Faculty

EARLY CHILDHOOD MUSIC CLASSES
April Armstrong
April Armstrong is an actress, singer and storyteller.   She holds a BM from Manhattan and an MA in from Teachers College, Columbia University.  April works with kindergarten through high school, teaching music ( classes, chorus, and voice lessons); drama, theater improvisation, storytelling, musical theatre and creative dance.   She has taught for Lincoln Center Institute, Amas Musical Theatre, Manhattan New Music Project, Center for , Carnegie Hall, The Masters School, and Brooklyn .   Her theatre career includes Broadway National Tours, Regional theatres, television, and film. She has performed as a Storyteller for a variety of venues across the US, the Caribbean and Indonesia.    She is a co-author of the best seller, The Big Moo and is the author of the original theater piece, Two Wings to Heaven; The Story of Bessie Coleman a one-woman show.   http://www.aprilarmstrong.com/

Emma Brondolo - Head of Early Childhood Music and Director, Young People's Chorus at Thurnauer
Emma Brondolo is the artistic director of the Young People's Chorus at Thurnauer, director of the early childhood music program, and a voice teacher at the JCC Thurnauer School of Music, as well as a satellite conductor with the Young People's Chorus of New York City.  Ms. Brondolo has participated with the Young People's Chorus of New York City for the past 20 years, where she studied with artistic director and founder Francisco Núñez. As a member of the Young People's Chorus of New York City, Ms. Brondolo traveled and competed in multiple choral competitions and festivals throughout the world.  Ms. Brondolo received her bachelor's degree in music education (vocal emphasis) from the Hartt School of Music, The University of Hartford, where she studied with the late Fritz Moses.  After completing her degree, Ms. Brondolo taught music at Sage Park Middle School and Intensive Education Academy, a school for students with special needs. In the summers, Ms. Brondolo has worked as a music teacher at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, in New York City. Ms. Brondolo graduated from St. John's University with a dual master's degree in special education and general education. She is completing her four-year Kodály certification at Westminster Choir College.

Sharon Klein
Sharon Kleinis a native New Yorker and has been serving the community for the past 30 years as music educator, children's choral conductor and director, accompanist, music therapist, entertainer and children's piano instructor.For the past 18 years, Ms. Klein has been teaching children from Pre-School through 8th grade. As a General Music and Vocal Arts Specialist with an emphasis on multi-cultural music, Ms. Klein's educational approaches embrace Orff, Dalcroze and Gordon-based musical philosophies infused with a passion for learning. Mrs. Klein's credits include piano accompanist for the off-Broadway show "While We're Young", making its debut appearance at the Vineyard Theatre in NYC in 1980. Most recently, Ms. Klein serves as piano accompanist for Byram Hills School District's middle school choirs in Westchester.

Bogna McGarrigle
Bogna McGarrigle is a concert organist, singer, choral director and Dalcroze educator. She holds MA Degree in Sacred Music and Choir Conducting and MM degree in Organ Performance from the Academy of Music in Kraków, Poland, as well as MM in Organ Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music, Rochester. Teaching music through movement has always been Bogna's passion. She received her first Teaching Certificate in Eurhythmics after high-school. Then she continued her advance studies in Dalcroze Eurthythmics in the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice, Poland. Currently, Bogna serves as the Music Director and Organist at the Church of the Epiphany in New York City. She also teaches general music to grades K-4 at the Epiphany School.

MUSICIANSHIP & COMPOSITION
Dan Bar-Hava
M.M., Composition and Performance, Manhattan ; B.M., Rubin Music Academy, Jerusalem. Studies with David Noon and Harold Danco. Band leader of RIPE, a seven piece progressive pop/rock ensemble. Works performed on WQXR in New York, and by Manhattan Concerto Orchestra, Manhattan School of Music Chorus. Faculty, Manhattan School of Music- Pre-College Division.

David Kaplan
First appearing in recital at the Bard Festival in 1994, pianist David Kaplan has been lauded for his "grace and fire" at the keyboard, and most recently by The for "striking imagination and creativity." He has made concerto, recital, and chamber music appearances at Tanglewood, Ravinia, and Banff, as well as at the Seattle Chamber Music Festival and Chamber Music Northwest.   He has been featured by The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Barge Music, and at the Mostly Mozart Festival, performing in Avery Fisher Hall at the invitation of Itzhak Perlman. In recent seasons, he performed as recitalist in Berlin, Barcelona, Chicago, and New York, and as a chamber musician in the United States, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, and Denmark. For two years a member of Carnegie Hall's high profile young artist troupe, the Ensemble ACJW, David has performed regularly in New York's most exciting venues, from Zankel Hall to Le Poisson Rouge. He was recently appointed co-artistic director of Lyrica Chamber Music, a Morristown-area series now in its 25th anniversary season.

Kaplan´s enthusiasm for contemporary music has led him to premiere dozens of works, and this season includes the premiere of Alex Weston's Piano Concerto. David also drew critical praise from The Boston Globe and The New York Times for his 2006 performances of the Abrahamsen Piano Concerto at the Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music. An ongoing collaboration with the composer Timothy Andres has also resulted in a concerto, Home Stretch (2008), and in a 2010 Nonesuch Records release of his work for two pianos, Shy and Mighty. The disc earned top spots in both Alex Ross's and The New York Times' CD Picks for the year, and The New Haven Advocate wrote that Kaplan and Andres "dazzle on the ivories."   Last spring, the Metropolis Ensemble presented the duo in the premiere of Andres' newest work for four hands, Retro Music.  Most recently a student of Claude Frank at the Yale School of Music, David Kaplan has had the opportunity to learn from many other distinguished pianists, including Emanuel Ax, Alfred Brendel, Leon Fleisher, and Richard Goode. Away from the piano, he is a passionate cook, and is mildly obsessed with classic cars. http://www.davidkaplanpiano.com/.

Andy Kozar
Pittsburgh native Andy Kozar  is a New York City-based trumpeter, improviser, composer, and educator whose playing has been said to be ‘agile as he navigated leaps and slurs with grace...he shifted between lyricism and aggression deftly' by the International Trumpet Guild Journal. A strong advocate of contemporary music, Andy is a founding member of loadbang, a member of TILT Brass, and has performed with new music ensembles including Argento Chamber Ensemble, Talea, Signal, Ensemble ACJW, Wet Ink, and Mark Gould's Pink Baby Monster. He has performed alongside Dave Douglas, Pablo Heras Casado, and Brad Lubman, in addition to working closely with numerous composers including Helmut Lachenmann, Augusta Read Thomas, and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang. Andy has premiered music for the Electronic Music Foundation (EMF) and, in the past four years, has had more than 20 pieces written for him. He has performed at Bang on a Can marathons both at MASS MoCA and in New York City, and presented a lecture/recital on performing with electronics at the 2012 International Trumpet Guild Conference. As a recording artist, Andy can be heard on indie pop albums by Emanuel and the Fear and Bennett Lin, and on the score to the Hollywood film Sushi Girl. As a classical recording artist he can be heard on Signal's upcoming Mode Records release of Helmut Lachenmann's music; TILT Brass' To TILT: Volume 1; and as a collaborator on the Mode Records release of Morton Feldman's orchestral music. Andy has studied at Carnegie Mellon University, and holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music, and a Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music. He is on faculty at the North Carolina Governor's School and Long Island Conservatory, and has worked as a teaching artist for the New York Philharmonic and the American Composers Orchestra.

Michael Reingold - Associate Director, French Horn, Musicianship, Music Appreciation
Michael Reingold joined the Thurnauer staff in June 1993.  A French horn player, Michael has a M.M. from the State University at Stony Brook and a B.A. from Stanford University.  He also was a visiting student at the  Indiana University School of Music in Bloomington.  He studied horn with Betty Levine and Forrest Standley in his hometown, Pittsburgh, and also with David Krehbiel and William Purvis.  He has performed in orchestra and chamber music performances in U.S., Asia, England, and Israel.  He was a guest member of the Kibbutz Chamber Orchestra in Israel and is a long-time member of the New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra in Manhattan. He was a staff member for 17 summers at Kinhaven Music Camp in Vermont and now serves on Kinhaven's board. He is the founder and artistic director of NYC House Concerts and has presented over 200 house concerts in New York, New Jersey and beyond.  He is also an advisor to several chamber music series, including Musicians from Marlboro, Fabbri Chamber Concerts, and Music Mondays. Michael is the recipient of the 2010 Staff Recognition Award of the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades and was selected to be a participant in the 2013 Community Arts Education Leadership Institute (CAELI) of the National Guild of Community Arts Education.

Shoko Suzuki – Head of Musicianship Department
Shoko Suzuki is the Co-Author of the best selling Ear-Training Book "Perfect Solfege" by Do-Re-Mi Publisher in Japan. The book has been used in Music Colleges and Music Schools all over in Japan and now selling its13th edition. She has taught sight-reading, ear-training, theory and composition over 25years both in United States and Japan. Ms. Suzuki earned her Bachelor and Master degrees at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. She won the debut composer prize by ISCM (International Society of Contemporary Music) and participated as a composition fellow at the Aspen Music Festival. Her strong interest in the music of Bernard Rands brought her to Boston, where she studied with him privately and participated classes at Harvard University. Her compositions have been performed in United States, Canada, Mexico, Korea and Japan in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, New York Ethical Culture, The Asia Society and Miller Theatre at Columbia University.

