Piano, Voice, Cello Tier 3

Mackenzie is a professional actor, singer, and musician and was studying voice, piano, and cello by the age of 8. Originally from Westchester County, she attended the NYSSMA All-State Conference for 2 years in a row and performed there as a soloist. Mackenzie then attended the Musical Theater BFA program at the Boston Conservatory and went on to play lead roles in the Broadway national tours of ONCE and ELF. She has since performed at regional theaters across the country.
Mackenzie has experience teaching children 2-15 and values creating a safe and exciting environment in music lessons. She believes in building a strong teacher-student relationship and hopes to instill a love and passion for music that lasts a lifetime. She is so excited to be teaching with Voyager Music!
 

Guitar, Bass, Ukulele Tier 4

 Curtis is a performer, collaborator and music educator. His style incorporates the diverse experiences of his studies in American music, blending his university jazz education, folk & blues traditions, and rock music. 

As a professional guitarist, Curtis has toured across the U.S. with award-winning rock groups such as Kentucky Knife Fight and across Europe as band leader for musical artists Bette Smith, The Clubs, and The Curtis J Social. He has released records with over 35 artists and appeared on numerous media outlets including Quotidien TV (France), NPR World Cafe, La Hora Musa (Spain), M6 Television (France), NPR‘s New Sounds, and Europe-1 (France). 

Curtis first began teaching guitar in 1999, just one year after teaching himself to play. In 2009, he graduated with a Bachelor’s and Masters in Jazz Guitar Performance (with honors). He soon went on to become professor of guitar at Southern Illinois University, McKendree University, Principia College, and The New York City Guitar School. Through his twenty years of professional music experience across the world, Curtis has earned his sterling reputation in education, performance, and studio production. Coming off a busy 2020 which saw over sixty new releases, he is debuting new works throughout the year and currently accepting new students for private guitar, bass, and ukulele lessons.

Tier 3: Piano

Alex holds Bachelors in Composition and Entrepreneurship from Kansas State University and a Masters in Screen Scoring from NYU. He’s received many accolated for his composing and performance abilities, including the Presser Foundation Award, and the NYU Film Scoring Award. The incredible gratitude Alex has for the teachers in his life is what inspired him to begin teaching. He loves working with students who are passionate about learning and enjoys exploring different musical styles in his lessons. Discovering and cultivating each and every student’s musical passion is his main goal in teaching.

 

Voice, Piano, Songwriting, Trumpet Tier 4

Brent is an NYC-based composer, music director, vocalist, and educator. Brent has conducted his own music at Carnegie Hall, Off-Broadway, and other premier New York City venues. As a versatile bass-baritone, Brent has performed in musicals across Long Island, has sung classical works with The Cecilia Chorus of New York, and has crooned jazz standards for members of Congress. Passionate about education, since 2019 Brent has been teaching choir and musical theatre classes as well as private voice and piano lessons throughout the NYC Metro Area, including at: Every Voice Choirs (NYC), Hunter College Elementary School (NYC), From Stage to Screen Performing Arts Academy (Huntington, NY), and Nadia’s Performing Arts Centre (Queens, NY). Currently, Brent also serves as the Program Manager for Every Voice Choirs, an independent children’s choir organization based at Columbia Teachers College. Brent earned his B.A. in Music with honors from Columbia University, where he served as a Resident Advisor for two years. Brent is thrilled to join the team at Voyager, where he looks forward to helping his students discover their voices and realize their musical potential.
 

Voice, Piano, Guitar, Ukulele Tier 3

Cindy is a New York City-based songwriter, artist, arranger, producer, and educator with roots in R&B and Jazz. 

Cindy began her collegiate studies majoring in Musical Theatre Performance at Boston Conservatory. While attending summer courses at NYU’s Clive Davis Program, she began songwriting and discovered a new passion leading her to change course in her education and continue her collegiate studies at Berklee College of Music in 2017. She graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2019 with a Dual Degree in Songwriting and Contemporary Writing & Production, with a minor in the Theory of Jazz and Popular Styles. She was also awarded both Songwriting and Achievement Scholarships while attending Berklee.

Cindy now lives in NYC working professionally as a musician. Her song, “In a Year From Now” was added to Spotify’s Editorial Playlist “All Funked Up” and has over 500,000 streams. She’s played shows at venues including Rockwood Music Hall, ShapeShifter Lab, 54 Below,  and Sofar Sounds.

