Meet Our Teachers

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All of our teachers are passionate about music and the development of children. They create a fun, informal, social setting that spurs engagement and supports each child's musical development.

photo Leslie Abdallah

Leslie is an actress, singer and dancer who graduated from New York University in Music and Dance. Favorite roles include Ariel in the National Tour of The Little Mermaid and a dancer for Liza Minnelli and Gregory Hines. Leslie currently sings with a contemporary church choir and recently recorded her first lullaby cd called "Daffodil Dreams." Her young children Abey and Geoffrey are an inspiration to her music.

     
photo Susan Clark

Susan is an established teacher with Mid-Hudson Music Together® and has taught Mixed-Age classes for several years and recently Babies Only and Big Kids classes. She has so much fun with her families and enjoys sharing her love of music!
Susan started her training in singing and dance at age five and began a longtime love affair with the guitar when she began studying it at age twelve. She furthered her education by minoring in dance while attending The University of South Florida. The Music Together program rekindled her passion for music and dance when she enrolled with her first child, Emily Rose.

     
photo Elizabeth Clifton

Elizabeth is trained as a clinical social worker (MSW - Virginia Commonwealth University), but singing has been her avocation since she first joined a choir at age 10. Elizabeth began her study of voice while in high school in Baltimore, MD and continued her study of voice at Haverford College. She is currently a member of Poughkeepsie-based Cappella Festiva Chamber Choir, and has performed as a soprano soloist with several other choirs. Before becoming a MT teacher, Elizabeth was a MT parent! She loves to sing, dance, chant, and play guitar with her children Sam (b. 5/05) and Ellie (b. 7/08), and is eager to share The Joy of Family Music®®-making with you

     
photo Sabrina Ferguson

Director of Mid-Hudson Music Together and the High Ridge Choir, Sabrina is an accomplished performer and voice teacher and enjoys the process of helping younger and older students develop their voices and discover the joy and beauty of singing. She has recorded and performed with the Detroit Symphony & Cincinnati Pops. And spent several years while living in NYC as a member of the Russian Chamber Choir of NY performing at venues such as St. John the Divine, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. Currently she performs international folk and gypsy music as well as songs from the Yiddish theater and American songbook with her friend and colleague Bob Cohen. She is a graduate of Indiana University - Bloomington, where she studied vocal performance and dance ethnology. She started Music Together 1st as a parent with her infant son Luca (born in'06) and has been passionate about the program ever since!

     
photo Haden Minifie

Haden Minifie is a board-certified music therapist with a MS in Music Therapy from SUNY New Paltz. She enjoys working with diverse populations, including her experiences with youth/adolescents at The Center for Discovery and at Health Alliance of the Hudson Valley. Haden is also the co-founder of Sing Out! International, a nonprofit organization healing communities worldwide that have experienced traumatic events using music. She completed her Music Together certification in the Fall of 2015 and will be ready to teach Mixed Age and Special Needs classes by the Spring of 2016.