Alyssa Conde, piano

Alyssa Conde grew up in Sunrise, FL and began her piano studies with Ms. Sandra Feraco. Today she holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Performance from Florida Atlantic University where she studied with Dr. Irena Kofman. She also holds a Master’s Degree and Professional Diploma in Piano Performance from Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts where she studied under Dr. Ludmila Lazar. She has performed within the United States and Europe. Some festivals she has attended include The University of Florida’s Summer Academy, Brevard Music Festival, The Chamber Music Institute in Lincoln Nebraska, The International Academy of Music in Cremona, Italy, The InterHarmony International Music Festival in Arcidosso Tuscany, Italy and the Golandsky Institute Piano Symposium of 2018 in Portland, Oregon.

In 2012 she was selected to perform at the Palm Beach International Piano Festival representing the USA. As a vocal collaborative artist she attended the 2014 University of Miami’s Frost School of Music Summer Program in Salzburg, Austria where she and duo partner Kacey Kurpinsky received honorable mention in the Schloss Mirabell competition. Ms. Conde has performed in Master Classes by Nelson Delle – Vigne Fabbri, James Giles, Enrico Elisi, Asaf Zohar, the Escher String Quartet, Gabriel Dobner and more. She was recently selected to perform in the 2018 PianoFest at Roosevelt University’s Ganz Hall, which honored the centenary of Claude Debussy’s death. And was also selected for the Ganz Festival of 2019, a series of three concerts granted by the Swiss Benevolent Society of Chicago in celebration of the musical legacy and contributions of Rudolph Ganz (1877-1972).

In September of 2019, Ms. Conde performed at the Sunrise Civic Center Theatre where she received the Key to the City of Sunrise, FL. She was noticed for her community service of the arts and her impact on students pursuing music in local public schools.  Currently a sought after collaborative pianist, and in pursuit of furthering her performing career, she also teaches privately and is on the Piano Faculty at the Chicago School of Music & Merit School of Music. 

Élider DiPaula, piano and theory

Praised by the Chicago Tribune as a “highly personable, exceptionally talented pianist,”Élider DiPaula is a Brazilian classical musician, composer and pedagogue. Since winning the Orestes Farinello National Piano Competition at the age of seven, he has received numerous accolades, including as guest soloist of the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Goiás, and the award of a commision by the Brazilian concert series Goiânia Música Hoje.

DiPaula earned his conservatory diploma at Escola de Música de Anápolis, and was subsequently invited to join their music faculty at the age of seventeen. Concurrently, DiPaula studied piano at the Universidade Federal de Goiás in the studio of Dr. Ana Flavia Frazão. In his undergraduate experience at Universidade Federal de Goiás, DiPaula was awarded by the CAPES/FIPSE program to be part of a student exchange program at Marshall University. Upon receiving his undergraduate degree, DiPaula joined the faculty of the Instituto Basileu França, the largest conservatory in central Brazil, serving as piano professor, lecturer, and as coordinator of both the Chamber Music Department and the International Artist Exchange program. In addition to his artistic and pedagogical accomplishments, DiPaula established the Catartístico Society, founded the Escola de Músicos, coordinated the 8th National Composers Conference at Federal University of Goiás, and was the co-creator of the Contemporary Music Exhibition Som de Minuto. While still performing actively, he premiered and recorded works by several Brazilian and American composers.

DiPaula earned his Master of Music degree in piano performance at James Madison University, where he studied with Dr. Paulo Steinberg and Dr. Gabriel Dobner. Under the tutelage of Dr. Ludmila Lazar, DiPaula received the Artist Diploma in Piano Performance from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University.