Elio Villafranca
Elio Villafranca, pianist and composer, was classically trained in percussion and composition at the Instituto Superior de Arte in his native Cuba. Since his arrival in the United States in 1995, he has been involved in east and west coast jazz and Latin jazz scenes. Based in New York City, Elio is at the forefront of the latest generation of remarkable Cuban pianists, composers, and bandleaders who have been making major creative contributions to the international development of modern jazz. At the 2010 Grammy Awards he was nominated for Best Latin Jazz Album of the Year for his performance, composition and co-production in the album Things I Wanted To Do by Chembo Corniel.

PIANO
Amy Duran

Amy Duran, pianist, conductor, accompanist, and teacher, is equally at home in any genre from the world of a classic Broadway show to an Italian opera on a European stage. Adept at working with musicians ranging from the enthused amateur to the seasoned professional, she brings the skills required to bring out the very best performance. A graduate of Northwestern University, she served as musical assistant for the Glimmerglass Opera, the Brevard Music Festival ,rhe Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada, and The New York Grand Opera. This led to a 2 year stay with the Zurich Opera , where she made her conducting debut. This was followed by a 3 year engagement with the Osnabrueck Stadttheatre in Onsnabrueck,Germany where she served as conductor and accompanist to many vocal recitals around Germany, France and Switzerland. She then became the associate conductor to the German premiere of Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" and Cameron Mackintosh's " Miss Saigon" in Stuttgart. Upon returning to New York, Ms Duran joined the Broadway conducting team of Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" to the show's final bow in 2007. She is currently on the accompanying and conducting staff at Jersey City University's Music Theatre Department. She has performed and organized many programs of chamber music and vocal recitals in the United States and abroad. Ms. Duran has also performed with major orchestras in New York City, such as the New York Pops, and the Andrea Bocelli Concert Tours with the New York City Festival Orchestra. She was the guest conductor with the Baltimore Symphony for the world premiere of "A Christmas Carol, the Concert" by Bob Christianson in December of 2010. Amy conducted this piece again in May 2013 when it was taped for television by HMS Media Productions and can be seen in December on at least 30 PBS public television stations. Wherever her music travels have taken her, Amy has maintained a teaching studio for private piano lessons. She believes that not only will studying the piano help the learning process for any academic pursuit, but it will also give one an appreciation for music and art that will bring happiness and satisfaction. Music has done this for her every day of her life.

Evelyn Golz
M.M., Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College; B.M., California State University. Studies, Hochschule für Musik in Vienna, Manhattan School of Music. Piano studies with Hans Graf, Jakob Gimpel, Seymour Lipkin, Bernard Rose. Numerous solo and chamber music recitals in New York and on the west coast. Faculty, Manhattan School of Music Pre-College Division; Sylvan Academy of Music; Amati Conservatory.

Fiona Grant
M.M., The Juillard School,Fulbright scholar. A.G.S.M., Certificate of Advanced Solo Studies, the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London, Lloyds of London scholar. Piano studies with Joseph Kalichstein and Joan Havill. Masterclasses with Louis Kentner. Chamber Music with Felix Galimir. Solo & chamber music performances in U.S., Canada, Europe. Former faculty, Winchester College, England, Queen Mary's College, England. Faculty, Hackley School.

Elias Guzman
Elias Guzman is a pianist, composer, theorist, and educator with extensive international performance experience in Central and South America, Spain, the Ukraine, and the United States. Local solo and chamber instrumental performances include The Juilliard Orchestra, the New Jersey Shymphony Orchestra, and performances at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center's "Out of Doors" series, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, and Madison Square Garden, among many others. The French Fédération "Des Anciens Combattants Français" awarded him a medal of honor for his musical contribution to The Cadets Lafayette.  A personal assistant to the late American composer David Diamond, Elias Guzman studied composition and orchestration with Rebecca Scott, Lawrence Widdoes, Samuel Zyman, and Michael White at The Juilliard School. Elias Guzman is the director of The New York Music and Arts Center, faculty member at The Lycee Français de N.Y. and the JCC Thurnauer School of Music.

Kazuko Hayami
M.M., SUNY-Stony Brook; Certificate of Professional Studies, Juilliard School. Piano studies with Martin Canin. Performances in Japan, U.S., Great Britain, Russia. Soloist with the Tokyo Symphony, Hudson Valley Philharmonic, Moscow Symphony. Recordings: Kazuko Hayami Plays Meyer Kupferman, The Sonata on Jazz Elements, The Moor's Concerto with the Moscow Symphony and with Stanley Drucker on the "New York Legends" series. Performances with New York Philharmonic Ensemble and Rhinebeck Chamber Music Society. Master classes in NY and Japan; solo recitals for seven consecutive seasons in Tokyo and NY's Weill Hall sponsored by Artists International. Faculty, Summit Music Festival. Board member, Leschetizky Association. Artistic Director: Fabbri Chamber Concerts (www.FabbriChamberConcerts.com ) New York; Steinway Artist Judge for New Jersey Music Teachers Association, Cecilian Music Club, and Piano Teachers National Association of Japan competitions.

Diana Mase
M.M., Denver University, B.M., University of Colorado. Additional studies with Edith Oppens (Aspen Music Festival) and jazz pianist Hal Galper. Performances with members of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Opera, the New York City Opera Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the Orchestra of St. Luke's and the Aspen Music Festival. Recording and recitals with husband, trumpeter Raymond Mase. Former staff accompanist Mannes College of Music.

Steven Masi
Acclaimed as an artist of unusual sensitivity and virtuosity, pianist Steven Masi has concertized extensively throughout North America, Europe and Asia.  As a recitalist and chamber musician he has appeared at the Casals Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Chattauqua Festival, Park City International Festival, Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival, and Music Festival of the Hamptons. He has been guest soloist with The Atlanta Symphony, American Symphony, and New Symphony Orchestra of London.  In Germany he was an artist member of the Bonn Chamber Music Society and recorded extensively for the Southwest German Radio and Aulos Records.  He has toured the United States with the Bonn Woodwind Quintet, and as a member of the Odyssey Chamber Players and Leonore Trio.  His recordings have earned lavish praise in the press and have been heard on radio stations throughout the U.S. as well as Radio Filharmonia in Lima, Peru, Radio Cultura in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Suddeutsche and Westdeutsche Rundfunk in Germany. Steven Masi earned Bachelors and Masters degrees from the Juilliard School. For more information, see http://www.stevenmasi.com/ .

Lolita Mayadas - Chairperson, Piano Department
A.R.C.M., Royal College of Music, London., L.R.S.M., Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, London. First prize winner, L.R.S.M., competition, India and Hong Kong; Ellen Marie Curtis Prize for Mozart, R.C.M.; Sir Adrian Boult Cup, Challenge Shield for Bach, Bombay Madrigal Singers Organization; Presidents Award for visionary leadership, National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts. Solo performances: Wigmore Hall and St. Martin-In-The-Fields, London, C.J. Hall, Bombay, New Empire Theatre, Calcutta and other venues in India, Germany and the U.S., including regular two-piano performances with her husband, Azim Lewis Mayadas. Performances with the Calcutta Symphony Orchestra and the Cologne Chamber Orchestra. Regular recitals and talks over All-India Radio. Formerly: Principal, Calcutta School of Music, Dean of Students and Registrar, Hochstein School of Music, Rochester, NY and Executive Director, National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts. Currently, Chairman of the Curriculum and Evaluation Committee, Piano Department.

Svetlana Miasnikova
Originally from the Ukraine, Svetlana Miasnikova has over 35 years of experience as a music educator. She taught for close to 30 years in Dnepropetrovsk in the Ukraine, where she received 14 awards for outstanding teaching. Since moving to the United States, she taught 8 years at the Amati Conservatory in Tenafly, and, since 2009, has taught at the Thurnauer School of Music. Ms. Miasnikova offers an individualized teaching approach with careful evaluation to determine the best method for each student. Her students have won competitions and awards from the Children's Foundation for the Arts, have been selected for Handler Master Classes and Kaplan Honors Recitals at the Thurnauer School of Music, and have been accepted into the pre-college division of the Manhattan School of Music and the Cali School of Music at Montclair State University. Ms. Miasknikova earned her Masters degree in Music Education and Piano from the Krivorozhsky State Pedagogical Institute in the Ukraine.

Beth Robin
Beth Robin has been an active performing pianist in the New York area for the past two decades. For several years she was the principal accompanist for the Zamir Chorale of New York and the Shirah Chorus, and aside from her present work with the Summit Chorale, she also currently accompanies the Teaneck Community Chorus and the Prelude division of the Young People's Chorus of New York. She has been an active performer of chamber music, especially with the Hudson Piano Trio and Triptych (a flute, cello, and piano trio). As a chamber music pianist she has also toured Germany and performed in India. Her several professional recordings include performances with the Zamir Chorale, music of the 20th and 21st centuries with saxophonist Jim Noyes, recent compositions by Steve Cohen for soprano and piano, and a set of nineteenth-century Cuban and Puerto Rican danzas. She teaches privately and at the Thurnauer School of Music and also sings with the Riverside Choir at the Riverside Church in NY. She received her musical training at Oberlin Conservatory and Indiana University School of Music.

