Kol Arts Music & Arts Program – Fall 2020 (Online)


From our Director

Welcome to Fall! As we continue to embrace our “new normal”,what remains unchanged in our lives is the need to nurture and share our love of music and arts. Please take a moment to explore the Kol Arts New Fall Class List and join us for our innovative programming.

Registration is now open!

Considering private lessons? Sign up for a free trial lesson and meet the teacher. Prefer a half semester private lesson option? Introducing the choice and a 10% discount for full semester registration. Ready to try something new? There are classes from Broadway Jazz Dance to Music Performance Masterclasses for all ages. A different idea? Custom programming is available upon request.

As a performing violist and teaching artist, creating community through the arts has always been my greatest passion. I cherish nurturing friendships as artistry develops and lifelong connections flourish. Kol Arts is about enriching lives through music and art, discovering and nurturing talents, and blending individuality with community. It is my great pleasure to introduce Cantor Danny Mendelson, voice, Ellen Flaks, improv and Donna Elaine, music and art history to our distinguished faculty. Selected from the broad spectrum of artists in the metropolitan area, the collective talents of the Kol Arts faculty inspire creativity and cultivate collaborations between genres.

Thank you again to Jessica Lorden, Executive Director, the Board of Directors of Congregation Kol Ami and Cantor Danny Mendelson for their continuing support and the unique opportunity to blend music and arts with the vibrant culture at the temple.

Hope you join us for a variety of artistic explorations!

L’Shana Tova,
Naomi Graf, Director of Kol Arts

Kol Arts On-line Fall Program

Private Lessons, Group Classes, Special Events


Private Music Lessons

Rolling Registration for Private Lessons
Choose your start date!

Available for All Ages 

Cello, Clarinet, Double Bass, Drum (Drum Set, Hand Drum), Flute, French Horn,
Guitar (Acoustical), Jazz Improvisation, Mandolin, Oboe, Piano, Saxophone, Songwriting,
Trombone, Trumpet, Viola, Violin, Voice

NEW: Half Semester Options for Private Lessons

Tuition for 6 Private Lessons

30 minute lesson: $450.00
45 minute lesson: $600.00*
60 minute lesson: $750.00*

Receive a 10% discount when you register for the Full Semester

Tuition for 12 Private Lessons

30 minute lesson: $810.00*
45 minute lesson: $1,080.00*
60 minute lesson: $1,350.00*

*Private Lesson Tuition includes free access to Community Arts Hours and all Special Events

Days and times of private lessons will be scheduled directly with the teacher.
Please email Naomi Graf, Director of Kol Arts at kolarts@nykolami.org with questions.


Rolling Registration for Private Lessons – Choose your start date!

Group Classes – Online in Fall

8 Group Classes $200
except Feeling Groovy which is $120
(See class list)

 Classes need a minimum of 5 students to be offered
(Wait lists will be created when classes are full) 



Music Lessons At Kol Ami

Online Fall Program!

Kol Arts: A Music and Arts Program at
Kol Ami “Cultivating Community
Through Music and Arts”

Programming for the entire family including:
Introduction to music classes,
private music lessons for all ages,
community arts hour, and more!

Faculty includes graduates from renowned conservatories and performers on world stages from Carnegie Hall to Broadway.

For more information, email Naomi Graf, Director at KolArts@NYKolAmi.org

Our Faculty
(see our faculty bio page)

Joyce Hammann, Violin
Naomi Graf, Viola
Mairi Dorman-Phaneuf, Cello
Jeff Carney, Bass

Itamar Gov-Ari, Acoustic and Electric Guitar, Music Production

Janet Axelrod, Flute
Kathleen Nester, Flute
Elizabeth Condon, Oboe
Marc Phaneuf, Clarinet, Saxophone, Jazz Improvisation
Dan Cipriano, Saxophone

John Bailey, Trumpet
Shelagh Abate, French Horn
Randy Andos, Trombone, Bass Trombone, Tuba

Rie Matsumoto, Piano
Cynthia Cummiskey, Piano
Kevin Hupp, Drum Set and Hand Drum

Cantor Daniel Mendelson, Voice
Luisa Lyons, Voice
Ross Schwaber, Voice and Piano

Ellen Flaks, Improvisation and More 
Luisa Lyons, Acting Lessons

James T Lane, Musical Theater Dance

Sam Hack, Arts & Puppetry
Heather Stoltz, Art Journaling, Artist Beit Midrash (special events)

Yuki Hiruma Charlesworth, Dalcroze Eurhythmics
Patti Hupp, Preschool Music/ArtSmart

Donna Elaine