The Kean University Conservatory of Music is exceptionally proud of its faculty, one of the most outstanding in the region. Below you will find thumbnail biographies that list a few of the many distinctions and accomplishments of the eminent musicians and professors at The Kean University Conservatory of Music.
Originally from Hong Kong, Lilly Chen-Hafteck holds the doctorate in music education from the University of Reading in the U.K. and has held teaching and research positions at the University of Pretoria in South Africa, University of Surrey Roehampton in the U.K. and Hong Kong Baptist University in Hong Kong. She has published many articles in journals such as International Journal of Music Education, Music Education Research, Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, Psychology of Music, Early Child Development and Care and Early Childhood Connections. Moreover, she serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Music Education, Asia-Pacific Journal for Arts Education and Music Education Research International. She is the chair of ISME (International Society for Music Education) Young Professionals Focus Group, a former member of its Board of Directors and former chair of its Early Childhood Commission.
Director of Bands and Coordinator of Instrumental Music
Thomas Connors also serves as Music Director to the Theatre Departments' annual musical productions. Prior to joining Kean, Dr. Connors was the Assistant Director of Bands and Director of Athletic Bands at Kent State University. He also has several years of experience as an instrumental music teacher and band director at the middle school and high school levels. He is an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi and serves as the faculty advisor for the Kean chapter of CMENC. Dr. Connors holds a MM from the New England Conservatory in Conducting and Wind Literature. He received his Ph.D. in Music Education from Florida State University. While at FSU he served as the Associate Conductor of the Wind Orchestra, Director of the Undergraduate Chamber Winds and Director of the Honors Brass Ensemble. He also served as the Assistant Director of the Marching Chiefs with over 400 marching members. He received his BM from Berklee College of Music and has an extensive background as a jazz performer on drums. Dr. Connors joined the faculty at Kean in 2000. He teaches Instrumental Music Education and directs the Band.
Matthew Halper received his doctorate in Music Composition from the University of Maryland at College Park. He holds master's degrees in Music Composition/Theory and in Applied Mathematics, and a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering. His music has received performances in many leading venues such as Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, and live on Chicago Radio and Public Television, and has been lauded by the American Record Guide as "ambitious, ... lyrically dramatic, majestic and broadly American in flavor." He has lectured on contemporary music and has had his works performed at conferences of the College Music Society, College Band Directors National Association, National Association of Composers USA, the Society of Composers, the National Flute Association, and at various institutions including the Juilliard School and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has received several awards from ASCAP and is a 2000 and 2006 recipient of a New Jersey State Council on the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship. His Dithyramb for solo piano was an invited submission to the Van Cliburn Foundation's 2009 American Composers Invitational. In addition to teaching courses in Music Theory, Composition and Technology, Dr. Halper is Artistic Director of Ars Vitalis: The New Jersey New Music Forum.
Martha Marchena holds a DMA from the University of Miami, where she wrote a dissertation of the piano works of Heitor Villa-Lobos and graduated with honors. Before immigrating to the U.S. in 1979, Dr. Marchena was one of Cuba's most promising pianists, with performances in Moscow and East Berlin. She has performed as a soloist with orchestras and in chamber-mu sic ensembles throughout Europe, South America, and North America. Critic David M. Greene has hailed her playing as "exquisite and breathtaking," re marking on her impressive capability to understand the pieces and bring to life their great emotional range. Dr. Marchena's CD recording debut "Sonic Rituals" was awarded a special honor by the Vienna Modern Masters Recording Competition. She is recording a second CD of traditional Caribbean, Latin, and South American music. In 2001, she was the recipient of the Hispanic Caucus Latino Cultural Arts Award from the American Association for Higher Education. She was recently awarded her second grant from The Fund for U.S. Artists at International Festivals and Exhibitions by the Rockefeller Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. She joined the faculty at Kean University in 1990 where she teaches piano, coordinates all keyboard activities, and directs the International-Artist-Educator-in-Residence Program.
Music Education Coordinator
Lyn Schraer-Joiner received her Ph.D. in Music Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, an MM in flute performance and music education, from Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, and a BM in music Education from SUNY Fredonia, NY. Her research interests include the musical rehabilitation of adult cochlear implant recipients as well as the musical responsiveness of prelingually deafened children, ages 2-4. Dr. Schraer's research findings have been presented on both the national and international levels and published in the Hearing Journal, The Music Educators Journal, Early Childhood Development and Care, and the MENC publication "Spotlight on Making Music with Special Learners," She serves on the editorial board for the Music Educators Journal and is a commissioner for the Music in Special Education, Music Therapy and Music Medicine Commission for the International Society for Music Education. Dr. Schraer taught instrumental, vocal, and general music, grades K-12 in the public schools of New York for five years and has taught on the undergraduate level for 12 years.
Mark Terenzi joined the faculty as Chairperson and Choral Director in 1997. He studied piano at the Juilliard Pre-College Division, and holds the masters and doctorate in choral conducting from Indiana University. (As a pianist, he won the Young Artists Competition of the South Orange Symphony and played Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 2 with the orchestra.) He has taught at Rutgers University, William Paterson University, and Blackburn College of Illinois. His Blackburn College Choir toured many cities, including Indianapolis, New York, Chicago, Milwaukee, Nashville, and Atlanta. Under his direction, the Kean University Concert Choir has doubled in size and has performed major works with orchestra, and has toured Boston, Washington D.C., Montreal, and Baltimore. Dr. Terenzi is also the conductor of the Bloomfield Chorale.
