Natalie has been involved in the arts from an early age, attending Magnet programs all through grade school, including the prestigious New World School of the Arts. She holds a BM degree in Vocal Performance and BFA in Theatre with an Acting emphasis from Florida International University. As a working actor and singer, she has performed with companies such as Florida Grand Opera, Actors' Playhouse, Micro Theater Miami, New City Players, and Miami Lyric Opera. In addition to performing, Natalie has been teaching both piano and voice for over 10 years and is an active member of the National Guild of Piano Teachers. Her students have participated in several Competitions, Guild Exams, and Recital throughout the years to much success. She is excited to work for such a wonderful organization as 'Share the Music' and hopes to spread the joy of song throughout our community.
DR. ROBYN SAVITZKY
Dr. Robyn Savitzky is an active orchestral and chamber musician who performs and teaches in the Miami region. An avid chamber musician, she is a founding member of The Wild (a string quartet) and has attended festivals such as Meadowmount, the St. Lawrence String Quartet’s seminar at Stanford, LyricaFest, and Garth Newel.
Robyn enjoys teaching both violin and viola to students of all ages. She has held a Teaching Artist assistantship through the Brooklyn Philharmonic outreach program and taught for Frost MusicReach. Currently, Dr. Savitzky teaches private violin and viola students through the Community Arts Program in Coral Gables and as a Teaching Artist for the Miami Music Project in Liberty City, Little Haiti, and Little Havana.
Robyn received her Doctor of Musical Arts in Viola Performance from the University of Miami's Frost School of Music. During her time at the University of Miami, she was Teaching Assistant to the viola studio and a Henry Mancini Institute Fellow. Robyn also received her Artist Diploma from the Frost School, and holds additional viola performance degrees from New York University and Indiana University.
VIOLIN & VIOLA
A native of Miami, Michelle Sanchez began studying viola at age nine. Ms. Sanchez started pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Viola Performance in 2009 under the tutelage of Michael Klotz.
Throughout her college career Ms Sanchez has had the opportunity to play for many renowned conductors such as David Effron, James Judd and Grzegorz Nowak. In addition, she has performed with Sherill Milnes, Ross Harbaugh and Ida Haendel. Ms Sanchez has also participated in master classes withJames Ehnes, Michael Tree, Richard O’Niell, Roberto Diaz and Yizhak Schotten. In addition, Ms. Sanchez had the privilege of joining the South Shore Orchestra for their China Tour 2015-2016.
In 2013, Ms Sanchez began working with the Miami Music Project helping teach beginning music theory, offering lessons, and serving as conducting assistant for several of the children orchestras the program offers. Furthermore, Ms Sanchez has done extensive work as a teacher, both privately and with community music programs. She has maintained a private studio in addition to working at local music conservatories.
Ms Sanchez completed her Masters Degree at Florida International University in Viola Performance in spring of 2016 and continues to work professionally with orchestras in the Miami area.
Originally from Westwood, MA, Ben was first exposed to classical music at a young age through his sisters, his father, and his grandmother (all pianists). Pursuing other interests in history and athletics made him a late starter in music, not really becoming serious about a career in music until the end of high school. Working through voice lessons under Catherine Jensen-Hole in the UMass Jazz Department, he was able to develop a stronger and more personal sound. He has studied further with Kate Reid, Karrin Allyson and Janis Siegel (of Manhattan Transfer), to name a few. His extensive experience singing in vocal groups has garnered him a Downbeat Magazine Student Music Award. He was the recipient of the 2016 Fletcher Henderson Award for Outstanding Student Achievement.
Ms. Vera has experience teaching students for over 15 years such as the University of Miami, Conservatorio de Musica Amadeo Roldan, Miami Bethany Church, St. Philips Episcopal Church and School, Allegro School of Music and through private lessons. She received her Masters in Violin Performance from the University of Miami's Frost School of Music in 2012.
Beatriz is a native of Cuba and has been chosen to travel abroad and represent her country in numerous international events. She has toured with the “Camerata Romeu” and flamenco guitarist, Serranito, as well as pianist, Polly Ferman. Beatriz has also recorded with the “Camerata Romeu” under the direction of Brazilian Egberto Gismonti and has shared the stage as part of the Henry Mancini Institute with artists such as David Grusin, Jon Secada, Mark O’Connor
Beatriz Vera won the Certificate of Recognition for Juventudes Musicales in Romania, 2003. First Prize, Jose White International Competition, 2003. First Prize, Amadeo Roldàn National Music Competition, 2002. She was also chosen to participate in the Pavarotti Festival in Italy, 2000. She is also the Grand Prize for the Cultural Week Violin Competition, 1995.
Ms. Vera is a violinist with experience performing in numerous master classes conducted by artists such as Eric Grossman, Ilmar Lopez-Gavilan, Joseph Silverstein and Stephen Rose.
Annaliese Kowert plays violin in the Miami City Ballet and other orchestras in Naples and Nashville, and recently moved to Miami after teaching and directing the Palm Beach Suzuki School. Originally from Madison, WI, she began her training at age four with the Suzuki Method and received her bachelor’s degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music studying with Paul Kantor. An avid performer as well as educator, she has played across the US and believes in the transformative power of music. She has spent her summers as a fellow at the Aspen Music Festival and School and Eastern Music Festival, and recently was a Mancini fellow at the Frost School of Music.
