Larchmont Music Academy

Faculty

Directors

Dr. Steven Huter has taught piano and music theory in conservatories and colleges around the world, including Manhattan School of Music, Mannes College of Music Preparatory Department, Indiana University, and conservatories in France and Switzerland. He has given solo and chamber music performances throughout the world and made his Carnegie Hall debut in 1998. Dr. Huter holds a D.M.A. from Manhattan School of Music and an M.M. from Indiana University. His major teachers were Menahem Pressler of the Beaux Arts Trio and Constance Keene.

Claudia Huter has maintained a private flute studio in Larchmont since 1990. Claudia grew up in Larchmont, attended Manhattan School of Music and received her B.S. in Music Education from Concordia College. She has performed with orchestras and chamber ensembles both in the United States and Europe. She made her Carnegie Hall debut on the flute at the age of sixteen, and the same year played a solo organ recital at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York. She has won numerous international competitions, including the Littman International Competition, where she won an unprecedented first and second prize on flute and organ respectively. Claudia specializes in early childhood development and is Kindermusik-certified.

Instructors

Alec Aldred – Brass and Piano
7/25/17 4:34:46 PM Portraits : Alec + BreannaAlec Aldred is a trumpet player, arranger, and composer originally from Waukesha, Wisconsin.  In 2015, he placed second in the National Trumpet Competition - Jazz Division.  In 2016, Alec graduated from the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music, and he is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree at the Manhattan School of Music.  While studying at the Frost School of Music, Alec played in numerous Downbeat Award-winning ensembles as well as the Frost Concert Jazz Band, getting the opportunity to perform at the Monterey Jazz Festival.  He has studied extensively with jazz trumpet greats Brian Lynch and Scott Wendholt.  Alec is a member of the chamber jazz trio Sound Underground which has released two critically acclaimed albums since the group’s inception in 2013.  With Sound Underground, Alec has toured Eastern Europe twice, playing at three major music festivals in Bulgaria and Serbia, and has also toured the Midwest and West Coast multiple times.  In addition to performing, he has a passion for teaching and engaging students through music education - empowering and allowing them to express themselves.  Alec has taught beginner, intermediate, and advanced students and ensembles both nationally and internationally.

Molly Aronson – Cello
Crop 2Cellist Molly Aronson is an avid chamber musician, soloist and pedagogue. Molly earned a Master of Music degree and Performer's Certificate from the Purchase College Conservatory of Music, under the tutelage of Julia Lichten, and graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree in cello performance from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, studying with Astrid Schween. She is a founding member of the Rt9 Ensemble and Anderson Hill Trio with whom she has toured throughout the Northeast, New York and Georgia, presenting concerts in non-traditional venues to concert halls. She has performed chamber music as a part of the Mohawk Trails Concerts, Classical at Cornelia St. Cafe, Interlochen Faculty Chamber Series, to name a few, and this season will be featured with the Rt9 Ensemble on the Queens Library and University of Massachusetts Amherst Faculty Recital Series. In 2010 Molly had her concerto debut with the Holyoke Civic Symphony.

A great proponent of new music, Molly has collaborated with numerous award-winning composers, performing chamber and solo works on such series as Lex54 concerts, Spectrum NYC, Neuberger Museum's “Wednesdays at the Neu,” Vox Novus- "The Composer's Voice" and Purchase New Music. Not limited to the classical realm of performance, she has performed and acted in The Crook of Your Arm as a part of FRIGID, the NYC winter Fringe Festival. Molly has also appeared on stage with such icons as singers Rod Stewart, Michael Buble, and Josh Groban, and can be heard on the records of a number of emerging indie-pop and jazz artists.  She has also had her own compositions premiered in NYC and at the National Orchestra Institute's children's concert.

Molly is passionately committed to music education and has held teaching positions at Purchase College Conservatory of Music, the New York State Summer School of the Arts – Orchestral Studies, an affiliate of the Philadelphia Orchestra, has given masterclasses at the Savannah Arts Academy, and was awarded a teaching fellowship, joining the cello faculty of the Interlochen Arts Camp in 2012.

"We love Molly! My daughter has really improved this year and Molly is an incredibly dedicated and gifted teacher. We would happily recommend her to anybody." ~ Shonna Keogan

Ashley Arrington – Voice and Piano
ashvarsitytutorAshley Arrington is a singer, songwriter, and pianist originally from Birmingham, AL. Ashley attends the Manhattan School of Music, studying with Gretchen Parlato, Theo Bleckmann and Kate McGarry, and is slated to receive her master’s in jazz performance from the Manhattan School of Music in May of 2017. A lifelong lover of music, she began singing and playing the piano at the age of 5. At age 15, she started her career with classical vocal pedagogy at the Alabama School of Fine Arts. After graduating from ASFA in 2005, Ashley continued her classical studies at the University of Alabama where she received her Bachelor and Masters degree in Music Education.

She has performed in operas and musicals, including The Pirates of Penzance and The Devil and Daniel Webster, as well as other vocal performance ensembles. Ashley toured Europe in 2008 and 2009 with classical choral groups and competed at the Cork International Choral Festival in Cork, Ireland. In 2009, Ashley began singing jazz, and this soon became her primary genre. Ashley started a jazz band, The Roberts Jazz Project, in 2009 and released her first album, Let's Fall in Love in 2010. Ashley performs in venues around New York City including the legendary 55 Bar.  In July 2014, Ashley began a new jazz fusion group, Ashley and the Keepers, and went on a month-long European tour that included a classical performance in Riga, Latvia at the World Choir Games, a rock concert with Downright at the Blue Balls Music Festival in Lucerne, Switzerland and multiple jazz gigs throughout Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic and Italy. She also was the 2014 and 2015 Round 4 Winner of Stage Door Idol, a 1940s vocal jazz competition, in New Orleans, LA, and was judged by world renowned New Orleans singers Leah Chase and Lena Prima.  Ashley has performed as a featured vocalist with jazz greats such as Kirk Whalum and Eric Essix and has studied with legends such as Dave Liebman, Phil Markowitz, Cecil Bridgewater and Jim McNeely in addition to her primary teachers.

Ashley has been an active voice and piano teacher of all ages for the past 12 years and is currently writing her first book on vocal pedagogy, which she hopes to release in the next year.

