Kerry Koen '74
She teaches piano at Colgate and is our foremost student accompanist. She is active in community performances and maintains her own studio in the village of Hamilton. Master's in Piano Performance, Syracuse University.
Rick Montalbano, Teacher of Jazz Piano
Montalbano is a talented composer and performer whose performance credits include a long list of well-known jazz artists. He currently runs the Music Factory Recording Studio in Rome, N.Y. Montalbano's original compositions have been heard in a variety of contexts -- from jazz trios to big band productions to radio commercials and film scores. In 1992, he released an album of his own compositions entitled "Kindred Spirits." He has performed with the likes of Chuck Mangione, Phil Woods, Grady Tate, Randy Brecker, Louie Bellson, Lionel Hampton, Don Menza, Clark Terry, Joe Mangarelli, J.T. Monterose, Nick Brignola, and Doc Cheatham and served as pianist/musical director for singer Lou Rawls for several years. Montalbano is the Entertainment Director/Pianist for the Savoy (Rome, N.Y.), where he created the Sunday Night "Jazz Cabaret Series" along with one of the area's most popular events, "Jazz Along the Mohawk," which features some of the country's finest jazz musicians and vocalists. The Rick Montalbano Trio served for many years as the "house" group at Tiny's, then the area's premier jazz club in Utica, backing up national and regional jazz greats. Montalbano also serves as the Associate Music Director for the Central New York Jazz Orchestra.
Neva Pilgrim, Artist-in-Residence, Voice
She has concertized throughout the United States, in Japan, Canada, and Europe; has soloed with such orchestras as the Chicago, Syracuse, Brooklyn, Clarion, and New York Philharmonic; and has performed over 25 operatic roles with companies in the United States and Europe. Pilgrim has appeared at festivals such as Marlboro, Tanglewood, Chautauqua, Ravinia, and the Saratoga Baroque Festival. She has recorded for CRI, Desto, Orion, Spectrum, and Musical Heritage, Master Musicians, Opus One, Leonarda, and other labels. As a founding member of the Syracuse Society for New Music, she was awarded the 1994 Laurel Leaf Award. Pilgrim has received numerous awards and grants for her performances and services to the field. BA, Hamline University; MM, Yale.
Darryl Pugh, Teacher of Bass [acoustic and electric]
He is principal bassist in the Colgate University Orchestra, and is also a member of the Syracuse Symphony. He has performed with Frank Moser Jr., Joe Magnarelli, the Central New York Jazz Orchestra and many others. His unique abilities to teach both jazz and classical techniques make him a double-threat. Bachelor's in music, Berklee College of Music; Master's in jazz performance, Eastman School of Music.
Barbara Rabin, Teacher of Clarinet
She is principal clarinet in the Colgate University Orchestra and performs often throughout New York as a soloist and chamber artist, including performances with the New York Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, the Syracuse Symphony, the Society for New Music, and at the Skaneateles Festival. She also teaches at Hamilton College. BA, Wellesley College; MA, Wesleyan University.
Jeff Stockham, Trumpeter/Hornist
He is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and a veteran of the renowned Eastman Jazz Ensemble. His performance credits include the Central New York Jazz Orchestra, Salt City Jazz Collective, JazzBone, Gap Mangione, Danny D'Imperio's Big Band Bloviation, the Syracuse Symphony, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and many others. He is also one of the few musicians worldwide to play jazz on French horn. He is trumpeter and French hornist in Thelonius Monk Jr.'s "Monk on Monk" big band, with which he toured Europe, Israel, and the United States several times.