Flute, Piano, Voice, & Early Childhood White Plains, NY
Eugene Posniewski received his BM summa cum laude in Voice Performance and Opera Studies from the Conservatory of Music at SUNY Purchase College. He has studied privately with Mina Kim, Joan Krueger, Hugh Murphy, and Jacque Trussel. Eugene’s performance credits include appearances at Carnegie Hall and the Performing Arts Center at Purchase College. Eugene is an accomplished pianist and works as an accompanist, liturgical pianist, and baritone soloist in Westchester County. Eugene holds several years teaching experience and is a certified Kindermusik Educator, specializing in early childhood education. He has directed musicals at the Education First International Academies of Tarrytown and Thornwood and has taught at various music schools in Westchester County. Eugene is trained, as a pianist, in the classical Russian method. His students have placed and performed in competitions throughout Europe, New York City, and Westchester County, including the Rome Grand Prize Virtuoso Competition and the International Bach Competition.
"Sophie loved her first lesson! The second we walked out of the building she asked, “Can I do that every day?”! She especially loved the rhythm sticks, and she immediately came home to our piano and started doing the lesson Eugene taught her. She's hooked!" - Studio Mom
Piano & Voice Purchase, NY
Albert Ahlf has worked as a freelance musician and private music teacher for the past several years. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music with a minor in Philosophy, and received his Master of Arts degree in Music Education from CUNY Hunter College. He currently works professionally as a pianist, keyboardist, theory tutor, arranger and composer, and jazz vocalist. He is well versed in classical and jazz piano, and performs and teaches both genres.
Albert has performed as a solo pianist and singer at various locations throughout the Hudson Valley, Rockland County, and New York City. He plays keyboard and provides vocals for his swing jazz band "Ahlfabet." He also loves to play French horn.
Albert likes to utilize different teaching methods specifically tailored to each student so they can perform their very best!
Audio Production, Voice, & Winds North Hollywood, LA
Alex Charles is a Los Angeles-based singer, saxophonist, and music producer. He graduated from the prestigious Berklee College of Music as a voice principal with a degree in Writing and Production. Since moving to LA, Alex has been steadily making his mark in the music industry. He has been writing music for Warner Brothers Television for over two years. His songs and original music have been consistently placed on major network television shows on FOX, BET, NBC, and more. Alex recently wrote, produced, and sang on several spots for the Ellen Degeneres Show, including the Season 16 national campaign. As a saxophonist, Alex has performed and recorded with major artists, such as Camila Cabella, Eric Bellinger, T-Pain, D.R.A.M., Kat DeLuna, Futuristc, Jesse and Joy, and Gente De Zona. He was a featured soloist on Brent Faiyaz’s Sonder Son, which was on Rolling Stone’s list of Top 20 R&B Albums of 2017. He also plays on the Lebron James TV series Best Shot, whose soundtrack recently caught the attention of the GRAMMY’s and was featured on their website.
As a solo artist, Alex has released several singles which have garnered hundreds of thousands of listens on Spotify. His debut music video, “Do You Still Think of Me?” premiered on Valentines Day in 2018. He describes his music is a soulful blend of electronic R&B & Pop.
As someone who has taught students of all ages, levels, and disciplines, Alex takes pride in the impact he has had on his students. With his encouraging yet structured approach, he has been able to help students find their voices as musicians and surprise themselves with skills they never imagined were possible!
Piano & Voice White Plains, NY
Soprano Anneke Harger earned her Bachelor of Music degree from New England Conservatory (NEC), where she studied under Lisa Saffer. While at NEC, she made her Jordan Hall debut as a soloist in the contemporary work The Awakening, under the direction of Maestro Simon Carrington. She also performed the role of Second Woman in Dido and Aeneas and participated in various ensemble roles with the undergraduate opera studio. She was a soloist in Bach Cantatas 199 and 202 with her Baroque Chamber Ensemble as part of the NEC's Chamber Music Gala.
Anneke holds a certificate in Baroque performance from Barock Vokal at the Hochschule für Musik, Mainz, where she worked with early music specialists Konrad Junghanel, Dr. Claudia Eder, Emma Kirkby and Andreas Scholl. Her performance of "Ombre Piante" from Rodelinda was described as “evoking a profound and somber introspection” by the Allgemeine Zeitung Mainz. A lover of chamber music, Anneke has participated in Baroque chamber music ensembles at the New England Conservatory, Amherst Early Music Festival, Vancouver Early Music Festival, and the Sommerakademie Neuburg.
An avid chorister, Anneke has also traveled to Canada, Germany, England, The Netherlands, Austria, and South Africa, and has sung under renowned directors such as Dr. William Weinert, Simon Carrington, Erica Washburn, Dr. Joel Navarro and Dr. Pearl Shangkuan. This past summer, she participated in the Westchester Summer Vocal Institute, where she performed as Susanna in scenes from Le nozze di Figaro and as Second Lady in scenes from Die Zauberflöte.
Anneke is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Opera Performance from the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College, where she studies with Sherry Overholt.
