Matt Panayides-Guitar and Piano Faculty   Matt Panayides is a modern guitarist and composer. He loves performing and collaborating with a diverse array of musicians, while being part of the vibrant, creative music scene of New York. He also works as a music educator in a wide variety of settings, from master classes, to guitar ensembles, to running his own private music studio. His current group features a long-standing partnership with Rich Perry on tenor sax and a rotating cast of some of NYC’s heaviest rhythm section players including: Steve LaSpina, Thomson Kneeland, Mark Ferber, Bob Sabin, Sam Trapchak, and Jeff Davis. In 2015 Matt released his second album as a leader entitled "CONDUITS" featuring his original compositions. Joined by Rich Perry, Mark Ferber and Thomson Kneeland. In 2011 Matt released his first album as a leader. The album features his tunes with Rich Perry, Steve LaSpina and Dan Weiss. Matt holds a BM from Manhattan School of music and an MM from William Paterson University in Jazz Performance.

Matt Panayides-Guitar and Piano Faculty

Matt Panayides is a modern guitarist and composer. He loves performing and collaborating with a diverse array of musicians, while being part of the vibrant, creative music scene of New York. He also works as a music educator in a wide variety of settings, from master classes, to guitar ensembles, to running his own private music studio. His current group features a long-standing partnership with Rich Perry on tenor sax and a rotating cast of some of NYC’s heaviest rhythm section players including: Steve LaSpina, Thomson Kneeland, Mark Ferber, Bob Sabin, Sam Trapchak, and Jeff Davis. In 2015 Matt released his second album as a leader entitled "CONDUITS" featuring his original compositions. Joined by Rich Perry, Mark Ferber and Thomson Kneeland. In 2011 Matt released his first album as a leader. The album features his tunes with Rich Perry, Steve LaSpina and Dan Weiss. Matt holds a BM from Manhattan School of music and an MM from William Paterson University in Jazz Performance.

Hyeseon Hong-Piano and Composition Faculty   Hyeseon Hong is an accomplished composer, arranger and pianist working extensively in both New York City and Seoul, Korea. She is adept in many different genres of music including jazz, musicals, pop and film composition. She has composed and performed in several different musicals and has been commissioned to write music for film. As an educator Ms. Hong served as assistant professor at Dae Gu Art Music College in South Korea teaching classes in jazz arranging, composition, theory and piano. In 2017 she released a big band album on Summit Records to much acclaim featuring Rich Perry and Ingrid Jensen. A recipient of the prestigious Copland Fund composers grant her group currently consists of some of New York’s finest musicians while she also continues to lead her choir group in Seoul. Ms. Hong received a Bachelor of Music from Yonsei University, a Masters of Arts in Jazz Performance from NYU, and pursued additional independent study courses in improvisation and composition at City College.

Hyeseon Hong-Piano and Composition Faculty

Hyeseon Hong is an accomplished composer, arranger and pianist working extensively in both New York City and Seoul, Korea. She is adept in many different genres of music including jazz, musicals, pop and film composition. She has composed and performed in several different musicals and has been commissioned to write music for film. As an educator Ms. Hong served as assistant professor at Dae Gu Art Music College in South Korea teaching classes in jazz arranging, composition, theory and piano. In 2017 she released a big band album on Summit Records to much acclaim featuring Rich Perry and Ingrid Jensen. A recipient of the prestigious Copland Fund composers grant her group currently consists of some of New York’s finest musicians while she also continues to lead her choir group in Seoul. Ms. Hong received a Bachelor of Music from Yonsei University, a Masters of Arts in Jazz Performance from NYU, and pursued additional independent study courses in improvisation and composition at City College.

Sam Decker-Woodwind and Piano Faculty   Sam Decker moved to Brooklyn, New York, in early 2012, and has since been playing straight-ahead jazz, contemporary jazz/improvised music, free improvisation, as well as rock and folk music in the New York music scene. Drawing from sources such as Stravinsky, Mark Turner, Deerhoof, and Elliot Smith, his music is both familiar and unfamiliar. Originally from the Chicago area, Sam attended New England Conservatory in Boston, where he studied with George Garzone, Jerry Bergonzi, Bob Moses, Ken Radnofsky, John McNeil, Frank Carlberg, and Cecil McBee. He also studied contemporary classical composition and improvisation with Katarina Miljkovic. Sam is a founding member of Green and Glass ( greenandglass.bandcamp.com ), co leads the Decker/LoRe quartet( DeckerLoReQuartet.bandcamp.com ) with Alex LoRe, and leads an instrumental group called Shrove. In addition, Sam is part of the Logan Strohsal Group, who’s first record “Up Go We” is released on Sunyside records, as well as other folk and instrumental projects and collaborations. Sam has been teaching privately in addition to working with various music programs in New York and New Jersey since 2012.