Anthony Scelba was the first person to be awarded a doctorate in double bass from the Juilliard School, and holds BM, MM, and MMEd. degrees from the Manhattan School of Music. For 10 years he was Principal Double Bassist of the New Jersey Symphony; he continues to perform widely as soloist, chamber and orchestral musician. He is the founder of the Yardarm Trio. Dr. Scelba was a 1983-84 winner of the Fulbright Performing Artist Award for Seoul, Korea, and subsequently gave masterclasses in Beijing and Shanghai, China. He has taught at the Hartt School, University of Hartford, Baylor University, and the Manhattan School of Music. In 1998 he was named "Musician of the Year" by the Musicians Guild of Essex and Morris Counties. A published writer and composer, he was appointed to the faculty at Kean in 1996. Dr. Scelba teaches Double Bass, Music History, Music Survey, Form and Analysis, and Orchestration. Dr. Scelba is founder and director of the distinguished Concert Artist Program of Kean University.
Romie de Guise-Langlois
Concert Artist in Clarinet
Praised as “…extraordinary...” and “…a formidable clarinetist...” by the New York Times, Romie de Guise-Langlois has appeared as soloist and chamber musician on major concert stages throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia. Ms. de Guise-Langlois performed as soloist with the Houston Symphony, Ensemble ACJW, the Yale Philharmonia, McGill University Symphony Orchestra, at Music@Menlo and at Banff Center for the Arts. She is a *winner of the 2011 Astral Artists’ National Audition and was *awarded the First Prize in the 2009 Houston Symphony Ima Hogg; she was additionally a First Prize winner of the Woolsey Hall Competition at Yale University, the McGill University Classical Concerto Competition, the Canadian Music Competition, and was the recipient of the Canadian Broadcasting Company award. An avid chamber musician, Ms. de Guise-Langlois joins the roster of Chamber Music Society Two in 2012. Ms. de Guise-Langlois toured with Musicians from Marlboro, and has appeared at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Philadelphia and Boston Chamber Music Societies, 92 Y Street, and Chamber Music Northwest among many others. She has performed as principal clarinetist for the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the New Haven and Stamford Symphony Orchestras and she is a member of The Knights Chamber Orchestra. A native of Montreal, Ms. de Guise-Langlois earned her B.M. degree from McGill University and her M.M. and Artist Diploma from the Yale School of Music, where she studied under David Shifrin. Ms. de Guise-Langlois completed her fellowship at The Academy-A Program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and The Weill Music Institute.
Concert Artist in Guitar
Christopher Kenniff holds BM and MM degrees Magna cum Laude from Southern Methodist University and an Artist Diploma from Indiana University. He was awarded first prize at the 2001 Councour de Guitarre (Quebec, Canada), the 1996 Music Teachers National Association Competition and the 1993 National Federation of Music Clubs Biannual Competition. He was also the winner of the Dallas Classical Guitar Society's Young Artist Auditions in 1995 and a prizewinner in the 1996 American String Teacher's Competition. Upon his graduation from SMU, he was awarded the Dallas Music Teacher's Award presented to an outstanding undergraduate or graduate performer SMU. Classical New Jersey has noted his playing for its "elegance, accuracy and impeccable technique," while the Newark Star Ledger has described him as "a young player with a lush, liquid tone, remarkably clean fingering and a nicely varied touch." He is featured in the NJN cable network's documentary "Morris at the Millenium" and was appointed to the 1998-2001 New Jersey State Council on the Arts' Artist in Residence Roster. His debut CD was recorded in August of 2002 and features works by Dowland, Scarlatti, Mertz, Tedesco, Roussell, Ponce and Turina. Mr. Kenniff directs the guitar program at the Suburban Community Music Center in Murray Hill, New Jersey. In 2004, he joined the Concert Artist faculty; in addition to teaching guitar, he directs the Kean University Guitar Ensemble.
Concert Artist in Voice (Soprano)
Katherine Harris received a BM degree in Voice and a MM degree in Opera from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. She pursued additional graduate studies at Yale University and completed her training in the Young Artist programs of the San Francisco Opera Company. Ms. Harris has been heard in opera and concert throughout the United States, performing to critical acclaim with organizations including Western Opera Theater, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, New York Grand Opera, New Haven Symphony, the Oratorio Society of New York, Connecticut Concert Opera and the Westchester Choral Society. She has also toured to China, Italy, Germany and eastern Europe. Her operatic roles include Cio-cio San in Madame Butterfly, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Amelia in Un Ballo in Maschera, and Mimi in La Boheme. Ms. Harris made her Carnegie Hall solo debut in March 2004 in Mozart's Requiem and Haydn's Mass in Time of War. Her recording of Wagonner's Song of Solomon with I Cantori di NY is available on the CD Echoes and Shadows. Having taught previously at Yale University, Ms. Harris is on the faculty of the Music Conservatory of Westchester in White Plains, NY. She was first appointed to the Kean faculty in 1994, became an Concert Artist in 1998, and after leaving to pursue performances in Europe, she returned to the Concert Artist roster in 2004.
Brett Deubner has established himself as one of the most accomplished violists of his generation. Inspiring worldwide critical acclaim, the Star-Ledger commented "There is a burning intensity to Deubner's playing, and a refreshing variation in the color of his viola tone." He was awarded the Performers Certificate in Viola Performance from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with Martha Katz and John Graham. Mr. Deubner has appeared as soloist with the Knoxville Symphony, the New Jersey Symphony, the North Shore Philharmonic, the Astoria Symphony, the Kiev Camerata (Ukraine) and the National Symphony Orchestra of Ecuador. Mr. Deubner has collaborated with musical partner pianist Gary Kirkpatrick in the CD "Viola Dreams" featuring the sonatas of Martinu, Brahms, and Hindemith, and has numerous other CDs to his credit. He is on the faculty of the Boyer School of Music and Dance at Temple University in Philadelphia, where he also directs the Woodmere Arts Collective Series.
