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

Nick Anton – Cello, Guitar, Bass

Nick Anton is a cellist, guitarist, and songwriter from Queens, New York. Nick received a Bachelor of Music in cello performance at the Aaron Copland School of Music with Marcy Rosen, where he received the Alexander Kouguell Award for Cello Excellence in his junior year. He studied chamber music with notable pedagogues such as Charles Neidich and Daniel Phillips. Despite studying classical music in college, Nick’s early professional success brought him into the world of rock and pop. During his last semester of college, Nick won an audition to join the progressive rock band You Bred Raptors?  which led to a 30 city national tour, as well as dozens of shows around the NYC area. That same spring, Nick also made his Broadway debut, performing in the onstage band of the musical “Waitress”, by Sara Bareilles. He performed guitar and cello with the First National Tour of "Waitress". Nick toured the entire country with the show over the course of two years. A lifelong songwriter, Nick composed his debut album, “Plane Spotting” while on the road with "Waitress".
Nick began his teaching career at RBA in Queens, where he taught students of all ages. Nick also maintains a private studio of cellists, where he prepares his students for NYSSMA evaluations and high school auditions. As a teacher, Nick’s primarily goal is to instill a love of music in his students while helping them develop a work ethic that will allow them to reach their goals in music and beyond.

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.

"My sons love their lessons with Sage, and my youngest can't wait to start with him next year."

Patrick Brennan – Guitar

Pat Brennan began playing guitar at the age of 10. With the encouragement of his father, who is also a guitarist, Pat began to listen to and practice jazz. While in high school Pat was chosen to be the guitarist in the 2008 Connecticut All-State jazz band. Pat attended the New School and then the City College of New York, receiving his undergraduate degree in jazz performance in 2014. In 2015 Pat was selected as a semifinalist in Wes Montgomery International Jazz Competition. Recently, Pat finished graduate school and received his Masters in jazz performance from the City College of New York. In addition to playing all around the city, Pat has a passion for teaching and loves seeing his students get fulfillment out of studying and playing music. Pat also knows the profound impact his teachers have had on him and wants to impact his student's lives in the same way.

"Pat is the best guitar teacher I've had!"

Sarah Childers – Piano and Voice
Sarah Childers Head ShotSarah Childers (Mezzo-soprano) is a New York City based opera singer. She is a diverse singer performing repertoire ranging from musical theater, contemporary music, opera and operetta. Miss Childers recently participated in the Savannah Voice Festival as a studio artist with the Sherrill Milnes Voice Experience. Some of Miss Childers’s performance credits include Rusalka (2nd Wood Sprite), Mikado (Peep- Beau), Pirates of Penzance (Edith), Die Zauberflöte (third boy), Hansel and Gretel (Hansel), Suor Angelica (Infermiera), The Little Prince (Rose). Contemporary music premiers include Derek Cooper’s cantata What If?(Mary) and three art song premiers in a recital “Love, War, and Song” and John Taylor Thomas’s O Pioneers! (Marie Shabata). Miss Childers received her Masters of Music in Voice Performance at Manhattan School of Music.

As an educator, Sarah is currently serving as a conductor and voice teacher for the National Children’s Chorus (Manhattan division) where she teaches chorus and voice to children between the ages 6-10. Miss Childers has prepared students for auditions at Lincoln Center, The Metropolitan Opera Children's Chorus, and America's Got Talent. Sarah was heavily involved in music educational outreach where she toured various schools to promote classical music. While still a student, she was featured as a soloist for the University’s annual Linkup concert, bringing music into impoverished areas.

"I love my piano teacher. She makes my lessons fun!"

"Very pleasant environment. Voice instructor made me feel comfortable and took the time to talk to me about my music goals. I feel confident that she is very knowledgeable and feel very positive about continuing classes with Sarah. I'm looking forward to learning a lot from her."

"A lovely singing teacher! So friendly and knows her stuff."

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.

"Our son really enjoys his lessons with Gareth and can't wait for next semester to start!"

