Sean Arawjo (Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Ukulele, Recorder) Sean Arawjo is a Flutist, Teacher, and Composer living in Chester County who has very diverse musical tastes. With a Master’s in Flute Performance from New York University and a Bachelor’s in Music Theory and Composition from West Chester University, he specializes in new music and extended techniques while also holding on to a love of traditional solo and orchestral repertoire. Sean studied flute under Robert Dick at NYU where he also taught a studio of undergraduate students. At WCU he studied flute with Kimberly Reighley. Sean has been studying woodwinds for 18 years and in the past 8 years of teaching has had the pleasure of instructing students ranging from 6 to 93 years old on a variety of instruments. Sean has also been involved in the Ska music scene for the past 10 years and plays Flute and Tenor Sax in a ska band called Slightly Askew, along with several other eclectic ensembles. As a teacher, Sean always stresses the importance of fundamentals but especially enjoys helping students bring their music to life.
Sean is available during the academic year on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
David Auldon Brown (Piano) M.M. Composition, Curtis Institute of Music; B.M. Piano Performance, Curtis Institute of Music. Studied with: Rudolf Serkin, Mieczslaw Horszowski, composer Myron Fink. First Prize winner, National Merriweather Post Competition; Bloch Award; two grants, Philadelphia Friends of Fine Arts. Soloist with Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia, Delaware, Lancaster, National and Utah Symphony Orchestras. Teaching experience: University of DE, West Chester State University, Snow-bird Summer Arts Institute (UT). Students have included winners of national and international competitions.
Cynthia Campetti (Violin) B.M. Violin Performance, Curtis Institute of Music. Teachers: Jascha Brodsky and Ivan Galamian. Former Member of: Philadelphia Orchestra, Philadelphia Opera Orchestra, Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra, Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia. Teaching experience: The Music School of Delaware, Community Music School, Eastern University. Teaching privately for over 30 years. Cindy’s goal is to maximize the musical potential of each individual student and pass on the musical legacy that has been given to her. (Accepts students by audition only)
Cynthia is available during the academic year on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays.
Natalie Chang (Piano) M.M. Piano Pedagogy, West Chester University; B.M. Keyboard Performance (Magna Cum Laude), West Chester University. Studied with: Dr. Richard Veleta, Ellen Mack (Peabody Conservatory of Music), Keiko Sato (Curtis Institute of Music), Madeline Bruser (Manhattan School of Music Extension), Judith Barnett (Alexander Technique of Relaxation at West Chester University). Accompanist for Korean United Church of Philadelphia. Natalie strives to instill musicianship in her students and inspire them to develop an understanding of music and the imagination to reach higher goals. (Accepts students by audition only)
Natalie is available during the academic year on Mondays.
Sarah Clemency (Voice and Piano) Sarah has her B.A. in music and theater from Monmouth University. Her concentration was in voice. She took many courses in education and childhood psychology. Sarah has been teaching vocal and piano lessons for over seven years. Currently, she is a performer at the Philly Improv Theater and teaches for the kids and teens program. She also performs for StoryUp, which is an interactive children’s theater. Sarah approaches every student differently to fit their way of learning to maximize creativity and progress.
Sarah is available during the academic year on Fridays.
Kevin Cope (Guitar, Suzuki) M.M. Guitar Performance, University of Delaware; M.M. Composition, University of Delaware; B.A. Music, Bloomsburg University. Holds Suzuki Guitar Book 1, 2 & 3 training. Studied classical guitar with: Matthew Slotkin and Christiaan Taggart. Studied composition with: Patrick Long, Andrew Bleckner and Jennifer Margaret Barker. Original compositions published through Edition Baraszewski. Recently awarded the title of 2015 Established Professional in Music Composition from Delaware Division of the Arts.
Kevin is available during the academic year on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Josh Cote (Trumpet, French Horn) A native of Chicago IL, Josh Cote is an experienced orchestral, chamber, and solo performer. Josh joined the Sarasota Orchestra in 2017 as Fourth Horn and has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra and New World Symphony. Josh received his undergraduate degree from Southern Methodist University in 2012, where he studied with Greg Hustis, former principal horn of the Dallas Symphony. He received a Performance Studies Certificate degree in Horn Performance from The Colburn School in 2015, where he studied with Andrew Bain, principal horn of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Josh spend the next two years as one of the New World Symphony’s horn fellows performing under music director Michael Tilson Thomas. Josh has been awarded fellowships to the Tanglewood Music Center, Festival Mozaic, Pacific Music Festival, Spoleto Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, National Repertory Orchestra, and National Orchestral Institute. Josh is now performing in the Philadelphia area where to he recently moved to be with his wife.
Josh is available during the academic year on Wednesdays.
