Staff Directory

Louis Scaglione, President & Music Director

Maestro Scaglione and PYO

This season, Maestro Scaglione celebrates his 20th anniversary with the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra organization. Under his leadership, the organization has grown to include six program divisions and more than 525 students. Maestro Scaglione is deeply committed to the greater Philadelphia cultural and educational community, and has served on numer­ous nonprofit boards and committees. He has extensive experience as a nonprofit executive, and also serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of The Philly Pops.

Scaglione’s tenure began in 1997, when Joseph Primavera, who served as PYO’s Music Director for 51 years, appointed him Conductor of the Philadelphia Young Artists Orchestra. In 1999, Maestro Scaglione was named Associate Conductor of the PYO organization, becoming the organization’s first Executive Director two years later.  In 2003, Scaglione accepted the position of President, and upon Maestro Primavera’s retirement two years later, he became the organization’s fifth Music Director, President and CEO.

Maestro Scaglione has led the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra on several international concert tours, with destinations includ­ing The 1998 World Youth Music Forum in Moscow; the Czech Republic and Italy (2000); China (2002); eastern and central Europe (2004); and Brazil (2007), where they performed to sold-out venues in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. Scaglione has also arranged musical collaborations for the orchestras with many nationally and internationally celebrated concert artists, as well as many regional performing arts institutions.

Maestro Scaglione has also served as Artistic Director of the Choral Society of Montgomery County in residence at Montgomery County Community College from 2002 to 2012.  From 2006 through 2010, he was Resident Music Director and Conductor for the Luzerne Music Center (NY). He is a former member of the faculty and administrative staff of Temple University Music Preparatory Division.  Because of his work with the PYO program, Maestro Scaglione was elected by his peers in 2006 to serve as Chairman of the Youth Orchestra Division Board of the League of American Orchestras, and served on the League’s Board of Directors.

Additionally, Maestro Scaglione’s involve­ment with the greater Philadelphia cultural and social community includes service as a member of the Board of Directors of The Philly Pops; and Treasurer of Studio Incamminati. Past appointments included serving as Director of The Union League of Philadelphia; and Vice Chairman of The Youth Work Foundation of The Union League of Philadelphia; among others.

Maestro Scaglione graduated with honors from The University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Science in Music Education and holds a Master of Music degree from Temple University.  Philanthropy is paramount to Maestro Scaglione, and he teaches his students the importance of “giving-back” to one’s community through one’s talents.

Colleen Hood, General Manager & Librarian

Colleen Hood is active in the Philadelphia music scene as an administrator, librarian, performer, and teacher. She is currently the General Manager of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra organization, as well as Manager of the Musicopia String Orchestra.  Previously, Ms. Hood served as the Assistant Director of Orchestra Personnel and Librarian for Opera Philadelphia, General Manager of the Great Hall Chamber Orchestra of Bryn Mawr College, and the Instrumental Ensembles Manager at the Boyer College of Music of Temple University. She has performed with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra, The Philly Pops, Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra 2001, Symphony in C, and the Baltimore, Delaware, and Taipei Symphonies. Librarian internships include those with The Philadelphia Orchestra and Tanglewood Music Center. She has studied with Bernard Garfield, and Daniel Matsukawa. Ms. Hood holds both Bachelor's and Master's degrees, in Bassoon Performance, from Temple University and maintains a private teaching studio.

Kevin Gifford, Development Director

Kevin Gifford is a Philadelphia-based arts administrator and fundraising professional with a life-long passion for orchestral music, education, and performance. Joining the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra organization in July 2016 as Development Director, he manages all contributed revenue streams for PYO and Tune Up Philly. Prior to joining PYO, Kevin held development posts for various Philadelphia arts organizations including Opera Philadelphia, Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, Dancing Classrooms Philly, and the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra. Additionally he assists multiple ensembles with production, and event management including Tempesta Di Mare, Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, and Piffaro Renaissance Band, where he is helping to launch a Young Friends Circle.

Kevin is no stranger to the amazing experiences that come with participating in youth orchestra programs. In high school he was a member of Albany NY’s Empire State Youth Orchestra and Youth Chorale as an oboist and tenor respectively.  Additionally, In 2010 and 2011 he served as a counselor, woodwind teacher, and chamber music coach for New York State Summer School of the Arts – School of Orchestra Studies in Saratoga Springs, a four-week intensive orchestral program for New York’s most talented young musicians.

He holds a Master of Science in Arts Administration from Drexel University, focusing his thesis work on a study of Philadelphia performing arts organizations’ individual giving programs. Kevin also holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education and a Certificate in Oboe Performance from the Crane School of Music-SUNY Potsdam where he studied with Dr. Anna Hendrickson.

Patrick Bailey, Operations Assistant

Patrick Bailey is an alumnus of the PYO organization (Helen Karp Memorial Awardee 2008) and a graduate of Temple University. He currently serves as Assistant Conductor for the Philadelphia Young Artists Orchestra and Operations Assistant for the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra organization. He is the Associate Director of Bands at Pennsbury High School, Associate Director of the Pennsbury Marching Band and Concert Jazz Band, and teaches at two of the district’s elementary schools and the school’s summer music program. He has been a guest lecturer/conductor at Temple University and at area high schools. Patrick also teaches percussion in his studio in Newtown, PA.

Performances include his trio Three for All Percussion, his jazz group The Bailey Trio, as well as freelancing in the greater Philadelphia area. In 2012 he was a guest soloist with the Temple University Symphony Orchestra, giving the North American Debut of the John Psathas timpani concerto “Planet Damnation”.  He was a member of Drum Corps International’s Boston Crusaders and has won top honors in DCI’s Individual and Ensemble competition. Patrick has performed in the US, Europe, and Asia with various ensembles.

Currently, Patrick is a published composer with Bachovich Music Publications, a member of the Vic Firth Education Team, member of the national and state music education associations, and an active clinician and educator.

Louis Scaglione, Music Director

Maestro Scaglione and PYO

This season, Maestro Scaglione celebrates his 20th anniversary with the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra organization. Under his leadership, the organization has grown to include six program divisions and more than 525 students. Maestro Scaglione is deeply committed to the greater Philadelphia cultural and educational community, and has served on numer­ous nonprofit boards and committees. He has extensive experience as a nonprofit executive, and also serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of The Philly Pops.

