Established in July, 2015, Inspire With Strings has been bringing beautiful music to Long Island ever since.
Violin, Viola, Guitar
The founder of Inspire With Strings, AnnMarie has been performing with a wide array of musicians for many years. She is an avid music educator by day and a rockstar at night. Performing regulary on the guitar with a newly signed band to Epic Records, AnnMarie is no stranger to the performance industry. She is also a MS/HS Orchestra Director at a great school in Nassau County. Violin was her first instrument but she quickly became interested in learning all of the string instruments. You can find her performing all over Long Island on Violin, Viola, Guitar, and Cello on a regular basis.
Violin, Viola, Quartet Arranger
Whether composing and arranging for rock and pop music legends, performing and recording with some of the entertainment industry’s biggest television and film stars, concertizing with the classical music world’s leading and upcoming talents, or lending his unique abilities to the hottest Broadway shows, national television programs, and Grammy-Award winning albums — Bradley Bosenbeck, an exciting and versatile violinist & violist, is doing just about as much as one can with his musical gifts.
Mr. Bosenbeck has long been interested in musical disciplines outside of the classical sphere, and his time with mainstream industry icons has only served to strengthen his passion for music in all its forms. Today, he is quickly emerging as one of the few professional musicians who can straddle multiple genres without missing a beat. He cuts a bold swath through the boundaries of style and genre, switching between classical, bluegrass, country, hip-hop, jazz, rock and pop at a moment’s notice all while retaining his signature flair for creating inspiring, sensitive and deeply personal entertainment experiences.
Violin, Viola, Piano
Robert Buonaspina is a junior Music Education major at Hofstra University. Known to be a heavily involved and reliable student of many ensembles, Robert studies many instruments and utilizes many talents both at Hofstra and at home. An advocate for Music Education in- and out-of-school, Robert has recently been elected president of Hofstra ASTA (American String Teachers Association), organized guest speakers at Hofstra, volunteered/adjudicated festivals, and attended various conferences in Rochester, Nashville, Salt Lake City, and Tampa. Additionally, Robert has worked at Usdan Summer Camp for the Arts for two summers as a viola work-study counselor, while also having taught privately. Robert frequently does work and performs around Long Island as a freelance violist, violinist, vocalist, and jazz pianist.
Jason Dobranski has been performing as a professional cellist throughout the tri-state area for the past 20 years. He has performed with many orchestras, including the New Jersey Philharmonic, the Hampton Chamber Orchestra, the Litha Symphony Orchestra, and Vari Musicisti. His true passion is chamber music, and he has performed with several chamber ensembles throughout his career, including string quartets, string trios, and piano trios. Mr. Dobranski has many years of experience performing at wedding ceremonies and cocktail hours, and has aided many couples in choosing the perfect music for their dream wedding.
Violinist Ashley O'Connor is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Music, where she completed her Bachelor's Degrees in Violin Performance and Music Education and New York University, where she completed her Master of Music Degree in Violin Performance. As a freelance musician in the Washington, D.C. and New York areas, Ashley has performed at such renowned venues as Carnegie Hall, Beacon Theatre, Symphony Space, Strathmore, Kodak Theatre, and Tilles Center for the Performing Arts. She has performed with The Eagles and singer/songwriter Sufjan Stevens. Ashley has performed at weddings and private events in the tri-state area for over a decade. She truly enjoys providing couples with beautiful music for the most important day of their lives. Ashley is also a high school orchestra director in Suffolk County.
Brittany Dagro is a former Adjunct Cello Faculty member at NYU. She received her Bachelor of Music degree in Cello Performance from the Manhattan School of Music and her Master of Music degree in Cello Performance from New York University, where she studied with her mentor, Marion Feldman. She also has an Advanced Certificate in Music Education from Queens College. Additional studies were with David Geber, Alan Stepansky, and Eileen Moon.
Ms. Dagro has been and continues to be an avid orchestral and chamber musician. She has also played with various professional ensembles such as The Knights, Park Avenue Chamber Symphony, the and Astoria Symphony. Brittany made her solo debut at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall as a winner of the ATML Young Musicians Concert Competition in May 2013. Ms. Dagro has played at Carnegie Hall fifteen times in her past twenty three years of experience, along with other prestigious venues such as Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Symphony Space, and Merkin Hall. She performed with the iconic band, The Eagles, and recently made her national TV debut in June 2017 on the Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon playing with Miley Cyrus for her new hit single, "Inspired."
