The organizers of this project are passionate artists and long-time residents of
New Rochelle. More importantly, we are devoted members of the New Rochelle community.
Meet the Artists
Aviva Segal is the visionary and organizer as it is her dream to see music and dance come together with the classical story of Peter and the Wolf. She is an oboist in the New Rochelle High School Performing and Visual Education (PAVE) band program and an active member of the Tri-M Music Honor Society in New Rochelle High School. She has also been a dedicated Songcatchers Inc. volunteer piano teacher for 3 years. In addition to being a musician, Ms. Segal is also a dancer with the Coleman School of Dance. Her participation in both of these artistic outlets was the inspiration for this project.
Christie Coleman is the current director of the Coleman School of Dance. She is a dancer and choreographer with a Masters in Education for Dance from NYU. Her choreography, highlighting social issues through dance, has been performed internationally and is acclaimed by UNESCO. She has worked with the National Ballet of Kosovo, premiering two evening-length works. The first, Transitional Justice, was met with critical acclaim. The second resulted from a request by UN Women to create a piece highlighting the situation of women in Kosovo, challenging the current system. It was performed at theaters throughout Kosovo, stimulating lively and thoughtful discussions within the society. Christie was raised within The Coleman School of Dance and founded Illuminations Dance Company. In addition to the Coleman School of Dance, Christie has taught dance at Achievement First Elementary Charter School in East New York, Bastrop Middle School, Albert Leonard Middle School, New Rochelle High School, and Sacred Heart University.
The conductor for the NR Peter and the Wolf Project, Alan Hollander is an accomplished music director of Westchester. Some of his most well-known ensembles include the Westchester Band and the Lehman College Band. He is an adjunct professor at Lehman College. Mr. Hollander was also a guest conductor for the New York State School Music Association All-County Band. He is a resident of New Rochelle and has been a music educator for both children and adults for over 40 years.