CMP Faculty

Community Music Program Faculty


Durbin, Dr. Terry - Suzuki Violin
office: room 336

Dr. Timothy (Terry) Durbin’s unique brand of teaching excellence makes him one of the most sought-after clinicians/conductors in the country. With infectious enthusiasm and inspired musicianship, he brings smiles and laughter to students throughout the United States and around the world.  His dynamic teaching career includes over 800 workshops and institutes! His performance and teaching career stretches across the United States and Canada into Bermuda, Germany, Italy, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore, and he has recorded two CDs, including the complete chamber music of Marcel Dupre for the Naxos label. He has directed the South Dakota and Montana All State Orchestras. He is the holder of the American Suzuki Institute Suzuki Chair Award for 2013. Terry Durbin is also an accomplished composer and notable arranger.

Dr. Durbin holds a DMA in orchestral conducting from Claremont Graduate University in Los Angeles, California, a Masters in violin performance from the University of Illinois, an undergraduate degree in violin performance from the University of Alabama, and is currently the director of the Suzuki String Program at the University of Louisville. He is a registered teacher trainer with the Suzuki Association of the Americas.

Terry lives with his wife, Sandy, on 140 acres north of Lexington, Kentucky. They have three children and two grandchildren. He believes in the magic of music’s power to enrich our lives.

Ertz, Matilda - Harpsichord, Piano

office: 852-0746  room 226, 315

Dr. Matilda Ertz teaches music history at the University of Louisville School of Music where she also teaches piano and harpsichord in the Community Music Program. She is also the piano instructor at the Youth Performing Arts School. She has a PhD in Musicology from the University of Oregon with a supporting area in piano performance, and Master of Music Degrees in piano performance and piano pedagogy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She attended SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music for her undergraduate degree in music education with certificates in piano pedagogy and performance. Dr. Ertz has performed and taught piano for over fifteen years, with students ranging from preschool to retirement, from New York to Oregon. She has taught and performed on harpsichord since 2004. She is currently collaborating on recording the complete keyboard works of Johann Mattheson. She has performed many concerts of Mattheson’s music including a fringe concert at the Boston Early Music Festival. Dr. Ertz also performs new music, and performed in Louisville’s “Here and Now” concert series at 21C Museum. As a musicologist, she studies music and dance, particularly ballet music. She brings her love of music history and historical performance into private lessons, with the philosophy that musical performance and interpretation are only deepened by musical understanding beyond the score.

Fafalios, Anastasi - Trombone

Ferraraccio, Michael - Percussion
office: room 311

Michael Ferraraccio has been playing drums nearly all of his life.  He has a B.M from New York University, and a M.M and J.D from the University of Louisville.  Growing up in New York, he was privileged to see, hear, and study with some of the finest musicians in the world.  He has performed extensively throughout the New York metropolitan area, where his versatility as a drummer allowed him to perform in a wide variety of settings and styles.  His former teachers include Mel Lewis, Eliot Zigmund, Luther Rix, Horacee Arnold, and Keith Copeland.  He has had the honor of performing with some of the biggest names in jazz, including Dizzy Gillespie, Jaki Byard, Randy Brecker, Howard Alden, and Gene Bertoncini.  Locally he performs with musicians such as Dick Sisto, Craig Wagner, Todd Hildreth, Chris Fitzgerald, Mike Tracy, Ron Jones, and Jeff Sherman, and has also played in the groups The Java Men, Caribe, and Frisbee, among others.  He has been teaching at the University of Louisville since 1994, teaching students of all levels and abilities, but especially enjoys teaching those who are just starting out, and being able to pass on to them the joy, the magic, and the beauty of music.

Griffin, Karen - Suzuki Piano 

office: 852-5877  room 316

Mrs. Griffin currently teaches collegiate piano and class piano at the University of Louisville, as well as Suzuki and traditional piano in the U. of L. Community Music Program.

