Our Teachers


Robert L. Pycior | Operations Director & Lead 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, who in 1967 began the 2 year migration to Dimona, Israel... full bio

 

Kathryn Brown | Teaching Artist

Kathryn Brown is a second year graduate student studying Viola Performance and Music Education at the Eastman School of Music. She studies viola with George Taylor. Kathryn received her degree in Music Education from Illinois State University (ISU) where she studied viola with Dr. Katherine Lewis. An advocate for access to quality music education for aspiring musicians of all backgrounds, Kathryn is a Golden Apple Scholar of Illinois...full bio

 

Jing Tian Ngiaw | Teaching Artist

Jing Tian Ngiaw is a teacher devoted to the field of music education. Originally from Malaysia, She grew up in Shanghai, China before coming to the United States to pursue her undergraduate studies. Jing Tian is now a senior at the Eastman School of Music double majoring in General Music Education and Musical Arts. At Eastman,  she is the vice president of the school’s National Association for Music Education (NAfME) Collegiate chapter, striving to promote music education within the school community... full bio

 
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Holly Workman | Teaching Artist

Violinist Holly Workman is an active performer of traditional and contemporary classical music. As a soloist, Holly recently premiered a violin concertino with the OSSIA Ensemble and frequently works with composers to premiere works for both solo violin and ensembles. Holly is a diverse musician and frequently performs a wide range of styles from traditional classical and new music, to pop, jazz, and film scores.. full bio

 

Bill Cahn | Teaching Artist (ROCdrummers)

Bill Cahn has been a member of the NEXUS percussion group since 1971, performing with orchestras and in solo concerts worldwide. From 2005 to 2015 he was an Associate Professor of Percussion at the Eastman School of Music and a visiting artist in residence at the Showa Academy of Music in Kawasaki, Japan. Bill was the principal percussionist in the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra from 1968 to 1995, and he is a life member of the orchestra’s Honorary... full bio

 

Lisa Button | Teaching Artist

Lisa grew up in Rochester, NY. She was performing professionally as a teen, and continued to collaborate with local music groups as a vocalist and keyboardist throughout her twenties. At Nazareth College she studied with Sr. Barbara Starapoli and graduated with a Bachelors degree in Music and Psychology, with a concentration in Music Therapy and Vocal Performance.  After moving to Boston, she attended Boston University as a Music Education major.... full bio


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, who in 1967 began the 2 year migration to Dimona, Israel; A Wife Alone (2012), a psychological thriller taking place in the suburbs of Rochester. Pycior has also contributed string performance and orchestration to the scores of Rich Hill (2014), winner of Sundance Grand Jury Prize for documentary; Marina Abramovic (2012), Emmy and Peabody Awards winning documentary.

Pycior received his Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from the Music Conservatory at Purchase College, State University of New York.

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Kathryn Brown | Teaching Artist

Kathryn Brown is a second year graduate student studying Viola Performance and Music Education at the Eastman School of Music. She studies viola with George Taylor. Kathryn received her degree in Music Education from Illinois State University (ISU) where she studied viola with Dr. Katherine Lewis. An advocate for access to quality music education for aspiring musicians of all backgrounds, Kathryn is a Golden Apple Scholar of Illinois. Golden Apple is a prestigious program that provides teacher candidates with scholarship in return for service in schools of need in the state of Illinois. Upon completing her studies at ISU, Kathryn taught middle and high school orchestra in Danville, IL before continuing on in her education. Kathryn currently serves as a member of the American Viola Society’s Youth Advisory Council where she works with other pre-professional viola students from around the country in order to appeal to the needs of the student members in the American Viola Society. Kathryn is a private viola instructor and directs Green Strings, New Horizons beginner’s orchestra, at the Eastman Community Music School. Back to Top ⤴

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Jing Tian Ngiaw | Teaching Artist

Jing Tian Ngiaw is a teacher devoted to the field of music education. Originally from Malaysia, she grew up in Shanghai, China before coming to the United States to pursue her undergraduate studies. Jing Tian is now a senior at the Eastman School of Music double majoring in General Music Education and Musical Arts. At Eastman, she is the vice president of the school’s National Association for Music Education (NAfME) Collegiate chapter, striving to promote music education within the school community. 

Jing Tian is a proud teaching artist specializing in elementary general music at ROCMusic, a non-profit organization that provides tuition-free music education to Rochester urban youth. Jing Tian is also a substitute teacher at the Harley School and was the Creative Arts teacher for their summer nursery program. As the Director of Music at Summerville Presbyterian Church, she is the primary conductor and keyboardist for the congregation.  

Beyond her teaching responsibilities, Jing Tian is an Arts Leadership Candidate at Eastman, expressing strong interests in Music Therapy and Education Administration. To cultivate her passions in academia, Jing Tian is currently working on several research projects with multiple focuses such as teacher identity, preschool children’s musical schemas and multicultural music education. She had the privilege to present at Rochester ABC Program this past year, holding several training workshops on informal music making in the early childhood classroom. In her spare time, Jing Tian enjoys cooking, holding car karaoke sessions, watching Grey’s Anatomy, and meditating.

