Founder & Executive Director | firstname.lastname@example.org
Stanford Thompson is a musician and educator who is passionate about using music for social action and serves as the Founder and Artistic Director for the El Sistema-inspired program, Play On, Philly! and the Chairman of El Sistema USA. He also serves on the boards of the Interlochen Center for the Arts, the Philadelphia chapter of the American Composers Forum, Jubilee School, and as Chairman of The Curtis Institute of Music Alumni Council. He regularly contributes to the communities of TED, League of American Orchestras, and El Sistema-inspired initiatives around the world. Trained as a professional trumpeter, Mr. Thompson has performed and soloed with major orchestras around the world while actively performing chamber music and jazz. Stanford is a native of Atlanta, GA and holds degrees from The Curtis Institute of Music and the New England Conservatory’s Abreu Fellows Program.
Operations Director | email@example.com
Julia Kluger holds a Master of Public Administration from the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor of Arts from Northwestern University. Prior to joining POP, she served as Operations Director for Senator Bob Casey’s 2012 reelection campaign. As a bassoonist she studied with Shirley Curtiss and performed in chamber ensembles at Settlement Music School.
Development Director | firstname.lastname@example.org
Lisa has enthusiastically dedicated over 7 years in fundraising/sales capacities with a focus on putting donors first. Prior to coming to Play On, Philly!, she primarily worked in the public radio industry and handled membership development and on-air fund drives. She received a Bachelor of Arts from Franklin and Marshall College in International Marketing. Lisa’s exposure to classical music started in her elementary school years when she was reluctantly taken to concerts…now she can’t get enough! Lisa is honored to be as Development Director and work with the many fantastic people and organizations who make POP's musical education possible. In addition to her professional work, Lisa has volunteered with various organizations including: CARE, Tyson House, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Habitat for Humanity, WHYY, WXPN, and Bridge Refugee Services.
Director of Educational Programming | email@example.com
Kathleen Krull graduated from The State University of New York College at Fredonia with Bachelor of Music Degrees in Music Education and Viola Performance. She worked with Roberta Guaspari and Opus 118, in East Harlem, NY, during her student teaching experience. Mrs. Krull received her Master of Liberal Studies with a Concentration in Arts Education from Stonybrook University and taught orchestra at the East Islip School District in NY, while also performing with the Massapequa Philharmonic. Mrs. Krull was a faculty member at Duke University String School, string specialist at the Emerson Waldorf School and an Educational Consultant with the North Carolina Symphony. She was Principal Violist of the Raleigh Civic Chamber Orchestra and a section violist with the Durham Symphony. Kathleen has guest conducted several youth orchestras and music festivals. Kathleen was an original violin and viola Teaching Artist at POP's inception and is honored to have served the families and community for the past 5 years in various leadership positions. When she isn't thinking about POP, Kathleen is busy with her two daughters, Rebecca and Abigail and her husband, Steven.
Program Manager | firstname.lastname@example.org
Victoria is excited to be at POP where she has the opportunity to combine her three loves: kids, music, and education. Her diverse background includes degrees in Engineering and Education - from Carnegie Mellon University and The University of Pennsylvania respectively - and two years with the international experiential education program, Up With People. In addition she has background in both instrumental and vocal music and currently serves as the Children's Choir Director at St. Matthew's Baptist Church. She's also an active member of the Mastery Charter Organization here in Philadelphia as a member of their Board of Trustees and Mastery Parent Advisory Council. Victoria is delighted to put her experiences to work on behalf of the West Philadelphia community with POP.
Site Director - Freire Charter Middle School | email@example.com
Charles Lane is a local Philadelphia musician and educator originally from Chicago. Charles moved to Philadelphia, after graduating with honors from the University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign in Jazz Performance, as a part of the 2009 Mid-Atlantic Teach For America Corps. Since completing his commitment to Teach For America and his Master's Degree at the University of Pennsylvania in Urban Education, Charles has been making a name for himself as a musician in the Mid-Atlantic and New York regions. A saxophonist, pianist, guitarist and composer, Charles' musical background is as diverse as his professional and educational backgrounds. He has performed with legends such as late Jazz Violin great Johnny Frigo, Count Basie drummer Harold Jones, Frank Sinatra drummer Bob Chmel, The Bad Plus, The Brubeck Brothers Trio, Jeff Campbell, Dana Hall, Harold Mabern, Wayne Escoffery, Eric Alexander, Harry Allen, Grant Stewart and Steve Wilson among others. A firm believer that all people should have access to great arts education, Charles is thrilled to begin his journey as Site Director for Play On, Philly!
