Our Teaching Artists

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Kathryn Brown | Teaching Artist

Kathryn Brown is a third year graduate student studying Viola Performance and Music Education at the Eastman School of Music. She studies viola with George Taylor. Kathryn received her degree in Music Education from Illinois State University (ISU) where she studied viola with Dr. Katherine Lewis. An advocate for access to quality music education for aspiring musicians of all backgrounds, Kathryn is a Golden Apple Scholar of Illinois...full bio

 

Bill Cahn | Teaching Artist (ROCdrummers)

Bill Cahn has been a member of the NEXUS percussion group since 1971, performing with orchestras and in solo concerts worldwide. From 2005 to 2015 he was an Associate Professor of Percussion at the Eastman School of Music and a visiting artist in residence at the Showa Academy of Music in Kawasaki, Japan. Bill was the principal percussionist in the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra from 1968 to 1995, and he is a life member of the orchestra’s Honorary... full bio

 
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Alexandra Deitrich | Teaching Artist

Alexandra Deitrich is a music educator who is committed to working for the benefit of students. She is a General Music Education Major (piano primary) at the Eastman School of Music in the class of 2020. In addition, Alexandra is earning a Minor in Psychology at the University of Rochester. She is earning a certificate in Arts Leadership through Eastman’s Institute of Music Leadership… full bio

 

Jing Tian Ngiaw | Teaching Artist

Jing Tian Ngiaw is a teacher devoted to the field of music education. Originally from Malaysia, She grew up in Shanghai, China before coming to the United States to pursue her undergraduate studies. Jing Tian is now a senior at the Eastman School of Music double majoring in General Music Education and Musical Arts. At Eastman,  she is the vice president of the school’s National Association for Music Education (NAfME) Collegiate chapter, striving to promote music education within the school community... full bio

 

Robert L. Pycior | Operations Director & Lead Teaching Artist

Robert L. Pycior is a multi-instrumentalist and private instructor of over 15 years. He performs the violin professionally in a variety of contemporary outfits, and currently composes and records music for film and television. Most notably, Pycior is the violinist for the Brooklyn-based band O’death. Robert has composed the film scores to feature films including The Village of Peace (2014), a documentary that explores a community of African-Americans from Chicago, who in 1967 began the 2 year migration to Dimona, Israel... full bio

 
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Holly Workman | Teaching Artist

Violinist Holly Workman is an active performer of traditional and contemporary classical music. As a soloist, Holly recently premiered a violin concertino with the OSSIA Ensemble and frequently works with composers to premiere works for both solo violin and ensembles. Holly is a diverse musician and frequently performs a wide range of styles from traditional classical and new music, to pop, jazz, and film scores.. full bio


Our Interns

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Taylor Kroma | Intern

A passionate performer and educator, Taylor Kroma is a (jazz) bassist based in Rochester, NY. She has performed with musicians such as Patty Dunham, Dariusz Terefenko, Jeff Campbell, and Tony Caramia, at venues such as the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival and throughout Rochester.  A student of the Eastman School of Music, Kroma recently helped organized a set of outreach events with jazz education concerts…. full bio


Our Volunteers

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Jane Condy Circh is a retired NYS public school English teacher. After retiring, she realized she wanted to learn violin, and she wanted to volunteer at a worthy organization. Her first violin teacher introduced her to ECMS’ New Horizons program. She now plays with three ensembles at New Horizons: Green Strings, Advanced Strings, and full Orchestra. From her studies at ECMS, she found her “service for others” at ROCmusic. This program combined her love for learning the violin and gave her the student contact, with all its energy, that she so missed. Perfect harmony! 


