Molly Aronson is a cellist known for her "solidity and verve" (San Francisco Classical Voice), and has performed throughout the US and internationally. As a chamber musician, some highlight performances include Embassy Series in Washington, D.C, Savannah Philharmonic Chamber Music Series, Chateau Festival in Paris, France and Berlin, Germany, Chamber Players International, Luzerne Festival Series, Musica Classical at the Colombian Consulate, Mohawk Trails Concerts, and Interlochen Faculty Chamber Series. She has given chamber music performances with Amazonas, and the Larchmont Chamber Players at Carnegie Hall. In addition, Molly has toured with the Sernedip Piano Trio, RT9 Ensemble, Anderson Hill Trio, and with Eric Genuis’ Concerts for Hope, performing piano trio music in state prisons across the US.
As a proponent of contemporary music, Molly frequently works with living composers premiering, performing, and recording their newly composed pieces. She has played on such series as the Bargemusic: Here and Now, Luzerne Faculty Concert Series, Loudbox, Live Oak Concerts, the Composer's Voice, Spectrum NYC, Lex54 Concerts, Firehouse Space Concerts, Interlochen New Music Series. Molly served as Music Director and cellist of Sanctuary Project, an aleatoric multi-disciplinary storytelling ensemble, and performed and acted in The Crook of Your Arm as a part of FRIGID, the NYC winter Fringe Festival.
Working with larger ensembles, Molly has been a concerto soloist with the Holyoke Civic Symphony, and has been a featured performer with the Opus One Chamber Orchestra, Asian Cultural Symphony, New York Virtuosi Orchestra, Purchase Symphony Orchestra, and Interlochen Arts Academy Choir. She has played with the Savannah Philharmonic, Glens Falls Symphony, Long Island Concert Orchestra, and Eastern Chamber Orchestra as a member of the cello section.
Not limited to the realm of classical music, Molly has performed with such artists as Rod Stewart, Josh Groban, Michael Buble, Andrea Bocelli, Disturbed, 2Cellos, The Irish Tenors, Celtic Thunder, The Game of Thrones Live Experience, Pokemon Symphonic Evolutions, and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra at venues such as Radio City Music Hall, TD Gardens, Mohegan Sun, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, and XL Center. She appeared with Vanessa Williams at Lincoln Center, Songwriter’s Orchestra at Le Poisson Rouge and the Tillis Center, and played on Sessions at the Hempstead House jazz series. She recently completed a residency with Britton and the Sting at NuBlu, and toured Montana with Kristen Estelle and the Heartstrings after recording her most recent album.
Molly has held teaching positions as an adjunct cello instructor at SUNY Purchase, chamber music coach for the New York State Summer School of the Arts – Orchestral Studies, and was awarded a Teaching Fellowship to join the cello faculty at Interlochen Arts Camp. She is currently a Teaching Artist with the InterSchool Orchestras, is on faculty at Larchmont Music Academy, Bloomingdale School of Music, and the Luzerne Music Center during the summers.
Megan Atchley is a New York based violinist dedicated to creating musical experiences that resonate with her audiences aesthetically, politically and bodily. She has performed a wide array of styles from classical to jazz in venues such as Lincoln Center, Miller Theater, Le Poisson Rouge and the Bowery Ballroom. A strong proponent of new music, she is a founder of trio Project Emme, a member of ensembles including The Firey String Sistas! and Ensemble Moto Perpetuo, and a guest with ensembles such as the Wordless Music Orchestra and Ensemble LPR. In addition to her active performing life, Megan is also a dedicated educator. She founded and directs an afterschool violin program at Girls Prep Middle School on the Lower East Side, and also maintains a private teaching studio with a wide range of ages and abilities. A passionate feminist, Megan presented a lecture recital at the 2011 Feminist Theory and Music Conference on the work of Kaija Saariaho.
Flute, Piccolo, Alto & Bass Flutes, Baroque Flute
A former member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Mary Barto is the recipient of the Distinguished University Teaching Award from Mannes School of Music, The New School University. Her major teachers include Julius Baker, John C. Krell, Herbert Levy and Sandra Miller. She has performed with the New York Philharmonic, New York City Opera, New York City Ballet and the American Ballet Theatre. She has toured Western Europe with harpsichordist Eve Kugler and across the United States as soloist for the legendary Skitch Henderson, founder of the New York Pops.