Kayla Fuentes – Piano and Voice
Kayla Fuentes HeadshotKayla Fuentes is a mezzo-soprano, vocal pedagogue, and quirky theatre teacher from Starkville, Mississippi. Coming from a family with a big appreciation of the arts, music has always played a significant role in her life. She first realized her abilities on the stage in the ground breaking role of “Bird Woman” from Mary Poppins in the 3rd grade. Kayla attended Mississippi College, studying voice under the instruction of Kristen Johnson, and graduated in 2014 with a B.A in Classical Voice. While at Mississippi College, she performed the roles of Old Maid from Menotti’s Old Maid and the Thief, Madame Thenardier from Schönberg’s Les Miserables, and Emma Goldman from Glaherty’s Ragtime.  She has had the opportunity to collaborate with members of the Mississippi Symphony and worked with the Mississippi Opera Company. She pursued her Master of Music in Classical Voice at the Manhattan School of Music (MSM). During her first semester at MSM, Kayla sang in the chorus of the main stage opera, Macbeth. In her final year, she appeared in MSM’s Opera Scenes, A World Made Real: Five Stories of Women in Pursuit of Dreams, as Alma from Little Women, Cabarets, and Outreach Programs for local schools. She graduated in 2016 and continues to study with her teacher and mentor, mezzo-soprano, Mignon Dunn. Her passion for teaching and performing has brought her to LMA, where she can help young and talented artists fulfill their love of music.

"Kayla is such a fun and outgoing teacher and our daughter is making great progress."

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.

Alexander Gertner – French Horn

Alex Gertner 12 editedAlex Gertner is a freelance horn player and educator. He received his Bachelor of Music from Virginia Commonwealth University, his Master of Music from the University of Connecticut, and an Artist's Diploma from Montclair State University. He has played in several groups in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania. Orchestras he plays with include the Montclair Orchestra, Park Avenue Chamber Symphony, Chelsea Symphony, and Garden State Philharmonic. Gertner has played in prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kaufman Center, Symphony Space, Jorgensen Center, and the International Horn Symposium. As a soloist, he’s performed at Carnegie Hall, Society of Musical Arts, and the Northeast Horn Workshop. He has had the opportunity to perform with artists including Solomiya Ivakhiv, Dionne Jackson, Bucky Pizzarelli, Donny McCaslin, and The Machine. Gertner finds great joy in performing and in teaching new students of the instrument. He would like to thank his family and friends for all the support that he has received.

His teachers include Kyle Hoyt, Robert Hoyle, Patrick Smith, and Kate Sheeran. Gertner is passionate about education and has been teaching privately since 2013.  He enjoys teaching students from beginners to advanced.  He has helped young students with county, region, all-state, NYSSMA, and college auditions.  He plans to bring his years of experience to the Larchmont team and augment the horn and brass program.

Christopher Joyal – Violin and Viola
Christopher Joyal is a violinist, chamber musician and teacher based in New York City. A winner of the 2015 Aaron Copland School of Music concerto competition, he holds a Bachelor of Arts in Violin Performance. Christopher played as soloist with the QC Orchestra to perform Barber’s Violin Concerto on multiple occasions. As a prolific chamber music performer, he co-founded the Arya String Quartet where he is the second violinist. At the Aaron Copland School of Music, he studied violin performance with world renowned pedagogue Burton Kaplan, and violinist of the Orion String Quartet, Daniel Phillips. He was also awarded the Artur Balsam Chamber music award for three consecutive years. Christopher holds the position of violin faculty at the Newark School of the Arts Conservatory, and serves as Concertmaster of the New Rochelle Opera, the Regina Opera Company, and Martha Cardona Opera and performs extensively all around New York City. As a teacher he has helped students develop a beautiful and consistent tone, and create a deeper understanding of the music they are studying.

