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As Director of 92Y’s Center for Education Outreach, Ava Lehrer oversees the design and implementation of school-based and on-site K-12 programs in music, dance, visual art, literature and digital design.
As Director of 92Y’s Center for Education Outreach, Ava Lehrer oversees the design and implementation of school-based and on-site K-12 programs in music, dance, visual art, literature and digital design. From 2011-2015, she was a member of the artistic team in 92Y’s Tisch Center for the Arts, where she co-produced two literary exhibitions — Dylan Thomas in America and Love the Words: A 75th-Anniversary Celebration of the Unterberg Poetry Center — and designed 92Y’s Concerts Schools Project, which connects high-school students’ course of study in music with attendance at performances in 92Y’s world-class Concerts Series. Before joining 92Y, she was a researcher and project manager for poet John Ashbery and taught writing to students with English as a New Language. She holds a B.A. in literature and romance languages from Bard College and a Master’s from Touro College in General and Special Education for Middle Childhood.
Jennifer Dayton is originally from Binghamton, NY and is a graduate from the State University of New York College at Brockport where she studied Business Administration and Dance.
Jennifer Dayton is originally from upstate New York and is a graduate from the State University of New York College at Brockport where she studied Business Administration and Dance. Jennifer has worked with the Arts and Cultural Council of Greater Rochester and was an Artist Services Representative at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. In 2014 she joined the Education staff at the Mark Morris Dance Group as the Education Programs Manager; managing and growing 28 community partnerships. Jennifer joined the Center for Education Outreach in 2017 as the Schools Partnership Program Manager providing arts-based programs to nearly 3,000 students in New York City public schools. Aside from her arts administrative work, she has worked as a dance teaching artist and has danced with Bill Evans Dance Company, Nicole Kaplan|Mapping and Justin Bass Dance. Jennifer also currently serves as Development Manager for Vanessa VanWormer Dance, a bi-coastal contemporary dance company presenting a diverse range of repertory, including multi-media works with live music and visual artists.
As a Teaching Artist, curriculum writer and consultant, composer Daniel Levy’s unique creative perspective and musical insight have energized workshops, …
As a Teaching Artist, curriculum writer and consultant, composer Daniel Levy’s unique creative perspective and musical insight have energized workshops, classes and new curriculum for grades pre-k through 12, college and graduate students, and faculty and administrators in New York City since 1988. He has worked in association with the Lincoln Center Institute for the Arts in Education, the 92nd Street Y Educational Outreach Center and SoundGarden programs, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, the Harmony Program (El Systema in America), Symphony Space, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Musicians for Harmony, Young Audiences New York and Park Avenue Armory. Daniel's current classroom practice includes an ongoing composing and music technology workshop with 1st and 2nd Graders at PS24X for Little Orchestra Society, as well as a noted music workshop for inmates at Sing Sing Correctional Facility for Carnegie Hall. His dynamic classroom presence and ability to collaborate with classroom teachers have made him one of New York’s favorite Teaching Artists.
Maya graduated with a B.A. from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study.
Maya graduated with a B.A. from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. At Gallatin, Maya's concentration in sociology and performance studies focused on The Performance of Social Change: The Dialogue Between Individuals and Collectives. Maya joins 92nd Street Y from The Public Theater, where she assisted the Development team. In addition to her arts administration work, Maya has worked with New York City public schools through service learning courses and an AmeriCorps teaching fellowship. These experiences inspired Maya’s interest in arts education as a tool for personal expression and community engagement — she is thrilled to be supporting the exciting K-12 programming at the Center for Education Outreach.
Morgan Hasson graduated with a BFA in Dance from State University of New York College at Brockport.
Morgan Hasson graduated with a BFA in Dance from State University of New York College at Brockport. She has worked previously for Chez Bushwick and Center for Performance Research in Brooklyn, NY. Since graduating she has danced with various companies such as Nicole Kaplan|Mapping, Turning Key Dance, Bill Evans Dance Company and other freelance artists throughout the city. Currently, she is employed with VVWDance, teaches at Studio E School of Dance in Queens and at Manhattan Hunter Science High School. She is now getting her Masters at Arnhold Graduate Dance Education Program.