Site Director - POP Academy
Ryan's musical background ranges from jazz drumset at The University of the Arts, to orchestral percussion and rudimental drumming at the University of Delaware, to a local and national performing background with indie/rock bands Juston Stens & The Get Real Gang and LOUDS. He holds a degree in Music Management from the University of Delaware, where he is currently pursuing his MBA, and a certification in Nonprofit Development from the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Ryan’s education and background in many styles of music and his study of elementary music education inspired him to build a community of drummers with diverse backgrounds who support the music and education community in Philadelphia, Philly Drum Project, which he founded in 2012.
Development and Communications Associate | firstname.lastname@example.org
Elizabeth Kubiak started her career in the nonprofit world while attending the University of Pennsylvania; one summer she tried her hand at face-to-face fundraising and never looked back. During her tenure she had the privilege of campaigning for Children International, Plan International and CARE, which provided an excellent perspective of how generous her fellow Philadelphians can be. Other nonprofit experience includes the Office of the Secretary of the University of Pennsylvania, The Benefit Bank and the Walnut Street Theater. Most recently, she worked in marketing and development at Federation Early Learning Services.
Flute - Freire Charter Middle School
Katie Ambacher is a teacher and freelance flutist in the Philadelphia area. She can be heard performing with Lancaster Symphony and Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra, where she is a substitute musician with both ensembles. During the summer of 2010, Katie had the opportunity to attend the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. While there, she performed symphonic literature and various opera excerpts in and around Graz. Most recently, she recorded the soundtrack for the independent documentary “Horse and Rider.” In addition to performing, Katie is a teaching artist with The Learning Arts, a program based in upstate New York. Past teachers include Timothy Hutchins (principal flute Montreal Symphony) and David DiGiacobbe (principal flute Harrisburg Symphony).
Wind Ensemble Conductor -- Freire Charter Middle School
Chris Aschman is one of Philadelphia's most active freelance musicians and music educators. Originally from Baltimore, he studied Jazz Trumpet Performance at University of the Arts and soon became immersed in Philly's cultured music scene. He is also well-versed on the steelpan, an instrument native to Trinidad and Tobago. Over the past decade, he has had the opportunity to perform alongside artists ranging from Chaka Kahn, Dionne Warwick, and Anthony Hamilton to Stanley Clarke, Andy Narell, and Ken Philmore. He currently leads three ensembles: Trinidelphia, a Caribbean-Jazz ensemble, The Chris Aschman Group, and original jazz quintet, and the Calabash House Band. He firmly believes that a close relationship with music can help students become more focused, smarter, happier people.
Cello - St. Francis de Sales
Rajli Bicolli was born in Albania and began studying cello at age 6. Six years later he moved to the United States with his family, and at age 14 he appeared as the concerto competition winner with the Settlement Music School Orchestra in Cleveland, OH. That same year he was invited to join the American Music Abroad in a tour of Europe performing in six countries. In 2007, he received his Bachelor of Music from the University of Alabama where he studied with Carlton McCreery. He then went on to study with Jeffrey Solow at Temple University where he completed his Master of Music. Rajli currently plays with Symphony in C in Camden, NJ, Allentown Symphony, and Network for New Music, while frequently appearing with other groups such as Lancaster Symphony and Philadelphia Virtuosi, among others. In 2009 he was also invited to play as principal cellist with the Ohio Light Opera in Wooster, OH. Besides orchestral work, Rajli performs frequently with the Philadelphia String Quartet and maintains an active teaching schedule with Settlement Music School and the New Jersey School of Music. When not playing music Rajli enjoys soccer and chess, and spends a lot of time telling people that his first name is pronounced Riley.
