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Alexandra Saraceno
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Alexandra Saraceno began her piano studies at a young age in Watertown, Connecticut with organist and pianist Denita Landquist. An active soloist and collaborator, she has performed at various venues and festivals throughout the country. A graduate of Western Connecticut

Laura Ahumada
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Born in Córdoba, Argentina, Laura started ballet lessons at the age of 4, and decided, soon after, that the piano was the most interesting object in the room. She then began with private piano lessons and went on to study

Deanna Bau
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Deanna on her teaching style: “In my twenty some years on the Greenwich House Piano Faculty, teaching all ages and levels, some general thoughts: (1) pianists need to have a solid technique. I modify my training depending on the needs

Lynn Bechtold
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Violinist Lynn Bechtold has concertized throughout North and South America, Asia, and Europe. An advocate of contemporary music, she has collaborated with composers such as Gloria Coates, George Crumb, John Harbison, Alvin Lucier, and Morton Subotnick, and has premiered works

Julia Birnbaum
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Violinist Julia Birnbaum is a dedicated teacher and performer in New York City. Ms. Birnbaum, who started playing violin at age 5 in her home state of Maryland, received a bachelor’s degree in Violin Performance from Northwestern University under the

Alon Bisk
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Alon Bisk is a freelance musician working in and around the New York metropolitan area. Alon was an orchestra member for the first national tour of Spring Awakening, Les Miserables (25th Anniversary Tour), American Idiot (First National Tour), The Last

Rachel Black
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Rachel Black is a native of Mississippi, and joined the Music School in June 2013. She has begun several new initiatives such as new public school outreach programs with PS 3, PS41, and the Museum School, Suzuki Violin/Guitar, Healing HeArts,

Hsuan-Fong Chen 
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Oboist Hsuan-Fong Chen (pronounced “SHUan-fong”) has garnered a reputation as one of New York City’s most versatile musicians, with a career in orchestra, Broadway, new music, and occasional administrative roles. Having performed across the United States, Europe, and Asia, she is

Andrea Christie
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Andrea Christie is a versatile performing artist with a flair for late-romantic works and a passion for contemporary music. Equally at home as a soloist and chamber musician, she is the pianist of the NYC-based Parhelion Trio, an all-female ensemble

Margaret Cramer
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Margaret began her career at Greenwich House Music School as a faculty member in 1972. She became the Registrar in 1983 and has spent the rest of her career behind the front desk of the music school. Margaret on her

Khristal Curtis
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Khristal Curtis is a Brooklyn-based theatre artist and facilitator specializing in Devised Theatre.  She has an MA in Educational Theatre from New York University and a BFA in Theatre from the Actors Training Program Conservatory at the University of Utah.

Suzanne Dirks
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Suzanne Dirks grew up and still resides in Greenwich Village. She attended Greenwich House Music School for many years as a child and went on to get a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art,

Louise Dubin
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Cellist Louise Dubin has been a featured artist at festivals worldwide, including the 2017 Festival de Violoncelle de Beauvais (France), VioloncellenSeine Paris 2016 (the biennial convention of the French Cello Society), Bargemusic, Caramoor and Piccolo Spoleto. She has also performed

Stephen Dydo
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Stephen Dydo became affiliated with Greenwich House Music School through his work with former director, B.C. Vermeersch, as well as through his organization, The New York Qin Society. Stephen lives and works in the Village and enjoys being a part

Kristin Eliasberg
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Kristin Eliasberg is a former dancer, journalist, and editor who became passionate about RIE and the Educaring™ Approach after she attended RIE classes with her daughter in 2006. She has since completed her RIE training to become a RIE Associate

Melody Fader
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Pianist Melody Fader enjoys a busy career as a soloist, chamber musician, vocal accompanist, and freelance artist in New York City. Miss Fader has performed in such New York venues as Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital

Brenna Fisher
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Brenna Fisher is an artist and early childhood educator interested in how artistic expression can be used to foster empathy, connection, and community. Facing a pandemic 7 months pregnant, Brenna chose to leave her teaching job and become a full-time

Carrie Frey
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Violist Carrie Frey has performed throughout the United States and in Europe, pushing the limits of her instrument and the viola repertoire. An enthusiastic proponent of new music, she has premiered over 130 compositions and written music for herself and

Lucy Galliher
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Lucy first joined the school in 1992, teaching beginning piano for both children and adults. She enjoys the small community at the school, particularly the camaraderie of the faculty and staff. She has been especially proud of watching her students

Michael Gurfield
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Michael on his teaching style: “I teach the rudiments of trumpet technique in the style of the great masters of the instrument. For younger students, we do everything from improv and sight-singing, to recording (using laptops and garage band mostly)

