The Music School of Delaware employs the highest caliber faculty – drawn from among the best-trained musicians in the country. They are specialists able to serve beginners, conservatory-bound teens and adults in both private instruction and group settings.
FACULTY LISTING BY DEPARTMENT
WB - Wilmington Branch
MB - Milford Branch
(A) - artist faculty
(A-SA) - artist faculty by special arrangement
(C) - core faculty
(D) - faculty with distinction
(L) - on leave
(M) - master faculty
(SD) - faculty with special distinction
Jennifer Crowell Stomberg, department head, chamber music coordinator, cello, Suzuki cello, groups (C, M, D) - WB & MB
Shane Aaserud, double bass - WB
Justin Chou, violin - WB & MB
Nina Cottman, viola (M)- WB
Eric Coyne, cello - WB
Alessandra Cuffaro, violin - WB
George Freeman, double bass - MB
Rowena Gutana, cello, Suzuki cello - WB PK
Eliezer Gutman, violin (M) - MB
Jessica Hoffman, Suzuki violin, groups (C) - WB & MB
Kate Inie-Richards, Suzuki violin, Suzuki viola, groups (C) - WB & MB
Russell Kotcher, violin - WB
Lingchin Liao, violin, Suzuki violin - WB
Genia Maslov, violin - WB
Mary Moser, Suzuki violin - WB
Julianne Murphy, Suzuki Academy assistant department head, Suzuki violin, groups & orchestras (C) - WB & MB
Janka Pernisz, violin - WB
Michelle Peters, violin, Suzuki violin, groups (D) - MB
David Poland, fiddle - WB
Kate Ransom, violin, president - WB
Christof Richter, violin - WB
Ingrid Rosenback, violin - WB
Shelley Beard Schleigh, Suzuki Academy department head, Suzuki violin, Suzuki viola, groups (C, M, SD) - WB
Dr. Lawrence Stomberg, cello (A) - WB
Christina von Duyke, violin, Suzuki violin - WB
Elissa Wagman, violin, Suzuki violin, Suzuki viola, groups (D) - WB
Stefan Xhori, violin (M) - MB
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WINDS, BRASS & PERCUSSION
Dr. Lynne Cooksey, department head, flute, Suzuki flute (A, SD) - WB
Lois Ash, horn - MB
Melinda Bowman, flute, Suzuki flute, groups (D) - WB
Victoria Clark, bassoon - WB
Zachary Crystal, percussion - WB
William Gregory, trumpet - WB
Katelynn Griess, trombone - WB
Katelyn Huff, trumpet - WB
Dr. Jared Kobos, clarinet (L) - WB & MB
Vince Lardear, saxophone - WB
Dr. Paula Nelson, flute (M, D) - WB
Thom Remington, tuba - WB
Susan Nowaczyk Ritter, oboe - WB
Walter "Skip" Rohrich, drums/percussion (D) - WB
Lloyd Shorter, oboe (M) - WB
Dr. Anna Skrupky, horn - WB
Honey Voshell, drums - MB
Larry Walker, winds, brass, percussion - MB
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PIANO, HARPSICHORD & ORGAN
Donna DeLaurentis, department head, piano (M, D) - WB
Dr. Donna Mulzet Beech, piano (M, D) - WB
David Brown, piano (A-SD) - WB
Kevin Chamberlain, organ, piano - MB
Daniel Carunchio, piano, musicianship - WB
Natalie Nam Chang, piano (D) - WB
Lotus Cheng, piano, chamber music advisor (C, M, SD) - WB
Darlene Colavecchi-Smith, piano - WB
Joan Fasullo, class piano (D) - WB
Dr. Jacqueline Beach Faulcon, piano (SD) - WB
Richard Gangwisch, piano (D) - WB
Liliya Maslov, piano (C, D) - WB & MB
Dr. Oleg Maslov, piano (C, D) - WB & MB
Paul McKnight, piano - MB
Constance Moore, piano (M) - WB
Ethel Olsen, piano (D) - WB
Elayne Soltz Penn, piano (SD) - WB
Tracy Richardson, piano, harpsichord (M, SD) - WB
Dr. Holly Roadfeldt-O'Riordan, piano (M, D) - WB
David Schelat, organ - WB
Dawn Stevens, piano (M) - WB
Simeone Tartaglione piano - WB
Tomasz Walski, piano - WB
Hiroko Yamazaki, piano (M, D) - WB
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GUITAR & BASS GUITAR
Christopher Braddock, department head, guitar, bass guitar, mandolin, dobro, banjo (C, SD) - WB & MB
Shane Aaserud, electric bass - WB
Nathan Ames, guitar - MB
George Freeman, electric bass - MB
Andrew Grippe, guitar - MB
Douglas Seth, guitar - MB
Matthew Smith, guitar - WB
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Janet Witman, classical & Celtic harp - WB
Margaret Love, harp, Celtic harp (SD) - WB
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Joanne Ward, department head, class voice (M, D) - WB
Jacqueline Beach Faulcon, voice (SD) - WB
Jessica Graae, voice - WB
Jaclyn Heller, voice - WB
Dr. Michael Larkin, voice (A, SD) - WB
Augustine Mercante, voice - WB
Marybeth Miller, voice - WB
Catherine Short de Arce, voice - WB
Elayne Soltz Penn, voice (SD) - WB
Jerry Polman, voice - MB
Layne Thompson-Payne, voice - MB
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THE STUDIO: ROCK, JAZZ & FOLK
Nathan Ames, rock guitar, bass guitar, Garage Band 101 - MB
Christopher Braddock, rock & folk guitar, bass guitar, dobro, mandolin, plectrum banjo, Rock On!, Jazz Combo, Matson Run Pickers, Guitar & Mandolin Orchestra - WB; rock guitar, bass guitar, plectrum banjo, song-writing, jazz combo - MB (C, SD)
Zachary Crystal, rock, jazz & folk drums/percussion (L) - WB
DJ Amaze, Be the DJ - WB
Jessica Graae, rock voice - WB
Andrew Grippe, guitar - MB
Vince Lardear, jazz saxophone, jazz improvisation - WB
Margaret Love, Celtic harp (SD) - WB
David Poland, folk & Celtic fiddle - WB
Walter “Skip” Rohrich, rock & jazz drums/percussion (D) - WB
Shelley Beard Schleigh, Brandywine Fiddlers (C, M, SD) - WB
Douglas Seth, guitar - MB
Honey Voshell, rock drums - MB
Janet Witman, Celtic harp - WB
Larry Walker, rock & jazz drums, jazz combo - MB
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Melinda Hudson-Oriani, department head (C, D) - WB
Melinda Bowman (D) - WB
Jaclyn Heller - WB
Margaret Love (SD) - WB
Marjorie Ripsom - WB
Jennifer Wagner - WB
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Shelley Beard Schleigh, department head, Suzuki violin, Suzuki viola, groups (C, M, D) - WB
Julianne Murphy,assistant department head, Suzuki violin, groups, orchestras (C) - WB & MB
Cheri Astolfi, Suzuki musicianship, dean - WB
Eric Coyne, Suzuki musicianship - WB
Rowena Gutana, Suzuki cello - WB PK
Jessica Hoffman, Suzuki violin, groups (C) - WB & MB
Kate Inie-Richards, Suzuki violin, Suzuki viola, groups (C) - WB & MB
Lingchin Liao, Suzuki violin - WB
Mary Moser, Suzuki violin - WB
Jennifer Crowell Stomberg, Suzuki cello, groups (C, M, D) - WB
Christina von Duyke, Suzuki violin - WB
Elissa Wagman, Suzuki violin, Suzuki viola, groups - WB
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ORCHESTRAS, CHORUSES & OTHER ENSEMBLES
Simeone Tartaglione, orchestral department head, Delaware Youth Symphony Orchestra - WB
Melinda Bowman, Adult Flute Ensemble - WB
Nathan Ames, Garage Band 101 - MB
Christopher Braddock, Jazz Combo, Matson Run Pickers, Guitar & Mandolin Orchestra (C, SD) - WB & MB
Eric Coyne, chamber music coordinator - WB
Eliezer Gutman, First State Youth Orchestra (M) - MB
Dr. Michael Larkin, Select Choral Ensemble - WB
Marybeth Miller, Delaware Children's Chorus - WB
Julianne Murphy, Suzuki Academy Concert Strings, Suzuki Academy Festival Strings - WB
Dr. Paula Nelson , Flute Choir (M, D) - WB
Shelley Beard Schleigh, Brandywine Fiddlers (C, M, SD) - WB
Dr. Timothy Schwarz, Wilmington Community Orchestra - WB
Jennifer Crowell Stomberg, Cello Choir (C, M, D) - WB
Layne Thompson-Payne, Southern Delaware Children's Chorus - MB
