Faculty 2017-10-21T14:49:07+00:00

Proud of Our Faculty

Studying Music at the Music School of Westchester will introduce you to a breadth of approaches to music, while challenging you to deepen your current skills and interests.


Dr. Vladimir Babadzhan: Co-Founder of the Music School of Westchester, Piano
DMA, Rimsky Korsakov Conservatory of Music, St. Petersburg (Russia). Thesis devoted to early music education of young children. Concert pianist currently performing in Europe and US.

Faina Agronov: Violin
B.M, M.M Moscow Conservatory, Manhattan School of Music. Former faculty member of the Center Music School for  Gifted Children in Moscow. Member of the Long Island Philharmonic Orchestra, N.Y.C Opera, Glimmer Glass Opera.

Rikako Asanuma: Piano
B.M M.M Musashino Academia Musicae, Tokyo, Japan, Manhattan School of Music , New York Performed as a soloist and chamber musician in Japan, England, Russia and throughout the United States such as at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Kennedy Center.

Anzhela Beniaminson: Piano
B.M, M.M. Moscow Conservatory. Numerous piano solo recitals in Eastern Europe and throughout the United States. Participated as a juror in National Piano Competitions, conducted numerous Master Classes.

John Austin: Violin. AmSAT certified Alexander Technique teacher. Trained at the American Center for the Alexander Technique in Manhattan. Has recorded and performed live with numerous folk, jazz, and hip-hop groups. Served as the University of North Carolina School of the Arts viola teaching assistant while pursuing his undergraduate degree in viola performance. Member of the Asheville and Winston-Salem Symphonies while in NC. Active chamber and orchestral performer in the greater NYC area where he is a member of the Manhattan & Bergen Symphonies. AT lessons and lectured at Columbia and McGill Universities.

Yi Chang: Piano – Master of Music piano performance major at the Mannes School of Music. Received third place in the Japan Asia Cup International Competition (2006), and winner of second place in the Harold Protsman Classical Period Piano Competition (2015). Performed in masterclasses with Christian Tetzlaff, Leonidas Kavakos, Boris Berman, Boris Slutsky, William Grant Nabore, and many other well established musicians. Prior to his Master’s study, Chang was a pupil of Alvin Chow at Oberlin Conservatory. His other primary teachers include Andrei Yeh and Winston Choi. He studied with Li-Chin Lai and Evelyne Brancart. Currently studying under Pavlina Dokovska, and will receive his Master of Music degree in Spring 2018.

Hyungjin Choi: Piano
BFA, The New School University for Jazz and Contemporary Music.(New York). Associate degree, Seoul institute of the Arts. (Seoul, Korea)
Former faculty of Samick Academy of Music, Evans Academy of Music.  Performing and recording throughout the United States and Asia.

Ruby Choi: Piano, Voice. Master’s degree in Jazz Performance. Professional singer-songwriter and recording artist based in New York. Studied under Gretchen Parlato and Theo Bleckmann at the Manhattan School of Music. Embraces other genres, such as Neo-Soul and Electronic.

Karen Colin: Harp
B.M., BFA Boston University, School of Fine Arts.  Studied at Tanglewood, in the Young Artist and Harp Programs, summer home to the Boston Symphony Orchestra.  Performed Internationally as Soloist and with various Orchestras such the Stamford Symphony, Mannes College of Music – Opera, Von Karajian International Orchestral Competition and the Caracas Philharmonic, Caracas, Venezuela to name a few.  Studio musician for numerous advertising campaigns in Venezuela. Teaches both the Classic (pedal) Harp and Lever (Folk) Harp. Affiliated with the Westchester Harp Ensemble.

Luiz Ebert: Drummer & Percussion
B.F.A, M.A City College of New York, Queens College of New York. Drummer and percussionist, is a native of Brasília, Brazil, and has developed a vocabulary blend of drumming with percussive sensitivity all his own. Combining the innovative concepts of jazz music with traditional elements of Brazilian music, He creates an unique sonic palette that propels music in different directions. Luiz Ebert currently resides in New York City, where He works with some of the most talented upcoming jazz artists, as well as established Brazilian jazz artists such as pianist Cidinho Teixeira.

Seeri Guarino: Violin, Suzuki Violin
B.M  SUNY Purchase, Conservatory of music, M.M New York University .
Member of St Thomas Orchestra, New York Youth Symphony Orchestra, New Amsterdam Summer Orchestra.  Teaches all levels.  Has a great interest in Art, Impressionism is her favorite period.

Seni Igrec: Piano B.A., M.M., PH.D in piano performance. Taught in the Boston Metrowest area, and in Mandeville and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Her students are frequent winners of local and state piano competitions. Studied at the Zagreb University in Croatia, Stony Brook University, and Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. Has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in Croatia, Italy, New York, Texas, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Louisiana. Author of TheoryBuilder music theory workbooks and has written reviews for American Music Teacher.

Elizaveta Kopelman: Piano
B.M, M.M Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, Performance Certificate Diploma. Won the prestigious Young Concert Artist Trust Competition in London. Appeared as a soloist throughout the UK, Europe, USA, South America and the Middle East. Performed recitals and concerti at the Wigmore Hall, Royal Opera House, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Barbican Centre, La Salle Cortot, Concertgebouw, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall with such orchestras as the London Philharmonic, London Chamber Orchestra and New York Chamber Symphony.

