Piano

Irene Bernstein earned her Master’s Degree in theory, piano pedagogy, musicology, and composition from St. Petersburg Conservatory in Russia. She is a classically trained pianist with 45 years of teaching experience. For the Past 25 years, she was on the Faculty of The Music Academy and State College Suzuki Program. There she taught piano, theory, and composition to children (starting 4 years old) and adults. Her students range from beginner to advanced levels. Her teaching is a melting pot of European, American, traditional, and Suzuki methods. Irene loves arts, travelling, reading, and cooking. Her real passion lies in teaching piano to young kids. She believes that music training, specifically piano instruction, is very important for the mental development of children. Irene teaches them that music, art, and dance feed the heart and soul. Music is to the brain as physical exercise is to the human body. Learning how to play piano means much more than simply learning to play a song. Her students are doing very well in school. Their piano accomplishments help them to become intelligent, successful, and upstanding people.

 


Sang Mi ChungSang Mi Chung

A native of Korea, Sang Mi Chung completed her Bachelors of Music at Sang Myung University in Seoul. She came to the United States to study at Temple University and graduated from Esther Boyer College of Music with a Master of Music degree in both piano performance and chamber music. While at Temple, her principal instructors were Professors Harvey Wedeen and internationally renowned chamber musician Lambert Orkis. In addition to numerous solo and chamber music performances in Korea and the United States, Ms. Chung has performed with the Brahms Piano Festival sponsored by the German Brahms Society and has performed on several occasions in Hamburg and Heide Germany. She was also invited to perform a solo recital for the Afternoon Music Club Concert several times.  Recently, she was selected  to perform for “The Vladimir Horowitz Steinway Concert” in Philadelphia using his 9-foot concert grand piano. Ms. Chung has taught piano for more than 12 years and is a certified Suzuki instructor having completed Book 1 training with Joan Kryzwicki. She has served as an adjunct faculty member and resident artist at Temple University. She is currently the organist and choir director for several churches in the Greater Philadelphia region.


 

Emilily Kosasih Temple PicEmilily Kosasih

Emilily received a Bachelor of Music with honors in piano performance from Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and was the Jacobs Music Steinway Award recipient in 2006. While studying piano at Temple, Ms. Kosasih accompanied several choirs including the Temple University Women Chorus and Recital Chorus. Through this exposure, she developed an interest in conducting which led her to pursue a Master of Music in Choral Conducting under the tutelage of Alan Harler.  Previously the music director for the Swarthmore Chorale and Ming-de Chorus, Ms. Kosasih is currently the music director of Community Music School’s Cantabile Chorale, a chorus open to high school students and adults. She also teaches piano at Community Music School and is an adjunct conducting instructor at Temple University.


Ryan LeaverRyan Leaver

Multi-Instrumentalist and Composer, Ryan Leaver received his B.A. in Jazz Composition from Berklee College of Music in 2003 and his M.A. in Modern American Music from the Longy School of Music of Bard College in 2006.  He has received instruction in the Feldenkrais Method, the Alexander Technique, Eurythmics, and the Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization from leaders in each respective field.  Some of his teachers include Dennis Sandole, Charlie Banacos, George Garzone, John Lockwood, Bob Gullotti, Bob Moses, Ran Blake, John Thomas, and Ben Monder.


 

Chris MacyChristopher Macy

Christopher Macy is an active performing artist, composer, educator, author, and personal coach. His piano students benefit from his integrated approach to developing artistry, skill mastery, literacy, and knowledge. His coaching-teaching style also fosters personal awareness, and a continuous growth mindset. Raised in Pottstown, Christopher studied piano with Dorothy Sutton. Under her guidance he was a prize winner in several competitions and festivals, including the Music Teachers National Association Young Artists Regional Competition, and The Reading Symphony Foundation Competition, performing Felix Mendelssohn’s G minor Piano Concerto, and Franz Liszt’s E-flat Piano Concerto. His formal music education includes undergraduate and graduate studies in music composition, piano performance and piano pedagogy at The Philadelphia College of Performing Arts, San Francisco State University and West Chester University. Chris is also trained in the Musikgarten Piano Partners curriculum.


 

Seth Trumbore

Seth Trumbore

Seth received his B.M. in Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy from Temple University where he studied with Harvey Wedeen. His graduation honors include the Jacobs Music Company Steinway Award and the Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges award.  While at Temple, Seth receive training in the Suzuki Method and is a certified Suzuki instructor having completed Book 1 training with Joan Kryzwicki. After receiving chamber music training from the Settlement Music School under Sidney and Shirley Curtiss, Seth has become very passionate about collaboration and is active in the community assisting soloists and various musical organizations. In addition, he currently serves as assistant organist at Church of the Holy Spirit in Harleysville.


Milena UrbanMilena Urban, Department Chair

Milena graduated with honors from the Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw and was awarded a scholarship from the German Academy Exchange Service to continue her studies with Laszlo Simon at the University of the Arts in Berlin where she received the Master of Music degree.  An award winning chamber musician, Urban has performed in numerous concert venues throughout Europe, most recently with the Villa Musica Ensemble based in Mainz, Germany.  Ms. Urban was a member of the Mühlenberg Piano Quartet at Community Music School and the Aurora Piano Quartet, an ensemble of four pianists who performed throughout Germany.  Milena currently teaches over 30 piano students at Community Music School where she also serves as the staff accompanist.  Milena is a Master Level Faculty member at CMS.

 

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