Meet Maylyn Murphy
OWNER/DIRECTOR-HEAD VOCAL & PIANO TEACHER (STUDIO FULL)
Maylyn started her piano training at the age of 8 in Yokohama, Japan. She continued lessons for 10 years. During her training, Maylyn's parents noticed her natural ability to sing. They entered her in several singing competitions by the age of 9. To their surprise, she won all of the contests. It wasn't until she was 15 years old that Maylyn started to take voice lessons. She continued to receive prestigious awards throughout elementary and high school. Maylyn was accepted to several music colleges in the US. It was Berklee College of Music in Boston where she chose to expand her talents. She quickly added pop, rock, r&b and jazz to her repertoire. During school breaks, Maylyn traveled back to Japan to teach piano and English. Maylyn graduated from Berklee receiving a Bachelors Degree in Music Business focusing her instrument not only on voice, but piano as well. She has been singing professionally for 16 years and has been playing piano professionally for more than 10 years. She's been compared to Alicia Keys, Sade and Emeli Sande. Murphy currently leads "The Maylyn Murphy Band" (www.maylynmurphy.com) and "CTO Tribeca Band" (www.ctotribeca.com). In the past, she's performed with Diddy, Patty Labelle, Kim Burrell, Goapele, Usher, 112, Anthony David, LL Cool J, Lil Kim, Lynette Williams (from "Making the Band"), Shon Penn (from "Making the Band") & Megan Nicolle. She's also written all the songs for her "Body and Soul" album along with successful producers "The Heavy Weights" (who have also written and produced for; NeYo, Rihanna, Jazmine Sullivan, Joe, Mary J.Blige, Nicole Scherzinger, Snoop Dogg and Missy Elliott to name a few). She started her own record label in 2006 where she released her album independently. "Body and Soul" is being sold on ITunes, Rhapsody, Napster, Amazon.com, and CD Baby. Murphy has been featured in The City Paper in Philadelphia for her performances at Chris's Jazz Cafe and was recently a featured artist at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia. She's also been featured in Billboard.com, SoulExpress.com, and Ink.com. Maylyn has had air play on several local radio stations in Boston, Rhode Island and in the UK. Maylyn hosted a local TV show in Boston called International Rhythms. She has also done some modeling work.To add to her many accomplishments, Maylyn has performed at the following venues: Springfield Hall of Fame (Springfield, MA), Chris's Jazz Cafe (Philadelphia), Rock 45 Room (NYC), Prohibition (NYC), Fenway Park (Boston), Symphony Hall (Boston), World Cafe Live (Philadelphia), Warmdaddys, Mann Music Center, and Okinawa Chapel (Okinawa, Japan) just to name a few. Maylyn now shares her gifts and experience through her creation of Music Nation Academy and teaching voice & piano to those who are dedicated and passionate about music. Maylyn, believes that through music we can overcome any barriers. She continues to pursue her music by actively performing and also managing budding artists.
Meet Kelsey Lerman
VOICE & PIANO TEACHER (LIMITED SPACE)
Kelsey Lerman grew up in Langhorne, PA and has been singing and playing piano for most of her life. She has always had a deep passion for music. She writes her own songs and recently released her debut album, Into the Sun. Having discovered her joy for music at a young age, Kelsey really wants to help others to feel that joy. She believes that music has an amazing power to enhance life and that everyone is capable of success.
Kelsey holds a bachelors degree in Music Education from Bloomsburg University, where she also studied French. She led her classmates in the college of liberal arts as an honor graduate and she received outstanding achievement awards from the department of music and the department of languages and cultures. She is a member of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and the Pennsylvania Music Educator’s Association (PMEA). During her time at Bloomsburg, Kelsey participated in the Concert Choir and Women’s Choir, performed in honors recitals, and tutored her peers in music theory and aural skills.
In addition to her passion for music, Kelsey also has a great enthusiasm for working with people. She has taught private lessons in her home and in student’s homes. She loves teaching lessons because she believes it is an incredible privilege to work with individuals and watch them grow. She has always worked hard to match her teaching style to what will fit for the individual student. Kelsey is thrilled to join the team at Music Nation Academy!
