Dean of Music
Daniel Andai is concertmaster, frequent soloist and guest conductor of The Miami Symphony Orchestra. He was also concertmaster and frequent soloist of the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas in New York with whom he recorded the Billboard's highly rated SONY Classical CD and made televised solo appearances for a crowd of millions during Mexico's Bicentennial celebrations at the Angel of Independence. He has held concertmaster positions with orchestras in Mexico, Brazil, Switzerland, and France, performed in the sections of the New York Philharmonic and the Miyazaki Festival Orchestra in Japan, and worked closely with members of the Emerson, Vermeer, Cassatt, and Miami String Quartets, and the New York Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, Metropolitan Opera, Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, New York City Ballet and New York City Opera, among others. Daniel Andai is the Artistic Director of the Killington Music Festival in Vermont and former violin professor at the University of Texas Pan American where he also chaired the Marialice Shivers Endowment in Fine Arts. He has served on the faculties of Miami Dade College and New World School of the Arts, and holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Miami, Master of Music and professional studies degrees from the Manhattan School of Music, and a Bachelor of Music degree cum laude from Lynn University Conservatory of Music. He received the High School Diploma from New World School of the Arts High School.
Assistant to the Dean
A native North Carolinian, Dr. Leslie Alan Denning completed his undergraduate studies in music at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, sponsored in part by the prestigious Bryan Scholarship and various awards for academic achievement. Dr. Denning accepted scholarships for graduate studies at the University of Miami, completing the Masters of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees with recognition by Pi Kappa Lambda for his achievements. His other studies include performance and language studies in Salzburg, Austria and master classes with prominent names in vocal music such as Eleanor Steber and Birgit Nilsson. Dr. Denning’s performance experience spans the worlds of art song as well as opera. His teaching has been recognized by faculty and staff with Teacher of the Year awards at his school sites, and by the Grammy Foundation as one of the top music educators in the United States for two consecutive years.
A composer, educator and author, Dr. Epstein Garcia holds an DMA in Composition from Boston University 1999 and a BM in Film Scoring from Berklee College of Music 1992. Her works have been performed by the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and at Clark, Brandeis, Boston and Florida International Universities as well as internationally at University of Trinidad and Tobago, UniRio in Rio de Janeiro, and in Rome and Spain. She is a contributing author to Women and Music Since 1900: An Encyclopedia and is actively involved in IAWM (the International Alliance for Women in Music). Dr. Epstein Garcia holds the rank of Professor and joined the faculty of New World School of the Arts in 1999. She was awarded the Mary Pond Family and Friends Endowed Teaching Chair in Memory of Karl S.E. Pond.
Having performed in twenty countries around the world, Richard Fleischman has received numerous honors, most notably the Windsor Prize, personally awarded to him by Leonard Bernstein; and the Edward Steuermann Memorial Prize, the highest award bestowed by The Juilliard School. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and the Juilliard School, his extensive career over the last thirty years as soloist, chamber musician, orchestral musician and pedagogue has brought him much acclaim. Born in New York City, Mr. Fleischman was awarded a Naumberg Scholarship to the Juilliard School at the age of 16, receiving the Pre-College Diploma, and then the Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in a total of four years. There he studied with William Lincer, eventually becoming his teaching assistant. Further studies were with Joseph De Pasquale and Felix Galimir at the Curtis Institute of Music. He studied conducting with Max Rudolf in Philadelphia and with Sergiu Celibidache in Germany; and composition with Vincent Persichetti in New York. An active performer internationally, nationally and locally, he has performed as viola and viola d'amore soloist with many orchestras and given recitals all over the USA. He is the longtime solo violist of both the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra and the Miami City Ballet Orchestra. He has performed as principal violist for conductors such as Leonard Bernstein, Sir Georg Solti, Sergiu Celibidache, Christoph Eschenbach, Alan Gilbert, Sir Andrew Davis, Edo DeWaart and David Robertson and has recorded for Naxos Records, London/Decca, Sony and Centaur among others. He was a member of the San Francisco Symphony from 1990-1995, performing on several of their Grammy Award-winning recordings. From 2005-2007, he was Guest Principal Violist of the Hong Kong Philharmonic. He has also performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra. From 2006-2017 he was a a member of the Delray String Quartet and was influential in securing commissions for new works from composers celebrated American composers Kenneth Fuchs and Richard Danielpour. His recordings with the Delrays were released on Naxos and Centaur labels. As tenured Professor of viola at Miami's New World School of the Arts since 1996, Mr. Fleischman's viola students have achieved great success world-wide. He has taught and given master classes throughout the USA, South America, Europe and Asia. Professor Fleischman created ViolaFest Miami in 2015.
