Guitar and Bass
Michael has been teaching guitar at the Warwick School since 2004 and recently assumed ownership of the school. He studied music at Montclair State University where he received a B.A. in music education. He received instruction in classical guitar with Andrew Schulman and Carol Hammersma, and Jazz guitar with Eddie Hazel. Michael has been performing and continues to perform for over 30 years. He is currently in a Masters Degree program in educational leadership. He spends his days as a High School music teacher at the Morris County School of Technology in Denville, NJ where he teaches band, music history, music theory and music technology. Michael works with his students on developing instrumental proficiency, technique, and a firm understanding of music theory. He hopes to share his experiences with the Warwick School of Music in the upcoming years.
Michael performing his arrangement of “In My Life”
“Over The Rainbow” Somewhere
Guitar, Bass, and Drums
Peter Stika has been with the Warwick School of Music since it was just an idea in a basement. As one of the first drum students here he continued his life of music learning Bass, Guitar, Vocals and some Keyboards. He holds an A.A.S. in Music from SUNY Orange. Peter has been affiliated with the school for over 10 years now and in this way he connects really well with the younger or newer students. He teaches Guitar, Bass and Drums and is in charge of the youth ensembles at the school. He has also done guitar ensembles in the past and a Jamming and Improvisational Class. Peter hosted major free events with the local community center and has played in bands since he was 14 and played venues like the Chance Theater in Poughkeepsie and the Lycian Summer series on the green.
Terry holds a Bachelor Degree of music from Penn State university where he majored in music theory and composition. He has been performing with the local band “Tangent” for 15 years as well as playing solo around the area. Terry possesses a large song repertoire and the ability to improvise. He is an asset and a great source of information to the students he works with.
Guitar and Voice
Robby holds a Bachelor’s of Music from the renowned Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam. He completed his degree in Music Education with a concentration in Vocal Performance. While at college, Robby served as President and Vocalist of the Potsdam Pointercounts, a nationally competitive collegiate a cappella group. Known for his vocal ability and stage presence, Robby tours the Hudson Valley in his country rock group, The BLACK DIRT BANDITS. However, don’t let the country music fool you, he is well trained in classical singing and ready to show you the ropes on how to impress with your voice!
Mary Lee Farris
Piano and Voice
Mary Lee has a Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Music Pedagogy with a minor in Piano from the University of Louisville School of Music, along with a Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance. While there, she appeared frequently with the Kentucky Opera Association and made two recordings with the Louisville Orchestra on its First Edition Label.
She has been honored as a National Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera Auditions, a National Winner of the WGN-Chicago Auditions, and received the Artist of the Year Award from the National Association of Teachers of Singing. She taught at the University level for several years before re-locating to New York to pursue her professional performing career.
She has performed as soloist with Orchestras throughout the country, including the Kansas City Philharmonic, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Charlotte Symphony, the Louisville Orchestra, and at Carnegie Hall for both the American Symphony and the New York Choral Society.
In her operatic career, Mary Lee has performed with the San Francisco Opera, Aspen Music Festival, Syracuse Opera, Chautauqua Opera and the Glimmerglass Opera Festival and others, including as soloist with the New York City Opera. She spent two seasons as Principal Dramatic Soprano at the Opera Theater of Coburg, Germany where she performed the title roles in Fidelio and Arabella, among others.
She is active with the Hudson Valley chapter of Music Teachers’ National Association, performing several times a year as a performer and provides music for the Scotchtown Presbyterian Church.
Violin and Viola
Vicky Triola is a multi-genre violinist and violist from Warwick, she got her start through the WVCSD’s string program. In 2009, she attended the Mark O’Connor Fiddle Camp in New York City and had her eyes opened to several different styles and the full potential of stringed instruments beyond classical music. She met several musicians who became her heroes including: violists David Wallace and Kenji Bunch, and violinists Matt Glaser, Darol Anger, and Martin Hayes.
After graduating from Warwick Valley High School in 2011, she pursued a Music Education degree from the Berklee College of Music. There she received a broad education, and studied jazz with Jason Anick, bluegrass and jazz with Darol Anger and Casey Driessen, classical with Sandra Kott, and Celtic with Hanneke Cassel and Jeremy Kittel. She spent most of her time studying with old time fiddler Bruce Molsky, who had a huge impact on her as a musician and educator.
During her time in Boston, she has performed and recorded in a variety of settings. In 2012, she performed with Riverdance composer Bill Whelan, and in 2013 and 2015 she was invited to perform as a violist and a singer at Boston’s Symphony Hall with the Final Fantasy: Distant Worlds Tour under conductor Arnie Roth.
Mike’s parents told him that the first time they noticed his enthusiasm for music, especially drumming, was when he was three years old sitting on the floor of the living room watching (and imitating) Ringo Starr on the Ed Sullivan show. Mike graduated from pots and pans to his first drum set at the age of nine and went on to music school where he earned a degree in performance.
Mike has played in a wide variety of ensembles from big bands and rock bands to symphony orchestras and continues to play with various groups in Rockland County. In addition to the School of Rock in Orangeburg, Mike teaches at the Warwick Music School in Warwick, NY.