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Spring 2018 Sitar Faculty

 

Creative Writing | Dance And Movement | Digital Arts | Drama | Enrichment | Music | Visual Arts

Creative Writing

Katie Grimes – Storybook & Illustration

Katie Grimes is an interior designer. Throughout her grade school years, Katie studied various art forms, such as painting, drawing and sculpting. She has taught arts to many children in college. She received her B.A. from Harrington College of Design, Chicago in 2000 and her Associate of Applied Science from the Community College of Baltimore County in 2004.

 

Charlotte Pattison – Short Story Writing

Charlotte Pattison majored in Creative Writing and English at Northwestern University. In her time at Northwestern, she received several prizes for her writing, including the Edwin L. Schuman Prize for Creative Writing, and the Edwin L. Schuman Prize for Best Senior in the Creative Writing Program.

 

Sam Miller – Poetic Creations / Opera: Writing Studio

Sam Miller has been volunteering at Sitar Arts Center since 2000.  He enjoys teaching adults, especially English-as-a-second-language (ESL) students.  He has also written original lyrics for the Center’s Opera class. He received his M. Div. from Wesley Theological Seminary and Ph.D. from Catholic University in Washington D.C.

 

Carlos Medina – Photography: Digital / Storybook & illustration

As a freelance graphic designer specialized in illustration, identity and web design, Carlos has been featured in solo shows, group shows, and other projects throughout the DC area. He was hired by the Visual Kontakt gallery to develop the MAZIPOS project to be launched in Spring 2016. Carlos completed his Master of Arts in painting at the University of Art and Design of Cluj-Napoca in 2010 with a grant from Romanian Government.

 

Nell Epstein – Storybook and Illustration

In high school, Nell Epstein spent much of her time painting and drawing. Nell took college courses while in high school and took classes at the Arts Student League. Nell received her B.A. in Children and Youth Studies from Brooklyn College in 2015.

 

Lorenna Maysonet – Elements of Storywriting

Lorenna Maysonet is Sitar’s Operations Coordinator.  She graduated from St. Mary’s College of Maryland in 2011 with a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Religious Studies. She has previously worked with DC area teens through a partnership between St. Mary’s and the Latin American Youth Center and by working for the Mayor’s Conservation Corps. She also taught English language in rural Spain for a year. Lorenna joined the Sitar staff in November 2013.  She currently oversees exhibits in the Cafritz Gallery, as well as manages program data, communications with students and families, and coordinates other student related activities, such as Camp Sitar.

 

Angela Robinson –  Elements of Storywriting

Angela designs marketing and communications materials for the Center, oversees information technology, and coordinates events. She has a BA from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in Visual Arts with an emphasis in Imaging and Digital Arts. She teaches students web design, graphic design, video game design, and 3D Modeling, among other digital arts classes, as well as creative writing classes.

 

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Dance and Movement

Allison Gross – Creative Movement

Allison Gross trained in classical ballet for 15 years, performing in ballets including the Nutcracker, Paquita, and Copelia. She danced in a student multi-cultural dance group in college.  She received her B.B.A. from Emory University.

 

Caroline Lodewick – Creative Movement

Caroline Lodewick took ballet classes since she was 5, and performs in annual Nutcracker performances. She spent her summer training at the American Academy of Ballet at the SUNY-Purchase College campus. She has taught ballet classes for the student run ballet organization, Balance. She is a member of The Washington Ballet’s Jete Society. Caroline received her B.B.A. in Marketing & International business from The George Washington University in 2012.

 

Charmaine Dee Pamperin – Yoga Class

Charmaine received Yoga Teaching Training at Yoga District from September to October in 2015. She is currently working on post teacher training requirements for certification. She graduated from De La Salle University with a B.A. in Communication Arts and a B.S. in Marketing Management in 1999.

 

Emily Hashiguchi – Ballet: West Side Story Choreography

Emily has trained in a variety of dance styles, including ballet, since 1998. She took classes at the American Ballet, San Francisco Ballet School, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Joffrey Ballet School and Kennedy Center Master Ballet Class Series. She has performed in Sleeping Beauty (Aurora), Giselle (Myrtha, 1st Act Variation), The Nutcracker (Sugarplum Fairy; Snow Queen), Variations form La Bayadere (2nd Shade Soloist), Tchaikovsky Pas De Deux, Le Corsaire (3rd Odalisque) and Don Quixote (Queen of the Dryads).

 

Jamisen Paustian – Piano and Yoga

Jamisen Paustian is an Administrative & Development Assistant at Everybody Wins! DC. She recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a BS in Human Development/Family Studies and a minor in Studio Art. She has been playing the piano for nearly 20 years and received her RYT-200 Yoga Teacher Certification this past summer.

 

Kelsey Starr – Yoga

Kelsey Starr received her 200 hours yoga certification from A2Yoga in 2014. She explored her way into dance, Pilates and Yoga. She has been practicing for 5 years and teaching for 1 year. Kelsey graduated from Denison University with a BA in Political Science in 2007.

 

Kerstin Tebbe – Broadway & Video Choreography

Kerstin Tebbe has been dancing for over 10 years via dance classes and dance teams in high school and college life. She started dance at 7 years old and has always been passionate about dance. She received her MA from American University in 2005.

 

Lilla Seber – Ballet: West Side Story Choreography

 

Maria-Ines Tripodi – Dance Basics / Exploring Dance / Creative Movement

 

Marissa Wong – Hip Hop

Marissa Wong started dancing when she was 8, and trained at a number of notable studios in San Diego. She joined the varsity dance team, Breakthrough which won 3rd place at the National Hip Hop Dance Championships in 2011. Her directing and teaching experience includes over 4 years of leading SGI-USA’s Ikeda Youth Ensemble at both local and regional levels. She received her B.A in Peace Studies at Chapman University in 2015.