Benjamin Larsen: Cello
B.A. MM. Manhattan School of Music
Has performed with many diverse ensembles. Performed at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the Quartet Program, Music@Menlo and Pacific Music Festival. As an orchestral musician he has performed with the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong, Ensemble 212, the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra and the Union City Philharmonic. Awarded the Hans and Klara Bauer Scholarship and the 2011 Pablo Casals Award.

Domnik Mack: Guitar, Electric Guitar, Bass Guitar, Double Bass
B.M Amsterdam Conservatory of Music (Holland).  Toured Germany, Holland, and US Played with The Glen Miller Orchestra, Jammin’ with Pops.  Worked for the Broadway show “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” and wrote several Film scores.

Charlene Marcinko: Voice, Piano, Flute
BA Peabody Conservatory of John’s Hopkins University MM Boston University Performed at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Kennedy Center, Boston Lyric Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Opera Iowa, Pittsburgh Opera Center, Utah Festival Opera, Aspen Opera, Virginia Opera, Opera Northeast, Alea III, Opera Orchestra of New York, Manhattan Opera, South Korea, Japan, thru-out Europe in Opera, Oratorio, and Concert. Faculty member of Preparatory department for the Arts Brooklyn College, Music School of Westchester. Former Vocal Faculty: Henry Street Settlement, La Guardia Community College, Berkshire Choral Festival, Choir Academy of Harlem, Arts Alive Summer Gifted Program, Lucy Moses School, Pennsylvania Council for the Arts National Council.

 Alvard Mayilyan: Voice, Piano, Early Music Education. From Armenia, Master’s degree in academic singing at Yerevan State Conservatory. Has been a soloist in Yerevan Opera Studio, in Giacomo Puccini’s “Il trittico” incorporating the roles of La Ciesca in “Gianni Schicchi” and Giorgetta in “Il tabarro”. Participated in many international internship programs for young singers, such as Summer Program of Sacred Music in Lyon, France. Teaching experience for all ages. Soloist in St Vartan Armenian Cathedral in NYC and performs in the tri-state area.  

Tonino Miano: Piano, Jazz Piano, Composition
B.A, M.M. University of Bologna (Italy), V.Bellini Music Conservatory Catanissetta. Performances: New music throughout Italy, Stork Music Festival, Roulette, Knitting Factory. WKCR Records:”Zambra”, “Fannan”, Network, Vol.1″, “55 Music Miniatures”

Dana Scofido: Guitar, Electric Guitar, Bass Guitar
Attended Berklee College. His recorded work includes CDs, videos, and studio recordings for a Nickelodeon television series. Founding member of the jazz organ trio In the Dream.  Appeared in concerts with the renowned musicians Bo Diddley, Jeffrey Osborne and children’s composer John Farrell. His guitar work is featured on the 2009 CD Erubescent Nights.

Alla Sherbakov: Violin, Chamber Music
M.M The Gnessin Institute (currently Russian Academy of Music) in Moscow. Performed with New York City Symphony Orchestra, West Side Chamber Players, Bronx Arts Ensemble, Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra, Greenwich Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of New Jersey, Amor Artis Orchestra, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, St Patrick’s Cathedral and Metropolitan Museum of Arts. Has appeared as a guest artist on Saturday Night Live in 2014. Toured in Russia, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, and Japan. Numerous chamber music ensemble engagements include Long Island String Quartett, Classical Strings, Sussex String Quartett and Azure String Quartett. Member of The Brooklyn Music Teachers’ Guild, Inc.

Olga Stepanova: Piano
B.A, M.A, PH.D Alma Ata Conservatory. Solo piano and organ recitals in New York, Westchester , as well as throughout the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. Former faculty member of the Special School for Gifted Children. Participated as a juror in National Piano Competitions, conducted numerous Master Classes.

Mazzele Sykes: Voice
M.F.A, B.F.A Carnegie- Mellon University. Performed with the San Francisco Opera, New York City Opera, Picolo Teatro dell’Opera. Anapolis Symphony and Pittsburgh Symphony. Studied with J. Oas, A. DiTullio, Alberta Masiello, J. Lader and B. Krebs. Teaches all styles, classical, musical theater, jazz and pop.

Gleb Vascenko: Clarinetem Flute, Saxophone B.M. – Royal College of Music, Stockholm, Sweden.  M.M. – Manhattan School of Music, New York Singer, Composer, Arranger, Pedagogue. Semifinalist in the esteemed Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition in 2015. Performed and recorded with Benny Andersson (ABBA), Mark Guiliana (David Bowie), and Michael League (Snarky Puppy). Signed artist with GroundUp Music. Toured in Europe, Thailand and USA. Active clinician with focus on the voice, artistry, music business, and performing with electronics. Offers educational concerts for students of all ages. Combines classical & contemporary methods from the pop, jazz and classical genre in her private and ensemble teaching.

Joe Wittman: Guitar
B.M. University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music Can be found playing around New York City with singer Katelyn Richards, the Upper Manhattan Jazz Collective, his own trio and various other groups. Experienced in many styles including jazz, rock, funk, blues, pop and R&B. Has had numerous pit orchestra experiences in musicals such as Evita, Spring Awakening, Oklahoma, Little Shop of Horrors, and Legally Blonde.