Larchmont Music Academy



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.


Samantha Atlas – Brass
Trumpet player, Sam Atlas, just completed her studies at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of Roy Poper. As an aspiring orchestral musician, Sam has enjoyed performing as principal trumpet with the Oberlin Orchestra on works by composers ranging from Beethoven to John Adams, including the world premiere performance of Notes on Becoming by Benjamin Martin. Sam has performed on tour with the Oberlin Orchestra in Carnegie Hall, and with the Norwalk Youth Symphony in Prague, Vienna, Salzberg, Munich, Berlin, and Leipzig, playing major symphonic works such as Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra, and Mahler’s Symphony No. 1. She has attended Boston University’s Tanglewood Institute, the Eastern Music Festival, Tom Hooten’s Trumpet Mastery Course, and the New England Music Camp. In addition to her orchestral performances, Sam has had ongoing church engagements in Ohio and Connecticut for services like Easter and Christmas. Sam is an avid educator and has led an active role in creating and maintaining a small trumpet studio since 2017. She has taught general music at a local school in Bridgeport, and served as a section leader of the University of Miami’s Frost Band of the Hour. Most recently, she was the trumpet teacher for the Community Music School in Oberlin, Ohio. Sam is passionate about the power music has on people, and loves passing her passion to others. As a teacher, she firmly believes that each individual learns and grows in different ways, and she strives to communicate her knowledge in a variety of forms in order to ensure each student can maximize their learning and find their own voice through the trumpet. She is excited to get to know her new students at the Larchmont Music Academy! Sam is looking forward to continuing her studies to pursue a master’s degree at the Manhattan School of Music in the school’s Orchestral Performance program where she will study with Ethan Bensdorf.

"My lesson with Ms.Sam was so much fun!" ~LMA Student

Bianca Barragan – Piano and Voice
Bianca Barragan is a classically trained singer and pianist with a background in musical theatre and pop based in New Rochelle, NY. 

Originally from NYC, Bianca is an alumni of both Larchmont Music Academy and Mamaroneck High School. She accredits her love of music, performance and passion for teaching to the training she received at LMA. 

Bianca received a B.A. in Music from Vassar College under the vocal study of soprano Rachel Rosales. While at Vassar, Bianca was heavily involved in extracurriculars such as the Broadway themed acapella group, all-female comedy group, and student run opera. Notable performance credits include Pamina in Die Zauberflöte with the New York Lyric Opera, Marcellina in Le Nozze di Figaro with Lyric Opera Studio Weimar, and Aunt Sponge in the Regional Tour of James and the Giant Peach.

As a teacher, Bianca believes in fostering confidence in each of her students as they discover their own unique voices and achieve their singing goals. 

"My daughter loves her lessons with Ms.Bianca! She is great!" ~ LMA Student

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's degrees in music. 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."

"The instructor Sage was very interactive & worked well with our son."

Matt Burkett – Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, and Piano

Matt Burkett is a saxophonist, pianist, composer, and improviser based in New York City. He received his BM in Jazz Saxophone from Manhattan School of Music, and has studied with such distinguished artists as Rich Perry, Vincent Herring, Dayna Stevens, Dave Liebman, Dave Taylor, and composition with Reiko Fueting. Originally from Annapolis, MD, Matt grew up immersed knee-deep in the varied local music scene, and quickly developed a love of music across a diverse range of genres.

Matt absolutely loves teaching and sharing his love of music with students. He maintains a private studio of saxophone, music theory, and ear training students in New York, and is a Bronx Arts Ensemble teaching artist. Matt believes in an individual approach based on student interests supported by a solid grounding of fundamental ability and understanding.

"Mr. Matt is so nice. I love my saxophone lessons with him" ~LMA Student


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." - Joan R.