Guitar & Upright Bass San Diego, CA
Art Banymandhub is an electric and double bassist based in the south of England and now living in Pacific Beach, San Diego. Born in Mauritius, he began his musical endeavors on classical guitar at six years old. He drew inspiration from classical, pop, folk, and classic rock from an early age with idols such as Slash, Eric Clapton, Stevie Wonder, and more.
Art holds a Master’s degree in popular music from Leeds College of Music, where he began his career as a bassist, and a First Class Honors degree from the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance. He was a student of bassists Damon Minchella and Stuart Clayton. Art performs regularly in the metal, folk, blues, and jazz scenes. He has released two books alongside two solo bass guitar albums.
With over a decade of private music study, a number of years of state school, and experience teaching in classroom settings, Art incorporates a wide range of technologies, resources, and strategies to keep his students engaged and inspired. Art’s goal is to make music as accessible as possible to students on any instrument and any level of study.
Piano & Violin Chicago, IL
Aviva Tu is a native of Taiwan. She began her musical training at age 10 at China’s Shanghai Conservatory, studying violin for 4 years and piano for 2 years. She returned to Taiwan to attend the National Dong Hwa University, earning her Bachelor’s degree in Piano. During her time as an undergraduate, Aviva pursued her passion for collaborative music. She played piano in choir, upright bass in big band, and piano and percussion in wind band. She continued to impress with her violin skills, and in her last year of school, served as the concertmaster for the National Dong Hwa University Symphony Orchestra.
Aviva recently graduated from Chicago's Roosevelt University with her Performance Diploma in Violin. She is a staff accompanist at Roosevelt University.
Guitar Purchase, NY
Brian is currently pursuing his degree in Classical Guitar Performance at the Purchase College Conservatory of Music. He has experience with many genres, including popular, contemporary, and classical music as a soloist and in small ensembles. He has collaborated with musical theater groups, including a production of “Rent” in 2015. In addition to classical guitar, Brian has extensive experience playing electric guitar and electric bass guitar.
In 2015, Brian moved to New York from North Carolina to pursue a teaching and performing career in music. He has been teaching students of all ages for several years and enjoys new challenges.
Piano & Winds Purchase, NY
Brooke is a pianist, composer, and educator currently earning her degree in Jazz Performance from the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College. She has studied under the instruction of Matthew Fogg, Vadim Serebryany, Charis Dimaras, Donald Vega, Ingrid Jensen, and Gary Smulyan. Beginning with a background in classical piano and clarinet, Brooke moved to pursue a career in jazz and contemporary music after a visit to a jazz club in New York City. Her passion for piano pedagogy has led her to teach privately for several years, including modern rock ensembles, jazz combos, woodwind chamber groups, intermediate ear training, and jazz theory. She regularly performs throughout New York City and in her native state of Maine. Brooke enjoys helping to bring contemporary music to the public, having worked with the brand and marketing team at Jazz At Lincoln Center to promote their latest album Una Noche Con Rubén Blades.
Brooke’s approach to teaching balances foundational skills and personalized instruction to help foster individualized growth within each of her students. She advocates for the pure enjoyment of music rather than rigidity to encourage students to pursue a lifetime of musical freedom and proficiency.
Percussion & Piano Greenwich, CT
Chris Nicolo is a professional freelance drummer, percussionist, and private music instructor. He began playing drums at the age of 9 and piano at age 13. At age 16, he began performing professionally and has amassed a wealth of experience in many different musical styles, including rock, jazz, Latin, classical, and more.
Chris graduated from New Jersey City University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music with a Concentration in Jazz and Classical Performance. While in school, he was fortunate enough to perform with the great Randy Brecker as part of a program presenting the music of Miles Davis. He studied the drums with Dave Ratajczak, Akira Tana, Tim Horner. He also studied classical percussion with Jim Neglia. Additionally, Chris has studied privately with Keith Carlock and Cliff Almond.
He has since performed locally, nationally, and globally in many different settings.
Chris has been teaching for almost twenty years. He enjoys teaching the art of making music and helping his students find their unique voice and confidence, regardless of playing experience.
Daniel Kerwood has been studying guitar for the past eleven years. He grew up studying cello, voice, piano, and classical guitar, but ultimately fell in love with guitar due to his upbringing listening to Van Halen, Guns 'n' Roses, and The Allman Brothers. At age 16 he started performing and teaching music. He is currently pursuing a Master's in Jazz Performance from Texas State University. Daniel performs all over Texas and is a member of multiple jazz groups and a progressive metal band. He also does session work for artists in a variety of styles.
Daniel loves teaching all levels, ages, and styles, from blues, bebop, rock, metal, and pop, to everything in between. He hopes to give back knowledge that he has acquired and personally help his students grow and find their unique and creative voice!
Guitar Los Angeles, CA
Daniel Rosales holds a Master of Music degree in Performance with an emphasis on classical guitar from the University of Arizona and a Bachelor of Music degree in Performance from Texas A&M University Corpus Christi.
In addition to his classical training, Daniel has performed other genres, such as Latin, world, Cuban, salsa, Spanish rock, rock, metal, blues, nuevo flamenco, jazz, folk, and singer-songwriter.
