Lisa Arkis - Owner, Flute Instructor

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Flutist Lisa Arkis enjoys a varied career encompassing orchestral playing, chamber music, solo performances, and teaching. Orchestras she has performed with include the New Jersey Symphony, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Princeton Camerata, Greenwich Symphony, Fairfield Symphony, New Haven Symphony, Berkshire Bach Society at Tanglewood and Hudson Valley Philharmonic. She has participated in numerous summer festivals including Tanglewood, Colorado Music Festival, Loon Lake Live!, Washington Square Park Festival and as a featured soloist with the New York Bach Ensemble and Orchestra of the Bronx. Lisa has also recorded with the Bright Leaf Trio on the Sonic Muse label, twice toured Japan, was guest principal flutist with the Bermuda Bach Festival, performs regularly on the Music at St. Mary’s chamber music series in New York, is a founding member of Serio Divertimenti as well as Hearken, a duo with harpist Wendy Kerner and performs in a duo with her husband, cellist Peter Prosser.

Broadway credits include Peter Pan, Secret Garden, Miss Saigon, Flower Drum Song and Dance of the Vampires and she has also played with the Radio City Christmas Spectacular both in New York and on tour. A graduate of the Aaron Copland School of Music, Lisa was a student of the late Thomas Nyfenger. Other teachers include Harold Bennett, Trudy Kane, Keith Underwood and Bernard Goldberg. A faculty member of the Chamber Music Center of New York and an adjunct faculty member of the Manhattan School of Music Precollege division from 2001-2004, Lisa has also taught at Brooklyn College and the Dalton School and maintains private teaching studios in New York and Connecticut. She joined the Mannes College of Music faculty in 2014 as a Feldenkrais instructor and joined the woodwind faculty of the University of Bridgeport in 2015.

William Anderson - Guitar Instructor

WilliamAndersonWilliam Anderson, composer, guitarist, ensemble director, and champion of new American music, soaked up contemporary American music for 30 years, working directly with composers from all over the esthetic map.  In the last 15 years Anderson began composing works that draw on that experience, with a particular concern for finding a coherent way to make maximalism and minimalism work together; how to make embarrassingly simple and charming music work with the most complex musical modalities?  Pastiche is not an option.

The latest attempt is here:

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William Anderson began playing chamber music at the Tanglewood Festival at age 19.  He now plays solo recitals at guitar festivals and new music festivals in the US and abroad.
Anderson was a guest on WNYC’s Leonard Lopate Show;  and on NPR’s All Things Considered, when excerpts from his Overture to Sounding Beckett were broadcast nation-wide.
–Anderson has performed with many of New York City’s finest ensembles, including the New York Philharmonic, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Opera Chamber Players, Sequitur, the Group for Contemporary Music, the Da Capo Chamber Players.
–He founded the Cygnus Ensemble in 1985. Cygnus has built a substantial repertoire of chamber music with plucked strings. He became Artistic Director of the Roger Shapiro Fund for New Music in 2011.
–As a composer and arranger Anderson was the first to use a multiply-partitioned array as an accompaniment to a 3-chord pop song (My Morphine–Welch/Anderson), This and other experiments in adapting modernist techniques to subversive, even populous ends, led Paul Griffiths, in the NY Times, to say:
“The mindful voice of Ives, of Stravinsky and of Mr. Wuorinen’s music would not seem to be implied much by such a song as “Night and Day,” but Mr. Anderson’s extraordinary arrangements of this and other numbers by Jerome Kern and Richard Rogers set them squarely and astonishingly in the same tradition…”
Anderson performed at Tanglewood from 1981 through 1988. In 1982 he began studying with America’s premiere guitar pioneer David Starobin, who introduced him to the music community in New York City. His first solo recital was presented by the League of Composers/ISCM at Weill Hall, New York City (1990). He was also presented in recital by Music From Japan at the Asia Society (1993). He regularly appeared in Washinton D.C.with the Theater Chamber Players at the Kennedy Center, performing both solo guitar and chamber music repertoire. Mr. Anderson has been a soloist in festivals and ensembles such as the Bang on a Can Festival, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, and Modern Works! He has been heard on radio broadcasts on WNYC, WKCR, WGBH, and National Public Radio, Polish National Radio, Radio Bremen, and others.
Mr. Anderson appears on numerous recordings, and has given recitals and radio broadcasts in Europe, Mexico, Japan and the U.S. With Cygnus, he has performed in Denmark, Holland, Poland, Russia, Mexico and California. Cygnus also offers a series of three concerts each season at Merkin Concert Hall in New York City, presenting important new works by America’s best composers. In the New Music Connoisseur, Leo Kraft wrote a review of a Cygnus performance in New York, saying, “If Mr. Anderson’s aim was to show how the guitar can play a significant role in chamber music, he certainly succeeded.” Anderson teaches guitar at Sarah Lawrence College and Queens College.