Choir - St. Francis de Sales
Brenda Bonhomme, soprano, has performed as a soloist and professional ensemble member in award winning groups like San Francisco Symphony Chorus and Volti (formerly San Francisco Chamber Singers). Her repertoire has varied widely to include classical, contemporary and jazz solo roles, including the Mozart Requiem, Pergolesi "Stabat Mater," Brahms Quartets, "Four Saints in Three Acts," "Dialogues of the Carmelites," Rorem's "Evidence of Things Not Seen" and Wynton Marsalis' "All Rise." Additionally she has been part of Emmy winning performances of "Sweeney Todd" and Grammy winning recordings including the Mahler 8 Symphony. A graduate of Oberlin Conservatory, she has taught music in public and private schools, has led choirs and served as a church soloist and teaches voice.
Creative Class - St. Francis de Sales
David Brodie started playing the electric bass at the age of thirteen and first took on the upright bass at nineteen while enrolled at Berklee College of Music. After a year in Spain, he returned to his native Philadelphia where he quickly joined up with guitarist Jimmy Bruno, with whom he played for the next several years. From that point, his reputation well established, Brodie has enjoyed a busy playing and recording career and has performed with some of the world's greatest jazz musicians including Kurt Rosenwinkel, Chris Potter, Seamus Blake, Steve Wilson, and Randy Brecker while performing regularly with some of Philadelphia's finest such as Larry McKenna, John Swana, and Joanna Pascale.
Trumpet - Freire Charter Middle School
Mary Cappillino lives in the Philadelphia area where she freelances and teaches trumpet. She received her Masters of Music from the Music Conservatory of Purchase College in New York and her B.A. in music performance from SUNY Geneseo. She primarily studied classical trumpet but also has training in jazz and world music. Currently she plays principal trumpet in the Bravura Philharmonic, is a member of the Philadelphia Wind Symphony, and plays with the Marietta Brass Quintet throughout Delaware County.
Clarinet - Freire Charter Middle School
Marco Circelli studied at Conservatorio di Musica "G. Verdi" Milan, Italy, which covers a wide range of classical, jazz, and traditional styles. He plays saxophone, clarinet and accordion. He has performed for contemporary music groups, big bands, folk groups, classical ensembles and also has an extensive knowledge in harmony and music history. He was a Music Education teacher in Italy for both elementary and middle schools. Marco is an enthusiastic teacher who tries to create an enjoyable practical learning experience. He tries to tailor the lessons to what the student wants to learn whether it be jazz improvising, classical pop, funk or classical tunes.
Bassoon - St. Francis de Sales
Originally from the Philadelphia area, Rachel Gaffney graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA with a dual degree in music performance and education. As a skilled bassoonist, she has performed widely, and as a dedicated educator, she continues to teach music in a variety of settings. From 2008 through 2013, she was music director at Ss. Colman-John Neumann School in Bryn Mawr, PA, where she oversaw the general and instrumental music classes for K through 8, as well as directing the school musical production. She is now employed as the general music teacher at St. Francis de Sales School. During the summer months, she coordinates and teaches in Lower Merion Township’s Summer Music Program.
String Orchestra Conductor - Freire Charter Middle School
Danielle earned her Bachelor of Music Education degree from Chestnut Hill College and a Master of Music degree in String Pedagogy from Temple University’s Boyer College of Music. She has studied violin under Booker Rowe of The Philadelphia Orchestra and Helen Kwalwasser at Temple University. In addition to her violin studies, she has taken an advanced conducting course with Maestro Luis Biava and is coached and mentored by Maestro Gary White. During the summers of 2012 and 2013, Danielle attended the Julliard Conducting Workshop for Educators, and this past summer attended the Oberlin Conducting Institute. Danielle is the Orchestra Manager and String Specialist of the Philadelphia Sinfonia Orchestra, and the Assistant Conductor of their intermediate level orchestra Philadelphia Sinfonia Players. She taught group violin classes at the Temple Prep's Community Music Scholars Program. She was also an instrumental music teacher at Germantown Friends School as director of the Middle and Upper School Orchestras, chamber ensemble coach, music theory instructor, and coordinator of their private lesson program. Danielle joined the Haverford faculty this year as director of the Middle/Upper School String Ensemble. Danielle is excited to be a teaching artist with the Play On Philly organization, directing the Junior and Senior String Orchestras at Freire Charter School.
