Our faculty includes recording artists and international performers, many who have multiple graduate degrees and perform several musical styles or instruments. In addition, our faculty provides music instruction in a variety of musical forms, including classical, jazz, pop, and world music.
Pampa Rotolo | Early Childhood Program Coordinator
Pampa is a musician and educator with a background in ethnomusicology, early childhood education and arts administration. She has worked with students of all ages in schools and cultural institutions in Boston, Washington, DC and New York.
Pampa presently works with students in Cambridge and Boston Public Schools as a lead teacher at the New School of Music Ensemble Workshop and a Teaching Artist with Young Audiences Massachusetts. Pampa has served on the faculty of Conservatory Lab Charter School, Capital City Public Charter School, The Tremont School, The Franklin Montessori School and collaborated with the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, The U.S. Holocaust Museum, The deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum and the Smithsonian Institute.
Pampa holds a B.A. in Music from Oberlin College with a concentration in Music History and Theory and an Introductory Credential in Dalcroze Education (Level I). She is currently continuing her Dalcroze studies through the Dalcroze Society of America Teacher Training (T2 Program). Pampa plays piano and sings and has performed with a diverse collection of ensembles ranging from the Cathedral Choral Society at the National Cathedral to local Latin American folk ensembles.
Pampa is committed to social justice through education and the arts. Originally from Buenos Aires, Pampa brings a global perspective to her teaching and is Spanish-English bilingual. When not in the classroom you can find her spending time with her family or playing clarinet with her favorite local street band, School of Honk.
Jeffrey Charland is a musician and private lesson instructor who resides in Brighton, MA and performs and teaches in the surrounding area. Jeffrey earned a Bachelor of Music degree in 1992 from Berklee College of Music where he studied with renowned guitarist Jon Damian. After graduating from Berklee he took up independent study of the double bass and is now an in-demand bassist around the Boston area. He is the regular bassist in a variety of ensembles including Charlie Kohlhase’s Explorers Club, Gill Aharon Trio, Daniel Rosenthal Quintet, Clear Audience, The Blue Ribbons, and also does a varied array of freelance work. Jeffrey has performed in a variety of settings including the MDC Hatch Shell, Montreal Jazz Festival, Ryles Jazz Club, and on public radio station WGBH.
“Music, more than anything else, is play. That’s why, when we’re doing it, we call it playing.” Tyler Cotner has been composing and performing music since he was 6 years old.
Growing up in a very musical household in sunny southern California, Tyler studied classical piano before branching out into playing a diverse selection of both styles and instruments, including drums, vocals, guitar, bass, ukulele, and many others. Throughout his teaching career, which started in high school, Tyler has always sought to keep music education both relevant to his students’ lives and accessible to those who don’t otherwise have access to it, which is why he has spent the past two years working for a musical non-profit in Hyde Park. As a performing musician, Tyler has played jazz piano in big bands and combos, keyboards in professional wedding and event bands, bass and drums in singer/songwriter recording sessions and live shows, and worked for three years as the musical director of Boston University’s premiere co-ed a cappella group, In Achord.
Education: Bachelor’s in Music Education, Bachelor’s in Music Composition from Boston University, 2018
Ben is a teacher from Dunstable, Massachusetts. He aspires for musical breadth, with background in a variety of instruments (drums, guitar, piano, ukulele, and voice) and genres (pop, rock, jazz, classical, funk, hip-hop). He is currently in the second year of his masters in music education at Boston University. During the summer of 2017 he worked as the New School of Music’s summer intern, before being brought on as their ukulele teacher. He is excited to be working at such a welcoming school with strong community values!
Chris Jenkins | Guitar
Chris attended Berklee College of Music as a performance major, receiving the Berklee Achievement Scholarship. He studied with Kenny Werner, Jon Damien, Hal Crook, and had masterclasses with Pat Martino, Mike Stern, Joe Lovano, and Pat Metheny. Chris has performed with Phil Wilson’s Rainbow Band, Jon Damien, Christopher Holliday, Billy Bowker, Rob Bargad, in many theater productions, and has had an annual gig at John Travolta’s New Year’s Eve party. With over 10 years of teaching experience, Chris is a former faculty member at the Gainesville Guitar Academy and Academy of Music and Art in Gainesville, Florida. Currently, he is a faculty member at the Music & Arts Center in Peabody, MA.
Chris brings a jazz background to his teaching style with emphasis on ear training, theory, improvisation and their application to all styles of music. He is equally comfortable with the beginner to advanced of all ages and styles, including jazz, rock and blues, on both acoustic and electric. Many of his students have won scholarships to the nation’s top music programs.