Jacqueline Dunleavy (Voice) B.A. Temple University; M.M. in Voice and Pedagogy, Westminster Choir College; Performances with Opera Company of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Singers, Philadelphia Orchestra, Philadelphia Youth Orchestra; Professional chorister and cantor at the Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter & Paul in Philadelphia. Jacqueline emphasizes a traditional vocal pedagogy geared toward the level of the student, incorporating classical and musical theater repertoire.
Jacqueline is available during the academic year on Wednesdays.
Jennifer Fisher (Piano) Jennifer has a Music degree from Eastern University and a Music Therapy degree from Immaculata. She has been working with children for 6-7 years, teaching music classes (including Darlington Preschool) and private piano lessons. She is also a board certified Music Therapist. She loves being at Darlington and is looking forward to providing wonderful music experiences for the children that come through the doors!
Jennifer is available during the academic year on Thursdays and Saturdays.
Yeliza Aleman Gaetan (cello) Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Yeliza is a celebrated cellist both in the United States and in her home country. She has participated in regional and national Symphony Orchestras competitions in Puerto Rico including the Interharmony Music Festival (Germany), FOSJA (Festival de Orquestas Sinfonicas de las Americas), and Dali String Quartet Camp.
Yeliza has been a Suzuki String Method certified teacher for over 10 years. She graduated magna cum laude from Temple University with a Bachelor of Music and Cello Performance concentration. As a member of the Temple University Symphony Orchestra, she performed at Carnegie Hall and the Kimmel Center. Her master class teachers include Jeffrey Solow, Jesús Morales Matos, Luis Miguel Rojas (Principal Cellist PRSO), Fermin Segarra, Dr. Lawrence Stomberg, Rosalyn Ianelly (Assistant Principal PRSO), Misha Quint, and Petr Nouzovský among others. Yeliza completed her Master’s Degree in cello performance at the University of Delaware. While there, she was the principal cellist with the UD Symphony Orchestra, collaborated with the UD Wind Ensemble, chamber music ensembles, and taught the string methods class.
Yeliza is available during the academic year on Mondays.
Sarah Gober (Piano) is a collaborative pianist with a strong passion for teaching and forming partnerships with other creative expressive musicians. She obtained a Masters degree in Piano Accompanying /Opera Coaching from Temple University and a BA in Piano Performance from West Chester University. Sarah teaches piano and accompanies instrumental and vocal students from the University of Delaware and West Chester University. She serves as choral director at Calvary Baptist Church in Newark, DE and is also an active music director and accompanist for local community organizations including Bravo Theatre Company, The Brandywine Singers, and The Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Chester County. She strongly believes in balancing the technical, the musical, and the expressive aspects of the music to communicate an authentic rendition.
Sarah is available during the academic year on Tuesdays.
Bette Halberg (Piano) B. M. Music Education, Piano, Florida State University. M.A. Music, Florida State University (Primary areas of study: piano and choral music education). Extensive work as a teacher in piano and choral music, accompanist and church musician in the Orlando, Florida area. Currently working in these areas in the Philadelphia region. Bette believes that the study and performance of music can be tremendously important in the lives of all persons at all ages. She believes that the key to success is careful, thoughtful practice. Music has always been a great passion in her life and she loves sharing it with others.
Bette is available during the academic year on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Saturdays.
Lingchin Liao (Violin, Suzuki, Early Childhood Music) M.M. and Professional Studies in Violin Performance, Temple University; B.M. Music Education and Violin Performance, National Taiwan Normal University. Studied violin with: Helen Kwalwasser. Additional training: Suzuki violin and Gordon Institute for Music Learning Theory. Orchestral experience: Haddonfield Symphony Orchestra, Taipei City Symphony Orchestra. Teaching experience: The Music School of Delaware, Cairn University, Temple University Music Prep and Trevose Day School.
Lingchin is available during the academic year on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays.
Rachel Massey (Violin, viola) A student of Yumi Hwang-Williams, Sally O’Reilly, Joey Corpus, and Mark Lakirovich, Rachel Massey graduated from Denver School of the Arts as a violin major and continued her studies in violin and viola at Denver University and Longy School of Music. She has played under the direction of noted conductors David Zinman, Julius Rudel, and Michael Stern at the Aspen Music Festival, James DePriest at the Las Vegas Music Festival, and, most recently, Benjamin Zander as a member of the Boston Philharmonic. She has performed by invitation at Music on the Rhine in Dusseldorf, Germany, Aspen Music Festival, and on viola at the Las Vegas Music Festival. She is currently a member of Prometheus, a self-conducted string orchestra in residence at Philadelphia’s Church of the Advocate.
Rachel’s repertoire also reaches beyond classical music, with recent projects including performances of jazz and traditional fiddle styles throughout the Boston area with Driftwood Duet, and a 2015 recording with Ran Blake, the founding chair of New England Conservatory’s Department of Contemporary Improvisation, titled “Ghost Tones.”
Rachel is available during the academic year on Wednesdays.
