Administration

Faculty Administration

Chonghae Durak Director chdurak@harmoniaschool.org t. 703.938.7301 f. 703.938.7303   Andrea Quiñones Office Manager andrea@harmoniaschool.org harmonia@harmoniaschool.org t. 703.938.7301

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NICOLE BOGUSLAW

Faculty Cello

Nicole Boguslaw has been playing cello since she was eight years old. Her teachers have included Diana Fish, Paul York, and Evelyn Elsing. She performed on the premier of “Ballad for cello and seven cellos” by Aaron Kernis, and performed on its’ first recording, “Cello Vision” in 2008. She has performed at the Aspen Summer […]

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ABIGAIL R. BROWN

Faculty Early Education Piano Voice

BM, MM Abby R. Brown is a full lyric soprano and a recent graduate from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University with a Masters of Music in vocal performance. At Peabody, Abby studied voice with mezzo-soprano Marianna Busching and coach Robert Muckenfuss. As an undergraduate at James Madison University where Abby earned her […]

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LI-LY CHANG

Faculty Piano

BM, MM Li-Ly Chang, Pianist, composer, chamber musician. She had her Bachelor of Arts degree from National Taiwan University, her Master of Music in Piano & Composition from University Of Texas. She also did special graduate studies at Peabody Conservatory of Music in piano, composition and chamber music. Ms. Chang has studied with Sacha Gorodnitzki, […]

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SOPHIE CHANG

Faculty Cello

BA, MM Sophie Chang holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Cello Performance from Ithaca College and a Master’s Degree in Performance from the University of Tennessee Knoxville, where she was a graduate teaching assistant. She is trained through Suzuki Book 3 and teaches Suzuki and traditional cello lessons. She has taught in various group and private settings […]

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NA YOON CHOI

Faculty Flute

BM, MM Nayoon Choi is an active flutist, teacher, and freelancer in the Northern Virginia and Washington, DC areas.  Ms. Choi has over fifteen years of experience to teach the flute and piccolo in London, South Korea, and the USA. She teaches various skill levels from beginner to advanced and students of all ages in […]

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MARIBETH FRANK

Faculty Violin and Viola

BM, MM Maribeth Frank began her violin studies at the age of three at the New School of Music in Philadelphia. She continued on to study at many pre-eminent schools including the Meadowmount School of Music, North Carolina School for the Arts and the University of Houston under the tutelage of many well-known teachers including […]

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Dr. LUIS GONZALEZ

Faculty Piano

DMA Dr. Luis Gonzalez received his B.M and Licensure in Piano Performance from the University of Costa Rica and M.M. in Piano Performance from the University of New Orleans. He also earned a M.M in Collaborative Piano from Florida State University and D.M.A in Piano performance and Pedagogy and Literature from James Madison University. Dr. Gonzalez […]

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PIERRE GUERTIN

Faculty Clarinet Flute Saxophone Trumpet

BM New to Virginia from the New York area, Pierre Guertin is a performer, private teacher and freelance artist on Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute, and Trumpet. Having 35 years of teaching experience, his approach inspires and motivates through a creative, practical and efficient methodology, expediting the learning process easily for students of all technical levels and […]

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TIARA HAIRSTON

Faculty Faculty Theatre

BA  Ms. Tiara Hairston graduated with Bachelors of Arts in Theater Arts and a Bachelors of Arts in Communication from Virginia Tech. She started performing in choirs at age 10, after already having taken piano lessons for 4 years.  Ms. Tiara was a part of her high school show choir when her group won the […]

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SAM HALL

Faculty Violin and Viola

BM, MM  Sam Hall weaves together diverse and eclectic styles of performance and instruction to create both captivating music and a welcoming teaching atmosphere. By combining his knowledge and experience of Appalachian Fiddle with traditional Western, Classical Violin pedagogy, Sam matches his teaching style to the needs of his individual students. Sam thrives by maintaining […]

