Bios

Jonathan Flowers

Jonathan Flowers is a professional musician and teacher of piano and voice, as well as music theory and composition. His extensive academic and musical background provides students with a well-rounded musical education. Jonathan earned music degrees at Yale University (BA) and the Eastman School of Music (MA). Additional professional studies were completed at the Juilliard School (composition and conducting) and Westminster Choir College (vocal pedagogy, choral pedagogy).  He also served as a graduate fellow and Associate Instructor of music theory at the Indiana University School of Music.

Before a recent move to the Philadelphia area, Jonathan taught vocal music and music theory in the New Jersey public schools for ten years. His vocal ensembles at Cherry Hill High School West appeared on network television and won numerous awards at festivals from Boston to South Carolina. Jonathan has also served as a music director for numerous musical theater productions at the middle school and high school level, as well as adult community theater. He has written and taught curricula for music theory and Advanced Placement Music Theory at three high schools. Jonathan has successfully coached numerous students for acceptance to high school honor choirs at the region, all-state, all-eastern, and all-national levels. A number of former students have continued their music education at leading universities (including Yale, Columbia, University of Maryland, Rutgers, University of the Arts, Rowan, and others).

As a professional musician, Jonathan is a published and recorded composer and arranger. His suite Visions in the Dark, was premiered by Grammy-Award winning clarinetist Richard Stoltzman and recorded by Rebecca Rischin on Centaur Records.  The work is available from Dorn Publications.  His choral compositions and arrangements have been performed throughout New Jersey. Jonathan has many years of experience as a piano accompanist for singers, instrumentalists, choral ensembles, and musical theater productions. He has conducted musical theater at leading venues, including three summers at the Plays in the Park in Edison, NJ, which is the largest government-sponsored musical theater festival in the state. Current projects include a book on mindfulness in music education, a music theory textbook for AP high school students, and continued work on new compositions and arrangements of choral music.

Jonathan is a certified K-12 music teacher in PA, NJ, and CT.  In keeping with his commitment to continuous professional development, he is an active member in NAfME (National Association for Music Education), PMEA (Pennsylvania Music Educators Association), MTNA (Music Teachers’’ National Association), and ACDA (American Choral Directors Association). For more information about Jonathan Flowers, see his Mission Statement.

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.

Deborah Rodgers

Deborah Rodgers is a devoted piano teacher, pianist, speaker, adjudicator and lifelong learner. She has degrees in piano performance with credits from West Chester University and Peabody Institute.

She is on the faculty of the piano department at St. Agnes School, in West Chester, PA and is the proprietor of the Passageways Piano studio, where she has taught hundreds of interested students how to play the piano and compose music.

Her students often receive awards for their performances and original compositions; several pursue music as a career.

Deborah is immediate Past President of the Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association. She is a past president of the Main Line Music Teachers Association, chairperson for the West Chester Piano Guild, and Chairperson for PFMC’s Jr. Composer Contest.

Performances include soloing with the West Chester Symphony Orchestra and the Rose Tree Pops. She frequently serves as a freelance accompanist.

Past employment includes Paoli Presbyterian Church where she directed six age-appropriate choirs and performed regularly. She was the director of the Lancaster Homeschool Choir. Additionally, she has been organist and church pianist for over twenty years in various churches.

In 2007 Deborah released a CD called Hope for the World. All of the proceeds from the sale of the CD was donated to charity.

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.