Academy of Music Administration & Instructors

The DCC Academy of Music is proud to offer individual lessons, ensembles and classes by some of the region's most accomplished musicians. Learn more about them, below.


Christian Lopez

Christian Lopez, Academy of Music Assistant


Christian Lopez is a DCC alumni and SUNY College at Oneonta graduate with a B.A. in Music Business. In addition to music business he studied guitar, violin, and music production & audio engineering. He held various internships in marketing and audio, and a VP position for Oneonta’s American Marketing Association Chapter that would help mold his interests in marketing for live music events and philanthropic events.

Amongst all of Christian’s interests and ambitions, his passion for music production nearly trumps them all. Upon graduating from SUNY Oneonta, he went on to pursue his music ambitions by working as a part-time audio engineer at a local studio in Beacon, NY. However, he eventually left the studio to pursue other ambitions while continuing his own personal projects. He spent a year substitute teaching with thoughts of continuing his education to pursue a career as a music teacher. Instead, he eventually found his way back to DCC and is now the Assistant for the Academy of Music.




  Spencer Bambrick

Composition, Electronic Music Workshop

Spencer Bambrick is a composer for games, film, and the concert stage. His recent work includes BestLuck (2018, PC, Mobile), Block Party (Nick Jr Series of Animated Shorts), and additional music for the ongoing MOBA Paladins (Hi-Rez Studios). Spencer has had speaking engagements presenting his music as well as topics on game audio at GameSoundCon (2017), PAX Dev (2016), and MAGFest (2015). He is currently co-authoring a textbook on game audio to be published globally by Routledge/Taylor and Francis Group In November 2019. In the fall Spencer will begin pursuing his doctorate at The Hartt School, where he will be studying composition and interactive music.


  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

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 - Traditional Classical, 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

Piano - Traditional Classical, Jazz/Pop/Improvisation, MIDI/Electronic/Keyboards, Music Theory, Composition, Group Piano for Beginners

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.


  David Fiedler

Violin, Viola

David Fiedler's first violin teacher was his father, an artist by profession, who was also an amateur violinist and devoted music lover. He attended the High School of Music and Art in New York City, and Juilliard Pre-College and College, where he was a student of Ivan Galamian. After graduating with a Bachelor of Music degree, he joined the South Dakota Symphony as concertmaster, and the Dakota String Quartet as first violinist. He has performed in the violin sections of the Dayton Philharmonic, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, San Francisco Opera Orchestra, and Minnesota Orchestra. Concerto appearances include performances of the Mendelssohn and Beethoven concertos, Brahms Double Concerto with the South Dakota Symphony, and Mozart Concerto no. 5 with the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra. He currently teaches violin at an arts academy in New York State.


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Ann Foster studied music education at the University of Massachusetts (Lowell), and earned her master's in Choral Conducting at the Eastman School of Music. She has studied voice with Barbara H. McClosky, Lorie Gratis, and Barbara Fox DeMaio, and conducting with Willis Traphagan, Edward Gilday, and Donald Neuen. Over the course of her 42-year teaching career, Foster has taught private and class voice, music theory, sight-singing, music appreciation, class piano, and choral singing, and has conducted Area All-State and All-County choruses in New York State. As a member of the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA), Foster has served as County President in Dutchess and Westchester counties, as State Voice Chairman, and as a Voice Adjudicator.


  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.


  Larry Ham

Piano - Jazz/Pop/Improvisation; Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Improvisation, Jazz History

Pianist, composer and arranger Larry Ham has long been a noted New York based jazz musician. Reviewing a recent CD, David Dupont of Cadence Jazz Magazine writes, “He glides over the keys, with every note articulated cleanly…his playing is masterful.”

Larry’s professional career began in the late ‘80s with the Lionel Hampton Orchestra. He then joined the Illinois Jacquet Big Band 1990-95, and has worked extensively with countless other jazz legends including Junior Cook and Dakota Staton. He has performed at jazz festivals, concerts and in nightclubs throughout the USA, Europe, West Africa, Canada, India, Brazil and Japan.

