Music Faculty


Eleazer Rodriguez

Classical guitar performances in Toronto, New York, New Jersey, Madrid, Puerto Rico. M.Mus., Brooklyn College; B.M., Nyack College. Studies at the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico; Manhattan School of Music; Toronto Guitar Institute. Guitar studies with Nicholas Goluses, Richard Summers, Lars Frandsen. Master classes with Ivan Rijos, Juan Mercadal, Roland Dyens. Faculty, Nyack College; Passaic Community College. Prep Center faculty since 2008.

Sean Satin

Performances: Alice Tully Hall (Lincoln Center); Manhattan School of Music; Columbia University; New York University; Kingsborough Community College (CUNY); Harrison Public Library; Knitting Factory. Education: Ed.M., Teachers College, Columbia University (in progress); M.A., Teachers College, Columbia University; B.M., Manhattan School of Music; guitar studies with Jorge Morel, Oren Fader, and Mark Delpriora; master classes with Eliot Fisk, Eduardo Fernandez, David Starobin, and Patrick O'Brien. Faculty positions: Creative Arts Lab, Teachers College, Columbia University; guitar faculty, Turtle Bay Music School; head of music program, Maine Teen Camp; teaching artist for Midori & Friends. Prep Center faculty since 2007. Read an interview with Sean Satin.


Victoria Freyberg

Chamber music performances in Russia and New York. Chamber music recitals at Brooklyn College Preparatory Center. M.A., Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music; Graduate, Music College, Kishinev, Moldova. Piano studies with Augustin Anievas. Former Conservatory faculty, Kishinev, Moldavia. Member, Brooklyn Music Teachers Guild; New York State Music Teachers Association. Faculty, Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music. Prep Center faculty since 1978.

Arianna Goldina

Performances: recital performances of the Goldina-Loumbrozo Piano Duo throughout North America, France, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom, Scandinavia, Russia, and the Baltic states; concerto appearances with the Detroit Symphony, Pacific Symphony, New World Symphony, Symphony of the Americas, Philharmonic Orchestra of Florida, and Latvian National Symphonic Orchestra. Lecture-Recitals: throughout the United States. Broadcasts: Radio France, BBC, Television Polynesie, WVIA – Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, KUSC-Los Angeles, KSJN-Minnesota Public Radio. Recordings: Aaron Copland's complete works for one piano, four hands, and two pianos; American Music for Two Pianos: John Corigliano and Ned Rorem; French Music for Two Pianos; Arianna Goldina and Remy Loumbrozo Play Liszt. Awards: winner of five international duo-piano competitions, including First Prize, Second Dranoff International 2 Piano Competition, and First Prize, Seventh Valentino Bucchi Two Piano International Competition. Adjudicator: American Liszt Society, International Concert Alliance, the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, and the Seventh Dranoff International 2 -Piano Competition. Education: Ph.D., piano performance, New York University; M.M., The Juilliard School of Music; diploma in performance, summa cum laude, Latvian State Conservatory; piano studies with Herbert Stessin and Martin Canin. Former faculty positions: French-American Conservatory of Music, Roosa School of Music, New York University, The Juilliard School of Music. Current faculty positions: adjunct-lecturer, Moravian College, since 1999; Prep Center since 2008. Read an interview with Arianna Goldina.

Diane Kirkpatrick

Recitals: throughout the United States and Europe, including, in New York, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, St. Peter’s Church, Riverside Church, the Museum of the City of New York, the Brooklyn Museum, the Brooklyn Library, and, in Italy, La Rocca di Stellata, Villa Spisani, Teatro Versi, and Pallazzo Benincasa. Televised performance: WKRC Cincinnati. Soloist: with the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra, Dayton Symphony, Springfield Symphony, and the Bowling Green Symphony Orchestra. Top prizes: National Federation of Music Club Young Artists Awards; American Music Scholarships Association Competition, University of Cincinnati. Publication: Brahms' Poetic Character Pieces: Eight Clavierstucke, Opus 76. Education: M.M., B.M. piano performance with assistantship, Bowling Green State University College of Musical Arts; teaching assistant to Jerome Rose; piano studies with Mary Lou Krosnick, Audley Wasson, Robert Wynne, Elizabeth Cobb, Vincent Corrigan (harpsichord), and Jerome Rose. Full scholarship: Royal Academy of Music (London). Master classes: with Samuel Sanders, The Juilliard School; Lorin Hollander, Leon Fleischer, and Menahem Pressler. Former faculty positions: International Keyboard Institute and Festival, Mannes College of Music, College of New Rochelle, Bergen Community College, College of Musical Arts at BGSU, Brooklyn Music School, Roosa School of Music. Current faculty position: Prep Center since 1997. Read an interview with Diane Kirkpatrick.

