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Samantha Angstman is a pianist based in Kensington, Brooklyn. She is especially interested in 20th-century American piano music, particularly music by women composers such as Ruth Crawford See ...
Samantha Angstman is a pianist based in Kensington, Brooklyn. She is especially interested in 20th-century American piano music, particularly music by women composers such as Ruth Crawford Seeger, Vivian Fine and Louise Talma. Her most current project is a program of homages by American composers paired with the music they are inspired by: Fine’s Momenti paired with Schubert’s Moments Musicaux, Irving Fine's (no relation to Vivian!) Homage à Mozart paired with Mozart’s C minor Fantasy and Sonata, and Copland’s Night Thoughts (Homage to Ives) paired with Ives’ Three-Page Sonata. Sammy also enjoys performing as a duo with cellist Alison Rowe — this year they are exploring Shostakovich and Schnittke cello sonatas as well as works by Virgil Thomson and Lowell Liebermann.
Sammy is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance at Stony Brook University, where she earned her Master’s degree in 2015. She is a student of Gilbert Kalish and Christina Dahl, and over the past 5 years at Stony Brook has been a recipient of the Staller Scholar Award and has served the music department in a variety of roles as a teaching assistant, teaching undergraduate-level applied piano, keyboard skills, and musicianship and acting as coordinator of the graduate music department’s annual Piano Project. As a chamber musician and collaborative pianist, Sammy has had coachings with many of the faculty at Stony Brook, including members of the Emerson String Quartet. In addition to her studies at Stony Brook, Sammy works as the organist and choir director at the Caroline Church in East Setauket and maintains teaching studios in Brooklyn and Stony Brook.
Prior to her graduate studies at Stony Brook, Sammy earned her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance at the New England Conservatory of Music, where she was a student of Bruce Brubaker. Sammy is a native of Williston, VT, and started taking piano lessons when she was seven, eventually studying classical piano with Paul Orgel and jazz piano with Tom Cleary. She has fond memories of her musical upbringing in Vermont and hopes to return regularly to perform in the Burlington area.
Piano Workshop for Adults
Group Keyboard (Beginner)
Group Keyboard (Intermediate)
Mini Piano Institute — Week 1 / Ages 5-7
Young Pianists' Workshop / Ages 8-16
Mini Piano Institute — Week 2 / Ages 5-7
The Sounds of Music / Ages 6-11
Aminda Asher is an active performer of orchestral and chamber music in New York City. She has appeared in concerts at many of New York’s greatest performance venues including Carnegie Hall, T ...
Aminda Asher is an active performer of orchestral and chamber music in New York City. She has appeared in concerts at many of New York’s greatest performance venues including Carnegie Hall, The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Rose Studio, Merkin Hall, Symphony Space, Bargemusic and (Le) Poisson Rouge. She performs with several regional orchestras in the New York metropolitan area including the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, Arcos Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts International New York Orchestra. She has also performed and recorded with the Albany Symphony. Outside of New York, Ms. Asher has performed with the New World Symphony in Miami, Fl, the Santo Domingo Music Festival Orchestra in the Dominican Republic, the Arcos Orchestra on two European tours and has participated in the intensive summer study programs at the Music Academy of the West and the Banff Centre of the Arts Chamber Music Residency Program. As an avid performer of contemporary chamber music, Ms. Asher is a member of Cadillac Moon Ensemble and Periapsis Music and Dance and has performed with Talea Ensemble. Also a dedicated traditional and Suzuki teacher, Ms. Asher is currently on the faculties of 92nd Street Y, Turtle Bay Music School and Lucy Moses School. Ms. Asher holds a B.M in cello performance from Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music, and a M.M. in Orchestral Performance from the Manhattan School of Music.
Group Cello / Ages 4-7
Group Cello (Beginner)
Adult Cello Ensemble
Elena Baksht, an award winning pianist and educator, cited by the Washington Post as “the pianist with a magic touch” and “one of the most intriguing pianist of her gener ...
Elena Baksht, an award winning pianist and educator, cited by the Washington Post as “the pianist with a magic touch” and “one of the most intriguing pianist of her generation” by Miami Sun Post, first came to public attention at the age of 11, making an orchestral debut with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra at the Central Hall Of The Arts in Moscow. Since then, her career as a soloist and chamber musician has taken her to concert halls around the world. Career highlights include appearances with Barcelona Symphony Orchestra under the baton of maestro Lawrence Foster; Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall; Carnegie Hall and Weill Recital Hall; Kravis Center for the Performing Arts; National Public Radio live broadcast, Miami Symphony at the Lincoln Theater; New Philharmonic of New Jersey; and WQXR Young Artists Series to name a few.
In addition to extensive performing career, Ms. Baksht has always been a passionate educator, devoted to sharing her expertise with the next generation.
After receiving her Master’s degree at the Juilliard School with Professor Jerome Lowenthal, Ms. Baksht moved to Michigan to join a Piano faculty at the Michigan State University College of Music, where she led an international studio ranging from undergraduate to doctoral students.
While at Michigan State ,Ms. Baksht also became a founding member of The International Science, Art and Business Exchange Program, which focused on bringing high achieving professionals from the arts, science and business world together to share their ideas and talent. As part of this Initiative, Ms. Baksht become a lecturer at Michigan State University, presenting an Interactive Arts course "The world through the eyes of poetry and music" for non-music students.
Following her years at Michigan State University, Ms. Baksht returned to New York City, where she established a private music studio in NYC, working with children of all levels. Some of Ms. Baksht’s students became competition winners and received awards.
Ms. Baksht also became a founding Executive director of Southampton Arts Festival, an international music festival featuring today's leading musicians and promising young students. The Festival featured international faculty, including renowned musicians from New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Peabody Conservatory, Manhattan School of Music and others.
An active chamber musician Ms. Baksht has collaborated with many well known musicians — among them Dmitri Berlisnky, Vadim Repin, Marc O'Connor, Yuri Bashmet to name a few and appeared at many international music festival, both as a teacher and a performer.
Ms Baksht’s distinguished teachers include: Sergey Dijur, Nina Svetlanova, Mark Pakman, Jerome Lowenthal and Alexander Slobodianic. She participated in master classes with Emanuel Ax, Daniel Barenboim, Byron Janis, Ursula Opens and others.
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 a ...
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.
Group Recorder / Ages 6-7
Group Recorder / Ages 8-9
With MOJO Magazine's #1 Blues Album of 2008, Fall Changes, #2 Blues Album of 2011, Imitate the Sun and #3 Blues Album of 2014, Live at Jazz Standard, Ne ...
With MOJO Magazine's #1 Blues Album of 2008, Fall Changes, #2 Blues Album of 2011, Imitate the Sun and #3 Blues Album of 2014, Live at Jazz Standard, New York guitarist/singer Chris Bergson has established himself as "one of the most inventive songwriters in modern blues music" (All Music Guide), creating his own blend of blues, roots and soul. Chris Bergson has performed and/or shared the stage with Hubert Sumlin, Levon Helm, B.B. King, Norah Jones, John Hammond, Etta James and Bettye LaVette, to name just a few. In February 2015, Bergson was inducted into the New York Blues Hall of Fame.
Born in New York City but raised in Somerville, Massachusetts, Chris Bergson returned to Manhattan in 1995. While backing jazz singers Annie Ross, Dena DeRose, Sasha Dobson and Norah Jones, he released "Blues for Some Friends of Mine" and Wait for Spring on Juniper Records in 1997 and 2000, respectively. In 2002 Bergson was appointed a Jazz Ambassador of the USA by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and he toured Africa with his trio. Evolving to further embrace the blues while also adding pop influences, he followed up with Blues (2003), Another Day (2005) and his triumphant artistic breakthrough, the widely acclaimed Fall Changes (2007)—MOJO’s #1 Blues Album of 2008—that established him as an eloquent, evocative and lyrical songwriter with a sharp urban vision. Recorded at Levon Helm’s Woodstock studio, it led to Bergson being personally invited to perform at the famed drummer’s Midnight Rambles while opening the way for more stateside festivals and subsequent tours of Europe.
