Yuika Abe

Piano, voice, songwriting

Yuika holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Goldsmiths College, University of London, where she majored in Popular Music.  She is currently in the master’s program in Studio Composition at SUNY Purchase Conservatory, with a scholarship awarded for ‘exceptional talent’. Her songwriting and music performance style draws inspiration from various different genres, such as indie and dream pop, experimental electronic music, J-pop(or Japanese pop music), and jazz.  She has performed at various venues across the globe, including the Bitter End, The Cutting Room, and Cafe Vivaldi in NYC, SARAVAH TOKYO in Tokyo, Japan, and the Albany in London, UK among others. Yuika began her musical studies at The Rye Arts Center.

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.

Gina Bergamini

Voice, musical theater

Gina received her Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance at SUNY New Paltz. After a career of performing in small regional local musical theater companies, the New York Renaissance Faire, and NYC’s Dalia Carella Dance Collective, she moved on to obtain her Masters in Teaching from Manhattanville College. She has taught the performing arts for young people at Northern Westchester Center for the Arts and most recently for Education Through Music in the Bronx. 

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.

Shannon Civic


Shannon received her BA in Music from The College of St. Rose and is presently finishing her Master of Music at SUNY Purchase. Shannon served as an Adjunct Professor at Schenectady County Community College and a Faculty Member and Counselor at The St. Rose Pre-College Experience teaching music history, conducting, piano studies, and advanced music theory. She is presently teaching an undergraduate course in piano at SUNY Purchase. In addition to teaching privately, Shannon has also served as an accompanist for various school choirs and NYSSMA competitions in New York State.

Emily Frederick

Violin, piano

Emily received a Bachelor of Music from Ithaca College and a Master of Music from Purchase College Conservatory of Music.  She is an active member of the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, the Albany Symphony, the Binghamton Philharmonic and the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic.  Emily teaches privately in the Putnam/Westchester county area.

Gerry Fitzgerald


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.

Anne Bach Fumasoli

Flute, piano

Anne is Music Program and Public Outreach Director at The Rye Arts Center. She received her Bachelor of Science summa cum laude in Music Education from the University of Bridgeport. At the university, Anne studied piano with Juilliard graduate, Allen Weiss. In addition she studied flute privately with Manhattan School of Music faculty member Harold Bennett and Harvey Estrin, one of the most respected NYC studio musicians during that time. Anne has taught in the Stamford and Darien public schools, Greenwich Academy, School of the Holy Child and in various community based programs. Her performance credits include work with Connecticut Grand Opera, Connecticut Public Television, Silvermine Art Guild and The Whitney Museum. Anne continues to perform throughout the tristate area as a soloist and chamber musician. She is an active member of the New York State School Music Association and is a certified woodwind adjudicator for both New York State (NYSSMA) and Connecticut State 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.

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.

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.

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!).

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.

Regan Nikol

Piano pals, piano, clarinet

Regan has experience in solo, orchestral and chamber ensembles with numerous music groups and festivals including Westchester Band, Bronxville Midland Chamber Music, Lehman Band, Collegium Westchester Orchestra, Hudson Valley Wind Ensemble, Sarah Lawrence Orchestra, Purchase Symphonic Winds, Bowdoin International Music Festival, Texas Music Festival and College Light Opera Company. She has performed in Europe and the United States in venues such as Avery Fisher Hall, Carnegie Hall, and Alice Tully Hall. Regan has been teaching students of various ages and levels for over 15 years in schools such as the Brooklyn-Queens Conservatory of Music, Great Neck Arts Center, Bayside Music Studio, Cambria Center School for the gifted child, Lakeville Elementary School, and her own private music studio. She received both her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in education and performance from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College.

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.

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.

Sima Wolf


Sima has been teaching piano privately for over 25 years. She is a certified Orff Music Instructor and holds an MFA in Piano and Composition from Bennington College. She is an ASCAP Plus Award Recipient. Currently Ms. Wolf is on the faculty of instrumental music instructors at The Masters School and the Riverdale-Y Music Program, as well as her private studio in Riverdale.