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Faculty


Bassoon

Regular
Avery M. Bree
Avery received his BA in Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music.  He studied with John Shamlian and Louis Angelucci of the Philadelphia Orchestra and Matthew Ruggiero of the Boston Symphony.  He has played in orchestras throughout Boston and Philadelphia and continues to be active as a freelance musician.  He has an established bassoon reed company that produces reeds for musicians around the country.  Avery resides in Northeast Philadelphia with his wife and comical dog, Roscoe.

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BAND

Regular
JoAnn Wieszczyk
JoAnn Wieszczyk graduated with a B.M. in Music Education (Flute) from Temple University in January 2013. During her time at Temple she was an active instrumental and choral musician, participating in the Wind Symphony, Diamond Marching Band, and Concert Choir. Actively pursuing conducting, she placed first in the ACDA PA Undergraduate Conductor’s Competition in fall 2012. Additionally, she was the drum major of the Diamond Marching Band for two seasons and guest conducted Temple’s Symphonic Band in spring 2012. In addition to her position at Settlement, Wieszczyk is currently the high school band director for the brand new String Theory High School through the Philadelphia Performing Arts Charter. She has also been a part of the marching band staff of Saint Francis University as a woodwind technician since 2012. Wieszczyk is currently an active member of the following organizations: American Choral Directors Association, National Band Association, National Association for Music Education, and Boyer College Alumni Association.

Kenny Bean
Kenny Bean was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. He earned his Bachelor of Music from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Ryan Anthony, Jack Sutte and Roy Poper, and his Master of Music Education from Jackson State University. Kenny has performed with the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra, Philadelphia Chamber Choir, Opera South, the Great Hall Chamber Orchestra, and the Atlantic Brass Band and has recorded with Symphony in C and the Monocacy Chamber Orchestra. Kenny has served on the faculties of St. Francis de Sales Catholic School and the Jubilee School, as a general/vocal music teacher in the School District of Philadelphia, and as wind/brass instructor at the Premier Orchestral Institute of the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra. Since 2001, he has taught at Kinhaven Music School’s Junior Session, and he is currently a teaching artist for the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra’s unique Orchestrating Leadership program and Assistant Conductor of the Young People’s Philharmonic of the Lehigh Valley.

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Cello

Staff
Patricia F. Daniels (Suzuki)
Pat studied with Orlando Cole at the New School of Music, Curtis Institute and Temple University. She has completed up through Level 4 Suzuki Teacher Training. She has been teaching for 25 years, including 15 years at Settlement. She performs with the Philly Pops and Reading Symphony, has performed with the Opera Company of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Ballet, Walnut Street Theatre, and Suzanne Roberts Theatre, and has done recordings with Sigma Sound.

Christine Danoff
Ms. Danoff’s principal teachers were Charles Wendt (University of Iowa), William Stokking (Philadelphia Orchestra), and Orlando Cole (New School of Music).  She also studied violin and chamber music with Edgar Ortenberg (Budapest Quartet), and chamber music with Roman Totenberg, William Kroll, and members of the Stradivari and Colorado Quartets. Ms. Danoff was runner-up in the National Federation of Music Clubs national competition, cello division, and Associate Fellow at the Berkshire Music Center, Tanglewood.  She was also Principal cellist with the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra. She is currently a member of the Danoff String Quartet and a freelance performer in the Philadelphia area. A child of music educators, she began teaching at age 18 as an adjunct instructor for the Des Moines Public Schools.  She has taught class cello in four Philadelphia Archdiocese high schools. Ms. Danoff is proud to have the opportunity to share the gift of music with students of all ages, abilities and playing levels in a community music school setting.

Associate Staff
Kwang Yu (Suzuki)
Kwang Yu has taught at Settlement Music School since 1997. He completed his D.M.A in Cello Performance from Florida State University, M.M from Kent State University and B.M from the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China. Over the years, Mr. Yu performed solo recitals and chamber concerts extensively in United States. He also played in many orchestras as well. He was the Principal cellist in the Albany Symphony Orchestra, and the assistant principal in the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Yu has also participated in the many festivals and summer music activities. His teachers include Gordon Epperson, Roger Drinkall, and Moshe Amitay. He received his chamber music training from the teachers above as well as Eliot Chapo and Ma, Sihon and received Suzuki Method training in both cello and violin from Alicia Randisi and Keitha Herron. Currently, Mr. Yu resides at Philadelphia and has over 30 years of experience of teaching all ages and all levels.

Regular
Rajli Bicolli
Rajli Bicolli was born in Albania and began studying cello at age 6. Six years later he moved to the United States with his family, and at age 14 he appeared as the concerto competition winner with the Settlement Music School Orchestra in Cleveland, OH. That same year, he toured with American Music Abroad in six European countries. In 2007, he received his Bachelor of Music from the University of Alabama where he studied with Carlton McCreery. He then went on to study with Jeffrey Solow at Temple University where he completed his Master of Music. Rajli currently plays with Symphony in C and the Allentown Symphony, while frequently appearing with other groups, including the Lancaster Symphony, Philadelphia Virtuosi, and the Philadelphia String Quartet. In 2009 he was invited to play as principal cellist with the Ohio Light Opera in Wooster, OH.  When not playing music Rajli enjoys soccer and chess, and spends a lot of time telling people that his first name is pronounced “Riley.”

Carolyn Ellman
Parnas; Boston U. School for the Arts; DE Symphony Orch., Serafin String Quartet

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CHAMBER MUSIC

Special Arrangement
Sandra Carlock
Arthur Judson Distinguished Faculty Chair
See bio under Piano

Shirley Curtiss
Josef Roismann Distinguished Faculty Chair
Shirley Curtiss has been a member of the Settlement Music School faculty since 1964; that same year, she founded the Settlement Music School Woodwind Ensemble at the request of her former teacher Sol Schoenbach, and continues to serve as the program’s director and coach. In 1996, Curtiss was the winner of the Chamber Music America Award as a chamber music coach of the year. She was principal bassoon in Pennsylvania Ballet and the Pennsylvania Opera Theater and has received the Gruber Award for her excellence as a chamber music teacher and the Sol Schoenbach Award for outstanding service. Her students and ensembles have performed as soloists and hold positions in many major symphony orchestras in the United States and abroad.

Sidney Curtiss
A member of the Philadelphia Orchestra for 42 years, including 13 as Assistant Principal Viola, Sid Curtiss now serves as a chamber music coach at Settlement Music School, where he coaches the Gabriel Braverman, Ann Newman and the Gail W. Snitzer Advanced Study String Quartets. Curtiss graduated from New York’s High School of Music and Art, then attended the Philadelphia Conservatory of Music where he studied with the famed Leonard Mogill. A former member of the New Orleans Symphony and the National Symphony Orchestra, Curtiss was also a member of the Philarte Quartet and the New Philadelphia Quartet.

Staff
Patricia F. Daniels
(Suzuki)
Pat studied with Orlando Cole at the New School of Music, Curtis Institute and Temple University. She has completed up through Level 4 Suzuki Teacher Training. She has been teaching for 25 years, including 15 years at Settlement. She performs with the Philly Pops and Reading Symphony, has performed with the Opera Company of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Ballet, Walnut Street Theatre, and Suzanne Roberts Theatre, and has done recordings with Sigma Sound.

Christine Danoff
Ms. Danoff’s principal teachers were Charles Wendt (University of Iowa), William Stokking (Philadelphia Orchestra), and Orlando Cole (New School of Music).  She also studied violin and chamber music with Edgar Ortenberg (Budapest Quartet), and chamber music with Roman Totenberg, William Kroll, and members of the Stradivari and Colorado Quartets. Ms. Danoff was runner-up in the National Federation of Music Clubs national competition, cello division, and Associate Fellow at the Berkshire Music Center, Tanglewood.  She was also Principal cellist with the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra. She is currently a member of the Danoff String Quartet and a freelance performer in the Philadelphia area. A child of music educators, she began teaching at age 18 as an adjunct instructor for the Des Moines Public Schools.  She has taught class cello in four Philadelphia Archdiocese high schools. Ms. Danoff is proud to have the opportunity to share the gift of music with students of all ages, abilities and playing levels in a community music school setting.

Jean Louise Shook
Mr. and Mrs. Donald Kardon Distinguished Faculty Chair
Jean Louise Shook received her Bachelor of Music degree from Temple University where she studied violin and chamber music with Edgar Ortenberg (formerly of the Budapest String Quartet) and piano with George Sementovsky and Natalie Hinderas. She has been a faculty member of the Settlement Music School since 1975, teaching violin, coaching chamber music and performing as a staff accompanist. Since 1999 Ms. Shook has held the ‘Mr. and Mrs. Donald Kardon Distinguished Faculty’ chair at Settlement. In 2005 she was awarded the Sol Schoenbach Award for outstanding service to the school. As pianist, Ms. Shook has frequently accompanied master classes of Pamela Frank, Ida Kavafian, Jaime Laredo, David Kim, Kim Kashkashian and Michael Tree, sponsored by Philadelphia Chamber Music Society. Ms. Shook performs as violinist and pianist with the Elysian Camerata and is a member of and music arranger for the Danoff String Quartet. She has shared her passion for music and teaching with students of all skill levels and has had students presented on “From the Top” at Carnegie Hall, quarterfinalists in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, and winners of the Tri-County Competition.

Marka Stepper
See bio under Violin/Viola

Mimi Stillman
Shirley and Sidney Curtiss Distinguished Faculty Chair

Mimi Stillman, one of today’s most celebrated flutists, has been hailed by The Washington Post as “a magically gifted flutist, a breath of fresh air.” She has performed as soloist with orchestras including The Philadelphia Orchestra and Bach Collegium Stuttgart, and as recitalist and chamber musician at venues including Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, and throughout Europe, Israel, and Mexico. At age 12, Ms. Stillman was the youngest wind player ever admitted to the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with Julius Baker and Jeffrey Khaner. A Yamaha Performing Artist, she was the youngest wind player ever to win Young Concert Artists. Ms. Stillman holds an MA in history from the University of Pennsylvania and is a published author on music and history. She is on the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music Summerfest and has given flute masterclasses at the Eastman School of Music, University of California, Cornell University, National Flute Association, and other institutions. As Artistic and Executive Director of Dolce Suono Ensemble, which she founded in 2005, she has presided over its establishment as a highly regarded pioneering force in the music world. More information available at www.mimistillman.org


 

Children's Choir

Associate Staff
Rae Ann Anderson
Rae Ann Anderson started her tenure with Settlement Music School in 1989 as an organ teacher. In the winter of 2006 she became the Director of Children’s Choir for Settlement. This comprehensive program brings children from all six branches together to sing as the Gleeksman-Kohn Children’s Choir. Ms. Anderson, a native of Ohio, received the Bachelor of Music degree from Wittenberg University and the Master of Music degree in Organ Performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, in addition to a year’s study at the Berliner Kirchenmusikschule in Berlin, Germany. As a church musician, she has served as Director of Music for churches in Ohio, Missouri, Kansas, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and to date for St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Glenside, PA. Ms. Anderson has served on the Executive Boards of the Philadelphia and Southwest Jersey chapters of the American Guild of Organists and as the Dean of the Philadelphia chapter.

Karen Mercer
See bio under Children's Music PlayShop

Associate Staff
Caroline Davidson (Accompanist)

Vanyah Harrigan (Accompanist)

Bonnie Hoffmann (Accompanist)

AnnaLisa Mariani

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Clarinet and Saxophone

Staff
James C. Kilik (Saxophone)
James Kilik graduated from the New School of Music in Philadelphia where he studied clarinet and saxophone with Ronald Reuben of the Philadelphia Orchestra. He also worked with Loren Kitt and Kalmen Opperman. During his more than 25 year career as a freelance musician in the Philadelphia area, Mr. Kilik played many different style of music. He performed with the Delaware Symphony, of which he was a member for 22 years, the Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra, Peter Nero and the Philly Pops, Network for New Music, Relache, and the Playhouse at the Hotel Dupont in Wilmington, Delaware. After being diagnosed with hand focal dystonia, Mr. Kilik was forced to end his active performing career in the spring of 2001. Since then, he has devoted his time to teaching. In addition to his position at Settlement, he is also a faculty member at Widener University in Chester, PA.

Regular

Edward P. Golaszewski (Clarinet/Saxophone)
Clarinet study: A. Dell’osa, R. Schmidt, C. Turner, G. Rowe, A. Gigliotti, B. Portnoy, G. Macoli. Sax study: V. Trombetta, H. Karabell. Flute study: J. Walker, F. Versaci, J. Kvell. Oboe study: S. Simon. Graduate of University of the Arts with Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Music Education. Military Service with USMA Band. Glenn Miller Orchestra, Phil Giordano Jazz Orchestra, City Rhythm Orchestra, Philly Pops, many musical shows at various theaters. Opera Company of Philadelphia, extra saxophonist with Philadelphia Orchestra, Reading Symphony, Delaware Symphony Orchestra.

Joseph Mancuso (Saxophone)

Arne Running (Clarinet)
Arne Running was born and raised in Moorhead, Minnesota. He began the study of the clarinet at age eleven and six years later was winner of a statewide Young Musical Artists competition, performing the Mozart Clarinet Concerto with the Minnesota Orchestra. Running received his BM degree with highest honors in clarinet from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, and his MM degree from Temple University in Philadelphia. He currently maintains an active freelance career in the Philadelphia area, and is principal clarinetist of the Riverside Symphonia and the Ocean City Pops. He has been an active performer of new music as clarinetist with the Penn Contemporary Players, Network for New Music, and Orchestra 2001. As a conductor, he has worked with youth, All-State, community, university and professional orchestras. His compositions have been published, performed and recorded internationally.

