Elaine Friedlander, NTCM, Piano
Elaine Friedlander received her Bachelors Degree in both Performance and Music Education from the Philadelphia Musical Academy, and holds a Masters in Music Performance from West Chester University. She has studied with Anthony Mecoli, Clement Petrillo and Richard Veleta. She has also done additional training with Valerie Lloyd Watts and Carol Bigler at the Suzuki Institute in Kingston Ontario. She worked with Maria Delpico Taylor at a Taubman summer institute. Mrs. Friedlander has been teaching piano since 1966. Since she also has classroom experience teaching music she brings her education background to her private lessons. Mrs. Friedlander has a busy private piano teaching studio in West Chester and many of her students have been competition prize winners. A member of the Music Teachers National Association, Mrs. Friedlander has been demand as an adjudicator for piano competitions and music festivals. She is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, the national musical honor society. In addition, she was the Music Coordinator at the Unitarian Congregation of West Chester for many years. She is a past president of the Main Line Music Teachers Association. For several years Mrs. Friedlander chaired the conference committee for the Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association. She is not the sponsorship chair and recently won the Distinguished Service Award at the 2017 conference.
For fifteen years Mrs. Friedlander played in the Brandywine Piano Duo with Joanne Crystle. They performed programs of piano duet music through out the Delaware Valley. She has also been a member of the Fellowship Trio consisting of violin cello and piano.
Donald P. Bristol, Piano
Don received his Bachelor’s Degree (piano performance) in 2002 and Master’s Degree (piano pedagogy)in 2004 from West Chester University, where he studied with Dr. Richard Veleta. At WCU, he was an active accompanist and performed in various collaborative ensemble settings with students and faculty, most special of those being a piano trio that participated at several music festivals in the Delaware Valley and Lancaster areas and performed throughout Delaware and Pennsylvania as part of Delaware Classical Showcase. Currently, Don is active in collaborative ensembles, working with fellow musicians on concert series in Schuylkill and Chester Counties, while still accompanying local musicians in various settings. He is also regularly sought as an adjudicator for local music teachers’ association piano festivals.
Don has been a teacher at the Friedlander Piano Studio since 2000. He is also as an estate administration paralegal at MacElree Harvey, Ltd. in West Chester. He resides in Exton.
Dana Weiderhold, Violin
Dana received her B.M in violin performance in 2004 from West Chester University, PA and her M.M. from the University of Maryland, College Park, MD in 2008. Ms. Weiderhold was concertmaster of the West Chester University Symphony Orchestra in addition to the WCU Chamber Orchestra and has appeared as a featured soloist with both ensembles as well as the Newark Symphony Orchestra. While at Maryland, she served as a principal violinist in the orchestra and was an active participant in the chamber music program. In May of 2008, Dana represented the university as a music ambassador to Venezuela providing private lessons and orchestral coaching to the students of “El Sistema”.
Dana has previously performed with the Harrisburg Opera Association and Schuylkill Symphony Orchestra and currently substitutes with the Annapolis, Pottstown, and Allentown Symphonies. Dana periodically serves as principal violinist with the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra and is also an avid chamber musician with the Annapolis Chamber Players performing throughout Pennsylvania and Maryland. Her teachers have included Sylvia Ahramjian, Simon Maurer, Michael Jamanis, James Stern, and Arnold Steinhardt and she has performed in masterclasses for Judith Ingolffsohn, Andrew Manze, the Guarneri String Quartet, the Colorado String Quartet, and the Lark String Quartet.
Ms. Weiderhold has been teaching students of all ages and levels for nearly a decade having been a faculty member of Darlington Fine Arts Center, The Music Centre, Blue Mountain Academy, and Olenka School of Music in Maryland. She has instructed young student group classes at the Pennsylvania Academy of Music in Lancaster and coaches at the Bear Crossing Chamber Music String Camp each summer.
Dana is aspiring to create more opportunities for audiences to attend professional solo and chamber music performances throughout Chester County. In collaboration with the Friedlander Piano Studio in the heart of West Chester, she is also working to establish a successful violin/viola teaching studio. Dana aims to present her students with the opportunity to learn through private instruction, coupled with a shared learning experience between her own students and the students of the piano studio. This collaborative effort will greatly enhance each student’s individual ability and help develop an enthusiasm to learn their instrument in this exciting and challenging environment.
Felicia Lohidajat, piano
Felicia studied with Elaine Friedlander for 2.5 years and currently studies with Dr. Igor Resnianski. She has graduated with a B.M. in Piano Performance and a Music History Minor at West Chester University in 2018, receiving Magna Cum Laude honors, and is continuing studies there towards a M.M. in Piano Performance. She is the Treasurer of the collegiate chapter of the MTNA, a member of Pi Lambda Theta and Phi Theta Kappa, a Dean's List recipient, and the recipient of the Alta M. Ketner Music Scholarship and the Lloyd C. Mitchell Piano Scholarship. She began her piano study at the age of 4 and has participated in and received high ratings from the Golden Key Festival, the Dorothy Sutton Performance Festival, and the Connie Murray Piano Festival. Along with accompanying, she performed at the Pennsylvania Association of Gifted Education Conference and the Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association Conference twice, as well as a variety of nursing homes. During her studies at WCU, she has premiered works by new composers, sung alto with the honors women's choir Cantari Donne, and is a member of the Collegium Musicum collegiate early music ensemble under the direction of Dr. Mark Rimple, performing medieval, renaissance, and baroque on period instruments such as the harpsichord and bass viola da gamba.
Felicia has grown up in West Chester where she was cyberschooled, then graduated from Pennsylvania Leadership Charter School. Being the oldest of 4 children, she has guided her younger sisters Laetitia, Patricia, and Adelicia in the practice and study of the piano. Her teaching experience additionally includes being an assistant instructor for martial arts classes with students of all levels and ages.
She is currently the webmaster for the Friedlander Piano Studio, as well as for the Main Line Music Teachers Association.