Jazz/Commercial Music and Music Education Faculty

Jazz/Commercial Music
and Music Education Faculty

 

Kristi Adams

Director of Vocal Jazz
B.S., Dowling College, M.A. SUNY Stony Brook

Kristi Adams - Five Towns College FacultyKristi Adams has been an educator of music, dance, and theatre for Middle County Central School District on Long Island for 19 years. Throughout her career, Kristi has taught sight-reading, vocal pedagogy, and professional singing techniques to students ranging from sixth grade through the college level. Most notably, Kristi has directed both the Rhapsody in Pink Girls Ensemble and the Spartan Barbershop Chorus, an ensemble that competes internationally. Kristi has won numerous achievements for her work, including the Jenkins Lifetime Achievement Award and special recognition by the New York State School of Music Association as being an expert on the male changing voice. This recognition earned her a place on the organization’s “Music Views” DVD. In addition to her educational accomplishments, Kristi is also an accomplished dancer who has trained professionally with members of the Joffrey Ballet and Julliard Ballet School. Her training enabled her to teach beginning through advanced ballet, modern, lyrical, jazz, tap, and hip-hop styles at various dance schools. Currently, she sings with the award-winning Greater Nassau Chorus and works full-time as a music teacher at Newfield High School.


Scott Ballin

Assistant Professor, Jazz Piano, Director of American Songbook Ensemble
Mus.B., M.M., D.M.A. Five Towns College

Scott Ballin - Five Towns College Music Division FacultyProfessional engagements include: Pianist for Isotope Stompers, numerous concerts including main stage Hechsher Park in Huntington. Musical Director for Gene Santini, at Feinsteins N.Y.C. Pianist with Long Island Jazz All Stars directed by Mike Carubia. Jazz concerts and club appearances with Byran Carrott, Teddy Charles, Jerry Weldon, Jay Hogard. Music Director for Rat Pack Show, Rainbow Room, N.Y.C. Pianist/Music Director for Henry Prego, Harrah’s Atlantic City. Pianist Garden City Hotel, Parker Meridian Hotel N.Y.C. Bandleader and pianist on Carnival Cruise ship M.S. Tropicale. Contributing writer for Jazz Improv Magazine – Concert and CD reviews, instructional articles. Undergraduate and Graduate instructor at Five Towns College for: Keyboard classes, Ear Training, Harmony, Music History and Private Instruction. Director of American Songbook Ensemble, Upbeat Entertainment, Jazz Piano Concert Series. Professional Development: IAJE Conventions, Jazz Times Conventions, N.Y.C., Chick Corea Workshop, Lenox, Mass., JEN Convention, Reno, Nevada. Host of radio program The Music of Miles Davis on WFTU radio.


Michael Blutman

Adjunct Professor – Trumpet
B.M., University of Maryland, M.M., Julliard

Michael Blutman - Five Towns College Music Division Faculty

Michael Blutman enjoys a diverse career as a trumpeter and music educator. A graduate of The Juilliard School and the University of Maryland, some of his performing and recording credits include: Sting, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Paragon Ragtime Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Jonathan Batiste Jazz Band, Broadway shows, David Bowie’s band, and many others. As an educator, Michael has taught at Five Towns College, Ithaca College, Usdan Summer Camp for the Arts, East Meadow’s (NY) Fusing Culture and Curriculum, Nassau Suffolk Performing Arts, and has a private trumpet studio on Long Island. Michael also co-founded Pinnacle Music Press (www.pinmusicpress.com), a music education publishing company, and has written articles for several music education journals and websites.


Steve Briody

Associate Professor – Director of Instrumental Music, Guitar, Composition/Arranging
B.A., SUNY Fredonia, M.M., D.M.A., Five Towns College

Steve Briody - Five Towns College Music Division FacultyDr. Briody is a recognized guitarist, composer, educator and arranger. He has played guitar with legends such as Randy Brecker, Jeff Lorber, Dave Valentin, Jane Monheit, Charlie Daniels, Funk Filharmonik, Carl Fischer, 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 a popular Jazz guitar publication.  Steve is a staff arranger at Smart Chart, prominent publisher of college and high school jazz ensemble arrangements. He has also contributed lesson articles to Guitar Player and Guitar World magazines. His song “Footsteps” appeared on the #1 Jazz album of sax great Eric Alexander. Recently, he had the honor of being guest conductor of the Nassau All-County Jazz Ensemble in 2018, performing at the Tilles Center. In addition to his international credits, he often performs in the NY area with jazz, funk, and top-40 bands.  At Five Towns College, Steve currently teaches Graduate-level Jazz Harmony, Arranging, Big Band Arranging, Improvisation, Guitar Instruction, Jazz/Pop Composition, Popular Music Lab, Graduate Jazz Pedagogy, and directs the Jazz Orchestra.


