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. 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.

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.

John Geller- Drum, Piano, Guitar

B.M.  Manhattanville College.  Taught in Public and Private Schools.  Has performed in the USA and Europe, long collaboration with Grammy- Winning blues guitarist Joe Louis Walker.

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.

Andrew Hartman- Guitar

B.M. in Jazz Studies- The Ohio State University.  Has performed in the US and Europe, with renowned musicians including Chris Cheek, Catherine Russell, Ike Sturm, and many others.  Recordings include Andrew Hartman and Still Motion and his most recent release Compass, both of which feature his original compositions.

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.

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.

Alexander Margolis- Violin

B.M., M.M.  Oberlin Conservatory, Indiana University, Northern Illinois University.  Praised by the Washington Post for his incisive, vibrato-rich tone chamber music with members of Corigliano, Pro Arte, Arianna and Maria Quartets. Concertmaster at Spoleto Festival USA for U.S. premieres of rare operas by Janacek, Bellini and Donizetti.  Current member of Glimmerglass Festival Orchestra, and former member of Honolulu Symphony. Performed Berg Violin Concerto with Robert Spano conducting.  Leads Jewish music ensemble Big Galute, and writes for Springs and Chamber Music magazines.

Samuel Martinelli- Drum

B.M., M.M.  Music Therapy. Jazz Studies.  City University of New York- Queens College.  has performed with Grammy nominated and Latin Grammy awarded artist such Alcione, John Lee, Nilson Matta, Hendrik Meurkens, Marcus McLaurine, Dr Andre Thomas, Maestro Maurice Peress, at major music venues like main stage of Carnegie Hall, major Jazz Festivals in NYC area.  Recently recorded his first album as a leader, Crossing Paths.

 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.

Becilia Wong- Piano

M.M., B.M.  Manhattan School of Music, Fellow, Trinity College (London), Licentiate, Royal Schools of Music (UK). Voice coach and staff pianist at the New York State Summer School of the Arts, pianist-in residence of Telesis Contemporary ensemble. Has frequently been featured in solo and chamber performances, as a pianist and a singer.  Is currently the Event Coordinator of the Young Maestro Competition, a licensed examiner and class instructor specialized in early childhood musicianship training for Yamaha Music education USA, and Music Director and Choir Director at the Church of Saints Peter and Paul- Saint Ursula in Mt. Vernon, NY.