Daphna Schmidt is a native of Philadelphia and graduated from Susquehanna University in 2011 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance (classical and jazz), and then earned a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership. At Susquehanna University she took jazz classes and played with the great bassist Joshua Davis and played in the Temple University Night Owls Orchestra and the Orchestra Society of Philadelphia. Through Mr. Davis’ collaboration with other jazz giants, Daphna participated in master classes and played sessions with guitarist Tim Miller and vocalist JD Walter. While in High School, she studied and performed in jazz band under the direction of renowned saxophonist/composer and arranger, Andrew Neu. Moving to New York City in 2016, she now teaches General Music for grades K-5 at a public school in the Bronx. In addition to her classical training, Daphna has performed in the well-known Philadelphia jazz venue, The Clef Club, alongside Henry Laws and his band, the Cycle of Fifths. Additionally, she has performed with the Delaware Spartan Jazz Band. She was also selected to be a member of the EBE Entertainment group, which provides music performances for various events in the Delaware Valley area. For three years, she was also a member of the Ottone Trio (Trumpet/Horn/Trombone) and performed with them in the Philadelphia region. She grew up at NEMC first as a child of a faculty member, then camper, counselor and staff member before joining the faculty as Jazz Specialist in 2017.