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I earned my BS and MS degrees in music and education from The College of St. Rose, Albany N.Y. I enjoyed an illustrious 37 year career for the North Colonie Central School District in Latham, NY first serving as an assistant band  director at Shaker High School for 2 years and then 19 years in the district elementary schools as band director. I often would assist with the general music classes as a K-6 instructor and believed that singing along with that age group served as being a positive male role model for them. I founded the fourth grade band program at Blue Creek Elementary School in Latham which eventually became a mainstay in all of their elementary schools. The North Colonie summer music program was also initiated and taught by me for 14 years. From 1993 through 2009 I was the Shaker High School band director, wind ensemble director and jazz ensemble director. I also founded the "Principals Own" Marching Band and the Flute Choir ensemble. I have enjoyed 9 years as a Pep Band Director for the Siena College Mens Basketball Program and have been an elementary, middle school and high school guest conductor for the Rensselaer and Columbia County Music Festivals. Previously I served as an adjunct instructor for the basic instrument repair classes for the College of St. Rose. In 2010 I was chosen by the Albany Times Union to form an experimental band comprised of adults who have not played since they graduated from High School. I believe that all of my successful teaching experience has now prepared me for my life's dream...The Patrizio Center for the Arts!

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Rit Carroll is a Catskill native with experience performing classical, folk, jazz, and rock music as a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist throughout the Hudson Valley. Now, he is pursuing a bachelor's degree in music education with a voice concentration at the College of Saint Rose. For years, Rit has volunteered as musical director for the Ellenville Middle School drama department, where he gained a passion for encouraging children to explore music and creativity. Rit Carroll has served as the cantor of his hometown church for many years, and was appointed to be the conductor of the symphonic band at the 2018 Boys’ State conference. Rit is excited to now be teaching in Latham, where he hopes to help encourage students to pursue their passion for the arts. 

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Troy Fitchette is a percussionist and music educator living in Albany, NY. He studied percussion at Onondaga Community College, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and The College of Saint Rose, and has been mentored by Robert Bridge, Michael Kingan, and Graehm Francis. Troy is the 5th grade Instrumental Music Instructor in the Greater Amsterdam School District.


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Elaine is a native of Colonie and has been active in local professional music performance since graduation from Colonie Central High School. She successfully auditioned for the Albany Symphony Orchestra (ASO) shortly after graduation from high school and enjoyed a 30-year tenure in ASO as a member of the violin section and principal second violin during the last half of her tenure upOrchestra (2000-present), a professional mentor with the Skidmore College-Community Orchestra (2000-present), and violinist with the Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra (2002-present).  

Elaine is a cum laude graduate of the University at Albany with a Bachelor of Arts in music performance (viola) and secondary education.  She studied with Dr. Nathan Gottschalk, head of the music department as well as Marvin Morgenstern and Karen Tuttle. Upon graduation, she began a teaching assignment as the string teacher at Shaker High School until she left service to be home with her young children. Elaine has also performed in local area music venues such as the former Starlight Theatre (Colonie Coliseum), Proctors Theatre and Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) for many entertainment stars such as Pavorati, Josh Groban, Smokey Robinson, Dionne Warwick, Rita Moreno, and Tony Bennett and many others.  She played violin in the orchestra for Mariah Carey’s televised concert as well as in her “Hero” video on MTV.

Elaine is a NYS permanently certified teacher in K-12 music education, N-6 elementary education and K-12 special education.  She completed a Masters of Science degree in Special Education from Sage Graduate School and she taught at Lisha Kill Middle School, in the South Colonie Central School District, as a learning disabilities resource teacher.  Elaine completed the last 15 years of her professional education career with the NYS Education Department as an Associate in the Office of Special Education. Elaine retired in July 2014 and happily accepted the opportunity to teach privately at the Patrizio Center. 

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Kristin Gordon began her musical journey at the Schenectady County Community College School of Music. Here she graduated with high honors, receiving an A.A.S. in Audio Engineering and an A.S. in Performing Arts with a concentration in Piano. She is due to graduate, The College of Saint Rose in May of 2019 with a B.S. in K-12 Music Education. Here Kristin received further training on teaching and has gained further experience in Piano, as well as vocal training. Kristin’s main passion is for Music Education. She has experience teaching all ages from a beginner to moderately advanced level on piano, and beginning to intermediate level for vocal. She also shares a great interest in Music Theory and Music History on the side.

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Jenny has been teaching violin, viola, and cello at the Patrizio Center since it's opening in 2012. She finished her Liberal Arts education at the North Colonie School District in 2002. While there, she played viola in orchestra from the 4th grade up until her senior year. The music program there inspired her to pursue an education in music, and further her experience with string instruments. She attended The College of Saint Rose, and received a Bachelor's Degree in Science, with a concentration of Music Education, in 2006. Afterward, she applied herself in an intensive online program at Boston University, where she received her Master's Degree in Music Education in 2012. 

