Eugene's Music Studio

  Our Teachers    

 
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Eugene Posniewski 

Our Director

Eugene Posniewski received his BM summa cum laude in Voice Performance and Opera Studies from the Conservatory of Music at SUNY Purchase College. He has studied privately with Mina Kim, Joan Krueger, Hugh Murphy, and Jacque Trussel. Eugene’s performance credits include appearances at Carnegie Hall and the Performing Arts Center at Purchase College. Eugene is an accomplished pianist and works as an accompanist, liturgical pianist, and baritone soloist in Westchester County. Eugene holds several years teaching experience and is a certified Kindermusik Educator, specializing in early childhood education. He has directed musicals at the Education First International Academies of Tarrytown and Thornwood and has taught at various music schools in Westchester County. Eugene is trained, as a pianist, in the classical Russian method. His students have placed and performed in competitions throughout Europe, New York City, and Westchester County, including the Rome Grand Prize Virtuoso Competition and the International Bach Competition.

"Sophie loved her first lesson! The second we walked out of the building she asked, “Can I do that every day?”! She especially loved the rhythm sticks, and she immediately came home to our piano and started doing the lesson Eugene taught her. She's hooked!" - Studio Mom

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Andrew Morrison

Voice & Guitar

Westchester, NY

Andrew Morrison has been working as a professional vocalist in the New York area for several years, concurrent with his work as a private music instructor, recording artist, and producer. He has performed many different genres on stage, including rock, jazz, blues, classical, and pop. 


While in school for Vocal Performance at The Crane School of Music, Andrew studied under many critically acclaimed musicians, such as Donald George, Dr. Kirk Steverson, Alison Moritz, and Lisa Vroman. He also worked with blues musician Jonathon "Boogie” Long and Jeffery Thacher of the vocal group Rockapella. 


Andrew currently resides in Westchester County, New York. His goal is to help his students discover the good that music can do for them, and what they can do for music. Andrew stands by his teaching philosophy that the true destination resides in the journey - and he is very excited to embark on many new musical journeys with his students! 

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Anneke Harger

Voice & Piano

Westchester, NY

Soprano Anneke Harger earned her Bachelor of Music degree from New England Conservatory (NEC), where she studied under Lisa Saffer. While at NEC, she made her Jordan Hall debut as a soloist in the contemporary work The Awakening, under the direction of Maestro Simon Carrington. She also performed the role of Second Woman in Dido and Aeneas and participated in various ensemble roles with the undergraduate opera studio. She was a soloist in Bach Cantatas 199 and 202 with her Baroque Chamber Ensemble as part of the NEC's Chamber Music Gala.

 

Anneke holds a certificate in Baroque performance from Barock Vokal at the Hochschule für Musik, Mainz, where she worked with early music specialists Konrad Junghanel, Dr. Claudia Eder, Emma Kirkby and Andreas Scholl. Her performance of "Ombre Piante" from Rodelinda was described as “evoking a profound and somber introspection” by the Allgemeine Zeitung Mainz. A lover of chamber music, Anneke has participated in Baroque chamber music ensembles at the New England Conservatory, Amherst Early Music Festival, Vancouver Early Music Festival, and the Sommerakademie Neuburg.

 

An avid chorister, Anneke has also traveled to Canada, Germany, England, The Netherlands, Austria, and South Africa, and has sung under renowned directors such as Dr. William Weinert, Simon Carrington, Erica Washburn, Dr. Joel Navarro and Dr. Pearl Shangkuan. This past summer, she participated in the Westchester Summer Vocal Institute, where she performed as Susanna in scenes from Le nozze di Figaro and as Second Lady in scenes from Die Zauberflöte.

 

Anneke is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Opera Performance from the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College, where she studies with Sherry Overholt.

