Music Faculty

Guitar

Eleazer Rodriguez

Guitar
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

Guitar
Performances, Alice Tully Hall (Lincoln Center); Manhattan School of Music; Columbia University; New York University; Kingsborough Community College; Harrison Public Library; Knitting Factory. E.D.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, Mark Delpriora. Master classes with Eliot Fisk, Eduardo Fernandez, David Starobin, Patrick O'Brien. Faculty, Creative Arts Lab, Teachers College, Columbia University. Guitar faculty, Turtle Bay Music School. Head of Music Program, Maine Teen Camp. Teaching Artist for Midori and Friends. Prep Center faculty since 2007.

Piano

Victoria Freyberg

Piano
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

Piano
Recital performances of the Goldina-Loumbrozo Piano Duo throughout North America, France, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom, Scandinavia, Russia, Baltic States. Concerto appearances with Detroit Symphony, Pacific Symphony, New World Symphony, Symphony of the Americas, Philharmonic Orchestra of Florida, Latvian National Symphonic Orchestra. Lecture-Recitals throughout the United States. Winner of five international duo-piano competitions, including First Prize, Second Murray Dranoff International Two-Piano Competition, and First Prize, Seventh V. Bucchi International Duo-Piano Competition. Broadcasts: Radio-France, BBC, Television Polynesie, WVIA – Scranton/Wilkesbarre, 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. Adjudicator: American Liszt Society, International Concert Alliance, The Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, and the Seventh Murray Dranoff International Two-Piano Competition. Ph.D., piano performance, New York University; M.M., The Juilliard School of Music; diploma, summa cum laude, in performance, Latvian State Conservatory. Piano studies with Herbert Stessin and Martin Canin. Former faculty: The French-American Conservatory of Music, The Roosa School of Music, New York University, The Juilliard School of Music. Artist-Lecturer, Moravian College since 1999, Prep Center faculty since 2008.

Diane Kirkpatrick

Piano
Recitals throughout the United States and Europe, including 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, and the Brooklyn Library, and La Rocca di Stellata, Villa Spisani, Teatro Verdi and Pallazzo Benincasa in Italy. Televised performance, WKRC Cincinnati. Soloist with The Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra, Dayton Symphony and The Springfield Symphony Orchestra. Top prizes, National Foundation of Music Clubs Young Artists Awards, American Music Scholarships Association Competition, University of Cincinnati. Awarded full scholarship, Royal Academy of Music (London). Master classes and studies with Samuel Sanders, The Juilliard School. M.M., B.M. and assistantship, BGSU College of Musical Arts. Teaching assistant to Jerome Rose. Piano studies with Mary Lou Krosnick, Audley Wasson, Robert Wynne, Robert Howatt, Elizabeth Cobb, Jerome Rose. Master classes with Lorin Hollander, Leon Fleisher, Menahem Pressler. Former faculty, The College of New Rochelle, Bergen Community College, College of Musical Arts at BGSU, Brooklyn Music School, Roosa School of Music. Faculty, The International Keyboard Institute and Festival, Mannes College of Music. Prep Center faculty since 1997.

Vilija Naujokaitis

Piano
Chamber music performances in Lithuania, Russia, Czech Republic, Switzerland, New York, Washington D.C. Piano studies at Vilnius Conservatoire and Lithuanian Music Academy, Vilnius, Lithuania. Accompanist at M.K.Ciurlionis Art Gymnasium, Lithuanian Music Academy and Vilnius Philharmonic Society, Lithuania, Special Music School and Lucy Moses School, N.Y. Organist, choir director and piano coach for piano studio at St. Augustine Episcopal Church, Brooklyn, N.Y. Former faculty at Vilnius Conservatoire, Lithuania. Prep Center faculty since 2009.

