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Jazz

Harp

Musicianship

Piano

Strings

Voice

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Faculty in the News

 

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.

Joseph Cianciulli, accompanist, received a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice and Opera Performance and Concert Piano from Temple University's Boyer College of Music and Dance. Mr. Cianciulli began his training at the Conservatory of Music and Dance and continued his formal training in piano through Temple University's Preparatory Program under the direction of Dr. David Pasbrig. Throughout the past decade Mr. Cianciulli has served as piano accompanist to vocalists, instrumentalists and professional dancers. Joseph has accompanied the Louisville Ballet Company, Louisville Ballet Youth Ensemble, The School of Pennsylvania Ballet, Temple University, University of Hartford, The Conservatory of Music and Dance, Pennsylvania Performing Arts Academy and much more. In addition to accompanying, Mr. Cianciulli danced professionally for two seasons with Brandywine Ballet Company and, most recently, two seasons with the Louisville Ballet in Kentucky. Mr. Cianciulli has recently moved back to Philadelphia and looks forward to working with the fantastic administrative and artistic faculty at Temple University Music Prep.

 

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, 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 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 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. He 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.

Sharon Rhinesmith, Singing for Busy Adults; Individual Lessons. 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 Princeton Pro Musica, The Lake George (NY) Opera Festival, The Tachkonic Chorale, New York, The Music Group of Philadelphia and the ConcertOpera Philadelphia among many others. She received her Bachelor's and Master's of Music degrees in Voice Performance from Temple University and currently teaches voice at Cedar Crest College in Allentown, PA. and at Settlement Music School in Philadelphia.


Brass

Justin Moore, Trombone. Justin received a Bachelor of Music degree from Louisiana State University and a Master of Music degree 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, Justin 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. Justin 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 Ensembles 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)
-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 cellist of the award-winning Jasper String Quartet. She also performs with the East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO). Ms. Freivogel began her cello studies with her mother in Ann Arbor, MI, at the age of four and continued her studies at Oberlin Conservatory of Music (B.M. Cello Performance; M.M. Historical Performance - Baroque cello and Viola da gamba). She completed a Master’s Degree in String Quartet at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music and studied with the Tokyo String Quartet at Yale School of Music, earning an Artist's Diploma. Her principal teachers include Norman Fischer, Darrett Adkins, Clive Greensmith and Catharina Meints.

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. 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) 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. 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.


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.

Teresa Mattura, Building Blocks, FUNdamental Musicianship, Pre-Twinkle Class. BM in Music Education for K-12 teaching certification (in progress), Temple University. Early Childhood, Level One Certification from the Gordon Institute for Music Learning. Studied Musica in Culla in Madrid, Spain and Rome, Italy. Former intern at Scuola Popolare di Musica Donna Olimpia in Rome, Italy. Current teacher at St. Mary’s Nursery School in West Philadelphia.

Elizabeth Riley
, Early Childhood Music Foundations. BM, University of South Carolina; MM University of Denver; MME Temple University. Early Childhood Mastership and Elementary General Mastership from Gordon Institute for Music Learning. Registered Suzuki Training in Cello Books 1-10 and Practicum. Cello studies with Robert Jesselson and Richard Slavich. Teacher Training with Carol Tarr, Nancy Hair, Dr. Beth Cantrell, Dr. Wendy Valerio, and Jennifer Bailey.

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 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, SAA Registration for Piano level 1, member SAA.

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. 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.


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. 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, 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, 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; 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, 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 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. He 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.


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).

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. With over 30 years of teaching experience, Ms. Bai is well-sought after as a violin teacher with a unique teaching style that makes learning enjoyable and productive.

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.

