ABOUT US

Mozart for Munchkins creates a relaxed, interactive and engaging environment where children and their families can experience and enjoy the wonders of classical music with a hint of jazz and bluegrass.  Children of all ages are welcome to observe, explore, discover, crawl, sing and dance to their hearts’ content, while parents, grandparents, and caregivers sit back, relax and enjoy the concert. While our concert setting is informal, the programming remains first rate; from Bach to Bernstein, Beethoven to bluegrass and Tchaikovsky to Thelonious Monk, Mozart for Munchkins features outstanding repertoire performed by world-class musicians—an unforgettable experience for the whole family!  

Sara Sherman
Director & Founder

Sara Leila Sherman (Creator & Co-founder) has established a presence on the classical music scene in her home city of New York and beyond. An accomplished pianist whose playing The Epoch Times has called “deeply satisfying, fresh, and insightful.” 

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Victoria Manoli
Assistant to the director

Victoria (Tori) Manoli is a professional dancer and teacher in New York! She finds joy in choreography and being on a stage, focusing mainly on theater and jazz performance. Performing in New York and in San Francisco has afforded her many opportunities to be in several shows including Gypsy (most recently) and The Barber of Seville. 

 

In her free time, she loves reading, having a fire escape garden and spending time in any dance studio that she's able to get into! 

Featured Artists

Peter DelGrosso
Creative Director

Enjoying his work as a bright and energetic musician, Peter DelGrosso has found home as a horn player, educator, and composer/arranger in New York City. As a performer he has traveled through China, Switzerland, Sweden and Columbia.

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Alphonso Horne
Trumpet

Juilliard Graduate and Multi-GRAMMY Award nominee Alphonso Horne thrills audiences with his soulful sound and dramatic sensibility. The true embodiment of class and eclecticism, Alphonso has collaborated with artists from all genres and disciplines including Wynton Marsalis, Patti Labelle and Rihanna. 

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Nyssa Grant
Violin/Fiddle

Nyssa Grant has been playing violin for as long as she can remember! Born and raised in Iowa she moved to NYC to pursue acting and music. Nyssa was on the national tour of the Broadway musical Once and now plays in bands and records music all over the city.

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Ric Becker
Trombone

Ric Becker is trombonist, composer, vocalist, and all around low-brass enthusiast. His work ranges from classical and jazz to pop and contemporary styles. Broadway credits include substitute work on Matilda. He has also worked for film and TV, appearing in productions for MTV, VH1, Hulu, Amazon Studios, and more.