Brittany spent a month in Siena, Italy attending the Siena Music Festival as Associate Principal Cellist, where she played the works of Wagner, Massenet, Verdi, Bach-Stokowski, Respighi, Mozart, Ravel, Brahms, and Beethoven.
In February 2014, she was interviewed for the Jack Price Radio Show, where she spoke about practice techniques, being an orchestral cellist, and her work as a cellist. Brittany has participated in numerous master classes with cellists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Steven Doane, and David Teie.
She currently is an orchestra teacher at East Meadow High School and is actively involved in performing for wedding ceremonies and cocktails hours, and maintains a private cello studio on Long Island.
Violist Meghan Krug of Patchogue, NY has performed several venues in New York City such as Carnegie Hall, Feinstein's 54 Below, and The Players Club with various well renowned artists. Ms. Krug has also performed under conductors such as Peter Oundjian of the Tokyo string quartet, Leon Fleisher, Gunther Schuller, and David Stern, son of virtuoso violinist Isaac Stern.
While performing in large ensembles Meghan has also performed small ensemble works with Les Collegiades in France, as well as various historic venues in London, and Ireland.
Along with classical music, Ms. Krug has enjoyed performing original jazz works of Rey Byrnes in his Crossroads Jazz Quintet. While the viola is her main instrument, Meghan also performs on violin and cello.
When Meghan is not playing classical music, she enjoys crossing the musical barrier as a metal genre bassist. She equally enjoys making musical connections between classical and progressive/heavy metal genres, along with the camaraderie and virtuosic musicianship both genres demand.
Currently, along with focusing her performances in various small string ensembles and playing the bass, Ms. Krug brings her craft and musical experience to children - opening their minds and hearts to all music has to offer them as a Band and Orchestra teacher in Suffolk County, Long Island.
Tiffany Jordan Anderson
Tiffany Jordan Anderson studied with Seymour Benstock and attended the State University of New York at Purchase College.
She has been playing for theatrical productions across the region for more than 20 years with venues including the Smithtown Performing Arts Center, the John W. Engeman theatre, and the Argyle Theatre at Babylon Village.
She has performed in concerts with Marvin Hamlisch, Donny Most (Ralph Malph of “Happy Days”), and Michael Bolton as well as with local orchestras and chamber groups.
Tiffany has been playing for weddings all across the tri-state area for more than 25 years and is always honored to be a part of a couple’s special day.
James Erickson has an active career performing and teaching throughout the New York metropolitan area. Jamesis an instructor of music at Nassau Community College, LIU Post, and Suffolk County Community College, where he teaches music history, theory, and fretboard harmony. James is also the director of the SCCC Guitar Ensemble. James has recently joined the faculty of Classical Guitar Corner Academy; an online global community of students and teachers working through a world-class curriculum of classical guitar study. For the past eight years, James has taught and performed at the “Songe d’été en Musique” an annual music festival in Quebec, Canada. He is also the assistant director of the Long Island Guitar Festival. James holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in music history and performance from LIU, where he was awarded “Outstanding Performance in Guitar Studies”.
As a classical guitar soloist, James has performed on tour in the United States, Europe, and Canada. James is a member of the Artesian Guitar Quartet. The group performs a variety of classical and contemporary repertoire. The quartet has toured internationally, premiering new works for the guitar repertoire. As an electric guitarist, his studies have included lessons from jazz guitarist Howard Morgen and rock virtuosos Paul Gilbert and Bruce Bouillet. James has an extensive recording and performing experience and is currently involved in many diverse musical projects. James has performed and toured with tribute acts such as Walking The Line ( Johnny Cash) Return to Paradise (Styx) and Classic Albums Live, performing the album "Who's Next" by The Who. He has also opened for many national acts including Saigon Kick, The Spin Doctors, Twisted Sister and Taj Mahal. He has also performed the guitar parts for many theatrical productions including “Hair”, “Anything Goes”, "Fiddler on the Roof", "Me and My Girl" and “Seussical”.