Music Instructors

Music Instructors

Biographies

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.    

GENERAL

Eddie Tamanini is a music education major at Rider University and Westminster Choir College and has studied vocal performance, anatomy, and music theory. Eddie is the lead singer, songwriter, and producer of the alternative rock band "Nothing but a Nightmare", in which he opened for international recording artist Andy Grammer, and has also released his own solo project. He was the tenor section leader in the award winning Neshaminy Select Choir and has been a part of many choral recordings including the Westminster Chapel Choir. Eddie is versed in a wide array of genres ranging from western, to musical theater, pop, and rock and looks forward to sharing his experience with students.                                                                                                                                     

PIANO-all ages
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.

  

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.

BRASS
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.