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Jazz vocalist Rosalie Swana has been teaching a wide range of students for five years, ages ranging from 3 to over 65. The daughter of Philadelphia’s renowned Jazz trumpeter John Swana, Rosalie came up fully immersed in Philadelphia’s rich Jazz culture. She started singing at the age of 3 and then pursued trumpet. Shortly after, Swana began studying piano at the Curtis Institute of Music and continued until she was 18. Throughout high school, Rosalie sang as well as played trumpet in various Jazz programs throughout the greater Philadelphia areLearn More
Izaya Perrier is a PNW Native singer now based in New York City. In his earlier years of singing Izaya spent a lot of time studying and singing Jazz and Musical Theater before he found his true passion for Classical Music. For his undergraduate studies he attended the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and studied under Timothy Noble. Izaya has always found that variety and flexibility in singing is very important. When teaching vocal technique he uses music of different genres to solidify vocal strength and confidence in students.Learn More
Mezzo-soprano Margaret Newcomb holds Master’s and Bachelor’s of Music degrees from Manhattan School of Music, where she graduated with high honors. She has appeared in some of the most renowned theaters and festivals throughout North America and Europe. As a classically trained singer, her performance credits include opera, concert, musical theater, and jazz. Margaret is passionate about creating a nurturing and supportive environment to help students of all experience levels find their unique voices and and sing with ease, confidence, and joy.Learn More
Tenor Vincent Festa holds degrees in Vocal Performance from The Juilliard School, Bard College, and Indiana University. While at Indiana University Vincent was an Assistant Instructor, teaching undergraduate private voice lessons to non-degree majors. It was this experience as well as a growing private studio that has developed his teaching range of repertoire from art song, opera, musical theater, and contemporary styles. Every voice has something unique to share but it is with a solid foundation and clear goal that a student’s development unfolds.Learn More
SarahAnn Duffy holds a master's degree from the Bard College Conservatory Vocal Arts Program and a bachelor's degree from New England Conservatory. As a passionate and dedicated educator, SarahAnn has previously taught for education programs at the Aspen Music Festival, Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Days in the Arts at Tanglewood, and New England Conservatory. SarahAnn was recently seen as Zerlina in Don Giovanni with dell’Arte opera Ensemble, Rose in Star Wars: The Last Maestro with the Albany Symphony and and the mezzo soloist in Laud to the Nativity by Ottorino Respighi.Learn More
Brianna holds a bachelor of music in voice from Oberlin Conservatory, and a master of music in voice from Indiana University. Certified in vocology, she focuses on teaching sustainable vocal techniques, vocal rehabilitation, and injury prevention. Brianna works with her students to develop healthy singing habits, build confidence and musicianship skills, and grow their love of singing. Her performance credits include opera, musical theater, and concert work.Learn More
Praised for his “dark, rolling baritone“(Münchener Merkur) and “soft and compact timber“(Corriere del Ticino), Italian baritone Nicola Ziccardi is a sought-after performer throughout Europe. Under the baton of Maestro Gustav Kuhn, Ziccardi had become a regular member of the Tiroler Festspiele Erl. In February 2018 He made his debut in Teatro La Fenice of Venice in Die Lustige Witwe directed by Damiano Michieletto and conducted by Montanari...Learn More
Katherine Lerner Lee, soprano, is a graduate of Oberlin College and Conservatory and holds a Bachelor of Music in Voice and a Bachelor of Arts in French. She is a member of both Phi Beta Kappa and Pi Kappa Lambda, national honors societies for liberal arts and music, respectively. She was awarded both the Faustina Hurlbutt and Pi Kappa Lambda prizes for outstanding musicianship from Oberlin Conservatory. As a teacher, Katherine believes music education should be fun and empowering.Learn More
Filipino-American soprano Diana Schwam received her B.M. in vocal performance at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. She is currently receiving her masters at Bard's Vocal Arts Program under the artistic direction of mezzo-soprano, Stephanie Blythe. She loves working with young singers who are looking to grow as a singer!Learn More
Aleksandar Reupert, bass, has been recognized for his diverse abilities in opera, recital, and choruses both in the Midwest and abroad. Recent performances include Mahler’s Symphony no. 2 with Chicago Sinfonietta and the role of Bartolo in Le nozze di Figaro at Stavovské divadlo in Prague. Aleksandar’s passion for song can be seen in his recitals which span diverse genres, languages, and time periods; including collaborations with notable living composers.Learn More
Madison (she/her) is a New York-based musicologist and soprano currently pursuing her Ph.D. in musicology at the CUNY Graduate Center. Through her research, performing, and teaching alike, Madison works to create a collaborative environment where limitations are challenged through the exploration of one’s voice, storytelling, and musicianship. Her teaching centers each student’s individual goals through creating a comfortable space where questions are encouraged, and every voice is given the platform to grow and be heard!Learn More
Salam has studied with professors of Russia's Tchaikovsky Conservatory, France's Conservatoire National Supérieur de Lyon, and is a graduate of Oberlin College & Conservatory with degrees in viola performance and international relations. His effective violin & viola teaching methodologies are tailored to each students’ technical and musical goals. He relies heavily on establishing a powerful technique foundation for his students that makes playing any piece easy and effortless.Learn More