Violin - St. Francis de Sales
Emma is a Minnesota native, where she grew up playing piano and violin. She attended Luther College in Decorah, IA and earned her B.A. in Music Education. While at Luther, she was busy performing with the Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, and a pop-strings group called Strangz. She also was an advocate and officer of Future Music Educators Association, where she cultivated her passion for music education. After graduating, Emma taught elementary general music at an inner city school in Minneapolis, where she also started a strings program, which allowed each 3rd and 4th grade student at the school to play violin. A recent transplant to Philadelphia, Emma spends her time as a free-lance violinist, private violin and piano lessons teacher, and a teaching artist with POP.
Harp - St. Francis de Sales
Elizabeth Huston is the Teaching Artist of the Harp for Play on Philly. She received her Bachelor of Music in Harp Performance from Western Washington University in 2009 and her Master of Music in Harp Performance from Temple University in 2012. Elizabeth began playing harp in 1995, and immediately developed a love for performance. She has competed at the state level, and has been a participant in both national and international honor orchestras and festivals as a competition winner. She received tuition remission on the strength of her audition at Temple University. As a soloist, Elizabeth can be seen performing independently in the Philadelphia area, and also performs with regional orchestras in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. Elizabeth has been teaching harp since 2001. She studied with Heidi Lehwalder, Judy Loman, and Elizabeth Hainen, who have all deeply influenced her as a teacher. As a daughter of two music teachers, she has been immersed in pedagogy for her entire life. It was her first real occupation, and has become a lifelong passion.
Cello - Freire Charter Middle School
Rachel Icenogle studied cello at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee under Stefan Kartman and played with several orchestras in the Milwaukee area, including as principal cellist of the Sheboygan Symphony. She has toured extensively with her band John the Savage, played shows at South By Southwest, and headlined at Summerfest. Her interest in free jazz has led her to perform with Roscoe Mitchell, among others. She has written multiple string arrangements for bands in Milwaukee and appears as a guest artist on many albums in that area. A recent transplant to Philadelphia, Rachel has been working with vocalist Ang Bocca and her band and playing duets with violinist Sarah Larsen under the name Amaryllis.
Flute - St. Francis de Sales
Jennifer is passionate Suzuki flute teacher of 15 years, and specializes in early childhood development & pedagogy. Jennifer is a graduate of the University of Delaware and Drexel University, from which she holds both a Bachelor’s degree in flute performance and a Master’s degree in music therapy. She actively enjoys freelancing and performing chamber music in the Philadelphia area. Jennifer has been a long time student of Kazuo Tokito (Philadelphia Orchestra), and also Jan Boland (Red Cedar Chamber Music), whom have both greatly inspired her career path as both as a performer and teacher. As a board-certified Music Therapist, Jennifer has worked with kids in adoption & foster care, along with children with special needs, including autism & learning disabilities. In addition to her studies, Jennifer also holds certifications in early childhood music instruction, including Musikgarten, Orff, and Suzuki. Her broad range of experience also allows her to guide people in the use of music for their personal growth, healing, communication & self-expression.
Percussion -- Freire Charter Middle School
Kirk Kubicek holds a Bachelor's Degree in Jazz Percussion Performance from the University of Maryland, College Park, where he studied with Steve Fidyk, Chuck Redd, and Tony Martucci. He has performed as a drummer and percussionist in many different settings for many different bands, ensembles, and pit orchestras based mostly between Philadelphia and his home state of Maryland. His music has carried him across the country touring, and recently to Los Angeles to record an album with his indie-pop duo Ms. Fridrich's Messy Anne Band. In Philly, Kirk devotes much of his musical time to his baroque-folk band My Son Bison, as well as a jazz-oriented jam trio called Chen City, and an acoustic-folk project called Snagwing. Although schooled in jazz and classical percussion, Kirk has studied African and Eastern drumming, and has studied with djembe master Mahiri Keita. In addition to teaching at POP, he also is a private in-home instructor who focuses on fundamentals of technique and creative self-expression through the drums.