Scaglione’s tenure began in 1997, when Joseph Primavera, who served as PYO’s Music Director for 51 years, appointed him Conductor of the Philadelphia Young Artists Orchestra. In 1999, Maestro Scaglione was named Associate Conductor of the PYO organization, becoming the organization’s first Executive Director two years later.  In 2003, Scaglione accepted the position of President, and upon Maestro Primavera’s retirement two years later, he became the organization’s fifth Music Director, President and CEO.

Maestro Scaglione has led the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra on several international concert tours, with destinations includ­ing The 1998 World Youth Music Forum in Moscow; the Czech Republic and Italy (2000); China (2002); eastern and central Europe (2004); and Brazil (2007), where they performed to sold-out venues in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. Scaglione has also arranged musical collaborations for the orchestras with many nationally and internationally celebrated concert artists, as well as many regional performing arts institutions.

Maestro Scaglione has also served as Artistic Director of the Choral Society of Montgomery County in residence at Montgomery County Community College from 2002 to 2012.  From 2006 through 2010, he was Resident Music Director and Conductor for the Luzerne Music Center (NY). He is a former member of the faculty and administrative staff of Temple University Music Preparatory Division.  Because of his work with the PYO program, Maestro Scaglione was elected by his peers in 2006 to serve as Chairman of the Youth Orchestra Division Board of the League of American Orchestras, and served on the League’s Board of Directors.

Additionally, Maestro Scaglione’s involve­ment with the greater Philadelphia cultural and social community includes service as a member of the Board of Directors of The Philly Pops; and Treasurer of Studio Incamminati. Past appointments included serving as Director of The Union League of Philadelphia; and Vice Chairman of The Youth Work Foundation of The Union League of Philadelphia; among others.

Maestro Scaglione graduated with honors from The University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Science in Music Education and holds a Master of Music degree from Temple University.  Philanthropy is paramount to Maestro Scaglione, and he teaches his students the importance of “giving-back” to one’s community through one’s talents.

Rosalind Erwin, Director and Conductor

A flexible, creative and highly accomplished conductor, Rosalind Erwin is welcome on podiums both in the USA and abroad. Born in Great Falls, Montana, Rosalind Erwin began her musical studies on the clarinet and piano, and made her conducting debut at age 13. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Performance from the New School of Music in Philadelphia and her Masters in Performance from Temple University. At Temple she studied with Anthony Gigliotti, Principal Clarinet of the Philadelphia Orchestra and was appointed Resident Conductor of the Composition Department. As clarinetist, Erwin has appeared soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony and has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra. She has studied with and been mentored by conducting greats Riccardo Muti, Leonard Slatkin, David Zinman, Joseph Barone and William Smith. She has been honored by the Leopold Stokowsky Memorial Conducting Competition sponsored by the Rittenhouse Square Women’s Committee of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Erwin was the founder and creative force behind Musica 2000 – The Symphony Orchestra. Erwin commissioned works by emerging American composers, presenting world premieres both in the USA and abroad.

As Music Director of the Pottstown Symphony Orchestra, Erwin elevated the orchestra to exceptional artistic heights, expanded educational outreach via collaboration with other arts organizations and brought contemporary music into concert programming. Erwin commissioned and premiered the overture simple by Guggenheim Fellow Robert Maggio, as well as Alabanza by Philadelphia composer Kile Smith.

Highly acclaimed as an educator, Erwin has conducted Pennsylvania and New Jersey Music Educator Associations’ All-State, Regional and District Festival Orchestras. Erwin is the former Music Director and Conductor of the Delaware County Youth Orchestra, Luzerne Music Center Orchestras and Settlement Music School Chamber Orchestra. Erwin has served as guest lecturer for Arcadia University’s Community Scholars program, and Guest Lecturer and Celebrity Guest for the Philadelphia Orchestra Lecture/Luncheon Series.

Guest conducting engagements have included orchestras in Portugal, the Czech Republic and Bulgaria, as well as throughout the USA. She was featured conductor during American Music Week with the Sophia Philharmonic in Bulgaria and guest conducted Sinfonijski orkestar Hvratska vojske.

Erwin was named Director and Conductor of the Philadelphia Young Artists Orchestra in January 2014. She is currently also Conductor and Music Director of the Drexel University Orchestra.

Patrick Bailey, Assistant Conductor

Patrick Bailey is an alumnus of the PYO organization (Helen Karp Memorial Awardee 2008) and a graduate of Temple University. He currently serves as Assistant Conductor for the Philadelphia Young Artists Orchestra and Operations Assistant for the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra organization. He is the Associate Director of Bands at Pennsbury High School, Associate Director of the Pennsbury Marching Band and Concert Jazz Band, and teaches at two of the district’s elementary schools and the school’s summer music program. He has been a guest lecturer/conductor at Temple University and at area high schools. Patrick also teaches percussion in his studio in Newtown, PA.

Performances include his trio Three for All Percussion, his jazz group The Bailey Trio, as well as freelancing in the greater Philadelphia area. In 2012 he was a guest soloist with the Temple University Symphony Orchestra, giving the North American Debut of the John Psathas timpani concerto “Planet Damnation”.  He was a member of Drum Corps International’s Boston Crusaders and has won top honors in DCI’s Individual and Ensemble competition. Patrick has performed in the US, Europe, and Asia with various ensembles.

Currently, Patrick is a published composer with Bachovich Music Publications, a member of the Vic Firth Education Team, member of the national and state music education associations, and an active clinician and educator.

Kenneth T. Bean, Director and Conductor

Kenneth began seriously studying music as a high school student when he attended the Baltimore School for the Arts. He matriculated to Oberlin Conservatory where he earned a Bachelor of Music in Trumpet Performance, following which he completed a Master of Music Education from Jackson State University.

As a trumpeter, Kenneth has enjoyed a thriving freelance career, playing with such ensembles as Mannheim Steamroller, Sphinx Symphony Orchestra, Soulful Symphony Orchestra, Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra and Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra.  He can be heard on recordings with Symphony in C, the Monocacy Chamber Orchestra, and hip-hop artist Thee Phantom & the Illharmonic Orchestra.

Following a desire to pass on the gift of music, Kenneth has worked with a number of music education organizations, including Play on, Philly! and Settlement Music School, both of which serve Philadelphia youth.  He has also taught at summer festivals, such as Kinhaven Music School and Luzerne Music Center.  He currently serves as Associate Director of the Primavera Fund, an initiative to fund music education for youth in Philadelphia.

In recent years, Kenneth has been most fortunate to engage his passion for conducting.  He held the position of Music Director/Conductor of the Junior String Philharmonic of the Lehigh Valley from 2011-2015.  In 2016, he was appointed Music Director/Conductor of the Young People’s Philharmonic of the Lehigh Valley.  He also serves as the Conductor for the Symphony in C Youth Orchestra.  Kenneth currently lives in West Philadelphia.

