Isaac Levien is a multifaceted musician and educator from Lexington, MA. Isaac studied jazz bass at New England Conservatory of Music where he received a Bachelor in Music and contemporary performance at Berklee College of Music’s Global Jazz Institute, where he received his Master’s degree. Throughout his time in Boston Isaac performed regularly around the city with groups ranging from jazz to avant-garde to hip-hop to singer-songwriter projects at Boston’s top venues such as Wally’s, the Lilypad, Club Passim, The Middle East, and other performances at houses and colleges. Isaac has had multiple opportunities to perform and teach around the world including a week at the Conservatory von Amsterdam for their Keep an Eye Jazz Trip and two consecutive trips to the annual Panama Jazz Festival. Isaac has performed with a number of renowned jazz musicians including George Garzone, Terri Lyne Carrington, Jason Palmer, and Dominique Eade. Isaac recently relocated from Boston to NYC where he joined the Harmony Program as a low strings teacher and was hired as a music faculty at the Heschel School.
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Tommy Wu, Copiague Middle School
Tommy Wu holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from SUNY Fredonia. He is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Double Bass Performance at Stony Brook University under the guidance of Blake Hinson. Tommy Wu is currently a substitute teacher in several Long Island school districts and is actively performing with South Shore Symphony Orchestra, Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra, and the New Inlet Chamber Orchestra.
Reynard Burns is an educator, composer, conductor and clinician. During his thirty-four years as orchestra director in the Bay Shore Schools, his groups won awards at the county, state and national level. Since retiring , Reynard has devoted much of his time to composing and presenting workshops and clinics at various national, state, and local conferences as well as in schools. Mr. Burns’ compositions are listed with JW Pepper and published by Tempo Press, Alfred, Wingert-Jones, and his own company, Reynard Burns Publishing Inc., created in order to increase access to diverse composers and styles. Mr. Burns’ list of contributions in the world of music include winner of the ASTA Merle Isaac composition contest, commissions from the Empire Youth and Wisconsin Youth Orchestras, performances by the Long Island Philharmonic, guest conductor appearances, and numerous speaking engagements.