Elisa Girlando Studios

An Artist Development Company 

The Right Teacher


Finding the right teacher is one of the most crucial decisions in a student's musical journey.

Just like in an academic setting, a teacher has the potential to help a student grow. This is why it is so important for the student to click with their teacher and build a relationship. At Elisa Girlando Studios, the teachers are dedicated to connecting with their student and inspiring a passion for learning and creating music.




Elisa Girlando (Teacher & Owner)

Growing up with a father that was in the music business, Elisa was introduced to the studio at a very young age. At age seven, she began taking vocal lessons to refine her sound and learn the proper techniques. 

Elisa started her career by the age of twelve when she signed a deal to record multiple children and holiday albums. In college, she had her own band and quickly got picked up with a distribution deal with SONY RED (Sony Music).  So far she released two albums under SONY RED. 

Elisa’s voice has been featured on numerous national TV commercials, which included the Claritin commercial singing the classic song, "I Can See Clearly Now."

Elisa has passion for not only singing but for teaching. Her teaching style is unique as she incorporates the recording studio as a learning tool which has proven to be immensely effective for a student’s growth. She also knows the importance of performing and encourages perfecting a student’s stage presence. Elisa has been teaching for over 16 years. 


The Teachers

Paige Lucas

Studio Manager, Musical Theatre & Dance


Paige has had a desire for musical theater ever since she was a young girl.  Since grade school, Paige has been involved with multiple musical theater and performance programs.  She has had featured roles in performances such as, Mae Peterson in Bye Bye Birdie, Miss. Hannigan in Annie, and Logan Schwartzandgrubenierre in Putnam County Spelling Bee.  

Paige is the Assistant Director and Choreographer for The Sparta High School Musical Program. Her achievements in this role include ’Shrek the Musical,’ ‘Putnam County Spelling Bee,’ ‘Mary Poppins’ and ‘Beauty & The Beast’.

In 2018, She fully Directed and Choreographed the Sparta Middle School Musical, ‘High School Musical Jr.,’ ‘Legally Blonde Jr.’ and Frozen Jr.’ with Elisa Girlando.

Paige has developed her own Musical Theatre Program for Elisa Girlando Studios!

Eric Waldman

Vocal, Piano, Guitar & Song Writing


Eric has been a professional musician for over 25 years. Since childhood, he always had a passion for music. His instruments include violin, piano, guitar and vocal.

Eric toured nationally with his band Natural Breakdown opening for famous bands, Rusted Root, Parliament Funkadelic, Michael Franti & Spearhead, and Railroad Earth. He also toured internationally in France, Switzerland, Italy, and Israel.

As a children's music artist he developed the character, “Bobby Beetcut". So far, he has written and recorded two albums under Bobby Beetcut. Both albums were picked up by HitPlay Records and distributed nationally and internationally by Sony Music.

Eric has been teaching music to children and adults for many years and makes learning music fun! He has a way of connecting to a student to make sure they know the material and have the confidence to let it out.

Melissa Di Santi

Vocal, Classical Voice, Piano, Ukulele & Guitar


Melissa Di Santi's passion for music started at a very young age. In high school, she began to flourish as she ranked as the number one Alto I in the Sussex County Choir and was one of the top ranking Altos in the New Jersey All-State Mixed Chorus. She also landed the lead role of Gabriella Montez in Sparta High School’s production of High School Musical. 

She soon decided that changing people's lives through music was her absolute passion and she wanted to do it for the rest of her life.

Melissa graduated from Montclair State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Therapy with a concentration in Voice. At school, she was classically trained. She utilizes her voice, piano, guitar, and ukulele to connect with students. Melissa is a former student of Elisa Girlando. Melissa is truly about real, personal experiences, and is excited to share her knowledge and love of music with her students.

Megan Gorrell
Piano & Voice

Music has had a major influence on Meg’s life from a very young age. She was involved in countless music programs throughout her education including numerous choirs, orchestras, musicals, talent shows and more. In 2009, she won first place for her age group and second overall competing at Sussex County Idol. In 2010, she not only placed second overall at the Sussex County Talent Show, but also auditions for American Idol. She is a former Music Performance Major at CCM. She has been playing piano and singing for 15 years. Meg started out as one of Elisa’s very first students back in 2006 where she took lessons for 6 years and placed in competitions such as Mid Atlantic Idol. Meg loves to work with children and young adults, helping them to find and express their true voices and musical talents. She is very excited to be apart of E.G.S.

Kelly Wask
Voice & Piano

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Kelly Wask is an emerging singer/songwriter from Sussex County. Growing up, she was involved with as many music programs that were available in the area. She started to perfect her craft at a young age by working with some of the most respected and admired Vocal Coaches including Elisa Girlando. Kelly Later Received her Bachelor degree in Vocal Performance, with a concentration in Jazz and Commercial Music from Five Towns College in Dis Hills NY. Kelly works as the lead singer in a popular NY/NJ based party band gigging multiple times a week. She is also involved with various recording projects. She is so excited to join the EGS team of teachers and hopes to provide the same experience she had growing up and attending Elisa Girlando Studios

Tricia Johnsen
Dance, Acting, Film


Tricia brings over 16 years of teaching experience to Elisa Girlando Studios, after serving as an instructor for numerous dance companies, studios and gyms throughout the NY/NJ area.

At the age of 18, the start of her professional career took off with featured roles in music videos such as Chris Brown’s  "Run It", David Archuleta’s  "Crush" and Samantha Jade’s "Step Up" for the blockbuster movie “Step Up”.

Her love for the arts and entertainment always played a major role in her career. In 2009, Tricia graduated cum laude from Emerson College with a bachelor's degree in TV & Video. 

After graduating, she worked in both music and television with employment at RED Music (Sony music) and MTV (Series Production). 

Her professionalism, experience and love for teaching will be a great addition to the Elisa Girlando Studios. Students will find her energy infectious and fun, as they learn to create, move and perform

Noise Controller
Music Producer

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David Carden, AKA Noise Controller is E.G.S. Music Producer. His career has spanned over the past several decades as a DJ, music producer and recording engineer. David has done remixes for Brian McKnight, India Arie and 702. He has recorded original songs with Bebe Winans and Angel DeLeon of C&C Music Factory. As a recording engineer at a National Commercial Jingle house, David has recorded music and vocals for major commercials with some of the top artists, of their times, in the world, Martha Wash, Michael McDonald, Vickie Sue Robinson, Lisa Lisa, Taylor Dayne, Tito Puente, just to name a few. He has produced music for independent films ranging from orchestral to hip hop. David has recorded instrumentation, vocals and mixed several albums for artists ranging from pop rock to Christian pop.

Through the years of working with professional, established artists, David has found himself wanting to help new artists create completed versions of their song ideas. Every artist has to start somewhere. Writing songs is obviously the first step but recognizing the potential direction and producing a song including arrangement, instrumentation, lyric revamping and vocal production is a large task for a beginner. That is where Noise Controller comes in...​

He spends time with you determining what musical direction is most likely the best option based on your style and where you fit into the current musical climate, also taking into consideration what you want as a direction. He will review your song ideas and recommend the best option(s) for development. He will work on your lyric revisions to create a solid song(s). David fully produces a musical track for you which includes a collaboration of musicians and other song writers to complete an arrangement that is genre correct and produced to perfection. David & the Artist will then get together and record a flawless lead vocal and create appropriate group vocals that will fill out your arrangement professionally. He then will complete the process with a final mix and if you have bigger plans and want to be seen as well as heard, you can produce a music video to accompany your new song production.