Our mission to make music a part of every child's education is achieved through the collaborative efforts of ETM's:

Founders       Board of Directors        Advisory Committee        Staff       Music Teachers 


Eldon C. Mayer, Jr.

Edmund R. Schroeder

Board of Directors

Richard Bernstein, Chairman

Emily H. Susskind, Vice-Chair

Rob Weisstuch, Vice-Chair

Katherine D. Elliott, Treasurer

Edmund R. Schroeder, Chairman Emeritus

Aly Alibhai

Joshua Bell

Aidan Fitzmaurice

Jennifer M. Goff

Victor J. Goldberg

Karen M. Karlsrud

Matthew F. Knouff

Joseph F. McDonald

Lori A. Murphy

Amie Patel

F. Morgan Rodd, Jr.

Michael R. Schaefer

David E. Stiepleman

Heidi Stamas

Manoj Susarla

Steven J. Williams

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Richard Bernstein, Chairman: Richard Bernstein has 20 years of commercial real estate experience focused on tenant and owner representation. Mr. Bernstein’s successes include large-scale corporate consolidations, expansions and relocations as well as developing and executing complex portfolio monetization strategy. Mr. Bernstein joined Cassidy Turley (now Cushman & Wakefield) in 2007. He sits on the firm’s board of directors and is a member of the management committee. He is responsible for expanding the firm’s transaction management practice as well as advising on the strategic direction of the firm.

Prior to joining Cassidy Turley, Mr. Bernstein was President of Trammell Crow New York where he had dual responsibilities. At the helm of TCC, the firm significantly expanded its operating across all service lines. During his tenure, he was also responsible for arranging leasing and equity transactions for significant clients such as JPMorgan Chase & Co., Random House, Coty, King & Spalding, and Chubb & Son Inc. Bernstein is also a talented and dedicated pianist, having studied at The Juilliard School’s adult evening division and the Hoff-Barthelson Music School. 
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Emily H. Susskind (Vice-Chair): Emily Susskind is a consultant in technology assessment, implementation, and strategy, leveraging her extensive background in technology-driven businesses across the financial services, information services, entertainment and media, and electronics industries.  She is also an active angel investor working with several early-stage companies.

Ms. Susskind earlier served as Chief Information Officer of Prudential Financial Inc.’s International Division. Previously, she developed technology and e-business strategy as executive vice president of the Sony Corporation of America. She also served as senior vice president, Dow Jones Markets (Telerate); senior vice president, Tele-TV Systems (a digital and interactive television venture); and held a series of information technology positions at Salomon Brothers Inc.

Ms. Susskind earned an MBA degree in finance from the Wharton Graduate School, University of Pennsylvania, and a BA degree in philosophy from Wellesley College. In addition to serving as Board Director and Vice-Chairman of Education Through Music, Ms. Susskind is a Director at Hot Bread Kitchen, Inc. and is a former Board Director of City Harvest.
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Rob Weisstuch (Vice-Chair):; Rob Weisstuch began his career with Andersen Consulting (eventually Accenture) when he graduated from Lehigh University with a degree in Industrial Engineering. He spent nearly twenty years at Accenture, rising to partner in the media practice. He is currently an Encore Fellow with 100Kin10, a non-profit network working towards hiring 100,000 STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) teachers by 2021.
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Katherine D. Elliott (Treasurer): Ms. Elliott is the retired Chief Operating Officer for Petner Asset Management, LLC, a hedge fund where she specialized in investment management operations. Prior to her work with Petner Asset Management, she was a senior vice president and chief operating officer with the New York investment firm Lynch & Mayer Inc. 

Katherine Elliott joined the Hobart and William Smith Colleges Board of Trustees in 1996 and is currently serving on the executive committee, the education and appointments committee and the technology committee. She received a BA in Economics in 1966 and was the recipient of alumnae citations in 1991 and 2001 and an honorary degree in 2008. Ms. Elliott lives in Bronxville, NY with her partner Richard S. Abramson.
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Edmund R. Schroeder (Chairman Emeritus): Edmund R. Schroeder was co-founder of ETM in 1991 and served as its Chairman until 2008, since which time he has been Chairman Emeritus. As a Partner, then Senior Counsel, of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft in New York City, he specialized in the regulation of futures, options and other derivatives contracts. He organized the Futures and Derivatives Committee of the NYC Bar Association and served as its first chairman, following which he became chairman of the Derivatives and Futures Law Committee of the American Bar Association. He has lectured, published articles and testified before Congress on matters related to his area of specialization, and in 2009 was inducted into the Futures Industry Hall of Fame.  In 2010 he was appointed a public member of the NYMEX/COMEX Disciplinary Committee, where he still serves.

Outside of the legal profession, he served a term as member of the Scarsdale Board of Education, and also served as Chairman of the Board of the Hoff-Barthelson Music School, where he is presently Honorary Chairman. For many years, he was a member of the Board of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and at a time was Chairman of its Executive Committee. Over the years he has also been involved in a variety of civic activities in his home Village of Scarsdale. He received an A.B. from Harvard College in 1953 and an LL.B. from Harvard Law School in 1958.
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Aly AlibhaiMr. Alibhai is a Managing Director in the Mergers & Acquisitions group at Citigroup Global Markets in New York. Since joining the firm in 2005, Aly has advised on a variety of buy-side and sell-side domestic and cross-border transactions in the Media/Entertainment and Consumer/Retail industries. Aly has an MBA from Columbia Business School, where he graduated Beta Gamma Sigma, and a BSc. in Cell Biology and Genetics from the University of British Columbia. Aly is also a CFA charterholder.
Aly resides in New York City with his wife and two children. He and his family are music enthusiasts and are advocates of immersing children, including their own, in music education at an early age. 
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Joshua Bell: One of the most celebrated violinists of his era, Joshua Bell has more than 40 CDs to his credit receiving Mercury, Gramophone and Echo Klassik awards. Now in his third season as Music Director of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Bell is the first person to hold this title since Sir Neville Marriner formed the orchestra in 1958. Recordings with the Academy under Bell’s leadership include The Beethoven 4th and 7th symphonies released in 2013 and an album of Bach released in September 2014.

Additional releases include Musical Gifts From Joshua Bell and Friends, French Impressions with pianist Jeremy Denk, At Home With Friends, the Defiance soundtrack, Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with the Berlin Philharmonic, The Red Violin Concerto, Voice of the Violin, and Romance of the Violin, which Billboard named the 2004 Classical CD of the Year, and Bell the Classical Artist of the Year. His discography encompasses critically-acclaimed performances of the major violin repertoire in addition to John Corigliano’s Oscar-winning soundtrack, The Red Violin.  

Bell’s career spans over 30 years as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist and conductor while being an outspoken advocate for classical music and keeping music education in schools.  
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He has a B.S. in Zoology from Syracuse University and is a member of the College of Art & Sciences Board of Visitors, where he was named Outstanding Alumnus of 2002. At Syracuse University he is an advisor to the Martin Bandier Music and Entertainment Program and lectures there frequently. He has also taught International Music Business at New York University. He lives in Armonk, NY and Vero Beach, FL with his partner Mary Ann Koenig and their dog Savannah.
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Aidan Fitzmaurice: Aidan Fitzmaurice moved to New York in August 2011 from Dublin, Ireland where he spent 25 years working in the IT industry as a project/product manager, including a long career with IBM. In 2009, as an original investor, he co-founded Brandtone, a global digital marketing company focused on emerging market countries including China, Turkey, South Africa, Brazil, and India. Aidan recently established Brandtone's US offices in downtown Manhattan.

