Jesse Cody

Jesse Cody
Jesse Cody

Jesse Cody

Aerial Silks

Jesse Cody was born and raised in Columbus, Georgia. She attended Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania where she double majored in English and Theatre. It was at college that she discovered her love of circus. Her junior year, after returning from studying Commedia dell’Arte and Physical Theater in Arezzo, Italy at the Accademia del’Arte, she decided to take an aerial silk class as an extracurricular credit. Her senior year, she was asked to join Muhlenberg’s student-run circus program to perform an aerial-duet in their main stage production “Atlas.” Upon graduating in 2015, she moved back home to Georgia where she performed for The Up Factory hanging off a billboard for Columbus’ Midnight Run. Jesse moved to the greater New York area in 2016. Here, she continued to train and perform in NYC, broadening her repertoire to include aerial rope, Spanish web, circus hammock, and lyra/hoop. She performed aerial rope at The House of Yes in Brooklyn, NY; aerial silks for Street Cirque’s production of Boudicca at the Muse in Brooklyn, NY; and has performed aerial, acrobatics, and stilt-walking for numerous private events and festivals/street shows. She has also gone on tour with Westchester Circus Arts show Circus Ta-Da performing a Spanish web solo.

Sarah Nathan

Sarah Nathan
Sarah Nathan

Sarah Nathan

Choreographer

Sarah Nathan is a native Westchester performing artist and teacher. With over a decade of professional credits under her belt, some of her favorite credits include Bring It On: The Musical (1st national/international tour), Legally Blonde (NCL/National Tour) and Company (NY Philharmonic). In addition to her performance career, she has worked as an associate choreographer to Andrew Palermo (Broadway: Allegiance) and was a Resident Choreographer/ Production Director for Norwegian Cruise Lines. Sarah earned her BFA in Musical Theater with a Minor in Dance from Pace University. While her performing career is currently on pause after becoming a mother last winter, she continues to teach dance and theater all over Westchester.

Talia Dicker

Talia Dicker

Cello Lessons

Talia Dicker is a dynamic and versatile cellist with a particular enthusiasm for orchestral and chamber music. She currently resides in New York City where she is an active performer and teacher throughout the northeast corridor. Past engagements include positions in the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the Civic Orchestra’s MusiCorps program for comprehensive outreach and music education, the Youth Orchestra of the Americas, and the Colorado College Summer Music Festival Orchestra. Talia received her Bachelor of Music with Honors from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she studied with Brandon Vamos of the Pacifica Quartet. She went on to earn a Master of Music in Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Steven Doane and Rosemary Elliott.

As a teacher, Talia enjoys working with all ages and levels to help students hone technique and musical expression. Talia has consistently helped students meet specific playing goals, whether preparing for school auditions, college auditions, NYSSMA, recitals, or any other performances. Talia encourages a continuing enjoyment and involvement with music in many forms; she’s committed to the idea that learning to play a musical instrument can positively impact and inform all aspects of an individual’s life.

Jill Geddes

Jill Geddes

Ukulele Lessons & Literary Arts Classes

Jill Geddes has an extensive music background. Upon graduating from high school, she was cast in the role of Peron’s Mistress in Harold Prince’s National Tour of Evita. From there, she went on to star in Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Into The Woods as Cinderella and then played the lead role of Fantine in the National Tour of Les Miserables and many other shows. She studied Music at Indiana University School of Music and Boston University and teaches an early childhood program called Music Together in Tarrytown at the JCC.

She began studying the ukulele several years ago when her guitar was being fixed and she has never stopped playing it. She loves the versatility of the instrument and the joy it brings to her life and those she teaches. “Ukuleles are like potato chips – you can’t have just one!” She owns several ukuleles and will supply one to anyone who would just like to try before they buy.

Jill works at Strawtown Elementary School in West Nyack. She continues to perform and sing, but her favorite thing to do is teach the ukulele to children and adults.

Glenn Rhian

Glenn Rhian

Drum & Percussion Lessons (all styles)

Glenn Rhian holds a B.A. from The San Francisco Conservatory of Music and a M.M. from The Juilliard School and teaches all styles of drumming including funk, jazz, Latin, reggae and rock. He has performed with Clay Aiken, Aretha Franklin and Al Martino, and has played on Broadway in such shows as The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Gypsy, Guys and Dolls, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and A Christmas Carol (at the Paramount Theatre at Madison Square Garden). He can be heard on the original cast recordings for each of these musicals, including Guys and Dolls which won a Grammy Award. His film recordings include The Hunchback of Notre Dame and In and Out.

Nicki Miller

Nicki Miller

Aerial Silks

Nicki Miller is an interdisciplinary poetic storyteller and educator based in and around NYC. Her work as a movement coach spans 15 years as a NASM certified personal trainer and over a decade of performing and coaching aerial silks and rope throughout the US. Since 2020, Nicki’s teaching has evolved to include an emphasis on the intersections of imagination, somatics, and neuroplasticity with movement rehab and technique. Learn more at movementmissinglinks.com.

As an artist, Nicki is most known for her work as co-founding artistic director of Only Child Aerial Theatre and co-creator of Sticks & Stone with Benjamin E. Oyzon. As a freelance artist, Nicki works with theatre, opera, and dance companies to integrate aerial rigging and choreography into their storytelling in imaginative and dramaturgically informed ways. She also works as an actor, aerial dancer and movement artist for theatre and film. She is currently an MFA candidate in Theatre at Sarah Lawrence College. Learn more at nickimiller.com

Franz Hackl

Franz Hackl

Trumpet Lessons (all styles) & Jazz Improvisation Classes

Franz Hackl is not just a seasoned trumpet player; he is also an accomplished composer and skilled brass instrument maker with over 30 years of teaching experience. He is the founder and artistic director of the Outreach Music Festival & Academy, a transformative summer educational program in his native Austrian Alps.

His musical journey has graced the world’s most prestigious stages, where he’s not only a captivating soloist, but also a dynamic ensemble leader. From the Theater an der Wien to iconic jazz venues like The Jazz Standard, Blue Note, and Dizzy’s Club at Jazz at Lincoln Center, his trumpet has left a lasting impression.

Franz is the creative force behind an array of exceptional ensembles. He leads the innovative brass trio B3+ with Dave Taylor (trombone) and John Clark (french horn), heads up the renowned IDO Quartet, and engages in a dynamic duo project with Grammy Winner Leo Genovese (piano). His collaborations extend to esteemed classical artists, including Dietmar Küblböck, principal trombonist of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, reflecting his dedication to musical diversity and excellence.

Franz holds a Concert Diploma from The Music Conservatory of the City of Vienna and a Master of Music Degree from Manhattan School of Music.