Hailed as “a spectacular young violinist” by Seattle Times Music Critic Bernard Jacobson, American-born violinist Sophia Stoyanovich has been recognized for her artistry as prize-winner of numerous competitions, and has dedicated herself to sharing music to uplift modern audiences as both performer and educator. Ms. Stoyanovich serves as Communications Director and violinist of the Versoi Ensemble, Si-Yo Artist Society Advocate, and Bailu Concert Series Artist Lecturer. A graduate of The Juilliard School, she is an active NYC-based educator.Learn More
Kimberly Bill is a recent graduate of University of Colorado Boulder where she served as a Masters Teaching Assistant for Takács String Quartet violinist, Harumi Rhodes. Kimberly received her B.M. from the Oberlin Conservatory where she had the privilege of studying Suzuki method pedagogy under the instruction of Mary Price at the Oberlin Community Music School. Kimberly has participated in festivals such as The New York String Orchestra Seminar and National Orchestra Institute, and is a substitute violinist for symphony orchestras in Colorado.Learn More
Violinist Ye Jin Min is currently a candidate for Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Yale School of Music, where she also holds Masters degree. Alongside her performance activities as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician, Ye Jin is also a passionate teacher. As a committed music educator, she has been teaching violin, viola, music theory and music history in private lessons, workshops, and festivals since 2010. She also has been an audition panel for KNVC. Ye Jin's former students have won places in competitions and conservatories.Learn More
Ariel Seung Hyun Lee, 23, a native of Seoul, South Korea, is currently pursuing an Master of Music degree in Violin Performance at the Juilliard School under the tutelage of Li Lin. She has received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Juilliard School and she is a former prize winner of the WDAV’s Young Chamber Musician’s Competition as well as the New York Concerti Sinfonietta Concerto Competition.Learn More
Violinist Stephen Tavani is currently Assistant Concertmaster at The Cleveland Orchestra, one of the world's great orchestras. He has studied at some of the most prestigious music schools in the country, including the Curtis Institute of Music, Colburn Conservatory, and the Cleveland Institute of Music, and he is excited to share what he has learned with his students!Learn More
Praised for her “enchanting musical personality” ~ de Volkskrant violinist Tosca Opdam is among the most prominent artists to have emerged from the Netherland in recent years . Dividing her time between the US and Europe, she embraces the idiosyncratic qualities of both cultural worlds to enrich a personal expressiveness in music. Tosca received her Masters of Music at the Juilliard School of Music, studying with Catherine Cho and Sylvia Rosenberg. She received her Bachelors of Music at the Manhattan School of Music where she studied with Patinka Kopec.Learn More
Corinna Canzian is a graduate from Triest Conservatorio, HfMDK Frankfurt am Main and Lucerne Musikhochschule, where she holds a BA in Violin, Master in Contemporary Music, Master in Violin Performance and Master in Solo Performance. She appears regularly in orchestras, chamber music groups and as a soloist all over Europe.Learn More
Natalia Badziak is a graduate of the Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music, where she completed Bachelor’s degrees in viola performance and comparative literature, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she completed her Master’s degree. Natalia has taught both violin and viola for seven years in music schools, privately, and through conservatory preparatory departments to students of all ages. She specializes in contemporary music and has commissioned several new works for the viola that involve experimental techniques.Learn More
Israeli violist Yehezkel Layoun (1991) earned his bachelor of music (2014) from Temple University as a student of Che-Hung Chen of the Philadelphia Orchestra and a master of music (2016) on full scholarship from Wichita State University, where he was a student of Boris Vayner of the St. Petersburg String Quartet. Most recently, he studied three years in an artist diploma program (2017- 2020) from Rutgers University on full scholarship, under the tutelage of Daniel Panner of the NYC Opera.Learn More
Rachel Halvorson is the principal violist of the Sarasota Orchestra and plays in the Sarasota String Quartet. She holds her Bachelors of Music from Oberlin Conservatory, and recently completed her Masters of Music at Rice University. She formerly held a contract with the Akron Symphony, and has performed with orchestras such as the Cincinnati, Houston, San Antonio, Syracuse and New World Symphonies. Rachel has joined Tanglewood, Spoleto Festival and National Repertory Orchestra on summer fellowships, and now performs at Music in the Mountains.Learn More
Unrestrained curiosity and a devotion to fundamentals fuel Dan Pappalardo's relationship with music. Performing on both upright bass and bass guitar, Pappalardo has served artists from Billy Hart, Wallace Roney, and Sullivan Fortner to Cautious Clay and John Mayer. Dan has taught across different mediums for more than 15 years. His approach is simple: joy is infectious. He hopes to empower students to break perceived impossibilities into manageable pieces, with and without the bass.Learn More
Based in Los Angeles, Luke Storm is Principal Tuba of the Santa Barbara Symphony and has recorded for numerous film and television soundtracks, including Batman vs. Superman and portions of the Transformers, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Fast and the Furious franchises. Winner of the 2015 Atwater Kent Concerto Competition, he holds a doctorate from UCLA and is on faculty at the Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts.Learn More
