Staff

Jeremy Cohen

Jeremy Cohen

Founder & Director

  • B.A. Music (University of California Berkeley)
  • Hertz Traveling Fellow (2003)
  • M.M. Composition (New England Conservatory of Music)
  • Music Director, Umana Middle School (2006–2008)
  • Director, ThisWorldMusic LLC (2007–present)
  • Adjunct Faculty, University of Massachusetts Amherst (2008–2012)
  • Board of Directors, Young Audiences of Massachusetts (2010–present)
  • International Travel Medicine First Aid Certification (Wilderness Medical Associates)

Email: jcohen@thisworldmusic.com

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Kristen McEntee

Kristen McEntee

Ghana Program Leader

  • B.A. Music Education (University of Michigan)
  • M.M. Ed. University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Alto, Tanglewood Festival Chorus/Boston Symphony Orchestra Chorus (2000–present)
  • Elementary Music Teacher and Music Director of Middle School and High School Musicals, Melrose, MA (2006–present)
  • Ghana Program Assistant (2011–2012).

Email: kmcentee@thisworldmusic.com


Leah Moriarty

Ghana Program Leader

  • B.F.A. Dance (Five College Dance Department at University of Massachusetts Amherst)
  • Featured choreographer, Hampshire College, Amherst College, UMass Amherst, Mount Holyoke College
  • Teaching Artist, The Town Hall NYC
  • Projects with Harambee Dance Company, Donna Mejia, Baba Chuck Davis, Olivier Tarpaga and Shalewa Mackall
  • CPR/AED First Aid Certification

Email: lmoriarty@thisworldmusic.com

Fusseini Ayamba

Ghana Logistical Support & Cultural Guide

  • Native of Tamale, Ghana (Northern Region)
  • Tamale Polytechnic
  • Chief Linguist, Dagomba Chief of Accra/CMB
  • Professional Dagomba Traditional Dancer
  • Grandson of Dagomba Master Drummer Alhaji Abubakari Lunna

Email: fayamba@thisworldmusic.com

John Hughes

Ghana Program Assistant

  • B.S. Chemistry (University of California, Riverside)
  • Ph.D. Organic Chemistry (University of Utah)
  • Percussionist: hand percussion, drumset, orchestral and electronic percussion (Pleasanton Playhouse, Tri-Valley Repertory Theater, Curtain Call Performing Arts); Livermore, CA Joint Unified School District; Livermore-Amador Symphony; CoolTones Big Band; Cheza Nami (African cultural education non-profit)

Email: jhughes@thisworldmusic.com

Rebecca Bean

Ghana Program Assistant

  • B.A. Music Education (University of Southern Maine)
  • Graduate Studies (University of Southern Maine)
  • Elementary and Middle School Music Teacher, Cape Elizabeth Schools, ME (2003–present)
  • Maine Arts Teacher Fellowship in Ghana (2009)
  • Balkan Pearl Music and Dance Festival in Macedonia (2011)

Email: rbean@thisworldmusic.com

Jahara Sara Conz

Ghana Program Assistant

  • B.A. Multidisciplinary Arts Management (University of Massachusetts Amherst)
  • Certified Yoga Teacher (Karuna Center for Yoga and Healing Arts)
  • Director, Choreographer and Dancer, FemmAesthetik Dance Ensemble (2008–2012)
  • Yoga & Dance Teacher, Lotus Heart (2007–present)
  • Ghana Program Assistant (2011–present)

Email: jconz@thisworldmusic.com