Meet Our Teachers


 

Piano Teachers

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Alex

Born into a musical family, Alex began piano lessons at age 4. He took an interest in jazz in high school and pursued that interest at Temple University where he earned his degree in Jazz Performance.

Alex is an active performer with several jazz ensembles in the Philadelphia region, as well as a vocalist and keyboardist in the rock band Auburn Row.

One of Alex's projects, the Alex Cross Quintet, was declared "the future of jazz" by The Key, associated with WXPN Philadelphia. His debut album, For What May Never Come, was released on June 17, 2016.

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Andrew

Andrew grew up in Rochester, NY where he took music lessons at Eastman’s Music School, eventually earning a Pre-College Diploma of Advanced Achievement. He pursued his craft further at the University of the Arts where he earned his B.M. and M.M. in Jazz Studies.

Andrew is an active performer both locally and nationally with his band Ill Doots. He and his band composed and performed original music for Flashpoint Theatre Company’s Hands Up, for which the received the Barrymore Award for Best Original Music. Andrew and Ill Doots also composed and performed music for the original play An Octaroon at the Wilma Theater.

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Nick

Nick Harmantzis is an active performer and educator in the Philadelphia Area. He has taught K-8 general music in diverse communities and settings in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Philadelphia. Along with classroom teaching, Nick teaches voice and piano and currently music directs productions at the Upper Main Line YMCA.

Nick currently attends The University of the Arts and is the recipient of the Presidential Fellowship and will receive his M.A. in Music Education in the Spring of 2020. Nick holds a M.M. from The San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and a B.M. in Voice Performance from Ithaca College.

 
 
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Toma

Toma comes from a musical family, his mom was a piano teacher. He majored in Piano in High School, while also playing in a metal band. He currently studies Piano and Oboe at Temple University. Toma loves music by Chopin, Scriabin and Bach.

Toma has played in numerous ensembles and currently studies with Peter Smith of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

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Siobhan

Siobhan earned her B.M. from the Schulich School of Music at McGill University, where she graduated with an honorary distinction of Outstanding Performance in Voice. She also holds both a Master of Music and a Post Graduate Degree in Music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Catherine Cook.

Siobhan’s voice has been praised for its "thrilling steel," and she brings her expressiveness to a wide variety of vocal repertoire. Some highlights include singing the dual role of Gabriel and Eve in Haydn's Die Schöpfung with the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra; the roles of Governess in The Turn of the Screw and Abigail Williams in The Crucible with Chicago Summer Opera; Pamina in Die Zauberflöte at the Accademia Europea dell’Opera and Oberto in Alcina with Black Box Baroque.

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Edward

Edward has been playing music since 2nd grade, starting with piano and then picking up guitar and cultivating an interest in music theory. He has been in various bands and has toured nationally for several years with his band Chromelodeon, a band that combines progressive and synthesizer rock.

Edward graduated from Rutgers University and has earned a New Jersey teacher certification in music education. He continues to write new music in his solo project In Time We Rise and with his band Chromelodeon. Edward loves to teach new and beginning students and introduce them to the wonderful world of music.

 
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Anaïs

Anaïs earned her B.M. from the Peabody Conservatory, and her M.M. from Temple University. She is active in the Philadelphia area as a soloist, choral singer, and chamber musician. Recent highlights include performances as Suor Genovieffa with Opera Delaware, concerts with the Princeton Singers and the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, and soloist with the ensemble Capilla Pérez Gaya.

As an avid proponent of music in contemporary culture, Anaïs focuses on premiering new works, making music inventive and interactive, reviving unknown works, or performing works that have been recently re-discovered.

 

 

Voice Teachers

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Nick

Nick Harmantzis is an active performer and educator in the Philadelphia Area. He has taught K-8 general music in diverse communities and settings in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Philadelphia. Along with classroom teaching, Nick teaches voice and piano and currently music directs productions at the Upper Main Line YMCA.

Nick currently attends The University of the Arts and is the recipient of the Presidential Fellowship and will receive his M.A. in Music Education in the Spring of 2020. Nick holds a M.M. from The San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and a B.M. in Voice Performance from Ithaca College.

