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Darien Arts Center Expands Music Education Offerings

Will Bruno
Will Bruno Photo Credit: Contributed
Max Pakhomov
Max Pakhomov Photo Credit: Contributed
Jaana Narsipur
Jaana Narsipur Photo Credit: Karen Tensa
Megan Talay
Megan Talay Photo Credit: Contributed
Zach Heyde
Zach Heyde Photo Credit: Contributed

DARIEN, Conn. -- Due to popular demand, The Darien Arts Center has expanded both classroom space and music department faculty to accommodate additional classes in piano, guitar, flute, drums, violin, composition and voice.

The additional faculty includes Max Pakhomov, Dan Hague, Jaana Narsipur, Megan Talay, Sharon Levin and Darien High School graduates Stephanie Wong, Zach Heyde and Will Bruno. They have joined Regina Elliott and Juanita Bosee, music director.

Offerings include both individual instruction and group classes, with violin offered for children as young as 3 years old and piano for those as young as 4.

Vocal Divas!, a new six-week workshop in vocal performance for ages 7 to 12, focuses on classic pop and rock 'n’ roll styles. The works of current popular singers, including Katy Perry, Ariana Grande, Christina Perri and others will be explored. The fee for this workshop is $240, which will run on Tuesdays, Sept. 8 to Oct. 13, from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Stephanie Wong, who will teach violin, viola, piano and flute at the DAC, has a double major in music from the University of Rochester and studied violin at Eastman School of Music. Wong graduated from DHS in 2005 and taught at the Darien summer school strings program for nine years.

Darien resident Zach Heyde, an award-winning pianist, composer and educator will teach music Composition and piano. Heyde has a Bachelor of Music degree in composition and jazz studies from the Hartt School of Music and has written music for several films.

Will Bruno, a native of Darien, will provide drum lessons at the arts center. Bruno graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Music degree in performance from Berklee College of Music and has extensive experience performing with various jazz and rock bands and well-known artists.

To register for private or group music lessons or for more information, call 203- 655-8683 or email DAC music director Juanita Bosee at juanita@darienarts.org .

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