Voice Teachers

KAREN CANTOR Voice • Acting

SUZANNE DELONAS Voice • Piano • Flute • Clarinet • Saxophone

Suzanned studied at Kean University. She is an area general music teacher for grades K-6 and instrumental teacher for middle and high school. She has experience and expertise working with special needs students. She teaches flute, clarinet, piano, and voice at Elefante Music.

VIDEO: Suzanne Delonas intro

Eddie Guttman, piano and voice teacher

EDDIE GUTTMAN Voice • Piano

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. He studied with world renowned pianist Walter Ponce. Past performances include appearances at the Papermill Playhouse, Off Broadway, and CBGB’s. He served for 10+ years as the pianist for the Meet The Artist Series at Lincoln Center. Eddie composed “Equilibrium”, written for and performed by then NYC Ballet principal dancer Peter Boal. Eddie received the honor of being named “Favorite Piano Accompanist” by the readers of the national publication Back Stage. He 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).

DIANE SMITH KIRSH Voice • Piano

Diane has been a professional singer with over 25 years experience in the music business. She has sung radio and television commercials (jingles) for top brands such as Diet Coke, My Little Pony, Chevrolet: including singing a solo for a Clio Award winning Max Factor Ad. As a recording session singer for records she has recorded with Michael Bolton, Marc Cohn, Patty Austin and Bebe and CeCe Winans. Diane has also shown her talents as a producer of the “Broadway Kids” and “Broadway Kids Sing Christmas” albums featuring Kathy Lee Gifford. She has performed in Off Broadway musicals and is a member of SAG-AFTRA and AEA. Diane teaches Vocal Technique and Performance Coaching Privately and at Elefante Music School. She continues to perform at festivals and fundraisers with her band “Kings Road” and is lead singer in her Church Praise Band.

EMA MITROVIC Voice • Piano

Award winning and critically acclaimed operatic mezzo-soprano/vocalist, Ema Mitrović, is described: “out of the ensemble, I found Ema Mitrovic…to be the standout” (Opera Manhattan, Suor Angelica ’12) and “Her rich mezzo is pure pleasure..” (Hudson Opera Theatre, Lucia di Lammermoor ’18). Ms. Mitrović performs as an ambassador of music across different genres, having performed 19 operatic roles and counting, including the title Carmen, Suzuki (Madama Butterfly), Maddalena (Rigoletto), Prince Charming (Cendrillon), and Mother (Amahl & the Night Visitors), a number of solo recitals, oratorio performances (Alto Soloist Händel’s Messiah), and has enjoyed being a cross-over jazz singer, performing along New York City’s finest musicians, Tim Horner, Joe Locke, Ted Rosenthal, and Jim Ridl, to name a few. She’s been on stage at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and New York City’s renowned jazz venues Birdland, The Kitano, and Smalls. She often performs programs that include both classical and standard jazz repertoire, connecting to a broader audience, and currently collaborates with pianist David Budway, with a humorous flair.

Ms. Mitrović has been teaching for 8+ years and maintains a private studio of roughly 40 voice and piano students from ages 7 to 75, serving on faculty at The Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts and Elefante Music.  Ema is equally passionate about performing and teaching.  She holds a BM in Voice Performance from New Jersey City University ’11 and continues her vocal studies with master teacher, Braeden Harris.  She is currently the cantor at Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit in Verona, NJ.

JAMIE BAER PETERSON

Jamie was educated at the Eastman School of Music and began her opera career as an apprentice with the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Her career as an opera singer led her to perform throughout the United States, Canada and France singing leading roles with L’Opera de Nice, Santa Fe Opera, New York City Opera and Minnesota Opera, Opera Omaha, Sacramento Opera and many more. She has also sung as a soloist with the Symphonies of Dallas, Atlanta, Hartford, Omaha, Princeton and Westfield; and in two national broadcasts with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Jamie has taught at Monmouth University, SUNY-Fredonia, the Utah Conservatory, the Wharton Institute of Performing Arts in NJ and is currently on the Musical Theater Performance faculty at the University of Utah. She is the mother of three and lives in Salt Lake City with her husband. Jamie will be teaching voice lessons virtually at Elefante Music.

KELLY RUGGIERI

Kelly studied at Westminster Choir College of Rider University where she earned a Bachelors of Music in Music Education and is currently working towards her Masters of Music Education from University of Wisconsin Stevens Point. While in college, she performed with the Westminster Williamson Voices and Westminster Symphonic Choir where she performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Juilliard Orchestra, and Princeton Symphony Orchestra. She has also performed in musical theater productions like Spring Awakening (Anna), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre), The Wedding Singer, and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Kelly is currently an Elementary general music and chorus teacher. She is passionate about making sure her students feel comfortable and have fun while learning. She also has experience working with students with special needs.

STEFANIE SANTORO Voice • Piano • Flute

VIDEO: Stefanie Santoro Introduction