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Aaron Korn

Horn, Lead Teacher

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Abigail Hesselton

Archery, Assistant Teacher

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Alanis Vulpis

Sculpture, Assistant Teacher

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Alex Della Ratta

Band, Senior Assistant to the Conductor

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Alexa Finkelstein

Painting and Discovery, Assistant Teacher

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Alicia Thompson

West African Fusion, Lead Teacher

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Alycia Williams

Gaga and Basketball, Assistant Teacher

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Amanda Signorelli

Nature, Ecology and Design, Lead Teacher

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Amelia Dombrowski

Theater, Costumer

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Amrom Svay

Jazz Ensemble, Assistant to the Conductor

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Andre Feliciano

Sustainable Art, Lead Teacher

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Andrew Ranaudo

Piano, Lead Teacher

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Andrew Steinberg

Saxophone, Lead Teacher

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Anna Penny

Photography, Assistant Teacher

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Annie Ewaskio

Painting and Drawing, Lead Teacher

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Annie Levine

Theater, Assistant Costumer

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Anthony Renna

Chess, Lead Teacher

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Anthony Romeo

Archery, Lead Teacher

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Bailey Whitney

Sewing and Fashion Production, Lead Teacher

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Barbara Morse

Dance, Costumer

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Benjamin Rabinowitz

Junior Chorus, Conductor

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Boris Deviatov

Viola, Lead Teacher

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Brian Karen

Chess, Lead Teacher

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Brianna Brickman

Junior Chorus, Accompanist

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Carl Ferrara

Musical Theater, Musical Director

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Carolyn Popadin

Musical Theater, Musical Director

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Cheryl Dobres

Lego Design, Assistant Teacher

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Chris Vivas

Sculpture and Cosplay, Lead Teacher

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Christina Pawl

Theater, Choreographer

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Christine Roepken

Animation and Comic Art, Lead Teacher

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Christopher Drobny

Musical Theater, Musical Director

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Cindy Giron

Music, Department Coordinator

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Cindy Mcglynn

Nature, Ecology, and Design, Lead Teacher

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Claire Ezratty

Orchestra, Assistant Teacher

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Courtney Surmanek

Open Studio and Painting, Lead Teacher

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Cristalina DeNicola

Ceramics, Lead Teacher

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Dan Sussman

Theater, Scene and Tech Shop

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Dana Neger-Lagos

Metalsmithing, Lead Teacher

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David Lake

Tennis, Lead Teacher

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David Schecher

Senior Bands, Conductor

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Diana Foronda

Photography, Assistant Teacher

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Dolores Sanchez

Tap, Lead Teacher

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Donald Sherman

Low Brass, Lead Teacher

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Edna Gruvman

Yoga, Lead Teacher

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Elizabeth Jeffery

Musical Theater, Musical Director

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Elizabeth Rus

Art Adventure, Senior Assistant

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Elizabeth Scanello

Registered Nurse

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Emily Llewellyn

Nature, Ecology, and Design, Assistant Teacher

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Ethan Usoskin

Band, Assistant Teacher

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Eugene Rossi

Theater, Scene and Tech Shop

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Garrett Weinstein

Comic Art, Assistant Teacher

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Gráinne Josaphat

Aquatics, Director

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Jackie Eggleton

Photography, Lead Teacher

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Jaclyn Brautigam

Sewing and Fashion Production, Lead Teacher

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Jacqueline Selesky

Hip Hop, Lead Teacher

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Jada O'Neal

Dance, Assistant Teacher

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James Beneduce

Musical Theater, Director

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James Crichton

Musical Theater, Director

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James Incorvaia

Theater, Department Chair

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Jared Peer

Sculpture and Cosplay, Lead Teacher

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Jasmin Smith

Student Supervision Assistant Teacher

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Jason Keichline

Ceramics, Assistant Teacher

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Javan Howard

Creative Writing, Lead Teacher

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Jeffrey Hoffman

Musical Theater, Musical Director

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Jessica Azenberg

Tap, Lead Teacher

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Jessica Blair Lukasik

Broadway Jazz, Lead Teacher

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Jillian Davis

Photography, Assistant Teacher

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Joe Beganskas

Chess, Assistant

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Chess

Joel Salman

Chess, Lead Teacher

