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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 6-9
Group Cello (Beginner)
Group Cello (Intermediate)
Adult Cello Ensemble
Summer String Intensive / Ages 7-12
Group Cello / Ages 4-7
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.
New York Blues Hall of Fame inductee guitarist/singer Chris Bergson recently returned from a three week tour in Europe with acclaimed soul singer Ellis Hooks including headlining festivals in Franc ...
New York Blues Hall of Fame inductee guitarist/singer Chris Bergson recently returned from a three week tour in Europe with acclaimed soul singer Ellis Hooks including headlining festivals in France, Germany and Denmark.
Bergson continues to tour in support of his latest album, Bitter Midnight which was named MOJO Magazine's #3 Blues Album of 2017, his fourth consecutive release to achieve MOJO's Top 3 Blues Album of the Year status.
Bitter Midnight, whose track list includes songs inspired by Bergson's successful 10 country European tour, features guest artists such as drummer Aaron Comess (Spin Doctors), bassists Richard Hammond (Santana) and Andy Hess (Gov't Mule), trumpeter Steven Bernstein (Henry Butler), saxophonist Jay Collins (Gregg Allman) and acclaimed soul singer Ellis Hooks (Steve Cropper.)
Bergson has performed with Norah Jones, Levon Helm, Hubert Sumlin, John Hammond and opened for B.B. King, Etta James and Bettye LaVette.
Recent collaborations have also included performances and/or recordings with celebrated French singer CharlElie Couture, Blues Music Award nominee Alexis P. Suter and Corey Glover of Living Color.
Bergson endorses McCurdy Guitars, Blackstar Amplification and Levys Leathers. Bergson is currently on the faculty of the 92Y School of Music where he teaches guitar, coaches rock band and serves as the music mentor for the Recanati-Kaplan Scholarship for the Excellence in the Arts program.
For the past two years, Bergson has also taught a jazz education class through 92Y's Outreach Education program at the Angelo Petri School for the Performring Arts in the Bronx.
Jazz Ensemble / Ages 10-17
Blues Guitar Workshop with Chris Bergson
Ms. Bogardus earned her Bachelor of Music degree from the New England Conservatory and Master of Music degree from Northwestern University. While living in Mexico, she held several principal flute ...
Ms. Bogardus earned her Bachelor of Music degree from the New England Conservatory and Master of Music degree from Northwestern University. While living in Mexico, she held several principal flute positions and appeared as a soloist regularly. In New York, Ms. Bogardus currently holds the principal flute positions with the Binghamton Philharmonic, Berkshire Opera Festival and Martina Arroyo Foundation Opera and has performed with the Buffalo Philharmonic, American Ballet Theater Orchestra, Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, Gotham Chamber Opera, Teatro Grattacielo Opera Company, American Symphony Orchestra, Albany Symphony, New Jersey Festival Orchestra, Greenwich Symphony Orchestra, Allentown Symphony, Dorian Quintet, several Broadway Shows and dozens of other NY based orchestras. She can be heard on numerous TV and film sound tracks. Currently she teaches at the 92nd St Y, and the Hotchkiss and Diller Quaile Schools. Ms. Bogardus is a prizewinner of the Myrna Brown and Artists International Competitions and won first place in the Continuo Arts Foundation Young Artists Competition with her chamber group, Emerald Trio. Emerald Trio recorded a CD of pieces written for them by New York City based composers, which was released on Naxos.
Brian Charette is active in all areas of music; production, instruction and performance. As a performer, he is a Hammond endorsed, Steeplechase and Positone recording artist, currently #5 on t ...
Brian Charette is active in all areas of music; production, instruction and performance. As a performer, he is a Hammond endorsed, Steeplechase and Positone recording artist, currently #5 on the Downbeat Critic’s Poll. He constantly performs worldwide with his own groups and artists such as Joni Mitchell, Chaka Kahn, and George Coleman. As an educator, Charette writes prolifically for Keyboard Magazine, Jazz Times, The NYC Jazz Record and the Czech music magazine, Muzikus. He has a successful book out on Hal Leonard Publications and two instructional videos on mymusicmasterclass.com.
Brian is also very well versed in production and engineering, releasing groundbreaking albums that combine acoustic and electronic elements such as sampling and analog keyboards. He has also earned a Grammy Nomination for his mixing on Robert Smigel’s debut album for Warner Brothers records. briancharette.com/about/.
Group Keyboard (Beginner)
Group Keyboard (Intermediate)
Pianist David Cook is a versatile bandleader, musical director and sideman in the world of jazz and beyond. His albums Pathway and Scenic Design (Brooklyn Jazz Undergrou ...
