Music Faculty

Brass & Percussion - Woodwinds & Bowed Strings - Voice - Piano - Organ - Guitar
Jazz Studies - Music Education - Staff Accompanists


William Meckley, Dean of the School of Music
Director SCCC Jazz Ensemble; Music Director, Empire Jazz Orchestra

Ph.D., Eastman School of Music; M.M.; Ohio University; B.A.; Fairmont State College
Conducting studies with Rayburn Wright, Donald Hunsberger, David Effron. Trombone Studies with Reginald Fink, George Osborn. Professional performances with Aretha Franklin, Yes, The Manhattan Transfer, Burt Bacharach, Roger Daltrey, Rosemary Clooney, Lew Soloff, Nick Brignola, St. Cecilia Chamber Orchestra, Albany Pro Musica, Albany, Schenectady, Catskill, Utica Symphonies, Alex Torres and The Latin Kings Orchestra, Nelson Riddle Orchestra, George Burns, Carol Channing, Mitzi Gaynor, Andy Williams, Schenectady Brass Quintet, Albany Symphony Brass Quintet, Mosiev Dance Company of the USSR, numerous national Broadway and other tours at Proctors Theatre. Professional tour performances in Europe, Canada, Jordan. Recordings with the Empire Jazz Orchestra, Albany Symphony, Alex Torres and The Latin Kings Orchestra. Former performance faculty member, Skidmore College, SUNY Albany. SCCC Foundation and State University of New York Chancellors=s Awards for Excellence in Teaching and the Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities. Albany/Schenectady League of the Arts Award recipient. Past President, New York State Association of College Music Programs. Visiting Program Evaluator for the National Association of Schools of Music.

Brass & Percussion

Allyson Keyser, Assistant Professor
Full-time faculty member, trumpet, theory, aural skills, literature and style
D.M.A., M.M., University of North Carolina at Greensboro;
B.M.E., Virginia Commonwealth University

Trumpet studies with Rex Richardson, Edward Bach. Performances with Richmond Symphonic Winds, the Richmond Brass Consort and Symphony Brass Quintet. Principal trumpet with the Commonwealth Winds and Capital Region Wind Ensemble. Former instructor, UNCG Summer Music Camp. Taught trumpet, theory and aural skills at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Michael Meidenbauer, adjunct tuba, trombone instructor; brass techniques; performance concentration, trombone, tuba, euphonium
M.M., Indiana University; B.M.E., Crane School of Music

Bass trombonist with the Schenectady Symphony Orchestra, Excelsior Trombone Ensemble, and the Hudson Valley Philharmonic. Active with the Glens Falls Symphony. Professional performances with Catskill Symphony, Utica Symphony, Berkshire Opera, SPAC, Proctors Theater, West Point’s Eisenhower Hall, Key West Symphony and Symphony Space in NYC. Former Principal Bass Trombone, Cape Town Symphony Orchestra, Cape Town, South Africa. Former music teacher at So. Colonie Central schools and Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Central schools.

Virginia Fossner, adjunct horn instructor
MM, Virginia Commonwealth University; BME, University of Kentucky
Former faculty member, Eastern Kentucky University, University of Virginia. Professional performances with Albany Symphony, Berkshire Symphony, Lexington Philharmonic, Albany Pro Musica, numerous others. Instrumental music teacher in the Shenendehowa Central School District.

Andrew Janack, adjunct percussion instructor
M.M., University of Connecticut; B.M., Crane School of Music; A.S. Schenectady County Community College
Professional performances with Albany, Berkshire, Schenectady Symphonies, Albany Pro Musica, and Capital Region Wind Ensemble. Band Director, Saratoga Springs City Schools. Conductor of the Junior Percussion Ensemble with the Empire State Youth Orchestra.

Nachiko Maekane, adjunct percussion instructor
Graduate, Osaka College of Music, advanced studies at Philadelphia College of Performing Arts
Carnegie Hall solo recitalist.Musical America selection as one of 25 “Young Artists of 1987.” Winner of the Gaudeamus Interpreters Competition in Holland. Recitals, lectures and broadcasts throughout the United States, Japan and Europe, including the Holland Festival, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Pro Musica Nova Bremen (Germany), the Festival of New American Music (Sacrament, CA), the Horizonte Festival (Berlin, Germany), and Tokyo Summer Festival.

