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20 Nelson Road
Ithaca, NY, 14850
United States

607-256-2020

Music Faculty

 

Music Faculty

Rebecca Lesser
Music & Chorus
 

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Before she was a music teacher, Ms. Lesser was an IWS class teacher in 2009–2011. Before her life-changing discovery of Waldorf education, Ms. Lesser worked as a teacher's aide at TST BOCES, a special education teacher in inner-city Philadelphia, and a first grade teacher at Appleby Elementary in Marathon, NY.

Ms. Lesser has an M.S. in Education from Elmira College and a B.M. in Piano Performance from Ithaca College. She is New York State Certified Grades 1-6 in Childhood Education and in General Music. Since 2009, she has been teaching Waldorf-inspired piano lessons privately at her home. As a pianist, Ms. Lesser enjoys accompanying, chamber music, and studying advanced solo repertoire.  She also plays the cello. 

Ms. Lesser has attended Waldorf teacher training at Antioch University New England and Sunbridge Institute. She is the mother of two young children, both enrolled in IWS early childhood programs.

Alejandra Diemecke
Violin Instruction & Ensemble Director

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Christine Lowe-Diemecke
Cello Instruction & Ensemble Director

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Christine Lowe-Diemecke began her cello studies as a Suzuki student at the age of nine. She later continued her studies with Alexander Goldfield and Candace Brower-Wood. Ms. Christine attended SUNY Buffalo, where she studied with Luca DiCecco, and the University of Connecticut, where she studied with Marylou Rylands. Upon completion of her degree, she took a position playing in the Mexico City Philharmonic.

In 1985, Christine left Mexico and moved to Houston, Texas. In Houston she performed with Theatre under the Stars, a full-time musical theater company where she was principal cellist. She was also active as a chamber musician, playing in the Houston Quartet and the Sunrise String Quartet. While in Houston, Christine became a much sought-after teacher. She maintained a studio of forty students. In 1993, Christine, her husband Augusto, and their daughter, Alejandra, moved to Ithaca. Ms. Lowe-Diemecke began taking Suzuki training classes at the Ithaca Suzuki Institute and the Chicago Suzuki Institute. She has trained with Gilda Barston, Nancy Hair, Rick Mooney, Carol Tarr, and Nell Novack. Christine joined the faculty of Ithaca Talent Education in 1994. She has taught at workshops and institutes in the United States, Mexico, and Canada. At present Christine is assistant principal cellist in both the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes and the Tri-Cities Opera. She is an active chamber and freelance musician.