Piano Teachers

Eddie Guttman

Piano • Voice

Eddie studied at Binghamton University and New York University, where he earned his Master’s in Composition. He has over 25 years of teaching experience, including at the New School/The Actors’ Studio and NYU. Former students include Mary Illes, Ta’Rea Campbell, and Adrienne Moore. He performed at the Papermill Playhouse, Off Broadway, CBGB’s and served for 10+ years as the pianist for the Meet The Artist Series at Lincoln Center.

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LOCATION
New Providence, Virtual

EDUCATION
Binghamton University
New York University – MA, Composition
Studied piano with world renowned pianist Walter Ponce

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
25+ years teaching privately and at the New School/The Actors’ Studio, NYU, Marymount Manhattan College, Wagner College, Horace Mann and Packer Collegiate

PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS
Performed at the Papermill Playhouse, Off Broadway, CBGB’s; served for 10+ years as the pianist for the Meet The Artist Series at Lincoln Center.
Composed “Equilibrium”, written for and performed by then NYC Ballet principal dancer Peter Boal
Named “Favorite Piano Accompanist” by the readers of the national publication Back Stage

TEACHING HIGHLIGHTS
Gave tutelage to Mary Illes (Phantom of the Opera, Music Man), Ta’Rea Campbell (AidaHamilton), Eric Scott Kincaid (NewsiesCats), Adrienne Moore (Orange is the New Black), Doug Plaut (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Kathy Brier (Hairspray), Bashira Cresswell (Lion King) and Joel Robertson (Les Miserables)

FAVORITE GENRE TO TEACH
Broadway

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Jeanne Holder

Piano • Brass

Jeanne studied at the Eastman School of Music and Temple University. She was elected to the Board of Advisors for the International Trombone Association. Jeanne published several articles on teaching brass, conducted the North Jersey Area Band and Melbourne Municipal Band. She was also commissioned to write over 50 arrangements for various ensembles.

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LOCATION
New Providence, Virtual

EDUCATION
Eastman School of Music
Temple University – MA Theory & Composition
Studied piano with Lynne Howard and Polly McKeever

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Private instruction
Taught band, chorus, brass, and piano at several schools and colleges in Florida and New Jersey

PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS
Livingood Big Band, St. John’s River City Brass Band, Jacksonville Symphony, Cathedral Brass, Goldman Band, and many others.
Freelancer for Broadway shows, Dixieland, Big Band Jazz, cruise ships, recordings and tours

FAVORITE GENRE TO TEACH
Classical

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Mary Hrebin-Hass

Piano

LOCATION
New Providence, Virtual

Mary studied piano at Carnegie-Mellon University. She has experience teaching students age 5 to 65 of all levels and has accompanied singers and instrumentalists for recitals and auditions.

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EDUCATION
Carnegie-Mellon University, BFA
Studied piano with Elizabeth Weiss and Carol Ferri, as well as Jascha Zayde in New York City

TEACHING HIGHLIGHTS
• Instructed students age 5 to 65, from beginner to advanced levels
• For eleven years was recital chairperson for the Music Educators Association (MEA) of New Jersey (a non-profit piano teachers organization)
• Accompanied instrumentalists and vocalists for various recitals and auditions

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Diane Smith Kirsh

Piano • Voice

LOCATION
New Providence, Virtual

Diane studied at the Boston Conservatory of Music and has over 15 years of experience teaching privately. She was a session singer for radio and television commercials and has recorded with Michael Bolton, Cyndy Lauper, Marc Cohn, and others. Currently she sings with her band Kings Road and is a vocal soloist at the Presbyterian church in New Providence and The Community Congregational Church in Short Hills.

