instrument and Ensemble Faculty

Sorted alphabetically by Instrument/program

BASSOON

  • Regular
    • Leonard Jay Tinkleman

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

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CHAMBER MUSIC

  • 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.
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    • 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.
  • Special Arrangement
    • Geoffrey Deemer
      Geoffrey Deemer is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music where he was a student of Richard Woodhams. He performs with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, the Academy of Vocal Arts, and Opera Philadelphia, the Amerita Chamber Players and the Dolce Suono Ensemble, and the Philadelphia Orchestra. In addition to performing with classical music luminaries, he has also performed with many stars of the popular music world, including Julie Andrews, Elvis Costello, Ben Folds, Linda Ronstadt, Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull, and Béla Fleck. Geoff can be heard in the soundtrack to the holiday animated film Tom & Jerry’s Mousecracker. Geoff’s teaching experience also includes Franklin & Marshall College and Haverford College.
  • Staff
    • Beth 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. 
    • 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.
    • 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. 
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    • 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.
    • 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.
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    • Viktor Repik
      Viktor Repik graduated from the Tchaikovsky National Music Academy of the Ukraine, under the tutelage of Leonid Perenesienko and Yuri Mazurkevich. After graduation, Viktor performed in the Symphony and Pop Orchestras of the Ukrainian Radio and Television Corporation, and taught violin and chamber music in local schools. Viktor then went on to join as faculty member at the Music Conservatory in Oulu, Finland. Once in the USA, Viktor performed in various orchestras such as the Reading Orchestra, Bucks County Orchestra, and the Delaware Valley Philharmonic. Viktor is also an accomplished accompanist and has served as the accompanist for the Princeton Ballet School.
    • Jean Louise Shook
      Mr. and Mrs. Donald Kardon Distinguished Faculty Chair
      ean 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.
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    • Marka Stepper
      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, and 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.           

  • 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. 
    • Thomas Meany
      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.
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  • Regular

    • 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 Boston 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 major regional ensembles in the Philadelphia area including the Newtown Chamber Orchestra, the Allentown Symphony Orchestra, 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.
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    • 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. 

    • Christof Richter
       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.

       

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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.
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    • Tzu-Hwa Ho (Accompanist)
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    • Benjamin Hoffmann (Accompanist)
    • Bonnie Hoffmann (Accompanist)
    • AnnaLisa Mariani (Choral Assistant)
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  • Regular
    • Caroline Davidson (Accompanist)
    • Karen Mercer (Choir Conductor) 
      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.
    • Suzanne Sweeney (SATB High School Choir)
      Suzanne Sweeney started her musical career actively playing piano in her community and taking classical lessons and jazz classes at the HARTT School of Music.  Following her undergraduate degree in music education and graduate degree in music performance, Suzanne Sweeney played locally and taught for several years in the West Philadelphia area, with experience leading professional development in the Philadelphia School District and the University of Pennsylvania.  She was nominated twice and awarded the Lindback Teaching Award in 2014. She supports teaching her students perseverance, creativity, and expression through music.
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CLARINET AND

SAXOPHONE

  • Associate Staff
    • Lawrence Shusterman (Saxophone/Clarinet)
      Lawrence Shusterman is a graduate of the University of the Arts (formerly Philadelphia Musical Academy), majoring in clarinet and receiving his B.M. in performance, a B.M.E. +30 in Music Education and graduate work in music technology. He has performed with Frank Sinatra, BB King, Temptations, Natalie Cole, Frankie Valli, and many others. He has performed in many venues in the area including local theaters, the Keswick Theatre, and the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. Lawrence has worked with children in Camden, NJ and at Settlement Music School since 2000 and is currently the woodwind instructor for Archbishop Wood HS. His philosophy for teaching and performance is based on personal experience and knowledge gained throughout the years, enabling him to provide each student with the knowledge andtechnical skills needed for success in ensembles of different genres, thus receiving a well rounded and enjoyable musical experience.
  • Regular
    • John Frazier
      John M Frazier, a native of Philadelphia, holds a Master of Music degree in clarinet performance from Temple University where he went on a full scholarship. Teachers include the late Anthony Gigiliotti (Philadelphia Orchestra), George Silfies (St. Louis Symphony) and Ronald Reuben (Philadelphia Orchestra).  He has been on the faculties of Luzerne Music camp where he performed chamber music with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra. He has played with Delaware Symphony, Opera Delaware, Harrisburg Symphony and The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. Mr. Frazier held positions at Ursinus College as well as Temple University and currently is an affiliate artist with Cairn University. He has played with The Lettermen, Van Cliburn and many others, and recorded with members of The Philadelphia Orchestra and worked with such conductors as Alan Gilbert, Lawrence Leighton Smith and Stephen Gunzenhauser. Mr. Frazier resides in Abington, PA with his wife Phyllis, their children Madeleine and John.
    • Edward P. Golaszewski (Clarinet/Saxophone)
      Clarinet study: A. Dell’osa, R. Schmidt, C. Turner, G. Rowe, A. Gigliotti, B. Portnoy, G. Mecoli. 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.
    • Evan Kilgore
      Evan Kilgore is a graduate of the University of the Arts where he received his B.A in saxophone performance. He has had the privilege of studying with Anthony Salicandro, Chris Farr, Mark Allen, Joel Frahm and Larry McKenna. Evan previously taught jazz and classical saxophone as well as clarinet at the Conservatory of the Arts and is currently a woodwind instructor at Music & Arts. Evan is an active freelance musician in the Philadelphia area where he performs various styles including jazz, funk, R&B, and fusion. Evan’s versatility and natural pedagogical understanding of teaching help give his students the tools needed to excel in both music and life.  
    • Louis Kugelman (Saxophone/Clarinet)
      Penn State U., Temple U.
    • Joseph Mancuso (Saxophone/Clarinet)
      Ricker, Kalyn, Mazzeo; Eastman
    • 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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DOUBLE BASS

  • Regular
    • Justin J. Sekelewski (Double Bass/Electric Bass)
      Justin Sekelewski (double bass) is a graduate of the Esther Boyer College of Music at Temple University. Mr. Sekelewski has performed with Terell Stafford, Branford Marsalis, Benny Golson, Joanna Pascale, Jerry Weldon, and many other notable jazz musicians from the Philadelphia area. He has toured nationally and internationally, including appearances at the Hague Jazz Festival and the Detroit Jazz Festival, and performed in such venues as the Kimmel Center, Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Chris’ Jazz Cafe and Ortlieb’s Jazzhaus.