Vilija Naujokaitis

Chamber music performances: in Lithuania, Russia, Czech Republic, Switzerland, New York, and Washington, D.C. Accompanist: at M.K. Ciurlionis Art Gymnasium, Lithuanian Music Academy, and Vilnius Philharmonic Society, all in Lithuania, and Special Music School and Lucy Moses School, in New York. Organist, choir director and piano coach for piano studio: St. Augustine Episcopal Church, Brooklyn, New York. Education: piano studies at Vilnius Conservatoire and Lithuanian Music Academy (Vilnius). Former faculty position: Vilnius Conservatoire. Current faculty position: Prep Center since 2009. Read an interview with Vilija Naujokaitis.

Emily White (Faculty Chair, Piano)

Recital and concerto appearances: United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, Poland, Czech Republic, and Romania. Broadcasts: WQXR, NPR, WBAI, WFLN-Philadelphia, and RAI-Italy. Awards and prizes: London Symphony Orchestra Foundation Grant, Queen's Commendation for Excellence, Broadwood Trust Scholarship, International Young Concert Artists Competition of Royal Tunbridge (Wells, United Kingdom), International Mozart Competition (Salzburg, Austria), New York Chopin Foundation Competition, Bergen Philharmonic Competition, Manhattan School of Music Concerto Competition, National Federation of Music Clubs Young Artists Awards. Adjudicator: Hong Kong HKSMSA Festival; special music school juries; LaGuardia High School Concerto Competition; Juilliard Pre-College Concerto Competiton; New York Music Competition; Associated Music Teachers League Auditions. Education: D.M.A., Manhattan School of Music; Dip. R.A.M., Royal Academy of Music, London; M.M., The Juilliard School; B.M., summa cum laude, University of Maryland; piano studies with Sascha Gorodnitzki, Christopher Elton, Solomon Mikowsky, Donn-Alexandre Feder, and Nelita True. Master classes: SMU, UTSA, New World School of the Arts, Colchester Institute (United Kingdom), Gheorghe Dima Academy (Romania). Fellowships: Hodgson and Meaker Fellowships, RAM (London) and Teaching and Opera Coaching Fellowships, The Juilliard School. Former faculty positions: Manhattan School of Music, Interlochen Arts Camp. Current faculty positions: The Juilliard School Evening Division, Prep Center since 1985. Read an interview with Emily White.


Seyoon Eom (Violin and Suzuki Violin)

Performances: concertmaster with the Chonbuk National University Orchestra, Moores School Symphony Orchestra, Queens College Symphony Orchestra; violinist with the One World Symphony Orchestra. Concerto competition winner: Queens College Symphony. Master classes: with Pamela Frank, Brentano Quartet, Juilliard String Quartet, and Lucie Robert. Scholarship: full scholarship and String Quartet Fellowship, University of Houston. Education: professional studies diploma, Aaron Copland School of Music (CUNY); M.M., University of Houston; B.M., Chonbuk National University; Suzuki teacher training, School for Strings; studied with Daniel Phillips and Andrej Grabiec. Former faculty position: Slope Music School. Current faculty positions: Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, Lucy Moses School, Prep Center since 2015. Read an interview with Seyoon Eom.