Since 2017, DiPaula has held the position of music director at Unity Lutheran Church of Berwyn. In 2018, he launched Project 88, for which he is the executive director. Additionally, as artistic director, DiPaula leads the third season of Project 88’s three productions: Into the Musical World: Concerts for Youth, True Unity Classical Concert Series, and Lucile Evans Music Festival. For his work with Project 88, DiPaula received Roosevelt University’s Social Justice Alumni Award in spring 2020. He is also currently on faculty at Project 88 Music Academy, as well as at The People’s Music School and Access Contemporary Music. Additionally, DiPaula maintains a private piano studio in Uptown, Chicago.

Nayelii Duran, violin

Nayelii is a classically trained violinist with a bachelor degree in Music Education from North Park University and a certificate for Music for Social Change. Her passion for non-profit work has led her to teach students of all ages, styles, and levels of playing with various music programs around Chicago, such as The People’s Music School and the Chicago Arts and Music Program. Nayelii’s primary focus in teaching is to provide holistic educational experiences which nurture the character of the student, as well as their musical ability, and is double-certified in the teaching method Education in Human Values. Nayelii also has several years of experiences teaching children and adults with special needs, and teaching ESL students of all ages.

Melody Fevrier, violin

Melody Fevrier was born in Castries, St. Lucia. She is currently a student at North Park University. From 2017-2019, Melody attended Roosevelt University, Chicago College of Performing Arts where she pursued her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and minored in Violin, however transferred to North Park University where she is currently a student in the Bachelor of Arts in Music program, with a concentration in Arts Administration.

Melody is passionate about impacting Social Change through the arts. She travelled to Venezuela in 2013 and again in 2016 to participate in a music program called El Sistema which aims “to provide classical music education for impoverished children” (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Sistema). After spending sometime in the program, Melody returned to St. Lucia where she worked with the St. Lucia School of Music as a violin teacher. Her love for the arts continued to grow as she continued teaching and performing for a variety of events in St. Lucia.

Before starting her undergraduate program at Roosevelt University, Fevrier interned at an intentional Christian community called Jesus People USA. It was there that her love for community life and serving the oppressed and marginalized was birthed. Whilst there she also volunteered with the People’s Music School, which provides free music education to children in the Chicago area. Fevrier wishes to develop a way for the Caribbean and other parts of the world to combine the fulfilling aspects of community life and music education. She advocates for social justice and a sense of care and love manifested from the time that we spend with others supporting and serving one another. Fevrier volunteered with SharingNotes, a non-profit organization which brings music to adult and children’s hospitals. In 2017, she volunteered with the Negaunee Institute, Chicago Symphony Orchestra in their program Once Upon Symphony series, which brings musical performances to families and young children. Fevrier presently works with Chicago Arts and Music Project, which brings free music education to students in the west side community at Breakthrough Family Complex in Chicago, directed and founded by Lindsay Fredrickson, recent TedTalk speaker on Music for Social Change. She also is also currently assisting with the administrative development of a Music Preparatory Program in Berwyn Chicago, a collaboration with the Project88 and Guarneri Hall, both non-profit music organizations in Chicago. In the summer of 202, Fevrier will serve as a Camp Counselor at Blue Lake Music Camp. She enjoys mentoring and working with young students in music and arts settings. Fevrier hopes to gain her Master’s degree in Ethnomusicology and Music Therapy. Fevrier is a part of the University Orchestra, Opera Orchestra and Gospel Choir at North Park University. She also plays in a contemporary folk Indie Band with singer song writer Teel Short. Fevrier also enjoys writing poetry, dancing, riding her bike and playing volleyball.

Stefan Hersh, violin faculty advisor

Violinist Stefan Hersh enjoys a varied career, equally at home as a chamber musician, soloist, orchestral musician and pedagogue. Since 2003 he has been Artist Faculty at the Chicago College of the Performing Arts at Roosevelt University where he serves as Director of String Chamber Music. From 1995-2003 Hersh was Associate professor at DePaul University.

Hersh’s career as a performer has included positions as Principal Second Violin of the Minnesota Orchestra (1991-1995), and Associate Concertmaster of the Vancouver Symphony (1989-1991). Hersh was a founding member of the Chicago based Callisto Ensemble (2002-2010), a founding member of the Chicago String Quartet (1995-2000) and a member of the of Chicago Chamber Musicians (1995-2000.)

