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Our Teachers and Instructors:

Contemporary Voice: Julia Green 
Julia was born in Pensacola FL and began studying classical voice at the age of 10, and was  the youngest member of the Pensacola Opera at the age of 14. Julia spent her childhood in the community theatre and regularly participated in local classical voice competitions.  During her teenage and college years, Julia was an apprentice at the Broadway Theatre Project for two years and was also part of the first student body to attended The Performing Arts Project in North Carolina. Julia got her BFA Musical Theatre from Sam Houston State University.  She participated in semi-professional shows in the Houston area as well as played a supporting role in the original musical "Kissless" in the New York Musical Theatre Festival off-Broadway during her junior year of college.
Shortly after graduation, Julia relocated to New York where she began to realize her true passion was writing music. In the summer of 2015, she began writing and recording her first EP "Cannibals" with Whitewater Studios in Manhattan. "Cannibals" was released in February of 2016. A few months later, Julia signed a publishing agreement with MotherWest record label in Brooklyn, NY. Julia continues to write and record music with MotherWest.  Julia recently traded the pace of city life for the more laid back atmosphere of Beacon, NY.  She continues to perform regularly in the Hudson Valley area. 

Julia is teaching beginner level voice lessons to anyone that wants to improve the range, tone, and understanding of the voice so that singing becomes effortless and enjoyable. Exercises and techniques are applicable for any genre of music. 

Please call for availability and rates: 845-765-8548.

Mandolin:  Wayne Fugate 
Wayne Fugate is one of the New York area's most versatile acoustic musicians. Making his musical home in the space in, around and between the American roots styles of bluegrass, blues, jazz, and old-time music, he can swing gracefully from these styles to any of his other musical loves in the worlds of Classical, Gypsy jazz and Brazilian Choro music. His playing combines emotion and intellect with technical precision and while he puts his own creative stamp on everything that he plays, the respect he has for tradition is readily apparent in his playing. 


A founding member of the widely acclaimed, eclectic string band "Uncommon Ground", Wayne also performs and tours with “Mandolin Madness” an ensemble featuring mandolin great, Barry Mitterhoff and “The New York Mandolin Ensemble”, one of the country’s premiere chamber orchestra groups using instruments of the Mandolin and Lute families (Mandolins, Mandola, Mando-Cello, Guitar and Bass).  In demand as 'first call' freelance artist, some of Wayne's other performing credits include stage work with Tony Trischka, Hazel Dickens, Barry Mitterhoff, Kenny Kosek, Walt Michael & Co, Jay Ungar & Molly Mason, Kenny Kosek, Grammy Award winner Lisa Gutkin, and banjo legend Bill Keith.

Wayne has performed on two continents at noteworthy venues that include Carnegie Hall's Isaac Stern Auditorium and Weill Recital Hall, Symphony Space, The Great Hall at Edinburgh Castle, West Point, SPAC and The Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. He can be heard on the soundtracks of Emmy nominatedfilm "Home" and Louis B. Mayer award winning short film, "Respects". Wayne has studied (and performed) with two of the world's mandolin greats, Barry Mitterhoff and Mike Marshall. He continues his musical education with private instruction and has attended several continuing education programs at Boston's Berklee College of Music.  He is active as a mandolin teacher, offering both private instruction and workshops given annually at prominent festivals and music camps throughoutthe Northeast. Wayne is the author of two (soon to be three) instructional and tune books for mandolin available through Alfred Publishing and Mel Bay.
 
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Master class Jazz and Blues guitar with-
Andy Stack

Andy Stack has shared his love of guitar and music for the past 15 years.
His professional career started when he moved from Buffalo, NY to the NYC region where he earned a degree from SUNY Purchase in Jazz Studies.
Andy has toured and recorded with several noted international acts including Suzanne Vega, Duncan Sheik, Gabriel Kahane, Jonah Smith, The Duhks, NY Ska Jazz and others. He was also a teacher for several years with the acclaimed National Guitar Workshop in Connecticut. Andy Specializes in American Roots guitar.  His favorite players are Ry Cooder, Marc Knopfler, Marc Ribot, Bill Frisell, Wes Montgomery, Charlie Christian and the 3 kings.  

Areas in which Andy would love to help students on any level include:
Basic Chord Playing and Melody,  Reading Music, Rhythm, learning your favorite songs, Songwriting, Ear Training, Recording Skills, Digital Audio, Aocustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Piano, Bass, Voice and Singing, Soloing and Improve, among almost anything else music related. 
Andy is positive and fun to work with. 
Please call for availability and rates: 845-765-8548.
Electric Bass: Samuel Smith 

Sam Smith is a professional electric bass player in the Hudson Valley, with over ten years of experience.  He has received a Bachelors Degree in Music from SUNY New Paltz, and is currently pursuing a Masters in Music Education from CUNY Hunter.  Aside from teaching bass privately, Sam plays in a variety of local groups in the area. He's also a heck of a nice soft-spoken gentleman.

