Marie Danvers: Theatre Arts Assistant ProfessorMarie Danvers is best known for her starring turn as Christine in the Broadway and National Touring production of The Phantom of the Opera. She has sung all over the world as Maria in West Side Story and appeared in the National and International Tour of The Fantasticks with Robert Goulet. In concert she has sung with the Delaware Symphony Orchestra, with the Broadway by the Year Series in New York, as well as the City Center Encores. She acted Off-Broadway with the Manhattan Theater Club and on Television on As The World Turns. Across the country she has played leading roles in A Chorus Line, Company, The Mikado, Brigadoon, Lend Me a Tenor, and starred as Christine in the Yeston/Kopit Phantom at Paper Mill Playhouse. Most recently she played Sister Robert Ann in Nunsense at the John W. Engeman Theater at Northport. She holds an MFA in Dramaturgy from Stony Brook University and is currently a Professor of Theater at Five Towns College.
Scott Ballin: Music Business Adjunct ProfessorScott Ballin, Assistant Professor Mus. B., M.M., D.M.A. Active as a jazz pianist/vibist in New York area and Great American Songbook accompanist at concerts and libraries. Pianist at Garden City Hotel and Parker Meridan Hotel in Manhattan. Musical director for the Rat Pack show at the Rainbow Room and Henry Prego in Harrah's Atlantic City. Appeared with jazz artists such as Jay Hogard, Bryan Carrott, Teddy Charles, Jerry Weldon, and pop singer Darlene Love. Recorded Conversations for Four with the Artie Miller Quartet featuring Jimmy Perrone. Served as accompanist for Nassau/Suffolk vocal jazz with guest coach, Carla Cook. Performed at numerous Manhattan venues including Birdland, Iridium, The Supper Club and Feinsteins. Director of annual Tribute to Jazz Piano at Five Towns College. Writer for Jazz Improv magazine.
Amy Dolan-Fletcher: Theatre Arts TeacherAmy Dolan Fletcher is a Broadway veteran with credits that include Rizzo in Grease, Anytime Annie in 42nd Street, Ellie in Hal Prince's Showboat (London's West End). Other favorite credits include Mitzi in Crazy For You at the Walnut Street Theater, Young Phyllis in Follies at Seattle's Fifth Avenue Theater, Ado Annie in the Westchester Broadway Theater's production of Oklahoma and performances in The Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Amy made her professional debut as Gretl in The Sound of Music at Jones Beach Theater. As a regional director and choreographer her credits include 42nd Street, Moon Over Buffalo, Seussical the Musical, And The World Goes Round, My Way and Thoroughly Modern Millie. Amy is also the driving force behind Midtown Productions which produces adaptable and world class entertainment for corporate and private events as well as providing seminars and workshops for theater professionals and future professionals alike. Amy graduated Magna cum Laude from Fordham University.
Mel Glazer: Music Business Associate ProfessorMel Glazer is a State sponsored speaker on behalf of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities on Frank Sinatra. A raconteur telling funny stories, not jokes, his unique perspective on Frank Sinatra, as a role model, professionally and personally, attained international attention when interviewed by Joe Franklin and his producer, Nancy Blasquez, on Bloomberg’s “Business of Show Business.” Songs that Mel Glazer co-wrote have been recorded by Etta James (“Guess Again”), Robert Plant (“Your Ma Said You Cried in Your Sleep Last Night”), Elvis Presley (“Speedway”), Daniel O’Donnell (“The Magic is There”), among others. Collaborators have included “Hall of Fame” writers Carole King, Sammy Fain and Aaron Schroeder. His recorded songs are represented in diverse classifications: Country, R&B, Latin, hard rock, jazz, novelty, inspirational, rockabilly (among others). His most recent “top 20” country song, “THE MAGIC IS THERE,” was recorded by Daniel O’Donnell on Ritz Records UK. In 2007, it was released in the U.S. in Daniel O’Donnell’s “Greatest Hits” album. He was honored with a chapter heading in Ken Sharp’s “ Writing for the King”, for having co-written the rockabilly classic “SPEEDWAY, ”originally recorded by Elvis Presley for the title song of the movie “Speedway.” In 2012, and in each of four years prior, he has received awards for his songwriting skills in all categories from ASCAP.