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

Michela Christianson – Violin and Viola
Violist Michela Christianson is an active member of the classical music community in the New York metropolitan area. Ms. Christianson has performed across the Northeast as a soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician. She is a devoted teacher, whose studio serves students across greater New York City. Her students have earned performance opportunities in the Long Island String Festival and regional all-county orchestra festivals, as well as found success in New York State’s NYSSMA festival. As a committed performer and instructor of chamber music, she has served on the staff of the Summer Chamber Music Camp at Stony Brook University, and has given performances in venues such as the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts’ Krasnoff Theatre, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall, and Lincoln Center’s Daniel and Joanna S. Rose Studio. She has participated in master classes with Kim Kashkashian, Andrew Manze, Cho-liang Lin, Lawrence Dutton, and members of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Michela holds Bachelors and Masters degrees from the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College, where she studied with Danielle Farina and Shmuel Katz. She was awarded the Outstanding Graduate Award in Classical Studies by the conservatory upon her graduation in 2019. Her prior teachers include Eddy Malave, Barry Lehr, and Irene Stitt, the latter of whom greatly influenced Michela’s dedication to teaching. Through her experience and mentorship under Mrs. Stitt, she discovered that a musical education is an invaluable resource for young minds, and continues to further her former teacher’s legacy through her teaching pursuits. She is excited to share her love of learning and playing music with her students at LMA.

"We love Michela - she's caring, energetic, and so passionate about what she does and what her students do. So lucky to have her!" ~ Ella's Mom

Melissa Cintron – Piano and Voice
Soprano Melissa Cintron has earned acclaim for her musical sensitivity, vocal virtuosity and engaging stage presence. She holds degrees from The Manhattan School of Music where she earned her Master of Music degree and Bachelor of Music degree under the tutelage of Joan Caplan.

She gained recognition by Opera News for her voice’s beautiful upper extension in her role as Najade in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos in Merkin Hall at The Kaufman Center for the Performing Arts. Ms. Cintron also performed the National Anthem as an honored soloist at the U.S. Capitol Rotunda and The Great Hall of the Library of Congress in a televised presentation of the Congressional Gold Medal to the Tuskegee Airmen.

She has performed with One World Symphony, Opera Noire of New York, The Hudson Lyric Opera Company and The Bronx Opera Company. Abroad, she studied and performed with The Centro Studi Italiani Young Artist Program in southern Italy and also studied at The Intermezzo Young Artist Program.

Her operatic roles and concert appearances include The Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Despina in Così fan Tutte, The Countess and Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Musetta in La Bohème, Juliette in Romeo et Juliette, Giulietta in I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Marie in La Fille du Régiment, Linda in Linda di Chamounix, Amina in La Sonnambula, Lucia in Lucia di Lamermoor, Valencienne in The Merry Widow, Cunegonde in Candide, Carmen and Frasquita in Carmen, and Lakme.

As a teacher for more than 17 years, I am passionate about being a healthy part of my student's journey. i love to see my students grow and achieve their dreams and goals. I am passionate about their discovery of their authentic selves and wonderful talent.


Camille Dietrich – Cello

Cellist Camille Dietrich received her Master of Music degree from  Manhattan School of Music, where she studied with Julia Lichten and David Geber and completed her undergraduate degree at Manhattan School of  Music studying performance and cello pedagogy with Marion Feldman, a world-renowned pedagogue. 

Described as “...demonstrating a facility with a multitude of musical  languages” by British avant-garde music magazine The Wire, Camille  enjoys a rising career as a soloist, chamber musician, and teacher. Camille  has premiered as a soloist with the North New Jersey Symphony  Orchestra, the Rockland Symphony, and has performed solo recitals  throughout the New York metropolitan area. As an active chamber musician  and founding member of the Madkoi Quartet, Camille has performed at  venues such as Lincoln Center, Symphony Space and (RED) Charity  Foundation. She performed alongside the Kronos Quartet at their 40th  Anniversary concert at Carnegie Hall and later joined them for the world  premiere of Gudmundson Holmgreen’s string quartet “All in One”. Camille  has also performed and recorded Steve Reich’s “Triple Quartet” with the  JACK Quartet, which was broadcasted on WQXR radio. In 2017, Camille  and her father, avant-garde saxophonist Don Dietrich released their duo  album, DIETRICHS, on Pica Disk Records, which was reviewed in the  November 2017 issue of The Wire. She and her father were also  recognized in jazzrightnow.coms list of Best Live Concerts of 2018.  