Woodwinds & Bowed Strings

Brett Wery, Professor
Full-Time Faculty member, clarinet and saxophone; Director, SCCC Wind Ensemble; woodwinds, theory, aural skills, chamber music

M.A. University of Denver; B.M., North Carolina School of the Arts
Clarinet studies with Robert Listokin, Charles Neidich; saxophone with Arthur Bouton, Steven Mauk. Conducting studies with Peter Perret, F. Joseph Docksey, Vincent LaGuardia. Active composer and arranger. Conductor of the Capital Region Wind Ensemble. Member of the Empire Jazz Orchestra. Frequent performer as recitalist and in chamber ensembles. Professional performances with Albany, Catskill, Berkshire, Schenectady, Utica, Vermont Symphonies; St.Cecilia Chamber Orchestra. Extensive freelance performances including numerous national touring companies. Member of Westchester Broadway Theatre Orchestra. National tours with Annie and 42nd St. Recordings with Empire Jazz Orchestra, Albany Symphony, Dogs of Desire. Recipient of the SCCC Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching and the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Thomas Gerbino, adjunct woodwinds instructor
M.M., Ithaca College; B.S. Mansfield University
Professional performances with Empire Jazz Orchestra, Albany, Schenectady, Utica, Catskill, Glens Fall Symphonies, Adirondack Saxophone Quartet, Capital Region Wind Ensemble, numerous national touring shows.

Karen Hosmer, Associate Professor
Full-Time Faculty member, oboe; Ear training, music theory, enjoyment of music

D.M.A., Temple University; M.M., Michigan State University; B. Mus., Oberlin Conservatory
Principal Oboe, Albany Symphony; Oboe/English Horn, Springfield, MA Symphony. Concerto soloist in Lithuania, New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Michigan, Pennsylvania. Prize Winner, Gillet International Oboe Competition; semi-finalist, Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. Recipient of the SCCC Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching and the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching. Director of Capital Region Double Reed Days. Recordings with Albany Symphony and Argos Records.

Krassimir Ivanov, adjunct bassoon instructor
M.M., University of Massachusetts, Amherst; B.A., Bulgarian Music Conservatory; Artist Diploma, Duquesne University
Bassoon studies with Nancy Goeres, David Sogg, Marin Valchanov, Dennis Godburn. Professional performances with Albany, Catskill, Utica Symphonies; Bulgarian Radio Chamber Orchestra, Ohio Light Opera.

Petia Kassarova, adjunct cello instructor
M.M. University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Artist Diploma, Duquesne University; Bulgarian Conservatory, Sofia
Member of Albany Symphony Orchestra and Utica Symphony. Professional performances with Syracuse Symphony, Ohio Light Opera, Key West Symphony, Orquestra Sinfonika de Ribeirao Preto, Brazil. Vidin Philharmonia. Current member of Musicians of Ma'alwyck.

Brian Patneaude, adjunct saxophone instructor
Director, SCCC Jazz Combo

B.M., College of Saint Rose; graduate studies, Cincinnati Conservatory
Saxophone studies with Paul Evoskevich, Tom Walsh. Performances at the Montreal Jazz Festival, the Kingston International Jazz Festival, the Newport Jazz Festival Saratoga, the Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival, the Rochester International Jazz Festival and numerous clubs and concert halls throughout the Northeast. Numerous recordings as a leader and sideman. Member, Empire Jazz Orchestra.

Ann-Marie Barker Schwartz, adjunct violin, viola instructor
B. M. in Violin Performance, Boston University; M.A. in American History, University of Albany
Performs with the Glimmerglass Opera Orchestra and the Little Delaware Chamber Players. Past member of the Albany Symphony Orchestra. Founder of Musicians of Ma'alwyck, a chamber music ensemble in residence at the Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site and at SCCC. Co-founder and director of the St. Cecilia Chamber Orchestra. Director of the Siena College Music Series, and founder of the Franciscan Chamber Orchestra. Published articles in Archives Magazine and recently reconstructed and produced the 1750s opera Alfred of Sir Thomas Arne. Producer for Dorian recordings. Board member of ESYO, Albany Pro Musica and St. Cecilia Orchestra. Taught music history and violin at SUNY Albany and Siena College. Frequent lecturer for the Higher Institute for Life-long Learning in Bethlehem and instructor for Elder-Hostel.

