Lesson Location:

28 Lincoln Ave.,

Pittsford NY 14534

Contact us:

International School of Music and Arts of Rochester
PO Box 763

Pittsford, New York 14534

Email: admin@ismarochester.org

Listed by Last Name

Ben Fried (Cello)

Janneke Hoogland (Cello)

Eunmi Ko (Piano)

Anthony LaPenna (Saxophone & WoW)

Ben Magruder (Violist)

Wilma McNulty (ASL)

Evan Meccarrello (Violin & ensembles)

Greg Ott (Trombone)

Pheobe Shelton (Children’s Dance)

Laudon Schuett (Guitar/Lute/String Ensembles/Theory-History)

Quinton Harvey (Vocal, Early Childhood Music)

Chris Wodjak (Guitar)

Teachers' Bios

By Last Name

Janneke Hoogland received a Bachelor of Music degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music studying with Irene Sharp, and a Master of Music Degree in cello performance from the Eastman School of Music studying with Steven Doane.


In addition to teaching at the International School of Music and Arts, Ms. Hoogland is also currently a cello instructor at Eastman Community Music School, the Harley School, the Hochstein Music School, Roberts Wesleyan Community Music School, and also has private cello studios in Canandaigua and Brighton.  She has also been a cello instructor and chamber music coach at Houghton College, and Roberts Wesleyan College.  Ms. Hoogland has received Suzuki teacher training in books 1 - 5, with Rick Mooney.  She teaches all 10 Suzuki books and beyond, while also emphasizing the development of music reading skills.     

Ms. Hoogland has performed with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, the Eugene (OR) Symphony, and the Sacramento (CA) Symphony.  She currently performs with the Rochester Chamber Orchestra and the Genesee String Quartet.

Pianist Eunmi Ko was born and raised in Seoul, Korea. Ko has performed throughout North America, Asia, and Oceania. In 2009, for the first time as a student, she programmed two sets of Chopin Etudes in a single recital program at the Eastman School of Music. The same year and following year, her complete Chopin etudes project captivated audiences in the upstate New York, Boston, and South Carolina in the U.S., as well as in Christchurch, New Zealand. For the past few years, she featured as a guest artist at Newton Free Library, MA, Nazareth College in Rochester, Chautauqua Music Festival, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, NY, Union College, NY, St. Petersburg College, FL and Erskine College, SC.

Ko has acquired significant experience as a collaborative pianist in the past few years. Since 2005, she has served as an accompanist and collaborative pianist for Eastman School of Music, Eastman Community Music School, Finger Lakes Community College, Nazareth College, Hochstein School of Music and Dance, The Quartet Program, and Chautauqua Music Festival where she played 15 different piano concerti with 25 contestants as a special accompanist for Sigma Alpha Iota competition in 2007.


In 2009, Ko and violinist Sini Virtanen launched a concert series, Music After 1900 and they have performed over 20 composers’ work- Bacewicz, Bartok, L. Boulanger, Clarke, Delius, Francaix, Higdon, Kokkonen, Liebermann, Lutoslawski, Part, Penderecki, Ran, Rautavaara, Saariaho, W.G. Still, Sylvestrov, Szymanowski, Tann, Yun. They have appeared in Eastman Virtuosi concert, Ossia, CUNY, Union College, Women in Music Festival, and Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall. In 2013, she and Virtanen co-founded new music ensemble Strings and Hammers with Julia Shulman(double bass). Their first concert, Penderecki Project was hosted by the Skalny Center in the Strong Auditorium.


In 2011, she was the assistant director for Women in Music Festival and the career led her into collaboration with a composer, Hilary Tann. The following year, Music After 1900 presented a memorable concert of Hilary Tann’s music. Currently, she is working on recording her music with Sini Virtanen, Andrew Barnhart, and Albert Kim. The CD will be released by Centaur Records.


Ko studied her bachelor of music program with Ick ChooMoon at the Seoul National University from 2000 to 2003. During her graduate studies at the Eastman School of Music, she studied with Rebecca Penneys. She received Master of Music degree and Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Eastman.


Teaching has been an important part of Ko’s career. She held a Teaching Assistant-ship from 2006 to 2009 for the studio of Professor Rebecca Penneys at Eastman. Since 2008, she serves as a piano instructor and accompanist at Finger Lakes Community College, Canandaigua, NY, and Eastman Community Music School. In 2012 summer, she taught at the Performing Arts Institute, PA. Ko is a piano faculty of the Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival, FL (http://rebeccapenneyspianofestival.org/).

Violist Ben Magruder is a recent Eastman School of Music graduate, just beginning a professional career in chamber music and music education. During his time at school, he studied with George Taylor and Carol Rodland.  He performs and competes in the unique ¡Voila! viola trio, an award winning ensemble dedicated to illuminating others to the possibilities of the viola. Ben also has a passion for teaching, having completed an education degree in addition to his performance studies. He regularly conducts, teaches group strings and teaches general music while maintaining a private studio.  He spends his summers in Brainerd, Minnesota as a fellow with the Lakes Area Music Festival where he also helped begin a general music camp for local children.  A born multi-instrumentalist, Ben has never been able to resist a new instrument. He enjoys playing guitar or drums with a rock band as well as singing with a church choir as the tenor section leader.  He also loves to cook and helped keep himself afloat through college as a chef at a fine restaurant and private chef.  When he gets the chance, Ben likes to play chess and racquetball.