Daniel has performed at numerous venues in Spain, Turkey, and Mexico, as well as venues in Texas, Arizona, California, and Oregon. He recorded two albums with his former Latin/world music band Mundo that feature all original music. He is a registered ASCAP songwriter and is currently working on new music to be released in 2019.
Daniel has taught private and group guitar lessons at various colleges and music academies, as well as freelance, for several years. His unique ability to learn different styles of music with virtuosity and finesse is a valuable asset to his teaching. He believes that everyone has the potential to learn a musical instrument, and that with the right guidance, a dream can become a reality!
Brass & Piano New York, NY
Los Angeles native David Freeman is a current Master's student at New York's renowned Juilliard School, where he also just earned his Bachelor of Music degree. While at Juilliard, David has had the pleasure of performing with world class conductors and musicians including Itzhak Perlman, Marin Alsop, Gerard Schwarz, and Alan Gilbert. As a brass student, David participates in frequent masterclasses and coachings taught by acclaimed brass faculty artists such as Joseph Alessi and members of the American Brass Quintet. His primary teachers have been Alan Baer of the New York Philharmonic and Amy Bowers of the University of Southern California.
David has had many performance opportunities outside of school. In 2014, he performed the Vaughan Williams Tuba Concerto with the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra, and since then has had the pleasure of performing with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, Brooklyn Symphony, Park Avenue Chamber Symphony, and the Altino Brothers at Carnegie Hall, among many others. David's well-accomplished brass quintet, Apex Brass, regularly performs in prestigious venues all across New York, including Alice Tully Hall, the New York Supreme Court, and various museums. In the summer of 2017, the quintet took off to Japan, where they competed in the 9th Osaka International Chamber Music Competition. Shortly after, Apex was invited to Tianjin, China, where they performed at the ground-breaking ceremony for the new Juilliard-Tianjin campus, and gave a recital at the Tianjin Conservatory.
An avid educator, David enjoys spending much of his time teaching students of all ages. Through two Juilliard fellowships, he is both a Morse Teaching Artist and MAP (Music Advancement Program) Mentor. As a Morse fellow, he teaches music aesthetic to a class of elementary students at Thurgood Marshall Academy in Harlem. As a MAP Mentor, he guides and teaches high school brass players while playing alongside them in band and orchestra classes. Additionally, David teaches preschool alternative classes at Equinox Sports Club in Manhattan’s Upper West Side.
Piano & Voice Rochester, NY
Emily Beseau is a graduate from Ithaca College with a B.M. in Vocal Performance. She has studied classical, jazz, and musical theatre styles of singing, as well as classical and jazz piano. Her favorite roles include Cecilia (Cover) in Little Women (Ithaca College), Mrs. Sowerberry in Oliver (RAPA), and Tina in Sister Act (RAPA). She participated in the "Si parla, si canta" program in Urbania, Italy, where she was coached by prestigious performers, including Nicole Cabell, Chris Merritt, and Federico Sacchi. She has also participated in master classes with Westminster Choir College Professor Sharon Sweet and Juilliard Vocal Coach J.J. Penna. Currently, she participates in community theatre in the Rochester area.
Emily teaches dance, acting, and singing classes to children and preteens at the Rochester Association of Performing Arts (RAPA). Emily is passionate about sharing the gift of music with all of her students!
Guitar, Percussion, Piano, & Voice White Plains, NY
Emma Elizabeth Steen is a New York-based multi-instrumentalist and experimental folk artist. A self-taught musician with a love for performing live, she has played bass, guitar, keyboards, drums, and she has sung with numerous bands, including Prosody, The Mother Shipton Prophets’ Guild, Pandafan, Heart’s Story, One Man Vibe Machine, zack, Ariana McGinn, and Green Tongue Twist. She has also done session work for several solo artists, including Rachel Chevat, Elise Noelle, Sarah Gross, and Suzzy Roche. Her projects have been featured in Rochester City Newspaper, TrueFolk TV, and The Music Mermaid Magazine, and she has appeared on over 40 albums, singles, and EPs.
Emma has performed multiple times with NYC cover outfit Losers Lounge, and has toured New York, Washington DC, and Vermont with Pandafan. Her punk project, Prosody, opened for Michaele Graves of the Misfits in 2018. Her 2018 song “Darren’s Happy Disco Fun Time” was featured on GeekBeat Radio, for which she also guest hosted several times.
Emma has also enjoyed a noteworthy theatre career. She has stage managed, costume designed, child chaperoned, and acted at Cherry Lane, HB Studios, and La Mama, and she has worked alongside many noted film and TV actors.
Emma is pursuing her Master’s degree at the Conservatory of Music at SUNY Purchase College, where she studies with Silas Brown, Sloan Wainwright, and Peter Denenberg. She also runs Woolly Bear Booking, a booking agency dedicated to acoustic folk acts. When not teaching, practicing, or performing, you can find Emma eating mac ’n’ cheese at odd hours of the night, putting stickers on her laptop, or planting tomatoes with her mom.
