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Alice Kanack

Violin, Viola, Suzuki violin, Suzuki viola

Alice is a Rochester native with degrees in Performance and Composition from the Eastman School of Music. She is an accredited Suzuki Association of Americas teacher, with training both in the US and in Japan with Dr. Shinichi Suzuki. Alice’s “Creative Ability Development” series of books and recordings are currently published by Warner Bros. and are sold internationally.


Andrew Barnhart

Cello, Chamber

Cellist Andrew Barnhart is a native of the Detroit, Michigan area where he began playing the cello in the public school system at the age of ten.  He holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a Master’s degree, Performer’s Certificate, and Orchestral Studies Diploma from the Eastman School of Music where is is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts.  Andrew serves as Principal Cello for the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes in... more...


Michelle Bitler

Suzuki piano, Piano, Suzuki violin, Viola, Chamber, Preschool classes, Suzuki viola

Michelle Bitler joined The Kanack School of Musical Artistry in 2012 after teaching in Pittsburgh for several years. In addition to having a studio of pianists, violinists, and violists, Michelle teaches improvisation and repertoire group classes. She is also a chamber music coach and piano accompanist. With degrees from the Eastman School of Music and University of Rochester, Michelle also received Suzuki training in Chicago and Pittsburgh, early childhood music training in... more...


Lee Byrne

Violin, Suzuki violin

Lee is a Rochester native who trained with the renowned Suzuki pedagogue Anastasia Jempelis at the Eastman School of Music. Lee is an accredited teacher with the Suzuki Association of the Americas and has also had extensive training in Early Childhood education.


Margaret Coote

Violin, Suzuki violin, Viola, Suzuki viola, Chamber

Margaret Ellen Coote is a native of Northern California. She graduated from San Domenico School in San Anselmo, California, where she was a member of the pre-professional Virtuoso Program for strings.  Margaret is a dedicated teacher of violin and viola with a special love for chamber music, who loves teaching both children and adults. Margaret is interested in the creative process in all its forms. As a musician, visual artist, and writer, Margaret is fascinated by the intersection... more...


Jacqueline Cordova-Arrington

Flute, Chamber

Building a versatile career as a professional flutist and educator, Dr. Jacqueline Cordova-Arrington is committed to c ollaborating with distinguished artists, citizens, and thinkers to create inspiring and culturally unifying experiences for communities and artists alike. As a fellow of Carnegie Hall's Ensemble Connect —formerly known as Ensemble ACJW—Jacqueline had innumerable opportunities to accomplish this mission, creating tangible impact as a performer, educator and... more...


Erik Gibelyou - Guitar, Ukulele

Guitar, Electric Bass Guitar

Erik Gibelyou, a native of Bay City, Michigan, started playing guitar at age 12, shortly after his introduction to the tenor saxophone. He played many styles of music as a young guitarist, including fingerstyle, rock, and heavy metal. Erik enrolled at Delta College in 2006 and met his first classical guitar teacher, Dr. Brad DeRoche. After taking music classes and lessons with Professor DeRoche, Erik transferred to Saginaw Valley State University, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in... more...


Sofya Gurevich

Piano, Preschool classes

Sofya got her degree in piano, music theory and music literature in Russia. After teaching in Russia for many years, she moved to Rochester in 1993. Sofya currently teaches piano and also has extensive training in early childhood education. 


Elise Hughey


Minnesota native Elise Hughey first discovered the cello at age ten through her elementary school orchestra program. She then studied in Minneapolis with former Minnesota Orchestra member (and current Toronto Symphony Orchestra principal) Joseph Johnson. Elise received her Bachelor of Music degree and Master of Music degree at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York under the tutelage of Steven Doane and Rosemary Elliott. During her graduate studies, she was... more...


Daphne Kanack-Pickens


Daphne Pickens has studied the violin at the Kanack School of Music for approximately sixteen years, and plans to pursue a career in music education. Daphne has served as concertmaster in the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. She won the RPYO concerto competition with the Scottish Fantasy by Bruch. She is classically trained by her mother, Alice Kanack, and was raised in a fiddling environment since the age of five. Daphne now teaches fiddle and violin at the Kanack School of Music.... more...