Julie Albers holds a BM degree from The Cleveland Institute of Music. She made her highly acclaimed solo debut with The Cleveland Orchestra, performing the Dvorak Cello Concerto. Her international solo career was launched the following season: she performed with the Dunedin Sinfonia and the Aukland Philharmonia Orchestra in New Zealand, with the Philharmonisches Orchester Augsburg in Germany, and on tour of France with the Orchestre Symphonique de Douai. She won Second Prize in the Munich Internationalen Musikwettbewerbes der ARD, at which time she was also awarded the Wilhelm-Weichsler-Musikpreis der Stadt Osnabrük 2001. While in Germany, she recorded solo and chamber music scores of Kodály for Bavarian Radio, performances that have been heard throughout Europe. Ms. Albers received The Cleveland Cello Society Scholarship and the Grand Prize at the XIII International Competition for Young Musicians. Her cello instructors have included Richard Sl avich and Carol Tarr. Julie Albers performs on a cello crafted in 1790 in Naples by Vincenzo Ventapane; this instrument has been graciously loaned to her from the collection of Ray A. Carlsen of Bellevue, Washington. Recognized for superlative artistry, intense musicianship, and charismatic performances, Professor Albers was appointed to the Kean University Faculty in 2004.
Concert Artist in Voice (Baritone)
Richard Hobson earned a bachelor's degree from Hamline University, a master's degree from The University of Michigan and has completed the course work for a doctorate in vocal performance at North Texas State University. Mr. Hobson has taught applied voice, class voice, opera voice, opera choir, and German, French, Italian, Latin, and English diction for singers on the university level for the past sixteen years. He has taught at The Peabody Preparatory School, Morgan State University, The University of Central Arkansas, Ann Arundel Community College, and Westminster Choir College. As a performer Mr. Hobson has performed throughout Europe and the United States with various symphonies and companies that include the Dallas Opera, Washington Opera, New York City Opera, and the Metropolitan Opera Company. His roles have included Escamillo in Carmen, Rigoletto, Scarpia in Tosca, Enrico I Lucia di Lammermoore, and Porgy in Porgy and Bess. His awards include the Sullivan Foundation Career Grant, Metropolitan Guild National Council Auditions, Caruso Competition, Pavarotti Competition Dallas Opera Guild Career Grant, and the American Traditions Competition. He became an Concert Artist in 1998.
Concert Artist in Saxophone and Jazz
Andy Fusco has a B.A. degree from Syracuse and Kean Universities. Awarded 4 1/2 Stars by Down Beat Magazine, he is a world renowned jazz performer who, from 1978-1983, was the lead alto saxophonist of the Buddy Rich Band. Professor Fusco has toured with a number of esteemed jazz performers including, Gerry Mulligan, Mel Lewis, Frank Sinatra, and John Pizzarelli. He is widely recorded both as a sideman and the leader of his own ensemble. Professor Fusco was appointed to the Kean University faculty in 1988. He teaches saxophone, jazz, improvisation, and woodwind methods, and he directs the Kean Jazz Ensemble. He became a Concert Artist in 1998.
Concert Artist in Percussion
James Musto is in his tenth year of directing the percussion program at Kean. He inherited a position established by Paul Price, one of America's greatest percussion pioneers, and is committed to bringing that same level of excellence to the university. Under his direction the Kean University Percussion Ensemble has performed in exciting concerts both on and off campus. The group performs material from the traditional repertoire as well as vibrant world music. Kean percussion students perform not only in ensemble at these concerts, but also as soloists. Mr. Musto has been the featured percussionist and drummer in the Broadway productions of Saturday Night Fever, and A Tale of Two Cities as well as over twenty other musicals on Broadway. He has recorded for RCA, Polygram, Disney, Newport Classics and others. He performs with the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and has performed under the batons of conducting greats such as Colin Davis, Kurt Mazur, and Lorin Maazel. He is a frequent guest performer with the New Jersey Symphony and often performs with The American Symphony Orchestra, The New York Pops, Orchestra of St. Lukes, and New York City Opera. Professor Musto received a MM in music from the Juilliard School, where he studied with Elden Bailey and Roland Kohloff.
Concert Artist in Trumpet
Charles Bumcrot did graduate study at the Manhattan School of Music, and holds a BM degree in Music Education and Performance from San Francisco State University. He performs regularly on Broadway and can be heard with the American Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke's, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Westchester Philharmonic, Mostly Mozart Festival, Orchestra New England and many others. Recordings with Orchestra New England include the CBS release of Villa Lobos' Magdalena, Cole Porter's Fifty Million Frenchmen and the Grammy nominated The Orchestral Works of Charles Ives. He has been a soloist with the San Francisco Symphony and has performed with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra. He has collaborated with such distinguished artists as Kurt Masur, Kent Nagano, James Levine, Elmar Oliveira, Jesse Norman, Robert Shaw, Midori, Plácido Domingo, Kathleen Battle and many others. He has given Master classes at Yale University, Tokyo University, Montclair State University, MENC conferences and various summer festivals. He was appointed to the Concert Artist faculty in 2001.
Allison Brewster Franzetti received a BM degree from the Manhattan School of Music and an MM degree from the Juilliard School. She has gained international acclaim for her recordings and performances of repertoire ranging from early to contemporary music. She won a First Prize from the Paderewski Foundation, and awards from the Kosciuszko Foundation and the Denver Symphony. As an accompanist and chamber musician, Ms. Franzetti has collaborated with James Galway, Ransom Wilson, Eugenia Zukerman, and Julius Baker, and her recent CDs include recordings of chamber works by Astor Piazzolla and Manuel De Falla with the Bronx Arts Ensemble. She is a multiple Grammy Nominee and a 2002 Latin Grammy Award Winner. She joined the Concert Artist faculty in 2001.