Joanne Ward, Delaware Women's Chorus (M, D) - WB
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Lydia Bak, Suzuki Academy - WB
Richard Gangwisch, Suzuki Academy - WB
Rebecca McDaniel - MB
Carol Nile, Delaware Women's Chorus - WB
David Smith, Delaware Children's Chorus, Select Choral Ensemble - WB
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Dr. Jared Kobos, department head, composition, clarinet - WB & MB
Christopher Braddock, composition (C, SD) - WB & MB
Daniel Carunchio, piano, musicianship - WB
David Brown, composition (A-SA) - WB
Dr. Oleg Maslov, music history - WB
Marybeth Miller, musicianship - WB
Elayne Soltz Penn, musicianship (SD) - WB
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Lynne Hamer, music therapy - WB
Joseph Reilly, Musical Memory Lane - WB
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ALPHABETICAL FACULTY LISTINGWB - Wilmington Branch
MB - Milford Branch
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SHANE AASERUD, WB
(double bass, electric bass)
B.M., jazz performance, University Of The Arts; A.M., Onondaga Community College. Private teachers: Micah Jones, Gerald Veasley, Ryan Kuhns. Performance experience: band leader for "Perpetual Solitude"; bass player for "Ben Oneill"; played for "Covenant House" Praise Team; single performance with "Joe Sudler and the Swing Machine"; member of "The Sarah Horner Band" and "Bob Piorun and the Convertibles"; played with Sheryl Bailey and Jay Ashby at the 2008 Syracuse Jazz Fest.
NATHAN AMES, MB
(guitar, Garage Band 101)
B.M., University of Delaware; Certficate, Berklee School of Music. Studied with: Christiaan Taggart. Teaching experience: Ames Music Studio, Earl Teats Music Program. Performance experience: Wall of Cain, additional ensembles that toured East Coast.
LOIS ASH, MB
B.M., french horn performance, M.M., orchestral performance, Manhattan School of Music; M.A., performing arts administration, New York University; M.B.A. (in progress), Wayne State College. Performance experience: Monterrey Symphony Orchestra, Frederick Symphony Orchestra, Frederick Community Band, Touch of Brass brass quintet, a performance with Harry Connick, Jr., Long Island Gilbert and Sullivan Society, Bermuda Philharmonic. Teaching experience: Hartwick College Summer Music Festival and Institute, private lesson instruction.
CHERI ASTOLFI, dean, WB
B.M., M.M., horn performance, University of Delaware. Principal teachers: Cynthia Carr, Dr. Michael Johns, Francis Orval. Early childhood music teacher: Jill Hannagan. Early childhood music training: Musikgarten Family Music for Toddlers, The Cycle of Seasons and Music Makers: At Home in the World. Performance experience: freelancer in Mid-Atlantic region, Quintessence Woodwind Quintet and Renaissance Brass Trio. Teaching experience: University of Delaware, University of Delaware Community Music School, Hockessin Music School, CACC Montessori School, Children’s House Montessori School, Hockessin Montessori School, Montessori Learning Center, New Garden Preschool, Newark Center for Creative Learning. Conducting experience: Red Clay Consolidated School District Orchestra.
LYDIA BAK, WB
(Suzuki Academy studio accompanist)
B.M., music education, Susquehanna University. Performance experience: music director, organist and handbell choir director at numerous churches in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Delaware; organist and director of handbell choirs at Limestone Presbyterian Church in Wilmington; accompanist for youth choirs, UD; undergraduate and graduate accompanist, UD; Delaware State Chair for the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers, 2010-2011.
DR. DONNA MULZET BEECH, master faculty with distinction, WB
B.S., music education, M.M., performance, West Chester University; D.M.A., Catholic University. Studied with: Thomas Mastroianni, William Masselos, Robert Bedford. Music director, Lower Brandywine Presbyterian Church. Performance experience: soloist with the Kennett, Wilmington Community & West Chester University Symphony Orchestras; Lorin Hollander and Béla Nagy master classes; frequent chamber musician with string and woodwind chamber groups; soloist throughout the Mid-Atlantic States. Lectures: Development of Pianism; Learning & Memory.
MELINDA BOWMAN, faculty with distinction, WB
(flute, Suzuki flute & groups, Early Childhood music, Adult Flute Ensemble)
B.M., flute performance, B.M., choral education, University of Delaware. Studied with: Kazuo Tokito, Carol Brown. Registered Suzuki training: Flute Units 1-5. Member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas. Suzuki training: E. Tennessee State University with Pandora Bryce. Trained teacher: Kindermusik® Beginnings, Growing with Kindermusik® and Kindermusik® I. Awards: Two time recipient of the Presser Scholarship. Member: Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. Performance experience: Delaware Valley orchestra, band and chamber music; the Bowman-Braddock Flute and Guitar Duo; Delaware Symphony Orchestra. Teaching experience: Independence School, Friends Central School.
CHRISTOPHER BRADDOCK, core faculty with distinction, WB & MB
(guitar department head, guitar, bass guitar, mandolin, Guitar & Mandolin Orchestra, Jazz Combo, Matson Run Pickers, Cultural Crossroads coordinator)
B.M., cum laude, classical guitar performance, University of Delaware. Studied with: Christiaan Taggart. Performances: Bowman-Braddock Flute & Guitar Duo, Electro-Organic Project, Mosaic String Duo, Pegasus Trio, Tidewater Brass Band, Right as Rain Acoustic Guitar Trio, solo recitals. Awards: 2002 Individual Artist Fellowship in Music Composition, Delaware Division of the Arts. His original compositions have been included on three local recording compilations: The Music School of Delaware's "Music of our Masters," the Winterthur Museum's "Playing in the Garden," and "Florescence," by the contemporary chamber ensemble, Mélomanie. Teaching experience: Teaching Artist, Delaware Institute for the Arts in Education. Artistic director: Delaware Classical Showcase, Inc.
DAVID BROWN, artist faculty by special arrangement, WB
B.M., piano performance, M.M., composition, Curtis Institute. Studied with: Rudolf Serkin, Mieczyslaw Horszowski, composer Myron Fink. Awards: first prize winner, National Merriweather-Post Competition; Bloch Award; two grants, Philadelphia Friends of Fine Arts. Music School Teacher of the Year, 1988-89. Performance experience: soloist with Concerto Soloists (Philadelphia); Delaware, Lancaster, National & Utah Symphony Orchestras; extensive solo, duo-piano and chamber music recitals. Piano concerto composer & soloist for 1976 commission for the Delaware Symphony Orchestra; premiere performance recorded and broadcast worldwide over “Voice of America.” Teaching experience: University of Delaware, West Chester State University, Snowbird SummerArts Institute (UT).
DANIEL CARUNCHIO, WB
B. M., piano pedagogy, Temple University; M. M., piano performance and music theory, Temple University. Studied with Charles Abramovic, Alexander Fiorillo, and David Brown.