Dr. Luke Spence enjoys a freelance career teaching and performing as an orchestral, chamber, solo, and theatre musician in the Baltimore/Washington D.C. area. Luke is second trumpet of the Washington Chamber Orchestra, was a featured soloist with the Washington Sinfonietta, has performed at the Kennedy Center and Lincoln Center, and toured throughout the U.S., Europe, and China. Dr. Spence has over a decade of private teaching experience and is in demand as a clinician at universities across the country.Learn More
Alex Pinto is a 2019 graduate from Oberlin Conservatory, where he studied with Roy Poper to earn a degree in Trumpet Performance. He loves making music, whether it is with his trumpet, voice, whistling, or in any other way. With a background in orchestras, jazz bands, chamber groups, acapella groups, church choirs, and other ensembles, Alex has a variety of musical skills that he would love to pass on to anyone with an eagerness to learn. Can teach by ear or with sheet music!Learn More
Andrew is a Trombone and Euphonium performer and instructor residing in New York City. With performance degrees from Interlochen Arts Academy, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and Mannes School of Music, he has studied extensively with industry leaders from the Metropolitan Opera and New York Philharmonic, among others. He has performed at notable venues across the country and was appointed as the trombonist of the NYC new music collective Resonant Refractions.Learn More
Performer and composer Caleb A. Smith is a multi-faceted artist who hopes to use his art to present relevant, relatable, and thought-provoking narratives to his audience. Caleb received his Bachelor’s in Jazz Performance from Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where he attended on a full-tuition scholarship. Currently, Caleb is pursuing his Master’s Degree from Boston’s New England Conservatory of Music. He has studied with musicians such as trombonist Robin Eubanks, as well as with performer composers like Jason Moran, Vijay Iyer, and Gary Bartz.Learn More
Ben is currently the Principal Trombone of Symphoria (Syracuse, NY) and The Cayuga Chamber Orchestra (Ithaca, NY). Ben has also been fortunate to perform with the Buffalo and Rochester Philharmonic Orchestras as well as the Clinton Symphony, National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic, and American Institute of Musical Study in Graz, Austria. Ben holds a B.M. from the Eastman School of Music and is currently pursuing a M.M. at Yale University where he is also a Teaching Artist in The Yale New Haven Music In Schools Initiative.Learn More
George is a versatile teacher and performer. A recent graduate with a Masters of Music from the San Francisco Conservatory, he has experience teaching and playing across the country. He has been involved in his communities wherever he has landed. He has taught private individual lessons as well as at several high schools, middle schools and elementary schools in San Francisco, CA and Boston, MA.Learn More
Since playing Carnegie Hall at 15 years old, New Orleans trombonist and singer Jeffery Miller has come into his own as a teacher and an artist. Jeffery has earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The Juilliard School (BM ‘18, MM ‘20 Jazz Studies). Jeffery has toured around the world from NYC to Abu Dhabi, with artists ranging from Wynton Marsalis to Solange. Jeffery has earned 3 GRAMMY® nominations from his work with artists including John Legend and Jon Batiste. He is as passionate about learning as he is teaching.Learn More
Stephen Whimple, hailing from Clifton Park, New York, is currently a 1st year DMA student in Trombone Performance at the University of Alabama, where he studies with Dr. Jonathan Whitaker. Prior to his studies at UA, Stephen attended The Juilliard School as an Irene Diamond Graduate Fellow, Morse Teaching Artist Fellow, Music Advancement Program Teaching Fellow and Teaching Assistant for the Tenor Trombone studio. During this time, he was student of Joseph Alessi, Principal Trombone of the New York Philharmonic.Learn More
Max Bessesen is a saxophonist, composer, and educator based in Chicago. His work as a sideman has received accolades from Downbeat, Jazziz and NextBop and his debut album as a bandleader will be released on September 4th 2020 via Ropeadope Records. In 2016 Max was the first jazz musician awarded a fellowship from the Frank Huntington Beebe Fund, which allowed him to travel for a year across India, Ghana, and Cuba. He has performed and recorded with musicians like Ron Miles, Greg Ward, and Russ Johnson and holds a BM from Oberlin Conservatory.Learn More
Zoe Obadia is a saxophonist, composer, and teacher. She began her studies at the Juilliard School in 2014 and has since performed in New York City at venues such as Smalls, the Blue Note, and Jazz at Lincoln Center. She has performed with notable musicians including Wynton Marsalis, Christian McBride, and Bill Charlap. She has worked as a teaching assistant at the Jazz House Kids Summer Workshop and the Middle School Jazz Academy at Jazz at Lincoln Center. She recently graduated from Juilliard with a masters degree in Jazz Saxophone.Learn More
Josue González has been described by legendary pianist Daniel Pollack as a technically flawless and fearless virtuoso, characterized by his strong temperament and lyrical touch. Currently 26 years old, Mr. Gonzalez expanded his knowledge attending top music conservatories such as the Tchaikovsky Conservatory of Music and the USC Thornton School of Music. Mr.Gonzalez has attained international recognition winning more than 2d national and international awards and competitions.Learn More
Natalie Vargas Nedvetsky is a 23 year old pianist originally form Chicago, IL. She studied piano performance at The Juilliard School and is now obtaining her Master of Music degree at The Johns Hopkins University/Peabody Institute. She has been a laureate of several major international piano competitions, and has performed across the US and Europe, in halls such as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Concert Noble Brussels, and more.Learn More