Julie Asuma Levene - Clarinet Instructor

Clarinetist Julie Asuma Levene holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Lawrence University, and a Master of Music degree from the Yale School of Music. Her teachers have included Fan Lei, David Shifrin, Charles Neidich, and Ayako Oshima. She is a member of the Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra/Connecticut Lyric Opera Orchestra, the Wallingford Symphony Orchestra, and the Greater Bridgeport Symphony, and is active as a freelance musician throughout Connecticut.  Recently, Julie joined singer/songwriter Sarah LeMieux in the newly-formed Sarah LeMieux Quintet, a “chamber jazz” ensemble which has won Best Jazz Group at the Connecticut Music Awards, as well as Album of the Year for the CD Moments Musicaux. Julie can also be heard on a CD of opera arias by Brian Cheney – Tenor, and a play-along CD for Stacy Phillips’ collection of Easy Klezmer Tunes. Julie is currently on the music faculty at Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford and at Neighborhood Music School in New Haven, where she teaches clarinet and coaches chamber ensembles.  She also maintains a private music studio at her home in Hamden.

Jennifer Brown - Violin Instructor

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Jennifer Brown received her Bachelor’s and Master’s of Music in Violin Performance from the Wichita State University. Ms. Brown is a substitute section member of the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra and has performed with the Mendelssohn Choir of Connecticut, Wichita Symphony, Opera Kansas Orchestra, and Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra. She has received grants and scholarships to pursue music studies at the Rocky Ridge Music Festival, Magic Mountain Music Farm with Burton Kaplan, the Colby College String Quartet Workshop with the Portland String Quartet and the Masterworks Festival. She has completed special graduate courses in violin pedagogy, Kaplan’s Virtuoso String Teacher Seminar and is registered to teach Suzuki violin. Her students’ accomplishments include winning spots in the top four orchestras of the Norwalk Youth Symphony, being accepted to perform on an honors recital and winning a high school concert competition. Having taught students ranging in age from three to retirement, she is passionate about teaching students of all ages and abilities how to play the violin.

Edita Orlinyte - Violin Instructor

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Edita Orlinyte, a native of Vilnius, made her first mark by winning the national Lithuanian competition for young string players at the age of ten. She continued her studies, earning both bachelor and masters degrees from the Music Academy of Lithuania. She joined the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra in 1992, and toured throughout Europe and Asia. In 1993 she performed in Italy, France and Finland under the direction of Sir Yehudi Menuhin. Since 1996 Edita lives in Connecticut. In between her American concerts she continued performing in Europe and recorded her solo album, which was released in the U.S. in 2007. In 2008 she made her Carnegie Hall debut and later appeared as a soloist with the Gateway and the Greenwich Symphony Orchestras.

Kate Dillingham - Cello Instructor

Layout 1Kate Dillingham enjoys a diverse career as a soloist, collaborative artist and is an avid proponent of the music of living composers. Following her New York debut, which featured world premieres of works by Augusta Read Thomas and Pulitzer Prize-winner Jennifer Higdon, the press deemed her “an excellent cellist; dignified, intelligent, and compelling. An adventurous, dedicated champion of contemporary music … an extraordinary performer who displayed musical insight and emotional depth…”

She has performed as a soloist with The St. Petersburg Philharmonic, The Moscow Symphony Orchestra, The Salzburg Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Moscow Chamber Orchestra. She has appeared at Carnegie Hall, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Lincoln Center, Bargemusic and Symphony Space in New York City. Recent highlights include concerts at the Tsereteli Gallery in Moscow, Russia, Weill Recital Hall and The Dimenna Center in New York City.

Ms. Dillingham was a student of Bernard Greenhouse at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University and Maria Tchaikovskaya at the Moscow Conservatory. A long association with Mr. Greenhouse led to collaboration on an edition of the Sonatas for Violoncello and Keyboard BWV 1027-1029 by J.S. Bach, published by G. Schirmer Inc., which she presented in a combined concert and lecture at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She has recently recorded these works with renowned harpsichordist, Jory Vinikour.

