Woodwind Teachers

Woodwind Teachers

Clarinet, Saxophone, Flute, Oboe

MISSY ALVAREZ Clarinet • Flute Saxophone • Piano • Trumpet • Ukulele

Missy Alvarez is a music educator, clarinetist, and composer. She embraces being a jack of all trades and truly loves being creative within every facet of music. She is graduating from Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of The Arts with a major in music education and clarinet performance with a minor in music technology this spring. She has served on the E-board of Rutgers NAfME as Secretary and Vice President and was a member of the Rutgers WAM! Women in Art Music group as a research assistant. She has also performed with many ensembles and groups during her time at Rutgers and outside of school including the Marching Scarlet Knights, symphonic winds, sinfonia, pit orchestras, bassoon ensemble, reed/wind quintet, clarinet quartet as well as solo clarinet work.

As an educator, Missy has been teaching for over 4 years. She has had an array of experiences between being a teaching assistant for a summer festival, elementary English tutor, highschool marching band instructor and private lesson teacher. Currently, Missy is a student teacher full time for elementary band in Warren township and working towards getting her New Jersey teaching certification.

When she is not teaching, performing or writing music, Missy enjoys hiking, knitting, playing video games, reading and writing.

CHRISTOPHER BALAS Brass • Woodwinds

Christopher Balas hails from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After completing his Bachelor’s Degree in Trombone Performance from Carnegie Mellon University, he won the trombone position with Tales & Scales Incorporated. While performing with Tales & Scales, Chris toured around the United States and performed with the with the St. Louis Symphony, the Kalamazoo Symphony as well as in many Performing Arts Centers and schools. As a freelance artist, Chris has performed in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Symphony Hall in Boston, and The Kennedy Center. He also has performed with the legendary Ray Charles.

In 2000, Chris moved to New Jersey to attend Rutgers University. After his graduate studies, he began his career as an educator with Future Musicians Incorporated teaching Instrumental Music in parochial schools around northern New Jersey. In 2009, Chris took a position as Director of 6th Grade Bands in the South Orange-Maplewood School District. He is currently Director of Bands at Maplewood Middle School. Chris lives in Bernardsville, New Jersey with his wife Kim and their rescue dogs Lulu and Moe.

NICK BRUST Clarinet • Saxophone • Flute

Nick studied at the Eastman School of Music with Walt Weiskopf, Harold Danko, and Chien-Kwan Lin. He earned an MA in Jazz Performance from New England Conservatory, Boston. He further studied with Jerry Bergonzi, Frank Carlberg, Ran Blake, John McNeil, Donny McCaslin, and Miguel Zenón. He also studied in New York with Will Vinson and Lage Lund. Nick is a bandleader and composer influenced by John Coltrane, Michael Brecker, McCoy Tyner, Robert Glasper, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Kendrick Lamar, Terrace Martin, Kenny Garrett, and David Sanborn. He teaches all styles, particularly jazz and classical.

Nick is currently teaching virtual lessons at Elefante Music.

SUZANNE DELONAS 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

AL ELEFANTE Clarinet • Saxophone

ERIK KREBL Saxophone • Clarinet • Trumpet • Trombone

Erik graduated from Rowan University where he majored in Music Education with a focus on Saxophone. He has performed with both Rowan’s Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band where he studied with Dennis DiBlasio taking improvisational technique lessons. Erik also was a saxophonist for RWS Entertainment where he performed around the country at various theme/amusement parks. Erik’s educational career started in Marching Band where he was a woodwind technician at Pitman High School, and eventually becoming the Marching Band Director of Overbrook and Instrumental Director at Gloucester Township Elementary schools where he taught beginning band. Currently Erik is the Music Director at Arthur L. Johnson High School in Clark, where he directs the Marching Band, Jazz Band, Concert Band, Choir, and Saxophone Quartet.

OWEN MARKUS Oboe

Owen is a graduate of the Tell School of Music at Millersville University where he earned a B.S. in Music Industry with a concentration in Music Production. While attending college he studied with Pennsylvania based oboist Kirstin Myers and has participated in several ensembles and chamber groups. He has been playing the oboe for most of his educational career and has participated in several Talented Young Musicians Association (TYMA) competitions. Currently Owen works at Elefante Music as a customer service representative on top of teaching and is also a member of the International Double Reed Society (IDRS).

KYLE MOFFATT Saxophone • Clarinet • Flute • Piano

Kyle studied at the Berklee College of Music and the New England Conservatory, earning a Master’s in Jazz Composition. In addition to private instruction, he was instructor at Camp Encore-Coda, a summer music program in Brookline, Maine. Kyle performed with Bob Brookmeyer, Joe Lovano, Don Byron, Andy McGhee, and Max Weinberg. He performed as a member of groups the Rainbow Band (Berklee College of Music), the Jazz Composers’ Workshop Orchestra, the Jazz Composers’ Ensemble (New England Conservatory), and with the Brian Lewis Big Band, Greg Hopkins Jazz Orchestra, Beantown Swing Orchestra, and Joe Pino Sextet. He 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. Kyle teaches all styles including jazz and classical, and can also incorporate theory and composition as primary or supplementary instruction.