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EDUCATION
The Boston Conservatory of Music

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
15+ years teaching privately

PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS
Starred as Eliza Doolittle in Keene State College Summer Theater’s My Fair Lady, Marian in The Music Man and Nettie Fowler in Carousel
Sang as a session singer for radio and television commercials and voice-overs, recording jingles for Diet Coke, Hawaiian Punch, My Little Pony, Chevrolet, Nestle Sweet Dreams.
Recorded with Michael Bolton, Cyndy Lauper, Patty Austin, George Clinton, Bebe & Cece Wynan, Marc Cohn
• Vocal producer of three “Broadway Kids” Albums: ‘Christmas’,’ Broadway’ and ‘America’

FAVORITE GENRES TO TEACH
Pop, Broadway, Rock, Classical

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Ema Mitrovic

Piano • Voice

LOCATION
New Providence, Virtual

Ema studied at the New Jersey City University and has over 7 years of experience teaching privately. Her long list of performance credits include playing Siébel in a full production of Gounod’s Faust with Hudson Opera Theatre and performing the title role of Bizet’s Carmen with the Concert Opera of Philadelphia. Ema is a regular cantor and alto section leader at Saint Vincent de Paul RC Church in Bayonne, NJ.

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EDUCATION
New Jersey City University

PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS
Performed as Siébel in a full production of Gounod’s Faust with Hudson Opera Theatre in Middletown, NY; Octavian in the final trio of Der Rosenkavalier with Opera Theatre of Montclair; Maddalena (Rigoletto) and Suzuki (Madama Butterfly) with New York Lyric Opera Theatre; performed the title role of Bizet’s Carmen with the Concert Opera of Philadelphia; and is a regular cantor and alto section leader at Saint Vincent de Paul RC Church in Bayonne, NJ

HONORS
• Finalist for New Jersey State Opera’s Alfredo Silipigni Vocal Competition
• Semi-finalist at the 8th Annual Peter Elvins Vocal Competition
• Featured artist at the NJ National Association of Teachers of Singing “Festival of Singing”
• Placed first in the advanced lower division of NJ NATS, “Festival of Singing Competition”

TEACHING FOCUS
Solid Vocal Health – Dependable Technique for Every Genre

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Kyle Moffatt

Piano • Woodwinds

LOCATION
New Providence, Virtual

Kyle studied at Berklee and earned his Master’s in Jazz Composition from the New England Conservatory. He performed with Bob Brookmeyer, Don Byron, Max Weinberg, and many others, and at the North Shore Jazz Festival, Chianti, Opal Room, and Caffe Vivaldi.

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EDUCATION
Berklee College of Music
New England Conservatory, MA Jazz Composition

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Private instruction
Instructor at Camp Encore-Coda, a summer music program in Brookline, Maine

PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS
• Performed with Bob Brookmeyer, Joe Lovano, Don Byron, Andy McGhee, and Max Weinberg, as a member of the Rainbow Band (Berklee College of Music), Jazz Composers’ Workshop Orchestra and Jazz Composers’ Ensemble (New England Conservatory), and with the Brian Lewis Big Band, Greg Hopkins Jazz Orchestra, Beantown Swing Orchestra, and Joe Pino Sextet
• Appeared at clubs and festivals including Somethin’ Jazz, The Garage, Silvana, Small’s, Caffe Vivaldi, North Shore Jazz Festival, Chianti, Opal Room, Real Bar and All Asia Café

FAVORITE GENRES TO TEACH
Jazz and classical

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Oliver Shapiro

Piano • Cello

LOCATION
New Providence, Virtual

Oliver performed with numerous orchestras, including the Metropolitan Orchestra, Ridgewood Symphony’s Project Symphony, Bloomfield Symphony. His teaching philosophy is educating each student as a musician, not only as a cellist/pianist, and he includes aspects of theory and history in his teaching.

