Music Program

Villa Maria’s unique music program includes classes in music theory, history, composition, and technology. It also offers opportunities for solo and group performance as well as weekly private 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
  • Madrigal Singers
  • String Ensemble

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, UK. At Villa Maria, Dr. Mosakowski 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 (Kyoungwoon) Kim was born in Busan, S. Korea. She was an Associate concertmaster at Suwon Philharmonic Orchestra in Korea and a guest concertmaster for Pottstown Symphony. As a violinist she performed with Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra, Pennsylvania Ballet, Philadelphia Opera, Harrisburg Symphony, Lancaster Symphony, Delaware Symphony, Elysian Camerata Trio Excelsior. She is the founding member of La Croix Quartet, Tononi Quartet, Sori Duo and Caritas Trio.

Ms. Leah was faculty at Temple University, West Chester University, Valley Forge Christian College, West Catholic High School, Settlement Music School and Peabody Conservatory Prep. She was a director of string ensemble at Archbishop John Carroll High School, Lehigh Valley Performing Arts High School, and director of music at Rebecca Davis Dance Company.

Currently Ms. Leah is the Director of Music at Villa Maria Academy High School, faculty at Eastern University, a violinist in La Croix Quartet and Director of Pennsylvania Youth Orchestra, Pennsylvania Petit Ensemble and Vivace Competition and Chamberstrings Summer Camp.

Ms. Leah studied Performance and Pedagogy at Juilliard, Peabody Conservatory, National Conservatory in France and began her Doctorate in Music and Arts at Temple University.

Ms. Leah’ music majoring students have gone onto (recently working for Philadelphia Orchestra 2nd violin section), Curtis Institute of Music, Juilliard Music School, Manhattan School or Music, Eastman Music School, Peabody Conservatory, New England Conservatory, Boston College, Swarthmore, Berkley, Michigan, Vanderbilt, University of Hartford, 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
  • Ken Vogel – Percussion
  • Sara Dempsey – Handbell Choir