Ben Senterfit is a journeyman musician who has over 25 years experience as a performer and educator. He has performed, recorded, toured, and taught extensively. Ben holds a performance degree from the Lamont School of Music and is certified as a vocal coach by the renowned voice expert, Dr. Scott Martin. Ben has worked as a vocal coach, saxophone and guitar teacher with hundreds of students of all ages. He lives in Red Hook NY where he is the owner and Director of the Community Music Space.
Josh Colow started playing professionally at 15 years opening for legends such as Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, and James Cotton before he was 19 years old. He has a degree in music from the The Berklee College of Music and has been a performing and touring musician for over 30 years, working primarily as a guitarist, bassist, and vocalist. As an educator Josh teaches guitar and bass as well as songwriting, theory, and recording technology. He tailors his studies to each individual students needs. He also teaches group workshops focused on song arrangement, recording techniques, and ensemble playing and has experience teaching all levels and ages of students.
Bridget Bertoldi is an accomplished flautist whose unique musical experiences have greatly shaped the musician she is today. Although classically trained, Bridget has a particular passion for contemporary music, and has performed a wide variety of solo contemporary and chamber works. Among her favorites are those that involve extended techniques, like flute beat-boxing. In 2013, Bridget was a winner of the National Flute Association’s Masterclass Performance Competition and performed “Zoom Tube” by Ian Clarke for Pierre Yves-Artaud, flute professor at the Paris Conservatory, at the National Flute Convention in New Orleans. She was also a finalist in the conservatory’s concerto competition in the fall of 2015 and has played principal in the orchestra’s 2014 Eastern European Tour and their recent June 2016 Cuba Tour.
Mary Ward is an actress and director whose career has spanned more than 20 years. She is an Independent Spirit Award Nominee and has had leading roles in film and TV.Her stage credits include Broadway, Off Broadway, and regional Theatre. She holds a Graduate degree from The London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art and furthered her training with legendary New York Director Wynn Handman of The American Place Theatre. Mary is a passionate acting coach and has run acting camps for children and youth since 2002. She is a member of Actor’s Equity and Screen Actors Guild/AFTRA.
Sean Gallagher is a pianist and multi-instrumentalist with a broad musical range. A hard working musician, Sean performs regularly with his jazz quartet “Sean G and the Downbeat” as well as the traditional Irish group, “T McCann Band” and Irish Rock band, “McCanna.” He is an energetic teacher and offers instruction in piano and teaches music theory and jazz harmony for all instruments. Sean holds a bachelors in Jazz Performance and Composition from SUNY NewPaltz. Click here for more about Sean.
Evan Garcia-Renart started playing piano at age 5 and has since gone on to perform, educate and tour internationally on both drum set and keys. He specializes in a wide variety of musical genres including classical, rock, jazz and heavy metal. Evan lives in Red Hook and holds a a bachelor’s degree in music from Bard College where he studied under the direction of accomplished performers and educators John Esposito and Erica Lindsay. Evan teaches private lessons in both drums and piano at the Community Music Space.
Scot Moore has had a variety of musical experiences on both violin and viola ranging from classical to jazz, pop, rock, latin and contemporary classical genres. Equally at home in an intimate cabaret setting as he is in the concert hall, Scot has extensive experience as a recording artist and also enjoys a considerable proficiency in improvisation. Scot has performed widely as a chamber musician, having given performances at Bard College’s Sosnoff Theater, Jordan Hall at New England Conservatory, Kneisel Hall in Blue Hill, Maine, The Appel Room (formerly the Allen Room) at Jazz at Lincoln Center, and at the Coolidge Auditorium in the Jefferson Building at the Library of Congress, among others. As a member of the Kalmia String Quartet, Scot can be heard on releases from Albany Records and Navona Records as part of composer Joseph Summer’s Shakespeare Concert Series. This past June Scot went on tour to Eastern Europe and Russia with the Bard Conservatory Orchestra. Following that, Scot was back on the road with the Hudson Valley’s very own Natalie Merchant for a summer tour of the East Coast and Midwest. As a graduate of the Bard College Conservatory, Scot has completed two Bachelors degrees in Music and Liberal Arts and now continues at the Conservatory with Marka Gustavsson and Luis García-Renart as an Advanced Performance Studies fellow. His past teachers include Cyrus Forough, Desiree Ruhstrat, Laurie Smukler and Daniel Phillips.