Rob Silvan founded KEYS in 2004. Rob is a jazz musician and composer and has been a music educator for forty years, teaching classical, jazz, blues, popular music, improvisation and composition. He is the Music Director at the Talmadge Hill Community Church in Darien, CT and the former Music Director at The Montessori School in Wilton, CT. He has been the leader of his own jazz band for decades and has recorded 8 cds as leader. Rob received degrees in English from Iona College and in Music from Mercy College.
Louise joined KEYS in 2015. Born in Hollywood, CA, Louise studied trumpet with Harold "Pappy" Mitchell and Uan Rasey, the former first trumpets at the MGM Studios, as well as jazz trumpeter Bobby Shew and legendary William Vacchiano of the New York Philharmonic. As a leader her nine piece "little big band" has played at the 1999 Emmy Awards, the Millennium New Year’s Eve Celebration at Boston’s Symphony Hall, and jazz concerts featuring trombone great Carl Fontana. Louise currently plays with the brass quintet, Revolutionary Brass and, along with her husband Fred Tregaskis, performs a wine tasting/music show for fundraisers and other private events. Louise was a senior faculty member at the Litchfield Jazz Camp from 2005-2012 and has given master classes in Japan, Argentina, Peru, Germany, and across the U.S. As a private teacher many of her students have held principal chairs in CT regional and All-State honor bands, both jazz and classical. Louise just released a new CD, Louise Baranger Plays the Great American Groove Book, her second album on Summit Records.
Started teaching for KEYS in 2010. Received her Bachelor's and Master's of Music in Violin Performance from Wichita State University and has performed with the Wichita Symphony, Opera Kansas Orchestra, and Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra. She has received grants and scholarships to pursue music studies at the Rocky Ridge Music Festival, Magic Mountain Music Farm with Burton Kaplan, the Colby College String Quartet Workshop with the Portland String Quartet and the Masterworks Festival. Jennifer has also participated in guest violin and chamber music classes, most notably with the Vermeer String Quartet. She has adjudicated at several local music festivals and is a coach with the Norwalk Youth Symphony. Formerly at the Talent Education Suzuki School in Norwalk, Jennifer now mains a private studio in Fairfield County.
Charlie joined KEYS in 2016. Charlie owns Bravo Sound studio in Trumbull and also teaches guitar, bass, ukulele and banjo lessons through Crescendo Music in Darien. Charlie is a former Show Director and teacher at School of Rock in Fairfield. Charlie has a degree in Sound Engineering and Music Production from SAE Institute in New York.
Andrew Crape is thrilled to be a part of the KEYS program since 2012. A Fairfield native, he began his music studies as a violinist in the Fairfield Public School System. In college he studied Mechanical Engineering and was a member of the Lehigh University Philharmonic where he had the opportunity to play internationally with the Johannesburg Symphony Choir, in South Africa. Andrew spent two years in South America playing in various groups ranging from Peruvian Flute Bands to Indigenous Drum Ensembles. He currently studies at the University of Bridgeport, College of Chiropractic.
Started teaching with KEYS in September of 2013. He attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, studying jazz piano and composition. Matthew plays with several bands in the local Fairfield area and has been involved with many recording projects. He teaches piano at King Low Heywood Thomas in Stamford CT and private lessons throughout Fairfield County. Matthew's love is jazz and improvisation.
Sophia has taught in the KEYS after-school program since 2008. Having received her Master's Degree in Music Education from Western Connecticut State University, Sophia is proud to have designed and implemented the music curriculum for grades K-6 when she was employed as a Music Specialist in the Town of Monroe's Public Schools. She then brought her experience as a music teacher to Newtown Elementary School presenting many musical programs showcasing the talents of all her students. Sophia dedicated many years as the organist for the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Bridgeport during the years she was raising three children of her own. She then taught private piano lessons out of her home studio for over twenty years before teaching piano with the KEYS program. Sophia has found tremendous gratification working with such fine and talented students over the past eight years and looks forward to continuing her journey with her current students.
Mrs. Graser has been with the KEYS program since 2010. She was an orchestra teacher in Fairfield for 25 years. Mrs. Graser was also the conductor of the Fairfield University Orchestra for 2 years and was concertmaster of the Oberursel Kammerorchestra in Frankfurt, Germany while living there with her family. Mrs. Graser received her Bachelor of Music degree from Marywood University, Scranton, Pennsylvania and her Master of Music in Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York.