Voice Port Chester, NY
Frederick Schlick, tenor, is a New York City-based performer with a Master’s Degree in Opera Performance from Boston Conservatory. Role credits from his time there include Tom Rakewell in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress, Bill in Johnathan Dove’s Flight, Gastone/Alfredo cover in Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata, and Don Basilio in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro. After graduating Boston Conservatory, Frederick became a member of Brevard Music Center’s Janiec Opera Company for the summer of 2016. There, he sang the roles of Lysander in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Ethan Krusemark in the world premiere of J. Mark Scearce's Falling Angel. He was also a soloist in Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music. In the fall of 2016, Frederick made his professional debut as Young Jim Thompson in Tom Cipullo’s Glory Denied with Pensacola Opera. He recently reprised the role with Tri-Cities Opera in the fall of 2017.
Last year, Frederick joined City Lyric Opera as Nemorino in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore and returned in 2019 to sing Don José in La Tragédie de Carmen. Frederick is also frequently seen in Berks Opera Company’s productions. In 2014 he covered Goro in Madame Butterfly and was a chorister in Faust the following year. His most recent BOC performance was Cassio in Verdi’s Otello and Alfred in Die Fledermaus this past August.
Frederick currently resides in Port Chester, NY and is incredibly excited to be part of the team at Eugene’s Music Studio. He is looking forward to building young voices, reaching goals, and actualizing dreams. Frederick hopes that his students ascertain the skills to develop their artistic goals while having fun in a constructive environment.
Piano & Voice New York, NY
Greta Moorhead is a contralto/mezzo-soprano and music educator based in Manhattan. Born and raised in Pennsylvania, she began studying music at a young age, first focusing on the piano. Later, she started learning violin and voice in her teenage years. Greta received a merit-based scholarship to study at The Hartt School of The University of Hartford, where she obtained her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance in 2013, graduating summa cum laude. While at Hartt, Greta studied with Marjorie Melnick and Eric Trudel and appeared as Leila in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe as well as The Strawberry Woman in George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess with Hartt Opera Theater. Greta has performed a variety of roles with opera companies in The Northeast and the Midwest, including Arnalta in Claudio Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea with
Haymarket Opera Company and Mercy Lewis in Robert Ward’s The Crucible with Hartford Opera Theater, among others. An active recitalist, she enjoys collaborating with musicians based in New York and New England on a wide variety of repertoire, particularly early and contemporary music. Greta has performed with CONCORA, one of New England’s premier professional choirs, in addition to C4, a composer/conductor collective in New York City.
Greta is a dedicated teacher who strives to help students reach new heights by working with them to develop their technical abilities and musical understanding. For her, there is nothing more exciting than seeing students grasp and apply concepts that help them to progress and gain confidence in their artistic abilities.
Guitar Arlington, VA
Gustavo Correa is a guitarist, composer, and teacher with the utmost love for music. He received his Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, where he studied under Tom Lagana. He has played with various ensembles such as the University of Maryland Baltimore County Jazz Ensemble and the Montgomery College Latin Ensemble, as well as in many of his own groups around the Washington, DC, and Maryland areas. Gustavo loves playing jazz, latin, blues, and rock.
Gustavo discovered his love for teaching in high school when he volunteered as a teacher aid at the George B.Thomas Learning Academy. At the Learning Academy, Gustavo helped students with various subjects, including Math and English. He hopes to share the joy of music with his students so that they may grow to be wonderful and confident musicians.
Piano Boston, MA
Ivan has been living in Boston since Summer 2017. He graduated from the University of North Texas A&M-Commerce in the Spring of 2016 and holds a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance. While there, he studied piano with Dr. Luis Sanchez and organ with Dr. Lerie Dellosa. Ivan previously studied with Dr. Brian Allison and Dr. Alex McDonald. He has also studied the Alexander Technique and Taubman Method at University of North Texas' annual Keyboard Wellness Seminar, directed by Sheila Page.
In addition to his several years of teaching experience, Ivan has worked as a choir and solo accompanist in school and church settings. His performing career has taken him to venues like Steinway Hall and Dallas Meyerson Symphony Hall.
Ivan is always excited to help aspiring musicians of any age or level grow into the artist they want to be and expand their passion for music. Ivan's goal is to continue reaching out to students of all levels through the joy of music!
Piano Stamford, CT
Jay Lee is a Korean born, American, and Canadian jazz pianist and classical composer.
He earned his BFA in Jazz Studies at Concordia University and started his career as a jazz pianist in Montreal, Quebec. He jumped into the mecca of the jazz world, in New York, to pursue his MM in Jazz Performance at the SUNY Purchase College Conservatory of Music. Soon after he completed his MM, he decided to go for his second MM in Composition, which led him to explore various musical studies; Baroque to post-tonal Contemporary music, studio/commercial music to electro-acoustic genres. He even performed harpsichord in the Baroque Opera project, "L'incoronazione di Poppea” with the Purchase College Opera Department. He is finishing up his second MM and beginning his career in New York as a pianist, composer, and educator.
Jay has taught piano and music to all ages in many locations. He has a multi-cultural background and experience, including work in America, Canada, Korea, and Japan. Jay loves to share his musical experience and knowledge with his students. He hopes they will grow a passion for music, just as he has.