An alumna of 92Y’s Teen Producers program, Rebecca Dhala now works with 92Y’s Center for Education outreach, providing administrative support and mentoring the new cohort of teens.
An alumna of 92Y’s Teen Producers program, Rebecca Dhala now works with 92Y’s Center for Education outreach, providing administrative support and mentoring the new cohort of teens. She is pursuing a degree in business and music management at Baruch College and studying cello in 92Y’s School of Music.
GiGi Bella is the tenth ranked female poet in the world (WOWPS 2017).
GiGi Bella is the tenth ranked female poet in the world (WOWPS 2017). She is the current Project X Bronx Poetry Champion, the 2017 Vox Pop Indie Champion, a 2017 Fem Slam Finalist and a literal mermaid. She is also a 2016 National Poetry Slam Group Piece Champion and 2013 Semi-Finalist as part of The Albuquerque Poetry Slam Team. Her book, 22, is available through Swimming with Elephants Publications.
Alicia Bennett has lived in New York since 2001 and is active as a clarinetist and private music teacher in the New York area.
Alicia Bennett has lived in New York since 2001 and is active as a clarinetist and private music teacher in the New York area. In addition to a private studio, Alicia teaches at the 92nd Street Y and the Music Academy of Long Island; she has also taught for Stony Brook University's Pre-College Music Program and Suffolk Community College; in summers she contributes her teaching skills to the Hummingbird Music Camp in Jemez Springs, New Mexico. Alicia plays with New York City-based orchestra Camerata Notturna and the clarinet quartet Utopia Winds. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of New Mexico, and her M.M. and D.M.A. degrees in clarinet performance from Stony Brook University. Past notable engagements include an Artist Residency at the Banff Center for Performing Arts; Bang-On-A-Can's 20th Anniversary Concert; and a Merkin Hall performance with the Contemporary Chamber Players of Stony Brook.
Celia is an artist and arts educator with an extensive background working with public schools, universities, non-proﬁt institutions and community organizations.
Celia is an artist and arts educator with an extensive background working with public schools, universities, non-proﬁt institutions and community organizations. She has wide experience in fostering inventive and motivating approaches to art education through teaching artist residencies, professional development workshops and ongoing research into the theory and practice of art education.
Celia’s broad-based pedagogical skills were gained through positions as a Teaching Artist for Lehman College Art Gallery and BRIC Media Arts Brooklyn, as a Professor of Art Education at Pratt Institute, and as a Professional Development Facilitator in arts integration for New York City Department of Education teachers and principals, as well as librarians for both the New York and Brooklyn Public Libraries.
Passionate about providing high quality art education to all students and committed to raising the standards of integrated learning through the arts, Celia has a Masters Degree in Art and Design Education from Pratt Institute, and has presented to the National Art Education Association. In addition, she is currently a visiting lecturer for the Department of Art and Design Education at Pratt Institute, and is a contributing writer to Teaching Artist Journal's Craft Anthology.
Jennifer Choi has charted a career that breaks through the conventional boundaries of solo violin, chamber music and the art of improvisation.
Jennifer Choi has charted a career that breaks through the conventional boundaries of solo violin, chamber music and the art of improvisation. Hailed by The New York Times as an “excellent violinist...soulful, compelling,” Jennifer has performed in venues worldwide such as the Library of Congress in Washington D.C., the RAI National Radio in Rome, Hong Kong National Radio and the Mozartsalle in Vienna since giving her debut recital at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall as Winner of the Artists International Competition in 2000.
A prominent chamber musician, Jennifer was a former violinist of the Miró String Quartet, ETHEL and Sirius Quartets, and has performed for the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, The Metropolitan and Guggenheim Museums, MOMA, Ravinia Festival, Barge Music, and more. Currently, Jennifer is the principle violinist of the Either/Or and ECCE contemporary ensembles, and can be heard on over a dozen albums for TZADIK record label, New Focus Records, New World Records and Starkland labels.
