St. Peter's Arts Academy Scroll

SPCAA Faculty and Staff

Arts for All!


James Adams, Head of Schools, St. Peter's Community Arts Academy

James H. Adams (Head of School)
Phone: (315) 789-4910 ext. 104





Donna Davenport (Dean of Faculty)
Phone: (315) 521-6891





Sue Adams (Academy Administrator)
Phone: (315) 789-4910 or 789-0106 ext. 101





Troy Slocum

Troy Slocum (Program Coordinator)
Phone: (315) 521-4647 or 789-4910 ext. 103





Kim Wagner (SPCAA Bookkeeper)
Phone: 315-789-4910


Guitar: Ben Ellis
Ben Ellis, St. Peter's Community Arts Academy guitar instructorBenjamin Ellis is an adjunct professor of guitar and director of the Classical Guitar Ensemble at Hobart and William Smith Colleges (HWS). In addition to a Bachelor’s degree from the SUNY Fredonia School of Music, Ellis holds a Master’s degree in Classical Guitar Performance from Syracuse University, studying under Dr. Kenneth Meyer, a renowned classical guitarist from Geneva.

Ellis performs as both a soloist and chamber musician with such groups as the Syracuse Vocal Ensemble, Syracuse University’s Hendricks Chapel Choir, HWS Chorale, Syracuse Opera, and as part of the Great Lakes Guitar Quartet. As a member and co-founder of the LaLena-Ellis Duo, he plays in the Syracuse area, runs a private studio in Syracuse, and serves as a board member and competition coordinator for the Great Lakes Guitar Society.

Suzuki Violin: Julianna Gray
julianna-gray-violin-instructor-spcaaJulianna began Suzuki violin lessons at the age two in her hometown of Corning, New York. She was involved with an active Suzuki program as a child and has performed throughout the United States and Canada. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Violin Performance from the University of Oregon, where she was a cum laude student of Fritz Gearhart. While pursuing her Masters Degree in Violin Performance at Ithaca College, she was a teaching assistant to Susan Waterbury and completed her long term training in Suzuki Pedagogy with Sandy Reuning.  Julianna has held Suzuki violin teaching positions at the University of Oregon and on the faculty of Ithaca Talent Education. She is currently adjunct violin faculty at St. Peter’s Community Arts Academy and maintains a private Suzuki violin studio in Syracuse. An avid player and active recitalist, Julianna has played with many of the area orchestras. She is currently a member of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra.

Adult Mixed Choir, Organ: MaryAnn Hamilton DMA
maryann-hamilton-organ-instructorMaryAnn was named to the position of Parish Musician at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church upon completion of her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY in May 2000. MaryAnn plays the organ for Sunday services and directs the Adult Mixed Choir. MaryAnn also holds a Master of Sacred Music degree from Union Theological Seminary, New York City, where she studied choral conducting with Abraham Kaplan. In addition to her work at St. Peter’s and SPCAA, Ms. Hamilton serves as Colleges Organist at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. At HWS, she plays for Colleges chapel services and produces a monthly organ program called “Music, Meditation and Munchies”.

Cello Studio: Janneke Hoogland
Janneke Hoogland Cello Instructor SPCAAJanneke Hoogland received a Bachelor of Music degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and a Master of Music Degree in cello performance from the Eastman School of Music, studying with Steven Doane. She has taught at Houghton College, Roberts Wesleyan College, and the Eastman Community Music School.  She presently teaches cello at the International School of Music and Arts, the Hochstein Music School, and Roberts Wesleyan Community Music School, as well as maintaining a private cello studio in her home. She has performed with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, the Eugene (OR) Symphony, and the Sacramento (CA) Symphony.  Ms. Hoogland currently performs with the Rochester Chamber Orchestra and the Genesee String Quartet.

Teaching Approach & Philosophy: I am a warm, friendly person who enjoys teaching students of all ages and levels.  I believe that anyone can learn to play the cello well when given high quality instruction in a supportive environment combined with consistent practicing on the part of the student.  It is a privilege and a joy to guide a student in the process of learning to play the cello, a very rewarding and enriching endeavor.

Music Theory and Ear Training: Changhee Lee
Changhee Lee is a Korean-American pianist, whose musical training began at the age of seven. He is currently pursuing his bachelor of music degree in piano performance under Professor Douglas Humpherys at the Eastman School of Music, and his past teachers include Alexandra Nguyen and Troy Slocum. He has performed in master classes with renowned pianists, including Ignat Solzhenitsyn, Elier Suarez, and Jennifer Hayghe, and has placed in several piano competitions, including the Ithaca College National Piano Competition and the David Hochstein Recital Competition. He has served on staff at music festivals, including the Castleman Quartet Program and the New York Summer Music Festival. He currently serves as music director at the First Baptist Church in Geneva and as music theory faculty at St. Peter’s Community Arts Academy.

Musical Beginnings: Christine McElhenny
Christine McElhennyChristine grew up in the Coal Region of Pennsylvania, singing in community choirs and performing in school musicals from a young age. She holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology from Lafayette College in Easton, PA, where she continued voice instruction and enjoyed moving and performing in Black Box theater productions. She moved to Geneva in 2009. She and her two daughters were first exposed to St. Peter’s through a similar music and movement class; both girls are still students of the Arts Academy today. Christine believes parenting is a gift and that working with children is an honor. She looks forward to serving the community in this creative way.

