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, Shou-Ping Liu, 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 $500 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

  • Corine Salon - Voice

    Corine Salon- Voice

    Corine Salon, a graduate of Carnegie-Mellon University with a BFA and MFA in Music, has performed with The Pittsburgh Opera and Civic Light Opera, the Pennsylvania Opera Festival, Lake George and Saratoga Opera, Opera Barga in Italy and Bel Canto and Northeast Opera in New York City. Along with her studies in music, Corine has also studied French, German, and Italian. Along with opera and chamber music, Corine has also performed in theater. Her theater appearances include The Widow in Taming of the Shrew, Aunt Kate in The Dead, Mrs. Eynsford-Hill in Pygmalion at Capital Repertory Theater, and performed in the American premier of Charles Strouse’s opera The Nightingale, and The Knickerbocker Follies by Hugh Wheeler with Jack Gilford and Shirley Basin.

  • Harry Pellegrin - Guitar

    Harry Pellegrin- Guitar

    Since his Manhattan debut recital in 1980, Harry Pellegrin performed in New York, Tulsa, St. Louis, Charleston, and other cities in the US and Quebec. Pellegrin studied classical guitar performance and composition at The Mannes College of Music where he studied with Alber Blain and Eliot Fisk, and has performed in master classes with John Duarte, Ben Verdery, and David Russel. Since 2008 he has been teaching guitar as an artist affiliate at Union College. He was a board member and vice president of the CGSUNY from 2012 until 2021 and is an artist member of the Monday Musical Club of Albany.

  • 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.

  • Peter Bellino - Trumpet
    Peter Bellino

    Since relocating to the Capital Region in 2005, Dr. Peter Bellino has been in high demand as a performer in the classical, jazz, and commercial idioms. He performs regularly with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic and the Albany, Glens Falls and Schenectady symphonies as well as many regional chamber ensembles. Peter has performed throughout much of the United States as well as Japan, Canada, and India. Additionally, he serves as faculty at Bard College and The College of Saint Rose and is an affiliate at Union College. Peter holds performance degrees from the University of Miami, the University of Kentucky, Eastman School of Music and Stony Brook University, where he had the opportunity to study with trumpet legends Gilbert Johnson, Vince DiMartino, Barbara Butler, and Chris Gekker.

  • 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”.

  • Elizabeth MacFarland - Piano

    Elizabeth MacFarland

    Elizabeth MacFarland has been active as a pianist for 40 years, both as a teacher and performer. Her students have consistently placed in local competitions, have been selected as pianists for school jazz bands, and have had success as composers. In addition to running a private studio, Elizabeth has been an Artist Affiliate at Union College since 2014. She previously taught at SCCC, Temple University Extension Division, Settlement Music School, and the Greene Street and Lansdowne Friends Schools in Philadelphia. Elizabeth received her Bachelors degree in piano performance from New York University where she studied with Herbert Stessin. She subsequently received her Master’s degree in piano performance/pedagogy from Temple University, where she studied with Harvey Wedeen. While at Temple, she received the Community Music Fellowship, a scholarship which afforded her the opportunity to teach piano to children in North Philadelphia while pursuing her degree. Elizabeth also continues to perform and gave two concerts recently as pianist with The Hyde Park Chamber Ensemble.

  • 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.