Ellen Rose Silver has taught instrumental music for over twenty-three years in music schools, elementary schools, preschools, and in her private studio. She graduated from Oberlin College and Conservatory with Bachelors of Art and Music, Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music with a Master of Music, and Mannes College of Music with a Professional Studies degree. She received her Suzuki training at the School for Strings in New York City and at the Chicago Suzuki Institute. She has studied the Dalcroze method of teaching music at the Lucy Moses School in Manhattan, and formerly taught early-childhood music at West Side Music Together and the Chabad Early Learning Center. Ellen is a professional performing cellist in New York City and a member of the Motyl Chamber Ensemble. She teaches music at The Riverside Church Weekday School in Manhattan. She is also the mother of two sons, ages twelve and fifteen, who continue to inspire and inform her work.
Blythe oversees Silver Music’s Instrumental and Introductory programs, working with faculty to provide meaningful experiences for all participating students. Prior to Silver Music, Blythe managed the operations of a national music education company, and helped support developing arts programs here in NYC. Blythe is a native New Yorker but her experiences as an educator and performer have led her to China, Costa Rica, and Egypt. She has studied flute in Austria at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna, and holds a Bachelor of Music and Master of Education degree from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. In addition to her work at Silver Music, Blythe continues to teach privately and perform locally.
Karolyn Bethke, Violin, Head of Introductory Music
A former Suzuki violin student, Karolyn has over 15 years of experience teaching violin. She completed a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance at UW-Madison and trained to teach the Suzuki approach through Book 7 with Kimberly Meier-Sims, Carol Smith, and Susan Baer. In addition to teaching violin, Karolyn has experience teaching for various early childhood music programs in NYC and designed her own program for babies and toddlers. She currently teaches music at The Weekday School at Riverside Church.
Karolyn has been a member of the Madison Symphony Orchestra and Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. She has toured internationally with various bands and musical artists and is currently an active performer in the NYC area. Much of her current professional performance work involves improvisation which is a skill she also offers to her students. Karolyn has also been trained to teach the Mark O’Conner method of American fiddling.
Sage Cole, Violin, Head of Instrumental Music
A native of Massachusetts, Sage Cole received her BA in music, summa cum laude, from Barnard College, and her MM in violin performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she was the first violinist of the Graduate Fellowship Quartet. She has studied at the Manhattan School of Music, and the Accademia Internazionale della Musica in Milan; her major teachers include Curtis Macomber and David Perry. Sage has been a member of the Madison Symphony, the Madison Ballet, the Madison Opera orchestras, has performed with the Vinca Quartet and is a founding member of the Hudson Quartet and Manchester Summer Chamber Music. Sage completed Suzuki pedagogical studies with Allen Lieb and Ecaterina Gerson at the School for Strings. She lives in New York City, where she is on the faculty at the Diller-Quaile School of Music and Silver Music.
Meredith Ezinma Ramsay, Violin
Meredith Ezinma Ramsay has worked with world renowned musicians including Yo-Yo Ma, Van Cliburn, Nadja Salerno Sonnenberg, Lowell Liebermann, and Mark O’Connor. She has concertized throughout America and Europe as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player in venues such as Alice Tully Hall, Madison Square Garden, The Waldorf Astoria, Symphony Space, and Carnegie Hall. A native of Lincoln, Nebraska, Meredith began her Suzuki violin studies at the age of four. She quickly became a prominent artist in her community after winning first prize in the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra’s Young Artist Concerto Competition. In addition to her work as a soloist, Ramsay is a passionate chamber musician. In 2011, Ramsay’s piano trio (The Ezinma Piano Trio) was a finalist in the J.C. Arriaga International Chamber Music Competition. That same year, The Ezinma Piano Trio won a grant to tour rural Nebraska where they gave a series of over 30 performances and educational outreaches. In that tour, The Ezinma Piano Trio worked to make classical music accessible to people of all backgrounds and show the relevance of classical music in today’s society. In addition to her work as a classical violinist, she has collaborated with numerous pop, hip-hop, electronic, bluegrass, and jazz artists. She has a Master’s degree in violin performance from Mannes, The New School for Music in New York City where she studied under Ms. Laurie Smukler.
Molly Goldman, Violin and Viola
Molly Goldman started playing violin at age 4, studying with her mother. She holds a Master of Music from the Juilliard School and a Bachelor of Music in Applied Music and Music Education with certification from the Eastman School of Music, in addition to receiving the prestigious Performance Certificate in recognition of “students who demonstrate outstanding performing ability.” Her primary teachers include Roger Tapping, Jeffrey Irvine, Carol Rodland and Stephen Sims. She obtained her Suzuki Certification at the School for Strings under Allan Lieb and Ecaterina Gerson.
