Yuriko Tanii-Toda, Accompanist. BM, Toho Conservatory of Music (Tokyo); MA, Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien (Vienna), piano studies with Nobuyoshi Kato, Katsurako Mikami; piano and piano chamber music studies with Avedis Kouyoumdjian; appeared as a soloist, chamber musician and accompanist at numerous concerts.

Adult Classes

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

(BCMD) Dr. Alexander deVaron, Mindfulness and Song: An Experiental Workshop

(BCMD) Dr. Rollo Dilworth, Singing Owls Campus Community Choir, Director

 

Jay Epstein, Beginning Piano for Busy Adults; Pathways to Jazz Improv; Suzuki, Traditional, and Jazz Piano Studio. AA in Jazz Studies, Cuyahoga Community College; BFA in Jazz & Contemporary Music, New School University; MM Ed, Temple University; studied with Rachel Niccolazzo, Hal Galper; maintains private studio for jazz, theory and composition; director, arranger and manager of Jay Epstein Quartet; active freelance musician; Suzuki training with Joan Krzywicki, SAA Registration for Piano level 1, member SAA.

 

Justin Jue, Summer Songwriting Intensive, Summer Music Theory Intensive. MM in Music Education, Temple University; BM in Commercial and Media Composition at California State University, Northridge (CSUN); Professional Certificate in Keyboard Performance at Musicians Institute, Hollywood, CA.Justin has studied jazz with world renowned jazz pianist, Kwak Yoon Chan while living in Korea. he has scored music for several independent films and arranged the theme music for the cable channel, Television Korea 24 under the name Su-Hyun Jue; he has worked as an accompanist as well as a music teacher in several schools and churches on the west coast including Glendale Community College, First Baptist Church of Hollywood and Glory Church of Jesus Christ in Los Angeles. Comfortable with various styles of music from Hiphop/Rap, and jazz to musicals and sacred music as well as classical music, Justin’s compositions have won silver awards at the Korean National Contemporary Music Contest (2000) and at the Christian Gospel Contest (2002). Currently, he is the music director and music curriculum director at St. Hilary of Poitiers School, Rydal, PA.

(BCMD) Joan Krzywicki, Every Child Can; Suzuki Piano Teacher Training. BM Ed., Indiana University (Bloomington); MM 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 Chair-Elect of the Suzuki Association of the Americas.

 

Ross Mann, Guitar for Busy Adults. BM, Georgia State University; MM, Cleveland Institute of Music. Studied 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.

 

Wesley Morgan, Singing for Busy Adults, Individual Lessons. DMA candidate at Temple University; MM in vocal performance from Georgia State University; BM in vocal Performance (summa cum laude) from Florida Southern College. Mr. Morgan has studied with Richard Clement, Richard Zeller and Beverly Wolff. Operatic roles have included Gastone in La Traviata (Atlanta Opera), Alfred and Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus (Ashevill Lyric Opera and Vashon Opera, respectively), Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor (Bellearyre Music Festival and Opera in the Heights), and Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi (Capitol City Opera), among others. He has performed as soloist in oratorio works such as Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, Mozart’s Requiem, Schubert’s Mass in E-flat, and Handel’s Messiah. He has participated in young artists programs at Ash Lawn Opera, Atlanta Opera Studio, El Paso Opera, St. Petersburg Opera, and Oberlin Conservatory. Mr. Morgan has served as an adjunct voice faculty member at Georgia Perimeter College, Georgia State University, Harrison Performing Arts High School, and also has taught private voice lessons at Callenwolde Fine Arts Center, Woodward Academy, Ecclectic Music, and Susan Chambers School of Theatre and Dance. In addition he has served as musical director at Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church, Center for Puppetry Arts, Atlanta Lyric Theatre, Florida Southern College, and Pied Piper Players Theatre.


