TEACHERS

TEACHERS

MUSIC LESSONS FOR NORWALK & STAMFORD CT

Giuliano’s School of Music is proud to offer top-quality music lessons to the Norwalk and Stamford, CT area. They are highly trained performers and teachers. Our highly-motivated and accredited instructors teach all styles of music while educating our students with the necessary fundamentals they will need to play and enjoy music for the rest of their lives. It’s all about uniting the practical with the joy of creating.

Since 1975, Giuliano’s has given thousands of students the gift of musical accomplishment with the finest in music lessons. While many of our students will simply enjoy the pleasure of playing with confidence , some of our students have and will continue to go on to be much more. Many have gone on to be professional musicians, actors, school band and choir directors, and even Giuliano’s School of Music instructors.

Teachers at Giuliano's School of Music

LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR AMAZING INSTRUCTORS AND HOW WE CAN ASSIST YOU WITH MUSIC LESSONS!

VOICE / PIANO :  Victoria Chiera

Victoria holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Western Connecticut State University where she graduated Magna cum Laude. Her most recent performance credentials include concerts at Carnegie Hall where she shared the stage with Broadway stars Patti LuPone and Lea Salonga and Lincoln Center where she sang Misa Criolla by Argentinian composer Ariel Ramirez with the Distinguished Concerts International Singers New York group. As a classically trained vocalist, Victoria enjoys singing in local churches as a cantor and soprano section leader. Victoria is also a member of Essential Voices USA. Prior operatic roles include Suor Angelica (Suor Angelica), The Countess (The Marriage of Figaro) and The Mother (Amahl and the Night Visitors). Victoria has also performed opera abroad in Italy and Austria. Victoria currently teaches voice and piano in the Connecticut/New York area and is thrilled to be joining the staff at Giuliano's Music! She has over 10 years teaching experience.    

VOICE / PIANO / HARP:  Zoe Vandermeer 

Zoe Vandermeer is a prize-winning graduate of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and is on the Roster of the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism. She performs internationally, and her Carnegie Hall debut took place October 2014. She is a recipient of the Hartt School Faculty Development Fund, Dame Joan Sutherland Fund, and was Finalist in the London Young Artists Early Music Competition. She has been teaching voice, harp, piano and songwriting for two decades, and specializes in vocal health for children and adults.

Music has always been a part of Zoe's life - she began writing songs at age 3, At age 6, she was singing in choirs and taking piano lessons, and by age 12, she was accompanying choirs and productions at school. She acquired her first harpsichord at age 17, and she also enjoyed playing the flute in the concert band in high school.  

Ms. Vandermeer has been a featured guest on radio stations across the US and in Scotland, and articles about her work can be found in Classical Singer Magazine and the Swiss Journal Harpa.    

STRINGS:  Jillian Narayan

Jillian Narayan hails from New York City where she began her musical career as a teenager, playing in Borowide Orchestra, the Steven Joseph Orchestra, and Citywide Orchestra; performing in Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, and Lincoln Center. Later she studied with teachers of the Juilliard School and Manus School of Music. She studied with Joy Kane at the Dalcroze School of music and went on to play in the notable NYC Fringe Festival as well as to be the Principal Bassist in the American Mozart Orchestra. She has devoted over 20 years studying the cello and bass, with a new focus on the viola.
Jillian is also passionate about Medieval Literature and Linguistics, and obtained a Bachelor's Degree with a focus on medieval studies from Queens College, as well as a MBA from the University of Bridgeport
GUITAR/UKE/PIANO: Timothy Forcelli

Tim was born in Ridgefield, Connecticut in 1987 and attended public schools. Graduated from Central Connecticut State University with a B.A. degree in Music, and a Creative Writing minor. Also studied classical guitar, jazz guitar, western art composition and poetry. Was accepted into New York University's M.M. Program in Jazz performance in 2012, where he had the opportunity to teach undergraduate courses, and study with talented musicians including, Brad Shepik, Peter Bernstein, Wayne Krantz, Adam Rogers, Andy Milne, Tony Moreno, and Billy Drewes of the Village Vangaurd Band. Graduated with honors in May 2015, and have since been teaching privately, and composing original music for piano. I hope to to continue my journey in the arts and inspire a lifelong love of learning.  


