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Faculty

Faculty
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Linda Allen

Administrative Assistant; Accompaniment Department Head; Instructor, Piano

Linda Allen has been with The Music Settlement for over forty years and served as Registrar from 1978-2012. She previously was a music instructor for the Cleveland Public Schools Supplementary Center for 9 years, and also taught theory at the Cleveland Institute of Music and CWRU. She earned her BM... Expand

Linda Allen has been with The Music Settlement for over forty years and served as Registrar from 1978-2012. She previously was a music instructor for the Cleveland Public Schools Supplementary Center for 9 years, and also taught theory at the Cleveland Institute of Music and CWRU.

She earned her BM and MM degrees in composition at CIM, where her major teachers were Arthur Loesser, piano and Marcel Dick, composition. She received many scholarships and awards, including the CIM Bloch Award and the Aspen Music Festival composition prize.

A former long time member of the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus and the Robert Page Singers, she is currently organist and choir director at St. James Anglican Catholic Church. She is also a member of the keyboard/percussion section of the Lakeside Summer Symphony and the Cleveland Women's orchestra.

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Chris Auerbach-Brown

Instructor, Theory, Composition

Chris is active as an educator, teaching music theory and composition at The Music Settlement, electronic music courses at Lakeland Community College, and classes in the Liberal Arts department at the Cleveland Institute of Art. His classes at CIA focus on the connections between contemporary music ... Expand

Chris is active as an educator, teaching music theory and composition at The Music Settlement, electronic music courses at Lakeland Community College, and classes in the Liberal Arts department at the Cleveland Institute of Art. His classes at CIA focus on the connections between contemporary music and sound art with the visual arts.

In addition, he is the New Media Education Manager at the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, where he programs innovative music concerts and edits video and audio content for the museum. Chris was commissioned by the Finger Lakes Music Educators' Association to compose a work for orchestra, which premiered in January 2008.

His arrangements of Hasu Patel's works for sitar and orchestra were performed by the Doctors' Orchestra of Houston (Texas), and by the Plymouth Canton Symphony (Michigan) in Februrary and March of 2008. His sound installation Boundaries, using found objects and handmade electronics, was unveiled at SPACES Gallery in Cleveland, Ohio in November of 2011.

Education
MM, Composition, Cleveland Institute of Music
BM, Composition, Ithaca College Close
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Jane Berkner

Instructor, Flute; Ensemble Director, Magnolia Flutes; Ensemble Co-Director, Flautrageous Flute Choir

Jane has extensive background in conducting flute ensembles, and with Linda White co-directs The Music Settlement’s Flautrageous Flute Choir. She is also the director of the Magnolia Flute Ensemble. Jane is currently the Director of a summer Flute Choir Camp for adults at the Interlochen Cent... Expand

Jane has extensive background in conducting flute ensembles, and with Linda White co-directs The Music Settlement’s Flautrageous Flute Choir. She is also the director of the Magnolia Flute Ensemble.

Jane is currently the Director of a summer Flute Choir Camp for adults at the Interlochen Center for the Arts, and was Coordinator of the National Flute Association’s High School Flute Choir, Director of the Northeastern Ohio Flute Association’s Flute Ensembles, and Director of the Summer Flute Experience flute choirs at the University of Akron. Under her direction, The University of Akron Flute Ensemble was invited in both 2006 and 2014 to perform for the National Flute Association, and in 2010, she took the group on a performing tour of Italy.

Jane Berkner was described by Flute Talk Magazine as “a versatile performer...(and) outstanding musician". She has played in the Akron, Ashland, Canton and Youngstown Symphonies, the Ohio Ballet Orchestra, and the Botzum Summer Festival Orchestra, as well as for touring shows at EJ Thomas Hall in Akron, Playhouse Square in Cleveland, and Blossom Center’s Porthouse Theater. As a chamber musician, she has performed with the O’Neil Chamber Players, Garth Newel Chamber Players, Solaris Wind Quintet and the Chamber Music Society of Ohio.

Along with guitarist Stephen Aron, she formed The AronBerkner Duo (www.aronberknerduo.com), and they have performed extensively across the US and in Italy and France. Soundboard Magazine said of the duo “both…are gifted with lovely tone, exceptional technique, and a sense of unanimity that bespeaks much experience playing together.” Her CD with pianist Kim Bakkum, “In Cynthia’s Garden”, was described by Cleveland Classical as “wonderfully charming…and magnificently performed.” Together, they have performed at the National Gallery in Washington, DC, as well as Sere Musicale and Corofest Assisi in Italy.

Jane is a well known flute instructor in the Cleveland area, having taught at The University of Akron for 25 years. She has successfully worked with students of all ages, from beginner to masters level. Her students have been winners of National Flute Association, Central Ohio Flute Association, Northeastern Ohio Flute Association and Tuesday Musical Club competitions. They have participated in the Cleveland, Akron and Canton Youth Symphonies, won concerto competitions, and been accepted into prestigious programs, conservatories and universities such as Interlochen, Brevard, Tanglewood, Northwestern, Eastman and Shenendoah.

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Rachel Bernstein

Instructor, Suzuki Cello

Rachel has more than 25 years of teaching in both traditional and Suzuki cello methods, and in teaching general music to young children. She is certified in Suzuki cello books 1 through 10 and completed her practicum studies in 2012. In addition to her extensive Suzuki method training, Rachel is ce... Expand

Rachel has more than 25 years of teaching in both traditional and Suzuki cello methods, and in teaching general music to young children. She is certified in Suzuki cello books 1 through 10 and completed her practicum studies in 2012.

In addition to her extensive Suzuki method training, Rachel is certified in level 1 of the Orff Schulwerk method for children and is trained in the Music Together¨ early childhood music program.

After moving to Cleveland in 1998, Rachel became a member of "The Strings" chamber group with members of the Cleveland Orchestra, and has performed as a free-lance musician. Ms. Bernstein's teachers include members of the Boston Symphony at the Tanglewood Institute and Anne Cole of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Rachel performed in a master class with the late Mistislav Rostropovich and as principal cellist under the baton of Leonard Bernstein at the Tanglewood Institute. She has also performed with composer and pianist Marc Neikrug as part of the Santa Fe Chamber Music series and Grammy award winner Marc Doss in recital at The Music Settlement.

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Courtney Bonifant

Instructor, Viola & Violin

Courtney Bonifant is a member of the Akron and Canton Symphony Orchestras and a former associate member of both the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and the New World Symphony. She has been teaching violin and viola in the Cleveland area since 2011, and is currently on the faculty of the Rainey Institute,... Expand

Courtney Bonifant is a member of the Akron and Canton Symphony Orchestras and a former associate member of both the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and the New World Symphony. She has been teaching violin and viola in the Cleveland area since 2011, and is currently on the faculty of the Rainey Institute, teaching viola and leading the string orchestra as part of Rainey's El Sistema-inspired orchestra program. She joined the Music Settlement faculty in 2013.

Education
MM, Viola Performance, Cleveland Institute of Music; BM, Viola Performance, Eastman School of Music Close
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Dan Bruce

By embracing the influence of his heroes from the jazz tradition and retaining his own musical personality, guitarist Dan Bruce has developed a unique and impressive musical voice. A recent transplant to Ohio after spending a decade as an important member of Chicago’s vibrant jazz scene, he is... Expand

By embracing the influence of his heroes from the jazz tradition and retaining his own musical personality, guitarist Dan Bruce has developed a unique and impressive musical voice. A recent transplant to Ohio after spending a decade as an important member of Chicago’s vibrant jazz scene, he is active throughout the United States as a performer, recording artist, composer and educator. Bruce has performed on more than twenty-five albums as a sideman, and has released two albums, A Single Thread and Earthshine, as a leader. As a performer and recording artist, Bruce has worked with a number of eminent musicians including Seamus Blake, Ali Jackson, Dan Wall, Lynn Seaton, The Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, Daniel Lippel, Rose Colella, and Marquis Hill.

Bruce’s groups have been featured in The Chi-Town Jazz Festival, The Chicago Composers Collective series at the Green Mill, The Chicago Cultural Center Chamber Music Series, The Jazz Institute of Chicago NextGen Jazz Series, South by Southwest, The Toledo Jazz Festival, The Rubber City Jazz Festival, The Tri-C Jazzfest, and a special live radio broadcast on WDCB FM Chicago.

Education
MM, Jazz Studies, University of North Texas
BM, Guitar Performance, Bowling Green State University Close
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Matthew Charboneau, BM, MNO

Chair, Center for Music

Matthew earned his Bachelor of Music in Double Bass Performance from Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, and Master of Nonprofit Organization from CWRU’s Weatherhead School of Management. For the past twenty years he has been a freelance bassist, entrepreneur, manager of performing groups, ... Expand

Matthew earned his Bachelor of Music in Double Bass Performance from Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, and Master of Nonprofit Organization from CWRU’s Weatherhead School of Management. For the past twenty years he has been a freelance bassist, entrepreneur, manager of performing groups, and has provided leadership to the arts-based small business and nonprofit community.

Previously, he served as Assistant Director of Education at Beck Center for the Arts; Director of the COSE Arts Network; and Associate Director of Roots of American Music. Matthew served on the Board of Trustees of Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, one of the nation's leading public arts funding agencies, from 2010 to 2016.

As a musician, Matthew is interested in many different styles and genres of music, with a focus on performing jazz, Afro-Cuban, rock, Americana/traditional, bluegrass, and neo-folk music across NE Ohio and beyond.

