Music School Faculty
Bronx House is proud to announce the appointment of Anne Cohen as our new Performing Arts Director. A native of New York, Anne most recently served as the founding Director of Music at WHIN Music Community Charter School, where she oversaw a comprehensive orchestral and vocal music program, led a team of Teaching Artists, and served on the School Leadership Team. Anne is a nationally recognized workshop clinician and guest conductor, and has worked with groups including Kodaly Organization of New York, New York State School Music Association, Harmony Program, and Organization at Kodaly Educators. Awards and honors include a PRESTO grant through El Sistema USA, OAKE’s Outstanding Emerging Educator, Liz Swados Inspiration Grant honorable mention, and serving as past president of the Kodaly Organization of New York. Anne holds a MA in music and music education from Columbia University Teachers college, a BM in music education from Bucknell university, an Advanced Certification in Educational Leadership from Stony Brook University, and certification in nonprofit management from Duke University.
As a young musician, Adelle Blauser was always terrified of singing in public, but soon got over that fear by learning to accompany herself on guitar and piano. She then went on receive her undergraduate degree in classical voice performance at Bowling Green State University, and her master’s degree in musical theatre voice performance from New York University. As a singer, she has performed in numerous operatic and theatrical productions across the US, but feels most “at home” singing in jazz and pop bands. While at NYU, she also completed an advanced certificate in vocal pedagogy, discovering her passion for helping young musicians find their own artistic individuality while providing them with the technical proficiency to do so. She is an active singer-songwriter and music teacher throughout the New York City area.
In 2013, Massachusetts native Sean Britt became the first guitarist in the Brubeck Institute fellowship program at University of the Pacific. He was a member of the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet (BIJQ), which Downbeat Magazine named the best undergraduate jazz combo in their Student Awards Poll in 2016. While in the BIJQ he performed with visiting artists including Christian McBride, Stefon Harris, and Chris and Darius Brubeck among others. Britt transferred to The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City where he received his BFA in Jazz Studies. He went on to receive a Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music, class of 2019. Sean currently resides in New York City where he composes, performs and teaches privately.
Daniel Fernandez (Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute)
MM, Woodwind Performance, California State University at Fullerton; BM University of Texas at El Paso (Bachelor of Music). A seasoned performer and teacher, Danny regularly performs and teaches on saxophone, clarinet, and flute in classical, jazz, and Latin styles. Before moving to NYC, he was the founder and director of Fuego Latino, a Cuban Salsa band that performed with Son Como Son, Tito Puente Jr., and Ocho y Mas. As a classical player Danny has performed with the Orange County Wind Symphony, Claremont Winds, and more. He has served as a band director for several intermediate and high school programs; been an adjudicator for the Texas Music Educators Association, and has taught students from beginner to university level.
Hermira Gjoni (Piano)
Degrees from National Conservatory of Music and Liceu Artistik School of Music in Tirana, Albania. In Tirana 1958-1993: Opera Concert Master, Piano Master for State Opera, Piano teacher at Tirana School of Music. Accompanist for Placido Domingo, International Vocal Competition, Paris.
Kathryn Lam is a violinist who received her Bachelor’s in Music Education at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. She has performed in the pit of numerous musicals, operas, and ballets during her musical career, and organized a solo recital while at Jacobs. Kathryn has taught students from ages K-12, and has led ensembles from beginner to advanced level. She has always been passionate about education in music, and strives to become the best teacher she possibly can!
BFA CUNY, Magna Cum Laude, Jazz Performance; Advanced Music Certificate, The Collective School of Music. Originally from Venezuela, Diego is a professional jazz drummer and educator. Diego has studied with players such as Kim Plainfield, Peter Retzlaff, Adam Cruz, Mark Ferber, Kendrick Scott and the arranger and piano player Mike Holober. In Venezuela, Diego toured and recorded with many jazz artists and was the head of the Jazz Percussion department at the jazz academy Taller de Jazz de Caracas for five years.
