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Eunhyang Choi will make you fall in love with classical music”, By bringing personal and fresh touch into the classical piano repertoire, including own compositions or innovative projects,Eunhyang Choi breaks the barriers and invites her audiences on an emotional journey. Eunhyang Choi, a pianist of unparalleled virtuosity and technical mastery, embodies a creative spirit that […]

Erik Rasmussen

Voice & Piano

Erik’s unique and colorful tenor voice has been described as “youthful, amusing, and crowd-pleasing.” Hailing from Brentwood, New York, he aims to inspire a world of goodwill through live performance and education in the arts. Equally at home with a variety of genres including opera/classical, musical theatre, pop/rock, and more, Erik has experience teaching students […]

Steven DeBellis is a professional drummer/percussionist based on Long Island. In Summer of 2022, Steve was selected to star as a principal cast member in Amazon Studios upcoming film: “Musica,” a rom-com drawing inspirations from “Stomp,” Brazilian Culture, and life experienced with synesthesia.  Throughout his time on set, he was privileged to work alongside: Rudy […]

Caitlin Francis

Voice, Piano, Violin

Caitlin Francis has been teaching voice, piano, and violin lessons at Grace Music School since 2017. She graduated from LIU Post in 2015 with a degree in music education with a focus in vocal studies. While there she was very involved in the jazz groups such as the Long Island Sound Vocal Jazz directed by […]

Frenie Acoba

Voice, Piano & Guitar

Frenie Acoba is an actress, singer, and dancer, where she has been involved in theater and entertainment for over a decade. Frenie has performed professionally in the National Tour of “South Pacific” and in the Original Broadway Cast of “Matilda the Musical”. She has also performed in numerous off-Broadway productions such as in “Mother Jones” […]

Izem Gurer was born in Istanbul, Turkey. She started to study piano with concert pianist Birsen Ulucan at the age of eight. She has been prize winner of numerous national and international piano competitions between the years 2012-2020 and she was a semi-finalist in the Epinal International Piano Competition in France in 2017. In 2013 […]

Nico is an enthusiastic vocalist, composer, and music producer. He is dedicated to enhancing his students’ skills while also deepening their knowledge of music theory, vocal techniques, and anatomy. His expertise lies in pop songwriting and composing for video games, and he shares his music under the artist name XNVY. Nico is known for crafting […]

Link Rossano

Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone

Link Rossano has an extensive list of experience with both teaching and performing music, including volunteer work teaching students of all ages as well as performing in various ensembles for artists like Michael Gayle and Lisa Vroman. Primarily a flutist, he began playing in 2008. Since then, he has honed his skills in flute and […]


Piano, Voice

Sam began to play the piano when he was only three. When Sam was seven, he started his formal training as a vocalist. He enjoys singing and playing a variety of genres including classical, jazz, and country, while simultaneously crafting original songs. Along the way, Sam has performed at notable venues including Citi Field, Madison […]

Jonathan Schwartz has studied with world renowned artists Phillip Kawin at the Manhattan School of Music and David Dubal from the Juilliard School. Jonathan has performed solo and chamber music at diverse music festivals around the world. His travels as a pianist have took him to many interesting beautiful places such as Italy, Russia, China […]

Frank Lao


Frank Lao has enjoyed more than 10 years as a professional musician since graduating from the University of Delaware with a bachelor’s degree in Applied Music. At UD Frank was the founder and president of the UD Percussion Club and raced with the UD Cycling Team. Frank’s favorite teaching experience was with the Hicksville High […]

Hailing all the way from Norway, Andrea holds a Bachelor’s degree in vocal performance as well as a Master’s in songwriting from NYU. She has over 17 years of performance and songwriting experience from folk-pop trio Ask to her own artist project. In addition to a focus on original music, Andrea has recently worked as […]

Mate Marcina

Music Director, Piano Teacher

Mate Marcina is the Music Director and a piano teacher at Grace Music School, where he has been a member of the faculty since 2015. He is an accomplished classical and jazz pianist, an award nominated composer and arranger, and a dedicated educator, who has studied and honed his skills in Europe and the US. […]

Brit Schlude

Cello, Strings & Piano

As an educator, Brit Schlude (he/they), loves to build relationships that encourage progress and celebrate growth. Growing up he studied piano and cello, and worked towards his goal of being an orchestra teacher. Brit graduated from LIU Post in 2012 with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education, studying cello with Maureen Hynes. He was […]

Napoleon Cummings

Voice, Piano

Napoleon, one of ten children hails from Staten Island, NY where his mother filled their home with an eclectic array of music, “My mother did not discriminate when it came to music, If it was good music, it was played.” He discovered his voice in church and honed his musical talents there and at school […]

Michael Roberts

Guitar, Ukulele, Piano, Trumpet

Michael is a versatile and eclectic guitarist based in the New York area. His performances have taken him throughout the United States and Canada. Equally comfortable on the classical and electric guitar, his playing experience ranges from standard classical guitar repertoire to jazz, rock, blues and world music. He has been a guitar instructor for […]

Arielle Chin

Violin, Viola, Piano

Arielle Chin has been passionate about everything violin related since she was 5 years old. She holds her degree in Music Business from the Crane School of Music with a focus on classical violin studies. She has been teaching students of all ages for over twelve years and loves watching her students thrive! For both […]

Max Herzlich

Percussion, Piano

Percussionist Dr. Max Herzlich has performed with the Longwood Symphony, Chelsea Symphony Orchestra, Brookline Symphony, Chappaqua Orchestra, Long Island Festival Orchestra, and Boston Opera Collaborative. He has also played in collaboration with Talujon Percussion and as a member of Iktus Percussion Quartet. Born and raised on Long Island, Max received his Bachelor’s degree in Percussion […]

Nicki Winzelberg

Voice, Piano, Trombone, Trumpet, Baritone Horn

Nicki is a vocal and piano teacher at GMS, priding herself in finding the unique balance between foundation and fun in each student’s lesson. Besides being an enthusiastic and dedicated educator for the past 15+ years of her life, Nicki also works in children’s theatre, both onstage and off. On the weekends you can find […]

Chris Cuvier has been a professional pianist and composer since 1993, and a piano teacher since 1998. He graduated with a B.A. in music and English from Dowling College, and has studied with the world-renowned jazz pianist Fred Hersch. Chris is currently the full-time musical director for Messiah Lutheran Church in East Setauket, where he […]

A popular and award-winning piano teacher, Grace Casey (Heaphy) has been teaching piano since 2006 with students ranging from ages 3 to adult. Grace has previously taught and maintained a successful piano studio in NYC and Long Island. She currently teaches piano lessons virtually at Grace Music School and in Charleston, SC. She is also […]

Naomi Pierro

Voice, Piano

Naomi Pierro is a singer and actress who grew up on Long Island. She has performed in many different recitals, concerts, musical theater shows, operas, and churches around NY. She has also won various singing competitions, including one at Carnegie Hall. Naomi has been a vocal and piano instructor, as well as a Music Fun […]

Kyle Hansen

Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Clarinet, Saxophone

Kyle Hansen is a guitar player and vocalist hailing from the small town of Huntington, NY. Born with a growing passion for music, he began playing the guitar at 13 years old and quickly realized that it was his true calling. After graduating from Kutztown University with a degree in Commercial Music and Audio Engineering, […]

Molly Gallipeau

Piano, Violin, Voice

Molly Gallipeau is a classically trained musician that has been studying for nearly two decades. She studied at Lynn Conservatory in the preparatory program and will be receiving her B.F.A. at Five Towns College in Piano Performance and Audio Recording. In addition to her teaching, she is also a freelance musician, notably as a harpist […]