CMP Faculty

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

Amy Ensel is a music education lecturer at the University of Louisville. A strong supporter of music education, she maintains a full private studio, serves as faculty in the Community Music Program, and works as an independent flute and woodwind clinician in the Louisville area schools.

As an active freelance musician, she has performed with the Louisville Orchestra, Lexington Philharmonic, Kentucky Opera, Huntsville Symphony, Macon Pops Orchestra, Chamber Winds Louisville, Louisville Master Chorale, Orchestra of Northern New York and Northern Symphonic Winds. She is also an original member of the new music ensemble, A/Tonal.

Amy holds a Master of Music in Flute Performance from the University of Louisville, and received her Bachelor of Music Education, and Certificate in Flute Performance, from the Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam, NY.

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.

Nevarez, Flora - Violin (Traditional and Suzuki) 

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)

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

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

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.

Manrique-Land, Paola - Violin

Mattingly, Dr. Stephen - Assistant 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

McCanless, Clinton - Euphonium, Tuba
office: 852-4342  room 339

Clinton McCanless is the Visiting Assistant Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at the University of Louisville. An active soloist and chamber musician, he is a past first prize winner at the International Tuba Euphonium Association solo competition, the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba competition. Mr. McCanless has been featured as a soloist with the Chicago Brass Band, Michigan State University Wind Symphony, the ITEC Festival Orchestra, and Muskingum Valley Symphonic Winds in Ohio. He has performed with the internationally active Dallas Brass, the Tuba Bach chamber festival, and is currently a member of the Louisville Brass, the faculty brass quintet at the University of Louisville. Mr. McCanless is also currently principal tuba with the West Michigan Symphony Orchestra.

An active educator and clinician, Professor McCanless has taught at summer programs at the University of Illinois, Michigan State University, and at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. In addition to teaching at the University of Louisville, he has served on the faculties of Oakland University and Spring Arbor University in Michigan, and Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.

Mr. McCanless holds an undergraduate degree in Music Education, and a Masters of Music Performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and is a candidate for the Doctorate of Musical Arts at Michigan State University.

McClure, Carol - Harp
office: room LL24

Carol McClure, BA, MCM, Director of The Harp School, Inc. and National Summer Harp Academy, Lecturer in Harp at University of Louisville School of Music and Union University, is a concert and recording harpist, competition preparation specialist teacher, international adjudicator, composer, arranger and conductor. Creator and author of The Angel’s Harp curriculum (macramsayhouse) and Viva Voce (St. James Music Press), Carol and husband Wes Ramsay are the Representatives of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) for Kentucky, Tennessee, Indiana, and Alabama. She served as Composer in Residence for Vanderbilt University Children’s Choirs for seven years. A prize-winner in both concert and Celtic harp competitions, Carol’s forty-year concert career has taken her to Europe, the Caribbean and both American continents. Having spent a decade as a busy Nashville recording session musician, she also has a discography of twenty solo recordings produced for labels in both the U.S. and U.K.

Mejia, Cathy - Suzuki Violin

Monroy, Miguel - Percussion

Pilkinton, Florence - Accompanist

Poff, Jennifer - Voice


Soprano Jennifer Poff, originally from Paducah, Kentucky, has graced the American and international operatic stages with her silvery voice and engaging stage presence in such roles as Fiordiligi in Mozart's Cosi fan tutte and Magda in Puccini's La Rondine. She has trained with some of the most sought-after voice instructors, directors, and coaches in the world today and continues to grow as a versatile performer in varying genres of opera, oratorio, and art song.

Ms. Poff, having earned a Bachelor of Music in Voice from the University of Louisville, a Master of Music in Voice from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and having completed her doctoral coursework at CCM, now holds a position as Lecturer on the University of Louisville voice faculty. Furthermore, she is also an Instructor of Voice at St. Catharine College and maintains her own private voice studio. As a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), Ms. Poff has a passion for instilling healthy singing techniques in young singers so that they can "sing smart" for years to come.

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
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