Meet the woodwinds Staff
Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone, Trumpet, Voice & Piano
Dan Hutchinson is rapidly becoming one of the most recognizable faces on the Jersey shore music scene. A student of Andy Fusco (Buddy Rich) and Walt Weiskopf (Steely Dan), Dan has played in hundreds of venues on the east coast with several bands. He currently performs with 9South, the Jonzes, The Joe Baracata Band, Michelle Moore (the E Street Band), the Nerds, and pop artist Frankie Zulferino. In addition to playing various wind instruments and piano, Dan is also a singer. As a founding member of the Garden State Sound Quartet, he has sung at the Crossroads in Garwood, several town concerts, and at the Union County Performing Arts Center as an opening act for Voiceplay. Dan’s passion for music developed at a very young age, and his favorite way to channel that passion is in attempting to inspire the same love for it in his students. After majoring in music education at Kean University, he decided that the public school music scene wasn’t for him, and that he would flourish much more in a 1-on-1 lesson environment. He is proud to be on the RMC teaching roster since 2013.
Oboe, Bassoon, Clarinet, Flute & Sax
Michael is a classically trained wind player, and has been teaching young students for almost 20 years. He received his Bachelor's of Music from Michigan State University, where his primary focus was oboe performance. While a student at MSU, Michael played Mozart's Concerto for Oboe and Orchestra with the MSU Philharmonic Orchestra. He went on to perform 17 musicals and operettas with the College Light Opera Company in West Falmouth, MA as their oboist. Michael received his Masters of Music in Woodwind Specialty from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. While a student at UNCG, Michael studied all the woodwinds with the primary professors. He also taught class woodwinds, oboe reed making, and applied oboe. After leaving UNCG, he went on to play the national tours of The Wizard of Oz, Pippin, Anything Goes, Something Rotten, Elf, and Disney's Beauty and the Beast. Michael performed full time for five years all over the United States, Canada, and South Korea, and he has also performed regionally at Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope, PA and Axelrod Performing Arts Center in Deal, NJ
Clarinet, Sax, Trumpet, Percussion & Flute
Rachael Siegel is a graduate of New Jersey City University’s Multiple Woodwind master’s program. At RMC, she teaches an array of instruments, including but not limited to: flute, saxophone, clarinet and piano. When not at RMC, Rachael teaches percussion for a nationally acclaimed marching band in Pequannock, New Jersey. She completed her music education degree at Hofstra University, where she studied oboe but took advantage of all the opportunities to try different instruments and ensembles. At Hofstra, Rachael performed with the University Choir, Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Orchestra, Recorder Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble and Jazz Band. Currently, Rachael freelances, playing in musical pits, community groups and with her duo.
Piano, Violin & Flute
Leah Pesenson has been a student of the arts since age 4, first studying piano and picking up cello as well later in school. She is currently pursuing a degree in Music Education at Rutgers’ Music school, Mason Gross School of the Arts. She currently performs with the Rutgers Sinfonia Orchestra as a cellist, but her main work is done in accompanying on piano and performing in chamber groups as a pianist. Leah currently studies with Dr. Karina Bruk at MGSA and previously under Malvina Potop in Edison, NJ. Before university, Leah has competed in the Golden Key Festival and won gold, and she also regularly took part in the Spring Music Festival at Westminster and Princeton as well as receiving the Young Artist level in the yearly exam given by the American College of Musicians.
Flute, Piano & Voice
Samantha Adams is a 2019 graduate of Kean University and holds a B.M. in Music Education. Sam served as the principal flutist in Kean’s Wind Ensemble and Chamber Wind Ensemble for three years and studied under Jill Sokol. She also studied voice under Katherine Harris. While at Kean University, she held various leadership roles in musical organizations such as NAfME (National Association for Music Education) and Kappa Kappa Psi Honorary Band Fraternity. Sam is also served as the President of the New Jersey Music Educators Association Collegiate Executive Board. Samantha’s notable performing experience includes All Eastern Mixed Chorus, NJ All State Mixed Chorus, and multiple South Jersey choral and instrumental ensembles. She studied under flutist Ronna Ayscue for nearly ten years where she became well-versed in Classical and Baroque flute techniques. Sam also has performed in lead vocal roles, ensembles, and orchestras for various musical theatre productions in the South Jersey area. Sam specializes in teaching young students and students with special needs. She has experience in both public and private teaching settings. Her extensive audition experience lends well to helping older students prepare for region, state, or college auditions. Samantha is in the process of obtaining her M.Ed. in Special Education from The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and plans to graduate in the summer of 2020.