Jeanne Goffi-Fynn is active both as a performer and teacher in the New York City area. Dr. Goffi-Fynn received her Doctorate from Columbia University, Teachers College where she also serves as director of the Doctoral Cohort Program in the Music and Music Education program. Her particular area of interest at Columbia is the applied music studio. Previously, she was on the faculty of New York University, the New School Actor's Studio M.F.A. Program, William Paterson University, and The American Musical and Dramatic Academy. She credits the beginning of her teaching career to Dr. Barbara Doscher (author of The Functional Unity of the Singing Voice) with whom she studied voice and pedagogy in at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She continues working in the area of Vocology, specifically in the area of retraining of singers, after completing an internship at the Grabscheid Voice Center, Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City with Dr. Linda Carroll, Ph.D. and Dr. Peak Woo, M.D. She has also trained at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital with Dr. Anat Keidar, Ph.D. in the diagnosis and treatment of singing voice disorders. She has presented workshops and masterclasses with NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing), The Voice Foundation, and the New York Singing Teachers Association (NYSTA).
Dr. Goffi-Fynn also remains active as a performer in the New York City area. She is most active as a recitalist, singing a variety of programs often with newly commissioned works. Operatic roles sung recently include Marie in Daughter of the Regiment (updated version) with Opera Nova, Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro) and Olympia (Les Contes d'Hoffmann). Concert and oratorio performances include the Cantata Singers (NYC), and Temple Emmanu-El (NYC) while performances in Europe include the Lugano Radio Orchestra (Switzerland) and the Rumanian Radio Orchestra in a tour of Northern Italy. She has also studied and performed at the Zurich Opera Studio and with the American Institute of Musical Studies(A.I.M.S.) in Graz, Austria.
Jeanne is also a board member of New York Singing Teachers Association (NYSTA) and a co-director of their Professional Development Program, a course of voice studies NYSTA offers now in conjunction with Teachers College, Columbia University. More information may be found at NYST.org.
Josephine Mongiardo, widely acclaimed for her "extraordinary voice" and "brilliant ornamentation", has been featured in New York stage premieres of several eighteenth-century operas, including Handel's Acisand Galatea, Esther and Susanna, as well as Lully's Acis et Galate. An accomplished actress, Ms. Mongiardo has commanded attention in such roles as Lucia, Violetta and Rosina, and as she speaks four languages, she has become a renowned recitalist and chamber music artist.
Her chamber music and orchestral appearances have taken her throughout the United States, Europe, and South America. She has collaborated with such renowned artists as Yo Yo Ma, Ani Kavafian, Gerard Schwarz, and Kenneth Cooper. Her festival appearances include Santa Fe, Waterloo, Chamber Music Northwest, Arcady, Music at Menlo, Grand Canyon and Mohawk Trail Concerts. Ms. Mongiardo's diverse repertoire includes orchestral works such as Mahler's Symphony No.4, Berlioz' Les Nuits d'Et and Strauss' Brentano Lieder as well as premieres of pieces by Seymour Barab and Wendy Chambers; she has also been featured as the narrator in Walton's Faade and as the Devil in Stravinsky's L'Histoire du Soldat as well as works by Andr Caplet and Douglas Moore.
She has performed leading roles in the Berkshire Bach Society's staged production of Bach's Hercules at the Crossroads and Over Coffee, with the Columbia Festival Orchestra in Bruce Adolphe's new work Marita and her Heart's Desire, and at Lincoln Center's Tully Hall with The Little Orchestra Society under Dino Anagnost in works of Antonio Vivaldi; Ms. Mongiardo can be heard on the CD Should Auld Acquaintance Be Forgot (Musical Heritage Society) and on Music@Menlo Live. Ms Mongiardo has a thriving teaching practice in New York City. Her students have been featured at Chautauqua Opera, Seattle Opera, Lake George Opera and in chamber andorchestral appearances throughout the United States. She currently serves as President of The New York Singing Teachers' Association. She holds a B.A. from Barnard College and an M.A. in musicology from Columbia University.
Peter Santogade attended the Manhattan School of Music where he received the Pierre Bernac award for excellence in interpretation of French Vocal literature. He has two doctorates, in voice performance from the University of Michigan and in medicine from the University of Wisconsin. From 1987-92 he was staff physician at the Miller Institute for the Health Care of Performing Artists in Manhattan. Along with teaching voice, he has been very interested in vocal hygiene and the care of reflux laryngitis and performance anxiety. He is an experienced recitalist and oratorio soloist. Most recently, he has been a member and soloist with Bel Canto, a professional chamber ensemble centered in Greensboro, NC, and has been heard on NPR's Performance Today.