KEVIN B. CHAMBERLAIN, WB
B.M., church music and organ performance, Asbury University; M.M., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, church music and organ performance. Experience: church musician, organist, director of worship in Delaware, Maryland, Kentucky, Texas. Currently: minister of music and organist at Avenue United Methodist Church in Milford, Delaware. Memberships: American Guild of Organists (dean), Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts, Handbell Musicians of America, American Choral Directors’ Association. Teaching experience: private organ and piano instruction throughout the United States.
NATALIE NAM CHANG, faculty with distinction, WB
B.M., magna cum laude, piano performance, M.M., piano pedagogy, West Chester University. Studied with: Dr. Richard Veleta, Ellen Mack, Keiko Sato. Awards: Michael Morochko Memorial Piano Scholarship Competition; first place, Hornam Piano Competition. Member: Pi Kappa Lambda and Music Teachers National Association.
LOTUS CHENG, core master faculty with distinction, WB
(piano, chamber music advisor)
B.M., piano performance, University of Delaware; M.M., piano pedagogy/accompanying, Temple University. Studied with: Alexander Fiorillo, Lambert Orkis, David Brown. Music School Teacher of the Year 1991-1992. Awards: 1980 JCC Young Musicians Competition; 1983 Temple University Concerto Competition; 1987 National Bartók-Kabalevsky Piano Competition; accompanying & teaching scholarship grants, Temple University. Teaching experience: University of Delaware. Master classes: Augustin Anievas, Leon Fleisher, Natalie Hinderas, Russell Sherman. Performance experience: solo recitals; duets and two-piano works with husband David Brown in Salt Lake City, Paris and Straubing (Germany).
JUSTIN CHOU, WB & MB
B.M., violin performance, University of Wisconisin; M.M., violin performance, University of Delaware. Studied with: Xiang Gao, Felicia Moye. Orchestra experience: Illinois Valley Symphony (concertmaster); the Lake Geneva Symphony Orchestra, the Beloit-Janesville Symphony, the Wisonsin Symphony Orchestra and the University of Delaware Symphony Orchestra (concertmaster). Chamber music experience: Master Players Concert Series, first violinist in UD graduate string quartet, Violins4ward. Teaching experience: versatile teacher who enjoys working with all ages.
VICTORIA CLARK, WB
B.M., bassoon performance, University of Delaware. Studied with: Jon Gaarder, Shirley Curtiss. Performance experience: Delaware Symphony Orchestra, Reading Symphony, Brandywine Baroque. Other instruments: voice (minor), Baroque bassoon, recorder, shawm. Teaching experience: privately throughout the Greater Philadelphia area and at several local music camps.
DARLENE COLAVECCHI-SMITH, WB
B.M., piano performance, University of Delaware; M.M., piano performance, West Chester University. Studied with: David Brown, Dr. Richard Veleta. Teaching experience: West Chester University. Member: Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society in Education, Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society. Former assistant music director, Delaware County Community College. Performance experience: soloist, chamber musician, accompanist, orchestral pianist, lecture-recitals, workshops, festivals. Member: Concord Friends of Music Executive Committee. Official accompanist for all choral groups at Concord High School.
DR. LYNNE COOKSEY, artist faculty with distinction, WB
(winds/brass/percussion department head, flute, Suzuki flute)
B.M., Southern Methodist University; M.M., Manhattan School of Music; D.M.A., North Texas State University. Music School Teacher of the Year 1989-1990. Teaching experience: Hastings College, Kearney State College, Southwest Missouri State University, North Texas State University, Temple University-Center City Campus. Former president: Greater Philadelphia Suzuki Association. Performance experience: Dallas Symphony, Fort Worth, OperaDelaware, Delaware Symphony, Spoleto Festival Orchestras. Soloist: Nebraska Chamber Orchestra, Dallas Civic Symphony, Hastings Civic Symphony, Wilmington Community Orchestra. Member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas.
NINA COTTMAN, master faculty, WB
Graduate, New School of Music, Philadelphia. Studied with Evelyn Jacobs Luise, Professor of Viola, New School of Music and Temple University; Sidney Curtiss, Philadelphia Orchestra (retired); and Heidi Castleman. Performance experience: Delaware Symphony Orchestra; Acting Principal Violist, OperaDelaware Orchestra; Acting Assistant Principal Violist, Allentown Symphony Orchestra; Peter Nero and the Philly Pops; Kennett Symphony of Chester County; The Festival at Shippensburg University; Pennsylvania Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra; Gateways Music Festival; Oakland (California) Symphony; Colorado Philharmonic Orchestra; Chamber music experience: Copeland String Quartet; Tessera Chamber Players; Chancellor String Quartet; Tyrone Brown String Sextet featuring John Blake; Viola soloist: A chamber jazz sextet (two violins, two violas, one cello and bass). Teaching experience: viola teacher and ensemble coach, Settlement Music School of Philadelphia; The Music School of Delaware; The Hill School, Pottstown, Pennsylvania. Recording experience: Tyrone Brown String Sextet, “Song of the Sun,” Naxos; “Emerald Valley,” Moers Music; “Between Midnight and Dawn,” Dreambox Media; Session musician at Philly International Studios; Copeland String Quartet CD’s.
ERIC COYNE, WB
(cello, Suzuki musicianship)
B.M., University of Iowa; M.M. and Professional Certificate, cello performance and pedagogy, Temple University. Registered Suzuki training: ECC! Principal teachers: Charles Wendt, Jeffrey Solow, Tanya Carey. Performance experience: Symphony in C, West Philadelphia Camerata, Mühlenberg Piano Quartet, Quad Cities Symphony. Teaching experience: Community Music School of Collegeville (Pennsylvania), Westminster Choir College Conservatory, Nelly Berman School of Music.
ZACHARY CRYSTAL, WB
B.M., percussion performance, Oberlin Conservatory of Music; M.M., percussion performance, Temple University. Studied with: Alan Abel, Chris Deviney, Angela Zator Nelson, Michael Rosen, Jamey Haddad. Performance experience: St. Louis Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Delaware Symphony Orchestra, Opera Philadelphia. Teaching experience: Delaware State University.
ALESSANDRA CUFFARO, WB
First Degree, violin performance, Corelli Conservatory (Italy); Second Degree, chamber music, Santa Cecilia Conservatory (Italy); Artist Diploma, University of Denver. She is the first Italian woman who ever performed the Paganini's 24 Capricci in one concert, the most difficult book for violin solo ever written. Former professor of violin at the Palestrina Conservatory in Cagliari.
DONNA DELAURENTIS, master faculty, WB
(piano/harpsichord/organ department head, piano)
B.M., performance, Marymount College; M.M., performance, University of Delaware. Teaching experience: Marymount College, Ursuline Academy. Related professional experience: OperaDelaware, Music at the Beach Ensemble Festival.
JOAN FASULLO, faculty with distinction, WB
B.M., Marywood College; M.M., New School for Music Study; professional teacher training course, Princeton. Studied with: Sister Immaculate Severino, Sam Holland, Frances Clark, Louise Goss. Former faculty chair: New School’s Elementary Department, Bay Area Music Center, Brandywine Piano Studio. Former owner: Clear Lake Piano Studio. Founder and first president: Northern Delaware Music Teachers’ Association.
JACQUELINE BEACH FAULCON, faculty with special distinction, WB
B.S., Temple University; M.Ed., music supervision, West Chester University; Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy, music, World University. Studied with: Blanche Taylor Burton, Agi Yambor, Helene Diedrich, Elaine Browrii, Elizabeth Westmoreland Briggs, Madame Landver. Conducting experience: International Choir of the Congress on Arts and Communications, Skyline Middle School. Awards: 2002 Patricia Grasty Gaines Leadership Award given by the Frederick Douglass Institute of West Chester University of Pennsylvania, 1999 National Teacher Hall of Fame, 1998-1999 MBNA Excellence in Education Grant, 1999 McDonald's Classroom Grant, International Biographical Centre (Cambridge, England), Gold Medal of Congress, 1996 Ernest Kay International Foundation Award. Solo performances: Europe, Africa, Asia, North America, Oceana and throughout the USA. Member: Board of Trustees of the Grand Opera House, Wilmington, DE; The Philadelphia Musical Fund Society. President of the Delaware State Music Teachers Association (MTNA affiliate) 2003-2005.
