Faculty

 
Violin
Sophie Arbuckle
Violin, Viola

 

Sophie Arbuckle currently serves on the faculty of the Juilliard School Pre-college, the Mannes College of Music Preparatory Division, and the School for Strings, and has been a member of the artist-faculty of the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival since 2006.

Ms. Arbuckle has performed extensively throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. She has appeared in several chamber music festivals, including Music@Menlo (California), where she co-directed the 2004 chamber music workshop, the Killington Music Festival (VT), Patrimoine en Musique des pays de l'Ain (France), Fetes Musicales de Savoie (France), and Interharmony International Chamber Music Festival (Germany). She has served as guest concertmaster of the Sudbury Symphony (Canada), with whom she performed frequently as a soloist. Recent solo appearances include Mozart Simphonie Concertante with the Belgorade Orchestra (France).

As the violist of the Braude Ensemble, Ms. Arbuckle has performed in many prestigious venues such as the Royal Flemish Philarmonie Chamber Music Series (Antwerp), Philarmonique de Namur (Theatre Royal, Ghent), Series Pont Rouge (Ghent), Astoria Concerts (Brussels), Festival des Arcs (France) where the ensemble was in residence in the summer 2004, Fetes Musicales de Savoie (France), Musique sans frontieres (France), and Musicales Internationales (France).

Ms. Arbuckle has been closely affiliated with her husband, violinist Arik Braude, teaching a large and vibrant studio of young musicians. In 2007, they were invited to bring selected students for professional engagements as a part of the “Fetes musicales de Savoie” in France. The success of the concerts led to the establishment of the “Jeunes Virtuoses de New York” master course and concert series.

Ms. Arbuckle holds an MM degree from the Juilliard School. 

Monica Behler
Violin, Kindermusic

Monica Behler began her violin studies at the Port Jefferson Music Academy in 1998 (the founding year of the Academy) as a student of Sophie Arbuckle and Arik Braude.  During that time, she was a member of the Port Jefferson Music Academy String Quartet, which performed regularly at various local outreach events.  She later concurrently attended the Mannes College Prep where she was a member of the Mannes Philharmonic. Monica has attended the Killington and the Green Mountain Summer Chamber Music festivals. She is presently pursuing a degree in Music Education at the Aaron Copland Conservatory of Music at Queen’s College (CUNY) and is a violin student of Arik Braude.  She joined the Port Jefferson Music Academy faculty in 2008, and has since then developed a vibrant violin & viola studio.  In addition, she teaches music theory and kindermusik classes.

Arik Braude
Violin

Praised for "sophisticated, warm intensity, radiant timbre and well-balanced, harmonious performance style in the best chamber music tradition," (Sulzbach-Rosenberg, Germany), violinist Arik Braude performs regularly in concert series and festivals on both sides of the Atlantic. As a soloist he has appeared with the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra, the Israeli Sinfonietta, the Belgorod Symphony Orchestra (Russia), the Antwerp Chamber Orchestra (Belgium), and numerous festival orchestras, including the International Master Players (Switzerland), the Yehudi Menuhin Festival Orchestra (Switzerland), and most recently, the Minsk Orchestra of Belo Russia (Fetes musicales de Savoie, France). Chamber music festival appearances include Music@Menlo (CA), Festival des Arcs (France), Fetes musicales de Savoie (France), Sulzbach-Rosenberg International Music Festival (Germany), Musicales Internationales (France), and the Killington Chamber Music Festival (VT). He has recorded for Music@Menlo, Talent Cassics and Le Chant de Linos labels.

Mr. Braude was featured in the February 2010 issue of the Strad Magazine, in an interview about his teaching. Along with his wife Sophie Arbuckle, and in collaboration with French harpsichordist, Georges Kiss, Mr. Braude founded Jeunes Virtuoses de New York in 2008. He also teaches at the Aaron Copland Conservatory of Music at Queens College (CUNY) and the Mannes College of Music preparatory division. He is a member of the artist-faculty of the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival in Vermont. He has directed the Young Artist program at the Music@Menlo festival (CA), has served as guest violin professor at the Festival des Arcs (France), and has been a member of the artist-faculty of the Killington music festival (VT) and the Interharmony Music Festival (Germany). He has given master classes in France, Germany, England and in the US.

