Our Faculty

Outstanding Artists and Educators

Stephen Rogers Radcliffe, Director
Music History and Literature, Collegiate Preparation Program
Stephen Radcliffe is the Music Director of America’s largest Youth Orchestra training program. An artist, educator and scholar, Maestro Radcliffe was the Harry and Mildred Bemis Endowed Fellow in Musicology at Brandeis University, Director of Orchestra and Opera Programs at the University of Massachusetts, and Assistant Conductor of the Boston Lyric Opera. He holds a B.M. from the New England Conservatory of Music, a M.M. from the University of Michigan and a PhD in Musicology from Brandeis University.

Mark Salman
Director, Senior Division
Solfege, Theory, Ear-Training, Piano Literature, Composition, Literature & Music, Counterpoint
BM, Piano (Juilliard); attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for composition studies; performed in Carnegie and Alice Tully Halls in New York City; the subject of profiles in New York Times and Kick magazine; performed the cycle of 32 Beethoven piano sonatas in a series of eight recitals in New York City; many solo performances with local orchestras; CD recording on Titanic Records features the music of Beethoven, Alkan and Liszt.

Joseph Gottesman
Director of Chamber Music and Ensembles
His performing and teaching career has taken him from Lincoln Center to Broadway, and from New York and Seattle to Tokyo. He has toured most of the United States, as well as Europe and the Far East. In 2006 he was chosen as the viola soloist for Lincoln Center’s production of Bernarda Albaand has appeared as Principal Violist in Aida, Bombay Dreams, 110 in the Shade, as well as the national production Phantom of the Opera. In the 1990s he served as Professor of Viola at Western Washington University, where he also coached chamber music and conducted performances of the WWU Chamber and Symphony Orchestras.  He has also been the viola coach for the Greater Boston Youth Orchestra, as well as for the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Bellevue Youth Symphony. Mr. Gottesman conducts master classes and clinics throughout the United States in solo, chamber and orchestral playing.  His pedagogical interests extend, as well, to adult enthusiasts in violin, viola and chamber music. For ten years he served on the faculty of Chamber Music and Composers Forum of the East, in summer residence at Bennington College.

Michael Berry
Instructor, Ear Training

Michael Berry is an artist-in-residence in Music Theory at the University of Washington. He previously served as assistant professor of music theory and coordinator of undergraduate theory at Texas Tech, where he taught undergraduate courses in harmony and aural skills and graduate classes in theory pedagogy, post-tonal analysis, and analysis and performance.
Prior to his appointment at Texas Tech, Berry taught music theory, music appreciation, and double bass at The College of New Jersey. He earned his doctorate in 2007 from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, where his primary teachers included Joseph Straus, William Rothstein, David Gagne, and Stephen Blum. He earned his bachelor’s degree in double bass performance and his master’s degree in music theory from Temple University.

Anastasia Solomatina
Official Pianist, Instructor, Keyboard Harmony
Anastasia is a 2003 graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with Peter Serkin and Eleanor Sokoloff. She continued with doctoral studies at Kazan State Conservatory, completing the program in 2008.  She was awarded the National Talented Youth Award by decree of President Putin before leaving Russia in 2008 to continue her professional activity in the United States. She has given recitals throughout Russia, USA, Italy, and Sweden.

Maria Larionoff
Instructor, Orchestral Audition “Boot Camp” for Violinists
Former Concertmaster of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and member of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Maria Larionoff has appeared as soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony, Oakland Symphony, San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, and the Orquestra Sinfonica in Mexico City. A Loomis Scholarship Award winner at the Juilliard School, Ms. Larionoff was a student of Dorothy DeLay, Stuart Canin, Sally Thomas, Paul Doktor, Joel Krosnik and Felix Galimir. She has collaborated in chamber music concerts with many distinguished artists including Emanuel Ax, Lynn Harrell, Steven Staryk, Jamie Laredo, Bill Preucil and Glenn Dicterow.

Chic Streetman
Instructor, Creative Expression
Chic’s music focuses on the positive alternatives while entertaining in a spirited manner with acoustic bluesy ballads, funky rhythms and jazzy upbeat originals. He composed the music and starred in the off-Broadway hit show, Spunk, adapted by George C. Wolfe for which he received a 1990 Audelco Award and a 1992 NAACP Theater Arts Award, the Berkeley Repertory Theater’s production of The Caucasian Chalk Circle, and was a contributing author, performer and musical arranger for the Denver Center Theater Company’s It Ain’t Nothin’ But The Blues. He was a featured performer at the Paleo Music Festival, the Montreux Jazz Festival and the Berne Jazz festival in Switzerland. He performed his one-man show in ’02 for the Smithsonian: A Black History of The Blues, and has released six CD/albums.

Spencer Arias
Instructor, Music Composition
Spencer Arias is a composer and performer based in Seattle Washington who creates music, often evoking movement and imagery as the primary driving force. Having worked with Dancers, Musicians, Visual Artists, and Poets, he thoroughly enjoys the process of collaboration, improvisation, and visualization.
Mr. Arias’s music has been performed by musicians such as the JACK Quartet, the Rogue Trio, and the PRISM Saxophone Quartet. He also is the winner of the Abundant Silence Publishing Composition Competition for his String Quartet: A Long Way From Home.
He earned a B.M. in Composition at Arizona State where he received a Special Talent Award, and studied primarily with Roshanne Etezady, and Rodney Rodgers, as well as Timothy McAllister on saxophone. In May 2015 he received his M.M. in Composition at NYU where he studied primarily with Justin Dello Joio and Julia Wolfe.  For more info visit spencerariasmusic.com