 

Rani Chatrath – Indian Dance

Rani Chatrath has 16 years of dance experience. She has choreographed for places such as the Sawtooth Center of Performing Arts, The NC School of the Arts, the Indo US Cultural Association, the ‘Boogie Woogie’ dance TV show in India, and a benefit concert in the United Kingdom. She received her B.S. degree from University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2014.

 

Sasha McNair – Creative Movement

Sasha McNair received formal training at the Washington Ballet from ages 7-15 in Ballet, Modern, and Jazz. She was the head of a high school dance company and orchestrated shows. She continued her dance training at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where she received her B.A. in Global Studies and Psychology. She taught dance classes at The Little Gym for 2 year olds and volunteered at a local school to teach dance.

 

Shayla Irtegun – Belly Dance

Shayla Irtegun has been belly dancing for over 10 years and loves to dance. Shayla has explored many dance genres, including Bhangra, Salsa, Ballroom, Merengue, and Samba, but Belly Dance has become her specialty. She studied under Dina Bozenka and Suhalia Salimpour.

 

Steve Noh – Creative Movement: Hip Hop

Steve Noh was an actor, singer and dancer for 2 years in UCLA’s annual Korean Culture Night live productions. He was a dancer for Jubilee Hip Hop and participant in Monster Family in Seoul, Korea. Also, Steve was a dancer and Choreographer for Sax Bar and Lounge, a hip hop trio group. He graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies.

 

Tiffany Braniff – Ballet I-A (TWB) / Pre-Ballet II / Pre-Ballet III (TWB)

Tiffany Braniff is a professional ballerina in the Washington Ballet. She received her B.A. in Dance from Brigham Young University.

 

Victoria Dillon – Tap I

Victoria Dillon was trained in tap, jazz, ballet and contemporary and danced throughout high school and college, performing in competitions, recitals and local tours. She performed in the 2001 NCAA Kickoff Classic halftime show at the Meadowlands. She was also an early member of Orange Pulse, a dance company just as committed to dance as it is to philanthropy. She received her B.S. at Syracuse University in 2005.

 

Amy Patanasinth – Broadway & Video Choreography

Amy is trained in tap, jazz and modern dance, and has taught elementary school dance for 2 years. She also plays the violin, viola, piano, guitar and percussion.

 

Anne Dawson – Yoga – Youth

 

Emily Paciolla – Creative Movement (1st – 3rd)

Emily Paciolla started dancing at age 6 and has taken classes in tap, jazz, ballet and hip-hop. She joined the UC Davis Dance team for three years as a captain. She graduated from the University of California, Davis with a B.S in Environmental Science and Management.

 

Lai Sam – Creative Movement

Lai Sam has danced at Miller’s Dance Studio for eight years and at Starstruck Academy of Dance for an additional three years. She has participated in pointe, ballet, and lyrical recitals at Miller’s every year. Lai was a captain of her dance team during her senior year of high school. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame, B.A. in Economics in 2015.

 

Marcia McBride – Ballet I-A (TWB) / Pre-Ballet II (TWB / Pre-Ballet III (TWB) / Jewelry Design

Marcia McBride has been attending watercolor painting classes since 2005. She has helped organize and has participated in several arts shows. She has been a talent judge for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington. Marcia received her B.A. from the University of Maryland in 1971.

 

Raisa Ledesma-Rodriguez – Ballet: Teen/Adult

Raisa took ballet lessons from 1994 to 2004 at Ballet Etudes and at the Miami City Ballet from 1992 to 2002. She also took a combination of modern and jazz classes. Since then, she has taken lessons for various periods of time in ballet, hip hop, and salsa dancing. Raisa’s performance experience includes The Nutcracker at Ballet Etudes. She received her MPP from Georgetown University in 2014 and previously attended Duke University, graduating with a BA in Public Policy.


 

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Digital Arts

Angela Robinson –  3D Modelling / Digital Comic Book Design / Game Design

Angela designs marketing and communications materials for the Center, oversees information technology, and coordinates events. She has a BA from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in Visual Arts with an emphasis in Imaging and Digital Arts. She teaches students web design, graphic design, video game design, and 3D Modeling, among other digital arts classes, as well as creative writing classes.

 

Forrest Penrod – Video: Film Festival

Forrest Penrod is a Sitar Alumni of 10 years. He currently interns and teaches at Sitar and is attending Howard University studying film. When he’s not on stage acting or singing, generally both, you can find him busy writing the next great American novel.

 

Jennifer Dane Clements – Digital Art & Creative Writing

Jennifer Dane Clements is a prose editor and staff writer at DC Theatre Scene, and communications professional by day. A former Editor-in-Chief of So to Speak, her prose has been featured or is forthcoming in publications including WordRiot, xoJane, Nerve, and Psycopomp, and appears regularly in the review section of As It Ought to Be. Jennifer’s plays have been produced at venues including Capital Repertory Theatre, Creative Cauldron, and Marist College, where she was awarded the John P. Anderson Award for Playwrights. A 2006 recipient of a Fullbright fellowship to the Slovak Republic, Jennifer holds an MFA in creative writing from George Mason University.

 

Joshua Weiner – Digital Arts

Joshua Weiner minored in Film Studies in college. He has worked on a number of short films and promotional videos. He is familiar with several editing softwares. He graduated from Tufts University with a B.A. in 2014.

 

Kellyn Moran – Magazine Design / Studio Art: Beginner

Kellyn Moran has experience in design, photography, drawing and printmaking. Primarily, she has background in writing and editing journalism. She received her B.A. in Journalism from Miami University in 2009, and completed Early Childhood Curriculum Instruction courses from George Mason University in 2011.

 

Kevin Wegner – Sketchup

Kevin Wegner is an architect with over 25 years of professional experience. He is also an avid photographer and collagist, and very active writer of short fiction, personal essay, and cultural observation. He graduated from Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in 1987, and  BArch in 1988.