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Chess

John T. Harris

Painting and Discovery, Lead Teacher

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John Viviani

Percussion, Assistant

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Jordan Hue

Musical Theater, Director

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Julia Forrest

Photography, Lead Teacher

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Julio Garcia

Senior Groundskeeper

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Kageki Nagao

Junior Orchestra, Conductor; and Bass, Lead Teacher

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Karen Lehman DiMartino

Senior Choruses, Conductor

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Karina Aristy

Gaga and Basketball, Lead Teacher

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Karine Falleni

Painting and Drawing, Lead Teacher

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Kate Stocker

Absolute Beginner Strings, Lead Teacher

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Kathleen Mikolajczak

Art, Senior Assistant Teacher

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Kelly Schulte-Smith

Lego Design, Lead Teacher

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Ken Gilbert

Theater, Scene and Tech Shop

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Krista Biedenbach

Painting and Life Drawing, Lead Teacher

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Leighann Martone

Metalsmithing, Assistant Teacher

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Les Dweir

Musical Theater, Musical Director

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Lila Pollack

Violin, Lead Teacher

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Lindsey Dannenberg

Painting, Assistant Teacher

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Lisa Morabito

Discovery, Counselor

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Lorene Bouboushian

Discovery, Lead Teacher

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Mariah Seignious

Painting and Discovery, Assistant Teacher

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Marilyn Lehman

Piano and Choral Coordinator, Piano Accompanist

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Megan Sadlon

Discovery, Counselor

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Melissa Barnett

Discovery, Counselor

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Michael Blutman

Trumpet, Lead Teacher

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Michael Janover

Musical Theater, Musical Director

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Michael LaMarca

Quidditch, Assistant Teacher

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Michelle LaPorte

Flute, Lead Teacher

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Mike Schwendemann

Usdan Troupe, Director

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Molly Conklin

Ballet and Dance Adventure, Contemporary, Assistant

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Morgan Hartley

Discovery, Lead Teacher

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Nell Flanders

Senior Orchestra, Conductor

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Nicholas Coacci

Archery, Assistant Teacher

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Noah Ruff

Discovery, Counselor

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Oscar Martinez

Music Librarian

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Patrick Armann

Percussion, Lead Teacher

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Paula Berardinelli

Piano, Lead Teacher

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Peter Downey

Discovery, Counselor

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Rachel Mazur

Ballet and Dance Adventure, Lead Teacher

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Rebecca Vecchio

Art, Assistant to the Department Chair

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Richard Blake

Band, Assistant Teacher

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Rita Broughton

Theater, Scenic Design

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Rob Gallagher

Musical Theater, Director

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Robert Spahn

Chess, Assistant Teacher

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Sadie Pincus

Discovery, Assistant Teacher

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Sally Cappy

Registered Nurse

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Sam Dillon

Jazz Ensemble, Conductor

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Sean Clark

Aquatics, Lead Teacher

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Shannon Haselton

Orchestra, Senior Assistant to the Conductor

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Sherry Kfare

Theater, Costumer

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Sofia Notar-Francesco

Discovery, Counselor

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Sonya Derman

Art Adventure, Lead Teacher

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Steve Ficurilli

Quidditch, Lead Teacher

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Steve Finkelstein

Nature, Ecology and Design, Lead Teacher

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Steven Alexander

Junior Chorus, Assistant to the Conductor

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Steven Estes

Nature, Ecology, and Design, Assistant Teacher

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Sue Lehr

Cello, Lead Teacher

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Susan Conte

Painting and Discovery, Lead Teacher

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Taylor Cohen

Painting, Assistant Teacher

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Thomas Brody

Double Bass, Assistant Teacher

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Tyler Moore

Tennis, Lead Teacher

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Warren Bloom

Musical Theater, Musical Director

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Zac Selissen

Guitar and Rock Band, Lead Teacher

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Elizabeth Scanello

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Registered Nurse

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Jasmin Smith

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Student Supervision Assistant Teacher

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Jasmin Smith

Jasmin Smith teaches elementary school in Queens and holds a special passion for music and poetry. A Long Island native, Jasmin turned her love for both art and working with children into a career after earning her Master’s in Education from Sarah Lawrence College.