While at Saint Rose, Jenny gained experience teaching string-playing students from grades 4-12 in the Chatham and Niskayuna School Districts. Afterward, she returned to North Colonie as a substitute teacher in 2006. After a few years of teaching at multiple schools, she was hired as a Shaker High School Building Substitute, where she teaches currently. There, she has gained experience teaching orchestra, band, chorus, and music theory, among other classes that the school provides. She also has taught private lessons independently, and also works at other music studios in the area since 2006. She applies her 7 years of music teaching experience into her weekly lessons with students, including music theory. She values the importance of students having a full understanding of what they are learning; looking at the execution of performing music, what the music itself signifies, and of course, having fun in the process! 

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Ralph Raymond Hays is an experienced educator and performer, currently serving on the music faculty of SUNY Adirondack and Castleton University. He has taught instrumental music Kindergarten through Grade 12 in Northeastern Ohio and has taught locally at the College of Saint Rose, Schenectady County Community College, Creative Discover Preschool, and Skidmore College. 

Ralph earned his Ba in Music Industry from the University of Miami where he studied saxophone with Kirby Campbell — former member of the MGM Studio Orchestra, and four-time Grammy Nominee, Eduardo Calle. While at Miami, Ralph performed in the Marching Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble (directed by Alfred Reed), the Opera Orchestra, and founded the ΦMA Saxophone Ensemble. Ralph received his M.A. in Music Composition and his second Ba in Music Education from Kent State University where he taught Saxophone Methods and performed with the Wind Ensemble, Faculty Saxophone Quartet, Jazz Band, and Symphony Orchestra. 

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Daniel enjoys playing bass and teaching throughout the Capital Region. He graduated from the College of Saint Rose in 2019, where he studied music education with a focus on string instruments. There, he had many unique performance and education opportunities, such as a winner of the Saint Rose Concerto Competition, a player in the college's faculty Camerata, and a counselor for the Saint Rose Pre-College Experience. He also directed the college's mixed a capella group, who had frequent performances and competitions, and sang in several of the college's other choirs. More recently, he is teaching elementary orchestra students in the South Colonie School District. He also performs frequently with pit and chamber orchestras, and he enjoys singing barbershop and attending conventions like the New England Harmony Brigade.

Michael Kendall


Michael Kendall, guitarist, started playing with his friends at the age of 12. Now, with 18 years of experience, he's played in many different groups and has helped write and record many albums, including his own solo music. He regularly plays with his brother, Bobby Kendall in their long-standing music group, Lastdayshining. Guitar, and music in general, is a big passion of his and he's willing to learn as much as he is to teach. His easy and patient style makes him a great candidate for working with anyone willing to learn the basics. He's very encouraging and down to earth so that anyone working with him, whether receiving a lesson or performing together, always feels in good hands. Aside from the guitar, Michael also plays the drums, bass, and vocals, along with a more light-hearted appreciation for the guitalele, piano, saxophone, tuba and just about anything else he can get his hands on. Other music projects that he has worked with are 'Goodnight, Texas', 'Miss Pelican', 'Incolor', 'inFLOenza', 'Geronimo and the Expanding Headbands', '5-Zero' and more. Because of this, his musical influences are many, which allows him to relate to almost any style of musician.


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Katie LeClair graduated from The College of Saint Rose with her B.S. in Music Education. Although she specializes in woodwinds, she has experience playing and teaching brass as well. Katie has performed with various groups at Saint Rose, including the Flute Choir, Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and principal flute in the Symphonic Band. She has been teaching private lessons for five years throughout Massachusetts and New York. With experience teaching in North Colonie, Guilderland and Berne-Knox-Westerlo school districts, she has been able to experience a variety of teaching methods and styles to ensure success for her students. When not teaching or practicing, Katie is known to bake desserts to share with others. She is excited to be able to share her passion for music with the Patrizio Center! 

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Abagail Luther is a graduate from the College of Saint Rose, having received her Bachelor of Science in Music Education K-12 with a concentration in voice, having studied with Ms. Lucille Beer and Dr. Susan Boddie. She graduated magna cum laude and was the recipient of the Undergraduate Presser Scholar Award. Abagail began singing at age eight and has never stopped since! She has performed in the US, Canada, Austria, China, and France with multiple choirs.

Abagail's passion for music and the joy it brings is what inspires her to teach. She has been teaching private lessons for two years, both voice and piano, and currently teaches elementary general music. Her hobbies include: baking, playing old video games, and practicing.

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Meghan is a recent graduate of Ithaca College where she earned her Bachelor of Music in Music Education with a focus on Vocal/Choral studies. Currently, she serves as the General Music and Chorus teacher at School 2 and Carroll Hill School in Troy (Troy CSD). In her free time, Meghan enjoys creating things such as: yummy food and treats, paintings, and of course, music!