A Part-time Associate Teaching Professor at Mannes, Mary Barto teaches Flute and is the Director of the Preparatory Division’s Flute Ensemble as well as coaching mixed Chamber Music. These groups performed in May of 2018 in the Black Box Theatre at Mannes. She also founded and directs the Flute Ensemble at Fordham University. In May of 2018, the Fordham Flutes, gave their Spring Concert at Steinway Hall on Sixth Avenue. For eleven years, she was the coordinator of the Adult Chamber Music Program at the Lucy Moses School – Kaufman Center, where she continues as a Chamber Music teacher and instructor of Flute.
Mary Barto performs solo concerts and offers Master Classes across the US and has performed on New York’s “Artists in Concert”, WQXR. She was a soloist with the Mannes Community Orchestra. She performs with the New York Composers Circle, dedicated to the showcasing of innovative new works by living composers. Last January, she was featured in a chamber music program at the Kaufman Center’s Merkin Hall.
She is an Adjunct Instructor of Flute at Columbia University-Teachers College, Adjunct Professor at Fordham University and Assistant Professor at Hunter College of the City of New York where she also coaches mixed Ensembles. She performed at Hunter’s Lang Hall last April. She is the Woodwinds Coach for the Carnegie Hill and Concert Orchestras of the InterSchool Orchestras of NY – ISO.
Among her Broadway Orchestral credits are “Annie”, “The King and I” and “Les Miserables”. Her film score recordings include numerous works by Academy Award winning composer John Barry. Her work for Eric Selch’s Federal Music Society was performed on authentic period instruments and recorded by New World Records.
Her Quintet, The New York Five, has the unusual instrumental combination of Flute, Bassoon, Violin, Viola and Piano. All of their music was composed by pianist George Quincy. Their CD, “Choctaw Nights” is available from Albany Records. Their latest CD, “Journey of the Red Feather” is available from Amazon, CD Baby and Flute World.
2014 brought the rare honor of a GRAMMY AWARD nomination.
Ms. Boras comes to ISO with years of experience as a teacher, conductor, and cellist. She has served as the president of the New Jersey chapter of the American String Teachers Association, was the recipient of the National American String Teachers Leader of the Year Award (2012), and the Governor’s Award as Teacher of the Year during her term as orchestra director for the Tenafly, NJ Middle School.
Paul Brandenburg is a freelance trumpet player living in New York City. With roots in classical music, he has branched out to become an accomplished performer in the musical fields of R&B, soul, jazz, rock and swing.
Paul has recently been heard with the Hot Sardines, a “hot” jazz group specializing in the music of the early 20th century. Recent appearances with them have included every Monday in June, 2017 at the Blue Note in New York; Seiji Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood; Detroit Symphony Hall (with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra); Kodak Hall in Rochester, NY (with the Rochester Philharmonic); and the Budapest Summer Festival in Budapest, Hungary.
Other notable performances include Lincoln Center’s tribute to Curtis Mayfield in summer 2012, where Paul played in the house band for Mavis Staples, The Impressions, Sinead O’Connor, TV on the Radio, and The Roots, among many others; Barbara Lynn at Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors Festival; “The Cooper Clan, All Together” at Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series; recording on Jewel’s holiday album “Let It Snow”; traditional klezmer group the Levitt Legacy Kleztet; and performing and recording with indie rock group The Walkmen.
He is a graduate of the Juilliard School Pre-College program and was a longtime student of Edward Treutel. He attended the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and completed his bachelor’s degree in Jazz Studies at the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Lew Soloff.
Paul is on faculty at the Trinity School in New York City as well as the Abrons Arts Center in downtown Manhattan.
Jason Brook, a native of Northern Maine, began his flute studies at age 17 after becoming an accomplished clarinetist. He went on to study flute performance at the University of Southern Maine, spending his first semester learning from Catherine Payne, who is now currently piccoloist with the San Francisco Symphony. He then studied with esteemed New England flute pedagogue Jean Rosenblum, a graduate of Oberlin where she studied with famed flutist Michel DeBost. Jason earned principal spots in the University of Southern Maine Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, and piccoloist in the Southern Maine Symphony at USM. Jason currently resides in New York City, where he teaches privately and coaches woodwinds with the Interschool Orchestras of New York and is Assistant Director of Music at French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts -the country’s largest and most comprehensive non-competitive performing arts camp for children ages 7-17, where he teaches flute, performs and coaches in pit orchestras and assists in all music department operations. Jason also performs regularly as a freelance flutist, and theatrical woodwind doubler (Flutes, Clarinets, Saxophones) for musical theatres around NYC with more than 100 productions under his belt. Jason currently studies flute frequently with world renowned flutist Laurel Zucker, who also spends 2-3 weeks each summer at French Woods Festival.