David Labman


David Labman lives in the Rochester, NY area.  He teaches chorus and general music at the Victor Central Schools (since 2000), he is the director of music at the First Baptist Church of Rochester (since 2002), and he frequently performs both classical and jazz piano locally.  He is currently performing and recording with Grammy-nominated jazz artist, Jimmie Highsmith, Jr.  Labman also works in area theaters as musical director, pianist, conductor, and orchestrator (his... more...


Rachael Lemna

Suzuki cello, Cello, Suzuki piano, Piano, Preschool classes

Rachael Lemna, a Chicago native, first discovered the cello and piano and the ages of  four and five. In fact, she was so excited to begin playing musical instruments that she  completely emptied her piggy bank in order to help her parents pay for lessons! Rachael  had the unique opportunity to learn these instruments under different teaching styles  (Suzuki Method for cello and Traditional Method for piano) and has consequently  attained a firm understanding... more...


Ben Proctor - Banjo, Dobro, Mandolin (Guitar, Voice)

Guitar, Voice

Ben Proctor is a musical pilgrim living in Rochester, New York. He works as a performer, teacher of guitar and rock history for Fairport Central School District, instructor and ensemble director at the Kanack School of Music, and private teacher of guitar, voice, banjo, dobro, and mandolin. His current project is acclaimed bluegrass/Americana band The Crooked North. He has many annoying habits, like constantly playing instruments and singing children’s melodies in odd meters. Ben... more...


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Thomas Rodgers

Violin, Chamber

Thomas Rodgers, a native of Anderson, Indiana, joined the first violin section of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in March of 2012.  In May, he completed a Master of Music degree in violin performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with William Preucil, concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra.  He also holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music (graduated summa cum laude), where he studied with Alexander Kerr,... more...


Alyssa Rodriguez

Fiddle, Suzuki fiddle, Suzuki violin, Suzuki viola

Alyssa Rodriguez is a classically trained violinist gone fiddle player who holds a degree in Music Composition from Ithaca College. She discovered her love of fiddle music in Ithaca’s vibrant Contra dance and Irish music scene, and discovered Ball Folk and other European fiddle music while studying abroad in Vienna, Austria. She has studied Irish fiddle with Tim Ball and Scandinavian fiddle with Laurie Hart of Ithaca, NY, and enjoys performing for live dance events. She plays a myriad... more...


Austin Wahl

Suzuki Guitar, Guitar

Austin Wahl, a Minneapolis native, began his guitar studies in 1998 with Alan Johnston, a former member of the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet, at the MacPhail Center for Music. Annually from 2004 to 2011, Wahl attended the American Suzuki Institute in Stevens Point, WI where he worked with Alan Johnston and Joseph Pecoraro. In 2009, he also studied with David Madsen at the MacPhail Suzuki Institute in Minneapolis. Between 2011 and 2015, Wahl earned his B. M. and Performer's Certificate from the... more...


Teryle Watson

Voice, Piano, Choral

Teryle Thomas Watson was born in Brooklyn,New York .As the only child of Virgil and Lauramae Thomas,  music became central to her life at an early age.She began her formal training at the Juilliard School of Music at age five.The preparatory department of Juilliard provided her with training in piano,voice and music theory .She is also an alumna of the High School of Music and Art in New York City where she majored in violincello.In 1967,Teryle adopted Rochester,New York as her new... more...


Tim Ball

Fiddle, Suzuki fiddle, Suzuki violin

Tim Ball grew up playing both classical violin and fiddle music, and holds a Bachelor's degree in Violin Performance from Ithaca College, where he studied with Susan Waterbury. While there, Tim dove headfirst into the contra dance and Irish music scenes, and is fortunate to have been mentored by David Kaynor, Ed McGowan, and many others. He has also studied Suzuki teaching with Carrie Reuning-Hummel. Tim has performed at numerous contra dances and festivals throughout the... more...


Creative Ability + Music = Musicality,
Musicality + Technical Facility = Artistry