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Billy Bileca

Billy Bileca

Mr. Bileca studied with Joel Dibartolo of the Tonight Show Band (Doc Severinsen) at the Grove School of Music in Van Nuys, Calif. He performs frequently with many groups across New England, and has toured both nationally and internationally. Mr. Bileca has been featured on the bill with such well-known performers as B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Robert Cray, The Fabulous Thunderbirds and many more. Most recently, he frequently played in a duo with American Idol finalist Katie Stevens. He likes to share his love of roots music with his students.

“I encourage all of my students to open their ears and minds to all styles of music.”

John Judd

John Judd

Mr. Judd is an Emmy nominated composer that has been teaching guitar since 1993. He performs frequently throughout New England with his jazz trio and as a sideman. Mr. Judd has recorded 3 jazz albums, 3 blues play-along albums, and written an instructional book entitled Guitar Competence. He has worked as a music transcriber for Jazz Improv magazine and also transcribed a book of solos for renowned jazz guitarist Mark Elf. Currently Mr. Judd writes music for media and has placements on Bravo, NBC, Travel Channel, Style Network, Discovery Channel, The Food Network, MTV, Oxygen, and many more. Recent placements include the 2015 Miss USA Pageant, Resale Royalty, Pledge, Mastercard, and the film Call Me King (2015).

 

Jeff Smith

Jeff Smith

Bio to come…

Steve Sullivan

Steve Sullivan

Mr. Sullivan studied guitar with Sal Salvadore at University of Bridgeport and piano with Julie Cavadini. He plays guitar professionally and works regularly with the Southford Falls Quartet. He has done extensive recording and has been teaching for more than 20 years.

Piano

Greg de Paula

Greg de Paula

A native of Florida, Greg de Paula has a BM degree in Music Performance from the University of South Florida in Tampa under the tutelage of Scott Kluksdahl. He has participated in master classes with David Requiro and the Baumer String Quartet, Noreen-Cassidy Polera, Rhonda Rider, Carol Ou, Ross Harbaugh, Rebecca Penneys, Emilio Colon and Norman Fisher. He has also participated in the Round Top Festival Institute (2014), the Apple Hill Chamber Music Festival (2012 and 2013) and the annual Tennessee Cello Workshop (2009). Mr. de Paula was the principal cellist of the 2009 National Philharmonic Summer String Institute under the direction of maestro Piotr Gajewski and was recently the assistant principal of the University of South Florida Symphony Orchestra.

As an avid music instructor, Mr. de Paula has a very diverse teaching background that encompasses approximately seven years of cumulative musical training with students of all ages. As a patient and understanding teacher, he has worked with students with Asperger’s syndrome as well as students with severe ADHD. Mr. de Paula emphasizes consistent and disciplined practice that is paired with positive and encouraging feedback so that his students truly learn to grow not only as musicians, but as individuals.

Val Federov

Val Federov

Mr. Fedorov began studying music in Russia at age 7. He graduated from Dnipropetrovsk Music College in Ukraine with majors in music education, performing, and orchestra conducting. He has been performing with many orchestras and as a soloist. Mr. Fedorov has been teaching music for over fifteen years. He plays piano, guitar, and accordion.

Vic Johnson

Vic Johnson

Mr. Johnson graduated from Hoffstra University with a BS in Music Education. He went on to receive a masters degree in Liberal Studies from Stony Brook. Mr. Johnson is an accomplished pianist and organist. He is a teacher, as well as the organist and choral director at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Monroe.

Erin Knapp*

Erin Knapp

Ms. Knapp holds a Masters of Music degree in Voice Pedagogy and Performance from Westminster Choir College of Rider University. She also graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance. Her fluency in French awarded her a minor in French Language and Literature. Principal teachers include Dr. Scott McCoy, President of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, with whom Ms. Knapp studied voice privately. Ms. Knapp has extensive experience working with children in the field of music. She specializes in a multitude of musical genres, including classical, musical theatre, jazz, pop, folk and country. She has performed in operas at the Spoleto Festival USA, including Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette and Braunfel’s Die Vogel. In addition to operatic work, she has been a member of several professional choral ensembles and has toured the U.S. and Europe with them. “The most rewarding part of teaching music is not just watching a student grow musically but seeing his/her overall confidence improve.”