Camille has always had a special interest in teaching the cello and enjoys working with children and adult students of all levels. Utilizing traditional and Suzuki methods, Camille’s teaching philosophy focuses on the mind body connection, and she helps her students develop personalized practice techniques. Camille creates a safe learning environment in which students build musical skills, self-awareness and confidence, and also has experience teaching differently-abled students.

"My daughter loved her lesson with Ms.Camille!" ~ LMA Student

Nicholas DiMaria – Brass and Piano

Nicholas DiMaria is a trumpeter, pianist, composer, and music educator. He received his Bachelor’s in Music (Trumpet/Jazz Arts) from Manhattan School of Music where he enrolled in a variety of education and psychology courses, studying the most recent pedagogical philosophies. He has performed at the Syracuse Jazz Festival, Carnegie Hall, The Great New York State Fair, and Disneyland®. He has also opened for Grammy® Winners Lalah Hathaway and Randy Brecker.
Nicholas has taught private lessons to students of all ages, worked as a lecturer on Jazz in NOPL Libraries, as a clinician/guest artist with the Michael Passarelli Jazz Orchestra, and hosted youth jazz jam sessions. In his teaching, Nicholas combines these educational approaches with his own progressive methods to inspire musical creativity and growth.
 “Nicholas is an extraordinary teacher, with such enthusiasm, warmth, and talent that a student working with him could not help but fall in love with music. Nicholas is also able to impart the rigors of practice while remaining sensitive and responsive to the needs of the child.”
Nina - mother of high-school student

Will Evans – Piano
Pianist and composer William Evans is a passionate musician coming onto the scene. He completed his undergraduate degree with highest honors at Brown University while studying with Ed Tomassi and Hal Crook, and a master’s degree at the Manhattan School of Music in the studios of Phil Markowitz and Jeremy Manasia. He began playing piano at age seven in his hometown of Providence, Rhode Island. Evans began playing professionally in high school, during which he won honors including 1st place in the 2016 Rhode Island All State competition and the George Wein Jazz Ambassador Award from the Newport Jazz Festival. Since arriving in New York City in 2021, Evans has made a name for himself as both a bandleader and a sideman at venues like Dizzy’s Club, Birdland, 55 Bar, Firehouse 12, Club Groove, Telefunken Studios, and many others. Evans has had the honor of sharing the stage with such distinguished musicians as Jimmy Heath, Ingrid Jensen, Darcy James Argue, Dick Oatts, Matt Wilson, Wallace Roney, Don Braden, Avery Sharpe, Jack Walrath, Luques Curtis and Albert Rivera.

Evans also is a dedicated music teacher. Having studied with incredible teachers throughout his life, he is inspired to pass on his love of music to all kinds of students. He maintains a vital private studio, leads workshops, and directs student bands of all levels.

"My child is so happy with his piano lessons! He likes Mr. Will so much." ~LMA Student

Celina Farmer – Violin and Viola (Suzuki, Traditional)

Born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, violinist Celina Farmer began her collegiate studies at the Eastman School of Music, where she earned her Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance under the tutelage of Professor Renée Jolles. Celina also holds a Master of Music from DePaul University, where she studied with Professor Janet Sung and performed as Concertmaster of the DePaul Concert Orchestra and the DePaul Baroque Ensemble. Another significant part of Celina's education was her time spent at Interlochen Arts Academy, where she earned her High School Diploma and spent three formative years studying with Paul Sonner. 

Celina has performed throughout her home state with ensembles such as the Juneau Symphony, the Anchorage Opera, the Alaska Chamber Singers, as a tenured Violin 1 player in the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra, and as a Soloist and Concertmaster of the Anchorage Bowl Chamber Orchestra. As a chamber musician, Celina annually tours with members of the ABCO to bring classical music to rural communities across Southcentral Alaska.

Celina teaches in both the traditional style and with the Suzuki method, completing Suzuki Teacher Training with Every Child Can and Violin Books 1-5 under the mentorship of Rolando Freitag. Celina strives to foster meaningful connections with all of her students and teach musical skills that will aid their success in all aspects of life.

Ms. Celina is the best teacher. She makes lessons so much fun! ~LMA Student

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 earn his Master of Music from 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!"

