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
Angela Fiedler has been studying the violin for nearly two decades! She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Violin Performance from the Conservatory of Music at SUNY Purchase College, where she remains a member of the SUNY Purchase Orchestra.
Angela has performed all over New York State, including at the All-County Music Festival, Area All-State Festival, and All-State Festival for a combined nine years. She has also performed with the New Paltz Youth Orchestra and SUNY Orange Orchestra. Angela has participated in several of New York's leading summer music programs, including three years at Crane Youth Music, three years at NYSSSA School of Orchestra School, one year at Eastern U.S. Music Camp, and one year at Meadowmount School of Music.
Angela believes the sense of accomplishment a student feels after learning a new song gives them a sense of confidence that is also applicable to everyday life. She not only encourages students to enjoy playing their instrument, but also challenges them to improve their technique. She is passionate about pushing her students to become the best they can be!
Piano & Voice, Assistant Director of Voice
Soprano and pianist Anneke Harger earned her Bachelor of Music degree from the New England Conservatory (NEC). Anneke received her Master's degree in Opera Performance from the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College. 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.
"Lessons with Anneke are enjoyable and progressing well. We have nothing but good things to say about Anneke! She is encouraging a love of music that will last forever." - Noel Petriello
"Our lessons are going great! Anneke always has great energy - she keeps the kids focused, motivated, and happy." - Studio Mom
Drums & Piano
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.
"Chris is the best!" - Johnny
Guitar & Drums
Daniel Criado is a performer, composer, and educator from Colombia. He started playing drums at the age of 10, surrounded by all kinds of music including Latin, rock, and jazz. Daniel followed his passion for teaching and earned his Bachelor's Degree in Symphonic Percussion with a focus in Music Pedagogy from the Universidad Industrial de Santander, graduating summa cum laude. He then earned his Master’s Degree in Jazz Performance at SUNY Purchase College, obtaining the Outstanding Graduate Award in Jazz Studies.
Daniel continues to develop his career both as an educator and as a performer through his own group Daniel Criado Project and a duo project with his wife, Denisse Vera. He has performed in many venues in the New York area, including Birdland Jazz Club, The Side Door, Cleopatra’s Needle, Performing Arts Center at Purchase College, White Plains JazzFest, and Mezzrow.
Daniel strives to grow a passion for music in all of his students. He looks forward to a new challenge and success in every lesson!
Piano, Violin, & Voice
Evgenia began her music journey at five years old as a violin student in Yekaterinburg, Russia. She moved to the United States with her family when she was fourteen.
Evgenia attended the Manhattan School of Music on a full scholarship, studying under Isaac Malkin. She was also a member of the ISO Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Johnathan Strasser. Evgenia then attended the Yale School of Music on a full scholarship, under the tutelage of violinist Erick Friedman. While there, she took voice lessons to broaden her skills. Her teachers included Leah Mogilevskaya of the Bolshoi Theater, Shirley Love, and Virginia Grasso.
Evgenia has achieved many accolades, including the Elaine Bart Award at Manhattan School of Music, Best Chamber Music Performance at Lincoln Center Alice Tully Hall, and Best Solo Performance at Meadowmount School of Music. She has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Meadowmount School of Music, and variious other venues. For many years, Evgenia also served as a cantor at the Park Avenue Synagogue and in the chancel choir of the Brick Presbyterian Church on New York's Upper East Side. She is frequently called to the Hamptons area for church services and weddings.
Piano & Voice
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.
Jay Lee is a Korean born, American, and Canadian jazz pianist and classical composer.He earned his BFA in Jazz Studies at Concordia University and started his career as a jazz pianist in Montreal, Quebec. He jumped into the mecca of the jazz world, in New York, to pursue his MM in Jazz Performance at the SUNY Purchase College Conservatory of Music. Soon after he completed his MM, he decided to go for his second MM in Composition, which led him to explore various musical studies; Baroque to post-tonal Contemporary music, studio/commercial music to electro-acoustic genres. He even performed harpsichord in the Baroque Opera project, "L'incoronazione di Poppea” with the Purchase College Opera Department. He is finishing up his second MM and beginning his career in New York as a pianist, composer, and educator. Jay has taught piano and music to all ages in many locations. He has a multi-cultural background and experience, including work in America, Canada, Korea, and Japan. Jay loves to share his musical experience and knowledge with his students. He hopes they will grow a passion for music, just as he has.
