Megan Atchley is a New York based violinist dedicated to creating musical experiences that resonate with her audiences aesthetically, politically and bodily. As a solo recitalist, chamber and orchestral musician, she performs a wide array of styles from classical to jazz in venues such as Lincoln Center, the Bowery Ballroom and Carnegie Hall. Devoted to the creation of new music, Megan is a founding member of trio Project Emme, and a frequent performer with various new music groups including Wordless Music Orchestra, ShoutHouse and the Firey String Sistas! A committed music educator, Megan founded and directs the afterschool violin program at Girls Prep Middle School in NYC. In addition to a robust private studio, Megan holds faculty positions with Inter-School Orchestras and the Third Street Music School Settlement. A passionate feminist, Megan presented a lecture recital at the 2011 Feminist Theory and Music Conference on the work of Kaija Saariaho. Megan’s credits as a recording artist include releases on Deutsche Grammophon and Firey Strings Company. She holds degrees from NYU Steinhardt and Ithaca College.
Canadian born violinist Robin Lynn Braun began her musical studies at age five. Winner of the 1994 Ontario Youth Competition, she made her debut at the Centre In the Square Raffi Armenian Theatre.
Ms. Braun has recorded and toured with many singer song writers such as, Lady Gaga, Michael Buble, Sarah McLachlan, Diana Krall, Marianas Trench, Brian Adams, Bruce Springsteen, Harry Connick Jr and Il Divo. Spring 2018 Robin performed with Lady Gaga at the 2018 Grammy Awards as well toured as Solo Violinist with legendary Rock band Foreigner. Summer 2019 she will joining Foreigner again on tour in Russia and Germany.
Completing an Honors Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance in Canada she further completed a Masters of Music degree at Indiana University and held a position of Assistant Instructor of Violin at Indiana University.
Immediately following her studies in the States she became a tenure member of the KW Symphony and Section First Violin of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (2004-2014) Current Ms. Braun is in high demand across Canada and America and performs Violin/Viola on Broadway’s Hamilton, Wicked, Book of Mormon and many others. She , American Ballet Theater and American Symphony Orchestra. She has a thriving studio at Third Street Music School Settlement and has been a faculty member there since 2015.
She plays on a 1767 Michael Deconet generously gifted by an anonymous donor in 2011.
New York City cellist Emily Brausa continues to lead a diverse and dynamic performing career. She has toured worldwide, with engagements ranging from Pemberton Festival with Ra Ra Riot—to a Japan tour with New York Symphonic Ensemble—to a Saturday Night Live taping with Beck—to two overnight performances of Max Richter’s eight-hour Sleep with American Contemporary Music Ensemble outside in Los Angeles’ Grand Park. Emily plays regularly with American Ballet Theater and in numerous Broadway shows. An enthusiastic advocate of contemporary music, she was recently involved with two brand new off-Broadway productions, and she premiered several chamber works with Tribeca New Music and Chelsea Opera. Emily is on faculty at Third Street Music Settlement, and she holds both a Bachelor and Master degree from The Juilliard School.
Claire Chan demonstrated a prolific talent for the violin at the age of eight when she first performed as a soloist with orchestra. As an avid chamber musician, she has collaborated with several award-winning groups. The Essex Quartet, managed by Columbia Artists, was supported by a grant from Chamber Music America and a residence at Rutgers University. The Beijing String Quartet won first prize in the China National String Quartet Competition. The Beijing Chamber Players performed in the auspicious venues of the Forbidden City Music Festival and the Beijing Concert Hall. The Kneisel Trio held summer residencies at the MidAmerica Chamber Music Institute and at the Troy Public Library Chamber Music Institute.
Ms. Chan, born in Detroit of Chinese parentage, graduated Magna Cum Laude from Brown University, where she earned musical honors and a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience. She earned a full scholarship from The Juilliard School as a student of Joseph Fuchs, where she completed both her master’s and doctoral degrees. She taught at the Juilliard School as an assistant to both Professor Fuchs and the Juilliard String Quartet. She also taught for several years in Beijing at the Central Conservatory and the Capital Normal University.