Norman Thibodeau, adjunct flute instructor
M.M. (Flute Performance), M.M. (Music History), Peabody Conservatory;
B.A., SUNY Albany

Formerly Assistant Principal Flute, Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México. National broadcast of live and recorded performances as member of St. Cecilia Orchestra. Performances with the Albany, Berkshire, Catskill, Glens Falls, Schenectady, and Utica Symphonies. Formerly director of the flute ensemble of the Empire State Youth Orchestra. Recorded music of Anthony Holland (Skidmore College) for Albany Records. Composer of works recently performed by the College of St. Rose Wind Ensemble and the String Ensemble of the Empire State Youth Orchestra. Received a grant from "Meet the Composer." Published as an arranger by ALRY Publications.

Michael Wicks, adjunct double/electric bass instructor
M.S., Union College; B.S., Crane School of Music Performances with Albany, Berkshire, Catskill, Utica, Glens Falls and Schenectady Symphonies, (Principal bass with Schenectady Symphony), and Capital Repertory Company. House bass for touring shows with Proctor’s Theater. Jazz performances with Chet Baker, Nick Brignola, Doc Cheatham, Zoot Sims, Bill Watrous, Phil Woods. Bassist with the Mike Wicks Jazz Group, the Joe Finn Quartet and Mulligan Stew. Bass teacher at Adirondack Community College.

Voice

Yiping Wu, Associate Professor, Full-Time Faculty member. Director of SCCCChorus and Vocal Chamber Ensemble, aural skills, voice performance
D.M.A., University of Iowa; M.M., Radford University; B.M.E., Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing, China
Additional studies at New Mexico State University, Jiationg University, Shanghai Musicians Association. Extensive experience as college and secondary and elementary school choral conductor including Fudan University, Shanghai Children's Palace Choir, Haiyun Community Chorus (NYC). Founder/Director of music rehabilitation program for juvenile delinquents, Shanghai.

Lucille Beer, adjunctinstructor,
B.M., The Mannes College of Music; M.M., The Juilliard School
Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Performed in numerous Metropolitan Opera productions, including Strauss’ Electra under James Levine. Has appeared with the New York City Opera, the Prague Radio Symphony, Opera de Nice, Opera de Nantes and the Opera Theatre of St. Louis. Soloist with the New York Philharmonic, the St. Louis Symphony, the Houston Symphony, the National Symphony, the Detroit Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony and Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival. Performed with conductors Christoph Eschenbach, Leonard Slatkin, Eric Leinsdorf and Leonard Bernstein, performing his Songfest in Rome, Chicago, New York and Washington, DC, where the performance was broadcast live on PBS. Extensive song recitals collaborating with accompanists John Wustman in her Alice Tully Hall recital debut at Lincoln Center, Brian Zeger and Warren Jones. Appears frequently as soloist with the Albany Symphony and Albany Pro Musica. Voice faculty, the College of Saint Rose.

Christina Pickreign, adjunct instructor,
M.M.E., Westminster Choir College; B.A., SUNY Albany
Music teacher at Woodland Hill Montessori School. Performs regularly throughout Capital Region. Soloist for Hudson Valley Choral Society, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Schenectady Light Opera Company.

Deborah Savoy, adjunct instructor, voice class, ear training
M.S., College of St. Rose; B.A., SUNY Plattsburgh
Soprano soloist with Albany Pro Musica, Burnt Hills Oratorio Society, Mohawk Valley Chorus, Octavo Singers, Troy Musical Arts, Mendelssohn Club and numerous churches and synagogues.Performances include the solos in the Requiems of Verdi, Brahms and Mozart, Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass, Mozart's Coronation Mass, Handel's Messiah, Beethoven's 9th Symphony, Bach's Cantata #51, Mozart's Exultate Jubilate and Schubert’s Shepherd on the Rock. Appeared with Lake George Opera Chorus, New York City Ballet Chorus and Saratoga-Potsdam Chorus (guest conductors Sara Caldwell, Eugene Ormandy, Robert Shaw, and Aaron Copland). Currently a soloist with the New York Catholic Chorale. Toured England, Ireland, Wales, Germany, Austria, and Italy. Maintains a private voice studio.

