Administrative Staff, Residential Staff, Day Counselors, and Nursing Staff
Rebecca Charnow is Manhattan School of Music’s Director of Community Partnerships and Director of MSM Summer. Ms. Charnow also oversees the School’s dual degree program with Teachers College Columbia University. Since 2000, she has taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses at Manhattan School of Music, including “Musician as Educator.” She has been a guest speaker at the New Zealand School of Music, Kobe College School of Music, Teachers College Columbia University, The Juilliard School, and the MENC National Conference.
Donna Galvan is the Assistant Director for Community Partnerships and MSM Summer at Manhattan School of Music. Donna graduated from St. John’s University magna cum laude with a BA in Psychology and a minor in music. Donna began dancing at the age of six in her hometown of Park Ridge, New Jersey. Donna has performed in and choreographed numerous musicals and showcases at St. John’s University, Broadhollow Theatre, Broadway Blockbusters, and Cultural Arts Playhouse. She currently teaches dance for youth at a transitional family shelter in the Bronx.
Kayla Fuentes, Head Residential Counselor
I am a residential counselor and teacher at MSM Summer and so excited to be back for my third year teaching and having fun with all of my friends! I was born in Honduras, moved to England, then Iowa, and then grew up in Starkville, Mississippi! I came to New York almost 5 years ago to study music, and I loved it so much, I decided to stay. When I’m not singing or going to work, I love spending time with my amazing friends, cooking yummy foods, and watching soccer. I am so excited to get to meet everyone this year and to learn new things.
Remy Le Boeuf, Head 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. www.remyleboeuf.com
Erica Ashley Arrington, Residential Counselor
Hi! My name is Erica Ashley Arrington, and I’m a jazz singer and vocal jazz educator. I’m originally from Alabama and moved to NYC three years ago to study vocal jazz at my dream school, Manhattan School of Music. Since then, I finished my master’s degree in vocal jazz and have had the honor of helping develop the vocal jazz program for MSM Summer. I’m so excited to be returning for my second year in this amazing program! In addition to singing and teaching people to sing, I like cartoons (Steven Universe/Adventure Time anyone?), reading, and of course exploring all the amazing things NYC has to offer!
Sarah Childers, Residential Counselor
I am a classically trained opera singer who teaches private voice . I also work as an associate conductor and voice technician with the National Children’s Chorus. I love to drink coffee and enjoy trying all of the varieties at Fairway Market. In my spare time I enjoy playing with my two puppies, baking, and watching documentaries.
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!
Caroline Turek, Residential Counselor
I am originally from North Carolina but I live in California now. I am an internationally licensed chocolate chip cookie connoisseur, I think English bulldogs are the cutest animals on the planet, and besides playing music, I absolutely love traveling, cooking, kayaking, the Food Network, camping, bubble tea, reading, Christopher Nolan movies, and anything that involves being in the great outdoors.
Derek Cooper, Residential Counselor
I began playing baseball when I was six years old, mostly playing third base. When I was 12 years old, I began playing Ultimate Frisbee. In 8 years of captaining, I’ve taken 4 teams to and won league championships and I still continue to play today. I also enjoy riding my bike each day and going on runs with my puppy.
Max Jacob, Residential Counselor
I am the co-founder, executive director, and bassist of the conductorless string ensemble “Shattered Glass.” I currently perform and tour with Zusha as bassist and music director. I play on an exceptional Milanese double bass from the early 19th century, as well as a G&L L2000 electric bass.
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!
Assata Alston began her musical theater studies at MSM Summer at Manhattan School of Music in 2008. After performing in a master class with songwriter Jeanine Tesori, Assata was asked to perform at the American Songbook event at Lincoln Center in 2010. Later that year she was invited to sing for President Obama at PBS’ “Celebration of Broadway” event. Assata graduated from the MSM Precollege Division in 2015 and is currently attending SUNY Fredonia majoring in musical theater and a minor in business.
I am a violin and chamber music teacher at Manhattan School of Music’s summer program. I have traveled to 30 countries and 4 continents for concerts and vacation. I was born in Venezuela, I studied in the USA, and I am currently working in Germany. Germany is a great country to live in because I enjoy my work, I can do a lot of sports, I can drive very fast in the Autobahn, and I can eat gelato! http://www.betancourtviolin.com/rafael/
Trombonist Mark Broschinsky has been praised by the Rapid City Journal as a “true virtuoso on the instrument.” A zealous advocate of new music, he has commissioned numerous solo pieces and has appeared with New York-based ensembles Argento New Music Project, Talea Ensemble, and Tilt Brass. Mark was awarded the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Manhattan School of Music.
Isaac Kaplan is a dedicated trombonist and music teacher in the New York area. Raised in Rossmoor and Long Beach, California, Isaac’s love of music ultimately brought him to New York City. As a freelance musician, Isaac has performed in a wide variety of settings and venues, including Central Park Summerstage, Music Hall of Williamsburg, Segerstrom Hall, and Carnegie Hall. Isaac has been a member of the MSM Summer staff since 2011. Isaac maintains his own private teaching studio in New York. He holds Bachelor (’11) and Master (’13) degrees from Manhattan School of Music.
Described by the Los Angeles Times as having “irresistible verve, unpretentious directness, and fingers of steel,” pianist and composer Amir Khosrowpour “seeks out what is new and vital and delivers it with passion” (NY Concert Review). He recently toured Bulgaria, performing his original score to a puppet theater piece, as well as solo improvisational concerts. His keyboard duo, Corky Has a Band, released their second album, featuring prepared piano and electronics last year, and he is working on a solo album of improvisation to be released in early 2017. He works in the music department at The Horace Mann School and teaches at MSM Summer. Amir received his Bachelor’s of Music at University of Kansas, and Master’s and Doctorate degrees at Manhattan School of Music. He has been living and working as a professional musician in NYC for ten years. www.amirpiano.com
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.
My name is Alice Tsui and I have been part of MSM Summer for over 10 years – first as a camper, then as a counselor-in-training, and now as a counselor and a member of the piano faculty! I am a born-and-raised New Yorker, and have traveled to 20 countries around the world so far! I love listening to all kinds of music, especially classical, pop, hip hop and rap, electronic dance music, house, and trap. I LOVE Asian food, especially xiaolongbao (soup dumplings), Korean BBQ, ramen, and dim sum! In my spare time, I enjoy taking fun Instagrammable pictures (or boomerangs!) of food and arts exhibits, discovering hidden gems of New York City, and winning Broadway musical lotteries!
Lisa Einsteder, RN
This will be my second year working at MSM Summer as a nurse. During the school year, I work as a school nurse. I am a native Floridian and live in Lake Worth, Fl. I am married with two children- ages 16 & 18. I enjoy being outdoors- ridng my bike, running and going to the beach.
Michelle Hawthorne, RN
This will be my first time as a nurse for the summer program at Manhattan School of Music and I am very excited! I was born in Brooklyn, NY but now live in upstate NY with my family. I enjoy reading, traveling, and vintage clothing so thrift shopping is one of my passions! I am so looking forward to getting to meet and work with the students, counselors, and staff this summer at MSM!
Elena McDonnell, RN
I was born and raised in New York City. I’ve resided in Queens, Brooklyn, and Manhattan; I now call Staten Island home. I have 14 years of dedicated nursing experience, with seven years in pediatrics. I love the outdoors, getting lost in a good book, off-Broadway theater, Shakespeare in the Park, and all the city has to offer.
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