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Our caring, nurturing teachers cannot wait to meet you!

Every one of our teachers has been shaped by their unique experiences, but one thing we all have in common is a deep love for nurturing individual expression, building confidence, and igniting true passion in each of our students.
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 Cristina Faicco -Hall

Director/Voice/Piano

Cristina is an educator, singer, and actress with over 25 years of performance experience.  Having taught for over a decade, Cristina works with singers and pianists to develop their technique and nurture their passion.  Her students are often seen in lead or supporting roles in school and community theater, are accepted into All-County and All-State chorus, receive perfect or near-perfect NYSSMA scores, get accepted to prestigious music schools, and perform on Broadway and in National Tours.  She is an active member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), Suffolk County Music Educators Association (SCMEA), and New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) and is fascinated with new research in education and singing.

 

Cristina appeared on Broadway in the original production of Les Misérables and has been seen on the stage of the John W. Engeman Theatre, Theatre Three, Broadhollow Theatre Company, and Plaza Theatrics.  As a member of Growing Up Broadway, Cristina regularly performs at Feinstein’s/54 Below.  She has a bachelor’s degree in Music Education and Vocal Performance from the Ithaca College School of Music.

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Brielle Budway

Voice/Piano

Brielle (She/Her) is a music educator with a passion for voice, piano, and theater. Her musical story began when she enrolled in a local studio for performing arts at the age of 3, and later started taking piano lessons. She was always an active member in the music community being in choir, orchestra, and band all throughout high school along with participating in the school musicals. Her first two years of college were spent at Suffolk County Community College, where she continued to participate in all but two ensembles including the jazz band as a pianist and the Suffolk Singers. This is where she got her first experience teaching; a student-run a capella group in which she arranged music. Brielle then transferred to Mansfield University of Pennsylvania where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education. During her time at MU, she continued to participate in the musicals (West Side Story and The Music Man) and performed with the Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, and Wind Ensemble.  She performed twice at Carnegie Hall with the Concert Choir; one of which was Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday performance of Candide. She has completed requirements for both vocal and instrumental teaching and incorporates ideas from both schools of thought to enhance her teaching ability. Her ultimate goal through teaching is to help students express themselves, and strengthen their self-confidence.

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 Kate Keating
Musical Theatre

Kate is thrilled to be the Musical Theatre Instructor at Cristina Music Studio, and is ecstatic to share her passion for musical theatre with the CMS students!  Kate has extensive experience teaching, performing, directing, and music directing.  She is a New York State certified music teacher for grades Pre-K through twelve, and a public school middle school chorus teacher.  She is a proud graduate of Nazareth College of Rochester where she completed a dual major in Music Education and Music Theatre.  Upon graduation, Kate was awarded the Nazareth College Music Theatre Award for Excellence in the Art.  Miss Kate also completed her Master’s Degree in Music Education from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College.  Upon completion of her master’s degree, Kate was awarded the Music Education Graduate Award for Academic and Professional Excellence.  Additionally, Kate completed the Disney College Program at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.
 
Over the past decade, Kate has directed and/or music directed musicals and productions for regional theatre, summer stock, community theatre, summer camps, and public schools.  For four years, she served as the Artistic Director of Children’s & Educational Theatre at The Argyle Theatre in Babylon, a professional regional Equity theater.  She has taught musical theatre classes at Theatrics Performing Arts, Positions Dance Studio, and various theaters across Long Island.  As an actress, Kate has professional touring, regional, and children’s theatre credits, with vast experience in performing musical theatre.  Kate is a proud member of the Actors’ Equity Membership Candidate Program.  She has had the privilege of performing at various theaters on Long Island including the John W. Engeman Theater, The Argyle Theatre, Theatre Three, Plaza Theatrical Productions, BroadHollow Theatre Company, Studio Theatre, Smithtown PAC, and CM Performing Arts Center.  Kate also toured along the eastern coast of the United States as Dorothy in American Theater Arts For Youth’s production of The Wizard of Oz.  Miss Kate has over 25 years of experience in musical theatre, and is elated to provide positive, enjoyable, and engaging musical theatre classes at CMS! 