Kyungja Julie Suh
Kyungja (Julie) Suh returns to the faculty of the JCC Thurnauer School of Music in October, 2012, having previously taught at the Music School from 1994 to 2000. She is a former faculty member (1990-1993) of the Westminster Conservatory of Music, in Princeton, N.J., as well as the Aaron Copland School of Music in Queens, N.Y. (1989-1990)  Ms. Suh, a former special scholarship student at Westminster Choir College and the American Conservatory of Music (ACM), won the latter's 1986 and 1989 concerto competitions, resulting in performances with the ACM orchestra (Grieg and Mendelssohn piano concertos, respectively). She has also given numerous solo and chamber music recitals in Chicago, New Jersey, and New York.  Among Ms. Suh's accolades is a Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Performance at the Seventh Annual International Friendship Music Competition and a grand prize in the National Student Music Contest in South Korea.  Ms. Suh holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the American Conservatory of Music, and a Suzuki Teaching Certificate in piano. She has also done coursework toward her master's degree at Westminster Choir College. Her former teachers include Ena Bronstein, José Santana, Abraham Stokman, and Sheila Keats. Ms. Suh is a member of the Associate Music  Teacher League.  

PIANO ACCOMPANISTS
Jan Deats
B.M, M.M., Southern Methodist University; Studies, Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Head of Sacred Music Dept., Union Theological Seminary (Philippines). Accompanied cellist Alvin McCall, 1982 Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow and in Europe, Southeast Asia and the US. Faculty, Rockland Conservatory of Music, Elisabeth Morrow School, Summertrios, and Manhattan School of Music Pre-College Division.

Becky Kester
Pianist and organist, Becky Kester, is a member of the American Guild of Organists, and has been the Organist and Music Director at Bergen Highlands United Methodist Church in Upper Saddle River since 2002.  She has been the accompanist for voice lessons for Betsy Norden Haley since 2003.  She was an accounting major at the University of Cincinnati, received her MBA from the University of New Orleans, and is a CPA, Certified Pension Consultant and a former bank vice president.

Bryan Kwon
DMA, Vocal Coach and Accompanying, University of Illinois; MM, Vocal Accompanying, CCM-University of Cincinnati; BM, Music Composition, Chung-Ang University Korea. Dr. Kwon has concentrated on piano accompanying with broad repertoires from classical pieces through musical theater works. He has performed with the Kentucky Opera with conductor Scott Dunn and in "How Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" at the Krannert Center for Performing Arts in additon to performing in numerous recitals. He also has worked as music director in many churches.  Recently, Dr. Kwon finished his thesis about a Jewish composer, Viktor Ullmann, who was a Holocaust victim, and performed Ullmann's vocal works. Dr. Kwon studied with Kenneth Griffiths, Dennis Helmrich, Jerold Siena, Richard Morris. www.kwonbryan.com.

Soo Yeon Lee – accompanist, Young People's Chorus at Thurnauer
Composer, music educator, music teacher, and accompanist Soo Yeon Lee brings four years of professional music teaching experience to the Music School. She has taught general music in public school districts in Seoul, Korea, as well as private voice and piano lessons for children in New York and New Jersey.  Soo Yeon has extensive experience in musical theater productions in both New York and Korea. Her credits include Fountain, It's Me, My Scary Girl, Stuffed, Blood Brothers, Rent and Beauty and the Beast. She has also composed for many independent short films, as well as dance and art projects.   A former staff accompanist at New York University, Soo Yeon holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in musical theater writing from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, and a Bachelor of Music degree in composition from Hanyang University in Korea.

Tatyana Shtilerman (on leave of absence)

June Wolfberg
M.A., Musicology, N.Y.U.; B.A., Music, Brooklyn College; H.S. of Music & Art, NYC. Piano studies with Leopold Mittman, Naomi Zaslav, Steven Masi. Former editor, NYC Opera Spotlight Magazine, freelance writer and editor on musical subjects. Thurnauer School accompanist since 2002; EMS Summer String festival since 2006.

Irene Florence Wong
Pianist Irene Florence Wong has performed in Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, Metropolitan Museum, Suntory Hall (Tokyo), Sejong Center (Seoul), National Performing Arts Center (Beijing), National Symphony Concert Hall (Taipei), Mozarteum (Salzburg), Banff Center for the Arts, Chan Center for the Performing Arts (Vancouver), and Glenn Gould Studio (Toronto). She has been broadcast live on North American radio and TV, featured on European news, and the Millenium marked her international debut as a guest artist of the Canadian Embassy in Central America.  Having graduated from Juilliard with two master's degrees, in Harpsichord and Piano, as a student of Lionel Party and Seymour Lipkin, respectively, she serves as current assistant and copyist to David Dubal, acclaimed author, lecturer, and WQXR host.

VOICE
April Armstrong
April Armstrong is an actress, singer and storyteller.   She holds a BM from Manhattan School of Music and an MA in Music Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.  April works with kindergarten through high school, teaching music (Early Childhood Music classes, chorus, and voice lessons); drama, theater improvisation, storytelling, musical theatre and creative dance.   She has taught for Lincoln Center Institute, Amas Musical Theatre, Manhattan New Music Project, Center for , Carnegie Hall, The Masters School, and Brooklyn Academy of Music.   Her theatre career includes Broadway National Tours, Regional theatres, television, and film. She has performed as a Storyteller for a variety of venues across the US, the Caribbean and Indonesia.    She is a co-author of the Wall Street Journal best seller, The Big Moo and is the author of the original theater piece, Two Wings to Heaven; The Story of Bessie Coleman a one-woman show.   www.aprilarmstrong.com

Emma Brondolo
Emma Brondolo is the artistic director of the Young People's Chorus at Thurnauer, director of the early childhood music program, and a voice teacher at the JCC Thurnauer School of Music, as well as a satellite conductor with the Young People's Chorus of New York City.  Ms. Brondolo has participated with the Young People's Chorus of New York City for the past 20 years, where she studied with artistic director and founder Francisco Núñez. As a member of the Young People's Chorus of New York City, Ms. Brondolo traveled and competed in multiple choral competitions and festivals throughout the world.  Ms. Brondolo received her bachelor's degree in music education (vocal emphasis) from the Hartt School of Music, The University of Hartford, where she studied with the late Fritz Moses.  After completing her degree, Ms. Brondolo taught music at Sage Park Middle School and Intensive Education Academy, a school for students with special needs. In the summers, Ms. Brondolo has worked as a music teacher at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, in New York City. Ms. Brondolo graduated from St. John's University with a dual master's degree in special education and general education. She is completing her four-year Kodály certification at Westminster Choir College.

Laura Green
Laura Green is active in the choral music scene as a chorister and as a soloist.She earned a Masters in Music in voice performance from the Hartt School of Music, a Bachelor of Music Education from James Madison University and studied for seven years with Cornelius Reid in New York City. In addition to teaching at the JCC Thurnauer School of Music, Ms. Green is on the faculty of the Hoff-Barthelson Music School in Scarsdale, NY and teaches privately. She is also the Director of Children's Choirs at the Reformed Church of Bronxville, NY.

Betsy Norden Haley
The American soprano, Betsy Norden, made her solo debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in September 1972 as Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro. She is one of only two artists to have been "discovered" in the Metropolitan Opera Chorus where she sang from December 1969 through spring 1972. She was chosen by Goren Gentele, the successor to Rudolf Bing to be a solo artist in the spring of 1972. After her debut, she remained a favorite artist at the Met from 1972 to 1992, singing a wide variety of roles including Oscar in Un Ballo in Maschera, Despina in Cosi Fan Tutti, Gretel in Hansel and Gretel, Sophie in Werther, and Constance in Dialogues of the Carmelites. She has also been on many ‘Live from the Met' television broadcasts including the historical ‘Met Centennial'. In her 23 seasons with the Met, she sang over 600 performances, 39 roles and 35 works.

Betsy Norden Haley has appeared in leading roles with the San Francisco Opera, the Philadelphia Opera, the San Diego Opera, and the San Antonio Opera, as well as the Spoleto Festival Italy, where she sang Despina to unanimous critical acclaim. Her penchant for comedy was noted in her performance of Vespina in Infeldelta Delusa at New York's Mostly Mozart Festival where the New York Times described her as an ‘18th-century Carol Burnett'. An accomplished orchestral soloist, Betsy Norden Haley has been heard in concerts with the New York Choral Society, the Milwaukee Symphony, the Louisville Orchestra, the Miami Symphony, the Jacksonville Symphony, and in numerous recital and chamber music concerts throughout the USA. She is married to trumpeter Bob Haley, a member of the New York City Ballet Orchestra. They have two sons and two grandsons. She is director of church choirs at Bergen Highlands United Methodist Church and maintains a private voice studio.

VIOLIN
Charlene Bishop

Nora Friedman -
Adminstrative Director, Violin Groups
Nora Friedman holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Latin American Studies from Wesleyan University, and a Master of Music in Violin Performance from Brooklyn College. She has extensive violin teaching experience, including Suzuki training with Edward Kreitman, and many years working alongside Roberta Guaspari, artistic director of Opus 118 Harlem School of Music. Most recently, Ms. Friedman acted as founding director of the violin program at the Excellence Boys' Charter School of Bedford- Stuyvesant. Before that she was the founding director of the violin program at the High School for Violin and Dance in the Bronx. She is on the violin faculty at the Elisabeth Morrow School in Englewood, the Preparatory Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College, and the Brooklyn-Queens Conservatory of Music. In addition to having a passion for playing and teaching in the classical and Suzuki traditions, Ms. Friedman holds a special love for Old Time fiddling and improvisation, and has traveled extensively in North America studying roots music. She has performed with many bands and New York City orchestras.

