Suffolk

Aidan L.

Instrument(s): Violin
Areas of Work: Suffolk

Aidan has been playing the violin since at age 9. He started taking lessons in 2005 with Bellport’s Marni Harris.

Aidan has participated in NYSSMA from his first year on the instrument to his junior year in high school. Aidan received high scores at NYSSMA consistently & was invited to festivals such as All-County All-State & LISFA during his years at South Country School District.

In high school, Aidan played at the Eastman Theater with the All-State String Orchestra, Lincoln Center with the Gemini Youth Orchestra, and Carnegie Hall with the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra.

Currently, Aidan studies with Anne Mandero, violin instructor at Suffolk County Community College. Aidan led Suffolk’s College Orchestra as concert master for the Winter Concerts of 2014 under the direction of Dr. Richard Wright.

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Amy C.

Instrument(s): Piano
Areas of Work: Suffolk

Amy began playing piano at 6 years old, and by age 8 was performing on stage. She obtained her BFA in Music Education and Piano Performance from C.W. Post. She has performed as a soloist at Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall, and as an accompanist for the Artists of American Chorus at Lincoln Center. She also writes background music for radio, TV, and film.

Amy has 25 years of experience, and teaches all styles of music, including pop, rock, adult contemporary, ragtime, jazz, Broadway, new age, boogie woogie, and classical. She also specializes in music theory and composition. She teaches all ages, and one of her goals is to make sure everyone has fun while learning music.

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Andrew C.

Instrument(s): Piano
Areas of Work: Nassau, Suffolk

Andrew has been playing and teaching piano, organ, and keyboards (all styles, levels and ages) for more than 40 years. He began playing the piano at the age of 7, trombone at the age of 8, drums at 10 and organ the following year. At that point he decided to focus on piano and organ, and then added keyboards/synths a few years later. At the beginning of the 1980’s Andrew gained a diploma in Jazz Piano from Birmingham Conservatoire in the UK and since then modern piano styling such as jazz, blues etc have been his passion.

Andrew has spent time as a professional keyboard player performing all over the UK and Europe and worked for musical instrument companies such as Yamaha and Casio. This was in both the education departments and ‘support’ activities such as product design and has visited Japan over 30 times to work with design teams. In addition activities included staff training, presenting different instruments at trade events/product launches and producing software for use within different instruments.

Throughout all these activities he continued to teach and his lessons cover all aspects of playing including basic keyboard layout, posture, fingering, ear training, improvisation, music theory and general musicianship. Andrew’s lessons and curriculum will be shaped to the individual needs and taste of the student depending on their experience to date. He fully understands the different approach needed for children (could be a great future musician) and adults, who in most cases are looking for a creative, fun and entertaining hobby. Yes, practice and study are essential but most important – learning must be fun! Andrew is friendly, patience, trustworthy and reliable and looks forward to helping you achieve your musical goals.

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Colton C.

Instrument(s): Oboe, English Horn, Piano
Areas of Work: Suffolk

Colton graduated in 2015 with distinction from The University of Georgia with a Master of Music degree in oboe performance. As a fellow with the graduate woodwind quintet, Southern Winds, he performed many outreach recitals for Georgia schools in an effort to educate young musicians. During his time at UGA, he served as principal oboe in the Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble, receiving the Director’s Excellence Award in 2014. Recently, he was featured with the prestigious ARCO chamber orchestra performing Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 1. He also took second prize in the Samuel Fordis Young Artist Competition, performing the Mozart Oboe Concerto with The Georgia Philharmonic Orchestra.

Colton performed with orchestras across the southeast including Atlanta, Charleston, Chattanooga symphonies, and Symphony Orchestra Augusta. Additionally, he recorded for documentaries, ballets, soundtracks, TV features, and was featured in the dedication recording music for the Billy Graham Center at The University of Northwestern in Minnesota. As an undergraduate at the University of Minnesota, Colton served as rotating principal oboe in the Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble and was a guest soloist and musician with the campus orchestra and summer orchestra. He was also featured with the New Music Ensemble on tour, performing Skrowaczewski’s Fantasie per Sei.

In addition to his academic pursuits, Colton was second oboist in the St. Cloud and Wayzata Symphonies, and performed with Pavia Wind Quintet. When he is not in school, he maintains an active teaching studio and has adjudicated high school and middle school music festivals, including JanFest and MidFest in Georgia. In 2014, he returned as an alumnus to The MasterWorks Festival where he received the C. David Oboe Fellowship and performed on the Honors Chamber Recital (’11, ’12, ’14). Colton has performed in masterclasses with Robert Atherholt, Nancy Ambrose King, and Linda Strommen, and his primary teachers include John Snow, Reid Messich, Andrea Fedele, and Julie Madura.

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Daniel M.