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MNO, Case Western Reserve University; BM, Oberlin College Close
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Nikki Claverie

Administrator, Center for Music

Nikki brings to The Music Settlement an established background in customer service, program coordination, and education. Her varied career includes tenures with several international organizations and non-profits, including Give Kids The World, Hilton Worldwide, and The Walt Disney Company. As a mu... Expand

Nikki brings to The Music Settlement an established background in customer service, program coordination, and education. Her varied career includes tenures with several international organizations and non-profits, including Give Kids The World, Hilton Worldwide, and The Walt Disney Company.

As a musician, Nikki performed with Encore! Cast Performing Arts at the Walt Disney World Resort, where she sang in charity concerts and performed alongside Jackie Evancho as part of the 2010 Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade on ABC. She also has experience as a professional teaching artist in both theatrical and visual arts.

An avid volunteer, Nikki is passionate about baking, performing, board games and spending time with her family.

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BA, Communications and Theatre Arts, Heidelberg University
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Jennifer Cluggish

Instructor, Suzuki Violin

Violinist Jennifer Cluggish is a registered violin teacher with the Suzuki Association of the Americas and began teaching Suzuki in 2005. Ms. Cluggish has held positions on the faculty of the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Preparatory Department, Miami University of Oxford Ohio, and Washi... Expand

Violinist Jennifer Cluggish is a registered violin teacher with the Suzuki Association of the Americas and began teaching Suzuki in 2005.

Ms. Cluggish has held positions on the faculty of the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Preparatory Department, Miami University of Oxford Ohio, and Washington Conservatory of Music in Washington D.C. She also served as the director of the Cincinnati Suzuki School in Cincinnati, Ohio from 2006-2016.

Her pedagogy training includes Suzuki books 1-7 with Doris Preucil, Ed Kreitman, Michelle George, and Nancy Jackson. Additional pedagogy studies include courses with Mimi Zweig at Jacob’s School of Music, Kurt Sussmanshaus at the College-Conservatory of Music, and Rebecca Henry at the Peabody School of Music. Ms. Cluggish is also experienced in the Paul Rolland method, Music Mind Games theory curriculum, and Musikgarten early childhood classes.

In addition, Ms. Cluggish is a freelance musician and performs with the West Virginia Symphony, Richmond Symphony, and Huntington Symphony. Ms. Cluggish’s other projects include performing chamber music for weddings and other events.

Education
MM, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio
BM, Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Close
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Melanie Emig

Department Assistant, Suzuki; Instructor, Suzuki Piano

Melanie Emig began studying Suzuki piano at the age of three. Raised in a musical family, she realized at an early age that music was her life's passion. In high school, she attended the Boston University Tanglewood Institute's young artist program, was selected to participate in the PMEA All State ... Expand

Melanie Emig began studying Suzuki piano at the age of three. Raised in a musical family, she realized at an early age that music was her life's passion. In high school, she attended the Boston University Tanglewood Institute's young artist program, was selected to participate in the PMEA All State Orchestra, and won numerous local and regional awards on flute and voice. She holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where she studied Vocal Performance and Opera Theater.

Melanie is particularly interested in both Early and New Music, and has sought out opportunities in these areas, including the Wesley Balk Opera / Music Theater Institute and the Contemporary Opera Lab in Winnipeg, MB.

In addition to her performing credits, she currently maintains a studio of approximately 20 Suzuki piano students. She also instructs the Musicianship and Intro to Suzuki classes as part of the Suzuki program at The Music Settlement.

Education
MM, Oberlin College
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Patricia Evans

Instructor, Piano

A scholarship student of Lithuanian pianist Andrius Kuprevicius, Patti Evans earned a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from Cleveland State University. Further certifications in child brain development, significant experience with Dorothy Taubman’s groundbreaking approach to piano... Expand

A scholarship student of Lithuanian pianist Andrius Kuprevicius, Patti Evans earned a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from Cleveland State University. Further certifications in child brain development, significant experience with Dorothy Taubman’s groundbreaking approach to piano technique, 20+ years of homeschooling, and her respect for family culture give her exceptional pedagogical insight.

Patti is an active member of NE-OMTA (Northeast Ohio Music Teachers Association), OFMC (Ohio Federation of Music Clubs), and coordinates the Jr. Fortnightly Musical Club of Cleveland. Her award-winning students regularly participate in festivals, recitals, workshops, masterclasses, and competitions. She is on the piano faculty at Lorain County Community College and joined The Music Settlement in 1992. Her studio accepts students as young as age four.

Education
BM, Piano Performance, Cleveland State University
Certifications: Child Brain Development, IAHP (Philadelphia PA); Dorothy Taubman Seminar (NYC); Keyboard Wellness (TX). Close
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Kelsey Ferguson

Instructor, Violin, Outreach Strings

Cleveland violinist Kelsey Ferguson is currently a student at the Cleveland Institute of Music studying with Jan Sloman where she is working towards a double master’s degree in Violin Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy. Previously, she studied with Ivan Zenaty at the Cleveland Institute of Music ... Expand

Cleveland violinist Kelsey Ferguson is currently a student at the Cleveland Institute of Music studying with Jan Sloman where she is working towards a double master’s degree in Violin Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy. Previously, she studied with Ivan Zenaty at the Cleveland Institute of Music and Olga Kaler at the DePaul School of Music in Chicago where she graduated in 2016.

In both Cleveland and Chicago, Kelsey is an active freelancer, performing with some of top ensembles in the areas, including The Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Fifth House Ensemble, the Akron Symphony, and Cleveland Opera Theater. She also maintains a busy teaching schedule; in Chicago she worked for the Ravinia Festival’s El Sistema program along with other area string programs and private students.

Now in Cleveland, Kelsey teaches violin at The Music Settlement and City Strings, Suzuki Theory at the Sato Center of CIM and is the assistant director of children’s choirs at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. She has had the privilege of playing in masterclasses for Paul Kantor, Frank Almond, Ilya Kaler, and Grigory Kalinovsky as well as attending highly regarded music festivals such as the National Orchestral Institute, Bowdoin International music festival and the Orford Academie.

In the summer of 2018, Kelsey taught Suzuki Violin in Harare, Zimbabwe with the Cleveland Music Exchange and was an orchestral fellow at Festival Napa Valley in California.

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Darren Frate

Instructor, Electric Bass Guitar; Ensemble, J@MS

Darren Frate has been playing bass for more than 35 years, including 15 as a teacher. He specializes in electric bass, music theory, and ensembles. He has toured and played with a variety of national acts, including Herman's Hermits ("I'm Henry the Eighth, I Am"), Dickey Betts from the Allman Brothe... Expand

Darren Frate has been playing bass for more than 35 years, including 15 as a teacher. He specializes in electric bass, music theory, and ensembles. He has toured and played with a variety of national acts, including Herman's Hermits ("I'm Henry the Eighth, I Am"), Dickey Betts from the Allman Brothers ("Ramblin' Man"), Gary Lewis and the Playboys ("This Diamond Ring"), Mitch Ryder ("Devil With a Blue Dress On"), Ian Hunter ("Cleveland Rocks"), Gerald Levert ("Casanova"), and the Blind Boys of Alabama.

Darren has also recorded several CDs with his own folk and jazz groups. The latest release by his current group, Velvet Voyage, features legendary jazz guitarist Mike Stern, known for his work with Miles Davis.

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Film Scoring, Berklee College of Music Close
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Ann Gilbert

Instructor, Suzuki Upright Bass, Upright Bass, Piano

Ann began her musical studies on piano at age 8. At age 11, she continued piano studies with Marianne Mastics and began string bass studies with George Wisneskey. In high school, she studied string bass with Harry Barnoff at The Cleveland Music School Settlement (dba "The Music Settlement"). She als... Expand

Ann began her musical studies on piano at age 8. At age 11, she continued piano studies with Marianne Mastics and began string bass studies with George Wisneskey. In high school, she studied string bass with Harry Barnoff at The Cleveland Music School Settlement (dba "The Music Settlement"). She also studied string bass with David Perlman, principal bass for The Cleveland Orchestra and John Schaeffer, principal bass for the New York Philharmonic.

Her classical performance résumé includes appointments as principal bass with the Symphonic Orchestra of the State of Mexico in Toluca, Mexico, assistant principal bass with the Oregon Symphony in Portland, Oregon, and in the Symphonic Orchestra of Seville, Spain.

She has played in orchestras backing up Kenny Rogers, Scott Hamilton, Kenny Loggins, Roger Daltry, Luciano Pavarotti, Jewel, Dennis DeYoung, the Three Tenors, Andrea Bocelli and the Moody Blues.

Ann has taught music at public and private institutions throughout Northeast Ohio. She currently plays principal bass with the Akron Symphony Orchestra, The Cleveland Pops Orchestra, the BlueWater Chamber Orchestra and is a member of the Firelands Symphony.

Education
Ph.D., University of Akron
M.M, Julliard School of Music
B.M., Cleveland Institute of Music Close
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Ellie Glorioso-Wible

Instructor, Suzuki Cello

Ellie Glorioso is an American cellist based in Cleveland, Ohio. As a fully registered Suzuki cello teacher with over 10 years of teaching experience, Ellie imparts her knowledge and love of music to her students while teaching them to be good global citizens and pursue excellence in all areas of lif... Expand

Ellie Glorioso is an American cellist based in Cleveland, Ohio. As a fully registered Suzuki cello teacher with over 10 years of teaching experience, Ellie imparts her knowledge and love of music to her students while teaching them to be good global citizens and pursue excellence in all areas of life. She instructs at both the Cleveland Institute of Music’s Sato Center for Suzuki Studies and The Music Settlement, drawing students from all around Greater Cleveland.

