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UNIS Teaching Artists

  • Adele Mori

    Adele Mori is a cellist involved in a wide variety of projects throughout the New York City area. An enthusiastic collaborator, Adele has worked closely with a diverse range of composers and premiered numerous works composed for solo cello as well as ensemble. She has performed with various groups including American Ballet Theater, ensemble mise-en, American Symphony Orchestra, String Orchestra of Brooklyn, and various shows on Broadway. Adele holds an MM in cello performance from Mannes College at The New School, a BA from Bennington College, and received Suzuki pedagogical training at the School for Strings in NYC under the tutelage of Pam Devenport. She currently teaches cello at United Nations International School, Saint David's School, and Mark Murphy's School of Music.


  • Alexandra Jones

    Cellist, Alexandra Jones, is a chamber musician, orchestral player, and educator living in New York City. She holds degrees from New York University and SUNY Purchase; studying with Marion Feldman and Julia Lichten, respectively. Alexandra performs and records classical orchestral and chamber repertoire as well as contemporary art music, pop, jazz, and musical theater. Alexandra's teaching is influenced by her own experience, her teachers, the Suzuki Method, and basic principles of educational psychology. Her Suzuki training was at School for Strings, led by Pamela Devenport. Ms. Jones teaches privately, at the United Nations International School, and Brooklyn Conservatory of Music.

  • Allegra Levy

    Allegra Levy is the Co-Team Leader of the Music Department and the Private Lesson Coordinator at UNIS. She is thrilled to be in her fourth year in this global and vibrant community. She is dedicated to giving UNIS students a meaningful connection with music that they can take with them wherever they are in the world.
    Allegra is a professional jazz singer and composer with a Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Jazz Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music. She performs frequently in the New York City area and has three albums out on SteepleChase Records.
  • BRANDT FREDRIKSEN

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  • CADY CATHERINE FINLAYSON

    Cady Finlayson holds both a Bachelor's and a Master's Degree in Violin from the Mannes College of Music (now the New School) in New York City. She has also studied Irish fiddle at the Blas World Music Centre in Limerick Ireland. As a performer, she has performed at venues including Carnegie Hall, Town Hall, Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, and the McPherson Scottish Festival.
    She holds certifications in the Suzuki method and the Mark O'Connor Method. She attends workshops at American String Teacher Conventions and has been part of the Carnegie Hall Music Educator's year-long program for two years.
    In her 16 years teaching violin at UNIS, she has worked with students of all levels and interests. Her focus as a teacher is to help each student find their motivation to play well, to love music and to develop skills that will be with them forever.
    More information about Ms. Finlayson can be found on her website, celticfiddle.com
  • Sedric Choukroun

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  • CHARLIE SCHMID

    A multi-instrumentalist with a music performance and teaching degree from the Aaron Copland School of Music, Charlie Schmid is a music instructor with a non-traditional pedagogical style. With He previously served as the director of the CPSM pre-college program at Queens College and as director of percussion at Holy Cross High School. over 15 years experience designing intuitive curriculum and musical methodologies for students of all ages, Charlie teaches guitar, bass, drums, and piano with each individual' s needs in mind. Charlie has performed at Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music, as well as countless other venues around the world with pop, rock, avant garde and performance groups. (Bang on a Can, The Brooklyn Philharmonic, the Juilliard Orchestra, and members of the New York Philharmonic to name a few.) When he's not playing with one of his many bands, Charlie is the dedicated and enthusiastic director of percussion for the United Nations International School.
  • CHRISTA VAN ALSTINE

    New York-based clarinetist Christa Van Alstine is dedicated to performing new music and collaborating closely with composers. Recognized by the New York Times as “animated...careful and diligent,” Christa is the clarinetist with Ipse, bass clarinetist with Hotel Elefant, and performs frequently in NYC and abroad with several other contemporary ensembles including Mantra Percussion, Wet Ink, A Far Cry, Talea, ICE, Either/Or, Red Light New Music, Iktus Percussion, Ascolta, and Toca Loca. She has performed and premiered works at festivals including Next Wave (NYC), MATA (NYC), Ecstatic (NYC), Liederabend (NYC), Darmstadt (Germany), Impuls (Austria), soundXis (Canada), avantX (Canada), Moving Sounds (New York City), and the 12 Nights (Miami). Christa received an Artist's Diploma from the Glenn Gould School at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto and her master's degree from Stony Brook University in New York and is currently on faculty at the United Nations International School.
  • CHRISTINE MAC DONNELL