Moulin Blues (Holland), Groningen Rhythm and Blues Night (Holland), Blues Open (Holland), Noct en Blues (Chaumont, France), Blues Station (Tournon d'Agenais, France), Eden District Blues (Oraison, France), Blues in Hell (Norway), Harvest Time Blues (Ireland), Leicester Blues Festival (UK), Waterfront Blues Festival (Portland, OR), Saratoga Jazz Festival (NY), Levon Helm's Midnight Rambles (Woodstock, NY), River to River Festival (NYC), Joe’s Pub (NYC), The Blue Note (NYC), Jazz Standard (NYC), John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (DC), SXSW and opening for B.B. King at B.B. King's Blues Club (NYC).
Article on Chris Bergson in ROLL Magazine
Collette Black, class instructor for Exploring Cabaret, has received awards and citations for excellence in various fields of cabaret including The Manhattan Association of Cabaret's Mac Award, ...
Collette Black, class instructor for Exploring Cabaret, has received awards and citations for excellence in various fields of cabaret including The Manhattan Association of Cabaret's Mac Award, The Nightlife Award and Backstage Bistro Award. Her Off-Broadway directing credits include Take It Easy at The Judith Anderson Theatre, What in the World? The Newsical Revue at The John Houseman Theatre and Our Life & Times at Caroline's on Broadway. Her work has been featured on Entertainment Tonight and Fox TV News. Collette serves as artistic director for Upstairs at Rose's Turn in Greenwich Village.
Michael Cioffero has a Master’s Degree in classical guitar and, in addition to teaching at the 92nd Street Y School of Music, is the guitar instructor at the prestigious Dalton School. Michae ...
Michael Cioffero has a Master’s Degree in classical guitar and, in addition to teaching at the 92nd Street Y School of Music, is the guitar instructor at the prestigious Dalton School. Michael has studied with Benjamin Verdery and Christopher Parkening among others and at Taller Flamenco Escuela de Flamenco in Seville, Spain.
Michael is a classical and electric guitarist and has regular performances in New York City and throughout the United States. At age nineteen he was one of twelve guitarists chosen nationwide to perform at the annual Christopher Parkening Master Class and has performed on VH1, with the cast and Muppets of Sesame Street, Japanese Television, Off-Broadway plays, film soundtracks, the television series The Arts in Westchester and a feature in Rolling Stone magazine.
Michael has been teaching classical and electric guitar for 20 years. His students have performed at Carnegie Hall, as well as gone on to study at major music conservatories such as the Manhattan School of Music, San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Oberlin Conservatory of Music.
Dan Cooper's music has been noted in The Associated Press, American Record Guide, Berkshire Eagle, Boston Globe, CurtainUp, Fanfare, Gr ...
Dan Cooper's music has been noted in The Associated Press, American Record Guide, Berkshire Eagle, Boston Globe, CurtainUp, Fanfare, Greenwich Times, Metroland Albany, NMC, The New York Times, Times Union and Time Out New York, among others — "contemporary impressionism," "inventive," "creative," "vibrant," "drawing on vernacular styles," "especially fascinating," "full of instrumental virtuosity and sly humor," "utterly charming," "incorporates blues.. into a contemporary context," "whimsical," "carefree," "acute," "daring," "well-plotted," "hauntingly beautiful," and with a "spirit of originality, verve, and humor, now being passed on to a new generation."
Cooper was born and raised in Manhattan, and educated at Horace Mann, Columbia, NEC, and Princeton University. He also completed studies at the Conservatoire de Nice and Fontainebleau. Principal teachers include John Heiss, Steve Mackey and Paul Lansky. Cooper has also studied with Barbara White, Betsy Jolas, Chen Yi, John Harbison, Kenneth Koch, Lee Hyla, Michael Gandolfi, Mindy Kaufman, Osvaldo Golijov, Perry Cook, Philip Glass, Philippe Manoury, Robert Ceely and Toni Morrison, among others. For several years, Cooper worked as an assistant to electronic music pioneer Otto Luening, who mentored him in composition, orchestration and musical life in general. The recipient of an Aaron Copland composition fellowship to Tanglewood, Cooper worked as an assistant to Louis Andriessen, and composed and produced incidental music for several acclaimed Shakespeare & Company productions directed by Tina Packer and Daniela Varon: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Coriolanus, King Lear and The Winter's Tale. In addition, Cooper's music was premiered at Tanglewood's Ozawa Hall, at a gala event featuring Mike Wallace, Jane Fonda, David Strathairn and Marisa Tomei.
Cooper’s music has been recognized with various awards, commissions, premieres, readings, recordings, showcases and residencies from Albany Symphony, Albany Records, ASCAP, Artists International, B3+, Cary Trust, Circadia, Electro-Music, Empire State Youth Orchestra, Engine 27, Femmes Four, Fontainebleau, Imani Winds, ISC, June in Buffalo, Lumina String Quartet, Majestic Brass, Meet the Composer, NARAS, NEA, NEC, NJSO, NYNME, NYYS, North River Music, Norwalk Youth Symphony, Palisades Virtuosi, Scotia Festival, ACO / Sonic Festival, Sweet Plantain, Vox Novus 60x60, Walter W. Naumburg Fund and Zentripetal Duo, among others. In 2002, he was appointed to the faculty of the State University of New York / FIT, where he has created new SUNY General Education Requirement courses in American Music, European-Classical Music, and Latin-American and Caribbean Music. In addition, Cooper teaches composition at the 92nd St Y School of Music, and music and Shakespeare classes at Greenwich House Senior Center. He is a co-director of the 501(c)(3) chamber music series and record label Composers Concordance, distributed by Naxos.
Carey Cromelin, B.A., Hollins College, University of East Anglia, Norwich England. Performance experience includes television, film and Off Broadway.
Movers and Shakers / Ages 3-4
Mary Feinsinger has music directed many shows in New York and regional theatres. She has won many awards for her comp ...
Mary Feinsinger has music directed many shows in New York and regional theatres. She has won many awards for her compositions—including a 2009 Jackie White Memorial Award, and a 2007 National Children's Theatre Competition Award. As co-founder, vocalist and keyboard artist of the West End Klezmorim, she performed at Carnegie Hall, The White House, Lincoln Center, Symphony Space and St. Peter's Jazz Church. The New York Times called her "the world's greatest Yiddish scat singer." A composer/lyricist in the BMI Lehman Engel Advanced Musical Theatre Workshop, she has had productions of her musical Understood Betsy all over the country.
Born in New York City, she is a graduate of Barnard College, and has a Master's Degree in voice from The Juilliard School. A member of the Extension Division voice faculty at the Mannes College of Music in New York, she was for many years on the piano-accompanying staff at Juilliard.
On the board of directors of the American Society for Jewish Music, she serves as cantor for the Rossmoor Jewish Congregation near Princeton.
For Transcontinental Music, she produced, arranged and music directed Kol Dodi, arranged and produced Songs from a Passover Haggadah, and was editor, composer and music director for Shirei T'shuvah.
Broadway and American Standards Sing-In
Bridget Fitzgerald, violin, is a soloist and chamber musician based in Brooklyn. She performs and records around the world with an eclectic roster of ensembles spanning a variety of genres includin ...
