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Adult Classes

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

Adrienne Dafcik, Singing for Busy Adults, Individual Lessons. BM Ed., Temple University; MM, (Voice Performance and Pedagogy) Westminster Choir College. Currently studies with Emily Golden, Laurie Rogers, Jeffrey Miller; previously studied with Randi Marrazzo, Julian Rodescu; Certifications: Music K-12 for New Jersey and Pennsylvania, Middle School Mathematics for Pennsylvania (grades 7-9), Early Childhood Music Gordon Institute of Music, Level I; has performed with Opera Delaware, Poor Richard’s Opera, Elysium Concert Opera, Philadelphia Freedom Band (Clarinet Section Leader, Assistant Conductor); teaches and tutors privately in a variety of subjects. Taught at a variety of schools including Folk Arts Cultural Treasures Charter School (mathematics) and Vineland High School (instrumental music).

(BCMD) Dr. Alexander deVaron, Reducing Stress through Mindfulness and Song

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

 

Jay Epstein, Jazz Piano; Beginning Piano for Busy Adults; Suzuki & Traditional Piano Studio; Creativity & Collaboration, Vocal/Instrumental Improvisation Ensemble. AA in Jazz Studies, Cuyahoga Community College; BFA in Jazz & Contemporary Music, New School University; MM Ed. (in progress), Temple University. Studied with Rachel Niccolazzo, Hal Galper; maintains private studio for jazz, theory and composition; director, arranger and manager of Jay Epstein Quartet; toured with regional all-star Tri-C Jazz Ensemble; active freelance musician.


(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 Member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas.

 

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


Brass

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

Jasper String Quartet (Ensemble-in-Residence)
-J Freivogel, BM, Oberlin Conservatory; BA, Oberlin College; MM, Rice University; AD, Yale University. Member: Jasper String Quartet, East Coast Chamber Orchestra. Winner of 2012 Cleveland Quartet Award, Plowman, Coleman, and Yellow Springs Competitions. Studies with Marilyn McDonald, Cho-Liang Lin, and Sylvia Rosenberg. Former instructor at Oberlin Conservatory and Yale University.
-Sae Chonabayashi, BM, New England Conservatory, MM, New England Conservatory, AD, Yale University. Member: Jasper String 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.
-Sam Quintal, 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.
-Rachel Henderson Freivogel, BM, Oberlin Conservatory; MM, Oberlin Conservatory; MM, Rice University; AD, Yale University. Studied with Clive Greensmith, Norman Fischer and Darrett Adkins. Member of Jasper String Quartet. Winner of Cleveland Quartet Award, Plowman, Coleman and Yellow Springs Competitions. Former instructor at Oberlin Conservatory and Yale University.

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

(BCMD) Charles Parker, Jr., Violin by special arrangement; Coach and Coordinator of Chamber Ensembles in the Center for Gifted Young Musicians. 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, Resident Conductor of Youth Chamber Orchestra; Conductor of Classic Strings. 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.

 

 

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

 

Dance

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


Early Childhood Music

(BCMD) Dr. Beth Bolton, Curriculum Director. 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.

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

 

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


Guitar


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

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

 

 

Jazz Studies

Jay Epstein, Jazz Piano; Beginning Piano for Busy Adults; Pre-Twinkle Suzuki Classes; Suzuki & Traditional Piano Studio; Creativity & Collaboration, Vocal/Instrumental Improvisation Ensemble. AA in Jazz Studies, Cuyahoga Community College; BFA in Jazz & Contemporary Music, New School University; MME (in progress), Temple University; studied with Rachel Niccolazzo, Hal Galper; maintains private studio for jazz, theory and composition; director, arranger and manager of Jay Epstein Quartet; toured with regional all-star Tri-C Jazz Ensemble; active freelance musician.


Harp

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


Musicianship

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

(BCMD) Dr. Girard, Kratz, Music Theory, Composition. BM, Wilkes University; MM, Bowling Green State University; DMA, Temple University. Former faculty: Boyer College of Music and Dance (adjunct for Composition), Montgomery County Community College, Bowling Green State University; active composer; published internationally by Recital Music, UK.

