Odessa BalanOdessa Balan, violin & viola

Odessa has a degree in Music Composition with a Violin Concentration from Temple University’s Ester Boyer College of Music and Dance. Ms. Balan is a certified Suzuki teacher with certifications through Book 5. Ms. Balan is a unique voice in the contemporary music scene. Her musical genres include, but are not limited to, classical, jazz, folk, and adult contemporary rock. Over the past 20 years she has composed music for Group Motion Modern Dance Company, collaborating with Andrea Clearfield and Manfred Fischbeck; she collaborated on classical-jazz fusion projects with jazz pianist and recording artist Dave Burrell; she had many performances in the Philly Fringe Festivals, and performed at the Kimmel Center, the Jazz Clef Club, Chris’ Jazz Café, the Annenberg Theater at University of Pennsylvania, and the Arts Bank in Philadelphia, and at Carnegie Hall in NYC. Her orchestral work Winter Dance was played by the Romanian Symphony Orchestra on their tour of Romania and Italy. Her compositions have been used in independent films and television shows, and have been played on NPR’s Creatively Speaking on 90.1 FM, and UPenn Radio 88.5 FM. She is now a proud mother of two boys, and keeps busy performing, recording, and teaching violin, viola and music theory at CMS.

Cynthia Campetti, violinCindy Campetti

Ms. Campetti is a former member of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Philadelphia Opera Orchestra, Pennsylvania Ballet Company and the Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music with a degree in violin performance, Ms. Campetti studied with world-renowned teachers, Ivan Galamian and Jascha Brodsky. For the past 35 years, Ms. Campetti has committed her time to teaching private students in the Philadelphia region. Ms. Campetti is on staff at Eastern University, Darlington Fine Arts Center and Community Music School.  Cindy is a Master Level Faculty member at CMS.


Michael ChaffinMichael Chaffin, bass

Michael Chaffin graduated from Temple University with both a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Bass Performance. During his time at Temple he studied with Rob Kesselmann and Joe Conyers; both members of the Philadelphia Orchestra. While at Temple, Michael performed in all major ensembles and was selected to tour with the Wind Symphony to Boston, Nashville and San Jose. In San Jose, he performed Francaix’s Mozart New-Look for Solo Double Bass and Wind Ensemble. As an active freelancer, he performs regularly with the Delaware Symphone, Lancaster Symphony and records for NFL Films. Other ensembles include the Pennsylvania Philharmonic and South Florida Symphony. In December 2011, Michael toured China for 3 weeks with the Philadelphia National Symphony. Other notable performances abroad include the Sienna Music Festival in Sienna, Italy and the AIMS Music Festival in Graz, Austria. In addition to teaching at CMS, Michael maintains an active private teaching studio.

Hsiao-Ming ChenHsiao-Ming Chen, cello

Hsiao Ming Chen received both her bachelor and master degrees  in Performance from Temple University. She has been teaching cello since 1992 . She starts out teaching at the community program at Temple University  where she was graduating at the same year with her bachelor degree. She ,at the same time ,was teaching at the Temple Music Preparatory school from 1992 till the summer of 2002. During that time, she was mentored by both of her teachers, Orlando Cole (founding member of the Curtis Quartet and New School of Music) and Metta Watts, his assistant teacher of some 50 years. In addition to her private lessons at Temple, one of her many joys was to coach the young cello ensemble group. She also taught at the Kimberton Waldorf School as well as the Community Music School in Trappe.

