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Dr. James Mick

Dr. James Mick is an associate professor of music education at Ithaca College in upstate New York. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in string pedagogy, orchestral rehearsal techniques, instrumental conducting, psychology of music teaching, and contemporary ensembles.

A passionate music educator and ardent supporter of public school music programs, Dr. Mick is the immediate past-president of the New York American String Teachers Association and he frequently works with public school students of all ages and abilities. A popular guest conductor, he has been invited to work with students in a variety of settings ranging from individual school and all-district events to all-county and all-state honor festivals. Recent and upcoming all-state orchestra appearances include Alabama, Florida, Georgia, New York, Ohio, and Wyoming.

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Irene Narotsky

Irene Narotsky was named RPYO Manager in 2016. Prior to that she was the Interim Executive Director of Hillel at the University of Rochester, Interim Executive Director of Hillel at Ithaca College and had a 23-year career as a Kodak research engineer. Irene is in her 10th year as a Pittsford School Board Member and is the Secretary of the Temple B’rith Kodesh’s Board of Trustees. She currently serves as a member of the Monroe County School Boards Association (MCSBA) Steering Committee, as Co-Chair of the MCSBA Labor Relations Committee, as a University of Rochester Writing Program Real Reader (providing mentorship to engineering students), and as Co-President of her Neighborhood Association. Irene holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Rochester. She is the proud mom of three sons, one of whom is an RPYO alum. A naturalized citizen, Irene is proud to call Rochester and America her home.