MEET OUR FACULTY
New Jersey Woodwind Studio has an outstanding team of dedicated instructors, all of whom are determined to help students succeed. Our teachers are not only successful performers and highly qualified specialists on their instrument, but also extremely passionate about music education. Each of our outstanding teachers offers support and guidance uniquely tailored to each student.
Director, Clarinet, Saxophone
Alexander Knox is a local freelance clarinetist as well as woodwind doubler. He maintains a full studio of competitive private students and is an avid chamber musician as the clarinetist with the Meraki Chamber Players and alto saxophonist with the Garden State Saxophone Quartet. Alexander has performed with The Talea Ensemble, Adelphi Orchestra, The Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey, The Wind Symphony of Southern New Jersey, The Philharmonic of Southern New Jersey, The Ridgewood Concert Band and various other local ensembles. As an educator, Alexander teaches sectionals and chamber music with the New Jersey Youth Orchestras, wind ensemble director for the Fair Lawn Summer Music Program, as well as varied local high school coachings in both masterclass and chamber settings.
Alexander Knox holds a Master's in Music Performance from Stony Brook University and a Bachelor's in Music Performance from Montclair State University. He studied clarinet with Alan Kay, David Singer and Arne Running, and saxophone with Harvey Pittel and Erik Lawrence.
A sought-after chamber and orchestral musician, oboist Lillian Copeland has performed with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, American Ballet Theater, and New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, among others. She is a member of the contemporary flute and oboe duo, FloBot, and maintains a private oboe studio.
Lillian recently relocated to New York City after playing eight seasons as Principal Oboe with the Santiago Philharmonic Orchestra (Chile). Aside from diverse opera, ballet, and symphonic repertoire, Lillian performed a variety of chamber music, toured the south of Chile with her woodwind quintet, and collaborated with the Ensamble Filarmónico. An ardent supporter of new music, Lillian premiered new works at the annual Contemporary Music Festival in Santiago. While in Chile, Lillian performed as a soloist with the Santiago Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as with the Chamber Orchestra of the Universidad Mayor, where she was Professor of Oboe.
Born in Lexington, VA, Lillian earned degrees from Oberlin Conservatory and Rice University, and is currently pursuing a doctorate at Rutgers University. Her teachers include James Caldwell, Robert Atherholt, and Nathan Hughes.
Associate Director, Flute
Natasha Loomis is a versatile and engaging performer of music ranging from Baroque to contemporary. An avid chamber musician and proponent of new music, she performs regularly as flutist/Artistic Director of the Meraki Chamber Players and the Mosaic Flute Duo, as well as being 2nd flutist of the Adelphi Orchestra since 2012. Natasha has performed at a diverse range of venues, including Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, the DiMenna Center, SOPAC, Shapeshifter Lab, the Firehouse Space, and Silvana Harlem. Natasha has degrees in music performance from Franklin & Marshall College and Montclair State University, and has done doctoral coursework at Rutgers University, studying with Bart Feller (NJSO). A dedicated music educator, Natasha has been running a successful private studio in the NJ area since 2009, in addition to serving as flute instructor at MSU's Preparatory Center for the Arts and chamber coach at New Jersey Youth Orchestras. She recently traveled to Lima, Peru for the XXXII Festival Internacional de Flautistas, performing as guest artist and working with conservatory students
Richard Blake is a bassoonist and music educator based in the Tri-State area. Raised in a small farm town in Maryland, Richard started playing bassoon at a young age and performed with the Washington DC Youth Orchestra in venues such as the Kennedy Center and the White House consistently throughout his middle and high school years. These amazing experiences led Richard to study Music Education at Hofstra University on Long Island where he not only performed principal roles in the school’s ensembles but also won seats in the Island Chamber Symphony, Massapequa Philharmonic, South Shore Symphony, North Shore Symphony, and Park Avenue Chamber Symphony orchestras. Following his undergraduate education, Richard continued teaching privately and performing in orchestras while teaching young students with special needs in Jericho, NY. He then was offered the band manager graduate assistantship at Montclair State University working under the director of bands, Dr. Thomas McCauley. Richard continues to teach and perform as a freelance bassoonist as he finishes his Masters Degree in Bassoon Performance at Montclair State University.