Ellie is passionate about providing music education not just at home, but all over the world. As a proud founding member of the Cleveland Music Exchange, she helped develop an organization that connects skilled teachers with developing global music communities. For the past several summers she has traveled with CME to Harare, Zimbabwe where she works with a team of musicians providing lessons, workshops, and concerts that help raise funds for local music teachers to receive Suzuki certification. Most recently she is collaborating with a music program in Chihuahua, Mexico.

Ellie is also an active chamber and orchestral musician performing with ensembles such as Cleveland Opera Theatre, Opus 216, and the Young Artist Debut Orchestra. She takes particular pleasure in performing at house concerts, bringing the beauty of chamber music to intimate audiences.

Ellie holds a Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance from Butler University and a Master of Music in Cello Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy from the Cleveland Institute of Music. She has taken masterclasses with Juilliard String Quartet, Cavani String Quartet, Jaime Laredo, East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO), Brooklyn Rider, and Zuill Bailey. At CIM, she studied under Grammy nominated cellist and member of the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson trio, Sharon Robinson.

Education
MM, Cello Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy, Cleveland Institute of Music
BM, Cello Performance, Butler University Close
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Robert Gruca

Instructor, Guitar, Suzuki Guitar; Ensemble Director, Guitar

Robert performs a wide range of solo, chamber, and concerto repertoire. Accomplishments include touring the eastern United States and Europe with The Cleveland Orchestra, performing Mahler's Symphony No. 7 under the direction of Franz Welser-Most. He has earned several first prizes in national guita... Expand

Robert performs a wide range of solo, chamber, and concerto repertoire. Accomplishments include touring the eastern United States and Europe with The Cleveland Orchestra, performing Mahler's Symphony No. 7 under the direction of Franz Welser-Most. He has earned several first prizes in national guitar competitions. He received the 2007 Distinguished Alumni award from Grand Valley State University, and has released two compact discs titled "Robert Gruca Classical Guitar" and "Handel - Arrangements for Guitar."

In addition to performing, Robert Gruca is a highly motivated and dedicated guitar instructor. Robert recently completed Every Child Can! and Guitar Unit 1 of the Suzuki Method of music instruction.

Together with TMS faculty flutist Linda White, Robert performs as part of the Gruca White Ensemble (www.grucawhiteensemble.com), an ensemble-in-residence at The Music Settlement. Their debut CD, "A Different Take," was released on November 13, 2020.

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Stephan Haluska

Instructor, Harp, Suzuki Theory

Stephan Haluska is a harpist, composer, arranger, and improviser whose music spans from classical and traditional, to jazz, pop, and experimental. Stephan attempts to expand the harp beyond its preconceived notions and stereotypes, creating new roles and opportunities for the instrument. He examines... Expand

Stephan Haluska is a harpist, composer, arranger, and improviser whose music spans from classical and traditional, to jazz, pop, and experimental. Stephan attempts to expand the harp beyond its preconceived notions and stereotypes, creating new roles and opportunities for the instrument. He examines the harp’s unique textural, harmonic, and percussive qualities. He focuses on including non-traditional harp techniques, adding preparations and tools, and explores harp sounds only possible through the use of electronic effects pedals and computer processing.

Stephan holds an MFA in Harp Performance with a concentration in Improvisation from Mills College in Oakland, CA where he studied with Zeena Parkins, Roscoe Mitchell, Fred Frith, and Karen Gottlieb. Stephan received his BA in Music Theory and Composition from Bowling Green State University where he studied with Mikel Kuehn, Elainie Lillios, and Chris Dietz. Stephan grew up in the Cleveland area where studied harp with longtime TMS harp teacher, Jocelyn Chang. Stephan releases original music for solo harp and with collaborative groups under his own name.

Stephan has been with The Music Settlement since 2017 where he teaches private harp students, group harp outreach classes, and group Suzuki music theory. He performs as a soloist and collaborator at venues around the Cleveland area, including several performances at BOP STOP at The Music Settlement.

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MFA, Harp Performance (concentration in Improvisation), Mills College
BA, Music Theory and Composition, Bowling Green State University Close
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Glenn Holmes

Instructor, Electric Bass Guitar, Upright Bass; Ensemble, J@MS

Glenn Holmes is a native Clevelander who has performed as a guest soloist in both the classical and jazz idioms, is a former member of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, and is a published composer. Past performances have included associations with Andy Narell, Keith Copeland, Eddie Daniels, Joe Willia... Expand

Glenn Holmes is a native Clevelander who has performed as a guest soloist in both the classical and jazz idioms, is a former member of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, and is a published composer. Past performances have included associations with Andy Narell, Keith Copeland, Eddie Daniels, Joe Williams, Jimmie Heath, Benny Bailey, Clark Terry, and Cindy Blackman, to name only a few. Holmes is an adjunct faculty member at Cleveland State University as well as an instructor at The Music Settlement. As a freelance musician he is working with the Eric Gould Trio, the Bill Ransom Quintet and the Jazz Heritage Orchestra.

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MM, Theory/Composition, Wichita State University
BM, String Bass & Music Theory, Miami University (Ohio) Close
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Christopher Jenkins

Instructor, Violin & Viola

Christopher Jenkins, Associate Dean for Academic Support at Oberlin Conservatory, is an educator, administrator, and performing violist. At Oberlin, he is a Deputy Title IX Coordinator and Conservatory Liaison to the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. He was Deputy Director and professor of... Expand

Christopher Jenkins, Associate Dean for Academic Support at Oberlin Conservatory, is an educator, administrator, and performing violist. At Oberlin, he is a Deputy Title IX Coordinator and Conservatory Liaison to the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. He was Deputy Director and professor of viola and violin at the Barenboim-Said Foundation in Ramallah, West Bank, from 2013-14, and served as Dean of the Sphinx Performance Academy (SPA), the Sphinx Organization’s summer music program for minority youth, for seven years. In 2005, he was a laureate of the Sphinx Competition. Through a Curriculum Diversification Grant from the American Society for Aesthetics, in 2017 Mr. Jenkins published an annotated bibliography of works pertaining to African-American participation in the field of classical music, and presents on issues of diversity within classical music.

In 2011, Mr. Jenkins earned a master's degree from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, focusing on the study of human rights and conflict resolution. His international engagement has included performances and teaching in Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon, Pakistan, Israel, China, Colombia, and South Africa, including a performance with the Jordan National Symphony at the World Heritage Site of Petra in 2016. In the summer of 2017, he served as a guest artist and teacher at the Afghan National Institute of Music in Kabul, Afghanistan. He is currently earning a DMA in viola performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and a PhD in Historical Musicology from Case Western Reserve, where his work focuses on the music of African-American composers. His teachers have included Lynne Ramsey, Michael Tree, Martha Katz, Karen Dreyfus, Karen Ritscher, Michelle LaCourse, and Carol Rodland. Previous alma maters include Harvard University, New England Conservatory, and the Manhattan School of Music.

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M.A., Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs Close
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Matthew Jones

Instructor, Voice

Originally from Savannah, Georgia, Matthew Jones, tenor, is currently based in Cleveland, Ohio. A frequent orchestral soloist, his concert engagements include Mozart’s Requiem in D Minor (Stow Symphony, OH; Trinity Chamber Orchestra, Cleveland; Painesville Chamber Orchestra, OH); Handel’... Expand

Originally from Savannah, Georgia, Matthew Jones, tenor, is currently based in Cleveland, Ohio. A frequent orchestral soloist, his concert engagements include Mozart’s Requiem in D Minor (Stow Symphony, OH; Trinity Chamber Orchestra, Cleveland; Painesville Chamber Orchestra, OH); Handel’s Messiah (Savannah Symphony; Cleveland Messiah Chorus; Trinity Chamber Orchestra, Cleveland); Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 (Savannah Philharmonic); and Bach’s BWV 8 (Trinity Chamber Orchestra, Cleveland).

Acclaimed for his “lively agility for dancing, and his light timbre,” Jones’ recent operatic engagements include the role of Sportin’ Life from Gershwin’s "Porgy & Bess," (Opera of the Western Reserve, Youngstown) and the Piccolo Spoleto Festival (Charleston). He has also appeared with The Cleveland Opera, Great Lakes Light Opera, Cleveland Public Theatre.

Mr. Jones has worked directly with and performed the works of numerous living composers, including H. Leslie Adams, Dolores White, Ahmed Alabaca, and Buck McDaniel. He performs regularly with professional choirs in the Cleveland area and elsewhere, including Cleveland Chamber Choir, the Taylor Festival Singers, CityMusic Cleveland, Savannah Philharmonic, Contrapunctus Cleveland, The Cleveland Opera, and the Trinity Chamber Singers. Mr. Jones holds a Master of Music in Voice Performance from Cleveland State University, and is on the voice faculty at The Music Settlement.

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M.M, Voice Performance, Cleveland State University Close
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Arthur Kane, Jr.

Piano Department Head; Instructor Piano, Harpsichord, & Organ

Arthur Kane joined The Music Settlement's faculty in 1973. Since 1990 he has been Head of the Piano Department, and teaches piano, harpsichord, and organ. He has been Director of The Music Settlement's Piano Camp since its inception in 2001. He has performed widely in the U.S. and Europe, including ... Expand

Arthur Kane joined The Music Settlement's faculty in 1973. Since 1990 he has been Head of the Piano Department, and teaches piano, harpsichord, and organ. He has been Director of The Music Settlement's Piano Camp since its inception in 2001. He has performed widely in the U.S. and Europe, including his own compositions. Arthur is the Director of Music and Liturgy at Our Lady of Hope in Bedford, OH, and has served as the organist at synagogues around Greater Cleveland.

