OUR FACULTY

Every accomplished faculty member at the Conservatory shares the uncommon bond of a a life-long love of music and a gift for imparting that passion to their students. We go to great lengths to ensure each student-teacher connection sparks with the promise of a fulfilling,
joyful experience.

Below are short introductions to the 30+ professionals who fill our halls with music. Like to meet one? Ask to schedule a trial lesson.

MELISSA ALEXANDER

Co-Founder and pianist of the dynamic Musicora Chamber Ensemble, Melissa holds her Bachelor of Arts degree from SUNY, Albany and her Masters of Arts degree from the Hartt School of Music in Connecticut.

LOIS ANDERSON

Lois is an accomplished pianist who has  composed scores for ABC and PBS and performed at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the New England and New Jersey Symphonies among others.

She received Bachelors and Master of Music degrees from Manhattan School of Music.

HELEN BUTKOV

Helen is an international talent who has earned advanced degrees from the Academy of Pedagogy in Piano and Choir in Latvia, the University of Ukraine in Music in Esthetic and the Sunbridge College in Musical Pedagogy and Eurhythmy School in Music in Movement.

JAN DEATS

Jan earned her Music degree at Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio and her Master’s at Southern Methodist University School of Fine Arts. She has performed worldwide as part of the McCall-Deats Duo. At RCM, she heads the Piano Department.

YELENA KUZMENKO

Yelena is a pianist for the world famous Eurythmy School of Spring Valley and member of the Impromptu Chamber Ensemble. Her performances have taken her to Spain and Switzerland.

She earned her Bachelor of Arts at Kharkov Music College and Masters degree from the respected Kharkov Conservatory in Ukraine.  Her former students perform and teach all over the world – Ukraine, Russia, Sweden, Morocco, Germany and USA. She is the RCM center representative for the renowned Royal Conservatory Music Development Program.

MICHAEL MARONICH

Michael is an award-winning pianist – winner the Jacob Flier Int’l Competition. He’s been a soloist at the Hartford Symphony, performed at Lincoln Center, Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall and toured in the US and abroad.

Michael earned his Bachelors and Master degrees in piano performance at the Manhattan School of Music and is pursuing his Doctorate at Rutgers. 

JANICE NIMETZ

Gifted as a performer and instructor, Janice is Piano Mentor for Songcatchers, Inc. in New Rochelle; oversees a community chamber music series in Central Valley; on the executive committee of the NY State Music Teachers Association; and a certified member of the Music Teachers National Association. She’s performed solo at venues including Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall. Janice earned her Bachelors and Masters of Music degrees from the Eastman School of Music, and a PhD from Teachers College, Columbia University. 

MARYNA TYKHONIUK

Maryna is a professional piano instructor who earned both her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Art & Music from the respected Kharkov Conservatory in Ukraine.

TARA HOOKER

Tara is a talented harpist and instructor who earned her Masters in Teaching from

Fordam University in New York.

She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Iona College. 

REBECCA PERLMAN

Rebecca earned her Bachelor of Music in Music Education from State University of New York at Fredonia and received her Master of Professional Studies, Humanistic/Multicultural Education at State University of New York at New Paltz. She is an orchestra/band director in Nyack, NY.

KARIN POLLOK

Karin is Co-Chair of the Conservatory’s Suzuki Violin program.

She earned her Bachelor of Science degree at Pace University in New York., and has undertaken additional studies at Mercy College and The prestigious School for Strings in Manhattan.

PETER LEWY

Peter performs diverse genres in a range of venues. From The Bottom Line, Clearwater Festival, & The Blue Note, he has performed and recorded with folk legends The Roches, rockers Nada Surf and jazz great Bucky Pizzarelli. Classical credits include principal cellist and concerto soloist with several NYC orchestras. He is co-director of the acclaimed Maplewood Chamber Music Workshop.

ANNA TEIGEN

Anna is RCM’s String Orchestra Conductor, Co-Director of the Suzuki Program and a violin instructor. She also teaches at the Green Meadow Waldorf School. She is an avid chamber music player and coaches the On Wings String Quartet. Anna is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin School of Music and  The School for Strings Suzuki Teacher Training Program in New York.

CATHERINE YANG

At age 9, Catherine was admitted to Julliard Pre-College  As a youth, she performed at the prestigious Paul Hall, Lincoln Center and Alice Tully Hall. As a professional, she’s added venues like Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Concert Hall and Avery Fischer Hall among many others.

Both her Masters and Bachelor of Music Performance degrees are from Manhattan School of Music. As an instructor, her students have earned recognition at Little Mozart; Crescendo; American Protege Competition and National Artists Competition. 

