MUSIC FACULTY
Juanita Bosee
Director
Juanita acquired a BS in Music Education from the University of Bridgeport with a major in piano. She is a founding teacher of the Royal American Conservatory of Music now called the Royal Conservatory of Music. She has won numerous awards from the Royal Conservatory of Music and has had many students achieve top honors. Several students have had the opportunity to perform at Carnegie Hall. She has taught at the DAC for the past 20 years and was named the Director of Music for the DAC in 2009. Her classes for beginners to advance emphasize music theory, rhythm, sight-reading, and performance skills. Parents and students enjoy her ability to quickly assess and focus on what each individual needs to further develop their musicality.
Christina DeMaio
Christina DeMaio is an NYC-based performer and teaching artist. Christina received her B.M. in Classical Vocal Performance from New England Conservatory of Music. With over a decade of classical training, Christina has a diverse array of performance and teaching experience in musical styles such as opera and musical theatre, to jazz, country, and pop. Christina has been teaching private lessons and group voice classes for the past several years,​ working with young singers of all ages​, skill levels,​ and musical interests​.​ She has worked in youth theatre as a music director and vocal coach for various productions and workshops.


Sharon Levin
Sharon Levin holds a Master of Music degree in Flute Performance from Manhattan School of Music.  She was also awarded a “Certificat de Musique de Chambre” (Chamber Music Certificate) from The Eclole Normale de Musique in Paris, France.  Ms. Levin was the principal flutist with the New Jersey Pops Symphony Orchestra for 14 years, has been a soloist and chamber musician in the USA, Europe, Central and South America.  She is an active performer and instructor in the Fairfield County Area.  She was the flute choir director for the Stamford Young Artists Philharmonic Program (2006-2010), she taught Music History at Norwalk Community College (2008-2010). She is also on the faculty at the Connecticut School of Music in Westport and Greenwich and teaches privately at her home studio.  Her students have participated and continue to participate among the following area programs:  Norwalk Youth Symphony, Stamford Young Artists Philharmonic, Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestra, Western Middle School and High School Regionals Program and the High School All State Program.


Gunnar Sahlin
After 3 years of study at the Academy of Music in Prague, Czechoslovakia, Sahlin joined the Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra in 1975. As a member of that orchestra Sahlin participated on tours all over Europe and in the US, playing with world famous soloists and conductors. The orchestra appears at the annual Nobel Prize Ceremonies at the Stockholm Concert Hall. In 1979-80 Sahlin studied at Juilliard School of Music in New York City during a sabbatical. In 1987 Sahlin had the opportunity to perform for and learn from Yo-Yo Ma in a Master Class at the Stockholm Concert Hall. Sahlin moved to the US in 1988 and is a freelancing musician in Fairfield County and New York. In 2002 Sahlin became Principal Cellist of Norwalk Symphony Orchestra. In 2003 Sahlin became conductor of the Fairfield County Symphony Society (www.fairfieldcountysymphonysociety.org) which is an amateur string ensemble, open to all, which meets every Tuesday night in Norwalk and which sometimes works with winds and professional soloists. Gunnar often performs with his wife Suzanne as “Duetto Viello,” playing old as well as new works written for them for viola and cello. As coaches for the Stamford Young Artists Philharmonic, Gunnar and his wife Suzanne performed with the group in Carnegie Hall in May, 2016. In the summer of 2018 they both went on tour in Japan with the Chamber Music Institute of Darien. In 2019 both played at the David Geffen Hall in New York City as part of Chinese cultural celebrations. Gunnar teaches privately in his home in Stamford, CT, and starting in 2020 also at Darien Arts Center.
Dan Saulpaugh
Dan Saulpaugh is an active performer and teacher throughout the greater New York City metro area and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Jazz Studies from City College of New York. He also spent time studying with Douglass Rubio at SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music as a Classical Guitar Performance major before relocating to New York City. While at Crane Saulpaugh toured with the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet playing in the guitar orchestra for performances of Shingo Fujii's "Shiki." While at City College he studied privately with Thelonious Monk Institute Jazz Competition winner Lage Lund. Saulpaugh also works actively as a band leader and sideman. He released his debut EP "Before the Fire Is Gone" in April. He was a finalist in The Greene Space's 2015 Battle of the Burroughs: The Bronx. He also co-hosts the monthly jam session Jamhattan at Harlem's Silvana. In addition to performing Saulpaugh maintains a studio of private students ranging from children to adults at all skill levels.
Stephanie Wong
Stephanie Wong teaches violin, viola, piano and flute at the DAC. She has a double major in Music from the University of Rochester and studied violin at Eastman School of Music. Wong graduated from DHS in 2005 and also taught at the Darien Summer School Strings Program for nine years.