String Teachers

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Claire Caponigro

Violin

LOCATION
New Providence

Claire has been studying violin since age 6. She became the youngest member of the NJYS in 1983 and performed multiple times at Carnegie Hall with the New York Youth Symphony. She earned her BA in music with an emphasis on performance from Kean University. In addition to teaching and freelancing, she is concertmaster of the Summit Symphony Orchestra and plays with the St. Mary’s Chamber Orchestra, The Summit Symphony and the Rose Trio.

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EDUCATION
• Began studying the violin at the age of 6 in England with Andreas Nicolaou, then later moved to the USA where she continued her studies with Virginia Howe, Thomas Lindsay, Kenneth Sarch, Hiroko Yajima, and Norma Auth
• Kean University – BA in Music with emphasis on Performance; studied and performed with cellist Dr. Ted Hoyle

PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS
Claire has played in All-Regional, and All-State orchestras in New Jersey, and in All-Eastern orchestras on the east coast.  In 1983, she was the youngest member of the New Jersey Youth Symphony when they toured Belgium and Holland. She attended the Southern Methodist University Summer Conservatory for two summers studying with Arkady Fomin and Erick Friedman.  She also played in the first violin section of the New York Youth Symphony under David Alan Miller, performing at Carnegie Hall three times a year. In addition to freelance teaching and performing, Claire plays with the St. Mary’s Chamber Orchestra, The Summit Symphony and the Rose Trio and also 1st violin in a string quartet which has performed for retirement communities, senior citizen groups and charity events. She joined the Summit Symphony in October 1990, and now sits as Concertmaster of the orchestra. She lives with husband Rory, two sons, and a Basset Hound named Cooper in Scotch Plains.

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Anthony Perez

Bass • Cello • Violin • Viola • Piano

LOCATION
New Providence

Anthony has been performing on bass since age 14 when he joined his first band. He earned his bachelor’s in jazz studies from the New School for Social Research. He further earned his Master’s from New Jersey City University. He has recorded and toured with singer/songwriter Coby Brown, pianist Oscar Perez’s group Nuevo Comienzo and has performed with Duffy Jackson, Wycliffe Gordon, Phoebe Snow, Doug Wamble and Dave Stryker.

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EDUCATION
Masters, New Jersey City University.

PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS
Bassist Anthony Perez started his musical life in Queens, New York playing in a local cover band at the early age of 14. After moving to Florida, he began working in bands playing and writing original music while completing his Associates in Arts with a concentration in music. He moved back to the Tri-state area to work on his bachelors degree in jazz studies at The New School for Social Research. There he studied with Steve Kirby, Rodney Whitaker, Armen Donelian and Bobby
Sanabria. Anthony performed in many of New York’s clubs and venues. While earning his Master’s, he studied with professionals including Andy Eulau, Edward Joffe, Joel Weiskopf, Pete McGuiness and Bill Kirchner.

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Robyn Koenigsberg

Violin • Viola • Cello • String Bass

LOCATION
New Providence, Virtual

Robyn began playing at age 8 and performed at Carnegie Hall when she was just 10 years old. She studied with Madeline Casparie, Julie Albers and Susannah Chapman. She is middle school string teacher in the Berkeley Heights School District where she works closely with her department to create different curriculums and courses for the students to enjoy.

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EDUCATION
Kean University

TEACHING HIGHLIGHTS
Volunteered for the American String Teaching Association throughout college career while teaching private and group lessons; worked with students through the El Sistema Program in Newark (by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra), as well as the Academy of Music in Elizabeth and the Staten Island Youth Philharmonic Orchestra; currently serves as middle school string teacher in the Berkeley Heights School District where she works closely with her department to create different curriculums and courses for the students to enjoy.

PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS
Robyn started her musical career when she was 8, making her first Carnegie Hall debut when she was 10 years old. She attended the Manhattan School of Music Summer Program at the age of 13 and then continued her musical studies with Madeline Casparie, Julie Albers and Susannah Chapman. Robyn holds a masters degree of Curriculum writing.

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Rita Marcus

Violin • Viola • Cello

LOCATION
New Providence, Virtual

Rita earned her BA in Music Education from Montclair State and in 1976 became instrumental music teacher in the SO/Maplewood school district. In this role, and as a private instructor, she strives to be encouraging and supportive of her students. She often orchestrates her own arrangements for her students so that they are suitable to every student’s ability.

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EDUCATION
Kean University
Montclair State – BA Music Education

TEACHING HIGHLIGHTS
Instrumental music teacher in the South Orange/Maplewood School District since 1976; orchestra director and teacher of all the Grade 6 String players in Maplewood and South Orange Middle Schools.

TEACHING FOCUS
Rita is a dedicated, student-centered music educator. She has always totally supported her students – musically, emotionally, and socially.

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Nicole Scorsone

Violin • Viola

LOCATION
New Providence, Virtual

Nicole studied at William Paterson University where she studied with Oscar Ravina of the NY Philharmonic. In addition to performing classical and contemporary music with bands Waking Lights and Bern and the Brights, Nicole works as a studio violinist. She is an avid string arranger as well as producer and recording engineer.