Mr. Braude’s students have appeared as soloists with the New York Philharmonic and other orchrstras in the US, France and Germany. They have been given opportunities to collaborate with some of the leading chamber musicians in New York City. They have won numerous competitions, including From the Top and the LISMA International Music Competition. Mr. Braude’s students have successfully served as concertmasters of most of the major youth orchestras in New York, including the New York Youth Symphony, and have soloed with most of them.

Mr. Braude began his violin studies in a special music school in Kazan (Russia) with his father Nathan V. Braude, a student of the legendary Abram Yampolsky. He continued his studies in Israel with David Oistrach's assistant, Piotr Bondorenko, and Felix Andrievsky, and later in Hanover (Germany) with Jens Ellermann, in London with Ifrah Neeman, and in New York with Sally Thomas. He has performed in master classes for Isaac Stern and Alexander Schneider at the Jerusalem Music Center (Israel), and Ruggiero Ricci at the Yehudi Menuhin International Music Festival in Gstaad (Switzerland).

Mr. Braude plays a Genarro Gagliano violin made in 1756

Blanca Cecilia Gonzalez
Violin

Violinist Blanca Cecilia Gonzalez is originally from Bogota, Colombia. She has recently completed her undergraduate degree in  Music Performance at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College (NY), where she has been a student of Arik Braude, with whom she has studied since 2002. She has served as the concertmaster of the Queens College Symphony Orchestra, and has won several competitions, including the 2009 Queens College Concerto Competition, the 2008 LIC International Music Competition (NY) (2nd prize), the 2006-2007 La Guardia Concerto Competition, and the 2007 Ambler Symphony Concerto Competition (PA) where she was a recipient of the Elmer & Louise Menges scholarship award.  As a winner of these competitions, she has performed as a soloist with the Queens College Orchestra (Paganini Concerto), the Philadelphia Orchestra Society (PA), the Ambler Symphony, and the La Guardia Highschool for the Performing Arts Orchestra. Ms. Gonzalez has attended Music@Menlo (CA), the Killington Music Festival (VT) and the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival (VT). She has participated in masterclasses with Donald Weilerstein, David and Wu Han Finckel and Charlie Castleman.   Blanca has been a member of JVNY since 2007.

Margaretha Maimone
Violin

MM violin performance and music education at the Royal Conservatory of Music, The Hague (Netherlands). MA Theatre Arts, SUNY at Stony Brook. Violin studies with Davina van Wely, Jaap Schroeder (Classical violin) and Lucy van Dael (Baroque violin). Master Classes with Alice Harnoncourt and composer Bruno Maderna with whom she prepared the Dutch premiere of his 2nd Violin Concerto ‘Widmung’. Performances in The Netherlands and Belgium. Member of the Amsterdam Philharmonic and Royal Ballet Orchestras. Co-founder of the Delta Ensemble for Contemporary Music in Amsterdam. Ms. Maimone is the director of the Ridotto concert series in Huntington, NY, (www.ridotto.org) a series of eight concerts per year with a little “touch of theatre”.  She is  an active freelance violinist and teacher in the New York area. Port Jefferson Music Academy Faculty since 2006.

