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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 (Beginner)
Group Cello (Continuing Beginner/Intermediate)
Group Cello (Intermediate)
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
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 (Continuing Beginner)
Group Keyboard (Beginner)
Carey Cromelin, B.A., Hollins College, University of East Anglia, Norwich England. Performance experience includes television, film and Off Broadway.
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
Holiday Sing-In with Mary Feinsinger
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)
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.
Guitarist Andrew Hartman is active as a performer, composer and educator in the New York City area. Performing as a bandleader and sideman, Hartman regularly works in a variety of genres, incl ...
Guitarist Andrew Hartman is active as a performer, composer and educator in the New York City area. Performing as a bandleader and sideman, Hartman regularly works in a variety of genres, including jazz, rock and pop, and music theatre. His albums Compass and Andrew Hartman and Still Motion feature his original music arranged and performed in trio, quartet and quintet settings.
Partner Lessons for Kids: Group Guitar for Beginners / Ages 6-8
Partner Lessons for Kids: Group Guitar for Beginners / Ages 9-11
Group Ukulele (Beginner) / Ages 7-8
Group Guitar / Ages 7-8
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!
Little Voices / Ages 5-7
Junior Chorus / Ages 8-12
Musical Theater Vocal Workshop / Ages 8-17
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 7-8
Ann plays guitar and mandolin and other things with strings. As a singer/songwriter, she performed in Europe consistently for many years. While on tour, she also conducted songwriting and guitar wo ...
Ann plays guitar and mandolin and other things with strings. As a singer/songwriter, she performed in Europe consistently for many years. While on tour, she also conducted songwriting and guitar workshops. She has written music for three documentaries for French television and has had her music used in television shows all over the world. As an instrumentalist, credits include: Kate Pierson of the B-52s, Ani DiFranco, and the American Composers Orchestra. She has lent her skills on Broadway in Head Over Heels, Grease, 9 to 5, Baby It’s You, Everyday Rapture, Kinky Boots, Waitress, Natasha Pierre and the Great Comet, and Jagged Little Pill. Off Broadway credits include: Superhero, Almost Famous, and Shakespeare in the Park. Ann has also produced recordings for several artists with her partner, Tim Hatfield and is a MacDowell Colony grant recipient. She is most proud of her ability to wah wah her way out of any solo, anytime.
Sculpting Song Out of Air
Mandolin for Advanced Beginner/Intermediate
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
Sound Collage: An Interactive Recording Session / Ages 8-12
Sound Collage: An Introduction to Electronic Sound Design and Composition / Ages 10-11
Sound Collage: An Introduction to Electronic Sound Design and Composition / Ages 12-15
Introduction to Music Apps and Software
Introduction to Music Technology for Teens
How to Crush Your Zoom Audition
Introduction to Music Technology
Michael Kirk Lane is an award-winning cabaret artist, having won the 2020 Manhattan Association of Cabaret Award for Male Musical Comedy Performer. Along with 3 previous MAC nominations, Lane has b ...
Michael Kirk Lane is an award-winning cabaret artist, having won the 2020 Manhattan Association of Cabaret Award for Male Musical Comedy Performer. Along with 3 previous MAC nominations, Lane has been nominated for 3 BroadwayWorld Cabaret Awards, winning in 2018 for Best Show. Stephen Mosher of BroadwayWorld Cabaret has called Lane “one of the most popular performers and people working in cabaret today.” Cabaret Scenes Magazine has deemed Lane’s work “musical comedy heaven.”
Beyond his own experience performing in cabaret, Lane’s experience managing two of the city’s most renowned cabaret venues (The Laurie Beechman Theatre, Don’t Tell Mama) offers him a unique vantage point and perspective on the art form.
As a teaching artist for over 20 years, Lane has taught all ages from pre-school to retirement homes. In each class he brings the same philosophy to his teaching, no matter the age of the students. “Art, Theatre, and Music are ways for us to connect with our most authentic self, and to explore the world around us.”
Cabaret History and Great Performances
Cabaret Performance: Connecting to Your Lyric
John Leighton is a musician and educator based in Brooklyn, NY. He earned his Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance and Music Education from the Eastman School of Music, and is currently working o ...
John Leighton is a musician and educator based in Brooklyn, NY. He earned his Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance and Music Education from the Eastman School of Music, and is currently working on a Master of Science in Music Education at Queens College. Additionally, John possesses a NYS Teaching Certification in Music K-12, Orff-Schulwerk Level I Certification, and training in Music Learning Theory, Kodály, and Dalcroze methods. John currently teaches Pre-K-5th Grade General Music at P.S. 213 in Oakland Gardens, as well as directing a 4th and 5th Grade Chorus and the annual drama club production. Most recently, John has further developed a passion for early childhood music education through teaching the Orff-based Tuneful Sequence Program at Turtle Bay Music School, with ages 18 months through seven years old.
