Originally from Lake Placid, New York, Georgianna Rickard began her musical studies at a young age, starting with piano at five and violin at six. She was brought up in a musical family surrounded with piano music played by her mother, grandmother, and grandfather who all played for many years. Her father plays drums by “ear” in a variety of bands and in pit bands for musicals. Georgie studied both piano and violin intensely for many years, including attendance at the Suzuki Summer Institutes, and various other summer music programs and competitions. Through her experiences with piano and violin, she soon discovered that she was emotionally closer to the piano, and then, noone could stop her.
Georgie recently earned a Bachelor of Music from The Crane School of Music at the State University of New York at Potsdam, with degrees in Piano Performance and Music Business with a certification in Piano Pedagogy. She was honored to be able to study with Dr. Young-Ah Tak. Her most recent accomplishments at Crane include winning 2nd prize in the 2017 Richard Stephan String Chamber Competition, two solo recitals, pianist and celestist in the Crane Symphony Orchestra, rehearsal pianist for the Crane Opera Ensemble and much more. One of the highlights of Georgie’s musical education was to be able to perform with the Crane Chorus and Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. Georgie attended the Brevard Music Center, located in North Carolina and studied with Dr. Douglas Weeks for four summers. She performed in countless recitals and concerts while at the Center. In her final summer at Brevard, Georgie was awarded the Lucille Parish Ward Scholarship from the National Federation of Music Clubs Southeastern and was able to do a special performance at her award acceptance at their annual luncheon.
Georgie’s main goal as a piano educator is to engage the creative mind and “out-of-the-box” thinking and musical expression in students of all ages. She feels the importance of music is to be within the music itself and to be able to feel the unique connections between mind and sound. Through these connections, she hopes that each student will develop their own individual and positive outlook on their musical studies.
Philippine-born pianist Stephen Joven-Lee is a recent graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and a current student at the Juilliard School under Professor Julian Martin. His education includes focused training in performance, pedagogy, music theory, and conducting. Joven-Lee strongly believes in music as a universal language and piano as an individual voice.
Joven-Lee began piano studies at age 10 in the Philippines. One year later, he moved to New York City where he studied with Natalia Huang, and later studied with Dr. Amy E. Gustafson and Dr. Jose Ramon Mendez. He went on to study with Professor Alvin Chow at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where he was the recipient of the Rudolf Serkin Prize and John Elvin Prize for excellence in piano performance, as well as the Faustina Hurlbutt Prize for outstanding graduating student in piano. Joven-Lee is an award winner of almost two-dozen competitions at national and international levels. This has led him to perform in renowned halls including Carnegie’s Weill Hall (NY), Severance’s Reinberger Hall (OH), and Steinway Hall (NY & OH).
Joven-Lee has been elected as a member of the Pi Kappa Lambda - National Music Honor Society in recognition of the highest level of musical achievement and academic scholarship.
His goal as a teacher is to help his students cultivate their understanding of the language and clarity of voice. Joven-Lee has experience working with students of various levels ranging from young beginners to college level musicians.
Manuele took his first steps in the music world at the young age of four, exploring the beautiful notes of the opera from works by composers such Verdi and Puccini. He later attended “Girolamo Frescobaldi” State Conservatory in Ferrara, where he studied piano, harmony, composition, and chamber music. He often received high praises through article reviews and from critics.
For six years, he had committed himself to teaching music to children and actively collaborated to the creation of the music department at Smiling Service International School of Ferrara.
As a film composer, Manuele has widespread approval from the public and critics for his particularly charming and profound music. He has developed numerous collaborations with Award Winning Directors, as well as International emerging companies. One of his accomplishments include composing soundtrack for the CICAP chaired by the famous journalist-TV presenter Piero Angela, and the Docu-Fiction: Breaking the Silence that was directed by Frank Gigante.
A Canadian born jazz pianist and educator, Sean Fyfe has a background that spans across Canada as well as in New York city, having been featured as a leader as well as a guest artist in festivals and on recordings. He has developed a style of teaching that is fun and effective for students of all ages, giving them all the tools they need to understand, play and enjoy music for a lifetime. Sean holds a bachelor's degree in music performance from McGill University, and a graduate degree in music performance from Manhattan School of Music.
A versatile pianist, Dr. Jin Lee has performed as a recitalist and soloist with orchestras throughout North America and abroad. She has been featured as a soloist with the Seoul Symphony, the Chungjoo Orchestra, and the Poland Krakow National Orchestra. Jin has also participated in various music festivals, including the San Francisco International Music Festival, Boston Conservatory Summer Music Workshop, Algonquin Music Festival in Canada, and Aspen Music Festival, where she has performed with Aspen Contemporary Ensemble. She has also performed with the San Francisco International Music Festival as a guest artist. She is a skilled teacher and has extensive teaching experience at both the collegiate and preparatory levels, serving as a lecturer in piano literature, keyboard harmony and class piano at several universities and music institutes. Jin is pursuing both a professional and an academic music career. she possesses a great understanding and compassion for her students and it is her goal to extend her knowledge and love of music to each child she teaches. As an experienced educator, she is both theory and piano coach of ABRSM and her students receive high scores each year. She has also been honored to study with the world renowned pedagogue, Nelita True, her mentor from the Eastman School of Music, where she obtained a master's degree in Piano Performance and studied at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University with the Graduate Performance Diploma under the tutelage of Marian Hahn. Jin holds a Doctor of Musical Arts at Pennsylvania State University.