Our Team

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)

E-mail: 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).

E-mail: 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, 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 • CPR/AED First Aid Certification

E-mail: 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

E-mail: 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)

E-mail: 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)

E-mail: 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).

E-mail: jconz@thisworldmusic.com