    CHRISTINE MACDONNELL: a graduate of Loyola University New Orleans, Christine received her Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School. She is a busy multi-instrumentalist in the New York area, performances include PaperMill Playhouse, Radio City Music Hall, Albany Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Hudson Valley Philharmonic, Northeast Philharmonic Orchestra, and others. National performances include the Walnut Theatre and The Philly Pops in Philadelphia, John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, Georgia State University, and Atlanta's Fox Theatre. Christine has performed and lectured locally and performed abroad as principal clarinet in the Orquestra Sinfonica Brasileira in Brazil and the Nova Philharmonia Portuguesa in Portugal. Just recently she was a featured clarinet artist in the V Festival International de Sopros in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She has served two US Presidents in the "President's Own" Marine Band. Christine has toured nationally with productions such as Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, and Falsettos. A popular freelance musician in NYC, and Broadway regular on shows such as Aladdin, Anastasia, Phantom of the Opera, and The Lion King , she also plays with numerous chamber ensembles, accompanying artists such as Bernadette Peters, Florence Henderson, Aretha Franklin, and Frank Sinatra, Jr. Currently she serves as a woodwind instructor at the United Nations International School, as well conducting master classes at various universities within the United States. She has been interviewed and featured on WPFW, Jazz and Justice Radio in Washington, DC, and on Clarinet Corner, Troy University Public Radio. Her two classical CDs, "Enchanted Saint Saens" and "Clarinet Rhapsody" have been hailed as "beautifully played and well-deserved of its title". Her latest recording, "Chris' Journey, A Whimsical Collage of Music", is a piece specifically written for her. It is very unique in that one artist, Christine MacDonnell, is performing all 11 woodwinds depicting various styles. All three recordings are available online at cdbaby.com or at her website www.winds4you.com.

    Christine is also a Yamaha and DAddario performing artist.

  • DANIEL STROUP

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  • DANIEL URNESS

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  • ESTHER NOH

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  • Gary Capetandes

    Gary Capetandes attended the Manhattan School of Music and is a graduate of the Juilliard School. His teachers in trombone performance were with Edward Herman Jr., former Principal Trombone - NY Philharmonic, Vincent Penzarella, former 2nd trumpet - NY Philharmonic, Stephen Norrell, Bass Trombone - Metropolitan Opera, among others, including Carmine Caruso and John Swallow.

    In the classical field, he has performed with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Little Orchestra Society, American Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke's, NY Choral Society, Mostly Mozart, Center for Contemporary Opera, New Jersey Festival Orchestra, North Eastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, Stamford Symphony, among others.

    In addition, he has performed in the orchestras of many Broadway shows, including The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, Showboat, Fiddler on the Roof, The King and I, Titanic, The Music Man, The Sound of Music, among others.

    Also, he has performed in the orchestras for artists such as Luciano Pavarotti, Andrea Bocelli, Julie Andrews, Henry Mancini, Johnny Mathis, Burt Bacharach, Dionne Warwick, Sammy Davis, Jr., Natalie Cole among many others.
    He has also recorded for movies and television, including the Disney animation, "The Hunchback of Notre Dame."

    In addition to teaching at the United Nation International School, Gary has taught brass methods at Adelphi University, Hunter College, Montclair State University and trombone and brass chamber music at William Paterson University in Wayne, NJ.

  • JACOB ELKIN

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  • Jeffrey Kraus

    Jeffrey Kraus has been an active percussionist and drummer since his teenage years. He has performed for and worked with such diverse artists as Lucas Foss, John Cage, Milton Babbitt, Tony Bennett, Max Roach and Aretha Franklin, Jeff worked with Frank Zappa in a tribute to Egard Varese, performing and assembling the percussionists for a performance of " Ionization " and other works. Perhaps his most rewarding experience was a twenty year relationship with Dave Brubeck as timpanist, drummer- percussionist and contractor. Mr. Kraus is on the faculty of Manhattan School of Music Pre-College and United Nations International School. Recording credits include an award winning recording of Virgil Thompson's " Four Saints in Three Acts" and numerous premiers on Columbia, Phillips and Opus One. Jeff has a Masters from Manhattan School of Music and has studied with Jim Preiss, Paul Price, Fred Hinger, David Friedman, Charles Perry, Frank Malabe and Glen Velez.
  • JENNIFER AHN

