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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 earned a master's degree in accompanying and chamber music. Benjamin is staff accompanist at Franklin and Marshall College as well as the Lancaster Symphony Choir and teaches piano privately in Lancaster, PA.

Joseph Cianciulli, accompanist, received a BM in Voice and Opera Performance and Concert Piano from Temple University. Cianciulli began his training at the Conservatory of Music and Dance and continued his training in piano through Temple University's Preparatory Program with Dr. David Pasbrig. He has served as piano accompanist to vocalists, instrumentalists and professional dancers and has accompanied for Louisville Ballet Company, Louisville Ballet Youth Ensemble, The School of Pennsylvania Ballet, University of Hartford, The Conservatory of Music and Dance, Pennsylvania Performing Arts Academy and much more. In addition to accompanying, Cianciulli danced professionally for two seasons with Brandywine Ballet Company and with the Louisville Ballet in Kentucky.

 

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, 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 and is a registered Suzuki instructor for Piano level 1 with the Suzuki Association of the Americas.

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. Jue 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, Jue's compositions have won silver awards at the Korean National Contemporary Music Contest (2000) and at the Christian Gospel Contest (2002). 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 of the Suzuki Association of the Americas.

Ross Mann, Guitar for Busy Adults, Individual Lessons in Guitar, Bass Guitar. 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.

Silvanio Reis, Beginning Piano for Busy Adults; Suzuki and Traditional Individual Lessons. DMA in Piano Performance (in progress), Professional Studies Certificate in Piano Performance, MM in Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy from Temple University; MM in Piano Performance from University of Akron, OH; BM in Piano Performance from Instituto de Música e Artes de Penápolis, Brazil. Currently studies piano with Dr. Charles Abramovic, and early music repertoire and performance practice with Dr. Joyce Lindorff. He received his training on the Taubman Approach during his master’s and professional studies at Temple University under the guidance of Prof. Maria del Pico Taylor. Studied piano with Dr. Mauricy Martin, Dr. Sergio Gallo, Prof. Philip Thomson, and Prof. Harvey Wedeen. Silvanio is a registered Suzuki instructor with the Suzuki Association of the Americas. Faculty and executive administrator of the Taubman Seminar at Temple University and teaches group and applied piano lessons at Boyer College of Music and Dance, TU. Formerly served on the faculty of II Encontro Internacional de Pianistas in Brazil.

Sharon Rhinesmith, Singing for Busy Adults; Individual Lessons. BM and MM in Voice Performance, Temple University. A versatile singer comfortable in the concert, oratorio and operatic repertoire, mezzo-soprano Sharon Rhinesmith has appeared as soloist with The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Philadelphia Singers, The Philadelphia Chorus, The Princeton Pro Musica, The Lake George (NY) Opera Festival, The Tachkonic Chorale, New York, and the ConcertOpera Philadelphia among many others. She sings as a professional chorister with Vox Amadeus and The Philadelphia Symphonic Choir. and is also on the voice faculty at Cedar Crest College in Allentown, PA. and Settlement Music School in Philadelphia.


Brass

Justin Moore, Trombone received a BM from Louisiana State University and a MM from Temple University. His primary teachers include Matt Vaughn, Dr. Jeannie Little, and Dr. Milt Stevens. A freelance trombone player and teacher in the Philadelphia area, he is the trombonist for the Philadelphia Chamber Brass and EBE Events & Entertainment's London Bridge, the leader of the Patriot Brass Ensemble in Philadelphia, and has performed with the Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra, Opera Philadelphia, Opera Delaware, Allentown Symphony Orchestra, Princeton Symphony Orchestra, Ocean City Pops, Symphony in C, Acadiana Symphony Orchestra, Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, Curtis Symphony Orchestra, Atlantic Brass Band, and more. Moore is on the faculties of Immaculata University, Temple University's Music Preparatory Division, the Nelly Berman School of Music, the Conservatory of Musical Arts, and is a visiting instructor at Swarthmore College and Haverford College. He was also previously on the faculty at the University of Delaware, Settlement Music School, and Play On, Philly! He has performed alongside many notable performers, including the Canadian Brass, Il Volo, Chris Botti, Deana Martin, Allen Vizzutti, Jens Lindemann, Olga Kern, Sonny Landreth, the Philadelphia Orchestra Trombone Section, and Joan Rivers, and has been a part of featured performances at the American Trombone Workshop, the Great American Brass Band Festival, and the International Trumpet Guild Conference.

