Community Music Program Faculty
Abril, Alberto - Guitar
Aguilera, Lillian - Piano
Lillian began her piano studies in Havana, at Manuel Saumell academy. While there, she won first prize several years in the regional and national "Amadeo Roldán" piano competition, the most prestigious Cuban piano competition.
In 2000 she obtained her bachelor degree in piano performance at Superior Institute of Arts in Cuba, with honors. In 2001 she won First Prize and especial mention to the Artistic Mastery at the “National Union of Writers and Artist of Cuba” chamber music competition.
Lillian has been an active soloist and collaborative artist. She has been invited to perform with orchestra at the closing of VII and XI Classical Music Season at the National Theater “Ruben Dario” in Nicaragua. She has also performed many piano recitals including both classical and modern repertoire, especially modern Cuban compositions.
Along with her performance career, during 7 years she was the chair of the piano studies at UPOLI Music Conservatory in Nicaragua, and accompanist pianist for the Liric Group, and the Puccini Opera in Nicaragua.
In 2010 she moved to United States. In 2012 she obtained her Master of Music degree in piano performance at University of Southern Missisippi. While there she collaborated numerous degree recitals and master classes, as well as state, regional, and national competitions for both singers and instrumentalists.
Recently Lillian joined the University of Louisville Community Music Program, as a teacher and also is a collaborative pianist for the String Academy and vocal and instrumental studios.
Burkhead, Michael - Clarinet
Causey, Steve - Horn
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.
Ensel, Amy - Flute
office: 852-3275 room 330
Ertz, Matilda - Harpsichord, Piano
office: 852-0746 room 226
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
Hill, Michael - Viola, Violin (Traditional and Suzuki)
Huerta-Lauf, Cecilia - Suzuki Steps Classes
As an instructor, Dr. Cecilia Huerta-Lauf brings support and dedication to her pupils, having taught at the university and preparatory levels for programs such as the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra and University of Miami. A former Suzuki cello student herself, Cecilia is delighted to teach Suzuki Steps. In Louisville, she serves on faculty at Suzuki Stars Music Academy with Suzuki cello programs at Farmer and Wheeler elementary schools. She provides sectionals for programs such as Louisville Youth Orchestra, Meyzeek Middle School, Westport Middle School, and Youth Performing Arts School. Cecilia is also a certified teacher in the O’Connor String Method. As an accomplished cellist, Cecilia is described as “an assured soloist” with “fearless technique.” In the Kentucky area, Cecilia has enjoyed performing with organizations such as Assistant Principal Cellist of Paducah Symphony Orchestra, Louisville Ballet Orchestra, Crescent Hill Radio's “Classical Hour,” Highland Chamber Players, and Electria. Additionally, Cecilia serves as a member of Chamber Music Society of Louisville Board and Executive Committee as secretary. Education includes the pre-college program at Vanderbilt University, B.M. from DePaul University, M.M. from New England Conservatory, and D.M.A. from University of Miami in Florida. For more information, visit www.cellohuerta.com
Ionescu, Mircea - Suzuki Violin
Kagan, Michael - Guitar (Traditional and Suzuki)
Michael’s performances have been noted for their “remarkable poise and artistry coupled with a sharp intellectual acumen.” The young classical guitarist has found a deep passion for teaching and performing, which, for Michael, both stem from the need to share music. Michael graduated Magnum Cum Laude from Westfield State University where he received a B.A in Music Education and Classical Guitar Performance under the tutelage of Phillip de Fremery, a curator of the Segovia legacy. There, he received a departmental award for Excellence in Musical Performance among his graduating class. Most recently, Michael completed a Master of Music in Classical Guitar Performance with Dr. Stephen Mattingly, noted soloist and member of the Tantalus Quartet at the University of Louisville in 2014.
A passionate educator, Michael currently holds a full time position teaching class guitar, music theory, and music history at the Youth Performing Arts Magnet High School in Louisville, Kentucky in addition to serving the Louisville community through the Community Music Program. In the summer of 2014, Michael completed a Book 1 Suzuki Guitar Certification and is excited to offer individual and group lessons to interested parents and students.
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
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.
