Music Faculty Bios

 

Brass

Trumpet, Trombone, Baritone Horn

Christopher Bubolz (Trumpet) is an active trumpet player in New York City and has performed with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, New York City Opera Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke's, New Jersey Symphony, Gotham Chamber Opera among many others. He has performed frequently on Broadway and has recorded for television and movies. Highly sought after as an educator, Mr. Bubolz has given masterclasses at leading institutions around the United States, including the New England Conservatory and the University of Colorado. Mr. Bubolz is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the Cleveland Institute of Music.

Michael Seltzer (trombone) is solo/principal trombonist of the American Composers Orchestra, the Manhattan Brass, Absolute Ensemble, with whom he has recorded & toured extensively. He has also performed with the Orchestra of St Luke’s, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra, NY City Ballet & Opera, among others. Michael has taught trombone at the Calhoun School since fall 2016 as well as Packer Collegiate, and the Horace Mann School. He has led numerous clinics and classes at Columbia University, and New York University's summer program and also many more throughout the region. He did doctoral work at New York University and received degrees from California State University (Northridge) and Manhattan School of Music. He has designed educational programs for Midori & Friends, the Fischoff Chamber Music Society, and the Manhattan Brass, of which he is a founding member.

Guitar

Austin Applegate was born in Texas, raised in Rhode Island, and received his BA in music theory from the University of Vermont. There, he studied jazz guitar with Joe Capps and Alex Stewart and performed with Saxophonist/Clarinetist Paquito D'Rivera, the Either/Orchestra, and Page McConnell (Phish/Vida Blue). Although formally trained in jazz, he teaches and plays many other styles including rock, blues, country, R&B/soul, and funk and has performed and recorded with various groups/producers including the Carmine D'Amico Ensemble, Black Ivory, the Groove Components, the Blue RockJazz Band, Robert Sherman, and Dustin LeVasseur & The Stampede. Austin teaches second grade mathematics at Calhoun and can be seen playing guitar in the ballroom scene of Disney's Enchanted.

Kevin Farrell (Guitar, Bass) teaches jazz, strings andelectronic music composition at the Calhoun School. He holds a Bachelor's degree from California Institute of the Arts and a Master's Degree from University of Southern California. He is comfortable playing many styles ofmusic and has been featured on recordings for Sony, Dreamworks, EMI, Capitol, Bad Boy, and Stones Throw Records.

Jazz

Saxophone, Guitar, Bass

Kevin Farrell (Guitar, Bass) teaches jazz, strings andelectronic music composition at the Calhoun School. He holds a Bachelor's degree from California Institute of the Arts and a Master's Degree from University of Southern California. He is comfortable playing many styles ofmusic and has been featured on recordings for Sony, Dreamworks, EMI, Capitol, Bad Boy, and Stones Throw Records.

Ben Flocks (Saxophone, Jazz Theory, and Composition) is a music instructor in the jazz program at the Calhoun School. Born in Santa Cruz, California and currently based in Brooklyn, Ben has earned critical acclaimwith performances at the Bern, Umbria, and Monterey Jazz Festivals. He has played with Joshua Redman and also with Dave Brubeck while studying at the Brubeck Institute as a Brubeck Fellow. In May, 2011 Ben graduated from the New School in New York City, earning a B.F.A in Jazz Performance, and during the summer completed a two-year mentorship program at the Stanford Jazz Workshop. Ben now serves on faculty at Stanford Jazz and also teaches throughout New York City schools as a part of Jazz at Lincoln Center's Jazz for Young People program. Ben recently recorded his debut album "Battle Mountain," scheduled for release February 11th, 2014.

Daniel Stein '07 (Bass, Guitar) recently completed his master's degree in jazz studies at Juilliard, studying with Ron Carter as a Juilliard Alumni Scholarship recipient. He is also an honors graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where he was the recipient of a Conservatory Dean's award, the Margaret V.H. Jones Conservatory Scholarship, and the Elizabeth Davies Scholarship. During his college and graduate school years, he has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, toured Beijing with a jazz quintet, has shared the stage with Jamey Haddad, Alisa Weilerstein, Dominick Farinacci, Jen Shyu, PaquitoD'Rivera, performed at Jazz at Lincoln Center, has played with the rock duo Gus and Scout at SXSW, NXNE, and Bumbershoot Festival. In addition to his role as adjunct music teacher at The Calhoun School, Dan has taught at Seattle JazzEd, Snow College, Belvoir Terrace, and the Calhoun Summer Jazz Program. He has composed for short films and commercials.