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Dr. ELIZABETH G. HILL

Faculty Piano

MM, DMA Pianist, Elizabeth G. Hill, DMA, is an accomplished soloist, chamber musician, orchestral pianist, and educator. Her concert appearances in the Washington, DC area include performances for the Embassy Concert Series, the Arts Club of Washington, and the Lyceum. She has most recently performed internationally in Freiberg, Wörlitz, and Zwickau, Germany. After receiving her […]

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JOHNATHON O’NEAL

Faculty Theatre

Musical Theater Production Assistant / Choreographer   Johnathon O’Neal is a BA Candidate at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is majoring in Hearing and Speech Sciences with a minor in Vocal Performance. He began singing when he was 3 years old in his local church choir in North Carolina. He began participating in […]

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SOO Y. KIM

Faculty Piano

BM Ms.Soo Y. Kim graduated Ewha Womens’ University in Seoul, S.Korea and she studied both Musical Composition and Economics. She grew up and lived in musical family. Her sister is very dedicated organist in S.Korea and she has a lot of relatives who majored in music. She has been teaching piano over 10 years at […]

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PETER LERESCHE

Faculty Faculty Theatre

BA Peter Leresche – Technical Director – When Peter was in elementary school through high school he created a small company with his cousins to perform varying sized performances for neighbors. Peter earned his Bachelor’s degree from Shenandoah University, with a minor in Technical Theatre.  With years of experience working as a technician in area […]

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EMILY MILLER

Faculty Violin and Viola

BM, MM Emily Miller is an active violist and teacher of violin and viola in the Washington, D.C. area, and is trained in a variety of teaching methods that include Suzuki. She began her string studies as a student in Fairfax Country, and went on to earn her MM from the Manhattan School of Music, […]

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Dr. KELLY NAM

Faculty Piano

MM, DMA  Dr. Kelly Nam, who lives in Northern Virginia, holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance and Pedagogy with minors in Music Theory and Music History from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and a Master’s degree in Piano Performance from the University of Indiana, Bloomington. As a winner of the 2005 Wisconsin […]

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NICHOLAS SAIA

Faculty Guitar

BM Born in New York, Nick Saia began playing the guitar at age 9, initially focusing on the blues. As Nick continued to pursue music, his studies brought him to Laguardia High School of the Arts, where he began to study jazz. His biggest influences of that time were Django Reinhardt and Wes Montgomery. Nick […]

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ROK PALCIC

Faculty Piano

BM, MM Slovenian-born concert pianist Rok Palčič is active as a soloist, chamber musician, pedagogue, and competition juror. As an artistic director, he successfully combines this broad range of experiences with his passion for organizing cultural events.   He started his musical education at the age of five and only a few years into his […]

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FUMIKO REEDER

Faculty Piano

BM Member of National Guild of Piano Teachers National Honor Roll, Mrs. Reeder has over 44 years of experience of private piano teaching, and incorporates theory and ear training instruction into the lessons. She enjoys teaching students of all ages.  Her students have gone on to study with world renowned piano teachers, such as Emilio […]

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Dr. STEFFANY SHOCK

Faculty Violin and Viola

MM, DMA  Steffany Shock, a native of Toledo, Ohio, began her musical studies on the violin through a public school string program. At the age of 14 she joined the violin section of the Bowling Green (Ohio) Symphony Orchestra and went on to play in many other orchestras in the area, including the University of […]

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RUEI-HWA SHYU

Faculty Piano

BA, MM Mrs. Shyu graduated from Tunghai University from her native country Taiwan. She also earned a certificate from Royal college of Music, London and two Master of Music degrees from Boston University, one in piano performance and one in organ performance. As a chamber player, pianist and organist she has performed in Boston, Chicago, […]

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JOHAB SILVA

Faculty Art Faculty

BFA Johab Silva, a native Brazilian, has been working in Washington, D.C. since 2008. Sense of place, inheritance, appropriation and identity are themes that motivate him. He works to convey the unexpected story through the interpretations of found objects through assemblages and within them, the endless possibilities of abstraction. Silva’s work has been shown at The Corcoran […]

