Faculty

Jennifer Bindel
Piano
Jennifer Bindel is currently pursuing her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Collaborative Piano at Arizona State University where she serves as a graduate assistant. She received her Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from Kent State University in 2006 and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Music from Baldwin-Wallace College in 2002. With ten years of teaching experience, Bindel worked as a piano instructor most recently at Hoffman Academy of Music in Portland, OR. She also enjoys performing and has played in numerous operas, musicals, and recitals throughout the Cleveland and Boulder areas. In addition, Bindel studies Body Mapping and will be certified next summer as an Andover Educator. Her hope is to bring healthy body awareness and use to all musicians with whom she works.

Judy Conrad
Flute
Judy Conrad performed as a flutist/piccoloist with the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra for 17 years. She is also the former principal flute with the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra, associate principal flute for the Nouveau West Chamber Orchestra, and has performed with the Arizona Opera, Ballet Arizona orchestra, the Quintessence Woodwind Quintet, and a multitude of other chamber groups. Conrad has had the privilege of being coached by such premiere flutists as Samuel Baron (BACH ARIA GROUP), Walfrid Kujala (Chicago Symphony), and Lois Schaefer (Boston Symphony). Her undergraduate flute teacher and original inspiration was Edwin Putnik (Phoenix Symphony). Conrad's flute students consistently place at the top of major competitions. She has served as a faculty associate at ASU and NAU, as well as many colleges in the Maricopa Community College system. Conrad serves as Department Head for Woodwind & Brass Instruction at Rosie's House: A Music Academy for Children.

Erin Crawford
Piano Department Head

Piano Lab, Piano
Erin Crawford holds a Bachelor's degree from Arizona State University in Piano Performance. Crawford serves as Piano Department Head at Rosie's House: A Music Academy for Children where she oversees the curriculum and development of programming for over seventy-five students. She maintains a private studio in her home and is a member of the Music Teachers National Association.

Jenna Dalbey
Cello
Jenna Dalbey has been playing cello for over 15 years and is originally from Columbus, Ohio.  She is currently working on her Doctorate from Arizona State University in cello performance while establishing a career as an educator and performer in the Phoenix area.  She co-founded the Tetra String Quartet in 2009, an ensemble that aims to play and teach throughout the community.  She is on faculty at Scottsdale Community College, Rosie’s House: A Music Academy for Children, and she is a Cello Teaching Assistant at ASU.  In addition, she maintains a private studio of many wonderful up and coming cellists!

While working on her Masters at the University of Maryland, she studied closely with the Guarnari String quartet and made an appearance with the Verge ensemble at the Library of Congress concert series.  She has also worked with the Chiara, St. Lawrence, Kronos, and Julliard String Quartets.  She has played in masterclasses for Steven Isserlis, Bernard Greenhouse, and Joel Krosnick as well.  She is thankful for her wonderful cello teachers Thomas Landschoot, Evelyn Elsing, and Peter Wiley, all of which have supported and inspired her love for chamber music and education. 

Dr. Will Dobra
Woodwind-Brass Department Head, Trumpet
Originally from Sarasota, Florida, Dr. Will Dobra holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from The University of South Florida (USF) where he studied trumpet with Don Owen. Dobra continued his musical studies at The University of Texas at Austin (UT) where he studied with Raymond Crisara and received his Master's and Doctoral degrees in trumpet performance. After graduating from UT in 2002, Dobra moved to the Phoenix area and has since been performing with groups such as the Salt River Brass, Sonoran Brass, Southwest Brass quintet, and the MusicaNova Orchestra. An active educator, Dobra teaches at Phoenix College and at Rosie's House: A Music Academy for Children.

Dr. Rose French
French Horn
Dr. Rose French is an active musician and educator based in Phoenix, AZ. She is the director of the Mill Ave Chamber Players, a music ensemble formed to serve diverse communities of Phoenix by fostering relationship with organizations and businesses that support the arts in their neighborhoods and serves the Symposium Exhibitors Coordinator for the International Horn Society.

Rose has performed in China, Croatia, Venezuela, South Africa, Mexico, and in the United States, appearing in the Phoenix area as a soloist with the Musica Nova String Orchestra in 2007 and 2008. She performs with groups in the Southwest including the Phoenix Symphony, Tucson Symphony, Arizona Opera, Metropolitan Opera, West Valley Symphony, the Salt River Brass Band, and Orquestra Sinfonica of Monterrey, Mexico.

French completed her Doctorate of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees at Arizona State University and holds degrees in Music Education, Music Technology, and Performance from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA. She teaches Glendale and Paradise Valley Community Colleges, maintains a private studio, and teaches at Rosie's House: A Music Academy for Children.

Michael Harrel
Clarinet
Michael Harrel is a native of Arizona and has been playing the clarinet since eighth grade. At age 15 he won the Clotilde Otranto award in the Phoenix Symphony Guild's Young Musician's Competition and performed Weber's 2nd Clarinet Concerto with the Phoenix Symphony.

Harrel received a music degree from Arizona State University where he was a student of Dr. Robert Spring, and he has performed in various productions, operas, and ensembles around the Valley, including the Symphony of the West Valley and various ensembles at ASU. In 2007, he enrolled in the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, and will graduate in 2010. He has been a faculty member at Rosie's House for 4 years, and loves seeing his students' progress!