Since finishing her enlistment with the United States Premier Coast Guard Band as a clarinetist, Katie Curran has been an active freelance and chamber musician in the Atlanta and New York areas. Katie currently the holds the Second and Bass Clarinet position in the Tuscaloosa Alabama Symphony Orchestra. She has also performed with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Ballet, Atlanta Opera, Georgia Symphony, Alabama Symphony Orchestra, as well as several orchestras in Kentucky, Michigan, Tennessee and Virginia.
During the summer of 2014, Katie was a featured soloist at the International Wind Ensemble Festival in Jeju, Korea. She has also performed as a soloist with the Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony at Disney Hall in Los Angeles, California, the Emory University Wind Ensemble and at the Georgia Music Educators Conference in Savannah, Georgia. In 2006 Katie and members of the United States Coast Guard Band Woodwind Trio performed and were semi-finalists in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and in July 2007, the trio performed at the International Clarinet Association Festival in Vancouver, B.C. In 2009 Katie became a founding member and manager of Morningside Chamber Musicians.
Katie received a Bachelor of Music degree from Central Michigan University and continued her studies at the University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music where she received a Master of Music degree in 2002. Her primary teachers include Richard Hawley, Theodore Oien, Dr. Kennen White, and Ronald de Kant. During her studies, Katie attended several summer music festivals including the Aspen Music Festival, the Sarasota Music Festival, the Monteux School, the Opera Theatre and Music Festival of Lucca, Italy, and the Brevard Music Festival.
In addition to her performance career, Katie has been an active private instructor and outreach clinician since 2001. During the fall of 2011, she was appointed adjunct clarinet faculty at both Emory University and Agnes Scott College.
Cellist Marisol Espada has performed with the American Symphony Orchestra, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the Kansas City Symphony and the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic as well as in over twenty Broadway Shows. Ms Espada has appeared as a soloist in Carnegie Hall five times as part of the Don Shirley Trio. Versatile in a variety of musical styles, she has performed and/or recorded with Cantor Ida Rae Cahana (Central Synagogue, NYC), Ann Carlson (Jacob’s Pillow), Ron Carter, Alicia Keys, Chuck Mangione, Barbra Streisand and has presented numerous cello solo demoperformances in NYC Public Schools. Ms Espada began her musical studies at the Puerto Rico Conservatory Children’s Strings Program and the Escuela Libre de Musica IS/HS in San Juan, PR. She earned a B. Mus. from the Manhattan School of Music and a M.M. from The Juilliard School; her teachers include Ardyth Alton and Scott Ballantyne. She has performed and recorded with the North/South Consonance since 2001.
A native of Venezuela, violinist Leonor Falcon has a very diverse background in performing music of different genres. While in her home country, she was part of the acclaimed chamber music group Virtuosi de Caracas and was a member of the Orquesta Sinfonica de Venezuela, all the while honing her skills in jazz and improvised music. As a freelance musician, she was very active in the local music scene performing with many pop, rock, and Latin groups as well as doing recording session work.
She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from IUDEM (University of Music of Venezuela), studied under Virginie Roibilliard at Mozarteum de Caracas and holds a Master of Music degree from the Conservatory of Geneva, Switzerland and a Master of Jazz performance degree from Queens College in New York City.
Leonor spends her time performing, teaching and recording around the city with different projects which include Latin American, classical, jazz and original music. Some collaborations and performances include Willie Colon’s band, Akua Dixon’s string quartet, Sirius Quartet, Maelo and the Latinoexperimental Project, Karl Berger improvisers orchestra, Mario Castro, John Ehlis Ensemble, Mimi Jones and the Black Madonna Project, Camila Meza and the Nectar Orchestra, recordings for Christian Howes recording company, and most recently with Juanma Trujillo at Antenna and Chama, new projects of jazz/avant-garde music that released their albums in 2015 and 2016. Leonor released her debut album Imaga Mondo on 2017 under her own label FalconGumba Records.
A graduate of the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, CUNY, Jennifer holds Baccalaureate degrees in Music and English. She holds a Master’s degree in Musicology from Queens College where she was under the tutelage of Jeff Weissman and Keith Underwood. She is currently pursuing graduate studies in English at the same institution. She has performed with numerous groups such as the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra, Copland Symphony, One World Symphony, Eastern Chamber Symphony, BrooklynONE Jazz Orchestra, the JEricO Jazz Orchestra (co-founder), as well as many various ensembles and pit orchestras. She has performed at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher, Alice Tully, and Rose Halls at Lincoln Center, Symphony Space and many others, including Off-Broadway festivals. A versatile musician, Jennifer frequently performs in classical, jazz, and Broadway settings. She teaches flute and musicianship at the Center for Preparatory Studies in Music at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, CUNY and is currently an English teacher at the Aerospace and Science Magnet School in Queens.
