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         Who We Are

 

Chloe Cooper

Co-Founder, Teacher

Chloe is a flautist and sophomore at The University of Tampa studying Entrepreneurship with a Music minor and is an alumna of the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA). Music was always apart of her life thanks to her mom. She started playing the flute in fourth grade at her elementary school, Pennypacker Elementary. She is a former student of Temple University’s Community Music Scholars Program (CMSP), where she took lessons and music theory classes. During her sophomore year, she was accepted into the Philadelphia Music Alliance for Youth (PMAY) Artists' Initiative. With the help of this organization, she was able to attend Philadelphia International Music Festival (PIMF), where she took lessons with former Philadelphia Orchestra flautist, Loren Lind as well as the Summer Music Academy at Ithaca College. She is a former student of Susanna Loewy and Taylor Lam through Temple Prep. With the help of her teachers she has been able to participate in both Philadelphia All-City Band and Orchestra. She is also an alumna of Project 440's Doing Good program and the Youth Advisory Council. Chloe was also an intern working under Samantha Apgar, former Managing Director for Project 440. Chloe is an active participant in her community, organizing local and nationwide events such as New York based initiative, Bach in the Subway. In her free time, Chloe enjoys gardening, photography and binge watching The Office.

Claire Casanova

Co-Founder, Teacher

Claire Casanova, clarinetist and native Philadelphian, is currently a sophomore at Temple University studying Music Education and an alumna of the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA). She started playing clarinet in sixth grade at her middle school, The Philadelphia String Theory Charter School for the Arts and Sciences. After attending her first year of high school, she decided to join Temple University’s Community Music Scholars Program (CMSP),where she took lessons and music theory classes. During her sophomore year, she was accepted into the Philadelphia Music Alliance for Youth (PMAY) Artists' Initiative. That summer, with the help of this organization, she was able to attend Philadelphia International Music Program (PIMF), where she studied with, Boris Allakhverdyan, principal clarinetist for the LA Philharmonic and performed with their gold orchestra, conducted by Louis Scaglione. After returning from PIMF, she began studying with Dr. Rie Suzuki, Clarinet Professor at Rowan University. This summer with the help of PMAY she was able to attend the WoodWind Studies program at New York University. She worked with the school’s highest level teachers including Pavel Vinnitsky, clarinetist of the New York Philharmonic. Aside from being a part of her school’s band and orchestra, she has participated in many ensembles including PMEA District 12, All-City Band and Orchestra, and Philadelphia Sinfonia Players. Claire is also an alumna of Project 440’s Doing Good program and the Youth Advisory Council. She also began playing Bassoon two years ago in her school’s orchestra. 

Nayyirah Wood

Treasurer

Nayyirah is a freshman violist studying Music Education at Rowan University and is an alumna of the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA). She started her venture with string instruments at the age of seven, playing the violin. Nayyirah played the violin for five years and in the seventh grade transitioned to the viola. In 2015, she joined the Community Music Scholars program (CMSP) where she took lessons with Adelya Shagidullina and Yecheskel Francis. Between the two teachers, she learned how to develop more control over her playing and learned about the different genres of classical music and the functionality of it. That same year she joined the CMSP orchestra, where she was the principal violist. Nayyirah is currently studying with Sam Quintal who plays in the Jasper String Quartet. In the Summer of 2018, Nayyirah had the opportunity to take lessons with Michael Casimir at the Curtis Institute of Music where he assisted her with her audition pieces. Nayyirah has also been a member of the All-City Orchestra since 2017 and joined the Philadelphia Young Musicians Orchestra in 2018.

 Kintan Silvany 

Teacher

Kintan Silvany is a Senior harpist and pianist at John W. Hallahan. Kintan started playing the harp when she was 11 years old and began studying with Elizabeth Steiner four years ago and studying the piano with Michael Caruso for nine years. She found her inspiration from two Curtis Institute of Music students who played a harp and clarinet duet when she was in elementary school. Kintan joined the Philadelphia Music Alliance for Youth (PMAY) Artists' Initiative two years ago and has been able to attend various summer programs as well as youth orchestras through them. In 2016, she joined the Philadelphia Sinfonia Players orchestra and the Trimingham Chamber Ensemble at Settlement Music School a year later which consists of a flute and of course, a harp! In the summer of 2018, Kintan was a member of the Elizabeth Hainen Harp Colony at Curtis Summerfest. This summer Kintan will be attending the Interlochen Arts Camp. Besides her harp and piano studies, Kintan enjoys volunteering and volunteered at her local library every Wednesday tutoring younger students with their homework, labeling and shelving books. This past summer, she also volunteered at Migrant Education Program where she was a teacher assistant to a Pre-K class.

Maxwell Brenneman

Social Media Manager

Max, currently in his senior year and is a saxophonist and bassoonist at the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA). He has always loved and music and began playing in his hometown of Huntingdon, PA. In middle school, he participated in four ensembles including the Huntingdon Area Marching Band and took private lessons with Emily Canner. In August of 2017, Max’s family moved from Huntingdon to Philadelphia. He started at CAPA as a visual art major, but was quickly welcomed by the instrumental music department. In his freshman year, Max chose to minor in instrumental music as a saxophonist and was later accepted into the All City Concert Band. In January of 2019, he chose to change his major to instrumental music. He has since been accepted into All City Jazz Orchestra, and studies Bassoon at Temple’s Community Music Scholars Program (CMSP). Despite his choice, Max continues to develop himself in visual art. In Summer of 2019, he received the Thomas Eakins Emerging Artist Scholarship to attend the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts five-week Summer Institute. He also frequently takes continuing education classes at the University of the Arts. In his free time you can find Max preparing for Mock Trial, Caving, and Creating.

 

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