Bryan Carrott

Assistant Professor, Director of Percussion Ensemble
B.A., William Paterson College

Jazz vibraphonist & percussionist Bryan Carrott is a native of Queens Village, NY, & attended LaGuardia H.S. of Music & Art, where he began his percussion studies. He later earned his Bachelor of Music degree from William Paterson University, in Wayne, NJ.  Over the last 30 yrs., Bryan has performed in over 20 countries and on over 70 recordings, with David “Fathead” Newman, Ralph Peterson, Henry Threadgil, Muhal Richard Abrams, Steve Kroon, Dave Douglas, Sam Rivers, Don Byron, Greg Osby, Bob Moses, Herbie Mann, Cassandra Wilson, Jay-Z, John Lurie’s Lounge Lizards, Greg Osby, & Tom Harrell. For over 25 years, Bryan has been cited in Down Beat Magazine’s International Critics’ and Readers Polls, and in 2015 he received top honor as vibraphonist in the Rising Star category of the Critics Poll. As an artist endorser for Majestic Mallet Instruments & Encore mallets, Bryan was a guest instructor at the Taipei Int’l Summer Percussion Camp in Taiwan, a featured soloist with Cologne, Germany’s WDR Orchestra conducted by Gunther Schuller, and a mallet percussionist for Disney’s stage production of the Lion King on Broadway. Bryan Carrott serves as coordinator of percussion instruction, keyboard class instructor and percussion ensemble director.


Kenneth E. Cook

Associate Professor – Woodwind, Graduate research
B.M. SUNY Potsdam, M.M. University of Michigan, Ph.D., Michigan State University

Kenneth Cook - Five Towns College Music Division FacultyDr. Cook is a saxophone soloist, chamber musician and private instrumental music teacher.  He performs regularly on Long Island as the co-leader of the Northport Jazz Band, member of the Savoy Swing Band, as a member of his church music ministry, as well as other groups. He has studied saxophone with Donald Sinta, Sigard Rascher, and Dr. James Stoltie. Other varied work experiences include working for a composer’s representative, Small Business Development Center, and certified adjudicator for the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) solo festivals.  Professional affiliations include the Music Educators National Conference, North American Saxophone Alliance and Parliamentarian for the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Music Fraternity.


Peter P. DeSalvo

Adjunct Professor – Percussion
B.M., SUNY Potsdam, M.S., C.W Post College, DMA, Five Towns College

Peter DeSalvo - Five Towns College Music Division FacultyDr. DeSalvo is a highly respected conductor, having worked with All-County and select concert, jazz and percussion ensembles in the Tri-state area. Peter studied five years with his mentor/teacher, Henry Adler, and recently, under the tutelage of Bryan Carrott, completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Five Towns College. His compositions are published by Bachovich Music Publishers and is a Grover Pro Percussion and Mike Balter Mallets endorser. Pete DeSalvo recently retired as Director of Bands at Sayville High School, New York, and is currently an Adjunct Percussion professor at Five Towns College, Dix Hills, NY. He is the Chair of the PAS Education Committee and a founding member of the Stik Figures Percussion Ensemble. He also maintains an active performing, recording, producing, teaching, and piano tuning career, here on Long Island and in Pennsylvania. 


Mary Alice Domenica

Adjunct Professor – Piano, Music Theory
B.M. Covenant College, M.M. Belmont University, D.M.A. University of Miami

Mary Alice Domenica - Five Towns College Music Division FacultyDr. Mary Alice Domenica’s musical background includes undergraduate and master’s degrees in classical solo piano performance, and a doctoral degree in collaborative piano with a cognate in music theory. Her chamber music experience includes frequent work in instrumental chamber ensembles, musical theatre accompanying, and extensive experience as a choral and instrumental accompanist, including accompanying the Nashville Symphony Chorus. She is currently the owner of Dix Hills Piano, a studio where she teaches beginning through advanced piano and specializes in teaching piano technique to promote relaxation and improve artistry. In addition to being a piano instructor, Dr. Domenica also coaches vocal students at the studio. Dr. Domenica is also a trained organist and vocal coach. She has worked as an organist for the Astoria Community Church and a piano instructor at the Community School of the Arts at Austin Peay State University. At Austin Peay State University, Dr. Domenica appears as a recording artist on several albums produced on campus.


Bill Farrish

Adjunct Professor, Guitar, Jazz Harmony
A.A.S, Mus.B. Five Towns College, M.M. SUNY Purchase

Bill Farrish - Five Towns College Music Division FacultyFor the past 30 years, Bill Farrish has earned his living as a performing musician touring throughout the United States and Canada in various groups ranging in size from solo to big band. Bill has performed with Shunzu Ohno, John Stowell, Dennis Wilson, Bernard Purdie, Tiny Grimes, Charles Eubanks, David Garibaldi, Arthur Prysock, Ray Alexander, Jimmy Halperin and many others. His work also includes Off-Broadway productions of: Man of LaMancha, Lil’ Shop of Horrors, Hair, and Tapestry. Television credits include: Bea Moss Productions and “The Carl Bruno Show“ (TCI Cable), featured artist in the independently released production “An Evening with Bill Farrish” by Raven Productions, QPTV., composer of the theme and incidental music for The Park, Eun Kyung Show, Radio Seoul, Flushing NY and many jingles. Having released six CD’s for MCR Records under his own name, Bill’s music has been featured on several radio broadcasts in Europe, the Far East, and South America. In 2014 All About Jazz featured an article about Bill entitled “Practice, Do You? Part 3-3” Bill has also published two books, entitled Jazz Guitar Volume I and Basic Musicianship.