Jim is the Associate Professor of Jazz and Instrumental Studies at the New World School of the Arts in Miami, Florida. As the director of NWSA High School Jazz Ensemble, he has led the group to numerous national successes including performing/competing at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Essentially Ellington competition twelve times. Many of his students have been awarded Downbeat Student Music Awards as well as honors such as selections to GRAMMY High School Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Band of America, Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, and other nationally renowned groups. NWSA's Jazz Ensemble and Combos have recorded eleven CDs under his direction. Jim has conducted clinics and master classes for high school students and band directors throughout the United States and has served as a faculty member for Jazz at Lincoln Center's Band Director Academy. As a pianist and keyboardist he has performed and/or recorded with international pop artists and groups – Ricky Martin, Kelly Clarkson, Alih Jey, Chayanne, Smokey Robinson, Jose Feliciano, Michael Bolton, as well as jazz artists - Benny Golson, Slide Hampton, Freddie Hubbard, Terell Stafford, Jason Marsalis, Jeremy Pelt, Robin Eubanks, Patti Austin, Jay Leonhart and many others. Jim performs regularly in South Florida with Wendy Pedersen, Ed Calle, The Fernando Ulibarri Quartet, and the Russ Spiegel Organ trio. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Studio Music and Jazz Performance and a Master’s degree in Jazz Pedagogy - both from University of Miami’s Frost School of Music, as well as a degree in Biblical and Theological Studies from Knox Theological Seminary.
Cellist Bryan Hayslett continues to distinguish himself as a versatile solo, orchestral, and chamber music player. Dr. Hayslett made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2009 as first prize winner of the Alexander & Buono International String Competition and returned the following year as a repeat top prize laureate. He has taught as adjunct artist faculty at NYU Steinhardt and served as the cellist of contemporary performance group Juxtatonal. Dr. Hayslett is a proponent of new music, having founded and participated in the Semiosis Quartet and several new music chamber groups in the New England area. Dr. Hayslett can be heard on an Innova recording, "A Special Light," featuring music of David Macbride. As a scholar, Dr. Hayslett's research focuses on temporality in the music of Lee Hyla, and his PhD dissertation develops an analytical framework based on linguistics to analyze structure in Hyla's music. He has received several research grants and has presented his research at conferences across the United States and in Austria, Norway, and Portugal. A member of Pi Kappa Lambda music honor society, Hayslett holds degrees from NYU (Ph.D.), The Boston Conservatory (M.M., G.P.D.), and The Hartt School of Music (B.M.), and his principal teachers include Marion Feldman, Rhonda Rider, Terry King, and Yuri Anshelevich. Beyond music, Hayslett competes in triathlons and enjoys practicing yoga.
Voice / Opera
Rodney Nolan Miller received a BM in Vocal Performance from Birmingham-Southern College, and a MM in Vocal Performance from the University of Illinois, where he was a Creative and Performing Arts Fellow. He was also a member of the American Opera center at Julliard School of Music. He has had a distinguished national and international performance career, performing more than 45 operatic roles and 50 concert solos, with special success in literature such as Lohengrin, Britten War Requiem, and Beethoven Ninth Symphony. His discography includes Songs from Jewish Poetry by Shostakovich with I Musici de Montreal, Con Flor y Canto by Rodriquez, and Wagner’s Lohengrin. His international appearances have included solo performances at the Maggio Musicale in Florence, Italy, the Holland Festival in Amsterdam, the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, and at the Bellas Artes in Mexico City. Nationally, Mr. Miller has been widely engaged by companies including The National Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Seattle Orchestra, Baltimore Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Honolulu Symphony, Baldwin Wallace Bach Festival, Oratorio Society of Utah, The New York Chamber Orchestra, Tanglewood, Wolf Trap Opera, Boston Opera, and Hawaii Opera. Highly regarded as an exceptional voice teacher, Rodney Nolan Miller amassed more than forty years of outstanding voice teaching success in New York City and Miami, where he has trained young singers who were then accepted into prestigious music schools such as Juilliard, Manhattan, Mannes, Roosevelt, and New England Conservatory, and who have won numerous contests and honors. His professional singers have appeared as leading artists with many of the most significant opera houses in America and Europe including City Opera, Seattle Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Houston Opera Washington Opera, Philadelphia Opera, San Francisco Opera, Dusseldorf Opera, Lucerne Opera, and Canadian Opera. Mr. Miller is a consultant to Wade Artist Management in New York, is sought after for his master classes on career development. He has been teaching at the New World School of the Arts since 2002.
