FACULTY: Music Class & Ensemble

Doreen Alsen - see Private Instruction: Voice

Kathleen Ballantyne

Kathleen Ballantyne is a composer, conductor, and editor. She made her debut as a composer with Women's Works of Ithaca in March 2014 with “Petition,” a choral work based on a 1874 petition to the US government in support of women's suffrage. Recently, she has guest conducted premieres of her own works with the Rochester Area All-State Junior High Women's Chorale and Siena College Chamber Singers. Her works have been published by Alfred Music and Heritage Music Press. Ms. Ballantyne is the owner/founder of Forte Music Editing, which provides music engraving, editing, and proofing services for major music publishers and independent composers. Previously, Ms. Ballantyne taught choral music and theater at Johnson City High School in upstate New York, which received repeated national recognition as a Grammy Signature School and a Best Community for Music Education during her tenure. She is an active guest clinician and voice teacher, and currently serves as a board member of the Cayuga Vocal Ensemble. A graduate of Ithaca College and the Irish World Music Centre, Kathleen Ballantyne holds degrees in Music Education and Vocal Performance, as well as Chant and Ritual Song. Her website address is www.kathleenballantyne.com

Jennifer Lawrence Birnbaum - see Private Instruction: Recorder

Sarah Linfors

Sarah Smokay Linfors is an educator and musician in her second year with the Ithaca Children and Youth Chorus.  She has specialized in young voices throughout her eight years of teaching in Florida and New York and enjoys working with the Intermezzo Chorus.  Sarah holds a Masters degree in Choral Music Education from Florida State University and has taught chorus, voice, general music, conducting, music education, and piano.  Recently, she has led an Intergenerational Choir with residents of Longview Community and Ithaca College students.  In addition to her ensemble music involvement, she maintains a private piano studio at the Community School of Music and Arts.


Emily Richards

Emily Richards is an Ithaca College graduate with a degree in Music Education and a concentration in voice. Her teaching experience includes work as the conductor of the Training Choir, an Ithaca Children's Choir ensemble, as well as with pre-K through 12th grade general music and chorus. She has experience performing various styles of music including opera, as a member of Mozart's The Magic Flute, and classical as well as folk music and ensemble work. She has performed with a variety of different choral groups throughout her life and has been a frequent soloist in many of those groups. She served as VP of the board for the VOICES Chorus as well as being a founder and board member of Finger Lakes Adventure Gaming. In addition to her musical background, Mrs. Richards has extensive management, promotional and marketing experience.


Lenora Brown Schneller - see Private Instruction Clarinet