William J. Fortgang

Assistant Professor, Director of Music Education
B.A., M.S., P.D. Long Island University

William Fortgang - Five Towns College Music Division FacultyProfessor Fortgang has been an educator for over 40 years. Throughout his career, he has taught public school instrumental music at the elementary and middle school levels and was a Supervisor of Fine Arts. He also served as a Junior-Senior High School principal for 21 years. At Five Towns College Professor Fortgang teaches at the undergraduate and graduate levels and is responsible for placing and supervising our student teachers. He also supervises our Education faculty members and is responsible for coordinating the NCATE/CAEP (National Council for Accreditation for Teacher Education/Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation) accreditation process for our Education Division. Professor Fortgang is a former President of the Nassau County Music Educators Association and is currently the Executive Director of Nassau NYSCAME (New York State Council of Administrators of Music Education). He holds New York State Permanent Certifications in Music K-12, School Administration and Supervision (SAS) and School District Administration (SDA). Professor Fortgang is an active member of the Suffolk County Music Educators Association, Nassau County Music Educators Association, New York State School Music Association and NAfME (National Association for Music Education).


Kenneth Friese

Associate Professor, Voice
B.S., SUNY Potsdam, M.M., Boston University

Kenneth Friese - Five Towns College Music Division FacultyBefore his employment at Five Towns College, Professor Friese worked for many years as the choral director of the Plainview Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School, where he led the choir to numerous accolades, including multiple “gold with distinction” medals at choral festivals held by the New York State School of Music Association. His choirs have performed at various concerts and events nationally, and most notably, multiple performances at the Tilles Center on Long Island. He is currently the organist and director of music at Old First Presbyterian Church and Temple Beth-El, both in Huntington. In addition to his multiple directorships, he is also a prolific vocal coach, specializing in vocal development and Baroque singing techniques. He has taught classes in secondary choral methods, choral conducting, accompanying for the high school teacher, and multiple levels of sight-singing.


Lisa Gary

Adjunct Professor –  Jazz Voice
B.M., McGill University

Lisa Gary is a versatile New York-based vocalist, songwriter, and lyricist who has recently been on tour with the group Postmodern Jukebox, with whom she appeared on the video “Ex’s and Oh’s”. She has also recorded a Jazz/Pop crossover album with Grammy-nominated producer and arranger Rob Mounsey that features trumpet legend Lew Soloff.  The first single, “Good Love”, was released along with a music video that was recently premiered by Vevo. Lisa has sung with Jane Monheit, as well as the Birdland Jazz Quartet. She also leads shows at NYC venues like the Kitano, Iridium, The Plaza Hotel, and the Bitter End as well as the Upstairs, House of Jazz, and Diese Onze in Montreal. Recently, Lisa appeared as the musical act for Hank Azaria’s Celebrity Poker Night. She also performed the theme song for the Montreal Jazz Festival’s 30th edition DVD at a press release at Le Savoy Metropolis. She also recorded her original Vocalese on “All of Me” and “Basella” for her Jazz EP and performed on the program “All that Jazz” on the Bonnie D. Graham television show in New York.  Prof. Gary currently instructs the Jazz and Pop vocalists at Five Towns College. 


Jeffrey Glemboski

Director of the Barbershop Harmony Ensemble
B.M., M.M. Five Towns College

Jeffrey Glemboski is a professional public-school music educator at the Norman J. Levy Lakeside School in Merrick. He is a member of the National Music Educators Association (NMEA) and the Barbershop Harmony Society (BHS). Recently, he was the recipient of the Parent Teachers Association (PTA) Founders Award. Professor Glemboski is currently the musical director of the Long Island Sound Barbershop Chorus and its scholastic offshoot at Five Towns College. In addition to his educational pursuits, he currently sings bass in the internationally known barbershop quartet Round Midnight. The quartet recently achieved Top 10 Finalist status in the BHS International Barbershop Quartet Contest and they are past BHS Mid-Atlantic District Quartet Champions. The group has received praise for their recording efforts too, garnering multiple Contemporary A cappella Recording Award (CARA) nominations. The foursome has won the New York City Harmony Sweepstakes Championship and was appointed an official “Arts Envoy” group by the U.S. State Department.