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Jessica originally hails from Riverhead,  a small town on Long Island within Suffolk County.  She now currently resides in the Capital Region as a Music Educator.  Jessica teaches 6th - 8th grade Band within the Schenectady City School District at Central Park Middle School.  Jessica graduated Summa Cum Laude and holds a Bachelors in Music Education from the State University of New York at Fredonia with a concentration in instrumental studies.   Throughout her time at Fredonia, she took every opportunity to learn from her mentors which lead her towards her goal to teach music from Pre-K all the way to 12th Grade! Eventually, she found that middle school was her absolute favorite grade to teach. Although she began her musical path primarily as a pianist and woodwind player, Jessica loves to perform on as many instruments as she can get her hands on -  eleven and counting! While at SUNY Fredonia, Jessica participated in copious jazz and classical ensembles both as a performer and board member. Wherever Jessica has moved to, she has fully immersed herself within its musical community; performing in community theatre programs as a pit orchestra member, performing in community jazz and wind ensembles as a saxophonist/pianist, performing piano at local wineries, or performing in an alumni jazz ensemble on various instruments.  Jessica is currently a member of the Rotterdam Community Band as an alto saxophonist and is excited to learn more about the music community within the capital region! Jessica absolutely loves to teach and doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon! When not teaching, Jessica is performing her active duties as an active researcher for the Institute for Composer Diversity -https://www.composerdiversity.com.   In her rare free moments, you can find Jessica either performing/practicing her many instruments or reading anything she can get her hands on from Shakespeare to William Goldman while snuggling with her cat Remus! Jessica looks forward to working with the students here and is excited to watch them grow!

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Marissa Scotti has been studying voice under a number of well-regarded teachers and coaches for almost ten years. A current student at the College of Saint Rose, Scotti is pursuing her Bachelor of Music in vocal performance. In addition to performance, she studies vocal pedagogy in classical and contemporary settings, with a focus on vocal health. She has competed at the local, national and international level in classical voice competitions, most recently placing 2nd overall with a special diction award in the New Russia Cultural Center winter competition (2018) and making it to the second round of the 2019 Classical Singer competition in Chicago, IL. 

Emilee Brunette


Emilee Thayer started her private study of music in high school on the Piano with Karen Armedeo and Gayle Hinsdill, and began her Clarinet studies with Conrad Kushay. She received an Associate’s degree in Music Performance with a concentration on the Clarinet from Schenectady County Community College (SCCC).  While at SCCC she studied Clarinet primarily with Brett Wery, and spent a semester studying with Robin Seletsky and Michael Cirigliano, as well as Piano with Mark Evans. She then transferred to SUNY Fredonia where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education K-12. She studied Clarinet with Dr. Marcy Bacon, James East, and Dr. Andrew Seigel. While at SUNY Fredonia Miss. Thayer had the opportunity to complete a semester abroad in Arezzo, Italy at the Accademia dell’Arte, through Furman University. While abroad she visited sites of great musical and historical importance, such as the Vatican and Sistine Chapel in Rome, Saint Mark’s Basilica in Venice and the homes of multiple composers including Mozart, Haydn, and Puccini. She studied with Italian Clarinetist Gianluca Piomboni. After SUNY Fredonia she continued onto Mansfield University where she was the Graduate Assistant of Bands and received her Master’s degree in Instrumental Conducting. She studied conducting with Dr. Adam Brennan, and the clarinet with Dr. David Wetzel.  Currently Miss. Thayer is performing on the Clarinet and Bass Clarinet with the SCCC Wind Ensemble and The Memorial Concert Band of Colonie, respectively. She also plays Clarinet for the Capital Region Wind Ensemble and the Glove City Winds (Gloversville Community Music).

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Konstantin Tsykun is a graduate of the Kirovgrad School of Music, Russia, having received his MA degree with honors on his Major of piano/guitar.

He has performed with Odessa Opera Theater, Ukraine, on piano and has been a periodic performer on the WMC radio station. He is the Director of Music at the St. John’s-St. Ann’s Church, Albany and performs with several bands in the Capital District.

His 20 plus years of teaching experience has benefitted many students in their development of performing in classical, jazz, pop and rock styles. He is excited to share his expertise with students at the Patrizio Center for the Arts and is looking forward to creating for them an individualized and caring learning experience


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Joey Van Ullen is a clarinetist based out of Albany, NY. He spent three years in New York City as an arts administrator and freelance clarinetist and has performed opera, musical theatre, and chamber music with Taksu Theatre Company, North Shore Music Festival, and Martha Cardona Theatre, among others. Since returning to Albany, he has maintained a private teaching studio in addition to performing. He holds degrees in both Clarinet Performance and Music Business from the Crane School of Music.

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Brittany Wells is a pianist who pursues her love of music through playing, teaching and performing.  She has given many performances and solo recitals throughout the area and is highly dedicated to teaching piano.  Brittany began her studies at SUNY Adirondack in Queensbury, NY and went on to study at The College of Saint Rose where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in music with a concentration in piano performance.