Naseer Ashraf

Piano, viola

Naseer completed a degree in Music Theory & Composition with a minor in Viola Performance at the University of Rhode Island. He received his Master of Music degree in Classical Composition at SUNY Purchase. Naseer was then offered a competitive scholarship to complete an Artist Diploma in Piano Performance at SUNY, studying under Stephanie Brown. He teaches and performs in Westchester County and New York City.


Savannah Bisset

Voice, piano

Savannah received her BA in Vocal Performance from SUNY Purchase. Her NY Debut received a New York Times review as Marguerite in André Grétry’s Richard Coeur-de-lion. Recent engagements include Gilda and the Countess from Verdi’s Rigoletto as well as Pamina with the Virginia Opera Company on the James. She was a winner of the “Riverside Opera Competition” which was televised on “The Manhattan Classical Opera & Concert Series” and a semi finalist in the Marcello Giordani Competition & the American Protégé Competition in Opera and Art Song. Savannah’s performance credits include the Cantanti Project, “NY Opera Exchange”, “LOFT Opera” and “New York Lyric Opera Theatre”, and opened the world premiere as Sofie in Raphaël Lucas’s award-winning opera Confession. Other roles performed include Die Erste Dame in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, and Tirésias in Les mamelles de Tirésias which won the esteemed award from the National Opera Association. Savannah is often engaged in recital work abroad where she enjoys incorporating other styles of music. Ms. Bisset studied piano in Canada through the Royal Conservatory Method and continued her studies while in university.


Lucas Brode

Guitar, electric bass

Lucas received his BA with Honors in Music from Skidmore College. During his time at Skidmore, Lucas worked as a Sound Tech and Recording Engineer. Lucas’s scoring credits include having produced Going Pro: American Soccer, 2013 (a full length documentary) and short projects with animator Ken Siu. He has performed with various rock, jazz, and experimental bands over the past decade and has played at such venues as The Chance, The Bitter End, and The Knitting Factory. In addition to joining The Rye Arts Center, Lucas teaches at Blue Bus Music and regularly tours throughout the country.


Gerry Fitzgerald

Drums

Gerry has been teaching in Westchester for 15 years and performing the New York Area for 30 years. In that time, he has played with Joey Calderazzo, Michael Brecker, Bill Crow, Sir Roland Hanna, John Abercrombie, Jimmy Hall, Joe Beck, and Carmine Leggio. He is presently appearing with Michelle LeBlanc and Doug Proper in Westchester and Putnam Counties. Gerry can also be heard on several CD’s by various recording artists.


Andrew Fox 

Piano, voice

Andrew is an award-winning musical theatre orchestrator and arranger whose previous clients include Stephen Schwartz and Starkid Productions. He co-runs Stacks of Wax Production, which creates music in all popular genres. He is the co-founding faculty of Creative Vocal Lab & Choral Conservatory at Purchase College and a teaching artist at Westhampton PAC.


Anne Bach Fumasoli

Flute, piano

Anne is Music School Director at The Rye Arts Center. She received her BS summa cum laude in Music Education from the University of Bridgeport. She has taught in the Stamford and Darien public schools, the Greenwich Academy, the School of the Holy Child and in various community based programs. Her performance credits include work with The Connecticut Grand Opera, Connecticut Public Television, Silvermine Art Guild and The Whitney Museum. Anne continues to perform throughout the tri-state area as a soloist, chamber musician, and clinician. She is an active member of the New York State School Music Association and is a certified woodwind adjudicator for NYSSMA evaluation festivals.


Matt Garrison 

Flute, clarinet, saxophone, beginning piano

Matt joins The RAC holding both a BS and MS in Music from Purchase Conservatory where he was presented with the Anthony Newman Award for exceptional jazz studies. Matt has taught privately for several years in the Westchester County Area among them at the Soloman Schecter School and JCC of Scarsdale. Matt performs regularly at various jazz venues in the NYC area. He can be seen at the Jazz Standard and Smoke in NYC.