ADAM FALCON

Adam is guitarist with vast experience across nearly every music genre. He was mentored by legendary guitarist, George Benson. Toured with Phyllis Hyman, Sophie B. Hawkins, and Roberta Flack. And made recordings with Digable Planets, Arif Mardin, and George Benson.

adamfalcon.com

JONATHAN TROTTA

Jonathan heads RCM’s music guitar department. He teaches Classical, Flamenco, Suzuki guitar, ukulele and mandolin at the Conservatory. 

He has been a featured guest on TV56 “Un Todo un Poco” and Maine Public Broadcasting “Music du Jour.” Performed a duet with concert guitarist, Benjamin Verdery. Played with the Flamenco-Latin American ensemble “Ida Y Vuelta.” And, accompanied the chamber music ensemble “Musicora.”

BRIAN BONVISSUTO

A graduate of Manhattan School Of Music, Brian, who is primarily a trombonist, has performed or recorded with musical acts such as Blood, Sweat & Tears, Lionel Hampton, The Duke Ellington Orchestra and Marlene VerPlank, just to name a few.

He is a full time arranger and copyist. 

PAULA CHAN BING

Paula graduated  the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Music Education degree.

She then earned her Masters of Music degree at Indiana University, and doctoral studies under the renowned music education theorist Dr. Lee Pogonowski at Teacher’s College, Columbia University.

MICHAEL HUMPHREY

Michael is a music teacher at Nyack Public Schools, where he also conducts their marching and concert bands.

He earned his Bachelor of Music Degree from Baldwin Wallace University in Ohio. He also has a Masters in Music Education, MME Jazz Pedagogy from Capital University, Ohio.

MICHAEL COONEY

Michael is the creator the BoomTing! Youth Percussion Ensemble at RCM! He is an instructor at the Conservatory as well as the Warwick School of Music and the School of Rock.

Michael writes music and performs with various groups in the Hudson Valley.

SHIRLEY CRABBE

Shirley earned her Bachelors of Music Education degree at Northwestern University in Illinois. She earned her Masters in Music at Manhattan School of Music.

In addition to teaching voice at RCM, she is an active recording artist.

shirleycrabbe.com

MARIGENE KETTLER

Marigene has been the Conservatory’s Executive Director for over a decade. She is a graduate of Ithaca College in New York. Additional studies include Aspen Music Festival, Hochschule fur Musik, Vienna, Austria and the American Institute for Musical Studies, Graz, Austria.

Marigene is co-founder of the Musicora Chamber Ensemble and a proud presenter of composer Matthew Baier’s work.

NINA LOUIS

Nina is an experienced peformer  who has taken the stage in a variety of roles including operas, oratorios and Broadway Musicals. Her favorite roles include Mimi from La Boheme, Countess Almaviva from The Marriage of Figaro and Eliza, from My Fair Lady.

Using classical technique as a strong foundation, Nina teaches Opera, Broadway and pop/folk music. She is a graduate of Northwestern University in Illinois.

JULIENNE MARSHALL

Julienne is a veteran of Broadway and Off-Broadway; and has TV, radio, and voice-over credits. She has worked at RCM  over 20 years where she happily passes along her experiences as well as advice from her voice teachers, including Eileen Dineen at the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago. She is a graduate of Barnard College, Columbia University and studied in the Master’s Degree program at the Emerson College Graduate School of Theatre Arts.

Linkedin.com/julienne-marshall

MATTHEW RUPCICH

Matthew is a graduate of Peabody Conservatory with a Bachelor of Music degree in voice and music education. He earned his Masters in Choral Conducting at University of Maryland. Today, he is the conductor of the Rockland Camerata and other musical ensembles in NY and Northeast PA.

In addition, Matthew teaches voice specializing in all genres of music.

JUDITH GORMAN

Judy is a retired executive with a Master’s in Music Theory, and decades of instrumental, teaching and choral experience.

Making music accessible to all – most importantly to those who don’t read or have never sung,

she has helped the Main Street Singers become a vibrant, solid community with a rich, and well-blended sound.

JACK L. GREMLI, Ed.D

Dr. Gremli is a multiple award winning, GRAMMY nominated life-long resident of Rockland County. He holds degrees from Ithaca College School of Music, Columbia University Teachers College and St. John’s University.

He loves to make music and interpret lyrics with developing singers.

JEFFREY FRIEDBERG, MT-BC, LCAT

Jeffrey is a NY State licensed and board certified music therapist and runs the Parent Choice Award-Winning The Bossy Frog Band. He provides music therapy to children, teens and adults with developmental delays, disabilities, autism, with behavioral/social challenges,going through difficult transitions and those with TBI. He incorporates all aspects of music in his work.

MusicForLife   /    BossyFrog.com

MOLLY GORMAN, MT-BC

Molly received her Bachelor’s degree in Music and Music Business from University of Miami, and her Master of Arts in Music Therapy from New York University.