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Rosa Abrahams (Theory in Motion) No bio available.



Patricia Alexander (voice) BS from University of Pennsylvania, graduate studies at Carnegie Mellon, MM from Eastman School of Music; postgraduate work at Eastman School of Music in German, French, and Italian diction; teaches privately as well as at Roberts Wesleyan College and the Rochester City School District.


Samantha Anderson (Summer String Extravaganza) holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and Nazareth College with concentrations in cello performance and music education. Ms. Anderson enjoys a versatile career in the Fairport Central School District, where she teaches cello and bass lessons, conducts elementary and secondary orchestras, and coaches advanced chamber music.



Jan Angus (flute & piccolo) BA from UCLA; MM from Eastman School of Music; member of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra; member of Filigree flute and harp duo; artist in residence for Rochester City School District; coordinator of Eastman Pathways Scholarship Program.


Jacqueline Arrington (flute) No bio available.


Sasami Ashworth (Early Childhood) No bio available.


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Charles Bailey (bassoon) is currently the 2nd bassoonist and contra bassoonist with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and Rice University.



Kristin Bayer (saxophone) is a recent graduate of the Eastman School of Music, having earned a Bachelor of Music Degree and Performer’s Certificate in Saxophone Performance. For five years, Kristin was the soprano saxophonist in an award-winning quartet, ViM. Honors for ViM include First Prize at the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) National Finals, as well as Gold Medalist at the 33rd Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. They were also finalists in the prestigious Chesapeake Bay Chamber Music Competition, and ViM performed at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater in Washington, D.C. As a soloist, Kristin premiered a contemporary work by Robert Lemay at the North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA), and gave a recital in Eastman’s Kilbourn Hall. Mrs. Bayer has also performed with Eastman professor Chien-Kwan Lin, in his solo recital, held in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. Kristin has spent years teaching music privately and as a band director. She currently resides near Rochester, NY, where she performs with the Vertex Saxophone Quartet, along with other local orchestras and ensembles.



Lauren Becker (horn) is an active freelance musician and educator in the Western New York region. She has performed with the Rochester Chamber Orchestra, Utica Symphony Orchestra, Catskills Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes, and Portland Ballet Orchestra, and recorded the album Manhattan Music in 2007 with the Canadian Brass as a member of the Eastman Wind Ensemble. In 2009, Lauren traveled to Malaysia to perform several charity concerts benefitting the Alzheimer’s Disease Foundation with the Kuala Lumpur International Festival Orchestra. She was featured as a soloist with the University of New Hampshire Wind Symphony in 2005 as the winner of the Concerto Competition, and won the school’s Keith Polk Horn Scholarship Competition in 2001.

In addition to teaching at the Eastman Community Music School, Lauren has taught at the University of Rochester, the New York Summer Music Festival, and the Summer Youth Music School at the University of New Hampshire. She attended Kendall Betts Horn Camp for several summers, and has been a staff member there since 2007. Lauren holds a Master of Music in Horn Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music and a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of New Hampshire. Her primary horn instructors include W. Peter Kurau, Jennifer Burch, A. Kendall Betts, and John Boden.


Benjamin Bishop (jazz guitar) No bio available.


Andrew Bobka (trombone) Born in Illinois and raised near San Diego, CA, Andrew Bobka now lives in Rochester where he is pursuing Master of Music degrees in Music Education and Trombone Performance and Literature. He previously attended Drake University, where he received a BME in Music Education with Instrumental Emphasis. Andrew is incredibly active as an educator whether it is in public school classroom or private teaching settings. Many of his students have gone on to study music at the university level. As a performer, he is very comfortable in classical and jazz/contemporary settings. Some groups he has performed with include the Eastman Wind Ensemble, Eastman Philharmonia, Eastman Trombone Choir, Des Moines Municipal Band, Drake Jazz Band, among many others. Performances have brought him to various countries including Canada, Greece and Mexico.

Andrew seeks to bring enjoyment, creativity and humor into his teaching. After all, his first professional gig was playing in a trombone quartet for a horse’s birthday party. Andrew’s interests outside of music include golf, skiing, and following professional sports teams.  

Rebeca Boyd (violin) was born in Salt Lake City, Utah and began studies on the violin at the age of five. She has studied with John Chatelain, former second principal of the Utah Symphony, Shi-Hwa Wang where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Weber State University, David Park, and Zvi Zeitlin at Eastman School of Music where she received Masters of Music and Doctoral of Musical Arts degrees. While at Eastman, she held a special teacher training mentorship with Wendy Undercofler.

Dr. Boyd has been a teacher in the Eastman Community Music School for the past six years. Previously she was the first place recipient of the Utah State ASTA competition in 1999 and second place winner of the Utah State ASTA competition in 1997. Most recently she performed in chamber music recitals as part of the Kismarton String Quartet in Eisenstadt, Austria during summer 2008 where she also held the principal second violin position with the Classical Music Festival Orchestra.  

Andrew Brown (clarinet) No bio available.


Priscilla Todd Brown (New Horizons beginning band) After completing a preparatory degree at Eastman, Priscilla Todd Brown studied at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music where she graduated with a degree in oboe performance. A professional oboist, Priscilla has played, toured, and recorded with the Boston Symphony, the Boston Pops, and the Bethlehem Bach Orchestra. She played with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra for a number of years and with many other local groups. Her Masters degree in education is from Nazareth College.

Priscilla directed the bands and music program at East High School in the City of Rochester for almost twenty years, and received the Rochester Philharmonic Musicians’ Award for Outstanding Music Educators (Instrumental Music – Band) in 2002. She is delighted to continue conducting with the New Horizons Band.  

Bruce Burritt (New Horizons intermediate & advanced bands) holds degrees from SUNY Fredonia, Ithaca College and Syracuse University. He became high school band director in the West Genesee Central Schools in 1964 and took on additional duties as District Supervisor of Music in 1968. He directed the Symphonic Band, Marching Band and Wind Ensemble for sixteen years, and led the development of a comprehensive music program in orchestra, chorus and band.

Mr. Burritt became a public school administrator in 1982, serving as assistant principal, high school principal, and superintendent of schools before retiring in 1998 from the Avon School District.  

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Ruth Cahn (percussion) In 2001 Ruth was named Jack Frank Instructor of Percussion in the Eastman Community Music School. She also currently serves as Chair of the ECMS Wind, Brass, and Percussion Department, and is founder and director of the Music Horizon Program for talented high school age musicians now in its 27th year. As a performer, Ruth was a full-time member of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra for 32 years and served on many committees representing the musicians of the orchestra, also serving on the RPO board of director and the board’s finance, development and marketing committees. She served as development director for the orchestra 1993-94. She has also performed with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra and Opera, the Society for Chamber Music, Rochester Chamber Orchestra, Breath Percussion Ensemble in Finland, Canadian Brass Spectacular, and she is a frequent recitalist. As a Musician in Residence, Ruth has worked as an individual artist in the Rochester City School District for 27 years, presenting sequential programs that link music to academic curriculum. For 8 years Ruth has taught a course“ the Joys and Opportunities of Studio Teaching” in Eastman’s collegiate Arts Leadership Program. She has served on the national board of directors of the Percussive Arts Society, chaired the National Education Committee and is currently serving on the Symphonic Committee. She served as Summer Session Director for the Eastman School of Music from 2000-2011. Ruth is devoted to nurturing percussionists/musicians of any age and to helping them achieve their personal potential. She has students performing professionally in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Opera, and Atlanta Symphony. Ruth holds a BM from the Eastman School of Music with Academic Distinction in the areas of Applied Percussion and Music Education.

For information on Ms. Cahn’s Drum Joy Ensemble, see https://www.esm.rochester.edu/community/classes/wbp  


Jeff Campbell (Summer Jazz Studies) BM in music education from Brigham Young University; MM in jazz performance from Eastman School of Music; currently completing doctorate in music education at Eastman; member of Eastman Jazz Trio; numerous performances with contemporary jazz musicians, European jazz festivals, and tours.


Katherine Ciesinski (Voice)

The New York Times has called Katherine Ciesinski “a singer of rare communicative presence, and a musician of discrimination and intelligence.” This accomplished American mezzo-soprano pursues a fully integrated career, exploring the world of today’s composers as well as the established classics of the lyric stage. Major operatic credits include three Metropolitan Opera productions: Judith (Bluebeard’s Castle) and Nicklausse (Les Contes d’Hoffmann) and most recently Comtesse de Coigny (Andrea Chenier); Cassandre (Les Troyens) at Covent Garden and Adalgisa (Norma) with Scottish Opera; Laura (La Gioconda), Waltraute (Ring cycle), and Dulcinée (Don Quichotte) with San Francisco Opera; Octavian (Der Rosenkavalier) and Hansel (Hansel und Gretel) with Dallas Opera; Kabanicha (Katya Kabanova), Mère Marie (Carmélites), Adelaide (Arabella), Marcellina (Le Nozze di Figaro), and Cornelia (Giulio Cesare) with Houston Grand Opera; Xerxes (title role), Diana (La Calisto), Herodias (Salome), Ottavia (L’Incoronazione di Poppea),and Countess Geschwitz in the American premiere of the completed three act version of Lulu with Santa Fe Opera. World premieres of Mark Adamo’s Little Women (Houston), Dominick Argento’s The Aspern Papers (Dallas), Maurice Ohana’s La Celestine (title role, Paris Opera), Girolamo Arrigo’s Il Ritorno di Casanova (Geneva), Param Vir’s Snatched by the Gods (Amsterdam and Munich) have been critically acclaimed, as have her Giulietta in Brussels, Brangäne in Toronto, Judith in Frankfurt and Stuttgart, Eboli in Madrid and La Favorite in Paris. In the recent seasons she has performed the world premiere of The End of the Affair by Jake Heggie with Houston Grand Opera, which was broadcast nationally on NPR’s World of Opera. She has also appeared as Herodias in Salome (Fort Worth), Aunt Cecilia March in Mark Adamo’s delightful Little Women (Mexico City), as Effie Belle Tate in Carlisle Floyd’s masterpiece Cold Sassy Tree (Opera Omaha), and as the Principessa in Puccini’s Suor Angelica (Opera Theater of Saint Louis and Hawaii Opera Theater). She sang song cycles of Prokofiev and Shostakovich in a multi-media concert entitled The St. Petersburg Legacy with Da Camera of Houston at the Bard Music Festival in New York and again in New Haven. She made her opera directing debut in 2007 with Handel’s Flavio for the Moores Opera Center / Ars Lyrica Houston and returned to direct Britten’s The Turn of the Screw the following season. Ms. Ciesinski has also performed with many of the world’s leading orchestras, including the Cleveland, Minnesota, and Philadelphia Orchestras, the Symphonies of Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, Houston and Toronto; and in Europe, with the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics, L’Orchestre de Paris, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Dresden Staatskapelle, and L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. She has been heard in recital across the United States and in Paris, Cologne, Zurich, Milan and at the Aix-en-Provence, Geneva, Spoleto and Salzburg Festivals. Her contemporary chamber music activities have included performances at the Caramoor Festival, New York; Musica Festival, Strasbourg; Ars Musica Festival, Brussels; Festival d’Automne, Paris; Voix Nouvelles, Fondation Royaumont; Schlern International Festival in Italy, and with the Ensemble Intercontemporain in Paris. Katherine Ciesinski’s opera recordings include the title roles in Ariane et Barbe-Bleue, conducted by Armin Jordan (Erato), Regina, with John Mauceri (London/Decca), Sapho, conducted by Sylvain Cambreling (Radio France), the role of Siegrune in Cleveland Orchestra’s Die Walküre, conducted by Christoph von Dohnanyi (London/Decca), and the role of Sonia in War and Peace, conducted by Msitislav Rostropovich (Erato). She received a Grammy nomination for her Paulina in The Queen of Spades with Seiji Ozawa and the Boston Symphony (BMG). Recent releases include Aunt Cecilia March in Mark Adamo’s Little Women (Ondine), Sofia Ivanova in Tod Machover’s Resurrection (Albany) and Alt Solistin in Kurt Weill’s Die Bürgschaft (EMI). Les Noces with Robert Craft and Pribaoutki with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s (Music Masters), Carter’s Syringa (Bridge), along with world premiere recordings of Brian Ferneyhough’s On Stellar Magnitudes and Antoine Bonnet’s Nachtstrahl in Paris, number among her choral and chamber music releases. Lieder recordings include Rorem’s Women’s Voices (CRI), Ravel’s Chansons Madécasses (Columbia), and songs of Dvorak, Alma Mahler and Clara Schumann (Leonarda). One of the few master performers to also become a master teacher, Ms. Ciesinski is a frequent clinician at the annual International Symposium on Care of the Professional Voice in Philadelphia. She created the Vocal Workshop for the annual International Composition Seminar at the Royaumont Foundation in France, and the vocal chamber institute Close Encounters for the Texas Music Festival. She has lectured in and served on the steering committee for the University of Texas School of Public Health’s Healthcare and the Arts Series and lectured for the Eastman/Cornell Music Cognition Symposium in Rochester. She continues to act as a judge for the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions and is currently on the international faculty of the Artescénica Encuentro Operistico in Mexico. Her recent students have achieved performing successes in Europe and South America, one as a Fulbright scholar in Cairo, as well as in the apprentice programs of the Santa Fe, St Louis, Chicago Lyric, Seattle, Los Angeles, Central City, San Francisco, Orlando, Fort Worth, and Des Moines Metro Operas and serve on the faculties of Michigan State, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, San Jose State, Sam Houston State, and Houston Baptist University. Other students are also active in a wide range of repertoire from early music to world premieres, with the Boston Early Music, Aspen, Tanglewood and Weimar Lyric Opera Festivals as recent examples. Formerly Professor of Music and Chair of Voice Studies at the Moores School of Music, University of Houston, she joined the faculty of the Eastman School of Music in August of 2008.  

