Donald Pirone is a member of the performance faculty of the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Queens College, a Master’s in Music from the Juilliard School, and he earned his Ph.D. at New York University.
Dr. Pirone is a pianist and pedagogue who enjoys a distinguished career as a soloist, chamber musician, and concerto performer. Since his highly acclaimed New York debut at Carnegie Recital Hall, he has appeared throughout the country and in several major New York concert halls, including Town Hall, Merkin Hall, the 92nd Street Y and Alice Tully Hall. His performances have been aired as part of several radio broadcasts, including WQXR’s “Listening Room” and “Young Artists Showcase, “, and on WNYC and the BBC. His world premiere recordings include chamber, solo and concerto music by composers of the 20th and 21st centuries. He is internationally recognized for his performances of music by the Polish composer, Karol Rathaus, and his recording of the “Concerto for Piano and Orchestra” with the London Symphony Orchestra has been widely acclaimed.
Dr. Pirone teaches students of all ages. He coaches aspiring concert pianists on the undergraduate and graduate levels at ACSM, and works with pre-college students at CPSM. His pupils have won scholarships and admission to major music conservatories, and many are winners and recipients of awards in international and national piano competitions.
Dr. Eisman is a professor of music at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. His teaching responsibilities include teacher training at the secondary school level and conducting and directing the 160-voice Queens College Choral Society, an organization which he has led since 1977.
Dr. Eisman is an author of music text designed for the middle and junior high school level, including the sixth-eighth grade levels of Making Music Your Own, The World of Music, and Music Connection, all published by Silver Burdett Ginn. He has served on the editorial board of the Music Educators National Conference, as curriculum chair of the New York State School Music Association, and as a guest conductor and clinician throughout the United States and abroad.
Christopher Liccardo is the founder and coordinator of the Suzuki piano program and member of the piano faculty since 1986. In demand as a clinician throughout the United States, he has also been featured as a master class teacher and presenter at the Suzuki Association of the Americas’ North American conference. Mr. Liccardo is the former president of the Associated Music Teacher’s League and former piano coordinator for the SAA North American Conference. He is one of the contributors to the book, 10 Teachers’ Viewpoints on Suzuki Piano. Mr. Liccardo is also the editor and publisher of two volumes for pianists entitled, Repertoire for Intermediate Pianists, Volumes A and B, for which he has recorded companion CDs. Mr. Liccardo’s students have won numerous awards and prizes in local, state and national competitions, have been selected to perform in master classes at the SAA National Conference and have won numerous concerto competitions. Two of his students were selected as performers in the Bach Concerto for Four Pianos at the 2008 SAA North American Conference.
Dorothy Shorter graduated from the State University of New York at Geneseo. Ms. Shorter studied violin with world-renowned violinist Elmar Oliveira and with Regis Iandiorio, first violinist of the Hampton String Quartet. In addition, Ms. Shorter received her certification in Suzuki Violin pedagogy at the School for Strings in New York City, under the tutelage of Louise Behrend. Ms. Shorter has taught violin in the C.W. Post Suzuki program and was director of the elementary string program at Friends Academy in Locust Valley, NY. In addition to her work as string coordinator at LECPSM, Ms. Shorter teaches violin and viola at Kellenberg Memorial High School and at the Music Institute of Long Island. Ms. Shorter performs in various chamber groups and orchestras on Long Island.
Mary Kay McGarvey, DMA, Manhattan School of Music, BME, MM Voice, Northwestern University is a native of South Dakota. She has performed extensively throughout the U.S. and on tour in Italy. Recently, Dr. McGarvey performed in various programs such as Women in Love, the Queen of Hearts, the new musical Alice in Analysis and in a mixed media production Innocent Depravity. She performed the title role in the premiere of Murray Boren’s opera Emma, and also appeared in The Dead in NYC. Other roles include Micaela, Baby Doe, Despina, Susanna, Gilda, Musetta, Sophie, Adele, Violetta, Mabel, and Laetitia, in addition to many oratorio roles, which she has performed in Dallas, Ft. Worth, Aspen, Chicago, Connecticut, Washington, New York and Rome, Italy. She made her Lincoln Center debut singing Mozart concert arias and was a finalist in the Long Island Opera Competition, and the NATS American Composer’s competition. Additionally, Dr. McGarvey won the Queens Oratorio Competition. She has performed and studied Latin American/Spanish art songs in the US and Barcelona, Spain.
