Our Faculty

Talented working musicians as well as highly educated and experienced teachers, our faculty are incredibly important in the musical education of your children.

As founder and director of The Music Studio, Noel Liberty created, established, and developed the educational programs of The Music Studio, as well as wrote the books used in the Music Fundamentals curriculum.

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Joseph Fennimore made his orchestral concerto debut at 13, and New York City debut 13 years later on the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Young Artist Series. Earning an undergrad degree from Eastman, an MS from Juilliard  and winning a national competition enabled Mr. Fennimore to tour the USA and Japan for the State Department. After winning…

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Heather Ferlo is a singer, pianist, and music teacher with a bachelor of music in vocal performance from The Crane School of Music. She grew up in the Capital Region and began her music education at The Music Studio, where she studied music fundamentals and piano for twelve years under Noel Liberty. At Crane, she…

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Brian Halliday is a pianist and educator from Clifton Park, New York. He grew up in the Capital Region, attended Shenendehowa High School, and took advantage of many of the music programs the school and region offered, including Empire State Youth Jazz Ensemble, NYSSMA All-State Jazz Ensemble and the NAfME All-Eastern Jazz Ensemble. Mr. Halliday…

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Patricia Keyes holds a bachelor’s degree in piano performance and music theory from Boston University, where she studied with Tong-il Han. She received a master’s degree in piano performance at Indiana University, Bloomington (studying with Michel Block) and a DMA in piano performance from Boston University (Maria Clodes-Jaguaribe). Her performing career includes a stint as…

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Beth McLaughlin is a Board Certified Music Therapist who developed and directed the music therapy program at Wildwood, a school for students with neurological impairments. There she provided music therapy and adapted piano instruction to students age 5–21 for 35 years. Ms. McLaughlin received her Master’s Degree in Music Education from the College of Saint Rose….

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A teacher at The Music Studio for more than twenty-five years, Shirley Myers also serves as Organist at Christ our Light Church in Loudonville and Our Lady of the Assumption in Latham.

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  A member of The Music Studio faculty for five years, Nina Vepritskaya studied at the Municipal Music School in St. Petersburg, Russia. She then continued on to the St. Petersburg Conservatory, where she studied piano with Professor N.P. Korihalova. Deciding against a career as a professional pianist, Ms. Vepritskaya was awarded a Master’s Degree…

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Mary Rosch was raised in Albany, New York, and graduated from Albany High. She has a degree in English and French from SUNY Geneseo, and spent time in Paris and New York before returning to Albany. She is “proud and passionate” about her hometown. Her career has focused on small business: she was an assistant…

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