    Canadian born violinist Jennifer Ahn leads an active career teaching and performing in the New York City area. She received a Masters of Music and the prestigious Artist Diploma as a full scholarship student at Yale University. An avid orchestral musician, , She has served as concertmaster with the New England Chamber Orchestra, Colorado Summer Music Festival, New York Asian Symphony, Pacific Music Festival in Japan as well as holding the concertmaster position with the Orchestra at Shelter Rock since 2011. She is a former member of the Chicago Civic Orchestra, New Haven Symphony Orchestra and an alumnus of Spoleto, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival in Germany, Cassalmaggiore in Italy and Scotiafest in Canada. Jennifer has been featured soloist three times with the Chelsea Symphony, which she has played in since 2008. In addition to playing in prestigious concert halls in Europe and Asia, Jennifer performs regularly at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center.

    Jennifer has recorded on the NAXOS and SONY Classical labels with various orchestras. Notable collaborations include instrumental work with Guy Berryman from Coldplay as well as performances with M83, The Roots, Frank Ocean and Nick Jonas.

    Jennifer received her Suzuki teacher training at the School for Strings and is a certified and registered teacher in both the Suzuki and O’Connor Methods. She teaches mostly classical but likes to mix it up with some fiddling, improv and pop music.


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  • JESSIE SNOKE

    Jessie Snoke, violinist, is a performer and teacher based in New York City. She holds a M.M. in Violin Performance from the Hartt School of the University of Hartford where she studied with Katie Lansdale and completed her long-term Suzuki Pedagogy training with Teri Einfeldt. She received her B.M. in Violin Performance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts as a student of Kevin Lawrence. Jessie is a registered teacher with the Suzuki Association of the Americas and has her teacher certification in Suzuki Books 1-8. Jessie is currently on the faculty of the United Nations International School, Brooklyn Conservatory, and the Lucy Moses School.

    ​As an active performer, Jessie participated in the Aspen Music Festival and the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival as well as chamber music masterclasses with members of the Emerson, Juilliard and JACK String Quartets. She served as concertmaster of the UNCSA Symphony and the Hartt orchestra, and has appeared regularly with the Handel Festival Orchestra, Litha Symphony, New Britain Symphony, and Nutmeg Symphony Orchestra. As a winner of the Winston-Salem Symphony competition, Jessie performed Vivaldi Concerto for Four Violins with renowned soloist Midori.
  • JOACHIM WOITUN

    Joachim Woitun studied cello at the Richard Strauss Konservatorium and the Hochschule fuer Musik in Munich, Germany. He moved to the United States in 1987 on the invitation of Michael Flaksman at California State University in Fresno. Mr. Woitun earned an MA degree from Queens College, The City University of New York while studying cello with Stephen Kates and Barbara Mallow-Stein; baroque performance practice with Ray Erickson and Fred Hauptman; chamber music with Daniel Phillips; contemporary music and Bach arias with Ronald Roseman. He also has been featured in masterclasses taught by William Pleeth, Leslie Parnas and Sharon Robinson.


    Mr. Woitun's performance credits include solos with the Orchester Kurt Graunke in Munich and the Spokane Symphony Orchestra in Washington State. He has premiered works by Ronald Roseman, Jennifer Griffith and Carmen Braden. He can be heard as a recitalist in New York City and in Maine, where he has performed at Bay Chamber Concerts in Machias, at Summerkeys in Lubec, Fog Fest on Campobello Island and St. John's Catholic Church in Bangor.


    Mr. Woitun teaches music classes at Saint Ann's School in Brooklyn and private lessons at The United Nations International School in Manhattan. In addition to maintaining an active private studio, he has been on the faculty of Summerkeys in Lubec, Maine since 2006.
  • JOHN LAMBERT

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  • Laura Thompson

    Laura Thompson (violin, viola, traditional Irish fiddle) is a musical omnivore hailing from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She holds a Masters of Music in violin performance from the Royal College of Music in London, UK, where she studied with Berent Korfker and was a member of contemporary music group ExplorEnsemble. She also received a Bachelor of Music in violin performance from Northwestern University, where she studied with Gerardo Ribeiro and performed with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. She represented Britain as a solo fiddler at the 2011 All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil, the world championships of Irish music. In recent years, she has performed as a violinist with the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra, the Florentine Opera (Milwaukee), Ensemble Dal Niente (Chicago), Ensemble Evolution at the Banff Centre (Alberta, Canada), and the Next Festival for Emerging Artists (NYC). As a violist, she is a substitute with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, performed at the International Ensemble Modern Academy in Schwaz, Austria, and performed at the Tribeca Festival with the NYC-based Rhythm Method String Quartet. Passionate about teaching students from all backgrounds, Laura led the violin program for three years at Tamarack Waldorf School (Milwaukee), maintained a private studio of students ranging from ages 4-75 in Milwaukee, and taught in two different El Sistema-based free music programs in Chicago and Milwaukee. She has also taught Norwegian hardanger fiddle at the Hardanger Fiddle Association of America's annual workshop, and several Irish fiddle workshops at Lawrence University. While living in London, she worked on a project to help older adults with dementia create a song cycle as part of the English Touring Opera's Turtle Song initiative.
  • LIAM VEUVE

