Angie Singleton shares a smile with her granddaughter at the 2018 Spring Open House

Central Administration 

Executive Office 

Helen Eaton
Chief Executive Officer

Helen Eaton has served as Settlement Music School’s Chief Executive Officer since 2010, and during her tenure, Helen has grown programming, diversified funding sources, strengthened the balance sheet, and championed partnerships, both locally and nationally. In 2020, Eaton received one of the highest honors in the field – the Arts Leadership Award from the Americans for the Arts. The award recognizes transformational leadership through strategic planning, strong programming, and the engagement of partners to achieve community goals. Helen’s work at Settlement has been featured in Harvard Business Review and is featured as a case study in Scott Anthony’s book, Eat, Sleep, Innovate: How to Make Creativity an Everyday Habit Inside Your Organization, published by Harvard Business Review Press — both for her work in building systems of innovation at a legacy institution. In 2016 she was named one of the Top 30 Innovators by Musical America Worldwide.  

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Karin Orenstein
Director of Education

Mary Felley 
Program Coordinator
Adult Chamber Players



Amelia Schmertz
Chief Advancement Officer

Andrew Brenner
Manager of Special Projects

Jackie Faiman
Major Gifts Officer

Regina Haigh
Donor Relations and Data Coordinator

Amani Laws
Annual Giving and Special Events Manager



Megan Looby
Director of Marketing and Public Relations

Bobby Conselatore
Associate Director of Marketing and Public Relations


Finance & Administration

Veronica Plousis
Chief Financial Officer

Harold Everham
Senior Accountant

Cynthia Bird
Payroll/Accounts Payable Coordinator

Robert Giannone
Facilities Manager

Patrick Leiter
Chief Information Officer

Schae X. Montgomery
Human Resources Associate


Music Education Pathways

Sally Weiss
Director, Music Education Pathways

Suzanne Sweeney
Manager, Music Education Pathways


Philadelphia Music Alliance for Youth (PMAY) Artists’ Initiative

Najib Wong
Director, PMAY Artists’ Initiative

Evan Cannon
Manager, PMAY Artists’ Initiative


Kaleidoscope Preschool

Tarrell Davis
Early Childhood Program Director

George Alley
Assistant Director/Coordinator, Teacher Training Institute for the Arts

Candace Johnson
Family Services Provider

Branch Staff


Mary Louise Curtis Branch

Our Mary Louise Curtis (MLC) branch is the oldest and largest branch of Settlement Music School. Each year, MLC hosts 65+ student performances, 150+ meetings and workshops, 120+ community partner events and 15 artist master classes. It is also the primary site for the Rhythm n’ Brews Community Drum Circle and Social Hour and it is home to our award-winning Kaleidoscope Preschool and After-School Program.

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Kris Rudzinski
Branch Director

Brigid O’Brien
Branch Manager

Rebecca Dhondt
Branch Coordinator

Germantown Branch

Our Germantown Branch is our second oldest site, after Mary Louise Curtis, and was founded in 1958. It is home to our award-winning Kaleidoscope Preschool program and it hosts an extremely eclectic mix of programming, which includes large string ensemble programs, as well as rock and jazz ensembles. 

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Sara Hiner
Branch Director

Jefferson Grubbs
Branch Coordinator


Kardon-Northeast Branch

Our Kardon-Northeast (KNE) branch serves a diverse community within Northeast Philadelphia and is the main hub of Settlement Music School’s arts therapy program. Partnering with many off-site local institutions and facilities, the Branch strives to meet the various needs of our students with programs such as early childhood music classes to a variety of senior offerings. 

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Matthew Clayton 
Branch Director

Denise Pride
Branch Coordinator

Teresa Thompson
Kardon Center for Arts Therapy
Zausmer Program Manager


Willow Grove Branch

Our Willow Grove Branch is housed in our most modern facility and boasts many chamber ensemble program offerings along with a thriving Adult Chamber Music program. Serving a fast-growing diverse population of students of all ages in Montgomery County as well as Bucks, Philadelphia and other neighboring areas, the Willow Grove Branch strives to support the programs already in place in local school districts, supplementing and partnering with local schools and organizations.

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Kathleen Krull
Branch Director

Natalie Conover
Branch Coordinator


Wynnefield Branch

Our Wynnefield Branch is a musical hub for students between the Main Line and Philadelphia. With programming offered to students as young as 6 months and as old as 98 years, Wynnefield has something for everyone. This Branch currently houses many of Settlement’s jazz ensembles, including two Advanced Study Jazz ensembles, coached by Tony Miceli. 

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Alex Serio
Branch Director

Annie Fortenberry 
Branch Coordinator 


Camden Partnership Branch

Settlement is committed to bringing the arts to multiple schools and organizations in the Camden area through general music instruction, choirs, and much more. Contact us today to discuss what type of partnership might work best for you. 

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Karin Orenstein
Director of Education


Settlement Music Online

Settlement’s accessible, creative arts education available online to everyone, everywhere. 

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Chelsea Steinberg