James H. Adams (Head of School)
Phone: (315) 789-4910 ext. 104
Sue Adams (Academy Administrator)
Phone: (315) 789-4910 or 789-0106 ext. 101
Troy Slocum (Program Coordinator)
Phone: (315) 521-4647 or 789-4910 ext. 103
Kim Wagner (SPCAA Bookkeeper)
Phone: 315-789-4910 ext. 117
Suzuki Violin: Julianna Gray
Julianna 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 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”.
Suzuki Violin: Sara Mastrangelo (on personal leave)
A native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Sara Mastrangelo (nee Enns) has been a member of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra since 2001. Before moving to Central New York, she was a member of the New World Symphony Orchestra in Miami. Ms. Mastrangelo is active as a chamber musician, having worked with members of the American, Cleveland, Julliard, Prazak, Cherubini, and Orford string quartets. She has performed at the Tanglewood Music Festival, and more recently the Breckenridge, CO and Skaneateles, NY music festivals. As a soloist, Mastrangelo has participated in the prestigious 2004 International Violin Competition in Geneva, Switzerland, and has soloed with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and Hamilton College Orchestra.
Ms. Mastrangelo holds degrees in music performance from McGill University, the University of Michigan and Carnegie-Mellon University, studying with Maurico Fuks, Paul Kantor and Andres Cardenes, respectively. She has held positions as adjunct violin professor at Hamilton College in Clinton, NY and at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY, while maintaining a private violin studio out of her home.
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.
Suzuki Violin: Loraine Schoenfield
Loraine 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.
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.
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.
Kindermusik: Kate Komara
Kindermusik is the most trusted music and movement program for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and young children. Kindermusik is about kids, parents, and teachers—coming together and having a great time! It’s about helping parents and guardians grow closer to their children. Our goal is to give your child a lifelong love of music and a foundation for learning. The program is based on research demonstrating the benefits of music at each stage of a child’s development. We start from where your child is, regardless of his age, and provide activities that stimulate his mind, body, and sense of play.
Mrs. Komara has been an active music-maker throughout her life, playing both the piano and oboe and singing in and leading choirs. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Therapy, is a New York State Licensed Creative Arts Therapist (LCAT) and has a Master of Music degree in Music Education, all from SUNY Fredonia. Kate has taught general vocal music grades K-12 and currently works as a music therapist, providing direct individual and group music therapy to children with a variety of disabilities.
Music Theory and Ear Training: Changhee Lee
Theory/hearing lessons at St. Peter’s are provided to supplement private instruction that is already offered at SPCAA. The main objective is for students (at any level) to refine their knowledge of how the building blocks of music work and for them to mature their musical intuition, which is critical for further development of proficiency on one’s instrument/voice. By integrating theory and hearing, students will be able to apply their knowledge to their performance more effectively.
The music theory component will mainly focus on the elements of pitch (i.e. harmony and melody) and time (i.e. rhythm and meter), and the ear training component will focus on internalizing the aforementioned concepts through active listening and sight-singing. Some of the goals for students who take theory/hearing tutoring are to significantly improve their sight-reading skills, improvisation skills, and their ability to learn music for their instruments/voices quickly and efficiently. It would be ideal for students to take theory/hearing tutoring and private instrumental/vocal instruction, concurrently.
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.