Mary Hurlbut
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Mary on her teaching style: “I think what enables me to succeed as a teacher is my ability to choose music that fits the student. I have a strong knowledge of traditional classical and musical theater repertoire. One of the

Colleen Itzen
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With over 20 years of teaching music and movement classes for students from age 2 through Lower School, Colleen’s specialty is to reinforce teachers’ curriculums through singing, movement, playing instruments, musical games and stories, and learning fundamentals of music. Through

Andrew Jordan
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Andrew Jordan was born and raised in Gaithersburg, Maryland. After completing a BA in Music and Audio Production at American University in Washington DC, he moved to New York City to seek his fortune in the music industry. Along the

Francesca Khalifa
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The Italian- Egyptian pianist Francesca Khalifa was recently the winner of the Ferrara International Piano Festival in 2014, awarded by Paul Badura-Skoda. Active soloist and chamber musician, her recent performances include solo recitals and chamber music concerts at the “Claudio

Taka Kigawa
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Critically acclaimed pianist Taka Kigawa has earned outstanding international recognition as a recitalist, soloist and chamber music artist since winning First Prize in the prestigious 1990 Japan Music Foundation Piano Competition in Tokyo, and the Diploma Prize at the 1990

Yoko Kimura-Yates
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Yoko Kimura-Yates, pianist, composer, and vocalist was born in Sapporo City, Japan.  She began her keyboard study at age four and was always exposed to a variety of music in a music-loving family.  In addition to her ongoing classical piano

Nicole Kontolefa
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Nicole was born and raised in the Lower East Side. She was the beneficiary of theater programming throughout her youth as a student at Henry Street through graduation from HS of Performing Arts. After studying at the Moscow Art Theater

Danyal Lawson
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Danyal Lawson has had a long career as a performer, teacher and enthusiast of the classical piano repertory. Lawson has taught privately in New York City for many years and has been on the piano faculty of the Greenwich House

Traci Lee
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Traci Lee is a singer, dancer, choreographer, and actress. She danced in the national tour of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, played Eponine in Les Miserables at ZACH Theater in Austin, Texas, and performed in several productions with the Dallas Theater Center

Andrea Lodge
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Andrea Lodge has been called a “Must See” (The Telegram, St. John’s, Canada).  A specialist in the performance of contemporary piano music, she has premiered new works by composers Herbert Deutsch, Salvatore Macchia and C. Curtis Smith, among others. Andrea was awarded

Juan Felipe Mayorga
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Born and raised in Bogota, Colombia, Juan Felipe Mayorga started to play the drums when he was 17 years old. He received a BFA in Music from the Universidad El Bosque in Colombia in 2006 and in 2009 he came

Michiyo Morikawa
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Michiyo on her teaching style: “I teach the traditional and the Suzuki method. I consider listening to be a very important component of studying piano, as well as reading notes, Solfeggio, and posture. I assist students in developing a comfort

Adrienne Munden Dixon
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Adrianne Munden-Dixon is a NYC-based violinist praised for her “animated and driven” performances (Connect Savannah). She is a current member of the Savannah Philharmonic and Desdemona (“an excellent young quartet” The New Yorker). She has given recent performances as a soloist

Hannah Murphy
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Hannah Murphy is active soloist and chamber music performer. She holds a Master of Music degree in Classical Guitar Performance from Mannes School of Music in New York City, where she studied with international concert artist Michael Newman. She achieved

Kathleen O'Rourke
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Kathleen O’Rourke, soprano, is an emerging vocal artist renown for her clarity of sound, commanding stage presence and love of languages. A formidable musician and vocal interpreter, Ms. O’Rourke is praised for her vocal flexibility in repertoire ranging from the

Stephen Palitz
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Steve began teaching at Greenwich House Music School while still a student at the Mannes College of Music, on the recommendation of his teacher,  Albert Valdes Blain, who had taught at GHMS himself in the 1950s, and often proudly remarked

JD Parran
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JD on his teaching style: “My focus is to be of service to my students, and in doing so, making them receptive to the knowledge I’ve gained through my more than 50 years as a composer, performer and improviser. My

Christopher Petz
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Chris on his teaching style: “I tailor my teaching to the students’ musical needs and interests, focusing on the genre of music that they are interested in. I cover all the important aspects of music study: rhythm, harmony, and melody.