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Andrew Withiam

Guitar

Westchester, NY

Andrew Withiam spent his childhood listening to a mixture of pop, classical, and Broadway music. Thanks to his piano teacher mother, he began learning piano at the age of eight. Years later, Andrew was exposed to his first taste of guitar-driven music, specifically classic rock, hard rock, metal, and grunge. This inspired him to immediately pick up the guitar.
 

After spending a chunk of his formative years studying under jazz guitarist John Pondel, Andrew majored in music and economics at Hamilton College in upstate New York, graduating in May 2020. He spent much of his time studying music theory, jazz, songwriting, sight-reading, studio production, and audio tech, all with the guitar as his instrument of choice. He culminated his undergraduate studies with the release of a self-produced album and senior jazz performance of Django Reinhardt pieces.

Andrew continues to learn and work in the areas of music business, tech, and live entertainment. With many years of guitar experience and several years of teaching under his belt, Andrew hopes to share his knowledge and love of music with students of all ages and abilities!

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Cassandra Moore

Violin

Greenwich, CT

Cassandra Moore, violinist, is a dynamic performer who brings the joy of violin repertoire to a wide variety of national and international audiences. In 2017, she toured South Korea and Hong Kong with two string quartets and a string orchestra. She can be seen performing regularly in the greater New England area - from performances on the North Shore of Boston to recitals in Madison, Connecticut. She is especially fond of trio, quartet, and collaborative piano repertoire.

Cassandra recently graduated with her Master’s degree in Suzuki Pedagogy and Violin Performance from the Hartt School in Connecticut under the tutelage of mentor Teri Einfeldt and violinist Anton Miller. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Violin Performance in 2018 from Gordon College, where she studied with Sarita Kwok and Susan Kim. 

Cassandra loves working with young musicians! She has served as a mentor for both the Northeast Massachusetts Youth Orchestra and the Brooks School orchestra, in addition to serving on the violin faculty at Covenant Christian Academy in Peabody, Massachusetts. Her teaching methods include the influences of Darcy Drexler, Mimi Zweig, Carrie Rehkopf, Edward Kreitman, and of course, Dr. Shinichi Suzuki

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Chris Nicolo

Percussion & Piano

Greenwich, CT

Chris Nicolo is a professional freelance drummer, percussionist, and private music instructor. He began playing drums at the age of 9 and piano at age 13. At age 16, he began performing professionally and has amassed a wealth of experience in many different musical styles, including rock, jazz, Latin, classical, and more.
 

Chris graduated from New Jersey City University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music with a Concentration in Jazz and Classical Performance. While in school, he was fortunate enough to perform with the great Randy Brecker as part of a program presenting the music of Miles Davis. He studied the drums with Dave Ratajczak, Akira Tana, Tim Horner. He also studied classical percussion with Jim Neglia. Additionally, Chris has studied privately with Keith Carlock and Cliff Almond. 

 

He has since performed locally, nationally, and globally in many different settings.
 

Chris has been teaching for almost twenty years. He enjoys teaching the art of making music and helping his students find their unique voice and confidence, regardless of playing experience.

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Frederick Schlick

Voice & Piano

Westchester, NY

Frederick Schlick, tenor, is a New York City-based performer with a Master’s Degree in Opera Performance from Boston Conservatory. Role credits from his time there include Tom Rakewell in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress, Bill in Johnathan Dove’s Flight, Gastone/Alfredo cover in Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata, and Don Basilio in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro. After graduating Boston Conservatory, Frederick became a member of Brevard Music Center’s Janiec Opera Company for the summer of 2016. There, he sang the roles of Lysander in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Ethan Krusemark in the world premiere of J. Mark Scearce's Falling Angel. He was also a soloist in Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music. In the fall of 2016, Frederick made his professional debut as Young Jim Thompson in Tom Cipullo’s Glory Denied with Pensacola Opera. He recently reprised the role with Tri-Cities Opera in the fall of 2017. 

