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Voice and Beginning Piano
About Cosmo Clemens
Cosmo Clemens (Tenor) is an active performer and loves sharing his passion for all things musical and theatrical with his students! In the 2018/19 season, you can catch Cosmo in Rigoletto with Wolf Trap Opera, La fanciulla del West with Maryland Lyric Opera, and Silent Night (Puts) and Faust with Washington National Opera. As a teacher, Cosmo draws inspiration from staying active and sharing his experiences with students. Whether beginners or aspiring professionals, Cosmo aims to engage his students' own passions, whatever they may be. From Pop/Rock to Broadway and Opera, bring your biggest dreams!
Cosmo holds a Master of Music and Performance Certificate in Vocal Performance from the Carnegie Mellon School of Music. A native Hoosier, he completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre at Indiana University Bloomington . Cosmo is an active member of the Washington National Opera chorus, having most recently performed in Rossini’s Barber of Seville. Favorite roles include: Anything Goes (Ching/Sailor), West Side Story (Chino), Andrew Lippa’s The Wild Party (Scatman), and RENT (Angel), Bernstein’s Candide (Governor) and Ravel’s l’Enfant et les sortilèges (Arithmétique), the Tenor in Hydrogen Jukebox by Philip Glass, and the title role in Benjamin Britten’s Albert Herring. Cosmo has appeared in New York theatre as: Prison Dancer (OoOo; New York Musical Theatre Festival), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Chip Tolentino), The Drowsy Chaperone (Gangster No. 1), Les Misérables Combeferre), and The Wiz (The Wiz). Cosmo is a member of AGMA.
Guitar, Jazz and Music Theory
About Francisco Quintero
A graduate of both Berklee College of Music and Northern Illinois University, Francisco is an active performer in the thriving jazz scene of Washington, D.C. Francisco was born in Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela. In Venezuela, he worked and performed with top renown jazz artists such as drummer Andres Briceño, Pablo Gil and Gustavo Caruci, and was involved as a producer, arranger and musical director for bands in other musical idioms. Since beginning his formal education in the U.S, Francisco has studied and performed concerts with artists such as Richie Hart, Peter Bernstein, Carl Allen, Alain Mallet and Derrick Gardner throughout the United States. During his years Chicago completing a Master of Music degree in Jazz Studies, he was an in-demand sideman in the area and performed at the city’s most prestigious venues [···]
Piano and Voice
About Lauren Anderson
A student of the world-renowned (and DC hometown favorite!) Denyce Graves, Lauren Anderson holds a Masters of Music in Voice from Peabody Conservatory. Lauren is thrilled to be teaching at Cardon Studios and excited to work with many different types of students. Lauren's background in vocal pedagogy and classical technique for both voice and piano can be applied to whichever genres her students would like to explore and Lauren loves to find ways to adapt to each student's unique needs. Lauren guides her students to become well-rounded musicians by helping to foster, not only their primary instrument, but also their knowledge in music theory and history. [···]
Voice and Piano, Jazz Theory
About Randy Martono-Chai
Bio coming soon!
Piano and Voice
About Brittany Cusack
Brittany Cusack is a Dramatic Soprano who has studied with a variety of wonderful teachers up and down the East Coast. Originally from South Carolina, Brittany completed her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance at Shenandoah Conservatory, before going on to earn a Master of Music in Opera from Brooklyn College-Conservatory in Brooklyn, NY. A life-long learner, Brittany continues to study both piano and voice and teaches throughout the DC-Baltimore area.
Brittany teaches all styles of singing and piano and enjoys working with a variety of ages. Brittany is an active performer, and you can catch her upcoming engagements in both the DC metro region and NYC. [···]