Music

Thanks to a Girl Scout Gold Project by Catherine Delaney of Troop 4-1029, our music rooms have been restored and upgraded! Consider taking lessons in voice, drums, piano, or guitar from our esteemed faculty in our newly renovated classrooms.

 

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We offer private music instruction in: Piano, Percussion, Violin (including Suzuki method for very young children), Voice, Guitar, Dulcimer, Fiddle and Banjo.  See below for our music faculty bios.

Please call 607-387-5939 or email coordinator@tburgconservatory.org for more information.

 

Music Faculty

Caryn Christianson
Percussion, Piano

christiansonCaryn Christianson has a bachelor of music education degree from Syracuse University with a major in percussion and minor in piano. After graduating from college, Caryn went on to graduate work at Carnegie-Melon University and Ithaca College. She has studied with such renowned artists as Gordon Stout, John Soroka, Leigh Howard Stevens, Ernest Muzquiz and Michael Bull on percussion, and Tadeus Kerner on piano.

In addition to her work at TCFA, she is on the faculty of the Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA) and a volunteer at the Salvation Army. She has performed at CSMA, the Foundation of Light, the Ithaca Festival, the Apple Harvest Festival, Greenstar Coop, the Cornell museum, and numerous other venues.

Caryn has taught music since 1985, using traditional teaching methods combined with an emphasis on theory to give her students a solid foundation for many different playing styles, including classical, jazz, rock, and Latin. Some of her students’ accomplishments include playing drums in a Coca-Cola commercial; graduating from Eastman School of Music; scoring 95 and above on NYSSMA Level 6 snare drum solos; and scoring 100 or 28 on marimba solos.

Bill Gregg 
Guitar, Autoharp, 5 string Banjo, Tenor Banjo, Country Fiddle, Dulcimer, Ukulele

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William Gregg began playing piano when he was five years old. He went on to study organ, accordion, guitar, violin/fiddle, mandolin, banjo, Appalachian dulcimer, ukulele and autoharp.  He also performs traditional American folk music. Bill regularly presents workshops at festivals such as the New England Folk Festival (NEFFA) and the Cranberry Dulcimer & Autoharp Gathering. He received the annual Leonard Reid Award for 2012 at the Mountain Laurel Autoharp Gathering in Newport, PA. In recent years he has taught several public group classes focusing on acoustic blues guitar.

Bill started composing for classical guitar in the early 1980’s when he first taught at TCFA. Since then he has continued to write for classical guitar including 24 studies in all major and minor keys as well as many duets and trios for guitar and other instruments. In the mid 1980s, he began composing for digital synthesizers, alone and in combination with acoustic instruments. In 1989, he appeared on a compilation CD, Visionaries: Selected New Music, Volume II. In 1990 he presented an electronic “symphony” at Cornell University and issued a solo album of electronic compositions, Voyage of the Heart. He has released three more CD’s of electro-acoustic music that have received worldwide airplay. He is now concentrating on writing and performing finger style guitar works, many in alternate tunings. Bill returned to the faculty at TCFA in 2003 and continues to enjoy teaching stringed instruments to young and old.


Venissa Santí
Voice

VenissaSantiBorn in Ithaca NY, trained in jazz in Philadelphia, PA and schooled in sacred/secular music in her ancestral homeland of Cuba, vocalist Venissa Santí traveled a long road to develop her signature musical style. Venissa has a BA in jazz vocal performance from
The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA and studied music dance and percussion extensively in Havana and Matanzas Cuba. She is a 2008 PEW Fellow, signed to Sunnyside Records. Venissa has taught voice lessons since 2001 and works with beginners, intermediate and professional singers to develop their sound and explore diverse and exciting repertoire and vocal technique.

 

Kathryn Drake
Violin
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Kathryn Drake graduated with a Bachelor of Music from the Butler School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin where she studied violin with Professor Sandy Yamamoto. While at the University of Texas she performed as a member of the UT Symphony Orchestra, UT Lab Orchestra, UT Opera Orchestra, and participated in the Miro Quartet Intensive Chamber Music Seminar.
Kathryn began her music education with the Suzuki Method at the age of four with Deanna Badgett, and continued her studies with Tim Washecka and Kristi Manno. In 2012 she began registering Suzuki Teacher Training, and has had the opportunity to study with Edward Kreitman, Edmund Sprunger, Teri Einfeldt, Katie Lansdale, Carol Dallinger, Dr. Sue Baer, and other incredible Suzuki teachers. She also completed independent studies with Dr. Laurie Scott and Dr. Robert Duke of the UT Music and Human Learning program. She taught for three years as a faculty member at Monarch Suzuki Academy and the UT String Project, where she served as the musicianship coordinator, organized the Eclectic Styles Festival, and co-founded a peer-to-peer mentorship program.
Kathryn is currently pursuing her Masters of Music degree at Ithaca College in Violin Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy. She studies with Susan Waterbury and Carrie Reuning-Hummel, while co-teaching String Pedagogy with Dr. James Mick.

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