Department of Music

Private Lessons

Jennifer Matsue Teaching

Students may take private lessons in voice, piano, guitar, and a variety of orchestral, band and world instruments.

Please contact the Director of Music Performance, Jin Byun, for a list of the studio instructors, all of whom teach the lessons at Taylor Music Center. The cost of lessons is not included in the College's tuition. It costs $540 per term for nine lessons of 50 minutes each. After completing three terms satisfactorily, a student earns one-course credit. Two practicum credits may count toward graduation. The Registrar records all terms of lessons that a student completes satisfactorily on the student’s transcript, including those beyond the two credits. With the approval of the studio instructor and after completing a jury, a student may perform at the student recital held at the end of each term.

Affiliate Artists

  • Norman Thibodeau - Flute
    Norman Thibodeau- Flute

    Norman Thibodeau was assistant principal flutist of the Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México. He is a member of the chamber group “Musicians of Ma’alwyck”. He recorded solo flute works of Anthony Holland for Albany Records and has both live and recorded performances broadcast on NPR. He has played with almost all the professional orchestras from central New York State through western New England. He taught extended flute techniques at the Wildacres Flute Retreat for several years. He performs on a range of flutes from baroque traverso to modern microtonal instruments, including a contrabass flute. Norman studied at the Peabody Conservatory and the University of Albany.

  • Cliff Brucker - Percussion
    Cliff Bruckner

    Cliff Brucker has a B.M. in Music from The Crane School of Music at Potsdam State College and a M.S. in Music from The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY. Cliff has been performing as a professional musician for over 50 years! As a well-respected musician by his peers, Cliff has worked with some of the finest talent in the Capital District including the Albany Symphony Orchestra, Capital Region Wind Ensemble, and the Empire Jazz Orchestra. He has also performed with a variety of internationally known jazz and pop artists including Aretha Franklin, Buddy Greco, Rex Richardson, Bob Mintzer and Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack. Cliff is also an award-winning composer and producer of advertising jingles and multimedia production. His credits include Avis, National Hobby, and is the music behind New York State’s “C.S.E.A., We’re your Work Force!” He has written and produced the new official song of Schenectady called “Schenectady’s the Place”.

  • André Laurent O'Neil - Cello
    André O'neil

    Hailed by The Daily Gazette (Schenectady) for possessing a “lustrous ringing tone, facile technique and strong convincing grasp of the baroque style”, cellist, viola da gambist, pianist and composer André Laurent O’Neil has played in distinguished venues worldwide including Carnegie Hall, Symphony Hall in Boston, Disney Hall in L.A., Musikverein in Vienna, and the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City. He has performed with renowned groups such as the Handel & Haydn Society (Boston), New Trinity Baroque (Atlanta), New Belgrade Opera (Serbia), and Il Rossignolo (Italy), among others. He is Principal Cellist of the Schenectady Symphony Orchestra, Affiliate Artist of Cello at Union College, Adjunct Professor of Cello at Schenectady County Community College School of Music, and newly appointed cellist with Musicians of Ma’alwyck.

  • Teresa Gatta Norton - Violin

    Teresa Gatta Norton began her musical journey studying with Marianne Moreland Pashler and Lois Lyman, two of the most highly acclaimed violin teachers in the New York Capital District. Teresa performed at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center with the Empire State Youth Orchestra, then conducted by Bertram Kaplan of the Manhattan School of Music and continued her studies at the Ithaca College School of Music. She is a member of the first violin section of the Schenectady Symphony, the Union College Community Orchestra and performs regularly with many other area ensembles. Teresa spends summers traveling through Europe performing with the Varna International Orchestra. She is an Affiliate Artist at Union College and has reunited with ESYO as Strings Teaching Artist in the CHIME program coaching ensembles and teaching privately. She is also affiliated with the Etude Club of Schenectady and the Music Study Group.

  • Elizabeth Gerbi - Voice
    Liz Gerbi Headshot

    Dr. Elizabeth Gerbi is well known across the country as a performer, singing teacher, author, and music director/pianist (200+ productions). She has taught voice and musical theatre on the faculty of SUNY Dutchess/New Paltz/Schenectady, Southern Utah University, and The American University. Recent projects include co-authoring the acclaimed audition manual “88 Keys to Successful Singing Performances” with Broadway coaching legend Bob Marks, music directing the Eastern Regional Premiere of Unexpected Joy, The Snow Queen at the Ancram Opera House, accompanying masterclasses for Broadway performers Ken Jennings, Lisa Howard, and Lindsay Mendez, adapting Starmites for Broadway composer Barry Keating, and teaching workshops for EdTA, NYSTEA, NETC, ATHE, and MTEA. Come say hello at!

  • Evan Runyon - Guitar and Double Bass
    evan runyon

    Evan Runyon is a multi-instrumentalist and composer with a repertoire spanning six centuries, active in traditional and modern media across manifold genre, whose playing has been called "steadfast" (Houston Chronicle) and "imperious" (New York Times), and music "dread-inducing...wild" (Baltimore Sun).

    He has performed and/or recorded with Klangforum Wien, Talea Ensemble, The Knights, International Contemporary Ensemble, Metropolis Ensemble, Ludovico Ensemble and Ensemble Signal; Raphael Saadiq, Wye Oak, Emily Wells, Thundercat and Slipknot.

    As an orchestral musician, Evan is a member of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, performs regularly with the American Composers Orchestra and Albany Symphony, and has been guest principal with the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra and Wiener Walzer Orchester.

    A prolific session player, he has contributed performances and arrangements to tracks with combined streams in the tens of millions as well as to scores for major motion pictures, television shows and AAA videogames.