Instrumental Music

St. Andrew's Instrumental Music program is a robust component of the School's arts curriculum and culture. Students at any level of experience can participate in a variety of instrumental music opportunities, some for-credit and others extracurricular. More than a third of our students take private lessons with instrumental music instructors, and also perform with our two instrumental ensembles: the School Orchestra and School Jazz Ensemble. Students exhibit their work and mastery at concerts held for the School community throughout the year.

In addition to the busy schedule of student performances, numerous guest artists performing a variety of genres (from classical to pop; from jazz to world music) visit St. Andrew's each year to perform and work with students. The endowed Haroldson Music Fund, established in 2012 by Katherine and John Haroldson in honor of their daughters, Sarah ’09 and Katherine ’12, provides students with an annual masterclass and guest performance by renowned string ensembles, with a goal of enhancing the skill and understanding of our student musicians and to broaden appreciation for music among all students.

Orchestra

The St. Andrew's Orchestra is comprised of approximately 70 students, and is augmented by faculty members who play instruments. The orchestra gives four performances each year in its beautiful home, Engelhard Hall in the O'Brien Art Center.

Students who wish to play in the orchestra may do so by enrolling in the for-credit Orchestra Methods music course, and/or by taking private lessons. This course develops and practices techniques specific to the instrumental musician; separate class periods are offered for strings, winds, and percussion sections. As students advance in their mastery, they may also enroll in our Chamber Music course.


Jazz Ensemble

Students at any level of mastery who wish to deepen their skills in improvisation on their wind or percussion instrument may play in the School's "big band": our Jazz Ensemble. Students can join the Jazz Ensemble by enrolling in our Jazz Improvisation course, and/or by taking private lessons. This course helps students develop informed stylistic practice of their instrument through rehearsal and performance in small jazz combos. Students develop their jazz literacy by reading arranged compositions from a wide array of jazz styles and through careful study of chord and scale relationships in their improvisations. The full Jazz Ensemble group performs for the School community three times a year.


Private Lesson Faculty

Private lessons on many instruments, taught by talented local musicians specializing in a particular instrument, are available for an additional fee. Interested students should contact Director of Instrumental Music Fred Geiersbach at fgeiersbach@standrews-de.org.


Solo cellist of international acclaim and founding member of George Enescu Piano Trio, George Atanasiu has performed chamber music in groups from duo to dixtuor alongside internationally acclaimed musicians in important venues and festivals of both early and modern music throughout the world. Dr. Atanasiu has served as Principal Cellist for Garden State Philharmonic, South Jersey Symphony, and Sibiu Philharmonic (Romania), and Associate Principal Cellist of Romanian National Radio-Television Symphony Orchestra. He performs with the PhillyPops, Opera Company of Philadelphia, and the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra.

Dr. Atanasiu received a Master’s Degree in Cello Performance-Instrumental Pedagogy and a PhD in Musicology from the National University of Music in Bucharest, Romania. He teaches cello, chamber music, and string pedagogy, and gives concerts and master classes in conservatories and universities throughout the world. He has served on the faculty of Rowan University (NJ), University of the Arts (Philadelphia), Arcadia University, Haverford College (PA), Eastern Nazarene College (Mass.), and Germantown Friends School (Philadelphia). Many of his former students have been awarded prizes in international competitions in Italy, Spain, Germany, and the US, and have gone on to further study at leading music programs, ultimately performing as soloists with orchestras.


Lotus Cheng, piano, received her Master of Music degree in accompanying/chamber music and piano pedagogy from Temple University, where she studied with Alexander Fiorillo and Lambert Orkis. Ms. Cheng has performed in the master classes of Augustin Anievas, Leon Fleisher, Natalie Hinderas and Russell Sherman. She has given numerous solo and ensemble recitals in the Philadelphia area and Salt Lake City, Paris and Straubing (Germany) has appeared as soloist with the Wilmington Community Orchestra. She also performs as a chamber musician with members of the Delaware Symphony. Ms. Cheng was a prize winner in the JCC Young Musicians Competition, the Temple University Concerto Competition and first prize winner in the National Bart-Kabalevsky Piano Competition. A former faculty member of the University of Delaware and Settlement Music School-Jenkintown Branch, Ms. Cheng currently serves as piano instructor at St. Andrew's School, Artist Faculty at The Music School of Delaware and as studio accompanist at West Chester University.