 

Mark Guenther – Graphic Design

As a professional graphic designer, Mark Guenther has been a part of Sitar’s teaching faculty since 2007 and continues to pass on his graphic design skills to students at the Center this year. Mr. Guenther’s students excel under his guidance and continue to pursue their artistic education.

 

Melissa Ballard – Game Design for Girls

Melissa has several years of experience at a children’s museum developing and leading informal science education programs. She currently works to advance STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education in out-of-school time at a national advocacy organization for afterschool programs.

 

Stephanie Archie – Photography: Digital

Stephanie has owned and operated her own photography business for over 10 years. She is an event and lifestyle photographer. She also has studied various areas of studio arts and his currently studying Studio Art at Montgomery Community College in Rockville, MD.

 

Ty Russell – Recording Engineering / Music Production I / Drums

Ty is directly responsible for student and family concerns, as well as outreach to the community for the purpose of recruiting students.  He will be teaching Percussion Ensemble, DJ Studio, Music Production, and Recording Engineering as well as private drum lessons.  Ty is a multi-instrumentalist and DJ with over twenty years of experience of combined performance, educational, and administrative experience in the areas of music, arts, language, health and wellness, and community outreach.  In addition to extensive drum/percussion studies in Cuba, Brazil, and the U.S. with luminaries such as Bernard Purdie, Ty is a graduate of Omega Recording Studios, and has attended UDC and University of Maryland for Jazz Studies.

 

Gregory Maly – Recording Engineering

Greg Maly is a guitarist and digital media specialist. During the day he makes data visualization products, including maps, for the US Department of State. In the evening he records and performs with multiple bands in the DC area, including City on Silt and Sub-Urban Sol. In his spare time he enjoys writing music in his home recording studio.

 

Jonathan Zuck – Photography: Digital

An award winning photographer, filmmaker and digital artist, with studios in DC and Brussels, Jonathan’s work has appeared in local and national ad campaigns, festivals, exhibitions and in homes and businesses around the world.  Jonathan’s editorial work, has appeared in multiple publications including the Washington Post, Washington City Paper, On Tap and several websites. Jonathan’s hero is Orson Welles because of his creativity and originality across mediums. A filmmaker at heart, Jonathan’s work is most inspired by artists such as Welles, Stanley Kubrick, Gregory Crewdson, Julie Blackmon and the Symbolists of the late 19th Century.

 

Carlos Medina – Photography: Digital / Storybook & Illustration

As a freelance graphic designer specialized in illustration, identity and web design, Carlos has been featured in solo shows, group shows, and other projects throughout the DC area. He was hired by the Visual Kontakt gallery to develop the MAZIPOS project to be launched in Spring 2016. Carlos completed his Master of Arts in painting at the University of Art and Design of Cluj-Napoca in 2010 with a grant from Romanian Government.

 

Amanda Murray – Video Film

Amanda Murray has successfully made three short films. All three have been shown to the pubic in festivals and conferences. The first short film was made as part of the Summer Film Intensive at the University of North Carolina – School of the Arts. She has experience in directing, writing a screenplay, editing a short film, and operating a DSLR and video camera. She intends to make her first feature film in the near future. She is currently a student at Gallaudet University majoring in Psychology. Previously attended Forsyth Technical Community College in Winston from 2007 to 2014 studying in Associate of Arts transfer program.

 

William D. Butler – Photography: Digital

William has 6 years of photography experience, shooting landscape, portraits, weddings, and corporate events. William is a photographer at CPBBC church in upper Marlboro, MD. He studied at Bakery Studio with international photographer, Derrell Todd. He studied computer science in college, and religion and photography as minors.


 

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Drama

Amanda Sussex – PlayActing

Amanda Sussex started participating in theater at the age of 5 and was mostly involved in musicals. She was involved in voice and piano lessons, as well as choirs for most of her schooling.

 

Be Sweetman – Physical Acting / Physical Acting II

Be Sweetman began her performing arts career dancing at the age of 4. She has performed in theater and dance over a period of more than 30 years. She studied at North Caroline School of the Performing Arts in Winston Salem and was a member of The Back Alley Players at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Be also danced in the chorus of an off-Broadway production of A Chorus Line. She is a published playwright. Be is a former an on-air radio personality in Flint, Saginaw and Lansing Michigan. Her moniker was ‘The mid-day Breeze’ during morning-drive and The midnight Breeze for a very popular jazz overnight show.

 

James Miller – Young Playwrights’ Theater – Playwrighting

James Miller has worked as a professional actor, director, and teaching artist with numerous theaters and companies in the DC-Baltimore area. He graduated from Cornell University with a B.A. in English and Theatre Arts in 2012.

 

Karen Morales-Chacana – Drama Bilingual

Karen A. Morales-Chacana has taught children drama as a teacher for several years. She has also participated in many plays. She received her B.A. in Dramatic Arts and Art Education with High Honors from ARCIS University in Santiago.

 

Lorraine Robinson – Actor’s Lab

A member of the staff since July 2004, Lorraine designs the class schedule, coordinates the performance series, oversees curriculum development, volunteer faculty, and teaching and performance partnerships. She has a double bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Theatre from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and a Master’s in Theatre from Brown University. Lorraine is a freelance professional theater director and dramaturg.  She has previously served as: Artistic Founding Director of MuseFire Productions, as the Allen Lee Hughes Fellows, Interns, and Volunteers Program Coordinator at Arena Stage, and as an adjunct professor of theatre for St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

 

Candice Napper – PlayActing

Candice Napper has worked as a volunteer at Arena Stage along with taking acting classes. She is currently in the process of developing an inspirational movement geared towards various forms of arts for rural and inner city youth and young adults. Candice has also developed various art programs that are soon to be implemented in AK public schools. She received her Master of Business Administration at American InterContinental University in 2012.


