Cristina Hall (Formerly Faicco) (Voice/Piano)
Cristina is the director and voice teacher at Cristina Music Studio. She holds bachelor’s degrees in Vocal Performance and Music Education from the Ithaca College School of Music. Since her first stage appearance as a pirate in Peter Pan to her roles as Young Cosette and Young Eponine in Les Misérables on Broadway, she always had a passion for music and performing. As a performer, Cristina worked at the Imperial Theatre on Broadway, the John W. Engeman Theatre, DiCapo Opera Theatre, Theatre Three, Melodramatics Theatre Company, Broadhollow Theatre Company, and Plaza Theatrics. In 2008, she studied and performed at the Spoleto Vocal Arts Symposia in Spoleto, Italy.
As an educator, Cristina has been teaching and music directing for years. As a college student, she music directed a production of The Last Five Years with the Melodramatics Theatre Company. At the John W. Engeman Theatre, she music directed a number of youth productions including Snow Queen, Flat Stanley, School House Rock, and Cinderella, and music directed the educational productions of Les Misérables and Into the Woods. From 2014 to 2015, she worked as a teacher at the Smithtown Performing Arts Center teaching voice and musical theatre classes. In the summer of 2010, she toured as an intern conductor with the Ithaca Children’s Choir on their European tour to Austria and Prague. Since she began teaching private voice lessons in 2010, her students have gone on to study music at prestigious colleges, perform lead or supporting roles in their school or community shows, or receive high scores at NYSSMA resulting in acceptance to All-State or All-County chorus. In addition, many of her students perform with the Long Island Children’s Choir and Metropolitan Youth Choir, and one talented student has performed on Broadway.
Ian Joyal (Voice/Piano/Guitar)
Ian Joyal has been praised for his "fine Italianate sound" and is distinctive for his comic role interpretations. His roles include Don Alfonso, Sarastro, Masetto, Leporello, and the title role in Le Nozze di Figaro.
In 2017, Ian made his international debut as a studio artist with Lyric Opera Studio Weimar in Germany, performing as Leporello in Don Giovanni and as Sarastro in Die Zauberföte. On the concert stage, Ian has performed in many recitals and oratorios including the bass solo in Verdi's Requiem and multiple performances of Handel's Messiah. Ian credits his father, who was his first voice teacher and church choir conductor for inspiring him to pursue music.
Beth Keyes (Piano/Guitar)
Beth is a music educator, multi-instrumentalist, and scholar who has been teaching private lessons for over thirteen years. Since beginning piano lessons at the age of four, Beth has also become an accomplished performer on the flute, oboe, English horn, and guitar.
Beth began her career as a music teacher when she was awarded a full, four-year scholarship to attend 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, Beth was not only trained in the areas of early childhood, adolescent, and special education, but completed methodology courses in teaching woodwind, brass, string, and guitar instruments. Outside of her required classes, Beth was also an active member of the Brooklyn College Conservatory community, serving as Secretary of the Brooklyn College chapter of the National Association for Music Education, a member of the Brooklyn College Chorus (as an alto) and Wind Ensemble (as an oboist), and a participant in weekly piano master-class workshops with Michael Rodgers and Jeffrey Biegel. Beth left Brooklyn College after eight semesters of academic excellence with an offer to attend the Ph.D. program in Musicology at the City University of New York's Graduate Center.
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 (Voice/Piano/Guitar)
Rebecca Pissalidis loves music and teaching! She has a Bachelors 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.