Our Faculty

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Our faculty includes some of the area’s top performers and music educators. Extensive biographies for all Faculty members are available upon request.

NOTE: Half hourly rates vary by instructor and range from $45 to $60. Please contact us for detailed rates. 45 minute, 60 minute, and longer lessons are also available.

Martin Fett (Cello)

M.M. Manhattan School of Music. Active New York and Connecticut freelance artist. Extensive solo, chamber, orchestral, opera and Broadway performances. Private teaching in New York and Greenwich.

Loretta Goudis (Violin and Viola)

Graduate of Tbilisi Conservatory, Republic of Georgia. First violinist in the National Opera and Ballet Theater for over 21 years. Extensive private teaching in Fairfield County. A number of her students went on to become prize-winning performers.

Tod Hedrick (Double Bass)

Studied with Constantin Popescu and earned a B.M. from the New York University’s Jazz Performance Department. Member Ridgefield Symphony, Greenwich Symphony and several other area chamber groups and symphonic orchestras. He has played West Side Story in China, with a jazz trio in Switzerland, and is the double bassist in the Bar Harbor, Maine Music Festival. Performed in many top jazz clubs in New York City, including Birdland and Smalls. He has several CDs to his credit, including three with Elan Mehler and Half Seas Over.

Yaroslav Kargin (Violin and Viola)

Graduate of Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory and the Yale University School of Music. Performed around the globe under leading conductors and with world renowed soloists. Active solo and chamber music career in the New York City area. Has taught at the Yale School of Music, the Interlochen Center for the Arts, and is on the faculty at the Festival Eleazar de Carvalho in Fortaleza, Brazil. Private teaching in Fairfield County.

Marina Kitaychik (Violin and Viola)

Graduate of the Moscow Tchaikovsky State Conservatory. B.A. and M.M. Mannes College of Music. First prize winner of the All-Russian Young Artist Violin Competition. International soloist featured in concerts throughout Europe and the United States. Performances broadcasted by WQXR. Teaching privately in New York City and Connecticut.

Aaron Lofaro (Violin and Viola)

Aaron Lofaro has been teaching orchestra and violin for over 15 years at the elementary, middle and high school levels. Mr. Lofaro is the orchestra director at Central Middle School in Greenwich, CT, teaches violin lessons at the Suzuki Music School of Westport and serves as the conductor for the String Orchestra at the Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestras. He holds a Bachelor of Music from Roberts Wesleyan College, a Masters in Music Education from Western Connecticut State University and is a registered Suzuki violin teacher through Bk. 6 through the Hartt School of Music.   Mr. Lofaro currently freelances as a violinist in southwestern Connecticut and performs with the American Chamber Orchestra.

Vladimir Morgovsky (Cello)

M.M. Leningrad State Conservatory, where he served as Associate Professor of Chamber Music. In the U.S. since 1980, he served as a principal cellist of the Masterwork Chorus Orchestra, St. Cecilia and Tchaikovsky Chamber Orchestras, and New Jersey Pops. Performed internationally and taught cello and chamber music at Montclair State College and Hastings-on-Hudson Creative Art Center. Orchestra Director of Hackley School, Tarrytown, NY from 1995 to 2011. Teaches privately in New York and Greenwich.

Naomi Onda (Piano)

Graduate of the Osaka University of Arts. Frequent performer on many stages both in the U.S.A. and in Japan. Released several albums on sale all over the world. Pianist for the Young People’s Chorus of New York City. Teaching in the tri-state area.

Tatiana Pikayzen (Piano)

M.M. and Ph.D. Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory. Top prize winner of the International Vienna Chopin Competition in Warsaw, Moscow International Piano Competition, and others. Recordings on “Muzyka” and “21st Century Virtuosos” labels. Currently performing and giving master classes throughout Europe, Asia and North America. Faculty member of the Manhattan School of Music. Private teaching in Connecticut.

Constantin Popescu (Double Bass and Violone)

Graduate of the Bucharest Conservatory, Romania and the Juilliard School. Winner of the ISB Solo Competition. Founder of The Bottesini Duo. World renowned soloist. Principal Bass Greenwich Symphony and performs with the New York Philharmonic. Teaches in Connecticut.

Melanie Sasaki (Violin, Viola and Piano)

Manhattan School of Music and B.A. SUNY Purchase Conservatory. Member of Ridgefield Symphony and frequent performer with numerous tri-state area ensembles. Private teaching in Connecticut and New York.

Brenda Vincent (Violin and Viola)

B.M. Peabody Conservatory of Music. Extensive experience performing with orchestras, opera and ballet companies and chamber ensembles  coast to coast, as well as Broadway shows. Recorded many pop, jazz, latin and new music albums, received several awards and grants, and lectured on jazz at UMass Amherst. Currently performs with the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, Bar Harbor Chamber Orchestra and others, and is Concert-master for Roger Holland Gospel Choir and Orchestra. Teaches privately in New York and Greenwich.

Emily Uematsu

Violinist Emily Uematsu has performed throughout the U.S. and Europe and is building an active career as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral musician. She is the winner of the 2017 Parnassus Society Award, and she became a member of the New Haven Symphony in 2016. In 2014, she gave her New York City debut recital at Steinway Hall. Emily graduated from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University as a student of Paul Kantor with a Master of Music degree in Violin Performance in May 2016. She was the recipient of the 2014-2016 Itzhak Perlman Endowed Scholarship Recipient in Violin. She studied at Chapman University in Orange, California, where she earned a Bachelor of Music Degree Magna Cum Laude in Violin Performance.