Hannah Fuerst – Music For Little Ones
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 was the director of LMA’s Kindermusik program since 2011 and created the Music for Little Ones curriculum with Claudia.

Valerie Girardi – Piano and Voice
Soprano Valeria Girardi hails from New Rochelle, New York. She received her bachelor's degree in theater and vocal performance. She teaches all styles of music from opera to musical theater and popular music while teaching correct vocal technique. Highlights of her career have included numerous appearances with New York Grand Opera as a mezzo-soprano. She also made her Carnegie Hall debut singing the role of Amneris in the triumphal scene of Aida and returned to sing Zuma in Verdi’s rarely performed opera Alzira. Other roles with the company have included Preziosilla in La Forza del Destino, Maddalena in Rigoletto, Meg Page in Falstaff, Emilia in Otello, and Flora in La Traviata. Described for her portrayal as “an operatic force to reckon with,” Ms. Girardi sang the complete role of Amneris in Aida at Central Park under the baton of maestro Vincent La Selva and was represented in Opera News magazine as a featured artist with the company.

Valerie has performed in both opera and oratorios throughout the US. Some works have included Mrs. Ott in Susannah, Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus, Mother Marie in Dialogues des Carmélites, Verdi’s Requiem and Bach’s St. Mathew’s Passion.
A winner of competitions including the MacAllister Foundation Awards, Queen’s Opera Competition, Young Patronesses of Opera/Florida Grand Competition, and the first-place national winner of the Bel Canto Opera Seminar she has gained recognition for her excellence. After her above triumphs as a mezzo-soprano, she changed Fach in recent years under the direction of her long-time teacher Armen Boyajian. She made her company debut as a soprano with New Jersey State Opera singing excerpts of Il Trovatore, La Traviata, Don Giovanni, Turandot, and Adriana Lecouvreur.
As a voice teacher she loves passing on her experience to the next generation. Valerie teaches all styles of music and guides each student to find their voice and excel.

Charlie Kanne – Viola and Violin

Charles Kanne is a violist currently based in New York City whose interests in teaching and performing span across many musical disciplines; from classical, to folk and rock, to avant-garde. Charles holds a Bachelor's in Viola Performance from Indiana University, has studied chamber music with members of the Pacifica and St. Lawrence quartet, and has performed in masterclasses including for Pierre-Henri Xuereb, Roberto Diaz, and Jodi Levitz.

During his studies at Indiana University, Charles was the violist of the Indiana University New Music Ensemble, where he premiered and recorded many new works by living composers.  He has also worked independently with composers including during the height of the pandemic in order to share and record their music.  Charles also performed regularly with the Terre Haute Symphony and Columbus Philharmonic.

Charles studied violin pedagogy under the tutelage of Mimi Zweig, who currently heads the Indiana University String Academy. He believes in encouraging students to engage thoughtfully and critically with music and to ask questions, as well as strongly encouraging curiosity, exploration, and the pursuit of musical interests of all kinds.  Charles’ primary teachers include Stephen Wyrczynski and Spencer Martin.
"My child loves Mr. Charlie! He can't wait to see him next week. ~LMA Student

Jack Kotze – Brass and Piano
Trombonist, pianist, and composer Jack Kotze has been living and freelancing in New York City since 2016 when he moved there to study at the Manhattan School of Music. Jack graduated from the Manhattan School of Music with his BM in 2020 and MM in 2022. Since then he has performed and recorded in numerous big bands, jazz combos, rock bands, theater pits, chamber ensembles, and symphony orchestras. Jack has performed as a sideman in groups led by Jon Batiste, Darren Criss, Arturo O’Farrill, Damien Sneed, Ryan Keberle, and Steven Feifke, among others. He also fronts his own trio and co-leads the new jazz fusion ensemble, 5th Estate. In addition to performing, Jack has a passion for composition, orchestration, and arranging and works as a freelance music copyist. Born in Chicago, he began piano studies at age 7, and at 10 took up the trombone. In 2014, Jack was awarded the Kiewat-Wang Mentorship Award from the Jazz Institute of Chicago which gave him the opportunity to study with highly acclaimed trombonist and arranger Tom Garling.

