Our Instructors

Our faculty of over 20 members are highly accomplished musicians who perform professionally. Many have studied at major conservatories, such as Juilliard, Manhattan School of Music, Eastman, Berklee, and Indiana University earning degrees in music performance and education. Our teachers have solid experience in helping students make good progress through individual programs that build on the personal needs and interests of each student.

Learn more about them, below.

  Wonsun Bae


Dr. Wonsun Clara Bae is a soloist and collaborative pianist with an extensive career performing in solo concerts and collaborating with singers, instrumentalists, orchestras, ensembles, and dance performers. She coaches vocal, opera, Broadway musical theater, and instrumental students, and she plays for masterclasses, competitions, and juries in colleges, conservatories and music festivals. Additionally, Dr. Bae’s tri-lingual proficiency includes English, German and Korean. Her teaching background includes both private and secondary piano, chamber music, music history and theory, sight-singing, ear training, chorus, musical, and general musicianship studies. She demonstrates strong personal charisma and is able to quickly develop a rapport with students and help them advance their technical abilities, musicality, and the nuances of working in a collaborative environment. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Rutgers University.


  Ben Basile

Double Bass, Bass Guitar, Jazz Theory / Improvisation

Ben Basile is an electric/double bassist, educator, and composer from New York's Hudson Valley. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Jazz Studies from SUNY New Paltz as well as a music performance certificate from DCC. Basile has performed in over 30 countries across 6 contents, averaging 150 performances a year. Basile is also a founding member of “The Poughkeepsie Jazz Project” a group which has hosted a weekly jazz jam session for over nine years running. www.benbasile.com


  Lynnette Benner

Flute, Oboe

Lynnette Benner began playing flute at the ripe old age of eleven. An avid horse lover, she earned an A.A.S. Equine Science and worked in that field for eleven years while continuing to play and perform. Returning to college, she earned a B.S. Music Performance, Flute, from SUNY New Paltz. She studied with Marcia Gates, Lynn Cunningham, Sarah Trautman, and Gary Schocker.

Lynnette teaches Flute, Oboe, Chamber Music, and Kindermusik. She also can be heard on movie soundtracks and CDs. Lynnette lives in Millerton, NY with her husband, stepson, four cats, two horses, and two dogs (all rescues!).


  Rusty Boris

Bass Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Banjo, Drums

Best known for his signature bass solos in a variety of styles, from jazz to bluegrass, Rusty is in demand as a performer, teacher, songwriter and session player in the Hudson Valley. Education includes: Studies at Berklee College of Music and a B.A. from the Evergreen State College.


  Peter Cody

Piano, Composition

Peter did his undergraduate work at SUNY New Paltz, where he earned his B.A. in Theory/Composition. He received a Masters in Composition from SUNY Binghamton in 2014. His studies have included piano, composition, and electronic music. Between 1992 and 1996 Peter was the composer-in-residence for the Bucks County Center for the Performing Arts, writing music for public programs as well as scenes for the resident actors. He also gave lessons in piano, composition and theory to the Center’s dancers and actors, as well as members of the community, and directed a composers’ forum for local and visiting composers. Peter has been teaching privately and in group settings for over thirty years in the Philadelphia and Hudson Valley areas. His teachers have included David Anker, George Sementovsky, and Marjorie Haimbach, piano, Daniel Davis and Clifford Taylor, composition, and Maurice Wright, electronic music. In 2012-2013 he was house pianist at the Uptown Art Gallery in Kingston, NY where he supplied the music for their monthly dinner galas as well as hosting a monthly salon for local performers. His compositions include songs, traditional works of piano and chamber music, as well as music for Sundanese gamelan.


  Alex DiCicco


Alex DiCicco is a music educator, keyboard player, and composer. A transplant from New England, Alex has spent the last decade performing and teaching with a particular emphasis on music technology, keyboard harmony, music theory, and music creation. As a composer, he wrote music for a five-part documentary series about the history of southern New Hampshire ("Reflections: An Oral History of the Monadnock Region"). An award-winning musical director (2011 TANYS, "RENT"), Alex also wrote the music and book for "EXTRA: An Original Musical." Alex holds degrees in Music and Music Education from Franklin Pierce University and Boston University. In addition to performing, he enjoys long-distance running and science fiction novels.


