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 
 


Founders

Eldon C. Mayer, Jr.

Edmund R. Schroeder
 

Board of Directors

Michael R. Schaefer, Chairman

Emily H. Susskind, Vice-Chair

Robert A. Weisstuch, Vice-Chair

Katherine D. Elliott, Treasurer

Edmund R. Schroeder, Chairman Emeritus

Aly Alibhai

Joshua Bell

Richard Bernstein

Rick Dobbis

Jennifer M. Goff

Victor J. Goldberg

Karen M. Karlsrud

Andrew J. Malik

Joseph F. McDonald

Lori A. Murphy

Amie Patel

David E. Stiepleman

Manoj Susarla

Steven J. Williams

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Michael R. Schaefer (Chairman): Michael Schaefer was a Managing Director at Citigroup Global Markets Inc. (“CGMI”), in the Futures Department and a member of several major Futures exchanges in the United States. He was associated with CGMI’s Futures business for more than 25 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.
Mr. Schaefer has served on numerous exchange and industry related advisory committees. Currently, he is Chairman of the National Futures Association, former Chairman of the New York Clearing Corporation and a member, now, of its Executive Committee.
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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.
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. 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 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 upcoming album of Bach to be 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.  
www.joshuabell.com 
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Richard Bernstein: 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 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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Rick Dobbis: Rick Dobbis is a longtime executive and innovator in the global music entertainment business. He is Chairman of R-DOG LLC, where artist clients have ranged from the Rolling Stones to the Navy SEAL/UDT Museum. R-DOG is currently producing numerous televisual projects and Rick has been named an Official Artist of the New York Television Festival for 2012, 2013 and 2014. He is a founder of myKaZoo Music and myKaZootv, the leading companies in kid and family friendly original music based entertainment. 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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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.
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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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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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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

Marilyn Horne

Jane Remer

Thomas Sobol

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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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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Staff

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

Alison Basford, Development Associate

Meryl Cullom, Field Supervisor

Kwaku Farrar, Social Media Coordinator

Molly Gibson, Development Associate

Leslie Gordon, Development Associate

Nicholas LaFleur, Assistant Program Director

Lina Li, Bookkeeper

Sylvia Kollappallil, Evaluation Assistant

Katie Masson, Program Associate

Elizabeth Melatti, Field Supervisor

Catriona O'Dwyer, Field Supervisor

Kristen Pappas, Evaluation Manager

Deidre Racoma, Field Supervisor

Rebecca Sullivan, Marketing and Communications Associate

David Wilson, Field Supervisor

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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 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. He currently volunteers as a mentor for the 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 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 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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Alison Basford serves as Development Associate. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a B.A. in arts administration. Alison was a professional ballet dancer for twelve years with Pacific Northwest Ballet, Boston Ballet, and The Suzanne Farrell Ballet. Prior to joining the staff at Education Through Music, she was working in the development department at School of American Ballet and in the archives at Brooklyn Academy of Music. 