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  • LILY HOLGATE


    Lily Holgate is a freelance violinist, teacher and chamber musician living in New York City. She is the first violinist of the Puck and Esme String Quartets, and performs regularly with ensembles throughout the northeast such as the NOVUS NY Orchestra at Trinity-Wall Street, the Chamber Music Society of North Jersey, and with Capital City Concerts in Montpelier, VT.

    Passionate about bringing chamber music to audiences beyond the concert hall, Lily has performed in hospitals, schools and community centers as part of fellowship string quartet programs at Stanford University and the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music. She attended the Robert Mann String Quartet Institute at Manhattan School of Music, and performed as part of the 2016 St. Lawrence String Quartet Seminar’s International Showcase at Bing Concert Hall.

  • MALENA DAYEN

    Malena Dayen teaches singing at UNIS since 2012.

    Since 2015 she is a collaborative artist for the Lullaby Project at the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall. Malena is also a member of the voice faculty of the Bard College Conservatory Preparatory Division and the New York Lyric Opera Theatre Summer Programs.

    As a classical singer Malena was praised by the New York Times as “Outstanding” for her March 2013 performance at Carnegie Hall in Moravec's The Blizzard Voices with the Oratorio Society of New York. Her operatic roles include Carmen, Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro) and Dorabella (Cosi fan tutte) and she has performed at the Teatro Municipal de Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, the Natchez Opera Festival, Festival d’Art Vocal de Montreal among others.

    Born and raised in Argentina, Ms. Dayen is a Spanish music and tango specialist, performing this repertoire in venues such as Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Queen Sofia Spanish Institute and the Centro Cultural Kirchner in Buenos Aires. In March 2015 she sang the title role in Piazzolla’s Maria de Buenos Aires with Opera Naples in Florida. Malena is the lead singer with New Aires Tango, an ensemble that performs contemporary arrangements of tangos and boleros since 2010.

    Malena has concertized extensively with the Oratorio Society of New York, with whom she has toured Hungary, Italy, Uruguay and Brazil. Other international appearances include concerts with the Teatro Colón Orchestra, the Israeli Chamber Orchestra, and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Puerto Rico. Frequently sought after by composers Ms. Dayen recently was a featured soloist for the New York premiere of The Blizzard Voices (Paul Moravec) and Requiem (Bradley Ellingboe), both at the Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall. She created the role of the Nurse in the world premiere of Phaedra ed Hippolytus (Chris Park) at the Palacio das Artes in Belo Horizonte, Brazil and premiered Robert Cuckson's Der Gayst funem Shturem, a song cycle for Mezzo soprano and chamber orchestra based on poems in Yiddish by Binem Heller. Malena is a member of Moving Star, a vocal improvisation collective based in Carnegie Hall and is a graduate of the Mannes College of Music in New York City.

  • Marina Kifferstein

    NYC native Marina Kifferstein enjoys an active career as a violinist, composer, and educator. She has performed extensively across North America and internationally in the world's finest concert halls, including Carnegie Hall (NYC), Walt Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles), the Kölner Philharmonie (Cologne, Germany), La Salle Pleyel (Paris, France), the Kultur- und Kongresszentrum Luzern (Lucerne, Switzerland), Harpa Concert Hall (Reykjavik, Iceland), the Beijing Concert Hall (China), the Esplanade (Singapore), and many others.
    Marina holds an M.M. in violin contemporary performance from the Manhattan School of Music, a B.M. in violin performance from Oberlin Conservatory, and a B.A. in English from Oberlin College. She is currently a D.M.A. candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center. She has over a decade of teaching experience with students of all ages and levels.
  • MARTHA C SIEGEL

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  • MICHAEL FAHIE

    Mike Fahie is a jazz trombonist, composer and educator living in Brooklyn. His current projects include a collaboration with legendary trumpet player John McNeil (represented on the Destiny Records release, Plainsong), the Mike Fahie Jazz Orchestra, and the Mike Fahie Quintet (heard on Mike’s debut album, Anima, released on the Brooklyn Jazz Underground label).

