MEANYC Executive Board
Barbara Novick earned a Master of Music degree in Flute Performance from the University of Michigan School of Music, and Bachelor of Music degree in Flute Performance from CUNY Queens College (Aaron Copland School of Music).
After 28 years as a NYCDOE music educator, Barbara retired from full-time service in 2012. She has been a member of the NYCDOE Arts Achieve team working in conjunction with Carnegie Hall since 2011.
Barbara is currently an Adjunct Professor/Field Supervisor at NYU Steinhardt (Music and Performing Arts), a mentor for NYCDOE music educators with the ArtsMatter initiative, as well as guest lecturer at Brooklyn College.
As a flutist and harmony vocalist, Barbara performs regularly with numerous folk and world music recording artists, as well as chamber musicians, throughout the greater New York area and beyond. She is also principal flutist for the Jackson Heights Symphony.
Barbara is very pleased to have been invited to join her esteemed colleagues on the MEANYC Executive Board, and equally thrilled to be joining forces with MEANYC in advocating for her fellow music educators and their students.
Michelle Turner earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Music in Piano Performance from Bowling Green State University (OH). In addition, she holds a Level Three Orff Schulwerk certification. She is employed at P.S. 36 in the Bronx, a K-5 school, where she began the program sixteen years ago that now includes a Music and the Brain keyboard lab, a Music Memory enrichment program, a Fourth grade chorus, a Fifth grade chorus and a percussion ensemble. Michelle has lent her piano skills to serve as chorus accompanist for the All-County M.S. Festival for its first four years as well as for the Inaugural All-County H.S. Festival. She also makes music as a soprano with the New York Choral Society.
Steven Underhill is the Vocal Music teacher at Marie Curie Middle School 158 in Bayside, and formerly held the same position at K-8 schools in Canarsie and Far Rockaway. He is an active member of NYSSMA, as well as a proud trainer with Little Kids Rock, a national nonprofit dedicated to providing students with thrilling modern band programs (littlekidsrock.org). He sings with the award winning chamber chorus Cantori NY, and has performed with them at Avery Fisher Hall, the Rose Theater, Le Pouisson Rouge, the Zankel stage at Carnegie Hall, and other venues (cantorinewyork.com).
Patricia Glunt - Past President, is retired after serving for 25 years as a string teacher, assistant principal, and interim acting director of music with the NYC DOE. She spent 12 years in junior high and 13 years at Long Island City High School. Pat worked as the orchestra director and then center director of the Queens Boro-Wide and then served as Director of the program from 2005 until she retired. During those years she hosted many city wide professional developments. She has presented workshops on the district, borough, city, state and national level on many topics that focus on music education. She has collaborated on many projects with the NY Philharmonic, NY Pops, Carnegie Hall, Metropolitan Opera, American Ballet Theatre, and Orchestra of St. Luke's. While working as an Assistant Principal, she supervised music, art, business, technology, Chinese, culinary arts and 4 grades of smaller learning communities.
Last year she founded the Jackson Heights Orchestra, a community adult ensemble. She sits on the NYASTA board as member at large, Jackson Heights Beautification Group as Director of the Orchestra, and MEANYC executive board as past president. She currently works as a music education consultant and is an adjunct at Hunter College. In the mornings, she can be found on any of the local tennis courts or on the golf course.
Alan Levine is currently the Band Director for the 4th and 5th grades at P.S. 105, in Brooklyn. Mr. Levine began his musical life at James Madison High School, Brooklyn, performing in all of the instrumental organizations. After high school, he joined the Army, where he played clarinet with the band at Fort Dix and completed his service with the 319th AG Army Reserve Band. During these years, he attended Brooklyn College where he earned his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in Music Education.
Mr. Levine began his teaching career at Canarsie H.S., continued at John Jay H.S. for many years, and retired after serving at Tottenville H.S. Throughout his high school teaching career, Mr. Levine has had the opportunity to teach a variety of music classes, such as Music Appreciation, Concert Band, Orchestra, Jazz Band, Marching Band, and Music History. He has continued to work on a part-time basis at P.S. 105.
For several years Mr. Levine performed with the Kingsborough Community College Band and is currently Concert Master of the Staten Island Community Band. He is a member of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) and is a member of the Executive Board of the Music Educators Association of New York City.
Elena Foronda earned her BS (Music) and MA (Music Education) degrees from Hunter College of The City University of NY (CUNY). She is a NYSSMA Solo Piano Adjudicator (2010-) and NYSSMA Solo Voice Adjudicator (2014-); a preferred music substitute teacher (2003-) and vocal coach (2007-) at Stuyvesant HS, Manhattan, NY. Elena, though a retired high school music teacher, is a soprano member of the Kingsborough Musical Society, Inc, (2010-currently on
leave). She was an Adjudicator/Proctor for the NYCDOE Office of Arts and Special Projects’ Arts Achieve Grant, (2011-2014); invited to conduct choral pieces in a collaborative venture of The NYC Music Teachers Association/UFT and MEANYC sponsoring a choral workshop featuring Jeannette LoVetri (clinician), (2012); and invited to participate as a soprano member of the Distinguished Concerts International of NY or DCINY at Avery Fisher Hall of Lincoln Center for The Performing Arts, (2013) and at Carnegie Hall (2015); the NYU Chorale (2013-2014); and faculty member participant in the Concert Chorus of Stuyvesant HS (2013) and Verdi Chorus (2015). Elena was soloist in performing Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 for Soprano and Orchestra of Violoncelli by Heitor Villa-Lobos at the invitation of Brooklyn Conservatory of Music cello faculty member Martha Siegel, colleagues and students (2014). She is a mentor for the NYCDOE Office of Arts and Special Projects’ MS/HS Arts Matter, (2015-) and was facilitator for Instrumental Music Teachers’ Inter-Visitations at Fort Hamilton HS and The School For The Urban Environment (2015).
