Faculty

Dr. Ariane Alexander

Piano Faculty

Dr. Ariane Alexander received her early musical training at the Julliard School of Music studying with Richard Faber and continued her studies at Indiana University, the University of California at Santa Barbara, and the University of Houston Moores School of Music where she received a DMA degree in piano performance working with Abbey Simon, Horacio Gutierez and Ruth Tomfohrde. Dr. Alexander…

Marina Voznaya

Piano and Voice Faculty

Marina Voznaia began her piano studies at the age of four. In 1993, she completed eight years of study in St.Petersburg Tchaikovsky Music School under Elena Trophimova. In 1997, Marina graduated with honors from St.Petersburg Music Pedagogical College No. 3. Where she studied under Natalia Khoreva (piano) and Olga Luzina (vocal). While studying there, she taught children (ranging from 3…

Praised by critics as “a grand pianist” (Il Cittadino, Italy) and a “master of piano” (Music Magazine ‘Auditorium’, Korea), Marianna Prjevalskaya performs as a recitalist and concerto soloist, and captivates audiences with emotional intensity, maturity, richness and beauty of tone. Since her solo debut with orchestra at age nine, Dr. Prjevalskaya has appeared with major orchestras such as the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Louisiana…

Jeffrey Solow

Special Arrangement Cello Faculty

Jeffrey Solow’s impassioned and compelling cello playing has enthralled audiences throughout the United States, Europe, Latin America and Asia. His multi-faceted career embraces performances as recitalist, soloist with orchestra and chamber musician, as well as teaching, writing and lecturing on a variety of cellistic topics and arranging and editing music for the cello. Two of his many recordings were nominated…

Sylvia Ahramjian

Special Arrangement Violin Faculty

Sylvia Ahramjian brings a varied background to violin and viola performance and teaching. Whether a long list of standard solo repertoire, chamber music, orchestral and opera repertoire, American music, contemporary composers, Baroque performance practice or most recently as a member of the West Chester University Latin Jazz Ensemble, she brings energy and commitment to the style of music being played.…

Dr. Matthew D. Clayton

Saxophone & Jazz Improvisation Faculty

Dr. Matthew D. Clayton, II, a Philadelphia area native, has played the saxophone for 20 years and is a music scholar, teacher and performer.  Some of the highlights of his various performances include shows at Carnegie Hall, famed New York jazz clubs the Village Vanguard and Birdland as a member of the National Grammy All Star High School Jazz Band,…

Irina Schuck

Violin Faculty

Irina Schuck received her formal violin education at the Samara Conservatory, and later at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory.  Since graduating from the Kharkov Academy of Performing Arts, with a master concert performer’s degree, Irina played with many different orchestras in the former U.S.S.R..  After Irina finishing her engagement with the orchestra in Riga she accepted the invitations to play in Western…

Elena Berman

Executive Director & President

B.A. University of Pennsylvania M.A. Temple University, Boyer College of Music, Piano Pedagogy & Performance Elena started studying piano at the age of five with her mother, Nelly Berman. At age seven, she was admitted to the Stolyarsky Professional Music School in Odessa, Ukraine, where she was a student of Professor Serafima Mogilevsky. Upon arrival to New Orleans, LA, she…

Dr. Anna Kislitsyna

Piano & Harpsichord Faculty

Pianist and harpsichordist Anna Kislitsyna made her solo debut at age 10 with the Omsk Symphony Orchestra in Russia. She hails from a long and noble tradition of music making in Russia with both of her parents and her brother being professional musicians. From 2002 to 2012, she served as the soloist in residence of the Omsk Symphony where she…