He is married to Edwina, a Partner at Ernest & Young, and together they have 2 daughters, both of whom are keen singers and musicians. Aidan studied violin and viola for over ten years at the Royal Irish Academy of Music and played viola in the Irish Youth Orchestra. His love of music extends to playing the drums and listening to live music as often as possible. Aidan graduated from University College Dublin with a Bachelor of Business Studies in Management.

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Jennifer M. Goff: Jennifer Goff is an Operations Analyst at Greenlight Capital.  Jenn joined Greenlight in 2005 and works closely with all members of the operations team in multiple roles. Areas of focus include, but are not limited to, investor communication, capital activity management, internal compliance, tax preparation and various ad hoc projects. 

Jenn joined ETM’s Board of Directors after serving as an ETM Associate for seven years.  She also serves on the Board of Partial Comfort Productions, a not-for-profit theatre company, and has volunteered with High Water Women teaching financial literacy to children.  Jenn is a born and raised Texan with a B.A. in American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin.  She lives in Brooklyn, NY. 
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Victor J. Goldberg: Victor J. Goldberg was born in 1933 and raised in Chicago. He received both his BSBA and MBA degrees from Northwestern University and served from 1956 to 1959 as a Lieutenant in the U. S. Army Finance Corps.

He spent his 34-year professional career with IBM, where he became a corporate vice president and president of two major line organizations—a product development/manufacturing division and a marketing division—and also headed the corporate staffs for Communications and for Business Planning. He is listed in the IBM Archives on a 50-person list of company “Builders.” 
Vic is a longtime trustee and former vice chairman of the Institute of International Education (IIE), an international educational and cultural exchange organization which administers over 250 government- and corporate-sponsored programs such as the U.S. State Department's Fulbright Scholarships, the General Electric STAR Awards, and its own Scholar Rescue Fund. He has previously served as president of the Scarsdale Foundation; chairman of the Scarsdale Planning Board; member of the Board of Governors of the American Jewish Committee; and as trustee of New Alternatives for Children, Westchester Reform Temple, the Mental Health Association of Westchester, and the Westchester Non-Profit Loan Fund.  He currently serves as Chair of the Westchester County Fair Campaign Committee.
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Karen M. Karlsrud: Karen M. Karlsrud is one of New York’s most accomplished professional violinists, having performed and recorded with many classical artists and ensembles including the New York City Ballet,  New York Pops, The Orchestra of St. Luke’s and The American Symphony.  Commercial credits encompass over two hundred major motion picture film scores and recordings, including Oscar, Grammy and Platinum record award-winning works. Ms. Karlsrud was on the faculty of The Brearley School for 15 years. She graduated from Oberlin College with a degree in English and studied violin in the Oberlin Conservatory. 
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Matthew F. Knouff: Matthew F. Knouff is eDiscovery Counsel with Complete Discovery Source, Inc. (CDS), an award-winning, global electronic discovery services provider and technology developer. Matthew advises law firms, corporations, and government agencies worldwide on eDiscovery and information governance policies and processes, cost & risk reduction strategies, and defensible deployment of technology during legal proceedings. He is an active member of The Sedona Conference Working Groups 1 & 6 and the EDRM’s IGRM and Metrics Sections, Project Leader for the EDRM’s eDiscovery Maturity Self-Assessment Tool (eMSAT-1), former Chairman of the New York County Lawyers’ Association’s eDiscovery Sub-Committee, an avid participant with the New York State Bar Association, and many other professional organizations. He is also the founder of ESI Survival Guide (www.esisurvivalguide.com) – a video blog dedicated to helping legal practitioners handle data management issues in the Digital Age. In December of 2014, Matthew was a featured panelist alongside Judge John M. Facciola, U.S.M.J., District of Columbia, at the 8th Annual Gibbons eDiscovery Conference.

Matthew is a lifelong musician, entrepreneur, and advocate for empowerment.  He founded the internationally distributed record label Venge Records in 1999, was a creative force behind several other media and entertainment-based companies between 2000 and 2010, won the City Bar Justice Center’s “I’m About Service” award in 2006, serves on the Advisory Counsel of the Organization of Legal Professionals and the Advisory Board of the Cardozo Data Law Initiative, and still records music in his home studio on a weekly basis.     
He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of North Carolina School of Law, and lives with his wife in Brooklyn, NY.
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Andrew J. Malik: Andrew Malik was named Chairman of Needham & Company in 2008. Prior to Needham, he spent 21 years at Lehman Brothers, where he was a partner and subsequently managing director. During his time at Lehman, Mr. Malik’s duties included serving as head of Technology Capital Markets and head of the Banking Development Group. Prior to Lehman Brothers, he ran Capital Markets and Institutional Sales for C.E. Unterberg, Towbin (which became L.F. Rothschild, Unterberg, Towbin) from 1971 to 1987.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Malik was a security analyst with Josephthal & Co. and a partner in charge of Institutional Sales. A well respected Wall Street veteran, he has worked on more than one thousand equity, debt, and M&A transactions. In addition, he has served on the Board of Directors of several technology companies and venture firms, including a number of years as chairman of the Audit Committee of Hummingbird, Inc. Mr. Malik also lectures extensively on college campuses on a variety of topics related to corporate finance. 
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Joseph F. McDonald: Mr. McDonald practiced for some 45 years as a partner specializing in tax law  in the firms of Lord, Day & Lord and then Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, both in New York City. He graduated from Amherst College with a BA in Economics in 1958, served for four years as a pilot in the U.S. Marine Corps, and then attended the University of Michigan Law School where he was a member of the Law Review and from which he graduated with a JD in 1964. He also has an LLB in Tax from NYU Law School. 

Mr. McDonald has been a member of the Board of the Vera Institute of Justice for some 25 years, having been Chairman of the Board of the Manhattan Bowery Corporation (now Project Renewal), a Vera “spin-off”, for over 10 years. He is an emeritus member of the Board of New York Lawyers for the Public Interest. Mr. McDonald lives in Brooklyn where he spends as much time as possible with two of his five grandchildren, with time out for golf and working out at The Heights Casino.
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Lori A. Murphy: Ms. Murphy currently serves as Vice President of US Client Services for Aspire Lifestyles Americas where she is responsible for the management and development of Client Management, Marketing and Business Insights. Prior to this position, Lori worked for 12 years within the financial services industry with American Express where she was Director of Client Management. At American Express, Lori was responsible for managing some of the most strategic merchant partnerships for the organization in addition to building and leading her own Client Management team. Lori is the recipient of numerous performance and leadership awards, including the President’s Club Award, Humanitarian Award for Community Service, Outstanding Female Colleague Award and Ambassador’s Club Award, among others.

