Nurture Tunes’ Staff


Laura Brenden

Laura Brenden holds a Bachelors Degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and an MBA from New York University. She is fluent in Spanish. She specializes in social ventures and technical assistance, and has written business plans for a New York City non-profit that have been funded at levels ranging from $75,000 to $7.5 million.

Laura has also studied dance and voice at the New School and NYU and has performed in both fields in New York City. She has experience in all aspects of the theater and has taught early childhood music and movement for three years in New York and Northern New Jersey.

Joe Vincent Tranchina

Pianist/Composer Joe Vincent Tranchina, voted Hudson Valley 2010 Jazz Musician of the Year in Times Herald-Record’s annual Best Of readers poll; has been recognized for the past consecutive 15 years by ASCAP’s “ASCAPlus Award,” for “creative contributions to American music” and performances of his Original Jazz Compositions; is an Honorable Mention (2nd place) winner of the Women’s Choir Composition Competition, NY Sings: A Composer’s Symposium; and has been consecutively honored by the Lehman Center for the Performing Arts “Best of the Bronx” series with Concert Presentations of his Original Works.

Eight of his original compositions/collaborations are featured on the Gabriele Tranchina Jazzheads release “A Song of Love’s Color.” He is an established pianist, composer, arranger, and accompanist, having performed in most of the major Jazz and Club Venues throughout New York City and the greater surrounding area, including Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola (Jazz At Lincoln Center), Birdland, The Blue Note, The Iridium, The Zinc Bar, Shanghai Jazz, Trumpets, Chris’ Jazz Café and Ortlieb’s.

Joe has also performed in the concert venues of Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, and Jazz Mobile, among others, and has toured abroad in Germany, Switzerland, Greece, and Japan. His credits also include domestic and international jazz festivals and a long list of stellar musicians he has shared the stage with, including Joe Lovano, James Spaulding, David “Fathead” Newman, Jimmy Heath, Dave Valentin, Bobby Sanabria, Mark Murphy, Sheila Jordan and Dakota Staton. For more extensive info please visit:

Gabriele Tranchina

Gabriele Tranchina started Music Together with 7 families in Morningside Heights in 1997. After her classes expanded, she founded Sol La Ti Music, Inc. in 2001. Today she overlooks 3 locations and is working on building a 4th in Central Harlem. When being approached by several German-speaking families and asked to offer a German early childhood music and movement program, Ms. Tranchina developed “Musikalische Mäuse” in 2012. Since 2013, Sol La Ti Music has been providing “Music Together® Preschool” at Budding Blossoms Daycare.

In 2014 a charter school asked Sol La Ti Music to provide them with an after school music program. This program is now available to all schools. Through its 19 years in business, Sol La Ti Music has experienced good times as well as hard times, especially those following 9/11 and the current recession, all the while providing a safe haven for families to enjoy music with their children. In 2014 Sol La Ti Music won the “Golden Daisy Award” for best enrichment program in Morningside Heights and Harlem from Macaroni Kids. See why Sol La Ti’s classes are the most popular in the area by watching Gabriele and her staff teach here.