Allegro Strings

A variety of ensembles for musicians of all ages and skill levels.

our Groups

Suzuki Plus

Ages 5-9

Instructed by Debra Seftel, this program will introduce your child to the violin and have them playing on stage in a few short months. A well-appointed violin in the appropriate size is included in the tuition. Based on the Suzuki Method, this parent assisted class for children from 5-9 years old, will teach the fundamentals and skills needed to play a varied repertoire and read music.

Junior Strings

Ages 7-11

This entry level orchestra will help young players develop the skills needed to perform in a group and work on varying keys, rhythms and styles of music. These students generally range in age from 7-11 years old and through the 5th grade.

Intermediate Strings

Ages 10-14

This ensemble will challenge students to hone their techniques and work toward perfecting an ensemble that is greater than the sum of its individuals. Teamwork is very imporant in creating a cohesive sound and projecting music that will excite and move the audience. This group ranges in age from 10-14 years old and through grade 8.

Senior Strings

This high school group takes music beyond the notes and rhythms to explore the historic style and message of the music. Strong technique make it possible to play original music from Bach to exciting contemporary composers. This group will also merge with the Wind Ensemble to play full symphonic music in the spring season. This is your opportunity to play with other talented musicians and reach out into the community. 


Encore Symphony

This group will feature adults beyond high school and offer a supportive ensemble for players that miss the thrill of playing music together with old friends and new ones. Music will be of varying difficulties to allow you to feel comfortable and also to stretch and improve your skills.


Wind Ensemble

This Middle School and High School ensemble will offer wind and brass players that are looking for a challenge an opportunity to play symphonic music. All serious players will work with like-minded students to explore the rich repertoire of symphonic classics, both with and without strings. Auditions will be held for placement.

Allegro Instructors

Debra Seftel

Suzuki Plus, Senior Strings, Encore Symphony

Ms Seftel brings over 35 years of public and private music education to this new venture and is thrilled to be able to offer affordable and inclusive ensembles and enrichment experiences to students in Kindergarten through High School and beyond. Ms. Seftel holds a degree from Ithaca College in music education and is certified by the state of NJ to teach music K-12. She studied the Suzuki method at the Suzuki Talent Institute and developed her own “Suzuki Plus” hybrid program, combining traditional string pedagogy and the Suzuki method to best suit the needs of today’s youth. “It has long been a dream of mine to be able to offer programming 7 days a week and to include a full symphonic orchestra. The Allegro Youth Symphony will bring students together to create wonderful music while learning more about the arts in our world and developing lasting friendships.

Gabe Valle

Junior Strings

Gabe Valle is a New York jazz and classical violinist, pianist, and composer. Studio recordings and performances for The Beach Boys, DMX, The Wonder Years, Barrage, and Jermaine Paul demonstrate Gabe’s ability to play any genre professionally. The American String Teachers Association formally recognized this strength in 2013, awarding Gabe the Grand Champion prize of their Eclectic Strings Competition. He has performed at Barclays Center, Eisenhower Hall, The Blue Note, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and Carnegie Hall. He eventually earned his degree in jazz and classical violin performance from William Paterson University. As Gabe continues to play in performances and on studio recordings this year, he is eager to include the Allegro Junior Strings as well as more albums, more stages, and more music.

Justin Louie

Intermediate Strings

Joe is a graduate of William Paterson – Bachelors in Music Education. He currently teaches instrumental music at Lake Parsippany and Rockaway Meadow Elementary Schools. Joes skills include instruction in all stringed instruments including: Violin, Cello, Viola, Bass, Guitar, and Ukulele. He has been a private teacher for over 3 years. Joe is a freelance musician touring Los Angeles and the Northeast Coast. He has opened for the Jonas Brothers, performed at Avery Fischer Hall in NYC, the Bamboozle Festival, Beacon Theatre, The Roxy (in LA), Irving Plaza, and The Bowery Ballroom. Joe performs in many community and university musical put orchestras, and also resides as the primary Bass player in the William Paterson Orchestra. Joe’s favorite genres are Jazz, Funk, Rock, and Pop although his training is classical. He believes in good focus and structure to carefully work with each of his students instructing in sight-reading, music theory, composition, and performance.