Prior to Lori’s corporate career, she spent 15 years as a professional studio singer and was heard on many national commercials including Red Lobster, Sherwin Williams, Duncan Hines and Hallmark just to name a few. During that time Lori was also a vocal instructor at the New School in NYC, teaching performance classes along with private and group vocal instruction. Lori remains active in the music industry and performs frequently in NYC with her own trio. Lori is also an animal rights activist through her support and involvement with the Dutchess County SPCA and PETA. Lori graduated from the University of Miami School of Music in Coral Gables, Florida with a degree in Studio Music/Jazz Vocal.

Amie Patel: Ms. Patel joined Imprint Capital in March 2013. She leads the sourcing and analysis of investment opportunities in the firm’s Emerging Market practice and also manages certain client relationships. Ms. Patel joined Imprint from The Soros Economic Development Fund (SEDF), a nonprofit private foundation that is part of the Open Society Foundations. SEDF supports economic development in post-conflict countries and in nations transitioning to democracy. There, Ms. Patel focused on early to growth stage investments in the agribusiness, financial services, health and logistics sectors. She managed the Fund’s investments in Haiti and worked on several other investment opportunities in Palestine, India and parts of Africa. Previously, she worked with the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, an agency of the US Federal Government. There she was a Presidential Management Fellow and Investment Funds Officer responsible for developing and evaluating top-quartile and first-time emerging market private equity fund managers. 
Ms. Patel began her career as an M&A analyst with Merrill Lynch and First Union Securities covering the automotive, healthcare and telecommunications industries. She also spent just under a year in Nepal with Students Partnership Worldwide as a Program Manager working on environmental education and women’s issues as well as teaching English. Ms. Patel holds an M.B.A. from Georgetown University and a B.S. in Business Administration from Washington University in St. Louis, MO.
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Michael R. Schaefer: Until his retirement in 2011, Michael Schaefer was a Managing Director at Citigroup Global Markets Inc. (“CGMI”), in the Futures Department and a member of all the major Futures exchanges in the United States. He was associated with CGMI’s Futures business for more than 30 years. Prior to that, he was associated with Drexel Burnham Lambert for 15 years and was one of the founders of the Futures business at that firm.

Over the years, Mr. Schaefer has served on numerous exchange and industry related boards and  committees. Currently, he is a Public Director on the boards of the National Futures Association and the Futures Industry Organization.
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David E. Stiepleman: Mr. Stiepleman is a Partner at TPG, a global private investment firm with over $55 billion of capital under management. He is a Partner Managing Director and the Chief Operating Officer of TPG Special Situations Partners (TSSP), the dedicated credit and special situations platform of TPG. Prior to joining TSSP, Mr. Stiepleman was a Managing Director and the Deputy General Counsel of Fortress Investment Group and a lawyer at Goldman, Sachs & Co., where he served as counsel to the firm’s Americas Special Situations Group.

Prior to Goldman Sachs, Mr. Stiepleman was a lawyer at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP where he represented corporates, funds and sovereigns in mergers and acquisitions and fund formation in the U.S. and Europe. Mr. Stiepleman received a B.A. in French and Political Science from Amherst College, and a J.D. from Columbia University. 
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Manoj Susarla: Manoj Susarla is a Vice President at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in its Special Situations Group, an investing group within the firm. A native of Vestal, New York, he is also a talented and committed musician who served as Principal Violist with the University of Pennsylvania Symphony Orchestra as well as the organization’s President and Treasurer.

Mr. Susuarla graduated summa cum laude with a BA in Mathematics and International Studies from the College of Arts and Sciences of the University of Pennsylvania, concurrently with a BS in Economics, with concentrations in Finance and Management, from the Wharton School, in 2004. He currently volunteers as a tutor and mentor to disadvantaged students in the Summer Program in Mathematical Problem Solving sponsored by the Art of Problem Solving Foundation. .
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Steven J. Williams: Steven Williams is a partner in the corporate department of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, where he is a member of that firm’s Mergers and Acquisitions Group and of its Investment Management transactions practice. Prior to his practice of law, Steven earned a Master of Urban Planning Degree and worked in the field of low income housing policy.  The product of a public school music education, he began playing drums at the age of five and is a veteran of the New York City bar band circuit. Steven earned his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Urban Planning degrees from New York University and his law degree from Columbia Law School.
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Advisory Committee

The 5 Browns

Misha Dichter

Dante Di Loreto

Marilyn Horne

Jane Remer

Gloria Reuben

Harold Tanner

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The 5 Browns - Ryan, Melody, Gregory, Deondra, and Desirae - were the first family of five siblings ever accepted to New York's Juilliard School. From there, the five pianists launched a successful career, beginning in February 2002 when People magazine dubbed them the "Fab Five." The 5 Browns signed with Sony BMG Masterworks, and by the end of 2005, were considered to be one of the top classical artists of the year. The 5 Browns perform on five pianos and various ensemble combinations, and are dedicated to bringing classical music to the lives of people everywhere. (www.the5browns.com
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Misha Dichter launched his international career as a pianist in 1966 when he won the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow while still enrolled at Juilliard. Two years later, he made his debut with Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic. Since then, he has made numerous acclaimed recordings for Philips, RCA, MusicMasters, and Koch Classics. Mr. Dichter is also an accomplished writer, and has contributed to many publications, including The New York Times. (www.mishadichter.com)
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Dante Di Loreto has produced original scripted series for cable and broadcast television, as well as a variety of films and theater productions. His artistic endeavors have garnered him numerous accolades. As executive producer of Glee, the hit series and pop culture phenomenon, he has won two Golden Globe awards for Best Television Series—Comedy or Musical, American Film Institute honors, and a Peabody Award. Di Loreto also oversees the music production on Glee and made his directorial debut with the season six episode “Transitioning.” He serves as executive producer of the critically acclaimed anthology series, American Horror Story, which has received many awards, including The American Film Institute (AFI) Award for Top Ten Television Program. Previously, Di Loreto's HBO film Temple Grandin was honored with five Emmy's, including Outstanding Television Movie. Most recently, as executive producer of the film adaptation of The Normal Heart, Di Loreto was honored with a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Television Movie. He holds an M.F.A. from the AFI Conservatory.
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Marilyn Horne, who has been called "the most influential singer in American history" by Opera News, has dominated her field for over four decades. Among her many awards are the Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters from France's Ministry of Culture, the Commendatore al Merito della Repubblica Italiana, the Fidelio Gold Medal from the International Association of Opera Directors, and the Covent Garden Silver Medal for Outstanding Service. Miss Horne celebrated twenty-six years as a leading lady at the Metropolitan Opera, and has won four Grammy Awards. In celebration of her birthday in January of 1994, she launched The Marilyn Horne Foundation, dedicated to the art of the vocal recital and presentation of young singers in recital throughout the United States. (www.marilynhornefdn.org)
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Harold Tanner, President of Tanner & Co., Inc., a private investment banking firm in New York, has spent over 50 years in the investment banking business and was a Managing Director of Salomon Brothers Inc. before forming his own firm. He is Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Trustees of Cornell University, past President of the American Jewish Committee and immediate past Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. He is a Life Overseer of Weill Medical College of Cornell University, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and previously served on the Boards of Classroom Inc., the Charles H. Revson Foundation, and the Russell Sage Foundation. He is a graduate of Cornell University and Harvard Business School.
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Katherine Damkohler, Executive Director