As part of the eighth grade team at I.S. 127Q, Jennifer is an advisor for the Yearbook Committee and coordinates assemblies that helps bring the arts to the students in various ways. In addition, she is also the founder and director of the school’s Drama Academy where students perform for their peers within the building as well as collaborate with high school drama companies who provide insight and pointers for even more success on stage. This Big Brother/Big Sister initiative is a way for high school students to experience working with younger students who aspire to follow the paths to even larger stages and for Jennifer’s middle school students to work with performers who have once been in their shoes and can relate to their new and budding experiences. Jennifer aims at having students feel successful as musicians/actors and works with performers of all levels.
She believes in connecting with students and continues to strive to become the most effective teacher she can be, both in the classroom and on the stage. Working with the Inter-School Orchestras, Jennifer has been honored to serve as an alum and woodwind coach for the Turtle Bay Orchestra. She looks forward to being at rehearsal each week and really enjoys getting to know the young members of the orchestra as they grow from one musical phase to the next. As an alum, Jennifer can personally connect to students and finds it so incredibly rewarding to be able to work for and give back to an organization that not only guided her musically but helped her find focus in her life at an early age. “If it weren’t for ISO, I would not be the same Jennifer Forese I am today. I am musically successful because of the support and guidance I received while learning to not just have fun with music, but learning how to express myself and passion of music through performing. I hope to teach the students the same passion and depths of music that I learned through ISO.”
Marina Fragoulis performs on both modern and baroque violins. She performs regularly with the Westchester Chamber Symphony, the St. Cecilia’s Chorus & Orchestra, Collegium Westchester and the New England Symphonic Ensemble and is in demand as concertmaster with the orchestras of coópera: Project Opera Manhattan, Westchester Oratorio Society, Astoria Symphony, and Pocket Opera of NY. She has been a principal violinist of the Martina Arroyo Foundation, Sinfonia Celeste and the Monmouth Civic Chorus. She has given solo recitals at Gracie Mansion and the Greek Orthodox Archdioceses in New York, and has taken part in the Harmonia Mundi Festival in Italy with I Cameristi di Fiesole in concerts led by members of the Berlin Philharmonic. She has been featured on Cosmos FMNY radio performing chamber music by Manos Hadjidakis, Mikis Theodorakis and other prominent composers from her native country of Greece.
Her passion for early music and historically informed performance practice led Marina to pursuing studies at the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute and the Amherst Early Music Festival. She is the founder and Artistic Director of Dorian Baroque, a conductor-less chamber orchestra that performs on period instruments in orchestral, chamber, choral and operatic concerts. The orchestra made its debut in 2012 and has since been featured at the Manhattan School of Music’s Summer Voice Festival every year in fully staged operas of early 17th century Italian composers Francesco Cavalli and Claudio Monteverdi. These performances mark the renowned school’s first venture into historically informed performances. Marina has collaborated with Biber Baroque and is a member of the all-female ensemble SIREN Baroque.
A dedicated educator, Marina was awarded the first Music Fellowship in the NYC Teaching Fellows program in 2002. She has since mentored the violin sections of the NJ Youth Symphony and Frank Sinatra High School and is the senior violin Teaching Artist with Midori & Friends. Marina is a graduate of the Mannes College of Music where she studied with David Nadien. dorianbaroque.org
Elise Frawley enjoys an active career as an orchestral violist, chamber musician, and teacher. Elise has had the privilege of playing in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Central Park Summerstage, Radio City Music Hall, and the Beacon Theater. Ensembles she performs with include Ensemble LPR, Wordless Music Orchestra, Dell’Arte Opera Ensemble, Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, MetroChamber Orchestra, Ensemble Mise-en, the Chelsea Symphony, among many other groups. Her concert engagements have brought her across the United States as both a chamber and orchestral musician.
In addition to classical music, Elise has collaborated with a wide variety of contemporary artists. Television appearances include “America’s Got Talent” on NBC, “Stan Lee’s Superhumans” on The History Channel, and “Mozart in the Jungle” on Amazon Prime. She has performed with and/or recorded for such artists as Paul Simon, Andrew Bird, Pink Martini, Sweet Electra, Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, Atomic Tom, Jordan Knight, The Drowners, Falls, and the Airborne Toxic Event. She can be heard on recordings for Bridge, Interscope, and Universal Republic labels.
Elise received her Bachelor’s of Music from the Manhattan School of Music, under the tutelage of Karen Dreyfus and her Master’s of Music from New York University under the tutelage of Karen Ritscher, where she also served as Adjunct Instructor of Viola. Elise holds teaching positions at Tone Academy of Music, Turtle Bay Music School, and maintains a private studio.
