Festival Faculty & Staff
Flute, Conductor & Festival Director
Susan Deaver, co-founder of the Pierrot Chamber Music Festival, is flutist of The Pierrot Consort and conductor of the Festival Chamber Orchestra. As a flutist and avid chamber musician, she has been praised by critics for her “superb playing” and “atmospheric virtuosity” as the principal flutist of the Washington Chamber Symphony at the Kennedy Center. She has performed with Long Island Philharmonic, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Queens Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Virtuosi and on Broadway in “Phantom of the Opera” and has recorded for New World records, CRI, Arabesque Recordings and North/South Consonance. From 1990 to 2016 she was the music director and conductor of North Shore Symphony Orchestra and is currently the conductor of the University Orchestra at Stony Brook University, where she has also conducted the Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra (SBSO) in their Composers Reading/Recording Sessions.
Among Susan Deaver’s conducting credits are the Washington Chamber Symphony at the Kennedy Center, Thüringen Philharmonie in Gotha, Germany, the Island Chamber Symphony, the Bronx Opera Chamber Orchestra, the Seoul Symphony of New York at Lincoln Center, contemporary music at both Manhattan School of Music and Brooklyn Conservatory of Music. She has guest conducted in Scotland, England, Spain and Korea and at regional festivals including Nassau All County Festival, All-North New Jersey High School Symphonic Orchestra, 2019 LISFA Festivals. In addition, she has guest conducted at Manhattan School of Music Precollege as well as substitute teaching conducting classes in both the Precollege and college divisions of MSM. In 2018 she was a conducting mentor at the International Women’s Conducting Institute. Newsday featured her work as Conducting Instructor for actor Freddie Highmore in Warner Brothers’ movie “August Rush.” Dr. Deaver is on the music faculty at LIU Post, Stony Brook University and Manhattan School of Music’s Precollege. BM, MM and DMA from Manhattan School of Music.
Assistant Director & Violin
Grammy-nominated artist Dale Stuckenbruck is immersed in the diverse musical life in New York as a soloist, concertmaster, chamber musician and teacher. His mentor was the great violinist Erick Friedman, with whom he has appeared as soloist with orchestra, in recording and in chamber music. He has performed as violin/saw soloist with the New York Philharmonic, New Century Chamber Orchestra, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Philharmonia Virtuosi, New York Virtuosi, New York String Ensemble, Tchaikovsky Chamber, Orchestra, Taipei City Symphony Orchestra, Music at St. Ignatius, Queens Symphony, Masterworks, the Long Island Philharmonic, and as a mandolinist with the Charleston Symphony. He has been featured in Strings Magazine, Wuolgang Umak (Korea), Newsday, Sarasate (Japan) and the New York Times. As one of the leading international artists of the musical saw he has received international acclaim for recording “Sawing to New Heights” with music by Steve Margoshes, "Ancient Voices of Children" by George Crumb on Bridge Records, his performances of the “Divination by Mirrors” by Michael Levine with the New Century Chamber Orchestra and the New York Virtuosi, the "Tonight Show" with KORN, for the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society, and as a soloist with Leonid Kavakos and the New York Philharmonic. As a mandolinist he has appeared at the Met Opera, NYC Opera, ABT, and with Paula Robison at the Met Museum. He has created the music for the short films “Shadows” and “Fresh,” featured at the Whitney Museum and the Israeli Museum, respectively. Since 1975 he has toured with Heawon Kim, pianist, in recitals in Asia, Europe and South America. He is the founder of the Long Island Vegetable Orchestra, appearing on "Conan" as a guest. Adjunct full professor at LIU Post, and assistant director of the Pierrot Chamber Music Festival, faculty LIHSA and the Oyster Bay Music Festival. D.M.A. from Manhattan School of Music, 1984.