Instrument(s): Piano
Areas of Work: Suffolk, Nassau

Daniel studied musical composition with the internationally recognized film composer Dr. Kenneth Lampl and classical solo/collaborative piano with American Chamber Ensemble pianists’ Marilyn Lehman and Blanche Abrams at Hofstra University. Being an undergraduate music student at a university has helped him make many personal and career-related connections.

Daniel has worked as a student aid under the department chairperson and have become well acquainted with potential and current student policies. Also he has made friends pursuing careers in different fields, such as performance, teaching, composing, and music business. The music he enjoys playing the most is from the great composers of the past; Mozart, Chopin, Albeniz, Poulenc, and Beethoven. When teaching music, the most important thing is to help the student bring out their voice and personality.

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David D.

Instrument(s): Piano, Guitar
Areas of Work: Suffolk

In addition to normal guitar instruction, David has amassed a weather of knowledge regarding music publishing, and copyrights, and has learned how the business works and how to interpret various contractual agreements relating to the recording industry.  He has released over 14 albums Worldwide and toured extensively in Europe and the United States. In addition, he has composed three “rock operas” that were performed over 50 times each, in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, with each work garnering rave reviews.

His approach with teaching is to motivate and inspire the students, to get the students to read so they have access to the “repertoire”, introduce them to proper scale fingering, modes, and the theory behind the compositions they are learning, which will hopefully inspire them to begin composing their own Works. In addition David would also like to show them all the things not normally taught or found in the “classical” method–namely all the chords and riffs from the “rock” side of things, especially the world of metal.

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Deanna N.

Instrument(s): Clarinet, Saxophone, Flute, Piano, Drums, Percussion
Areas of Work: Nassau, Suffolk

Deanna is from Smithtown, New York. She began studying music at six years old, first learning the piano, followed by the clarinet at age seven, and the saxophone at eleven years old. While growing up in the Hauppauge School District, Deanna was a member of the concert band and jazz ensemble, and began accompanying the school district choruses on the piano at the age of ten.

Deanna received her Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from George Mason University in 2008. During her undergraduate years, she served as the principal clarinetist of the university orchestra, wind ensemble, and symphonic band. In August of 2016, Deanna was awarded her Master of Arts degree in Instrumental Conducting from the American Band College of Sam Houston State University. At the American Band College, she also served as the principal clarinetist of both Director’s Bands. During her time at the American Band College, Deanna had the opportunity to perform and work with world-renown musicians such as Robert Spring and Eugene Rousseau.

Since 2009, Deanna has worked in public schools on Long Island as a concert band director and general music teacher. She has also taught private music lessons to pianists and woodwind players of all ages. Her favorite clarinetists include Martin Fröst, Sabine Meyer, and Charles Neidich. Deanna’s passion for music, as well as the root of her teaching philosophy, can be summarized by the following statement:

“. . . the arts have been an inseparable part of the human journey; indeed, we depend on the arts to carry us toward the fullness of our humanity. We value them for themselves, and because we do, we believe knowing and practicing them is fundamental to the healthy development of our children’s minds and spirits. That is why, in any civilization – ours included – the arts are inseparable from the very meaning of the term ‘education.’ We know from long experience that no one can claim to be truly educated who lacks basic knowledge and skills in the arts.”
–National Standards for Arts Education

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Erik D.

Instrument(s): Piano, Guitar
Areas of Work: Suffolk

Erik received his AA in Music Performance from Nassau Community College and attended the State University of New York at Binghamton. He has extensive playing and teaching experience in piano, and is also proficient on guitar. He is well-versed in many different styles and has extensive knowledge of western music history, theory, practice and performance techniques. Erik has been with String Sound Studios since 2003.

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Francesca G.

Instrument(s): Clarinet, Piano, Flute
Areas of Work: Nassau, Suffolk

Francesca is a Double Major in Clarinet Performance and Music Education at the Hartt School of Music. She was featured as the concerto competition winner of the New York Summer Music Festival in 2013. Her music tutelage is currently under Ayako Oshima-Neidich, a former student of Naomi Drucker, and great grand-daughter of Vincent “Jimmy” Abato.

Musical Journey: I feel blessed to have had such a wonderful experience in music. I would be delighted to share my experiences with students and make music enjoyable. My great grandfather “Jimmy” Abato started me on clarinet when I was about 7 or 8. He was a professional clarinetist and saxophonist. He played in the Met, Glenn Miller Band, and was on faculty at Juilliard. One of my life goals is to keep his spirit alive following in his footsteps, and making music a rewarding experience for others.

Accomplishments: My most recent performing accomplishments include playing a senior recital and a chamber music recital. I performed Weber 2 Concerto (memorized), Schumann Fantasy Pieces, Mozart Clarinet Quintet and Brahms Clarinet Quintet. My most recent teaching accomplishments include teaching elementary trombone, viola/cello, flute/clarinet, and violin lessons as well as teaching high school band and orchestra. I have written lesson plans, score analysis, and reflections. I have really enjoyed working with children and adapting my teaching to fit the needs of the students. Also when I taught privately in high school, I have had students participate in Nyssma and qualify for All-County.

