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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

Claudia Alvarez
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Claudia Alvarez is a Mexican-American artist living and working in New York City.  She attended the University of California, Davis (BA 1999) and California College of Arts, San Francisco (MFA 2003). Alvarez is currently Visiting Assistant Professor at Pratt Institute

Rafat Ansari
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Rafat Ansari has a depth of knowledge for all things sewing. She teaches a wide variety of needlecrafts at Greenwich House After-School and creates unique on-trend projects (like sewing plush emojis!) that get kids excited to learn.

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

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

Lisa Chicoyne
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Lisa Chicoyne is an artist who is interested in the complexity of human emotions and their expression. She looks at the world from the inside-out and is intrigued with the murky, messy parts of life. Trained as a sculptor, her

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

Cammi Climaco
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Pronouns: she/her Cammi Climaco is an educator and interdisciplinary artist with a deep focus in ceramics. Her work moves between performance, sculptural and functional pieces and ruminates on the history of women in ceramics, finding joy in unreachable places and

William Coggin
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William Coggin is a ceramic artist living in Brooklyn. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Miluakee in 2009 with a B.F.A. in Ceramic Arts and a minor in Art History.  He has taught ceramics at Greenwich House for the past

Michelle Currier
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Passionate about teaching, Michelle holds a BA in Art Education from Central Connecticut University and an MA in Education from the University of New England. She is a full time art teacher for Darien Public Schools and is currently teaching

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.

Ryan Dennis
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Ryan Dennis started as a camper at Greenwich House in 2013. He became a counselor-in-training in 2014 and a counselor in 2016. After that, he worked his way up, becoming a science and gym teacher and the Greenwich House Youth

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

Kathy Erteman
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Kathy Erteman was born and raised in Southern California. She began making ceramics in a Los Angeles studio as a teenager. After briefly pursuing academics at UCLA, she returned to the studio and shortly thereafter pursued her art degree. Erteman

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

Dave Gibson
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David Gibson received his MFA from Louisiana State University (1996) and his BFA from University of the Arts in Philadelphia (1990). He did a residency at the University of the Arts (1991). His work has been shown in juried and

Suzy Goodelman
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Pronouns: she/her Suzy Goodelman has a Fine Art and Graphic Design background having attended The Art Students’ League, Pratt Institute and School of Visual Arts. She began her study of ceramics in 1999 and came to Greenwich House Pottery in

Peter Gourfain
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Peter Gourfain received his BFA from the Art Institute of Chicago (1956). Peter has had numerous solo exhibitions and group exhibitions at the Guggenheim, Corcoran, Whitney Museum, and the MoMA. He has been a visiting artist at UC Davis, Rhode Island

Andy Graves
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Artist Statement I slipcast porcelain clay. Slipcasting generally is a mass production system. Normally a positive model is molded with plaster. The slip clay which is liquid, is poured into the plaster mold and the porous plaster absorbs the water

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)

Luc Hammond-Thomas
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Luc Hammond-Thomas’s current work involves aspects of design, functionality, craft, and form. Hammond-Thomas makes ceramic objects that are functional yet aligned with contemporary ceramic practice. He sees a strong relationship between the power of an object and how it is

Hiroe Hanazono
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Hiroe Hanazono, a native of Japan, received her BA in Spatial Art and Ceramics from California State University, Hayward California in 2003, and her MFA in Ceramics from the School of Art, Ohio University, Athens Ohio in 2008. She has

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

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

Dave Kim
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Dave Kim the Potter uses direct influence from his cultural heritage as a Korean to apply developed aesthetics to his functional pottery. Currently working in Brooklyn, NY, he continues to carry the tradition in one of the biggest art scenes

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

Trevor King
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Trevor King is an artist whose practice incorporates ceramics, sculpture, video, and installation to examine personal history. Having grown up the son of a steel worker in western Pennsylvania, King witnessed the regional transformations associated with post-industrialization. His artwork responds

Whittney Klann
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Whittney Klann is a Wisconsin native who has been in love with clay since high school. She studied studio art and anthropology at Kenyon College in Ohio and spent two years as a resident artist at Greenwich House Pottery. Her

Julie Knight
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Julie Knight is a graduate of the Ringling College of Art and Design, is the co-owner of JAK POT Studio in the Catskills of NY. Julie was awarded an internship in New York City from the AICAD 1990, the Anna

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

Haakon Lenzi
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Born and raised on the upper west side of Manhattan, Haakon Lenzi was first exposed to the potters wheel in high school and has been throwing his life away ever since. Haakon received a BFA in ceramics from the New

Jessi Li
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Jessi Li  (b.1987) grew up  in Jersey City, NJ. They hold an MFA from Hunter College (2019) and a BA from Bard College at Simon’s Rock (2009). Li makes sculpture using a broad range of materials including fabric, glass, clay,