With her ‘fluidly lyrical’ playing (New York Times), violist Veronica Salas is a versatile performer and teacher who has been featured as soloist, chamber musician and master class artist throughout the world. As soloist Salas has performed with Mostly Mozart, LIU Post Orchestra, Aspen Music Festival, USC Symphony, Colonial and Westfield Symphonies. Under the auspices of the State Department, she has given recitals and master classes in Hong Kong, the Philippines and Taiwan as well as touring the Greek Isles as violist of the Elysium String Quartet. As violist of Modern Works, the recording of Ge Gan-Ru String Quartets, on the Naxos label, was chosen by critics of The New York Times as a notable recording of 2009. Highlights of other recordings include a Virgil Thomson CD where Salas is featured, an all Mozart CD with Stanley Drucker and the Bach Brandenburg Concerti featuring Lukas Foss. An avid chamber musician, Salas is violist of The Pierrot Consort, Bronx Art Ensemble, Canta Libre and previous member of Modern Works, Elysium Ensemble and Queens Chamber Band in which she played concertos on viola d’amore. She has performed chamber music with Yoyo Ma, Eric Friedman, Lawrence Dutton, Joseph Fuchs and Stanley Drucker. Salas is presently principal violist of American Composers Orchestra and Phantom of the Opera on Broadway, and previous principal of Opera Orchestra of New York, Westfield Symphony and Manhattan Philharmonic. She is on the faculties of LIU Post and Bennington Chamber Music Conference. Salas received her B.M.A., M.M.A. and D.M.A. from The Juilliard School where she studied with Lillian Fuchs.
Co-founder & cello
Maureen Hynes, co-founder of the LIU Post Chamber Music Festival, enjoys an active career as soloist, conductor, chamber musician, orchestral player, and educator in the New York musical world. She performs regularly with the American Ballet Theater, the American Symphony Orchestra, the Opera Orchestra of New York, American Composers Orchestra, the Westchester Philharmonic, the Bard Festival Orchestra, and the Queens Symphony. She has appeared at the Spoleto and Aspen Festivals, and at the Lake George Opera Festival. Her work in New York has included substitute work in many Broadway shows and the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Show. Ms. Hynes was a winner of the Concert Artist Guild Award with the Janus Ensemble, and she is currently a member of the Pierrot Consort. She has performed in Europe, Canada, Korea, and Hong Kong both as cellist and gambist. Professor Hynes was Director of Orchestral and String Studies at LIU Post, where she was professor of cello and conductor of the LIU Post Orchestra, the LIU Post String Ensemble, and the Merriweather Consort. In 2009, she received the Adjunct Faculty Recognition Award from Long Island University for her contributions to the Department of Music. Conducting engagements include the 2016-2017 season of the Queens Symphony Orchestra, Guest Conductor for the Rutgers Symphony Orchestra in 2019 and numerous regional and state-wide Festivals and clinics. Since 2015, she teaches Introduction to Orchestral Conducting and Advanced Orchestral Conducting at the Manhattan School of Music. Ms. Hynes has given cello Master Classes in Seoul, Korea and on Long Island and has recorded for the Albany label. She is a member of Chamber Music America, Early Music America, NAFME and the American String Teachers Association.
Heawon Kim’s beginnings, as one of Korea’s most well-known prodigies of her generation, appeared at the age of seven with frequent return engagements with Korean Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra and the Seoul Philharmonic, including an appearance with the KBS for the opening of the Sejong Arts Center. Upon winning numerous competitions and appearing frequently on television and radio she came to the North Carolina School of the Performing Arts in 1972. There she studied with Clifton Matthews, receiving the Vittorio Giannini Award, and appeared under the baton of Nicholas Harsanyi with Prokofiev’s third concerto. Following rave reviews and winning Southeastern Music Teachers Competition she was brought to New York by Claude Frank to study with him at the Mannes School of Music, and continued to complete her studies under Robert Goldsand at the Manhattan School of Music. Ms. Kim has been a soloist with regional orchestras in the United States and has appeared as chamber musician with such groups as the Bronx Arts Ensemble, L’Ensemble, The Pierrot Consort, Rosewood Chamber Ensemble, Garrett Lakes Festival, Leonia Chamber Players, and the Colonial Symphony. She was a frequent recital collaborator for the late Erick Friedman for over 30 years and as a soloist under his baton. Other collaborations have included such international artists as Dennis Brott, Sergiu Luca, Marion Davies, Sanford Allen, Barry Finclair, and her husband, Dale Stuckenbruck. She was on the music faculty at LIU Post for many years as an instrumental coach and is very active in the Korean musical community, performing for fundraising concerts of displaced persons from North Korea. She has worked with Dale Stuckenbruck to create the organization for young talent called "Kammermusik" with whom she has performed numerous concertos including those by Clara Wieck-Schumann, Liszt, and Mendelssohn. Heawon Kim is on the faculty for the Pierrot Chamber Music Festival and has been the pianist with The Pierrot Consort since 1988.