Jason Stein, Trombone. MM, Northwestern University; BM, Boston University. Studied with Michael Mulcahy. Has performed with the Chicago Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Charleston Symphony, IRIS Orchestra, Orlando Philharmonic, Sarasota Philharmonic. Former member of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Artist in residence at the University of Kentucky, Newberry College, Louisiana State University, Delaware State University, University of North Florida. Current freelance musician on the east coast and performs locally with Northeast Pennsylvania Philharmonic, Ocean City Pops, Pennsylvania Ballet, and Lancaster Symphony.


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

(BCMD, PO) Luis Biava, Music Director Emeritus of the 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.

Jasper Quartet (Ensemble-in-Residence) Videos of JSQ in performance
-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, Freivogel 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.
-Karen Kim (violin) is the newest member of the award-winning Jasper String Quartet. She has performed in such prestigious venues and series as Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium, and Zankel and Weill Recital Halls; the Celebrity Series of Boston; the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society; the Vienna Musikverein; London’s Wigmore Hall; the Musée d'Orsay in Paris; the Seoul Arts Center; and Angel Place in Sydney, Australia. She received the Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance in 2011 for her recordings of the complete quartets of György Ligeti. Kim has collaborated with artists ranging from Kim Kashkashian, Paul Katz, Roger Tapping, Jörg Widmann, and Shai Wosner to Questlove & The Roots and the James Sewell Ballet. She is a founding member of Third Sound, which made its debut at the Havana Contemporary Music Festival in 2015. She is also a member of Talea Ensemble and Deviant Septet, and frequently performs with such groups as the East Coast Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble Échappé, and NOVUS NY.
-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 and current cellist of the Jasper String Quartet. Freivogel received degrees from Yale University (Artist Diploma), Rice University (M.M. String Quartet) and Oberlin Conservatory of Music (B.M. Cello Performance; M.M. Historical Performance). With the JSQ, she has received the Cleveland Quartet Award and the Fischoff Educator Award, recorded 5 albums, commissioned numerous works and performed around the world. In addition to performing, she enjoys teaching and is also a Co-Artistic Director of Jasper Chamber Concerts, a chamber music series in Chestnut Hill, PA.

Natalie Rudoi, Violin by special arrangement; Chamber Ensembles. received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music where she studied under William Preucil, David Cerone, and Linda Cerone. Former teachers include Kimberly Fisher and Yumi Ninomiya Scott. Additional studies include ENCORE School for Strings, the Philadelphia International Music Festival, and Temple Prep’s Center for Gifted Young Musicians. Rudoi has appeared as soloist with Symphony in C, the Cleveland Institute of Music Symphony Orchestra, Cairn University Symphony Orchestra, and the Manalapan Battleground Symphony Orchestra. She currently serves as assistant principal 2nd violin in Symphony in C and has also performed as a guest musician with the Delaware Symphony Orchestra, the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, and the Philadelphia Orchestra. She has worked with conductors such as Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Vladimir Jurowski, Bramwell Tovey, Christopher Warren-Greene, David Amado, and Rossen Milanov. Natalie currently serves on the faculty of the Csehy Summer School of Music and the School of Music at Cairn University.

(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, Harp by special arrangement; Director of Temple Music Prep Youth Harp Ensemble 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. She served as President of the Kansas City Lyra Chapter of the American Harp Society and 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 is 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.


Dance

Victoria McGuigan, Dance Coordinator. BFA and M.Ed. In 1996 she developed the dance program at the Temple University Music Preparatory Division and 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 had also served as a member on the board of directors for Dance Conduit for over a decade and is the current chair of the Temple University Department of Dance Alumni Committee 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. Her program has been awarded the 2018 Philadelphia Autism Project Grant of Drexel University. 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.