  Morgan Decker

Flute, Trombone, Trumpet, Horn, Tuba and Saxophone

Morgan Decker is an avid music educator and performer based in the Hudson Valley. She received her Bachelor of Music degrees in Music Education and Trombone Performance with a minor in Theatre Studies and a concentration in Special Music Education from the renowned Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, and her Master of Music degree in Instrumental Music Education from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. She has studied trombone with Mark Hartman, Paul Bellino, Garth Simmons, Charles Hopkins, and Brittany Lasch. 

In addition to her teaching responsibilities at DCC, Ms. Decker is a full-time music teacher with the Newburgh Enlarged City School District. Previously, she taught band in Elmira, New York and Toledo, Ohio. She has experience teaching at the elementary, secondary and college level. Ms. Decker is an active member of the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA), most recently serving as an assistant zone representative and brass adjudicator. She also serves as the liaison for community ensembles for the Orange County Music Educators Association (OCMEA). As a performer, Ms. Decker is an in-demand trombonist, playing in various professional and community ensembles across the Hudson Valley and NY Metro-Area. 


  Jeanne Fox


Jeanne Fox (cello) teaches all ages from 5 and up, including college-level performers and adult beginners. Her teaching style emphasizes classical technique with sound physical function in order to create optimal sound and prevent injury. While certified as a Suzuki teacher she does teach music reading as soon as possible so that young players can join in orchestra right away. Many of her previous students have gone on to study at major conservatories. She previously taught at New York University, Third Street Music School Settlement and United Nations International School.  

Jeanne is an in-demand performer throughout the mid-Hudson region - besides playing in the Hudson Valley Philharmonic section, she has been invited to perform as principal cellist for the Hudson Opera Theater, Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra and Woodstock Symphony Orchestras. An avid Chamber Music performer, Jeanne founded and performs with the Hudson Valley String Quartet. Jeanne is a master's graduate of The Juilliard School and received her bachelor from Manhattan School of Music, she also received certificates in Arts Administration from New York University and Suzuki Teaching from School for Strings. Jeanne is a film music consultant by day, working on productions for various cable networks and PBS.


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Piano, Trumpet

Joseph Gusmano is a composer and educator from the Hudson Valley. He received his BA from Vassar College in Music and Philosophy. He went on to complete an MM in Concert Composition and Theory at New York University, where he also taught an undergraduate composition course. Gusmano was an adjunct professor of music theory at DCC this past year and he will be moving to London this fall in order to pursue a Ph.D. in Practice-Based Research of microtonal composition.

In addition to composing a variety of orchestral, chamber, and solo works for the concert stage, Gusmano has experience composing and performing for film, folk, rock, and big band groups. He has spent fifteen years studying the trumpet, ten years playing the guitar, and the last six years studying piano, including a year of self-guided study at the clavichord. Gusmano also worked as a substitute teacher in K-12 classrooms for five years at the Valley Central School District.


  Adrienne Harmon


Originally from New England, Adrienne received her pedagogical foundation at the New England Conservatory and Walnut Hill School for the Arts. She received multiple degrees in music performance from The Cleveland Institute of Music and DePaul University School of Music, and trained in the Chicago Civic Orchestra program as a principal musician. While most recently pursuing her Artist Diploma, Adrienne also received pedagogy training in the Suzuki method from Kimberly Meier-Sims at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Ms. Harmon’s musical career spans over ten years and many states including Illinois, Kentucky, New York and Tennessee. In Tennessee, she served as a second violin in The Nashville Symphony for multiple seasons. Adrienne has also performed with notable ensembles such as The Cleveland Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and most recently has become a member of The Sullivan County Chamber Orchestra. Ms. Harmon performs regularly with The Hudson Valley Philharmonic and The Chappaqua Orchestra. She teaches violin at the Nesin Cultural Arts in the Aspiring Young Musicians program in Monticello, New York, the Music Conservatory of Westchester in White Plains, NY and the Academy of Music at Dutchess Community College in Poughkeepsie, NY. 


