Lily Moskwa is from Narragansett, RI and is a recent graduate from SUNY New Paltz with a B.S. in Music with concentrations in Classical Voice Performance and Recording Electronic Music.  At New Paltz, she studied voice with Professor Kent Smith, Director of Vocal Studies, as well as piano with Dr. Alex Peh, Director of Piano Studies. She also played piano in SUNY New Paltz’s Symphonic Band. Prior to that, Lily worked as a church pianist, was invited to perform in NAfME’s National Mixed Honor Choir in 2018, and participated in Rhode Island Music Education Association’s All-State Ensembles for six years. She is excited to begin teaching at the Peterson Studio and looks forward to getting to know the students and growing as musicians together!

Joel Carpenter is from Adams, NY and graduated from SUNY Fredonia with a B.A. in Applied Piano and a B.S. in Business Management.  At Fredonia, he studied with Dr. Anne Kissel and Mary Cobb.  He has been playing piano for 24 years and teaching for 10 years.  Besides teaching and performing at summer camps, he also freelances as a church pianist, accompanying for Stringendo, and sitting in on the Poughkeepsie Jazz Projects Jazz nights.  He loves seeing his students learn and grow and is excited to be returning for his sixth year at The Peterson Studio!

Brianna Beal is from Highland, NY and a graduate of the Peterson Studio, after an impressive 11 years of study with Maria Peterson!  Although she holds a B.S. in Public Health, music is, and always has been, her true passion.  During her time in school she played percussion and bass keyboard in the jazz band.  Prior to that she was inducted into the Tri-M Music National Honor Society and received a Music Boosters Scholarship for her hard work, determination and love for music.  Over the years she has participated in both NYSSMA and the National Piano Guild, receiving high honors in both.  She loves working with children and has spent her past summers teaching them all the arts have to offer. She is excited to begin teaching at the Peterson Studio and looks forward to getting to know the students and guiding them on their musical journey.  

Victor Izzo III began playing piano at the age of 3, studying with a family friend. He studied with Marian Bamgaurtner, Karen Pone,and Carol Losee.  He also participated in the Vladmir Feltsman Piano Institute at SUNY New Paltz during its inaugural year.  He received his Bachelors Of Music Education from the Ithaca College School Of Music and Masters Of Music Pedagogy from The Hartt School Of Music.  He has taught music at New Paltz High School, Minisink Valley High School, and is currently teaching General Music, chorus, and musical direction at Clinton Elementary School for the Poughkeepsie City School District.  He has previously served as Choirmaster at Our Lady Of Fatima Church in Plattekill, NY, and St. Augustine Catholic Church IN Highland, NY.  He is very excited to bring his passion for teaching music to The Peterson Studio.  

Terri Moraca attended Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam. She majored in Music Education with a concentration in Piano Pedagogy. She recently retired from teaching band and orchestra in Montgomery County Public Schools  in Maryland. Terri recently moved back to New York to be near  family. Her experience includes teaching private and group piano, chorus and general music classes in both private and public schools. Her hobbies include singing with the SUNY New Paltz Community Chorale and gardening. She enjoys playing piano, clarinet and conducting.  She looks forward to working with the students and faculty at the Peterson Studio.

Melora Romano serves as the Office Manager of the studio. She has recently relocated to the Highland area, and brings over 10 years of both administrative assistant experience and organizational skills as she owns and operates Your Serene Spaces, a full service home/office organizational business.     She has studied acting and the arts at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts and is also a published children’s book author. She has 16 years experience as a Pre-School teacher as well.  She has a love for children and the arts and is excited to be on our team!  If she looks a little like Maria that is because they are sisters!