Instructors

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Jason Bernard

Jason Bernard studied at Berklee School of Music and Central Connecticut State University under the guidance of Carl Knox, Tom Melito, Doug Maher, and Tom Shuttenhelm. He attained his B.A. with a Specialization in Jazz Studies in 2001 from CCSU and is currently working towards…Learn More

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 Jon Curns

Jonathan Curns has been in the professional theater industry since 1997. He has a BFA in Theatrical Design from The University of Connecticut, USA with an emphasis in Lighting Design and Production Management. He has designed and managed productions for companies throughout the United States, including…Learn More

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Alex Flanigan

Alex Flanigan is a musician from Glastonbury, Connecticut who has a diverse, multi-cultural experience with music. Having traveled all over Europe with her church choir, volunteered in Africa, and spent time in South Korea by high school, she learned how other cultures embrace the arts. She attended Academy of the Performing Arts in Hartford while attending Glastonbury High School, and proceeded to…Learn More

Donny Fortin

Donny Fortin has been playing drums for 24 years. He graduated with a Bachelor’s of Music Performance from Berklee, College of Music; and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy, Concentration in Music from Central CT State University. He has taken part in unique drum workshops, including a two week intensive drumset/percussion program in Havana…Learn More

Brian Hartley

Guitarist Brian Hartley studied at The Hartford Conservatory and the Hartt School of Music, graduating at the top of his class with honors from The Hartford Conservatory. Brian has been a guitar and bass instructor at Choate Rosemary Hall since 1999. Brian also teaches at…Learn More

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Stephanie Laffin

Stephanie Laffin began her career in New York City with theatrical casting directors Stuart Howard and Howard Meltzer. After working on the award winning Broadway revivals of Grease!, Chicago and Annie, Stephanie began working in television casting. Stephanie worked on the casting for Law & Order: SVU, Monk and Century City, several feature films, numerous pilots and the series House, for which she was nominated for both an Emmy Award and an Artios Award. As a production executive…Learn More

 

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Julie Morrison

Julie Morrison has been playing the violin for fourteen years. She is attending Central Connecticut State University for a degree in Music Education with a focus on the violin. She began her music career as a member of the BackBeat Show Choir in 2008 and gradually moved into a teaching position there for voice, violin and piano lessons. Through BackBeat she has also worked…Learn More

 

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Jocelyn Pleasant

Jocelyn Pleasant is a percussionist and educator from Bloomfield, CT. She received her first formal training from the Hartt School Community Division in classical percussion at age 10. In addition, she studied African percussion and jazz drum set at the Artists Collective, Jackie and Dollie McLean’s community arts center in Hartford, CT. She continued her music studies at…Learn More

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Lucian Varela

Lucian Varela is a graduate of Central Connecticut State University, where he majored in Music Education and minored in Peace Studies. He has toured and performed in Spain, China, and Japan with the CCSU select choir, University Singers. He is also a singer/songwriter who blends a wide range of styles and genres including: progressive rock, pop, jazz, hip-hop, and classical. Lucian also…Learn More

Kevin Scott

After receiving his degree in Music Theory/Composition, Kevin Scott jumped into private voice and piano lessons with both feet and hasn’t looked back. Kevin is known for his wide variety of styles, teaching everything from Musical Theater, Pop, Classical, Opera, Sacred and all the genres in between. His roots are steeped in Connecticut and he has been part of…Learn More

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Abigail Winkler

After receiving her bachelor’s degree from Yale where she studied fine art and music art, Abigail Winkler lived in Germany for two years, during which time she sang with two jazz ensembles and an acoustic band. Also while in Germany, she studied classical piano at the Kolner Musikhochschule (Cologne Conservatory) and interned at Sound Around recording studio. While living in Maine…Learn More

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