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Patricia Powell

Dr. Patricia Powell is an accomplished performer and teacher with a unique musical and academic background. In addition to degrees in Piano Performance, Piano Pedagogy and Chamber Music, Dr. Powell received the prestigious Music Honours Degree from Oxford University, England as a graduate scholarship student. In addition to teaching piano, she directs both the graduate and undergraduate Piano Pedagogy studies at the School of Music. Her passion for teaching has been lifelong, inspired by the many notable teachers that she has studied with, including Phyllis Selleck (The Royal Conservatory of Music, London), Thomas Mastroianni and Bela Nagy (Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.), Robert Ward (USC, Los Angeles) and Edna Golandsky (Golandsky Institute, Princeton).

Her mentors and teachers in pedagogy have greatly informed and influenced her toward more enlightened and progressive pedagogy approaches through study with Dr. Barbara Maris, Dr. Marienne Uszler and early experiences with both Robert Pace and Richard Chronister.

Her approach to teaching pedagogy and performance aim for the same arrival point: to instill a deep understanding of how the power of music can connect us to others in a profound way, and that both musical expression and creativity are at the root of that understanding.

As a presenter, she is frequently invited to give workshops and master classes on techniques for motivating and inspiring young pianists. Her research includes Samuel Barber’s Chamber and Collaborative Music; ‘Enthusiasm’ – Why it Matters in Music; The Pedagogy of Performance. Her performances are often inspired by a theme, such as the 2013 collaborative recital on Earth Day, wherein each piece represented a specific hour in the cycle of the earth, including premiers of 3 commissioned works.

Dr. Powell’s pedagogy graduate students have published, performed and presented at both national and state conferences of the Music Teachers National Association. Recent Pedagogy graduate students have gone on to pursue Doctoral degrees, receiving both scholarships and graduate assistantships.

Having served on several editorial boards, including the European Piano Teachers Association and MTNA’s American Music Teacher magazine and the e-Journal, Dr. Powell contributes editorials and reviews for the Music Teachers National Association.

Igor Resnianski

Dr. Resnianski is an Assistant Professor at West Chester University of Pennsylvania in West Chester, PA. He also teaches at the Nelly Berman School of Music in Haverford, PA. He has won prizes for his playing in the New Orleans International Piano Competition, the International World Piano Competition in Cincinnati, the Nena Wideman International Piano Competition in Louisiana, the First China International Piano Competition in Beijing, and the All Russian Piano Competition.

In 1996, Igor made his concerto debut in the U.S. with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and in South America performing a solo recital at the International Music Festival in Medellin, Colombia.

He’s given solo recitals across the U.S. and in China.

Igor has been named named “Music Teacher of the Year” by the Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association and is a sought-after teacher who regularly gives master classes throughout the U.S. and abroad. He is a faculty and guest artist at the TCU/ Cliburn Piano Institute Fort Worth, Texas, is on the faculty of Piano Texas International Academy and Festival and has lectured at Rutgers University during the Mozart summer course. He is a regular faculty of the New Orleans Piano Institute and the University of Houston Piano Institute.

Elaine Friedlander

Elaine Friedlander received her Bachelors Degree in both Performance and Music Education from the Philadelphia Musical Academy, and holds a Masters in Music Performance from West Chester University.  She has studied with Anthony Mecoli, Clement Petrillo and Richard Veleta.  She has also done additional training with Valerie Lloyd Watts and Carol Bigler at the Suzuki Institute in Kingston Ontario.  She worked with Maria Delpico Taylor at a Taubman summer institute. Mrs. Friedlander has been teaching piano since 1966.  Since she also has classroom experience teaching music she brings her education background to her private lessons.  Mrs. Friedlander has a busy private piano teaching studio in West Chester and many of her students have been competition prize winners.  A member of the Music Teachers National Association, Mrs. Friedlander has been demand as an adjudicator for piano competitions and music festivals.  She is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, the national musical honor society.  In addition, she was the Music Coordinator at the Unitarian Congregation of West Chester for many years.  She is a past  president of the Main Line Music Teachers Association. For several years Mrs. Friedlander chaired the conference committee for the Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association. She is not the sponsorship chair and recently won the Distinguished Service Award at the 2017 conference.

For fifteen years Mrs. Friedlander played in the Brandywine Piano Duo with Joanne Crystle.  They performed programs of piano duet music through out the Delaware Valley.  She has also been a member of the Fellowship Trio consisting of violin cello and piano.

Richard Veleta

Richard Veleta received his BM, MM, and Doctorate in Keyboard Performance from Northwestern University. Research specialties include keyboard works of Domenico Scarlatti, Robert Schumann, Claude Debussy, and Ernest Bloch. Post-doctoral studies have been completed at the University of Colorado where he was a Danforth Fellow in art history. Wellesley College and the Peabody Conservatory have been sites of workshops in performance of Haydn and Mozart on the fortepiano the eighteenth century predecessor of the modern grand piano.

His solo credits include Carnegie Recital Hall in New York and the Philadelphia Museum of Art; and as pianist of the Pennsylvania Ballet, many performances in the Walnut Street theater, the Schubert Theater, the Academy of Music, and the Brooklyn Academy.

Chamber music has been a major interest. From 1986 to 2011 Dr. Veleta was artistic director of the Rose Tree Concert Series in Media, PA. In the se concerts he collaborated with major artists from the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Opera Company of Philadelphia, the City Center Opera of New York, the Marlboro Chamber Music Festival, and the Pnn Contemporary Players of the University of Pennsylvania.

At West Chester University from 1965 to 2009 Professor Veleta served as Department Chair and Graduate Coordinator. Besides private instruction, repertoire, and accompanying classes, he regularly offered a series of five historically presented courses in keyboard literature: Baroque, Classic, Romantic, Twentieth Century, and the Piano Concerto. In 1980 he appeared on the Honored Alumni Recital Series at Northwestern University, and in 1983 was Artist in Residence at Gettysburg College. West Chester University has twice given him awards: in 1994 the Irving H. Cohen award for Academic Excellence, and in 2002 the Benjamin Whitten Award for Creative Teaching. In Salzburg, Austria, under the auspices of the Pennsylvania Consortium for International Education, Dr. Veleta taught courses in Mozart and Lieder Accompanying.