Some of Jack’s accomplishments include attending Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead program at the Kennedy Center in 2018, being named a YoungArts jazz finalist in 2017, and performing in the Monterey Jazz Festival’s Next Generation Jazz Orchestra and the Grammy Band in 2016. More recently, he was named a co-winner of the International Trombone Association Carl Fontana Jazz Trombone Competition in 2020 and a finalist in the UNT Jazz Trombone Competition in 2022. During his time there he was fortunate enough to study with Luis Bonilla, Marshall Gilkes, Stefon Harris, Ingrid Jensen, Ryan Keberle, Dave Taylor, and Steve Turre.

Inspired by the great educators in his own life, Jack loves to teach! In private lessons, he takes an individual approach for each student and can cover a variety of topics including brass technique, beginning/intermediate piano, improvisation, ear training, and composition. Jack enjoys working with students of all skill levels and is excited to help them reach the next stage in their musical journey!

"I always have a great lesson with Mr. Jack. I always learn so much." ~ LMA Student

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

Chaz Martineau – Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute, and Piano
Chaz Martineau is a saxophonist and composer originally from Phoenix Arizona. He moved to New York City to pursue his performing and teaching career following the completion of his master and bachelor's degree in Jazz Performance from Arizona State University. Chaz has studied with many talented musicians such as, Roxy Coss, Rufus Reid, Lucas Pino, and Lewis Nash. Most Recently Chaz was selected to be a part of the Ravinia Steans jazz Institute as one of fifteen fellows. At Ravinia Chaz focused on improving as a performer and composer under the tutelage of Rufus Reid, Billy Childs, and Steve Wilson.

Chaz has extensive teaching experience on both woodwinds and piano to students of all ages. He taught in Phoenix Conservatory of Music and East Valley School of Music in Arizona.
He focuses on helping his students consistently improve while maintaining a fun and joy filled environment.
"My son loves Chaz. He is great with him and always looks forward to seeing him each week." ~LMA Student

Charlotte Munn-Wood – Violin and Viola

An outspoken proponent of experimental sounds and expression, violinist Charlotte Munn-Wood is an improviser, chamber musician, and sought-after educator in New York City and beyond. Munn-Wood received her B.M. at Western Michigan University in the studio of Renata Knific and her M.M. in Contemporary Performance Practice at the Manhattan School of Music with Dr. Curtis Macomber.Her music and visual art explore the textures and timbres of the natural world and of inner psychological environments. Munn-Wood is a founding member of Du.0 (du-point-oh), a two-violin ensemble specializing in experimental contemporary and noise-based improvised music. Formed with Aimée Niemann in 2015, the duo has forged a path of innovative, inclusive programming in non-traditional venues. The ensemble will release its debut studio album, 3 to 7 Sounds, in summer 2023. Munn-Wood is a founding member of Telos Consort, a group of creatives seeking to reimagine the concert experience through the performance of new and newer works by living composers. She is also a founding member of the Intimate Artistry String Quartet, led by composer Sarah Lydia Anne Banks, whose improvisation is guided by the principle of creative sonic embodiment. 

Sought after as a private teacher, Munn-Wood maintains private studios in Manhattan and Westchester County. She recently entered her sixth year on faculty at the Larchmont Music Academy, bringing her inquiry-based teaching approach to children and adults alike. Away from the violin, she is an avid runner, rock climber, and prolific fiber artist. 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

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 earned his master's 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!" Ava S.

"PJ is a great guitar teacher!" - Oscar K.

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 of Arts 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!" ~ LMA mom

 "Emilie is great with kids and adults alike - Emilie has taught our entire family at this point" ~ LMA mom

Nathan See – Winds and Piano

Multi-instrumentalist Nathan See has been pursuing a life in music ever since his first exposure to jazz as a middle school student. Today he is an in-demand saxophonist, composer, and educator based in New York City.

As a performer and composer, Nathan is influenced by Charlie Parker, Duke Ellington, Bela Bartok, and Wynton Marsalis. He is constantly working to develop a unique artistic voice that is informed by the history of the saxophone and a variety of other influences. He has performed across the country at venues such as Dizzy’s Club, Rose Hall (JALC), Alice Tully Hall, Small’s Jazz Club, Smoke Jazz Club, Sculler’s Jazz Club, Wally’s Jazz Café, Kranzberg Arts Center, Peoria Riverfront Jazz Festival, Salem Jazz and Soul Festival, Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival, as well as internationally in South Korea and Belize.