In the summer of 2002, she moved to Colorado where her son was born in Jan. of 2003.  While she was busy being a mom, she helped out with the local Taiwanese chorus where children learn Chinese and Taiwanese through songs. She also performed with a piano/harp , violin and cello trio. They, in addition to the standard repertoire,  also worked on traditional music from Taiwan and China as well as pieces composed by Taiwanese composers. In 2007, she moved back from Colorado and resumed teaching at the Kimberton Waldorf School and the Community Music School. Although her focus is on teaching, she has performed in solo and chamber music recitals as well as in church settings with choirs.


coyneEric Coyne, cello, String Department Chair

Eric has been an active teacher, performer, and chamber musician in the Philadelphia region since 2001. In addition to his work at Community Music School since 2002, he has been a faculty member of the Westminster Choir College Conservatory, the Nelly Berman School of Music, and The Music School of Delaware. He currently teaches music cello and chamber music at The Music School of Delaware, and has been a Master Faculty member of the Community Music School since 2009. From 2002-2005, he was ‘cellist of CMS’s ensemble-in-residence, the Mühlenberg Piano Quartet. Other performing ensmeble commitments include Symphony in C, Prometheus Chamber Orchestra, Berks County Opera, The Coyne/Woodard Cello & Piano Duo, and the Murmuration Improvisation Ensemble. He holds a B.M. in Cello Performance from the University of Iowa, and an M.M. and Performance-Pedagogy Professional Certificate from Temple University.  Eric is also a certified Suzuki instructor.  Eric is a Master Level Faculty member at CMS.


Julienne IkegamiJulienne Ikegami, violin

Julienne Ikegami received her Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance and her Master of Music in String Pedagogy at Temple University, Boyer College of Music and Dance.  While studying at Temple, she actively participated in many ensembles, including the Temple University Symphony Orchestra, where they have performed at the Kimmel Center, Lincoln Center, and Carnegie Hall.  Julienne also participated in many notable music festivals, such as the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts, and Domaine Forget International Music Festival.  Additional opportunities also allowed her to perform overseas throughout Europe and Asia. Julienne enjoys performing solo, chamber music, and in orchestras and actively freelances in the Philadelphia area.  Julienne teaches violin students beginner through advanced levels and is a certified Suzuki instructor. In addition to Community Music School, she also teaches at the Malvern School of Music.


Raymond Mallari

Raymond Mallari, viola & violin, Suzuki Department Chair

Ray Mallari graduated from West Chester University with a degree in Viola Performance. He continued his graduate studies at West Chester University in both violin and viola emphasizing pedagogy. His orchestral participation includes Temple University Symphony Orchestra, West Chester Symphony Orchestra, Lower Merion Symphony, Pottstown Symphony Orchestra, Kennett Symphony, PA Philharmonic, ChescoPOPS, and Philadelphia National Symphony. Internationally, he had the pleasure of touring China with the Philadelphia National Symphony 2011—2012. He participated in the 2013 ChamberArt Madrid Music Festival as principal violist, earning a certificate diploma of chamber music. His chamber music activities include numerous String Trios, String Quartets, Guitar Quintet, and Piano Quintets. He was a participant in the MTNA Young Artist and Chamber Music Competition placing Alternate in the 2009 Chamber Division, an Honorable Mention in the Young Artist 2008 Division, and a National Finalist in the 2009 Young Artist Division. Mr. Mallari teaches violin and viola beginners to advancing levels and is Suzuki registered. Mr. Mallari is faculty at Immaculata University, Ursinus College, and Community Music School Trappe.


Lorenzo RavalLorenzo Raval, viola & violin

Praised for his “beautiful tone” and “exceptional quality of nobility in his playing,” Filipino violinist and violist Lorenzo Raval is acclaimed for his versatility and dedication to the numerous aspects of his instruments – as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral player, and teacher. Lorenzo currently performs as violinist and violist with the Prometheus Chamber Orchestra, and is an active freelance performer in the Philadelphia region.

Born and raised in Quezon City, Philippines, Lorenzo received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University Prior to his move to the United States, he attended the University of the Phillipines as a violin and music education major, and was also a scholar at the Philippine High School for the Arts. His major teachers include Alfonso Bolipata, Helen Kwalwasser, Che-Hung Chen and Odin Rathnam. He is also a passionate and dedicated teacher, maintaining a small private studio in South Philadelphia and at Community Music School in Trappe, PA.

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