 

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Enrichment

Lorenna Maysonet – S.E.A.L Meeting

Lorenna Maysonet is Sitar’s Operations Coordinator.  She graduated from St. Mary’s College of Maryland in 2011 with a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Religious Studies. She has previously worked with DC area teens through a partnership between St. Mary’s and the Latin American Youth Center and by working for the Mayor’s Conservation Corps. She also taught English language in rural Spain for a year. Lorenna joined the Sitar staff in November 2013.  She currently oversees exhibits in the Cafritz Gallery, as well as manages program data, communications with students and families, and coordinates other student related activities, such as Camp Sitar.

 

Loretta Thompson – S.E.A.L Meeting

Loretta implements program operations and outreach activities, coordinates registration, directs Camp Sitar, manages teen programs and teen interns, and oversees human resources and earned income programs. She has an MA in Arts Management from George Mason University and five years of experience in teaching visual arts to youth. In addition to her work at Sitar, Loretta is a professional artist and muralist.

 

David Garfinkel – S.E.A.L Meeting

David joined Sitar as Programs Coordinator in June 2015 and coordinates the volunteer faculty, classes, and special events. He also manages the Instrumental Music Academy and teaches guitar, piano and music theory. David has a variety of programming and administrative experience from the Children’s Chorus of Washington and the American Composers Alliance in New York. He has taught guitar and music in Montgomery County Public Schools and math in New York City Public Schools. He has also conducted research on popular and traditional music in West Africa. David has a BA in Music and Journalism from New York University, where he earned the Gustav Reese Memorial Prize in Music, and a Master of Arts in Music from the University of California, San Diego.

 

Lorraine Robinson – Community Service

A member of the staff since July 2004, Lorraine designs the class schedule, coordinates the performance series, oversees curriculum development, the volunteer faculty, and teaching and performance partnerships. She has a BA in psychology and theatre from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and a MA in theatre from Brown University. Lorraine is a freelance professional theater director and dramaturg.  She has previously served as Artistic Founding Director of MuseFire Productions and an adjunct professor of theatre for St. Mary’s College of Maryland.


  

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Music

Abigail Muro – Piano

Abigail has been playing piano since 2nd grade. She plays classical and jazz piano. She is a junior at Montgomery Blair High School and has previously assisted taught Music Theory I at Sitar.

 

Alexa Cunniff – Clarinet

Alexa Cunniff has played clarinet for nine years. She participated in the New York State School Music Association Festival for 7 years. She was selected to play in the All-County Band for multiple years. She has volunteered through playing clarinet at Christmas ceremonies for veterans.

 

Alexandra Tate – Violin

Alexandra Tate took private violin lessons for ten years and played in a school orchestra for seven years. She also has about ten years of dance (ballet and modern) training. She graduated from Georgetown University with a BSFS in 2013.

 

Alison Decker – Cello

Alison Decker is a versatile cellist and vocalist who has 20 years of training in classical, jazz, and world music. After graduating from Carnegie Mellon with a Bachelor of Humanities and Arts, she studied Ethnomusicology at the University of Pittsburgh.

 

Benjamin Hundley – Piano.

Benjamin Hundley studied piano at Middlebury College with Natasha Koval-Paden. He was a student of Vladimir Horowitz’s sister.

 

Beth Hochberg – Piano

Beth has maintained a private piano studio for seven years.  She joined the Sitar Arts Center volunteer faculty in 2005. Beth earned her Master of Music in piano performance and pedagogy from Kansas State University, studying under Virginia Houser and Dennis Wilson.

 

Brian Gorman – Piano

 

Chad McCall – Clarinet

Chad McCall has participated in several bands since 2005 as a clarinet player. He graduated from Richland Community College, earning an Associate of Arts in Music. He took course work including music history, conducting, acoustics, music education, applied clarinet and piano, string and woodwind methods from the University of North Texas.

 

Chidi Blyden – Piano

Chidi Blyden had trained a piano for 13 years and has 10 years of vocal performance experience. She also has performing arts experience in drama, curriculum, and development. She graduated from Texas A&M University with a B.S. Sociology in 2002.

 

Chris Stacey – Piano

Chris began playing piano at age seven and has a background in both classical and jazz piano.  She has been teaching piano to beginners for six years.  Chris also has extensive singing experience and has toured Europe and Asia with singing groups.  She continues to take inspiration from and learn alongside her piano students.

 

Christina Cheng – Piano

Christina Cheng has used her two passions: business and music in college to serve Musical Empowerment, an organization that pairs UNC students with underprivileged students in the Chapel-Hill, Carrboro area to receive free weekly music lessons. She graduated from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.S. in Business Administration, and B.A. in Piano Performance.

 

Claire Larkin – Music Theory 1

Claire Larkin has taught dance lessons from ages 6-12, art classes from ages 10-18, and music lessons from ages 12-18. She taught private music lessons and played electronic keyboards professionally for nearly 20 years. She received her B.F.A. in Interior Design from Maryland Institute, College of Art, Baltimore, an A.A. in Art History from Montgomery College, and a B.M. in Music Theory and Composition from Berklee College of Music.

 

David Garfinkel – Music Theory 1 / Guitar / Piano / Beginning Improv Ensemble

David joined Sitar as Programs Coordinator in June 2015 and coordinates the volunteer faculty, classes, and special events. He also manages the Instrumental Music Academy and teaches guitar, piano and music theory. David has a variety of programming and administrative experience from the Children’s Chorus of Washington and the American Composers Alliance in New York. He has taught guitar and music in Montgomery County Public Schools and math in New York City Public Schools. He has also conducted research on popular and traditional music in West Africa. David has a BA in Music and Journalism from New York University and a Master of Arts in Music from the University of California, San Diego.

 

David Rabin – Cello

David Rabin has many experiences as a former cellist in the Symphony of Potomac, Berkeley Symphony, and many other symphonies and ensembles. He graduated from U.C. Berkeley in 1980, and the University of California,  Hastings College of the Law in 1983.