Lawrence Shusterman (Saxophone)
Lawrence Shusterman is a graduate of the Philadelphia Musical Academy, where he majored in clarinet and earned a B.M. in Performance, B.M. and a B.M.E. +30 in Music Education. Throughout his career, he has continued his pursuit of music education, studying instrumental performance on clarinet, saxophone, flute, and oboe in both classical and jazz with many respected teachers and performers.  Mr. Shusterman has taught clarinet and saxophone at Settlement Music School since 2000 and has been an Instrumental Music Teacher with the Camden City Board of Education for 38 years. His extensive performance history includes playing with the Delaware Symphony Orchestra, jazz, big band and Society bands, theatre, and saxophone and clarinet quartets at such venues as the Keswick Theatre, the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, and others.  His philosophy for teaching and performance is based on personal experience and knowledge gained throughout the years and a desire to provide each student with the knowledge, technique and skills needed to become a fine musician while also receiving a well- rounded and enjoyable musical experience.

Glenn I. Stanford (Saxophone)
Glenn I. Stanford is a graduate of the Boston Conservatory of Music with a B.A. in music education and an M.A. in elementary education from the then-Glassboro State College. A faculty member of the Settlement Music School saxophone staff for over 35 years, Mr. Stanford also has 37 years of public school instrument music teaching experience in the Camden City Public Schools. He has had many rich and varied performance experiences in classical, jazz, gospel and musical theater settings on the saxophone, clarinet and flute throughout his career. His primary approach to teaching is to foster and develop those skills that lead to a level of command of the instrument. With that command and appropriate stylistic knowledge, the student will be able to indulge in any kind of music that he or she desires.

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Dance

Staff
Kaye N. Fernandez
Kaye has been teaching Ballet since 1995 at SMS. She received a Bachelor of Classical Dance from the National School of Ballet in Peru. She danced for five years in Ballet de Camara and seven years at Ballet Municipal in Lima. She also has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Science and majored in Social Work Universidad Mayor de San Marcos. She moved to the United States in 1987 to attend the University of the Arts and the Pennsylvania Ballet. In 1988 she won first place at the Spotlight National Dance Competition and also danced for five years with the Mercury Dance Company in Philadelphia. In 1996, Kaye continued her education at Cabrini College and started teaching Creative Movement in the Kaleidoscope program. She offers teacher training and professional development workshops and collaborates with the Hispanic community. Kaye is the 2012 recipient of the Sol Schoenbach Award for Outstanding Service at Settlement Music School.

Associate Staff
Olga D. Blumenkrants
Bolshoi Ballet School
Arthur Judson Distinguished Faculty Chair

Regular
Erin Ruggiero
As a Philadelphia native, Erin Ruggiero began her dance career at the age of 4 when she began taking ballet classes at Settlement Music School under the direction of Olga Blumenkrants. She went on to study dance education at DeSales University where she had the opportunity to study with various guest artists from around the world. Since receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Dance in 2001 she has been a featured dancer for Vada Dance Collective, a Philadelphia-based modern dance company. She has been teaching ballet and modern technique for 13 years in the Philadelphia and Bucks County area. Her choreography has been showcased at local and regional dance competitions. She excited to be teaching at Settlement Music School where it all began for her.

Rebecca Weber
Rebecca Weber is an Adjunct Professor in Dance at Temple University, where she earned an MFA in Dance and a Teaching in Higher Education Certification. Rebecca holds an MA with distinction in Dance & Somatic Well-Being from the University of Central Lancashire, where she later served as Associate Lecturer. As director of Somanaut Dance, her choreography has been presented in Philadelphia, New York, Georgia, Delaware, Canada, and the UK. She has performed for many independent choreographers in Philadelphia, including Eun Jung Choi, Colleen Hooper Performance Projects, Stone Depot Dance Lab, the Naked Stark, and others, and is a performing collaborator for Alie + the Brigade. Her research has been published in the Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices and the forthcoming anthology, Dance, Somatics and Spiritualities: Contemporary Sacred Narratives. She is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Dance, Movement, and Spiritualities, and serves as co-Communications Director, editor, and dance critic for ThINKingDANCE.net. www.somanautdance.com

Lauren Putty White
Lauren Putty White received her BFA from University of the Arts in Philadelphia and received the UArts Choreography Prize and Outstanding Performance in Modern Dance award. She has performed with Washington Reflections, Urban Bush Woman 2, Parsons Dance Company, as well as the Opera Company of Philadelphia, and received the Individual Artist Fellowship Grant in Baltimore, Maryland. Ms. White has done guest artist residencies at Mercy High School in Baltimore, the 2011 Winston-Salem All-County Dance Festival in North Carolina, and at Stockton College in New Jersey. Her piece, "Sleeping in Wonderland," was featured in the Regional Dance America showcase in Pittsburgh in 2011, and she premiered her piece, "Hide," on Ballet X in Philadelphia, as a part of their spring series at the Wilma Theater in 2010.  Currently, Ms. White continues to freelance as a performer with her company, Putty Dance Project, and is teaching at various pre-professional programs throughout the Philadelphia area.

Svetlana Zherdeva
Born in Russia, Svetlana received her dance education at the College of Culture and Arts in Perm, Russia. She has performed with three professional dance companies, became a principal in Stavropol Cossack’s Dance Company, and toured Europe and the United States. In 2005, she received a diploma with Honors from Stavropol State Pedagogic University as a professional dance teacher. After immigrating to the United States, she taught ballet at the School of Dance Arts in Germantown and in Wissahickon Dance Academy’s summer programs.

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Double Bass


Regular

Paul A. Galdi (Double Bass/Electric Bass)
Transplanted from North Jersey and now living just outside of Philadelphia, PA, Paul is a veteran of the North Jersey and New York music scenes, having played with countless independent artists and various commercial projects. Playing since age 12, Paul made sure to absorb every style of music from 60’s R&B to funk to classic Jazz and everything in between to be able to fit in to any situation that came his way. Paul studied under New York City studio pro Stuart Woods before attending William Paterson University’s esteemed jazz program getting to study with world renowned bassist Rufus Reid as well as many other veterans of the New York jazz scene. More recently, he has studied with Harvie S and Craig Thomas.

Justin J. Sekelewski (Double Bass/Electric Bass)
McKenna, Wong, le Fleming, Boone, Javian; Temple U.

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Early Childhood Programs

Children's Music Playshop

Children's Music Workshop

Kaleidoscope

Kaleidoscope Plus+

 

Children's Music PlayShop

Staff
Martha Glaze Zook
Arthur Judson Distinguished Faculty Chair
Martha has been teaching Early Childhood Music and Movement at Settlement Music School since 1988.  She received a Bachelor of Music from Ithaca College and a Diploma from The Curtis Institute of Music.  After a career playing French horn, including 10 years with the Philadelphia Orchestra, she returned to music education and received graduate teaching certification in the Orff-Schulwerk teaching. She has taken master classes in arts integration, Orff-Schulwerk composition and curriculum development. Ms. Glaze Zook developed the music curriculum for the Kaleidoscope Preschool Arts Enrichment program and led curriculum writing for Children's Music Workshop at SMS.  She advocates for early childhood music education and presents at national conferences for early childhood and music educators.  She  offers teacher training and professional development for local chapters of music educators.  She contributes articles to music education journals and has collaborated on teaching projects in Peru. In 2008 she was named to the Settlement 100 list of distinguished faculty and alumni Honorees.

Associate Staff
Karen Mercer
Karen Mercer has been a member of the Settlement faculty since 2006. She received her B.S. in music education from Immaculata University, where she studied voice with Eunice Alberts, Dolores Ferraro, and Mara Sindoni. She received an early childhood music certificate from the Kodaly Center of America and has completed level 1 of Orff certification at Villanova University. In addition to teaching Children’s Music Playshop and Children’s Music Workshop classes, she serves as assistant choir director for the Gleeksman-Kohn Children’s Choir, rehearsing the choirs at the Camden and Kardon-Northeast Branches, and leads offsite programming for Settlement at Urban Promise in Camden. She also directs the Angelic Choir at Guardian Angels Regional School in Paulsboro, New Jersey, serves as director of music at First Presbyterian Church in Haddon Heights, NJ, and maintains a private home studio in Sewell, NJ.

Regular
Carrie Kreider
Carrie Kreider earned her Bachelor of Arts degree with concentrations in piano and percussion from Kutztown University, where she was awarded the PASIC scholarship and the Esther Smith Piano Scholarship. Carrie received the Outstanding Clinical Experience award for her work during teacher certification. She also holds a masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction from The University of Scranton, and completed an internship with The School District of Philadelphia to earn her Supervisory Certificate in Curriculum and Instruction. Carrie has been teaching music for over 15 years, ranging from indoor drumlines to primary general music and recorder ensembles. Her choral performance experience has taken her to China, Italy, Carnegie Hall, and Lincoln Center. Carrie’s interests include picture books and music as tools for literacy, photography, and volunteering for PAWS. She holds national fitness certifications, and has completed triathlons, multiple short- to mid-distance running events, and adventure races.

Tricia Paffen
Tricia was born and raised in Northeast Philadelphia, and has been performing since she was 7 years old competing in various vocal competitions around the city. While in high school Tricia loved theater and dreamed of performing on Broadway. However, she decided that having a college education was more important. Tricia graduated from Temple University Ester Boyer School of Music and Dance, perusing a Music Education degree with a vocal concentration. She has given private music instruction in voice, guitar and piano to students ranging in age from 5 to 30. She also performs as a singer in two cover bands and writes and performs her own original music as well. Tricia has always wanted to be a teacher, and she feels that music should present in everyone's life from the beginning.

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Children's Music Workshop

Staff
Marina S. Gertsen
As a child and through adulthood, Marina S. Gertsen was enrolled in a unique
educational setting where instrumental performance, vocal skills, fundamentals, and history of music were taught with the same importance as academic subjects. This life experience influenced her decision to  develop a collaborative and enriched approach to present aspects of music to the very young as well as to elementary and middle school-aged students. After graduating Neaga College of Music with a degree in piano pedagogy and accompaniment, she continued her education at Cabrini College and West Chester University with a concentration in education and Orff methodology. During her 20 year tenure at all six branches of the Settlement Music School, Mrs. Gertsen developed a unique way of teaching where vocal exposure, ear training, ensemble playing, and the elementary theory of music are combined into one enriched program for the development of a holistic musical capability.  Mrs. Gertsen provides this highly sought after service to the Philadelphia area community music schools as well as independent schools.

Martha Glaze Zook
See bio under Children's Music PlayShop

Associate Staff
AnnaLisa Mariani
AnnaLisa Mariani has been serving on the faculty of Settlement Music School since 2008. She holds a Bachelor degree in Music Education from Westminster Choir College of Rider University (1996) as well as Orff-Shulwerk Certification from Villanova and University of the Arts (2010). Previously, she served on the staff of Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church in Bryn Mawr, PA and Malmark, Inc. in Plumsteadville, PA. She is a member of the Abington Symphony Orchestra. Her interests include musical theater and costume design, and in her spare time, she is a competitive figure skater.

Karen Mercer
See bio under Children's Music PlayShop

Regular
Emily Fantuzzo
Roberts Wesleyan College, Houghton College

Robert Gold
Bob Gold grew up in an art-filled musical family, taking piano lessons at the Germantown branch of Settlement Music School with Irene Beck and violin lessons in his public school. As a science major at the University of Delaware, Bob re-connected with his passion for music, taking piano literature classes with pianist Michael Steinberg and discovering the beauty of jazz and improvised music. Upon graduation Bob concentrated on self teaching and forming a trio that performed, among other places, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Philadelphia for many years. More recently, Bob has concentrated on solo piano, and in expanding his skills as both a private and classroom teacher. He has a Masters degree in Music Education from the University of the Arts and an Orff Schulwerk Certification from U. of Arts/Villanova University.

Carrie Kreider
See bio under Children's Music PlayShop

Tricia Paffen
See bio under Children's Music PlayShop

Hui Sy Teo
Hui Sy Teo-Long received her Bachelor of Music from University of the Arts and Master of Music from Temple University, where she studied with Susan Starr, Annette Dimedeo, Yoheved Kaplinsky and Charles Abramovic. She had also attended the Taubman Institute at Amherst in association with her piano training. Hui Sy is also a certified Orff-Shulwerk Level III Children's Music Workshop teacher.

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Kaleidoscope

Head Teachers
MLC:
Jean Rauch (PS 1)
Jean Rauch is Head teacher in Preschool 1 for the Kaleidoscope Preschool Arts Enrichment Program. She has worked at Settlement Music School for nine years. She has an Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education from Community College of Philadelphia, will complete her Bachelor's Degree from Chestnut Hill College in the Spring of 2013, and plans to further her education with a Masters Degree in the near future. She is married and has four wonderful children, and her free time she enjoys reading and relaxing at the beach.

Dana Jackson (PS 2)
Philadelphia native Dana D. Jackson began her career in early childhood education in 1994 through volunteering at the Parent Infant Center. This experience led her to take classes at Community College of Philadelphia, where she obtained an Associates degree in Elementary Education. After graduating from CCP, she attended Saint Joseph’s University where she received my bachelor’s degree join Elementary education in 2000. She taught for five years at Educare Learning Center, then taught Kindergarten in the Philadelphia School District starting in 2004. Her love for the Early Childhood field led her to Settlement Music School, where her goal as a lead pre-school teacher is to provide a safe, healthy, fun, and inviting environment in which every child is able to experience new things through play build healthy relationships, and feel proud of who they are.