Teaching Philosophy: I look to instill confidence and make music a positive experience for the students. Through my studies at The Hartt School and work at the YMCA and Summertrios, I have taught multiple age groups ranging from pre-school to senior citizen. In my teaching, I have used the concepts of flow theory to create reasonable and achievable objectives that keep students engaged and motivated. My lesson plans feature the ideas of comprehensive musicianship, connecting the interdisciplinary studies for deeper musical enrichment. I sequence in an order where students will experience sound before sight, transfer the concept directly to the piece, and perform multiple successful repetitions. I assess student learning by having students respond to specific concept questions and reflect on their own performance about what improvements were just made and what enhancements they want to make in the next repetition. I believe in training students to self-assess and provide feedback of their own so that they develop the skills to become their own teacher and further become independent thinkers.

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James A.

Instrument(s): Cello, Bass Guitar
Areas of Work: Suffolk, Nassau

James is a Cellist and Private Music Educator. He has had extensive technical training under a former student of the highly acclaimed cellist Janos Starker. Along with playing with some of the finest classical orchestras in New York, such as All State symphony, LIYO, MYO, and Gemini Youth Orchestra, he also aspires to widen his musical horizon by playing Cello within different musical genres such as Rock, Jazz, and Pop.

James is currently a member of numerous music groups, ranging from violin duos, piano duos, Tango Bello tango group, and a variety of long island rock bands. He has performed within a variety of different public functions, whether it is Broadway shows, weddings, church services, private venues, orchestras or as a soloist.

He has been featured in Broadway shows such as The Sound of Music, Meet me in St Louis, Crazy for You, and The Last Five Years. His music was also recently featured in the Cinema Arts Center Film Festival which took 1st place. When not playing cello or teaching his private cello students, James also enjoys creating custom portrait art for his clients, and playing electric bass.

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Jason P.

Instrument(s): Guitar
Areas of Work: Suffolk, Nassau

Jason holds a Masters degree in Music Education from Hofstra University, as well as a Bachelors degree in Audio Engineering/Music Business from Five Towns College.

His performance experience includes playing guitar and bass in pit and jazz bands, as well as his own band. He has also sung in college choruses, and produces/engineers music for artists at a home studio. In the past five years, he has written and recorded seven albums of original material.

Jason has experience teaching in public schools and is certified in Orff-Schulwerk with a background in choral/instrumental studies. He has prepared students for competitions including NYSSMA.

His main belief is that music education is central to developing a child’s aesthetic, experiential and cognitive skills. It enhances the capacity to feel emotion, bridges gaps between cultures and language, offers us alternate ways of thinking and allows us to express what words cannot.

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John C.

Instrument(s): Percussion, Drums, Piano
Areas of Work: Nassau, Suffolk

John began playing music from a young age, starting with piano when he was 7 and progressing to cello when he was 9. When he turned 13, John was gifted a drum set and was introduced into the world of percussion. He then started classical percussion in his senior year at Commack High School. There, he studied marimba, snare drum, and timpani privately and took part in a small Percussion Ensemble.

Through John’s time at the University of Rhode Island, he has studied under Keith Aleo, Rob McEwan, Chris Smith, and Dr. Kyle Forsthoff. John has taken part in the University’s Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, and Symphonic Orchestra, as well as outside groups including the Warwick Symphonic Orchestra and the North Shore symphony Orchestra. John is currently interning with Mixed Media Promotions, a publicity and promotion company in Cranston, Rhode Island.

 

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John M.

Instrument(s): Voice, Piano
Areas of Work: Suffolk, Nassau

Hailed by Opera Now for his “believably heroic figure with a gleaming ring at the top of his vocal register,” John, in the 08/09 season, will add the roles of Samson and Tannhäuser to his repertoire. He will debut in Norway, Greece, Lithuania and Poland. In the spring of 2009, John will cover Placido Domingo in Los Angeles for the role of Siegmund in Die Walküre. He returned to the Nationaltheater Mannheim for Alvaro in La forza del destino, the title roles in both Lohengrin and Parsifal and Jason in Medée in the 2007-08 season. In previous seasons with the company, he has also sung Kaiser Die Frau ohne Schatten, Max in Der Freischütz, Siegmund in Die Walküre, Sergei in Lady Macbeth von Mtsensk, Canio in Pagliacci, and the title role in Otello.