 

 

Erin Ingram – Violin

Erin Ingram is classically trained and started playing at age 6. She played in orchestras, chamber groups, and has branched out to jazz and rock. She graduated from Wooster in 2007 and the University of Pittsburgh in 2012.

 

Evan Shafer – Bass

Evan Shafer has played upright bass since age 11 and electric bass since age 14. He has played all types of songs such as classical, jazz, rock and musical theater. He also studied art history and interned at an office of economic development at a film and music company. He graduated from Northeastern University with a B.A. in History in 2014.

 

Evan Yu – Piano

Evan Yu had piano lessons from various instructors from 1990 to 1997. He studied piano with Dr. Baruch Meir at Arizona State University School of Music between 1997 and 2003. He also studied piano with Elizabeth Parisot at Yale University School of Music, with music theory and ear training courses from 2003 to 2007. He participated in summer music festivals from Adamant Music School for 2 years. He graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in Literature in 2007 and a J.D. from New York University in 2012.

 

Gabriel Johnson – Music Theory 2

Gabriel Johnson is a recorder player. He plays church hymns and duet pieces written for alto solo recorder as well as pop songs as an alto solo with guitar accompaniment. He has experience teaching interns and new employees. He received his M.S. in Plant Biology from South Illinois University, Carbondale in 2008.

 

Guillermo Peralta, Jr. – PL: Violin

Guillermo Peralta, Jr. is a former music director of the Jonathan Edwards College Philharmonic and a former member of the Yale Symphony Orchestra, Berkeley College Orchestra, Opera Theatre of Yale College and Davenport Pops Orchestra. He studied violin under Wendy Sharp at Yale, former participant with the Sphinx Association and Walnut Hill Chamber Music Program. He received his B.A. in Architecture from Yale University in 2012.

 

Herman Burney – Jazzin at Sitar (DC Jazz Festival

Herman Burney is a bassist, composer, arranger, educator and photographer. He received his master’s degree in Mathematics in 1988.

 

Jamisen Paustian – Piano and Yoga

Jamisen Paustian is an Administrative & Development Assistant at Everybody Wins! DC. She recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a BS in Human Development/Family Studies and a minor in Studio Art. She has been playing the piano for nearly 20 years and received her RYT-200 Yoga Teacher Certification this past summer.

 

Jana Nelhybel – Violin

Jana is a lifelong avid amateur violinist.  She has played in chamber groups and as a community member of the Georgetown University Orchestra.  Jana played in Sitar Arts Center’s pit orchestra for the musical Once Upon A Mattress and Hairspray.  She is also a member of the American String Teachers Association.  She began teaching violin at the Center in 2000.

 

Jarred Bennett – Drums

Jarred Bennett has been playing drums for 18 years. He graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison, with a B.A. Economics with Mathematical Emphasis.

 

Jenny Kibbeum Kim-Ewald – PL: Flute

Since the age of 7 and until her senior year of high school, Jenny was fortunate enough to take private lessons from an instructor, along with theory lessons. During this time, in addition to private lessons, she regularly competed, participated in symphony orchestras and completed The Music Teacher’s Association of California’s Certificate of Merit –Level X. After high school, she remained involved in wind symphony at college and continues to play for leisure.

 

Joe Link – Music Theory 1 / Guitar: Beginning / Saints Band / Guitar / Drums /

Joe assists with the Instrumental Music Academy, providing students with appropriate materials, ensuring that volunteers are available to assist them, teaching lessons in drums, percussion and guitar, teaching Music Theory, and directing the Saints Band. He attended the University of the District of Columbia, Berklee College of Music, New England Conservatory of Music, and The Banff School of Fine Arts. In addition to his work at Sitar Arts Center, Joe plays drums professionally around the Washington, DC metropolitan area and teaches at St. Andrews Episcopal School.

 

John Irby – Music Theory 1

John Irby cultivated a deep passion for music and the saxophone that was only elevated as he began his college career at the University of Virginia where he majored in music. He is pursuing a master of music degree with a jazz studies concentration at George Mason University, where he studied with saxophonist Tyler Kuebler. His artistic pursuits have allowed him to perform all over Virginia, Washington D.C., and Maryland, including such locations as Blues Alley in Washington D.C. and the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas, Virginia.

 

Jonathan Rose – Guitar

Jonathan Rose is a cellist, guitarist, and bassist. He was a member of student orchestras in college and Youth Orchestra. He has experience as a soloist with the Toledo Symphony.  He received his Ph.D. degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2010, and graduated with a degree in Public Administration and International Development from Harvard University in 2003.  Jonathan received his B.A. from Columbia University in 2000.

 

Karynna Asao – Piano

Karynna Asao is a classically trained pianist who has studied under Ellen Masaki, Professor Thomas Yee at the University of Hawaii, and Gayle Blankenburg at Scripps College. She has performed with the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra and is the recipient of the Rudolph Polk Memorial Award at the Claremont Colleges. She has played in numerous ensembles, including the Iolani School Stage Band, the Hawaii Youth Symphony, and Pomona College Jazz Ensemble, and is currently part of the music team at Church of the Advent in Columbia Heights. Karynna also plays the violin and composes music.

 

Kayla Anthony – Piano

Kayla Anthony began taking piano lessons when she was 6 years old and quickly came to enjoy learning about music. Thanks to a wonderful piano teacher, she was encouraged to continue learning music and taking piano lessons. She received her B.A. in communications from The University of Alabama and her Masters in Urban Planning from The University of Maryland.

 

Klejdi Banka – Music Theory I / Guitar

Klejdi Banka was active in various music ensembles, such as Chamber Players, Jazz Ensemble, Concert Choir, and African Drumming. He focused primarily on Composition and Music Technology. Having an in-depth knowledge of DAWs such as Logic Pro, Pro Tools and Ableton Live he mainly produces music in popular idioms, though he has occasionally created musique concrete pieces, and Stockhausen influenced electronic works. During summer breaks he also had the chance to gain some experience in teaching the guitar, and also theory and Western harmony to young kids.

