Our Teachers

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Alexander Peña | Director

Alexander Peña serves as Director of ROCmusic, a unique music education program that offers group and private instruction within economically disadvantaged communities to help enable urban youth in Rochester, NY. His non-profit organization, inspired by the El-Sistema movement, is a partnership collaborative between the Eastman School of Music (University of Rochester), Hochstein School of Music & Dance, Eastman Community Music School, City of Rochester, Rochester City School District, and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra...

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Robert L. Pycior | Operations Director & Teaching Artist

Robert L. Pycior is a multi-instrumentalist and private instructor of over 15 years. He performs the violin professionally in a variety of contemporary outfits, and currently composes and records music for film and television. Most notably, Pycior is the violinist for the Brooklyn-based band O’death. Robert has composed the film scores to feature films including The Village of Peace (2014), a documentary that explores a community of African-Americans from Chicago...

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Humberto J. Colón Rivera | Teaching Artist

Humberto J. Colón Rivera began studying music in 1996 at the Preparatory School at the Music Conservatory of Puerto Rico, and the “Escuela Libre de Música Ernesto Ramos Antonini.” He has a Bachelor’s degree in Double Bass Performance from the Music Conservatory of Puerto Rico, graduating magna cum laude under the tutelage of Professor...

Tahlia Cott | Teaching Artist

Tahlia Cott is a performer and educator currently pursuing her undergraduate degree in music education at the Eastman School of Music. She has been playing piano since the age of four and has been a finalist in various competitions, and has experience with solo performance, live theater performance, chamber performance and accompanying...

Erika Matei | Teaching Artist

Erika Matei is a Romanian­-American music educator and classical pianist from Ringwood, NJ. The first of her family to professionally pursue music, she currently attends the Eastman School of Music. In addition to recitals at Eastman, she has also performed at Carnegie Hall, The New World Center, Steinway Hall Coral Gables, The Kosciuzko Foundation, and Lang Hall at Hunter College. This summer she attended the Miami Music Festival, where she...

Cameron Leach | Volunteer & Community Engagement Intern

American percussionist Cameron Leach is an energetic performer, educator, and arts leader with a passion for new music. Equal parts soloist and chamber musician, he has performed and presented clinics across the United States, Canada, and throughout Europe. He has appeared at such fine institutions as the Royal Danish Academy of Music, Royal Northern College of Music, Sibelius Academy, Norwegian Academy of Music, and many more...

Hattie Bestul | Development & Operations Intern

Clarinetist Hattie Bestul strives to inspire passion, kindness, and courage in others through music. Her focus is making music accessible to people of all circumstances through performance, innovation, and education. Hattie's desire to share music's benefits has compelled her to give interactive performance presentations in public schools and develop...

Eunji Kang | Teaching Artist

Born December 17, 1991, Korean native, Eunji Kang’s involvement at church brought her first interactive exposure to music at a young age. She was served her church’s choir as a singer and accompanist. Her ability and desire to serve the church choir was amplified at age 13 when she started to play the cello. After graduation from Korea’s Kaywon High School of Arts, Kang pursued advanced musical studies at the Royal Northern College of Music in England...