Meryl Cullom joined ETM as a Field Supervisor in 2011.  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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Kwaku Farrar serves as Social Media Coordinator. He received his education from Richmond, the American International University in London, England studying International Journalism & Media. Kwaku is a former educator, with over 10 years of music experience. He is a music editor, artist, and social media guru.
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Molly Gibson serves as Development Associate. She graduated from Princeton University in 2014 with a degree in Comparative Literature and a certificate in African American Studies. At Princeton, she served as Business Director and Chief Engineer of WPRB-FM, the campus radio station. She also co-taught a class on social justice to local middle school students. Molly joins ETM as a 2014-2015 fellow through Princeton AlumniCorps’ Project 55 Fellowship Program. She enjoys playing flute and guitar. 
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Leslie Gordon serves as Development Associate. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2011 with a degree in Political Science. A dancer since the age of six, she was a member of an on-campus modern dance company all four years of college and was also dedicated to community work, tutoring ESL Spanish-speakers and students at an educational garden. She completed an internship at the Brooklyn Historical Society before joining the ETM staff.
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Sylvia Kollappallil serves as Evaluation Assistant. She received her B.A. in psychology at Queens College, and is now working towards obtaining her Master's Degree in Experimental Psychology at Brooklyn College. In her spare time, she enjoys writing, playing the guitar, and singing.
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Nicholas LaFleur serves as Assistant Program Director. 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 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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Katie Masson serves as a 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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Elizabeth Melatti serves as a Field Supervisor. Ms. Melatti is a passionate music educator with 29 years of experience.  She studied at the prestigious conservatory, Manhattan School of Music, and earned a Bachelor in Piano Performance, studying with Solomon Mikowsky, and a Master in Music Education.  She also earned a Supervisor degree from Kean University.  She has dedicated her life to teaching children vocal, instrumental and general music from grades K-12.  She has also worked and served the church as organist, pianist, singer and choir director for over 22 years playing masses, weddings, funerals and all special events.  Ms Melatti performed at Carnegie Hall while accompanying her vocal student.  She was invited as guest soloist with the Union Symphony Orchestra.  She has performed countless concerts with her students over the years.  She is currently developing a music program in the International School of Aruba.  
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Catriona O’Dwyer serves as a Field Supervisor. She graduated from University College Cork, Ireland with a Bachelor’s degree in Music (General Music and piano) and Irish language, and a Higher Diploma in Education. Her experience includes teaching General Music for 12 years in public high schools in Ireland, providing private piano lessons for the past 16 years, and serving as a Music Examiner for the Department of Education in Ireland. In addition to teaching, she has composed choral music for the National Chamber Choir of Ireland, which was performed in the National Concert Hall in Dublin under the direction of Colin Mawby. Her interests include singing and musical theater, where she has previously taken on the roles of: Musical Director for a children’s Performing Arts Academy; Chorus Mistress for adult theatre groups; and a judge at the National Choral Competitions for the Association of Irish Musical Societies.
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Kristen Pappas serves as Evaluation Manager.  She has a M.S. in Social Research from Hunter College, City University of New York and a B.A. in Economics from Geneseo College, State University of New York. Prior to joining ETM in 2012, she collaborated on evaluation projects for various New York City-based education programs. Kristen has 10 years of formal training in tap, jazz, and modern dance. She enjoys playing the piano. 
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Deidre Racoma serves as a 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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Rebecca Sullivan serves as a Marketing and Communications Coordinator. She joined Education Through Music after moving to New York from Boston, where she completed a master’s degree in Contemporary Improvisation at the New England Conservatory. Prior to attending NEC, she worked in Chicago as a voice and piano teacher and freelance jazz vocalist and composer. When Rebecca is not performing or composing, she loves to cook, and she is currently developing a concert series that combines food and music.
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David Wilson serves as a 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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ETM Music Teachers (2013-2014)

Jeremy Barbaro is excited to be teaching K-5 general music, band and chorus at PS 43X in the south Bronx this year. He studied at Ithaca College where he completed a bachelor's and master's degree (in piano and voice) and also studied at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College where he finished master's degrees in Music Theory and Composition. Jeremy has taught all levels from Pre-K through college and is an Institute Faculty Member of the McClosky Institute of Voice. He has had works performed and has performed as a soloist in both New York City and Italy.

Kali Barnett recently moved to the big apple from Wichita, KS. While in Wichita, Kali earned her Undergraduate Degree in Music Education from Friends University in 2008, and she earned her Master’s Degree in Elementary Music Education from Wichita State University in 2012. Kali also completed her Level III Kodály Certifications from WSU from 2009-2011. For the last 7 years, Kali taught music to K-5th grades for Wichita Public Schools. Kali has also taught theatre classes and has directed music theatre productions with the organization, Christian Youth Theater (CYT) in Wichita, KS. She is also teaching music theatre classes for CYT NYC.  This year, Kali is thrilled to be working with Education Through Music.  She is teaching PreK-1st grades at PS 357 in the Bronx.  

Robert Bennett is a trombonist, conductor, and educator currently living in New York City.  He currently teaches K-8 music and chorus at the Van Nest Academy in the Bronx, spearheading an establishment of a well-rounded music program including vocal and instrumental music. Specializing in jazz and classical music, he owns a BM from the Crane School of Music, and an MM from the Eastman School of Music.  Mr. Bennett has performed with and for a variety of top flight artists including Bill Holman, Michael Davis, Bill Reichenbach, John Marcellus, Massimo La Rosa, Dick Oatts, and Johan de Meij just to name a few.  He has been principal trombone of the Eastman Wind Ensemble, and can currently be found as principal trombone of the New York Opera Exchange and Brooklyn Wind Symphony, as well as a trombonist with the Erica Seguine/Shannon Baker Jazz Orchestra, and his own Bob Bennett Quintet.