Jesse Levit – Winds and Piano

20180605_151553A native of Oakland, California, Jesse Levit started playing saxophone and piano at the age of seven. After winning best soloist at the Reno Jazz Festival twice and holding the lead alto chair in the SFJAZZ High School All-Star Band, he went on to earn the lead alto chair in the Monterey Jazz Festival All-Star Band, with whom he toured extensively and taught masterclasses across Japan and in the U.S. Jesse has had the opportunity to perform with such talents as James Moody, Frank Lacy, Jim McNeely, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Jane Monheit, Wynton Marsalis, Eddie Daniels, Peter Erskine, Wycliffe Gordon, Frankye Kelly, Sam Rivers, Dave Liebman, Lenny Pickett, Khalil Shaheed, Mark Levine, Diane Witherspoon, Benny Green, Stefon Harris, Seamus Blake, and Rufus Reid. Recently, he was awarded a full scholarship to the Keep An Eye Workshop in Amsterdam and had the privilege of studying and performing with Dick Oatts, Jay Anderson, and Jon Riley, before making his way to the Bay Area to perform with his West Coast Levitation Quartet.
In addition to his passion for performing, Jesse places significant importance on pedagogy and has been teaching for over 15 years in various contexts. Starting as a teenager, he helped mentor younger musicians in Oaktown Jazz Workshops in Oakland, California, and began teaching private lessons in college. He has taught after-school programs in Oakland at Claremont Middle School as well as academically graded keyboard and jazz band classes at Conservatory for Vocal and Instrumental Arts. When the school year ends, Jesse often joins faculties at summer jazz camps, such as Lafayette Jazz Camp and Stanford Jazz Workshop.

"His quiet and patient nature has been perfect for my son!"

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

Matthew Malanowski – Piano
Matthew Malanowski is currently a jazz pianist who is working on his Masters of Jazz Piano Performance at the Manhattan School of Music in New York, NY. He received his Bachelors of Music for Jazz Performance from Manhattan School of Music. Matt has been playing piano since the age of four and comes from a very musical background. He has had the opportunity to learn from many great musicians throughout New York and is currently studying under Jeremy Manasia and Stefon Harris of the Manhattan School of Music. Matt has performed at many prestigious venues in the United States, as well as across Europe and Brazil. Some of the United States venues include, but are not limited to Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, the Appel Room, the Jazz Gallery, An Die Musik, the Grammy Awards, Capitol Records Studios, Detroit Jazz Festival, Martha’s Vineyard Jazz and Blues Festival, the Met Room, Club Bonafide, Webster Hall, Shapeshifter Lab, Carnegie Hall, Faust Harrison Pianos, Steinway Hall, as well as many others. Matt has also toured in Germany, France, Austria, and Brazil. He has gotten the opportunity to play with many well known musicians including, but not limited to Matt Wilson, Avery Sharpe, Conrad Herwig, Nilson Matta, Jazzmeia Horn, Jane Monheit, Lou Tebakin, Luis Bonilla, Jimmy Greene, the NY Voices, Jon Faddis, Kendrick Scott, Tyshawn Sorey, and many more. I have been teaching piano for about eight years now and I have learned so much from each and every student! The beauty of teaching is that every student is different; therefore it becomes our responsibility as teachers to find the right path of inspiration for each person. I absolutely love being able to find unique and individual ways to get a young mind to explore the vast universe of music! There is absolutely something for everyone to relate to and often times, it just takes the right guidance, patience and commitment to get there. I hope to be that guide for my students as best as I can and help assist in the growth of the next generation of amazing young musicians!

My daughter loves taking lessons with Matt! He is awesome, charismatic and super passionate about what he does!

Susan Mandel – Cello
With her Masters in Performing Arts from New York University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Cello Performance, Susan has a vast range of experience as a Teaching Artist throughout the New York City and Tri-State area. Her technique is based in the El Sistema and Suzuki philosophy while involving her own experience in multi-genre music to formulate a guideline that is unique to each student’s goals and talents. She has experience working with students of all ages and levels.

