Music Electives Faculty
Ian McLellan Davis (music theory) is a composer/guitarist/educator based in New York. As an educator he works with the New York Philharmonic’s Very Young Composer’s program, the 3rd Street Music Settlement, Soundfly, and Found Sound Nation. He tours, records, and performs regularly with Relatives and Landlady and has worked as an orchestral arranger with artists such as Feist, Daniel Rossen (of Grizzly Bear), and Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond). His arranging work has been featured on NPR, The Late Show with David Letterman, and Pitchfork. Davis is the music editor of and a regular contributor to the arts and literary journal harlequin creature. He also writes children’s music and records a Christmas album for his family every year.
Erika Kapin (violin) brings the flavors of Middle Eastern and American folk music to her compositions, which are firmly rooted, in the Jazz tradition. As a child in Seattle, Ms. Kapin began her classical training on the violin. Her discovery of jazz and improvisational music brought her to New York where she completed her studies with a degree from the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. While working with musicians on a multiple projects including jazz, hip-hop, Klezmer, rock, and blues, she also began writing and performing her own compositions in a variety of settings. Ms. Kapin has traveled to Bolivia on tour with her musical collective, The Quintet for World Peace, and in 2014 released her first solo recording of songs for mandolin, violin and voice.
Leah Miles (piano) is a composer, playwright, lyricist, and Teaching Artist based out of Brooklyn, New York. She holds a BA in Psychology from Salem State University and an MFA from the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at New York University’s Tisch School Of The Arts. She is a member of ASCAP, Dramatists Guild Of America, The Directory of Contemporary Musical Theatre Writers, NOMTI (Boston, MA), and Three Act Theatre Company. Ms. Miles’ 2016 produced works include Entangled (Salem Theatre Company, MA), Touching Loss with choreographer Clare Cook and composer Paul Castles (Acadiana Arts Center, LA). Past productions include Entangled (Three Act Theatre, NY), Sunday Roaster Chicken (Ugly Rhino Productions, NY), Bronx Zoo (MuSE, NY), Providence: A Musical Comedy (Write Act Eastside, NY) and Little Women: The Musical Journey of Jo March (SeaStage, MA; It’s Only Tuesday Productions, CA, multiple school productions in CA, MA, PA, TX). In addition to her Teaching Artist work with The Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Leah also works with The Metropolitan Opera Guild, ArtsConnection, and New York City Children’s Theatre. Leah is the recipient of the 2016 Linda LeRoy Janklow Teaching Award from ArtsConnection New York.
Sara Paar (voice) is a versatile singing actress whose work includes performance in opera, musical theater, contemporary concert work, and vocal dance, the last for which she has received critical acclaim as a member of the Experience Vocal Dance Company. Most recently, she performed as Fox in Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen with One World Symphony and as Eurydice in a satire of the Orpheus story, Orfeo, Eurydice, & the Serpent, performed with Five Words In a Line. Ms. Paar also works as a lecturer in music at Kingsborough Community College and has completed training and certification in Vocology and LoVetri Somatic Voicework™ Method.
Eugene Rohrer (voice) is a graduate of The Manhattan School of Music and Occidental College. He has been seen, both in New York and Chicago, as an actor, singer, and pianist in the role of Galileo in The Top Ten People Of The Millennium Sing Their Favorite Schubert Lieder by Alec Duffy. He has performed numerous Gilbert & Sullivan roles with The Light Opera of Manhattan. He toured as pianist with, baritones Saverio Barbieri and James Billings, the Festival of Song Quartet (playing all four hands of the Liebeslieder Waltzes of Brahms) and theGregg Smith Singers, among others. Mr. Rohrer is on the faculty of The Turtle Bay Music Schooland frequently plays for Jeannette LoVetri, Lani Misenas, Chuck Muckle and Molly Watson.
Michelle Rosen (voice) earned the Distinguished Voice Professional certificate from New York Singing Teachers Association, a Master of Music degree from New York University, and certification in LoVetri Somatic Voicework™ Method. She has enjoyed a professional career in both musical theater and opera. Performance highlights include roles in Phantom of the Opera, Man of La Mancha, The Medium, and many more. Ms. Rosen has taught at NYU and currently teaches at Westminster College of the Arts in Princeton, NJ.
Matt Schlatter (guitar) is a composer, performer, and educator living and working in Brooklyn. He composes for and performs with the new music ensemble Marigold Opera, an eclectic mix between a chamber group and rock band that he leads with co-composer Nathan Cooke. In collaboration with the Philadelphia theater company Aspire Arts, Mr. Schlatter has composed incidental music for A Christmas Carol, The Importance of Being Earnest, Naked Will, and Make Me Laugh. He continues to perform both on guitar and piano in a variety of venues throughout New York and Philadelphia, including jazz clubs, theater, and in the rock groups Live Theory and The Tonalites. With over seven years of teaching experience, Mr. Schlatter continues his passion for music education through private lessons. He is a graduate of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and has studied with noted composers John Hollenbeck and Alexander DeVaron and guitarists Jonathan Kriesberg, Tom Giacabetti, and Mike Quaile.
Julian Shore (piano) was born in Providence, RI and began playing piano at a young age. He began to study improvisation and composition with famed jazz educator Hal Crook at 17 and was then awarded a full-tuition scholarship to Berklee College of Music. Since then Mr. Shore has had the opportunity to work with Gretchen Parlato, Joshua Redman, Myron Walden, Chris Cheek, Marcus Strickland, Ferenc Nemeth, and Hal Crook at Smalls, Blues Alley, The Stockholm Jazz Festival, 55 Bar, Catalina’s, the Banff Arts Centre, the Panama Jazz Festival, and others as a sideman and a leader. He has served on the faculty at the Wheeler School jazz camp as well as the world-famous Litchfield Jazz Camp. His debut album, For Away Places, is available on iTunes, Amazon.com and CDBaby.com
Mara Waldman (voice, piano) graduated from the Manhattan School of Music with a Masters Degree in piano and made her Carnegie Hall debut, sponsored by the Leschetizky Association. She was a winner in the New York Chopin Foundation Council International Auditions, the International Piano Recording Competition, and recorded solo piano music by Vittorio Rieti for Columbia Records. At the same time, she made her conducting debut with the Bel Canto Opera Company and went on to conduct several productions. This led to her work with the New York City Opera national tours and South Texas Lyric Opera performances. Ms. Waldman is Music Director/Conductor of the Encompass New Opera Theatre and held the positions of Chorus Director and Associate Conductor with the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera for 6 years and Music Director and Conductor of the Belleayre Music Festival Opera for 4 years. She was on faculty of the New Opera Fesitval di Roma, Italy, for 6 years as conductor and voice teacher and was a coach at the AIMS program in Graz, Austria for 2 summers. She joined the voice faculty of Brooklyn Youth Chorus in 2010 after teaching and coaching privately for over 35 years. Ms. Waldman is a certified Level 3 instructor in Somatic Voicework, the Lovetry Method™, is Past President of the New York Singing Teachers’ Association, the Leschetizky Association, Joy in Singing and currently is on the board of the Musician’s Club of New York.