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Elisa S. Keeler

MA Transpersonal Psychology, Specialization in Creativity and Innovation
BM Music Education and Vocal Performance from Ithaca College

Elisa is the founding facilitator of the Music For Unity and Social Change Program and leader of The Honey Child Soul Quintet. She has taught world music and movement workshops to all ages since 2003. Elisa has been a performing singer, songwriter, band leader and instrumentalist for several Ithaca NY based soul bands. Her album Red Sky can be found on I-Tunes. Elisa has taught voice lessons since 2003 and maintains a private studio at Southside Community Center in Ithaca NY. She is an assistant teacher of the Hidden Treasure Program, a three-year course dedicated to personal growth, healing and fulfillment of life purpose, at Light on the Hill Retreat Center in Van Etten NY. www.elisamusic.com

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Harmony Malone

BS Therapeutic Recreation with specialties in Dance and Theatre

Harmony is the young, vivacious and dynamic Quintet member and Music For Unity and Social Change program facilitator. Ms. Harmony works for the City of Ithaca as a Program Leader at the Greater Ithaca Activities Center (GIAC). She works throughout Ithaca's Tompkins County as a choreographer, Hip-Hop Dance Instructor and has her own youth performing dance group known as UNITED.  She is a Co-Director  for the Community Unity Music Education Program, better known as CUMEP. CUMEP's curriculum promotes mindfulness and consciousness and this program is the foundation of several conversations and chants that Music for Unity and Social Change is based on. Ultimately the goal is to create a safe-space for children to become critical thinkers while learning about community through the power of music and movement.

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Shyla Saltzman

PhD English Literature from Cornell University

Shyla  is an English professor at East Stroudsburg University and Kean University. She got her PhD from Cornell University with a dissertation titled "Telling Girlhood in 20th and 21st Century Media." She studies and teaches classes on race, gender, and sexuality in American literature and pop culture. Shyla has also studied different traditions of African, Afro-cuban, and Latin percussion since 2008, and has trained with many artists including Sandra Burton, Ernest Brown, Bashir Shakur, M/Bemba Bangoura, and Sulley Imoro.

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Travis Knapp

BM Piano Performance, Outside field in Anthropology from Ithaca College

Travis is an Ithaca NY based singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He is the recipient of the BMI John Lennon Songwriter Award (2008) and the winner of “Best of Bound for Glory” (2016) [Bound for Glory is the longest running live folk radio show in the country, in its 50th year.]

Travis is currently recording his 4th album of original folk music. Plans for 2018 include a 2-month tour in Sweden, Ireland, and the UK. He is  a gardener, naturalist and has performed all along the west coast of the US via bike-tour. www.travisknapp.com

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Nikki Schwarz

BM Vocal Performance from Ithaca College School of Music

After graduating, Nikki spent several years in NYC performing with professional vocal groups such as the Early Music Foundation of NY and Definitely Dickens Holiday Carolers. Nikki appeared in musicals and cabaret shows both in Chicago IL and in the NYC area, including her own one-woman show ‘14 Faces’ at the Duplex Cabaret Theatre in NYC’s Greenwich Village. Her album ‘Use What You Got’ was recorded at Lofish Productions in NYC.

In more recent years, she’s been performing in professional groups and musicals around the CNY area. Nikki’s currently the Administrative Coordinator at the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center. She’s also an instructor at Tiffany’s School of Dance and Performing Arts Center teaching musical theater dance to kids. Nikki’s passion extends into the wellness field and she also teaches meditation and the importance of self care.