Education
MM, Piano and Music History, Ohio University
BM, Piano, Cleveland Institute of Music Close
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Ella Karasik

Instructor, Piano

Pianist Ella Karasik has been teaching at The MusicSettlement since 1990. Ella has a unique teaching style, personalized for each student, that combines professional standards with the joy of learning to play piano. She takes particular pride in the many accomplishments of her students who consisten... Expand

Pianist Ella Karasik has been teaching at The MusicSettlement since 1990. Ella has a unique teaching style, personalized for each student, that combines professional standards with the joy of learning to play piano. She takes particular pride in the many accomplishments of her students who consistently win or place high in international, state, and local competitions. Many of her students have performed at Carnegie Hall (New York), Severance Hall (Cleveland), the United Nations, among other notable stages. Many of them have also performed as soloists with the Cleveland Pops Orchestra, Lakeside Symphony, World Piano Competition orchestra, and others.

Education
MM, Piano Performance
Artist's Diploma, Azerbaijan State Conservatory Close
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Dave Kasper

Ensemble Director, Youth Latin Jazz Band

Dave Kasper has been privileged to play with the Temptations, Al Martino, Guy Lombardo, Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra (Playing the role of "Jimmy Dorsey"), Tito Puente Jr., Either Orchestra and has opened up for Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Pancho Sanchez and Tony Bennett. Kasper grew up in the suburbs of Clevela... Expand

Dave Kasper has been privileged to play with the Temptations, Al Martino, Guy Lombardo, Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra (Playing the role of "Jimmy Dorsey"), Tito Puente Jr., Either Orchestra and has opened up for Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Pancho Sanchez and Tony Bennett. Kasper grew up in the suburbs of Cleveland and received his degree in music from Cleveland State University in the summer of 2006.

Active on the local music scene, Kasper enjoys teaching saxophone, clarinet and flute in Downtown Cleveland and the suburbs. A journey man musician since his early teens, Kasper is involved playing with many groups in town regularly including: Revolution Brass Band, Ernie Krivda and the Fat Tuesday Big Band, Bobby Selvaggio’s Hendectet, Indian’s Dixie Band, Kasper & the Friendly Ghost’s.

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Dina Khudayberdieva

Instructor, Piano

Dina Khudayberdieva learned her first piano piece at the age of six years. After completing her degree, she began teaching piano in the Preparatory Department of the Tashkent Conservatory. For 20 years, Dina specialized in preparing students for competitions and conservatory auditions. She was a lau... Expand

Dina Khudayberdieva learned her first piano piece at the age of six years. After completing her degree, she began teaching piano in the Preparatory Department of the Tashkent Conservatory. For 20 years, Dina specialized in preparing students for competitions and conservatory auditions. She was a laureate and prize winner of many national piano competitions, and performed regularly as a soloist with the Uzbekistan Philharmonic Orchestra. Currently, Dina teaches at The Music Settlement and serves as a choir director at the Reformation Lutheran Church. She was also a faculty member of the Cleveland Institute of Music where she taught for 9 years. Dina's students perform in many annual recitals, participate in music festivals, Buckeye Auditions, Cleveland State University recitals, and have competition opportunities throughout the year.

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Combined Degree, Piano Performance and Music Pedagogy, Tashkent Conservatory of Uzbekistan Close
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Marsha Kincade

Instructor, Oboe, Bassoon, Outreach

Marsha Croskey Kincade is a music educator and doctoral student in music education at Case Western Reserve University. She has taught private lessons for over ten years and coached oboe students at several middle and high schools in Ohio. Her primary teachers are Tedrow Perkins, Jacqueline Leclair, ... Expand

Marsha Croskey Kincade is a music educator and doctoral student in music education at Case Western Reserve University. She has taught private lessons for over ten years and coached oboe students at several middle and high schools in Ohio. Her primary teachers are Tedrow Perkins, Jacqueline Leclair, and Lynne Mangan.

Along with teaching private lessons and coaching sectionals, Marsha has also taught elementary, middle, and high school instrumental music in Maryland and Virginia public schools. At Case Western Reserve University, she has served as the instructor for woodwind pedagogy courses and also worked extensively with the Case University Circle Symphony Orchestra and the Case Camerata Chamber Orchestra as a graduate assistant.

Marsha performs with Winds of the Mountain Empire and also the Cleveland Women’s Orchestra. At The Music Settlement, Marsha teaches private lessons and serves as the director for Chamber Camp and Music Safari Camp. She also teaches Introduction to Music Lessons and serves as the instructor for Magnifi-Pops, a pop orchestra at Magnificat High School.

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Doctoral student, Case Western Reserve University
MM, Comprehensive Music Education, Bowling Green State University
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Julie King

Instructor, Cello

Julie Myers King, cellist, is a member of the Akron Symphony, the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, the Blossom Festival Orchestra, the Cleveland Pops and often performs with the Cleveland Opera Orchestra. She is an active freelancer in the Northeast Ohio area, and spent thirteen winters as the Assistant ... Expand

Julie Myers King, cellist, is a member of the Akron Symphony, the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, the Blossom Festival Orchestra, the Cleveland Pops and often performs with the Cleveland Opera Orchestra. She is an active freelancer in the Northeast Ohio area, and spent thirteen winters as the Assistant Principal Cellist of the Sarasota Opera Orchestra. She is the cellist with The Athena Quartet and she has also performed as baroque cellist with the Cleveland Camerata and the Case Western Reserve Baroque Orchestra. She has been on the faculty of The Music Settlement since 1993. She resides in Cleveland Heights with her husband, Richard, and their children Charlie and Amelia.

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Cello Performance, Indiana University
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Callista Koh

Suzuki Department Head; Instructor, Suzuki Violin

Callista Koh has been a full time Suzuki violin instructor at the Music Settlement since September of 2001, and the Suzuki Department Chair since August 2010. Prior to her appointment at The Music Settlement, Callista was on the Suzuki faculty at the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Fairmount F... Expand

Callista Koh has been a full time Suzuki violin instructor at the Music Settlement since September of 2001, and the Suzuki Department Chair since August 2010.

Prior to her appointment at The Music Settlement, Callista was on the Suzuki faculty at the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Fairmount Fine Arts Center, where she was also Assistant Director of their Suzuki program. From 2003-2008, she served on the faculty of the East Cleveland Suzuki Strings Program, the first Suzuki program of its kind in the United States, along with Michele Higa-George, then Director of the Sato Center at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Callista had the opportunity to take the performing group from ECSS, Rainbow Strings, to the 2004 National Suzuki Conference in Minneapolis, where they performed during the opening ceremony. She presented a workshop during the conference as well. Callista has also been on the faculty for the Evergreen Music Festival in Washington State and the Vermont Youth Orchestra Festival.

An active freelance violinist in the area, Callista has performed with the Akron, Canton, and Wheeling Symphony Orchestras, the Sarasota Opera Orchestra, and The Cleveland Orchestra. She has also performed at Playhouse Square, Cleveland Playhouse, Blossom, Porthouse Theater and the Cleveland Museum of Art, playing a wide variety of music ranging from classical to Broadway musicals and rock concerts. In 2006, she had the opportunity to perform for President Clinton, and was also invited to perform at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony with Paul Shaffer and the CBS Orchestra when the ceremony came to Cleveland both in 2009 and 2012.

Callista founded Arts for Us in December 2007, a concert series at The Music Settlement dedicated to providing individuals with special needs and their families an opportunity to enjoy the highest quality live musical performances in a comfortable and welcoming setting. The series was inspired by her son, Evan, a child with special needs who loves music, and the desire to share the concert experience together.

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Kate Kooser

Instructor, Voice

Kate Kooser is a singer songwriter and educator from Cleveland, OH. She received her degree in Jazz Studies from Bowling Green State University in 2013, and is currently pursuing a Masters in Speech Language Pathology at the University of Akron. Kate is a soloist at St. Dominic Church in Shaker Hei... Expand

Kate Kooser is a singer songwriter and educator from Cleveland, OH. She received her degree in Jazz Studies from Bowling Green State University in 2013, and is currently pursuing a Masters in Speech Language Pathology at the University of Akron.

Kate is a soloist at St. Dominic Church in Shaker Heights and the director of music at The Church in Silver Lake. She has participated in vocal ensembles around the Northeast Ohio area. She is a private voice instructor, and teaches voice lessons and classes at The Music Settlement, Tri-C Creative Arts Academy, Cleveland Montessori through Roots of American Music, and other locations. Kate served as the director of the New York Voices Vocal Jazz Camps for 4 years in Bowling Green, OH, Ithaca, NY, and Ptuj, Slovenia. In 2018, Kate co-directed a chorus for the Contemporary Youth Orchestra's performance with Kenny Loggins. She also sang background vocals on the concert with Loggins. In 2019, she directed the Tri-C Vocal Arts Mastery Chorus in two sold out shows with Contemporary Youth Orchestra and Jason Mraz at Severance Hall.

Kate performs mostly folk and country music, drawing influences from the Texas songwriter traditions, and contemporary folk artists. She has performed around Cleveland at establishments like The Barking Spider, Brothers Lounge, Nighttown, The Beachland Ballroom and Tavern, and the GAR Hall (Peninsula), as well as regionally in Michigan and New York. In addition to being a solo performer, Kate finds great joy in singing harmonies. She has had the pleasure of backing up Kenny Loggins, Terence Blanchard, Catie Curtis, Charlie Mosbrook, Laura Webster, GS Harper, and more. You can also hear Kate as a part of the duo Juniper Dust, performing two part harmonies and guitar work with Matt Harmon.