HS Wind Ensemble Director
Brent A. Mounger received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Stetson University. While at Stetson he began an active role in music education. During the Fall of 2004, he took on the assignment of conducting the school’s Brass Ensemble. Later in 2006, he petitioned the faculty, with the help of Dr. Bobby Adams, to create a new ensemble for woodwinds - Chamber Winds. In 2005, Mr. Mounger was President-Elect for the Florida Collegiate Music Educator’s National Conference and served as President in 2006. While President of FCMENC, he restructured the statewide organization and was able to increase the association’s membership. A partnership program was also established where larger universities in Florida were zoned with smaller universities and community colleges to help establish links and communication between future music educators. Mr. Mounger also served on the Florida Music Educator’s Association State Board from 2005-2007.
Currently Brent Mounger is the Wind Ensemble Director at New World School of the Arts, and from 2007 until 2011 he served as Director of Bands at Coral Reef Senior High School. While at Coral Reef the Wind Ensemble received national acclaim and was invited to perform at the 2011 National Concert Band Festival. Under Mr. Mounger’s direction, the Coral Reef Senior High band program received Superior ratings at District and State Jazz and Concert Assessments. Graduates from his programs attend the New England Conservatory, Peabody Conservatory, Stetson University, University of Miami Frost School of Music, The Florida State University College of Music, Berklee College of Music and the University of Florida School of Music.
Brent Mounger is the Bass Trombonist with the Miami Wind Symphony, a professional Wind Ensemble in South Florida. His professional memberships include: the College Band Directors National Association, the National Band Association, the Music Educators’ National Conference, the Florida Music Educators’ Association, the Florida Bandmasters Association, and Phi Mu Alpha
Jorge Arcila is a stage director, diction and style coach, and opera performer and educator. He studied at the José Angel Lamas Music Conservatory in Caracas, the Caracas Permanent Opera Workshop and the Teatro Teresa Carreño's Opera Training Center, simultaneously with his linguistic training at the Central University of Venezuela. After completing his studies in Modern Languages with a major in Translation, he was invited to join the Faculty of the prestigious IUDEM (University Institute of Musical Studies) and the José Angel Lamas Music Conservatory in Caracas, as Professor of Diction and Style. It was during these years that he acquired substantial knowledge in the field, and developed a keen understanding of different styles and acting techniques. Mr. Arcila worked with conductors such as Carlos Riazuelo, Theo Alcántara, Patrón de Rueda, Raúl Domínguez, Rodolfo Saglimbeni, Alfredo Rugeles, Stewart Robertson, Richard Buckley, and Pablo Castellanos. Singing lieder has been a substantial part of his work. Mr. Arcila is an accomplished recitalist. Recent appearances have included his New York recital debut at Weil Hall. He performed title roles in Nozze di Figaro, Don Pasquale, and Gianni Schicchi and with New Jersey State Repertory Opera in the role of Dulcamara. In 2008, he received his Master’s degree from the City University of New York and since 2010, taught voice a t Barry University. In 2012, he joined the voice faculty at New World School of the Arts. Jorge Arcila is the Artistic Director of The Opera Atelier.
Born in Tampa, Florida, Philip Beatty received his Master's in Tuba Performance from University of Massachusetts and a Bachelor's degree in Tuba Performance from the University of South Florida. Currently, Phillip serves as Adjunct Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at the New World School of the arts and Graduate Assistant with the Frost Band Of The Hour marching band. Phil is currently finishing doctoral studies at the University of Miami. Some of Philip’s notable accomplishments include semi-finalist at the Leonard Falcone solo competition, finalist in the Frost Concerto Competition, semi-finalist in the ITEC solo tuba and Electronics competition.
