Beginning her study of piano at age 7, Carly Shaw has always had a love for music and the arts. She has embraced the education of music as a lifelong journey of continual learning. Carly is currently a graduate student at New York University where she is pursuing a Master of Arts in Music Education and continuing her piano studies with Dr. Fabio DaSilva. She will begin her student teaching in the Fall at Friend's Seminary. She recently completed her first level of the Kodály Summer Institute working towards full Kodály certification. She has a Bachelor of Music in piano performance from East Tennessee State University where she studied with Dr. Chih-Long Hu. She has performed several solo and ensemble concerts as well as having worked as an accompanist for vocalists and instrumentalists. In 2011 Carly won the Tennessee Music Teachers Association competition in the collegiate piano ensemble division. Before moving to New York City, she held a private piano studio where she taught beginner through intermediate lessons to all ages. She served on the faculty at Ashley Academy, The Enrichment Institute in Johnson City, Tennessee as the PK-8th grade general music teacher. Recently, she completed an internship with The Little Orchestra Society, a non-profit based in New York City that provides music education programs and concerts for children and families all across the city. Carly has a love for music, education, and the arts. She hopes to share her love of learning with students of all ages so they can experience and discover the depths of how music enriches, empowers, and inspires our daily lives.
Matt Hart is a current Music Education student at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. He has been playing trumpet for the past 12 years. He was a principal trumpet player throughout grade school and holds the position in the Symphonic Wind Ensemble in college. He has been involved in music festivals since middle school performing in SCMEA Division 1 and 3, as well as SCMEA Jazz Day.
He has been a clinician at SCMEA Jazz Day (2015) and has assisted conductors for the past two years at the MEANYC Middle and High School Festivals. He is held in high regard by board members of both organizations.
He is the current president of the schools National Association for Music Education (NAfME) Chapter. He also is the manager of the Aaron Copland School of Music Performance Library as well as personal librarian for the Orchestra (Fall 2016) and Assistant Librarian to the Symphonic Wind Ensemble. Matt has performed with almost every ensemble at the college including, but not limited to, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Queens College Orchestra, Queens College Big Band, Brass Ensemble and Chamber Orchestra. He has had the opportunity as an undergraduate student to record an album with the Queens College Big Band that can be found on Spotify and iTunes.
He currently holds the position of Orchestra Stage Manager for the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra and Music School Festival Orchestra at the Chautauqua Institution Amphitheater for the 2016 summer season.
As the son of a music educator, his father has been teaching general music and choral studies from K-Collegiate for 25 years, Matt has a deep understanding of what a supportive music environment is and is always eager to share his passion with his students and peers.
Daniel Maguire is currently completing a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Composition with a Guitar Performance concentration from Hofstra University. Daniel has been studying guitar since age 14 and has performed in a number of jazz, rock, and classical ensembles. He is also a percussionist and singer, and is currently involved in the Hofstra University Chamber Singers and Percussion Ensemble. His compositions have been performed by a number of large and chamber ensembles, including the Hofstra Symphony Orchestra.
As a guitarist, Daniel has received several awards, including the Rhoda Pinsley Levin Endowed Award for Excellence in Musical Performance and the Woody Herman Jazz Award for Outstanding Leadership. He has performed with a number of ensembles, including the Hofstra University Guitar Ensemble; in several bands throughout the northeast; and as a soloist, performing traditional classical works by composers such as Britten and Villa-Lobos, as well as several original works.
Vincent Melia began playing double bass in 4th grade at Manetuck Elementary School in West Islip, New York. During his grade school years, he participated in NYSSMA, the Suffolk County Music Educators Association festival, and the Long Island String Festival numerous times. During his senior year of high school, he had the privilege of attending the NYSSMA All State festival and also was the principal bassist of the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra.
Vincent is currently going into his junior year at SUNY Fredonia where he is pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Music Education. He is a member of the Fredonia College Symphony Orchestra and was the principal of the orchestra during the 2014 spring semester. He also was invited to play in the Chamber Orchestra for both semesters of his sophomore year.
Vincent has taught private students in hopes of sparking their interest in music. He has advanced proficiency on the violin and viola and is also proficient on the cello. His private instructor was his greatest influence and he hopes that he can someday be looked up to by his students and peers the same way that he looks up to his teachers.
