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Strings Faculty

Carmen Montero
Carmen Montero Associate Faculty of Violin,Viola and Cello
Carmen Montero, violinist/violist, started her musical studies at the age of 7. A graduate of Staten Island’s Curtis High School, she was a participant in the Inter-School Orchestra, conducted by Jonathan Strasser; under auspices of this organization, she performed in the five boroughs and at Lincoln Center.

Ms. Montero obtained her B.S. in Music from the College of Staten Island, where she studied viola, violin and chamber ensemble with Dr. Olivier Fluchaire. Upon graduating, she was a recipient of a CSI Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music Performance. She attended Hunter College for graduate work in Music Education. Carmen Montero is also an alumna of the Staten Island Conservatory of Music.

She continues to perform in the tri-state area, and due to her extensive qualifications teaches piano and other instruments.

Anthony Harper
Anthony Harper Associate Faculty of Violin
Anthony Harper has been playing and teaching violin professionally for over 20 years. He performs a wide range of musical styles including classical, pop, jazz and rock. He has toured with musical institutions in the U.S. and Europe, including Tanglewood Symphony, Schleswig-Holstein Symphony, Denton Symphony, Boca Pops, Palm Beach Pops, Miami Chamber Orchestra, Southwest Symphony Orchestra, and West Palm Beach Opera, among others. He has taught both privately and in school settings, working with a range of ages and skill levels.

Anthony’s musical career began at the early age of eight, and he went on to study at Mannes Conservatory, The Manhattan School of Music, Juilliard, and the University of Miami. His musical education included studying with Robert Rozeck, Glenn Dicterow, Joseph Fuchs, William Lincer, Norman Fisher, Yuri Vodovoz and David Dei. Anthony’s experience and expertise cover a wide array of musical styles, and his studio recordings reflect this; performing Brahms Piano Trio B Major, working with Illia Kuryaki and The Valdermans, and Ricky Martin.

Anthony’s teaching style is comprehensive, he believes his students benefit from gaining knowledge of the music as well as the instrument, and his lessons incorporate ear training and musical theory. Anthony also believes in the transformative experience music brings to people’s lives. He is enthusiastic about sharing his love of music with his students and encourages them to strive towards their personal best.

Vincent Mantia
Vincent Mantia Associate Faculty of Cello
Mr. Mantia, is a graduate of the High School of Music and Art, and received a Bachelor's Degree in Performance from the Manhattan School of Music. His major cello teachers were, Samuel Reiner, Benar Heifetz, and Mrs Ardyth Alton.

He has taught on the faculties of Brooklyn College, The 92nd Street Y Music School, USDAN, and The School for Strings, where he received a certificate in Suzuki Cello (Julliard).

He has performed as soloist, studio, chamber, and orchestral musician, in Mexico, and the United States, and with the Chautauqua Festival Symphony and Opera.