Masatora Goya

Adjunct Professor – Composition
B.A. Kyoto University, M.M. New Jersey City University, D.M.A. Five Towns College

Trained as a vocal performer first, Masatora explores the musical landscape of drama, space, and emotion. Described as a “composer of cultural crossroads” by American Composers Forum, his unique eclecticism has attracted many musicians performing in nontraditional chamber ensembles, such as Alturas Duo, Duo Anova, Liberté Mandolin Orchestra, Duo Yumeno, Tomoko Sugawara, Thomas Piercy, and Hidejiro Honjoh. Masatora also frequently collaborates with visual artists and filmmakers, such as Yuki Ideguchi, Sam Platizky, Andre Lewis, Nori Mizukami, Chloe Miller, and Takashi Nasu. His music has been performed worldwide and his album “Dream of Sailing” has been released from Ravello Records. Masatora received a BA in Integrated Human Studies from Kyoto University and studied music at Koyo Conservatory. Since relocating to the United States, he earned a Master of Music from New Jersey City University and a Doctor of Musical Arts from Five Towns College, and studied in the BMI-Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop. A resident composer of Kadoma Film Commission as well as a recipient of ASCAP Plus Awards, Jerome Fund for New Music, and Diversity Doctoral Fellowship at SUNY Purchase College, Masatora served assistant director of Vox Novus Composer’s Voice and taught at NJCU and Purchase College.


Peter Hansen

B.A. Queens College, M.A. Hofstra University

J. Peter Hansen - Five Towns College Music Division FacultyPeter Hansen, an expert in the area of Korg sequencers, taught in the public school system for 27 years.  As an active composer, guitarist, vocalist & performer, sound engineer, and producer his compositions include jingle work, radio & television spots, pop songs in many styles, guitar sonatas, electronic works, and orchestral works.  He has been a clinician at NYSSMA All-State and Balanced Mind conferences. Member of NMEA since 1991, member of Nashville Songwriters Association Inc., Long Island Blues Society, BMI, he is TI:ME Level I & II certified.  He is currently working on a publication Jack of All Trade – Survival in the Music Business, a diversified approach to the career path of being a professional musician. Former students include two MENC National winners in Electronic Music Composition (2008, 2012), the Northeastern University 1st place winner in Composition (2009), and dozens of NYSSMA/All-State Conference selections in Electronic Music. His teachers include studies with Billy Bauer, George Perle, Bruce Saylor, Robert Starer, Don Muro.


Kelly Horsted

Adjunct Professor, Voice, Piano
B.M., M.M. Eastman School of Music

Pianist Kelly Horsted, a native of Sioux City, Iowa, enjoys an active career in NYC as an accompanist, music director and vocal coach specializing in new opera, art song, and role preparation. An enthusiast of new music, Kelly has enjoyed a long relationship with American Opera Projects including his sixth season as a co-music director for the Composers and the Voice series. Other notable collaborations with AOP include Hershel Garfein’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Tarik O’Regan’s Heart of Darkness, Paula Kimper’s The Bridge of San Luis Rey as well as Patience and Sarah for the chamber opera’s premiere at the Lincoln Center Festival. Kelly has been a frequent collaborator at NYU’s Tisch Graduate Musical Theater Program, and Ann Baltz’s Operaworks. He has taught at Hunter College, Mannes College of Music, the International Workshops in Graz, Austria, the Bowdoin Summer Music Festival and the Hartt School of Music. Mr. Horsted has appeared at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, Zankel Hall and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, and Symphony Space in NYC. He has also performed at the Wintergreen Festival, in Fountainbleau, France, and on the Opera America Songbook. While at Eastman he was a 1st place winner in the Kneisel Lieder Competition.


Dean Karahalis

Associate Professor – Instrumental Music Education, Concert Band Mus.B. Mannes College of Music, M.A. Queens College, P.D. Hofstra University

Dean Karahalis - Five Towns College Music Division FacultyProf. Karahalis, founder of the Concert Pops as well as the conductor and music director has performed with the Radio City music Hall Orchestra, New York Lyric Opera, and Goldovsky Opera. He is the Musical Director/Founder of the New York Brass Choir. Bass Trombone Artist/Clinician Conn/Selmer Musical Instrument Company. Prof. Karahalis’ performance highlights include, Marvin Hamlisch, The Manhattan Rhythm Kings, Broadway’s Tommy Tune, Betty Buckley, Enzo Stuarti, Joel Gray, and Robert Merrill, Idina Menzel, Kristin Cheroweth, Bernadette Peters, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Kelly O’Hara, Nathan Gunn.


John Kelly

Adjunct Professor – Guitar
Mus.B., M.M., Five Towns College

John Kelly - Five Towns College Music Division FacultyProfessional guitarist and mandolin player. Currently working as musical director and staffing coordinator for one of New York metropolitan area’s premier entertainment companies. Featured soloist of The Concert Pops. Performances with The Platters, The Coasters, Charo, Robert Klein, and Fred Travalena. Numerous radio and television appearances, including the show Fox and Friends. Recipient of the Tony Mottola Award.


