Dr. Donald Pirone

Dr. Pirone is a member of the performance faculty at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. The recipient of many awards and prizes, Professor Pirone received his Bachelor of Music degree from Queens College and later won a scholarship to the Juilliard School, where he received his Master's in Music. He later earned his Ph.D. at New York University. Among the eminent artists with whom he studied were Leon Pommers, Joseph Raieff and Seymour Lipkin.

Professor Pirone enjoys a distinguished career as soloist, chamber musician and concerto performer. Since his successful and widely acclaimed New York debut at Carnegie Recital Hall, he was appeared throughout the country and in several major New York concert halls, including Town Hall, Merkin Hall, the 92nd Street Y and Alice Tully Hall. Recordings of the performances have been aired as part of several radio broadcasts, including WQXR's "Listening Room" and "Young Artists Showcase" and on WNYC and BBC in Europe.

Professor Pirone has also contributed significantly to the annals of 20th century music by exploring and reviving works by lesser known composers. He is world renowned for his research on and performance of music by the Polish composer, Karol Rathaus. His internationally acclaimed performance of the "Concerto for Piano and Orchestra" with the London Symphony Orchestra, JoAnn Falletta, conductor, was recorded by Koch International and has spurred a revival of Rathaus's music by bringing it to the attention of many recording artists since its release in 1998.

Jonathan Weber
Chamber Music Coordinator

Jonathan Weber maintains a versatile musical career as a violinist, violist, conductor and composer. A graduate of the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College (CUNY) and classically trained under the tutelage of violinist Daniel Phillips, Mr. Weber went on to collaborate and perform professionally with artists such as (the aforementioned) Daniel Phillips and Timothy Eddy of the Orion String Quartet, Tara O'Connor of Windscape, oboe virtuosos Ronald Roseman and Randall Wolfgang, and the renowned Bach Aria Group. Mr. Weber has also made numerous solo and ensemble appearances with symphony orchestras throughout the United States and abroad.

Branching into alternate musical genres such as jazz, hip-hop, country, and rock, Mr. Weber has performed with artists including Billy Joel, Jay-Z, Beyonce Knowles, Roger Daltrey, Peter Gabriel, Josh Groban, Taylor Swift, Sarah McLachlan, Barry Manilow, Tony Bennett, Herbie Hancock, Savion Glover, the Irish Tenors, the Trans Siberian Orchestra, the Mahavishnu Project, and fusion band: DBR & The Mission (Opus 3 Artists) for which he has received critical acclaim. Mr. Weber is an active player in the Broadway circuit and he has also had the privilege of appearing with the vintage 20's/30's jazz band: Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks. CD credits include Billy Joel: Live at Shea Stadium, Jay-Z: Kingdom Come, and Albert Hammond Jr.'s "Como Te Llama", in addition to numerous TV and film score projects with various composers and artists including Ryuichi Sakamoto and Steven Van Zandt.

Journeying into the cinematic medium, Mr. Weber can be seen as an on screen musician in films such as Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus (2006), Sex and the City 2 (2010), Billy Joel: The Last Play at Shea (2010), and the HBO Miniseries: Mildred Pierce (2011) and Annie (2014). He has also made network television appearances on programs such as The Late Show with David Letterman, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Live with Regis and Kelly, The Rachel Ray Show, The View, Christmas Live at Rockefeller Center, and PBS programs: Great Performances and Soundstage.

Mr. Weber has been a faculty member at the Lawrence Eisman Center for Preparatory Studies in Music at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College (CUNY) since the year 2000 where he serves as conductor of the pre-college orchestras, coordinator of the chamber music department and summer chamber music festivals, and is also a member of the violin and viola faculty. In addition to conducting orchestras at CPSM, Mr. Weber has appeared as guest conductor for the NMEA All County Music Festival in performance at the Tilles Center at C.W. Post, LI University.


Dr. Lawrence Eisman
Director Emeritus

Dr. Eisman is a professor of music at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. His teaching responsibilites include teacher training at the secondary school level and conducting and directing the 160-voice Queens College Choral Society, an organization which he has led since 1977.

Dr. Eisman is an author of music text designed for the middle and junior high school level, including the sixth-eighth grade levels of Making Music Your Own, The World of Music, and Music Connection, all published by Silver Burdett Ginn. He has served on the editorial board of the Music Educators National Conference, as curriculum chair of the New York State School Music Association, and as a guest conductor and clinician throughout the United States and abroad.