Noted by Julliard Professor Timothy Eddy for her display of “heartfelt musical expressions with warmth and charm,” cellist Jung Min Grace Han is gaining attention as a soloist and chamber musician of the highest caliber. A versatile artist who recently made her debut at the Carnegie Weill Recital Hall in New York City, she has an interest in teaching and research that supplements an active performance career. Her work encompasses a broad range of repertoire and interests from the Baroque period to contemporary works. Hailing from a musical family, she began her music studies at a young age, first on the piano and then on the cello at the age of eight.
Dr. Han began her music career winning a number of national performance competitions. She made her debut in Seoul, South Korea, in her teens. She has performed myriads of solo recitals throughout the United States and East Asia. Recently, she successfully completed her cello solo recitals series that constitute “Beethoven and the 1810 generation”, “Music of Nationalism”, and “French Indulgences”.
Recognizing her impressive talent, the Yale School of Music selected Han as a representative chamber musician. Ms. Han also performed for Interlochen Public Radio’s 50th Birthday celebration, the National Cello Summer Institute, and the Beethoven Institute on top of world première living American composers’ works in Michigan. Dr. Han also served as a principal cellist for Stony Brook University orchestra and the Ewha Womans University Orchestra.
Dr. Han received top prizes at the American Protégé International Music Competition. She is the recipient of many awards including a research grant from the University of Michigan and the Julia Havemeyer Scholarship at the Yale School of Music.
Dr. Han completed a doctoral program in Cello performance at University of Michigan and is pursuing a doctoral program in Music education at Columbia University. Her research interests are music curriculum at the college level in the United States and the relationship between brain, physical awareness and their affect on musical performance.
A passionate mentor and educator, she has taught in a variety of settings, including from one-on-one lessons to classroom settings at Yale University, Detroit Wayne State University and the Interlochen Summer Arts Festival. She carries out her passion for mentoring by serving as a volunteer teacher helping underprivileged children develop their literacy through the arts. Dr. Han currently serves as a faculty member at Bergen Community College and a cello coach at InterSchool Orchestras of New York.
New York based horn player, Bert Hill, is an active performer who is at home with a wide array of music styles. He has recently been heard in concert with Azlo Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, DCINY Orchestra, Gateway Classical Music Society, Juilliard Orchestra, Sheep Island Ensemble, and The Chelsea Symphony among others. An avid advocate of new music, Mr. Hill is a core member of Ensemble Moto Perpetuo. In addition, he has performed with the Tactus Ensemble under the direction of Jeffery Milarsky, Ensemble Mise-En and many recital and chamber performances of new and contemporary works. He can be heard on the album Journey to Journey, featuring the compositions of Miho Hazama, released on Universal Records (Japan) in 2011.
Bert has made solo concerto appearances performing Reinhold Gliere’s Horn Concerto, Op. 91, with the Sewanee Summer Music Festival Orchestra and the Schumann Konzertstucke in 2013 with the New York Symphonic Arts Ensemble. As an educator, Bert keeps an active studio of private students, works as a section and orchestra coach for InterSchool Orchestras, and is on faculty at Manhattan School of Music’s youth summer program, Camp MSM . In 2011 he was on the faculty of the Rodney Mack Big Brass Seminar, held at the Curtis School of Music. His academic degrees in music are from Indiana State and Temple University where his principal teachers were Brian Kilp and Shelly Showers.
NYC based trumpeter, Evan Honse, enjoys a multi-faceted career performing a wide variety of musical styles across the East Coast. While a member of new music ensembles, Contemporaneous, and Exceptet, Evan has performed with: The New World Symphony, Symphony in C, Radiocity Christmas Spectacular, Ridgefield Symphony, Center City Opera, Bronx Opera, Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players, West Side Brass, Metro Chamber Orchestra, as well as commercial artists: David Byrne, Zola Jesus, Sondre Lerche, Mirah, Diane Cluck, Jherek Bischoff, The Jack Moves, Shrine Big Band, Pitchblak Brass Band, D.J. Thomas Gold among many others. Evan has performed in virtually every major concert venue in NYC, including Carnegie, Merkin, Alice Tully, Radiocity, and Avery Fischer Halls. Evan has played on Broadway productions on An American in Paris and Fiddler on the Roof, and performs regularly on current productions of War Paint, and Anastasia. Evan holds a B.M. in Trumpet Performance from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a M.M. in Orchestral Performance from Manhattan School of Music where he studied with Mark Gould.