Allyson Tomsky
violin

Allyson Tomsky, has been playing the violin since the age of four.  She is the teaching assistant of Port Jefferson Music Academy co-director Arik Braude with whom she has studied since age 9.   In the fall 2010, Allyson appeared as a soloist with the Mainz Kammerorchester in a series of concerts in Germany, for which she received some stunning reviews.  She has served as concertmaster of the Mannes Philharmonic and the New York Youth Symphony, among others.  In 2007, she appeared on national television as part of the PBS series "From the Top at Carnegie Hall," collaborating with pianist Christopher O'Riley. Allyson has also soloed with the Mannes Philharmonic and Ambler Symphony Orchestra as the winner of their concerto competitions. Since 2007, Allyson has performed frequently throughout the French Alps as a co-concertmaster of the "Jeunes Virtuoses de New York".  In 2009, Ms. Tomsky performed as a soloist with the Fetes Musicales de Savoie Orchestra, playing "Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso" by Saint-Saens.  She has participated in music festivals such as Music@Menlo, the Killington Music Festival, Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, Interharmony International Music Festival and Bowdoin International Music Festival.  Her chamber music coaches haved included David Finckel, Wu Han, Laurence Dutton, David Ying, and Lewis Kaplan among others.  She has been a first violinist of the Juilliard Orchestra and has performed in Avery Fisher Hall and Carnegie Hall under the direction of James DePreist, Nicholas McGegan, Alan Gilbert and Michael Tilson Thomas.  She has attended the Juilliard School where she was a student of Lewis Kaplan.  Allyson has been a member of JVNY since 2007.

"Allyson Tomsky, the 20 years old New Yorker played looking not at the music but rather into the depth of her soul.  Her performance was very mature, filled with strong articulation and exquisite shifing; her dramatic and wistful expressiveness was irresistible." Mainzer Allgemeine Zeitung, December 1, 2010

Cello
Kevin Charlestream
cello
Kevin Charlestream began studying cello at age 3 in Boston Ma. By age 5 he was performing internationally as soloist with the New England Symphonic Ensemble, a resident orchestra at Carnegie Hall for Mid-America Productions in NY. While on tour, soloists were always from within the orchestra and often called upon at random in the middle of a concert. He spent his childhood performing extensively throughout Asia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and across the U.S. With Mid-America Productions, he has appeared in over 60 performances in Carnegie Hall often under the direction of John Rutter while occasionally serving as principal cellist and soloist. Notable teachers have been Caroline Worthington who was a student of Pablo Casals, George Seaman at Longy School and Dieuwke Davydov at Middlebury College, who were both students of Leonard Rose. All competitions entered have been first prize; Massachusetts Music Teachers Association String Competition in 1985, Thayer Young Artist Competitions in 1998 and 2002. Dedicated to inspiring excellence in his students, Charlestream has a passion for helping young musicians to always communicate something of value beyond the notes, the instrument, and themselves.
Piano
Kalina Mrmrevska
Piano

Kalina Mrmevska is a Macedonian pianist, residing in Stony Brook, NY, where she is a DMA candidate at Stony Brook University. As a highly experienced and recognized pianist in her native Macedonia, she is performing a wide spectrum of standard as well as unusual repertoire, as soloist with orchestra, chamber musician and as a recital soloist.

At the age of 12 she performed with the Macedonian Philharmonic, while at the age of 18 the Macedonian Television chose her to represent Macedonia at the 7th Eurovision contest for young musicians in Warsaw, Poland, organized by The European Broadcasting Union. At the age of 9 she began taking part in various piano competitions, winning three first prizes at Macedonian competitions and three first prizes at Yugoslavian competitions. She is also the winner of a first prize and the absolute winner with 99 points out of 100 at the International Piano Competition for Young Talents “Rovere d’Oro” in San Bartolomeo, Italy. She has also received second prize at the International Piano Competition “Schumann-Young Chang” in Macugnaga, Italy.

She is a recipient of a DAAD scholarship, as well as scholarships from the Otto-Stoterau Stiftung and the Oscar and Vera Stiftung. During her stay in US she is a recipient of the Jeff Bradley Award from the University of Denver, Colorado, as well as the Staller Scholarship from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Ms Kalina Mrmevska has taken part in humanitarian actions in the Republic of Macedonia. Due to her involvement in these activities, the City of Skopje awarded her the “13th of November Award” and she was named First Consul of the First Children’s Embassy in the World –Megjasi. She is also the recipient of the Jeff Bradley Award from the University of Denver, Colorado, USA. Ms Kalina Mrmevska has performed in Bulgaria, Serbia, Italy, Poland, France, Turkey, Germany, Spain, USA as well as the festivals “Stars von Morgen” - Centre deC Primavera”, Concerti di Musica Clasica” - Festival Europeo dei Duchi d’acquaviva - Italy, International Keyboard Institute & Festival, New York.

