Ellen Tenenbaum (Founder)
Ellen Tenenbaum studies piano with Leander Bien, and at the Levine School in Washington DC, in the Advanced Piano Performance course. Ellen performs in churches, libraries, senior settings, community centers, embassies, Strathmore Mansion, and Georgetown University Hospital. She gives concerts and lecture-recitals professionally as well as for benefits and charitable events. Her concerts take place throughout the mid-Atlantic area and, recently, to California and other western states. Ellen's career in music performance follows a professional career as a study director at Westat, the survey research and program evaluation firm in Rockville. She wrote the book The Politics of Mistrust, with Aaron Wildavsky. Her husband Bernard is an energy consultant at the World Bank, and they have 3 grown children and 4 grandchildren.
Felicia Weiss at age 11 was the winner of the prestigious Enthusiasm for Music award at the Bella Shumiatcher School of Music. Maybe "prestigious" is a bit of an exaggeration, but she does continue exhibiting her enthusiasm for music on a daily basis, playing and practicing every free minute she gets. She won the Misbin Chamber Music Competition at the Levine School and has performed on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center and the National Gallery of Art. Currently, she studies with Myriam Avalos, attends the wonderful AlpenKammerMusik festival in Austria every summer, and works at the World Bank.
After rejecting several instruments during grade school, Roger Coleman was first drawn to music through the guitar, which he began at age 12. He began piano studies at 19, studying with Arthur Cunningham in Nyack, NY. One year later he was accepted into the music program at SUNY Buffalo under the tutelage of Stephen Manes, receiving a BA and BFA in Music concurrently. Continuing studies at the University of Maryland with Stewart Gordon, Roger completed the Master of Music program. Currently he is a professor of music at Montgomery College, teaching piano, guitar, theory and music history courses. In 2015 he completed an e-book on music theory which is the text for his Intro to Theory course. Besides classical piano, Roger plays keyboard and guitar with several local Big Band Jazz and Blues/Rock bands.
Praised for her “exquisitely fluent” playing, Francesca Hurst is at ease playing both classical and contemporary repertoire. A gifted new music pianist, Francesca Hurst has been a guest artist at New Music Gathering, New Music Delaware, Charlotte New Music Festival and elsewhere, and has been featured on WQXR radio. She has performed in many venues including the Kennedy Center, the Atlas Theater and the Italian Embassy, and will perform for the US State Department’s State of the Arts concert series in September 2016. Dr. Hurst is adjunct faculty at The Catholic University of America and maintains a thriving private piano studio. See her website for more information and upcoming performances.
Robert Snyder, M.D. is retired Chairman of Pathology at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring. An avid chamber musician, Bob has performed with professional artists including Marilyn Cotlow, Metropolitan Opera soprano; Audrey Andrist; David Fedele, flutist with the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society; Davyd Booth, violinist and John Eitzen, cellist (members of the Philadelphia Orchestra); and various chamber musicians at local embassies as former Music Director of the James Monroe Society. He has a greater than 40-year four-hand piano collaboration with Galen Deibler, retired professor of piano at Susquehanna University. He also performed at the Amalfi Coast Music Festival with pianist Jose Ramos-Santana. Having coached chamber music extensively with International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition Silver Medalist Susan Starr, he is presently studying privately with her in Philadelphia.
Viscount Thurston began piano studies at age 7. At his first public performance at age 17, he played Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in Denver, Colorado with the orchestra led by his teacher, Antonia Brico. He gave his debut solo recital at Denver’s Phipps Auditorium in 1973. As a graduate student at the Ohio State University, Viscount won the music school’s concerto competition and performed Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the university orchestra. He completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in 1984. In 2003, he enjoyed the opportunity to reprise his performance of the Rachmaninov third concerto in Colorado, this time with the Littleton Symphony Orchestra. Viscount performed for several years in the DC area’sFriday Morning Music Club. He has been a regular with the Piano Society since 2007. He won First Prize in the 2010 Washington (DC) International Piano Arts Competition and Third Prize in the 2015 Boston Piano Amateurs Competition. He manages leadership development programs for the Federal Aviation Administration, and lives with his wife, Vickie, in Sykesville, Maryland.
Award-winning pianist Jason Solounias has distinguished himself as a multi-dimensional musician. He is passionate about inspiring new generations of musicians and music lovers in diverse settings, dedicated to community engagement and education. With performances across the United States and Europe, ranging from the Kennedy Center to Southwark Cathedral, Solounias is equally comfortable in the classical world as he is as a jazz and session musician. Recent engagements include performances with the Trinity Chamber Orchestra, Steinway Society of Puerto Rico, Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, WETA, Concerts from Kirkwood Series, and the Lisner Auditorium. He is also a soloist for the Pan American Symphony Orchestra, the premier tango orchestra in Washington DC. Solounias has worked with pedagogues including Leon Fleisher, John Perry, Jim Litzelman, and Jose Ramos Santana, and he currently lives in Washington D.C., pursuing his Doctoral Degree in piano performance at the Catholic University of America. He is also on faculty at the Opal Music Studio in Alexandria, Virginia.
Andre Leonard, an extremely versatile and accomplished musician, is the Director of Worship and Fine Arts at Shepherd Park Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in northwest Washington, D.C. Since taking on this role in 2014, his professionalism and passion for music has sparked renewed enthusiasm in not only the various church choirs and musicians, but also in the members of the congregation.
Andre graduated from the Berklee College of Music, as well as the Westminster Choir College, and has had many notable achievements throughout his professional music career. Following are examples of his most recent awards, accomplishments, and professional activities: 2017 - Gold Medal Recipient, Aloha International Piano Competition, Piano Instructor, Guitar Center, Member of the Washington Piano Society; 2016 - Finalist, Washington International Artist Piano Competition (Best Classical Period Award), Music Director, Icon Awards honoring Jesse Jackson and Cathy Hughes, Music Director, Off Broadway show "The Christians"; 2015 - Vocal Coach, Choral Ensemble, Andrea Bocelli Concert, Verizon Center. Also, Mr. Leonard was the Gold Medal Recipient at the Act-so National Competition for Music Composition for three years, consecutively.