Shuyi Guan was born in Shenyang, China; being inspired by great musicians at the time she began her career as a pianist at the Middle School attached to Shenyang Conservatory of Music. As a pianist, she received recognition from fellow musicians as she received the Dean's Talent Award of the Oberlin Conservatory, Thaviu/ Issak Endowed Scholarship, and Eckstein Fund at Northwestern University. In addition, she also received scholarships to further improve her musicianship attending the Banff Centre in 2010, 2011, 2012.Learn More
Alfonso Hernández is a Doctorate in Musical Arts candidate at the University of Maryland working with Russian pianist Larissa Dedova. Alfonso holds degrees from the University of Houston, Eastman School of Music, and Lynn University; he has participated in many renowned music festivals including the Chautauqua, Aspen, and Zeister Muziekdage in the Netherlands. A passionate educator, Alfonso is Co-founder of the International Chamber Music Festival of Guatemala and has served as visiting faculty at the University of San Carlos in Guatemala.Learn More
Alison received her Doctorate in Piano Performance from the Eastman School of Music in May 2020. She made her Carnegie Hall debut recently with works by Schubert, Rachmaninoff, and Prokofiev. Alison has taught college students and beginner to advanced levels of all ages. She approaches each student as unique and caters the lessons to their individual learning style. Her teaching philosophy aims to develop the imaginative mind, sensitive ears, and technical facility so that students become self-directed learners with a fierce love of music.Learn More
Based in Toronto, Filipino-American pianist Tristan Savella has been an active soloist and chamber musician in the United States, Canada, and Europe. His career has taken him to performances across New York, Austria, and Canada. Tristan holds a Bachelor of Music in Applied Music from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, a Master of Arts (Klavier Solistenausbildung) with highest distinction from the Universität Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, and an Artist Diploma from The Glenn Gould School in Toronto.Learn More
Su Jin Kang, composer and pianist, has been actively engaging in New York’s Classical music scene since 2015. She has been commissioned by the Zodiac Trio, National Sawdust, Sforzando Composer’s Collective etc. Kang started off as a pianist from the Chicago Academy for the Arts and was nominated as the featured pianist fo the 30th anniversary concert at the Harris Theater. She is currently at the Juilliard School receiving a Master’s of Music degree and is the recipient of the Gretchaninoff Memorial Prize and the J. & L. Dreyfus scholarship.Learn More
Born and raised in Brazil, I started taking piano lessons when I was 7 years old and played in my first recitals and took part in piano competitions by 8 years old. I moved to Curitiba to college, where I took my Bachelor in Music at the School of Fine Arts of Paraná. In 2019, I moved to the USA, where I went to the University of Massachusetts Amherst. I have been working as piano, music theory and history of music for 9 years and I am looking forward to teach and learn much more.Learn More
Jazz pianist, producer and educator Aman Almeida grew up in Bangalore, India. He has played with many distinguished artists including trumpet player Dominick Farinacci, film scorer Terence Blanchard and tenor saxophonist Ernie Krivda. In 2021, Aman received his B.M in professional music from the Berklee College of Music, Boston.Learn More
Markus Kaitila (b. Helsinki, 1992) has appeared as a recitalist and soloist of orchestras internationally. He won the Bronze Prize in the 2nd WPTA Finland International Piano Competition 2020 and First Prize at the Köhler-Osbahr piano competition (Duisburg) in 2013. Markus has completed residences at Music Academy of the West, Chautauqua Institution, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, and Pianofest in the Hamptons. He is an active performer, music director, coach, educator and producer based in New York City, where he freelances and teaches.Learn More
As a competitor in piano contests, some of my achievements include the first prize in the “Empire State” piano competition (New York, NY), the first prize in the “Princeton Festival” piano competition (Princeton, NJ) ,the first prize in “North” piano competition (Stockholm, Sweden), the second prize in the “Psanter Letamid” piano competition (Israel) and the jury prize in “Leopold Bellan” competition in Paris, France.Learn More
For more than eight years Alan A. has been involved with music education and has focused on teaching young adults and children. In California, Alan was a conductor of the Santa Rosa Debut Symphony Orchestra and led the orchestra’s educational program. He was responsible for providing the students with their first contact with an orchestral performance. He was also part of the New Mozart School’s team that serves more than 500 students in the Palo Alto area and was voted the Best of Silicon Valley.Learn More
Brian Wong is an active solo pianist, collaborative pianist and orchestral keyboardist currently based in New York City. Passionate about creating music with others, Brian has been the pianist for the studios of a wide variety of artists and is currently employed at The Juilliard School as a staff pianist. He was awarded the title 'Hong Kong Scholar” by the HKSAR Government in 2017.Learn More
Caitlyn Koester surrounded herself with music in a multifaceted way from a young age. Throughout her childhood, piano lessons led to an enthrallment with learning the varied likes of Bach inventions, Elton John songs, and writing her own music. By high school, Caitlyn was dabbling in jazz and classical chamber music, accompanying local musicals, and helping to raise money for music education. Today, Caitlyn maintains a studio of 15 private students, and is excited to expose her students to a rich and varied musical education.Learn More