A dedicated music educator, Jennifer is a veteran Teaching Artist for the New York Philharmonic Education Department, 92nd Street Y and Juilliard Global. She has served numerous residencies including master classes, composer readings and recitals at universities around the world including Vermont College of Fine Arts, the University of Freiburg, Shanghai Conservatory, Zhengzhou University, Mannes School of Music, Oberlin, Tulane University, among others. Jennifer is a graduate of the Juilliard School and Oberlin Conservatory of Music where she studied with Dorothy DeLay, Naoko Tanaka, Robert Mann, Roland and Almita Vamos, Gregory Fulkerson, and Camilla Wicks. She can be heard on the Golden Globe winning series, Mozart In the Jungle.
Diana Crum is a choreographer, dancer, teacher, administrator and advocate.
Diana Crum is a choreographer, dancer, teacher, administrator and advocate. The roles overlap and inform one another. In addition to teaching with 92Y, she currently works with Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Brooklyn Arts Council, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Abrons Art Center and The Leadership Program. Since 2010, she has overseen Movement Research Dance Makers in the Schools. She has served as Adjunct Faculty/Visiting Artist at Washington & Lee University (Lexington, VA), University of the Arts (Philadelphia, PA) and Hollins University (Roanoke, VA). Her teaching practices and community work inform her choreography, which has been presented in NYC; across the country; and throughout Western Europe. She holds an MFA from Hollins University and a BA from Columbia University, both in Dance.
Dawn DiPasquale is a choreographer, performer and dance educator.
Dawn DiPasquale is a choreographer, performer and dance educator. She holds a Master of Arts in Dance Education from NYU and is a former Assistant Professor of Dance at Wichita State University, where she served on the faculty of both the Dance and Musical Theatre/Opera programs. As a choreographer for Musical Theatre, she has worked with composer/lyricist Stephen Schwartz on productions of Children of Eden at Paper Mill Playhouse and North Shore Music Theatre, as well as a revival of Working at the Long Wharf Theatre. Other venues include Santa Barbara CLO, Folly Theatre of Kansas City, Music Theatre of Wichita, Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, and the College of Charleston, University of Michigan and Music Theatre West. As a dancer she has worked with choreographers Carl Paris, Douglas Dunn, Trish Doherty, Deborah Damast and Elissaveta Iordanova, with performances at DTW, PS 122, Circum-Arts, Riverside Church, Gowanus, Green Space, Manhattan Movement and Arts Center, NYC Fringe Festival and at the Strada Facendo in Pisa, Italy. She is a grant recipient from The Koch Cultural Trust and is a member of The Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers.
Her work as a teaching artist in NYC public schools includes residencies in early childhood dance and musical theatre. She has participated in programs through Parents As Arts Partners and Creative After School Adventures and currently teaches for 92nd Street Y, NY City Center and Together In Dance. Her programming for 92nd Street Y Outreach Education includes WonderDance and Art Collectors.
Leah Dowdy is a vivacious actress, singer and classically trained dancer.
Leah Dowdy is a vivacious actress, singer and classically trained dancer. Born and raised in West Chester, Pennsylvania, her passion for performance began at a young age when she first started taking dance lessons at The Rock School West where she studied the art of ballet, jazz and hip-hop for a total of twelve years. Leah went on to further study her craft at the University of Pittsburgh where she served as an executive board member and student choreographer for the Pitt Dance Ensemble, attended and competed in multiple ACDFA (American College Dance Festival Association) competitions and first began teaching dance with the Healthy Program in Pittsburgh public schools. A proud panther, Leah graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh with a BA in Film Studies, a BA in Communication & Rhetoric and a minor in Dance in the spring of 2011. Leah has also studied at Broadway Dance Center as well as the Imperial College of London. Since relocating to New York City, Leah has danced for various commercials, including Canon Cameras and Gillette, and landed roles in such films and television shows as Audition (2014), "Person of Interest" (CBS) and "How to Get Away With Murder" (ABC). Teaching is truly one of Leah’s greatest passions, and she enjoys working with students of all ages and abilities.
