Classes and Music Practice at Eastern U.S. Music Camp

Faculty & Staff

Our faculty and staff are carefully selected professional educators, solo artists, composers and conductors. Guest soloists and clinicians are on campus for Master Classes, workshops, and concerts on dates to be announced.

CONDUCTORS

Sean Lowery, Conductor of Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensembles, Jazz Combos, Wind Ensemble, Brass Ensemble. Professional Trumpet Artist; BM, The Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam; MA, Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester
Scott Dunn, Conductor of Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble
BM in Music Education from Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts and his MM in Trombone and Wind Conducting from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. Music Director and Conductor of the Long Island Youth Orchestra and Adjunct Professor at Adelphi University, where he conducts the Concert Band. Director of Bands at Baldwin High School since 2007. Overseeing a comprehensive program, Mr. Dunn co-conducts the Concert Band, Symphony Band, Wind Symphony, and Jazz Ensemble.
Kenneth Jernigan, Conductor of Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra
B.M. Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, N.Y., M.Mus. Ed. Lehman College, N.Y.; numerous guest conducting & clinician appearances throughout the northeast and Florida and is an active musician throughout the Greater New York City area.
Anna Ostrofsky, Conductor of Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra
BM and MM in music performance, violin Major, Manhattan school of music; first prize winner of the Artists’ International Management Competition; numerous guest conducting and clinician appearances throughout the northeast. She has performed with the New Jersey Symphony, New York Lyric Opera Orchestra, Canadian Opera Orchestra, Houston Ballet Orchestra, Hudson Valley Philharmonic, Chappaqua Orchestra, Claremont Trio, with performances throughout the United States and Europe.
Kyle English, Conductor of Choirs
BM in Music Education, The Catholic University of America. Active educator in the Washington D.C. area.
Tom Christensen, Conductor of Jazz Ensembles & Jazz Combos, Improvisation
Jazz Faculty, NYC, MM, Eastman School of Music; performed/recorded with various Broadway shows, Don Sebesky, Joe Lovano, BMI Composer’s Orchestra, Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra.

WOODWINDS

Robin Seletsky, Clarinet, Clarinet Ensemble, Klezmer Workshop
Woodwind Faculty SUNY Oneonta and Hartwick College. Former Principal Clarinet Glimmerglass Opera and Binghamton Philharmonic
Ana Laura Gonzales, Flute, Flute Ensemble
Ana holds a DMA from the University of Arizona, a MM from Ohio University, and a BM from the National Conservatory of Buenos Aires. She currently serves as Artist-in Residence of Flute at Hartwick College and SUNY Oneonta. An active artist with performances throughout the US and Argentina.
Johnathan Lowery, Saxophone, Saxophone Ensemble
BA, Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester. An active woodwind specialist in both jazz and classical genres; Head of Instrumental Music at The Mandell School in New York City; has performed with various ensembles and Broadway show tours throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia.
Maureen Haehnel, Oboe, Reed Workshop
Colgate University Orchestra, Music Faculty, Colgate University
Gregory Quick, Bassoon
Daniel Hane, Bassoon
Hartwick College, Bard College

BRASS

Ronald Stewart, Trumpet
BM, MM, Trumpet Faculty, Colgate University Music Faculty; Syracuse Symphony, Utica Symphony, Trumpet Studio; active trumpet artist throughout the U.S.
Sean Lowery, Trumpet, Brass Ensemble
Professional Trumpet Artist; BA, SUNY Potsdam, The Crane School of Music; MA, Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester
Ilze Brink-Button, French Horn
A native of South Africa, she is a former member of the Cape Town Symphony Orchestra. In the United States she has performed with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, Glimmerglass Opera Orchestra, Albany Symphony, Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, Utica Symphony Orchestra, Catskill Symphony Orchestra, Symphoria and the Binghamton Philharmonic. Ilze is currently Visiting Lecturer at Cornell University since August 2008 (adjunct horn instructor).
Steve Button, Trombone
Steven earned a Masters Degree in Music Education from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in trombone performance and Music Education from the Ithaca College School of Music. He has been teaching in the public school setting for the last 28 years including a teaching position at the South African College Schools (SACS) in Cape Town, South Africa, and schools in New York State. Steve has been awarded National Board Certification by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and has served as Adjunct Faculty at Hamilton College and Colgate University.