Annaliese has had the opportunity to train with some wonderful teachers and is certified through Suzuki book 5. While her approach is individualized, she tries to nurture a love of curiosity and learning in all of her students. She teaches all ages, and hopes her students develop a lifelong relationship with music with skills to pursue their excellence.
Brent Charran is a cellist from Miami, Florida. An active member of the Miami music community, Brent has performed and recorded across genres. Brent won the NWSA Concerto Competition with the Dvorak Cello Concerto (2007) and also received a full scholarship to the Aspen Music Festival (2009). Recent collaborations include a solo performance for the corporate reveal of Ralph Lauren’s Love fragrance line and an appearance with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra in Miami during their Lost Christmas Eve concert tour.
Brent frequently performs with many of South Florida’s finest
professional orchestras. A typical concert season includes performances with opera companies, symphony orchestras, as well as bands and contemporary ensembles. During his time at the University of Miami, Brent also performed with the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra. Top caliber artists such as Bobby McFerrin, Chick Corea, and Mark O’Connor headlined concerts that the orchestra presented.
As an educator, Brent has held positions on the faculties of the
Community Arts Program (CAP), the Greater Miami Youth Symphony, University of Miami Young Musician’s Camp, and the Miami Music Project. His goal is always to inspire students to pursue their passions while giving them the freedom to embrace and develop their creative expression. Brent received his Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance from the University of Miami.
A native of Miami, Rebecca Longtemps is an active music instructor and vocalist. She has undergraduate and graduate degrees in Vocal Performance from Florida International University and Florida State University. At an early age, she developed an interest and aptitude for music, first at the piano and then through singing with the Miami Children’s Chorus. She has been a two-time finalist in the southeast regional NATS vocal competitions and is a registered teacher with the National Association of Teachers of Singing. She has performed as a soloist with ensembles such as FIU Wind Symphony, FIU Symphony Orchestra, FIU Camerata, Camerata del Puerto Orchestra, Opera Louisiane, Theatre Baton Rouge, and Florida Grand Opera Young Artists. Recent performances include a live hour of music performed on 88.9 FM WDNA Jazz Radio, reading and recording of a new musical production by Ginsberg Productions and performances with a Miami based professional choral ensemble, Celestial. Rebecca has over 7 years of experience teaching voice and piano lessons both privately and with organizations in Louisiana such as Acadiana Symphony Conservatory of Music and Centre for the Arts and in Miami, she has taught with Hess Conservatory of Music, Miami Music Works, Musician’s Discount Center, and Greater Miami Youth Symphony. Her students have been selected for Florida All-State and ACDA competitions. She is a Steinway Educational Partner and currently teaches from her private studio and after school at Gulliver Academy and is an active vocalist.
Stephanie Jaimes is a multi-genre cellist originally from Miami, FL who has performed alongside big name artists, in orchestras, and chamber ensembles across the US. Stephanie is the founder of her original piano-cello duo, an El Sistema Teaching Artist, and continues to blur the line between classical and contemporary music.
Along with her passion for performing music, Stephanie is a Teaching Artist and advocate for social/emotional learning through music. While in New York, Stephanie worked as a Teaching Artist for the Youth Orchestra of St. Luke’s which provided music instruction to at-risk youth in Hell’s Kitchen.
Currently living in Miami, Stephanie is a Teaching Artist for the El Sistema organization Miami Music Project where she teaches Beginning Orchestra to at-risk youth at Little Haiti and Liberty City. She is also an alumni of the Greater Miami Youth Symphony where she is currently a cello preparatory instructor.
Internationally awarded guitarist Laura Mazon Franqui is a very active artist, committed to innovation and a performer who is dedicated to the development of the classical guitar field in Miami. Laura is consecrated to the study and expansion of the guitar in the 21st century, seeking to break boundaries between the popular (electrical/acoustic) and the classical styles, and to take the instrument to a higher level of reception to new audiences and generations. Innovation and Art Integration are the words that drive her as a mission.
Laura holds a Masters of Music degree from the University of Miami and develops as a professional classical guitar performer, as well as a guitar professor at the University of Miami Preparatory Program.
Recently awarded with the Hispanic Scholar Recognition as well as the Second Prize at the International Guitar Festival of New Orleans (being the first student in the history of the Miamian Institution to receive an international honour in the guitar field), Lauara focuses her intentions now on the production and launch of her debut CD as well as the creation of her non-profit GuitarGirls.
Since age ten, Laura has been an active guitarist, participating in numerous master classes with some the biggest names in the guitar industry (Leo Brower, Manuel Barrueco, Victor Pellegrini, Victor Rodriguez, Meng Su, Martha Masters, Adam Levin), performing at hundreds of venues around the world in countries such as Cuba, Spain, Ecuador and the United States and engaging in numerous recording collaborations.
In her quest to expand horizons for the classical guitar, Miss Mazon has offered concerts at numerous renowned scenarios around the US such as Mid-Manhattan Library at NYC, Florentino Community Center at Harvard, Vizcaya, Etra Gallery, Clarke Recital Hall, Koubeck Center, Coral Gables Museum and Miami Conservatory of Music Recital Hall among others. Laura is a recognized member of the IASMPL and the American Musicological Society, as well as the Guitar Amadeo Roldan Conservatory of Music in Havana, Cuba.