Rachel Segal, Founder and Executive Director
A native Philadelphian, Rachel has enjoyed an exciting and varied career both at home and abroad. As a performer, her career highlights include more than a decade as a member of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, and posts in Europe with the Tampere Filharmonia in Finland and as Concertmaster of the Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa in Lisbon, Portugal. She is Concertmaster of the Central City Opera Orchestra and began her career as Concertmaster of the South Bend Symphony.
Rachel began her violin studies at age three in the Suzuki Method. As a teen she participated in the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, Temple University’s Center for Gifted Young Musicians, the Settlement Music School, and The New York String Orchestra Seminar. She earned her Bachelor of Music degree from The University of Michigan in the studio of Paul Kantor and her Master of Music degree from The Yale School of Music in the studio of Sidney Harth. Other teachers include Jerome Wigler and Barbara Govatos.
Rachel’s commitment to education and outreach have taken her into dozens of public schools for performances and residencies, and she has held faculty positions at Regis University and the Community College of Aurora, as well as at the Luzerne Music Center. She has worked extensively as a chamber music and sectionals coach for the Denver youth orchestras and as a private teacher.
In addition to traditional classical music, Rachel is a champion of new music, and has premiered many new works of solo, chamber, and orchestral music. She was also Concertmaster for the Central City Opera’s premiere of Poet Li Bai, an opera by Chinese composer Guo Wenjing. Rachel has performed with some of the world’s most famous popular artists, including Peter Gabriel, Earth Wind and Fire, Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Jr., DeVotchKa, Amanda Palmer, Otis Taylor, and Ben Folds. Rachel was a lead violinist for the Orquesta Tipica Natural Tango and performed frequently with the Extasis Tango Quartet in Denver.
Rachel currently performs frequently with The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Philly Pops, and The Orchestra of The Pennsylvania Ballet, is a core member of The Fairmount String Quartet, and a founding member of The Media Lunas, an Argentine Tango quintet based in Media, PA. Rachel is the Associate Director and String Faculty Coordinator for The Philadelphia Young Musicians Orchestra, and is proud to serve on the Board of Directors of The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Musicopia and Dancing Classrooms Philly, and The Greene Street Artists Cooperative. Learn more at www.rachelsegal.info.
Kenny Bean, Associate and Program Director
Kenny Bean began seriously studying music as a high school student when he attended the Baltimore School for the Arts. He matriculated to Oberlin Conservatory where he earned a Bachelor of Music in Trumpet Performance, following which he completed a Master of Music Education from Jackson State University.
As a trumpeter, Kenny has enjoyed a thriving freelance career, playing with such ensembles as Mannheim Steamroller, Sphinx Symphony Orchestra, Soulful Symphony Orchestra, Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra and Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra. He can be heard on recordings with Symphony in C, the Monocacy Chamber Orchestra, and hip-hop artist Thee Phantom & the Illharmonic Orchestra.
Following a desire to pass on the gift of music, Kenny has worked with a number of music education organizations, including Play on, Philly! and Settlement Music School, both of which serve Philadelphia youth. He has also taught at summer festivals, such as Kinhaven Music School and Luzerne Music Center.
In recent years, Kenny has been most fortunate to engage his passion for conducting. He has held the position of Music Director/Conductor of the Junior String Philharmonic of the Lehigh Valley since 2011. He also serves as the Associate Conductor of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra and Conductor for the Symphony in C Youth Orchestra. Kenny currently lives in West Philadelphia.
Daniel turkos, administrative coordinator
Bassist Daniel Turkos is a freelance musician and teaching artist based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He maintains a busy performing career in various orchestral settings including historically informed early music ensembles as well as playing bluegrass, tango, jazz and rock. He performs regularly with The American Bach Soloists, Tempesta di Mare, The Pennsylvania Ballet, Philly Pops, Prometheus Chamber Orchestra, Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra, Oscuro Quintet, the Joe Hillman Band and The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, most recently on a national tour with saxophonist Branford Marsalis.
Dan's summer activities include historical performance at The American Bach Soloist Academy, Amherst Early Music Festival and The Vivaldi Project Institute for Early Music, performing at the Colorado Music Festival, Music at Penn’s Woods and Catania International Music Festivals and studying at the National Academy of Music in Sofia, Bulgaria and The American School of Double Bass.
Devoted to the education of young musicians, Dan is currently a teaching artist for the El Sistema program Play On, Philly!, faculty member at The Westtown School and also maintains a private teaching studio. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree with a minor in Jazz Studies from West Chester University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Music degree from The Pennsylvania State University and a Graduate Professional Diploma from The Hartt School, University of Hartford. His primary teachers include Robert Black, Rob Nairn, Peter Paulsen, and Paul Rostock and he has participated in numerous master classes with classical, jazz and early music artists.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
DAVID SEGAL, ESQ., CO-FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT
David Segal, Esq., comes from a family of musicians and artists, and believes that talent should never go to waste. His brother, the late Peter Segal, was a well-known classical guitarist and music scholar. His mother, Margaret, was a popular portrait artists and his brother Stefan, a respected sculptor. As the father of three artists himself, David is well versed in the intensity of music education and wants to see more Philadelphia students on the concert stage. While his own career has been dedicated to the Segal & Segal Law Firm, his commitment to arts education has been a life-long passion.
STEVEN SEGAL, PH. D
Dr. Segal is an independent licensed psychologist. He has been practicing psychology in the Philadelphia, Bucks, Montgomery and Delaware County areas of Pennsylvania for more than 35 years. He has maintained a diverse client base, across a wide range of psychological problems.
He currently supervises 3rd and 4th year psychiatry residents at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior.
As a psychotherapist he has also worked in a private psychiatric hospital where he directed a substance abuse program for young adults. During this time he practiced individual, group and family therapy and trained group therapists.
He also founded and developed, with a group of psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers, an independent living program for people dually diagnosed with mental illness and addiction issues. One of the goals of this program was to prevent their frequent re-hospitalizations.
Dr. Segal has also worked as an independent consultant and also as coach employed by a variety of companies and law firms assisting with a variety of issues and has been an adjunct professor teaching a variety of courses and both graduate and undergraduate levels.
Michael is currently a Director at the Center City District in Philadelphia, and works with private social sector clients in revenue development and strategic planning. Michael was Director of Strategic Partnerships at the Pew Charitable Trusts, where he built partnerships with foundations and philanthropists around the world. Michael was an Adjunct Professor of Social Entrepreneurship in 2014 at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, where he also earned a Master’s degree in public policy and economics. In Austin, TX Michael was Strategic Counsel at KUT Public Radio; Senior Consultant with Corcoran & Co.; Vice President of Habitat for Humanity; Capital Campaign Director for Zach Theatre and Director at the Texas Performing Arts Center. Michael was co-founder of Impact Texas, the first impact investing conference in Texas. A writer and editor, Michael has written for The Austin Chronicle, The University of Texas at Austin, Texas State University, and others. Michael is a Saxophone player and studied at the Eastman School of Music.