As a teacher of preparatory, regular college and continuing education students, she has intensely devoted more than 13 years to the teaching of gifted piano students, not just in her native Macedonia (Republic of ex-Yugoslavia), but also in Germany and in the United States.

In 2010/2011 she was serving as an Assistant to the Director of the Children’s and Adults Programs at the Community Music Program and in 2011/2012 as a Teaching Assistant for the MUS 101 course- Introduction to Music at Stony Brook University. In 2012/2013 she was working as a Coach for the Undergraduate Chamber Music Ensembles at Stony Brook University and as an Adjunct Faculty for the MUS 119 course Elements of Music. Currently, she is working as a Piano Instructor at Long Island Conservatory, as well as at the Port Jefferson Academy of Music.

Eleonora Rotshteyn
Piano

B.M., M.M., Mannes College of Music, piano and composition. Master of Music Education (K-12 certification) Queens College. Piano studies: Mme. Nina Svetlanova. Composition studies: Dr. Robert Cuckson. Theory and Analysis: Dr. Carl Schachter. Performance: Weill Recital Hall; NY/NJ Steinway Halls. Winner: Leschetizky Society; World Piano Competition, Cincinnati. Collaborative pianist: BMCC CUNY; Lucy Moses School; Mannes College of Music Preparatory Division; private studio in Brooklyn. Faculty: School for Strings; Hoff-Barthelson Music School; Shostakovich School of Music; BMCC, CUNY adjunct.

Cynthia Tobey
Piano, Theory, Kindermusic

Cynthia’s musical journey began amidst the organic culture and musical traditions of Cameroon, Africa where her parents were medical missionaries. From these exceptional beginnings, she continued on to The Juilliard School of Music, Pre-College Division, where she was accepted at the age of ten.

Cynthia received her Bachelors of Music from The Curtis Institute of Music, studying primarily with Seymour Lipkin, and her Masters in Music and Music Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Cynthia has also spent time abroad, studying and assistant teaching at the Konservatorium Wien in Vienna, Austria. She received her Doctorate from Columbia University, in the Music and Teaching of Music in Higher Education degree program. Her dissertation topic was Perceptions and Strategies for Eliciting Emotional Expression in Piano Playing. Ms. Tobey is on the Faculty of Applied Piano at Columbia University as well as newly appointed Professor of Chamber Music there. She is also on the piano faculty at the Bard College Conservatory, Preparatory Division. A dedicated piano teacher and music educator with New York State Certification, Cynthia has been on the piano faculty at the Luzerne Music Center for the past six summers where she is the Chair of Senior Session Piano Studies, chamber music coach, and frequent performer on both the LMC Faculty Concert Series and the Luzerne Chamber Music Festival.

Cynthia performs extensively nationally and internationally throughout Spain, Germany, and Austria, and in many U.S. concert halls including Carnegie Hall, the Venetian Theater at Caramoor, Merkin Concert Hall, Zankel Hall at Skidmore College, Alice Tully Hall, The 92nd Street Y, Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Eisenhower Hall, The Bardavon Opera House, Olin Hall at Bard College, Jordan Hall, The University of Conneticut, Columbia University, Miami University, Tenri Cultural Institute, the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC), Thorndale and Mills Mansions, The Hyde Museum, among many others. Cynthia has performed with orchestras including The New York Pops, Camerata New York Orchestra, Juilliard Symphony, The Hudson Valley Philharmonic, the U.S. Military Academy Orchestra, the Lake George Chamber Orchestra, and others.