Manrique-Land, Paola - Violin
Mattingly, Dr. Stephen - Assistant Professor, Guitar & Theory; Director, Community Music Program
office: 852-5607 room 328
McCanless, Clinton - Euphonium, Tuba
office: 852-4342 room 339
McClure, Carol - Harp
office: room LL24
Mejia, Cathy - Suzuki Violin
Monroy, Miguel - Percussion
Pilkinton, Florence - Accompanist
Poth, Blaise - Violin (Traditional and Suzuki)
Rafferty, J. Patrick - Violin (College Prep Only)
office: 852-5489 room 321
Violinist J. Patrick Rafferty has been hailed for his "exciting performances", his "subtle and imaginative ideas about the music", and "a velvety, sweetly sonorous tone [that] captured the intellect and calmed the soul."(Milwaukee Sentinel). Before his career in higher education, Professor Rafferty served as Concertmaster of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra from 1986-1991. He previously served as Associate Concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony for eight years, and as Concertmaster for the Brevard Music Center Orchestra, the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, the Dallas Bach Orchestra, and the Dallas Fine Arts Orchestras. He has also served as Acting Concertmaster of the San Diego Symphony Orchestra, and Guest Concertmaster of the Seattle Symphony. His concerto credits include more than 40 works performed as soloist with such orchestras as the St. Louis Symphony, the Cincinnati Symphony, the Dallas Symphony, the Milwaukee Symphony, and many others. As a recitalist, Mr. Rafferty has performed in many major cities throughout the United States and overseas, including a recent series of performances of all ten Beethoven Sonatas in New York City and performances in China, Romania, Norway, Switzerland, and Italy. Teaching positions have included the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the University of Alabama, and currently, the University of Louisville, where he is first violinist with the Louisville String Quartet and a founding member of the Grawemeyer Players. His former students perform in many of the USA’s major symphonies, as well as holding teaching positions in excellent schools.
Rahn, Natalie- Piano
Natalie Rahn is a professional pianist and piano teacher in Louisville, Kentucky. She teaches through a variety of programs throughout Louisville, including the University of Louisville’s Community Music Program. Natalie is a nationally certified teacher of music in piano through the Music Teachers National Association. She holds a Master’s degree in piano pedagogy from the University of Louisville and a Bachelor’s degree in piano performance from Bowling Green State University. Upon graduation from the University of Louisville, she received the Dean’s Citation Award for her work in piano pedagogy at the university and in the community.
Along with her teaching, Natalie is an active member of MTNA. She currently serves on the board of the Greater Louisville MTNA as recording secretary. She also has a passion for solo and collaborative performance. One of her recent collaborative performances took place with saxophonist, Dr. Johan Eriksson at the University of Louisville’s Saxophone Sunday event in January, 2015. Natalie is a disciplined musician, dedicated to making music an enjoyable experience for all students and audience members.
Shackleton, Jennifer - Suzuki Steps Classes
Sharp, Franzeli (Celi) - Suzuki Violin
office: room 322
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 in Louisville at Wheeler Elementary, Golden Tree Middle School and the Waldorf School of Louisville. She currently teaches Suzuki violin at The Arts Institute at Indiana University Southeast, at the Louisville Classical Academy and at the University of Louisville, School of Music, Community Music Program where she has taught since 2001. 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 every year. Franzeli has been a Suzuki Mom since her daughter started to play the violin in 2003.
Suzuki Piano Institute - Bruce Boiney, Artistic Director
Suzuki Piano and String Institutes - Blaise Poth, Executive Director
office: 852-0537 room 336
Watson, Tony - Suzuki Flute & Musikgarten
Tony Watson teaches flute for the U of L Community Music Program and at North Hardin High School. His students have earned top honors, winning concerto competitions and seats in youth orchestras, All-State Bands, and university orchestras. Dr. Watson is an active performer and has appeared recently in pit orchestras for CenterStage Theatre and the Kentucky Opera and on stage in Whitney Hall with the Louisville Orchestra. In 2006, he was a winner in the National Flute Association's Convention Performers Competition. Dr. Watson is a past president of the Atlanta Flute Club and has presented on various flute-related topics at the National Flute Convention, The Atlanta Flute Fair, The Kentucky Flute Festival and the Indiana Music Educators Conference. Dr. Watson is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Flute Society of Kentucky and served as Program Chair for the Kentucky Flute Festival held January 16-17, 2015 at the University of Louisville. As a member of the music faculties of the Louisville Collegiate School and the Montessori School of Louisville, he teaches music classes for toddlers through third grade. He holds degrees from the University of Georgia (DMA), the University of Colorado (MM), and Valdosta State University (BM).
Wright, Jordan - Bass