Faculty Bios

STRINGS & HARP

Larissa Blitz | Violin, Viola

Blitz-Larissa1Born in St. Petersburg, Russia Larissa Blitz received her BA from St. Petersburg’s Conservatory. While in Russia she worked in the Opera House of St. Petersburg and was an assistant to her violin professor as well as having a private teaching studio of her own. In 1987 Larissa Blitz received her Masters degree in violin performance from Manhattan School of Music where she studied with the renowned professors Rafael Bronstein and Arianna Brone. Since then Ms. Blitz has had an extensive performing and teaching career playing in orchestras such as Brooklyn Philharmonic, North Eastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, Springfield Symphony, Stamford Symphony, Savannah Symphony, Berkshire Opera, Manchester Music Festival Chamber Orchestra, Tchaikovsky Chamber Orchestra and many others. She also has worked on Broadway and in the recording studio. From 1994 to 1996 she was concertmaster for a touring production of “Fiddler on the Roof” starring Theodore Bikel. As a teacher Ms. Blitz is enjoying a big private studio in New Jersey and since January 2001 teaches violin for the Spring Creek Youth Orchestra in Brooklyn, NY. She also has been a violin coach in a special school program in Long Island. In 2004 she joined the faculty of the River Arts Music Program, where she gives private lessons on violin and viola. In February 2005 Ms. Blitz joined the part-time faculty of Franklin Pierce University, teaching viola

 

Lakshmi Thorne | Viola, Violin

Thorne-LakshmiLakshmi Thorne, founder of The Devonshire Players, currently performs with the Ridgefield Symphony, Westchester Chamber Orchestra, Norwalk Symphony, Greater Bridgeport Symphony and Hudson Valley Philharmonic. She holds a master of music degree in viola performance from the State University of New York at Purchase, and a bachelor of music degree from the Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford. Lakshmi maintains an active studio at the Riverside Music School in Greenwich, CT as well as through the RiverArts Music Program, and is a Suzuki registered teacher. She has performed with the Greenwich Symphony, New Britain Symphony, Garden State Philharmonic, Bristol Symphony, and the Camerata Ensemble and has received chamber coaching from the Emerson String Quartet, the Adaskin String Trio, and the Lions Gate Trio. Lakshmi has studied with Lawrence Dutton, Steve Larson, Ira Weller and Joey Corpus.

 

Bob Lawrence | Violin

Lawrence-Bob1Bob Lawrence has had a varied performing career, ranging from Karl Munchinger’s Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra to the acclaimed Broadway revival of Guys and Dolls starring Nathan Lane and Faith Prince. Bob studied at Yale University and the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, Italy. Bob is currently the director of programming as well as violinist for the All Seasons Chamber Players, concertmaster of the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players, and associate concertmaster of the Springfield (MA) Symphony Orchestra. He has frequently served as concertmaster at the Lake George Opera Festival in Saratoga Springs, NY. Bob has also appeared at the Grand Teton, Colorado, and Spoleto Festivals. As a member of the Long Island Philharmonic, Bob has frequently performed with string quartets in educational outreach programs in elementary and secondary schools all over Long Island. He has taught with us since 2005.

 

Sergey Nazarov | Violin, Viola

Nazarov-Sergey1Sergey Nazarov has performed in Europe, the Ukraine, the United States, Brazil and Canada. His active career includes performances at Carnegie Hall, Barge Music, Trinity Church Concert Series, Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, and Alice Tully Hall. Sergey has appeared as a soloist with Ocean City POPS, St.Thomas Orchestra, Brooklyn Neighborhood Orchestra, Albert Einstein College Symphony Orchestra, and Lyric Mountain Festival. A member of Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra and concertmaster of St. Thomas Orchestra, Sergey also played with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, Pennsylvania Ballet Company,Greenwich Symphony,Festival dei due Mondi, Italy, and Classical Winter in Jerusalem. Sergey has received intensive training as a soloist, orchestra and chamber musician. He received his bachelor of arts and master’s degrees in violin performance from Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Albert Markov and Ariana Bronne. In addition to his active performing schedule, Sergey is on the faculty of several private music schools in the New York area.