Mitzie Collins (dulcimer) A native of Dallas, Texas, Mitzie Collins is known as a recording artist, a performer of Celtic and traditional American folk music, and a historian of the American hammered dulcimer. Collins received the degree Bachelor of Music with a major in piano from Eastman in 1963, and the degree Master of Arts with a major in Music Education, and a Diploma in Ethnomusicology from Eastman in 2005. For her many musical contributions to the community, Collins received the 2007 Artist Award of the Arts and Cultural Council of Greater Rochester. She has taught world music in the Music Horizons program for twenty years, and has produced an annual summer World Music Concert in Kilbourn Hall for 19 years. She also teaches Western Music History for the ECMS.

Collins initiated classes in hammered dulcimer at ECMS in 2005, and created the “Striking Strings, The Eastman Community Music School Hammered Dulcimer Ensemble”, in January of 2008. Composed of students from the group hammered dulcimer classes that Collins has taught through the Eastman Community Music School and professional and amateur players from the community, the ensemble has quickly become a popular performing group in the Rochester area. One of her students, Linda Taggart, was awarded the first ever Honors Diploma in Hammered Dulcimer for the Eastman Community Music School in June 2011. Under Collins’ direction, Striking Strings explores tunes from around the world as well as from the dulcimer and fiddle tradition of Western New York State. Among their many performances are appearances at the Kilbourn Hall World Music Concert at the Eastman School of Music, The Heart of the Alleghenies Folk Festival in Bradford, Pennsylvania, 2009; Eastman at Albion Courthouse Square Series, March 2011; The Fiddlers Fair at the Genesee Country Village and Museum; and the 2010 World Canals Conference. The group currently has thirteen members. Collins is a member of the Cimbalom World Association and has traveled to three CWA congresses: 2005 in Beijing, 2007 in Oberammergau, Germany, and the 2009 Congress in Querétero, Mexico. Six members of the Striking Strings Hammered Dulcimer Ensemble are traveling to Budapest, Hungary, for the 10th Congress of the World Cimbalom Association in October of 2011. Collins was a featured performer at the Nonewuch Dulcimer Club of England’s Fall Weekend in 2007. Collins was one of the founders in 1971 of the Golden Link Folk Singing Society of Rochester and remains active in the organization. She was named an honorary member of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, a professional honorary society of woman educators and is an active alumni member of Mu Phi Epsilon International Musical Fraternity. She has performed traditional music from Western New York State as a member of the Flint Hill Folk at the Genesee Country Village and Museum since 1978. As a member of “The Sampler Trio” she has performed regional Christmas concerts for twenty-six years with Glennda Dove, flute and Roxanne Ziegler, harp. Mitzie Collins has twice been voted “Best Rochester Folk Musician” by City Newspaper. From 1975 to 1985 Mitzie Collins hosted and produced the children’s radio program, “Sounds Like Fun” for WXXI-FM. She was an adjunct member of the music faculty of Nazareth College from 2007 to 2008. Collins is active in the Rochester area as a substitute organist and traveled to the Netherlands in May of 2011 on a special “Organ and Art” cultural tour. She regularly contributes reviews to the quarterly publication of the Association for Recorded Sound Collections, the ARSC Journal, and also writes for the Homework Column of the Landmark Society, published in City Newspaper. She participated in a music residency with the Rochester City School District under the auspices of Young Audience of Rochester in July of 2011. Mitzie Collins founded Sampler Records Ltd. in 1975 with her husband Tom Bohrer. The company, no longer actively producing recordings, specialized in acoustic recordings of traditional folk music. Sampler Records Ltd. produced thirty-two recordings, including the popular Christmas titles “Ornaments”, “Nowell”, “Rejoice”. Other popular recordings produced by the company include “St. Patrick’s Day in the Morning: Music of Irish Inspiration,” and the award winning “Vic Kibler: Adirondack Fiddler”. For twenty years Sampler Records Ltd produced “A Concert of Traditional Irish Music” which was one of the largest folk music concerts held in Rochester. Sampler Records Ltd. also produced an annual Christmas concert at the Hochstein School of Music and Dance for eighteen years. A complete listing of Collins’ recordings and concerts by the Striking Strings can be found on www.samplerfolkmusic.com.  

Freddy Colon (conga, timbales, bongos) With 20 years’ experience, Freddy works with the Mambo Kings. He has performed with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Erie Philharmonic, the Syracuse, Baltimore, and Vancouver Symphonies, the Louisville and San Antonio Orchestras, and has had the honor of sharing the stage with the “Queen of Soul,” Aretha Franklin, and the late Tito Puente. Freddy is currently working as a studio and club musician in Rochester and surrounding areas, where he performs regularly with salsa and Latin jazz bands.



Gabriel Condon (jazz guitar) from Penfield, New York began playing the guitar at the age of 4. With a few lessons from friends, he learned how to finger his first chords and started learning songs by artists such as James Taylor and the Beatles. At the age of ten, Gabe began his first formal lessons at Northfield Music. Shortly after, he was invited to play at the Lyell Avenue Music festival, and has since played at clubs and festivals around the Rochester area.

In 2007 Gabe was selected by Jeff Tyzik as one of the area’s most talented young musicians, and Performed with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Pops. In 2008, Gabe received the “Outstanding Blues/Rock Performance” award from Downbeat Magazine for his recordings with his rock band, Mint Jam. That same year he was selected as the guitarist for the Brubeck Summer Jazz Colony in Stockton California. In 2008, Gabe won the Charlie Cote Composition Award for various compositions arranged for guitar and piano duet, big band, and woodwind quartet. Gabe was also the recipient of the 2008 Howard Hansen Composition Contest. His piece, Second Place arranged for string quartet will debut in the Rochester Chamber Society’s 2009-2010 season. Gabe has stayed busy during the past year. While beginning his studies at the Eastman School of Music he won a Silver Award in the Young Arts Competition and played in New York City and Miami with this group. He also won the “Outstanding Jazz Soloist” award in Downbeat Magazine this past May. This summer Gabe has been teaching private lessons and playing with various groups around the Rochester area. He is also working on a new project that includes compositions in styles from many different parts of the musical spectrum.


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Evan Dobbins (jazz trombone) No bio available.


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Juli Elliot (New Horizons Chorus) No bio available.


Rosemary Elliott (cello)

Rosemary Elliott, Assistant Professor of Cello at the Eastman School of Music, has an active performing schedule as chamber musician and recitalist. As principle cellist of the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra in Ithaca, New York she was nominated to the artistic advisory board of that organization, and is a core member of the orchestra’s chamber music ensemble. In 2006 she performed as concerto soloist with the group. Prior to her appointment at Eastman Ms. Elliott was a member of the cello staff at the Royal College of Music, in London, (1994-1998) and performed regularly with some of most notable chamber orchestras there, including the London Mozart Players, the City of London Sinfonia, and the Orchestra of St. John’s Smith Square. Ms. Elliott has been for 10 years a member of the performing and teaching staff at the Bowdoin International Music Festival in Brunswick, Maine. As a guest chamber musician she has also participated in the Skaneatles and Icicle Creek Chamber Music festivals, the Heifetz Academy in Wolfboro, New Hampshire, the International Musician’s Seminar in Cornwall, England, and the Kerry Chamber Music Festival in Ireland. In 2006 she appeared as guest clinician and gave master classes at the European String Teacher’s Association summer workshop in Edinburgh, Scotland. Artistic director of the “Morning Chamber Music” series at the Eastman School of Music, Ms. Elliott has also broadcast on WXXI and enjoys presenting Sonata repertoire with pianists Elinor Freer and Rose Shlyam Grace. Ms. Elliott has performed with the Rochester Chamber Society, and is a founding member of the Rochester based cello quartet, the Cello Divas.  

Matt T. Evans (saxophone) is currently a teaching assistant at the Eastman School of Music where he is pursuing a DMA in Saxophone Performance and Literature as a student of Chien-Kwan Lin. Previously, Matt completed his MM and BM in Saxophone Performance at the Indiana University Jacob’s School of Music as a student of Otis Murphy. Matt garnered several accolades as a student at IU including winning second prize in the annual Woodwind Concerto Competition, winning a prize in the annual Travel Grant Competition which subsequently allowed him to attend the Aeolus International Competition for Wind Instruments in Düsseldorf, Germany, and he also earned a Performer’s Certificate, the highest performance distinction awarded at the school. Matt has earned prizes in several performance competitions including second prize in the Lake Shore Wind Ensemble Young Artist Competition, third prize in the Arizona University Recordings Classical Saxophone Competition, and he has also participated as a finalist in the Music Teacher’s National Association Young Artist Competition. Matt has been featured as a guest soloist with the Indianapolis Youth Wind Ensemble and the Kokomo Park Band of Kokomo, IN. In demand as a clinician, Matt has presented solo recitals and master classes throughout the United States.

Also active in the saxophone quartet medium, Matt is tenor saxophonist with the Zzyzx Quartet, which formed in 2007. Zzyzx has gained high regard after performances in the 2010 and 2008 North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conferences, the 2009 Navy Band Saxophone Symposium, the World Saxophone Congress XV in Bangkok, Thailand, as well as numerous recitals and master classes across the United States. Zzyzx also won second prize in the inaugural North American Saxophone Alliance Saxophone Quartet Competition and participated as a finalist in the Plowman Chamber Music Competition. Zzyzx will release its first CD in November 2010. Matt is a Rico Performing Artist.  

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Jonathan Fitzgerald (guitar) Praised for his rich sound and expressive interpretations, Jon Fitzgerald is becoming increasingly in demand as a performer and pedagogue. Recent concert highlights have included recitals for the Great Lakes Guitar Society, Syracuse University, Buffalo State College, Roberts Wesleyan College, and performances for WCNY and WXXI Rochester. Jon was a prize winning finalist in the 2011 Great Lakes Guitar Festival Competition and winner of the “Audience Choice” Award, which will bring him back for a series of concerts on the 2011-12 season. Other accolades include the Rosalia Ablan Memorial Prize in Guitar, which he was awarded in 2003 and 2005.

Jon is currently pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Eastman School of Music, where he studies under the guidance of Dr. Nicholas Goluses, and serves as his teaching assistant. Jon earned his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied classical guitar with Jason Vieaux (now on the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music). His pedagogical studies have included guitar pedagogy with Tom Poore (editor of Aaron Shearer’s “Learning the Classic Guitar” series), and Eurhythmics pedagogy with David Brown. Currently, Jon instructs students of all levels at the Eastman Community Music School and teaches “The History and Literature of the Guitar” and “Seminar in Guitar Studies” to undergraduate and graduate guitar majors at the Eastman School of Music. In addition to guitar teaching, he has served as the Director of the Cleveland Classical Guitar Society, and taught Dalcroze Eurhythmics classes at Horizon Montessori School and the Fairmount Center for the Creative and Performing Arts in Cleveland, Ohio. Jon began his musical studies at the age of four, completing the Dalcroze Eurhythmics program at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He continued on in the Preparatory Department at CIM, studying piano and music theory. From an early age Jon was fascinated by the guitar, though it was not until middle school that he finally received his first instrument – and his love affair with the guitar continues to this day.



Adam Foley (coordinator, Theory in Motion) BM in Vocal Performance & Music Education, MM in Music Education and PhD candidate, Eastman School of Music; Kodaly Certification (three levels), Hartt School of Music; Level 3 Orff Certification, Eastman; Member of the Keideans of the University of Rochester; studied with John Feierabend and Jill Trinka; teaches kindergarten through fifth grade General Music in Gates Chili, and presents both locally and nationally on weaving Kodaly and Orff together in America.



Donna Brink Fox (director, Early Childhood Music) BA, Calvin College; MM, Ohio University; PhD, Ohio State University; international consultant on early childhood music; alumni achievement award, Ohio University, 1994; Eastman Eisenhart Award for Teaching Excellence, 1996; Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, 2002; Eastman School of Music faculty since 1984.


Beth Fox (Early Childhood) No bio available.


Carrol Frangipane (voice, Pathways mentor) BS, education, Fordham University; MA, music education, voice choral conducting, Columbia University. Graduate studies at NYU and Eastman. Orff Certificate, New England Conservatory. Presenter of music education workshops. Mentor of student teachers at Rochester City School District, Sacred Heart Catholic School, NYC public schools. Assistant professor, Fordham University at Lincoln Center.


Elinor Freer (piano) A native of Montana, pianist Elinor Freer has built a versatile career as soloist and chamber musician, performing across the United States, Europe, and China. In Europe, Ms. Freer has given multiple performances at The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and appeared at the Valery Gergiev Festival in Rotterdam. Other highlights include recordings for Dutch radio, performances at the International Musicians’ Seminar in Prussia Cove, England, and concerts at Moscow’s Gnessin Institute. She was also one of two American pianists selected to perform throughout China in tours designed to promote cultural relations. Ms. Freer has been featured as soloist with numerous orchestras including the String Orchestra of the Rockies, the Brevard Music Center Orchestra, the University of Rochester Chamber Orchestra, the Dekalb Symphony, the Southeastern Kansas Symphony, the Kingsport Symphony, and many others. She is also a frequent performer at festivals such as Summer Music in Harrisburg, PA, the Festival de Música de Cámera in Mexico, the Bowdoin Music Festival, the Lake Winnipesaukee Music Festival, and Music in the Vineyards in Napa Valley. Ms. Freer has been a laureate and prizewinner in competitions such as the Joanna Hodges International Competition and the American Pianists Association, and has held piano fellowships at the Steans Institute/ Ravinia Festival and the Tanglewood Music Center. She holds degrees with honors from the Cleveland Institute of Music and the University of Southern California and was awarded a Performer’s Diploma from the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht in the Netherlands.

