The Nelly Berman School organizes performance classes, which are held every Saturday afternoon. While these are a wonderful opportunity for students to perform in front of others and get feedback from NBS faculty and peers, we wanted to provide a more interactive group educational experience for our students.

In Winter 2020, the Nelly Berman School of Music welcomed Tamara Rusanova, PhD, a Professor of Piano Performace at the Gnesins Russian Academy of Music, a Distinguished Fellow in the Arts of the Russian Federation, and winner of several international music competitions, to one of its weekly performance classes.

In Fall 2019, the Nelly Berman School of Music put together a series of masterclasses and workshops for different instruments, including one for strings musicians led by NBS faculty member Elliot Mallard and another for winds and brass instrumentalists led by NBS faculty member Frank Stroble (who also gave a demonstration on Caruso Calisthenics for wind players). We also hosted former Philadelphia Orchestra cellist Deborah Reeder for a “Tune Up Your Bow” bowing masterclass, where she showed students how to heighten their dynamic range and intonation with improved bowing technique.

In the past, the school also hosted Sally O’Reilly, professor of violin at the University of Minnesota School of Music in Minneapolis and graduate of Curtis Institute, for a strings masterclass, as well as pianist and former New England Conservatory faculty member Maxim Mogilevsky for a piano & chamber music masterclass.

Coming up, we plan to organize a strings masterclass led by Philadelphia Orchestra violinist Paul Arnold, another piano masterclass led by pianist Marianna Prjevalskaya, and others. Please contact the Nelly Berman School office at 610-896-5105 or if you are interested in joining a masterclass – our masterclasses are open to all advanced music students, including those who study privately elsewhere!