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Deborah M Brown, Voice, Director of Roberts Community Music Schoolreceived a Bachelor of Science degree in Music/Vocal performance with a strong emphasis in vocal pedagogy from Roberts Wesleyan College. She has studied in Italy and had the opportunity to work with Maesrta Enza Ferrari, Maria Callas’ voice teacher, and Judith Coen. Deborah has had varying roles in operas, with one being the role of Countess Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro. She has also been in several shows at Hochstein Music School.  She also won the Concerto Aria Competition here at Roberts. Deborah has taught for the Roberts Community Music School since 2000.

Kathryn Ciaccia, Pace Piano

 

Christopher Jones, Voice, Mr. Jones’ educational background includes a Bachelor of Science degree, Music Education, from Roberts Wesleyan and a Master of Music degree, Vocal Performance, from the Eastman School of Music.  Mr. Jones has taught voice at the Hochstein Music School for 16 years and has directed Hochstein’s Summer Musical Theater program for 13 years.  At Roberts he currently teaches Voice lessons, Intro. To Music, Basic Conducting, and Field Exp., and has previously taught Vocal Lit. and Musical Stage Performance.

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.

 

Michael VanAllen, Jazz earned his Bachelor's Degree in music at Binghamton University in 1996 studying under Jazz director Al Hamme and his Master's in Jazz Performance at New York University in1999.  His principal teacher at NYU was Grammy winning arranger and composer Jim McNeely, pianist for the world renowned Village Vanguard Orchestra.  Mike has worked with other Jazz greats such as pianists Mike Holober, Don Friedman, Ted Rosenthal, Michael Weiss and Pete Malinverni, bassists Ron McClure and Mike Richmond and saxophonists Ralph LaLamma and Jon Gunther. After grad school, Mike spent a year honing his piano skills while performing on a cruise ship for Celebrity Cruises. Currently Mike performs frequently around the Rochester area playing both piano and/or bass with such groups as the Rodger Eckers quartet, the Brad Batz group, Fishbone Soup and a jazz fusion project. Mike is a Jazz instructor at Roberts Wesleyan College.

 

 Kelly Walsh-Lackey, Pace Piano/Voice

 

Christopher Teal, Percussion

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