Mrs. Griffin was the chairman of the Louisville Piano Guild for 25 years, from 1982 until 2007. She continues to remain active as a guild judge. Guild tours have included Evansville, Indiana; Cincinnati, Ohio; as well as Ashland, Lexington, and Radcliff, Kentucky. Other judging engagements have included KMTA, GLMTA, K.E.Y.S., and the Louisville Area Federation of Music Clubs in Bardstown, Kentucky.

Karen has a deep interest in and dedication to Early Music. She has performed as a singer, on recorder and on harpsichord with the U. of L. Early Music Ensemble. She has studied the harpsichord with Dr. Doris Lora, Dr. George Lucktenburg, and Dr. Jack Ashworth.

Hill, Michael - Viola, Violin (Traditional and Suzuki)

Mr. Hill teaches all levels of viola students while maintaining an active performance career. The Suzuki viola studio will include a group class in addition to private instruction. His experience includes work with new beginners through college students and he is eager to contribute to the viola community in Louisville. Learn more on Michael Hill’s website. (

Kambarov, Samir – Louisville Jazz Workshop


Samir Kambarov is originally from Russia where he completed a Bachelor of Music with emphasis in Jazz Performance and Education in Nizhny Novgorod College of Music named for M.A. Balakirev, and Master of Music in Jazz Performance and Education, receiving a diploma with honors, in the Rostov State Rakhmaninov Conservatoire.  In addition, Samir graduated with a Master’s in Jazz Performance from the University of Louisville where he currently works part-time teaching Jazz Improvisation, Jazz Combo, Jazz Repertoire, Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Styles and Analysis classes, as well as directing Louisville Jazz Workshop.

While studying in Russia, Samir gained considerable experience performing in a variety of settings. He was a member of Kim Nazaretov’s Big Band, one of the best ensembles in the country. Samir has participated in many prestigious jazz festivals such as the All-Russia Festival of Military Big Bands where he received a Diploma of Chief from the Russia Interior Ministry.  He also won 3rd prize at the 5th All-Russia Jazz Competition.

Samir Kambarov has experience teaching students of all levels in two different countries.  Starting in 2007, he continued training scholars in Louisville and the area.  Being a Graduate Teaching Assistant at University of Louisville School of Music gave Samir opportunities to practice and polish his teaching skills.  He has had the opportunity to receive private instructions and perform with great American artists such as Antonio Hart, Jeff Hamilton, Eddie Gomez, Lou Donaldson, Eric Alexander, and many others.

Karr, Kathy - Flute

office: 852-3275   room 330

Kathleen Karr is the Principal Flutist of the Louisville Orchestra and Flute Professor at the University of Louisville. In 2012, she was awarded the Distinguished Teaching Professor Award for the University of Louisville. At the University of Louisville, Kathleen teaches all applied flute students , flute ensemble, flute studio class, flute literature, flute pedagogy, chamber music coaching and performs with the faculty woodwind quintet. A frequent soloist with the Louisville Orchestra, Kathleen has most recently performed the Mozart G Major Flute Concerto with the Louisville Orchestra during the 2014-15 season. Kathleen has taught flute and chamber music at the Interlochen Arts Camp (Interlochen, Michigan), Bellarmine University, Centre College (Danville, Kentucky) and Indiana University Southeast.

Kathleen has twice performed at the National Flute Association’s annual convention (Las Vegas in 2012 and Washington D.C. in 2015), and frequently tours with her flute and guitar duo, The Astral Duo. The Astral Duo has commissioned four pieces for flute and guitar and a CD of the commissioned pieces is in process. She is also a member of the Flutes Fleur de Lis – a two flute and piano trio that most recently commissioned a piece that was performed at the University of Louisville’s New Music Festival in November, 2015. A founding member of the Kentucky Center Chamber Players, Kathleen is also the flutist with the Grawemeyer Players. She has performed masterclasses and recitals throughout Israel, Mexico, and the USA. Most recently, Kathleen performed a masterclass and recital in Charleston, South Carolina.