We are happy to add Sam to ther Main Street Music family.


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  • Percussion:  Jeff Haynes   

  1. Jeff,  a “Percussion Wizard” according to the Albany 
    Times, brings a sound to today’s music scene that takes percussion beyond 
    “technique” and “tradition”.  In recorded and stage performances, Jeff moves 
    effortlessly from varied and subtle textures... to grooving in the pocket... to anchoring 
    the rhythm section.  

    Jeff has toured and recorded extensively with Cassandra Wilson, for 15 years.  He 
    has toured with the Pat Metheny Group, Al Jarreau, Boney James, Lizz Wright , Harry 
    Belafonte, Dionne Farris and Peabo Bryson.  His talent is widely reflected in over a 
    100 CDs with recording credits ranging from prominent names in R&B, Jazz, World 
    Beat—to New Age.

  2. ​In 2013, Jeff produced and released through Hachet Books "Pete Seeger, Storm King" a series of spoken word narratives set to music and percussion of many kinds.  The recording has been nominated for a Grammy Award in thre category of "Best Spoken Word Album."

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    Guitar and Songwritiing: Dan Einbender 

    From the 1960s to the present, Dan has been part of the coffeehouse,  folk music and children's music scenes.  A co-founder of Chicago's renouned Amazing Grace Coffeehouse in 1968, Dan went on to become a music therapist and teacher.  In the 1970s through the 1990s, Dan did extensive work with the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, as cook, as a Sloop Singer and as an environmental educator and storyteller. Dan uses music to inspire thought and action, and as a teaching tool.  Dan's original recycling song "It Really Isn't Garbage ("till you throw it away") has been sung and recorded extensively by artists such as Pete Seeger, Pat Humphries and Bob Reed.  The song was selected as the official theme of the Ulster County recycling project.  More recently, Dan created Kidfriendly music, creating and performing in-school programs about Hudson River history, civil rights, the environment, and songwriting,  In 2009, Dan co-produce "The Clearwater Moment" a daily feature on the WAMC radio network.  In 2008, Dan helped organize The Rivertown Kids, Beacon NY based children's singing and activist group whose 2010 recording with Pete Seeger "Tomorrow's Children" earned him a Grammy Award as co-producer of the year's "Best Children's Album".  From telling pirate stories, to encouraging creativity and thought, Dan is great with both children and adults.  His teaching concentartes in basic guitar, performance skills and songwriting, and focuses on the genres of folk, blues and classic rock.

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    Violin: Sara Milonovich 

    Starting her musical career almost two decades ago as a child prodigy on the violin, Sara Milonovich is currently the frontwoman/ singer/ fiddler/ songwriter for Daisycutter, a band of adventurous travelers from the many and varied music scenes of New York, who combine a wide-screen city view with a bracing dose of rural realism. Sara has also been a highly sought-after accompanist in the rock, folk, bluegrass, americana, and celtic music worlds, and has performed and recorded throughout North and South America, Europe and beyond.

    Growing up on a working farm in rural upstate New York, Sara began playing when she was four, and by nine was leading her own band (around the same time she learned to drive a tractor.) After a collection of awards for fiddling, singing, songwriting, and composing, she left school at sixteen to hit the road with NY bluegrass band The McKrells. A diverse trajectory led her from there through a busy career as an accompanist and collaborator with such artists as Richard Shindell, Pete Seeger (on his Grammy-winning At 89 album), Eliza Gilkyson, Cathie Ryan, Mountain Quickstep, and Antje Duvekot, among others, while simultaneously earning a degree in Biology from Cornell. Sara Milonovich has also been a highly sought-after accompanist in the rock, folk, bluegrass, americana, and celtic music worlds, and has performed and recorded throughout North and South America, Europe and beyond. 

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    Songwriting and Guitar: Jacob Bernz

    Jacob started strumming the guitar about as soon as he could walk, and as a teenager began singing and writing his own songs and appearing at local gatherings and festivals such as the Clearwater Revival and the Riverlover’s Shadfest in Croton.  He has also appeared in cafés such as The Town Crier (where he placed amongst the finalists in their open mic competition) and the Guthrie Center in Great Barrington.  Jacob sings contemporary music, but also reaches back to the music of those who paved the way such as Bob Dylan, Arlo Guthrie, Joan Baez, Tam Paxton, Phil Ochs, Simon and Garfunkel, Peter Paul and Mary, and of course, Pete Seeger.  From 2008 through 2010, Jacob co-founded and managed the “Something To Say Café,” a monthly cafe and open mic held at the Beacon Sloop Club where teens showcased their talents to audiences of all ages.  Jacob was also a charter member of The Hudson River Sloop Clearwater’s “Power of Song” music program which brings teenagers and young adults together and helps them to become the next generation of activist musicians.  Jacob has appeared on stage with the likes of Tom Chapin, Tom Paxton, Janis Ian, Pete Seeger, Livingston Taylor, Jackson Brown, Toshi Reagon, and Guy Davis. Jacob released his first CD “Footprints” in 2011 and is currently working on his second CD of all-original songs.