Ms. Chan performs as a member of the New York City Opera and on Broadway with Phantom of the Opera. She teaches at Third Street Music School Settlement. She has also performed with such varied artists as Sam Smith, 50 Cent, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Tony Bennet, Hall and Oats, Andrea Bocelli and Placido Domingo. She can be heard on recording labels of RCA Victor, Centaur, Annsam and ESS.A.Y Recordings.
Originally from University Place, Washington, Brian Fox divides his time between New York City and Seattle performing with a diverse number of ensembles including: the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Opera Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke's, American Symphony Orchestra and the Malaysian Philharmonic. In 2015 Brian was appeared as guest assistant concertmaster in the South Dakota Symphony's production of Wagner's "Der fliegende Hollander". Until recently, he was a member of the New World Symphony under Michael Tilson Thomas in Miami, FL. While there, he performed as concertmaster and soloist and was twice winner of the annual concerto competition. Brian’s performances were praised by the Miami Herald and the South Florida Classical Review as “touchingly expressive”, “remarkable”, “scrupulously musical” and “fully seasoned”.
Prior to his tenure in Miami, Brian was a member of La Orquestra Comunidad de Valencia, Reina Sofia (Spain), at the invitation of Music Director Lorin Maazel. Many live performances with the OCV were released to international acclaim including Wagner’s complete "Der Ring des Nibelungen" conducted by Zubin Mehta. Brian’s recording projects range from the solo albums of Tenor Juan Diego Florez to Alicia Keys triple platinum R&B hit “As I Am” and Alan Menken’s score for the movie “Mirror Mirror”.
Brian received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in violin performance from the Manhattan School of Music. Additionally, he spent 6 summers as the Aspen Music Festival performing as concertmaster in the Aspen Concert Orchestra and assistant concertmaster of the Aspen Chamber Symphony. Brian has also appeared at the Tanglewood Music Center, Yellow Barn, Taos, Crested Butte and Bellingham Music Festivals and as concertmaster of the Artosphere Festival Orchestra.
Brian performs on a violin made by the Brooklyn luthier Samuel Zygmuntowicz, his bows are crafted by Charles Espey.
Sarah Franklin, violin, has performed throughout North America, South America and Europe. An avid orchestral player, Sarah performs regularly in Manhattan’s most elite concert venues, including Carnegie Hall, David Geffen Hall, and Alice Tully Hall. Ms. Franklin holds the positions of Principal Second Violin of New York Festival Orchestra, Metro Chamber Orchestra and Astoria Symphony, as well as Section Violin of Distinguished Concerts International New York, Spectrum Symphony, and Ensemble 212, among others. Notable engagements include touring as Concertmaster of the Broadway National Tour of Camelot, playing in Mexico with Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas, and performing under esteemed conductors Kurt Masur, Robert Spano, Sir Simon Rattle, and David Zinman. Ms. Franklin earned her Masters degree in 2009 from Manhattan School of Music as a student of Curtis Macomber, and her Bachelor of Music degree in 2007 from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, studying with Marilyn McDonald. Sarah resides in New York City, where in addition to performing, she enjoys teaching at Third Street Music School Settlement, Bank Street School, and the Lucy Moses School at Kaufman Center.
Melanie loves to share music. A native of Colorado, Melanie began playing the violin at a young age as a Suzuki student. She earned a Bachelors of Music from the University of Northern Colorado and Masters of Music in Violin Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Oregon. Melanie has received Suzuki teacher training. She seeks to continually learn. As a performer, she has traveled through Thailand, Austria, and throughout the USA. Melanie regularly performs with Concerts in Motion, as well as, NewOrch. As an educator, Melanie is passionate about empowering students to masterfully develop violin technique and musical understanding, and by doing so, enhancing lives through music.
Known for her superlative artistry and deep musicality, cellist Carolyn Jeselsohn has performed throughout the world as a soloist, chamber artist and orchestral musician as well as a baroque cellist. She received her training at the Cleveland Institute of Music studying with Merry Peckham and Allan Harris earning her Bachelors and Masters in cello performance.
