2015 Spring Programs




The faculty members of the Columbia Institute of Fine Arts all hold undergraduate and graduate training in their respective instruments and fields.  They are experienced performance artists and teachers, who provide private instruction in virtually all musical instruments, as well as dance.  Weekly lessons are provided in 30, 45 and 60 minute sessions.  Students and/or parents are provided with progress evaluations in the middle and conclusion of each term.  Student recitals are held at least two times a year, and CIFA provides other opportunities for students to perform during the school semesters.

  • Ballet/Tap
    • Tamara Manukovskaya

  • Cello
    • John Gockel

  • Clarinet
    • Kimberly Williams

  • Euphonium
    • Joshua Cullum

  • Flute
    • Alexandra Baldwin
    • Suzana Basaric Ilić
    • Sharyn Byer

  • French Horn
    • Morgan Moscati

  • Guitar
    • Scott Schwertfeger

  • Handbells
    • David Norfrey

  • Harp
    • Alexandra Baldwin

  • Organ
    • David Norfrey

  • Percussion
    • Donald Joseph "DJ" Palmire

  • Piano
    • Larry Allen
    • Suzana Basaric Ilić
    • Jaime Guitz
    • David Norfrey

  • Trombone
    • Joshua Cullum

  • Trumpet
    • Matthew Misener

  • Tuba
    • Joshua Cullum

  • Viola
    • Slavica Ilić

  • Violin
    • Slavica Ilić

  • Voice
    • Elizabeth Norfrey


The Columbia Institute of Fine Arts offers a number of group classes and ensembles in various areas of the fine arts.  These classes/ensembles offer instruction that complement private lessons, or provide ensemble experiences for students. 

The Suzuki Violin Studio

The much-acclaimed Suzuki method includes a combination of group and individual instruction, and requires a serous commitment of parental involvement.  The basic elements of the Suzuki method consist of listening, motivation, proper technique, repetition and reinforcement.  The goal is to train the child in both his/her musical abilities as well as his/her overall intellectual, psychological and spiritual development.  Students are enrolled in private lessons of 30, 45 or 60 minutes, as well as 60-minute group lessons.

AGES:  Beginning instruction-between 3-6 years of age
(older students may enroll if they have already received training in Suzuki method elsewhere)

WHEN:  TBD with instructor

INSTRUCTOR:  Hannah Choi


  • 17 private lessons
    • 30 min.  $  765.00 per session
    • 45 min.  $1147.50 per session
    • 60 min.  $1530.00 per session
  • Group lessons (no. to be determined)
    • $32.00 per lesson

For further information, contact: 

  • CIFA Office:  703-534-2508
  • Instructor:  240-246-4553

The Science of Art and Singing (age 8 and up)

The voice is the only musical instrument that is almost invisible!  Come and see what is in Ms. Elizabeth's "Voice Box" (visual aids), and learn how the lungs, vocal cords, sinus cavities and several muscles all work together to help you produce sound.  If you can talk, you can sing!  If you like science, you'll love this class!

AGES:  Age 8 to 14

WHEN:  Thursdays, 5:00pm – 6:00 pm

INSTRUCTOR:  Elizabeth Norfrey

COST:  $576.00 (18 sessions at $32.00)

Music Theory I

This class will provide the foundation for a deeper understanding of music as a language, specifically focusing on the fundamentals of music; rhythm, harmony, melody and structure.  The study of music theory enhances musical understanding, compliments skills learned in instrumental and vocal lessons and is essential for students to develop into well-rounded musicians.  In addition to the fundamentals of music theory, this class will also offer some basic ear training.

AGES:  Teens and adults
(younger children on recommendation of their private instructor)

WHEN:  Saturdays, 11:30am - 12:00pm

INSTRUCTOR:  Suzana Basaric-Ilić

COST:  $288.00 (18 sessions at $16.00)

Handbell Choir

Handbells originated in England around 1700, and first came to the United States in the early 1900s.  Since the 1960’s, English handbells have also been manufactured in this country.  This “hands-on” ensemble will learn the basic techniques of handbell ringing, music reading, and the equally essential art of teamwork, with the goal of sharing some pieces written or arranged for bells.  Size of the group will depend on enrollment; previous ringing/music reading experience is helpful, but not required.

AGES:  Pre-teen to adult

WHEN:  Thursdays, 7:00pm – 8:00 pm

INSTRUCTOR:  David Norfrey

COST:  $576.00 (18 sessions at $32.00)

Classical Guitar Ensemble

This ensemble is designed for the player who is interested in advancing his/her technique and musicianship, and preparing more challenging repertoire, including works from all style periods.

AGES:  Open to classical guitar students with previous experience

WHEN:  Thursdays, 7:00pm – 8:00 pm

INSTRUCTOR:  Scott Schwertfeger

COST:  $450.00 (18 sessions at $25.00)

Chamber Music Ensemble

Chamber music is a form of classical music.  The music is composed for a smaller group of instruments.  This ensemble is designed to assist student players in advancing their instrumental technique, to learn the art of playing in an ensemble, and to prepare more challenging repertoire.  Literature will be selected according to the ability of the players, with the goal of a performance at the end of the session.

AGES:  Open to instrumental students with previous experience

WHEN:  Tuesdays, 6:45pm – 7:45 pm

ISNTRUCTOR:  Alexandra Baldwin

COST:  $450.00 (18 sessions at $25.00)