MusicianshipRUTH ALPERSON, Ph.D. - Dean, Eurhythmics, Musicianship, Junior Voices, Dalcroze Teacher Training
Ph.D., Arts & Humanities, New York University; B.A., Oberlin College, Music: piano study with Emil Danenberg, harpsichord with David Boe. Diplôme Supérieur, L'Institut Jaques-Dalcroze, Geneva, Switzerland. Licentiate, Dalcroze Teacher Training Course, London, England. Studies in Dalcroze eurhythmics with Inda Howland, Dr. Hilda Schuster, Lisa Parker, Elizabeth Vanderspar, Ruth Stewart. Faculty, The Dalcroze Program at the Diller-Quaile School of Music, New York City. Former faculty: Department of Music Education, New York University; Manhattan School of Music; L'Université Laval, Quebec City, Canada; Carnegie-Mellon University, Marta Sanchez Dalcroze Training Center. Dalcroze workshops for teachers, musicians, dancers, in colleges and universities across the U.S.and Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia and Central America. Member, Board of Directors, The Chamber Music Conference at Bennington College.
LAURA BARNET - Eurhythmics, Musicianship, Pre-Twinkle
B.Mus., Violin Performance, University of Michigan; M.A., Liturgical Music, St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary. Dalcroze Certificate: Hoff-Barthelson Music School. Dalcroze Studies: Ruth Alperson, Ann Farber. Violin Studies: Wei-Shu Co, Paul Kantor, Stephen Shipps, Isaac Malkin. Suzuki violin training with Susan Baer, Nancy Dexter, and Amy Rosen. Faculty: Huguenot Nursery School, Pelham, N.Y.; Hudson River School of Music, Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.; Westchester Suzuki Institute. Former faculty: Academy of Music, Mahwah, N.J. Former Choir Director: Holy Resurrection Church, Wayne, N.J. Former Associate Dean: Mount Vernon Music Academy, Yonkers Music Academy.
FRANCIS P. BRANCALEONE - Musicianship
Ph. D degree City University of New York, Master's degrees City University of New York, Queens College, Manhattan School of Music; Bachelor's degree Eastman School of Music (attended on a Ford Fund Scholarship); Diploma Palestrina Institute of Ecclesiastical Music. Professor Emeritus from Manhattanville College, Professor and Chair of the Music Department 2009-2014. Former faculty: Baruch College, the University of Bridgeport, Westchester Community College, Manhattan School of Music, Pre-College Divisions of the Manhattan School of Music and the Juilliard School. Published author, served as music critic for the Gannett Journal News from 1988-2002. Taught broad range of courses in music theory and history as well as private piano and organ. Solo piano recitals at New York's Town Hall and Tully Hall as well as concerto performances with orchestras, including the Detroit Symphony. Appeared in chamber music ensembles and as an accompanist. International Bach Society prizewinner.
STEPHEN BUCK - Piano, Musicianship
B.A., Johns Hopkins, Peabody Conservatory; M.M. in piano, University of Michigan; M.M.A. Yale University, D.M.A., Yale, 2007. Studied: Peter Frankl, Anton Nel, Ann Schein, David Volckhausen. Co-Founder: AlpenKammer Musik Festival, Liesing, Austria. Chair of Academic Studies: SUNY Purchase College. Former Head of Piano, Purchase College. Performances across Europe, North America. Recordings for Naxos, Innova labels.
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.
JACOB FRIEDMAN - Composition, Musicianship, Music Technology Lab
B.A. Music & Religion, Columbia University. M.M. Film Composition, NYU. Studied with Marc Copland, David Spear, Patrick Zimmerli. Credits include Burma Road-Flying Tigers, In the Footsteps of Genghis Khan, The World of Liu Yuyi. Performances at Weill Recital Hall, Princeton University, and The Corcoran Gallery of Art.
YUKIKO KONISHI - Piano, Musicianship, Eurhythmics, Theory
B.A., Osaka College of Music; Studied: Kanazawa, Dorensky, Mikowsky. World Music Drumming Certificate. Dalcroze Certificate, Dalcroze School of Music, NY with Abramson, Alperson, Farber, and Schuster. License training at Longy School of Music, MA with Parker. Winner: Young Artists Piano Competition, Hanshin, Japan. Soloist: Kansai Philharmonic, Arukadia Chamber. Recording: EMI. Former Vice President of Dalcroze Society of America. Dalcroze Eurhythmics instructor for Hoff-Barthelson community outreach programs; Port Chester Head Start Daycare; Mt. Vernon Head Start; West Help Daycare at a family shelter in Mt. Vernon, NY; and Mt. Pleasant-Blythedale School at Blythedale Children’s Hospital in Valhalla, NY. Dalcroze clinician for Bryce Canyon Music Camp in Utah and Lyceum Kennedy Japanese School in NYC; Faculty: The Lucy Moses Music School and the Special Music School at the Kaufman Music Center in NYC.
DANIELLE MILLER - Eurhythmics, Musicianship
BA, Music History/Literature, MAT Choral Conducting, The College of New Jersey. Studied: Michael Mendoza, Albert Ludecke, Robert Guarino, William Trego, Nancianne Parrella. Additional studies: Craig Wich. Dalcroze studies: Ruth Alperson, Anne Farber, Cynthia Lilley. Awards: Outstanding Young Conductor, KS Chapter American Choral Directors Association; Middle School Choral Chair, Kansas Music Educators Association. Conductor/teacher: K-8 music program Blue Rock School, Children's Choirs of St Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary. Choral Artist: Trinity Church, Boston, Unity Temple on the Plaza, St Vladimir's Chamber Choir. Church musician, guest conductor, clinician and workshop presenter on middle level choral music and classroom techniques.
JOSEPH MOHAN - Composition, Musicianship
B.M., M.M., Juilliard. Piano studies with Seymour Lipkin and Matti Raekallio, Composition studies with Behzad Ranjbaran. Recitals and concerts in North America and Europe. Soloist: Westchester Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Ars Nova, South Carolina Philharmonic, Amherst Symphony, Texas State, Ocean City Pops. Works performed by Pittsburgh Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Ocean City Pops, Choir of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, among others. Faculty: The Juilliard School (Evening Division).
ED PALERMO - Saxophone, Guitar, Jazz Ensembles, Coordinator of Jazz Program, Musicianship
Musicianship B.M., DePaul University. Jazz sax player and arranger. Spent the past 35 years playing with such artists as Tony Bennett, Lena Horne, Tito Puente, Aretha Franklin, Mel Torme, and many others. Leads: Ed Palermo Big Band which plays world-wide concerts dedicated to the music of Frank Zappa, as well as his original material. Featured: NPR's Weekend Edition. His CDs, "The Ed Palermo Big Band Plays the Music of Frank Zappa” and “Oh No!! Not Jazz!! earned 4 stars in Downbeat Magazine. Arranged: music for one of James Brown's final Hollywood Bowl concerts and the 2015 Hollywood Bowl live tribute to Frank Sinatra. Arranged: 20 minute piece for the NJ Ballet.
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.
ELEONORA ROTSHTEYN - Musicianship, Staff Accompanist, Composition
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.
KATHRYN DONOVAN WIEGAND - Music History
M.M. Musicology, Columbia University, A.B. Music, Harvard-Radcliffe. More than thirty years performing as pianist, singer, cellist & church musician in New Rochelle. Most recently Music Director at Iona College.