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Croton-on-Hudson since 1950

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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.

Nathan Brewster - Percussion
M.Mus. Peabody Conservatory of Music, (Percussion Performance) B.A. (Music) State University of New York at Geneseo. Nathan has been a professional percussionist for over twenty years, playing in orchestras, rock bands, musical theater pits and solo marimba recitals. He is currently a member of the percussion sections of the Westchester Symphonic Winds and the Greater Newburgh Symphony, and is active as a drum set performer throughout the Hudson valley. He has taught private percussion students since 1997, teaching snare drum, drum set, mallets and hand percussion. Other teaching positions have included Mount St. Mary's College and Fredrick Community College in Maryland and the Empire State Youth Orchestra, where he directed and performed with his percussion ensembles. Nathan also has taught band in public schools in Maryland and New York, has directed marching band drum lines, and is well-versed in NYSSMA solo festival preparation.

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.

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.

Charles Costa - Guitar, Jazz Piano
B.A. SUNY Purchase, NY (Studio Composition, Music Performance.) Five Towns College, Dix Hills, NY (Audio Engineering, music Performance.) Charlie has performed in many NYC venues and performed at several festivals including, Sundance, SXSW and Comic Con. He has taught at the Brooklyn Music School, The Harvey School and The Cardinal McCloskey School, Ossining and has much experience directing guitar ensembles, band camps and rock-venue performances.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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