Kathy Curtiss: Film/Video Professor & Co-Chair Film DivisionDr. Kathy Curtiss is a professional film and theatre director, Artistic Director of Renaissance Now Theatre & Film which produces documentary and theatrical film shorts. Her Ph.D. is in Film Directing and Theory, but inclusive of complete coursework for an MFA in Acting. She currently directs for the Oberon Theatre, The Drilling Company for New Works, The Michael Chekhov Theatre Company, and reading series for the Scandinavian American Theatre Company. Writer of both short film and feature length, her work has been recently read at the Oracle Theatre, and her contemporary adaptation/translation of The Seagull was produced at the Drilling Company Theatre for New Works. She works annually with the critically recognized "Shakespeare in the Parking Lot, " that explores contemporary urban relevance of classical work. She has taught film directing and acting at 10 BFA programs across the country including University of California, University of Utah, Ball State (where she was the director of the Movement/Voice/Theatrical Combat program). Recognized by the Society of American Fight Directors, she fight choreographs for several companies currently in New York, including last season's Hamlet. She is published in FIGHTMASTER magazine. Her signature documentary film, Renaissance Now, explores, at 52 locations across America, the impact of cultural diversity in the development of theatre and film. Her film documentary work has shown on National PBS stations and the Global Education Network.
Eugene Free: Mass Communication Associate Professor, Manager of WFTU Radio StationProfessor Gene Free has done just about everything that can be done in radio. His career began in March of 1978 in Scranton, Pennsylvania, as a part-time newsman for WEJL AM and WEZX FM; By the end of the summer, he was a full-time employee, and also hosting NIGHT GROOVES, the nightly album feature on the FM rock station. Within a year, he became the afternoon disc jockey on WEJL and worked his way through the ranks, as music director, production director and assistant program director to become the program director of WEJL in 1981. A competitor in Scranton hired Gene away in 1983 to become program director for both WGBI AM and FM; the AM’s format was Country, the FM’s Adult Contemporary; both stations were automated. Free became the first morning show host on STEREO 101, the FM station, and worked to make the other parts of the day on the station sound live. While at WGBI, Gene was a station voice for sister station WDAU-TV, Northeastern Pennsylvania’s CBS affiliate.
Krysti O’Rourke: Director of Career ServicesKrysti O’Rourke’s background in academia, private business and the public sector has proven to be a perfect fit for her leadership role in Career Services. With a Bachelor’s degree from Ithaca College, and a Master’s degree from Long Island University, Krysti first served the LIU CW Post community as a Project Director for a national training and employment program for senior citizens. The role evolved into an opportunity to be an adjunct instructor for a variety of courses in research methods, statistical analysis programs, and various “computers in business” courses. Krysti was an adjunct for over 15 years for graduate and undergraduate students. Her teaching was complimented by assignments as a research associate for the LIU Center on Aging, the LIU Center for Management Analysis, and the Town of Huntington Youth Bureau. O’Rourke has also been employed as an associate and manager for a successful employment agency, as well as a placement coordinator for a home health care agency. With these experiences, Krysti understands the value of outstanding service to the jobseeker in addition to the development of successful, long-lasting employer relationships. Working with commitment, she has placed hundreds of students in successful internships and jobs and is constantly finding opportunities at top companies in the entertainment industry. Her participation in events for The Melville Chamber of Commerce, Grammy U, AES and MNYCYPOA, and a variety of other outside programs has yielded the best of opportunities for students in the field of entertainment. She has led her diligent staff to develop and conduct key workshops in professional development and continues to work collaboratively with Student Activities to conduct “home grown” programs such as a Professional Dining Etiquette Series and Super Successful Alumni Panels.
Marc Silverberg: Music Adjunct FacultyMarc Silverberg is regarded as one of the foremost experts on Contemporary A cappella Education. He is currently the director of education for CASA.org, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting contemporary a cappella music. He has presented clinics in “group improvisation” and “a cappella improvisation” at Acappellafest, the Boston Sings A cappella Festival, Sojam A cappella Festival, and The American Choral Directors Association’s 2012 National Convention. His semi-professional a cappella group, Satellite Lane, was recently crowned the “Audience Favorite” at the 2013 Harmony Sweepstakes in New York. Marc Silverberg is also a prolific writer. His original musical, “He’s Not Himself” premiered in the New York Music Theatre Festival as a Next Link Project in 2012. He posts a weekly blog online at CASA.org about the progression of A cappella Education. He has studied with Dr. Paul Head, Dr. James Jordan, Brody McDonald, Bobby McFerrin, Dr. Joe Miller, Deke Sharon, and Dr. Steve Zegree. Currently, Marc directs the men’s and women’s a cappella ensembles, and teaches courses in sight singing and popular music in America. He holds a bachelor of music degree from the University of Delaware and a master’s degree in music education from Westminster Choir College. He is currently pursuing a doctorate of musical arts at Five Towns College.