Amelia Gold
B.M., The Juilliard School School. Violin studies with Masao Kawasaki, Dorothy Kaplan Roffman, Patinka Kopec, Isaac Malkin, Gerald Beal. Performances as soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player in the former Soviet Union, France, Israel, Canada and throughout the U.S. Participant, Interlochen, Aspen and Meadowmount music festivals. Member, Manhattan Chamber Orchestra. Faculty, Manhattan School of Music Pre-College Division. Orchestra Director and Coordinator of String Program, Elisabeth Morrow School. Music Director, EMS Summer String Festival.

Edwin Kaplan
Violist Edwin Kaplan has performed at the La Jolla (Calif.) Music Society; the Festival Mozaic in San Luis Obispo (Calif.); the National Academy of Sciences (Washington D.C.), and on Manhattan School of Music's Sound and Image series. He has collaborated with violinist Scott Yoo, pianist Walter Ponce, violist Paul Coletti, and the American String Quartet.   Edwin has performed at Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Tanglewood, the Colorado College Summer Music Festival in Colorado Springs, and at the Viana do Castelo International Music Festival in Portugal. A seasoned orchestral player, Edwin was a member of the American Youth Symphony in Los Angeles, where he served as assistant principal violist. Most recently, he has led the viola sections of the Yale University Philharmonia. A former violinist, Edwin studied with Patinka Kopek, Naoko Tanaka, Dorothy Kaplan Roffman, and his father, Mark Kaplan. At Manhattan School of Music, and later at the Colburn School in Los Angeles, Edwin appeared on Itzhak Perlman's PBS documentary Fiddling for the Future. Edwin earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2008 at the University of California with Paul Coletti and Richard O'Neill. At the Yale School of Music, Edwin received his Master of Music degree in 20102 and an Artist Diploma in 2011, studying with Jesse Levine and Ettore Causa, and coached regularly by pianist Claude Frank and violinist Martin Beaver, of the Tokyo String Quartet. Edwin has performed in master classes for Toby Appel, Roberto Diaz, Anton Kuerti, Samuel Rhodes, and Phillip Ying. He is pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree at the Manhattan School of Music, studying with Karen Dreyfus and Lawrence Dutton.

Su Jin Kwon
M.M. and Graduate Diploma., New England Conservatory, B.M., Cleveland Institute of Music. Currently pursuing a D.M.A. at Manhattan School of Music. Viola studies with Jeffrey Irvine, Martha Katz, Carol Rodland, and Karen Dreyfus. Faculty Music Conservatory of Westchester, Port Jefferson Music Academy.

Jinah Lee
Graduate school, BM in violin performance, Ewha University, Korea.   Diploma in violin pedagogy, School for Strings, New York.   Ms. Lee is a certified by the Suzuki Association of the Americas as a Suzuki teacher for Books 1 to 10.   An ongoing learner, she has participated in many teaching workshops throughout United States, Canada, and Austria including workshops at Ithaca College, Hartt School of Music, Julliard School, Southwestern Ontario Music Institute, and the Vienna Conservatory. She has studied with renowned pedagogues Louise Behrend, Carrie Renuning, Linda Fiore, Stevie Sandven, Judy Weigert Bossuat, and Lisa Kim and also observed the classes of Boris Kushnir during her stay in Vienna.  Ms. Lee led the violin program of Thurnauer's Music Discovery Program partnership with the Englewood Public School District from 2005 to 2011 and several of her students from this program continue studying at Thurnauer.   Her students have been recognized for their beautiful tone and poise and have been selected to participate in New York and New Jersey regional and state orchestras, regional youth orchestras and master classes, competitions, and the Kaplan Honors Recital at Thurnauer. Faculty member of JCC Thurnauer School of music since 2005.

Yimain Amy Liu
M.M., B.M. Manhattan School of Music. Studies with Albert Markov. Master classes with Josef Gingold and Aaron Rosand. Winner, 1989 "V. Bellini" International Competition. Soloist, The Maracaibo Symphony, Greenwich Symphony and orchestras in New York and Taiwan. Solo concert tour in Italy. Former faculty member, Manhattan School of Music Preparatory Division.

Nurit Pacht
Violinist Nurit Pacht was a top prize winner in international competitions including the Irving Klein International Music Competition in California and the Tibor Varga International Violin Competition in Switzerland. She spent several years touring the world as the soloist in stage director Robert Wilson's "Relative Light" and in projects with Bill T. Jones and his dance company performing works for solo violin by J.S. Bach and John Cage. Nurit performed Philip Glass' duos for violin and piano with the composer at the piano and premiered Noam Sheriff's Violin Concerto "Dibrot", a work dedicated to her, with the Israeli Contemporary Players. She was the soloist on a tour of China with the Young Israel Philharmonic performing Sibelius and Tchaikovsky Concertos.She has toured as soloist with the Israeli Chamber Orchestra, the Pacific Symphony, the Houston Symphony and has performed as guest soloist with the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the Rhode Island Philharmonic, the Des Moines Symphony, Santa Rosa Symphony, most of the major orchestras in Romania, the National Symphony in Columbia, Wroclaw Chamber Orchestra and Filarmonica di Roma. She has performed in recitals and in small chamber music formations at the festivals of Santa Fe, Monadnock, Sienna, Mecklenberg and, at the invitation of Christoph Eschenbach, at Ravinia's Rising Stars Series. As a baroque violinist, she has a master's degree from Juilliard's Historical Performance program and performed with artists such as William Christie, Jordi Savall and Monica Huggett. One of her live recital recordings with pianist Konstantin Lifschitz from London's Wigmore Hall was released by Nimbus Records. Several of her students have been selected to perform as concerto soloists as well as chamber music concerts in the most prestigious venues of New York City and have won national accolades. Many of them have been selected to study in the top conservatories and universities where they were awarded music scholarships. Nurit's teaching philosophy is to help her students become efficient practicers so that they gain proficiency in every practice session. www.nuritpacht.com

Everhard Paredes
Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Everhard began playing the violin at age seven, and made his first orchestra debut with Simon Boliva Youth Orchestra at age 11 as soloist playing A minor Bach violin concerto. Everhard won numerous awards including the "Jose Felix Rivas Orden" award for his musical achievements in Caracas Venezuela. Everhard Paredes has appeared as soloist with the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra, Venezuelan Chamber Orchestra, Chacao Symphony, Pan American Symphony and Orchestra Celebrate. Mr. Paredes has performed in Switzerland, Venezuela and the United States extensively. Mr. Paredes is a product of the well known music program "El Sistema" in which he has participated since 1989. He was concertmaster of the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Caracas and was also the concertmaster of the Youth Orchestra of the Americas for their South American Tour. Upon graduating from Manhattan School of Music with a Bachelor of Music degree, Mr. Paredes has been active as performing artist and violin teacher. He has been a member of New England Symphonic Ensemble and the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra. He has played in major concert halls such as the Carnegie Hall, Sala sau paulo in Brazil, Teatro Colon in Argentina, Teatro de Bellas Artes Mexico and Philharmoni in Germany.   Everhard has given concerts at the Ana Tzarev Gallery in New York for various exhibitions.Besides performing, Everhard has been on the faculty at the string program of Elisabeth Morrow School since 2008, and has been taught for five years at the Manhattan School of Music summer camp, as violin teacher, chamber music coach and counselor for musicians from all over the world ages 9 to 17 . Mr. Paredes plays on a rare 1797 Jean Francois Aldric Violin.

Alexander Rees
D.M.A., Gnessin Institute, Moscow. Professor of Chamber Music, String Quartet, and Viola, Gnessin Institute, for 30 years. Extensive touring in former USSR and Europe as viola and viola d'amore soloist and conductor. First prize winner, Festival of Chamber Orchestras of USSR as the artistic director and conductor of the Moscow University Chamber Orchestra. Performances with Sviatoslav Richter, Borodin String Quartet, Orchestra of St. Luke's, Brooklyn Philharmonic, New York Virtuosi Orchestra, Little Orchestra Society, at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. TV appearances on PBS, NBC, CBS. Adjunct professor, Fordham University.

Dorothy Kaplan Roffman - Founding Director
M.A., Musicology, Columbia University; B.A., University of Rochester and the Eastman School of Music. Violin studies with Christine Dethier, Raphael Bronstein, and Ivan Galamian. Suzuki pedagogical studies with Shinichi Suzuki in U.S. and Japan. Founder and Director, JCC Thurnauer School of Music. Former member, American Symphony Orchestra, under Leopold Stokowski. Participant, with JCC Thurnauer students, in Itzhak Perlman: Fiddling for the Future, as seen on PBS and WNET/Channel 13. Students have performed on Wonderama and Sesame Street, at numerous Suzuki workshops, and at Merkin Hall, Lincoln Center, and Carnegie Hall. Faculty member, Manhattan School of Music- Pre-College Division, 1977-present. Former faculty member, State University of New York at Stony Brook. Founder of Suzuki programs at Harlem School for the Arts, Lighthouse School of Music, and Manhattan School of Music. American String Teachers Association, NJ Chapter 2007 Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contributions to the cause of string education in New Jersey.

