Music Program

Villa Maria’s unique music program includes classes in music theory, history, composition, and technology and offers performing ensembles and opportunities for weekly private music instruction in piano, voice, guitar, and all orchestral/band instruments during the school day.

  • Contact Leah Kim, Director of Music (lkim@vmahs.org) for more information.

Courses

  • Music Instruction (weekly private lessons)
  • Music Theory
  • Advanced Topics in Music Theory
  • AP Music Theory
  • Music Composition
  • Music Technology
  • Ear Training
  • Music Appreciation

Enrichment Opportunities

In addition to performing opportunities in the community, students are exposed to a variety of experiences through field trips to the Philadelphia Orchestra’s open rehearsals, Opera Philadelphia dress rehearsals, musicals, workshops, clinics, and other professional performances.

Music faculty

Anthony Mosakowski, Ph.D.

Dr. Anthony Mosakowski is Chair of Villa Maria’s Fine Arts Department. He received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music composition from Temple University. He later earned a Ph.D. in composition at the University of Durham. Dr. Mosakowski is a music teacher and choral director at Villa Maria Academy where he teaches courses in music theory, composition, music technology, ear training, music appreciation, and applied voice; and directs the Concert Chorus and Madrigal Singers.

Dr. Mosakowski’s numerous compositions include works for a wide variety of media and audiences, and his special interests include choral and electroacoustic music. Dr. Mosakowski has also directed the Early Music Ensemble at Temple University, taught aural theory at West Chester University, and is currently a tenor vocalist with the Renaissance consort, Musica Humana, based in West Chester.

Leah (Kyoungwoon) Kim, Director of Music

Ms. Leah studied Performance and Pedagogy at Juilliard, Peabody Conservatory, and National Conservatory in France, and began her Doctorate in Music and Arts at Temple University. She was an Associate concertmaster at Suwon Philharmonic Orchestra in Korea and a guest concertmaster for Pottstown Symphony and Philadelphia Camerata.

As a violinist she has performed with the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra, Pennsylvania Ballet, Philadelphia Opera, Harrisburg Symphony, Lancaster Symphony, Delaware Symphony, Elysian Camerata, and Trio Excelsior. She is the founding member of Bellissimo Ensemble, Tononi Quartet, Sori Duo, and Caritas Trio. Ms. Leah has been on the faculty of Temple University, West Chester University, Valley Forge University, Settlement Music School, Lehigh Valley Performing Arts High School and Peabody Conservatory Prep. She was also  director of music at Rebecca Davis Dance Company.

Currently Ms. Leah is a faculty member at Eastern University, Director of Vivace Orchestra for young musicians, Vivace Petit Ensemble, and Chamberstrings Summer Camp. She also performs as a member of the La Croix Quartet.

Ms. Leah’s music major students have gone onto study at the Curtis Institute, Juilliard, Manhattan, Eastman, Peabody Conservatory, Boston College, Berkeley, Penn State, Swarthmore, University of Hartford, Gettysburg College, Eastern University, New York University, Michigan University, Moravian University and Temple University.

Adjunct Music Faculty

(Instructor bios on Music Instruction page)

  • Kitty Bobnak – Cello and bass
  • Susan Brizick – Voice
  • Ieva Carucci – Piano
  • Jennifer Dillon – Woodwinds and brass
  • Leah Kim – Violin and viola
  • Dominic Mastrangelo – Guitar
  • Anthony Mosakowski – Voice
  • Pavinee Snyder – Piano
  • Wendy Tarnoff – Flute and piano
  • Aaron Trumbore – Percussion