Daniel Glaude

Flute, clarinet, saxophone, beginning piano/guitar

Daniel received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Purchase College in Jazz Performance. He has studied privately with Eric Alexander, Jimmy Greene, Jon Gordon, John Abercrombie, and Steve Wilson. Daniel’s performance credits include appearances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and Birdland. He is a regular performer with Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, the Ed Palermo Big Band, Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra, among others. He has performed with artists including Dee Snider, the Coasters, and Melissa Manchester. Daniel has several years experience teaching throughout the tri-state area.


Soraya Karkari

Piano, piano pals, voice

Soraya received her Bachelor of Music Summa Cum Laude from Purchase College. She is currently pursuing her Master of Music in Opera at Purchase College. Soraya has appeared in numerous operas with Purchase Opera and made her European debut with Berlin Opera Academy in August of 2017. In addition to her work at RAC, Soraya teaches voice privately and works as a freelance musician. She also has a background in musical theater and enjoys teaching various genres of music.


Jason Jacob 

Guitar, Suzuki guitar, banjo, mandolin, ukulele

Jason holds a BM in Guitar Performance from University of Missouri and a MM in guitar Performance from the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music, The University of Memphis. He holds an Artists Diploma from SUNY Purchase as well as a Certificate of Suzuki Teacher Training from The Longay Conservatory of Guitar, San Jose, CA. In addition to his teaching at The Rye Arts Center, Jason also teaches at The Guitar Conservatory of Northern Westchester and has taught at The Community Music School at The University of Memphis.


Alexandra Jenkins 

Violin, viola

Alexandra holds a BM in Violin Performance from SUNY-Purchase (2011), where she was a student of Calvin Wiersma. While at Purchase, she studied chamber music with Laurie Smukler, Ira Weller, Julia Lichten, and Ayako Oshima. Alexandra has played in regional orchestras and pit orchestras throughout the Tri-State area for over 10 years. She has toured China three times as Principal 2nd of the Manhattan Symphonie. She has also performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center (Avery Fisher Hall and Alice Tully Hall), and Merkin Hall at the Kaufman Center, NJPAC, the PNC Bank Arts Center, and many more. A frequent studio musician, Alexandra has played and arranged strings for film scores, television and commercials (for companies including Google) and recorded with artists such as Snoop Dogg, Jewel, and The Lumineers. She also plays a great deal of musical theatre. Alexandra has students of all ages and skill levels, and looks forward to teaching any genre of music you want to learn!


Teresa Hitchcock

Piano, voice

Teresa received her Bachelors degree at SUNY Purchase College and her Masters of Music in Opera Performance under a Graduate Assistantship from the Maryland Opera Studio at the University of Maryland. While opera is Ms. Hitchcock’s main focus, she also enjoys a variety of other musical styles. In addition Teresa is an accomplished pianist. She teaches privately in the Westchester County area.


Grace Kim

Piano, piano pals

Grace is a New York based classical pianist, accompanist, and educator. She received her Master’s degree in Piano Performance from SUNY Purchase and Bachelor of Music from Queens College. Her recent performances include her solo recital at SUNY Purchase, NYC’s Rising Stars at Queens Borough Performing Arts Center, and duo recitals at Atria senior residence.


Lauren Jenkins

Violin, Suzuki violin

Lauren holds a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance, Summa Cum Laude from The Conservatory at Purchase College and a Masters of Music from Carnegie Mellon University.  In addition she holds a Suzuki certification from the Atlanta Suzuki Institute. Lauren has over 15 years teaching experience with performances in numerous festivals and orchestras both in The US and abroad. She enjoys teaching various genres of music (including fiddling!).


Jaana Narsipur

Voice, piano

Jaana is a private and group class teacher for voice and piano. She has a diverse background and training that includes classical, musical theater, jazz, and pop music. Jaana studied voice and music history at Northwestern University, followed by her music education certification at DePaul University. She completed her Masters in Jazz Performance in 2013 at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College and holds over 10 years’ experience teaching in public schools as well as teaching private and group classes in the Westchester/Fairfield County. Jaana has studied with jazz legends Sheila Jordan, Chicago vocalist Jackie Allen, and New York vocalist JD Walter.


