Faculty

Staff Accompanists

JONATHAN ACKERMAN - Staff Accompanist
B.A., Sarah Lawrence College; M.M., Piano Performance, Rutgers University. Piano studies: Theodore Lettvin, Bernard Rose, Edmund Niemann. Toured the US, Europe and Japan as pianist with the dance company Eurythmy Spring Valley. Solo and chamber music performances throughout the U.S. Private piano teacher: Irvington, NY.

NELY BURLA - Staff Accompanist
B.M, M.M., Kharkov Institute of Fine Arts, Donetsk State Conservatory (Ukraine); Ph.D. Saratov State Conservatory (Russia). Studied: S. Benditsky, M. Voskressensky, V. Hananaev. Solo and chamber performances: Ukraine, Russia, Israel, Canada, United States. Collaborative pianist: University of Toronto, The Royal Conservatory of Music, Canadian Music Competitions. Over 30 years of international experience as a piano teacher for children and professional students. Publications for teachers held in Russian State Library. Former faculty: Amadeus Conservatory of Music.

JOANNE PROCELL - Coordinator of Accompanists
B.F.A., Univ. of Pennsylvania; M.A., Radcliffe. Piano studies with Robinor. Active as piano teacher and accompanist. Performs in solo and chamber music workshops throughout Westchester.

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.

SHI-LING SHIH - Staff Accompanist
B.M., M.M., Manhattan School of Music. Studied with Feder, Svetlanova, Edelman, Anievas. Post Graduate studies at CUNY Center. Chamber Music with Balsam, Seiger. Recitals in New York area and Taiwan. Private teaching, accompanying in Westchester.

TOMOKO UCHINO THOMAS - Staff Accompanist
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.

SHUHUI (SOPHIA) ZHOU - Staff Accompanist
M.M., Mannes College of Music, Solo Piano & Collaborative Piano. B.M., Oberlin Conservatory, Piano Performance; B.A., Oberlin College of Arts and Science, German literature. Piano Studies: Sanford Margolis; Thomas Sauer; Jan Jiraceck von Arnim. Former adjunct instructor: Performing Arts Institute, PA; Collaborative pianist: Shanghai Symphony Orchestra Chamber Society; Faculty prize of Best Collaborative Pianist of Oberlin Conservatory. Active performer in Contemporary Music Ensemble, Baroque Ensembles. Musicology Internship in Gustav Mahler Society, Vienna.