BAND & STRINGS:  Nanette Jordan

Nanette Jordan recieved her undergraduate degree at Gettysburg College and post graduate studies at Western Connecticut State University, Central, Hartt & NYIT. She has studied with: Judith Ormond, Mary Woodward, Sarah Landgren, and Dr. Michael Mennon on flute; Dr. Michael Matsinko on piano; Dr. Kermit Finstad on voice; Dr. Robert Zellner on brass; Dr. Russel Getz on music education; and Dr. Norman Nunamaker on strings. She has a teacher’s certification in both New York and CT with over three decades of teaching music in public schools in PA, SD, NY and CT.  
GUITAR AND BASS:Christian Hanley

Christian has been playing guitar and bass for 34 years. Initially self-taught, he quickly realized that to reach his ambitious goals he needed to learn theory, technique and composition. He has been uniting musicians throughout the area for years, and for good reason. His students come back to him time and again. Christian’s teaching theory is simple: Teach what the students love. The songs they love. And teach the way he would have liked to be taught.


PIANO, GUITAR, & VOICE: Fred Siebelts

Fred is a true piano prodigy, beginning his immersion at the age of 5. He is the son of artists, who nurtured his desire to unite the world through music. A natural instructor, he studied music and composition at the Hart School of Music with jazz legends Jackie McLean and Jackie Byard. Fred also went to the Trinity Repertory Conservatory theater school where he studied music composition for plays. He started teaching music early – to cover for his instructors when they toured.


PIANO & VOICE:  Michele Ferrara

Soprano, Michelle Ferrara has recently won top prizes at The Oratorio Society of New York, The Art Song Preservation Society, The American Protégé Competition and won a private coaching with renowned Juilliard Coach, Thomas Grubb. As an active singer in New York City, Ms. Ferrara has been invited to audition for the Metropolitan Opera Chorus as well as been hired to sing for numerous Composer’s Voice Concert Series; a program that promotes new music by living composers as well as participating in Make Music New York, a city wide music celebration with many instrumentalists and vocalists performing in various venues throughout Manhattan. Ms. Ferrara’s upcoming projects include performances with the New York based company, Opera Collective and will sing a myriad of roles in Vocal Productions NYC’s upcoming season.

PIANO & VOICE:  Michele Ferrara

Soprano, Michelle Ferrara has recently won top prizes at The Oratorio Society of New York, The Art Song Preservation Society, The American Protégé Competition and won a private coaching with renowned Juilliard Coach, Thomas Grubb. As an active singer in New York City, Ms. Ferrara has been invited to audition for the Metropolitan Opera Chorus as well as been hired to sing for numerous Composer’s Voice Concert Series; a program that promotes new music by living composers as well as participating in Make Music New York, a city wide music celebration with many instrumentalists and vocalists performing in various venues throughout Manhattan. Ms. Ferrara’s upcoming projects include performances with the New York based company, Opera Collective and will sing a myriad of roles in Vocal Productions NYC’s upcoming season.

PIANO & VOICE:  Christopher Knight

Chris received his degree from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam in Music Education, where he concentrated on classical voice and choral music.  Chris is an elementary music teacher for Stamford Public Schools, and is certified to teach music in both New York and Connecticut. His musical teaching proficiency is matched by his enthusiasm, making him a natural unifier of musicians of all levels.



DRUMS & PERCUSSON:  Hans Broeking

A graduate of UCONN School of Music, Hans has been active throughout Connecticut for the last 20+ years, uniting musicians teaching drums and playing with bands and orchestras. His range has included rock, funk, Latin, and jazz. He has instructed marching band programs including Darien, Bethel, and Newtown high schools. Additionally, Hans has been an active performer in theatrical music with Stamford’s Curtain Call Theater, Westport Country Playhouse, Wilton Playhouse and more.

PIANO & VOICE:  Michele Ferrara

Soprano, Michelle Ferrara has recently won top prizes at The Oratorio Society of New York, The Art Song Preservation Society, The American Protégé Competition and won a private coaching with renowned Juilliard Coach, Thomas Grubb. As an active singer in New York City, Ms. Ferrara has been invited to audition for the Metropolitan Opera Chorus as well as been hired to sing for numerous Composer’s Voice Concert Series; a program that promotes new music by living composers as well as participating in Make Music New York, a city wide music celebration with many instrumentalists and vocalists performing in various venues throughout Manhattan. Ms. Ferrara’s upcoming projects include performances with the New York based company, Opera Collective and will sing a myriad of roles in Vocal Productions NYC’s upcoming season.