Brass

Justin Moore, Trombone. MM, Temple University; BM, 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. BM, Rice University; MM and DMA, University of Michigan. Studied with Kathleen Winkler and Paul Kantor; Faculty, West Chester University; 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; member of the Pennsylvania Ballet orchestra.

(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. Studied 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.

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. BM, 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. BM, Curtis Institute of Music. Studied 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; Great Hall Chamber Orchestra, principal violist; member: Elysium String Quartet, Allentown Symphony, Prometheus Chamber Orchestra, and Riverside Symphonia.

Jasper Quartet (Ensemble-in-Residence)
-J Freivogel is the founding first violinist of the Jasper String Quartet, winners of the prestigious CMA Cleveland Quartet Award. J is also a member of the East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO) and attended Oberlin College and Conservatory for Bachelor’s degrees in Violin Performance and Politics. During his time there, J won the Kauffman Chamber Music prize three times, the Presser Music Award, the Hurlbutt prize for most outstanding violinist, and the concerto competition. He received his Master’s in String Quartet Performance from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music and an Artist’s Diploma at the Yale School of Music. His principal teachers include Marilyn McDonald, Sylvia Rosenberg, and Cho-Liang Lin for violin, and James Dunham, Norman Fischer, and the Tokyo String Quartet for chamber music. J is married to cellist Rachel Henderson Freivogel and they live in Philadelphia, PA with their children, Leon and Evy.
-Sae Chonabayashi, violin, was born in Ibaragi, Japan and began playing violin at age three. She attended the prestigious Toho Gakuen School of Music in Japan from the age of fifteen, where she completed her studies with Koichiro Harada, a founding member of the Tokyo String Quartet. In 2001, Sae came to the United States to study with Donald Weilerstein at the Cleveland Institute of Music. As a full scholarship student, she continued her studies with Mr. Weilerstein at the New England Conservatory, where she received undergraduate and graduate diplomas. She won third prize in the 2006 Swedish Duo International Competition. She is the second violinist of the Cleveland Quartet Award winning Jasper String Quartet.
-Sam Quintal, founding violist of the Jasper String Quartet, was born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska. As a member of the Jasper String Quartet he has won awards including the Cleveland Quartet Award and the Grand Prizes at both the Plowman Chamber Music Competition and the Coleman Chamber Music Competition. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in violin performance from Oberlin Conservatory studying with Marilyn McDonald, his Master’s degree in String Quartet from Rice University studying viola with James Dunham, and his Artist's Diploma from Yale School of Music studying with the Tokyo String Quartet.
-Rachel Henderson Freivogel is the founding cellist of the Cleveland Quartet Award winning Jasper String Quartet. She began her studies with her mother in her hometown of Ann Arbor, MI at the age of four and completed her undergraduate studies in cello performance at Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where she also received a Master’s Degree in historical performance. She received a Master’s Degree in String Quartet from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music and an Artist's Diploma in String Quartet from Yale School of Music. Her principal teachers include Norman Fischer, Clive Greensmith and Catharina Meints. She is married to violinist J Freivogel.

Ruth Kiang, Suzuki and Traditional Violin. BA, University of Northern Iowa; MM, Temple University. Suzuki certified with Joanne Melvin, Marilyn O’Boyle, and Joan Krzywicki; master classes include Shanghai Quartet, Faure Quartett, Lavard Skou-Larsen, Walter Verdehr, and Michiko Otaki; faculty: New Jersey School of Music in Medford, Cheltenham Music and Art School; section sub with Bay-Atlantic Symphony; active chamber and freelance musician.

(BCMD) Charles Parker, Jr., Coach and Coordinator of Chamber Ensembles in the Center for Gifted Young Musicians; Violin by special arrangement. BA, State University of New York (Stony Brook). Studied 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, Conductor of Youth Chamber Orchestra; Conductor of Baroque Players. BM, Boston University; MA, Teachers College, Columbia University. Studied 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.

