David Auldon Brown (Piano) David Auldon Brown holds two degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music, pupil of Rudolf Serkin, Mieczyslaw Horszowski, and composer Myron Fink. As a first-prize winner at the 1960 Merriweather-Post national competition for young musicians, he was soloist with the National Symphony in Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1. His subsequent appearance with the Utah Symphony inaugurated that orchestra’s prestigious “Salute to Youth” concerts. Commissioned in 1976 by the Delaware Symphony to compose a piano concerto for the American Bicentennial, he was soloist in the premiere performance broadcast worldwide on Voice of America.
Mr. Brown has taught piano at Darlington for over 20 years. A longtime member of the Artist Faculty of the Music School of Delaware, he has also served on the faculties of the University of Delaware, West Chester State University, and the Snowbird Summer Arts Institute in Utah.His students have included winners of international competitions, but his primary aim is not competition. Rather, it is to help each student grow to understand how music is an art of “the three H’s”–head, hands, heart–that can nurture a lifetime. David accepts students by audition only.
For more information, please visit: www.davidauldonbrown.com
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 and Thursdays.
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.
Amy Cherry (Trumpet) Amy holds a B.M. in Trumpet Performance from the University of Illinois and an M.M. and D.M.A. in Trumpet Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Dr. Cherry served as a visiting professor at Delaware State University in 2016. She was Assistant Professor of Music at Western Carolina University from 2008-2014, and held positions of Instructor of Trumpet at Morehead State University, Wright State University, and East Tennessee State University. In 2018, Dr. Cherry became a Teaching Artist with Project 440 in Philadelphia.
She currently performs with the Brandywine Brass Quintet, the Liberty Wind Ensemble, and the Maryland Winds. She has served as Principal Trumpet with the Asheville Lyric Opera and Assistant Principal Trumpet with the Spartanburg Philharmonic. She has performed with numerous ensembles including the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Allentown Symphony, Kingsport Symphony, Johnson City Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Opera, Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Dayton Opera, Lexington Philharmonic, Winston-Salem Symphony, Mannheim Steamroller, Monarch Brass Ensemble, Athena Brass Band, and the Summit Brass Ensemble.
Dr. Cherry currently serves as a Board Member with the International Women’s Brass Conference (IWBC), a non-profit organization that supports women brass musicians. Amy is an active chamber musician interested in reaching new audiences and expanding the repertoire for brass instruments. To achieve those goals she founded the Balaton Chamber Brass in 2010 with her husband, trombonist Dan Cherry. Their debut album, Changing Times & Colors, was released in 2015 on the Albany Records label.
Amy is available during the academic year on Wednesdays.
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 Mondays and Thursdays.
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 1-5 and 8-9 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 www.KevinJCope.com and www.StringsByMail.com. Recipient of the 2011 Emerging and 2015 Established Professional Awards in Music Composition as well as the 2019 Emerging Professional Award for Music Solo Recital from Delaware Division of the Arts. Has been featured in Soundboard Magazine as well as Classical Guitar Magazine where his debut solo guitar and composition CD, Destination Unknown, was described as “a fascinating and stimulating debut that gets better and better the more you listen to it..
Kevin is available during the academic year on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
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 Tuesdays.
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 Saturdays.
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, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.
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.
Jan Jurchak (Piano) is a multi-talented pianist, sound designer and composer with over four years of experience teaching piano lessons to students of all ages and skill levels. Jan began working as a sound designer for theatre shows at age eleven, composing and engineering at Russell Sage College in Troy, New York. From there he received his BA in Music and Modern Studies from Bard College, where he focused on music theory, performance, and history. Since then he has done everything from scoring animated films, to studying Jazz harmony, to producing hip hop mixtapes. His current position is house audio engineer at the Lantern Theatre Company in Center City Philadelphia.
Jan is available during the academic year on Thursdays and Fridays.
Elizabeth Kelly (piano) M.M. Vocal Performance, Temple University; B.A. Music & Art, Houghton College. Elizabeth is a professional opera singer and has been teaching private piano lessons for over 15 years. While new to the area, she has already enjoyed collaborations with Opera Delaware, Opera Philadelphia, and the Philadelphia International Music Festival with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra. When she is not playing or teaching piano, this multi-talented woman can be found teaching art classes, directing musicals, conducting, or costuming!
Elizabeth is available during the academic year on Mondays.
Annija Kerno (Violin, viola) A dual citizen of Latvia and the United States, Ms. Kerno has performed in a variety of concert venues throughout Europe and America. Most recently, she has concluded her two year residency with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Throughout her career, she has had the opportunity to work with many of the major classical musicians in the world. Among them are Ricardo Muti, Christoph Eschenbach, Yo-Yo Ma, Kristjan Jarvi, and Ken-David Masur, amongst many others. Recent solo performances include performing in the bi-annual North American Latvian Song and Dance Festival, where she collaborated with Latvian musicians from all over the world to create a performance of choral and orchestral music written solely by Latvian composers. She holds an active private studio of violinists and violists, and also has taught group classes through a variety of programs in Chicago, New York City, and Philadelphia.
Annija is available during the academic year on 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.
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 Wednesdays.
Constance Moore (Piano) B.M. and M.M. in Piano Performance, University of Louisville. Constance was a student of Lee Luvisi, and she pursued further studies with Jacob Lateiner and Samuel Sanders while serving on the collaborative piano staff at the Juilliard School. Since 1994, Constance has served as Chairperson and Coach, Chamber Music Department, Juilliard Pre-College Division. She has performed extensively as chamber musician and collaborative pianist in major venues in the U.S. (Alice Tully Hall, Weill Hall, National Gallery of Art) and in Austria, Germany, France, and the U.K. Her teaching experience includes piano faculty member at the Music School of Delaware, Bowdoin International Music Festival, Hunter College, and Turtle Bay Music School.
Constance is available during the academic year on Tuesdays.
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.
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.
A Registered Suzuki Association of the Americas educator, 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.
Stephen Yee (Saxophone and Flute) is a passionate saxophonist, flautist, pianist, composer, and arranger. A graduate from the Mason Gross School of the Arts, he studied with the legendary saxophone virtuoso/composer Ralph Bowen, one of jazz’s greatest drummers and composers, Victor Lewis, and other luminaries including pianist Bill O’Connell and bassist Kenny Davis. He has taught both privately and with music programs, the most notable being the internship at the Play, on Philly! summer program: teaching jazz, woodwind chamber ensembles, and orchestral rehearsals for students ranging from 6 to 18 years of age. Most recently, he returned to the Play, on Philly! summer program as a teaching artist, instructing a high school music composition course that ended with an opportunity for students to have their compositions workshopped and recorded by the professional group, “Orchestra 2001”, an ensemble which focuses upon the Grammy-nominated works of modern classical composers.
“My teaching philosophy, shaped through years of varied classroom and private experiences, revolves around empathy and individuality. Every student is unique in their strengths and deficiencies, and it is my job as a teacher to figure out the most effective and enjoyable method of conveying information. I specialize in creating personal, individualized practice plans and exercises for students, even going so far as writing etudes and recording transcription exercises with specific students in mind. I feel extraordinarily lucky to be able to perform and teach music for a living and hope that my passion inspires students to love the study of music and the process of self improvement.”