Olga Terlitsky
M.M., Viola Performance, SUNY – Purchase College; B.M., Violin Performance, Manhattan School of Music. Violin studies with Mela Tenenbaum, Lucie Robert, Albert Markov. Viola studies with Mela Tenenbaum, Karen Dreyfus, Walter Trampler. Soloist with Philharmonia Virtuosi, AmorArtis Orchestra, Jupiter Symphony, Virtuoso Strings. Appearances at Spoleto Festival – Italy and USA, Pacific Festival in Japan, Waterloo Festival, Cape May Festival. Former faculty member, Music Conservatory of Westchester, Henry Street Settlement Center of Arts. Faculty, Brooklyn College Preparatory Center for the Performing Arts.

Carey White - Artistic Director of Violin Groups
B.A., Barnard College. Trained at Manhattan School of Music Pre-College Division. Violin studies with Dorothy Kaplan Roffman, Rimma Sushanskaya, Vladimir Zyskind, Patinka Kopec. Participant in Interlochen Arts Camp and Festival La Stâge Musicale, France. Former member, New York Youth Symphony; Hebrew University Orchestra, Israel. Suzuki Certification, The School for Strings. Candidate for Dalcroze certification. Former faculty, Ramaz School, NYC; Current faculty: The Elisabeth Morrow School, general music, chorus and violin, The EMS Summer String Festival. Lead singer/violinist in The FunkeyMonkeys!

Ashley Windle
Violinist Ashley Windle is an active chamber musician, orchestral musician, and recitalist in New York City. She has served as a tenured member of the Reading Symphony Orchestra first violin section where she also frequently performed as Assistant Concertmaster. She currently performs with Symphony in C which is based in Camden, New Jersey. Prior to moving to New York, she was a full-time member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, where she performed with world-renowned conductors including Bernard Haitink, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Gustavo Dudamel. Solo awards include being named as a Leslie Scholar of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and receiving from the Peabody Conservatory both the Lynn Taylor Hebden and J.C. van Hulsteyn Awards for excellence in performance. She has performed in masterclasses for Pinchas Zukerman, Pamela Frank, Ida Kavafian, Ilya Kaler, and Masuko Ushioda. She earned her Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music and received both a Graduate Performance Diploma and Bachelor Degree from the Peabody Conservatory of Music. Ashley is an experienced teacher for students of all levels and ages. Her primary goal is for each violinist to develop a love of their instrument and for the music they are performing. 

VIOLA
Edwin Kaplan
Violist Edwin Kaplan has performed at the La Jolla (Calif.) Music Society; the Festival Mozaic in San Luis Obispo (Calif.); the National Academy of Sciences (Washington D.C.), and on Manhattan School of Music's Sound and Image series. He has collaborated with violinist Scott Yoo, pianist Walter Ponce, violist Paul Coletti, and the American String Quartet.   Edwin has performed at Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Tanglewood, the Colorado College Summer Music Festival in Colorado Springs, and at the Viana do Castelo International Music Festival in Portugal. A seasoned orchestral player, Edwin was a member of the American Youth Symphony in Los Angeles, where he served as assistant principal violist. Most recently, he has led the viola sections of the Yale University Philharmonia. A former violinist, Edwin studied with Patinka Kopek, Naoko Tanaka, Dorothy Kaplan Roffman, and his father, Mark Kaplan. At Manhattan School of Music, and later at the Colburn School in Los Angeles, Edwin appeared on Itzhak Perlman's PBS documentary Fiddling for the Future. Edwin earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2008 at the University of California with Paul Coletti and Richard O'Neill. At the Yale School of Music, Edwin received his Master of Music degree in 20102 and an Artist Diploma in 2011, studying with Jesse Levine and Ettore Causa, and coached regularly by pianist Claude Frank and violinist Martin Beaver, of the Tokyo String Quartet. Edwin has performed in master classes for Toby Appel, Roberto Diaz, Anton Kuerti, Samuel Rhodes, and Phillip Ying. He is pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree at the Manhattan School of Music, studying with Karen Dreyfus and Lawrence Dutton.

Sujin Kwon
M.M. and Graduate Diploma., New England Conservatory, B.M., Cleveland Institute of Music. Currently pursuing a D.M.A. at Manhattan School of Music. Viola studies with Jeffrey Irvine, Martha Katz, Carol Rodland, and Karen Dreyfus. Faculty Music Conservatory of Westchester, Port Jefferson Music Academy.

Alexander Rees
D.M.A., Gnessin Institute, Moscow. Professor of Chamber Music, String Quartet, and Viola, Gnessin Institute, for 30 years. Extensive touring in former USSR and Europe as viola and viola d'amore soloist and conductor. First prize winner, Festival of Chamber Orchestras of USSR as the artistic director and conductor of the Moscow University Chamber Orchestra. Performances with Sviatoslav Richter, Borodin String Quartet, Orchestra of St. Luke's, Brooklyn Philharmonic, New York Virtuosi Orchestra, Little Orchestra Society, at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. TV appearances on PBS, NBC, CBS. Adjunct professor, Fordham University.

CELLO
Yari Bond -
Member, Thurnauer Chamber Music Society
M.M., B.M., Juilliard School. Cello studies with Leonard Rose, Channing Robbins, David Wells, Aldo Parisot, Robert Gardner, Scott Ballantyne. Suzuki training with Annette Costanzi. Dalcroze training with Robert Abramson. Solo and recital appearances throughout U.S. Chamber music and orchestral performances, U.S., Europe, and Japan. Guest artist, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Mazerska Chamber Music Society, Sweden. Performances with the Orchestra of St. Luke's, Riverside Symphony and Philharmonia Virtuosi. Recordings on CRI, Opus One, Classic Masters, CBS Masterworks labels. Faculty, Columbia University, Hunter College Elementary School, Special Music School of America.

Diego Garcia
Diego Garcia hails from Colombia, South America.  As a cellist and conductor, he has performed as a chamber and orchestra musician all over the globe.  As a composer, his works have been featured on NPR and on many programs with orchestra, string quintet, and choir. In addition to teaching cello at the Thurnauer School of Music, Mr. Garcia is on the faculty of the Dwight-Englewood School as conductor and cello faculty. Diego was on the cello and conducting faculty of the Eastman School of Music Pre-College Division from 2002-2012. A prize-winner in the Carolina Oramas Competition, Mr. Garcia has been featured in numerous solo and chamber music performances in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and throughout South America and Europe. Mr. Garcia studied with Alan Stepansky at the Manhattan School of Music , Alan Harris at the Eastman School of Music and has twice received conducting fellowships to the Conductor's Institute at Bard College in 2005 and 2006. He is an avid chamber musician and his performances have been broadcasted in NPR several times promoting different genres of classical music. Diego was a founding member of Gibbs&Main, a string quintet that promoted classical music in all forms and his original compositions and arrangements received rave reviews.  Diego recently formed a violin/cello duo, Bowstruck, with his wife, Annaliesa Place.

Madeleine Golz
M.M., B.M., Manhattan School of Music. Cello studies with Peter Rejto, Gabor Rejto, Ardyth Alton and Scott Ballantyne. Chamber music with Raphael Bronstein, Joseph Seiger and Artur Balsam. Active chamber musician and recitalist. Frequently appears with the "Golz Duo" along with her sister, pianist Evelyn Golz. Participant in many music festival in the US and abroad. Artist faculty of the Brevard Music Center, Hartwick College Summer Music Festival and Institute, Amati Music Festival and the Kent- Silver Bay Music Festival. Former director of the East Harlem Public School Cello Program sponsored by the Opus 118 Music Center. Faculty Manhattan School of Music Precollege since 1985. Her students have been featured on Sesame Street and the Nickelodeon Network, have won many prizes in local, national and international competitions and have gone on to study at some of the country's most prestigious music schools.

Karen Poleshuck - Head of Cello Groups
Karen Poleshuck is a cellist, educator, and entrepreneur based in New York City who is passionately committed to the transformative power of learning an instrument. She has been teaching cello for the past 12 years both privately and in schools; runs the cello program for Midori and Friends at PS210 and is on faculty at The Tone Academy of Music in TriBeCa and the Thurnauer School of Music in Tenafly. Karen is co-director of Classical Revolution NYC (a group that brings spontaneous, live classical music to casual venues), and, for several years, ran an interdisciplinary music education program called Academic Music Seminars. In residence at Muscota New School, this program used classical music as a foundation for a wide range of lessons, from fractions to creative writing. Karen has performed in many educational outreach performances for both adults and kids throughout the tri-state area, as well as in Ohio, Colorado, and California. Karen holds a master's degree in music education from Teacher's College, Columbia University. She earned her bachelor's degree in cello performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music where she studied with Stephen Geber (retired principal cellist of The Cleveland Orchestra) and a master's degree in cello performance from SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Julia Lichten, a cellist in the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Karen is a registered Suzuki Cello teacher and is continuing her Suzuki training at the New York School for Strings with Pam Devenport.