He has been a featured guest artist nationally and internationally at venues including the Cremona International Music Academy in Cremona, Italy, the Festival Campos do Jordao in Brasil, Festicamara in Medellin, Colombia, the Colorado College Summer Festival, the Olympic Music Festival in Quilcene, Washington, the Moab Music Festival in Southern Utah, the Taos Summer Music Festival in New Mexico, the Tucson Winter Festival in Arizona and the Mendocino Music Festival in Northern California.

Hersh is also an expert appraiser in rare violins and bows. He is a partner at Darnton & Hersh Fine Violins in Chicago.

Addison Teng, violin faculty advisor

Violinist Addison Teng has given extensive solo and chamber music performances throughout Taiwan, Hong Kong, Italy, France, Philippines, and the United States. He has performed as soloist with the Oberlin College Orchestra, Eastman String Fellowship Orchestra, Sinfonia Academy Orchestra in the Philippines, and the University of Macedonia Symphony Orchestra. Upcoming performances are planned with Symphony Irvine and Music Institute of Chicago Community Orchestra as well as recitals throughout the U.S. and abroad. Teng was chosen by the dean of the Oberlin Conservatory to appear on Italian television to promote Oberlin in Italy. He is the recipient of the 2018 Outstanding Young Alumni Award at Oberlin College and Conservatory, which recognizes young alumni who have distinguished themselves in their professional careers and their service to humanity. He has also been named a Distinguished Alumnus of the Meadowmount School of Music.

A rising pedagogue of his generation, Teng joined the violin and chamber music faculty of the Music Institute of Chicago in 2013, the faculty of the Montecito International Music Festival in 2014, the faculty of DePaul University School of Music in 2018, and the faculty of the Pacific Music Institute in 2020. Previously he served as teaching assistant at the Meadowmount School of Music and Northwestern University Bienen School of Music, assisting Sally Thomas, Amy Barlowe, and Roland and Almita Vamos. He has given masterclasses and coachings at the Taipei American School, Conservatório Villa-Lobos in Rio de Janeiro, Eastman Pre-College, and Lawrence University, as well as classes in Canada, the Philippines, Greece, and China. In the fall of 2016, Teng embarked on a tour to Cebu, Philippines with his students, where he gave masterclasses and concerts. A similar tour in the fall of 2018 took Teng and his students to Thessaloniki, Greece, and in fall 2019 they toured San Marino and Italy and were featured on San Marino national television.

His students have recently placed at competitions both locally and nationally, including Hellam Young Artists Competition, Denver Young Artists National Violin Competition, Indianapolis Matinee Musicale Competition, Walgreens National Competition, Indiana School of Music Concerto Competition, Confucius Music Festival Competition, Sejong Music Competition, and DePaul Concerto Competition, among others. Many of his students have been admitted to top universities and conservatories, including Indiana University, Northwestern University, Manhattan School of Music, New England Conservatory, Mannes New School of Music, Berklee College of Music, and University of Wisconsin – Madison, and have been awarded a Fulbright scholarship. His students have gone on to win jobs at Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Grant Park Orchestra, Peninsula Music Festival, Evansville Philharmonic, and Louisville Philharmonic. Teng’s students have soloed with the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, Springfield Symphony, and Montecito Festival Orchestra, and have been guest concertmaster of Fort Wayne Symphony. In 2015, the Addison C. Teng merit scholarship was established at the Music Institute of Chicago for his studio.

Teng graduated with a Master of Music in Violin Performance and String Pedagogy from Northwestern University Bienen School of Music and received his Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from Oberlin Conservatory of Music. His principal teachers and mentors include Sally Thomas, Ann Setzer, Roland and Almita Vamos, Peter Takács, Amy Barlowe, David Bowlin, and Karen Ritscher.