Carrie Erving is a performer, recording artist, composer, producer and music educator.
Carrie Erving is a performer, recording artist, composer, producer and music educator. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Classical Vocal Performance from Ithaca College and a Master’s Degree in Irish Traditional Song from the University of Limerick, Ireland. Carrie’s love of travel and music has led her to live in Germany, Ireland, New Mexico and New York. She has taught voice at universities in Ireland and New Mexico, and has worked as a music instructor for adults and children in both private and public school settings. Carrie believes that singing is an important tool of self-expression that can be utilized by everyone, and is fascinated with the use of singing in various traditional folk cultures. Her eclectic background in opera, rock and folk music influences both her work with students and her current compositions. She also writes and produces music and sings for various rock bands and enjoys playing guitar and synthesizers. She has toured widely in the US and Europe, and has performed on "Late Night with David Letterman," PitchforkTV and NPR’s "Radiolab." She has collaborated with a diverse array of artists, including Yo-Yo Ma and Will Butler of Arcade Fire. Carrie currently lives in Brooklyn and performs with her band Ponyhof.
Victoria Febrer is a fine artist based in New York City. Her artwork has been exhibited in the United States, Spain, Belgium, Italy, Ireland and Japan, with solo exhibitions in New York, Valencia and Madrid.
Victoria Febrer is a fine artist based in New York City. Her artwork has been exhibited in the United States, Spain, Belgium, Italy, Ireland and Japan, with solo exhibitions in New York, Valencia and Madrid. Her interest in visual images centers around the relationship of the universal and the personal, and the way that repeated images and icons have influenced our understandings of our place in the world. She works in a variety of media including paint, film projection and red wine (through a process of her own invention called vinography).
Reneé Flemings is originally from Louisville, Kentucky, and currently resides in New York, by way of Lansing, Michigan. Reneé spent the summers of her childhood in the small southern towns that populate her plays and live in her memory.
Reneé Flemings is originally from Louisville, Kentucky, and currently resides in New York, by way of Lansing, Michigan. Reneé spent the summers of her childhood in the small southern towns that populate her plays and live in her memory. She has been the writer for ZINC, a private organization that specializes in utilizing drama as part of their life skills programs. Her plays have been produced in New York City and various regional theatre festivals, and her work has been seen and featured on several national sports programs, as they focus on the NFL, NBA and other professional development programs for athletes. Reneé is also an educator, working with several arts in education programs in New York City public Schools, including 92nd Street Y’s Musical Introduction Series. In addition to her work as an actor and writer, Reneé is a singer/director and co-producer of SoReel Productions, whose latest project is entitled Wine Noir.
Originally from Texas, Jennifer Florez has taught music in grades K-8 for the past ten years in public and private schools.
Originally from Texas, Jennifer Florez has taught music in grades K-8 for the past ten years in public and private schools. Additionally, she taught Early Childhood music through the University of North Texas while pursuing her Masters of Music Education degree. Trained as a classical pianist, Jennifer performs as a jazz vocalist, percussionist, and director of African drum ensembles. Currently, she is a teaching artist for 92nd Street Y’s Musical Introduction Series and Schools Partnership Program. She is a piano and voice instructor for 92 Y School of Music. In her spare time, she applauds every musical attempt made by her young son, Miguel.
Laura Gauthier is a freelance concept artist and art educator born and raised in New York City.
Laura Gauthier is a freelance concept artist and art educator born and raised in New York City. She has worked with a variety of New York based independent film production studios, taking great passion in bringing characters and environments to life.
Her most recent clients include Director Craig Macneill (Lizzie, 2017), and Producer/Director Jenn Wexler (The Ranger, 2017).
Laura has worked at the 92nd Street Y Art Center as an Art Educator and Teacher's Assistant for the past eight years. She has worked with children of all ages in a variety of different mediums. She currently teaches Traditional Animation, and Concept Art & Character Design to teenagers.