Rachel Segal, Associate Director

A native Philadelphian, Rachel has enjoyed an exciting and varied career both at home and abroad. As a performer, her career highlights include more than a decade as a member of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, and posts in Europe with the Tampere Filharmonia in Finland and as Concertmaster of the Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa in Lisbon, Portugal. She is Concertmaster of the Central City Opera Orchestra and began her career as Concertmaster of the South Bend Symphony.

Rachel began her violin studies at age three in the Suzuki Method. As a teen she participated in the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, Temple University’s Center for Gifted Young Musicians, the Settlement Music School, and The New York String Orchestra Seminar. She earned her Bachelor of Music degree from The University of Michigan in the studio of Paul Kantor and her Master of Music degree from The Yale School of Music in the studio of Sidney Harth. Other teachers include Jerome Wigler and Barbara Govatos.

Rachel’s commitment to education and outreach have taken her into dozens of public schools for performances and residencies, and she has held faculty positions at Regis University and the Community College of Aurora, as well as at the Luzerne Music Center. She has worked extensively as a chamber music and sectionals coach for the Denver youth orchestras and as a private teacher.

In addition to traditional classical music, Rachel is a champion of new music, and has premiered many new works of solo, chamber, and orchestral music. She was also Concertmaster for the Central City Opera’s premiere of Poet Li Bai, an opera by Chinese composer Guo Wenjing. Rachel has performed with some of the world’s most famous popular artists, including Peter Gabriel, Earth Wind and Fire, Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Jr., DeVotchKa, Amanda Palmer, Otis Taylor, and Ben Folds. Rachel was a lead violinist for the Orquesta Tipica Natural Tango and performed frequently with the Extasis Tango Quartet in Denver.

Rachel currently performs frequently with The Philly Pops and The Orchestra of The Pennsylvania Ballet, is a core member of The Fairmount String Quartet, and is a founding member of The Media Lunas, an Argentine Tango band based in Media, PA. Rachel is the Associate Director and String Faculty Coordinator for The Philadelphia Young Musicians Orchestra, and is proud to serve on the Board of Directors of The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia and The Greene Street Artists Cooperative. Learn more at www.rachelsegal.info.

Paul Bryan, Director and Conductor

Paul Bryan leads a distinguished career as both performer and educator.  A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and Temple University where he studied trombone with Glenn Dodson and Eric Carlson and conducting with David Hayes, Arthur Chodoroff, and Lawrence Wagner, Paul currently serves as Director and Conductor of Bravo Brass – the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra brass ensemble, Music Director of the Philadelphia Wind Symphony, Head Conductor of the Young Artists Summer Program at Curtis Summerfest, Music Director of the Symphony in C Summer Camp, and a faculty member at Temple University and the Curtis Institute of Music.

Described by composer Eric Ewazen as a “stunning” interpreter producing performances with “riveting momentum and heartfelt lyricism,” Paul has led concerts with a variety of groups including the wind and brass ensembles of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, the Rodney Mack Philadelphia Big Brass, and Boyz II Men.

Sought after for his ability to train gifted instrumentalists, Paul pushes his groups to take risks and to make music as opposed to just playing it.  Past positions have included Conductor of the Drexel University Orchestra, Conductor of the Philadelphia All-City High School Concert Band, and appearances with the ensembles of the New York Summer Music Festival, Play On, Philly!, and numerous honor groups in the Delaware Valley.

A respected member of the Philadelphia area’s musical community, Paul serves as Dean of Faculty and Students at the Curtis Institute of Music where he directs the educational programming and curricular life of one of the world’s foremost conservatories.

Barry McCommon, Associate Conductor

Barry is a musician that defies categorization. Having begun his career while still enrolled at the Curtis Institute of Music, he also cut his teeth in the clubs of Philly and Atlantic City. His versatility has earned him respect as a “crossover” artist, performing in venues ranging from Lincoln Center to the House of Blues with anyone from the Royal Ballet, to the Jaco Pastorius Big Band, to R&B legend Aretha Franklin.
He is to some the tuxedo-clad classical bass trombonist for The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia--to others he's the jazz musician they've seen with the Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia, or backing the likes of Herbie Hancock--in another realm, he regularly can be seen on the r&b/funk circuit of Philly and Atlantic City with luminaries such as Pattie Labelle. This musical dichotomy has seen Barry share the stage with Opera greats(Luciano Pavarotti), Broadway/Cabaret stars(Bernadette Peters), Jazz heavies(Randy Brecker), R&B legends(Peabo Bryson), to Pop/Rock icons(Peter Cetera) and many, many, more—a “who’s who” performing in Philly, Atlantic City, and New York. It has also put him on the short list for original, genre-bending projects.
In addition to his work as a performer, he is a Senior Lecturer at the University of the Arts, an Associate Conductor of Bravo Brass, and has taught at the Philadelphia International Music Festival through chamber music coaching and a solo performance class.
An in-demand sideman, Barry is also a vibrant soloist. The only trombonist to have ever appeared as soloist at the Philadelphia International Music Festival, he has been featured with the Philadelphia Sinfonia at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in a performance of Eric Ewazen's "Ballade for Bass Trombone and Strings", has appeared numerous times with Bravo Brass, including the world premier of Jamie Wehr's "A Very Barry Fantasy"(May 2009), stepped forward to front and center with Nu Directions Chamber Brass in performances of "Evolution and the Passage of Time", written for Barry by Thomas James Madeja, receiving its world premier in September 2011 in Chicago with additional performances in Philadelphia and New York, as well as having performed as soloist with the Ocean City Pops, Drexel University Concert Band, and the West Chester University Percussion Ensemble. Up next for his eighth collaboration with Bravo Brass, they will resurrect "A Very Barry Fantasy" in March 2015 in Philadelphia.
In addition to his many live performances, Barry is also busy in the recording studio. He has recorded for Grammy nominated projects, sessions for NFL Films(Emmy winning soundtracks), NASCAR(featured in IMAX theaters nationwide), Hasbro, Inc., commercials/jingles, Warner Bros(publications and major motion pictures), numerous radio broadcasts, and has appeared in television broadcasts both here in the United States and abroad. The long list of musicians with whom he's performed includes Eddie Daniels, Joey DeFrancesco, Herbie Hancock, Dave Grusin, Claudio Roditi, Gerald Veasley, Victor Wooten, Take 6, Maureen McGovern, Rosemary Clooney, Judy Collins, Peabo Bryson, Randy Newman, broadway performers Marvin Hamlisch, Julie Andrews, Rita Moreno, as well as Sesame Street star Bob McGrath; he's also acted in a musical skit with author/radio personality Garrison Keillor.
Rather than accept the parameters that so many try to place on musicians, Barry plays what he wants to play—his love of rock, jazz, r&b,

