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MiPAC Teachers • Peter Furlan

MiPAC is very excited to have Peter Furlan joining our faculty as conductor of our Jazz Ensembles, and instructor of both sax and flute during our first two weeks. He holds two Masters Degrees from New York University, teaches & conducts at several high schools and colleges, and is an active professional performer for many years.

Mr. Peter Furlan is a saxophonist, composer, arranger and educator whose striking originality is demonstrated on his Twinz Records release “Peter Furlan – Spy Glass Hill”.

In addition to leading The Peter Furlan Project,  Peter Furlan Trio & Quintet, he co-leads 3 groups, Mr. Gone, FAQ & Le Jazz Electronique.  He has performed and recorded with Dizzy Gillespie, The Temptations, 10,000 Maniacs, The Four Tops, Terumasa Hino, Thomas Chapin, Don Alias, Frank Foster, Brian Lynch, David Budway, John Hart, Mike Richmond, Terry Silverlight, Cameron Brown,  Vinnie Cutro,  Steven Bernstein, Duane Eubanks, Ratzo Harris, Richie Morales, The Mahavishnu Project  and many others.  Accordingly, the diversity of these musical experiences has served to inform Peter’s comprehensive and eclectic creative palette.

A New York native currently living in Congers, N.Y., Furlan studied with Jackie McLean and Paul Jeffrey at the Hartt Conservatory of Music and Rutgers  University. He studied composition with Jim McNeely and received two Masters Degrees (Jazz Composition, Jazz Performance) from New York University.

He is currently affiliated with a variety of educational programs in New York and New Jersey.

  • Founder, artistic director and conductor, Rockland Youth Jazz Ensemble (www.ryje.com), Rockland, NY
  • Vice-President, Rockland County Jazz and Blues Society (www.rcjbs.org)
  • Member, Rockland County Music Teachers Guild


  • Jazz Ensemble Director, Bergen Catholic High School, Oradell, NJ
  • Professor of Music, Bergen Community College, Paramus, NJ
  • Woodwind Instructor, Storm King School, Cornwall-On-Hudson (www.sks.org)
  • Private woodwind teacher, Rockland County, NY (32 years experience!!)

MiPAC Teachers • Elizabeth Kitson Arnold

Mrs. Arnold will serve as MiPAC’s Flute instructor for weeks 3 and 4.

Elizabeth Kitson-Arnold received her M.M from the Manhattan School of Music and her B.M from the University of North Texas.

She is principal flutist with the Catskill Symphony Orchestra, the Wallingford Symphony Orchestra and the Utica Symphony Orchestra.

  • Ms. Kitson-Arnold is currently in her sixth year of  teaching band to students in grades 4-8 at several Catholic Schools with Connecticut Future Musicians.
  • Her students have won first chair positions with the CMEA Middle School All-Region Festival, and CT Future Musicians All-State Bands.
  • Ms. Kitson-Arnold is on the music faculty of Choate Rosemary Hall
  • She was a faculty member of the Manhattan School Summer Music Camp from 2005-2008.


She also has performed with the following groups:

  • Clinton Symphony (New York)
  • Ridgefield Symphony
  • Bridgeport Symphony Orchestra
  • Member of the Earl Banquer Woodwind Ensemble
  • Windscape, Manhattan School of Music’s woodwind quintet in residence
  • During the 2003, 2004 and 2007 seasons of the American Wind Symphony Orchestra, Ms. Kitson-Arnold performed as principal flutist and she can be heard as a featured soloist on Villa-Lobos Concerto Grosso for Woodwind Quartet and Wind Orchestra on their recording Music of the Americas, #AWSO 117.  She can also be heard on the recordings Reflections, #AWSO 118, and Concertos from Three Continents, #AWSO 112.
  • She attended the Scotia Festival of Music in 2007 where she performed with the orchestra on a live CBC broadcast.
  • Attended the Lake Placid Institute Flute Seminar
  • 2nd Annual Juilliard International Master Class
  • Innsbrook Institute
  • Winner of the Lillian Fuchs Chamber Music Competition
  • Only flute finalist at the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Instrumental Competition
  • Semi-finalist at the William C. Byrd Young Artists Competition
  • Outstanding Soloist at the Texas Flute Society’s 23rd Annual Flute Festival
  • Performed in masterclasses for Pierre Boulez, Jeffery Khaner, Mark Sparks, and Timothy Day
  • Teachers include Michael Parloff, Mary Karen Clardy, Alberto Almarza