Julio Garcia

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Senior Groundskeeper

Administration

Sally Cappy

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Registered Nurse

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Abigail Hesselton

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Archery, Assistant Teacher

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Kelly Schulte-Smith

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Lego Design, Lead Teacher

Art

Kelly Schulte-Smith is a multidisciplinary artist, experimenting with crochet, bead-weaving, wire-weaving, resin, polymer clay, fused glass art, stained glass, steel, and mosaic art. Since graduating with a degree in interior design, Kelly has continued her own artistic exploration, while helping young people find their own voices as creators. She brings her unique perspective to Usdan’s Lego Design courses.

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Dana Neger-Lagos

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Metalsmithing, Lead Teacher

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Dana Neger-Lagos is a master model maker, jeweler, sculptor, and Usdan’s metalsmithing instructor. She has designed jewelry and accessories for Ralph Lauren, Donna Karan, QVC, Calvin Klein, Susan Lucci, and other brands. As an educator, Dana teaches at the Art League of Long Island, Dix Hills, Plainview-Old Bethpage School District, and Long Island Libraries. Her artwork fuses metalsmithing and nature, and is on exhibit throughout Long Island.

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Krista Biedenbach

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Painting and Life Drawing, Lead Teacher

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Krista Biedenbach is a Long-Island based artist and educator with a passion for sharing her love of art-making and art history with young people. She currently teaches drawing, sculpture, and studio art at Hicksville High School, and painting at Usdan. Krista previously directed exhibits and galleries in exhibits in Manhattan and on Long Island. Her mixed media drawings and paintings can be seen at galleries across the tri-state area.

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Susan Conte

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Painting and Discovery, Lead Teacher

Art

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Annie Ewaskio

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Painting and Drawing, Lead Teacher

Art

Annie Ewaskio is a painter and artist in Brooklyn, New York. She has participated in prestigious solo and group shows across the country, and her work has been published in The New Yorker, The Brooklyn Rail, and New American Paintings. She is the recipient of numerous fine arts grants, including two Kossak Painting grants, and teaches painting and drawing at Usdan.

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Cristalina DeNicola

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Ceramics, Lead Teacher

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Cristalina DeNicola is a ceramic artist, sculptor, and educator specializing in three-dimensional artwork that expresses flow and movement. While she primarily works with clay, Christina enjoys working with unique materials and experimenting with different mediums. During the summer, Christina helps Usdan students discover the joy of ceramics.

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Courtney Surmanek

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Open Studio and Painting, Lead Teacher

Art

Courtney Surmanek is a multidisciplinary artist, strategist, and organizer. Their work uses performance-poetry, art installations, and community initiatives to explore law, trauma, public space, and gender. Courtney is currently a Fellow of the Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics’ EMERGENYC program and The Performance Project at University Settlement. They were a recent guest artist with the Broadway Advocacy Coalition at Columbia Law School and have participated in art residences at Cornell University, the Center for Artistic Activism, and others. Courtney has exhibited work across New York City and enjoys sparking creative exploration and risk-taking as a painting and drawing teacher at Usdan.

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Jackie Eggleton

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Photography, Lead Teacher

Art

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Taylor Cohen

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Painting, Assistant Teacher

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Garrett Weinstein

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Comic Art, Assistant Teacher

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Julia Forrest

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Photography, Lead Teacher

Art

Julia Forrest is an artist who works exclusively through the medium of film. She eschews digital processing for the home-made darkroom she built in her apartment, and enjoys pushing the bounds of reality through the camera lens. Julia also works as a teaching artist at the Brooklyn Museum, Medgar Evers College, and Lehigh University. As Usdan’s photography instructor, she is devoted to helping students push their own boundaries not only in film, but whatever medium of art they choose.

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Leighann Martone

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Metalsmithing, Assistant Teacher

Art

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Alexa Finkelstein

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Painting and Discovery, Assistant Teacher

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Karine Falleni

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Painting and Drawing, Lead Teacher

Art

Karine Falleni has been practicing yoga for 20 years and instructing for 13. Her teaching has brought her to special programs in Arizona and schools, outreach programs, and studios across Greater New York City. Karine is passionate about making yoga more accessible to all people by bringing the practice outside traditional studios. She has taught meditation, restorative yoga, breathing, yoga therapy, prenatal yoga, and Anusara.

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Mariah Seignious

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Painting and Discovery, Assistant Teacher

Art

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Jared Peer

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Sculpture and Cosplay, Lead Teacher

Art

Jared Peer is an artist and educator. He currently teaches art at Urban Assembly School for Media Studies and is pursuing his Master’s in Technology Specialism from Columbia University. Jared’s work explores combining technology and traditional woodworking with wearable interfaces. He is a Teaching Assistant at Usdan’s architecture program.