Kathryn Brown | Teaching Artist

Kathryn Brown is a third year graduate student studying Viola Performance and Music Education at the Eastman School of Music. She studies viola with George Taylor. Kathryn received her degree in Music Education from Illinois State University (ISU) where she studied viola with Dr. Katherine Lewis. An advocate for access to quality music education for aspiring musicians of all backgrounds, Kathryn is a Golden Apple Scholar of Illinois. Golden Apple is a prestigious program that provides teacher candidates with scholarship in return for service in schools of need in the state of Illinois. Upon completing her studies at ISU, Kathryn taught middle and high school orchestra in Danville, IL before continuing on in her education. Kathryn currently serves as a member of the American Viola Society’s Youth Advisory Council where she works with other pre-professional viola students from around the country in order to appeal to the needs of the student members in the American Viola Society. Kathryn is a private viola instructor and directs Green Strings, New Horizons beginner’s orchestra, at the Eastman Community Music School. Back to Top ⤴

Bill Cahn | Teaching Artist (ROCdrummers)

Bill Cahn has been a member of the NEXUS percussion group since 1971 performing with orchestras and in solo concerts worldwide . From 2005 to 2015 he was an Associate Professor of Percussion at the Eastman School of Music and a visiting artist in residence at the Showa Academy of Music in Kawasaki, Japan. Bill was the principal percussionist in the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra from 1968 to 1995, and he is a life member of the orchestra’s Honorary Board of Directors.

Bill has performed with conductors, composers, ensembles, and artists representing many musical styles, including Chet Atkins, John Cage, Aaron Copland, Sir Andrew Davis, Chuck Mangione, Mitch Miller, Seiji Ozawa, Doc Severensen, Leopold Stokowski, Igor Stravinsky, Edgar Varese, and Paul Winter.

Bill has received the Rochester Philharmonic League’s FANFARE AWARD (1988) for a “significant contribution to music education in Rochester,” Mu Phi Epsilon’s MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR AWARD (1993), and with NEXUS, the TORONTO ARTS AWARD in music (1989), the BANFF CENTRE FOR THE ARTS NATIONAL AWARD (1997), and induction into the Percussive Arts Society’s HALL OF FAME (1999). In 2006 Bill received a GRAMMY Award as part of the Paul Winter Consort on the DVD titled, “2004 Solstice Concert.”

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Alexandra Deitrich | Teaching Artist

Alexandra Deitrich is a music educator who is committed to working for the benefit of students. She is a General Music Education Major (piano primary) at the Eastman School of Music in the class of 2020. In addition, Alexandra is earning a Minor in Psychology at the University of Rochester. She is earning a certificate in Arts Leadership through Eastman’s Institute of Music Leadership. Alexandra recently joined ROCmusic Collaborative as a teaching artist at the elementary general music level. She also teaches in the Early Childhood Music Program at the Eastman Community Music School. As the secretary of Eastman’s Collegiate NAfME Chapter 50, Alexandra coordinates a weekly volunteer music teaching outreach program at Hillside Children’s Center. In the summer of 2018, Alexandra was one of the inaugural students in the Humanities for Life Internship Program through the University of Rochester. She interned at WXXI Public Broadcasting in the education department, developing educational programming with resources from PBS Kids. Alexandra also has a strong interest in musical directing — she worked as a music director at French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts in 2017. Alexandra continues to music direct at the collegiate level for ROC Players student theatre and for the University of Rochester’s International Theatre Program.

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Jing Tian Ngiaw | Teaching Artist

Jing Tian Ngiaw is a teacher devoted to the field of music education. Originally from Malaysia, she grew up in Shanghai, China before coming to the United States to pursue her undergraduate studies. Jing Tian is now a senior at the Eastman School of Music double majoring in General Music Education and Musical Arts. At Eastman, she is the vice president of the school’s National Association for Music Education (NAfME) Collegiate chapter, striving to promote music education within the school community. 

In addition to being a teaching artist at ROCmusic, Jing Tian is a substitute teacher at the Harley School and was the Creative Arts teacher for their summer nursery program. As the Director of Music at Summerville Presbyterian Church, she is the primary conductor and keyboardist for the congregation.  