Kate’s enthusiasm for broadening the range and repertoire of the cello has led her to commission, perform, and record music written by composers of the 21st century. Ms. Dillingham has recorded four albums of varied repertoire: Hadyn Cello Concertos with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Lutoslawki and Herbert Concertos with the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, music of Debussy, Honegger and Fauré and CROSSSINGS; New Music For Cello all of which are available at itunes, amazon and

Peter Prosser - Cello Instructor

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Formerly the cellist of the Royale Trio and winner of the Manogue International and National Arts Club competitions, Peter Prosser has had a multifaceted career that has taken him throughout North America as well as South America and Europe. A graduate of the University of Alabama and the Manhattan School of Music he’s worked as a soloist, chamber musician, teacher, record producer and conductor. Highlights include recording the Saint-Saens, Lalo and Dvorak concerti for Alabama Public Television, the Haydn D major Concerto for Kentucky Educational Television, producing CDs for the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra, making his Broadway conducting debut in 2003 with the production of Gypsy starring Bernadette Peters, and conducting the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra at the Centennial Gala for the Philadelphia Orchestra. He’s also conducted on the American Mosaic series at Concordia College, at the Alabama Summer Music Center, and served as the associate conductor for the National Tour of Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods starring Cleo Laine, as assistant conductor for the Broadway revival of La Cage Aux Folles and the 2008 revival of Gypsy with Patti Lupone and was most recently an assistant conductor and principal cellist for the 2009 revival of West Side Story and principal cello for Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway.

Other forays into pop culture have found him working with Willie Nelson, Chris Botti, with Robert Plant and Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin, Charlie Watts of the Rolling Stones, appearing as solo cellist with Shirley Bassey at Carnegie Hall, at Town Hall with the late Nancy LaMott, and with Bernadette Peters at Avery Fisher Hall. Other recordings include contemporary solo cello works by Robert Dix and Joseph Levin, blues with Eric Clapton and B.B.King,, and a Christmas album, Animal’s Christmas with Art Garfunkel and Amy Grant. Radio and television appearances include The Listening Room and Young Artist Showcase on WQXR (New York), Around New York on WNYC, West Coast Weekend on KQED (San Francisco), The Today show  with Bernadette Peters, The View and Good Morning America with Patti LuPone, the Today show (weekend edition) with Eartha Kitt, Saturday Night Live, and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Having joined the faculty of the Mannes College of Music in 1991, he has also been a performance associate at Hunter College, has served as adjunct faculty at City College and has taught at the Aspen Music Festival and the Meadowmount School of Music. A founding member of the chamber group Serio Divertimenti he also performs in a duo with his wife, the flutist Lisa Arkis.  His teachers include David Cowley, Bernard Greenhouse, Alan Harris and William Pleeth. Peter is also inordinately fond of eating breakfast out.

Edmund Arkus - Piano Instructor


Edmund Arkus

Edmund Arkus has performed for many years in the United States, Japan and England to high critical acclaim.  He has been presented in solo recitals, as soloist with orchestras and he has collaborated in many chamber music concerts and sonata recitals. 

Mr. Arkus performed on radio in New York on WNYC, WFUV, WQXR, as well as live performances over National Public Radio from Washington DC, WGBH Boston,  BBC radio in England, and NHK-TV in Japan. 

Over the last 15 years he has collaborated regularly with Keisuke Wakao, Assistant Principal Oboist of the Boston Symphony.  Among the numerous concerts they have presented, Mr. Arkus and Mr. Wakao have performed together at Jordan Hall in Boston, at Opera City Recital Hall and Hillside Terrace Plaza Hall in Tokyo. 

For the last 10 years Mr. Arkus has performed chamber concerts with Mr. Wakao and members of the Boston Symphony, NHK Orchestra (Tokyo), Berlin Philharmonic and Orchestre de Paris in Tokyo, Hakodate, Osaka and Ogaki, Japan and South Korea as well as in the Berkshires and Boston, Massachusetts. 

Edmund Arkus first studied the piano with his mother, Helena Arkus.  He then worked with pianist, Leopold Mittman. Later, Mr. Arkus entered The Juilliard School in New York, where he studied with the distinguished teacher Rosina Lhévinne, and received both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s Degree in Music.  

Mr. Arkus then completed his piano studies with Wolfgang Rosé nephew of the composer, Gustav Mahler.  In addition, he studied chamber music with Louis Persinger, teacher of Yehudi Menuhin, and with William Kroll, the first violinist of the Kroll Quartet.  Mr. Arkus polished his contemporary music skills with the composer, Stefan Wolpe.

