String Teachers

CLAIRE CAPONIGRO Violin

Claire holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Kean College with an emphasis on music performance. Born in England, Claire started studying the violin at the age of 6 with Andreas Nicolaou. Claire and her family later moved to the USA where she continued her violin studies with Virginia Howe, Thomas Lindsay, Kenneth Sarch, Hiroko Yajima, and Norma Auth. She has also studied and performed with cellist Dr. Ted Hoyle at Kean University. 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. Claire 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. Claire lives with husband Rory, two sons Ryan and James and a Basset Hound named Cooper in Scotch Plains. She teaches violin privately, freelances, and 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.

RITA MARCUS Cello • Violin • Viola

Rita earned her BA in Music Education from Montclair State and in 1976 became instrumental music teacher in the SO/Maplewood school district. She often orchestrates her own arrangements for her students so that they are suitable to every student’s ability. She was orchestra director and teacher of all the Grade 6 String players in Maplewood and South Orange Middle Schools. Rita is a dedicated, student-centered music educator. In each role, and as a private instructor, she strives to be encouraging of her students. She has always totally supported her students – musically, emotionally, and socially.

ANTHONY PEREZ Bass • Cello • Violin • Viola • Piano

NICOLE SCORSONE Violin • Viola

OLIVER SHAPIRO Cello • Piano

Oliver studied piano with Boris Bazala and William Dawson (Amherst Summer Music Center). He has been teaching privately since 1974. He 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. He also has extensive vocal and choral experience and received commissions for a number of his compositions and arrangements.

MARTY STEINBERG Cello

Cellist Marty Steinberg has been performing in orchestras and chamber music ensembles in the area for more than 25 years with appearances 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 performed at NJPAC, Alice Tully Hall, Symphony Space and Philadelphia’s Academy of Music. Marty is the 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. 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. He has been teaching privately since 1995.

MARINA STEFANOVSKY Violin • Viola • Piano

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. She 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.

BARBARA VIERSCHILLING Violin • Viola • Cello

Barbara Vierschilling received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music from the University of Maryland and earned her Music Ed degree at Kean University. Barbara taught strings in the Summit Public Schools for 26 years. She was the High School Orchestra Director at Summit HS and conducted the Symphony orchestra as well as the Chamber Orchestra. Her 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 maintains a leadership role in many state orchestra committees and is Past President of the NJ chapter of the American String Teachers’ Association. She is on the board of Lyrica Chamber Music and served on the All State Procedures Committee for ten years. A highlight of her career was conducting the SHS Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Choir this spring at Carnegie Hall. Barbara is a great motivator of students of all ages. She devotes an emphasis on an environment where students feel respected and special and are able to achieve their highest
potential. 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. Barbara loves the
intriguing relationships she develops through her private teaching and the satisfaction as students grow musically and reach their goals.

MARIE TRACY Violin

Marie Began studying violin at the age of 4. She went on to study at the Curtis Institute of Music and the University of Pennsylvania. She studied with Veda Reynolds of the Philadelphia Orchestra. 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.

NOTE: Marie will return to teach in September, 2021