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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. 

Alana D.

Alana D. is a woodwinds specialist and early childhood instructor at B2R. A graduate of the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, she is a multi-instrumentalist and former public school music teacher who has taught everything from preschool to middle school band and orchestra, to general music, NYSSMA prep, and music technology. Although her primary instrument is flute, Alana also plays clarinet, saxophone and guitar. When she's not teaching, she plays saxophone in “The Going Rate,” a cool, New York-based ska band. Alana is beyond excited to teach at B2R Port Washington and we are equally excited to welcome her aboard.

Amanda S.

Amanda S. is a voice and piano instructor at B2R. She graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree from Millikin University and a Master of Music degree from Western Illinois University, both in Vocal Performance. While at Western Illinois University, she held two graduate assistantships in Music Theory and Aural Skills as well as Music History. She was the winner of the WIU Concerto/Aria Competition and also performed the role of The Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute with the Muddy River Opera Company. Amanda also performed the title role of Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor with La Musica Lirica in Novafeltria, Italy and has appeared in numerous productions in theatres in Illinois and Texas. Some of these roles include Maria (The Sound of Music), Laurey (Oklahoma), Sandy (Grease), Gertrude Mcfuzz (Seussical the Musical), and Princess Fiona (Shrek the Musical). Amanda was the assistant music director and conductor for a production of Annie, the Musical and loves to work with young children. She sings and teaches all styles of music including classical art songs, musical theatre, jazz, pop, rock, and R&B. Although her primary instrument is voice, she also plays and teaches piano, oboe, and flute. As a voice teacher, Amanda strives to promote a healthy and free tone, meaningful expression, as well as breathing and performance techniques. She loves to help her students develop their instrument in a fun and positive atmosphere, as well as helping to clarify goals and good practice habits. She encourages passion and love for music along with a positive attitude, to foster growth and learning for everyone. We are very happy to welcome Amanda to the B2R team.

Andrew W.

Andrew W. is board-certified music therapist specializing in adaptive lessons at B2R Port Washington. A multi-instrumentalist who earned his master's degree in music therapy at SUNY New Paltz, his passion for music started with the violin at the age of four. Subsequently, Andrew studied piano, and in high school, developed a love for singing. After joining a band, he began to develop his skills and learned to play guitar, bass, ukulele and drums. During his college career, Andrew underwent clinical training in a variety of treatment settings including nursing homes, hospice, special education, and adolescent and adult psych. His clinical experiences have provided him insight and great flexibility in working with individuals with different needs towards diverse objectives. In addition to earning his degree, Andrew has had the privilege of working with several talented groups and has held the positions of vice president of an a cappella group, musical director of a collegiate show choir, and theater performer. He is extremely excited to share his passion for music with those who are eager to learn and play together. He is especially thankful to be joining the Bach To Rock team and learning from other passionate and talented musicians. We are overjoyed to welcome Andrew to the team.

Austin T.

Austin T. is a guitar and bass instructor at B2R. His father, also a musician, shared his love of music with Austin and bought him his first guitar at the age of 5. At the age of 10, Austin began to formally study guitar and explored classic rock, blues, punk, metal and more. He enjoys all genres and has played in many different bands, performing in a range of styles including punk, reggae, hard rock, metal-core and hip hop, to name a few. Music is a huge part of Austin’s life and teaching is a passion of his. Currently a student at Queens College, he is studying music education with a focus on classical guitar. He enjoys learning about - and teaching - harmony, counter point, music history and all aspects of music. He has studied the great composers, Mozart, Beethoven, Bach, Sor, Tarrega, Brouwer, and is excited to share his love of music with the young musicians at Bach to Rock. We are very happy to welcome Austin aboard.

Clemens G.

Clemens G. is a drums, percussion, and piano instructor and band coach at B2R. Born and raised in Berlin, Germany, he was heavily influenced by his father, a well-known part of the local rock and live music scene, which inspired Clemens to pursue a career as a professional drummer. After two years of studying at the Hochschule für Musik Carl-Maria-Von-Weber in Dresden, Germany, and several musical journeys throughout Europe, he received a scholarship to attend the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, where he intensified his studies with legends such as Kenwood Dennard, Billy Kilson, Terri Lyne Carrington and Ralph Peterson. Throughout his life as a musician, Clemens realized that learning piano, composition, arranging and multiple percussion instruments from Africa and the Orient as well as Latin and South America would lead him to a deeper understanding of the roots and heritage of modern popular music and help develop his musicianship. He performed and recorded with many musicians from all over the world and his art is recognized in various different styles of music such as Jazz, Rock, Pop, RnB, Soul, Funk, Afro-Cuban, Latin Jazz, Brazil, Middle-Eastern and World Music. After having received the Armand Zildjian Percussion Award at Berklee College of Music, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in music Performance, Clemens moved to New York City to pursue his career as a musician and educator and is excited to be part of the amazing team at B2R Port Washington.