Teresa Mattura, Building Blocks, Pre-Twinkle Class. B.M. in Music Education, Temple University. Early Childhood, Level One Certification from the Gordon Institute for Music Learning. Studied Musica in Culla in Madrid, Spain and Rome, Italy. Current teacher at St. Mary’s Nursery School in West Philadelphia.


Guitar

Ross Mann,
Guitar for Busy Adults, Individual Lessons in Guitar and Bass Guitar. 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.


Jazz Studies

Jay Epstein, Jazz Piano; 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 and is a registered Suzuki instructor for Piano level 1 with the Suzuki Association of the Americas.

Jason O'Mara, Saxophone; CMSP Jazz Orchestra. 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.


Harp

Manijéh René Pickard, Harp by special arrangement; Director of Temple Music Prep Youth Harp Ensemble 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. She served as President of the Kansas City Lyra Chapter of the American Harp Society and 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 is 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.


Musicianship

Sandrine Erdely-Sayo, Individual lessons in Theory and Piano. 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); Founder and Artistic Director of Piano on the Rocks International Festival; 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. Studied jazz with world renowned jazz pianist, Kwak Yoon Chan while living in Korea and 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, Basic Musicianship, Summer Music Theory Intensive, CMSP Theory Classes. MM, BM Temple University; PhD candidate, Princeton University. Recipient of Temple’s B. Stimson Carrow Award for excellence in music theory pedagogy and musicianship. Presented research at Temple University, the University of Michigan, the University of Pennsylvania, and for the Music Theory Society of the Mid-Atlantic, and the Society for Music Theory. Performed with the Artosphere Festival Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Singers, and at the Walnut Street Theatre.


Piano

(BCMD) Dr. Charles Abramovic, by special arrangement

Biba Benjamin, Accompanist, is a native Philadelphian, and received her training from Eleanor Sokoloff at Settlement Music School. While a student, he 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; 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 and is a registered Suzuki instructor for Piano level 1 with the Suzuki Association of the Americas.

Sandrine Erdely-Sayo, Individual lessons in Theory and Piano. 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); Founder and Artistic Director of Piano on the Rocks International Festival; 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, Individual lessons. Bachelor of Music (magna cum laude & Presidential Scholar) in Piano performance, and Master of Music in History and Literature, Temple University. Student of Maryan Filar and Harvey Wedeen. Apprentice Instructor under Professor Maria Taylor. Winner, Tri-County Concerts, Piano Division. Has lectured at Rosemont College. Was accompanist for Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia for 14 years. Piano rehearsals with Eugene Ormandy, Riccardo Muti, Zubin Mehta, Michael Tilson Thomas, Robert Shaw, Klaus Tennstedt, Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, and Sergiu Comissiona. Recitals with Davyd Booth (Philadelphia Orchestra).

(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 Chair of the Suzuki Association of the Americas; lecturer of piano, Boyer College of Music and Dance.

Silvanio Reis, Beginning Piano for Busy Adults; Suzuki and Traditional Individual Lessons. DMA in Piano Performance (in progress), Professional Studies Certificate in Piano Performance, MM in Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy from Temple University; MM in Piano Performance from University of Akron, OH; BM in Piano Performance from Instituto de Música e Artes de Penápolis, Brazil. Currently studies piano with Dr. Charles Abramovic, and early music repertoire and performance practice with Dr. Joyce Lindorff. He received his training on the Taubman Approach during his master’s and professional studies at Temple University under the guidance of Prof. Maria del Pico Taylor. Studied piano with Dr. Mauricy Martin, Dr. Sergio Gallo, Prof. Philip Thomson, and Prof. Harvey Wedeen. Silvanio is a registered Suzuki instructor with the Suzuki Association of the Americas. Faculty and executive administrator of the Taubman Seminar at Temple University and teaches group and applied piano lessons at Boyer College of Music and Dance, TU. Formerly served on the faculty of II Encontro Internacional de Pianistas in Brazil.

Kayoko Segawa, Individual Lessons is a graduate of the Kobe Jogaku-in College School of Music in Japan. She also received Master Course Diplomas from the Chopin University of Music in Warsaw under Lidia Kozubek and the University of Music in Leipzig under Amadeus Webersinke. She appeared numerous times with instrumental and choral ensembles throughout Japan and Canada, and has performed in duo-piano concerts with legendary Japanese composer Yoshinao Nakada. Segawa was the director and chief instructor of piano at the Taisha Music School in Kobe, and a steering committee member of the Takatsuki Music Association of Osaka. In Canada, she was a member of the piano faculties of the Tom Lee Academy and Vancouver Symphony Orchestra School of Music.




