SUSAN ALTABET Voice, Piano, Flute/Recorder LTCL in Voice Trinity College, 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 Voice M.M. Westminster Choir College, 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 Voice M.M. University of Illinois, 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.
KEIJI ISHIGURI Voice, Piano, A Capella Group, Arranger and Composer B.A. Yale University
KEIJI ISHIGURI (B.A. Yale University) is a professional teacher, pianist, music director, arranger, and composer throughout Westchester and New York City. He is dedicated to enriching young lives with music, whether through composing original musicals with high school students at the PlayGroup Theater of White Plains, exploring musical theater history with elementary school students at the Patricia DiChiaro School of Yonkers, or teaching piano and voice right here at the Crestwood Music Education Center.
Keiji has a special interest in vocal ensemble music, having served as the director for the Yale Whiffenpoofs, the Lost Keys of New York, and currently, Crestwood Music’s own teen ensemble, Tempo Tantrum. His a cappella arrangements have been performed all over the globe and have even been featured on such shows as Fox’s Glee. A seven-movement cycle of his work, entitled The Book of Rounds, has recently been published by Hal Leonard.
When not making music, Keiji enjoys swimming, Bananagrams, and spoiling his niece (who is also a pianist and singer!)
Feel free to e-mail Keiji (email@example.com) for more information on a cappella singing at Crestwood music.
SALLY WILLIAMS Voice/Piano M.M. Il Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia, B.M. Hartt College of Music
Sally Williams has enjoyed an extensive vocal performance career, both in opera and on Broadway. Ms. Williams made her Broadway debut in 1979 in The Most Happy Fella, starring Giorgio Tozzi. She also performed in The Sound of Music with Debbie Boone at Lincoln Center and Camelot, first with Richard Burton and then with Richard Harris. For the past ten years, Sally Williams has performed and understudied the role of Madame Giry in the Broadway production of The Phantom of the Opera. She played the same role in both the Basel, Switzerland production, the Hamburg, Germany production and two American national tours.
Ms. Williams has performed principal operatic roles with New York City Opera, Atlanta Opera, Lake George Opera Festival, Opera Company of Boston, Opera New England, Artists International, Providence Opera Theater, Newport Opera Festival, Rockland Opera, Des Moines Metropolitan Opera, Springfield Symphony Opera, and New England Operetta. She has been a principal soloist with countless oratorio and chamber music concerts in New York, including the New York Philharmonic Young People’s Concerts at Avery Fisher Hall.
Ms. Williams holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Hartt College of Music and did her graduate study at Il Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia in Rome. She has been a private voice teacher and vocal coach since 1980.