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.
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.
A native of Belgrade, Serbia, Isidora Jovanovic began playing the piano at the age of seven. She won several prizes, most notably the Nikolai Rubinstein in Paris (1997), and went on to earn a bachelor of music degree in piano performance from the University of Novi Sad, studying with Dr. Dorian Leljak. She earned a Master of Music in piano performance from Northwestern University under Dr. James Giles, and a second graduate degree from Florida Atlantic University under Dr. Edward Turgeon. In 2012, Jovanovic won the FAU Aria & Concerto Competition and subsequently performed with the FAU Symphony Orchestra. Jovanovic teaches applied piano and master classes at FAU’s Teaching Outstanding PerformerS (TOPS) Piano and Creative Writing camps since 2013. Most recently, she has been awarded with attendance of a chamber music program in Sion, Switzerland where she performed alongside with the finest musicians of La Haute École de Musique de Lausanne (HEMU). She is currently a candidate (ABD) for a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance at Arizona State University and studies with the renowned Brazilian pianist Dr. Ciao Pagano.
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.
Born in Bragança Paulista, Brazilian pianist Ricardo Pozenatto began his musical studies at the age of fifteen with Helenice Villar Rosa. In São Paulo, he studied piano with Professor Rogerio Zaghi as well as with Professor Marisa Rosana Lacorte, graduating in 2009 with his Bachelor’s Degree in Music at Alcântara Machado University. During his studies, Mr.Pozenatto was very active in the musical scenario of Brazil, participating in important piano competitions. In 2008, he won the first prize at the XVII Souza Lima National Piano Competition in Brazil, and in 2010 received an honorable mention for the 16th “Arnaldo Estrella” National Piano Competition. Ricardo is also a passionate teacher and has actively contributed to project “Guri Santa Marcelina,” a Brazilian music education program specifically geared toward assisting children and teenagers. His expertise in music education also extends to adults. As a collaborative pianist, Mr.Pozenatto was the official accompanist for singers in a Jewish choir organization in Brazil. After deciding to enrich his musical studies abroad, Mr.Pozenatto was accepted with a full scholarship at the Lynn University Conservatory of Music (Boca Raton, FL), and in 2015, under the tutelage of Professor Lisa Leonard, he graduated in the Instrumental Collaborative Piano Master of Music degree. Two years later, he completed his second Master of Music degree in Piano Performance with a full graduate assistantship at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) from the studio of Dr. Irena Kofman. In 2017, as one of the winners of the FAU Aria & Concerto competition, he performed Grieg’s Piano Concerto with the FAU Symphony Orchestra. Mr.Pozenatto holds a private piano studio in Boca Raton, Florida. His students annually perform a recital in the Boca Raton Steinway Gallery. As an active music teacher, Mr.Pozenatto joins the FAU’s Teaching Outstanding Performers (TOPS) piano camp while getting prepared to begin his PhD program.
Ms. Slofkis graduated with a BS in Elementary Education from University of Central Florida in 2010 where she was a recipient of Florida Bright Futures and scholarship for Minority Programs in Education. Ms. Slofkis graduated from Florida Atlantic University in 2013 with a Master of Education in School Counseling. Ms. Slofkis is the Science Contact and School Grade Level Representative for School Wide Positive Behavior Support Team for Sandpiper Shores Elementary where she also teaches first grade.
Negean Mohi studied and received her MFA in Creative Writing right here at FAU. With a concentration in poetry, she wrote Meaning of Sound, her master's thesis, as a collection of poems that embrace her dual identity. She began her teaching career in the English department, and through her academic success, she began cultivating education through creative arts integration. She has worked for many non-profit organizations tailored to early learning in South Florida. Currently, she teaches English at G-star School of the Performing Arts in the International Baccalaureate Programme and is the adviser for the creative writing club. Since entering public education, she has started the literary magazine, looseleaf with her students. They recently published their second volume.
Mr. Notarnicola is a student at Florida Atlantic University where he teaches English Composition and studies Creative Writing with a focus on Fiction. His work has been featured in North American Review,NoiseMedium, and SmokeLong Quarterly.
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 consists of University faculty, graduate students and middle school and high school music teachers (*subject to change).