Maryland Performing Arts Institute



Edward Berlett, Lum Fun Lee, Ross MacFarlane, Reynaldo Reyes, Kay Shin


Juliana Marin


Jonathan Goren


Laura Weatherington


Nick Mazziott


James Leitch

Kids Keyboard College

Ross MacFarlane – Kids Keyboard College was written and developed in house by our staff. KKC offers children from age 4 to develop an appreciation for and understanding of music in a fun, group environment. Our classes are broken down into four week sessions for children and their parents. Children listen to music, learn rhythm, and learn to read music. Every child/parent completing the program will have learned the skills required to start private lessons. Children enjoy the fast paced learning environment. For one hour they are kept busy learning while having fun. What kids love the most is having a parent in class with them. It’s fun for the whole family!

Music Theory Lab

Kay Shin – As part of our students’ music education we offer the use of our Music Lab, (Room 2087) at the Center for the Arts. On Saturdays, from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m., and Thursdays from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m., computer-aided instruction is available for registered MPAI students in the areas of ear training, sight singing, sight reading, theory, musicianship and composition. An instructor is available during these hours to design a program tailored to fit individual student needs. Weekly attendance is required. Please call the MPAI office to arrange for this instruction at no additional charge.


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About us

Towson University Department of Music

The MARYLAND PERFORMING ARTS INSTITUTE (MPAI) is a non profit organization founded in 2008. It started as the Music Preparatory Division at Towson University. MPAI maintains a strong working relationship with Towson University and specifically the Department of Music. As a result of this relationship, MPAI makes its home on the campus of Towson University in the Center for the Arts building. MPAI provides instruction in music, voice and theater to the Towson community for children and adults of all ages. The MPAI faculty includes Towson University graduates, university-level applied faculty, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra members as well as graduates of other leading colleges, universities and members of other orchestras. Our curriculum includes private lessons, group classes, and specialized programs for pre-school through advanced students. When you enroll with MPAI, you can rest assured that you are getting the best music education possible. All of MPAI's instructors have degrees in music. To provide continuing goals and incentives for our students we offer performance opportunities and Certificate Programs. MPAI provides the opportunity for all our students to follow the internationally recognized and accredited TRINITY COLLEGE LONDON syllabi available for all instruments including voice. The Maryland Performing Arts Institute has the distinction of being the East Coast Regional Exam Center for students participating in this program. In addition, the Trinity Coordinator for North American Operations is a member of the MPAI faculty. Over the years, students at MPAI have been winners in local, national and international competitions, including Young Soloist Competitions sponsored by the Baltimore Symphony Associates and International Young Artists Competitions. Many of our students have received international Exhibition Prizes from Trinity College London and distinction awards from Friends of Trinity. The Maryland Performing Arts Institute continues to add new programs and opportunities for its students to nurture self-expression, creativity, and a lasting love for music. There’s sure to be something for every-one at MPAI!

