gregory toroian, accompanist

Gregory Toroian is an accomplished musical director, arranger, accompanist and songwriter in New York City. In addition to working with such artists as Tony Bennett, Jon Hendricks, Cab Calloway, Donna Summer, Melissa Errico, and Jane Olivor, he has appeared in almost every jazz club and cabaret room (major and minor) in New York City. He has toured with principal dancers from the New York City Ballet and has made numerous radio and television appearances including the Today show and The Maury Povich Show.

Toroian’s recording work includes the award-winning cabaret artist Sue Matsuki’s debut CD for which he was arranger, producer and pianist. In 2006, Gregory & Sue won the MAC award for Best Duo Production. With NYC cabaret singer Nancy Stearns, he has done 5 CDs that are getting radio play worldwide. Gregory’s vocal arrangements have been featured on a series of albums in the US and Japan by the vocal group String of Pearls. He is currently working on his own debut CD. As a songwriter, he won the 2008 MAC award and his songs have been sung and recorded by numerous singers in New York. He has also written the music for the theme song for an upcoming Boston Red Sox documentary called “The Joy Of Sox”.

When not performing and touring, Toroian coaches singers both privately and in workshops and master classes. He has been on the faculty of The New School and the Lee Strasberg Institute. Gregory has been a colleague of Helen Baldassare for over 15 years and has worked with her at Cabaret Performance Workshop as its primary music director since its inception.

paul greenwood, accompanist

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nancy stearns

Nancy Stearns is a public interest lawyer who has specialized in constitutional and environmental law, and currently works for the Law Department of the New York State Supreme Court.  She has taught seminars in Environmental Law and Women and the Law at Rutgers University, Northeastern University and the University of Hawaii law schools.

Because of the Cabaret Performance Workshop, Nancy is now a lawyer who has transformed her “fantasy life” into a reality.  She has been a student in the Workshop for four years, and in the past two years has performed two solo shows, working with Helen Baldassare as director and Gregory Toroian as music director. Nancy says that the Cabaret Performance Workshop has both enabled her to experience the incredible joys of performance and given her many new and wonderful friends who share her love of song.

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