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TAYLOR SIMPSON

Faculty Early Education Piano Voice

BM, MM Taylor Simpson is a lyric soprano based in the D.C. Metropolitan area. She began her music education with piano lessons in elementary school, and developed a passion for singing when she joined a local children’s choir in high school. As a teacher, Taylor focuses on musicianship, foundational music theory, and healthy technique. Her goal […]

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MISHA TUMANOV

Faculty Piano

BM, MM Born in Ukraine, Misha Tumanov started his musical education in Costa Rica under the tutelage of Dr. Alexandr Sklioutovsky, at the Instituto Superior de Artes and the Pre-College Program of the National University of Costa Rica. At age seventeen, Misha graduated from the National University with a Bachelor’s degree in piano performance with honors […]

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Dr. ANTOINETTE VELIKINA

Faculty Early Education Piano

BM, MM, DMA  Dr. Velikina has performed on concert stages around the US and Europe, including the Kennedy Center, Mozart Zaal (Austria), Tessaloniki Concert Hall (Greece), National Palace of Culture (Bulgaria). She is a winner of the Catholic University of America concerto competition, and a recipient of numerous awards from Indiana University and the Catholic […]

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AMANDA VEST

Faculty Early Education Piano Voice

BA, MM Amanda Vest holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Pepperdine University, a Master of Music in Voice Pedagogy and Performance from Westminster Choir College, and teaching certification in the Harmony Road piano method.  She is a two-time winner of the National Association of Teachers of Singing—Los Angeles vocal competition and a semi-finalist […]

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SONIA H. YON

Faculty Theatre Voice

BM, MM Ms. Sonia H. Yon graduated with Bachelors of Music from Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea and Masters of Music from Milano Giuseppe Verdi Conservatorio di Music, Milan, Italy. She started singing at age three and gave her first singing performance at the age of five, the same age she began studying piano.  She […]

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Music Faculty

NICOLE BOGUSLAW

Faculty Cello

Nicole Boguslaw has been playing cello since she was eight years old. Her teachers have included Diana Fish, Paul York, and Evelyn Elsing. She performed on the premier of “Ballad for cello and seven cellos” by Aaron Kernis, and performed on its’ first recording, “Cello Vision” in 2008. She has performed at the Aspen Summer […]

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ABIGAIL R. BROWN

Faculty Early Education Piano Voice

BM, MM Abby R. Brown is a full lyric soprano and a recent graduate from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University with a Masters of Music in vocal performance. At Peabody, Abby studied voice with mezzo-soprano Marianna Busching and coach Robert Muckenfuss. As an undergraduate at James Madison University where Abby earned her […]

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LI-LY CHANG

Faculty Piano

BM, MM Li-Ly Chang, Pianist, composer, chamber musician. She had her Bachelor of Arts degree from National Taiwan University, her Master of Music in Piano & Composition from University Of Texas. She also did special graduate studies at Peabody Conservatory of Music in piano, composition and chamber music. Ms. Chang has studied with Sacha Gorodnitzki, […]

Read More »

SOPHIE CHANG

Faculty Cello

BA, MM Sophie Chang holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Cello Performance from Ithaca College and a Master’s Degree in Performance from the University of Tennessee Knoxville, where she was a graduate teaching assistant. She is trained through Suzuki Book 3 and teaches Suzuki and traditional cello lessons. She has taught in various group and private settings […]

Read More »

NA YOON CHOI

Faculty Flute

BM, MM Nayoon Choi is an active flutist, teacher, and freelancer in the Northern Virginia and Washington, DC areas.  Ms. Choi has over fifteen years of experience to teach the flute and piccolo in London, South Korea, and the USA. She teaches various skill levels from beginner to advanced and students of all ages in […]

Read More »

MARIBETH FRANK

Faculty Violin and Viola

BM, MM Maribeth Frank began her violin studies at the age of three at the New School of Music in Philadelphia. She continued on to study at many pre-eminent schools including the Meadowmount School of Music, North Carolina School for the Arts and the University of Houston under the tutelage of many well-known teachers including […]

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Dr. LUIS GONZALEZ

Faculty Piano

DMA Dr. Luis Gonzalez received his B.M and Licensure in Piano Performance from the University of Costa Rica and M.M. in Piano Performance from the University of New Orleans. He also earned a M.M in Collaborative Piano from Florida State University and D.M.A in Piano performance and Pedagogy and Literature from James Madison University. Dr. Gonzalez […]

