Community Arts


Matthew Russell is an engaging performer, acclaimed for trombone playing of great beauty, rich sonority, and eloquent phrasing. With his strongly lyrical approach, he is a versatile artist, equally comfortable performing solo, chamber and orchestral music. 

French Horn

Joshua Schwartz is a doctoral candidate at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, where he studies under the tutelage of Richard Deane. Schwartz previously earned his Master of Music from Rutgers University and holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Miami. At Rutgers, Schwartz is a member of the Graduate Brass Quintet and has taught secondary horn lessons.


Hannah Aberin graduated cum laude with a bachelor of arts degree in music and a bachelor of science degree in business analytics and information technology from Rutgers University. In addition to teaching the Kids Create! summer camp and Young Maestros class at Rutgers Community Arts, Hannah teaches piano at Raritan Music Center in Raritan.


Flutist Schuyler Thornton is a dynamic performer and teacher based in the Tri-State area. She has performed as principal flute with the Rockbridge Symphony, Waynesboro Symphony Orchestra, and Sewanee Music Festival. A versatile musician, Schuyler especially enjoys playing in pit orchestras, and recently finished her first season as co-principal flute of the Ohio Light Opera. She has performed with Opera at Rutgers for the past two years and was previously principal flute of the College Light Opera Company for four seasons while also serving as orchestra manager.

Little Knights & Choristers Instructor

Haley Scott is a performer, a music teacher, and a conductor. She holds a bachelor of music degree in music education with a concentration in voice from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. She is currently a music teacher at Village Elementary School in Holmdel, NJ. Miss Scott is also the conductor of the Little Knights and Choristers ensembles with the Rutgers Children’s Choir.

Cello Faculty

Sarah Bish made her solo debut in 2008, performing with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic after winning first prize in the Virtuoso-in-Progress Concerto Competition. She earned her master’s in music in cello performance from the University of Massachusetts Amherst; bachelor of music in cello performance at the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM.

Her principal teachers include Jonathan Spitz, Astrid Schween, Merry Peckham, and Madeleine Golz, with additional instruction from Steven Doane, Timothy Eddy, and Alisa Weilerstein.

Cello Faculty

Eunok Kim, a South Korean native, is a candidate for a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in classical piano performance from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. She received her master’s of music from the Manhattan School of Music with Dean’s List honors, and earned a full scholarship to study for her Bachelor of Music degree from Keimyung University in South Korea, and graduated as valedictorian.