An avid chamber musician, Molly has collaborated with violinists Juliana Athayde and David Coucheron, pianist-composer Magnus Lindberg, cellists Steven Doane and Rosemary Elliott and soprano-conductor Barbara Hannigan. As a soloist, Molly has been heard with the Ohio Chamber Orchestra, the Contemporary Youth Orchestra, the National Repertory Orchestra and the Eastman Philharmonia Orchestra. She has held performance fellowships at the Aspen Music Festival and School, the Colorado College Summer Music Festival and the Bowdoin International Music Festival. Molly’s musical talents go beyond classical music as she has performed with AXIOM, Ensemble Signal, New Juilliard Ensemble, Styx, Idina Menzel, Wild Cherry, and many others. She is also the co-director and co-founder of the Montserrat Music Festival. Molly strives to make music exciting, engaging and accessible for all audiences.
Rachel Riggs obtained her B.M. from the Eastman School of Music, followed by a Master’s Degree in Viola Performance from the University of Minnesota. Her major teachers include Michael Zaretsky, Heidi Castleman, and Roland Vamos. She has over 25 years of teaching experience, and has been on the faculty at New England Conservatory Preparatory School, Longy School of Music, Greenwich House Music School, and the Diller-Quaile School of Music. An active freelance musician, Rachel is a member of the American Symphony Orchestra.
Kayla Herrmann, Cello
Cellist Kayla Herrmann comes from a family of professional musicians and teachers. She has performed with members of the Martinu, Vermeer, Audobon, Czech Philharmonic, and Cassatt quartets. As a founding member of the Saturn String Ensemble Kayla performed at the West Cork Chamber Music Festival in Ireland. For many years she has been invited to perform in Prague, Czech Republic at the Ameropa Chamber Music Festival.
In 2010, Kayla was a Kenan Fellow at the Lincoln Center Institute in New York City. She was mentored to help create lessons plans and teach music through imaginative learning in New York public schools. Kayla incorporates the same principles in her private lessons, encouraging students to ask questions and development their personality in music. Kayla has also taught in NYC at the Diller-Quaile School of Music and Long Island Conservatory. Kayla holds a B.M. from North Carolina School of the Arts and a M.M. from the Hartt School where she received a full scholarship.
Jane Pae, Cello
Cellist Jane Pae, recipient of the Irene Diamond Graduate Fellowship, received both her Bachelor and Master of Music from The Juilliard School. She has appeared in both chamber and solo performances at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully and Avery Fisher Halls, Steinway Hall, Zankel, Weill, and Stern Halls at Carnegie Hall, and the Kennedy Center. Previous teachers include Joel Krosnick, Darrett Adkins, and Bonnie Hampton. Jane received her teacher training at the Suzuki Pedagogy Program at The School for Strings under the direction of Pam Devenport, where she discovered her passion for teaching and now teaches in several music schools in the city and maintains a private cello studio.
Reenat Pinchas, Cello
Cellist Reenat Pinchas first appeared as a soloist with local orchestras at age ten and has concertized worldwide ever since. She has accompanied world class artists such as Placido Domingo, Itzhak Perlman, Renee Fleming, Wynton Marsalis and played under the baton of NY Philharmonic’s Lorin Maazel, Gustavo Dudamel, Kent Nagano, and more. Passionate about chamber music, Ms. Pinchas has been a member of numerous ensembles exploring music from the baroque to the contemporary. She has always used her talent to better serve underdeveloped communities around the world by spreading a positive message through classical music. A dedicated teacher, Ms. Pinchas has worked with toddlers to teens and participated in projects to develop educational music programs in the USA, South America, and Southeast Asia. Ms. Pinchas holds a M.M. from Rice University and a B.M. from The Juilliard School. Her teachers include Lynn Harrell, Bonnie Hampton, and Chagit Glaser.