 

Ryan Olivier, Summer Music Theory Intensive, Music Composition, Theory. DMA Candidate, Temple University; MM, Temple University; BM (magna cum laude) Loyola University New Orleans College of Music. Teaches Music Theory, Musicology, World Music, Orchestration, and Music Technology in the Music Studies department at the Boyer College of Music and Dance. Recipient: Dr. B. Stimson Carrow Tribute Award for outstanding pedagogical potential. Member: Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honors Society. Studied with Maurice Wright, Matthew Greenbaum, Richard Brodhead, and Joo Won Park at Temple University; Samuel Adler in Berlin, and Kevin Puts and Robert Aldridge at the Brevard Music Center. Compositions performed by artists including: Blair McMillen; Momenta Quartet; Cygnus Ensemble; ensemble39; members of Nonsemble 6; and featured at festivals including: Society of Composers, Inc. (SCI) National and Regional Conferences; New York City Electro-acoustic Music Festival (NYCEMF); Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS) National Conference; the International Workshop on Computer Music and Audio Technology (WOCMAT) in Taiwan; International Computer Music Conference (ICMC) in UK; and Punto y Raya Festival in Reykjavik, Iceland.

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


Piano

(BCMD) Dr. Charles Abramovic, by special arrangement

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

Jay Epstein, Jazz Piano; Beginning Piano for Busy Adults; Pre-Twinkle Suzuki Classes; Suzuki & Traditional Piano Studio; Creativity & Collaboration, Vocal/Instrumental Improvisation Ensemble. AA in Jazz Studies, Cuyahoga Community College; BFA in Jazz & Contemporary Music, New School University; MME (in progress), Temple University. Studied with Rachel Niccolazzo, Hal Galper; maintains private studio for jazz, theory and composition; director, arranger and manager of Jay Epstein Quartet; toured with regional all-star Tri-C Jazz Ensemble; active freelance musician.

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

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

Emily Jennings, Suzuki and Traditional Piano. BM Piano Pedagogy, Temple University. Studied with Alexander Fiorillo, Maria del Pico Taylor, and Clipper Erickson; Suzuki studies with Joan Krzywicki and Caroline Fraser; registered Suzuki teacher with the Suzuki Association of the Americas through Book 5; Dorothy Taubman Seminar studies with Maria Taylor; Alexander Technique studies with Anne Johnson; participant, Rome Festival in Italy; former faculty, Conservatory of Musical Arts, Haddonfield, NJ; faculty, Moorestown School of Music, Moorestown, NJ.

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

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

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

(BCMD) Harvey Wedeen, by special arrangement.

 

Strings

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

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

 

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

(BCMD) Millie Bai, Violin by special arrangement

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

(PO) Robert dePasquale, Violin, by special arrangement. New School of Music; studied with Jascha Brodsky; faculty: Philadelphia International Music Festival; former Associate Principal Second Violin of The Philadelphia Orchestra; former member of New York Philharmonic, the dePasquale String Quartet, and Artist-in-Residence at Haverford College and Villanova University; served on faculties of  Haverford College, the University of the Arts and the Academy of Community Music, which he co-founded with his wife, Ellen Fisher.

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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.

 

Jasper String Quartet (Ensemble-in-Residence)
-J Freivogel, BM, Oberlin Conservatory; BA, Oberlin College; MM, Rice University; AD, Yale University. Member: Jasper String Quartet, East Coast Chamber Orchestra. Winner of 2012 Cleveland Quartet Award, Plowman, Coleman, and Yellow Springs Competitions. Studies with Marilyn McDonald, Cho-Liang Lin, and Sylvia Rosenberg. Former instructor at Oberlin Conservatory and Yale University.
-Sae Chonabayashi, BM, New England Conservatory, MM, New England Conservatory, AD, Yale University. Member: Jasper String 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.
-Sam Quintal, 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.
-Rachel Henderson Freivogel, BM, Oberlin Conservatory; MM, Oberlin Conservatory; MM, Rice University; AD, Yale University. Studied with Clive Greensmith, Norman Fischer and Darrett Adkins. Member of Jasper String Quartet. Winner of Cleveland Quartet Award, Plowman, Coleman and Yellow Springs Competitions. Former instructor at Oberlin Conservatory and Yale University.

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

 

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

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

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

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

(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.

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

(PO) Marc Rovetti, Violin by special arrangement.