New-York-based pianist Shuhui (Sophia) Zhou has been performing as a soloist and chamber musician internationally in Albany Symphony Concert Series, Mannes Sound Festival, Beethoven Institute in New York, Barcelona Piano Academy Concert Series, Clasclas Young Artist Festivals in Spain, Shanghai Concert Hall Series, Ferrara International Piano Festival Concert Series, Siletz Bay Music Festival in Oregon, Piano Texas Festival, Holland Music Sessions, to name a few. As the winner of the V BPA International Piano Award of Barcelona, Ms. Zhou was engaged for solo recitals tours across Spain.Learn More
Oboist, optimist, and singer/songwriter Dr. Lydia Consilvio is an avid chamber musician, having appeared on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center with her ensembles. She has played with the Annapolis (MD) Symphony and the Rochester (NY) Chamber Orchestra. Parts of her recording of Pasculli’s “Le Api” were played on an episode of BBC Radio 3. Lydia is a creator across genres, making double reed arrangements of Bach and popular music alike. Her instruction style is spirited, open-minded, and accessible. Connect with Lydia at oboestudio.com.Learn More
Hornist Liana Hoffman is currently pursuing her master’s degree at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music where she studies with William VerMeulen. She previously attended the Manhattan School of Music and has participated in music festivals all over the country. She is a substitute musician with the New World Symphony and has performed as an extra hornist with the London Symphony Orchestra. Liana has several years of teaching experience in both group and private settings and with horn players of all levels.Learn More
Horn player Jaimee Reynolds has performed in several locations around the world including New York, Washington D.C., and London. She has performed in renowned locations such as Carnegie Hall, Severance Hall and the BBC Proms Royal Albert Hall. Ms. Reynolds attended and graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from The Juilliard School and she will earn a Master of Music degree from the Yale School of Music in 2022.Learn More
Lauren Anker is currently pursuing a master’s degree at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music and studying under William VerMeulen. She recently graduated from Oberlin College and Conservatory with degrees in Horn Performance and History. She has performed with the Houston Symphony and Akron Symphony Orchestra. She was the horn instructor for college students at Oberlin, and for the past year has been teaching private lessons and masterclasses at high schools in the Houston Independent School District.Learn More
Antonia Chandler lives in London, where she performs with the chamber orchestra Southbank Sinfonia. She earned a Master of Music degree and a Master of Musical Arts degree from the Yale School of Music, and a Bachelor of Music degree from Oberlin Conservatory. Antonia is a substitute horn player in the New World Symphony, the New Haven Symphony, and the Princeton Symphony, and has performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Royal Opera House, and Chicago Symphony Center.Learn More
A French native, I combine the teaching I received from Paris Conservatoire and the Juilliard School. After each lesson I send detailed practicing guidelines. When teaching, I love creative analogies and I won’t stop until I see the a-ha moment on your face and fingers! Outside of Virtu.Academy I perform at Carnegie Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Concertgebouw, Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Kennedy Center.Learn More
Praised for her “powerful command and nuanced facility”, Violetta Maria Norrie is a harpist of diverse range and ability. She began playing the harp at the age of 6, after falling in love with the instrument at a Renaissance Faire. Since then she has performed orchestral, solo, and chamber music at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Merkin Recital Hall and Symphony Space. Violetta earned her Bachelor of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music where she studied with Susan Jolles. She spent her junior year studying abroad at the ConservatoirLearn More
Over the years Roni Eytan has developed a unique way of playing the harmonica, by drawing on influences from a wide range of music, transcending the traditional sonorities associated with the instrument, and achieving a singular musical voice. Still only in his twenties, Roni has already performed with a galaxy of world-renowned musicians, such as bassists John Patitucci and Eddie Gomez, drummer Brian Blade, pianist-vocalist Kevin Hays and pianist John Beasley.Learn More
Benjamin Ellis is adjunct professor of Guitar and director of the Classical Guitar Ensemble at Hobart and William Smith Colleges and the St. Peter’s Community Arts Academy. Ellis performs regularly and has been a featured soloist at festivals, universities and concert venues throughout the north east. Ellis is an active teacher in the Syracuse area and has been featured as a guest instructor at Syracuse University, Mansfield University and the Eastern U.S. Music Camp at Colgate University.Learn More
Guitarist Emmett Sher grew up in Staten Island, New York. Coming from a musical family he started guitar at a young age and decided early on to pursue music professionally. Emmett went to Laguardia High School, the Brubeck Institute Fellowship program and finally, Oberlin Conservatory. At Oberlin, Emmett was awarded the Wendell and Bettye Logan Prize in Studies. Last summer, Emmett toured with various bands across the United States as well as Portugal. Emmett recently won second place in the Jarek Smietana Jazz Guitar competition.Learn More
Giovanni Piacentini’s original music has been described as “...able to encapsulate tiny, winsome worlds as if passing through a gallery of paintings” (Winnipeg free press), and as “Stunningly beautiful with accessible compositional language.”(The Clarinet Magazine). Piacentini has been nominated for an Independent Music Award, he was a finalist at the Lee Ritenour International Guitar Competition and has performed extensively in America and abroad. He has toured China as a soloist and has released four studio albums.Learn More