Nina Ossoff 

Songwriting

Nina Ossoff has been a professional songwriter for over 20 years.  She is a multi-genre and multiplatinum writer with many successes to her credit.  Releases include Daughtry (#1 selling Grammy nominated multiplatinum cd), Halestorm (Top 10 Rock Single, Grammy nominated, multiplatinum CD), and many, many more domestic and international artists. She is a fixture in the NYC and LA songwriter community and many of her songs have been placed in movies and television shows such as Miss CongenialityThe Letterman Show, and Good Morning America.  Teaching and mentoring venues include Mercy College, Sleepy Hollow High School (songwriter-in-residence), NYU, Westchester Arts Camp, and the International Creators Conference in Singapore. Recent releases and collaborations are with Courage My Love (single), Will and Anthony, and Diamante.
 


Eugene Posniewski

Piano, voice, early childhood music

Eugene received his BM summa cum laude in Voice Performance and Opera Studies from the Conservatory of Music at SUNY Purchase College. He has studied privately with Mina Kim, Joan Krueger, Hugh Murphy, and Jacque Trussel. Eugene’s performance credits include appearances at Carnegie Hall and the Performing Arts Center at Purchase College. Eugene is an accomplished pianist and works as an accompanist, liturgical pianist, and baritone soloist in Westchester County. Eugene holds several years teaching experience and is a certified Kindermusik Educator. . He has directed musicals at the Education First International Academies of Tarrytown and Thornwood and has taught at the MGM Study Center of Yonkers, as well as the Larchmont Music Academy of Larchmont. Eugene is trained, as a pianist, in the classical Russian method. His students have performed in competitions throughout Westchester County and New York City, including the International Bach Competition. 


Heather Rinello

Piano, piano pals

Heather is a graduate of Manhattanville College with a degree in music and concentration in management. She studied piano privately at the Music Conservatory of Westchester with the renowned Russian piano teacher Natalia Krassii-Watson. For three years she held a position as Rental Manager at Steinway Hall on 57th street in Manhattan, where her responsibilities included performing for clients. In 2002 Heather played piano in scenes from the movie Unfaithful, directed by Adrian Lyne, starring Richard Gere and Diane Lane. For the past several years Heather has taught at two Westchester music schools for students’ ages 5 and up, teaching all genre of music and theory and all of her students have performed in recitals.


Joe Sabia

Trumpet, beginning piano

After graduating with honors from SUNY Purchase’s Conservatory of Music, Joe earned a master’s degree in music performance from the Hartt School (University of Hartford) while on a full scholarship. Joe is a native of Port Chester, NY and has been teaching private lessons for over 15 years.  He regularly performs as a soloist, chamber musician, and section leader through a realization of his goal: being a truly versatile freelance musician.  Some of his favorite genres to play are classical, funk, jazz, klezmer, rock ‘n roll, R&B, soul, and swing.Joe is currently the principal trumpet of The Chappaqua Orchestra and previously held the role of second trumpet / assistant principal with the American Chamber Orchestra and the Yonkers Philharmonic.   Joe also serves as a pit musician in countless musical theater shows in Westchester and Connecticut.  If you look closely, you might see Joe in the Amazon Prime series, Mozart In The Jungle.


Deborah Scharbach

Violin, viola, beginning cello

Deborah holds a BM from Crane School of Music and a MS in Mathematics from CUNY Lehman. Her Teaching experience includes several practicums in the Potsdam Central School district, JFK Magnet School in Port Chester and at Rye Middle School and Rye High School.


Jessica Westerman

Piano pals, piano

Jessica Westerman holds a BM in Piano Performance with a concentration in Piano Pedagogy from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam. She received the Susan Smykla Edell ’57 Award for Excellence in Piano Accompanying and served as the accompanist for the Crane Opera Ensemble. She is currently the choral accompanist for the Port Chester School District and has collaborated with many choirs, instrumentalists, vocalists and opera companies, performing in the U.S, Austria, and Germany.  She teaches at The Greenwich Country Day School and privately in The Westchester County and Fairfield County areas. Jessica looks forward to teaching music in a variety of styles, creating a fun musical experience and motivating students to give music a place in their lives.