Residential Staff


Karim Merchant, Head Counselor
I am one of the Head Counselors at MSM Summer. In addition to being a residential counselor, I teach jazz piano and theory. I am originally from London, England and currently live in California. My favorite ice cream flavors are Rocky Road & Double Chocolate. I look forward to seeing you at MSM Summer!


Heather Dahl, Head Counselor
I currently live in Chicago and look forward to returning to New York City every summer to live and work with talented people from all over the world! In addition to being a residential counselor, I teach clarinet and theory at MSM Summer. When I'm not busy teaching and performing, I love baking and doing yoga. My husband and I also enjoy traveling so much that we got married on a beach in Mexico! 


Ashley DiFranza, Residential Counselor
I am a musical theater assistant director and I'm so excited to be returning to MSM Summer! I live in Boston, and love to direct and perform in productions in the city. In my spare time, I also enjoy writing, skiing, traveling to new places, and spending time with my family and friends!


Kayla Fuentes, Residential Counselor
I am originally from Starkville, Mississippi.  I teach Acting at MSM Summer. I recently graduated with a master of music degree from Manhattan School of Music. Favorite past roles include Old Maid from Old Maid and the Thief, Madame Thenardier from Les Miserables, and Emma Goldman from Ragtime, I recently worked for The National Opera Center America as an Education Associate.


Remy Le Boeuf, Residential Counselor
I teach saxophone and composition at MSM Summer!  As a residential counselor, I enjoy playing sports with the campers, talking about music, and offering impeccable wisdom! I live in Brooklyn, though I am from Santa Cruz, CA. In my spare time, I like foraging for mushrooms, reading literature, drinking espresso, playing basketball, watching football, and checking out new music.



Sean Richey, Residential Counselor
Originally from Fresno, California, I am currently a performing artist and music educator living in New York City. I have also worked and performed frequently in Mumbia, India. I also play in a "video game music" cover band. I teach jazz guitar and lead the R & B ensemble at MSM Summer.


Raul Rios, Residential Counselor
Originally from Puerto Rico,  I am currently pursuing my master’s degree in classical trumpet performance from the Mannes School of Music. Besides the trumpet, I am also a singer and have recorded children’s CDs and commercials in Spain and Puerto Rico. I have toured Puerto Rico as an actor in more than 200 performances at schools and colleges and I am bilingual in Spanish and English. I especially enjoy playing soccer with the students at MSM Summer!