Woodwind Teachers

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

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.

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

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.