Richard Alvin White
With a BS in Electrical Engineering and a MA in Theatre Arts, Richard Alvin White has an eclectic background: 20 years of theatre, 25 years of teaching, 15 years of management consulting, and 30 years of software design.
Rich has directed plays, musicals, and operettas; and has written original stage plays, musicals, and screenplays, as well as stage and screen adaptations. As a performer, his successes range from comic roles such as "Dick Deadeye" in HMS Pinafore and the title role in The Impresario to leading dramatic roles such as "Emile DeBecque" in South Pacific, "Lun Tha" in The King and I, and "Arthur" in Camelot.
During Rich's "other life" in corporate America, he acquired a firm grounding in innovative education and management, as well as a unique expertise in software design.
Maria Rivera White
Maria Rivera White began her study of piano at the age of five. A precocious winner of numerous competitions, she gave her first solo performance with orchestra by the age of thirteen. After studying four years in Italy with Nunzio Zappulla of the Naples Conservatory of Music, she attended the Eastman School of Music, where she received her Bachelor of Music degree, studying with Barbara Lister-Sink and Blanca Uribe. She subsequently earned her Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School with a double major in Instrumental Chamber Music and Accompanying and in Vocal Accompanying and Coaching.
In addition to offering private studio instruction since 1995, Maria was adjunct instructor of piano at Vassar College for eight years. While there she performed on the College’s annual Modfest, and performed the world premiere of Vassar composer Suzanne Sorkin's solo piano piece Falling through Crimson and Lead at Merkin Hall in New York City, later recording the piece as well.
Frequently praised for her impressive technique, great clarity, and expressiveness, as well as for her excellent rapport in collaboration, Maria has performed in such venues as Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Steinway and Alice Tully Halls, and the Kyoto International Music Festival. She continues to teach and to perform throughout the United States both as a solo artist and in ensemble with other musicians, including her sister Natalia (as the Rivera Piano Duo) and the operatic duo of Nina and Stefano Tanchietti.
Her teaching philosophy combines old-world high expectations and attention to technique with modern-day understanding of healthy motivation and self-esteem, in order to instill a love of learning and joy in making music.