Bridget Fitzgerald, violin, is a soloist and chamber musician based in Brooklyn. She performs and records around the world with an eclectic roster of ensembles spanning a variety of genres including classical, rock, punk and electronica on viola, electric violin, guitar and synths. Bridget plays and records regularly in the NYC area with the band Stereo Off (stereo-off.com). She received both her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Juilliard School. Bridget is on the violin and viola facilty at the 92nd Street Y School of Music, and the Williamsburg School of Music, as well as maintaining a private studio.
A rootsy musician from New York City, Robin Greenstein straddles the worlds of traditional and contemporary folk/blues. Her resume includes working with folk legend Hedy West, songwriting for Bob D ...
A rootsy musician from New York City, Robin Greenstein straddles the worlds of traditional and contemporary folk/blues. Her resume includes working with folk legend Hedy West, songwriting for Bob Dylan, being a Clinician for Martin Guitars, a headliner for Renaissance Cruises and a Club Med artist. Robin spent 2 decades touring the college circuit and Europe. She has 7 CDs out, spanning original music, traditional folk and blues songs about women, a kids CD and multi-cultural holiday recording.
Robin has been playing guitar since age 11 and banjo & uke since age 17. She has a degree in music from SUNY-Stony Brook (majored in Classical Guitar). She studied music for a year at Kings College and Trinity College of Music in London.
While at college, Robin studied and then taught at the seminal music school The Guitar Workshop of Roslyn, NY. She had the privilege of working as a clinician for Martin Guitars in the early 2000's and travelled with the CEO, CF Martin IV, to Europe and Asia. Bob Dylan's publishing company signed Robin as a writer early on in her career. She has toured the college market, played overseas, headlined cruise ships, folk venues and other clubs across the U.S, etc. She teaches both adults and children.
Yes, Uke Can!: Intermediate Level Ukulele
Benjamin Grow, a strong believer in a diverse approach to music, has performed on trumpet and sung with choirs in numerous festivals and concerts across North America. His interests in keyboards and early music have led him to chamber music performances on harpsichord with both period and modern ...
Benjamin Grow, a strong believer in a diverse approach to music, has performed on trumpet and sung with choirs in numerous festivals and concerts across North America. His interests in keyboards and early music have led him to chamber music performances on harpsichord with both period and modern instruments. While focusing on music theory and trumpet while in school at Rice University, Benjamin also studied conducting and composition with students of Nadia Boulanger at the Ecole Normal de Musique de Paris. He has conducted in Paris, Houston and led coachings in Mexico. He is currently a music theory instructor at the School for Strings in Manhattan, and has taught up to the university level. Benjamin received the Bachelor of Music degree from Rice University and has pursued graduate studies at McGill University in Montreal.
Chair of Vocal Department, Voice, Chorus and Glee! Originally from Menomonie, Wisconsin Ann Hoyt has been living in NYC since 1994. She received her Masters in Music from Manhattan School of Music ...
Chair of Vocal Department, Voice, Chorus and Glee! Originally from Menomonie, Wisconsin Ann Hoyt has been living in NYC since 1994. She received her Masters in Music from Manhattan School of Music and her Bachelors in Music from Illinois Wesleyan University. Her voice teachers have included Dr. David Nott, Adele Addison, Barrington Coleman and Helen Hodam. Equally at home on the operatic or musical theater stage, Ann is also an accomplished recital artist and has collaborated with Rebel Baroque Orchestra, Union Avenue Opera in St. Louis and Trinity Church Wall Street. Ms. Hoyt can be heard as a soloist on Hänssler and Naxos recording labels. Most recently she was the featured soprano soloist on Naxos’ The Complete Haydn Masses. Ann is the director of both the 92Y Junior Chorus and Glee Club. She has been on the faculty of the 92Y for over 10 years and her student's range in age from 8 to over 75 years!
Sing the Lyrics & Lyricists Songbook: Lynn Ahrens
Sing the Lyrics & Lyricists Songbook: Loesser is More!
Young Voices of 92Y School of Music
Little Voices / Ages 5-7
Junior Chorus & Glee / Ages 8-17
“Broadway, Here I Come!” Summer Vocal Institute / Ages 10-17
A New York City native, Koh Kazama is a concert guitarist and educator who has performed throughout Japan and the United States. He started his guitar studies at the age of six, after being inspire ...
A New York City native, Koh Kazama is a concert guitarist and educator who has performed throughout Japan and the United States. He started his guitar studies at the age of six, after being inspired by a Japanese rock musician. His diverse repertoire ranges from early music played on period instruments to contemporary music using electronic effects.
Koh has performed in renowned venues and at festivals and concert series, including Carnegie Hall, the Long Island Guitar Festival, Symphony Space, Webster Hall, Mid-Hudson Classical Guitar Society, Music @NYPL series and WNYC New Sounds Live series. He has also premiered works by a wide range of composers, including Michael White, David Lang, William Anderson, Paula Matthusen and Kendall Williams.
Koh holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University, where he was a scholarship student and teaching assistant of the guitar department. He completed his Bachelor of Arts in psychology, Master of Music and Artist Diploma at Yale University. He received a full scholarship to attend Yale, and he was the recipient of the Eliot Fisk Prize, which was awarded to an outstanding guitarist whose artistic achievements and dedication have contributed greatly to the department. He attended LaGuardia Arts High School in New York City, where he majored in cello and was part of the LaGuardia Symphony Orchestra. His major teachers have included Jerry Willard, Benjamin Verdery, Simon Powis, Liam Wood, Nadav Lev and David Gonzalez.
Koh is a dedicated teacher who has experience teaching guitar to students of various levels and ages. He is currently on the faculty of the Third Street Music School as well. He has previously taught as a Secondary Lessons Guitar Instructor at Yale and has worked as a Teaching Artist at New Haven public schools, as part of the Music In Schools community engagement program.
Mini Guitar Intensive / Ages 5-7
Anna Khanina started her musical education at the age of five, and in 1996 she graduated with honors from the famous Gnessin School of Music in Moscow for gifted children, where she studied wi ...
Anna Khanina started her musical education at the age of five, and in 1996 she graduated with honors from the famous Gnessin School of Music in Moscow for gifted children, where she studied with Lidia Grigorjeva. Upon her graduation, she immigrated to Germany, where she began studies with Professor Bernd Goetzke (former student of Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli) at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hannover. In 1999 she graduated from the Hochschule für Musik Magna cum Laude. In 2001 she earned a Master’s degree from the same institution, and subsequently went on to pursue an Artist Diploma in the Soloist-Class in 2001. At the same time, while pursuing her studies at the Hochschule für Musik, Anna simultaneously pursued a second Master’s degree in Performance at the Gnessin Academy of Music, where she again graduated with honors in 2004.
In 2007 she completed a Piano Performance Diploma at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, where she studied as a full-scholarship student of Solomon Mikowsky. Upon her graduation in 2007, Ms. Khanina was accepted into the Doctoral of Musical Arts Program at the State University of New York at Stony Brook as a full-scholarship student studying with Gilbert Kalish.
Ms. Khanina enjoys a successful performing career. She regularly appears as a soloist and with chamber ensembles in Europe, United States, Canada and Israel. She has performed at such venues as 92 Y Kaufman Hall, Symphony Space, Staller Center for Arts, Trinity Church, Yamaha Piano Salon in New York, Dame Myra Hess Concert Series, Pianoforte Chicago, Ganz Hall at Roosevelt University, Georg Phillip Telemann Hall in Magdeburg, Muendener Schloss, Klavierhaus Doell and Kanapee in Hannover, Germany.
Group Piano / Ages 5-7
Group Piano (Continuing) / Ages 6-8
Brian Landrus is a low woodwind player and composer based in Brooklyn NY. He grew up in Reno, NV and was born September 14th, 1978. He began playing saxophone at 12 and was performing professionall ...