Sharon Roffman holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music and a Graduate Certificate from the Juilliard School where she studied with Itzhak Perlman and Donald Weilerstein. Among other awards, she has won first prize in the Cleveland Institute Concerto Competition and in the New Jersey Symphony's Young Artist Competition. In 2003 she performed as soloist on a "Live from Lincoln Center" broadcast and won Third Place in the Naumburg International Violin Competition. One of the outstanding musicians of her generation, she performs chamber music each summer at the acclaimed Marlboro Festival. Ms. Roffman was appointed to the Kean University faculty in 2002.
Concert Artist in Violin and Chamber Music
Victoria Stewart has degrees from the University of Houston and Baylor University, and did graduate work at the Juilliard School. Her major teachers were Oscar Shumsky, Joseph Fuchs, and Fredell Lack. She is founder and Executive Director of the newly formed Arco Ensemble, a New Jersey based string chamber orchestra. Ms Stewart is Assistant Concertmaster of the New Jersey State Opera, Principal Second Violinist of the Teatro Grattacielo, and Principal Second Violinist of the Colonial Symphony, where she has appeared as concerto soloist. She is a member of the Westfield Symphony and of the Glimmerglass Opera Orchestra and performs regularly with many musical organizations in New York and New Jersey, including the Long Island Philharmonic and the Long Island Masterwork Chorus. Former positions include Principal Second Violin of the New Jersey Symphony, Concertmaster of Carolina Opera, Assistant Concertmaster of the Texas Opera Theater, Houston Grand Opera, and New York City Opera. As recipient of a Fulbright Performing Artist Award, she performed as Co-concertmaster of the Seoul Philharmonic and appeared as soloist with that orchestra and the Pusan Symphony. Her varied chamber music performances include appearances in major venues and summer festivals, including the Sejong Cultural Center in Seoul, the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Recital Hall, the Grand Teton Festival, and the Glimmerglass Opera Festival. She is Violinist of the Yardarm Trio and was appointed to the Kean University Faculty in 2002.
Caroline Stinson has a B.M. with honors from the Cleveland Institute and a Performance Diploma with distinction from the Hochschule für Musik Köln, where she lived for three years, performing across the continent, and where she was awarded first prize in the Hohnen Foundation Cello Competition. Winner of the 2007 J.B Watkins Prize from the Canada Council for the Arts, she appears in Canada, the United States and Europe each season as a soloist and chamber artist. From 2000-3, she was a member of the Cassatt String Quartet, with whom she performed and taught extensively, and premiered some two dozen new works. Through solo and ensemble work, Caroline has worked closely with composers George Crumb, Peter Eötvös, John Harbison, Aaron Jay Kernis, George Rochberg, Steven Stucky, Joan Tower and Anna Weesner. She is a member of the original cello quartet CELLO, the Athabasca String Trio, the Contrasts Quartet, and the new music and improvisation ensemble Open End, which she founded with her husband and composer Andrew Waggoner. Professor Stinson is crafting programs for virtuoso cello, the first of which she presented at the 2006 Winnipeg New Music Festival. She has recorded for Albany, Bridge, Koch, and Naxos, as well as CBC Radio Canada, Radio France and WAMC New York, and is on the affiliate artist faculties of Syracuse University (NY); she joined the Kean faculty as a concert artist in 2006.
Brennan Sweet was born in New York City but began violin studies at two years of age in Edmonton, Alberta. In 1977 he studied at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Hungary. Beginning his college education as an engineering student, he earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana University, where he served for three years as teaching assistant to the eminent Josef Gingold. He then joined the Indiana faculty for two years as Lecturer in Violin. Concertmaster of several orchestras including the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra and Owensboro Symphony Orchestra, Professor Sweet was also a founding member of the Evansville String Quartet. He performed two seasons as Assistant Concertmaster of the Colorado Music Festival in Boulder. He joined the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra in 1994 as Associate Concertmaster and subsequently led the orchestra as Acting Concertmaster for three seasons under Zdenek Macal. In 2003 he was named Concertmaster of the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra, a position he currently holds in conjunction with the Associate Concertmaster position of the NJSO. Professor Sweet performs on the 1713 Antonio Stradivarius ex "Prince Ferdinand of Bavaria" violin from the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Golden Age Collection. He joined the Concert Artist Faculty of Kean University in 2007.
Concert Artist in Piano
Originally from Venezuela, Gabriela Martinez has performed internationally as orchestral soloist, chamber musician, and recitalist at renowned venues including Carnegie, Avery Fisher and Alice Tully Hall, Grosses Festspielhaus in Salzburg; Semperoper in Dresden, Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, the Verbier Festival, Snow and Symphony Festival in St. Moritz, Festival de Radio France et Montpellier, Festival dei Due Mondi, and the Mostly Mozart and Tokyo International Music Festivals. She has appeared as soloist with the New Jersey, Fort Worth, Pacific and San Francisco symphonies; Stuttgarter Philharmoniker; Symphonisches Staatsorchester Halle; Tivoli Philharmonic; and regularly performs with the Simón Bolívar Youth Symphony Orchestra with Gustavo Dudamel. Gabriela won first prize at the 2003 Anton Rubinstein International Piano Competition in Dresden and was a semifinalist at the 12th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, where she also received a Jury Discretionary Award. She earned her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School as a full scholarship student of Yoheved Kaplinsky. Ms. Martinez is currently pursuing her doctorate in Halle, Germany with Professor Marco Antonio de Almeida. Form 2007-2009, Ms. Martinez was a Fellow of "The Academy- a Program of Carnegie Hall, the Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute." She joined the Concert Artist Faculty of Kean in 2008.