"Tomohito really likes Ashley and enjoys the lessons with her so much. We are very happy to see him so motivated and happy, learning how to play the piano. He is always thrilled to go to his piano lessons on Thursdays. Ashley is a great teacher and we want Tomohito to continue working with her. We are also happy to be a part of the Larchmont Music Academy community." ~ Toshiki, Tamami, Tomohito Ueno

Surai Balbeisi – Violin and Viola (Traditional and Suzuki)
Surai Balbeisi, violist, is active as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician; a versatile musician she performs a variety of genre including classical, rock and roll, hip-hop, jazz, and modern classical music, appearing in Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and on The Today Show, The View, The Martha Stewart Show, Saturday Night Live, and MTV Unplugged, with artists, including Jay-Z, Beyonce, Kanye West, Katie Perry, Regina Spektor, and Il Divo.  In the past year, Ms. Balbeisi toured with the Paris Chamber Orchestra and The Opera Show, and was viola consultant and teacher for the film, “A Late Quartet” due to be released Fall 2011.  In addition to an active freelance career in New York City, she is a dedicated teacher.

Ms. Balbeisi is a Suzuki trained teacher and Level I certified Orff Schulwerk teacher. Additionally, she has extensive training in BrainGym, Alexander Technique and Dalcroze Eurhythmics. She has taught at Penn State University, the Virginia Commonwealth University Community School for the Performing Arts, and Hoff Barthelson Music School.  In the summer, she is viola faculty at the New York Summer Music Festival. Ms. Balbeisi began her musical training in Amman, Jordan under the patronage of Queen Nour. She holds a B.M. in violin performance from the Pennsylvania State University, a Professional Studies Diploma in viola from the Mannes College of Music, and a Master of Arts from New York University. Her teachers have included Weigang Li, Tim Deighton, Karen Ritscher, John Graham, Martha Katz and Pedro de Alcantara.

"We absolutely adore Surai, and couldn't be happier. Max's growth this year is a testament to Surai's teaching." ~ M.M.

Sage Boris – Brass and Piano

A native of Kingston, N.Y., Sage has studied and performed music his whole life. He attended the Crane School of Music at S.U.N.Y. Potsdam, graduating magna cum laude, followed by graduate school at the University of Michigan where he earned two Master of Music degrees. He has played professionally in New York, Michigan, and Canada, and performed solo recitals in Potsdam, N.Y.,  Ann Arbor, Mich., and Kingston, N.Y. Comfortable in any genre thrown his way, he is especially fond of chamber music and premiering new works by young composers. In addition to teaching at LMA, he is an adjunct instructor at Dutchess Community College and a freelance musician in the greater New York City area.

Sheila Carroll – Voice and Piano
A 2014 Metropolitan Opera National Council New York District Winner, soprano Sheila Carroll has made New York City stage debuts at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center with the New York City Opera Orchestra as part of the iSing Festival’s American concert debut. As one of their inaugural artists, Sheila has sung around the world with iSing, making her international concert debut in 2011 at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing with the Chinese National Symphony Orchestra in addition to performing with the group throughout the United States and Europe. A documentary film produced about the experience premiered at the 2013 STARZ Film Festival in Denver, Colorado.

Sheila was most recently seen on stage as Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) for Manhattan Opera Studio. She made her stage debut as Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro for Opera on the Avalon's 2011 summer festival, singing with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra. Other roles and scenes include Lady Billows (Albert Herring), Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Contessa di Folleville (Il Viaggio a Reims), and Jin Zi (JinXiang's Savage Land).

Sheila completed a Master's Degree at Manhattan School of Music where she was an MSM Scholarship recipient. She participated in productions with MSM's Opera Studio as First Lady (The Magic Flute), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni scenes) and The Queen of Hearts (Discover Opera: Alice in Operaland). She also sang Pallas Athena (Eccles' Judgment of Paris) as part of MSM's Baroque Opera Ensemble. Sheila received her undergraduate degree from Westminster Choir College.

Sheila enjoys teaching a range of styles including classical, musical theater, and popular vocal techniques.

Carrie Davids – Violin and Viola
A professional violist based in New York City, Carrie Davids is an avid performer, learner, and teacher. Originally from Connecticut, Carrie began playing the viola at the age of 6. She has studied at the HARTT School of Music, Interlochen Arts Academy, Eastman School of Music (BM ‘13), and Manhattan School of Music (MM ‘16). Her primary teachers have included Melinda Daetsch, David Holland, Carol Rodland, and Karen Ritscher.

Carrie has attended many summer music programs and festivals, including the North American Viola Institute (NAVI), Quartet Program, Bowdoin, Zephyr Chamber Music Festival, and Chautauqua Institute. She has performed in masterclasses for and studied with leading North American  violists/violinists  such as Heidi Castleman, Jutta Puchhammer-Sediollot, Catharine Carroll, Becca Albers, Caroline Coade, Almita and Roland Vamos, and Schmul Katz. An avid collaborator, Carrie has had a long career in chamber music. Her coaches have included the Ying Quartet, Kopelman Quartet, Jodi Levitz, Sam Rhodes,  and Laurie Carney, just to name a few. She was a winner in both the 2010 Eastman Chamber Honors Recital and the 2016 FUCHS Chamber Music Competition, performing as a part of a string quartet and string sextet respectively. Orchestrally, Carrie has performed as principal of many orchestras, including the CT Allstate Orchestra, Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra, Eastman School Symphony Orchestra, and Chautauqua Music Festival Symphony Orchestra. Currently, Carrie is a violist for the Glens Falls Symphony in Upstate NY, and is on the sub list of many other orchestras in the NYC/NJ area.

To Carrie, music is the world's most universal language, and in her continuing musical career, she hopes to spread that idea and help everyone to connect and come together through music!

Josh Davis – Percussion and Piano
Originally from the Motor City, this native Detroiter now stakes his claim in the Big Apple. Besides leading his own trio, and being a member of the band, Manner Effect, Josh has also performed with some of the country’s finest musicians, top jazz and pop groups, such as: The Rodney Whitaker Quartet, Wes “Warmdaddy” Anderson, Jason Marshall, Gaby Moreno, The Jon Batiste Band, The Grand Hotel Big Band, Diego Rivera Quartet and Felicia Renae, among others. Josh toured throughout Japan in 2009, playing with Rodney Whitaker and the MSU Jazz Octet where they held concerts, clinics and master classes at several high schools and universities throughout the country.

Josh has also been a music educator since early in his collegiate career. Working for several inner-city programs in Detroit, such as The Arts League of Michigan and The Detroit Symphony Orchestra CIVIC Jazz Program, he has mentored and taught dozens of students who have gone on to attend music conservatories and major universities across the U.S.. After receiving his BA in Music Performance from Michigan State University in 2008, he relocated to New York City, where he continues to perform and teach locally and abroad. Josh is also music accompanist for the Joffrey Ballet in NYC.