Additional Festival Faculty
Accompanist and coach
Christine Doré, piano, enjoys an active and varied career as a chamber musician, soloist, teacher and accompanist. She holds a BM with honors from the New England Conservatory and earned her MM from the Mannes College of Music, where she had a full merit scholarship. Christine made her New York debut in 1996 as a collaborative pianist at Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall. As a chamber musician she twice toured Eastern Europe, playing concerts in the Czech Republic and Slovenia. She is a founding member of the chamber music ensemble Chamberosity, which has commissioned, premiered and recorded two exciting trios for violin, horn and piano: one by Eric Ewazen; the other by Peter Winkler. Christine has performed as a soloist with several orchestras in the NY area. She ran the Music At Greenlawn concert series for the decade of its highly successful existence. Christine spent the last 15 years as an adjunct professor of music at LIU Post, and is currently a member of the music faculty at Suffolk Community College. Christine Doré has been the accompanist for the Huntington Choral Society since 1994 and has been a faculty member of the Pierrot Chamber Music Festival for since 2007.
Conductor of Pre-College Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Music Coach & Administrative Assistant
Douglas Aliano is a native of Long Island, the youngest of five double bassists in his the Festival’s Concerto Competition He recently completed work as a Double Bass Fellow with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, FL. and has appeared with the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the National Symphony Orchestra. His festival appearances include the Music Academy of the West, the Pacific Music Festival, Spoleto Festival, the Tanglewood Music Center, and the Verbier Festival in Switzerland. Douglas performs throughout Long Island and New York City, playing various styles ranging from classical to contemporary, jazz to Broadway, and pop to bluegrass. An active chamber musician and passionate advocate of new music, he has participated in numerous chamber music projects and has premiered many new chamber music and orchestral works. He also appeared as a member of Echo Douglas completed his undergraduate and graduate studies at The Juilliard School where he studied with Albert Laszlo and was a recipient of the Jerome L. Greene Fellowship. He will be pursuing a master’s degree in Music and Music Education from Teachers College, Columbia University starting in the fall.
Chamber Music Coach
John-Paul Norpoth is a multi-instrumentalist and composer from Brooklyn, New York. Mr. Norpoth has performed on the double bass with Orpheus, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Albany, Harrisburg, and Allentown Symphonies, and the Westchester and Brooklyn Philharmonic(s). Mr. Norpoth has performed with Alarm Will Sound, Jessie Montgomery, Julia Bullock, PUBLIQuartet, Roscoe Mitchell, and Kelly Hall-Tompkins at venues including the Kennedy Center, Zankel Hall, Detroit Institute of Art, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. His songs and compositions as Hollands (w/ Jannina Barefield-Norpoth) won the 2015 Sphinx M-Power Fellowship Grant and included a premiere performance at National Sawdust during the New York Philharmonic’s Biennial and NYC Electro-Acoustic Music Festival. Mr. Norpoth has participated as bassist or composer in various festivals including Banff, Avaloch Farm, Domaine Forget, NXNE and the Bang on a Can Loud Weekend in 2019. Other recent highlights include performances of Jessie Montgomery’s “Passage” at City Center with Dance Theater of Harlem, and American Composers Orchestra’s “The Gathering” at the Apollo Theater. Mr. Norpoth also recently won Assistant Principal Double Bass with the Orlando Philharmonic and their Music Director Eric Jacobsen, a post to begin Fall 2022. Mr. Norpoth is a graduate of Manhattan School of Music’s Orchestral Performance Program as the Charles Grossman Memorial Endowment Scholarship as a student of Orin O’Brien. He is currently pursuing a doctorate at Stony Brook University with Blake Hinson, who is the New York Philharmonic’s Assistant Principal Bass. John-Paul Norpoth is an Adjunct Faculty Professor of Bass at Adelphi University.
Chamber Music Coach
Shane Helfner is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music where he received a BM with Distinction in oboe performance, and Hofstra University where he received his MS with Distinction in music education. Mr. Helfner has also recently completed his administration degree from Stony Brook University. He has performed as the principal oboe of the Flower City Society Orchestra where he recorded a soundtrack for the film “Captain Salvation.” Mr. Helfner studied at the Pre-College Division of the Juilliard School of Music, the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, the Banff Center Summer Arts Festival, the C.W. Post Chamber Music Festival, and the Hidden Valley Institute of the Arts in California. He has also traveled and performed throughout the western Mediterranean, Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific Islands. He has performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Eastman Theater, Tilles Center, Staller Center, and the palace of the President of Malta.
