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gregory toroian, accompanist

Gregory Toroian is an accomplished and popular musical director, arranger, accompanist and songwriter in New York City. In addition to working with such musical luminaries as Jon Hendricks, Cab Calloway, Donna Summer and Tony Bennett, he has appeared in almost every jazz club and cabaret (major and minor) in New York, and made numerous radio and television appearances. He produced and served as musical director for a revue of Michel Legrand's music called How Do You Keep The Music Playing, which has been performed in New York City, Toronto, Chicago, and Lake Placid. He has toured with principal dancers from the New York City Ballet, and as musical director for famed recording artist Jane Olivor.

His most recent recording work is on the debut CD of award-winning cabaret artist Sue Matsuki, for which he was arranger, producer and pianist. Gregory's vocal arrangements have also been featured on a series of albums by the vocal group String Of Pearls.

When not performing and touring, he coaches singers both privately and publicly, having been on the faculty of The New School University and taught a class of his own devising at the Lee Strasberg Institute. Gregory feels truly fortunate that the fates have led him to work with Helen Baldassare for the last seven years.

paul greenwood, accompanist

Paul Greenwood bio will be added soon. Very, very soon. Check back tomorrow even. It'll be here before you know it, really. I'm certain of it. Or we can just make something up.

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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