Faculty: String & Others


String & Others Faculty Members
Elizabeth MacCorquodale

Elizabeth MacCorquodale Violin

Canadian born, Ms. Elizabeth MacCorquodale is currently a doctoral candidate in Music and Arts. She received her Masters Degree in violin performance from Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Graz (Austria).

As a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral member, Elizabeth has performed all over Europe, Asia, and the Americas, winning prizes in Canada, United States, and Austria such as the the Concurso International Violin Competition; International Chamber Competition in Graz; BC Arts Council Competition; Columbus State University Concerto Competition; LaGrange Young Artist’s Competition; Atlanta Community Concerto Competition; Canadian National Chamber Competition and Canadian National Music Festival Violin Competition.

A dedicated teacher as well as performer, Elizabeth has been actively involved in the training of young violinists in NY and abroad, serving on the faculty of the Pre-College division of Stony Brook University as well as Joyous Music Schools in Long Island . Elizabeth’s students have won awards and scored top grades in the New York State NYSMA exams.

Ms. Elizabeth’ Teaching Philosophy:

The potential of every child is unlimited. I am committed to work with students of all ages to build a love of music, good work habits and outstanding achievement in every student beyond their expectations.

Aria Kitaguchi

Aria Kitaguchi Violin

Osaka born Japanese violinist Aria Kitaguchi came to the US at the age of 16 to study at Interlochen Arts Academy. She has had solo performances at the Osaka International Music Competition where she was a finalist; the National Opera Center, Church of Christ and Saint Stephens in NYC, Mannes’ Goldmark Hall, Plattsburgh Memorial Chapel, the Meadowmount School of Music in Westport, NY and the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival in Vermont. In addition to her love of standard repertoire for violin and piano, Ms. Kitaguchi is frequently heard playing 20th century compositions by Respighi and Szymanowski. She holds a Master of Music and bachelor’s degree from Mannes College for Music where she studied with Ann Setzer to whom she was a teaching assistant at Meadowmount. Her previous teachers include Paul Sonner and Chin Kim. She is also registered as a Suzuki Method Violin Teacher for the early music training.

Clara Kim

Clara Kim Cello

Clara Kim, cellist, music educator. A native of South Korea, Ms. Kim was awarded full scholarship in Jeonju University in 2008. In the same year, she became a prize winner in the Korean National Music Institution Competition. She has been invited to play in master classes with cellists such as Heisong Song. For many years, Ms. Kim was a member of Jeonju Philharmonic Orchestra and 12 Cellist Philharmonic Ensemble under the baton of conductor Gum Nanse. Currently, Ms. Kim is pursuing her master of degree in cello performance in NYU. As a teacher, Ms. Kim inspires her students to love music and develops their passion of the instrument.

Jessica Zhu

Jessica Zhu Violin

Jessica Zhu was born into a musical family in Hangzhou, China. She began her violin lessons at the age of 5 with her father, a violinist with the Zhejiang Symphony Orchestra. At the age of 9, she came to the U.S with her family and continued her violin studies with world-renowned violinist Wei-Gang Li, principal violinist of the Shanghai Quartet and Hong-Guang Jia, the assistant concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. After graduating high school, Ms. Zhu continued her love for the violin by attending top ranked music conservatories. Among the conservatories she attended were the music school at Carnegie Mellon University, SUNY Purchase Conservatory as well as the Manhattan School of Music where she studied with Laurie Smukler and earned her Bachelor of Music in violin performance in 2007. Shortly after graduating college, Ms. Zhu discovered her love for teaching and thereafter earned her Master’s degree in music education from the Steinhardt School of Education at New York University. After earning her Master’s degree, Ms. Zhu has held position as an Orchestra Director at public schools in Long Island, New York. As an orchestra director, Ms. Zhu has coached chamber ensembles, NYSSMA Solo Festivals, All-County Festivals, as well as Music in the Parks Festivals in New Jersey where her symphonic orchestra has won 1st prize for consecutive years since she began teaching there.

Madeleine Bouissou

Madeleine Bouissou Cello

Educated at The Juilliard School under Natasha Brofsky and Minhye Clara Kim, cellist Madeleine Bouïssou is an active teacher and performer. She has performed as a chamber musician in various venues including Carnegie Hall. Madeleine has also appeared as a soloist with numerous orchestras including the Ridgefield Symphony and the American Chamber Orchestra. As an active chamber musician, Madeleine has performed with various groups coached by Liv Glaser, Noam Sivan, Vivian Weilerstein, Sylvia Rosenberg, Jerome Lowenthal, Nicholas Mann, as well as members of the Peabody Trio, Shanghai String Quartet, and the Colorado String Quartet.

During her time away from New York she has had the privilege to play for many noteworthy musicians and teachers around the world. In France these teachers included Philippe Muller, Jérôme Pernoo, Alain Meunier, and Diana Ligeti; in The Netherlands, Lluís Claret; and in South Korea both Chung Kyung Wha and Chung Myung Wha.

Joenne Dumitrascu

Joenne Dumitrascu Violin

Canadian Violinist Joenne Dumitrascu is currently a doctoral candidate in Stony Brook University in New York where she also serves as a faculty member in the college division. Born in 1988, Ms. Joenne received her Bachelor degree from the Royal Music Conservatory “Glenn Gould” in Toronto and her master degree in Boston Conservatory of Music. She has been a prize winner in International Chamber Music Competition Glenn Gould at Royal Conservatory and Regional Competition Ontario Music Festivals Associations. As a performer, Ms. Joenne has appeared as soloist with Boston Civic Symphony, Wellesley Symphony Orchestra, Oakville Chamber Orchestra and New York International Chamber Orchestra.


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