"Hi, I'm 8 years old and my lessons with Josh are going really well. I love playing the drums." ~ Nola

Michael Davis – Percussion

Head shot(1)Michael W. Davis grew up in the San Jose, California and began music at an early age, starting with piano and trumpet before eventually arriving at the drums. He began playing professionally at age 14, and his high school years were spent performing with some of the Bay Area's finest musicians, as well as the SFJazz High School All-Stars and the San Jose Youth Jazz Orchestra. In 2006 he received a Presidential Scholarship to attend the Manhattan School of Music, where he earned a BA in Jazz Performance and studied under John Riley and Justin DiCioccio.

Michael is active as a performer/recording artist in both the jazz and rock worlds, working with such artists as Joshua Redman, Dave Liebman, Cyrus Chestnut, Greg Tardy, Steven Lugerner, Jeremy Siskind, Ashley Daneman, Matt Marantz, Jonathan Scales Fourchestra, The LeBoeuf Brothers, The Guggenheim Grotto and the E.Normus Trio. He was a founding member of soul-rock band The Broadcast, and together they spent 5 years touring extensively across the country. In addition to over 10 years as a private drum instructor, Michael has also served as faculty at the Stanford Jazz Workshop and the San Jose Jazz Summer Camp."

"We are big fans!" ~ Anders and Lars

Deric Dickens – Percussion and Piano
D_Dickens3(1)Deric Dickens is a Brooklyn-based percussionist and composer. After growing up in Southern Georgia, Deric worked as a band director, taught drum and bugle corps, and played as a principal timpanist with local orchestras and symphonies. But it was the ride cymbal; a friend had asked him to play at a session, which changed everything. Since, Dickens has toured and recorded with Robinella (Columbia Records) and JaLaLa (Janis Siegel Manhattan Transfer). Deric has performed numerous times and recorded with Donald Brown, Jerry Coker, Joe Fiedler, Daniel Carter, Michael Bates, Kirk Knuffke, and Jeff Lederer at various clubs and festivals including Birdland, 55 Bar, Bonnaroo, Bristol Rhythm and Roots, Atlas Performing Arts, Blue Note, Beijing, Knoxville Jazz Festival, Litchfield Jazz Festival, GDS Jazz Festival, The Muroran Jazz Festival Japan, AMR Switzerland, Cafe Oto, London, Cully Jazz Festival Cully Switzerland. He currently leads his groups Speed Date, Rocket #9, The Dickens Campaign, and Left Bomb Bay and co leads Dix Out (avant trad. band), Team Players, Arabic for Beginners, and Zero Point.

Deric was recently runner up in Drum Magazines 2014 Drummie awards in the Rising Star category and his album Oh Lovely Appearance was featured as a Best Of For Summer Listening by The Guardian UK.   Deric has also has been asked to work on numerous movie soundtracks. His last being the adaptation of Philip Roth’s’ book Indignation, directed by James Schamus.

Deric is committed to educating and facilitating creativity in and through music. Through his private studio in NYC and his regular appearances as a guest clinician or Artist in Residence at high schools, music studios, and music stores. In 2016-2017 Deric was asked to join the faculty at the Conservatory of China where he started an Improvisation class and is currently planning a Kids Jazz Camp and Education Center in Hangzhou.

Deric Dickens endorses Promark Drum Sticks and Mallets, Sabian Cymbals, C&C Drums and has been lucky enough to do much of the early testing and design of the Evans 56 Calftone drum head and a few other upcoming innovations.

"Deric is fabulous with the younger kids! He keeps it funny, light, and them motivated. Very happy with him!" ~Kristin Burrows

Kristen Engebretson – Voice, Piano, Clarinet
KristenKristen Engebretson graduated from the University of Montana, where she received degrees in both Music Education and Classical Performance. She played in the top ensembles and orchestras at the UM. She had two chamber ensembles, the Silverwind Trio and the Forbauxdon trio, performing the music of Brahms, Muczynski, Beethoven, Kahn, Krommer, Kummer, and D’Rivera. The Silverwind trio had the pleasure of performing for local schools, providing students with the opportunity to hear Classical music and to learn about playing the instruments. She played clarinet for the Montana Lyric Opera’s rendition of Rigoletto and Marriage of Figaro, as well as having the opportunity to play with the Montana Symphony Orchestra.

Kristen was a Presser Scholar her final year at UM, which is the top senior award that is voted upon by the entire music faculty. Kristen was always active in the music education scene, maintaining a teaching studio all through her studies in Montana. Her students received superior ratings district and state music festivals and even made the Montana All-State.

Kristen moved to New York City last October to pursue a career in jazz vocals. She enjoys playing standards, blurring genre lines, and learning more about the music that she loves. She has her own group, Standard Deviation, and has been a guest performer at clubs like Jazz Standard and Smalls Jazz Club.

Kristen loves to learn about all music. Fortunately, because of her music education degree, she has had the pleasure of playing most instruments, from bass drum in drumline to violin. Piano was her first introduction to music, playing at age 6. Her appetite to learn more about music is constantly growing-a quality which she loves to share with her students! On top of playing piano, clarinet, and singing, Kristen is currently learning how to play the upright bass! Kristen is excited to have the opportunity to share her passion for music and to help students grow in their journey as fellow musicians.

"Kristen is amazing! She is a wonderful source of encouragement and support for Jess - she even went to see her in the Hommocks school play last year! We are very happy with her and recommend her to all our friends." ~ Jessica's mom

Gareth Fowler – Guitar

garethfowlerGareth graduated from Birmingham Conservatoire in the United Kingdom where he studied with Phil Robson and Jez Frankz.

During this period he performed at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival with Chris Potter, Norwegian Jazz Festival, South Africa with the Global Voices Project, Denmark, and Germany. He taught with the national company, Lick Library, Services for Education, Nottingham Trent Valley University and Painsley Academy. His teaching philosophy is to enrich someone’s life with one of the most powerful art-forms. He believes that music opens doors to a world of possibilities and the guitar is such a diverse, fun instrument, there really is a sound for everyone to enjoy. Music unlocks the mind and brings people together, he wants to pass on the knowledge and enjoyment he has had learning the guitar for the generations to come.