 

Manijéh René Pickard, Acting Director of Temple Music Prep Youth Harp Ensemble. Manijéh attended MidAmerica Nazarene University (MNU) and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in both Music Performance and Music Pedagogy in addition to a Bachelor of Music Education. Her teachers include Deborah Wells Clark, Principal Harpist of the Kansas City Symphony, Tabitha Reist Steiner, Wesley Kelly, and Roseanne Gortenburg. Her performance appearances include the Plaza Arts Festival, Washburn University Symphony Orchestra, MNU String Ensemble and MNU Concert Band. During her senior year in college, Manijéh was selected to perform in the MNU Music Honors Recital 2011. Two years later, she served as President of the Kansas City Lyra Chapter of the American Harp Society. Manijéh remains an active member of the Olathe Music Teachers Association, the Mid-America Music Association, and was recently elected as President of the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Harp Society. She currently resides in Philadelphia where she is the Acting Director of the Temple Music Prep Youth Harp Ensemble, and also freelances and teaches harp and piano lessons in the Philadelphia and Bucks County area.

 

(BCMD) Kimberly Rowe, Director of Temple Music Prep Youth Harp Ensemble; Harp by special arrangement. 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.

 

Dance

Victoria McGuigan, Dance Coordinator. BFA and M.Ed. In 1996 Victoria developed the dance program at the Temple University Music Preparatory Division. She has performed, choreographed and taught extensively in the surrounding area, as well as in New York, Utah, and Brazil. Past company member: Ann Vachon Dance Conduit, Brandi Floreen and Dancers and ICE (Independent Choreographers' Exchange) Recipient of the Ellen Forman Memorial Award and the Temple University Dance Educator's Award. Victoria has also served as a member on the board of directors for Dance Conduit for over a decade and will be serving as chair of the Temple University Department of Dance Alumni Committee during the 2015-2016 academic year. In recent years, her teaching has evolved to include special needs populations inspired by her son, Asher. Her program “Dancing Our Difference” explores the unique abilities of all individuals and is a growing part of her advocacy for embracing difference. Member of daCi (Dance and the Child International) and NDEO (National Dance Education Organization).


Early Childhood Music

(BCMD) Dr. Beth Bolton, Curriculum Director. BS, Ft. Hays State U.; M.M., Emporia State University; PhD, Temple University. 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 and Center for the Arts; author of Musicianship, Katangaroo, Un bellissimo giardino, Jump Right In: The Music Curriculum, Music Play.

Emily Westlake, Early Childhood Music Foundations. B.M. in Music Education, Rutgers University; M.M. in Music Education from Temple University. Elementary General Mastership Certification from the Gordon Institute for Music Learning. Current Elementary General Music Teacher in Lansdale, PA; former Elementary General Music Teacher in Pleasantville, NJ and Teaching Assistant at Temple University. Current Vice President of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Gordon Institute for Music Learning.

 


Guitar


Ross Mann,
Guitar for Busy Adults; Individual Lessons. BM, Georgia State University; MM, Cleveland Institute of Music. Studied 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.

Carol Tileston, Suzuki Guitar. BA, Jazz Composition/Arranging, Berklee College of Music. Registered through Book 4 with the Suzuki Association of the Americas. Member of the Greater Philadelphia Suzuki Association; studied with Frank Longay, William Kossler and Mychal Gendron


Jazz Studies

Jay Epstein, Jazz Piano; Beginning Piano for Busy Adults; Pathways to Jazz Improv; Suzuki & Traditional Piano Studio. AA in Jazz Studies, Cuyahoga Community College; BFA in Jazz & Contemporary Music, New School University; MM Ed, Temple University; studied with Rachel Niccolazzo, Hal Galper; maintains private studio for jazz, theory and composition; director, arranger and manager of Jay Epstein Quartet; active freelance musician; Suzuki training with Joan Krzywicki, SAA Registration for Piano level 1, member SAA.


