Tom Vidal Owner
Tom Vidal’s love affair with rock began as a third grader in rural New Jersey, when a classmate dropped the needle on Kiss’ "Detroit Rock City" during recess. He joined his first band at age 13 and went on to graduate from Shenandoah University with a degree in Music Therapy and a minor in Classical Guitar Performance. In the early 1990s, he was the lead guitarist and songwriter for the Irish-influenced original rock band Surrey Lane, performing regularly in some of NYC’s most popular venues. Like many other aspiring musicians, Tom grew up, got married, entered a career in software quality assurance and had two children. After seeing his children flourish at School of Rock Roslyn, Tom was inspired to launch a School of Rock franchise here in Bayside, where he can share his love of music and performance with a new generation of future rockers. Tom is currently a member of the classic rock cover band Crossing Sunrise, which was nominated Best Cover Band in Long Island.
Karen Flyer General Manager
Karen Flyer’s background in marketing, advertising and non-profit management has allowed her to hone her business, leadership and management skills, which she is thrilled to leverage as part of the School of Rock Queens family. Karen received her Bachelor of Arts from Duke University in 1991 and her M.B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1996. She has spent the past 25 years in marketing, running non-profits and as a small business consultant, and is the author of two books. School of Rock is the perfect landing spot for Karen as music has always played a significant role in her life. Alternative rock has been her jam since she was a teenager. Karen’s daughter, now in college, was part of School of Rock Roslyn for over a decade, and Karen credits the program with making her daughter the extraordinary musician and person that she is. Karen is excited to bring an outstanding music experience to the children, teens and adults in the Queens community.
Anthony Jones Bass Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher
Anthony Jones was born in Melbourne, Australia and began playing drums at age 12, and bass guitar at age 13. By age 14 he was working professionally in musical theater and pushing his neighbors to their wits' end with frequent band rehearsals and constant practice. Anthony remained active in the local rock and jazz scenes until moving to the U.S. in 1999. In 2002, Anthony graduated from the Los Angeles College of Music (Los Angeles Academy of Music at the time). Anthony become part of the School of Rock family in 2017 when he joined the instructor teams at School of Rock Clark and School of Rock Chatham, and is delighted to be part of the School of Rock Queens crew as a bass guitar teacher, drum teacher and Rookies teacher. While juggling a heavy teaching roster and other professional commitments, he still finds time to perform. He is currently playing with Sinner, the ultimate Judas Priest tribute band.
Cotter Champlin Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Cotter Champlin is a guitar player from the Finger Lakes region of New York. Born in 1996, his connection to music began at the age of nine with the alto saxophone, which he played throughout grade school. By 14, his affinity for the big four of thrash metal drove him towards the guitar, which would lead to a dense journey through many walks of music. He received a bachelor’s degree in Jazz Performance from Purchase College and moved to Queens to continue to play and record music with multiple genre-spanning groups around the NYC metropolitan area and to be part of the School of Rock Queens team. He is a guitar teacher and bass guitar teacher here.
Kira Hooks Vocal Instructor
Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter Kira Hooks is an independent and free-spirited soul who refuses to be put in a box. She was born in Houston, TX and raised overseas in The Netherlands, Nigeria, Scotland and China. Kira’s musical versatility is reflective of her exposure and curiosity for cultural differences and emotional similarities. She is always in search of what, ultimately, brings us together and what feels like honest work. This has led her to remain conversational and light-hearted in her writing process. Through the humbling inspiration of artists such as Stevie Wonder, Antonio Carlos Jobim, India.Arie and Lianne La Haves, she has grown more in love with her path. After graduating from the Los Angeles College of Music in Pasadena, CA (2013), she’s released one album, three EPs and four singles. She’s also been an active member of Concerts In Your Home, has sung background vocals for multiple up-and-coming artists and is performing on a frequent basis. She is currently in the process of releasing her next full-length record at the beginning of 2020. Kira pursued learning more about songwriting/performance in Nashville from 2015-2019, and is excited to start her journey in NYC. She is a vocal instructor at School of Rock Queens.
Johnathan Wilkerson Vocal Instructor, Piano Teacher
Johnathan Wilkerson is a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter from Oklahoma City. While in Oklahoma, Johnathan wrote, performed and toured regularly for several years with his indie rock band The So Help Mes. Johnathan studied Percussion Education at the University of Central Oklahoma. Changing majors to Music Business at the Flaming Lips-helmed Academy of Contemporary Music in OKC, Johnathan directly studied under and worked with members of the Flaming Lips. While in school Johnathan regularly gigged on multiple instruments in a large variety of bands across the state. Johnathan was an instructor and music director at School of Rock Edmond (Oklahoma) for two years before moving to NYC in the fall of 2019 to teach at School of Rock Queens. He is a vocal instructor and piano teacher here.
Victoria Consalvo Studio Coordinator
Victoria Consalvo has had an interest in music since the age of three. Learning how to compose some of her favorite songs on the piano at the age of five, along with already having an interest in singing, was her way to happiness. Aside from being part of glee club in her early years of school, she furthered her education at Forest Hills High School, where she auditioned for their music program and later was selected to be a member of the school's concert choir. Today you’ll find Victoria continuing her education, hopefully in the near future at Baruch College where she plans to major in Music Management Enterprises. She is our Studio Coordinator at School of Rock Queens.
Sebastian Danalis Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Sebastian Danalis is from Queens, New York. Like most kids, he started playing the alto saxophone in elementary school. Although it was the saxophone that ignited his love for music, he didn’t find his true calling until the age of 16 when he started playing guitar. He decided to pursue his passion for guitar by studying music, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Guitar Performance and Contemporary Writing and Production from Berklee College of Music. Throughout his time in college he was able to tour the US and play various music festivals, such as Boston Calling and Lollapalooza, with multiple different bands. After graduating Sebastian moved back to New York to begin and develop his career as a musician. He is now playing all over New York City as a side man with multiple artists and bands. He is a guitar and bass teacher at School of Rock Queens.