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Holly Workman | Teaching Artist

Violinist Holly Workman is an active performer of traditional and contemporary classical music. As a soloist, Holly recently premiered a violin concertino with the OSSIA Ensemble and frequently works with composers to premiere works for both solo violin and ensembles. Holly is a diverse musician and frequently performs a wide range of styles from traditional classical and new music, to pop, jazz, and film scores. She has performed with an eclectic group of people including Steve Reich, the JACK Quartet, Magnus Lindberg, Sō Percussion, Irvine Arditti, Renée Fleming, pop artist Louis Cole, and the Piano Guys.

Holly is passionate about teaching and sharing classical music with children and adults of all backgrounds. Holly is on faculty at the Music Store Inc. in Webster and the Rochester Academy of Music and Arts where she teaches violin and viola. She has presented and taught with the Eastman “to go” outreach program, the former Music for Everyone outreach program, the Hershey Symphony Festival Strings middle school orchestra, and the Music for All outreach program in Lancaster, PA.  

In 2018, Holly participated in the Sibelius Academy Creative Dialogue X for string instruments and electronics as one of 7 performers worldwide. In addition, she has participated in the Klangspuren Ensemble Modern Festival, the Mostly Modern Festival, the Round Top Festival Institute where she was selected as concertmaster and invited to play with a faculty ensemble, the New Mexico Chamber Music Festival, and the Bowdoin International Music Festival. Holly frequently performs as an ensemble member of Eastman Musica Nova, Eastman Philharmonia, the OSSIA Ensemble, and the Eastman Graduate Sinfonietta.

Holly is currently pursuing her Master of Music in Violin Performance and Literature at the Eastman School of Music, where she studies with Professor Renée Jolles. She also holds her Bachelor of Music in Applied Music with High Distinction from Eastman and is a member of the Pi Kappa Lambda music honor society.

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Bill Cahn | Teaching Artist (ROCdrummers)

Bill Cahn has been a member of the NEXUS percussion group since 1971 performing with orchestras and in solo concerts worldwide . From 2005 to 2015 he was an Associate Professor of Percussion at the Eastman School of Music and a visiting artist in residence at the Showa Academy of Music in Kawasaki, Japan. Bill was the principal percussionist in the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra from 1968 to 1995, and he is a life member of the orchestra’s Honorary Board of Directors.

Bill has performed with conductors, composers, ensembles, and artists representing many musical styles, including Chet Atkins, John Cage, Aaron Copland, Sir Andrew Davis, Chuck Mangione, Mitch Miller, Seiji Ozawa, Doc Severensen, Leopold Stokowski, Igor Stravinsky, Edgar Varese, and Paul Winter.

Bill has received the Rochester Philharmonic League’s FANFARE AWARD (1988) for a “significant contribution to music education in Rochester,” Mu Phi Epsilon’s MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR AWARD (1993), and with NEXUS, the TORONTO ARTS AWARD in music (1989), the BANFF CENTRE FOR THE ARTS NATIONAL AWARD (1997), and induction into the Percussive Arts Society’s HALL OF FAME (1999). In 2006 Bill received a GRAMMY Award as part of the Paul Winter Consort on the DVD titled, “2004 Solstice Concert.”

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Lisa Button | Teaching Artist

Lisa Button is passionate about being a collaborative music educator and artist. She is thrilled with this wonderful opportunity to work with the amazing ROCmusic Collaborative!

Lisa grew up in Rochester, NY. She was performing professionally as a teen, and continued to collaborate with local music groups as a vocalist and keyboardist throughout her twenties. At Nazareth College she studied with Sr. Barbara Starapoli and graduated with a Bachelors degree in Music and Psychology, with a concentration in Music Therapy and Vocal Performance. After moving to Boston, she attended Boston University as a Music Education major with a concentration in Vocal Performance. She studied with S. Mark Aliapoulios, and completed her master’s recital, A Woman’s Voice…Songs of Woman Composers Though-out History in the fall of 1997. While in Boston, Lisa worked as a free-lance vocal coach, session musician, and collaborative artist. This included work as a vocal coach at Bristol Studios, several productions with Boston Rock Opera including the role of Simon Zealotes in the musical Jesus Christ Superstar, and with her own original music group Gel. She also has extensive experience performing in, directing, and music directing community and school based musical theater productions.

Lisa began as a public school educator in Chelsea Public Schools in 1993 through the Boston University/Chelsea schools partnership. She also taught in Watertown Public Schools as both a vocal music educator and middle school drama teacher. Upon moving back to Rochester, Lisa taught in Rochester City School District’s World of Inquiry School #58, and Spry Middle School in the Webster Central School District. She has since been a proud and active member of the Brighton Central School District community for 12 years as a vocal music educator, lead teacher, and music director for their middle school music program. She is certified in Orff Schulwerk levels 1 and 2, and throughout her career has taught and been involved with curriculum development for grade levels Pre-K through 12. Finally, she is a proud RCSD parent. She continues to support Children’s School of Rochester #15 where she was a school based planning team member, School of the Arts, and now Wilson Commencement as a PTSO member and parent advocate. She looks forward to further experiencing the joy of creativity and music with young people at ROCmusic!

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