She won first place in the New York Gifted Pianists Competition, the Juilliard Concerto Competition, and the Leschetizky Piano Competition. She is a top prizewinner of The New York International Piano Competition, Jacob Flier International Piano Competition, The Frederick Chopin International Piano Competition, and is a NFAA Scholar in the Arts. Cynthia is also the recipient of the U.S. Academy Achievement Award, Bard College Humanities Award, the Michael & Cecilia Iacovella Capuzzi Fellowship and the Festorazzi piano prize from the Curtis Institute. Ms. Tobey has also been featured multiple times on the national radio program “From the Top” as soloist, chamber musician, and alumni. Her performances continue to be broadcasted frequently on WMHT radio.

Cynthia has performed with violinist and President of Luzerne, Elizabeth Pitcairn, in 2011 as part of an educational tour of the North Country school districts, as well featured in the chamber concert series “Music and More” in Glen Ridge, NJ. At Luzerne, she has also had the honor of performing with acclaimed violinist and assistant concertmaster of the NYC Ballet Orchestra, Arturo Delmoni, as well as distinguished American composers John Corigliano and Richard Danielpour during their residencies at LMC.

Her primary teachers have included Margaret Shafer, Blanca Uribe, Herbert Stessin, Seymour Lipkin, Gerald Stofsky, Peter Serkin, and Evelyne Crochet.

Guitar
Brian Dornicik
Guitar

Bachelor’s Degree in Music with a major in classical guitar from Stony Brook University 
Master’s Degree in Childhood Education Integrated Math, Science and Technology from Dowling College
Certification from NY State Education Department in Music K-12, Childhood Education 1-6, and Early Childhood Education B-2.  Performance experience includes pit-band musician, musical director and clinician and 15 years teaching experience privately and in classroom settings.  Brian has taught Vocal Music and General Music in the public school system on Long Island, upstate New York, Manhattan and the Bronx NY.  He works regularly with students of all ages, and can accommodate students with special needs. He continues to write, record and perform on Long Island as well as in NYC.  Brian performs regularly on the guitar, bass, drums and has a good knowledge of the piano.

Theory
Cynthia Tobey
Piano, Theory, Kindermusic

Cynthia’s musical journey began amidst the organic culture and musical traditions of Cameroon, Africa where her parents were medical missionaries. From these exceptional beginnings, she continued on to The Juilliard School of Music, Pre-College Division, where she was accepted at the age of ten.

Cynthia received her Bachelors of Music from The Curtis Institute of Music, studying primarily with Seymour Lipkin, and her Masters in Music and Music Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Cynthia has also spent time abroad, studying and assistant teaching at the Konservatorium Wien in Vienna, Austria. She received her Doctorate from Columbia University, in the Music and Teaching of Music in Higher Education degree program. Her dissertation topic was Perceptions and Strategies for Eliciting Emotional Expression in Piano Playing. Ms. Tobey is on the Faculty of Applied Piano at Columbia University as well as newly appointed Professor of Chamber Music there. She is also on the piano faculty at the Bard College Conservatory, Preparatory Division. A dedicated piano teacher and music educator with New York State Certification, Cynthia has been on the piano faculty at the Luzerne Music Center for the past six summers where she is the Chair of Senior Session Piano Studies, chamber music coach, and frequent performer on both the LMC Faculty Concert Series and the Luzerne Chamber Music Festival.

Cynthia performs extensively nationally and internationally throughout Spain, Germany, and Austria, and in many U.S. concert halls including Carnegie Hall, the Venetian Theater at Caramoor, Merkin Concert Hall, Zankel Hall at Skidmore College, Alice Tully Hall, The 92nd Street Y, Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Eisenhower Hall, The Bardavon Opera House, Olin Hall at Bard College, Jordan Hall, The University of Conneticut, Columbia University, Miami University, Tenri Cultural Institute, the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC), Thorndale and Mills Mansions, The Hyde Museum, among many others. Cynthia has performed with orchestras including The New York Pops, Camerata New York Orchestra, Juilliard Symphony, The Hudson Valley Philharmonic, the U.S. Military Academy Orchestra, the Lake George Chamber Orchestra, and others.