Rainah Berlowitz, Director of Operations

Katherine Canning, Director of Development & Program Evaluation

Tim Lemberger, Director of Marketing & Communications

Peter Pauliks, Director of Programs

Susan Brecker, Events Coordinator

Steve Cooney, Music Teacher Mentor/Field Supervisor

Meryl Cullom, Assistant Program Director-Curriculum & Integration

Cristina Fahrbach-Connors, Human Resources Specialist

Nicholas Green, Evaluation Assistant

Geraldine Inoa, Development Associate

Alicia Jensen, Marketing and Communications Associate

Nicholas LaFleur, Assistant Program Director-Administration

Lina Li, Bookkeeper

Jeffrey Lipton, Assistant Program Director-Curriculum & Instruction

Nitasha Maindiratta, Marketing and Communications Associate

Daniel Makula, Music Teacher Mentor/Field Supervisor

Katie Masson, Program Associate

Deidre Racoma, Music Teacher Mentor/Field Supervisor

Melissa Radin, Development Associate

Laura Satkowski, Evaluation Manager

Rachel Starr, Development Associate

David Wilson, Music Teacher Mentor/Field Supervisor

Julia Wolfe, Development Assistant

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Katherine Damkohler has served as ETM's Executive Director since 1995. A long-time educator of inner-city children, she is a former teacher and school principal; as principal, she led one school to a U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon Award. Ms. Damkohler has spoken at arts education conferences and panel discussions in New York City and around the country, addressing principals, superintendents, teachers and business and community leaders on school leadership and using the arts to help revitalize schools; and has served as a guest lecturer in curriculum and pedagogy at the Manhattan School of Music. She served on the Arts Education Council of Americans for the Arts during 2011-12, and is a member of the National Advisory Board of Arts|Learning. Ms. Damkohler holds an M.A. from Teachers College, Columbia University.
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Rainah Berlowitz serves as the Director of Operations. He received an A.B. in English from Princeton University and came to ETM in 1997 through the Princeton AlumniCorps' Project 55 Fellowship Program. In 2005, Mr. Berlowitz was appointed a member of the National Board of Directors and President of the New York Executive Committee of Giving Opportunities To Others, Inc. (GOTO), a volunteer-managed 501(c)(3) not-for-profit. In 2009, he was elected to serve as Chairman of GOTO's Board. In Fall 2011, he completed executive leadership training as a participant in the New York Arts & Business Council's Arts Leadership Institute. In Fall 2012, he was one of twelve nonprofit professionals from the U.S. and overseas selected to participate in the American Express Foundation/Aspen Institute Fellowship for Emerging Nonprofit Leaders. Rainah also plays guitar. 
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Katherine Canning serves as Director of Development & Program Evaluation and has been with ETM since 2000, when she was placed there through the Princeton Project 55 (now Princeton AlumniCorps) Public Interest Fellowship Program. Previously, she taught math at Ngee Ann Polytechnic, a post-secondary school in Singapore. In New York, she has tutored high school level Physics and Math, volunteered as a mentor for Princeton AlumniCorps, and performed in various orchestral and chamber ensembles, including serving as principal violist of the New York Repertory Orchestra since 2001. Ms. Canning serves on the Board of Directors of the Chamber Music Conference and Composers' Forum of the East (Bennington Chamber Music Conference) and participates annually in its summer conference. She holds an A.B. in Physics from Princeton University.
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Tim Lemberger serves as the Director of Marketing and Communications, joining ETM in 2012. He brings over 20 years marketing and communications experience, with extensive work with education organizations. He directed communications activities for two education foundations, The National Academy Foundation and The Golden Apple Foundation, and he oversaw the communications department at The Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago. He has taken 17 years of piano lessons. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Sean Curran Company, a modern dance company. Tim received his B.A. in Communication Studies from the University of Iowa.
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Peter Pauliks joined ETM as the Director of Programs in 2008. He has taught in public school for ten years, specifically Marching Band, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Music Theory, Guitar, General Music, Musical Theatre, Acting, and Music Technology. He earned his undergraduate degree in Music Education from Marywood University in Scranton, PA, and completed his graduate studies at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, focusing on Music Technology. Mr. Pauliks has completed the Professional Musical Theatre Training Program at CAP21 in NYC. He is certified to teach both music and technology K-12 in Pennsylvania, and Music K-12 in New York State. He is also a certified TI:ME Instructor (Technology Institute for Music Educators). Mr. Pauliks has served on the Executive Board for the Wayne County Arts Alliance, and continues to develop his skills as a performer and educator through professional studies, local performing groups, and workshops.
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Susan Brecker serves as the Events Coordinator. Widow of 15-time Grammy-winning saxophonist Michael Brecker, Susan is a psychotherapist. Working in psychiatric hospitals and a private practice for many years, she had to suspend her work when her husband was diagnosed with MDS, a form of leukemia. Because Michael was unable to find a match in the bone marrow registry for a life-saving transplant, Susan began a worldwide plea for new donors. Susan and Mike's longtime manager, Darryl Pitt held donor drives around the world, most notably at the Red Sea, Monterey, and Newport Jazz Festivals. Together, they raised hundreds of thousands of dollars, and were able to test thousands of new donors. In Israel alone, 24 lives have been saved from the Michael Brecker Donor Pool. In 2011, Susan produced an award-winning documentary film based on her husband entitled More to Live For. The film was taken to film festivals around the world, testing people for the bone marrow registry at every screening. To date, 79 matches have been found from these drives and the list grows daily. In 2015, Susan produced The Nearness of You Concert, which honored her husband and raised $1.2M for Dr.'s Siddhartha Mukherjee and Azra Raza and the Columbia University Medical Center. The concert was headlined by music legends Paul Simon and James Taylor.
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Steve Cooney serves as a Music Teacher Mentor/Field Supervisor. He received his B.M. in Music Education, with a concentration in saxophone performance, from The College of New Jersey. During his career, Steve has served as head band director at two high schools in New Jersey, where he directed marching bands, concert bands, wind ensembles, pit orchestras, and jazz ensembles. In addition, he taught acting, music theory, and general music during this time. He has also taught elementary school and middle school band and has been an active musician in community ensembles in New Jersey. Of his accomplishments, Steve is most proud that many of his students have gone into major college music programs and have become music educators as well.
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Meryl Cullom serves as the Assistant Program Director-Curriculum & Integration.  Meryl is an Arts Educator, singer, actress, and composer.  She served as Education Director for the Washington DC metro area's longest running children's theatre, Adventure Theatre. She has taught elementary school in Brooklyn, and music in Harlem and Florida.  She has designed, administered, and implemented theatrical arts programs for many organizations including Round House Theatre, Charlotte Children's Theatre, The My Hero Project, and Maryland Ensemble Theatre where the World Premieres of her musicals "Ready, Set, ME!" and "Lucy Rose and Here is the Thing About Me" have appeared. As a performer, Meryl has appeared as a soloist with the Pensacola Symphony, in national tours of musicals, in regional theatres, cruise ships, and Tokyo Disneyland.
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Cristina Fahrbach-Connors serves as the Human Resources Specialist. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English/Creative Writing from Rutgers College, and her Juris Doctor degree from the Fordham University School of Law. Cristina received her Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification from the HR Certification Institute (HRCI) in 2014. Prior to joining the ETM team, she worked as an attorney specializing in employment law. She is licensed to practice as an attorney in the State of New York.
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Nicholas Green joined ETM as the Evaluation Assistant in February 2016. Nick received his Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and Social Behavior from the University of California, Irvine before moving to New York to gain experience in education research. Nick has served children of all ages and socio-economic statuses through prior work as a para-professional for a special needs child, an After School Program Manager for an inner city neighborhood in Orange, CA, and a private music instructor. Nick has played music for over 13 years and plays guitar, bass, and occasional keyboard.
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Geraldine Inoa serves as a Development Associate. She received her B.A. in Dramatic Writing & Psychoanalysis, with a concentration in Playwriting, from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. As a playwright, she integrates music into all her plays, which includes writing songs, spoken word poems, and raps. As a child, she played the cello and in high school performed musical theatre, studying at NYU's Tisch summer program for high school students at Cap 21. She hopes to one day write the libretto for a musical. 
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Alicia Jensen serves as a Marketing and Communications Associate. She received her B.A. in Art History and English Language at Randolph-Macon Woman's College. Prior to joining ETM, she worked at JPMorgan Chase and Estee Lauder in marketing and communications. More recently, Alicia worked at the Neue Gallerie combining her love of art and art history with her professional background in public relations and marketing. Before moving to New York City more than 17 years ago, Alicia worked for her hometown magazine, Washingtonian.

