Curtis Welcomes New Faculty Members: Craig Knox, Eric Millstein, Nitzan Haroz, Geraldine Rice, Scott Ordway, Caroline Meline, Jeffrey Stingerstein, Ji Su Yun

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Curtis Welcomes New Faculty Members

Craig Knox (Tuba ’89) and Percussionist Eric Millstein join the performance faculty

Nitzan Haroz returns to the performance faculty, joining Matt Vaughn and Blair Bollinger in the trombone studio

Geraldine Rice (Viola ’83, ’88) joins the career studies faculty and Scott Ordway joins the musical studies faculty

Caroline Meline, Jeffrey Stingerstein, and Ji Su Yun join the liberal arts faculty

PHILADELPHIA–October 6, 2014–Curtis welcomes respected musicians and scholars to the faculty in the 2014–15 school year. Craig Knox (’89), principal tuba of the Pittsburgh Symphony; Eric Millstein, percussionist with Lyric Opera of Chicago; and Nitzan Haroz, principal trombone with the Philadelphia Orchestra join the performance faculty. Geraldine Rice (Viola ’83, ’88) joins the career studies faculty to teach Artistry in Pedagogy. Scott Ordway, American composer and conductor, joins the musical studies faculty to teach Introduction to Counterpoint and Musical Studies for participants in the Young Artist Initiative, a program that provides additional support for precollege-age students. Joining the liberal arts faculty, Caroline Meline teaches Plato and Waking Life, Jeffrey Stingerstein teaches Presentation and Oral Practice, and Ji Su Yun teaches Introduction to Literature.


Principal tuba of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra since 2005, Craig Knox previously held the positions of acting principal tuba of the San Francisco Symphony and principal tuba of the Sacramento Symphony. He has performed with the Cleveland, Minnesota, and Philadelphia orchestras and the Chicago and Detroit symphony orchestras; and since the summer of 1995 he has served as co-principal tuba of the Grand Teton Music Festival.

Mr. Knox graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music where he studied with Paul Krzywicki. While at Curtis he co-founded the Center City Brass Quintet, which has made five recordings for the Chandos label. He also played for several seasons with the Chicago Chamber Musicians Brass Quintet—making recordings for the Naxos label—and has toured with the Empire Brass. With his colleagues in the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra low-brass section he recorded From the Back Row on the Albany label. As a soloist, he has recorded an album titled A Road Less Traveled, and has performed with the U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own,” the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, and with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in the world-premiere performances of André Previn’s Triple Concerto for Trumpet, Horn and Tuba.

Mr. Knox is also artist lecturer of tuba at Carnegie Mellon University and adjunct professor of tuba at Duquesne University. He has presented master classes, seminars, and recitals at universities, conservatories, and festivals around the world, including the Music Masters Course in Kazusa, (Japan), International Brass Symposium (Italy), Tainan National University (Taiwan), Bruckner University of Music (Austria), Stuttgart Conservatory, National Orchestral Institute (University of Maryland), New World Symphony, and National Youth Orchestra of the USA at Carnegie Hall, as well as the University of Michigan, Indiana University, and Yale University.



Eric Millstein is a member of the percussion section of the Lyric Opera of Chicago and is the principal percussionist and assistant timpanist of the Grant Park Orchestra. Mr. Millstein frequently performs with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, has joined the CSO on four European tours, and can be heard on a variety of CSO recordings. As a chamber musician, he has performed with Fulcrum Point New Music Project, Rembrandt Chamber Players, and on the Chicago Symphony’s MusicNOW series. He also performs as timpanist with the annual Bach Week Festival in Evanston, Illinois.

Mr. Millstein has been a faculty member at the DePaul University School of Music since 2004. He has coached the percussion sections of the New World Symphony, Chicago Youth Symphony, and Midwest Young Artists. He presented an “orchestral lab session” at the 2003 and 2011 Percussive Arts Society International Conventions and has given master classes at the Northwestern University Percussion Symposium.