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Jason Keichline

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Ceramics, Assistant Teacher

Art

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Lindsey Dannenberg

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Painting, Assistant Teacher

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Christine Roepken

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Animation and Comic Art, Lead Teacher

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Christine Roepken is a freelance animator, educator, and fine artist. In addition to her many comic book and animation projects, Christine serves as Animation Workshop professor at the School of Visual Arts. She teaches Animation and Experimental Animation at Usdan.

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Anna Penny

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Photography, Assistant Teacher

Art

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Elizabeth Rus

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Art Adventure, Senior Assistant

Art

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Jillian Davis

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Photography, Assistant Teacher

Art

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Diana Foronda

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Photography, Assistant Teacher

Art

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Cheryl Dobres

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Lego Design, Assistant Teacher

Art

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Rebecca Vecchio

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Art, Assistant to the Department Chair

Art

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Sonya Derman

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Art Adventure, Lead Teacher

Art

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Chris Vivas

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Sculpture and Cosplay, Lead Teacher

Art

Chris Vivas is a ceramic artist whose work has been exhibited across the United States and Europe, as well as Turkey, Korea, and Japan. Drawing inspiration from the existential literature of Nietzsche, Sartre, and others, Chris’ work has brought him to notable ceramic residencies throughout the world. Chris instructs sculpture and cosplay courses at Usdan.

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John T. Harris

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Painting and Discovery, Lead Teacher

Art

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Bailey Whitney

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Sewing and Fashion Production, Lead Teacher

Art

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Jaclyn Brautigam

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Sewing and Fashion Production, Lead Teacher

Art

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Kathleen Mikolajczak

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Art, Senior Assistant Teacher

Art

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Alanis Vulpis

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Sculpture, Assistant Teacher

Art

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Joe Beganskas

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Chess, Assistant

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Brian Karen

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Chess, Lead Teacher

Chess

Brian Karen is a top-ranked tournament chess player for both the United States Chess Federation and Federation Internationale Des Échecs. As an instructor, Brian has served as co-director of Usdan’s chess program since 1997, coached three-time Long Island chess champions Friends Academy, and director of chess programs for the Roslyn School District, Long Island School for the Gifted, and St. Patrick’s. He additionally serves on the United States Chess Federation Scholastic Council.

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Anthony Renna

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Chess, Lead Teacher

Chess

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Joel Salman

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Chess, Lead Teacher

Chess

One of Long Island’s top 10 players, Joel Salman is a professional Chess Master who has been teaching chess to children in schools and libraries on a full time basis since 1994. The Long Island native joined the faculty of Usdan in 2003, where he co-chairs the Chess Department.

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Robert Spahn

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Chess, Assistant Teacher

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Javan Howard

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Creative Writing, Lead Teacher

Creative Writing

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Jacqueline Selesky

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Hip Hop, Lead Teacher

Dance

Jacqueline Selesky is a multi-talented dancer, proud Long Island native, and Usdan hip-hop instructor. Since the age of seven, Jacqueline has studied ballet, modern, jazz, Latin, hip-hop, and more. She has danced alongside Demi Lovato, Cardi B, and G-Easy in televised appearances, and appeared in Spike Lee’s “She’s Gotta Have It.” Jacqueline performed as lead soloist in Martha Graham’s Daughters of the Night and is a member of Asha Dance Company. She also teaches dance in Orange County Public Schools in New Jersey.

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Barbara Morse

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Dance, Costumer

Dance

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Jessica Azenberg

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Tap, Lead Teacher

Dance

Jessica Azenberg has studied acting and dance since she could walk, training at the School of American Ballet, Manhattan Youth Ballet, Miami City Ballet, and others. She started tap dancing at 8-years-old while attending Usdan and went on to pursue a career in theater. She has performed with companies across the country and currently teaches tap, ballet, and jazz in New York City.

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Rachel Mazur

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Ballet and Dance Adventure, Lead Teacher

Dance

Rachel Mazur is a ballet dancer, choreographer, and educator who leads Usdan’s ballet courses. Trained in performance and pedagogy, Rachel earned her master’s in dance instruction before joining the faculty at American Youth Dance Theater and Brooklyn Ballet. She continues to partner with and bring dance to local public high schools and community organizations.