Gail Robinson (PS 3)
Mai Renwick-Sewell (PS 4)
Mai Renwick-Sewell has taught in Settlement’s Kaleidoscope Preschool Program for over 12 years. She has an Associates Degree from Community College of Philadelphia in Behavioral Science, a Bachelor Degree from Temple University in Psychology, and is currently completing the Master’s Program at Chestnut Hill College in Early Childhood Education. She believes children are active learners and should be involved in the learning process. “Learning awakens a variety of developmental process that are to operate only when the child is interacting with people in his/her environment and the collaboration with his/her peers.” - Vygotsky

Beverly Pascal (PS 5)

GTN:
Tessa Downs
(PS 6)


Yvette Dorsey
(PS 7)
Yvette Dorsey is a lead pre-kindergarten classroom teacher at Settlement Music School. Dorsey holds an associate degree in Early Childhood Education from the Community College of Philadelphia. Dorsey has worked with children for over eight years. She is a firm believer that each child can learn and his/her own pace. Dorsey is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Additionally, she has gone through extensive training to become a certified treatment foster parent. She has cared for several families over the years and in the last two and a half years has been caring for four siblings. Dorsey has one biological son Joseph and a husband Maurice.

Artist Teachers
MLC:
Liza Dolmetsch - Art
Liza Dolmetsch is an artist and educator practicing in Philadelphia. She teaches visual art to students ages 3-5 through the Kaleidoscope Arts Enrichment Program. She pursued post-graduate academic and studio work at Tyler School of Art, completing a M.Ed. in Art with K-12 Certification. Liza grew up in nearby Arden, Delaware, first moving to Philadelphia to work in museum education after receiving her BA in Art from Vassar College with a focus in sculpture. Liza loves to make tiny paintings and big sculptures and has taught in a variety of settings in Philadelphia and beyond.  She loves investigating and creating in the studio with the Kaleidoscope students!

Kaye Fernandez - See bio under Dance

Martha Glaze-Zook - Music

GTN:
Lauren Parker - Art


Jenna Frome - Dance


Anna Lisa Mariani
- Music

Assistant Teachers
MLC:
Irene Martin (PS 1)
Carissa DiGiacomo (PS 2)
Staci Harris (PS 3)
Scott Slezak (PS 4)
Stacey Harper (PS 5)



GTN:
Felecia Williamson (PS 6)
Felecia Williamson is an Assistant Teacher at Settlement Music School’s Kaleidoscope Pre-K program. She has a Child Development Associate accreditation. After having three children of her own she fell into the field of early childhood education by a fluke opportunity in 2003. She realized from day one that she wanted to do nothing else and began to take classes and trainings to obtain the knowledge and skills to become a better teacher and co-worker and to continue to improve as a person both in and outside the classroom. She loves working at Settlement Music School and the Kaleidoscope program because it has allowed her to come in contact with so many families from all walks of life. She has never worked along side people who were so compassionate and focused on their work.

Shontaya Greer (PS 7)
Shontaya Greer is the Assistant Teacher for Pre-School classroom seven at the Kaleidoscope Pre School Arts Enrichment Program at Settlement Music School. She holds an associates degree in Early Childhood Education from the Community College of Philadelphia. She has been working at Settlement since September 2005. Greer has worked with children for over twelve years. She enjoys arts and crafts, shopping, and spending time with her son.

Kaleidoscope Plus+

Chancellor Dean
Temple U., U. of Southern California

Liza Dolmetsch
Liza Dolmetsch is an artist and educator practicing in Philadelphia. She teaches visual art to students ages 3-5 through the Kaleidoscope Arts Enrichment Program. She pursued post-graduate academic and studio work at Tyler School of Art, completing a M.Ed. in Art with K-12 Certification. Liza grew up in nearby Arden, Delaware, first moving to Philadelphia to work in museum education after receiving her BA in Art from Vassar College with a focus in sculpture. Liza loves to make tiny paintings and big sculptures and has taught in a variety of settings in Philadelphia and beyond.  She loves investigating and creating in the studio with the Kaleidoscope students!

Scott Slezak
Scott Slezak graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education. After starting his art career in Pittsburgh, he moved to Philadelphia, where he began to apprentice as a furniture finisher and began writing and performing original music. When Scott's daughter was born, he left work to be a full-time, stay-at-home dad. Scott began babysitting for other families and was a play-group supervisor for the South Eastern Pennsylvania Mental Health Association.  Scott's daughter was enrolled in the Kaleidoscope program at Settlement Music School, and he was so impressed with the program he began to volunteer in the classrooms two days a week, and wanted more. He went back to school to study Early Childhood Education and became a substitute art and classroom teacher, and was then brought on as a full-time Kaleidoscope teacher after several years. Scott is currently pursuing his Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education at Chestnut Hill College.

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Flute

Staff
Mary C. Willihnganz

Mary C. Willihnganz has been teaching flute and coaching both piano-based and woodwind ensembles for many years at Settlement. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance with a minor in Music Education from Marywood College, an A.M. in Musicology from Brown University and a Certificate from the Conservatoire Americain in Fontainebleau, France, where she studied flute with Rene LeRoy and Pierre Paubon. After Fontainebleau, she moved to Paris where she studied flute with Christian Larde and spent three years as a private student of Nadia Boulanger. Her American flute teachers have been John Krell and Murray Panitz in Philadelphia and James Pappoutsakis in Boston. She has taught on the faculty of College Misericordia in Dallas, PA, and has operated a private studio in Ann Arbor, MI, where she taught piano and flute. She is active as a freelance player in the greater Philadelphia area. She and her husband, Walter D. Willihnganz, M.D., live in Central Bucks County, where they are active members of the County Theatre and from which they make regular trips to the Metropolitan Opera in NYC.

Associate Staff
Ilya Ovrutsky
Ilya Ovrutsky, a graduate of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow with a Master’s Degree in flute/piccolo, has performed extensively around the world as a member of the Orchestra of the (former) USSR Bolshoi Theater, and of the (former) USSR State Symphony Orchestra under direction of Yevgeny Svetlanov. He has performed in the major concert halls of Russia, United States, Canada, Europe, Japan, Australia, and South America under the baton of conductors V. Gergiev, M. Jansons, P. Kogan, A. Lazarev, A. Litton, K. Masur, Y. Simonov, Y. Temirkanov, and others. A dedicated flute teacher since arriving in the United States in 1992, Mr. Ovrutsky has been teaching at Settlement Music School since 1993. Mr. Ovrutsky has created his own unique method of teaching kids of ages 5 and younger, and has been using it successfully for many years. Among his graduates and his current students are winners of local and regional competitions and worldwide concert performers.


Regular

Edward P. Golaszewski
See bio under Clarinet/Saxophone.

Thomas Meany (Suzuki)
Thomas Meany is a graduate of the Philadelphia College of the Performing Arts, where he studied with Adeline Tomasone and Loren Lind, later studying with Harold Bennett in New York City. Tom recently completed his Masters of Music at Rowan University. In addition to performing regularly with guitarist Michael Simmons and the Walnut Street Chamber Trio, Mr. Meany has performed in recital for the Matinee Music Club, the Flute Society of Greater Philadelphia, the and Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour. He has played flute for the Opera Company of Philadelphia, Orchestra Society and both the Haddonfield and Lansdowne Symphonies. Mr. Meany is a Certified Suzuki Instructor receiving three consecutive scholarships from the Suzuki Association of the Americas. In addition to the Settlement Music School he also teaches for the Darlington Fine Arts Center, Rowan University Prep, and Widener University. He is the Vice-President of the Flute Society of Greater Philadelphia.

Lawrence Shusterman
See bio under Clarinet/Saxophone.

Elivi Varga
Elivi Varga studied music at Goucher College, the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Illinois State University, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she earned a Doctorate of Musical Arts. Her flute teachers included Bonnie Lake, Toshiko Kohno, Kimberly Risinger, Jonathan Keeble, and Manuela Wiesler. Varga’s newly-released CD Silver Tunes: Music For Flute and Organ includes world-premiere recordings of works by Lowell Liebermann and Augusta Read Thomas. (Listen to excerpts of the CD at www.elivi.com.) She has performed with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, Acadiana Symphony Orchestra, and the Louisiana Sinfonietta, and regularly performs as a soloist in the U.S. and Scandinavia. Varga is currently principal flute of the Philadelphia Wind Symphony. She has taught music at Illinois State University, Southeastern Louisiana University, Alvernia University, and the Community College of Philadelphia.

 

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Fundamentals of Music

Staff
Eugene Gelfenson
Levinson, Taylor, Wedeen; SMS, Temple

Daniel Howe
Daniel received his Bachelor's of Music in Piano Performance and Bachelor's of Science in Liturgical studies with Drs. Samuel Hsu and Sheila Threlfall at Philadelphia Biblical University and his Master's of Music in Piano Pedagogy from Temple University, where he studied with Harvey Wedeen, Maria Taylor and Dr. Charles Ambramovic. Emphasis in early music during masters studies with Dr. Joyce Lindorff with a thesis on the pedagogical works of Benjamin Carr, the “father of Philadelphia music.” Teaching curriculums include Suzuki, Faber, Music Pathways, Elyse Mach, Solfeggio, Kodaly and Orff exercises as well as various resources online. Daniel teaches students ranging in ages from five to retired adults and has taught at Settlement Music School since 1999. He hosts an annual end-of-the-year recital-reception for his students to celebrate musical outreach and community.

Vasiliy Kifyak
Vasiliy Kifyak holds a Master’s Degree in Conducting, Piano Accompaniment and Music Theory from the Professional Music School in Kishinev, Moldova, and studied at Music Academy of Moldova. As Conductor of the Philharmonic Society Doina Chorus, he traveled and presented concerts at halls throughout cities in Spain and Italy and has taught at independent schools and in other community venues throughout Philadelphia.

Roberto Pace
Robert Capanna Fundamentals of Music Distinguished Faculty Chair
Roberto Pace is a composer, music director, pianist and educator. He is recognised in concert music, as well as in music for theater and dance. Mr. Pace studied at the New England Conservatory of Music with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Donald Martino, and the late great theorist Ernst Oster.  He holds an M.F.A. in composition from SUNY Purchase, where he was the first to be awarded the Anthony Newman Prize for artistic and academic excellence. Mr. Pace’s recent commissions include the American Opera Projects, The Greenwich Village Orchestra, the canonization of Padre Pio, the Viola Society of Philadelphia, the baroque/contemporary ensemble Mélomanie, Chamber Music Now!, the Elysian Camerata and the American Composer’s Forum of Philadelphia. His work has received public as well as critical success: “…a fantasm of shifting moods, featuring eloquent writing for strings” (NY Times); and “a kaleidoscope of colors wrapped in rhythms that leap with energy” (Philadelphia Inquirer). He has served as music director and conductor at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s “Next Wave Festival, directed the music program of Fordham at Lincoln Center and lectured for the New York Philharmonic.

Associate Staff
Stanley Alexandrowicz
See bio under Guitar

Beth L. Benson
Beth Benson has been a member of Settlement Music School’s faculty since 1999. She earned a Bachelor of Music in Performance from Florida State University. Major teachers include Elizabeth Camus, Eric Ohlsson and Daniel Stolper. She performs with Newtown Chamber Orchestra and Southeastern Pennsylvania Symphony Orchestra and is an active freelancer on oboe, oboe d’amore and English horn. Beth also teaches for the Continuing Education program at Bucks County Community College and at the George School.

William A. Riley
New School of Music, Royal School of Church Music

Regular

Daniel Blacksberg
See bio under Trombone

Diane Goldsmith
Diane Goldsmith is a pianist who is much in demand as a solo recitalist, chamber musician and vocal accompanist. Winner of the Mason & Hamlin Competition, she regularly performs on regional arts series at cultural centers and colleges. Diane holds a master’s degree from Manhattan School of Music and pursued her studies in chamber music, art song and opera at the Music Academy of the West. She did additional piano study with Gary Graffman. Diane has been a music critic and arts editor at major newspapers and also served as staff accompanist working with singers at Westminster Choir College. Her vocal trio, Follow the Drinking Gourd - named for the song used to guide slaves to freedom – and her chamber ensemble perform programs Diane develops, using music, narrative and images. With 20 years’ experience teaching, Diane takes special pride in bringing out the best in students by tailoring her approach to each student’s individual learning style, ability and musical interests.

William Peters (Classical, Electric, Bass)
Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Palley Distinguished Faculty Chair
See bio under Guitar

Elivi Varga
See bio under Flute


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Guitar

Staff

Andrea Carlson (Classical, Electric)
Andrea Carlson received a BM in Classical Guitar from the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago, studying with Steve Klein. Teaching is her passion, and with it she focuses on technique, theory, and a repertoire that inspires and promotes skill and musical expression. Her back ground in music also involves performance in classical guitar, jazz, singing, and composing. In 2009, she was a winner with the Philadelphia Songwriters Project song writing contest. Actively, she performs with her classical guitar playing and singing her original music and jazz standards in a variety of venues throughout the Philadelphia area, as well as New Jersey, New York, and Chicago. In 2012 she released her debut CD, Drivin' Myself Wild for You. Along with her music, Andrea studied art at Columbia College in Chicago and also enjoys painting and other forms of art in her free time.

