John has been playing drums for over 30 years. He began playing professionally at the age of 12 and has remained a fixture in the New Jersey live music scene ever since. He with his band New Blood Revival spent 7 years as Atlantic Records recording artists traveling the country and sharing the stage with countless legendary acts. Most recently John has worked with Ariana and The Rose, Dave Cook (Musical director with Taylor Swift), producer David Khan, and producer Chris Pierce. You can also catch John on the road with his newest project Coach n’ commando.
John has nearly 2 decades of teaching experience and takes great pride in his student’s accomplishments. He genuinely treasures the relationships he’s developed over the years and the privilege it’s been to see his student’s develop into great drummers and people.
Soprano, Cassandra Lambros, holds a BM in violin performance, with highest honors, from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University and is a member of Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey and the Amelia Quartet. Her vocal accomplishments include: winner in the 2013 Milton Cross Young Artist Rising Star Competition, the Hellenic Music Foundation Scholarship and Irving Ludwig Young Artists Auditions. Cassandra also placed second in the Friday- Woodmere Music Club Young Artist Competition and was a New York Lyric Opera Theatre Competition Semi-Finalist.
Cassandra created the main character, Deb, in The Golden Arrow for its premiere with The Opera Project, covered Giannetta with Opera for Humanity, sang First Lady in New Jersey Baroque Orchestra’s Summer Festival, while covering Pamina in The Magic Flute. Cassandra covered Adina in Opera at Florham’s L’elisir d’amore production, under the baton of Dr. Robert Butts and was Erste Dame in the Opera Theater of Montclair production of Die Zauberflöte in summer of 2015. Cassandra was a Studio Artist in the 2014 Savannah Voice Festival and was a Young Artist (Voice and Violin) in the 2015 Assisi (Italy) Music Festival where she premiered Valentin Bogdan’s violin solo La Strada.
Cassandra was soprano soloist in the First United Methodist Church’s March 2016 performance of the Gounod Requiem and was heard as Giannetta in Eastern Opera’s production of L’elisir d’amore April 2016.
In summer 2016, she performed Zweite Dame in the Tuscia Opera Festival, sang the role of Lola in Eastern Opera’s production of Cavalleria Rusticana in October and the Lord Nelson Mass in November under the direction of Maestro Repp. She will be joining Maestro Repp in November of 2017 to sing the Schubert Mass in E-Flat Major. In October, she will sing with the Raritan Valley Symphonic Band under the direction of Dr. Christopher Sumner.
Cassandra is Artist-in-Residence at Westfield Presbyterian Church, studies voice with Amy Shoremount-Obra and is very happy to be violin teacher at the Bridgewater School of Music.
Piano and Guitar
Richard McCarthy is a Classical Guitarist in Somerset County New Jersey, with a diverse and rich repertoire. He is also a composer and an adept pianist, versed in a variety of musical styles, ranging from Baroque to Post-Modernism, with a strong affinity for improvisation.
In 2016 Richard graduated Magna Cum Laude from Montclair State University with a Bachelors Degree in Composition. Currently Richard is preparing to enter Graduate School for a Masters Degree in Classical Guitar Performance.
Richard performs at various venues across New Jersey, teaches both at The Bridgewater School of Music and privately, and is ever composing new works for a variety of instrumentations.
Kurt Althoff has been teaching for over 18 years and holds a Bachelor of Music from William Paterson University. Kurt is an experienced teacher in both classical and contemporary styles of guitar. He is also an accomplished electric and classical guitarist, and performs professionally in a wide variety of groups and styles. While teaching in both standard notation and tablature, he emphasses proper technique, theory, and repertoire. In addition, Kurt is passionate about music and focuses on having FUN while learning!