In addition to being the Voice Coordinator and voice instructor at CPSM, Dr. McGarvey has served on the faculties of Tarrant County College, Texas Christian University, UT Arlington, Westminster Choir College, Concordia College, and Brooklyn/Queens Conservatory of Music. She is currently the vocal coordinator of CPSM at Queens College and BQCM Professional Studies Program in Park Slope. In addition to teaching private voice to all ages, Dr. McGarvey has directed award-winning opera productions at Tarrant County College and also at Brooklyn/Queens Conservatory of Music. Dr. McGarvey is the Eastern Regional Governor of the National Opera Association, and has served on the board of Governors of the American Guild of Musical Artists and the National Opera Association. She is a member of National Association of Teachers of Singing, Actors Equity Association, and Professional Women Singers Association.
Trumpeter/composer Josh Deutsch has established himself as a versatile and unique voice on New York City’s contemporary music scene. He leads the band Pannonia, whose debut album Another Time, Another Place is called “a well-planned, beautifully executed program” by Downbeat magazine, as well as the No Chairs Ensemble and a duo with guitarist Nico Soffiato. He has performed and recorded with Sofia Rei, Pedro Giraudo, The Hipstones and the Nathan Parker Smith Large Ensemble, and has played at many top venues including the Jazz Standard, The Blue Note, Dizzy’s Club, The Stone, Birdland and the Jazz Gallery.
Deutsch is an active music educator with experience teaching students and ensembles at all levels, and has appeared as a clinician and conducted master classes throughout the U.S. In addition to CPSM, Deutsch is on the faculty of the New York Jazz Academy and the University of Oregon Summer Jazz Camp. He is a mentor with the Young Composer and Improviser Workshop, and the director of education of the Queens Jazz OverGround.
A native of Seattle, Deutsch started playing piano and composing music at the age of five before discovering an affinity for the trumpet as a member of award-winning jazz bands at Washington Middle School and Garfield High School. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Studies from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where he studied with Danilo Pérez, Bob Brookmeyer, John McNeil, Allan Chase and composer Lee Hyla. A three-time participant at the Banff International Jazz Workshop, Deutsch worked closely there with Bill Frisell, Dave Douglas and Kenny Werner among others. In 2006, he was awarded a Graduate Teaching Fellowship from the University of Oregon from which he received a Masters of Music in Jazz Performance and Composition in 2009. He won the Reno International Jazz Festival’s Outstanding College Trumpeter award in 2008 and 2009 and is also a winner of a Downbeat Student Music Award as a College Jazz Soloist in 2008.
Jonathan Weber maintains a versatile career as a violinist, violist, conductor and composer. A graduate of the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College (CUNY) and classically trained under violinist Daniel Phillips, Mr. Weber has collaborated in the chamber music field with artists including Daniel Phillips and Timothy Eddy of the Orion String Quartet, Tara Helen O’Connor of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and Windscape, oboe virtuosos Ronald Roseman and Randall Wolfgang, and the Bach Aria Group. Mr. Weber has also made solo and ensemble appearances with symphony orchestras both in the United States and abroad.
Branching into alternate musical genres, Mr. Weber has performed with artists including Billy Joel, Roger Daltrey, Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, Josh Groban, Taylor Swift, Idina Menzel, Johnny Mathis, Tony Bennett, Elvis Costello, Herbie Hancock, Savion Glover, the Roots, the Trans Siberian Orchestra, and Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks. In addition to performing regularly in the New York Broadway circuit, Mr. Weber has appeared as an on screen musician in various motion pictures and has appeared on television programs including the Today Show, Good Morning America, The Late Show with David Letterman and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, where he made his televised conducting debut in 2014, performing with comedian Dana Carvey and The Roots.
In addition to being a faculty member at CPSM, Mr. Weber has served on the faculty of the University of Buffalo Summer Strings Workshop, as well as the New York Summer Music Festival in Oneonta, NY. Mr. Weber has also appeared as guest conductor for the N.M.E.A. All County Music Festival and is currently a member of the strings faculty at the 92nd Street Y in New York City.
Pamela Russell holds a BM in performance from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. Ms Russell also received Kodaly certification from NYU; Suzuki piano certification from School for Strings and Orff 1 certification from Hofstra. She has been on the Faculty at CPSM since 1988 and maintains a private piano and flute studio in New Hyde Park, N.Y.
Kimberly Larkin holds a MA in Vocal Performance: Concentration in Musical Theatre from NYU and a BA in Music Education from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, where she studied both voice and piano. Ms. Larkin is on the faculty of the Long Island High School for the Arts where she teaches voice in the Musical Theatre Department. She directs a music program she created at St. Andrew Avellino Catholic Academy in Flushing, Queens. She is currently studying voice with renowned Broadway actress/singer Judith Blazer and is a board member of Ms. Blazer’s theater company, The Artist’s Crossing. Ms. Larkin’s voice students have won numerous competitions, performed lead roles in many local productions and have been accepted to the top college programs in musical theater including Boston Conservatory, Marymount, Emerson, UArts and NYU.
