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.


Cara Collins

Voice, piano

Cara Collins, Mezzo-soprano is a graduate of Purchase College Conservatory of Music, where she earned her Bachelor of Music and studied under the direction of Dr. Sherry Overholt. During her time at Purchase she performed in numerous operas while also soloing in Purchase College chorus and at Rye Presbyterian Church. Recently, Cara was a Resident Artist at Opera North where she performed in operas and concerts. She continues to hone her craft while assisting others in their musical pursuits of voice and piano. Cara has a passion for sharing her love of music with others and enjoys seeing the growth in all of her students.


Mark Collins

Trumpet, beginning trombone/piano

Mark holds a B.M. in Trumpet Performance from SUNY Geneseo, and both a M.M in Jazz and Contemporary Media and M.Mus. Ed from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester.  He is also an active performing artist well versed in many styles. Mark has numerous years, experience teaching instrumental music from elementary to collegiate levels.


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

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.


Anne Bach Fumasoli

Flute, piano

Anne is Music Program 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.


Deborah Hickey

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.


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!).


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.


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.


Madeleine McMillan

Voice, piano, songwriting

Madeleine McMillan began writing and performing her own music at the age of 12. Madeleine attended Laguardia High School in NYC as a vocal major and holds a Bachelor of Music in Studio Composition from SUNY Purchase. Madeleine’s passion for music is only matched by the versatility of her musicianship. Teaching, according to Madeleine, begins with a great collaboration between teacher and student. Madeleine is committed to listening first, understanding each students’ needs and ambitions and helping every student to achieve his or her personal goals as a musician.


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.


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.