Meet Nick Crystal
GUITAR.BASS.PIANO. BEGINNING VIOLIN. SAXOPHONE TEACHER. DRUMS (LIMITED SPACE)
Nick Crystal is a dedicated teacher and artist. He is a musician who taught himself how to play guitar when he was a teenager while he was studying literature and fine arts. Nick made his living as a professional musician, recording and touring while teaching band and theory lessons privately and at studios since 1999. He can play whatever is in front of him but prefers guitar, drums, bass and piano. He has also recorded, performed and taught violin, banjo, tenor and alto saxophones, and harmonica, in addition to designing live animation and lighting sequences for music and film.
Students of Nick Crystal, from age 5 to 50, have been taught the shared language of music to the degree that they can perform and play pieces from any genre and also compose and arrange their own sounds with a fluid knowledge of theory and harmony.
Meet Katie Gornick
VOICE TEACHER/MUSICAL THEATER DIRECTOR ( LIMITED SPACE)
Katie Gornick is thrilled to be joining the faculty at Music Nation Academy. She has been a sought after vocal instructor in the central New Jersey community for the past decade. Katie graduated from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ with a B.M. and M.M. degrees in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy studying with internationally acclaimed mezzo- soprano, Zehava Gal. She enjoys a varied career as both an educator and performer in the New Jersey, New York, and Philadelphia regions. Favorite performances include Mahler’s Second, Third and Eighth Symphonies with Pierre Boulez at Carnegie Hall and the Kimmel Center, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with Kurt Masur and the New York Philharmonic, and Handel’s Messiah with Ton Koopman and the New York Philharmonic. She has also performed with the Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, SC premiering Anthony Davis’ new opera Amistad as well as with the New Jersey Opera Company in performances of Carmen and Madame Butterfly.
As a vocal teacher, Katie specializes in Musical Theatre, Classical, and Contemporary Commercial styles of singing. Her students have taken top honors at Regional and All-State Festivals as part of NJMEA and PMEA as well as at various vocal competitions; most recently the Mid-Atlantic Music Teacher’s Guild where she also serves as an adjudicator. Her students frequently take workshops in New York City with notable Broadway artists and composers and audition regularly for Broadway and Regional Theatre productions. Many of Katie’s students have been accepted and are continuing their educations at top college music theatre, music education, and acting programs including those at Boston University, Pace University, Wagner College, Marymount Manhattan College, Rider University, University of Delaware, AMDA, Westminster Choir College, Montclair State University, and the University of the Arts.
Katie enjoys being behind the scenes as much as she does being in the spotlight. She has music directed and directed many musical theatre productions including Legally Blonde the musical, Avenue Q: School Edition, Into the Woods, Urinetown, Dear Edwina, Once on this Island, 13 the musical, and Little Women the musical. She will be directing All Shook Up this coming summer. She also enjoys programming cabaret events, masterclasses, recitals, and seminars. Favorite masterclasses have included bringing artists such as YouTube sensation and Broadway star Natalie Weiss and Broadway’s Jersey Boys star Russell Fischer to work exclusively with her students.
Katie is frequently asked to present on various vocal topics including “ Singing Contemporary Commercial Music”, “Healthy Belting and Musical Theatre Singing”, “ How to prepare for College Auditions”, and “ Belt vs. Mix vs. Head Voice”.
Meet Jeffrey Willet
DRUM/PERCUSSION TEACHER (LIMITED SPACE)
Jeff Willet is a different breed of percussionist and composer with a unique and focused sound, using instruments from all over the world as well as a progressive drum set approach to create music that crosses genre boundaries and combines contemporary rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic concepts. He has a Music Recording Technology degree from Lebanon Valley College, and has also studied drum set at Berklee College of Music. Jeff has been recognized on a variety of drum and percussion websites - everything from contributing articles to Sick Drummer Magazine to being interviewed for Kalimba Magic and DrumChattr. Jeff emphasizes a well-rounded percussion education and being able to adapt to any musical setting. He currently records and performs with the Bill Burke Ensemble, "vocalinist" Monique Canniere, and his own contemporary percussion group, Stockton Willet Project.
Meet Florence Simons
PIANO TEACHER (LIMITED SPACE)
Pianist Florence has been playing piano since age eight and at age eleven began learning the trombone. Throughout middle and high school, she played trombone in concert and marching bands, and was one of the accompanists for her high school concert choir and girl's ensemble. While in high school, Florence began teaching piano and discovered a love for it. After graduating from high school Florence attended the prestigious Westminster choir college and received a bachelors degree in piano performance. While at Westminster, she studied piano with Jose Ramos-Santana and Lillian Livingston and sang with the world renown Westminster symphonic choir under Joseph Flummerfelt performing with the New York philharmonic and the Philadelphia orchestra.
