Stephanie Wells

Stephanie Wells is a music director, educator, pianist and vocal coach. She has been teaching and music directing for over 20 years. She received her BA in Musical Theater Performance from Columbia College Chicago. In Chicago, she began music directing, playing with bands and started teaching at Old Town School of Folk Music. After moving to NYC, she met Elizabeth Swados and collaborated with her at New School and Tisch/NYU where she had the pleasure of working on many devised musical theater productions that were produced and performed in NYC, Abu Dhabi and Shanghai. She served as adjunct faculty at Kingsborough College where she taught Musical Theater and Music Appreciation and served as the resident Music Director for the Theater Department. She has worked with several different organizations in NYC as a teaching artist such as TADA! Youth Theater, Brooklyn Acting Lab, Brooklyn Children’s Theater, The Leadership Program and The Performing Arts Project.

Over the past 3 years, she’s had the pleasure of exploring the rest of the country and has worked with UC Boulder, The Arts Hub, and Rocky Mountain Children’s Theater in Colorado, served as the Associate Music Director for the BFA Musical Theater Program at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas and worked as a teaching artist with VIBE of Portland in Oregon. She’s really excited to join the team at EzraGuitar!

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Colton Chapman

Colton Chapman is a musician who specializes in Classical and Electric Guitar (Guitar Composition, Songwriting, Rock, Post-rock, Death/Black Metal, and Music Production/Home Recording). Described by a close friend as, “a musical nerd who relishes in coloring outside the box”, he thoroughly enjoys teaching, composing and performing in a variety of styles.

Originally from San Antonio, TX, he began playing electric guitar at the age of 14, writing his own songs and playing in metal bands throughout high school. A late bloomer to classical guitar, he studied with Dr. Kim Perlak (Chair of Guitar at Berklee College of Music) at Austin Community College, where he received his Associates Degree in Music. He then completed his undergraduate studies with Dr. Mathew Dunne at The University of Texas at San Antonio, performing several of his original compositions in recitals, masterclasses, and The Blanton Museum of Contemporary Art in Austin, TX. He later went on to complete his Master’s Degree at The Manhattan School of Music in NYC with renowned guitarist composer Mark Delpriora, including private composition lessons with Dr. Reiko Fueting.

He has performed his compositions for some of the guitar communities leading composers, including Sergio Assad, Benjamin Verdery, Johannes Moller, Sarah Kirkland Snider, David Leisner, and has given premieres in NYC’s contemporary art spaces that include MISE-EN_Place and The Shed. He is also an active member in Riffhard, an online guitar community led by Guitarist John Browne of Monuments, where he participates in monthly songwriting challenges and discussions about everything related to playing, writing, and dissecting guitar riffs.

In 2020, his piece, “Sonata New York” for solo guitar was selected to be performed by himself as part of the The 21st Century Guitar Conference & Research Center in Portugal, Spain. Due to COVID 19, the event was held virtually, and a high quality video for the piece was made instead.

Colton’s teaching style is unique to each individual student, with a hyper focus on helping them achieve their personal goals by creating a fun learning environment with a structured practice regime.

www.coltonchapmanguitar.com

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AORY6B7nr3c

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Claudio Paciocco

Claudio Paciocco is an Italian classical guitarist based in New York City. He began the study of classical guitar at very young age with Rosario Caida Greco and he continued his studies with Sandro Torlontano graduating with honors from the Conservatory Umberto Giordano in Foggia (Italy). Admitted at the prestigious International Guitar Academy of Koblenz (Germany) in the class of Aniello Desiderio, he received in 2011 the Postgraduate Diploma in Performance. He has attended master classes by Leo Brouwer, Pavel Steidl, Dale Kavanagh and many others. As a soloist he has been awarded in several national and international music competitions. An active performer, he has played many solo recitals, chamber music concerts and musicals in festivals and events in Europe and United States.

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Ethan Fox

Ethan Fox is a New York City based musician and educator. Ethan is an active performer of Indian Classical music and a faculty member of the Chhandayan Center for Indian Studies in Manhattan. He regularly performs with ensembles of various musical styles including Central Asian, Jazz, Western Classical, Afro Cuban and Ghanaian musics. Ethan is actively involved in music educational efforts around New York City. He is a music teacher for the NYC public schools and runs his own private studio. He is currently studying tabla in the Guru-Shishya parampara with Pandit Samir Chatterjee. Ethan received his master’s degree in percussion performance from Northern Illinois University and his bachelor’s degree in percussion performance from SUNY Fredonia.

 

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Tamara Sevunts

Tamara Sevunts is a multilingual actress who hails from Montreal, Canada, and is now based in NYC. Off-Broadway credits include: The Good Girl (E59E Theatres), Loose Canon(SoHo Playhouse). Regional credits include: World Premiere of Douglas Carter Beane’s Fairycakes (Moth), Twelfth Night (Feste), Measure for Measure (Angelo) with the Scranton Shakespeare Festival. Film credits: The Real American (NYTVF, Atlanta Film Festival, Listapad International Film Festival), Larchmont, Cigarette Pact, You Can’t Go Home Again, Tale of the Anguished GardenerTamara is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and a member of the ’14 Academy Company.  More at www.tamarasevunts.com. 

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