Pianist David Cook is a versatile bandleader, musical director and sideman in the world of jazz and beyond. His albums Pathway and Scenic Design (Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records) showcase his writing for trio and quintet, featuring Ben Wendel and Kendrick Scott. His work as the musical director and keyboardist for 10-time Grammy Award winner Taylor Swift, Kesha, Thomas Rhett and more have him playing for sellout crowds in the world’s biggest venues. He has also toured recently with singers Lizz Wright, Shayna Steele and Shoshana Bean, drummer Mark Guiliana and guitarist Greg Howe. Born in to a musical family from Columbus, Ohio, David graduated from the University of Michigan with a BMA in jazz piano where he studied with Ellen Rowe, Andrew Bishop and Gerald Cleaver.
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.
A native of Northern California, George England resides in New York City where he performs and teaches classical and modern guitar. His concerts span several style periods and highlight rare works ...
A native of Northern California, George England resides in New York City where he performs and teaches classical and modern guitar. His concerts span several style periods and highlight rare works as well as established favorites. He is regularly engaged as an ensemble player, most recently with the New York-based Ensemble Musica Humana, on vihuela and lute; on baroque guitar and theorbo with Sinfonia Spirituosa, based in Sacramento, California; with soprano, Dr. Kathleen O'Rourke, in Duo Raccontare; and as guitarist with New York City’s Cantanti Project.
George’s teaching is continually renewed and draws from multiple approaches. With an aim for the total development of the student, George meets students where they are and works with individuals to reach musical goals. George’s students have continued their studies at acclaimed programs across the country.
George has lectured at California State University Northridge, Yuba Community College in California, and instructs guitar and musicianship at the New York City Guitar School, Diller-Quaile School of Music and Great Neck Music Conservatory. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University, as well as a Master’s and Bachelor of Music from California State University, Sacramento and Northridge, respectively. He has studied with Jerry Willard, Richard Savino, Steven Thachuk, and Ronald Purcell.
Mini Guitar Intensive / Ages 5-7
Mini Guitar Intensive / Ages 8-9
Group Guitar / Ages 6-7
Mary Feinsinger, director, is an award-winning composer, arranger, lyricist, music director and vocal coach. A graduate of ...
Mary Feinsinger, director, is an award-winning composer, arranger, lyricist, music director and vocal coach. A graduate of The Juilliard School in voice, she was a Teaching Artist at OperaAmerica. As vocalist and keyboardist of the West End Klezmorim, she performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and the White House. She was on the piano-accompanying staff at Juilliard. She is a composer/lyricist alumna in the BMI Lehman Engel Advanced Musical Theatre Workshop, and has created music for a number of musicals and videos including Understood Betsy, The Tooth Fairy Vs. El Ratón Pérez, The Sisters Plotz, Oh My Dog! and the animated song My Head.
Broadway and American Standards Sing-In
Broadway at 92Y Chorus
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.
Group Ukulele (Beginner)
Group Ukulele (Intermediate)
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.
John Gutowski is a freelance audio engineer and music producer that’s involved in every aspect of musical creation from conceptualization and composition all the way through to recording, mix ...
John Gutowski is a freelance audio engineer and music producer that’s involved in every aspect of musical creation from conceptualization and composition all the way through to recording, mixing and live performance.
He’s been making noise since he was nine years old—the year that his parents got him his first drum set. He went on to attend Purchase College where he studied under James McElwaine, Silas Brown and Peter Denenberg, earning a dual degree in Music Composition and Music Production. He hasn’t looked back since.
John has worked with innumerable artists of note both in studio and on stage including Grammy winners Kacey Musgraves, Questlove, Thundercat and Brian Wilson, as well Janelle Monáe, Joan Osborne, Travis Barker, SZA, Conor Oberst and Run The Jewels.
He currently holds the position of Senior Content Producer at Flatiron-based music tech company Splice, where he works closely with artists to create compelling content that’s used by professional hitmakers and has ended up on Grammy-winning songs such as Drake’s “God’s Plan.” Splice has currently paid over $15 million in royalties directly to creators who have distributed their sounds through the platform, and has recently garnered praise from the likes of Billboard, Variety, Tech Crunch, Music Business Worldwide, Complex and The Wall Street Journal as one of the top emerging forces for creators in the music industry.
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!
Summer Vocal Institute / Ages 10-17
Musical Theater Vocal Workshop / Ages 8-17
Little Voices / Ages 5-7
Junior Chorus / Ages 8-12
Glee Club / Ages 13-17
Sing the Songbook
Sing Your Heart Out!
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.
Group Guitar / Ages 5-6
Group Guitar / Ages 7-8
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 5-6
Group Piano / Ages 6-7
Group Piano / 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
Dr. Kyle Landry is a dynamic and engaging contemporary saxophonist, composer, artist and music educator originally from Detroit Michigan.
As a performer and composer, Kyle has dedicated h ...
As a performer and composer, Kyle has dedicated his career to presenting unique and engaging works of art that immerse the audience and evoke questions. This philosophy has fueled an exploration of new sounds and the invention of new and unusual musical instruments. One of Kyle’s recent works, NODE premiered at the Broad Modern Art Museum, featured an interactive mechanical-feedback instrument, which reverberates sounds through a 10-foot spring controlled by a computer, creating feedback loops and resonance.