Chris Giordano earned his BFA in Musical Theatre, BA in Theatre Arts Directing and dance minor from Pace University.
Chris Giordano earned his BFA in Musical Theatre, BA in Theatre Arts Directing and dance minor from Pace University. Originally from Orange County, California, he's been a teaching artist for over seven years and as worked with many organizations: Inside Broadway, AMDA’s High School Summer Conservatory, Camp Broadway, Kidville, The Boys and Girls Club, The Putney School Summer Programs, TexARTS, where he directed Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr. and Brooklyn Acting Lab where he directed Seussical Jr. He's currently working on his Masters in Educational Theatre at CCNY and is a member of the Educational Theatre Association. He’s also current managing director of Theatre NOW New York. As an actor his credits include: Broadway Christmas Wonderland (National Tour), The Berenstain Bears Live! (National Tour), It Shoulda Been You (Gretna Theatre), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (St. Bart's Players), All Shook Up (La Comedia Dinner Theatre), Fiddler on the Roof (Westchester Broadway Theatre), Hair, Ragtime, Bye Bye Birdie, South Pacific at (Weathervane Theater), Seussical and Disney's High School Musical (Broadway On Tour). www.chrisgiordano.net
Montreal native Gabriel Globus-Hoenich's career reflects forays into the worlds of jazz, classical music and world music as a drummer, percussionist, composer and teaching artist.
Montreal native Gabriel Globus-Hoenich's career reflects forays into the worlds of jazz, classical music and world music as a drummer, percussionist, composer and teaching artist. Currently based in New York City, Gabriel performs frequently with some of the top players in Latin music, including John Benitez, Axel Laugart and Luisito Quintero. A busy jazz drummer, Mr. Globus-Hoenich has performed with a multitude of jazz greats, and has been featured on drum-set with the Philly Pops and orchestras of Detroit, Louisville, Illinois and Curtis Institute. He collaborates frequently with Teddy Abrams and the Sixth Floor Trio, serving as principal percussionist and education director at the trio’s chamber music festival, GardenMusic, in South Miami. An active composer and arranger, Gabriel has written for Achilles Liarmakopolous of the Canadian Brass, grammy nominated Tiempo Libre and the Louisville Orchestra.
Jesse Greenberg is a Queens-based percussionist, composer and arts educator.
Jesse Greenberg is a Queens-based percussionist, composer and arts educator. He has toured internationally as the glockenspiel player for Zamler-Carhart/Rauh/Greenberg, an improvised chamber trio that sets poetic texts both ancient and modern. He is the vibraphonist and composer-in-residence with the new music ensemble, ShoutHouse, collaborating with classical, hip-hop, jazz and world musicians. As a performer and composer, he has been featured in Festival Les Troubadours chantent l’art roman, Composers Now, Harlem Arts Festival, the 44 Charlton Series at the Greene Space, WNYC, WBAI and ModFest. Jesse’s composition and performance practices are largely grounded in his work as an educator, working as a teaching artist through 92Y’s Musical Introduction Series, as a lead teacher at an early childhood school and as a private piano, percussion and theory instructor.
Eli Kababa is the co-founder of the Garden State Dance Project, a company devoted to cultivating the art of dance in New Jersey through their performance and education programs.
Eli Kababa is the co-founder of the Garden State Dance Project, a company devoted to cultivating the art of dance in New Jersey through their performance and education programs. Eli is a certified Functional Movement Screen Trainer. He is also a Teaching Artist for the New York City Ballet, 92Y, Center for Arts Education, Brant Lake Dance Camp and Souljerz break dance crew.
Bonita Labossiere has been a teaching artist for almost 40 years. During the 1970s, Bonita was one of a small group of performers exploring the impact of academic integration through the arts, in Virginia and Massachusetts.
Bonita Labossiere has been a teaching artist for almost 40 years. During the 1970s, Bonita was one of a small group of performers exploring the impact of academic integration through the arts, in Virginia and Massachusetts. Since that time, the field has opened and expanded to such a degree that it has afforded Bonita wonderful opportunities which have included travel and academic work not only in the United States, but also in Canada and Finland as the Program Director in New York City for Learning Through the Arts, out of The Royal Conservatory of Music, in Toronto.