His relationship with the Metropolitan Opera started with his participation in the company’s famed Lindemann Young Artist Development program and subsequent debut as Stolzing in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. He has since bowed there as Don Jose in Carmen, Walther von der Vogelweide in Tannhäuser, Enée in a new production of Les Troyens conducted by James Levine, False Dmitiri in Boris Godunov, Andres in Wozzeck also conducted by James Levine and recorded for television broadcast, Kaiser in Die Frau ohne Schatten in performances conducted by Philippe Auguin and Christian Thielemann.

Highlights of his other engagements in America include Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos with Seattle Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Utah Opera, and Tulsa Opera; Bacchus and Menelaus in Die Ägyptische Helena at Santa Fe Opera; Paul in Die tote Stadt and Don Jose in Carmen at New York City Opera; a return to Lyric Opera of Chicago for Stolzing in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg; and Narraboth in Salome at Houston Grand Opera and Opera Company of Philadelphia.

Among his many international engagements are performances at the Deutsche Oper Berlin as Apollo in Daphne and Menelaus in Die Ägyptische Helena. He sang Erik in Der fliegende Holländer at the Frankfurt Opera, Menelaus in Die Ägyptische Helena and Tichon in Kát’a Kabanova at the Royal Opera at Covent Garden, Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos and the title role in Parsifal at the Scottish Opera, and Florestan in Fidelio at Opera North Ireland. He made his debut at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in the title role in Lohengrin and later joined the company for Bacchus. He made his debut at the Teatro alla Scala as Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos and at the Arena di Verona as Don Jose in Carmen. Other engagements lead him to De Vlaamse Opera for Apollo in Daphne and Gherman in Pikovaja Dama, Grand Théâtre de Genève and L’Opéra de Nancy for Laca in Jenufa, Chatelet in Paris for Apollo in Daphne, and to the Opéra de Nantes for both the title role of Lohengrin and Florestan in Fidelio. He also joined conductor Bertrand de Billy for concert performances of Albrecht von Brandenburg in Mathis der Maler at the Konzerthaus in Vienna and has sung title role in Lohengrin at the Teatro Municipal di Santiago in Chile.

On the concert stage, John recently sang Fritz in Schreker’s Der Ferne Klang at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. He joined the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and Andrew Litton as well as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under Libor Pesek for Janácek’s Glagolitic Mass; the Kansas City Symphony for Mahler’s Symphony No. 8; the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, andrnthe Pittsburgh Symphony under Lorin Maazel for Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9; the Colorado Sympony for Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde; and the San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas for Stravinsky’s Les noces.

A frequent guest at festivals all around the world, the tenor has been featured at the Spoleto Festival in Rachmaninov’s The Bells, as Magician in The Consul and in Haydn’s Die Schöpfung. He’s sung the title role in Rienzi at the Antiken Fesitval with Sebastian Lang-Lessing, Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde and Symphony No. 8 at the Bard Music Festival, Menelaus at the Baden-Baden Festival and Florestan in Fidelio at the Bellingham Festival.

John’s recordings of scenes from Lohengrin and Siegfried as well as scenes from Tristan und Isolde have been released on the Naxos label. He can be heard as the Magician in The Consul on Chandos and tenor soloist in ‘In These Great Times’, released on Tzadik. Other recordings include Zorn in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg on London Decca under the baton of Sir Georg Solti, and Araldo in Don Carlo on Sony, conducted by James Levine.

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Joe G.

Instrument(s): Trumpet
Areas of Work: Suffolk

Joe has a Bachelor of Music from Five Towns College. He graduated magna cum laude as a candidate for Valedictorian and received the highest honors in the Music Education program, the Provost’s Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement, and the Tony Mottola Award for Outstanding Artistic Achievement. Joe has been playing the trumpet for nearly 20 years. He performs as a freelance trumpeter across Long Island, New York, and the tri-state area. Joe has played for the Concert Pops of Long Island, The New Vintage Big Band and Orchestra, CONGA: A Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine Tribute Band, The Lighthouse Orchestra Wedding Band, numerous church ceremonies and holidays, theater productions, and more. Joe currently teaches across Long Island as a music instructor.

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Kanako Y.

Instrument(s): Piano
Areas of Work: Suffolk

Kanako is a highly sought-after pianist and instructor specializing in educating the young pianist according to their individual needs. Many of her students have won or placed in regional piano competitions. With more than 10 years of teaching experience, she enjoys maintaining a private piano studio and collaborating with students and faculty at Stony Brook University, along with fellow musicians in Manhattan and Long Island. Kanako formerly served as a collaborative artist at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, the University of Nevada, Reno, and the Nevada School of the Arts, where she worked closely with both singers and instrumentalists. She is a recipient of the Felix Viscuglia Award for Best Instrumental Performer at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she was a winner of the University Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition. She is also a former winner of the Reno Chamber Orchestra Concerto Competition.

