Faculty

Paul Klinefelter

String Bass & Bass Guitar Faculty

Paul Klinefelter began his bass studies with Eligio Rossi of the Settlement Music School. His classical training continued with Lou Kosma (Metropolitan Opera Orchestra) at Temple University, then with Neil Courtney (Philadelphia Orchestra) at University of the Arts where he eventually earned a diploma in classical double bass performance. Paul’s eclectic background has allowed him to wear many hats in…

Paul Arnold

Special Arrangement Violin Faculty

Violinist Paul Arnold has been a member of The Philadelphia Orchestra for 30 years and is a familiar personality on the Philadelphia classical music scene. He has appeared as a recitalist and chamber musician with such diverse personalities as Yefim Bronfman, Christoph Eschenbach, Tan Dun, Keith Jarrett, the New Arts Trio, and the Emerson Quartet. Mr. Arnold has appeared numerous times in…

Katie Erikson

Voice Faculty

Katie Erikson earned a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Temple University’s Esther Boyer School of Music and a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. At Temple, Katie was active in both the operas and choral ensembles. Additionally, Katie has performed with the Philadelphia Opera Collective and currently performs as a…

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…