Faculty

Staff Accompanists

JONATHAN ACKERMAN - Staff Accompanist
B.A., Sarah Lawrence College; M.M., Piano Performance, Rutgers University. Piano studies: Theodore Lettvin, Bernard Rose, Edmund Niemann. Toured the US, Europe and Japan as pianist with the dance company Eurythmy Spring Valley. Solo and chamber music performances throughout the U.S. Private piano teacher: Irvington, NY.

NELY BURLA - Staff Accompanist
B.M.,M.M., Kharkov Institute of Fine Arts, Donetsk State Conservatory (Ukraine); Ph.D., Saratov State Conservatory (Russia). Studied: Prof. S.Benditsky, M.Voskressensky, V.Hananaev. Soloist of Donetsk Philharmonic Society (Ukraine). Numerous Solo and Chamber performances: Ukraine, Russia, Israel, Canada, United States. Collaborative pianist: University of Toronto, The Royal Conservatory of Music, Canadian Music Competitions. Over 30 years of international experience as a piano teacher for children and professional students at Collegiate level. Publications for teachers held in Russian State Library. Former faculty: Donetsk State Conservatory, Amadeus Conservatory of Music.

KEIKO INOUYE – Staff Accompanist
B.M., Oberlin Conservatory, Piano Performance. Studied Solo Piano: Julian Martin, Robert Shannon; Tokyo School for Performing Arts, studied: Keiko Kanazawa, Etsuko Yokoyama and Ikuko Endo. Collaborative pianist: instrumental and vocal recitals, musicals and dance productions in Japan, Connecticut and New York. Freelance Accompanist in Westchester and Connecticut.

JAMIN KIM – Staff Accompanist
B.M., Piano Performance, Montclair State University; M.M., P.S., Collaborative Piano, Manhattan School of Music. Piano studies: Ken Merrill, John Forconi, Magdalena Baczewska. Staff accompanist and vocal coach at Manhattan School of Music and SUNY Purchase. Solo and chamber music performances throughout the U.S. and Italy. Freelance instrumental accompanist and vocal coach.

ELEONORA ROTSHTEYN - Musicianship, Staff Accompanist, Composition
B.M., M.M., Mannes College of Music, piano and composition. Master of Music Education (K-12 certification) Queens College. Piano studies: Mme. Nina Svetlanova. Composition studies: Dr. Robert Cuckson. Theory and Analysis: Dr. Carl Schachter. Performance: Weill Recital Hall; NY/ NJ Steinway Halls. Winner: Leschetizky Society; World Piano Competition, Cincinnati. Collaborative pianist: Lucy Moses School; Mannes College of Music Preparatory; Port Jefferson Music Academy; private studio in Brooklyn. Collaborative pianist: BMCC, CUNY. Faculty: Port Jefferson Music Academy; Shostakovich Music School; School for Strings, BMCC, CUNY adjunct.

SHI-LING SHIH - Staff Accompanist
B.M., M.M., Manhattan School of Music. Studied with Feder, Svetlanova, Edelman, Anievas. Post Graduate studies at CUNY Center. Chamber Music with Balsam, Seiger. Recitals in New York area and Taiwan. Private teaching, accompanying in Westchester.

TOMOKO UCHINO THOMAS - Staff Accompanist
B.M., University of Michigan; M.M., Johns Hopkins, Peabody Conservatory; D.M.A. University of Arizona, Solo Piano; G.D., Collaborative Piano, The Juilliard School. Studied Solo Piano: Arthur Greene, Ann Schein, Elena Shiga, Rex Woods. Studied Collaborative Piano: Margo Garrett, Jonathan Feldman, Brian Zeger. Numerous prizes: national and international competitions. Recital appearances: United States, Japan, Thailand, France, Germany. Staff Accompanist: Aspen Music Festival, Meadowmount School of Music, Heifetz International Music Institute. Former instructor: Interlochen Center for the Arts. Freelance accompanist, vocal coach, teacher.