Upon graduating, Gareth became an in demand guitarist throughout the UK. He had the chance to perform with some of the top musicians in the UK and throughout Europe. He performed with the Naima Acuna Quartet for the International Jazz Festival in Spain and led a band featuring Berklee tutor, Perico Sambeat at the Atarfe International Jazz Festival. He performed on the award nominated set of works by UK Jazz master saxophonist, Mike WIlliams.

Gareth currently lives in New York City after receiving a scholarship to study on the Masters program at the prestigious Manhattan School of Music. He has just returned from a two month set of concerts in Malaysia with a collective of Berklee and MSM students.

Kristy Fox – Voice and Piano
Mezzo-soprano Kristy Fox, a native of Washington State, graduated with her Master of Music degree from Manhattan School of Music in 2011. While attending Manhattan School of Music she performed the role of Mercury in John Eccles’ The Judgment of Paris under conductor Kenneth Cooper. Recent rolls for Ms. Fox include Mimí in La Bohéme, Marguerite in Faust, Amelia in Simon Boccanegra, Agathe in Der Freischütz and Salome in Herodiade. Ms. Fox has performed in masterclasses under Patrice Munsel, Carole Farley, Todd Thomas, Scott Rednour, and Ubaldo Fabbri. Before moving to New York City to pursue her operatic career, Ms. Fox made her professional debut in Spokane, WA with the Spokane Symphony and remained an active performer in the Inland Northwest; appearing with the Spokane Symphony orchestra and Spokane Opera. Ms. Fox began her musical studies at the age of 9 on the piano before moving to the flute and voice in middle school. Since 2002, Ms. Fox has maintained a voice and piano studio for young students as well as adults in Olympia, Spokane and New York City.

"Kristy is a fantastic instructor and teacher. She is supportive and non-judgmental with me, an adult student. She works hard to illuminate technique to help me get the most out of my voice. She is a true asset to LMA and I look forward to my lessons with happy anticipation." ~ Lou Scenti

Carrie Frey – Violin and Viola
Carrie Frey holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Oberlin Conservatory and a Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music. She loves working with open, inquisitive performers and composers to push the limits of her instrument and expand her musicality. An enthusiastic proponent of new music, she has premiered over 130 compositions.

In New York City, Carrie performs regularly with Petros Klampanis Group, Aeon Ensemble, Wet Ink Large Ensemble, ensemble mise-en, and toy piano/toy viola duo Wind-Up Elephant. As a founding member of tricoastal string trio Chartreuse, she has performed in venues across the United States and in Norway. Carrie has appeared at orchestral festivals around the world, including the Lucerne Festival Academy in Switzerland; Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC; the National Symphony Orchestra’s Summer Music Institute in Washington, DC; the National Orchestral Institute in Maryland; and Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan. For three summers she was a member of the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble.

Carrie enjoys helping students learn to make music they love, as others have done for her. Her first viola teacher was Katie Dey at the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities. At Oberlin Conservatory, she worked with Peter Slowik to become a better violist and person (she believes the two should align as often as possible), and then studied with Nadia Sirota and Danielle Farina in Manhattan School of Music's Contemporary Performance Program. Carrie is currently on the faculty of Bloomingdale School of Music and Larchmont Music Academy, teaching violin and viola.

"Lessons are going great. My daughter thinks Carrie's a great teacher!" ~ Larchmont Mom

Hannah Fuerst – Kindermusik
Hannah Fuerst holds Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees from the Manhattan School of Music in classical voice performance. Ms. Fuerst maintains a busy performance schedule in New York and California, specializing in contemporary classical music and crossover repertoire. Ms. Fuerst has premiered leading roles with the Encompass New Opera Theatre and Apollo Opera in NYC, and has performed leading operatic roles with Bronx Opera, Taksu Theatre Company, American Opera Projects, Aspen Opera Theatre Center, and many more. Before joining LMA Ms. Fuerst taught with the Manhattan School of Music Outreach program, teaching children in elementary and middle schools throughout NYC. She has been the director of LMA’s Kindermusik program since 2011.

Daniel Glaude – Winds and Piano
Daniel Glaude is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and educator based in New York City. He received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Purchase College in Jazz Performance, was awarded the Presser Scholarship, and graduated summa cum laude. Daniel has studied privately with Eric Alexander, Jimmy Greene, Jon Gordon, John Abercrombie, and Steve Wilson. He has also performed at several of New York’s most famous clubs including Blue Note, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Birdland, Smoke, and Small’s. Daniel is a regular performer in many of New York's large jazz ensembles with groups including Arturo O'Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, the Ed Palermo Big Band, Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra, Jason Marshall Big Band, Howard Williams Jazz Orchestra, and Cecilia Coleman Big Band, among others. He has performed with artists including Dee Snider, the Coasters, and Melissa Manchester. Daniel has a passion for education, teaching students of diverse age ranges, abilities, and backgrounds. He has taught throughout the tri-state area.

"Great. Felicie is very motivated, and enjoys playing and practicing by herself now. Thank you!" ~ Benedicte Chevalier

Devin Gray – Drums, Mallets and Piano
Mr. Gray received his Bachelor of Music degree from Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University and his Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music. He has performed throughout the world and toured extensively throughout Northern Europe and the east coast of the United States. Mr. Gray has recorded several records for the labels Umlaut Records and Flattened Planet Records. His CD "Corpulent" features Miles Davis Band Alum, Gary Thomas. He has taught in Stockholm, the Yarmouth, Maine Public Schools, and maintains an active teaching schedule in New York.

Julia Henderson – Cello
unnamed-2Cellist Julia Henderson is a versatile performer and teacher based in New York City. Recent performances have found her at Carnegie Hall, the Joyce theater, and at SOFAR New York headquarters. She is a member of the Desdemona Piano Quartet, a group that performs regularly in intimate venues throughout New York City, and has performed and taught for the past three summers on the island of Montserrat, West Indies, as faculty with the Montserrat Music Festival.

Julia earned a Bachelor of Music degree at Oberlin College, studying with Darrett Adkins, and a Master of Music with Timothy Eddy at The Juilliard School. In addition to being an avid chamber musician, Julia is a dedicated teacher certified in the Suzuki method. For two years she taught private lessons and chamber music with Juilliard’s Music Advancement Program, and she is currently on faculty at the Larchmont Music Academy and as a teaching artist with Sonic Explorations, an El Sistema program in Orange, NJ. Julia plays weekly with Chamber Music Associates, an organization in New York City that gives adult amateur musicians the opportunity to play chamber music with professionals. She is an avid cyclist and reader.

