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

Anthony Lo Cicero

Andrew J. Malik

Joseph F. McDonald

Lori A. Murphy

Amie Patel

Edward J. Petner

David E. Stiepleman

Manoj Susarla

Steven J. Williams

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Michael R. Schaefer (Chairman): Retired Managing Director, Citigroup Global Markets, Futures Dept. Former Chairman, National Futures Association.

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Emily H. Susskind (Vice-Chair): Independent consultant, tech. Strategy and digital media svcs. Fmr CIO, Prudential Financial, Intl Div. Fmr Senior VP and Exec. VP, Sony Corp. of America. MBA, Wharton Schl. BA, Wellesley College. 
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Robert A. Weisstuch (Vice-Chair): Vice President, Business Analysis for HarperCollins Publishers. Formerly with HIT Entertainment and Accenture. BS, Lehigh University. 
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Katherine D. Elliott (Treasurer): Retired Chief Operating Officer, Petner Asset Mgmt. Former Senior VP, Lynch & Mayer. Trustee, Hobart & William Smith Colleges. William Smith College BA '66, L.H.D. '08.
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Edmund R. Schroeder (Chairman Emeritus): Attorney (Retired). Former partner, then Senior Counsel, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft. Hon.Chair., Hoff-Barthelson Music Schl. Former member Scarsdale Board of Education, former Board member Orchestra of St. Luke's. LLB, Harvard Law Schl. AB, Harvard College.
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Aly Alibhai: Director, Mergers & Acquisitions, Citigroup Global Markets. MBA, Columbia Business School, Beta Gamma Sigma.  BSc., Cell Biology and Genetics, University of British Columbia.
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Joshua Bell: Often referred to as the “poet of the violin” JOSHUA BELL’s stunning virtuosity, beautiful tone and charismatic stage presence have brought him universal acclaim.  An Avery Fisher Prize recipient and Musical America’s 2010 Instrumentalist of the Year, Bell is the new Music Director of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields; and the first person to hold this title since Sir Neville Marriner formed the orchestra in 1958. In February, Sony Classical released the Beethoven 4th and 7th Symphonies recorded with Bell and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Classical music chart.
       Having performed with every major orchestra in the world, Bell is an exclusive Sony Classical artist who has recorded more than 40 CDs garnering Mercury, Grammy, Gramophone and Echo Klassik awards.  Recent releases include French Impressions with pianist Jeremy Denk, the eclectic At Home With Friends, the Defiance soundtrack, Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, and 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 most of the major violin repertoire in addition to John Corigliano’s Oscar-winning soundtrack, The Red Violin. Bell has premiered new works by composers Nicholas Maw, John Corigliano, Aaron Jay Kernis, Edgar Meyer, Behzad Ranjbaran and Jay Greenberg.
       Born in Bloomington, Indiana, Bell received his first violin at age four and at age 12 began studying with revered violinist Josef Gingold, at Indiana University. Two years later Bell came to national attention in his debut with Riccardo Muti and the Philadelphia Orchestra and, at age 17, made his Carnegie Hall debut.  Bell’s extensive career has now spanned over 30 years as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist, and conductor.
       Bell performs on the 1713 Huberman Stradivarius.  www.joshuabell.com 
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Richard Bernstein: Executive Vice Chairman, Cassidy Turley.
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Rick Dobbis: Chairman, Rick Dobbis Organization, Global (R-DOG). Partner, Dream Jam Enterprises. Senior Advisor, Martin Bandier Music and Entertainment Program. Co-founder myKaZoo Music and myKazootv. BS, Syracuse University.
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Jennifer M. Goff: Operations Analyst, Greenlight Capital. Board member, Partial Comfort Productions. BA, University of Texas at Austin.
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Victor J. Goldberg: Retired Corp. VP, IBM. Trustee, Inst. of Intl Educ. Trustee, Intl Fellowship Prog. (Ford Foundation initiative). Member, Westchester County Fair Campaign Practices Committee.
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Karen M. Karlsrud: Professional Violinist. Performed and recorded with many orchestras such as The New York City Ballet, The Orchestra of St. Lukes, The New York Pops, and The American Symphony. Commercial credits include over 200 major motion pictures, commercials, recordings with major artists, national television appearances, and Broadway shows. Former faculty member, The Brearley School. Studied violin and earned her BA at Oberlin College and Conservatory.
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Anthony F. Lo Cicero: Attorney. Partner, Amster Rothstein & Ebenstein, LLP. Litigator, Intellectual Property Law. Frequent lecturer. BS, Polytechnic Univ. JD, Brooklyn Law School.
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Andrew J. Malik: Chairman, Needham & Co. Head, Banking Dev't Group. Board mbr, Celbros Tech., Hummingbird Ltd., and SuperSpeed Software. Univ. of RI. Queens College. Deg. from The NY Inst. of Finance.
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Joseph F. McDonald: Attorney. Senior Counsel, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius. Bd mbr: PRI Healthcare, Vera Inst. of Justice; Dir. Emeritus, NY Lawyers for the Public Interest. LLB (Tax), NYU. JD, Univ. of Mich. Law Schl. BA, Amherst College.
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Lori A. Murphy: Vice President, Aspire Lifestyles.  Previously Director, Account Development, American Express. Former member of Steering Committee, Arts and Business Council of New York. Professional studio singer. Degree in Studio Music/Jazz Vocal from the University of Miami, Coral Gables, Fl.