James Hensley (Classical, Suzuki, Electric, Bass)
James Hensley has taught at Settlement since 1980, including all styles of guitar and electric bass. He graduated in 1981 from the Philadelphia College of the Performing Arts with a Bachelor of Music in Classical Guitar and a Bachelor of Music Education. His guitar teachers have included Jack Leonard, Ed Flanagan, Joe Federico and Steve Giordano, Tommy Emmanuel, Bill Zinno, Paul Kleinfelter among others, with additional training in jazz piano and voice. He aims to approach each student’s unique individuality and have his students walk away from lessons with a lifelong passion for music and guitar and to help adult students rekindle their teenage passion for guitar. He has been performing on guitar, bass and vocals throughout the Delaware Valley since the 1970’s; both in groups and by himself, performing all styles of music.

Luke Honer (Classical, Electric, Bass)
Settlement alumnus Luke Honer began his guitar studies with William Peters in 1992.  He went on to study the classical guitar at The Hartt School of Music where he received full tuition scholarships for his bachelors and masters degrees and was the first undergraduate guitarist to be admitted into the “Performance 20/20” honors chamber music program.  At Hartt, Luke studied with Richard Provost and competed in numerous guitar competitions, he was 2nd place national finalist of the 2003 MTNA Classical Guitar Competition held in Salt Lake City.  Luke has been teaching guitar at Settlement since 2004, in addition to his many private students he also teaches guitar classes and coaches ensembles.

William Peters (Classical, Electric, Bass)
Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Palley Distinguished Faculty Chair
William Peters has been a member of the Settlement Music School guitar faculty since 1981.  He received a bachelor of music education degree, and a master of music degree from Temple University. His teachers include Peter Segal, Oscar Ghiglia, Albert Valdes Blaine, and Dennis Sandole (jazz). In addition, Mr. Peters performs in the duo “Royale Musicke” and leads Settlement's Concert Division.  

Marisol Rampolla (Classical, Suzuki)
Born in Puerto Rico, Ms Rampolla came to Philadelphia in 1982 to study with Peter Segal at The University of the Arts, where she received a Bachelor’s of Music in guitar performance. After that, she completed a year of professional studies with Maestro Jose Tomas in Spain. While in Spain she also had the opportunity to study privately with Maestro David Russel. She continued her guitar studies under Peter Segal at Temple University where she received an M.M. in guitar performance. Ms. Rampolla has performed as a soloist in many venues, with the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Trio, and in a duo with Kimball Brown on double bass. Ms. Rampolla has performed internationally and throughout the East Coast of the United States, and can be heard on recordings with the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Trio and on Rumores for double bass and guitar. Ms. Rampolla has taught at SMS and Community College of Philadelphia for twenty years, helping students broaden their performance opportunities through collaborative teaching, and learning.

Regular
Stanley Alexandrowicz (Classical, Electric, Bass)
Stanley Alexandrowicz is becoming widely known for his virtuosic musicality and insightful interpretations. In addition to his command of the instrument's standard repertoire, he has premiered and commissioned over 100 works by composers from Europe, Asia, North America, Cuba, and South America. A native of New Jersey, he began his musical studies at the age of eight, studied with Manuel Barrueco at the Manhattan School of Music, and received his Doctor of Musical Arts in 1994. His recording of Dominick Argento's “Postcard from Morocco” with the Curtis Opera has recently been released on Albany Records, with a new CD of 20th and 21st century American guitar works forthcoming. He has been honored with the Ernst Bacon Society's recording grant to record the premiere performances of the composer's works for guitar and is also editing these works for publication. A scholar and specialist in the field of 19th century music, he often features the virtuoso Romantic guitar repertoire in his concert programs, along with contemporary music.

Nero Catalano (Electric, Bass)
Nero Catalano studied classical guitar with Julian Gray at the Peabody Conservatory of Music and later went on to earn a BM from the University of the Arts, where he studied jazz guitar with Jimmy Bruno, Steve Giordano, and Tom Giacabetti. He taught guitar, bass, and coached ensembles at the Paul Green School of Rock Music during its formative years and went on to be the Music Director of the Downingtown and then the Philadelphia branches. Nero has recorded and toured playing original music as far as Shanghai and has played everywhere from CBGB to the Fillmore. He is also much in demand for pit orchestras and bands, performing most recently at the Arden and Walnut Street Theatres.

Philip Covelli (Classical, Electric)
A dedicated teacher with over 40 years of experience, Philip Covelli has helped students of all ages and interests to build a musical foundation that paves the way for progress.  Philip began playing guitar at age ten after having played the violin at an early age.  That early violin study made it relatively easy to teach himself the basics of guitar technique.  During the Folk Era, while in high school, he played as part of a folk group that performed in the Philadelphia area.  Following graduation from Central High School in 1964, Philip continued his education at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, majoring in music theory.  After college he received private instruction from William Viola (classical guitar), Robert DiNardo (jazz guitar), and Franco Caruso (composition).   Mr. Covelli has been on the faculty of Settlement Music School, Jenkintown (now Willow Grove) Branch, since 1978.

Brendan Evans (Classical, Electric)
Aron, Tanenbaum; Oberlin, San Francisco Cons. of Music

Mark Forchic (Electric, Classical, Bass)
Mark Forchic earned his Bachelor Degree in Music Education from Rowan University, where he studied classical guitar with Bill Peters and Joe Mayes. While there, he maintained his jazz studies under Denis Diblasio and Joe Federico. Upon graduation, Mark continued his jazz studies extensively with Jimmy Bruno, Tom Giacabetti, Chuck Anderson, Steve Giordano, and with Philly Legend, Pat Martino. He also maintained a stint with rocker Robert Hazard, and hasworked as an audio mastering engineer. Mark is an active performer in the Philly Jazz scene, continually performing with his jazz trio at such venues such as: Chris' Jazz Cafe, Trump National Golf Club,The Electric Factory, and events for Urban Outfitters, Drexel and Jefferson Univ. and various regional companies and corporations. Mark also freelances as a pit musician.

RJ Johnson
Hamersma, Juris, Hanson, Quaile, Davis; U. Arts

James Klales (Classical, Electric)
Rappaport, Mayes, Segal; SMS

Michael Koehler (Classical, Electric, Bass)
Cullen; Kutztown University

Jeffrey Scull (Classical)
U. of Arts

Guy E. West (Classical, Electric, Bass)
Guy West has been teaching and performing for twenty years. He received his Bachelor’s of Music from Xavier University of Louisiana and his Master of Music from San Diego State University. He teaches classical, flamenco and pop styles.

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Harp

Regular

Maryanne Meyer
Maryanne Meyer is an active orchestral and chamber musician and solo recitalist both in the Philadelphia area and in her home state of Indiana. Maryanne serves as Principal Harpist with Symphony in C in Camden, New Jersey and Tri-Cities Opera in Binghamton, New York, appears frequently with the Delaware Symphony, and is a founding member of the Philadelphia Harp Trio. She has also performed as pit harpist in recent Barrymore Award-winning productions of The Light in the Piazza and Sunday in the Park with George. She teaches at Rowan University, Settlement Music School and the Girard Art and Music Program middle and high school in Philadelphia, and at the Young Artists Harp Seminar in Rabun Gap, Georgia. Maryanne holds a Bachelor of Music degree and Performer Diploma in harp performance from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, where she studied with Distinguished Professor of Music Susann McDonald. She recently completed her Master of Music studies at Temple University's Boyer College of Music and Dance with Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Harpist Elizabeth Hainen.

 

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Horn

Regular

William E. Bonnell
Bill Bonnell performs locally with orchestra and chamber groups. He is the K-12 Music Coordinator in the Phoenixville School District, where he directs the three concert bands, pit orchestra, and jazz ensemble at Phoenixville Middle School. Bill brings research-based practice and assessment strategies for musicians of any age to reach for peak performances. His teaching reflects the joy he has in sharing music with each student. Bill studied with Danny Carter of the National Symphony Orchestra, Ralph Lockwood at Arizona State University, and Randy Gardner of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Bill also performed for two summers at the Pierre Monteux School. He holds the B.M., M.M. degrees, and PA teaching certification from Temple University.

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Jazz Ensemble

Special Arrangement
Tony Miceli
D'amico; U. of the Arts

Staff
Mark Forchic
See bio under Guitar.

Associate Staff
Matthew Kallend
Green, Atkatz, Abel; DePaul U., Temple U.

Regular
Scott Coulter
See bio under Piano.

Nasir Dickerson
Bowen, U. of the Arts

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MUSIC EDUCATION PATHWAYS

Jordan Graef
Jordan Graef graduated from Temple University in May 2013 with a B.M. in Music Education (Saxophone Concentration).  While at Temple he studied saxophone with Marshall Taylor, Dick Oatts, and Tim Warfield and was part of the Diamond Marching Band, Wind Symphony, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Lab Band, and University Chorale. In addition to teaching with Settlement, he teaches for The School District of Philadelphia as a Classroom Instrumental Music Teacher; he serves six schools throughout the week, teaching woodwinds, brass, percussion, and strings to students in grades 4 – 12. Mr. Graef has also worked on the marching band staff of Strath Haven High School as a woodwind technician and marching instructor. He is active as a performer in many genre and is also an active member of the National Association for Music Education and a brother of the national music fraternity Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

Daniel Grayberg
Daniel Grayberg is a graduate of Westminster Choir College with his Bachelors in Music Education and Masters of Arts in Teaching. He has studied music education and choral conducting from Dr. Frank Abrahams and Sun Min Lee, and studied voice with Elem Eley. His experiences include teaching choral and general music to a variety of levels ranging from elementary to college. Daniel also has extensive musical theater experience with roles such as director, musical director, orchestra conductor, and on-stage performances. Daniel now teaches K-12 Vocal Music with the School District of Philadelphia.

Eric Jones
Eric Jones is a music teacher in the School District of Philadelphia, instructing over 200 students weekly in group lessons and orchestra at six schools in South Philadelphia.  He has taught cello privately and coached chamber music since 1997 and has been on the faculty of the Csehy Summer School of Music since 2004. Mr. Jones, an active cellist, holds degrees from Temple University and Stetson University.  He has also attended festivals at Schlern, Bowdoin, and Brevard. His teachers include Deborah Reeder, Orlando Cole, David Bjella, George Work, Elizabeth Simkin, and Ron Leonard. He lives in South Philadelphia with his wife Christine, and their two sons, David and Andrew.

Bill Marconi
See bio under Percussion.

Rachel Massey
A student of Yumi Hwang-Williams, Sally O'Reilly, Joey Corpus, and Mark Lakirovich, Rachel attended high school as a violin major at Denver School of the Arts, and furthered her violin and viola studies at Denver University and Longy School of Music. Rachel has performed by invitation at festivals in Dusseldorf, Germany, Aspen Music Festival, and the Las Vegas Music Festival. Most recently she played in the Boston Philharmonic and as associate principal for the Mercury Orchestra in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In addition to serving as a violin instructor for Music Education Pathways at Lea Elementary School, Rachel is a freelance violinist and violist in Philadelphia and New England and performs regularly with cellist Daniel Hawkins as Driftwood Duet.

Thomas Meany
See bio under Flute

Lawrence Shusterman
See bio under Clarinet/Saxophone

JoAnn Wieszczyk
See bio under Band

Martin Wittenberg
In his native Germany, Martin Wittenberg has held positions with Munich Brass, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Philharmonia of the Nations, and the Hof Symphony. Currently a member of Bala Brass and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, he performs with Symphony New Hampshire and the Cape Cod, Portland, Eastern Connecticut, and Plymouth Symphony orchestras. He has played with the orchestras of Opera Boston, Colorado Music Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, Castleton Festival, and the American Repertory Theatre and with numerous ensembles throughout Europe. Dr. Wittenberg has performed in venues all over the world and has recorded for the Beauport Classical, BMOPSound, Decca, Euroarts, Hänssler, MMO, NCA, and Profil labels. In addition to teaching in the Music Education Pathways program, Dr. Wittenberg is on the faculty of Gordon College and has taught at the Longy School of Music, Boston University, and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. He holds degrees from the Trossingen Hochschule for Music, Yale University, and Boston University.

 

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Oboe

Staff
Beth L. Benson
Beth Benson has been a member of Settlement Music School’s faculty since 1999. She earned a Bachelor of Music in Performance from Florida State University. Major teachers include Elizabeth Camus, Eric Ohlsson and Daniel Stolper. She performs with Newtown Chamber Orchestra and Southeastern Pennsylvania Symphony Orchestra and is an active freelancer on oboe, oboe d’amore and English horn. Beth also teaches for the Continuing Education program at Bucks County Community College and at the George School.

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Orchestra

Staff
Monique R. Johnson
Monique R. Johnson received her Bachelors and Masters Degrees from Temple University in Music Education. She studied violin with Larry Grika, Yumi Scott, and Lisa-Beth and conducting with Luis Biava, former Conductor in Residence of the Philadelphia Orchestra. She served as a member of the Educational Advisory Council of the Philadelphia Orchestra and interned at the Philadelphia Orchestra Library under former Principal Librarian Clinton Nieweg. Ms. Johnson has performed as a substitute violinist with the Delaware Symphony Orchestra. She was also a member of the Settlement Music School Music Education Outreach String Quintet. She was a member of the TSOP Orchestra during the filming and performance of the PBS Special “The Love Train, The Sound of Philadelphia,” which featured the O’Jays, the late Teddy Pendegrass, The Stylistics, The Delphonics, and the Three Degrees. Ms. Johnson served as a member of the string orchestra that accompanied Dionne Warwick at the Rehoboth Jazz Festival.

