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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
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
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
A graduate of The Curtis Institute of Music in Opera, Alize Rozsnyai is a professional singer and actor who performs internationally, and has premiered countless works. She is co-founder of Alter Ego Chamber Opera and former lead vocalist of the band, The Fancy Balloons.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
Hailed for her “masterful and show-stopping performance” (Opera News), internationally acclaimed soprano Ashley Milanese has performed with Teatro Regio Torino, Komische Oper Berlin, Opera Philadelphia, among others. When she is not performing, she enjoys teaching private voice lessons and masterclasses. Ashley teaches a foundation rooted in Classical Voice which enables her students to strengthen their musical ear, free their natural artistic inclinations, and build a strong technique so they can feel secure and confident across all genres.Learn More
Bulgarian-British-American soprano, researcher, teacher Theodora Ivanova Nestorova is well-versed in genres from contemporary to classical to pop. Specializing in kid's voices as well as adults, Theodora works to instill healthy vocal technique and develop each individual student's unique musicianship and style. Theodora earned a Bachelor of Music (Voice Performance/Musicology) from Oberlin Conservatory in 2018, won a 2018-2019 Fulbright Study/Research Grant to Vienna, Austria, and currently pursues her Master of Music (Vocal Pedagogy) at New England Conservatory. Visit: theodoranestorova.comLearn More
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
Marina Poplavskaya Guedouar has performed on stage since 1990, at first with the Bolshoi Theater children choir, and then, in 1997, she became a soloist with the New Opera in Moscow, where she performed under the leadership of Maestro E.Kolobov. Later, in 2001 she became the lead soloist at the Stanislavsky and Nemirovitch Danchenko Musical Theater. Since 1996 she has won numerous international competitions, including Maria Callas Grand Prix in 2005. Marina has helped artists and young singers to prepare for roles, graduate, and prepare for auditions.Learn More
Hailing from Perth, Western Australia, Elena has performed with internationally acclaimed Philadelphia Orchestra, English National Opera, West Australian Opera, Opera Philadelphia in iconic venues such as Carnegie Hall, Apollo theater, Mann Center, Kimmel Center and Supreme Court Gardens. Equally as passionate off stage for teaching, Elena encourages students to find their inner voice and promotes techniques to build confidence so they can find security to express their natural artistic talent in all genres of music.Learn More
Mezzo-soprano Alma Neuhaus holds degrees from The Juilliard School (MM) and St. Olaf College (BM). Trained in classical singing, her repertoire spans from opera to contemporary works, jazz, and musical theater. Alma has been teaching music for over ten years including positions with Minnesota Opera and Juilliard Community Engagement. Her work as a voice teacher focuses on developing each individual’s unique voice in a safe space. Students of all ages and musical interests are welcome!Learn More
Soprano Ellen Teufel is a native of Erie, Pennsylvania, now based in New York City. She holds degrees from the Manhattan School of Music and Penn State University and has been a young artist with Opera on the Avalon, ISING International Young Artist Program, Bel Canto at Caramoor, and Lyric Opera Studio Weimar. Favorite roles include Anna Bolena with dell’Arte Opera Ensemble, Pamina with West Bay Opera, Alcina with Lyra New York, and Giannetta with Teatro Dobbiaco.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
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
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
Atlanta native Erin Pitts has studied the violin and the viola for 13 years. A recent graduate of the Juilliard school, she now is returning to get her master's degree at the Juilliard School. Erin has much experience with kids from when she started her own private studio based in Atlanta from 2013-present. Erin is able to offer a unique teaching experience to her students that curates the musical, educational and creative sides of the arts world into a concise, exciting lesson!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
Gregory Harrington is a concert soloist who has performed with esteemed orchestras & conductors around the globe. He has released 5 acclaimed solo recordings & his latest album of the Philip Glass Violin Concerto #2 & his arrangement of the "Hours Suite" (Janacek Philharmonic & Mark Shapiro) debuted at #3 on the Billboard Charts. He has 20 years teaching experience & studied under esteemed soloist & pedagogue Erick Friedman & Sally Thomas. Ideal for students looking to create an excellent foundation in violin playing.Learn More
I strive to give my students the technical and musical skills to have a life-long appreciation of music-making. It is a priority for me to teach in a way that fosters curiosity, confidence, dedication, and cultural understanding. I make learning the violin fun and engaging for my students by adapting to their learning style, building trust, and celebrating any and all sounds we make together.Learn More
Violinist Isabella Geis is an active chamber and orchestral musician currently based in New York City where she is a student of Naoko Tanaka and David Chan at The Juilliard School. She has performed extensively in Cincinnati, her hometown, and in various venues throughout the US. She is looking forward to returning to her role as a teaching fellow in the CLIMB program at Juilliard which introduces young children to both literature and music.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
