Teachers

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.

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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.

Melissa Davis is currently serving as the Music Specialist for the Arc of Monroe County’s Ballantyne Day Services Center, providing musical enrichment to geriatric adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She has a Bachelors Degree in Music Education from Nazareth College and a Masters in Music Education from Roberts Wesleyan, with concentrations in both strings and general music. Melissa’s primary instrument is viola, which she currently plays as part of the Brighton Symphony Orchestra and the local string quartet “Pizzicatomus”. In the studio, Melissa teaches violin, viola, cello, and string bass.

Nora Hampton has a B.S. in Music Education from Roberts Wesleyan College. Nora is a retired general music teacher. In the studio, she teaches piano and keyboard.

Josh Achiron is from Atlanta, Georgia and has been playing guitar for 16 years. Over the years Josh has been performing regularly around Atlanta, Asheville, Jacksonville, New York, Rochester and Toronto. Joshua is pursuing his dual degree in Classical and Jazz guitar performance at the Eastman school in Rochester NY. Joshua has had opportunities to share the stage with the likes of Bob Mintzer, John Daversa, Robin Eubanks, Bobby Floyd, Billy Harper, Bob Snieder and Rich Thompson which has heightened his pedigree as a performer. Josh continues to seek out enriching opportunities and make connections along the way. In the studio, he teaches guitar.

Chris Palace has a Music Production/Audio Engineering degree from the University of Rochester. Chris strives to spread positivity through his music and his teaching. He is both a dedicated teacher and active performer. Chris has toured both internationally and nationally and has recorded on numerous records. He has been fortunate to study under amazing musicians and educators such as Chase Ellison at the Eastman School of Music, Mark Walker at Berklee, Henry Cole, Juan Mejia, Jon Butterworth,  Kerfala “Fana” Bangoura, and Bill Tiberio. Chris has been drumming for over 10 years and has been gigging professionally for over 6 years, performing in a variety of contexts, including jazz ensembles, funk bands, hip hop groups, singer-songwriters, folk/rock bands and pop bands. He cultivates a unique sound at the drums, combining elements of African, Caribbean, and South American rhythms with traditional Western grooves to create something entirely fresh and powerful. Chris strives to inspire his students to have a love, passion, and excitement for music by tailoring his lessons towards each student’s unique goals and interests while simultaneously providing them with a strong basis in the fundamentals of music, drumming, and improvisation. In the studio, he teaches Percussion.

Samantha Heagerty has a BM in Music Education from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, and a Master’s in Elementary and Special Education from Roberts Wesleyan College. She is primarily a clarinet player and plays in the Eastman Music Educator’s Wind Ensemble. Samantha currently teaches general and instrumental music at Holley Elementary. In the studio, she teaches woodwinds, guitar, ukulele and piano.

Emily Hutchinson has a B.S. in Music Performance from Roberts Wesleyan College and is passionate about teaching all ages and skill levels. She has appeared as a concerto soloist with four orchestras, and in 2015 she was a winner of the National Flute Association Collegiate Flute Choir Competition, performing at the NFA Convention in Washington, D.C. She was selected as the principal flutist in the New England Intercollegiate Band and has flute choir, wind ensemble, orchestral, and accompanying experience. At the studio, Emily teaches flute, piano, and piccolo.

Danielle Kearsley holds a Masters Degree in vocal performance and literature from the Eastman School of Music, and a Bachelor’s in voice from Houghton College. Danielle has had a 20 year career as a singer of Opera and Musical theater in the Greater Rochester area as well as Rome, Italy and New York City. Some of her favorite roles include Maria in “West Side Story”, Fiordiligi in “Cosi Fan Tutte”, and Angelica in “Suor Angelica”. Although life gets crazy sometimes as a mom of three busy teenagers, Danielle still sings as often as she can. Danielle has had the privilege  of teaching voice lessons at Dori’s Music Studio since 1999. She loves helping her students to grow as performers and to develop a lifelong love of music. Danielle is proud to be the vocal director for both the Stage Drama musical productions at Spencerport High school, and the Cave Drama musicals at Cosgrove Middle School. In addition to her love of music, Danielle has a heart for special needs children and works during the day as a Teachers Assistant at Mary Cariola Childrens Center. She is currently in the process of pursuing her special education certification.

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.

Adam Scoville has a B. M. in Music Education from Roberts Wesleyan College and a Masters in Music Therapy from Nazareth College. He is a music sub in many schools in the area. Adam is also the lead singer of the band, Index Patient. In the studio he teaches brass, guitar, bass guitar, piano and voice.

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.

Greg Doscher has a B.M. in Music Education from the Eastman School of Music. He teaches at Autumn Lane Elementary School in Greece, as well as playing piano and  organ for the Spencerport UCC. Additionally, Greg leads Zimbabwean marimba bands through the Eastman Community Music School, taking groups to play at elementary schools and public spaces around Rochester. In the studio, he teaches piano and percussion.