Birsa Chatterjee

Saxophone. 

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Birsa Chatterjee is currently a third year jazz performance student at Oberlin Conservatory of Music. He was a part of the nationally recognized and award winning jazz education programs such as Jazz House Kids and Jazz at Lincoln Center. Birsa has played in Carnegie Hall, the Blue Note Jazz Club, Dizzy's Club Coca Cola, NJPAC and in countries like Peru and India aside from the United States. He has had the opportunity to share the stage with some of the jazz greats like Christian McBride, McCoy Tyner, Roy Hanes, Wynton Marsalis, Kenny Barron, and Jimmy Heath to name a few. Birsa is currently under the mentorship of saxophone legend Gary Bartz.

Olivia Cosio

Classical Voice. Musical Theater.

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Olivia Cosio is a fourth-year Vocal Performance major at Oberlin Conservatory with a strong passion for teaching. She will go on to attend the Juilliard School for her Master's in Vocal Arts this fall. This coming summer, she will be a Tanglewood mezzo-soprano fellow, where she will perform the role of Susie in Bernstein’s A Quiet Place and sing alongside other esteemed artists in various concerts throughout the season.

She has recently been seen in several roles at the Oberlin Conservatory, most recently as Cherubino in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro. Other musical accomplishments include singing on NPR's "From the Top," two features in San Francisco Classical Voice Magazine, and singing at the Bang on a Can 30th-anniversary concert at the Brooklyn Museum.

She is a former Teaching Fellow at Breakthrough San Francisco, a national non-profit that provides educational resources and instruction to underserved students. She taught music, 7th-grade writing, and 6th-grade literature in 2015 and 2016. She believes in developing the right approach for each student, with healthy singing being the focus of any genre.

  • Attending the Juilliard School for a Master's in Vocal Arts

  • Mezzo-soprano fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center

  • Performance/Interview on NPR's "From the Top"

  • Featured in "San Francisco Classical Voice Magazine

  • Teaching Fellow at Breakthrough San Francisco (Music, 6th grade literature, 7th grade writing).

Benjamin Steger

Classical Trumpet. Jazz Trumpet.

 

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Hi, I'm Ben! I am a fourth year Biochemistry and Trumpet performance major at Oberlin. I have been teaching jazz and classical lessons for 7 years and have worked with many music education foundations. I am currently studying with Eddie Henderson (who took lessons with Louis Armstrong and Miles Davis) and Roy Poper, one of the top trumpet players in the country (he played on the Jurassic Park movies and in the LA Chamber Orchestra). I'm excited to pass on everything I have learned from them! 

  • President of the Music Mentor program at Oberlin
  • Intern at St. Louis Symphony education department
  • Intern at Jazz St. Louis education department
  • Member of the NAfME all-national jazz ensemble
  • Member of the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra
  • Founder of Virtu.Academy

Corey Worley

Violin. Viola.

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Corey Worley is a fifth year Viola Performance and Psychology major at Oberlin College and Conservatory. Teaching all ages since high school, Corey has been a chamber music coach for Credo Chamber Music (Chicago), a sectional coach for Northern Ohio Youth Orchestra, and conducted research on the History or French Viola Pedagogy at France's national library. Corey has performed throughout North America and Europe including recent performances with the International Contemporary Ensemble, members of Ensemble Intercontemporain, and was a featured performer at the Kennedy Center with his ensemble "Trio Ligatura." With a background in performance psychology, he has studied with Dr. Noa Kageyama (Juilliard's "Bulletproof Musician") and Dr. Jeffrey Huber (former US Olympic diving coach and IU performance psychologist). Corey believes in combining string pedagogical traditions with his research in performance psychology to not only develop reliable, healthy technique, but also teach students scientifically proven methods that aid in skill acquisition and developing a positive relationship with performance anxiety. 

  • Fellow with the Lucerne Music Festival Academy, Conservatoire Américain de Fontainebleau, National Centre for the Arts Young Artist Program
  • Performances at Bang on a Can 30th Anniversary Concert, Madison New Music Festival, Ojai Music Festival, and Kennedy Center
  • Winner of XARTs grant, Taymor Fund Grant, and 4 Grand Prizes awarded by Conservatoire Américain de Fontainebleau
  • Member of Collaborative Arts Ensemble, New York City
  • Student of Peter Slowik and Elias Goldstein with masterclasses led by Heidi Castleman (Juilliard), Jean Sulem (Paris Conservatoire), and Juilliard, Emerson, Ebène, quartets
  • Phi Beta Kappa Society Member

Salam Karahawa

Violin. Viola.