 

Mary Thombs | Violin, Voice

Thombs-Mary1Mary Thombs received a bachelor of arts degree in violin and voice from Bowdoin College, did graduate work in musicology at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, and studied Suzuki pedagogy with some of New York’s most respected teachers. After serving as director of children’s music for 11 years, in 2006 she was appointed minister of music for Asbury United Methodist Church in Tuckahoe, where she directs two choirs, plays the organ, and appears regularly as a soprano soloist. She is head of the voice faculty at The Dwight Conservatory in NYC; Mary has also served on the faculties of the Elisabeth Morrow School in Englewood, NJ and the JCC Thurnauer School of Music in Tenafly, NJ. She is a former concertmaster of both the Sarah Lawrence Community Orchestra and the Sound Shore Orchestra in Mamaroneck, is a former member of the first violin section of the Rockland Symphony, and has appeared with Musica Sacra in Carnegie Hall. Mary has been teaching violin and voice with RiverArts since 1996.

 

Maureen Kelly | Cello

maureen-kellyMaureen Kelly is a native of Wisconsin who carries her midwestern roots around her home country of the United States and beyond. She recently obtained her Master’s in cello performance from the University of Kentucky studying with Benjamin Karp, where she was a member of the fellowship graduate quartet, and taught extensively in the area as a private teacher, chamber coach, and at an El Sistema based program called MusicWorks. She completed her first degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison under Uri Vardi, where she was a founding member of the scholarship Perlman Piano Trio. Maureen has performed and studied abroad, including time spent playing as a substitute cellist in the Costa Rica National Symphony, and studying privately at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance in Israel. She has attended a variety of summer music festivals, including the Luzerne Music Festival, Bowdoin International Music Festival, Kent/Blossom, Jerusalem Summer Strings Institute, AIMS in Gratz, Austria, the Brevard Music Festival, Scotia Fest, and Music Mountain Chamber Music Masterclasses. As a chamber musician, she has performed alongside artists such as William Preucil and Scott St. John. Maureen was a 2015 Banff Winter Musician in Residence. She recently moved to New York and is happy to be beginning her time at River Arts.

 

Teresa Kubiak | Cello

Kubiak-TeresaTeresa Kubiak, an active soloist and chamber musician, is Principal Cellist of The Orchestra of The Bronx and Operatic Concert Artists Orchestra. She has performed with many orchestras, instrumental and vocal ensembles in the New York City region including The New York City Ballet, The Bronx Opera Company, New Music New York and New Rochelle Opera. Teresa received her bachelor’s degree at Ithaca College, where she enrolled as a classical guitarist and graduated as a cellist. She is still active as a guitarist and recently performed on stage in the Bronx Opera Company’s production of Don Pasquale. Upon moving to New York City in 1984, she studied the cello with many notable teachers including Frederick Zlotkin, Fritz Magg, Robert Gardner and Timothy Eddy. Teresa studied Suzuki instruction at The School for Strings, The Hartt College of Music and Ithaca College. She has headed the Suzuki cello departments at The Hudson River Music School in Dobbs Ferry and the Neighborhood Music School in New Haven, CT. Teresa is a guest faculty member with the London Suzuki Group at the Bryanston Summer Festival in Dorset, England. She has been teaching in the RiverArts Music Program since 1999. Website: www.teresakubiak.com

 

Geoff Morrow | Double Bass, Electric Bass
Please see listing under guitar, below.

 

Margaret Sneddon | Harp

Sneddon-MargaretMargaret Sneddon studied harp with Ruth Negri Armato of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.She is a performing artist, a certified music practitioner through the Music for Healing and Transition Program, and teacher of harp. In addition to a busy schedule of weddings and special events, Margaret worked for a time as on-board harp soloist for Radisson Seven Seas and Celebrity Cruise Lines, and as a featured guest artist on the American Queen. Margaret was trained in the Grandjany or “French” method. However, she can also give guidance in the Salzedo method, and prides herself in tailoring her instruction to the individual student, working with their personal strengths and gently focusing on areas needing special attention. She also makes a point of working on ensemble playing and helping students overcome performance anxiety. Website: www.margaretsneddon.com


WINDS & BRASS

Barbara Cifelli | Mighty Musicians, Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute

Barbara Cifelli

An active freelance musician, Barbara has played multiple woodwinds (flute, clarinet & saxophone) on Broadway and at the Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall. She has traveled and performed with a range of groups from the Duke Ellington Orchestra to the stage of Buster Poindexter. Additionally she can be heard on many recordings including The Birdland Big Band, Joe Gallant and Illuminati, The Jim Cifelli New York Nonet, and Ed Palermo, among others.

