Management Staff and Instructors
Dr. Irena Kofman
Dr. Kofman is a renowned Russian-American pianist holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Miami, where she studied under the tutelage of Dr. Sackstein, a pupil of the legendary Claudio Arrau. After founding the Arcangelo Piano Quartet--a distinguished American chamber ensemble--she toured Guatemala, China, the Bahamas and the United States, all to rave reviews. In the words of critic Lawrence Budmen, “Kofman was brilliant in her phrasing and control. The entire performance had a unique sense of deeply felt, highly personal music making.” Later, Dr. Kofman established a duo with the eminent Belgian pianist André De Groote. Their 3 recorded albums received critical acclaim, bringing high words of praise. The MusicWeb International critic Philip R. Buttall notes, “The performance, too, is absolutely first-rate.” Dr. Kofman continues to collaborate with other outstanding musicians, such as Japanese violinist Junko Ohtsu. As a solo artist, she has been heard in Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, France, Italy, Poland, Serbia, the Bahamas, Guatemala, China, and Curacao. Many of Dr. Kofman’s former piano students are notable performers and educators throughout the Americas, former Soviet Union, and Europe. Dr. Kofman is currently a distinguished piano faculty at Cremona International Academy in Italy and an Assistant Professor and the Director of Keyboard Studies at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida.
Edgar Miguel Abréu
Dominican-American tenor "Mr. Edgar" made his Gulfshore Opera debut this season as The Shepherd in Ottorino Respighi’s Lauda per la Natività del Signore. Also this season, Mr. Abréu performed the role of the Rally Leader in Opera Fusions World Premiere of Not In My Town. The Palm Beach Arts Paper wrote, “...as the rally leader of the LGBT rally, tenor Edgar Miguel Abréu also unleashed serious vocal power.” Mr. Abréu made his Florida Grand Opera debut last season. On his interpretation of Flavio in FGO’s Norma, South Florida Classical wrote “Edgar Miguel Abréu made the most of Flavio’s brief appearances with a fine lyric tenor.” Mr. Abréu also portrayed Ambrogio in FGO’s modern production of Il barbiere di Siviglia, which Tuffgnarl.com exclaimed him as a “fantastic Ambrogio in this season’s opener The Barber of Seville.” Mr. Abréu covered Walter in Weinberg’s The Passenger. Mr. Abréu holds a Master of Music Degree in Vocal Performance from Florida International University and his Bachelor in Music Degree in Vocal Performance from Florida Atlantic University. Mr. Abréu studies voice with Jorge Pita Carreras.
Mrs. Teran-Campbell is a native of Peru as well as Finland and has lived in Florida since 2003. She has been with Florida Atlantic University since October 2007 and has been with TOPS since 2013. Currently, she is the Coordinator, Administrative Services and Assistant to the Dean of the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters. At a very young age, she demonstrated a love of the arts through guitar performance and visual arts. Although she did not continue in either as a career, Mrs. Teran-Campbell is committed to supporting the performing and visual arts. In 2011, she graduated with honors from Florida Atlantic University with a Master in Political Science.
Stratos Argyriou is a music teacher at American Heritage Private School in Plantation, where he teaches piano and classical guitar to grades 5-12. He has his A.A. in liberal arts from Broward College and his Bachelors in Music Education from FAU. He feels right at home at FAU, and was lucky to study under the great pedagogues and pianists of Dr. Edward Turgeon, Dr. Kofman, and Dr. Coltman. As a “Jack of All Trades,” he’s gained multiple skills and hobbies over the years. He is a multi-instrumentalist and lyricist, and he is currently pursuing his passion for songwriting. He has over 20 songs copywritten, and is working on producing and sharing them to the masses. Teaching music to his students keeps him motivated and constantly learning, and he follows the Hindu proverb “To learn, read. To know, write. To master, teach.”
Jessika Roy Piano Instructor
Morgan Healey is studying Choral Music Education at Florida State University. She graduated as a vocal major from Dreyfoos School of the Arts. She is a former TOPS camper, and worked as a counselor for 4 years before becoming the Junior Assistant. She has formerly tutored students and taught private lessons in piano and guitar. She is passionate about teaching and excited to work with the students and the rest of the faculty this summer!
Mezzo-soprano Jessika Roy is a graduate from The Cleveland Institute of Music and is attending FAU for her master's with a graduate assistantship under the tutelage of Dr. Sandra McClain. In 2013, Jessika established a private voice and piano studio. From 2015-2016 she was the Choir and Piano Director at Lake Worth Middle School. Ms. Roy is currently performing in concerts and recitals with various musicians in the South Florida area. She recently was first-place winner in the 2016 National Association Teachers Student Auditions, Florida Gold Coast Chapter competition and was a regional finalist in 2016 at The Classical Singer Competition. Ms. Roy was an Artist-in-Residence for the Delray Beach Chorale from 2012-2013 and has returned in 2016. At CIM, Jessika featured as L'écureuil in Ravel’s L'enfant et les sortileges, Suzy in Puccini’s La Rondine, and Zephyra in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Patience.
Sergei Skobin was born in Fargona, Uzbekistan and began piano study at age ten. He attended the Viktor Uspensky Republican Specialized Academic Lyceum of Music and subsequently earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at the State Conservatory of Uzbekistan. Upon graduation he was awarded a staff position at the Viktor Uspensky Republican Specialized Academic Lyceum of Music as an accompanist and teacher. In addition to piano performance, Skobin has a keen interest in composition, conducting and pedagogy. He has a special affinity for contemporary music and enjoys presenting works for prepared piano that reveal new timbre expressions. His performance experience includes solo, chamber, and collaborative concerts. Skobin recently graduated from Lynn Conservatory of Music with a Professional Performance Certificate for piano, and he is currently enrolled in the Master Of Music program at the Florida Atlantic University in the studio of Irena Kofman.
Creative Writing Instructor
Madison Garber is originally from Tallahassee, Florida, where she graduated from Florida State University with a BA in English. She also holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Florida Atlantic University, where she was the managing editor of Swamp Ape Review and a graduate teaching assistant for the Department of English. She teaches prose and poetry as an Artist in Residence at A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts. Her work has appeared in Watershed Review.
World Drumming Ensemble Instructor
Mr. Fergile is currently a music teacher at Highland Elementary School, Lake Worth, FL. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education in 2006 and his Master of Arts degree in Choral Conducting in 2009, both at Florida Atlantic University. He was the Orff conductor for the 2011 Elementary Honor Chorus for Palm Beach County, Spotlight on Young Musicians. He is also Orff, Levels I, and II, certified. He is a former TOPS Piano Camp co-director and assistant director from 2003-2009. He was the competition manager for the Michael and Madelyn Savarick Annual Music Competition at FAU for many years. He performed in many musicals in the Bahamas and Florida including Once on this Island and South Pacific. He is Bahamian of Haitian descent, a former member of the Royal Bahamas Police Force, the Bahamas National Youth Choir, and the Bahamas National Dance Company.
* Our instructors consist of University faculty, graduate students and middle school and high school music teachers (* subject to change).
TOPS Summer 2019 Special Guests/Lecturers