  Amanda Heaton

Violin, Viola

Amanda Heaton has been playing the violin since the fourth grade. She grew up in Poughkeepsie and attended school in the Arlington School District, where she found her love of music. She started taking private lessons in sixth grade from master violinist/violist Charlotte Dinwiddie and continued throughout her college years. Amanda graduated in 2017 with honors from The Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam with a bachelor’s degree in Music Education and graduated with distinction in 2018 from the Crane School with a master’s degree in Music Education. While at Crane she taught private lessons and orchestra. Amanda has performed as a soloist in her church and still plays every Sunday at Mass, performed private violin recitals at Crane and in her hometown, and violin studio classes at Crane. She has performed as a first and second violinist in string quartets/quintets and orchestra at Crane as well. Amanda currently teaches middle school orchestra full time in Kingston. She also teaches private string and piano lessons, and group music classes at different music locations in Poughkeepsie. Her passion for teaching continues every day, and she's beyond blessed to be surrounded by her wonderful students. 


  Stephanie Hollander

French Horn, Trumpet

Stephanie Hollander is an active freelancer in the NY Metro-Area. She has performed with many distinguished groups such as Hudson Valley Philharmonic,  Albany Symphony, Catskill Symphony Orchestra, Patriot Brass, The South Florida Symphony Orchestra, Miami Symphony, Bard Conducting Institute, 2017 Northeast tour of Il Volo, Bach Festival Orchestra, Woodstock Symphony Orchestra and numerous others. She has performed at many distinguished music halls through out the United States and many venues internationally in Italy and Cuba.

Ms. Hollander holds a B.M from the University of Cincinnati, CCM, a M.M from the Eastman School of Music where she was awarded a graduate teaching assistantship. She also holds an Artist Performers Certificate from Bard College Conservatory and a Professional Studies Certificate from the Manhattan School of Music as a recipient of the 2016-2017 Richard E. Adams Scholarship. Her teachers have included Barbara Currie, Javier Gandara, Randy Gardner, Peter Kurau, Jeffrey Lang and Julia Pilant.

Currently, Ms. Hollander is on faculty at the DCC Academy of Music, Hartwick College and Bard College while holding an active freelance career. She also travels to universities as a guest lecturer and in March 2018 she gave a lecture at the Northeast Horn Workshop. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her two cats and her loving husband and son. 


  John Howell


John Howell, tenor, has sung throughout the United States, Salzburg, Vienna, Prague, and Sydney, encompassing both opera and oratorio. He has performed with New York City Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Bard Summer Festival, New York Virtuoso Singers, Santa Fe Desert Chorale, The Philadelphia Singers, and Seraphic Fire. He is a regular member of the Choir of Men and Boys at St. Thomas Fifth Avenue in New York City. In 2005, he was a recipient of the prestigious J. William Fulbright Award and spent a year studying at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in Sydney, Australia.


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Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Bassoon, Trumpet, Trombone

Mr. W. John Knight earned his degrees in music education from Hofstra University and Western CT. State University where he majored on bassoon and trombone, and studied woodwind and brass instruments. He taught at both the elementary and secondary levels in the Hyde Park School District for 20 years before going into educational administration. Mr. Knight has performed with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, the Columbia Woodwind Quintet, the Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Woodstock Symphony Orchestra, the Bard Community Orchestra, the DCC Jazz Band, the Big Band Sound,  the Hyde Park Chamber Ensemble and the Southern Dutchess Concert Band where he also serves as their assistant conductor. Mr. Knight has been an instrumental music instructor with Dutchess Community College for over ten years, in both their credit and non-credit bearing music programs.


  Krista Libertino


Krista Libertino has spent over 20 years studying and performing music. She is a Dutchess Community College vocal performance alumna and seasoned performer. She currently teaches Kindermusik and provides voice lessons at various schools around the Hudson Valley, as well as at her own private studio based in LaGrangeville, NY. She enjoys working with students of all ages and abilities. Versed in both contemporary and classical vocal techniques, Krista is able to work with singers of all types of genres. As an educator, she strives to teach each student as individual, focusing on their own personal strengths and unique learning styles to guide their learning experiences. When she isn’t working, Krista enjoys spending time with her spouse and two kids, cooking, and listening to podcasts. 


