Queens

Andrew S.

Instrument(s): Guitar
Areas of Work: Queens, Manhattan

Andrew has his Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Performance (guitar) from SUNY New Paltz, though he enjoys playing and composing in the Blue, Reggae, Funk, Rock, Hip-hop and Electronic style as well. He has composed music for Television and Radio, and has performed and recorded with Floby, and The Alan Silverman Trio. His Jazz background has influenced his teaching style in that he believes everyone can compose, and that we are only limited musically by our ability to hear and emotionally feel what we are playing.

Andrew has been teaching students of all ages for several years now. He specializes in adapting to each student’s particular learning style. His unique perspectives on music education give students the insight to use music as a method of self-expression, relaxation, self-discipline, and laboratory for life-long learning – “If you can become proficient at playing and practicing an instrument, you can learn and utilize any future life skills with greater efficiency than most non-musicians, because you are adept at teaching your body and mind to work together as one.”

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Brian V.

Instrument(s): Piano, Guitar, Bass Guitar
Areas of Work: Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens

Brian received a Bachelors of Music from the University of Louisville, where he studied double bass, piano, and guitar. Immediately after college he became a member of the rock band Days of the New, and after that he worked as a freelance jazz musician until moving to New York City in 2009. Since then, he has been teaching on Long Island and in Brooklyn, and freelancing as a performing musician.

Brian has been teaching students of all ages and demographics for over 13 years. During that time he has developed an approach that adapts to a student’s abilities and how much time they have to give to the musical pursuits per week while maintaining constant growth and direction toward desired musical goals.

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Ian S.

Instrument(s): Bass Guitar, Guitar, Piano
Areas of Work: Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens

Ian was born and raised in Syracuse, NY, and grew up with the sounds of his father’s record collection which included the likes of Frank Zappa, King Crimson, Return to Forever, and Weather Report. He took up the electric bass at age 12 and the upright bass at 16. While in high school he had the privilege of having numerous mentors, including Phil Flanigan, Ed Castillano, Jeff Campbell, Howard Potter, and many of the other musicians and educators in his home town. He was also fortunate enough to begin gigging at an early age in the various bars, clubs and restaurants in the Syracuse and Rochester areas.

Upon graduation, Ian continued his studies at SUNY Purchase were he received his BM in Jazz Studies in 2008. There, he would have the ability to study and take classes under Todd Coolman, John Faddis, Ray Vega, Charles Blenzig, Doug Weiss, Kermit Driscoll, Gerard Hecht, Pete Malinverni, Doug Munro, and many other members of the Conservatory’s esteemed faculty.

In 2009, Ian relocated to Chicago, where he would remain until 2013. He quickly began performing around town with various acts of varying styles. It was around this time that he met pianist Darwin Noguera, and began playing with the Chicago Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble and Noguera’s Evolution Quartet. It was also through Noguera that Ian started to work with many different bands in the Chicago Latin Music scene. Over the next few years he would play with Angel Melendez, Salsa Con Soul, A Cor Do Brazil, Lise Gilly, Havana, Las Guitarras de España and other assorted groups in the area.

In 2010, Ian began playing touring with Moonjune recording artists Marbin. He spent the next two years playing almost exclusively with the band, visiting nearly every state in the union and opening for the likes of Allan Holdsworth, Jimmy Haslip, Virgil Donati and Scott Henderson among others. After parting ways with Marbin in 2012, Ian returned to Chicago and for the next year enjoyed a busy and eclectic freelance schedule once again. During this year, he began playing with composer/multi-instrumentalist Hector Silveira and began delving deeper into the world of Timba and Cuban Jazz. Around the same time, he become associated with author, scholar and, Timba.com editor Kevin Moore who further encouraged Ian’s personal research on the subject.

A visit to New York City and a chance meeting with John Benitez prompted Ian to return NYC and pursue further opportunities. Since moving to NYC in the spring of 2014, Ian has had the honor of performing with Gerardo Contino, Gabriela Anders, Los Hacheros, Peliroja, Keith Ward, Bobby Sanabria, Axel Laugart, Oriente Lopez, Mike Ekroth, Buyu Ambroise Conjunto Guantanamero and other New York based artists. In addition to performing, Ian is also a contributing writer to Timba.com where he covers the latest in concerts and album releases in the NYC area.

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Karen O.

Instrument(s): Piano, Drums
Areas of Work: Manhattan, Queens

Karen started her musical education in Jamestown, New York, studying piano for ten years under Mrs. Helga Hulse. She received a BA in music from New York University in 1999. In the mid-2000s she studied audio technology in the graduate program at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Education. She renewed her piano studies in 2004 under Dr. Mark Birnbaum, who remains her primary musical instructor. In June 2012 she began studying drums with Matt Ritter, an endeavour she finds very exciting.

Her favorite pianists include Steve Nieve, Elton John, and Chuck Leavell. Her greatest admiration extends to Elvis Costello, both his composition and performance. She has arranged many of his works in piano/vocal format; five of these pieces were published in April 2014.