    ​He is also an in-demand sideman in New York City, playing with many highly recognized groups. He is the lead trombonist of Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, a three-time Grammy nominated ensemble. He is the principal trombonist of the Gramercy Brass Orchestra of New York, and a member of the Gramercy Brass Quintet. He is also a regular member of the Pedro Giraudo Jazz Orchestra and the Dan Pugach Nonet. He also is a first-call sub with the Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra and the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra.

    As a commercial musician, Mike has played several Broadway shows including the Lion King, Porgy and Bess, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Ragtime, In The Heights, and Elf. He has appeared on a number of recordings and movies, and performs with various rock & pop bands.

    He is an also a dedicated educator, and has recently been hired as the jazz trombone instructor at the prestigious New England Conservatory in Boston. Mike has extensive teaching experience, and has been on the faculty of the United Nations International School for over 15 years. He has also worked across the US as a trombone and composition clinician.

    Mike was a finalist for the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Trombone Competition, and was the first ever Canadian Fulbright Scholar in jazz.


  • MIKHAIL KOFMAN

    Born in New York City to a family of Russian musicians, Mikhail Kofman started his piano studies at the age of four and began teaching at the age of 15, assisting his mother, Yelena Kofman, a noted pianist and teacher.
    His wide range of musical experiences also came from his engagement at the Metropolitan Opera House as a boy soprano in principal roles such as the First Boy in The Magic Flute, and the Shepard boy in Tosca, and many others. He appeared with his father, renowned classical guitarist and teacher Yasha Kofman, in many concerts at the United Nations, and other venues in NYC.
    Mr. Kofman holds a B.M and M.A in piano performance from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, where he studied with Prof. Morey Ritt and was the winner of the 2008 Concerto Competition, along with numerous special achievement awards, including the Getty Foundation Award.
    Mr. Kofman is a member of the Piano Faculty at the United Nations International School (UNIS), the Piano Faculty at the Lawrence Eisman School of Preparatory Studies at Queens College, and is a Steinway Educational Partner. He remains a multifaceted and unique artist, in demand for both his solo performance and collaborative skills.


  • Nicholas Vayenas

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  • PAT BIANCULLI

    Pat received his M. Mus. degree from Stony Brook University in 1981, studying with Jerry Willard. He made his New York solo debut at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in 1983. Tim Page, of the New York Times, describing Mr. Bianculli's performance of J.S. Bach, said, "...a sensitive musician...he juxtaposed workmanlike playing with passages of real inspiration". And of his Nocturnal by Benjamin Britten ..."{Mr. Bianculli} was true to the works improvisatory quality, calling up some ominous, shimmering overtones from the instrument".

    Pat has been on the faculties of Long Island University, and the Rocky Ridge Music Center in Colorado. He was co-founder of the music festival, “Songe d'été en musique Music School and Festival in Courcelles, Quebec in 2006, and has performed extensively throughout the US, Canada Europe and the Caribbean.

    In 1999, he released his first CD with guitarist Harris Becker entitled "Catgut Flambo". Pat, with his wife, Kathleen McDonald, released “Hill of Slane-Psalms, Sonatas & Sojourns”, a collection of music for flute and guitar. Dr. Ray Tuttle, reviewer for classical.net, writes: “They are dedicated, polished musicians, with a will to communicate, not just with their listeners, but with each other. In its own modest way, this is a "feel good" CD – perfect at the end of a trying day”. Cherry Lane Music (part of Hal Leonard) has published two of his educational books; "Learn Folk Guitar with the Music of John Denver", (October 2005) and "101 Tips and Tricks for the Acoustic Guitar", (2004).

    He was admitted to the College of Examiners of the Royal Conservatory Certificate Program as a Practical Examiner in Guitar in Nov. 2015 and is currently teaching guitar and IB Music at UNIS.


