Amy Reiff, mezzo-soprano, received both a Bachelor of Music Education and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Kent State University. Amy has 30 years experience teaching. She has taught at Kent State University, Montana State University, Louisiana State University and has been a Professor of Voice at The George Washington University in Washington D.C. since 1997. Amy’s repertoire of over 30 opera and operetta roles includes Prince Orlovsky in Die Fledermaus, Nicklausse in The Tales of Hoffmann, Hansel in Hansel and Gretel, the title role in Carmen, and Dinah in Trouble in Tahiti. As a member of the Ohio Light Opera for four seasons, she appeared in many major contralto and mezzo-soprano roles in operettas by Sullivan, Offenbach, and Strauss. In addition to singing with many local opera companies, she has also sung roles with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Opera Carolina, Lyric Opera of Dallas, Baton Rouge Opera, Baltimore Opera, Opera North, and Intermountain Opera. Amy has performed in recital at Kent State University and Montana State University, and in Akron, Ohio, Arlington, Virginia, and Washington, DC. In 1988 she performed at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, People's Republic of China, where she gave a series of lecture-recitals on contemporary American art song. As oratorio and concert soloist, Amy has sung with the Arlington Symphony, the Canton Symphony, the Bozeman Symphony, the Annapolis Chorale, the Akron Symphony Chorus, and the Capitol Hill Choral Society. In March 1991 she was the alto soloist for the American premiere of Simon Jeffes' Still Life at the Penguin Cafe, performed by the Royal Ballet at the Kennedy Center. She is currently alto soloist at Church of the Annunciation in Washington. ROAM welcomed Amy Reiff as an instructor of Piano, Voice and Ukulele in July 2013.
Alexandra Fessenko started her performance career at the age of twelve and has performed as a pianist, keyboardist, vocalist in classical music, jazz, rock, musical theatre and other popular genres on stages of Russia, Europe and the United States. Alexandra received her Bachelor of Arts in Piano Performance in Moscow, Russia followed by an Artist Certificate in Piano and Voice Performance from The Prague Conservatory of Music in Prague, Czech Republic. Alexandra practices Russian and Hungarian methods by Fraz Liszt piano schools and has studied a variety of vocal methods with world known vocalists. She has been sharing these skills for fifteen years with her own students. Besides performing and teaching music, Alexandra studied Electrical Engineering at the University of North Texas where she took part in several scientific research studies related to sound vibration and it's impact on brain of autistic children and the diagnostics of voice pathologies. Alexandra has been living in the United States since 2002 and currently resides in Alexandria, VA with her husband.
Mark Deffenbaugh is an innovative, and provocative Jazz Artist and Educator. As a keyboardist, composer, and producer he has turned the heads of many of the most talented and famous personalities in Jazz, Rock, Hip Hop, and R&B. Mark started his career early, playing gigs, in the Washington D.C. area, starting at the age of sixteen. Within a few short years he had numerous live and television performances to his credit. While attending The Berklee College of Music, Mark studied with, Jazz Great Gary Burton. Gary took Mark under his wing, and became an important figure in Mark's life. Through this relationship Mark developed relationships with such names, as McCoy Tyner, Michael Brecker, Peter Eirskin, John Schofield, Carla Bley, Makoto Ozone, Steve Swallow.and others. Mark Returned to the Washington D.C. area after an injury to his hands. He spent many years rebuilding his chops, and working as a studio engineer, and producer. Mark has composed hundreds of pieces of music, including a Sonata for Vibraphone, and Guitar, numerous pieces for the various world famous acts, and groups that he has worked with over the years He has also been responsible for lyrics, and arrangements for live shows, and recordings that have included the most recognizable names in the popular music world. Mark served as the Musical Director of The Ben E King Stand By Me Foundation for five years. His list of performance, credits include, Ben K King, The O'jays,Baby Washington,Loyd Price,Gary USBonds,Chuck Jackson, Bill Pinkney (The Origional Drifters),Little Anthony, and The Imperials,Bobby Bennett, The Spinners Fay Hauser-Price Clifton Davis, Don Gardner, Jerry Butler, Gene Chandler, Louis Price (Former lead singer The Drifters/Temptations) Beverly Crosby, Mavis Staples, Richard Roundtree (Shaft), Speedo and Cadillacs, Peabo Bryson, Shirley Alson Reeves (Shirelles), Charley Thomas (Drifters), Martha Reeves (formerly of the Vandellas), Freda Payne, Gerald Alston (Manhattans), Blue Lovette (Manhattans), Chuck Barksdale (Dells), Vern Allison (Dells), Dennis Edwards (formerly of the Temptations), Harvey Fuqua (Moonglows), Maxine Brown. Mark is currently producing, new music for a solo project, and has founded the experimental Jazz group Kaos Theory. He is also the CEO of DreamLand Records, an independent record label dedicated to Jazz, and Electronic Music, located in the Washington D.C. area.
Deborah Smith is a professional musician and aspiring teacher. She has been playing the violin for 11 years studying with various musicians including NSO member Mr. Summers and Dr. Adams of George Mason University. She transferred from Northern Virginia community College to George Mason University's school of music as a rising senior. She has played with a variety of orchestras and chamber ensembles for the last 10 years including Youth Orchestras of Prince William County, The George Mason Symphony Orchestra, The Manassas Symphony, The Annandale Symphony, and The National Medical Music Orchestra. She has participated in assisting youth orchestras, chamber ensembles and choirs. She currently teaches violin, coaches an A cappella vocal ensemble, and directs a volunteer choir.
Taisha Estrada is a Puerto Rican singer/songwriter and educator. She is a graduate of the George Mason Jazz program, where she was the lead vocalist for the Big Band and Latin Jazz Ensemble, and from which she received her Bachelor’s in Music and minor in Jazz Studies. A versatile musician, she harbors a passion for performing, composing and arranging across genres, including Jazz, Salsa, Bossa Nova, Rock and Blues. In addition to her love of performance, Taisha is an avid educator in the arts, and is the Children’s and Youth Choir director at the historic New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in D.C. She has been teaching piano and voice at ROAM since 2019, and is eager to continue supporting the Del Ray community. You can catch Taisha performing at local venues including Jojo’s, Mr. Henry’s, Bossa Bistro, SPIN and The Alex Speakeasy in Georgetown.