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BM, Jazz Studies, Bowling Green State University Close
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Nathan Kruse

Instructor, Theory; Ensemble Director, Adult Orchestra

Nathan B. Kruse is Associate Professor of Music Education and Coordinator of Graduate Studies in Music Education at Case Western Reserve University. Kruse joined the CWRU faculty in 2013 and teaches courses in research methods, music cognition and learning, vernacular music, and classroom guitar. Pr... Expand

Nathan B. Kruse is Associate Professor of Music Education and Coordinator of Graduate Studies in Music Education at Case Western Reserve University. Kruse joined the CWRU faculty in 2013 and teaches courses in research methods, music cognition and learning, vernacular music, and classroom guitar. Prior to his appointment at CWRU, he served as Assistant Professor of Music Education and Coordinator of the Master’s Program in Music Education at the University of North Texas. He earned music education degrees from Butler University (BME), the University of New Mexico (MM), and Michigan State University (Ph.D.).

Kruse’s research interests include adult music education and lifespan learning, ethnographic traditions of community music, and school-university partnerships. He has presented research at national and international conferences in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, China, Thailand, Greece, and Canada, and his publications have appeared in books and peer-reviewed research journals, including the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, Arts Education Policy Review, the International Journal of Community Music, the Journal of Music Teacher Education, Research Studies in Music Education, the Journal of Music, Technology, and Education, Contributions to Music Education, and Visions of Research in Music Education. He is currently an editorial board member of the Journal of Music Teacher Education and Visions of Research in Music Education.

Kruse taught middle school and high school instrumental music in New Mexico and Michigan, and remains an active public school colleague as a conductor, clinician, and performer. He is a member of the College Music Society, the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), the Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA), Pi Kappa Lambda, Mu Phi Epsilon, and Kappa Kappa Psi. In addition, Kruse was a graduate fellow in the Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (2006-2007), and was a recipient of the Excellence-in-Teaching Citation at Michigan State University (2007), the Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Adult and Community Music Education Special Research Interest Group (2008), and was nominated for the J. H. Shelton Excellence in Teaching Award at the University of North Texas (2010) and the John S. Diekhoff Award for Graduate Mentorship at Case Western Reserve University (2015).

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Ph.D., Michigan State University
M.M., University of New Mexico
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Kimberly Lauritsen

Voice Department Head; Instructor, Voice, Violin, Suzuki Violin, Suzuki Theory; Ensemble Director, The Settlement Singers

Mezzo-soprano Kim Lauritsen frequently appears with The Cleveland Orchestra, most recently as soloist in The Lord of the Rings Symphony at the Blossom Music Center under the direction of the composer Howard Shore, and at Severence Hall in Debussys Le Martyre de Saint Sebastien under the baton of Mat... Expand

Mezzo-soprano Kim Lauritsen frequently appears with The Cleveland Orchestra, most recently as soloist in The Lord of the Rings Symphony at the Blossom Music Center under the direction of the composer Howard Shore, and at Severence Hall in Debussys Le Martyre de Saint Sebastien under the baton of Matthias Pintscher. She has performed lead roles with Opera per tutti, Lyric Opera Cleveland, Opera Cleveland on Tour, CIM Opera Theater, the Janiec Opera Company, and UNL's Opera Theater. A champion of new music, Ms. Lauritsen recently debuted roles in Jim Harris and Mark Hayes' new musical "Civil War Voices", Monica Houghton's opera "The Big Bonanza", and Randall Eng's opera "Florida".

Ms. Lauritsen performs with the Opera Cleveland Chorus, is Music Director of St. Peter's Lutheran Church, and teaches voice, violin, and theory at The Music Settlement. She is the recipient of the Boris Goldovsky Prize in Opera, the Vassos Prize in Art Song, a Special Encouragement Award from the Metropolitan Opera Guild, and is a student of George Vassos.

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MM, Voice, Cleveland Institute of Music Close
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Ken LeeGrand

J@MS Department Head; Instructor, Saxophone; Ensemble Director, J@MS

Ken has performed with Arthur Fiedler, Freda Payne, Jean Carne, Petula Clark, The Temptations, Gladys Knight, The Miracles, Michael McDonald, The Funk Brothers, and Aretha Franklin (to name a few). With his group Horns and Things, Ken has had the privilege of being the opening act for the late Dexte... Expand

Ken has performed with Arthur Fiedler, Freda Payne, Jean Carne, Petula Clark, The Temptations, Gladys Knight, The Miracles, Michael McDonald, The Funk Brothers, and Aretha Franklin (to name a few). With his group Horns and Things, Ken has had the privilege of being the opening act for the late Dexter Gordon, El DeBarge, Freddie Hubbard, Ronnie Laws, Phillip Bailey and Joe Sample.

Ken has also done pit work for numerous plays at The Cleveland Playhouse and in Playhouse Square. LeeGrand has also performed at venues including The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Jacobs Field, Gund Arena, and Blossom Music Center. As a traveling musician, Ken has performed extensively throughout The United States and Europe.

For the last 16 years, Ken has been the resident artist for the Grammy Signature School Shaker Heights School District Music Department that has 1000+ students from grade 5 through 12.

Education
BM, Clarinet, University of Akron Close
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Victoria Marra

Instructor, Clarinet

Clarinetist Victoria Marra graduated from Baldwin Wallace College where she studied in the Conservatory with Dr. Alan Squire. Further studies were at the Johannessen International School of the Arts, Canada. As soloist she performed in Cleveland, Niagara-on-the-Lake, and Toronto. She has presented w... Expand

Clarinetist Victoria Marra graduated from Baldwin Wallace College where she studied in the Conservatory with Dr. Alan Squire. Further studies were at the Johannessen International School of the Arts, Canada. As soloist she performed in Cleveland, Niagara-on-the-Lake, and Toronto. She has presented world premieres of solo, chamber, and orchestral compositions by Ohio composers. Victoria was soloist with the Cleveland Composers Guild and the Guild of Temple Musicians. For thirteen summers she performed with the Blossom Festival Band. She is principal clarinetist of the Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra and is guest conductor of that ensemble. Her students are members of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra, Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony, Contemporary Youth Orchestra and World Youth Symphony.

Education

Baldwin Wallace College Conservatory of Music

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James May

Ensemble, J@MS

James May is a native Clevelander and Music Director/Bandleader for a 21-piece not-for-profit community jazz/praise big band, called Gabriel’s Horns. Members include professional and amateur musicians, music educators, college students and talented youth. The band has a rich history of local p... Expand

James May is a native Clevelander and Music Director/Bandleader for a 21-piece not-for-profit community jazz/praise big band, called Gabriel’s Horns. Members include professional and amateur musicians, music educators, college students and talented youth. The band has a rich history of local performances including Severance Hall MLK Jr. Concert, Cleveland State University’s Essentially Ellington Jazz Festival, Cleveland Ingenuity Festivals, Cleveland Art Museum, The House of Blues, The Bop Stop, Cleveland’s Tall Ship Festival, Cuyahoga County Fair, Worship Centers, Assisted Living Facilities and Trinity Cathedral Brown Bag Noon Concert Series. Gabriel’s Horns considers the mentoring of young musicians an integral part of its mission.

Gabriel’s Horns has featured local and world renowned jazz artists and vocalists, such as Eddie Baccus Sr., Ron Davis, Maria Jacobs, Evelyn Wright, Sabra Dodge, gospel singer Kelly Chapman, Gospel Group Chairo! Praise, pianists Jackie Warren, Saxophonists Eddie Baccus Jr., Bobby Selvaggio, Chris Coles, Jim Noel, Nathan Davis, Johnny Cochran, trumpeters Dennis Reynolds, Theresa May, Mark Russo, Melvin Burkes, Joe Trczinski, Doug James, Bassists Jesse Dandy Jr., Glenn Holmes, percussionist Bill Ransom, Ralph Jackson, Neil Chastain, and trombonists Dick Wooley and Chris Anderson.

Mr. May has over 20 years of big band and brass banding experience. He received his formal music/trumpet training from Cleveland State University and brass banding, conducting from world renowned Salvation Army Bandmasters and Composers such as Dr. Keith Wilkinson, Dr. Ronald Holz, Dr. Anita Hunt and Dr. William Himes. He was solo cornetist and Deputy Bandmaster in The Salvation Army Northeast Ohio Brass Band. In addition, Mr. May is a bass/baritone vocalist in The Martin Luther King Jr. Mass Choir, which performs yearly at Severance Hall.

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Cleveland State University Close
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Joseph Miller

Instructor, Trumpet

Joseph H. Miller is one of the most asked-for trumpet players in Northeast Ohio. His big sound, joyful approach, and high-energy solo work can be heard from Playhouse Square to the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra and many places in between. Joe is currently the Principal Trumpet at Playhouse Square, secon... Expand

Joseph H. Miller is one of the most asked-for trumpet players in Northeast Ohio. His big sound, joyful approach, and high-energy solo work can be heard from Playhouse Square to the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra and many places in between.

Joe is currently the Principal Trumpet at Playhouse Square, second chair/split lead and soloist with the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, and performs locally and regionally with his own group and several jazz, salsa, and funk groups. He has performed for many internationally touring Broadway shows, as well as dozens of solo artists including Aretha Franklin, Tony Bennett, Tony Vega, La India, Johnny Mathis, Frankie Valli, and more. He toured internationally with the Acid Jazz group, Liquid Soul, and with Bobby Caldwell. Joe’s recording credits are also many and varied, including a Grammy-nominated recording with Doug Johns; the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra; The Jack Schantz Jazz Unit; Paul Ferguson’s Jazz Orchestra; Sammy Deleon; the late Gerald Levert; and many more.

Joe has been a member of the Music Faculty at Cleveland State University since 2011, specializing in Jazz and Commercial music, and has been with The Music Settlement since 2017. He has been teaching trumpet in and around Cleveland for more than 25 years. In that time, he has been a resident coach and artist with many schools in the area, and has built a reputation for helping students with sound, range, and technique. Joe is a proud Cleveland State University alum and former (and forever) student of Charles Couch (Cleveland Orchestra, retired) and jazz great Kenny Davis.

