Board of Directors

Chris Teal - Co-Founder, Artistic Director (see Teaching Artist page)

Nick Finzer - Co-Founder, Artistic Director (see Teaching Artist page)

Matthew Golombisky (see Teaching Artist page)

Kim Teal an active music teacher, performer and scholar in the Rochester area. As a part of her PhD in Musicology from the Eastman School of Music, she is currently completing a dissertation on the role of live music events and venues in cultural understandings of jazz history. Kim has taught college-level music history and appreciation courses at Eastman and the Rochester Institute of Technology. She also enjoys giving courses for older adults at local community centers and teaching trumpet in schools, music camps, and private lessons. Born and raised in rural northwest Montana, Kim is committed to supporting, preserving, and extending live music scenes and opportunities in communities of all shapes and sizes.

Sara Vonhold

...graduated from Columbia University with a Master of Science in Social Work, specializing in Program Development & Evaluation of Educational Services. As part of her graduate studies, she assisted in planning and implementing a drop-out prevention program collaboration between an arts based non-profit and a NYC public high school. Prior to graduate school, Sara earned a B.A. in Psychology from SUNY Geneseo, and worked on multiple research projects examining the effects of interpersonal relationships on children’s development. Currently, she serves as a Program Advisor at a NYC non-profit focused on promoting traditionally underserved adolescents’ educational and career opportunities. Sara is excited to bring her commitment to empowering youth and their communities to the Institute for Creative Music.

Tyler Cassidy-Heacock an educator, performer, and music administrator who is passionate about giving more people more access to more music. She studied music theory and history at Oberlin College and completed an MA and PhD in Musicology at the Eastman School of Music, where she also studied voice with Dr. Katherine Ciesinski. Tyler has taught music history and writing at the University of Rochester as well as acting as a program administrator in the Writing, Speaking, and Argument Program at UR. She performs regularly with several area ensembles including Musica Spei, sings as a soloist and small ensemble member for liturgical services and private events, and particularly loves collaborating with composers to premiere new music.



The IfCM offers internships throughout the year for those interesting in pursuing a career in music education and performance, arts management, administration, not-for-profit organizations and the music industry. 

Matthew Sieber-Ford Fall 2015

Since 2010 when he started playing professionally, Matthew Sieber-Ford’s musical presence has grown noticeably in his hometown of Rochester, NY. His jazz trio currently plays private and public events, as well as a weekly performance at Tapas 177 on Fridays. Matthew has also played saxophone, flute, and percussion as a full-time member of The Buddhahood and Thunder Body, among several other groups in Rochester. In addition to being a dedicated student at the Eastman School of Music, Matthew devotes time to exploring other genres of music, such as afrobeat and reggae, through both listening and playing. Matthew will graduate with a BM in Jazz and Contemporary Media from Eastman in 2016.

Kari Crystelle Francis Fall 2014


An avid composer, arranger, vocalist, and vocal percussionist from Los Angeles, Kari has been actively involved in the choral community as a workshop leader and clinician at vocal camps and festivals since 2009. She graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a B.A. in Music Theory & Composition and during that time sang with the UCSD Tritones, shared the stage with Taylor Swift at the American Country Music Awards, collaborated in concert with Imogen Heap as part of her Earth project, and in 2011 joined Kinfolk 9 for their run on Season 3 of NBC’s The Sing-Off. Kari founded and performed with the powerhouse all-female vocal band Musae, carols professionally with the southern California vocal troupe The Other Reindeer and upstate New York quartet Park & Hark, and her arrangements are sung by high school and collegiate choirs across the US and Europe. Kari is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Music Education at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, and is a member of ACDA, NAfME, OAKE, and ASCAP.


Giverny McAndry Summer 2014

Giverny came to the IfCM having completed her second year reading Music at Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge (UK). Outside of her academic studies, she is particularly passionate about education and outreach, spearheading arts-based rehabilitation initiatives by leading workshops for UK prison inmates. Singing with the Choir of Sidney Sussex College has led to strong interest in consort work, leading to many individual projects which include tour management and singing internationally as a Lacock Scholar and with Saga Holidays. She studies orchestral conducting under Harry Lyth, and specialises in choral conducting as a Mentee of the Conducting Programme of Queens’ College (founded by Suzi Digby OBE), receiving tuition from Natalia Luis-Bassa (RCM), Paul Brough (RAM), Tim Brown, Greg Beardsell and Amy Bebbington as part of the Association of British Choral Directors. Hailing from the Isle of Man, she has worked both home and away as an accomplished flautist with a keen interest in folk music and orchestral playing. Giverny is also a Student Ambassador for the Britten Sinfonia and an artist researcher for Seattle-based contemporary music ensemble The Box Is Empty, and enjoys working within Cambridge University Musical Society as their recently appointed Student Vice President. 

Kai Shabuya

Kai Shibya Summer 2013

Kai Shibuya is currently a rising senior at Princeton University, studying Anthropology with minors in Musical Performance and East Asian Studies. Kai has been involved in music primarily through her violin studies, acting as concertmaster of the Oakland Youth Orchestra and playing chamber music in the San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s Preparatory Program during high school in her native California and going on to play with the Princeton University Orchestra and study abroad at the Royal College of Music in London for a semester during her time as an undergraduate. While most of her experiences with music have been through learning and performing music, Kai has also studied music from an anthropological perspective for her undergraduate independent work, in which she examined how classical music has come to be categorized in America. She hopes that all her different experiences with music will help her contribute positively to expand and enact IfCM’s vision.


Ben Fang Summer 2013

Ben Fang is currently pursuing a BM in applied classical guitar at the Eastman School of Music and is expected to graduate in the Spring of 2014. In addition to classical music, Ben performs and composes in many other styles, including jazz,  pop, and rock. He co-produced and played in Pallavi’s album, “Seven Children,”  in early 2013, featuring a blend of jazz, Indian music, and electronics.  Later in 2013 he will release a new album comprising original compositions with the band, Grey Light.

Gabe Condon

Gabe Condon Fall 2012

Gabe Condon began his music career at the age of four when he asked his parents for a guitar. Gabe became hooked on jazz as a middle school student when he was given a Wes Montgomery album. He joined his middle school jazz ensemble and began studying with Bob Sneider, renowned jazz guitarist and Eastman School of Music professor. In May 2013, Gabe Condon graduated from Eastman School of Music with a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies & Contemporary Media, Jazz Guitar. He is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Jazz Composition at Eastman studying with Bill Dobbins.

Alistair Duncan Summer 2012/Spring 2013 (see Teaching Artist page)

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