2015 Summer Programs


Summer 2015


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
    • DJ Palmire

  • Piano
    • 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


  • Private lessons (no. to be determined)
    • 30 min.  $45.00 per lesson
    • 45 min.  $67.50 per lesson
    • 60 min.  $90.00 per lesson
  • Group lessons (no. to be determined)
    • $32.00 per lesson

For further information, contact: 

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

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
OST:  $25 per session 

Abrakadoodle Art

Help your child find his or her "inner Picasso" through this award winning course.

Boys and girls 3-6
WHEN:  July 2 through August 20 (no class Aug. 6)
DAY & TIME:  Tuesdays, 3:15-4:30
Sue Walia
COST:  $133.00 ($19 per class)

Boys and girls 20-36 months, with parent or caregiver
WHEN:  July 2 through August 20 (no class Aug. 6)
DAY & TIME:  Tuesdays, 3:15-4:30
COST:  $112.00 ($16 per class)


Joyful Motion Class

A fun and engaging introduction to ballet technique and creative dance.

Boys and Girls 3-4 years
August 5, 12, 19, 26
DAY & TIME:  Wednesdays, 12:30-1:15
Jeannine Lacquement
$64 ($16 per class)

Boys and Girls 5-7 years
WHEN:  August 5, 12, 19, 26
DAY & TIME:  Wednesdays, 1:30-2:30
INSTRUCTOR: Jeannine Lacquement
COST:  $72 ($18 per class)



Musikgarten™ is the leader in early childhood music education for children and teachers. It offers a complete multi-year education program that helps infants, toddlers, and children develop a deep love of music and the ability to express it.

Cycle of Seasons - Thursdays, Jun 18, 25 and July 2, 9 - 12:30-1:15
Ages: 2 1/2 to 4 years
4 Lessons - $76.00 ($19 per lesson) Materials: $30

Music Makers I - Thursdays, June 18, 25 and July 2, 9 - 1:30-2:30
4-4 1/2 years
Cost: 4 Lessons - $80.00 ($20 per lesson) Materials: $28.50