Bedford Academy of Music : Music School private group lessons summer camps
Bedford Academy of Music : Faculty - Sergey Nazarov - Violin, Viola
Bedford Academy of Music : Faculty - Marianna Udler - Piano
Bedford Academy of Music : Faculty - Alison Tupay - Theater
Bedford Academy of Music : Faculty - Jennie Colabatistto - Voice
Bedford Academy of Music : Faculty - Elizaveta Kopelman - Piano
Bedford Academy of Music Faculty - Mina Kusumoto - Piano
Bedford Academy of Music Faculty - Mikhail Ledyaykin - Piano
Bedford Academy of Music Faculty - Chad McLoughlin - Guitar
Bedford Academy of Music Faculty - Michael Meade - Cello
Bedford Academy of Music Faculty - Girard Mohen - Woodwinds
Jennie Colabatistto is a professional vocalist and music teacher based in the Westchester, NY region. Jennie has been teaching voice and beginner piano for various NY music schools, as well as her own private students for the past two years. She has experience teaching all genres and styles of music, her specialties being musical theatre, jazz, and soul. Jennie studied voice privately for nearly twenty years before going on to pursue music professionally. She studied with teachers from a variety of backgrounds, including Nancy Auffarth (Broadway performer), Mark Womack (professional Opera singer), and June Thomas (professional Jazz and RNB singer). She also studied for a year at the music conservatory at the Hartt School of Music and graduated with a liberal arts BA from Muhlenberg College. In addition to teaching, Jennie is the lead singer of her own groups Jennie’s Jazz Trio and the Jennie C Band, as well as the Hudson Valley’s 7 piece funk and soul band, In the Pocket. She has been hired to sing for a variety of other projects in the past few years. She has won many singing awards over the years, most notably the PA Jazz Idol Vocal Soloist Award in 2017. In 2019, she earned a spot performing in the Hudson Valley Jazz Festival. Jennie seeks to encourage her students to find their voice through singing and foster a passion for music.
David Glukh, Trumpet. MM, The Juilliard School. Bandleader, composer and a soloist of David Glukh International Ensemble, Manhattan Soloists and Wholly Brass. Former member of Dallas Brass, Mr. Glukh has performed live television and radio broadcasts on WFDU 89.1 FM, NPR, WQXR 96.3, Cable Networks of Connecticut, Rhode Island, Texas and Kol Ha Musica . As a soloist, David has appeared with the Louisville Orchestra, Jupiter Symphony, Lyric Theater Orchestra to name a few. Recipient of the award from the Israeli Musicians Union for excellence in performance and the America Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarship.
Elizaveta Kopelman was born in Moscow into a family of musicians. She studied at the Central School of Music in Moscow with Dina Parakhina, and started her performing career from the early age. She later moved to England to study with Arnaldo Cohen at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, where she earned her Bachelor and Master Degrees, as well as the Performance Certificate Diploma with Distinction. In 1995 Elizaveta won the prestigious Young Concert Artist Trust Competition in London, and since then appeared as a soloist throughout the UK, Europe, USA, South America and the Middle East. She performed recitals and concerti at the Purcell Room, Wigmore Hall, Royal Opera House, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Barbican Centre, Le Salle Cortot, Concertgebouw, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, and Alice Tully Hall with such orchestras as the London Philharmonic, London Chamber Orchestra, and New York Chamber Symphony. Her chamber music collaborations include violinist Shmuel Ashkenasi, cellists Julia Lichten, Nathaniel Rosen and Alexander Chausian, the Leopold String Trio, Ying Quartet, Jupiter Chamber Players, and members of the Vermeer String Quartet, New York Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestras. Elizaveta also performs regularly with her father, violinist Mikhail Kopelman, former leader of the Borodin String Quartet. She has been a guest artist at many festivals around the world, including the Mozarteum Argentino, Flanders, Pharos, Mecklenburgh, Bowdoin, and Summit. For the past 17 years, Elizaveta Kopelman has taught many talented piano students in Europe and in the United Stated and has given piano master classes around the world, most recently in Athens, University of Georgia. Elizaveta has given live broadcasts for BBC Radio 3, Classic FM, made many TV appearances worldwide and recorded for Naxos and Nimbus labels.