Ms. Jeselsohn has participated in many chamber music festivals and work-shops including the Perlman Music Program (Shelter Island, NY), Soundfest (Falmouth, MA), Yellow Barn (Putney, VT), the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival (Detroit, MI), the Takacs Quartet Seminar (Boulder, CO) and Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival (Blue Hill, ME ME ). She has collaborated with members of the Cleveland Quartet, the Mendelssohn Quartet, the Jupiter Quartet and many others. Ms. Jeselsohn has studied baroque cello and chamber music at Escola Superior de Musica de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain.
Carolyn is also a devoted teacher. She serves on the faculty at the Third Street Music School Settlement, the JCC on the Palisades, the Brearley School and the Elizabeth Morrow School Summer String Festival, as well as teaching private lessons in her studio in Brooklyn, NY. She is a Suzuki Association of America certified Suzuki cello teacher.
Violinist Inna Langerman is an avid orchestral and chamber musician of the New York metropolitan area and Westchester County, performing works ranging from the Rennaisance to the 21st century. A native of Belarus and born into a musical family, Inna began music lessons at the age of 6 on violin and piano. Enrolling in LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts allowed her to study alongside other aspiring musicians and to learn from renowned artists of Lincoln Center.
Inna holds two Masters degrees along with an Artist Diploma from SUNY Purchase College - in Violin Performance and in Arts Entrepreneurship. She received her Bachelor's in performance with high honors at CUNY Queens College's Aaron Copland School of Music. Inna studied violin under Daniel Phillips, Jorge Corpus, Calvin Wiersma, and Deborah Buck while exploring further musical ambitions, including composition, orchestration, and conducting. Inna currently performs with various ensembles in New York and is a recipient of the ‘Discimus ut Serviamus’ award and the ‘Miranda Arts Project’ grant for serving the community through music.
Ina Litera, violist, is an active freelance and chamber musician performing with the Stamford Symphony, The American Symphony Orchestra, the School of American Ballet Orchestra, The Putnum Chorale, The Long Island Masterworks Orchestra and The Oratorio Society of Queens. She is violist of the award winning trio, Eight Strings and a Whistle. In 1998 Ina performed at the White House with saxophonist David Sanborn. Live radio performances include appearances on “Around New York” on WNYC, WBAI radio and “Live at Eleven” on Maine Public Radio. She has performed and recorded with John Zorn, Butch Morris, Vikki Sue Robinson, Chris Rael, Galt MacDermott and with the bands Church of Betty and Modern English. In 2009 she appeared as soloist for Berlioz’s Harold in Italy with the Downtown Symphony. In 2007, she premiered Douglas Anderson’s solo viola work “...mood, enough...” Before joining the faculty at Third Street, Ina taught at the Hoff Bartelson School in Westchestrer as well as the Turtle Bay Music School in Manhattan. She is currently an Adjunct Lecturer at the Borough of Manhattan Community College/CUNY. Ina holds a BM from the Manhattan School of Music and a MA from the City College of New York . She received her Suzuki Certification at the School for Strings, where she studied with Louise Behrend.
Bachelor of Music, Viola Performance, Master of Arts in Viola Performance, Suzuki Certification
Manhattan School of Music, The CIty College of New York (City University of NY), School for Strings
Jorge Corpus, Burton Kaplan, Lillian Fuchs, Mimi Dye
COMPETITIONS / SCHOLARSHIPS / AWARDS
Winner of Special Presentations Award, Artist International 2002
Tanglewood, GrandTetons, Arists in Residence at the Arcady Festival, Schoodic Arts for All
Violist Chiu-Chen Liu enjoys a diverse career in orchestra, chamber music and pedagogy. Recent performances include engagements with Chamber Music Hellas in Greece, Cremona International Music Academy, Alion Baltic International Music Festival, Festival Suoni D'abruzzo in Italy, BAMcafé Live, American Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, American Chamber Music Ensemble, New York Classical Quartet, Attacca Quartet and Lecture-Performance Series at Columbia University. Chiu-Chen has served as principal viola with the Greater Bridgeport Symphony, the Sarasota Opera, Di Capo Opera, Fairfield County Chorale Orchestra. Her chamber music performances have been broadcast on NPR and WQXR radio.