In his work as a chamber musician, Kyle is a member of the Viridian Saxophone Quartet which has performed throughout the United States and has won numerous awards including prizes at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, North American Saxophone Alliance Chamber Music Competition, Coleman Chamber Music Competition, Plowman Chamber Music Competition and the MTNA Chamber Music Competition. Kyle’s mission as both a soloist and chamber musician is to promote the creation and dissemination of new works through performance, composition and commissioning. As part of a recent commissioning project, the Viridian Quartet premiered Four Brothers, a four movement jazz suite by Grammy Award winning jazz pianist Bill Cunliffe.
Kyle’s philosophy as an educator encourages the growth of student’s creativity, curiosity, critical thinking, collaboration and problem-solving skills while working towards the highest level of creative artistic expression. Whatever the student’s goals, Kyle works to instill in them all a love and passion for music.
Kyle holds a Doctoral degree in Music Performance and a Master of Music from Michigan State University, a Bachelor of Music Performance and a Bachelor of Music Education from Central Michigan University. If you would like to learn more about Kyle Landry’s work you can visit his website: Kyle-Landry.com
Y Saxophone Ensemble
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)
Introduction to Jazz Improvisation
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.
Music Production (Beginner) / Ages 10-12
Music Production (Beginner) / Ages 13-15
Sibelius for Beginners
Chicago native Tomo Matsuo is the Music Director & Conductor of the 92Y School of Music Orchestra since 2014. Founded in 1917, the 92Y Orchestra is the longest-running community-based orchestra ...
Chicago native Tomo Matsuo is the Music Director & Conductor of the 92Y School of Music Orchestra since 2014. Founded in 1917, the 92Y Orchestra is the longest-running community-based orchestra in New York City, and Tomo is its 10th Music Director. Passionate about music education, Tomo helped establish the annual 92Y School of Music Concerto Competition during his first season and has served on the jury each year. Tomo will make his Alice Tully Hall conducting debut in 2019 with the World Civic Orchestra.
92Y School of Music Orchestra
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.
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.
Group Voice (Beginner)
Sight-Singing and Ear Training for Beginners
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
Intro to Music and Sound for Film
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 4
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 5-6
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.
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 (Advanced)
Jazz Keyboard (Intermediate)
Playing by Ear: Functional Piano and Music Theory
Jazz Keyboard (Beginner)
Magdalene Rolka was born in Chicago and started playing piano at the age of three. She started performing when she was five years old and played her first full recital at age ten. She spent her chi ...
Magdalene Rolka was born in Chicago and started playing piano at the age of three. She started performing when she was five years old and played her first full recital at age ten. She spent her childhood immersed in music, performing around Chicago at beautiful performance venues such as Chicago's Orchestra Hall, The Chicago Cultural Center, and at the Art Institute of Chicago, where she played for Mayor Daley. She 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 of Group Piano, Music Theory, and Aural Skills for four years. 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 students ages 4 through 96. When she has free time, she writes and records her own music.
Mini Piano Institute / Ages 5-7
Young Pianists' Workshop / Ages 8-16
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.
Claude Debussy at the Dawn of Modernism
Franz Schubert in Vienna
Assassins — Sondheim, Weidman, and a Modern Masterpiece
Music From Brazil
World of Music I
World of Music II
Musical Analysis I: Popular Song
Masterworks of Chamber Music: In the Classroom and In Concert
The Birth of Jazz: 1900 to 1930
Musical Analysis II: Classical Masters
Advanced Theory I
Music of the 1920’s: The Anything Goes Decade
Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations, Op. 120
Stephen Sondheim: Songs That Didn’t Make It to Opening Night
Stephen Sondheim: Music for Film and Television
Tokyo-native Arei Sekiguchi took up drums after early studies in classical piano and marimba. His first exposure to international performance came through tours of the U.S. and Europe with Up With ...
Tokyo-native Arei Sekiguchi took up drums after early studies in classical piano and marimba. His first exposure to international performance came through tours of the U.S. and Europe with Up With People at the age of 18. Later he moved to NYC to further study music. He received a BFA from the New School University under the guidance of jazz Legends such as Bobby Sanabria, Chico Hamilton, Reggie Workman and Charles Tolliver. He has also studied privately with some of the most sought after drummers in the world: Michael Carvin, Jorge Alabe and Antonio Sanchez. He has performed at various festivals and venues all over the United States including Jazz Mobile, Harlem Summer Stage, River to River Festival, Carnegie Hall, Whitney Museum, the National Gallery of Art and Kennedy Center in Washington DC. Arei has recorded for labels such as Sony Japan and Clean Feed(Portugal). His musical theater credits include, Curvy Widow (Off Broadway) and Newsies (Regional). He has also been a regular accompanist for the Afro-Brazilian Dance Class at Alvin Ailey Extension for the last ten years.
Intro to Drums and Percussion / Ages 6-8
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.
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
The Music World
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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