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EDUCATION
Studied piano with Boris Bazala and William Dawson (Amherst Summer Music Center)

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Teaching privately since 1974

PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS
Performed with numerous orchestras, including the Metropolitan Orchestra, Ridgewood Symphony’s Project Symphony, Bloomfield Symphony, Society of Musical Arts, South Orange Symphony, Columbia-Barnard Symphony, West Orange Collegiate Music Association, and other chamber groups and societies

ADDITIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
Extensive vocal and choral experience; compositions and arrangements commissioned by various performing groups; believes in educating each student as a musician, not only as a cellist/pianist, and includes aspects of theory and history in his teaching

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Marina Stefanovsky

Piano • Violin • Viola

LOCATION
New Providence, Virtual

Marina earned her BA and MA from Gnessins Academy of Music in Moscow. She was an instructor at the Village Music Guild in New York City and Arts on the Hudson in Jersey City. Marina has extensive experience teaching violin, viola, piano, and music theory. She has instructed individuals and groups, conducted string orchestras, and transcribed music for string instruments.

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EDUCATION
Gnessins Academy of Music in Moscow, BA & MA

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Taught at Moscow City Music School from 1985-1990; beginning in 1990, taught privately in Russia, New York, and New Jersey; was an instructor at the Village Music Guild in New York City and Arts on the Hudson in Jersey City; has extensive experience teaching violin, viola, and music theory, instructing individuals and groups, conducting string orchestras, and transcribing music for string instruments.

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Ryan Tomski

Piano

LOCATION
New Providence, Virtual

Ryan Tomski earned his Ph. D. in Musical Arts in Jazz from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. He is an award-winning educator with over 15 years’ experience teaching classical and jazz piano, performance, and songwriting to all ages/abilities. Ryan is a composer for big bands, wind ensembles, marching bands, and more. He co-leads Big Beat, an NJ-based R&B big band.

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EDUCATION
William Paterson University – MA in Jazz Arranging
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign – Doctor of Musical Arts in Jazz

PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS
Regularly performs as a solo and collaborative pianist throughout the tri-state area; has performed music in eight countries

COMPOSITION HIGHLIGHTS
Penned approx. twenty works for large ensembles including big bands, wind ensembles, choirs, marching bands, pep bands, and more

Peter Toth

Piano

LOCATION
New Providence, Virtual

Peter earned his Ph. D in Musical Arts Piano Performance from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a worldwide concert performer and regular guest artist at various piano festivals, such as the ALS Festival in San Francisco and the Festival Musique en Vallée du Tarn in France. Among his many accomplishments, he won a special award for the best performance of a major romantic work for his interpretation of Brahms’s First Piano Sonata at the Southern Highland International Piano Competition in Australia.

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EDUCATION
University of Texas at Austin – Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance

PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS
• Worldwide performer with concerts in Europe, including Hungary, Austria, Slovakia, Germany, Russia, France, Holland, Spain, Italy, and Switzerland; also performed in Japan, South Korea, Peru, Costa Rica, China, Australia, and the United States
• Invited to serve on the jury panel of the Franz Liszt International Piano and Voice Competition in Los Angeles (2014), and adjudicated at the Liszt-Garrison International Piano Competition in Baltimore in October, 2015
• Member of the American Liszt Society since 2011
• An advocate of Franz Liszt’s music, Mr. Toth has a wide and diverse repertoire, ranging from J.S. Bach to contemporary music, with a particular focus on the piano music of the 19th century
• An enthusiastic interpreter of the works of Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, and Brahms

HONORS
• Winner of the American Paderewski Piano Competition (2013), the Franz Liszt International Piano and Voice Competition in Los Angeles (2010), and the Franz Liszt International Piano Competitions in Budapest (2001) and Weimar (2000).
• His first released CD recording won the Grand Prize of the Hungarian Liszt Society (2006).

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Steve Ujfalussy

Piano • Woodwinds • Music Production

LOCATION
New Providence, Virtual

Steve studied at New Jersey City University with renowned saxophonists Tim Ries (the Rolling Stones), Walt Weiskopf (Frank Sinatra) and others. In addition to teaching woodwinds and piano privately, he Works as a music producer, mixing & mastering engineer, and cinematographer, shooting videos for Postmodern Jukebox and producing 75 videos for Robyn Adele Anderson as audio/video engineer. With over 20 years of performing and teaching, Steve is happy to share his experience with his students and impart the best approach to grow their musical enjoyment & ability.