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FLUTE

  • Staff
    • Thomas Meany
      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.
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  • 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.
    • Lawrence Shusterman
      Lawrence Shusterman is a graduate of the University of the Arts (formerly Philadelphia Musical Academy), majoring in clarinet and receiving his B.M. in performance, a B.M.E. +30 in Music Education and graduate work in music technology. He has performed with Frank Sinatra, BB King, Temptations, Natalie Cole, Frankie Valli, and many others. He has performed in many venues in the area including local theaters, the Keswick Theatre, and the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. Lawrence has worked with children in Camden, NJ and at Settlement Music School since 2000 and is currently the woodwind instructor for Archbishop Wood HS. His philosophy for teaching and performance is based on personal experience and knowledge gained throughout the years, enabling him to provide each student with the knowledge andtechnical skills needed for success in ensembles of different genres, thus receiving a well rounded and enjoyable musical experience. 
  • Regular
    • Anne Levinson

      Anne is a graduate of University of the Arts with a Bachelor of Music degree and a Music Education degree. She recently moved back to Philadelphia after having spent the past twenty years in beautiful Arizona and California. While in California, she taught privately and coached flute ensembles for adults and was a member of the professional flute quartet “Flutés dé Salon”, performing on Piccolo, C flute, Alto flute, and Bass flute. She is currently a member of the Philadelphia Flute Quartet. Anne has been teaching flute to all ages for over 30 years. “I love to see the excitement in a child when they make their first sound on the flute and their sense of accomplishment as they improve week by week. I also admire and enjoy teaching adult students. I know how busy their lives can be and I realize they are taking lessons because they enjoy the music and the flute. My goal is to make the lessons fun but also guide students to perform with a beautiful sound and musicality.”

    • Edward P. Golaszewski
      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/Clarinet)
      Ricker, Kalyn, Mazzeo; Eastman
    • 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 Organincludes 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.
    • 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.

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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.
    • 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.
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  • Associate Staff
    • Brendan Evans (Classical, Electric)

      Brendan Evans left his hometown of Rockport, Massachusetts at the age of 13, and has been playing and studying guitar with increasing intensity since then. Four years at Phillips Exeter Academy, where he studied with Bob Squires and Apostolos Paraskevas, led to to four years at the Oberlin Conservatory, where he studied with Steve Aron, which led to two years at the San Francisco Conservatory, where he studied with David Tanenbaum. After graduating in 2008 from the SF Conservatory with a Master’s degree, Brendan went on to win prizes in eight consecutive competitions in the US and Canada, including 1st prizes in the Louisville and Rosario festivals. He plays on a guitar made by David Pace and has taught at Settlement Music School since 2009.
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    • 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.   
  • Regular
    • 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.
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    • Alan Ens (Classical, Electric)
      Alan Ens graduated from the University of the Arts in 2009 with a BM in Jazz guitar performance. His teachers were Mike Kennedy, Matt Davis, and Mike Quaile. He has also had lessons with Jimmy Bruno, Pat Martino, and Tony Miceli while there. Outside of college Alan has studied classical guitar with John Penn. He taught guitar, bass and ran ensembles at the Philadelphia and Cherry Hill schools of rock from 2009-2015. Alan has played rock, jazz, free jazz, folk, funk, and original music in venues and restaurants from NYC to Nashville and has been a pit musician at Society Hill Playhouse. Since 2013 he has also been the live sound mixer for the dueling piano band at the Philadelphia Howl at The Moon, and a production sound mixer for video with SQ Productions out of Cherry Hill, NJ. His most recent musical project is a classical guitar quartet that includes Brendan Evans.
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    • Dan Hanrahan (Classical, Electric)
      Dan Hanrahan has a degree in Jazz Performance from Temple University. Since graduating in 2009, he has been performing regularly as a leader and a sideman at venues such as Chris' Jazz Cafe, Time, The Deer Head Inn, and many others. Dan has worked extensively with many musicians from Philadelphia's jazz scene, and has performed with Larry McKenna, Terell Stafford and Tim Warfield. In addition to performing, Dan maintains a busy schedule as an educator, teaching private lessons, ensembles, and clinics. 
    • 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.
    • James Klales (Classical, Electric)
      Rappaport, Mayes, Segal; SMS
    • Kevin Robinson
    • David Sanders (Classical, Electric)

      Dave Sanders (B.M. Temple University, M.M. Rutgers University) is a jazz guitarist from Philadelphia. He performs regularly in Philadelphia, New York, and Washington D.C., including venues like the Apollo Theater, Dizzy's, the Warner Theater, Twins Jazz Club, Chris's Jazz Cafe, World Cafe Live, the Kimmel Center, the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts, the Steel Stacks, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Barnes, and the Hamilton. He works with a variety of groups, including the Recessionals, the Outside Sound Project, and his own trio. Dave plays a variety of styles from avant-garde jazz to rock and pop and teaches lessons on ukulele and guitar. Dave also occasionally writes for publications like the Ethnomusicology Review, and is currently an Adjunct Professor at Rutgers University Newark.

    • John Udinsky (Classical, Electric)

    • 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.

    • Joshua Zolten

      Joshua Zolten graduated from Belmont University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Music in commercial guitar performance. His Instructors were Stan Lassiter, John Pell, Mario Dasilva, and Robert Thompson. He is also an alumnus of Settlement Music School having studied with William Peters and Luke Honer and in the fall of 2016 he began teaching at Settlement's Kardon Northeast branch. He has also taught guitar students and instructed ensembles at Philadelphia's Clef Club for Jazz and Performing Arts. While living in Nashville Joshua accompanied theatre productions with Circle Players. While there he also performed extensively as a work for hire musician with R&B vocalists. Joshua was a member of the B.B. Kings Blues Club All-Star Band and entertained audiences throughout the Mediterranean and Caribbean seas aboard Holland America Cruise Lines. Since moving back to Philadelphia he has performed with Philadelphia hip-hop artist Freeway. Joshua is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Music Education at Temple University. He performs and teaches Classical, Jazz, R&B, Pop, and Rock guitar styles. He also studies Afro-Cuban Percussion, the Cuban Tres, and Cuban music in general and has visited Cuba to pursue his educational interests. 

       

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HARP

  • Regular
    • Elizabeth Steiner
      Elizabeth Steiner enjoys a busy schedule as a freelance harpist in the Philadelphia area. She has most recently performed as principal harp with the Baltimore Symphony, Delaware Symphony, Lancaster Symphony, Maryland Symphony, and second harp with the Sarasota Orchestra, among others. Elizabeth graduated in 2013 with a Master’s Degree in Harp Performance from the Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University. For her studies at Temple, Elizabeth was awarded the scholarship position of Academic Intern to study under Elizabeth Hainen, Principal Harpist of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Elizabeth earned her Bachelor of Music degree in 2010 from the Cleveland Institute of Music as a student of Yolanda Kondonassis. During Summer 2013, Elizabeth performed in Italy at the Siena Music Festival under Maestros Michael Rossi and J. David Jackson. In past summers she has been a fellowship recipient at the Saratoga Harp Colony in Saratoga Springs, NY and a guest artist and teacher at the Gulf Coast Harp Festival, in Sarasota, FL. In addition to performing, Elizabeth is the Artistic Coordinator for the Lyra Society, a non-profit organization founded by her teacher Elizabeth Hainen in 2004 to commission new works for the harp and provide high quality instruments and instruction for Philadelphia public school students. She is currently the Lyra Society teaching artist for the Philadelphia High School for Girls where she gives a select group of students weekly private lessons. She joined the faculty at Settlement in 2014.

