SHARON BERNSTEIN (CELLO) is a cellist who has played at leading festivals including the the NYSSA School of Orchestral Studies at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, the Aspen Music Festival and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. She has performed with several orchestras including the Boston Civic Symphony, the Greenwich Village Orchestra, the New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra, and the North Shore Opera Company. She is currently a member of the South Shore Symphony and the Nassau Pops Symphony Orchestra where she performs regularly. Ms. Bernstein graduated from Brandeis University and holds a Masters from Columbia University and a JD from Hofstra University. Ms. Bernstein enjoys teaching cello to all ages and has taught at both the Gold Coast Arts Center and privately for several years and feels that it is important to be able to teach to the students learning style and create a love of playing the cello.
ALEKSANDRA DENDA (VOICE,PIANO) is an internationally recognized, New York-based music artist. Over the span of years, she’s been performing and recording throughout USA, Europe, Asia and South America, as a leader and as featured artist in a wide array of musical genres, spanning from Soul to World Music, Brazilian, R&B, and Jazz. Some of these projects include performances with American Idol’s Michael Lynche (aka Big Mike) as his background vocalist, recording with the Flamenco star Jose Merce on the Latin Grammy nominated album Mi Unica Llave, and co-founding ROSA, the international traditional Serbian all-female a cappella group, endorsed by NY Folklore Society. She also had the pleasure of working with world acclaimed musicians, and performed at prestigious events and halls, including Carnegie Hall, NY Blue Note Jazz Club, and United Nations Headquarters among others. Aleksandra is very passionate when it comes to teaching music, and believes in individualized approach to music education. She enjoys exploring what makes her students tick, and likes to prepare student-tailored lesson plans that best fit her students’ interests, needs and abilities. Aleksandra’s website can be found HERE. You can listen to her music HERE.
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 just 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. 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.
ROBERT HOFFMANN (PIANO, VOICE) a graduate of Hunter College with a Master’s in Music Education, has developed his vocal and teaching ability through a variety of life experiences. He has been teaching elementary choir at the Great Neck Public Schools for the last fifteen years. He is an award winning composer who has compiled a library of over 400 songs. He achieved a 3-night record-breaking draw to New York’s China Club at the peak of its popularity, and his CD Believe was produced by Grammy award winner Richard Oliver. Robert has created a music program for the Gold Coast Arts Center, which includes: “Future Idol,” a song writing, recording and video technology class, “Vocal Expression,” a contemporary choral class, “Painless Piano,” a theory and piano instruction class as well as other Orff based classes. Although he specializes in working with elementary students, Robert is a skilled vocalist and private instructor specializing in students with vocal challenges. He is affiliated with the National Association for Music Education (NAFME), New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) and the American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). http://gcacmusicprogram.weebly.com/
JAN KUS (SAXOPHONE, CLARINET) is both an educator and an active performer. He worked as head of the education department at the Slovenian-based institute Boben In Lajna from 2011-2012, and has shared the stage and the recording studio with some of the jazz world’s brightest stars (Chris Potter, Jimmy Heath, David Binney, Mark Turner, Alex Sipiagin, Jason Palmer, Marko Djordjevic, to name a few), as well as performed his original music all across Europe, in Asia, and the Caribbean. He has been active as a music instructor at beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels for many years, with his students achieving great results on NYSSMA and ABRSM tests. Jan is a trained saxophone and clarinet player, but also teaches ensemble classes, beginner piano, music theory, and rhythm classes. While being firmly rooted in jazz and classical saxophone tradition, Jan comfortably performs in a wide array of musical styles, spawning from Latin Jazz to Pop, Flamenco, Hip Hop, Funk and World Music on a steady basis. You can follow Jan’s upcoming performances as well as find out more about his work and his upcoming album by his new group on his website www.jankusmusic.com, and see a video for his new album HERE. A review of his latest album can be found HERE.
CINDY LAN(VIOLIN & VIOLA) Throughout her career, Cindy Lan has specialized in viola and violin performance. As a graduate of Skidmore College, she majored in Music and Asian Studies, strongly focusing on outreach and community engagement through classical performance. Leadership experience includes principal viola of the Skidmore College Orchestra and String Ensemble, and principal second violin at LaGuardia Arts HS. A dedicated chamber musician, she has participated in masterclasses with the Ying Quartet, American String Quartet, Meccore Quartet, Quatuor Danel, Ensemble Connect, and Decoda. As a freelance musician, she has performed with Litha Symphony, One World Symphony, Garden State Symphony, as well as other orchestras in the New York City region.