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Lorene Bouboushian

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Discovery, Lead Teacher

Dance

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Molly Conklin

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Ballet and Dance Adventure, Contemporary, Assistant

Dance

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Jada O'Neal

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Dance, Assistant Teacher

Dance

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Dolores Sanchez

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Tap, Lead Teacher

Dance

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Alicia Thompson

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West African Fusion, Lead Teacher

Dance

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Jessica Blair Lukasik

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Broadway Jazz, Lead Teacher

Dance

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Sadie Pincus

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Discovery, Assistant Teacher

Discovery

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Megan Sadlon

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Discovery, Counselor

Discovery

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Sofia Notar-Francesco

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Discovery, Counselor

Discovery

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Melissa Barnett

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Discovery, Counselor

Discovery

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Lisa Morabito

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Discovery, Counselor

Discovery

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Peter Downey

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Discovery, Counselor

Discovery

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Noah Ruff

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Discovery, Counselor

Discovery

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John Viviani

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Percussion, Assistant

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Ethan Usoskin

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Band, Assistant Teacher

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Thomas Brody

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Double Bass, Assistant Teacher

Music

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Steven Alexander

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Junior Chorus, Assistant to the Conductor

Music

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Benjamin Rabinowitz

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Junior Chorus, Conductor

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Morgan Hartley

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Discovery, Lead Teacher

Music

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Donald Sherman

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Low Brass, Lead Teacher

Music

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Kate Stocker

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Absolute Beginner Strings, Lead Teacher

Music

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Oscar Martinez

Seasonal Faculty

Music Librarian

Music

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Paula Berardinelli

Seasonal Faculty

Piano, Lead Teacher

Music

Paula Berardinelli is a pianist, organist, and doctor of music. She is a freelance performer and has often accompanied major pop artists. She was featured at the Chelsea Center Concert Series and appeared with the Minnewaska Chamber Music Society. Paula currently teaches piano at Hofstra University, Molloy College, and Usdan. 

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Claire Ezratty

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Orchestra, Assistant Teacher

Music

Claire Ezratty playing the cello

Claire Ezratty is a current student at the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, studying Music Education with concentrations in cello and classical guitar. She has performed and worked in many orchestral programs, including the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of New York, New York State Summer School for the Arts, the Crane Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, as well as various string festivals on Long Island. Claire gives lessons on beginner cello and guitar with her private music instruction studio and performs avidly in both areas.

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Shannon Haselton

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Orchestra, Senior Assistant to the Conductor

Music

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Michelle LaPorte

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Flute, Lead Teacher

Music

Michelle LaPorte holding a flute

As a performer, educator, and world chamber music advocate, Michelle LaPorte tours extensively as flutist/founding member of the award-winning flute and guitar ensemble, Serenade Duo. She is an acclaimed Miyazawa Flutes Performing Artist, Centaur Recording Artist, and is the Professor of Flute at Suffolk County Community College in New York. She also maintains a private teaching studio, Serenade Music Academy, located in Saint James. She is happy to be a part of the creative team at Usdan! 

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Alex Della Ratta

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Band, Senior Assistant to the Conductor

Music

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Nell Flanders

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Senior Orchestra, Conductor

Music

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Lila Pollack

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Violin, Lead Teacher

Music

Lila Pollack is a NYC based violinist. She made her solo debut at eight years old. Since then she has performed  at venues around the world including Carnegie Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and in countries outside the U.S. including Spain, Czech Republic, Great Britain, Wales, China and Holland.  She received a Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance from the Eastman School of Music, and graduated from the Royal Academy of Music (UK) with a Masters degree in violin performance. There she earned her licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music (LRAM) teaching certificate and was awarded first place of the Wolfe Wolfinsohn Prize 2011. As well, she has completed the two-year Suzuki certification program at School for Strings. Ms. Pollack is on faculty at Avenues: The World School for Lower and Upper School as both strings teacher and Private Music Lessons Coordinator.

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Michael Blutman

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Trumpet, Lead Teacher

Music

Michael Blutman

Michael Blutman enjoys a diverse career as a trumpeter and music educator. A graduate of Juilliard and the University of Maryland, his teaching, performing, and recording credits include: Ithaca College, Five Towns College, Usdan Summer Camp for the Arts, Sting, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Paragon Ragtime Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orch, Broadway shows, and many others. Michael also co-founded the music education publishing company Pinnacle Music Press (www.pinmusicpress.com).