Larry has performed for three US presidents, and was a US State Department jazz ambassador to West Africa in 2001 and 2002. He has a BA in Musical Studies from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, and an MA in Jazz Performance from Queens College in New York City. He is currently an adjunct instructor at Dutchess Community College, Bard College, and SUNY New Paltz.


  Adrienne Harmon

Piano, violin, viola

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, cello

Amanda Heaton has been playing the violin since the fourth grade. She grew up in Poughkeepsie, NY 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. Throughout her time at Crane she has had the opportunity to teach private lessons and orchestra. Amanda has performed as a soloist in her church, 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 private violin lessons in Poughkeepsie, NY and is always welcoming new students.


  Stephanie Hollander

French Horn, Trumpet, Music Appreciation

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

Voice, Music Appreciation, Show Choir

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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Bassoon, clarinet, saxophone, 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

Drums, Percussion

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.  


  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. 


  James Osborn

Trumpet, French Horn

James Osborn is a very active performer with both his own group, The Jim Osborn Orchestra (a seven-piece band), and as a freelance trumpeter. He has played lead trumpet for many notable musicians and musical groups, including The Temptations, The Four Tops, The Jimmy Sturr Band, Bobby Vinton, Tony Bennett, and Sammy Kaye. He also performs with many brass ensembles, orchestras, and church ensembles throughout the Northeast.

Mr. Osborn founded the Vassar College Jazz Ensemble in 1984 and the Vassar Jazz Combo program in 2004. Mr. Osborn also directs the Vassar College Community Wind Ensemble and is the trumpet instructor at the college. He directs ensembles at Roosevelt High School in Hyde Park and maintains a private trumpet studio of twenty-five students at his home in LaGrangeville. He is a past president of the Dutchess County Music Educator’s Association and is the founder and current chairman of the DCMEA Annual Jazz Festival, currently in its eleventh year. He has a Bachelor of Arts from the University at Albany and a Masters of Music from Stony Brook University.


  Cynthia Peterson

Piano - Traditional Classical

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

Piano - Traditional Classical, Suzuki

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. 


  Allison Rubin


Allison Rubin received her Bachelor of Music degree from The Juilliard School (New York Philharmonic Scholarship recipient) and her Master of Music degree is from the Yale School of Music (full Merit Scholarship recipient). Ms. Rubin has performed with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, New Jersey Pops Symphony, West Point Concert Band, Bronx Opera Company, Kairos Consort, Esopus Chamber Orchestra, Woodstock Chamber Orchestra, Ars Choralis, Capella Festiva, Vassar College Choir chamber orchestra, Phoenicia Festival of the Voice, Putnam Chorale orchestra, Bard College Conducting Institute, Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra, Northern Dutchess Symphony, Belleayre Festival Orchestra and the Bronx Chamber Orchestra. She was featured as a soloist with the Bronx Chamber Orchestra, the Woodstock Chamber Orchestra and Kairos Consort chamber orchestra.

At Juilliard and Yale, Allison studied with legendary oboists Lois Wann, Ronald Roseman, John Ferillo and Bert Lucarelli. She participated in master classes with John Mack, Elaine Douvas, Mary Watt, Luciano Berio and the New York Woodwind Quintet. Chosen by her mentor Lois Wann, Allison performed in Bert Lucarelli's "100th Anniversary of the Modern Oboe Celebration" at Carnegie Hall. Ms. Rubin is also an extremely versatile artist. She founded a klezmer band called the Klezmerites; she performed and recorded with jazz saxophonist Gerry Mulligan, guitarist Simon Wynberg, Butch Morris, Yeou-Cheng Ma, Tokyo String Quartet's first violinist Martin Beaver and pop singer Natalie Merchant. In addition, with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, Allison has performed rock shows such as music of Queen, the Grateful Dead, “Tommy”…Roger Daltrey of The Who, and “Rocktopia.”

Including DCC, Allison teaches or has taught with various music schools and programs including Empire State Youth Orchestra (Albany), Hartwick College (Oneonta), and Children’s Orchestra Society (LI).


  Janet Salt

Piano - Traditional Classical

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.