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Jennifer Geissman

Voice/Piano

Jennifer graduated from LIU Post in 2015 with an Honors BFA in Vocal Performance. She has extensive vocal training and performance experience in Pop, Folk, Jazz, R&B, Rock, Classical, Oratorio, Opera, Musical Theatre, and the American Songbook. She sang backup for Barry Manilow for his "One Last Time" tour with the LISVJ ensemble and attended masterclasses with vocal pedagogues, David Jones and Neal Harrelson-Keyes, Metropolitan Opera soprano Carol Farley, Broadway performer Derrick Davis, Jazz musicians Wynton Marsalis, Jane Monheit, and Lauren Kinhan, and the Di Capo Opera Company of New York. She has also traveled to Germany, Austria, The Czech Republic, Ireland, and Costa Rica for choral and jazz tours, along with performing with the International Contemporary Ensemble as a vocalist.  A newly inducted member of the Actor's Equity Association, Jennifer enjoys acting and performing when not teaching; some of her favorite roles to date include "Miss Hannigan" in "Annie," "Paulette Buonofuonte" in "Legally Blonde," "Joanne" in "Company," "Hodel" in "Fiddler on the Roof," "Sarah Brown" in "Guys and Dolls," and "Ursula" in "Disney's The Little Mermaid."

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Raquelle Viteri

Voice/Piano

Raquelle (she/her/herself) is a native New Yorker, living the dream, doing the thing, hustling to create and inspire! Raquelle is a singer, actor, dancer/choreographer and an educator. She has a MM in Vocal Performance concentrating in Musical Theatre from NYU where she also obtained an Advanced Certificate for Vocal Pedagogy. Raquelle also holds a BM from Boston University where she focused her vocal studies on Opera and Classical Music. She has been teaching for over 5 years and has served as an Adjunct Instructor for NYU Steinhardt MPAP Music Education department since 2017. 

Her teaching philosophy is centered around creating a dynamic, informative and relaxing experience for music lovers who are in need of a haven. She has taught many students of various ages and of special needs, spanning genres including Classical, Musical Theater, Disney, Pop/Rock, RnB, Indie and more. She welcomes any and all to study with her for a fun journey in finding your truest voice through song and meeting your personal vocal goals! 

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Dimitra Vrosgou

Piano/Voice

Dimitra is engrossed in music. As a pianist, music theory and technique is instinctive to her. Dimitra broadens her expression and camaraderie with her professional endeavors as a cellist. She pursues goals as a singer-songwriter to verbalize life experiences that may resonate with others. A natural composer, Dimitra writes and arranges music in all genres, with respect to concrete music theory law balanced by the fluidity of feeling.

Dimitra believes music is a way of life and breath. It ebbs and flows, sustains and grows, may be fleeting or memorable. Having previous teaching experience, Dimitra is well-versed in establishing healthy building-blocks for musicians, honing theoretical and practical technique, and expanding passion projects. She integrates advanced concepts appropriately in her teachings. 

Dimitra has studied piano jazz principles with Dr. Dave Llalama at Hofstra University. She has learned string technique, phrasing, and teamwork from accomplished cellist and professor, Tomoko Fujita at Stony Brook University and Hofstra University. Dimitra has also had the privilege to challenge her musicianship under the Director of Orchestras at Hofstra, Professor Adam Glaser. She owes her comprehension of the choral world to Adam Paltrowitz from Plainview Old-Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School, and her training with Dr. David Fryling from Hofstra University. Her performance experience is wide and varied. Most notably, Dimitra played as a church organist and cantor for St. Catherine of Sienna Parish in Franklin Square. She has traveled as an alto in the Hofstra Chamber Choir and performed as a cellist in the Hofstra Chamber Orchestra and a variety of ensembles, including Hofstra’s Opera production of “The Fairy Queen.” She finds joy in accompanying others and music directing ensembles. 

Dimitra aims to consistently update her teaching methods to meet the needs of the local community she serves. She believes in the power of connectivity to achieve goals and the effectiveness of private instruction to unleash artistry. 

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