Bruce Colfin: Business Associate ProfessorBruce Colfin is founding member of Bruce Colfin Law, P.C., THE FIRM ® the New York based entertainment business, copyright and trademark law firm. Bruce has been involved in the entertainment and music business for more than forty years. His beginnings as a "roadie" for bands such as the New Riders of the Purple Sage and stage manager for Peter Tosh on the 1978 Rolling Stones summer tour evolved into stints as a sound engineer, video producer and director, stage manager, tour coordinator for Inner Circle, and personal manager for Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Mick Taylor, former Rolling Stones lead guitarist. Bruce has written extensively about video production, including "Negotiating an Independent Music Video Production of the John Mayall's Blues Breakers Reunion," which involved the development of the "Blues Alive" video and was published in Entertainment Legal News. He has written about the production of music videos for Entertainment Law and Finance, and the production of interactive laser video programming for Tape/Disc Business, and internet and copyright infringement issues regarding technology for Replication News and its successor Medialine News. Bruce has been a Professor at Five Towns College in Dix Hills, N.Y., since 1999 where he teaches Music Business Contracts as well as Music Publishing and Copyrights. In 2003, Bruce was inducted into the Five Towns College Honor Society, Phi Sigma Eta. Between 1986 and 1988, Bruce was a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of the Copyright Society of the USA, where he reviewed Prof. Thomas McCarthy's treatise on the Rights of Publicity and Privacy. Bruce is the author of "Freedom of Expression: The Protection Afforded Dissident Authors' Rights," published in the European Intellectual Property Review of Oxford, England. He has also served as Chairman of the American Bar Association, Patent, Trademark and Copyright Subcommittee, where he supervised production of the report, "Legislation on Compulsory Licenses for Retransmissions of Superstation Signals for Private Viewing."
Gerry Saulter: Music Department Associate Professor, Director of Private InstructionGerry Saulter is a renowned solo guitarist and founding member of the multi award winning flute and guitar ensemble, Serenade Duo. With flutist Michelle LaPorte, Mr. Saulter performs concerts throughout the United States and Europe. Featured venues include Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, the American Church in Paris, US and New Zealand Embassies in Paris, the International School of Paris, St. Lawrence Jewry / Guild Hall in London, St. John’s Church in Stratford London, St. Ann’s Church Dublin, and the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico in San Juan. In addition to concerts featuring Serenade Duo, Mr. Saulter has performed in numerous solo concerts, chamber music recitals, and musical theatre productions. He has also appeared on television with PBS/WLIW, News 12 Long Island and KCTU. Mr. Saulter is proud to perform on guitars crafted by Dieter Hopf and Jose Ramirez. In addition, Mr. Saulter is an endorsed artist of Alhambra Guitars, playing a Luthier India model handcrafted by Javier Mengual and Jose Margarit. He is also an endorsed D’Addario Artist, playing D’Addario Strings exclusively on all his instruments. As a recording artist he can be heard on Centaur Records. Gerry Saulter is an Associate Professor, Director of Private Instruction, and serves as the Deputy Chairperson of the Music Division at Five Towns College, New York. Professor Saulter is also the Founder/Artistic Director of the Annual Fall Festival of Guitar at the college. As a result of his dedication to higher learning, Mr. Saulter was inducted into the teacher’s National Honor Society, Phi Sigma Eta. Mr. Saulter is currently a member of the Guitar Foundation of America and has been published in the organization’s magazine, Soundboard. In addition, he was a contributing writer for 20th Century Guitar Magazine with a monthly column entitled The Classical Corner.
Hosun Moon: Music Division Associate ProfessorHosun Moon, winner of 1998 Bach International Competition at Berkeley,CA, studied harpsichord at S.U.N.Y. at Stony Brook, where she received her MM and DMA. She also holds a Master’s degree in accompanying from Manhattan School of Music and Bachelor's in organ from Yon-Sei University (Seoul, Korea). Her chamber music performances with numerous ensembles have been heard in Carnegie Hall, 92nd St. Y, Merkin Concert Hall, The Riverside Church, St. John the Divine, LeFrak Concert Hall in The Aron Copland School of Music, Columbia University, Hofstra Cultural Center, Union Square Park, Bryant Park, SUNY at Stony Brook, and various churches in New York area. Dr. Moon has performed the Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 as a soloist with Transfiguration Ensemble, S.E.M. Ensemble, Mannes Baroque Chamber Players, The New York Bach Ensemble, and South Shore Philharmonic. She has worked as a conductor for the musicals: Kiss Me Kate, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Little Women, Secret Garden, Fiddler on the Roof, Carousel, Urine Town, Pajama Game, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Mame, The Producers, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, La Cage aux Folles, Ragtime, Highschool Musical II, Hairspray, How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying, and also performed as an assistant director and pianist for musicals: Godspell, March of the Falsettos-Falsetto Land, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Dames at Sea, Secret Garden, and Into the Woods. She also worked with the San Francisco Early Music Society Baroque Music Seminars, C. W. Post Chamber Music Festival (LIU Chamber Music Festival), and teaches at the USDAN Summer Camp and at Five Towns College in Dix Hills, NY.
