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-present) • Board of Directors, Young Audiences of Massachusetts (2010-present) • International Travel Medicine First Aid Certification (Wilderness Medical Associates)
Jeremy Cohen is a Massachusetts-based percussionist, composer and educator. As a teaching artist he has presented workshops at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Boston Symphony Orchestra, New England Conservatory, The University School of Milwaukee, Citi Performing Arts Center and school districts nationwide, including: Memphis, TN; Oakland, CA; Providence, RI; and Worcester, MA.
A passionate educator, he designed and implemented a comprehensive African drumming curriculum at both the Boston Arts Academy Performing Arts High School and at the Umana Middle School, located in inner city East Boston. As music director at the Umana, he also established a multi-genre guitar program and set up a fully-integrated music technology lab.
Still active in the classroom, he works at ZUMIX Community Music Center and with incarcerated youth through the non-profit Unlocking the Light. He is Adjunct Professor of Music at Central Connecticut State University (graduate level), University of Southern Maine (graduate level), Westfield State University and UMass Amherst (graduate level), where he designed the university’s first cultural field study in Ghana, West Africa.
He sits on the Young Audiences of Massachusetts Board of Directors and has consulted for The School District of Philadelphia and for MusicianCorps, the flagship program of The Center for Music National Service.
A California native, he graduated with a B.A. in Music from U.C. Berkeley, where he studied traditional Ewe drumming with Ghanaian master drummer C.K. Ladzekpo. Awarded the Alfred M. Hertz Traveling Fellowship to study composition in New York City, he went on to attend New England Conservatory of Music where he earned a M.M. in Composition.
Mr. Cohen continued his Ewe drumming studies in Ghana under Emmanuel and Ruben Agbeli and was a member of the Agbekor Drum & Dance Society, an ensemble led by David Locke of Tufts University.
When he isn’t leading workshops around the country or study abroad courses in Ghana, he enjoys composing and practicing at home.
Ghana Summer Program Director
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).
Summer Program Director Kristen McEntee is a musician and educator with a wealth of Ghana program experience. Having first attended the program as a graduate student in 2009, she worked as the assistant program director in 2011 and 2012 before becoming program director in 2013.
During the non-summer months, she teaches elementary general music in Melrose, Massachusetts, and is the music director of the middle school and high school musicals in Melrose. An accomplished vocalist, she has performed for over 10 years as a member of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, the chorus of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. She holds a B.A. in Music Education from the University of Michigan and Masters in Music Education from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Ghana Program Assistant
B.F.A. Dance (Five College Dance Department at University of Massachusetts Amherst) • Featured choreographer, Hampshire College, Amherst College, UMass Amherst, Mount Holyoke College, Martha’s Vineyard, New Haven and Boston • Teaching Artist, The Town Hall NYC • Projects with Harambee Dance Company, Donna Mejia, Baba Chuck Davis, Olivier Tarpaga and Shalewa Mackall.
Ghana Program Assistant
B.S. Art and Biology (Syracuse University) • M.P.P. (Tufts University) • U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer, Ghana (1995-1997) • U.S. Peace Corps New England Regional Recruitment Office (1997-2001) • Program & Orientation Coordinator, Tufts University Programs Abroad (2001-2007) • Assistant Dean/Director of Education Abroad, Amherst College (2007-present) • International Travel Medicine First Aid Certification (Wilderness Medical Associates)
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).