THE FACULTY

CHARLES COSTA. Guitar.  Received his B.M. in Jazz Composition from SUNY Purchase.  He has prepared students in workshops, classes, and ensembles, many of whom went on to further study at universities.  Charlie's main focus is to encourage ear training, theory, and improvement in everyday learning.  He is an active musician and has been performing nationally with different artists for several past years.

REFIKA ELIBAY. Piano. Received B.M. and M.M. degrees from Manhattan School of Music on scholarships; she received two Silver Medals at the International Piano Recording Competition and was District I winner of NYS Music Association Competition. Ms. Elibay has performed in numerous recitals in the New York City area, including performances on WNYC and Cable TV and recitals in Trinity Church.

TATIANA KULESHOVA.  Piano, Drama.  Graduate of Moscow Special Music Schoool, our newest faculty member received her Master's degree in piano performance at the Moscow Conservatoire and is presently a doctoral student at the Manhattan School of Music. She is an award recipient of the 2004 Fifth International Russian Piano Music Competition, as well as the 1999 Fifthe International Piano Competition.  Tatiana has 11 years experience in music education, both private and class instruction.  Between 2003 and 2011 she performed in numerous priavate and public recitals and concerts internationally, most notably the Ars Longa Music Festival Tour in Spain, Italy, Australia and the US, and the Moscow Conservatoire Great Hall (classical and jazz music festivals in Russia).

JANE PARKHOUSE.   Violin. Graduate of London University (B.Ed. Music). She has taught violin, early childhood music and coached ensembles extensively in London, New York, Washington, and Boston. In addition to performing with a variety of ensembles, Ms. Parkhouse is the founder and co-director of a summer music and drama camp in the Boston area.

MARTINA PORTYCHOVA. Voice, Piano.  Graduated from Teacher's College at Southern Bohemian University in the Czech Republic.  She received her BA and MM degrees from the University of Arizona and was Choral Director of the Tucson Baha'i Choir where she was solosit and coach as well.  Martina has won many prestigious vocal competitoins in Eurpoe and the United States.  

ERIKA SCHLENKERMANN.  Piano, Woodwinds.  Received her B.M. in Music Education with Performance Honors from Syracuse University.  Ms. Schlenkermann has broad teaching experience with students ranging in age from 4 years to adults.  She is an active performer of all the woodwind instruments.  Currently she holds the chair of principal oboe for the Westchester Symphonic Winds.  She can be heard in musicals around the area and has been involved in the pit orhestras of such Broadway shows as :Young Frankenstein: and :West Side Story.