Currently residing in New York City, Chiu-Chen relocated from her native Taiwan at age seventeen to study at the Manhattan School of Music. She later earned her Bachelor of Music, Master of Music and Professional Studies Diploma from Mannes College The New School for Music, receiving full scholarship as a student of Hsin-Yun Huang, Mark Steinberg and Laurie Smukler. A dedicated teacher, Chiu-Chen was appointed the String Department Chairperson from 2013 to 2016 at the Third Street Music School where she is currently serving as a full time violin, viola and chamber music faculty.
In addition to Music, Chiu-Chen is also an active visual artist. She is currently serving as the Visual Artist-In-Resident for the Olympic Music Festival in Washington State, VivaViola Festival in Taiwan and the Sejong International Music Festival at the Curtis Institute from 2013-2014.
b. New York, New York. B.M., M.M., The Juilliard School, under William Lincer. Teaching certification, The American Center for the Alexander Technique. Suzuki certification, School for Strings. Performances in recitals, orchestras, master classes and nightclubs internationally and in many New York venues. Performed for Pope Benedict XVI, President Bill Clinton; with Billy Joel, Elton John, Sting, Placido Domingo on various world stages. Currently performs in the Orchestra of St. Luke's, American Ballet Theater, various Broadway shows. Faculty, NYU Steinhardt School of Education (Alexander Technique).
Aimée Niemann is an educator, performer, and improviser.
A passionate teaching artist, she teaches music and dance in Manhattan, and is currently an outreach partner at Third Street Music School Settlement.She holds certifications in the Suzuki Method.
A fervent advocate of contemporary music, she is the founding member of several ensembles who commission composers to write for their distinctive instrumentation, and is involved in many cross medium and interdisciplinary projects.
She has toured internationally through Europe and in Thailand as a guest teacher at Mahidol University and has performed at Carnegie Hall, National Sawdust, (Le) Poisson Rouge, and Roulette.
Niemann received a BM in Violin Performance from the University of Northern Colorado and a MM in Violin Performance from New York University.
Nicholas Pauly is a violist, composer, and improviser from Brooklyn, NY. A contemporary music enthusiast, Pauly focuses on extended techniques for strings, including performance with found objects, subtones, and alternate tunings. In 2014 he received his M.M. in classical performance from Manhattan School of Music. Major teachers include Karen Ritscher and Tim Frederiksen on viola, and Randy Woolf and Kimberly Riedel for composition.
Pauly has performed with Concerts on the Slope, Rhymes With Opera, the String Orchestra of Brooklyn, and Ensemble Mise-En. His current project, nonstructures, is an ongoing set of free improvisations for viola, violin, waterphone, and other available instruments. In 2016-17, he composed and performed Four C3s for One, for viola re-strung with four unison C strings. Pauly has also co-curated Blank Space House Concerts, a series of apartment “laboratory” concerts for emerging new music performers in New York. Nick is a violin and viola instructor with a passion for teaching improvisation. He is an alum of Third Street Music School Settlement, where he has served on the faculty since 2015. In addition to his musical interests, Nick is an avid baseball fan, amateur painter, and aspiring luddite.
Puerto-Rican born José Pietri-Coimbre has distinguished himself as an orchestral, chamber music, and solo violinist and violist, and additionally as a classical baritone soloist and ensemble singer.
He has been a busy and passionate educator for nearly two decades, having been on the faculty of the Diller-Quaile School of Music, the Mozart Academy in New York City, the Harbor Conservatory for the Performing Arts and currently at Third Street Music School. In the latter he has been a long-standing faculty member for both the main school (violin, viola, chamber music) and Partners programs (strings, chorus), as well as Director for the Barbara Fields Chamber Music Program. One of his current projects as an educator, in collaboration with violinist and Suzuki violin teacher Patricia Davis, is the ongoing compilation of a video-library of short videos explaining pedagogical aspects for each piece studied in the Suzuki Violin Method.