Kai-Ching Chang, Chamber Music Coordinator
Kai-Ching Chang, pianist is the only winner of Prix de Musique de Chambre from Fontainebleau School in France in 2010. She is also the third prize winner of Czech Prague Music Festival Piano Competition, Youth Division in Asia (1999); first prize winner of 7th Annual National Piano Competition of Taiwan Victor Musical Instrument Company (1994); and finalist of New Tang Dynasty International Piano Competition in New York (2008). As winner of the Longy School of Music Concerto Competition in 2008, she performed the Shostakovich Piano Concerto No.1 with Longy Chamber Orchestra.
To provide accessible arts to the community,she directed When Notes Fly Chamber Music Ensemble and collaborated with local artists, architect designer, theater producer, and ballerinas to perform twenty-four free concerts at Voltage Coffee & Art in Boston in one year. Inspired by this innovative series, award-winning filmmaker Tatyana Bronstein produced a documentary “When Notes Fly” based on Ms. Chang’s work. In the summer of 2012, Ms. Chang participated in the El Sistema program in Colón, Venezuela, where she witnessed the children’s incredible passion for music-making and was subsequently awarded Distinguished Visitor of Táchira State. In October 2012, she performed on an art installation by Os Gêmeos (Brazilian Artists) at the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston.
As a collaborative pianist, Ms. Chang has appeared as a performing associate in International Bowdoin Music Festival. Ms. Chang performed as a guest artist in the Harvard University Dudley Arts Chamber Music Series in the 2011-2012 season. She has collaborated with Laurence Lesser, Paula Robison, Roger Tapping, Sergey Antonov, Carol McGonell, Meighan Stoops, and Nancy Zhou. In 2005, she worked as an assistant accompanist in National Symphony Orchestra (Taipei, Taiwan). Kai-Ching has collaborated closely with composer John Heiss, Paul Brust, and has premiered contemporary works by Samuel Beebe, Hsin-Lei Chen, Amit Gilutz, JwaBum Saho Kim, Caroline Park, Joel Schenk, Adam Jacob Simon, and Michael Taylor. She has performances throughout Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, Honk Kong, South Africa, France, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Vienna, Venezuela, and USA.
Ms. Chang served as a staff pianist at New England Conservatory (2010-2014) and the faculty of New School of Music in Cambridge (2007-present). She holds a B.M. from Soochow University in Taipei, and a M.M. in piano performance and an Artist Diploma in collaborative piano from the Longy School of Music (2008). Her teachers include Peter Serkin, Wayman Chin and Ingrid Tsung and chamber music studies with Roger Tapping. Her performance could be heard on WGBH radio and Youtube.
Harvey is one of the most accomplished jazz pianists in the Boston area. Over the years he has performed across the U.S. and in Europe. In Boston he has performed at Ryles Jazz Club, the Acton Jazz Café, the Regatta Bar, The Colonial Inn in Concord and many more venues. He has been a guest on WGBH Radio on the Eric Jackson Show “Eric in the Evening”.
Harvey has been described as “one of the unsung heroes of the Boston jazz scene since the mid-1960’s.” He was among Lennie Tristano’s (one of the great original improvisers who played with such luminaries as Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker in the 1940’s) last students in the 1970’s, and has done concert appearances accompanying celebrated jazz singer Sheila Jordan and jazz trumpeter Art Farmer (recipient of the 1999 NEA Jazz Master Award).
Harvey regularly performs with the Working Man’s Jazz Band and other area musicians, including with his daughter, Hannah Rose Diamond, an accomplished singer.
Nomi Epstein is a composer, curator, performer and music educator. Her compositions, described as “magical, otherworldly, spacious,” center around her interest in sonic fragility, where structure arises out of textural subtleties and are performed throughout the US, Europe, and Asia. In 2020, Epstein released “sounds” her first composer portrait CD under New Focused Recordings called “stunningly individualistic” (New York Music Daily), and her “collections for Juliet” was released on British soprano Juliet Fraser’s album (HCR). Her music can also be heard on a•pe•ri•od•ic’s second album release (NFR), and on “Pluralities” (Chen Yi Music). An active and passionate curator and producer, she founded and leads a•pe•ri•od•ic, the critically acclaimed experimental music ensemble devoted to notated, acoustic, experimental music. She has curated and produced numerous large festivals including a John Cage centennial festival in Chicago, The Chicago Wandelweiser Festival, ‘Power In Sound,’ a 3 day festival of the music of Galina Ustvolskaya.