GEORGE FREEMAN, MB
(double bass, electric bass)
B.M., double bass performance, University of Delaware; M.M., double bass performance (in progress), University of Maryland. Performance experience: University of Maryland, University of Delaware and Newark Symphony Orchestras; Southern Delaware Choral Society Chamber Orchestra; Saint Luke’s Lutheran Church Chamber Orchestra; Philadelphia International Music Festival. Studied with Richard Barber, National Symphony Orchestra; Robert Oppelt, National Symphony Orchestra; and Craig Thomas, University of Delaware.
RICHARD GANGWISCH, WB
B.S., music education, West Chester University; M.M., accompanying, Manhattan School of Music. Teaching experience: West Chester University, Gesamthochschule Kassel (Germany), Loire Valley Music Institute (France), Freie Waldorfschule Kassel, Eurhythmy pianist. Performance experience: piano soloist (Germany), chamber music concerts, faculty and student accompanist at West Chester University.
JESSICA GRAAE, program & marketing associate, WB
(voice, Early Childhood music)
B.A., Columbia University; M.M., Washington University; additional graduate studies, University of Delaware; Orff Level 1 Certificate, West Chester University. Studied with: Shirlee Emmons, Marvin Keenze, John Stewart. Teaching experience: The Reach Academy for Girls, New Castle Dance Academy, MOT Charter School, Newark Charter School. Performance experience: ArdenSingers, OperaDelaware, ConcertOpera Philadelphia
WILLIAM GREGORY, WB
B.M., trumpet performance, Eastman School of Music, New York. M.M., music education in progress, Temple University. Studied with: James Thompson. High School: Interlochen Arts Academy. Performance experience: repiano cornet with the 2011-2012 North North American Champion, Atlantic Brass Band; an award-winning brass quintet; freelancer in the Greater Philadelphia area. Teacher at The Music School of Delaware since 2006.
KATELYNN GRIESS, WB
B.M.E., music education, Pennsylvania State University; M.M., trombone performance, University of Delaware. Studied with Professor Mark Lusk and Dr. Bruce Tychinski. Teaching experience: Music Strings Teacher in Brandywine School District; Graduate Assistant for the UD Marching Band; assisted in rehearsing and conducting the UD Trombone Choir; private trombone instructor. Performance experience: served as principal trombonist in the UD Wind Ensemble and the UD Symphony Orchestra; member of the UD Trombone Choir; member of the Allen Street Brass Quintet. Related experience: performed and worked as recording production assistant on Christmas with the Nittany Trombone Quartet by the Nittany Trombone Quartet; worked as the Music House Director at the Philadelphia International Music Festival hosted by the Philadelphia Orchestra; performed at the Eastern Trombone Workshop with the Pennsylvania State Trombone Choir.
ANDREW GRIPPE, MB
B. A., guitar performance and audio visual recording, Bloomsburg University. Studied with: Dr. Matthew Slotkin. Teaching experience: K&S Music, Williamsport, PA.
ROWENA GUTANA, WB PK
(cello, Suzuki cello)
B.M., Ball State University; Graduate studies, Cleveland Institute of Music. Major cello teachers: Alison Wells, Melissa Kraut, Polina Umansky and Mihai Tetel. Major pedagogy teachers: Tanya Carey and Pamela Devenport. Teaching experience: Indiana University Summer String Academy, Cleveland Institute of Music Preparatory Department, Center for Young Musicians in Pittsburgh. Early childhood music teaching experience.
ELIEZER GUTMAN, master faculty, MB
(violin, First State Youth Orchestra)
B.S., industry and management, Technion Institute of Technology, Israel; M.M., violin performance, The University of the Arts. Orchestral experience: Allentown Symphony Orchestra (concertmaster), OperaDelaware (concertmaster), Reading Symphony (assistant concertmaster), Delaware Symphony Orchestra. Chamber music experience: Copeland String Quartet. Conducting experience: First State Strings Youth Orchestra. Teaching experience: New England Music Camp.
LYNNE HAMER, WB
B.A., piano, M.A., music therapy, Immaculata University. Teaching experience: Parkesburg Music Conservatory; Taylor’s Music Store; Tune-Up Network Enterprises; Music & Arts, Exton; and St. Agnes School, West Chester. Performance experience: St. Katharine Drexel, Chester; Basilica of Sts. Peter & Paul, Philadelphia; and Jazz on Call Quartet.
JACLYN HELLER, WB
(voice, Early Childhood music)
B.M., choral music education, M.M., vocal performance, University of Delaware.
JESSICA HOFFMAN, core faculty, WB & MB
(Suzuki violin, groups)
B.M., performance, Cleveland Institute of Music and Case Western Reserve University; M.M., performance, Esther Boyer College of Music at Temple University. Suzuki training: Hartt Suzuki Institute, The Greater Washington Suzuki String Institute, The Pittsburgh Music Academy. Registered Suzuki training: ECC!, Violin Units 1-5. Member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas. Principal teachers: Linda Fiore, Edmund Sprunger, Michelle George. Performance experience: Haddonfield Symphony, freelancing in Philadelphia. Chamber music experience: Credo Summer Chamber Music. Teaching experience: Temple University, Settlement Music School of Philadelphia, Cheltenham Music & Art School, Morristown School of Music, OPUS 1, Crescendo Summer Chamber Music.
MELINDA HUDSON-ORIANI, core faculty, WB
(Early Childhood department head)
B.M., vocal performance, University of Minnesota. Kindermusik® training: Carol Penney, Elaine Harriss. Performances: OperaDelaware, Vox Amadeus Ensemble, Philadelphia Singers, Houston Grand Opera Chorus, Houston Chamber Choir. Director: Clear Lake Kindermusik®. Member: AGMA Kindermusik® Educators Association.
KATE INIE-RICHARDS, core faculty, WB & MB
(Suzuki violin, Suzuki viola, groups)
B.M., University of Memphis; M.M., Suzuki pedagogy, Ithaca College. Major viola teachers: Debrea Moree, Lenny Schranze, David Holland. Major Suzuki pedagogy teachers: Sanford Reuning, Carrie Reuning-Hummel, with additional instruction from Edward Kreitman, Stephanie Sandven. Teaching experience: five years teaching assistant and fellow at Interlochen Arts Camp; private violin and viola studio.
DR. JARED KOBOS, WB & MB
B.M., music education, University of Delaware; M.M., clarinet performance, Florida State University; D.M.A., clarinet performance, Michigan State University.
RUSSELL KOTCHER, WB
B.M., University of Michigan; M.M., San Francisco Conservatory.
VINCE LARDEAR, WB
B.M., jazz studies, Indiana University (Bloomington); M.M., saxophone performance, Virginia Commonwealth University. Studied with: David N. Baker, Eugene Rousseau, Tom Walsh, Barry Harris, Phil Woods, Jimmy Heath, Vincent Marinelli. Performance experience: Illinois Jacquet Big Band, Baltimore Symphony Pops, International Saxophone Symposium, Cape May Jazz Festival, Clifford Brown Jazz Festival, Mellon Jazz Festival, Berks County Jazz Festival, Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival, Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. Teaching experience: Instrumental Music Programs, New Castle Christian Academy, Alethia School, Camden County College, Caravel Academy, University of Delaware Community Music School, Thomas McKean High School, The Grand Opera House School of Music, private studio.