Alex LoRe – Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, and Piano
Saxophonist and composer Alex LoRe is “…making the connections among about 70 years’ worth of contemplative, articulate and light-toned players” (Ben Ratliff, New York Times). Originally from Tarpon Springs, Florida, LoRe frequents some of New York City’s most revered jazz venues, including Smalls Jazz Club, Smoke Jazz Club, and The Iridium Jazz Club. He has performed alongside the likes of Dave Liebman, George Garzone, Jim McNeely, and John Riley, among others. Internationally, he has performed throughout the Netherlands, Israel, and Canada.

Most recently, LoRe released the debut album of his trio, entitled “Dream House” on saxophonist Greg Osby’s Inner Circle Music label. Featuring bassist Desmond White, drummer Colin Stranahan, and LoRe’s mentor Garzone on three of the eight numbers, the album has been praised by All About Jazz for having “…moments of pure beauty, belying a depth of experience and thoughtfulness.” LoRe holds a bachelor’s degree from Boston’s New England Conservatory and a master’s degree from New York’s Manhattan School of Music. He currently lives, performs, and teaches throughout the New York City area.

"Nico loves music with Alex. He loved him over the summer with piano and continues to this fall with flute. I can see Nico is making greater progress now that he’s working with Alex, so we’re both happy." ~ Hilary Crevier

Adrianne Munden-Dixon – Violin and Viola
IMG_9047Adrianne Munden-Dixon is a soloist, collaborator, and innovator praised for her “animated and driven” performances (Connect Savannah). A native of Savannah, Georgia, she began her violin studies at the age of four with Kerri Sellman and has since become an in demand artist with engagements up and down the East Coast. She has appeared as a soloist with the New Artists Ensemble, the Carnegie Mellon Baroque Ensemble, and as a recitalist from New York to Georgia. Adrianne spent three summers studying and performing at the Aspen Music Festival and School where she was featured on their Spotlight Recitals at Aspen Chapel. As a founding member of the Anderson Hill Trio, she has given performances at Mannes, Spectrum NYC, and a tour of the Southeast.
Adrianne is a current member of the Savannah Philharmonic and has served as concertmaster of the Purchase Symphony Orchestra and Assistant Concertmaster of the Butler Symphony Orchestra. Adrianne has commissioned and premiered works by Stephanie Ann Boyd, Rodrigo Castro, Nicholas Virzi, Dana Malseptic, and has been featured of Purchase New Music and CMU Contemporary Ensemble concerts. She was featured in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for her project “Yoga Sebastian Bach”, which combines yoga with live music ranging from Bach to newly commissioned works. She is currently involved in Boyd’s 50 States Project and will give the Georgia premier of her violin sonata Amerigo in 2016.
She received her B.M. from SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music and completed her M.M. on a full tuition scholarship at Carnegie Mellon University in May 2016. Adrianne has taught privately for over a decade, has led master classes at Savannah Arts Academy, and teaches at Larchmont Music Academy.

"Adrianne is the best teacher ever. Very helpful. Always a good time!" ~ Mia Reisman

Charlotte Munn-Wood – Violin and Viola

charlotte-munn-wood-headshotAn outspoken proponent of experimental sounds and expression, Charlotte Munn-Wood is an active freelancer, chamber musician, and teacher in New York City and beyond. She holds her Mastor of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music Contemporary Performance Program, where she studied with Dr. Curtis Macomber and Bachelor of Music degree from Western Michigan University.  She has performed in NYC at venues including Roulette, Scandinavia House, (le) poisson rouge, Spectrum, Silvana, the Downtown Music Gallery, the Firehouse Space, and on the Blank Space House Concert series. Abroad, she has performed in Handan, Tianjin, and at the Beijing Conservatory and National Center for Performing Arts in Beijing, China.

Charlotte has collaborated as a soloist and chamber musician with composers Sampo Haapamäki, Jeff Scott of Imani Winds, Sam Pluta, Zae Munn, Emily Praetorius, Sid Richardson, Halldór Smárason, Michael Harrison, and Dan Trueman. She is collaborating this fall with Venezuelan composer Icli Zitella on a commissioned work for solo violin, electronics, and verbalization. Charlotte appears regularly with the Curiosity Cabinet and as a founding member of the two-violin folk-noise duo with Aimee Niemann, aptly named du.0.

She has taught students of diverse ages and backgrounds both as a private violin and viola teacher.  Charlotte's passion is helping learners of all ages explore and create in the wonderful world of music.

"Charlotte is the best! Lessons are going well!" ~ Darby Dunn

Martin Nevin – Bass, Guitar, and Piano
Martin Nevin grew up in Los Angeles and started playing electric bass and guitar when he was 12 years old. After hearing his first Thelonious Monk record, he became deeply interested in jazz and picked up the upright bass. Martin received his Bachelor of Music degree in jazz performance on full scholarship from the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied bass with Jay Anderson and David Grossman, piano with Inesa Sinkevych, and composition with Michael Patterson. Since then he has performed and/or recorded with notable artists such as Jason Moran, Ambrose Akinmusire, Logan Richardson, and Aaron Parks, and in venues such as The Jazz Gallery, The 55 bar, the Deer Head Inn, and Kuumbwa Jazz Center. His talent has been recognized by the Downbeat Student Music Awards, Stanford Jazz Workshop, and Disney Spotlight Awards among others. Martin, a passionate educator, has taught at programs including the Stanford Jazz Workshop. Martin currently resides in New York City where he continues to compose, teach, perform and record.

"Oscar is very much enjoying his guitar lessons with Martin. Oscar says he is excited with the amount he has learned in such a short time. He also thinks Martin is very nice. Oscar likes how he uses stickers to show him which fingers to use on the guitar." ~ Allyson

Paolo Perez – Piano

paoloPaolo C. Perez received his B.S. degree in piano performance from Hofstra Univrsity. Mr. Perez is a freelance musician whose journey of helping others find their voices started long before he began to perform.  Raised in a family of holistic healers, Paolo got to see first hand how easily we all let what others say and do effect us in deeply personal, and emotional levels.  After experiencing the inherent healing qualities of music, combined with his mother's own work, he realized how the two could come together to help us all be the best versions ourselves.  New York credits include Music Direction for the world premiers of The Most Miserable Christmas Tree, and the audio theater adaptation of "Muppet Shop of Horrors", the New York premier of "Final Approach: The Story of Amelia Earhart", and keyboards for Doug Motel's "This is the Story".

Mr. Perez is dedicated to piano pedagogy and holds a certificate for "The Art of Piano Teaching" from Hofstra University graduate program with master educator Blanche Abram.