A dedicated teacher, Ms. Freer was previously appointed to the piano faculties of Fort Hays State University and the University of Missouri, and in 2003 joined the faculty of the Eastman School of Music. She also currently serves as Co-Artistic Director of the Skaneateles Festival in Central New York. In addition to performing and teaching, Ms. Freer has founded and produced a number of initiatives designed to bring classical music to new audiences and has presented a variety of educational and outreach performances across the country in settings ranging from inner city schools to psychiatric hospitals. For these projects she was awarded multiple grants from the National Endowment for the Arts.  


Natalie Fuller (trumpet) Award winning Natalie Fuller began playing the piano at the tender age of 4, and trumpet followed 2 years later. Born and raised in Saskatchewan, Natalie’s 12 years of homeschooling allowed her the freedom to travel across Canada and the United States as well as internationally to Scotland and Japan with award winning ensembles including the Regina Lions Band and the South Saskatchewan Youth Orchestra. Six months after her battle with cancer at the age of 16, Natalie achieved the highest mark in Canada for the Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto diploma in trumpet performance.

At the University of Regina, Natalie studied under Dr. Ed Lewis (CBC Radio’s “Jazz Dr”) and Miles Newman (principal of the Regina Symphony Orchestra) and had the privilege of appearing as guest artist with several ensembles in and around the capital city. After completing the 4 year Bachelor’s degree in just three years, Natalie was awarded the President’s Medal which is the highest distinction awarded for the bachelor’s degree upon graduation. At the age of 22 this homeschooled prairie girl moved to Rochester to begin a Master’s degree with internationally renowned James Thompson. Last year she won 3rd place at the American National Trumpet Competition and the year before won 1st place in the entire brass division of the Canadian Music Festival. Not being able to resist Rochester’s balmy winters, Natalie is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Eastman School of Music.


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Diego Garcia (cello, Youth Chamber Soloists) Now in his fourth season as Music Director of the Eastman String Fellowship Orchestra, in Rochester New York, Diego Garcia has established the ensemble’s prestigious reputation for virtuostic string playing, artistic excellence, and consistently high caliber performances. Born in Cali Colombia, Mr. Garcia began his musical career at the age of five, studying piano, cello performance, and later conducting, at the Antonio Maria Valencia Conservatory, in Cali. By age fifteen, he had already won a cello position with the Orquestra Sinfonica del Valle, becoming the youngest member of one of Colombia’s premiere orchestras. At the same time, from age fourteen to eighteen, Mr. Garcia was already the conducting assistant to his teacher, Alexander Korjenko, and he routinely conducted the String Chamber Orchestra at the conservatory. In 1993 Mr.Garcia came to the United States to study cello performance with Alan Stepansky at the Manhattan School of Music. While pursuing his degree, he maintained an active professional life, touring Germany, Austria, France, Italy, and Central America as chamber musician, recording artist, orchestral player, and soloist. In 1996, Mr. Garcia traveled to his native country to win a prize in the Carolina Oramas Competition, and returned to New York City to give several solo and chamber music performances in Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. In 1998, Mr. Garcia received his Bachelor’s Degree in performance from the Manhattan School of Music. In 2001 and 2003 he was invited by Phillipe Entremont to perform as Assistant Principal Cellist in the Santo Domingo Music Festival. He has continued to pursue his study of conducting with Bill Weinert, since 2003, at the Eastman School of Music. In 2005 and 2006, Mr. Garcia received a conducting fellowship to the Conductor’s Institute at Bard College, where his mentors included Harold Farberman, Leon Bolstein, Marin Alsop, and Raymond Harvey. In 2004 Mr. Garcia was appointed Music Director of the Eastman String Fellowship Orchestra, and subsequently created an exchange program with the Hampton Roads Chamber Players, in Virginia, where he is a frequent guest conductor. Mr. Garcia is also a Co-Director of the Eastman Kaleidoscope Community Orchestra with his wife Karine Stone, and a frequent guest conductor of the Finger Lakes Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Garcia is currently on the cello faculty of the Eastman Community Music School as well as Principal Cellist of the Rochester Oratorio Society. He is an active composer and arranger, most recently composing original music for the film “Heart of Tango”.


Patricia Gingras (Early Childhood Coordinator and Teacher) BME and MM from the University of New Mexico; PhD candidate at the Eastman School of Music; Orff Certification, Southern Methodist University; Kodály Certification, Hartt School of Music; Scott Wilkinson Composition Contest Winner. Mrs. Gingras is an artist in residence for the Rochester City School District, is a frequent presenter at music education conferences, and serves as chairman of the board for The Music Farm Project.


Norman Gonzales (New Horizons flute) No bio available.


Colin Gordon (Jazz Saxophone) No bio available.


Jane Gunter-McCoy (voice) Degrees from Eastman School of Music and Indiana University; international performer and recording artist touring North and South America, Europe, and the USSR; frequent guest soloist with concert and oratorio organizations; recipient of Jack L. Frank award for excellence in teaching.


Tamari Gurevich (piano) Born in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia, Tamari Gurevich began her musical education with Rozalie Rozjok and made her orchestral debut with the Georgian State Symphony at age 11. In 1992, having graduated from Tbilisi State Conservatory with a Bachelors of Music degree, Ms. Gurevich arrived in the United States. She holds a Masters of Music degree from Indiana University, a Post-Master’s Degree from the University of Notre Dame and a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the Eastman School of Music. She has studied with Nelita True, Alexander Toradze, Tengiz Amiradjibi and William Cerny.

In 1994 Ms. Gurevich placed second in the Beethoven International Piano Competition in Memphis, Tennessee. In 1997 she won Grand Prize and a Special Prize for Best Performance of Debussy at the 14th International Piano Competition in Oporto, Portugal. Ms. Gurevich maintains an active performance schedule and has appeared in solo recitals and with orchestras throughout the former Soviet Union, Germany, Portugal, Spain, Italy and the United States. Ms. Gurevich created and served as the director of the Emil Gurevich/Rozalie Rozjok National Piano Competition, which is held biennially in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia. Tamari has been a jury member for numerous piano competitions both locally and nationally. Ms. Gurevich has taught at the Eastman School of Music, Syracuse University, and Houghton College. Currently she is a member of the piano faculty at the Hochstein School of Music & Dance and the Eastman Community Music School, where she was the recipient of the prestigious Jack L. Frank Award for Excellence in Teaching (2010).  

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Elizabeth Hanan (Early Childhood) No bio available.


Patricia Hanson (piano) BM, Performer’s Certificate, and MM from Eastman. Solo, ensemble, and orchestral appearances; Jack L. Frank award for excellence in teaching (1990); SAI (Sigman Alpha Iota) “Ring of Excellence” for outstanding teaching, performing, and community service.



Margaret Henry (theory) BA in psychology from University of Toronto; BM and MA in composition from University of Western Ontario; PhD from Eastman School of Music; recipient of the Edward Peck Curtis award for graduate student teaching and the Jack L. Frank award for excellence in teaching.


Carl Heuckendorf (Music Theory) No bio available.



Paul Hofmann (jazz piano, composition) Undergraduate study at Eastman; active as a composer, teacher, recording artist, producer, and music columnist; numerous performances, recordings, television, and radio appearances with major American jazz artists; owner of MHR Records (www.mhrrecords.com).



Jason Holmes (Young Children’s Chorus) A recent graduate the Eastman School of Music, Jason Holmes teaches general music and chorus at French Road Elementary School. In addition to teaching, Jason is the assistant chorus master of the Mercury Opera Rochester Chorus and frequently performs on stage with the company. An active church musician, he is the choir director at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in LeRoy and directs the University of Rochester Gospel Choir. Jason was honored with First Prize in the American Choral Directors Association 2006 Undergraduate Student Conducting Competition. Last, but most certainly not least, Jason is very happy to be part of the ECMS family!


Janneke Hoogland (New Horizons cello) No bio available.


Jennifer Horn (New Horizons flute choir) No bio available


Elise Hughey (cello) No bio available


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Joseph Irrera (piano) was born in 1982 and began his musical studies at the age of five. In 1993 he was accepted to study piano in the Community Education Division of the Eastman School of Music where he also received training in counterpoint and music history. Mr. Irrera received the Eastman Preparatory Diploma with honors in 2000 and remained at The Eastman School of Music for his undergraduate studies earning a Bachelor of Music Degree with Distinction, in 2005. Mr. Irrera also holds a Masters Degree in Piano Performance from the Peabody Conservatory of the John Hopkins University.

Among his principle teachers are Alla Kuznetsov, Douglas Humpherys, and Alexander Shtarkman. Mr. Irrera has also received additional training from renowned pedagogues Martin Canin, Philip Kawin, Lev Natochenny, Irina Edelstein, Victor Rosenbaum, and concert pianist Jon Nakamatsu. Mr. Irrera has concertized throughout the United States and abroad with appearances at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C with Leonard Slatkin, the Moulin d’Ande International Music Festival in France, and additional solo recitals in Bulgaria, Germany, and Italy. At the age of 18 he made his concerto debut performing Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. Highlights from Mr. Irrera’s 2009-2010 concert season include solo appearances in Louisville Kentucky, Twin Lake Michigan, and guest soloist with the Genesee Symphony Orchestra performing Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. Mr. Irrera is laureate of many national and international piano competitions including the Guthman International Piano Competition in Atlanta, Georgia, the Young Artist’s International Piano Competition in Washington, D.C., and most recently the American Protégé International Piano Competition in New York City where he was awarded first Prize. Mr. Irrera serves on the faculty of the Eastman School of Music Community Music School and the Hochstein School of Music. He is currently pursuing the Doctorate of Musical Arts Degree at the Eastman School of Music. If you would like to contact Mr. Irrera, or learn more about his upcoming concerts, you may do so at www.josephirrera.com


John Irrera (violin) earned his Bachelor’s degree with High Distinction and Performer’s Certificate from The Eastman School of Music in 2007, and is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree, from the Eastman School of Music, in the studio of Zvi Zeitlin. He began his violin studies at the age of 7, and was accepted into the Community Education Division of the Eastman School of Music’s Preparatory Department in 1994. He has taken top prizes in numerous competitions, including the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Albright Award, as well as the David Hochstein Memorial Award competition. In 2002 John was appointed concertmaster of the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and appeared with them, as soloist the same year, performing Dvořák’s Violin Concerto in a minor. The following concert season John appeared as soloist with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, performing Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, under the baton of maestro Jeff Tyzik. John also performed a solo recital that was broadcast on WXXI Classical 91.5FM. Also active during the summer months, John attended The International Violin Academy at Moulin d’Ande France, and this past summer was a Fellow at Music Academy of the West, in Santa Barbara, California. In addition to his principle studies with Professor Zeitlin John has also studied with distinguished violinists Ilya Kaler, Lewis Kaplan, and Sergiu Schwarz.


Julia Izzo (Theatre for Singers) No bio available.


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Xing Jin (early childhood) No bio available.


Emlyn Johnson (flute) No bio available.


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Michael Kaupa (jazz trumpet) has performed throughout the U.S., Europe, and Japan. From 2001 through 2005 he was been a member of the faculty at the annual Seminario de Jazz, in Barcelona, Spain. He has been associated with the “Taller de Musics” school in Barcelona since 1983 and recorded there with the group “ONIX”. On Saturday December 2nd, 2007, Mike performed at the Palau de la Musica in Barcelona. Later that month he was a soloist with the SUNY Fredonia Jazz Ensemble. He was an interim professor of jazz trumpet at the Eastman School for the 1999/2000 school year.

Among others, he has performed with Jorge Rossy, Ben Monder, Mark Murphy, Gary Bartz, Luciana Souza, Joe Locke, Mel Torme, and Ray Charles. He can be heard every Friday evening at the Stathallan Hotel in Rochester. On February 11th, 2008, Mike was the soloist in New York City in a new composition, “Cycles Suite” by Eastman graduate, Chris Jentsch. It was written for large jazz group and solo trumpet. The concert and recording was partially funded by the New York State Council on the Arts. Mike holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Fredonia State University and a Master of Music degree from The University of Miami (Florida).


Kathleen Kemp (cello) Assistant principal cellist of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. She teaches at the collegiate and Commuity Music School levels at Eastman as well as at the Hochstein School, and is an active performer of chamber music. Kathleen graduated from the Eastman with a bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and a Performer’s Certificate.


