Staff & Music Teachers

Elana Hayden

Elana Hayden, the Site Director at B2R Port Washington, is a New York session singer, songwriter, jingle/voiceover artist and children’s book author. She studied Musical Theatre at Sarah Lawrence College and C. W. Post and has had the privilege of performing and/or recording with Bernard Purdie, Jon Herington, Shawn Pelton, Aaron Comess, Richie Cannata, Crispin Cioe, Mark Rivera, Harry Chapin, Patti LaBelle, Bob Hope, The Pointer Sisters, Willie Nelson, Boomer Esiason, and many others. She has written, recorded, produced and licensed numerous songs and jingles for TV, film and radio, including spots for Showtime, HBO, the NBA, WNBA, Maury Povich, The Montel Show, and others. In addition to touring the US and Europe as a lead and background vocalist for many bands and recording artists, Elana appeared in the National Touring Company of the show Beehive – The ‘60s Musical and New York productions of Gym, Carrie, Starmites and Goose. Her film and TV credits include 20th Century Fox’s Unfaithfully Yours, starring Nastasia Kinski, Armand Assante, and Dudley Moore, and the ABC-TV After School Special Over the Limit, which aired on network television in the U.S. Currently, Elana enjoys singing with Songs In The Attic, a NY-based Billy Joel Tribute Band and was featured in Wendell Hanes' book, "Making 30 Grand in 30 Seconds! Vol. 4 - Singing on Major TV Commercials." Elana is recording her debut album and lives in Port Washington with her daughter, Julia.

Kristine Renigen

Kristine Renigen is the Assistant Director and has taught piano, voice and early childhood classes at B2R Port Washington. Having experience in film, television, ballroom dance and musical theater, Kristine has spent the past several years touring in musical theater productions, teaching music, stage managing, and singing with the Long Island cover band, Spectrum. She also enjoys playing classical piano (Rachmaninoff and Chopin) and loves to sing musical theater and pop/rock songs. Kristine is excited to step into her new role and we are thrilled to welcome her into this new position. 

Nicki Winzelberg

Nicki Winzelberg is the Assistant Director and has taught piano, voice, trombone, trumpet, glee, and early childhood classes at B2R. A Wisconsin native, Nicki got her start in music at a very early age through classical piano training, children’s choirs, and jazz bands. After completing coursework in education and application at both NYU and University of Wisconsin, Nicki decided to put down roots on Long Island and pursue music. In addition to teaching at multiple schools and institutions, Nicki is also an avid dancer and actress. She has been featured in countless theatrical productions and performed with jazz vocalists Kurt Elling and the iconic Bobby McFerrin. Having vast musical tastes, her influences range from Mozart to Muse to Metallica, and many more. She also plays with her own band Disco Vietnam, and records original songs from time to time. Stop in and say hi today!

Aaron A.

Aaron A. is a drum and percussion specialist at B2R Port Washington. He studied at the Crane School of Music where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education. There he studied percussion with distinguished Professor James Petercsak and Sabian and Innovative Percussion artist, Catherine Meunier. Aaron has performed in masterclasses with the world-renowned percussion group Nexus, The Black Earth Percussion Group, composer/percussionist Michael Burrit, Branford Marsalis and Latin percussion giants Jose Madera and Johnny Rodriguez (Tito Puente). Aaron has performed in the select Giroux Honors Jazz Combo at the Crane School of Music. We are happy to have him join the Bach To Rock team!

Anna D.

