Announcing Summer Camp 2014!

June 6th, 2014

Featuring New Programs Garageband and Noteflight |Artist in Residence, Maxim Mogilevsky

CoverWhen: Monday, July 28th through Friday, August 1st.

The week-long summer camp at The Nelly Berman School of Music, for students ages 7-16, offers an unusually high-quality, personalized program for up to 20 students, providing unparalleled one-on-one attention. The emphasis here is on the quality of instruction, the results of which can be  heard by the parents and friends themselves at the concert on end of camp concert on  Friday, August 1st.

New Programs Garageband and NoteflightStudents will be taught how to use music editing and notation software. The focus will be theory, note-writing, and composition, in addition to songwriting and instrumentation. Students must bring their own laptop.

Instruments Offered: piano, violin, viola, cello, voice, trumpet, trombone, french horn, tuba, flute, clarinet, oboe,  and drums.

Individual Lessons:  Each student will receive two, 30 minute lessons.  Additional lessons are available upon request (additional fees apply). A full listing of NBS Faculty can be found here.

Artist In Residence:  International concert pianist and Nelly Berman School Artist in Residence, Maxim Mogilevsky will be present to teach some piano students and lead masterclasses.

Chamber Music: The camp offers a rich tradition of chamber music, including duets, trios, quartets, and  small string orchestras.

Try a New Instrument: Summer Camp is the perfect opportunity to try a new lessons.  You can use your two, 30 minute lessons to try a new instrument, or purchase an additional lesson or two to try a new instrument!

Click here to download registration form.






Whether you look to have an intensive music experience or a little mix of arts and music, this is the place for you.  Our faculty and exquisite programs provide each

student with a memorable experience that is proven in their progress. Our summer camps draw students from the Mainline, Haverford, Bryn Mawr, Philadelphia, Lower Merion Township, Delaware County, Bucks Count, Ardmore, Radnor, and as far as Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

TO REGISTER, CALL (610) 896-5105 or E-MAIL

2013-2014 Hall of Fame

June 5th, 2014

5th International Chopin Competition
Melody Yu, 1st Prize, Junior Division

Ambler Symphony Concerto Competition
Alex Wu
Melody Yu

American Protégé International Competition
Erica Clarke
Sreejata Munsi

Crescendo International Competition
Athena Wang, First Place
Chris Jung, First Place
Felicia Zhu, First Place
Jordyn Hurly, First Place
Justin Suh, First Place
Katie Sharbaugh, First Place
Michael Zhou, First Place
Sahil Purohit, First Place
Sharon Hsu, First Place
William Ge, First Place

Episcopal Academy Dora Khayatt Music Award
Felicia Zhu

Golden Key Music Festival
Annie Liang, Piano, Gold Prize
Billy Broker and Michael Zhou, Piano Duet, Gold Prize
Elena Lee, Gold Prize
Emma Lo, Gold Prize
Felicia Zhu, Gold Prize
Felix Zhu, Gold Prize
Jordyn Hurly, Silver Prize
Nahoko Okamoto, Gold Prize
Rachel Wang, Gold Prize
Sharon Hsu, Gold Prize
Tessie Katz, Gold Prize
William Hyland, Gold Prize

Kennett Symphony Instrumental Competition
Alex Wu, Second Place
Emma Lo, First Place, Junior Competition
Andy Wu, Honorable Mention, Junior Competition
Ashwini Shende, Honorable Mention, Junior Competition

Landsdowne Symphony Concerto Competition
Alex Wu

Little Mozart Competition

Suzanne Carpenter, First Place
Alex Gu, First Place
Lily Schwalb, First Place

Moscow Central Conservatory Summer Program
Sharon Hsu

Music-Fest Rising Talent Competition
Kail Yuan, Cello, Grand Prix

Olney Symphony Orchestra
Alex Wu
Ethan Lee
Sara Yamada

Philadelphia International Music Festival Concerto Competition
Sara Yamada, First Place

Philadelphia Orchestra Greenfield Concerto Competition
Melody Yu

Philadelphia Sinfonia  Member
Alex Wu

Philadelphia Sinfonia Players Member
Annie Liang
Bronson Heath
Eric Liang
Jonathan Lee
Kail Yuan
Myles Heath

Schuylkill Valley Honor Band
Eric Liang, 1st chair clarinet
Priya Ganesh, 2nd chair clarinet
Remi Beltran, 1st chair trumpet
Sophie Rebbeck, flute.