Stephen Kennedy (organ)

Stephen Kennedy is Director of Music and Organist at Christ Church Rochester, Instructor of Sacred Music at the Eastman School of Music, Director of Chapel Music and Instructor in Liturgical Music at Bexley Hall Episcopal Seminary, Instructor of Organ for EastmanÂ’s Community Education Division and Instructor of Piano at Nazareth College. Stephen founded the Office of Compline at Christ Church in 1997 and is also the founder and director of the celebrated Christ Church Schola Cantorum, a group that specializes in the performance of early sacred choral music and chant, contemporary music, and choral improvisation. Minnesota Public Radio and Richard GladwellÂ’s “With Heart and Voice” have broadcast Schola recordings nationally. The Schola has performed regularly for the Eastman School of Music’s EROI Festivals and other local concert series. Stephen has collaborated with celebrated organists Edoardo Belotti, Hans Davidsson, David Higgs, William Porter, and Todd Wilson in re-creating and developing historical as well as contemporary liturgical music performances. He has also served as director of music and advisor for Diocesan Conventions of the Episcopal Church, and special liturgies for Colgate Rochester Divinity School. Stephen has appeared in many venues as organ soloist in programs of standard repertoire as well as recitals consisting solely of improvisations. He has been a performer and lecturer for local and regional events of the American Guild of Organists, and has given workshops on choral music and chant and improvisation in the U.S. and abroad. He is also a composer of choral, instrumental, and chamber music as well as a collaborative musician, having recently composed music for choreographer Jamey Leverett and the Rochester City Ballet. Stephen is also a countertenor and specializes in teaching singing styles for early music.  


Sophia Gibbs Kim (flute, flute choir) Sophia Gibbs Kim BA from University of Wisconsin-Madison; Performer’s Certificate, MM, and DMA from Eastman School of Music; has performed throughout the U.S., Russia, Europe, and Asia as solo, chamber, and orchestral flutist.



Eun Mi Ko (piano) was born and raised in Seoul, Korea. Since Ms. Ko came to the United States for her graduate study with Professor Rebecca Penneys at the Eastman School of Music, she has performed throughout North America, Asia, and Oceania. Her most recent project, playing the complete Chopin etudes on a single program, captivated audiences in Rochester, Boston, and South Carolina in the U.S., as well as in Christchurch, New Zealand. In the spring of 2009 she was a guest artist at Soon Cheon University in Korea and in 2010 she was invited to give a solo recital at the Nazareth College in Rochester and Chautauqua Music Festival. In 2011, she will feature as a recitalist at Erskine College, SC.

Ms. Ko has acquired significant experience as a collaborative pianist in the past few years. Since 2005, she has served as an accompanist and collaborative pianist for Eastman School of Music, Eastman Community Music School, Finger Lakes Community College, The Quartet Program, and Chautauqua Music Festival. In 2009 Ms.Ko and violinist Sini Virtanen launched a concert series, “Music After 1900” and programed post 1900 music every month. In addition to their monthly concert, Ko and Virtanen featured in Eastman Virtuosi concert and Ossia. In 2007, she was an accompanist for Sigma Alpha Iota competition at the Chautauqua music festival and played the tutti parts of 15 different piano concerti with 25 contestants in preliminary, semi final and final. Ms. Ko studied her bachelor of music program with Ick Choo Moon at the Seoul National University from 2000 to 2003. In 2006 She received Master of Music degree at Eastman and she is currently working towards Doctor of Musical Arts degree there. She held a Teaching Assistantship from 2006 to 2009 for the studio of Professor Rebecca Penneys at Eastman. Since 2008, she serves as an piano instructor and accompanist at Finger Lakes Community College, Canandaigua, NY. visit her website www.eunmiko.com



Petar Kodzas (guitar) BM, University of Belgrade; MM, Ithaca College; DMA, Eastman School of Music. Has performed throughout Europe and the Eastern U.S. In addition to performing, Kodzas specializes in guitar pedagogy for pre-college age students. For more information visit www.petarkodzas.com.



Ellen Koskoff (Gamelan) BM, Boston University; MA, Columbia; PhD, University of Pittsburgh. Music in Lubavitcher Life, 2000, winner of ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award for excellence in music Scholarship 2001. Editor, Music Cultures in the United States, 2004. Ethnomusicology advisor for The New Amerigroves. General editor, Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, Vol. 3: United States and Canada. Editor and contributor, Women and Music in Cross-Cultural Perspective. Publications in Ethnomusicology, Selected Reports in Ethnomusicology, The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM) Yearbook, Worlds of Music, and The Journal of Women and Music. Book review editor, Ethnomusicology (1983-86).

President, Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM) (2001-2003); Secretary, SEM (1990-); Council Member, SEM (1984-87, 99-); Chair, SEM Editorial Advisory Commitee (1998-); Local Arrangements Chair, SEM National Conference (Eastman, 1986), and Feminist Theory and Music II Conference (Eastman, 1993); program chair, SEM (1997). Director, Ethnomusicology Programs; University Diversity Officer; Director of the Eastman School’s Balinese Gamelan Lila Muni (1992-). Radio host, What in the World is Music?, WXXI-FM (NPR). Visiting faculty, Syracuse University (1981-88), UCLA (1986), New York University (1988). Faculty, Eastman (1980-).



Olga Krayterman (piano) Born in Belarus, Olga Krayterman began her piano study at age six and continued her musical education in Cincinnati after immigrating to the U.S. with her family in 1995. Her principal teachers include Prof. Natalya Antonova of the Eastman School and Ms. Terry Moran, currently of the Cleveland Institute of Music. She is a Doctor of Musical Arts degree candidate at the Eastman School of Music, where she also completed her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in 2008 and 2010, respectively.

An avid performer and competitor, Olga has been awarded first prizes at the Concours International de Piano du Moulin d’Andé in France, the Stravinsky Competition, the Southeastern Piano Festival in South Carolina, and third prize at the Thousand Island International Piano Competition for Young People. She made her orchestral debut with the South Carolina Philharmonic playing Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto as a senior in high school. Olga has participated in numerous piano festivals, including the Académie Inernationale du Moulin d’Andé in France, Pianofest in the Hamptons, the Burgos International Music Festival in Spain, the Orford Festival in Canada, and the Bowdoin International Music Festival in Maine. She has performed in countless master classes for such world-renowned musicians as Malcom Bilson, Irina Edelstein, Douglas Humpherys, Robert Levin, Julian Martin, Yoshikazu Nagai, John Perry, Nelita True, and Vladimir Viardo. In recent years, Olga has begun to teach and adjudicate, as well as devote her attention in earnest to chamber music. Olga has held the post of Teaching Assistant at the Eastman school since 2008 and has been an intern at the Eastman Community Music School since 2011. That year she also founded the Medusa Trio in collaboration with violinist Alexander Tatarinov and cellist Beiliang Zhu.


Rohan Krishnamurthy (Indian drumming) Acclaimed an “international performer and promoter” of the South Indian pitched drum, the mridangam, by USA Today in its “All-College Academic Team” and “Pride of India” by India’s leading newspaper, Times of India, Rohan Krishnamurthy is today considered a young musical ambassador in the Indian music scene. Having initially received mridangam training with Damodaran Srinivasan over a telephonic setup in the U.S. and continuing advanced training from the mridangam maestro Guruvayur Dorai in India, Rohan has performed in hundreds of concerts in North America and India since the age of nine and has spearheaded numerous cross-musical ventures with well-known symphony orchestras, jazz ensembles, and distinguished Grammy Award-winning musicians. He has presented several Indian percussion summer camps, workshops, and academic lecture-demonstrations in several institutions including the Eastman School of Music, Harvard Unive rsity, MIT, Sam Houston State University, Western Michigan University, the National Institute of Design (India), etc. He is the recipient of several prestigious awards, including USA Today’s “All-College Academic Second Team” citation, “Young Artist of India” by Bharat Kalachar (India), and Thomas Siwe Scholarship from the Percussive Arts Society. An innovator, Rohan has redesigned and patented a new drumhead tensioning system that won him 1st place in Eastman’s New Venture Challenge music entrepreneurship competition. Rohan’s multifaceted accomplishments as a performer, composer, educator, and researcher earned him a one-on-one meeting and performance for the President of India, Dr. Abdul Kalam, at the presidential office and estate in New Delhi. After obtaining his master’s in ethnomusicology from the Eastman School of Music, Rohan is continuing a doctoral program at Eastman in musicology with a concentration in ethnomu sicology. www.rohanrhythm.com


Alla Kuznetsov (piano) received her musical training in Minsk, Belarus (former Soviet Union), where she graduated from the Conservatory and became a laureate of the Republic of Belarus Piano Performers Competition. In her native country Alla has performed as soloist, chamber musician and accompanist, and was a member of the faculty of the Minsk Central Music School. Alla emigrated to the United States in 1990, and in 1992 joined the faculty of the Community Music School of the Eastman School of Music.

Alla is a very active and respected performer here in Rochester, where she has appeared in the Eastman School Summer Concert Series, Eastman at Washington Square, the Christ Clarion Chamber Series, the Salem Concert Series, the “Fortissimo” concert series, and the Largely Ludwig Chamber Music series. Her students have won prizes in numerous competitions, both local and national, and have appeared in performance with orchestras, including the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.  

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Michael Larco (viola) No bio available.



Rachel Lauber (conducting) has served as Conductor of the Detroit Symphony Civic Orchestras, where she shared the podium in concert with Neeme Jarvi, Tom Wilkins and Mark Wigglesworth. She was also director of the Detroit Symphony’s Unmasked Series working to plan camera shots, direct live cameras and collaborate with conductors (Nicolas McGegan, Roger Norrington, JoAnn Falletta, John Adams, Hans Graf and Tom Wilkins) on their pre-, post-, and interactive-concert discussions and lectures. Lauber was Music Director of the Livingston Symphony Orchestra from 2004-2007 growing the audience base and expanding the orchestra’s repertoire and concert season. She has directed the University of Michigan Campus Symphony, the Nazareth College Orchestra, and the Shady Side Chamber Music Festival Orchestra. She has appeared as guest conductor with the Romanian-American Music Festival (with members of the DSO), the Slee Sinfonietta, and the Holland Symphony Orchestra. Lauber has conducted the University of Michigan Orchestras, the University at Buffalo Orchestra, and the Eastman School of Music’s Music Horizons Orchestra. In the Winter of 2011, she was visiting assistant professor at Cornell University conducting the Cornell Symphony Orchestra and the Cornell Chamber Orchestra.

Ms. Lauber has studied with Kenneth Kiesler at the University of Michigan where she received her doctorate in orchestral conducting. Additional studies have included the Conductor’s Retreat at Medomak with Mr. Kiesler, the Brevard Music Center with Gunther Schuller, the Oregon Bach Festival with Helmuth Rilling, and numerous workshops of the Conductor’s Guild and the American Symphony Orchestra League. She has studied in Italy at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena and the Catania International Conductor’s Workshop in Sicily.


Timothy Lee (violin) No bio available.



Chien-Kwan Lin (saxophone) BM, MM, New England Conservatory; Performer’s Certificate, Eastman; soloist, U.S. Army Band, New England Conservatory Symphony, Eastman Wind Ensemble; performances with Fromm Players at Harvard University, Tanglewood, New World Symphony, and Boston Philharmonic orchestras; Eastman faculty member (2002-).


Lo-An Lin (piano) was born in Taipei, Taiwan and started taking piano lessons at the age of five with En Wang. Since then, she has performed across the United States and abroad including recent recitals in Seoul National Arts Center of Korea, Taiwan’s National Recital Hall, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., New York, Austin, San Francisco, Toronto, Canada, Australia, Vienna, in broadcast performances on WQXR FM (New York) and ABC Classics (Australian National Radio). Ms. Lin was invited as the guest artist to perform at Kawai Keyboard Series at Queensland Conservatorium, Australia in the summer of 2008. Ms. Lin has also appeared as concerto soloist with the Queensland Orchestra in Australia, the Glenn Gould School Orchestra in Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto, Canada, San Francisco Conservatory Orchestra, the Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra, and the Eastern Music Festival Orchestra under Maestro Gerard Schwarz.

Ms. Lin has been a top-prize winner of numerous national and international piano competitions including most recently the first prize in the collegiate division of MTNA Piano Competition in the state of California in 2009. She also won third prize at 2009 Corpus Christi International Piano Competition; second prize at Lennox Young Artist International Competition in 2008, first prize at the 2007 Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition in Australia in which she also won the Audience Prize, Concerto Prize, and Best Performance of an Australian Work; first prizes in the national 2006 Music Teacher’s National Association Senior Piano Competition, 2005 Vladimir Viardo International Piano Competition (Junior Division), 2001 YAMAHA National Piano Competition, and Hsing Tien Kong Award Prize in Taiwan. Other accolades include second prize at the 2008 Lennox International Young Artist Competition, second prize and Special Chopin Prize at the 58th Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Piano Competition in 2007 and silver medalist at the 2006 Missouri Southern International Piano Competition (Junior Division). Ms. Lin is currently pursuing her Master Degree in Piano Performance under Ms. Nelita True at the Eastman School of Music. She received her Bachelor of Music degree on scholarship at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where she was a student of Yoshikazu Nagai. She has performed in a numbers of summer festivals including the Banff Music Centre’s Piano Master Class program in 2009 and 2010, the Piano Texas International Academy and Festivasl where she was one of the six young artists chosen to perform chamber music with Calder Quartet in 2008, Bowdoin International music Festival in 2007, and spent several summers at the Eastern Music Festival and School. In 2007 Lo-An was featured in the American Music Teacher Magazine in which she wrote an article for the Music Teacher’s National Association’s collaborative conference with the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers’ Associations and Royal College of Music. She is an alumna of the Interlochen Arts Academy where she graduated with the Young Artist Award in Piano.  

Tiffany Valvo Lopez (clarinet) Clarinetist Tiffany Valvo has been passionate in developing her career as a charismatic performer, establishing herself as one of the outstanding musicians of her generation. Since winning her first orchestral job at age twenty-one with the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, Tiffany has continued to seek out opportunities for musical growth. Her musical experiences include playing with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, international tours with the American Wind Symphony Orchestra as both performer and tour manager, participating in the Brevard Music Festival, Boston University Tanglewood Institute, the Eastern Music Festival, and the CCM Spoleto festival in Spoleto, Italy where she studied with Anthony McGill, principal clarinetist of the Metropolitan Opera. Tiffany is equally dedicated to education and outreach, currently holding a teaching position at the Eastman Community Music School.