Nicholas LaFleur serves as the Assistant Program Director-Administration. He received his Master of the Arts in Performing Arts Administration from New York University, Advanced Certification in Music Education from Brooklyn College, and his Bachelor's of Music in Jazz Performance from the University of Massachusetts. He came to ETM in 2008, after having served as General Manager of Mind-Builders Creative Arts Center in Bronx, NY since 2006. After finishing his Bachelor's Degree, Nick spent three years teaching music in the school systems of Boston and Los Angeles before turning to a full-time career of performance in the U.S. and Asia, eventually settling in Bangkok where he stayed for 11 years working extensively in its commercial music industry and in education. Before returning to the U.S. from Thailand in 2003, Nick spent three years as Director of the Jazz & Contemporary Music program at MIFA-The International Academy of Music. Nick plays saxophone, flute and trumpet. 
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Lina Li serves as the Bookkeeper, joining ETM in March 2012. After graduating from Hunter College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting, she worked at a property management firm and ballet academy handling the financial and administrative responsibilities of the companies. She is also mom to a middle-school aged daughter and proud to be supporting an organization that provides invaluable music education to inner-city schools.
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Jeffrey Lipton serves as the Assistant Program Director-Curriculum & Instruction, joining ETM in July 2015. Prior to joining ETM, he was the Chair of Music & Director of Choral Activities at Five Towns College for 18 years. While at Five Towns College Jeff taught courses in applied music (voice), choral music education, sight reading, choral and instrumental conducting and public speaking; he also conducted the FTC Choir, Chorus and Vocal Jazz ensemble. His choral ensembles have performed at Lincoln Center's Avery Fischer Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and Carnegie Hall. Jeff's most notable performances were with the Vocal Jazz ensemble performing with the NY Pops, and being a featured ensemble at the NYS School Music Association Winter Conference. He has been a guest conductor for All County and District music festivals on Long Island and upstate NY. Prior to teaching at Five Towns College, Jeff taught public school in the William Floyd, East Meadow, Brentwood and Southold school districts. Jeff earned his B.M. in Music Education from SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music, and a Masters of Music in Performance-Choral Conducting from Bowling Green State University. While at Bowling Green State Jeff was fortunate to have studied choral conducting with Terry Eder and instrumental conducting with Robert Spano, musical director of the Atlanta Symphony. 
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Nitasha Maindiratta serves as a Marketing and Communications Associate. She received a B.A. in both Journalism and Music from New York University and is currently working towards her M.A. in Communications at Johns Hopkins University with a concentration in Corporate and Non-Profit Communications. Prior to joining ETM, she worked as a Communications Assistant at Echoing, where she found her drive to work towards social impact. Music is a passion of hers and she has played the violin since she was seven years old. Nitasha has performed in several groups, including the NYU Community Orchestra, Long Island Youth Orchestra, and Gemini Youth Orchestras. In addition, Nitasha enjoys music composition and singing, and has had the opportunity to teach young performers. She witnessed the significant impact music can have as a young child and wishes to share this experience via Education Through Music.
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Daniel Makula serves as a Music Teacher Mentor/Field Supervisor. Dan is originally from the Chicago area where he received his Bachelor's degree in Music Education from DePaul University and Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Prior to joining the ETM teac, Dan taught 5th-8th grade orchestra for 9 years and taught private violin and viola students. In addition to playing in various community orchestras, pit orchestras, and quartets over the years, he studied improv comedy and acting at the Second City Training Center of Chicago.
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Katie Masson serves as the Program Associate. She received a Bachelor of Music with a concentration in opera and musical theatre from James Madison University in Virginia. Katie performed professionally for a decade in various regional theaters, as well as a national tour. She is a proud member of Actors' Equity Association. Katie has held several teaching positions with NYC-based arts organizations and has a strong administrative background, working in both corporate and non-profit sectors. Katie also plays the flute and piano.
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Deidre Racoma serves as a Music Teacher Mentor/Field Supervisor. She is originally from Oklahoma but has made NYC her home the past sixteen years where she is happily married and raising two children.  She is a certified K-12 music teacher who received her Bachelor of Music Education from Manhattanville College with an emphasis in Voice and Music Education.  She also received her Master’s degree in Teaching from Manhattanville.   Her public and private school teaching experience in Westchester County and New York City includes Pre-K -8 General Music, Middle School Choir, High School Choir and Musical Productions.  She has performed with groups in the Rainbow Room and has served as music director at her church in Manhattan for the past 13 years. She also teaches private voice lessons. 
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Melissa Radin serves as the Development Associate. She received her J.D. from Loyola Law School with a concentration in entertainment law and her B.M. from Berklee College of Music in Music Business/Management. Prior to joining ETM, she worked as an attorney practicing general civil litigation and as a Volunteer Coordinator for the Carter Burden Center for the Aging. As a child, she tried many instruments including piano, trumpet, and percussion before she focused on singing. She is currently an active member of the Brooklyn Community Chorus.
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Laura Satkowski serves as the Evaluation Manager. Laura earned her B.A. in Psychology from Westfield State University, her M.A. in Applied Developmental Psychology from Fordham University, and is currently completing her Ph.D. in the same discipline, also from Fordham University. She has presented at the 2015 Society for Community Research and Action Biennial Conference, Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues Conference, 27th Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science, Society for Research on Adolescence Biennial Conference, and 17th Annual Massachusetts Statewide Undergraduate Research Conference.
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Rachel Starr serves as a Development Associate. She received her M.A. from Dartmouth College in Comparative Literature and her B.A. from Brown University in English and French. Prior to joining the ETM team, she worked in the Executive Office of the French Institute Alliance Francaise, where she combined her love of the arts with her passion for French language and culture. Rachel has played the flute since age ten and enjoys taking advantage of all the new musical experiences New York has to offer.
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David Wilson serves as a Music Teacher Mentor/Field Supervisor. He received his education from Ithaca College studying Voice and Music Education. His public school teaching experience in upstate NY includes Pre-K – 6 General Music, Middle and High School Choral Music, Theory, Acting, and Theater. David is an actor, director, vocal coach, and an artistic associate of the Manhattan based Broadway training program Open Jar Institute. He also teaches private lessons in voice, acting, and piano.
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Julia Wolfe serves as the Development Assistant. She earned her B.M. in Music and the Entertainment Industries from Syracuse University. In addition to being a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and arranger, Julia has an extensive background in music journalism, publishing, event management, live sound operations, and studio recording. Julia is an active Music Director for a rock-based concert series geared towards young children, and performs at a variety of venues around NYC.
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ETM Music Teachers (2015-2016)