Susan's diverse interests have led to a career focused in new music and collaboration. This past year's highlights include performances from Radio City Music Hall to Broadway’s Nederlander Theatre. While trained as a classical musician, Susan has performed with and enjoys collaborating with some of New York City’s most accomplished artists, crossing genres and artistic form. She has performed with major label artists including Alicia Keys, Lady Antebellum, gnash, and Tori Kelly on NBC’s Today Show, Saturday Night Live, Late Night with Seth Meyers, and Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. She is currently the principal cellist on Pretty Woman: The Musical (music and lyrics by Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance, orchestrations by Will Van Dyke and a book by Garry Marshall and J. F. Lawton).

Charlotte Merz – Voice and Piano
Australian-American mezzo soprano Charlotte Merz holds a Masters of Music from the Manhattan School of Music, a Graduate Diploma of Opera (Performance) and a Bachelor of Music (Performance) from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Among the scholarships she has been awarded Charlotte is a recipient of the Albert Scholarship for Music, the Clare Grant Stevenson Bequest, the Helpmann Family Fellowship, the Manhattan School of Music Scholarship, the Australian Elizabeth Theatre Trust and the PPCA Grant. She has extensive experience as a concert soloist having appeared in Messiah (Handel), Requiem (Mozart), Vespere solennes de confessor,(Mozart), Elijah (Mendelssohn), Theresienmesse (Haydn), Rejoice in the Lamb (Britten) and Mass in D (Dvorak). In 2015, Charlotte made her Sydney Opera House debut as a soloist in Mass by Leonard Bernstein as part of the Sydney Conservatorium's Centenary Gala. Charlotte has also performed operatic roles in both Australia and the United States. In Australia she appeared as Girrafier in Les Deux Aveugles (Offenbach) with Sydney Independent Opera and the Countess of Desmond in English Eccentrics (Malcolm Williamson) with the Sydney Conservatorium opera studio. In the United States, Charlotte appeared in the role of Violet in A Childhood Miracle (Rorem), Dorbella (Mozart) and Miss Jessel (Britten) with the Manhattan School of Music opera theater. Charlotte has also performed in Italy as a festival artist with Bel Canto Tuscany and in New York as a festival artist with the Chautauqua Voice Institute. In 2019, Charlotte was an Apprentice Artist with Sarasota Opera. Charlotte also has extensive experience as a music pedagogue. As well as being a specialist Teaching Artist in elementary schools in New York City, Charlotte also has extensive experience teaching classical and contemporary voice and piano keyboard skills to students at elementary level and beyond.

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 Master 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

"Charlotte was friendly, patient and it was a great introduction for an eager child that has never played an instrument"~ Carter Moed

John O'Leary – Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute and Piano

Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, John O’Leary is a multi-instrumentalist (Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute) with a love for jazz. John is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, where he received his Masters of Music in jazz saxophone performance, and also from Florida State University, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in jazz saxophone performance.


John has recently performed with and studied under such artists as Marcus Roberts, David Leibman, Stefon Harris, John Beasley, Carmen Bradford, Scotty Barnhart, Donny McCaslin, Dayna Stephens, and others. His performance career has lead him to the Atlanta Jazz Festival, the Tallahassee Jazz Festival, the Harlem Stage, and Lincoln Center.

For the past year, John has worked as a musician with Norwegian Cruise Lines, performing the Broadway show “After Midnight: a Cotton Club Musical” and accompanying singers like Shoshana Bean (‘Wicked’), Laura Wright (‘Vegas the Show’), and Nashville recording artist Chris Burke, among others, all while traveling to Alaska, Mexico, Panama, Colombia, and Bermuda.

Aside from performing around the city and abroad, John enjoys working as a music educator. Having taught for 2 years at the W.H.E.E.L.S. public high school in Washington Heights NYC, and also for 3 summers at the Long Lake Camp for the Arts in upstate NY, John is a well-versed instructor. Stressing individual attention with rooted foundations in performance techniques, theoretical comprehension, and ear training, John’s personalized instruction ensures every student comes away with the tools necessarily to succeed as a musician.

