Faculty

Chamber Music

ELEANOR BALL - Chamber Music, Flute, Recorder, Flute Club & Choir, Junior Flutes
B.A. DePauw Univ; The Juilliard School. Four-year Honor Performance Award. Founding Director: Crescent Trio and many Flute Choirs, including HBMS Flute Choir with 1995 performance at White House. Former host: Cable TV "Bravura". Principal flute with Stokowski, Jenkins, DePreist. Principal Flute: Composer/conductor series with Hanson, Dello Joio, Persichetti, Copland. Principal flute: All-America under Stokowski. Masterclasses and Flute showcases in New York, Boston, Charleston.

BARBARA BERG - Suzuki String Department Coordinator, Violin, Suzuki Violin, Chamber Music
B.M., M.M., Eastman; M.A.T., Lehman; postgraduate study, Juilliard; Suzuki Teacher Certification, former faculty, School for Strings. Performed with Brooklyn Philharmonic, American Ballet Theatre, Radio City Music Hall. Performs: Chautauqua Symphony. Faculty: Queens College, Pleasantville Public Schools.

JOAN BEHRENS BERGMAN, Piano, Former Executive Director
B.M., M.M. Mannes College of Music. Studied: Rosina Lhevinne, Rudolph Ganz, Edward Aldwell, Bruce Hungerford, Carl Schachter. Former Director, 1989 - 1996 Preparatory Division, Mannes College of Music; Chairperson, 1987 - 1989 Piano Department, Preparatory Division, Mannes College of Music; Faculty: Mannes College of Music College Division; Coordinator, 1980 - 1984 Chamber Music Concerts, Pierre Monteux Memorial Festival. Teaching and Master Classes: Japan; Walla Walla College; University of the Philippines; California Summer Music Institute; Lucy Moses School; Marymount College. WQXR, WFUV. Gold Medal, International Recording Festival. Member: Leschetizky Association; Piano Teachers Congress of New York. Listed: Who's Who Among America's Teachers.

EILEEN BUCK - Piano, Chamber Music
B.M., Curtis Institute of Music; M.M., Mannes College of Music. Studied: Eleanor and Vladmir Sokoloff, Edward Aldwell, Carl Schachter, Adolph Baller. Performances throughout the U.S., Canada and Denmark. Winner: 1994 Mannes Concerto Competition, Josef Fidelmann Prize, 1996 Josef Hofmann Piano Competition. Soloist: Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, Mannes Orchestra, Etherridge Chamber Orchestra, Collegium Westchester Orchestra. Festivals: Sarasota, Bowdoin, Taos. Chairperson, Ensemble Program: Piano Teachers Congress of New York. Recordings: Bridge, Cedille. Former faculty: Queens College, Vassar College. Faculty: Mannes College, New School for Music Preparatory Division.

LANI KING CHANG - Violin, Viola, Chamber Music
B.M., M.M., San Francisco Conservatory of Music; New England Conservatory of Music with chamber music distinctions. Violin studies with Delay, Melikian, Abel. International Musicians Seminar, Prussia Cove. Prizewinner, Coleman National Chamber Music Competition. Member, San Francisco Opera Orchestra 1980-1996; Apollo Chamber Players, London; Guest Concertmaster Taipei National Symphony, Taiwan; Concertmaster and soloist, San Francisco Concerto Orchestra. Suzuki Pedagogy, Ithaca College; Dalcroze Eurhythmics training. Faculty: Usdan Center for the Performing and Cultural Arts, S.F. Conservatory. Performer: New York metropolitan area orchestras.

ELIZABETH CONDON - Oboe, English Horn, Chamber Music
B.A., Akron University; M.M., Cleveland Institute of Music. Principal Teachers: John Mack, Elizabeth Camus, Cleveland Orchestra. Freelance: Jupiter Symphony, Long Island Philharmonic, Connecticut Grand Opera, Hudson Valley Philharmonic, Greenwich Symphony, New York City Opera, Jupiter Symphony. Member: Virtuosi Quintet. Chamber Tours: Quintet of the Americas, Anthony Newman, Linden Quintet. Performances: Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall. Broadway: Les Misérables and 1776. Faculty: Hackley School.