Paivi Antturi earned both her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Music from Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland. Paivi has experience as a violin instructor and as the Children's Ministry Music Director at Times Square Church. Previously, she worked at Previously she worked at a public school in Finland and at an international school in Indonesia. She is in the process of obtaining her New York State teaching certification. This is Paivi’s second year of teaching with ETM.

Cristina Babolcsay received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Molloy College and is working towards her Master’s in Music Education from New York University. She previously taught General Music to children with developmental disabilities at the St. Christopher’s School. This is Cristina’s second year of teaching at ETM.

Gloria Bangiola is from Morristown, New Jersey. She is a recent graduate of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree of Honors in Choral Music Education. She served as Assistant Conductor for the Indiana University Children’s Choir and built a choir program at a high school in Pavia, Italy. Gloria teaches General Music (Choir) at P.S. 357-Young Voices Academy.

Gina Bergamini has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Music (Voice Performance) from the State University of New York at New Paltz, and her Master of Arts in Teaching from Manhattanville College. She has her New York State teaching certifications in Early Childhood and Childhood Education. Gina has also worked as a teaching artist and a choreographer.

Laura Bodden graduated magna cum laude from Lehman College of the City University of New York, with a B.S. in Music (Vocal Concentration) and a Master's in the Art of Teaching in Music. Laura did her student teaching at the Celia Cruz High School of Music and has taught students of all ages in a variety of settings since then. She currently teaches music at P.S. 392X.

Veronica Brendel received her Bachelor of Music, Music Education from the State University of New York at Fredonia and is working towards her Master of Arts, Music Education from Hofstra University. She has served as ombudsman for the Freeport Community Band since September 2012. Veronica works at P.S. 43 in the Bronx.

Cassandra Buckout earned her Bachelor of Science in Education (Music Education major; Primary Instrument: Clarinet) magna cum laude, from Hofstra University. Prior to coming to ETM, she was a field and music instructor for the Garden City High School Marching Band. She currently teaches for both St. Angela Medici School and St. John School.

Michael Celentano earned his Bachelors of Music in Music Education and Music Performance and Masters of Music in Opera from SUNY-Binghamton. Prior to coming to ETM, Michael taught General Music and Violin at a NYC public school through Scarsdale Strings. Michael has also worked as a private vocal instructor. He is a New York State certified music teacher (Pre-K – 12). He speaks Italian, German, French, and some Russian.

Mitchell Curry recently relocated from Baltimore, Maryland to New York City to work for ETM. He earned his Bachelor of Music in Music Education, cum laude, from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and his Master of Music, Trumpet Performance, cum laude, from Western Michigan University. He is currently working to earn his Graduate Performance Diploma, Trumpet Performance, from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. Prior to coming to ETM, he was a woodwinds instructor for OrchKids, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, a band instructor of the Peabody Preparatory Department, and taught trumpet and baritone lessons for Kalamazoo Kids in Tune, Kalamazoo Symphony. 

Tara Fayazi recently relocated from Rochester, NY to New York City to work for ETM. She earned her Bachelor’s of Music degree in Tuba Performance and Music Education-Instrumental from the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester. Prior to coming to ETM, she worked at the Hochstein School of Music and Dance and the Eastman Community Music School. She has also performed with the Dave Rivello Ensemble, Gibbs & Main, and the Eastman Wind Ensemble.

Emily Feinberg-Hosier received her Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from South Florida. Prior to coming to ETM, she worked as a private Voice & Piano teacher. Emily currently works at P.S. 008X.

Morgan Ferris is a certified K-12 Music teacher from West Chester, Ohio. She received her Bachelor's of Music Education from Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University in 2011. While in school she was a member of the Indiana University award-winning Marching Hundred as well as Concert Band. She performed as part of the Fresh Winds Trio, which performed on NPR’s From the Top program. She has attended the Midwest Music Educators conference in Chicago as a performer and clinic participant. She is currently teaching at P.S. 72 in Bronx, NY. Morgan also teaches private clarinet, saxophone and piano lessons.
Sean Gallagher earned his Bachelors of Music in Music Education from Five Towns College. Sean has worked as a music teacher for the Music Academy of Long Island, Grace Music School, West Babylon Junior High School, and the Crestwood County Day School. He also worked as a performer/musician for Royal Caribbean International, P&O Australia, and Princess Cruise Lines.

Matthew Gardiner earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and his Master of Arts degree in Music Education from Hunter College. He has been a chorister for the All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church and a tenor soloist for both the Mattituck Presbyterian Church and the Choral Society of the Moriches. Matthew was the Music Director/Conductor for the Riverhead Faculty Community Theatre’s performance of Mame, and has performed in the Mattituck Community Theatre’s performance of Carousel. He is currently the Youth Choir Director for the Mattituck Presbyterian Church. 

Kelly Gentry is originally from Michigan, where she earned her B.A. in Music Education K-12 from Albion College. Prior to coming to ETM, Kelly was a K-8 General and Instrumental Music Teacher in Michigan. Kelly currently teaches at P.S. 96X.

Naum Goldenstein is a third generation clarinet player whose unique, colorful sound has been widely praised. He has been playing solo concerts since the age of fifteen. He graduated from the Jerusalem Academy of Music, where he studied with Yevgeny Yehudin (principal clarinet, Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra) and from Queens College where he studied with Professor Charles Neidich. Goldenstein has over 10 years teaching experience, teaching both private and group instruction, at different schools around NYC, including Saint Ann's School in Brooklyn and at Brooklyn Music School. He leads a band at Humanities and Arts High School and has performed with numerous orchestras and ensembles, including the Mozart Divertimento Trio, the Symphony Orchestra of Raanana, and the Israel Chamber Orchestra. Recently, he collaborated with Throes Theater on critically acclaimed "Halfway Through the Story of our Life," performed at Access Theater and Dixon Place, where his playing was praised for its "beautiful tone and sensitive pacing" by New York Arts.

Deanna Grunenberg received her Bachelor of Science in Music Education, summa cum laude, from Hofstra University, Honors College. She has performed with the North Shore Chamber Orchestra, Hofstra Opera Theater, and Hofstra University Chamber Choir and Chorale. She has worked as a private voice and piano instructor and as a Summer Extended School Year Program Music Teacher in the South Huntington School District.  Deanna works at P.S. 213Q.