Adriana Maria Pera – Cello

Cellist and New York native, Adriana Maria Pera has established herself as equally at home in many genres of music.  As a performer, she has been a cellist with the Slee Sinfonietta, Principal Cellist with the Symphony Orchestras of Toronto and Buffalo Universities, and a member of the Parkdale Revolutionary Orchestra – a contemporary rock band.  Adriana has participated in the International Bach Festival, directed by Maestro Helmuth Rilling, and at the “June in Buffalo” Series, an annual festival of contemporary music hosting notables such as Steve Reich.  Passionate about new music, she has performed Augusta Read Thomas' cello concerto, Passion Prayers and the world premiere of Vanity of the Heavens by Yoshiko Ando at THE SOUNDLAB. She has also led a performance of Boulez’s Mesagessaquisse – a cello septet.  An engaging chamber musician, Adriana has performed with many ensembles and has been coached by the Orion and St. Lawrence String Quartets, Gryphon Trio, and has performed for Janos Starker, Leon Fleisher, Fred Sherry, and Menahem Pressler, among others. In 2012, she embarked on an epic journey alongside her former teacher, Jonathan Golove, where she performed Sofia Gubaidulina's cello quartet, Quaternion both at the University at Buffalo and at a theater, video, dance and music installation that took place inside a marine grain elevator called "American Grain". 
Adriana received a Bachelor of Music from the University at Buffalo, and a Master of Music from the University of Toronto, where she studied with Jonathan Golove and Shauna Rolston, respectively. Her Doctoral studies were at the University of Toronto with supervision under David Hetherington of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. She received her Artist Diploma from Purchase College where she studied with Julia Lichten of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.

Eugene Posniewski – Kindermusik, Piano, and Voice
eugenepicEugene received his BM summa cum laude in Voice Performance and Opera Studies from the Conservatory of Music at SUNY Purchase College. He has studied privately with Mina Kim, Joan Krueger, Hugh Murphy, and Jacque Trussel. Eugene’s performance credits include appearances at Carnegie Hall and the Performing Arts Center at Purchase College. He has also collaborated with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Eugene is an accomplished pianist and works as an accompanist, liturgical pianist, and baritone soloist in Westchester County.

Eugene holds several years teaching experience and is a certified Kindermusik Educator, specializing in early childhood education. He has directed musicals at the Education First International Academies of Tarrytown and Thornwood and has taught at the MGM Study Center of Yonkers, the Rye Arts Center of Rye, as well as the Amadeus Conservatory of Music of Chappaqua. Eugene is trained, as a pianist, in the classical Russian method. His students have performed in competitions throughout Westchester County and New York City, including the International Bach Competition.

Eugene is a very enthusiastic and committed teacher. He hopes to develop a love of music within all of his students, and strives to give them the tools to play with passion, precision, and confidence.

"We love Mr. Eugene's classes, we look forward to them every week!"

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

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

Emilie Samson – Piano and Voice

Born in Montreal, Quebec, Émilie Samson is a jazz vocalist, composer, and educator. She graduated with honours from McGill University, where she completed her Bachelor in Jazz Performance, being awarded the mention of "outstanding performance in jazz voice". In 2017, Émilie relocated to New York City after receiving a scholarship to pursue a Master’s degree at the prestigious Manhattan School of Music, where she studied with Theo Bleckmann, Kate McGarry and Jo Lawry. In Montreal, Émilie was active both on the jazz and classical scene, leading her own group in jazz clubs and singing in different classical and contemporary chorus. In New York, Émilie has performed in several venues including The 55 Bar, Harlem Stage and Lincoln Center.

She is a versatile singer who touched many different styles, being jazz, brazilian music, musical theatre, classical and popular music. She has studied composition with some in-demand composers such as John Hollenbeck, Christine Jensen, Phil Markowitz and David Liebman. Émilie composes and writes arrangements both for herself and other vocalists. She is currently working on her upcoming EP on which she’ll release originals arrangements and compositions.