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EDUCATION
William Paterson University
Studied privately with Oscar Ravina and Garry Ianco of the New York Philharmonic as well as with Franco Gennerelli and Matthew Reichert

PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS
Performed with the High Mountain Symphony, New Jersey Philharmonic, Monmouth Symphony Orchestra and the William Paterson String Quartet. Currently, Nicole is a violinist with two local rock bands, Waking Lights and Bern and the Brights, which was named one of New York City’s top 50 emerging artists.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
In addition to performing classical and contemporary music, Nicole works as a studio violinist. She is an avid string arranger as well as producer and recording engineer. Nicole served as a media intern at the Metropolitan Opera and as an assistant live recording engineer at Symphony Space in NYC.

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Oliver Shapiro

Cello • Piano

LOCATION
New Providence, Virtual

Oliver performed with numerous orchestras, including the Metropolitan Orchestra, Ridgewood Symphony’s Project Symphony, Bloomfield Symphony. His teaching philosophy is educating each student as a musician, not only as a cellist/pianist, and he includes aspects of theory and history in his teaching.

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EDUCATION
Studied piano with Boris Bazala and William Dawson (Amherst Summer Music Center)

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Teaching privately since 1974

PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS
Performed with numerous orchestras, including the Metropolitan Orchestra, Ridgewood Symphony’s Project Symphony, Bloomfield Symphony, Society of Musical Arts, South Orange Symphony, Columbia-Barnard Symphony, West Orange Collegiate Music Association, and other chamber groups and societies

ADDITIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
Extensive vocal and choral experience; compositions and arrangements commissioned by various performing groups

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Marina Stefanovsky

Violin • Viola • Piano

LOCATION
New Providence, Virtual

Marina earned her BA and MA from Gnessins Academy of Music in Moscow. She was an instructor at the Village Music Guild in New York City and Arts on the Hudson in Jersey City. Marina has extensive experience teaching violin, viola, piano, and music theory. She has instructed individuals and groups, conducted string orchestras, and transcribed music for string instruments.

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EDUCATION
Gnessins Academy of Music in Moscow, BA and MA

TEACHING HIGHLIGHTS
Taught at Moscow City Music School from 1985-1990. Since 1990, Marina has been teaching privately in Russia, New York, and New Jersey.

Marina prides herself on being a responsible and reliable person, as well as a motivated, creative, and patient teacher.

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Marty Steinberg

Cello

LOCATION
New Providence, Virtual

Cellist Marty Steinberg has been performing in orchestras and chamber music ensembles in the area for more than 25 years in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Washington’s Kennedy Center, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Riverside Church and the New York Times publisher’s suite. He has been coach and principal cellist with the New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra since 2005. He has been teaching privately since 1995.

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PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS
Performed at NJPAC, Alice Tully Hall, Symphony Space and Philadelphia’s Academy of Music,. He is founder of the award-winning Romanza Music, which performs classical and popular music at weddings and other private parties in the New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania areas. He has been teaching cello since 1995. Mr. Steinberg is also a journalist, and has interviewed musicians including Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell, Hilary Hahn, Mstislav Rostropovich, Alan Gilbert, Lorin Maazel and Kurt Masur.

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Marie Tracy

Violin

LOCATION
New Providence, Virtual

Marie studied at the Curtis Institute of Music and the University of Pennsylvania. She played professionally with many groups including the Colonial Symphony, the New Jersey State Opera and the Westfield Symphony. She has performed with such luminaries as Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Johnny Mathis, Tony Bennett, Birgit Nilsson, Anna Moffo and Peggy Lee.

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EDUCATION
Curtis Institute of Music
University of Pennsylvania
Studied with Veda Reynolds of the Philadelphia Orchestra
Began studying violin at the age of 4

Barbara Vierschilling

Violin • Viola • Cello

LOCATION
Scotch Plains, New Providence, Virtual

Barbara studied at the University of Maryland and Kean University. She taught strings in the Summit Public Schools for 26 years, was the High School Orchestra Director at Summit HS and conducted the Symphony and Chamber Orchestras. Her leadership roles include many state orchestra committees and she is Past President of the NJ chapter of the American String Teachers’ Association. Barbara loves the intriguing relationships she develops through her private teaching and the satisfaction as students grow musically.

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EDUCATION
University of Maryland
Kean University

TEACHING HIGHLIGHTS
Barbara’s work with the award-winning Hilltop String Quartet earned them the honor of performing at Alice Tully Hall four times. Barbara has been a frequent orchestra clinician and adjudicator throughout New Jersey and has performed with various string and vocal ensembles in both NJ and Maryland. She is on the board of Lyrica Chamber Music and served on the All State Procedures Committee for ten years. In Summit, she worked with elementary students in all the elementary schools and prior to her career at SHS, she was the orchestra director at LCJSMS.

A highlight of her career was conducting the SHS Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Choir at Carnegie Hall.

TEACHING FOCUS
Barbara is a great motivator of students of all ages and devotes an emphasis on an environment where students feel respected, special, and are able to achieve their highest potential.

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