Jennie Pelligrino*

Jennie Pelligrino

Ms. Pelligrino has been teaching privately for more than 10 years. She recently completed courses in music and early childhood education at Sacred Heart University as well as Gateway Community College. She has more than 12 years of formal study of the piano and music theory. Ms. Pelligrino has extensive experience teaching children with special needs.

Nyomi Guberman-Pfeffer*

Nyomi Guberman Pfeffer

Ms. Guberman-Pfeffer teaches traditional piano and clarinet, as well as Suzuki. She studied performance at the Yale School of Music with former dean Keith Wilson and later with Standley Drucker of the New York Philharmonic. Ms. Guberman Pfeffer completed studies in composition and harmony under Professor Arnold Franchetti of the Hartt School of Music. She won national recognition for exceptional artistic merit from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. Ms. Guberman Pfeffer is an active performer in a number of chamber and symphonic groups. Including the Earl Banquer Woodwind Ensemble and the Wayne Hiller Octet. Ms. Guberman Pfeffer also has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master of Arts in Teaching both from Sacred Heart University. “I love seeing the students grow in their ability and appreciation of music!”

Kate Rich*

Kate Rich

Ms. Rich is thrilled to be celebrating 25 years of piano instruction. She earned her degree from Niagara University and completed coursework at the Hartt School of Music. Ms. Rich has been involved as a musical theater director for such performances as, “The Sound of Music,” “The Music Man,” “The Wiz,” “Promises, Promises,” “Alice in Wonderland,” “Fame” and more. She is also an experienced accompanist, playing for various groups and ensembles. “I feel very fortunate to share the fundamentals and joy of music with all age groups and levels.”

Olga Schrodl

As one of Creative Music’s dedicated and talented teachers for over 13 years, Olga teaches all ages in piano and voice performance, music theory, orchestration, harmonizing and history of music.   While classically trained, she is skilled at instructing all genres and all levels with many of her students participating in the annual Young Musicians Festival in Fairfield and other regional and state competitions.

Olga came to us from Belarus where she began her music studies at the Mogilev Music College, a higher education, teacher’s training school, earning her undergraduate degrees in piano & voice performance and orchestral conducting.  She then continued her education at the Mogilev State A. Kuleshov University for another 5 years, obtaining both her Bachelors and Masters degrees in piano and voice performance, choir conducting and choreography. Both her undergrad and graduate studies included concentration in theory and orchestration.  Following graduation from the university, Olga taught at the university for 2 years before travelling to the US where continued to teach privately, joining the Creative Music staff and participating in various local theatrical productions, ensembles and dance events.

Seth Uricheck

Seth Uricheck

Seth Uricheck received his Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from Western Connecticut State University, where he graduated in 2010 summa cum laude. At that time, he also had over 17 years of experience studying the piano and organ. Mr. Uricheck has studied under a variety of accomplished musicians, including violinists from the Hartt School of Music, the Hartford Symphony and WCSU. His instructors on all three instruments have included a number of internationally renowned performers. In his free time, Mr. Uricheck composes music for a variety of instruments, some of which has been performed by local choirs and WCSU musicians. He has also accrued a number of awards from fiddling competitions across Connecticut and Massachusetts. He has been teaching violin, viola and piano professionally since 2004.

George Wilkinson

George Wilkinson

Mr. Wilkinson began playing the piano at age 5. He studied with several formidable teachers and eventually presented recitals at the Julliard School. He has been teaching since 1992, and joined Creative Music Center in 2003.