Matthew Pidi is a classical guitarist from Bergen County, NJ. He has experience performing as both a soloist and chamber musician in concerts around the United States and Italy. Matthew is a member of the Riverside Guitar Duo and a section leader in the New York City Classical Guitar Society's Guitar Orchestra. He holds a Master's Degree in classical Guitar Performance from Mannes College the New School for Music and is on guitar faculty at the Fort Lee School of Music and Virtu.Academy.Learn More
Australian flutist Catherine Gregory, winner of the Pro Musicis International Award, has performed at Alice Tully Hall, London’s Milton Court, Hamburg’s new Elbphilharmonie, and the Sydney Opera House. As a recitalist and chamber musician, she has been a guest of CMS Lincoln Center, Philadelphia CMS, Caramoor and the Southern Cross Soloists, as well as on tour with the Australian and Orpheus Chamber Orchestras. She made her Carnegie Hall recital debut in the Fall of 2019. An active teacher, she has given masterclasses from Curtis to Guildhall.Learn More
Shannon Vandzura, 26, flutist, enjoys a vibrant freelance career in the Northeast region. She frequently performs with the New York Philharmonic, Symphoria, New Haven Symphony, Richmond Symphony, Albany Symphony, Symphony in C, as well as other regional orchestras. She holds the position of Second Flute in the Montclair Orchestra and Nutmeg Symphony. She recently graduated from the Manhattan School of Music in the prestigious Orchestral Performance program in 2020.Learn More
Colombian Flutist Laura del Sol Jiménez performed with the Bogotá Philharmonic Orchestra and Colombia National Symphony Orchestra before moving to New York in 2016. Laura has also appeared as a soloist, chamber musician, and with orchestras in China, Japan, Israel, Italy, Argentina, Chile, and throughout the United States. In 2015, Laura founded the Linos trio, which toured South America and produced an album premiering music of contemporary Latin American composers. Laura serves as flute faculty at the Portland Conservatory of Music and Director of the Conservatory’s Preparatory Program.Learn More
Flutist Emily Duncan is an electrifying, theatrical performer and teacher redefining what it means to be an artist in today’s musical landscape. Emily is passionate about teaching students of all ages. During her master’s degree at Juilliard, she served as the flute fellow for Juilliard’s Music Advancement Program (MAP) and as a flute teacher with their Morse fellowship. She has taught privately for ten years, and has had the privilege of teaching students from as young as three years’ to retirement age.Learn More
Flutist Alejandro Lombo, from Miramar, Florida, is a recipient of a Jerome L. Greene Fellowship at The Juilliard School. He recently graduated with his Bachelor’s degree from the Curtis Institute of Music under the tutelage of Jeffrey Khaner and was the recipient of the Walter-Goldberg Fellowship. Mr. Lombo has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Symphony in C, New World Symphony, and the Curtis Symphony Orchestra. He has also toured Europe and the USA with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Osmo Vänskä.Learn More
My name is Kelsey and I'm currently finishing up my masters at Juilliard. I'm very passionate about flute, teaching, animals, languages, and pop culture. I teach a variety of different types of music, so sign up, let me know what music you like, and let's get started :)Learn More
Carson Fratus is a versatile percussionist/drummer and recent Fulbright Scholar. His unique skill set as a hand percussionist, drum set player, and classical European percussionist form a framework that allows him to be a strong collaborator and educator in many different settings. His work in orchestral, jazz, and contemporary ensembles creates a depth of musical understanding that is accessible to any student interested in the vast world of percussion.Learn More
Ricardo Guerra is a Cuban-American drummer/percussionist, composer, and educator based in Miami, FL. Most recently, he started a Master's degree in performance at Global Jazz Institute at Berklee, where he has had the opportunity of studying with Danilo Perez, John Patitucci, and Kris Davis, among others. Ricardo's teaching experience includes over 20 private students in his studio at a time, as well as work with non-profit organizations in Miami and virtual teaching in Panama and Costa Rica.Learn More
Josh Roberts, a drummer currently in NYC, was nominated as the #3 Up & Coming drummer in the world by Modern Drummer (#1 drumming publication). Josh graduated from the IU Jacobs School of Music with the highest award given - the presidents award and then attended NYU on their highest scholarship award. Josh currently plays and records with some of Broadway's biggest stars including the official Harry Potter Broadway cast.Learn More
Chase Kuesel is a drummer and composer whose debut album, “Space Between,” was released in July 2020. He has performed in Austria, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Greece, Jordan, Netherlands, Switzerland, and across the United States. He holds a BA in English and a BM in Music from Oberlin Conservatory, an MM from Berklee College of Music, and an Artist Diploma from Musik Akademie Basel. As a teacher, he has worked with students of all levels and abilities for over 10 years, and has had his virtual teaching featured in Drum! Magazine.Learn More
Justin is a Chicago-based Composer and Conductor with degrees from Oberlin Conservatory, Royal Academy of Music (London), and is currently a PhD Fellow at the University of Chicago. His music has been performed by groups such as the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Vertixe Sonora, the CHROMA Ensemble, the Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble and has received awards and recognitions from ASCAP, YoungArts, Tribeca New Music, and Encore Wind Ensemble. Justin has taught at John Tyler Community College (Virginia) and The Northern Ohio Youth Orchestra's Young Composer Mentor Program.Learn More