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

Juliana Maciel
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Juliana Maciel started out as a Counselor in Training at Greenwich House in 2016. She first started working as a counselor in 2017 and then by 2018 started teaching yoga as well. Currently, she is our Program Coordinator. Throughout the

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

Joshua Medina
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Joshua has been part of Greenwich House Youth Community Center since 2016. He has worked up from a counselor-in-training to a teacher. Josh has assisted in all the classes at GHYCC to build a wide range of skills and become

Kate Missett
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Pronouns: she/her Kate Missett is a Brooklyn based ceramic artist who uses both the wheel and handbuilding to create large figurative sculpture inspired by ecological and political issues. She utilizes a variety of firing techniques including raku, salt, and lustre

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

Eun-Ha Paek
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Pronouns: she/her Eun-Ha Paek was born in Seoul, Korea. She received a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. Her animated films have screened in the Guggenheim Museum, Sundance Film Festival, and venues internationally. She has held residencies/fellowships at

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

Pedro Ramirez
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Pedro Ramirez’s work uses natural materials, documentation and installation in an attempt to highlight the environmental crisis currently affecting the planet. Clay and soil as well as living and non living plants are used in his work and juxtaposed with

Ryan Rennie
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 Pronouns: he/his Ryan Rennie (b.1992 Seoul, Korea) is a ceramic artist, sculptor, and potter working primarily with hand-built and press-molded forms. His work explores systems of history as they relate to lineages of makers and the collecting and organization 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

Andrew Robinson
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Andrew Cornell Robinson is a contemporary artist who creates sculptural assemblages comprised of ceramic and mixed media alluding to myth, ritual and memory. His formative years were informed by an apprenticeship in a studio pottery where he began his life-long

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

Sean Satin
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Sean began formal training under Jorge Morel. Shortly after, he was accepted into the Manhattan School of Music where he earned a B.M. in Classical Guitar Performance. While there, he studied with Oren Fader and Mark Delpriora. He also played

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

Victoria Shaheen
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Victoria Ashley Shaheen received her BFA from the Corcoran College Of Art + Design in Washington DC and her MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art. She has exhibited work nationally and internationally at galleries including the John Michael Kohler

Elise Siegel
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Pronouns: she/her Elise Siegel is a sculptor best known for her psychologically charged figurative ceramic works. She has created installations of large groups of tightly choreographed, interacting figures, and since 2010, an ongoing series of abstracted portrait busts. These sculptures

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

Jessica Stoller
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Pronouns: she/her Working in the realm of figurative sculpture, Jessica Stoller mines the rich and complicated history of porcelain, harnessing its links to power, desire and taste. Synthesizing the cultural, historical, and corporeal notions of the female body, Stoller expands the

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

Julie Terestman
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Julie Terestman is a ceramic artist born and raised in NYC. She received her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art (1989) and BFA from Program in Artisanry (1983). She now teaches at the West Side YMCA, Kingsborough Community College and at

Gina Tibbott
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Gina Tibbott is a ceramicist who studies archaeology and an archaeologist who studies ceramics. Her handbuilt and wheelthrown functional works are designed for everyday use, with the worst-case scenario of breakage presumably inserting them into the archaeological record. Her archaeological

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

Tamain Trice
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Tamain Trice brings his knowledge of sports, cooking and nutrition to Greenwich House After-School to create a fun, informative and safe environment for students to explore new things.

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

Derek Weisberg
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Pronouns: he/him Derek Weisberg, began sculpting at a very early age starting with the medium of mashed potatoes as soon as he could hold a fork and knife, moving onto action figure assemblage when he could load a hot glue

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

Kristen Wicklund
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Kristen Wicklund is a Brooklyn-based artist/designer who works with clay and fiber. In May 2010, she presented her first solo exhibition at Heath Ceramics gallery in Los Angeles. Her work can be found in Garth Clark’s and Mark Del Vecchio’s

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,

Dustin Yager
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Open Dustin Yager is a ceramic artist whose work deals with popular perceptions of pottery, taste, class, and all that goes along with it. His work has been exhibited in Minneapolis, Chicago, and nationally, and he has given presentations about

Sally Young
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Sally Young is a working artist, street artist, poet, community activist, and community gardener, who has resided on the Bowery for mostly 40 years with a short stint around Ave. B and C in the 1980’s. Sally taught at Children’s

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

Lu Zhang
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Lu Zhang is an artist, born in Xian, China. She received her MFA in Fine Arts and MS in Art History from Pratt Institute in 2015. She also holds BA degree in Economics from Xian Jiao Tong University. Lu’s work