Ms. Dorothy Shorter
String Coordinator

Dorothy Shorter graduated from the State University of New York at Geneseo. Ms. Shorter studied violin with world-renowned violinist Elmar Oliveira and with Regis Iandiorio, first violinist of the Hampton String Quartet. In addition, Ms. Shorter received her certification in Suzuki Violin pedagogy at the School for Strings in New York City, under the tutelage of Louise Behrend. Ms. Shorter has taught violin in the C.W. Post Suzuki program and was director of the elementary string program at Friends Academy in Locust Valley, NY. In addition to her work as string coordinator at LECPSM, Ms. Shorter teaches violin and viola at Kellenberg Memorial High School and at the Music Institute of Long Island. Ms. Shorter performs in various chamber groups and orchestras on Long Island.

Mary Kay McGarvey
Vocal Coordinator

Mary Kay McGarvey, DMA, Manhattan School of Music, BME, MM Voice, Norrthwestern University is a native of South Dakota. She has performed extensively throughout the U.S. and on tour in Italy. Recently, Ms. McGarvey performed in various programs such as "Women in Love", the Queen of Hearts and the White Queen in a new musical ALICE IN ANALYSIS and Lulu in a mixed media production INNOCENT DEPRAVITY. The soprano performed the title role in the premieres of Murray Boren's operas EMMA and Aunt Julia/Mrs. Malins in THE DEAD in NYC. Other roles include Micaela, Baby Doe, Despina, Susanna, Gilda, Musetta, Sophie, Adele, Violetta, Mabel, and Laetitia in addition to many oratorio roles, which she has performed in Dallas, Ft. Worth, Aspen, Chicago, Connecticut, Washington, New York and Rome, Italy. She made her Lincoln Center debut singing Mozart concert arias and was a finalist in the Long Island Opera Competition, NATS American Composer's competitions and won the Queens Oratorio Competition. She has performed and studied Latin American /Spanish art songs in the US and Barcelona, Spain.

Dr. McGarvey has served on the faculties of Texas Christian University, UT Arlington, Westminster Choir College, Concordia College, Brooklyn/Queens Conservatory of Music. She is currently the voice coordinator of LECPSM at Queens College and BQCM Professional Studies Program in Park Slope.

Dr. McGarvey is the Northeast Regional Governor of the National Opera Association, and has served on the board of Governors of the American Guild of Musical Artists. She is a member of National Association of Teachers of Singing, Actors Equity Association, and Professional Women Singers Association.

Mr. Christopher Liccardo
Suzuki Piano Coordinator

Mr. Liccardo holds a B.M and M.M in piano performance from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. He has studied piano with Nadia Reisenberg and Morey Ritt and completed Suzuki studies with Shila Ketas and Mary Craig Powell. He has twice been the recipient of scholarship awards from the Suzuki Association. As a performer, Mr. Liccardo has appeared at Alice Tully Hall and in radio broadcasts over WNYC radio.

Mr. Liccardo is the founder and coordinator of the Suzuki piano program at CPSM. In demand as a clinician and lecturer, he has taught, performed and lectured at institutes and workshops throughout the United States, as well as in Canada and Bermuda. He has participated as a presenter at the Suzuki Association of the Americas National Conference and has contributed to the book Teaching Suzuki Piano. Mr. Liccardo is also a former president of the Associated Music Teachers League.


Aminda Asher (cello)

Barbara Berg (violin)

B.Mus, MMus (violin performance) Eastman School of Music; M.A.T. Lehman College, CUNY. Suzuki Certification, School for Strings. Violin, chamber music, Suzuki string coordinator at Hoff

Julia Biber (cello)

Lilia Bigun (Suzuki piano)

Konstanza Chernov (piano)

Grace Sunim Cho (piano)

Joanne Choi (cello, chamber music)

Paulina Colon (musicianship)

Kirsten DelGaudio (violin)

BMus in Violin Performance, Manhattan School of Music; MA in Performance at Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College; Faculty at Kellengberg Memorial High School, and also is active freelance musician and teacher in the NY Metro area.

Josh Deutsch (trumpet/jazz)

Jennifer Forese (musicianship/flute)

BA in Music/English, Queens College; currently enrolled in MA in Music History program, Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College; performances with the One World Symphony, Eastern Symphony Chamber Orchestra, the Inter

Samantha Friedman (voice)

Patricia Giannattasio (musicianship/composition)

BA in Music (Magna Cum Laude), Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College; currently enrolled as MA in Composition student, Aaron Copland School of Music. Awards include: Gabriel Fontrier Award, Presser Foundation Award, Karol Rathaus Memorial Award.