Sue Paolini

Ms. Paolini is honored to have become a member of the talented teaching staff at Creative Music Center. She has experienced the joys of being a piano teacher for 23 years and continues to find it extremely rewarding to help dedicated students become accomplished musicians. Ms. Paolini’s musical experience began at the age of 6 through her studies with Lea Van Haven, an accomplished pianist and vocalist who performed at many fine venues in New York City. She later studied 9 years with Stephen Dominko, an exceptionally gifted pianist who had won the World Championship of Classical Musicians at the age of 17. She attended the University of Bridgeport where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in nursing which she has found extremely useful when instructing students with learning disabilities. Ms. Paolini describes her goal as piano instructor is “to provide my students with a positive learning experience that motivates them to play a beautiful instrument for as long as they so choose, as musicianship is a life-long gift.”

Jake Habegger

Jake Habegger

Jake Habegger holds a Bachelors degree in music performance from Western Connecticut State University. During his studies at WCSU, Jake had the great opportunity to share the stage with jazz legends John Scofield, Rufus Reid, and Benny Golson. Mr. Habegger is an in-demand freelance musician and educator. He has taught piano and drum lessons privately in Fairfield County for over three years and has been teaching drum lessons since he graduated high school in 2007. Mr. Habegger currently plays in the New Haven-based experimental rock band, Rudeyna, who can be heard performing all over Connecticut. He is good with children and organizes his lessons into three important parts: drum set, snare drum technique, and music reading. Jake is passionate about teaching music to all those who wish to learn and develop their skills.

Maureen Zahara

Maureen Zahara
Mrs. Zahara has studied music since she was in first grade when she began piano lessons.  She quickly grew to love it and added the saxophone, clarinet, and flute to her staple of primary instruments by high school.  She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Education from Western CT State University in 2004 where her primary instrument was clarinet, and also earned a Master of Music Degree in Music Education in 2007 from the University of CT.  Mrs. Zahara has taught private music lessons to piano, woodwind, and voice students of all ages and abilities for 20 years.  She is in her 13th year of teaching music through Derby Public Schools where, in addition to the daily class schedule, she also directs numerous choirs, bands, and shows.  She has also had the great opportunity to work closely with other professional music educators through the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and the CT Music Education Association (CMEA) , where she served as Adjudication Chairperson for 10 years.
Voice

Erin Knapp*

Erin Knapp

Ms. Knapp holds a Masters of Music degree in Voice Pedagogy and Performance from Westminster Choir College of Rider University. She also graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance. Her fluency in French awarded her a minor in French Language and Literature. Principal teachers include Dr. Scott McCoy, President of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, with whom Ms. Knapp studied voice privately. Ms. Knapp has extensive experience working with children in the field of music. She specializes in a multitude of musical genres, including classical, musical theatre, jazz, pop, folk and country. She has performed in operas at the Spoleto Festival USA, including Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette and Braunfel’s Die Vogel. In addition to operatic work, she has been a member of several professional choral ensembles and has toured the U.S. and Europe with them. “The most rewarding part of teaching mu- sic is not just watching a student grow musically but seeing his/her overall confidence improve.”

Vic Johnson

Vic Johnson

Mr. Johnson graduated from Hoffstra University with a BS in Music Education. He went on to receive a masters degree in Liberal Studies from Stony Brook. Mr. Johnson is an accomplished pianist and organist. He is a teacher, as well as the organist and choral director at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Monroe.

Olga Schrodl

As one of Creative Music’s dedicated and talented teachers for over 13 years, Olga teaches all ages in piano and voice performance, music theory, orchestration, harmonizing and history of music.   While classically trained, she is skilled at instructing all genres and all levels with many of her students participating in the annual Young Musicians Festival in Fairfield and other regional and state competitions.

Olga came to us from Belarus where she began her music studies at the Mogilev Music College, a higher education, teacher’s training school, earning her undergraduate degrees in piano & voice performance and orchestral conducting.  She then continued her education at the Mogilev State A. Kuleshov University for another 5 years, obtaining both her Bachelors and Masters degrees in piano and voice performance, choir conducting and choreography. Both her undergrad and graduate studies included concentration in theory and orchestration.  Following graduation from the university, Olga taught at the university for 2 years before travelling to the US where continued to teach privately, joining the Creative Music staff and participating in various local theatrical productions, ensembles and dance events.