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Hello, I am Salam! I am a third year student at Oberlin, studying viola performance, politics, and economics. I have played violin since I was 5 years old and taught for 8 years. I am currently studying viola under Peter Slowik, a former member of the Chicago Symphony and one of the top viola teachers in the world today. His viola students have won orchestra positions in various orchestras including Chicago Symphony and San Francesco Symphony as well as university teaching positions around the United States. I believe that teaching is an art, and I am excited to help you reach the level you desire. I love working with students of all ages and levels. I can teach lessons in English, Arabic, or French.

  • Violin Professor at Damascus Institute of Music 2009-2012
  • Concertmaster of Syrian Youth Orchestra from 2009-2012
  • Ambassador and student Liaison to American Voices Organization
  • Participant in American Voices orchestra and chamber music workshops in both Syria and Lebanon
  • Member of the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra

Lauren Anker

French Horn.

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Lauren is a current fourth year at Oberlin pursuing degrees in Horn Performance and History. She has attended various summer music festivals including Interlochen Arts Camp, Boston University Tanglewood Institute, NSO Summer Music Festival, and Aspen Music Festival. She has been the secondary lessons teacher at Oberlin for two years, and also has taught area high school students for the past year. She believes in establishing a strong and well-rounded foundation in fundamentals accompanied by a healthy amount of repertoire for young brass players. 

 

  • Virginia district, regional, and All State band and orchestra 
  • Past and current teachers include Prof. Roland Pandolfi, James Nickel, Andrew Bain, David Wakefield
  • Masterclasses with Martin Hackleman, Denise Tryon, and Jeff Nelson
  • Performances with Oberlin orchestras, contemporary ensembles, and the Wilder Brass Quintet

Matthew Payne

Classical Voice. Musical Theater.

 

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Hi I'm Matt. I am a baritone studying vocal performance at Oberlin Conservatory. I've taught students for about 5 years now, starting as a sophomore in high school. I teach easy and beautiful singing for all different genres. I have performed in many different operatic and musical theater roles. My favorites were the Beast in Beauty and the Beast, Peter in the Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe, and Lysander in the Fairy Queen, and oratorio based on Shakespeare's Midsummer's Night Dream. 

Max Reese

Classical Clarinet.

 
 
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Hi! I'm Max, a second-year clarinet performance major at Oberlin. I am currently working as a substitute teacher with Play on Philly! I have studied with Charles Salinger, principal clarinet of the Delaware Symphony, Delaware Opera, and Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra, and currently study with Richard Hawkins, whose students have gone on to be in orchestras such as the LA Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, and Detroit Symphony.                              

Kelsey Burnham

Classical Flute.

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Hey! My name is Kelsey Burnham. I'm currently a fourth year at Oberlin Conservatory studying flute, both classical and historical performance. I'm entering my 10th year of playing and have been very fortunate to be a part of many wonderful ensembles and perform in various places such as Montreal, New York, Philadelphia, D.C., and, my home, Baltimore. An alum of Baltimore School for the Arts and the Peabody Preparatory Tuned-In program, I spent my time in high school teaching elementary and middle school aged flutists through the Baltimore Symphony Orchkids Program. 

I feel comfortable teaching students of any age or skill level, and find teaching to be very exciting and a learning experience for both the student and me. I look forward to teaching you!

Resume:

  • Teacher for Baltimore Symphony Orchkids Program
  • Performances in Montreal, New York, Philadelphia, and D.C.

Andrew Ennis

Classical Trombone

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Andrew is currently a fourth year Trombone Performance major at Oberlin Conservatory studying under Lee Allen. With 10 years of experience playing euphonium as well as trombone, Andrew is well versed in the pedagogy of all low brass instruments. As an alum of the Interlochen Arts Academy and current student at Oberlin, he has been fortunate enough to learn from some of the most elite members of today’s low brass world and is excited to continue spreading this knowledge to the next generation of low brass players.

 

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