Instrument Explorers / Ages 2½-3
Naomi Lewin is the former host of weekday afternoon music on WQXR, and of the podcast Conducting Business. Before that, she was midday host at WGUC in Cincinnati, where she created the awa ...
Naomi Lewin is the former host of weekday afternoon music on WQXR, and of the podcast Conducting Business. Before that, she was midday host at WGUC in Cincinnati, where she created the award-winning weekly program Classics for Kids, which airs on radio stations across the country. She has produced music programs and arts reports for NPR; intermission features for Metropolitan Opera broadcasts; and podcasts on subjects ranging from the Yale Glee Club, to Tippet Rise Art Center, to the bicentennial of St. George's Choral Society. Südwestrundfunk in Stuttgart recently commissioned her to create a two-hour program – in German – celebrating Itzhak Perlman's 75th birthday. Naomi is also a speaker, emcee, and media coach, and the radio voice of Arizona Opera.
Given her previous lifetime as a singer and actress, Naomi has continued to appear onstage, narrating Peter and the Wolf, Carnival of the Animals, King David, Façade, A Visit from the White Rabbit, and Four Seasons of Italian Futurist Cuisine by Aaron Jay Kernis. She can be seen as J.S. Bach in the Sunday Baroque 30th Anniversary video, and as a spitball-shooting professor in La Folía, from Filmelodic. Naomi has hosted a Classics for Kids Live show around the country, and has given talks on operas from Aida to Zauberflöte.
Naomi was born in Princeton, New Jersey, but received both undergraduate and graduate degrees from Yale.
The World of Gustav Mahler
The Art of Broadway Orchestration
Unsung Heroes of the Opera: Vocal Coaches
Music Critics’ Round-Table
Tales from the Front Stand: Conversations with Orchestra Principals
Hitting the High Notes: Behind the Scenes with a New Generation of Tenors
Music’s Tightest-Knit Family: The String Quartet
Organ: The King of Instruments
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).
Partner Lessons for Adults: Guitar for Beginners
Introduction to Jazz Improvisation
Group Guitar (Intermediate)
Group Guitar (Beginner)
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.
Group Keyboard (Intermediate)
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.
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.
Opera History II
How to Read Music
Group Voice (Beginner)
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.
Patti Onorato earned her Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from the Manhattan School of Music. She has sung, acted, and played various instruments in the U.S. and overseas with composers, perf ...
Patti Onorato earned her Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from the Manhattan School of Music. She has sung, acted, and played various instruments in the U.S. and overseas with composers, performing artists, poets, visual and dance artists, and rock bands. With these collaborations she has worked on new music and new music theatre and opera pieces, often premiering the new works. Other performance projects include; soloist for The Old Moscow Circus in Japan as well as music director and composer for an all-woman cast of Julius Caesar (Juli Caesar).
While performing internationally and in the states, Patti studied the “Orff Schulwerk Approach” at the Bloomingdale House of Music in NYC, and through Brooklyn Conservatory and Trevor Day School workshops. Patti has also studied West African drumming and dance, guitar, drums, piano, and recorder.
From 1997-2020 Patti was an instructor at Turtle Bay Music School where she helped to develop and teach in the Tuneful Sequence/Orffestra, Carnival of the Instruments, and Musical Mornings programs, teaching ages 12 months through 10 years. She has also taught as a PS Outreach music specialist for many schools in Manhattan and Brooklyn teaching PreK through 5th grades, and helped to establish a collaborative program for Public School Outreach Programs, combining the Orff Schulwerk with artists who specialized in Rock/Jazz, Modern Dance, Columbian Music, and Afro-Caribbean music.
Patti is thrilled to continue her teaching journey with friends and families at 92nd Street Y!
Instrument Explorers / Ages 1½-2½
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.
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 NYC based award-winning composer, pianist, and educator. Ms. Pruzhansky holds a postgraduate degree from the Mannes College The New School for Music in collaborative piano, whe ...
