Teaching Faculty

Visual Arts Instruction

Ryan Abb

Ryan Abb

Ryan Abb is a graphic novelist and collagist with a gift for finding humor, simplifying complicated subjects, creative combination, and establishing a rapport with students. His current dream is to capture imaginations with a sci-fi cartoon starring a clumsy kid from Indonesia who gets caught up in a team of aliens.

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Rob Licht

Rob Licht

Rob’s work delves into the significance of place in our lives; on the influences of the land, where we choose to live and the associations of memory, longing, and spiritual well being to those places. He typically works in welded steel; but also in wood, cement, bronze as well as digital photography and drawing.

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Kevin Mayer

Kevin Mayer

Kevin Mayor has been a professional painter for 23 years, exhibiting widely at public and private galleries in the U.S and Great Britain, including the Painted Bride Gallery in Philadelphia and the Holland Gallery in London. In 1992 he had a solo show at the Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre in Cwmbran, Wales, where he was artist-in-residence under the sponsorship of the Southeast Wales Arts Association.

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Jessica Peery

Jessica Peery

Jessica Peery brings creativity to every aspect of her life.  With a passion for personal growth and exploration through art, this mother of five brings playfulness and patience while teaching students of all ages and abilities.  As an undergraduate at Cornell...

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Terrance Vann

Terrance Vann

Terrance Vann is a painter, illustrator and muralist from Delaware, & currently residing in Ithaca New York. His work is vividly colorful and aims to portray the surreal world of our imaginations. Terrance believes in creative solutions to complex realities that...

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Music Instruction Faculty

Doreen Kelly Alsen

Doreen Kelly Alsen

Doreen Kelly Alsen has been a CSMA faculty member since 1985 and is the proud owner of a varied and extremely checkered musical past. She graduated magna cum laude from Barrington College with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and followed that up with a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Ithaca College. She studied conducting with Alfred Smith, Frank Marinaccio, and Larry Doebler. Her voice teachers include Rosamund Wadsworth, Ed Doucette, Carol McAmis, Gary Race, and Peter Sicilian, as well as master classes in Vienna, Austria with Kammersängerin Sena Jurinac.

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Joey Arcuri

Joey Arcuri

Gravitating to the upright bass at the age of ten, Joey Arcuri hasn’t put it down since. Youth orchestras, jazz bands, and rock groups launched him through early schooling. Continuing into college, Joey studied with Tim Cobb at SUNY Purchase and Dr. Nicholas Walker at...

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John Bunge

John Bunge

John Bunge Banjo John Bunge holds a BA in music from Macalester College, and is a veteran of the late '70's/early '80's Minneapolis New Wave scene. He is the author of "Music of Scott Joplin on the Banjo" (transcriptions); "Open String Chords for Plectrum Banjo"; and...

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Laura Campbell

Laura Campbell

Laura Campbell is on the faculties of Colgate University (where she teaches flute and is the personnel manager and principal flutist of the Colgate Orchestra) and Wells College (where she is the director of the chamber orchestra and jazz band). She has taught flute privately for many years in the Ithaca and Trumansburg areas.

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Ed Cohn

Ed Cohn

Ed began his musical journey early, starting on clarinet at age 9. He soon moved on to saxophone, guitar, and piano and gained experience on trombone, French horn, and flute before falling in love with singing and opera.

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Anna Coogan

Anna Coogan started her musical career studying opera at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. In 2001, she left the classical world and devoted herself to writing and performing original folk music. Since then, she has released 5 full length records and received airplay across the world, including on the BBC, Irish National Radio, ABC, Fox, and KEXP (Seattle).

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Hayden Frank

Hayden Frank

Hayden Frank was born and raised in Ithaca, where he became active in music and theater at a young age. Drawn to the deep grooves of ‘60s and ‘70s R&B/Soul music, he picked up the bass as a teenager and studied under local legend Doug Robinson, until departing for...

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Angus Godwin

After an early teacher damaged his voice, Professor Angus Godwin developed a logical approach to singing which healed the damage done to his voice. He has practiced and taught his natural method for singing for over half a century, and as a result his voice is still amazingly powerful and free to this day. Retired from a long teaching career at Ithaca College, Professor Godwin is still active as a recitalist and continues to focus mainly on teaching.

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Jaime Kibelsbeck

Jaime Kibelsbeck

Violist Jaime Kibelsbeck has been an instructor and freelance performer for over fifteen years. She has performed in the Binghamton Philharmonic, the Tri-Cities Opera, and the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes. An early music enthusiast, she has also performed as a member of Cornell University’s early music ensemble Le Petit Violons as a baroque violis

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Sungmin Kim

Sungmin Kim

Sungmin Kim is from New York City, where he attended Special Music School and Lucy Moses School at Kaufman Center and Stuyvesant High School. He is currently a candidate for M.M. in Collaborative Piano at Ithaca College. He received his B.A. in Music at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York.