DR. MICHAEL LARKIN, core artist faculty with distinction, WB
(vocal/choral department head, voice, class voice, Select Choral Ensemble, Select Chamber Choir, Delaware Youth Symphony)
B.M., University of Delaware; M.M., Catholic University; D.M.A., Temple University. Founder/music director, the New Ark Chorale. Teaching experience: Temple University, Misericordia College. Eastern Division Chairperson for Music in Worship for the American Choral Directors Association. Appointed to the Bishop’s Commission on Liturgy and Music for the Episcopal Diocese of Easton, MD. Guest conductor, choral/vocal clinician and music festival adjudicator. Compositions published by leading publishing houses.
LINGCHIN LIAO, WB
(violin, Suzuki violin)
B.M., violin performance & music education, National Taiwan Normal University; M.M., violin performance, Temple University. Additional studies: Gordon Institute for Music Learning Theory; Professional studies in violin performance, Temple University. Registered Suzuki training: Violin Units 1-2. Member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas. Orchestral experience: Haddonfield Symphony, Taipei City Symphony. Chamber music experience: Trio Jeudi. Teaching experience: Darlington Fine Arts Center, Cairn University, Temple University Music Prep.
MARGARET LOVE, faculty with special distinction, WB
(harp, Celtic harp, Early Childhood music)
B.M., music education, Florida State University; M.M., Kansas State University. Studied with: Ramona Beard, Marion Pelton, Barbara Gray, Robert Plimpton. Director: adult choir and handbell choir/ensemble, Hope Lutheran Church; organist/music director in various churches throughout the area. Teaching experience: Birmingham (AL), Caravel Academy and Holy Angels Catholic Schools. Member: Board of Directors, Kindermusik® Educators Association.
GENIA MASLOV, WB
B. M., violin performance, Juilliard School; M. M., violin performance, Cleveland Institute of Music. Studied with Stephen Clapp and Joel Smirnoff.
LILIYA MASLOV, core faculty with distinction, WB
B.M., piano performance, Kharkov Special Music School for Gifted Children (Ukraine); M.M. with additional studies in chamber music and pedagogy, Kharkov State Conservatory (Ukraine); M.M., piano performance, Temple University. Studied with: Harvey Wedeen, Regina Horowitz, Arkady Sevidov, Natan Perelman. Teaching experience: Temple University Preparatory, Temple University, Arad State Conservatory (Israel), Kharkov Special Music School for Gifted Children. Performance experience: duo-piano recitals; chamber music in Israel, Ukraine and United States; solo recitals; duo-piano and chamber music for WFLN radio (Philadelphia). Soloist: Kharkov Philharmonic Orchestra. Awards: winner, Kharkov Piano Competition; winner, Ukrainian National Piano Competition; Israel Cultural Chamber Music Award.
DR. OLEG MASLOV, faculty with distinction, WB & MB
(piano, music history)
B.M., piano performance, Kharkov Special Music School for Gifted Children (Ukraine); M.M., piano performance with additional qualifications as a chamber performer and piano teacher, Kharkov State Conservatory (Ukraine); Doctoral Diploma, piano performance, National Academy of Music (Ukraine); D.M.A., piano performance, Temple University. Studied with: Harvey Wedeen, Alexander Snegiriov, Natan Perelman, Regina Horowitz. Master classes: Alexander Volkov, Christofer Kait, Misha Dichter, Jerome Lowenthal. Awards and honors: Israel Cultural Chamber Music Award, 1992; graduation with distinction, Kharkov State Conservatory, 1984; winner, Kharkov Piano Competition, 1983; winner, Ukrainian National Music Competition, 1979. Research: "Romantic German literature and Schumann's Carnaval, Op. 9: an interconnection" (National Academy of Music, Kiev, 1990); "Rachmaninoff's early works for two pianos: nationalistic icons?" (Temple University, 2001, published by Liszt Society). Performance experience: Temple University, Lincoln Center, WFLN Radio (Philadelphia), Haverford, 40 chamber music performances as resident pianist with Arad String Quartet (Israel). Teaching experience: Temple University, National Academy of Music (Ukraine), Kharkov State Conservatory (Ukraine). Artist in residence, Temple University.
REBECCA MCDANIEL, MB
Graduate of James Madison University. Performance experience: accompanist, James Madison University; piano accompanist, pianist, organist, soloist and section leader, Southern Delaware Choral Society; choir director and organist, Christ Episcopal Church.
PAUL MCKNIGHT, MB
B.A. University of Delaware; Master of Divinity, Westminster Theological Seminary. Also studied: choral conducting and church music at Westminster Choir College. Music director experience: churches in New Jersey, Los Angeles and Indiana. Teaching experience: taught piano for over 30 years in his private studio, the University of Delaware Community Music School and in an earlier stint at The Music School of Delaware.
AUGUSTINE MERCANTE, WB
B.M., vocal performance, University of Delaware; M.M., vocal performance, opera, University of North Texas; Artist Diploma, Conservatory for Music, Augsburg, Germany. Experience: soloist in venues and with ensembles throughout mid-Atlantic region. Awards: Fellowship, Delaware Division of the Arts; Boston-area debut, Tanglewood Music Festival. Enjoys performing music from the Baroque to present. Teaching experience: private voice instruction.
MARYBETH MILLER, WB
(Wilmington Youth Chorale, Delaware Children's Chorus)
B.A., music, University of Delaware; B.S., apparel design. Faculty: Wilmington Christian School. Associations: repertoire & standards chair for women's choirs, Delaware American Choral Directors Association; editor, Da Capo (DACD).
CONSTANCE MOORE, master faculty, WB
B.M., M.M., piano performance, University of Louisville; instrumental accompanying, Juilliard School. Studied with: Lee Luvisi. Teaching experience: Juilliard Pre-College, Bowdoin Summer Music Festival, Hunter College. Chair: Juilliard Pre-College Chamber Music Program. Accompanying experience: Mannes School of Music, Juilliard School, Mozarteum (Salzburg), Munich International Violin Competition. Performances in recital and chamber music ensembles throughout the USA, France, Austria.
MARY MOSER, WB
B.M., violin performance, University of the Pacific (Stockton, CA); M.M., violin performance & pedagogy, Katherine Herberger School of Music at Arizona State University. Registered Suzuki training: ECC!, Violin Units 1-6, Violin Practicum, & Enrichment Supplement Course books 1-4. Member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas & Greater Philadelphia Suzuki Association. Principal teachers: Dr James Stern, Dr Katie McLin, Ms. Jennifer John. Principal Suzuki teachers: Ronda Cole, Michele George, Teri Einfeldt, Stevie Sandven, Edmund Sprunger and Kimberly Meier-Sims.
JULIANNE MURPHY, core faculty, WB & MB
(Suzuki Academy assistant department head, Suzuki violin &groups, Suzuki Academy Concert Strings, Suzuki Academy Festival Strings)
B.M., violin performance, Crane School of Music, State University of New York (Potsdam); M.M., violin performance, Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford. Registered Suzuki training: ECC!, Violin Units 1-8. Member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas. Principal teachers: Emlyn Ngai, John Lindsey, Ioan Harea, Jane Eikov. Pedagogy teachers: Sarah Hersh, Linda Fiore, Teri Einfeldt. Teaching experience: JC Music, Neighborhood Music School, Community Music School of Springfield, private lessons.
DR. PAULA NELSON, faculty with distinction, WB
(flute, Flute Choir, theory department head, music theory)
B.A. summa cum laude, University of Maryland; M.M., D.M.A., University of North Texas. Studied with: Mary Karen Clardy, William Montgomery, Kathleen Chastain, James Walker. Teaching experience: Elizabethtown College, West Chester University, Immaculata University. Orchestral experience: second flute, Pottstown Symphony Orchestra; former second flute, Irving (Texas) Symphony Orchestra. Soloist: Wilmington Community Orchestra, Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Classical Symphony. Performance experience: Nelson-Sessler flute and classical guitar duo, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Norristown Senior Octave Club, Afternoon Music Club, various solo and chamber music appearances. Competitions: winner, 1992 National Flute Association Masterclass Performer's Competition, 1987 Maryland MTNA-Wurlitzer Collegiate Artist Competition. Articles published in Flute Talk magazine.
