Wind & Brass Faculty

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…

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…

Sir Julian Milkis

Special Arrangement Clarinet Faculty

Sir Julian Milkis’  impressive sound, a virtuostic technical ease and a musical imagination has captivated critics and audiences alike around the world, He carries the rare honor of being the only student of the clarinet legend Benny Goodman. Mr. Milkis’ unique interpretations and artistry have earned him an international stature of a dazzling soloist, chamber musician, recitalist and jazz clarinetist,…

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Ilya Ovrutsky

Flute Faculty

Ilya Ovrutsky, Bachelor’s degree : Kiev R. Gliere music college (Ukraine), 1965. Master’s degree: Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow in flute/piccolo performance, 1971. Mr. Ovrutsky has performed extensively around the world as a member of Symphony Orchestra of The Moscow Bolshoy Theater, and of the former USSR State Symphony Orchestra under direction of E. Svetlanov. He has performed in the major…

Frank Stroble

French Horn Faculty

Frank is our newest French Horn instructor! Frank Stroble has been a fixture of the Delaware Valley music scene for over 30 years as a performer, teacher, arranger and composer. Upon earning B.S. in Music Education from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania, he wandered in the wilds of Pennsylvania and Delaware before eventually settling in Voorhees, NJ, where he now resides.…

Jessica Lynch

Flute Faculty

Jessica Lynch is a performer and teacher in the Philadelphia area.  As an ensemble musician, she has performed across the United States, including performances in Carnegie Hall in New York City, Verizon Hall in Philadelphia, at the 2019 College Band Directors National Association Conference in Arizona, and at the 2018 and 2019 Mid-Atlantic Flute Conventions in Virginia.  Additionally, Jessica has…

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…

Andres Gonzalez

Trumpet Faculty

Andres Gonzalez Parra is one of the young talents of the Venezuelan orchestral conduction emerged from the renowned social and musical program known as El Sistema. In 2013; Gonzalez Parra, who was trained in conduction by masters Mario Benzecry and Jose Antonio Abreu, founder of El Sistema; created the Jose Francisco del Castillo Youth Symphony Orchestra, with which he performed several…

Joseph Dvorak

Clarinet Faculty

Joseph T. Dvorak holds a M.M. in clarinet performance from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he was a student of Todd Levy. At UWM, Joseph was featured as a soloist with the UWM Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Nielsen’s clarinet concerto. His B.M. was obtained at Temple University, where he was awarded a full-scholarship. There, he studied primarily with Paul…

Dr. Meghan Woodard

Oboe Faculty

Meghan is an active freelance performer and teacher in the greater Philadelphia area. She currently teaches oboe students at Temple University, Haverford College, and Bryn Mawr College. In November 2015 Meghan was a featured soloist with the Temple University Wind Symphony, performing the Concerto for Oboe and Wind Band by Lukas Foss (arr. Rhoads)—a piece that she also edited for a new edition…