Anne Simon, principal clarinetist of the North Jersey Symphony Orchestra holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Mannes College of Music and an M.M. in performance from SUNY Stony Brook where she studied with David Glazer, Samuel Baron and Arthur Weisberg. She received her teaching certificate from Montclair State University.
A founding member of The Fersch Trio, Anne also is a member of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and performs with the Light Opera of New Jersey. As a woodwind "doubler," she can be heard on clarinet, flute and saxophone for various ensembles and community theatre groups in the tri-state region. Anne has taught music in the Montville Township school district for many years.
Leonardo Ko, cellist, a student at Tappan Zee High School, studies under Caroline
Stinson at the Juilliard Pre-College Program where he is a member of the Juilliard Pre-College Symphony, String Quartet, and Piano Trio. Earlier studies were with Frances Rowell, Ann Alton and Chungsun Kim. A very accomplished young musician, since 2011 Leonardo has received numerous honors including the KRB (Korea Radio Broadcast) and Crescendo International Competitions, which led to several solo performances at Weill Recital Hall. As a winner of the Union City Symphony and Adelphi Orchestra Competitions he performed at Symphony Space and at the Dimenna Center, both in New York City. Leonardo also won the Hudson Concerto Competition resulting in a performance at the Union City Performing Arts Center. As Grand Prize Winner of the Rockland Teacher's Guild Concerto Competition, he was a guest soloist with the Rockland Symphony Orchestra. A second degree black belt in Tae Kwan Do, Leonardo also enjoys hanging out with friends, playing the guitar and learning how to make films.
Mayer Chalom, from Livingston, New Jersey studied music at the Calderone School of Music since the age of five when he tried to create his own music. As a pianist, he has performed in Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, and he has also accompanied various singers and actors in local performances. As a percussionist, Mayer has made appearances with his high school's Wind Symphony, the New Jersey Region 1 Band and Orchestra, the Essex County Honors Band, and the Livingston Symphony Orchestra. However, his true passion is composing music, and his music has been the recipient of several awards, including the silver medal from the Eric Steiner Composition Competition from the Music Educators Association and the Golden Key's Piano Composition honor of the bronze level. Mayer is attending Harvard University where he is majoring in music composition.
Carla Auld is a soloist and chamber musician who promotes the performance and recording of new classical and cross-over music by various composers throughout the world. She has performed regularly as a soloist in conjunction with the West Side Oratorio Orchestra and several ensembles throughout the New York metro area.
CarlaAuld holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Temple University and has studied with Julius Baker, Bernard Goldberg, Robert Dick and Gerardo Levy. As an educator, she is one of the founding members of the New Jersey Flute Choir Day and was part of the project's coaching team from 1995-2008. Carla Auld is a Bernard Hammig flute artist. She maintains a private teaching studio in her home.
Gregory Arabagian Is a student at Morristown High School and has been learning classical and jazz guitar at the Calderone School of Musicfor eight years as well as Theory and Harmony and Ear Training. He is a student of Professor Chris Paglia. He has competed in Morristown High School talent shows, CSM Annual Spring Recitals and Exams and won a position in the Morristown High School Jazz Band. Gregory is a guitarist and singer in ‘Captain Lung’ a rock band that performs in a variety of venues ranging from school shows to coffee houses and private parties. He intends to play with his college jazz band.
Renato Calatroni is a senior at Seton Hall Preparatory High School in West Orange, NJ and lives in Florham Park, NJ. He has been attending the Calderone School of Music with Professor Chris Paglia since he was seven years old. Renato studies classical and electric guitar, Theory and Harmony and Ear Training. He has participated in the CSM Annual Spring Recitals as well as the CSM Annual Exams always receiving highest scores and Outstanding Achievement Awards. Renato also won at the Golden Key Festival Competition and received a Bronze Level Award performing at the prestigious Workshop for Music Performance Concert Hall at 31 East 28 Street, New York, NY. He will continue his guitar studies in college.
Marti Sweet, a native of Boston, began studying the violin at the age of four and received her Bachelor and Master Degrees from the Juilliard School, where she was a student of Oscar Shumsky. She has been a member of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottowa, Canada, and the American Ballet Theatre and associate violinist with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Ms. Sweet has also appeared and recorded with Barbra Streisand, Wynton Marsalis, Aretha Franklin, Tony Bennett, Bernadette Peters, Placido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, Pinchas Zukerman, Stephen Sondheim, Quincy Jones and many other world-renowned artists.
She is founder of the chamber ensemble Music Amici, and has recorded for the New World, Angel/EMI, GRP, Arista, Epic, Atlantic and Columbia record labels. Marti also devotes time to teaching young violinists.
Devon Cupo, a senior at Morristown High School, is in the College Preparatory Division at the Calderone School of Music where he began his music studies in 2007.
