Photo of students and Navy Band members on a stage together
The Navy Band of the Northeast Brass Quintet's visit with students of the Community Music Scholars Program in November.
Photo: Joseph V. Labolito / Temple University

This fall, Temple Music Prep hosted a variety of guest artists and saw many successes among its students, alumni and faculty.

In October, Temple Music Prep continued its cultural exchange partnership with the Tónskóli Sigursveins D. Kristinssonar, based in Reykjavík, Iceland. Visiting students from Iceland spent the week rehearsing, performing and engaging in master classes here in Philadelphia, including a joint master class with the Center for Gifted Young Musicians (CGYM) featuring Music Prep alumna and violist Sheila Browne. Videos from their concert at the Trinity Center for Urban Life can be found on Temple Music Prep's YouTube channel.

In November, members of the Navy Band of the Northeast Brass Quintet (pictured above) visited Temple Music Prep's Community Music Scholars Program (CMSP). The Quintet led a Q&A discussion and performed for CMSP wind and brass students, sharing their unique stories and musical interests along the way.

Other select Fall 2023 Temple Music Prep news:

  • Temple Music Prep announced five new faculty members, several of whom are alumni of the Boyer College of Music and Dance: violinist Kyle Almeida is the new lead teacher for the Philadelphia String Project (PSP); cellist Hsiao-Ming Chen is teaching for CGYM; GRAMMY®-nominated saxophonist Josh Lee is the new director of jazz programming for CMSP; violinist and violist Raymond Mallari is teaching Suzuki Pre-Twinkle classes; and violinist Irina Rostomashvili is teaching violin lessons by special arrangement.
  • Recent competition winners: CGYM violin student Noëlle Streuber-Eden won the Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra's Irving Ludwig Youth Competition; CGYM violin student Mio Imai won the Pennsylvania Music Teacher's National Association junior string division competition; and Temple Music Prep alumnus and clarinetist Jeffrey Bedford won the 2023-2024 Rowan University Concerto Competition.
  • Bassoonist, CMSP faculty member and current DMA student Rick Barrantes Agüero performed the Weber Concerto for Bassoon with the Temple University Symphony Orchestra in early November. Watch the concert on the Boyer College of Music and Dance YouTube Channel.
  • The Jasper String Quartet, the quartet-in-residence for CGYM, released the album Insects & Machines on Sono Luminus, featuring four string quartets by composer Vivian Fung.