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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 AND

ROCK ENSEMBLES

  • Special Arrangement
    • Tony Miceli

      Internationally renowned vibraphonist Tony Miceli has been performing steadily on the jazz scene since 1980.  In All About Jazz, Vic Schermer describes him as ... “a vibraphonist of astonishing virtuosity, musical resilience, and inventiveness. His vibes playing is nothing short of phenomenal.” Tony Miceli is the consummate versatile musician who is involved in a number of musical projects and recordings. An artist who performs throughout the world, Tony has played in countless jazz festivals, percussion festivals, jazz clubs, colleges, and even prisons. Traveling around the world, he has performed in Spain, Ireland, South Korea, Australia, Canada, Belgium, and Patagonia. Based in Philadelphia, he performs and leads vibraphone workshops throughout the USA including Colorado, North Dakota, Delaware, Idaho, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.

  • Staff
    • Scott Coulter
      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.
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  • Associate Staff
    • William 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.
      Read Bill's #facultyfriday profile
  • Regular
    • Nero Catalano
      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.
      Read Nero's #facultyfriday profile
    • Nasir Dickerson
      Nasir Dickerson holds a Bachelor Degree in Music Performance and a Master’s Degree in Music Education from the University of the Arts. He teaches in the Camden City School District at Creative Arts Morgan Village Academy and earned the District’s Best Teacher of the Year in 2010. He founded Nasir Dickerson and the Renaissance Messengers in 2002 and has performed with the Philadelphia Legends of Jazz Orchestra, Stylistics, Intruders and Urban Guerilla Orchestra, as well as with the CTO World Entertainment Group (Park Avenue), Bounce - The New Evolution, and The Tony Grandberry Project. Nasir’s performing and teaching was also the subject of a public television broadcast that won a Mid-Atlantic Emmy Award in 2011.
    • Alex Kauffman (Jazz)
      Alex Kauffman is a jazz pianist based in Philadelphia. He has been studying piano for 20 years, with his first formal training as a child via the Suzuki method and Taubman technique. He holds a degree in jazz performance from Boyer School of Music, Temple University. Alex plays in Philadelphia regularly, and is both a leader and sideman with two albums under his name featuring all originals and jazz standards. He performs regularly with Tony Miceli, Victor North, John Swana, and Justin Sekelewski. Alex’s love of teaching stems from an understanding that every student has a passion to learn and enjoy playing music, they just have to find the right teacher that connects with them and nurtures, entices, and supports their growth. It is Alex’s passion to connect with every student and ensure they grow while also loving their time playing piano. “What is most fulfilling teaching at Settlement is that I have the opportunity to teach a diverse group of students with diverse musical tastes. The students keep me on my toes, and I feel I learn as much from them as they learn from me.” – Alex Kauffman alexkauffman.co
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    • Michael Liszka
      Michael Liszka earned a bachelor’s degree in jazz performance with a minor in music education from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Since then, he has spent his time playing music all over the east coast. From playing anything from a small restaurant to a venue that holds thousands, Michael has gained experience playing various styles of music including, Jazz, Rock, Hip-hop, Classical and many more. Michael has seen success in his career thus far playing with bands that are signed to major labels and having his music played on many of the most well-known radio stations in the greater Philadelphia area. While his main focus is the drumset and percussion, he has experience playing many other musical instruments including the violin, viola, guitar, bass and piano. Michael has gained a lot of experience in the studio, recording with projects from Philadelphia, New York, and Delaware on both the drumset and violin.
    • David Sanders
      Dave Sanders (B.M. Temple University, M.M. Rutgers University) is a jazz guitarist from Philadelphia. He performs regularly in Philadelphia, New York, and Washington D.C., including venues like the Apollo Theater, Dizzy's, the Warner Theater, Twins Jazz Club, Chris's Jazz Cafe, World Cafe Live, the Kimmel Center, the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts, the Steel Stacks, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Barnes, and the Hamilton. He works with a variety of groups, including the Recessionals, the Outside Sound Project, and his own trio. Dave plays a variety of styles from avant-garde jazz to rock and pop and teaches lessons on ukulele and guitar. Dave also occasionally writes for publications like the Ethnomusicology Review, and is currently an Adjunct Professor at Rutgers University Newark.
    • Justin Sekelewski
      Justin Sekelewski (double bass) is a graduate of the Esther Boyer College of Music at Temple University. Mr. Sekelewski has performed with Terell Stafford, Branford Marsalis, Benny Golson, Joanna Pascale, Jerry Weldon, and many other notable jazz musicians from the Philadelphia area. He has toured nationally and internationally, including appearances at the Hague Jazz Festival and the Detroit Jazz Festival, and performed in such venues as the Kimmel Center, Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Chris’ Jazz Cafe and Ortlieb’s Jazzhaus.
    • John Udinsky

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MUSIC EDUCATION PATHWAYS

  • Staff
    • William 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.
      Read Bill's #facultyfriday profile
  • Associate Staff
    • Anne Parrett (Orchestra)

      Anne Parrett has taught at Settlement since 2014, and currently serves as conductor of orchestras at the Mary Louise Curtis, Germantown, and Willow Grove Branches after a career spanning over 25 years with full and string orchestras in the sunshine state of Florida. Parrett hold Bachelors and Masters degrees in music education from the Florida State University College of Music. arrett’s student groups consistently receive superior marks at assessment events.  She studied conducting under the batons of Phillip Spurgeon, James Byo, Robert Shaw, Harold Farberman, and William LaRue Jones and led the American premiere of French composer Guy St. Claire’s “Phoenix Rising” piano concerto. Her primary cello teachers were Roger Drinkall, Andrew Luchansky and Lubomir Georgiev.  A veteran string teacher, her experience has spanned second grade through 12th, six of those years as director/conductor of orchestras at Dr. Phillips School for the Visual and Performing Arts in Orlando.  She has been fortunate to guest conduct many All County Orchestras across Florida and served on her state and district orchestra association boards.  Parrett most recently accepted invitations to conduct the FMEA All State 9-12 Honors Orchestra and the 2016 Central Florida Cellobration. Performing since the age of 8, she has gathered over 30 years of experience playing in orchestras and chamber ensembles. As a freelance cellist she has worked with rock, pop, and Broadway performers such as Ray Charles, Idina Menzel, Cheap Trick, Marvin Hamlisch, Jon Anderson, and Johnny Mathis and in recording sessions for Carl Fische.

