Our teachers have a wide breadth of education and experience. We can find the perfect fit for your music student.
Dori Swarthout has a B.M. in Music Education from Mansfield University in Pennsylvania and a Masters in Arts and Liberal Studies from S.U.N.Y. Brockport and is a graduate of the Spencerport School District. Dori plays organ and piano at St. John the Evangelist in Spencerport as well as other churches in the area. She teaches general music and instrumental music at Leo Bernabi Elementary School in Spencerport. In the studio, she teaches piano and keyboard.
Sean Conlon has a B.M. in Music Education from the Crane School of Music where his concentration was tuba and is also a graduate of the Spencerport School District. Sean is an active bassist around the New York area, freelancing and playing with the Uptown Groove and the Brockport Big Band. Sean also plays tuba in the Music Educator’s Wind Ensemble. Sean has opened for such acts as Average White Band, Little Feat, The Subdudes and The Camp Brothers. He is happy to be teaching in his hometown of Spencerport. In the studio, he teaches guitar, bass, brass and piano.
Luke Cornwell holds a B.A. in Theatre and Dance from Wells College, where he played in and led multiple faculty- and student-run music and performance art ensembles. Luke formed his first band in 2008, and has been writing, recording and performing original music ever since. He currently lives in Rochester, where he plays bass guitar and percussion in avant-folk band Multibird, and plays keyboards in space-rock band Treasure Plate. Luke has also written, directed and produced two original stage plays, in 2015 and 2016. In the studio Luke teaches Guitar, Bass Guitar, Ukulele, and Piano
MC Lopez has a B.M. in Music Education from Nazareth College. She teaches general music and instrumental music in the Rochester City School District at World of Inquiry School 58 and Roberto Clemente School 8, respectively. Her primary instruments are piano, organ, and voice. She plays keyboard and sings in Some Ska Band. She is an adjudicator for Rochester Broadway Theater League’s Stars of Tomorrow. In the studio she teaches piano, voice and band instruments.
Laura Mance has a B. S. in Music Education from Nazareth College and a Masters in Music Education and Performance from SUNY Fredonia and is a graduate of the Spencerport School District. Laura teaches vocal music at Spencerport High School. She enjoys singing in her church at St. John the Evangelist in Spencerport as well as solo performing. She teaches voice in the studio.
Carter Stark, 21, was born in Boulder, Colorado, and found himself interested in music from an early age. He took up the guitar at age 6 and began taking lessons through the Childbloom Guitar Program. Starting in middle school, Carter played the oboe in band and orchestra before fully committing to guitar in grade 11. This commitment came with Carter’s decision to attend Interlochen Arts Academy. Here, he studied with Dr. Matthew Cochran. At Interlochen, Carter played in a jazz combo, wrote guitar parts, performed with singer-songwriters, and collaborated with Film majors. He is now in his third year of study at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, with Dr. Nicholas Goluses. Additionally at Eastman, he has had the opportunity to premiere two student-composed works. As well as classical guitar, he studies jazz guitar and contemporary guitar. Carter has years of experience recording, writing, and playing in a group. Carter hopes to achieve a career full of performing and teaching where he can share his love of music with the world.
Dylon Walbridge has a B.S. in Piano Performance from Roberts Wesleyan College. Growing up in the Spencerport School District, Dylon started taking piano lessons at Dori’s at age four. Dylon continued to enroll in the Eastman Community School where he received instruction from Harriet Zimmerman throughout high school. His other teachers include local musicians John Viavattine, Michael Landrum, and Mike Van Allen. Dylon has extensive performing experience including stage productions, solo recitals, collaborative chamber and orchestral work, as well as his experience leading his own Rochester-based jazz quartet, Bearcat and The Birds. He has performed in pit bands for such stage productions as You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown and Les Miserables and performed with the Roberts Wesleyan Community Orchestra, playing the final two movements of George Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F. Dylon has strong backgrounds in classical, jazz, music theory, and composition, and is enthusiastic about teaching students of all ages and skill levels. In the studio, Dylon teaches classical and jazz piano as well as any
Leanne Zito has a B.S. in music education from Roberts Wesleyan College and a M.Ed from University at Buffalo. She has taught 4-6th grade instrumental music at Kendall Central schools for 9 years and has instructed private piano and woodwind lessons for over 10 years. Presently she teaches middle school bands and jazz bands at East Rochester School District. Leanne’s primary instruments are piano and flute and has performed in the Hilton Gazebo Band for the past 5 years. She performs on organ and piano at local churches and has performed in several pit orchestras in the Rochester area. In her spare time she likes to run and spend time with her family. She teaches woodwinds and piano.
Laura Sachaczenski has a B.M. in Music Education from West Chester University of Pennsylvania and is a graduate from Wyoming Area School District. Laura has had high level performance experience on clarinet and percussion in West Chester University’s ensembles as well as world class drum corps and indoor percussion groups. These performances include national professional music conferences and have spanned over two foreign countries abroad. Laura currently teaches general music at Leo Bernabi Elementary School and has had a meaningful student teaching experience, instructing K-6 general music and 9-12 high school band. Throughout her experience in a teacher’s college program, she has taught percussion and woodwind sections in marching bands and indoor percussion programs. She has also taught strings lessons in a virtual format. In the studio she teaches band instruments, piano, ukulele and beginning strings.