• Administrative Staff
  • Artistic Faculty
  • Board of Directors

Mr. Thomas Fisher-Executive Director



Ms. Linda Sylvester-Associate Executive Director



Ms. Marilyn Coston-Administrative Secretary



Ms. Ernita Daley-Parent Liason


Mr. William DeWalt--Music Director / Instructor is an accomplished performer/composer and a multi-instrumentalist and has over twenty years’ experience as a teaching artist. He has taught elementary through college age youth at the SCO Family Dynamics Beacon Center after-school program and NYC Housing Authority youth centers.  He is under contract with Unity Preparatory Charter School of Brooklyn to provide music instructions to youth during the schools club hours.  Mr. DeWalt has been with Quest as the Music Director of R&B Music / Instructor since September 2005. wdewalt@qyouth.org
Ms. Ifacho Okeke--  

Mr. Irwin Hall--Brass & Woodwind Instructor is a performance artist, composer and music educator. Irwin holds an A.B. from Princeton University in East Asian Studies and a Certificate in Music Performance. Never feeling settled playing just one style, versatility has become a hallmark of Irwin's career. Whether on saxophones, flutes, or clarinets, his repertoire spans a wide range of genres and his solos can be heard in renowned venues across the world. Irwin's musical passions also extend into the classroom. He has taught privately and in classroom settings around the world, including the US, Japan, Switzerland, and China. His experience ranges from private instruction through group classes running clinics on improvisation, music theory, and woodwind performance. His international clinics include appearances at the Waseda University High Society Jazz Orchestra in Tokyo, Japan, a Hong Kong-based big band, and the Scuola di Musica Modema in Lugano, Switzerland.

Mr. Michael DeCharbert-Brass Instructor/Brass Performer has brought a wealth of talent and teaching in the field of brass playing and performance.  Mr. DeCharbert  has played in various jazz and concert band programs such as the St. Johns' University Jazz Ensemble where he played Lead Trumpet and Trombone. In 1980, He received his Bachelors Degree in Business Administration and minored in Music Education. He taught numerous  youth inner-city music organizations as brass instructor for groups like The Carter Cadets, The New York Lancers, The C.M.C.C. Warriors, Fajardo from the Bronx, The Brooklyn Bedford Temple Salvation Army Band, and The Quest Youth Organization Inc. from 1990 to the present.  Mr. DeCharbert from 1980 to 1989 was a member of The International Fine Arts Society where he sang Tenor and Baritone, and performed at various churches and concert hall under the direction of  Ms.Dorothy Chakrabarti . He is currently working for the New York City Department of Education as an Assistant Teacher and is currently the Brass Music Instructor for Q City Sounds Jazz Band.  


Board of Directors
Mr. George James Chairperson
Mrs. Monique Bonaparte Secretary
Mr. Michael DeCharbert Treasurer
Ms. Linda Sylvester Member









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