Jonathan Ragonese – Winds and Piano
Jonathan Ragonese, composer-arranger-saxophonist, is a native of New Cumberland Pennsylvania. He has lived in New York City for seven years, where he attended the Manhattan School of Music and earned both his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Jazz Performance. As a saxophonist he has performed and recorded with Terell Stafford, David Liebman, Jon Faddis, Tim Warfield, JD Walter, The Harrisburg Symphony & Stuart Malina, Steve Rudolph, Steve Wilson and James Moody. As a composer his works have been commissioned and premiered by saxophonist Steve Wilson, Jazz @ Lincoln Center, The Museum of Modern Art, the Vermont Mozart Festival Orchestra, the Harrisburg Symphony, and the The Righteous Girls, Bucknell University, West Chester University and the Harrisburg Youth Symphony. In 2014 Ragonese premiered his ‘Not-this’ for two saxophones, at Carnegie Hall.

Jonathan is an active educator, his educational endeavors continue to broaden with lectures, writings, and the development of an early childhood music program at Explore + Discover Learning Center in Manhattan. In the fall of 2013 Ragonese released his first album, Ardent Marigolds with long-time musical father Steve Rudolph on PACT Records. Jonathan has served on the faculty of the West Chester University Summer Jazz Institute & The Central Pennsylvania Friends of Jazz Camp; his educational endeavors continue to broaden with lectures, writings, and the development of a National Music Education Program as well as curating and leading a music-focused summer program for pre-school aged children at the Children’s Learning Center in New York City.

"We love him. Jonathan has been really supportive and inspiring to Nico (9 years old) as he develops musically. Jonathan has also been patient and sweet with Daphne (6 years old), who is not always an easy piano student." ~ Hilary

PJ Roberts – Bass, Guitar, and Piano
PJ is a bass player, composer, and arranger originally from Ada, Michigan and now residing in New York City. He is a graduate of Western Michigan University and recently finished his masters degree from CUNY Queens College. PJ has won many awards including the Sir Roland Hanna Memorial Award(2008) and Louis Armstrong Jazz Award(2002), and was a recipient of the Gilmore Emerging Artist Grant in 2006. In NYC he leads his own trio, is a member of the Atlantic Quartet, Charli Perisp’s trio and big band, as well as freelancing with various ensembles. In addition, he composes and arranges for big bands as well as smaller ensembles. He has had the great fortune to study with, and be mentored by the great Ron Carter for the past two years. PJ has performed at many prestigious jazz clubs including The Blue Note, Iridium, Sweet Rhythm, Smalls, Fatcat, and Smoke.

"My daughter is enjoying her lessons very much. PJ is very patient!" ~ Larchmont Mom

Matt Russell – Brass and Piano
Matt Russell-HeadshotMatthew Russell is a versatile artist, equally comfortable performing solo, chamber and orchestral music. In May 2016, Matthew obtained his Master’s degree from Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Mellon University under the tutelage of Peter Sullivan. He not only received full tuition scholarship from the school but was also supported by the Canada Council. Previously, Matt studied with David Martin at Université de Montréal and obtained an Artist Diploma from the Glenn Gould School studying with Gordon Wolfe. In the fall of 2017, Matthew will begin Doctoral studies at Rutgers University studying with Weston Sprott. He also received his Bachelor of Music from McGill University under James Box. Matthew has had the opportunity to work with many prominent musicians in masterclasses including Joseph Alessi, Jörgen van Rijen, Ricardo Casero, and Alain Trudel. Since 2013, Matthew has participated in the creation of eighteen music videos of gorgeous music in amusing Montréal scenarios for the classical music video channel noncerto. Most recently, he produced nine videos featuring Canadian music, including a new work by Montréal composer Matthias Maute. Matthew is a passionate educator and has extensive experience teaching piano and brass to musicians of all ages and levels. 

Samuel Ryder – Winds and Piano
Mr. Ryder holds both his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Manhattan School of Music where he studied with Dick Oatts, Steve Wilson, George Garzone, and David Liebman.  He has appeared in New York with the Saxophone Summit's big band ensemble featuring David Liebman, Ravi Coltrane, and Joe Lovano as well as other original music settings.  Mr. Ryder also works as a composer for different ensemble types ranging from traditional classical groups to varying size jazz ensembles to experimental music arrangements.  His recording experience includes the 2010 Grammy-Nominated jazz album of the year Urbanus, Presented by Stefon Harris and Blackout.  His teaching experience includes New York City public schools through the Manhattan School of Music Outreach Program as well as his own private studio.

"My lessons with Sam are terrific. Sam is excellent. He is patient, understanding, smart, and very professional. You can tell he doesn't give up on you. He wants you to succeed. I always enjoy my lessons and the hour flies by." - Dan

Lauren Seay – Bass, Clarinet, Guitar, Piano, Voice
laurenseay3Multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Lauren Seay is an active performer and music educator based in New York City. She holds a Master of Music in jazz performance from the Manhattan School of Music as well as a Bachelor of Music in jazz studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a Bachelor of Science in fisheries, wildlife and conservation biology from North Carolina State University. During her time in graduate school, Lauren studied vocal jazz with Grammy-nominated vocalist Kate McGarry and double bass with Harvey S and Jay Anderson. In her home state of North Carolina, Lauren gained recognition for her eclectic musical style, her unique voice and her ability to play and sing simultaneously in the jazz idiom. She was lauded as a “revelation” in Triad City Beat for her vocal and bass performance in the 2015 Miles Davis Jazz Festival at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Lauren is an avid performer in the New York jazz scene and appears at venues such as the legendary 55 Bar, where she enjoys a monthly residency. She has performed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Cosmopolitan Club, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Cooper Hewitt Design Museum, Zinc Bar, Club Bonafide, Swing 46 as well as other venues in the city. Lauren enjoys sharing her love of music with her students and has taught both privately and in New York City schools, including the Manhattan School of Music Precollege Program.

