Petko Dimitrov is a distinguished educator, who works closely with established youth organizations, such as New Jersey Youth Symphony, Grater Newark Youth Orchestra, inter-school orchestras of New York, and Mannes College Preparatory Division. Previously, Petko has served as the artistic director and conductor of the Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra’s summer series at Lasdon Park in Katonah, New York. He has also been conductor of the Princeton Symphony. In performances with WCYO, Mr. Dimitrov had his debut at Carnegie Hall in 2007 and Avery Fisher Hall in 2008. In the spring of 2007 Mr. Dimitrov led the orchestra on tour in Austria and performed in prestigious concert venues including Haydnsaal in Eisenstadt and Schlossberg in Graz. In July 2009, Petko was appointed the conductor of Excalibur – The Celtic Rock Opera, which toured major cities in Germany in 2010-2011.
Petko Dimitrov is currently the music director of the Western Connecticut Youth Orchestra and the New Symphony Orchestra in Sofia, Bulgaria. He also presently serves as music director of Cavallo Classico in Munich, Germany. In 2012, Mr. Dimitrov was invited by the Curtis Institute of Music to be conductor in residence at the Young Artist Summer Program, which resulted in immediate re-invitation for the 2013 and 2014 Curtis Summerfest.
Petko completed his Master Degree in Orchestra Conducting at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, under the direction of Prof. Kenneth Kiesler. He completed his studies with Prof. Gustav Meier at the Peabody Conservatory, John Hopkins University, where he pursued a Graduate Performance Diploma in Orchestra Conducting.
Peter Castaldi began his operatic career singing over 20 roles for operetta and contemporary opera with such organizations as Magic Circle Opera Repertory Ensemble and Ohio Light Opera. Composers whose work he has performed have included Barber, Holst, Offenbach, Weill, Gilbert and Sullivan, Giannini, Wallach and Rorem. Mr. Castaldi’s upcoming operatic engagements include New York City Opera’s tour of Tosca andL’elisir d’amore; and a return with American Opera Theater to sing Renato in Un Ballo in Maschera. Castaldi’s discography includes leading roles for such labels as Newport Classic, Albany, Vox and Koch for which he has garnered outstanding reviews from Opera News, Opera Digest and Fanfare.
Paris-born baritone Peter Castaldi was raised in Milan and finished his education in New York, where he earned a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Sarah Lawrence College, majoring in Composition.
Baritone Youngjoo An is quickly establishing himself as an important young artist winning prizes in e Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, e Chester Ludgin International Verdi Baritone Competition, Giulio Gari Competition and the Francisco Vinas Competition. He has performed in concert in Carnegie Hall’s for performances of Bach’s Mass in B Minor as well as for New York’s Verdi Square Festival of e Arts. A recent graduate of the Mannes College of Music, Mr. An performed the role of Michele in II Tabarro, Renato from Verdi’s Un ball in Maschera, Vermont in La Traviata as well as Count Almaviva Le nozze di Figaro.
Mr. An began his musical studies at the Seoul Art High School where he was the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships. Mr. An earned his Bachelor of Music at Yonsei University in Korea. Awarded a full scholarship to Mannes College of Music, Mr. An earned the Master of Music and Professional Studies Certificate.
Anastasia Dedik has performed on some of the most important stages in the world, including the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, The Great Philharmonic Hall in St. Petersburg, Russia and has appeared as a soloist with Fort Worth Symphony, Saint Petersburg Philharmonic, NYCA Symphony Orchestra, San Jose Symphony, Oberlin Orchestra and others. She has been featured on RAI in Italy, NDR TV in Germany, ABC in NYC as well as in an episode of NBC’s Law and Order SVU, performing Beethoven’s “Appassionata”.
After graduating from the Saint Petersburg Conservatory, Anastasia continued her education at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and The Juilliard School. She has been the recipient of numerous national and international awards, including The Governor of Saint Petersburg Award for Achievements in Arts, Harold and Helene Schonberg Piano Scholarship and Susan W. Rose Fellowship at The Juilliard School in NYC. Anastasia is a top prizewinner of many international piano competitions, including “Bösendorfer and Yamaha USASU” International Piano Competition, San Jose International Piano Competition, Pietro Argento International Piano Competition and others.