Viktor Repik

 

Regular
Jeri Lynne Johnson
Jeri Lynne Johnson is the conductor for the Trowbridge Chamber Orchestra. She is the Founding Music Director of the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra (BPCO). A graduate of Wellesley College, Maestra Johnson began conducting during her doctoral studies in music theory and history at the University of Chicago. In 1998 she won the Jorge Mester Conducting Scholarship to attend the Aspen Music Festival and her conducting teachers and mentors have included Sir Simon Rattle, Marin Alsop and Daniel Barenboim among others. In 2005 Ms. Johnson became the first African-American woman to win an international conducting prize when she was awarded the Taki Concordia Conducting Fellowship. Ms. Johnson has conducted orchestras around the world including the Colorado Symphony, the Chicago Sinfonietta, the Bournemouth Symphony (UK), the Weimar Staatkapelle (Germany) among others. She has a beautiful, smart and well-behaved chocolate lab who enjoys watching her rehearse the Trowbridge kids!

Arne Running
See bio under Clarinet/Saxophone.

Kaveh Saidi
Kaveh Saidi holds a Bachelors of Music in Violin Performance from the University of Texas at Austin and a Masters of Music in Violin Performance from Boston University. He currently teaches violin and strings in the School District of Philadelphia to approximately 250 students a week at five schools including the arts magnet GAMP. Kaveh previously served as Orchestra Director at the Episcopal Academy and as professor of violin at Immaculata University. He has over 15 years of teaching experience, is Suzuki registered, and has achieved Level II certification (Music K-12) in the state of PA. He has served as a PMEA District Orchestra adjudicator, and is the first violin section coach of the Philadelphia All-City Orchestra. He performs as a freelance violinist with groups such as the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, UPenn Composer Series, the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra, and others performs and records rock and jazz fusion in amplified settings, and composes works for string orchestra, chamber pieces, classical and rock arrangements for strings, and original rock fusion.


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Organ

Associate Staff

Kathleen Scheide
Organist and early keyboard specialist Kathleen Scheide earned degrees at New England Conservatory and the University of Southern California. Dr. Scheide has concertized as a throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, the Far East and the Caribbean. She is a published composer with a large imprint discography. She also teaches at several local colleges. Scheide lives in a 17th-century stone house, Wiggan, and plays organ in the 1740 stone barn at Church of the Loving Shepherd, Bournelyf, West Chester. Dr. Scheide is a Past Dean of the American Guild of Organists, San Diego Chapter, and a member of the Executive Committee of the Philadelphia Chapter. She was a Founding Member and of the San Diego Harpsichord Society and the Western Early Keyboard Society.

McEwan Walters
Painter; U. Washington, Temple

Regular

Douglas Tester
Hoy, Plimpton, Holtz; SMS, PCPA, Hartt School of Music

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Percussion

Staff
Susan Jones
After attending Julliard, Ithaca College (Bachelor of Music Education) and Temple University, Susan Jones began her performing and teaching careers in Philadelphia. She is Principal Timpanist and Percussionist for the Pennsylvania Ballet and percussionist for the Opera Company of Philadelphia. Susan has performed with the Philly Pops, Orchestra 2001, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia and has played numerous Broadway shows in Philadelphia. Besides touring around the world with various orchestras, she has recorded many CDs, two of which were nominated for Grammy awards.  Her teaching background includes teaching all grade levels in New Jersey and Philadelphia public, private and parochial schools, as well as college teaching. At Settlement Music School, Susan teaches percussion to all ages in individual lessons, group classes and percussion ensembles. She also teaches a new program called "Daddy or Mommy and Me", where parents learn to play percussion along with their children.

Associate Staff
William S. Cahn
William S. Cahn, born in Cleveland, Ohio, studied percussion with Cloyd Duff and Robert Pangborn, of the Cleveland Orchestra. During high school, he began teaching private lessons to beginners.While studying at the Eastman School of Music with William Street, he taught for the Rochester, NY School System. After graduating from Eastman with a Bachelor’s Combination Degree in Performance/Music Education, he became timpanist of the United States Air Force Band in Washington, D.C. While there, he continued studying for a Master of Music Degree in Performance from Catholic University of America. He also studied percussion with Alan Abel of the Philadelphia Orchestra, who was head of the Percussion Department at Settlement Music School. Freelance performing has included Ambler Choral Society, Bach and Handel Chorale, Greater Trenton Symphony, Musica 2000 Symphony and the H.B. Smith Cornet Band. William has taught at Settlement Music School since January, 1969 and taught at Cardinal Dougherty High School from 1971 to 1997.

Matthew Kallend
Green, Atkatz, Abel; DePaul U., Temple U.

Samuel Ruttenberg
Sam Ruttenberg has performed with artists such as Dave Brubeck, Count Basie, Lionel Hampton, Lena Horne, Perry Como, Al Martino, Bing Crosby, Barbara Eden, and Charo. He performs with the Pennsylvania Bal­let, the Opera Company of Philadelphia, the Delaware Symphony, and Orchestra 2001. He also performs with his own jazz trio and is an active drum set clinician. Sam has also toured and recorded with the Houston Symphony, Ballet, and Pops Orchestras, and has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Radio City Music Hall, and the Kennedy Center. Sam has written articles for PAS Percussive Notes and Modern Drummer Magazine. He transcribed and worked closely on the creative aspect with Joe Morello on his Master Studies II book. Sam received a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Miami and a Master’s Degree from the Juilliard School. A full bio can be found on his personal site.

Regular

Thomas Bowden
Abel, Nelson, Deviney, Udow, Jones, Ding, Gramley; Temple U., U. of Michigan

William P. Kerrigan
Julian A. and Lois G. Brodsky Distinguished Faculty Chair
William Kerrigan received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from Temple University. His principal teachers include Alan Abel, Jack Moore, and Charles Owen. He has been principal percussion/assistant timpani of the Delware Symphony Orchestra, principal percussion with Peter Nero and the Philly Pops, principal percussion of Orchestra2001, and leader of the Phil-A-Rhythm Percussion Quartet. He also performed at the Aspen Music Fesival, backed up such musicians as Shirley Bassey, Art Garfunkel, Al Green, Michael Feinstein, the Moody Blues, Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys, and performed in the orchestras of the Pennsylvania Ballet and the Opera Company of Philadelphia. In addition to being Distinguished Faculty Chair at Settlement, he also has taught or continues to teach at the Community College of Philadelphia, Eastern University, Swarthmore College and the Wilmington Music School.

Bill Marconi
Bill joined the Settlement faculty in 2012 after 30+ years of private teaching on the Main Line and in South Jersey. Bill’s areas of focus as both a teacher and performer include drum set, percussion, jazz and world music. He also has extensive experience helping students prepare for auditions for ensembles, college and graduate school. In additional to giving individual lessons, Bill has created the curriculum for and taught a wide range of group classes and workshops. Bill received a BA in Music from Rowan University and a Master’s in Music in Percussion Performance from Miami University. He has studied drum set with Jeff Hamilton, Greg Bissonette, and Armand Santarelli and percussion/world music with Tony Vacca, Randy Crafton, and Ustad Mohammed Lutfi. Bill also has extensive classical experience; he has played with The Haddonfield Symphony, Bridgeton Symphony, The Whitewater Opera Company and was the Principal Percussionist & Timpanist with The Philharmonic of Southern New Jersey.  Bill currently plays drum set in several jazz groups in and around Philadelphia including Jazz Volcano.

Kristopher Rudzinski
Witten, Albin, Tanner; Rowan U., Miami U.; Trio Nova

Audrey Tuckerman
Witten; Rowan U.

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Piano

Special Arrangement Staff
Sandra Carlock
Arthur Judson Distinguished Faculty Chair
Sandra Carlock is in demand in the US and abroad as performer and artist teacher. She is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory (BM), SUNY at Stony Brook (MM), with further graduate work at the Juilliard School, NYC, studying with Rosina Llhevinne, Martin Canin and Arthur Dann. Sandra’s frequent performances in England and Europe include numerous concerts on British early piano collections. She is an authority on the music of Clara Schumann and Edward MacDowell and has presented lecture recitals featuring their music at Juilliard, Oxford University, and others. Her recent CD, “Piano Music of Edward MacDowell,” was released to great critical acclaim by SOMM Recordings, London. She was the first artist ever to perform MacDowell’s music at Troldhaugen, the Bergen, Norway home of MacDowell’s mentor, Edvard Grieg. Sandra has taught piano and chamber music at SMS for the past 42 years, where she holds the Arthur Judson Distinguished Faculty Chair in Piano. Her recordings can be heard on radio stations WRTI, Philadelphia; WQXR, NYC; and Classic FM, London.

Staff
Anne Marie Bedford
Anne Marie Bedford received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Mount Holyoke College where she studied with Ronald Hodges, and her Master of Science Degree in Piano Performance from The Juilliard School as a scholarship student of Sascha Gorodnitzki.  She completed two years of piano pedagogical studies under Francis Mann, also at The Juilliard School.  Prior piano studies were with Beveridge Webster, Joseph Raeiff and Herbert Stessin.  Ms. Bedford performed solo and duo-piano recitals in the greater New York City area and at Camp Encore in Maine before joining the piano faculties of West Chester University as a part-time Associate Professor, and Immaculata University as Head of Piano.  After a short tenure at Duquesne University, where she was Assistant Professor, Ms. Bedford took a leave of absence to raise her two children.  Subsequently returning to teaching, she joined the piano faculties of the Bryn Mawr Conservatory of Music, the Germantown Academy in Ft. Washington and the Settlement Music School. Apart from teaching, practicing and living a life filled with music, she enjoys swimming, hiking, gardening and summers in New Hampshire.

Michael Caruso
Michael Caruso has been a member of Settlement Music School's piano faculty since 1986, teaching at both the Jenkintown/Willow Grove and Mary Louse Curtis Branches. He earned his bachelor of music degree from the Philadelphia Musical Academy in 1971 and his master of music degree from the Peabody Conservatory of Music of Johns Hopkins University in 1973. His teachers have included Clement Petrillo and Julio Esteban, and he attended masterclasses with Leon Fleisher. From 1976 until 1986 he was the entertainment editor of the Main Line Times and the News of Delaware County; he has been the classical music critic for the Chestnut Hill Local since 1986.

Lois Ann DiDomenico (Suzuki)
Lois Ann DiDomenico received her Bachelor of Music degree from The Philadelphia Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Alison R. Drake, and her Master of Music degree from the Philadelphia Musical Academy as a student of Genia Robinor and Jani Szanto. Additional studies were at the Peabody Conservatory of Music (Esteban), the International Summer School of the Arts in Nice, France, Suzuki Piano Certification with Patricia Freeman, and Children's Music Workshop training with Martha Glaze Zook. She teaches both traditional and Suzuki methods. In 2007, she received the Sol Schoenbach Award for distinguished service to Settlement. She also taught piano for ten years at Friends Central School. Lois is a member of The Leschetizky Association of NYC and also serves on the board of her local community development corporation which supports start-up business/artist ventures. She and her husband have three sons who all studied at Settlement, and her other passions include gardening and raising Great Danes.

Nan Hee (Ruth) Hanson (Suzuki)
Nan Hee Hanson has taught at Settlement Music School for over twenty years. She began her studies at the New School of Music in Princeton (Frances Clark) and with Alexander Fiorillo in Philadelphia. She studied for the "Docentus Musicis" (teaching degree) in piano at the Utrecht Music Conservatory in the Netherlands, where she was a student of the esteemed Dutch pianist Hermann Uhlhorn. She enjoys teaching all different ages and levels, and believes that the ultimate goal is to help her students discover the joy of music. Besides teaching, she enjoys reading, walking, going to the movies, and spending time with her children and husband.

Daniel Howe (Suzuki)
See bio under Fundamentals of Music

Rahel Inniger
Rahel Inniger received her "Lehrdiplom" in 1979 from the Conservatorium Bern (Switzerland) where she was a student of Rosemarie Stucki. As a 1980 recipient of a Kiefer/ Hablitzel Stiftung scholarship, she continued her education in the United States at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. where she studied with Barry Snyder. She left Rochester with a Master of Music in Performance and Literature degree in 1982 to accept a teaching position at the Musikschule Kandertal in Frutigen, Switzerland where she remained until 1986. During this time, Ms. Inniger served as accompanist at the Konservatorium Bern in the master classes of clarinetists Jost Michaels and Kurt Weber, violinist Igor Ozim and cellist Siegfried Palm. In Philadelphia Ms. Inniger is on the faculty at Settlement Music School where she teaches both piano and chamber music. Rahel Inniger performs as a recitalist, collaborating with instrumentalists and vocalists, and is a member of the Elysian Camerata.

Oleksandra Ivakhiv
Oleksandra Ivakhiv was born in Lviv, Ukraine and has been teaching and performing professionally for the past 35 years. After completing her Master and Bachelor Degrees in Piano Pedagogy, Theory and Choral Conducting at M. Lysenko Conservatory in Lviv, Ukraine, Oleksandra worked as a piano and choir professor at M. Kolessa Music College in Lviv. Mrs. Ivakhiv specializes in early piano beginners and has produced a line of talented young musicians. Oleksandra was the first music instructor for her daughter Solomiya, who graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music, majoring in Violin Performance. Mrs. Ivakhiv has been on the piano faculty at Settlement Music School, Main Line Music Academy and Ukrainian Music Institute of America since 2006. She has also taught at Leopold Mozart Academy, "Formative Years" Kindergarten Learning Center and has served as a conductor for the Ukrainian National Choir in Philadelphia, PA.