Showing much promise as a young pianist, Kanako appeared as a soloist with the NHK Dan Yu Orchestra in Tokyo. She continued her studies at the prestigious Toho Gakuen High School of Music and the Toho Gakuen College of Music in Tokyo, as well as the International Keyboard Institute in New York. Kanako holds a Master of Music degree in piano performance from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

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Kelly Q.

Instrument(s): Cello, Violin, Viola, Bass
Areas of Work: Suffolk

Kelly started playing cello at age 9, and started teaching at age 16. She has studied cello with Laurinel Owen, Heidi Hoffman, and Elizabeth Simkin. She received her Bachelors of Music in Music Education from Ithaca College in 2007 and her Masters of Arts in Education from Stony Brook University in 2009. She has played in many settings on many stages, including at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, and under the baton of the late great Russell Stanger. She currently performs with Sound Symphony, and works with several local composers.

Kelly believes that it’s almost never too early or too late to start learning music. She prefers working one-on-one since it allows her to tailor her instruction to each individual student. She has been teaching for String Sound Studios since 2010.

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Mark B.

Instrument(s): Guitar
Areas of Work: Nassau, Suffolk

Mark has studied classical, flamenco and rock guitar with many distinguished teachers including Harris Becker, director of Guitar Studies at C.W. Post. He received his B.S. in Adolescent English Education from LIU C.W. Post in 2008 and a Masters Degree in Special Education from Dowling College in 2014. Mark has been teaching English and Special Education since 2009, and started teaching guitar for String Sound Studios in 2007.

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Michael D.

Instrument(s): Guitar , Bass Guitar
Areas of Work: Nassau, Suffolk

Michael has been playing guitar for over 10 years, with experience in classical, rock, pop and metal. In May of 2016, he received his Bachelors of Arts in Music with Honors from Hofstra University. Throughout the time at Hofstra, he studied various aspects of music, including advanced levels of harmony, ear training, music history, keyboard harmony, and performance practice. Michael studied classical guitar at Hofstra, and performed in Hofstra’s classical guitar ensemble and university choir.

He has been performing in bands of various styles for over 8 years. Currently, Michael performs and composes for a Long Island based group named Consonance, a progressive metal band incorporating jazz and pop influences. Consonance performs regularly at various popular Long Island venues, as well as Brooklyn, NYC and out of state. In addition to his performing experiences he currently works at The Paramount, a popular 1,500 music venue in Huntington.

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Michael R.

Instrument(s): Guitar, Bass Guitar
Areas of Work: Nassau, Suffolk

Michael is an active performer and teacher of guitar, as well as a composer. His playing experience ranges from classical guitar, chamber music, jazz big bands, rock/funk and jazz fusion. Michael studied classical guitar at C.W. Post under the direction of Professor Harris Becker, and Jazz Guitar under Professor Mark Marino. While attending Post, Michael performed in numerous recitals and master classes, and was also the resident jazz guitarist of the C.W. Post Jazz Band as well as the school’s Renaissance music consort. He has performed at the Long Island Guitar festival throughout the years. Some of the world-renowned classical guitarist Michael has played for include: Manuel Barreuco, Sharon Isbin, Carlos Dominiconi, and Benjamin Verdery. Michael’s versatility, knowledge, and proficiency of a wide range of styles of music make him a sought after performer and teacher. Besides classical music, Michael is fluent in jazz, rock, blues, and world music styles among others. He has composed recordings for such corporations as Harman International Group, and performed on local TV. In 2014, a classical work for violin and guitar that Michael composed was premiered at “A Midsummer Music Dream / Songe d’été en musique” In Quebec, Canada. Michael is currently an active performer and guitar/bass instructor in the Long Island, NY area.

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Michael V.

Instrument(s): Guitar, Bass Guitar, Piano, Ukulele, 5 String Banjo, Woodwinds
Areas of Work: Suffolk

Michael has been at the helm of String Sound Studios since 1986. Mainly a guitarist, he is also well-schooled in bass guitar, piano, and some woodwinds. He is considered by his peers to be a talented multi-instrumentalist with skills on 5-string banjo, ukulele, and mandolin. While at Five Towns College, Michael studied with master musicians Peter Rogine, John Dewitt, and Donna Olson. Michael insists on being eclectic and shares a deep understanding of jazz, rock, blues, and classical music with all his students. Michael has a world view of music which includes Latin, eastern, and western elements that show up in his arranging.

Over the years, many of his students have been accepted into music colleges and are actively involved in the music industry today. Michael is also an ace transcriber, arranger, and extremely knowledgeable in using music software such as Sibelius to arrange and compose music for the ensembles at our Setauket studio. For over 30 years he has been guiding students in NYSSMA, All-State, recitals and college auditions. Michael’s influences range from Bach to Larry Carlton, and he has played with numerous bands as a freelancer over the years. He is in the midst of a finger-style solo guitar project and involved in private and ensemble music instruction.

Along with possessing a strong musical prowess, Michael and his family are very involved with ice skating and ice hockey.