Concert Artist in Cello
Susannah Chapman is well established as a chamber musician, soloist, teacher, and performer in leading chamber orchestras. She has performed as Principal Cellist of Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra and in both Principal and section positions in the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra; currently she performs regularly with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and serves as Principal Cello of Helmuth Rilling's Oregon Bach Festival. Ms. Chapman has appeared at Jacob's Pillow as a soloist with the Mark Morris Dance Company in works designed for and premiered by Yo-Yo Ma. She is a member of the Cygnus Ensemble, a contemporary music sextet with a concert series New York and residencies at both Sarah Lawrence College and City University of New York. She has traveled to Australia with Bang-on-a-Can All-Stars to perform contemporary concertos in the Sydney Opera House as part of the Olympic Arts Festival. She has spent several summers at the Marlboro Music Festival and has toured with Musician From Marlboro. Her chamber music performances with other New York groups have been heard at the 92nd Street Y, Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Hall, Miller Theatre, the Metropolitan Museum, on NHK Television, and on WNYC. Ms. Chapman holds a Doctorate of Music from SUNY Stony Brook and is a cello instructor at Sarah Lawrence College and at Princeton University. She has taught masterclasses at Manhattan School of Music, Mannes College of Music, Stony Brook University, and University of Florida. She joined the Concert Artist Faculty of Kean University in 2008.
Concert Artist in Flute
Lisa Hansen is a graduate of The Juilliard School, and was featured in the EMMY award winning CBS TV documentary: "Juilliard & Beyond - A Life In Music." Formerly principal flutist of the Mexico City Philharmonic, Ms. Hansen won acclaim for her EMI-Angel recording of Rodrigo's Concierto Pastoral with the London Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Ms. Hansen has concertized extensively in the United States, Latin America, and Europe. Her recording on the Centaur label of Carl Niëlsen's Flute Concerto was selected by Fanfare as one of the best recordings of the year 2000 and they describe her performance as "brilliant…vital, idiomatic, vigorous, exciting, propulsive, gorgeous… This is the most enjoyable performance of the work known to me, either live or recorded." Later it was featured on National Public Radio on a special program highlighting Scandinavian music. Ms. Hansen is a founding member of the chamber music ensemble, Serenata, and can be heard on the Newport Classic recording I Remember. Ms. Hansen has performed and recorded extensively since 1988 with the Grammy-nominated ensemble, North/South Consonance. In 2006, her article, Once on this Island, was published in Lexus Magazine about concerts she performed at the Iboamericano Festival in Puerto Rico. The critic Colin Clarke described her recording of Harry Bulow's Syntax I for solo flute in the January/February 2007 issue of Fanfare: "highly evocative, essentially lonely music -- superbly played." In December 2007, her recording of Harold Schiffman's Concertino for Flute and String Orchestra was released on North/South Recordings. The New York Times described Lisa Hansen's flute playing as "Irresistibly lyrical"; while Fanfare wrote, "One might well prefer Hansen to Galway." Ms. Hansen joined the Kean faculty in 2003 and was appointed to the Concert Artist Faculty in 2008.
Joanna Marie Frankel
Concert Artist of Violin and Viola
Joanna Marie Frankel has been praised for "aesthetic intelligence" (The New York Sun), and for "powerhouse performances" (The Post and Courier, Charleston). She received the 2007 Career Grant from the Rachel Elizabeth Barton Foundation, and The Juilliard School's 2007 William Schuman Prize for outstanding artistic excellence and leadership. Ms. Frankel was named a 2008 La Gesse Foundation Young Artist Fellow, personally selected by the foundation's director, The Princess Cecilia de Medici. Performance highlights of Ms. Frankel's include solo recitals in Malta, Toulouse, Triberg, Budapest, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C., and concerto appearances in Tennessee, Michigan, and New Jersey. On her debut recital tour Ms. Frankel performed solo engagements at Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Glazunov Hall (St. Petersburg), Suk Hall, Rudolfinum (Prague), and at various distinguished concert halls across Eastern Europe. As a chamber musician proficient on the violin and viola, she has been invited as guest artist at festivals including The International String Orchestra Festival, Santa Fe New Music, The International Holland Music Sessions, Spoleto Festival USA, and The Aspen Music Festival's summer and winter seasons. Ms. Frankel performed her Carnegie Hall recital debut in January of 2007. During the 2007-2009 seasons, she served as part of the inaugural fellowship class of "The Academy," an initiative that combines music pedagogy and a full series of chamber music engagements at Carnegie Hall. A 2007 scholarship graduate of the Juilliard School, Ms. Frankel has worked closely with mentors Jascha Brodsky, CJ Chang, Robert Chen, Masao Kawasaki, Joseph Kalichstein, and Cho-Liang Lin. She performs on a Gaetano Vinaccia violin, crafted in Naples in 1819, and on Robert Brode viola, custom-made for her in 2001. She was appointed to the Concert Artist Faculty in 2008.
Elma Adams holds the BA in Music Education from Kean University and completed the MA, Diploma, and postgraduate studies in piano at the Juilliard School of Music. She studied piano with Irwin Freundlich, Alton Jones and Robert Goldsand, and has performed as soloist with the New Jersey Symphony. She toured under the sponsorship of the State Department including venues in the Caribbean, Africa and South America. Prof. Adams has given school concerts throughout NJ and is a frequent judge of competitions in New Jersey. She is also currently organist/choir director at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Newark. Prior to her appointment at Kean, Prof. Adams taught at Newark School of the Arts and Westminster Conservatory of Music in Princeton. She joined the faculty of Kean University in 2001 where she teaches Music Fundamentals.
Lois Anderson received Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in piano performance from Manhattan School of Music. She has performed at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, orchestral keyboards with Orchestra New England and New Jersey Symphony, and worked with singers of the National Chorale and Lake George Opera Festival. She joined the Kean faculty in 2005 and has taught music survey, music fundamentals, class piano and served as student recital accompanist.
