Meet the Artist: Siempre Flamenco

Flamenco dancer Celia Fonta is a native of Chicago, first studied flamenco guitar and Flamenco, Spanish Classical and Folkloric dance before focusing on the art of pure flamenco. Ms. Fonta has worked with great masters such as Merche Esmeralda, el Guito, Antonio Canales and Carmela Greco. Ms. Fonta has worked as a featured dancer at…

Meet the Artist: Juvenal Correa-Salas

Juvenal Correa-Salas is a pianist, organist, harpsichordist and conductor born in Santiago, Chile. He studied music in Chile, Venezuela and Puerto Rico and graduated from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana. During his last years at Indiana University he was part of the faculty at the piano department, and worked with the…

Meet the Artist: Karen Schoenhals

Karen Schoenhals grew up in an environment full of music, belonging to an extended family of classical pianists, vocalists, instrumentalists, composers, and dancers. She began studying piano at the age of eight. Schoenhals has studied classical guitar under the tutelage of world-renown teachers Bruce Holzman, Denis Azabagic, Lily Afshar, and Rafael Padron. She earned a…

Meet the Artist: Von Henry

Von Henry is a South Florida native who is best known for her prowess as a jazz singer.  She caught the acting bug in 2011 when her good friend, Barry Edelson wrote and produced “Bessie’s Back In Town.”  Having been inspired by the experience, Ms. Henry caught the writing bug and will be introducing her…

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Meet the Artist: Nestor Zurita

Nestor is an accomplished altoist, composer, educator, and social activist, with deep convictions. Born in New York, the heart of modern jazz, Nestor grew up in Quito, Ecuador. Nestor started to play the saxophone at age 15. Moved by a great desire to learn more about his mother’s Cuban heritage he traveled to Miami where,…

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A Word from our Executive Director

After a year’s retirement, I am very excited about returning as the Executive Director of Arts at St. Johns – just in time for the new 2014-15 season. I like to think of this season as a “Time of Diversity and Convivencia” at the Arts at St. Johns. “Diversity” refers to all types of diversity…

Meet the Artists: Tom Lippincott

Tom says: I was born in New Jersey in 1966 and grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I began playing trombone in sixth grade band and after hearing Beatles records as a teenager, was inspired to take up guitar as well. I soon became interested in jazz and classical guitar and started taking lessons in both…

Meet the Artists: Paul Banman

  PAUL BANMAN, producer, music director and keyboardist, brings an eclectic musical experience to all his musical endeavors.  He has performed with legendary jazz artists – Pete Minger-trumpet, Othello Molineaux-steel pan, and Jerry Hahn-guitarist in his career, toured internationally with 60’s favorites “The Lettermen,” played Swiss resorts with the “BB White Group”, as well as…

Meet the Artists: Jimmy Daniel

Few have worked as hard and experimented as much with global styles than veteran session drummer Jimmy Daniel. A native of Indiana, Daniel has been exploring the world of sticks and skins since he was 12-years-old playing his first drum kit at local country-western gigs behind bee-hive-toting singers and empty beer bottles. Growing up listening…

Meet the Artists: Reza Filsoofi

Reza Filsoofi was born in 1973 in Tehran Iran. For many years, Filsoofi refined his musical talents in Iran with master musicians such as Zarrabian, Shoaari, and Arash Farhangfar. The knowledge gained from these masters has opened doors for him to perform before live audiences in Iran and the United States. Reza Filsoofi currently resides…