  • PATRICK CORNELIUS

    After 17 years in New York City, alto saxophonist and composer Patrick Cornelius has cultivated a substantial body of work as a composer and bandleader, and performed his original music in some of the world’s top jazz venues. Hailed as “self-assured” and “resourceful” by The New York Times, “Elegant” and “Extraordinary” by DownBeat Magazine (in whose annual Critics Poll he was listed among the “Rising Stars” for the past 4 years), and “Bold and Gifted,” by All About Jazz, Cornelius has released 7 albums featuring established masters (like Jeff Ballard and Frank Kimbrough) and rising stars (including Gerald Clayton, Kendrick Scott, and Miles Okazaki). As a composer, he has earned an array of awards and commissions, including 4 consecutive ASCAP “Young Composer Awards,” and Chamber Music America’s “New Jazz Works” in 2012, and has been commissioned to compose and arrange original music for ensembles across the globe. Cornelius’ latest album, “While We’re Still Young,” draws inspiration from the children’s poetry of A. A. Milne. The music was debuted live on NPR’s “The Checkout Live with Josh Jackson,” and later featured on “JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater.”

    An active music pedagogue, Patrick (who received a Bachelor’s Degree from Berklee College of Music, a Masters Degree from The Manhattan School of Music, and an Artist Diploma from The Juilliard School), has appeared as visiting artist or guest lecturer at many international institutions, including The Royal Academy, the Birmingham Conservatoire, Guildhall, Hull University, Trinity College, and Edinburgh University in the United Kingdom, St. Mary’s University and UTSA in Texas, The Centro Culturale and San Jose University in Costa Rica, The University of North Carolina, The Juilliard School, and Snow College in Utah. He is currently professor of jazz saxophone at Snow College in Ephraim, Utah, and a music faculty member at The United Nations International School in New York City.

    For more information, please see www.patrickcornelius.com


  • PETER LEWY

    Peter Lewy has been on the faculty at UNIS for more then 20 years. His credits include serving as principal cellist and concerto soloist with several NYC metropolitan area orchestras including the Brooklyn Chamber Orchestra, the Westchester Philharmonic, the Bronx Symphony, the Greenwich Village Orchestra, the Bergen Symphony and the Regina Opera Orchestra. In addition he has made numerous recital and chamber music appearances in all the major venues in NYC including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. Recent performances include two performances of the Elgar Cello Concerto with orchestra. Peter released his solo debut on Classical Jazz Records. The CD titled "Now and Then" features 7 of his own works for solo cello, ranging from meditative to thrilling and virtuostic, as well as the full Bach suite #1 in G Major for unaccompanied cello. It is available along with his other recordings at CDbaby and Amazon.com. His music is also available on i-tunes. In 2006 his highly personal interpretations of the Bach Suites for Unaccompanied Cello were praised by pianist Maurizio Pollini. His music has been heard on radio stations around the world. In addition to his classical work, Peter has worked on stage and in the recording studio with hundreds of recording artists, from folkies like The Roches and David Massengill to rockers like Nada Surf, Neon Leon and Mark Johnson to name two extremes. He also collaborated extensively with Jazz legends Jaco Pastorius and Bucky Pizzarelli. He has performed for thousands from Linoln Center to the Clearwater festival to such diverse clubs as The Bottom Line, The Blue Note and CBGB's. Peter was head of the string department at Camp Encore/Coda in Sweden, Maine for 9 years and founded the cello workshop at SummerKeys in Lubec Maine where he still teaches. He is now co-director of the Maplewood Chamber Music Workshop. An avid and dedicated teacher he maintains a large teaching studio of students of all ages and levels.



  • RANDAL INGRAM


    Pianist and composer Randy Ingram has been hailed as “gifted” (Jazz Times), “astute, self-possessed” (The New York Times) “a formidable composer” (The San Francisco Chronicle), and possesses “a stylish, intimate and very delicate touch” (All About Jazz Italia). Born in Anchorage, Alaska, Ingram grew up in Southern California and received his Masters degree at the New England Conservatory of Music before moving to NYC. He has studied with pianists Fred Hersch, Danilo Perez and Alan Pasqua, as well as legendary composers George Russell and Bob Brookmeyer. Ingram has performed and recorded with leading musicians including John Patitucci, Ari Hoenig, Benny Maupin, Tierney Sutton, Marcus Gilmore, Joe LaBarbera, Kendrick Scott, Lage Lund, Duncan Sheik and the late Billy Higgins. In the top-grossing Swedish Film “Waltz for Monica”, a biography of the jazz singer Monica Zetterlund, Ingram portrayed one of his heroes, the pianist BIll Evans.