DRUMS & PERCUSSION: Bill Cerulli

Bill is a professional teaching and session drummer, and vocalist, uniting technique, sound, and expression. He played drums on Vicki Sue Robinson’s iconic “Turn the Beat Around,” and continues to play with the Tomorrow Band. He studied jazz and rock drumming with Alan Dawson and Joe Corsata, two of the best drum teachers for professionals on the east coast. Bill was also a charter drum instructor at the original Stamford Music Program under the mentorship of then senator Anthony Truglia.


STRINGS & PIANO: Celine Boulben

Celine has united music and musicians globally, having been trained in Romania, France, and Israel. She holds a Bachelor of Music from Bucharest National University of Music, and has taught strings and piano in Manhattan, Paris, Connecticut, and Bucharest. She is fluent in English, French, and Romanian.
WOODWINDS: Bennett Mazzola

Bennett has been playing and teaching clarinet, flute, & soprano, tenor, and baritone saxophone professionally for decades. He unites the musicians, having taught all those instruments to students from 6 to 91. He is driven by diversity and sharing his musical wisdom. Bennett has successfully prepared Fairfield County student for Western Regionals for over 10 years. Today, he still plays professionally with jazz bands & combos, orchestras, and funk bands.


GUITAR: Mike Milazzo

A lifelong musician, Mike teaches guitar, mandolin, ukulele and other string instruments. An accomplished singer-songwriter, he unites acoustic and electric string instruments for a raw yet heartfelt sound. He has shared his skills with both emerging and established artists, including Donovan, Richie Havens, and Rock Hall of Fame drummer/vocalist Levon Helm from The Band.


GUITAR & BASS:  Todd Schneider

Todd has been successfully teaching, creating joy, and uniting musicians since 1981. He’s played guitar professionally all over the world, from Alaska to Europe to Brazil. Todd has accompanied such notables as Marion Meadows, the Gil Evans Orchestra and virtuoso drummer Kenwood Dennard. Additionally, he has played seminal venues including Sweet Basil and the Shubert in Manhattan, as well as Oakdake and Palace Theaters.


VOICE:  David Eiduks

David is a New York based singer and actor, who teaches and coaches singers in Manhattan and Connecticut. He studied with opera singer/ European Music Theatre Star Rebecca Sherburn-Bly in the graduate Opera program at The University of Missouri. At Boston University, where David obtained his BFA in Acting, he began studying voice with his vocal mentor -  New York Metropolitan Opera and Broadway veteran Claudia Catania. As a singer David has been a soloist at such venues as: The Kansas City Symphony, and many other national benefit concerts -  from The American Cancer Society to The Hurricane Katrina Disaster Fund. He is a true believer in unity through music.



UPRIGHT BASS & ELECTRIC BASS:  Scott Fragala

Scott has been studying, playing bass, and uniting various music forms since the age of ten.  He trained with Paul Adamy and Todd Coolman at the SUNY Purchase.  Scott received his Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance from the Manhattan School of Music. While attending MSM, Scott performed with the jazz ensemble Light Streams, with Jeff Franzel and Jerry Dodgion, world-renowned saxophonist. He has created background music for television series Nurse Jackie and Breaking Bad.



PIANO & VOICE: Andrew Morrisey

Andrew unites the musicians with piano and voice. For such a young guy, his experience is rich in musical theater, having studied and performed at Manhattan’s Circle in the Square and Yale University after received his honors degree in music from Ontario’s prestigious Sheridan College.

He also has deep experience teaching music theory and musical theater day camps working on vocal technique, songs, and dance for students of all ages.

Andrew is committed to helping people unite the world through music.

SAXOPHONE, FLUTE, & CLARINET: Kenny Venezia

Kenny has over three decades of performing, recording, and teaching experience. He has worked with some of the best in jazz, rock and blues.  He has been a recording artist for several Sony labels, and has accompanied Buddy Rich, Elvin Jones, Sinead O’Connor, and many others.  Kenny’s session work and teaching experience has taught him the significance of uniting musicians, and the world, through musical collaboration.
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