DOROTHY DUNCAN - Clarinet, Chamber Music
B.A., Barnard College; M.F.A., Chamber Music, Sarah Lawrence College. Member: New York Grand Opera, New Jersey Festival Orchestra (formerly the Westfield Symphony), St. Cecilia Chamber Ensemble, Pentaphonic Winds, Lehman Woodwind Quintet, Concert Pops of Long Island. Performed with: Greenwich Symphony, Colonial Symphony, Philharmonia Virtuosi, Metropolitan Opera Stage Band, New Jersey State Opera, New Jersey Symphony, Goldman Memorial Band.

DONNA ELAINE - Flute, Piccolo, Suzuki Flute, Recorder, Musicianship, Chamber Music, Co-Director, Chamber Music Program, Director of Handchimes: Chime Time and Chime On!
B.M., M.M., Chapman College of Music - Chapman University. Professional Studies, Mannes College of Music. Studied: Rampal, Larrieu, Baker, Stallman, DiTullio and Hoberman. Principal flute: New Choral Society Orchestra. Member: Lehman College Faculty Woodwind Quintet. Adjunct Professor of Flute: Lehman College and The Hackley School.

MARGALIT FEINSTEIN - Piano, Chamber Music
B.M., Hebrew Univ., Tel Aviv; Piano Diploma, Rubin Academy, Jerusalem. Suzuki Seminar in Piano & Pedagogy with Behrend and Keats, School for Strings. Studied with Hertz, Vardi in Israel; Van Barenzon, Conservatoire de Paris.

MICHAEL FINCKEL - Cello, Chamber Music
Concert artist U.S. and abroad. Founding member: Cabrini Quartet, Trio of the Americas. Member: Ensemble 21, Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, Ysaye String Quartet, Finckel Cello Quartet, Brooklyn Philharmonic. Director: Sage City Symphony. Recordings: CRI, Vanguard, Vox/Candide, ECM/Warner Bros. Faculty: Chamber Music Conference and Composers Forum of the East, Bennington; Composers Conference and Chamber Music Center, Wellesley College; Princeton; Cornell; Bennington.

NAOMI GRAF - Viola, Director, Viola Club, Co-Director, Chamber Music Program, Chamber Music, Suzuki Viola
B.M., Juilliard School of Music; M.M.,Yale School of Music. Studied: Lillian Fuchs, Paul Kantor, Donald McInnes. Former faculty, New Haven Suzuki School, All-Newton Music School, MA., Waldorf School, Ithaca. Active performer, area orchestras, chamber ensembles.

APRIL JOHNSON - Violin, Suzuki Violin, Chamber Music
B.M. Oberlin; Advanced studies at Brooklyn College Conservatory. Studied: Kaplan, Kawasaki, Gabora, Clapp. Performed for Perlman, Rosenberg, Buswell. Former Concertmaster: Jupiter Symphony, Canton Ohio Symphony, Galatea Ensemble, Queens Oratorio. Associate Concertmaster: Norwalk Symphony. Current Member: New York Chamber Soloists, Oracle Trio. Recordings: Dorian, Lyrichord. HBMS faculty since 1993.

CHRISTINA KHIMM - Violin, Chamber Music
B.A. Sarah Lawrence. Studied: Dorothy Delay. Continued studies: Raphael Bronstein, Ruggiero Ricci, Aaron Rosand. Winner: N.Y. Young Artist Competition, Manhattan School of Music Competition. Former concertmistress: Allegro Chamber Ensemble, Korean Symphony Orchestra of N.Y. Currently Director: Aaron Rosand Intensive Violin program at the Summit Music Festival. Official certificate Suzuki Method 1988. Faculty: Manhattan School of Music, Mannes College of Music, Music Conservatory of Westchester.

GARY KOSLOSKI - Violin, Chamber Music
D.Mus., Indiana University, principal teacher Josef Gingold. Additional studies: Franco Gulli, Tadeusz Wronski, Max Rostal. Chamber music studies: William Primrose, Menahem Pressler, György Sebök, Janos Starker. Founding violinist: Elysian Trio. Former concertmaster Ohio Chamber Orchestra, Cleveland Chamber Symphony. First violins: Detroit Symphony. Former chamber music coordinator: Music Academy of the West, Lucca Festival, Oberlin-in-Italy (Urbania). Articles: Strad, Strings and ASTA Journal. Translator: The Violin Within (Le violon intérieur by Dominique Hoppenot). Board Member: Madeline Bruser's Golden Key Music Institute; Former violin faculty: Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory, University of Oklahoma, Florida State University.