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EDUCATION
New Jersey City University
Studied with renowned saxophonists Tim Ries (Rolling Stones, Maria Schneider Orch) Walt Weiskopf (Frank Sinatra, Steely Dan), Jim Snidero, Jane Ira Bloom, Dan Willis, Roger Rosenberg, and Allen Won

TEACHING HIGHLIGHTS
Taught woodwinds & piano at Ackerman’s School of Music in Midland Park, NJ for 5 years
Joined Elefante Music in 2007

PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS
• Toured internationally with Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Bernie Worrell (Parliament Funkadelic/Talking Heads) and with Postmodern Jukebox
• In 2017 appeared on the album “Blind Gold” by Pool Cosby featuring Hip-Hop legend Raekwon of The Wu-Tang Clan
• His work as a performer and producer has over 100 million online views. Steve believes production is now a necessary tool for any musician to grow their ability and career.

Andrzej Winnicki

Piano • Accordion

LOCATION
New Providence, Virtual

As a classical and jazz pianist, Andrzej toured all over Eastern Europe. His quintet won a Polish National Jazz Competition, and recorded and performed on national radio and television. He performed in the Lincoln Center, the Polish Consulate General, St. Peter’s Church in New York City, and many top jazz clubs in the tri-state area. Andrzej is also a recording artist for J-Bird Records and WM Records and released three albums (“In the Bush,” “Crazy Girl,” and “Requiem”) of original compositions on these labels.

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PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS
• As a classical and jazz pianist, toured all over Eastern Europe, including Poland, the former Soviet Union, Germany, and the Czech and Slovak Republics
• Played with Jeremy Pelt, Mark Egan, Ralph Alessi, Scott Colley, Rodney Holmes, Nasheet Waits and many other top players on the NYC jazz scene
• Performed with top stars of Broadway, including Joel Grey and Bernadette Peters
• As a part of the Hank Lane Music organization, played at countless major corporate functions throughout the United States, including Kurt Masur’s 70th birthday celebration for the New York Philharmonic, many New York City Ballet fundraisers, and events for many major corporations

ADDITIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
Member of ASCAP since 1997 and local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians in New York City since 1989

Stefanie Santoro

Piano • Flute • Voice

LOCATION
Scotch Plains, Virtual

Stefanie studied at the John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University. She teaches flute, piano and voice to over 30 students ranging from kindergarten to adult. Stefanie is a founding member of Les Non Triolets, a trio featuring flute, double bass, and piano that performs a variety of music from classical to jazz. She is part of the baroque chamber music ensemble Millennial Musicale Concert Series and the New York and New Jersey Flute Club.

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EDUCATION
John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University
Studies with Judith Mendenhall, principal flautist of the American Ballet Theater

TEACHING HIGHLIGHTS
Created and directed a flute camp to promote flute technique and repertoire in a group setting

PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS
• Performed at Carnegie Hall with the Montclair State University orchestra and flute ensemble; in chamber ensembles; and in the pit orchestra for Montclair State University’s productions of Sweeny Todd, A Chorus Line, Carousel, and Poulenc’s opera, Dialogue of the Carmelites
• As a vocalist was part of University Singers, and the Montclair State University chorale; performed Mozart’s Requiem and Mahler’s third symphony with University Singers and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra

FAVORITE GENRES TO TEACH
Classical (flute and piano) and theater (voice)

Donna Mega

Piano

LOCATION
Scotch Plains, Virtual

EDUCATION
Kean University
Studied Piano Jazz with Greg Natic and Emile DeCosmo

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
• 40+ years teaching privately
• Successfully mentored students to earn positions in musical theater, jazz bands, region and all-state competitions, and college entrance programs

PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS
Donna played in several wedding, party, society, and tribute bands throughout the tri-state area on piano, keyboards, and as a vocalist.
Early in her career she performed on the accordion at the NY World’s Fair along with radio and TV appearances.