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PIERRE GUERTIN

Faculty Clarinet Flute Saxophone Trumpet

BM New to Virginia from the New York area, Pierre Guertin is a performer, private teacher and freelance artist on Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute, and Trumpet. Having 35 years of teaching experience, his approach inspires and motivates through a creative, practical and efficient methodology, expediting the learning process easily for students of all technical levels and […]

Read More »

SAM HALL

Faculty Violin and Viola

BM, MM  Sam Hall weaves together diverse and eclectic styles of performance and instruction to create both captivating music and a welcoming teaching atmosphere. By combining his knowledge and experience of Appalachian Fiddle with traditional Western, Classical Violin pedagogy, Sam matches his teaching style to the needs of his individual students. Sam thrives by maintaining […]

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Dr. ELIZABETH G. HILL

Faculty Piano

MM, DMA Pianist, Elizabeth G. Hill, DMA, is an accomplished soloist, chamber musician, orchestral pianist, and educator. Her concert appearances in the Washington, DC area include performances for the Embassy Concert Series, the Arts Club of Washington, and the Lyceum. She has most recently performed internationally in Freiberg, Wörlitz, and Zwickau, Germany. After receiving her […]

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SOO Y. KIM

Faculty Piano

BM Ms.Soo Y. Kim graduated Ewha Womens’ University in Seoul, S.Korea and she studied both Musical Composition and Economics. She grew up and lived in musical family. Her sister is very dedicated organist in S.Korea and she has a lot of relatives who majored in music. She has been teaching piano over 10 years at […]

Read More »

EMILY MILLER

Faculty Violin and Viola

BM, MM Emily Miller is an active violist and teacher of violin and viola in the Washington, D.C. area, and is trained in a variety of teaching methods that include Suzuki. She began her string studies as a student in Fairfax Country, and went on to earn her MM from the Manhattan School of Music, […]

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Dr. KELLY NAM

Faculty Piano

MM, DMA  Dr. Kelly Nam, who lives in Northern Virginia, holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance and Pedagogy with minors in Music Theory and Music History from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and a Master’s degree in Piano Performance from the University of Indiana, Bloomington. As a winner of the 2005 Wisconsin […]

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NICHOLAS SAIA

Faculty Guitar

BM Born in New York, Nick Saia began playing the guitar at age 9, initially focusing on the blues. As Nick continued to pursue music, his studies brought him to Laguardia High School of the Arts, where he began to study jazz. His biggest influences of that time were Django Reinhardt and Wes Montgomery. Nick […]

Read More »

ROK PALCIC

Faculty Piano

BM, MM Slovenian-born concert pianist Rok Palčič is active as a soloist, chamber musician, pedagogue, and competition juror. As an artistic director, he successfully combines this broad range of experiences with his passion for organizing cultural events.   He started his musical education at the age of five and only a few years into his […]

Read More »

FUMIKO REEDER

Faculty Piano

BM Member of National Guild of Piano Teachers National Honor Roll, Mrs. Reeder has over 44 years of experience of private piano teaching, and incorporates theory and ear training instruction into the lessons. She enjoys teaching students of all ages.  Her students have gone on to study with world renowned piano teachers, such as Emilio […]

Read More »

Dr. STEFFANY SHOCK

Faculty Violin and Viola

MM, DMA  Steffany Shock, a native of Toledo, Ohio, began her musical studies on the violin through a public school string program. At the age of 14 she joined the violin section of the Bowling Green (Ohio) Symphony Orchestra and went on to play in many other orchestras in the area, including the University of […]

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RUEI-HWA SHYU

Faculty Piano

BA, MM Mrs. Shyu graduated from Tunghai University from her native country Taiwan. She also earned a certificate from Royal college of Music, London and two Master of Music degrees from Boston University, one in piano performance and one in organ performance. As a chamber player, pianist and organist she has performed in Boston, Chicago, […]

Read More »