Larisa Kifyak
Russian pianist Larisa Kifyak was born in Moscow to the family of a military engineer. After living in Germany for a couple years, she moved to Moldova with her parents, bringing a wonderful, ancient piano. Probably, that fact had an influence on her future musical career. She loved her piano dearly and began taking lessons at the young age of five. In a few months, her first piano teacher recommended for her to become a professional pianist. After graduating from a professional music school, where she gave her first piano recital, Larisa then continued her studies and graduated from the Gnesin Music Academy, with honors (Master’s degree) in Moscow. Following that, she pursued her education at the postgraduate course of St. Petersburg Conservatory (Ph.D). During her studies, she gave many solo and accompanying performances. After graduation, she worked as a teacher and accompanist at the Moldavian Conservatory and continued to perform in Moldova, Russia, and abroad.

Vasiliy Kifyak
See bio under Fundamentals of Music

Russell Klein (Suzuki)
For over 20 years, Russell Klein has been teaching piano at Settlement Music School. It’s not a job, but a passion. Russell comes with a background of BA in Music Ed. from Temple University and M.Ed. from Chestnut Hill College. Russell continues to enhance his teaching skills by attending Suzuki teacher training and other piano pedagogy workshops. He enjoys introducing children, from age four, to play delightful children’s songs on the piano, which they can hear on CDs at home and to reading music. As Russell uses both the Suzuki and Traditional Piano Curriculums, it is exciting for him to see each individual student grow from beginning pieces to intermediate and more advanced pieces of a wide variety of styles including Classical, Ragtime and Jazz. When he’s not teaching, Russell enjoys spending time with his wife, Fern, and two children Staci and Bobby.

Dolly D. Krasnopolsky
Polakof, Dilles; Sokovnin, Special Music School (Kishinev), State Music College, State Music Conservatory (Moldova)
Ann Stookey and Joseph W. Waz, Jr. Distinguished Faculty Chair

Alexandra Ovrutsky
Alexandra Ovrutsky is a graduate of the prestigious Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, with a Master’s Degree in music theory, choral conducting, and piano performance.  She began her musical journey at the age of five with piano study. Mrs. Ovrutsky has been teaching children of all ages for over 25 years, including her own children, who are now graduates of Curtis and Juilliard, acclaimed musicians, and winners of many international competitions. Mrs. Ovrutsky was also a successful children’s choral instructor and served as a musical director and editor on the international programs of the Russian State Television and Radio. Mrs. Ovrutsky arrived in the United States in 1992 with her family, and has been teaching at Settlement since 2001.  She has appeared as a chamber musician in the concert halls of Boston, Philadelphia, and the Florida Keys. Mrs. Ovrutsky believes that each student is unique and benefits from a unique approach.   

Roberto Pace
See bio under Fundamentals of Music

Irene Pokrovsky
Pianist Irene Pokrovsky was born in Baku, Azerbaijan. She started taking piano lessons at the age of 4 and continued her education at the Special School for Gifted Children with Sarra Axelrod. Upon her graduation, she was accepted to the Uzeir Gadjibekov Conservatory (Baku), where she received her Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Performance, Teaching and Accompaniment. Irene participated in music festivals and competitions throughout the former Soviet Union, receiving several major awards. In 1994, she immigrated to the United States and started teaching piano at the Settlement Music School in Philadelphia in 1996. Since 2008, she has served as Sacred Music Director at McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst military base.

Jeffrey Reese
Attended Philadelphia Musical Academy; studied with F.D. Levengood and Adele Marcus. He has performed as soloist and chamber musician in the US and Europe and has worked with Martha Graham, José Limon, and the American Ballet Theater Dance Companies as well as in many other performance styles and venues.

Harue Sato
A graduate from Tokyo University in Japan with BA in Economics, Sato completed her Master of Music in piano performance at the University of the Arts under Susan Starr and Marina Grin. She performed with various instruments and singers at the Academy of Community Music, Temple Music Prep, Wilmington Music school, as well as events of National Federation of Music Clubs. In pedagogy, Sato received the certificates from Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA) for the completion of pedagogical seminars from Book 1 through 5 under Joan Krzywicki and Dr. Ray Landers. Sato has had the rare opportunity to observe legendary pedagogue Dorothy DeLay at Aspen Music Festival and School for 7 years. Aside from music, Sato holds Diplomas in Color Therapy and Aroma Therapy through the School of Natural Sciences in London.

Nataly Snipelishsky
Moldova Institute of Arts

Jeffrey Uhlig
Lillian Kraus Felber Distinguished Faculty Chair
Jeffrey Uhlig has appeared as collaborative pianist in many concerts in America and in Russia.  He is in demand as a chamber music player and accompanist and has performed with many outstanding singers and instrumentalists including members of The Philadelphia Orchestra, The New York Philharmonic and The Metropolitan Opera.  Some of his most notable collaborations have been with Metropolitan Opera mezzo soprano Barbara Dever, Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Trombonist Nitzan Haroz and Philadelphia Orchestra Concertmaster David Kim. For over 30 years he has taught at Settlement Music School in Philadelphia where he holds The Lillian Kraus Felber Distinguished Faculty Chair in Piano.  In New Jersey, Mr. Uhlig is Principal Keyboard and Vocal Coach with The Ocean City Pops Orchestra.  For many years he served as Principal Keyboard with Princeton Symphony Orchestra. He studied piano with William Masselos and Gaby Casadesus and studied art song literature with Dalton Baldwin.  He received a Master of Music Degree from West Chester University.

Larisa Yanovitsky
Spiegel, Rasumovskaya; Leningrad Rimsky-Korsakoff College, Leningrad State Cons.

Associate Staff
Stephanie Ben-Salem
Weinberg, Melnikoff, List, Schnabel, Ciccolini; SMS, Carnegie-Mellon U., Manhattan, LaSalle U.

Teresa B. Cappello
Beck, Voois, Behrend; SMS, West Chester U.

Eugene Gelfenson
Levinson, Taylor, Wedeen; SMS, Temple

Vanyah Harrigan
Vanyah Harrigan is a freelance pianist and teacher in the greater Philadelphia area. A native of Levittown, PA, she first began piano lessons at age seven and graduated magna cum laude from Westminster Choir College of Rider University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano, where she studied with Phyllis Lehrer and was an alto in the Westminster Symphonic Choir. Vanyah has played in the masterclasses of Benjamin Whitten and Catherine Kautsky and presently continues her studies under the mentorship of Marcantonio Barone. She has recently given duo and solo performances at Bowie State University in Bowie, Maryland, St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Glenside, Pennsylvania, and the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts in Philadelphia. Vanyah serves as accompanist to the Gleeksman-Kohn Children’s Choir and maintains a private piano studio at Settlement Music School. She has held faculty positions at Community Conservatory of Doylestown, Trenton Children’s Chorus, and Westminster Conservatory. Vanyah resides in South Philadelphia, where beyond music she enjoys cooking, bowling, and looks forward to the next season of Downton Abbey.

Bonnie Hoffman
Carlock, Newbrough; SMS, Houghton College

Akira Ikegami
Akira Ikegami has received bachelor of music and master of music in piano performance and piano pedagogy from Temple University Boyer College of Music and Dance. At Boyer, Ikegami has studied with Dr. Charles Abramovic and Alexander Fiorillo. His other teachers include Timothy LeVan in Williamsport, PA, and Noriko Kamimura, with whom he took his first piano lesson and studied until he left Japan. Currently as a piano faculty member at Settlement Music School, Ikegami teaches students ranging from young children to senior citizens in both individual and group settings. As a pianist, Ikegami won the 1st place in the 20th Annual Young Artists' Competition in Willliamsport, PA, while he was attending a local high school as a Rotary International Youth Exchange student. He performed Beethoven’s Concerto No.1 with the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra.  2009, he was selected to participate in Chautauqua Music Festival in Chautauqua, NY, where he studied with renowned faculty and collaborated with other musicians.

Eileen Liebowitz
Engel, Hinderas; SMS

Kathleen Scheide (Harpsichord)
See bio under Organ

McEwan Walters
Painter; U. Washington, Temple

YuXi Wang
A former faculty member of The Juilliard School and Music Institute of Chicago, Yu Xi Wang loves teaching and inspiring piano students of all ages. She believes in the positive influence that classical music has over children’s development, and works toward building solid classical foundation that allows her students to be versatile in other musical genres. Born in a musical family, Yu Xi began playing the piano at the age of 3 and later studied at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. After moving to the United States, she studied at the Juilliard School, from where she earned the Bachelor of Music, Master of Music, and Doctor of Musical Arts degree under the tutelages of Herbert Stessin, Jerome Lowenthal, and Julian Martin. Yu Xi gave her Carnegie Hall debut in 2002, and released her debut CD in 2006 under the Chinese label JSCP. She has given solo and chamber music concerts in New York, Philadelphia, Aspen, Chicago, as well as Japan, Singapore, and China. Yu Xi resides in Philadelphia with her husband Daniel and their cat Mozart.

Regular

Ellen Alpern
Ellen Alpern previously was a member of the Settlement Music School faculty for nine years and is thrilled to rejoin the Settlement community after moving into the Queen Village neighborhood. She received her Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from West Chester University and her Master of Music in Piano Performance from The Catholic University of America. Her teachers included Benjamin Whitten, Donna McHugh, Alexander Fiorillo, and William Masselos. Ellen has taught and performed extensively in the region, including many solo recitals at the Camp Hill Communities as well as playing for their theater and opera productions. A more recent passion has been the hosting of music salons in her home, providing an opportunity to hear a wide range of musicians and musical styles.

Eleanor Aversa
Eleanor Aversa has accompanied student recitals at the New York State Summer School of Choral Studies, Princeton University, Queens College of the City University of New York, the Tchaikovsky Conservatory, and the University of Pennsylvania. As a composer, Dr. Aversa has been honored with national awards including the Northridge Composition Prize, First Prize in the San Francisco Choral Artists’ New Voices Competition, and fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the I-Park Foundation, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

Adam Bernstein (Jazz)
Adam Bernstein is a pianist, composer and recording artist based in Philadelphia. A full bio can be found on his personal site: www.adamberenson.com

Eujin Bodek
Eujin Bodek received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Piano Pedagogy at Temple University where she studied with Marian Filar and Charles Abramovic.  She received a Master's Degree in Science in Instructional Media at West Chester University. She also earned Suzuki Piano and Orff-Schulwerk Workshop Certificates.  For over 20 years, Mrs. Bodek has been teaching piano and music classes at several local preschools and also at her family's music school. She taught Traditional and Suzuki methods for piano and the Children's Music Workshop at Settlement Music School and served as music teacher in the Kaleidoscope Pre-K Arts Enrichment Program from 1990 to 1996; she returned to Settlement’s faculty in 2013. She uses different pedagogical strategies to emphasize reading skills, basic theory, hand positions, and finger techniques with her students.  Mrs. Bodek loves hiking with her husband and two children.

Norman Carter, Jr.
Huizenga, Allen, Davenny, Currier; Houghton, Yale

Lisa Misook Chae (Suzuki)
Lisa Chae enjoys teaching, as it is a big part of her life. It is her passion to teach others and help them appreciate music in a special way. Lisa is a graduate of The Mannes College of Music with an artist diploma and studied with Ms. Powers and Ms. Hyman. She also received a Bachelors of Music from The Philadelphia College of Performing Arts.  While there, she studied with Mr. Whitten and Dr. Feder. Lisa received Certificates from the Suzuki Association of the Americas. She taught piano at the Academy of Children’s Music in Fort Washington from 1983-91. She was the music director and accompanist at the Calvary Presbyterian Church of Elkins Park from 1984-87. Lisa has been teaching at Settlement Music School since 1992 using the Suzuki and Traditional methods. She has taught students of all ages and levels. Lisa enjoys painting, baking, running, traveling, and spending time with her husband and daughter.

Scott Coulter (Jazz)
Scott Coulter has been teaching with Settlement Music School since 2009. He has been actively involved in the Philadelphia music scene in a number of projects, ranging from straight-ahead jazz to progressive rock. He has played in a number of major local and regional music festivals, and performed in some of the area's best known venues, including the Trocadero Theater, the TLA and World Cafe Live. Mr. Coulter holds a Bachelor's Degree in Jazz Piano Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, MA, where he studied with several notable jazz pianists including Fred Hersch, Paul Bley and Danilo Perez.

Stephen Duffy
Kulick, Carlock, Schwartz; SMS, Oberlin

Michelle Enos
Michelle Enos received her undergraduate degree from the University of New Hampshire in Piano Performance and is currently working towards her Master’s degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy at Temple University. Her teachers have included Paul Dykstra, Arlene Kies, and Charles Abramovic, and she was selected to attend the Atlantic Music Festival in summer 2013. In addition to numerous solo performances in New Hampshire and Philadelphia, Michelle has played piano with the UNH Concert Choir, Divertimento Chamber Orchestra, TU Symphony Orchestra, Wind Symphony, Contemporary Ensemble, as well as many smaller chamber ensembles and community choirs. Michelle believes that absolutely anyone can benefit from the study of music, and for the past eight years has enjoyed sharing her passion with students of all ages. In addition to teaching private lessons, she has taught master classes, theory classes, children's choir, and various workshops. Michelle currently lives in Philadelphia with her two cats. When she is not playing or teaching piano she enjoys practicing yoga, reading and writing poetry, hiking, and playing ukulele.