Anna D. is a Music Therapist and Early Childhood Instructor at B2R Port Washington who specializes in adaptive lessons in voice, piano, guitar and clarinet. She has been surrounded by music since she was five years old and hasn't looked back since. By early middle school, Anna discovered Music Therapy and wanted to use her love for music to help students of all ages reach their developmental and personal goals. She is currently learning American Sign Language and would love to expand her work by using Music Therapy with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing population. Along with performing in larger vocal and band ensembles, Anna loves to perform in musicals. Some credits include "Enid Hoops" in Legally Blonde, "Grandma Rose" in The Wedding Singer and "Alexi Darling" in Rent. Anna recently graduated from Molloy College with her Bachelor of Science in Music Therapy. Throughout her time at Molloy, she completed her clinical training in Music Therapy clinics, children's hospitals, adaptive music schools for students with special needs and preschools catering to students with developmental delays. She is so excited to begin her next chapter at B2R and looks forward to all the wonderfully musical moments to come!

Ben N.

Ben N. is a voice and guitar instructor at B2R who specializes in adaptive music lessons. Originally from southern Vermont, Ben fell in love with classical performance, ensemble singing, songwriting, and musical theater at a young age. As a therapeutic music practitioner, he has worked with children and adults, helping students of all ages find their voice. Recently having received a Bachelor of Science degree in Music with a concentration in Music Therapy from Molloy College, Ben has had the opportunity to work in a wide variety of educational settings. Since graduating, he has also had the pleasure of performing with the Weston Opera company, as well as several community and collegiate theater groups where he performed in various roles, including “Inspectors Javert” in Les Miserables, “Benny” in Rent, and both “Dr. Scott” and “Eddie” in The Rocky Horror Picture Show. In his spare time, Ben enjoys songwriting, dabbling with as many instruments as he can get his hands on, and hiking. He is beyond excited to be working alongside the marvelous musicians at B2R Port Washington and even more thrilled to be working with the students, helping them make music and memories!

Daniele G.

Daniele G. is a saxophone and piano specialist at B2R. He graduated from the Conservatory of Licino Refice in Frosinone (Italy) and earned a bachelor degree in music performance at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. During his time in the United States he has studied and collaborated with many great musicians such as Danilo Perez, Joe Lovano, Dave Douglas, John Patitucci, Ben Street, Terry Lyne Carrington, Kenny Werner, Bob Moses, Dave Kikoski, and George Garzone. He has also traveled and performed in famous jazz festivals and clubs around United States, South America and Europe. Daniele currently resides in Brooklyn where he is actively involved in numerous musical projects. His most recent work includes and an album traversing the boundaries of modern and free jazz, created in collaboration with pianist Leo Genovese. We are very happy to welcome Daniele to the Bach To Rock team.

Eitan P

Eitan P. is a Guitar and Rock Band Specialist at B2R Port Washington. In addition to guitar, Eitan plays bass and piano and has dabbled in trombone, oud, tenor banjo, ukulele, drums, and anything else he can get his hands on. He also is an avid bass vocalist, having sung in multiple vocal ensembles. Among them are the award winning Long Island Sound Men’s Barbershop Chorus and his beloved barbershop quartet, 99 Problems But a Pitch Ain’t One. Eitan studied music therapy at Molloy College and has taught music and interned as a music therapist in summer camps, nursing homes, and schools. He has performed in pit bands for several productions including Rent, Grease and American Idiot. Music he has composed and performed with his progressive metal band Piercing Silence has been featured on such TV shows as Countdown to UFC, Home Wreckers, and VH1’s Behind the Music. Eitan loves being part of the B2R family and brings his own eclectic approach and tastes to his work. He continues to be guided by the spirit of the barbershop anthem “Keep the whole world singing... Keep the melody ringing and ringing in your heart.”

Fabio R.