Joseph Kimura

Adjunct Professor – Cello
B.M., M.M., Juilliard School of Music

Joseph Kimura - Five Towns College Music Division FacultyCurrently a member of the Five Towns Master Quartet, Joseph Kimura has had a very diverse musical career.  Formally a member of the Laurentian String Quartet, he has appeared as a soloist with many orchestras, including the Stamford Symphony, Hoboken Chamber Orchestra, Garden State Chamber Orchestra, Korean Symphony, Gloria Chamber Orchestra, and the Orchestra of the State of Mexico.  Joe appears on recordings for the EOS ensemble and Riverside Symphony, as well as numerous movie and TV soundtracks.  He has performed live on National Public Radio and appeared on Broadway with The Will Rodgers Follies and Beauty and the Beast. He has taught at Summertrios and the Greenwood Junior Music Camp during the summer.  He studied with Harvey Shapiro at Julliard, including studies with Paul Katz and Channing Robbins.


Ronald F. Land

B.M. University of the Arts, M.M. Temple University

Ronald Land - Five Towns College Music Division FacultyMr. Land has enjoyed a career in both opera and musical theater, serving as both performer (musical theater) and musical director/coach.  Among the companies he has worked for include:  Opera New Jersey (9 seasons), Martina Arroyo’s Prelude to Performance, New York City Opera, Utah Festival Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Augusta Opera, Atlanta Opera, International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival, the McCarter Theater, Shawnee on the Delaware, Bucks County Playhouse, the Shubert Theater (Philadelphia) and the Walnut Street Theater.  In addition to teaching, he is also a published author, and has served as casting director for multiple international tours of Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess.


Scott Litroff

Adjunct Professor – Saxophone
BA, Stony Brook University, MM, Mannes School of Music, DMA, Stony Brook University

Scott Litroff - Five Towns College Music Division FacultyScott Litroff is a saxophonist recognized for his versatility as a performer and educator in both jazz and classical styles. Dr. Litroff performed his solo debut at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, and has since performed at venues including Weill Hall, Merkin Hall, The DiMenna Center, Yoshi’s Club San Francisco, and Jazz Alley in Seattle, as well as venues in Thailand, Taiwan, and Japan. He has performed alongside some of the world’s finest musicians including Koh Mr. Saxman, Ray Anderson, Bakithi Kumalo, Steve Salerno, Nellie McKay, William Wei-Leng Chen, and has performed under the baton of renowned conductors including George Manahan, Rosen Milanov, Joseph Colaneri, and David Hayes. Dr. Litroff previously held positions at Adelphi University, Stony Brook University, and Suffolk Community College. Dr. Litroff’s numerous awards and honors include the prestigious 2013 Samuel Baron Prize, the 2012 Ackerman Prize in Music, the 2011 Bob Meyers Award for Excellence in Jazz, as well as First Prize in the Stony Brook University Graduate Concerto Competition, First Prize in the Mannes Concerto Competition, and Two-Time Winner of the Stony Brook Undergraduate Concerto Competition.


Dave Lobenstein

Adjunct Professor – Director of Jazz Ensemble
B.M. SUNY Fredonia, M.F.A. California Institute of the Arts

David Lobenstein - Five Towns College Music Division FacultyDave Lobenstein currently teaches orchestra for the Long Beach Public School System, and is an Adjunct Professor at Five Towns College where he instructs Jazz Combo and Jazz History classes. Dave has been very involved around the NYC area as a jazz clinician. He has conducted workshops at local colleges and high schools which focus on beginning improvisation and introduction to the jazz repertoire. As a performer, Dave has worked with a variety of musical styles. His credits include: Performances at the JVC Jazz Festival w/ The Dave Lobenstein Quartet, Interplay Jazz Orchestra, Erie Philharmonic, Roscoe Mitchell, Leo Smith, Jeff Jarvis, Jimmy Wormworth, Kevin Clark, Sam Dillon Quartet, Manhattan Vocal Project, Regis and Kathie Lee, Danny Holmes, and the Mike Fahn Quartet. Dave’s primary teachers have been: Charlie Haden, Darek Oles, Marc Johnson, Peter Rofe, Scott Colley, and Harry Jacobsen.


Andrea Lodge

Adjunct Professor – Piano
B.M. Memorial University of Newfoundland, M.M. University of British Columbia, D.M.A. Stony Brook University.