Elora A.

Elora A. is a voice, piano, and guitar instructor at B2R. A vocalist and songwriter, Elora was born and raised on Long Island, New York. Raised in an artistic home, she was heavily involved with theatre, choir, and opera but soon discovered her love for jazz and began to study with Patty Dunham. She became heavily inspired by artists such as Nat King Cole, Eydie Gorme, and Anita O’day, and seeking a solid foundation in vocal technique, Elora began studying with renowned opera voice teacher, Catherine Green. To further pursue her passions she moved to New York City to study at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, pursuing a BFA in Vocal Jazz Performance and a minor in Psychology at Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts. During her time in NYC, she began to discover a passion for contemporary songwriting and while at The New School she studied under Richard Harper, Amy London, Elizabeth Lohninger, Kate Davis, and Vilray. Elora is an alumna of the Nassau Suffolk Vocal Jazz Ensemble, New York All-State Choir, and All-Eastern Women’s Choir as well as the All-National Mixed Choir where she performed at the Grand Ole Opry. Elora’s debut EP, Hello Crow, featuring her original music was released in March 2020 and she looks forward to performing this music with her band. We are excited to welcome Elora to Bach To Rock Port Washington.

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.

Hannah M.

Hannah M. is a voice and piano instructor at B2R. Originally from South Carolina, she is a graduate of the inaugural class of the Molloy College and CAP 21 B.F.A. musical theatre program. She has appeared in numerous concerts at The Town Hall, Feinstein’s 54 Below and The Madison Theatre alongside such Broadway legends as Howard McGillin (The Phantom of the Opera), Tony Danza (Honeymoon in Vegas), Robert Cuccioli (Jekyll and Hyde), Cady Huffman (The Producers), and Annie Golden (Hair). Hannah made her Off-Broadway debut as the title character in Vital Theatre Company’s Angelina Ballerina the Musical and as Elizabeth Lavenza in Write Act Repertory’s Frankenstein. She has appeared in numerous productions at regional and community theaters in New York, New Jersey and South Carolina. Favorite roles include: Carrie (Carrie the Musical), Elle Woods (Legally Blonde), Jack (Into the Woods), Rusty (Footloose), and The Leading Player (Pippin). In addition to her work onstage, Hannah has also served as the musical director/accompanist for The Broadway Bound Vista Theatre Project, Mile Square Theatre, The Madison Theatre, and Molloy Performing Arts Club. We are thrilled to welcome Hannah to the B2R Port 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!

Jake G.

Jake G. is a piano and voice specialist at B2R. A Port Washington native who grew up loving music and theater, he is proud to be part of the creative culture at B2R. In his sophomore year of high school, Jake was accepted to the Long Island School of the Arts, where he immersed himself in music and theater. He participated in NYSMMA for voice, piano and trumpet and has also performed in a multitude of musical theater productions, including Applause! Theater Workshop which performed Off Broadway. Jake has run music enrichment programs for several camps including North Shore Day Camp and Sid Jacobson Day Camp. A graduate of Boston’s Berklee College of Music, he holds a Bachelors degree in Professional Music. Jake has taught everything from rock to musical theater, has worked with students from preschool to high school and provides a supportive, joyful, and educational experience where students can be proud of their accomplishments. Throughout his career Jake has held positions that included conducting, arranging, accompanying, and performing for various productions throughout New York. Jake approaches all of his musical endeavors with patience, compassion, positivity, and professionalism and we are happy to welcome him to the Bach To Rock team.

JD R.