Ejona Gjermeni (piano)

Amanda Gorham (Chorus)

Terrence Goss (saxophone)

Margret Hjaltested (violin/viola)

Diploma in Viola Performance and Pedagogy Degree, Reykjavik College of Music; BMus the Juilliard School; MMus Mannes College; Suzuki Teacher Certification, School for Strings; active freelance performer, including with Westchester Philharmonic, The American Classical Orchestra and Key West Symphony; member of the chamber ensemble, Resonant Spectra; on faculty at SummerKeys in Lubec, Maine.

Mimi Hsu (Dalcroze Eurhythmics)

BA in Vocal Performance, Chinese Cultural University, Taiwan; Dalcroze Eurhythmics Certification, New York Dalcroze School; Dalcroze License Studies, Longy School of Music; Faculty, Greenwich House Music School, Hoff

Daniel Hyman (violin)

BMus in Performance with High Distinction, Indiana University; MFA in Chamber Music, Sarah Lawrence College; MS in Music Education, Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College; Suzuki Certification from School for Strings; NYSSMA adjudicator certification, National Merit Scholar and member of the Golden Key Honour Society.

Michele Jordan (piano)

BA in Music, Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College; Suzuki teacher training, School for Strings; Member: Suzuki Association of the Americas; maintains large private teaching studio in Port Washington, NY; CPSM faculty since 1990.

Faina Khodos (accompanist)

Mikhail Kofman (accompanist)

Bachelor of Music in Performance, Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College; currently enrolled in MA in Performance degree program at Aaron Copland School of Music.

Se Beng Koh (piano/accompanist)

Geoff Krally (bass/jazz)


Chris Liccardo (piano/Suzuki Piano Coordinator)

for bio, please see Administration page

Joseph Liccardo (piano)

BMus Eastman School of Music; currently enrolled in Masters degree program at the Juilliard School. Faculty member at CPSM since 2006, and also maintains a private piano studio.

Katherine Liccardo (violin)

Pam Liccardo (Musicianship Coordinator/piano)

Irina Markovich (piano)

B.A. (Summa Cum Laude) Dagestan Music College, USSR; M.A. Rachmaninoff Conservatory of Music, USSR; Suzuki Training at Hartford University and the School for Strings. Faculty, Mannes College of Music Preparatory Division. Member MTNA, The Suzuki Association of America, The National Guild of Piano Teachers.

Lisa Maron (Associate Director/flute)

for bio, please see Administration page

Mary Kay McGarvey (Voice Coordinator)

for bio, please see Administration page

Kristin Mozeiko (French horn)

BMus in Education, Ithaca College; MM in Performance, Hartt School of Music; DMA candidate, Boston University.

Michelle Nestor (guitar)

BA. in Media Studies and Music, Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College; M.A. in Jazz Performance and Composition, Aaron Copland School of Music. Performed at several jazz festivals, including the Heineken Jazz Festival in the Dominican Republic, the Lucca Jazz Festival in Tuscany, Italy, and also performed for the Ibero Arts Organization. Founded MM Productions.

Anthony Newton (piano)

Maeve O'Hara (violin)

Inalvys Paris-Cabello (violin/viola)

Jeong Hwa Park (piano)

MA in Piano Performance, DMA in Piano Performance, Arizona State University.

Donald Pirone (Director/piano)

for bio, please see Administration page

Naomi Podber (musicianship)

BMus, Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College. Faculty member of the Bronx Art Ensemble's Arts

Nate Radley (guitar/jazz)

James Reynolds (jazz piano)

Jiliane Russo (cello/orchestra conductor)

BMus, Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College; currently MA in Cello Performance candidate at Aaron Copland School of Music; performs both classical and contemporary music, including with such artists as Ryan Leslie, Courtney Love, and Ringo Starr.

Charles Schmid (percussion)

Dorothy Shorter (Suzuki violin coordinator/violin)

for bio, please see Administration page

Vinny Sperrazza (percussion/jazz)

Robert Taffett (bass)

David Taubman (Musicianship)

Jonathan Weber (violin, viola, orchestra, chamber music coordinator)

for bio, please see Administration page

Naomi Wu (Suzuki piano)

Maiko Yasuda (piano)

Marcelline Yellin (piano)


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