RCMS Faculty

Kathryn Ciaccia, Pace Piano

Cassie Dries, Flute, works as an Acquisitions and Serials Assistant at Sibley Music Library and as a nanny. She received her Master of Music degree in Flute Performance from The University of Akron as a student of George Pope. While in Akron she performed with the woodwind quintet, Lunaris and was the winner of the 2011 Tuesday Musical Association Woodwind Competition. Cassie also holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Roberts Wesleyan College where she studied with Diane Smith. She was the winner of the 2007 RWC Concerto Competition and was honorable mention in the 2009 Rochester Flute Association competition. Cassie serves on the Rochester Flute Association Board as newsletter editor, and also coordinates and teaches at the RFA/Hochstein Flute Camp each summer. Cassie has taught flute at the Roberts Community Music School for 2 years and performs with the Roberts Wesleyan College Community Orchestra.

Timothy Lambert, Percussion and Piano, graduated from Roberts Wesleyan College in 2007with a Bachelor of Sciene in Music Education.  Since then he has taught music in the Greece School District and worked as a church musician.  Tim is currently employed at Pearce Memorial Church as the Worship Arts Director.  He brings expertise in percussion and piano, as well as comtempory and traditional forms of church music.  He has directed choirs, conducted various instrumental ensembles, and has written music for RWC as well as area churches.

Paulette Rothstein, Pace and Tradtional Piano, Miss Rothstein's educational background includes a Bachelor of Science degree, Music Education, from Roberts Wesleyan College; Robert Pace Piano Pedagogy Certification from Roberts Wesleyan College; and a Masters of Arts in Composing for Dance, from State University of New York.

Miss Rothstein has taught General Music, Music History, Music Theory, Class Piano, Choir and Children's Theatre in Rochester area schools for over 6 years and in Michigan for 12 years.  She has composed vocal and instrumental music over the past 35 years, used in both public school and church performances in Michigan and New York.  She has accompanied vocal soloists, ensembles, instrumentalists and musical productions since 1972 in both Michagan and New York State.  Currently she is choir director and organist at the Spencerport United Methodist Church.

Timothy J. Shannon, Guitarist, has performed throughout the country as a soloist and in a variety of chamber music settings.  His performance of Villa Lobos has been described as "magical" and inspired" (Jonathan Dunsby, Eastman School of Music).  He has collaborated with artists such as internationally acclaimed soprano Aprile Millo, guitarist Petar Kodzas, and is a founding member of the Rochester Guitar Duo.

Dr. Shannon currently teaches at Roberts Wesleyan College, Roberts Community Music School and the Hochstein Music School, located in Rochester, NY.  Since joining the faculty at Roberts Wesleyan, Dr. Shannon has established the RWC Guitar Ensemble and the Guitar Performance Program, where he integrates the study of Guitar Pedagogy and the history and literature of the guitar.

Timothy Shannon completed his doctoral studies at the Eastman School of Music under the direction of Nicholas Goluses.  In addition to his guitar studies at Eastman, Timothy also studies Baroque performance practice with world-renown lutenist Paul O'Dette.  During his years as a student, Timothy also studied with Joanne Castellani of the Castellani-Andriaccio Duo, as well as having taken master classes with Christopher Parkening, Sharon Isbin and the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet.  He lives in Rochester, NY with his wife Donna and their daughter Kate.

 Kelly Walsh-Lackey, Pace Piano/Voice

Christopher Teal, Percussion

Student Teachers