Teaching Faculty

Visual Arts Instruction

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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Storn Cook

I’m an illustrator with over 20 years of experience as a freelancer. My mother is an artist, so art supplies were in easy reach as a young ‘un. Growing up in the sticks, had a lot of time on my hands and when I discovered comics and roleplaying, I was off and drawing fantasy and superheroes non stop.  It was at 15 I decided I wanted to be a professional illustrator. Took me a decade to make that happen.

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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 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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Miriam Rice

Miriam Rice finds inspiration for her painting in everything from sunlight on every-day objects to the beauties of nature and scenes of the countries in which she has lived and traveled, particularly Spain, Italy, and Japan. Art, music, and literature have always been her deepest interests and she has enjoyed sketching and painting all her life.

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Music Instruction Faculty

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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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

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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Kathleen O’Connor-Ballantyne

Katie is a composer, conductor, music educator, and music editor. She is the author of two books on choral pedagogy, Harmony Handbook, and Finding Your Teacher Voice, both of which will be published in Summer 2019. Currently an aural skills instructor at Ithaca College, Katie will be joining the staff of Alfred Music Publishing as their new Associate Editor this June. Her music is published by Alfred Music and Heritage Music Press. She holds degrees from Ithaca College and the Irish World Music Centre.

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John Bunge

John BungeBanjoJohn 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 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 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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Cameron Costello

Cameron is a music education major at Ithaca College studying piano and vocal/general music, with a concentration in music theory. He has been playing piano since age five and is passionate about elementary music education and choral music. He currently studies...

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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

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 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 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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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 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 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 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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Nicoletta Pignatello

Nicoletta Pignatello is a French Horn player from Minneapolis, Minnesota. She graduated Cum Laude from Lawrence University with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a Bachelor of Music in French Horn Performance. She is currently pursuing her Master’s of Music in...

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Emily Preston

Emily Preston is a native of Ithaca, New York and a proud alumna of the Ithaca Children's Choir. She holds a Masters degree in Music Education from Queens College in addition to a Masters degree in Choral Conducting from Ithaca College. She received her undergraduate...

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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 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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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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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 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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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 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

Natalya Cowlich

For the past four years, I have been teaching in multiple capacities--weekly with beginners at the Ukrainian Club in Elmira, NY; weekly at Tompkins County Mental Health as part of a movement-based therapy workshop; weekly at The Jenkins Center for Hope and Recovery,...

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Shayna Grajo

Shayna has been teaching youth and adults in troupes, schools and group classes since 2005 in Colorado and upstate New York. She is honored to serve the beloved Community School of Music and Arts, further her body-mind movement practice, and help support the artistic and energetic lives of her community.

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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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Harmony Malone

Harmony Malone, an Ithaca native and self-taught dancer, graduated from Ithaca College with a bachelors in Therapeutic Recreation with specialties in theater and dance. Harmony has been choreographing dances in the Ithaca community since she was 12 years old teaching Hip Hop fitness/expression and contemporary dance to people of all ages.

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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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Megan Nicole Omohundro

Megan Nicole was born in Baltimore, Maryland and began dancing at the age of 16 on a local dance team in Roanoke, VA. Desiring to understand different aesthetics and develop her pre-professional career Megan Nicole studied Hip hop, Capoeira, and African Dance. Following her dance training she began to teach and choreograph leading her to complete a B.A. degree from Hollins University.

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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

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 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 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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Kenneth McLaurin

North Carolina native, Kenneth McLaurin, made Ithaca his home for the past 8 years. He has long called himself, "The Funniest Person You've Never Heard Of." His first album, Cuttin Up Comedy at the Shop, and recent Kitchen Theatre show “Southern Fried Ithaca” is...

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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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