Piano Worcester, MA
Jean Breidenbach started taking piano lessons as a young girl and by high school was accompanying her school chorus. Jean has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Creative Arts from Bradford College and studied piano there with Mark Peterson. She is also an accomplished organist, having studied with Bruce Porter, as well as recording artist and organ soloist, Malcolm Halliday. Jean worked for several years as organist at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Harvard, MA, as well as Pilgrim Congregational Church in Worcester.
After juggling the three careers for more than 20 years, Jean made the decision to leave her full-time day job so she could dedicate herself exclusively to her musical career. She is currently the organist for the Armenian Church of the Martyrs in Worcester, MA, in addition to being an active member of the Worcester Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.
Jean Breidenbach is committed to helping her students learn to play music in a variety of styles and seeing that every student has a strong musical foundation by incorporating the classics.
Guitar Scarsdale, NY
Joey Grimaldi is a guitarist, teacher, and composer based in Westchester, New York. Joey began his studies at age 12, playing the electric guitar in local bands. He became interested in classical music, jazz, and composing while at Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York, where he obtained his B.A. in Classical Guitar Performance. After college Joey moved to Nashville, Tennessee, playing in many of the city’s most distinguished venues, and he maintained an active and diverse performance schedule.
Currently, Joey is a busy teacher, performer, and session player. He has an album of original classical guitar music called Song of the Guitar. Joey is experienced in all genres including classical, jazz, rock, pop, country, blues, and more. Joey has composed over 100 pieces for solo guitar and other chamber ensembles, including a symphony and the The Well-Tempered Guitar, a set of 24 etudes in all the major and minor keys.
Joey is excited to share his knowledge and experience to help others learn and grow both musically and personally. He believes that anyone can benefit from learning music, whether it be a budding performer, casual hobbyist, a child looking to expand their mind and skillset, or someone seeking a way to better express themselves.
Drums, Guitar, Piano, & Voice Los Angeles, CA
Born and raised in Northern Virginia, Jonathan began playing cello at age 9 and guitar at 13. An immense passion for classic rock, blues, and jazz lead him to study at Musicians Institute (M.I.) in Los Angeles, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Contemporary Guitar Performance. At M.I., he studied with some of the most sought after L.A. session players, including Carl Verheyen, Sid Jacobs, and Dan Gilbert. While guitar is his primary instrument, he also plays and teaches piano, voice, drums, and ukulele. When he’s not playing gigs around L.A, he’s writing, arranging, recording, and mixing his own songs and compositions.
Jonathan believes that teaching not only motivates and inspires, but makes what seems impossible to the beginner student, entirely manageable. As a teacher, he feels great satisfaction in simplifying musical concepts for his students, so they can learn a new piece one step at a time, at a comfortable pace. Fun is an important part of his students’ process!
Strings & Voice San Diego, CA
Joshua hails from Nashville, TN. An accomplished guitarist and DJ, he is well versed in performing many
different genres. He graduated from the prestigious University of California San Diego's computer music program with a BA in Interdisciplinary Computing Arts. He earned his Master's in Education and a teaching credential in English.
Josh is also a composer. He self-released his first album Castaway in 2011. He collaborates with electronic producer and DJ Jake Schneider on their DJ/acoustic fusion act, ShowingULove.
When Josh is not performing or working on his music, you can find him spending time with his daughter and wife, in the line-up catching some waves, or teaching English and literature to high school students.
Piano Queens, NY
Canadian-born jazz pianist Joshua Goodman first realized he wanted to be a composer when he heard Chucho Valdes and his band Irakere play in Switzerland. Their energy lit a fire within him - enough so that even McCoy Tyner once told him, "I can see the fire in your eyes."
Born to university scholar parents and practitioners, Joshua was ready to learn. He studied with world famous pianist, composer, and educator Dr. Barry Harris. He also studied music in California.
Joshua is a member of the Jazz Descendants together with Juno Award-winning bassist Brandi Disterheft and drummer Leroy Williams. He appeared on their 2012 album RED, which featured some of his compositions. In 2014, it made Top 10 lists at many Canadian radio stations.
Many other life experiences have influenced Josh’s music, from working with people who have disabilities, teaching English in Taiwan and Europe, to writing music for film and theatre in Toronto.
Now studying in New York, Joshua has recently composed two works for symphony orchestra. He collaborates with the band Common Ground, and continues to compose and work for The Jazz Descendants.
Winds Pleasantville, NY
Joshua is a performer, composer, and educator from Schenectady, NY. He began his musical journey playing the clarinet at a young age. He was first exposed to jazz soon after starting to play the alto saxophone. He is currently completing his degree in Jazz Studies at SUNY Purchase where he has studied with Ralph Lalama, Jon Faddis, Todd Coolman, Kenny Washington, Doug Weiss, Gary Smulyan, Pete Malinverni, and David Dejesus. Joshua has performed in notable jazz venues in the New York area, such as the Blue Note and Birdland.
