Senad (Sandy) Mehinovic holds a bachelor's degree in Composition and Music Theory from Sarajevo University, Bosnia and Herzegovina. He holds two master degrees in Composition: one from the University of Novi Sad in Yugoslavia and the other from State University of New York at Stony Brook, New York. Senad has more than fourthy years of experience as a music educator in guitar, piano, general music, voice, choir and music theory. He has won a numerous awards, including the SUNY at Stony Brook Scholarship, award for composing work "American Fanfare", awards for choral music, children's songs, First Award at the Ear Training and Sight-Singing Competition at the federal level in his native country (former Yugoslavia) and awards for his educational work. He has written chamber music, music for solo instruments, as well as choral, orchestral and some electronic and computer music. His music is influenced by classical music, rich folk music tradition of his native country and Jazz. Senad teaches guitar at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, piano and guitar at Middlessex Music Academy and is an organist at Zion Lutheran Church of Wallingford in Connecticut.
Zoe Vandermeer has been teaching voice and piano for more than 20 years, and is dedicated to bringing the highest quality of training to her students. She teaches children and adults beginning to advanced levels in both voice and piano, as well as individual and group lessons in songwriting, musicianship, and music theory. In addition, Zoe provides audition preparation, and also works with students in preparation for the ABRSM (The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music) program.
Zoe is a member of the New York Singing Teachers Association and teaches singers of pop, R&B, musical theatre and classical styles, focusing on establishing a reliable vocal technique resulting in singing with vocal ease, vocal power, stamina, flexibility, extended range, and improved tone. Vocal health is a top priority. She also has extensive experience working with children's voices. Many of her young vocal students have continued on to careers in the Arts, and have received college scholarships at Berklee School of Music, Carnegie Mellon, University of Connecticut, and elsewhere, and have had lead roles in musical theatre productions, sung in Regionals, All State and Nationals, and solos in school music events. Her adult students range from professional recording artists and soloists, to choral singers, worship leaders, singer-songwriters and band singers.
Zoe Vandermeer is a prize-winning graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, a recipient of the Hartt School Faculty Development Fund, and named to the roster of the CT Commission on Culture and Tourism in 2011. Her Carnegie Hall debut took place in 2014 as First Place Winner of the B. Alexander International Vocal Competition and in 2021, she won the Bronze Medal for her singing from Global Music Awards, and was a Semi-Finalist in the Premiere Opera Foundation International Vocal Competition. Zoe performs in the US and internationally in productions, concert series and festivals. She has given masterclasses and presentations at the Hartt School Summer Institute, Dalhousie University Nova Scotia, CMEA Convention, and elsewhere.