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The Gold Coast Arts Center is proud to host so many accomplished artists from across all disciplines, who share their talents in educating and inspiring our students. All of our teaching artists are working professionals in their respective fields.

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Instructor Spotlight: Jan Kus & David Elyaho

This winter, we’re delight to welcome three new international faculty members who have studied everything from classical to jazz, toured with symphonies, and won awards for their contribution to music and education, and now will be bringing their talents to the Arts Center’s repertoire.

Jan KusJAN KUS (SAXOPHONE, CLARINET, AND PIANO), is both an educator and performer. He worked as head of the education department at the Slovenian-based institute Boben In Lajna from 2011-2012, and has taught privately for years. Jan is a trained saxophone and clarinet player, but also teaches ensemble classes, beginner piano, music theory, and rhythm classes.

DAVID ELYAHO (VIOLIN,VIOLA) is currently a very active violin/viola performer and educator. He began to play the violin at 6 years old because he wanted to be ju DGHJDGHJDHJst like his grandfather. Over the years, David’s passion for music only grew and began to play the viola when he was 15 in an attempt to better himself as a musician. David has made two appearances at the Isaac Stern Memorial hall, and five appearances at the Weill recital hall, in Carnegie Hall. He has also taken part in and performed in many festivals, such as the Oyster Bay Music Festival, the LIU Post Chamber Festival, the Midsummer Dream Music Festival and the Perugia Music Festival, which consisted of many orchestral, chamber, and solo performances. With his colleagues, David has also led many visits to local nursing homes and atria’s to perform for the elderly. In 2015, David was recipient of the New York State Council of Administrators of Music Education Leadership Award, as well as the Earl Higgins Instrumentalist award. As an active member of the Long Island Vegetable Orchestra, David has been featured, and quoted, in the NY Times, KCRW’s ”Good Food” radio station, the Long Island Herald, Univision TV, the Long Island Bugle, FOX News, and News 12 Long Island. Currently in his Junior year at the LIU Post School of Visual and Performing arts, David’s goal is to inspire a passion and love for music in others through teaching and performing, and play his role in keeping music alive. David is currently studying  Violin and Baroque with Dr. Dale Stuckenbruck and Viola with Dr. Veronica Salas.

Click HERE to see all music classes and lessons being offered this semester!