Adjunct Professor of Voice
Deborah Andrews holds her Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and her doctoral degree in Music and Music Education from Teachers College Columbia University. The mezzo-soprano has been heard in roles such as Carmen with New York Grand Opera and Hansel with the New York City Opera Outreach Program. She has also appeared on National Public Radio's "Performance Today" with Julie Burstein, and her voice has been featured in commercials for Showtime. Her musical compositions have been heard in Cloud Nine at Kean University. Dr. Andrews recently celebrated the publication of her book on vocal pedagogical lineage and technique, How a Voice Teacher Shapes the Performance of His Students: A Study of the Pedagogy and Life of Giuseppe De Luca (2009). Dr. Andrews was appointed to the Kean faculty in1999.
Scott Robert Avidon
Scott Robert Avidon is trained in both Jazz and Classical idioms. He received his Bachelors Degree from Rutgers University in 1994 in Jazz Performance, and his Masters Degree in Classical Saxophone from Western Michigan University in 1996; in addition to studying with Jean-Marie Londeix in Bordeaux, France. The recipient of Down Beat Magazine's "1995 Collegiate Jazz Soloist of the year award", Avidon has performed with Mel Torme, Hannibal Peterson, The Temptations, The Spinners, Martha Reeves, Harvie S, Eliot Zigmund, Branford Marsalis, Dave Liebman, and Vic Juris among others.
Adjunct Professor of Voice
Maria Bedo received her Bachelor's degree from Wichita State University and her Master's from Suny Binghamton. This mezzo-soprano's performances include a diverse mix of contemporary and standard opera repertory as well as music theater. The Vermont native has performed with the Des Moines Metro Opera, Tri-Cities Opera and Wichita Opera Theater singing such roles as La Perichole, Charlotte in Werther, Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus, Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro, Mother in Amahl and The Night Visitors and Mercedes in Carmen. Additional 20th century opera credits besides the Mother include the Telephone Supervisor in the premiere of Jack Beeson's opera Sorry, Wrong Number for the Center of Contemporary Opera in New York, Mother/Allison in the stage premiere of Lee Hoiby's This is the Rill Speaking, Beggar Woman in the Kansas premiere of Sweeney Todd and Dinah in Trouble In Tahiti with Des Moines Metro Opera. Ms. Bedo is also the Executive Director of the George London Foundation for Singers and joined the faculty of Kean in 2007.
Adjunct Professor of Tuba
Andrew Bove is from Massapequa Park, NY and now enjoys a diverse career as a freelance musician based in New York City. He has performed with groups such as the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, American Sympohony Orchestra, New York City Ballet, Orchestra of St. Luke's, Phoenix Symphony, Long Island Philharmonic, Extension Ensemble, American Brass Quintet and Korn. In addition to recordings for major record labels, he has also recorded music for radio, television, film and video games. For 1999-2002, he was the recipient of the orchestral tuba fellowship from the Aspen Music Festival and has performed at many other festivals, including the Tnaglewood Music Center, Music Academy of the West, National Repertory Orchestra, New World Symphony and the Pierre Monteux Schoo. Mr. Bove is a graduate of The Juilliard School and Northwestern University.
Adjunct Professor of Trumpet
Jerry Bryant holds a MM from the Catholic University of America and a BM from Florida State University. He is currently a member of the New York City Opera Orchestra of Lincoln Center, NY. Before joining the NYC Opera in 2004 professor Bryant was a member of the United States Navy Band, Washington DC for seven years, where he performed for presidents, dignitaries and international audiences. Professor Bryant has performed on Broadway as well as the National Symphony, Jacksonville, McLean, Tallahassee, Fairfax, Eastern Connecticut, Hartford, Washington Ballet and Westfield Symphony Orchestras.
Kathleen Calderone holds a BA in Mus. Ed. from Kean University with a concentration in piano and voice, and an MAT from Rutgers University; she holds a Kodaly Certification from Westminster Choir College, and a New Jersey State Supervisors Certificate. She founded the Calderone Professional School of Music in 1975. She received one of only 200 Lincoln Center Award in Musicianship in 1965, and is a founding member of the Board of Directors of Kodaly New Jersey. She has taught at Fairleigh Dickinson University and schools throughout New Jersey. She joined the Kean faculty in 1997 and teaches Music Survey, Elementary Piano, Aural Skills, and Foundations of Music Education.
Adjunct Professor of Oboe
Lynne Cohen is a busy NY area freelancer, performing regularly with the Riverside Sinfonia, Queens Symphony, and as a sub with ABT, New Philharmonic, Hartford, Ct. Grand Opera and the Bard Festival. She has been a permanent performer with many Broadway shows, including Miss Saigon, La Boheme and Little Women, and subs on many others. Before coming to NJ, Lynne was principal oboe of the Palm Beach Symphony and Opera, and the Miami city Ballet Orchestra and 2nd Oboe/English Horn of the Florida Phil and Miami Opera. Lynne maintains an active oboe studio in Chatham, where she resides with her husband, Conductor Constantine Kitsopoulos and their 2 children, Yahn and Antonia. She is on the faculty of Kean University and the Suburban Community Music Center.
Adjunct Professor of Piano
Daniel Daroca has studied with Artur Balsam, Boris Bloch, Leonid Brumberg, Frank Cooper, Carmen Elena Curbelo, Ivan Davis, and Zenaida Manfugás. The Alban Berg Stiftung the Verein der Freunde der Musiklehranstalten Institutions, (Vienna), the Folkwangschule Essen, the Rotary
Foundation International, and the Manhattan School of Music, among others, have endorsed his accomplishments through honors and fellowships. Daniel Daroca has given recitals and master classes in Europe, Asia, and the United States. He has appeared at Carnegie and Merkin in New York, Reina Sofia in Málaga, and the National Arts Hall in Taipei, among others. Daroca's repertoire spans an extensive panoramic: from the Frescobaldi Toccattas to recent works by contemporary composers. A gifted pedagogue, he has merited recognition among other pianists, and counts among his students' professors from universities and conservatories in the United States, Mexico, and Spain. Mr. Daroca is a sought after collaborator in chamber music and vocal recitals. For several seasons he worked as a pianist at the Juilliard School of Music. He was reappointed to Kean in Fall 2003.