  • Regular
    • Valerie Clayton (Choir Conductor)
    • Natasha Colkett (Violin)
      Natasha Colkett is a freelance violinist and violin teacher in the Philadelphia area. She has been teaching Suzuki and traditional violin lessons at Settlement since 2015, and also teaches group violin classes for Settlement’s Music Education Pathways program. After studying with Lee Snyder at Settlement in high school, Natasha got her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and Violin Performance at Ithaca College in 2007 and her Master’s in Violin Performance at the University of Denver in 2010. She completed her Suzuki certification through Book Six while in Denver and has been teaching lessons to students of all ages ever since. Natasha currently performs with the Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra, the Allentown Symphony, and the Bay-Atlantic Symphony regularly during the year, and during the summer, she plays with the Central City Opera and is a founding member of the Boxwood Ensemble based in Colorado.
    • Michelle Frank (Choir)
      After teaching in Philadelphia for 5 years, Michelle she was chosen to jumpstart the music major at Franklin Learning Center to new levels of excellence as their new vocal music teacher. At FLC and elsewhere, Mrs. Frank has led concert choirs, jazz ensembles, and directed school musicals. A classical singer and former arts administrator, Mrs. Frank has performed leading roles with Opera Philadelphia, Center City Opera Theater, Garden State Opera, Florida State Opera, and ConcertOpera Philadelphia. She also served as Director of Foundation and Government Support and the Director of Development Services at The Curtis Institute of Music, specializing in grant writing, reporting, and relations for Curtis’s foundation and government prospects. Mrs. Frank holds degrees in Accounting, Music, and Theater from Lehigh University, a Master of Music from Florida State University, and a Post-Baccalaureate certificate in Music Education from Eastern University.  Mrs. Frank loves teaching because it gives her the opportunity to share her love of music with the young people of Philadelphia.
    • Jordan Graef (Band, Clarinet and Saxophone)
      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.
    • Patrick Hein (Viola)
    • Agnes Kline (Cello)
    • Louis Kugelman (Band, Clarinet and Saxophone)
    • Anne Levinson (Flute)
    • Dorothy Mackey (Violin)
    • Suzanne Sweeney (Choir)
      Suzanne Sweeney started her musical career actively playing piano in her community and taking classical lessons and jazz classes at the HARTT School of Music.  Following her undergraduate degree in music education and graduate degree in music performance, Suzanne Sweeney played locally and taught for several years in the West Philadelphia area, with experience leading professional development in the Philadelphia School District and the University of Pennsylvania.  She was nominated twice and awarded the Lindback Teaching Award in 2014. She supports teaching her students perseverance, creativity, and expression through music.
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    • Greg Tsafos (Brass)
      Temple U., UCLA
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MUSIC TECHNOLOGY

  • Regular
    • Andrew Thierauf
      Andy Thierauf is a Philadelphia-based percussionist and composer who specializes in the creation and performance of contemporary music. He is particularly interested in combining percussion with theater, dance, and technology. He has appeared in Philadelphia, New York, Boston, Argentina, and across the Midwest at music festivals, conferences, and symposiums. Andy has performed at SEAMUS and PASIC on several occasions and is a member of the PAS Music Technology Committee. Andy is half of stb x at, a dance/percussion duo with dancer and choreographer Sean Thomas Boyt. The ensemble has performed at various universities, art galleries, and non-traditional venues across the Midwest and East coast. A native of Cincinnati, OH, Andy received his B.M. from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, his M.M. from The Ohio State University, and his D.M.A. degree in percussion performance and pedagogy at The University of Iowa under the direction of Dan Moore. He has studied percussion with Rusty Burge, Jim Culley, Allen Otte, Susan Powell and Joe Krygier, and composition with Tom Wells, Marc Ainger, Larry Fritts, and David Gompper.
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MUSICIANSHIP

  • 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. 
    • 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 Musicianship 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. 
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  • Regular
    • Eugene Gelfenson
      Eugene has taught Piano and Music Theory Instructor at Settlement Music School since 2000. He received his Bachelor’s in Music Education with Piano Concentration from Temple University, Esther Boyer College of Music. In addition to teaching Piano, Music Theory, and Choral Accompaniment, he has also played with a premier entertainment company - EBE, Events Beyond Expectations - for the past ten years.
    • 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.
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    • William A. Riley
      New School of Music, Royal School of Church Music
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    • Michael Stambaugh
      Michael Stambaugh is a pianist and composer based in Philadelphia.  He holds a B.M. in Music Theory from the Boyer School of Music at Temple University, where he studied piano with Clipper Erickson, Cathy Liu, and Alexander Fiorillo, and an M.M. in Composition from the University of Delaware, where he studied with Jennifer Margaret Barker and Tyler Capp.  As a composer, Michael has collaborated with numerous local music groups, including multiple seasons with Melomanie and a film score for Relâche's residency at the Penn Museum.  Students who study with Michael can look forward to creating and performing their own music, relevant and thorough applications of music theory, and, of course, having a lot of fun.
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OBOE

  • Staff
    • Beth L. Benson
      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.
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    • Viktor Repik
      Viktor Repik graduated from the Tchaikovsky National Music Academy of the Ukraine, under the tutelage of Leonid Perenesienko and Yuri Mazurkevich. After graduation, Viktor performed in the Symphony and Pop Orchestras of the Ukrainian Radio and Television Corporation, and taught violin and chamber music in local schools. Viktor then went on to join as faculty member at the Music Conservatory in Oulu, Finland. Once in the USA, Viktor performed in various orchestras such as the Reading Orchestra, Bucks County Orchestra, and the Delaware Valley Philharmonic. Viktor is also an accomplished accompanist and has served as the accompanist for the Princeton Ballet School.
  • Associate Staff
    • Anne Parrett
      Anne Parrett has taught at Settlement since 2014, and currently serves as conductor of orchestras at the Mary Louise Curtis, Germantown, and Willow Grove Branches after a career spanning over 25 years with full and string orchestras in the sunshine state of Florida. Parrett hold Bachelors and Masters degrees in music education from the Florida State University College of Music. arrett’s student groups consistently receive superior marks at assessment events.  She studied conducting under the batons of Phillip Spurgeon, James Byo, Robert Shaw, Harold Farberman, and William LaRue Jones and led the American premiere of French composer Guy St. Claire’s “Phoenix Rising” piano concerto. Her primary cello teachers were Roger Drinkall, Andrew Luchansky and Lubomir Georgiev.  A veteran string teacher, her experience has spanned second grade through 12th, six of those years as director/conductor of orchestras at Dr. Phillips School for the Visual and Performing Arts in Orlando.  She has been fortunate to guest conduct many All County Orchestras across Florida and served on her state and district orchestra association boards.  Parrett most recently accepted invitations to conduct the FMEA All State 9-12 Honors Orchestra and the 2016 Central Florida Cellobration. Performing since the age of 8, she has gathered over 30 years of experience playing in orchestras and chamber ensembles. As a freelance cellist she has worked with rock, pop, and Broadway performers such as Ray Charles, Idina Menzell, Cheap Trick, Marvin Hamlisch, Jon Anderson, and Johnny Mathis and in recording sessions for Carl Fische.
  • 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!