JD R. is a guitar and bass instructor at B2R. A New York based guitarist and composer, he hails from New Delhi, India, and is a graduate of The Berklee College of Music, where he majored in Contemporary Writing and Production. JD has been playing professionally for over eight years and has been a touring member of two bands, Grammy Winning Effort and Indigo Children. His father, a guitarist introduced him to many iconic bands including The Beatles, The Grateful Dead, Fleetwood Mac and Jimi Hendrix, to name a few. From artists like Shakti, Radiohead and Herbie Hancock to composers like John Williams and Hanz Zimmer, JD loves all genres of music and is excited to share this love of music with the students at Bach To Rock. We are happy to welcome JD to B2R Port Washington.

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.

Maria M.

Maria M. is a board certified music therapist who specializes in adaptive lessons at B2R. She is a multi-instrumentalist who earned her bachelor's degree in music therapy from Molloy College. Maria’s clinical experience at Molloy College focused on children and adolescents with special needs. Her clinical experiences have taught her how to be a flexible music therapist and to adapt goals and objectives based on the student’s individual needs. Maria’s love of music was heavily influenced by her father, also a musician who taught her the guitar at the age of eight. It was early on that she found her passion, not only for music, but also for helping people. Maria is an empathetic music therapist who prides herself on using a client-lead and humanistic approach in her work. She hopes to help her students reach their goals and wants to share her love of music with all of the people that she gets to work with. We are proud to welcome Maria to the Bach To Rock team.

Pamela K.

Pamela K. is a piano, violin, viola, and cello specialist at B2R. An artist and composer, she received her first Bachelor’s degree in Illustration Fine Arts from Savannah College of Art and Design, and her second one in Music Theory and Composition from Berklee College of Music. Originally from Jakarta, Indonesia, Pam started her musical career at a young age playing violin for Amadeus Orchestra which tour cities in South-East Asia to work with international conductors such as Phillip Green, Aminoto Kosin, Cecilia Barczyk, Prof. Christiane Hutcap, Pierre Oser, Jahja Ling, Gudni Emilsson, and David Riniker of Berlin Philharmonic. As she studied Fine Arts in the US, she started her musical theater career working as Assistant Music Director and Concert Master for various Broadway productions such as Titanic, Houdini, Into the Woods, Spring Awakening, Ragtime, among others. She has also written music for award winning feature films including 'Waiting in Line' by Joseph Brennan, 'The Big One' by Raibar Chener, and 'Inky Fingers', an animation by Vee Eaton which was hosted by 26 international film festivals worldwide such as Tribeca and Sundance. Attending Berklee, she switched her focus from performing to composing. Pamela has written music for small ensembles, chamber ensembles, musicals and full orchestras which has been performed internationally in various venues in New York, Boston, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, and Indonesia. We are thrilled to welcome Pamela back to Bach To Rock Port Washington.

Rich K.

Rich K. is a Drum / Hand Percussion, Music Production / Engineering and Rock Band instructor at B2R. Starting formal lessons at the age of 9, he progressed to earning First Chair Percussion in County and All State Bands in High School. Rich toured with Jazz/Funk/Rock Fusion Band Whyte Lyte, and attended Berklee College of Music, earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Synthesis. While at Berklee, he was awarded The Berklee Performance Division Achievement Award in recognition of outstanding musicianship. Since settling in NYC, Rich has worked with many artists, including The Zen Tricksters, Mickey Dolenz (The Monkees) Norah Jones, Bruce Cockburn, The Fire Men, Gavin DeGraw, Denise Barbarita, and Roger Waters (Pink Floyd), to name a few. Proficient in many styles of drumming, he enjoys teaching drummers how to find the right part, the right groove - and how to record a drum set. His teachers and mentors have been many, including Vincent “Muzzy” Mizzoni, Gary Chester, Gary Chaffee, Bob Moses, Alan Hall and Ed Uribe. As a composer, Rich has written and produced music for his own projects and for Heavy Hitters Music which licenses for Film and T.V. We are thrilled to have Rich join our B2R Port Washington family!

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.

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.

Yuta T.

Yuta T. is a double bass, electric bass, and cello instructor at B2R. From Tokyo, Japan, he is also a composer who holds a Master's degree in composition from CUNY Queens College where he studied with his mentor, Dr. Bruce Saylor. Yuta's original compositions vary in style from orchestral to chamber music that incorporates jazz, classical, latin, and rock. He has extensive experience in classical and jazz, playing professionally for over a decade internationally. As a teenager, he formed rock bands with friends, and performed at numerous music venues. It was those early experiences that inspired his life long love of music. It is this joy and passion for music that Yuta looks forward to sharing with his students at B2R Port Washington.

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.