Fabio R. is a drum and percussion instructor at Bach To Rock and is originally from Valencia, Venezuela. Since arriving in the U.S., Fabio has performed with artists such as Geri Allen, Greg Osby, Bill Pierce, Sean Jones, Kevin Harris, Pepe de Lucia, John Lockwood, Carlos Averhoff Jr., Manuel Valera and has performed at Boston Symphony Hall, Lincoln Center, The Esplanade, Scullers Jazz Club, Smoke Jazz Club, SXSW, among others. A drummer and film composer, Fabio earned his Bachelor of Music with a Dual Major in Performance and Professional Music at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he had the honor of being mentored by Terri Lyne Carrington, Kim Plainfield and Neal Smith. Before moving to the New York, Fabio studied jazz performance in UNEARTE while giving drum set lessons in the Taller de Jazz Caracas and Concert Percussion in the Colegio/Conservatorio Emil Friedman. He has also had the privilege of working with acclaimed Venezuelan musicians Pablo Gil, Diego Alvarez and Gonzalo Teppa. Through music you can express greater emotions, ones that you cannot define with words. As an artist, this is what Fabio strives for and continues to do through his work. We are thrilled to have him on the B2R Port Washington team.

Jackie B.

Jackie B. is a voice, piano, violin and early childhood specialist at B2R Port Washington. She was born and raised on Long Island, where she began her musical journey. Jackie has had the pleasure of performing with several critically acclaimed conductors and musicians including David Fryling, David Ramael, Isabel Milenski, Lauren Kinhan, Kerry Marsh and more. She graduated with her Bachelor of Sciences in Vocal Performance from Hofstra University, concentrating on classical technique and musical theatre. At Hofstra, she was also the President and arranger of the a cappella group The Hofbeats, played in the Chamber Orchestra, and toured the country with the Chamber Choir. Jackie made her Off-Broadway debut in “Jekyll & Hyde” in NYC, performed in the US Premiere of Dargomyzhsky’s “Rusalka”, and starred in the premieres of several original musicals. She is currently a member of multiple theater and opera companies, sings in the nationally recognized mixed and women’s choirs of eVoco Voice Collective and performs with her cover band The Escape. She is beyond happy to share her passion for music and teaching at B2R, and guide her students to achieving their goals and dreams in music and performance - and have fun doing it!

Josh S

Josh S. is a drum and percussion specialist at B2R Port Washington. Originally from Dallas, he spent his formative years at the renowned University of North Texas College of Music, where he studied with Ed Soph (Bill Evans, Woody Herman) and Ignacio Berroa (Dizzy Gillespie). While in school, he played in the 13 time world champion UNT drumline, Afro-Cuban and Brazilian ensembles, marched with the Pioneer Drum and Bugle Corps, and was a member of the 2000 World Champion Desperadoes Steel Drum Orchestra in Trinidad. Since then Josh has shared the stage with multi-platinum artists The Nelson Brothers, Las Vegas soul legend Earl Turner, Grammy winner Paul Wertico (Pat Metheny), the Liberty Orchestra (Royal Caribbean), and of course many indie bands. As an educator, he spent several years as a state certified K-12 band and percussion director in Texas, as well as adjunct faculty at Baylor University. These were some of the busiest and best years as he racked up thousands of hours of experience teaching in the classroom and privately.

Kino L.

Kino L. is a pianist, violinist, composer and arranger who hails from Taiwan. She earned her degree in Classical Piano Performance from Fujen University and then graduated from Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music with a degree in Film Scoring and Video Game Scoring. During her years at Berklee, Kino composed for many projects and was music programmer for the Frontline documentary, “The Fish on my Plate.” She was also the recipient of the Berklee Contemporary Classical Performance award and the Formosa Youth Choir Composition Award. She recently released her first album "Free Spirit" and is now working on a upcoming movie "The Key" with director Akira Hsueh. Kino began learning piano and violin at the age of 4, and has had a plethora of experience with orchestral, choral, jazz, and solo performances. As a composer and arranger, she has a wide range of experience in writing for many styles, such as classical, orchestral, contemporary, chamber, film scoring, video game scoring, jazz small ensemble, and big band. Although a very acclaimed pianist/violinist, her focus is on video game and film composing. Her goal is to use her broad understanding of music to convey emotion and bring great experiences to people everywhere. Kino has had the privilege of working with many amazing musicians and artists around the world including Hector Hellion, Mason Daring, Sheldon Mirowitz, and David Fanning To name a few. We are very excited to welcome her to the Bach To Rock family