Steve Briody: Music Associate ProfessorDr. Steve Briody is a recognized guitarist, composer and arranger. He has played guitar with legends such as Randy Brecker, Jeff Lorber, Dave Valentin and Eric Marienthal, and has performed/recorded with Funk Filharmonik, Paula Atherton, Carl Fischer's Organic Groove, Mario Cruz, and the Long Island Music Hall of Fame All-Star Band. He is the author of the Jamey Aebersold book Jazz Guitar Lines of the Greats, which has become one of the world's most popular jazz guitar publications. Steve has also contributed to Guitar Player and Just Jazz Guitar magazines. His song "Footsteps" appears on the recent #1 album of sax great Eric Alexander. Steve's nationally released commercial jazz CD was selected to the Grammy ballot for Best Pop Instrumental Album. Several of his arrangements for high school jazz ensemble will be published in 2014. In addition to his international credits, he often performs locally with jazz, funk, and top-40 bands. Professor Briody grew up in Hicksville, NY, obtained his Bachelor's degree in Music Theory and Composition from SUNY Fredonia, and then continued with graduate studies at the Manhattan School of Music. In 2010, Steve completed Doctoral studies at Five Towns College, earning his DMA. At Five Towns College, Steve has taught Graduate-level Harmony, Arranging, Commercial Arranging, Guitar Instruction, Popular Songwriting, Ear Training, and Freshman-level Harmony. He has started the College's guitar-lesson Youtube channel "Learnintwo," which helps guitar players of many levels with concepts such as jazz improvisation as well as blues and rock styles.
Michelle LaPorte: Coordinator of Woodwinds & Adjunct InstructorMichelle LaPorte is an acclaimed flutist and founding member of the multi award winning flute and guitar ensemble, Serenade Duo. With guitarist Gerry Saulter, Ms. LaPorte performs concerts throughout the United States and Europe. Featured venues include Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, the American Church in Paris, US and New Zealand Embassies in Paris, the International School of Paris, St. Lawrence Jewry / Guild Hall in London, St. John’s Church in Stratford London, St. Ann’s Church Dublin, and the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico in San Juan. In addition to concerts featuring Serenade Duo, Ms. LaPorte has performed in numerous solo concerts, chamber music recitals, musical theatre productions and orchestras. She has also appeared on television with PBS/WLIW, News 12 Long Island, FiOS 1, and KCTU. Ms. LaPorte is proud to perform as a Miyazawa Artist, endorsed and playing exclusively on Miyazawa Flutes. As a recording artist she can be heard on Centaur Records. Michelle LaPorte is currently the Professor of Flute and Coordinator of Woodwind Studies at Five Towns College, New York. Professor LaPorte is also an Adjunct Faculty member at Suffolk County Community College teaching flute, music appreciation and fundamentals, and serves as the Adjunct Music Representative for the Faculty Association Executive Council.
Stephen Gleason: Director of Vocal Jazz, Distance Learning Associate ProfessorProfessor Stephen J. Gleason is a highly revered New York musician and educator. For fifteen years and counting, Mr. Gleason has been one of the most sought after guitarist/vocalists, performing for major network television, corporate, and political affairs including: Rachael Ray, The Food Network, andThe Presidential Inaugural Ball. As a studio musician he has been featured on recordings by Carly Simon and appeared as a sideman on various Arista recording label sessions. Dividing his time between guitar and voice, Professor Gleason is the musical director of the vocal jazz ensemble at Five Towns College - one of the college’s premier performing groups. Showcasing Gleason’s talent’s as not only musical director and guitarist, his original arrangements have garnered the attention from the likes of Phil Mattson of the renown Singers Unlimited. Following his commitment to academia and global education, he was a guest lecturer and teacher in Uganda, East Africa. As a featured columnist and artist he has been featured in such publications as Hot House, In Tune Monthly, Jazz Inside, and Music Connection.
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