Encore Staff

Meet the Encore Staff


The Encore faculty is comprised of teaching artists from all across NYC, representing a range of musical instruments, genres, traditions, and professional performance experience. Several Encore faculty members teach at our local community schools in our Encore Outreach program as well. We believe in employing “positive-psychology” teaching methodologies in our private lessons and group classes, emphasizing culminating projects and performances, and drawing upon the real-word experiences that our music faculty bring to music education at every level.

Dr. Samuel Torjman Thomas

Director of Musical Arts

Dr. Samuel Torjman Thomas is the Director of Musical Arts for the Sephardic Community Center. He oversees all music programming for Encore and for Encore Outreach. In addition to his…

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Ty Citerman

Guitar, early education, & composition

Ty Citerman is a Brooklyn, NY-based guitarist, composer and bandleader who writes, performs and teaches music across the spectrum of jazz, rock and contemporary classical. He is a founding member…

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Levi Claiborne

Dance & creative movement

Levi Claiborne grew up in Crown Heights, Brooklyn and started dancing in the 80’s club scene. Since then he has worked with Mariah Carey, R and B singers Joe and…

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Tomer Cohen

Guitar, ukulele, early education, & audio production

Born in the US, raised in Israel, Tomer picked up the guitar at a young age. From that moment, Tomer knew that his pursuit in life is music. Tomer studied…

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Moshe Elmakias

Piano, composition, & jazz improvisation

Moshe Elmakias is an Israeli composer and pianist currently based in Boston. With a virtuosic personal style (he began studying classical piano at age 6), he is one the most…

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Hillai Govreen

Winds, piano, ukulele, & early education

Hillai Govreen is a multi-instrumentalist and composer based in New York. Born and raised in Israel, her love for music was triggered at an early age. She started playing classical…

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Pele Greenberg

Drumset, percussion, guitar, piano, & digital music production

Pele Greenberg has been a musician since before he was old enough to read. He plays the drums, as well as some hand percussion, piano and guitar and has been…

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Rob Hecht

Strings, winds, & early education

For the past 20 years, Rob “Bobby Hawk” Hecht has had a New York City-based professional career playing with world class musicians in jazz, bluegrass, rock/pop and country bands. His…

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Liz Hogg

Guitar, piano, ukulele, & early education

As both a classical guitarist and performer of her original music, Liz Hogg has toured twelve countries, playing numerous festivals and concert halls, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and Brookfield…

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Kushaiah Hooper

Drumset, percussion, & buckets

Kushaiah is a native to New York City, and began exploring his musical gifts on the drum set at the tender age of 8 years old. He attended Adlai E.…

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Sherrine Mostin

Vocals, ukulele, & songwriting

Sherrine Mostin is a jazz vocalist, composer/arranger, and educator based in Brooklyn, New York. As the bandleader of the Sherrine Mostin “Anymore” Project, she performs her jazz/rock/pop inspired original compositions…

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Alon Nechustan

Piano, composition, & jazz ensemble

Alon Nechushtan’s music adventures has brought him to various far corners of the globe such as the Yokohama ‘Rejoicing Sounds’ Festival in Japan with his contemporary orchestral compositions, The Manila…

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Yoni Perkins

Guitar, bass, rock ensemble, & senior therapeutic music

Known best for his performance work on the guitar and bass, Yonatan has composed music for a variety of different settings and genres, ranging from radio and Youtube commercials for…

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Javier Robiou

Drums, piano, & composition

Javier Robiou is a drummer and composer based in NYC. Born and raised in the Dominican Republic, Javier’s exposure to music started when his father gave him a CD in…

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Amanda Saul

Vocal arts, piano, musical theater

Amanda Saul is a graduate of Western Illinois University with a Master of Music in Vocal Performance. While at WIU she was a student of Assistant Professor of Voice, Dr.…

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Joanne Vance

Vocals, guitar, songwriting, & early education

Joanne Vance, singer, guitarist and songwriter from Quito, Ecuador, studied music and Hispanic Literature at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, as well as Vocal and Guitar performance at…

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