Alan Aurelia - Tuba, Trombone, Trumpet, French Horn
B.M., M.F.A. Candidate at University of Connecticut. Studied at Hartt School of Music.Conducted University of Connecticut Orchestra, New York Symphonic Arts Ensemble, Centre Symphony, Kingsborough Band, Brooklyn Winds Ensemble. Founder and member of Riverside Brass Quintet, founder and conductor of Riverside Opera and Staten Island Ballet Orchestra, director of Music on the Move. Performed with Stuttgart Ballet and at Spoleto Festival, Italy. Played for Queen Mother and Pope John Paul II. Faculty member at Wagner College and Brooklyn College. Instructor at City Music School. Music Director of Richmond County Orchestra.
Thomas Baker - Drums
B.A. in Music from Berklee College of Music, Boston, Massachusetts. Private studies with Bary Burton, Gary Chaffee, Dean Anderson, David Samuels and Ed Saidon. Instructor of master classes and clinics at universities and colleges throughout the United States, including SUNY, Binghamton, New York, McPael Center for the Arts, University of Minnesota, San Juan College, Farmington, New Mexico, Cameron University, Lawton, Oklahoma. Performs frequently in clubs and festivals in New York City as well as in Europe and Japan. Teaches music at Purnell School, Pottersville, New Jersey and privately since 1978.
Nelly Cherepinskaya - Piano
B.M. from Kharkov College of Music, Masters of Music and Teaching from Kharkov University, Ukraine. Director of a Children's Music School in Ukraine. Taught piano at the Music School in Kharkov, and privately for over 25 years. Teacher to many award winning and professional Russian pianists. Providing private piano lessons in New York for past 10 years.
Tatyana Cherepinskaya - Piano
B.A., Music Conservatory Ukraine, Kharkov. Taught at the Music School of Kharkov. Accompanist for Alvin Ailey Dance School in NYC. Currently, accompanist for Princeton Ballet and ballet at the Dance Academy of Red Bank. Faculty member of Red Bank Music School. Coach to college entrants majoring in music and for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music exams.
Carolyn Clark - French Horn
Doctor of Musical Arts, Manhattan School of Music. Toured extensively with symphony orchestras, opera companies, and Broadway shows. Performed with the Staten Island Symphony, the Roanoke Symphony, and the Viva Voce Chamber Ensemble, as well as freelancing throughout the New York area. Taught at the College of Staten Island, Brooklyn College, and Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri. Director of Staten Island Philharmonic.
Fred Crisson – Guitar
Studied at Manhattan School of Music. Formally trained to play clarinet, saxophone, piano and guitar. Studied oboe and classical music with various principal oboists of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and the Metropolitan Opera Company in Milan, Italy. Recipient of scholarships from the Friends of Music and from the Board of Education of New York. Teaching guitar and bass over 30 years. Previous member of ‘Jazz Awareness’, a musicians’ group dedicated to educating students about the history and development of jazz music, via grants. Currently performing jazz at various clubs and restaurants in the metropolitan area. Current host of the award-winning guitar instructional shows “Music and Scenes on Staten Island”, “Fred’s Guitars” and “Guitar Central”, shown on Staten Island Cable TV/Verizon FIOS. Previous co-director and musical arranger for a young musicians’ review at the Sea View Playwrights Childrens’ Theatre. In December 2009 will be the musical director for a popular musical review at SVPCT.
Cantor Liat (Lisa) Forst - Piano, Voice
Cantorial Ordination at the Academy for Jewish Religion, Riverdale, NY. B.A. Music Education from Midrasha l’Morey Musica in Tel-Aviv, Israel. Majored in piano and voice at the State College for Music Teachers in Moldova, former USSR Cantor Liat was appointed as the first Cantor at Temple Sinai, Cinnaminson, NJ, and taught music at Hebrew School. Prior her ordination, Cantor Liat has served several congregations in the Northeast. Liat’s musical expertise and ability to work with people of diverse ages and backgrounds has enabled her to successfully organize, direct, and accompany adult and children’s choirs at Temple Emanu-El, Arden Heights Jewish Center and Congregation B’Nai Jeshurun, Staten Island, NY. Her professional experience includes: Creating Music and Special Programs for Children and Adults; teaching music at the Jewish Community Center (JCC), Staten Island, NY; at the Jewish Community Project (JCP), New York, NY, and in various Hebrew Schools. In Israel she taught music in the public school system of Holon and Yavne and piano at the music conservatoire of Bat Yam.