TINA LAMA (BASS, PIANO, GUITAR, VOICE) is a string, voice and piano instructor based in New York. For the past 20 years, she has regularly performed with jazz, bluegrass, rock and orchestral groups throughout North America. Receiving her Masters in Jazz Performance from Queens College in 2014, Tina has had the honor to perform alongside Tony Bennett, Danilo Perez and Jimmy Heath, as well as Emmy- and Independent Music Award-nominated bluegrass and hip hop groups. Tina’s instruction career has spanned a decade. She has taught voice, bass, piano and music theory at universities and music academies throughout New York. She works with all ages, and strives to provide individualized programs based on the goals and interests of her students, in an encouraging and motivating environment. Read more about Tina at www.tinalamamusic.com.
GLENN MANION (GUITAR, BASS) has been playing the guitar since 1969. In 1983, he and his musical partner and wife, Suzanne Smithline, formed “Squeaky Clean,” which specializes in presenting classic rock and roll in schools, theaters, and the like. The group made regular appearances on Nickelodeon’s “Eureka’s Castle” for several years. As a songwriter, he has received awards from ASCAP and the SKC/New York Music Awards. He has a BA from New York University.
MAYA NOVA (VOICE, GUITAR) is a trained voice instructor, and also teaches guitar and piano. She is a soulful jazz vocalist with 20 years of performing experience and 10 years of teaching experience over 3 continents: Europe, Asia and America. She received a Bachelor’s Degree from the Pop and Jazz Department of the National Music Academy, Sofia, Bulgaria and a Master’s Degree from The Jazz Vocal Performance Program at Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College (2014). From 2008 until 2012, Nova was an adjunct main study voice lecturer at Contemporary Music Performance Department of LaSalle College of the Arts, Singapore and also taught voice lessons at United World College, German International School, and Saint Joseph Institution International in Singapore. For more information, visit www.mayanova.com. To watch Maya’s official music video CLICK HERE.
JONATHAN PALMIOTTI (VOICE, PIANO)is a Musical Theatre-trained singer and actor in Queens, New York. Jonathan received an AS degree from Queensborough Community College in Theatre and Music Performance and a BFA degree in Musical Theatre performance at Long Island University-Post. Currently, Jonathan is pursuing his M.A. in Arts Administration at Baruch College. Jonathan has studied various forms of acting techniques which include Suzuki, Stanislavski, and Jacques Lacoq. At QCC, Jonathan played the role of Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors, and was subsequently chosen as a KCACTF Musical Theatre Initiative nominee to compete in Massachusetts for the Richard Maltby Jr. Award. He also performed in a workshopped production of a new opera produced and composed by Monk Parrots Productions called Bum Phillips at La MaMa in the East Village. Other prestigious venues he performed in include: Theatre for the New City, Davenport Theatre, the Plaza Hotel, and the Prudential Center in New Jersey. Jonathan has worked with several Broadway and Off-Broadway actors and musicians including Javier Muñoz (Hamilton, In the Heights), Matt Dickson (War Horse) and Dr. Bryan Wade (Finian’s Rainbow). In addition to acting, Jonathan instructs students in piano, and vocal training techniques. He began teaching Introduction to Acting at the Gold Coast Arts Center in 2015 and now teaches private lessons for the school in both piano and voice. Since graduating from LIU-Post, Jonathan’s goal is to continue to nurture the emerging talent of students in musical theatre, as well as his vocal, piano, and acting students. Jonathan believes that there is a hidden talent in every potential aspiring student that must be found and nourished. Read more about Jonathan at jonathanpalmiotti.com.
HUI WANG (VIOLIN) Hui Wang was born in Kunming China. Her music education came from The Yunnan Arts Institute – Department of Music in Kunming, China. Ms. Wang received her Bachelor of Music Degree (violin and viola). From 1985-1990 Ms. Wang taught Violin & Performance Skills at the Yunnan Arts Institute – Dept. of Music, Kunming, China. After teaching at the Yunnan Arts Institute, Hui Wang immigrated to the United States and began teaching and performing on the violin and viola. From 1998-2008 Ms. Wang taught music at The Chinese American Planning Council, NY and the Bronx House of Performing Arts School. Currently Ms. Wang is on the faculty Kathryn Brickell Music, and Encore Music. She also maintains a private studio for teaching: violin, viola, and piano. Current and previous performing ensembles include: New Haven Civic Symphony, The Massapequa Philharmonic, Island Chamber Symphony, Garden State Philharmonic, The Richmond County Orchestra, Staten Island Philharmonic, The Seniors Orchestra Society of New York, Vocal Productions NYC, Yonkers Philharmonic, and The St. Thomas Symphony Orchestra, Doctor’s Orchestra, Metro Chamber Orchestra and Greenwich Village Orchestra Besides participating with many orchestras, Ms. Wang performs with various other chamber ensembles.