Karl Ronneburg is a composer, percussionist, and multimedia artist based in New York City and Seattle. Winner of the University of Michigan’s Brehm Prize for Composition and the Mannes College of Music’s Dean’s Award, Karl has worked with artists including Radiolab, Meredith Monk, and the Lincoln Center Theater’s Directors’ Lab. He is a teaching artist with the nonprofit Musicambia, Seattle’s Vivace! Chamber Players, and additionally works in Carnegie Hall’s Education Wing, facilitating events and performing with their LinkUp Orchestra.Learn More
Composer Adam Billings is a graduate of The Juilliard School, where he studied with revered composer and teacher Dr. Robert Beaser on scholarship. As an instructor, Adam enriches his students’ perspectives on contemporary music, philosophy and aesthetic style. In addition, he believes that it is crucial for young composers and musicians to understand the working world that they are headed into. Adam hopes to bring a fresh perspective to the world of music education for composers and musicians alike.Learn More
Composer Soomin Kim is a passionate educator and collaborator. Soomin received the 2019 ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Award with her chamber ensemble piece titled “conjunctions.” She was also the composer-in-residence with the Northern Ohio Youth Orchestra during their 2017-18 concert season, for whom she wrote a 9-minute orchestra piece titled “The Blue Marble.” Soomin is a graphic designer and musical theater singer/songwriter as well.Learn More
Luis Herrera holds a master’s degree and a Graduate Diploma from the New England Conservatory of Music. As a bilingual educator, Luis has previously taught at festivals in Panama and Costa Rica, where he is originally from, and has worked as the assistant director for the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Days in the Arts at Tanglewood. He is currently on faculty at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School as a Percussion and Hand Drumming Instructor, and his most recent engagement places him as a percussionist in The Orchestra Now.Learn More
Born in Macon, GA, clarinetist Barret Ham served as 2nd/bass clarinetist of the San Francisco Ballet for its 2019-2020 season. He has appeared as guest artist with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and the Borromeo String Quartet. Summer festival appearances include Yellow Barn and International Summer Academy MDW in Vienna. An enthusiastic performer of new music, Barret has worked with such composers as Jörg Widmann and Brett Dean. Barret graduated from NEC as a student of Michael Wayne and continues to study under Yehuda Gilad at USC.Learn More
Amer is the principal clarinetist of the Akron Symphony Orchestra. He is also a guest musician with the New World Symphony, the Cleveland Pops Orchestra, the Firelands Symphony Orchestra, and the Illinois Symphony Orchestra. His career has brought him to travel the world, performing and teaching across the USA, Canada, Mexico, Ecuador, Colombia, Serbia, Hungary, Czech Republic, and Jordan. As an educator, Amer’s primary goal is to equip his students with tools to help guide them to be successful in any career within or outside of music.Learn More
Clarinetist Michael Thompson brings modern energy to the performance of classical music. Michael has been a member of groups across the nation, including the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the University of North Texas Wind Symphony, and the Hot Springs Festival Orchestra. As a chamber musician, he was a finalist in the 2019 George Papich Chamber Music Competition and continues to seek out new and exciting performance opportunities. Michael is in his second year of graduate studies at DePaul University, studying with Professor Julie DeRoche.Learn More
Based in Chicago, Seok Hee Jang is currently a graduate student at DePaul University under the tutelage of Stephen Williamson. Seok Hee will be attending the University of North Texas as the Doctoral Clarinet Teaching Fellow this Fall, where he will further pursue his passion for teaching. His past engagements include a tour of Portugal and Canada with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and the Orford Academy Orchestra. He holds a BM with a minor in Music Education from McGill University in Montreal.Learn More
Clarinetist, Sydney Lusby enjoys a multifaceted career as both a performer, educator, and arts administrator. Sydney is a studio musician and has recorded for the New York City Ballet’s Here/Now performance series, IBM, and a number of projects with Philip Glass. She is a graduate of both The Juilliard School and Interlochen Arts Academy. Her primary teachers have included Anthony McGill, Jon Manassee, Emil Khudyev, and Alexander Fiterstein. Sydney is the Assistant Director of Admission at Interlochen Center for the Arts and has a private studio in Traverse City, MI.Learn More
Cellist Maya Enstad holds a B.M. in cello performance from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. She has appeared as a recitalist at the Bellingham Festival of Music’s “Welcome Home” concert series and has held fellowship positions at the Marrowstone Music Festival and at Bamfield’s Music by the Sea. With a background in both performance and education, Maya studied string pedagogy and elementary education at Oberlin. She believes in student-centered learning and designs individualized lessons based on her students’ goals and interests.Learn More
Ethan Cobb is a senior at Harvard University majoring in Applied Mathematics with a focus in music. He is currently principal cello of the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra and has attended the Aspen, Sarasota, Orford, PyeongChang, and Interlochen music festivals. He currently studies privately with Richard Aaron and is an intern at NASA Langley Research Center. Ethan enjoys an interdisciplinary approach to the instrument, leveraging his mathematical and physical background to draw analogies when appropriate.Learn More