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Carl Ferrara

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Musical Theater, Musical Director

Music

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Sam Dillon

Seasonal Faculty

Jazz Ensemble, Conductor

Music

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Cindy Giron

Seasonal Faculty

Music, Department Coordinator

Music

Cindy Giron

Cindy Giron is a composer, performer, music educator, and arts administrator currently living in The Hague, Netherlands. Her studies include stops at Boston’s New England Conservatory Preparatory School, Manhattan School of Music, New York University, and the Royal Conservatory of The Hague. She enjoys writing music for ensembles and has collaborated with dancers, visual art installations, and live electronics. Cindy is Usdan’s Music Department Coordinator.

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Aaron Korn

Seasonal Faculty

Horn, Lead Teacher

Music

Aaron Korn is a freelance horn player, performer, and educator. He has played alongside the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Princeton Symphony, and Allentown Symphony Orchestra. Aaron’s musical credits include Cinderella on Broadway, Rocktopia on Broadway, and the Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall. He currently teaches in the Music Advancement Program at the Julliard School.

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Andrew Steinberg

Seasonal Faculty

Saxophone, Lead Teacher

Music

Andrew R. Steinberg is an accomplished saxophonist, lecturer, and educator. In addition to teaching saxophone at Usdan, Andrew is a doctoral candidate at New England Conservatory and serves as Music Director of Megalopolis Saxophone Orchestra. As a music historian, Andrew has revived numerous neglected works and lectured at leading universities and conservatories.

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Boris Deviatov

Seasonal Faculty

Viola, Lead Teacher

Music

Boris Deviatov is an award-winning violinist and conductor. After earning his doctorate of music in his native Ukraine, Boris toured the major concert halls of North America and Europe as a member of the Leontovich String Quartet. He teaches viola at Usdan.

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Andrew Ranaudo

Seasonal Faculty

Piano, Lead Teacher

Music

Andrew Ranaudo is an award-winning performer, teacher, and composer. Andrew has played, toured, and recorded with top musicians at historic venues across the United States and Europe. His penchant for contemporary avant-garde music and eclectic artistic partnerships has seen his music played at MOMA PS1, Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences, and the Mattress Factory Museum. For the last 18 years, Andrew has maintained an active teaching studio in Brooklyn and he looks forward to another summer teaching piano at Usdan.

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Kageki Nagao

Seasonal Faculty

Junior Orchestra, Conductor; and Bass, Lead Teacher

Music

Kageki Nagao

Dr. Kegeki Nagao is an acclaimed musician and educator who has performed under conductors such as Leonard Bernstein, Sergiu Comissiona, Paul Zukofsky, James DePriest, and Sixten Ehrling. A soloist, orchestral player, and chamber music performer, he has served as principal bass for the Westchester Chamber and Symphony Orchestras, Merrick Symphony, Atlantic Philharmonic, Strauss Symphony of America, Berkshire Opera, and the Transfiguration Chamber Ensemble. He currently directs the string department of Long Island Lutheran Middle and High School, and serves as Double Bass Instructor and Orchestra Director at Usdan.

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Karen Lehman DiMartino

Seasonal Faculty

Senior Choruses, Conductor

Music

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Marilyn Lehman

Seasonal Faculty

Piano and Choral Coordinator, Piano Accompanist

Music

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Patrick Armann

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Percussion, Lead Teacher

Music

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Sue Lehr

Seasonal Faculty

Cello, Lead Teacher

Music

Sue Lehr

Sue Lehr is a musical director, teacher, and freelance musician, who is returning to Usdan for her 20th summer as cello instructor. Sue served as orchestra director at the Waldorf School for 20 years and continues to teach freelance today. She maintains a teaching studio in Freeport, NY and her quartet performs often at special occasions across Long Island.

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David Schecher

Seasonal Faculty

Senior Bands, Conductor

Music

Dave Schecher returns to Usdan this summer for his 31st season. He is a trombonist, private music instructor and retired public school teacher who has also been the Director of The Long Island Brass Guild for many years.