Emily White

Piano Faculty Chair
Recital and concerto appearances in United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, Poland, Czech Republic, Romania. Master classes, SMU; UTSA; New World School of the Arts; Colchester Institute, United Kingdom; Gheorghe Dima Academy, Romania. Winner, London Symphony Orchestra Foundation Grant; Queen's Commendation for Excellence; Broadwood Trust Scholarship. Top prizes, 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. Broadcasts, WQXR, NPR, WBAI, WFLN-Philadelphia, RAI-Italy. 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. Hodgson and Meaker Fellowships, RAM, London; Teaching and Opera Coaching Fellowships, The Juilliard School. 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, Nelita True. Faculty, The Juilliard School Evening Division. Former faculty, Manhattan School of Music; Interlochen Arts Camp. Prep Center faculty since 1985.

Strings

Wendy Case

Violin, Suzuki Violin
Violinist with the Rochester Philharmonic; Blossom Festival Orchestra; Erie Philharmonic; Canton Symphony Orchestra. D.M.A., SUNY Stony Brook; M.M., Cleveland Institute of Music; B.M., University of Michigan. Suzuki Certification, Cleveland Institute of Music. Violin studies with Philip Setzer, Soovin Kim, William Preucil, Andrew Jennings. Prep Center faculty since 2013.

Sarah Franklin

Violin, Suzuki Violin
Principal Second Violin of Astoria Symphony, One World Symphony, Metro Chamber Orchestra. Section Violin of Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas, New York Chamber Virtuosi, Ensemble 212, Westchester Chamber Symphony. Concertmaster of Broadway National Tour of Camelot (2009–10). Fellowships with National Repertory Orchestra, Aspen Music Festival. Violin studies with Curtis Macomber, Marilyn McDonald, Philippe Naegele. Master classes with Sylvia Rosenberg, Mark Steinberg, American String Quartet. M.M, Manhattan School of Music; B.M, Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Faculty, Tone Academy of Music, Third Street Music School.  Former faculty, Beverly Burton School of Music, Conservatorio Franz Liszt Music Festival, Oberlin Music Mentors. Prep Center faculty since 2012.

Susanna Giles

Cello, Suzuki Cello
Ensemble performances with Azlo Chamber Orchestra; Brooklyn Art Song Society; Steinway Chamber Festival; Sheep Island Ensemble; Mimesis Ensemble; Art house Productions Theater. M.M., Arizona State University Herberger School of Music; B.M., Oberlin Conservatory. Suzuki Certification, School for Strings. Cello studies with Hans Jensen, Julia Lichten, David Wells. Faculty, Brooklyn Waldorf School, Harmony Program. Prep Center faculty since 2013.

June Hyun

Violin, Suzuki Violin
Violinist with the Aspen Music Festival, 92nd Street Y Orchestra, New England Symphonic Ensemble. M.M., Manhattan School of Music; M.A., University of Chicago; B.A., New York University. Suzuki Certification, School for Strings. Violin studies with Isaac Malkin, Ariana Bronne, Dorothy Delay. Master classes with Henryk Szeryng, Sandor Vegh, American String Quartet. Faculty, Music Conservatory of Westchester; Packer Collegiate Institute. Prep Center faculty since 2006.

James Ilgenfritz

Double Bass, Electric Bass, Jazz Improvisation
Performances with George Lewis, Pauline Oliveros, John Zorn. Appearances at Symphony Space, Issue Project Room, Irondale Theater, World Financial Center Winter Garden, Vancouver Jazz Festival, 2009 International Society of Bassists Conference, JVC Jazz Festival. Presentation, International Society for Improvised Music. Music Omi International Musicians Residency. M.A., University of California San Diego; B.M., University of Michigan. Former faculty, After School Enrichment Program, The Children's School PS 372. Teaching Assistant, UCSD. Prep Center faculty since 2010.

Yuki Ishibashi

Conductor (Junior 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. M.M. in orchestra conducting, The Mannes College of Music; B.A., music/violin and physics, College of William and Mary. Conducting studies with David Hayes, Michael Jinbo, George Rothman, Wes Kenney. Violin studies with Nina Beilina and Susan Via. Prep Center faculty since 2008.

Kalin Ivanov

Cello
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.