Robert Skoniczin, Associate Conductor

Robert Skoniczin performs in a variety of settings, including classical, commercial, jazz, and touring Broadway shows. Rob has backed various star attractions and can be heard on several recordings including Manhattan Transfer’s DVD The Christmas Concert, Reanimations and Shadowcatcher with the West Chester University Wind Ensemble, American Anthems with the Gramercy Brass Orchestra, and numerous spots for NFL Films. In October 2015, Rob made his Carnegie Hall debut performing with Tromba Mundi, where three new works for trumpet ensemble were unveiled. His principal teachers have included Vince Penzarella of the New York Philharmonic and Christopher Tranchitella of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra. In May 2014, Rob co-hosted the 39th Annual International Trumpet Guild Conference in King of Prussia with his fellow West Chester University colleague, JC Dobrzelewski. He teaches trumpet at the University of Delaware and West Chester University of Pennsylvania, and is a member of the National Band Association, the International Trumpet Guild, and Phi Beta Kappa. Rob is a performing artist for S.E. Shires trumpets.

Karen Schubert, Horn Faculty

Karen Schubert is a graduate of The Curtis Institute of Music. She is principal horn of the Delaware Symphony Orchestra, Opera Delaware, and the Kennett Symphony of Chester County, and is also a member of The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, the Opera Philadelphia orchestra, and the Fairmount Brass Quartet. She has performed as soloist with The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Delaware Symphony, and The Kennett Symphony of Chester County. Mrs. Schubert has been on the faculty of Immaculata University and Widener University. She is currently the adjunct horn teacher at Cairn University and maintains a private horn studio.

Brian Brown, Tuba Faculty

Brian Brown earned his Bachelor and Master degrees from the Juilliard School. His major teachers include Paul Krzywicki, Don Harry, Donald Harwood and Vincent Penzarella. He is currently principal tuba of The Philly Pops, Delaware Symphony Orchestra and The Stamford (Conn.) Symphony Orchestra. As an active freelance musician, Mr. Brown has performed with The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Pennsylvania Ballet, and the Opera Company of Philadelphia among others. He is the tuba player for NFL Films. He is a member of the Westminster Brass and the Rowan University Faculty Brass Quintet. Mr Brown is Adjunct Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at the College of New Jersey, Rowan University, University of Delaware and lecturer at Princeton University.

 

Gloria dePasquale, Director and Conductor

Gloria dePasquale joined the Philadelphia Orchestra ‘cello section in 1977 at the invitation of Eugene Ormandy. She graduated with honors with both her BM and MM degrees at The New England Conservatory of Music in Boston where she was astudent of Stephen Geber.

‘Cellist of the dePasquale String Quartet for more than two decades, the quartet was in residence at Villanova University and presented a highly acclaimed chamber music series performing with such artists as Yo-yo Ma, Emanuel Ax, Christoph Eschenbach, Yefim Bronfman, Wolfgang Sawallisch, and Andre Watts. Ms. dePasquale was also ‘cellist in the dePasquale trio, performing alongside her late husband William, and daughter, Francesca.

Mr. and Mrs. dePasquale were frequent soloists with area community and youth orchestras, performing both the Brahms Double Concerto and the Saint-Saëns La Muse et Le Poèt. Their last public performance together as soloists was in June of 2010 in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia performing with The Philadelphia Youth Orchestra. Last season, Mrs. dePasquale was soloist with the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, performing Haydn’s C Major Concerto in Verizon Hall.

Mrs. dePasquale is an advocate for music education both at The Philadelphia Orchestra where she chairs the musician education committee and in The Philadelphia Youth Orchestra where she is Artistic Advisor to the organization and Director and Conductor of the PRYSM and PRYSM Young Artist Orchestras, founded seven years ago with her late husband, William.

Mrs. dePasquale maintains a large private studio and runs monthly masterclass and performance classes for her students. Her graduating students regularly are accepted into the nation’s finest conservatories, colleges, and universities. Mrs. dePasquale teaches for the New York State School of Orchestral Studies at Saratoga Springs New York every August and also is on the faculty of Luzerne (NY) Music Center and the Philadelphia International Music Festival.

Mrs. dePasquale serves on the board of The Philadelphia Orchestra as a representative for the musicians in her elected position of Chair of the Musician Members’ Committee of The Philadelphia Orchestra.

Andrea Weber, Conductor - PRYSM Young Artists

Ms. Andrea Weber, a cellist and string specialist, is currently celebrating her 10th year of teaching in the Philadelphia region. After graduating with her Master’s Degree in Cello Performance from the Ester Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University, Andrea has enjoyed working as both a performer and an educator. She teaches for several divisions of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra organization, including Tune Up Philly, PRYSM Young Artists, and Philadelphia Young Musicians Orchestra. In addition to her work with PYO, Andrea holds such positions as Lower School String Specialist at the Friends Select School and Teaching Artist for the Musicopia String Orchestra. As a cellist, Andrea is currently focusing on her work as a crossover musician. She has the pleasure of writing cello parts and improvising with regional songwriters; her work is featured in over 20 records as well as current national and international radio broadcasts.

Risa Cullen

Risa Cullen, violist, graduated from Temple University in May 2016 with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education. She is currently a K-6 Elementary General Music teacher at Valley Elementary in Bensalem, PA. In the summer of 2016, Risa worked as a Chamber Ensemble Coach and Solo Performance Preparation Coordinator at Philadelphia International Music Festival. She will continue her teaching career in the Philadelphia, where she has her own violin and viola private teaching studio.

Robert dePasquale

Robert dePasquale was a member of the New York Philharmonic before joining The Philadelphia Orchestra in 1964, where he served as Associate Principal Second Violin until his retirement in 1997. He studied at the New School of Music with Jascha Brodsky, and gave many recitals in Philadelphia and Washington while he was a member of the US Navy Band. He is now currently Music Director of the Academy of Community Music, which he co-founded in 1983 with his wife, Ellen Fisher. He is a very sought after teacher and maintains a large studio in the Philadelphia area.