June Hyun

Violin, Suzuki Violin
Trained at The Juilliard and Manhattan School of Music. Hyun holds two master's degrees: M.M. in violin from Manhattan School of Music and M.A. in French language and literature from The University of Chicago. Her violin teachers include Dorothy DeLay, Shirley Givens, Ariana Bronne, Isaac Malkin and Misha Keylin. Building on her Russian-style teaching method, she furthered her pedagogy training with Louise Behrend for Suzuki method at The School for Strings in New York. She has studied abroad in France, Germany, Italy, and Switzerland, and participated in master classes with Dlyana Jenson, a silver medalist in the International Tchaikovsky Competition; Herman Krebbers, the former concertmaster of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra; and late Sandor Vegh of the Mozarteum University of Salzburg, Austria. Hyun continues to perform regularly both as a soloist and a chamber musician throughout the city. In addition to her private studio, she has been a faculty member at the Packer Collegiate Institute and at the Brooklyn College Preparatory Center since 2006.

Yuki Ishibashi (Violin, Conductor (String Beans and Advanced String Orchestra))

Performances: as conductor: with the Hampton Roads Chamber Players Summer Festival and the Mannes Repertory Orchestra; violinist (assistant concertmaster): with the New Amsterdam Orchestra; solo violinist: with the Off-Broadway production of The Last Five Years. Education: M.M., orchestra conducting, Mannes College of Music; B.A., music/violin and physics, College of William and Mary; conducting studies with David Hayes, Michael Jinbo, George Rothman, and Wes Kenney; violin studies with Nina Beilina and Susan Via. Faculty position: Prep Center since 2008. Read an interview with Yuki Ishibashi.

Kalin Ivanov

Soloist, recitalist, chamber musician and recording artist in Bulgaria, Russia, Greece, Austria, Switzerland, France, England, United States. Solo performances with Sofia Philharmonic; Varna Philharmonic; Plovdiv Philharmonic; Moscow Chamber Orchestra; Cantus Firmus; Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra; Manhattan Virtuosi Orchestra. Winner, C.W. Post Chamber Music Festival Concerto Competition. Member, The Forte String Quartet; New York Empire Trio. Recipient, Chancellor's Award, Cultural Achievement Award, grant, Artist Fund of the New York Foundation for the Arts. Master classes, United States and Europe. Radio and television broadcasts. Recordings on Gega New and MSR Classics. M.Mus., Brooklyn College; M.M., State Music Academy, Bulgaria; B.M., Academy of Music and Dance Arts, Bulgaria. Faculty, Adelphi University; SUNY, Long Island Conservatory; Brooklyn College Conservatory. Prep Center faculty since 1997.

Krasimira Ivanov (Violin and Viola)

Performances: in Bulgaria, Greece, Italy, Macedonia, Spain, and the United States; violinist: Plovdiv State Philharmonic and Opera Theater, Stara Zagora State Opera, AMDA Chamber Orchestra, Brooklyn College Orchestra, Manhattan Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble du Monde, Forte String Quartet, Bulgarian Piano Quartet, Trio "BG." Broadcasts: Bulgarian National Television and Radio, Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, WNYC-New York. Education: M.Mus., Brooklyn College; M.M., B.M., Academy of Music and Dance Art (Bulgaria); violin studies with Masao Kawasaki. Former faculty positions: Rondo Music Festival (Vermont), Brooklyn College String Project, P.S. 58 String Program. Current faculty position: Prep Center since 2006. Read an interview with Krasimira Ivanov.

Mikyung Kim

Violin, Suzuki Violin
Performances, New World Symphony; Juilliard China Tour Orchestra; Hudson Valley Philharmonic. Concertmaster, Juilliard Chamber Orchestra; Oberlin Baroque Orchestra. Principal 2 violin, Oberlin Orchestra. Solo and chamber performances, The Juilliard School; Joyce Dutka Competition winners' gala, New York; Oberlin faculty recital, Aspen Music Fesitval; Mozarteum International Festival. First Prize, Dae-gu International Contemporary Music Competition; Second Prize, Joyce Dutka Competition. M.M., The Juilliard School; B.M., Oberlin Conservatory. Violin studies with Robert Mann, Kyung Sun Lee, Joseph Kim. Suzuki certification, School for Strings. Prep Center faculty since 2008. 

