The perfect team to bring the joy of music to life!
Choi Fairbanks, cello, piano and violin
She has passion to teach really young children violin, cello and piano and pass down her love of music and art! Holds dual Masters' degrees on Classical and Jazz Performance at University of South Florida.
Jessica Pavone, Violin/Piano/Viola
Jessica holds a degree in Music Education and is a certified music teacher in the states of New York and Connecticut. With over fifteen years of teaching experience, she has taught privately, instructed group classes as well as directed youth orchestra programs.
Jia Xu, Violin
Violinist Jia Xu attended the Eastman Schoo of Music (B.M., M.M., Performance Certificate), As a holder of the OSD Mellon Scholarship at Eastman, she captured First Prize in the Beijing Violin Competition. Jia has also been featured on the classical radio show "From the Top" (2001). She has appeared in master classes with Anne-Sophie Mutter, Itzhak Perlman, Robert Mann, Midori Goto, Alice Schoenfeld, Donald Weilerstein, Glenn Dicterow, and Pinchas Zukerman.
Gabrielle Herbst, Children Musical Theater, Vocal, Piano, Composition
(b. 1986) is a composer and vocalist residing in Brooklyn. She has premiered her compositions at Roulette, The Stone, Cabinet Magazine’s Exhibition Space, Issue Project Room and HERE Arts Center. Recipient of the 2011 Artist Residency at Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center in partnership with New York Theater Workshop, Herbst received commissions from Roulette and the Jerome Foundation, the new music ensemble Contemporaneous, Experiments in Opera at Issue Project Room, Duo Noire, and the Nouveau Classical Project. She is a 2012 Con Edison Composer-in-Residence through Exploring the Metropolis, Inc. as well as a 2013 Composer in Residence at Atlantic Center for the Arts. She is a current Artist-in-Residence at Roulette Intermedium in Brooklyn. As a featured vocalist she has performed with Valgeir Sigurðsson, Zeena Parkins, Elliott Sharp, Da Capo Chamber Players, Contemporaneous, Allie Avital Tsypin at The Kitchen, and Marina Rosenfeld’s Teenage Lontano in the 2008 Whitney Biennial. She has studied composition with Joan Tower, Martin Bresnick, Marina Rosenfeld and Zeena Parkins, voice with Ilka LoMonaco and clarinet with David Krakauer. Gabrielle released her debut album under the name GABI with Software Records/Mexican Summer. She has toured Europe twice and across the US with this project. She teaches private piano, voice, and composition lessons to children ranging from ages 3 years to high school, as well as adults. She composed and conducted a small children’s choir for a theater production at Here Arts Center and taught songwriting for the Blue Balloon School.
Sophia Choi, Violin and Piano
-Mannes The New School for Music,
-The Juilliard School
-Fiorello H. LaGuardia H.S. of Music and Art and Performing Arts,
Rosa Jang, Flute
Rosa completed her undergraduate studies at the New England Conservatory and a Master of Music degree from the Yale School of Music where she won the chamber music competition. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate degree in Musical Arts from Stony Brook University. Her major teachers include Rocksun Moon, Sara Andon, Fenwick Smith, Ransom Wilson, and Carol Wincenc. As a devoted teacher, Rosa taught in several public schools such as John. C. Daniels School of International Communication, Cooperative Arts and Humanities high school, and Mauro Sheridan Magnet School. Rosa had also taught in Morse Summer Academy (Yale School of Music) as a flute faculty for 4 years. She is currently an undergraduate flute lesson instructor in Stony Brook University.
Alex Cummings, Woodwinds (flute, clarinet, saxophones), Drums, Guitar
Earned awards such as outstanding soloist awards at the N.J.I.A.J.E. State Finals Jazz Festivals, Berklee College High School Jazz Festival Judge's Choice Soloist award, and the Maestro Award at the Washington D.C. Inaugural Music Festival. Holds a bachelors' degree in music from Oberlin college and Master's degree in Music Education from Queens College , his occupation is teaching private lessons and performing with session bands, as well as leading his own groups in NYC.
Trombone, Trumpet, Jazz Composition and Creative Lego Workshop
Deemed a “rising multi-faceted star if not musical voice on the New York scene” (@CriticalJazz), 2016 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow Jeff Fairbanks has won a number of highly competitive awards for composing, including the USAF Sammy Nestico Award, the Jerome Fund, ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award, and the BMI Charlie Parker Award. He has won eight grants from the following institutions: the Aaron Copland Fund, the Queens Council on the Arts, and New Music USA (formerly American Music Center). Click here for the artist website.
STEVEN CHELLIAH; Guitar
Guitar (Electric, Acoustic), Composition/Arranging, Music Theory, Jazz Piano
Steven holds a dual B.M degree from the prestigious Berklee College of Music (Boston) in ; Jazz Composition (Master’s Degree equivalent), and Contemporary Writing & Production. He is an innovative composer, guitarist, and singer-songwriter in the Rock/Jazz/Funk/Soul idiom. Steven has developed advanced compositional and improvisational techniques which utilize all of the Eastern exotic scales of Indian Carnatic Music, within a Western frame-work to open up a whole new world of Harmonic and Scalar (melodic) innovation. This fresh new system of his called FuzAsian can be heard throughout his work. Apart from teaching music part-time, Steven is a full-time musician in New York City’s music scene, leading his own solo project and also working on film scoring projects as a freelancer.
CLAIRE JIHYE CHOI, Voice and beginner piano
Manhattan School of Music, Voice Master Degree, Mannes College of Music Extension Program, Eugene Italia (Italian Language Program) in Milano.
Deborah Im, Piano
Majored in Piano Performance at Mannes, Manhattan School of Music and Stony Brook. More info will be updated soon!
Andrew Wangemann, Drummer and composer
a graduate of The Juilliard School (B.M. and M.M. in Jazz Studies: Drums). With his band, Andrew Wangemann’s Jazz Folk, he recently released a CD, Baby Babble, which features many of his unique compositions and arrangements of folk tunes. Andrew also has a knack for writing witty lyrics and loves to create songs for kids and musical theatre.
David Ji, Piano
-Performances in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, National Opera Center and Kumho Arts Hall in Korea. Piano Faculty at the International Heifetz Music Institute, Recipient of a full scholarship at the Manhattan School of Music
Melanie Haskins, Violin
Originally from Colorado, Melanie began playing the violin as a child. She earned a Bachelors of Music from the University of Northern Colorado, and then, Masters of Music in Violin Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Oregon. As a performer and teacher, she has traveled throughout the United States, Austria, and Thailand.