Crystal Gulley earned her Bachelor of Music Education from Baylor University and her Master of Arts for Educational Theatre in Colleges and Communities from the NYU Steinhardt School for Culture, Education, and Human Development. Prior to coming to ETM, Crystal worked as a vocal music teacher and a teaching artist in New York City, and as a Music Educational Specialist in San Antonio, Texas. She has also been an assistant director and a director for several Texas theatre productions. Crystal works at P.S. 195X.

Amanda Keil has her Bachelor of Music Degree in French Horn Performance from The Hartt School, and her Masters in Music in Voice and Historical Performance from Boston University. Prior to coming to ETM, she worked as a Music Together instructor with Kids Music Together and as a classroom music instructor for the Music Partners Program at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music. She currently works at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Academy.

Jieun Kim is a violinist/violist, choir accompanist, and conductor. She is a certified preK-12 music teacher in the state of New York and currently teaches orchestra at P.S. 68 in the Bronx. Dedicated to public school education, she directed beginning to advanced orchestras and taught string instruments to all grades in several New York City public schools for the past six years. In addition to teaching, she also served as an accompanist for many New York church choirs. She is currently a violinist with the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony Orchestra, and is completing her Master's degrees in Music and Music Education at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Stephanie Lacker earned her Bachelor of Science in Music Education from The College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York and is currently obtaining her Masters degree in Music Education from Boston University. Stephanie is a New York State certified music teacher in grades K-12. She recently relocated to Jersey City from Albany and is loving every second of it!  Prior to work working for Education Through Music, Stephanie was a Pre-K teacher in Albany, and also worked as a teacher's assistant with students on the autistic spectrum. Stephanie is very excited to be a part of Education Through Music and is currently teaching general music at P.S. 103 in the Bronx.

Adriana Lee is a certified K-12 music teacher from New Jersey. She completed her undergraduate studies at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, majoring in Music Education. She received the Jackie Robinson Foundation scholarship as an undergraduate and performed the National Anthem at major league baseball games with the foundation. While at Rutgers, she performed with the Kirkpatrick Choir at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C., and appeared in several operas with Opera at Rutgers, starring in the American premiere of Handel's Athalia. She completed her graduate studies at the Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Mark Schnaible. She has performed as an opera singer with numerous opera companies in New York City, and has sung with orchestras in Brooklyn, Montreal, and Belgium. She is thrilled to be part of the P.S. 277X team and to share her musical experiences with the community.

Dawn Lee earned her Bachelor of Music Education from Five Towns College. She is a soprano vocalist who did her student teaching in the Jericho School District. She has performance with the Five Towns Concert Band, the Five Towns Summer Pops, the Five Towns Choir and with the NYSSMA All County Mixed Choir. Dawn works at P.S. 343Q-The Children’s Lab.

John Leighton recently relocated to New York City from Saugerties, New York. He earned his Bachelor of Music in Music Education and Vocal Performance from the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester. Prior to coming to ETM, he worked at the Eastman Community Music School and for the Webster Central School District. He was the Assistant Stage Manager for the Eastman Opera Theatre for three years. John has performed in various opera/music theatre productions with the Eastman Opera Theatre, The Kennedy Center and the Eastman School of Music. He was also the Chancel Choir Tenor Section Leader for the Lutheran Church of the Reformation, Rochester, NY for four years.

Erin Lindon is a New York State certified teacher in Music, K-12. She received her Bachelor in Music degree from Ithaca College with a double major in Music Education/Trombone Performance. She received her Master’s in Music degree from Purchase College in Trombone Performance. She has taught in the Public Schools of the Tarrytowns, Harrison Central School District, Bronxville School District, and the Tarrytown Union Free School District. She completed her Level 1 Kodaly Certification.

Kelly Martin has worked for ETM since 2009. She is a New York state certified teacher. She received her B.S. in Music Education and her M.A. in Music History from West Chester University. She has worked as a pianist/accompanist, teaching artist, music teacher, and musical director.

Lyn Nagel, a Connecticut native, has been teaching in both private and public schools since 2006. Prior to teaching with ETM, Ms. Nagel was the Choral Director of Holy Cross High School in Waterbury, CT, where she directed the Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, Girls' Jazz and Pop Choir, and Crosstones (all-male group). She also taught a Musical Theare History class and an Introduction to the Arts Class, and co-taught a Piano Keyboarding class.  Under her direction, the Girls' Jazz and Pop Choir and Crosstones each won Gold Medal Awards for their performances at the Great East Festival every year, and all of her singing groups participated in the Festivals of Music festival and adjudication in Virginia Beach last year where they all won Silver Medal Award placements. Ms. Nagel has also been a very active participant in the Connecticut Music Educators' Association, where she has served on the Student Affairs Committee as the State Judge Chair for the state of Connecticut for the past couple of years. Ms. Nagel received her BFA from The Hartt School in Musical Theatre Performance, graduating magna cum laude in 2005. After college, she received her Pre-Kindergarten through 12th Grade Music Teaching Certification from the CT State Department of Education. Ms. Nagel has been professionally performing since the age of 10, and has performed on Broadway, in many regional and community theatre productions in Connecticut, New York, and Pennsylvania,on the silver screen and television, and her voice can be heard in numerous national radio commercials.

Joseph Ottenthal is a graduate of The College of New Jersey with a Bachelor's of Music in Education-Concentration in Voice. Prior to coming to ETM, he taught fourth and fifth grade band in Bordentown, New Jersey. Joe also has a special interest in the marching arts, having taught several marching bands in the greater Philadelphia area over the past 5 years, and is a proud alumnus of the Jersey Surf (2009-2010) and Phantom Regiment (2011-2012) Drum and Bugle Corps contralines. Joe recently relocated to New York City. This is his first year teaching K-5 general music at P.S. 96 in the Bronx.

Michelle Painter is an in-demand violinist along the east coast, with concert engagements spanning from Vermont to Florida. Known for her "lively confidence" (San Francisco Classical Voice), Michelle brings personality, spiriti and energy to each performance. A highlight of the 2015 season includes a perfirmance of the Beethoven Violin Concerto, Cadenza by Eric Sawyer, with the Farmington Valley Symphony Orchestra. As a chamber musician she has performed across the United States and South Korea, taking part in series including Music From Salem, The Lighthouse Chamber Players, Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, and the Five College New Music Festival. She has recorded the world premiere of Robert Helps' "Quintet for Albany Records and has performed several world premieres by Pulitzer Prize winning composers and Guggenheim fellows. Michelle is co-founder and co-artistic director of RT9 Ensemble- a chamber group dedicated to the collaborative musical experience with audiences in diverse concert settings. Michelle is currently on faculty for the Elizabeth Faidley Studio. She has also collaborated across genres with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Michael Buble, and Pearson Education Inc.