 

Maris Wicker –  Voice /  Piano / Songwriting Workshop

Maris Wicker began piano lessons at age 5. Although she had been singing since her earliest years, she began studying voice formally in her late teen years, and supplemented her funds while in college through singing in dance bands. She has performed as a soloist in musical theater, operetta, as an oratorio and choral soloist, and as an art song recitalist. She has developed and performed six different solo cabaret shows at venues throughout the DC area. She also has performed as part of the cabaret experience in DC’s Art-o-Matic festival and in a duo show in the 2010 Capital Fringe Festival.

 

Mark Bertacchi – Drums

Mark Bertacchi graduated from Cass Technical HS, Detroit, MI in Vocational Music and attended Wayne State University for 3 years in Music Education while teaching private lessons at Americana Music Studio. He performed in a national touring R&B band from 1970 to 1975. He returned to Detroit and recorded commercials and taught privately at Hewitt Music Studios and continued performing as a percussionist and drummer in society bands, concert bands, community orchestras and church groups.

 

Matthew Forman – Piano

Forman had learned piano lessons from ages 7 to 18. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a Master of Science in Real Estate in 2001. He earned a J.D. from Tulane Law School in 1991 and a Bachelor of Science in Finance at University of Maryland in 1988.

 

Megan Nortrup – Saxophone

Megan has been playing the saxophone for more than twenty years.  She began volunteering at Sitar Arts Center in 2007 as a way to give back to her neighborhood.  She is also an avid gardener and loves the great outdoors. She earned a B.F.A. in music at the University of Illinois, studying with saxophonists Ron Bridgewater and Debra Richtmeyer.

 

Parker Schaffel – Guitar: Beg (Guitars Not Guns®) / Guitar: intermediate – Cover Band Songs

Parker Schaffel is a rhythm guitarist, a vocalist and a part time drummer for a local heavy metal band. He played guitar for 10 years, bass guitar for 8 years and drums for 6 years. He graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.A. in 2006.

 

Sean Forschler – Violin

Sean Forschler began violin study at age 9 and currently plays with the McLean Orchestra. He studied with Vernon Summers of the National Symphony, played with Northern VA Youth Symphony and performed throughout the area. He received his Bachelor’s in Environmental Science and his Master’s in Childhood education.

 

Sudip Kundu – Music Theory 1

Sudip is excited to be teaching music theory this semester. He plays the tenor saxophone and in college played in the University of Illinois Jazz Band.  When he’s not teaching or playing, he’s practicing intellectual property law at his firm, Kundu PLLC.

 

Sue Long – Sing!

Sue Long is a professor of piano at the North Brazil Seminary. She plays piano and accordion. She is also a choir director for children of church music. She graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Music Education in 1969. She participated in several music workshops and seminars such as Bastien Piano Teachers’ Workshop and Seminars for preschool & Children’s Music.

 

Sylvia Zwi – Early Childhood Music/ Early Childhood Music Bilingual/ Infant Massage and Lullabies/ Exploring Music I, II, and III / Ukulele Class

Sylvia Zwi is Sitar’s Dean of Early Childhood Arts and Professional Development.  She arrived in New York from Brazil over two decades ago. Among many disciplines and schools, she taught at Woodmere Academy and the Horowitz School for the Arts in Long Island, NY. Throughout her 17 years in DC, she has been active as a teaching artist with numerous arts organizations including Sitar Arts Center, Choral Arts Society, Wolf Trap Institute and the Levine School of Music, where she also served as the Music and Art Summer Camp Director for Levine’s Virginia Site. She currently teaches music at Oyster-Adams Bilingual School (DCPS – English/Spanish) and provides professional training in both English and Spanish for the Fairfax County Office for Children. Sylvia has a private studio for beginning piano students and is a consultant for arts in education and arts integration.

 

Ty Russell – Percussion Ensemble / DJ Studio / Jam Session / PL: Drums / Music Production I

Ty is directly responsible for student and family concerns, as well as outreach to the community for the purpose of recruiting students.  He will be teaching Percussion Ensemble, DJ Studio, Music Production, and Recording Engineering as well as private drum lessons.  Ty is a multi-instrumentalist and DJ with over twenty years of experience of combined performance, educational, and administrative experience in the areas of music, arts, language, health and wellness, and community outreach.  In addition to extensive drum/percussion studies in Cuba, Brazil, and the U.S. with luminaries such as Bernard Purdie, Ty is a graduate of Omega Recording Studios, and has attended UDC and University of Maryland for Jazz Studies.

 

Valerie Carroll – Sing and Sign

Valerie Carroll received her B.A. in Theater from Boston University. She has developed her art teacher career since 1988. She currently develops and conducts training for teaching artists and administrators as a teaching artist at the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning through the Arts. Also, she is a teacher and music specialist at Lucy School. She also worked as a freelance drama teacher and director of after school programs.

 

Vernie Angco – Piano

Vernie Angco is attending the University of Maryland with a major in Music Education with a Choral Emphasis, and graduated from Prince George’s Community College with a Music Associate of Arts in 2012. She took vocal and piano instruction during her college and has instrumental teaching experience. As an artist, she received several awards such as being named to the Dean’s List, and the Music Theory Award.

 

Wynsor Taylor – Music Theory 1

Wynsor holds a B.A. in Music Education from Elon University and an M.A. in Arts Management from American University. Currently employed by Washington Performing Arts, Wynsor worked at the Choral Arts Society of Washington and interned with the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts. However, nearest and dearest to her heart were the first five years of her professional career as a music educator in a year-round, Title-I elementary school in North Carolina. Her time as an elementary school music educator left her with a love of witty puns and a song for almost every occasion.