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Electronic Music Workshop

Gary Ljungquist received his bachelors from the College of Saint Rose in Music Industry and his masters from Middlesex University in Creative Media focusing in Audio Technology.  He has been active in many facets of the industry.  A multi instrumentalist, he has recorded and toured with a number of acts including playing bass guitar on select recording sessions with 9x Grammy winner Lauryn Hill.

The majority of his career centered in production, from jingle composition and record production (receiving credit on Billboard to 200 charters), live production DVD releases (with legendary acts like Jethro Tull’s Martin Barre, Savoy Brown and Sister Hazel), to touring with the likes of Rock and Roll Hall of famers Hall and Oates. He was a member of the production team for 7 seasons of “Live from Daryl’s House” (MTV/ VH1) with artists such as Joe Walsh, Darius Rucker, Chris Daughtry, Aloe Blacc, Grace Potter and more. 

He worked 4 years and well over 1,000 shows at the famed “Daryl’s House Club,” with acts such as The Wailers, The Revivalists, Max Weinberg, Vanilla Fudge, Aaron Carter, Bernie Williams and the English Beat to name a few. His work has also taken him to larger venues with artists such as Gavin Degraw.


  Tom Melito


Tom Melito has been a mainstay on the New York City jazz scene for many years. His drumming has been heard behind such varied artists as Jerry Bergonzi, Harry Allen, Joe Lovano, Frank Wess, Lew Soloff, Bill Watrous, Dave Liebman, Bucky Pizzarelli, Harry "Sweets" Edison, John Pizzarelli and Lee Konitz. Tom has also performed with singers Stacy Kent, Sheila Jordan and Kenny Rankin. His talents have been in demand internationally, including numerous tours of Japan, Europe, and South America, and has given several master classes in Brazil, Chile, and China.

Active in education, Tom is currently on the faculty at Central CT. University and Duchess Community College while continuing to give clinics on jazz drumming at schools around the country including Cornell University and Penn State.  


  Ted Messerschmidt

Band Instruments

Originally from the Washington D.C. area, Edward “Ted” Messerschmidt is a versatile musician who has been recognized in national and international contests in composition, conducting and performance. His original compositions, published by Cimarron Music Press and Warwick Music Publishing (forthcoming), have been performed by musicians and ensembles including Andy Akiho, Charley Brighton, Harry Watters, and the United States Army Orchestra. Recently, he was one of fifty composers whose music was selected for performance at the 2022 International Composers Festival in Bexhill-on-Sea, England. Additionally, some of his works for brass will be included on an upcoming release by Navona Records.

As a performer, Ted has subbed with professional orchestras and ensembles and has shared the stage with performers including Zuill Bailey, Leon Bates, and Phil Smith. He has also done session recording for SubFamily Records and sideline work on trombone for the Emmy-nominated HBO series The Gilded Age. As a conductor, Ted has guest conducted ensembles in the Washington D.C. area and in New York. He has also worked as an adjunct lecturer at Marist College, where he served as the associate director of bands (2007-2013) and orchestra director (2012-2018). An advocate of criminal-legal reform, Ted has explored the topic of music education in prisons in scholarly articles and has presented his research at conferences in Austria, The Republic of Georgia, Germany and the United States. In 2017, Ted earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Music Education from Boston University, examining attitudes toward incarcerated people following experiences with a prison choir. Ted also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in German Literature and Music from the College of William and Mary and a Master of Music in Composition from George Mason University. Ted is currently the music director and arts department chair at Oakwood Friends School in Poughkeepsie, and he volunteers with Rising Hope, Inc., occasionally teaching college-level courses at Fishkill Correctional Facility in Fishkill.


  Joe North

Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute

Joe North received his bachelors degree in Music Education from SUNY Fredonia, where he studied saxophone with Wildy Zumwalt. He then received his Masters of Music in Jazz Studies from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he studied with Don Glanden. He is currently the director of bands at Poughkeepsie High School as well as a part-time teacher at Dutchess Community College. As well as being an educator, he is a freelance saxophonist in the Hudson Valley area. As a native to the Hudson Valley, North loves having the opportunity to teach and perform in the area he grew up in. 