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ORGAN

  • Staff
    • McEwan Walters
      Painter; U. Washington, Temple
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  • 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.

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PERCUSSION

  • Staff
    • William 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.
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  • 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.
    • 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
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  • Regular
    • Matthew Kallend

      Matt Kallend has been a part of the Settlement team since 2008.  Along with his Settlement responsibilities, he is assistant band director and percussion instructor at Germantown Academy, in Fort Washington, and maintains an active performing schedule. Matt has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Opera Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania Ballet, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, the Delaware Symphony, the Lancaster Symphony, and many more.  When not teaching and performing, Matt enjoys life at home in Mt. Airy with his wife and three cats, sailing on the high seas on his sailboat Attacca, and watching Chicago Cubs baseball.

    • 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 Delaware 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 Festival, 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.
    • Michael Liskza
      Michael Liszka earned a bachelor’s degree in jazz performance with a minor in music education from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Since then, he has spent his time playing music all over the east coast. From playing anything from a small restaurant to a venue that holds thousands, Michael has gained experience playing various styles of music including, Jazz, Rock, Hip-hop, Classical and many more. Michael has seen success in his career thus far playing with bands that are signed to major labels and having his music played on many of the most well-known radio stations in the greater Philadelphia area. While his main focus is the drumset and percussion, he has experience playing many other musical instruments including the violin, viola, guitar, bass and piano. Michael has gained a lot of experience in the studio, recording with projects from Philadelphia, New York, and Delaware on both the drumset and violin.
    • Andrew Thierauf
      Andy Thierauf is a Philadelphia-based percussionist and composer who specializes in the creation and performance of contemporary music. He is particularly interested in combining percussion with theater, dance, and technology. He has appeared in Philadelphia, New York, Boston, Argentina, and across the Midwest at music festivals, conferences, and symposiums. Andy has performed at SEAMUS and PASIC on several occasions and is a member of the PAS Music Technology Committee. Andy is half of stb x at, a dance/percussion duo with dancer and choreographer Sean Thomas Boyt. The ensemble has performed at various universities, art galleries, and non-traditional venues across the Midwest and East coast. A native of Cincinnati, OH, Andy received his B.M. from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, his M.M. from The Ohio State University, and his D.M.A. degree in percussion performance and pedagogy at The University of Iowa under the direction of Dan Moore. He has studied percussion with Rusty Burge, Jim Culley, Allen Otte, Susan Powell and Joe Krygier, and composition with Tom Wells, Marc Ainger, Larry Fritts, and David Gompper.
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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.
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  • Staff
    • Stephanie Ben-Salem
      A native Philadelphian, Stephanie Ben-Salem began her lessons at the age of four studying with her mother. She continued lessons at the Granoff Music School before coming to Settlement Music School at age 8, where she received numerous awards and scholarships and. at age 14, attained the senior graduate level. She continued her studies with renowned Philadelphia teacher and Curtis Institute graduate Bella Braverman Bookbinder and won the National Federation of Music Clubs' first prize in music at age 17, resulting in numerous performances throughout the US as a soloist and with several orchestras. She received a full academic scholarship to Carnegie Mellon University studying under Eugene List and Natasha Snitkovsky, and later graduated from the Manhattan School of Music in New York City, having studied with Karl Ulrich Schnabel. In 2008, Ms. Ben-Salem had the opportunity to study privately with Maestro Aldo Ciccolini in Europe until his death in 2015. Over the years she has given numerous solo and orchestral performances throughout the United States, Netherlands, England, Greece, France and Italy. Presently, Ms. Ben-Salem has taught piano privately since 1979, and has been a member of the Settlement Music School faculty since 1998. She has had many of her students continue in the field of music as educators and performers, attending first-rate conservatories such as Juilliard, the Manhattan School of Music, Peabody Conservatory, and the Curtis Institute of Music. She currently teaches Adult Theory as well as piano, and performs in various chamber music performances and regularly in a piano duo ensemble.
    • 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.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
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    • Stephen Duffy

      Stephen Duffy is an alumnus of Settlement, having studied with Sandra Carlock and Yolanda Kulik. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance from Oberlin College and Conservatory, where he studied with Prof. Joseph Schwartz. Stephen has studied organ extensively as well and serves as organist at both Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church and Our Lady of Calvary Catholic Church, both in Philadelphia. He also performs as a piano soloist throughout the region and as part of the Cosgrove-Duffy Duo.

    • 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.

    • 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
      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. 
    • 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
      Ann Stookey and Joseph W. Waz, Jr. Distinguished Faculty Chair
      Polakof, Dilles; Sokovnin, Special Music School (Kishinev), State Music College, State Music Conservatory (Moldova)
    • 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
      Robert Capanna Musicianship 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. 
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    • 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.
    • 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. 
    • Nataly Snipelishsky
      Nataly Snipelishsky received a Master’s Degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the Moldova Institute of the Arts where she won regional performance competitions.  Beginning in 1998, Nataly joined the piano faculty as a teacher and accompanist at multiple branches of Settlement Music School.  As more of her students auditioned successfully for scholarships and won piano competitions, she was promoted to Staff status and continues to teach at Willow Grove and Wynnefield Branches.  Fluent in Russian and English, Nataly is also an active chamber musician and performs with violinists, singers and in piano four-hand ensembles professionally.
    • 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.
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    • Larisa Yanovitsky
      Larisa Yanovitsky, born in Leningrad (St. Petersburg), studied at the prestigious Leningrad Conservatory under the tutelage of Professor Vera Razumovskaya, one of the exemplary teachers in Russia. Upon graduation, Larisa began teaching children at several district music schools, as well as adults at the Institute of Culture, now the St. Petersburg University of Culture.  Teaching is her passion, which she has passed to many of her students, who now teach in Russia, as well as Germany, Israel, and the United States.  The most accomplished of her many students is her son, Mikhail Yanovitsky, a Steinway artist, a winner of numerous competitions, a concertizing pianist, who is also on the piano faculty of Temple University.  Upon arrival in the United States, Larisa continued her teaching career. For the past twenty years, she has been a part of the Settlement Music School piano faculty, and has an extensive private studio.  Her most motivated students continued professional musical training at universities and conservatories, such as Manhattan School of Music, the University of Pennsylvania, and many others.        
  • Associate Staff
    • 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.
    • Teresa B. Cappello
      Beck, Voois, Behrend; SMS, West Chester U., Hahnemann/Drexel U.
    • 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. 
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    • Benjamin Hoffmann
      Newbrough, Karpoff, Kim; Houghton; Syracuse
    • Bonnie Hoffmann
      Carlock, Newbrough; SMS, Houghton College
    • Eileen Liebowitz
      Engel, Hinderas; SMS
    • McEwan Walters
      Painter; U. Washington, Temple
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  • Regular
    • 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
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    • 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. 

