Director of Development
Expertise: Nonprofit Development & Fundraising
Adam Arango serves as the Director of Development for Education Through Music. He has worked to build and grow the capabilities and capacities of arts and education organizations for over a decade. His passion for music education began with a love of performance from a young age, which led to a brief career as a professional trombonist and brass teacher. Adam began fundraising work with the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, and has worked with leading organizations around the country since; including the Aspen Music Festival, Manhattan School of Music, Lincoln Center, and the All Stars Project.
Director of Finance and Business Operations
Expertise: Nonprofit Finance and Administration
Rainah Berlowitz serves as Director of Finance and Business Operations. He received an A.B. in English from Princeton University and came to ETM in 1997 through the Princeton AlumniCorps' Project 55 Fellowship Program. In 2005, Mr. Berlowitz was appointed a member of the National Board of Directors and President of the New York Executive Committee of Giving Opportunities To Others, Inc. (GOTO), a volunteer-managed 501(c)(3) not-for-profit. In 2009, he was elected to serve as Chairman of GOTO's Board. In Fall 2011, he completed executive leadership training as a participant in the New York Arts & Business Council's Arts Leadership Institute. In Fall 2012, he was one of twelve nonprofit professionals from the U.S. and overseas selected to participate in the American Express Foundation/Aspen Institute Fellowship for Emerging Nonprofit Leaders. Rainah also plays guitar.
Naomi L. Fernandez
Expertise: Band, Choral, Curriculum, Lesson planning, Methodology: Dalcroze, Methodology: Solfege, Middle/secondary, Musical theater, School leadership
As an Instructional Supervisor, Naomi Fernandez loves to cheer on her heroes, music teachers. She brings to ETM 17 years of education experience in teaching and leadership roles. After receiving her Bachelor's degree in K-12 Music Education from Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska, she went on to obtain her Masters of Music Education at Boston University. Before coming to ETM, she taught grades K-12 in public and private schools that included locations in Oregon, Nebraska, and California, including a wide range of ensembles such as band, handbells, choir, show choir, steel drums, and group piano lessons. Naomi views music as a core subject that should be taught to every student. "All students deserve the opportunity to explore and learn music in school. It should not be an elitist subject," she says. "I believe that music should be fun and productive. I believe in the value of humor to educate and manage. And, I believe music is a core class of infinite value."
Director of Marketing & Communications
Expertise: Nonprofit Marketing & Communications
Helen Frank serves as Director of Marketing & Communications. She has worked in the nonprofit sector since 2007, first as an arts marketer and then with NYC-based youth-serving nonprofits. Originally from Minnesota, Helen has lived in NYC since 2002, and is proud to be giving back to a city that has offered her so much already.
Expertise: Composition, Cross curricular development, Curriculum, Early childhood, Lesson planning, Music technology, Musical theater, Professional development, School leadership
Joseph Fusca serves as an Instructional Supervisor. Originally from upstate New York, Joseph joins ETM after nearly 10 years of teaching and leading arts and music programs in NYC charter schools. He holds a Bachelors of Arts in Music Production and Engineering from SUNY Purchase and a Master's degree in Music Education from Columbia University's Teachers College. In addition to his work with Education Through Music, Joseph is a founding member of the Brooklyn Brass Band Collective and a seasoned percussionist. His motto: We're all in this together.
Expertise: Choral, Cross curricular development, Curriculum, Lesson planning, Literacy, Musical theater, Professional development
Kevin Johnson serves as an Instructional Supervisor. He spent two years working for Chicago Public Schools in their AVID program as well as nine years working for District of Columbia Public Schools teaching Middle School Literacy, Social Sciences, and Elementary Music. As a singer, Kevin has performed across the nation in both a professional solo and choral capacity. He has provided several lectures in African American music and vocal pedagogy for Universities and Choral Ensembles within the Washington, DC region. He holds a Bachelor's Degree from Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA; a Master’s in Music from the Chicago Conservatory at Roosevelt University in Chicago, IL; and a Doctorate of Music Arts from The Catholic University of American in Washington, DC.