Pianist Andrea Lodge has been called a “Must See” (The Telegram, St. John’s, Canada).  A specialist in the performance of contemporary music, she frequently collaborates with composers on the creation of new works including Herbert Deutsch, Elliot Cole, Nicholas Deyoe, Andrea Mazzariello and C. Curtis Smith. Andrea was awarded top prizes at the Eckhardt-Gramatté Canadian National Competition for the Performance of New Music, including the award for best performance of the commissioned work, Curlicue, by Karen Sunabacka. She was featured in the Village Times Herald (Long Island, NY) for her showing at this competition in an article called “Stony Brook Pianist Hailed as One of Canada’s Best!” Dr. Lodge is an integral part of nief-norf, a contemporary music organization and ensemble focused on bringing together new ideas in performance, composition and research. Since 2014, Andrea has been faculty pianist at the annual nief-norf summer festival and for nief-norf project performances. She performs regularly as soloist, with guitarist Jay Sorce as the Sorce/Lodge Duo, and with Hypercube, a cutting-edge new music quartet of saxophone, percussion, guitar and piano/accordion. Hypercube has been bringing their music to new audiences with tours across the country. Her piano studies include work with Gilbert Kalish and Christina Dahl.


Jill Miller-Thorn

Professor, Music Division Chair, Director of Graduate Music Programs
B.M., M.M., Ithaca College, DMA Temple University

Jill Miller-Thorn - Five Towns College Music Division FacultyDr. Jill Miller-Thorn received her DMA in composition from Temple University in January 1994.  Her compositions include two symphonies, a concert band piece, various chamber works and piano music. She has studied with Karel Husa, a Pulitzer Prize winning composer at Cornell University, and Maurice Wright at Temple University.  Awarded the Penn Woman Award in musical composition in May 1986, Dr. Miller-Thorn’s success that year included a world premiere of Woodwind Quintet # 1 by “1807 and Friends” a renowned chamber group comprised of members from the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Philadelphia Public Library accepted her first symphony, Symphonic Fantasies, as part of its Fleishman Collection of Orchestral Music..  In 2003, the Five Towns College Concert Band premiered By the Band Shell, a reflective work on her childhood in a rural setting where she would sit near the band shell to hear the community band play Sunday concerts in the local park.  Lament for solo clarinet was premiered in NYC by Demetrius Spaneas for Women’s Work 2011.  She is currently the Chair of the Music Division and Director of Graduate Music Studies at Five Towns College.


Audra Moricca

Voice Coordinator, Administrative Assistant for Applied Instruction
B.M. Mannes School of Music, M.A. CUNY Queens College

Dramatic Soprano Audra Moricca, a native of Northport, New York, began her musical studies as a violinist, studying at Manhattan School of Music. Ms. Moricca maintains an active performing career and is a highly respected interpreter in both the operatic and concert arenas. Audra specializes in the dramatic roles of Strauss, Verdi and Wagner, as well as the title roles of Tosca, Turandot, and Vanessa. With pianist Kelly Horsted, Ms. Moricca has performed extensive recital repertoire exploring less standard expansive song works reflecting their particular affection for modern dramatic song in venues across the US. As a scholar, Audra has studied with internationally respected pedagogues, notably, Joanna Levy, Ruth Falcon, Leo Lozito, Barbara Peters, Elisabeth Vrenios and Robert C. White. As a pedagogue, Audra has taught both performance classes and private study. She is a technical specialist working with students in all musical styles frequently noted for accomplishing extensive range and power and quick progress among her students. In addition to Five Towns College, Audra has served as a vocal faculty member at Molloy College, the Hartt School at the University of Hartford and at Music in Chappaqua. She maintains a private studio in Manhattan, West Hartford, Connecticut and Northport, New York.


Jeb Patton

Adjunct Professor, Jazz Piano
B.A., Duke University, M.A., CUNY Queens College

Jeb Patton has toured throughout the United States and abroad with the Heath Brothers and with Jimmy Heath’s Generations Quintet, performing in theaters, festivals, concert halls, colleges, and clubs. Recent highlights include two performances with the WDR Bigband in Germany, a tour of France, Spain, Germany, and Switzerland with his quartet, a solo concert in Versaille, a tour of Mexico with his trio, and a solo/duo performance honoring Thelonious Monk as part of Monk@100 Duke Performances Series in North Carolina. He has recorded and published a number of workbooks and transcriptions of comping by artists such as Horace Silver, Bill Evans, Herbie Hancock and Art Tatum. Career highlights also include performing at the Opening Nights of Jazz at Lincoln Center, Jimmy Heath’s 75th Birthday Celebration, October 2001 as well as at Jimmy Heath’s 90th Birthday Celebration, October 2016 at Jazz at Lincoln Center and the Kennedy Center.