"We are very happy having Lauren as Max’s music teacher. Max likes her and we appreciate her positive and cheerful style of teaching. Max always looks forward going to his music class." ~ Maximus' Parents

Nicole Sharlow – Violin and Viola (Suzuki, Traditional)
Ms. Sharlow graduated with honors from Carnegie Mellon University and received her masters degree from the Manhattan School of Music in violin performance. A gifted educator, Ms. Sharlow is the head of the String Department at the Larchmont Music Academy where she teaches violin, viola and chamber music. She also maintains a private teaching studio comprised of students from the New York City area as well as summer students in Maine.  An active performer, she is currently principal second violin of the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra in Harrisburg, PA.  Habituated to leadership, she has been concertmaster of the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra in Germany and principal second violin of the Jerusalem International Symphony Orchestra, among many others. Since 2001 Ms. Sharlow has been spending her summers in residence at Quisisana Resort in Maine, performing chamber music.  Dedicated to the genre, she has won the Silberman Chamber Music Competition and the Lilian Fuchs Chamber Music Recital Honor. She has performed with Trio Solas, the Claremont Ensemble and Fireworks, all dedicated to 20th century music. In addition to her devotion to chamber music, she has appeared as soloist with the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic and the National Repertory Orchestra.  Her foremost teachers have included Andres Cardenes, concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony, and Lucie Robert. Nicole currently resides in Westchester County with her dog, Kezar.

"Our lessons with Nicole are great! Nicole is fantastic and so dedicated. Couldn't be happier." ~ Shonna Keogan

Olivia Smith – Voice and Piano

OliviaHeadshotOlivia Smith is an emerging young artist and teacher in the New York Area. From Mozart to Britten, she has performed as a soloist in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Opera America, and Symphony Space.

Olivia holds a Bachelors of Music from Vanderbilt University, and a Masters of Music from Mannes College the New School.

In addition to her position as section leader at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Olivia has been a soloist with the Forest Hills Choir, Astoria Choir, and Mannes Baroque Ensemble. Olivia's concert work has included the Lord Nelson MassThe Creation, Ein Deutsches RequiemThe MessiahPetite Messe Solennelle, Ceremony of Carols, and a John Cage Tribute Concert with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. She has performed in the IVAI New York Summer Program, Westchester Arts Festival, the AIMS Lieder Festival in Graz, Austria, and has been a Studio Artist in the Sherrill Milnes VOICExperience Festival in Savannah, Georgia. At the VISI Songfire Program in Vancouver, Canada, Olivia played Emme in the original production of SeaworthyShe has performed the role of Le Prince Charmant in Cendrillon at the National Opera Center with the New York Lyric Opera Theater. She recently performed Carmen in Carmen in scenes at Carnegie Hall in Weill Recital Hall, and Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus with Amore Opera at the St. Jean Theater. Olivia has performed in many Masterclasses, most notably with Roger Vignoles, Barbara Bonney, Gabriele Lechner, Sherrill Milnes, David Friedman, Joan Dornemann, William Lewis, Frederique Added, and Margo Garrett.  She is a student of Mignon Dunn and coaches with Joan Dornemann. In addition to her performing and teaching resume, Olivia is the Production Manager at the International Vocal Arts Institute.
Olivia is strongly committed to education and studied pedagogy in depth during her tenure at Mannes. She currently maintains a private voice studio in Queens, and believes in helping young music students learn how to channel their passion into their study of music. Olivia loves working with all levels of students, from her young babies and toddlers in her Kindermusik classes to her older students who are preparing for college!

"We love Olivia! The kids are enjoying their lessons; they stay engaged, and happily do their at home practice!" ~ Hahtim and Shehrzad

Andie Springer – Violin and Viola
Andie Springer has been living in New York City as a performer and teacher for the past 11 years. She grew up in Alaska studying the violin under the Suzuki Method and continued her Classical studies at Carnegie Mellon University. In addition to her Classical training, Andie spent her Alaskan summers playing Irish fiddle, and since moving to NYC has become a specialist in Contemporary Classical and Experimental music. These experience have resulted in performances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Radio City Music Hall and countless museums and galleries in the NYC area, as well as numerous venues across Europe and South America.

In Andie's violin and viola studio, she tailors her approach and repertoire to each student while continually emphasizing technique and music-reading. Playing an instrument is about exploring and nurturing a love for music, as well as developing a sense of discipline and achieving long-term goals. Andie believes in finding what kind of music excites each student and helping them perform it to the very best of their ability.

Andie earned her BFA at Carnegie Mellon University with Professor Andres Cardenes, and her MFA at New York University with Professor Arturo Delmoni. She has performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Strings Festival Orchestra in Steamboat Springs, the Orchestra for a New Century and the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra. She enjoys teaching and is currently on the faculty the Larchmont Music Academy.

"Andie is great. She is a perfect fit for my daughter, who was ready to quit violin altogether after a year with a teacher whose style just didn’t speak to Zoe. Andie is kind, fun, and accommodating." ~ Mary Beth Gierlinger

Wallace Stelzer – Upright Bass
image3Based out of New York City since 2011, Wallace Stelzer was born and raised in Houston, Texas. Wallace began playing the upright bass professionally at age fifteen and has participated in jazz festivals, spoken and performed live on radio, and played at many prestigious jazz clubs and concert halls around the country. He has been fortunate enough to study and perform with many world-class musicians throughout his career, including John Patitucci, Lynn Seaton, Mike Holober, Scott Reeves, Andre Hayward, Carol Morgan, and Don Hahn, to name a few. Wallace obtained his Bachelors of Fine Arts in jazz performance from the City College of New York in 2014 and was invited to join the Phi Beta Kappa academic honors society upon graduation. Wallace self-produced his debut record entitled First Flight in 2014 with his trio, the International Patdown, and continues to release new content via YouTube. Wallace Stelzer Music denotes his personal online brand, which is centered about his YouTube channel, where he uploads mini bass lessons, animated lectures, and music videos. He leads the Jazzvengers—a project band that performs top level, genre-bending arrangements of video game music—in an effort to both build a younger audience for instrumental music and showcase the compositional complexity of game soundtracks. Wallace has taught guitar and bass privately for over a decade and is delighted to share his performance knowledge at the Larchmont Music Academy.

"Everything is going great with Wallace! He is easy to work with and I’m learning a lot. We are doing a combination of theory, note reading, and strumming on the guitar, all of which I find very helpful and fun." ~ Julia S.

Paul Swensen – Cello

Paul studied with Dr. Natasha Farny at SUNY Fredonia where he earned his B.M. in Cello Performance as well as a Performer’s Certificate. While at Fredonia, Paul was awarded the Isaac Stern Award for outstanding string player and was honored to perform Dvořák’s Cello Concerto in a masterclass for Yo-Yo Ma. After Fredonia, Paul continued his studies at SUNY Purchase where he earned his M.M. and Artist Diploma under the tutelage of Julia Lichten.

