Introduction: Dustin Kaufman Music is a virtual music school where you can study with some of the best musicians in the world from the comfort of your own home!
MEET OUR FACULTY!
Karina Camile Parker - Vocals
Karina is a Brooklyn-based multi-disciplinary performing artist, educator, and director. Karina is also a co-founder and co-director of the new, grassroots opera company, Killer Queen Opera, and is a founding member of the New York-based vocal ensemble Musica Vera.
Karina received her Bachelor's of Fine Arts and Music Education Certification for instrumental and vocal instruction from Carnegie Mellon University School of Music. She now performs, directs, and teaches in New York City's five boroughs.
Currently, Karina is a Resident Teaching Artist and Education Assistant at the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning. She also runs her own private teaching studio providing vocal and piano lessons for students of all ages and experience levels.
John W. Knight - Vocals
Native Houstonian John W. Knight has been singing and performing for over 20 years. After graduating from the world renowned High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, John has continued to perform as well as coach aspiring young artists. With a passion for diction, musicality and dynamics, John is well equipped to help coach vocalists to achieve their technical goals and more.
Jenna McLean - Vocals
Jenna is an accomplished vocal performer, technician, songwriter and educator. With a love and devotion for jazz, opera, musical theater, R&B, and folk music, she maintains the belief that all music is good music as long as it speaks to the soul and grooves. Jenna has a Doctor of Arts degree and Master of Music degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Northern Colorado. She received her Bachelor if Music in Classical voice from the University of Wyoming. She has had the pleasure of performing alongside renowned musicians such as Bobby McFerrin, Aubrey Logan and the New York Voices, and also performs regularly with incredible Denver-based jazz musicians such as Steve Kovalcheck, Ben Markley, Eric Gunnison, Tom Amend, Dawn Clement, Annie Booth and others.
Stephanie Hansen - Vocals
Stephanie is a vocalist, music educator, and arts administrator based in Minneapolis, MN. She has worn many hats throughout her professional career, such as gigging musician, studio recording artist, member of a collegiate vocal ensemble, and choral manager, and finds that nothing is as rewarding as teaching a fellow vocalist about the intricacies of their instrument. Stephanie works closely with her students to create a list of goals and an accompanying practice plan for flexible, yet consistent musical development. Above all else, she promotes a positive space for vocal discovery, centered around the joy in making music as a team. Stephanie has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Jazz Voice from the University of North Texas.
Sierra Harmon - Vocals
Sierra is a Seattle based vocalist, who has had a variety of performing experience throughout her career, singing in chamber, choral, and jazz ensembles, as well as performing in combos, bands, and solo, which helps her teach a wide range of styles from classical, country, funk, folk, pop, and jazz. She recently graduated from the University of North Texas with a BA in vocal jazz studies in May 2021 and has been in Seattle teaching private voice and piano lessons at Kirkland Academy of Music and Performance and gigging in the area. Sierra aims to meet students where they are and help them grow in skill, knowledge, and confidence as a musician.
Whitney James - Vocals
Whitney James studied musical theater and opera before falling in love with the music of Sarah Vaughan and pursuing a career in jazz. Her debut CD The Nature of Love spent 16 weeks on the National Jazz Charts and received critical acclaim from US and International Jazz Press. In 2012, Whitney was one of thirteen jazz musicians heralded as “Legends in the Making” and was featured on Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz: Rising Stars on NPR radio hosted by Jon Weber. Whitney has had worked as a radio disc jockey, voice over artist, jingle singer and musician - singing genres that range from musical theatre to pop, soul, R&B, and jazz. In May 2022, Whitney received her master’s degree in music from the University of North Texas. She believes that everyone’s voice is unique. Whitney looks forward to working with you to develop and discover your voice and sound, while focusing on pedagogy, vocal technique, expression, and artistry.
Sinclaire Wade - Drums
Growing up in Houston, Texas, Sinclaire has experienced a full array of musical situations. From gospel and jazz, to rock and classical; Sinclaire can perform, and most importantly teach, all of these styles at a very high level. Currently a student at the University of North Texas, Sinclaire is continuing to develop and study her craft to the fullest.
Dustin Kaufman - Drums
Dustin has been the drummer for the band St. Lucia since 2014. He has also toured with other notable artists including: Moon Boots and Gavin Turek. Some performance highlights include Coachella, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and Good Morning America. Dustin received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Jazz Performance from The New School, a Master of Music Degree from the Manhattan School of Music, and Master of Arts Degree from Columbia University.