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Cleveland State University Close
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Eva Mondragón

String Department Head; Instructor, Violin & Viola

Violist Eva Mondragón has cultivated an engaging and diverse career as a music collaborator and educator. Originally beginning her classical musical studies on violin, Eva switched to viola in high school, and then pursued her undergraduate studies at the Peabody Conservatory under the guidan... Expand

Violist Eva Mondragón has cultivated an engaging and diverse career as a music collaborator and educator. Originally beginning her classical musical studies on violin, Eva switched to viola in high school, and then pursued her undergraduate studies at the Peabody Conservatory under the guidance of Victoria Chiang. After completing her undergraduate degree, Eva began her Master of Music degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music under the tutelage of Cleveland Orchestra violist Mark Jackobs. It was during this time that Eva discovered her passion for teaching and working with the next generation of musicians, which ultimately inspired her to pursue her Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of Maryland in College Park. While at UMD, Eva collaborated with UMD faculty and guest artists in community engagement concerts, performing traditional and contemporary works in new and creative ways. She also pursued her pedagogical interests, and received training and credentialing in Suzuki violin and participated in a variety of workshops and seminars, such as the Karen Tuttle Workshop at the University of Delaware.

After completing her DMA, Eva happily returned back to the Northeast Ohio area. As an active freelancing musician, Eva frequently performs with the Akron, Canton, Ashland and Firelands Symphony Orchestras, as well as continuing to perform as the Assistant Principal in the New Orchestra of Washington, based in Washington DC. Eva has attended the ENCORE School for Strings, the Aspen Music Festival, National Repertory Orchestra, in addition to performing in the Verbier Festival Orchestra in Verbier, Switzerland, and the Grant Park Festival Orchestra as a member of the Project Inclusion string quartet.

Currently, Eva lives in Akron where she enjoys hiking, biking, cooking, and spending time with her husband and cat.

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D.M.A. University of Maryland at College Park
M.M. Cleveland Institute of Music
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Joseph Mook

Instructor, Piano

Joseph Mook is a private music teacher in the greater Cleveland area, teaching children, teens, and adults, piano, violin, trumpet, and other musical instruments, as well as to love and enjoy music. He additionally is the worship team leader at his church, Gateway Church Downtown, where he plays key... Expand

Joseph Mook is a private music teacher in the greater Cleveland area, teaching children, teens, and adults, piano, violin, trumpet, and other musical instruments, as well as to love and enjoy music. He additionally is the worship team leader at his church, Gateway Church Downtown, where he plays keyboard, directs the church band in rehearsals, and leads the congregation in worship on Sundays.

Joseph has played violin in several community orchestras, most recently with Symphony West Orchestra. He occasionally performs for gigs at weddings and accompanies other musicians on piano.

He gained his Bachelor’s of Music Education from The Ohio State University in 2012, cum laude and with Honors, where he studied his principal instrument of piano under Dr. Steven Glaser primarily, but also with Drs. Rina Shimizu-Grow and Ryan Behan. During his free time, he enjoys basking in the cultural opportunities of University Circle in Cleveland, and especially hearing a pitch-perfect concert by the world-renowned Cleveland Orchestra.

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B.M.E, The Ohio State University Close
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Ok-Sim Nam Kim

Instructor, Voice

Ok-Sim Nam Kim has been a member of The Music Settlement's voice faculty since 1990. Her opera roles include Violetta (La Traviata), Micaela (Carmen), and Gilda (Rigoletto). She taught music at Kangwoon High School, Seoul, Korea for ten years. Ok-Sim won the first prize at a contest for music teache... Expand

Ok-Sim Nam Kim has been a member of The Music Settlement's voice faculty since 1990. Her opera roles include Violetta (La Traviata), Micaela (Carmen), and Gilda (Rigoletto). She taught music at Kangwoon High School, Seoul, Korea for ten years. Ok-Sim won the first prize at a contest for music teachers sponsored by Ministry of Education, Republic of Korea. She is a member of Mu Phi Epsilon. She has served as Soloist for the Fairmount Presbyterian Church choir, Cleveland Heights; Conductor, Euclid Lutheran Church choir; and has directed and conducted the choir for Temple Israel Ner Tamid in Mayfield Heights since 2000. Ok-Sim has been a member of Governing Council of the Arts Song Festival since 2007.

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Artist Diploma in Voice, CIM;
MM, Voice and Choir Conducting, Ouachita Baptist University;
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Luke Pernici

Instructor, Guitar, Ukulele

Luke Pernici is a local musician who has played in a variety of bands in and around Cleveland, including ET King and the Determination, Liz Bullock and the Tremonts, GROUP and others. While his primary instrument is guitar, he also plays bass, piano, drums, ukulele, and has been known to sing (somet... Expand

Luke Pernici is a local musician who has played in a variety of bands in and around Cleveland, including ET King and the Determination, Liz Bullock and the Tremonts, GROUP and others. While his primary instrument is guitar, he also plays bass, piano, drums, ukulele, and has been known to sing (sometimes). He has taught a variety of students over the seven years he's been active in the music scene, and utilizes these skills to give students an enjoyable, informative experience. He caters his lessons to the way a student learns best, and tries to indulge their tastes, while also injecting music that he thinks is important.

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Dan Price

Percussion Department Head; Instructor, Percussion

Dan started playing drums and percussion when he was 8 years old. By the time he was in high school, he had dedicated his life to his love of music. He went on to study percussion performance at Bowling Green State University. Since then he has spent time touring and recording with various original... Expand

Dan started playing drums and percussion when he was 8 years old. By the time he was in high school, he had dedicated his life to his love of music. He went on to study percussion performance at Bowling Green State University.

Since then he has spent time touring and recording with various original acts from the Cleveland area, as well as teaching private lessons around Cleveland. He taught himself how to record music, and these days splits his time between drumming and producing records for some of Cleveland’s local talent. He plays and records the most with his bands, Herzog and The Cross Brothers, in Cleveland and other cities around the midwest and east coast.

Dan teaches snare drum, drumset, marimba, timpani, and other classical percussion.

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Bowling Green State University Close
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Eric Richmond

Brass & Winds Department Head; Instructor, Baritone, Trombone, Tuba, Ensemble, J@MS

Eric Richmond received his undergraduate music education degree from The Ohio State University and his Master of Arts from Case Western Reserve University. He has also taught music in the Cleveland Municipal Schools, East Cleveland City Schools and the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Schools Di... Expand

Eric Richmond received his undergraduate music education degree from The Ohio State University and his Master of Arts from Case Western Reserve University. He has also taught music in the Cleveland Municipal Schools, East Cleveland City Schools and the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Schools Districts. In addition, he was instrumental music instructor for the REACH program at University School in Hunting Valley, Ohio. Eric has performanced with Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra, The Sounds of Sousa Band, The Allegheny Summer Music Festival with Clark Terry, and the Suburban Symphony Orchestra. Eric has performed at the Place, Ohio and State Theaters with soul music artists such as Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, The Temptations, The Four Tops and The Dells. Also, he has performed with Broadway legends such as Mitzi Gaynor and Diane Carol.

Presently, he is on staff at The Music Settlement as the low brass instructor and serves as Brass/Woodwind Department Head. He is a regular guest lecturer at Kent State University’s music education department. As member of local of the American Federation of Musician, Eric continues freelance playing the euphonium and the trombone.

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MA, Case Western Reserve University
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Cory Roberts

Instructor, Suzuki Guitar

Cory Roberts is a classical guitarist based in Lakewood. Suzuki guitar has been a life-long learning process for him that began at the age four. Studying under his mother Marylou Roberts, who played a roll in developing the Suzuki books and became the first certified Suzuki Guitar Teacher trainer in... Expand

Cory Roberts is a classical guitarist based in Lakewood. Suzuki guitar has been a life-long learning process for him that began at the age four. Studying under his mother Marylou Roberts, who played a roll in developing the Suzuki books and became the first certified Suzuki Guitar Teacher trainer in the world, Cory became one of the first students to complete all nine Suzuki Guitar books. He began studying with Jason Vieaux with once a month road trips in 2006 and began his studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music in 2008. During his time at CIM, in addition to solo performing, Cory studied pedagogy and gained experience in ensembles. In 2012, he graduated from CIM with a bachelor of music in guitar performance. Cory continues his musical education by studying Suzuki guitar, this time from a teacher’s perspective. He has completed teacher training in Suzuki Books 1-4.

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B.M., Guitar Performance, Cleveland Institute of Music Close
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Graham Rosen

Instructor, Outreach, Suzuki Theory; BOP STOP Operations and

Graham Rosen is a recent graduate from The Cleveland Institute of Music with a bachelors of music degree in Audio Recording and a minor in Dalcroze Eurhythmics. Raised in Portland, Oregon, Graham immersed himself in music during his school years. His ventures ranged from playing keyboard for a gara... Expand

Graham Rosen is a recent graduate from The Cleveland Institute of Music with a bachelors of music degree in Audio Recording and a minor in Dalcroze Eurhythmics.

Raised in Portland, Oregon, Graham immersed himself in music during his school years. His ventures ranged from playing keyboard for a garage band to being center snare for his high school drum line and competitive winter percussion team. At CIM his skill for rhythm and precision lead to a deep interest in the Dalcroze Eurythmics method and he dedicated his time to understanding how it could be implemented in new music composition.

Graham founded a new music collaboration with students at CIM, working under the name “Elephant Ornament”. Upon graduation he was awarded the Darius Milhaud award for unparalleled creativity, dedication to new music, and academic honors.

