Meet Our Teachers
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Jennifer Lynde
Vocal Teacher


American Soprano Jennifer Lynde received her Masters of Music degree in voice performance from George Mason University in 2010 and her Bachelors of Music degree from Boston Conservatory in 2007. While in Boston she studied with Dr. Marilyn Bulli and performed for the legendary Dawn Upshaw. Jennifer sang as a soloist with the Boston Conservatory Women’s Chorus as well as with the New England Philharmonic. During the summers of 2006 and 2007 Jennifer traveled to Italy to perform with the Asolo Song and Aria Festival where she worked with Elisabetta Battaglia (Teatro alla Scala) and Massamiliano Frani. Some favorite opera and theater credits include Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier), Adina (L’elisir d’Amore), Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), Hodel (Fiddler on the Roof), Mae Jones (Street Scene) and Lola (Gallantry). Ms. Lynde was featured as the soprano soloist with the George Mason University orchestral performance of Carmina Burana. In 2009 Jennifer was awarded first place in the Musical Theater category of both the Virginia State and Mid-Atlantic Regional NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) competitions as well as having previously placed second in the classical category. While in Virginia Jennifer studied under Dr. Kathryn Hearden. In 2010 Ms. Lynde made her debut as an Artist in Residence with the New York Lyric Opera Theater. Since that time she has performed in various recitals with NYLOT as well as the role of Second Spirit in Mozart’s Die Zauberflote and cover for the roll of La Fee in Massenet’s La Cendrillon in 2011.

Currently Jennifer sings and teaches voice across Long Island. She is half of the performing duo, Bravura Soprani with Elizabeth Francesca as well as a member of the choral group Singers of Long Island. She lives in Lindenhurst with her husband and two children.


Kaitlyn Defrancisco

Katie has been a part of the Center Stage family since 2002 - when she was just 12 years old!

Katie holds a Bachelor's degree in Broadcast Journalism & Political Science from the University of Miami and currently works as a news writer in New York City.

Katie began teaching at CSDCA in 2005, but before that she was a student in ballet, lyrical, jazz, hip hop and tap at the studio. She also studied and competed with the Mise Eire Irish Dancers in Babylon. In addition to that, she took ballet and acting classes at the University of Miami.

Katie is so excited to work with some of  the youngest students at CSDCA. Her number one rule is to HAVE FUN!

Samantha Graviano
Sam Graviano started dancing at the young age of 2 and fell in love ever since. She has studied dance competitively with Broadway Dance Center, New York Dance Center and Elite Dancers. She than went on to study Criminal Justice at the University of Hartford and became a member of their Division I dance team. The following year she became Captain as a Sophomore and enjoyed choreographing routines alongside her teammates. Sam has been teaching at studios all over Nassau & Suffolk County along with Connecticut and Queens. After a little time off she is finally back in the dancing world as not only a teacher but a student, being a part of Where the Lines Overlap Dance Company. Sam is very excited to be back on Long Island where it all began for her. She is looking forward to another great season and a wonderful year at Center Stage.