Hannah Doucette

Hannah Doucette, violin, earned a Master of Music degree in pedagogy from Temple University and a Bachelor of Music in violin performance from The Hartt School. She was a former student of William dePasquale. Hannah has performed in chamber groups and orchestras throughout the east coast and Peru. She teaches violin at Temple Music Preparatory Division, Ambler Music Academy, and Moravian College Music Institute. Hannah is the strings instructor at Abington Friends School and is on the adjunct faculty at Temple University.

Herold Klein

Herold Klein was a member of The Philadelphia Orchestra from 1971 until his retirement in 2011. He began study­ing the violin at the age of four with pri­vate teachers in Detroit, and was playing with community orchestras, including the South Oakland Symphony, by the time he was nine. He has studied with Mischa Mischakoff, Ivan Galamian, Josef Gingold and Rafael Druian.Mr. Klein entered Wayne State University in 1962, and while there joined the Indianapolis Symphony and later the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Klein has been a member of the United States Army Band Strolling Strings, and since 1987 served as concertmaster of the Greater Trenton Symphony Orchestra.

Meichen Liao-Barnes

Meichen Liao-Barnes is Associate Concertmaster of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. She is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and the Juilliard School. Upon graduation from the Juilliard School, she was awarded a recital in Town Hall New York. Meichen has performed with the Lincoln Chamber players, Brandenburg ensemble, and toured with Music from Marlboro. Solo appearances include the Hartford Symphony, Concerto Soloists, Philly Pops, and The Philadelphia Orchestra, as winner of the Greenfield senior competition. She has appeared with Sasha and Misha Schneider, Isadore Cohen, David Soyer, Felix Galimir and Arnold Steinhardt.

Jessica Nataupsky Kang

Jessica Nataupsky Kang, violinist, is an active teacher and performer in and around the Northeastern PA and Philadelphia regions. In addition to coaching at PRYSM, Jessica co-coordinates the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic’s student mentorship program. She received her master’s degree from Temple University’s Esther Boyer College of Music where she was a student of William dePasquale. Jessica owns and operates her own busy ensemble, AVIVA Strings, and performs with numerous professional orchestras in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York including the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, Binghamton Philharmonic, Symphoria (formerly Syracuse Symphony), Harrisburg Symphony, Pennsylvania Ballet and the Philly POPS. She also serves as Personnel Manager and Music Librarian for the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic.

Lauren Scott

Lauren Scott joined the PRYSM faculty in 2007 and enjoys coaching for the PRYSM Young Artists Orchestra. Now in her 7th year of teaching, she is the newest music teacher in the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District where she conducts the middle school orchestras. Lauren's student orchestras have received Gold with Distinction honors from the New York State School Music Association, nominations for Metropolitan High School Theater awards, and praise following collaborative performances with students in Shanghai. She received the Max Aronoff Prize in 2009 and has been nominated for Stony Brook University's 40 Under 40 in 2016. Lauren is an active violinist and violist who has performed with the Delaware Symphony, Charleston Symphony, and The Philly Pops, among others. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and playing chamber music with her husband, Benjamin.

Angela Sulzer

Angela Sulzer studied violin performance at Temple University as a student of William dePasquale. She has been a member of the PRYSM violin faculty since 2007. Angela is currently a string instructor at the Agnes Irwin School, and Teaching Artist for Maestro’s Friends After School Music. An avid performer and orchestral musician, Angela has spent many summers studying at Eastern Music Festival in North Carolina, Festival of the Youth Symphony Orchestra of the Americas in Puerto Rico, and most recently the National Orchestral Institute in Maryland.

James Wilson

James Wilson is a recent graduate of the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he received his master’s degree studying with Clio Gould, concertmaster of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. He earned his bachelor’s degree studying with William dePasquale at Temple University. James is an alumnus of the PYO organization, having played in the orchestra for two seasons. He is the PRYSM Operations Manager and member of the violin faculty.

Matthew Barrell

Matthew Barrell, viola coach, is enjoyinghis third season with PRYSM. He is a graduate of Temple University with degrees in Viola Performance and Music Education. Mr. Barrell has performed with the Temple University Symphony Orchestra, the Reading Pops Orchestra, and the Optimis Quartet. He is looking forward to another exciting season with these talented young musicians.

 

David Michie

Although primarily a violinist, David Michie is a viola coach for PRYSM. He is an alum of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra under Maestro Primavera, a former member of the Trenton Symphony, the Delaware Valley Philharmonic, Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia and the Philly Pops. He has performed at the Hollywood Bowl, Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall and at music festivals in Italy, Great Britain, Australia and Canada. Currently he is Concertmaster of the Philharmonic of Southern New Jersey, and is a student of Maestro dePasquale.

Mr. Michie is the founder of David Michie Violins, L.L.C. of Philadelphia, specializing in fine violins, violas and cellos. Along with his wife, Denise and sons Andrew and Kyle (both members of PYO), he resides in Ardmore, PA.

Derek Barnes

Derek Barnes joined The Philadelphia Orchestra in February 1995. A native of Philadelphia, he had previously held the post of Co-Principal Cello of the Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia (now the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia) and he has been a member of the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra and the New York String Orchestra. Mr. Barnes has performed chamber music with Christoph Eschenbach, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Isaac Stern, and Sarah Chang. He has appeared on television in “Yo-Yo Ma at Tanglewood”.A graduate of The Curtis Institute of Music in 1991, his teachers have included Orlando Cole, David Soyer, and former Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Cello William Stokking. He performs regularly with his wife, Meichen Liao-Barnes, Associate Concertmaster of The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia.

Gloria dePasquale

Gloria dePasquale joined the Philadelphia Orchestra ‘cello section in 1977 at the invitation of Eugene Ormandy. She graduated with honors with both her BM and MM degrees at The New England Conservatory of Music in Boston where she was astudent of Stephen Geber.

‘Cellist of the dePasquale String Quartet for more than two decades, the quartet was in residence at Villanova University and presented a highly acclaimed chamber music series performing with such artists as Yo-yo Ma, Emanuel Ax, Christoph Eschenbach, Yefim Bronfman, Wolfgang Sawallisch, and Andre Watts. Ms. dePasquale was also ‘cellist in the dePasquale trio, performing alongside her late husband William, and daughter, Francesca.

Mr. and Mrs. dePasquale were frequent soloists with area community and youth orchestras, performing both the Brahms Double Concerto and the Saint-Saëns La Muse et Le Poèt. Their last public performance together as soloists was in June of 2010 in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia performing with The Philadelphia Youth Orchestra. Last season, Mrs. dePasquale was soloist with the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, performing Haydn’s C Major Concerto in Verizon Hall.