As an educator, Nathan is passionate about the fundamentals of music and helping students meet their goals as developing musicians. He has been teaching private lessons for over 6 years in saxophone, flute, clarinet, piano, and subjects such as music theory, ear training, composition, and jazz improvisation. Nathan is currently Woodwind and Piano Faculty at Larchmont Music Academy, and Ear Training Faculty at The Juilliard School’s Evening Division. As a graduate student, Nathan held two teaching fellowships at The Juilliard School, teaching in the Ear Training department as well as in New York City public schools. Previously, Nathan taught woodwinds and piano at Page Music Lessons in Boston, MA.

In 2018, Nathan earned a B.M. in Performance from Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he was a awarded a full scholarship. He went on to study at The Juilliard School in New York City, where he earned a M.M. in Jazz Studies in 2021. Nathan’s private teachers include Bruce Williams, Frank Kimbrough, George Garzone, and Ralph Peterson Jr. He has worked with ensemble coaches such as Donald Vega, Ulysses Owens Jr., Tia Fuller, and Darren Barrett. As a student, Nathan has been able to work with guest artists David Berger, Scotty Barnhart, Nduduzo Makhatini, Bennie Maupin, Gary Burton, Bill Frisell, Robert Glasper, Sean Jones, Bill
Pierce, and Darcy James Argue, Michael Gibbs, and Phil Wilson.

"Nathan is great with my son! He is always excited for his lessons." ~ LMA Student

Nicole Sharlow – Violin and Viola (Suzuki, Traditional)
Ms. Sharlow graduated with honors from Carnegie Mellon University and received her master's degree in violin performance from the Manhattan School of Music. 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 directs Larchmont Symphonia, a community orchestra comprised of students and amateur adults, which is in residence at Larchmont Avenue Church.  An active performer, she is currently principal second violin of the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra in Harrisburg, PA and also performs regularly with the Greenwich Symphony in Greenwich, CT.  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. Ms. Sharlow is a member of 'Scape Trio, a string trio dedicated to working with living artists to bring music, visual arts and communities together through live performance. 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,former  concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony, and Lucie Robert. Nicole currently resides in Westchester County with her dog, Beatrice.

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

"Nicole Sharlow is absolutely phenomenal, and I credit her for an enormous progress in Emily’s playing, culminating in an arts supplement that helped Emily get into Tufts University, and a performance at Carnegie that we are very much looking forward to. Nicole is a true gift!!" - Joanna N.

Ravi Sharma – Guitar
Ravi is a Guitarist, composer and teacher based in New York City. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Jazz/Contemporary Music from the College of Performing Arts at The New School.

Ravi has been an avid guitar player for over 15 years, and continues to develop his sound and skills by challenging himself in many varied musical situations. He began his journey by playing rock, but quickly became enthralled with jazz and Brazilian music.

Some of his accomplishments include winning the title of “best band” at the 2017 Bucharest international jazz competition, teaching a class on jazz history at the Southern University of Science and Technology in Shenzhen, China, and performing at various jazz festivals across Europe, including the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, the Umbria Jazz Festival in Italy, and Jazz à Vienne in France.

Ravi has been playing the guitar since the 4th grade, and starting teaching private lessons at his home in the 9th grade. He understands that every student has their own  unique musical journey, and is committed to teaching in a way that inspires them to keep exploring and discovering new things.

Santosh Sharma – Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, and Piano
Santosh is a 2020 graduate of the Manhattan School of music. He started playing music at a young age, first playing tabla, piano, then finally switching to saxophone in the fourth grade. Immediately, he was hooked on the sounds of players like John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, and Joe Lovano. He knew he wanted to be a professional musician soon after his experience in middle school when he was awarded most outstanding middle school performer at the Reno jazz festival. He then went on to the Roosevelt High School big band and three years later became part of the Grammy Band, comprised of the most talented high school musicians in the country. From there, he has won the Vandoren emerging artist award, and performed with many world class artists such as Jon Batiste,Tim Reynolds, Ingrid Jensen, Kendrick Scott, and Stefon Harris.