Jacqueline Burd is a certified K-12 music teacher from Northern NJ. She graduated cum laude with a Bachelors of Music in Music Education with a concentration in Clarinet and a Psychology minor from Ithaca College in 2013. She is an active member of the National Association for Music Education. Jacqueline has greatly enjoyed her time thus far teaching music in the public schools, at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, as well as numerous private lessons. She is very excited to be teaching K-2 music this year at P.S. 103 in Bronx, NY!

Kristi Campbell is excited to share her love of stringed instruments and music with kids at P.S. 89. Though new to ETM, Kristi has had seven years teaching experience at an after-school enrichment program, as a violin teacher at community centers in Chicago, and as a PreK-8th grade classroom music teacher in Manhattan. As a classical violinist, Kristi has enjoyed performing in school and community orchestras since 10 years of age, while living in Africa, Europe, Minnesota, Chicago, and New York. She has toured with ensembles throughout the United States, Canada, Israel, and Slovenia, and continues to perform with ensembles in Manhattan, with professional recording projects, at special events, and in churches. She studied violin performance and education at Carinthian State Conservatory in Austria, the University of Minnesota, and earned a Masters of Arts in Music Education at Columbia University Teachers College. Kristi is certified in Orff Schulwerk, Musikgarten, and World Music Pedagogy from the University of Washington.

Jiyoon (Faith) Dong is originally from Seoul, Korea but moved to New York City in August, 2012. She holds a B.S. in Songwriting from Berklee College of Music and M.A. in Music Education from New York University. She noticed her talents in voice and piano from a young age, continued through college, and picked up many other instruments along the way including ukulele, drums, and guitar. Faith has also enjoyed singing with her church choir and worship bands and traveling abroad with the bands. She has taught private voice and piano lessons. Faith is excited to be working with Education Through Music and teaching elementary general music, selected choir, and after school guitar in the Bronx and Queens.

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.
 
Erin Giacinto is a certified public school teacher from Long Island, New York. She received her Bachelor’s of Music Education from Five Towns College in 2009 and is currently pursuing her Masters in Music Technology. During her undergraduate career, Erin was an active member of several vocal and instrumental ensembles. In addition, she served as concert master for the Five Towns Concert Band, as well as student director for the Five Towns Chorus. She is a clarinetist and a vocalist who has been teaching privately for twelve years and teaching public school for four. She has also performed at Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie Hall. Erin is excited to make music with her students and is looking forward to the 2013 - 2014 school year.

Amanda Gonzalez is a certified prek-12 music teacher in the state of New York. Originally from Albany, NY, she moved to New York City in 2006 to pursue her college career. Amanda received her Bachelor’s degree in music from Hunter College with a concentration on piano and violin technique. She received her teaching certification from and is currently finishing her Master’s degree in music education at Queens College. Amanda is currently teaching at P.S. 169 Baychester Academy in the Bronx, teaching general music, beginner strings and select choir.

Gordon Green teaches general music St. Angela Merici School in the Bronx and general music and string orchestra at St. Ann School in Manhattan. He graduated from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University with a Bachelor's degree in Music Composition. Mr. Green has taught music to all ages from 3 to adult, in both classroom and private settings. His specialties include Classical and Musical Theater, as well as Music Theory and Composition. Aside from years of teaching, Mr. Green has also conducted orchestras in the US, Mexico, and Argentina, and has also served as Music Director for several theater companies, including the Glyndon Area Players in Baltimore, MD. He plays the guitar, bass, cello, and piano.

Andrew Killeen is from Bay Shore, NY and holds a Bachelors of Music in Music Education with a Band Emphasis from the University of Dayton in Dayton, OH. He is an active performer and educator in the New York/Long Island area on trumpet and has experience teaching music to people of a variety of different backgrounds. He is an active member of NAfME as well as the International Trumpet Guild. Andrew is excited to be working with Education Through Music at P.S. 72 teaching general music and beginning band.