Teaching has always been an important component in Barbara’s musical life. “I find it most rewarding to help a young student discover that a hunk of wood or a piece of metal can become a beautiful vehicle for communication.” She has participated in various arts outreach projects including a program bringing music to special needs children in NYC public schools, and was an instructor for the NY Pops educational program. She has taught at Concordia College, Hunter College and NYU and maintains an active private teaching studio including both students and adults. Barbara Cifelli is a Rico Reed Artist and plays Rico Reeds exclusively.

 

 

Janet Grice | Bassoon

Grice-JanetDr. Janet Grice, bassoonist, performed internationally with Karl Berger, Butch Morris, the STX Ensemble Xenakis, the Mingus Orchestra, and her groups. She plays in the Chappaqua Orchestra, freelances, and leads Vento Trio, a group that performs chamber music of the Americas. Her recordings include Music Minus One, 4 CDs of Brazilian jazz and chamber music; and she has played on CDs by Eve Beglarian, Leroy Jenkins, John Lurie and Bernie Worell, among others. She was the recipient of a Surdna Foundation grant, a Westchester Arts Council grant for her original work Hudson Views, a Fulbright Fellowship in Brazil, and grants from The National Endowment, Arts International, and Meet the Composer. As a bassoonist she performs a wide range of styles, focusing on Brazilian, jazz and contemporary music. Janet holds a doctor of musical arts degree in bassoon from Rutgers University, master of music degree in composition from New York University, and bachelor of music degree from the New England Conservatory. She is the band director at Fordham High School for the Arts in the Bronx and bassoon professor at the Hoff-Barthelson Music School in Scarsdale. Janet taught at Rutgers University and St. Joseph’s College of NY,Lincoln Center Institute, and at the Festival de Musica de Londrina, Brazil. Website: www.Gricemusic.com 

 

Rob Jacoby | Oboe, Bassoon, Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone

rob-jacoby-legere-photo-1Rob Jacoby has enjoyed a varied career in music that includes performing on stage, in Broadway pits, and in clubs around the world. As a woodwind doubler, he has had the opportunity to play music from many genres.On Broadway, Rob performs in shows including The Phantom of the Opera, Matilda, The Book of Mormon, and Beautiful. His playing can be heard on the cast album for Bonnie & Clyde on Broadway, and he will be performing in a number of upcoming shows as well.

In addition to playing principal oboe with the Bermuda Festival Orchestra, Rob has also appeared with many New York orchestras. Rob was also recently seen in NBC’s television show, Smash, as a saxophone player.

In the studio, Rob can be heard in a number of films and albums, including his own CD as a leader, Step Up, which was well-received by the jazz community. In a magazine review, JazzIT called Rob, “One of the voices of jazz to come.”

Rob has his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from New York University in both jazz and classical performance, respectively. He teaches in his own studio, at Alexander Hamilton High School in Elmsford, NY, and is happy to be a part of the faculty of RiverArts.

 

John Reid | Trumpet

Reid-JohnJohn Reid has been a free-lance trumpeter in New York City for the past twelve years. John has played in numerous Broadway shows including “The Producers” and “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.” He holds a master’s degree in trumpet performance from George Peabody College and has taught at all levels, including college, at Belmont College in Nashville, and Middle Tennessee State University at Murfreesboro. John currently teaches at the Hackley School in Tarrytown, as well as for RiverArts.

 

 

Walter Barrett | Trombone, Saxophone, Euphonium, Tuba

Walter Barrett attended Manhattan School of Music and is on the faculty of Concordia College. He is an active freelance musician and has performed with the Westchester Symphony, Yonkers Philharmonic, Hudson Valley Philharmonic, the Westchester Jazz Orchestra, Frankie Valli and Julius LaRosa, to name a few. Walter is a Yamaha performing artist/clinician and is listed in Who?s Who in American Music.

 


GUITAR & PERCUSSION

Brian Conigliaro | Guitar, Fender Bass, Harmonica

Conigliaro-BrianBrian attended The Berklee College of Music in Boston and has worked extensively at A&R Recording Studios in NYC. He has performed or recorded with such artists as Jackie Paris, Ray Charles, Lou Rawls, Daniel Ponce, Ignaccio Boroa, Frank Gambale, Sue Raney, Ann Marie Moss, Barbara Mcnair, Eubie Blake, Gregory Hines, Dizzie Gillespie, Nancy Wilson, Leslie Gore, Chuck Negron Of Three Dog Night, Bobby Day, Mary Wells, Patti Lupone, Lionel Hampton, The Tokens, NY Soul Company, Mickey Dolenz, Al Wilson, Housewives On Prozac, The Drifters, and Snoop Dogg. Brian has also played in Broadway shows including “A Chorus Line,” “Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris,” “The Eubie Blake Story,” “They’re Playing Our Song,” “Rent,” and “Avenue Q.” Website: www.brianconigliaro.com

