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, 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.
Renee Brodwin- Kock
Born in the USA, raised in Switzerland, Renee studied in Germany (Bachelors and Soloist Degrees with Prof. Mirjam Nastasi and Dr. Konrad Huenteler) & New York (Masters of Music-Orchestral Performance with Prof. Jeannie Baxtresser). Renee also completed the Suzuki Degree in 2004 with Jerilee Kechley.
Renee has played professionally in symphony orchestras around the world: Switzerland (Schweizer Orchester Zuerich), Spain (Orquestra Sinfonia di Galicia), New York (Manhattan Symphony), Hong Kong (HK Philharmonic), Albany, NY (Albany Symphony), Melbourne, FL (Space Coast Symphony).
Renee has taught master classes in Saratoga Springs, NY and has directed the Empire State Flute Orchesta. She has also taught as an adjunct professor at the Castleton State College in Vermont. From 2012-2014 Renee taught general music, Choir, Band, and German classes at the St. Joseph Catholic School in Winter Haven, FL.
Renee and her family relocated to Saratoga Spring in August 2016. Her last recital was in April in Germany, where she performed works by Bolli and Rachmaninov.
Dan Galliher has been the Germantown Central School District’s instrumental music teacher since the fall of 2008 and he holds Masters’ and Bachelors’ degrees in music education from the College of Saint Rose and SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music, respectively. Over the past several years, Dan has served as musical director for theater groups such as Class Act Productions, Colonie Summer Youth Theater, Schenectady Light Opera Company, the Germantown Drama Club, Family Players of NENY, Saratoga Summer Stages and the Clarkson Theater Company, among others. He has also played drums and percussion in pit orchestras for Steamer No. 10 Theater, Not So Common Players and the Colonie Summer Youth Theater. Additionally, Dan has played drums in several jazz and rock settings over the years. He looks forward to sharing his love of music with students.
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.
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!
Rose Hunsberger is a graduate of Westminster Choir College, and has taught voice privately for eight years. She has appeared in productions with companies including Park Playhouse, Inc., the Schenectady Light Opera Company, the Glimmerglass Opera, and Opera Excelsior. She has performed as a chorister with groups such as the Westminster Symphonic Choir, Albany Pro Musica, and the Cantilena Chamber Choir, under the batons of Joseph Flummerfelt, Kurt Masur, David Griggs-Janower, David Allen Miller and Andrea Goodman. She has performed as a soloist with the Cantilena Chamber Choir in Lenox, Mass., and the Concerts in the Village series in Kinderhook, New York. She is soloist and section leader for the choir at First Church in Albany. She enjoys encouraging students of all ages to connect with the music they love, and her goals with students are to teach basic, healthy vocal technique, develop musical and performing skills, and nurture a love of singing and music of many genres.
Bobby Kendall obtained a Bachelor Degree in Music at Skidmore College and later a Masters Degree in Jazz Studies at the Purchase College Graduate Program. While at Purchase, he studied Double Bass with Todd Coolman and Doug Weiss. In the Jazz idiom, Bobby has been fortunate enough to share the stage with greats such as Jimmy Cobb, Louis Hayes, Ray Anderson, Mark Vinci, Ralph LaLama, Cyrille-Aimee, Matt Simons, Giacomo Smith, Glen Zaleski, Spike Wilner, Joel Frahm, Keith Pray, Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius, Zorkie Nelson, George Muscatello, Bob Halek, Brian Mellick, Jon Greene and many others.
Bobby also plays solo acoustic guitar in a finger-tapping style inspired by Kaki King. He uses a loop pedal to build songs with layers of guitar and voice. Bobby also currently freelances with several bands that all vary in style, such as Jazz, Rock, Post-Rock, Latin, African World Jazz, Indie-Folk, Americana, Gypsy Jazz, Blues, Singer/Songwriter, and more. In these bands, he plays one of three instruments, depending on what is needed. Among them are the upright bass, electric bass, and baritone guitar. He has toured the U.S. twice with the Americana band, Goodnight, Texas and is frequently playing in the capital region with his post-rock band, Lastdayshining.
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.
Taylor Nardone is a current student at the College of Saint Rose where he studies K-12 music education. During his studies there, he performed in numerous ensembles, including; Madrigals Ensemble, Chamber Choir, Masterworks Choir (where he served as the president), Recording Ensemble (lead vocalist), and Gospel Choir. Additionally, Taylor has traveled to Europe twice to perform with various choirs in various genres. With a love for music that transcends boundaries, Taylor found success in singing contemporary to classical styles, with solos in choral works, musicals, and operas. A semifinalist for the 2013 NATS musical theater competition, he performed lead roles in Guys & Dolls and Godspell, while then jumping into opera, performing in The Mikado and Le Nozze di Figaro. Having recorded in numerous studios, and having performed in various solo recitals, Taylor is now thrilled to teach what has given him the foundation to vocal, musical, and creative success.
Albany native Jesse Rawson graduated from The College of Saint Rose with a B.S in Music Education in 2016. His concentration is in low brass but has experience with all winds. Jesse has performed in various brass and rock groups on both trombone and guitar in the Capital Region as well as the NYC area. From classical to jazz and blues, Jesse strives to perform and teach multiple styles of music. He is also a music instructor for the Silver Bay Au Pair courses where he focuses on general music instruction to international students. Jesse is the director of the College of Saint Rose Pep Band and has also guest conducted the College of Saint Rose Symphonic Band and Chamber Choir. His passion for music education is outweighed only by his passion for sharing music with others.
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.
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).
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
Joey Van Ullen
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.
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.