Hong Kong native, Mun-Tzung Wong, the founder and director of New York Conducting Institute, is on staff at the Manhattan School of Music. As a solo performing artist in New York City, she has appeared on WQXR and performed at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space, Alice Tully Hall, Steinway Hall and Lincoln Center. She has worked with maestros Kurt Masur, Philippe Entremont and George Manahan. She has been engaged with organizations as the assistant conductor including International Vocal Arts Institute, St. Petersburg Opera Company, New Rochelle Opera, Regina Opera, Norwalk Symphony Orchestra, Missouri Symphony Orchestra, Macau Youth Symphony, and Orchestra dell�Opera di Parma. Ms. Kusumoto was invited in various music festivals, including the 100 pianists at the Kennedy Center under conductor Maestro Leonard Slatkin, the International Summer School in Tokyo, and the Oxford Piano Festival in the U.K. She has also constantly performed as an active collaborative pianist in numerous concert tours with singers, instrumentalists, and dancers in Japan, Taiwan, China, and the U.S., and her performance was provided CDs which were sold with recommended by the Ministry of Education of Japan. She also won many competitions such as the International Arts Federation Competition in Japan, the All Japan Soloist Competition in Japan, and the Artist International Competition in NY. In 2007, she gave a NY debut recital at Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall as a winner of the Artist International Competition.
Miss Wong started piano at the age of 4. She studied piano primarily under the tutelage of Cheung-Yu Mo of Juilliard School of Music and Shanghai Conservatory of Music, and Marc Silverman of the Manhattan School of Music. She has participated in masterclasses with renowned artists including Mack McCray, Gustavo Romero, Mary Wu and Teresita Botelho, to name a few. Chamber coaching includes Andr�-Michel Schub, Heasook Rhee, David Krakauer and Nicholas Mann. She graduated from Manhattan School of Music with a Masters Degree and a Professional Diploma.
As a teaching artist, Miss Wong maintains a private instrumental and vocal coaching studio in New York City. As a versatile musician, she studied conducting with maestros including Larry Rachleff, Don Schleicher, Kirk Trevor and Paul Nadler. Recognized for her sense of style and musicality, as a mezzo-soprano, she has recently appeared as a concert soloist at performances of Mozart Requiem, Mass in C minor, Vivaldi Gloria, Bach Magnificat, and Durufl� Requiem, Bach St John Passion, Handel Messiah. Last season, she made her role debut as Zweite Dame in Die Zauberfl�te at Opera America and a recent debut of Eboli in Verdi�s Don Carlo in Philadelphia.
She is currently residing in New York City with her conductor husband, David Stech, and two wonderful kitties, Cleo and Niles. She enjoys cooking in her free time.
Mikhail Ledyaykin made his solo debut at the Kiev State Philharmonic Hall at the age of fifteen. He has since enjoyed an active career both as a soloist and as a chamber musician. Mr. Ledyaykin has been heard on Ukrainian all-Republican Radio station and appeared in concerts throughout Russia, Ukraine, and the United States, including Steinway Hall in New York City, Shandelee Music Festival, NY, and Great Hall of Kiev State Conservatory, Ukraine.
Born in Ukraine, Mikhail Ledyaykn began his music studies at the age of five. At thirteen he was accepted into a Lysenko Special Music School in Kiev, where he was a student of Igor Riabov. After graduating he studied with Yelena Richter in Moscow. In 1991 Mikhail moved to New York and was accepted as a scholarship student to Manhattan School of Music. Mr. Ledyaykin holds a Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with renowned Mme. Nina Svetlanova. He has also studied with great musicians Dr. Buechner, Luiz de Moura Castro, Peter Eicher, Zenon Fishbein, Alexis Golovin and Lillian Kallier.
Chad McLoughlin guitar, ukulele is an accomplished, versatile and innovative musician with over 25 years of experience playing a wide variety of music including Jazz, Fusion, Rock, R&B, Bluegrass, Classical and Pop. BA, Saint Lawrence University, studies with Dr. Stephen Crane at Potsdam University and Guitarist Lou Volpe ( Peggy Lee ) in New York. Teaching experience includes instructing at Cornell University, Tompkins-Cortland Community College, New York Public Schools, P.S. 41 and Music Associates. Mr. McLoughlin continues to perform his own eclectic compositions with his own group around the New York
Michael Meade has served on the faculty at Manhattanville College since 2006. He is also a member of the Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra, and performs in many other area ensembles. Mr.Meade is a 1976 graduate of the Eastman School of Music, and earned a Master’s Degree in Music Performance in 1984 from the University of Connecticut. His major teachers include Ronald Leonard, Alan Harris, and Samuel Mayes.While still at Eastman, Mr. Meade was a founding member of the Colden String Quartet which performed internationally, and became the resident quartet at Western Michigan University.