Edmund Arkus thoroughly enjoys sharing his knowledge through his private students and teaching at the Third Street Music School Settlement in Manhattan, New York.  He has served on the faculty of the Aaron Copland School of Music at CUNY Queens College and presented numerous master classes in New York, and in Ogaki, Tokyo and Nagoya, Japan.


David Budway - Piano Instructor

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Max Jazz Recording Artist David Budway is one of the most versatile pianists on the New York music scene today. While deeply rooted in many styles, his masterful command for Modern Jazz has propelled him into the midst of present day jazz pioneers.
As a Classical pianist David has performed countless recitals. He studied extensively with Ruth Slenczynska, Dr. Carole Riley, CDP, Gerald Jennings, and performed in Master Classes with Artur Balsam, Warren Jones, Eugene List and Sheila Paige. In Italy David studied at the prestigious Rome Festival where he performed Opera and Chamber Music under the baton of Maestro Fritz Maraffi. Born in Pittsburgh, PA , David grew up listening to the improvisations of his father Leo Budway, and became interested and well versed in the style of Arabic music. Later he earned his Masters Degree in Piano Performance and Percussion at Duquesne University where he also studied Jazz Composition and Arranging with Dr. John Wilson. David went on to be adjunct professor at Duquesne and Carnegie Mellon University for 15 years before moving to New York. In 1992, Mr. Budway made his solo debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and has performed with them on many occasions including special performances with the late Marvin Hamlisch.
Since moving to New York, David has performed at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, The Kennedy Center, The Village Vanguard, Birdland, The Blue Note, The Jazz Standard and The Hollywood Bowl with both Liza Minnelli and Hubert Laws. David studied chamber music extensively with master musician Bernard Goldberg, and has continued his love for the flute repertoire throughout his 20 year tenure with Master Flutist Hubert Laws. Some of his recording credits include the entire Bach Sonatas for Flute and Piano. David’s Trio is currently in residence at the famed Carlyle Hotel in New York City. Mr. Budway’s recording credits as both a leader and a sideman include artists Branford Marsalis, Michael Brecker, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Hubert Laws, Stanley Turrentine, Jimmy Heath, Christiane Noll, Ravi Coltrane and Eric Leeds. David has toured worldwide with Stanley Turrentine, Hubert Laws, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Regina Carter and Liza Minnelli.
As a composer, David has several albums to his credit. His latest release “ A New Kiss” on the MaxJazz label was awarded 4 stars in Downbeat Magazine. His song “Love You Tonight” reached number one on WBGO’s playlist in 2012. Most recently the disc was charted at number four in Canada. Other releases include “Brief Encounter to Last a Lifetime”, “The Music I Hear”, “Bud Way”, and “Jazz… the Budway” with sister Maureen. David’s upcoming release is a collaboration with his sister Kathy containing original songs of an eclectic nature. The cd is tentatively titled “3 Budways” and is expected to be completed this year. Mr. Budway and fellow Pittsburgh native Lou Tracey have written many songs together that have been have recorded by internationally famous Jazz and Cabaret artists. In 2001 Mr. Budway was a proud recipient of two prizes in the John Lennon Songwriting Competition. He has scored the music to the motion pictures “Lift”, and “Giant Steps” starring Billy Dee Williams, and has been published in Downbeat Magazine’s Masterclass section : Contemporary French Music’s Influence in Jazz Harmonies.

Andrew Gordon - Piano Instructor

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A graduate of the New England Conservatory and the Juilliard School, Andrew Gordon has been teaching piano privately since 1976. He is the principal keyboardist of the Greenwich Symphony and the Greenwich Symphony Chamber Players, organist/choirmaster at Diamond Hill United Methodist Church in Cost Cob, and a University Assistant at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, where he coaches singers. His 2013-2014 season included conducting the first recording of Seymour Barab’s children’s opera “Little Red Riding Hood”, as well as a performance of Mozart’s Concerto K. 414 in Maryland. His choral anthem”May the God of Hope” was premiered last season by the Connecticut Chamber Choir, and an anthem, “An Evening Prayer,” is published by Oxford University Press.

