Rachel Griffin Accurso (she, her) is a passionate educator and award-winning songwriter. She has a masters in music education from NYU. She has continued her early childhood education studies through Harvard and Bank Street College. She is currently pursuing a second masters degree in early childhood education.
Rachel has worked with children from 0 - second grade and has worked as a toddler teacher for children with who have disabilities. She believes all children are capable, brilliant and beautiful.
Accurso is a Dramatist Guild Fellow and wrote the music for Off-Broadway children’s musical, “Dance Divas.” Her work has been featured on CBS National news and in The Washington Post. She is a member of the BMI workshop. Her energetic, musical 3-year-old has been a huge inspiration for her baby music classes.
Jules (they/them) is a New York City-based singer songwriter who has worked in many musical genres - indie rock, pop and country among them. Jules co-wrote the theme song for the feature film Rock Dog; was a Great American Songwriter finalist for "Hey There Anne''; and with their band Boketto the Wolf has toured, opened for major acts and performed at the SXSW music festival. Jules’ passion for songwriting extends to teaching at a local private school and mentoring each Summer at the Berklee Songwriting Workshop.
Aron (He/Him) HERBIE, GEORGIE & ALL PUPPETS!
ARON ACCURSO is a Composer, Conductor, and Pianist. His musicals in development include The Dogs of Pripyat, (Lyrics by Jill Abramovitz, Book by Leah Napolin and Jill Abramovitz) which won the Jerry Bock Award, the Weston New Musical Award, and was presented by NAMT (National Alliance of Musical Theatre), and at the Festival of New Artists at the Goodspeed Opera House; Seeing Red with Joey Mazzarino (writer/director/puppeteer including 20 years on Sesame Street) which won Theatre Resources Unlimited’s 2019 TRU Voices musical reading; and We Have Apples, which won a workshop with Theatre Now NY and was featured on CBS news and in the Washington Post. Other writing credits include: The Trail (music and lyrics by Accurso and Adam Overett) a choral commission from Colorado Children’s Chorale; and a children’s musical, Strega Nona (music and additional lyrics by Accurso, book by Thomas Olson, and lyrics by Roberta Carlson), with “happy, hummable songs” (The New York Times) which toured the country for 2 years. He studied writing for the theatre in the BMI Workshop (where he received the Jerry Harrington Award), and as a Dramatist Guild Fellow.
He was the Musical Director/Incidental Music Arranger for Up Here, a new musical by Bobby Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez that premiered at the La Jolla Playhouse in 2015. He is the Associate Musical Director/Associate Conductor for Aladdin on Broadway. Other Broadway credits include: Nice Work If You Can Get It (Asst. Cond/Piano), Sister Act (Assoc. Conductor/Key 1), The Little Mermaid (Key 1), and Billy Elliot (Rehearsal Pianist/music casting). He was the Musical Director/Incidental Musical Arranger for the musical, Calvin Berger (by Barry Wyner), and has toured and worked at regional and summer stock theatres.
He played the piano on The Bachelorette and The View for Aladdin; Regis and Kelly, Michael and Kelly, and the Wendy Williams Show accompanying American Idol finalists, and was on Smash where he was seen standing next to a piano.
He received a BA in Music Theory/Composition from St. Olaf where he sang in the St. Olaf Choir, sang with The Limestones (contemporary a cappella) and performed in theatre productions. Aron currently lives in NYC and is originally from Denver, Colorado.