Percussion

Gregory Landes has taught percussion at The Calhoun School since 2008. As principal timpanist and percussionist, Gregory has performedwith a number of symphony orchestras; among them the American Symphony Orchestra, New York Chorale Society, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Princeton Symphony, The Little Orchestra Society of New York, and the New Haven Symphony. Comfortable in a wide variety of musical styles, Gregory has performed as drummer and percussionist with numerous Broadway and Off-Broadway Productions such as: "Newsies," “Anything Goes," "Avenue Q," "In The Heights," “Curtains," “The Grinch," “Wicked," “Falsettos," and “Putting It Together,"(with Julie Andrews). Gregory has also peformed at The Tanglewood Jazz, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Moab, Bard and Caramoor music festivals. Gregory received his Bachelor's of Music from The San Francisco Conservatory and his Master's of Music from The Juilliard School. He is a proud member of Synchronicity, a piano and percussion duo with brother Garah Landes and founding member of the virtuoso new music ensemble The PitStop Players.Gregory is an Innovative Percussion Artist and is endorsed by Paiste Cymbals.

Strings

Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass

Luke Cissell (Violin, Composition) is Coordinator of Violin Studies and chamber music instructor at the Calhoun School. Born in Louisville, Kentucky, Luke was a bluegrass-fiddling champion at the age of eight and studied at Princeton University before establishing himself as a New York-based musician and composer. Recent premieres of his work have included pieces for string quartet (String Quartet No. 2; Frontier Chorales), piano trio (Trio for Violin, Cello, & Piano), and solo violin (Infinite Progress). In June 2013 he released his second studio album, Cosmography. Luke is a 2013-14 Teaching Artist Associate for the New York Philharmonic's "Bridge" program for young composers.

Ben Clinesmith (Cello) received his formal musical training at the University of Kansas, Indiana University, Hartt College of Music, and Manhattan School of Music. As a young professional cellist, he was a member of the Houston Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir John Barbirolli and Andre Previn, and the American Symphony Orchestra conducted by Leopold Stokowski. Ben earned his MA degree in elementary education from Bank Street College of Education in 1992. In addition to teaching music, he is the producer and originator of Calhoun's five Kids for Kids CD compilations, featuring music by Calhoun students.

Lisa Heffter-Berk (Violin, Viola, Composition) was the original violist of the award winning Manfred String Quartet and traveled Europe with the quartet performing and giving strings master classes. Now a free-lance musician in NYC, she performs with Art Ahimsa, the Bordeaux String Quartet and DCINY Orchestra performing concerts at Carnegie and Avery Fisher Hall. Lisa received her BA and MM from The Juilliard School in viola performance. As a composer, Lisa's has won awards ranging from Disney/ASCAP and the Banff International String Quartet Competition (BISQC) and have been produced in New York and abroad in the past decade.

Kiwon Nahm (Violin) started studying violin at the age of 4 and at age 9 was accepted to study at the Juilliard School, Pre-College Division under the tutelage of Naoko Tanaka and the late Dorothy DeLay. Ms. Nahm made her orchestral solo debut at the age of 12 with the Korean Symphony Orchestra at Lincoln Center. Kiwon Nahm has been a top prizewinner in the MTNA competition, the Washington Competition, and the Juilliard Concerto Competition. Kiwon Nahm holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from Oberlin Conservatory and a Master of Music Degree at Yale University. Ms. Nahm is currently a member of the New Haven Symphony and in 2006 was appointed to the violin adjunct faculty at New York University. Currently she is a Doctoral Candidate at SUNY Stony Brook studying with Pamela Frank, Philip Setzer, & Soovin Kim.

Daniel Stein '07 (Bass, Guitar) recently completed his master's degree in jazz studies at Juilliard, studying with Ron Carter as a Juilliard Alumni Scholarship recipient. He is also an honors graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where he was the recipient of a Conservatory Dean's award, the Margaret V.H. Jones Conservatory Scholarship, and the Elizabeth Davies Scholarship. During his college and graduate school years, he has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, toured Beijing with a jazz quintet, has shared the stage with Jamey Haddad, Alisa Weilerstein, Dominick Farinacci, Jen Shyu, PaquitoD'Rivera, performed at Jazz at Lincoln Center, has played with the rock duo Gus and Scout at SXSW, NXNE, and Bumbershoot Festival. In addition to his role as adjunct music teacher at The Calhoun School, Dan has taught at Seattle JazzEd, Snow College, Belvoir Terrace, and the Calhoun Summer Jazz Program. He has composed for short films and commercials.