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    Banjo and Guitar: David Bernz

    David Bernz grew up immersed in folk music, schooled by his father and mother who were both intimately involved in the early folk boom of the 1940’s and ‘50s.  Lee Hays of the Weavers eventually purchased the house next door to be close to his adopted family and through Lee and others, David absorbed a musical sensibility that never strayed too far from his folk roots.  Since learning guitar and banjo in his teens, David has  found himself on stage with some of the nations top folk luminaries including Richie Havens, Tommy Makem, Noel Paul Stookey, Peter Yarrow, Jean Ritchie, Oscar Brand, Arlo Guthrie, Josh White Jr., Tom Chapin, Christine Lavin and Pete Seeger.  During the 1990’s, David appeared locally with the groups “Stone Soup” and “Dave Perry Rande.”  In 2003, David Teamed up with folksinger James Durst to form “Work o’ the Weavers” a tribute to America’s quintessential folk quartet.  Work o’ the Weavers has toured through 27 states as well as Canada and Israel and continues its work bringing the music and story of the Weavers to audiences young and old and presenting new material in the Weavers’ trajectory.  David has also produced concerts, CDs and radio.  His credits include WAMC radio’s “Clearwater Moment” and Pete Seeger’s Grammy Winning CDs "Pete Seeger at 89" (2008) and "Pete Seeger and the Rivertown Kids, Tomorrow;s Children" (2010).recent CDs “At 89” (2008) and “Tomorrow’s Children” (2010).  In 2012, together with co-producer percussionist Jeff Haynes, David completed the CD “Pete Seeger and Lorre Wyatt, A More Perfect Union.”  David also recently produced “Pete Remembers Woody,” a 2-CD spoken retrospective of Pete’s times and travels with Woody Guthrie  punctuated by music, both on Appleseed Recordings.  David's guitar style includes elements of folk, blues, rock, bluegrass, fingerpicking, and flatpicking.  On the banjo, he plays a variety of styles as well, but feels most comfortable with folk and mountain clawhammer.

    Please call for prices and times.  845-765-8548

    String Bass: Mark Murphy

    Mark grew up in a musical family. His dad (the late Dwight ‘Doc’ Murphy) was a public school music educator and he and Mark’s mom (Nancy) performed together in contradance bands until very recently. Mark started playing cello in 3rd grade, electric bass in 10th, then upright bass at SUNY Fredonia. Graduating in 1981 with a degree in art, he dived into professional music with Walt Michael, Tom McCreesh and Company, with whom he’s appeared on Nashville Network’s Fire on the Mountain and NPR’s Prairie Home Companion. He has performed with Pilobilus Dance Company and has headlined shows ranging from the Carter Family Fold to Lincoln Center. 

    With the Vanaver Caravan, he has performed at Lincoln Center and the United Nations, and was part of the cast filmed for their historic dance reconstruction, “Boston Fancy,” which was inducted into the National Archives. He has backed up blues artist Guy Davis (a W.C. Handy Award nominee) on Late Night With Conan O’Brien and on tour in Europe. He has toured and recorded in the U.S., Canada and Europe.

    Mark plays and offers lessons in a variety of styles including Old-Time, Bluegrass, Country, Swing, Blues, and Folk.

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    Travis Jeffrey:  Folk Banjo and Songwriting

    Travis has been a fixture in Hudson Valley folk circles for almost four decades.  He is a former member of the Hudson River Sloop Singers, a solo performer in his own right and is also kniown for having been the Captain of the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater during the 1980s and 1990s.  Travis learned much of his craft while working closely with artists such as Pete Seeger and Charlie King, and by listening to other folk icons of his generation such as Tom Paxton and Bob Dylan.  The songs Travis writes tend to be uplifting and singable.  He has a special knack for representing complex themes with an elegant simplicity.  Travis's banjo style closely aligns with the songs, with simple appropriate accompaniments that upon closer examination contain a surprising amount of complexity, syncopation and tastefully chosen accent notes.  Travis has recently worked as the musical leader of the Rivertown Kids, a Beacon-based group of school-age children who sing and write topical songs on many different issues.

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