BASS
Marvin Topolsky
Marvin Topolsky was been a double bassist with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra for more than 50 years. An alumnus of The Juilliard School, where he studied with Fred Zimmerman, Mr. Topolsky is a former member of the Houston Symphony Orchestra under Leopold Stokowski. After touring Europe as part of the Seventh Army Symphony, he played on Broadway with Mike Nichols and Elaine May. He performed Eric Ewazen's Quintet for Bass and String Quartet,  a a piece commissioned especially for him, with the Cassatt Quartet at Juilliard. Mr. Topolsky has performed at the Chatauqua (N.Y.) and Monadnock (N.H.) music festivals.

GUITAR
Jon Boudrot
B.S., Keene State College. Guitar studies with Reed Desrosiers, Jim Emmunds, Jimmy Ponder and Tal Farlow. Recipient, 2000 Fellowship Award, Music Composition, New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation. Tours with The Cover Girls. Recordings with The Disciples of Truth, Loose Ends, Joe Montini, Bouncing Off Bob, Arlyn Gale Band. Musical Director for Salt & Pepper Mime in association with Arts Horizons and Hospital Audiences.

Seth Himmelhoch - Head of Suzuki Guitar Program
M.M., B.M., Manhattan School of Music. Guitar studies with Carlos Barbosa-Lima, Jeffrey Meyeriecks; master class performances with Manuel Barnueco, David Leisner. Publications on Suzuki methodology - Guitar International magazine. Director of Guitar Studies, William Paterson University. Member, Suzuki Association of Americas Guitar Development Committee. Solo performances at 92nd Street Y, Alice Tully Hall, Wagner College, St. Paul's Chapel in NYC. Member, Duo Cavatina (with flutist Carol Shansky); CD release, Songs and Dances of the Americas. Radio performances, WNYC and WNTI. Former member, New York Guitar Quartet.

Jonathan Trotta
B.F.A, Purchase College of Music. Classical guitar studies with Dennis Koster and Benjamin Verdery; Flamenco guitar studies with Dennis Koster, Basilio Georges, and Luis Heredia; master class performances with Manuel Barrueco, Sharon Isbin, and Christopher Parkening. Suzuki Pedagogy with Seth Himmelhoch and Frank Longay. Head of guitar faculty at The Rockland Conservatory of Music. Former faculty member of The Guitar Study Center at The New School for Social Research, The American Institute of Guitar, and Dwight-Englewood School. Performances throughout the United States and extensively in the New York Metropolitan area as a soloist, as well as several flamenco productions. Member of chamber music ensemble, "Musicora".

HARP
Frances Duffy
Studies: Harp: Sarah Bullen, Deborah Hoffman, Anne-Marguerite Michaud, Kathleen Bride. Ms. Duffy is Principal Harp of the Wheeling and Allentown Symphony Orchestras and also serves as principal harp in the Hudson Valley Philharmonic and Altoona (PA) Symphony Orchestra. She has performed with the New York Philharmonic, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the New Jersey Symphony, the Albany Symphony and the Hartford Symphony under conductors including Keith Lockhart, Kurt Masur, Charles Dutoit, and Lorin Maazel. She is an active free-lancer in the NY Metropolitan area, playing Broadway shows such as Mel Brooks' The Producers, Beauty and the Beast, and The Fantasticks (both the original Sullivan St. Playhouse Production and the 2006 revival at the Snapple Theater in Times Square). In addition Ms. Duffy has served as harpist with the Pittsburgh Opera and Civic Light Opera and has recently performed as Acting Principal harpist of the Pittsburgh Ballet Orchestra. As a soloist Ms. Duffy has performed concertos with the Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra, the Bloomfield (NJ) Symphony, the Altoona Symphony and the Lyric Orchestra. Ms. Duffy received BFA and MM degrees in music performance from Carnegie Mellon University and a Master of Music in Orchestral Performance degree from the Manhattan School of Music.

OBOE
Samei Lim
Oboist Samei Lim has performed throughout the United States and South Korea as a soloist, with Chautauqua Symphony, Seoul Philharmonic, and Korean Symphony. She gave numerous solo recitals and chamber music concerts, including at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center, Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall and Merkin Concert Hall. She also performed with renowned conductors including Kurt Masur, Andre Previn, and Sir Colin Davis as a principal oboist of Prometheus Chamber Orchestra and New York Youth Symphony. She was invited to play as a guest musician at American Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke's, Camarata Virtuosi, and New York Chamber Music Society. Ms. Samei Lim has won numerous competitions including the Yook Young Competition, Chautauqua Youth Symphony Concerto Competition, Seoul Philharmonic Young Artists Competition, and Special Presentation Series of Artists International Competition at Carnegie Hall. Ms. Lim received her Bachelor and Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School as a student of John Ferrillo and Elanie Douvas and also received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at State University of New York at Stony Brook as student of Stephan Taylor. Currently Ms. Lim is also a faculty at Simon's Pond Music Festival and School, where she has presented a monthly faculty concert series.

FLUTE 
Steven Kim

Korean American flutist Sungwoo Steven Kim has performed all around the continents, from the United States to Europe and his native Korea. Having returned from Berlin, Germany where he served as a Konzertexamen fellow at ‘Hanns Eisler' Hochschule für Musik. During his residency, he was named Acting Principal Flutist with Nürnberg Staatphiharmonie. As an equally established soloist, Mr. Kim was awarded top prizes in national and international competitions; First Prize Winner at New York Flute Club Young Artist Competition in 2006, Bohuslav Martinů Prize at the 61st Prague Spring International Competition, Third Prize Winner at the 38th National Flute Association Young Artist Competition, William H. Grass Memorial Prize Winner of James 27th Pappoustsakis Flute Competition among many others. In pursuit of embracing the next generation, Mr. Kim teaches at Manhattan School of Music Pre-College Division Camp in addition to teaching at the JCC Thurnauer School of Music. Mr. Kim received his Bachelors and Masters degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music and a Post-Graduate Diploma from the ‘Hanns Eisler' Hochschule für Musik. In addition to his musical career, he has studied and worked extensively with the Acoustic Engineering Department at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. For more information, please visit www.thesungwookim.com

Noelle Perrin -
Head of Flute Program; Director, FluteStars® Summer Camp
M.M., Manhattan School of Music; B.M., University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Additional studies, Nice Conservatory and Wildacres Music Festival. First prize winner, KATZ Young Artist Competition. New York debut at Carnegie Recital Hall sponsored by Artists International. Performances throughout U.S. and Europe. Founder and director, Music School at the JCC on the Hudson, Tarrytown, NY. Faculty, Sylvan Academy of Music.

Wendy Stern
M.M., The Juilliard School. Flute studies with Julius Baker, Samuel Baron, Thomas Nyfenger, and Keith Underwood. Suzuki Teacher-Training Institutes, 1997-present. Additional studies with Toshio Takahashi, Pandora Bryce, and Rebecca Paluzzi. Performances with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke's, the Little Orchestra Society, and other orchestras in the tri-state area. Member, Flute Force chamber ensemble.

CLARINET
Donald Mokrynski
Clarinetist Donald Mokrynski is a native to metropolitan New York and has played with many of the area's finest ensembles. He was principal clarinetist with the national tour of "Phantom of the Opera" and with "The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber" starring Michael Crawford. Mr. Mokrynski has performed as soloist with the Rochester Philharmonic and has played with the New Jersey Symphony, Albany Symphony, the New Haven Symphony, Solisti New York, and Orchestra New England, as well as the Jersey Lyric, New Haven and Connecticut Grand Opera Companies. An avid chamber musician, he has performed with members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and is a founding member of the Palisades Virtuosi. Graduating with honors from the Eastman School of Music and completing a master's degree from the Juilliard School, Mr. Mokrynski has also attended the music festivals of Aspen, Waterloo and Heidelberg and has recorded for Albany, Koch International, Soundstream and Elektra records.

SAXOPHONE
Zach Herchen
Zach Herchen loves performing music ranging from classical trios to jazz tone poems, multimedia works, and beyond. He has performed as a soloist in Italy, Sweden, Germany, and at various American institutions. Zach holds Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees from The Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University, where he was a recipient of the Richard Franko Goldman Prize for performance. He has also worked at the New England Conservatory of Music.

BASSOON
Lisa Alexander
Ms. Alexander is a freelance bassoonist and chamber musician in the New York metropolitan area and currently holds positions with the, The Ridgefield Symphony, The Little Orchestra Society, and has performed with the New York City Ballet Orchestra, The American Symphony, Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, The NY Choral Society and many others. Ms. Alexander is also Adjunct Professor of Bassoon at Hofstra University and also teaches at the JCC- Thurnauer School of Music in Tenafly, NJ. She holds a Master of Musical Arts degree from Queens College, and Bachelor of Performance and Music Education degree from The Peabody Conservatory.

TRUMPET
John Devol
John Devol is a professional trumpet player and licensed educator, with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ohio University and a Master of Arts from the University of Maryland.   While pursuing an active musical career and playing trumpet in the pit orchestra for the 15-year run of Broadway's A Chorus Line, Mr. Devol devoted his daytime attention to reaching children through the beauty of the arts. In 1978, he founded Arts Horizons, which has since served more than eight million children in 10 states. Mr. Devol provided the vision and direction that has made the organization a key player in the field of arts education.   In 2010, he stepped down as Executive Director, and plans to teach children on a part-time, individual basis.  