James Hein is from Smithtown, Long Island. He began playing double/electric bass at the age of 10 and has been very active in the music community since middle school. He has held principle and assistant principle honors in both middle school and high school orchestras, as well as many outside orchestras/festivals. These include the Long Island String Festival Association (LISFA), the Suffolk County Music Educators' Association (SCMEA), The New York State Summer School for the Arts (NYSSSA) School of Orchestral Studies, and the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra's Principle Orchestra. James was also the bassist of his high school jazz band for multiple years.
James graduated from the University of Maryland in 2014 with a Bachelor of Music Education. While at Maryland, he studied bass under Robert Oppelt, the principle bassist for the National Symphony Orchestra. He performed in the University Symphony Orchestra (UMSO) and has performed in many venues such as Carnegie Hall, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and Lincoln Center. James currently teaches elementary music in the Three Village School District as well as private bass instruction.
Although Matt’s first instrument was the alto saxophone, his passion for music was ignited when he began to play the guitar at age 12. Initially inspired by rock music, Matt, under the guidance of his first private instructor, soon gravitated toward playing jazz. Years later, this brought him to Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he earned his Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Composition in 2013. At Berklee, Matt had the opportunity to study with some of the world’s most innovative and sought after jazz guitarists, including David Gilmore and David Fiuczynski. He also honed his skills as a composer and arranger, writing for big bands as well as smaller groups and solo performances. Matt has performed as a guitarist throughout the New York and Boston metro areas with various jazz, funk, R&B, rock, and pop groups. Since 2010, he has taught private lessons in guitar, piano, bass guitar, woodwinds, drums, and music theory/composition. Currently, Matt is in the process of earning his Master of Arts degree in Music Education at Hunter College.
Dian Torres is a recent graduate from Five Towns College where she received her bachelors in music education, with a concentration in voice. Dian is an advanced pianist and vocalist. She began studying both instruments at the age of 14. Dian has performed with various vocal groups through out her school career, including select choirs and select barbershop groups, as well as solo voice recitals. Dian began teaching private piano and voice lessons at the age of 21, where she has had the opportunity to work with students of all ages and of all music levels. Dian has also worked with small and large groups of students during her student teaching in the West Islip school district, where she taught general music k-5, and various high school vocal ensembles. During her stay in the West Islip school district Dian conducted two vocal groups for their spring concert. Dian loves working with all students and finds true passion through teaching music.
From age three Karina Aristy's love for the violin began when her parents would take her to the NY Virtuosi concerts held at Westbury High School. She was fascinated by the way the concertmaster would play with such emotion. From then on she knew she wanted to be like that violinist. At age 9 she began to play the violin at Drexel Avenue School. Throughout the years she excelled within the performing groups and was given the title of Concert Mistress from grade 7 through grade 12. During her high school years she was a member of Gemini Youth Orchestras, All County Orchestras, USDAN's Orchestra IV, and participating in various school musicals. She graduated Westbury High School in June 2011 and is continuing her degree in musical education at LIU Post. She is a student of Anton Polezhayev and studies the violin at LIU with Professor Dr. Dale Stuckenbruck.
Meet Our Teachers:
Ellie Tsachtani is currently a Masters student in Classical Music Performance at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. She was born in Greece and from the age of ten got accepted at the State Conservatory of Thessaloniki where she received her Diploma with A+. After that, she moved to NY in the age of eighteen with a full ride scholarship from Bard College where she pursued a double degree, five – year program and graduated on May 2014 with a Bachelor of Music and a Bachelor of Dance.
Ms. Tsachtani has taken lessons and actively participated in masterclasses with Judith Mendenhall, Paula Robbinson, Samuel Coles, Wissam Boustany, Peter Lukas Graf, Nikos Nikopoulos, Jean Michel Tanguy, Istvan Matuz, Gergely Ittzes and Paul-Edmund Davies. Ellie Tsachtani participated and qualified for the finals of the European Youth Orchestra Competition, as the Greek finalist, organized by ERT (Hellenic Broadcasting Company), Athens, Greece (2008). She won the Pan-Hellenic Competition and performed the C.P.E Bach Concerto in d-minor with the Athens State Orchestra in the Benaki Museum of Athens (2011) and also won First Prize in the competition at the Delphi Art Campus Festival (2014) and performed as a soloist with the Camerata Orchestra. In 2017 Ms. Tsachtani performed as a soloist with the “PRO MUSICA” orchestra of Thessaloniki.