TAYLOR SIMPSON

Faculty Early Education Piano Voice

BM, MM Taylor Simpson is a lyric soprano based in the D.C. Metropolitan area. She began her music education with piano lessons in elementary school, and developed a passion for singing when she joined a local children’s choir in high school. As a teacher, Taylor focuses on musicianship, foundational music theory, and healthy technique. Her goal […]

Read More »

MISHA TUMANOV

Faculty Piano

BM, MM Born in Ukraine, Misha Tumanov started his musical education in Costa Rica under the tutelage of Dr. Alexandr Sklioutovsky, at the Instituto Superior de Artes and the Pre-College Program of the National University of Costa Rica. At age seventeen, Misha graduated from the National University with a Bachelor’s degree in piano performance with honors […]

Read More »

Dr. ANTOINETTE VELIKINA

Faculty Early Education Piano

BM, MM, DMA  Dr. Velikina has performed on concert stages around the US and Europe, including the Kennedy Center, Mozart Zaal (Austria), Tessaloniki Concert Hall (Greece), National Palace of Culture (Bulgaria). She is a winner of the Catholic University of America concerto competition, and a recipient of numerous awards from Indiana University and the Catholic […]

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AMANDA VEST

Faculty Early Education Piano Voice

BA, MM Amanda Vest holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Pepperdine University, a Master of Music in Voice Pedagogy and Performance from Westminster Choir College, and teaching certification in the Harmony Road piano method.  She is a two-time winner of the National Association of Teachers of Singing—Los Angeles vocal competition and a semi-finalist […]

Read More »

SONIA H. YON

Faculty Theatre Voice

BM, MM Ms. Sonia H. Yon graduated with Bachelors of Music from Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea and Masters of Music from Milano Giuseppe Verdi Conservatorio di Music, Milan, Italy. She started singing at age three and gave her first singing performance at the age of five, the same age she began studying piano.  She […]

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Theatre Faculty

TIARA HAIRSTON

Faculty Faculty Theatre

BA  Ms. Tiara Hairston graduated with Bachelors of Arts in Theater Arts and a Bachelors of Arts in Communication from Virginia Tech. She started performing in choirs at age 10, after already having taken piano lessons for 4 years.  Ms. Tiara was a part of her high school show choir when her group won the […]

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JOHNATHON O’NEAL

Faculty Theatre

Musical Theater Production Assistant / Choreographer   Johnathon O’Neal is a BA Candidate at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is majoring in Hearing and Speech Sciences with a minor in Vocal Performance. He began singing when he was 3 years old in his local church choir in North Carolina. He began participating in […]

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PETER LERESCHE

Faculty Faculty Theatre

BA Peter Leresche – Technical Director – When Peter was in elementary school through high school he created a small company with his cousins to perform varying sized performances for neighbors. Peter earned his Bachelor’s degree from Shenandoah University, with a minor in Technical Theatre.  With years of experience working as a technician in area […]

Read More »

SONIA H. YON

Faculty Theatre Voice

BM, MM Ms. Sonia H. Yon graduated with Bachelors of Music from Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea and Masters of Music from Milano Giuseppe Verdi Conservatorio di Music, Milan, Italy. She started singing at age three and gave her first singing performance at the age of five, the same age she began studying piano.  She […]

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Art Faculty

JOHAB SILVA

Faculty Art Faculty

BFA Johab Silva, a native Brazilian, has been working in Washington, D.C. since 2008. Sense of place, inheritance, appropriation and identity are themes that motivate him. He works to convey the unexpected story through the interpretations of found objects through assemblages and within them, the endless possibilities of abstraction. Silva’s work has been shown at The Corcoran […]

Read More »

Early Education Faculty

ABIGAIL R. BROWN

Faculty Early Education Piano Voice

BM, MM Abby R. Brown is a full lyric soprano and a recent graduate from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University with a Masters of Music in vocal performance. At Peabody, Abby studied voice with mezzo-soprano Marianna Busching and coach Robert Muckenfuss. As an undergraduate at James Madison University where Abby earned her […]

Read More »