 

Tara Linhardt| Mandolin, Guitar, and Ukulele

TaraLinhardt Tara Linhardt is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist who performs and teaches all ages on mandolin, guitar, and ukulele. She has a Masters in Education and has also won many awards for her skills as an instrumentalist and some for songwriting. She has taken first place in mandolin in such contests as The Mt. Airy Fiddler’s Convention, the Maury River Fiddler’s Convention, Watermelon Park Festival, and The Deer Creek Fiddler’s Convention just to name a few. She also has been nominated in multiple years for Washington DC Bluegrass Instrumentalist of the year. She performs in her Bluegrass, Swing Jazz, and Himalayan-Appalachian bands, among others. She has performed at National Geographic, The Smithsonian Folklike Festival, The Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, The 9:30 Club, and varieties of other venues, music festivals, and universities. She also has regularly taught guitar, mandolin, and bluegrass jamming at festivals and music camps such as The Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival, Bluegrass Week at the Common Ground Festival in Maryland, the Watermelon Park Festival, and the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival. www.TaraLinhardt.com

 

Geoff Morrow | Electric Bass & Double Bass

Morrow-GeoffGeoff Morrow has an associate degree in music from Onondaga College and has received three National Endowment for the Arts grants. He has studied with noted jazz Bassist Michael Moore and Metropolitan Opera associate principal bassist Leigh Mesh. Geoff performs regularly on double bass and electric bass guitar throughout the area in a variety of musical styles, including jazz, classical, pop and musical theater, and also plays piano, guitar and drums. Website: wholetonemusic.net/home.html

 

Matt Turk | Mandolin, Guitar for Singers

Matt-Turk-300x321Matt Turk is a multi-instrumentalist and seasoned recording artist, veteran performer, hard-rocking bandleader and an acoustic folk troubadour. His albums include the charting American Preservation, Washington Arms, What Gives, Turktunes, Mandolin Caravan’s Desert Soul and Gillen & Turk’s Backs to the Wall. Turk’s soundtrack work includes “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” contributed to the Warner Brothers film Fred Claus and his song “Bette Says” appears on the CBS show Love Monkey. He recently scored the award winning documentary Lion of Judah. Matt graduated Cum Laude with a B.A. from New York University. He learned his craft in the NYC jam-rock scene of the early nineties and worked with Pete Seeger as part of The Street Singers, a group that taught music to schoolchildren. Matt has shared the stage with many artists including Judy Collins, the Grateful Dead’s Mickey Hart and Phil Lesh, Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger and Fiona Apple.

Matt will teach mandolin and how to accompany yourself on guitar while singing. Styles include pop, folk, rock, roots, traditional, blues and Americana, finger style and flat-picking. Website: http://turktunes.com

 

Barbara Allen | Drums Percussion

Allen-barbaraBarbara Allen has been teaching through RiverArts since 1994. In addition to teaching many students standard drumset for both small and large bands, she offers instruction in a diverse array of other percussion instruments including timpani, mallets, and various world genres such as West African, Brazilian, and Middle Eastern. She is the timpanist for Bronx Opera, Taconic Opera, and Gateway Classical Music Society. She has toured internationally as a drumset player with numerous theater productions, and has composed and arranged music for jazz orchestras and small groups.Barbara’s recording credits include Diane Moser’s Composer’s Big Band, Erick Storckman Septet, songwriter Jim Allen’s Straight Time, and the score for the film Hotel Lobby. An ongoing student of West African and Middle Eastern percussion, Barbara received a master’s degree in jazz studies from Manhattan School of Music. Website: aquarianmusic.com

 

