Administrative Staff, 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” and “Fundamentals of Music Education.” She has been a guest speaker at the New Zealand School of Music, Kobe College School of Music, Teachers College Columbia University, 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.
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.
Erica Ashley Arrington
Erica Ashley Arrington is a jazz singer and vocal jazz educator. Erica Ashley is originally from Alabama and moved to NYC to study vocal jazz at my dream school, Manhattan School of Music. Since then, she finished my master’s degree in vocal jazz and have had the honor of helping develop the vocal jazz program for MSM Summer. In addition to singing and teaching people to sing, she like cartoons (Steven Universe/Adventure Time anyone?), reading, and of course exploring all the amazing things NYC has to offer!
Rafael is a violin and chamber music teacher at Manhattan School of Music’s summer program. He has traveled to 30 countries and 4 continents for concerts and vacation. He was born in Venezuela, studied in the USA, and is currently working in Germany. Germany is a great country to live in because he enjoys his work, he can do a lot of sports, he can drive very fast in the Autobahn, and he 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.
Sarah is a classically trained opera singer who teaches private voice. She also works as an associate conductor and voice technician with the National Children’s Chorus. She loves to drink coffee and enjoys trying all of the varieties at Fairway Market. In her spare time she enjoys playing with her two puppies, baking, and watching documentaries.
Derek began playing baseball when he was six years old, mostly playing third base. When he was 12 years old, he began playing Ultimate Frisbee. In 8 years of captaining, he’s taken 4 teams to and won league championships. Derek also enjoys riding his bike each day and going on runs with his puppy.
Ashley is a musical theater assistant director and is excited to be returning to MSM Summer! She lives in Boston, and loves to direct and perform in productions. In her spare time, she also enjoys writing, skiing, traveling to new places, and spending time with her family and friends!
Kayla was born in Honduras, moved to England, then Iowa, and then grew up in Starkville, Mississippi! She came to New York to study music, and loved it so much she decided to stay. When she’s not singing or going to work, she loves spending time with her amazing friends, cooking yummy foods, and watching soccer.
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. 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 over ten years. www.amirpiano.com
Max is the co-founder, executive director, and bassist of the conductorless string ensemble “Shattered Glass.” He currently performs and tours with Zusha as bassist and music director. He plays on an exceptional Milanese double bass from the early 19th century, as well as a G&L L2000 electric bass.
Remy Le Boeuf
Remy teaches saxophone and composition at MSM Summer. He enjoys playing sports with the campers and talking about music. Remy lives in Brooklyn, though he is from Santa Cruz, CA. In his spare time, he likes foraging for mushrooms, reading literature, drinking espresso, playing basketball, watching football, and checking out new music. www.remyleboeuf.com
Originally from Fresno, California, Sean is currently a performing artist and music educator living in New York City. He has also worked and performed frequently in Mumbia, India. He also plays in a “video game music” cover band. Sean teaches jazz guitar and leads the R & B ensemble at MSM Summer.
Originally from Puerto Rico, Raul is currently pursuing his master’s degree in classical trumpet performance at the Mannes School of Music. Besides the trumpet, he is also a singer and has recorded children’s CDs and commercials in Spain and Puerto Rico. Raul has toured Puerto Rico as an actor in more than 200 performances at schools and colleges and he is bilingual in Spanish and English. He especially enjoys playing soccer with the students at MSM Summer!
Caroline is originally from North Carolina but lives in California now. She is an internationally licensed chocolate chip cookie connoisseur! Besides playing music, Caroline loves traveling, cooking, kayaking, the Food Network, camping, bubble tea, reading, Christopher Nolan movies, and anything that involves being in the great outdoors.
Alice Tsui has 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! She is a born-and-raised New Yorker and has traveled to 20 countries around the world so far! Alice loves listening to all kinds of music, especially classical, pop, hip hop and rap, electronic dance music, house, and trap. She LOVES Asian food, especially xiaolongbao (soup dumplings), Korean BBQ, ramen, and dim sum! In her spare time, Alice enjoys taking fun Instagrammable pictures (or boomerangs!) of food and arts exhibits, discovering hidden gems of New York City, and winning Broadway musical lotteries!
Elena McDonnell, RN
Elena was born and raised in New York City. She has resided in Queens, Brooklyn, and Manhattan and now calls Staten Island home. Elena has over 14 years of dedicated nursing experience, with seven years in pediatrics. She loves 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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