Strings

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. BM, MM, Temple University; Diploma, New School of Music; studied with Jascha Brodsky; assistant to Jascha Brodsky, 1992 - 96; former member of Shanghai Opera House Orchestra; member of Reading Symphony Orchestra; founding member, Bel Canto Trio; active recitalist and chamber musician.

Joanne DiMaria Bates, Double Bass. BM, Curtis Institute of Music. Student of Roger Scott. Ford Foundation Fellow, studies with Henry G. Scott. Koussevitsky Foundation Fellow at Tanglewood, studies with Edwin Barker and Lawrence Wolfe. Has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra (first woman to play in their bass section), Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, opera companies of Philadelphia, Delaware and Trenton, and with the symphonies of Princeton, Delaware and Reading and the Riverside Symphonia. Has taught at Kutztown University, Chestnut Hill College and Mansfield University.

(BCMD, PO) Luis Biava, Music Director Emeritus of the 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, Violin by special arrangement; 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.

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.

Yecheskel Francis, Viola. BM, Temple University; MM, Wichita State University. Principal teachers include: Daniel Panner (Mendelssohn String Quartet) Boris Vayner (St. Petersburg String Quartet), Che-Hung Chen (Philadelphia Orchestra),and Evelyn Louise (Philadelphia Opera). Yecheskel is an avid chamber and orchestral musician, and has performed in ensembles in the United States, Germany, Iceland, and Italy. Yecheskel currently is a member of the Bay Atlantic Symphony and the Silk Road Symphony Orchestra, based in Berlin, Germany. His awards include first prize in the Wolff-Bing Chamber Music Competition, third prize in the Arapahoe Concerto Competition, first prize in the Satori Chamber Music Competition, and first prize in St. Petersburg Quartet Academy Concerto Competition. Yecheskel has had masterclasses with such renowned violists and artists as Kim Kashkashian, Michael Stern, Nokuthula Nygenyama, Michael Stern, Máté Szucs, and Steven Tenenbom.

J Freivogel, Violin by special arrangement. BM, Oberlin Conservatory; BA, Oberlin College; MM, Rice University; AD, Yale University. J is the 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.

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, Chamber ensembles and cello by special arrangement, is the founding and current cellist of the Jasper String Quartet.. Freivogel received degrees from Yale University (Artist Diploma), Rice University (M.M. String Quartet) and Oberlin Conservatory of Music (B.M. Cello Performance; M.M. Historical Performance).With the JSQ, she has received the Cleveland Quartet Award and the Fischoff Educator Award, recorded 5 albums, commissioned numerous works and performed around the world. In addition to performing, Ms. Freivogel enjoys teaching and is also a Co-Artistic Director of Jasper Chamber Concerts, a chamber music series in Chestnut Hill, PA.

Julienne Ikegami, Suzuki and Traditional Violin,received her BM in violin performance and MM in string pedagogy at Temple University where she studied with Meichen Barnes and Barbara Sonies. She participated in several ensembles, including Temple University Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Luis Biava, Sinfonia, Opera, Contemporary Ensemble, and Chamber Music. Notable chamber coaches include Helen Kwalwasser, Jeffrey Solow, and Lambert Orkis, among others. Prior to her studies at Temple, she studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Music with Simon Maurer, Brandon Christensen, and Antonio Rincon. Additional training includes Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Arts and Domaine Forget Music and Dance Academy. Julienne offers traditional and Suzuki style lessons and is a registered Suzuki instructor with the Suzuki Association of the Americas. In addition to Ikegami Music Studio. Ikegamie also teaches at Community Music School in Trappe, PA in both individual and group settings. Besides teaching, she also performs as a soloist and in ensembles.