Earl McIntyre Bass Trombone, Tuba,
At Mannes College of Music he studied Bass trombone with Simone Karasick and tuba with Thompson Hanks. Later he studied arranging with Slide Hampton and Bob Brookmeyer and studied privately with the famous brass teacher Carmine Caruso
Mr. McIntyre has played, recorded or arranged for Charles Mingus, Miles Davis, Taj Mahal, the Band, Stevie Wonder, McCoy Tyner, J.J. Johnson, Aretha Franklin, Levon Helm, the Count Basie Orchestra, the Ellington Orchestra, the Thad Jones -Mel Lewis Orchestra, Slide Hampton, the Mingus Big Band, Cecil Taylor, Arturo O’Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra and Fred Ho.
He has received numerous grants as a composer, player and educator from. The National Endowments of the Arts, New York State Council of the Arts, Meet the Composer, and others.. He appears on many Grammy award-winning recordings, has numerous film & Broadway credits and been involved in a number of Tony winning productions. Faculty credits include Long Island University, The New School for Social Research and SUNY at Purchase. Mr. McIntyre has also been a teaching artist for Young Audiences, Brooklyn Arts Council and The New Jersey Performing Arts Center. He’s done clinics through various arts organizations as well. At the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music he served as Director for the Jazz division. He was also producer and founder of the “Brooklyn Brass Fest” which featured a number of world class brass players and teachers In 2013 he and Renee Manning founded the Excelsior Music Studio, and educational program geared towards adults and seniors in Brooklyn. His latest CD is “Brass Carnival & Tribute.” For more information go to excelsiormusicstudio.com
Anthony Morris has been Principal Auxiliary and has toured internationally with The New York Philharmonic from 1999 to 2006 under the batons of Kurt Masur and Lorin Maazel. From 2007 to the present, Morris plays extensively with The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. When he is not playing with NJSO, he is working on Broadway shows such as Beauty and the Beast and Phantom of the Opera along with other numerous orchestras in the Tri-State area. Mr. Morris is also an instructor at the Conservatory of Music at Brooklyn College. He holds a B.M.A. from Manhattan School of Music and an M.M.A. from The Juilliard School of Music. He has studied with internationally renowned Musicians such as Eugene Levinson, Paul Ellison, and Bruce Bransby. An ISO alumnus, Morris has been a low string coach since 2010.
Sarah Mullins is an NYC-based percussionist and drummer. She performs in chamber ensembles, orchestras, pop bands, musical improv comedy, as a soloist, and in collaboration with dancers. Sarah’s interests expand beyond Western art music, and she performs as a member of Balinese ensembles, Gamelan Dharma Swara (GDS) and Gamelan MEGA Surya, and sings with NYC’s Georgian choir, Supruli. She can be heard on Nerissa Campbell’s album After the Magic (Crooked Mouth Music, 2015) as a member of GDS, and is featured on the marimba in Michael Eaton’s album, Diaglogical (Destiny Records, 2017).
Sarah has led master classes in percussion and Balinese gamelan, lectured on graphic scoring and performance techniques, and has taught group lessons in percussion, African drumming, and bucket drumming. She regularly teaches private percussion and drum set lessons and music theory.
For more information, please see www.sarahmullins.info.
Lisa Pike holds degrees from the Manhattan School of Music (B.M.), The Juilliard School (B.M &
M.M.) and SUNY Stony Brook (D.M.A.). She performs with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, NYC
Ballet, Long Island Philharmonic, NY Pops, Radio City Music Hall Orchestra, Center for
Contemporary Opera, Little Orchestra Society, Brooklyn Philharmonic, American Ballet Theater,
North/South Consonance, New Jersey Symphony, Orchestra New England and original
instrument groups American Classical Orchestra, Rebel, New York Collegium and Concert
Royal. She was a featured performer at the 1999 International Horn Society Symposium.! !
Her festival appearances include the Festival dei Due Mondi in Charleston, SC and Spoleto,
Italy (soloist), Connecticut Early Music Festival (soloist), Caramoor, Vermont Mozart Festival
(soloist), Bard Festival and Yale at Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. Lisa is the solo horn on the
Grammy Award-winning recording of Samuel Barber’s opera Antony and Cleopatra (New World
Records) and served as solo horn on Orchestra New England’s Grammy nominated recording
of The Orchestral Music of Charles Ives. She has recorded for RCA Victor, Koch International,
Music Minus One, Musical Heritage, CBS and numerous television commercials and movie
soundtracks. She has worked with popular artists Sir Elton John, Billy Joel, Andrea Bocelli,
Brian Wilson, The Moody Blues, Tony Bennett, Rod Stewart, Mannheim Steamroller, Ray
Charles, Patti Lupone, The Three Irish Tenors, Liza Minelli, Lenny Kravitz, Ricky Martin and
Chita Rivera. Lisa served as orchestra contractor and solo horn on Barry Manilow’s CD, Two
Nights Live. She toured extensively as principal horn with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Company
across Canada and the United States, Andrea Bocelli, and as principal horn the Canadian
company of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera to Alaska and Hawaii, also the
Canada-wide tour of the Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber and has appeared in over thirty
Broadway shows in NYC. ! !