      Norman Carter received the B. Mus degree in applied piano from Houghton College in 1975 and the M.M. degree in Piano Performance from the Yale School of Music in 1977.  His private teachers were C. Nolan Huizenga, Jane MacMahon Allen, Donald Currier, and Ward Davenny and he performed in master classes taught by Murray Perahia, Arthur Balsam, and Claude Frank.  He has been on the piano faculty both of Houghton College in Houghton, NY, and of Cairn University in Langhorne, PA.  He has taught piano privately in his home for many years and has been involved in local church music ministries as accompanist, soloist, and choir director.  Currently he accompanies choirs and soloists at Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia.  He has performed as soloist with local orchestras including the Haddonfield Symphony, Bucks County Symphony, Delaware Valley Philharmonic, and Rose Tree Pops. He regularly accompanies soloists for master classes and competitions in the Philadelphia metropolitan area.

    • 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.

    • Eva Dorman
      Pianist Eva Dorman holds a Bachelor of Music from Wheaton College Conservatory in Wheaton, IL. Eva grew up in rural Maine and began studying classical piano at the age of five under Joan Torno. Her private instructors have also included Dr. Gerald Wheeler, Dr. Daniel Paul Horn, and Alexander Djordjevic. Eva has experience as a music teacher in a number of settings including private lessons, music workshops, as well as classroom choral, theory, and music history lessons. She particularly enjoys performing in chamber music groups and her favorite composers are J. S. Bach, Frédéric Chopin, and Arvo Pärt. Eva believes it is important that students have an individualized and comprehensive musical education that encourages creativity. 
    • 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.
    • Beiling Li Foss
    • Gladys Ann Foster
      Phila. Col. of Perf. Arts, Temple U.
    • Monica Frank
      Monica Frank began teaching piano lessons in middle school, and since then has been dedicated to honing her abilities both as a performer and educator. Monica attended West Chester University of Pennsylvania for her undergraduate studies in classical piano performance, beginning in 2010. During her time there under the tutelage of Dr. Terry Klinefelter, she won three performance-based scholarships and enjoyed many opportunities to play, which included master classes taught by notable pianists (including Brian Ganz, Dmitry Rachmanov, Seymour Bernstein, and Ann Schein), competitions, keyboard honors recitals, and orchestral concerts. Monica also maintained a private teaching studio, working with J 0-J 5 students a week. Shortly after graduating magna cum laude, she won the Jacobs Music Steinway Award, a prize given to outstanding collegiate pianists, as a result of a nomination by her West Chester professors. Monica then started her master's degree, also in classical piano performance, at the Manhattan School of Music in 2014, studying with Dr. Joanne Polk. Monica performed in solo recitals, competitions, and chamber music festivals at MSM, and worked as an accompanist with other musicians as well, while gaining experience as a competition adjudicator, hearing young pianists perform, and offering constructive criticism. She graduated summa cum laude in 2016.
    • Eugene Gelfenson
      ugene has taught Piano and Music Theory Instructor at Settlement Music School since 2000. He received his Bachelor’s in Music Education with Piano Concentration from Temple University, Esther Boyer College of Music. In addition to teaching Piano, Music Theory, and Choral Accompaniment, he has also played with a premier entertainment company - EBE, Events Beyond Expectations - for the past ten years.
    • Erika Gingery
      Erika Gingery earned her Masters of Music degree in Piano Pedagogy from Texas Christian University under the instruction of Dr. Ann Gipson. Erika has taught beginner through advanced levels of piano to children and adults in private and group lesson settings since 2011, but she has also maintained an active performance schedule. During graduate school, she accompanied student recitals and performed as pianist with the TCU Wind Symphony. In 2014 Erika graduated with her Bachelors of Music in Piano Pedagogy from Bob Jones University, where she also performed with the Bob Jones University Symphonic Wind Band as a percussionist. Erika is actively teaching and is involved in accompanying and performing. She is a current MTNA member and desires to share her love for music with her students at Settlement Music School. 

    • Mark Greer
      Pianist and composer Mark Greer completed his Master of Music Degree in piano performance at Kent State University, and his Bachelor of Music Degree, magna cum laude, from Bowling Green State University, where he was the recipient of the College of Music’s Steve Vun Cannon Memorial Award. Major teachers include Paul Alberts, Laura Melton, Jane Solose, and Jerry Wong. Awards and honors include 1st Prize in the state finals of the OMTA Collegiate Buckeye Competition, Prizewinner in the Tuesday Musical Competition, Honors in the OMTA Graves Young Artist Competitions, and Finalist in the Bowling Green State University Piano Concerto and Marjorie Conrad Art Song Competitions.  
    • Tzu-Hwa Ho
      Dr. Tzu-Hwa Ho began playing piano at the age of four. At fourteen, she made her concerto debut in the City Hall of Salerno, Italy, and at sixteen, she gave her first solo recital in Taipei. She moved from Taiwan to the United States as one of only two exchange students selected to the United States from the National Taiwan Normal University. Ms. Ho is an alumna of National Taiwan Normal University, the University of Missouri in St. Louis, Northwestern University, and the University of Kansas. Teachers she has studied with include Alexander Sung, Alla Voskoboynikova, Alan Chow, and Jack Winerock, and she has studied collaborative piano with pedagogues such as Elizabeth Buccheri and Alan Darling, and participated in master classes taught by Warren Jones, Martin Katz, Russell Miller, and Roger Vignoles. She has performed in international festivals such as Festival Pablo Casals (France), Conservatoire Américain de Fontainebleau (France), the Dartington International Summer Music School (England), and the International Piano Seminar in Obidos (Portugal). At these festivals, she had the opportunity to study with highly sought after piano pedagogues and concert pianists such as Philippe Bianconi, Jay Gottlieb, Philippe Entremont, Natalya Antonova, Boris Berman, and Luiz de Moura Castro. More information available at her website.
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    • Jennifer Juang
      Azusa Pacific U.
    • Alex Kauffman (Jazz)
      Alex Kauffman is a jazz pianist based in Philadelphia. He has been studying piano for 20 years, with his first formal training as a child via the Suzuki method and Taubman technique. He holds a degree in jazz performance from Boyer School of Music, Temple University. Alex plays in Philadelphia regularly, and is both a leader and sideman with two albums under his name featuring all originals and jazz standards. He performs regularly with Tony Miceli, Victor North, John Swana, and Justin Sekelewski. Alex’s love of teaching stems from an understanding that every student has a passion to learn and enjoy playing music, they just have to find the right teacher that connects with them and nurtures, entices, and supports their growth. It is Alex’s passion to connect with every student and ensure they grow while also loving their time playing piano. “What is most fulfilling teaching at Settlement is that I have the opportunity to teach a diverse group of students with diverse musical tastes. The students keep me on my toes. I feel I learn as much from them as they learn from me.” alexkauffman.com
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    • Tamara Palmer
    • Alex Posmontier (Jazz)

    • 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. 