TAYLOR SIMPSON

Faculty Early Education Piano Voice

BM, MM Taylor Simpson is a lyric soprano based in the D.C. Metropolitan area. She began her music education with piano lessons in elementary school, and developed a passion for singing when she joined a local children’s choir in high school. As a teacher, Taylor focuses on musicianship, foundational music theory, and healthy technique. Her goal […]

Read More »

Dr. ANTOINETTE VELIKINA

Faculty Early Education Piano

BM, MM, DMA  Dr. Velikina has performed on concert stages around the US and Europe, including the Kennedy Center, Mozart Zaal (Austria), Tessaloniki Concert Hall (Greece), National Palace of Culture (Bulgaria). She is a winner of the Catholic University of America concerto competition, and a recipient of numerous awards from Indiana University and the Catholic […]

Read More »

AMANDA VEST

Faculty Early Education Piano Voice

BA, MM Amanda Vest holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Pepperdine University, a Master of Music in Voice Pedagogy and Performance from Westminster Choir College, and teaching certification in the Harmony Road piano method.  She is a two-time winner of the National Association of Teachers of Singing—Los Angeles vocal competition and a semi-finalist […]

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Administration Faculty

Administration

Faculty Administration

Chonghae Durak Director chdurak@harmoniaschool.org t. 703.938.7301 f. 703.938.7303   Andrea Quiñones Office Manager andrea@harmoniaschool.org harmonia@harmoniaschool.org t. 703.938.7301

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Piano Faculty

ABIGAIL R. BROWN

Faculty Early Education Piano Voice

BM, MM Abby R. Brown is a full lyric soprano and a recent graduate from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University with a Masters of Music in vocal performance. At Peabody, Abby studied voice with mezzo-soprano Marianna Busching and coach Robert Muckenfuss. As an undergraduate at James Madison University where Abby earned her […]

Read More »

LI-LY CHANG

Faculty Piano

BM, MM Li-Ly Chang, Pianist, composer, chamber musician. She had her Bachelor of Arts degree from National Taiwan University, her Master of Music in Piano & Composition from University Of Texas. She also did special graduate studies at Peabody Conservatory of Music in piano, composition and chamber music. Ms. Chang has studied with Sacha Gorodnitzki, […]

Read More »

Dr. LUIS GONZALEZ

Faculty Piano

DMA Dr. Luis Gonzalez received his B.M and Licensure in Piano Performance from the University of Costa Rica and M.M. in Piano Performance from the University of New Orleans. He also earned a M.M in Collaborative Piano from Florida State University and D.M.A in Piano performance and Pedagogy and Literature from James Madison University. Dr. Gonzalez […]

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Dr. ELIZABETH G. HILL

Faculty Piano

MM, DMA Pianist, Elizabeth G. Hill, DMA, is an accomplished soloist, chamber musician, orchestral pianist, and educator. Her concert appearances in the Washington, DC area include performances for the Embassy Concert Series, the Arts Club of Washington, and the Lyceum. She has most recently performed internationally in Freiberg, Wörlitz, and Zwickau, Germany. After receiving her […]

Read More »

SOO Y. KIM

Faculty Piano

BM Ms.Soo Y. Kim graduated Ewha Womens’ University in Seoul, S.Korea and she studied both Musical Composition and Economics. She grew up and lived in musical family. Her sister is very dedicated organist in S.Korea and she has a lot of relatives who majored in music. She has been teaching piano over 10 years at […]

Read More »

Dr. KELLY NAM

Faculty Piano

MM, DMA  Dr. Kelly Nam, who lives in Northern Virginia, holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance and Pedagogy with minors in Music Theory and Music History from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and a Master’s degree in Piano Performance from the University of Indiana, Bloomington. As a winner of the 2005 Wisconsin […]

Read More »

ROK PALCIC

Faculty Piano

BM, MM Slovenian-born concert pianist Rok Palčič is active as a soloist, chamber musician, pedagogue, and competition juror. As an artistic director, he successfully combines this broad range of experiences with his passion for organizing cultural events.   He started his musical education at the age of five and only a few years into his […]

Read More »