Currently, Graham teaches Dalcroze Eurhthmics and Music Theory classes through The Music Settlement, as well as a Live Sound Engineer at Beachland Ballroom and freelance Audio Engineer.

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B.M., Audio Recording, minor in Dalcroze Eyrthymics, Cleveland Institute of Music Close
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Henry Samuels

Instructor, Suzuki Upright Bass, Upright Bass; Ensemble Director, TMS Klezmer Ensemble

Henry Samuels is a double bass player and music teacher living in Cleveland, Ohio. He has performed across the US, China, Europe, and Japan. He performs with orchestras such as The Cleveland Orchestra, Akron Symphony, and the Bluewater Chamber Orchestra. Henry also plays chamber music in the greate... Expand

Henry Samuels is a double bass player and music teacher living in Cleveland, Ohio. He has performed across the US, China, Europe, and Japan. He performs with orchestras such as The Cleveland Orchestra, Akron Symphony, and the Bluewater Chamber Orchestra.

Henry also plays chamber music in the greater Cleveland area including for Stars in The Classics in Beachwood, and as a member of Classical Revolution Cleveland. His recent chamber music performances include Mozart’s “Per Questa Bella Mano”, Schubert’s “Trout” Quintet, and Schulhoff Concertino.

Henry is engaged in the Jewish music scene of Cleveland and is currently a member of the Case Western Reserve University Klezmer Ensemble, lead by violinist Steven Greenman. He is also the bassist for the Tischler Klezmer Orchestra. He attended the summer music festival KlezKanada in the summer of 2018, where he worked with Dan Blacksberg, Lauren Brody, and Cantor Jeff Warschauer.

Henry has many private bass students across Northeast Ohio ranging in age from early childhood to adult. He is the bass teacher at many local schools including Avon High School, Shaker Heights High School, Strongsville High School, and the Avon School of Music. He is a Suzuki and traditional bass instructor at The Music Settlement, and is working on outreach for the school in order to expand their bass department.

He also adapts violin and cello repertoire for double bass players. He has transcribed many violin and cello works for the bass ranging from Bach Cello Suites to Paganini’s “Moses” Variations. Henry’s early musical exposure was centered on the Great American Songbook, and he enjoys playing jazz and American Standards.

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Professional Studies Certificate, Cleveland Institute of Music
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Afi-Odelia Scruggs

Instructor, Outreach

Afi Scruggs is an experienced musician, songwriter and teaching artist. Her primary instrument is electric bass. She also plays keyboards, mandolin and balaphone, the West African ancestor of the xylophone. She is the staff bassist for Progressive Evangelistic Baptist Church and also plays bass for... Expand

Afi Scruggs is an experienced musician, songwriter and teaching artist. Her primary instrument is electric bass. She also plays keyboards, mandolin and balaphone, the West African ancestor of the xylophone.

She is the staff bassist for Progressive Evangelistic Baptist Church and also plays bass for the youth choir of Greater Abyssinia Baptist Church, both in Cleveland. In addition to gospel, Afi plays blues and jazz.

Afi has been a teaching artist since 2004. She’s developed arts-integrated curriculum for subjects ranging from social studies to financial management. She conducts songwriting workshops for grades K-6, using the blues to teach literacy. She’s also coached middle and high school students for the “Stop The Hate: Youth Sing Out” songwriting competition sponsored by the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage and Roots of American Music.

Afi is also an award-winning author, columnist and reporter, whose work has been featured on NPR, The Plain Dealer and in national and international publications and news sites.

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Ethan Sheils

Instructor, Violin, Saxophone, Outreach

Ethan Sheils is the lead teacher for the Tremont Montessori Generations of Strings program. Ethan taught classroom and instrumental music from 1998-2006 in the Cleveland Municipal School District, where he earned National Board Certification in Early/Middle Childhood Music, and in the Solon City Sch... Expand

Ethan Sheils is the lead teacher for the Tremont Montessori Generations of Strings program. Ethan taught classroom and instrumental music from 1998-2006 in the Cleveland Municipal School District, where he earned National Board Certification in Early/Middle Childhood Music, and in the Solon City Schools from 2006-2011. In addition to performing as a violinist in orchestras, string quartets, and big bands, Ethan also enjoys playing saxophone in jazz, blues, and rock bands in the Cleveland area.

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BME, University of Minnesota-Duluth Close
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Emily Shelley

Instructor, French Horn

Emily Shelley, was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She is currently second horn of both The Wheeling Symphony in West Virginia and The Erie Philharmonic in Pennsylvania and is the horn player in Cleveland’s professional woodwind quintet, the North Coast Winds, which took 2nd place at the 201... Expand

Emily Shelley, was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She is currently second horn of both The Wheeling Symphony in West Virginia and The Erie Philharmonic in Pennsylvania and is the horn player in Cleveland’s professional woodwind quintet, the North Coast Winds, which took 2nd place at the 2015 Yellow Springs Chamber Music Competition. As a teacher, Emily has taught privately for over a decade, was the Assistant Horn Faculty at the 2015 Sitka Fine Arts Camp in Alaska and is a Co-Founder of the North Coast Winds Chamber Music Camp. In addition to her performing career she holds the position of Operations Coordinator with the baroque chamber group, Les Délices, and Orchestra Manager with the Cleveland Opera Theater.

Shelley completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto in 2010 where she studied with Gabriel Radford and then moved to the United States where she completed her master’s degree at The Cleveland Institute of Music while under the tutelage of Cleveland Orchestra principal hornist Richard King and went on to receive her artist’s diploma at The Oberlin Conservatory where she is studied with Roland Pandolfi. In both Canada and the United States, Emily attended Domaine Forget, Windfest, the Banff Centre, and the Music Academy of the West summer festivals.

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The Oberlin Conservatory
Cleveland Institute of Music
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Derek Snyder

Instructor, Suzuki Cello; Ensemble Director, Arcos Chamber Ensemble, Beginning Chamber Orchestra, Junior Chamber Orchestra

Derek Snyder has appeared as a soloist with orchestras in both the United States and Europe, and -- as a chamber musician -- has collaborated with members of some of the country's most exciting ensembles, including the Cavani and Cleveland String Quartets, and the Cleveland, Detroit, Montreal and Ba... Expand

Derek Snyder has appeared as a soloist with orchestras in both the United States and Europe, and -- as a chamber musician -- has collaborated with members of some of the country's most exciting ensembles, including the Cavani and Cleveland String Quartets, and the Cleveland, Detroit, Montreal and Baltimore Symphonies. He is the cellist in the nuevo tango band Oblivion Project, which explores the music of Astor Piazzolla, the Hastings Piano Trio, and a board member of the Cleveland Cello Society.

Derek's arrangements of the music of Graham Nash and Bootsy Collins have been performed by the Contemporary Youth Orchestra with the composers. He has created numerous transcriptions and arrangements for cello ensembles, focusing primarily on the music of Dave Brubeck and Astor Piazzolla. His arrangements of music by Brubeck can be heard on the Naxos label as preformed by the Yale Cellos.

Derek is the founder of the publishing company Cellocelli Music (www.cellocelli.com), a source for unique and contemporary sheet music and recordings for string players.

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MM, New England Conservatory
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Gabriella Stout

Instructor, Suzuki Violin

Gabriella Stout received her Bachelors at the University of Delaware in music performance where she taught at the Community Music School of Delaware at the University of Delaware, as well as the Newark Performing Arts directed by Terry Mesa. Stout then moved to State College, PA, where she began her... Expand

Gabriella Stout received her Bachelors at the University of Delaware in music performance where she taught at the Community Music School of Delaware at the University of Delaware, as well as the Newark Performing Arts directed by Terry Mesa. Stout then moved to State College, PA, where she began her master’s degree in music performance at The Pennsylvania State University and taught at the State College Suzuki School, as well as the Music Academy. Before leaving State College, she studied with James Hutchins -- a Suzuki trainer from Virginia, and loved the experience so much that she continued her education at Ithaca College, where she received a master’s in Suzuki Pedagogy from Carrie Reuning-Hummel -- one of the leading Suzuki trainers in the United States.

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M.M. Suzuki Pedagogy, Ithaca College
Music performance, The Pennsylvania State University
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Tatyana Tolmacheva

Instructor, Piano

Tatyana Tolmacheva graduated from the prestigious Odessa State Conservatory in the Ukraine in 1971 with a Master's degree in piano, teaching, chamber ensembles, and accompaniment. She has spent the past 40 years teaching children and adults of all ages to play piano and appreciate classical music. D... Expand

Tatyana Tolmacheva graduated from the prestigious Odessa State Conservatory in the Ukraine in 1971 with a Master's degree in piano, teaching, chamber ensembles, and accompaniment. She has spent the past 40 years teaching children and adults of all ages to play piano and appreciate classical music. During her illustrious career, Tatyana performed solo in various concert venues in Europe and the United States and has also performed with her husband, a distinguished cellist.

Tatyana has taught at The Music Settlement for the past 20 years. She believes that classical music is approachable for anyone and also that playing the piano greatly enhances quality of life and develops creativity. She welcomes beginners as young as 3 1/2 years old all the way up to age 80. Many of her students continue to enjoy playing piano well after graduation. Tatyana is very proud of her students and for good reason: many of them have won scholarships from The Music Settlement and received superior ratings in state competitions.