* Experienced teaching special needs children

Cello

Greg de Paula

Greg de Paula

A native of Florida, Greg de Paula has a BM degree in Music Performance from the University of South Florida in Tampa under the tutelage of Scott Kluksdahl. He has participated in master classes with David Requiro and the Baumer String Quartet, Noreen-Cassidy Polera, Rhonda Rider, Carol Ou, Ross Harbaugh, Rebecca Penneys, Emilio Colon and Norman Fisher. He has also participated in the Round Top Festival Institute (2014), the Apple Hill Chamber Music Festival (2012 and 2013) and the annual Tennessee Cello Workshop (2009). Mr. de Paula was the principal cellist of the 2009 National Philharmonic Summer String Institute under the direction of maestro Piotr Gajewski and was recently the assistant principal of the University of South Florida Symphony Orchestra.

As an avid music instructor, Mr. de Paula has a very diverse teaching background that encompasses approximately seven years of cumulative musical training with students of all ages. As a patient and understanding teacher, he has worked with students with Asperger’s syndrome as well as students with severe ADHD. Mr. de Paula emphasizes consistent and disciplined practice that is paired with positive and encouraging feedback so that his students truly learn to grow not only as musicians, but as individuals.

Brittnay Timm

Brittnay Timm

Cellist Brittnay Timm earned a BM degree in Music Performance from the University of South Florida in Tampa under the tutelage of Scott Kluksdahl. Upon graduating, she received accolades in academic excellence and music history. Brittnay has held several leadership positions in the Pinellas Youth Symphony where she was principal cellist of both the Symphony and Serenade Orchestras and a member of the distinguished Senior String Quartet. Brittnay also had the opportunity to perform in a side-by-side concert with the Florida Orchestra and go on tour with the Pinellas Youth Symphony throughout Italy, German, and Austria. With her Senior String Quartet, she has performed at numerous venues for Mayors, aquariums, weddings, and art galas. She has attended chamber music workshops at the University of Tampa, Florida State University, and Apple Hill Music Festival. Her other primary teachers include: Lowell Adams (Assistant Principal of the Florida Orchestra), Joan Lunde, and Helga Winold (Indiana University). Brittnay has been teaching students of all ages and levels how to enjoy playing cello with a creative outlook that caters uniquely to each student’s goals and desires since 2009.

Clarinet

Nick Blecher

Nick Blecher

Nick Blechar is a seasoned multi-instrumentalist (saxophone, flute, and clarinet), having performed extensively both locally and around the world as a showband musician aboard Carnival Cruise Lines. Holding a Masters of Music in Composition & Theory from New York University and a Bachelor’s of Music in Jazz Studies from Western Connecticut State University, Nick uses his experience to teach a wide variety of techniques and styles. He is schooled not only in Classical and Jazz repertoires, but also Rock, Pop, Hip Hop, Funk, Country, and Folk. Nick loves to ignite a passion for music in his students, promoting learning as a life-long adventure.

Nyomi Guberman-Pfeffer*

Nyomi Guberman Pfeffer

Ms. Guberman Pfeffer teaches traditional piano and clarinet, as well as Suzuki. She studied performance at the Yale School of Music with former dean Keith Wilson and later with Standley Drucker of the New York Philharmonic. Ms. Guberman Pfeffer completed studies in composition and harmony under Professor Arnold Franchetti of the Hartt School of Music. She won national recognition for exceptional artistic merit from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. Ms. Guberman Pfeffer is an active performer in a number of chamber and symphonic groups. Including the Earl Banquer Woodwind Ensemble and the Wayne Hiller Octet. Ms. Guberman Pfeffer also has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master of Arts in Teaching both from Sacred Heart University. “I love seeing the students grow in their ability and appreciation of music!”

Mark Swigart

Mr. Swigart has been seriously living, playing and teaching music for over 25 years. With a jazz scholarship from the University of Nevada, he toured Europe and Japan with the UNLV jazz band and graduated with a Bachelor of Performing Arts in oboe. Mr. Swigart is particularly strong in double reeds (oboe and English horn) and jazz improvisation (saxophone and flute). He is a founding member of the touring and professional jazz group, New York City Swing, and has toured with well-known bands such as the Drifters, Angels and Platters. His career as recording soloist and backup musician includes working with Billy Eckstein, Vic Damone, Jerry Lewis, Sonny Stitt, Vickie Sue Robinson and Flip Wilson among others.

