Intermediate Division

2015 Intermediate Division Faculty


Summer Music Academy faculty consist of current Ithaca College faculty, top music educators from across the country, and renowned guest artists. 

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Chris Neske, Double ReedsChris Neske, Double Reeds
Director of Bands, East Islip High School; Master's, Stony Brook University; BM, Ithaca College

Christopher Neske received his Bachelor of Music in Music Education and Oboe Performance from Ithaca College in 2006 and his Master's in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Music Education from Stony Brook University in 2009. He is currently the director of bands at East Islip High School in Islip Terrace, NY where he conducts the concert band and wind ensemble and teaches AP Music Theory.

Before teaching at the high school level, Chris taught 6th grade band and lessons at East Islip Middle School. In addition to his teaching duties, he is also an advisor for the Tri-M Music Honor Society, directs the pep and marching bands, and is an assistant director for the high school’s musicals. He has also served as a festival chairperson for the Suffolk County Music Educator’s Association and most recently was a rehearsal conductor for the NYSCAME-Suffolk All-County Orchestra. Chris also actively teaches oboe privately to students of all ages.

As an oboist, Chris’ principal teachers include Dr. Paige Morgan at Ithaca College and David Cerullo. He has also studied with Dr. Keri McCarthy and performed in master classes with renowned oboists such as Nancy Ambrose King, Jonathon Blumenfeld, and Jacqueline LeClair. Christopher has preformed with the Cayuga Vocal Ensemble, the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, and the Ithaca Chamber Singers. Christopher also performs with the Atlantic Wind Symphony, an ensemble that he has also had the opportunity to guest conduct, and has performed with the Coastal Winds Woodwind Quintet. As a pit orchestra musician, Christopher has played with the Bayway Theatre Company on Long Island.

Chris is a member of NYSSMA, MENC, SCMEA, the International Double Reed Society, Phi Kappa Phi, and Pi Kappa Lambda.

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