Jazz Faculty

Alex Siniavski

Trombone, Trumpet, & Jazz Improvistation Faculty

Alex Siniavski originally hails from St. Petersburg, but moved to Philadelphia in 1992. As a trombonist, he received Master’s Degrees from the St. Petersburg Conservatory of Music, and from Temple University, studying with Blair Bollinger, trombone member of the Philadelphia Orchestra. He taught trombone and trumpet here at the Nelly Berman School for ten years, and is now returning after…

Andrew Urbina

Saxophone and Jazz Improvisation Faculty

Born in the suburbs of Philadelphia, U.S.A. and of Colombian descent, saxophonist Andrew Urbina is a freelance musician who performs throughout the United States, Canada, and Colombia. He has had the opportunity to collaborate with an array of musicians such as Antonio Arnedo, Hugo Candelario, David Garibaldi, Django Bates, John Hollenbeck, Los Petits Fellas, My Morning Jacket, Rémi Bolduc, Theo Bleckman, Rakalam Bob Moses,…

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,…

Dr. Theresa Klinefelter

Jazz Piano Faculty

Heralded by the Philadelphia Inquirer as “on the cosmic cusp where Mozart might mingle with Mingus”, pianist Terry Klinefelter has performed in a wide variety of settings in both the classical and jazz fields. Appearances include the Philadelphia Orchestra Chamber Music Series, Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Endless Mountain Music Festival, Chadds Ford Winery Jazz Festival, Jazz at the Springs and the…

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…