FUMIKO REEDER

Faculty Piano

BM Member of National Guild of Piano Teachers National Honor Roll, Mrs. Reeder has over 44 years of experience of private piano teaching, and incorporates theory and ear training instruction into the lessons. She enjoys teaching students of all ages.  Her students have gone on to study with world renowned piano teachers, such as Emilio […]

Read More »

RUEI-HWA SHYU

Faculty Piano

BA, MM Mrs. Shyu graduated from Tunghai University from her native country Taiwan. She also earned a certificate from Royal college of Music, London and two Master of Music degrees from Boston University, one in piano performance and one in organ performance. As a chamber player, pianist and organist she has performed in Boston, Chicago, […]

Read More »

TAYLOR SIMPSON

Faculty Early Education Piano Voice

BM, MM Taylor Simpson is a lyric soprano based in the D.C. Metropolitan area. She began her music education with piano lessons in elementary school, and developed a passion for singing when she joined a local children’s choir in high school. As a teacher, Taylor focuses on musicianship, foundational music theory, and healthy technique. Her goal […]

Read More »

MISHA TUMANOV

Faculty Piano

BM, MM Born in Ukraine, Misha Tumanov started his musical education in Costa Rica under the tutelage of Dr. Alexandr Sklioutovsky, at the Instituto Superior de Artes and the Pre-College Program of the National University of Costa Rica. At age seventeen, Misha graduated from the National University with a Bachelor’s degree in piano performance with honors […]

Read More »

Dr. ANTOINETTE VELIKINA

Faculty Early Education Piano

BM, MM, DMA  Dr. Velikina has performed on concert stages around the US and Europe, including the Kennedy Center, Mozart Zaal (Austria), Tessaloniki Concert Hall (Greece), National Palace of Culture (Bulgaria). She is a winner of the Catholic University of America concerto competition, and a recipient of numerous awards from Indiana University and the Catholic […]

Read More »

AMANDA VEST

Faculty Early Education Piano Voice

BA, MM Amanda Vest holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Pepperdine University, a Master of Music in Voice Pedagogy and Performance from Westminster Choir College, and teaching certification in the Harmony Road piano method.  She is a two-time winner of the National Association of Teachers of Singing—Los Angeles vocal competition and a semi-finalist […]

Read More »

Cello Faculty

NICOLE BOGUSLAW

Faculty Cello

Nicole Boguslaw has been playing cello since she was eight years old. Her teachers have included Diana Fish, Paul York, and Evelyn Elsing. She performed on the premier of “Ballad for cello and seven cellos” by Aaron Kernis, and performed on its’ first recording, “Cello Vision” in 2008. She has performed at the Aspen Summer […]

Read More »

SOPHIE CHANG

Faculty Cello

BA, MM Sophie Chang holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Cello Performance from Ithaca College and a Master’s Degree in Performance from the University of Tennessee Knoxville, where she was a graduate teaching assistant. She is trained through Suzuki Book 3 and teaches Suzuki and traditional cello lessons. She has taught in various group and private settings […]

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Guitar Faculty

NICHOLAS SAIA

Faculty Guitar

BM Born in New York, Nick Saia began playing the guitar at age 9, initially focusing on the blues. As Nick continued to pursue music, his studies brought him to Laguardia High School of the Arts, where he began to study jazz. His biggest influences of that time were Django Reinhardt and Wes Montgomery. Nick […]

Read More »

Flute Faculty

NA YOON CHOI

Faculty Flute

BM, MM Nayoon Choi is an active flutist, teacher, and freelancer in the Northern Virginia and Washington, DC areas.  Ms. Choi has over fifteen years of experience to teach the flute and piccolo in London, South Korea, and the USA. She teaches various skill levels from beginner to advanced and students of all ages in […]

Read More »

PIERRE GUERTIN

Faculty Clarinet Flute Saxophone Trumpet

BM New to Virginia from the New York area, Pierre Guertin is a performer, private teacher and freelance artist on Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute, and Trumpet. Having 35 years of teaching experience, his approach inspires and motivates through a creative, practical and efficient methodology, expediting the learning process easily for students of all technical levels and […]