    Ingram’s newest album for Sunnyside Records, “The Wandering”, is an intimate collection of duets with the great bassist Drew Gress, and has received a tremendous critical reception. “Quietly intellectual, pianist Randy Ingram, spins delicate gossamer gold with bassist Drew Gress”, says All About Jazz. The Observer calls “The Wandering” “as calming and carefully crafted a conversation you’re likely to hear between a grand piano and stand-up bass anytime soon.” Ingram tours worldwide and headlined the Jazz A Domergue Festival in Cannes, France. In the fall of 2016 he was honored with a composition fellowship at New Hampshire’s prestigious MacDowell Colony. A committed educator, Ingram is the jazz piano instructor at the United Nations International School and has given masterclasses at conservatories and universities in the US, Europe, and Japan.

  • RICHARD GOLDSMITH

    Richard Goldsmith, clarinetist, has premiered and recorded the music of many contemporary composers spanning a wide range of style and technique. His recordings of solo and chamber works may be heard on the CRI, Opus 1, Grenadilla, Classic Masters, North-South, and Albany labels His most recent solo album is Clarinet Fantasy, a collection of works from North and South America for North South Recordings. In the performance of contemporary works, Mr. Goldsmith has been acclaimed for his "technical mastery, breathtaking playing and virtuosic flair" (N.Y. Times).

    He is clarinetist and an artistic director of the Carnegie Chamber Players and Thurnauer Chamber Music Society, ensembles that maintain residencies at the JCC/Thurnauer School of Music. An active performer on the New York scene, he has performed with Brooklyn Philharmonic, Queens Symphony, Long Island Philharmonic, Greenwich Symphony, Philharmonia Virtuosi, North-South Consonance, Erich Hawkins Dance Theatre Orchestra, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Paragon Ragtime Orchestra, Sylvan Winds, Virtuosi Quintet, and New York Philomusica, among others. He has performed with Broadway and Off-Broadway Shows, on commercial recordings, and in all New York’s major concert halls. He has also toured throughout the United States, Mexico, and Canada as a soloist and chamber musician and has appeared at the Waterville Valley Festival of the Arts, Vermont Mozart Festival, Arcady Music Festival and Waterloo Festival. He has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and Chamber Music America for chamber music residencies and composer commissions.

    In addition to his faculty position at the United Nations International School, he has served on the faculties of New York University, the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, Hunter College Elementary School, the Third Street Music School, and JCC/Thurnauer School of Music, as well as maintaining a private studio. Mr. Goldsmith received a Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music and a Bachelor of Music degree from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. His major teachers were Joseph Rabbai, Charles Russo, and David Glazer.

  • RICHARD D SMITH

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  • SUE PANNY

    Sue Panny has had a distinguished career as a French horn player and teacher. An enthusiastic teacher, Sue enjoys sharing her love and knowledge of the Horn with her students and helping them to achieve their fullest potential. She has taught at the Manhattan School of Music Pre-college division, was the Brass coach at Newark Arts High School and in the summer enjoys teaching at Gramercy Brass Band Camp. She was recently named as a Teaching Artist for the New York Pops Education Program and began teaching Horn at UNIS in the Fall of 2017. She maintains an active teaching studio at her home in New Jersey.
    She begins her 15th season with the New Jersey Symphony and continues performances with the New York Pops, Little Orchestra Society and the New Jersey Festival Orchestra. She previously performed with the New York City Ballet Orchestra, the Mostly Mozart Festival, the Brooklyn Philharmonic and has appeared in dozens of Broadway musicals. Internationally she performed with the Filarmonica de Caracas, the Spoleto Festival in Italy and as soloist with the Bermuda Philharmonic.
  • SUZANNE GILCHREST

    Flutist, Suzanne Gilchrest has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States, Germany, Austria, Italy and Switzerland. She has been noted for her “highly artistic standards” (Vorarlberger Nachrichten, Bregenz, Austria), her “beautiful sound” (Anzeiger der Stadt Kloten, Switzerland) and her “polished and brilliant playing” (Dolomiten Zeitung, Bolzano, Italy). She is a member of the award winning flute, viola and cello trio, Eight Strings & a Whistle. Last season, the Trio performed and gave workshops at the Festival de la Habana, a festival for contemporary music held annually in Havana, Cuba. This coming season includes performances in California and New York. Eight Strings & a Whistle released its debut recording, Albert's Window on Ravello Records in November, 2015. Since then, Ravello Records has released two additional recordings featuring the Trio: 96 Strings and 2 Whistles, a recording of the music of Scott Brickman, and Chamber Symphonies 2, 3 & 4, a recording of the music of Douglas Anderson. Ms. Gilchrest is also a member of the Browning-Gilchrest Duo. The Duo is a winner of the Artists International Chamber Music Award and its recordings, Serenade for flute and guitar, and Duo Chant (Prospect Classics label) have received wide critical acclaim. Live radio performances include several appearances on “Around New York” on WNYC-FM, “Morning Pro Musica” on WGBH-FM in Boston, and “Live at 11” on Maine Public Radio. In addition to being a Teaching Artist at UNIS, Ms. Gilchrest is also on the flute and chamber music faculty of the Department of Music and Performing Arts at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development at New York University. and SummerKeys, in Lubec, Maine.