  Lew Scott

Bass, Bass Guitar

Lew Scott, bassist, has been performing in the New York area and throughout the country for many years. He has performed with many notable musicians, including Clark Terry, Conti Condoli, Frank Rosolino, Joe Lavano, Herb Ellis, George Coleman, Dave Liebman, Jack Sheldon, Peggy Stern and John Abercrombie, as well as many others. He has toured with vocalists Melba Morre, Lainie Kazan, Nnena Frelon and Michael Amante. Lew has worked with Anita O’Day, Mark Murphy and many other singers, including Robert Goulet, Vic Damone, Sergio Franchi, Jerry Vale, Al Martino, Eddie Fisher, Florence Henderson, Julie Budd and Lucie Arnaz. He has also performed with many groups, including the Four Aces and the Fifth Dimension. Lew received his music education at Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri. 


  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.


  Dan Stevens

Guitar, Mandolin, Ukulele

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.


  Erin Stewart

Voice, Vocal Technique

Erin Stewart attended Miami University (in Oxford, OH) and then earned her masters in vocal performance at the Manhattan School of Music. Upon graduating, she joined the Broadway national tour of The Phantom of the Opera as an ensemble member and then made her Broadway debut with Phantom the following year. Erin rejoined the tour and covered the role of Christine. Erin appeared as Christine Dae in the Vegas production of Phantom: Phantom- The Las Vegas Spectacular.

Erin was an original cast member in the Tony-nominated Broadway revival of A Little Night Music, which ran from 2009-2011. She appeared as Mrs. Nordstrom and also performed the roles of Anne and Charlotte.

Erin sang in the premiere of the Andrew Lloyd Webber revue, Now and Forever, at the Marriott Theatre in Chicago in 2013 where she sang the North American premiere of the title song, as well as music from The Phantom of the Opera and The Woman in White.

Erin has performed premieres, concerts, and recitals in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Symphony Space, Merkin Hall, Gould Hall, Steinway Hall, the Liederkranz, El Museo del Barrio, and Yamaha Studios. Erin was the soprano soloist in a world premiere presented by American Opera Projects at Zankel Hall. Erin has performed with the Omaha Symphony as their soprano soloist in their Christmas concert, 'Christmas with the Symphony.' She has been a frequent soloist with members of the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra performing at Carnegie Hall, The Finger Lakes Chamber Music Series, and The Young Soloists Chamber Society of New York. In Osaka, Japan, Erin sang nightly as the featured soloist for audiences of over ten thousand in The Wonder Christmas Show for Universal Studios.


  Jennifer Tibbs


Jennifer Tibbs is originally from Hendersonville, N.C. She attended high school at the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston–Salem, earning her high school diploma. In 1992 she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Clarinet Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Her private teachers have included Robert Listokin, Ronald deKant, Daryl Coad and Dr. Robert Cheesebro. She has performed with the Carolina Youth Symphony, the Hendersonville Symphony, the Winston-Salem Symphony, the Cincinnati Ballet Orchestra, the Northern Kentucky Symphony, the Chappaqua Symphony, the Putnam County Symphony, and the Newburgh Symphony. In 1993, she began her career as a clarinetist in the United States Military Academy Band at West Point. Since her retirement from the Army in 2014, she has been teaching elementary school band, violin and ukulele in Hudson Valley Catholic schools with the Paul Effman Music Service. She is also a private lesson woodwind instructor at the New Windsor Music Academy and the clarinet instructor at The Mountain Laurel School in New Paltz. Jennifer lives in New Windsor with her husband and two daughters.


  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).


  Marta Waterman

Voice, Piano - Traditional Classical, Jazz/Pop/Improvisation, MIDI/Electronic/Keyboards

Marta Waterman is a singer, pianist and composer with an extensive background in performing and teaching rock, pop, jazz and classical music. She has a bachelor's degree in classical vocal performance from Philadelphia College, and has taught individual students ever since. She is the keyboardist with The Secret City Band, performing in New York City and upstate New York, and she also provides piano accompaniment for silent films.

Marta helps students to read music, play by ear, read chord charts, sing classical, jazz and pop styles, and compose their own music. She enjoys sharing her love of music with her students.


  Dennis Yerry

Piano - Traditional Classical, Jazz/Pop/Improvisation, Voice, Native American Flute, Music Theory, Composition, Community Jazz Ensemble

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.