BEGINNING PIANO-all ages, VOICE-grades 4-8
Annie Bryson graduated from West Minster Conservatory with her Masters degree in Vocal Performance, and received her Bachelor of Music degree cum laude from Western Connecticut State University. She has had experience teaching piano, voice, and acting with several organizations in both Connecticut and New Jersey, and currently freelances in the tri-state area.
Emily Vite. Emily holds a B.M. in music theory and composition from St. Olaf College. She is currently the piano accompanist for the choral ensembles at the Chapin School. She also teaches Choral Readiness, the 2nd-3rdgrade choir at the Trenton Children’s Chorus and accompanies TCC’s high school Chorale. She maintains an active private piano studio in the central NJ area.
Chris Aggabao holds a Master of Music Degree in Piano Pedagogy and Performance from Westminster Choir College of Rider University (Princeton, NJ). Furthermore, he studied Music History in the Graduate Program at Princeton University. In addition, Chris teaches at the Westminster Conservatory, the Montgomery Township Recreation Department, and previously at Westminster Choir College. He also is a member of the Music Teachers National Association. For more information, please visit his website at chrisaggabao.com .
VOICE AND BEGINNING PIANO
Christopher Hodson holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Vocal Music from Western Michigan University and his Masters Degree from Westminster Choir College. His operatic roles include Pélléas in Debusssy's Pélléas et Mélisande. Chevalier de la Force in Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmelites, Azael in Debussy’s L’enfant Prodigue, the title role in Bizet’s Le Docteur Miracle, Frederick in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance, and Fenton in Verdi’s Falstaff. In addition to his opera experience Chris has also appeared as a soloist in Mozart’s Requiem, Arvo Pärt’s Passio with the Michigan Bach Collegium; and Howells’ Requiem. Christopher has also taught private voice throughout his undergraduate career and is currently building a voice studio in Princeton. Christopher’s voice teachers have included Dr. David Little, Dr. Joe Miller, and Dr. Carl Ratner. He currently studies with Dr. Christopher Arneson.
Meagan Lee Johnson is a graduate of Westminster Choir College where she studied Voice Pedagogy in the Masters program, and received her Bachelor of Music in Classical Voice Performance from WCSU. Meagan has been teaching private voice and piano lessons since 2007 while assisting at numerous studios and schools with accompanying and vocal instruction. She has also worked as music director for high school and community productions such as High School Musical, Beauty and the Beast, Hello Dolly, and upcoming You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. In addition to teaching, Meagan has gained valuable performing experience in university opera productions and choral works on the prestigious stages of Carnegie Hall, Avery Fischer Hall at Lincoln Center and the Kimmel Center.
FLUTE, CLARINET, SAXOPHONE, GUITAR-4th grade and up
Jon Thompson is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist whose talents as a saxophonist, guitarist, and vocalist have contributed to the Philadelphia music scene for over ten years. He currently collaborates through writing, performance and / or studio work with Philadelphia and New York area artists including the Machine, Matt Davis’s Aerial Photograph, Oud Blues, Ellipsis, Chris Harford, Sinking Ship and Jason Fraticelli and the Dreams.
Thompson attended the University of the Arts, and graduated with a B.A. in Jazz Performance from Temple University. After moving to New York in 2000 and finding work as a sideman in jazz and klezmer bands, he moved to Lambertville, New Jersey, where he began writing songs that drew on country and folk influences. He formed the alt-country band Lazlo, which released two full-length albums (“Lazlo” and “Old Steel Company”) and opened for national acts such as Lyle Lovett. Jon is a faculty member at the Lawrenceville School, the Princeton Montessori School and the Pennington School, where he teaches woodwinds and guitar.
CLARINET 4th grade and up
Joseph Pinto is an active freelance musician and teacher in the New York/New Jersey area. He received his Bachelor and Masters degree of Music with a concentration in clarinet performance from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. At Rutgers University he performed as principal clarinetist of the Rutgers University Symphony and Wind ensemble. Mr. Pinto was selected as the winner of the Rutgers University concerto competition. His teachers have included Dr. George Jones, Andrew Lamy, Dr. Maureen Hurd, and William Stokking. He has performed in numerous master classes with clarinetists including Charles Neidich, Aude Richard, and David Shifrin. Mr. Pinto has instructed students at music festivals in New Jersey and Pennsylvania including the Performing Arts Institute at Wyoming Seminary. In New York, he has performed in Carnegie Hall numerous times with professional symphonies. He currently maintains a large private clarinet studio where his students demonstrate a 95 percent success rate when auditioning for regional wind ensembles and orchestras. In his free time Mr. Pinto enjoys playing tennis, golf, and practicing his clarinet.
Bridget MacDonald is Chapin’s instrumental ensemble instructor. She has a Doctorate from Rutgers University, a Master’s degree from the New England Conservatory in Boston, and a Bachelor’s degree from the Hartt School of Music in West Hartford, CT.
As a trombonist she has toured the United States, Europe, and Asia as well as freelancing in CT, NJ, and the Boston and New York areas. She has performed under conductors such as Michael Tilson Thomas, Kurt Masur, and Julius Rudel (founder of the New York City Opera), and composers Luciano Berio and Gunther Schuller. Bridget has also taught at a number of music schools including the Longy School in Cambridge, MA.
CELLO 3rd grade and up
Kaitlyn Baum cello instructor, is a graduate of Lehigh University with a degree in Cello Performance. She was first prize winner for several concerto competitions including Ambler Symphony, and the Philadelphia Young Artists Orchestra. She was on the faculty of the Blue Mountain Music Festival, and has coached sectionals for the Stretto Youth Chamber Orchestra. Kaitlyn has been teaching privately for 15 years, and has freelanced, performing among others with the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, and in the pit with “Yes” at the Mann Music Center.
DRUM SET , beginning piano, guitar-3rd grade and up
Joe Falcey, a N.J. native, has been performing music in the U.S. and internationally for the last 20 years. He holds a degree in Music from Kean University where he studied performance, composition, and music education. He has also studied privately under master drummers Dave McGraw, Tony DeNicola (Harry James) Joe Morello (Dave Brubeck) and Ari Hoenig (Kenny Werner, Joe Lovano & Mike Stern). He has maintained busy performance schedule as both a leader and a sideman, along with a full time teaching schedule previously as half owner of Smith’s Music Studios. Currently Joe continues to instruct on both drum set and piano at his residence in New Jersey. Visit his web site at www.joefalcey.com for more information about Joe-s extensive performing career.