Tier 4: Violin, Piano, Voice

Andrea received her B.F.A. in musical theater from Syracuse University. She was last seen on Broadway as the understudy for the two young female leads in the play Indecent at the Cort Theatre. Andrea was also in the most recent revival of Cabaret at Studio 54 where she played Frenchie, the Gorilla, and also understudied the role of Sally Bowles, played by Michelle Williams, Emma Stone, and Sienna Miller. After the revival closed at Studio 54, Andrea stepped into the role of Sally Bowles for the first year of the national tour of Cabaret. Andrea was also a member of the original Broadway cast of Once as an understudy for Girl, Reza, and Ex-Girlfriend. She made her Broadway debut as Alexi Darling in Rent and had the honor of being a part of the closing cast. She can be seen in the film version Rent: Filmed Live on Broadway, which documented the final performance of the Broadway run.

Andrea trained from the age of three as a classical pianist and began training in classical violin at the age of seven.  Andrea was trained in music theory and passed all of the national syllabus exams in piano. She has been able to meld her love of music with theatre in shows like Once and Striking 12 where she played multiple instruments onstage.

Görsev

Tier 3: Piano

Görsev is a pianist from North Cyprus.  She has received 14 international awards in piano competitions and was the first Turkish Cypriot to give a concert at Carnegie Hall!

Görsev graduated with honors from Berklee College of Music in Boston with a BFA in Piano Performance. 

Görsev also composes and arranges  Mediterranean music, Hip-Hop Classical cross-over, and Classical repertoire. She believes that music is one of the best ways to warm political relations, representation, and cooperation among different cultures and nations.

Teaching is one of Görsev’s passions. She sees it as a way to give back to the community and to bring a change into the world while supporting the creative freedom of all musicians, young and old.

 
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Tier 4: Guitar, Piano

Ben is a guitarist and pianist currently based in New York, NY. Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, Ben began taking piano lessons at the age of 6. A few years later, he began taking guitar lessons from Motown studio musician and songwriter Charles Smith, at which point he decided to make a career in music his long-term goal. In 2013 he attended Berklee College of Music, where he received a BA in Contemporary Writing & Production. 

Since graduating college, Ben has traveled nationally working as a guitarist and pianist for live events and recording sessions. He has also worked as a private music instructor for piano and guitar. Having worked with hundreds of students through private and group instruction over the last ten years, Ben has taught students of a wide variety of ages, skill levels, stylistic preferences, and disciplines. His teaching style is based on tailoring the curriculum to the needs and current abilities of each individual student. In order to make the learning process as enjoyable and accessible as possible, Ben makes a concerted effort to inspire his students by teaching instrument fundamentals, technique, and music theory concepts through the use of material that stylistically resonates with each student’s personality and musical preferences.

Tier 2: Voice, Piano

Emily is a Vocalist, Performance Artist, and Educator who’s been rocking out in NYC since 2017.

She received her BM in Musical Theatre from Baldwin Wallace University and her 50-Hour Voice Teacher Training Certificate from NYVC. 

Emily has worked on board many cruises as a Production Vocalist, Vocal Captain, and Company Manager. She loves working with children and has taught at New York Kids Club, Jam with Jamie, and Curated Care. 

Emily is committed to helping all of her students find their inner rockstar!

Tier 4: Piano, Violin, Voice

Katie is a multi award-winning Welsh composer/producer based in New York City. Her music can be identified by its unique weaving together of sounds and layered textures with a touch of Celtic flair as she draws on her Welsh roots. Katie engages in projects that encompass many forms of music making from the concert hall, to multimedia environments, to dance and film. 

Katie’s music has been performed at venues across Europe and the US, including National Sawdust, the Curtis Institute of Music, and BBC Hoddinott Hall. She also enjoys conducting.

Katie is a Teaching Fellow at the Juilliard School where she coaches composition for media and music production. 

She is thrilled to be a part of the Voyager Team! 

Tier 3: Violin, Viola, Piano

Emily is a classically trained violinist and pianist based in NYC.  She began her violin studies at the age of 3 followed by piano at age 7 . 

Emily has performed in venues throughout NYC ranging from Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center to the Queens and Brooklyn Museums of New York. Additionally she has performed at venues across the US including the Perry Belmont House in DC, Bowdoin College in Maine, and the Tanglewood Music Center in Massachusetts, as well as internationally at the Japanese Embassy in Rome.  One of her greatest honors was performing for First Lady Michelle Obama at a UNGA event in Harlem, NYC.

