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Owner & Music Director

(violin, viola, piano, early childhood specialist, workshops)

Mirela holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance and is a dedicated educator who started her teaching career 26 years ago. Notable achievements of her students include: auditions to Juilliard pre-college division, auditions for select groups at Hartt School of Music, multiple students and their success stories at CT Regionals, All State Festival, Inter El, as well as abroad.

Mirela currently serves as Principal-2nd violin for West Hartford Symphony Orchestra as well as Assistant to the orchestra director at Kingswood Oxford School in West Hartford.

One of Mirela’s interests is a long and assiduous research regarding the connections and benefits between music as a form of communication, learning, coping tool, and autism. Mirela is also a certified teacher with The Learning Groove company, and licensed to teach their top-notch early childhood program.

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Mirela Panaitisor


Business Manager

Cindy brings her extensive expertise as a business coach to empower, support and develop our music school. Besides organizing the business, keeping track of everyone’s schedules or being the kind voice on the phone, Cindy fully understands the needs and the fast “tempo” of a music school.

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Cindy Clark




Mrs. Yanghee Choi is a very talented piano teacher with a gentle and kind approach to education. She studied Piano Performance at Boston College and also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance from Keimyung University, Seoul, Korea. Yanghee served for over 20 years as a dedicated pianist for First Korean Presbyterian Church in Manchetster, CT. Our students are also fortunate to work with Yanghee while preparing for various recitals, auditions, and concerts.

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Yanghee Choi



(percussion/piano/early childhood)

Mary is a percussionist, pianist, and music educator, specializing in classical percussion studies. Mary grew up in Ohio, and studied at The University of Akron (BM in Percussion and Music Education) and The University of Hartford Hartt School of Music (MM in Percussion Performance). She has previously taught drum line and percussion at Berlin High School, Berlin, CT, and taught PreK-8 Music at Solomon Schechter Day School in West Hartford. Mary is currently the general music teacher at Bolton Center School in Bolton, CT.

Mary has performed as a percussion section member with a variety of orchestras around Connecticut, including the West Hartford Symphony Orchestra and the Connecticut Valley Symphony Orchestra. Mary's favorite way to play percussion is in musicals! She has had the pleasure of playing for a number of community and youth musical groups and enjoys the variety that playing musicals brings.

Mary is a member of the National Association for Music Education and the Connecticut Music Educator's Association. She loves watching her students make connections to and within music, and has a patient demeanor to allow her students to flourish in their studies. When not teaching or playing, Mary enjoys being with her husband, Ted, and miniature schnauzer, Halligan.

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Mary Dombroskas



(string bass/classical guitar/bass guitar/ukulele)

Alfredo Grado is a versatile musician and educator with over 25 years of experience performing classical music, jazz, rock, blues, and various other styles of music. He is a faculty member of the West Hartford Public Schools music department and has taught at the National Guitar Workshop, The Berklee College of Music Summer Guitar sessions, as well as private lessons in West Hartford.

Alfredo studied at the Musicians Institute in Los Angeles, The Berklee College of Music from which he received his B.M. in Performance and Contemporary Writing and Production as well as Cambridge College where he obtained his Masters of Education.

When he is not teaching, Alfredo loves spending time with his family and performing locally and in New York City with his band.

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Alfredo Grado




Michele Prizio is a cello performer and teacher with over 20 years of professional experience. She began her musical studies on the piano at age 6 and took up the cello when she was 8. She was very active in Connecticut’s music scene as a student, participating in many Eastern Region festivals, All State and All New England Orchestras, and even taught her first students while in high school.

Michele studied cello performance at UCONN with Marylou Rylands and went on to complete her Master of Music degree at Wichita State University under David Schepps and Andrew Kolb. She has taught all ages of students, ages 5 to 75! and has performed with a wide variety of ensembles.

She is a former member of the Whittier Piano Trio at Friends University and the Wichita Symphony Orchestra. As well as teaching at Friends, Michele was on faculty at Bethany College and Southwestern University where she taught string methods and developed a string summer camp for middle and high school students.

Currently, Michele is busy being Mom to her two very active daughters, Sofia and Rose. She performs with the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra and the New Britain Symphony.

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Michele Prizio




Ron received a B.S. in Music with a Minor in Business Administration from Bradley University in Illinois. He studied at the Hartt School of music since pre-school and through the years, under percussion teacher and instructional book author Michael LaRosa, as well as former board member of the Percussive Arts Society's Rosemarie Small.

He spent three years of college studying under the world's most famous Timpani educator, Alexander Lepak. He has performed with the Peoria Symphony Orchestra, the Peoria Opera, many community theatre and off-Broadway orchestra pits, and a boat-load of Rock and Jazz groups.

He is currently Principal Percussionist with and President of the West Hartford Symphony Orchestra, as well as Principal Percussionist of the Beth El Symphony Orchestra. Ron's teaching technique is patient and allows a student of any level to grow and learn musically, not just memorize.

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Ron Reisner



(violin/chamber music/piano)

Dongbin brings a wealth of experience to our music school with his art of violin, piano and chamber music performance. As the winner of the 2011 Central Washington University Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, Dongbin has performed the Dvorak Violin Concerto with the Central Washington University Symphony Orchestra in 2012. He served as the concertmaster and was appointed as the violin technique class instructor at The Hartt School in 2012. An accomplished pianist and a regional composition winner, Dongbin tries to incorporate all of his multi-directional talents in his performance.

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Dongbin Shin

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