Wyeth Aleksei, from the Washington DC/Baltimore MD area, went to the Oberlin Conservatory and the Juilliard School. He has played at some of the worlds finest venues including, the Carnegie Hall, David Geffen Hall, The Metropolitan Opera House, and The Kennedy Center. He has also had the opportunity to play with some of the worlds top orchestra’s including the New York Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Opera. He is also a dedicated teacher. His students have successfully won auditions for some of the countries top collegiate music schools, as well as their local All-state/district ensembles.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
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
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
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
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
Jarien Jamanila is a saxophonist from San Diego, California. He graduated from Juilliard in June 2021 with a Bachelor's in Music in Jazz Studies. Some of his mentors include Gilbert Castellanos, Kamau Kenyatta and Charles McPherson, Marshall Hawkins, Wynton Marsalis and George Coleman. He’s had the opportunity to share the stage with Bobby Watson, Delfeayo Marsalis, Eric Reed, Gaslamp Quarter Jazz Orchestra and the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. He is a specialist in with jazz music but is open to all kinds of music!Learn More
Dr. Alexander Malikov performs extensively around Canada and the United States, and holds prizes in numerous regional and international competitions. His musical studies include schools such as the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Juilliard School. In addition to his performance activity, Alexander is passionate about teaching. His approach combines the best of the Russian and American schools of piano playing. He is a recipient of the 2020 YoungArts Educator Award.Learn More
Praised for his “technically superb and musically convincing playing” (Hamburger Abendblatt), León Bernsdorf continues to establish himself in the international classical music scene. Born in Hamburg, Germany, León began his journey at the piano at age 5. One year later he received a scholarship from the Hamburg Youth Music Foundation and was taught by the renowned piano pedagogue Carol Tainton. After his pre-college studies with Volker Banfield at the Hochschule Hamburg, he moved to the East Coast of the US.Learn More
Stefan Chaplikov studied at the Conservatoire de Paris with Michell Béroff and was a Rebanks Family Fellow at The Glenn Gould School. He holds an Artist Diploma at Yale School of Music with Peter Frankl and is a now doctoral student at the Peabody Institute, where he studied with the legendary Leon Fleisher. His latest recording featured a solo album with Clementi Piano Sonatas for the Naxos Label, hailed by the critics as “breathtakingly beautiful” (American Record Guide), “a true musical pleasure” (Ritmo), “utter perfection” (The WholeNote).Learn More
Named one of Canada's 30 hot classical musicians under 30 for 2020 by CBC Music, Quebec born pianist Jean-Luc Therrien has been an active soloist in Canada and abroad. In the later years, he toured across Quebec and the Maritimes as part of the Jeunesses Musicales Canada’s Emerging Artists Concerts on tour. He also made his orchestral debut in Japan with the Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra, performing Beethoven’s fourth piano concerto.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
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
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
Stephen Joven-Lee is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory ('18) and The Juilliard School ('20). He is an award winner of almost two-dozen national and international competitions, and has performed in renowned halls including Carnegie Weill Hall, Severance Reinberger Hall, Steinway Hall. Joven-Lee is also a passionate teacher and scholar, with award winning students who have performed in Carnegie Weill Hall and Walt Disney Concert Hall. He also teaches music theory and ear-training classes at the Juilliard School.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
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
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
Molly Turner conducts, plays, and writes music. She is currently an Esa-Pekka Salonen Conducting Fellow at the Colburn School. Recently, she was featured conducting the Dallas Opera Orchestra, The Juilliard Orchestra, and the Rice Campanile Orchestra. She was a Community Engagement Fellow at Juilliard where she taught K-8 classrooms in group music lessons. With a background in music composition, she regularly arranges songs for beginners, integrates improvisation into lessons, and is open to all genres of music.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
Noah Halpern is a Jazz trumpeter, composer, bandleader, and educator based in Brooklyn, NY. Originally from Seattle, WA, Noah moved to New York in 2014 to attend The Juilliard School, where he went on to receive a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Jazz Studies ('18 and '20.) He has performed all over the world with artists ranging from Wynton Marsalis to Lil Buck. As a composer, he writes for dance, big band, as well as his own projects. Noah is passionate about sharing his love of trumpet, jazz, and songwriting.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
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
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
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
I'm a professional guitarist and educator based in Chicago, IL. I graduated from Oberlin's Double Degree program in Jazz Guitar Performance, and currently perform in projects that range from jazz and improvised music to country and indie rock. I welcome students of all ages and all experience levels.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