John McElderry (Guitar) John is a graduate of Penn State University and Berklee College of Music and currently lives in Wilmington, DE. He has received the Globalmuse.com Elite Artist Award and was honored at the New England Songwriters Series as a performer. John has experience instructing guitar, mandolin, and pop/rock vocal building.
John is available during the academic year on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Ethel Olsen (Piano, Theory, Suzuki) B.A., Edison State College; graduate studies, Westminster Choir College and Rowan College; Suzuki Piano Training, School for Strings, NY; Music Mind Games, trained with Michiko Yurko. Teachers: Béla Nagy, Steven Romanio, Yoheved Kaplinsky, Jacques Voois. Teaching experience: The Music School of Delaware, Westminster College Piano Preparatory Department, St. Andrew’s School. Ethel enjoys teaching students of all ages, abilities, and challenges.
Ethel is available during the academic year on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.
Brigette ReDavid (Piano) Brigette ReDavid has taught piano, electronic keyboard and guitar as the Director of Musical Education at Lowery Music, Waldron Mercy Academy, at Delaware County Community College, B & N Piano, and privately. She studied piano at Neumann University where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree and New York University where she earned her Master of Fine Arts Degree. Currently, Brigette is working to bring her musical Indigestible Companions to the stage in Philadelphia in 2017.
Brigette is available during the academic year on Mondays and Saturdays.
Skip Rohrich (Percussion/Chamber Music) B.M. Jazz Studies, Indiana University. Additional Training at Berklee College of Music and Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Classical and Jazz Percussion. Studied with: George Gaber, Michael Rosen, Duncan Patton and Barry Altschul. Awards: 2007 Artist Fellow, Delaware Division of the Arts. Teaching experience: University of Delaware Community Music School and other community music schools. Skip enjoys customizing his teaching style and lessons to his individual students.
Skip is available during the academic year on Tuesdays.
Tina Simon (Piano/Suzuki Piano) Before graduating as a piano performance major from University of the Arts, Tina discovered she had a gift to teach and inspire students. Her approach is developing the whole person through the art of music performance and music appreciation.
Tina has studied performance with Louis Kazze, Sylvia Glickman and Donn-Alexandre Feder, piano wellness with Sheila Paige, and pedagogy with Haruko Kataoka. She enjoys a vibrant career as a music educator and has been teaching beginning through advanced levels at music schools throughout PA and New Jersey for over 30 years.
With training in Kindermusik® and Suzuki Piano Method, Tina has great success with young learners. Her students have participated in competitions at West Chester University and a variety of other venues. Tina also performs as a soloist and accompanist, performing recently at the Kimmel Center for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Concerts of Excellence.
Tina is available during the academic year on Wednesdays.
Geri Smith (Piano, Voice) B. S. Music Education, West Chester University, Dalcroze Elementary Certificate from the Juilliard School. Experienced songwriter and performer; has produced two albums of original music and an award-winning children’s album with artist John Hadfield. Teacher of classical and contemporary pop and rock piano styles, as well as jazz and improvisation. Extensive experience in non-classical areas of singing including Musical Theatre, Pop, and Jazz styles. Expertise includes working with students who have learned “by ear”; repertoire tailored to the student’s interests and needs. To hear Geri’s original music, visit www.reverbnation.com/gerismith.
Geri is available during the academic year on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.
Tomasz Walski (Piano) M.M. Piano Performance Candidate Esther Boyer College of Music, Temple University; B.M. Music Piano Performance, Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, Poland. Master Classes with W. Macarow, J. Badura-Skoda, and A. Jasinski (Kristian Zimmerman’s teacher). Awards: 1st Prize Youth Piano Competition, Lomza, Poland; 2nd Prize at Beethoven Piano Festival, Ostroda, Poland, 1999. Teaching experience: Institute of Youth Cultural Development, Olssztyn, Poland; Letman’s Music School, Warsaw, Poland.
Tomasz is available during the academic year on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Alyssa Wu (Viola, Violin) An open and diverse teacher and musician, Alyssa’s Wu’s experiences shape her approach to each student. A native of the Philadelphia area, Alyssa has performed with musicians of the highest caliber at many world renowned venues, including the Kimmel Center, Lincoln Center, and Carnegie Hall. She has had the privilege of studying with Sydney Curtiss, Che-Hung Chen, Ana Tsinadze, Lenuta Ciulei, Nicholas Cords, Phillip Ying and Michael Emery. She has continued to grow as an educator and teaching artist through engagements at Play on, Philly!, an El-Sistema inspired after school youth orchestra program, Swedesboro Performing Arts Center, and her private studio. As a violist in the Pennsylvania Philharmonic, Alyssa has performed in numerous school outreach concerts across Pennsylvania to bring children access to orchestral music. Alyssa received her B.A. in Music from Skidmore College as a Filene Music Scholar and is a Candidate for M.M. from Temple University. You can learn more at her website: http://alyssawustrings.squarespace.com/
Alyssa is available during the academic year on Wednesdays.
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