She won first place in the New York Gifted Pianists Competition, the Juilliard Concerto Competition, and the Leschetizky Piano Competition. She is a top prizewinner of The New York International Piano Competition, Jacob Flier International Piano Competition, The Frederick Chopin International Piano Competition, and is a NFAA Scholar in the Arts. Cynthia is also the recipient of the U.S. Academy Achievement Award, Bard College Humanities Award, the Michael & Cecilia Iacovella Capuzzi Fellowship and the Festorazzi piano prize from the Curtis Institute. Ms. Tobey has also been featured multiple times on the national radio program “From the Top” as soloist, chamber musician, and alumni. Her performances continue to be broadcasted frequently on WMHT radio.

Cynthia has performed with violinist and President of Luzerne, Elizabeth Pitcairn, in 2011 as part of an educational tour of the North Country school districts, as well featured in the chamber concert series “Music and More” in Glen Ridge, NJ. At Luzerne, she has also had the honor of performing with acclaimed violinist and assistant concertmaster of the NYC Ballet Orchestra, Arturo Delmoni, as well as distinguished American composers John Corigliano and Richard Danielpour during their residencies at LMC.

Her primary teachers have included Margaret Shafer, Blanca Uribe, Herbert Stessin, Seymour Lipkin, Gerald Stofsky, Peter Serkin, and Evelyne Crochet.

Kindermusic
Monica Behler
Violin, Kindermusic

Monica Behler began her violin studies at the Port Jefferson Music Academy in 1998 (the founding year of the Academy) as a student of Sophie Arbuckle and Arik Braude.  During that time, she was a member of the Port Jefferson Music Academy String Quartet, which performed regularly at various local outreach events.  She later concurrently attended the Mannes College Prep where she was a member of the Mannes Philharmonic. Monica has attended the Killington and the Green Mountain Summer Chamber Music festivals. She is presently pursuing a degree in Music Education at the Aaron Copland Conservatory of Music at Queen’s College (CUNY) and is a violin student of Arik Braude.  She joined the Port Jefferson Music Academy faculty in 2008, and has since then developed a vibrant violin & viola studio.  In addition, she teaches music theory and kindermusik classes.

Cynthia Tobey
Piano, Theory, Kindermusic

Cynthia’s musical journey began amidst the organic culture and musical traditions of Cameroon, Africa where her parents were medical missionaries. From these exceptional beginnings, she continued on to The Juilliard School of Music, Pre-College Division, where she was accepted at the age of ten.

Cynthia received her Bachelors of Music from The Curtis Institute of Music, studying primarily with Seymour Lipkin, and her Masters in Music and Music Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Cynthia has also spent time abroad, studying and assistant teaching at the Konservatorium Wien in Vienna, Austria. She received her Doctorate from Columbia University, in the Music and Teaching of Music in Higher Education degree program. Her dissertation topic was Perceptions and Strategies for Eliciting Emotional Expression in Piano Playing. Ms. Tobey is on the Faculty of Applied Piano at Columbia University as well as newly appointed Professor of Chamber Music there. She is also on the piano faculty at the Bard College Conservatory, Preparatory Division. A dedicated piano teacher and music educator with New York State Certification, Cynthia has been on the piano faculty at the Luzerne Music Center for the past six summers where she is the Chair of Senior Session Piano Studies, chamber music coach, and frequent performer on both the LMC Faculty Concert Series and the Luzerne Chamber Music Festival.

