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.
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.
John Gray (Guitar, Bass, Piano)
BM, Jazz Bass, Manhattan School of Music, 2009. John has taught private lessons on upright bass, electric bass, piano, and guitar to students from ages 4 to 65 since 2011. He has also taught at music schools in Westchester, Connecticut, and Staten Island. John is experienced in teaching a wide variety of styles and subjects, including jazz, classical, rock, Latin, folk, country, and music theory, ear training, improvisation, composition, recording and production.
Artist’s Diploma, Manhattan School of Music; Certification from School for Strings; BM Empire College (in progress), over 30 years teaching
experience including The Riverdale Y, Westchester Conservatory of Music, Montclair State University Preparatory Department, Crestwood Music Education Center, and Union College. She has appeared as a violin soloist with The Vermont Symphony Orchestra, The Amphion Chamber Orchestra, The Mohawk Trails Chamber Orchestra, as well as Capriccio Ensemble, of which she is the Artistic Director. She has been a NY State sponsored, and featured recitalist at The Empire State Plaza on several occasions.
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.
Born in São Bernardo do Campo (SP, Brazil), Daniel began his music studies at age twelve. At age nineteen he started his piano studies at Fundação das Artes (Arts Foundation) in the city of São Caetano do Sul, under the orientation of the pianist Claudio Tegg. He has participated in several music festivals in Brazil and the USA, including the International Piano Festival of Piracicaba (2018); International Piano Festival of Vale do Aço (2018). In 2016, at Curto Circuito (Contemporary Music Meeting held by EMESP) he had his work Respirateur premiered by Roger Admiral, a pianist and music teacher at Alberta University – Canada. Additionally, he served as the coordinator and music teacher of a nonprofit called Instituto Grãode Areia (Grain of Sand Institute) that offers free music classes for children in São Paulo City.
Upon moving to the USA in 2018, Mr. Rofer participated in the Oregon Piano – Summer Music Festival, at Oregon University under orientation of Alexandre Dossin. As a performer of contemporary and ethnic music, Mr. Rofer has played at Musik Fest 2019 (Bethlehem PA) and the 2019 Newark Porch Music Fest. Currently, Mr. Rofer is researching piano pedagogy and teaching piano lessons at his studio in Newark NJ, and his students have been performing at piano competitions and recitals around New Jersey and New York.
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.
Menorah Winstonhas had a distinguished career in her native Romania with the opera companies of Bucharest, Iasi, and Constanta. As a respected recitalist, she has concertized throughout Israel with performances in Haifa, Tel-Aviv, and Jerusalem. In the United States, she has given concerts in Rochester, Philadelphia, Fort Lauderdale, Monmouth County of New Jersey, Boston, Monterey, San Francisco and the Bay Area, and New York.
Menorah Winston’s early musical training began in Romania, and later continued in Israel, at the Rubin Academy of Music, and the United States at the Manhattan School of Music. She has earned four Master’s degrees from the Manhattan School of Music, in Vocal Performance, Hebrew Union College, in Sacred Music, Lehman College, in Music Education, and Hunter College. She has a NYS certification in ESL.
Menorah Winston served as a Cantor in the New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Atlanta (GA), Florida, Canada, Hong Kong, Europe, Central America, and the Virgin Islands, since her investiture, in 1994
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.