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Mark Viavattine

Mark serves as the 5th grade band director at ETM partner schools P.S. 154 and P.S. 175 in Queens, NY. In 2013, Mark received a dual Bachelor of Music degree in Saxophone Performance and Music Education from the Eastman School of Music.  During his time at ESM, Mark participated in select ensembles such as the world renowned Eastman Wind Ensemble …

Xiomara Nino

Originally from Bogotá, Colombia, Xiomara Niño is a choral conductor, musician, and educator based in New York City. She holds an A.A.S in Fine Arts from SUNY Fashion Institute of Technology, a B.A. in Music Education from CUNY Queens College and a M.A in Community Education from Goddard College. This is Xiomara’s 7th year teaching music in the NYC …

Ryan McTernan

Ryan McTernan earned his Bachelor of Music in Music Education from New York University and is entering his third year of teaching in NYC Public Schools. Before working with Education Through Music, Ryan spent two years teaching music in a high school in the North Bronx. Ryan is primarily a trombone player and tenor singer, and …

Branden Andrade

Branden is currently a substitute teacher with ETM. He is a recent graduate of Five Towns College, where he majored in Music Performance. Brenden got his start teaching K-8 Choir at P.S. 11 in Bedford-Stuyvesant with the Brooklyn Center of the Arts program. He has been featured as a guest conductor for choirs and concert bands …

Elijah Thomas

Elijah Thomas is a music educator originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is a proud product of the School District of Philadelphia and an alumnus of Temple University, where he received both his undergraduate degree in Jazz Arranging & Composition and Master of Music in Music Education from the nationally-renowned Esther Boyer College of Music & …

Candice Shaughnessy

Candice Shaughnessy is a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native. She received a Bachelor of Music in Education at Seton Hill University in 2010 and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Duquesne University in 2014. In Pittsburgh, Candice pursued a multi-faceted career as a music educator and performer. She was the Director of Music Ministry at …

Lucinda Olson

Lucinda Olson received her Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education and Horn Performance from the Eastman School of Music and earned her Master of Music in Horn Performance from New England Conservatory. Originally from southern New Jersey, Lucy moved to New York to serve as a K-5 general music teacher at P.S. 76X. She …

Carmen Montero

Carmen Montero teaches 1st through 5th grade general music at P.S. 57 in Staten Island. Carmen, violinist/violist, started her musical studies at the age of 7. A graduate of Staten Island’s Curtis High School, she was a participant in the Inter-School Orchestra, conducted by Jonathan Strasser; under auspices of this organization, she performed in the five boroughs and at …