Cynthia performs extensively nationally and internationally throughout Spain, Germany, and Austria, and in many U.S. concert halls including Carnegie Hall, the Venetian Theater at Caramoor, Merkin Concert Hall, Zankel Hall at Skidmore College, Alice Tully Hall, The 92nd Street Y, Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Eisenhower Hall, The Bardavon Opera House, Olin Hall at Bard College, Jordan Hall, The University of Conneticut, Columbia University, Miami University, Tenri Cultural Institute, the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC), Thorndale and Mills Mansions, The Hyde Museum, among many others. Cynthia has performed with orchestras including The New York Pops, Camerata New York Orchestra, Juilliard Symphony, The Hudson Valley Philharmonic, the U.S. Military Academy Orchestra, the Lake George Chamber Orchestra, and others.

She won first place in the New York Gifted Pianists Competition, the Juilliard Concerto Competition, and the Leschetizky Piano Competition. She is a top prizewinner of The New York International Piano Competition, Jacob Flier International Piano Competition, The Frederick Chopin International Piano Competition, and is a NFAA Scholar in the Arts. Cynthia is also the recipient of the U.S. Academy Achievement Award, Bard College Humanities Award, the Michael & Cecilia Iacovella Capuzzi Fellowship and the Festorazzi piano prize from the Curtis Institute. Ms. Tobey has also been featured multiple times on the national radio program “From the Top” as soloist, chamber musician, and alumni. Her performances continue to be broadcasted frequently on WMHT radio.

Cynthia has performed with violinist and President of Luzerne, Elizabeth Pitcairn, in 2011 as part of an educational tour of the North Country school districts, as well featured in the chamber concert series “Music and More” in Glen Ridge, NJ. At Luzerne, she has also had the honor of performing with acclaimed violinist and assistant concertmaster of the NYC Ballet Orchestra, Arturo Delmoni, as well as distinguished American composers John Corigliano and Richard Danielpour during their residencies at LMC.

Her primary teachers have included Margaret Shafer, Blanca Uribe, Herbert Stessin, Seymour Lipkin, Gerald Stofsky, Peter Serkin, and Evelyne Crochet.

Creativity
Deborah Bailay
creativity

Miss Bailay received a B.A. degree in Biological Sciences from Indiana University. She has been a professional ballet teacher for over 30 years. She was on the faculty of The Washington School of Ballet under Director Mary Day intermittently from 1982-1998 and directed Central Maryland School of Ballet for ten years. In New York City, she was on the faculty at Steps on Broadway and Chen Dance Center. She is the Founder/Director of In Grandma’s Attic dance program and creates original miniature children’s ballets for her students.
Her former students have joined ballet and modern dance companies, including Ballet Tech, Joffrey II, the Juilliard School, the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, The Washington Ballet, Ballet Hispanico, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Ballet West, Atlanta Ballet, and Nashville Ballet.
As a dancer she was a company member of Indiana University Ballet Theater, Diane Jacobowitz Dance Theater, Joan Miller’s Dance Players, Momentum Dance Theatre, and a soloist and principal dancer with the Greg Reynolds Dance Quintet. She danced in the original cast of Dianne McIntyre’s reconstruction of Helen Tamiris’ modern dance, “How Long Brethren”.
Her choreography on professional dancers has been favorably reviewed by dance critics. Miss Bailay has been privileged to work with guest artists from such prominent ballet companies like The Washington Ballet, the Dance Theatre of Harlem, New York City Opera Ballet, Basel Ballet, and the Royal Swedish Ballet in her independent choreography projects.
Miss Bailay is enjoying a new generation of dance students including artistic granddaughters and grandsons. Her great joy in teaching is guiding the growth of each and every student in her dance classes.

“Her interest and devotion to each and every student are truly great qualities in her teaching.”
– Miss Mary Day, 1986, Founder of The Washington School of Ballet.

Faculty Directory

Violin Viola
S. Arbuckle
M. Behler
A. Braude
B. Gonzalez
M. Maimone
A. Tomsky
S. Arbuckle
Piano Cello
K. Mrmrevska
E. Rotshteyn
C. Tobey
K. Charlestream
Guitar Theory
B. Dornicik
C. Tobey
Kindermusic Creativity
M. Behler
C. Tobey
D. Bailay
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