Adjunct Voice Professor Specializing in Musical Theatre Repertoire
A triple threat in opera, musical theatre and concert work, Ms. Hermalyn's credits include: Broadway - Fiddler on the Roof, Candide, A Christmas Carol, Baz Luhrmann's La Boheme, Music in the Air, Pajama Game; Opera and Concert credits/venues: Austin Lyric Opera, Anchorage Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Kansas City Lyric Opera, Tulsa Opera, Utah Festival Opera, Spoleto Festival, Festival d'Avignon, L'Opera Francais de New York (Lincoln Center), Westchester Philharmonic, Westfield Symphony, Rhode Island Philharmonic. She performs her acclaimed solo show "Art of the Crossover Singer" at Universities across the country, conducts Master Classes and judges competitions for the National Association of the Teacher's of Singing (NATS). Ms. Hermalyn appeared in a new ABBA rock opera at Carnegie Hall this past fall, and will reprise her role for two nights at the Royal Albert Hall in London this year. Education: B.S. from NYU, M.M. from Mannes College of Music, Certificate from La Sorbonne. Ms. Hermalyn was appointed to the Kean University faculty in 2005.
Adjunct Professor of Bassoon
Andrea Herr holds degrees in Performance from the New England Conservatory, the Manhattan School of Music and continued postgraduate work in Professional Studies at the Juilliard School. Her orchestral engagements include performances with the Little Orchestra Society, American Symphony Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony, Westfield Symphony, various Broadway Productions and touring with the New York City Opera National Company. Ms. Herr has held Principal Bassoon positions in Spain with the Orquesta Sinfonica de Galicia and Opera Teatro Galicia as well as with the South Dakota Symphony. As a member of the Dakota Wind Quintet, Andrea premiered new works by Keith Jarrett, Joan Tower, and Lalo Schiffrin. Recording credits include PBS Television, Radio Nacional Espana, Pantheon Records and numerous commercials. Andrea has given master classes and coached chamber music for the International Music Institute in Taiwan, the New Jersey Youth Symphony, Juilliard Pre-college and New Jersey City University. She joined the Kean Music faculty in 2003.
Anna Kroik holds BM and MM degrees from St. Petersburg's Pedagogical College and Music University of the former USSR. Previously, Mrs. Kroik taught music in schools in St. Petersburg and She successfully established children's choirs in school and communities. She completed the Teaching Certi-fication program at Kean University in 1998 and for the last 6 years has been the Music Director at the YM/YWHA of Union County, New Jersey. She also holds the position of Music Director and Organist at the Third Presbyterian Church in Elizabeth, New Jersey. As a pianist and accompanist, she has performed throughout New Jersey. She was appointed to the Kean faculty in 2000; she teaches Class Piano and has accompanied the Kean University Choir.
James Lenney served as the Interim Coordinator of Music Education from 1998 – 2001. He is a graduate of New York University where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington Square College of Arts and Science and a Masters of Arts degree from the School of Education. He retired from the Cranford Public School district after serving that district for 38 years as a music teacher in grades K through 12, the Supervisor of Music for the district, and the Director of Choral Activities at the Cranford High School. Mr. Lenney has conducted the New Jersey High School Opera Festival Chorus, and has adjudicated many festivals within the state. Prof. Lenney teaches Class Piano, Keyboard Harmony, and Music Education.
V.J. Manzo has composed works for both traditional instruments and electronic musical interfaces. He is a professor and Director of Music Technology at Montclair State University and Assistant Director of Music Technology at Kean University where he teaches courses in electronic music and composition. He has lectured on electro-acoustic music, algorithmic composition, and music education and has presented works and interactive music systems in numerous forums and conferences including the College Music Society (CMS), Assoc. for Technology in Music Instruction (ATMI), the American String Teachers Association (ASTA) Chamber Music Institute (CMI), TI:ME/TMEA, and NJMEA. He is currently pursuing a PhD from Temple University.
Adjunct Professor of Trombone
Anthony Mazzocchi began studying trombone at the age of eight. While receiving a Bachelors and Masters degree from the Manhattan School of Music in NYC, he studied with Per Brevig of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Steven Norrell, David Finlayson and Joseph Alessi of the New York Philharmonic. He received the Janet Schenck Award for Outstanding Musicianship from the school in 1997. Upon leaving Manhattan School, Mr. Mazzocchi has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, New Jersey Symphony, San Diego Symphony, San Diego Opera, Riverside Symphony, and Key West Symphony, to name a few. He has performed in various Broadway shows and can be heard on numerous recordings and movie soundtracks including "Mimic" and "Live with the Brian Wilson Orchestra". Mr. Mazzocchi currently serves as Trombone Professor at Montclair State and Kean Universities in New Jersey. He is currently on faculty at the Mannes School of Music Pre College Division and the Kinhaven Summer Music Festival in Vermont, as well. He is a guest lecturer at the Juilliard School's "Graduate Academy". His private students have been accepted to Juilliard, Eastman, Manhattan School of Music, and Mannes College of Music to name a few. He is a guest clinician with the New York and New Jersey Youth Symphonies, and a guest conductor for the Brooklyn College WindEnsemble and various honor bands in the New York area. Mr. Mazzocchi has been a soloist and clinican at New York University, University of Southern California, University of California Los Angeles, Montclair State University, Brooklyn College, and Cal Tech University. Mr. Mazzocchi is on the Board of Advisors to the International Association for Jazz Education, and also serves on the Board of Directors to the Kinhaven Summer Music School in Vermont. He resides in Maplewood, NJ with his wife, Deborah, son Luca, and daughter Tahlia.