Edmundo Ramirez (Viola, Violin, and Suzuki Violin)

Performances: Fine Arts Quartet, String Quintets, Ensemble Intercontemporaine, Meininger Hopkapelle (Germany), New York Symphonic Ensemble. Education: M. M., Mannes College of Music; Master's Program in Applied Music and Music Teaching (anticipated), Lehman College (CUNY); B. M., The Juilliard School of Music; suzuki pedagogical training, School for Strings; Violin Method Certificate, Mark O'Connor; violin studies with Rafael Druian and Ida Haendel; viola studies with Yuri Bashmet and Heidi Castleman; chamber music studies with Felix Galimir and the Juilliard Quartet. Faculty positions: violin teacher, Third Street Music Settlement Miles Program; Harmony Program CUNY; Long Island University; Manheim Hochshule (Germany); Prep Center since 2011. Read an interview with Edmundo Ramirez.

Matthew Reichert (Violin and Suzuki Violin; Director of String and Suzuki Programs)

Performances and master classes: in the United States, former Soviet Union, Central America, and China. Prize: Best Student Paper 2007 ("Carl Bergmann the Pioneer"), Greater New York Chapter, American Musicological Society. Publication: chapter in Music, American Made: Essays in Honor of John Graziano Festschrift Series (Michigan: Harmonie Park Press, 2011). Education: D.M.A., CUNY Graduate Center; M.A., Brooklyn College; B.Mus., The Juilliard School; violin studies with Dorothy DeLay, Masao Kawasaki, Itzhak Perlman, Felix Galimir, and members of the Tokyo String Quartet; pedagogical studies with Louise Behrend. Former faculty positions: Special Music School; Lucy Moses School; Conservatory of Music at Brooklyn College; School of Music, University of Iowa; Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University; Starling Fellow Violin Instructor and director of Technique Classes for Studio of Dorothy DeLay at The Juilliard School and the Aspen Music School; Bloomingdale House of Music. Current faculty positions: Prep Center since 1996 and director of String Programs since 2006. Read an interview with Matthew Reichert.

Rebecca Shavzin (Cello and Suzuki Cello)

Performances: cello and Suzuki cello in the United States, Italy, Germany, Ukraine, and China. Education: B.Mus., M.Mus., Conservatory of Music at Brooklyn College; studied with Vladimir Panteleyev; Suzuki Certification at the School for Strings with Pamela Devenport. Faculty positions: Lucy Moses School; Prep Center since 2014. Read an interview with Rebecca Shavzin.

Larisa Vollis (Violin)

Performances: with Vladimir Philharmonic, Gubernatorski Symphony Orchestra, Adelphi University Symphony Orchestra, Mannes College Symphony Orchestra, Bronx Symphony Orchestra, and Moscow Symphony Orchestra. Education: M.M., Gorky Conservatory; Professional Instrument Diploma, Vladimir College of Music; violin studies with Lazar Gantman and Polina Brill. Former faculty positions: Vladimir College of Music, Taneev Music School, Island of Music School, Shostakovich School of Music, LISMA Long Island Conservatory. Current faculty positions: Hamilton-Madison House, Jewish Community Center, Prep Center since 2012. Read an interview with Larisa Vollis.


Charlene Marcinko

Performances: at Yankee Stadium for Pope Benedict, the White House for President Bush, Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Kennedy Center, Boston Lyric Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Opera Iowa, Pittsburgh Opera, Utah Opera Festival, Aspen Opera, Virginia Opera, Opera Northeast, Mendelssohn Glee Choir, Catskills Glee Choir, Boston Lyric Opera, Aspen Opera, Boston University Opera Institute, Des Moines Metro Opera, Pittsburgh Opera Center, Opera Iowa, Alea III, Opera Orchestra of New York, Opera Northeast, Manhattan Opera, Virginia Opera, and Utah Festival Opera, as well as for the president and minister of culture of Costa Rica and in South Korea. Finalist: Metropolitan Opera. Education: M.M., Boston University; B.A., Peabody Conservatory; recipient, Lammont Belin Scholarship. Former faculty positions: Henry Street Settlement, La Guardia Community College (CUNY), Berkshire Choral Festival, Choir Academy of Harlem, Arts Alive Summer Gifted Program, Lucy Moses School of Music. Current faculty positions: Pennsylvania Counsel for the Arts, National Council Senior Center, Kathryn Brickell Music School, Prep Center since 2012. Read an interview with Charlene Marcinko.


