Susan Altabet LTCL in Voice, Trinity College and LTCL in Flute, Trinity College
Susan Altabet has been teaching voice, flute, recorders, and piano for over 30 years privately. She has been on the faculty of the Adirondack Vocal Workshop, the Diller-Quaille School of Music, and since 1998 has been teaching at Crestwood Music Education Center. As a member of the acclaimed Gregg Smith Singers for 30 years she toured the US and abroad and she performs in other choruses, churches, and synagogues throughout the New York metropolitan area.Susan holds LTCL’s in Voice and Flute from Trinity College of Music London and did specialized studies in early music at Koninklijk Conservatorium Den Haag and Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basel. Her teachers include Morag Noble, Andrea von Roman, Nancy Wertsch, Lenora Eve, Judith Hall, and Kathleen Nester.
Rachel Barker-Asto M.M. Westminster Choir College and B.A. King University
Rachel Barker-Asto, soprano, has been praised for her “bel canto chops, with a bright, lyric coloratura sound and highly nuanced and endearing performances.” In August 2018, Rachel sang the American premiere of Salieri’s La Cifra in New York City with Dell’arte Opera Ensemble. Other roles include Queen of the Night, Adina, Pamina, Drusilla, Gilda, and Susannah. She has been a participant in the Caramoor Festival, studying and performing operas from the bel canto period. Rachel is a frequent recitalist, often focusing on music from the 20th and 21st centuries. She has premiered works of current composers such as Paul Moravec, Beth P. McCoy, Evelyn Kopitzke, Ann Holler, Mark L. Williams, and Kenton Coe. Performances with chamber groups include The Sebastians and The Paramount Chambers Players. Other solo engagements include various oratorio works such as Barber’s Prayers of Kierkegaard, Handel’s Messiah, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, and Brahm’s Ein Deutches Requiem. Rachel has created a career that embraces teaching and performance. She is passionate about teaching classical, music theatre, and contemporary commercial styles.
Jane Askins M.M. University of Illinois and B.M. Illinois Wesleyan University
Mezzo soprano Jane Askins holds a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance from Illinois Wesleyan University and a Master of Music in vocal performance from the University of Illinois. She is the recipient of many prestigious honors including the President Club Award for Fine Arts and the Delta Omicron Award for Outstanding Musicianship and has been designated as a Presser Foundation Scholar. Ms. Askins has an extensive vocal career as an opera and oratorio singer. Formerly a member of the New York Choral Artists, she has performed in chorus with the New York City Opera. Most recently, she participated in the Verbier Music Festival in Switzerland and the Bard Summer Scape in upstate New York. She also serves on the faculty at the French-American School of Music in New York City.
Richard Siegel (Jazz)
Rich Siegel has been a fixture on the New York music scene for many years, has appeared in top piano rooms including Bemelman’s at the Carlyle and Peacock Alley at the Waldorf-Astoria, top jazz clubs including Birdland and the Blue Note, and has appeared in piano rooms, jazz clubs, and festivals all over the world, including in France, Japan, Canada, Mexico, and West Africa. Rich appeared in the Off-Broadway shows “Our Sinatra” and “Jacques Brel Returns”. He has provided piano accompaniment for many prominent singers in the jazz, cabaret, and pop genres. Currently, he enjoys regular appearances at the Merion Inn in Cape May, NJ, and is Music Minister at Unity Church in Montclair, NJ. His peace activist CD “The Way to Peace” has received critical acclaim.