Administrative and Artistic Staff

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Lawrence Tamburri, Executive Director -

Carmen Santos-Robson, Assistant Director - 

Patricio Molina, Associate Director, Conservatory Division -

Sherrie Thaler, Development Director -

Vitalina Machuca, Registrar -

Doris Rodriguez, Receptionist, Administrative Assistant -

John Prall, Finance Department -   

Frederick Tambwe, Facility Manager  

Marketing Department -

General Information -

Artistic Staff



Nadine Herman, Music Director - Voice

Received herB.M from Temple University and her M.M from the Juilliard School. She has performed throughout the US and Europe,including recitals at The Abbaye de Royaumont, Festival di Trieste and the BKA in Berlin. Miss Herman has sung premiers of many prominent composers ,including the great French composer Olivier Messiaen. She has performed under the auspices of the New York Philharmonic of Contemporary Music directed by the renowned conductor Pierre Boulez. Nadine is proud to be part of the Grammy Award winning recording of Utrenja, written by Penderecki and recorded with the Philadelphia Orchestra. As a voice teacher and mentor many of Nadine's students have gone on to leading conservatories such as Juilliard,The Manhattan School of Music, Oberlin, and The New England Conservatory. She has also been highly praised by the New York Times, The New Yorker, Der Spiegel and many more. Starting in 2014,  Nadine will open The Nadine Herman School for Vocal Studies in NYC.




Clarissa Newby-Phillips, Dance Director -

Received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Rutgers University's Mason Gross School of the Arts, and a Masters of Arts degree in Dance In Higher Education from New York University. Mrs. Phillips holds N.J. Certification in Dance: Teacher of Vocational Arts and Production. Her professional career experiences include: Dance Specialist and Day Camp Director of YWCA of West Essex and Hudson in Orange, NJ; Teacher of Jazz Dance, Rutgers University Mason Gross, New Brunswick, NJ; New Jersey Performing Arts Center United Way Artist-in-Resident where her dance work was selected to be presented for Judith Jamison at the annual Women's Day Luncheon, Newark, NJ. She has taught Dance Education at Cicely Tyson School of Performing and Fine Arts, East Orange, NJ. She was also Director of Dance at the prestigious Blair Academy in Blairstown, New Jersey. Clarissa is currently Adjunct Professor in the division of Humanities and Social Sciences at Northampton Community College in Allentown, PA and Teacher of Performing Arts at Adelaide L Sanford Charter School, Newark, NJ. "Dancing with excellence portrays growth of body and mind."


Beatrice East, Visual Arts Department Chair  

Drama Department Chair, VACANT

Lawrence Tamburri, Executive Director

Lawrence Tamburri, Executive Director

Executive Director
Lawrence Tamburri

Lawrence Tamburri has been the Executive Director of the Newark School of the Arts since April 2013. He served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) from 2004 to 2011. Prior to joining the PSO, he served in the same capacity for the New Jersey from 1991-2003, as well as Savannah and New Hampshire Symphony Orchestras.

Tamburri’s Publications include “Trust,” which appeared in the April 1997 issue of Harmony Journal. He has co-authored: “Factors that Influence Programming Decisions of U.S. Symphony Orchestras,” in The Journal of Cultural Economics in May 2011, "Repertoire Conventionality in Major U.S. Symphony Orchestras: Factors Influencing Management's Programming Choices" in the Journal Managerial and Decision Economics in November 2013, and "Symphony Concert Demand: Does Programming Matter?" in the Journal of Arts Management, Law, and Society in November 2013 with economist Jeffrey Pompe. Tamburri is a lecturer in Arts Management at SUNY Purchase. He has served as a member of the Adjunct Faculty of Seton Hall University’s Graduate Arts Administration program, as well as the Adjunct Faculty of Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz School of Public Policy. Tamburri was a board member of the South Orange-Maplewood Adult School. Additionally he was a board member, as well as president, of the Newark Arts Council and ArtPride NJ.

Tamburri received a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Duquesne University. He holds and MA in Music History and Literature and an MBA from Arizona State University. 

Carmen Santos-Robson, Assistant Director

Carmen Santos-Robson is a graduate of New England Conservatory of Music in Boston where she earned a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Music Degree in vocal pedagogy. She has sung at the Boston Lyric Opera and was the National Anthem singer for the Red Sox, Bruins, and Patriots sports teams. Ms. Santos has performed at the Tanglewood Music Institute in Lenox, MA where she was a student for two summers and has traveled through Asia where she performed with the New England Conservatory Symphony Orchestra. Carmen is a certified Music Together™ teacher and a Lango™ instructor, has been teaching young children for over 10 years.  Here at NSA, Carmen wears many hats including our Community Outreach efforts, Early Childhood Music Education, Marketing, PR, and social media etc. Currently, she is pursuing an MBA in Fundraising and Development from NYU.

Patricio Molina, Associate Director, Conservatory Division  

Music Theory, Piano,  A musician, Chilean-native pianist, composer and conductor Patricio Molina has appeared in a wide range of venues around the world including New York’s Carnegie Hall, Borden Auditorium, Greenfield Hall, New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), the Teatro Municipal of Chile, Odeon Amphitheater in Jordan, Channel PBS, Chilean National TV, among others.   As a pianist, Mr. Molina has been invited by NJPAC to play prelude concerts for Lang Lang, Anne Sophie Mutter, Lorin Maazel, The New York Philharmonic, Jacques Lacombe, The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and he has performed for President Bachelet of Chile and King Abdullah of Jordan among others. Patricio has also appeared as a soloist with orchestras in Chile, in the Middle East and in the United States. His album “From Los Andes to The Alps” features the music of Schumann and Brahms and is now available on iTunes.


Development Director
Sherrie Thaler

Sherrie Thaler has been the Development Director for 13 of 15 years at Newark School of the Arts. Prior to working at NSA, she was the Grants Manager at the New York Foundation for the Arts, 1985 to 1993 and from 1980 to 1985 worked in the Development Department at the South Street Seaport Museum assisting in raising funds for its annual operations and a major capital campaign.



Accounting Manager
John Prall


Vitalina Machuca