MARK KUSHNIR - Violin, Suzuki Violin, Viola, Chamber Music, Manager of Festival Orchestra
B.M., Cleveland Inst. of Music; M.F.A., Sarah Lawrence College, Interlochen Arts Academy; Suzuki Pedagogy, School for Strings. Studied with David Cerone, Linda Sharon Cerone, Dorothy Delay, Masao Kawasaki, Louise Behrend, and chamber music with Joseph Gingold, Claus Adam, and Rostislav Dubinsky. Attended Interlochen Arts Camp, Meadowmount School of Music. Former member: Laurentian String Quartet. Hoff-Barthelson Faculty member since 1983 and manager of the Hoff-Barthelson Festival Orchestra. Concertmaster of the Putnam Chorale Orchestra, principal 2nd violin of the Taconic Opera Orchestra, member of the Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra, and active performer in area orchestras and chamber ensembles.

RIE MATSUMOTO - Piano, Coordinator of Adult Chamber Music, Chamber Music
B.M., M.M., Juilliard. Studied with Gorodnitzki, Nakaya, Sandor. Chamber music with Joseph Fuchs, Nakaya, Lotto. Chamber music appearances at Beethoven Society, SUNY/Purchase with Philharmonia Virtuosi, WQXR.

MAXINE NEUMAN - Cello, Chamber Music, Suzuki Cello
B.M., M.M., Manhattan School of Music. Solo recitals, North America, South America, Europe, Japan. Three-time Grammy winner. "Who's Who in the World." Grant recipient, Rockefeller Foundation, Ford Foundations, National Endowment for the Arts. Performs: Belmont Trio, Claremont Duo, Crescent String Quartet, Duo Cellissimo, Por el Tango, Orchestra of St. Luke's, American Classical Orchestra, American Composers Orchestra, Westchester Philharmonic. Montreux Jazz Festival, Metallica. Solo and chamber recordings: Deutsche Grammophon, Columbia, Angel, EMI, Austrophon, Nonesuch, Biddulph, CRI, Orion, Leonarda, Argo, Opus One, SONY/Virgin, AMC, Thorofon, Vanguard, Musical Heritage, Albany, Northeastern, CBS World Records. American premiere, G. B. Viotti Cello Concerto (Town Hall). Judge: international competitions. Associate Music Director, Bennington Chamber Music Conference. Faculty: School for Strings, Bennington Chamber Music Conference. Former faculty: Bennington College, Williams College, C.W. Post University.

ANCA NICOLAU - Violin, Suzuki Violin, Chamber Music
B.M., Juilliard; M.M., Manhattan School of Music; M.A., M. Phil., Columbia University; Suzuki Teacher Cert., School for Strings. Studied: Galamian, Bronstein, Ricci, Behrend. Finalist: George Enescu Competition. Winner: Roumanian National Competition, Silverstein Award. Participant: Tanglewood, Spoleto, Caramoor, Drottningholm, The Proms, Edinburgh Festivals. Member: Orchestra of St. Luke's; The Bach Ensemble, Drottningholm Ensemble, the Loma Mar String Quartet. Recording: E.M.I. Label, Loma Mar String Quartet - number one on classical music charts - 1999. Former Faculty: Manhattan School of Music, Pre-College Department, Music Conservatory of Westchester, Amati Conservatory. Former faculty: Brixen Academy for Early Music, Italy.

JOSEPH PISCITELLI - Flute, Recorder, Chamber Music, Wind Ensemble, Musicianship, Director of Summer Arts Program
B.A., M.A., Queens College. Studied with Wilson, Stallman, Rampal. Winner: Artists International Competition. Principal with Solisti, N.Y., New York Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonia Virtuosi, O.K. Mozart Music Festival, Greenwich Symphony. Solo appearances: Little Orchestra Society, Long Island Philharmonic, Philharmonia Virtuosi. Radio and TV appearances. Les Misérables on Broadway. Recordings: CRI. Former Faculty: Pace University, Manhattan School of Music.

VERED REZNIK - Piano, Chamber Music
B.M., Rubin Academy of Music, Jerusalem; M.M., New England Conservatory, Boston. Chamber music studies: Music Hochschule, Vienna. Piano Studies: Ilana Gutman, Michael Bogoslavsky, Charlie Banacos, Sophia Rosoff. Chamber Music Studies: The Alban Berg Quartet. Theory and Composition: Robert Cogan. Winner: 1994 Jeunesses Musicale International Competition, 1990 Rubin Academy Competition. Scholarships: 1984-1993 American-Israel Cultural Foundation, 1992-1994 Alban Berg Foundation. Festival appearances: Bayreuth (Germany), Janacek (Czech Republic), Abu Ghosh (Israel), Israel Festival. Orchestra Appearances in Israel and Austria. Radio and Television: Austrian National Television, Bavarian Radio, WQXR, CSPAN, Israeli National Radio. Carnegie Hall Debut: 2012.