As a practitioner of experimental music, Epstein performs regularly with a•pe•ri•od•ic ensemble, her multimedia, experimental improvisation trio NbN, and Articular Facet. She continues to research, lecture on, perform and program experimental music. Epstein has served on the faculties of the University of Illinois at Chicago, Northwestern, DePaul, Roosevelt, and the University of Iowa. She was the head of theory at the British School for a decade, and has maintained her own private piano studio teaching students of all ages since 2000. Epstein holds degrees from Columbia University (B.A.), New England Conservatory (M.M), and Northwestern University (D.M.A).
B.M., M.M. piano with Honors from the New England Conservatory. Solo and chamber music recitals including performances at the Gardner Museum, Brown University, Kneisel Hall (Blue Hill, Maine), and Dartington Festival (Devon, England). Faculty: UMASS/Boston. Studies with Theodore Lettvin, Katja Andy, and Tatiana Yampolsky.
A native of Taiwan, Hsuan began her music study with piano at the early age of 4. She was then accepted into a sponsored musical program at age 10, where she studied both piano and viola. Hsuan later added violin to her repertoire as a secondary major while she was obtaining her master’s degree.
An avid chamber musician, Hsuan has toured in the U.S., Czech Republic, Japan, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. During these travels, she’s been fortunate to have collaborated with renowned artists such as Andres Cardenas, Bela Horvath, Megumi Kasakawa, Ryan Meehan (Calidore String Quartet,) and Joann Whang (Argus String Quartet.) As a recipient of Earl V. Moore Scholarship, Lloyd H. and Virginia L. Arnold Music Scholarship, and Music Merit Graduate Scholarship, Hsuan holds a post master’s degree from University of Michigan and is now a doctoral candidate at Stony Brook University, studying with the world-renowned Emerson String Quartet.
Today, Hsuan is an experienced instructor of violin, viola, piano, and chamber music. Before moving to Boston, she served as Stony Brook University undergraduate chamber music coach and Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra teaching assistant. She also has assisted students with orchestra auditions, music festivals, scholarships, music theory tests, and NYSSMA. Hsuan is very proud to say that her students once received the highest score in NYSSMA and have been admitted into orchestra programs and music camps with scholarships, such as the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and the Pioneer High School orchestra.
Hsuan is fluent in Mandarin and English and can also speak a little bit of Japanese. In her spare time, Hsuan enjoys hiking, reading, and watching movies.
Taiwan native, pianist I-Ying Lin is a recent graduate from Boston University with Doctor of Musical Art degree, where she served as teaching assistant of both private piano lesson and group piano class. She completed her master degree and Graduate Performance Diploma at The Boston Conservatory with four-year scholarship and Partnering Pianists Award under the guidance of Ya-Fei Chuang.
Ms. Lin has performed as a soloist, collaborative pianist and chamber musician throughout the States, Taiwan, Australia and Europe. She has appeared in festivals such as Mozarteum Summer Acadamie and Vianden International Musical Festival, where she performed in Wien hall, Baroque museum and Vianden Castle between 2009 to 2013.She is also a scholarship recipient of Orford music festival in 2019. As a chamber
musician, Lin is a first place winner of Piano Duo section in American Protégé International Piano and String Competition 2018. In 2015, she also has performed with Australian Piano Duo in Brisbane, Australia.
Ms. Lin is currently a staff accompanist at Boston Conservatory at Berklee, and the accompanist of Cambridge Chinese Choral Society and Israeli choir Kol Arev. She is also a piano faculty of New School of Music in Cambridge.
Pianist Joe Reid maintains a busy schedule performing in jazz clubs, with chamber ensembles, dance troupes, and numerous theatre groups. He has worked as a piano accompanist for the Boston Conservatory, the Longy School of Music, the Mark Morris Dance Company, various choral groups, and NSM (where he also teaches jazz piano and jazz ensembles). Joe is a recovered lawyer and lives in Belmont.
Szu-Ning Tai is a Taiwanese-born harpist and pianist who has dedicated her performing skills for the purpose of being both aesthetic and educational. Her vision for music is to serve as a bridge to connect the community. This desire has brought her to travel and perform around the world. Ms. Tai holds her Bachelor’s degree from Soochew Univerity (Taiwan), and Master of Music degree from Boston University where she received merit scholarship to pursue her Doctor Musical Art Degree in Harp Performance.
Currently Ms.Tai serves as teaching assistant at Boston University College of Fine Arts and as a music teacher at Boston University Academy. Tai advocates for music with education from entrance to advanced level. She regularly gives lectures, lessons and demonstrations to both college and pre-college students. Meanwhile, she conducts chamber orchestra, chorus, Jazz band at Boston University Academy for annual concerts.
In addition, Ms. Tai brings her expertise from campus to community through performances at churches and schools as musician and guest speaker. She has also presented music at diplomatic occasions. Ms. Tai actively performs as soloist, chamber musician, ensemble and orchestral player around New England ,Virginia, Washington DC, and Kentucky in the United States. She also regularly performs in her home country of Taiwan.