CAROL NILE, WB
(accompanist, Delaware Women's Chorus)
B.M., piano performance, Virginia Commonwealth University; M.M., music education, West Chester University. Accompanist for Delaware Women’s Choir, 2 years. Organist and choir director in area churches. Former middle school teacher.
ETHEL OLSEN, faculty with distinction, WB
B.A., Edison State College. Graduate studies: Westminster Choir College, Rowan College. Additional studies: Tanglewood Summer Institute, Boston University. Studied with: Béla Nagy, Steven Romanio, Yoheved Kaplinsky, Jacques Voois. Teaching experience: St. Andrew's School, Westminster College Piano Preparatory Department. Memberships: MTNA, NGPT, MSMTA, MTAGB. Accompianist: Zhi-yin Chorus, FCCS-Newark.
ELAYNE SOLTZ PENN, faculty with special distinction, WB
(piano, voice, music theory)
B.M., education, West Virginia University; M.M., voice performance, S.U.N.Y. at Stony Brook. Studied with: voice, Adele Addison, Hans Heinz, Margaret Harshaw; piano, Susan Starr, Robert Bedford. Nationally certified in voice and piano by MTNA. Member: NATS. Performance experience: soprano soloist and choir director, Beth Judah Congregation; Delaware Symphony Chamber Series; Delaware Children's Theatre; University of Delaware; OperaDelaware; equity productions; The Music School of Delaware's Music Masters concert series. DSMTA Festival chair/co-chair/vice-president: piano, voice, piano ensemble, student activities, membership, theory festival. President: Northern Delaware Music Teachers' Association (NDMTA).
JANKA PERNISZ, WB
B.M., violin performance, Eastman School of Music; M.M., violin performance, University of Delaware; graduate studies in music education, Eastman School of Music. Studied with: Charles Haupt, Charles Castleman, Camilla Wicks, Lynn Blakeslee, Susan Dersnah-Fee. Performance experience: quartet performances for Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra special events; concertmaster, Eastman School Symphony Orchestra; Michigan and Western New York orchestras; Saginaw-Bay Orchestra; Midland Symphony Orchestra. Teaching experience: private studio, sectional rehearsals and group lessons for high school and college orchestras.
MICHELLE PETERS, faculty with distinction, MB
(violin, Suzuki violin & groups, Bluegrass Band)
B.S., music education, violin, West Chester University. Registered Suzuki training: Violin Units 1-4. Member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas. Performance experience: Dover Symphony Community Orchestra, Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra. Teaching experience: Morris Early Childhood Center, St. John’s Catholic Church, New Castle County School District String Program. Suzuki teaching experience: Washington Suzuki Institute, Ithaca Suzuki Institute, New Orleans Suzuki Institute, Bethlehem Suzuki Institute.
DAVID POLAND, WB
Violin studies, School of Contemporary Music, Berkley School of Music and the All Newton Music School. Performed with the Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra, The Sin City Band, Poland Strings and has 35 years of string band performance playing Bluegrass, Old Time, Celtic and swing fiddle.
JERRY POLMAN, MB
M.M., music performance, Ball State University; B.M., music education, Grace College. Performance experience: first prize in the graduate/professional division of the Indiana State Chapter of the National Assocation of Teachers of Singing annual competition. Performed as Attilla in Verdi’s Attilla with Amici Opera; Daland in Der Fliegende Hollander with Amici Opera; David in Mascagni’s L’amico Fritz; Silvio in Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci the Sacrestano in Puccini’s Tosca; Leporello in Mozart’s Don Giovanni and The Marquis in Verdi’s La Traviata. His oratorio roles include Bach’s Christmas Oratorio (Bass Soloist), Haydn’s Creation (Raphael/Adam), Handel’s The Messiah (Bass Soloist) and Mozart’s Requiem (Bass Soloist). Cantorial soloist for Passover and The High Holy Days at Temple Beth El in Muncie, IN. Featured soloist at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, DE.
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JOSEPH REILLY, WB
(Musical Memory Lane)
B.A., West Chester University; M.A., summa cum laude, Immaculata College; certified music therapist, Immaculata College.
THOM REMINGTON, WB
Studied privately with Alan Start, University of Delaware and with Michael Keller, Delaware Symphony Orchestra.
TRACY RICHARDSON, master faculty, WB
B.M., Oberlin Conservatory; M.M., New England Conservatory. Additional studies: Sweelinck Conservatorium (Amsterdam), Boston University. Studied with: harpsichord, Kees Rosenhart, Lenora McCroskey; organ, Yuko Hayashi, Fenner Douglass, William Porter. Additional studies: music theory, counterpoint and contemporary music study and performance. Teaching experience: Immaculata College. Teaching artist, Delaware Institute for the Arts in Education; harpsichordist, Delaware Division of the Arts, Arts-in-Education residency program. 1991-1992 Delaware Division of the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship. Performance experience: Mélomanie, Newark Symphony, Immaculata College Orchestra, Delaware County Orchestra, Triomphe d'Amore, Brandywine Baroque, throughout the eastern U.S. Recordings: Lyrichord Discs.
CHRISTOF RICHTER, WB
B.M., M.M, violin performance, Peabody Institute. Christof furthered his studies at the Konservatorium der Stadt Wien and has participated in the Taos Chamber Music Festival, New England Bach Festival, Baroque Performance Institute at Oberlin, and the Institut fur Musik und Kirche, Bressanone, Italy. A frequent performer in the Baltimore-Washington area, Mr. Richter also regularly returns to his native Colombia as Artistic Director of the Festival Internacional de Música Barroca de Barichara, for recitals, concerto appearances and master classes. He has performed with the Washington Bach Consort, the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, The Delaware Symphony, Folger Consort, Brandywine Baroque, Philomel, Opera Lafayette, Public Musick of Rochester, Pro Musica Rara of Baltimore and the Four Nations Ensemble of New York. Currently Mr. Richter is a regular substitute player with the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, concertmaster of the Handel Choir of Baltimore Period Instrument Orchestra, a member of Tempesta di Mare in Philadelphia and of Melomanie in Wilmington as well as artistic director of La Rocinante Baroque Ensemble.
MARJORIE RIPSOM, WB
(Early Childhood music)
B.S., Duke University. Kindermusik® training: all levels with Erin Mauer, Suzanne Tips. Additional studies: piano and voice; summer session, Westminster Choir College. Performance experience: church and school choirs; Up With People in Sweden, Denmark, 70 U.S. cities; Center City Chorale.
SUSAN NOWACZYK RITTER, WB
(oboe, music theory)
B.A., music, University of Delaware; B.A., anthropology, Northwestern University. Studied with: Lloyd Shorter, Louis Rosenblatt. Teaching experience: University of Delaware Community Music School. Awards: American Association of University Women academic scholarship; University of Delaware Woman of Promise certificate of distinction. Orchestral experience: principal oboist, Newark Symphony; Orchestral Society of Philadelphia; Delaware Symphony Orchestra. Chamber music experience: Relâche Ensemble, Quintessence Woodwind Quintet.
DR. HOLLY ROADFELDT-O'RIORDAN, faculty with distinction, WB
B.M., Eastman School of Music; M.M., Indiana University; D.M.A., University of Colorado. Studied with: Rebecca Penneys, Nelita True, Evelyne Brancart, Enrica Cavallo, Robert Spillman, Santiago Rodriquez. Teaching experience: University of Delaware, Gettysburg College, Susquehanna University, Paradise Valley Community College, Glendale Community College, Chandler-Gilbert Community College, Northwestern University, University of Colorado, Indiana University, Music Masters, Phoenix Conservatory of Music, Bowling Green State University Summer Music Camp and Creative Arts Program.
