COMPOSER | MENTOR
A New Jersey-based composer of contemporary classical music and some jazz, Eileen's work spans piano, string, and wind instrumentations.
Having taken 10 years of piano and solfege lessons at The French School of Music in Plainfield, NJ during the 70s, she was a student of Mademoiselle Yvonne Combe, who studied at the Paris Conservatory when French composers Claude Debussy, Gabriel Fauré, Camille Saint-Saëns and Maurice Ravel were alive and Fauré was Director of the Conservatory. As a child, Eileen played in Carnegie Recital Hall nine times (many French School alumni did the same). Eight known alumni around her time went to The Juilliard School, and more attended other conservatories.
Having worked as a software developer, technical trainer, business analyst, engineering manager, and real estate investor, (B.S. in Math - Computing from University of Notre Dame), she has taken an extended sabbatical to focus on music composition and capturing French School's efficient and effective solfege and piano practice methodologies so that future generations of music students can have what was once available to Combe's students. Eileen studies composition and orchestration in The Juilliard School's Evening Division.