As a violinist and violist, Mr. Pietri-Coimbre has held principal positions at the Bronx Opera and Delaware Valley Opera Orchestras, Garden State Philharmonic, One World Symphony, Puerto Rico Sinfonietta and the National Orchestral Institute Orchestra. He has been a member of the Zipoli Ensemble for the Spanish American Baroque, Dorian Baroque, New Jersey Philharmonic, Puerto Rico Symphony and Philharmonic Orchestras, and is a substitute musician at the "Phantom of the Opera" Orchestra on Broadway and the Greenwich Symphony Orchestra. He has performed solo and chamber music with his piano trio, the Saffron Trio, and with the Joyce Ensemble, Con Vivo Chamber Players, Harlem Chamber Players, at the Chamber Music Live Series at Lefrak Concert Hall, and at the Luci Toscane Festival in Wisconsin and Italy.
As a vocalist, Mr. Pietri-Coimbre has presented frequent solo art song recitals in the United States and Europe. Most recently, he appeared as Giove and Giove in Diana in Cavalli’s La Calisto with Julianne Baird’s Baroque Opera Workshop at Queens College, with New York Lyric Opera as Pandolfe in Massenet's Cendrillon, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte and at Carnegie Hall's Weill Hall as Figaro in scenes from Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro, and with One World Symphony in the role of Walter White/Heisenberg in S. Hong's Breaking Bad- Ozymandias, the recently-premiered operatic version of the acclaimed TV show Breaking Bad. He was a member of the Puerto Rico Opera Chorus and was a frequent oratorio soloist in the Island. Mr. Pietri-Coimbre also sings professionally with the New York Virtuoso Singers, Musica Sacra, Collegiate Chorale Singers, Bard Festival Singers and The Salvatones Ensemble, among others.
Mr. Pietri-Coimbre studied at the Puerto Rico Music Conservatory with Jose Figueroa and Dara Morales, and at the Aaron Copland School of Music (Queens College) in New York with Grigory Kalinovsky and Daniel Phillips. He also studied voice with Bernardo Villalobos and Neil Rosenshein in New York City. At the University of Maryland, he studied Chamber Music with members of the Guarneri String Quartet, and trained in Baroque performance practice in New York with harpsichordist Raymond Erickson at Queens College and violinist Judson Griffin.
A member of several ensembles, Troy Rinker has performed with the West Side Chamber Orchestra, New York City Chamber Orchestra, New York Symphonic Ensemble, Oratorio Society of New York, Paragon Ragtime Orchestra, Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra, SONOS Chamber Orchestra, EOS Chamber Orchestra, SEM Ensemble, New York Pops, and the Stamford Symphony.
Troy Rinker’s musical journey began in the public schools of Jacksonville, Arkansas and by age 15 he was playing professionally with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Rinker’s musical education continued at Indiana University, the University of Central Arkansas, and The Juilliard School, where he studied with bass luminaries Lawrence Hurst, James Hatch, and Homer Mensch.
His summer festival credits include OK Mozart, Tanglewood, Spoleto, the Naumburg Bandshell concerts, the Kilkenny Arts Festival, and Caramoor. Mr. Rinker can be heard on labels Sony Classical, Telarc, Naxos, North/South, and in studio recordings for television and film.
Steven Rochen, a native of Texas, studied at the Mannes College of Music with Sally Thomas where he completed a Masters Degree and Post-Graduate Diploma. His undergraduate training was at the University of Houston with Fredell Lack and his principal conducting teacher was Igor Buketoff. Chamber music coaches include Felix Galimir, John Graham, Hans Jørgen Jensen, and Paul Doktor and he has performed in master classes with Josef Gingold and Julius Levine.
Mr. Rochen has performed in solo, chamber music, and orchestral performances in the United States, Mexico, and Canada. As a composer specializing in works for children's performance, his compositions and arrangements for orchestra have been broadcast on NBC and PBS. His conducting activities include: conductor of the Third Street Sinfonia and the young children's orchestra, Con Spirito. In the summer of 2008, Mr. Rochen travelled to Europe as the Paul-Philippe Bolduc Memorial Fellow.