Sherri Strichman, adjunct instructor
M.M., Syracuse University; B.A., SUNY Binghamton2000 - 2006 Chorister with Glimmerglass Opera, 2006 Recitalist at North Pointe Cultural Arts Center, Kinderhook, NY; 2006 Music Director - Schenectady Light Opera Company - Sullivan & Gilbert; 2005 Recitalist - Bethesda Episcopal Church, Saratoga (concert series); 2005 Guest Conductor - Fulton All County Schools Choir Festival (elementary); 2004 Soprano soloist Beethoven's 9th at Niskayuna High School 50th Anniversary Concert; 2003-05 President Berkshire-Hudson Valley Chapter of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association; 2001-03 Vice President Berkshire-Hudson Valley Chapter of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association. Also recitalist, private voice teacher, church and temple engagements. Extensive experience as voice instructor and coach. Public school teaching experience, Mohonasen School District.

Arla Wilding, adjunct instructor
B.A., SUNY Albany; A.S., Schenectady County Community College
Voice studies with Fran Wittmann and Deborah Savoy. Piano studies with Mark Evans and Duncan Cumming, and conducting with David Janower. Active accompanist and choral director in her church and the community.

 

Piano

Barbara Aldi, adjunct instructor
B.S., Crane School of Music. Graduate studies at SUNY Potsdam, SUNY Albany, Ithaca College, Union College, Kodaly Institute and Saratoga/Potsdam Choral Institute
Guest Conductor for Montgomery County and Schoharie County Festivals. President of American Association of University Women, Schenectady Branch. Extensive teaching experience in Schenectady and Scotia-Glenville Public Schools. Accompanist.

Mark Evans, adjunct instructor
M.A., College of St. Rose; B.M., Mannes College of Music
Mark Evans is assistant professor of piano at the Schenectady County Community College School of Music and Director of the SCCC Chamber Music Series. In addition to teaching classes and individual lessons, he regularly organizes master classes and recitals by eminent guest artists. In 2006 he was awarded the college’s 2006 Outstanding Service Award. A frequent performer throughout the Capital Region, Mr. Evans has appeared at the Hyde Collection, the Tang Museum at Skidmore, the Arkell Museum, Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, and Siena College, among other venues. He has appeared on the Donnell Library concert series in New York City as well as in concert with the Musicians of Ma’alwyck, and as concerto soloist with the University Symphony Orchestra at the University at Albany. He performs regularly on the SCCC Chamber Music Series with fellow faculty as well as guest artists. A graduate of the Mannes College of Music with a degree in piano performance, he holds a master’s degree from the College of St. Rose. In 2010 he and his colleague Lucille Beer released the CD Lucille Beer Sings, a selection of art songs.

Arla Wilding, adjunct instructor
B.A., SUNY Albany; A.S., Schenectady County Community College
Voice studies with Fran Wittmann and Deborah Savoy. Piano studies with Mark Evans and Duncan Cumming, and conducting with David Janower. Active accompanist and choral director in her church and the community.

Organ

Thomas Savoy
M.A., Empire State College; B.S. Music Education, College of St. Rose Founder and director of The New York Catholic Chorale and president of Savoy Music House - a corporation of musical services centered in Duanesburg, NY. Composer with several published works and extensive experience as accompanist on both organ and piano.

Guitar

Matthew Billie
M.M., San Francisco Conservatory of Music; B.M., Ithaca College
Guitar studies with David Tanenbaum, Pablo Cohen. Master classes with Zoran Dukic, Odair Assad, Manuel Barrueco, David Russell, Fabio Zanon, Bruce Holzman, Michael Newman, Eduardo Isaac.

Sten Isachsen
M.M., B.M.A., Ithaca College; A.S., Schenectady County Community College
Guitar studies with Frederick Hand, Ed Flowers, Joel Brown. Frequent recital and professional performances. Soloist with Ithaca College String Quartet, SUNY Albany Orchestra. Current member of the string trio Musicians of Ma'alwyck and guitarist for Albany-based singer, Motherjudge, and Nashville recording artist Bob Bates. Performance producer/recording engineer at Bender Studios. Faculty member, College of St. Rose, SUNY Albany.

