Meet The Team

The staff at New York Music Emporium are here to help you make the right choice when it comes to music and gear. Being musicians ourselves, we’re all obsessed with music and all the quirky instruments available to make it come to life. Can’t make it down in person? Call us at (516) 221-4888 for help over the phone.

Favorite Gear: 1957 Gibson Les Paul Goldtop

Favorite Movie: Dumb and Dumber

Charlie LoVarco

Owner & Founder

One of the fathers of Long Island Music Retail, Charlie started Focus II Guitar Center with his brother, Tom, in 1978. As they say, the rest is history. When not tending to the shop, Charlie can now be found on his boat singing Jimmmy Buffet.

Favorite Gear: 2006 Gibson Hummingbird

Favorite Band: Ghost B.C.

Mike Koenigsberg

Owner, Online Sales

Mike grew up as a customer and patron of the store, and eventually joined the team in 2010. After realizing that he had finally found his calling, Mike partnered with Charlie in 2015. He now oversees online sales and social media.

Jarred Austin

Operations, Sales

Jarred got his start in 2008, when his father came home with John Mayer's "Where the Light Is: Live in Los Angeles" DVD. Jarred can be seen in our YouTube demo videos, and handles much of the day-to-day operations in the store.

Tim Simone

eBay Manager, Sales

Tim is our resident shred-head, and drools over all things neon and pointy. When not listening to the latest Periphery record, Tim oversees our Ebay account and is responsible for the high growth we have enjoyed with such brands as Ibanez and PRS.

Brian Woo

Merchandising, Sales

Chances are that if you have taken a look at a display in the shop, it was Brian's doing. Brian has the unique responsibility (and talent) of handling all physical merchandising in the store, as well as being a team favorite among many of the staff. Woo!

Artie Blaurock

Lesson Director

A legend by any standards, Artie started playing guitar when he was 13 after hearing the rock band KISS for the first time. Not only does he run our entire lesson program, but he is also one of the most popular teachers in it. Read more about Artie!

Andrew Valerio

Lesson Coordinator

Likely the nicest guy you'll ever meet, Andrew came on board the NYME team as a teacher in 2008 where he quickly became one of our most popular instructors. He now splits his time between teaching here as well as helping out with operations & day-to-day lesson scheduling.


Mascot & Crowd Pleaser

Filling a role that we have had vacant for some time, Rory handles much of the day-to-day stress relief in the store. He can be seen on weekends hanging out near our Ibanez department, chilling with the ladies.