Emily holds her Bachelor of Music Degree in Violin Performance from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. Upon completing her degree, Emily received her Suzuki Teacher Training at the School for Strings.  Emily has always loved teaching young children and now enjoys being able to put her two passions, music and teaching together. As a teacher, Emily places a strong emphasis on ear training coupled with solid skills in reading and technique. She believes that learning to play an instrument is something any child can do and that playing an instrument is truly a gift that brings children joy, a sense of accomplishment, and confidence which transfers into many other areas of their lives as well.

Tier 2: Voice, Piano, Violin

Jake has been working as a professional actor and musician since 2018. He holds a Bachelor of Music from NYU Steinhardt with a concentration in Vocal Performance. He also plays at teaches piano and violin. Jake has performed at Carnegie Hall, The Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, Lefrak Concert Hall, and the Tilles Center. He has worked professionally as an actor in regional productions of Beauty and the Beast, Sister Act, and Spring Awakening. Recently Jake performed with Warner Bros. in the Polar Express Train Ride. As a teacher, Jake has worked one on one with students 4-10 years old in private instruction. Additionally, he’s worked in Early Childhood Education with children ages 3 months to 4 years since 2017.

Tier 4: Piano

Adam is an NYC-based pianist and recording artist who has been teaching students of all ages and skill levels for the past 15 years. With his deep understanding of music theory, technique, songwriting & production he crafts unique lesson plans tailored to each student’s skill level and goals. After graduating with a BM in Jazz piano performance Adam has gone on to the Master’s program at Berklee NYC for Songwriting & Production. Adam encourages all students to express their individual creativity and believes that everyone can learn to make beautiful music.

Percussion, Tier 4

Andy is currently a percussionist and Assistant Conductor at West Side Story on Broadway. He has previously held positions at Hello Dolly!, An American in Paris, Bullets Over Broadway, Nice Work If You Can Get It, and The Color Purple (First National Tour). As a substitute on Broadway, he has performed in 17 different shows. He has also performed with the Metropolitan Opera, New York Philharmonic, American Symphony Orchestra, as well as with many other orchestras, opera companies, chamber ensembles, bands, singers, and composers in New York City.
 
 
 

Tier 2: Piano, Voice

Mercedes is a vocalist, songwriter, and music producer from California. She started her studies at a very early age with classical piano. As her musical development intensified, she fell in love
with singing.

Mercedes attended the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts and then later went on to pursue a Bachelor of Music in Electronic Production and Contemporary Writing at Berklee College of Music.

Mercedes loves to perform in a variety of musical styles including Salsa, Pop/R&B, Rock, and Soul. She’s thrilled to be a part of the Voyager team, and can’t wait to bring music into your home!

Tier 4: Violin, Viola, Piano

Katie is a New York City-based violinist/violist who has taught at the Harmony Program, Opus 118 Harlem School of Music, Ethical Culture Fieldston School, and Blume Haiti and is certified in teaching Books 1-4 of the Mark O’Connor Fiddle Method. She has taught privately and in group classes, from beginners to advanced adults. Katie’s teaching methodology is catered individually to each student but centers around a universal strong technical foundation and a creative, encouraging, and engaging learning environment.

Katie has performed with Broadway’s Phantom of the OperaThe Lion King, Some Like It Hot, Dear Evan Hansen, the American Ballet Theatre, the American Symphony OrchestraWestchester Broadway Theatre, Cirque Musica as an aerial violinist and New London Barn Playhouse as an onstage bluegrass fiddlerShe has performed at venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Opera House, and Radio City Music Hall. Katie received her Master of Music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and her Bachelor of Music with an Anthropology minor from the University of Michigan. When she isn’t teaching or performing, Katie loves cooking, traveling, painting, and knitting. 

 

Tier 3: Cello, Piano

Wangshu is a performing cellist and a dedicated educator based in NYC. She began
playing cello at the age of 8 in her hometown Shenzhen, China. She moved to the
The United States at the age of 15 to study at Walnut Hill School for the Arts. She holds a
Bachelor of Music degree from The Juilliard School.

Wangshu has performed as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral musician in venues like Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Jordan Hall in Boston, Harpa Hall in Iceland, and Oslo Konserthus in Norway. 

As a teacher, Wangshu loves to help discover and encourage each student’s potential and curiosity about music.

Tier 2: Piano, Voice

Rachel is a professional actor and musician in NYC. She started her musical journey at a young age, singing in the church choir at age five and beginning private classical piano lessons at seven.