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Sarah Smokay Linfors

Sarah Smokay Linfors

Sarah Smokay Linfors has taught piano with the Community School of Music for several years and is the director of the Ithaca Children and Youth Chorus’ Intermezzo ensemble. She is also a lecturer of music education at Ithaca College where she supervises junior and senior student teachers.

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Molly MacMillan

Molly MacMillan is a well-known musician living in Ithaca. She has been a featured pianist at the Sacramento Jubilee Traditional Jazz festival, performing there also with the Lowdown Alligator Jass Band, as well as other jazz festivals including Ottawa, Montreal, Buffalo and the Thousand Islands, and Corning’s Crystal City jazz festival.

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Nolan Miller

Nolan Miller

Pianist Nolan Miller grew up in Ithaca, and is active in the area as a teacher and performer. He holds a BM in piano performance from Houghton College; an MM from Syracuse University; and a DM from Florida State University, where his major professor was Read...

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Christopher Morgan Loy

Christopher Morgan Loy

Composer-pianist Christopher Morgan Loy has a catalog of compositions which includes works for piano, voice, chamber ensembles, chamber orchestra, full orchestra, and chorus. He earned the Doctor of Musical Arts in composition from Cornell University where he studied composition with Pulitzer Prize-winning composers, Karel Husa (1969) and Steven Stucky (2005).

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Zaun Marshburn

Zaun Marshburn

Zaun Marshburn has been a professional drummer and percussionist since 1993. He has traveled throughout the U.S. and abroad playing in venues large and small such as The Bowery Ballroom in NYC opening for Julianna Hetfield, and The Haunt in Ithaca, as well as in many area schools. He can be heard playing with several groups including Wingnut, Black is Green, and MSZM.

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Jan Nigro

Jan Nigro

Jan Nigro is a co-founder, songwriter for, and performer with Vitamin L, a youth choral group which performs extensively year-round at schools, education conferences, festivals, and camps. He is also the founder and musical director of Mostly Motown and has been an Artist in Residence (Songwriter) for the Empire State Arts Partnership Program in conjunction with the Hangar Theater and the Ithaca City School District.

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Matthew Ocone

Matthew Ocone

Matthew Ocone is an active performer and teacher on the classical guitar in the Ithaca area. He is a graduate of The Eastman School of Music, where he earned a B.M. with distinction while studying with Nicholas Goluses. He has also played in master classes for Paul O’Dette, Manuel Barrueco, William Kanengiser, Jason Vieaux, and Martha Masters. Matthew’s repertoire ranges from baroque guitar transcriptions to twentieth-century masterpieces.

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Joseph Prusch

Joseph Prusch

Joseph Prusch majored in Music Performance and Education at Ithaca College, studying viola with Debra Morée while pursuing academic opportunities in historical performance, modern music performance, and ethnomusicology. He spent time studying with John and Sondra Bromka of Bells & Motley, learning the various folk traditions of France as well as the Medieval and Renaissance secular dance music that laid the foundations for classical opera, the orchestra, and the symphony.

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Emily Richards

Emily Richards

Emily Richards is an Ithaca College graduate with a degree in Music Education and a concentration in voice. She is proud to be one of the conductors, as well as an alumni, of the Ithaca Children and Youth Chorus, directing both the Prelude ensemble and the new Dolce ensemble.  She has taught music to all ages from infants through adults and continues to teach baby and toddler classes in town.

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Shaun Rimkunas

Shaun Rimkunas

Shaun Rimkunas is currently a Graduate Assistant at Ithaca College where he has studied trumpet with Professor Christopher Coletti, (Former Canadian Brass Member), Dr. Kim Dunnick, (Former President of the International Trumpet Guild), Dr. Aaron Witek (Director of...

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Melodia Rinaldi

Melodia Rinaldi

Melodia Mae Rinaldi is musician from Baltimore, Maryland. Rinaldi is currently a graduate student at Ithaca College in the Choral Conducting program under the direction of Dr. Janet Galván. Rinaldi is also a frequent guest director for the Intergenerational Choir of...

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Abbie Smith

Abbie Smith

Abbie Smith is a current student for Music Education at University of Massachusetts, Amherst and is a long time resident of the Ithaca area. She will graduate in Spring 2021, and plans to pursue a career teaching choral studies. Pairing vocal techniques with body...

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Emmett Scott

Emmett Scott

Proficient in classical, jazz, folk/rock, and hip hop Emmett splits his time teaching private lessons and accompanying vocalists and instrumentalists at Ithaca College. Emmett is passionate about fostering a love of music in both beginners and experienced players, and teaching with aspects of theory, aural training and sight reading for a well rounded musical education.

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Isaac Sharp

Isaac Sharp

Isaac Sharp received his Masters of Music in classical guitar performance and has years of experience teaching students of all ages and skill levels on various topics and styles including classical, rock/pop, jazz, music theory (including specialized curricula for guitar players), historical performance practice, and more.