Clarinet - St. Francis de Sales
Debbie Larsen is a freelance clarinetist and teaching artist in the Philadelphia area. A native of Michigan, she holds a Bachelor of Music in clarinet performance from Michigan State University with Caroline Hartig and has also studied with Margaret Donaghue at the University of Miami. Currently a Teaching Artist with Play On Philly!, an El Sistema inspired music program, Debbie is a passionate music educator and has worked with organizations across the world. Previous engagements have included Clarinets for Conservation (TZ), Symphony in C Youth Summer Program, the Detroit Symphony Civic Ensembles, the Performing Arts Institute at Wyoming Seminary, and the Miami Music Project. She also teaches privately in the Philadelphia area. A versatile performer, Debbie has performed in various ensembles over the United States, Europe, and Africa. She is an active solo performer today and is currently a founding member of Philadelphian wind quintet, Federal Winds. Debbie is pleased to announce that she has joined the Clarinets for Conservation 2014 Teaching Artist roster! She is bass clarinet of the C4C Clarinet Quartet and will be teaching and performing in and around Moshi, Tanzania this summer.
Viola - Freire Charter Middle School
A native of South Jersey, Andriana is a highly regarded violist and violinist throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Her performance career spans many genres including country, rock, bluegrass, Celtic, and classical music. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in viola performance from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she studied with Hugh Partridge. While at UNC, Andriana served as principal violist of the UNC Symphony, and was one of three students selected to perform with the European Union Youth Orchestra during their 2012 tour of the U.S. She has also studied with Rachel Ku of the Philadelphia Orchestra and the late Tony Simmons. She has performed alongside members of R.E.M., The Posies, Wilco, Yo La Tengo, and The dB's. Andriana is an active studio session player, and can be heard on many newly released albums. She has also performed on NPR's "From the Top" radio broadcast. Most recently, she has been working with country artist Lisa Matassa with whom she has opened for major recording artists Dierks Bentley, Justin Moore, Lee Brice, and Ronnie Dunn. Andriana is also a Teaching Artist at Philadelphia's El Sistema based program, Play On, Philly!
Composition - St. Francis de Sales
Ben Mulholland is a former native of Gaithersburg Maryland, attended Shenandoah University for a BA in French Horn Performance, and performed in various indie groups in Los Angeles before moving to Philadelphia in 2008. He teaches and performs, French Horn with a wide variety of groups in the Northeast. He can be heard performing currently with his group Beta Test, and the Philadelphia Wind Symphony. As an active sound engineer, Ben helps shape the sound design at the annual Philadelphia Christmas Village. He also created and instructed a music technology course for the Philadelphia public schools. Ben enjoys arranging pieces for a wide number of wedding music companies, music festivals and small ensembles. A composer, Ben greatly appreciates the vast opportunity presented to him as teaching artist of composition at Play On, Philly!
Early Childhood Music - St. Francis de Sales
Michael Pechter is a native of New Jersey. He began learning to play the piano and drumset in elementary school, and continued his studies at Rutgers University, where he obtained his degree in Psychology. Since graduating, Michael has obtained his elementary teaching certification, taught music lessons, and transplanted to Philadelphia. He is excited to be joining POP this year as one of its Music and Movement teachers.
Violin - Freire Charter Middle School
Carlos Santiago, violinist, was born and raised in Philadelphia. He attended The Hartt School of Music and Temple University. Approaching music from multiple standpoints, Carlos Santiago has proven to be one of Philadelphia's most versatile violinists to date. As at home in the farthest-out microtonal and lowercase improvisation as with the maddening mathematical compositions of the rock band Normal Love, soloing with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, playing Tango, Salsa, and Afro-Caribbean jazz with Sonic Liberation Front, Gypsy jazz with BeauDjango. Past teachers include John Blake, Diane Monroe, Yusef Lateef, Adolf Sandole, Louis Lanza, and Nicholas Mann. Sharing the unity of all of these types of music is the driving force behind his passion for teaching and sharing music with youth. Most recently, Carlos has peformed music to F.W. Murnau's “Nosferatu” and Robert Wiene's “The Cabinet of Dr.Caligari," both early marvels of silent horror movies.