GERALD ROBBINS - Piano, Chamber Music
B.M., M.M., U.S.C. Studied with Brown, Crown, Gimpel. Artist-in-Residence: Queens College. Recitals and concerts throughout Europe, Middle East, Asia. Soloist: Los Angeles Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, London Mozart Players, NY Virtuosi, BBC Scottish Symphony. Former faculty: U.S.C., Colchester Institute College, Carpentras Festival. Member: Lyric Piano Quartet. Faculty: Queens College, Manhattan School of Music.

ELEONORA ROTSHTEYN - Musicianship, Staff Accompanist, Composition, Chamber Music
B.M., M.M., Mannes College of Music, piano and composition. Master of Music Education (K-12 certification) Queens College. Piano studies: Mme. Nina Svetlanova. Composition studies: Dr. Robert Cuckson. Theory and Analysis: Dr. Carl Schachter. Performance: Weill Recital Hall; NY/ NJ Steinway Halls. Winner: Leschetizky Society; World Piano Competition, Cincinnati. Collaborative pianist: Lucy Moses School; Mannes College of Music Preparatory; Port Jefferson Music Academy; private studio in Brooklyn. Collaborative pianist: BMCC, CUNY. Faculty: Port Jefferson Music Academy; Shostakovich Music School; School for Strings, BMCC, CUNY adjunct.

JUNKO TSUMURA SCEDROV - Piano, Chamber Music
B.M., The Juilliard School. Studied: Adolph Baller, Nadia Reisenberg, Jacob Lateiner, Joseph Kalichstein. Chamber music: Felix Galimir. Performances: Alice Tully Hall, Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts, Varazdin Baroque Evenings Festival, Zagreb Music Biennale. Concert tours for Jeunesses Musicales. Recipient: Grant, Fund for U.S. Artists at International Festivals and Exhibitions.

ROBERT SCHWARTZ - Cello, Young People's Symphonette, Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Music
B.A., Montclair State; M.A., Teacher's College; M.F.A., Sarah Lawrence. Studied with Janigro, Ricci, Borodin Piano Trio. Cofounder, former cellist: Laurentian String Quartet, Aspen Music Festival. Faculty: Lakeland School District.

DANIEL SPITZER - Clarinet, Chamber Music
B.M., Eastman School of Music; M.M., Manhattan School of Music. Member: Principal Clarinetist Hudson Valley Philharmonic, Second Clarinetist Delaware Symphony Orchestra, Clarinetist Willow Chamber Ensemble. Performed: New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, New York City Ballet, New York City Opera Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony, American Symphony Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Riverside Symphony, New Philharmonic of New Jersey, Princeton Symphony Orchestra, Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, Broadway shows: Wicked, La Boheme, Music Man, The King and I, Beauty and the Beast, The Producers, Woman in White, Mary Poppins, Peter and the Wolf at New Victory Theatre. Former Principal Clarinetist with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra. Festivals: Chautauqua Music Festival, New Hampshire Music Festival, Utah Music Festival, Colorado Music Festival, Spoleto, Aspen, Bowden and Tanglewood Music Festivals. Performed: NPR Radio. Recordings: Telarc, New World, Koch, Newport Classics labels, as well as being heard on National Public Radio. Former Faculty: Rutgers University: Mason Gross School of the Arts. University of Mississippi in Oxford, Mississippi State University in Starkville, Millsaps College in Jackson, MS.

TOMOKO UCHINO THOMAS - Staff Accompanist, Chamber Music
B.M., University of Michigan; M.M., Johns Hopkins, Peabody Conservatory; D.M.A. University of Arizona, Solo Piano; G.D., Collaborative Piano, The Juilliard School. Studied Solo Piano: Arthur Greene, Ann Schein, Elena Shiga, Rex Woods. Studied Collaborative Piano: Margo Garrett, Jonathan Feldman, Brian Zeger. Numerous prizes: national and international competitions. Recital appearances: United States, Japan, Thailand, France, Germany. Staff Accompanist: Aspen Music Festival, Meadowmount School of Music, Heifetz International Music Institute. Former instructor: Interlochen Center for the Arts. Freelance accompanist, vocal coach, teacher.