Devon has performed works for numerous ensembles spanning a variety of styles and instrumentations. He has performed on percussion as a soloist, an accompanist, and a member of ensembles such as jazz bands, pit orchestras, rock bands, chamber ensembles, marching band, drum corps, concert band, string and full orchestra.
Devon is one of the original members of the NYC/NJ based group Mantra Youth Percussion dedicated to 21st Century music. He has played at Times Square, Roulette with Face the Music, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in the National Young Musician’s Showcase “Gold Winners” Concert, and performed in Concertos for Buildings and Orchestra, a program of new works featuring percussionists playing on buildings, at the Make Music NY Festival.
Cellist Camille Dietrich studies at Manhattan School of Music with Marion Feldman. Deeply involved in the the new music scene, Camille has performed for three years with "Face the Music", the only youth ensemble in the U.S. dedicated to the creation and performance of music by living composers.This year she performed with FTM in Washington, DC and at the Ecstatic Music Festal at Merkin Hall; her FTM quartet has collaborated with the Jack and Kronos Quartet and has been featured on WQXR radio. Camille attended Mannes School of Music pre-college division for four years where she studied with Amy Kim. During her senior year she was in the honors program, was principal cellist of the Mannes Orchestra and performed in a solo recital.
As winner the 2012 Rockland Music Teacher's Guild concerto competition, she was a guest soloist with the Rockland Symphony Orchestra. Having begun cello studies with Carole Tilson at age 6, she has been a member of the Bergen Youth Orchestra, the Nyack College String Orchestra and the Rockland Conseratory Orchestra. Camile Dietrich teaches cello in Manhattan and will attend music festivals at NYU and "Manhattan in the Mountains" this summer.
Joanne Keeler, principal flutist with the North Jersey Symphony Orchestra, has performed with such renowned artists as trumpeter Phil Smith of the New York Philharmonic, the Laurentian String Quartet, harpsichordist Raymond Beegle, flutist Paige Brook, jazz artists Bucky and Jon Pizzarelli, soprano Isola Jones and tenor Michael Best of the Metropolitan Opera, Latin performer Paquito D'Riera and actor Paul Sorvino.
Among the other ensembles she has played with are the American Chamber Orchestra, the New Jersey Philharmonic, the North Jersey Philharmonic, the Wayne Chamber Orchestra and the New Jersey Pops. She has also performed with the Garden State Opera conducted by Francesco Santelli, various Gilbert and Sulliven performances and the Ridgelight Opera company.
Joanne received her Bachelor of Science in Music Education from William Paterson University.She currently teaches privately and performs regularly with her group the Fersch trio,(piano, clarinet, and flute) as well as in pit orchestras throughout the tri-state area.
After graduating the Yerevan Conservatory in 2002, Edgar Tumajyan played with the Armenian National State Theater of Ballet and Opera and taught at the Srajev and Babjanian Music Schools in Yerevan, Armenia. Edgar received his masters degree from Syracuse University for violin performance. He currently is a member of the Allentown Symphony, the Tri-Cities Opera Orchestra and the Symphoria Orchestra in Syracuse NY. He plays regularly with the Binghamton Philharmonic and the Albany Symphony.
Jessica Kline Tumajyan has been performing violin with local professional and community organizations since 1995. She has a bachelors degree in viola performance from Syracuse University and is a full time private instructor in her own studio. She is violist with the Symphoria Orchestra and a sub with the Binghamton Philharmonic.
Daniel Navarro lives in Union, NJ and is a senior at Saint Peter’s Preparatory High School in Jersey City, NJ. He was accepted to the Calderone School of Music when he was eight years old to study classical guitar. His instructor is Mr. Steve Urban who also teaches him Theoryand Harmony and Ear Training. He intends to continue his guitar studies in college. He has participated in the New Jersey Mid-Atlantic Teachers Guild Competition in 2012 for Solo Classical Guitar and won. Daniel has performed yearly in the CSM Annual Spring Recitals and received top honors in the Annual CSM Exams. He has also studies electric guitar, mandolin, ukulele and banjo as part of the CSM guitar curriculum.
Brian Hong, a student at Tenalfy High School, has been studying violin since the age of 6. He is a member of the Tenafly High School Advanced Orchestra and the High School Chamber Music Ensemble where he has performed numerous works including the high school's production of Les Miserables. He has been studying under Yuris Gute and at the Manhattan School of Music Summer Camp under Rafael Betancourt.
The Calderone School of Music is a NJ Registered Professional Development Provider and offers private music lessons for all ages and levels on all instruments, a College Preparatory Division, a Professional Development Division, "Kindermusik" classes and a Suzuki Strings Plus Program. The Calderone School of Music was founded in 1975 providing a comprehensive quality education with an experienced professional staff. The Choraliers and Adult Chorus are part of the ensembles that are offered.
Edgar and Jessica Kline