Kathleen has performed as Principal Flute with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, the Huntsville (Alabama) Symphony, the North Charleston Pops, Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Kentucky, and the Orquestra Sinfonica da Mineria in Mexico City.

Kathleen Karr received her Bachelor of Music degree from Northwestern University and her Master of Music degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Kathleen Karr is an Altus Flutes Performing Artist.

Krigger, Wayne - Suzuki Cello
office: room 178

LeBlanc, Dr. Denine - Piano
office: room 317

Denine LeBlanc teaches piano at the University of Louisville in the School of Music Community Music Program , and music in the city’s public school system where she has taught for over twenty years. In 2014, she released For Michelle as a memorial album for her late sister, the esteemed equine specialist, Dr. Michelle LeBlanc. Dr. LeBlanc’s previous albums, TheSun Shines Bright and Weep no More feature original piano music by Kentucky composers. She has played both traditional and contemporary concerts throughout the United States and in France, Germany, Hungary and Italy. Dr. LeBlanc played an extensive contemporary music tour in Italy the summer of 2015.

Dr. LeBlanc holds a D.M.A. from the College-Conservatory of Music University of Cincinnati, a M.M from the University of Louisville and a B.M. from the Cleveland Institute of Music.

Mattingly, Dr. Stephen - Associate Professor, Guitar & Theory

office: 852-5607  room 328

Dr. Stephen Mattingly is active as a soloist and with the Tantalus Quartet. His recording of Franz Schubert’s guitar chamber music was released under the auspices of the Presser Foundation. Stephen is a frequent performer, clinician, and adjudicator at prestigious guitar festivals including the Iserlohn Guitar Symposium in Germany, the Silesian Guitar Autumn in Poland, and the Guitar Foundation of America Convention.

Stephen enjoys a vibrant teaching career as Assistant Professor of Guitar at the University of Louisville, where he directs guitar studies, coordinates freshman music theory, and directs the Community Music Program. In addition, Stephen serves on several boards, including roles as the president of the Louisville Guitar Society and director for the University of Louisville Guitar Festival.

Stephen completed his Doctorate in Music at Florida State University with Bruce Holzman. He earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Eastman School of Music with Nicholas Goluses and completed additional studies in Europe at the Hochschule für Musik Detmold in Germany with Dale Kavanagh and the Accademia Chigiana in Italy with Oscar Ghiglia.

Dr. Mattingly’s publications are available through Chanterelle and Mel Bay. His CDs are available through ClearNote Publications and iTunes. Connect with Stephen on Facebook and at


Pilkinton, Florence - Accompanist

Sharp, Franzeli (Celi) - Suzuki Violin
room 177

Franzeli (Celi) Sharp's love for the violin began at age six when she started Suzuki Violin lessons at the University of Louisville, School of Music, Preparatory Department, which is now called the Community Music Program. She was granted a scholarship to the University of Louisville to study violin in 1996. She holds a BA in Music from the University of Louisville. Her teaching career began in Elizabethtown, Kentucky in 1996 with individualized lessons for children ages three through fourteen. In 2001 she started teaching in Louisville and decided that teaching the Suzuki Method was her choice as a career. Franzeli has held positions at Wheeler Elementary, Golden Tree Middle School, Waldorf School of Louisville, The Arts Institute at Indiana University Southeast and at the Louisville Classical Academy. She currently teaches at the University of Louisville, School of Music, Community Music Program and Suzuki Studies Program where she has taught since 2001. She is also teaching Suzuki violin in the public schools through the Weisburg Program. Franzeli has completed and registered Suzuki Teacher Training courses from the "Every Child Can" and "1A/1B" introductory courses through the "Book Ten" advanced level with the Suzuki Association of the Americas and has observed Suzuki teachers and classes to review training. Franzeli has been a Suzuki Mom since her daughter started to play the violin in 2003.

Suzuki Piano Institute - Bruce Boiney, Director