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Nina M.

Instrument(s): Flute, Piano
Areas of Work: Suffolk, Nassau

“Having the privilege to teach music or any other subject is having the privilege to inspire lives. I am thankful for the gift I have been given, and strive to inspire others with this joy.” –Nina M.

Nina received her Bachelors degree in both flute performance and psychology from Arizona State University in May of 2005. She has played flute and piano since 1991 and has been teaching all ages (3 through 65 years old) since 1999. She has also played with a wide range of groups including Latin jazz groups, classical ensembles, an Indian gospel band, with opera productions, with symphony orchestras, and for various recordings. She recently spent time in Chennai, India, where she was teaching Western music. She is currently playing around Long Island with a band, and working on a solo album for piano, flute, and voice.

Nina is a very passionate, fun, encouraging, and inspiring teacher who knows how to get results!!

For examples of her flute music go to: Myspace.com/ninasmuse

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Paul M.

Instrument(s): Piano, Voice
Areas of Work: Suffolk

Paul has a Bachelors of Arts in Music from Stony Brook University. His teachers include Anita Gelber, Morey Ritt and Irina Edelman. He teaches piano, composition, voice, and is an accompanist for concerto competitions and recitals.

Paul received the Award of Honor from the Suffolk County Piano Teachers Forum Prize in 2005 and 2006.

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Peter G.

Instrument(s): Saxophone, Clarinet, Piano
Areas of Work: Nassau

Peter graduated from the Conservatory of Music at Purchase in 1995, receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Traditional Composition. He studied composition with the decidedly contemporary Dary-John Mizelle, honed his Counterpoint under the tutelage of eminent Baroque performer Anthony Newman, and learned harmony and analysis with organist/ keyboardist Robert Fertitta, a wonderfully gifted interpreter of music and cadential improviser. During that time he was invited to a series of tutorials at The Amsterdamse Hoogschool voor de Kunsten where he received further definition to his technique from Andre Douw, Jos Zwaanenburg, and Willem Wander van Nieuwkerk.

It was at Purchase where he received his first commissions: the ballet Irruptions, and music for a production of Athol Fugard’s South African drama Lena and Boesman. He began teaching woodwinds upon graduation at the prestigious North Shore Performing Arts Academy, as well as giving tutorials in Composition and Music Theory. In 1997, as Composer-in-Residence at Searingtown Elementary School he created a program designed to teach children of various grade levels to compose a piece of original music, to be performed. A challenging project, Peter used a combination of simple contemporary and tonal techniques, culminating in an innovative and collaborative effort.

In 1998 he began his conducting studies in earnest with the composer/conductor Gary Fagin at the New York Conducting Institute, and soon found an appointment as Conductor of the Arumdaun Church Youth Orchestra in Bethpage, NY. Also at this time Peter was engaged in comprising a collection of solo Clarinet arrangements for HLH Publications, including the Second Movement of Mozart’s Haffner” Symphony, Chopin’s Prelude in Db-Major “Raindrops,” the famous Adagio from Beethoven’s Sonate Pathetique, and Telemann’s Sonate in E-Minor, with originally composed piano accompaniment.

Soon afterwards Warner Brothers Music engaged Peter to produce a sheet music arrangement of the hit song “I Want it That Way” by the Backstreet Boys, a definite departure from his classical background. From this point forward he started working much more actively in music publication, producing various scores from 1999-2002 (including the Sonata in E-Major and New York Suite, by Ken Hatfield and published by Arthur Circle Music). Following this was the editing/engraving of the entire score for Tovah Feldshuh’s Tallulah, Hallelujah, the Off Broadway show which ran for six months to sold-out audiences at the Douglas Fairbanks Theater.

Since 2000, he has begun a close affiliation with the highly esteemed conductor John Yaffé, working as his Orchestral Assistant for the 92nd Street Y Symphony Orchestra in Manhattan. In the autumn of 2002 Peter worked on the opera music of Arif Mardin, winner of a Grammy Award in 2002 for his production of Nora Jones’ hit song “Come Away With Me,” and a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006.

In 2003 he was enagaged by the Dance Theater of Harlem to engrave a portion of the mammoth orchestral score St. Louis Woman, a ballet based on the 1946 opera of the same name by Harold Arlen (with new arrangemnts and music by Joesph Fields). This was performed at the famed State Theater as part of the renown Lincoln Center Summer Festival. During the Summer of 2005 he finalized his design and editing work on The Gamut of Scales & Chords, an instructional book/DVD for piano students, co-authored with Cheryl Fried. In early Spring of 2006 he worked extensively on the re-orchestrations of the the 21st century opera Il Racconto Fiorentino by Louis Gioia.

