Mayelyn Perdomo Santos, Programs Assistant
Describe what you do in your current position: My position is Programs Assistant which means I help in the programming office with registrations, attendance, payroll and anything SMP related.
How long have you worked for Turtle Bay? How long in your current position? I am a brand new turtle here at TBMS. As I write this, I am coming up on my 1 month mark of working at Turtle Bay.
Describe other work experience or education: I am getting a Bachelor’s Degree in English at Hunter College with a concentration in teaching at the middle school to high school level. I have both observed and taught 1st, 3rd, and 6th through 12th grade. While at the Children’s Aid Society, I had the opportunity of directing a middle school chorus group.
What is your favorite thing about Turtle Bay Music School? My favorite thing about Turtle Bay Music School is noticing all of the different faces and ages coming in to learn and enjoy music.
What is your favorite Turtle Bay memory and/or event? I have been here such a short time that I am looking forward to making memories with both the faculty and students. Finding out I had my own desk was pretty exciting!
Do you play any instruments? Describe any musical background you may want to share! As a kid I picked up a few skills on both guitar and piano, but I am by no means a virtuoso. I plan on taking lessons here at TBMS so I can get better and use those skills to support my songwriting. I have been writing songs and poetry for years. Creating music is one of my favorite things to do. I have been singing even longer than I’ve been writing and hope to take voice lessons as well. My voice is my favorite instrument.
What is your favorite song and/or piece of music? Several songs come to mind that stop me in my tracks whenever I hear them. One of them is Revelry by Kings of Leon (also my favorite band).
Who is your favorite composer/songwriter? John Mayer and, most recently, Shaina Taub.
Where are you from? Proud native New Yorker, here. Born and raised in The Bronx of immigrant parents from the Dominican Republic.
Favorite color: BLACK and any shade of dark blue.
Favorite food: Some foods that you will always find me craving: Cookies, dumplings, sushi, tacos, coffee (which is not a food, but might as well be with the way I consume it).
Pets? Kids? Family members? Though I am a dog person, my family owns a cat named Gwen (Gwen Stacy, after Spider-Man’s love interest). She’s pretty sweet. I am a middle child with an older brother and a younger sister.
Any other fun facts you’d like to include! I have done FIVE Shakespeare in the Park productions with Public Works at the Public Theater. Recently, I played Phoebe in our 2017 musical adaptation of As You Like It.