Piano. Professional Music School, Petrogradsky District in Piano Performance and Kirov Music College, B.M and M.M in Piano Pedagogy in Leningrad, Russia. Also she earned M.S. in biophysics from Leningrad State University and worked as a scientist for 30 years in Leningrad Agrophysics Institute, Russia and Virginia Polytechnic Institute in Virginia.
Mrs. Epelman’s first piano teaching job was at Petrogradsky District Professional Music School which she won in the Senior Year Competition. While in Graduate school at Kirov College, Ms. Epelman was awarded a scholarship to study piano performance and participate in master classes with Nikita Shadrin and Emma Volova, the distinguished artists at Leningrad State Conservatory. She is on the faculty of the Community Music Department at Old Dominion University and a substitute instructor at Governor’s School for the Arts affiliated with ODU where she has been teaching group music theory and private piano classes. During summer 2002 and 2007, Galina Epelman traveled to St. Petersburg, Russia to take part in seminars on Music Theory and Piano Pedagogy sponsored by Petrogradsky District Professional Music School. Since 2003, Mrs.Epelman has been on the music faculty of the Academy of Music where she is responsible for about 20 students at different levels, including adults, where she regularly offers studio recitals, auditions, and opportunities for most promising students to compete for and win music scholarships, as well as finalist, first, second prizes at city and state competitions.
Mrs. Epelman is currently a member of the Tidewater Music Teacher’s Forum and American College of Musicians. She is an active participant in the events provided by these organizations.