Joshua enjoys spreading the joy of music to students and loves to incorporate many forms of improvisation into his lessons. He believes that a student’s connection with music will allow them to grow as a person, as well as bring enjoyment to their lives.
Voice, Beginning band instruments - Flute, Trumpet, Clarinet, Saxophone, Bassoon Bronx, NY
Kellani Arnold graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from North Dakota State University (NDSU). Originally from California, she grew up singing, and playing flute and bassoon. While at NDSU, Kellani pursued her love of opera, performing at the collegiate level as well as with the Fargo Moorhead Opera Company.
In the last year, Kellani taught elementary music, choir, and band in Wahpeton, North Dakota. She has now relocated to Bronx, New York, where she is excited to continue teaching.
Kellani is passionate about music as a source of expression and creativity. She believes in
passing on that ideal to students of all ages! Teaching aspiring musicians how to be their own individual selves is a key tenet she emphasizes in her teaching practices.
Violin & Viola Warwick, RI
Kelsey Foeller grew up in Warwick, RI, and has been playing violin since she was eight years old. Kesey received her degree from Rhode Island College in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in Music. During her studies, she performed in quartets, symphony orchestras, and also appeared as a soloist with the chamber orchestra.
Kelsey is working on completing her Master's degree in Music Performance from the University of Rhode Island. In addition to her studies, Kelsey teaches violin and viola in North Kingston, Rhode Island. She has taught children of all ages, as well as adult students. Kelsey plays in various orchestras around Rhode Island, including the University of Rhode Island Symphony Orchestra and the Rhode Island Summer Pops Orchestra. Kelsey performs for wedding ceremonies, as well as other events around Narragansett, Newport, Providence, and Massachusetts.
Piano & Voice Valhalla, NY
Kim Caridi received her Bachelor of Science degree in Music at Empire State College and her Master's degree in Music Education at Lehman College, where she also received her New York State Teacher Certification. She also holds certificates in the Kodaly, Orf and Dalcroze early childhood music teaching methods. For the last five years, she has been the music teacher for numerous preschools, day care centers and nursery schools, as well as piano teacher for after-school enrichment programs in the elementary public school system. As an accomplished performer, Kim has studied privately with many professionals in music theory, composition, voice, and in the past few years, classical and jazz piano, as well as ear training and sight singing. Kim resides in Westchester County with her husband and three children.
Piano & Strings Brooklyn, NY
Lincoln Gray is a guitarist, singer-songwriter, and music educator based in Brooklyn, New York. He graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Tufts University with a B.A. in Music. While at Tufts, Lincoln received the Winokur Award for Outstanding Artistic and Scholarly Achievement and the Seymour Award for Excellence in Musical Theater.
Upon graduating from Tufts, Lincoln began his professional performance career as an actor and singer-songwriter, notably with his original children’s music project Listen to Lincoln. Since moving to New York City, he has served as a singer, songwriter, and guitarist for the vocal trio Hatless in Public.
Lincoln’s passion for performance is matched only by his love of teaching. Lincoln has worked regularly as a music educator, teaching guitar, ukulele, choral singing, piano, and general music in private, group, and classroom settings. He has over 300 former students spanning from ages 6 to 60. Lincoln is eager to meet the next generation of student musicians!
Manny De La Luz
Piano, Strings, & Winds Chicago, IL
A gifted string teacher, Manuel De La Luz has been teaching music in both private and classroom settings for six years. From the start, Manuel knew his passion and talent would be found in teaching. This led him to Chicago's VanderCook College of Music, where he studied violin with a dual emphasis on teaching and performance. He was a student of renowned violist Dr. Michael Hall, through which he learned the string coordination technique codified by Karen Tuttle. Beyond violin, Manuel also utilized his time at VanderCook to study viola, cello, and bass performance and education. It was also during this time that he fell in love with the guitar. Using his knowledge of violin, Manuel quickly mastered standard guitar repertoire in just three years.
Through his self-taught experience, Manuel has developed an innovative approach to guitar. By transferring methods he learned on bowed string instruments to the guitar, Manuel’s teaching approach has gained outstanding results among his students. In using Karen Tuttle’s coordination technique in guitar lessons, students are able to reach levels of performance beyond the technical aspect of playing a musical instrument. Manuel’s clear communication and attention to detail create a fun learning environment. He can’t wait to share his knowledge with new students!
Piano, Guitar, & Percussion Manassas Park, VA
A passionate multi-instrumentalist and recording artist, Matthew Fusiek has been playing and studying music for roughly two decades. His background in jazz studies, music theory, and recording engineering provides a unique and motivational approach to his teaching. He teaches guitar, bass, drums, percussion, and piano to all ages.
His formal music education began under Herbert Smith, the director of the jazz program at Northern Virginia Community College, where Matt performed in his jazz ensemble. Diving deeper into guitar concepts, he studied under guitar masters Taimoor Saeedi and Sanjay Mishra, a student of the legendary guitarist Jerry Garcia. His background in traditional music theory was obtained under the tutelage of Dr. James Fay and Professor Rebert Webb. Matt was deeply humbled to learn that his analysis of Claude Debussy's Nuages was used as an example for future advanced music theory classes.