She began studying voice in high school, sang in her college choir, and later performed in several professional theatre productions, both regionally and in NYC. Some of her favorite roles include Belle in Beauty and the Beast, Luisa in The Fantasticks, Velma Kelly in Chicago, and Carol in the world premiere, Off-Off-Broadway production of The Floorshow. She is cast as Charlotte Brontë in the new musical In Emily’s Words, currently in development.

Rachel holds a B.A. in Theatre and Dance from The University of Texas at Austin where she studied musical theatre and performed in several mainstage productions. She loves sharing her love of music with others and passing on the lifelong gift of music.

Jordan is a pianist, composer, arranger, and educator born and raised in New York City. He is currently a senior at Berklee College of Music where he is obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Music Studies with a focus in film and video game composing.

Jordan began studying contemporary classical piano at age 13 and has since branched out into other genres including blues and jazz piano, which he also studied while at Berklee, and later picked up the ukulele. Inspired by the music in his favorite films and video games, Jordan is also an arranger and composer, making arrangements of the songs that once inspired him to pursue a music education.

Jordan also has experience in early childhood education, working with children as young as 5 months old. He is passionate about education and understands the importance of having a fun and engaging learning environment.

Tier 2: Piano

Dasha is a NYC-based composer and piano player. She graduated from Berklee College of Music as a Media Composer, and currently is pursuing her Masters in Music Composition at NYU Steinhardt.

Dasha has been playing piano since the age of four at Gnesisns Child Conservatory. Dasha has worked on many films as a composer, such as Beast Wanted, Chronicles of Green Tree, and many more.

When teaching, her goal is to cultivate a love for music and help her students engage with music in a productive and positive way, as listeners and artists.

She hopes to help her students make music a part of their life, whether they decide to pursue it professionally or as a hobby.

Piano, Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Songwriting Tier 2

Abby is a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. At 16, she was accepted into a summer intensive at the Boston Conservatory to study Classical Composition. At the age of 18, she scripted, composed, and choreographed a full-length musical, which was not only performed at her high school but also at two local professional theatres. Abby attended the music conservatory at SUNY Purchase, which churned out notables like Regina Spektor and Mitski. Abby has released two EPs and is currently in the recording studio working on her latest project. 

Tier 2: Piano, Ukulele

Jordan is a pianist, composer, arranger, and educator born and raised in New York City. He is a recent graduate of Berklee College of Music where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Music Studies with a focus on film and video game composing.

Jordan began studying contemporary classical piano at age 13 and has since branched out into other genres including blues and jazz piano, which he also studied while at Berklee, and later picked up the ukulele. Inspired by the music in his favorite films and video games, Jordan is also an arranger and composer, making arrangements of the songs that once inspired him to pursue a music education.

Jordan also has experience in early childhood education, working with children as young as 5 months old. He is passionate about education and understands the importance of having a fun and engaging learning environment.

Tier 4: Voice, Piano, Guitar, Ukulele

Amanda is originally from Long Island, New York, and is a working composer, actress, and teacher in NYC. She picked up guitar, bass guitar, and ukulele as hobbies. She holds a BFA in Musical Theater from The Boston Conservatory, and is a member of the prestigious BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop. She is the resident composer for Bluelaces Theater Company. In addition to performing her own music, she has composed and arranged for various projects, including several songs for web series, podcasts, and film. Her music has been performed at Lincoln Center, Prospect Theater Company, The Duplex, Green Room 42, The Bitter End, Rockwood Music Hall, Feinstein’s 54 Below and more. She has penned several musicals including Single Rider, The Radium Girls: A Jaw Dropping New Musical, Coming Attraction, and many more.

Amanda has been teaching since college, serving as a Music Theory tutor for the Theater Department at The Boston Conservatory. Presently, she instructs people of all ages on piano, guitar, ukulele, and voice. She has extensive experience working with young children and children with special needs. She likes to approach music through a creative lens, often encouraging her students to compose original music to deepen their experience.

 

Tier 2: Guitar, Bass, Piano

Nicholas is NYC based jazz guitarist, and composer. Nicholas began studying music at the age of 3, and at the age of 16 he would leave high school to begin pursuing a
musical career.

After 2 years of playing and touring around the northeastern United States Nicholas attended Berklee College of Music, where he graduated with a B.M in jazz performance.

As a performer Nicholas has had the opportunity to tour in Russia, Ukraine, Spain, and France. He’s performed nationally from intimate jazz venues to the United States Navy aboard the USS The Sullivans.

As an educator Nicholas’ goal is to cultivate in his students a deep love, and understanding of music. 

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