Li-Han “Lily” Tseng | Curriculum Coordinator
Li-Han “Lily” Tseng received her Doctor of Music Arts in vocal performance from The University of Alabama and Master of Music degrees in voice performance from Longy School of Music of Bard College and Taipei National University of the Arts.
Dr. Tseng is an active performer in chamber music, choir, recital and opera. She was an assistant accompanist for the Adult Chancel Choir and the principal accompanist for the Children’s Worship Arts Choir at First United Methodist Church at Tuscaloosa, AL. With years of performing experience, Tseng’s wide-ranging interests and expertise include working with professional musicians, adult avocational singers at all levels, and young singers. Tseng’s performance experiences included with the University of Alabama Opera Theatre, University Singers, the Contemporary Ensemble, and Ethos, a newly-formed professional choral ensemble in residence at First Methodist Church of Tuscaloosa. Recently, she has performed the role of Patience in Patience with University of Alabama Opera Theatre (UAOT), The Foreign Woman in The Council (UAOT), The Witch in Hansel and Gretel (UAOT), and Mrs. Discobbolos in Mr & Mrs. Discobbolos with the UA Contemporary Ensemble.
Dr. Tseng has experience teaching private voice and piano students in addition to teaching musicianship lab and accompanying undergraduate and graduate students studying voice. Tseng’s teaching is based on a comprehensive approach to the training of students and incorporates strong technical skill-building for all kind of music genres.
Trudi Van Slyck
Piano Diploma, Longy School of Music. Grant recipient for study in Berlin, Germany. Summer study at Yale University. Soloist with Boston Pops Orchestra, Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Merrimack Valley Orchestra, and Harvard Club Orchestra. Solo and ensemble concerts at Gardner Museum, Sanders Theater, Harvard University, MIT Kresge, National Gallery in Washington, DC, as well as other venues in New England. Radio recitals and American Consulate recitals in Germany. Teaching experience at Longy School of Music, Lesley University, UMass Boston, Indian Hill Music School, Boston Center for Adult Education, and others. Duo piano concerts with husband Nicholas Van Slyck, composer. Recordings produced; three CDs of instrumental and vocal music by N. Van Slyck. www.vanslyckmusic.com
Carlos’ performances have taken him throughout the United States, South America, and many countries in Europe and in venues such as Teatro el Circulo in Argentina, Sala Eduardo Brito in the Dominican Republic, and Wiener Saal in Salzburg. A native of the Dominican Republic, he began his studies at a young age with renowned Cuban pianist and pedagogue Karelia Escalante. Since a young age, Carlos has been an active participant and winner of national and international competitions, such as the Manuel Rueda award in year 2005 in the Festival of Latin-American music celebrated in his country. Other prizes include third prize in The Steinway Competition of Massachusetts, second prize in The Churchill Scholarship Competition, and second prize at the Bradshaw and Buono International Competition. During the 2008 season, Carlos toured Argentina with his duo partner Sebastian Plano, giving concerts as the special guests for “Teatro el Círculo” along with the orchestra of Rosario, Argentina. He was also invited by the President of the Dominican Republic to play for the opening of the literary festival, which is celebrated every year in Santo Domingo. Carlos has a particular interest in developing programs that facilitate musical education to people from all social and economic backgrounds who wouldn’t have the opportunity to receive this type of training. Because of this, Carlos was awarded, since 2008, a grant by the Boston Public Library that allows him to create a piano program for dozens of kids to receive lessons in piano and theory for free. Carlos was also awarded, since 2005, the Zitrin scholarship and completed both his B.A. and M.A. at the Boston Conservatory on full scholarship under the guidance of Dr Jonathan Bass. For more information about Carlos, visit www.facebook.com/carlosvpiano.
Mexican-American pianist Laura Villafranca is an active soloist and chamber musician. After playing her debut with the Mexico City Chamber Orchestra at the age of thirteen, she won a scholarship to continue her musical studies at Interlochen Arts Academy in the United States of America. Ten years latershe won the Silver Medal at Mexico’s National Piano Competition “Angélica Morales-Yamaha” where she was also given the prize for best Bach interpretation. Other awards include first prize at The Boston Conservatory Concerto Competition, Honorable Mention in the Corpus Christi International Competition and the A.R.T.S Competition where she was selected for the Who’s Who Among American High School Students, the Oberlin Conservatory’s Dean’s Scholarship, the Wilfred Churchill Competition and the Benjamin Kasser scholarship which earned her full tuition at The Boston Conservatory.