Ruth Kiang, Suzuki and Traditional Violin. BA, University of Northern Iowa; MM, Temple University. Kiang is a registered Suzuki instructor with Joanne Melvin, Marilyn O’Boyle, and Joan Krzywicki through the Suzuki Association of the Americas. She has participated in master classes with the Shanghai Quartet, Faure Quartett, Salzburg Chamber Soloists, Arianna Quartet, Maia Quartet, and the Verdehr Trio. Ruth performs with the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, Bay-Atlantic Symphony, among other ensembles and is an active chamber and musical theatre musician in the Philadelphia area and has been heard on stages at the Walnut Street Theatre and the Media Theatre. She is also currently on the string faculty at the New Jersey School of Music.

Karen Kim,
Violin by special arrangement. Violinist in the award-winning Jasper String Quartet, has performed in such prestigious venues and series as Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium, and Zankel and Weill Recital Halls; the Celebrity Series of Boston; the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society; the Vienna Musikverein; London’s Wigmore Hall; the Musée d'Orsay in Paris; the Seoul Arts Center; and Angel Place in Sydney, Australia. She received the Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance in 2011 for her recordings of the complete quartets of György Ligeti. Ms. Kim has collaborated with artists ranging from Kim Kashkashian, Paul Katz, Roger Tapping, Jörg Widmann, and Shai Wosner to Questlove & The Roots and the James Sewell Ballet. She is a founding member of Third Sound, which made its debut at the Havana Contemporary Music Festival in 2015. She is also a member of Talea Ensemble and Deviant Septet, and frequently performs with such groups as the East Coast Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble Échappé, and NOVUS NY.

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; a registered Suzuki instructor with the Suzuki Association of the Americas; 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, Master Teacher of the Philadelphia String Project at Temple University (On leave). 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, Viola by special arrangement. BM, Oberlin Conservatory; MM, Rice University; AD, Yale University. Studied with James Dunham, Kazu Isomura and Marilyn McDonald. Member of Jasper String Quartet. Winner of Cleveland Quartet Award, Plowman, Coleman and Yellow Springs Competitions. Former instructor at Oberlin Conservatory and Yale University.

Ingrid Rosenback, Traditional and Suzuki 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; is a registered Suzuki instructor with the Suzuki Association of the Americas; co-founder and violinist, vocalist and harmonica of Last Chance Duo.

Natalie Rudoi
,
Violin by special arrangement; Chamber Ensembles, received her BM and MM from the Cleveland Institute of Music where she studied under William Preucil, David Cerone, and Linda Cerone. Former teachers include Kimberly Fisher and Yumi Ninomiya Scott. Additional studies include ENCORE School for Strings, the Philadelphia International Music Festival, and Temple Music Prep’s Center for Gifted Young Musicians. Natalie has appeared as soloist with Symphony in C, the Cleveland Institute of Music Symphony Orchestra, Cairn University Symphony Orchestra, and the Manalapan Battleground Symphony Orchestra. She currently serves as assistant principal 2nd violin in Symphony in C and has also performed as a guest musician with the Delaware Symphony Orchestra, the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, and the Philadelphia Orchestra. She has worked with conductors such as Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Vladimir Jurowski, Bramwell Tovey, Christopher Warren-Greene, David Amado, and Rossen Milanov. Natalie currently serves on the faculty of the Csehy Summer School of Music and the School of Music at Cairn University.

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

(Emeritus BCMD, PO, Curtis) Yumi Ninomiya Scott, Emeritus Violin Faculty.

Ashley Vines, Suzuki and Traditional Lessons in Viola, Violin, CMSP String Workshop, CMSP String Orchestra began her music studies as a student in the School District of Philadelphia and is a Temple Music Prep alumna. She earned a BM in Performance from Temple University and was a viola student of Renard Edwards. She was a recipient of the 2016-2017 IRIS Artist Fellowship, a residency program where she performed in a chamber ensemble with a focus on community outreach, and taught as a community engagement fellow through Memphis Music Initiative at Caldwell-Guthrie Elementary School. She is violin and viola teaching artist with Musicopia, Philadelphia Youth Orchestra's Tune Up Philly, and ensemble director through Temple University’s Community Music Scholars Program and is also a registered Suzuki instructor who studied under Marilyn O'Boyle and Martha Shackford. Vines is a member of IRIS Orchestra and as freelance musician, she has performed with groups such as Bay Atlantic Symphony, Symphony in C, Riverside Sinfonia, Eboni Strings, and more. Ashley has also played in masterclasses with artists such as the Nokuthula Nqwenyama, and members of the Emerson, Ceruti Quartet and Aizuri String Quartet.