Émilie has been teaching voice and piano for over ten years and is licensed to teach Kindermusik. She is passionate about pedagogy and has taught music to students of every level and age, from babies to retirees, with beginners to undergraduate music major students. Émilie is bilingual and can teach in French upon request, and she can also teach beginner ukulele and guitar.

 "My five year old looks forward to piano lessons with Emilie!"

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

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

Charlie Steiner – Percussion
Charlie Steiner is a drummer and teacher based in New York City. He hails from South Florida where he attended the world renowned Dillard Center for the Arts. Through Dillard, he had many opportunities to play with and learn from some of the top musicians in the jazz scene including Rodney Whitaker, Wycliffe Gordon, and Wynton Marsalis. Through these experiences, he gained a wealth of knowledge in the jazz tradition as well as numerous other styles of drumming including rock, Latin, and Pop/Top 40's. He attended the Manhattan School of Music, fulfilling a lifelong dream of moving to New York. Since moving to New York, he has been soaking up the scene playing consistently at some of New York’s top clubs and venues. He is able to use this on the job experience to teach young students lessons that otherwise could only be learned on the bandstand. His teaching style is challenging but doesn't miss out on the fun of drumming which is ideal for any student.

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 in high school 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 is a core member of the Avalon Jazz Band, led by vocalist Tatiana Eva Marie, and 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, Patrick Bartley, 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 has a passion for the music of video games and cartoons, world music, sound engineering, and teaching. Wallace has taught guitar and bass privately for over a decade and is delighted to share his performance and education 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.

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

Ty Wes – Winds and Piano

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Ty Wes is a clarinetist from the vast mountain ranges of Montana.  He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in clarinet performance from the University of Montana and a Master’s in Music degree from the University of Oklahoma.  Mr. Wes is an active performer and teacher in the New York City area. He has performed with the Feurige 5 Woodwind Quintet (his own personal wind quintet), the So&So Orchestra (NYC), Utopia Opera (NYC), Park Avenue Chamber Symphony (NYC), Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra (NYC), Queer Urban Orchestra (NYC), the Wind Ensemble Society of New York City (WESNYC), the Academia Philharmonia (Oklahoma), the St. Petersburg Opera (Florida), Venice Symphony Orchestra (Florida), Florida Wind Band, Tampa Bay Symphony Winds (Florida), the Gainesville Symphony Orchestra (Florida), The Villages Philharmonic (Florida), Missoula Symphony Orchestra (Montana), as well as the Montana Lyric Opera (Montana).  Mr. Wes has had the privilege of working with new up-and-coming composers, and is an advocate for new/contemporary music as well as a strong promoter of chamber music.

Ty has an incredible passion for teaching and coaching chamber music.  He has served as a lead teacher with the Harmony Program based here in New York City, as well as being the summer music coordinator for the Harmony Summer Music Program.  He has been a guest clinician at numerous schools during his time in Oklahoma and Florida, where he has worked with middle school and high school students, as well as being director of a clarinet choir.  Ty’s students in Florida have gone on to participate in All-State Band/Orchestra and All-State Solo and Ensemble.

Anna Whitaker – Piano and Voice
headshot(2)Anna Whitaker is a vocalist/pianist from Christchurch, New Zealand. She has her undergraduate degree in jazz piano, a masters in jazz voice, and a post graduate diploma in education. 2016 she was the grateful recipient of the Aotearoa Music Scholarship, the Kieth Laugessen and Anne Reid Memorial Trust Scholarships, which enabled her to move to New York to complete her masters at Aaron Copeland School of Music, Queens College. During her time at Queens College, she was also the recipient of the Michael Feinstein Scholarship and the Discimus ut Serviamus Award.
Anna is also a seasoned performer. Highlights have been releasing a live album featuring a jazz orchestra, a studio album with a full big band and string section, performing and headlining in multiple jazz festivals around New Zealand.