Mrs. dePasquale is an advocate for music education both at The Philadelphia Orchestra where she chairs the musician education committee and in The Philadelphia Youth Orchestra where she is Artistic Advisor to the organization and Director and Conductor of the PRYSM and PRYSM Young Artist Orchestras, founded seven years ago with her late husband, William.

Mrs. dePasquale maintains a large private studio and runs monthly masterclass and performance classes for her students. Her graduating students regularly are accepted into the nation’s finest conservatories, colleges, and universities. Mrs. dePasquale teaches for the New York State School of Orchestral Studies at Saratoga Springs New York every August and also is on the faculty of Luzerne (NY) Music Center and the Philadelphia International Music Festival.

Mrs. dePasquale serves on the board of The Philadelphia Orchestra as a representative for the musicians in her elected position of Chair of the Musician Members’ Committee of The Philadelphia Orchestra.

Anthony Pirollo

Anthony Pirollo attended the Philadelphia Musical Academy where he studied with Claus Adam, George Harpham, and William dePasquale. Mr. Pirollo has appeared as solo cellist with the Houston Opera, solo cellist in the United States and Europe for the world premiere of Meredith Monks opera Atlas, as well as principal cellist for such artists as Luciano Pavarotti, Jose Carreras, Placido Domingo, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, and Johnny Mathis. Mr. Pirollo has composed for such groups as M. Stewart Dance and The Society of Ancient Instruments. Mr. Pirollo is assistant conductor of The Bel Canto Opera Company. He currently sits as president of the Atlantic City Musicians Union.

Andrea Weber

Ms. Andrea Weber, a cellist and string specialist, is currently celebrating her 10th year of teaching in the Philadelphia region. After graduating with her Master’s Degree in Cello Performance from the Ester Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University, Andrea has enjoyed working as both a performer and an educator. She teaches for several divisions of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra organization, including Tune Up Philly, PRYSM Young Artists, and Philadelphia Young Musicians Orchestra. In addition to her work with PYO, Andrea holds such positions as Lower School String Specialist at the Friends Select School and Teaching Artist for the Musicopia String Orchestra. As a cellist, Andrea is currently focusing on her work as a crossover musician. She has the pleasure of writing cello parts and improvising with regional songwriters; her work is featured in over 20 records as well as current national and international radio broadcasts.

Jerrell Jackson

Philadelphia native Jerrell Jackson is an active performer on the bass, working as a freelance musician throughout the region and around the world. Locally, he has performed with Opera Philadelphia, Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra 2001, Philadelphia Virtuosi, and the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. In the fall of 2013, Jackson co-founded Philadelphia's new, self-conducted orchestra, PROMETHEUS. This project seeks to redefine artistic responsibility and community engagement, and stands at the forefront of classical music performance. In 2012, Jerrell co-produced a documentary entitled "Documenting Harmony: Music Education in the Holy Land," based on his travels to Palestine to teach and perform in the Al-Kamandjati Baroque Festival for three consecutive years. Jerrell has served on faculty at the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra and Play On, Philly!, an El Sistema-inspired music program. Jerrell attended Domaine Forget Music Festival in Quebec, Canada to study with Paul Ellison, David Allen Moore, and Etienne LaFrance. He most recently studied double bass with Joseph Conyers and Jon Hood of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Paul Smith, Director

Mr. Smith is an active composer, performer and educator. As a performer, Mr. Smith has premiered dozens of works to include the premiere of Robert Cuckson’s “Concerto for Guitar” with the Mannes Orchestra under David Hayes and the premiere recording on the Vienna Modern Masters label of David Loeb’s “Asian Fantasias” for solo guitar. He received his Bachelors of Music from the Mannes College of Music studying under Frederic Hand where he was awarded the Associated Music Teacher’s award. Mr. Smith received a Masters Degree from The Juilliard School where he studied under Sharon Isbin and was a recipient of the McCabe Fellowship award, specializing in creating performance based educational outreach programs. He has performed with The New Juilliard Ensemble, ICE, and has received intensive baroque performance coaching from Lionel Party. Mr. Smith’s compositions have been featured in venues ranging from Alice Tully Hall, to Seoul, Korea, and receives regular commissions for new works. His voice and guitar ensemble, The Spoon River Duo, specializes in works for the classical guitar and voice medium and has also premiered numerous commissions. Mr. Smith has developed after school enrichment programs at The School at Columbia University and instrumental instruction at Settlement Music Schools in Philadelphia.

Esther Chung

Originally from Fullerton, California, Esther Chung received her BM in Flute Performance fromDuquesne University, where she studied with Damian Bursill-Hall and Jennifer Conner. In Pittsburgh, she was a winner of the Pittsburgh Concert Society Young Artist Competition and has performed recitals at Duquesne University, Carnegie Mellon University, and Point Park University. Chung later attended Temple University, where she studied with David Cramer. She has won first place in the Southwestern Young Musicians Festival Competition and the Central Pennsylvania Flute Festival Young Artist Competition and has performed at the Aria International Music Festival and Orford Arts Centre. Esther is currently a member of the Connecticut Army National Guard Band and a flute instructor and performer in the Philadelphia area.

John DiCarlo

John DiCarlo holds a bachelor’s degree in double bass performance from Ithaca College and is currently finishing his master’s degree from Temple University. His teachers have included Nicholas Walker and Joseph Conyers, assistant principal of The Philadelphia Orchestra. John is a frequent freelancer throughout the Philadelphia area with experience in early music, jazz, chamber music, and orchestral repertoire. Most recently he has performed with the Temple University Symphony and Sinfonia Orchestras, the York Symphony, and Symphony in C.  He also plays in a trio alongside Matt Sharayko (vocals, guitar) and Aiko Richter (violin) which is a blend of folk, bluegrass, and rock elements.  The trio appears on Matt Sharayko's debut album Friends of Friends. John has also attended Tafelmusik’s baroque summer institute and Domaine Forget, a music festival along the St. Lawrence river in Quebec.  At Domaine, John had the opportunity to work with Francois Rabbath, a world renowned double bass soloist and pedagogue.

Joseph T. Dvorak

Joseph T. Dvorak holds a M.M. in clarinet performance from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he was a student of Grammy-award winning clarinetist, Todd Levy, and a B.M. in clarinet performance from Temple University. At Temple, where he was awarded a full-scholarship, Joseph studied primarily with Paul Demers (bass clarinet, The Philadelphia Orchestra) and Lawrence Wagner. At UWM, Joseph was awarded full tuition-remission and a stipend and was featured in a performance of the Nielsen Clarinet Concerto as a concerto competition winner with the UWM orchestra. Joseph currently teaches clarinet with Tune Up Philly, as well as at S&S Music School in Ambler, PA and freelances as a performer in the Philadelphia area.