Marc P

Marc P. is a guitar specialist at B2R Port Washington.  A New York native and lifelong musician/music fan, Marc attended Five Towns College for Jazz and Commercial Music, majoring in Guitar Performance. Marc has played guitar and sung in countless ensembles, performing a broad range of styles and genres in and out of the country. Growing up on classic rock, Marc’s band experience encompasses such diverse styles as Rock, Funk, Folk, Fusion, Jamband, Reggae, Ska, World, Afrobeat, New Orleans, Blues, Americana, Electronica, Heavy Metal, Bluegrass, Singer-Songwriter, Alt Country, Progressive Rock, and “anything that’s fun & musical”! A music teacher for over 25 years, Marc assesses where students are developmentally, and guides them to where they need to go musically using intuition, passion and humor. Most importantly, Marc encourages love and appreciation for music in all of his students. He currently writes, sings, and plays lead guitar in the original rock band, Trails To Town.

Marcelo M.

Marcelo M. is a multi-instrumentalist and studio specialist at B2R who teaches electric bass, upright bass and guitar, as well as beginner drums and piano. Born in Santos, Brazil, Marcelo started playing the electric bass during high school. His love for music led him to enroll at Souza Lima music conservatory where he began to study the upright bass. Shortly thereafter, he transferred to Berklee College of Music to finish his Dual Degree in Performance and Contemporary Writing and Production with a Minor on Visual Arts. Marcelo focused his studies on Jazz/Classical performance and music production with an emphasis on scoring for videos/advertisements. He was also able to study with great artists like: Neal Smith, Tia Fuller, Dave Santoro, Jim Odgren, Ron Mahdi, Joe Carrier among others. Marcelo has performed with the Berklee Contemporary Orchestra, Berklee World Strings Orchestra with Tigran Hamasyan, recorded with Kenny Werner and Peter Eldridge and numerous other musicians and bands in the USA and abroad. We are happy to welcome Marcelo to B2R Port Washington.

Marco B.

Marco B. is a guitar, bass and rock band coach at B2R. Originally from Italy, his love of rock music inspired him to learn to play the guitar at a very young age. He attended Siena Jazz 2012 workshops held by Lionel Loueke and Steve Cardenas, and was awarded for Outstanding Musicianship during Berklee Clinics at Umbria Jazz in 2013. Shortly thereafter, Marco received a scholarship to attend Berklee College Of Music in Boston and graduated Summa Cum Laude. While at Berklee, he had the chance to perform in numerous venues, and study with Ed Tomassi, Dave Santoro, Mick Goodrick, Tim Miller, Dave Tronzo and Hal Crook among others. His first release Streamflow, released that same year, features ECM recording artist Klaus Gesing on reeds, and it was reviewed as “a hugely impressive and satisfying affair” by All About Jazz and “a very rewarding listening experience” by Jazz Times. We are thrilled to welcome Marco to B2R Port Washington.

Mike L

Mike L. is a bass, guitar, fretted instrument and recording studio specialist at B2R Port Washington. He received his degree in Electric Bass Performance from Berklee College of Music and after touring with several national bands, moved to New York City as a working professional musician and songwriter. He has appeared and/or recorded with Carole King, Joan Osborne, Rufus Wainwright, Rick Derringer, Tom Dowd, Steven Stills and Mick Jones, Eddie Van Halen, the Gypsy Kings, Meryl Streep, Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul and Mary), Paul Hipp, Max Weinberg and the Uptown Horns, Hunter S. Thompson, and many others. He also appeared in the hit, off-broadway productions of "Love Janis" and "My Boyfriend Is a Zombie." Mike is a founding member of Citizens of Contrary Knowledge. Their songs "You're What you Wish You Are..." and "Contrary Radio" are played on hundreds of independent and college radio stations in the USA and in South America. The band also had songs featured on Nickelodeon's "Zoey 101" and "Drake and Josh". Mike's own song "House of Cards" was licensed by Showtime's acclaimed show, "The Tudors" Additionally, his music has been played on National TV commercials for Taco Bell, Applebee's, Pepsi, General Motors, American Express, and even featured in the movie soundtrack for the movie "I am Sam." Mike brings a wealth of experience and robust musical knowledge into his classroom. We are proud to have him on the the team at B2R Port Washington!

