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 43-member 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

Melissa Alexander :: musicora.us »
B.A. SUNY Albany, M.A. Hartt School of Music.
Faculty: Hoff-Barthelson Music School.

Lois Anderson
B.A. and M.A. 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.

Catherine Corcoran
B.M. Eastman School of Music, M.M. Arizona State University, PhD in Music Education from Teachers College at Columbia University

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: Elizabeth Morrow School. Performances throughout Europe and the United States. McCall-Deats Duo.

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

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


 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.

Judith Gaffney
(Suzuki Violin) B.S. and M.A. in Music Education from Hofstra University. Additional Studies at the School for Strings.

Elena Hirsu
(Violin) B.M.  amd M.M. Cleveland Institute of Music. Graduate work New England Conservatory 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.

Edward Simons
(Violin/Viola) Violin Studies at Pittsburgh University.
Co-founder of the Rockland Conservatory of Music. Former Chair of Music at Rockland Community College. Director and Conductor of the Rockland Symphony Orchestra.

Irynn Somera
(Viola/Violin) B.S. in Music and M.A.T. in Secondary Music Education, Lehman College, CUNY.

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.
Faculty: American Institute of Guitar, Amati Conservatory, Chair of RCM Guitar Dept.

Winds and Brass

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

Wendy Stern
(Suzuki Flute) M.M. The Juilliard School. Additional studies with Keith Underwood and Toshio Takahashi (founder of the Suzuki Flute School). Master Classes for the National Flute Association. Performances in Australia, Canada, and U.S.A. Played with the New York Philharmonic. Member of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.

Percussion

Douglas Feig
B.A. SUNY Fredonia. B.M. University of Akron

Adam Issadore :: www.pathtorhythm.com
B.M. William Paterson University. Faculty at Third Street Music School Settlement, NYC.

Voice

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

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. 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. 

Chorus

Scott Nathan Louis
(Composition/Chorus)B.A. SUNY Binghamton. M.A. Carnegie Mellon University.

Music Therapy

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

Debbie Surace
B.F.A. in Music Performance, SUNY Purchase. M.A. in Music Therapy, NYU.