"My daughter loves to take classes with Jay because he is very patient and makes the class fun!”- Fernanda
Jean Breidenbach started taking piano lessons as a young girl and by high school was accompanying her school chorus. Jean has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Creative Arts from Bradford College and studied piano there with Mark Peterson. She is also an accomplished organist, having studied with Bruce Porter, as well as recording artist and organ soloist, Malcolm Halliday. Jean worked for several years as organist at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Harvard, MA, as well as Pilgrim Congregational Church in Worcester.
After juggling the three careers for more than 20 years, Jean made the decision to leave her full-time day job so she could dedicate herself exclusively to her musical career. She is currently the organist for the Armenian Church of the Martyrs in Worcester, MA, in addition to being an active member of the Worcester Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.
Jean Breidenbach is committed to helping her students learn to play music in a variety of styles and seeing that every student has a strong musical foundation by incorporating the classics.
"Eugene's Music Studio is a great institution with good teachers and resources. Eugene is very helpful and always there to quickly answer questions. My daughter is happy with her teacher, Jean. Very recommended!" - Studio Mom
Bass Guitar, Guitar, Ukulele, & Piano
Joe Krzyzewski, guitar, is a native of New York’s Hudson Valley. He grew up surrounded by music and was inspired to become a professional musician thanks to his musician father and the influence of local legends Pete Seeger and Levon Helm. A graduate of the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College, Joe has spent his twenties playing numerous venues and private events in every corner of the East Coast. His performing highlights include opening for Jackson Browne and the Spin Doctors, a self-produced EP, and a GRAMMY credit for his guitar and vocal contributions to Pete Seeger’s album Rivertown Kids.
Joe has been teaching kids of all ages for the past ten years. He specializes in guitar with an emphasis on performance and accompaniment, and also teaches ukulele, bass, mandolin, and piano. He has worked in numerous music schools, school districts, and summer programs in Westchester and Putnam. He believes teaching is key to keeping important musical traditions alive in the community. He wants to pay forward his experience of growing up surrounded by music to as many students as possible!
Early Childhood, Piano, & Voice
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.
Cello, Viola, & Violin
New York, NY
Lian Qiao is a freelance cellist based in New York City. Originally from China, Lian began studying the cello when she was five and has been teaching in the United States for almost twelve years.
Lian is the former principal cellist of the Central Conservatory of Music European Music Centre Ensemble, the Duquesne University Symphony Orchestra, and the Purchase College Symphony Orchestra. She won First Prize in the Syracuse University Concerto Competition and subsequently appeared as a soloist with the Syracuse University Symphony Orchestra, where she has also served as principal cellist.
Lian is a seasoned performer of chamber music. She was a member of the Frances DeBroff Graduate String Quartet (also known as La Force Quartet), and has collaborated with countless musicians from top chamber groups, such as the Orion String Quartet and Atrium String Quartet. She has spent recent summers at the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, Waterville Valley Chamber Music Festival, and the Sunflower Music Festival.
Lian attended high school at Tianjing Conservatory of Music in China. She went on to earn her Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance at China's top music school, the Central Conservatory of Music, under the instruction of Rushi Quan. After graduating, Lian moved to the United States to attend Syracuse University for her Master's Degree, where she studied under Caroline Stinson. She earned her Artist Diploma at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh as a student of Adam Liu. She presently studies at Purchase College with Thomas Mesa. Throughout her academic career, Lian has served as a University teaching assistant, chamber music coach, and orchestra assistant.
Lian's teaching style focuses on helping students produce a beautiful tone while maintaining healthy technique. Helping her students avoid unhealthy practice and performance habits is a top priority. She believes that everyone is unique, and she wants her students to be confident and happy while they make music!
Manny De La Luz
Guitar, Strings, & Winds
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!
Guitar, Percussion, & Piano
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.
"My son loves his lessons with Matt - Matt is an enthusiastic and engaged teacher, who has really personalized my son's lessons to his interests and skill level." - Jasmine Chmiel
Acting & Voice
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!
French Horn, Trombone, Trumpet, & Piano
White Plains, NY
Mike Carr is a versatile performer and educator. Prior to moving to New York, Mike worked as a music teacher in Baltimore County Public Schools and Fairfax County Public Schools. He taught general music and strings at the middle school level, and band at the elementary and middle school level. In addition to teaching, Mike has worked as a freelance musician in the Washington Metropolitan Area, playing trumpet and piano in various R&B bands.
Mike received his bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Delaware. While a student, Mike was a semifinalist in the 2015 National Trumpet Competition. He is currently a master’s student in jazz studies in the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College, studying trumpet with jazz legend Jon Faddis.