Read More »

Saxophone Faculty

PIERRE GUERTIN

Faculty Clarinet Flute Saxophone Trumpet

BM New to Virginia from the New York area, Pierre Guertin is a performer, private teacher and freelance artist on Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute, and Trumpet. Having 35 years of teaching experience, his approach inspires and motivates through a creative, practical and efficient methodology, expediting the learning process easily for students of all technical levels and […]

Read More »

Voice Faculty

ABIGAIL R. BROWN

Faculty Early Education Piano Voice

BM, MM Abby R. Brown is a full lyric soprano and a recent graduate from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University with a Masters of Music in vocal performance. At Peabody, Abby studied voice with mezzo-soprano Marianna Busching and coach Robert Muckenfuss. As an undergraduate at James Madison University where Abby earned her […]

Read More »

TAYLOR SIMPSON

Faculty Early Education Piano Voice

BM, MM Taylor Simpson is a lyric soprano based in the D.C. Metropolitan area. She began her music education with piano lessons in elementary school, and developed a passion for singing when she joined a local children’s choir in high school. As a teacher, Taylor focuses on musicianship, foundational music theory, and healthy technique. Her goal […]

Read More »

AMANDA VEST

Faculty Early Education Piano Voice

BA, MM Amanda Vest holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Pepperdine University, a Master of Music in Voice Pedagogy and Performance from Westminster Choir College, and teaching certification in the Harmony Road piano method.  She is a two-time winner of the National Association of Teachers of Singing—Los Angeles vocal competition and a semi-finalist […]

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SONIA H. YON

Faculty Theatre Voice

BM, MM Ms. Sonia H. Yon graduated with Bachelors of Music from Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea and Masters of Music from Milano Giuseppe Verdi Conservatorio di Music, Milan, Italy. She started singing at age three and gave her first singing performance at the age of five, the same age she began studying piano.  She […]

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Violin and Viola Faculty

MARIBETH FRANK

Faculty Violin and Viola

BM, MM Maribeth Frank began her violin studies at the age of three at the New School of Music in Philadelphia. She continued on to study at many pre-eminent schools including the Meadowmount School of Music, North Carolina School for the Arts and the University of Houston under the tutelage of many well-known teachers including […]

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SAM HALL

Faculty Violin and Viola

BM, MM  Sam Hall weaves together diverse and eclectic styles of performance and instruction to create both captivating music and a welcoming teaching atmosphere. By combining his knowledge and experience of Appalachian Fiddle with traditional Western, Classical Violin pedagogy, Sam matches his teaching style to the needs of his individual students. Sam thrives by maintaining […]

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EMILY MILLER

Faculty Violin and Viola

BM, MM Emily Miller is an active violist and teacher of violin and viola in the Washington, D.C. area, and is trained in a variety of teaching methods that include Suzuki. She began her string studies as a student in Fairfax Country, and went on to earn her MM from the Manhattan School of Music, […]

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Dr. STEFFANY SHOCK

Faculty Violin and Viola

MM, DMA  Steffany Shock, a native of Toledo, Ohio, began her musical studies on the violin through a public school string program. At the age of 14 she joined the violin section of the Bowling Green (Ohio) Symphony Orchestra and went on to play in many other orchestras in the area, including the University of […]

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Clarinet Faculty

PIERRE GUERTIN

Faculty Clarinet Flute Saxophone Trumpet

BM New to Virginia from the New York area, Pierre Guertin is a performer, private teacher and freelance artist on Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute, and Trumpet. Having 35 years of teaching experience, his approach inspires and motivates through a creative, practical and efficient methodology, expediting the learning process easily for students of all technical levels and […]

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String Bass Faculty

Trumpet Faculty

PIERRE GUERTIN

Faculty Clarinet Flute Saxophone Trumpet

BM New to Virginia from the New York area, Pierre Guertin is a performer, private teacher and freelance artist on Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute, and Trumpet. Having 35 years of teaching experience, his approach inspires and motivates through a creative, practical and efficient methodology, expediting the learning process easily for students of all technical levels and […]

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