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Amie Patel: Director, Imprint Capital. Formerly with Soros Economic Development Fund.  MBA Georgetown, BSBA Washington University in St. Louis.
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Edward J. Petner: President, Petner Asset Management. Formerly with Lynch & Mayer. MBA, Wharton Schl of Business. BA, Duquesne Univ.
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David E. Stiepleman: Chief Operating Officer, TPG Opportunities Partners. BA, Amherst College; JD, Columbia.
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Manoj Susarla: Vice President, Special Situations Group, Goldman Sachs. BS, Economics, Wharton School. BA, Mathematics and International Studies, University of Pennsylvania. Principal Violist with Penn’s Symphony Orchestra and a founding officer of Penn Chamber Music Society.
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Steven J. Williams: Partner, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. 
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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

Meryl Cullom, Field Supervisor

Leslie Gordon, Development Associate

Gordon Green, Program Associate

Nicholas LaFleur, Assistant Program Director

Lina Li, Bookkeeper

Catriona O'Dwyer, Field Supervisor

Kristen Pappas, Evaluation Manager

Krystal Valentin, Development 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 15 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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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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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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Gordon Green serves as a Program Associate. 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.
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Maraiya Hakeem serves as Development Associate. She graduated from Princeton University in 2012 with a degree in Sociology and a certificate in African-American Studies. While at Princeton, she was involved with various theater productions and held leadership positions with the theater group Black Arts Company Drama. She joins ETM as a 2012-2013 fellow through the Princeton AlumniCorps' Project 55 Fellowship Program. 
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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 in 2005 and his Bachelor's of Music in Jazz Performance from the University of Massachusetts in 1985. 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 and is currently pursuing advanced certification in music education from Brooklyn College.
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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.

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. Prior to joining ETM in 2012, she gained experience evaluating New York City-based education programs, working with the non-profit organization ReLearning Curve and interning with the non-profit organization Dynamic Research and Evaluation, LLC.  
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Krystal Valentin serves as Development Associate. She graduated from Princeton University in 2012 with a degree in Public Policy from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. At Princeton, Krystal was involved with the Carl A. Fields Center to promote social justice, civic engagement, and educational empowerment. She also dedicated her time to volunteering and traveling, which culminated in her co-founding, Ubomi Beads, a social enterprise which facilitates the distribution and retail of recycled magazine beaded necklaces from Cape Town, South Africa. She joins ETM as a 2012-2013 fellow through the Princeton AlumniCorps’ Project 55 Fellowship Program.
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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)

Ulises Amaya is a certified K-12 educator and multi-instrumentalist from Long Island, New York.  He graduated from Hofstra University in 2010 with a B.S. in Music Education, where he studied both classical and jazz double bass under Robert Emmet Bowen III.  He has been teaching private lessons since 2008 and has played an active role as assistant director at the School of Rock in Roslyn, New York. Currently he is teaching PreK-8th grade general music as well as directing a choir and guitar ensemble. His passion for music comes from his wish to see everyone have the opportunity to get up on stage and experience the joy and thrill of performing. In addition to his years of teaching, he continues to be an active performer on the east coast as a jazz bassist and with his band, The Dirty Gems. 
 