Andy Kozar
Pittsburgh native Andy Kozar  is a New York City-based trumpeter, improviser, composer, and educator whose playing has been said to be ‘agile as he navigated leaps and slurs with grace...he shifted between lyricism and aggression deftly' by the International Trumpet Guild Journal. A strong advocate of contemporary music, Andy is a founding member of loadbang, a member of TILT Brass, and has performed with new music ensembles including Argento Chamber Ensemble, Talea, Signal, Ensemble ACJW, Wet Ink, and Mark Gould's Pink Baby Monster. He has performed alongside Dave Douglas, Pablo Heras Casado, and Brad Lubman, in addition to working closely with numerous composers including Helmut Lachenmann, Augusta Read Thomas, and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang. Andy has premiered music for the Electronic Music Foundation (EMF) and, in the past four years, has had more than 20 pieces written for him. He has performed at Bang on a Can marathons both at MASS MoCA and in New York City, and presented a lecture/recital on performing with electronics at the 2012 International Trumpet Guild Conference. As a recording artist, Andy can be heard on indie pop albums by Emanuel and the Fear and Bennett Lin, and on the score to the Hollywood film Sushi Girl. As a classical recording artist he can be heard on Signal's upcoming Mode Records release of Helmut Lachenmann's music; TILT Brass' To TILT: Volume 1; and as a collaborator on the Mode Records release of Morton Feldman's orchestral music. Andy has studied at Carnegie Mellon University, and holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music, and a Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music. He is on faculty at the North Carolina Governor's School and Long Island Conservatory, and has worked as a teaching artist for the New York Philharmonic and the American Composers Orchestra.

FRENCH HORN
Michael Reingold
- Associate Director, French Horn, Musicianship, Music Appreciation
Michael Reingold joined the Thurnauer staff in June 1993.  A French horn player, Michael has a M.M. from the State University at Stony Brook and a B.A. from Stanford University.  He also was a visiting student at the  Indiana University School of Music in Bloomington.  He studied horn with Betty Levine and Forrest Standley in his hometown, Pittsburgh, and also with David Krehbiel and William Purvis.  He has performed in orchestra and chamber music performances in U.S., Asia, England, and Israel.  He was a guest member of the Kibbutz Chamber Orchestra in Israel and is a long-time member of the New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra in Manhattan. He was a staff member for 17 summers at Kinhaven Music Camp in Vermont and now serves on Kinhaven's board. He is the founder and artistic director of NYC House Concerts and has presented over 200 house concerts in New York, New Jersey and beyond.  He is also an advisor to several chamber music series, including Musicians from Marlboro, Fabbri Chamber Concerts, and Music Mondays. Michael is the recipient of the 2010 Staff Recognition Award of the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades and was selected to be a participant in the 2013 Community Arts Education Leadership Institute (CAELI) of the National Guild of Community Arts Education.

TROMBONE
Gilles Bernard
Gilles Bernard is Assistant Professor of Music at New Jersey City University (NJCU) in Jersey City, N.J., and an active freelance artist in the New York metropolitan area.   He graduated from The Juilliard School (BM, MM) and from Manhattan School of Music (DMA). He holds the positions of principal trombone with the Allentown Symphony Orchestra (Pa.) and second trombone with the Lancaster Festival Orchestra (Ohio).   Current and past performing organizations include the Metropolitan Opera (N.Y.); the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and the Connecticut Opera;Radio City Christmas Spectacular; the Hudson Valley Philharmonic (N.Y.); the Albany Symphony Orchestra (N.Y.); the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra (Pa.); the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic; and the Orchestre National de France, under LorinMaazel; Pierre Boulez, Vaclav Neumann, and George Pretre. Solo recitals have included the Faculty Concert Series of Manhattan School of Music Pre-college Division, and theMusic@One Concert Series and Women Composers Showcase at NJCU. Gilles Bernard has recorded for Deutsche Grammophon with the Orchestre National de France under Seiji Ozawa, the League of Composers/ISCM, and with The Choir of Saint Thomas Church (N.Y.C.).

Gary Hollander
A teacher in the Englewood Public School District, Gary Hollander has performed as a trombonist with numerous orchestras, chamber ensembles and educational outreach ensembles on the East Coast (between New York and Florida), and throughout the Midwest. His eclectic musical experience runs the gamut from classical to klezmer to an internationally-aired Coca-Cola television commercial in 1996. Dr. Hollander taught at Illinois State University and at Richland Community College. He received a Bachelor of Music degree in Trombone Performance from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University (1998); a Master of Music degree from Illinois State University (2000) and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Illinois (2004).  

PERCUSSION
Kevin Norton
M.M., Orchestral Percussion, Manhattan School of Music; B.S., Hunter College. Over 15 recordings as a leader or co-leader. Performances with the New Music Consort, other contemporary and classical ensembles. Composer in residence, MacDowell Colony, 2002. Awards and grants: National Endowment for the Arts and several Meet the Composer (including Commissioning Music USA, 2005/06). Former faculty, University of Maryland. Faculty, William Paterson University, The Dwight-Englewood School, Camp Encore/Coda. Cited on Downbeat's Jazz Critics Poll for Vibraphone. Published articles in U.S. and international magazines on jazz and improvised music. http://www.kevinnorton.com/

Steve Johns, co-director, Thurnauer Jazz Big Band
Steve Johns is from Boston, Mass. and attended the New England Conservatory of Music. A long-time resident of Englewood, N.J., he has toured and recorded with The Sonny Fortune Quartet, The Gil Evans Orchestra, Count Basie Orchestra, and Duke Ellington Orchestra, as well as with Nat Adderley, Randy Brecker, Bob Mintzer, Ronnie Cuber, Jessye Norman, Larry Coryell, Benny Golson, and many others. Steve has recorded 75 National Public Radio shows with The Billy Taylor Trio, with guests including Nancy Wilson, Wynton Marsalis, Joe Lavano, Harry Sweets Edison, and Milt Jackson. He is on the teaching staff at Montclair State University Jazz House Kids, in Montclair, N.J.; the Litchfield Jazz Camp (Conn.), NJPAC's Jazz for Teens in Newark, N.J., and Jazz in July, in Amherst, Mass.

Kyle Rowland
Kyle Rowland, a composer, drummer/percussionist, and educator. As a drummer and percussionist he has performed with Vic Juris, Wessell "Warmdaddy" Anderson, Todd Coolman, Pete Malinverni,Tony Monaco and others. He has composed extensively for film, television and theater. Kyle has performed at The Montreux Jazz Festival, The North Sea Jazz Festival, and throughout France and the Netherlands. He holds a B.A. in Jazz Studies from Williams Paterson University and a M.M. from SUNY Purchase College.  Over the past ten years he has taught classes and workshops for ensemble playing, drum set, percussion, film scoring, audio engineering, and mixing.

CHAMBER MUSIC
Zoran Jakovcic -
Director of the Thurnauer Chamber Music Camp
Post-Graduate Diploma, Juilliard School; M.M., B.M. Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. Violin studies with Dorothy DeLay. Solo debut at age 12 with Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra. Top prize winner, Yugoslav National Competition, Zagreb. Recitalist and orchestral soloist in Europe, Japan, China, and the U.S. Former first violinist, Essex Quartet. Founder and director, Essex Conservatory of Music, Leonia, NJ, and Arcady International String Festival, Maine.

Alexander Rees - Head of Chamber Music Program
D.M.A., Gnessin Institute, Moscow. Professor of Chamber Music, String Quartet, and Viola, Gnessin Institute, for 30 years. Extensive touring in former USSR and Europe as viola and viola d'amore soloist and conductor. First prize winner, Festival of Chamber Orchestras of USSR as the artistic director and conductor of the Moscow University Chamber Orchestra. Performances with Sviatoslav Richter, Borodin String Quartet, Orchestra of St. Luke's, Brooklyn Philharmonic, New York Virtuosi Orchestra, Little Orchestra Society, at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. TV appearances on PBS, NBC, CBS. Adjunct professor, Fordham University

ENSEMBLES
Emma Brondolo -
Head of Early Childhood Music and Director, Young People's Chorus at Thurnauer
Emma Brondolo is the artistic director of the Young People's Chorus at Thurnauer, director of the early childhood music program, and a voice teacher at the JCC Thurnauer School of Music, as well as a satellite conductor with the Young People's Chorus of New York City.  Ms. Brondolo has participated with the Young People's Chorus of New York City for the past 20 years, where she studied with artistic director and founder Francisco Núñez. As a member of the Young People's Chorus of New York City, Ms. Brondolo traveled and competed in multiple choral competitions and festivals throughout the world.  Ms. Brondolo received her bachelor's degree in music education (vocal emphasis) from the Hartt School of Music, The University of Hartford, where she studied with the late Fritz Moses.  After completing her degree, Ms. Brondolo taught music at Sage Park Middle School and Intensive Education Academy, a school for students with special needs. In the summers, Ms. Brondolo has worked as a music teacher at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, in New York City. Ms. Brondolo graduated from St. John's University with a dual master's degree in special education and general education. She is completing her four-year Kodály certification at Westminster Choir College.