  • THOMAS G COOTE

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  • TIMOTHY NORTON

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  • WINSLOW BROWNING

    Guitarist Winslow Browning has performed to critical acclaim from New York to Berlin and Lubec, ME to Key West, FL. He has appeared as a recitalist, chamber musician and soloist with orchestra in the United States, Canada, Austria, Germany, Italy and Switzerland. In New York, Mr. Browning's appearances have included concerts at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, Lincoln Center's Walter Reade Theater and Alice Tully Hall, Symphony Space, Florence Gould Hall and the Brooklyn Playhouse. His radio and television appearances have included Morning pro musica on WGBH-FM in Boston, Live at 11 on Maine Public Broadcasting, and he has been a frequent guest on Around New York on WNYC-FM. In 1996 Mr. Browning won the Artists International Award and has been featured at a number of music festivals around the world including: FogFest (Canada), the Long Island Guitar Festival (US), Kühlungsborn Guitar Festival (Germany), Schloss Prössels Music Festival (Italy), and Winterfest Guitar Festival (US).

    A member of the UNIS faculty since 2002, Mr. Browning’s teaching philosophy is based on an “Anyone Can” attitude. He is known for his step by step method – an approach in which there are no short cuts but direct paths to go from 0 – 10. His students have included beginner to advanced levels and range from those with a casual interest in guitar to competition winners. Mr. Browning has previously taught at the University of Miami, Hunter College – CUNY, Central Piedmont Community College, the Stecher-Horowitz Music School, the Brooklyn Music School and the Turtle Bay Music School. Since 1999 he has coached chamber ensembles and led workshops for adult amateur guitarists at Summerkeys in Lubec, ME.

    Since 1985 Mr. Browning and flutist Suzanne Gilchrest have performed together to critical acclaim in the United States and in Europe. The Browning-Gilchrest Duo can be heard on their CD recordings Serenade for Flute and Guitar and Duo Chant, available on the Prospect Classics label, and in the film score for The Holocaust Project; From Darkness to Light .

    Mr. Browning is Founder and Artistic Director of Guitar Among Others, Inc.; a not-for-profit corporation; started in 1989 to promote music for guitar with other instruments. Initially begun as a concert series in Manhattan, the organization's activities have grown to include its annual series; concert tours in Germany; and Arts-in-Education programs in Maine, New York, Delaware, Virginia, North and South Carolina, Tennessee, and Kentucky. Attracting and developing new audiences for the guitar and for chamber music are at the forefront of the Guitar Among Others mission.

  • YULIYA BASIS

    Yuliya Basis, a New York-based pianist and educator, has been teaching private piano at the United Nations International School since 2008, and at the British International School, since 2010. Born in Orel, Russia, to a family of professional musicians, Ms Basis went to Moscow at the age of 15 to study music and earned her Master's Degree at Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory where her mentors were Victor Merzhanov (piano performance) and Tatiana Gaidamovich (chamber ensemble).

    Ms Basis taught piano in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, in 2002-2003, worked for American Language Center in Moscow in 2005-2006, and served on the faculty of The Piano School of NYC from 2006 to 2010. Besides teaching, she also loves collaborative piano: she has worked as an accompanist at Kaufman Music Center for over 15 years and appeared in recitals at numerous New York City venues, as well as abroad. An avid chamber musician, she is featured on two CDs with her husband, violinist and composer Andrii Didorenko. They also play progressive rock in the Lost World Band.

    During her free time, Yuliya loves to travel, read, cook, and explore the city where some of her favorite places to be are the Metropolitan Museum, the Metropolitan Opera, New York Botanical Garden, and Fire Island.


  • ZHI JIANG

    Violin Teacher at United Nation International School.
    Master of Music, Syracuse University, New York.
    Bachelor of Music, Sichuan Conservatory of Music, P.R.C. China.
    lives in New York, New York
    From Great Neck, New York
  • Kristin Eley

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  • Amy Travis

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  • Emily Reineke

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  • Julian Shore

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