Harp

Manijéh René Pickard, Acting Director of Temple Music Prep Youth Harp Ensemble. Manijéh attended MidAmerica Nazarene University (MNU) and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in both Music Performance and Music Pedagogy in addition to a Bachelor of Music Education. Her teachers include Deborah Wells Clark, Principal Harpist of the Kansas City Symphony, Tabitha Reist Steiner, Wesley Kelly, and Roseanne Gortenburg. Her performance appearances include the Plaza Arts Festival, Washburn University Symphony Orchestra, MNU String Ensemble and MNU Concert Band. During her senior year in college, Manijéh was selected to perform in the MNU Music Honors Recital 2011. Two years later, she served as President of the Kansas City Lyra Chapter of the American Harp Society. Manijéh remains an active member of the Olathe Music Teachers Association, the Mid-America Music Association, and was recently elected as President of the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Harp Society. She currently resides in Philadelphia where she is the Acting Director of the Temple Music Prep Youth Harp Ensemble, and also freelances and teaches harp and piano lessons in the Philadelphia and Bucks County area.

(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

Rachael Choplick, Pre-Twinkle; Building Blocks; FUNdamental Musicianship. Rachael is a rising junior at Temple University studying Music Education with a voice concentration. She currently studies classical voice with Dr. Lawrence Indik. Rachael is the secretary of Temple NAfMEC Collegiate and treasurer of Singchronize female a cappella. Certified in Level 1 Early Childhood Music through the Gordon Institute of Music Learning.

Sandrine Erdely-Sayo, Individual lessons. MM, 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.

Justin Jue, Summer Songwriting Intensive, Summer Music Theory Intensive. MM in Music Education, Temple University; BM in Commercial and Media Composition at California State University, Northridge (CSUN); Professional Certificate in Keyboard Performance at Musicians Institute, Hollywood, CA.Justin has studied jazz with world renowned jazz pianist, Kwak Yoon Chan while living in Korea. he has scored music for several independent films and arranged the theme music for the cable channel, Television Korea 24 under the name Su-Hyun Jue; he has worked as an accompanist as well as a music teacher in several schools and churches on the west coast including Glendale Community College, First Baptist Church of Hollywood and Glory Church of Jesus Christ in Los Angeles. Comfortable with various styles of music from Hiphop/Rap, and jazz to musicals and sacred music as well as classical music, Justin’s compositions have won silver awards at the Korean National Contemporary Music Contest (2000) and at the Christian Gospel Contest (2002). Currently, he is the music director and music curriculum director at St. Hilary of Poitiers School, Rydal, PA.

 

Dylan Principi, Summer Music Theory Intensive. MM in Theory with a full Teaching Assistant in Music Theory (in progress), and a BM in Music Education and Jazz Studies at Temple University. As a music theorist, Dylan has presented his research at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Michigan, and Temple University. In 2016, Dylan received the B. Stimson Carrow award for excellence in music theory pedagogy and musicianship from the Temple Music Studies Department. As a woodwind specialist, Dylan has performed with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Singers, at the Walnut Street Theatre, and at numerous universities, theaters, and clubs in Philadelphia. Dylan maintains a private teaching studio and formerly served on the instrumental music faculty in the Pennsbury School District.

 

Rebecca Wizov, Building Blocks;, FUNdamental Musicianship, Pre-Twinkle Class. BM in Music Education with focus on K-5 general music and high school choral instruction (in progress), Temple University. Classical voice studies with Laura Camp. Piano background. Former president of the collegiate chapter of the National Association for Music Education at Temple University (2015-16). Current music director of Singchronize, female a cappella group. Active member of Temple’s collegiate chapter of the American Choral Director's Association. Pursuing elementary general music level 1 certification through the Gordon Institute for Music Learning (July 2016).


Piano

(BCMD) Dr. Charles Abramovic, by special arrangement

Luba Agranovsky, MM (performance), MM (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.