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Anaïs

Anaïs earned her B.M. from the Peabody Conservatory, and her M.M. from Temple University. She is active in the Philadelphia area as a soloist, choral singer, and chamber musician. Recent highlights include performances as Suor Genovieffa with Opera Delaware, concerts with the Princeton Singers and the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, and soloist with the ensemble Capilla Pérez Gaya.

As an avid proponent of music in contemporary culture, Anaïs focuses on premiering new works, making music inventive and interactive, reviving unknown works, or performing works that have been recently re-discovered.

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Siobhan

Siobhan earned her B.M. from the Schulich School of Music at McGill University, where she graduated with an honorary distinction of Outstanding Performance in Voice. She also holds both a Master of Music and a Post Graduate Degree in Music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Catherine Cook.

Siobhan’s voice has been praised for its "thrilling steel," and she brings her expressiveness to a wide variety of vocal repertoire. Some highlights include singing the dual role of Gabriel and Eve in Haydn's Die Schöpfung with the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra; the roles of Governess in The Turn of the Screw and Abigail Williams in The Crucible with Chicago Summer Opera; Pamina in Die Zauberflöte at the Accademia Europea dell’Opera and Oberto in Alcina with Black Box Baroque.

 
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Charlie

Charlie Stroup has been performing and teaching throughout the Philadelphia area for nearly ten years. In addition to voice and guitar lessons, Charlie has taught songwriting, music theory, and production. As a featured lecturer at Beardfest Music and Arts Festival, Charlie led a workshop entitled "Pythagoras and the Geometry of Harmony" exploring the interconnected history of music and mathematics.

Charlie is a founding member of Earth Wonder Fire, the Stevie Wonder/ Earth Wind & Fire tribute band. He performs regularly throughout the area both as a solo artist and with his band, the Soul Battery.

 
 

Ukulele & Guitar Teachers

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Nick

Nick Harmantzis is an active performer and educator in the Philadelphia Area. He has taught K-8 general music in diverse communities and settings in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Philadelphia. Along with classroom teaching, Nick teaches voice and piano and currently music directs productions at the Upper Main Line YMCA.

Nick currently attends The University of the Arts and is the recipient of the Presidential Fellowship and will receive his M.A. in Music Education in the Spring of 2020. Nick holds a M.M. from The San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and a B.M. in Voice Performance from Ithaca College.

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Kevin

A native of the Philadelphia area, Kevin grew up in a family of professional musicians who planted the seed for his musical explorations. He began playing electric guitar at the age of fourteen and pursued classical guitar in higher education.

Kevin studied Jazz Guitar with John Albertson and Chris Covatta, and completed his B.M. in Classical Guitar at George Washington University while studying with Berta Rojas. He earned his M.M. at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in the studio of Marc Teicholz. He has been selected to play in masterclasses taught by Manuel Barrueco, Denis Azabagic, and Dominic Frasca.

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Charlie

Charlie Stroup has been performing and teaching throughout the Philadelphia area for nearly ten years. In addition to voice and guitar lessons, Charlie has taught songwriting, music theory, and production. As a featured lecturer at Beardfest Music and Arts Festival, Charlie led a workshop entitled "Pythagoras and the Geometry of Harmony" exploring the interconnected history of music and mathematics.

Charlie is a founding member of Earth Wonder Fire, the Stevie Wonder/ Earth Wind & Fire tribute band. He performs regularly throughout the area both as a solo artist and with his band, the Soul Battery.

 
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Edward

Edward has been playing music since 2nd grade, starting with piano and then picking up guitar and cultivating an interest in music theory. He has been in various bands and has toured nationally for several years with his band Chromelodeon, a band that combines progressive and synthesizer rock.

Edward graduated from Rutgers University and has earned a New Jersey teacher certification in music education. He continues to write new music in his solo project In Time We Rise and with his band Chromelodeon. Edward loves to teach new and beginning students and introduce them to the wonderful world of music.

 
 

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