As a much sought-after performer of contemporary music, Tiffany frequently performs with Musica Nova and the Rest is Noise new music ensembles at the Eastman School of Music, primarily on the bass clarinet. Most recently, Tiffany was invited to play at the “Creative Dialogue V” symposium with the Sibelius Academy in Sante Fe, New Mexico. Tiffany holds a Bachelors Degree in Clarinet Performance from The Florida State University. She is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Clarinet Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music where she studies under and is the teaching assistant of Jon Manasse. Her other teachers have included Kenneth Grant, Frank Kowalsky, and Deborah Bish.  


Irina Lupines (piano, accompanist) A native of Belarus, Irina Lupines has built through the years a diversified career as collaborative artist, vocal and instrumental coach,and teacher. She received degrees from the Belarus National Conservatory in Minsk and the Lviv National Conservatory of Ukraine.

A dedicated and experienced teacher, Irina has been working with a great diversity of students since 1995. She also has an active performing schedule as chamber musician and recitalist. She is a frequent performer in the Eastman Summer Concert Series, Eastman at Washington Square, Eastman in Geneva, Valley Manor at the Pops, and Encore Concert Series. She was an accompanist for master classes with such distinguished musicians as Yo-Yo Ma, Carol Wincenc, and Michel Debost. As a collaborative pianist, Irina Lupines has performed in the United States with Michelle Debost, Gary Schocker and many professionals throughout Rochester area.


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Michelle Mammoser (Early Childhood) A born and raised midwesterner from Chicago, IL, Michelle Mammoser (Shelly) came to Rochester to study a Bachelor of Music in French Horn performance. Not long into her studies she discovered the joys of education and jumped on board as quickly as she could. Now in her fifth year, she is finishing up by student teaching and taking part in the Take 5 program through the University of Rochester.



Joshua Massicot (piano and accompanist) Pianist and educator Josh Massicot has made important contributions to advancing the understanding of developing musicianship at all levels of instrumental instruction. His research has helped shape standards at universities and community music schools across the country.

As a versatile performer, Mr. Massicot maintains an active concertizing career that has included engagements with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and the Kingsville Symphony Orchestra. He has premiered works for solo piano by award-winning composers and has collaborated with musicians in both classical and jazz idioms. Most recently he paired works by Issac Albeniz and Francis Poulenc with his own arrangements and improvisations on standards by Harold Arlen, Frank Churchill, and Jimmy VanHeusen. Josh Massicot is a native of New Orleans. He has received both the Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance and the Masters of Music Degree in Music Education from the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester, NY. Mr. Massicot currently serves on the keyboard faculties of the Eastman Community Music School and Nazareth College, where he teaches private lessons, piano classes, score reading, and directs musicianship classes for young pianists.


Melissa Matson (viola) Melissa Matson, prizewinner of the Cleveland Quartet Competition (1978-80), earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as a Performer’s Certificate at Eastman. Matson studied viola with Martha Katz, Heidi Castleman, and Karen Tuttle; and chamber music with the Cleveland and Juilliard Quartets, and at the Quartet Program and the Aspen Festival Center for Advanced Quartet Studies.

She is a founding member of the Chester String Quartet (1978-83), and also won prizes at the Munich and Portsmouth (England) quartet competitions. She has recorded on CRI, Stolat, and Pantheon. Matson also performed on a CD, Chamber Jazz by Jeff Tyzik, released by the Society for Chamber Music (Rochester). In addition to her teaching post, Matson is a soloist and principal violist with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and is a performer with the Society for Chamber Music (1986-) and the Skaneateles (NY) Festival (1987-). She also is a mentor and coach for the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (1990-). Prior to joining the Eastman faculty in 1985, Matson was a faculty member at Indiana University – South Bend (1980-83) and the Eastern Music Festival (summers 1984-86).  


Gaelen McCormick (string bass) Ms. McCormick has been a member of the Rochester Philharmonic’s bass section since 1995. She is returning to the Rochester area after a two year sabbatical, during which she completed her Master’s Degree in Music (Performance) in Pittsburgh. Active as a teacher, she was appointed in 2003 to teach at Duquesne University’s City Music Center, a program for talented, pre-college students. She has been on the faculty of Roberts Wesleyan College and the Hochstein Music School, and currently teaches a private studio of all ages. Ms. McCormick is regularly invited to play with other major orchestras, including the Buffalo Philharmonic and the Syracuse Symphony. She holds degrees from the Eastman School and Carnegie Mellon University.


Abigail McHugh-Grifa (early childhood) No bio available.


Jeffrey McLeod (jazz piano) No bio available.


Marylynn Miller (piano) BA, Scripps College; MA, Claremont Graduate School. On faculty of Roberts Wesleyan College. Member, Rochester Piano Teachers Guild. Performs as chamber musician and accompanist in the Rochester area.


Janet Milnes (violin, String Chamber Music Coordinator) has been heard frequently by Rochester audiences, collaborating with some of the area’s finest chamber musicians. Before coming to Rochester, she was a member of the Mallarmé Chamber Players, and performed with the Ciompi Quartet of Duke University. She has also performed with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Rochester Chamber Orchestra, and the Greensboro, Savannah and North Carolina Symphonies, Lake Placid Chamber Orchestra, Lancaster Festival Orchestra and Cayuga Chamber Orchestra. Ms. Milnes has served on the faculties of the Duke University String School and Hochstein School of Music and Dance, and has been on the faculty of the Eastman Community Music School since 1987. Her undergraduate studies were at Manhattan School of Music with Raphael Bronstein and Burton Kaplan and post-graduate studies with Bernard Goldschmidt, David Cerone, and Burton Kaplan.


Carson Moody (New Horizons Percussion) No bio available.


Nobuko Moriwaki (piano and accompanist) BM and MM from Eastman School of Music; independent studies in Suzuki piano pedagogy. Extensive performing in the Rochester area as soloist, chamber musician, and accompanist.


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Wesley Nance (trumpet) is Second Trumpet with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and has been a featured soloist with the orchestra on several occasions. Also a composer, the RPO brass section premiered his piece “Two Beats!” on the RPO WPops concert series on Oct 17 and 18, 2003, and has performed it, as well as other compositions, several times since. He has received several commissions, ranging from full orchestra to five trumpets.

Wes holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Eastman School of Music in trumpet performance, and is has been on the faculty of the Eastman Community Music School since 1990. His trumpet studio is highly regarded, and he directs a trumpet ensemble made up of many of the finest young players in the area. This ensemble is a champion of new music, having no fewer than four pieces commissioned for it in the last three years, and alumni of the group are studying at the finest music conservatories in the country. Outside of music, Wes enjoys espresso, tennis, sailing and a good movie downstairs in the home theater, where he’s likely to be joined by RPO violinist Shannon Nance and their four children: Brooke, Brandon, Brianna, and Bridget.  

Lena Nietfeld (computer notation) No bio available.


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Matthew Osika (Theory in Motion) BM, Trumpet Performance and Music Education, Eastman School of Music. Currently working on his MM in Music Education at ESM, Matt has spent countless hours as part of the greater Eastman community. He has a strong background in Music Theory, as well as Gordon’s Music Learning Theory. Matt is the Assistant Conductor of the Eastman Wind Orchestra and Tour Manager for the Eastman Wind Ensemble, as well as a music substitute for several districts in the Greater Rochester area.

When not in the classroom, Matt enjoys performing solo and with various ESM-based ensembles. Also an award-winning wind composer, Matt has written for and premiered several works with various schools in the Western New York area.


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Alexander Pena (Early Childhood) Born in Mission Viejo, CA, Alexander Peña came to Rochester to study a Bachelor of Music in Viola and Music Education. Now a graduate student at the Eastman School of Music, Alexander is currently pursuing a Masters of Music Performance and Literature. Also active as an educator, Alexander currently serves as the Teaching Assistant to Professor George Taylor and John Fetter. Alexander enjoys performing with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, in recital, and participating in a variety of music festivals. Recently, Alexander has also taken on a position at The Harley School where he teaches Middle and Upper School Strings. Teaching in his 4th year at ECMS, Alexander is looking forward to another great year in Early Childhood.


Gregory Perrin (violin) No bio available.


Eric Polenik (bass) picked up a bass for the first time at age 17 and was invited to perform in the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra’s bass section just seven years later. Mr. Polenik holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Bass Performance and Literature from Duquesne University as well as a Master’s Degree from the Eastman School of Music. While studying at Eastman, he co-founded the NEO chamber orchestra. Its mission was to bring classic symphonic music to new audiences in a variety of innovative platforms and venues with a focus on education. In addition to being Principal Bass, Mr. Polenik was the Program Manager, writing scripts and educational material for the concerts. As a chamber musician, Mr. Polenik performs regularly with the Slee Sinfonietta at the University of Buffalo, specializing in 20th and 21st century music. He has also performed with the Rochester Chamber Orchestra, Quartsemble, and the Scranton Bach Festival.


Geoffrey Pope (film scoring) No bio available.


Christopher Potter (jazz drum set) An accomplished young drummer and percussionist, Chris Potter has had tremendous success in the Rochester area, performing with a wide range of ensembles at various clubs, restaurants and concert venues. Chris has performed at The Rochester International Jazz Festival for the last five years, with multiple groups each year including the RIJF Scholarship Ensemble, the Eastman Youth Jazz Orchestra, The Eastman Jazz Ensemble, and other ensembles. In March of 2011, Chris performed with The Eastman Chamber Jazz Ensemble at Prez Fest, a Celebration of Gil Evans, at St. Peters Church in New York City, with guest artists Phil Woods, Andy Bey, and Frank Kimbrough. Chris has earned a Bachelors and a Masters of Music from the Eastman School of Music, both degrees in jazz performance. While at Eastman, Chris performed with the Eastman Jazz Ensemble, Eastman’s premier jazz ensemble. The Eastman Jazz ensemble frequently brought in guest artists including: Bill Holeman, Chuck Mangione, Adam Niewood, Lew Soloff, Pat LaBarbara, Marvin Stamm.

Chris was a recipient of the Rochester International Jazz Festival Scholarship at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Chris was a TA and taught Drum-Set class for non-majors at Eastman. Chris performed with Stefon Harris, James Carter, and Claudia Acuna with the Penfield HS Jazz Ensemble. Chris performed at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall as part of the Essentially Ellington International High School Competition. Chris is currently a drum set teacher at The Eastman Community Music School, and has been since 2010.  


Howard Potter (associate dean, jazz and percussion)

Dr. Howard Potter has served as associate dean for community and continuing education since 2002. As a veteran teacher and administrator, he has taught and led at the elementary, middle, high school, collegiate and community levels. Before coming to Eastman, Potter served as chair of performing arts at the Manlius Pebble Hill School in Syracuse, NY. He holds degrees from: SUNY Fredonia, the Eastman School of Music, the Juilliard School, and the Manhattan School of Music. His teachers have included: David Samuels, Alan Dawson, Fred Hinger, Buster Bailey, John Beck, Ted Frazier, and Alfredo Roel. Besides leading the Eastman Community Music School and serving on the ESM senior staff, Potter conducts several jazz ensembles, teaches jazz theory, and is an instructor of jazz mallets at Eastman. Potter has conducted numerous All County jazz ensembles including Monroe County, as well as numerous orchestras, wind ensembles and chamber ensembles at the high school, college and professional levels. While a professional musician in the West Point Band, Potter founded the West Point Youth Orchestra. With over 25 years’ professional performing experience, Howard Potter has played with numerous orchestras, pit orchestras and wind ensembles including the Rochester Philharmonic (extra), the Erie Philharmonic, the National Orchestral Association at Carnegie Hall, several Off Broadway theater companies and over eight years with the United States Military Academy Band at West Point. Before attending college, he spent 5 years playing full time on the road with a number of contemporary rock/jazz ensembles. He currently is a member of the RPO Marimba Band and plays jazz vibes in various Rochester ensembles. Dr. Potter is director of three nationally recognized programs: Eastman Pathways – a scholarship program for students from the inner city school district of Rochester, the ECMS summer program, and the Rochester New Horizons program. He has served on the executive board of the Onondaga County Music Educators Association (1998-2002), the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra board of advisors (2003-08) and on the board of advisors for the Society for New Music in Syracuse, NY (1997 – 01). He is currently a member of the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts and Chair of the Eastern Great Lakes Chapter of the National Guild. Howard Potter is married and the father of three children. The son of a career US diplomat, Potter grew up in Tunisia, Ghana, Argentina, Brazil, and Washington, DC, and is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese. Next to being a husband and father, his greatest source of pride is being a teacher and sharing his love of music with his students.


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Alexander Reeder (early childhood) No bio available.


Sarah Rhee (piano) Currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Eastman School of Music where she has been teaching assistant to Nelita True as well as an instructor in Class Piano and Sight-Reading for piano majors; Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School; Bachelor of Music from Eastman. Has appeared as recitalist and soloist with various orchestras throughout North America and Europe, including the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Rome Chamber Orchestra, New Millennium Orchestra (Spain) and Eastman Symphony Orchestra, among others and is an avid chamber musician who has given numerous solo and collaborative benefit concerts. Top prize winner of the Virginia Waring International Piano Competition, Montreal Symphony Orchestra Competition, Canadian Music Competition and the International Stepping Stone Competition, and has extensive teaching experience both at the collegiate and preparatory levels.



