Magicsong Performing Arts Studios


where the pros come to learn ! (teach, network, commune etc.!)



our coaches teach and work with some of

 the most famous artists in the entertainment industry today!

(see "Bios" page for their background information)


KATIE AGRESTA: voice teacher of the most famous contemporary singers of our day:
(Steven Tyler, Jon Bon Jovi, Annie Lennox, Cyndi Lauper, Bob Seger, Phish, Phoebe Snow, Lita Ford,
Jackson Browne, Brooke Schields, Beastie Boys, Dee Snyder, Meatloaf, Lenny Kravitz, etc.)

MADELYN BURNS:   NYC casting director - film, tv & theater
“Acting for TV & Film” class with professional showcase for agents & casting directors

ROSS HAINES:  MFA Drama - The Actor’s Studio (Lee Grant, Kevin Costner, Will Smith, Spike Lee)

ELISA HALE: music & entertainment producer/director, ASCAP songwriter, singer, acting, dance,
New School University, Roxie Studios, Vicky Sheer, Bill Hickey, Harry Whitaker, Gene Paul, Bob Stander


STEVE HOLLEY:  Drums & Percussion - (Paul McCartney & Wings, Elton John, Joe Cocker, Ian Hunter)


ALLY LAMAJ:  producer/director, actor, rare film expert :  Stella Adler, Bill Hickey, Hal Holden


BENNY LANDA: guitarist/singer/songwriter – Howard Tate, Robert Gordon, Carol King, Otis Blackwell,

 Steve Holley, Paul Hipp, Eric Stuart, Cliff Eberhardt, Dino Danelli, Smashed Gladys, Mellissa Cross, Lee Nestor


 JANET LAWSON:  Grammy Nominated Jazz Vocalist, New School University

JOE MAGNARELLI:  trumpet - Criss-Cross Jazz recording artist,
Harry Connick, Jr, Ray Baretta,Lionel Hampton, Jack McDuff, Toshiko Akioshi, Carnegie Hall Jazz Orchestra

AVA MINETT: sports dance, hip hop: SUNY Albany dance team, Rocketeria Records live & video dancer

JOHN  REILLY:  Drummer - Blue Oyster Cult, Trans Siberian Orchestra, Richie Blackmore’s Rainbow

PATRICK PFEIFFER: Bass teacher of Adam Clayton (U2),  Alec Such (Bon Jovi), author: Bass Guitar for Dummies


CARY SCOPE:  guitarist/singer/songwriter:  Baby Johnson, Danny Miranda, Greg Smith, Benny Landa

VICKY SHEER: dance, President and founder Dance Educators of America, DEA instructors

BOB STANDER:  engineer/producer, bass & guitar, sound recording; Gene Paul, Pete Townshend, Roy Buchannan

NINA TOLINS:  Rocketeria Records recording artist, ASCAP songwriter, voice teacher
Mannes /New School Jazz, Patti LaBelle,  Katie Agresta,  Marion McPartland, Junior Mance,  Chico Hamilton

HARRY WHITAKER:  piano, musical director -composer of the legendary jazz masterpiece

“Black Rennaissance” , Roberta Flack, Roy Ayers Ubiquity,  Stephanie Mills, Mos Def,


Do you believe in Magic ? will !

for the serious professional:


            The sad state of affairs in the entertainment fields is that there are many more performers than there are jobs – many more !  The competitive edge comes from training with the performers, coaches, teachers, agents and producers who are currently working extensively themselves with some of the most famous artists and projects of our day.  These are the people who can help you hone your craft while creating a polished and self-assured audition. Your resulting confidence will enable you to impress everyone – producers, directors, agents, industry executives, and most importantly; your audience!

            Magicsong provides its students with classes and educational workshops, performance opportunities, rehearsal space, creative residencies, teaching opportunities, liaisons with other performing artsts and communities, and commissions to create new work.  A "homebase" for both young and established performing artists, Magicsong is focused on the process of developing work as well as on formal theatrical presentation

for the performing arts student:


          whether you're 4 or 94 you will find a class at one of our studios.  We have coaches and teachers who specialize in everything from helping that little one over his shyness to college and professional audition and performance preparation.  Most elementary through college school systems "skim" over many areas of study and interested students might never find their niche or waste precious years searching.  Many performing arts students give up in needless frustration after years of commitment because they have just not been introduced to the endless possibilities in the field.  And, for the student of life, nothing increases self-confidence and assurance more than being well-rounded in the arts and having had the experience to participate in them.