Matt is no stranger to teaching and leading classes. He is currently leading the after-school guitar program at Armstrong Elementary School in Reston, Virginia, for Eugene's Music Studio. Proper technique and posture, as well as effective breathing and stretching practices, is something he considers very important in a developing musician. He considers his positive reinforcement and motivational approach to be one of his greatest assets as a teacher. To him, teaching music appreciation is changing the world in a positive way and he takes that mission seriously.
Matt also attended Omega Studios' School of Recording Arts and Sciences in Maryland, earning his degree in Recording Engineering and Studio Techniques. The art of capturing sound is also of great interest to him, having spent countless hours recording, mixing, and mastering various styles of music.
Whether you're interested in starting your child on an instrument, or you simply want to learn to play your favorite songs, Matt is ready to help you at any stage of your musical journey.
Voice & Acting New York, NY
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Maura Lefevre is a New York City-based classically trained soprano and actress. She made her Feinstein’s/54 Below debut in June 2018 under the direction of Lindsay Mendez and Ryan Scott Oliver. She has returned twice as a soloist since.
Recent NYC credits include Cosette in Les Misérables, Annelle in Steel Magnolias, Bielke in Fiddler on the Roof, and Laverna in the world premiere of Into the Beyond, presented at The Shakespeare Forum’s Summer Festival.
Maura graduated summa cum laude from the Conservatory of Music at SUNY Purchase College with a Bachelor of Music degree in Opera/Vocal Performance. While at SUNY Purchase she performed as Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Gretel in Hansel and Gretel.
After graduating, Maura continued her vocal studies in Paris, France at The Conservatoire de Saint Nom La Bretèche.
Maura believes first and foremost in cultivating and expanding her students’ love of music. She strives to instill confidence in her students and provide a nurturing space for exploring their instrument. She is equally dedicated to helping her students be the best musicians they can be and taking the time to understand their individual needs!
Piano & Strings Yonkers, NY
Molly Kiser was born in Japan and began studying piano at age 5. A protégé of legendary pianist Reiko Matsuzaki, she started winning gold medals in competitions at age 6. She was the first prize winner of the prestigious All-Japan Mainichi Newspaper Student Competition, which led to her debut recital in Tokyo at the age of 12, and her appearance with the Rosenkranz Orchestra in Japan performing Beethoven’s 5th Piano Concerto “Emperor” at the age of 13.
After she moved to the United States, she won first prizes in numerous competitions, including the World Piano Competition in Cincinnati, the Kingsville International Young Performers Competition, and the Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition. She has also won medals in the National Young Artist Competition in Midland-Odessa, the Haddonfield Concerto Competition, the Nina Widemann Piano Competition, and the Sorantin Young Artist Award Competition. She has appeared as a soloist with the Tokyo City Orchestra, the Westchester Symphony Orchestra, the Salem Philharmonic Orchestra, the World Festival Orchestra, the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra, and the Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra among others. Donald Rosenberg of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reviewed her performance as one with "great depth of tone and interpretive intensity." After her performance in the Wideman Piano Competition, judge Katherine Glaser selected her to perform in Dame Myra Hess' radio series.
Molly gave her New York debut recital at Alice Tully Hall to critical acclaim. Renowned pianist Darrell Rosenbluth said of her performance, “It’s unthinkable that Liszt himself could do better.” Molly has been active as a chamber musician in the Czech Republic and the NY Tristate Area. She received her Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from The Juilliard School, where she studied with Peter Serkin. Her doctoral dissertation “Toshi Ichiyanagi - His Life and Works” is the first comprehensive biographical and analytical study on one of Japan’s foremost contemporary composers, Toshi Ichiyanagi.
Molly has been teaching students of various ages for over two decades. Her students have been accepted into prestigious universities, including Stamford and MIT. Molly loves to teach and believes that seeing her students grow is the best reward!
Audio Production, Percussion, & Strings Queens, NY
Nicholas Yurisak is a guitarist, percussionist, songwriter, and music producer based out of Queens, New York. Nicholas fell in love with music at the age of 10, starting his musical journey performing with local bands in basements, garages, and backyards. He graduated cum laude from Five Towns College with a degree in Music Business and a concentration in Business Management.
Nowadays, you can see Nicholas performing on national tours with the industry’s biggest names. He has performed alongside Shawn Mendes, Charli XCX, MKTO, Andy Grammer, Todrick Hall, Aaron Carter, Jesse McCartney, and more. Additionally, he has performed on the Jingle Ball tour which boasted headliners Taylor Swift, Maroon 5, and Ariana Grande. Nicholas’ band has also performed at the Vans Warped Tour and colleges across the U.S. They have worked alongside Sony/ATV and Warner-Chappell for music production and their music has been featured on more than 70 radio stations nationwide.
Nicholas' music has been featured in commercials for the car company Jaguar. His music is also fully endorsed by several music gear companies. Nicholas prides himself on producing the catalogs of many American and international artists and bands.
Nicholas' mission is to make the world a better place through music. Through quality education directed toward youth enrichment in the arts, he believes the world will have a brighter and more valuable future. There’s no better investment than empowering the next generation with music and art!