Krasi Ivanov

Violin, Viola
Performances in Spain, Greece, Italy, Macedonia, Bulgaria, 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. M.M., Brooklyn College; M.M., B.M., Academy of Music and Dance Art, Bulgaria. Violin studies with Masao Kawasaki. Faculty, Rondo Music Festival, VT. Former Faculty, Brooklyn College String Project; P.S. 58 String Program. Prep Center faculty since 2006.

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.

Yumi Man

Violin, Suzuki Violin
Solo performances at Walt Disney Concert Hall; Los Angeles Music Center; KUSC (91.5 FM) Los Angeles; Radio Suisse Romande (Switzerland). Ensemble Performances include the Grammy Awards; Carnegie Hall; Lincoln Center; Hollywood Bowl. M.M., The Juilliard School; B.M., New England Conservatory of Music. Suzuki Certification, School for Strings. Violin studies with Catherine Cho, Donald Weilerstein. Master classes with Pamela Frank, Robert Mann, Ruggiero Ricci, Aaron Rosand, Joel Smirnoff. Faculty, Chapin School, Opportunity Music Project. Prep Center faculty since 2013.

Edmundo Ramirez

Viola, Violin, Suzuki Violin
Performances, Fine Arts Quartet, String Quintets, Ensemble Intercontemporaine, Meininger Hopkapelle (Germany), New York Symphonic Ensemble. B. M., The Juilliard School of Music; M. M., The Mannes College of Music; Master's Program in Applied Music and Music Teaching (anticipated), Lehman College. 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. Violin Teacher, Third Street Music Settlement Miles Program; Harmony Program CUNY; Long Island University; Manheim Hochshule (Germany). Prep Center faculty since 2011.

Matthew Reichert

Violin, Director of String and Suzuki Programs
Performances and master classes in the United States, former Soviet Union, Central America, China. Prize, Best Student Paper 2007 ("Carl Bergmann the Pioneer"), Greater New York Chapter, American Musicological Society. M.A., Brooklyn College; B.M., The Juilliard School. D.M.A., CUNY Grad Center. Violin studies with Dorothy DeLay, Masao Kawasaki, Itzhak Perlman, Felix Galimir, and members of the Tokyo String Quartet. Pedagogical studies with Louise Behrend. Faculty, Special Music School, Lucy Moses School, Conservatory of Music at Brooklyn College. Former faculty, 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. Prep Center faculty since 1996 and director of String Programs since 2006.

Serafim Smigelskiy

Cello, Suzuki Cello
Recent solo recitals: The Players (New York), The Roerich Museum (New York), SHSU University (Texas), Illinois Wesleyan University. Chamber music performances, Carnegie Hall (Weill Recital Hall), Alice Tully Hall, Peter Jay Sharp Theater, Lincoln Center, Harvard University Radcliff Hall, Moscow Philharmonic Hall, Saint-Petersburg Philharmonic Hall, Tokyo Opera Grand City Hall. Concerto performances with the Kansas City Philharmonic Orchestra and the Ars Viva Orchestra (Kansas City). Orchestral performances, Ensemble du Monde Orchestra (principal cellist). B.M., Saint-Petersburg State Conservatory for Music. M.M., The Juilliard School. Suzuki pedagogical training, Ithaca College Suzuki Institute and The School for Strings (New York). Cello studies with Richard Aaron, Martin Storey, Alexey Massarsky, Konstantin Kucherov, Galina Koroleva. Master classes with Mstislav Rostropovich, Laurence Lesser, Julius Berger. Fellowship recipient – Aspen Music Festival and School, Mozarteum Academy in Salzburg. Morse and Goldman Fellowships at Juilliard School. Winner, Russian State Music Competition. Faculty, Illinois Wesleyan University Cello Festival and Camp, George Jackson Academy (New York). Prep Center faculty since 2011.