Currently she teaches at William Paterson University, Kean University as professor of horn and
numerous music departmental courses, Teachers College Columbia University, Felician College,
and the Bloomingdale School of Music. In the past she taught at the University of Calgary
(Canada) as professor of horn. She is a teaching artist/consultant and entrance audition
advisor/adjudicator at the Fiorello LaGuardia High School of Music and Art & the Performing
Arts and has given masterclasses and coached sectionals and ensembles at the Frank Sinatra
School of the Arts. For a number of years Lisa was involved with the New Jersey Youth
Symphony serving as an orchestral coach, chamber music instructor, theory teacher and
assisted in conducting the ensembles. Currently she works with ISO in New York City where
she utilizes her skills as a orchestral coach by mentoring young musicians as well as their yearly
auditions and seating assessments conducted for their numerous orchestras. Lisa is on faculty
at the 92nd Street Y where she is a coach in the adult chamber music program. Dr. Pike who
possess New York State certification for Music (k-12) also serves as a New York State
adjudicator for the NYSSMA Music Festival.
Steven Rochen conducts ISO’s Carnegie Hill Orchestra. He has based his career on teaching children to perform with confidence. He has served for more than two decades on the faculties of Third Street Music School, Trinity School, and Meadowmount School of Music. Performances of his piece for solo violin, A Piece of Pi, (Ovation Press, pub.) have been mentioned in articles published worldwide by Agence France-Presse and other media services.
He studied violin with Sally Thomas and Fredell Lack and studied conducting with Igor Buketoff. In 2008 he was appointed the Paul-Philippe Bolduc Fellow, with research trips to Berlin, Vienna, and Prague. He has enjoyed working with the indie band The Baskervilles on their latest CD and also performs with his band The New Lost Faculty Ramblers.
Matthew Rotjan, Ed.D., is an active music educator committed to cultivating excitement and enthusiasm in music and music education. As a public school music educator, he recently joined the faculty of the Scarsdale Public Schools (NY), where he is on staff teaching orchestra at Scarsdale Middle School. Prior to this position, Matthew taught in the South Orangetown Central School District (NY), where he taught grades 3-8 string lessons and orchestra classes.
Outside of his activities in the public school, Matthew works with young musicians in NYC as a conductor of the InterSchool Orchestras of New York’s Morningside Orchestra, which has led him to conduct in Trinity Church, Symphony Space, and Carnegie Hall. With a strong commitment to community music making, he is the co-founder/conductor of the Rockland Youth Orchestra, a not-for-profit organization in Rockland County (NY).
Matthew has recently written articles, guest conducted, and presented at conferences for the American String Teachers Association, Broome County Music Educators Association, Connecticut Music Educators Association, Nassau County Music Educators Association, National Association for Music Education, New Jersey Music Educators Association, New York State School Music Association, and the Vermont Music Educators Association. He has been invited to present his research, pedagogical practice, and philosophy at colleges and universities throughout the east coast and has twice been named a Quaterfinalist for the Grammy Music Educator Award.
Matthew earned his doctorate from Teachers College, Columbia University, where he served as a music teacher supervisor, applied music instructor, research assistant, and cooperating teacher. His dissertation, “In-between and together with: Exploring the complexity of repertoire selection with orchestra teachers and their students,” examined the complex relationships between student interests and identities, teacher training and philosophy, and repertoire selection practices in public school orchestras. He is actively immersed in connecting theory to practice in music education, string pedagogy, and teacher preparation. Degrees are from Ithaca College (B.M.) in Music Education and Performance (cello) and Teachers College, Columbia University (M.A., Ed.M., Ed.D.) in Music and Music Education.
Bassist Corey Schutzer enjoys a diverse career accompanying and collaborating with musicians in a wide variety of styles. Although his early formal training was on the trumpet, in middle school he picked up the electric bass to play in a rock band with his friends. This led to playing upright bass in the school orchestra, jazz band, and community youth orchestra. Thanks to some great music teachers who supported his enthusiasm, he went on to study classical bass with Albert Laszlo and Tim Cobb at The Juilliard School, where he received both Bachelor and Master of Music degrees.
