Staff biographies

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Sue On, B.A. music business and music education with a concentration in classical performance, is a graduate of William Paterson University where she served as orchestra concertmaster under the direction of Sandra Dackow. Additionally, she studied violin with the late Cynthia Prentice, Claudia Tondi, Franco Gennarelli, and Grammy nominated jazz 

violinist Scott Tixier. She has also studied conducting at the New York Grand Opera alongside the founder, and esteemed Juilliard professor, Vincent La Selva. Ms. On is also a section violinist with the South Florida Symphony Orchestra which tours from Key West to Fort Lauderdale during the winter months.  When Ms. On is not  on tour performing you can find her conducting a youth orchestra or  teaching at her home studio in New Jersey. Sue is passionately devoted to sharing her love of music with students of all ages. During the summer, she travels across the nation to various Suzuki Institutes, where she teaches violin, piano, and music history.

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Vincent Novellino is a freelance violinist who performs with orchestras, musical theater companies, and at private engagements throughout the tri-state area. He is proud of his efforts to promote music education and appreciation to the next generation of musicians. A member of the New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra since

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Robert Anderson earned a B.A. in Music Education from the Kean University Conservatory of Music, where he received the Nadia and Fritz Lambert Memorial Scholarship, a full tuition scholarship for four years. At Kean he studied violin with Brennan Sweet, Associate Concertmaster of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and served as the University Orchestras Concertmaster. He has orchestral experience with various community orchestras, and has 

been playing with NJIO as the conductor of the Prelude Ensemble and the concertmaster of the Intermezzo Orchestra. Robert has been hired as an Elementary Orchestra teacher for Summit Public Schools serving three of the city’s elementary music programs.

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Beth Maliszewski is a violist, violinist and music educator originally from Chatham.  She has been the conductor of the NJIO Prelude Ensemble and the Intermezzo Orchestra Violin II coach since September 2019.  She is currently the Orchestra Director at Herbert Hoover Middle School in Edison, where she coordinates an annual concert festival with 350 students.  Beth graduated from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University with a degree in Music Education, summa cum laude.   She then received a Master’s degree, with a  concentration in Music Education, from Ithaca 

College.  Beth has been a guest lecturer at the NJ  Music Educators State Convention and Summer Conference.  Born to two New Jersey music educators, Beth has been actively involved in music her entire life. She is happy and excited to be back in the building where she spent her formative years as a young member of the New Jersey Youth Symphony

1997, Mr. Novellino joined the staff in 2005 as a mentor and principal 2nd violinist. In 2004, Mr. Novellino joined the New Jersey Youth Theatre (formerly WYACT) as string coordinator and concert master for the summer productions staged at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) and the Algonquin Theater in Manasquan. He maintains a private teaching studio in his Springfield home as well as at Newark Academy in Livingston, where he also serves as string coach.

Mr. Novellino has an active performance schedule having performed in the pit orchestras of over 85 musical theater productions throughout the years. He frequently performs with Romanza Music, founded by NJIO cello coach Martin Steinberg, at chamber music functions and private events.

A graduate of Cook College, Rutgers University, Mr. Novellino was a member of the Rutgers University Orchestra at Mason Gross. He has also performed with the Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey, Garden State Ballet Company, the Livingston Symphony, Plainfield Symphony, Bloomfield Symphony, and most recently with the Astoria Symphony in Queens, NY. In 2006, he toured with the Clay Aiken Christmas Concert Orchestra.

Martin Steinberg has been NJIO’s cello coach and principal cellist since 2005 and is founder of www.RomanzaMusicEvents.com, an award-winning musical ensemble that performs at private parties in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Delaware. He also has been teaching cello in South Orange, NJ, since 1995. 

Marty is the former principal cellist of the Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey and the Metropolitan Orchestra of West Orange, NJ, 

and has performed in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Symphony Space, NJPAC and the publisher’s suite at The New York Times. He has participated in chamber music workshops in France, California, Vermont, Lincoln Center and New Jersey and has been coached by Ida Kavafian, Daniel Phillips, Robert Dodson, Joel Berman and Yehuda Hanani.

Mr. Steinberg studied with David Guggenheim of Philadelphia and Irene Sharp of New York and Palo Alto, Calif.