Ryan M.

Ryan M. specializes in brass, woodwinds and piano at B2R Port Washington. He has performed and competed nationally with Drum Corps International's, The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps making him an expert on all things marching band. Using this experience, Ryan has taught the Garden City Marching Band as a visual caption head and music instructor. Ryan is currently finishing his Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education at Hofstra University. He has also performed with the Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble, Choir, and is the head of the Brass Ensemble at the University. He feels that the process of being a musician is forever ongoing, always learning new ways to master your craft in order to communicate emotions more effectively to the listener. As a music educator, it is Ryan's goal to give others the expressive ability music has to offer. We are thrilled to have Ryan on the B2R team.

Sam B.

Sam B. is a piano and voice instructor at B2R. A keyboardist, songwriter/producer and composer, he has toured and performed with many bands and solo artists. He has had the pleasure of playing at the GroundUP Music Festival, Okeechobee Music Festival, SoFar Sounds, WLRN Radio, and the Adrienne Arsht Center, performing with Il Volo, Michael McDonald, GRiZ, Eric Krasno, members of Snarky Puppy and Vulfpeck, Gallant, Lawrence, Becca Stevens, and Darmon Meader. You can also find Sam’s music on Spotify, iTunes, Soundcloud, and YouTube. Recently, Sam worked for a composer in LA, writing music for Cartoon Network’s Lego Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu, Dreamworks’ Harvey Street Kids, films Hope Spring Eternal and Calvinist, and composed the score for “Retro Couture,” which screened in Miami, Panama, and Brussels. He has taught private lessons and music theory classes and is well-versed in contemporary, classical, and jazz idioms. Sam has perfect pitch and is also proficient in music production and recording. We are very happy to Welcome him to the Bach to Rock team.

Samantha K.

Samantha K. is a voice and piano teacher at Bach to Rock. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Vocal Performance from Carnegie Mellon University, where she received College and University Honors, as well as the Derdeyn Award for Excellence in Performance. Equally comfortable in musical theater and opera, she’s sung roles with Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, Undercroft Opera, Carnegie Mellon University, and the College Light Opera Company, among others. She additionally had the privilege of performing German lieder in Graz, Austria with the American Institute of Musical Studies and studying drama with the Yale Summer Conservatory for Actors in New Haven, Connecticut. She is thrilled to bring her passion for teaching music out to Long Island, where she did her first musical at ten years old! Samantha currently resides in Queens, NY and devotes her time to performing, teaching, and studying music. We are very happy to welcome Samantha to the B2R Port Washington team! 

Sara O.

Sara O. is an Ecuadorian-American singer-songwriter based in New York who specializes in guitar, piano and voice at Bach To Rock. She discovered her passion for music at a young age when she began to take private piano lessons and joined the school's choir. As a teenager, she moved from Florida to Ecuador where she studied classical music in the conservatories, and later worked as a jazz singer with many bands in Guayaquil. Sara's love for music led her in Berklee College of Music where she majored in Contemporary Writing and Production and she graduated with honors and scholarship awards. Since 2015, Sara has been releasing original music that has been positively reviewed by journals in The US, Ecuador and Spain. Her music has led her to play in many venues in New York City as well as festivals like SXSW, South Florida Folk Festival and Musikfest, to name a few. We are excited to welcome Sara to the B2R Port Washington team!