As a professional singer, writer, coach, director and producer, Bonita has built an umbrella organization called The Visualized Voice which creates original theatrical productions that have been seen at The Duplex and The Producer’s Club, as well as other New York City theaters, over the last 3 decades. She also sits on the Board of Directors of Art/No Art Productions which has produced the comedic short film Naked Boy, which Bonita directed.
Currently, Ms. Labossiere is working as a teaching artist with a focus on integrating academics through Choral Music and Musical Theatre, and is thrilled to have been given this opportunity by 92Y.
Carol Grocki Lewis studied ceramics at Buffalo State College while earning a Bachelor of Science in Art Education. She furthered her study of ceramics at 92Y with Polly Ann Martin, Frank Martin and various visiting ceramic artists.
Carol Grocki Lewis studied ceramics at Buffalo State College while earning a Bachelor of Science in Art Education. She furthered her study of ceramics at 92Y with Polly Ann Martin, Frank Martin and various visiting ceramic artists. Grocki Lewis taught ceramics at Marymount Manhattan College and has been teaching ceramics and art at 92nd Street YM-YWHA since 1995 and at Earthworks Pottery in New York City. Before coming to NYC in 1980 she taught art in the public schools in Rochester NY.
While working from 1982-1992 as a registrar and collections manager for various private art collectors she earned a Master of Arts degree from New York University in the Gallatin Division, an independent study program. She focused on Museum Studies and Art History. Graduate thesis: Caring For Cultural Property: A Guide for the Private Art Collector. (1992)
Carol has been teaching through the Educational Outreach Program at the 92Y at River East, a K-5 school in Harlem. Using clay, glazes and the kiln at the school the students have had an opportunity to express their creative ideas in a new medium.
pianist, visiting artist
Lee is an architectural designer, a design educator and an English language teacher.
Lee is an architectural designer, a design educator and an English language teacher. Lee received his Master of Architecture degree from Wentworth Institute of Technology in 2009. Lee has designed at various scales, from small objects to large building projects. What he loves most with architecture, is to design following the concept, less is more and to use architecture to direct us towards harmony with nature and mindful lifestyle. He believes the process of design can be a very informative tool and provides a way of thinking that can be applied to all art forms and can even help us improve the way we live. He has interests in exploring various modes of expression simultaneously, as one medium is not ideal for all people. He is a musician, practices theatre/improve, makes short films, draws and water color paints. Lee wishes to explore ideas and art with students to encourage a perspective of life that reminds us why learning and knowledge is fun and is something to cherish.
Terence Murren is a string bassist and electric bassist who cannot resist guitars or analog synthesizers.
He studied classical string bass and composition with Sue Powell and Annea Lockwood at Vassar College. He has studied jazz bass with Drew Gress as well as doing course work with Mike Richmond at NYU's Graduate program in Jazz Performance. Active as a teaching artist since 2000, Terence has taught through Creative Music Programs, the Harlem School of the Arts and 92nd Street Y where he was also author of curricula for its Musical Introduction Series used throughout New York City.
In addition to being a founding member of the indie rock band Relations, Murren performs with Megafortress, The Combine and as a soloist. He has played with Jon Gibson (Philipp Glass Ensemble), Bobby Previte, Butch Morris, Billy Bang, Tomas Fujiwara, Mike Gamble, Matt Bauder, Josh Kaufman and Otto Hauser. Murren is based in Beacon and can be heard performing regularly in the Hudson Valley and New York City.
Maurizio Najt graduated from the "Conservatorio Nacional de Música de Buenos Aires", Argentina.
Artemisz Polonyi is a singer and composer, originally from Hungary, currently living in New York City.
Her musical training includes classical, jazz, improvisation, and folk and early music. She gets a kick out of bringing all these styles together in her performing and teaching.
