Our Teachers


John Gray

One of the most versatile and in-demand bassists in New York City, John Gray brings years of experience and training to whatever professional musical situation he finds himself in.

A graduate of the prestigious Manhattan School of Music, he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 2009.

Ongama Mhlontlo

Since enrolling at the University of Cape Town’s Opera School, Ongama has performed in various UCT-Cape Town Opera collaborations. In 2016, he was selected to perform at the 2016 Western Cape Youth Music Festival with the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra. He has performed the roles of both of Pastore 1 and Spirit 1 from the opera Orfeo, Tito from Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito, the Second Priest from Magic Flute and Norman from Lucia di Lammermoor by Donizetti.

He currently studies at the Manhattan School of Music.

Elliot Roman

Elliot Roman is a multifaceted composer and instrumentalist. He is an undergraduate composition major at the Manhattan School of Music, as well as an accomplished pianist and flutist. He has been a member of the New York Youth Symphony on flute and piano since 2017, performing multiple times a year at Carnegie Hall.