With a Master of Education in Multi-intelligences from St. Joseph’s University in West Hartford, Mr. Swigart has been teaching saxophone, flute, clarinet and oboe to all ages and levels since 1993. He stresses the importance of becoming independent, responsible, life-long learners, and focuses on proper practice habits and problem solving skills.

Maureen Zahara

Maureen Zahara
Mrs. Zahara has studied music since she was in first grade when she began piano lessons.  She quickly grew to love it and added the saxophone, clarinet, and flute to her staple of primary instruments by high school.  She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Education from Western CT State University in 2004 where her primary instrument was clarinet, and also earned a Master of Music Degree in Music Education in 2007 from the University of CT.  Mrs. Zahara has taught private music lessons to piano, woodwind, and voice students of all ages and abilities for 20 years.  She is in her 13th year of teaching music through Derby Public Schools where, in addition to the daily class schedule, she also directs numerous choirs, bands, and shows.  She has also had the great opportunity to work closely with other professional music educators through the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and the CT Music Education Association (CMEA) , where she served as Adjudication Chairperson for 10 years.
Drums

Jim Altieri*

Jim Altieri

Mr. Altieri is an enthusiastic percussionist who  has been playing the drums since age 15.  In addition to the acoustic drum kit, he specializes in all forms of percussion including conga, bongos, steel drums and other hand-held drums.  Jim teaches all levels, but is particularly experienced working with younger ages and those with learning differences.

Tom Geisler

Tom Geisler

Tom is an experienced teacher with 20 years of teaching know-how. He began drums at age 8 and has studied extensively with a variety of high profile drummers. Tom’s skills are in demand by musicians around the globe who need quality drum tracks for their compositions in the unique world of “Virtual Collaborations.” See Tom in action here: https://www.youtube.com/user/drumgalaxy
Discover the 5 secrets that have propelled long-time students like Becca Webster win the 2016 Hit Like A Girl global drumming contest (under age 18 division) after finishing 2nd in the 2015 HLAG contest. View Becca’s winning entry here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9rPGfQwnHs Tom’s successful students all exhibit traits that help them excel at the drums: a positive outlook, unafraid of failure, an open mind to new ideas, and a determined work ethic.

Jake Habegger

Jake Habegger

Jake Habegger holds a Bachelors degree in music performance from Western Connecticut State University. During his studies at WCSU, Jake had the great opportunity to share the stage with jazz legends John Scofield, Rufus Reid, and Benny Golson. Mr. Habegger is an in-demand freelance musician and educator. He has taught piano and drum lessons privately in Fairfield County for over three years and has been teaching drum lessons since he graduated high school in 2007. Mr. Habegger currently plays in the New Haven-based experimental rock band, Rudeyna, who can be heard performing all over Connecticut. He is good with children and organizes his lessons into three important parts: drum set, snare drum technique, and music reading. Jake is passionate about teaching music to all those who wish to learn and develop their skills.

Flute

Nick Blecher

Nick Blecher

Nick Blechar is a seasoned multi-instrumentalist (saxophone, flute, and clarinet), having performed extensively both locally and around the world as a showband musician aboard Carnival Cruise Lines. Holding a Masters of Music in Composition & Theory from New York University and a Bachelor’s of Music in Jazz Studies from Western Connecticut State University, Nick uses his experience to teach a wide variety of techniques and styles. He is schooled not only in Classical and Jazz repertoires, but also Rock, Pop, Hip Hop, Funk, Country, and Folk. Nick loves to ignite a passion for music in his students, promoting learning as a life-long adventure.