 

Alexander Vagg – PL: Drums

Alexander Vagg has played drum set and percussion for 15 years in several groups such as marching band, concert band, swing band, jazz band, and orchestra for musicals. He graduated from Georgetown University with an M.A. in 2012 and the University of Florida with a B.A. in 2009.

 

Sam Miller – Music Theory 1/ Poetic Creations / Opera Writing Studio

Sam Miller has been volunteering at Sitar Arts Center since 2000.  He enjoys teaching adults, especially English-as-a-second-language (ESL) students.  He has also written original lyrics for the Center’s Opera class. He received his M. Div. from Wesley Theological Seminary and Ph.D. from Catholic University in Washington D.C.

 

Alexander Bunn – Guitar: Beg (Guitars Not Guns®)

Alexander Bunn has 20 years of experience as a guitarist. He graduated from the University of Georgia with Bachelors of Business.

 

Max Rewak – Music Production I

Max Rewak started playing and making music when he was very young, before he went into school. Max sang in a choir and played the trumpet for years, then more recently got into recording and producing music on the computer. He has been an Ableton devotee for about eight years now. His last project was working at the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village in Rwanda where he stayed for a year, teaching music production to young disadvantaged Rwandans, making music with them, and recording them. His primary musical interests include hip-hop, electronic, and ambient music. He graduated from George Washington University with a B.A. in International Affairs.

 

Steven Wang – Viola

Steven Wang received his Master’s degree in urban planning from Cornell University in 2013. Steven previously attended Dartmouth College majoring in Economics and Geography. He has taught students privately since 1997 private lessons. Steven played as the 1st Violist in the Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra and Cornell Symphony Orchestra.

 

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Visual Arts

Angela Parsons – Fiber Arts: Crochet &Knitting

 

Anne Dill – Colormixing & Landscape Painting

Anne Dill fell in love with the impressionist movement when she was quite young. Her aunt owns a watercolor gallery on Hilton Head, and sent her lots of children’s books on artists and the art world. She TA’d for an art history professor in college, which ended up being some of her favorite coursework. She has taken dozens of different arts classes through various community classes. She took photography and film classes at a summer program at Oxford, and spent multiple summers with the Charles River Creative Arts Program. She received her Bachelors of Science from Carnegie Mellon University in 2010.

 

Alyona Dekhtiar – Color in Craft

Alyona Dekhtiar is an Artistic Designer living in Woodbridge, Virginia. She was born and grew up in Kyiv, Ukraine, where her artistic process began as a child studying music and visual art in a local Ukrainian art school. Her passion for the arts continued into her post-graduate studies at the Kyiv National Institute of Decorative and Applied Arts, where she completed both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in interior architecture and design. This experience gave her confidence and opportunities to work in the external and internal architectural space. Now, her primary source of inspiration for her artworks, such as painting or interior design, comes from the environments and artistic heritages of artists such as Van Gogh, Gauguin, and Hunderwasser. Alyona designed and produced a best-selling Ukrainian style in collaboration with the biggest Ukrainian chain of home-improvement stores, Leroy Merlin Ukraine (similar to IKEA). She was a guest lecturer for the 2015 International Design Conference, Business in Interior Design Industry, among many famous Ukrainian, Russian, and Italian designers and artists. Her art works and interior designs are displayed in many private residences throughout the Ukraine, Germany, and United States. She is currently working on her series of paintings, “Colors of America”.

 

Audrey Malpica De Sosa – Jewelry Design

She started to design jewelry as a hobby and started her own business in 2007. She graduated from University Central De Venezuela degree in Industrial Psychology, and she completed courses of Management Human Resources and Marketing from Concordia University in 2004.

 

Aurora Steinle – Clay Sculpture

Aurora Steinle completed an art minor across four years of college, specifically in sculpture including 3 upper level independent studies. She has guest taught several times at KIPP Academy in DC. Additionally, she has worked with friends and colleagues to develop their talent and support Arts education. She graduated from Washington University degree with a J.D. and M.S.W.

 

Carol Herwig – Pottery 1: Beginning Ceramics

Carol Herwig is a freelance arborist garden designer, maintenance and restoration work, and has 25 years experiences in pottery studios. She has also taken hand-building classes and numerous master class/workshops with renowned potters. Carol graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.A. in Humanities.

 

Carolyn Peirce – Studio Art

Carolyn Peirce is a 14 years experienced art instructor teaching student grade from k to 6. She is also a weaver and painter, especially watercolors and acrylics. She completed her master degree of Liberty Arts at Harvard University in 1989.

 

Christie Neptune – Art Journey Masterclass / Art Journey Studio

Christie Neptune is a Washington, DC-based Interdisciplinary Artist and Educator from Brooklyn, NY. Neptune is a graduate of Fordham University and current fellow at the Hamiltonian Gallery. She works across, mixed media, photography, film and performance arts.

 

Daisy Diallo – Sculpture

Daisy G. Diallo completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a focus in Ceramics from Florida International University in December, 2016. For her bachelors’ thesis project, Daisy created sculptures of women using clay slip and chicken wire. This was her thesis statement: “These women are bound by a common fixation with ultimate beauty. Light permeates through the cavities of their figures just as thoughts of inadequacy daily permeate the minds of women across cultures. The steel armature of these figures requires pinching, compression, stretching, weaving, tightening, pounding and bending. Clay engulfs the metal structure, committing to curves and creases like human skin that submits to culturally idealized alterations.”

 

Diane Lathrop – Art Journey Studio

Diane Lathrop has completed courses in drawing, watercolor and acrylics. She has been an assistant for the teacher of the children’s 1st – 3rd grade art class for 6 years. She has facilitated a watercolor art class for seniors. She is currently taking a course in landscape painting.

 

Gregg Adams – Photography: Darkroom

As a freelance photographer, Gregg started teaching photography at Sitar Arts Center in 2012.  He graduated from the University of District of Columbia completing general classes, including photographic and design courses, and continued his pursuit of education at Strayer University towards a B.S. in Computer Science.