Romanian born and raised in Israel, Eliezer Guytman has been a member of the Delaware Symphony Orchestra since 1994 and is currently concertmaster with the Kennett Symphony of Chester County, the Allentown Symphony Orchestra, and Opera Delaware. He also performs with various local orchestras, including the Reading Symphony Orchestra. Eliezer has performed solo recitals in France, England, Spain, Israel and the USA. He was concertmaster of the Israel Technion-Institute Symphony Orchestra, Kibbutzim Symphony Orchestra, the Haifa Israel Symphony Orchestra and the Ensemble-Carmel-Israel Chamber Orchestra.

Eliezer earned a Bachelor of Industry and Management from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology and a Master of Music from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He studied under David Arben, Philadelphia Orchestra concertmaster, and Avigdor Zamir, Associate Concertmaster of the Dutch Orchestra The Concertgebouw. Elizer finds his greatest joy spending time with his two children, Elad and Ayelet.


Greta Myers earned her B.A. in music education from West Virginia University in 2002, where she studied cello with Nancy Baum and William Skidmore. After graduating she went on to direct string programs for nine years at schools in Maryland and Delaware. Her students performed in county and state events, competed at solo and chamber ensemble festivals, and performed at local venues. Now a full-time private lesson teacher in Delaware, Greta teaches cello students of all levels as well as beginning violinists and violists. In addition to performing with the Newark Symphony, Greta composes, records, and performs with local folk duo Blue Grey Serenade.


Ed Ryan is a long-time music teacher who for most of his life performed and recorded as part of the New York City music scene. He is a rock, blues and country musician with classical and jazz training. While performing in New York City, Mr. Ryan attended Hunter College where he graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a BA in music and an MA in music composition and theory. At St. Andrew's, Mr. Ryan teaches private lessons in guitar, bass, drums, banjo, mandolin, composition and theory. He also co-teaches jazz improvisation. Additionally Mr. Ryan teaches Music History at Wesley College and private instruction at Premier Center for the Arts. He continues to compose, record and perform his original material.


Elizabeth Stevens received her Doctorate of Musical Arts in oboe performance from Michigan State University, where she studied with Jan Eberle. Her DMA document, Taking a Seat in Telemann’s Classroom: Pedagogical Approaches to the Music of Telemann, provides effective analytical strategies and historical perspectives for teaching the solo instrumental fantasies of Telemann and the Baroque compositional style in general. Dr. Stevens’s other research interests include performance issues in twentieth-century oboe music. Previously, Dr. Stevens received a Masters of Music degree in oboe performance from Northwestern University, where she studied with Chicago Symphony oboists Ray Still and Michael Hennoch. She received a Bachelors degree in Music from the University of South Florida. Dr. Stevens has served on faculty at the University of Delaware, University of Windsor, Ontario; and the University of Michigan-Flint. She has given masterclasses and performances both nationally and internationally and is active as a soloist, orchestral, and chamber musician.


Janet Vines, has been an active musician since high school as an organist, piano teacher, and oboist. She studied under Harold Bradley of theToronto Conservatory of Music.She graduated from the University of Buffalo with a BFA and studied piano with Livingston Gearhart and organ from Squire Haskin.

Mrs. Vines spent her career teaching and serving as organist and choir director in various churches and in musical theater in Westchester, New York.

Here in Delaware, Mrs. Vines is an active member of the American Guild of Organists and a substitute in area churches. She looks forward to another year with the wonderful music staff and students of SAS. Mrs. Vines is still teaching privately in Middletown and doing accompanying work in this area.


Kate Young is a freelance clarinetist and educator in Philadelphia, PA. For the past seven years she lived in Louisiana, serving as the Professor of Clarinet and Saxophone at the Louisiana College in Pineville, LA. She also performed regularly as a Bass, Eb, and soprano clarinetist with the Baton Rouge Symphony, Acadiana Symphony, and Opera Louisiane company.

