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  • Sinan Bakir

    TEACHES: Guitar, Ukulele, and Bass

    Sinan Bakir is a jazz guitarist and composer performing regularly in CT and NY. His latest releases "On My Way" (2009), followed by a quartet recording titled “Tales and Stories” (2012) with pianist Warren Byrd received great reviews from music critics and had notable international airplay. He is a graduate of Hartford Conservatory and also holds a BS for engineering. He enjoys teaching guitar and music theory at all levels and also studied music pedagogy which allows him to work with kids easily. Please visit his official website www.sinanbakir.com for more info.

  • Gil Flores

    TEACHES: Brass instruments (French Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Baritone/Euphonium, and Tuba), Wind Instruments (Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Oboe), Guitar, Ukulele, Bass, Piano, and Vocal

    Gil is a multi-instrumental performer, writer, recording artist, and private teacher with over 20 years of experience. He is also the owner of the Music Score. He attended Western Connecticut State University as a Music Education Major.
    Gil is proficient in many instruments including (but not limited to): Piano, Voice, Guitar, Bass, Low & High Brass Instruments, Clarinet, Saxophone, Drums, Violin, Oboe, and Ukulele. Performed in many Pit Orchestras in Elementary Schools, High Schools, and College. Performed on the road with a number of bands including his 80's cover band, "Gargamel."

  • Christine Melson

    TEACHES: Piano

    Christine has a Master’s degree from Hartt School of Music and has been teaching and playing in Connecticut for over 20 years. She often plays for churches and touring Broadway musicals. Chris is also a faculty member at Trinity College.




  • Katherine Tolis

    TEACHES: Violin & Viola

    Katherine is a violin performer and was an educator in the Berlin School system for many years. She received a B.A. from St.Joseph College in West Hartford, and a M.S. in education from C.C.S.U. She studied violin at The Hartford Conservatory and participated in chamber workshops with Lilian Fuchs at the Yale Summer School of Music. She received ensemble coaching under Gerald Gelbloom at The Hartford Conservatory and studied privately with Helen DeLay at Julliard.

    Presently, she is a member of the New Britain Symphony, and is the first violinist in the New England Chamber Choir Orchestra. She is also serving as a CMEA violin adjudicator for the Connecticut Regionals and All-State Auditions.
  • Phil Van Deusen

    TEACHES: Trombone, Euphonium/Baritone, and Bass

    Phil has been playing trombone since the age of 9, and has had an extensive music career, beginning as a student in the South Windsor school system. He has also studied trombone privately under the direction of George Sanders, who is a member of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. In addition to having participated in the Hartt School of Music Community Division, Phil has played in a few High School musicals, such as South Windsor High Schools production of "Anything Goes", "Guys & Dolls", and Rocky Hill High Schools production of "Once Upon a Mattress".