Paul has performed in the cello section of several orchestras including the Buffalo Philharmonic, Harrisburg Symphony, New Haven Symphony and Binghamton Philharmonic. Most notably, he joined the Buffalo Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall during the 2013 Spring for Music Festival and appeared on their recording of Gliére’s Third Symphony for Naxos Records. In addition to his orchestral work and freelancing, Paul has served as a resident chamber musicians as cellist of the Quisisana Piano Trio at the Quisisana Resort in Center Lovell Maine since 2013.

In addition to Larchmont Music Academy, Paul is on the faculty of the Paterson Music Project in Paterson New Jersey - an El- Sistema inspired after school program designed to provide children in underserved communities with music lessons and instruments. As a teacher, Paul believes that music is for everyone and hopes to leave his students with a passion and enjoyment for music and the learning process.

Cami Sylvia – Violin and Viola
13076815_10154840005524129_4764859189136303005_nBorn and raised in Rhode Island, violinist Cami Sylvia began her studies at the age of ten. A recipient of the full-tuition Helen Forman Special Talents Scholarship, she received her Bachelor of Music Performance degree from Rhode Island College (RIC) and studied with John Sumerlin. Cami also received a minor in Rhetoric and Writing and was the only student to complete an Honors Thesis for the Music Department during her graduation year. While at RIC, Cami performed in masterclasses given by artists such as the Muir String Quartet and contemporary violinist Tim Fain. Additionally, she led a student string quartet and the RIC Chamber Orchestra for three years. Cami continues to perform as a soloist with the Chamber Orchestra annually.
Cami is currently pursuing her Master of Music degree at SUNY Purchase Conservatory and studies on scholarship under the tutelage of Deborah Buck. While at the
Conservatory, she led the Purchase Symphony Orchestra as concert mistress in 2015 under guest conductor Roger Nierenberg. In September 2016, Cami served as principal second violin for the recording of The Crucible by Albany Records with the Purchase Opera and Purchase Symphony. This year, Cami has the opportunity to perform with Decoda, the first Affiliate Ensemble of Carnegie Hall, as the only violinist selected by faculty. Cami is a member of the Conservatory’s graduate string quartet and the ensemble has performed in masterclasses for Ani Kavafian, Philip Setzer of Emerson Quartet, and Kronos Quartet, as well as has participated in a live-streamed, archived masterclass at Rose Studio led by Sean Lee through the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Upon graduation in May 2017, Cami will continue her studies at Purchase Conservatory with Ms. Buck in pursuit of her Artist Diploma. While her education primarily focuses on performance, Cami is also very passionate about music education. Since 2010, she has taught violin and viola privately and has worked with students of all ages, ranging from five to fifty-five. Growing up with both Suzuki and traditional methods, Cami incorporates a mix of these two styles into her own teaching. She strives to share with her students the plethora of knowledge she has gained from her various mentors over the years. Cami is an instructor at Larchmont Music Academy in Larchmont, NY.

Seth Weaver – Brass, Piano, and Voice
Seth Weaver is an award winning trombonist, vocalist, composer, arranger, and educator based in New York City.  Originally from Franklin, TN, Seth was already playing and singing professionally in Nashville while still in high school. He completed a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies from the University of North Texas in 2013, and a Master’s degree in Jazz Studies at the Manhattan School of Music in 2015. Described as a “youthful trombone firebrand pelting NYC with deliciously soulful hard bop” by Michael Dease, international acclaimed jazz trombonist, Seth has quickly established himself as an upcoming voice in the NYC jazz community.

Seth has shared the stage with Ben Folds, Alfredo “Chocolate” Armenteros, Larry Harlow, Bucky Pizzarelli, Michael Dease, and many others. Seth has appeared on TV for “An American Big Band Christmas,” broadcast to over one hundred and sixty stations nationally. As a bandleader, Seth heads a seventeen-piece swing orchestra comprised of some of the most exciting new voices in the New York Jazz scene today. The band has performed in numerous venues around New York City including The Iridium, Swing 46, Club Bonafide, the APAP Showcase, Shapeshifter Lab, American Beauty, St. Peter’s Church, and many others. Described as  “big band swing with a modern twist," the group also has a monthly residency at Zinc Bar.

Seth is a sought after composer and arranger and his music has been performed all over the world. His composition "The Hudson" was debuted at Carnegie Hall in 2016. Seth's transcription and analysis of Michael Dease’s album Coming Home is available through Warwick Music Publications.

In addition to an active performance and writing schedule, Seth has had a private studio since 2010, teaching trombone, voice, piano, and composition/arranging. He is on the faculty at the Larchmont Music Academy and is a Music to Your Home teaching artist. In addition, has taught privately and led several master classes through the Manhattan School of Music Distance Learning Program. At MSM, Seth also co-wrote and performed “Swing Makes You Sing,” an interactive show for kids teaching them jazz, different instruments, and music history. Seth's students have performed at Madison Square Garden, Carnegie Hall, and won numerous local and national competitions.

Seth’s talent has been recognized throughout his career, and he has received numerous awards. In high school, he received the prestigious Louis Armstrong Award. While completing his undergraduate degree, he won the Downbeat Student Music Award for Best Vocal Jazz Soloist. He went on to win a Downbeat Student Outstanding Performance Award as a Vocal Soloist in the graduate category in 2014.  He is the winner of the Texas State Jazz Trombone Competition, and was one of three finalists in the International Trombone Association’s J.J. Johnson Jazz Competition two years in a row.  He also received an Honorable Mention in the International Trombone Association’s Carl Fontana Jazz Competition in 2013.

"Brynn is really enjoying her lessons with Seth. He has helped her make great progress, especially over the last month or so. Thanks, Seth!" ~ Andrea Hektor

Jennifer Wong – Piano
Ms. Wong received her Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music and her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of British Columbia. She has given numerous performances throughout North America and is the recipient of awards from the Royal Conservatory of Music and the Chopin Foundation Competition. Ms. Wong maintains an active performing and teaching career.

"Jennifer is extremely patient, supportive, and laser focused to see where I need help with specifics. We work on rhythm, phrasing, sight reading, dynamics, and key signatures. Studying with Jennifer results in my continued desire to pursue improvement.The progress I am making is the essence of my satisfaction with lessons. The environment of LMA is enjoyment, health, and wellness." ~ Fred Cooper

LMA is open Friday, March 8th

LMA follows the Mamaroneck public schools decisions on snow day closings. For the earliest notice go to www.mamkschools.org.If Mamaroneck Public Schools are closed LMA will be closed as well. If Mamaroneck Public Schools are delayed all lessons and classes will take place as usual. If there is an early dismissal at Mamaroneck Schools LMA will close at noon.