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.
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. 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. She currently conducts the Wednesday Morning Strings and Summer Symphony.
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).
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.
An established music teacher in the Westfield area with more than 20 years of experience. Mr. Brown graduated Rutgers College with a B.A. in 2000 and has studied many instruments under notable teachers including Alice Artzt and William Pierce. Glen Brown has been on faculty of the NJ Workshop for the Arts for close to two decades where he teaches private and group lessons, ensembles, and is a general administrator. Brown is the Director of the NJWA Jazz Ensemble as well as the Director of the NJWA Rock Performance Workshop.
He currently teaches K-8 music at Trivium & Redeemer schools. Previously he was on faculty of Westminster Conservatory of the Westminster Choir College where he was a guitar specialist and started the group ukulele program.
Glen Brown is proud to have taught and mentored professional musicians but just as proud to have assisted and guided the development of many novices, young and old, throughout their lives in music.
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.
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