Diana Lim is from Long Island and studied music education at Long Island University with high scholarships from both the honors department and the music department. She was equally involved in the string and vocal programs at LIU. During Diana’s senior year, she applied for the United States Peace Corps, and after college graduation in 2011, she left for Asia to serve in Cambodia. She spent two years living in a rural village teaching high school English and chorus. Some of Diana’s many other projects included developing a school library, facilitating girls empowerment workshops, developing an annual youth fine arts festival, writing music for a TV commercial promoting recycling, and even directing musical performances at the U.S. Embassy’s Independence Day events. Diana returned to Long Island August 2013 and worked as a substitute teacher on Long Island for a year before beginning her time with ETM.

Andrea Palma is a SUNY Potsdam Crane school of Music graduate with bachelor in music for music education and a vocal performance certificate. Being a product of the New York City Department of Education she is eager to teach students who have grown up in a similar environment. Andrea has been teaching kindergarten through third grade in the Bronx with ETM since March of 2013. Aside from teaching Andrea is a very active performer, performing regularly in the tri-state area as well as internationally, and toured with the Israel philharmonic orchestra in Israel for several weeks. 

Javar Parker is excited to be the new music teacher at P.S. 175Q.  He grew up in the heart of the Midwest…Mansfield, Ohio.  His love of music began at an early age singing in church and community choirs.  He taught himself piano beginning at the age of six and started playing piano and organ for his church at age 11.  During high school, he discovered a love for musical theatre and would go on to study music theatre at Baldwin-Wallace University, in Berea, Ohio.  As a professional actor, his career began at the age of 17 where he has been fortunate enough to play amazing roles like the Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera.  Not only is he an actor, his performing career has taken him all over the United States and parts of Canada as a singer, songwriter, and musician.  Currently, Javar is completing his Master’s of Music Education degree from Hunter College, expected in May 2015. 
 
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.
 
Robert Popescu is an accomplished music educator, jazz musician, and dedicated philanthropist for music. He studied jazz guitar performance at Arizona State University under Michael Kocour and Chris Champion. He has been playing music professionally for several years, sharing the stage with the likes of George Benson, Joey DeFrancesco, Bill and Dom Moio, and Ray Riendeau. As a music educator, he has taught K-5 music in Glendale, Arizona, directed a successful after-school music program, and was deeply involved as a clinician in JazzinAZ and the Jazz Coop, two music non-profits in Arizona that promoted jazz to high-need schools. He has also taught music privately for over ten years. He has been a band leader, a jazz sideman, and a composer for indie films. He released two well-received recordings with his jazz groups, The Modern Guitar Quintet and The Actual Proof Trio. 

Melanie Silvernail is a new teacher with ETM, teaching general music at P.S. 91 and P.S. 109 in the Bronx.  She is a certified K-12 Music Teacher in Connecticut.  She received her Bachelors of Music for Vocal Performance and Music Education at the Hartt School, University of Hartford in West Hartford, CT. During her undergraduate career she conducted a research study through the University of Hartford’s WELFund called Empowerment Through Music.  For this study she taught private voice lessons to high school girls to quantitatively and qualitatively show that music builds confidence and body awareness.   She was also involved in many musical organizations on campus such as Sigma Alpha Iota, ACDA, NAFME, a co-ed a cappella group called Hartattack, and Hartt Opera Theater.   

Ulises Solano
This fall marks Ulises Solano's 8th 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 Bachellor'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.
 
Nina Soto is a Brooklyn, New York native who holds a Bachelors of Music in Performance and Masters in Music Education from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. She went on to become a freelance bassist and toured throughout the east coast with various bands as well as taught private music lessons. Her love of empowering and making a difference in children’s lives through music, lead her to study Music Therapy at The University of Iowa where she became a Board Certified Music Therapist. Her education and experience has enabled her to work as a private music teacher and music therapist for numerous children of all ages and abilities in Brooklyn, and Staten Island. She is excited to be working at P.S. 84 in Williamsburg, Brooklyn this year where she will launch their string orchestra program.

School-employed Music Teachers (2013-14 school year)
Jason Atkinson
Olivia Breen
Tanisha Campbell
Thomas Carroll
Mark Daterman
Diana Fox
Kim Ilardi
Antonio Jacobs
Ian Kanakaris
Mary Landry
Jonathan Malko
Shraine Murria
Jessica Parr
Jacqueline Pouncie
Emily Roman
Melissa Salguero
Stefan Schatz
Allison Tuthill
Taylor Walkup
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