Brian Landrus is a low woodwind player and composer based in Brooklyn NY. He grew up in Reno, NV and was born September 14th, 1978. He began playing saxophone at 12 and was performing professionally by 15. He has become one of the strongest original voices in the music world on baritone saxophone, bass clarinet, bass saxophone, bass flute and alto flute. He specializes on the low end of the audio spectrum but plays nearly all woodwind instruments. He has been called a "Low Woodwind Expert" by Time Out New York, and a "baritone saxophone and bass clarinet ace", by JazzTimes. He has been voted rising star baritone saxophonist in Downbeat Magazine's International Critics Poll in 2012, 2011 & 2010. Landrus plays in many different ensembles and currently tours the world in Esperanza Spalding's band where he plays baritone and tenor saxophone.
Landrus started his own record label, BlueLand Records in 2011 and has released two CDs on it with a third already recorded and to be released in 2013. Traverse was released in 2011 with the Brian Landrus Quartet featuring Michael Cain on piano, Lonnie Plaxico on acoustic bass and Billy Hart on drums. Capsule by the Brian Landrus Kaleidoscope was also released in 2011. This band features Nir Felder on guitar, Michael Cain on Rhodes & piano, Matthew Parish on acoustic bass and Rudy Royston on drums. The third recording on BlueLand will be released in 2013 with the Landrus Kaleidoscope plus string quartet. The band is Brian Landrus on bari sax, bass sax, bass clarinet, contra alto clarinet and bass flute. Nir Felder on guitar, Frank Carlberg on Rhodes and piano, Lonnie Plaxico on acoustic and electric bass, Rudy Royston on drums, Mark Feldman on violin, Joyce Hammann on violin, Judith Insell on viola, Jody Redhage on cello and Ryan Truesdell conducting and co-producing. All the music on these recordings was composed and arranged by Brian Landrus.
He has been blessed to play with some of the greatest musicians in the world including Bob Brookmeyer, Jerry Bergonzi, Rufus Reid, Lonnie Plaxico, Michael Cain, Danilo Perez, Frank Carlberg, Ryan Truesdell, Frank Kimbrough, Maria Schneider, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Martha Reeves, The Coasters, The Drifters, George Garzone, Jason Palmer, Billy Hart, Rakalam Bob Moses, Esperanza Spalding, Louis Nash, Peter Epstein, Nicholas Urie, Darryl Harper, Allan Chase, Francis Vanek, John Lockwood, Ayn Inserto, Alan Ferber, Omar Thomas, Scott Robinson, Ralph Alessi and many more.
Brian earned his Bachelor's degree in saxophone performance at UNR and two Master of Music Degrees at the New England Conservatory. One in Jazz Composition, and the other in Jazz Saxophone.
Interview with Brian Landrus in DownBeat magazine
Ed MacEachen is a jazz guitarist who got his professional start in 1977 in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio where he studied with Bill D'Arrango (sideman with Ben Webster and Dizzy Gillespie). E ...
Ed MacEachen is a jazz guitarist who got his professional start in 1977 in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio where he studied with Bill D'Arrango (sideman with Ben Webster and Dizzy Gillespie). Ed moved to New York in 1984 where he has worked in the bands of Jack McDuff, Chico Hamilton and Erestine Anderson among many others. He currently lives and performs in the New York City area and can be heard on Eliot Zigmund's Starlight on Jazz Today Records and Bill Mobley's Singularity on Space Time Records along with others. Ed teaches at both 92nd Street Y (since 1996) and in the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music program (since 1989).
Group Guitar (Beginner)
Group Guitar (Intermediate)
Luke Marantz is a New York City based pianist and composer from Texas. Born to a musical family, his studies began at an early age with piano, voice, saxophone and visual art. A graduate of the Boo ...
Luke Marantz is a New York City based pianist and composer from Texas. Born to a musical family, his studies began at an early age with piano, voice, saxophone and visual art. A graduate of the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, Marantz was awarded multiple national jazz awards during his time there including seventeen Downbeat SMA awards which led to him being featured in the publication three times.
His studies were continued at the New England Conservatory of Music from which he graduated in 2013. During his time there Marantz had the opportunity to work with, among others, Fred Hersch, Jason Moran and Veronica Jochum.
During his young career, Luke has performed with the likes of Jeff “Tain” Watts, Dave Liebman, George Garzone, Tierney Sutton, Ingrid Jensen, Antonio Hart and many others. He has been featured as a sideman on the recordings of trumpeters Jason Palmer and Billy Buss as well as saxophonists Matt Marantz and Gianni Gagliardi alongside musicians such as Dayna Stephens, Gilad Hekselman and Walter Smith III. He has also co-led multiple recordings including joint projects with his brother, Matt Marantz, and their band “The Primary Colors”. His debut solo piano record is scheduled for release in the summer of 2017.
Marantz has performed across the country and internationally at such venues as the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles, the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, New England’s Jordan hall, the Panama Jazz Festival, the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival, the Vail Jazz Festival, the International Association of Jazz Educators Conference and the Boston Jazz Week Festival.
For more info visit www.lukemarantz.com.
Originally from Texas, Matt Marantz got his start growing up in a musical family. At a young age, he was exposed to the music of Charlie Parker, Phil Woods and Cannonball Adderly via his father' ...
Originally from Texas, Matt Marantz got his start growing up in a musical family. At a young age, he was exposed to the music of Charlie Parker, Phil Woods and Cannonball Adderly via his father's record collection sparking a love affair with the saxophone & the bebop language that kindled a flame of musical discovery.
At Booker T. Washington High School for the Perfoming and Visual Arts in Dallas, Marantz grew alongside like-minded musical peers and was propelled to learn the ropes of playing in ensembles under the tutelage of then-director of the jazz bands, his father Bart Marantz. It was here that Marantz was shown tons of new music by friends ranging from Keith Jarrett's 70's quartets to Radiohead's cutting edge rock albums to D'Angelo's Voodoo. Arts Magnet High School provided a musical palette with a wide array of colors and Marantz was a sponge for all of the information. Some of Marantz's peers at Arts, most notably pianists Sam Harris and Frank LoCrasto, have gone on to lead musical careers of their own and are known to collaborate with Marantz on musical outings.
With the goals of becoming a performing artist in mind, Marantz moved to New York City in 2004 and began a musical journey that has taken him as far away as The Middle East, Europe and Asia for tours performing live with the likes of Herbie Hancock, Terence Blanchard and Jason Moran along the way. Marantz's 2010 album Offering got 3 1/2 stars in Downbeat, and two more full length albums are slated for 2015 and 2016 releases.
A Japanese-American pianist and conductor, Tomo Matsuo has garnered acclaim around the world as an exciting and versatile performer and is one of his generation’s rising talents. A native of ...
A Japanese-American pianist and conductor, Tomo Matsuo has garnered acclaim around the world as an exciting and versatile performer and is one of his generation’s rising talents. A native of Chicago, Matsuo began his piano studies at age six and made his professional debut with the Greenville Symphony Orchestra at age twelve. Matsuo continued his formal studies at The Juilliard School, Royal Conservatory and Yale University under the tutelage of Boris Berman, Peter Frankl, Yoheved Kaplinsky and John Perry. He currently serves as the Music Director of the 92Y School of Music Orchestra, established in 1917 and the longest-running community-based orchestra in New York City.
After graduating from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, David Miller began his professional career in Washington, D.C. with the National Symphony Orchestra followed by membership in the U.S ...
