Chamber Music from Bach to Björk
Works by J. S. Bach, Björk, Leonard Cohen, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Edward Elgar, Gustav Holst, Scott Joplin, Astor Piazzolla, Henry Purcell, José Silvestre White.
TC Chamber Musicians
Born in England, Andrea Courchene began playing the cello at age three. After an active musical childhood that included studies at the Guildhall School of Music as well as membership in the National Children’s Orchestra and the renowned Stoneleigh Youth Orchestra, Andrea immigrated with her family to Pensacola, Florida. At the age of 15, Andrea began performing professionally as a member of the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra. Andrea graduated from Stetson University with a bachelor’s degree in cello performance and has continued graduate studies with Emilio Colon at the University of Illinois and with Brant Taylor at DePaul University. Currently Andrea lives in New York and is pursuing the Master of Arts in music and music education at Teachers College.
Paul Leiner, cellist, bassist, music educator, received his Bachelor of Music degree in 2005 from Stetson University, studying cello with David Bjella. He studied with Brant Taylor at DePaul University, where he received his master’s degree in 2008. Paul appeared as soloist with the DePaul University Baroque Ensemble in 2008 and with the Stetson University Chamber Orchestra in 2004. He has performed at the Bowdoin Music Festival, the Round Top Festival, and with the Chicago Civic Orchestra, Lira Ensemble of Chicago, Millennium Chamber Players, and the Orlando Philharmonic. From 2009 to 2011, Paul was director of Millennium Middle School orchestras in Sanford, Florida; director of the Flagler Youth Orchestra; and Adjunct Professor of applied strings at Seminole State College. Now in New York, Paul is pursuing the EdM at Teachers College.
Amy Mazzariello, soprano, developed an appreciation for classical music during the 20 years she spent in ballet classes. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University, where she sang with the Voorhees Choir and with ShockWave, an award-winning all-female a cappella group. She has contributed backing vocals and clarinet to songs by her boyfriend’s musical project, Impaled Peach. She made her solo debut at the Teachers College Sweetheart’s Event on February 14 earlier this term. Amy is currently employed at Teachers College as an assistant editor at the Community College Research Center.
Born into a musical family, Alicia Pohan started playing violin when she was seven years old. From ages eleven to eighteen, she studied violin and voice at Manhattan School of Music Preparatory Division in New York City. Music eventually took a back seat to academics as she focused on earning her bachelor’s degree in literature, first at Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio, and then at The New School in New York City. While teaching in Iowa for the past three years, she accompanied students in various musical and theatrical performances. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree at Teachers College in the teaching of high school English. Playing in this chamber ensemble has provided her the opportunity to transform belief into practice, becoming an educator who is actively involved in the arts.
Jeffrey Wang, violin, a native New Yorker, received his bachelor of arts from Dartmouth College after four years at the Juilliard Pre-College Division. His primary teachers have been Margaret Pardee, Lu Si-Qing, and Anthony Princiotti. He has had extensive performing experience in chamber music and with orchestras, notably with the Salome Chamber Ensemble. Having served as concertmaster of the Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra for three years, Jeffrey was the 2007 Culley Concerto Competition Grand Prize Winner at Dartmouth College. He is currently an MA candidate in music and music education at Teachers College. Jeffrey freelances as a violinist and conducts the Mount Carmel Holy Rosary String Ensemble in East Harlem.
Teachers College Chamber Music is a two-credit graduate course (A&HM 4056) in the Music and Music Education Program, Department of Arts and Humanities. The course meets approximately two hours weekly and advocates a passion for collaborative chamber music, a commitment to diverse membership and literature, chamber music’s potential to exemplify democracy, and respect for tradition as well as innovation. Roles of professor and student are purposely blurred thereby stimulating a community of learners who develop musical artistry, self-awareness, and critical reflection skills. The course syllabus is co-constructed each term according to performing media and interests of those enrolled. TC Chamber Music is coached by Dr. Dwight Manning.