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Spring Semester at the Elefante School


Now is the perfect time to register for the spring semester at Elefante Music & School for the Performing Arts.  Here is a list of some of the classes we're offering:

Acting the Song w/Joe & Caryn Elefante (our audition-only music theater class)

3-in-1 Acting/Dancing/Singing w/Karen Cantor & Greta Martin

Music Theater I & II and Broadway Baby w/Karen

Acting I & II w/Suzanne Hevner

Beginning Tap w/Caryn  

Please visit for more information about our performing arts classes and instructors.

PLEASE NOTE: Private lessons continue as scheduled through June 24th.  There is no need to re-register for those.

"Elefante on Entertainment"

Robert B. Morrison has a long history as a supporter of music education and is widely recognized as one of the nation’s leading advocates for music and arts in education and in society. He is the founder of Quadrant Arts Education Research, the nation’s leading arts education research and intelligence organization. Mr. Morrison’s leadership in research, public policy and advocacy efforts has led to significant advancements in access to music and arts education programs across the nation.
Prior to founding Quadrant Arts Education Research Mr. Morrison was the founder of Music for All, one of the nation’s largest and most influential music education organizations where he remains Chairman Emeritus. Mr. Morrison helped develop and then served as the CEO of the VH1 Save The Music Foundation where he took a small promotional idea and created a major national brand donating more than $25 million of musical instruments to restore more than 1200 music programs. Previously, Mr. Morrison was a senior executive for the NAMM - International Music Products Association, where he served as Executive Director of the American Music Conference where he worked with the late Michael Kamen and Richard Dreyfus to create the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation.

On November 1st, Joe had the immense pleasure of interviewing Mr. Morrison. Part 3 of 4 is the latest installment in our regular column for the Alternative Press, "Elefante on Entertainment."

 Student of the Month


Elefante Music and School for the Performing Arts is proud to announce our November 2010 Student of the Month - Jared Shimoun.  Jared has been studying at Elefante Music for three years.
Jared has been playing percussion for six years, and takes lessons with Anthony Amodeo.  He loves playing and listening to rock and jazz music, and practices every day!  Aside from playing music, his hobbies are baseball and video games.  His role model is his dad.
Jared leaves young musicians with these words of advice: "Listen to a variety of styles of music and play a variety of styles of music, practice technique every day, stay involved in as many music groups as possible."                                                                                                                                                       
Congratulations, Jared!  Tune in next month for the December 2010 Student of the Month.

Give the Gift of Music!

Stop by Elefante Music & School for the Performing Arts to pick up a gift certificate.  Gift certificates make great holiday gifts and can be used for lessons and classes, instrument rentals, repairs, guitars, sheet music, and upgrade band and orchestra instruments.  Or GIVE A TEACHER A GIFT CERTIFICATE TO USE ON OUR HUGE SELECTION OF PRINT MUSIC.

Here are some of the great upgrade instruments we carry:

  • Flutes & Piccolos: Powell Sonare, Yamaha, Gemeinhardt, Jupiter, Azumi, Dean Yang, Pearl and Burkart
  • Clarinets: We have the LARGEST SELECTION OF BUFFET CLARINETS IN THE TRI-STATE AREA, including the popular E-11 intermediate model and the R-13 professional model - both available with silver or nickel keys
  • Saxophones: Selmer, Yamaha, Yanagisawa and Jupiter - plus vintage horns
  • Oboes: Fox and Yamaha
  • Trumpets: In addition to the hugely popular Bach Stradivarius, we also carry King and Jupiter upgrade trumpets
  • Trombones: Bach, Conn and Yamaha
  • French Horns: We are currently offeringspecial prices on Holton and Conn double French Horns.
  • PLUS our own European-crafted violins, violas, cellos, and basses

Elefante Music also offers an extensive selection of mouthpieces and ligatures, as well as reeds, valve oil, music and instrument stands, cases, swabs and many other accessories.

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 Teacher Feature

Rick Henly

Our newest section of the newsletter is "Teacher Feature," in which we feature one Elefante teacher every month.  This month's feature is on Rick Henly, private brass teacher.
Rick Henly can be heard on his two solo CDs: Love Like Fire and Christmas Present.  He was Lead Trumpet on a dozen Broadway shows, including the long-running hit Miss Saigon, and has over 20 years experience playing Lead Trumpet on Broadway shows.  He graduated from Ithaca College and earned a Masters Degree in Trumpet Performance from Northwestern University.  Following school, Rick auditioned and was appointed Principal Trumpet of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, a position that included a scholarship to study with the great Adolph Herseth of the Chicago Symphony.  This was followed by a Fellowship to study for two summers at the prestigious Tanglewood Music Center.
Since Miss Saigon, Rick has performed the on-stage 'Harry James' solo in FOSSE and substituted as Lead Trumpet on The Producers, Cabaret, The Music Man, Follies, Thou Shalt Not and 42nd Street, and in the Radio City Music Hall Orchestra.  Rick continues to give solo demonstrations and clinics all around the country.
Rick has performed with the New York Pops, the American Symphony, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the Little Orchestra Society (Soloist), Liza Minnelli (Lead Trumpet), Dennis Edwards and The Temptations Revue (Lead Trumpet), Michael Amante "America's Tenor" (Lead Trumpet), Charli Persip's Supersound (Lead Trumpet), Shirley Bassey, and Frank Sinatra.
EM: What do you feel is your most important job as a teacher?
Rick: My most important job as a teacher is to teach myself out of a job.  I want to be able to teach how to learn rhythms on your own and how to hear pitches on your own so you don't need to go to a teacher to figure out how something goes.  I tell every student that.  I say "The biggest compliment you'll ever pay me is when you tell me you don't need me." 
Who is your favorite performer in your field?
It's hard to have a favorite.  Probably my most admired performer was my teacher, Adolph Herseth (1st Trumpet with the Chicago Symphony for 53 years) for a wide number of reasons, including his ability to perform at a high level for his entire life. 
Who was the teacher who inspired you the most (in any subject)?
I would have to say it would be "Bud" again (Herseth).  No other trumpet player, with his work ethic and everything, has ever impressed me as much as Bud (maybe Doc Severinsen).  He's 89 this year.  When I went out last year to play with the CSO, right after rehearsal we saw him coming out the back door.  Every one of us on stage had studied with him.  He sat down in the last row just like we were in school again, at a civic orchestra rehearsal.  We all went out to lunch afterwards and the newspaper came and took pictures of us.  Just to show that he was still king of the mountain, he reached into his pocket, took out his mouthpiece pouch, and played the opening of Pictures at an Exhibition on his mouthpiece.  He's recorded that more than any living trumpet player - six times.
What is one thing you're working on outside of teaching right now?
Outside of teaching, the most important thing I do every day is practice.  No matter what's going on in my life, that's the one thing I work on every single day.
What words of advice can you give to our students?
The obvious, of course, is "Practice."  But the other advice is, "Don't give up."  If there's something you want to be able to do, you can be able to do it if you're always willing to try one more time.

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