Sara Silva – Violin and Viola

Sara Silva earned her Master of Music degree in violin performance from Syracuse University and her Bachelor of Music degrees from both the Frederic Chopin Conservatory in Paris, France and Universidad Nacional de Colombia.

In France, she took part at “Les Arcs" Music Festival and was a member of the International Orchestra of UNESCO in Paris. After her graduation from the conservatory, she returned to Bogota and became a member of The National Symphony Orchestra of Colombia with which she worked for 6 years. Since her arrival onto the music scene in upstate New York she had performed with many orchestras and chamber music collectives in the area, including Syracuse Symphony, Binghamton Philharmonic, Tri-City Opera, Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, Albany Symphony and Hudson Valley Philharmonic and is a full time member at Symphoria. In 2016 she returned to New York City where she regularly performs with orchestras in New York City, such as DCINY Orchestra, New England Symphonic Ensemble as well several Latin American Music ensembles. 

Sara is a passionate educator. She completed her Suzuki Teacher Certification at the Suzuki Institute in Ithaca NY. Sara has been teaching for more than 20 years and loves to help students prepare  for recitals, orchestra auditions and other school performances. Sara wants students to thrive and advance with their instruments as well as to develop a lifelong love and appreciation of music. She looks forward to create a positive and nurturing learning environment, where students can comfortably share the joy of making music.

"I love Ms. Sara and I love the violin" ~ LMA 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 earned a Bachelor 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.

"Wallace is an excellent teacher." - Don L.

Warren Taylor Louie – Bass and Guitar

Warren Louie is a bassist and composer based in New York City.  An Alumnus of New York University with a bachelors degree in jazz performance, he has had the opportunity to study with many renowned musicians including Dezron Douglas, Drew Gress, Martin Wind, Chris Potter, Alex Sipiagin, Lenny White, Dave Leibman, and Ari Hoenig among others. During this time he also performed at notable venues both here in the states and abroad, including the Detroit Jazz Festival, Duc des Lombards in Paris, and the Blue Note NYC with Chris Potter.

Warren is a dedicated teacher who strives to instill a passion for music in all of his students.  As an educator, Warren bases his approach off of each individual student, encouraging them to explore all aspects of music and develop their own voices as musicians.

Grant Tucker – Winds and Piano
Grant Tucker is a jazz and classical multi-instrumentalist and composer based in New York. In 2023 he graduated magna cum laude from New York University with a bachelor’s degree in jazz performance, a mathematics minor, and a physics minor. He has performed at venues including Duc des Lombards, Sunset-Sunside, The Bitter End, and as a soloist at Carnegie Hall on both jazz saxophone and classical piano. In addition to jazz and classical projects both of his own and as a sideman, he plays with pop, singer-songwriter, and spoken word/rap artists, as well as musical theatre.

A Larchmont native, Grant grew up attending both the Mamaroneck public school system and Larchmont Music Academy. In his time at Mamaroneck high school, he was involved in the PACE department, the jazz and concert band, the symphony orchestra, the high school musicals, and the male a cappella group.

Grant’s own teachers at Larchmont Music Academy were both major role models for him, and he hopes he can make the same impact in his students as his LMA teachers made for him. He recognizes every student has their own relationship, path, and goals in music, and tailors his assistance to meet these needs in the most accessible and fun way possible.

Jenny Xu – Piano

Jenny Xu is a Canadian pianist based in NYC. She holds a bachelor's degree in performance (summa cum laude) from Berklee College ('14-'16), which she attended on full scholarship, a master's degree in jazz arts (summa cum laude) from the Manhattan School of Music ('17-'19), as well as a Royal Conservatory of Music associate's diploma in classical piano performance.