Jeanette Stenson, Cello
Jeanette Stenson, with twelve years of cello teaching experience, brings a focus on creating a nurturing environment that develops high sensibilities in her students with curriculum focusing on individualized instruction while addressing strong technique, repertoire, and musicality. She has worked with the Suzuki Method throughout New York schools including: The School for Strings, Turtle Bay Music School, The Preparatory Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College, and The Lucy Moses School. Ms. Stenson has also taught cello at the Bronx Global Learning Institute for Girls, Harmony Program, Scarsdale Strings, Corona Youth Music Project, Herald Music School, and the Beverly Burton School of Music. Her teaching artist experience includes presentations at The Children’s Storefront, Mott Hall II, and Cedar Island Elementary Schools. Ms. Stenson has been an adjudicator for NYSSMA and is receptive to students working towards competitions. She has coaching experience with the Osseo Senior High Symphony Orchestra, District 279 Summer Music Camp, and the Stenson Suzuki Studio “Torture” Camp. Ms. Stenson held a private teaching studio at Anderson Music Academy while she was residing in Minnesota and now she continues to expand her teaching studio in New York City. Ms. Stenson has completed her Suzuki Long-Term Teacher Training Certification at The School for Strings. She holds a Master of Music degree from Manhattan School of Music in Orchestral Performance and a Bachelor of Music degree in Cello Performance from the University of Minnesota.
Wenhan Anderson, Piano
A native of Taiwan, Wenhan Anderson is a pianist and collaborative artist. She has performed with chamber ensembles across North America and Asia. Wenhan appeared with violinist Sarah E. Geller at the concert series of New York Performing Arts Library, Munson-Williams-Proctor Museum of Art, and Washington D.C. Library. She has worked as a collaborative pianist at the Casalmaggiore International Music Festival in Italy and International Flute Institute at NYSMF in Oneonta, NY. Ms. Anderson currently serves on the faculty of Diller-Quaile School of Music, and she is also a founding member of MusicWorks music school in New Canaan, CT. Wenhan attended Soochow University receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree, and Manhattan School of Music, where she earned a Master’s degree in piano performance and accompanying.
Racquel Borromeo, Piano
Racquel Borromeo is a graduate of Manhattan School of Music with a piano performance degree. Racquel started formal lessons at age 9 in the Philippines. The Philippine Government accepted her to be a Scholar of the Philippines a year after. Her piano career has taken her to perform and compete across the United States, Philippines, Japan, Italy, Russia in various recitals and also national/international competitions. Racquel currently resides in New York City where she continues to perform and teach music. She has served as a Teaching Artist for various public and private schools to bring a music program into the inner-city schools around New York City. Living here has given her an opportunity to have a private piano studio of her own and numerous collaboration projects with singers and instrumentalists.
Marko Stuparevic, Piano
Since 2007 Marko has been successfully teaching students in Serbia and the USA. His teaching concepts have evolved through an eclectic background of training, combining a variety of pedagogical and artistic influences. As a dedicated teacher and an active member of HTMA and MTNA, Marko has experience teaching students of all levels, judging auditions, and overseeing competitions.
Besides teaching, Marko is an active performer and has appeared in concerts and festivals in the United States, Israel, and Europe. He has won top prizes for Dimitar Nenov, Petar Konjovic, American Protégé, Nikolai Rubinstein. Marko has performed as a soloist with Razgrad Philharmonic, Army Symphony Orchestra of Serbia, National Symphony of Bulgaria, Connecticut Chamber Valley Orchestra and Foot in the Door Ensemble. He has performed with internationally acclaimed double-bassist Robert Black, Hartt Bass Band, Elements Ensemble, HICO, Vagus Trio, Dahlia Flute Duo, 016 and 20/20 Chamber Honors Ensemble, among many others. Marko is frequently performing as a founding member of Prometheus Duo with saxophonist, Joseph Abad. Currently Marko is pursuing his Doctoral degree at The Hartt School working with renowned American pianist, Dr. Paul Rutman. Marko holds MM degree from The Hartt School and Bachelor degree from Belgrade University of Arts, Serbia.
Josh Gilgoff, Percussion
Band leading, educating and drum innovating percussionist, Josh Gilgoff, has brought music into the lives of children with autism, students who are emotionally disturbed, and students in the general education population. Numbering in the thousands, and spanning the communities of East Harlem, Morning Side Heights, the Upper West Side of New York City and Riverdale, Gilgoff has taught at the Diller-Quaile School of Music, The Mickey Mantle School, and SAR Academy.
Gilgoff has been blessed to perform with world-renowned musicians: David Liebman, Bill Summers, Swiss Chris (John Legend) Wayne Batchelor, (Nnenna Freelon) and Richie Cannata (Billy Joel). He recorded on Kelly Saint Patrick’s Grammy-nominated 2009 album In the Margins. Gilgoff also created a new technique in drumming where African idiophones (called Televi) play off of hand drums, drumset, and xylophones earning his playing the accolade of “juggling meets drumming!”