Nan Gullo Richmond (harp) graduated from the Juilliard School of Music where she studied with Marcel Grandjany; the Penn State University where she received a M.Ed; and the Eastman School of Music where she earned a D.M.A., studying harp with Eileen Malone and Kathleen Bride. She has been a winner of Concert Artists Guild with a New York City Town Hall debut. As a member of the Pittsburgh Symphony for six years, she toured the U.S., Europe and the middle East. She has toured the U.S. as soloist with the Chicago Little Symphony and has given numerous solo and chamber music recitals.

While at Juilliard she was the Founding Secretary of the American Harp Society and was the founder of the Central Pa. Chapter of the AHS. She has served as President of the Rochester Chapter. Her collection of 18th and 19th Century harp music is housed at the Eastman Sibley Music Library in Special Collections. Her publications from this Collection are published by the Historical Harp Society. She has written articles on teaching for” Music Journal”. Nan Gullo Richmond has taught at Penn State, Houghton College, and Roberts Wesleyan College. Currently she teaches studio harp at the Eastman Community Music School and also directs two harp ensembles. She directs the annual ECMS Harp Workshop in July. In 2007 she received the Jack L. Frank Award for excellence in teaching.


Matthew Robey (Piano, accompanist) No bio available.


Josh Rosenberg (Theory in Motion) No bio available.


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Cecile Saine (voice) Cecile enjoys an active career as both a soprano soloist and vocal Instructor. She has earned a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance, and a Performer’s Certificate in Opera and Oratorio from the Eastman School of Music. Her performances as soprano soloist with The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, The Buffalo Symphony Orchestra, and many more orchestras under the direction of Julius Rudel, Isaiah Jackson, Enrique Demeck, Paul Freeman, Erich Kunzel, and Peter Dubois, have earned her critical acclaim in concerts throughout the Eastern United States. In over 1200 Concerts she has delighted audiences with her brilliant soprano in performances of opera, oratorio, musical theater, cabaret, pop’s concerts and television and radio. Her many vocal students can be found on the stages of well known opera companies, and on Broadway. Cecile’s teaching career includes The Hochstein Music School, Mansfield State College, Nazareth College in Rochester New York, and she is currently a Senior Vocal Instructor at the Eastman Community Music School, where she holds a full vocal studio, and also directs Theatre for Singers.


Ken Scott (New Horizons Dance Band) No bio available.


Elizabeth Seka (viola) BM from Louisiana State University; additional studies at Chicago Musical College. Member of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and the Rochester Chamber Orchestra; has appeared with the Atlanta Pops Orchestra, the Cleveland Women’s Symphony, and the Chicago Chamber Orchestra.


Alexandra Shatalov (oboe) is a committed educator and oboist in the Rochester, NY area. She began teaching oboe privately at home in New Paltz, NY and continued while completing her Bachelor’s degree at the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam. At Crane Alexandra was a Presser Scholar and a winner in the Crane Concerto Competition. In 2009 Alexandra graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor’s in Music Performance and a Minor in Music Business, after which she began her Masters Degree in Oboe Performance and Literature at the Eastman School of Music, studying with Richard Killmer. In Rochester, Alexandra performs with the Eastman Philharmonia, Eastman Wind Ensemble, Musica Nova, the Wilmot Wind Quintet, The Genesee Symphony Orchestra, and she is a substitute in the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition to teaching at Nazareth College, Alexandra instructs oboe through the Nazareth Community Music Program, the Eastman Community Music School, and she maintains a private oboe studio as well. Alexandra has attended the Banff Masterclass Program for Strings and Winds, the National Orchestral Institute, and in 2008 was a second-place winner in the International Double Reed Society Young Artists’ Competition. Her mentors include Anna Hendrickson, Richard Killmer, and Valentina Shatalova.


Sungmin Shin (guitar) Korean American guitarist/composer Sungmin Shin has performed extensively as a solo guitarist in addition to frequent collaborations with fellow artists. He has been a member of the Los Angeles based guitar ensembles Trio Asia and Trio Stretto. He frequently performs in a duo setting with various violinists and flutists. Committed to sharing his music, he has performed numerous outreach performances throughout the community. He has made several radio appearances and has performed to critical acclaim in the masterclasses of world renowned artists including Dusan Bogdanovic, Olivier Chassain, Roland Dyens, Oscar Ghiglia, Dale Kavanah, Alvaro Pierri, Marc Teicholz, Benjamin Verdery and Jason Vieaux.

Mr. Shin is currently pursuing a DMA (doctor of musical arts) degree at the prestigious Eastman School of Music. He studies with and serves as a TA (teaching assistant) to Prof. Nicholas Goluses, one of America’s most sought-after guitarists. In receiving his MM (master of music) degree at Eastman, he was awarded the highly selective Performer’s Certificate for outstanding performance. During this time, he also studied baroque performance practice with lutenist and conductor extraordinaire, Paul O’Dette. Mr. Shin teaches private lessons and has assumed the role of primary instructor for guitar pedagogy and fretboard harmony classes as a TA at Eastman. He also teaches at the Eastman Community Music School as an intern to Dr. Petar Kodzas. Upon completing his undergraduate studies at the University of Southern California, Mr. Shin was awarded the Classical Guitar Department Award. At USC, he studied privately with distinguished artist and pedagogues James Smith and Brian Head while receiving additional instruction from flamenco master Adam del Monte and esteemed Los Angeles Guitar Quartet members William Kanengiser and Scott Tennant. He also was fortunate to study privately with the legendary Maestro Pepe Romero as well as perform numerous times in his masterclasses. Mr. Shin is an alumnus of the Aspen Music Festival and School, where he studied with Sharon Isbin on a full scholarship. Sungmin began his musical life at the age of 10 as a blues/rock guitarist in LaSalle, Ontario, studying with Ron Mcminn. He began his classical guitar studies in high school with Mike McNamara in Windsor, Ont receiving high honors in examinations through the Royal Conservatory of Music in Canada. An avid audio/video engineer, Sungmin is the producer and host of the award winning classical guitar blog and web show The Plucker Report.  


Derrick Smith (voice) Baritone Derrick Smith has emerged as a rising vocal sensation, singing with distinction in theaters around the world. Mr. Smith sang the role of Joe in Showboat at its 50th Anniversary performance at the California Musical Theater in Sacramento. He was asked to repeat the same role at the Marriott Lincolnshire Theatre’s summer performances in Chicago, receiving jubilant praise from critics and standing ovations from the audience. He has triumphed equally performing the dual roles of Porgy and Jake in Porgy and Bess with the Chicago Sinfonietta at Chicago’s Symphony Hall, Crown in Porgy and Bess with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, and Leporello in Don Giovanni with the Malmo Symfoni Orkester in Sweden. Mr. Smith more recently appeared with Opera Ebony in the debut performance of original opera Harriet Tubman at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, performing the principal role of John Tubman. He was called on to repeat the same role of John Tubman both at the Arturo Schomberg Center in New York City and at the Metro Theater in Syracuse, N.Y.

A frequent oratorio and concert soloist, Derrick Smith has performed in recital with renowned soprano Renee Fleming, a Rochester, N.Y. native, as well as performing as a soloist with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the Rochester Oratorio Society, the Long Island Symphony, and the Chamber Group of the Toronto Symphony among others. Mr. Smith has sung many classical and contemporary works, including performing as a soloist in Jessye Norman Sings for the Healing of AIDS held at the famous Riverside Church in New York City and telecast live on PBS, involving performances by Grammy Award winner Jessye Norman, Whoopi Goldberg, Elton John, Maya Angelou, and Toni Morrison. He has sung Handel’s Messiah with the Rochester Oratorio Society, the Rochester Chamber Orchestra, and the Corning Philharmonic, and also the Mozart Requiem with the Geneseo Symphony and Chorus in Geneseo, N.Y. and with the Eastman Philharmonia in Eastman Theater in Rochester. His performance signing the Brahms German Requiem with the Virginia Consort in Charlottesville, Va. was highly praised. Internationally, Derrick Smith performed roles in Porgy & Bess traveling with the Chicago Sinfonietta in Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, and Russia; repeating the same roles with the Norrkerping Symphony in Sweden; and in the dual roles of Crown and Jake again in Porgy and Bess as a part of the VI Festival De Artes De Itu in Brazil which was televised throughout he country. The following onth he performed again in Rusia in the title role of Eugene Onegin, as well as singing acclaimed performances in Gershwin concerts at televised music festivals in both Moscow and Estonia. Mr. Smith has also performed at the International Institute of Vocal Arts in Italy. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Derrick Smith has trained and performed with the Glimmerglass Opera Young American Artist Program and the Brereton International Music Symposium in England under Thomas Hampson, Horst Gunter, and Brigitte Fassbaender. He has worked with coaches Angela Hawaleshka, Sherrill Milnes, and Thomas Paul, and continues to train under Benton Hess and Wayne Sanders. In addition, Mr. Smith was a semi-finalist of the American Traditions Competition, and a winner of the Outstanding Young Men of America Award. A winner of the New York Vocal Artist Competition and the William Warfield Scholarship, Mr. Smith and Mr. Warfield, both Rochester, N.Y. natives, performed and recorded together, and Mr. Smith always shines performing Mr. Warfield’s feature, “Old Man River” from Showboat. Future plans of Mr. Smith include training and performing in Songfest, held at Pepperdine University in California, running the summer vocal program at the Eastman School of Music’s Music Horizons program for gifted teenage musicians, and continuing as a Senior Associate Instructor of Voice at the Eastman School of Music. Derrick Smith and his wife Merideth are the parents of four children and reside in Rochester, New York.


Herbert Smith (trumpet) Herb Smith is the third trumpet with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. He is a graduate of The Eastman School of Music and began playing in the orchestra after he graduated in 91’. He works with students through the Young Audiences of America and Rochester City School District Artist in Residence program. He also travels all over the upstate NY area doing workshops and presentations for many Arts Organizations dealing with classical music, and the accessibility to this music for non musicians, traditional music, from many countries around the world, and jazz music, emphasizing it’s importance as one of the only original American music forms.

Herb also plays many gigs with his jazz quartet, is a frequent substitute player for the Chautauqua, and Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestras. Furthermore he is trumpet instructor for the Community Education Division of the Eastman School of Music, his alma mater, and has a trumpet studio that he teaches out of his home. He has played with many notable artists, including, Al Jareau, Natalie Cole, Doc Severenson, The Ojays and has played on many commercial jingles recorded in Rochester NY. Other ventures include composing music for silent films, and writing musical arrangements for local bands in the area. Herb is also the cofounder of a new smooth jazz group named Thornwood. Thornwood is a collaboration between Herb and Marcus Robinson, a guitarist, playing original compositions and smooth jazz arrangements. Their first CD in titled “Just A Little Sly” was greatly received and a new CD will be coming soon.  


Bob Sneider (jazz guitar, combo, improvisation) Before joining the Eastman faculty in late 1997, Sneider toured for several years with two-time Grammy Award winner Chuck Mangione. Other notable performers with whom Sneider has performed, toured or recorded include: Nat Adderley, Joe Locke, Don Menza, Lou Donaldson, Joey Defrancesco, Pat Bianchi, Gary Versace, Pat Labarbara, Joe Locke, Grant Stewart, Ken Peplowski, Gerry Niewood, Chris Potter, Roy McCurdy, Eric Alexander, David Hazeltine, Frank Strazzerri, Jon Faddis, Keeter Betts and frequent appearances with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Pops(guitar/banjo). Sneider has performed in major festivals, concert halls and jazz clubs throughout South America, Central America, North America and Europe. Sneider is a graduate of the University of Rochester where he studied with Bill Dobbins and Ramon Ricker. Growing up in Brockton, MA, Sneiders mentor and teacher was Chet Kruley – a veteran of the Fletcher Henderson, and Nat Pierce bands.

Sneider has several solo and co-led cd projects that have received rave reviews and international airplay: Introducing Bob Sneider (self produced), Out of the Darkness (Sonsofsound), duo projects with pianist Paul Hofmann – Interconnection (Sonsofsound) and Escapade (Sonsofsound) and Serve & Volley (Origin), The Bob Sneider/Joe Locke Film Noir Project – Fallen Angel (Sonsofsound) and Nocturne for Ava (Origin), All Through The Night (RIJF). Several of his students have won major jazz competitions and attended renowned institutes: YoungArts, DownBeat, Grammy National Band, The Brubeck Institute, Kennedy Center / Jazz Ahead. For more information visit www.bobsneider.com.



Howard Spindler (piano and accompanist) is a Rochester NY native, and a graduate of the Eastman Preparatory Department. He earned the BA with majors in both Music and German from Oberlin College; he returned to Eastman and completed the MA degree in Musicology. He pursued postgraduate work at the Folkwang Hochschule in Essen, Germany and completed the Artist Diploma in Piano and Accompanying. He returned to Rochester and joined the faculty of the Eastman Preparatory Department, later named Community Education Division, later again renamed Eastman Community Music School. His piano teachers include Paul Badura-Skoda, Cecile Genhart, Maria Luisa Faini; he studied chamber music with John Celentano.

