Brass & Woodwinds

Jenny Cline

Jenny Cline (Flute) holds a Bachelor of Music in flute performance from Northwestern University, where she studied with Walfrid Kujala.  She is the principal flutist of the Monmouth Symphony Orchestra, piccoloist with the Summit Symphony, and performs regularly with the Plainfield Symphony.  In addition to her orchestral performing, she is also active as a chamber musician.  As a member of FLUTATIOUS!, a professional flute ensemble, she performed at the 2009 National Flute Association convention in New York City.  Her woodwind quintet, the Monmouth Winds, recently performed a concerto with the Monmouth Symphony Orchestra, and is busy commissioning new works to expand the repertoire.  She has been a guest performer with the Uptown Flutes, and is in demand as a freelance musician around the state.  On the faculty at NJWA since 1996, her students regularly achieve honors at the local, regional, state, and national level.


Howard Toplansky

Howard Toplansky holds a B.Mus.Ed and an MM from the University of Michigan. He has been an instrumental music instructor for over 30 years and is currently a teacher in the Kenilworth school district. Mr. Toplansky is the author of Essentials of Bassoon Technique , which is considered the “Bassoonist’s Bible”. This textbook is used in orchestras and universities around the world. He directs The Music Studio Concert Band.


Adam Garnys

Adam Garnys, a graduate of Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers, is proficient in clarinet, flute, trumpet, trombone, baritone and percussion instruments. His background includes giving  private music lessons for students, from beginner to advanced levels, and working as an instrumental music teacher and band director in area school systems.

The multi-talented musician also plays in various jazz combos and  wind, jazz, and classical saxophone ensembles.  He has performed on flute, alto saxophone and baritone saxophone for Atlantic Records, while touring in the United States and Canada.  His credits include recording an album on the Atlantic Records label at the Jim Henson Studios in Hollywood, California.


Phil Rinaldi

“Cadillac” Phil draws his inspiration from jazz, as well as rock, funk and R&B.  He  has taught music lessons, both nationally and internationally,  with master classes in more than  50 different venues, including Sherbrooke University in Canada.

In addition to his private teaching and clinics, Rinaldi, a graduate of New Jersey City University with a BA in Music, performs increasingly in the New York metropolitan area.  He has appeared with  outstanding groups such as  the New Jersey Pops, the Staten Island Philharmonic, Ocean Pops, Ryles Jazz Orchestra in Boston  and the  Billy Carrion Jazz Orquestra, which has been recognized as one of the most acclaimed in Latin Music.   He   has performed with such notables as Connie Francis, Joe Piscipo, The Duprees and The Temptations.

His performing  experience includes over 100 different runs of more than 80 various shows at numerous professional, semi-professional and community theaters, in addition to  recording several albums. His band Watson can often be heard in the Sweet Sounds Downtown Jazz Festival in Westfield, as well as at other local events.

Rinaldi’s music organization memberships include  the Music Educators’  National Conference, the Musician’s Union and the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America, Inc.


Janet Lyman

Janet Lyman has been teaching since 1967. She studied at the Manhattan School of Music in New York, receiving a B.M. and an M.M. Ed. Ms. Lyman teaches music in the Tenafly school district and founded and conducts the Tenafly Symphony Orchestra. She is Director of Music at Zion Lutheran Church in Clark where she established a brass and string ensemble and conducts the Adult and Youth Choir. Ms. Lyman was string advisor to WYACT/NJPAC Summer Musicals and has conducted the North Jersey Junior Regional Orchestra. In 2003 she started and directed a Hand Bell Choir at Zion Lutheran Church in Clark, NJ.


Michael Rosin

Westfield resident Michael Rosin holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Composition and Theory from the John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University, and a Master’s Degree in Composition from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He is currently the organist and Director of Music Ministries at the First Baptist Church in Westfield, NJ.

Mr. Rosin is also active as a writer and Music Historian, writing for New York’s classical music radio station, WQXR, and The New Jersey Festival Orchestra, where he provides program notes and lectures.

During his time in San Francisco, he tutored conservatory students in theory and musicianship, and taught piano privately. Mr. Rosin has accompanied choirs at MSU, and was the harpsichordist for both the MSU and SFCM Baroque Ensembles.

Mr. Rosin maintains an active performing career, playing piano and organ weekly at the Baptist Church in town, and piano recitals for The Westfield Musical Club, of which he is a member and scholarship recipient.