After graduating from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, David Miller began his professional career in Washington, D.C. with the National Symphony Orchestra followed by membership in the U.S. Navy Band. When his tour of duty ended Mr. Miller pursued graduate studies as a scholarship student at the Manhattan School of Music, Long Island University and Brooklyn College. Mr. Miller has performed as a bassoonist with the Long Island Philharmonic, Brooklyn Philharmonia, Jupiter Symphony Orchestra, Little Orchestra Society, Harlem Dance Theatre and The Alvin Ailey Dance Company. As a classroom instructor Mr. Miller has taught the recorder under the auspices of the New York Philharmonic, Young Audiences of New York and New Jersey, The Harlem School of the Arts and 92nd Street Y.
Korean-Canadian violinist Hannah Min is an active freelance performer in New York City. Ms. Min has been reviewed by the New York Times as playing a “vivid, colorful and urgent perfo ...
Korean-Canadian violinist Hannah Min is an active freelance performer in New York City. Ms. Min has been reviewed by the New York Times as playing a “vivid, colorful and urgent performance” with “piercing clarity.”
She has been heard in venues such as Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall and Issac Stern Auditorium, Merkin Hall, Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall as well as in performance spaces throughout Europe and Asia.
Ms. Min has had the privilege of working with some of the world’s most renowned artists such as Kurt Masur, Helmuth Rilling, Ani Kavafian, Placido Domingo, Julian Rachlin, Pinchas Zukerman, Joshua Bell, Hilary Hahn and Valery Gergiev.
In addition to performing classical repertoire in many orchestral and chamber music settings, Hannah has played sold out shows with pop artists and has performed on Broadway.
A dedicated teacher, Ms. Min maintains a private studio and is on the faculty of Turtle Bay Music School and 92nd St Y.
Ms. Min received her Bachelor of Music in Performance at University of Toronto and Master of Music degree from Manhattan School of Music.
Gina Morgano is a teacher and performer who aspires to create a world of beauty and instill hope for a better tomorrow. With warmth and enthusiasm, she inspires students to dream big, work hard and ...
Gina Morgano is a teacher and performer who aspires to create a world of beauty and instill hope for a better tomorrow. With warmth and enthusiasm, she inspires students to dream big, work hard and believe in their own goodness. Singing is a way for us all to share our inner light, and Gina helps students to tell meaningful stories with confidence through text and music.
She champions the in-between area that bridges classical and popular styles. With repertoire ranging from baroque to Broadway, favorite roles include Amalia in She Loves Me, Jo March in the musical Little Women, Jessie in Mahagonny Songspiel, Papagena in The Magic Flute and the title role in Alcina.
A concert and cabaret performer, Gina recently made her Lincoln Center solo debut at David Geffen Hall with the National Chorale.
A native of Pittsburgh, PA, Gina holds a B.M. in Vocal Performance, an M.S.J. in Journalism, and a Certificate for Departmental Excellence in Music Theatre from Northwestern University. She received her M.M. in Vocal Performance from San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
For more information, please visit www.GinaMorgano.com.
Christopher North is a composer for film, TV / original series, theater, dance and various ensembles. He's also a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumental musician, having performed at Carnegie ...
Christopher North is a composer for film, TV / original series, theater, dance and various ensembles. He's also a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumental musician, having performed at Carnegie Hall and on Grammy award-winning recordings. Hailing from Texas, he thrives in Brooklyn, having released 14 albums (with 7 more soundtracks slated for 2016) and scored 40+ films, screening / distributed around the world. Many of these have won awards at film festivals including Slamdance (where he is two for two), Best at Hamptons, Best at Soho, Big Apple, Houston, Newport Beach, Milan and Coney Island, as well as a special mention at DOC NYC. These credits include: Everything’s Jake (starring Ernie Hudson), Eavesdrop (featuring Ethel and Grammy Nominated Eroica Trio), Bible Quiz (Best Documentary Slamdance 2013, currently on Sundance Global), L’Absinthe (a thriller set in Paris/Manhattan) and Lucky Days (directed by / starring Angelica Page), all of which can be seen on Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, on DVD, On Demand, etc. He is honored to be part of the Sundance Family, as a Composer / Fellow in the 2015 Sundance Institute & Skywalker Sound's Music and Sound Design Lab for Documentary Film at Skywalker Ranch.
He's a published songwriter in various styles (eclectic rock, funk and folk) with placements in films, as well as music for children heard around the world (including Disney, Noggin & Sesame Street.) On 02.02.02 at the Legendary Bitter End, he released two albums, Opus Zero (chamber music & art songs) and De La Sur (rock, funk and folk songs) with related themes between them. His "Feather Lake Song" from the play The Forever Waltz is "as hummable as any contemporary hit". He is currently working a double album of songs, ambient tracks and chamber music called Space Bar.
Mr. North has taught at 92nd Street Y since 1997 and is proud to teach where his bass teacher, Orin O'Brien of the NY Philharmonic, taught in the 60's. He has played bass with Quincy Jones, Dixie Chicks, Rosanne Cash, various 80's one hit wonders, symphony orchestras and chamber ensembles as well on Broadway (The Lion King, Rent, Spring Awakening and Hair). On several of his scores and albums, he has played all the instruments. Recently, he has played bass on other composers' film scores, trailers and video games including Wolfenstein. He has also been in demand as a multi-instrumentalist, especially on newly created boutique instruments, and is likely the only person on the planet who plays and owns a Marcodi Harpejji, a Guitarviol, a Slaperoo, a Suzuki Andes 25, a bass Uke, a Cello Banjo, a ROLI Rise and a Veillette Gryphon.
Currently, he teaches lessons on Bass, lessons / classes on Film Scoring as well as the very successful Mystery of Songwriting Class. In his nearly 20 years at 92Y, he’s also taught Music Theory / Ear Training, Ukulele, Harmonica and Guitar as well as led the bass section in the symphony, the oldest community orchestra in the US.
Collaborating brings out his best work, for which VARIETY says he's a "notable asset." His latest passion and life-long, now realized dream is conducting.
14 albums on iTunes
The Mystery of Songwriting
Born in Istanbul, residing in Brooklyn, Derin Öge brings a worldly and eclectic view to the music that she plays. With a classical and contemporary training, she is at home on the concert stage and ...
Born in Istanbul, residing in Brooklyn, Derin Öge brings a worldly and eclectic view to the music that she plays. With a classical and contemporary training, she is at home on the concert stage and in the club. Ms. Öge was trained at Mimar Sinan University, and holds a masters degree from Purchase Conservatory under the tutelage of Paul Ostrovsky, where she later served on piano faculty. She has played extensively with Piano Music Trio, a chamber ensemble that performs arrangements of Impressionist and Romantic songs for trumpet, piano and cello. Derin Öge is also a founding member of Occasional Noise Trio with William Lang, trombone and Cesare Papetti, percussion.
Ms. Öge has played internationally and locally at such venues as Cornelia Street Café, Mozarteum University, Peter de Grote Festival, The Stone, Flushing Town Hall, Barbes, the Roerich Museum and Symphony Space, among others. In addition, her performance of Mozart’s Sonata in B flat Major has been recorded for the European Broadcast Union.
Derin Öge’s recent recordings are distributed by System Dialing Records.
Derin’s performance career is coupled with her active and passionate work in teaching. She currently leads our terrifically popular Music FUNdamentals class for 4-year-olds, and two classes for kids ages 5-7: our group keyboard class, and a brand new rhythm-themed Saturday class, Rhythm is Gonna Get'cha! Derin is an expert in the areas of piano, movement and theory, and she is personally dedicated to the development of every young music maker.
Music FUNdamentals / Age 3
Music FUNdamentals / Age 4
Liana Pailodze Harron is a versatile pianist and educator, accomplished in both classical and contemporary styles of music. A soloist since the age of eight, she has been featured with the Shilakad ...
