Jenny Florinicia: voice and songwriting
Jenny Florinicia is a singer, songwriter, and performer from the Metro Detroit area. She holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Her debut single "Higher Self" is available on all streaming platforms. She has been teaching voice since 2015 and has a passion for dismantling the shame that can so often surround the process of learning how to sing. She uses an approach that prioritizes the student's goals, creates a safe space, encourages a strong work ethic, attitude of discovery and curiosity, while of course maintaining a sense of humor. Jenny was classically trained by an opera singer as a teen, and made the transition to musical theatre, pop, and rock while in college. She likes to use the classical basis to build vocal health, strength, and stamina and uses it to inform and bolster more modern styles of music.
Jenny has performed in several professional musicals in the tri-state area, and is currently in the process of recording her first full length studio album of all original indie pop, folk, and alternative rock. She has taught voice and songwriting at the Puerto Rican Institute of Music, Settlement Music School, School of Rock Hoboken, and School of Rock Hockessin.
Sophie Fortunato: violin
Sophie Fortunato started playing the violin at the age of five. She pursued her studies in Philadelphia, PA with Yayoi Numazawa, a longtime member of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and later at the Peabody Conservatory, where she graduated with her Bachelors degree in Violin Performance. Now a recent graduate of Louisiana State University with a Masters degree in Performance, Sophie has been residing in Kennett Square and freelancing in the area. Sophie has soloed with the Rose Tree Pops and has performed in masterclasses with Richard Roberts, Violaine Melançon, Gerardo Ribeiro, and Mauricio Fuks. While in Louisiana, she had the pleasure of performing with multiple Grammy award-winning artists, including soprano Hila Plitmann and singer Lauren Daigle. She also credits her time at LSU for expanding her musical experiences, as she was able to take part in ensembles that performed compositions of various styles. She taught for several years as a teaching artist for Kids’ Orchestra, an after-school music initiative for the East Baton Rouge Parish schools, and is looking forward to continuing her teaching at the Mattock School of Music.
Cecelia Snow: voice, guitar, piano
Cecelia Snow is a classical singer from Fort Wayne, Indiana, with a background in choral music education. She holds a degree in music education from Westminster Choir College where she studied private voice, piano, educational philosophy, music theory, and music history, among other subjects. Cecelia currently resides in Philadelphia where she works for the Sister Cities Girlchoir, a nonprofit organization that combines a high quality music education with female empowerment. She is also the alto section leader of St. Peter's Episcopal Church, where she teaches private voice lessons to school age students in the inter-generational choir.
Elliot Bild: brass
Originally from Chicago, trumpeter and composer Elliot Bild got his undergraduate degree from Western Michigan University where he studied with Scott Cowan, Andrew Rathbun and Edward Simon. He just received his Masters Degree from Temple University where he studied with John Swana, Terell Stafford and Dick Oatts. Elliot has also won multiple Downbeat student music awards. In the spring of 2016, he received a grant to write all original music, inspired by poetry, to be performed with ballet. In June of last year, Elliot was selected along with 14 other fellows to participate in the Ravinia Steins Music Institute, a week-long workshop focusing on composition where he worked with Rufus Reid, Nathan Davis and Billy Childs. In August of last year Elliot attended the Banff Workshop for Jazz and Creative Music, where he had the chance to work with Gary Bartz, Jeremy Pelt, Vijay Iyer, Tyshawn Sorey, Robin Eubanks and Tia Fuller, among others. He has performed with such people as Joe Lovano, Tim Warfield, Edward Simon, Randy Brecker, Miguel Zenon, Bruce Barth, John Clayton, Jimmy Heath, Byron Landham, and Billy Hart.
Pat: guitar & upright bass
Pat Brennan is a Philadelphia based Jazz bass player and composer currently living in South Philadelphia. Pat graduated from The University of the Arts in center city, Philadelphia, in 2018 and is now getting his master’s in music education. During his time at UArts, he studied with Micah Jones, Kevin McConnell, Steve Beskrone, and Anthony Tidd. He also completed the Music Education and Music Business minor, giving him a well-rounded perspective of the musical world. Beginning his Journey to study music at Camden County College, Pat now leads his own Quartet, and plays with many up and coming artists around Philadelphia, New Jersey, and New York. While currently having Jazz as his focus, Pat grew up playing drums in a punk band, and learning every Metallica album possible. Having a diverse musical background, his goal is to broaden the horizons of his students and guide them to a deeper understanding of the music they already love.