Dina Pruzhansky is a NYC based award-winning composer, pianist, and educator. Ms. Pruzhansky holds a postgraduate degree from the Mannes College The New School for Music in collaborative piano, where she was awarded a continuous scholarship of merit. Her MA in solo piano performance, summa cum laude, is from the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music at Tel-Aviv University, where she studied with the pupil of H. Neuhaus, Prof. Victor Derevianko. She also holds a Bachelor degree in Art History. Born in the former USSR and Israeli-raised, Ms. Pruzhansky enjoys a diverse international career in a variety of genres, ranging from classical to musical theater and from liturgy to cabaret. Her compositions have been featured in many of New York's renowned music venues, such as Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Merkin Hall, The Bargemusic, Le Poisson Rouge, Symphony Space, YIVO, Opera America Center, and others. Her music has been broadcast on media including WQXR in an exclusive ‘Young Artist’ program with the renowned host Robert Sherman. Following the successful premiere of her Hebrew opera SHULAMIT in 2014, an additional production was enabled by popular demand in 2016. The opera was also presented in part at the Aspen Music Festival 2019. An alumna of the BMI Advanced Musical Theater Workshop, Ms.Pruzhansky was nominated for the 2009 Fred Ebb Award for Excellence in Musical Theatre writing, and was selected as finalist for 2019 NY Musical Theater festival with her musical for children Central Park. She has served as liturgical composer-in-residence at Temple Israel of Northern Westchester and at Temple Shalom, Dallas. A passionate educator, Ms. Pruzhansky is the author of I Can Play Chopin series—a collection of easy piano arrangements for beginners. Ms. Pruzhansky’s Carnegie Hall mainstage (Stern Auditorium) debut will take place on March 3, 2020, with the premiere of her suite for piano, strings, and percussion.
Jamie 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 j ...
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 (Beginner)
Jazz Keyboard (Advanced)
Jazz Keyboard (Intermediate)
Playing by Ear: Functional Piano and Music Theory
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.
Louis Rosen, composer, lyricist, performer, author and educator, is a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship recipient whose musical style is a fusion of folk, jazz, classical, rock and blues idioms. He ...
Louis Rosen, composer, lyricist, performer, author and educator, is a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship recipient whose musical style is a fusion of folk, jazz, classical, rock and blues idioms. He has designed and taught the Music Appreciation/History and Music Theory curriculum for the 92Y’s School of Music for over 35 years.
The ten albums of Louis’ songs and compositions include three solo albums: I Don’t Know Anything (Music and Lyrics, 2020); Dust to Dust Blues (Music and Lyrics, 2017); Time Was (Music and Lyric Adaptations, 2013); five albums with vocalist Capathia Jenkins: Phenomenal Woman: The Maya Angelou Songs and Songs Without Words (Music, 2018); One Ounce of Truth: The Nikki Giovanni Songs (Music, 2008); The Ache of Possibility (Music and Lyrics, 2009); South Side Stories (Music and Lyrics, 2006); and Dream Suite: Songs in Jazz and Blues on poems by Langston Hughes (Music, 2016), which also features vocalist Alton Fitzgerald White; as well as two albums of instrumental music: Act One: Piano Music for the Theater (2017); and the forthcoming Two Suites. Taken together, the three albums—Dream Suite, One Ounce of Truth and Phenomenal Woman—comprise 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 Love and Exile (Premiere—Great Hall at Cooper Union with vocalist Darius de Haas, 2006); Five Riversongs on poems by Edgar Lee Masters and Four Songs (Dual Premiere—The Museum of the City of New York and Lincoln Center Library, vocalists Peter Stewart and Barbara Peters, 1985); and A Child’s Garden Song Suite on poems by Robert Louis Stevenson (1994).
Louis’ theater compositions include three musicals: Book of the Night (Music and Co-Lyrics, Goodman Theater, 1991), winner of Chicago's John W. Schmid Award for Best New Work; A Child’s Garden (Music, Lyric Adaptations and Co-Libretto, Off-Broadway, 2000), named one of the top-ten Off-Broadway productions of that year by the New York Post; and The Ugly Duckling (Ann Arbor Arts Festival, 1989). He has also composed thirty scores for plays including the Tony-nominated Act One at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theater, written and directed by James Lapine (2014); Roundabout’s Broadway revivals of The Rainmaker (2000) and Picnic (1994); off-Broadway productions at theaters such as Lincoln Center’s Mitzi Newhouse, the New York Shakespeare Festival’s Delacorte in Central Park and The Acting Company at the Lucille Lortel; and for major regional theaters including the Goodman Theater in Chicago, Minneapolis’ Guthrie Theater, Seattle Repertory Theater, Shakespeare Theater in Washington, D.C.; New Haven’s Long Wharf Theater; Princeton’s McCarter Theater, the Williamstown Theater Festival and the Westport Country Playhouse, among others. His scores for plays have also yielded twelve concert suites, three of which—Act One Suite for Solo Piano, Into Night and On the Verge and Orchards (both for two pianos)—were included on the 2017 album Act One: Piano Music for the Theater.