In October of 2006, Ms. Larkin founded a theater company, I.M.P.A.C.T. Theatre Group, for young artists ages 11-18. The company performed at The Wings Theatre and Player’s Theatre in NYC and raised over $3,000 for children’s charities. Her recent NYC theatre credits include: Archon in the new musical Float (at the Dream Up Festival/Theater for the New City), Enid in F.F. of America (at the Riant Theatre Strawberry Festival), Miss Bunny in the new musical Molly Bloom-Lately (at the New York Children’s Theatre Festival), Claire Simmonds in Bare: A Pop Opera at The York Theatre and Eurydice in Antigone with The Storm Theatre Company. In May 2014 she had the opportunity to create the lead role in the new musical Evangeline, a Curious Journey in a one-night performance at Adelphi University PAC. She performed the role of Sarah Lincoln in the off-Broadway musical Honestly Abe at the Actor’s Temple Theatre in NYC for over 2 years and performed in the final performance of the show on November 2nd, 2014. This past December she was invited to perform as a featured soloist in an Equity Showcase/Benefit Concert of the show Christmas Rappings (she was part of the 2009 cast).
Barbara Berg (violin)
BM, MM (Performance) Eastman School of Music. MM (Mus Ed), NYS Teacher License, CUNY Lehman. Suzuki Teacher Certification, former Faculty, School For Strings (NYC). Suzuki Strings and Chamber Music Coordinator, Hoff-Barthelson Music School (Scarsdale). Strings/Orchestra Director, Pleasantville Schools. Chautauqua Symphony, Opera, Ballet Orchestra (summers). Faculty at CPSM since 1993.
Julia Biber (cello)
Lilia Bigun (piano)
Eric Braunstein (trumpet, musicianship)
MMus Performance, Brooklyn College CUNY; BMus Performance, State University of New York at Purchase; Advanced Certificate in Music Education, Brooklyn College CUNY. Currently band director of New Utrecht High School. Member of Synergy Brass Quintet. Performances with the Brooklyn Wind Symphony, Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra, and Litha Symphony. Masterclasses at George Mason University, Howard Payne University, Sauerland-Herbst Brass Festival, Saint Ambrose University, and The Savannah Georgia Music Festival.
Konstanza Chernov (piano)
Nathan Childers (saxophone, musicianship)
M.M. in Applied Music and Music Teaching, Lehman College; M.M. in Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media, Eastman School of Music; B.M. degree in Jazz Studies and Afro-American Music, University of Massachusetts; and B.M. in Classical Saxophone Performance, University of Massachusetts. Endorsed as a Yamaha Performing Artist and D’Addario Woodwind Artist. Active performer in jazz festivals, Broadway shows, clubs, and studio recordings
Grace Sun Im Cho (piano)
DMA in piano performance, Graduate Center of City University of New York; MM and Professional Studies Certificate, Manhattan School of Music. Winner of Ibla Grand Prize International Music Competition, Italy, and Artists International Competition, New York. Performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and international piano festivals in Europe and Korea. Jury of LISMA International Competition since 2007. Member of American Musicological Society New York Chapter. Director of Tutti Chamber Ensemble.
Joanne Choi (cello, chamber music)
M.M. in Cello Performance at the Manhattan School of Music; B.M. in Cello Performance at The Juilliard School; Suzuki Pedagogy Training at School for Strings. Member of Hudson Valley Philharmonic and New Haven Symphony Orchestra; performed with Artosphere Festival Orchestra and Sarasota Opera Orchestra.
Hansol Choi (percussion)
Currently enrolled in M.M in Classical Composition, Manhattan School of Music. B.Mus in Percussion Performance, Composition Concentration; Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College. Recipient of The Allen Michael Cohen Percussion Award/Scholarship. Samulnori coach at Bayside HS.
Paulina Colon (musicianship)
PhD Candidate in musicology, The Graduate Center, CUNY; MPhil,The Graduate Center, CUNY; MA in musicology and BA in music education, Queens College, CUNY; Adjunct lecturer at The Aaron Copland School of Music and LaGuardia CC, CUNY; Faculty member at CPSM since 2008.