Mary Larson

Mary Larson

Mary Larson has been teaching flute at Creative Music for over 10 years. She is dedicated to working with students of all levels to reach their musical goals on the flute through an informed, patient, fun, and encouraging method of teaching. Her students have placed in the Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestra, Western Regional Band and Orchestra, received college scholarships for flute, and have attended Music Schools. Mary earned her Master of Music in performance from Manhattan School of Music with Linda Chesis, and studied with Julius Baker of the New York Philharmonic and James Pellerite at Music Academy of the West. She is an active performer with chamber groups, musical theater, orchestra, and in recital. Mary is an experienced performer of flute ensemble music for all occasions, especially weddings through Marylarsonflute.com.

Mark Swigart

Mr. Swigart has been seriously living, playing and teaching music for over 25 years. With a jazz scholarship from the University of Nevada, he toured Europe and Japan with the UNLV jazz band and graduated with a Bachelor of Performing Arts in oboe. Mr. Swigart is particularly strong in double reeds (oboe and English horn) and jazz improvisation (saxophone and flute). He is a founding member of the touring and professional jazz group, New York City Swing, and has toured with well-known bands such as the Drifters, Angels and Platters. His career as recording soloist and backup musician includes working with Billy Eckstein, Vic Damone, Jerry Lewis, Sonny Stitt, Vickie Sue Robinson and Flip Wilson among others.

With a Master of Education in Multi-intelligences from St. Joseph’s University in West Hartford, Mr. Swigart has been teaching saxophone, flute, clarinet and oboe to all ages and levels since 1993. He stresses the importance of becoming independent, responsible, life-long learners, and focuses on proper practice habits and problem solving skills.

Maureen Zahara

Maureen Zahara
Mrs. Zahara has studied music since she was in first grade when she began piano lessons.  She quickly grew to love it and added the saxophone, clarinet, and flute to her staple of primary instruments by high school.  She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Education from Western CT State University in 2004 where her primary instrument was clarinet, and also earned a Master of Music Degree in Music Education in 2007 from the University of CT.  Mrs. Zahara has taught private music lessons to piano, woodwind, and voice students of all ages and abilities for 20 years.  She is in her 13th year of teaching music through Derby Public Schools where, in addition to the daily class schedule, she also directs numerous choirs, bands, and shows.  She has also had the great opportunity to work closely with other professional music educators through the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and the CT Music Education Association (CMEA) , where she served as Adjudication Chairperson for 10 years.
Saxophone

Nick Blecher

Nick Blecher

Nick Blechar is a seasoned multi-instrumentalist (saxophone, flute, and clarinet), having performed extensively both locally and around the world as a showband musician aboard Carnival Cruise Lines. Holding a Masters of Music in Composition & Theory from New York University and a Bachelor’s of Music in Jazz Studies from Western Connecticut State University, Nick uses his experience to teach a wide variety of techniques and styles. He is schooled not only in Classical and Jazz repertoires, but also Rock, Pop, Hip Hop, Funk, Country, and Folk. Nick loves to ignite a passion for music in his students, promoting learning as a life-long adventure.

Mark Swigart

Mr. Swigart has been seriously living, playing and teaching music for over 25 years. With a jazz scholarship from the University of Nevada, he toured Europe and Japan with the UNLV jazz band and graduated with a Bachelor of Performing Arts in oboe. Mr. Swigart is particularly strong in double reeds (oboe and English horn) and jazz improvisation (saxophone and flute). He is a founding member of the touring and professional jazz group, New York City Swing, and has toured with well-known bands such as the Drifters, Angels and Platters. His career as recording soloist and backup musician includes working with Billy Eckstein, Vic Damone, Jerry Lewis, Sonny Stitt, Vickie Sue Robinson and Flip Wilson among others.

With a Master of Education in Multi-intelligences from St. Joseph’s University in West Hartford, Mr. Swigart has been teaching saxophone, flute, clarinet and oboe to all ages and levels since 1993. He stresses the importance of becoming independent, responsible, life-long learners, and focuses on proper practice habits and problem solving skills.