Spindler’s performing career has been diverse; he is very active as a chamber musician and accompanist. His teaching career at Eastman has included piano teaching, chamber music coaching, and classroom teaching, both in the Community School and Collegiate Division. Through Eastman’s Institute for Music Leadership, Howard has directed a certificate program for graduate students interested in honing their studio teaching skills. He was awarded the Jack L. Frank Award for outstanding teaching in Eastman’s Community Music School (1988), and he served as Interim Director of the Community Education Division for 2 1/2 years preceding the appointment of Associate Dean Howard Potter. Howard has a special interest in the study of rhythmic movement: he was fortunate to study Dalcroze Eurythmics at Oberlin Conservatory with the eminent Professor Inda Howland, who herself had been a disciple of Emile Jaques-Dalcroze in Switzerland. At Eastman, Howard’s piano professor, Cecile Genhart had also been a Dalcroze protege, having assisted the master in teaching improvisation at the Geneva Conservatory. Howard has taken Dalcroze teacher-training courses, and he incorporates Dalcroze practice in his teaching. As Chairman of the Piano Department, Spindler managed an overhaul of the Piano Syllabus, leading an initiative to include improvisation and ear-playing. In connection with that initiative, he undertook a recording project with Eastman colleagues: the result was Eastman Folk Sing (2006), a CD folk song resource for the school and the entire community. Spindler enjoys developing new audiences and new venues for concerts. He has performed through Young Audiences, as well as programs of the Rochester City School District. He initiated a weekly noontime concert series, Eastman at Washington Square, which is going strong more than a decade later. He worked with the administration of Elmira College to bring Eastman musicians to Elmira for a new arts and letters series, Encore! Their program is also thriving after many successful seasons. His music appreciation courses and mini-courses through Eastman and through the Monroe County OASIS program have won acclaim.


Doug Stone (jazz saxophone) was raised in Peoria, Illinois and began playing the saxophone professionally at age 10. He received his bachelor’s degree from Northern Illinois University. While at NIU Stone performed with jazz legends Frank Wes, Frank Foster, Benny Golson, Rufus Reid, Ed Thigpen, Larry Ridley and a host of others. Stone also led the university’s top combo as well as his own groups, the Jazz Arranging Syndicate and Scantily Clad, featuring his original works. He has performed with trombonist, composer, and arranger Joey Sellers and was a member of Panoramic, a world-jazz group co-led by steel pan virtuoso Liam Teague and pianist/percussionist Robert Chappell. In fall of 2004 and winter of 2005 Doug toured with Maynard Ferguson and the Big Bop Nouveau. From 2005-2010 Stone lived in Roselle, Illinois, and performed locally with the Joel Spencer Quartet, the Nick Fryer Trio, the Chicago Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra, the John Burnett Orchestra, the Model Citizens Orchestra, John Bany’s Men of Note, Human Motion, Aaron McEver’s M-13, the Ian Torres Big Band, and the Ed Breazeale Group. Stone also led his own groups in the Chicago area; the Doug Stone Quartet and Trio and was coleader of the Nick Fryer/Doug Stone Quartet and the Stone/Bratt Big Band. He has written several pieces for big band and his works have been featured with the Central Illinois Jazz Train Orchestra, the University of Missouri Columbia Jazz Band, the Normandale Community College Jazz Band, The Eastman Jazz Ensemble, and vocalist Kathy Kosins. Doug has recorded with numerous groups including the Sam Craine Quartet, the Dave Hoffman Sextet, the NIU Jazz Ensemble and Jazztet, the Jazz Arranging Syndicate, Scantily Clad, Birch Creek Academy Big Band, the Ed Breazeale Group, the Ji Young Lee Quartet, the Stuart Mindeman Group, Panoramic, Quintopus, and the Rick Holland Little Big Band. Doug is currently a student at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. He is working on a master’s degree in jazz performance, and a master’s degree in music education. He plays in Rochester with the Dave Rivello Ensemble, Quintopus, and the Westview Project.

Stone has taught private saxophone, clarinet, flute, and jazz improvisation lessons at numerous middle schools and high schools in the Chicago area. He directed the Northern Illinois University Community School of the Arts Jazz Band and the Youth Jazz Ensemble of DuPage; two regional high school honors jazz bands. He also taught jazz combos at St. Charles North High School in St. Charles, Illinois. Stone has given clinics at colleges and universities including Northwestern University, Illinois State University, Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, University of Missouri Columbia, Normandale Community College in Bloomington, Minnesota, and Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, California. He has adjudicated high school jazz band festivals at Prairie State College in Chicago Heights, Illinois and Illinois State University. He also composed sight-reading etudes for the Illinois Music Educators Association jazz band auditions. Stone teaches private saxophone lessons, Youth Saxology, and Jazz Theory II for the Eastman Community Music School in Rochester, New York and is an adjunct faculty member at SUNY Brockport. In the summers, Stone is a faculty member at the Birch Creek Jazz Camp in Door County, WI.  


Karine Stone (Kaleidoscope Orchestra) Karine Stone has played the violin since the age of two. She has a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in violin performance from the Eastman School of Music. In the summer of 1996 she played operas in the Schlossfestspiel Orchestra in Heidelberg, Germany. For three years, from 1998-2001 she was a member of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra. She has performed frequently as Acting Concertmaster of the Erie Philharmonic. She has performed in the first violins of the Santo Domingo Music Festival (2003) under the direction of Philippe Entremonte, and in the first violins of the Skaneateles Festival (2002). Currently she performs in the second violin section of the RPO, in the first violins of the Rochester Oratorio Society, adnd is an active freelance and chamber musician. Through her freelance work, Karine has performed as a backup musician with artists such as Josh Groben, The TransSiberian Orchestra, Harry Connick Jr., Jonny Mathis, Wayne Newton, and the Capital Saxophone Quartet. Karine is the Director and Violin I of the Hastings Chamber Players, and the violinist of the Ethos Duo. From 2002 through 2005 Karine performed as the first violinist of the RPO Educational Quartet, a group dedicated to bringing classical music to children in the Rochester City Schools. Most recently, she is performing chamber music and lecture recitals as the first violinist of Quartsemble, a chamber music gruop she formed with her husband, Diego Garcia.

Karine has also worked extensively as a teacher, conductor and an administrator. In 1997 she was on the violin faculty of the Idaho State Civic Symphony String Festival and in 1998 she was the Dean of the Quartet Program at Bucknell University. Karine is committed to sharing music with children of all ages and for seven years has taught approximately 30 students in her private violin studio in Rochester, New York. For six seasons, she has conducted the Cobblestone Chamber Ensemble, a 30 piece intergenerational orchestra, also in Rochester, New York. In the fall of 2005 she will begin conducting the Eastman Kaleidoscope Community Orchestra with her husband, Diego Garcia. She loves most of all to create beautiful sounds on the violin and share her love of great music through teaching, conducting, and performing.


W. Craig Sutherland (tuba) Mr. Sutherland, a native of Clarence, New York, was appointed to the position of Principal Tubist with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in 2004. Prior to joining the RPO, Craig served as Tubist with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, and as Adjunct Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at Charleston Southern University, in Charleston, SC. Shortly after receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of Michigan, Craig served as Principal Tubist with the Hofer Symphoniker and Rekkenze Brass Quintet, in Hof, Germany. Upon returning to the States, Mr. Sutherland was awarded a full-scholarship to attend The Juilliard School where he earned his Master’s degree. Craig has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, and the Seattle Symphony, among others. During the summers, he has participated in the Schleswig-Holstein, Spoleto USA, Cascade, Oregon Coast, and Aspen Music Festivals.


Curtis Swike (trombone) No bio available.


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Katie Hannigan Tabon (Voice) has just completed her doctorate degree from Eastman School of Music, where her studies emphasized in Voice Performance and Vocal Pedagogy. She continues to have a very active role as a teacher and performer. Hannigan Tabon has performed Marcellina in Le Nozze di Figaro, Mother/Allison in This is the Rill Speaking (Recorded for Albany Records 2008) Maman in L’Enfant et les sortileges, Don Ramiro in La Finta Giardiniera, Charlotte in A Little Night Music, Old Prioress in Dialogues of the Carmelites, Sandmann in Hansel und Gretel, Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Mercedes in Carmen as has also performed in a plethora of operatic scenes.

Dr. Hannigan Tabon was the winner of the Civic Morning Madrigals Award in Syracuse, NY in 2007. She was also the recipient of the Vocal Concerto Competition Award at Eastman School of Music in 2008, and had the privilege to perform Jake Heggie’s The Deepest Desire with Eastman Philharmonia’s Chamber Orchestra. She has worked with Mercury Opera Rochester, and has worked as a soloist with Eastman’s Symphony Orchestra and Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. Hannigan Tabon was the recipient of the Teaching Assistant Prize for Secondary Voice Lessons at the Eastman School of Music in 2009. Dr. Hannigan Tabon is an adjunct Professor at Nazareth College in Rochester, NY where she teaches vocal pedagogy and private voice instruction. She is also currently a Voice Teacher Intern at the Eastman Community Music School in Rochester, NY. Education: DMA Eastman School of Music, Voice Performance and Literature (2010) Certificate in College and Community Teaching- Eastman’s Institute for Music Leadership (2007) MM Eastman School of Music, Voice Performance and Literature (2007) BM SUNY Purchase Conservatory, Voice and Opera (2005)  

Christopher Teal (drum set) drummer & percussionist currently residing in Rochester, New York. Chris is pursuing a masters in jazz and contemporary media from the Eastman School of Music, under the instruction of Rich Thompson. He performs with the Eastman New Jazz Ensemble, the jazz groups Localized Tenderness and Fugu Apprentice, Danny Songhurst, Jigsaw Republic, the Tom Molter Big Band, Don Goodwin and Freefire as well as freelancing with other local artists and theater companies. Originally from Spokane, Washington, Chris graduated with a BA in Jazz Performance from Whitworth College in 2005. He has recorded and performed with notible artists Nicholas Payton, Eric Reed, John Clayton, Jeff Clayton, Ed Neumeister, Dan Balmer, Fred Stone, Brent Edstrom, Danny McCollim, Brian Ploeger, Hal Galper, Dan Keberle, the Alvin Ailey Dance Company and the World’s Oldest Living Sax Section. Other cross-country endevors include playing for Carnival Cruise Lines beginning in 2003.



Karie Schroer Templeton (Eastman Children’s Chorus, Eastman Youth Chamber Singers, Eastman Children’s Choir Camp) received a bachelors’ degree in choral music education from Wittenberg University and a Master of Music degree in music education and voice from Ithaca College, with additional graduate studies at the Eastman School of Music. In her thirty-third year of teaching vocal music in the Pittsford schools, Ms. Templeton currently directs the Sutherland High School choral ensembles and musical theater program. She has also taught at the elementary level and, for 19 years, at the middle level. Her school choirs consistently receive superior ratings at a variety of music festivals throughout the United States and Canada. They have performed at MENC Eastern Division Conferences in Pittsburgh, PA and Rochester, NY, and at the 2001 NYSSMA State Conference.

Ms. Templeton also oversees the choral program at the Eastman School of Music Community Music School. She directs the Eastman Youth Chamber Singers (for high school musicians) , the Eastman Children’s Choir (for students in grades 5-8) and mentors the Eastman Young Children’s Choir (grades 2-4). During the summer Ms. Templeton is director of the Music Horizons High School Summer Choir and the Eastman Children’s Choir Camp. She has conducted many All-County Festival Choruses in New York State. Her professional affiliations include Music Educators’ National Conference, American Choral Directors’ Association, Sigma Alpha Iota and the New York State School Music Association where she has served as the state Middle School/Jr. High Chairperson.



Ben Thomas (jazz bass) has been fortunate to have played with Ralph Alessi, Clay Jenkins, Ted Poor, Bob Brookmeyer, Michael Davis, and The Dave Rivello Ensemble. Ben has attended the School for Improvised Music in Brooklyn for three years, having studied with Ralph Alessi, Tony Malaby, Drew Gress, Tim Berne, Jim Black, Andy Milne, John Hebert, Tom Rainey, and attended master classes with Mark Helias, Tyshawn Sorey, Peter Epstein, Vijay Iyer, and Steve Coleman.

Ben was born in Hartford, CT and currently lives in Rochester, NY continuing his education at the Eastman School of Music for graduate studies with Jeff Campbell. At Eastman, Ben plays in the award winning New Jazz Ensemble under Dave Rivello and is a board member and performer with the schools student run new music group OSSIA. Look forward for Bens first recording of original music with Tony Malaby and Aaron Staebell!



Rich Thompson (jazz drums) BME from University of Oklahoma; MM from Eastman. Various clinics, recordings, and performances in Europe, Japan, Newfoundland, Thailand, and the U.S. Drum set chairman, NYSSMA. Also toured with Count Basie Orchestra, Marion McPartland, James Williams and toured and recorded with Eastman Jazz Faculty. For more information visit www.RichThompson.net. -Faculty member at Eastman (1996-).



Bill Tiberio (Chamber Wind Ens., Jr. HS Jazz Ens., Summer Wind Ens.) BM, Ithaca College; Masters in Music Ed, Fredonia; Concert Band and Jazz Program Director at Fairport High School, Instrumental Music Teacher, Fairport Schools, 1988 to present: Faculty, University of Rochester Music Department Wind Symphony conductor and UR Jazz Ensemble Director and Hochstein School of Music Summer Staff. Recipient, RPO Music Educators Award, April, 2004.