Alongside performing, Anna is a passionate educator. She is a fully registered classroom teacher in New Zealand, and after one year of teaching became head of department. After this year she became an adjunct professor of voice at Ara Music Arts College, providing one on one tutoring to undergraduate vocalists.
Now permanently residing in New York, Anna is thrilled to join the staff at Larchmont Music Academy.

 

"We love Anna! She is a fabulous teacher. She helped me with my music for the musical!"

"The staff are all knowledgeable and really kind. They make learning so much fun. My daughter has shown tremendous improvement and cant wait to go each week" ~ Ryan O'Leary

Jenny Xu – Piano

Jenny Xu is a Canadian pianist and a graduate of Berklee College of Music (BM ’16), which she attended on full-scholarship, as well as the Manhattan School of Music (MM ’19), which she attended on partial scholarship. She holds a Royal Conservatory of Music ARCT Diploma for Classical Piano Performance, a Bachelor's Degree in Performance (summa cum laude) and a Master’s Degree in Jazz Piano Performance (summa cum laude). At MSM, Jenny held the piano chair in the institution's Latin-Grammy nominated Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra both years of her degree, in addition to having worked closely with NEA Jazz Master Paquito D’Rivera in his Irakere Combo. 

Jenny is a recipient of numerous awards and accolades including the MSM Outreach Award (2019), Stingray Rising Star Award (2018), Downbeat Award (2018), Berklee Jazz Performance Award recipient (2016), Dal Richard’s Scholarship (2014), Yamaha Kando Award (2014) and was the first individual ever offered a full renewable scholarship to Humber College in Toronto. She completed her undergraduate studies in two years, at twenty years old and, as a result, holds the record for fastest graduation without transfer credits at Berklee.

Jenny has experience performing at over a dozen music festivals and has had the immense privilege of having worked with Buster Williams, Ingrid Jensen, George Garzone, Eddie Gomez, Kendrick Scott, Dave Liebman, The New York Voices, Paquito D’Rivera and Arturo O’Farrill. On piano, she has shared the stage with the likes of Harold Mabern and Cándido Camero, in addition to having toured with world-renowned saxophonist, George Garzone. Last summer, Jenny was part of the TD Ottawa Youth Summit that opened for Herbie Hancock at the 2018 TD Ottawa International Jazz Festival. 

Having taught piano since the age of thirteen, Jenny is a zealous advocate of music education and has worked with students as young as four years old, to retirees - ranging from complete beginners to undergraduate music majors. Her teaching philosophy prioritizes instilling a love of music within the student - regardless of their level of seriousness or technical aptitude - and creating lesson plans based off of the each individual’s unique goals and interests. 

"Jenny is an outstanding piano instructor and a true professional!"

Campbell Youngblood-Petersen – Percusson and Piano

punch-the-sun_39389784611_o(1)Campbell Youngblood-Petersen is a Brooklyn based drummer, composer, pianist and educator. He plays regularly in the New York area with his own band Songsāra, pop-rock outfit Punch the Sun, and electronic/drum and bass duo Flightless Birds. Campbell has studied with Jeff Brandt, Dr. Robert Ledbetter, Peter Retzlaff, Jordan Perlson, Nate Smith, and Mark Guiliana. Playing with funk band Kung Fu Kongress in Missoula, MT, he had the opportunity to share the stage with Galactic, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Dumpstaphunk, The Wailers, and The New Mastersounds. Campbell holds a certificate in Jazz from the Drummers Collective in New York City, and a Bachelors in Percussion Performance from the University of Montana in Missoula, MT, where he received the Lance Boyd Undergraduate Jazz Award, and was the Rachel Sprunk Smith Scholar. Growing up in a household that doubled as a violin studio for his mother, Campbell has been around music education for quite some time. He has maintained a private studio of piano, drum and percussion students since 2011, and has worked with high school drumline and percussion ensembles. Through all of this, one thing has become clear to him: we can learn invaluable lessons about life, ourselves, and each other through music!
"Campbell rocks! He makes my lessons fun."
"Great teacher. Flexible scheduling. Love the location. Excited for more music in our lives!"

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.