She has performed with the Bard Conservatory Orchestra in world-renowned concert venues such as Lincoln Center - Alice Tully Hall, Fischer Hall, Yale, Simon’s Rock,Harvard as well as toured in China, Taiwan and Hong Kong in (2013).
Ms. Tsachtani has 6 years of experience in Alexander Technique and has been invited in Bordeaux as a Somatics Instructor for a ten day seminar organized by the Royal Academy of London studio of Samuel Coles, principal flutist of Philharmonia Orchestra (2016). She was also invited as a lecturer in the annual Conference at the State Conservatory of Thessaloniki where she presented her flute pedagogy (2016) and has been teaching privately for the past 8 years with a strong focus on posture, body mapping and body awareness.
Ms. Tsachtani believes that music is a very powerful entry point in a creative process filled with quality, pleasure, exploration and fun and therefore utilizes all her knowledge to make this journey meaningful and wondrous for her students.
Andrew Krahm graduated from LIU Post, with a Bachelors of Music in Music Education with a concentration in Violin studies, and a secondary focus on classical and jazz saxophone playing. He is now returning to his alma mater for his graduate studies with a Masters of Performance in Conducting. He is currently the Academic Assistant of the Orchestra and String areas under the supervision of Maureen Hynes.
Krahm has already toured with LIU Ensembles abroad on three separate tours. The most recent one took him to Australia where he was a soloist at venues like the Sydney Opera House. As a soloist, Krahm has already performed a junior and senior recital and preparing more a masters’ performance. Krahm has become an educator and has developed an extensive private studio around Long Island. He currently holds a position as an elementary school band director within the Freeport School District.
During his time at LIU, Andrew has been coached by Shanghai String Quartet, Sybarite-5 Wynton Marsalis, members of Kronos String Quartet, and many other artists. Krahm has studied in the violin studio of Dr. Dale Stuckenbruck, saxophone studios of Dr. Tim Ruedeman and T.K Blue. He recently began to privately study conducting under the tutelage of Dr. James McRoy and his supervisor Professor Maureen Hynes.
In his spare time, Krahm is an active member of the Rockville Centre Fire Department and is currently the Second Lieutenant of his company; Defender Hose Company Number One. He has been an active instructor in Chinese Gojo for several years as a second-degree black belt and has been a student for almost two decades.
Courtney Sack is a graduate of LIU Post with a Bachelors of Music in Music Education. She is currently attending LIU to receive her Masters in Music Performance with a concentration in Conducting. She is working as the Academic Assistant to Dr. Jennifer Miceli for Music Education and Vocal Jazz. She is a primary vocalist, mezzo-soprano, and plays the clarinet and oboe as secondary instruments. She has been an active member of the LIU Post Chorus and Chamber Singers for her four years at LIU Post, as well as a member of the LIU Post Wind Symphony and Long Island Sound Vocal Jazz Ensemble. She continues to be an active member of the Wind Symphony, playing bass clarinet, and Vocal Jazz Ensemble throughout her graduate studies. She is currently studying in the vocal studios of Professor Barbara Fusco-Spera and Professor Richard Iacona, as well as the conducting studio of Dr. Jennifer Miceli. She has had the opportunity to perform at many esteem venues, such as Carnegie Hall and the 2016 Montruex Jazz Festival. In her spare time, Courtney is a Nassau County and Red Cross certified lifeguard and coaches SPLASH, a program designed to teach swimming skills to children with special needs.
Angelica DePrimo is a recent graduate of Long Island University: Post Campus with Bachelors of Music in Music Education with emphasis in Trombone Studies. She has maintained a small private low brass studio for the past three years and teaches students ages k-12 on various instruments in multiple music schools across the island.
In addition, Ms. DePrimo is a frequent performer. She has played for the LIU Post Wind Symphony, Wind Ensemble, and Orchestra for her undergraduate career on both Trombone and Euphonium. She continues to perform with the LIU Post Trombone Ensemble and Brass Ensemble. Ms. DePrimo has always had a love for music and frequently indulged in one-on-one lesson opportunities at LIU Post each semester, including instruments such as piano and euphonium.
Mike Deering is a New York based percussionist, with over ten years of experience of performing and teaching. Originally from Long Island, he received a musical education that has inspired him to pursue diverse interests from new and world music to classical, rock and jazz. As a musician and educator, Mike’s goal is to engage people with music to make every experience positive and impactful.
