Ms. Pelligrino has been teaching privately for more than 10 years. She recently completed courses in music and early childhood education at Sacred Heart University as well as Gateway Community College. She has more than 12 years of formal study of the piano and music theory. Ms. Pelligrino has extensive experience teaching children with special needs.
Cellist Andrea E. Mills holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from the Hartt School and a Master of Music Degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Among her teachers she includes cellists Alan Harris, David Wells and Peter Stumpf, and ensembles including the Cleveland Quartet, the Emerson Quartet, and the American Quartet. She has done extensive teacher training in the Tradtional Method as well as the Suzuki Method. Her past teaching positions have included Valparaiso University, the Hartt School of Music Community Division, the Ethel Walker School, Choate-Rosemary Hall and Western Springs School of Talent Education. As an active freelancer and chamber musician, she performs in the US as well as the United Kingdom. She is a member of the Castillon Piano Trio, Tricordes and is on the faculty of the Stamford International Music Festival and the Suzuki Music School of Westport. Her residence is in Trumbull, CT.
Mr. Sandler holds a B.A. in Music from Western Connecticut State University. Mr. Sandler has taught at several studios throughout western Connecticut over the past 12 years. He has a number of stu- dents performing in regional bands and orchestras. He is dedicated to introducing music to students of all ages and to creating the highest level of musicianship for young musicians throughout the area. Over the past 15 years, Mr. Sandler has performed with many groups throughout Connecticut and New York, including the Danbury Symphony, and the Danbury Brass Band. He has also performed with the Wilton Playshop and musicals at Richter Park. Mr. Sandler currently perform as well as a soloist in churches throughout the state, including in Danbury, Norwalk, Stamford, Weston and Waterbury.
Ms. Larson received her Masters in Music from the Manhattan School of Music. She also has studied at the San Francisco Conservatory. She has studied with Julius Baker, among others, and has per- formed with several orchestras, including the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra and the Augusta Op- era. She has taught in New York and Connecticut for more than a decade.
Mr. Geisler has been playing the drums since age 8. He began his studies with the late Paul Sher of Norwalk, CT. More recently, he has studied with Mike Marble and Tommy Igoe. He is currently studying with Fran Merante. In the drumming community, Mr. Geisler would be classified as a true “drum head” – i.e. one with a passion for all things drumming. Mr. Geisler brings a high level of commitment, enthusiasm and expertise to our staff, along with an extensive knowledge of drum products, technology and techniques that keep him and his students on the cutting edge in the drum world. He has been teaching drums for more than 10 years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from University of Connecticut. CLICK HERE to see Tom in action!
Mr. Altieri has been playing the drums since age 15 and has performed extensively around CT. Mr. Altieri is also a teacher for special children and children with learning differences in the Wilton School District.
Mr. Currier picked up the saxophone when he was 9 years old. He recently received his bachelor’s degree in jazz performance from Western Connecticut State University and was a member of the All New England Inter-Collegiate Band for several years. Derek has worked with a variety of groups which include The GrooveMerchants (3 piece jazz combo), Chronic Fatigue (jazz, rock, funk, blues, covers), The Brand New London Blues Production, pit orchestras for several shows and has performed with various opening acts for Cypress Hill, Big Fuzz, Deep Banana Blackout, The Bomb Squad, Fungus Amungus, Rusted Root, Randy Jackson (Zebra), John Scofield, Dub Is A Weapon, Project Object (Frank Zappa Tribute), George Clinton and the P-Funk, Lee “Scratch” Perry, and The Mickey Hart Band. Mr. Currier has been teaching all ages for several years. He is also Crea- tive Music Center’s woodwind repair technician.
Tia Ward received her B.A. in music, violin and viola, and her B.S. in Elementary School Education. A certified teacher, Tia has taught in both public and private schools in general music, strings, and has served as an orchestra director. Tia has played with such groups as the American Chamber Orchestra, the Cheshire Symphony, WCSU orchestra and pit band, and The Ravenswood orchestra in Chicago. Most recently, Tia completed her Masters of Science in special education, which has allowed her to combine her love of music and working with children with autism.
Seth Uricheck received his Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from Western Connecticut State University, where he graduated in 2010 summa cum laude. At that time, he also had over 17 years of experience studying the piano and organ. Mr. Uricheck has studied under a variety of accomplished musicians, including violinists from the Hartt School of Music, the Hartford Symphony and WCSU. His instructors on all three instruments have included a number of internationally renowned performers. In his free time, Mr. Uricheck composes music for a variety of instruments, some of which has been performed by local choirs and WCSU musicians. He has also accrued a number of awards from fiddling competitions across Connecticut and Massachusetts. He has been teaching violin, viola and piano professionally since 2004.
Ms. Knapp holds a Masters of Music degree in Voice Pedagogy and Performance from Westminster Choir College of Rider University. She also graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance. Her fluency in French awarded her a minor in French Language and Literature. Principal teachers include Dr. Scott McCoy, President of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, with whom Ms. Knapp studied voice privately. Ms. Knapp has extensive experience working with children in the field of music. She specializes in a multitude of musical genres, including classical, musical theatre, jazz, pop, folk and country. She has performed in operas at the Spoleto Festival USA, including Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette and Braun- fel’s Die Vogel. In addition to operatic work, she has been a member of several professional choral ensembles and has toured the U.S. and Europe with them. “The most rewarding part of teaching mu- sic is not just watching a student grow musically but seeing his/her overall confidence improve.”
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