STRINGS

Sonya Williams, Violin, Viola
Sonya is currently the assistant concertmaster of Symphoria. She has played with the Syracuse Symphony, the Buffalo Philharmonic, and many other orchestras in the region and is also active in chamber music performances and recitals throughout the Syracuse area. She received her BM and MM from the Eastman School of Music and is also faculty at Le Moyne College.
Dr. Joanna Robertson, Cello
Terrance Squires, Double Bass
Classical, BS Ithaca College, MS SUNY Potsdam, Music Faculty: Colgate University, Syracuse University, Onondaga Community College; Syracuse Symphony, New Orleans Symphony
Jessica Hart Wilbee, Harp
A graduate of The Eastman School of Music and awarded the Performer’s Certificate for demonstrating outstanding performing ability. Jessica has performed with many orchestras, chamber groups, and Music Festivals from all over the New York and Pennsylvania area including Symphoria! in Syracuse, NY, Lancaster Symphony Orchestra in Lancaster, PA, Erie Chamber Orchestra in Erie, PA, Merry-Go-Round Playhouse in Auburn, NY, and the Endless Mountain Music Festival in Wellsboro, PA.

PIANO 

Ada Jeon
BM, MM, Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester. As an avid chamber and solo musician, she has performed extensively throughout the US and Europe at venues such as the Grainger Ballroom at Symphony Center, Chicago Cultural Center, the Harris Theatre for Music and Dance, Bennett- Gordon Hall @ Ravinia, Kilbourn Hall, Bargemusic, Spectrum, Roulette, Moulin d’Ande Académie Internationale in France, Tel-Hai International Masterclasses in Israel, the Aspen Music Festival, and the Bowdoin Music Festival. She currently resides in New York City as a freelance musician and educator.
Dr. Taisiya Pushkar
Dr. Taisiya Pushkar holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Oberlin College, and a Master’s Degree from the Manhattan School of Music, where she recently completed her Doctor of Musical Arts Degree. Having performed extensively in Italy, The Netherlands, Belgium, Israel, Canada and the United States as a recitalist and in collaboration with many leading singers and instrumentalists, Taisiya is in demand as a dynamic performer and a sensitive collaborator. Dr. Pushkar has been on the faculty of the Waterville Valley Music Center in New Hampshire, the Performing Arts Institute of Wyoming Seminary in Pennsylvania, and the Positano Chamber Music festival in Italy.
In New York, Taisiya Pushkar is on the faculty of the Ethical Culture Fieldston School, the Horace Mann School, and the Lucy Moses School at Kaufman Center, of which she is an alumna. Taisiya is also a teaching artist for the Distance Learning Center at the Manhattan School of Music, where she develops programs for students in a cutting-edge interactive videoconference setting, and has presented to schools both nationally and internationally.

GUITAR

Billy Petito
Currently teaching at the Eastman Community Music School and studying at the Eastman School of Music; he performs many styles of music, from jazz, rock, funk, R&B, blues and classical, and is adept at playing bass, piano, banjo, mandolin, and ukulele. Billy regularly collaborates with filmmakers, animators and other composers in order to produce music for film and commercials, and has collaborated and recorded guitar tracks for a multitude of brand-name companies. In the summer of 2015 Petito was appointed guitar and music theory faculty at Miclen Laipang’s Southeast Asia Music Festival, located in the southern Philippines.
Benjamin Ellis
Bachelors degree from the Fredonia School of Music at SUNY Fredonia and a Masters degree from Syracuse University. Ellis is an active teacher in the Syracuse area and performs regularly both as a soloist as well as a chamber musician. In addition to maintaining a private studio, Ellis is an adjunct professor of guitar and director of the classical guitar ensemble at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. He collaborates with publisher Seconda Prattica on the publication of several arrangements for solo guitar and continues to work with composers to create and promote new works for the guitar.

VOCAL

Neva Pilgrim
Artist-In-Residence, Colgate University Music Department Faculty, Recording Artist, Vocal Studio at Colgate University, New York City and Syracuse, NY. Ms. Pilgrim is known throughout the country for her extensive work with composers, many of whom have written for her. She appeared regularly in recital, and as soloist with orchestras, having performed with the Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Syracuse Symphony and Clarion Concerts. She concertized in Japan, Canada, and Europe and appeared at such festivals as Tanglewood, Marlboro, Monadnock, Ravinia, Saratoga Baroque, and Chatauqua, as well as the International Computer Music Festival. She has released over 20 recordings and is one of the three founding members of the Society for New Music. She graduated magna cum laude from Hamline University, received a Master of Music from Yale, and studied at the Vienna Academy of Music on a Ditson Fellowship.

PERCUSSION

Sean Lowery, Jr.
BM, Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester; Percussion faculty at EUSMC for the past three years. Sean performs all styles of music from classical, jazz, and rock, with performances at The Kennedy Center (Washington, DC), Kilbourn Hall and the Eastman Theater (Rochester, NY).

— Faculty subject to change; additional Faculty pending —


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