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.

Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone

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.

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 and also assists with Elefante’s Musical Theater Camp.

VIDEO: Suzanne Delonas intro

Clarinet • Saxophone

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.

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.

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.


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.

Saxophone • Clarinet

Flute • Piano • Voice

VIDEO: Stefanie Santoro Introduction