18 Van Wyck Street
Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520

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Luana Ayres - Piano

Luana Ayres attended Carnegie-Mellon University where she received her Bachelors Degree in Performance Piano. She later received her Masters Degree from the Manhattan School of Music where the exuberance of her interpretation of Bach in particular was met with high acclaim. Her primary teachers have been Constance Keene and Ralph Zitterbart. Master class studies include Earl Wild, John Browning, Edith Oppens and Gary Graffman. She has appeared at the Salzburg International Music Festival, the Aspen Music Festival, the Mellon Institute and on the Queen Elizabeth II Cruise Concerts.

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Matthew Bauer - Percussion

B.Mus. Purchase College, NY Percussionist and vocalist for "Arnelle for Kids" and percussionist for country artist, Jessica Lynn on international and national tours. Teaching experience in New Hartford Central Schools, Port Chester High School Marching Band. Instructor of winter percussion ensembles in Stamford and Westhill high schools.

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Brian Carpentieri - Guitar

Graduated from Johnson State College with a B.A. in Jazz Studies and Studio Recording. Brian has taught guitar, piano, banjo, and mandolin lessons for seven years in Westchester and is proficient in many styles of music. He is focused primarily on theory and improvisation, but enjoys all genres of music and teaches students of all ages and skill levels.

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Claire Collins - Voice, Piano

Has been studying, playing and composing music since age 6. She Received a BA in Music from Colby College, and is currently working on a Masters in Music Education at Lehman College. She is director of Asbury Handbell Choir. She plays piano, cello, guitar, lap dulcimer, and theremin, and sings with Angelic Women's Voices and the Croton Chorale of which she is assistant conductor. She believes every child deserves to be introduced to the joys of music, especially singing, which have made her life so rewarding.

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Diane Fedora - Bassoon, Clarinet

M.M.Temple University, B.M. Cincinnati College-Conservatory of music. Diane performs frequently with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, Hartford Symphony Orchestra and the Collegium Westchester. She is a former member of the Springfield (MA) Symphony Orchestra. She has taught at numerous institutions including Deerfield Academy, Amherst, Smith, Mt Holyoke and Westfield State Colleges. Her summer seasons have included the Spoleto Festival, Grand Teton Music Festival and the Chautauqua Institute.

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Michael Goetz - Bass

M.F.A. SUNY Purchase, NY (Jazz Performance), B.M. University of Miami (Jazz and Studio Performance.) Michael has worked with leading jazz artists and has played throughout the metropolitan area at clubs such as BB Kings and Smalls. Michael has recorded T.V. jingles, feature films and for Vitamin records. Currently you can hear him on a new CD entitled "Big Boss Bossa Nova in the Doug Munro Group (Chase Music.) Michael has worked on Broadway in such shows as The Producers, Young Frankenstein and Les Miserables. He has extensive teaching experience in both individual and group settings and is currently on the faculty of the University of Bridgeport, CT, and Westchester Community College.

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Joel Lambdin - Electronic Composition

M.Mus. & B. Mus. North Carolina School of the Arts (violin Performance) Founder and Director of "The Sound and the Light." Joel's career as a violinist, composer, and educator reflects his eclectic musical interests. From free improv shows at ABC No Rio, to his own classical series at St. Ann's Church in Brooklyn, to new music at National Sawdust, to Radio City's New York Spectacular and Broadway's Burn the Floor, to past membership in metal band Resolution15, Joel is equally comfortable on the pop and rock stage as he is with an orchestra. He has been a Teaching Artist for Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center since 2005 and the Abrons Art Center since 2013. He has designed electronic music composition classes for New York City public schools, and for non-performers through Abrons Art Center. He has a private teaching studio in Brooklyn.

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Lisa Morsberger - Flute, Recorder

B.A. Hartt School of Music, CT with further studies at Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburg and music therapy at New York University. Lisa's lifelong love of music began with recorder lessons here at the Bennett Conservatory when she was seven. As a flutist, she has performed classical and jazz music in a variety of settings most notably, NY's Village Vanguard. Lisa's compositions and flute playing can be heard on Leon Parker's critically acclaimed Columbia Records CDs. She has also recorded for Nova documentaries and songwriters, such as Marshall Crenshaw and the Roches. Lisa has always loved teaching and is thrilled to be back on the staff of the Bennett Conservatory.

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Jane Parkhouse - Violin, Viola, Early Childhood Music

M.A.T Lehman College, Bronx, B.Ed (Music) London University. Jane has extensive group and individual teaching experience in public and private schools in London, Washington D.C., New York, and Boston. She has also performed with orchestras in those cities. Jane established and co-directs a summer music/theatre camp at the Powers Music School, Belmont MA. She currently teaches strings at CET in Croton and assumed the directorship of the Bennett Conservatory in 2015.

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Jody Redhage Ferber - Cello

M.Mus. Manhattan School of Music, University of California Berkeley, BA (cello performance and music composition.) Jody is a committed proponent of creative new music and chamber music, and has been involved in projects spanning the spectrum of musical genres including Grammy winner Esperanza Spalding's Chamber Music Society, chamber jazz quartet Rose and the Nightingale (for which she composes), and recent performances with Grammy-winning pianist Fred Hersch. Jody moved to Croton in 2015, residing previously in Brooklyn, where she maintained a private teaching studio. She also taught group and individual lessons at the Berkeley Carroll School, Brooklyn and at P.S. 68, Bronx, NY, through the nonprofit Education Through Music. She has performed across 5 continents in venues such as Carnegie Hall, London's Barbican, San Francisco's Davies Symphony Hall, Chicago Symphony Hall, Disney Hall in LA, the Hollywood Bowl, and the Montreal, North Sea, and Montreux jazz festivals.

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