Paul Quigley, adjunct instructor
M.M., B.M., Manhattan School of Music; A.S., Schenectady
Guitar studies with Joel Brown, Mark Delpriora, Norbert Kraft, and Tony Sano. Paul has performed in masterclasses for Magnus Anderson, Eliot Fisk, David Russell. David Tanenbaum, David Starobin, Luis Zea, and Duo Suonare.  Performances with the Glens Falls Symphony, the College of Saint Rose Camerata, and at the Saratoga Arts Center Theatre, Troy Music Hall, The Riverside Church Christ Chapel series, Bowdoin College Summer Chamber Music Festival, Lang Concert Hall at Hunter College, The Spanish Institute,  Shakespeare & Company, and the Oberwald Concert Series in Basel, Switzerland.  Featured performer on the Queen Elizabeth II World Cruise as well as the Queen Mary II and Crystal Symphony ships. Member, Finger Lakes Guitar Quartet. Faculty member, the College of Saint Rose and SUNY Adirondack.

James Wilson
B.A., SUNY Plattsburgh
Thirty years of experience as a full time private instructor. Guitarist and arranger for singer Jill Hughes for ten years. Extensive performance experience in the Capital District and N.Y.C. in all styles of music.

Jazz Studies

Clifford Brucker, jazz studies, piano, music appreciation, arranger
M.S., The College of St. Rose; B.M., Crane School of Music
Extensive professional performance experience as pianist and drummer/percussionist. Performances with Empire Jazz Orchestra, Albany Symphony Orchestra, Capital Region Wind Ensemble and numerous regional jazz and commercial music groups. Composer/producer of advertising jingles and multi-media production. His credits include Avis, National Hobby and is the music behind NY State's “CSEA We're your Work Force!” Faculty member at The College of St. Rose and lectures in the fields of Classical, Jazz and Rock music. Developed an on-line distance learning course. Active Board Member of: Schenectady Symphony, Albany-Schenectady League of Arts, and the SCCC Music Advisory Committee.

Brian Patneaude, saxophone instructor, Director, SCCC Jazz Combo
B.M., College of Saint Rose; graduate studies, Cincinnati Conservatory
Saxophone studies with Paul Evoskevich, Tom Walsh. Performances at the Montreal Jazz Festival, the Kingston International Jazz Festival, the Newport Jazz Festival Saratoga, the Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival, the Rochester International Jazz Festival and numerous clubs and concert halls throughout the Northeast. Numerous recordings as a leader and sideman. Member, Empire Jazz Orchestra.

Nathaniel Phipps, jazz studies, improvisation, African-American Music
M.A., B.A., New York University
Member, Empire Jazz Orchestra (piano). Performances with Wayne Shorter, George Benson, Booker Ervin, Al Hibbler, numerous other jazz artists. Former Director NYS Summer School of Choral Studies. 1976 New York State Teacher of the Year. Recordings on Savoy and Cool Records.

 

Music Education

Annette Heilman,
M.S., SUNY Albany; B.S. College of St. Rose; Orff and Kodaly Certification
Past President and Vice President: Berkshire-Hudson Valley Chapter of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association. Formerly taught general music K – 5 in Cohoes City Schools; mentored over 25 student teachers while there and received Cohoes Educator of Excellence Award. Recipient of Channel 10 Teacher of Excellence Award in 2001. Presenter at NYSSMA conference and other music teacher workshops.  Formerly taught music and culinary arts for Vanderheyden Hall, Wynantskill. Presently general music and choir teacher at Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons School in Schenectady.

Staff Accompanists

Thomas Savoy
M.A. Liberal Studies, Excelsior College; B.S. Music Education, College of St. Rose
Founder and director of The New York Catholic Chorale and president of Savoy Music House - a corporation of musical services centered in Duanesburg, NY.Executive producer of Voices of Catholic Radio, 88.3 FM WVCR. Composer with several published works and extensive experience as accompanist on both organ and piano.

Gordon Hibberd
B.M., Eastman School of Music; additional studies in New York City
Staff Accompanist, SUNYA Community Chorus; New York State Music Teachers Association adjudicator. Frequent professional chamber music, accompanist performances.

Arla JN Wilding
B.A. SUNY Albany, A.S., Schenectady County Community College
Voice studies with Fran Wittmann and Deborah Savoy. Piano studies with Mark Evans and Duncan Cumming, and conducting with David Janower.  Active accompanist and choral director in her church and the community.

 

 

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