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Bryan Spencer

Bryan Spencer

Bryan Spencer is a classical guitarist in Ithaca, NY. He holds a master’s in music performance from Ithaca College where he studied under Pablo Cohen. Having started classical study much later than learning the instrument, he has a solid background in many styles,...

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Stephen Starkman

Stephen Starkman

Stephen Starkman enjoys national recognition  as both a concert violinist, violist  and conductor. A member of the famous Pittsburgh Symphony for 16 years  he has also served on several prestigious music faculties including as a distinguished juror for the Juilliard...

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Dave Streater

Dave Streater is an active local jazz and classical performer and composer. M.M., Composition, SUNY, Binghamton. Master of Science, Mathematics, Ohio State University. B.M., Piano Performance, Cleveland Institute of Music.

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Sue Terwilliger

Sue Terwilliger is an Ithaca native with a Bachelor of Music in Classical and Jazz Guitar from Ithaca College. For the past 20 years, she made her home in New York City, where she played on various CD’s and performed on several television shows. She has toured abroad including Japan, Portugal, and Martinique.

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Chris White

Chris White

Chris White is a classical, jazz and improvisational cellist and teacher. He has performed and taught around the U.S., and in Canada, Europe and North Africa. Chris has several solo recordings and has played on numerous recordings of other artists including Jody Kessler, Joe Crookston, Scott Adams, Javier Ruibal and others.

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Dance Instruction

Michael Fizdale

Michael Fizdale

Michael is a graduate of Hampshire College, where he trained within the five college dance consortium. He is active within the dance community in Ithaca, and is a founding member of the Ithaca Dance Collective. He also trains in modern and ballet at Cornell...

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Lydia Kelly

Lydia Kelly

Originally from Syracuse, NY, Lydia Kelly is currently pursuing an Acting major and Dance minor at Ithaca College and is also studying ballet at Cornell University. Lydia’s passion for dance began early as she played in her mother’s kitchen and attended dance classes starting at age four.

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Elizabeth Livesay

B.A. Theater, Cornell University. Studied dance for 27 years. Has performed and choreographed locally for the Hangar Theater, Kitchen Theatre, Firehouse Theatre, and Cornell Savoyards. 20 years of teaching experience. Currently on the dance faculty at Ithaca College.

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Amanda Moretti

Amanda Moretti earned a B.A. in Dance Movement Studies from the Naropa Institute and continued her modern dance and ballet studies for two years at York University in Toronto. She lived in Montreal for twelve years as a freelance dancer, teaching improvisation and performing her own work.

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Jaclyn Smith

Jaclyn Smith

Jaclyn Smith has studied and taught classic and contemporary ballet, modern, and lyrical jazz. She majored in dance and minored in psychology and history before receiving her Associates degree in Early Childhood Education. Somehow she managed to squeeze in a side...

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Miranda Strichartz

B.A., Cornell University, MA in English, SUNY Albany. Danced with the Ithaca Concert Dance Company. Studied at Dance Circle. Has taught ballet to children and adults for more than 10 years.

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Theatre Instruction

Holly Adams

Holly Adams

A professional performer, playwright, mask maker, and teaching artist for the past 25 years, Holly Adams’ work as an artist in residence for schools and universities links academic and arts curricula, and centers on arts-based academic curriculum. Holly taught in Connecticut’s “Fame School” before moving to Tompkins County and has been an artist in residence for over 14 years of NYSCA’s arts programs.

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Doreen Kelly Alsen

Doreen Kelly Alsen

Doreen Kelly Alsen has been a CSMA faculty member since 1985 and is the proud owner of a varied and extremely checkered musical past. She graduated magna cum laude from Barrington College with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and followed that up with a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Ithaca College. She studied conducting with Alfred Smith, Frank Marinaccio, and Larry Doebler. Her voice teachers include Rosamund Wadsworth, Ed Doucette, Carol McAmis, Gary Race, and Peter Sicilian, as well as master classes in Vienna, Austria with Kammersängerin Sena Jurinac.

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Miranda Bianchi

Miranda Bianchi

Miranda Bianchi is an actor and teaching artist based in Ithaca, NY. She has worked with the Hangar Theatre company's Next Generation School of Theatre, Redhouse Arts Center, Auburn Public Theatre, and CSMA focusing on Shakespeare, freeing the natural voice, and...

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Elizabeth Livesay

B.A. Theater, Cornell University. Studied dance for 27 years. Has performed and choreographed locally for the Hangar Theater, Kitchen Theatre, Firehouse Theatre, and Cornell Savoyards. 20 years of teaching experience. Currently on the dance faculty at Ithaca College.

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Mikel Moss

Mikel Moss

Mikel Moss is a current PhD candidate in Global Mental Health at the University of Melbourne, a recent Masters of Arts in Education in Clinical Psychology degree (minors in Global Mental Health and Trauma, Community Psychology, and Research Methods) from Teachers...

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