Liana Pailodze Harron is a versatile pianist and educator, accomplished in both classical and contemporary styles of music. A soloist since the age of eight, she has been featured with the Shilakadze Chamber Orchestra, the Georgian Television Orchestra, the Georgian Symphonic Orchestra, the Frost Symphony Orchestra and the Frost Wind Ensemble. Equally at home as an ensemblist, Liana has performed in varying chamber settings at venues across the United States and Europe, including Carnegie Hall, Benaroya Hall, Arsht Center, Lincoln Center and the New World Center.
Born in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia, Liana first studied piano at the Paliashvili Music School for Gifted Children. She went on to receive her Doctoral degree in piano performance at the University of Miami, graduating cum laude. As a student she received several scholarships and awards, including the Bertha Foster Scholarship Award, the Lillian Brown Scholarship award, the Sigma Alpha Iota Scholarship Award and the Vansteinberg Scholarship Award.
Currently residing in New York City, Liana holds a faculty position at the world-class 92nd Street Y School of Music. In addition, she is the Music Director for the Manhattan Girls Chorus, a talented and diverse community of young musicians.
Cesare Papetti is a percussionist who lives in Brooklyn and works in and around New York City teaching and performing. He studied classical and contemporary percussion at Purchase College in New Yo ...
Cesare Papetti is a percussionist who lives in Brooklyn and works in and around New York City teaching and performing. He studied classical and contemporary percussion at Purchase College in New York. Influenced by all sounds resonating from New York’s vibrancy, Cesare pursues a multitude of different performing opportunities including: operas, orchestras and chamber groups. He has played with the Staten Island Philharmonic, Garden State Philharmonic, South Shore Orchestra, Camerata Orchestra, Regina Opera and Tilted Axes: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars. Cesare is also a frequent collaborator with Composers Concordance, a New Music collective led by Gene Pritsker, Dan Cooper and Milica Paranosic. Recently released recordings include: Samplestra (NAXOS), a CD featuring his performance of Gene Pritsker's percussion and electronics piece entitled Destined to Shed; Salamander (Innova) featuring vibraphone work with the Peter Kerlin Octet; and Listen by the rock band, Barbaric Yawp. In addition, Cesare is also a founding member of two contemporary music groups: Occasional Noise Trio and justMusic Duo. Occasional Noise features Derin Oge on piano and William Lang and trombone. Their debut performance was in October 2014 at Shapeshifter Lab, Brooklyn. justMusic Duo features Alice Jones on flute. Past performances of the duo have included a showcase concert at the Tank, NYC presented by the Long Island Composers Alliance. Cesare also plays drum set with Barbaric Yawp, an indie-funk rock band based out of Brooklyn.
Intro to Drums and Percussion / Ages 6-8
Guitarist and composer Oscar Peñas epitomizes a new wave of emerging artists who are an integral part of New York’s flourishing music scene. Born in Barcelona, Spain and residing permanently ...
Guitarist and composer Oscar Peñas epitomizes a new wave of emerging artists who are an integral part of New York’s flourishing music scene. Born in Barcelona, Spain and residing permanently in New York, his compositions transcend and yet merge different genres, cultures and styles with fluidity, grace and power. His style has been described at WNYC as “transnational cool”. Although his music can be called “jazz”, it crosses the boundaries of traditional music labeling, blending the idiom through original compositions with hints of flamenco and South America grooves.
After graduating cum lade from The Berklee College of Music, Oscar returned to Barcelona to hone his chops by performing in Festivals and local jazz venues. He recorded his first two albums with The Oscar Peñas Group for the label Fresh Sound New Talent: Astronautus (2003) and The Return of Astronautus (2006). In 2005 he returned to the USA to earn his Masters degree in Jazz Studies at the New England Conservatory where he studied with Danilo Perez and Charlie Banacos among others. After graduation Oscar made New York his home.
Since moving to Gotham, Peñas has been engaged in teaching privately and playing in a variety of venues including the BAM Café, Tea Lounge, Bargemusic, Trumpets, Fat Cat, Bar Next Door, Jazz Standard, 55 Bar… with A-list musicians: Ralph Alessi, Jason Palmer, Gil Goldstein, Richie Barshay, Dan Blake, Javier Vercher, Francisco Mela, Henry Cole and Kendrick Scott to name few. He has recently toured in Spain and in Colombia and performed at the Jazz Plaza in Habana Cuba's Jazz Festival in December of 2010.
In November 2011, he released his third album, the self-produced tome, From Now On with the Brooklyn based indie label BJUR, a musicians collective dedicated to supporting cutting-edge composers and players during this period of transition in the music industry. The new album includes Richie Barshay on drums and percussion, Dan Blake on saxes and Moto Fukushima on six string electric bass. As guests, Franco Pinna can be heard on bombo legüero and the legendary Gil Goldstein on accordion and piano. His website is www.oscarpenas.com.
Beginning Acoustic Guitar / Ages 8-12
Composer/guitarist/rapper/Di.J. Gene Pritsker has written over five hundred compositions, including chamber operas, orchestral and chamber works, electro-acoustic music and songs for hip-hop and ro ...
Composer/guitarist/rapper/Di.J. Gene Pritsker has written over five hundred compositions, including chamber operas, orchestral and chamber works, electro-acoustic music and songs for hip-hop and rock ensembles. All of his compositions employ an eclectic spectrum of styles and are influenced by his studies of various musical cultures.
He is the founder and leader of Sound Liberation; an eclectic hip hop-chamber-jazz-rock-etc. ensemble who have released cd's on Col-legno, Composers Concordance and Innova Records. He is also the co-director of Composers' Concordance, a new music presenting organization with a 30 year history of producing cocnert in NYC. Gene's music has been performed all over the world at various festivals and by many ensembles and performers, including the Adelaide Symphony, MDR Symphony, The Athens Camerata, China Philharmonic Orchestra, Brooklyn, Shanghai and Berlin Philharmonics, Sinfonietta Riga, Orchester des Pfalztheaters, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Anhaltische Philharmonie as well as such soloists such as Anne Akiko Meyers, Lara St. John, Sarah Chang, Kathleen Supové, Martin Kuuskmann and Simone Dinnerstein. He has worked closely with Joe Zawinul and has orchestrated major Hollywood movies, Including Cloud Atlas, for which he wrote additional music and composed his ''Cloud Atlas Symphony’.
The New York Times described him as "...audacious...multitalented." Joseph Pehrson, writing in The Music Connoisseur, described Pritsker as "dissolving the artificial boundaries between high brow, low brow, classical, popular musics and elevates the idea that if it's done well it is great music, regardless of the style or genre". Raul d'Gama Rose writes in All About Jazz: "Barring the obvious exceptions, much of 21st century composition appears to be thinning in significance, but this might be about to change. Gene Pritsker is one of a very spare handful of composers effecting this change." Evan Burke writes in ICareIf YouListen: "Pritsker seems to look at all music as one genre, in which all other possible styles, sounds and traditions are meant to be used as building blocks and palette colors, combined in various configurations to create a boundless whole. This result is almost always more interesting, and representative of how most new music will be born in the 21st century, as genres and barriers begin to vanish, and as styles begin cross-fertilizing in previously unimagined ways." Classical Music Sentinel writes: "His expressive reach is so wide as to encompass everything from ethno/techno, rock/jazz fusion, classical opera and more, and it all seems to be effortlessly integrated within his anima and comes out through different facets of his persona. You could almost see him as a modern day renaissance man."
Organizations he is associated with include: Co-director of Composers Concordance & Composers Concordance Records, co-founder/guitarist of Absolute Ensemble and artist-in residence at the Austrian Outreach Festival. Gene Pritsker's music is published by: Falls House Press, Gold Branch Music, Periferia Sheet Music & Calabrese Brothers music. Recorded on: Col Legno, Enja, Eutrepe, Wergo, Innova, Composers' Concordance Records, SONY Classical and Capstone record labels.