String Orchestra - Freire Charter Middle School
Miku Shiota-Rosenbaum received her Bachelors of Music degree from the Oberlin Conservatory, majoring in vocal and instrumental music education and minoring in piano performance. While a student in the Springfield School District, she studied violin with Elizabeth Klinger, Beverly Wright, Barbara Ostroff, and Louise Auld. She also studied piano with Nozomi Takashima and Maureen Hooper. She was concertmistress of the Springfield High School Orchestra and a member of the Delaware County Youth Orchestra. She participated in the Pennsylvania Music Education Association Orchestra and Choral festivals, achieving state ranking in both areas. She was awarded a full scholarship to attend the Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Arts, and she also attended the Penn State Keyboard Camp during her high school years. At Oberlin, she was a piano student of Peter Takacs and Sedmara Zakarian Rutstein, as well as a voice student of Richard Anderson. She participated in the Oberlin College Choir, the Musical Union, and the College Community Strings. In the Philadelphia area, she has sung with the Choral Society of Montgomery County and the Pennsylvania Academy of Performing Arts Ariana Women’s Choir, and she has played violin in the Delaware County Symphony. She taught music at the Springside School in Philadelphia, New Hope Academy in Yardley, and the Broad Street Academy in Philadelphia. Currently, she is the music director and organist for the Springfield Baptist Church, co-conductor of the Delaware Valley Young Musicians Orchestra, and the conductor and music director for the Montgomery County Youth Orchestra. During the summer of 2013, she worked as an intern for Play On, Philly!, and now, she is thrilled to be on board as the string orchestra teaching artist at the Freire Charter Middle School. She lives in Wayne with her husband, daughter, and two cats.
Trombone, Baritone Horn - St. Francis de Sales
Larry's ability to quickly adapt to each musical moment puts him in high demand as one of Philadelphia’s trombone/baritone horn players. He is well versed in Traditional Jazz, Bebop, Avant‐Garde, Salsa, Reggae, Rhythm and Blues, Funk, Classical and Balkan Brass Band styles. He is a graduate of Temple University’s Esther Boyer College of Music where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education with a Jazz Concentration. He studied with Tyrone Breuninger (formerly Associate Principal Trombonist of the Philadelphia Orchestra) as well as Don Collins and Luis Bonilla. Larry has performed with notable musicians such as Johnny Pacheco, Jimmy Heath, Lalo Rodriguez, Jon Faddis, Dave Burrell, Marshall Allen, Odean Pope, William Parker, Johnny Rivera, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Steve Coleman, Michael Ray, and Freddy Bell. He leads his own 1920s Hot Jazz group, Red Hot Ramblers, and currently performs with the West Philadelphia Orchestra, Drew Nugent and the Midnight Society, Carlos Sanchez y Orquestra del Barrio, Combo Melaza, Cultureal, Puzzlebox, John Vanore and the Abstract Truth, and New Pony.
Double Bass - Freire Charter Middle School
Bassist Daniel Turkos is a freelance musician in Philadelphia, PA. Dan's music has taken him from jazz and rock clubs in Philadelphia, NYC, Boston, and Hartford to the most famous classical concert stages in the US and Europe. He holds a B.M. with a minor in Jazz Studies from West Chester University of Pennsylvania, an M.M. from The Pennsylvania State University with a graduate teaching assistantship, and a Graduate Professional Diploma from The Hartt School, University of Hartford. He has studied with Robert Black, Rob Nairn, Peter Paulsen, and Paul Rostock and has participated in numerous master classes with classical and jazz artists ranging from Paul Ellison & Kurt Muroki to John Patitucci & Rufus Reid. His summer activities include Principal Bass at the Music at Penn’s Woods and Catania International Music Festivals and studies at the National Academy of Music in Sofia, Bulgaria and The American School of Double Bass.
Trumpet - St. Francis de Sales
Najib is a Doctoral candidate and Adjunct Artist in Residence at Temple University as well as an active freelancer in the Philadelphia area. He has performed with groups such as the Singapore Symphony and Boyz II men. His article, "Arthur Honegger's Intrada, "has been published in the International Trumpet Guild journal. Najib received his bachelor of music from The New England Conservatory of Music and Master of Music from Temple University. He was also an Armando Ghitalla Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center.
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