  Cynthia Peterson


Drawing from a broad solo, chamber, and contemporary repertoire, Cynthia Peterson's performances include the American Academy in Rome, Washington DC, Philadelphia, and Virginia (including radio broadcasts), and Canada. She has appeared at many venues in the New York area including the Metropolitan Museum, Yale University, the Brooklyn Museum, Garden State Center for the Arts, Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center, and the Museum of the City of New York. As prize-winner of concerto competitions she performed the Beethoven First Piano Concerto with the Philharmonic Symphony of Westchester, the Gershwin Concert with the Virginia Beach Pops Orchestra, and was soloist with several local orchestras including the Yonkers Civic Orchestra and Westchester Youth Symphony. She has collaborated with players from the Berlin Philharmonic, Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society, and Orpheus. Cynthia received a BA from Binghamton University where she received the Music Department Faculty Award and the SUNY Foundation Award, and holds a masters degree from Juilliard, where she was chosen as recipient of the prestigious Irwin Freundlich Memorial Scholarship. She earned her doctorate at the University of Connecticut, and was invited to be a guest lecturer on their Colloquium Series. A dedicated educator, Cynthia has served on the faculties of Lehman College at the City University of New York as head of the piano faculty, SUNY New Paltz, and the Barry Tuckwell Institute at Gettysburg College.


  Beverly Poyerd


Beverly Poyerd began her music training at age five and studied piano, performance and theory at the Henry Street Settlement School and the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music in New York City.

After a career in the brokerage industry, she continued her musical studies, graduating Summa Cum Laude from SUNY New Paltz with a degree in Piano Performance in 2005. She performs as a soloist and accompanist in both the classical and jazz genres. She is a member of the MTNA, NGPT and Suzuki Association of the Americas.


  Heeja Questad


Born as a music-loving native Korean, Heeja started violin in 5th grade and never stopped. She earned a B.A. and M.A. from Seoul National University, Korea, while playing as Assistant Concertmistress in The Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra.

She earned her master’s degree in violin performance from Manhattan School of Music. Heeja has considerable solo and orchestral experience, including Radio City Music Hall, New York City Opera, Albany Symphony, Elmira Symphony, Down Town Singers, and Belleayre Summer Festival Orchestra. She served as Assistant Concertmistress of the Binghamton Philharmonic until 2008. She has always been an active chamber musician. 


  Janet Salt


Janet Salt teaches piano privately and for the Music School at Dutchess Community College. She accompanies the DCC chorus, vocal repertoire class, and Suzuki recitals. She is part-time organist at St. Andrews.

She served as musical director and accompanist for Ninety Miles Off Broadway and the New Paltz High School musicals: "Meet Me in St. Louis," "Nunsense," "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown," "Birds of Paradise," "Pippin," and "Footloose." With director Judy Elliot, she writes and directs original children's musicals each summer.                      

She studied with Harry Jensen at SUNY New Paltz. Other teachers include John Esposito and Eteri Andjaparidze.


  John Sellmeyer


A native of Syracuse, NY, trombonist John Sellmeyer has earned an AAS degree from Onondaga Community College, a BM degree from Syracuse University, and a MM degree from the State University of New York at Fredonia, all in trombone performance. He currently serves as adjunct faculty at both Dutchess Community College and Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY. An active freelancer throughout the Hudson Valley, he performed professionally with the Woodstock Symphony, the Big Blue Big Band, the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, the Western New York Chamber Orchestra, the Central New York Jazz Orchestra, and the Salt City Jazz Collective. John has also been a guest performer with the United States Army Field Band and the SUNY Fredonia Faculty Brass Quintet. He has recorded and toured both regionally and nationally with ska/rock band Razbari Sumthing and was the recipient of two Syracuse Area Music Awards in 2006. He has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with such musicians as Chuck Mangione, Paquito D’Rivera, Wynton Marsalis, and Yo-Yo Ma.


