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.
Alexondra O’Connell singing, guitar and keyboard teacher
Alexondra O’Connell is a singer/songwriter born and raised in Long Island. She earned a Bachelor’s Of Music Degree from SUNY Purchase’s Conservatory Of Music and is currently getting her Masters of Music Business from Berklee Online. She’s been performing since she was 12 years old and now plays music venues with her band Xondra in the tri-state area. She’s passionate about nourishing the love of music in her students and is excited to help them reach their full potential. Xondra teaches vocals, keys, and guitar at School of Rock Queens, and co-directs our Rookies program and Rock 101 bands.
Jasmine Jang guitar and keyboard teacher
Jasmine Jang is a Queens-based singer/songwriter. She learned piano from the age of 6, but her love for music bloomed when she began to write songs as a teenager. Under the stage name Jay Miners, she writes and performs regularly at NYC-based venues such as Rockwood Music Hall and Bowery Electric. Her newest EP “The Art We Make” has been described to have “captured emotional beauty”, as it explores her journey as a musician and themes of identity and coming-of-age. Jasmine is also a contributing writer with the Songs of Love Foundation, as well as a freelance songwriter with other New York-based organizations. She is a piano and beginner guitar instructor at School of Rock Queens.
Mike Fox drum teacher
Michael Fox is a drummer and bandleader. He graduated from the High School of Performing Arts Class of 1976 and the Manhattan School of Music as a Mallet Major with Jim Price in 1980. Michael has performed with Etta James, Bobby Martin, Jay Siegel and the Tokens, the Classics, the Devotions, Yankee great Bernie Williams, French rock star Manu Lanvin, Blues great Robert Ross Band, and the Legendary Michael Powers. He is soon to be inducted in the NYC Blues Hall of Fame for his work with many Blues Hall of Famers. Mike has played in many concert venues in New York City, including the Town Hall and Lincoln Center. He has 30 years of teaching experience, and is currently a drum instructor at School of Rock Queens.
Dani Atkinson SINGING TEACHER
Singer, songwriter, and NYU Tisch School of the Arts Alum, Dani Atkinson is constantly striving to find her gold. Whether she is on stage, in the studio, or teaching, she wants to inspire others to look inside of themselves and bring out their truth. She grew up listening to the likes of Elvis Presley, Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, Jewel, and Kelly Clarkson. Dani has been a contestant on America's Got Talent, and opened at The Gramercy Theater for The Wanting. In 2019, you may have heard her song "We Can Ride This Out, Love," released under the alias Bonne Elle, on Vanderpump Rules, Teen Mom, and a continental wide Quaker Oatmeal commercial. She has toured the tri-state area with her voice and her keyboard on her Open Mic Tour of 2019. She is currently writing her 4th studio album, GOLD. Dani is a vocal instructor at School of Rock Queens.
Andres Valbuena drum teacher
Andres Valbuena was born in Queens, New York and began playing drums at the age of 10. He was immediately drawn to the instrument as soon as the sticks were picked up. His talent was cultivated by the numerous musical environments he went through such as attending the Fiorello LaGuardia High School of Music & Art, performing throughout the city and the tristate area with multiple bands, and attending the Manhattan School of Music Pre-College program. In 2018, He graduated from the Manhattan School of Music in Harlem with a degree in Jazz Percussion and instantly went on to tour with critically acclaimed indie rock band, The Lemon Twigs. With this band, Andres was allowed to tour around the United States, France, United Kingdom, Scandinavia, Mexico, and Japan. He has also performed on the “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” show on national television and “Later… with Jools Holland” on international television. He now performs locally with several different bands. Andres is a drum instructor at School of Rock Queens.