Education
Master's Degree, Piano, Odessa State Conservatory (Ukraine);
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Jim Wall

Instructor, Percussion; Ensemble, J@MS

Jim Wall is a drummer, teacher, recording engineer and music producer. Drawn to the drums from the age of two, music and life became inseparable for him at a very young age. He has performed live since age 7 and has played throughout North America and Europe with numerous artists, including Big Brot... Expand

Jim Wall is a drummer, teacher, recording engineer and music producer. Drawn to the drums from the age of two, music and life became inseparable for him at a very young age. He has performed live since age 7 and has played throughout North America and Europe with numerous artists, including Big Brother and the Holding Company, Grammy award winner; Robert Lockwood, Love Janis: The Musical, Hair, Kristine Jackson, The Jack Fords, Walkin' Cane, and Cuda/Wall/Cuda among others. He owns and runs Blue Buddha Music Studio in Cleveland, Ohio, which has become both Northeast Ohio's state of the art recording studio.

Education
BM, Berklee College of Music Close
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Linda White

Instructor, Flute; Ensemble Director, Champagne Flutes, Flautrageous Flute Choir; Coordinator, Musical Mix & Mingle

Linda White leads an active musical life as both a performer and a teacher. She is a founding member of the BlueWater Chamber Orchestra, and has also performed with The Cleveland Pops Orchestra, The Cleveland Opera Orchestra, The Akron Symphony, The Canton Symphony, Erie Philharmonic, and The New Wo... Expand

Linda White leads an active musical life as both a performer and a teacher. She is a founding member of the BlueWater Chamber Orchestra, and has also performed with The Cleveland Pops Orchestra, The Cleveland Opera Orchestra, The Akron Symphony, The Canton Symphony, Erie Philharmonic, and The New World Symphony.

She regularly performs with classical guitarist Robert Gruca as part of the Gruca White Ensemble (www.grucawhiteensemble.com), whose first album was released in November 2020. As Artists-in-Residence at The Music Settlement, Robert and Linda entertain audiences throughout Greater Cleveland with their fresh approach which combines classical, latin, popular, and improvised music.

An avid chamber musician and champion of contemporary music, Linda regularly works with the composers of The Cleveland Composers Guild and performs their pieces at venues throughout the Great Lakes region. Though classically trained, Linda enjoys improvising and nurtures her love of jazz through collaboration with pianist-composer Marshall Griffith. Together, she and Marshall have debuted many of his new works.

An engaging teacher, Linda teaches at The Music Settlement, where she has students of all ages and abilities. In addition to her nurturing demeanor and her creative teaching methods, her skill as a pianist gives students a more in-depth ensemble experience, and thus, a more complete understanding of music. At The Music Settlement, in addition to her teaching and work with the Gruca White Ensemble, Linda leads the Flautrageous Flute Choir, Champagne Flutes, and coordinates a program called Musical Mix & Mingle for adult amateur musicians to gather and play chamber music.

Linda received a Master of Music degree from The Cleveland Institute of Music as a student of Jeffrey Khaner and a Bachelor of the Arts from the University of Wyoming, where she studied with Dr. Katherine Kemler.

For more information, please visit lindawhiteflute.com.

Education
MM, Cleveland Institute of Music
BA, University of Wyoming Close
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Dianna White-Gould

Instructor, Piano

Dianna White-Gould is an active soloist, accompanist and educator. She was born into a musical family. Her father was a cellist with The Cleveland Orchestra and her mother a composer and pianist. She began her early piano studies with her mother, then went on to high school where she was an active p... Expand

Dianna White-Gould is an active soloist, accompanist and educator. She was born into a musical family. Her father was a cellist with The Cleveland Orchestra and her mother a composer and pianist. She began her early piano studies with her mother, then went on to high school where she was an active performing member of The Fortnightly Music Club and, as part of that group, a Gold Cup recipient for outstanding piano performances.

Dianna graduated from Oberlin College Conservatory. She later received a Master’s in Piano Performance from Cleveland State University. She attended L’Ecole de Fontainebleau in France as a student of Gaby Casadesus. She has also toured Germany performing as accompanist and soloist at The Odenwald Summer Music Festival.

Ms. White-Gould has appeared as the featured soloist with The Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra, and twice as soloist with the Heights Civic Orchestra. Other performing appearances include solo and collaborative performances at Severance Hall, Oberlin College, Ursuline College, Cuyahoga Community College, The Music Settlement, Cleveland State University, Cleveland Public Library, Wooster College and The South Shore Cultural Center in Chicago. She has a strong interest in new music and music of African-American composers and has given world premieres by composers Dolores White, H. Leslie Adams, Hale Smith, and George Walker. She is on faculty at The Music Settlement and the Dike School of the Arts, where she directs the Choir and Keyboard program.

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MM, Piano Performance, Cleveland State University
BM, Piano Performance and Music Education, Oberlin College Conservatory Close
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Adam Whiting

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Jeff Williams

Instructor, Violin & Viola

Jeff Williams began playing the viola at the age of eleven and earned his Bachelor's of Music degree in Viola Performance from Oberlin College Conservatory of Music. His primary teachers included Raymond Montoni, Jeffrey Irvine, and Lynne Ramsey. After graduate studies at Pennsylvania State Universi... Expand

Jeff Williams began playing the viola at the age of eleven and earned his Bachelor's of Music degree in Viola Performance from Oberlin College Conservatory of Music. His primary teachers included Raymond Montoni, Jeffrey Irvine, and Lynne Ramsey. After graduate studies at Pennsylvania State University at State College and Ohio University in Athens, Mr. Williams pursued his interests in computers and non-profit arts support working for diverse organizations such as Harley-Davidson and The Cleveland Orchestra.

For over 30 years, Jeff has taught violin, viola, chamber music, and music theory to all age and experience levels, both privately and through programs at Pennsylvania State University, Ohio University, the Euclid School of Music, and Sam Ash Learning Centers. He is currently Principal Viola of the Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra.

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Graduate Studies, Pennsylvania State University at State College
Graduate Studies, Ohio University, Athens
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Anne Wilson

Instructor, Piano

Anne Wilson is Staff Accompanist and Instructor at Case Western Reserve University, Pianist and Choral Coach at Cleveland Heights High School, Rehearsal Pianist for Apollo’s Fire, and a freelance classical and jazz musician about town. She is also on the faculty of The Music Settlement and has... Expand

Anne Wilson is Staff Accompanist and Instructor at Case Western Reserve University, Pianist and Choral Coach at Cleveland Heights High School, Rehearsal Pianist for Apollo’s Fire, and a freelance classical and jazz musician about town. She is also on the faculty of The Music Settlement and has just finished a long tenure as Organist/Director of Music at Forest Hill Presbyterian Church (Cleveland Hts.).

Anne has won first or second prizes in seven national and international organ competitions and has been featured on National Public Radio’s “Pipedreams” program and Cleveland radio station WCLV’s Not the Dead, White, Male Composers Hour. Her compositions have been performed at such venues as the Chautauqua Institution, the Aspen Music Festival, the Julliard School, and the Amsterdam Cello Biennale.

Anne has two adult daughters, and in her spare time she enjoys playing pickleball and ping-pong. She also is a caller for local English Country Dance groups.

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MM, Organ Performance, Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music
BM, Organ Performance, Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music
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Randolph Woods

Instructor, Saxophone; Ensemble Director, Junior J@MS

Residing in the Cleveland area, Randolph Woods has established himself as a versatile and accomplished musician, educator and composer. After graduating top of his class from Shaw High School in East Cleveland, Ohio, Mr. Woods went on to study at the illustrious Howard University in Washington, D.C... Expand

Residing in the Cleveland area, Randolph Woods has established himself as a versatile and accomplished musician, educator and composer.

After graduating top of his class from Shaw High School in East Cleveland, Ohio, Mr. Woods went on to study at the illustrious Howard University in Washington, D.C. Mr. Woods is currently a student at Kent State University. His training in music education, clarinet performance and saxophone performance has served him well as he has built a career of passion, mentorship and community outreach.

As a composer and performer, Mr. Woods has embraced and performed a vast array of musical genres. Jazz, classical, reggae, R&B, funk, musical theater, blues and Rock & Roll have all been apart of his unique experience, as he has performed in dozens of musical ensembles in the Cleveland and Washington, D.C. areas.

Mr. Woods currently directs the wind and percussion ensembles at Shaw High School, as well as Shaw High’s resident jazz fusion ensemble known as “The Shaw High School Rhythm Teens.” At The Music Settlement, Mr. Woods serves as an ensemble coach for J@MS and saxophone instructor.

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Kent State University
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Beth Woodside

Instructor, Violin

Beth Woodside has been a member of The Cleveland Orchestra since 1994. She studied with Josef Gingold and James Buswell at Indiana University, where she earned a Bachelor of Music degree; and with Peter Salaff at the Eastman School of Music, earning a Master of Music degree. While at Indiana Univers... Expand

Beth Woodside has been a member of The Cleveland Orchestra since 1994. She studied with Josef Gingold and James Buswell at Indiana University, where she earned a Bachelor of Music degree; and with Peter Salaff at the Eastman School of Music, earning a Master of Music degree. While at Indiana University, she gained an especially broad range of knowledge, studying contemporary music with Harvey Sollberger and the New Music Ensemble, and studying Bach and Mozart with the greatly revered baroque violin professor, Stanley Ritchie.

Ms. Woodside is a former member of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and the New World Symphony and has collaborated with numerous other symphonic and chamber ensembles including Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, Mainly Mozart Festival, Cleveland Chamber Collective, and Cleveland Composer’s Guild. She performs as a teaching artist in the Cleveland Public Schools for The Cleveland Orchestra’s Learning Through Music program, and frequently performs on the Orchestra’s Musical Rainbow series geared toward preschoolers.

Beth joined the faculty of The Music Settlement in 2014 and also serves on the board of Reaching Heights. She lives in Cleveland Heights with her playwright/production manager husband, Tom Frattare, 2 teenagers and 2 cats.

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MM, University of Rochester, Eastman School of Music
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