The Curtis Institute Young Artists Summer Program
William Hyland

Tri-County Competition 2013
Alex Wu and Maria Zhadankina, Piano and Cello Duet, Second Place
Ashwini Shende, Piano, Second Place

West Chester Piano  Competition
Emma Lo, First Place, 9-12 age group
Chris Jung, Second Place, 9-12 age group
Erica Clarke, First Honorable Mention, 9-12 age group
Rachel Wang, Second Honorable Mention, 9-12 age group
Ethan Lee, First Place, 16-18 age group
Stephen Yi, Third Place, 16-18 age group

Tri-County Competition 2014
Stephen Yi: Second Place, Senior Piano
Alison Tatsuoka: Honorable Mention
Alex Wu: First Place, Junior Strings
Chris Jung: First Place, Junior Piano

Southeastern Pennsylvania Symphony Orchestra Young Artists Competition
Ashwini Shende
Emma Lo

Old York Road Symphony Young Artist Competition
Alex Wu: Winner
Athena Wang: Winner. Children’s Division
Sharon Hsu: Honorable Mention

Congratulations to Melody Yu, 1st Prize Winner in the children’s division of the 2014 Greenfield Competition!

January 10th, 2014

MelodyThe Nelly Berman School of Music would like to send a big congratulations to Melody Yu, age 11, who won first prize in the final round of the children’s division of the Greenfield Competition of the Philadelphia Orchestra.  This is one of the most prestigious competitions in the world, and was originally formed as the Philadelphia Orchestra Student Concerto Competition in  1933 under Leopold Stokowski. The final round of the competition was held on Tuesday, March 18th,  at 2PM at Verizon Hall in the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in center city Philadelphia.  More information can be found here:

Melody has been a student at the Nelly Berman School since age 5, when she first began studying here with Nelly Berman.  Since her studies with Nelly, she has taken lessons with Dr. Igor Resnianski, and is now a student of Anna Kislytsina and Maxim Mogilevsky. She takes two, one hour lesson per week to supplement her four-to-eight-hour daily practice schedule because of her status as a scholarship recipient

“People often ask me how long I play piano each day. I don’t think the length of the practice would make huge difference. The key point is how much I can improve during the practice, even though I do play eight hours daily in the summer and four hours during the school year,” Melody said. “Music is a part of me, as are my joyfulness, tears, hopes and dreams. My teachers, starting with Mrs. Nelly Berman, taught me that every piece of music I play is really an inside story of a composer’s life. I often feel blessed that I am able to use the sound that I create to share and interpret those great composers’ dreams and imaginations, sorrows and fears.” In addition to her outstanding piano abilities and writing abilities, Melody often calls the NBS Office on her own to schedule lessons and book accompanists for competitions!

Before her March 18th appearance in the Greenfield Finals,  Melody won first prize at the Hartford International Chopin Competition, Junior Category. She also performed as a soloist with the Ambler Symphony in their Menges Scholarship Competition Winner’s Concert on Sunday, February 23.

Introducing Orchestra, Jazz Improv, Suzuki Violin and Chamber Music

August 21st, 2013

Orchestra Brochure Final Proof

Orchestra | Performing Everything from Bach to Mussorgsky

Strings, Woodwinds and Brass ages 8-15 | auditions by appointment
Saturdays | October 12th-April 5th
3:15-4:00, Sectionals | 4:15-5:00, Full Orchestra
Two Concerts | 23 rehearsals
Some scholarship available

Jazz Improv | Explore the practical and theoretical heart of Jazz

Ages 11 and up
Mondays, 7PM-8PM, beginning October 7th | three semester sessions
Special Master Classes by professional jazz musicians

Suzuki Violin | Unique program for young musicians ages 4.5 to 6

3:45-4:30 p.m. Thursdays | Group Class I, starting October 3rd | three semester sessions
Time TBA Saturdays | Group Class II, starting September 28th  | three semester sessions
Includes one, 30-minute private lesson per week, scheduled at your convenience
Note reading gradually introduced

Chamber Music | Piano, Strings, Wind and Brass trios and quartets

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Congratulations Erica Clarke!

November 21st, 2012

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the 2012 American Protege International Competition of Romantic Music. She will perform at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall on December 23, 2012! Erica is a student of Elena Berman and Dima Borisovsky.