T E A M
+ Andrea Profili
Executive Director | Music Director
Andrea began playing both violin and guitar at age six at the Escuela Juveníl de Música de Panamá. She studied violin with Horacio Bustamante, and moved at age 18 to the US to study with Sarah Johnson at Converse College, where she received a Bachelor of Music in Performance and a Masters in Music Education. As a member of Delta Omicron she was awarded the Rob Fund Memorial Grant, which enabled her to study orchestral conducting with Sarah Ioannides and Siegwart Reichwald. In 2011, Andrea completed the El Sistema Fellowship at the New England Conservatory, a highly selective program designed to serve postgraduate musicians and music educators passionate about creating careers for themselves that connect music, youth development, and social justice. After completing the fellowship she relocated to NYC to work with Fellow David Gracia and help found the Washington Heights Inwood (WHIN) Music Project. At WHIN Andrea teaches violin, viola and cello classes, conducts the orchestra, develops curriculum for new and existing programs, and trains young conductors and teachers. Andrea has worked as conductor and teaching artist at Austin Soundwaves, Upbeat NYC, Youth Orchestra of St. Luke's, Opportunity Music Project, MindBuilders, and Multicultural Music Group and Carnegie Hall Music Educators Workshop. In 2015 she was awarded an Outstanding Alumnae from Converse College in recognition of her achievements and service to her community.
+ Jose Iglesias
Assistant Conductor, AYO
Maestro Iglesias served as Conductor and First Violinist of the Union Quartet, making several recordings for National Radio and National Television (official state radio station and television channel in Cuba). It performed in various music festivals throughout the Republic of Cuba and abroad, gaining special acclaim in 1994 at the Chamber Music Festival at Colonia Tovar in Venezuela. Iglesias has conducted more than two hundred concerts between the years 1999 and 2006, leading the San Pedro Sula Chamber Orchestra and the San Pedro Sula Youth Symphony Orchestra not only in Honduras but also in Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Mexico. On three occasions he has been a special Guest Conductor at the Contemporary Music Festival in El Salvador. His repertory ranges from works of Ancient Music to those with the most recent tendencies of Contemporary Music.
+ Kathryn Tomlin
Kathryn Tomlin earned a Bachelor of Music in violin performance from Converse College and a Master of Music in violin performance and Suzuki pedagogy from the Hartt School at University of Hartford. Kathryn began playing violin since the age of 10 and at 16 started down the path of alternative education when she began teaching private lessons from her parents’ living room. Kathryn is a founding member of the WHIN Music Project faculty and is Program Director of Orchestrating Dreams, where she teaches violin, viola, Music Play and Violin Choir; and performs with the faculty and Mentors Ensemble. In 2013 Ms. Tomlin began working with Renaissance Village Montessori as the school’s music teacher and was so captivated by the philosophy that she applied for the position as assistant. In 2015, Kathryn was appointed as the primary classroom teacher and is currently the Assistant Director. Kathryn is currently earning the Association Montessori Internationale Early Childhood Credential through Montessori Training Center Northeast. In addition to her work with children, Kathryn is passionate about working with parents and caregivers. She presents workshops and facilitates discussion groups on parenting on a monthly basis at both WHIN and Renaissance.
+ Regina Fierro
Regina Fierro began her training at the age of six when she sang in her grammar school's children's choir and fell in love with music. Since then, she has studied classical voice, musical theater, and piano privately. She has participated in vocal intensive workshops at the Metropolitan Opera Guild and New York University. At the culmination of her senior year at Loyola School, Regina held positions in many of the school's music ensembles as a soprano soloist, liturgical cantor, pianist, composer, and student conductor under the direction of Cristiano Tiozzo. She was also a principal actor in the school's musical theater productions under the direction of Barbara Malecki and Solomon Hoffman. Regina has been working with WHIN since 2014 as a Program Coordinator, assistant teacher, piano accompanist, and music librarian. She is currently an undergraduate student at New York University studying classical vocal performance in the studio of Rosa Vento.
+ Jason Espinal
Bio Coming Soon!
+ Cole Wagner
Assistant Conductor, AYO
Cole Wagner was born in Tokyo Japan in 1994 and moved with his family at age 3 to Seattle, where he began classical music studies and took up cello at a Suzuki program there. After another relocation to the New York area, he continued his learning at the Hoff Barthelson Music School and studied with a number of prominent teachers there including members of the Julliard Preparatory Division, the Mannes School of Music, the Orchestra of St. Lukes, and the Steve Reich Ensemble. Additionally, Cole attended two full summer sessions at the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan, and a session of the Amati Music Festival in upstate New York. After finishing high school Cole continued his musical studies, taking classes and participating in chamber ensembles at the Julliard Evening Division, Mannes NEXT, and the Orchestra of St. Lukes AMP and Alaria Chamber Music Projects. Cole was selected in the spring of 2015 to accompany Upbeat NYC on a historic trip to Caracas, Venezuela to learn and play with several El Sistema nucleus there under the baton of Maestro Gustavo Dudamel. Cole is currently studying cello privately with Andre Emelianoff, and is an active participant in chamber music and coatings projects around NYC.