Rebecca Graham

Rebecca is a musician and educator of both vocal and instrumental music. A graduate from Ithaca College’s James J. Whalen School of Music, Rebecca earned her degree in Music Education with a concentration in trumpet in 2010. Upon graduating, she served as Music Director at New Roots Charter School in Ithaca where she taught and developed sustainability and social justice curriculum for grades 9-12 with classes including chorus, jazz ensemble, chamber ensemble, a student-led rock band, music theory and appreciation.

Since living in Philadelphia, Rebecca has worked as a vocal Teaching Artist with Musicopia’s FAME (Fostering Artistry and Musical Excellence) and residency programs. Her Complaint Choir program has been hailed as “innovative” and “highly popular” and is often requested at sites that have a high population of at-risk and special needs students. Rebecca also serves on the Musicopia Board of Directors.

This is Rebecca’s fourth year at Tune Up Philly as a brass faculty member and Teaching Artist. This year, she has taken on the new position of Site Supervisor working closely with the Director to ensure continued program-wide success among students and faculty.

You can catch Rebecca performing with Philly-based hip hop collective Hardwork Movement.

Chelsea Meynig

Chelsea Believes that music, as an art form, is at its base communication.  Hans Christian Andersen said: “Where words fail music speaks” This is one of Chelsea’s core values in teaching as well as playing music.  She began playing music at the age of 10 years old in Charlottesville Virginia.  After playing in the local upper elementary school band for two years Chelsea began lessons with Margaret Newcomb, who she studied with through High school. Mrs. Newcomb’s deep devotion to music and caring but firm disposition truly inspired Chelsea to pursue music as a career. In college, Chelsea studied with Dr. Frances Lapp Averitt who really focused on tuning and making the music conversational. Afterward Chelsea studied with Mr. Jonathan Snowden who taught the magic in the meaning of music. At the start of her master's degree Chelsea (under the expert tutelage of Mr. David Cramer) began to teach more seriously as part of her assistantship with Temple University, where she became faculty for Temple's community music scholar's program. Chelsea also began teaching at different institutions around Philadelphia and through this learned that teaching music teaches so much more than just music. Music becomes the gateway between daily life and the magic in the world. Music embraces the humanity and majesty that is inherently in all of us. It is Chelsea's great joy to share what she knows about this with her students.

Dorothy Mackey

A Long Island native, Dorothy began her violin studies at age four through the Suzuki method. She continued her studies with Juilliard graduate Nina Chmelev through high school, participating in both All­ County and All State music festivals. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance from University of Dayton, in Ohio, where she studied both violin and viola. Dorothy continued her postgraduate studies at Temple University, where she studied with Meichen Barnes of the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra. She completed her Master’s Degree in String Pedagogy this past spring, and now enjoys teaching and freelancing in the Philadelphia area.

Julia Morelli

Julia Morelli teaches cello at Tune Up Philly, the Haverford School and maintains a private cello studio. She performs orchestral and chamber music throughout Philadelphia and the Mid-Atlantic, and she is a confounding member of Trio Amaranth. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. And she received her Master of Music degree from Temple University--having completed the first year at Boston University.

Claudia Pellegrini

Claudia Pellegrini is a Spanish born violinist-composer-producer-vocalist. With a "Teaching and Pedagogy Certificate" by the University Complutense of Madrid and a "Masters's Degree in Violin Performance" by Temple University, she is a vastly experienced teacher and performer, with over 18 years as an educator in Europe, the U.S. and Puerto Rico. She performs with several orchestras in PA and NJ, as well as with numerous Theatres. She also performs often as a soloist, often collaborating with the Dementia Society of America to present music programs to Memory Care patients. She has won several awards, both as a performer ("Albert Tashjian Award for Excellence in Violin Performance"2004) and as a composer (VH1's "Song Of The Year" Competition, 2007). Most recently she composed and recorded the music for the children's stage show "Goldilocks"(2015), which was premiered to great success at the Broadway Theatre of Pitman, NJ.

Mallory Tittle

Mallory Tittle is a freelance clarinetist and D’Addario Woodwinds clinician living in the Philadelphia area.  She has a private teaching studio and also teaches group lessons with Tune Up Philly.  Her students have been accepted into the Philadelphia Young Musician’s Orchestra (PYMO), as well as district and all state bands in both Philadelphia and Alabama. Mallory received her Masters in Music from Temple University, where she studied with Sam Caviezel of The Philadelphia Orchestra.  She received her Bachelors in Music from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, where she studied with Dr. Osiris Molina. From the University of Alabama, she received a full tuition music scholarship. Mallory has performed with the Tuscaloosa, Tupelo, and Huntsville Symphony Orchestras as well as the University of Alabama Wind Ensemble, the Huxford Symphony Orchestra and the Temple University Wind Symphony.  She has also performed as a pit clarinetist with the Actor’s Charitable Theater and Theater Tuscaloosa.  Mallory has performed in master classes for notable clarinetists such as Yehuda Gilad, Julian Bliss, Steve Cohen, and Elsa Verdehr.

Andrea Weber

Ms. Andrea Weber, a cellist and string specialist, is currently celebrating her 10th year of teaching in the Philadelphia region. After graduating with her Master’s Degree in Cello Performance from the Ester Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University, Andrea has enjoyed working as both a performer and an educator. She teaches for several divisions of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra organization, including Tune Up Philly, PRYSM Young Artists, and Philadelphia Young Musicians Orchestra. In addition to her work with PYO, Andrea holds such positions as Lower School String Specialist at the Friends Select School and Teaching Artist for the Musicopia String Orchestra. As a cellist, Andrea is currently focusing on her work as a crossover musician. She has the pleasure of writing cello parts and improvising with regional songwriters; her work is featured in over 20 records as well as current national and international radio broadcasts.

Amanda Wolman

Mandy Wolman has been described as an "impressive and bold leader" by the Chestnut Hill Local. She has been a soloist with the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony premiering a piece by Philadelphia composer Andrea Clearfield and is a regular soloist with Prometheus Chamber Orchestra. A specialist in both baroque and modern instruments, she performs as a section violinist with Tempesta di Mare, Handel Choir of Baltimore, Bach Festival of Philadelphia, Washington Cathedral Orchestra, Spire Ensemble, Chestnut Hill Cantata Series, and the Indianapolis Early Music Festival among others.

