our teaching roster
DRUMS with Stephen Cusano
Steve Cusano is a graduate from the Hartt School's Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz with a BA in Music Performance (Jazz Studies) with a focus in drums. He has been touring the northeast with two bands over the past few years. Steve is the founder, tour manager, and drummer for the future soul band, Broca's Area. In 2018, Broca's Areas' single "See" was featured on Spotify playlist "State of Jazz" and "Butter" where it got over 300,000 plays. In addition, Steve tours nationally as a drummer and core member in Hartford based, folk rock Americana band, Wise Old Moon. He is a private drum instructor in the New Haven/Hartford area and has had students attend regionals in CT for two years in a row. Steve founded Parkville Sounds in 2017.
BASS, GUITAR, and VOICE with Sean Rubin
Sean has been a performer & educator in the Greater Hartford Area for the past eight years. Holding a bachelor's degree in Classical Double Bass from the Hartt School, his additional experience as a producer, songwriter, arranger & as a performer in a plethora of styles have made him a highly sought after artist. Lessons with Sean cover many avenues of what it means to be a musician in the 21st century, regardless of age, musical style or playing level.
BRASS with John Mundy
A graduate from the Hartt School's Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz with a focus in trombone in jazz studies, John is a founding member of the band West End Blend.
PIANO with Mike Carabello
A graduate from the Hartt School's Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz with a focus in piano in jazz studies, Mike is an accomplished rhodes player and pianist in the jazz music scene in Hartford as well as being a member of the band Broca's Area.
GUITAR with Michael DiPanfilo
Michael DiPanfilo has been working as a musician in the Hartford area for the past several years. His 7 year teaching experience ranges from 4 years of private guitar lessons, to electronics and physics labs at University of Hartford, to SAT and math tutoring and Huntington Learning Center. After receiving a Bachelor’s in Acoustics Engineering and Music and a Master’s in Electrical Engineering from the University of Hartford, Michael has been focusing on progressing the touring musical group West End Blend as guitarist and manager. His teaching philosophy focuses on making music fun. If you have fun playing and learning music, than you will progress much faster than drilling exercises in your head. Music is one of the greatest things on this planet and we should all enjoy it.
VOICE with Meredith Ernstberger
A graduate form the Hartt School with a degree in Voice Performance, mezzo soprano Meredith Ernstberger is excited to join the Parkville Sounds community. As a Reisdent Artist with Opera Connecticut, her most recent performances include the Sandman in Hansel and Gretel and Mother/Grandmother in Seymour Barab’s Little Red Riding Hood. She looks forward to continuing her work with Opera Connecticut this upcoming season as Giovanna in Verdi's Rigoletto. Past performances include Hermia in Schubert’s Rosamunde with the Worcester Schubertiade, Alto soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the Hartt School, Public Opinion in Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld and Third Lady in Mozart’s Magic Flute at Hartt Opera Theatre. In the past two years, she placed first in Connecticut at the National Association of Teachers of Singing competition and was a semifinalist in the highly competitive international Classical Singer competition.
PERCUSSION with Elliot Wallace
Elliot Wallace is a sought after drummer, percussionist and educator throughout New England and NYC. Elliot has performed with groups and institutions such as: Ivoryton Playhouse, Playhouse on Park, Off Broadway Theater, Schubert Theater, The Fairfield Theater Company, The Yale Alumni Association, Richmond IN Symphony, The Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, 10th Intervention, The New Baroque Soloists, New Britain Symphony, Waterbury Symphony, Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra (HICO) and many others. In addition to music theater and classical music, he performs regularly with his rock band Art School Girls and plays frequent jazz and big band gigs. Elliot is also well versed in world percussion, studying with conga greats Michael Spiro and John Amira, as well as Brazilian music expert Rogerio Boccato and African percussionist Joe Galeota. In addition to Parkville Sounds, Elliot is currently the percussion instructor at Simsbury High School and The Loomis Chaffee School, as well as professor of percussion at Holyoke Community College and Naugatuck Valley Community College. Elliot holds a Bachelor Degree from the University of Akron and a Masters Degree from the University of Hartford.
DRUMS with Andrew Cusanelli
Andrew is a Hartford, CT based drummer who has been a musician for over 16 years and is well versed in many different music styles. He is a graduate of The Hartt School at the University of Hartford with a degree in Music Production and Technology with a concentration in Jazz Percussion. Andrew is a sought after drummer in the area and currently plays with the bands Wurliday and On the Spot Trio, as well as various other projects. He also has experience playing for musicals at Trinity College and various public schools in the CT area.
GUITAR with Killian Karlsson
After attending Berklee College of Music, Killian has been a professional
educator, session player, and nationally touring musician for the past 8 years.
He has played with many great artists including Alan Evans (Soulive, Play On
Brother), Beau Sasser (Z3, Play On Brother, Melvin Sparks), DarbyWolf
(Rubblebucket), and Miro Sprague (Thelonious Monk Institute Graduate)
among others. He is a founding member of the Massachusetts based psych-fusion band Mammal Dap, as well as a member of rock/pop group Polar Planet. As a session player Killian teaches a variety of styles and techniques with a
central focus on understanding the instrument in a holistic way. This empowers
students to more fully understand the language of music and excel in any genre
or situation regardless of age or skill level.