On January 1st, Michael Pitt entered the final year of his second term as NYSSMA (New York State School Music Association) Zone 12 representative which encompasses all 5 boroughs of New York City. He is an active member of the NYSSMA governmental relations committee and a NYSSMA certified Brass and Woodwind Adjudicator. In the past year he created and chaired the Inaugural Festival for Music for High School Students which was a cooperative venture by MEANYC, the Office of the Arts and Special Projects at the Department of Education and NYSSMA. The festival will be repeated at the Grand Street Campus High School and will now be known as the New York City High School Music Honors Festival. For the last 5 years, Mr. Pitt served as the student teacher supervisor for SUNY@ Fredonia students who choose to do their student teaching in the New York City Public Schools. Formerly Mr. Pitt served 5 years as President of the MEANYC (Music Educators Association of New York City) and several years as their advocacy chair. He continues to serve on the Comprehensive Music Exam Committee at the DOE, and has a presented a number of workshops in band instrument repair. His service in the New York City public schools included 20 years in the Salute to Music Program (Manhattan Borough Wide Band) 4 years at Simon Baruch Junior High School and 30 years at Robert Wagner Middle School where he both taught and chaired the music department. He has earned a BS degree from Hunter College, a Masters in Music Education from NYU and a certificate in school supervision and instruction from Brooklyn College.
Maria Schwab earned her Bachelor of Music (education) degree from Ithaca College, and Master of Arts (educational theater) degree from New York University. She has taken many post-graduate courses in music education, choral music, drama and elementary education from various universities.
She currently teachers music at P.S./M.S. 84, a Pre-K - 8 school in Astoria, where she began the program 8 years ago. The program incorporates Little Kids Rock, the Weill Music Institute's Musical Explorers and LinkUp! programs, band, and Fourth Grade Chorus, which will be performing for the third straight year at the Empire State Plaza in Albany, NY as part of the NYSSMA "Music In Our Schools Month" activities. Prior to teaching in Astoria, Maria taught at P.S. 150 (Sunnyside) and P.S. 83 (Manhattan); she began her teaching career at the High School level.
Maria began the MEANYC Middle School All-County festival, now in its fifth year. outside of 'education life', Maria is a church organist/singer in the NYC area, and sings with the NY Choral Society. She lives in Brooklyn with her stage-hand husband, black-belt son, and dancing daughter, who all sing in harmony - Maria's favorite thing to do!
Jeffrey Lance is in his fourth decade of music education in New York City. He has worked on the elementary, high school and college levels and was involved with the All-City High School program for over twenty years. Jeff has served on the MEANYC Executive Board for most of the organization’s existence in many capacities—ranging from elementary schools’ chair to past president and longtime editor of Crescendo. Jeff is also a member of Local 802.
Roberta Feldhusen has a BS in Music Education and an MS in Vocal Performance and Elementary Education from Brooklyn College. Roberta taught Elementary, General and Vocal music for 18 years in the New York City public schools system. As co-chair of the UFT/MEANYC Music Professional Committee she organizes professional development workshops each year for all NYC music teachers. She was a contributor to the NYC BluePrint for Teaching and Learning in Music and continues to work with the Office of Arts and Special Projects. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and has three adult children and one grandchild. She performs regularly with the Collegiate Chorale. She is currently an Adjunct Professor/Field Supervisor in the Music Dept. at the Steinhardt School at NYU and an Adjunct Professor in the Music Dept. at Queensborough Community College.
A native of Brooklyn, New York, Sharon Golub’s musical journey began at a young age. She studied piano from age 5 all the way through college, participating and excelling in many different piano competitions and activities on the local and state level. She earned her Bachelor in Arts in Music Education and Psychology at Hunter College and a Masters in Science in Instructional Technology from NYIT. She is a member of Psi Chi, Kappa Delta Pi, and Phi Beta Kappa.
Ms. Golub is employed for the last 18 years at PS 11, a Pre-K-5th grade school in the Manhattan Chelsea area. Her music program includes a Music and the Brain Keyboard Lab, an affiliation with the Riverside Symphony Music Memory program (a program designed to develop a lasting appreciation for fine music in young people), Orff xylophone and world drumming ensembles, 2nd and 3rd grade performance groups, and a 5th grade Musical Theater Group and Chorus. Ms. Golub had the privilege of bringing the Music and the Brain Program to Israel, training teachers at Achuzat Sarah, a home for children in Bnei-Brak. At PS 11, Ms. Golub is committed to making music an integral part of curriculum. She believes music stimulates the imagination and enlightens the mind. It is an integral part of the education and development of the whole person.
Previous to teaching at PS 11, Ms Golub taught piano privately. She toured extensively with many rock bands and recorded a CD with an Atlantic Records recording artist. In 2013 Ms. Golub was nominated for the first Teaching Grammy Award.
Ms. Golub has authored 2 music books called Rock Spell-A-Story (Vol. I & II). The Spell-A-Story series is a fun approach to learning notes, note values, music appreciation, and improving sight-reading skills.
Richard Klingensmith, Advisory Member
Lisha Lercari, Advisory Member
Barbara Murray, Advisory Member
Penny Prince, Advisory Member
Janice Smith, Advisory Member
Ronald Thompson, Advisory Member
Ira Shankman, Advisory Member
Nancy Shankman, Advisory Member
Dorian Gittlitz, Crescendo Graphic Designer