Mike is a graduate of Montclair State University with a Bachelor’s of Music Degree in Music Education. Currently, Mike is continuing his studies at the Aaron Copland School of Music pursuing his Master’s of Music in Percussion Performance. At Queens College, Mike has had the opportunity to study with world-renowned Michael Lipsey, Javier Diaz and Matt Ward.
As a versatile performer, he has played with various ensembles including The Unsemble, Queens College Percussion Ensemble, the ACSM Orchestra, Gamelan Yowana Sari, and the Harry Partch Ensemble. As an educator, Mike has taught privately for over five years with students of all ages and experience levels. He places an emphasis on sound technique and exposure to the many possibilities that percussion offers. This gives his students the ability to find their interests and have the skills to follow them. Mike has also worked with various ensembles including Ridgewood Marching Band, Rahway Percussion Ensemble, and Mantra Youth Percussion whose work has been described by the New York times as “ear-opening.”
When Mike is not performing, practicing, or attending concerts around the city, you can find him watching soccer, exploring new sounds, or spending time with his friends and family.
Being surrounded by music his entire life, Michael has always had an affinity for all different types of music, ranging from classical to broadway. After becoming profoundly moved while hearing a violinist play at Church, he begged for a violin and lessons. Then, receiving his first violin as a Christmas present, he immediately began lessons and this quickly became his passion. Developing quickly, Michael became concertmaster of the Gemini Youth Orchestra (Philharmonia) during his first year participating. Soon after Gemini, Michael began lessons with Juilliard Alumni Yonitte Ryger and has been working intensively with her (twice a week) ever since. After Gemini, Michael participated in The Children's Orchestra Society for two years, conducted by Michael Dadap and run by Dr. Yeou-Cheng Ma. While with "COS", he had performed with talents such as Placido Domingo Jr., Sirena Huang, The American Ballet Theater, etc., and at venues ranging from Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center to the United Nations Headquarters in Manhattan.
Throughout summers while still taking lessons, Michael has participated in festivals such as LIU Post Chamber Music Festival, the Summit International Music Festival studying with talents such as the violist of the Amernet String Quartet and the concermaster of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and the NYACK Music Festival studying with a teacher from Manhattan School of Music. After graduating High School, Michael took a year off to study extensively and prepare for auditions to music conservatories such as Manhattan School of Music, The Peabody Institute of Music at John's Hopkins University, and The Hartt School of Music. After being accepted to all three conservatories as well as two others, Michael will be attending Manhattan School of Music in the fall.
Throughout attending festivals and working with orchestras, Michael has worked with students from all around the world and has taken lessons with teachers from Juilliard, Manhattan School of Music, Mannes School of Music, and The Peabody Institute. Michael has studied most of the standard Violin repertoire and is very familiar with what techniques and pieces will help best in each individual students development! Michael is open to any and all kinds of students, and would love the opportunity to work with them!
Tom began playing double and electric bass when he was 11 years old. He became extremely active in his middle school and high school (principal bassist 11th/12th grade) orchestras. Outside of school, Tom was also selected to participate in regional orchestras such as the Suffolk County Music Educators’ Association Orchestra (SCMEA), the Long Island String Festival Association Orchestra (LISFA), the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra-Principal Orchestra (principal bassist), and the extremely competitive New York State Summer School for the Arts-School of Orchestral Studies.
Tom graduated from the University of Delaware in May of 2014 where he majored in Music and Music Management with a concentration in Double Bass and a minor in Economics. He studied bass and took lessons with Mr. Craig Thomas, a decorated jazz musician who has played with luminaries such as Frank Sinatra, Buddy Rich, and Mel Lewis. At UD, Tom had the opportunity to play in various ensembles such as the UD Symphony Orchestra (principal bass for 3 years), Jazz Big Band Ensemble, Jazz Chamber Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, and Opera Orchestra to name a few. His Jazz Quintet, Groove Society, was constantly in demand for playing receptions, cocktail hours, and restaurants in northern Delaware. He has played everywhere from Carnegie Hall in New York, to the Dover Downs Casino in Dover, Delaware, to La Catedral de Sal in Zipaquirá, Colombia. Tom has experience teaching students in Elementary, Middle, and High School levels.
Tom currently lives on Long Island and works for a music publishing company in downtown Manhattan.