Evan Meccarello is Founder and Conductor of the Hochstein Alumni Orchestra.  In this capacity he has given world-premiere performances of Rochester composers and showcased talented musicians from around western New York.  Evan also serves as Assistant Conductor of the Finger Lakes Symphony Orchestra.


Recent conducting studies include a masterclass with Michail Jurowski and the Berlin Sinfonietta,  training under Ulrich Metzger with the Berlin-Brandenburg Symphony Orchestra, and opera conducting study in Verona, Italy.  Evan serves as cover conductor for the Nazareth College Symphony Orchestra and has led concerts and rehearsals with the ensemble over the past five years. He made guest appearances with the college's Concert Band and Percussion Ensemble.  In the choral area, he assisted in rehearsals for Nazareth performances of Mozart's Requiem and Schubert's Mass in G.


Previously Assistant Conductor of the Hochstein Youth Symphony, Evan works as a freelance musician based in Rochester, New York.  Recent conducting work has included leading rehearsals with the Greater Buffalo Youth Orchestra, Berlin-Brandenburg Symphony Orchestra, and the Nazareth College Symphony Orchestra.


As a violinist, Evan has participated in summer festivals held around the region, as well as in Tanglewood and Spoleto, Italy.  He was a two-time winner of Nazareth College's concerto competition, and has played with the Delmonico String Quartet for six years (delmonicostrings.com).


Mrs. Wilma McNulty is a proficient interpreter, excellent at juggling multiple tasks and working under pressure. Her broad industry experience includes Health Care, Mental Health Care, School Districts and Legal. She is also experienced in an inpatient psychiatric setting, working in a general clinical setting and the criminal justice system.

Mrs. McNulty is fluent in American Sign Language, Spanish Sign Language and Spanish/English Languages.

Greg is a 1993 graduate of the Eastman School of Music where he earned a Bachelors of Music in Trombone Performance from the studio of Dr. John Marcellus.  Growing up in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area, Greg was a student of Byron McCullough of the Pittsburgh Symphony and Matty Shiner of Duquesne University.  Greg is currently a Wegmans Food Markets Area Manager and has also maintained a private trombone studio for the past 21 years.  Greg is trombone instructor at the Chautauqua Institution Summer Music Camp and was an adjunct music faculty member at Roberts Wesleyan College.  Greg is a dynamic and successful teacher who is devoted to helping his students grow musically and achieve their goals.  Greg loves to perform music of many genres including orchestral repertoire, chamber music, solo literature as well as jazz and contemporary music.  Greg has been influenced by additional private studies with Steve Witser of the Cleveland Orchestra, Joseph Alessi of the New York Philharmonic, Frank Crisafulli of the Chicago Symphony and Raymond Premru of Oberlin College Conservatory.  Greg resides in Rochester with his wife and four very musical children.

Laudon Schuett was born in Toledo, Ohio in 1986. His interest in music began when he taught himself how to play and read music on the guitar at age 11. After a few years of playing electric guitar and studying under Michael Singer, he was encouraged to explore classical music. While in high school, he attended Glendale Community College in the evenings, taking classical guitar courses and lessons under Chuck Hulihan, now a well known gypsy jazz guitar performer. Laudon earned his BM in Guitar Performance under Frank Koonce at Arizona State University. While helping professor Koonce with transcriptions of vihuela music, Laudon became fascinated by the study and performance of early music. He purchased a $500 Pakistani lute during the summer before his senior year and cut his nails off (a cringe-worthy move for most classical guitarists!). Luckily, professor Koonce encouraged his interest He entered the graduate early music program at the Eastman School of Music, studying lute, theorbo, and performance practice under Paul O'Dette.


Laudon completed his MM in Early Music (Emphasis: Historical Plucked Instruments) in 2010 and is on track to complete his DMA in Early Music by fall of 2013, pending successful completion of exams.


In 2011, Laudon won the Lute Society of America competition and performed a winner's concert at the Boston Early Music Festival that year. Laudon has also written an article for the Lute of Society of America on articulation and interpretation in Nicolas Vallet's music, published in their quarterly. In the fall of 2011, he co-directed a performance of John Blow's “Venus and Adonis,” the first staged production in the Eastman School of Music's new recital hall, Hatch Hall. In 2012, he was a recipient of the Lute Society of America scholarship to attend the 2012 LSA Summer Workshop but was unfortunately unable to attend. Laudon has also been a guest lecturer and performer at Glendale Community College, Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, the Eastman School of Music, and Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. He is now an active performer and teacher in the Baltimore area. 

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