JISUN OH Flute • Piano

Flutist Jisun Oh, winner of the 2014 Boston Pops Concerto Competition, enjoys a career as a versatile young artist. She has appeared as a soloist with the Boston Pops, Brookline Symphony Orchestra, Waterbury Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra, Toronto Sinfonietta, Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Orchestra, and the Academy Symphony Orchestra of the Royal Conservatory of Music. Recently Jisun was named winner of the Boston University’s Carnegie Hall Recital Competition. Other major competition wins have included 32nd James Pappoutsakis Memorial Flute Competition, the Boston Woodwind Society, New York International Artists Competition, Alexander & Buono International Competition, The Kiwanis Music Festival, Ontario Provincial Music Festival, and The National Music Festival of Canada. An active recitalist, Jisun has appeared throughout the United States and Canada, including performances at the Zankel and Weill Recital Hall of the Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Symphony Hall, New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, as well as The Banff Center, Orford Centre d’Arts and Le DomaineForget, Roy Thompson Hall, George Weston Recital Hall of the Toronto Arts Center, Glenn Gould Studio, and Mezzolini Hall. An avid chamber musician, Jisun is a member of the Amici Wind Quintet, winner of the New England Conservatory’s Honors Ensemble. Jisun received a Doctoral of Music Arts degree at the Boston University under the tutelage of Linda Toote where she was awarded departmental award. Jisun received her Bachelor and Masters of Music degree with honors at the New England Conservatory. Prior to coming to New England Conservatory she attended the Young Artists Performance Academy at the Royal Conservatory of the Music. Jisun has studied with Elizabeth Rowe, Cindy Meyers, Renee Krimsier and Julie Ranti. Additional studies and summer festivals include Aspen Music Festival and School, Spoleto Festival, Banff Center, Centre d’Arts Orford, Domaine Forget where she had masterclasses with some of the world’s leading flutists, including Emmanuel Pahud, Robert Langevin, Carol Wincenc, Jeffrey Khaner, Mattieu Dufour, Susan Milan, Mark Sparks and Tara O’Connor.

BOB PISPECKY Saxophone • Clarinet • Flute

Bob earned a BA Music Education, an MA in Instrumental Conducting, he has a Masters of Education and certification as a music teacher, supervisor and principal, all contributing to 35+ years of experience in music education. He served as Supervisor of Music, Visual Arts and Dance for the Edison School District and previously as Supervisor of Music, Art, Tech and Drama for the North Plainfield School District. He taught and directed Elementary classroom and instrumental music, middle school instrumental music, and high school band. Groups under Bob’s direction have traveled through the U.S. performing in various festivals and competitions, winning first place and superior ratings. He performed as a freelance woodwind specialist, throughout the tri-state area with a variety of music ensembles, shows and headliners including Bobby Rydell, The Captain and Tennille and many more. Bob currently serves on the Executive Board of the NJ Music Administrators Association (NJMAA) and served as President of the Organization.

STEFANIE SANTORO Flute

VIDEO: Stefanie Santoro Introduction

DIANA CHAROS REILLY Flute

Diana Charos Reilly is the Director and Conductor of the Flute Ensemble at Drew University. Additionally, Professor Reilly teaches woodwind classes as well as private flute lessons for university credit. Ms. Reilly is the founder of New Jersey Youth Symphony’s Flute Forum, Flute Choir and Fortissimo Flutes and has taught at Skidmore College, Farleigh Dickinson University at Florham and Westminster Choir College and maintains a private music studio. A vast majority of Ms. Reilly’s students have gone on to win concerto competitions and placed first and second in All State and Regionals in both Orchestra and Band. Ms. Reilly is a graduate of the Juilliard pre-college division and holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Hartt School of Music where she studied under John Wion of the New York City Ballet. She continued graduate studies at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. Additionally, she furthered her training at Ithaca College and Oberlin College. Ms. Reilly has recorded numerous CDs including “Jack the Ripper”, “Sleeping Beauty” and “Rapunzel”, which premiered in 1999 at the Paper Mill Playhouse. Ms. Reilly has been selected to perform at the master classes of Jean-Pierre Rampal, James Galway and Jeffrey Khaner.

STEVE UJFALUSSY Saxophone • Clarinet • Flute

Steve studied at the New Jersey City University and 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. He taught woodwinds & piano at Ackerman’s School of Music in Midland Park, NJ for 5 years before joining Elefante Music in 2007. His performance highlights include touring internationally with Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Bernie Worrell (Parliament Funkadelic/Talking Heads) and with Postmodern Jukebox. In 2017 he appeared on the album “Blind Gold” by Pool Cosby featuring Hip-Hop legend Raekwon of The Wu-Tang Clan. Steve 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. 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. 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.