Joined the KEYS faculty in 2014. A native of Wichita, KS, Amy Griswold received her M.M. in Violin Performance from Ithaca College (2012) and a B.M. in Violin Performance from Wichita State University (2010). Amy has completed Suzuki Association of the Americas teacher training for Levels 1-7 and a teaching practicum with Sanford Reuning at the Ithaca Talent Education Suzuki School. An active chamber musician, Amy performs in the Vistamente Trio (violin, clarinet, piano) with her husband Terrance Griswold, and with the Ithaca College Graduate String Quartet. Amy has been a full-time teacher at the Suzuki Music Schools of Westport and Orange in Fairfield County, Connecticut since 2012.
Terrance Griswold Clarinet
With KEYS since 2013, Terrance teaches clarinet, flute, and saxophone lessons, repairs woodwind instruments, and supervises the after-schools programs. Terrance earned his Master of Music in Clarinet Performance from the Conservatory at Ithaca College in 2012, and graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Music in Clarinet Performance from Wichita State University in 2009. An advocate of new music, Terrance’s background fuses experimental improvisation with electro-acoustic mediums, electronic looping, and conceptual realizations of avant-garde compositions. Terrance maintains private clarinet studios in New Haven, Connecticut; Ithaca, NY; and Wichita, KS. www.terrancegriswold.com
Joined the KEYS faculty in 2014. Bill began his musical training on the clarinet at the age of nine in the small Boston suburb of Topsfield, Massachusetts, started playing saxophone and flute by age 17, and then during college at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York, found his passion for the saxophone. Bill made his living on the Off-Broadway scene as an R&B sax player who could also play classical clarinet and flute, and by recording jingles. Bill has more recently been pursuing a career as a soloist and as the other member of the "Harris Bros Horns" with his trumpet player brother, Don Harris. He is also very busy as a woodwind teacher, teaching both privately and at the University of Bridgeport.
In memory of
Guitar, Bass, Piano, Electronic Music
John joined KEYS in early 2016. Received his Master’s in Music/Theory Composition from Illinois State University (ISU). At ISU, John received a graduate assistantship in electronic music where he built one of the first music studios based on the Apple computer platform. In the Fall of 2016, John gathered the necessary equipment and began an electronic music program for KEYS. He instructed students at Bullard-Havens Technical High School and performed regularly with local music ensembles in Fairfield County, CT.
John was passionate about electronic music and bringing that experience to KEYS students. He will be deeply missed by KEYS and by all of his students. Our hearts go out to his family and friends for their loss.
Joined the KEYS faculty in 2018. Jeremey is a pianist based in Western and Southern CT. As a native of Derby, he is a graduate of Western CT State University where he earned his degree in Classical Piano Performance. Jeremey is currently a private piano instructor of over 50 students at Family Music Center in Waterbury, KEYS Music in Bridgeport, Easton Parks and Rec, and Continuo Music. Jeremey also serves as the Minister of Music and church pianist at Union Congregation Church in Watertown, CT. In addition to his church work, he regularly performs as lead pianist in many musicals throughout CT. Pit orchestra credits include “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” (Co-Op Arts High School), “Annie” (Foote School), “Brigadoon” (Foote School), “Fiddler on the Roof” (Clay & Wattles Theatre), and many more. Looking to the future, Jeremey is planning on continuing his musical education by pursuing degrees in keyboard pedagogy and collaborative piano.
Joined the KEYS faculty in 2012 and has been performing and teaching in lower Fairfield County since 1983. She studied at the Hartt College of Music and did several years of post-graduate violin studies. Ms. Metter performs with the Bridgeport Symphony Orchestra, Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra, Norwalk Symphony Orchestra, and the Connecticut Chamber Orchestra. She also maintains a private lesson studio in her home.
Joined the KEYS faculty in 2018. Miss Julie, (Mrs. O) began to play the violin in 3rd grade. She received a BFA in Music from Ithaca College and then became a Registered Music Therapist. After that, Miss Julie attended the University of CT to earn an MS in Education and then a 6th year Diploma in Educational Leadership. Miss Julie has toured with orchestras, performing on violin in Japan, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Okinawa, Italy, Austria, the Czech Republic, Alaska, and Hawaii. She has performed with the Connecticut, Norwalk, and Ridgefield Symphony Orchestras and currently plays violin with the American Chamber Orchestra, Broadway Bach Ensemble, and her own string quartet. Passionate about ensuring that all students receive an appropriate music education, she developed a note-reading method for students who have been identified with visual processing deficits. Although classified with learning disabilities, students who have learned how to note read using Miss Julie’s method, have become successful members of their school orchestras, and improvements in their general academic performance and self-esteem have been noted.