ShiZ’ka - Piano instructor

ShizkaShiZ’ka began playing the piano at the age of 4 and studied with renowned Japanese teachers, Toshimi Sakou, Keita Kosaka, Makoto Yamahata and Mako Okamoto.  At the age of 17, ShiZ’ka was a finalist in the Japan Classical Music Society competition. She continued her studies at Doshisya Women’s College of Libert Arts as well supplementing her classical training with studies in jazz in Japan with Makot Takenaka, Yoko Yamamoto and at the Berklee College of Music in Boston.  She became very serious about playing jazz until celebrated Japanese oboist Akira Shimizu, recognizing her immense talent, encouraged her to concentrate on classical music, rather than commit solely to jazz.
ShiZ’ka has performed extensively in Japan and now in the United States, has given her first series of piano recitals, most recently at the Third Street Music School Settlement and chamber music at the Mount Sinai Guggenheim Atrium, a wonderful new series at Mount Sinai Hospital.
ShiZka maintains private teaching practices in New York and at in Connecticut at Wilton Music Studios.  Her enthusiasm for performing extends to her desire to help others to experience the same joy and believes in giving people courage through her teaching. Her strict upbringing has taught her that there are many ways to learn, and all ideas have to be highly respected. Her way of teaching is not just to “teach,” but to respect each student’s unique needs and ideas.

Wendy Kerner - Harp Instructor

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Wendy Kerner, harpist, maintains an active teaching studio in Wilton, CT and she is an adjunct Professor of Harp at Sacred Heart University. Her students have won awards for harp performance from the National Federation of Music Clubs, the American Harp Society, the Stamford Symphony, and Manhattanville College. Numerous students have participated in area youth symphonies. Ms. Kerner founded the Elyrica Summer Chamber Music Program, now in its seventeenth year. This week long event features harp and flute students in various combinations, making music and having fun together. Ms Kerner was chosen to judge the Karl Carlson National Harp Competition in California, and the American Harp Society National Competition in Delaware. She has worked with Young Audiences and the Lincoln Center Student Program, performing extensively for schools. She is also the Vice President of the CT Chapter of the American Harp Society.

Ms. Kerner, who began the harp at the age of seven, was a scholarship student at The Juilliard School where she studied with Susann McDonald and received her Bachelor and Master of Music Degrees in Harp Performance. Ms. Kerner was presented in her New York Debut in Carnegie Recital Hall as a winner of the Artists International Competition. She has appeared in concert throughout the United States, performed at the World Harp Congress in Paris, France, and Seattle, Washington, played for the Prime Minister of Ireland, Queen Sirikit of Thailand, former First Lady Hillary Clinton. She is a founding member of the Irish music group “Themselves”, and is also the principal harpist with The Bridgeport, Norwalk and Ridgefield Symphonies in Connecticut. Her CD “Sounds of the Seine” with flutist Donna Milanovich is available on the Delos label.

Erin Knapp - Voice Instructor

Erin Knapp

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    Erin Knapp

    Master of Music in Voice Pedagogy and Performance – Westminster Choir College

  • Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance – Westminster Choir College

Erin has been a member of world-renowned choirs touring the US and Europe, performed in professional opera choruses, notably the Spoleto Festival USA, and held singing positions at numerous churches. Although classically-trained in opera and art song, Erin enjoys performing jazz and also specializes in teaching pop and musical theatre.

Thomas Woodman - Voice Instructor

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Tom Head ShotAmerican Baritone Thomas Woodman’s unique versatility in opera, orchestra and recital repertoire has helped him enjoy a varied and successful career throughout North America and Europe. In addition to his active performance resume, Woodman has taught voice for over ten years at his home studio and at Greenwich High School under the auspices of Greenwich Adult Continuing Education. Highlights of Woodman’s career include performances with the Metropolitan Opera, the Bayerische Staatsoper, New York City Opera and San Francisco Opera. Woodman’s European engagements include performances with Opera de St. Etienne, Opera Nice, Deustche Oper am Rhein-Duisberg and Theater Hagen, Theater Augsburg am Roten Tor; and further performances as resident baritone with the Staatstheater Darmstadt to include such roles as Marcello, Guglielmo, Harlekin, Rodrigo in Don Carlos, Dandini in La Cenerentola and Ravenal in Showboat. Mr. Woodman also sang Mahler’s 8th Symphony with the Orchestra National de Lyons. In the United States he has appeared with the opera companies of Austin and Fort Worth (Texas),Hawaii, Indianapolis, Kentucky, Illinois, North Carolina, Anchorage, Mobile, Buffalo as well as Triangle Opera (North Carolina and Wildwood Opera (Arkansas) and Opera North (New Hampshire).