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Meet Our Violin Teachers!

Navid Kandelousi

I teach violin. I started my musical journey at the age of six by studying violin with both Iranian and Russian teachers. In 1999 I was invited to join The Iranian National Orchestra as a violin soloist, a position which I held until 2006 when I left Iran for Italy.  I studied western classical music at the Verdi Conservatory in Milano, Italy and at the Moscow Violin Academy in Russia.  In 2009, I was invited to join the Gateway Symphony in New York City and the International American YPHIL Orchestra at Carnegie Hall.  I have mastered virtuosic skills on a great breadth of instruments including the Violin, Setar, Taar and Kamanchah, in addition to experience with piano, tonbak, santour and gheychak. Throughout my professional career, I have collaborated with numerous prestigious Persian ensembles such as the Iranian National Orchestra, the Orange County Orchestra, and have performed all the great composers internationally across Europe, Asia and America in venues such as Lincoln Center, Juilliard Music School, Albert Hall, Kennedy Center, Sydney’s Symphony Hall and Vahdat Hall, while winning numerous music and violin awards. My teaching background includes work at the Yamaha School of Music, Suzuki Violin School, and Master Classes in Kamanchah, Taar and Setar at the Julliard School. I received a scholarship from Maestro Daniel Philips in Queens College of Music 2012-2015 and recently attended the Silk Road Global Music performance with Maestro Yo-Yo Ma in Kennedy Center! - Read More About Navid


Lucia Lostumbo

I teach violin. I started studying violin when I was seven years old and haven’t looked back since. I’m currently a senior at Temple University finishing my Bachelor’s of Music in violin performance under Davyd Booth of the Philadelphia Orchestra. I have been teaching violin lessons for about five years now, and have found it incredibly rewarding to help others experience how fun and fulfilling making music can be. I strive to be the best musician I can be so that I can pass that joy and passion on to my students. - Read More About Lucia

Emily Stewart

I teach violin and viola, piano and flute. I have been playing violin for 14 years.  I have a bachelor's degree in Violin Performance from Temple University. I have experience teaching private and group lessons to all ages in various programs throughout the city, including Play on Philly and Temple Music Prep. I emphasize technique and practice methods in lessons while fostering an appreciation for all forms of music. - Read More About Emily

Therese West

I teach violin, viola, and piano. I started playing piano at age 4, violin at age 6, and viola in college.  Growing up in Pittsburgh, I was a member of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra.  I received a bachelor’s degree in Violin Performance from Baldwin Wallace Conservatory.  I recently moved to the Philadelphia area to study violin with David Kim, concertmaster of The Philadelphia Orchestra.  I have experience teaching private and group lessons to students of all ages and working with several youth orchestras.  I have really enjoyed my teaching experiences so far and cannot wait to continue to share my love for music with students.  I hope to teach each student not only how to become better at their instrument, but encourage them to express themselves through their music, to learn how to work well with others and collaborate with their music, and to develop a strong appreciation for music. - Read More About Therese

Samantha Crawford

I grew up in North Philadelphia and started violin the first time when I was 10 years old. I didn't like it and ended up quitting, only to start up again when I was 14 years old. I was fortunate enough to have gotten accepted to the New England Conservatory in Boston with a huge scholarship and a housing grant. After college, I have won jobs in orchestras in Indiana and have taught frequently as a private teacher. I was also an auxiliary adjunct teacher at the prestigious University of Notre Dame. I am currently busy performing concerts with the Harrisburg Symphony as a contracted member of the orchestra. I also perform with many orchestras in the area such as, the Philly Pops, Opera Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Ballet, Chamber Orchestra First Edition and many more. - Read More About Samantha

