Marvin R. Blickenstaff Director of PEPS Program (609) 921-2900 x111 email@example.com
Marvin Blickenstaff has directed the Program for Excellence in Piano Study (PEPS) at the New School since 1999. Blickenstaff holds degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and Indiana University where he received both academic and performance honors. He is well-known across the country and in Canada for his frequent presentations at state and national conferences. The Marvin Blickenstaff Endowment Fund was established in his honor by the Music Teachers National Association Foundation. In 2007 the on-line journal Piano Pedagogy Forum published tributes to Blickenstaff honoring his contribution to piano teaching in America. Also in 2007 he was named Fellow of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. He was honored in 2009 with MTNA’s highest honor, the MTNA Achievement Award. Blickenstaff has served as chair of the piano departments at the University of North Carolina/ Chapel Hill and Goshen College (IN) and from 2000-2013 he was President of the Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy.
Rebecca Mergen Pennington Administrative Director (609) 921-2900 x103 RMPennington@NSMSPiano.org
Rebecca Mergen Pennington has been a member of the faculty of the New School for Music Study since 2007. She currently serves as Administrative Director. Dr. Pennington has been a frequent performer in faculty recitals, contributed to teacher development through blog posts, teaching videos, and work at the NSMS Summer Seminar, and teaches the popular Piano Detectives Club class for kindergarten students. She holds a DMA and MM in Piano Performance from the University of Kansas, and a BM in Music Education from Concordia College. Previous teachers include Jack Winerock and Jay Hershberger. Prior to joining the New School faculty, she taught at The Music Clubhouse, The University of Kansas, and Midwestern Music Camp. Dr. Pennington has presented at NCKP and MTNA conferences. She is interested in collaborative music and 20th century music. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her two young sons.
Amy Glennon Educational Director (609) 921-2900 x102 firstname.lastname@example.org
Amy Glennon studied Piano Pedagogy with New School co-founders Frances Clark and Louise Goss, earning the Certificate of Professional Achievement in 1986. She then joined the piano faculty of Mount Holyoke College (South Hadley, MA), where she remained for six years before returning to the New School faculty in 1996. During the following years, Amy has served as Admissions Director and more recently, Educational Director. In her current position, Amy oversees the New School’s faculty development program. Her articles have appeared in Clavier Companion Magazine. She is the co-author (along with Ted Cooper) of four duet collections comprising the Side by Side series, published by Alfred Publishing. Amy has presented at local and national music teachers conventions, including Music Teachers National Convention and the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy. Amy remains active as an adjudicator at local festivals and competitions. She is the pianist and choir director at Lawrence Road Presbyterian Church. She holds two undergraduate degrees from the University of Connecticut: a BM in Piano Performance and a BS in Music Education. She earned her Masters Degree from the University of Louisville in Piano Performance, where she studied with Lee Luvisi.
Angela Triandafillou Admissions Director, Music Librarian (609) 921-2900 x106 email@example.com
Angela Triandafillou joined the New School in 2011 and became Admissions Director in 2013. She holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance and Music Education from Ithaca College and a Master of Music Degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Oklahoma. Her primary teachers include Jane Magrath, Barbara Fast, Ed Gates, Phiroze Mehta, and Sandra Wright Shen.
During her graduate study, Ms. Triandafillou taught group and applied piano to university students, served on the faculty of the Oklahoma Baptist University Preparatory Department, and established an adult beginning group piano program through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Ms. Triandafillou has spent summers at the Neighborhood Music School in Connecticut, the Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan, and the Brevard Music Center in North Carolina. Most recently, she participated in a week-long Dalcroze (Eurhythmics) course at the Lucy Moses School in New York City. This has sparked renewed interest in developing and incorporating rhythm activities in her group and private teaching at the New School.
In March 2013, Ms. Triandafillou presented at the MTNA National Conference in California.
Beth Amoroso Business Manager (609) 921-2900 ext. 101 BAmoroso@NSMSPiano.org
Beth Amoroso came to the New School in 2002 as Business Manager. She functions in this position for the entire Frances Clark Center, which includes The New School, Clavier Companion magazine, and The National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy. Previously she worked as the Administrative Assistant for Dining Services at The College of New Jersey. She graduated from TCNJ with a Bachelors degree in Communication.
She enjoys cooking, movies, music and is an amateur photographer. In the past year, Beth has had photographs accepted in shows in The Prince Street Gallery in New York City, Ellarslie Museum in Trenton, Gallery 14 in Hopewell, “Friends of the Marsh” show in Lawrenceville, and on Hamilton Township’s official calendar.