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Meet the Education Department

Susan Nicodemus Quinn, Director of Education

Susan is a graduate of the University of the Arts (Bachelor of Fine Arts with honors in Theater Arts, Acting Emphasis) and Eastern University (Master of Science in Nonprofit Management.)  She has received professional training from the Harvard Business School, Wharton Executive Education, La Salle University, and National Arts Strategies. Susan has served as Executive Director of Darlington Arts Center and Young Audiences of PA as well as Director of Education at Walnut Street Theatre.  At Walnut Street Theatre she led program growth from 15,000 to 110,000.  Her years as a booking agent with an Arts Education specialty include Baylin Artists Management and American Family Theater. Prior to her leadership roles in Education and Administration Susan performed as an actor, singer, musician and dancer in Philadelphia, New York, London and regional theaters.  A Teaching Artist for over 30 years, she directed frequently in Professional and Educational settings with a focus on work by and for children. Her awards include the Barrymore award for Excellence in Theater Education and Community Service, Beyond the Ramp award for Accessibility and Best of Philly for Children’s Theatre.  She has led partnerships including Please Touch Museum, National Constitution Center and University of the Arts. She especially enjoys arts integration, teaching the arts to people with disabilities and commissioning new works of Musical Theater.  Serving on grant panels and presenting at local and national conferences is another favorite role.  Susan resides in suburban Philadelphia with her husband and their two school-aged children. 

Carol M. Frazier, Education Manager

Carol is a graduate of the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, (Bachelor of Piano Performance, Master of Music Teaching) and Southern Methodist University (Master of Sacred Music with an emphasis in Choral Conducting. A former twenty-four year veteran teacher of the School District of Philadelphia, Carol taught piano and vocal music at the Philadelphia High School for Girls and was the 1996 recipient of the Rose Lindenbaum Award for excellence in teaching. A writer and developer of arts education curriculum, Carol has developed and implemented courses from pre-school through high school and is the Director of the Kimmel Center Show Stoppers After School Musical Theater Program. In 2003 Carol served as guest pianist for the Willard Rouse Memorial service held at the Kimmel Center. In July 2003 she served as the Choral Director for the opening celebrations of the National Constitution Center where she conducted a choir of 80 plus, featuring Tony Award- winner Audra McDonald. In addition to her work at the Kimmel Center, Carol is the Minister of Music at the New Covenant Church of Philadelphia, and performs as an artist here and in Europe on jazz festivals with her gospel group Agape/New Spirit which earned the 2005 "Grand Prix du Jazz/Gospel Disque" from the Hot Club of France.

Anthony Tidd, Jazz Artistic Advisor

Anthony Tidd is a composer, producer, audio engineer, educator and musician. He plays bass, guitar and piano/keyboards. He attended the Newhan Academy of Music in London, Thurrock College of Music, as well as Goldsmiths University of London, where he received a B.A. in Composition & Music technology. As a student, he studied composition, upright and electric bass, piano, music technology, and film scoring. A well-known name on the scene and veteran touring bass player, he has graced stages alongside many staple names including, Steve Coleman, Greg Osby, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Ravi Coltrane, Meshell N’degiocelo, Common, Gangstarr, and Vijay Iyer. Anthony has also made a name for himself in the production world, producing records with well-known artists such as, The Roots, Macy Grey, Zap Mama, The Black Eyed Peas, Jill Scott, and Ursula Rucker, as well as composing for major film and television projects. Anthony Tidd has held the position of Director of the Creative Music Program since 2010, where he also currently curates “Sittin’ In Jam Sessions,” a performance series here at the Kimmel Center.

Manisha Modi, Education Administrator

Manisha is a graduate from Temple University’s Fox School of Business (Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing) with a minor in Visual Arts and MIS. As a highly-motivated individual who strives to find the balance between business and creativity, Manisha studied Fine Arts at Tyler School of Art (Art Minor) with work displayed in Temple University’s Rome, Italy Exhibit in 2011. Manisha has over seventeen years of dance experience including Tap, Jazz, Bollywood (Indian dance), and Bhangra (Indian Folk dance), and four years of competitive dancing. With a passion for teaching dance, Manisha has taught Bhangra as a dance Instructor for the Kimmel Center’s Performing Arts classes for over two years, including live web classes for Kimmel Center/ University of Pennsylvania’s MAGPI program in 2012. Manisha has worked full-time as the Kimmel Center’s Education Administrator for four years, and has been the Project Manager for the Business of Making Music program for three years. Manisha is pursuing a certificate in non-profit management through Temple University with the mission of better serving the community at large.

Brent White, Jazz Education Programs Coordinator

Brent White studied trombone with some of the best in jazz such as Slide Hampton, Al Grey, John Legend and Chubby Checker. Brent began playing the trombone in 6th grade, later receiving his early training at the High School of Creative and Performing Arts and the Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts. He then continued his studies at Widener University in Electrical Engineering. Brent continued sharpening his skills under the tutelage of Rich Genovese (Philadelphia Orchestra) and entered the Masters program at the University of the Arts where he studied closely with John Fedchock, Clifford Adams (from Kool and the Gang) and Robin Eubanks. Brent has been catapulted into a myriad of special guest appearances and featured spots worldwide in locations such as Holland at the North Sea Jazz Festival, London on BBC radio with Roy Ayers, and Indonesia with John Legend. Brent stretched his musical stylings from jazz to soul to hip-hop, recording with the queen of soul Patti Labelle on her album Back to Now. Brent White has been a part of the Kimmel Center Education team for over two years coordinating the jazz education programs for the Education department. 

Note: Please allow extra time for travel to the Kimmel Center campus for your performance on June 19. There may be extra traffic due to planned demonstrations at Rittenhouse Square.