Sean H.

Sean H. is a voice specialist, multi-instrumentalist, and studio engineer at B2R. Growing up in the world of musical theatre, Sean has performed with several nationally acclaimed theatre companies including Theatre Under The Stars in his hometown of Houston, TX. He studied Musical Theatre and Composition at the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music and is currently the front man and guitarist for the band XXI Hours, who has performed at various venues across the country, including Vans Warped Tour and other music festivals. Sean has also played in multiple regional theatre pit orchestras for stage productions of Legally Blonde and High School Musical, among others. He has several years of in-studio audio production and live sound experience and has worked as an audio engineer at West Side Recording Studio, where he produced content for MTV and CMT. We are delighted to have Sean on the B2R Port Washington team.

Sierra Z.

Sierra Z. is a piano, voice and early childhood specialist who recently moved to NYC from California, where she taught at B2R Rocklin. She completed her Bachelors in Musical Theatre from Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA, where she had the pleasure of debuting many new musicals and plays, including the tour and world stage premiere of Shaun Rolly and Paul Shapira's "A Pirates Tale" Musical. Sierra also had the privilege of performing in the Pittsburgh premiere of "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" with Pittsburgh Musical Theatre and recently completed the national tour of "Peter & Wendy" with the Missoula Children's Theatre before making the leap to NYC. She is thrilled to be able to share her love of music with the students at B2R Port Washington.

Steven H.

Steven H. is a multi-instrumental brass and woodwind specialist at Bach To Rock. He also plays piano, accordion, bass, guitar, ukulele, and sitar. Originally from Phoenix, Arizona, Steven moved to NYC to study trumpet and tuba performance at New York University, where he would eventually continue on to earn his Master’s degree in music education. He has studied under great musicians like John Rojak, Marcus Rojas, and Ladislav Kozderka. While learning at NYU, he quickly built a network in the city and began performing regularly in jazz, pop, rock, new music, pit orchestra, and classical music settings. Today you’ll find him most often collaborating with songwriters and bands to compose, arrange, and record horn section parts for up and coming records. Steven has recorded and performed in venues like the James L. Dolan recording studio, Symphony Space, Webster Hall, the Knitting Factory, Skirball Center, Ikeda Theater, and most recently Oscilloscope Laboratories (built by Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys). He hopes to impart the joy of making and sharing music to all of his B2R students in order to encourage a lifelong relationship with their instrument.

Victor M.

Victor M. is a bass, guitar and piano instructor at B2R. A well respected bassist, film composer, arranger, and educator, Victor currently resides in New York City, where he is actively involved in numerous musical projects. After graduating from Berklee College of Music, Victor moved to The Big Apple to get his Master's degree at Aaron Copland School of Music. His versatility, dedication and commitment to provide a good product keeps him in an demand musician - working and gigging in the USA and abroad. Recently, Victor performed at Carnegie Hall and has performed with numerous artists including Paquito D'Rivera, Wynton Marsalis, Luis Conte, Luis Enrique, Roberto Vilera, Terence Blanchard, Plas Johnson, Bob Mintzer, Antonio Arnedo, Ali Jackson, Dan Nimmer, among others. We are proud to have Victor on the B2R Port Washington team.

Why B2R?

  • Individual instruction with proprietary curriculum
  • Students are motivated by playing with others in a band
  • A band builds teamwork, develops social skills, fosters self-esteem and leads to lasting friendships.
  • Everyone learns faster playing music they like
  • Students are motivated to learn when they see early results
  • Introducing very young children to music supports cognitive development and motor skills.

B2R Curriculum

  • A well-balanced music education consists of Music Theory, Technique and Repertoire.
  • Students learn faster playing music they like.
  • Simplified versions of modern songs allow students to see results more quickly.
  • Audio recordings of each simplified arrangement are available to students. This allows them to hear how their part should sound.
  • Lessons are catered to the needs of each student's learning style.