Diane Goldsmith
See bio under Fundamentals of Music

Benjamin Hoffman
Newbrough, Karpoff, Kim; Houghton; Syracuse

Hannah Horine
Hannah Horine (B.M., M.M.), a native of the Philadelphia area, has been cultivating her passion for classical music through both teaching and performing from an early age. A piano performance graduate of New England Conservatory and The Boyer College of Music at Temple University, she has been trained by prominent musicians. During her studies, she was the recipient of the Garrigues Scholarship and was inducted into the Pi Kappa Lambda Society. Hannah has performed in South America and throughout the East Coast, including on WRTI Public Radio and at the Haydn Piano Festival at NEC. In addition to performing, she places great importance on passing on the gift of music to the younger generation. An alumna of Settlement herself, Hannah has realized the long-lasting value of dedicated instruction. She has been teaching piano since the early age of thirteen and recently joined the staff at Settlement.

Tamara Palmer
Zach; Kishinev Cons.

Sumi Park
Sumi Park was born in Daegu, South Korea. She began studying piano at the age of five in her mother’s piano studio. At fifteen, she moved to St. Petersburg, Russia, to study at the Rimsky-Korsakov Pre-Conservatory School. While in Russia, Sumi performed in numerous master classes and recitals, including at the Kostomuksha music festival. Sumi graduated in 2000. She then received a scholarship to study with Harvey Wedeen at Temple University. While at Temple, Sumi received the Jacob’s Music Company Steinway Award. She was a graduate teaching assistant and a member of Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society. Sumi graduated with her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance and her Master’s in Piano Performance and Pedagogy. Sumi performed at the Temple University Open House, the Keyboard Kaleidoscope Series, and on a video performance of Froberger’s harpsichord works that aired on Temple University Television. Sumi teaches students of all ages and skill levels. She strives to make lessons both fun and educational.

Linda Reichert
Dr. Linda Reichert has enjoyed teaching piano at the Settlement Music School for more than 30 years; in addition, for the past seven years, she has coached the Benjamin and Carol Auger Contemporary Piano Quartet, a scholarship ensemble at SMS. While completing her doctoral degree in piano performance at Temple University during the 1980s, she co-founded the Network for New Music, an organization devoted to performing and commissioning new music by living composers. As Artistic Director, she has helped lead NNM into prominence as one of the finest new music ensembles and commissioning organizations in the country. She regularly performs with the Network Ensemble, and is in demand as a speaker, music panelist, board member and judge for numerous organizations and competitions. In addition to her passion for music, Linda enjoys gardening, dancing, hiking, traveling and being with her family.

Erikson Rojas
Pianist Erikson Rojas has celebrated numerous solo and chamber-music performances at Carnegie Hall, as well as in various European and Latin-American countries, where he has also been featured as soloist with various orchestras.  He was one in five Americans and the only Hispanic in 30 pianists selected world-wide to participate at the Cleveland International Piano Competition.  A pupil of Leon Fleisher, Samuel Hsu, and Eleanor Sokoloff, Mr. Rojas is an alumnus of Peabody (G.P.D., M.M.), Philadelphia Biblical University (B.M., B.S.), and Curtis Institute of Music. Mr. Rojas is a full-scholarship student of Min Kwon in Rutgers University’s Doctor of Musical Arts program.  He is on the faculty of PBU, Eastern University/Ezperanza College, Settlement Music School, and Csehy Summer School of Music. He is also Music Minister and Organist at First Baptist Church of Lansdale and at Redeemer UMC in Philadelphia, where he resides with his wife Diandra.

Michael Sheadel
Faini, Hautzig, Wedeen; Eastman, Peabody, Temple; Hamilton Duo, SMS Contemporary Players

Regina Shenderovich
Russian-American pianist Regina Shenderovich received her early training at the Special Music School of the St. Petersburg Conservatory in Russia. She holds her Bachelor of Music degree from the Boston Conservatory and Master of Music degree from the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University where she studied with Leon Fleisher. The winner of numerous awards, she has won prizes in piano competitions and performed internationally as a solo recitalist and in chamber and orchestral concerts. Ms. Shenderovich has also been featured in film and television programs and documentaries. She has taught students of different ages, been a faculty member at the Settlement Music School in Philadelphia and been a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Regina Shenderovich earned her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the UIUC, where she studied with Professor Ian Hobson.

David E. Shunskis
David Shunskis is a pianist who is very active as soloist, chamber musician, accompanist and teacher.  He holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Temple University in piano performance and music theory. His principal teacher was the late Vladimir Sokoloff of the Curtis Institute with whom he studied for over ten years. He has also studied with Donn-Alexandre Feder, Orlando Cole, Edgar Ortenberg and Tana Bawden. Mr. Shunskis has taught at Settlement Music School for forty years, where he also regularly presents recitals and children’s concerts. He is also Music Director and Organist of Trinity Memorial Church in Center City Philadelphia where he has conducted Fauré’s Requiem, Gounod’s St. Celelia Mass and Stabat Mater.  In 2011, as part of the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts Mr. Shunskis played at the Kimmel Center as well as several times on the Jacob’s Music Noonday Recital Series at the Kimmel.

Hui Sy Teo
See bio under Early Childhood Programs

Douglas Tester
Hoy, Plimpton, Holtz; SMS, PCPA, Hartt School of Music

Feifei Zhang
Feifei Zhang, a native of Beijing, China, won her first piano competition at the age of six. Since then, she has won several competitions and awards both nationally and internationally, including the National Piano Competition in China, the Maria Canals International Competition in Spain, and the Concerto Competition at the Eastman School of Music. As a Dean's Talent Award and full-scholarship recipient, Miss Zhang earned her BM in both Piano Performance and Vocal Accompanying from Oberlin Conservatory under Professor Alvin Chow. She continued her education at the Eastman School of Music, where she received her MM under Dr. Nelita True and is currently completing her DMA in Piano Performance and Literature, Arts Leadership, and Pedagogy. As a music educator, Miss Zhang has worked with students of all ages in various musical environments. She taught at the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester, and Blue Lake Fine Arts Summer Festival. Since relocating to Philadelphia, Miss Zhang has been performing and collaborating with local musicians and composers regularly in diverse settings.

 


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Recorder

Regular

Carol Klepka Peters
Carol Peters is a graduate of Rutgers University. She has studied recorder and baroque flute with Elisa Berardi and Allison Mellville.  A member of the SMS faculty since 1991, Ms. Peters also performs in duo “Royale Musicke.”

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Trombone and Tuba

Regular
William Bonnell

Brian Brown (Trombone) (Tuba)
Brian Brown earned his Bachelor and Master degrees from the Juilliard School. His major teachers include Paul Krzywicki, Don Harry, Donald Harwood and Vincent Penzarella. He is currently principal tuba of the Philly Pops, Delaware Symphony Orchestra and The Stamford (Conn.) Symphony Orchestra. As an active freelance musician, Mr. Brown has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, The Pennsylvania Ballet, and the Opera Company of Philadelphia, among others. He is the tuba player for NFL Films. He is a member of the Westminster Brass and the Rowan University Faculty Brass Quintet. Mr Brown is Adjunct Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at the College of New Jersey, Rowan University, and University of Delaware and instructor of tuba at Princeton University. Mr Brown has been a faculty member of the Settlement Music School since 1984.

Wayne Smith (Trombone)


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Trumpet

Regular
William Bonnell
Bill Bonnell performs locally with orchestra and chamber groups. He is the K-12 Music Coordinator in the Phoenixville School District, where he directs the three concert bands, pit orchestra, and jazz ensemble at Phoenixville Middle School. Bill brings research-based practice and assessment strategies for musicians of any age to reach for peak performances. His teaching reflects the joy he has in sharing music with each student. Bill studied with Danny Carter of the National Symphony Orchestra, Ralph Lockwood at Arizona State University, and Randy Gardner of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Bill also performed for two summers at the Pierre Monteux School. He holds the B.M., M.M. degrees, and PA teaching certification from Temple University.

Daniel Wright
Trumpeter, brass teacher, and clinician Daniel Wright has a B.M. in music performance from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. Daniel is an active freelance musician in the greater Philadelphia region. Currently he leads The Swagg Quartet, an instrumental neo-soul ensemble, and he is a member of The Don't Call Me Francis Band, one of the top cover bands in the tri-state area. Daniel has performed at various theaters in Philadelphia such as The Academy of Music, The Forrest Theatre, and The Arden Theatre. He also has had the honor of performing on stage with The Chieftains at Carnegie Hall and most recently recorded, as part of the horn section, for R. Kelly's album "Write Me Back." Daniel currently teaches at four of the Settlement Music School branches and is also a teaching artist for Tune Up Philly.


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Violin and Viola

Special Arrangement Staff
Lee Snyder
Arthur Judson Distinguished Faculty Chair
Lee Snyder is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory, the Juilliard School of Music, and the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He studied with Stuart Canin, Dorothy DeLay, Ivan Galamian, and Paul Zukofsky. Mr. Snyder has concertized in the United States, Central America, and Germany. While at Juilliard he was a member of the American Symphony with Leopold Stokowski and, following graduation, became a member of the Chamber Symphony of Philadelphia under Anshel Brusilow. For many years, he was a member of the Alverthorp Trio along with pianist Sandra Carlock and cellist David Guggenheim. As a teacher, his students are frequent soloists with many local orchestras, including the Philadelphia Orchestra. Many students have attended major conservatories including the Curtis Institute and the Juilliard School of Music.

Staff
Daniel Elyar (Suzuki) (Viola)
Violinist/violist Daniel Elyar has been performing and teaching throughout the Delaware Valley region for ten years. After completing his Masters in Baroque Performance Practice at the Royal Conservatory in the Hague, he relocated to Philadelphia and began teaching in the area and, following that, at Settlement Music School. He specializes in the Suzuki Method training and early aged instruction but has really enjoyed the variety of other ages and backgrounds of students that Settlement naturally offers. Daniel Elyar has been at SMS since 2003 and enjoys the challenge of teaching a full schedule there as well as actively performing and recording in Baroque music ensembles in NYC and up and down the East Coast.

Monique Johnson (Suzuki)
See bio under Orchestra

Viktor Repik (Viola)
Professional Music School, Kiev Cons.

Jean Louise Shook
Mr. and Mrs. Donald Kardon Distinguished Faculty Chair
Jean Louise Shook received her Bachelor of Music degree from Temple University where she studied violin and chamber music with Edgar Ortenberg (formerly of the Budapest String Quartet) and piano with George Sementovsky and Natalie Hinderas. She has been a faculty member of the Settlement Music School since 1975, teaching violin, coaching chamber music and performing as a staff accompanist. Since 1999 Ms. Shook has held the ‘Mr. and Mrs. Donald Kardon Distinguished Faculty’ chair at Settlement. In 2005 she was awarded the Sol Schoenbach Award for outstanding service to the school. As pianist, Ms. Shook has frequently accompanied master classes of Pamela Frank, Ida Kavafian, Jaime Laredo, David Kim, Kim Kashkashian and Michael Tree, sponsored by Philadelphia Chamber Music Society. Ms. Shook performs as violinist and pianist with the Elysian Camerata and is a member of and music arranger for the Danoff String Quartet. She has shared her passion for music and teaching with students of all skill levels and has had students presented on “From the Top” at Carnegie Hall, quarterfinalists in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, and winners of the Tri-County Competition.

Marka G. Stepper (Suzuki) (Viola)
SMS, Temple, Manhattan, U. Wisconsin
Mr. and Mrs. David Kittner Distinguished Faculty Chair
Born in Philadelphia, Marka Stepper began her musical studies on the violin at the Settlement Music School and continued on the viola under a Ford Foundation Grant with Joseph dePasquale. She studied at Temple University and Manhattan School of Music where she studied with Lillian Fuchs. Her Suzuki certification was completed at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point. Marka has been a member of the Ocean City Pops since 1989. She played for three seasons in the Orquesta Sinfonica de Xalapa in Xalapa Mexico, She currently plays with The Bay-Atlantic Symphony, The Bucks County Symphony, and The Newtown Chamber Orchestra. She is a substitute player with the Harrisburg Symphony and the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia and is an active freelancer in the Philadelphia region. Marka is a member of the Danoff String Quartet and the Winterberry Trio.

Albena Stoykova
Albena Stoykova received her teaching and performance degree from the Sofia Music School and the Sofia Music Academy (Bulgaria) in 1987. She spent time teaching in the Youth Palace in Bulgaria and South Africa's Music School "Mmabana." She has played with international orchestras, the Radio Sofia Orchestra and Mmabatho Chamber Orchestra, and locally with the Musica 2000 Orchestra, as well as with the Bucks County Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Stoykova has played with string quartets in Paris, Athens and Colmar and won first place in the International Competition in Middlesborough, England. She enjoys working with student ensembles, especially with the all violin ensembles. She has been with Settlement Music School for 12 years and the Doylestown Community Conservatory for 9 years.

Andreia Torain (Suzuki) (Viola)
Andreia received her Bachelor of Music from Ithaca College, where she was taught by both Philip Clark and Debra Moree, and Master of Music in String Pedagogy from Temple University, where she was a student of Helen Kwalwasser.  She is a regular freelancer and has performed with numerous groups in Philadelphia and the surrounding communities over the years, including playing with the Philadelphia Classical Symphony, Delaware Symphony, Delaware Valley Philharmonic, Newtown Chamber Orchestra, Riverside Symphonia, and the Fairmount Chamber Ensemble. She is also an active chamber musician, with piano trios being her main love. Andreia has been a member of violin faculty at Settlement Music School since 1994, where she teaches private violin lessons in both Traditional and Suzuki methods, Suzuki group classes, and coaches chamber music; her passion being helping kids explore and develop their creative expression. She also serves as Suzuki Coordinator for all 6 of SMS’s branches. 