Larisa Vollis

Violin, Suzuki Violin
Performances with Vladimir Philharmonic, Gubernatorski Symphony Orchestra, Adelphi University Symphony Orchestra, Mannes College Symphony Orchestra, Bronx Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Symphony Orchestra.  M.M, Gorky Conservatory.  Professional Instrument Diploma, Vladimir College of Music. Violin studies with Lazar Gantman and Polina Brill. Former faculty, Vladimir College of Music, Taneev Music School, Island of Music School, Shostakovich School of Music, LISMA Long Island Conservatory. Faculty, Hamilton-Madison House, Jewish Community Center. Prep Center faculty since 2012.

Voice

Maggie Davis

Voice, Music and Movement
Performances with Chicago Lyric Opera, Geneseo Symphony Orchestra, The Alphabet Lounge. Winner, National Association for the Teachers of Singing Competition. Award: National Scholarship in Performance, American Musical and Dramatic Academy. M.Mus.Ed, CUNY Hunter; B.A, SUNY Geneseo. Faculty, Diller-Quaile School of Music, The Heschel School. Former faculty, The Dalton School, Academy of Saint Joseph's, The River School, Education Through Music. Prep Center faculty since 2012.

Charlene Marcinko

Voice
Performances at Yankee Stadium for Pope Benedict, the White House for President Bush, for the President and Minister of Culture of Costa Rica, 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, South Korea, 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, Utah Festival Opera. Finalist, Metropolitan Opera. Recipient, Lammont Belin Scholarship. M.M, Boston University; B.A, Peabody Conservatory. Former faculty, Henry Street Settlement, La Guardia Community College, Berkshire Choral Festival, Choir Academy of Harlem, Arts Alive Summer Gifted Program, Lucy Moses School of Music. Faculty, Pennsylvania Counsel for the Arts, National Council Senior Center, Kathryn Brickell Music School. Prep Center Faculty since 2012.

Winds

Daniel Kelley

Clarinet, Saxophone
Chamber music performances, 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, Virgin Islands. Concerto soloist with El Paso Symphony Orchestra. Former member, U.S. Air Force Band, Washington, D.C. Broadcasts, “Today Show;” “A Prairie Home Companion;” “Voice of America;” WQXR; WNYC; WETA. Three recordings on BMG with Richard Stolzman. B.M., Sam Houston State University. Clarinet studies with Kalmen Opperman, Leon Russianoff, Richard Picker. Prep Center faculty since 2000.

Sky Macklay

See biography under Musicianship.

Laura Thompson

Flute, Suzuki Flute
Performances with The New York Chamber Players, Strathmere Chamber Orchestra, Amherst Early Music Festival Opera Orchestra, Tafelmusik Festival Orchestra, Lyric Opera of New York, Greenwich Village Orchestra, Bacchanalia Baroque Ensemble, New York Continuo Collective, Zephyr Trio. M.A, B.M., Queens College. Flute studies with Jed Wentz, Keith Underwood, Samuel Baron. Former faculty, Manchester Music Festival, Thurnauer School of Music, Amati Conservatory, Rhoda Grundman School of Music. Faculty, Thessalonia Academy. Prep Center faculty since 2012.

Music and Movement

Wendy Case

See biography under Strings.

Maggie Davis

See biography under Voice.

Yumi Man

See biography under Strings.

Musicianship

James Ilgenfritz

See biography under Strings.

Sky Macklay

Musicianship, Oboe
Performances with the University of Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Ghost Ensemble, University of Memphis Contemporary Chamber Players, Wolf River Chamber Orchestra, Luther College Concert Band, The John Carroll Experience New Music Choir, Luther College Symphony Orchestra. Commissions from the Lexington Symphony, Walden School Faculty Commissioning Project, St. John Lutheran Church. Awards: International Alliance for Women in Music Search for New Music, New Music USA, Iowa Composers Forum Composition Contest. Composition studies with Brooke Joyce, Kamran Ince, Mahir Cetiz. M.M., University of Memphis; B.A, Luther College. Former faculty, Memphis Community Music School, University of Memphis, Walden School Young Musicians Program. Prep Center faculty since 2012.