Biba Benjamin, Accompanist, is a native Philadelphian, and received her training from Eleanor Sokoloff at Settlement Music School. While a student, Benjamin was twice a soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra and attended Fountainebleau Conservatory in France. She graduated for Peabody Conservatory where she was a student of Leon Fleisher. She went on to earn a master's degree in accompanying and chamber music. For the past seven years, Benjamin has been staff accompanist for Franklin and Marshall College as well as the Lancaster Symphony Choir and teaches piano privately in Lancaster, PA.

Jay Epstein, Jazz Piano; Beginning Piano for Busy Adults; Pathways to Jazz Improv; Suzuki & Traditional Piano Studio. AA in Jazz Studies, Cuyahoga Community College; BFA in Jazz & Contemporary Music, New School University; MM Ed, Temple University; studied with Rachel Niccolazzo, Hal Galper; maintains private studio for jazz, theory and composition; director, arranger and manager of Jay Epstein Quartet; active freelance musician; Suzuki training with Joan Krzywicki, SAA Registration for Piano level 1, member SAA.

Sandrine Erdely-Sayo, MM, 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.

Ellen Feldman, BM, MM, Temple University. Studied with Maryan Filar, Harvey Wedeen; active recitalist; accompanist.

(BCMD) Joan Krzywicki, Every Child Can; Suzuki Piano Teacher Training. BME, Indiana University (Bloomington); MM, Youngstown State University. Studied 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.

Silvanio Reis, DMA in Piano Performance (in progress), Professional Studies Certificate in Piano Performance and M.M. in Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy from Temple University; M.M. in Piano Performance from University of Akron, OH; B.M. in Piano Performance from Instituto de Música e Artes de Penápolis, Brazil. Currently studies piano with Charles Abramovic, and early music repertoire and performance practice with Joyce Lindorff; Studied piano with Mauricy Martin, Sergio Gallo, Philip Thomson, Maria del Pico Taylor, and Harvey Wedeen; Serves as executive assistant of the Taubman Seminar at Temple University and teaches group and applied piano lessons at Boyer College of Music and Dance, TU; Has served on the faculty of II Encontro Internacional de Pianistas in Brazil.

Yuriko Tanii-Toda, Accompanist. BM, Toho Conservatory of Music (Tokyo); MA, Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien (Vienna), piano studies with Nobuyoshi Kato, Katsurako Mikami; piano and piano chamber music studies with Avedis Kouyoumdjian; appeared as a soloist, chamber musician and accompanist at numerous concerts.

 

Strings

Sylvia Ahramjian, Violin, by special arrangement. BM, The Juilliard School; MM, University of Indiana. Appeared as soloist with the Delaware, Newark, Kennett, Dover, Lancaster Symphonies, Bucharest Sinfonia and Ploiesti Philharmonic (Romania); lecture-recitals at Macau University and Shanghai Teachers University; performed chamber music at Moscow Conservatory (Russia), the Holywell Music Room (Oxford, UK), and Romanian Embassies in Venice, Rome, London, and Washington; faculty, West Chester University; former summer festival faculty member: Governor's School for the Arts in PA, Blue Mountain Festival, Adirondack Music Camp, Luzerne Music Center, Casals Festival and the International Suzuki Festival (Puerto Rico), International Festival (Brasov, Romania), Goppisberg Festival (Switzerland).

(PO) Richard Amoroso, Violin by special arrangement. BA, Dickinson College. Studied 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; Chamber Ensembles. BM, Rice University; MM and DMA, University of Michigan. Studied with Kathleen Winkler and Paul Kantor; Faculty, West Chester University; 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; member of the Pennsylvania Ballet orchestra.

Millie Bai, Violin by special arrangement. B.M., M.M., Temple University; Diploma, New School of Music; studied with Jascha Brodsky; asst. to Jascha Brodsky, 1992 - 96; former member of Shanghai Opera House Orchestra; member of Reading Symphony Orchestra; founding member, Bel Canto Trio; active recitalist, chamber musician. With over 30 years of teaching experience, Ms. Bai is a well sought violin teacher with her unique teaching style that makes learning enjoyable and productive.