Peter Van Derick
Peter Van Derick made his Metropolitan Opera debut in April 1995 in John Corigliano's The Ghosts of Versailles, and returned for seasons singing roles in Die Zauberflte, Solome, Midsummer Night's Dream, Capriccio, and Andrea Chenier. In March 1997 he portrayed the title role in fourteen performances of Gianni Schicchi with the Metropolitan Opera Guild. In January of 2004, Van Derick conducted the Idaho Falls Opera Theatre's production of THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO. In New York, he has conducted Menotti's THE OLD MAID AND THE THIEF with the Champagne and Candlelight Opera, Don Giovanni, I Pagliacci, and Il Tabarro with Dive Opera. Mr. Van Derick has performed numerous roles with the American Symphony Orchestra under Leon Botstein at Avery Fisher Hall and Bard SummerScape, including NIGHT FLIGHT, THE WRECKERS, and DER FERNE KALNG.
Mr. Van Derick has maintained a private voice studio in New York City for over 20 years, teaching both classical and musical theatre. He has been on the faculty of The Lee Strasberg Institute, Collaborative Arts Project 21, Columbia University Teacher's College, and Marymount Manhattan College in the Musical Theatre Department. At Marymount he has served as music director for the Freshman Show -'10 and Mark Morris' BEDTIME for the Dance Department's Spring Gala -'12, and ALL SHOOK UP.
Tony DiTaranto is a music educator and tenor currently pursuing an M.A. in Music & Music Education at Teachers College. He earned his B.S.Ed. in Music Education from Hofstra University and is a licensed music teacher in the state of New York. His diverse performance experience includes operatic and musical theatre productions, classical vocal recitals, barbershop quartet singing, and a multitude of choral performances and tours. Continuing his active involvement in performance, he is currently a member of two semi-professional choirs: the eVoco Voice Collective (evoco.vc) and the Trinity Wall St. Downtown Voices (trinitywallstreet.org/downtownvoices). He has performed and studied vocal technique at Hofstra University, the Manhattan School of Music, and Westminster Choir College. With a great interest in research on the pedagogical and physiological factors that influence musicianship, he completed a thesis on aural skills acquisition as an undergraduate. He has studied vocal and applied music pedagogy with Dr. Jeanne Goffi-Fynn, conducting with Dr. David Fryling, and vocal technique with Peter Van Derrick and Gregory Mercer. Although classically trained, he has previously taught and is excited to explore a wide variety of vocal styles with his students.
Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek is a member of the a cappella vocal quartet Anonymous 4. She has performed all over the world with the group and has recorded many chart-topping CDs, including her solo on the Grammy award winning "Calling All Dawns." As a soloist she sings many kinds of music from Baroque to contemporary and as a voice teacher loves to collaborate with her students, working on all kinds of musical genres and developing good technique along the way.
Katherine M. Howell
Katherine Howell is currently the Assistant Director of the Alan D. Marks Center for Career Services and Entrepreneurship at The Juilliard School. She is pursuing her Ed.D. at Teachers College in College Music Teaching. She holds an MM in vocal performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and a BA in Music from the University of California at Berkeley. Katherine is a Hertz Traveling Fellow and a Fellow of the American-Scandinavian Foundation. She has enjoyed an international performance career as a professional choral singer and has performed under conductors including Esa-Pekka Salonen and Kent Nagano. She applies her personal experience in education and the professional performing arts world to advise the students and alumni of The Juilliard School in their own artistic and life endeavors. Katherine has taught voice as a private instructor to students of many ages and levels of experience in all genres.
Soprano Elise Jablow is a student instructor currently pursuing her Ed.M. at Teachers College. She holds degrees in classical voice performance from McGill University and the Manhattan School of Music, where she was a President’s Award recipient. Elise splits her time between teaching, performing and producing opera. She is on faculty at Music Explorers and Sparkidz and is an associate producer with Opera on Tap. Elise has taught at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts and with the New York Philharmonic’s Music for Very Young People. She has performed with organizations such as the Bel Cantanti Opera, Annapolis Opera, Underworld Productions Opera, American Opera Projects, Vermont Philharmonic, and the Brevard Music Center. Elise has experience teaching students of all ages in the classical, musical theater, jazz and pop styles. Let’s sing!