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Meet the
Current Studio

Feel free to contact the studio members directly by clicking the little envelopes next to their names. To contact any alumni, please view the alumni page.

Derek granger

DMA Saxophone Performance

Derek Granger is pursuing his DMA in Saxophone Performance at the Hartt School of Music, in the studio of Carrie Koffman. A native of Las Vegas, Nevada, Granger holds a bachelors degree from The University of Arizona and a masters degree from Indiana University. Granger currently serves on the faculty of Rocky Ridge Music Center and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. Prior to this, Granger served for six years as Director of Choirs at Flowing Wells High School in Tucson, Arizona, in addition to playing in the Presidio Saxophone Quartet. Granger has earned awards at MTNA Solo and Chamber Competitions, Indianapolis Matinee Musicale Young Artist Competition, and the Tucson Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition. Past teachers include Otis Murphy, Timothy McAllister, Kelland Thomas, and Mark McArthur. 

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BM Music Production & Technology

David Kuhn is studying Music Production Technology at the University of Hartford. He went to Lyme-Old Lyme high school where he discovered a love for the art of recording. David has been playing sax for 6 years and began playing guitar 4 years ago. He was previously in the Audio Engineering Technology program for 1 year at the University of Hartford. David has recorded multiple songs and can play 4 different instruments as well as knowledge using recording software and equipment.

David Kuhn


BS Acoustics and Music

Aidan Lueth is a freshman in the Acoustical Engineering and Music program at the University of Hartford. She has studied with Professor Zach Shemon from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance for two years. Aidan just graduated with honors from Park Hill South High School in Riverside, Missouri, where she participated in the school’s jazz, symphonic, and marching bands.

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Freshman, BM Music Production & Technology

Ryan Newell is a saxophonist from Sussex County, New Jersey.  He has played the saxophone since the 7th grade and, in entering high school, knew that it was his dream to perform. He has performed with Grammy Award Winning B. J. Thomas, performed in the New Jersey all state band, and played for his county’s youth orchestra. Ryan hopes to continue his studies on the saxophone to become the best musician he can be!   

Ryan Newell


Freshman, BM Saxophone Performance

Jason discovered a love for music at an early age and wants to be able to reciprocate the for others. As a native of East Islip, Long Island, NY he was in Nassau-Suffolk wind ensemble in 11th grade under conductor Joel Levy and played in NY Allstate wind ensemble senior year. Jason started playing the saxophone in 3rd grade. He studied with Ed Centanni grades 4-9 and with Justin Marks grades 9-12. In addition to music, he loves sports, nature, philosophy and helping people however he can in order to broaden his own and others' perspectives

Jason Novellano

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Sophomore, BME Music Education

Max votolato

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Hello! I'm Max Votolato, I grew up in Smithfield, Rhode island. I'm entering my freshman year of college majoring in music education. I started playing the sax in sixth grade and since then I've taken every opportunity I can to play. I've played in Rhode island Allstate, all new England, Rhode island youth philharmonic and more. Aside from music I like to work out, and play video games. I'm excited for the opportunities that the Hartt school brings!