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Dr. Carol Ann Aicher

Carol Ann Aicher currently teaches graduate pedagogy at the Manhattan School of Music.  Her reputation as a performance coach has expanded her piano teaching studio to a diverse Performance Techniques studio, preparing all instruments
for performance, competitions and auditions.  Combining pedagogical, psychological and brain research she specifically targets how a performer can maximize learning/practicing and developing skills needed for peak performance.

Dr. Aicher also frequently presents workshops, lectures on pedagogy, and adjudicates various festivals and competitions.  Formerly she was Assistant Professor of Piano and Piano Pedagogy at West Chester University of Pennsylvania.  Carol Ann earned her Doctorate of Education in College Teaching at Columbia University Teachers College.  She holds a Masters of Music degree in Piano Performance from Manhattan School of Music as well as the Piano Pedagogy Certificate and a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance with a minor in Music History from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.  Her teachers have included Joseph Schwartz, Sedmara Rutstein, and Nina Lelchuk for performance and in pedagogy with Vera Wills.

As both soloist and collaborative pianist, Carol Ann has performed at many venues such as Longwood Gardens, Strathmore Hall, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Lincoln Center, Steinway Hall.

Kevin Chavez

Native Californian Kevin Chavez has been living in New York City since fall of 2010 in pursuit of exciting new musical ventures.

In may of 2012 Kevin graduated with his MM in English Horn performance from the Manhattan School of Music after coming back to music from a three-year hiatus.  In graduate school Kevin studied with Grammy Nominated Tom Stacy, a 39 year veteran of the New York Philharmonic.  Having graduated in 2003 with a bachelors in music from California State University in Long Beach, Kevin studied with highly sought-after LA studio musician Joe Stone and Los Angeles Philharmonic’s solo English Horn player Carolyn Hove.

Kevin is also the owner and editor for “Reed eBooks,” which publishes the ground-breaking new series “Making Reeds Start to Finish.” Under Kevin’s guidance, Reed eBooks published it’s first volume with the acclaimed Dr. Nancy Ambrose King in August 2012 in Apple’s iBookstore exclusively for iPad and a second volume in 2014 by famed bassoonist George Sakakeeny, with still the third and fourth books being announced soon.

Currently, Kevin performs in collaboration with Dr. Carol Ann Aicher, working on a performance/workshop series on the collaborative process.   While they travel the United States performing, Kevin’s goal is to introduce music lovers to the wide variety of sounds that the Oboe/English Horn and Oboe d’amore can offer listeners and make oboe playing look cool and fun for inspiring young musicians.

Ryan Hartman

Ryan Michael Hartman turned to the loving arms of the Theatre world after being cut from the football team back in junior high school. This jump in directions would prove to be a blessing because to this day Ryan has yet to suffer a concussion, and his love for theatre continues to grow.

He earned his B.A. in Dramaat the University of California, Irvine. But most of his early theatre training occurred with the lovely people at Fullerton College. Ryan has lived in NYC since 2010 and is a proud member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA, as well as a company member of Olio Theatre Works.

Recently, Ryan has been seen in various Equity Showcase Contract shows at The Metropolitan Playhouse, Don’t Tell Mama, and with Write Act Repertory. One of Ryan’s favorite New York performances was The Drama League’s Gala for Patti Lupone, Directed by Tony winner Cady Huffman, staring Tony winner James Monroe Iglehart. Other favorites include: Little Shop of Horrors (Seymour), A Chorus Line (Bobby), The Mystery of Edwin DROOD (Nick Cricker Jr.), and the new musical: A Cruise Line (Christopher). Ryan continues to grow and learn as an artist by falling and getting up again with the help of Broadway veterans like Eric Michael Gillett, and Helen Gallagher. Visit: for all things RYAN!