Ms. Dedik’s début solo CD was released in February 2008 by GPM Records in Recco, Italy. Anastasia is also a founding member of the The Prima Trio, an ensemble that burst onto the international stage when they won the Grand Prize at the Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition in 2007. Since then Prima Trio has performed over 200 concerts throughout the United States and released their first album, “Prima” in April of 2012. Anastasia is the Founder and Artistic Director of the “Russian Heritage” Piano Competition for young pianists, which was held in 2012 in Russia and will be continued in New York City in 2016.
Kanako Yamazaki is a highly sought-after pianist and teacher, who specializes in vocal and instrumental collaboration. She previously worked at UNLV, UNR, and the Nevada School of the Arts. Some of her recent accolades include: winner of the Felix Viscuglia Award for best instrumental performer at UNLV and first-place winner of the UNLV Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition. Showing much promise as a young pianist, Ms. Yamazaki was a featured soloist with the NHK Dan Yu Orchestra in Tokyo. She continued her piano studies at the prestigious Toho Gakuen College of Music in Tokyo, as well as the International Keyboard Institute in New York, NY. She has participated in lessons and master classes with high profile pianists including: Gianluca Luisi, Jerome Rose, Nadia Spachenko, Janice Weber, Mykola Suk, Walter Ponce, and Jerome Lowenthal. Ms. Yamazaki holds a Master of Music degree in piano performance from UNLV.
Colin B Brookes
Colin holds a Bachelor of Music from the Juilliard School, along with a Master of Music, and Artist Diploma from Yale University where he received the Georgina Lucy Grosvenor Memorial Prize. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts at Stony Brook University under Larry Dutton and Nicholas Cords. Former teachers include Ettore Causa, Heidi Castleman, Misha Amory, Jeffrey Irvine, Roger Chase, Marylene Gingras-Roy and Carolyn Hills. He currently plays on an Italian 19th century viola and bow generously on loan from the Maestro Foundation.
Man Wai Che is a double bassist passionate in innovating a more efficient way of bass playing. He loves experimenting and challenging the solo boundary of the instrument, he is a pioneer and the only one performing many violin works from Bach Chaconne to Paganini Caprices on the bass as written. He received his B.M. from The Juilliard School of Music, M.M. from Stony Brook University, and Artist Certificate from University of North Texas. Man Wai has a specialty of performing cross-genre works where he combines his vocal percussion with bass playing, new music technologies and sometimes sleight of hands. Man Wai has taught and gave master classes in both China and United States. Last year he was invited to performed for the TedXBeacon Street, Google, Radio WUSB, and ESPN. He is currently the president and music director of Sonder School of Music.
Hailed by the British Guardian for her “sublime tone and technique,” flutist Min Park was the only flute recipient of the Countess of Munster Musical Trust of UK and has won other prestigious awards including first prize at the Tunbridge Wells International Competition Wind Division, Yamaha Wind and Brass Scholarships in London, and Eve Kisch Flute Prize at the Royal College of Music.
Ms. Park has been a dedicated orchestral musician as well as an active chamber musician. She served as the principal flutist of the Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra and National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. Ms. Park has performed as guest principal flutist with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Detroit Symphony Orchestra. She has recorded the Mozart Flute Quartet for the BBC Radio 3, and a solo recital for the KBS Classic FM Radio.
Ms. Park is a passionate educator and has taught flute at the music departments of Seoul National University, Kyung-Hee University, Chong-Nam National University, and MokWon University in South Korea. She is currently a faculty member at the Saarburger Seranaden International Music Festival & School in Germany.
Ms. Park received her B.M. from Curtis Institute of Music, post graduate performance diploma from Royal College of Music in London, and her D.M.A. from Stony Brook University. She is a Sankyo Flute Artist and currently performs in the U.S., Europe, and S. Korea.
Pierre Lidar was offered a teaching job as a faculty member of the Montauban Conservatory at 17 years old. Passionate for classical music, he entered the Paris Conservatory in the well-known studio of Laurent Lefevre. Pierre was a bassoonist at the Music of the French National Guard Orchestra in Paris. He performed with the Capitole de Toulouse Orchestra, “Pas de Loup “Orchestra, Toulouse Chamber Orchestra and many of Parisians ensembles. He developed a passion for chamber music and organized many concerts to promote chamber music for wind instruments.