Director of Partnership Programs
Expertise: Band, Certification, Curriculum, Danielson / teacher evaluation, Lesson planning, Middle/secondary, Orchestra, Professional development, School leadership, Strings, Student assessment & evaluation
Nicholas LaFleur serves as the Director of Partnership Programs. He received his Master of the Arts in Performing Arts Administration from New York University, Advanced Certification in Music Education from Brooklyn College, and his Bachelor's of Music in Jazz Performance from the University of Massachusetts. He came to ETM in 2008, after having served as General Manager of Mind-Builders Creative Arts Center in Bronx, NY since 2006. After finishing his Bachelor's Degree, Nick spent three years teaching music in the school systems of Boston and Los Angeles before turning to a full-time career of performance in the U.S. and Asia, eventually settling in Bangkok where he stayed for 11 years working extensively in its commercial music industry and in education. Before returning to the U.S. from Thailand in 2003, Nick spent three years as Director of the Jazz & Contemporary Music program at MIFA-The International Academy of Music. Nick plays saxophone, flute and trumpet.
Assistant Program Director
Expertise: Band, Choral, Cross curricular development, Curriculum, Danielson / teacher evaluation, Early childhood, Lesson planning, Literacy, Musical theater, Student assessment & evaluation
Stephanie Nantell serves as Assistant Program Director. Stephanie joins Education Through Music directly after teaching elementary music in NYC public and charter schools. She has two Masters from NYU, a Master of Arts in Music Education, and a Master of Music in Trumpet Performance. While at NYU, Stephanie taught as a private trumpet instructor for NYU undergraduates (non-music majors), tutored with America Reads, and worked as a digitization assistant in the archives department of the New York Philharmonic. Since graduating from NYU, Stephanie has pursued her Level I (Kodály) and II (Orff) Methodologies Certifications and used those skills as a Kodály Musicianship Instructor with the National Children's Choir. Stephanie also has a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Rollins College, where her primary instruments were voice and trumpet. While living in Orlando, Stephanie worked as a trumpet player at Walt Disney World and performed in local elementary schools in a show about positive character traits for Radio Disney.
Expertise: Choral, Conducting, Cross curricular development, Curriculum, Danielson / teacher evaluation, Early childhood, ELL / ESL, Lesson planning, Literacy, Methodology: Dalcroze, Methodology: Gordon, Methodology: Orff, Methodology: Solfege, Musical theater, Professional development, School leadership, Strings
Ulises Solano is an Education Through Music veteran who has served both as a music teacher (since 2007) and as an Instructional Supervisor (since 2016). Originally from Costa Rica (A country with no army that prides itself for having more teachers than soldiers), his first job as a music teacher was straight out of high school in his native country at age 17. He's been teaching ever since. He graduated from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music with his Bachelors's and Masters's in vocal performance. Aside from being a teacher, he has had a very active singing career, touring the world as an operatic tenor, concertist, recitalist, choral conductor, and pianist. Ulises has a special interest in social causes and the mental transformation of society through education. He says, "What keeps me motivated at ETM is its mission statement. What we do matters because we aim to bring equality through music to those for whom music education is a dream, something only other schools with means do. My job is to empower teachers to see opportunity in the absence of it and to enable them to harness for themselves the amazing societal transformative power that, through music, they carry inside."
Expertise: Early childhood, Middle/secondary, Professional development, School leadership
Penny Swift serves as the Executive Director. She joined Education Through Music in 2017 as the inaugural Chief Operation Officer. Penny has had an extensive career as an operational and strategic leader in early childhood education. Her career began in the service of under-resourced communities as a teacher and a special education administrator. As a lifelong advocate for equality and excellence in childhood education, Penny's experience led her to senior leadership roles overseeing early childhood centers. She recently served as the Divisional Vice President at Brightside Academy, overseeing all early-childhood academies in New York and Philadelphia.
Penny is a lifelong New Yorker and a proud alumna of New York City's public schools. She graduated cum laude with a master's degree in special education and a professional diploma in educational administration from the City College of New York.