TEACHER BIOGRAPHIES

Quinn Blandford was born in Kentucky, where he was involved in as many musical situations that his hometown of Frankfurt could provide. These situations included marching band, community bands, concert bands, small and large jazz ensembles, percussions ensembles, garage bands, and even a Civil War reenactment group. He also began teaching private lessons and drums before leaving high school. After high school, he followed his study of music to the University of Louisville, where he earned a Bachelor of the Arts with a Jazz Emphasis, continuing to perform and teach in as many percussive settings as possible. Quinn then further pursued his education by moving to New Jersey, where he earned a Master of Music in Jazz Performance degree from William Paterson University of New Jersey. He currently performs and teaches in the New York City metropolitan area. With regards to a personal philosophy on teaching, music is and should be fun. Quinnís approach to teaching is both traditional and modern. It is traditional in that he believes that solid fundamentals and sound technique are integral to playing well. It is modern in the sense that he doesnít feel that there is one concrete method to follow. Rather than apply a series of books and methods to every student, he lets the interests of the student dictate how to proceed. Again, music is and should be fun.
Tony Blunda was born in Jersey City, New Jersey. He attended Seton Hall University and received a degree in Business Administration. From there he went on to New York Universityís Graduate School of Business and received his MBA. Tony spent four years in active duty in the United States Air Force, Intelligence Service as a Chinese Interpreter, and spent a year in Korea. Tony has been married to his wife, Annette, for 46 years, and they have four children and two grandchildren. Tony began studying the accordion at the age of eleven. He also studied vibraphone and marimba with Phil Kraus at Henry Adler Studios in New York, as well as studying theory, harmony, and composition. Tony has performed with ensembles and full orchestras in the tri-State area for over 45 years, including recording sessions with several 60ís groups. Tony retired from public performance in 1983, and has been instructing students in piano and accordion at Raritan Music Center for four years.
Bryan Beninghove, originally hailing from just outside Baltimore, Maryland, has been in the New York metropolitan area for the last seven years. Bryan has been performing professionally ever since 1999, when he graduated from William Paterson Universityís jazz program. While he usually performs as a leader, he has played with such greats as Ron Affif, Eddie Henderson, Chico Mendoza, among others. Bryan also brings over six years of teaching experience in classical and jazz music to Raritan Music Center.
Guitarist Johnny Charles, winner of the 1995 Handy/Blues Foundation Regional Award, has toured down the east coast from Syracuse to Memphis. He has played in shows with B.B. King, Jimmy Vaughan, Anson Funderburgh, Roomfull of Blues, Hubert Sumlin, and Ronnie Earl. Over the last decade, Johnny has released four successful CDs. Johnny has been a teacher at Raritan Music Center for over five years.
Tom Corea has been playing drums since the age of nine. He studied under Paul Price at Kean University. Tom enjoys touring and performing frequently as a studio drummer. His teaching at Raritan Music Center is influenced by his strong background in concert band, musical theater, and marching styles. Along with teaching and performing, Tom manages his own recording studio in Morristown, NJ.
Lou Davelman teaches Cello and Guitar at Raritan Music Center. A classically trained cellist, lou performs in both orchestral and chamber music settings. He has studied privately with John Kalajian (a pupil of noted cello pedagogues Otto Deri and Janos Starker) and John Enz, who holds a Masters Degree in Cello performance and has been a member of the Princeton Symphony for 18 years. Lou has completed courses in Music Theory and Ear Training at Westminster Conservatory, also participating in Westminster's coached chamber music program. Lou performed for 12 years as a member of the Central Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and also served as President of the CJSO Board of Directors for five years. Lou is also an active chamber musician, playing with a variety of groups including Wind and Wood, a classical trio in which he is joined by Violinist Lisa S. Baugh and Flutist Jaki Fesq.

Lou's career as a guitarist spans over forty years as a player and performer. He began formal study of the guitar at age 10, working with a teacher who emphasized the importance of reading music and following an organized approach to learning the instrument. Lou began performing with local bands at the age of 12 for school dances and private parties. In High School Lou played in a trio with classmate Gerard Carelli, a trombonist who toured the world a few years later with Ray Charles. In the years that followed he played in many quartets, primarily playing jazz and standards. Lou also performed with a 14 piece "Big Band", providing music for many country clubs and private parties across New Jersey. Lou carries on the tradition of his early teacher and believes strongly in the importance of learning the fundamentals of music and applying them to the guitar through regular practice.
Neal Edelberg received honors for piano performance at the Tri-State Music Contest in Oklahoma where he studied with Bedford Clark and Otto Hinkleman. Neal has been teaching piano at Raritan Music Center since 1999 and has been an active member of the Piano Teacherís Forum of New Jersey, which allows his students to perform regularly in their sponsored events.
Will Genovese, graduate of City College of NY, received his Bachelors of Science in Music concentrating in jazz and classical guitar studies. His jazz studies were supervised by Chuck Wayne and Jim Hall while his classical training was with Albert and Rolando Blaine. Will has performed at the Lincoln Center Library, White Plains Library, Herbert H. Lehman College, New Rochelle College, Rutgers University, and Manhattanville College. His discography and touring history includes such groups as Sly and the Family Stone, the Drifters, Marvellettes, Screamin Jay Hawkins, Bo Didley, and Musique. Currently, he is part of the Hunterton Hills Playhouse Orchestra. Will sees music education as a natural and essential part of life. He is committed to helping people achieve their full musical and creative potential, as well as developing their ability to use music as a vehicle for self expression. Additionally, he strives to help the students have fun and add meaning to their lives.