Praised for her “incisive” playing by the New York Times, clarinetist Anna Brumbaugh is a highly sought-after orchestral player, chamber musician, and soloist. Currently principal clarinet of the Florida Grand Opera, the Palm Beach Symphony, and Miami’s acclaimed Nu-Deco Ensemble, she has also performed professionally with groups such as the American Ballet Theatre Orchestra, The Orchestra of St. Luke’s, The American Symphony Orchestra and The Colorado Music Festival Orchestra. She has performed in venues such as the Metropolitan Opera House, Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and at the Caramoor festival, and with conductors such as Marin Alsop, Pablo Heras-Casado, Ramon Tebar, and Emmanuel Villaume. Anna enjoys her summers in Colorado, where she is the newly tenured principal clarinet of the Central City Opera Orchestra. She is also an annual performer at the Lakes Area Music Festival in Brainerd, Minnesota, a progressive summer music festival dedicated to providing classical music concerts free of charge. A passionately dedicated and enthusiastic educator, Anna is the clarinet professor at the esteemed New World School of the Arts in Miami, Florida. Awarded with a full scholarship from Irene Diamond, Anna earned her Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School in May of 2013 and her Bachelor of Music with High Distinction and the coveted Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music in 2011. She is endlessly grateful to her wonderful teachers, Jon Manasse, internationally acclaimed soloist, and Bil Jackson, former principal clarinet of the Colorado Symphony. A native of Boulder, Anna enjoys hiking and spending time with her family in her beautiful home state of Colorado.
Suzan DeGooyer has been on faculty with the New World School of the Arts, teaching Private Flute and Flute Choir, since 1989. She received her MM in Flute Performance from the University of Miami 1972 and her BME in Flute and Piano from Drake University 1969. Ms. DeGooyer started playing in professional orchestras at age 19 in Iowa and Florida. She has performed with the Ft. Lauderdale Orchestra, Florida Philharmonic, Greater Miami Opera, American Ballet, the Bolshoi Ballet, and the Royal Ballet. In addition to her work with NWSA, Ms. DeGooyer has been a flute instructor at Florida International University for 19 years and has been teaching at Miami Dade College Kendall Campus since 1976. She is Principal Flute with the Miami Wind Symphony, Piccolo with Miami Symphony Orchestra, Piccolo soloist with the South Florida Youth Symphony, Conductor and founder of Miami Flute Ensemble and a member of the MDC Faculty Woodwind Quintet-Kendall campus. Her affiliations include woodwind adjudicator for NFAA Young Arts, member of the National Flute Association and the Florida Flute Association, and flute instructor at the University of Miami Young Musicians Camp every summer.
Graced with a powerful musicality and fiery technique, pianist Ciro Foderé has established himself as a well sought soloist and chamber musician. Regularly invited as a concerto soloist with orchestras such as the New World Symphony, Symphony of the Americas, Miami Symphony Orchestra, Montevideo Philharmonic, Sendai Philharmonic, Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonic of Extremadura, he has worked with conductors Michael Tilson Thomas, with whom he closely collaborates, David Stahl, Ignaz Solzhenitsyn, Eduardo Marturet, and as a chamber musician alongside violinist Joshua Bell, and soprano Renée Fleming.
A champion of virtuoso piano repertoire, the press has hailed his performances of concerti by Rachmaninoff, Liszt, and Saint-Saens as "masterful, electric, by turns fiery and lyrical" (Post and Courier), "edge-of-the-seat thrilling" featuring "technical sheen articulation, alert dynamic shading, and an imaginative approach"(Miami Herald).
Ciro Foderé's versatile playing has seen him appear both as a recitalist and chamber musician in Carnegie Hall, Teatro Santa Cecilia, Pittsburgh Concert Society, and in festivals Perugia, Londrina Music Festival, International Piano Series, Spoleto Festival, and Trujillo Music Festival. His performances have been broadcasted by America's National Public Radio (NPR) and North and South American TV.
Always enthusiastic about expanding his repertoire, Mr. Foderé has premiered works by numerous American composers. Composer Florencia Di Concilio dedicated him a piano concerto, recently premiered with the Miami Symphony Orchestra. An active teacher, Ciro Foderé is a professor at the New World School of the Arts, University of Florida in Miami, and has taught at the Miami Music Festival.