 

Jan Agricola – Aftercare Art

Jan Agricola has a B.A. in Fine Arts from the Virginia Commonwealth University and an M.A. in Early Childhood Special Education from George Washington University.  Jan has fun exploring different art mediums, creating, and making stuff with her most inspiring and awesome after-school art class students.

 

John Rennie – Painting Studio

John Rennie graduated from University of Guelph with a B.A. in Political Science in 2010. He received his Master’s in International Relations at Tufts University in 2014.

 

Katherine Den Boer – Color in Craft

Katherine Den Boer has taken various types of art classes for several years. She enjoys making jewelry, photography, and any number of craft projects. She received her B.B.A. in Finance from the University of Wisconsin in 2010.

 

Kellyn Moran – Studio Art: Beginner/Magazine Design

Kellyn Moran has experience in design, photography, drawing and printmaking. Primarily, she has background in writing and editing journalism. She received her B.A. in Journalism from Miami University in 2009, and completed Early Childhood Curriculum Instruction courses from George Mason University in 2011.

 

Kris Morse – Early Childhood Visual Art

Kris Morse completed her bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from Corcoran College of Art and Design in 1993, and received her Master’s in Arts in Teaching from the Maryland Institute, College of Art in 1999. She has been teaching art at several places such as schools, community centers, and colleges since 1991. She has participated in many art exhibitions and also has experience in publications.

 

Linda Lee – Fashion Drawing

Linda Lee completed her BFA Fashion Design degree from Pratt Institute, School of Art and Design in 1972. As a professional fashion designer, a director and a manager, she has worked in several fashion industries. Also she has teaching experience at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Virginia Commonwealth University and the Fashion Institute of Technology.

 

Loretta Thompson – Art 1

Loretta implements program operations and outreach activities, coordinates registration, directs Camp Sitar, manages teen programs and teen interns, and oversees human resources and earned income programs. She has an MA in Arts Management from George Mason University and five years of experience in teaching visual arts to youth. In addition to her work at Sitar, Loretta is a professional artist and muralist.

 

Sharon Coleman – Stage Makeup Design

Sharon Coleman studied drawing, painting, and ceramics through high school and college. She participated in several festival events as a makeup artist.  She graduated from Columbia University in 2003 and she received her J.D. from The George Washington University Law School in 2006.

 

Susan (Dmitri) Lipczenko – Mosaics

Susan Lipczenko has worked as a graphic designer, illustrator, and art director for more than 25 years. She has teaching experience for 7 years with students age K to 10. She received her B.F.A. in Graphic Design from Carnegie Mellon University and took additional art classes at the Corcoran College of Art and Design.

 

Zoe Schein – Drawing: Making comics

Zoe Schein received her B.A. in Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies from Grinnell College in 2012. Since 2003, she has studied drawing and painting through Interlochen Center for the Arts and Private Instructions. She has been writing and drawing independent comics since 2012. Zoe was hired by Crane MetaMarketing to produce an illustration series for collegiate branding materials, and her comic book “The Size of Things” was reprinted electronically by the Grinnell College website.

 

Rosanna Beltre – Fiber Arts

Rosanna Beltre completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from the University of Massachusetts, and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a major in Public Health. She crochets, knits, and has taken pottery classes in the past.

 

John Collins – Colormixing & Landscape Painting

John Collins completed his A.A.S. in Network Security from ECPI in 2005. He is familiar with webpage creation and design, and related programming languages, and has experience with image editing software. He is also familiar with reading music and working in a darkroom since he played viola through high school, and took photography classes through high school.

 

Marcia McBride – Jewelry Design / Ballet

Marcia McBride has been attending watercolor painting classes since 2005. She has helped organize and has participated in several arts shows. She has been a talent judge for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington. Marcia received her B.A. from the University of Maryland in 1971.

 

Caroline Turnbull – Clay Sculpture

Caroline studied studio arts in college while pursuing a major in International Studies at Colby College. She particularly enjoyed mixed-media collage, oil painting and color theory. She took live model painting courses at the Art Students League in NYC for 2 years. She has taken painting and color theory courses at the Washington Studio School. Beyond studio work, Caroline has taken a continuing education course at the Corcoran School of Art & Design and a course with Graduate School USA in digital design.

 

Sara Moreno – Pottery I

 

Martha Johnson – Studio Art

Martha began volunteering at Sitar Arts Center since 2011. She has taught art to children for more than 40 years. She also has many experiences exhibiting art.

 

Christie Neptune – Art journey studio / Art master class

Christie is an interdisciplinary artist based in Washington, DC from Brooklyn, NY. She works across film, photography, mixed media and performance arts. Her works trace how race, class and gender factors in one’s perception of “self”. She graduated from Fordham University with a degree in Visual Arts. Her works have been featured in publications including Les Femmes Folles, HYSTERIA: What Was Taken, and Psychology Today. Recent shows include a solo exhibition at Five Myles Gallery, Brooklyn, NY and upcoming exhibitions at the Queens Museum of Art, in Queens, NY and A.I.R. Gallery, in Brooklyn. She has been included in group exhibitions at Yeelen Gallery, in Miami FI; The Hamiltonian Gallery, in Washington, DC, and several other places.

 

Pat Goslee – Studio Art: Beginner

Pat received a B.F.A. in graphic design from the University of Georgia and an M.F.A. in painting from Catholic University. She was awarded a Visual Artist Fellowship grant for 2008 – 2009 from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the National Institutes of Health, the Children’s National Medical Center, the US Embassy in Ethiopia, the US Embassy in Nepal, the Wilson Building, the Washington Post, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, the University of Georgia as well as in many private collections. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Washington Arts Museum and the DC Arts Center and the Advisory Committee for International Arts & Artists Hillyer Art Space. She has been a visiting artist lecturer at local institutions including American University and the Corcoran College of Art & Design.