The extraordinary experience and artistry of the Community Music School Faculty provides the critical foundation for students’ musical journeys. Our goals are to awaken and inspire the imaginative self within our students; to help students gain a profound appreciation of art and creation; to support each student in the quest to connect with music in a meaningful way; and to provide students with a vision of their inherent potential and the tools required to realize that potential.

“The point is to develop the childlike inclination for play and the childlike desire for recognition and to guide the child over to important fields for society. Such a school demands from the teacher that he be a kind of artist in his province.”

Albert Einstein

Berger WebDr. Dorita Berger — Music Therapy – Piano

Dr. Berger is a Juilliard-trained concert pianist, educator, author, Board-Certified Music Therapy clinician, and internationally renowned lecturer on music in human adaptation and music in science and medicine. She is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, New York University, and Roehampton University.  Her published books include: Music Therapy, Sensory Integration, and the Autistic ChildThe Music Affect: Music Physiology and Clinical Applications, with co-author Dr. Daniel Schneck; Toward the Zen of Performance: Music Improvisation Therapy for Developing Self-Confidence in the Performer; and Eurhythmics for Autism and Other Neurophysiologic Diagnoses: A Sensorimotor Music-based Treatment Approach (in press). Dr. Berger’s clinical work includes music-based, sensorimotor treatments for Alzheimer’s, strokes, autism, dementia, and pain management.

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Derison Duarte — UNC-CMS Director, Piano

A full bio on Mr. Duarte is available on the UNC Music Department Faculty/Staff page.

Inessa Fishbeyn-Reeve — Early Childhood

Inessa Fishbeyn-Reeve graduated with an M.A. in music education and early child development from Kazan University in 1985. She worked as a music teacher in Kazan and Kiev and, for 23 years, at Bnai Shalom Jewish Day School in Greensboro, N.C., where she created and taught the music curriculum for children from PS-2 to 8th grade. She holds a N.C. teaching license. She has taught piano privately and served as choral director of intergenerational and children’s choruses. She is interested in opera and music literature, has been an active member of folk and Israeli dancing groups, and has implemented a school folk dance program. She has two grown-up daughters, both UNC graduates, and lives in Chapel Hill with her husband, C.D.C. Reeve, a UNC philosophy professor.

Margaret Lynch — Student-Teacher of Piano

Margaret Lynch is a senior from Charlotte, N.C. In Fall 2015, Margaret won first alternate in Young Artist category of the North Carolina MTNA Competition, and in Spring 2016, she won first runner-up in the Dr. Sharyn Edwards piano competition. In February 2017, Margaret was a featured soloist in Carolina Performing Art’s “Glass at 80” festival, where she performed Philip Glass’s Piano Etudes. Margaret has coached with several major pedagogues and performers, including pianists Mitsuko Uchida, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Robert MacDonald, Leif Ove Andsnes, Molly Morkoski, and Steven Beck. In Fall 2016, Margaret spent a semester studying solo piano in Vienna, Austria with Mr. Jan Jiracek von Arnim at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien. Margaret also studies collaborative piano and has worked with artists such as violinists Gil Shaham and Laurie Smukler, vocal coach Arlene Shrut, and the Brooklyn Rider quartet. Margaret is a piano performance major and Hispanic studies minor.

Elizabeth Morgan WebElizabeth Morgan — Student-Teacher of Voice

Soprano Elizabeth Morgan is a sophomore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill working toward a degree in music education. She has studied voice for six years and is currently a student of Dr. Louise Toppin, chair of the UNC Music Department. She has also taken two levels of piano class at UNC with professor Derison Duarte. Her focus of vocal study is classical literature, although she also has experience in musical theater. Her major roles have included Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof and Mrs. Banks in Mary Poppins, both performed with the NRCA Squire Theatre. She is entering her second year as a member of the UNC Chamber Singers under the direction of Professor Susan Klebanow and hopes to pursue a career in teaching.

Pocock, Ar. WebAriel Pocock — Jazz Piano and Voice

Ariel Pocock has received international acclaim as an equally captivating jazz pianist, vocalist, and composer. Recognized by notable institutions such as Downbeat Magazine, the Kobe-Seattle International Jazz Vocal Competition and the Essentially Ellington Competition at Lincoln Center, Ariel is steadily gaining momentum as a uniquely gifted and versatile musician with both her “true facility for…sinewy jazz piano [and] breezy, achingly plain-spoken vocal chops…” (Seattle Times). A captivating performer, Pocock has headlined at many notable venues and music festivals, including Ronnie Scott’s London Club, the Iowa City Jazz Festival, the Elkhart Jazz Festival, the Twin Cities Jazz Festival, the Stanford Jazz Festival, the Bellevue Jazz Festival and in July 2015 had the opportunity to perform at the prestigious Festival International de Jazz de Montréal. Ms. Pocock is a recent graduate of the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music.

Pocock, A. WebAleen Pocock — Piano

Aleen Pocock holds the Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in piano performance. She has studied with Larry Graham and C. Curtis Smith, as well as James Dick at the Round Top Festival in Texas and with Anthony de Bonaventura at Colby College in Maine. Mrs. Pocock has served as staff accompanist for Butler University and the Forest Ridge School in Bellevue, Washington. She has also performed as concerto soloist with the Capriccio Chamber Orchestra, the Boise Philharmonic, and the Kalamazoo Symphony, where she also was principal pianist. Mrs. Pocock is currently on the faculty at North Carolina Central University serving as staff accompanist and the accompanies for the UNC Women’s Glee Club.

Stewart WebBilly Stewart — Guitar

A full bio on Mr. Stewart is available on the UNC Music Department Faculty/Staff page.

Special Thanks!

In addition to our fabulous faculty a very special thanks must be made to many who have made the UNC Community Music School a reality, including Mark Katz, Terry Rhodes, Jeffrey Fuchs, Ben Haas, George Huntley, Stephen Anderson, Paul Cole, Karen Michael, Tae Lerch, Susan Williams, Nivedita Sankar, and Kathryn Duarte.