Throughout college and graduate school, Jenny has had the immense privilege of studying with the likes of Paquito D'Rivera, Buster Williams, Dave Liebman, Kendrick Scott, Ingrid Jensen, Arturo O'Farrill, Phil Markowitz, Rogerio Boccato, Jeremy Manasia, Eddie Gomez, George Garzone, Kenny Werner and the New York Voices, to name a few. While at MSM, she held the piano chair in the institution's Latin-Grammy nominated Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra. At Berklee, she obtained the single highest score on the 'Entering Student Placement Assessment' in her freshman year and went onto tour in the George Garzone Quartet in the summer of 2015.

Jenny is a recipient of numerous awards and accolades including the MSM Outreach Award (2019), Stingray Rising Star Award (2018), Downbeat Award (2018), 3/4 partial scholarship to the MSM (2017), Berklee Jazz Performance Award (2016), a full scholarship to Berklee College (2014), Dal Richard’s Scholarship (2014), Yamaha Kando Award (2014) and was the first individual ever offered a full scholarship to Humber College in Toronto.

As a performer, Jenny has opened for Herbie Hancock (2018) and Harold Mabern (2014), in addition to having shared the stage with legendary percussionist Cándido Camero. She has accompanied the likes of Joshua Redman (2022), Ambrose Akinmusire (2017) and Peter Bernstein (2017) at various workshops. As an educator, Jenny currently serves on the faculty of the Stanford Jazz Workshop where she teaches alongside the likes of Joshua Redman, Kenny Barron, Taylor Eigsti, Eric Harland, James Francies, Charles Altura, Rufus Reid, Peter Bernstein, Wycliffe Gordon and Patrice Rushen.

Having taught piano since the age of thirteen, Jenny is a zealous advocate of music education and has worked with students of all ages and abilities. Her teaching philosophy prioritizes instilling a love of music within each student, regardless of their seriousness and aptitude.

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

Akari Yamamoto – Woodwinds and Piano

A native of Japan, Akari began her music studies early at the age of six on piano and then moving to clarinet at age 12. She later attended the prestigious music school of Toho Gakuen in Tokyo where she earned her Bachelor of Music. Upon graduation, she was awarded the Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship and moved to New York in 2000 to pursue graduate performance studies at the Conservatory of Music at SUNY Purchase. After Graduating with a Master of Music and subsequent Artist Diploma under the tutelage of Ayako Oshima and Charles Neidich, Akari was awarded the 2005 Artists International ‘Young Artists Chamber Music Award’ and debuted in Carnegie Hall that year.

During her studies, she participated in numerous  music festivals around the world including the Kirishima International Music Festival
(Japan), Sarasota Music Festival (Florida), and the Bayreuth Young Musicians Festival (Germany).
Currently, Akari has an active performance schedule in both the New York tri state region and Japan. Also as a founding member of the clarinet group The New York Licorice Ensemble, she is featured in several record albums the group produced - “All New York Composers", "All Gershwin" and "Japanese Traditional Folk Songs”. The 1st album “NY Licorice Ensemble-All American Works for Clarinet Ensemble” was nominated for the best classical CD album of 2013 by a Japanese Classical Music Magazine “Record Arts” Those recordings can be found on Apple Music and Spotify.
She is also a member of Bardavova Ensemble, a woodwind Quintet, that performs inspiring chamber music to students and seniors in the Bronx through schools and community organizations.

Since 2005, Akari has been involved with the “Kitakaruizawa Music Festival” directed by Charles Neidich.  It is one of the most important Summer Clarinet Seminars for young talented clarinetists from around the world.  Being a part of this seminar for so many years, Akari has gained the knowledge and reputation as an educator of the highest caliber, widely respected for her unwavering encouragement and support of young enthusiastic students.
Formerly a faculty member of Queens College - Pre College, Akari’s additional teaching experience includes, substitute teaching for Juilliard - Pre College, Conservatory of Music at SUNY Purchase and over 20 years of one on one private music instruction.
Akari is thrilled to be joining the faculty at the Larchmont Music Academy!

"My son enjoys his lessons with Akari. She is wonderful" ~LMA Student


Campbell Youngblood-Petersen – Percusson and Piano

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 Bachelor of Music 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."
"So patient, so kind and always there to help! I really enjoy my lessons with Campbell and he has transformed my playing!"

LMA is open Friday, March 8th

LMA follows the Mamaroneck public schools decisions on snow day closings. For the earliest notice go to 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.