Piano Faculty

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Ena Bronstein Barton
Adjunct Associate Professor, Piano Department Head - Westminster Conservatory
Princeton Hall

Born in Santiago, Chile, pianist Ena Bronstein Barton began her career in South America, touring her native continent. After winning a national piano competition she traveled to New York to study with Claudio Arrau and Rafael de Silva. Her New York debut at Town Hall was received with critical acclaim. Since then, Ms. Barton’s career has taken her across the United States, back to South America, to Europe, the Near and Far East, Australia and New Zealand.

Headshot of Victoria Chow-Torres
Adjunct Assistant Professor

Mrs. Victoria Chow-Torres has both her Bachelors and Master's in Music, Piano. She studied with Ingrid Clarfield for over 6 years where she respectfully graduated Summa Cum Laude and with Distinction. She is recently recognized as a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music in Piano through Music Teachers National Association.

Mrs. Chow is thrilled to be on faculty as an Adjunct Professor of Piano at her alma mater, Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ. 

Headshot of Ingrid Clarfield
Professor of Piano and Coordinator of the Piano Department
Erdman Hall 11

Ingrid Jacobson Clarfield, nationally recognized teacher, clinician, pianist, and author is Professor of Piano and Coordinator of the Piano Department at Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, New Jersey. She  has given lecture-recitals, workshops and master classes in more than a hundred cities across North America, including many presentations at state and national conferences of The Music Teachers National Association.

Headshot of James Goldsworthy
Taylor Hall 14

In his 23 years of service to the community of Westminster Choir College and Rider University, Professor of Piano James Goldsworthy, has been an associate dean, the chair of three departments, coordinator of piano secondary, a member of University-wide and Westminster-specific committees, the recipient of a New Jersey Educational Opportunity Fund Champion award and an avid student of the art of music.

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Conservatory Teacher
Princeton Hall

Born in Smithtown, New York, and raised in New Jersey, David Leifer earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano (2006) and a Master of Music degree in Piano Pedagogy and Performance (2008) from Westminster Choir College of Rider University, where he studied with Professor Lillian Livingston and Professor Ingrid Clarfield. While at Westminster, he won the 2004 annual Westminster Piano Awards competition, and had the honor of performing in the Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall in 2007.

Thomas Parente
Associate Professor
Erdman Hall 24

Piano faculty member Dr. Thomas J. Parente is the author of a class piano textbook entitled The Evolving Class Pianist (Linus, 2012), a training text for teachers of class piano entitled "How to Teach Group Piano Successfully through Flow" (Linus, 2008), and a new piano pedagogy book The Positive Pianist: How Flow Can Bring Passion to Practice and Performance (Oxford University Press, 2015). His article with the same title was published by Clavier Companion in January, 2015.

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Adjunct Associate Professor; Conservatory Teacher
Princeton Hall

Agnes Poltorak earned her master's degree in piano performance and pedagogy from Westminster Choir College of Rider University, where she studied piano with Ena Bronstein Barton and pedagogy with Phyllis Alpert Lehrer and Louise Goss. She has been a member of the Westminster Choir College Piano Faculty since 2000 and also has taught at the Westminster Conservatory of Music since 1998.

Headshot of Justin Proffitt
Adjunct Instructor
Princeton Hall

Justin Proffitt was appointed at Westminster Choir College in 2012 as an adjunct instructor for the Piano Department.  He has been instrumental in instruction and curriculum development for piano secondary courses.

In addition, he serves as adjunct faculty at The College of New Jersey where he also teaches keyboard skills courses, while actively maintaining an independent music studio in the Princeton, New Jersey area.

Classically trained, Mr. Proffitt's performing experience has ranged from solo piano recitals to various collaborative performances.

Betty  Stoloff
Adjunct Associate Professor
Erdman Hall 21

Adjunct associate professor of piano. BMA, The University of Michigan; MA, Teachers College, Columbia University.