Dr. Ted Schlosberg
Dr. Schlosberg holds a B.A. and an M.M. from Trenton State College and an Ed.D. in Creative Arts from Rutgers University . His expertise is teaching and performing on most band and orchestral instruments and conducting band, orchestra and choral groups. Dr. Schlosberg began his career teaching music in the Plainfield Public School District in 1960. In 1967 he joined the Westfield Public School District and remained there until 1996, when he retired to devote full time to the growth and development of New Jersey Workshop for the Arts. In addition, he has studied jazz improvisation, French Horn, trumpet, woodwinds, percussion, strings, voice, guitar and conducted with top professionals.
Thomas Boniello is a graduate of Amherst College, where he was the principal cellist in the Amherst-Mt. Holyoke Orchestra, Smith/Amherst Orchestra and 5-College Orchestras. He is a graduate of the Seton Hall University School of Law. He has taught Music Appreciation and Mathematics at Oratory Preparatory School, where he has also served as choirmaster.
Mr. Boniello was the music director/conductor of the musical Guys and Dolls performed by the Maplewood Theater Company. He has taught violin and cello in the gifted and talented after-school program in Kenilworth.
A recent nominee for Teacher of the Year in the Newark Archdiocesan schools, Mr. Boniello, who holds a Masters Degree in Education, was named Teacher of the Year in Kenilworth in 2004.
Janet Lyman has been teaching since 1967. She studied at the Manhattan School of Music in New York, receiving a B.M. and an M.M. Ed. Ms. Lyman teaches music in the Tenafly school district and founded and conducts the Tenafly Symphony Orchestra. She is Director of Music at Zion Lutheran Church in Clark where she established a brass and string ensemble and conducts the Adult and Youth Choir. Ms. Lyman was string advisor to WYACT/NJPAC Summer Musicals and has conducted the North Jersey Junior Regional Orchestra. In 2003 she started and directed a Hand Bell Choir at Zion Lutheran Church in Clark, NJ.
Rosemary Topar, violin instructor, is a former Music Studio student, having begun her study of the violin in 1989 under the tutelage of Executive Director Dr. Ted Schlosberg. She went on to graduate summa cum laude from Montclair State University (MSU) in 2006 with a Music Performance degree, and later that year participated in the International Scholar Laureate Program's Delegation on Music to Eastern Europe. She has been teaching students of all ages how to play the violin since 2002, at the MSU Preparatory Center for the Arts, Stokes Forest Music Camp, and currently at the Music Studio. Ms. Topar, an American String Teachers Association member, has studied under some of the best in their field, including several members of the NJ Symphony Orchestra. She also has an extensive performance background, having played with many notable orchestras (NJ All-State Orchestra, NJ Youth Symphony, Greater Newark Youth Orchestra, Montclair State University Orchestra) and at a variety of important venues (Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, NJ Performing Arts Center, National Concert Hall of Ireland). Her most current project is performing at venues around New York City with her band, the Militant Pacifists.
Efrat Shapira – Violin, Viola, Piano, Vocal Music
Efrat Shapira possesses a wealth of professional experience in the music industry. A graduate of both Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science degree and of the University of Tennessee with a Master of Music degree, Ms. Shapira taught both private and group instruction for the past 15 years. She draws upon Suzuki, American, Russian and contemporary schools for music education and includes technical development based on the study of movement and technique, including the Alexander and Feldenkrais techniques and physiology and physics.
In addition to teaching, Ms. Shapira is an experienced performer. She recently completed the international Broadway tour of Oliver and has been the concertmistress for several Olivia Newton John concerts. She has also played in numerous orchestras in New York, Tennessee, South Carolina, Indiana, Kentucky and Israel, and is the founder of JADE Quartet, an all-girl string quartet that plays all types of music, even jazz, with no arrangements. They have recorded for such notables as Ja Rule and Ashanti.
An arranger, composer and performer, Ms. Shapira’s experience spans most genres of music such as classical, jazz, country, R&B, gospel, swing and musical theater. Her credits include TV appearances, recording soundtracks, and appearances alongside various artists such as Zubin Mehta, Kurt Mazur, David Baker, Harry Whitaker, Joe Magnarelli, Rusty Holloway, Charlie Acuff, Mark O’Connor, Red Spyda, and Bobbie Eakes.
A member of several noted music and education associations, Brice Freeman is currently a strings teacher in the Westfield Public Schools, where he conducts the honors orchestra.
A graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University, with a Bachelor of Music Education, and of Montclair State University, with a Master of Music Education, Mr. Freeman has experience in several music camps along the East Coast, where he directed students in major concerts. He has been a staff member at the Bloomfield Summer Performing Arts Program and the Newark School of the Arts.
In addition to teaching individual lessons at the Music Studio, he has also directed the NJWA Orchestra Academy summer program.
A former Concert Master for the Central Ohio Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Freeman expresses a desire to give back to the community by helping people pursue the arts.
Glen Brown graduated from Rutgers College, with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Music. He has taught and performed professionally for ten years and has been involved in various recording projects. Mr. Brown's experience in composition and performance spans many genres, but finds a focus in modern and pop. His primary interests include composition, theory, music and technology, psychology of music, and educational methodology.
David Hilton, a graduate of Montclair State University with a major in violin, also holds New Jersey State music teacher certification. He has performed in numerous string ensembles, musicals, operas, choirs and Barber Shop Quartets. Presently, a music teacher in the Springfield Public Schools, he also worked with the Summit Marching Band and enjoys playing electric bass and electric violin. In the summer of 2004, Mr. Hilton taught strings and guitar at the Westfield Summer Workshop