Dina Pruzhansky is a Russian born, Israeli raised pianist, composer and educator, based in New York. Ms. Pruzhansky is a post-graduate alumna from Mannes School of Music in collaborative piano, whe ...
Dina Pruzhansky is a Russian born, Israeli raised pianist, composer and educator, based in New York. Ms. Pruzhansky is a post-graduate alumna from Mannes School of Music in collaborative piano, where she was awarded a continuous scholarship of merit, and a member of the Tonyhonored BMI Musical Theatre Workshop. She holds MA in piano performance, summa cum laude, from the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music in Tel-Aviv, where she studied with the pupil of H. Neuhaus, Prof. Victor Derevianko. She also holds a Bachelor degree in Art History.
Ms.Pruzhansky has been enjoying a diverse career, both as pianist and composer. She has appeared in solo and chamber music recitals at the leading venues throughout the United States, Russia, Israel, Canada, Italy, Belgium and Germany, and has shared the stage with many distinctive artists, including soloists of the Metropolitan and San Francisco Operas, members of the Met Orchestra and others. Having her compositions featured at NYC venues such as Jazz at Lincoln Center, Weill Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, Bargemusic, Le Poisson Rouge, as well internationally, Ms. Pruzhansky has recently made her WQXR debut in an exclusive 'Young Artist' program with the renown host Robert Sherman. Ms. Pruzhansky was named a finalist for the Fred Ebb Award for Excellence in Musical Theatre writing, with the award-winning lyricist Matt Schatz. Her opera Shulamit, written and premiered in 2014, has had it's full production in NYC earlier this year. A passionate educator, she is the author of I Can Play Chopin series — a collection of easy piano arrangements for beginners.
James Reynolds is a freelance jazz pianist in New York City. He teaches group piano and private jazz piano and composition lessons at the 92nd Street Y.
Jamie is very active on the jazz s ...
Jamie is very active on the jazz scene and performs regularly with some of New York's finest musicians. He has toured across Canada and the United States and Europe and can be heard regularly in clubs around the city.
Jamie received a Bachelor of Music with honors in jazz performance from the University of Toronto.
Jazz Keyboard (Intermediate)
Jazz Keyboard (Advanced)
Jazz Keyboard (Beginner)
Magdalene Rolka was born in Chicago and started playing piano soon after, at the age of three. She studied with Ryna Krysiak and started performing when she was five years old. She spent her childh ...
Magdalene Rolka was born in Chicago and started playing piano soon after, at the age of three. She studied with Ryna Krysiak and started performing when she was five years old. She spent her childhood immersed in music, performing around Chicago at Chicago's Orchestra Hall, The Chicago Cultural Center and the Art Institute of Chicago, where she played for Mayor Daley. Magdalene completed her Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance at the University of Miami. Upon graduating, Magdalene joined the faculty of the University of Miami Piano Preparatory Program where, in addition to private piano lessons, she taught classes in Group Piano, Music Theory and Aural Skills. Magdalene received her Master of Arts degree in Music/Music Education from Columbia University Teachers College, where she had the rare privilege to study with and perform for esteemed philosopher, Maxine Greene. Magdalene currently teaches piano students ages 4 through 96. She also enjoys working as an accompanist for Carnegie Hall's "Count Me In" program. When she has free time, she loves writing/recording her own songs and eating delicious gluten free cupcakes!
Composer, lyricist, author, performer, teacher—Louis Rosen has designed and taught the Music Appreciation/History and Music Theory curriculum for the 92Y’s School of Mu ...
Composer, lyricist, author, performer, teacher—Louis Rosen has designed and taught the Music Appreciation/History and Music Theory curriculum for the 92Y’s School of Music for over 30 years.
Albums of Louis’ songs and compositions include Dream Suite: Songs in Jazz and Blues (The Langston Hughes Songs, 2016); Time Was (2013); The Ache of Possibility (2009); One Ounce of Truth: The Nikki Giovanni Songs (2008); South Side Stories (2006); and the upcoming Fall 2017 release of Dust to Dust Blues and Act One: Piano Music from the Theater. In addition, two albums are currently in production: Phenomenal Woman: The Maya Angelou Songs and I Don’t Know Anything or My Third Act and First Farewell. Taken together, Dream Suite, Phenomenal Woman and One Ounce of Truth form The Black Loom Trilogy, three song cycles on poems of three major 20th Century African-American writers. Other song cycles include, It Is Still Dark: Songs of Exile (2003); Five Riversongs (1985); A Child’s Garden Song Suite (1994); and Poe Songs (2001).
Louis’ theater music includes four musicals: Book of the Night (1991), winner of Chicago’s John W. Schmid Award for Best New Work; A Child’s Garden (2000), named one of the top ten Off-Broadway productions of that year by the New York Post; an adaptation of A. A. Milne’s The Ugly Duckling (Ann Arbor Arts Festival, 1989); and The Pearl, adapted from John Steinbeck’s novella of the same name; as well as music for over 30 theatrical productions on and off Broadway and at major regional theaters around the country. His scores for plays have also yielded 12 concert suites, including Act One: a Suite in Six Parts for Solo Piano from his score for the Tony nominated 2014 Lincoln Center Theater production written and directed by James Lapine.
Louis is the author of two books: the memoir/oral narrative, The South Side: The Racial Transformation of an American Neighborhood (Ivan R. Dee, Chicago, 1998); and Beyond Category: Music Theory from Bach through The Beatles for the Popular or Classical Musician (2015). He also wrote the theatrical adaptation of The South Side, which has played at Washington, D. C.’s Theater J and New Jersey’s George Street Playhouse.
Among Louis’ many awards are a 2005 Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in Music Composition; the 1995 NEA New American Works Grant; the 1995 New York University Award for Teaching Excellence; the 1992 Gilman & Gonzalez-Falla Musical Theater Award; a Puffin Foundation Grant; an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Galileo Prize & Commission; the Anna Sosenko Trust Award; annual ASCAP Awards since 1993; and five fellowships from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.
The Goldberg Variations
Irving Berlin, America’s Songwriter
The Making of An Album, Part I: Dust to Dust Blues
The Musical Theater of Leonard Bernstein: Trouble in Tahiti and Wonderful Town
The Making of An Album, Part II: Act One — Piano Music From The Theater
The Musical Theater of Leonard Bernstein: Candide
Intermediate Theory, Rhythm & Ear Training Workshop
Introducing Mahler: The Symphony After Brahms
World of Music I: Music in the 1820s & 1830s — Deeper Exploration of Schubert, Mendelssohn & Schumann
World of Music II: Women Songwriters from Bessie Smith to Joni Mitchell
Advanced Theory Workshop
Beethoven the Virtuoso
Beginning Theory Express
How Joni Mitchell, Laura Nyro, Nina Simone, Aretha Franklin and Carole King Changed the Face of American Song
The Musical Theater of Leonard Bernstein: West Side Story Part II — Inside the Music
Richard Rodgers: With a Song in My Heart
Bernstein Jazz: Part Ten of Our 100th Birthday Celebration
The Musical Theater of Leonard Bernstein: Mass
Percussionist and drummer Jared Soldiviero is active as a freelancer in his hometown of New York City. He has appeared with St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Springfield Symphony, Albany Symphony, Vermon ...
Percussionist and drummer Jared Soldiviero is active as a freelancer in his hometown of New York City. He has appeared with St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Springfield Symphony, Albany Symphony, Vermont Symphony, NOVUS, The Knights, American Ballet Theater and New York Philharmonic, playing timpani, percussion or drum set. Over the summer, Jared is Principal Timpanist at Crested Butte Music Festival. He has also subbed in the pit orchestras of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, Bridges of Madison County, Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Bullets Over Broadway and An American in Paris.
