Faculty

Suzuki Program

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.

CLAIRE BRIGHT - Violin, Suzuki Violin
B.M., M.M., Juilliard. Studied with Hamao Fujiwara, Joseph Fuchs, Burton Kaplan. Suzuki Teacher Certification, School for Strings. Performs with The Bach Choir of Bethlehem, Long Island Philharmonic.

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.

MING-FUNG FUNG - Piano, Suzuki Piano
B.M., M.M., Manhattan School of Music. Studied: Raymond Lewenthal, Zenon Fishbein, Dr. Donn-Alexandre Feder. Current study: German Diez, disciple and assistant of Claudio Arrau in New York City. Master Class: Yoheved Kaplinsky. Prize Winner: Hong Kong Schools Music Festival; Distinction from the Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music, London. Performance: Cliburn Piano Institute, Fort Worth, Texas; New York; Hong Kong City Hall; Hong Kong television and radio; Macau. Adjudicated: New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition in N.Y.C.; Piano Teachers Congress of New York; Association Music Teachers League; New Jersey Music Teachers Association Young Artists Competition; New Jersey Music Teachers Festival Auditions; New Jersey JCC Audition for Master Class; Cecilian Music Club of Freehold Young Artists Competition; Staten Island Young Artists Competition. Faculty: Turtle Bay Music School. Active Member: Piano Teachers Congress of New York, Associated Music Teachers League, the Music Teachers National Association, Westchester Musicians' Guild.

NAOMI GRAF - Viola, Director, Viola Club, Co-Director, Chamber Music Program, Chamber Music, Suzuki Viola, Violin
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.

NICOLE JOHNSON - Cello, Suzuki Cello
B.M., Cleveland Institute of Music; M.M. Juilliard. Studied: Alan Harris, Andres Diaz, Christoph Henkel, Joel Krosnick. Suzuki training: Nancy Hair, Alice Vierra, Barbara Wampner, Carol Tarr. Former member: Avanti Ensemble, Cleveland Chamber Orchestra. Former faculty: Renaissance Music Academy—cello and chamber music. Cellist: Cassatt String Quartet. Faculty: Special Music School, Manhattan; Westchester Suzuki Institute. Director: Cushing Cello Camp.

ELEKTRA KURTIS-STEWART - Violin, Suzuki Violin
B.M., Sibelius Academy of Music (Helsinki), degree in performance and pedagogy. School for Strings Suzuki Program. Studied with Arai-Kimanen, Ignatius, Piorkowski, Behrend. Performance: Kapyla Chamber Orchestra, Sibelius Academy String Ensemble, Kirkkonummi Chamber Orchestra, Opera Orchestra of the Great Theatre (Warsaw). Leader, world jazz quintet Ensemble Elektra; Leader, Elektra Kurtis String Trio. Faculty: Harlem School of the Arts.

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.

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.

ERICH SCHOEN-RENÉ - Cello, Suzuki Cello
B.M. Bard College, M.M., Manhattan School of Music. Studied with David Geber, Luis Garcia-Renart, Maxine Neuman. Suzuki pedagogy training through book 10 with Pamela Devenport, Carey Cheney. Principal Cello, Chelsea Symphony. Member: DCINY Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas. Faculty: Brooklyn Conservatory, Brooklyn Music Studio, The Mozart Academy.

PETER SEIDENBERG - Cello, Suzuki Cello, Artistic Director, Contemporary Music Festival
B.M., Eastman School of Music; M.M., New England Conservatory; Artist Diploma, Cleveland Institute of Music. Studied: Nell Novak, Marc Johnson, Paul Katz, Bernard Greenhouse, Larry Lesser, Alan Harris, Ron Leonard, Burton Kaplan. Solo work: Chicago Symphony (age 18), Eastman Philharmonia, DePaul Chamber Orchestra, Century Orchestra Osaka. Festivals: Marlboro, Norfolk, Aspen, Meadowmount. Current member: Elements Quartet, Queens Chamber Band.