WALTER "SKIP" ROHRICH, faculty with distinction, WB
B.M., Indiana University. Performance experience: Dianne Schurr, Steve Allen, Charlie Byrd, Valery Pomonarev. Member: Chanson Noir, Swing Plus, Kim Milliner Band (performed on KYW-TV3), Doug Lalli Trio. 1993 Individual Artist Fellowship, Delaware Division of the Arts.
INGRID ROSENBACK, WB
B.M., Temple University; B.A., University of Delaware; B.S., Philadelphia College of Pharmacy & Science. Suzuki training: Suzuki Institute, Ithaca College. Studied with: Helen Kwalwasser. Teaching experience: Suburban Music School, Temple Music Prep. Performance experience: New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra, Philadelphia Doctors Chamber Orchestra, master class with Emerson String Quartet, chamber groups in Philadelphia area.
|DAVID SCHELAT, WB
B.M., cum laude, applied music (organ performance), Ohio State University; M.M., performance and literature, Eastman School of Music.
SHELLEY BEARD SCHLEIGH, core master faculty, WB
(Suzuki Academy department head, Suzuki violin, Suzuki viola, groups, Brandywine Fiddlers)
B.M., viola performance, The Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University; M.M., viola performance and violin pedagogy, Indiana University. Registered Suzuki training: ECC!, Violin Units 1-7, Violin Practicum, Viola Units 4-5, Certificate of Achievement. Member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas. Principal teachers: Victoria Chiang, Heidi Castleman, James Dunham, Atar Arad. Pedagogy teachers: Mimi Zweig, Ronda Cole, Ed Kreitman, Ed Sprunger, Pat D’Ercole, Linda Fiore.
DR. TIMOTHY SCHWARZ, WB
(Wilmington Community Orchestra)
B.M., Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music; M.M., Peabody Conservatory; D.M.A., Temple University. Concertizing regularly in recitals and concertos throughout the United States and Europe, violinist Timothy Schwarz has been praised for his “energetic performances” (Rome News), “technique beyond reproach” (Buffalo Times) and creative programming. His 2012-13 season includes concerts in London, New York, Philadelphia, Las Vegas, Portland, Asheville, and New England. In 2014 Naxos will release his fifth CD, which features early chamber works by award winning composer Jennifer Higdon. Schwarz has also recorded for EMI, Marquis Classics, and Centaur Records. An avid educator, Dr. Schwarz is director and founder of Techne Music, which includes a summer chamber music camp and concert series. His students have won national competitions and have been accepted into the nation's leading conservatories. Dr. Schwarz has served at Lehigh University for the past 12 years, most recently as Professor of Practice and Head of the String Department (2007-present).In addition to Europe and America, Schwarz has also performed extensively in South America, Asia, and Africa. He served as an Artistic Ambassador for the State Department from 1996-2001. He made his solo debut at age nine with the legendary Philadelphia Orchestra, where he often appears currently as a section member.
DOUGLAS SETH, MB
Performed throughout the United States, Canada, Venezuela, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary and has appeared on both TV and radio. His compositions for guitar have been published through Mel Bay Publications, the largest guitar publisher in the world. Mr. Seth has studied extensively with luminaries in the classical guitar world such as Stanley Yates, Luis Zea and the Buffalo Guitar Quartet and has performed in numerous master classes with some of the world’s foremost performers and teachers. He holds a Master of Music degree from Austin Peay State University and a Bachelor of Music degree from the State University of New York at Fredonia. Before moving to Delaware, Mr. Seth directed a thriving guitar program at Manatee School for the Arts in Palmetto, Florida, where he was also the music department chairperson. Currently, he teaches privately and at Delaware State University and serves on the guitar faculty at The Music School of Delaware.
CATHERINE SHORT DE ARCE, WB
B.M., applied voice, University of Delaware; M.M., vocal performance, University of Miami. Currently coaches with Julianne Baird. Performance experience: Carmen in Bizet's opera Carmen, Cleopatra in Giulio Cesere (Julius Caesar), La Femme in Pauvre Matelot Milhaud, Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Mimi and Musetta (La Boheme), Beatrice (Beatrice et Benedict) among others. She has performed as a soloist with orchestras such as the Ninth of Beethoven, Handel's Messiah, Vivaldi's Gloria, Mozart's Requiem, Bachianas Brasileira de Villa-Lobos, Carmina Burana of Orff, and Christmas repertoire. She has also performed with the Orquesta Filarmónica de Medellín (Colombia); in La Paz, Bolivia with the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional; with Orquesta Sinfónica Juvenil de Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia; the Orquesta Sinfónica Javeriana of Bogotá, and with orchestras in the U.S. She has enjoyed recitals in Helsinki, Madrid, Salzburg, Paris, and Prague. Christ Church Christiana Hundred professional choir member. Teaching experience: Catherine has served on the music faculty of Tatnall School, The Cathedral Choir School of Delaware and The Wilmington Music School, and maintains a private studio.
LLOYD SHORTER, master faculty, WB
B.F.A., Ithaca College. Artistic co-director with the Relâche Ensemble since 1990, where he has performed at the Prague Spring Festival and concerts in Berlin, Vienna, Warsaw, Cracow, Amsterdam, Vilnius, Seattle, Phoenix, New York City and Venezuela. Performed as a soloist under the direct consultation of many major composers, including John Corigliano, Joan Tower, and Simon Bainbridge. Oboist with the Del' Arte Woodwind Quintet and music coordinator at the Governor's School of Delaware. Lloyd has received grants from the State of Delaware for solo work and touring, from the University of Delaware for Internet2 research, and was a Salzburg Seminar fellow to debate the future of classical music. Lloyd has been a member of the Delaware Symphony for over 30 years and is on the faculty at the University of Delaware, where he teaches oboe and English horn, along with numerous courses on music and cultural history, with an emphasis on contemporary music. At the University, he is also involved in research using Internet2 for music instruction featuring live class interviews with some of the most interesting creative artists of our time.
ANNA SKRUPKY, WB
B.A., horn performance and general music education, Lawrence University; M.M., horn performance and literature, Northwestern University; D.M.A. in progress, horn performance, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Studied with: Douglas Hill, Gail Williams, William Barnewitz, James DeCorsey. Performance experience: Lawrence Brass, Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra, Madison Savoyards, Con Vivo Chamber Ensemble, The Armory Dinner Theatre, Madison Symphony, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Waukesha Symphony Orchestra, Beloit-Janesville Symphony Orchestra, Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, Oakwood Chamber Players. Teaching experience: Lawrence University, University of Wisconsin-Rock County, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Sun Prairie School District, Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra, Edna Ferber Elementary School, Lawrence Academy of Music.
DAVID SMITH, WB
(accompanist, Delaware Children's Chorus, Select Choral Ensemble)
Graduate, electrical engineering, Georgia Tech. SAN engineer for Computer Sciences Corporation, Newark. Performance experience: accompanist, Delaware Children's Chorus for six years; accompanist, Select Choral Ensemble for five years.
MATTHEW SMITH, WB
M.M. and B.M., guitar, Jacob's School of Music, Indiana University. Received full scholarship to the Aspen Music Festival to study with Sharon Isbin and was chosen to participate in workshops with Pablo Ziegler. Studied with Ernesto Bitetti and Petar Jankovic. Teaching experience: 1st grade teacher in Memphis, TN through the nationally recognized program Teach For America; associate instructor of guitar and adjunct faculty in School of Public Health at Indiana University; co-founder, faculty and director of publicity and marketing of Porterville Summer Strings in Porterville, CA, an organization focused on providing quality music education to underrepresented youth. Performance experience: recording sessions with Christian singer TLisa; performing and teaching at Stax Records in Memphis, TN; assisted in production of inaugural Indiana Guitar Festival and Competition.
