FLC Music Department Faculty

Mrs. Frank (Vocal Music)
has been teaching music to students in Philadelphia for more than a decade.  A classical singer and arts administrator, Mrs. Frank has performed with Opera Philadelphia, Center City Opera Theater, Garden State Opera, Florida State Opera, Curtis Opera Theater, and ConcertOpera Philadelphia.  Mrs. Frank’s most recent performances included being featured as a Voice of the Pops with Peter Nero and the Philly Pops.  

As an Arts Administrator at The Curtis Institute of Music, Mrs. Frank was the Director of Foundation and Government Support and the Director of Development Services.  Prior to joining Curtis, Mrs. Frank was the Development Manager for the Friends of the New Jersey State Museum, where she was responsible for all aspects of fundraising, marketing, and donor relations.  Mrs. Frank holds degrees in Accounting, Music, and Theater from Lehigh University, a Master of Music from Florida State University, and a Post-Baccalaureate certificate in Music Education from Eastern University. 

Mr. Sharp (Instrumental Music)
is a recent graduate of the University of the Arts and has just come off teaching a year of music at the elementary level. A veteran educator in the School District of Philadelphia, he is eager to lay the building blocks of what the instrumental music program will be in years to come.

As a saxophonist and overall musician, Mr. Sharp has performed with The Warminster Symphony Orchestra, The Doylestown Symphonic Winds, The Delaware Valley Wind Symphony, The Philadelphia Wind Symphony, Peter Nero and the Philly POPS, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and the award winning University of the Arts Premiere “Z” Band. Mr. Sharp holds a degree in Jazz Saxophone Performance and a Master’s in Music Education, both from the University of the Arts.

Mr. Costa (Percussion) has been teaching music for the past 4 years in the Greater Philadelphia area. As he enters his 3rd year teaching in the School District of Philadelphia (2nd year at FLC), he is excited to continue building the program with the students, Mrs. Frank, Mr. Sharp, Mr. DiBartolo, and Mr. Haydt. Along with teaching for the School District of Philadelphia, Mr. Costa is also the Percussion Director at Villanova University, and a Sr. Lecturer at the University of the Arts School of Music.

As an active performer, Mr. Costa has performed with both national and international touring acts from the Greater Philadelphia area including Practically Single, Modern Suits, and various groups ranging from Jazz ensembles to singer/songwriters and cover bands. Mr. Costa has had the privilege of performing for audiences ranging from 500 - 5,000, at local venues including the Trocadero, The TLA, UArts 1,800 seat Merriam Theater, and various venues across Italy, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and more. Finally, Mr. Costa is also a session drummer, and has been praised by numerous producers including Mike Watts (The Dear Hunter, Gates, Story of the Year) Steven Haigler (The Pixies, Fuel's Sunburn, Brand New's Deja Entendu) Jason Elgin (Collective Soul, Terrible Things) Fred Mascherino (Ex. Taking Back Sunday), John Naclerio (Brand New, My Chemical Romance, Senses Fail) and Eric Plesha (Cobra Starship, Valencia) for his energy and consistency.

Besides teaching for the School District of Philadelphia, Villanova, and UArts, Mr. Costa also is a clinician/educator for Vic Firth drumsticks, Remo drumheads, Zildjian Cymbals, and Master Crafted Drums, where he has taught various clinics for Music Educators, Underprivileged children, and for the President of the United State's Arts and Humanities Committee.

Mr. Costa holds degrees in Music Performance, and a Masters in Music Education both from the University of the Arts, and is a Pennsylvania Certified teacher in K-12 Music and K-12 Technology.