 

Last year, Frederick joined City Lyric Opera as Nemorino in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore and returned in 2019 to sing Don José in La Tragédie de Carmen. Frederick is also frequently seen in Berks Opera Company’s productions. In 2014 he covered Goro in Madame Butterfly and was a chorister in Faust the following year. His most recent BOC performance was Cassio in Verdi’s Otello and Alfred in Die Fledermaus this past August.

 

Frederick currently resides in Port Chester, NY and is incredibly excited to be part of the team at Eugene’s Music Studio. He is looking forward to building young voices, reaching goals, and actualizing dreams. Frederick hopes that his students ascertain the skills to develop their artistic goals while having fun in a constructive environment.

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Kellani Arnold

Piano

Westchester, NY

Kellani Arnold graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from North Dakota State University (NDSU). Originally from California, she grew up singing, and playing flute and bassoon. While at NDSU, Kellani pursued her love of opera, performing at the collegiate level as well as with the Fargo Moorhead Opera Company.


In the last year, Kellani taught elementary music, choir, and band in Wahpeton, North Dakota. She has now relocated to Bronx, New York, where she is excited to continue teaching.


Kellani is passionate about music as a source of expression and creativity. She believes in
passing on that ideal to students of all ages! Teaching aspiring musicians how to be their own individual selves is a key tenet she emphasizes in her teaching practices.

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Kim Caridi

Piano & Voice

Westchester, NY

Kim Caridi received her Bachelor of Science degree in Music at Empire State College and her Master's degree in Music Education at Lehman College, where she also received her New York State Teacher Certification. She also holds certificates in the Kodaly, Orf and Dalcroze early childhood music teaching methods. For the last five years, she has been the music teacher for numerous preschools, day care centers and nursery schools, as well as piano teacher for after-school enrichment programs in the elementary public school system. As an accomplished performer, Kim has studied privately with many professionals in music theory, composition, voice, and in the past few years, classical and jazz piano, as well as ear training and sight singing. Kim resides in Westchester County with her husband and three children.

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Manny De La Luz

Guitar, Strings, Winds

Chicago, IL

A gifted string teacher, Manuel De La Luz has been teaching music in both private and classroom settings for six years. From the start, Manuel knew his passion and talent would be found in teaching. This led him to Chicago's VanderCook College of Music, where he studied violin with a dual emphasis on teaching and performance. He was a student of renowned violist Dr. Michael Hall, through which he learned the string coordination technique codified by Karen Tuttle. Beyond violin, Manuel also utilized his time at VanderCook to study viola, cello, and bass performance and education. It was also during this time that he fell in love with the guitar. Using his knowledge of violin, Manuel quickly mastered standard guitar repertoire in just three years.

Through his self-taught experience, Manuel has developed an innovative approach to guitar. By transferring methods he learned on bowed string instruments to the guitar, Manuel’s teaching approach has gained outstanding results among his students. In using Karen Tuttle’s coordination technique in guitar lessons, students are able to reach levels of performance beyond the technical aspect of playing a musical instrument. Manuel’s clear communication and attention to detail create a fun learning environment. He can’t wait to share his knowledge with new students! 

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Matt Fusiek

Guitar, Piano, Percussion

Manassas, PA

A passionate multi-instrumentalist and recording artist, Matthew Fusiek has been playing and studying music for roughly two decades. His background in jazz studies, music theory, and recording engineering provides a unique and motivational approach to his teaching. He teaches guitar, bass, drums, percussion, and piano to all ages.

His formal music education began under Herbert Smith, the director of the jazz program at Northern Virginia Community College, where Matt performed in his jazz ensemble. Diving deeper into guitar concepts, he studied under guitar masters Taimoor Saeedi and Sanjay Mishra, a student of the legendary guitarist Jerry Garcia. His background in traditional music theory was obtained under the tutelage of Dr. James Fay and Professor Rebert Webb. Matt was deeply humbled to learn that his analysis of Claude Debussy's Nuages was used as an example for future advanced music theory classes.