Ted Estersohn

I teach Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin, and Fiddle. I grew up in a house filled with classical music, show tunes, and folk music.  I really can’t remember not knowing about Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Josh White, The Weavers, and Leadbelly.  Already a veteran of 3 years of piano and a few months of cornet lessons (I never got past the wet goose noise stage,) I found my home with my first guitar at age 12.  I was fortunate to catch on with Jerry Ricks, who later moved to Europe where he toured playing blues as “Philadelphia Jerry Ricks.”  Lessons with Jerry formed a broad and deep survey of folk guitar styles–blues, country, bluegrass, and (then) modern folk–fingerpicking and flatpicking styles and techniques.  He was also particularly close with Doc Watson and Mississippi John Hurt and it was my privilege and inspiration to get to know them both a bit, tagging along to club dates at the Second Fret on Sansom St.  The John Hurt and Doc Watson repertoires were the core of my student syllabus and as it’s still wonderful stuff and covers at least 2/3 of folk guitar technique, I still feature those tunes with those students who want folk guitar.  - Read More About Ted

Stef Emery

I teach Voice, Guitar, and Violin. I grew up playing the violin and the piano, and played in school orchestras through high school. I then began to play the guitar and really started focusing on my voice and songwriting. I went to college at Berklee College of Music for Violin Performance and there learned Jazz and Blues styles on Violin. I began to gravitate more towards Rock and Blues styles and became more and more interested in being a singer-songwriter. I teach all ages, and love focusing on Rock, Pop, and Blues styles. Many of my vocal students also play guitar, so we work on coordination between playing and singing at the same time and even songwriting. My teaching style for vocals has a strong focus on finding your voice in chest and mix voices, learning how to project and belt and achieve a full body sound. I love to instill a strong sense of technique, feel, and confidence in my students, and most importantly I want them to have fun! Music lessons are about learning, obtaining goals, and gaining confidence in yourself. I strive to make all of my students well rounded musicians, encourage creativity and live performance, and help to start their musical journey in the most positive and encouraging way possible. - Read More About Stef

Jenny Hackbarth

I teach violin, viola, cello, guitar, ukulele, and piano. I've been playing music on various instruments for nearly twenty years. I come from a family of musicians and grew up listening to a strange combination of classical music and the Beatles. I played in orchestras and ensembles all throughout grade school. I earned a BA in music production from the College of Media and Communication at Temple University, where I also electively studied music theory and technique. I started teaching while working at a music shop after graduating. I picked up some lessons as a substitute teacher when needed and quickly realized that I loved teaching. My students are a constant reminder of why I fell in love with music in the first place. I've learned that there is no one method that works for every student. I teach using a blended method catered to each student's individual needs, while making sure we don't forget to have fun! - Read More About Jenny

Eunice China

I teach violin. I began my musical studies by the age of four, and since then, I have been consistently following my passion.  I am currently a senior pursuing a Bachelor’s of Music in violin performance at Temple University Boyer College of Music and Dance, where I study with international award winning violinist, Dr. Vladimir Dyo.  In my early career, I have been a member of Philadelphia Sinfonia Youth Orchestra, one of the premiere youth orchestras in the tri-state area.  I have also served as assistant concertmaster in Cheltenham High School Symphony Orchestra and I have won honorary placements in various competitions and festivals.  Currently, I am a member of Grammy-nominated Temple University Symphony Orchestra.  I have also recently performed within orchestras such as the Pennsylvania Philharmonic and the Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, one of America’s premier chamber orchestras.  By encouraging the development of foundational techniques, I hope to inspire my students as much as possible.  After about three years of teaching violin, I have become more happy and appreciative for the opportunity to serve and benefit the community. - Learn more about Eunice

Taylor Halpern

I teach Piano, Voice, Guitar, Ukulele and Violin. I am a graduate of Westminster Choir College, where I completed a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Theory and Composition in 2015. While at Westminster, I had the opportunity to sing with several of the world's greatest orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra and the Vienna Philharmonic. I studied voice with world-renowned soprano Faith Esham for my four-year undergraduate training, acquiring a strong technique in the classical vocal style. I have played piano for over 15 years, and received the National Guild of Piano Teachers High School Diploma in 2010. In 2014, I studied in Paris as part of the European American Music Alliance program, which focused on refining keyboard, counterpoint and musicianship skills. I also have experience with more modern music, as I recently released an EP of pop-folk music titled “Beautiful Words,” which can be found on iTunes and Spotify. Songwriting has always been one of my biggest passions, and I love to have my students delve into this while they are learning their instruments. - Read More About Taylor