Yelena Khaymovich - Piano
B.A. in theory and music literature from Junior College of Music, Yoshkar-Ola, Russia. Master Degree in piano performance from Kazan State Conservatory, Kazan, Russia. Performed with Chamber music groups and Volga Theater orchestra. Accompanied Dance and Chorus Society and the Volga Operetta Theater. Director of piano and music history department; piano and theory teacher at the Music School, Russia. Faculty member of the International School of Music and Art, Brooklyn. Piano accompanist for various concerts, competitions and NYSSMA. Coach to many award winning students for NYSSMA and Wagner College’s Young Musician Competition, Specialized Schools of Music and Art in Manhattan. Taught piano and theory privately for 25 years. Conducted music lectures and presentations in Russia. Taught theory and music literature classes.
Daniel Kelley - Clarinet, Saxophone
B.A., Sam Houston Staten University. Studied with Leon Russianoff and Kalmen Opperman. Performed at Carnegie Hall’s Isaac Stern Auditorium and Weill Recital Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Wolf Trap Farm Park, the Smithsonian Institution, Chautauqua Institution, Oklahoma Mozart Festival, and Atlanta Arts Festival. He has given concerts in 46 states of the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, and the Virgin Islands. A former member of the woodwind trio Mozart on Fifth, Mr. Kelley has appeared on the “Today Show,” “A Prairie Home Companion,” “Voice of America,” and WQXR, WNYC, and WETA radio, and has recorded four BMG compact discs as assisting artist to Richard Stoltzman. He has performed with the U.S. Air Force Band Washington, DC, the American Wind Symphony, El Paso Symphony (as concerto soloist), and Staten Island Symphony, and has taught for many years at the Staten Island JCC and the Brooklyn College Preparatory Center.
Janet Sirotta - Flute
B.A., M.A., College of Staten Island. Studied with John Krell and Kenton Terry of the Philadelphia Orchestra and Carole Morgan at Temple University. Premiered works by local composers at the Tibetan Museum, Snug Harbor and the JCC. Played with the Verrazano Winds, the S.I. Ballet Orchestra, S.I. Symphony and S.I. Chamber Players. Performed internationally with the Solaris Dance Theater and the Israel Bach Society. Principal and solo flutist with the Kingsborough Orchestra. Former director of the Dorothy Delson Kuhn Music Institute.
M.A. in violin performance from Gorky Conservatory, Russia, where she majored with distinction. Studied with Dr. Lazar Gantman. Holds a Certificate of Pedagogical Studies from Gorky Conservatory and Professional Instrumentalist Diploma, Vladimir College of Music as well as Certificate of Suzuki Violin Teacher, The School for Strings, New York. Her experience performing with ensembles and orchestras include: Vladimir Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, Gubernatovski Symphony Orchestra, Mikhail Gutenberg Metropolitan Strings, Mannes Symphony Orchestra, Bronx Symphony Orchestra and Moscow Symphony Orchestra,
Peggy Wiltrout - Oboe, Ensemble Classes
B.M. Indiana University. Studied with Jerry Sirucek, Grover Schlitz, DeVere Moore. Oboist with Staten Island Symphony, Birmingham Symphony, Shreveport Symphony, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Viva Voice Chamber Ensemble, Bronx Opera, Village Light Opera, Broadway show tours throughout U.S., Europe, and the Far East. Solo performances with Birmingham Symphony, Musica of Vienna and Cologne, Germany Chamber Orchestra.
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