Nikola Tomic (jazz trumpet) has performed professionally with the Eastman BroadBand in New York City and Mexico, and with many others, including renowned cellist Hank Roberts, the Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Dave Rivello Ensemble. Nikola is now pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Eastman School of Music. He completed a Master of Music degree at Eastman in 2009, and holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Ithaca College, where he studied trumpet with Frank G. Campos. At Eastman, Nikola has studied primarily with Clay Jenkins and Harold Danko, as well as with Douglas Prosser, Marvin Stamm, and Byron Stripling. Nikola can be heard on the recordings “The Smallest Blue” by Oculus on I-Town Records, “The Oxtet” playing the music of Josh Oxford, and most recently on Thru Spectrums’ “Wanderings.” A private trumpet instructor since 2003, Nikola has enjoyed great success working with students of all ages, interests and ability levels. More information can be found at www.myspace.com/nikolatomictrumpetplayer.


Alex Trygstad (viola) No bio available.


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Patrick Walle (horn) No bio available.


William Weinert (Eastman-Rochester Chorus) Since 1994, William Weinert has served as Professor of Conducting and Director of Choral Activities at the Eastman School of Music, where he conducts the Eastman Chorale and the Eastman-Rochester Chorus and supervises the masters and doctoral programs in choral conducting. He has conducted throughout Europe and the United States, as well as in the Far East, and has served throughout the country as a clinician and an adjudicator, as well as giving conducting master classes in North America, Europe and Asia. Ensembles under Weinert’s direction have performed at conferences of the American Choral Directors’ Association and the Music Educators’ National Conference.

The Eastman Chorale has undertaken annual tours in recent years under Weinert’s leadership, performing significant repertoire from the sixteenth through twenty-first centuries. They have regularly performed with Eastman instrumental ensembles in such works as the two Bach Passions and in contemporary repertoire. In addition, the Chorale undertakes annual readings and recordings of Eastman student works, and regularly presents premieres of significant new choral music. Recent performances of the Eastman-Rochester chorus have included the premiere of Dominick Argento’s Four Seascapes, the Britten War Requiem, the Vaughan Williams Sea Symphony, Requiems of Mozart, Verdi and Brahms, and the Beethoven Missa Solemnis. Critic John Pitcher wrote that the 2004 Beethoven performance “was terrific in every respect…The chorus sang full-throttle, sending vocal sparks throughout the concert hall.” Pitcher’s review of the chorus’s 2005 performance of Alexander Nevsky stated that “the RPO’s joint performance with the mighty Eastman-Rochester Chorus of the Prokofiev cantata is the most powerful and satisfying thing I’ve heard in the city all year…The Chorus sang with unforgettable emotion.” Weinert has also frequently conducted opera and symphonic repertoire, and has performed extensively as a recitalist and oratorio soloist. He has published articles on the music of Brahms and Bruckner and Georg Schumann, as well as Geistliche Gesäng und Melodeyen: a Critical Edition with Commentary, an edition of twenty-four motets by the prominent baroque composer Melchior Franck. In 1998 he succeeded Alfred Mann as editor of The American Choral Review, the journal of the American Choral Foundation. The graduate programs in conducting at Eastman have been ranked by US News as the finest in the country. A small number of students are admitted to these degree programs, and they are given significant podium experience with regular Eastman ensembles. In recent years Eastman graduate students in both the masters and doctoral programs have won first place in the ACDA national student conducting competitions. Weinert holds the A.B. in history and B.Mus. in music education from Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music; the M.M. in conducting from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; and both the M.M. in music history and the D.M.A. in conducting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he studied with Robert Fountain, and then taught for five years as Fountain’s assistant. He has studied conducting with Daniel Moe, Geoffrey Simon, Karlos Moser, and Robert Porter. His vocal training has included study with Yolanda Marculescu, Howard Hatton and Ilona Kombrink; his study of the clarinet included work with Lawrence McDonald, Russell Dagon and Alois Heine at the Salzburg Mozarteum. He was the founder and director of the Schütz Ensemble of Madison (1984-90), musical director of the Madison Savoyards (1983 and 1987). He has previously served on the faculties of the University of Wisconsin-Parkside (1982-84), University of Wisconsin-Madison (1984-89), and the University of Southern Mississippi (1989-94), and has served for three summers as guest professor at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg, Germany.  


Glenn West (Mbira ensemble)

Trained as a violinist/violist and composer, Glenn West has maintained a life-long fascination with non-Western musical traditions. He is currently completing an MA in Music Education with a Diploma in Ethnomusicology at the Eastman School of Music. Introduced to Shona mbira at Eastman, he has immersed himself in the study of the instrument and traditional Shona musical practices. His teachers have included Martin Scherzinger, Erica Azim, Patience Chaitezvi, and Jenny Muchumi. He has also been a member of the Eastman Gamelan and is currently resident violinist at the Sri Rajarajeswari South Indian Hindu temple in Rush, NY. In this latter capacity he has performed in Western NY and Canada and recently completed a recording of Bhajans (sacred songs) with the Temple Bhajan Ensemble and instrumentalists from India. His other musical activities include composition, teaching, conducting and performing. In addition to serving as a member of the Eastman Community Music School faculty since 1984 when he founded a program in pre-college composition, he has also taught music theory, music appreciation, violin performance, and coached chamber music at a variety of institutions including the University of Southern California, RIT, and the Sewanee Summer Music Center at the University of the South, where he was Composer in Residencce and director of one of the student orchestras. As an arts administrator he has served as General Director of Opera Rochester, Director of the Concert and Press Office at the Yale School of Music and Production Manager for the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. He earned his undergraduate degree in music composition and theory from The College of Wooster (OH) and pursued graduate work in composition and musicology at the University of Southern California. He also holds an MBA from the William Simon School of Business of the University of Rochester.


Lynnann Wieringa (theory) No bio available.


Christopher Wilke (lute) Called by the Cincinnati Enquirer, “A master of several instruments,” Christopher Wilke is an eclectic musician who concentrates on music for modern and historical plucked string instruments as well as composition. As such, he plays electric and acoustic guitars, renaissance and baroque lutes, and theorbo. “The young American, Christopher Wilke, thrilled the audience,” wrote the Allgäuer Zeitung (Germany).

Mr. Wilke released his debut recording for Centaur Records in 2007. Charles Hurel: Works for Theorbo features the complete solo music by Hurel performed on a 14-string theorbo. “Wilke plays with conviction, sensitivity, and a warm, singing tone,” wrote Howard Posner in the Lute Society of America Quarterly while American Record Guide states that “the sound Wilke produces from his instrument is absolutely gorgeous… Christopher Wilke plays with an expert feel for this style.” As a modern performer, Christopher has collaborated with and/or premiered works by such notable living composers as Paul Lansky, Azio Corghi, Robert Denham, Angelo della Picca, and Michael Fiday. His own original compositions include chamber, vocal and orchestral works. His music is published by Les Productions d’Oz in Montreal, Canada. In addition to performing and composing, Mr. Wilke is also a dedicated teacher who has held faculty positions at Marshall University, Xavier University, and Northern Kentucky University. He is also on the staff at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music’s Summer Guitar Workshop. Mr Wilke is currently pursuing his doctorate in Early Music at the Eastman School of Music with lutenist and conductor, Paul O’Dette.  


Jordan Wilson (voice) of Apex, NC, is currently in his second year of a master’s degree in Vocal Performance and Literature under the tutelage of Carol Webber at the Eastman School of Music. In May 2008, he graduated from Eastman with his Bachelor’s degree, a double major in Vocal Performance and Music Theory. Most recently, Jordan has been seen as Pelléas in Debussy’s “Pelléas et Mélisande” in January 2009, and as Manfred in Jake Heggie’s new opera “For a Look or a Touch” in December 2008, both with Eastman Opera. Jordan has previously been seen at Eastman as Mr. Lundquist in “Little Night Music,” and as Willy in Lee Hoiby’s “This is the Rill Speaking.”

In the summer of 2007, Jordan was part of the inaugural year of Wolf Trap Opera’s Studio artist program, and while there participated in an in-depth Mozart scenes program and played the part of Zalzal in “L’étoile” and the police captain in John Musto’s “Volpone.” In the fall of 2008, Jordan was hired as a voice teaching intern by the Eastman Community Music School, and beginning in the 2009-2010 school year is also a Teaching Assistant at the University of Rochester teaching secondary voice lessons. Jordan can be heard on professional recordings of “This is the Rill Speaking” and “Volpone,” along with multiple recordings made by Schola Cantorum of Christ Church, Episocpal, Rochester, NY.



Alan Woy (clarinet) A recent addition to the Rochester community and the Eastman Community Music School, Alan Woy retired from full-time teaching at the Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam in 2004. He has continued to lead an active musical life as a performer, teacher, and conductor. As an Emeritus Professor at Crane, he currently teaches adjunct clarinet. A faculty member at Crane since 1971, he taught studio clarinet, woodwind techniques, and conducting. He was also a chamber music coach and band director for many years, most recently conducting the Crane Wind Ensemble. Dr. Woy is currently principal clarinet and a charter member of the Potsdam Clarinet Quartet, the Orchestra of Northern New York, and Northern Symphonic Winds. He was a member of the Potsdam Woodwind Quintet for 33 years until his retirement. Since moving to this area he has joined music educator wind ensembles in Rochester and Syracuse. Active as guest soloist, clinician, and conductor, Dr. Woy is an All-State Adjudicator for the New York State School Music Association. He earned his Bachelor of Music in Performance from Illinois Wesleyan University (1967,) and his Master of Music in Performance (1969) and Doctor of Musical Arts (1979) from the University of Colorado.


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Anyango Yarbo-Davenport (violin) The African-American violinist Anyango Yarbo-Davenport was born in Munich, Germany. Her father was the late Austrian conductor and violinist Hans-Peter Jillich. Anyango’s mother is the African-American lyric soprano Africa Yarbo-Davenport, who is known from US & Dutch TV documentaries, recordings for Phillips Classics, and as an international performer.

As an international prizewinner, Anyango Yarbo-Davenport has become a sought after soloist with her “sweet, creamy tone and deft technique” (B. Tremblay, WXXI) in Europe and the US. Born in Munich/ Germany, Anyango has been trained at the music academies of Munich/Germany, Schottland, Canada, and the University of Salzburg ‘Mozarteum’/Austria. In May 2008 Anyango was awarded the prestigious Performer’s Certificate and the Bachelor’s of Music Degree from the Eastman School of Music, where she is currently pursing her Master’s Degree in the master class of Prof. Charles Castleman. During the 2008/09 season Anyango can be heard again at Carnegie Hall, Detroit Orchestra Hall, the Harris Theatre, Chicago, as well as in Germany, Finnland, and the UK. Her performances are broadcast live by stations such as PBS TV & Radio and WXXI in the US and Europe. Anyango is engaged in performing contemporary works in the collaboration with composers such as Chen Yi, and collaborates as well with visual artists such as Jean Detheux. She is a guest artist at the 2008 Music and Globalization Symposium, the 29th Contemporary Music and Art Festival at BGSU, and the 2009 Women in Music Festival at Eastman. She has commissioned and premiered numerous chamber works as a founding member of the Eastman Triana. The trio’s debut tour in Spring 2008 included a live radio broadcast on WXXI and rave reviews. Since the age of 14, Anyango has been dedicated to the musical education and development of underprivileged and handicapped children, and often collaborates with non-profit organizations worldwide. Since January 2006 William Harris Lee/ Chicago, and the Sphinx Organization belong to Anyango’s sponsors. She currently performs on a violin made by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini, fecit 1785, lent to her by her teacher, Professor Charles Castleman (www.charlescastleman.com). For more information regarding concert dates, recordings, etc. please visit: www.anyangomusic.com.



Keiko Ying (cello) Keiko Ying enjoys a versatile career as a cello performer in solo, orchestral and chamber music settings and as a dedicated teacher. She currently serves as principal of CityMusic Cleveland chamber orchestra and was also recently hired as a full-time member of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra. She has previously been principal of the Spoleto Festival Orchestra. She is an active participant in music festivals such as the Aspen Music Festival, Bowdoin International Music Festival and Skaneateles Festival, and has collaborated in chamber music performances with Leon Fleisher, Gil Shaham, Alex Kerr, Wu Han, Lawrence Dutton, and others.

Keiko joined the faculty of the Eastman Community Music School in 2009. She received her DMA from the Eastman School studying primarily with Alan Harris. Previous teachers have included Sam Smith, Ross Harbaugh, and Katherine Scott, and she also studied with Christoph Henkel and Ekkehard Weber at the Hochschule fur Musik in Freiburg, Germany. Born and raised in Boise, ID, Keiko began her cello studies at age 10. She joined the Boise Philharmonic when she was 14. She makes her home in Rochester, NY, with her husband.


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Jeremy Zhu (co-chair, violin, and chamber music) studied with Hung Yunglai and Ni Wenzhen since he joined Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra; received BM in Performance, studied with Yuan Peiwen of Shanghai Conservatory of Music, and in Music Education of Music College of Shanghai Normal University; MM in Performance, studied with Charles Castleman and John Celentano of Eastman School of Music.

As a full-time senior faculty member at ECMS/Eastman School of Music, he teaches students from preparatory to collegiate, and professional performers, gives master classes and performs as soloist, collaborative musician, and as leader/member of Orchestras in U.S, China and abroad. He is the founder of the Gabriel Trio. His teaching and performance have been reviewed and noted by distinguished pedagogues, musicians and major media in various languages. His students have won prizes in solo and chamber music competitions, have performed in music festivals with honors/awards and join the leading orchestras. For more information, please visit www.jeremyzhuviolin.org To contact: jzhu@esm.rochester.edu



Harriet Zimmerman (piano, Summer Piano Camp) BM and MM in piano performance and literature from the Eastman School of Music, Recipient of Jack L. Frank award for excellence in teaching.(1986) Solo and ensemble experiences and veteran adjudicator for local and state competitions


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