In 2008 he began editing and proofreading the music of such accomplished contemporaries as André Previn, Bright Sheng, Chris Rouse, Robert Kapilow and Mark Adamo for worldwide publishers G.Schirmer, Boosey & Hawkes, and Hal Leonard. In January of 2008, working for Emmy Award winning song-writer Jimmy Webb, he transcribed/co-arranged the strings and for two original songs by Carly Simon that were to be featured on her latest album This Kind Of Love. During Spring and Summer of 2009 Peter orchestrated and co-composed (with Tom Swafford) 8 songs for the original musical Anthropomorphic with the Puppetry Arts Theater of Brooklyn, which was performed in December of that year.

In Fall of 2010, he composed original music for the feature film Killer Hoo-Ha, which will be relased in theaters this coming Spring 2011. Most recently Peter has been commissioned to orchestrate two Mahler lieder – ‘Ablösung im Sommer’ and ‘Nicht widersehen!’ – for The New York Symphonic Arts Ensemble, to be premiered in New York City May 2011. All the while Peter continues to work on his own original compositions and arrangements.

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Robert M.

Instrument(s): Voice
Areas of Work: Suffolk

In July 2012, Robert performed Prince Yamadori and covered Sharpless in PORTopera’s production of Madama Butterfly. From August 2011 through April 2012 he was a resident young artist with Shreveport Opera, performing Cascada in The Merry Widow, Escamillo in La Tragedie de Carmen, and Prince Yamadori and the High Commissioner in Madama Butterfly. He also covered Sharpless in the latter production. In October 2011 Mellon sang Mussorgskys Songs and Dances of death in a performance with the Manhattan School of Music Symphony under conductor George Manahan.

The New York Times reviewer wrote that he sang with characterful flair and myriad shadings, imbuing the somber texts with poignancy and dramatic vigor in equal measure. As a member of PORToperas Young Artist Program in the summer of 2011, he sang the role of The Man in the world premiere of Café Vienna. In the companys mainstage production, La Fille du Regiment, he performed the role of the Corporal and covered Sulpice.

In his graduate work at the Manhattan School of Music (2009-2011), Robert studied with Dona Vaughn, Mignon Dunn, and Thomas Muraco. He sang the roles of Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro), Falstaff (Falstaff), Tio Sarvaor (La Vida Breve), Rev. Winemiller (Summer and Smoke), and Eumee (Penelope). During the summer months he worked with Dolora Zajick at the Institute for Young Dramatic Voices in Provo, Utah, and with Joan Dornemann at the International Vocal Arts Institute in Blacksburg, Virginia. In 2011 he won first prize in both the prestigious Eisenberg and Fried Concerto Competition and the Ades Vocal Competition at the Manhattan School of Music.

Robert received his B.A. in vocal studies from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, studying with Kathleen Allen, Carleen Graham, and Kirk Severtson. He performed the roles of Gianni Schicchi (Gianni Schicchi), Apollo (L’Egisto), and Ivan in a world premiere of Paul Siskind’s Sailor Boy and the Falcon. Robert was also a soloist with the Orchestra of Northern New York and the Crane Symphony Orchestra in the Durufle Requiem, the Polar Express, the Bach Magnificat, and the world premiere of Sing by Gregory Wanamaker. While a student at the Crane School of Music, Robert performed in summer programs in Aveiro, Portugal, Sayville, New York, and the Altamura Center for the Arts in Roundtop, New York. His roles included Robert Misson in The New Moon, and Leporello in Don Giovanni.

Robert is currently a student of Ron Raines in New York City.

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Shane M.

Instrument(s): Drums, Percussion
Areas of Work: Suffolk

Shane first became passionate about music after beginning to play percussion at age 12. Since then, he has participated in numerous PMEA festivals throughout high school, and in the 2013 NAfME All-Eastern Orchestra Festival. He then went on to study percussion performance at West Chester University, located outside of Philadelphia, where he earned his B.M. in Performance in Spring 2017. In his time at WCU, he participated in many ensembles including orchestras, chamber ensembles, wind ensembles, Latin jazz ensemble, and big band groups. He also started two bands with several colleague: The Ambassadors, a rock trio specializing in rock music from the 1960s to now; and Habanero, a Latin jazz and dance band that performs in the styles of salsa, merengue, and bachata. Currently, he is enrolled as a graduate student at Stony Brook University with the goal of earning a M.M. in Performance.

Through these experiences, his passion for music has only grown, and he would like to share this passion with others through teaching. He teaches hand percussion, classical/orchestral percussion on all battery instruments, timpani, keyboard instruments (marimba, xylophone, etc.), and drum set and hand percussion. He would love to continue furthering his own musical experience as well as others’ through the power of educating.

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Stephanie F.