In addition to teaching piano and beginning voice, Florence is an accompanist/music director for various community theatres, choirs, vocal masterclass, workshops and summer theatre camps in and around the pa /NYC/ and Philadelphia area. She has also been a staff accompanist at Westminster choir college where she accompanied voice performance majors for lessons and recitals . Florence really enjoys teaching her student hopes that they are enjoying their musical journey as much as she is.
Meet Max Swan
Max Swan is far from what you would consider an average saxophone player. Through his work with LP Stiles, The Dirk Quinn Band, Bodega, Mic Stewart, Selina Carrera, Caleb Hawley, Phil Roy, and dozens of other groups from around the country, the young saxophonist has forged a unique position of ability and style for himself and others, spearheading a movement to permanently alter the image and perception of the saxophone forever.
For the past fifteen years, the young saxophonist has worked his way to earning over two dozen local and nationally recognized soloist and composition awards, including the "Michael Brecker Saxophone Award", "Rick Lawn Arrangers Award", and the "Collaboration Award" through The University of The Arts. In the past two years alone, the now 25-year-old Saxophone and EWI virtuoso has hit every state and major city in the country, touring with multiple local and national musical acts, leaving his mark in every room he performs for, both as a bandleader and featured sideman.
A graduate of The University of The Arts, Max has completed hours of solo work on records with international distribution, and has successfully released and promoted every album he's done independently, including his most recent release, The OGEP; the body of work showcases Max's across the board abilities to produce, perform, and function in many avenues unparalleled in the existing presence of saxophone, fusing Hip-Hop, Jazz, Neo-Soul, Experimental Electronic Dance Music, and Downtempo Groove to create something truly unique and pleasing to listeners of all generations. The sequel to The OGEP is expected in the late summer of 2014, and according to Max's testimony, "will far eclipse any of my work previous to it's release".
Over the next few years, expect to see a rapid incline in the popularity of the saxophone around the world, as well as Max's reputation; a relationship of no coincidence.
Meet Boaz Kim
VOICE, PIANO AND BRASS
Growing up in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Boaz began his musical studies at a young age, taking up piano. Seeing a Mr. Rodgers episode with the Boston Brass made him excited to join the band program in 5th grade and choose the trumpet. His admiration of his 7th grade band director was the driving force behind his musical direction and Boaz even credits the music director with why he went on to major in Music Education. Boaz became fully immersed in had such a love of music that he began giving lessons during his lunch periods in 12th grade. This experience reassured him that this in fact was the field he would pursue. Upon graduating high school, Boaz received the Michael Brecker Jazz scholarship, which only strengthened his drive to succeed in music.
Boaz went on to attend and graduate from West Chester University of PA with a B. M. in Music Education, with a focus on voice. During his time at WCU, he participated in several of the ensembles including the Concert Choir, Mastersingers, Statesmen jazz ensemble, and the marching band. He participated in master classes and vocal honors recitals. Boaz is very grateful to have studied voice under Dr. Inyoung Lee and vocal pedagogy under Dr. Emily Bullock.
Boaz welcomes students of all ages to join him for lessons. Through his college education, trumpet lessons from Philadelphia’s Tony DeSantis, and harmonica lessons with Howard Levy, Boaz has learned that both fundamentals and individuality are very important in private lessons. He is comfortable teaching music theory and ear-training, which will allow the student to become flexible and well-rounded on their instrument.
When Boaz is not teaching or performing, he is currently the “go-to guy” for harmonica repairs for Philadelphia blues harmonica players. Two of the more exciting restorations for his customers were of a 1930’s Hohner harmonica, and a very rare 1990’s Joe Filisko customized Marine Band.
Meet Vinny Santoro
Vincent is a Music Education student at West Chester University with a concentration in Saxophone. Vincent has played Saxophone (alto, tenor and baritone) for 15 years and piano for 3 years. While attending West Chester, Vincent has participated in collegiate ensembles such as the Wind Ensemble, Wind Symphony, Statesmen Jazz Ensemble as well as chamber groups. Aside from collegiate ensembles, Vincent has also participated in the Doylestown Community Band as well as a Rehearsal Big Band in Northeast Philadelphia. Vincent welcomes students of all ages and is looking forward to helping them with their musical journey!