Ken Cole – Executive Director
Ken Cole joined Hoff-Barthelson as executive director in August 2016. Cole previously served as vice president for learning and leadership development at the League of American Orchestras; associate director of the National Guild for Community Arts Education; director of advancement at Levine Music; executive director of GALA Choruses; development director for the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra; and as a violist with the Fairfax Symphony and the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, among others. He has taught violin and viola at Philadelphia’s Settlement Music School and Westminster Choir College Conservatory.
Cole holds a Bachelor of Music in viola performance from Oberlin and a Master of Music in viola performance from Louisiana State University. He has produced several notable arts education guidebooks including Engaging Adolescents: Building Youth Participation in the Arts; Creativity Matters: The Arts and Aging Toolkit; Partners in Excellence: A Guide to Community School of the Arts / Public School Partnerships from Inspiration to Implementation. He was a lead organizer of the 2014 National Summit on Creative Youth Development, convened by the National Guild, the Massachusetts Culture Council, and the President’s Committee for the Arts and the Humanities. During his tenures at the League and the National Guild, he collaborated with many of America’s leading music organizations including the Baltimore Symphony, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, The Cleveland Orchestra, and Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Christopher Kenniff – Dean
Christopher Kenniff serves as the Dean of Programs at the Hoff-Barthelson Music School in Scarsdale, NY. He was formerly the Director of the Mason Gross School of the Arts Extension Division at Rutgers University (2011-2018) where he also served as the Artistic Director and Managing Director of two concert series – the Mason Gross Presents Summer Series (2012-2018) and Music at the Museum Concert Series (2015-18). Mr. Kenniff was a member of the Rutgers University Continuing Education Coordinating Council (2015-2018), and a was named a Rutgers Leadership Academy Fellow (2015-17), a highly selective two-year program focused on the development of cross-cutting leadership concepts and competencies.
Prior to his tenure at Rutgers University, Christopher was a member of the Concert Artist Faculty at the Conservatory of Music, Kean University (2001-2012). He also served as the Founding Executive Director of the American String Teacher’s Association of New Jersey (ASTA/NJ) Chamber Music Institute (2005-2011).
Mr. Kenniff has been recognized for outstanding achievement as a private studio instructor at the pre-college and collegiate level and was presented with the 2008 American String Teacher’s Association of New Jersey’s Teacher of the Year Award. He is also a critically acclaimed, award-winning classical guitarist having earned first prize in multiple competitions. He holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Southern Methodist University (Dallas, TX) and an Artist Diploma from Indiana University (Bloomington, IN), and has completed Suzuki Guitar training at the Ann Arbor and Hartt Suzuki Institutes.
Kathryn Jones – Associate Dean
Kathryn Jones received her Bachelor of Music degree in piano from Salem College in Winston-Salem, NC, and graduated from The Juilliard School of Music in New York City, where she received both Bachelor and Masters degrees in organ. Her teachers included Vernon deTar, Jon Gillock, Margaret Mueller, Gerre Hancock and Jack Hennnigan, and choral conducting with Dr. Richard Westenburg, of the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City.
She is Director of Music Ministries at Huguenot Memorial Church in Pelham Manor, NY where she is organist and director of a graded choir program from age four to adults, which also includes handbell ensembles. As a recitalist, Kathryn has performed both in the U.S. and abroad.
In addition to teaching musicianship classes and private organ lessons at HBMS, Kathryn has served as Director of Community Outreach for twenty years. In 2017 she was appointed Associate Dean overseeing the performance programs. Kathryn received her Certificate in Dalcroze Eurhythmics – one of the first students to be awarded certification from HBMS. She studied with Ruth Alperson (HBMS), Anne Farber (The Dalcroze School at Lucy Moses) and Lisa Parker (Longy School of Music). Currently, she is working towards a License in Dalcroze Eurhythmics. She has served on the boards of the Dalcroze Society of America and the Westchester Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, and is Artist in Residence at St. Paul’s Historic Landmark Church in Mount Vernon, New York.