Sarah A Boxmeyer
Sarah received her Masters of Music from Yale University and her Bachelors of Music from Curtis Institute of Music. She currently performs with the Metro Chamber Orchestra of Brooklyn and the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. She has played at numerous festivals and won at the Colorado College Summer Music Festival.
Chris Bubolz is a highly sought after trumpeter in New York City. He has performed with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, New England Bach Festival, New Jersey Symphony,The Brooklyn Philharmonic, and on Broadway. He has performed with commercial artists ranging from Ray Charles to Mannheim Steamroller and Bill Conti. As a soloist, Mr. Bubolz has performed with the National Repertory Orchestra, The Hartford Symphony, The League of Composers of New York and numerous recitals around the United States. Mr. Bubolz has recorded for television and appeared with the MET Orchestra on Live from Lincoln Center as well as weekly radio broadcasts and opera simulcasts. He recorded a DVD of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with Neeme Jarvi and musicians from the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, New Jersey Symphony and MET Orchestra. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the Cleveland Institute of Music. His primary teachers are Michael Sachs and Charles Daval.
John Rojak is bass trombonist with the American Brass Quintet, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, IRIS, New York Pops, Little Orchestra Society, and Stamford Symphony. He has played with the Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, NY Philharmonic, and Orpheus. Also, with Metallica, Peter Gabriel, and for Pope John Paul II. Broadway shows include Sugar Babies, Les Miserables, and The Producers. As guest soloist, Mr. Rojak performed Eric Ewazen’s Concerto for Bass Trombone with the Daejeon Philharmonic and has given master classes in North America, Europe, and Asia.
Rojak received a B.M. from The Juilliard School. He is currently the Director of Brass Studies at NYU and a faculty member at The Juilliard School and The Hartt School. Rojak has also been a faculty member at Rutgers University and Bard College.
Victor Caccese has a passion for percussion chamber music and is a founding member of the stunning Brooklyn-based percussion quartet, Sandbox Percussion. Sandbox gave a TEDx talk in Brooklyn with the composer collective Blind Ear Music. Victor is active in the discovery of new works for percussion through experimentation and collaboration with composers and other performers. Victor teaches percussion at the Dwight School in Manhattan. Victor endorses Vic Firth sticks and mallets.
Victor graduated with a M.M. from the Yale School of Music.
Music Theory, Music History, Analysis, Harmony
James Massol is a bassoonist and music educator with a focus on musicology. He performs with the Savannah Philharmonic and gives recitals of baroque bassoon music. In addition to the Savannah Philharmonic, Dr. Massol has also played with the Jacksonville Symphony, Colorado Ballet, and Opera Theatre and Music Festival of Lucca. In the past, he taught at University of North Florida.
Dr. Massol has published articles about eighteenth-century performance and bassoon reed making in the journal of the International Double Reed Society (IDRS). He has also presented academic papers at the International Society for the Promotion and Research of Wind Music, American Musicological Society chapters, and IDRS.
Dr. Massol has a diverse educational background, including a focus on music history and theory in addition to bassoon. In 2007, he received a Fulbright grant to study eighteenth-century bassoon repertoire with Albrecht Holder in Würzburg, Germany. He holds a D.M.A. in bassoon performance and pedagogy from the University of Colorado, where he studied bassoon with Yoshi Ishikawa and musicology with Carlo Caballero.
A passionate music educator, Dr. Werner is a member of the faculty at the Geneva Conservatory of Music in Manhattan. He has taught in the Doctoral Teaching Fellow Program at the Manhattan School of Music.
Kyle received his D.M.A. and M.M. from Manhattan School of Music. He received his B.M. from University of Cincinnati- Conservatory of Music.
History of Art
Alena received her Masters of Art in Art History and Criticism at Stony Brook University. She is currently getting her doctoral degree there, as well as working at the school’s department of art history. In 2016, she published “Memory in the Displaced Landscape: Narratives of National Identity at the Irish Hunger Memorial.”
Esther is currently the district coordinator of the Spanish curriculum in the Sewanhaka Central High School District. She oversees five high school’s Spanish curriculum. Ms. Acevedo has been the chairperson of World Languages since 2005 and also serves as the chair for the Middle States Committee.
Ms. Acevedo has received her professional diploma in educational administration and supervision from St. John’s University and a master of arts from Queens College.