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Prof. Dr. Mehveş Emeç Birol

Born in İstanbul, Mehveş Emeç started playing the piano with her mother at 4 years old. She gave her first orchestral concert at 9 years old, and gave her first recital the year after. She worked with Prof. Ferdi Statzer at the İstanbul Municipal Conservatory.

After studying at St.George's Austrian High School, Emeç got accepted to Mozerteum University of Salzburg with an Austrian State Scholarship and became a student of Prof. Peter Lang. She studied improvisation with Prof. Gerhard Wimberger. On 1988, she graduated with a Master's Degree on Performance and Pedagogy. She has worked as the assistant of renown pedagog Maria Curcio in London for several years, with whom she continued her repertoire work.

Emeç has won awards in Mozart, Ravel and Bösendorfer competitions and published CD recordings. Upon giving multiple recitals in Turkey and abroad, she has continued her studies in pedagogy, especially on Orff Schulwerk's Pedagogy. She has collaborated with many esteemed educators on studies about "Basic Music and Movement Education for Children" in Europe and in the United States. She was given the title of State Artist in 1998 and became a professor in 2014.

Now married and mother of one, Prof. Dr. Mehveş Emeç Birol continues to work as an instructor at the Marmara University Atatürk College of Education.

Mualla Çolak

Mualla Çolak graduated Gazi University Liberal Arts and Piano Department in 1984. She worked as a music teacher, choir-orchestra teacher, department head, social activities – public services coordinator and director in various state, private and foundation schools. She worked with Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra choir master Gökçen Koray in the field of choral conducting. She participated in and won awards at national and international choir competitions. During her time at TED İstanbul College she took part in musical activities such as the Hungary-Turkey sister school music project, Hand in Hand with Love Art Festival, Orchestra Festival as well as program development for the music department courses. She also took part in project basis activities on social responsibility and community services, working with NGO’s. She was school principal at the Anabilim Educational Institution, and at present is school principal at ERSE Schools.

Abby Gerdts

Abby Gerdts is an actress, singer, director, and teaching artist from New York City. She is a co-founder and former Program Director of Artists Striving to End Poverty (ASTEP), a nonprofit organization that provides arts education and empowerment programs for under-served youth around the world. With 13 years' experience creating arts programing for students of all ages in the United States, India, South Africa, the Dominican Republic, Turkey, Ecuador and China.

Abby is a graduate of The Juilliard School’s Drama Division.

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