Associate Staff
Fran Berge
Fran Berge performs widely on both historical and modern instruments. She is a member of Tempesta di Mare and the Phoenix Ensemble and she performs frequently with the Fairmount Chamber Ensemble, The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, The Opera Company of Philadelphia, Orchestra 2001, Melomanie, the Washington Bach Consort and the Carmel Bach Festival. Fran studied at the U. of Michigan, Northwestern U., and Temple U; also with violist, Karen Tuttle, and with Baroque violinists, Marilyn McDonald, Stanley Ritchie and Elizabeth Wallfisch. Through the EEFC and on the Greek island of Naxos, she has also learned a considerable repertoire of Romanian and Greek folk music by ear. She loves to teach and to coach chamber music at all levels, which she does at Haverford College and Germantown Friends School as well as SMS. When not playing music, Fran likes to be out kayaking in the Pine Barrens or camping in the mountains.

Lynne Budnick Lennon
Lynne Budnick Lennon received a BA in Violin Performance from the New School of Music where she studied with Yumi Ninomiya Scott, violinist with the Philadelphia Orchestra. She received Suzuki Violin certification after studying with Linda Fiore and is active as a chamber musician around the Philadelphia area. Ms. Budnick Lennon has received additional specialized training in the teaching of young children from Temple University.

David Giles (Viola)
Indiana U, Suzuki Institute; Academy Quartet, Midsummer Quartet

Andrea Levine
Andrea Levine holds a Master's of Music degree (with Honors) from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor's of Music degree from Bsoston University. Ms. Levine's major teachers include Lee Snyder (Settlement Music School), Bayla Keyes (Boston University), Marjorie Bagley (UNC Greensboro) and Andres Cardenes (Carnegie Mellon University Distinguished Professor). Ms. Levine currently performs with many of the major regional ensembles in the Philadelphia area including the Newtown Chamber Orchestra, the Allentown Symphony Orchestrta, the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra and the Ocean City Pops. Ms. Levine has been on the Settlement violin faculty since 2011. In addition to performing and teaching, the Philadelphia native can be found in her yoga studio, on the tennis court, or playing fetch with her cat Mittens.

AnnaLisa Mariani (Suzuki)
See bio under Early Childhood Programs

Kwang Yu (Suzuki)
See bio under Cello.

Regular

Ardian Cani (Suzuki)
Koco, Edgett; High Institute of Arts of Tirana-Albania

Laura Earley
Carnegie Mellon U., Eastman

Lillian Klotz Foster (Suzuki)
Pennsylvania State U., Oberlin

Taia Harlos (Suzuki) (Viola)
Taia Harlos received her Bachelor’s of Music in Performance and Master’s in Teaching from the Oberlin Conservatory, under the tutelage of Greg Fulkerson. She has been a member of the Fairmount String Quartet and Chamber Ensemble since 2001 and has also performed with the Philadelphia Opera Company, Vox Ama Deus, Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, Delaware Symphony, Haddonfield Symphony and the Newtown Chamber Orchestra, and has served as concertmaster for the Mozart & Friends Opera Company. Summer festivals include the Spoleto Festival Orchestra in the USA and Italy, and the Mt. Gretna Music Festival. She has taught for Settlement Music School since 1997. She is an active solo and chamber music recitalist, and the Head of the Music Department at Germantown Friends School. When she is not involved in musical activities, she works as an expedition canoe guide in the summer, and she snowboards and dogsleds in the winter.

Chrysyn Harp (Suzuki)
Chrysyn Harp is an international chamber and orchestral violist performing in Switzerland, Germany, France, Norway, Finland, Denmark and Sweden. After studying with Charles Forbes at Settlement Music School, she received her Bachelor's Degree from the Mannes College of Music, where she studied with Lillian Fuchs and Karen Ritscher, and her Master's of Fine Arts Degree from the State University of New York at Purchase, where she was a graduate fellow and student of Ira Weller. While studying at Yale University, Ms. Harp received her Master's of Music Degree where she was the teaching and faculty assistant to Jesse Levine. Ms. Harp began her teaching career under the tutelage of Roberta Gaspari of the East Harlem Violin Program, and later taught in the School District of Philadelphia and founded the music department for the Academy at Palumbo High School where she was the choir, orchestra conductor and head of the music department. As an avid orchestral player, she has performed with any orchestras including the Norwalk Symphony, New Haven Symphony, Waterbury Symphony, Erie Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Classical Symphony and the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra.

Clare Jordan (Suzuki)
Clare Jordan is an active musician currently residing in the Philadelphia area. Ms. Jordan received her bachelors in music performance from SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music in New York where she studied under Calvin Wiersma and graduated with highest honors. She also holds diplomas in Pedagogy and Performance from the Victoria Conservatory of Music in British Columbia, Canada and completed her Suzuki teacher training through the School for Strings in New York. Her music has taken her to places across Europe and throughout North America where she’s performed with and studied under world renowned musicians. Clare is an experienced teacher with a background in both traditional and Suzuki methods. She has also held teaching positions at the Victoria Conservatory of Music, The Mozart Academy and Mark Murphy's Music. She is currently teaching at Settlement Music School and pursuing her graduate degree in performance at Temple University.

Veronica Jurkiewicz (Suzuki) (Viola)
Levitz, Yang, Pierson; San Francisco Cons, U of Penn

Inna Nedorezov (Suzuki) (Viola)
Leningrad Cons., Rimsky-Korsakov Col.

Abigail Nixon
Abby Nixon is a recent transplant from Florida, where she taught and performed for 12 years, teaching students of all ages and performing music of all genres. Abby enjoys playing in a professional orchestra just as much as she enjoys playing in jazz ensemble or rock band, and she tries to instill her love of improvisation and a sense of creative possibility into her students, alongside a high standard of excellence in traditional violin technique. She graduated from Jacksonville University with a degree in violin performance and studied with Ivan Galamian pupil Aaron Krosnick. In addition to playing violin, Abby enjoys sewing, singing and sci-fi.

Emilie Park
Snyder; SMS; Philadelphia Biblical Coll.

Christof Richter
Libove, McDonald, Ritchie; Peabody, Oberlin

Noah Julian Sedgwick
Shook, Richter, Snyder; SMS, Boston Cons.

Nina Willbach

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Voice

Special Arrangement
Reginald Pindell
Curtis, Peabody

Staff
Jody L. Kidwell
Jody Kidwell is a graduate of Ohio State University with a B.M. in Vocal Performance; a graduate of the Academy of Vocal Arts; and twice attended The American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. Ms. Kidwell was a winner in the Third Luciano Pavarotti/Opera Company of Philadelphia (OCP) International Voice Competition, and was chosen by Mr. Pavarotti to sing in a production of Luisa Miller filmed by PBS. She sang the role of Desideria in Giancarlo Menotti’s The Saint of Bleecker Street to critical acclaim at the Academy of Music, originated the roles of Mrs. Medlock in The Secret Garden with Pennsylvania Opera Theater and Ester Zikorn in Center City Opera Theater’s premiere of Slaying the Dragon, and has performed with Opera Company of Philadelphia, Opera Columbus, Opera Delaware, and other opera companies. She has performed with orchestras throughout North and South America, is a frequent guest soloist with choral groups, and can be heard on the Lyrichord label in recordings of Mozart’s Requiem and Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with Vox AmaDeus Ensemble.

Katherine L. Mallon-Day
A native of north central Pennsylvania, Katherine Mallon-Day is an active performer in the Philadelphia area.  She performs with the Opera Company of Philadelphia chorus and the Philadelphia Singers Chorale, and is the alto soloist at St. Peter’s Church in the Great Valley.  A singing actor as well, Katherine has performed with the Arden Theatre Company, the Media Theatre for the Performing Arts, the People’s Light and Theatre Company, Gretna Theatre, and the Lost Colony in North Carolina.  She has been featured locally in cabaret and solo recitals.  She is a graduate of University or Pennsylvania and Temple University, where she received Master of Music degrees in Vocal Performance and Musicology.  Katherine has been a member of the Voice Faculty of Settlement Music School since 1987. Kate shares her life with husband Rich, and her favorite pastime (other than making music!) is hiking with family, friends and her dogs, Willow and Merlin.


Judith Turano
Following her debut in Avery Fisher Hall in New York, as soloist with the Master Virtuosi Orchestra, Judith Turano had a thirty-five year career as leading soprano of U.S. and European opera houses and music festivals. She sang the leading soprano roles in the New York premieres of Peter Cornelius' The Barber of Bagdad and Haydn's L'infedelta delusa and the European premiere of Ginastera's Bomarzo. She and her late husband baritone Robert Gregori returned to the U.S. to found and direct the Four Corners Opera Festival, a professional summer opera festival in the Southwest. Ms.Turano joined the voice faculty of Settlement Music School in 1992.

 

Associate Staff

Susan Rheingans
After completing a Bachelor of Music degree in Flute Performance at Chapman University, mezzo-soprano Susan Rheingans earned a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from California State University Los Angeles. She performed extensively across the United States, Europe and the Orient before settling in Pennsylvania and pursuing a teaching career and continuing to perform on the east coast. Susan emphasizes strong vocal technique and development of musical and interpretive skills in her studio, and her students perform in a number of different styles, including classical and musical theater. Her high school age students are frequently awarded scholarships and win in competition, participate in high school apprentice programs, are chosen for City, District, Regional and State honor choirs, and perform leading roles in school musicals. Pre-professional students have been accepted into major conservatory and university vocal programs, and adult students participate in a number of community musical activities.

Regular
Dorian Hall
Baritone Dorian Payton Hall, a native of New Orleans, received his musical training at Loyola University New Orleans and the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. His principal mentors have included Philip Frohnmayer, Moses Hogan, George Shirley, and Kammersängerin Grace Bumbry. Upon invitation from Madam Bumbry, Dorian auditioned and traveled to Berlin, Germany, as a hand-picked protégé in the first class of the Grace Bumbry Vocal and Opera Academy. While there, he was presented in Recital. He has appeared with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, New Orleans Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, the Brevard Music Festival, and has appeared in operatic roles such as the Customs House Official in La Bohéme, the Imperial Commissioner in Madama Butterfly, Rodrigo in Don Carlo, and Escamillo in Carmen. Solo performances in concert have included Handel’s Messiah, Fauré Requiem, Mozart Requiem, Mozart’s Mass in C Minor, Mass of the Children, A Gopsel Mass and others. Dorian has eight years of professional teaching experience and has taught general and vocal music in public school districts such as New Orleans, Ann Arbor, and Detroit.

John Kennedy
BA Voice Performance; BS Music Education, Peabody Conservatory of Music. Performances in opera and concert with Opera Company of Philadelphia, Balitmore Opera, Hollybush Festival, Trenton Civic Opera, Berks Grand Opera, Camerata Opera Theatre, Philadelphia Savoy, Ocean City Pops Orchestra, Baltimore Handel Choir, Philadelphia Singers, Pennsylvania Pro Musica and Singing City. John is tenor and group leader of the Opera Workshop of Young Audiences of Eastern Pennsylvania and is currently on the voice faculty of Muhlenberg College.

Sharon Neff
Sharon Neff holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from Houghton College and a Master of Music Degree from Eastman School of Music. She has been teaching private voice for 8 years at Gloucester County Christian School in Sewell, NJ, as well as maintaining a private studio in Delaware County, PA. She also teaches voice at The Conservatory of Music and Dance in Montgomery County, PA. As a teacher, she places a strong emphasis on healthy vocal technique, and incorporates voice science into her teaching curriculum. She strongly believes that all singers should understand exactly how their instrument works, and use that knowledge to sing healthily throughout their entire lives. Equally active as a performer, Sharon has performed opera roles with Opera NJ, New York Lyric Opera Theatre, Houghton College Opera, and Eastman Opera Theatre. She has also been featured as a church soloist throughout the South Jersey and Philadelphia areas.

Helen Huse Ralston
Dramatic soprano Helen Huse Ralston, has been a faculty member with Settlement Music School since 2009.  Her many awards include the 2005 American Wagner Association Award in the Liederkranz Foundation Vocal Competition.  She attended the University of Maryland, graduating Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance.  Ms. Ralston’s performing career has taken her to Valencia, Spain and Florence, Italy, where she sang the role of Ortlinde in Wagner’s Die Walküre, conducted by Zubin Mehta. She has also performed with the New York Philharmonic in a concert production of Strauss’ Elektra, conducted by Lorin Maazel.  Ms. Ralston specializes in teaching classical vocal technique and in voice-building.  She assesses each student’s individual needs and abilities, offering the student specific, physical and mental skills, using vocal exercises and repertoire, to improve their singing.  She enjoys working with students of all ages, voice-types and skill levels.   

Grant Uhle
Tenor Grant Uhle, originally from Cincinnati, Ohio has lived in Philadelphia for the last seven years studying and performing around the city. Grant received both Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Temple University and was featured on the opera and musical theater stages during his time there. Favorite roles at Temple include Don Curzio in The Marriage of Figaro, Sam in Carlisle Floyd's Susannah, and Beadle Bamford in Sweeney Todd. Grant has performed professionally with local groups such as the Philomusica Chorale, Poor Richard Opera Company, and Opera North Inc., with which he premiered an aria at the Opera America Conference in 2012. Grant also serves on the voice faculty at Temple University.

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As of 4/21/14