Karen has played professionally as a cocktail pianist, church accompanist, and dance accompanist. She has appeared in New York City at Water’s Edge, Thady Con’s, Anyway Cafe, Mimi’s, and Caffe Cielo. Private solo performance programmes have featured pieces by Scott Joplin, Elton John, and George Gershwin, including Gershwin’s “Three Preludes” and “Rhapsody in Blue”. In 2011, she played in the musical ensemble of Michael Patrick Dominick’s production A Night at the Sands in Fairfield, CT, and in the five-show run of the musical Our Christmas in Washington Heights. Most recently she performed a solo piano concert for St. Luke Episcopal Church’s Wings of Song series and provided accompaniment for their Gingerbread Players’ 2013 Gala Revue.

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Marianna C.

Instrument(s): French Horn, Trumpet, Saxophone, Trombone, Tuba, Baritone Horn, Euphonium
Areas of Work: Queens, Nassau

Marianna performs regularly throughout the New York region in addition to touring other cities, most recently Chicago and Toronto, playing a wide variety of styles.  She has been Principal Horn of The Symphony NY Chorus since 2009 and was featured on their album “Holy Night.”  She has been the Third Horn for New York Chamber Players since October 2013, and she also began performing with Patriot Brass Ensemble in December 2011 and Concerts in Motion in April 2012.

In 2006, she began performing with Insieme Music, a contemporary chamber music ensemble, of which she was a founding member.  In April 2005, she was the winner of the solo competition at the Northeast Horn Workshop. Marianna has attended several music festivals under scholarship including: C. W. Post Chamber Music Festival; Music Naturally; and Dartington Hall International School in Totnes, UK for which she was awarded the Elmgrant Bursary.

She received a Master of Arts degree in 2008 from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College where she studied with David Jolley. She graduated summa cum laude from Purchase College Conservatory of Music with a Bachelor of Music degree in 2006 where she studied with John Clark.  She also attended Purchase College under a full-tuition merit scholarship.

While a student at Purchase College, she was granted the Presser Award for her musical achievements.  Marianna was a faculty member at the Children’s Orchestra Society from September 2010 to June 2012 and has also been a faculty member at the Music Academy of Garden City and Musika.

Her students have achieved success in being chosen for All-County and All-State Music Festivals. Her teaching philosophy is to develop her students’ musical cognitive abilities while widening their range of technical proficiency. She believes that even students who think of themselves as lacking musical talent have the ability to become great musicians with training in musicianship and technical skills.

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Matthew M.

Instrument(s): Guitar, Classic Guitar, Drums
Areas of Work: Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens

Matthew started his musical career like most other guitarists, by teaching himself to playing rock music. He eventually traveled to what would soon become his passion which was the classical guitar.

Matthew quickly began setting his sights on getting an education in music, while retaining some of his rock and pop beginnings. After graduating from Suffolk County Community College, he attended SUNY Fredonia where he completed a B.M. in Classical Guitar Performance. While at Fredonia, he participated in the Fredonia Guitar Quartet, a new music performing duo of violin and guitar, and other various extracurricular ensembles including a jazz combo.

Books used in teaching: Christopher Parkening Guitar Method, Mel Bay.

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Paul B., Jr

Instrument(s): Piano, Organ
Areas of Work: Queens, Nassau

Paul B. Jr. is an accomplished organist, conductor, and composer. A native of New York, he has been involved in music since a young age. He was a multiple winner in the International Concert Alliance Piano Competition as well as the Piano Teachers’ Congress of New York Piano Competition. He is a graduate of Andrews University, where he earned the Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and the Master of Music Degree in Orchestral Conducting. His major teachers were Dr. Kenneth Logan in Organ, and Dr. Claudio Gonzalez and Stephen Zork in Conducting. During his time at Andrews, he served as a Graduate Conducting Assistant, conducting works by Tchaikovsky, Barber, Brahms, and Operatic scores of Verdi.

He currently serves as Organist and Choir Director at St. Martin de Porres Parish in Brooklyn, NY, and as Organist and Choral Conductor at Temple Avodah in Oceanside, NY. He has written several short pieces, and works extensively as an Arranger and Orchestrator for various recording projects.

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Ti C.

Instrument(s): Flute
Areas of Work: Queens, Nassau

A native of Taiwan, Ti C. came to the U.S. at the age of 16. Holding a M.M. Degree in SUNY Purchase College and a B.A. in SUNY Stony Brook University, she pursued her Doctoral degree of flute performance at Texas Tech University, studying with Lisa Garner Santa. Ti was the winner of concerto competition at Stony Brook University in 2008, and received Palmedo and Music Department Scholarships. She attended to the Domaine Forget Festival in 2007 and the Charterhouse International Music Festival in 2010. Starting in 2011, Ms. Chung was the teaching assistant in the flute studio of Texas Tech University, the member of TTU Graduate Woodwind Quintet, and Lubbock Symphony Orchestra Education Woodwind Quintet. Her teachers include Conor Nelson, Tara O’Connor, Kaori Fujii, and performed in the masterclasses by Carol Wincenc and Susan Milan. As the winner of the concerto competition in Texas Tech University, she performed Liebermann’s Flute Concerto with Texas Tech University Orchestra in the fall of 2013.

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