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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!


Joseph Bonville

Joseph Bonville, B.S. (music education), M.S. (education), M.A. (percussion performance), has over forty years’ experience as an educator and performer. His percussion experience includes symphony orchestras, musical theater, symphonic bands and recording. As a drum set performer, he has played in Jazz, Rock and Latin bands, backing up numerous singers and entertainers and has performed many shows. His students can be found across the country, teaching and performing at the highest professional levels.


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Julia is in her senior year at the College of Saint Rose, where she studies Music Industry. While her primary instrument for the sake of study is voice, she also has a background in classical piano, flute, and guitar to name a few. She started taking piano lessons at the age of 7 in hopes of being just like her older sister, and has now evolved into a well-rounded musician/singer-songwriter with influences from Bach to Billy Joel. Julia is excited to share her own personal passion for music and learning with her students, through basic technique and enjoyable repertoire

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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 up to her retirement. Elaine currently performs publically as principal second violinist with the Schenectady Symphony Orchestra (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. 

Jen Grant

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. Afterwards, she applied herself in an intensive online program at Boston University, where she received her Masters 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. Afterwards, 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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Daniel is working towards his bachelor's degree in Music Education at the College of Saint Rose, with a focus on strings. He tutors music theory and ear training, and is musical director of St. Rose's mixed acapella group. He also enjoys singing in his barbershop quartet.

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! 

Giancarlo Sidoli

Giancarlo has a M. M. Classical Guitar Performance (SUNY Fredonia) B.A. in Music (SUNY Oneonta.  Giancarlo has performed solo in chamber settings as well as with larger ensembles such as concert band, orchestra, and choir. He has performed in both the Great Lakes Guitar Festival as well as performing at the CGSUNY Fall Festival for a number of years.

His guitar studies have been with Mark Pawkett, Dennis Turechek, Evan Drummond, James Piorkowski, Kenneth Meyer, and Paul Quigley. Additionally, Giancarlo has performed in masterclasses and in additional lessons with internationally renowned performers and pedagogues including Adam Hoizman, Nicholas Goluses, Jason Vieaux, Luis Zea, among others.

Giancarlo’s wish and goal for the future is to introduce solo and chamber classical guitar to younger students and to coach them so that they may be given the same experience at both homogenous and mixed chamber music that many string, wind and percussion students are given.

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Casie Snow-Hebel is a mezzo soprano in her senior year at The College of Saint Rose studying music education with a concentration in voice. Her goal is to help students reach and understand their full potential in the world of music. Casie is an active member of many ensembles. She is the President of the Masterworks Chorale at The College of Saint Rose and also performs with the Chamber Choir and Madrigals Ensemble on campus. She is a guest conductor for both the Masterworks Chorale and the Chamber Choir. Aside from school, she is very involved with singing in her church, either with the choir or leading song service. Casie is very eager to share her passion of learning and performing music with others. 

Emilee Thayer 


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 composer’s 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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Megan Vanacore is a risin senior studying Music Education with a concentration in voice at the College of Saint Rose. . She recently traveled to Austria with the Saint Rose Chamber Choir and made her debut at Carnegie Hall in a performance of the Mozart Requiem with members of the Saint Rose Masterworks Chorale. Megan’s soprano voice has been called “controlled” and “delicately powerful”, and her performances “exceptionally expressive”. While Megan primarily performs opera while at school, she has an extensive musical theater performance resume. Notable roles include: Evita (Mistress), A Little Night Music (Fredrika), You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Patty), All Shook Up (Mayor Matilda), Shrek the Musical (Pied Piper), Oklahoma (Dream Laurey), Annie, Jr. (Star-to-Be), Anything Goes (Ching), High School Musical (Gabriella Montez), High School Musical 2 (Taylor McKessie) and Beauty and the Beast, Jr. (Belle). Other musical theater credits include: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Wizard of Oz, Evita, Annie, and Oliver, among others. In past years, Megan has worked with theater companies in Connecticut such as Broadway Bound, Ivoryton Playhouse, Backstage Players Company, Artful Living, The Elm Shakespeare Company, Guilford High School Theatre Arts, and Madison Lyric Stage. Her opera credits include Britten’s Peter Grimes. This summer, she will be featured in Madison Lyric Stage’s productions of Verdi’s Othello and Webber’s Jesus Christ, Superstar. .Megan enjoys working with students of all ages and has a passion for performing and teaching all genres and styles of vocal repertoire. She hopes to inspire her students to continue their musical passions.

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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 the Arts degree in music with a concentration in piano performance.