As a soloist, she has given concerts at University of Pennsylvania and Rutgers University with members of Piffaro and is a regular performer in the Bach @7 Cantata series. She has appeared with members of the Dali String Quartet in a chamber series at the Plastic Club Art Gallery, combining both of her loves; violin and Flamenco. She joined Tempesta di Mare in 2010 and has recorded several CD's with them for Chandos recording label. In addition, she has recorded for Naxos with the Chamber Orchestra of New York.

As an orchestral player, Mandy performs regularly with Symphony in C, Chamber Orchestra of New York, Philly Pops Orchestra, Pennsylvania Ballet, Prometheus Chamber Orchestra, and University of Pennsylvania Orchestra. She was a founding member and concertmaster of Prometheus Chamber Orchestra, a conductorless chamber orchestra, as well as Classical Revolution Players. Most recently she has premiered music by Jeremy Gill and Riho Maimets as part of the inaugural Salon Series for collaborative artists and new composers in Philadephia.

Aside from her busy freelancing career, Mandy teaches for Tune Up Philly, a program of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra. She gives workshops and groups classes to children in Public Schools and maintains a private studio in her home as well. In past summers she has been a teaching artist at SoundFest Music Festival alongside members of the Colorado String Quartet. She has also taught at Settlement Music School.

 

Daniel Wright

Daniel received his Bachelor of Music Degree from the Eastman School of Music in 2006. While there, he studied in both Jazz and Classical Performance. Upon moving to Philadelphia in the fall of 2007, he started the DWMusic Brass Studio and began teaching at the Nelly Berman Music School. In the fall of 2008, Daniel began teaching at the Germantown, South Philadelphia, West Philadelphia, and Northeast branches of Settlement Music School. In 2012, he was hired as a Teaching Artist for Tune Up Philly, an outreach program of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra. In addition to being a member of the PYO team, Daniel maintains his own private studio and travels the Northeast, United States as a performance clinician.

Ezgi Yargici

Ezgi Yargici is an active cellist and a teaching artist in Philadelphia area. She graduated from Bilkent University with Bachelor of Music degree in cello performance and Temple University with Master of Music degree in both cello performance and string pedagogy. Additionally, she has done professional studies at Hartt School of Music. As Ezgi was a student studying cello performance at the Bilkent University-Turkey, she became interested in early childhood music education. After attending several workshops in Orff Music and Dance Pedagogy including one of the strongest Orff institutions, Salzburg Mozarteum Summer Academy in Austria, in 2004, she started to teach music classes to children in “Izgi Yuvam Anaokulu”, a day care center which served children between the ages of 3 and 7. Completing a successful education year provided her other opportunities and she was asked to teach after school Orff classes in “Sehit Ersan Ilkokulu” an elementary school in Ankara. In the meantime, she started Mira Music School to teach private cello lessons, in 2006 as well as creating her own studio “Ezgi’s Cello Club” to teach private cello and piano lessons, which she still keeps it active in business. After completing her B.M. degree at the Bilkent University in 2007, Ezgi was accepted to Temple University to continue her education with M.M. degree and moved to Philadelphia in 2008. She double majored in cello performance and string pedagogy at Temple University where she had an internship to work at Temple University Music Prep.Division between 2008 and 2010. With this internship, she gained experience interacting with young musicians in chamber music settings where she was substitute coaching and playing. While studying the masters program, she had a chance to teach cello lessons at the Nelly Berman School of Music and Orff classes at the Settlement School. However, both of the work periods ended briefly due to the class schedule conflicts at the Temple University. After she finished the masters program in December 2011, Ezgi was looking for teaching positions in various places. New Jersey School of Music and Maestro Studios welcomed her as a regular substitute teacher while she was teaching privately through online companies such as musikalessons.com and hearandtheremusic.com. She also worked at the Mainline Music Academy for about 6 months before she moved to Hartford to start the Graduate Professional Diploma program at the Hartt School. Staying in Hartford did not help her to move forward with her desired path, and she decided to move back to Philadelphia. In 2014-2015 school year, she taught at Tune Up Philly where she was a teaching artist for cello group classes. At the same time, she was teaching cello and piano lessons as well as coaching chamber music groups at a privately owned studio, Green Tambourine. The following year, she started to work at Play On Philly where she had 2 groups of violin classes. In the meantime, The Shipley School was a good experience for her to teach private cello, violin, and bass lessons as well as coaching a cello quartet.

Gloria dePasquale, Artistic Advisor

Gloria dePasquale joined the Philadelphia Orchestra ‘cello section in 1977 at the invitation of Eugene Ormandy. She graduated with honors with both her BM and MM degrees at The New England Conservatory of Music in Boston where she was astudent of Stephen Geber.

‘Cellist of the dePasquale String Quartet for more than two decades, the quartet was in residence at Villanova University and presented a highly acclaimed chamber music series performing with such artists as Yo-yo Ma, Emanuel Ax, Christoph Eschenbach, Yefim Bronfman, Wolfgang Sawallisch, and Andre Watts. Ms. dePasquale was also ‘cellist in the dePasquale trio, performing alongside her late husband William, and daughter, Francesca.

Mr. and Mrs. dePasquale were frequent soloists with area community and youth orchestras, performing both the Brahms Double Concerto and the Saint-Saëns La Muse et Le Poèt. Their last public performance together as soloists was in June of 2010 in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia performing with The Philadelphia Youth Orchestra. Last season, Mrs. dePasquale was soloist with the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, performing Haydn’s C Major Concerto in Verizon Hall.

Mrs. dePasquale is an advocate for music education both at The Philadelphia Orchestra where she chairs the musician education committee and in The Philadelphia Youth Orchestra where she is Artistic Advisor to the organization and Director and Conductor of the PRYSM and PRYSM Young Artist Orchestras, founded seven years ago with her late husband, William.

Mrs. dePasquale maintains a large private studio and runs monthly masterclass and performance classes for her students. Her graduating students regularly are accepted into the nation’s finest conservatories, colleges, and universities. Mrs. dePasquale teaches for the New York State School of Orchestral Studies at Saratoga Springs New York every August and also is on the faculty of Luzerne (NY) Music Center and the Philadelphia International Music Festival.

Mrs. dePasquale serves on the board of The Philadelphia Orchestra as a representative for the musicians in her elected position of Chair of the Musician Members’ Committee of The Philadelphia Orchestra.

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