  Richard Simons

Double Bass, Cello, Conducting, Composing & Arranging

Richard Simons is conductor of the Mid-Hudson Community Orchestra at SUNY Dutchess Community College, The SUNY Orange Community College Orchestra, and the Cortlandt Chamber Orchestra— a group which he founded in 1992. He is also a railroad conductor for Metro-North Railroad— which means that he has the exceedingly unique distinction of being one of the world's very few conductor-conductors. He holds music performance degrees from the University of South Carolina, and the Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford. He is an active professional musician, and plays double bass and cello, as well as writing and arranging music. When time permits, he plays with Hudson Valley ensembles, including the Newburgh Symphony, Northern Westchester Symphony, Hudson Opera Theatre, and a new double bass quartet, called BBQ.


  Dan Stevens

Guitar, Ukulele, Mandolin

Dan Stevens has a masters degree in classical guitar performance from Purchase College and is an experienced teacher and performer of a variety of styles including electric, steel string acoustic and classical guitar. He performs both classical and contemporary music on solo nylon string guitar at weddings, corporate functions, holiday parties and community events. He has worked for over 15 years as a guitar teacher, in music schools, and at private residences; including teaching at the college level for over 10 years. He is well versed in preparing students for solo and group recitals and other public performances.

He is a member of the Mid-Hudson Classical Guitar Society and works at promoting appreciation of the classical music genre in the Hudson Valley. He feels strongly about giving back to the local community, so when awarded the Dutchess County Arts Council Fellowship, he used the grant to donate a recital to the Morton Memorial Library. He has also donated his services and played pro bono for a fundraiser for the Mill Street loft and supports fundraising events for Music Link.

Dan has created and distributed 2 CDs of classical composers and a CD of original compositions. He has performed at clubs, bars, art exhibits, cocktail parties, weddings, holiday events, restaurants, dinner parties, historic sites, church services and recitals. In addition, he has provided musical background for many Off-Broadway productions including Rent, TOMMY, Pippin, The Wiz, Evita and Fame.




Caitlan Truelove is a classically-trained violinist with nearly two decades of experience in solo, collaborative and orchestral performance. She has studied with Max Zorin, Peter Povey and Giora Schmidt, and participated in performances in a variety of venues, including Pittsburgh's Heinz Hall and Philadelphia's Kimmel Center. In addition to Classical repertoire, she has experience in Irish fiddling, dubstep violin, jazz/improvisation, opera, musical theater, and contradance.

Caitlan has recently been hired as a part-time instructor in the Art and Music Histories Department at Syracuse University for the fall 2022 semester. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from The Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Music in Violin Performance from Syracuse University. She is currently a candidate in the Musicology Ph.D. program at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where she also completed a violin performance cognate.


  Eric Wagner


Eric Wagner is a freelance drummer and educator living in Lagrange, New York with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Music from the University of Connecticut. In 2015, Modern Drummer Magazine December listed Eric as one of the "Finest Drum Instructors in the World" by legend Dom Famularo. Eric has been teaching students of all ages for over thirty years. He has taught all styles as a clinician, and has worked in band camps throughout the Northeast. Eric performs many different styles and can be found performing in musical theatre pits for all types of shows. Having recorded and performed in and around New York City at various jazz clubs his experience also includes performances with many big bands, combos, and rock groups throughout the country. Eric endorses Precision Drums and is a member of the Sabian Education Network and D'Addario Education Collective (Evans Drumheads).


  Travis Wood


Travis Wood is a classical guitarist based in Poughkeepsie. He holds a bachelor of arts in music from The City College of New York and a master of music in music education from Kent State University. He is a certified K-12 music teacher who has extensive experience working with students of all ability levels, having spent most of his teaching career in New York City’s district 75. Travis has studied privately with Yasha Kofman, Michael Chapdelaine and Tariq Harb. He is experienced in rock, pop, and finger style guitar, and is trained in the Suzuki method for guitar.


  Dennis Yerry

Piano, Voice, Native American Flute

Dennis Yerry is a musician, composer, arranger and musical director whose career has encompassed a myriad of musical genres. He composed and musical directed the theatrical production of “Black Elk Speaks” in Denver, CO and L.A., in which he also performed. His film and TV credits include performances for the Ken Burn’s documentaries, “Lewis and Clark” and “The West.” He is currently the musical director and composer for “Unto These Hills,” the outdoor drama in Cherokee, NC. As a jazz pianist, he has performed extensively in NYC. Dennis has been teaching at DCC since 2004.