Amos Fayette (violin)
M.M. The Juilliard School; B.M. Peabody Conservatory. Alum of the New World Symphony. Active as soloist, recitalist, and teacher. Solo appearances with New World Symphony, Mid-Atlantic Symphony, and Orquesta Filarmonica de Medellin. Founding concertmaster of Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra. Studied with Ron Copes, Pamela Frank, and Shirley Givens.
Samantha Friedman (voice)
BA Music/Russian Sarah Lawrence College. Maintains private studio in addition to teaching at CPSM. Performances at LAM House, Manhattan Opera Studio, Institute for Yong Dramatic Voices.
Patricia Giannatasio (musicianship, composition)
Composer, Arranger, Pianist, Lecturer. Ph.D in Music Composition from the Graduate Center, New York. Works include Mad Hatter for orchestra; Mass, a ballet commissioned and performed by Dance Theater of Harlem; My Joy for mixed chorus and string orchestra, as well as numerous chamber and vocal works. Faculty at CPSM since 2009.
Ejona Gjermeni (piano)
M.M. Queens College; M.S. Ed Queens College; B.M. Beauty Art’s Academy, Albania. Albanian native, winner of numerous international and national competitions including the Young Artist Competition, the French Music Competition, the Contemporary Music Competition in her native country and Cosmo and Buono International Competition in New Jersey, USA. Has performed in both Europe and USA including music festivals in New York, Connecticut, and Indiana. Currently teaches choral and music literature at Francis Lewis High School and piano at CPSM.
Margrét Hjaltested (violin, viola)
MMus Mannes College; BMus, the Juilliard School; Diploma in Mus Ed & Viola Performance, Reykjavík College of Music. Suzuki Teacher Certification, School for Strings NYC. Active performer, including with Westchester Philharmonic and The American Classical Orchestra. Member and co-director of the chamber ensembles Queens Consort and Tríó Fókus. Faculty at SummerKeys in Lubec, ME; Faculty at CPSM since 1995
Mimi Hsu (Dalcroze Eurhythmics, musicianship)
Michele Jordan (piano)
BA in Music, Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College. Suzuki teacher training, School for Strings. Member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas. Former membership chairman Associated Music Teacher’s League. Maintains large private teaching studio in Port Washington, NY. CPSM faculty since 1990.
Faina Khodos (accompanist)
Mikhail Kofman (piano, accompanist)
M.A and B.M in piano performance from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College; studied with Prof. Morey Ritt and was the winner of the 2008 Concerto Competition, along with numerous special achievement awards, including the Getty Foundation Award. Faculty at CPSM since 2008. Faculty at the United Nations International School (UNIS).
SeBeng Koh (accompanist)
Sunkyong Lee (choir)
Currently enrolled as M.M. in Choral Conducting; B.A. in Music Education/Composition (Cum Laude), Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College; Graduate Diploma in Piano, Queens-Brooklyn Conservatory. CBSN Broadcasting Music Program main speaker and host, Music Director Roslyn Church. Awards: Karol Rathaus, Best Student Teaching, 24th Seoul International Competition, and President Award.
Victoria Lewis (violin, orchestra, chamber music)
MM in Violin Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy, Cleveland Institute of Music; BA in Music, Columbia University. Teaches in New York City at Saint David’s and Ethical Culture Fieldston Schools. Active performer as a chamber musician and in opera orchestras. Studied with Arik Braude, Sheila Fiekowsky, Laurie Smukler and Joan Kwuon.
Joseph Liccardo (piano, chamber music)
M.M. The Juilliard School; B.M. Eastman School of Music. 1st prize, MTNA National Piano Competition. Active as a chamber musician, soloist, and freelance accompanist. Participated in the Yellow Barn, PianoTexas, and PianoSummer at New Paltz music festivals. Studied with Donald Pirone, Douglas Humpherys, and Robert McDonald. Faculty member at CPSM since 2006.
Katherine Liccardo (violin)
MM from Manhattan School of Music in Violin Performance 2015; BM from Mannes College of Music in Violin Performance 2013. Certified Suzuki teacher books 1-8 from the School for Strings 2014. Founding member of the Blue Hill String Quartet. Winner of the 2015 J.C. Arriaga Chamber Music Competition. Active performer through organization Groupmuse.
Irina Markovich (piano)
M.A. Rachmaninoff Conservatory of Music, USSR; B.A. (Summa Cum Laude) Dagestan Music College, USSR. State Certified Piano Teacher; Suzuki Training at Hartford University and School for Strings. Faculty at CPSM since 1995; Faculty at Mannes College of Music, Prep since 2000; Faculty at Interharmony Music Festival in Italy since 2014. Member MTNA, The Suzuki Association of America, The National Guild of Piano Teachers.