Shane Helfner has been a guest clinician at the Summer NYSSMA Conference, the Elementary Band Symposium in Suffolk County, and the Balanced Mind Conference at Molloy College on the oboe. He has been a member of the SCMEA Executive board and has been a guest clinician for the ukulele at the SCMEA Peak Festival and at various districts in Suffolk County. Mr. Helfner was recently invited to conduct the High School Reading Session at the Balanced Mind Conference at Long Island University. He was also just appointed the Assistant Conductor of the Huntington Community Band. Mr. Helfner has an extensive oboe and piano studio, has taught in the Harborfields, South Huntington, Northport, and Commack school districts, and is currently the High School Band Director in the Port Washington School District at Paul D. Schreiber High School.
Helen (Hye Jin) Park
Chamber Music Coach
Dr. Helen (Hye Jin) Park is an active professional flutist and award-winning educator focused on broadening community access to music. A native of Korea, her résumé includes orchestral performances at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center in North America, as well as with revered Korean institutions such as the Keum-Pa Professional Flute Ensemble and Sung Nam City Orchestra. In recent years, Dr. Park has committed to her work as a pedagogue, serving on faculty at the Long Island Conservatory, Grace Music School, and the Music Academy of Long Island. Once a featured Teaching Artist in the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s OrchKids program, Dr. Park’s passion for teaching emerged early in her career. While a student at Yale, she conducted workshops in nine public schools within the New Haven region as part of the Music in Schools Initiative, earning recognition from Yale as its Outstanding Teaching Artist of the Year. Dr. Park wields a ferocious drive to excel as an educator, in part because of the extraordinary opportunities made by an educator in her own life. In 2005, renowned flutist Ransom Wilson noticed the promising talent of a 15-year old Hye Jin while giving masterclasses at a local music intensive. At the end of his one-week stay, Wilson invited her to attend the Idyllwild Arts Academy in California—all expenses paid. Given a new life in America thanks to the kindness and generosity of a single educator, she placed a premium on her own education, now holding degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory (B.M.), Manhattan School of Music (M.M.), Yale School of Music (M.M.A.), and Stony Brook University (D.M.A.). Ultimately, she aspires to pay forward the opportunities she received through education by founding a school that prioritizes underprivileged students. In addition to her pedagogical work, Ms. Park co-founded the Clio Artist Project in late 2020, a performing artist collective centered around herself, guitarist Nicoletta Todesco, and soprano Emily Donato. Helen Park lives on Long Island with her husband, bassoonist Dr. Dillon Meacham. In addition to Ransom Wilson, her mentors include Carol Wincenc, Michael Parloff, Alexa Still, Michel Debost, Sara Andon, and Soo Yeon Hong.
Chamber Music Coach
Praised for his “warm dark sound, lovely vibrato and impressive staccato tonguing,” Dr. Dillon Meacham is an accomplished bassoonist, teacher, and audio/video producer performing throughout the United States. Dr. Meacham’s diverse orchestral career includes performing with the Hartford Symphony, Greater Bridgeport Symphony, Colorado Springs Philharmonic, New World Symphony, Symphony in C, Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra, Yale Philharmonia, and the Juilliard Orchestra, along with his active freelance work. He also performs frequently with the New York Kammermusiker around the country for a wide variety of audiences. Dr. Meacham gave the acclaimed premiere of a new Concertino for bassoon and orchestra composed by Michael Torke with the Albany Symphony Orchestra. He was a winner of the Eastern Music Festival's concerto competition, where he played the first movement of the W. A. Mozart Bassoon Concerto with orchestra, and he performed at the 2014 International Double Reed Society Conference in New York City. In his hometown of Blacksburg, Virginia, he was a featured soloist with multiple ensembles performing the von Weber Bassoon Concerto. Dr. Meacham was invited to attend the Bowdoin International Music Festival as a Kaplan Fellow, and has also participated in the Sarasota and Canyon Arts Music Festivals, the Banff Centre Master Classes, and the Brevard Music Center. He enjoys refining his artistry and reed-making skills in the summers at the Glickman-Popkin Bassoon Camp in Little Switzerland, North Carolina.
Dr. Meacham earned his doctorate from Stony Brook University, and also holds degrees from the Yale School of Music, The Juilliard School, and the Peabody Conservatory. He has been privileged to study with Frank Morelli, Phillip Kolker, and Barbara Duke, and is the first playing owner of an 11,000 series Heckel bassoon built in 1971.