Kathleen McGee-Daly received a BA from New Jersey City University. She was the Winner of the Concerto Competition in her senior year, performing the Mozart Violin Concerto No. 5 with the college orchestra. She maintains a studio for private violin and viola instruction, and has had
teaching positions at Holy Family Academy in Bayonne and the New Jersey Workshop for the Arts in Westfield. She has performed with the Papermill Playhouse Orchestra, the New Jersey Pops Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Peters by the Sea, and the Metro Lyric Opera. She is a member of the Summit String Trio and The Gramercy Trio. Appointed to the faculty in 1997, she teaches Music Fundamentals.
Holly Pearson attended the University of Delaware and Montclair State University with studies in Music Performance and a B.A. in Studio Art. Her professional engagements include performances with the American Opera Orchestra with whom she toured Japan extensively in a production of Gershwin's ‛Porgy and Bess', the N.Y. Gilbert and Sullivan Players, the Acadia Music Festival in Bar Harbor, Maine, with broadcasts of the Arcady Festival Orchestra on Maine Public Radio and NPR, the New York Ragtime Orchestra, the Staten Island Symphony and various other organizations. Ms. Pearson can be heard on the recording Maranatha, conducted, composed, and produced by Gerard Chiusano. She has participated in Master Classes with Peter Lloyd and Wissam Boustany at Queens College, Oxford, England, and the Spoleto Arts Symposium in Spoleto, Italy where she studied extensively with master teacher Keith Underwood. Ms. Pearson lives in Chatham, NJ with her husband, Concert Artist in Trumpet, Charles Bumcrot, and their two cats and two bunnies. Ms. Pearson maintains an extremely active private teaching studio in Chatham, NJ. She was appointed to the Kean faculty in Spring of 2003.
Adjunct Professor of Horn
Lisa Pike performs with Orchestra St. Luke's, NYC Ballet, Long Island Philharmonic, NY Pops, Radio City Music Hall Orchestra, Center for Contemporary Opera, Little Orchestra Society, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Bronx Arts Ensemble and original instrument groups American Classical Orchestra, Rebel, New York Collegium and Concert Royal. Featured performer at the 1999 International Horn Society Symposium. Festival appearances: Spoleto USA/Italy, Connecticut Early Music Festival (soloist), Caramoor, Vermont Mozart Festival (soloist), Bard Festival and Yale at Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. Performed in over 30 Broadway shows and with popular artists Elton John, Andrea Bocelli, Billy Joel, Rod Stewart, Tony Bennett, Brian Wilson and has appeared on albums by Barry Manilow and Lenny Kravitz. Lisa is the solo horn on the Grammy Award winning recording of Samuel Barber's opera Antony and Cleopatra (New World Records) and has recorded for RCA Victor, Koch International, Musical Heritage, CBS and numerous television commercials and movie soundtracks. She is the soloist on the Band Aid for Band (Music Minus One) series.
Robert Rocco received a B. A. from Kean University in Music Education in 1975 and earned a M.A. from New York University in Music Composition, where he subsequently taught Electronic Music. He joined Bell Laboratories where he was able to do research on new musical instruments and scales as an associate of Dr. Max Matthews. Bob also developed the curriculum for the first Electronic Music class here at Kean University, and taught that class from 1985 – 1993 as an adjunct professor. He was reappointed to the faculty 2002.
Adjunct Professor of Flute
Described as playing “with fire and commitment” (Schenectady Gazette 2010), flutist Jill Sokol is a freelance musician in the Northeast Region. Ms. Sokol is Acting Second Flute with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic and performs regularly with the Dicapo Opera Theatre; she also substitutes with the Allentown Symphony Orchestra and Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic. In previous seasons, Ms. Sokol has performed with the Locrian Chamber Players, Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, Garden State Philharmonic, SEM Ensemble, and New Haven Symphony. In May of 2004, she gave her solo debut at Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall as winner of the Artist International Competition. Ms. Sokol is an Adjunct Professor at Kean University and serves as an Instructor at the Skidmore College Summer Flute Institute. She also maintains a private teaching studio. Passionate about educational outreach, Ms. Sokol has taught for the Composers of the Future program sponsored by the Westchester Chamber Orchestra. She has given instrument demonstrations as part of the New York Philharmonic Young Composers Program and for the American Composers Orchestra. She completed her Doctorate degree at Stony Brook University, under the tutelage of Carol Wincenc. Ms. Sokol received her Master’s degree at the Peabody Conservatory of Music and her Bachelor’s degree at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College.
William Workinger holds an MM in piano performance from the Manhattan School of Music and an Ed.D from New York University. He directed the music program in the Millburn-Short Hills Public Schools for over twenty years. As a duo-pianist, he has performed internationally. Dr. Workinger has conducted the New Jersey High School Region Orchestra, the New Jersey High School Opera Festival Orchestra, and professional orchestras in New Jersey. He has published numerous articles, has received the Distinguished Service Award from the New Jersey Music Educators Association, and is past president of New Jersey Music Administrators. He was appointed to the Kean faculty in 1997, and teaches Music Theory, Conducting, Music Survey, and Music Fundamentals.
Gerry Yoselevich holds a B.A. in Music Education from Montclair State College and an M.A. in Teacher Supervision/Principal from Kean College. Currently, Professor Yoselevich is in his 19th year teach 3rd and 4th grade instrumental music in the Union Township Public Schools and is currently the Associate Director of the Union Music School. Professor Yoselevich serves as a cooperating teacher for Kean University Music Education Students. As a tuba player, he has studied with Don Butterfield and performs regularly with "The Booglerizers".