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Zac Selissen

Seasonal Faculty

Guitar and Rock Band, Lead Teacher

Music

Zac Selissen is a guitarist, composer, arranger, and teacher. He has studied and performed across genres -- from rock and avant-garde to classical and tango. Since relocating to New York City, Zac has composed and performed scores for films, theater productions, ballets, and modern dance pieces. He is currently a teaching artist at Trinity Wall Street and teaches guitar and rock band at Usdan.

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Amrom Svay

Seasonal Faculty

Jazz Ensemble, Assistant to the Conductor

Music

Amrom Svay is a jazz saxophonist, multi-instrumentalist, and music educator. He instructs students in saxophone, clarinet, flute, and jazz theory. Amrom has studied and performed alongside Ralph Lalama, Eric Alexander, Kenny Washington, and Jon Faddis at notable venues across the country, including The Blue Note and Dizzy’s Club.

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Brianna Brickman

Seasonal Faculty

Junior Chorus, Accompanist

Music

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Richard Blake

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Band, Assistant Teacher

Music

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Andre Feliciano

Seasonal Faculty

Sustainable Art, Lead Teacher

Nature & Sustainability

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Emily Llewellyn

Seasonal Faculty

Nature, Ecology, and Design, Assistant Teacher

Nature & Sustainability

Emily Llewellyn

Emily Llewellyn is currently a sophomore at SUNY-New Paltz, where she is studying theater performance and psychology. She is a keen choreographer, makeup artist, and singer, and also enjoys golf and nature. At Usdan, Emily teaches in the Nature, Ecology and Design program.

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Steve Finkelstein

Seasonal Faculty

Nature, Ecology and Design, Lead Teacher

Nature & Sustainability

Steve Finklestein is a former park ranger, resident naturalist, environmental educator, and interpretive design consultant. For the past 30 years, he has taught at East Wilson School District. As a musician, Steve is a freelance percussionist who has performed internationally and recorded with acts that include Mariah Carey, Mary Wilson of the Supremes, Dave Valentine, Selena, Randy Brecker, and others. Steve leads Usdan’s Nature, Ecology and Design class.

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Amanda Signorelli

Seasonal Faculty

Nature, Ecology and Design, Lead Teacher

Nature & Sustainability

Amanda Signorelli is an arts educator devoted to helping young people foster a deeper understanding of themselves and the world around them. She currently teaches middle school art in Nassau County. Amanda is inspired by the natural world and, as Nature, Ecology, and Design instructor, she uses Usdan’s campus to connect her students to the artistic beauty in nature.

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Cindy Mcglynn

Seasonal Faculty

Nature, Ecology, and Design, Lead Teacher

Nature & Sustainability

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Steven Estes

Seasonal Faculty

Nature, Ecology, and Design, Assistant Teacher

Nature & Sustainability

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Nicholas Coacci

Seasonal Faculty

Archery, Assistant Teacher

Recreational Arts

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Alycia Williams

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Gaga and Basketball, Assistant Teacher

Recreational Arts

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Michael LaMarca

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Quidditch, Assistant Teacher

Recreational Arts

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Tyler Moore

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Tennis, Lead Teacher

Recreational Arts

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Karina Aristy

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Gaga and Basketball, Lead Teacher

Recreational Arts

Karina Aristy

Karina Aristy is a musician and private string instructor. She first began attending Usdan as a student in 2007 and is now counselor in the camp’s Recreation department. She earned her Usdan Lifer Award in 2017 and enjoys helping Usdan students develop lifelong experiences and friendships in a fun and safe recreational environment.

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David Lake

Seasonal Faculty

Tennis, Lead Teacher

Recreational Arts

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Sean Clark

Seasonal Faculty

Aquatics, Lead Teacher

Recreational Arts

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Edna Gruvman

Seasonal Faculty

Yoga, Lead Teacher

Recreational Arts

Edna Gruvman

Edna Gruvman is a dancer, yoga instructor, movement therapist, and proud Usdan alum. For the last decade, Edna has used dance and movement to support children with autism, and taught yoga to young people. Edna danced professionally with contemporary troupes prior to becoming an educator. She is the lead yoga instructor at Usdan.