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, 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. While at Temple University as a viola performance major, Yecheskel studied with Philadelphia Orchestra violist Che-Hung Chen, and Evelyn Louise of the Philadelphia Opera. He recently earned his master of music in viola performance under Boris Vayner, violist of the internationally renowned St. Petersburg Quartet. He is actively pursuing an Artist Diploma at Rutgers University with Daniel Panner. Yecheskel is an avid chamber and orchestral musician, and has performed on such stages as the Großer Sendesaal and Jesus-Christus-Kirche in Berlin, Germany, Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center, and Verizon Hall at Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center with the Grammy-nominated Temple University Symphony Orchestra. Yecheskel currently is a member of 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, Nokuthula Nygenyama, Michael Stern 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, Cello by special arrangement. Rachel is the cellist of the award-winning Jasper Quartet. She also performs with the East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO). Ms. Freivogel began her cello studies with her mother in Ann Arbor, MI, at the age of four and continued her studies at Oberlin Conservatory of Music (BM Cello Performance; MM Historical Performance - Baroque cello and Viola da gamba). She completed a Master’s Degree in String Quartet at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music and studied with the Tokyo String Quartet at Yale School of Music, earning an Artist's Diploma. Her principal teachers include Norman Fischer, Darrett Adkins, Clive Greensmith and Catharina Meints.

Julienne Ikegami, Suzuki and Traditional Violin,received her Bachelor of Music in violin performance and Master of Music in string pedagogy at Temple University Boyer College of Music and Dance. At Boyer, she studied with Meichen Barnes and Barbara Sonies. In addition, 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. She has been certified by the Suzuki Association of the Americas. In addition to Ikegami Music Studio, Julienne 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.

Maria Rusu, Conductor of CMSP String Orchestra, Viola & Violin. Maria Rusu received her Bachelor of Music from Bowling Green State University and her Master of Music from University of Delaware, both in viola performance. During her time at BGSU, Maria studied with Prof. Matthew Daline-McBride. At University of Delaware she worked with both Dr. Esme Allen-Creighton and Sheila Browne. Before moving to the States, Maria studied music for twelve years with her mother, Teodora Rusu. Ms. Rusu currently conducts the High School CMSP string orchestra at Temple University Music Preparatory Division and is teaching violin, viola and chamber music as a Teaching Artist at Play On, Philly!

Ruth Kiang,
Suzuki and Traditional Violin. BA University of Northern Iowa; MM Temple University. Suzuki Method certified with Joanne Melvin, Marilyn O’Boyle, and Joan Krzywicki and 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 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, 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 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; co-founder and violinist, vocalist and harmonica of Last Chance Duo.

Natalie Rudoi
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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 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.

Maria Rusu,
Conductor of CMSP String Orchestra, Viola & Violin. Maria Rusu received her Bachelor of Music from Bowling Green State University and her Master of Music from University of Delaware, both in viola performance. During her time at BGSU, Maria studied with Prof. Matthew Daline-McBride. At University of Delaware she worked with both Dr. Esme Allen-Creighton and Sheila Browne. Before moving to the States, Maria studied music for twelve years with her mother, Teodora Rusu. Ms. Rusu currently conducts the High School CMSP string orchestra at Temple University Music Preparatory Division and is teaching violin, viola and chamber music as a Teaching Artist at Play On, Philly!

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

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

Metta Watts, Emeritus Cello Faculty.


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, Dr. Neal Tracy, Diane Forlano; adjunct voice faculty, Arcadia University; Performed roles with Temple Opera Theater, Delaware Valley Opera, and Buck-Mont Opera Company; Associate Director, Temple Music Prep; current soloist at Wyncote Calvary Presbyterian Church, St. Hilary of Poitiers, Our Lady Help of Christians; former musical theater director, Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School; board member: Boyer College Alumni Association, Children’s Opera Box, and member of Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia; recipient of: Millard E. Gladfelter Award, Esther Boyer Griswald Award, and the Temple University Alumni Association Impact Award 2015.

Sharon Rhinesmith, Singing for Busy Adults; Individual Lessons. 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 Princeton Pro Musica, The Lake George (NY) Opera Festival, The Tachkonic Chorale, New York, The Music Group of Philadelphia and the ConcertOpera Philadelphia among many others. She received her Bachelor's and Master's of Music degrees in Voice Performance from Temple University and currently teaches voice at Cedar Crest College in Allentown, PA. and at Settlement Music School in Philadelphia.

Wesley Morgan, 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

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. B.M. Boyer School of Music and Dance. 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.

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