Faculty

One of the keys to a successful musical journey for students of any age or ability is having a great student-teacher connection. By speaking individually with students and their families, and discovering their musical interests, learning styles, and goals, we are able to match them with appropriate teachers.

Our professional faculty is composed of educators and performers trained at the highest caliber schools in the U.S. and abroad. Every teacher is passionate about instilling in each student a life-long love of music. Whether it is classical, jazz, pop, flamenco, fiddling, or musical theatre, our teachers bring rich and vast experiences to their studios.
 

Piano

Albert Ahlf
B.A. in Jazz Piano, Purchase College; current graduate studies in Jazz Studies, Hunter College; active free-lance musician in tri-state area

Melissa Alexander :: musicora.us »
B.A. SUNY Albany, M.A. Hartt School of Music, co-founder Musicora Chamber Ensemble

Lois Anderson
B.M. and M.M. Manhattan School of Music.

Carole Brill :: www.cdbaby.com/cd/carolebrill »
B.A. Clark University. Additional Studies at Turtle Bay Music School and Institute for Consciousness and Music

Helen Butkov
Advanced degrees from the Academy of Pedagogy in Piano and Choir in Latvia, and University of Ukraine in Music in Esthetic. Additional studies at Sunbridge College in Musical Pedagogy and Eurhythmy School in Music in Movement

Jan Deats
B.M. Oberlin Conservatory, M.M. Southern Methodist University,
School of Fine Arts. Master Classes with Mennahem Pressler.
Head of the RCM Piano Dept. Faculty: Manhattan School of Music, Elizabeth Morrow School, Thurnauer School of Music. World-wide performances as McCall-Deats Duo

Yelena Kuzmenko
B.A. Kharkov Music College, M.A. Kharkov Conservatory in Ukraine

Michael Maronich
Pre-college, B.M. and M.M. in piano at Manhattan School of Music, pursuing Doctoral of Musical Arts, Rutgers University.

Janice Nimetz
B.M. and M.M. Eastman School of Music. Doctoral Studies in Musicology, NYU

Maryna Tykhoniuk
Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Art & Music, Kharkov Conservatory in Ukraine
 

Strings

Tatiana Feigin :: www.cdbaby.com/cd/tefeigin »
(Violin) B.A. Moscow Conservatory, M.A. St. Petersburg State Conservatory. Performances in Holland, Russia, and the United States.

Deirdre DeStefano
(Viola, Violin) B.M and M.M. in Viola performance at The Peabody Institute at The John Hopkins University

Gregory Durozel
(Violin) B.M. Manhattan School of Music, M.M. The Juilliard School, Professional Studies Certificate Manhattan School of Music

Tara Hooker
(Harp) B.A. Iona College, M.S. in Teaching from Fordham University

Jane E. Palmquist
(Suzuki Violin) B.M.E. Northern State University, M.Mus., Ph.D. in Music Education University of Texas at Austin. Faculty: Brooklyn College

Karin Pollok
(Suzuki Violin) B.S. Pace University. Additional Studies at Mercy College and School for Strings. Co-director of RCM Suzuki Program

Patricia Santos :: www.patriciasantos.com »
(Cello/Suzuki Cello) B.M. Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory. Additional studies with Andor Toth and at School for Strings
 
Irynn Somera
(Viola/Violin/Suzuki Violin) B.S. in Music and M.A.T. in Secondary Music Education, Lehman College, CUNY. Additional studies at the Hartt Suzuki Institute

Anna Teigen
(Suzuki Violin) B.M. University of Wisconsin. Additional Studies at School for Strings, Co-director of RCM Suzuki Program.

Guitar

Adam Falcon :: www.adamfalcon.com »
Mentored by George Benson. Toured with Phyllis Hyman, Sophie B. Hawkins, and Roberta Flack. Recordings with Digable Planets, Arif Mardin, and George Benson.

Jonathan Trotta :: musicora.us »
(Classical/Flamenco/Suzuki) B.F.A. SUNY Purchase, active chamber musician
Faculty: American Institute of Guitar, Amati Conservatory, Chair of RCM Guitar Dept

Winds & Brass

Paula Chan Bing
(Flute) B.M.Ed, University of Maryland, M.M. Indiana University, and doctoral studies with Lee Pogonowski at Teacher's College, Columbia University

Patricia Lazzara :: www.PatriciaLazzaraFlutist.com »
(Flute) B.M. Hartt School of Music. Additional Studies at Carnegie Mellon University

Michael Humphrey
(Saxophone/Jazz Cats conductor) B.M.Ed. from Baldwin Wallace University

Keith Kreindler :: www.quintettabor.com »
(Bassoon/Clarinet/Saxophone) B.A. SUNY Binghampton, B.M. Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, M.M. Mannes College of Music. Faculty: Park Conservatory

Michael E. Smith
(Trumpet/ Conductor of Jazz@the Rock) B.M. Boston Conservatory of Music, M.A.T. Lehman College
 

Percussion

Michael Cooney
B. of Music in Percussion/Drums University of Connecticut, studies in composition and percussion, Summer Music Academy, Siena Italy; faculty Warwick School of Music & School of Rock

Adam Issadore :: www.pathtorhythm.com
B.M. William Paterson University, current drummer for Marianne Williamson, founder Path to Rhythm
 

Voice

Shirley Crabbe :: www.shirleycrabbe.com
B.M.E. Northwestern University, M.M. Manhattan School of Music, recording artist

Marigene Kettler :: musicora.us »
B.M. Ithaca College. Additional Studies at Aspen Music Festival, Hochschule fur Musik, Vienna, Austria, American Institute for Musical Studies, Graz, Austria, co-found Musicora Chamber Ensemble, Executive Director, Rockland Conservatory of Music.

Nina Louis
B.A. Northwestern University, M.M. Northern Illinois University. Further studies at Chatham College for Elementary School Certificate. Faculty at Concordia Conservatory.

Julienne Marshall
B.A. Barnard College. Additional studies at Emerson Graduate School of Theatre Arts. Performances on and off-Broadway as well as internationally.

Matthew Rupcich
B.M. in voice The Peabody Institute of The John Hopkins University, M.M. in choral conducting University of Maryland. Conductor of the Rockland Camerata

Chorus

Judith Gorman (Main Street Singers)
Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Music Theory, City College of New York, accomplished jazz pianist

Jack L. Gremli, Ed.D (Youth Choir)
Nationally recognized award-winning music educator and conductor, New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Presidential Citation for Excellence in Music Education, International NETWORK of Performing and Visual Arts Schools – NETWORK award, Yale School of Music Distinguished Music Educator.

Music Therapy

Arianna Pallens
B.S. in Music Therapy, B.A. in Applied Music (Voice), B.A. in Psychology, SUNY College at Fredonia.

Jeffrey Friedberg
Studied at University of Vermont, owner of Bossy Frog Productions, LLC

Susan B. Gorman
(All Tuned In, conductor. Chorus for those with Alzheimer's and Dementia and their caregivers) B.A. in Music, Bard College, M.A. in Music Therapy, NYU, Licensed Creative Arts Therapist