    • 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.
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    • Michael Stambaugh
      Michael Stambaugh is a pianist and composer based in Philadelphia.  He holds a B.M. in Music Theory from the Boyer School of Music at Temple University, where he studied piano with Clipper Erickson, Cathy Liu, and Alexander Fiorillo, and an M.M. in Composition from the University of Delaware, where he studied with Jennifer Margaret Barker and Tyler Capp.  As a composer, Michael has collaborated with numerous local music groups, including multiple seasons with Melomanie and a film score for Relâche's residency at the Penn Museum.  Students who study with Michael can look forward to creating and performing their own music, relevant and thorough applications of music theory, and, of course, having a lot of fun.
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    • 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.
    • JordanLaurelle Timchal
      Born just outside of Philadelphia, classical pianist JordanLaurelle Timchal is an active performing soloist, collaborative pianist, and teacher. She attended Westminster Choir College and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance, Pedagogy, and Collaborative Arts, then went on to complete a Masters of Music Degree in Piano Performance at West Chester University, studying under Dr. Carl Cranmer, winning several awards and performing frequently throughout her studies.  Some of her former teachers include David Auldon Brown, Phyllis Lehrer, and Kristina Tanner, graduates of Curtis, Julliard, and Peabody.  JordanLaurelle has enjoyed sharing the gift of music with the students in her private studio for the past 9 years, and recently began teaching at Settlement as well. In addition to teaching, she also accompanies vocalists, instrumentalists, and choirs, is the music director and pianist for a local church congregation, and performs as a soloist for concerts and special events.  She strongly believes that musical training should be holistic, not just focusing on strong reading, technique, and rhythm, but also including music theory, history, and literature, so that students can have a deeper understanding and enjoyment of music.  She uses this well-rounded teaching approach and her strong background in piano pedagogy to help students become well-equipped for wherever their musical studies may take them.

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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.
    • Paul Futer
      Paul Futer began his career in music as an undergraduate at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. In 2009, Mr. Futer won a position with the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra in Kentucky. Upon receiving a Bachelor of Music degree in trumpet performance, he pursued graduate studies at the Yale School of Music. Over the course of his graduate study at Yale, Mr. Futer was a teaching artist at John C. Daniels Magnet School. He has performed master classes at many institutions, including the University of Georgia, Hopkins School, as well as Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School in New Haven, Connecticut. In July of 2013, he was appointed Music Director of the brass choir for the University of Georgia Summer Music Camp. Mr. Futer is currently pursuing the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Temple University, where he is a student of David Bilger, the Principal Trumpet of the Philadelphia Orchestra.
    • Greg Tsafos
      Temple U., UCLA
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    • Emily Waltz

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TROMBONE AND

TUBA

  • 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.
    • 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.
    • Greg Tsafos
      Temple U., UCLA
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VIOLIN AND

