Our Teachers

Carolle-Ann Mochernuk, Artist-in-Residence—Piano

Carolle-Ann Mochernuk, a native of Canada and graduate of the Royal Conservatory in Toronto, concertized on CBC radio, performing both solo and with orchestra.  She continued studies with the renowned Rosina Lhevinne at Juiiliard School, and with master teacher George Kochevitsky in New York. Her debut took place at Town Hall, plus concerts on WNYC radio and television as well as several recitals at the library at Lincoln Center. She has performed in recitals in Canada, the US and Europe, including London's Wigmore Hall, the Mozarteum in Salzburg and other major music centers.

Ms. Mochernuk’s has taught at Douglass College Mason Gross School of Music and Kean University in New Jersey, private studio piano, and has also given master classes. Recently a solo CD was released, "The Russian Romantics", and another solo CD is coming soon. She and her husband, Paul Kueter, have performed extensively piano music for four-hands, and released several CD's.

 

Charles Prince, Violin and Piano

Charles Prince is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory, where he studied violin with Gregory Fulkerson. He also studied privately with Burton Kaplan of the Manhattan School of Music, and David Nadien, the former concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic. Mr. Prince also had the privilege to participate in a master class with the world-renowned violinist, Isaac Stern.

He studied piano with Elizabeth Wolff and Seymour Bernstein (who was in friendly communication with the founders of the French School of Music).

Pursuing his love of conducting, he took master classes with Leonard Bernstein, Seiji Ozawa, Gustav Meier and Kurt Sanderling. Other important teachers include Robert Page and Jorma Panula, one of the leading conducing pedagogues in Finland.

He has led a wide range of international orchestra from the Moscow Symphony to the WDR Orchestra in Cologne and Essen, Germany, as well as the Munich Philharmonic and orchestras in Switzerland, Austria, Finland and Bulgaria. He has been invited a guest conductor by orchestras across the United States. He is equally comfortable with pops music, having served as Associate Conductor for the New York Pops from 1996 to 2003, leading that orchestra on numerous occasions at Carnegie Hall.

He has been the Music Director of the Plainfield Symphony Orchestra since 2009 bringing our orchestra to new and exciting heights of excellence.

 

Tara Buzash, Piano and Jazz Studies

As a pianist, composer, educator, and businesswoman, Tara Buzash (pronounced “buzz-ASH”) continually adds to a list of accomplishments that demonstrate a standard of excellence in all areas of her work. She was one of eight young female jazz pianists from around the world chosen to perform at the 2011 Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival held at Washington, DC's Kennedy Center. Her music is praised by jazz legend Toshiko Akiyoshi as "fantastic" and by Grammy-nominated composer Laurie Altman as "ingenious." Buzash holds a Master of Music in Jazz Piano Performance from Rutgers University, where she studied under Stanley Cowell and Conrad Herwig and won the Pee Wee Russell Jazz Scholarship. Buzash is a Watchfire Music Composer and the 2012 Grand Prize Winner of the New Jersey Arts Collective’s music composition contest.

Her live music booking business, Sweet Harmony LLC, has doubled in size nearly every year since 2008 and expanded to serve five Northeastern states. In the community, Buzash pioneered a jazz concert series and a jazz piano scholarship competition for the Greater Princeton Steinway Society, where she serves on the board of directors. And in the field of education, she has developed a specialized, rigorous program called "Buzash Total Piano" designed to enrich the student in both the classical and jazz worlds.

 

Rebecca Dias, Voice

Rebecca Dias graduated summa cum laude from Westminster Choir College of Rider University, where she received a Bachelor of Music in Music Education, and a Master of Art in Teaching. While at Westminster, Rebecca studied classical voice with Kathy Kessler-Price, under whose tutelage she received the Presidential Scholarship, Mary Jean Coffelt Memorial Scholarship, J.E. Thompson Voice Scholarship, and placed in NJ NATS, and the Westminster Choir College Voice Awards.

Rebecca currently teaches general music and chorus at Wicoff School in Plainsboro, NJ, and is the vocal music director of the spring musicals at Arthur L. Johnson High School in Clark, NJ. 

 

Gladys Karima Kitchell, Piano

A classically trained pianist, Gladys fell in love with jazz while studying at Berklee School of Music and The New School in NYC.  She studied with composer Jack Reilly in addition to collaborating with her trumpeter husband for 34-years on various projects.  Gladys used her impressive talent to find success as a music instructor, school and church choir director and jazz pianist throughout the NY/NJ area as a NJ Musicians’ Guild member.

 

Robert Romano, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, E-flat Clarinet

Robert Romano graduated magna cum laude from SUNY at Stony Brook, where he studied with David Glazer.  He also had the privilege of studying with Leon Russianoff and Charles Neidich of the Juilliard School.  He has performed as a chamber soloist with the Rome Festival Orchestra and has played with the Milwaukee Civic Orchestra.  He is a long-time member of the Plainfield Symphony Orchestra and the Plainfield Musical Club.

Mr. Romano is an active chamber musician, working with vocal soloists, as well as instrumental chamber musicians, including  performing with Mr. Neidich at the New York Yacht Club as part of the renowned Model Room Concerts series.

 

Wendy Romano, Piano and Bassoon

Wendy Romano received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she studied piano with Armand Basile (formerly of the Eastman School of Music) and Jeffry Peterson.

The bassoon captured Ms. Romano’s imagination at an early age. While at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee she studied bassoon with Robert Thompson, and later, post-graduate studies with Bernard Garfield of the Philadelphia Orchestra and Donald MacCourt of the New York City Ballet  She has been a member of the Lake Forest Symphony in Illinois, the Milwaukee Civic Orchestra, the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra, and the Rome Festival Orchestra.  Wendy is a long-time member of the Plainfield Symphony Orchestra and the Plainfield Musical Club.  She is also active as an active free-lance and chamber musician.

 

 

French School of Music

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