An accomplished chamber musician, Jared is a member of Deviant Septet and is an inaugural member of Ensemble ACJW. He has performed with Alarm Will Sound, Argento, ICE, Wordless Music, Perspectives Ensemble and Wet Ink. His interest in contemporary music has led to performances under Pierre Boulez, Simon Rattle, Susanna Mälkki, Peter Eötvös, Pablo Heras-Casado, John Adams, Matthias Pintscher and Charles Wuorinen.
Jared holds B.M. and M.M. degrees from The Juilliard School, where he was a student of Roland Kohloff and Gordon Gottlieb.
Flutist Wendy Stern received her Master of Music Degree from the Juilliard School, where she was a scholarship student of Julius Baker and Samuel Baron. She has also studied with Toshio Takahashi a ...
Flutist Wendy Stern received her Master of Music Degree from the Juilliard School, where she was a scholarship student of Julius Baker and Samuel Baron. She has also studied with Toshio Takahashi at the Talent Education Research Institute in Matsumoto, Japan and with Keith Underwood in NYC. Wendy has been the guest recital artist and clinician at Suzuki Institutes at East Tennessee State University, Ithaca College, Denison University, Rockford College, the Levine School in Washington, D.C. and MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She has also performed and given workshops at National Flute Association Conventions in New York, New Mexico, North Carolina, Georgia and California and the British Flute Society conference in Manchester, England.
Wendy is a member of the dynamic and innovative group, Flute Force, winner of the Artists International Competition and recipient of numerous grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Chamber Music America, and the New York Council of the Arts. With Flute Force, Wendy has performed and coached chamber music in Australia, Canada and throughout the United States. Flute Force has recorded CDs for CRI, VAl, lnnova, MPR and Windham Hill.
As a freelance flutist in New York, Wendy is on the substitute roster of many prestigious organizations, and as such, has played in the flute sections of the New York Philharmonic, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke's and The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. In addition, she presently is on the sub list of the Broadway productions of Cinderella and Phantom of the Opera.
A dedicated teacher, Wendy's present and former students have won competitions at the New York Flute Club, MTNA, NJMTEA and ABRSM and have attended Curtis, New England Conservatory, Carnegie Mellon, Manhattan School of Music, Mannes and Juilliard.
Jonathan Weber maintains a versatile musical career as a violinist, violist, conductor and composer. A graduate of the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College (CUNY) and classically trained ...
Jonathan Weber maintains a versatile musical career as a violinist, violist, conductor and composer. A graduate of the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College (CUNY) and classically trained under the tutelage of violinist Daniel Phillips, Mr. Weber has gone on to collaborate and perform professionally with artists such as the aforementioned Daniel Phillips and Timothy Eddy of the Orion String Quartet, Tara O'Connor of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and Windscape, oboe virtuosos Ronald Roseman and Randall Wolfgang, and the renowned Bach Aria Group. Mr. Weber has also made numerous solo and ensemble appearances with symphony orchestras throughout the United States and abroad.
Branching into alternate musical genres such as jazz, hip-hop, country, and rock and roll, Mr. Weber has performed with artists including Billy Joel, Jay-Z, Beyonce Knowles, Alicia Keys, Nas, Busta Rhymes, Janelle Monae, Eryka Badu, Roger Daltrey, Peter Gabriel, Josh Groban, Taylor Swift, Idina Menzel, Sarah McLachlan, Barry Manilow, Tony Bennett, Herbie Hancock, Savion Glover, the Roots, the Irish Tenors, the Trans Siberian Orchestra, the Mahavishnu Project and fusion band: DBR & The Mission (Opus 3 Artists) for which he has received critical acclaim. As an active New York freelancer, Mr. Weber performs regularly in the Broadway circuit and has also had the privilege of appearing with the vintage jazz band: Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks. CD credits include Billy Joel: Live at Shea Stadium, Jay-Z: Kingdom Come and Albert Hammond Jr.'s Como Te Llama, in addition to various TV and film score collaborations with artists including Ryuichi Sakamoto and Steven Van Zandt.
Journeying into the cinematic medium, Mr. Weber can be seen as an on screen musician in films such as Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus (2006), Sex and the City 2 (2010), Billy Joel: The Last Play at Shea (2010) and the HBO Miniseries: "Mildred Pierce" (2011) and Annie (2014). He has also made frequent network television appearances playing violin and viola on programs such as The Late Show with David Letterman, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Live with Regis and Kelly, The Rachel Ray Show, The View, Christmas Live at Rockefeller Center and PBS programs: Great Performances and Soundstage.
As an orchestral conductor, Mr. Weber had the pleasure of serving as guest conductor for the 2012 NMEA All County Music Festival performing in concert at the Tilles Center at C.W. Post, LI University. And in July of 2014, Mr. Weber made his televised conducting debut on the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon performing in collaboration with comedian Dana Carvey.
Jonathan Weber is currently a faculty member at the Lawrence Eisman Center for Preparatory Studies in Music at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College (CUNY) where he serves as music director of the pre-college orchestras, coordinator of the chamber music department and summer chamber music festivals, and member of the violin and viola faculty.
Paul Williams first started teaching music to children while working for the Shaftsbury Society in England. Since then he has taught guitar and piano to many private students of all ages and has ta ...
Paul Williams first started teaching music to children while working for the Shaftsbury Society in England. Since then he has taught guitar and piano to many private students of all ages and has taught music in pre-schools and kindergarten as well as for the National Guitar Workshop.
He has a parallel career as a musician and singer/songwriter which began in the Folk clubs of England when he was 13 years old. He has written for Musical Theatre, Off Broadway and Nickelodeon. He recently wrote "Reaching Out To say Hello" for the 92nd Street Y's Educational Outreach Program and continues to write, record and perform in the New York area under the name Paul Clements. He has one of the longest running music engagements in New York City having played regularly on Wednesday nights at the legendary The Bitter End since 1985.
He is married to actress Carey Cromelin and has two children, Virginia and George Williams.
The Music Room
Guitarist Max Zuckerman is a multifaceted guitarist living and working in Brooklyn, NY. He received his Master of Music Degree from the Yale School of Music where he studied with B ...
Guitarist Max Zuckerman is a multifaceted guitarist living and working in Brooklyn, NY. He received his Master of Music Degree from the Yale School of Music where he studied with Benjamin Verdery. Max is also a graduate of the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore where he earned both a Bachelors of Music and a Graduate Performance Degree in the studio of Manuel Barrueco.
In 2002, at the American String Teachers’ Association national competition, Max won first prize in his division (under 18 guitar) and Grand Prize for all string instruments in the under 18 division. In March 2003, Max won first prize in the Portland Guitar Festival Solo Guitar Competition. In the spring of 2009, Max premiered a new work by Matthew Cmiel commissioned by the Baltimore Classical Guitar Society in Baltimore and that fall he was the featured performer in the New York City Classical Guitar Society Second Sundays Concert Series at the Roger Smith Hotel in New York.
In the fall of 2010, Max made his Carnegie Hall debut premiering Sam Adams’ Tension Study #1 for electric guitar and percussion. Max has received awards in the Appalachian State Guitar Competition, Montreal Guitar Festival and Competition, Sierra Nevada Guitar Competition and was awarded First Prize in the Middle Tennessee State University Guitar Festival and Competition. This past year he performed the Villa-Lobos Concerto with both the Bay-Atlantic Symphony and the Panama National Symphony. While maintaining his classical repertoire, Max enjoys collaborating with other musicians and composers in a wide variety of styles, from the avant-garde to popular music.
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