Voice

Cynthia Wuco, soprano, (BM -Juilliard School of Music; MM- Manhattan School of Music) has performed in numerous concert venues including the IBM Concert Series, MOMA, the Philippine Consulate, Alice Tully Hall, the American Chamber Opera Company, the Hamptons Summer Music Festival and Bar Harbor Music Festival. Cynthia is the proud great grand niece of the composer of the Philippine National Anthem and has sung for Philippine Pres. Corazon Aquino, Gov. Pataki and Rudolph Guiliani. You can view her on youtube singing with jazz clarinetist Paquito D'Rivera  in a composition composed especially for her by Garah Landes.

Woodwinds

Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Saxophone

Ben Baron (Clarinet, Saxophone) enjoys a diverse career of solo, chamber, and orchestral performance. Highlights include a European tour with the London Winds and appearances with the American Ballet Theatre Orchestra, American Composer's Orchestra, Belgian Radio Orchestra, and as acting member of the Glimmerglass Opera Orchestra. As soloist, Ben has performed with the Chamber Orchestra of New York, New Haven Symphony, The Knights, and Sioux City Symphony. He has recorded for Sony, Naxos, Orange Mountain, Summit, and Albany Records. An advocate for new music, Ben has performed with Argento, Either/Or, International Contemporary Ensemble, TheAcademy, and Princeton Composer's Series. He has also appeared with the Tommy Dorsey Band, on various Broadway productions, and with his klezmer band, Balagan. Ben has presented master classes at Louisiana State University, Arizona State University, and University of South Dakota, as well as serving as guest lecturer at Williams College, Sarah Lawrence University, and the pre-college departments of both the Manhattan and Mannes schools of music. He was a graduate teaching assistant while studying at Yale University and is currently a doctoral candidate at the Manhattan School of Music.

John Romeri (Flute) received his Bachelor's degrees in flute, under the tutelage of Dr. Mary Posses, and music composition, under Dr. Chen Yi, from the UMKC and a Master's degree in Flute Performance from Mannes College of Music. John has given both solo and chamber recitals in Austria,England, France, Italy, and Spain as well as several states major cities in the USA. In 2012, John was invited to perform in China as a “Musical Ambassador" for the First China International Peace and Arts Festival by the United Nations and NGO, Friends of the UN. As a frequent Broadway performer, John has performed with the productions of “Beauty and the Beast," “Ragtime," “Disney's Mary Poppins," “Gershwin's Porgy and Bess," and is currently performing on “Cinderella." Most recently, John performed as principal flute for NBC's “The Sound of Music, Live." John performs often with groups such as The Chamber Orchestra of New York, Voices of Ascension, Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra, the Strauss Symphony of America, as well as an acting principal flute for the Lancaster Symphony and Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra. An avid educator, Mr. Romeri is currently on the music faculty of The Calhoun School and the Ethical Culture Fieldston School as well as maintaining a private studio.

Arthur Sato (Oboe) enjoys a diverse musical career based in New York City. He has performed with an array of dynamic ensembles including New Jersey Symphony, Talea Ensemble, Orchestra of St. Lukes, Mark Morris Dance Group, Argento New Music Project,Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, West Point Band, New York Symphonic Ensemble, Cygnus Ensemble, Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players, the Knights Chamber Orchestra, and Broadway's Phantom of the Opera Orchestra. He has been a guest of the San Diego Symphony, Malaysian Philharmonic, and La Orquesta Sinfonica de Nuevo Leone. Arthur has collaborated with recording artists Herbie Hancock, Richard Reed Parry, Alicia Keys, Josh Groban, Lenny Kravitz, Sufjan Stevens and hasappeared on ABC's Good Morning America, NPR's Performance Today, and PBS's Live from Lincoln Center. As a member of The Academy@ Carnegie Hall, Arthur has electrified the stages of Carnegie Hall with Ensemble ACJW while gaining experience as a teaching artist at Brooklyn's PS 315. He is a member of groundbreaking woodwind quartet, DZ4, and has appeared as featured soloist with Brooklyn Philharmonic, as well as the New York Symphonic Ensemble on their annual Japan tour. Summer festival appearances include Festspiel Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Chelsea, Monadnock, and Aspen Music Festivals. He is a graduate of Indiana University and The Juilliard School.

For More Information

Please contact:

Meighan Stoops
Director of Music
(646) 666-6326 

Main Building 3rd - 12th Grades 433 West End Avenue New York, NY 10024 212.497.6500

Robert L. Beir Lower School Building 2.8 Years - 2nd Grade 160 West 74th Street New York, NY 10023 212.497.6550

Connect With Us
powered by finalsite