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Graham Cohen began playing Stravinsky on the piano at age 6, and by age 9 became the youngest winner of the prestigious Morton Gould ASCAP Young Composer Competition, an honor he has received four times. He is the youngest ever Charlotte Bergen Scholarship Recipient. Since the age of 11 he has been attending the famed 

Juilliard Pre-College Division in New York City as a student of viola and composition, and in fall of 2017 continued his studies at Juilliard itself. A prolific composer with over 1,000 works to his credit, Graham has composed numerous works for orchestra;Unexpected Affinities is the first work for reed quintet and orchestra.  It is Graham’s fourth collaboration with the MusicaNova Orchestra following his Infernal Fantasy, inspired by an Arizona summer,Hurricane Abigale, the most serious hurricane ever to afflict Graham’s fictional country of New Forest, and the Symphony of Paintings inspired by works from Mondrian, Monet, Breugel and Tom Thomson, which was premiered by the MusicaNova Orchestra to a standing ovation in January 2012. His recent piece Quintessential Dances was selected and performed by the New Jersey Ballet.

Tom Kamp is a band director for the Berkeley Heights (NJ) Public Schools. Tom created and taught the “Exploring Music and Technology” class at Governor Livingston High School in Berkeley Heights, and has taught middle school band and general music as well. Tom has been teaching privately for over 30 years, teaching all levels and specializing in low brass and jazz improvisation. Additionally, Tom is an in-demand clinician, presenting workshops in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

 

Through his book “Rhythm First! A Beginner’s Guide to Jazz Improvisation” and website “norulesnofearjazz.com” Tom helps liberate students and teachers to experience freedom exploring the playground of jazz.

 

As a trombonist, Tom Kamp has performed, toured and recorded with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and was a featured soloist with the Jordan Thomas Orchestra at the NJ JazzFest in Madison, NJ. He is an active freelancer in the NY/NJ area, and has played in Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, and Birdland jazz club in NYC.

 

Tom is the founder, leader, trombonist, and composer/arranger for the ACME BRASS CO., an eight-piece brass with rhythm section group. Tom produced ACME BRASS’s first CD, entitled “X-MAS X-ING” which was released in 2004.

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Megan Sweet has been the NJIO Intermezzo cello coach since 2014.  Megan has been actively involved in all aspects of the orchestra, from playing with the other ensembles, coaching chamber music, serving as Publicity Assistant for four years, and assisting with concerts and other programs behind the scenes.  Megan additionally plays in the Plainfield Symphony and Freelance Ensemble Artists of NJ (FEA), performs for 

weddings and community theater pit orchestras, and participated for many years in the New Jersey Youth Symphony program, eventually becoming principal cellist of Youth Symphony and going on tour to Ireland and Vienna.  Megan is the Nutrition Education Program Coordinator for Greater Newark Conservancy in Newark.  She holds both Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University, with a Minor in Music.

Robert Wagner has been the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Principal Bassoonist since 1979. He has performed as a soloist with the NJSO in bassoon concertos by Mozart, Weber and Vivaldi, as well as the Duo Concertino of Richard Strauss. He has toured extensively and recorded with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and he has performed as a member of the Boehm Quintette and American Wind Quintet.

Wagner graduated with both his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School. He teaches at Princeton University and serves on the boards of the League of American Orchestras and ArtPride New Jersey. He also teaches privately.

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Timpanist and Percussionist Adrienne Ostrander graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana University School of Music. She has studied with George Gaber, Roland Kohloff, and Buster Bailey. As the timpanist/percussionist with Solid Brass, Adrienne has performed throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico and has made numerous recordings. She has performed on Broadway In Nine, Into the Woods, Sunday in the Park With 

George, Me and My Girl and Grand Hotel and in several productions at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, NJ.  She regularly performs with the Princeton Symphony, Westminster Choir College, Plainfield Symphony, Central Jersey Symphony and the Concert Pops of Long Island.  Her festival performances have taken her to Greece, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Yugoslavia, France, and Cuba. Ms. Ostrander has coached the New Jersey Youth Symphony and is the percussion instructor at the Stokes Forest Music Camp.  Adrienne performs educational concerts in New Jersey schools with Young Audiences of New Jersey, Solid Brass, the New Philharmonic of New Jersey, Arts Horizons, Arts Alive, and BRAVO!  She is a member of the award winning Rampant Lion Pipe Band of Basking Ridge New Jersey.