Voice Studio: Suzanne Murphy
Suzanne is a native of Massachusetts and holds a Master’s of Music in Voice from Yale University where she studied with Phyllis Curtin and Richard Lalli. She received her Bachelor’s of Music in Vocal Performance and Education from Ithaca College. She has performed roles with the Cornell Savoyards, Yale Opera as well as performed as soloist with the Yale Glee Club.

While at Yale pursuing her degree, she was Administrative Assistant to piano faculty member Boris Berman. She was responsible for the logistical operation of the Yale Merkin Hall Concert Series in New York City. These duties included renting and operation of the transport van, program publication, and organization of all the musicians. At the same time, she taught part-time at the New Haven Suzuki Music School. Before moving to Geneva, she taught K-4 music in Natick, Massachusetts. She has also sang and recorded with the Boston Byzantine Choir.

Suzanne has been on the voice faculty at Hobart and William Smith Colleges since moving to Geneva in 2002. As a faculty member, she has performed as soloist in many college sponsored concerts. She has also been a soloist as part of The American Landmarks Concerts Series; most recently performing The Four Last Songs by Ralph Vaughn Williams. Suzanne is currently teaching at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, public school music in Geneva and is on the faculty of St. Peter’s Community Arts Academy.

Dance Studio: Alaina Olivieri
Alaina Olivieri Dance Instructor SPCAA
Alaina Olivieri earned a Bachelors degree in dance from the College at Brockport where she graduated summa cum laude. A recipient of the Friar’s Foundation Award for Academic Achievement in the Performing Arts, Alaina received additional training from the School of the Hartford Ballet and the National Museum of Dance through New York State Summer School of the Arts. She has been a dance teacher and professional movement artist in the Rochester and Finger Lakes areas for 15 years.


Suzuki Violin: Loraine Schoenfield

loraine-schoenfield-violin-instructor-spcaaLoraine Messick Schoenfield began studies in her native Detroit at age ten. There she won numerous State and local awards, television performances, as well as National Federation of Music scholarships to The Meadowmount School of Music and Chautauqua Institution, studying with Ivan Galamian and Josef Gingold, then Mischa Mischakoff respectively. By age thirteen she enjoyed a solo career in four states, and has since concertized in orchestras, recitals, and operas across the United States as well as Italy, Germany and Austria. Toward her late teen years, more intensive orchestral training began with Mischa Mischakoff (mentioned in “Journeys of a Concertmaster” by Anne Mischakoff) and both James Levine and Robert Shaw, for whom she was assistant Concertmaster at Detroit Symphony’s Meadowbrook Festival.

At age nineteen, while attending Oakland University, Loraine won a core position with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and soon after was chosen to play Mendelssohn’s concerto with the orchestra. Loraine has held teaching positions and private studios in Michigan, Ohio, and New York. She has also directed music lessons programs for disadvantaged and at-risk youth, winning special recognition for this work from the President’s committee on the Arts and Humanities in 1996. Loraine’s present focus and delight is teaching at St. Peter’s and the Kanack School of Music (Suzuki) in Rochester, NY. She continues her Suzuki training at Ithaca College, while maintaining her teaching studios, and designating/crafting clothing for the Rochester Folk Art Guild studio in Middlesex, New York where she resides.

Piano: Troy Slocum
Troy Slocum is a cum laude graduate of Nazareth College of Rochester with a BM in piano performance. Troy has also pursued graduate studies in piano performance at Syracuse University. Troy is an active recitalist and accompanist in the Rochester/Geneva area. He has performed solo and chamber works in various venues throughout the region and isa versatile pianist, comfortable in several styles of music from cocktail piano to classical.

Troy has been teaching privately in the Rochester area for the past twelve years and has had several award winning students in various piano competitions. He is very active in local and national music organizations and is currently the President of the New York State Federation of Music Clubs, a member of the National Federation of Music Clubs, National Guild of Piano Teachers, and the Music Teachers National Association. Mr. Slocum is currently adjunct piano faculty at Hobart and William Smith Colleges and piano faculty at St. Peter’s Community Arts Academy.

Piano: Joyce Stanzel
Joyce Stanzel is an experienced Music Educator, with a Bachelor of Music degree from Eastman School of Music, and graduate hours from Nazareth College, Eastman, and SUNY at Brockport. Having studied with Don Campbell, author of The Mozart Effect, she founded her company, Visible Sound, which  provides informational seminars which teach ways to enhance health, wellness, and learning through music. Her professional memberships include the National Federation of Music Clubs, National Guild of Piano Teachers, Music Teachers’ National Association, and Rochester Piano Teachers’ Guild. She currently lives in Webster, and is organist for Bethlehem Lutheran Church.

Director of Music: Wendra Trowbridge
The St. Peter’s Community Choirs have been under the direction of Wendra Trowbridge since 1996. Ms. Trowbridge received her BM and MM in Vocal Performance from Ithaca College School of Music. She has previously taught vocal music in the New York public school system and has conducted honor choirs for Central New York schools.

Her own performances include numerous tours with the Celebrant Singers throughout the United States and fourteen countries. She has also performed in various recitals and operas throughout New York State including Glimmerglass Opera in Cooperstown, NY and Ithaca Opera Association. She has extensive experience with private training of voices at all levels, is currently adjunct voice faculty at Hobart and William Smith Colleges and has previously taught at Ithaca College.