Faculty Structure

The music faculty, which consists of 17 regular and guest faculty, along with 17 Affiliate Artists and Special Appointments, continues the Sarah Lawrence tradition of having working professional musicians as instrumental, vocal, and composition teachers.


  • Chester Biscardi (Director; Composition)
  • Martin Goldray (Piano, History)
  • Hilda Harris (Voice)
  • Eddye Pierce-Young (Voice)
  • Carsten Schmidt (Piano, Harpsichord)
  • John Yannelli (Composition & Technology)
  • Thomas Young (Voice)


  • Glenn Alexander (Jazz)
  • William Anderson (Guitar)
  • Niko Higgins (Ethnomusicology)
  • Paul Kerekes (Composition & Theory)
  • Bari Mort (Piano)
  • Patrick Muchmore (Composition & Theory)
  • Patrick Romano (Choral Ensembles)
  • Wayne Sanders (Voice)
  • Sungrai Sohn (Violin, Chamber music)

Affiliate Artists & Special Appointments

Our Affiliate Artist Program consists of an adjunct faculty which teaches all instruments—except piano and voice which are taught by part- or full-time faculty on campus—and includes classical and jazz guitarists, early music performers, sight-singing and dictation teachers, and additional affiliate artists drawn from the New York Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and New York's and Westchester's professional community of performers, composers, and conductors. Lessons are arranged by audition. Affiliate artists often participate in readings of new student works, one outlet of which is the Composers' Workshop, as well as playing in student chamber ensembles at least once a semester on campus. Numerous artists make frequent guest appearances in conjunction with Master Classes and the Concert Series.

Individual Instruction (Composition, Piano, Voice, Instrument)

  • Composition—Chester Biscardi, Patrick Muchmore, Paul Kerekes, John Yannelli
  • Guitar (acoustic), Banjo & Mandolin—William Anderson
  • Guitar (jazz/blues)—Glenn Alexander
  • Bass (jazz/blues)—Bill Moring
  • Harpsichord & Fortepiano—Carsten Schmidt
  • Harpsichord—Carsten Schmidt
  • Piano—Chester Biscardi, Martin Goldray, Bari Mort, Carsten Schmidt
  • Piano (jazz)—Billy Lester
  • Voice—Hilda Harris, Eddye Pierce-Young, Wayne Sanders, Thomas Young
  • Flute—Roberta Michel
  • Oboe—James Smith
  • Clarinet—Igor Begelman
  • Bassoon—James Jeter
  • Trumpet—Jon Owens
  • Tuba—Andrew Bove
  • Percussion—Matt Wilson (drum set)
  • Percussion—Ian Antonio (mallet)
  • Harp—Kirsten Agresta
  • Violin—Sung Rai Sohn
  • Viola—Daniel Panner
  • Violoncello—James Wilson
  • Contrabass—Mark Helias