Ron Vincent | Percussion

Vincent-RonRon Vincent attended Berklee College of Music from 1969 to 1973. After touring the United States with a variety of jazz groups, and three years in Kansas City, Ron settled in New York in 1982. Since then, he has become a veteran of the New York City jazz scene. Working often as a sideman, he has been recorded on over 50 CDs. Ron was a member of the Gerry Mulligan Quartet and the Re-Birth of the Cool Tentet from 1989 until Mr. Mulligan’s passing in 1996. He recorded four CDs with Mr. Mulligan and has also recorded with Phil Woods, Lee Konitz, Randy Brecker, Bob Brookmeyer, Bill Charlap, John Lewis and Slide Hampton, to name a few. Ron has appeared with such notables as Art Farmer, Rob McConnell, Rufus Reid and Dr. Billy Taylor. As a leader, his own trio and quartet are active in the NYC area and his quartet has toured the U.S. and Europe. As a jazz artist/educator for Sabian Cymbals, Ron has presented workshops at over 100 colleges and universities, and has been on the faculty of the Jamie Aebersold Jazz Camps and the Stanford Jazz Camp. In 1996 Ron received a National Endowment for the Arts grant for jazz performance. He has been a faculty member at Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY since 2006. Ron has co-written, produced, and performed in two educational DVDs for the Masterjazz series, “Learn To Play Jazz” and “Becoming an Improviser.” Website www.ronvincentmusic.com


PIANO & VOICE

Mark Bertles | Popular Piano

Bertles-MarkMark Bertles has played with members of Vanilla Fudge and Merle Haggard’s Strangers, and has shared the stage with REO Speedwagon, Herman’s Hermits and the Casinos. He received a bachelor’s degree from Monmouth College. Mark presents a beyond-the-book, creative approach to piano, offering a multi-faceted curriculum with emphasis on fun in fundamentals.

 

Carol Flamm | Piano, Voice

Flamm-CarolCarol Flamm holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from SUNY Binghamton and a Masters in Vocal Pedagogy from Westminster Choir College. Additional studies include Mannes College, NYC, and Westminster College of Rider University, Princeton, NJ, along with extensive private piano and vocal training. Carol has performed as a pianist and vocalist in the NYC area and throughout the U.S. and Europe. She is a founding member of the Salomone Trio, a vocal group specializing in Medieval, Renaissance and Sephardic music. Carol performed and recorded contemporary and traditional opera with Magic Circle Opera Repertory Ensemble, and as a vocalist and pianist in jazz clubs throughout the U.S. She has taught music to children at the Village Community School and the Hebrew Arts School, both in NYC. In addition to teaching for RiverArts, she teaches in Maplewood, NJ and in Manahattan. Carol’s piano teaching style incorporates improvisation, theory, and ear training, as well as traditional music notation. She uses a wide knowledge of bodywork and aspects of the Taubman technique for developing a strong and healthy piano technique particular for small hands. When teaching voice to younger children, she teaches ear training, pitch-voice coordination, rhythmic and melodic values, basic breath control, ease of tone and body alignment. With children 12 and older she works more with resonance, and with young adults, more with registration.

 

Christine Free | Voice

Headshot-C.-FREEDr. Christine Free Rhodebeck, Mezzo-soprano, has consistently delighted audiences singing with passion, sensitivity, and charisma. Featured roles include Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro, Roméo in I Capuleti ed i Montecchi, Dorabella in Cosi fan Tutte, Phoebe in Yeomen of the Guard, and Dido in Dido and Aeneas. Christine has excelled in the Baroque repertoire singing Monteverdi’s Lamento D’Arianna in an acclaimed performance at the Boston Early Music Festival. Christine concertizes frequently with Biber Baroque and with her husband and pianist, Jacob Rhodebeck. Christine's written work is centered on music and movement and how it is viewed in various cultural traditions around the world. Christine has presented her work at various academic institutions, most notably Berklee College of Music and CUNY Brooklyn College. Christine has been on the faculty at the CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College, the Brooklyn College Preparatory Center and has substitute choral directed at Sarah Lawrence College. Christine holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Carnegie Mellon University, and Masters and Doctoral degrees from Stony Brook University. Christine maintains an active performance career in and around New York City.

 

Alison Jones | Piano

Jones-AlisonAlison Jones graduated from the Mannes College of Music with a bachelor of science degree with distinction, where she studied piano with Richard Goode. She holds a master of arts in teaching degree from Lehman College. Alison has been teaching for many years and particularly enjoys teaching children, as well as teens and adults. Her lessons are fun, creative, and geared towards reading music and understanding rhythm and theory. While trained in the classical style, Alison includes different styles of music in the lessons and is open to what the students want to learn and achieve. Over the years, Alison has taught in several music schools in the tri-state area and held the position of director of the Henry Street Settlement Music School. She is the founder and artistic director of The Woodhill Players, a classical woodwind quintet and piano chamber music ensemble dedicated to performing works by multi-ethnic and women composers, in addition to the traditional classical repertoire. She currently teaches in Westchester and Manhattan.