Corey now calls upon his varied musical upbringing in his professional freelance bass playing, which can be heard at such venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Radio City Music Hall, 54 Below, and The Duplex. He was a sub for the Broadway musicals On the 20th Century and Gigi, and was the bassist for the 2014 and 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Corey has performed and recorded with both the Salome Chamber Orchestra and the Manhattan Contemporary Chamber Ensemble.
In addition to coaching the bass sections for ISO Morningside and Carnegie Hill, Corey maintains a private teaching studio. For more information, please visit www.coreyschutzer.com
Performing artist and music educator Mark Sophia is an active freelance musician and music teacher in New York City and New Jersey. He has graduated from Columbia Teacher’s College where he earned an Ed.M. in Music Education, Manhattan School of Music with an M.M in Music performance, and the Crane School of Music in Potsdam, NY with a B.M. in music performance. He has played internationally in Italy and England and performs locally with the Adelphi Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, New York Kammermusiker Double Reed Ensemble, and Vocal productions NYC. In addition to coaching with the ISO, Mark teaches private woodwinds lessons for all ages and levels. On his journey through his musical career, Mark Strives to act as a music advocate and keep the music community healthy and vibrant.
A Brooklyn native, Barry Stern is in his third season as conductor of the Turtle Bay Orchestra, and an alumnus of the ISO Symphony, having been in the orchestra from 1985 – 1987 under the tutelage of Music Director Emeritus, Jonathan Strasser. Barry currently serves as Principal Conductor of the All City High School Orchestra, and is the orchestra director at Brooklyn’s Fort Hamilton High School, leading the string program and conducting the orchestra in out-of-state competitions, and through many concerts over the course of the school year. As a violist, Barry has collaborated and performed with artists such as Quincy Jones, Mark Wood, Tevin Campbell, and Sarah Brightman. Barry is the founding conductor of NYC’s Summer Arts Institute String Studio, meeting at Frank Sinatra High School for the Arts in Astoria. A recognized curriculum development specialist, he is a co-author of the New York City Department of Education’s Commencement Music Examination, and a lead facilitator for professional development for New York City music teachers, in addition to serving on the committee that created the Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Arts. Previously, Mr. Stern was the guest conductor of the NYSSMA Area All State Middle School Festival at Bishop Laughlin High School in Brooklyn, and served on the faculty of the New York State Music Camp and Institute at Hartwick College. Prior to becoming a full time educator, Mr. Stern had been Director of Orchestral Operations at Manhattan School of Music, and Director of the Bronx House School for the Performing Arts. He is a graduate of Lehman College (MAT), and the Manhattan School of Music (BM, MM), where he studied viola with Burton Kaplan and Karen Dreyfus, and conducting with David Gilbert and Jonathan Strasser.
Violinist Marc Szammer has performed as a soloist and in chamber music recitals across Europe and North America.
As a New York-based freelancer, Marc plays and records with numerous groups including Manhattan Chamber Orchestra and Artemis Chamber Ensemble. He performs regularly in Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center as well as other New York venues such as The Blue Note and Le Poisson Rouge. He has also appeared with various pop artists such as Shakira, Gloria Estefan, Patti LaBelle, Carlos Santana, John Legend, The Miami Sound Machine, Amy Grant and Olivia Newton-John.
Born in Quebec, Canada, Marc began his musical studies at the age of five. He later pursued his musical training by attending New York City’s Mannes College of Music. As a student of Sally Thomas, he received the degrees of Bachelor of Music, Master of Music and also completed the Professional Studies Diploma in violin performance. A dedicated teacher, Marc is also a certified ski instructor and enjoys teaching both skiing and music to students of all ages.
Anne-Marie Tranchida trained at the University of Montréal, where she received degrees in music and cello performance. While there, she studied with Thérèse Motard and Yuli Turovski, and performed with the University of Montréal Symphony Orchestra and the University Baroque Orchestra under Jean-François Rivest. She has toured the United States with productions of The King And I, 1776, and Godspell. She was the cellist for the Off-Broadway productions of The Prince and the Pauper and Lingoland, and played on both original cast recordings. An active freelance musician in the New York/Tri-State area, she performs with Westchester Chamber Symphony, Astoria Symphony, The Orchestra of the Bronx, and Manhattan Chamber Orchestra. She has led her wedding music business, Ensemble Champlain, for the last eight years and has performed for many happy couples in the Tri-State Area.
She served as a Presenting Artist for Music Outreach: Learning Through Music Inc, providing workshops in New York City public schools. A trained Suzuki instructor, she has been honored to serve as the cello teacher at The Dwight School since 2010.