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

Shelley Beard 
Program Director

Beth Dzwil
Program Coordinator
Adult Chamber Players

Laura Cerulli
Zausmer Program Manager
Kardon Center for Arts Therapy




Amelia Schmertz
Chief Advancement Officer

Rebecca Dhondt 
Individual Gifts Manager

Jefferson Grubbs
Development Communications Manager

Regina Haigh
Development Operations Manager

Anne Henry 
Director of Development Operations



Megan Looby
Chief Marketing and Communications Officer

Simon Linn-Gerstein 
Graphic Designer

Andrew Scott 
Communications Content Manager 


Finance & Administration

For Settlement Finance Department inquiries, please email For Human Relations inquiries, please email

Lola Odunsi
Chief Financial Officer

Patrick Leiter
Chief Information Officer


Music Education Pathways

Evan Cannon
Director, Music Education Pathways

Suzanne Sweeney
Manager, Music Education Pathways


Philadelphia Music Alliance for Youth (PMAY) Artists’ Initiative

Najib Wong
Director, PMAY Artists’ Initiative

Chiara Ferrero
Manager, PMAY Artists’ Initiative


Kaleidoscope Preschool

Tarrell Davis
Executive Director of Early Childhood Programming

Candace Green
Assistant Director

Karen Hines
Family Services Provider

Laura Ryan
Administrative Assistant

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 home to our award-winning Kaleidoscope Preschool and After-School Program.

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Jessica McGrath
Branch Director

Matthew Eaton
Branch Coordinator

Ryan Shello 
Branch Manager

Anganetta Singleton 
Office Manager

Keyanna Wigglesworth
Student Services Associate

Kristen Gillis
Student Services Assistant

Autumn Goldman
Student Services Assistant

Monica Edmunds 
Student Services Assistant


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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Kris Rudzinski
Branch Director

Mervin Toussaint
Branch Coordinator

Elizabeth Zuckerman
Senior Student Services Associate

Patrick Magee
Student Services Associate


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

James Sewell 
Student Services Associate

Christen Giancaterino
Student Services Assistant


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

Johnathan Markowski 
Branch Coordinator

Hayden Adams
Student Services Associate

Lanie Altmiller 
Student Services Associate

Hurlene Seymore 
Senior Student Services Assistant

Natasha Truitt 
Senior Student Services Assistant

Elaine Walton
Student Services Assistant


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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Luke Honer
Branch Director

Ben Harris
Branch Coordinator 

Alex Panetta
Student Services Associate

Thomas Hagen 
Student Services Associate

Jehan Morsi 
Student Services Assistant


Settlement Music Online

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

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Elisabeth Oosthuizen
Manager of Community Partnerships and Director of Settlement Music Online