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.
Staff & Music Teachers
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.
Jennifer Waldman Gross is the Assistant Director at B2R Port Washington. She and her family recently relocated to Long Island from Atlanta, Georgia, where she served as the Director of the B2R Alpharetta school. Jennifer received her bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance with a minor in theater from Roosevelt University in Chicago. When Jennifer is not at Bach to Rock, you can find her on the stage performing or spending time with her family. Jennifer is absolutely thrilled to be at B2R Port Washington and can’t wait to get to know everyone in this wonderful community!
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.
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. 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.
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!
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.
Eduardo M. is a guitar, bass, mandolin, and ukulele instructor as well as a band coach at B2R. Born in Curitiba, Brazil, Eduardo began playing the guitar at age 11. He completed his bachelor's degree in music education from Faculdades de Artes do Paraná. During his time at "FAP," Eduardo studied various styles of music, especially Brazilian genres and started playing mandolin, 10-string guitar and cavaquinho in addition to electric and acoustic guitar. At that time, he was very involved in the music scene in South Brazil performing everything from traditional Macedonian music to Gypsy Jazz. In 2011, Eduardo released 2 albums, “O timbre da mão” and “Jazz Cigano Quinteto” which received rave reviews. He also received a scholarship to attend the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston and graduated Summa Cum Laude in Guitar Performance. Shortly thereafter, he obtained his Master’s Degree in Contemporary Performance from the Berklee Global Jazz Institute. In 2018, Eduardo released his third solo album, Eduardo Mercuri Trio - Prelude to a Kiss, which received excellent reviews from the press in Brazil, US, Colombia and Italy. His latest album "Zodiac" was released in 2020 and features renowned guests such as Paquito D’Rivera and Vittor Santos. He leads the Eduardo Mercuri Quintet, the Eduardo Mercuri Trio and recently formed a Duo with Japanese percussionist Kan Yanabe. He has performed at the 2013 Latin Grammys award in Las Vegas, Panama Jazz Festival, Rise Up as one Festival and in some of the most prestigious concert venues in the east coast such as the Carnegie Hall, Clinton Foundation – Future of the Americas, NYC Blue Note, The ONU headquarters in NYC, Mechanics Hall, B.B. King’s, Boston Symphony Hall, Berklee Performance Center, Howard Theater in Washington DC, and Café 939. Apart from his works as a leader Eduardo worked with world-class artists such as Alejandro Sanz, Paquito D’Rivera, Luis Enrique, Joyce Moreno, Gabriele Mirabassi, Dave Douglas, Susana Baca, George Garzone, Antonio Adolfo, Jovino Santos, Jerry Bergonzi, Dudu Nobre, among others. Currently based in Brooklyn, he is fast becoming a sought after sideman in the NYC music scene. Eduardo is excited to join the B2R Port Washington team and we are equally thrilled to welcome him.
Eitan P. is a guitar instructor, rock band coach and the Band Director 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. 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.
Gwynne W. is a vocal instructor at B2R. Well versed in a myriad of vocal styles, her true passion lies in musical theatre and pop/rock performance. Gwynne is a graduate of the Boston Conservatory at Berklee B.F.A. Musical Theatre program with an emphasis in Directing. She has performed professionally in New York City and throughout the East Coast in musicals, concerts, and cabarets. Favorite roles include Ilse (Spring Awakening), Sister Mary Robert (Sister Act), Lizzie Borden (LIZZIE), and Amy (Little Women). Gwynne is known for her “crystal clear voice,” humor, and “keen sense of musical style.” She is a full time actor, singer, and director living in Washington Heights with her chihuahua named Gemma. She is thrilled to be joining the B2R team!
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. 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!
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. 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.
Matthew K. is a drum and percussion specialist at B2R. A New York based musician and composer, he holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance from SUNY Fredonia and is currently continuing his studies in Music Performance at Queens College. Matthew has played guitar, electric bass, drumset, and piano in various bands from his hometown of Buffalo, New York. From Metal to Jazz to Classical, he is open to all styles of music and looks forward to meeting and teaching lots of new students! We are very excited to welcome Matthew to the Bach To Rock team!
Michael F. is a piano, voice, and trumpet instructor at B2R. A versatile and eclectic musician, he’s equally at home whether conducting symphonic repertoire or performing in musical theater and opera pit orchestras. Having studied trumpet performance at Interlochen Arts Academy, Michael went on to study piano with Leon Fleisher student, Suzanne Newcomb, at Otterbein University in Ohio—where he also served as the founder of the school’s new music ensemble, Red Noise, and produced, conducted and performed several multimedia events. He completed a M.M. in Orchestral Conducting at Bard College-Conservatory of Music, where he studied with faculty such as Harold Farberman, Joan Tower, and Dawn Upshaw to name a few. As both an orchestral and choral member, he has had the pleasure to work under conductors such as Leon Botstein, Jeffrey Malarsky, Adam Fischer, and James Bagwell spanning a wide range of orchestral literature. A resident of New York City, Michael’s recent credits include: “Flying Over Sunset” (Broadway), "Wicked" (Broadway), "Rock of Ages" (New World Stages), Music Director and Conductor: Bernstein’s “Peter Pan” at Bard’s Summerscape Festival, Conductor: “Grease” Royal Caribbean, and Associate Music Director (JERSEY BOYS, Ogunquit Playhouse). In addition, Michael can be seen teaching at CAP21 (Molloy College's Musical Theater program) as well as Pace University. Currently, he is working closely with Baayork Lee as the Music Director for the National Asian Artists' Project: bringing voices together virtually and has also worked alongside Philip Glass to present a new Glass to NYC. We are very excited to welcome Michael to the Bach To Rock team.
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. 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. 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.
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. 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.
Simón W. is an electric and double bass instructor at B2R. A New York City-based jazz bassist, composer, and improviser, he hails from Santiago, Chile. As an in-demand sideman, he has toured with a host of different artists in Europe, the US, Canada, and South America. His wide-range interest in different realms of Jazz and improvised music has led him to work with a diverse pool of established artists such as Dave Douglas, Ethan Iverson, Steve Cardenas, George Garzone, Jason Palmer, Rodney Green, Michael Blake, Pablo Held, Jim Black, Tim Miller, Frank Carlberg, among others. He also plays in bands of contemporaries such as Kevin Sun, Max Light (second place in the Herbie Hancock 2019 guitar competition), to name a few. In addition to his sideman work, Simón co-leads the bands Great on Paper, Family Plan, and Earprint. The latter won the “best debut album” category of the NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll in 2016, and Family Plan is set to record and release their debut album by the end of 2020 due to receiving a generous grant from the Chilean government. Simón can be heard on over twenty-five records for labels such as Tzadik, Steeplechase, Newvelle, Endectomorph, in addition to a number of self-releases. He has recently been featured in albums as a member of Dave Douglas’ Sextet, Elan Mehler’s "TJ & the Revenge" project alongside GRAMMY award-winning guitar player Bill Frisell, and a double record entitled “Live at Wally’s” with famed trumpet player Jason Palmer as part of his quintet. We are thrilled to welcome Simón to the B2R team!
- 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.
- 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.