Ms. Villafranca has performed with the Mexican National Symphony Orchestra at the Palacio de Bellas Artes, the Querétaro Philharmonic Orchestra, the Mexico City Chamber Orchestra, The Boston Conservatory Orchestra in Harvard’s Sanders Theatre and the Sinfonia Perusina in Italy. Recent appearances include chamber recitals at the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, live broadcasted performances in Mexican classical music stations Radio IMER and Radio UNAM.
Laura Villafranca studied with Michael Lewin, Angela Cheng, Stephen Perry, Victoria Mushkatkol and Benjamin Valdes Aguilar.
For further information visit: www.lauravillafranca.
Diploma, Longy; M.M., Boston University. Student of George Neikrug and Madeleine Foley. Faculty: Winchester Community Music School, Arlington After School Program. Member of the Charles River Trio. Major studies with Raymond Davis, Madeline Foley and George Nekrug, Chamber music studies with Louis Krasner. Chamber music performances: Museum of Fine Arts, Decordova Museum, Berklee School of Music, Ryles Jazz Club. Can be heard on the recent recording, Poetic Reflections.
Caroline Drozdiak | Violin, & Viola
Caroline Drozdiak holds a Master of Music in violin performance from Longy School of Music of Bard College in Cambridge, MA. She attended the College of Wooster in Ohio (B.A. in Comparative Literature); she also spent a year at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA as a violin performance major studying with Cyrus Forough. Other influential teachers include Ellen-Maria Willis, Anna Williams, Laura Bossert, and most recently Paula Majerfeld. Caroline has performed in various chamber music festivals, including the International Music Festival Pilsen (Czech Republic, 2007), LyricaFest in Lincoln, MA (2012), and the Castleman Quartet Program in Fredonia, NY (2014).
Caroline has been teaching violin and viola in the greater Boston area since 2012 and enjoys it immensely! From 2012 through 2015 she taught group classes and private lessons at the Performing Arts Center of MetroWest in Framingham, MA. She currently teaches at John Payne Music Center in Brookline, where she has been on faculty since 2012, and New School of Music in Cambridge. Her students have been accepted to the Claflin Hill Repertory Ensemble and UMass Amherst for violin. In addition to her teaching work, Caroline enjoys performing in orchestras and chamber groups. She performed in Calliope, a choral and orchestral Ensemble in Boston, from 2013 to 2014, and has played with the Quincy Symphony Orchestra since 2015. She recently played viola in the pit orchestra for Mozart’s Idomeneo with Boston Opera Collaborative. During her time at Longy she was active in several chamber groups, including Latitude New Music Ensemble, a student run chamber orchestra featuring works by student composers as well as other contemporary works.
Before moving to Boston, Caroline played violin for the Ohio Light Opera in Wooster, OH for three seasons, learning seven different shows each summer totaling over fifty performances that included varying styles and genres. She also was a part of the Wooster Symphony Orchestra.
Anna Griffis | Violin, & Viola
Equally at home on modern and period instruments, violist and violinist Anna Griffis has given recitals in Mexico,Turkey, Austria, Taiwan, and throughout North America. She is a member of the New Bedford Symphony (principal), and Albany Symphony, and performs with the Rhode Island Philharmonic, Emmanuel Music, Odyssey Opera, BMOP, Blue Heron, and Les Bostonades. She co-founded Trio Speranza, prize winners at the 2014 Early Music America baroque competition, and performs with and is executive director of the Ludovico Ensemble, a group focused on music of the European avant-garde. Anna studied at Lawrence University, The Hartt School of Music, Tanglewood Music Center, and Boston University. She is on faculty at the Dana Hall School of Music and the New School of Music, and maintains a private studio. She teaches, coaches chamber music, and oversees P.R. for the Tufts University Music Department. Anna lives in the great neighborhood of Lower Allston with her bassoonist partner and their cat, Pig.
BM Performance, Indiana University. Performed for 4 years with the Osnabrueck Symphony Orchestra in Germany. Performed chamber music and toured with the Nordwestdeutsches Kammerensemble. Has performed with the Spoleto Festival Orchestra (Italy), the Graz Festival Orchestra (Austria), the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, among others. Suzuki training from Ronda Cole, Edmund Springer, Edward Kreitman, and Mary Cay Neil. Currently on the faculty at All Newton Music School. Freelances and performs with various area orchestras.
Loren Pearson, violinist/violist, received her bachelor’s degree from Smith College and her master’s degree from SUNY at Buffalo. She has performed chamber, symphonic, and operatic music in Europe for 10 years. Her orchestral tours with such orchestras as the Sudwest Deutches Kammerorchester included Germany, Austria, Yugoslavia, Switzerland, England, Ireland, Italy and Spain. She has performed regularly with orchestras such as the Boston Opera, Worcester Symphony, Masterworks Chorale, Rhode Island Philharmonic, and Hartford Symphony.