Garyfallia Kerkezou - Drums
Gary Kerkezou is a NYC based drummer and violin player. Born in a family of professional musicians, she moved to Boston from Greece for her undergraduate studies at the prestigious Berklee College of Music, where she was accepted with the Berklee European Tour Scholarship, the Kostas Kouvidis Foundation Scholarship, and the BIN Augmentation Award. While in Berklee, Gary won the Berklee Achievement Grant, the “Most Improved Drummer” Award, the Terri Lyne Carrington Scholarship and the Zildjian Scholarship. She was featured in WBGO Radio’s Jazz Appreciation Month on April 2018 and the same year she got accepted into Berklee Global Institute of Jazz’s graduate program with a full scholarship but instead chose to move to NYC and pursue her Masters degree at Manhattan School of Music as a student of Kendrick Scott. Having graduated from MSM on May 2020 after receiving a Downbeat Student Award in March, she now continues to perform and record based in New York.
Bobby Wiens - Drums
Bobby Wiens is a Denver, CO based drummer. He has toured as both a leader and a sideman with several world-class musicians throughout the U.S. and Canada. Wiens has had the privilege of studying with master drummers such as John Riley, Joe Farnsworth, Jim White, Dylan van der Schyff, Jon McCaslin, and Memo Acevedo among others. Since graduating from the University of Northern Colorado with his Masters degree in Jazz Studies, Wiens maintains a busy playing and teaching schedule in the Denver metro area.
Tim Basom - Guitar
Since 2017, Tim has been one half of the guitar section on Broadway’s Dear Evan Hansen, and in addition has been fortunate to collaborate with some amazingly talented artists. Some notable appearances include: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, FX’s Fosse/Verdon, Trixie Mattel, Mandy Gonzalez, Frances Ruffelle, Phillipa Soo, and a host of others. Tim received a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies from The University of Akron, as well as a Master of Music in Instrumental Jazz Performance from The Manhattan School of Music.
Spencer Zweifel - Piano
Since forming his first jazz group at age 16, Spencer Zweifel has become a regular member of the Colorado music scene. An accomplished jazz pianist, Zweifel has performed professionally in a wide variety of genres across Colorado as well as in tours around the US. In 2021, Spencer was selected as a national finalist for both the Jacksonville Jazz Festival jazz piano competition, where he placed third. Spencer graduated in 2019 with a degree in jazz studies from the University of Northern Colorado and won ‘Best pop/rock soloist’ in the 2018 Downbeat Magazine student awards. In 2021, Spencer completed a Master’s in jazz studies at William Paterson University, where he studied with Bill Charlap, Aaron Diehl, and Geoffrey Keezer. In 2020 Zweifel formed the Spencer Zweifel Quintet which has since released 2 records, including 2022's 'Before It's Too Late'.
Xavier Bernazard - Piano
Xavier Bernazard is a latinx nonbinary queer punk artist originally from Caguas, Puerto Rico. Classically trained with degrees from Oklahoma State University & a master’s degree from The University of North Texas. They decided to pursue their passion towards songwriting and has become an active performer in the Dallas Fort Worth metroplex. They have experience performing and teaching various genres such as classical, jazz, musical theater, rock, pop, etc. There teaching styles focuses on developing support with a clear relaxed tone.
Will Kjeer - Piano
Dynamic, tenacious, and highly inventive, pianist and composer Will Kjeer has defined himself as an artist to watch, both literally and figuratively. Having cut his teeth in Los Angeles as well as his hometown of Minneapolis, Will has been widely regarded in each city as a firebrand, a first-call, and a must-hear. A refined and powerful pianistic profile has garnered Will performances for audiences across America at venues including the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and Ravinia’s Bennett Gordon Hall in Chicago. He has shared the stage with many world-class performers including Dave King (The Bad Plus; Happy Apple), Jerry Bergonzi (Dave Brubeck, Elvin Jones), and Adam Nussbaum (Stan Getz, Michael Brecker). For the past 7 years, Will has inspired students of all ages and backgrounds as both a private instructor and as an artist clinician at institutions including California State Fullerton and the Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists. He holds a B.F.A. in Jazz Arts from The California Institute of the Arts and is a Yamaha Young Performing Artist. He also loves cats.
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