Snezana Krstic
Piano
In her native Yugoslavia (Serbia) Snezana Krstic was known as a concert pianist, professor of music, and a member of several chamber ensembles. At 16 years of age she became the youngest student at Belgrade University School of Music from which she holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music and a Master's Degree in Piano Performance. The recipient of numerous awards for piano solo and chamber ensembles, Krstic was a pupil of professors Valery Sigalevich, Andrea Preger, and M. Vukdragovic. For 15 years she was a professor of piano at the Kragujevac Music Academy where she received their award for best pedagogy results. Krstic has performed in Italy, Russia, Germany, France, and Hungary. Currently she teaches piano at Rosie's House: A Music Academy for Children, Paradise Valley Community College, and in her home studio. She resides in North Phoenix, with her husband and three daughters.

Christine Kyhn
Choir Department Head, Voice

Christine Kyhn began studying music at the age of 5 in the San Francisco Bay Area where she grew up. She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Performance from California State University at Hayward, studying with Kenneth Mansfield, Dr. Donald King-Smith, and Dr. David Stein. Her studies focused on Piano, Organ, and Voice.She earned the Colleague of the American Guild of Organists Certificate in 1985 and recently completed the three levels of training with the American Orff-Schulwerk Association, a three-pronged approach to music education incorporating music, movement, and language. Christine's musical career has included 30 years of teaching in both private and public school settings. She has developed and directed children's choir programs in Oregon, California, Colorado, and Arizona. She is also a prolific and accomplished writer and arranger for both church and school. Christine is currently the accompanist for the Worship Arts Program at Trinity Bible Church in Phoenix, the accompanist for the Carolyn Eynon Singers, the Apollo High School Choir Accompanist and Drama Department Musical Director. She teaches private lessons and teaches in the vocal department at Rosie's House Music Academy.

Brian Mancini
Strings Department Head

Guitar
Brian Mancini holds a Bachelor's Degree from The New England Conservatory, a Master's Degree from The Cleveland Institute of Music, and has completed doctoral coursework at Arizona State University. An active educator, Mancini teaches classical guitar at the Arizona School for the Arts, The Herberger College at Large & for Kids and Rosie's House: A Music Academy for Children. Mancini is a member of the Guitar Foundation of America, the American String Teachers Association and the Music Teachers National Association. He enjoys sharing his love of classical guitar through teaching and performing with people of all ages.

Dr. Anthony (Tony) Masiello
Clarinet
Anthony Masiello, clarinetist, has extensive experience as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician. Masiello has performed with the Phoenix Symphony, Northwood Orchestra, Symphony of the West Valley, and the Arizona Broadway Theatre Company. Masiello is a member of the Musica Nova Orchestra and has recorded on the Summit and Blue Butterfly record labels. As founder and co-director of the New York based Rosewood Chamber Ensemble, Masiello received the 1980 Artist International Chamber Music Award. The ensemble premiered at Carnegie Hall's Weil Recital Hall and developed its own twelve season subscriptions series in Queens, New York.

In addition to teaching at Rosie's House: A Music Academy for Children, Masiello teaches music for the Scottsdale Unified School District at Redfield Elementary School. Masiello holds degrees from Queens College of the City University of New York, the Manhattan School of Music, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Solo Clarinet Performance at Arizona State University.

Louis Privitera
Viola

Violist of the Tetra String Quartet, Louis Privitera maintains a balanced career as both a chamber musician and educator. Having grown up in Phoenix, Louis attended Arizona State University where he completed a Bachelor’s degree in viola performance. Upon graduating, Louis flew the Phoenix coop and made his way to Baltimore, Maryland where he earned a Master’s Degree in performance from the Peabody Conservatory of Music as a student of Victoria Chiang.Louis remained in high demand as a performer in both Arizona and Maryland, having played with The Phoenix Symphony, Phoenix Opera, The Mid-Atlantic Symphony and the Bel Cantanti Opera orchestra.In Summer 2006,Louis had the opportunity to publish an article for the American Viola Society Journal, recounting his experience at the 34th International Viola Congress in Montreal, Canada. Currently, Louis maintains a private studio of wonderful viola and violin students, and prior to joining Rosie's House, was on faculty at the Arizona School for the Arts.

Chrystal Smothers
Violin
Chrystal Smothers, a native of Detroit, Michigan, began playing violin at the age of nine. In 1998, she made her international solo debut with the San Diego Civic Youth Symphony in Salzburg, Austria. Her past teachers include Stephen Boe, Howard Beebe and James Stern. Smothers is currently finishing her Bachelor's degree in violin performance at Arizona State University, where she was a student of Danwen Jiang. She has appeared in concerts and recitals across the United States, including Ohio, Vermont and California. As an active violinist in the Phoenix area, she performs regularly across the valley, maintains a private studio out of her home, and teaches at Rosie's House, A Music Academy for Children. Chrystal has participated in master classes with The Juilliard Quartet, The Shanghai Quartet, and Arnold Steinhardt of the Guarneri String Quartet.

 

FACULTY

Irene Arustamov, piano

Jennifer Bindel, piano

Carlos Castaneda, Mariachi

Judy Conrad, flute

Perry Chacon, Mariachi

Erin Crawford, piano

Jenna Dalbey, cello

Dr. Will Dobra, trumpet*

Dr. Rose French, horn

Michael Harrel, clarinet

Michael Hernandez, saxophone

Allan Gutierrez, Mariachi

Snezana Krstic, piano

Christine Kyhn, choir

Brian Mancini, guitar*

Dr. Tony Masiello, clarinet

Louis Privitera, viola

Chrystal Smothers, violin

Katie Valadez, flute

Patty Waxman, violin

*Department Head

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