Since 1987, she and her husband, pianist Kevin McGinty, have been active performers in local schools and colleges. As a duo they participated in the a WGBH Recording Session. Former faculty positions include Milton Academy and Cape Cod Conservatory. Loren is currently a faculty member at the New School of Music and the Milton Public Schools Music Program. She also runs her own private violin/viola studio which includes large group performances.
Mary Jane Rupert | Harp
B.M., Oberlin College; M.M. in Harp, and M.M. and D.M.A. in piano, Indiana University. Acclaimed as concert pianist and harpist, Mary Jane has performed throughout the world from Carnegie Hall to Beijing, and has appeared with orchestras and chamber groups across the U.S. She performed as a soloist at the American Harp Society’s National Convention (1994), has recorded under the North Star and Harmony Hill labels, and has published duets for harp and flute. Former teaching positions at Oberlin, Indiana, Western Michigan University, and Walnut Hill. Faculty: Tufts University, Wellesley College, Boston College, MIT.
B.S., Mannes. Student of William Kroll, Raphael Bronstein, and Sandor Vegh. Played for nine years with the Camerata Academica of Salzburg and the Sinfonieorchester Graunke of Munich. Freelances in the Boston area. Member of Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra and Boston Philharmonic. Scottish Fiddle National Champion, 1993, 1998. Faculty: The Rivers Music School, Lexington Schools.
Cindy Giron | Songs and Stories from Around the World
Cindy Giron is a dedicated music educator born and raised in the suburbs of Boston, with Guatemalan and Spanish heritage. She teaches piano, music theory, composition, and electronic music production private lessons and group classes, in addition to general music classes. With more than 10 years of teaching experience, she believes everyone learns music via personalized guidance in listening and feeling by the virtue of practice and reflection.
Cindy’s music education started at the early age of five, with thorough classical music instruction throughout her formative years at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School of Music; studying piano, composition, theory, chamber duo/ensemble, orchestral performance, and participating in Boston’s prestigious piano seminar led by A. Ramón Rivera. She continued higher music education at the Manhattan School of Music where she studied a Bachelor of Music, majoring in Music Composition and minoring in Piano Performance. She has earned two masters degrees, one in Music Theory and Composition from New York University, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development; and another from The Royal Conservatory of the Hague, in Practice-Based Research, with a focus on composing with silence, while also minoring with contemporary piano performance. What’s more, while living abroad in the Netherlands, she studied the ‘One-Year Course Programme’ at the Institute of Sonology, combining composition and piano performance with the addition of electronic music studies; learning music programming, acoustics, analog synthesis, installation design, and the art of improvisation.
As a teacher, Cindy believes that one size does not fit all. Her intention is to tailor a pupil’s progression gradually in a natural way. She has pedagogical training in:
*Eurhythmics – Valuing improvisation, the use of rhythmical and physical movements to learn music, and ear-training games, created by Émile Jacques-Dalcroze.
*Musical Aurora – a method similar to eurhythmics, emphasizing solfege and listening games, created by Claudette Munné.
*Keys for Kids – an intensive group keyboard method in which students are encouraged to learn both listening and reading patterns, created by Inga Y. Magid.
*Waldorf education (also known as Steiner education) – a pedagogical approach in which educating a pupil is approached holistically, so as to integrate the intellect, the artistic, practical and psychological; created by Rudolf Steiner.
When she is not teaching, you may see Cindy as a multifaceted musician and human —she is a pianist, composer, electronic sound artist, installation designer, poet, sound healer, cyclist, and yoga instructor.
Morgan Scagliotti-Driban | Suzuki Summer Starter
Morgan Scagliotti-Driban holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in violin performance from Cleveland Institute of Music and Boston University, respectively. She is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Music Education from Boston Conservatory at Berklee. For the last 15 years she has served in many different capacities including teaching private and group Suzuki violin classes through the Suzuki Institute of Boston, Powers Music School, the String Orchestra director of the String Ensemble (MYSP) and faculty member of Pow-Wow Summer Camp and Music on the Hill Summer Festival in Belmont, Massachusetts. Past public school positions include teaching strings in the Brookline, Boston and Belmont school districts.