Maureen Zahara

Maureen Zahara
Mrs. Zahara has studied music since she was in first grade when she began piano lessons.  She quickly grew to love it and added the saxophone, clarinet, and flute to her staple of primary instruments by high school.  She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Education from Western CT State University in 2004 where her primary instrument was clarinet, and also earned a Master of Music Degree in Music Education in 2007 from the University of CT.  Mrs. Zahara has taught private music lessons to piano, woodwind, and voice students of all ages and abilities for 20 years.  She is in her 13th year of teaching music through Derby Public Schools where, in addition to the daily class schedule, she also directs numerous choirs, bands, and shows.  She has also had the great opportunity to work closely with other professional music educators through the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and the CT Music Education Association (CMEA) , where she served as Adjudication Chairperson for 10 years.
  
Trombone

Nick DiMaria

Nick DiMaria

Mr. DiMaria has studied jazz and classical music since age 10. He has been teaching privately for nearly 10 years and has performed extensively throughout the United States. He currently leads his own jazz project and plays in a number of musical groups. Mr. DiMaria earned his Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from Western Connecticut State University after which he earned his master’s degree and teaching certificate in music education. In addition to teaching for Creative Music Center, Mr. DiMaria teaches general and instrumental music as well as chorus at Truman Street School in New Haven. “I love to see my students explore their own creativ-ity! Their efforts inspire me every day!”
Quartet – Apparition Video

Jeff Smith

Jeff Smith

Bio to come…

Trumpet

Nick DiMaria

Nick DiMaria

Mr. DiMaria has studied jazz and classical music since age 10. He has been teaching privately for nearly 10 years and has performed extensively throughout the United States. He currently leads his own jazz project and plays in a number of musical groups. Mr. DiMaria earned his Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from Western Connecticut State University after which he earned his master’s degree and teaching certificate in music education. In addition to teaching for Creative Music Center, Mr. DiMaria teaches general and instrumental music as well as chorus at Truman Street School in New Haven. “I love to see my students explore their own creativ-ity! Their efforts inspire me every day!”
Quartet – Apparition Video

Ukulele

Billy Bileca

Billy Bileca

Mr. Bileca studied with Joel Dibartolo of the Tonight Show Band (Doc Severinsen) at the Grove School of Music in Van Nuys, Calif. He performs frequently with many groups across New England, and has toured both nationally and internationally. Mr. Bileca has been featured on the bill with such well-known performers as B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Robert Cray, The Fabulous Thunderbirds and many more. Most recently, he frequently played in a duo with American Idol finalist Katie Stevens. He likes to share his love of roots music with his students.

“I encourage all of my students to open their ears and minds to all styles of music.”

Jeff Smith

Jeff Smith

Bio to come…

Upright Bass

Billy Bileca

Billy Bileca

Mr. Bileca studied with Joel Dibartolo of the Tonight Show Band (Doc Severinsen) at the Grove School of Music in Van Nuys, Calif. He performs frequently with many groups across New England, and has toured both nationally and internationally. Mr. Bileca has been featured on the bill with such well-known performers as B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Robert Cray, The Fabulous Thunderbirds and many more. Most recently, he frequently played in a duo with American Idol finalist Katie Stevens. He likes to share his love of roots music with his students. “I encourage all of my students to open their ears and minds to all styles of music.”

Violin/Viola

Jill Levine

Jill Levine

Jill Pellett Levine received her BFA from SUNY/Purchase, and her Master of Music and Artist Diploma from the Yale University School of Music. She plays in several orchestras throughout Connecticut including the New Haven Symphony, Bridgeport Symphony and Waterbury Symphony. Jill enjoys teaching students of all ages and levels.

Seth Uricheck

Seth Uricheck

Seth Uricheck received his Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from Western Connecticut State University, where he graduated in 2010 summa cum laude. At that time, he also had over 17 years of experience studying the piano and organ. Mr. Uricheck has studied under a variety of accomplished musicians, including violinists from the Hartt School of Music, the Hartford Symphony and WCSU. His instructors on all three instruments have included a number of internationally renowned performers. In his free time, Mr. Uricheck composes music for a variety of instruments, some of which has been performed by local choirs and WCSU musicians. He has also accrued a number of awards from fiddling competitions across Connecticut and Massachusetts. He has been teaching violin, viola and piano professionally since 2004.

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