Faculty and Private Instructors

Angela Bensinger
Performing Arts Department Chair, Lower School Music Teacher, Director of Eliza-B-thans

David Blumberg
Clarinet

Allison Carden
Middle School Music Teacher

Scott Davis
Percussion

Emily Erb
Director of Belles and Bronze handbell ensembles

Marian Gittleman
Violin, Viola

Lee Hagon-Kerr
Upper and Lower School Music Teacher
Director of B Flats and Upper School Chorus

Oxana Harlamova
Piano, Baldwin Accompanist, Director of the Lower, Middle and Upper School Ensembles

Rachel Icenogle
Cello

Gene Isayev
Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone 

Tanya Ivanova
Violin

Elizabeth Keller
Piano, Director of Firenze

Akexandr Kislitsyn
Violin

Candace Lark-Masucci
Harp

Chelsea Stotter
Voice

Natalia Varlashova
Piano

Mark Watter
Guitar 

Music

"Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything..." - Plato

During the course of a Baldwin girl's music education, she will be challenged to listen, experience and produce musical sounds while singing or using a variety of instruments.  We invite you to learn more by reading about the programs we offer.

Our music department faculty also offers private music lessons to non-Baldwin students. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Oxana Harlamova.

Baldwin B-Flats

Our select a cappella ensemble specializes in singing popular music in 6-8 parts. This style of music requires special arrangements and creative arrangers to produce many parts that can be sung in a 2.5 octave range. The girls' affection for difficult sacred and secular repertoire has brought about a new spirit to our singing.

Baldwin Chorus

Bringing together the two smaller ensembles, The Baldwin B-Flats and The Eliza-B-thans, this large vocal ensemble is dedicated to singing diverse sacred and secular repertoire. The girls’ beautiful voices draw their audience “in” as they reveal their passion for singing and performing.

The Eliza-B-thans

A group for singers who are building confidence through regular performance of a diverse repertoire. Good intonation and consistent vocal tone are the goal and expectation for this ensemble.

Firenze

A classical chamber ensemble that performs repertoire for piano, flute, violin, viola and cello. They surprise audiences by their well-rehearsed and capable renditions of chamber music by composers such as Mozart, Haydn, Schubert, Fauré and Handel.

Handbell Program

Baldwin offers girls the unique opportunity to make music as an ensemble member in Grade 8 and as an advanced ringer in Belles and Bronze in the Upper School. These select ensembles perform 5-octave handbell repertoire with musicality and precision.

Jazz Band

Jazz Band is an ensemble for Upper and Middle School instrumental students who are interested in exploring and playing different styles of Jazz. Chart reading, improvisation and confident solo expression are stressed in this group.

Orchestra

Orchestra, in all three divisions, gives girls who play instruments a chance to play together while experiencing various popular and classical repertoires. Firenze, an Upper School select ensemble, provides the platform for advanced instrumentalists to perform more difficult repertoire in smaller chamber ensembles.

Touring Performances

The B-Flats and the Notables from The Haverford School, have established a close musical relationship with the B-Sharps from Ordrup Gymnasium, a high school in suburban Copenhagen. During the performance tours in Denmark, the B-Flats and the Notables perform at Frederiksborg Castle in Hillerød, at Rigshospitalet, the largest university hospital in Scandinavia, and at various local venues. The students stay with host families from Ordrup Gymnasium and always look forward to reciprocating the following year.  In addition to this trip, the Music Department plans a concert tour every third year during Spring Break to provide a unique musical experience for all of our Upper School performance ensembles.

The Baldwin Conservatory

The Baldwin Conservatory offers weekly private instruction on piano, voice, violin, viola, flute, clarinet, saxophone, oboe, trumpet, trombone, guitar, ukelele, banjo and harp. These lessons are given before, during and after the school day. Participation in a recital is encouraged.  

Learn more about our program.  Lessons are available to the public - please contact Oxana Harlamova to learn more.  Currently enrolled students are invited to click here for more information.

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