VIOLA

  • Special Arrangement Staff
    • Lee Snyder
      Arthur Judson Distinguished Faculty Chair
      Lee Snyder received his Bachelors Degree from the Oberlin Conservatory where he studied with Stuart Canin (Paganini Competition winner). He earned two Master's Degrees-one from Juilliard School while studying with Ivan Galamian and Dorothy Delay and the other from State University of New York at Stony Brook. He was a member of the American Symphony under Leopold Stokowski and the Chamber Symphony of Philadelphia under Anshel Brusilow. He has concertized in the US, Germany, and Central America. He has also performed concerti with several of the local orchestras. For many years, Mr. Snyder was a member of the Alverthorp Trio. As a teacher Snyder has had nine students perform as soloists with the Philadelphia Orchestra as well as having many students win the local community orchestra solo competitions. Two of his former students are presently members of the Philadelphia Orchestra while others have graduated from the Curtis Institute, the Juilliard School of Music, Eastman, Cleveland Institute of Music, Peabody, and others. His students have positions in other major orchestra and there are a number of former students on the Settlement Music School faculty.
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    • Kimberly Fisher
      Kimberly Fisher joined The Philadelphia Orchestra in 1992 and has served as principal second violin since 2002. She has appeared as soloist with numerous orchestras including The Philadelphia Orchestra, the Vancouver Symphony, and the Victoria Symphony. As recitalist and chamber musician she has performed across the United States and Canada, and in England, Spain, France, Germany, Japan, China, Vietnam, and Argentina.Her teachers included her father, Lawrence Fisher; Yumi Ninomiya-Scott; Aaron Rosand; David Cerone; and Jascha Brodsky. In 1997 Ms. Fisher co-founded the Philadelphia International Music Festival (PIMF), a highly successful summer music program in residence at Bryn Mawr College, to encourage and inspire musicians of all levels. Originally just for string players, the Festival now includes all symphonic instruments plus piano, and features innovative specialty programs to help students prepare for auditions, improve practice, and address performance issues. PIMF includes students of all ages and all levels who attend from around the world to study privately with musicians of The Philadelphia Orchestra. Ms. Fisher is an active pedagogue whose students have performed as soloists with major orchestras, attended distinguished music conservatories, performed as members of professional orchestras, and won many awards and competitions. Her energetic, communicative teaching style has led to invitations to present master classes, lessons, and seminars around the world.
  • 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. 
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    • Monique R. Johnson (Suzuki)
      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.
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    • 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 Boston 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 major regional ensembles in the Philadelphia area including the Newtown Chamber Orchestra, the Allentown Symphony Orchestra, 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.
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    • AnnaLisa Mariani (Suzuki)
      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. 
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    • Viktor Repik (Viola)
      Viktor Repik graduated from the Tchaikovsky National Music Academy of the Ukraine, under the tutelage of Leonid Perenesienko and Yuri Mazurkevich. After graduation, Viktor performed in the Symphony and Pop Orchestras of the Ukrainian Radio and Television Corporation, and taught violin and chamber music in local schools. Viktor then went on to join as faculty member at the Music Conservatory in Oulu, Finland. Once in the USA, Viktor performed in various orchestras such as the Reading Orchestra, Bucks County Orchestra, and the Delaware Valley Philharmonic. Viktor is also an accomplished accompanist and has served as the accompanist for the Princeton Ballet School.
    • Jean Louise Shook
      Mr. and Mrs. Donald Kardon Distinguished Faculty Chair
      ean 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.
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    • 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. 
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  • Associate Staff
    • Fran Berge (Violin, Viola)
      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
    • 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.
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    • Emilie Park
      Snyder; SMS, Philadelphia Biblical Coll.
    • Noah Julian Sedgwick
      Shook, Richter, Snyder; SMS, Boston Cons.
    • Nina Willbach
      Ithaca Suzuki Institute, Temple U., Bard College, University of Hyderbad
    • 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
    • Ardian Cani (Suzuki)
      Koco, Edgett; High Institute of Arts of Tirana-Albania
    • Natasha Colkett
      Natasha Colkett is a freelance violinist and violin teacher in the Philadelphia area. She has been teaching Suzuki and traditional violin lessons at Settlement since 2015, and also teaches group violin classes for Settlement’s Music Education Pathways program. After studying with Lee Snyder at Settlement in high school, Natasha got her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and Violin Performance at Ithaca College in 2007 and her Master’s in Violin Performance at the University of Denver in 2010. She completed her Suzuki certification through Book Six while in Denver and has been teaching lessons to students of all ages ever since. Natasha currently performs with the Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra, the Allentown Symphony, and the Bay-Atlantic Symphony regularly during the year, and during the summer, she plays with the Central City Opera and is a founding member of the Boxwood Ensemble based in Colorado.
    • Margaret Dziekonski
      Margaret Dziekonski has performed across Europe, the United States and Australia as both soloist and chamber musician. She has given concerti with British and American orchestras – including Pennsylvania's own Kennett Symphony – and performed at London's Wigmore Hall, King's Place, St Martin in the Fields, St James' Piccadilly and St Peter's Eaton Square. An avid chamber musician, Dziekonski has given concerts alongside great international artists, including Valentin Erben, Hartmut Rohde and Gwyneth Wentink. Chamber music festivals abroad include The Cully Classique Festival VIS-À-VIS (Switzerland), The Camilleri Festival (Malta) and The Crossroads Festival/Tour (Australia). Dziekonski completed her master's studies at the Royal Academy of Music, London, under Tomotada Soh, graduating with distinction. She also holds an undergraduate degree with honors from the same institution. Dziekonski's early formative studies were with Lee Snyder, with whom she studied for twelve years. She has received chamber music coaching from Thomas Brandis, Christoph Richter, Paul Watkins, Roger Tapping, Levon Chilingirian, Simon Rowland-Jones, Martin Outram, and Garfield Jackson, among others. Dziekonski plays a 1703 J.B. Rogeri, generously on loan from The Maestro Foundation.
    • 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.
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    • 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.
    • Suhae Lee
      Suhae Lee was born in South Korea, and started to play the violin at the age of six.  During her study in Busan High School of Arts, she moved to Russia and studied at the St. Petersburg Conservatory where she received her Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees under professor Bladimir Yu. Ovcharek.  Upon graduation, she moved to Europe and studied further under Ilya Grubert.  After winning the Grand Prix Award in the 2002 IBLA Grand Prize in Italy, she was invited to Carnegie Hall and in England.  As a soloist, she performed with the Los Angeles Youth Orchestra (Walt Disney Concert Hall), Moscow Symphony Orchestra, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, St. Petersburg Capella Symphony Orchestra, TPK Symphony Orchestra, St. Petersburg State Conservatory Symphony Orchestra, Hermitage State Orchestra, KBS Orchestra, Korea Philharmonic Orchestra,  Busan Symphony Orchestra and Romania Ploiesti Orchestra. 
    • Joyce Lin
      Joyce Lin is Orff Pedagogy-certified and specializes in working with students between the ages of 3 and 13 as well as advanced high school students. Inspired by Shirley Givens of the Juilliard School’s style of teaching, she builds a solid musical foundation for her students and has enabled past pupils to attain concertmaster seats and honors in orchestra auditions and the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music exam. Lin graduated magna cum laude from Carnegie Mellon University studying under Cyrus Forough (student of David Oistrakh, Arthur Grumiaux, and Josef Gingold). Trained in the US and China, under a Philadelphia Orchestra member and multiple Shanghai Conservatory faculty, her technique represents a Russian and Franco-Belgium school of violin playing. She debuted at Carnegie Hall at age 17 with the Mid-America Production National Orchestra and won the Silberman Chamber Music Competition. She has also recorded two Contemporary Christian Music albums and toured internationally.
    • Inna Nedorezov (Suzuki, Viola)
      Leningrad Cons., Rimsky-Korsakov Col.
    • Christof Richter
      Libove, McDonald, Ritchie; Peabody, Oberlin 

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VOICE

  • Special Arrangement
    • Reginald Pindell
      Baritone Reginald Pindell is a versatile artist who represents a broad and diverse repertoire that ranges from standard classical to popular works. He has performed as soloist with the orchestras of Chicago, Baltimore, Detroit, Philadelphia, and Cincinnati, and has worked with conductors that include Robert Shaw, David Zinman, Sarah Caldwell, Peter Nero, and Erich Kunzel. He has sung with the Houston Grand Opera and New York City Opera and has sung internationally in Bermuda, France, Germany, Switzerland, Luxembourg Russia, Italy, China and Japan. Past season highlights include performances: "The Eternal Road" by Kurt Weill with the American Symphony Orchestra at Lincoln Center, New York City Center's Encore Series production and recording of "St. Louis Woman," Porgy and Bess concert version at the 2002 Beijing International Music Festival and soloist with New York Choral artist at Notre dame cathedral in Paris. He is also featured on the recording of Kurt Weill’s "Lost in the Stars" with Julius Rudel conducting. He is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory of Music and The Curtis Institute of Music. He has taught at the Morgan State University and presently is on the faculty of the University of the Arts and Settlement Music School in Philadelphia.
  • 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.
  • Associate Staff
    • Sharon Neff

      Sharon Neff holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from Houghton College and a Master of Music Degree from Eastman School of Music.  Previous teaching jobs include Gloucester County Christian School (2005-2016) and The Conservatory of Music and Dance (2013-2014).  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 Delaware Valley Opera, Opera New Jersey, Main Line Opera, and the New York Lyric Opera Theatre.  She has also been featured as a church soloist throughout the South Jersey and Philadelphia areas.  

    • 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
    • Laura Marshall
    • 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.
    • Sharon Rhinesmith   

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