Gina Pemberton was born on the island of St. Kitts/Nevis in the West Indies and raised in Queens, New York, where she attended LaGuardia High School for Music Arts and Performing Arts. She is a certified K-12 music teacher who received her Bachelor of Arts in Music Education with a Vocal Performance emphasis from Clarke College in Dubuque Iowa. Gina taught general music and chorus in Dubuque for four years before returning to New York City in 2010 to pursue a career in musical theater. In addition to teaching in the classroom, Gina also teaches private piano lessons and sings with The Greater Allen AME Mass and Judah Choirs.

Kyle Quirion recently relocated from North Vermont to the Bronx to teach K-5 general music and choir at P.S. 91. Kyle graduated magna cum laude from Plymouth State University in the White Mountains, where he received his B.S. in Music Education. He is a saxophonist, pianist, and commissioned composer, most recently writing a set of festival pieces for elementary and middle school concert band. Kyle was the winner of the 2014 Manchester Choral Society Undergraduate Composition Contest. In the summer, Kyle teaches music technology to piano students at a summer music camp, and is a production manager for the New Hampshire Music Festival.

Khristine Raymond is a recent graduate of Temple University where she earned a B.M. in Music Education. She spent all four years at Temple working as intern for the Philadelphia String Project where she taught students of all ages from all backgrounds the basics of classical string instruments. Khristine has been playing the cello since she was 12 years old and has been granted the opportunity to perform in many extraordinary venues including the Kimmel Center, the Lincoln Center and the White House. Khristine is an active member of the American String Teacher Association as well as the National Association for Music Educators. She has had the fortune of presenting ideas and findings on string pedagogy at the American String Teacher Association National Conference in both 2012 and 2013. She is currently a general music teacher  at P.S. 89x and is loving her time expanding the minds of her students!

Inka Rudnycka has many years of experience teaching general music, chorus and orchestra in both private and public schools in New York City. She is a graduate of McGill University and the University of Manitoba, and holds a Master's in Piano Performance from the Julliard School. She is certified in both the Kodaly and Orff methods and has completed both levels of Responsive Classroom training. Inka has performed both as a pianist and in recorder ensemble, but her true passion is for choral singing. She currently sings with the St. Michael's Church choir on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, and the Canterbury Choral Society. Inka also enjoys knitting, yoga, tap dancing, and occasional work as a post partum doula.

Victoria Santospago is from Newburyport, Massachusetts. Victoria holds two degrees from the University of New Hampshire: a Bachelor of Arts in flute performance, and a Bachelor of Music Education. She has conducted university-sponsored research on Body Mapping, a new method of proper playing technique based on anatomical study. Upon graduation, Victoria moved to New York to embark on her musical journey. Victoria is a freelance musician and teacher; she plays with the Brooklyn Wind Symphony, a select wind ensemble in Brooklyn, NY. Venues played include the Midwest clinic and Carnegie Hall. Victoria loves to bring energy and love of music to the classroom. She currently teaches general music at P.S. 359X. 

Valerie Sciarra received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English/Music Concentration from the State University of NY at Stony Brook and is currently completing her Master of Arts degree in Music Education from Hunter College. Prior to coming to ETM, she worked as a teacher/accompanist at the Diller-Quaile School of Music. She has worked as a Musical Director for the USDAN Center for the Creative and Performing Arts and the American Girl Place Theater. Valerie has also worked as a teaching artist for Disney Theatrical Productions and as the Director of Music Education for Frank and Camille’s School of Music for 6 years.

Jennifer Scott is a certified public school teacher from New Jersey. She received her undergraduate degree from Western Connecticut State University with a concentration in flute. She has previously taught in Connecticut and Brooklyn, NY. Jenny is very excited to be a part of Education Through Music and is currently teaching at P.S. 39 in Staten Island.

Ulises Solano This fall marks Ulises Solano's 9th year teaching with ETM. Originally from Costa Rica, Ulises has worked through ETM in both public and parochial schools—morning and after-school programs. For the last 3 years he has focused on K through 5 at PS121, specializing on early grades and special education. "Mr. U," as he is called, at PS121 brings with himself a long history of teaching experience that traces back to when he was 16 years old, teaching guitar and forming small Rondalla groups in Costa Rica, as well as children choirs. For many years Ulises taught private voice lessons and led church choirs in Bloomington, Indiana, where he completed both his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Vocal Performance at Indiana University's main campus. Ulises is an accomplished operatic tenor, with an extensive career in the field. Performances include world premieres, music festivals, concerts, recitals and operas in many parts of the world, including major US cities such as New York, Miami, San Francisco and Chicago. His musical career has taken him to Venezuela, Central America, Austria, Germany, Hungary, and the Philippines.

Juliet Soricelli received her Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Music Education with a vocal specialty from Salve Regina University.  She has worked as a choreographer for the Valhalla Union Free School District since 2014. She joined ETM in February 2015 and currently works at P.S. 89X-The Williamsbridge School.

Julia Stacom recently relocated to New York City from North Chittenden, Vermont. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Music Education with a voice concentration from Plymouth State University, where she was a Plymouth State University Scholar’s Scholarship recipient for 4 years, an Irving Willard Jones scholarship recipient, Maryanne Gillen Scholarship recipient, and Frederic Duclos Barstow scholarship recipient. She also received the National School Choral Aware, the Rutland County Retired Teachers’ Association Scholarship Award, the Arion Foundation Music Award, and the Instrumental Magazine Musicianship Award. Julia works at P.S. 103-Hector Fontanez School.

Kristine Summa was born, raised, and currently resides on Long Island, where she is enjoying life with her 2 year old son. This is Kristine's 11th year in the classroom. She received her B.S. in Music Education, with a concentration in vocal music, from Concordia College and her M.A. in Music Education from Hofstra University. She is also ceritified in Orff-Schulwerk levels 1 and 2 and has her permanent New York teaching certification in Music Education K-12. She is looking forward to another exciting year as the PreK-5th general music and vocal teacher at P.S. 369X and P.S. 179X.

Elizabeth Townley earned her Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education (vocal concentration) from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro School of Music. Prior to coming to ETM, she worked as a music teacher for Mozarts and Einsteins Preschool. She has performed for the Twin City Stage, the Open Space Café Theatre, and the Kernersville Little Theatre.

D. Travis Washington earned his Bachelor of Music Education and Bachelor of Vocal Performance degrees, cum laude, from Rowan University. While at Rowan University, he was awarded the Dr. Hoyle A. Carpenter Memorial Scholarship given to outstanding music performance and music education majors. He currently works at P.S. 72X-The Dr. William Dorney School.

Ashley Williams graduated magna cum laude from Western Connecticut State University with a B.S. in Music Education (concentration in flute), and from New York University with a Masters in Music in Flute Performance. Prior to coming to ETM, Ashley taught Kindergarten and First Grade Music in Wilton, Connecticut. She also served as part of New York University's Adjunct Flute Faculty, where she gave private flute lessons for non-music major undergraduate students. Ashley currently teaches at P.S. 75K.

School-employed Music Teachers (2015-16)
Jason Atkinson
Robert Bennett
Tanisha Campbell

Thomas Carroll
Mark Daterman
Diana Fox
Erin Giacinto
Amanda Gonzalez
Gordon Green
Ian Kanakaris

Mary Landry
Diana Lim
Jessica Parr
Emily Roman
Melissa Salguero

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