Our Teachers

Edward Berlett
Director, Piano
Reynaldo Reyes
Piano – Reynaldo Reyes studied with Amanda Cabrera before enrolling at the University of Santo Tomas Conservatory of Music at age 13 under Julio Esteban Anguita. He graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree at age 17 and subsequently received a French Government Scholarship to study at the Conservatoire Nationale Supérieur de Musique de Paris. There he won the coveted Premier Prix du Piano and Deuxième Prix de Musique de Chambre. He subsequently received a Philippine Government Scholarship to study at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University where he obtained his Masters degree and Artists Diploma. Mr. Reyes is a winner in many international contests, notably the International Piano Competition in Bolzano, Italy and the Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud Internationale Piano Competition in Paris, France. He concertized in Germany, France, Italy, England, Russia, Hungary, Brazil, Canada, Indonesia, Japan, Hong Kong, Korea and the United States. Mr. Reyes gave three solo concerts last summer in the Philippines for the centennial celebration of that country\’s independence. In October 1998, he gave a recital in New York at the Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church with Zoltan Szabo, played a violin and piano recital at Van Ness Center in Washington DC and performed Oak Crest Village Concert Hall. In November, he performed a solo concert at Texas Christian University. He also gave master classes at the University of the Philippines, St. Scholastica College, Miram College, Batangas Center for the Arts and Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas.
Lum Fun Lee
Piano, North American Coordinator for Trinity College London – Lum Fun Lee received the Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music (LRSM) in piano pedagogy and the Licentiate of Trinity College of Music (LTCL) in piano performance. In 2008, she became a Fellow of Trinity College London (FTCL) in Piano Accompanying, the highest award conferred by Trinity College London. Ms. Lee studied at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore under Julio Esteban. At Peabody, she minored in organ and harpsichord. She played the viola in the Peabody Preparatory orchestra and the violin with the Penang Philharmonic orchestra. She holds a degree (graduated cum laude) in piano performance from Towson University and studied under Reynaldo Reyes. At Towson University, she won first prize in the Mozart piano concerto competition and also won the Talent award. In 2007 she was appointed the North American National Coordinator for Trinity College London, an international examinations board in music, drama & speech and ESOL. Ms. Lee is the director of the Summer Music Institute, a faculty at Maryland Performing Arts Institute (formerly known as Towson University Music Preparatory) since 1985. She also has a busy private piano studio. Her students have received numerous awards from Trinity College London’s examinations programs. She is the choir director at Forest Park Community Church.
Ross MacFarlane
Kids Keyboard College, Piano –
Kay Shin
Piano, Theory Lab
Juliana Marin
Voice – Juliana M. Marin is an emerging artist and voice teacher in the Baltimore area. In 2007, she graduated from Towson University with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and in 2010, she graduated from The Peabody Conservatory with a Master of Music in Vocal Performance. While at Towson she performed the role of Pamina in Mozart’s, The Magic Flute and at Peabody she played Clorinda in the Opera Department’s Opera Potpourri. Miss Marin also had a featured role in the Opera Etudes program which featured new works by student composers. In the summer of 2009, she performed the title role in Puccini’s, Suor Angelica with the Little Patuxent Opera Institute of Howard Community College and in the summer of 2010 she played La Fée (the Fairy Godmother) in a production of Pauline Viardot’s, Cendrillon(Cinderella) with the Baltimore Vocal Arts Foundation. While at Towson University, she received the Music Department Talent Award and was the first-place winner of the Dr. Sydney Lieberman Music Competition. In 2009, she was awarded a Peabody Career Development Grant. She has previously been the music director of a production of Jason Robert Brown’s, Parade with Wildwood Summer Theatre in Bethesda, MD. Most recently, she had the pleasure of music directing Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat with Drama Learning Center in Columbia, MD. She sings locally as a soprano soloist for Roland Park Presbyterian Church and along with the Maryland Performing Arts Institute at Towson University, she is a voice instructor at Roland Park Country School. When Miss Marin is not singing, she can be found decorating, cooking or playing Mario Kart for Nintendo Wii.
Jonathan Goren
Violin – Jonathan has studied with Wanchi Huang at James Madison University for six years. At JMU, he earned a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Music, both in violin performance. He is currently working on a doctoral degree at Catholic University of America, studying with Jose Queto. When Jonathan was a student at JMU, he taught several students privately. The students ranged from retirees to JMU faculty and students to adolescents. Since graduating from JMU, he has been teaching at Baltimore Talent Education Center, where he teaches violin in small groups and individual lessons. The students at BTEC range from pre- kindergarden through high school. Jonathan also have festival experience. He has been a student at Brevard Music Center, Heifetz International Music Institute, BayView Music Festival, and he was a Teaching Fellow at Interlochen Arts Camp.
Laura Weatherington
Woodwinds – Master’s degree, flute performance from University of Maryland College Park. Bachelor of Arts in music education – Towson University. Laura is the co-Founder of the Baltimore Flute Choir, flutist with St. Anthony of Padua\’s Church Choir, and performs for local musical productions on flute, clarinet, and saxophone. She maintains and active teaching studio. She is an occasional flute adjudicator for county and state-wide high school music festivals. In addition, Laura is the Parish Catechetical Leader at St. Ursula Church, and is currently studying towards dual degrees in Theology and Church Ministries at the Ecumenical Institute of Theology, located at St. Mary\’s Seminary and University in Roland Park.
Nick Mazziott
Brass –
James Leitch
Guitar –

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