Our Staff

Zak Sandler

Zak Sandler

Voice & Piano

Zak Sandler has played piano on Broadway for Wicked, Mean Girls, Motown, and The Color Purple. He has music-directed and conducted at The Kennedy Center, Goodspeed Opera House, Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma,

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Gjinovefa Sako

Gjinovefa Sako

Piano

Available Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, & Saturday Gjinovefa Sako is both a distinguished pianist and experienced piano teacher. She has over 30 years of experience as a piano instructor, working with

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Nathaniel Aguilar

Nathaniel Aguilar

Piano, Drum Set & Percussion

Available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, & Friday Nathaniel is a percussion teacher and performer, born and raised in Maryland. He was classically trained in Percussion and earned his Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance

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Brock Holmes

Brock Holmes

Guitar, Bass, Piano & Ukulele

  Available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, & Saturday Brock Holmes has performed and taught in the D.C. area for more than 30 years. In 2008, he was Music Director of the

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Joan Cushing

Joan Cushing

Piano, Voice & Songwriting

Available Sunday & Thursday Joan Cushing, a former elementary school teacher and cabaret performer, is best known for her political satirical revue Mrs. Foggybottom & Friends, which opened in 1986 at New

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Hayley Gayne

Hayley Gayne

Violin, Voice & Piano

Saturdays, Tuesdays Hayley Gayne began playing music at the age of eight, starting with classical violin, which gave her the opportunity to play with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra during her teenage years.

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Tom Kitchen

Tom Kitchen

Guitar, Ukulele, Piano & Mandolin

Available Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays Tom Kitchen has been straddling musical genres ever since he picked up the guitar. While playing in the Virginia Tech Jazz Big Band, conducted by the

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Nick Fliakas

Nick Fliakas

Guitar, Bass, Piano & Ukulele

Available Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays Nick has worked for years as a multi-instrumentalist and singer in the Washington, D.C., area. He has played music around the world and at such

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Michael Bard

Michael Bard

Guitar, Bass, Ukulele & Piano

Available Mon. & Wed. Michael Bard is an active musician, composer, and teacher who has performed as a soloist and with various musical ensembles throughout the United States, Europe, Japan, North Africa,

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Frederik Spiro

Frederik Spiro

Violin, Viola & Cello

Available Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays Frederik Spiro has 35 years experience playing and teaching violin and cello. As a member of the Albanian Radio Television Symphonic Orchestra and the Albanian National Opera and

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Joe Gallo

Joe Gallo

Guitar & Bass

Available Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays Joe Gallo is a guitarist and composer from Baltimore, Maryland. Having studied classical, jazz, rock and blues in depth, Joe provides his students with a diverse

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Esther Haynes

Esther Haynes

Guitar, Voice & Banjo

Available Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday Esther Haynes is a versatile vocalist and rhythm guitarist residing in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Her styles range from vintage jazz to swing, blues, bossas,

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Nelson Dougherty

Nelson Dougherty

Guitar, Bass, & Ukulele

Available Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, & Saturday Nelson Dougherty is a multi-instrumentalist, improviser and composer. He studied Jazz and classical guitar at Brevard College where earned a Bachelor of Arts with

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Mark Noone

Mark Noone

Guitar, Bass, & Ukulele

Available Wednesday Mark Noone is a founding member and lead singer of the legendary band The Slickee Boys. He has been inducted into to Washington Area Music Association’s Wammie Hall of Fame

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Alicia Kopfstein

Alicia Kopfstein

Guitar & Ukulele

Available Sunday, Wednesday, & Saturday Alicia Kopfstein, Ph.D. is a master teacher (her students call her the “technique queen!”), classical guitarist, folk singer, ukulele player, and classical singer as well as award-winning

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John Linn

John Linn

Guitar & Ukulele

Available Monday, Thursday, & Friday John Linn is a performing singer and songwriter in Washington, D.C., with 20-plus years of experience playing guitar. Having grown up singing harmony and listening to folk

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John Vitullo

John Vitullo

Percussion & Piano

Available Mondays John graduated from Youngstown State University with a B.M. in Percussion Performance. I believe in an approach that emphasizes technical exercise and musicality. Students are successful when they are given

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Gabriel Wallace

Gabriel Wallace

Woodwind

Available Wednesdays, Saturdays (Call for more availability) Gabriel Wallace, a native of Southwest Florida, received his musical education as a saxophonist and woodwind player in the small but vibrant art scene of

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Jack Irby

Jack Irby

Woodwinds & Piano

Available Sundays and Mondays Jack is a native of Richmond, Virginia. At age 11, Jack picked up the saxophone for his middle school band and has not put it down since. He

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Douglas Gilchrist

Douglas Gilchrist

Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba

Available Tues. & Sat. (Call for more availability) Doug is a longtime teacher and band director in the Washington, DC, and Maryland school systems, leading concert, stage, and marching bands to numerous

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Ken Peplowski

Ken Peplowski

Woodwind

Available Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday “Ken Peplowski is arguably the greatest living jazz clarinetist!” — RUSSELL DAVIES, BBC2 AUGUST 2013 “When you grow up in Cleveland, Ohio, playing in a Polish polka

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