Each of our teachers were hand selected over many fantastic teachers to not only teach you to be a great musician, but also to inspire you to be a better person.  Their passion for helping is as big as their passion for music!


Laura Mitrache

 Laura Mitrache is a full time piano teacher who has been studying for over 20 years.  After graduating from Long Island High School for the Arts in, she earned her Bachelors of the Arts from the Music Conservatory at SUNY Purchase College.  She has performed in various venues in the New York City Area, including Steinway Hall and Carnegie Hall!  Among other gigs, Laura plays bass for Grammy award winners Ashanti and Ja Rule!  As a multi-faceted musician, she has majored in Piano Performance, Studio Composition and Arts Management.  Laura has taught Keyboard Classes at Elementary Schools and Private Lessons for 8 years in Long Island.   She recently moved up to this area for a change for her family and we are so honored to have her as a part of CAMP moving forward.  


Nicholas Kopp has been studying and performing drums and percussion in the Capital Region and beyond for over 20 years.
He has opened for a wide range of acts-from the New York City Ballet to Mobb Deep, in a variety of disciplines-from musical theater to live electronic music. His drum set “The DrumGarden” was also featured in the July 2019 issue of Modern Drummer magazine. He is very excited to be joining the great team at the Capital Area Music Project and sharing his knowledge of music with the students there!

Nicholas Kopp


“EXQUISITE…a buttery alto and nimble, graceful phrasing … Greg Haymes, Albany Times Union

JEANNE O'CONNOR is a vocalist who has delved deep into the heart of the Great American Songbook with swing, subtlety, and deep musicality. She has also brought her clear, expressive alto voice to pop, Latin music, and R&B.  She is an experienced voice educator who teaches students in fundamental vocal skills as well as diverse singing styles: jazz, musical theater, pop, rock, folk, and choral. 

“Voice lessons with Jeanne have greatly helped expand my range, improve my tone quality, and sing with expression and confidence.  I can't thank her enough for helping me prepare for my auditions and performances.”  
Elizabeth F., high school musical theater actress

Jeane O'Connor


Dustin is a self-proclaimed "Guitar Nerd," who knows the inside and out of the instrument, the scene, the art of playing the guitar and the true virtuoso's of the instrument.  He is a phenomenal player and teacher and strives to make his students achieve greatness through inspiration and hard work.  

He does this as a labor of love and his joy of playing the instrument is infectious.   Dustin has played with many different projects and bands over the years and wants to help you reach your goals with the instrument he enjoys so much.

Dustin Wicksell

Pat Gerasia

Pat Gerasia is an international touring drummer best known for his work with Ohio rock band,  Red Sun Rising.  After years of touring independently with various bands and artists, Pat made a cross-country move to Los Angeles, CA in 2014 where he joined Red Sun Rising as a full-time touring and recording member.

Red Sun Rising is currently one of the top new rock bands in the world with over 50 million worldwide streams, Two #1 Active Rock Billboard singles, Four Top Ten radio singles, and an impressive touring schedule that has taken them across the US, Europe, Russia and Japan.

Pat's high-energy drumming style can be described as precise, dynamic and intricate. He has studied privately with some of rock’s greatest drummers including Jeff Friedl (A Perfect Circle, Filter) and Dave Elitch (The Mars Volta). Pat received his music education at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC.

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