Currently the touring guitarist with British singer Seal, Russell has elevated his career quickly after graduating from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in 2016. Resulting from his versatility, virtuosic ability, and fun-natured spirit, Russell has become frequently requested by some of the most esteemed professionals in the industry, which has led him to perform professionally with a wide range of artists like Jazz bassist Christian McBride, the legendary Gospel group the Clark Sisters, R&B singer Jaheim, and many others.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
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
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
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
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
Up and coming fiddler and banjoist Keilan Aplin has steadily built a sound of her own through intensive studying of sound recordings, and extensive time playing and learning with friends and mentors at fiddle camps in the United States and abroad. In 2018 she studied under Norwegian fiddle mentors Anon Egeland and Laura Ellestad at the University College of Southeast Norway’s Folk music program. Through close listening to the stylings of West Virginia's Hammons family, and fiddlers like Lee Stoneking, Keilan has developed an anchored, subtly expressive approach to fiddle and banjo.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
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
Grammy award winning drummer, Zach Adleman, has performed at Carnegie Hall, the 57th Annual Grammy Awards After Parties, and the Newport Jazz Festival. Additionally, he holds a GRAMMY for playing percussion on the song "Water in Cupped Hands", on Ted Nash's 2016 release, the "Presidential Suite."Learn More
Award-winning drummer, composer and band leader Shawn Myers currently tours nationally and internationally with grammy-winning multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Leyla McCalla while maintaining an active performing schedule with many other artists. He has performed with many national and international luminaries, including Evan Christopher, Nduduzo Makhathini, Ed Petersen and Kenny Werner. He has studied drums and percussion with Billy Hart, Jamey Haddad, Jason Marsalis, and in Haiti, Ghana, Togo, and Benin.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
Hailing from Philadelphia, Max Reese is currently a graduate student at DePaul University studying under the tutelage of Stephen Williamson. He received his bachelors in music from Oberlin Conservatory studying with Richard Hawkins, and has also studied with Charles Salinger. He has held chairs at all of Oberlin Conservatory’s large ensembles and has attended the Brevard Music Center. At Oberlin, Reese was selected as a musician for the Oberlin Orchestra’s performance at Carnegie Hall in 2019.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
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
Michael Kissinger began his career at age 16 when he produced his first concert featuring legendary jazz clarinetist Woody Herman. He is Artistic Director of Bravo! Concerts Northwest and the Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival. He is a Guest Conductor of the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra and was Artistic Director of the Dubrovnik Jazz Festival in a 5-year project with the City of Dubrovnik, Croatia. Michael has been a clarinetist and conductor with artists ranging from Jose Feliciano, Diane Schuur, Brubeck Brothers, and the Oregon String Quartet.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
Paris based, Juilliard trained cellist Andrew Briggs has enjoyed a diverse career as a performer and teacher. Professional performances include those as soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player on the international scale. Teaching experience includes fellowships at Juilliard and as a university faculty member.Learn More
Aaron Wolff is a New York City-based musician. Having completed bachelor's degrees in comparative literature and music at Oberlin and a master’s in cello at Juilliard, he is establishing himself as a performer in solo, collaborative, and cross-disciplinary capacities. He has also found creative outlets in acting – most notably in a lead role in the Coen brothers’ film A Serious Man – and in writing about music – he has covered New York’s new music scene for the online journal I Care If You Listen.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
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
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
Nik Hooks has enjoyed a varied career as a chamber, orchestra, and solo performer, having concertized in renowned venues across the globe. In 2019, he won the Principal Bassoon position with the Billings Symphony Orchestra and was the grand prize winner of the Sherman Walt Merit Award Competition. He holds a Performance Studies Certificate from The Colburn School and a Bachelor of Music from the New England Conservatory. His primary teachers include Judith Leclair, Richard Beene, Richard Svoboda, and Rick Ranti.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
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
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
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
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
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
Dylan F. Thomas is the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Valley Opera & Performing Arts in Los Angeles, where he has directed full productions of countless operas and musicals. He has directed operatic and musical theater productions for numerous organizations across the U.S., and has performed all over the world. Thomas has created a new approach to teaching acting, called "The Dressler Technique", which focuses on creating realistic, responsive, and repeatable performances for stage actors of all genres.Learn More
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