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Anthony Romeo

Seasonal Faculty

Archery, Lead Teacher

Recreational Arts

Anthony Romeo

Anthony M. Romeo II is a music educator with nearly 30 years experience and a certified archery instructor. Anthony’s gift for teaching now inspires students daily at Seaford High School, where he serves as Director of Bands. As lead archery instructor at Usdan, Anthony is a USA Archery Level II Instructor and participates in archery societies and programming across New York state

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Steve Ficurilli

Seasonal Faculty

Quidditch, Lead Teacher

Recreational Arts

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Gráinne Josaphat

Seasonal Faculty

Aquatics, Director

Recreational Arts

Gráinne Josaphat is Usdan’s Aquatics Director and a multi-sport teacher, coach, and athlete. Passionate about sport, health, and fitness since her youth in Ireland, Gráinne is a full-time Health and Wellness Educator and track coach locally. She competes as a triathlete across the country and internationally.

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Mike Schwendemann

Seasonal Faculty

Usdan Troupe, Director

Theater

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Rob Gallagher

Seasonal Faculty

Musical Theater, Director

Theater

Rob Gallagher is an actor and vocalist who relocated to New York from the midwest in 1995 to pursue a career in musical theater. He starred as Javert in the Broadway production of Les Misérables and Emile Debeque in the Broadway revival of South Pacific. He is currently adjunct professor of voice at Long Island University and applied music at Five Towns College, as well as Musical Theater Director at Usdan.

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Warren Bloom

Seasonal Faculty

Musical Theater, Musical Director

Theater

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Les Dweir

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Musical Theater, Musical Director

Theater

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Michael Janover

Seasonal Faculty

Musical Theater, Musical Director

Theater

Michael Janover is a Long Island-based musical director, actor, composer, and arranger. He is passionate about sharing music, and believes it has the power to heal and connect people. Michael enjoys directing theater and performing as a pit orchestra musician, and teaching musical theater at Usdan.

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James Beneduce

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Musical Theater, Director

Theater

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Annie Levine

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Theater, Assistant Costumer

Theater

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Christopher Drobny

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Musical Theater, Musical Director

Theater

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Amelia Dombrowski

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Theater, Costumer

Theater

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Elizabeth Jeffery

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Musical Theater, Musical Director

Theater

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James Incorvaia

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Theater, Department Chair

Theater

Jim Invorvaia is a high school AP English and Theater teacher returning to Usdan for his 27th year.  A Long Island native, Jim lives in Westbury and leads the charge for Usdan’s Theater Department, planning, scheduling, and producing the Camp’s annual 35-day, 11-show season for 300-plus theater students.

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Rita Broughton

Seasonal Faculty

Theater, Scenic Design

Theater

Rita Broughton is the artist behind Usdan theater program’s imaginative backdrops. She is a professional artist and master of murals, faux finishes, trompe l’oeil, and decorative art. Rita’s paintings have been exhibited across the region, and her work has been acquired by many private collectors. She enjoys working with Usdan students to create backdrops that embellish and enrich their performances.

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Sherry Kfare

Seasonal Faculty

Theater, Costumer

Theater

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Carolyn Popadin

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Musical Theater, Musical Director

Theater

Carolyn Popadin is a teaching artist, actress, and Usdan Musical Theater Director. Her work has brought her into schools and theaters throughout New York City and Long Island. She currently serves as a program director for Broadhollow Theater Company and co-director of the Infinity Arts Studio. She trained professionally with British American Drama Academy and has toured with the National Theatre of Performing Arts.

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Dan Sussman

Seasonal Faculty

Theater, Scene and Tech Shop

Theater

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Christina Pawl

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Theater, Choreographer

Theater

Christina Pawl is a dancer, singer, actor, and educator. She has appeared in multiple Broadway productions, including the Tony Award-winning CABARET, Meet Me In St. Louis, and South Pacific. She teaches dance at Broadway Dance Center, Main Street Theater, and Dance Alliance Roosevelt Island, and is a musical director at Usdan.

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Eugene Rossi

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Theater, Scene and Tech Shop

Theater

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James Crichton

Seasonal Faculty

Musical Theater, Director

Theater

James Chricton is an actor at Woolly Mammoth Theater Company, Shakespeare Theater Company, Pioneer Theater Company, Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival, and Prospect Theatre Company. He tourned nationally with Peter and the Starcatcher and serves as vocal director at Beyond the Stage Studio in Plainview, NY.
 

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Jeffrey Hoffman

Seasonal Faculty

Musical Theater, Musical Director

Theater

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Jordan Hue

Seasonal Faculty

Musical Theater, Director

Theater

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Ken Gilbert

Seasonal Faculty

Theater, Scene and Tech Shop

Theater