TUTORS: Oscar Ravina and Garry Ianco of the New York Philharmonic, Franco Gennerelli and Matthew Reichert
PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS: High Mountain Symphony, New Jersey Philharmonic, Monmouth Symphony Orchestra and the William Paterson String Quartet. Violinist for two local rock bands, Waking Lights and Bern and the Brights.
WHY WE NICOLE: Nicole's diverse background in performing, arranging, producing, and engineering make her a great choice for the modern violinist.
TEACHING EXPERIENCE: 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.
WHY WE RITA: Rita is a dedicated, student-centered music educator. She has always totally supported her students – musically, emotionally, and socially. She often orchestrates her own arrangements for her students so that they are suitable to every student’s ability.
PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS: She has 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.
WHY WE MARIE: She loves her students, teaches them with kindness, and her personality is perfect for younger players (but she teaches all ages!).
PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS: Metropolitan Orchestra, Ridgewood Symphony’s Project Symphony, Bloomfield Symphony, South Orange Symphony, Columbia-Barnard Symphony, West Orange Collegiate Music Association
WHY WE OLIVER: Oliver believes in educating each student as a musician, and includes theory and history in his teaching.
TEACHING EXPERIENCE: Summit Public Schools for 26 years. High School Orchestra Director at Summit HS and conductor of the Symphony orchestra as well as the Chamber Orchestra.
HONORS: Her work with the award-winning Hilltop String Quartet earned them the honor of performing at Alice Tully Hall four times. Conducting the SHS Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Choir at Carnegie Hall.
WHY WE BARBARA: She loves the intriguing relationships she develops through teaching and the satisfaction as students grow musically.
TEACHING HIGHLIGHTS: She taught at Moscow City Music School from 1985-1990. Since 1990, Marina has been teaching privately in Russia, New York, and New Jersey. She was an instructor at the Village Music Guild in New York City and Arts on the Hudson in Jersey City.
WHY WE MARINA: Maria prides herself on being a responsible and reliable person, as well as a motivated, creative, and patient teacher.
PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS: Studied with jazz musicians Christian McBride, Mulgrew Miller, Bill Charlap. Shared the stage with Vincent Herring, Eric Alexander, Bucky Pizzarelli, Jimmy Heath and Steve Nelson. Daseul was a member of PJ Rasmussen Boardwalk Jazz Band.
WHY WE DASEUL: He takes great pride in building others up, sharing his passion, and seeing his students thrive.