Matthew Pierce

Assistant Professor, Strings
B.M., M.M., The Johns Hopkins University:  Peabody Conservator of Music

Matthew Pierce - Five Towns College Music Division FacultyFounder of the Five Towns College Master Quartet, Composer-Violinist Matthew Pierce is celebrated for his new classical scores commissioned by major American ballet companies. His work has been performed around the country and around the world at City Center in New York, Covent Garden in London and the Palais Garnier in Paris. Alice (in wonderland), whose score Sarah Kaufman of the Washington Post called “the crowning luxury of this ballet” has been performed by Washington Ballet, Ballet Austin, Milwaukee Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, Ballet Hawaii, Compania de Danza Siglo XXI of Puerto Rico, Colorado Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theater, Sacramento Ballet, Oklahoma City Ballet. Next season Alice (in wonderland) will be seen in Hong Kong, Taiwan and tour to West Australia Ballet in Perth. As an educator Mr. Pierce has enjoyed 23 years of teaching violin and viola, conducting youth and college orchestras, coaching chamber music and teaching theory, ear training and composition first at Montclair State University in New Jersey and now at Five Towns College on Long Island.


Peter M. Rogine

Professor – Guitar, Jazz Harmony, Guitar Ensemble
B.A., Queens College; M.A., Long Island University

Peter Rogine is a professional guitarist with extensive live performance, recording and television experience.  He hosted the Cablevision Television show Guitar Extra Help. Prof. Rogine studied with Joe Monk, Sol Berkowitz, Raoul Pleskow, Lynn Oliver, Billy Bauer, Joe Diorio, His performances include working with Bob Florence, Cab Calloway, Al Martino, Jerry Vale, Buddy Greco, Dick Contino and performing in jazz concerts with Bucky Pizzarelli, Panama Francis, Steve LaSpina. As a columnist for Just Jazz Guitar Magazine, he created over seventy five articles. In 2016, Peter Rogine was a Quarter-finalist for the National Grammy Music Educators Award. As founder of the FTC Jazz Guitar Ensemble, Prof. Rogine has directed over 15 years of performances of the group.  Most recently his ensemble was chosen to perform at the 2018 Jazz Educators Network Conference in Dallas. He is a long time faculty member and is one of the most in-demand professors on campus.


Joseph Romano

Adjunct Professor – Woodwinds
B.M., M.M., Manhattan School of Music

Joseph Romano received his Bachelors and Masters of Music Degrees from Manhattan School of Music. Studies include private lessons with Peter Simenauer, Joseph Allard, David Tofani, Charles Russo, Leonard Hindell, and Eddie Daniels. Recipient of MSM Scholarships and a member of the Dean’s List. Additional studies include Augustin Duques at The Julliard School and with Bob Mintzer.  Also received New York State Permanent Public School Teacher Certification while at MSM. Since 1986 has been a member of the faculty of Friends’ Academy as Band Director, Woodwind Instructor, and Jazz Ensemble Director. Since 2015 has been a faculty member of The Green Vale School as Woodwind Instructor. Prof. Romano co-led the Dowling Jazz Ensemble with Charles Sarling from 2014-16.  He has performed at Carnegie Recital Hall, Town Hall, Symphony Space, On and Off Broadway Shows, Westbury Music Fair, Nassau Coliseum, The Tilles Center, recording sessions for CBS Records, The Rainbow Room Orchestra, the Mineola Choral Society, The Concert Pops, and Theater Three. Performances with Donna Summer, Nell Carter, the Annual Juvenile Diabetes Foundation Dinner hosted by Mary Tyler Moore and the Make A Wish Foundation which featured Tony Bennett, Lainie Kazan, and Mariah Carey.


Tony Romano

Adjunct Professor  (Scott)
Mus.B., Five Towns College, M.A., CUNY Queens College

Tony Romano - Five Towns College Music Division Faculty

Guitarist, composer, and Centaur Recording Artist Tony Romano has been a visible part of the New York City music scene for over twenty years. Just Jazz Guitar magazine wrote “His tone is beautiful and soulful, and his remarkable technique is a servant to his rich musical imagination and broad harmonic palette.” With a wide range of playing styles, Tony has toured worldwide and performed and recorded with many notable Jazz, Latin, Pop, and Broadway artists, including Randy Brecker, Joe Locke, Michael Feinstein, Bill Warfield, Steve LaSpina, Joe Bataan, Dave Valentin, Candido Camero, Chembo Corniel, Yomo Toro, Joel Frahm, Thomas Chapin, Brit Woodman, Santi DeBriano, Paul Bollenback, Stanley Jordan, Debbie Gibson, Kat Gang, Alex Gemignani, and Chuck Cooper. Tony’s guitar work can be heard on all 52 episodes of the BBC series 3rd & Bird as well as the Discovery Channel miniseries Going, Going, Gone! He has also performed for NPR broadcasts, and has appeared on NBC’s The Today Show, Telemundo, and the ABC Morning Show. Tony is an adjunct Professor at Five Towns College, and has been a Teaching Artist for the Kupferberg Center at Queens College, as well as an instructor for the National Guitar Workshop. MA from the Aaron Copeland School of Music at Queens College, BM from Five Towns College.