Matt Nobile currently holds a BM in Music Education from C.W. Post's School of Visual and Performing Arts with a concentration in percussion performance. His main percussion instrument is timpani, but has experience preforming on marimba and drum set. During his time at C.W. Post, Matt has performed in numerous ensembles, including Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble as his mine ensembles. He also had appearances in the C.W. Post Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, and Chorus. With the Symphonic Band and Chorus, Matt and the rest of the ensemble have performed at Carnegie Hall in 2011 and 2012.
Outside of the university, Matt has performed with the DCA drum and bugle corps. The Long Island Sunrisers in 2013, as well as the WGI indoor marching percussion ensemble, Rage in 2006 and 2012. Aside from his performance, Matt has worked with numerous high school marching band on Long Island, including Mineola High School, Longwood High School, and Division Avenue High School. His main school Division Avenue, works as the front ensemble arranger and instructor for their competitive season.
Jamie Ehrenfeld is a music educator residing in Ridgewood, Queens. She teaches vocal music at Eagle Academy for Young Men in Brownsville, Brooklyn and leads a youth centered artist development lab with New York University's Music Experience Design Lab called the Ed Sullivan Fellows Program. She also mentors City As School's Music, Design, and Art (MAD) Academy students. She graduated from NYU in 2014, is skilled in both classical and popular singing, and offers student centered lessons in voice, songwriting, basic music theory, and introductory music production.
Billy Ruvolo started playing the guitar at the age of 10. His passion and love for the guitar, as well as music, has allowed him to become a versatile guitarist and musician, and to be successful in many different styles of music including classical, jazz, blues, rock and many more. Billy received a B.S in Music from LIU Post. He had the honor of studying under the tutelage of Harris Becker and Mark Marino. He also had to opportunity to perform with the LIU Post Chamber Singers under the direction of Dr. Mark Shapiro, and the LIU Post Guitar Ensemble directed by Harris Becker. He is also a member of the Sonic Pioneers Jazz Combo under the direction of jazz instructor and artist Matt Wilson. During his time performing with these groups, Billy performed multiple times in Carnegie Hall with the choir. Billy also had the opportunity to travel to countries such as Costa Rica and Ireland where he performed on the guitar and sang in choirs. In addition to being a member of these performing groups, Billy has also been a member of multiple rock bands over the years, currently a member of the band One Day At A Time, a band who is gaining popularity in the Long Island music scene. Billy hopes to one day become a music teacher, and inspire his own students to reach their potential and appreciate music just as he does.
Victoria Kavitt graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam in May 2015 with a BM in Music Education, Minor in Spanish and Concentrations in Music in Special Education and Horn Performance. During Victoria’s time at Crane she studied under Kelly Drifmeyer and Caroline Steiger and performed in many ensembles such as the Crane Symphony Orchestra, Crane Wind Ensemble, Crane Brass Ensemble, Crane Horn Choir and many other chamber ensembles. Her recent performance experiences include 4th horn in the Orchestra of Northern New York, 3rd and 4th horn in Northern Symphonic Winds and the North Shore Pops Orchestra.
Although Victoria is primarily a horn player, she began her musical studies in elementary school on flute and has studied voice under Megan O’Brien. In addition to flute, voice and horn she also has experience teaching trumpet, trombone, euphonium, tuba, and clarinet. She is extremely passionate about music education and is grateful that as a music educator she has the opportunity to share music with her students.
Raised in Thailand, Jadakorn "Jay" Thawornpradit began his classical training in piano at the age of 5, by age 9 his love for piano flourished as he began to perform in recitals. He is musically certified by Trinity Guildhall through Trinity College in London with a level 6 certification in Piano performance. Jay graduated Five Towns College on Long Island in 2013 with a Bachelor degree of Music Education. He has worked as a student teacher, taught general music, conducted choirs and various ensembles in May Moore Primary, JFK intermediate, and Robert Frost Middle School. Jay has studied piano under Vincent Loccisano of New York University, one of Kenny Werner's students and protoge'. He has also studied Master courses in Jazz arts under Greg Bobulinski, who has tremendous experiences working with world class groups of musicians, such as Clark Terry's Big Band and Red Garland's Quintet. Jay has performed in many settings such as big bands, choirs, jazz groups, weddings, accompaniments, and solo performances.
Jay is experienced in preparing students for NYSSMA. He promotes and encourages students' individualism through his music teaching. His methods aim to invite students to know and love their instruments while learning how to play their instruments with efficiency. He has worked with students of all ages and aspires to preserve the art of jazz while exploring new musical frontiers.