Visual Arts Instruction
Maureen Jakubson is a Mixed Media Artist, Fabric Designer, and Art Cloth Maker. Born in Maine, she moved to Ithaca in 1983 to begin practice as a pediatric therapist and Fiber Artist. In recent years, Jakubson has concentrated on developing graphic impact with Shibori...
Jennifer Gibson is an artist who works in watercolor, gouache and oils. She studied fine arts at Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh, PA. Now she illustrates, does studio paintings as well as plein air, and teaches adults in upstate NY. Her work is available to see online...
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.
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.
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...
Jessica Baron Warner received a BFA from SUNY Purchase with a concentration in painting and drawing. Before graduating, she spent a summer studying in Italy, which continues to have an impact on her painting.
Music Instruction Faculty
Jennifer Lawrence Birnbaum is a music teacher, choral director, performer and event coordinator with music education degrees from Ithaca College and Columbia University. In addition to serving on the faculty of the Community School of Music and Arts, she is the choir director at the First Unitarian Society of Ithaca and teaches at Namaste Montessori School.
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.
B.A. Piano, Ithaca College. Attended High School of Music and Art, NYC. Studied with Kendall Taylor in London, England. Over twenty years teaching experience.
David Allen Coester has been teaching the guitar to people of all ages and abilities for more than 25 years — formerly at the Crestwood Music Education Center in Westchester County and in his private studio in downtown Ithaca.
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.
William Hurley is an Ithaca-based violinist/violist, teacher, and luthier. Violin – M.M., Violin Performance, Ithaca College. B.A. in Violin Performance, University of South Carolina.
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
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.
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...
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).
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.
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.
Lenora Brown Schneller is an active performer of solo, chamber, and orchestral music and a founding member of the local new music group, Tabula Rasa.
Karen Melamed Smith studied piano and composition at the Music Institute of Chicago while growing up and has taught piano and various music and movement classes in similar community schools in NYC and at CSMA for many years.
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.
Specializing in teaching students how to play and sing simultaneously and employing an easy-going, creative, song-oriented pop/rock approach, Gerald has taught for over 12 years both one-on-one and in groups with students of all ages. To help each student uncover...
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.
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.
Sarah Plotkin is an educator, theater-maker and cultural worker. She collaborates with community artists, professional artists, and young people to bridge divides and inspire joyful community-building. She has worked as a freelance director and teaching artist in...
Holly Adams has been a Performer and Teaching Artist for many years, and loves every second of it. As a performer and SAG-AFTRA member, she divides time between film, original pieces with her physical theatre company Kakeru, audiobook narration and other Voice...
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...
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.