Our Team


Larry Tamburri, Executive Director

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 has published numerous articles on arts management, music and symphony orchestras. He has been a presenter for the League of American Orchestras, The Association of British Orchestras, The American Assembly, and the Salzburg Seminar. as well as acting as a consultant for The U.S. Department of State and The Fund for Arts and Culture. 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 is a board member of Program for Parents and the Marvin Hamlisch International Music Awards. 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 an MA in Music History, and

Literature and an MBA from Arizona State University



Nadine Herman, Soprano  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.  

Letter from the Director

Dear Families:

“What makes America exceptional are the bonds that hold together the most diverse nation on earth. The belief that our destiny is shared; that this country only works when we accept certain obligations to one another and to future generations. The freedom which so many Americans have fought for and died for come with responsibilities as well as rights. And among those are love and charity and duty and patriotism. That's what makes America great.”

– President Obama, November 7, 2012

Since its founding 50 years ago the Newark School of the Arts has embraced diversity as a core principle of the school. From this flows important ideas:

  • recognition of the abundant diversity of cultures;

  • respect for the differences;

  • acknowledging the validity of different cultural expressions and contributions;

  • valuing what other cultures offer;

  • encouraging the contribution of diverse groups;

  • empowering people to strengthen themselves and others to achieve their maximum potential by being critical of their own biases; and

  • celebrating rather than just tolerating the differences in order to bring about unity through diversity.


As we embark on our next 50 years, the Newark School of the Arts recommits itself to providing  a positive atmosphere for students to become confident, capable, constructive and caring members of our community and beyond. Diversity makes us stronger as a school, a community and a nation.


With best wishes for an enjoyable year,

Larry Tamburri


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."



Carmen Santos-Robson

Assistant Director and Development Director

Carmen Santos- 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 13 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.


Vitalina Machuca, Registrar


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.


Doris Martinez, Office Manager



Richard Marshall

Community Outreach, Operations and Communications Manager

Richard is a true “child of Newark”. He attended several public schools in the area, later returning to pursue his BS in Chemical Engineering from NJIT. After a few years in industrial and corporate settings, he had brought his skills back to the community that raised him through the world of public service and education. Over the last 13 years, Richard has worked in over a dozen Newark schools serving in many different Science/Math/STEM and STEAM capacities of academic instruction and various opportunities as a dance teaching artist, overall leading him to deal with the population-at-large in and out of the classroom. He also produces, manages and hosts many events for different community organizations throughout the state in performance, competition and exhibition that has served thousands. In his last 2 years at NSA, Richard has previously served as development assistant and operational support, proving to be an asset to the NSA office staff team.


John Prall, Finance Director