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, Cloth 1998, Paperback, 1999); and Beyond Category: Music Theory from Bach through The Beatles for the Popular or Classical Musician (2015), which serves as the text for the 92Y School of Music’s Theory curriculum. 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.
Awards include the Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in Music Composition; the NEA New American Works Grant; the 2nd Gilman & Gonzalez Falla Musical Theater Award; ASCAP Awards, 1993-2020; a Puffin Foundation Grant; an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Galileo Prize & Commission; Chicago’s John W. Schmid Award, Best New Work for Book of the Night, among others.
Recent compositions reflect a new emphasis on instrumental music and include The Pearl Suite for Small Orchestra; The Pearl Octet; Suite for Clarinet and Piano; Twelve Guitar Preludes; The Black Loom Trilogy Epilogue for Jazz Sextet; the six-movement Sextet; Riversongs Octet; and Act One Suite for Solo Piano.
Teachers included Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, Arthur Laurents, Alfred Uhry and John Weidman (composing and writing for theater); William Russo (Music Theory and Jazz Composition); William Ferris (Choral Composition, Orchestration and Formal Analysis); and Joseph Reiser (Music Theory and Composition).
Anyone Can Whistle: Sondheim Finding His Voice
Aaron Copland: The Third Symphony and the Populist Style
Stevie Wonder is 70!: Innervisions
Gershwin: An American in Paris
Stephen Sondheim: Musical Theater Meets Classical Form
Sondheim, Part III: Company—The Complete Score
The World of Music I: Listening and Watching—Music and Dance from Stravinsky to Glass
The World of Music II: Jazz—The 1960s
Musical Analysis I: The Music of West Side Story
Music from the 1940s, Part I: The War Years 1940-1945
Advanced Theory II
The Singer-Songwriter: 1971 and 1972
Musical Analysis II: The Music of Maurice Ravel
Beethoven at 250: From the “New Path” to the Grosse Fuge
Court and Spark: Joni Mitchell and Art in the Marketplace
Sondheim, Part III: A Little Night Music—Music, Lyrics and the Art of Adaptation
Mozart—Symphony No. 41, “Jupiter”: Transcendent Perfection
Revolver: The Beatles and Musical Innovation
Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto in G Major, Op. 58
Sondheim, Part III: John Weidman on Pacific Overtures—A Conversation with the Author
John Lennon: 80th Birthday Celebration
John Coltrane: A Love Supreme
Aaron Copland at Mid-Century: Clarinet Concerto and Old American Songs
The Beatles: Roots and Beginnings
Music of Our Time and Place: American Classical Composers Since 1970
The Blues: An American Story
Advanced Theory, Part I
Bob Dylan: Freewheelin’ and Early Songs
The Beatles: Beatlemania, Part I—A Hard Day’s Night
Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 “Eroica”—A Musical Revolution
Bob Dylan: The Times They Are A-Changin' and the Politics of Song
Bob Dylan: Bringing It All Back Home — Another Side
Beethoven: Symphony No. 7
The Beatles: Beatlemania, Part II—Help!
Bernstein on Broadway at the Bicentennial
Bob Dylan: Highway 61 Revisited, Blues, Poetry and Electricity
Beethoven: Ode to Joy and Symphony No. 9
The Beatles: Album as Art, Part I—Rubber Soul
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum—Sondheim in the Realm of Farce
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.
Shayna Steele has showcased her supremely soulful energy, vocal artistry, and songwriting skills with three full-length albums of her own—including her most recent third album, Watch Me F ...
Shayna Steele has showcased her supremely soulful energy, vocal artistry, and songwriting skills with three full-length albums of her own—including her most recent third album, Watch Me Fly—as well as recordings with Snarky Puppy, Moby, and a host of other stars. The singer, born in California and raised in Mississippi, has performed with the likes of Rihanna, Kelly Clarkson, Bette Midler, and Steely Dan as a sought after background vocalist. Shayna has been touring regularly as a featured vocalist with Grammy Award winning trumpeter, Chris Botti, was a featured vocalist on Snarky Puppy’s “Family Dinner” and reached #1 on the Dance Billboard charts as a featured vocalist on Moby’s “Disco Lies.”
She continues to tour extensively with her band, as well as appearing as a special guest vocalist with jazz big bands throughout Europe and the U.S. In 2017, Shayna took on another title of “symphony soloist” performing with Symphony Pops Orchestras throughout North America such as the Dallas Symphony, Detroit Symphony and the Long Beach Symphony to name a few.
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 Benjamin Verdery. ...
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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