Emma Apsel is a new ETM teacher working at PS 103 in the Bronx, teaching K-2 General Music. She recently finished her Masters in Music Education at LIU Post where she was both the Music Education and Vocal Jazz Graduate Assistant. While doing her graduate work, Emma piloted a case study that led to a presentation at the 2012 NYSSMA Winter Conference in Rochester, NY entitled Detect, Diagnose, and Prescribe: Music Teacher Education in the Performing Ensemble Setting.  Prior to getting her Masters degree Emma spent a year teaching pre-school music in the Raleigh-Durham area of North Carolina.  Along with teaching general music Emma is also passionate about vocal jazz education.  She is the Vocal Jazz Director in the Hewlett-Woodmere School District on Long Island and is this year’s Vocal Jazz Chairperson for the Nassau Music Educator’s Association All-County Festival. 
 
Jason Atkinson is a second year music teacher with ETM, working at PS/MS 7 in East Harlem. Previously, he was a NYC Teaching Fellow, and worked in The Bronx teaching K-8, and at an all-autistic school in Co-Op City. At both schools he secured VH1 grants, starting a concert band and creating a piano lab. Following that, he moved to Italy where he taught and performed in Rome for three years.  Jason also works frequently in theater. He has written music for theatrical productions at The Cleveland Playhouse, Cleveland Public Theater, and NYC's Prospect Theater, and this past summer, a play of his was featured at the 2012 NYC International Fringe Festival. His short fiction has been published in the USA and abroad. Jason recently returned from Washington DC, where he founded a music program at the city's first all-girl charter school.
 
Rob Bickley holds a B.M. from Michigan State University and a M.M. from The Juilliard School, and currently directs the string orchestra program at St. Ann School in Manhattan. Originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan, Rob was immersed in the rich heritage of jazz in Detroit as a protégé of master educator Rodney Whitaker. During his time in Michigan Rob was actively involved in community outreach, education, and mentorship through the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Civic Music Program and Michigan State University Community Music School. Since moving to New York, Rob has deepened his passion for education working with the Juilliard School and Jazz at Lincoln Center. In addition, Rob balances his teaching with his work as an active performing bassist and composer.
 
Rachel Bidwell is a music educator who was born and raised in New York. Rachel is delighted to be returning for a second year teaching general music and band to grades PreK-8 at St. Athanasius School in the Bronx and St. Mark the Evangelist in Harlem. Before joining ETM in 2012, Rachel taught middle school band in Westchester County for two years. In addition, she teaches private flute and piano lessons and has also worked as a director for middle and high school theatre programs. She earned both her Bachelor's and Master's in Music Education from Manhattanville College, where she studied flute and piano as her primary instruments. She has participated in numerous wind ensembles, choruses, and flute ensembles throughout Westchester and Putnam Counties.
 
Olivia Breen is a New York State certified K-12 music teacher from Glen Head, New York, who is beginning her second year teaching K-3 general music and 4-5 chorus at P.S. 72 in the Bronx. In December of 2012, Olivia completed a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education with a concentration in Vocal Performance from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam; she began working with Education Through Music shortly afterwards. In addition to solo performances, Olivia has participated in many choirs, both at Crane and beyond, which has led her to perform at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and venues across Eastern Europe. Olivia has loved teaching with ETM so far, and is excited for her second year at P.S. 72.
 
Marirose Dempsey is a new teacher with ETM, teaching string orchestra at P.S. 68 in the Bronx. Originally from Rochester, NY she received both her Bachelors of Music and Masters of Arts in Teaching in Music Education from Manhattanville College, where she studied under both Elliot Magaziner and C. Victor Lionti. Education has been Marirose’s passion since her first taste in her freshman year of college. She has been teaching middle school music for the past year in Upper Westchester County, as well as private violin and viola lessons throughout Westchester and Fairfield counties for the past three years. Marirose remains an active musician performing with orchestras in both Westchester and Fairfield counties.
 
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.
 
Molly Kackloudis is a certified K-12 music teacher in New York and Michigan. She received her B.M. in Music Education from Michigan State University where she studied under the mentorship of Dr. Cynthia Taggart, and also studied flute and jazz piano. While in Michigan, Molly taught music to a variety of ages from early childhood and up, and assisted in the organization of a collaborative community music concert featuring notable folk musicians and area students. Passionate about jazz education, Molly worked at Jazz at Lincoln Center to co-produce the 2012 Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition and Festival, as well as the 2012 Summer Band Directors Academy. Molly is currently in her second year teaching elementary general music grades 1-5 for ETM at P.S. 182 in Bronx, NY.
 
