Instructors

 
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GINGER DOLDEN

Ginger Dolden is a multi-instrumentalist, recording artist, and teacher based in Brooklyn New York. Recently, she been seen live at Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Last Call with Carson Daly and has performed at Roulette, Issue Project Room, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Ace Hotel, La MaMa, Joe's Pub, Jalopy, Barbés, and The American Folk Art Museum. She has worked and recorded with artists including: Anthony Braxton, John Cale, Anthony Coleman, Yoshiko Chuma, Tony Conrad, Holly Miranda, Durand Jones and the Indications and performs with The String Orchestra of Brooklyn and The Chelsea Symphony.

 

 

PETE LANCTOT

Pete Lanctot is a Suzuki certified violin teacher and Music Mind Games certified music theory teacher with 8  years of  teaching experience. Pete has taught in a wide array of settings from private lessons, to  group instrumental lessons to theory and composition classes.

As a bandleader and a sideman, Pete has played venues that include: The Whitney Musuem of American Art, MoMA, the American Folk Art Museum, Littlefield, Joe’s Pub, Jalopy, Barbés, The Ace Hotel, Issue Project Room, and Shanghai Mermaid and has worked with artists including The Hot Sardines, Iris DeMent, John Cale, Tony Conrad, Anthony Coleman, Chris Donohue, Jason Mercer, Adam Brisbin, Bob Parins, and Sean Cronin.

RICK SNELL

Rick Snell is a NYC-based guitarist and singer who specializes in bluegrass, jazz, and rock n roll. He currently plays with Only Son who has been busy opening for Regina Spektor for a few years. Rick Snell's bluegrass band Six Deadly Venoms was a featured finalist at the Telluride Bluegrass Band competition and has toured nationally for a few years, releasing two albums along the way. Recently Rick has recorded TV Ads for GEICO that have been seen by millions of people the world over. Rick has played at the Beacon Theatre, Town Hall, The United Nations, Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, and the Greek Theatre in L.A. When he is in New York, Rick hosts the legendary weekly bluegrass session at Mona’s Bar in the East Village; after five years it is now a destination for many great pickers passing through the area on tour and is a vibrant hub for the exploding acoustic music scene here. 

CALEIGH DRANE

Caleigh Drane maintains an active career as a cellist and music educator. She has taught privately for over 10 years to students of all ages and skill levels.  She served on faculty and administration at the Larchmont Music Academy. There she maintained a busy teaching schedule while managing the office, scheduling, and registering new students. She has also served on faculty with the American String Teachers Association Chamber Music Institute at Rutgers University, and the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts.

Caleigh has recorded on Sony Classical and has performed, recorded and collaborated with nearly 100 artists spanning all genres. As a chamber and orchestral musician, she has performed in some of the world’s most prestigious venues including Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Disney Hall and Auditorio Nacional of Mexico


ADAM BRISBIN

Upon moving from Texas to New York City in 2012, Brisbin began working with Jolie Holland on her upcoming release, "Wine Dark Sea", out May 20th 2014 on ANTI- Records. Recently he worked with Hal Willner to create the music for Robert Wilson's "The Old Woman". In August 2013 Adam performed at the Museum of Modern Art as part of the summer concert series MoMA Nights. His new band OLD WOMAN features Doug Wieselman (Lou Reed) and Greg Saunier (Deerhoof).

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Katie Von Schleicher

Katie Von Schleicher is a songwriter & producer from Maryland and based in Brooklyn, NY. In 2017 she released her debut full length Shitty Hits, earning critical acclaim for a style The Guardian calls “Portishead meets The Beatles.” When not teaching or touring, she is a project manager at independent record label Ba Da Bing.

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Ben Goldberg

Ben Goldberg is the owner of Brooklyn-based independent label Ba Da Bing Records, which he started in 1994.
Beginning as the music director of his college radio station in 1992, Goldberg moved into the industry directly afterward to be a college radio promoter at Atlantic Records in 1995. He moved from Atlantic to Merge Records doing radio promotion and publicity, working with bands like Superchunk and Neutral Milk Hotel. In 1998 he became a publicist at Matador Records, working with Interpol, Liz Phair, Cat Power and Yo La Tengo in the process.
In 2006, Goldberg was able to run Ba Da Bing full time, while also managing bands such as Arcade Fire, Beirut, The Breeders, Sharon Van Etten, Tune Yards and Shearwater. 

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Dylan McKinstry

Dylan McKinstry is a Minnesota born multi-instrumentalist, composer, improviser, and song-writer.  A veritable Swiss-Army knife of styles and skills, he draws from an eclectic range of musical traditions in his writing and collaborations.  When Dylan plays, his music, both curious and deeply thoughtful, has been hailed by The Boston Globe as “effecting a sublime transformation”.  His diverse performance history has awarded him the opportunity to work and share the stage with many notable musicians including Pierre Bensusan, Don Ross, Joe Morris, John Zorn, Meredith Monk, and Ran Blake, and includes performing as a mandolin soloist with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Sonoma County Philharmonic, and the Calithumpian Consort.  He currently lives Brooklyn, NY.

 

Jared Engel


Jared Engel is a professional musician who has been living and working in New York City since 2003. An accomplished multi-instrumentalist, Mr. Engel splits his time between performing on the Upright Bass, Tuba, and the 4-string-Plectrum Banjo. He is specialized in many forms of traditional American music, and maintains a very active career of playing concerts all over the world.  

 

Neha Jiwrajka

A graduate of Northwestern University with a B.A. in Economics, Neha spent four years working for Google in the Bay Area before leaving to pursue a graduate degree in jazz vocal performance at the New England Conservatory of Music. 

Since graduating, Neha has amassed a list of noteworthy credits, as a performer, educator and songwriter. Her performance credits include headlining at the famous off-Broadway show "Sleep No More," performing with her songwriting project at Lincoln Center, and being a recurring guest of Dan Zanes, multi-grammy award winning songwriter and artist.

Neha, a recipient of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest finalist award for her original song 'The Willow Tree,' released her debut album in January 2014, "The Dreamer." She debuted her first record, Life Imagined, with folk/jazz indie band Everything Turned to Color in June 2017, and is currently working on her sophomore record with the trio. She resides in Brooklyn, NY where she has taught on the faculty at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music in Park Slope, at the prestigious Brooklyn Youth Chorus and at the Jalopy Theater and Music School in Red Hook. www.nehamusic.com