Currently she can be seen singing and playing percussion with her world music group: Asaran Earth Trio. She also performs with the professional chorus of Brick Presbyterian Church of NYC and the progressive-indie-jazz orchestra, The Delegation.
She has been pursuing her passion for teaching by leading her voice studio for more than a decade, teaching private voice lessons and helping students find their own, unique, beautifully fearless voices.
She considers herself very lucky to be able to bring music and the joy of singing to the public schools of New York City through the Musical Introduction program of 92Y, and the Students Compose Opera program of the Metropolitan Opera Guild.
Casey Alexander Smith is a native New Yorker and advocate of the arts.
Casey Alexander Smith is a native New Yorker and advocate of the arts. As an artist and designer he has worked with clients of varying sizes, from Viacom Networks to independent sole proprietors. As an arts educator he has spent over a decade trying to encourage the naturally collaborative and interdisciplinary spirit of arts in education. The arts have been a means for change, an avenue of therapy and uplifting celebration for the joys that surround us. Casey is extremely happy to be working with 92Y and looks forward to many more creative projects.
guitarist, visiting artist
Pete Smith is a New York City-based guitarist who performs and teaches in a wide range of musical settings.
Pete Smith is a New York City-based guitarist who performs and teaches in a wide range of musical settings. As a founding member of Grupo los Santos, a vanguard Afro-Cuban and Brazilian-style quartet, he has played New York’s Town Hall and concerts throughout the U.S., Cuba & Europe. With Hazmat Modine he has performed at the Berlin Jazz Festival and Montreal Jazz Festival, as well as concerts in thirty countries throughout Europe, Eastern Europe and Asia. He has worked and/or recorded with Norah Jones, trumpeter Donald Byrd, Cuban trombone master Juan Pablo Torres, Michael Feinstein, Andrew Hill, Kat Edmonson, Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks, the Moonlighters, Madeline Peyroux, Natalie Merchant and Huun-Huur-Tu. Pete has a great deal of experience as an educator, having presented workshops in guitar and improvisation in Russia, Austria, Denmark, as well as the U.S. For over ten years, he has been a regular participant in the Music Introduction Series at 92nd Street Y, which brings music from all over the world to NYC public school children. In addition to private teaching, he was three years a classroom instructor of guitar at 92nd Street Y, as well as a teaching assistant to Donald Byrd in New York’s Jazzmobile program.
Susan Thomasson, dancer/choreographer, holds a BFA degree from the University of Utah, where she served an apprenticeship with Repertory Dance Theatre.
Susan Thomasson, dancer/choreographer, holds a BFA degree from the University of Utah, where she served an apprenticeship with Repertory Dance Theatre. She has performed a wide variety of modern dance styles, dancing and touring with the companies of Kathryn Posin, Raymond Johnson, Bill T. Jones, Bill Evans and Rosalind Newman. Since 1983 she has been a soloist with Anna Sokolow’s Players’ Project, performing nationally and internationally with the company, and assisting in reconstruction of Ms. Sokolow’s repertory. Susan also tours a solo/duet concert of Pilobolus Dance Theatre’s work, originally created for Lincoln Center Institute. In addition to her own work, she performs with Claire Porter, Elissaveta Iordanova and Mark DeGarmo.
A teaching artist for the Lincoln Center Institute since 1980, she has been involved in the development of many of the Institute’s national affiliates as a performer, teaching artist and consultant. She has been a faculty member of Brooklyn College, the Rutgers University system, Hofstra University, Manhattanville College, Fairleigh Dickinson University, the University of Northern Iowa and Brooklyn’s Berkeley Carroll School. In addition to Lincoln Center and many independent teaching residencies, she is an artist-in-residence and teaching artist for 92nd Street Y, NY City Center, the Joyce Theater, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and the Theater Development Fund. Currently Susan is a researcher and mentor for Arts Achieve, an educational innovation grant administered by the NYC and US Departments of Education.