Juan Felipe Mayorga (drums, jazz)
Anthony Newton (piano, chamber music)
Jeong Hwa Park (piano)
MA and DMA in piano performance, Arizona State University. Suzuki teacher training, School for Strings. Adjunct instructor at Nassau Community College. Suzuki piano instructor at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music. Board member for Associated Music Teachers League; Chairperson for AMTL Winter Musicales. Faculty at CPSM since 2003.
Ina Paris (violin, viola)
M.M and B.M in Music Performance from Queens College. Graduate of the prestigious Amadeo Roldan Conservatory of Music (Havana, Cuba). Five-time prizewinner in the Cuban National Competition. Former member of Havana-based Camerata Romeu, Cuba’s premiere chamber orchestra. Played for sitting Prime Ministers and Presidents. Recorded CDs “Oasis”, “Akua Dixon”, and “La Bella Cubana” that garnered the Premio de la Critica Especializada (Cuba’s “Grammy”). Performed in major venues worldwide with Quartetto Tomassini, GlamourTango, Astoria Tango Orchestra, Camerata of New York, Washington Heights Camerata, Quartette Indigo, Orquesta Broadway. Appears in the Netflix series Lillyhammer. Assistant Director of the Mozart Academy. Adjunct Professor in the Music Education Department at Queens College 2005. Teaches the Alexander Technique at ACAT and at The Mannes College The New School for Music.
Edward Perez (bass, jazz)
B.A. from Harvard University. renowned composer and performer. Has written for The Silk Road Ensemble,Yo-Yo Ma, Galician bagpipe virtuoso Cristina Pato, Peruvian latin-grammy nominated singer Jorge Pardo. Toured internationally with jazz and latin-jazz greats Paquito D’Rivera, Lee Konitz, Kenny Werner, Ignacio Berroa, and Arturo O’Farrill. performed on Grammy-nominated “Second Chance” by Hector Martignon. Has taught for Silk Road’s Global Musician Workshop and for The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music.
Nate Radley (guitar)
MM from New England Conservatory in Jazz Studies 2000; BA from University of Chicago in Sociology 1998. Released three solo CDs including the most recent “Morphoses” (Fresh Sound/New Talent, 2014). Performed at jazz festivals throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe, including the Montreal Jazz Festival and the North Sea Jazz Festival. Faculty at CPSM since 2006.
Wendy Russell (choir)
Robert Taffet (acoustic bass)
Jessica Taskov (flute)
Described as “exquisite” by South Florida Classical Review. 2016 Grammy-nomination for “Lines of Color”. 1st place winner 2013 Alexander and Buono International Flute Competition. Performs with Florida Grand Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Southwest Florida Symphony, Seraphic Fire, NY Concert Artists, Principal Flute of the PA Phil, Reading Symphony, DCINY, New England Symphonic Ensemble, Münchner Symphoniker and Lorin Maazel’s Castleton Festival Orchestra. Has recorded on GPR, Stoptime, and Blue Note Records.
David Taubman (musicianship)
Advanced Certificate in Education Candidate, The Aaron Copland School of Music. Recent engagements include concerts with the Metropolitan Opera Guild and Voices of New York, Chamber music with the L’Vaggio Baroque Ensemble, Concerto appearances with the Summer Symphony Orchestra and the Queens Symphony Orchestra. Film recordings for Glenn Close’s “5 to 7” (2014) and Kristen Wiig’s “Nasty Baby” (2015). Adjunct Staff Pianist at Queensborough Community College since 2010.
Jeremy Udden (saxophone, jazz)
MM, BM in Jazz Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music. Saxophonist, composer, and band-leader with extensive performance experience around the US, Europe, China, and Africa. Appearances on over 20 recordings, including 6 critically acclaimed albums as a leader for Sunnyside Records (NYC) and Fresh Sound New Talent (Barcelona). Performances with Either/Orchestra, Matt Wilson, Gunther Schuller, Joe Lovano, Lee Konitz, Ben Monder, Bob Brookmeyer among many others.
Naomi Wu (piano)
Maiko Yasuda (piano)
Marcelline Yellin (piano)
B. of Mus. Queens College, M.A in Education Queens College, M.F.A. in Musicology Brandeis University. Studied piano with Nadia Reisenberg and Anna Schenderoff-Switkin. Has served on the faculties of Brandeis University and Tel Aviv University. Performed on Voice of America. Music Director of North Shore Hebrew Academy and Musical Theatre Director of New Jersey “Y” camps for 20 years as well as on the faculty at CPSM.