Cello Port Chester, NY
Rocio Diaz de Cossio has been teaching students of all ages for several years.
Rocio has performed in master classes with John Waltz, principal cellist at LA Opera; Yao Zhao, principal cellist at San Diego Symphony; Fabiola Flores, cellist in the Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería in Mexico; Christine Ma, professor of the Shanghai Conservatory; and Ildenfonso Cedillo, professor at Universitad de las Américas Puebla in Mexico. She has also participated in numerous national and international orchestra festivals and contemporary music workshops. Rocio was awarded a grant from APROMAC (el Programa de Apoyo a la Promoción Artística y Cultural) art program, Talentos Artísticos Valores de Baja California (Artistic Talents of Baja California).
Rocio earned her Bachelor of Music degree on full scholarship at Universidad Autónoma de Baja California. She is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Music Performance at the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College, where she studies with Julia Lichten.
Rocio is a charismatic performer and passionate teacher. She creates a sensible and integrative learning environment, fostering her students' musical enjoyment and joy of playing. She is careful to understand the unique motivations of each student, which makes her teaching approach personal and effective.
Guitar, Percussion, & Piano New Rochelle, NY
Native New Yorker Sean McCann graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville in 2015 with a degree in Music Technology, and has been teaching and performing full time ever since. An electric bassist first and foremost, he has also been playing guitar and drums in diverse genres for over a decade.
Sean’s musical identity has always been defined by his curiosity for different styles. He is a performing musician in multiple bands across the tri-state area. Currently, he plays bass in the avant-pop act Diana Lopez, as well as the rock group Damn Jackals.
Sean loves engaging musically with people of all skill levels. Exciting and encouraging, his teaching style is tailored to each student, with a focus on technique. Sean also provides tools for improvisation and songwriting as a way for students to foster their own musical voice and to keep them empowered as creative individuals. His infectious passion for music might bring you down musical alleys you never thought you’d venture!
Piano & Voice Norwalk, CT
Wyoming native, Teresa Loafman is an opera singer who is passionate about helping her students reach their full potential, while enjoying every step of the way! While opera is Ms. Loafman's main focus, she has been playing piano since age four, and is confident in teaching a variety of musical styles. Her students have performed in many venues, such as Carnegie Hall, as well as Lincoln Center in New York City.
Ms. Loafman made her operatic debut singing the Mother in Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors at Purchase College under the baton of Hugh Murphy and direction of Jacque Trussel. Throughout her time at Purchase College she sang the roles of the Mother and the Witch in Humperdink’s Hänsel und Gretel, Dorothée in Massenet’s Cendrillion, and Rosalinda in Strauss’s Die Fledermaus.
While attending graduate school at the University of Maryland in the Maryland Opera Studio, Ms. Loafman added the roles of Fiordiligi from Mozart's Così fan tutte and Laetitia from Menotti's Old Maid and the Thief.
On the concert stage, Ms. Loafman was granted the opportunities to sing the soprano solo in the Brahms Requiem, as well as a Bach solo with the Purchase College Camarata under the direction of Bradley Brookshire. She also appeared at the Purchase College Arts Gala in New York City, singing the Villa Lobos Bachianas Brasilieras No.5.
Ms. Loafman completed her Bachelor’s degree at the SUNY Purchase College Conservatory of Music with a major in Voice Performance, studying with Bonnie Hamilton. She received her Masters of Music in Opera Performance under a Graduate Assistantship from the Maryland Opera Studio at University of Maryland, studying with Carmen Balthrop.
Victor Knight DiNitto
Voice Bloomington, IN
Victor received his BM magna cum laude in Vocal Performance and Opera Studies from the Conservatory of Music at SUNY Purchase College and his MM in Vocal Performance at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He has studied and coached privately with Joan Krueger, Sherry Overholt, Piotr Wisniewski, Dr. Allan Armstrong, and Julia Bentley. Victor’s performance credits include appearances at the Rochester Area Performing Arts Theater, the Performing Arts Center at Purchase College, the Westchester Summer Vocal Institute, Bronx Opera Company, the Janiec Opera Company, and Indiana University Opera Theater. Victor has worked as a liturgical tenor soloist in Westchester County and Bloomington, IN. Victor holds several years teaching experience. He has musically directed productions at SUNY Purchase College, including Dolls of New Albion and a student written musical, Kegger, and stage directed the University Gilbert & Sullivan Society's Relaunch Gala at Indiana University.
Brass, Strings, Piano, & Winds Brooklyn, NY
Zydae Joyner is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education with two minors in Spanish and Mathematics. She grew up playing the clarinet, oboe, and tenor saxophone. Her talents have since expanded to piano, alto horn, cello, and voice. She has since relocated to Brooklyn, New York and loves teaching here!
Zydae strives to provide each student an opportunity to find their passion and to understand who they are as an individual. She not only believes in giving students the tools they need to succeed musically, but also the tools they need to succeed in life. She wants her students to be the best musicians they can be, and is committed to taking the time to understand each student's needs!