Mike strives to be a fun and relatable teacher. He loves to tailor unique lessons for each student, and come up with creative solutions to foster their musical growth!
"My son LOVED his first lesson with Mike. Shortly after Mike left, my son called his grandparents and said it was the "BEST DAY EVER!" Mike's a great fit for my son's personality. He's quite likable, "cool," encouraging, and relatable to my son. We couldn't be more excited and happy." - Kristine, Studio Mom
Natalie Kriegler is a Westchester-based violinist. She is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, where she majored in Violin Performance under the instruction of Raphael Bronstien and Arianna Bronne.
Her orchestral credits include Broadway shows such as Grand Hotel, Guys and Dolls, Hello, Dolly!, Damn Yankees, Phantom of the Opera, and Les Miserables. Natalie has also performed in orchestras, such as Music Sacra, and she has served as concert mistress for the Gilbert and Sullivan Players and a run of My Fair Lady at The Westbury Music Fair. She has also been the concert mistress for concerts by Joel Grey, Bel Canto Opera, and she has performed for Tony Bennett, Natalie Cole (including the televised PBS Natalie Cole Christmas Special), Gladys Knight, Mel Torme, Dionne Warwick, Smokey Robinson, and many others.
Natalie has also appeared as a soloist with The Vermont Symphony Orchestra, The Amphion Chamber Orchestra, The Mohawk Trails Chamber Orchestra, and with the Capriccio Ensemble. She collaborates frequently in chamber music settings, as well.
Natalie is in high demand as a session musician. Her commercial performance credits include the Nickelodeon TV show Wonder Pets, and jingles/TV spots for Coke, Diet Coke, Amtrak, and the CBS Evening News. She has also appeared on albums by Billy Joel and Kiri Te Kanawa.
Natalie loves teaching her students in an encouraging, enriching setting. She combines her love of teaching and her love of giving back to the community by arranging concerts at local hospitals, senior citizen retirement homes, and assisted living centers, all featuring her students.
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!
Guitar & Piano
Saúl Cosme is a guitarist born and raised in Mexico City. He moved to New York in 2014 to study Jazz Performance in SUNY Purchase, where he was a recipient of the Joe Williams Scholarship. During his time at Purchase, he studied with two of his heroes, jazz greats John Abercrombie and Vic Juris.
Saúl has performed all around Mexico City and in some of New York's biggest jazz venues, including Lincoln Center, Bluenote and Birdland, among others.
Apart from performing, Saúl has spent many years teaching in both Mexico and in the United States.
Saúl believes music is the deepest form of communication and a valuable tool for getting to know oneself. He is honored and humbled to share what he's learned about this art form with other people!
"My son enjoys working with Saúl! He’s knowledgeable and patient. My son's guitar skills continue to improve each week!" - Bella Alexandrou
Early Childhood, Guitar, & Piano
Susan Leiter joins us as a retiree from the bird department of the Bronx Zoo. Her lifelong love of music was fostered from an early age by her family. Susan has played various instruments all her life, including piano, harp, tenor recorder, guitar, ukulele, and voice. When she isn’t teaching, she performs recorder in a quartet, and sings in a barbershop quartet and chorus.
Susan spent many years educating children about animals and the natural world, and now applies that experience to awakening children's love and excitement for creating music. She knows the value of early musical experiences in creating an interest that can enrich your entire life, no matter your chosen profession. Her many years’ experience with teaching behavior through positive reinforcement has enabled her to create a learning environment that is responsive to the unique learning styles of early childhood.
Susan believes that early childhood is a time to cultivate feelings, a sense of the beautiful, and excitement about the new and unknown. She knows that children have a natural love for animals and for music, and she has discovered that children's emotional response to these subjects enables a passionate teacher to foster the courage to try out new skills and discover a love of learning!
Bass Guitar, Drums, Guitar, & Voice
Will Holland has been studying music for nearly two decades. Since graduating from Berklee College of Music in 2016, he has been teaching guitar while writing music, recording, and performing as a solo artist. To date, Will has taught one-one-one lessons and group workshops to over 100 students ranging in ages 4 to 83!
Will's endless love and enthusiasm for music shines through when he teaches. He finds great fulfillment in enabling his students to grow as musicians!
"Lessons are going great with Will! Our son is engaged, and the lesson plans are very detailed. We are really happy with our son’s progress and with the way Will has been teaching him." - Francisco Baez
"Thank you so much for making our son’s first class so enjoyable! He’s looking forward to the next lesson and is excited about learning the electric guitar. We’re so happy we found something that our son genuinely enjoys. Rock on!" - Laura Fasciani