Administrative Assistant for Festival Alumni Events
Violinist Hyunju Ji has moved audiences in her native South Korea, Canada and the United States with her violin performances. An avid collaborator, Ms. Ji has played with numerous orchestras and chamber groups. She served as the concertmistress at the LIU Post Orchestra, and now regularly performs with the North Shore Symphony Orchestra and Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra. Her recordings include Nick Chapman’s Symphony No. 1 and Majid Khaliq’s Sound of Flower, SorielNY Sessions and solo album “Cantabile”. She played at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) with Mr. Khaliq for sold-out shows. More recently, she joined Traumerei Piano Trio which presented two NYC debut performances at Queensborough Community College (QCC) and DiMenna Center in 2017. Ms. Ji received both her Bachelor of Music (with Summa Cum Laude) and Masters of Art degrees in violin performance and music history/literature from LIU Post. She was awarded scholarships from Dong-A University, Tongbaek Rotary Club (Korea) and LIU Post and was awarded a Fellowship to the Pierrot Chamber Music Festival. Ms. Ji has also participated in masterclasses and educational residences given by notable musicians from the Emerson String Quartet, New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. She has taught violin at Waldorf School of Garden City since 2015, and teaches at Love Violin for Children USA, Inc. Hyunju Ji is a member of Korean Society for Musical Arts and Criticism, solo violinist at Manna Church in NJ and the artistic director at Chamber Players of NY.
Administrative Assistant to the Directors & Editor Festival Alumni Newsletter
Sarah Kadtke a flutist pursuing performance opportunities as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player. In May 2021, she graduated from LIU Post with her undergraduate degree in Instrumental Performance where she studied flute and chamber music with Dr. Susan Deaver. Sarah is currently pursuing her Master of Music degree at the Aaron Copland School of Music where she is studying flute with Keith Underwood and chamber music with Susan Rotholz. In her years at LIU Post, she was a performing flutist and piccolist with of many groups, including Wind Symphony, Wind Ensemble, LIU Orchestra and the Percussion Ensemble. Sarah also actively participated in chamber ensembles throughout her undergraduate studies and had the opportunity to perform as a chamber musician in musical residencies at the Portledge School, Plainview-Old Bethpage JFK High School and at LIU Post, including virtual performances in 2020 and 2021. During her undergraduate studies, Sarah presented both a junior and senior flute recital and had the opportunity to perform in masterclasses at LIU Post and the Pierrot Chamber Music Festival, where she was coached by members of the Shanghai String Quartet and the Knights Orchestra. Sarah attended the Pierrot Chamber Music Festival beginning in 2018 and during the 2019 Festival was awarded with the Binkowski Award for Outstanding Woodwinds. Sarah has been the Administrative Assistant to the Directors of the Pierrot Chamber Music Festival since the summer of 2019.
Link Rossano has been involved with intensive music studies since 2015, when he beganprivate flute lessons with Dr. Susan Deaver. In 2021 he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in
Music from LIU Post where he performed in LIU Post's Tilles Band Festival numerous times and was also active in chamber music. Link has an extensive list of experience with both teaching and performing music, including volunteer work teaching students of all ages as well as performing in various ensembles for artists like Michael Gayle. He particularly harbors an interest in performing musical theatre scores in a pit setting. His primary experience in teaching music is with Island Trees School District's Summer Music Program, in which he taught small classes of students of various ages how to play various instruments. The program also included numerous ensembles in which Link both performed and showed leadership in. His work in administrative positions in vast as well, including secretarial work for the IT Summer Music program, board positions for various clubs and societies including Tri-M, Environmental Club, and more. Link finds comfort in (and has a natural knack for) organization of information both digitally and physically. His knowledge of computers, including countless digital programs including Microsoft Office and its extensions, Google applications, and more, allow him to organize information efficiently and coherently. Link is currently pursuing his Bachelors in Geographic Information Systems at Farmingdale State College, as well as making music in a Long Island-based band called The Going Rate.
Blair Hamrick is a freelance horn player and teacher in New York City. She performed new solo horn and piano pieces in both Belgium and New Mexico in 2019, and took part in two virtual operas in 2020. In the summer of 2020, Blair collaborated on a new commission with Stony Brook composer and professor, Nirmali Fenn, to be premiered at the International Horn Symposium. Blair enjoys collaborating with composers for new music concerts and hopes to invigorate a wave of new and inspired contemporary pieces. Blair is also a member of the New York based horn quartet, Metropolitan Horn Authority, a winner of the “Ensemble Forward” grant program through Chamber Music America for 2020. Blair is currently a Doctoral Candidate in Horn Performance at Stony Brook University in the studio of David Jolley and was a Teaching Assistant to the University Orchestra for two years 2018 through 2020 at Stony Brook University.