Mr. Rochen is a former faculty member of Baruch College and the Trinity School in New York City. In addition to his work at Third Street Music School, Mr. Rochen currently conducts the Carnegie Hill Orchestra of the InterSchool Orchestras and the orchestra at Stevens Institute. He is on the faculty of The Meadowmount School of Music and has served as a clinician and chamber music coach for the Vermont Youth Orchestra.
Bachelor of Music: University of Houston, Houston, TX; Post-Graduate Diploma and Master of Music, The Mannes College of Music; Summers at the Meadowmount School of Music
Sally Thomas, Fredell Lack, Igor Buketoff
Former member of Laredo Symphony, Lake Charles Symphony, Alexandria Symphony. Assistant Concertmaster - Primavera Potosina Festival in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. Arranger and performer on CD "Twilight 14" by the indie band "The Baskervilles," Violin and vocals on CDs of The New Lost Faculty Ramblers.
COMPETITIONS / SCHOLARSHIPS / AWARDS
2008 Paul-Philippe Bolduc Memorial Fellow, Texas Media Center award for film.
Primavera Potosina, Meadowmount
Cellist, Zsaz Rutkowski enjoys a versatile career in orchestra, chamber music, theatre and pedagogy. As a core member with New York City’s Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and the New England Symphonic Ensemble, she appears regularly at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, performing in a variety of cross cultural programs. Zsaz is active in New York’s theatre community, both on and off Broadway. She has performed and orchestrated for Theatre for a New Audience and is the principal sub at Pretty Woman, the musical.
Zsaz holds a BA from the Manhattan School of Music, MA from The Aaron Copland School of Music and Artist Diploma from the University for Music and Art in Graz, Austria. Her principal teachers have included; Marion Feldman, Marcy Rosen, Florian Kitt and Reinhard Latzko.
As a believer in life-long learning, Zsaz is currently studying toward her Suzuki Teacher Training Certificate at The School for Strings under master pedagogue, Pam Devenport. Zsaz enjoys drawing from a rich resource and history of great mentors and diverse musical training to inspire and lead the next generation of cellists. In addition to maintaining a private studio, Zsaz is on faculty at The Spence School.
Zsaz’s special interests have led her to compose music for meditations using both cello and ambient percussion – which comes from her passion for service and helping others achieve their full potential through the power of sound.
Claire Smith joined the Third Street faculty in 2002. She considers Third Street her 'home away from home.' She also is on the faculties of the Spence School and Bank Street School for Children. She performs on both modern and baroque violin. Early music performances include Trinity Baroque, Big Apple Baroque, Siren Baroque, Dorian Baroque, the Leonarda Ensemble and La Fiocco Baroque. Modern work includes Astoria Symphony, Sinfonia Celestis, Greenwich Symphony, Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, Di Capo Opera, Bronx Opera, Connecticut Grand Opera and on Broadway.
Claire's notable appearances include Saturday Night Live, The Late Show with David Letterman and The View with Sean "Puffy" Combs and Father John Misty, and she is also the violinist for Ritchie Blackmore’s band, Blackmore’s Night, with whom she has performed in Germany, Holland, Czech Republic, Poland, Russia, Ukraine, Scotland, Luxembourg, England and the US. Recordings include Shakira’s album, She Wolf and Blackmore’s Night’s Dancer and the Moon.
b. Baltimore, MD. A graduate of the Baltimore School of the Arts, the Oberlin Conservatory, and the Peabody Conservatory. Solo and chamber music with such notables as Isaac Stern, Jaime Laredo, Pamela Frank, and Paul Badura-Skoda. Participated in internationally televised (CBS) Kennedy Center Honors honoring Alexander Schneider. Presented with the Martell Cordon Bleu Award by actor/musician Dudley Moore. Currently tours nationally with The Ritz Chamber Players. Faculty, Peabody Conservatory Prep Program and Opus 118.