Ciro Foderé is the First Prize Winner of the XIV Bartok-Kabalevsky-Prokofieff International Competition. Born in Montevideo, Uruguay, Ciro started studying piano at age four. Since moving to the U.S.A. while still a teenager, his teachers and mentors have been Enrique Graf and the late Earl Wild. In the 2019-2020 season, Ciro Foderé's concert engagements include performances of Rachmaninoff second and third, Bach, Mozart and Prokofieff second piano concerti, as well as solo and chamber music recitals in both North and South America.
Peter Francis earned a DMA in Trumpet Performance 2005 and an MM in Music Education 1997 from the University of Miami where he studied with Gilbert Johnson and Craig Morris. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education 1991 from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. While at the University of Miami, Dr. Francis was a teaching assistant in the Jazz/Studio Music Department and a member of the Concert Jazz Band under Whit Sidener. He has taught trumpet at the New World School of the Arts since 2004 and in 2010, began directing the High School Jazz Ensemble.
Dr. Francis has toured with Chayanne, Celia Cruz, Issac Delgado, Tony Vega, Richie Ray & Bobby Cruz, and Jerry Rivera among others. In South Florida he has performed with the Manhattan Transfer, the Temptations, the Four Tops, the Ojay's, Frankie Valli, Frankie Avalon, Jack Jones, the Funk Brothers, Chaka Kahn, Patti Austin, Arturo Sandoval, Clarence Clemons, Stephen Marley, Hal Linden, Ed Calle, Tito Nieves, Luis Enrique, Cheo Feliciano, Rey Ruiz, Larry Harlow, and Frankie Ruiz, among others. Dr. Francis has also performed regularly with the Miami City Ballet and Florida Grand Opera orchestras, as well as with the South Florida Symphony, the Symphony of the Americas, the Miami Symphony, and the Florida Chamber Orchestra. Dr. Francis has served as brass panelist for the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts Young Arts program since 2007. In 2011, he was awarded a NWSA Professional Development grant to attend the Jazz at Lincoln Center 2011 Band Director's Academy in New York City.
Lauren Frick, a native of Central Pennsylvania, is a graduate of The Longy School of Music of Bard College. She holds both a Masters of Music degree and Graduate Performance Diploma in Opera from that institution. She was a resident artist with Thompson Street Opera in Louisville, KY, and has performed and premiered several operas with them over the last few years. She also recently debuted with Orchestra Miami as Second Lady in their production of The Magic Flute. Lauren was thrilled and honored to be asked to perform along side Christine Goerke and Alan Held in the inaugural season of the Wagner Institute at the Miami Music Festival. Her most notable roles include, Mrs. De Rocher in Dead Man Walking, Dido in Dido and Aeneas, Ruth in Pirates of Penzance, the Old Lady in Candide, and Zia Principessa in Suor Angelica. She is currently under the tutelage of the formidable pedagogue, Manny Perez in Miami, FL. She has been an instructor at NWSA for three years, and currently works with high school and college students in both the music and theater departments.
Koh Kazama is a concert guitarist and educator who has performed throughout Japan and the United States. His diverse repertoire ranges from early music played on period instruments to contemporary music using electronic effects. Dr. Kazama has performed in renowned venues, festivals, and concert series, including Carnegie Hall, Long Island Guitar Festival, Symphony Space, Webster Hall, Yale Guitar Extravaganza, and WNYC New Sounds Live series. He has also premiered works by a wide range of prominent composers, including Michael White, David Lang, William Anderson, Paula Matthusen, and Kendall Williams. Dr. Kazama holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University, where he was a scholarship student and teaching assistant of the guitar department. He completed his Bachelor of Arts in psychology, Master of Music, and Artist Diploma at Yale University. He received a full scholarship to attend Yale, and he was the recipient of the Eliot Fisk Prize, which was awarded to an outstanding guitarist whose artistic achievements and dedication have contributed greatly to the department. Dr. Kazama has previously taught as a guitar instructor at Yale University and Stony Brook University.