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; Director of CMSP String Orchestra; Advanced Music Theory and Composition. BM in Double Bass and Theory, MM in Composition, Temple University. Music Department Chair at Central High School, Philadelphia School District; Double Bassist with The Oscuro Quintet.

(BCMD, PO) Davyd Booth, Violin by special arrangement; Conductor of Baroque Players and Classic Strings. New School of Music. Studied 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. BM (violin), Curtis Institute; AD, 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. BM, 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; member, The Clarosa Piano Quartet; chamber musician.

Sae Chonabayashi, Violin by special arrangement. BM, New England Conservatory, MM, New England Conservatory, AD, Yale University. Member: Jasper Quartet. Winner of 2012 Cleveland Quartet Award, Plowman, Coleman, and Yellow Springs Competitions. Studies with Koichiro Harada, Donald Weilerstein, and Cho-Liang Lin, Former instructor at Oberlin Conservatory and Yale University.

 

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. BM, 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) Hannah Doucette, Suzuki and Traditional Violin. BM, The Hartt School; MM, Temple University. Studied 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.

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

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

Ghislaine Fleischmann, Violin by special arrangement. Certificate, Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst (Vienna); BM, Curtis Institute of Music; MM,Temple University. Appeared as soloist with Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Radio Television Orchestra Luxembourg, Vienna Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra, Festival Orchestra of Bregenz; Recital tours to Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Hungary, Finland, Turkey, and China; regularly performs in the violin sections of Philadelphia Orchestra and Baltimore Symphony; tours with the Brandenburg Ensemble.

J Freivogel, Violin by special arrangement. BM, Oberlin Conservatory; BA, Oberlin College; MM, Rice University; AD, Yale University. Member: Jasper Quartet, East Coast Chamber Orchestra. Winner of 2012 Cleveland Quartet Award, Plowman, Coleman, and Yellow Springs Competitions. Studies with Marilyn McDonald, Cho-Liang Lin, and Sylvia Rosenberg. Former instructor at Oberlin Conservatory and Yale University.

Steven Heitlinger, Viola. BM, Arizona State University; MM, University of Maryland, College Park; Professional Studies, Temple University; participant: National Orchestral Institute, principal violist; Great Hall Chamber Orchestra, principal violist; member: Elysium String Quartet, Allentown Symphony, Prometheus Chamber Orchestra, and Riverside Symphonia.

Rachel Henderson Freivogel, Cello by special arrangement. BM, Oberlin Conservatory; MM, Oberlin Conservatory; MM, Rice University; AD, Yale University. Studied with Clive Greensmith, Norman Fischer and Darrett Adkins. Member of Jasper Quartet. Winner of Cleveland Quartet Award, Plowman, Coleman and Yellow Springs Competitions. Former instructor at Oberlin Conservatory and Yale University.

Ruth Kiang, Suzuki and Traditional Violin. BA, University of Northern Iowa; MM, Temple University. Suzuki certified with Joanne Melvin, Marilyn O’Boyle, and Joan Krzywicki; master classes include Shanghai Quartet, Faure Quartett, Lavard Skou-Larsen, Walter Verdehr, and Michiko Otaki; faculty: New Jersey School of Music in Medford, Cheltenham Music and Art School; section sub: Bay-Atlantic Symphony, active chamber and freelance musician.

Thomas Kraines, Cello by special arrangement. BM, Curtis Institute of Music; MM, Juilliard School. Studied 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.

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.

(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. BM in violin, Temple University; MA, Arcadia University, Teaching Certificate, Immaculata University. Currently String Specialist in the School District of Philadelphia; has conducted All City Middle School Orchestra; served on All City High School committee; 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.BA, State University New York (Stony Brook). Studied 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.