DAWN STEVENS, master faculty, WB
B.M., piano performance, Northwestern University. Studied with: Gui Mombaerts, Donald Isaak. Pedagogical workshops with: piano, Dennis Alexander, Williard Palmer, Lori Bastien, Jane Tan, Ingrid Clairfield; organ, Timothy Nelson, Mary Jane Holstein; accompanying, Lawrence Davis, Paul Kiesgen. Director of music, Newtown Square Presbyterian Church. Teaching experience: private piano studio.
JENNIFER CROWELL STOMBERG, core master faculty, WB & MB
(string department head, cello, Suzuki cello & groups, Cello Choir, chamber music coordinator)
B.M.A., magna cum laude, University of Michigan; M.M., Rice University. Registered Suzuki training: Cello Units 1-5. Member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas. Studied with: Jeffrey Solow, Shirley Trepel, Norman Fischer, Pam Devenport, Alice Vierra, Sally Gross, Jean Dexter, Grace Field. Performance experience: Silver Bay String Quartet, Illinois Symphony and Chamber Orchestra (principal cello), Quincy Symphony (principal cello), North Arkansas Symphony Orchestra (principal cello), Albany Symphony, Delaware Symphony, Houston Ballet Orchestra, Tulsa Philharmonic. Teaching experience: Oral Roberts University, ORU Suzuki Program, Texas Music Festival, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, University of Delaware Community Music School. Jennifer also teaches privately in Dover.
DR. LAWRENCE STOMBERG, WB
B.M., summa cum laude, Rice University; M.M., SUNY-Stony Brook; D.M.A., SUNY-Stony Brook. Studied with Timothy Eddy and Shirley Trepel; chamber music with Gilbert Kalish, Julius Levine, Atar Arad. Teaching experience: University of Delaware (current), Oklahoma State University, Truman State University, Eastern Music Festival. Performance experience: Serafin String Quartet (current); touring recitalist in the United States, China and South America; New Music Delaware; Baltimore and Delaware Symphony Orchestras; Eastern and Tulsa Philharmonic Orchestras; Oklahoma City Philharmonic (Associate Principal). Member: Chamber Music America, American String Teachers Association, College Music Society.
SIMEONE TARTAGLIONE, WB
(orchestral department head, Delaware Youth Symphony Orchestra, piano)
Piano performance (ten-year program), V. Bellini Musical Institute (Italy); Doctor in Philology (Italian literature and musicology), University of Palermo (Italy); Conducting, symphonic and opera (ten-year program) and harmony, fugue, composition, organ, Gregorian Chant (seven-year program), Santa Cecilia Conservatory (Italy); Artist Diploma in conducting, University of Denver; Graduate Performing Diploma in conducting, Peabody Institute. Music Director Newark (DE) Symphony Orchestra, Associate Conductor Mid-Atlantic Symphony.
LAYNE THOMPSON-PAYNE, MB
Studied with: Jerry Helton, Charles Bresslar, Fred Moses, Betty Allen. Performance experience: Texas Bach Choir, Dallas Symphony Chorus and Opera, Opera Carolina, Carolina Voices, Impromptu!, Festival Singers, Vocal Alchemy, Mount Calvary Church (Baltimore), Riverside Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir (Jacksonville, FL), Coastal Symphony of Georgia, Jacksonville Masterworks Chorale.
CHRISTINA VON DUYKE, WB
(violin, Suzuki violin, Delaware Youth Orchestra)
B.M., M.M. (in progress), violin performance, University of Delaware. Registered Suzuki training: Violin Unit 1a. Member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas. Studied with: Xiang Gao, Gerardo Ribeiro, Kate Ransom, Ronda Cole, Linda Fiore, Clorinda Noyes. Teaching experience: graduate assistant at the University of Delaware, strings instructor at the Tatnall School.
HONEY VOSHELL, MB
Performance experience: Glen Miller Orchestra, Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Lionel Hampton, Roy Clark, Loretta Lynn, Patsy Kline, Ink Spots, Al Martino, Bill Haley and the Comets. Performed for over 23 years with The Honeycombs, recording 6 CD’s. Teaching experience: Delaware State University, Wesley College, and multiple instruments at The Drum Pad in Felton, where Honey is the Owner/proprietor.
ELISSA WAGMAN, faculty with distinction, WB
(violin, Suzuki violin, Suzuki viola, groups)
B.M., violin, B.A., history, Rice University; M.M., violin, Eastman School of Music. Registered Suzuki training: Violin Unit 1. Member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas. Studied with: Charles Castleman, Sergiu Luca and Marilyn McDonald. Performance experience: Portland Symphony Orchestra, Springfield Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Grant Park Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. Teaching experience: Winchester Community Music School, Philips Andover Academy, Needham Public Schools, Westminster Conservatory, The Lawrenceville School, The Hun School, University of Rochester, Eastman School of Music, Eastman Community Education Division, Rush-Henrietta School District, The Kinkaid School, Oberlin Conservatory and College.
JENNIFER WAGNER, WB
(Early Childhood music)
B.S., elementary education, University of Delaware; M.S., history, Washington College.
LARRY L. WALKER, MB
(winds, brass, percussion)
B.M., music education in vocal and instrumental music, Peabody Conservatory of Music. Studied with: Ernie Harrison, Wayne Rapier. Additional study: Ithaca College, Tanglewood, University of Florida, University of Delaware. Teaching experience: St. Andrew’s School. Guest teaching: oboe and reed-making classes at local high schools. Adjudicator: Salesianum Jazz Festival with Sammy Nestico and Clem DeRosa. Performance experience: 287th Delaware National Guard Band, jazz bands and big bands on the east coast, Al Santoro, Jimmy Cara, Hal Shiff, Dave Shiff, Gus Parodi. Composed music for “Dead Poets Society” starring Robin Williams.
TOMASZ WALSKI, WB
B.M., piano performance, Academy of Music, Warsaw, Poland; Professional Diploma, Music School of the Second Degree; M.M., piano performance, Temple University.
JOANNE WARD, master faculty, WB
(class voice, Delaware Women's Chorus)
B.M., education, Montclair State College; M.M., voice, West Chester University. Additional studies: extensive training, Orff-Schulwerk methodology; seminars for children's choir at Westminster Choir College. Teaching experience: Pennsville (New Jersey) schools. Frequest guest choral conductor.
JANET WITMAN, WB
(classical and Celtic harp)
B.M., Curtis Institute of Music; graduate studies, University of Western Ontario; Music Education Certification, West Chester University.
STEFAN XHORI, master faculty, MB
B.M., violin performance/education, National Conservatory (Albania). Studied with: Dmitri Levin. Performance experience: assistant concertmaster, Allentown Symphony Orchestra; Reading, Pottstown, Kennett Symphony Orchestras; Pennsylvania Ballet; Philly Pops Orchestra; concertmaster, Gjirokaster Symphony Orchestra. Teaching experience: Allentown Community Music School, Professional High School of Music (Albania).
HIROKO YAMAZAKI, master faculty with distinction, WB
B.M., cum laude, piano performance, M.M., collaborative piano, University of Maryland. Studied with: Rita Sloan, Anne Koscielny, Carol Ann Cahn & Marcantonio Barone. Chamber music coaching: members of the Philadelphia Orchestra & Guarneri String Quartet. Member: Pi Kappa Lambda. Awards: winner, Presser Foundation; 1994 national audition, the Rome Festival; first place winner, 1995 Austrian-American Society Mozarteum Scholarship Competition. Teaching experience: Luzerne Music Center; Aspen Festival (recipient, Chamber Music Teaching Fellowship).
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