Daniel Kelley (Clarinet and Saxophone)

Performances: chamber music at Stern Auditorium and Weill Hall, Carnegie Hall; Metropolitan Museum of Art; Wolf Trap Farm Park for the Performing Arts; Smithsonian Institution; Atlanta Arts Festival; Oklahoma Mozart Festival; Chautauqua Institution; concerts in 46 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, and the Virgin Islands; concerto soloist with El Paso Symphony Orchestra; former member of the U.S. Air Force Band, Washington, D.C.; Broadcasts: Today Show, A Prairie Home Companion, Voice of America, WQXR, WNYC, and WETA. Recordings: Three on BMG and one on BMG-Japan with Richard Stoltzman. Education: B.M., Sam Houston State University; clarinet studies with Kalmen Opperman, Leon Russianoff, and Richard Picker. Current faculty position: Prep Center since 2000. Read an interview with Daniel Kelley.

Laura Thompson (Flute and Suzuki Flute)

Performances: orchestral performances with the Garden State Philharmonic, NJCU Orchestra, Green Mountain Opera Festival, New York Chamber Players, Strathmere Chamber Orchestra, Transfiguration Chamber Orchestra, Amherst Early Music Festival Opera Orchestra, the Grand Tour Orchestra, Longy Festival Orchestra, Lyric Opera of New York, Amato Opera, Tafelmusik Festival Orchestra, Greenwich Village Symphony Orchestra, Opera Ozarks, and Di Capo Opera; chamber music performances with the Harlem Creates Festival, Zephyr Trio, Bacchanalia Baroque Ensemble, Trinity Bach Soloists, and New York Continuo Collective. Education: M.A. and B.M., Queens College (CUNY); flute studies with Jed Wentz, Keith Underwood, and Samuel Baron. Former faculty positions: Manchester Music Festival, Thurnauer School of Music, Amati Conservatory, Rhoda Graundman School of Music, Rockland Summer Institute. Current faculty positions: Thessalonia Academy, Prep Center since 2012. Read an interview with Laura Thompson.


Jessica Di Mari (Musicianship and Ear Training)

Premieres: The Daydreamerss Waltz in Tokyo; mixed media pieces The Bright Side and The Looking Glass at the 27th Biannual International Electroacoustic Music Festivals. Residencies: with the Brooklyn College Orchestra, Brooklyn College ConTempo, and Brooklyn College Brass Ensemble. Awards: Recognized Songwriter, Kadish Millet Composer Award; Morton Feldman Composition Award; Brooklyn Museum's Call for Scores contest for Sounds of Brooklyn; nominee, best original music score, Terror Film Festival. Education: B.Mus., music composition, Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music. Current faculty position: Prep Center since 2015. Read an interview with Jessica Di Mari.

Music and Movement

Maxine Feldman

Piano performances: Lincoln Center, United Nations, and the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Vocal coach and pianist: Regina Opera Company. Choral director: Congregation Beth Elohim, Steps Elementary School, Arista Prep Academy, and Dorchester Senior Center and the House of Jacob Senior Center. Education: B.M., Oberlin College Conservatory of Music; Dalcroze Elementary Certificate from the Dalcroze School of Music; Dalcroze Eurythmics License from the Longy School of Music. Previous faculty positions: eurhythmics faculty, Diller-Quaile School of Music, New York University, Lucy Moses School, Congregation Beth Elohim Early Childhood Center, Grace Pre-School, Head Start Education Center, Cycle Educational Center, International School of Brooklyn, Steps Elementary School, Arista Prep Academy and  Get Set Kindergarten School. Current faculty positions: Kingsborough Community College (CUNY) Child Development Center, Prep Center since 2015. Read an interview with Maxine Feldman.