JULIE LUDWIG OVERLAND
Violin, VIOLA, PIANO INSTRUCTOR
Edita Orlinyte Violin/Viola
Has taught for KEYS since 2011. Holds her bachelor and masters degrees from the Music Academy of Lithuania. Member of the Greenwich Symphony.
Has taught piano for KEYS since 2008. He received his B.A. in Music Theory from the University of Bridgeport. He is also on the faculty of The Performing Arts Center of CT in Trumbull, where he teaches piano and voice. Peter is currently the musical director for the Amity High School Drama Club,and last year he was nominated for Best Musical Director in the state of CT. He is also Director of the Park St Singers in New Canaan, and runs a Musical Theater Camp during the summer.
Michael A. Roche
Started teaching clarinet and trumpet for KEYS in 2012. A graduate of the University of New Hampshire, he has worked as a band director for over six years, and taught music in Bridgeport since 2008. He currently plays trumpet for the Hamden Symphony Orchestra and the Augusta Curtis Concert Band. As a private music teacher his goal is to foster a love of music and teach basic values that will benefit students throughout their lives. Michael also directs the KEYS Band, which meets on Saturdays at the Klein Auditorium, during the school year.
Violin, Viola and Cello
Has taught for KEYS since March of 2011. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from SUNY Stony Brook and Suzuki teacher training in both violin and cello. Ms. Selig has taught for 15+ years, maintains her own studio, and continues to teach chamber music and group classes. She also performs as a violist, violinist and cellist as soloist, and chamber musician, and performs with the Ridgefield and Bridgeport Symphonies, the Longfellow Chorus, and Caspian Monday Music Summer Festival, as well as with many other groups both locally, and around the globe.
KEYS Orchestra Coach
An orchestra coach for KEYS since 2013, Sarah began her musical studies on violin, viola and piano in Oxfordshire, England. She attended the Birmingham Conservatoire where she received a BA with honors, continued her studies at the Guildhall School of Music in London, and eventually came to Hartford, Connecticut, where she studied with the Emerson String Quartet and acquired her Suzuki training. Ms. Smale has won several awards, and has worked with many world-renowned artists. Her experience includes numerous concerts and seminars with talented quartets and orchestras. Ms. Smale has also played with numerous choral societies as principal viola, recorded television work for the BBC, and recorded extensively for Radio Suisse. www.suzukischools.org
KEYS Orchestra Conductor
KEYS Orchestra Conductor since 2013, Andrew completed graduate, post-graduate and doctoral study in the UK and US at the Royal Academy of Music and Hartt School. Hailed by critics for his "virtuoso playing" The Evening Telegraph, UK, Andrew has appeared as a soloist with orchestras in Europe, America and China. He has recorded solo soundtracks for the Yale Repertory Theater and Hartford Stage Company and appears on the ASV, Sony Classical, Silva Classics, and VUCA labels. Andrew is Executive Director of the Suzuki Music School of Westport and its sister school the Suzuki Music School of Orange, the largest independent non-profit Suzuki schools of their kind in the US. He is founder and vice-president of the Suzuki Association of Southern New England. www.andrewsmithviolin.com
Claudia Hafer Tondi
Has taught for KEYS since 2012. Claudia Tondi studied at the Mannes College of Music, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the California State University of San Francisco where she received a Bachelor of Music Degree in Violin Performance. Ms. Tondi has performed with the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra for over 25 years and has also performed with the San Francisco Ballet and Opera Orchestras, the American Ballet Theater Orchestra, the Radio City Music Hall Orchestra and numerous Broadway shows in New York City. She toured nationally with Barbra Streisand and Luther Vandross and performed with artists Ray Charles, Erykah Badu, K.D. Lang and Elvis Costello. Ms. Tondi started string programs at the Luis Munoz Marin and Roosevelt Schools in Bridgeport, CT and the Samuel Staples Elementary School in Easton, CT. For three years, she was a strings coach and conductor for the Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestras. Currently, Ms. Tondi is a strings instructor for the ASAP program in Waterbury, CT and the BackCountry Jazz Summer Music Camp in Bridgeport, CT. She performs regularly with the Waterbury, Ridgefield and Greater Bridgeport Symphony Orchestras.
Abby Gross Walker
Abby has been teaching cello and performing arts for KEYS since 2009. She received her B.A. in Dance at Sarah Lawrence College. Abby is certified through Cellist David Darling’s Musicianship Leadership program and served as the Performing Arts Specialist at the Montessori School in Wilton, CT, for seventeen years. Trained in Michael Chekhov Acting Technique through the National Michael Chekhov Association, Abby founded the Chekhov International Theatre Festival in Ridgefield with Victor Tkachenko and First Selectmen Rudy Marconi in 2009.