Dr. Young is active as an international clinician and recitalist (recent appearances include: Universidad de Panamá, the Instituto Nacional de Música de Panamá, the Casa de Cultura de Panamá, a Guest Residency in Chile, University of Maryland, University of Montana, Louisiana State University, Northwestern State, Southeastern University, University of Southern Mississippi, and Southern University). A passionate educator, Dr. Young maintained a large private studio of students from beginners to successful high school students. Young's research interests combine her experience in Cognitive Science, Kinesiology, and Music. She used electromyography (EMG) to record changes in muscle activation as the clarinet thumb-rest position was changed. This unique research has won an award for contributions to the clarinet-field and has been presented at the Performing Arts Medical Association and Society for Neuroscience conferences.

She earned her Masters of Music (2011) and Doctorate of Musical Arts degrees (December, 2014) from the Louisiana State University. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, in Music and Brain and Cognitive Science from the University of Rochester (2009). Her teachers include Robert DiLutis and Deborah Chodacki.

To learn more about Kate, visit kateyoungclarinet.com.

Recent Guest Performances

6ix Wire

Cypress String Quartet

Borealist String Quartet

"The President's Own" Marine String Quartet

Ella Holding, pianist

Duo Fresco (Brett Deubner, viola, and Christopher Kenniff, guitar)

Duo Terlano (Hannes Dietrick, violin, and Marie Cadieux, cello)


For more info on Instrumental Music at SAS, contact:

Frederick Geiersbach

Frederick Geiersbach

Director of Instrumental Music


Instrumental Music Courses

Music Theory

OPEN TO IV, V, AND VI FORM STUDENTS

HALF-CREDIT COURSE

This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of music, including reading notes and rhythm. Students learn to construct melodies and to work with basic harmony. Regular ear-training exercises as well as music history listening assignments prepare students both to compose their own music and to analyze selected repertoire, ranging from the Baroque through the modern eras.

Music Composition

OPEN TO V AND VI FORMS

PREREQUISITE: MUSIC THEORY

HALF-CREDIT COURSE

Students study various methods of music composition and work in various styles, including jazz, classical, and rock. This course also introduces students to the School's digital composition studio and allows them to work with multimedia (such as composing music for TV and film). Students complete composition projects using computer programs including Sibelius, Finale, and Logic Pro.

Advanced Study in Music Theory and History

OPEN TO VI FORM STUDENTS

PREREQUISITE: MUSIC THEORY OR PERMISSION OF THE INSTRUCTOR FOLLOWING A PLACEMENT TEST

This full-credit course is open to students who have demonstrated proficiency in the fundamentals of music (the ability to read and perform written music at a strong level; the possession of a working knowledge of all chord and scale types). Regular ear-training and part-writing assignments help students develop as composers; students produce original works on a monthly basis. Score analysis supplements readings as students develop interpretations of important repertoire, ranging from the medieval through the modern eras. Texts: Gauldin, Harmonic Practice.

Orchestral Methods

HALF-CREDIT COURSE

This course is intended for all orchestral instrumentalists, from beginning to advanced levels, who wish to participate in the School orchestra.

The course develops and practices techniques specific to the instrumental musician; separate class periods are offered for strings, winds, and percussion sections. The course develops solid technique in students through the practice of scales, sight-reading, and rehearsal of the orchestra repertoire. Open to all forms, this course may be repeated.

Chamber Music

ADMISSION IS BY AUDITION AND/OR PERMISSION OF THE INSTRUCTOR

HALF-CREDIT COURSE

This course allows advanced instrumental musicians to grow musically through deliberate preparation of appropriately challenging repertoire. Students develop their artistry through small ensemble rehearsals and regular performances in student recitals. All students in this course are also leaders in the School orchestra. Open to all forms, this course may be repeated.

Jazz Improvisation

HALF-CREDIT COURSE

Devoted to the study of jazz improvisation, this course allows students the opportunity to develop informed stylistic practice of their instrument through rehearsal and performance in small jazz combos. Students develop their jazz literacy by reading arranged compositions from a wide array of jazz styles and through careful study of chord/scale relationships in their improvisations. All students in this course are also members of the Jazz Ensemble and/or Orchestra. Open to all forms, this course may be repeated.

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