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: registration@ismarochester.org

Listed by Last Name

Ariadne Antipa (Piano)

Humberto Colon (Double Bass)

Ben Fried (Cello)

Janneke Hoogland (Cello)

Anthony LaPenna (Saxophone & WoW)

Xuan Li (Flute)

Wilma McNulty (ASL)

Evan Meccarrello (Violin & ensembles)

Greg Ott (Trombone)

Esther Rogers (Cello)

Pheobe Shelton (Children’s Dance)

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

Quinton Harvey (Vocal, Early Childhood Music)

Chris VandenBos (Guitar)

Teachers' Bios

By Last Name

                Ariadne Antipa began playing the piano at the age of 5 under the tutelage of her father. She began performing in local recitals and music events at age 8 in her small hometown of Georgetown, California. Ariadne has had many opportunities to perform, compete nationally, and study abroad. She received top marks in Sacramento’s Festival of New American Music (FeNAM) Young Performers Recital, as well as in the Sacramento Baroque Festival Recital. In 2009 she won first place in all rounds of the El Dorado County Rotary Music Competition, in 2011 she won first place in the Ann Krusche Piano Competition in Chico, CA, and in 2013 she won the collegiate division of the Rochester International School of Music & Arts music competition. She won her first concerto competition in 2008 and since then has appeared with the Central Valley Youth Symphony playing the Shostokovich Piano Concerto No. 1, and with the Sacramento State Symphony performing Tchaikowsky’s Piano Concerto No. 3.

                Ariadne has studied for several summers in the United States and Europe. She has attended festivals in Italy at the Schlern International Music Festival, France at the Fontainebleau Music School and Festival, and the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, NY. She has had the immense privilege of studying and receiving master classes with teachers such as Frederic Aguessy, Philippe Entremont, Ray Gottlieb and Monique Duphil, among others.

                Ariadne’s teachers have included Tanya Plescia, Natsuki Fukasawa, Richard Cionco and Lorna Peters. In 2012, Ariadne transferred to the Eastman School of Music to continue her undergraduate studies under Rebecca Penneys, her current teacher.

                In addition to her classical music studies, Ariadne has been active in her Greek culture from a young age. She was a member of a traditional Greek band, Oi Bounisi, where she played the santouri, similar to a hammered dulcimer. She began Greek folk dancing at age ten and began teaching dance while in college. She currently teaches the high school group at the Greek Orthodox Church in Rochester, NY where she also serves as the church organist. This Fall, Ariadne will be a senior at the Eastman School of Music.


Humberto J. Colón-Rivera began studying music at the age of 13 in the Preparatory School at the Music Conservatory of Puerto Rico, and the Public Music School Ernesto Ramos Antonini. He completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Double Bass Performance from the Music Conservatory of Puerto Rico, graduating magna cum laude under the tutelage of Prof. José David Torres. Humberto also attained a Master’s Degree in Double Bass Performance from The University of Arizona, studying with Prof. Patrick Neher. He undertook the role of Double Bass Professor at the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico, San Germán Campus, until May of 2014. He was the Founder, President and Artistic Director of the Chamber Music Society of Modern Academia, Inc., active from 2009-2014.

Humberto recently received the Art Business Scholarship bestowed by CEMCA (“Centro Empresarial para Músicos CulturArte”) in 2013 for his ongoing projects with the Chamber Music Society of Modern Academia, Inc. Other scholarships and awards he has received are the Arizona Top Scholars (2005), which allowed him to study Graduate School with a full scholarship, the Robert I. Ferdman 2005 Award by Pro Arte Musical of Puerto Rico, the Emerson Electric Co. Scholarship Award for representing Puerto Rico in the Interlochen Center for the Arts (1999), the Double Bass Medal in the Public Music School Ernesto Ramos Antonini (2001), and the Medal of Honor of the Preparatory School of the Music Conservatory of Puerto Rico (1999).

Currently, Humberto is a regular member of the Penfield Symphony Orchestra.


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.

Xuan Li, born in Hunan, China, began studying the flute at the age of ten after four years of violin training. She attended middle school and high school at the Wuhan Conservatory of Music and has been active as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player ever since.
As a soloist, Li made her first professional debut at the Hongming Musical Hall in Hunan at the age of eleven in a performance of Mozart’s Flute Concerto in D Major with the Hongming Youth Orchestra. She has appeared as a soloist with several orchestras, including the Arizona State University Symphony Orchestra, the University of Wyoming Symphony Orchestra, the Fushan Philharmonic Orchestra and the Changsha Arts School Orchestra. Ms. Li has won several awards including the Arizona State University Concerto Competition, the University of Wyoming Jacob’s Concerto Competition, the China Woodwind Competition, the Hunan Winds Competition and the Chinese Young Artists Competition. Additionally, she was selected to perform in the honor’s convocation of the China Woodwind Competition as the exceptional winner that year. In 2008, she was invited to represent Mainland China in a performance of the “Concert of Chinese Exceptional Flutists of Mainland, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao” in Hong Kong. Furthermore, she was granted the Excellent Musician Award of Xinghai Conservatory in 2009.
Li holds a Master of Music Performance degree from Arizona State University, where she studied under renowned flutist Dr. Elizabeth Buck. Additionally, she holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Xinghai Conservatory of Music in Guangzhou, China, and a Performance Certificate from the University of Wyoming. Her primary teachers include Nicole Riner, Qi Yan, and Tongde Zhu. She has performed in numerous master classes for many renowned flutists, including Peter-Lukas Graf, Pierre-Yves Artaud, Bonita Boyd, Richard Sherman, Eugenia Zukerman and Michel Bellavance.

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 Rocheser NY area. 

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