She is a member of the Suzuki Association of America (SAA) and National Association for Music Education (NAFME). Morgan completed her Suzuki Book 1 training with Kimberly Meier-Sims at the Cleveland Institute of Music and studied Books 2-6 with Donald Becker at the Suzuki Institute of Boston. She began her studies on the violin at age 4 and completed Suzuki Books 1-8 at an unusually young age. She went on to enter competitions and win awards all over the country. By the time she was in high school, she had performed Bruch’s Violin Concerto, Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnole, Saint-Saens’ Rondo and Capriccioso and Mozart’s 5th Violin Concerto with orchestras across the country. In high school, Morgan received a scholarship to attend Interlochen Arts Academy. While in Michigan, she competed and won the Detroit Young Artist Competition. Morgan went on to win scholarships, fellowships and auditions in South Carolina, Missouri, North Carolina, Massachusetts, Ohio, Japan and Puerto Rico. She was awarded a full-tuition scholarship to pursue her Master’s Degree at Boston University, where she went on to win the Boston University’s Solo Bach competition.
Morgan has performed under the baton of some of the world’s most celebrated conductors, including Michael Tilson Thomas and Christoph Eschenbach. As a young adult, she won tenure with the Portland Symphony Orchestra (Maine) and continued to advance in auditions with major symphony orchestras across the country. After suffering from hand tendinitis, Morgan turned her focus to helping her private students reach their highest potential. Morgan is currently on faculty at the Powers Music School and St. Columbkille Partnership School (Suzuki Program) and teaches privately at her studio in Arlington, Massachusetts.
Li-Han “Lily” Tseng | Songs and Stories from Around the World
See bio under “Piano faculty”
Rachael Chagat | Choir Ensembles
Rachael graduated with Distinction from the Longy School of Music in Cambridge with both a Masters and Graduate Performance Diploma in Vocal Performance. While at Longy she was a 2005 Honors Competition winner and a finalist in the 2007 Concerto Competition. Ms. Chagat earned her Bachelor’s degree at Capital University in Music Education and a certificate from the Zoltán Kodály Pedagogical Institute of Music in Kecskemét, Hungary. A dedicated soprano soloist and collaborator in chamber music, Ms. Chagat performs solo and chamber music and is a member of the Magdalene Ensemble as well as the Arabella Ensemble of Boston. Rachael serves on faculty for the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Days in the Arts at Tanglewood program and is a Choral Artist for the Metropolitan Opera Guild Urban Voices. Ms. Chagat was most recently on faculty at the Longy School of Music of Bard College Community Programs where she was conductor of both the Children’s and Youth Choirs.
A native of Dallas, Texas, Caroline Nielson is currently based in Boston where she is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy at the New England Conservatory of Music. Caroline completed an MM in Voice Performance and Literature at the Eastman School of Music in 2017, as well as a BM at Belmont University in 2015, graduating summa cum laude with a degree in Vocal Performance and a minor in German. Caroline has performed numerous roles in operatic and musical theatre productions, and has been a young artist at Finger Lakes Opera and Opera in the Ozarks. Her theatrical roles include Foreign Singer – Postcard from Morocco (New England Conservatory), Bradamante – Alcina (Rochester Baroque Vocal Consort), Orlofsky (cover) – Die Fledermaus (Finger Lakes Opera), Meg Boyd – Damn Yankees, Grace Farrell – Annie (RAPA), Maurya – Riders to the Sea, Dorothée – Cendrillon, Abbess – Suor Angelica (Eastman), Nancy – Albert Herring, Mercédès – Carmen (Opera in the Ozarks), Dido – Dido and Aeneas, Cherubino – Le nozze di Figaro, Mother Marie – Dialogues of the Carmelites (Belmont), and ensemble in Pirates of Penzance (Nashville Opera) and Carmen (Syracuse Opera). An avid performer of chamber and choral music, Caroline sings with the choir of Church of the Redeemer and actively performs in the Boston area. In 2020, she performed Schönberg’s seminal Pierrot Lunaire with NEC’s Contemporary Ensemble, as Diana in Cavalli’s Baroque masterpiece, La Calisto, with NEC Opera, and in the ensemble of Arnold Rosner’s The Chronicle of Nine with Odyssey Opera. She also co-founded the Versatile Voice Institute in the summer of 2020 and organized their inaugural online intensive for high school singers.
Soprano Natalia St Jean delights in the fact that the more a musician learns, the more there is
to discover. To that end, she purses a wide variety of opportunities to perform opera, chamber
works, oratorio, and musical theater. Fluent in Spanish and Polish, Natalia is a passionate
linguaphile and explorer of new countries, new repertoire, and new stories. Engagements
include appearances with Boston Conservatory Opera, the New England Opera Intensive,
Opera NUOVA, and the Victorian Lyric Opera Company. In March, she will be running surtitles
for the Boston Lyric Opera’s new production of Norma.
