In addition to the ArtSmart board, the ArtSmart administration works closely with two advisory boards who provide advice & feedback for the continued growth of the ArtSmart program. Our Artistic Advisory Board is made up of world-class musicians & educators. Our Alumni Advisory Board is made up of previous ArtSmart students who excelled as leaders during their time in the ArtSmart program.

ArtSmart co-founder’s Michael Fabiano and John Viscardi with ArtSmart board member, Nadine Sierra


ArtSmart is fortunate to have the advice from star performers & educators from the professional music world. Their involvement includes giving masterclasses to ArtSmart students, attending advisory board meetings, hosting & performing at events in support of ArtSmart, providing feedback on curriculum & promoting ArtSmart as ambassadors for our organization.

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Isabel Leonard

Multiple Grammy Award-winning Isabel Leonard continues to thrill audiences both in the opera house and on the concert stage. In repertoire that spans from Vivaldi to Mozart to Nico Muhly, she has graced the stages of the Vienna State Opera, Paris Opera, Salzburg Festival, Bavarian State Opera, Carnegie Hall, Glyndebourne Festival, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Aix-en-Provence Festival, Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Los Angeles Opera as Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Angelina in La Cenerentola, Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, Dorabella in Così fan tutte, Charlotte in Werther, Blanche de la Force in Dialogues des Carmélites, Costanza in Griselda, the title roles in La Périchole and Der Rosenkavalier, as well as Sesto in both Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito and Handel’s Giulio Cesare. She has appeared with some of the foremost conductors of her time including Valery Gergiev, Seiji Ozawa, Antonio Pappano, Gustavo Dudamel and Yannick Nézét-Seguin, . Ms. Leonard is in constant demand as a recitalist and is on the Board of Trustees at Carnegie Hall.

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Joyce El-Khoury

Joyce El-Khoury has performed on some of the world’s greatest stages. Recent highlights include performing Violetta (La traviata) at both Glyndebourne and the Royal Opera House, returning to ROH as Musetta in Richard Jones’ La bohème, a production she revisited in her Teatro Real debut in December. In concert, she opened the NDR Symphony’s season in a gala concert performance and debuted with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra. Joyce has an acclaimed reputation for bringing newly discovered/rarely performed works to life, most recently with the world premieres of Donizetti’s L’Ange de Nisida (ROH) and Franz Liszt’s Sardanapalo (Weimar Staatskapelle) – both captured and released internationally. Ms. El-Khoury’s discography includes three rare Donizetti operas on the Opera Rara label (Les Martyrs, Belisario and L’Ange de Nisida) conducted by Sir Mark Elder – all to critical acclaim, L’Ange recently took home the 2019 Oper! Award for Best Opera Recording. She also has a Juno-nominated solo disc, ‘Écho’ with The Hallé conducted by Carlo Rizzi. Additionally, Audite released the newly-discovered unfinished Liszt opera Sardanapalo in 2018.

Latonia Moore

Latonia Moore has received global acclaim for her interpretation of the title role in Aida, of which the New York Times said “her voice was radiant, plush and sizeable at its best, with gleaming top notes that broke through the chorus and orchestra during the crowd scenes.” Houses where she has sung the role of Aida include the Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera Covent Garden, Opernhaus Zürich, Opera Australia, Teatro Colón, English National Opera, New National Theatre Tokyo, Dubai Opera, Dallas Opera, San Diego Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Detroit Opera, Polish National Opera, and at the Ravinia Festival with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under James Conlon. 

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Michael Spyers

Michael Spyres was born and raised in the Ozarks and grew up in an extremely musical family. Mr. Spyres is one of the most sought after Tenors of his generation and has been celebrated at many of the most prestigious international opera houses, festivals and concert halls. Accomplished and acclaimed in the widest range of repertoire his career has taken him from the genres of Baroque to Classical to 20th century while firmly establishing himself as an expert within the Bel Canto repertoire as well as within Rossini and French Grand Opera. Michael has sung at many of the world’s most prestigious Opera houses and festivals worldwide such as Teatro San Carlo, Teatro La Scala, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Aix en Provence Festival, Opera National de Bordeaux, Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Covent Garden, English National Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Chicago Lyric Opera, Gran Teatre del Liceu, Wiener Staatsoper, and the Salzburger Festspiele. Michael has worked with some of the world’s most renowned conductors such as Riccardo Muti, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Sir Mark Elder and Valery Gergiev.


ArtSmart is proud to have former ArtSmart students contributing to the ArtSmart program. They have first hand knowledge of the effectiveness of the ArtSmart mission. Their involvement includes providing ArtSmart advice & feedback throughout the year on curriculum & program effectiveness as well as promoting ArtSmart as ambassadors for our organization. They also perform at events in support of ArtSmart and will receive continued mentorship with members of the ArtSmart executive team.

Abner Bonafacio

Abner joined the ArtSmart program in 2016 for its inaugural year at East Side High School. He completed 4 years of the ArtSmart program. Abner was the 1st place winner of the New York Regional ArtSmart Competition in 2019. After graduating High School, Abner accepted a full-ride scholarship to Rutgers University where he began his collegiate studies in 2020 majoring in medicine and minoring in music performance.

When I started high school I was coming to a new country, without knowing anybody and without knowing the language. When you are having a one-on-one lesson with your mentor, it’s only you and your teacher, and his focus is on you. My mentor spoke spanish with me and helped me to better understand what we were working on. ArtSmart helped me improve my music skills, but also helped me improve my English. Abner Bonafacio

Isabella Serafini

Isabella joined the ArtSmart program in 2016 for its inaugural year at East Side High School. She completed 4 years of the ArtSmart program. Aside from her parents, she truly felt like ArtSmart mentors provided the beliefs in her that she needed more so than any other clubs or after school programs. Now that she has graduated, she thanks ArtSmart for being part of her journey.

Artsmart gives you the chance to come out of your shell and be the greatest version of yourself. I was able to achieve all this for free!! Get involved with ArtSmart, you won’t regret it. Isabella Serafini

Isaias Aragon

Isaias Aragon, 19, is an ArtSmart alum from the Bronx, NY. Isaias is pursuing a career both as a musician and an actor while studying at Marymount Manhattan College. In the summer of 2019, Isaias was the first ArtSmart student to participate in the Lunigiana International Music Festival in Fivizzano, Italy. Isaias’ love and appreciation for ArtSmart has led him to join the ArtSmart Alumni Advisory Board!

ArtSmart gave me an opportunity to pursue my dreams and create relationships with the best mentors one could ask for! Isaias Aragon, ArtSmart Alumnae


George Shirley (Board Chair)

John Viscardi (Treasurer)

Liz Letak (Secretary)

Michael Fabiano

Latonia Moore

Nadine Sierra

Anthony Fabiano

Anne Faulkner Schoemaker 

Susan Stauter

Rosemary Vega