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Musicians of Rochester

Musicians of Rochester serves as a portrait of musical life in and around the greater Rochester, New York region. Inspired by Humans of New York, Classical 91.5 intern Bridget Kinneary started Musicians of Rochester early in 2015 as part of her Eastman Arts Leadership Internship program. This portrait continues to grow each month as interns and staff meet and share stories and insights from Musicians of Rochester. We invite you to visit this page often to meet new musicians and find out more about the music scene in Rochester.

Erick Aceto, violinist and luthier
Andrew Alden, silent movie composer
Maria Battista-Hancock, guitarist & music therapist
Al Biles, RIT Professor & jazz trumpeter
Sean Brabant, singer
Kathleen Bride, harpist & teacher
Stephanie Buell, student singer
Andy Calabrese, jazz pianist & composer
Philip Carli, silent movie pianist
David Costello, pianist & composer
Orlando Diaz, pianist & composer
Pete DuPre, Harmonica
Christopher Glatty, piano technician
Jeanne Gray, grandmother & teacher
Alma Haddock, student & cabaret singer
Oliver Hagen, contemporary pianist & conductor
Peter Hasler, trombonist & teacher
Kristin Jarvis, singer
Sean Jefferson, drummer & teacher
Lawrence Johnson, guitarist & bus driver
Henry Kearse, piano & Honky Tonk Henry
Bridget Kinneary, violist & teacher
Petar Kodzas, guitarist & teacher
Sister Anita Kurowski, singer & teacher
Gaelen McCormick, string bass & teacher
Ted McGraw, Irish music archivist
Aristea Mellos, pianist & composer
Sergio Munoz, guitarist, violinist & teacher
Ayano Ninomiya, violinist
Alexander Pena, violist & teacher
Mark Phinney, organist & teacher
Dave Porter, optical engineer & trombonist
Evan Ritter, pianist & music festival co-director
Corrine Shaffer, cellist & swing dancer
Johnandrew Slominski, pianist & teacher
Casey Springstead, conductor & teacher
Bill Tiberio, saxophonist & teacher
Octavio Vazquez, composer & teacher
Neil Varon, pianist & conductor
Teryle Watson, cellist & teacher
Brian Williams, jazz bassist
David Ying, violinist & teacher
Melissa Zgouridi, opera singer
Danny Ziemann, jazz bassist
 

Musicians of Rochester: Kathleen Bride

Aug 26, 2016

After fights with her brother over the piano, Kathleen’s mother got her harp lessons at the age of six. Marcel Grandjany, Julliard Professor, inspired her with his artistry and teaching. She loves animals, antiques, and walks with her husband. Advice to young musicians: Don’t try to do everything right away. 

Musicians of Rochester: Johnandrew Slominski

Aug 26, 2016

Crawled to the piano and played before he could walk. The greatest lesson he learned in retrospect from former teachers: To approach music with flexibility - transpose, compose, recompose. That response to music is individual yet binding fascinates him. Advice to young musicians: Work hard, be nice, say yes. http://johnandrewslominski.com/ 

Musicians of Rochester: Sergio Muñoz

Aug 9, 2016
Kate L Photography

Born in Chile. Played guitar and violin before settling on viola because he had the anatomy (long arms) and felt at home. Collects socks. “Music is holistic. It’s not only playing an instrument, it’s how you talk to people, how you organize your week.” Greatest musical aspiration: be an enabler.

Musicians of Rochester: Bridget Kinneary

Aug 9, 2016
Melissa Z. Photography

By age 12, Bridget Kinneary began dreaming of changing lives through teaching music because her life was changed by Mrs. Fishburn, middle school orchestra director. The sound of beginning string players is music to her ears. Her mantra: “Whatever you are, be a good one.” Career goal: to never stop learning.

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