Matt is no stranger to teaching and leading classes. He is currently leading the after-school guitar program at Armstrong Elementary School in Reston, Virginia, for Eugene's Music Studio. Proper technique and posture, as well as effective breathing and stretching practices, is something he considers very important in a developing musician. He considers his positive reinforcement and motivational approach to be one of his greatest assets as a teacher. To him, teaching music appreciation is changing the world in a positive way and he takes that mission seriously.

Matt also attended Omega Studios' School of Recording Arts and Sciences in Maryland, earning his degree in Recording Engineering and Studio Techniques. The art of capturing sound is also of great interest to him, having spent countless hours recording, mixing, and mastering various styles of music.

Whether you're interested in starting your child on an instrument, or you simply want to learn to play your favorite songs, Matt is ready to help you at any stage of your musical journey.

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Maura Lefevre

Voice & Acting

New York, NY

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Maura Lefevre is a New York City-based classically trained soprano and actress. She made her Feinstein’s/54 Below debut in June 2018 under the direction of Lindsay Mendez and Ryan Scott Oliver. She has returned twice as a soloist since.

Recent NYC credits include Cosette in Les Misérables, Annelle in Steel Magnolias, Bielke in Fiddler on the Roof, and Laverna in the world premiere of Into the Beyond, presented at The Shakespeare Forum’s Summer Festival.

 

Maura graduated summa cum laude from the Conservatory of Music at SUNY Purchase College with a Bachelor of Music degree in Opera/Vocal Performance. While at SUNY Purchase she performed as Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Gretel in Hansel and Gretel.

 

After graduating, Maura continued her vocal studies in Paris, France at The Conservatoire de Saint Nom La Bretèche.

 

Maura believes first and foremost in cultivating and expanding her students’ love of music. She strives to instill confidence in her students and provide a nurturing space for exploring their instrument. She is equally dedicated to helping her students be the best musicians they can be and taking the time to understand their individual needs!

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Rocio Diaz de Cossio

Cello

Port Chester, NY

Rocio Diaz de Cossio has been teaching students of all ages for several years.

Rocio has performed in master classes with John Waltz, principal cellist at LA Opera; Yao Zhao, principal cellist at San Diego Symphony; Fabiola Flores, cellist in the Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería in Mexico; Christine Ma, professor of the Shanghai Conservatory; and Ildenfonso Cedillo, professor at Universitad de las Américas Puebla in Mexico. She has also participated in numerous national and international orchestra festivals and contemporary music workshops. Rocio was awarded a grant from APROMAC (el Programa de Apoyo a la Promoción Artística y Cultural) art program, Talentos Artísticos Valores de Baja California (Artistic Talents of Baja California).

Rocio earned her Bachelor of Music degree on full scholarship at Universidad Autónoma de Baja California. She is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Music Performance at the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College, where she studies with Julia Lichten.

Rocio is a charismatic performer and passionate teacher. She creates a sensible and integrative learning environment, fostering her students' musical enjoyment and joy of playing. She is careful to understand the unique motivations of each student, which makes her teaching approach personal and effective.

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Sean McCan

Guitar & Piano

New York, NY

Native New Yorker Sean McCann graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville in 2015 with a degree in Music Technology, and has been teaching and performing full time ever since. An electric bassist first and foremost, he has also been playing guitar and drums in diverse genres for over a decade. 

Sean’s musical identity has always been defined by his curiosity for different styles. He is a performing musician in multiple bands across the tri-state area. Currently, he plays bass in the avant-pop act Diana Lopez, as well as the rock group Damn Jackals.  

 Sean loves engaging musically with people of all skill levels. Exciting and encouraging, his teaching style is tailored to each student, with a focus on technique. Sean also provides tools for improvisation and songwriting as a way for students to foster their own musical voice and to keep them empowered as creative individuals. His infectious passion for music might bring you down musical alleys you never thought you’d venture!