Sam Quintal, BM, Oberlin Conservatory; MM, Rice University; AD, Yale University. Studied with James Dunham, Kazu Isomura and Marilyn McDonald. Member of Jasper Quartet. Winner of Cleveland Quartet Award, Plowman, Coleman and Yellow Springs Competitions. Former instructor at Oberlin Conservatory and Yale University.

Ingrid Rosenback, Violin. BA, University of Delaware; BS, Philadelphia College of Pharmacy & Science; BM, Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and Dance. Studied with Helen Kwalwasser; faculty: Music School of Delaware; co-founder and violinist, Last Chance Duo.

(PO) Marc Rovetti, Violin by special arrangement.


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

(BCMD, PO, Curtis) Yumi Ninomiya Scott, Violin by special arrangement. Toho Conservatory 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. Former assistant to Orlando Cole; former member, New Chamber Orchestra; chamber musician.

 

Voice

Dr. Marcus DeLoach, Voice by special arrangement.

Dr. Barbara Di Toro, BM (summa cum laude), and MM (Voice Performance), Ed.D. (Educational Administration), Temple University; BA (Elementary Education), Holy Family University. Vocal studies with Klara Meyers, John Douglas, Robert Nay, Dr. Neal Tracy, Diane Forlano; adjunct voice faculty, Arcadia University; Performed roles with Temple Opera Theater, Delaware Valley Opera, and Buck-Mont Opera Company; former musical theater director, Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School; current soloist at Wyncote Calvary Presbyterian Church, St. Hilary of Poitiers, Our Lady Help of Christians; Associate Director, Temple Music Prep; member: Children’s Opera Box, Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia, Temple University Alumni Association, Boyer Alumni Association; recipient of: Millard E. Gladfelter Award, Esther Boyer Griswald Award, and the Temple University Alumni Association Impact Award 2015.

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.


Wesley Morgan, Singing for Busy Adults, Individual Lessons. DMA candidate at Temple University; MM in vocal performance from Georgia State University; BM in vocal Performance (summa cum laude) from Florida Southern College. Mr. Morgan has studied with Richard Clement, Richard Zeller and Beverly Wolff. Operatic roles have included Gastone in La Traviata (Atlanta Opera), Alfred and Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus (Ashevill Lyric Opera and Vashon Opera, respectively), Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor (Bellearyre Music Festival and Opera in the Heights), and Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi (Capitol City Opera), among others. He has performed as soloist in oratorio works such as Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, Mozart’s Requiem, Schubert’s Mass in E-flat, and Handel’s Messiah. He has participated in young artists programs at Ash Lawn Opera, Atlanta Opera Studio, El Paso Opera, St. Petersburg Opera, and Oberlin Conservatory. Mr. Morgan has served as an adjunct voice faculty member at Georgia Perimeter College, Georgia State University, Harrison Performing Arts High School, and also has taught private voice lessons at Callenwolde Fine Arts Center, Woodward Academy, Ecclectic Music, and Susan Chambers School of Theatre and Dance. In addition he has served as musical director at Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church, Center for Puppetry Arts, Atlanta Lyric Theatre, Florida Southern College, and Pied Piper Players Theatre.

 


Woodwinds

Brian Adamczyk, Saxophone. BM, 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. BM, 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 Moore, Oboe. MM, Temple University; BM. Duquesne University. Former member of Butler County Symphony Orchestra; performed with Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Richmond Symphony, Symphony in C, Pennsylvania Philharmonic, Wilmington Ballet; Education and Outreach Manager, Symphony in C; former faculty,Symphony Music School, Play On, Philly!; freelance musician.

Dr. Rie Suzuki, Clarinet. BM, Musashino Academia Musicae (Tokyo); MM, Webster University; 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; faculty/guest artist: Northern Lights Music Festival; Endless Mountain Music Festival, Philadelphia International Music Festival, Apple Hill Chamber Music Festival; faculty: Rowan University.

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

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