John Kricker is a native Floridian and has been an active freelance musician in south Florida for the past 30 years and has been teaching at the New World School of the Arts since 2002. He performs on tenor trombone, bass trombone, and tuba. He is a graduate of the University of Miami School of Music from where he has received both his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees. During his career, he has performed for many major stars in virtually every musical genre including Luciano Pavaroti, Placido Domingo, Jose Cararas, Sarah Brightman; Frank Sinatra, Frank Sinatra Jr., Tony Bennett, Jerry Lewis, Steve and Eydie, Jack Jones, Debbie Reynolds, Shirley Jones, Robert Goulet, Ben Vareen, Joey Bishop, Donald O’Conner, Danny Thomas, Vic Damone, Lou Rawls, Jerry Vale, Tony Martin; Linda Ronstadt, Pia Zadora, Nell Carter, Natalie Cole, Paul Anka, Johnny Mathis, Marvin Hamlisch, Wayne Newton, Burt Bacharach, Roy Clark, Kenny Rogers, Maynard Ferguson, Chuck Mangione, Boots Randolph, Hal Linden, Larry Elgart, Willie Chirino, Juan Gabriel, Nelson Ned, Arturo Sandoval, Jose Luis Rodriguez, Jon Secada, Mana, The Platters, The Spinners, The O’Jays, The Four Tops, The Temptations, The Moody Blues, The Fifth Dimension, The Smothers Brothers, Dr. John, and P Diddy. Mr. Kricker is also a frequent performer in a variety of South Florida Orchestras, Brass Groups, Ballet and Opera Companies, Broadway and Theater Shows, Jazz and Commercial Ensembles, and Wedding Bands. He is an active studio musician. John is also a member of the award winning Jaco Pastorius Big Band.
Rene Miska has been on the faculty of New World School of the Arts since 2014, teaching in both the college and high school divisions. An active performer in south Florida, she plays flute and piccolo with the Miami Symphony and Orchestra Miami and has been a member of the Naples (FL) Philharmonic, Memphis Symphony, and the Florida Grand Opera and Miami City Ballet orchestras. She is a flute clinician for Broward County schools, an adjudicator for state and local competitions and maintains an extensive private studio. Her former students are active in all areas of the music world as performers, teachers, and arts administrators. Since 1985 she has taught at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, an intensive summer arts program in western Michigan. Ms. Miska holds a master’s degree in flute performance from the New England Conservatory of Music.
Praised by the South Florida Classical Review for her "dazzling" and "incisive" performance, Dr. Karlyn Viña is a dynamic and creative percussionist based in South Florida. As a performer, Karlyn has a passion for solo, chamber, and orchestral music, with a particular interest in contemporary music. Karlyn has an active freelance career, performing regularly with Florida Grand Opera and Palm Beach Symphony. Dr. Viña is proud to serve on the faculty of the New World School of the Arts, as well as Florida International University, Broward College, and Miami Music Project. She also maintains a busy private studio in South Florida, teaching concert percussion, keyboard percussion, timpani, and drum set. During the summer, Dr. Viña serves on the percussion faculty at Interlochen Arts Camp in Interlochen, Michigan. In addition to her teaching, Karlyn serves on the Percussive Arts Society's Education Committee, and can be heard as a co-host on the @Percussion Podcast. Karlyn is an Educational Artist for Marimba One and Artist Endorser for Grover Pro Percussion. Karlyn earned her Doctor of Musical Arts in Percussion Performance from the University of Miami as a fellow of the Henry Mancini Institute. She also holds degrees in Percussion Performance and Music Education from The Boston Conservatory and the University of Maryland.
Lajos Zeke, adjunct professor of piano and musicology at the New World School of the Arts, is a native of Hungary (b. 1958, Budapest), where he spent the first three decades of his life. A graduate of the Franz Liszt Academy of Music, Organ Performance 1981 and Musicology 1987, Dr. Zeke worked both as a traveling organist and as a musicologist. He gave recitals in Hungary, Finland, Germany, Austria, the Ukraine, Greece, and Japan while simultaneously conducting research at the Institute for Musicology of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in diverse fields such as analytical study of F. Liszt’s music, 19th century music history, organology, and experimental music theory. In 1990, he began his doctoral studies in the United States and in 1999, received his degree from the University of Miami. As part of his Ph.D. project, he embarked on a thorough study of certain aspects of philosophy and the history of logic and integrated his new understanding into his approach to theoretical musicology. In the last 17 years, church musicianship, composing, piano performance and, above all, teaching have seemingly eclipsed his musicological activities. However, during this same period, prompted by certain crucial discoveries concerning Plato’s “Pythagorizing” musico-mathematical theories, he has launched a new project. This project is aimed at disclosing aspects of a half-forgotten, yet alive and still unfolding, worldview: a sort of “musical metaphysics,” a participatory science of consciousness.