Hajnal Pivnick
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Hungarian-American violinist Hajnal Kármán Pivnick was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. She advocates the performance and promotion of music written in the 20th and 21st century, and works extensively as an educator and arts administrator. She is co-founder of

Joseph Ries
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Joseph on his teaching style: “Over thirty-five years of professional experience has enabled me to contribute enthusiastically at every level of piano instruction. My goal is to provide an enjoyable and substantive experience so that one feels a sense of

Michelle Rodriguez
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Puerto Rican singer, songwriter and musical theater composer MichelleJ. Rodriguez makes music that “span[s] laid-back southern soul and Latin pop flare” (NPR) and features “flourishes of bolero, bossa nova and even jazz” (Chicago Tribune). In 2018, she was a finalist

Stephen Michael Rondel
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Stephen Michael Rondel is an actor, teacher, director, producer and all around “theater fanatic” living in New York City for 24 years now. He has been teaching theater arts for over three decades. Originally from the West Coast, he has

Theresa Rosas
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Theresa Rosas is a solo and collaborative pianist based in New York City.  She has performed most recently at South Oxford Space with the String Orchestra of Brooklyn, the Argentine Consulate with soprano, Mariana Aslan, and the Brooklyn Conservatory of

Xan Russell
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Alexandra ‘Xan’ Russell has always been inspired by the capacity of music to fuse mind, spirit, body, and community, and similarly, of joyful education to instill curiosity, empathy, and love of learning: it was inevitable that she would find her niche

Neil Rynston
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Neil Rynston’s performances have been praised for their “intoxicating clarity” (The Desert Sun) and for being “musically alive and technically brilliant” (Dr. Morton Gold, Journal Tribune). He has been a repeat guest recitalist at Symphony Space, Bruno Walter Hall, the

Rachel Schmidt
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Rachel received her early ballet training from Robert Kelley and Diane Cypher of Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre. While a member of SCBT she performed a range of roles in classical ballets such as the Nutcracker, Giselle, and Swan Lake as

Grace Slear
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Grace Slear is a native Philadelphian who made their professional debut in Footloose (Urleen) at the Kennedy Center’s Broadway Center Stage. Other professional performances include ensemble and lead cover (Mary Lane) in Reefer Madness: The Musical Workshop and Reading of

Ben Sutin
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Benjamin Sutin began his career in Philadelphia where he studied with legendary jazz violinist, John Blake Jr for over six years at the Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz. Now a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music with a bachelor’s

John Tafone
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JOHN TAFONE is an award-winning composer, pianist, and choral director, originally from southern Rhode Island. Having studied composition at the Catholic University of America and Oxford University in the UK, John’s music has been performed by numerous ensembles including the

Mioi Takeda
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Japanese violinist Mioi Takeda has degrees from Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music (Bachelor of Music), The Juilliard School (Master of Music), and The City University of New York (Doctor of Musical Arts). Dr. Takeda studied with Dorothy DeLay,

Scott Taylor
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Scott on his teaching style: “I take a fairly structured, well rounded approach to teaching. With students beginning violin, I use a note speller workbook to cover note reading, clef reading, etc. as well as a method book. Students receive

Sarah Treanor
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Sarah Treanor is a singer, actor, director, and educator originally from Annapolis, Maryland. She grew up performing throughout the DC/Baltimore area. She became passionate about classical music and studied voice at Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore during high school before moving

Josefina Urraca
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Pianist Josefina Urraca has performed frequently at venues in the US and Europe and recently recorded her debut album with flutist Guillermo Laporta. Josefina is a founding member and Managing Director of CreArtBox, an ensemble whose programs present wide-ranging multidisciplinary

Romulo Viana
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Romulo Viana is an active performer and teacher throughout South America, the US, and Europe. A native of Brazil, Romulo is sought after for his diversity—performing programs that often feature both classical repertoire and Latin American popular music. He has

Dan Vonnegut
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Dan Vonnegut began playing the drums and guitar when he was nine years old. He studied music at University of Miami and Indiana University (where he earned a BA in jazz music and culture). For the past ten years, he

Kate Whitney
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Kate on her teaching style: “I focus on traditional/classical-using standard grade-level literature, which supports basic music fundamentals (often combining the Suzuki method for beginners) while concentrating on a relaxed physical technique and form, using arm and body weight to produce

Mescal Wilson
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Solo and chamber music tours and festivals: United States, Mexico, Germany, Italy, Scotland, Belgium, Janacek May Festival (Czech Republic), Indian River Festival (Canada). First performances of solo piano compositions by Alvin Brehm, Wendy Chambers, Leon Kirchner, Robert X. Rodriguez and

Ellen Winter
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Ellen Winter is Brooklyn-based performer, songwriter and theater-maker from the woods of Northern Virginia. In 2017, she co-wrote/directed/composed 36 Questions with Chris Littler, a musical podcast starring Jonathan Groff and Jessie Shelton. She’s explored new work with NYTW, The Public,

Brandee Younger
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A versatile artist who has been proven to defy genres and labels, this young harpist has created a unique niche in both traditional and non-traditional harp arenas. In addition to expressively interpreting traditional harp repertoire, this young harpist plays in a style