All Team

Sidney Curtiss

Chamber Music Coach, String Faculty

A member of the Philadelphia Orchestra for 42 years, including 13 as Assistant Principal Viola, Sid Curtiss now serves as a chamber music coach at the Nelly Berman School. Curtiss graduated from New York’s High School of Music and Art, then attended the Philadelphia Conservatory of Music where he studied with the famed Leonard Mogill. A former member of the…

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Justin Goldsmith

Cello Faculty

Cellist Justin Goldsmith was born and raised in Croton-on-Hudson, New York. As a founding member of the award-winning Vera Quartet, he has won awards and held residencies across four continents.   He began violin lessons at the age of 4 and cello lessons at the age of 9. Chamber music, and the string quartet in particular, became a prominent interest…

Dr. Nina Vieru Zubaidi

Violin Faculty

Violinist Nina Vieru has performed on many of the most prominent stages in Romania, Moldova, Serbia, Mexico and the United States including Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Verizon Hall and Perelman Hall. She was a guest soloist with the Galati Philharmonic Orchestra, the Brasov Philharmonic Orchestra, and has twice appeared in concert at the George Enescu Festival in Bucharest. Ms.…

Dr. Jean-François Proulx

Keyboard Facutly

Originally from Ottawa-Gatineau in Canada, Dr, Jean-François (John) Proulx is active in the Greater Philadelphia Area as a pianist, teacher and collaborator. Dr. Proulx completed a 2nd cycle of musical studies at the Quebec Music Conservatory; a Bachelor’s degree and Artist Diploma at University of Montreal; two Master degrees (Keyboard Performance; Chamber Music & Accompaniment) and a D.M.A. at Temple…

Alejandro Espinosa

Trombone Faculty

Alejandro Espinosa, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, has been playing tenor and bass trombone for over 15 years. When he was nine, his family immigrated to New York City. Nourished by the city’s rich and diverse musical culture, Alejandro gained substantial performance experience in all types of music. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in music from the…

Sandra VandeGeijn

Violin Faculty

Violist and violinist Sandra VandeGeijn is a viola graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music  and Peabody Conservatory, where she studied with Heidi Castleman and Roberto Diaz,  respectively. She recently moved to Philadelphia from Baltimore, Maryland, where she  freelanced throughout the Baltimore, Wilmington, DE, and Washington, DC region and also  maintained a private teaching studio. She is a regular member…

Alexander Bedenko

Clarinet Faculty

The multi-award-winning clarinetist Alexander Bedenko is one of the most prolific artists of his generation and has performed with major conductors of leading orchestras, ensembles and festivals in the United States, Europe and Asia. Born in Ukraine into a family of musicians, Alexander Bedenko graduated from the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he studied clarinet with Donald…

Rachel Lee

Piano Faculty, Accompanist

Rachel Lee is a prize winning classical pianist based in West Chester, Pennsylvania. She has performed at Carnegie Hall, The Academy of Music, Roussel Hall, and Madeline Wing Adler Theatre. She has also performed on a live broadcast on WRTI 90.1 FM, performing works by J.S. Bach, Shchedrin-Pletnev, and Scriabin. Rachel is a music director/organist at Episcopal Church of the Trinity…

Jacques-Pierre Malan

Cello Faculty

South African cellist, Jacques-Pierre Malan is taking the classical music world by storm with his unparalleled performances, innovative projects, and uncompromising dedication to energizing and uplifting both audiences and musicians alike. His initiatives have landed him on stages across the world from Africa to Europe to the USA. He is currently based in Baltimore Maryland, allowing him access to America’s…

Janene Montlouis


Janene Montlouis is a Project Management Professional (PMP) in the Greater Philadelphia area. The guiding star of her career has been inspired by the Walt Disney quote “If you can dream it, you can build it.”