Emily Murphy is a certified K-12 music educator from Northern New York. She received her B.S in Music from SUNY New Paltz, where she double majored in Piano Performance under Ruthanne Schempf and Music Therapy under the late Mary Boyle. She also holds an Advanced Certificate in Instrumental Music Education from the Aaron Copland School of Music, where she is currently completing her M.S in Music Education. She is an avid private piano and clarinet teacher with several years of experience, and is an active accompanist for school productions and festivals throughout the Metropolitan area. Emily is the Music Director at Church of the Holy Innocents in Highland Falls, NY, where she directs the church youth choir and runs a small piano studio. She is teaching K-7 General Music at M.S 566 and P.S 76 in the Bronx.   
 
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. 
 
Emily Roman is originally from Indiana but moved to New York City in January, 2013. She holds a B.S. in music education from Ball State University and has an Indiana Educator’s License. She studied piano and violin from a young age, continued through college, and picked up many other instruments along the way including ukulele, mandolin, and guitar. Emily has also enjoyed working with the East Central Youth Symphony Orchestra and traveling abroad with the Blue Lake International Youth Symphony Orchestra. She has taught private voice, piano, and string lessons. Emily is excited to be working with Education Through Music and teaching elementary general music in the Bronx.
 
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.
 
Alex Somer
 
Jene Song
A performing pianist, singer and educator, Jenie Song’s passions are music and teaching music to children. She is dedicated to teaching music by using diverse and developmental approaches, specializing in piano, choral and early childhood music instruction. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy Certificate from Carnegie Mellon University and her Master of Music in Music Education from the University of Miami Frost School of Music. She received certificates in Kodály Level I and Musikgarten’s integrated music and movement program for early childhood.

Jenie was the winner of the Steinway Society of Western Pennsylvania piano competition in 2001. As a singer and accompanist, she performed, toured and recorded with The Choral Project in San Jose, California in 2002-06. She sang with Vocal Flight, a 6-member vocal jazz ensemble that won Downbeat magazine’s 2008 “Outstanding Performance” for their album Make the Move. Currently, she sings with Cantori New York under the direction of Mark Shapiro. Jenie is thrilled with the opportunity to share music with children in the schools in New York. 
 
Alexander Tasopolous is thrilled to be teaching the students of the One World Middle School Orchestra in the Bronx. Their excitement and dedication toward music makes conducting the orchestra a pleasure. In addition to his position at One World Middle School, Alex is an adjunct professor at New York University where he teaches the string instruments to music education students. While earning a master’s degree at The Juilliard School, Alex had the honor of studying the viola with distinguished professors, Michael Tree and Masao Kawasaki. Alex also cherished the time he spent as an undergraduate at McGill University in Montreal, and he will always remember the many wonderful years he spent at the Preparatory Division at the Mannes College of Music. Most recently, Alex became a certified teacher in New York State with the help of the excellent professors of Brooklyn College.
 
Juan Carlos Tavarez was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in Long Island. He completed his Bachelors of Music degree from Five Towns College in Music Education with an emphasis in voice and cello. While at Five Towns College, he performed in the Choir, Chamber Orchestra, and Concert Band. In addition to his work with ETM and teaching private voice lessons, Juan Carlos is currently working towards his Master's degree in Education and Special Education (Grades 1-6) at Touro College.  Since he was eight years old, Juan Carlos has been passionate about music. Through his active involvement in education, church, and community events, he enthusiastically shares this with others, while helping them achieve their musical goals.
 
Taylor Walkup recently completed the degrees of Bachelor of Music with a concentration in Vocal Performance and Choral Music Education and Master of Arts in Teaching with a concentration in Choral Music Education from Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia. She is a certified PK-12 music teacher in the Commonwealth of Virginia and has completed Level 1 Kodaly Certification from Midwestern State University located in Texas. While pursuing her undergraduate and graduate degrees, Taylor became an advocate for teaching vocal pedagogy and vocal health to both young choral students and professional voice users. This passion, combined with a love of music education, translated directly into her teaching within elementary, secondary, and collegiate choral and general music classrooms. Taylor is committed to providing exceptional, authentic music experiences to her students and is thrilled for the opportunity to teach general and choral music at P.S. 84 in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. 

 
School-employed Music Teachers (2013-14 school year)
Tanisha Campbell
Thomas Carroll
Diana Fox
Kevin Heathwood
Mary Landry
Jessica Parr
Leah Potteiger
Jacqueline Pouncie
Melissa Salguero
Tim Sobolewski

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