Caring, Nurturing Teachers
Cristina Faicco -Hall
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.
Henry Horstmann graduated from The Crane School of Music in 2018 with a baccalaureate in music performance, voice. Since graduating, he has sung leading roles with The Geneva Light Opera Company, New York Lyric Opera Theatre, Bronx Opera, The Gilbert and Sullivan Light Opera Company of Long Island, and performed as a supernumerary at The Metropolitan Opera. Aside from vast operatic, musical theatre, and dramatic experience, Henry has helped countless others achieve their goals on piano and guitar. In 2019, Henry helped West Babylon High School put on their production of Little Shop of Horrors by playing the auxiliary piano 2 book. He also enjoys playing open mic nights on guitar with his brother when able to and also streams virtual performances of his favorite songs. His goal as a teacher is to help every student find and improve their own unique way of expressing their musical abilities.
Beth is a music educator, multi-instrumentalist, and scholar who has been teaching private lessons for over a decade. Since beginning piano lessons at the age of four, Beth has also become an accomplished performer on the flute, oboe, English horn, and guitar. She began her career as a music teacher when she attended Brooklyn College in the Fall of 2004. At Brooklyn, Beth was accepted into the Conservatory of Music as a pianist and began a rigorous undergraduate program in Music Education. As a Music Ed major, she was trained in the areas of early childhood, adolescence, and special education.
Since 2009, Beth has continued along two complementary paths: first, as a doctoral candidate, she has been an active scholar in the field of musicology and is currently finishing her dissertation work on madness in music of the 19th and 20th centuries. Second, as an educator, she has worked with dozens of students across New York City and Long Island as both a private teacher and classroom instructor. Though Beth has taught students at various ages, skill levels, and with a diverse range of musical interests, she has focused her teaching philosophy on catering to the individual needs of each one of her pupils across musical curricula. Her private students have thrived in their musical pursuits, participating in local music festivals such as NYSSMA and SCMEA, performing in school and private recitals, and successfully auditioning for university-level music programs. In addition to private teaching, Beth has also been an adjunct instructor at Brooklyn College and Hunter College since 2014, teaching undergraduate classes in music appreciation, American music, and keyboard methodology.
Rebecca Pissalidis loves music and teaching! She has a Bachelor of Music from the Aaron Copland School of Music. She’s been teaching for over 5 years and thinks it’s important that students have fun while learning. Rebecca writes her own music, is in a wedding band, plays gigs regularly throughout NYC, plays piano and guitar and sings! She has helped several students prepare for auditions and achieve top scores in NYSSMA.
Berkeley Rousseau is a music director, educator, performer, and scholar originally from California. He received his BA in Music from California State University, Fullerton. He has recently moved to New York to pursue a master’s degree in Music Education. He has music directed several musicals, choirs, and a cappella groups. He has also performed with several groups in Northern and Southern California and has performed in La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona and Notre Dame in Paris. Before moving to New York, he taught individual and group music lessons, as well as audition preparation courses at several local high schools. Berkeley is excited to join the ranks of other excellent Long Island music educators.
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!