Marc Silverberg

Assistant Professor, Director of Vocal Music
B.M. University of Delaware, M.M. Westminster Choir College, D.M.A. Five Towns College

Marc Silverberg - Five Towns College Music Division FacultyDr. Silverberg has established himself as one of the leading voices in a cappella education today. He has served on the executive board of the Contemporary A cappella Society of America (CASA) as Director of Education and presented workshops on vocal improvisation at multiple a cappella festivals, SUNY Purchase, The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York, The New York State School Music Association, the Nassau County PEAK Festival, the National A cappella Convention, and the American Choral Directors Association’s 2013 National Convention. In spring of 2018, Dr. Silverberg became the first guest conductor for the Suffolk County Music Educator Association’s (SCMEA) All-County Contemporary A cappella Group. His professional performing group, Satellite Lane, was crowned the 2013, 2014, and 2018 New York Harmony Sweepstakes “Audience Favorite,” and he has won the award for “Best Arrangement” in the 2013, 2016, and 2018 Harmony Sweepstakes competitions. Satellite Lane also recently took second place at the 2018 Varsity Vocals Aca-Open Semi-Finals. In addition to being an a cappella clinician, conductor, and performer, he also writes original musicals and plays. His original work, He’s Not Himself, premiered Off-Broadway in 2012 as part of the New York Music Theatre Festival.


Chris Tibaldi

Adjunct Professor – Percussion

B.B.A., Hofstra University Prof. Tibaldi is a highly-regarded, and versatile drummer in the NY area.  He is endorsed by Sabian Cymbals, Vic Firth Sticks, Evans Drumheads, Rhythm Tech Percussion and GMS Drums. Chris was a member of the renowned band “The Touch” for several years, and continues to be an in-demand studio musician and clinician. He has performed for a sold out Nassau Coliseum and Hammerstien Ballroom as well as hundreds of other venues from Maine to Miami. Additional studies at Five Towns College and Berklee College of Music. Session Experience for studios such as Deep Wave, Killingsworth, Sabella, and Cove City Studios.


Mark Verdino

Electric & Acoustic Bass instructor
B.M. SUNY Potsdam, M.M. Manhattan School of Music

Mark Verdino - Five Towns College Music Division FacultyMark is fluent on both acoustic bass and fretted and fretless electric bass.  He is a sub on the Broadway show Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen, School of Rock, Jersey Boys, The Book of Mormon, Aladdin, Mean Girls, Waitress, Hello Dolly, Pretty Woman, Matilda, Miss Saigon, On Your Feet, Groundhog Day, Finding Neverland, Bandstand, The Great Comet, Fun Home, Gigi, Mary Poppins, Spring Awakening, Young Frankenstein, The Pirate Queen and Movin’ Out.  Mark held the bass chair for the Jersey Boys 1st National Tour, Jersey Boys 2nd National Tour, Aladdin 1st National Tour and the Spring Awakening 1st national tour.  He also subs in the Radio City Music Hall Orchestra and in the band for the Big Apple Circus.  He plays in the corporate party/club date band LUXE.  He played for 10 years in the acclaimed Dave Matthews Tribute Band Ants Marching, as well as the Billy Joel Tribute band Glass Houses.  He has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and The 55 Bar along others.  Mark is endorsed by D’Addario stings, New York Bass Works basses.


Deana Verone

Adjunct Professor, Voice
B.A. Molloy College, M.A. Long Island University

Deana Verone has been an adjunct professor of Vocal studies for over 10 years.  As a well-known Mezzo-Soprano vocalist, she has performed at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, NJPAC, and Hofstra University.  She performed with Sal Valentinetti, Chris Macchio, and Jim Sergi.  Ms. Verone’s performing career has taken her throughout the tristate area, as well as Pennsylvania and Florida. When Ms. Verone is not performing she is a music educator for a local school district, and teaches Early Childhood Music Education and Beginner Piano at Nassau Community College. She holds an advanced certificate in Educational Leadership from Long Island University and graduated with the Music Achievement Award of Excellence.  She has been a proud member of the Music National Honor Society and Delta Omicron. Ms. Verone has worked as a music librarian/backstage assistant for many performing artists who include:  Brian Stokes Mitchell, Idina Menzel, Nathan Gunn, Kelly O’Hara, Natalie Merchant, Linda Eder, Kristin Chenoweth, Johnny Mathis, and Frank Sinatra Jr.


Jonathan Waxman

Adjunct Professor, Music History
B.M. Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, M.A. Ph.D. New York University  

Jonathan Waxman - Five Towns College Music Division FacultyJonathan Waxman completed a Ph.D. in historical musicology at New York University with a dissertation titled “Prefacing Music in the Concert Hall: Composer Commentaries, Program Books, and the Conflict over Musical Meaning.” He has recently published an article in the journal Popular Music History which examined the influence of Ives’s music on the film scores and concert works of Bernard Herrmann. As Vice-President of the Greater New York City chapter of the American Musicological Society, Jonathan has supervised several scholarly conferences for the society, and has recently given papers on concert program books at the national meetings of the Society for American Music, and the American Musicological Society.