Masterman Music

For information, please contact Mrs. Neu at

Instrumental Music:

Kim Kelter Neu
(215) 588-0742 (cell)

Vocal Music:

David Shapiro

Itinerant Music Staff:

Kyle Almeida
Violin, Viola,
Mondays & Thursday morning

Gozde Tiknaz
Cello, Bass – Wednesdays

Josh Anderson
Brass- Tuesdays

Jordan Graef

Jason Chuong


All City Middle School Information

Middle School Band & Orchestra

Congratulations to the 50 Masterman students who made All-City this year!!! Many principal chairs were won including percussion, oboe, alto sax, tenor sax and trumpet!

Rehearsal and concert info coming soon

Middle School Choir

Congrats to the All-City middle school Choir for a beautiful concert!

All City High School Information

High School Band & Orchestra

Congratulations to the 20 students who made All-City, including principal cello and flute!

HERE are the rehearsal dates and informatoon


High Jazz Band

Audition material can be found here:

The audition application is due Monday January 22nd:

Audition videos are due by Monday January 29th. Videos will be submitted through a google form that will be made available 2 weeks prior to the due date and posted on the All City Website.

Audition questions can be sent to Darren Lynch.

Requirements for all of the All-City groups:

  • Students must participate in their individual school’s instrumental music program and be a member in good standing.
  • Students must maintain good academic, disciplinary, and attendance records to participate in All City ensembles.






Music Department News


The All-City High School Music Festival was a huge success!
32 Masterman students performed in the choir, orchestra and band. In addition, as winner and runner-up in the annual concerto competition, Chris Ji performed the Grieg Piano Concerto and Alex Steketee performed the Dvorak Cello Concerto. As an added bonus, our very own Dr. Shapiro conducted the big finale featuring the orchestra, choir and band combined performing O Fortuna from Carmina Burana. It was a beautiful concert and a great night for our Masterman musicians!


Masterman School received nominations for Best Supporting Actress (Maeve McNichol), Best Featured Actress (Windega Tarpaga), Best Orchestra and for Theater Educator of the Year(Kim Neu) from the The Philadelphia Independence Awards. This organization was established in 2017 by high school theater teachers and directors to share and award outstanding student theater performances and productions throughout the Philadelphia region.


Congrats to Masterman student Maya for her acceptance to Curtis!!!! We couldn’t be prouder.


Congrats to Jessica H. and Max S. for making PMEA Region Orchestra and Choir respectively. We are so proud!!!


Congratulations to the 37 students who made All-City middle school!!!! These 37 include many principal positions including Concertmaster. Also congrats to our very own woodwind teacher, Jordan Graef who conducted the band. The concert was spectacular!


Congratulations to Tristan Bouyer. Tristan won the All-City 17th annual concerto competition and performed as soloist at the Kimmel Center concert in March playing the Marimba, accompanied by the All-City Orchestra and conducted by our very own Percussion teacher, Jason Chong.  Congrats to and all of you who played in the All-City High school Band & Orchestra. You were magnificent!!!!


Congratulations to Eric Li, Chris Ji and Jessica Hou for making PMEA Districts!!!! Special shout out to Jessica who made FIRST CHAIR FIRST FLUTE!!!!!


Congrats on a beautiful performance to the 15 Masterman students who participated in the All-City Middle school choir concert on December 7th.


20 of our high school students have made All-City Orchestra/Band. Many have won first chair positions! We are very proud of you.


Cyrano Rosentrater has been chosen as the recipient of the Philadelphia Ballet High School Music Fellowship.  He will partner with composer John Hedges to compose a work for the All City Dance ensemble.


Dr. Shapiro has been awarded the 2022 Lindback Distinguised Teacher Award

Winter Concerts

Excerpts from our concerts:

Middle School Concert

High School Concert

Spring Concerts

Save the Dates!!!

Middle School – May 16

High School – May 30


2023 High School Spring Concert:

Legally Blonde: Clips

2022 Winter Concert Videos:

2021 Winter Concert Videos:

Music Department Fun Little Intro:

2021 Virtual Spring Concert Videos:

2021 Virtual Winter Concert Videos: Available on our Youtube channel here

2020 Videos:

Spain – http://High school jazz band

Vienna – Sweet Sixteen

The Word – Middle School Choir

Hatikvah – Middle & High school instrumentalists

She’s Leaving Home -High school choir xFHg

Masterman Hymn – Middle & High school instrumental & vocal

In Memoriam

Growing up in an immigration family in Philadelphia, Mr. Nuissl began to play the violin at an early age as his mother had done.  Listening to Beethoven in high school sparked his serious interest and led him to pursue a degree in Violin Performance at the New School of Music.  Mr. Nuissl began his career as a freelance violinist with a part time job as a private school teacher but realized his greater love was for teaching and mentoring young people.  He earned a Music Education degree at Immaculata University and has served The School District of Philadelphia as an itinerant strings teacher since 2010.  Outside the classroom, Mr. Nuissl played in his church’s orchestra and was an active member of bible study.  His kindness and dedication to his students is legendary, continuing throughout his illness and hospitalization.  His loss is sadly felt by his many students, colleagues, and the School District of Philadelphia Music Education family.  Sergei, we love you and will keep your tradition of excellence in music education alive.