Mr. Millstein received a Bachelor of Music from the New England Conservatory and a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from Tufts University. He earned a Master of Music from Temple University and completed his education as a member of the New World Symphony. His principal teachers were Nora Davenport, Will Hudgins, and Alan Abel.



Nitzan Haroz, a native of Israel, rejoined the Philadelphia Orchestra as principal trombone in 2014 after holding the same position with the Los Angeles Philharmonic since 2012. Previously he was principal trombone of the Philadelphia Orchestra since 1995 after serving as assistant principal trombone of the New York Philharmonic and principal trombone of the Israel Symphony and Opera Orchestra. He was also first trombone of the Israel Defense Forces Orchestra and performed with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra. He has appeared as a soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Israel Symphony, Jerusalem Symphony, Sofia Radio Symphony, and Fairbanks Symphony, among others, and is an active chamber musician.

Mr. Haroz won first prize at the François Shapira Competition and received America-Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarships. He has commissioned and premiered several works for trombone and harp and has given recitals and master classes in Israel, the United States, Europe, and Asia. He has also performed with the New York, Philadelphia, and Israel brass ensembles and the Rishon-Le Zion and Israel Defense Forces brass quintets. Mr. Haroz is on the faculty of Temple University and previously served on the Curtis faculty from 1998 to 2012.



As a teacher of both viola and violin, Geraldine Rice has led teaching seminars in Wyoming and Connecticut, and her students have risen to success through prestigious institutions such as the Juilliard School, the Cleveland Institute of Music, Peabody, and Northwestern University, among others. As a violist, she has performed for more than twenty years with the Philadelphia Orchestra as a substitute, and has appeared with the Baltimore Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. Ms. Rice is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with Joseph dePasquale. For over ten years she has been a faculty member of the Ogontz Suzuki Institute in New Hampshire.



Composer and conductor Scott Ordway earned his Ph.D. in 2013 from the University of Pennsylvania, where he received the Hilda K. Nitzche and David Halstead Prizes in composition. He also holds degrees from the University of Oregon and the University of Puget Sound.

During the 2013–14 season Dr. Ordway’s works were performed internationally: his tone poem Detroit received its European premiere at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin, and Brotherly Love, a multimedia collaboration with more than 100 Philadelphia schoolchildren funded by the American Composers Forum, premiered in Philadelphia. His chamber music has been presented recently by the SOLI Chamber Ensemble in San Antonio, Boston Musica Viva, Portland Chamber Music Festival, the Michigan Recital Project, the Lorelei Ensemble, and the Momenta and Arneis string quartets.

As a conductor Dr. Ordway has held posts with the Syzygy New Music Ensemble, Eugene Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, and Juventas New Music Ensemble. He has spent summers at the Aspen Music Festival, Accademia Chigiana, June in Buffalo, Oregon Bach Festival, Freie Universität Berlin, and Foundation House in Bel Air, California. During the 2013–14 season he was visiting assistant professor of music at Bates College.



Caroline W. Meline is an accomplished author of numerous published articles, both popular and scholarly. She received her Ph.D. from Temple University in 2004, with a dissertation entitled The Creative Dimension of Subjectivity in Lacan, Freud, and Winnicott. Her latest project is a book, The Constant Dieter: A Determinist’s Guide to the Philosophy and Practice of Losing Weight.

Dr. Meline has worked as a freelance journalist and art critic, specializing in photography as an art form. She is an adjunct professor of philosophy at St. Joseph’s University.



Jeffrey Stingerstein received his Master of Fine Arts degree in theatre from Smith College. His theatre company, Roving Roots, produces plays in New York City, the Pioneer Valley, and Philadelphia. He has taught numerous English courses including Composition; Research; Introduction to Poetry; Literature of the City; Cultural Identity in American Literature; Humanism, Science and Technology; Creative Writing; and Public Speaking. He has taught at Temple University, LaSalle University, Saint Francis College, and LaGuardia Community College.



Ji Su Yun received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Brandeis University and a Master of Education degree from Temple University. She holds certifications in secondary English, secondary social studies, English as a Second Language, and elementary education.



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