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

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

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

 

Voice

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

Adrienne Dafcik, Singing for Busy Adults, Individual Lessons. BME, Temple University; MM (Voice Performance and Pedagogy), Westminster Choir College; currently studies with Emily Golden, Laurie Rogers, Jeffrey Miller; previously studied with Randi Marrazzo, Julian Rodescu; Certifications: Music K-12 for New Jersey and Pennsylvania, Middle School Mathematics for Pennsylvania (grades 7-9), Early Childhood Music Gordon Institute of Music, Level I; has performed with Opera Delaware, Poor Richard’s Opera, Elysium Concert Opera, Philadelphia Freedom Band (Clarinet Section Leader, Assistant Conductor); teaches and tutors privately in a variety of subjects. Taught at a variety of schools including Folk Arts Cultural Treasures Charter School (mathematics) and Vineland High School (instrumental music).

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

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


Woodwinds

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

Owen Cunningham, Flute. BM, Rowan University (magna cum laude); MM, Temple University. Studied with David Cramer, Adeline Tomasone, and Elaine Martin. Winner of Rowan University Concerto Competition and recipient of Performing Arts Scholarship at Rowan University. Has performed with Central Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Lower Merion Symphony and was a member of the Temple University Woodwind Quintet. Faculty at Symphony Music and In Home Music Teachers.

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

Jocelyn Plant, Oboe. MM, Temple University; BM. Duquesne University. Former member of Butler County Symphony Orchestra; performed with Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Symphony in C, Wilmington Ballet; Coordinator, Temple Music Preparatory Program; faculty, Play On, Philly!, Symphony Music School; freelance musician.

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

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

 

Faculty in the News

Hannah Doucette, member of the Suzuki Violin Faculty at Music Prep, was quoted in the August 2014 edition of the Strings Magazine about the Suzuki Method. Click here for the full article.

Dr. Girard Kratz, TMP Registrar, was chosen as one of 8 composers to be featured in the "Music Now" Concert at Indiana State University’s 48th Annual Contemporary Music Festival (October 22-24, 2014) in Terra Haute. His piece, The Bliss of Solitude for solo piano was selected from over 200 entries and was performed by his wife, Kirsten, at the Landini Performing Arts Center on campus. Dr. Kratz was also a featured speaker in a pre-concert lecture.

Dr. Barbara Di Toro, TMP Associate Director, was recently elected Treasurer of the Temple University Alumni Association (TUAA).

Early Childhood Music Foundations Curriculum Director, Beth Bolton (Associate Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Music Education at Boyer College of Music and Dance) recently completed a new book of original tunes and teaching ideas entitled Fives, Sevens, and Crazy Eights. Beth and the international music education collaborative group, One Vision: Many Mirrors, presented a teaching demonstration at the July 2014 Early Childhood Music Education Commission conference in Brasilia, Brazil. Her new book of original compositions and teaching plans, Un bellissimo girardino, will be published this fall by Orff Schulwerk Italiano (Italy).

 

Piano faculty member, Sandrine Erdely-Sayo made her Carnegie Hall debut in March 2014 performing works by Chopin, Liszt, and Thalberg, as well as her own composition, Platero y Yo, a musical interpretation of the poem by Nobel Laureate Juan Ramón Jiménez. Later this spring, she wrote a piece called Hymn to Sedona dedicated to the city of Sedona, in Arizona, which was recorded in June 2014 with Barbara Di Toro, Steve Rowe, Elizabeth Peña and herself. Sandrine’s e-book in French called Aleph Vers l'Univers is to be published this August and will be available at Amazon.com.

 

Emily Jennings, Suzuki Piano, completed Book 5 Suzuki training with Caroline Fraser in this summer. Ms. Jennings also completed further studies at the Dorothy Taubman Seminar held at the Boyer College of Music and Dance in May.

 

In June 2014 Joan Krzywicki, our instructor for Suzuki Piano Teacher Training and Every Child Can classes, was guest clinician at the Colorado Suzuki Institute in Beaver Creek, CO. Joan also provided teacher training and gave master classes at the Calgary Suzuki Piano Institute in Calgary, Alberta, Canada in August 2014.

 

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

 

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

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

Guitar faculty member, Ross Mann, performed with Duende Musical as part of the Philly Fringe Festival in early September 2012.

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