Girard Mohen was born in New York City and grew up in Queens. He began his saxophone studies with Bob Tricarion of the Tonight Show Orchestra, and eventually began working with various jazz bands, including Lionel Hampton. As the commercial music scene evolved it became apparent that greater opportunities were available to woodwind doublers. Consequently, he became proficient over time on clarinet, flute and oboe.
Living in New York gave him access to the best teachers from the New York Philharmonic and Metropolitan Opera. Girard trained in both classical and jazz, which gave him the flexibility to perform in a variety of situations. He attended Manhattan School of Music and completed his studies with a doctoral degree from Columbia University.
Girard has many years of experience teaching students of all levels. He evaluates each student on an individual basis, spotting his/her strengths and needs and developing a program of study that will enable the student to achieve his/her goals.
In addition to his performing and teaching activities, Girard is a composer and lyricist who has written a musical entitled “Beautiful Dreamer.” The story is based on the lives of composer Stephen Foster and African American violinist Solomon Northrup. The piece is now in workshop.
Violinist Sergey Nazarov has performed extensively in Europe, the Ukraine, the United States, Brazil and Canada.His active career includes performances at Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, solo and chamber music engagements with Brooklyn Neighborhood Orchestra, Albert Einstein College Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Mountain Festival, Connecticut Alliance for Music.A member of Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra and concertmaster of New York Stage Originals, Mr. Nazarov also played with the Greenwich Symphony, New American Chamber Orchestra, Festival de due Mondi, Italy, and Classical Winter in Jerusalem. Mr. Nazarov has received intensive training as a soloist, orchestra and chamber musician. Mr. Nazarov received his Bachelor and Master Degrees in violin performance from Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Albert Markov, Ariana Bronne and members of The American String Quartet. In addition to his active performing schedule, Mr. Nazarov is on the faculty of several private music schools in the New York area.
Marianna Udler is a professional pianist, music educator and organist. She has extensive performing and teaching experience. Ms. Udler performed extensively in Europe, New York and Canada including Chopin at Mannes Festival in Steinway Hall, NY, Suolachti Music Festival in Finland, Mount Orford Music Festival in Quebec, Canada, Shandelee Music Festival. Ms. Udler received her Masters Degree in piano performance from Mannes College of Music and her Bachelor Degree from Manhattan School of Music, where she studied with Mme. Nina Svetlanova. Marianna has a wide experience of private and group teaching in piano, theory, ear training, and solfege.
Alison Tupay's operatic highlights include Sesto in La clemenza di Tito, Der Trommler in Der Kaiser von Atlantis, Larina in Eugene Onegin, and Jocasta in Oedipus Rex. Ms. Tupay appeared as Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia with the Merola Opera Program, and made her Opera Theatre of St. Louis debut as Nancy T'ang in John Adams' Nixon in China, as well as Pitti-Sing in that company's production of The Mikado. Ms. Tupay performed the role of Bianca in Benjamin Britten's The Rape of Lucretia, conducted by Maestro Lorin Maazel. She performed Mahler's Symphony no. 2 with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, and as Olga in the Fort Worth Symphony's performance of Eugene Onegin. Performances at Carnegie Hall include Mozart's Requiem and Durufle's Requiem. Ms. Tupay has over 10 years' experience teaching private voice and piano lessons to students of all ages, teaching healthy technique with a focus on musicality and artistry. She prepares many students for the NYSSMA solo festival, in both classical and musical theater styles. As an accompanist for her students, Ms. Tupay offers the opportunity for them to have the experience of regular collaboration with a pianist, which further enhances the musicality of the singing actor. She received her Bachelor's of Music Degree at Boston University, her Master's of Music Degree at the Juilliard School and Artist Diploma in Opera with the Juilliard Opera Center, and was a National Semifinalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.