Daryl Genovese Biography coming soon!
Liz Gonzalez, violin, studied music education at Trenton State College. She has performed in Carnegie Hall and toured the former Soviet Union and Poland. Liz has also performed with Westminster Community and Raritan Valley Community orchestras. Her classical training was guided by Arnold Grossi of the Philadelphia Orchestra. As a winner of the fiddle contest in Hunterdon County, Liz shared the stage with Natalie MacMaster, Jerry Holland, and Allison Krauss. Liz teaches classical, Celtic, Cajun violin styles and piano at Raritan Music Center.
Ms. Diane Hou received her early piano training from her father when she was five years old. With constant music around the house, she developed the interest in piano playing and pursued her music education at National Taiwan Academy of Arts. After her graduation from National Taiwan Academy of Arts with a Piano Performance degree, she came to the United States and continued her study in West Virginia University with Mr. Herman Godes and received her MM Degree of Piano Performance from the university. As a piano teacher, Ms. Hou continues to expand her knowledge by attending workshops such as the National Conference of MTNA, the Master Classes in International Keyboard Institute and Festival offered by the Mannes College of Music in New York, and the World Piano Pedagogy Conferences which enables her to renew her expertise in piano teaching approaches. Presently Ms. Hou teaches piano at Raritan Music Center in Raritan, New Jersey. She also maintains a private studio in Warren, New Jersey.

Chris Johnson Biography coming soon!

Karl Kaminski is a professional bassist in the New York/New Jersey area. He received his Bachelors in Performance from Temple University and his Masters in Composition and Arranging from William Paterson University. Since receiving his Masters in May 2003, Karl has been touring and leading his own jazz trio for Carnival Cruise Lines. In addition to performing, Karl has been teaching bass privately and giving clinics/workshops in jazz ensemble and improvisaton. Karl has been on the faculty at William Paterson's Summer Jazz Improvisation Workshop, a private nstructor at Mount Saint Mary's Academy, and appeared at numerous local secondary schools for "jazz introduction" programs.
Anna Lawrence will be graduating from Montclair State University with a degree in theory and composition in Spring 2007. While her main concentration is piano, she also teaches guitar, voice, a small guitar ensemble at Raritan Music Center and general music at Ukrainian Assumption School in Perth Amboy. She has had the pleasure of performing a wide variety of music, from microtonal works of Harry Partch to the film score for Lord of the Rings by Howard Shore. Her piano repertoire ranges from Chopin to Bartok to Glass, and she has premiered works by Charles Corey. Because the world of music is so vast and each child so unique, Anna has learned that the best teacher is one who adapts and the best student is one who keeps an open mind. Much of her teaching style is inspired by her mother, a Catholic school principal, who is one part disciplinarian, one part cheerleader, one part comedienne, and one part Beatles fan, and definitely still a child at heart.
Dina Markey holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education with a piano principle and a voice minor from Westminster Choir College. She has studied piano with Harold Zabrack and Annie Petite and voice with Brenda Smith, Tracy Richards, and currently with Lauren Fulton-Corson. She has been teaching piano for nine years and voice for five years.
Michael Nagy is a graduate of Rutgers University with a BA in music. He began studying at the age of thirteen, and his music training has included bass, guitar, voice, and saxophone. He has worked in the education field for ten years and as a private music instructor for five. Since the age of fifteen, he has enjoyed performing in the tri-state area as an instrumentalist, vocalist, and on stage in the musical theater. In addition to education and performance, he has also remained active as a music copyist, a sound engineer, and a songwriter. Michael teaches all styles of guitar and has a strong background in both modern and classical music. In addition to technique, his instruction methods emphasize music theory and composition.
Victor Pelligrini has been a music educator for over 25 years. He holds a B.A. in Music Education from Wagner College and a Masters of Music from Five Towns College, as well as a New York and New Jersey Music Teaching License. He started his career as a teacher in the New York City Public School System teaching both instrumental and orchestral music on the elementary level. He later moved up to the intermediate school level, becoming the Music Department Coordinator. The Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, and Guitar Ensemble are under his direction. These bands have performed in Albany, Washington, and Cable TV. In addition to his school music assignment, Mr. Pelligrini also directed the Jazz and Concert Bands for the Police Athletic League of Staten Island, New York. At Raritan Music Center Victor teaches saxophone, clarinet, flute, trumpet, and trombone.
Christine Petsu, an avid musician, teacher, and woodwind specialist, completed her undergraduate degree at Trenton State College (now The College of New Jersey) where she focused on clarinet performance and instrumental pedagogy. Following her graduation she went on to teach general and vocal music in the Milltown school district for three years before leaving to pursue a Masterís Degree at Rutgers Graduate School/Mason Gross School of the Arts in music history. Throughout her graduate career, Christine studied clarinet with several distinguished teachers including Maureen Hurd and Andrew Lamy, a clarinetist in the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. She also participated in several ensembles including the Rutgers Wind Ensemble and Orchestra. Christine currently teaches clarinet, flute, piano, and voice to students of all ages at Raritan Music Center in Raritan, New Jersey. She also resumed her public school teaching career and currently teaches general, vocal music, and a string ensemble at Eisenhower Elementary School in Piscataway, New Jersey.

Gene Segal received his BA and Masters in Jazz performance from William Paterson University. Gene has performed with Randy Brecker, Steve LaSpina, Francois Mutine, Joe Magnarelli, Dom Feranach and Adam Niewood. In 2002 Gene released a CD with the group S.B.W. on the native language label.
Cheryl Webb, piano, received her Bachelorís of Music degree from Westminster Choir College in 1969. She has over thirty years experience in church music, working with all ages of vocal and hand bell choirs. In addition to her teaching at Raritan Music Center, Cheryl also teaches at Raritan Valley Montessouri School. Cheryl believes that through individual attention and encouragement, students enjoy the success of solid music reading.