CHIME Teaching Staff



John Connolly, CHIME Program Director

Before arriving in the United States, John Connolly was an active performer. In 2011, he successfully auditioned for the position of second trombone with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra (BBCSSO) and appeared on numerous occasions across their season including serving as principle trombone in January 2012. He also frequently worked with the Royal Northern Sinfonia playing second trombone to some of the United Kingdom’s best trombone players including Helen Vollam, principle trombone of the BBC Symphony Orchestra (London) and Simon Cowen, principle trombone of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.

As an orchestra trombonist, John has worked with world-class conductors including Donald Runnicles (BBCSSO, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra), Andrew Manze (NDR Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, BBCSSO), Paul Watkins (Emerson String Quartet) and Mario Venzago (Bern Symphony Orchestra, Tapiola Sinfonietta).

John Studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (RSAMD) under Simon Johnson, principle trombone of the BBCSSO. During his time at the RSAMD, John studied with some of the world’s leading brass performers and technicians including Kristian Steenstrup, Alison Balsom, Chris Holding, Ian Bousfield, Mark Nightingale, Hakan Björkman and Jonas Bylund.

As a music educator, John is a passionate advocate of the Sistema movement, he served for three years as lead teacher for England’s Sistema-inspired In Harmony program. During that time, he was selected to tour Venezuela with the directors of the six English-based Sistema programs, and in 2014, was chosen as the lower brass teacher for Sistema Europe at its annual summer music camp in Istanbul. In addition to his work with the Sistema movement he has also served as music director for Music Partnership North and as low brass tutor for the Centre for Advanced Training at Sage Gateshead.

John is thrilled to start a new chapter of his life in the US taking on the challenge of launching the CHIME program, and he is excited to bring his experiences of Sistema and music education to the underserved youth of the Capitol Region.

Cheryl Kinkelaer, CHIME Assistant Director

Cheryl has been a teacher at the Montessori school in Florida for a number of years. She brings a wealth of experience to the program and will be serving as the program assistant at ESYO CHIME program at Yates Elementary School in Schenectady.


Monica Wilson-Roach, CHIME Strings Teaching Artist

Monica has taught in the Music Advancement Program at the Juilliard School, an outreach division of the Pre-College Program. She was member of the ESYO cello section when in high school, serves as one of our cello coaches, and has a private cello studio. A member of the jazz trio Ten27, she is active as a performer and recording artist of contemporary music and jazz. Monica founded the summer cello choir, Tutti Celli.

Keith Reynolds, CHIME Brass Teaching Artist

Until his retirement in June 2011, Keith was Director of Bands at Albany High School where he created the Wind Ensemble program. During his 38 years in the Albany School District Keith taught all grade levels of instrumental music. He was the Music Department Chairperson for four years and conducted many All City Programs with both Band and Choral groups. Keith can be heard as a trumpet soloist at area concerts and weddings and plays at St. Vincent de Paul Church most Sundays. He has written many compositions and arrangements for band and also has a private trumpet studio. He has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music Education from The College of Saint Rose.

Richard Brodwin, CHIME Teaching Artist

Richard holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Julliard School of Music in New York. He has held positions with the Orquesta Sinfonica de Galicia (Spain), Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Albany Symphony Orchestra. An ESYO alumnus, Richard has served as violin adjudicator for ESYO auditions. He will be based at ESYO CHIME program at Yates Magnet Elementary School in Schenectady

Susan Gierthy, CHIME Teaching Artist

ESYO alumna, Susan is an oboist, woodwind specialist, and music educator. She has nearly 10 years of public school teaching experience in the Capital Region and teaches privately and at the Cady School of Music. She is the 2nd oboist for the Capital Region Wind Ensemble, a member of Zephyr Winds, a frequent doubler and pit musician for musical performances in the Capital Region, and a freelance performer. Susan earned her Master of Music degree in Multiple Woodwinds from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and her Bachelor of Music in Music Education from SUNY Fredonia.

Rowan Harvey, CHIME Teaching Artist

Matthew Johnson, CHIME Teaching Artist

Matt is an active performer and teacher within the Capitol Region. He holds an master’s degree in music from Boston University and is currently a faculty member of the College of Saint Rose. As a performer, he has performed across the United States in many different ensembles from opera and symphony orchestras to quartets and chamber ensembles. Matt has served as viola coach and adjudicator for ESYO for many years. Matt will be based at ESYO CHIME program at Yates Magnet Elementary School in Schenectady.

Anneliese Kellogg, CHIME Teaching Artist

Anneliese graduated from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA with a Bachelor of Music Education. While at PLU she studied percussion with Miho Takekawa, voice with Holly Boaz, and conducting with Dr. Edwin Powell. Annelise also had the opportunity to study education abroad in Chennai, India, as well as travel with the Wind Ensemble and University Orchestra to China, Germany, and France while participating in musical exchanges and performances. She was an elementary general music, choir, and folk dance teacher in Indianapolis, IN, as well as middle school concert band, jazz band, pep band, and parade band teacher in Tacoma, WA. She played percussion in the Washington Wind Symphony. Here in upstate New York she continues to play percussion in several community groups, as well as lead the contemporary praise band at her church and sing in her church choir.

Mike Lawrence, CHIME Teaching Artist

Mike is a Capital Region-based bassist and educator. He’s recorded with jazz greats Joe Locke (vibes), Bruce Barth (piano) and Gary Smulyan (baritone saxophone) alongside his friend and drummer Michael Benedict with the Gary McFarland Legacy Ensemble, and has performed live in concert with Bopitude featuring Gary Smulyan, Chris Pasin, and Brian Patneaude. Mike teaches upright bass, electric bass and other stringed instruments and has been involved with numerous jazz festivals, clinics and workshops around the region. Mike will be a visiting teaching artist at ESYO’s CHIME program at Yates Magnet Elementary School in Schenectady.

Lillierose Ruby-Eck, CHIME Teaching Artist

Lillierose is a recent graduate of the College of Saint Rose, achieving her bachelor’s degree in music education. She frequently performs around the Capitol Region with various ensembles playing violin, viola and double bass! She is an accomplished artist and her artwork has featured in many published string tutor books. Lillierose will be based at ESYO CHIME program at Yates Magnet Elementary School in Schenectady.

Bridie Schnore, CHIME Teaching Artist

Bridie is currently studying at SUNY Fredonia working towards her degree in music education. She has taught in a variety of settings ranging from pre K to working with students with disabilities. She also works with John Keal Music as a string technician. Bridie is an alumnus of ESYO and will be the general music teacher and violin teaching artist at ESYO CHIME program at Yates Elementary School in Schenectady.

Elizabeth Swift, CHIME Teaching Artist

Jacqueline Wright, CHIME Teaching Artist

Jacqueline holds a Master of Music degree in Flute Performance from the University of Michigan and a Master of Music degree in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Florida as well as Bachelors of Music degrees in Flute Performance and Music Education from the University of Rhode Island all summa cum laude. Over the last 10 years, Jacqueline has been very active as a performer, conductor, and teacher. In addition to maintaining her large private flute studio, she is the principal flutist of the Capital Region Wind Ensemble and has performed with a number of area ensembles, including the Glens Falls Symphony, Albany Pro Musica, the Troy Children’s Chorus, Burnt Hill Oratorio Society, and Jubilate Singers of Delmar, NY.

Cante Yacobellis, CHIME Teaching Artist