Sam Decker-Woodwind and Piano Faculty

Sam Decker moved to Brooklyn, New York, in early 2012, and has since been playing straight-ahead jazz, contemporary jazz/improvised music, free improvisation, as well as rock and folk music in the New York music scene. Drawing from sources such as Stravinsky, Mark Turner, Deerhoof, and Elliot Smith, his music is both familiar and unfamiliar. Originally from the Chicago area, Sam attended New England Conservatory in Boston, where he studied with George Garzone, Jerry Bergonzi, Bob Moses, Ken Radnofsky, John McNeil, Frank Carlberg, and Cecil McBee. He also studied contemporary classical composition and improvisation with Katarina Miljkovic. Sam is a founding member of Green and Glass (greenandglass.bandcamp.com), co leads the Decker/LoRe quartet(DeckerLoReQuartet.bandcamp.com) with Alex LoRe, and leads an instrumental group called Shrove. In addition, Sam is part of the Logan Strohsal Group, who’s first record “Up Go We” is released on Sunyside records, as well as other folk and instrumental projects and collaborations. Sam has been teaching privately in addition to working with various music programs in New York and New Jersey since 2012.

 
Sean-David Cunningham Violin and Piano Faculty   Sean-David is from Brooklyn, NY. He began playing the violin at the early age of four. Mr. Cunningham holds a Bachelor of Music in violin performance from Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore Maryland; violin studies with Violaine Melancon. Mr. Cunningham attended The Schulich School of Music of McGill University, Montréal Canada under the tutelage of Mark Fewer, where he pursued his Master in Chamber Music Mr. Cunningham moved to Jersey City in 2009 and has been teaching students in group class as well as privately since then. His current roster consists of students ranging 3 years of age to adulthood. Sean-David plays in a variety of different ensembles encompassing many genres. Classical, rock, folk, blues and jazz to name a few. He is a member of Sylvana Joyce and the Moment. His additional musical performances include: performances with Baltimore’s Soulful Symphony, under the direction of Darin Atwater, performance master classes held by Pinchas Zuckerman, Yehanatan Berick (University of Michigan), Regis Pasquier (Paris Conservatory). Mr. Cunningham is currently a member of the of the Diverse Concert Artists. The mission of this new age chamber ensemble is to widen the perception of African-American musicians in classical and crossover genres.

Sean-David Cunningham Violin and Piano Faculty

Sean-David is from Brooklyn, NY. He began playing the violin at the early age of four. Mr. Cunningham holds a Bachelor of Music in violin performance from Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore Maryland; violin studies with Violaine Melancon. Mr. Cunningham attended The Schulich School of Music of McGill University, Montréal Canada under the tutelage of Mark Fewer, where he pursued his Master in Chamber Music Mr. Cunningham moved to Jersey City in 2009 and has been teaching students in group class as well as privately since then. His current roster consists of students ranging 3 years of age to adulthood. Sean-David plays in a variety of different ensembles encompassing many genres. Classical, rock, folk, blues and jazz to name a few. He is a member of Sylvana Joyce and the Moment. His additional musical performances include: performances with Baltimore’s Soulful Symphony, under the direction of Darin Atwater, performance master classes held by Pinchas Zuckerman, Yehanatan Berick (University of Michigan), Regis Pasquier (Paris Conservatory). Mr. Cunningham is currently a member of the of the Diverse Concert Artists. The mission of this new age chamber ensemble is to widen the perception of African-American musicians in classical and crossover genres.


AHU ANGELINA GUNERI     Flute / Voice / Piano Teacher    She has been playing flute for 26 years.   She used to work as Coloratura Soprano at Opera Houses in Europe. She received her Bachelor’s of Music degrees ( flute & vocal ) at Istanbul State Conservatory in Istanbul, Turkey and her Master’s of Music at New York University Steinhardt in New York.  She has taught piano, flute and singing for 15 years in Turkey and the US. She can sing in English, Italian, German, Turkish and Spanish. Angelina has been performing live with her band all over the country.

AHU ANGELINA GUNERI

Flute / Voice / Piano Teacher

She has been playing flute for 26 years.

She used to work as Coloratura Soprano at Opera Houses in Europe. She received her Bachelor’s of Music degrees ( flute & vocal ) at Istanbul State Conservatory in Istanbul, Turkey and her Master’s of Music at New York University Steinhardt in New York.

