Fredonia Summer Music Lesson Program
2015 Faculty

Are you interested in getting a head start on next year's All-County Solo, learning a new technique on your instrument, preparing for next year's seating audition, learning a new secondary instrument, or just spending a few days this summer working with an incredible music instructor? Then the Fredonia Summer Music Lesson Program may be for you. Please feel free to learn more about our faculty on this page by clicking on the instrument families you are interested in.

Interested in signing up or learning more about the program? Please use the online registration form by clicking here.

Woodwind Instructor
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Helen Ihasz received her Bachelors Degree in Music Education from the University of Wisconsin Madison with a double major in instrumental and choral music. While completing her Masters Degree in Music Education, also at Madison, Mrs. Ihasz was awarded a teaching assistantship which involved supervising practica and observing student teachers. Mrs. Ihasz has over 25 years of teaching experience at a wide variety of levels in general, choral, and instrumental music in the public schools.

Mrs. Ihasz studied flute with Mr. Robert Cole (formerly of the Philadelphia Orchestra), and she has studied conducting with James Smith, Steve Peterson, John Paynter, Mallory Thompson, and Paula Holcomb. In 1993, she was the recipient of a Summer Fellowship at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, one of ten teachers from around the country chosen for this program. Mrs. Ihasz has also taught beginning conducting at SUNY Fredonia for the past 5 years.
Percussion, Guitar, and Electric Bass Instructor
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Roger Chagnon III is an experienced music educator. He has a Bachelors degree in Music Education from Bethel College and a Masters in Music Education from SUNY Fredonia. 

Roger is a gifted percussion pedagogue with extensive experience on battery and mallet instruments. He is also a talented Rhythm Section specialist. Roger has been chosen to conduct and chair the Chautauqua All County Percussion Ensemble in 2009, 2011, and 2013.  In addition to active freelancing, Roger performs in the local band, "The Danny Tanner Orchestra." 

Roger is a Chautauqua County native, growing up in Westfield, NY, and continues to raise his own family there.  His personal mantra for music education is, "The Music is in the making," and he firmly believes that many of the most extraordinary moments in any music-makers life is coming together with other music-makers to create, listen, influence, and perform together.
Horn and General Brass Instructor
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Dana Bennett is currently serving as the Director of Bands at Gannon University, Professor of French Horn at Canisius College, and an Elementary General Music Teacher in the Dunkirk City School District.

She has successful teaching experiences in urban, rural, and suburban schools, including earning a "Gold with Distinction," rating while directing the Eden High School Wind Ensemble during their 2011 NYSSMA Major Organization Evaluation. This is the highest honor NYSSMA offers at these festivals.

As a hornist, she is in demand throughout Western New York. In addition to her active freelancing, she is currently serving as Principal Horn of both the Southern Tier Symphony Orchestra and the Buffalo Brass Choir.
Low Brass Instructor and Program Director
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Andrew Bennett is currently employed as an instrumental music educator in the Fredonia Central School District. There he directs the Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble, Marching Band, Pep Band, and the Pit Orchestra while serving as the District Brass and AP Music Theory Instructor.

While at Fredonia the band program has taken part in many exciting events including gold with distinction evaluations at NYSSMA evaluations, guest artist residencies, performance tours, the commissioning of six world premiere works for wind band, and the recording of two professional CD's for commercial release.

Andrew is also an active member of the New York State School Music Association and the Chautauqua County Music Teachers Association, currently serving as the CCMTA Vice President, CCMTA Solo Festival Co-Chair, and a NYSSMA Major Organization Festival host.

As a trombonist, Andrew Bennett is currently serving as the Adjunct Professor of Trombone at Villa Maria College. He has had the pleasure of performing as a soloist with orchestras, such as the Auburn Chamber Orchestra, and as a section player for many area ensembles including the Western New York Chamber Orchestra and the Colgate Symphony Orchestra. He was also a member of the Realignment Trombone Quartet, the Second Runner-Up in the International Trombone Association's 2009 Quartet Competition. In addition to his full-time teaching duties, he currently serves as the Principal Trombonist of both the Southern Tier Symphony Orchestra and the Buffalo Brass Choir.