 

Nancy Kennedy | Piano

Kennedy-NancyNative to the San Francisco Bay Area, jazz pianist/composer Nancy Kennedy has been a resident of the New York area for 19 years. She has won acclaim for her work both in the United States, at jazz clubs in Boston and New York, and abroad at key venues in Rome, Torino, Milan, Grenoble and Lyon, France. Her music is engaging, vibrant and energetic with a contemporary jazz flavor. She continues to appear in the greater New York area. Nancy has received the artists fellowship in music composition from New York Foundation for the Arts, the I. Austin Kelly Fund for the Arts, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a “Meet the Composer” sponsorship for her work with the Brooklyn Jazz Composer’s Orchestra in New York. She received her master of music in jazz studies from the New England Conservatory of Music, and her bachelor of arts degree in music, piano performance, from Mills College, in Oakland, CA. Nancy currently serves on the faculty at Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY and The Masters School in Dobbs Ferry, NY.

 

Cathy Mooney | Piano

Mooney-CathyCathy Mooney graduated magna cum laude from Hobart and William Smith Colleges with a bachelor of arts degree in music, and earned her master of arts degree in music from Western Connecticut State College. Cathy worked as a public school music teacher and private piano teacher in Putnam County for 34 years. She wrote and directed annual musicals, conducted choruses and orchestras, and directed the Gifted and Talented Program for the Arts. She also served as a church organist, music director of summer theatres, and was Director of Cultural Events. Cathy is a certified NYSSMA piano adjudicator.

Taking a leave from her career in the United States to accompany her husband on a corporate relocation to Buenos Aires, Argentina, Cathy has recently relocated to Hastings-on-Hudson and is eager to resume her teaching career. Cathy also serves on the RiverArts Board of Directors.

 

Barbara Podgurski | Piano

screen-shot-2014-10-19-at-9-11-15-pmA native of New York, Dr. Barbara Podgurski holds a Masters degree (MM) in both piano performance and music theory from the Mannes College of Music, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree (DMA) from The Graduate Center (CUNY) with a specialization in modernist analysis. Dr. Podgurski has performed as soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Europe and has performed at many of the world’s finest venues including a number of performances at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall and Alice Tully Hall (Lincoln Center), and has been featured on WNYC’s “Soundcheck”, WQXR, NPR, WQED and NHK Japan. Barbara performs regularly with violinist Elizabeth Pitcairn and her famed “Red Mendelssohn” Stradivarius, and is a member of the Lexington Piano Trio. A distinguished Steinway Teaching Artist and contributing writer to Cambridge’s Nineteenth-Century Music ReviewI, Dr. Podgurski has served on the faculty at Mannes College of Music, The New School University, Hunter College (CUNY), and Mercy College. She is Executive and Artistic Director of Musica Reginae Productions in NY and is a consultant for the Board of Education in NYC, NYS and for the US Department of Cultural Affairs in NYC.

 

Marianna Udler | Piano

Udler-MaryiannaMarianna Udler is a professional pianist, music educator and organist. She has extensive performing and teaching experience. Marianna has performed in Europe, New York and Canada, including Chopin at Mannes Festival in Steinway Hall, NY, Suolachti Music Festival in Finland, Mount Orford Music Festival in Quebec, Canada, and the Shandelee Music Festival. She received her master?s degree in piano performance from Mannes College of Music and her bachelor?s degree from Manhattan School of Music.

 

Nancy Rathbun | Voice

Rathbun-NancyNancy Rathbun is a native of Washington DC. She holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees in vocal performance from the Manhattan School of Music, where she studied with the renowned German soprano, Uta Graf. After her studies, she went on to sing leading soprano roles with Glimmerglass Opera, the Caramoor Music Festival, the Aspen Music Festival, Orlando Opera and the Britten Aldeburgh Music Festival in the UK, among others. On the concert stage, highlights included touring with the conductor and musicologist Will Crutchfield in lecture/recitals devoted to the lieder of Franz Schubert (including appearances at the Metropolitan Museum of Art), and singing excerpts from Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder with the Joffrey Ballet. Nancy also won several competitions, including taking first place in the Oratorio Society of New York’s annual solo competition and the Serge Koussevitsky Competition. In 2007, Nancy moved to Sleepy Hollow and began teaching voice privately (with students ranging from beginners of all ages to professional opera singers) and singing as the mezzo soprano soloist with the Irvington Presbyterian Church.

 

Mary Thombs | Voice & violin
Please see full bio under Strings & Harp.