Matthew Lucero - Coordinator of Orchestral Ensembles
Mr. Matthew Lucero received his B.S. in Music Education Cum Laude fromHofstra University. A violinist and pianist, his principal teachers have included Prof. Blanche Abram and Prof. Alexander Sharpe. Conducting studies were with Dr. David Ramael, Dr. David Fryling, and Dr. Peter Boonshaft. Matthew is currently on the faculty of the Nyack Public Schools, where he brings a dynamic energy to his role as a an elementary string teacher in the Nyack School District. He has been on the faculty of the Nyack Summer Strings Program since 2004. Matthew is a member of ASTA, CMENC, and the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA).

Louis Kosma - Music Director, Thurnauer Symphony Orchestra
B.M.Ed., Temple University; Fellowship student, Tanglewood Festival Orchestra. Double bass studies with Edward Arian, Roger Scott Henry Portnoi. Assistant Principal Bass, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Conductor, Youth Orchestras of Essex County. Former member, Chautauqua Symphony, American Ballet Theatre. Concerts and recordings with Music Amici and Alborada Latina. Adjunct double bass instructor, New Jersey City University. Former adjunct faculty, Kean College, SUNY-Purchase, Temple University, Fairleigh Dickinson University. First double bass scholarship established in Mr. Kosma's name by Virtu Foundation.

Shih-hung Young - Director, Philharmonia
From Taipei, Taiwan, Born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Received his Bachelors and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School and his Doctorate of Music degree from State University of New York at Stony Brook. An active conductor of symphonic and operatic literatures and performer of solo and chamber music recitals, Mr. Young has toured the United States, and internationally. Performances in the United States include US National Tour of Tony award winning Broadway shows, The Light in the Piazza, My Fair Lady and Radio City's Christmas Spectacular Arena Tour. Adjunct violin professor at Wheaton College at Illinois in 1998, conductor of the Chamber Orchestra of Thirds Street Music School Settlement, Chamber Orchestra at Lucy Moses School , Pre-College Chamber Orchestra and Faculty of The Juilliard School Pre-College Division since 1995. Assistant conductor for the Academy Award®-winning Score The Lord of the Rings – Live to Projection.

Matthew Lazar - Founding Director & Conductor, SHIRAH Community Chorus on the Palisades
Matthew Lazar, founding director of SHIRAH, is the catalyst and leading force of the Jewish choral movement in North America today. He is the Founder and Director of the Zamir Choral Festival, HaZamir: The International Jewish High School Choir and the National Jewish Chorale. He has directed the Zamir Chorale since 1972. Mr. Lazar has prepared choruses for Maestros Leonard Bernstein, Zubin Mehta, and Daniel Barenboim. He has been praised by the New York Times along with his "expert ensemble" for performances of the music of Salamone Rossi, and by the Chicago Tribune as an "expert director" for a program presented by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Lazar has appeared as guest conductor of the American Symphony Orchestra, the El Paso Symphony Orchestra, the Milwaukee Chamber Symphony, and the Ra'anana Symphony Orchestra. He regularly conducts programs at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and in other major concert halls throughout the United States and Israel and regularly appears with the great cantors of this generation; he recently conducted members of the New York Philharmonic in accompanying Cantor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot's performances at Lincoln Center. Mr. Lazar has served on the faculties of Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary, and is a frequent lecturer and scholar-in-residence across the United States. His recordings include The Birthday of the World I and II, A taste of Eternity I and II, Chants Mystiques Encore. Mr. Lazar's most recent recording, Songs for Jerusalem, features a special narration by Elie Wiesel.

JAZZ
Steve Johns,
co-director, Thurnauer Jazz Big Band
Steve Johns is from Boston, Mass. and attended the New England Conservatory of Music. A long-time resident of Englewood, N.J., he has toured and recorded with The Sonny Fortune Quartet, The Gil Evans Orchestra, Count Basie Orchestra, and Duke Ellington Orchestra, as well as with Nat Adderley, Randy Brecker, Bob Mintzer, Ronnie Cuber, Jessye Norman, Larry Coryell, Benny Golson, and many others. Steve has recorded 75 National Public Radio shows with The Billy Taylor Trio, with guests including Nancy Wilson, Wynton Marsalis, Joe Lavano, Harry Sweets Edison, and Milt Jackson. He is on the teaching staff at Montclair State University Jazz House Kids, in Montclair, N.J.; the Litchfield Jazz Camp (Conn.), NJPAC's Jazz for Teens in Newark, N.J., and Jazz in July, in Amherst, Mass.

Debbie Keefe Johns, co-director, Thurnauer Jazz Big Band
Philadelphia native and New Jersey state-certified teacher Debbie Keefe Johns has performed with the Cab Calloway Big Band, Jackie Byard Big Band, Melba Liston Smith Big Band, and George Russell Big Band, as well as with Junior Cook, Walter Booker, Jimmy Cobb, Stanley Turrentine, Dave Stryker, Don Sickler, Michael Cochrane, The Mingus Big Band, and The Diva Big Band. She has performed at The Kennedy Center, as well as at the, Lincoln Center, Damrosch Park,(N.Y.C.), Kansas City, and Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz festivals. Debbie holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the New England conservatory of Music and teaches at The Elisabeth Morrow School and The Dwight-Englewood School. She resides in Englewood, N.J. with her husband, drummer Steve Johns, and son, bassist Daryl Johns.

Michael Cochrane - jazz piano
Michael Cochrane, pianist, composer, arranger, and instructor has performed and/or recorded with many well-known jazz artists, including Sonny Fortune,  Jack Walrath, Eddie Gomez, Tom Harrell, Valery Ponomorev, John Clark, Clark Terry, Michael Brecker, Chico Freeman, The Spirit Of Life Ensemble, Oliver Lake, Bradford Hayes and many more. Mr. Cochrane has performed in colleges, clubs, and concert halls throughout the United States. In New York, he has performed at The Village Vanguard, Sweet Basil, Blue Note, among others and also in Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall, Alice Tulley Hall and Merkin Hall. His touring experience spans over 18 European countries, including Germany, France, Spain, Yugoslavia, Lithuania, Russia, Poland, Belgium, Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and England and he has also performed in Canada, Japan, Puerto Rico, The Philippines,The Caribbean, and Estonia. Mr. Cochrane has been a part-time instructor at NYU for over twenty years. Mr. Cochrane currently is a part-time instructor at Princeton University, Rutgers State University and Bloomingdale School of Music. He is also the music director of the Paterson Avenue Methodist Church.  He has received two fellowship grants in jazz performance from the National Endowment For The Arts as well as from the The Puffin Foundation and the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation. Mr. Cochrane has over ten recordings as a leader. Mr. Cochrane is the author/composer of a solo piano book and combo arrangements and a book of original compositions published by SteepleChase. He has also written two instructional music books and has written an instructional jazz piano exercise book published by his own publishing company, Inner Search Music. In 1985 Mr. Cochrane received a Master Of Arts Degree with honors from New York University. His teachers have included: Jaki Byard, Eleanor Hancock and the late Madame Margaret Chaloff.
http://www.michaelcochrane.com/

Brian Glassman - jazz bass
Brian Glassman is an extremely versatile musician, at home in almost any genre of music, Classical, rock, Latin, R&B, and cabaret, but is best known for his work in jazz and Jewish musical styles such as klezmer.   Artists that Brian has performed, toured and recorded include Paquito d'Rivera, John and Bucky Pizzarelli, Lionel Hampton, Sahib Shahab, Kenny Burrell, Benny Golson, Harold Mabern, Randy Brecker, Ken Peplowski, Gene Bertoncini, and Billy Cobham; legendary interpreters of the Popular American Song Book such as Margaret Whiting, Michael Feinstein, Karen Akers and Liza Minnelli, and Anne Hampton Callaway, Karen Oberlin; Klezmer artists the Klezmatics, Andy Statman, Frank London, Zalmon Mlotek, Alicia Svigals, Adrienne Cooper, and Neshama Carlebach. Brian has performed nation wide and throughout Europe, The UK, Japan, South Africa, Brazil, Israel, The Middle East and Russia. In 2010 through 2014, he performed and conducted educational workshops and performances in South Pacific Asia, the Middle East, North Africa, Russia and Malaysia for Jazz at Lincoln Center and the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs and with his quartet, The Johnny Rodgers Band. Brian can be heard playing his historic 1820's Prescott American double bass at NYC venues such as Birdland, Jazz at Lincoln Center's Rose Theater and The Allen Room, Merkin Concert Hall , Damrosh Bandshell, Symphony Space, The Oak Room at the Algonquin, The Blue Note, Birdland Iridium and many others.   Brian is featured in the newly released documentary film Harlem Street Singer about the life and influence of Rev. Gary Davis. Some of the recent recordings that Brian is featured on include new releases from Neshama Carlebach, Adrianne Greenbaum, Woody Mann, Carol Hall, Andy Statman, Klezmerfest, Liza Minnelli and The Johnny Rodgers Band.   Brian has been Instructor of Jazz Bass at Princeton University since 2003.M.A. in Music Education from City University of New York; B.A. in Jazz Performance from Rutgers University  Brian studied jazz bass with Larry Ridly, Mike Formanek and Peter Giron; classical double bass with Lewis Paer and Carolyn Davis; jazz improvisation with William Fielder and Ted Dunbar; and jazz composition and arranging with Kenny Baron and John Stubblefield.