Metta Watts, Emeritus Cello Faculty.

Nina Wilkinson, Master Teacher of the Philadelphia String Project at Temple University earned a BM in Music Education from Temple University. She has pursued graduate studies at University of the Arts and is also a graduate of Overbrook High School Music Magnet Program and Settlement Music School. Her primary teachers include Leonard Mogill (Philadelphia Orchestra) and Karen Tuttle (Curtis Institute of Music). Nina has an extensive background in education and is a string teacher at Settlement Music School, viola instructor at Community College of Philadelphia, and Cairn University, and an instrumental string specialist in the School District of Philadelphia. Nina served as a coach of the Musicopia String Orchestra since its founding in 2005. She is the recipient of the following awards: Philadelphia Foundation; Ford Foundation; Pro Arts Scholarship; Temple University Music Scholarship; Philadelphia Board of Education Music Scholarship.


Voice

(BCMD) Dr. Marcus DeLoach, Voice by special arrangement.

Dr. Barbara Di Toro, BM, and MM (Voice Performance), EdD (Higher Education Administration), Temple University; BA (Elementary Education), Holy Family University. Vocal studies with Klara Meyers, John Douglas, Robert Nay, Diane Forlano, Dr. Neal Tracy; Soloist at Piano on the Rocks International Festival in Sedona AZ since 2016; Performed roles with Temple Opera Theater, Delaware Valley Opera, and Buck-Mont Opera Company; soloist and soprano section leader at Wyncote Calvary Presbyterian Church; board member: Children’s Opera Box, Boyer College Alumni Association, and member of Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia; Formerly: Associate Director of Temple Music Prep, and musical theater director, Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School.

Sharon Rhinesmith, Singing for Busy Adults; Individual Lessons. BM and MM in Voice Performance, Temple University. A versatile singer comfortable in the concert, oratorio and operatic repertoire, mezzo-soprano Sharon Rhinesmith has appeared as soloist with The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Philadelphia Singers, The Philadelphia Chorus, The Princeton Pro Musica, The Lake George (NY) Opera Festival, The Tachkonic Chorale, New York, and the ConcertOpera Philadelphia among many others. She sings as a professional chorister with Vox Amadeus and The Philadelphia Symphonic Choir. and is also on the voice faculty at Cedar Crest College in Allentown, PA. and Settlement Music School in Philadelphia.



Woodwinds

Elizabeth Green, Conductor of the CMSP Wind Ensemble, Flute. BME in Instrumental Music, State University of New York at Fredonia, MA in Music Education, Teachers College, Columbia University. Currently itinerant Music and Wind Specialist in the School District of Philadelphia. Formerly Band/Orchestra Teacher in NYC Public Schools including The Choir Academy of Harlem. She is deeply interested and invested in public schools, inner-city music education, fair-funding legislation and sociological issues that impact her students.

Jason O'Mara, Saxophone; CMSP Jazz Orchestra. 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. Current member, Symphony in C; Former member, Butler County Symphony Orchestra; has performed with Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Richmond Symphony, Prometheus Chamber Orchestra, Wilmington Ballet; Education Manager, Symphony in C; former faculty, Play On, Philly!; freelance musician.

Jack Saint Clair, Saxophone. BM Temple University. Freelance saxophonist and composer/arranger. Performs with such acts as Deana Martin and Broadway actor Joe Bwarie. Conductor and arranger of the Jack Saint Clair Orchestra which performs regularly at LaRose Jazz Club. Other teaching positions include woodwind teacher at DeLuca Music Academy, and group instructor for Musicopia.

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, Endless Mountain Music Festival Orchestra; principal clarinet: Princeton Festival Opera Orchestra; founding member: Tripod Trio, Eastwinds Quintet; faculty: Rowan University; former faculty/guest artist: Northern Lights Music Festival; Philadelphia International Music Festival, Apple Hill Chamber Music Festival.

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.