Anthony Papandrea (Violin)
Following studies with Robert Lipsett and Victor Danchenko, violinist Anthony Papandrea is excited to bring his passion for the violin & teaching to Bronx House. An eclectic violinist, Anthony has not only played in the Boston Philharmonic, and has appeared as soloist with The New Bedford Symphony, he has also collaborated with Gloria Estefan and Carlos Santana at the Latin Grammys and appeared in the major motion picture August Rush. In Los Angeles, Anthony has worked at the Capitol Records building for many studio sessions, and in his free time studied Improv at the Groundlings, of which he is a graduate. A native of Connecticut, Anthony began violin in Branford Public schools and enjoys playing chamber music and giving outreach concerts in the area.
Joao Paulo Pedrosa is a Guitarist and Music Teacher with over fifteen years of experience performing and teaching music. Joao likes to teach music engagingly, making sure that students feel excited about the content, and adapting his lessons accordingly to the needs, interests, and goals of each student. Joao graduated from Berklee College of Music with a Bachelor’s Degree in Performance.
MM Voice, Manhattan School of Music; BA cum laude Music, Cortland State University; Opera Engagements: Koblenz Operhaus (Germany), Lobero Theater (Santa Barbara), Nederlands Reisopera (Holland), Bachzaal (Amsterdam); music teacher, choir director, International School of Amsterdam, 1995-1999.
Studied in Moscow at the Stasov School of Music and Moscow Musical College, later earning her M.A. in Music Education at CUNY Lehman College. A creative and versatile music teacher, Mariya brings a special knowledge of Music History and Musical Genres. She is skilled in the Dalcroze and Kodaly methods of musical education.
Brian is a piano/vocal instructor with over a decade of professional experience, most notably as a music director, conductor, live performer and private instructor. His foundation begins with over 30 years of classically-trained piano since the age of four and more than 20 years of voice. Brian has taught students across a wide range of ages and levels, including the Princeton University Collegiate Summer Theater program and The Ritz Theatre Children’s Summer program. As a former Nashville-based national touring musician, Brian performed with major US award-winning artists across many genres and for notable events hosted by individuals throughout the sports and entertainment industries.
Brian is currently attending the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College pursuing a Bachelor’s of Music degree in Music Education. As a teacher, he brings his enthusiasm and passion for music in an effort to create a stimulating and individualized learning environment.
Shantel Williams is a voice, beginner piano and theory teacher from Queens NY. She has taught private and group voice lessons as well as piano lessons throughout NYC to various ages and skill levels. She specializes in working with youth with developmental and behavioral needs and has many years’ experience working with youth along the spectrum. She enjoys teaching the fundamentals of music to the beginner, intermediate and advanced voice students and her philosophy on music is Human first. She enjoys exposing youth and others to genres of music that they may not ordinarily hear and study but feels comfortable teaching popular genres of music. Shantel specializes in building a solid foundation in music and focuses on musicianship, vocal technique, comfort on stage, character development, and gears learning to the individual needs of the student. She has experience preparing students for NYSSMA, performances, juries and auditions. As a soloist, she has performed roles such as Fiordiligi, Cio-Cio San and Liu. Shantel also enjoys ensemble works and has recorded works such as André Previn’s, Four Songs and Schubert’s Shepherd on the Rock. Shantel holds a Bachelor of Music from Hunter College and an Artist Diploma and Masters of Music from the Aaron Copland school of Music at Queens College.
Sam Zagnit (Violin, Cello, Bass)
A versatile player and musician, Sam Zagnit is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Orin O’Brien and David Grossman. He recently completed his graduate studies at the Yale School of Music, with Don Palma. Sam is dedicated to performing works by living composers, and creating a more inclusive environment in every musical context. Sam is co-founder and administrator for Bass Players for Black Composers, a collective of bassists, composers, and patrons devoted to expanding the solo bass repertoire with works by BIPOC composers.
In March 2019, he served as Acting Associate Principal Bass for the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, led by Mattias Pintscher, and recently returned to play with LACO accompanying his former teacher, David Grossman, in the west coast premiere of Dark with Excessive Bright, by Missy Mazolli in November 2019, led by Jaime Martín.
As an educator, Sam worked in the New Haven Public School System through the Music in Schools Initiative as part of the Yale School of Music, and is dedicated to providing equitable and comprehensive music education in the tristate area.