She has taught piano, flute and singing for 15 years in Turkey and the US. She can sing in English, Italian, German, Turkish and Spanish. Angelina has been performing live with her band all over the country.

Marc Velez-Guitar and Piano Faculty   Marc Velez is a guitarist and educator currently living Union City, New Jersey. His approach to music is characterized by a strong inclination to explore new concepts regardless of genre, which has resulted in experience in various forms jazz, rock, and classical music. He is drawn to the guitar for its versatility, and emphasizes the fundamentals of technique in order to be fully expressive in each performance situation. He is a graduate of NJCU’s jazz performance program, where he was able to study under esteemed musicians and educators such as Paul Meyers, Allen Farnham, and Walt Weiskopf and shared the stage with fantastic performers such as Ingrid Jensen and Steve Wilson. He was also afforded opportunities to travel — in 2015, he spent a week as part of a quartet in Mumbai, India to represent NJCU at the True School of Music. He participated in various master classes and performances, including a night at the Blue Frog. Marc currently spends his time performing and teaching privately throughout northern New Jersey.

Marc Velez-Guitar and Piano Faculty

Marc Velez is a guitarist and educator currently living Union City, New Jersey. His approach to music is characterized by a strong inclination to explore new concepts regardless of genre, which has resulted in experience in various forms jazz, rock, and classical music. He is drawn to the guitar for its versatility, and emphasizes the fundamentals of technique in order to be fully expressive in each performance situation. He is a graduate of NJCU’s jazz performance program, where he was able to study under esteemed musicians and educators such as Paul Meyers, Allen Farnham, and Walt Weiskopf and shared the stage with fantastic performers such as Ingrid Jensen and Steve Wilson. He was also afforded opportunities to travel — in 2015, he spent a week as part of a quartet in Mumbai, India to represent NJCU at the True School of Music. He participated in various master classes and performances, including a night at the Blue Frog. Marc currently spends his time performing and teaching privately throughout northern New Jersey.

EJ Park-Vocal and Piano Faculty   EJ(EunJung)Park, was born in Gwangju, South Korea where she began formal music study at the age of five. She participated in and won several piano and voice competitions. After graduating from National University of Cheonnam as a piano major she attended Dong Ah Institute of Media and Arts (DIMA) to study voice.In 2011 EJ's love for jazz and her commitment to artistic growth led her to The University of the Arts in Philadelphia where she received a Master of Music in Jazz Studies, graduating in 2013. Since graduation EJ has performed extensively, singing both jazz and gospel music. She completed an eight state tour of the east coast and performed at the prestigious Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. As a solo vocalist/pianist she has performed at Chris's Jazz cafe, Pari's Bistro, the Revel Resort Casino in Atlantic City, Philadelphia's Academy of Music etc. She performed as a backup singer for Lanny Kravitz and Carole King for DNC in Philadelphia. EJ also performs and records as featured vocalist with the Hyeseon Hong Jazz Orchestra in NYC and Don Glanden Jazz Trio in Philadelphia. Recently she finished her debut album recording as a jazz vocalist/composer. The album is going to release soon in 2018. As an educator, she has been teaching piano/vocal at University of the Arts in Philadelphia since 2014.

EJ Park-Vocal and Piano Faculty

EJ(EunJung)Park, was born in Gwangju, South Korea where she began formal music study at the age of five. She participated in and won several piano and voice competitions. After graduating from National University of Cheonnam as a piano major she attended Dong Ah Institute of Media and Arts (DIMA) to study voice.In 2011 EJ's love for jazz and her commitment to artistic growth led her to The University of the Arts in Philadelphia where she received a Master of Music in Jazz Studies, graduating in 2013. Since graduation EJ has performed extensively, singing both jazz and gospel music. She completed an eight state tour of the east coast and performed at the prestigious Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. As a solo vocalist/pianist she has performed at Chris's Jazz cafe, Pari's Bistro, the Revel Resort Casino in Atlantic City, Philadelphia's Academy of Music etc. She performed as a backup singer for Lanny Kravitz and Carole King for DNC in Philadelphia. EJ also performs and records as featured vocalist with the Hyeseon Hong Jazz Orchestra in NYC and Don Glanden Jazz Trio in Philadelphia. Recently she finished her debut album recording as a jazz vocalist/composer. The album is going to release soon in 2018. As an educator, she has been teaching piano/vocal at University of the Arts in Philadelphia since 2014.