Beyond her teaching responsibilities, Jing Tian is an Arts Leadership Candidate at Eastman, expressing strong interests in Music Therapy and Education Administration. To cultivate her passions in academia, Jing Tian is currently working on several research projects with multiple focuses such as teacher identity, preschool children’s musical schemas and multicultural music education. She had the privilege to present at Rochester ABC Program this past year, holding several training workshops on informal music making in the early childhood classroom. In her spare time, Jing Tian enjoys cooking, holding car karaoke sessions, watching Grey’s Anatomy, and meditating.

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Robert L. Pycior | Operations Director & Teaching Artist

Robert L. Pycior is a multi-instrumentalist and private instructor of over 15 years. He performs the violin professionally in a variety of contemporary outfits, and currently composes and records music for film and television. Most notably, Pycior is the violinist for the Brooklyn-based band O’death.

Robert has composed the film scores to feature films including The Village of Peace (2014), a documentary that explores a community of African-Americans from Chicago, who in 1967 began the 2 year migration to Dimona, Israel; A Wife Alone (2012), a psychological thriller taking place in the suburbs of Rochester. Pycior has also contributed string performance and orchestration to the scores of Rich Hill (2014), winner of Sundance Grand Jury Prize for documentary; Marina Abramovic (2012), Emmy and Peabody Awards winning documentary.

Pycior received his Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from the Music Conservatory at Purchase College, State University of New York.

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Holly Workman | Teaching Artist

Violinist Holly Workman is an active performer of traditional and contemporary classical music. As a soloist, Holly recently premiered a violin concertino with the OSSIA Ensemble and frequently works with composers to premiere works for both solo violin and ensembles. Holly is a diverse musician and frequently performs a wide range of styles from traditional classical and new music, to pop, jazz, and film scores. She has performed with an eclectic group of people including Steve Reich, the JACK Quartet, Magnus Lindberg, Sō Percussion, Irvine Arditti, Renée Fleming, pop artist Louis Cole, and the Piano Guys.

Holly is passionate about teaching and sharing classical music with children and adults of all backgrounds. Holly is on faculty at the Music Store Inc. in Webster and the Rochester Academy of Music and Arts where she teaches violin and viola. She has presented and taught with the Eastman “to go” outreach program, the former Music for Everyone outreach program, the Hershey Symphony Festival Strings middle school orchestra, and the Music for All outreach program in Lancaster, PA.  

In 2018, Holly participated in the Sibelius Academy Creative Dialogue X for string instruments and electronics as one of 7 performers worldwide. In addition, she has participated in the Klangspuren Ensemble Modern Festival, the Mostly Modern Festival, the Round Top Festival Institute where she was selected as concertmaster and invited to play with a faculty ensemble, the New Mexico Chamber Music Festival, and the Bowdoin International Music Festival. Holly frequently performs as an ensemble member of Eastman Musica Nova, Eastman Philharmonia, the OSSIA Ensemble, and the Eastman Graduate Sinfonietta.

Holly is currently pursuing her Master of Music in Violin Performance and Literature at the Eastman School of Music, where she studies with Professor Renée Jolles. She also holds her Bachelor of Music in Applied Music with High Distinction from Eastman and is a member of the Pi Kappa Lambda music honor society.

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Taylor Kroma| Intern

A passionate performer and educator, Taylor Kroma is a (jazz) bassist based in Rochester, NY. She has performed with musicians such as Patty Dunham, Dariusz Terefenko, Jeff Campbell, and Tony Caramia, at venues such as the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival and throughout Rochester. A student of the Eastman School of Music, Kroma recently helped organized a set of outreach events with jazz education concerts. She is passionate in teaching Music Education, with a focus in Early Childhood Education, holding teaching jobs at the Eastman Community Music School and the Children’s Center of Brighton. Additionally, she founded Healing Hearts with Harmony, a benefit concert in Naperville, IL, that has raised several thousand dollars for various charities. Kroma is pursuing her degree with a double major in Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media and Music Education, and is also a candidate for the Arts Leadership Certificate. When not involved in the music scene, Kroma can be found knitting with her three adopted cats.

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