Mary Barto is a former member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. She has performed with the New York Philharmonic, New York City Opera, New York City Ballet and the American Ballet Theatre. She has toured Western Europe with harpsichordist Eve Kugler and across the United States as soloist for the legendary Skitch Henderson, founder of the New York Pops. Her major teachers include Julius Baker, John C. Krell, Herbert Levy and Sandra Miller.
Teaching Flute, Flute Ensemble and Chamber Music, she is an Associate Professor at Mannes College – The New School University, an Assistant Professor at Hunter College CUNY, Instructor of Flute at Columbia University – Teachers College and Adjunct Professor at Fordham University. For eleven years, she was the coordinator of the Adult Chamber Music Program at the Lucy Moses School – Kaufman Center where she continues as a Chamber Music coach and instructor of Flute in both the Adult and Young Peoples Divisions. She is the Woodwinds Coach for the Concert Orchestra of the InterSchool Orchestras of NY – ISO.
She has played many Broadway shows and recorded film scores including numerous works by Academy Award winning composer John Barry. Her Quintet, The New York Five, has the unusual instrumental combination of Flute, Bassoon, Violin, Viola and Piano. All of their music was composed by pianist George Quincy. Their CDs are available from Albany Records, Amazon, CD Baby and Flute World.
Laura Falzon (Baldacchino)
Laura Falzon (Baldacchino) has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. Praised by the Musical Times magazine for her "versatile technique", by the British Flute Society's PAN Magazine for her passionate interest in contemporary flute music describing her as "fearless in tackling and promoting it", and hailed by the Music & Musicians as "an excellent instrumentalist", Dr. Falzon, an ardent advocate of contemporary music, has premiered numerous works written for her ranging from the conventional flute solo to works with non-western instruments like the zheng, African drums and tabla. Padma Phool is one such work written for her by the Anglo-Indian composer John Mayer (mostly known as the founder of Indo-Jazz Fusion and, in the flute world, for his flute Concerto for Sir James Galway). Among the list of works premiered are works by composers like Shirish Korde, Theodore Wiprud, Alvin Singleton, Mohammed Fairouz, Charles Camilleri, Reza Vali, Akin Euba and Geoff Poole. The recipient of numerous awards, she has received grants and awards from, among others, The British Arts Council, The Scottish Arts Council, The Rockefeller Foundation, Cambridge University, NY Women Composers, Rotary Foundation, and Columbia University. A graduate of Columbia University, she also studied in England with Royal Academy of Music professor and principal flutist of the London Sinfonietta Sebastian Bell and with Julius Baker, Susan Milan and Kim McCormick. She is a founding member and artistic director of Id-Dinja ensemble and ISSA Sonus ensemble, and, as well as having a full schedule of performances, she teaches at Teachers College, Columbia University and at the City College of New York, CUNY, where she coaches Chamber ensembles and teaches Music History and Performance. She also works as a Teaching Artist in NYC with organizations including The American Composer orchestra.
After growing up in Wisconsin and later residing in Chicago and New Orleans, multi-woodwind instrumentalist Tim Sullivan currently lives in New York City where he actively performs, teaches, and studies music. Having served on the teaching faculty of Jazz At Lincoln Center since 2009, Tim now serves as Head Of Instruction for JALC's early childhood music program, WeBop! and teaches woodwind lessons for the Middle School Jazz Academy. Tim is an Associate Professor of Music at Long Island University, where he maintains a private woodwind studio and teachesAmerican Music History, in addition to serving as an education consultant for the renowned Apollo Theater in Harlem. Tim's professional performance resume is vast and versatile, ranging from performing with jazz icons such as Jimmy Cobb, Clark Terry, and the Marsalis Family, to popular music legends such as Aretha Franklin and Fred Wesley, to playing Broadway shows and recording for television and film. Currently pursuing an Ed.M. in Music and Music Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, Tim serves as the program’s Community Music Fellow and teaches at Teachers College Community School in Harlem. Website: http://timsullivansaxophone.com/
Drew X. Coles
Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet
Multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger, producer, and educator, Drew Coles, has been a member of the New York City music scene for several years now. His wide range of musical knowledge and ability to cross stylistic and philosophical boundaries make him a valuable asset and keep him performing, teaching and collaborating steadily throughout the year. Upon recently finishing a tenure as CEO of Pro Arts Management and Consulting LLC, Drew began serving as the Executive Director of the International Chamber Orchestra of America.
Drew earned his Bachelors of Music in Music Business from the Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam, his Master of Music degree in Jazz Studies from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, his Masters in Business Administration (MBA) at the Metropolitan College of New York and is currently engaged in research and coursework toward his doctorate at Columbia University's Teacher's College, as a teaching fellow. One of Drew’s current research projects, the Musician’s Minute Project, looks to examine how professionals use their time to deduce the most successful practices in order to unearth how the programing and curricular options offered in post-secondary institutions can better reflect the needs of graduates and future graduates.
Drew primarily teaches lessons on piano, saxophone, flute and clarinet, and facilitates all instrumental music lessons for the Columbia University Marching Band.