Axel Vallejos was born in Chile and started playing the cello at age 11. Axel has a rich and varied career as a chamber musician, orchestral musician, and teacher. Axel has performed chamber music and solos with orchestras throughout North, Central and South America, Europe and East Asia. Axel has made frequent national and international appearances as a chamber musician, and he has enthusiastically explored both traditional and contemporary repertoires.Learn More
A native of Saint Louis, Missouri, American cellist Henry Myers is currently a doctoral candidate and graduate teaching assistant at the Eastman School. Henry has taught collegiately at both SUNY Fredonia and the University of Rochester. Students of his have gone on to study at SUNY Purchase, Ithaca College, and University of Missouri Saint Louis. He has also authored several well-received publications such as “The Case For Active Practicing” on StringVisions, which was cited by The Bulletproof Musician.Learn More
John Belk is an award-winning cellist currently teaching and performing in the Houston area. He holds degrees in both Music Performance and Computer Science from Bard College, as well as a Master’s in Music from Rice University. He has performed across the world with renowned musicians such as David Shifrin and Peter Serkin and recently performed the Walton Cello Concerto as a soloist with Leon Botstein and The Orchestra Now. John believes that teaching a student how and why to practice is the teacher’s most important role.Learn More
Dr. Zachary Preucil serves as principal cellist of the La Crosse Symphony, teaches privately in Madison, WI, and is active as a performer and guest clinician throughout the midwest. He holds degrees in Cello Performance from the New England Conservatory, Eastman School of Music, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and previously served on the faculties of the Music Institute of Chicago, Music for Youth, and the Kanack School of Musical Artistry. Dr. Preucil has registered training in the Suzuki Cello Method.Learn More
Joshua Elmore, Bassoon, is earning his Master of Music degree at The Colburn School studying with Richard Beene. Joshua is a graduate of The Juilliard School where he studied under the tutelage of Judith LeClair as a proud recipient of a Kovner Fellowship. Joshua has performed with numerous orchestras including The New York Philharmonic, Oregon Symphony, The Charleston Symphony, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra among others. Joshua was part of the National Youth Orchestra of the USA (NYO-USA) for 2 summers where he toured China and Europe.Learn More
Tony has been on the NYC World Beat, Rock, R&B, Jazz and contemporary Jazz scene for over 30 years, playing with world renowned musicians including; the Brazilian Power Samba band Pe De Bois, Babatunde Olatunji and Drums of Passion, Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Terry Reid, Michal Urbaniak, Walter Bishop Jr., Randy Brecker, Michael Wolff, Badal Roy, Jeremy Wall (Spyro Gyra), Brian Kean, Frank Colon, Vic Juris, Jimmy Ponder and Carmen Lundy. He has toured Japan, Europe, Russia and the US with various artists and his own world- beat/contemporary jLearn More
Cole Davis is a rising star in the upright bass world. In 2017, he won the Ron Carter Bass Competition at only 20 years old. In 2018, he was named a “Future Jazz Master” by the National Endowment of the Arts. After earning a bachelor’s degree from Manhattan School of Music in 2019, Cole was awarded the rare honor of being accepted to the Juilliard Artist Diploma and Masters Degree Program concurrently. A busy sideman in New York City and abroad, he has played at The Kennedy Center, Rose Hall, The Appel Room, The Jazz Standard, and many other venues.Learn More
Ethan Philion is an award-winning bassist, composer, and bandleader based in Chicago. A graduate of Oberlin Conservatory and DePaul University, Philion was the winner of the 2019 International Society of Bassists Jazz Competition. In 2020, Philion was selected to Chicago's prestigious Luminarts Jazz Fellowship. Philion was a 2015 Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Artist in Residence at the Kennedy Center and holds two Downbeat Student Music Awards for Outstanding Soloist and Outstanding Small Ensemble.Learn More
Double Bassist Logan May recently graduated from the Manhattan School of Music with a Bachelor of Music degree where he studied with Timothy Cobb, Principal Bassist of the New York Philharmonic. This fall, Logan will be continuing his studies with Mr. Cobb at The Juilliard School where he will pursue his Master of Music degree. Logan has performed with the New World Symphony, Montclair Orchestra, Brooklyn Chamber Orchestra as well as various other ensembles in New York City.Learn More
Amy is currently a diversity fellow with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. She received her Bachelor’s from Lynn University, and a Master’s from Yale University. She enjoys being a teaching artist with the Nat King Cole Generation Hope, Inc. As well as with the Volta Music Foundation in Havana, Cuba.Learn More
Eli Heath is an emerging American bassist, composer, and musical director. He has appeared on recordings and at major festivals and venues across North America, Europe, and Brazil with artists including Kenny Werner, Luciana Souza, Charles Neville, Dominick Farinacci, and Jamey Haddad. Eli holds a BM/BA from Oberlin College and Conservatory in Africana Studies and Jazz Performance and is currently completing a master’s degree in Contemporary Performance at the Berklee Global Jazz Institute in Boston.Learn More
Sami Braman has been playing the fiddle since she was 6 years old, coming up amid the festivals and communities of the Pacific Northwest’s vibrant traditional music scene. She is a founding member of award-winning old-time band, The Onlies, a recipient of the Vinson Award for musical excellence, and a composer of tunes which have made their way into festival sessions across the country. Sami now teaches and performs across the U.S., and has appeared onstage alongside Laurie Lewis, Bruce Molsky, Elvis Costello, Chris Eldridge, and Darol Anger.Learn More
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