She received a Choreography Fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts for 2011. Her work has been presented at DanceNow, NY’s 40Up Series, Dance Theater Workshop, the 92nd Street Y’s Harkness Dance Series, the American Dance Guild, NY International Fringe Festival, Flea Theater, New York’s Riverside Dance Festival, the Aspen Music Festival, Hopkins Theatre at Dartmouth College and Iowa’s Cedar Arts Forum.
She was a contributing writer to a biography of Ms. Sokolow, which won the 1992 Torre del Bueno literature prize. A frequent master teacher and panelist, she writes arts and arts education materials for Lincoln Center, New Jersey Performing Arts Center and music publisher Silver Burdett. In 2006 Susan received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Teaching Artists and the New York State Council on the Arts and a Governor’s Award in the Arts from the State of New Jersey. She received a Choreography Fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts for 2011-12.
Liz Turner is an accomplished performer, writer and educator who has captivated audiences and students across the globe.
Liz Turner is an accomplished performer, writer and educator who has captivated audiences and students across the globe. Having achieved a M.M in Contemporary Performance & Production (Vocal Performance) from the Berklee College of Music's campus in Valencia, Spain and has also obtained a B.M from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA (Vocal Performance). Past performing credits include: Disney Live!, Nickelodeon at Sea, Carnival Cruise lines, Ogunquit Playhouse, Texas Family Musicals, Macy's Thanksgiving day parade, Amore Opera, Regina Opera and NY Lyric Opera.
Liz has had the pleasure of Musical Directing at various inner city schools with Inside Broadway, Brooklyn Arts Council, Mainstages, The Queens Theater, Berklee City Music Program, Boston Bridge Charter School and St. Joseph's Regional Catholic School. Past shows she has musical directed have included Annie, Legally Blonde, The Wizard of Oz and Seussical, Oliver, Shrek and Chicago at Long Lake Camp for the Arts. Liz also serves on the Berklee Alumni Audition Committee, and was recently named Berklee Alumni Ambassador of the Year. (2017)
Liz is currently working on her original musical Ciao Bambino, which will debut Off-Off Broadway in the Spring of 2018 at the 13th street repertory Theater. Also a member of SAG/AFTRA, Liz is very involved in the film and voiceover scene in New York City.
Brandon Welch is originally from Indianapolis, IN where he trained with Diane Gudat.
Brandon Welch is originally from Indianapolis, IN where he trained with Diane Gudat. He went on to receive a BFA in Dance Performance from SUNY Purchase. In 2010, Brandon studied on exchange at the Western Australian Academy of the Performing Arts and in 2011 began his professional career with Momix dance-illusionist. For two years, Brandon was a member of Doug Varone and Dancers. During his time with Doug Varone, Brandon performed at the Metropolitan Opera in Les Troyens and traveled to South America with Dance Motion USA’s cultural diplomacy program. Brandon is currently a company member and artistic associate of Gibney Dance Company. As a member of GDC, Brandon facilitates movement workshops in Domestic Violence shelters and is the creator of an international network for dancers passionate about merging the arts and social justice. Additionally, Brandon has also performed works by Twyla Tharp, Nelly Van Bommel, Zvi Gotheiner, Stephen Petronio, Amy Miller, Lane Gifford, Hilary Easton, Keely Garfield and Ohad Naharin. As an educator, Brandon has taught in Armenia, Argentina, Sweden, Tanzania, Turkey and across the United States. He is also the Founding Executive Director of Awakening Movement, a faith-based dance organization in New York City.
Over the past 25 years, Lynne Wilson has directed numerous children’s musical theatre productions, as well as cabarets and benefits. She is an accomplished actress and member of AEA, AFTRA, and SAG.
Over the past 25 years, Lynne Wilson has directed numerous children’s musical theatre productions, as well as cabarets and benefits. She is an accomplished actress and member of AEA, AFTRA, and SAG. She is a teaching artist for 92Y’s Musical Introduction Series and teaches the Jr. Music Ensemble Class at PS 130 through City Lights Youth Theatre from whom she recently received the 2007 'Founding Teacher' Award. Lynne received her BA in Music Education from Millsaps College. Lynne currently resides in NYC with her daughter, Alexandra.
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