Instrument(s): Piano
Areas of Work: Nassau, Suffolk

Stephanie is a professional pianist and teacher who loves collaborating with others and teaching the art of music. She has been studying classical piano since 1990 and is still currently performing. She has participated in various television performances since 1995, provided piano accompaniment to her middle and high school choruses, and took classes at the University of Stony Brook Pre-College Music Program (from 2002-2004), including performances in the Staller Center. Additionally, she participated in and performed internationally with the Weiner MusikSeminar in Vienna, Austria in 2001, under the study of renowned pianist and professor Victor Teuflmayr. She also received perfect scores on her level VI NYSSMA solos.

Stephanie received both her Bachelors of Music in Music Education and Piano Performance in 2008 and her Masters of Arts in Teaching in 2009 from Manhattanville College. During her years at the College, Stephanie studied piano technique and performance with Dr. Francis Brancaleone. She was on the Dean’s list, tutored music theory, and assisted the choral director at the College. During Stephanie’s studies, she performed at Lincoln Center and Don’t Tell Mama’s in Manhattan, a September 11th Memorial concert for the Westchester County Executive, and Manhattanville College alumni and student events. She was also elected president of MENC and has won numerous awards for both her piano and education skills.

Stephanie is an experienced music teacher who has worked with students aged 3 through adult in Suffolk and Westchester Counties. She has taught private piano lessons since 2006. She previously taught high school guitar and elementary general music classes in White Plains City School District, coached and accompanied vocalists at The Summit School in Nyack, NY (a private school for the emotionally disturbed), and taught elementary music classes to economically challenged students at Third Street Music School Settlement in Manhattan.

On a personal note, Stephanie is a friendly, patient teacher who thrives on building trust with her students. Helping people understand the depth and sincerity of music is her passion. During individual lessons, she focuses on students’ strengths and weaknesses to help them achieve their musical goals. By personalizing every lesson to fit the needs of my students, she has found great success.

While she believes that performing is an important part of learning to master any instrument, she also knows that providing a student with the fundamentals of music theory and history is essential. In a typical course of lessons, a student will learn staff reading, tonal theory, scales and warm-ups, chord progressions, keyboard harmony, articulation, expression, and technique. She also prepares students for NYSSMA levels I through VI. She believes that once the fundamentals of music are understood, a musician can learn any style or piece of their ability. She is happy to teach you any style you would like!

Music serves many purposes: academic growth, appreciation, and emotional development, among others. It is a universal language and everyone can related to, and enforces structure while still being enjoyable for the musician. Stephanie believes that all people are capable and have the ability to learn music, and that it is never too early for a student to start! She will make your lessons fun and enjoyable, and hopes to inspire others to continue a life filled with music!

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Sue G.

Instrument(s): Piano, Voice
Areas of Work: Suffolk, Nassau

Sue has been playing the piano and singing since she was four years old. Her passion for performing was fostered at an early age and continued through school in chorus and musical theater.  She went to CW Post for her bachelors degree in Music Education and went on to Stonybrook where she received her Masters degree. She spent twenty two years teaching vocal music and directing musicals in William Floyd, Huntington and Commack School districts.  She continues to teach and performs at various venues on the island.  Her teaching style is simply put, she builds confidence in each student by creating a relationship with mutual respect and trust.  Watching students make the emotional connection to the music is the best reward as a teacher!

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Tomas B.

Instrument(s): Tombone, Tuba, Trumpet, French Horn, Guitar
Areas of Work: Nassau, Suffolk

Tomas is a graduate of The Crane School of Music, Magna Cum Laude, with a degree in Music Business and a Certificate of Performance in Trombone.

Prior to attending Crane, Tomas studied trombone with Metropolitan Opera Principal Trombone Demain Austin at the Juilliard School Pre-College Division. He has had the pleasure to perform with the Juilliard Pre-College Orchestra at Lincoln Center and give a recital at The Juilliard School. He also participated in the NYSSMA All State Conference at the Eastman School of Music playing trombone in the Symphony Orchestra.

At Crane, Tomas studied with Dr. Mark Hartman and performed in the school’s top ensembles, including the Crane Wind Ensemble and the Crane Symphony Orchestra. Tomas is proud to have appeared on two Crane Wind Ensemble albums, Adirondack Songs (2014) and an upcoming album in 2017. Tomas had the pleasure of performing with The Orchestra of Northern New York, the North Country’s only professional orchestra. He appears on their newest holiday CD titled “Home for the Holidays” recorded in December 2015. In April 2016, Tomas won first prize in the school’s Creative Idea Competition with his idea of an educational website for orchestral low brass musicians.

Tomas has also enjoyed a unique guitar performance career alongside his trombone experiences. He first picked up a guitar in fourth grade and hasn’t stopped playing since. Growing up with the music of Van Halen, Led Zeppelin, and years of playing in bands around Long Island and New York City, he has developed a true passion for the guitar and a unique style of playing. He currently writes, records, and engineers his own music with plans to release his first EP and album.

 

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