Natalia holds an M.M. in Vocal Pedagogy from Boston Conservatory and studies voice with
Kathryn Wright. Her teaching experience includes work as a public elementary music teacher
(Frederick, MD), musicianship instructor and assistant conductor with the Frederick Children’s
Chorus, teaching fellow with the Boston City Singers, and private voice instructor with the New
School of Music (Cambridge, MA). Natalia is dedicated to giving her students a keen
understanding of their own voices and the tools to coordinate technique that is efficient and
sustainable, so they can let go of inhibitions, allow themselves to create authentic, meaningful
art, and care for their vocal health as their voices grow and change. By creating a respectful,
collaborative environment in the teaching studio, she provides students a safe space to play
with sounds, take risks, be vulnerable, find joy, and develop the courage, resilience, and
flexibility that performing requires, whatever their level of experience or reasons for singing.
BM, Berklee College of Music. Studied with Susan Lincoln, April Arabian, Maggie Scott, Bob Stoloff. Performs rock, jazz, country, folk, soul, blues and original music. Performed and/or recorded with Vox One, Tim Gearan, Davis Goodrich, Bruce Millard, Peter Mulvey, Chris Smither, Thank God for Science, Wayworn Travellers, and Groovasaurus which won two Boston Music Awards and Boston Magazine’s Best Rock Band.
Li-Han “Lily” Tseng
See bio under “Piano Faculty”
Jackie Ostergren | Flute
B.M., M.M., New England Conservatory. Principal Flute with Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon (Mexico). Performed for the Opera Company of Boston, Portland Symphony, the Nova Filarmonia Portuguesa (Lisbon, Portugal), and the Spoleto Festival in Italy, U.S. Student of Lois Schaeffer, Robert Stallman and Claude Monteux. Faculty: Milton Academy, and Newton Public Schools.
Kristine’s classical training began in Rochester, New York; where she pursued musical studies with Eastman School of Music faculty and members of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. After moving to Boston, she expanded her interests into jazz and improvisational music. More recently, she has studied both classical and jazz styles with noted instructors through New England Conservatory’s Continuing Education program.
Kristine has played flute and piccolo with the Thayer Symphony Orchestra in central Massachusetts, has also performed as a member of the Tufts University Flute Ensemble. Currently, she regularly serves in the pit orchestra for community musical theatre productions in the Metrowest area and frequently performs for a variety of cultural, educational and social events in her capacity as an active freelance musician.
Kristine has taught flute to all levels of students since 1995, and has participated in instrumental music programs at the Atrium School in Watertown, Blanchard School in Boxboro, Brimmer & May School in Brookline and Hudson’s Arts Alliance. She also maintains a thriving teaching studio at her home in Concord.
Elise Tally (formerly Kopesky) is an active chamber and orchestral musician based in Greater Boston. She has performed at venues such as Edward M. Pickman Hall, Lily Pad, Regattabar, Boston’s Old South Church, and Symphony Hall. She is a founding member of Iris Winds, and frequently performs with other area ensembles specializing in new music. Mrs. Tally performs a diverse repertoire with a focus on new music, premiering works of local composers Alla Elana Cohen, John McDonald, John Howell Morrison, and more. She also expands the repertoire for clarinet with her own arrangements and compositions.
In addition to performing, Mrs. Tally is a passionate music teacher of clarinet, flute, saxophone, and recorder. Mrs. Tally earned her Undergraduate Diploma and Master of Music degrees from the Longy School of Music, where she was a winner in the 2007 Honors Competition.
Lucille Magliozzi | Appalachian Guitar & Dulcimer
BA Boston University School for the Arts, private voice study Boston Conservatory. Lucille is Program Director and teacher for Community Music Outreach Program. She is also a singer, folk guitar and Appalachian dulcimer player who has performed with folk band Light Upon Light at MFA, Cambridge River Festival and International Marketing Institute. Recording and compositions include CD “Get Ready for Boston” and other educational CDs. Teaching experience includes Elementary and Junior High in Newton Public Schools and Middlesex Community College. Lucille is Director of Golden Bough Productions, an agency booking world music performance groups from around the world.
About instruction with Lucille:
In individual or small group lessons learn to play Appalachian Dulcimer and sing traditional American folk songs. We will explore strumming. chording, different tunings and use of the capo. Using tablature, rote and note reading we will play familiar tunes and learn traditional American folk repertoire and eventually play along with guitars and other instruments. Suggested instrument is hourglass four string mountain dulcimer with extra fret. Beginning classes appropriate for children ages 8 and up , teens and adults. For questions regarding information on purchasing appropriate instrument, please contact NSM by email or call NSM at 617-492-8105, and we’ll put you in touch Lucille.
Anne Hooper Webb | Fiddle
See bio under “String Faculty”