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 Rótolo | The Nest at NSM
Pampa is a musician and educator with a background in early childhood education and ethnomusicology. For the last decade, she has worked with students of all ages in Boston, Washington, DC and New York. As a former preschool teacher, Pampa enjoys teaching in diverse classroom settings and has collaborated with cultural institutions such as the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, and the Smithsonian Institute. Pampa holds a B.A. in Music from Oberlin College, plays a variety of instruments and has performed with various ensembles including the Cathedral Choral Society at the National Cathedral. Pampa is committed to social justice through education and the arts. As the mother of two young boys, Pampa is excited to work with young families through the Nest program and to join the New School of Music as an Early Childhood Music Instructor.
Nurt Villani | Musical Beginnings
Originally from Popayan, Colombia, where she obtained her Bachelor’s Degree and founded her own musical academy, she went to France to further her musical education. She holds a first prize in Gregorian Choir direction and a second prize in Choir Direction from the Conservatory of Paris. In parallel, she obtained Willems Diploma in Pedagogy from the Willems International Association of Musical, Lyon France. After moving to the USA a decade ago, she pursued a specialization in Dalcroze-Eurhythmics at the Diller-Quaile school of Music in NY and holds a level II certificate.
Everywhere she lived, she has dedicated her life to enriching the lives of children through musical education and choir direction. She has taught music to Colombian, French and American babies, toddlers, children and teenagers, and has an extensive repertoire of songs to accompany her curriculum. In parallel, she has founded and directed children’s and adults’ choirs on three continents. She frequently teaches workshops on early childhood music education at her alma mater, the conservatory of Popayan.
See bio under “String 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.
Joe Reid | Music Theory
See bio under “Piano Faculty”
Elise Tally | Chamber Ensembles
See bio under “Woodwind Faculty”
Caroline Buccino | Ukulele
For the past three years, Caroline has provided private and group instruction for woodwinds and ukulele at the Cape Cod Conservatory in Falmouth instructing students from ages three to adult. Over her years teaching at the Cape Cod Conservatory, Caroline developed her own ukulele curriculum that facilitates childhood cognitive development that promotes learning chords by color. Caroline’s curriculum encourages a stress-free and fun way for young students who can’t yet read words be able to read music. This method promotes students to have fun while learning rudimentary music skills, which transfer over to any instrument. Caroline introduces young students to the ukulele while also exposing them to other classical instruments to help expand each child’s musical development. She continues teaching this curriculum witnessing students’ appreciable progress including technical fluidity, chord comprehension, ability to memorize songs and overall passion and enthusiasm towards learning. Caroline’s ukulele curriculum allows children to opportunity to perform songs they want to play while also learning rudimentary music skills.
Caroline has been awarded fellowships with prestigious music festivals such as Tanglewood Center for the Arts, Orford Arts Academy and the Bowdoin Music Festival. This past spring, Caroline recently graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music with her Master’s in oboe performance with a concentration in Music in Education with her ambition to continue teaching and to play in a major symphony orchestra. In her spare time, Caroline loves dog walking, running and cooking ‘Ina Garden style’.
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.
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.
Graduate of Berklee College of Music in composition and arranging, jazz studies with Charlie Benarcus, Hal Crook, Jerry Bergonzi, Mick Goodrick, and Sal Salvador. Sings (tenor/baritone) in Opera Un-Met, performs flamenco and jazz guitar in Boston area.
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.
Pianist Ai-Ying Chiu has years of experience teaching piano, including performance techniques, ear training, and theory. She has worked with all ages from beginners to advanced students. She enjoys teaching any material of the student’s choice and adjusts her approach to fit the student’s level and the student’s goals.
Ai-Ying has appeared as both soloist and chamber pianist at many important concert halls such as The Town Hall (New York City), Le Petit Trianon (San Jose), Walter Hall (Toronto), Basilica San Francesco (Assisi, Italy), Rachmaninoff Concert Hall (Tambov, Russia), Chih-Shan Hall of Chiang Kai-Shek Cultural Center (Kaohsiung City, Taiwan), and many others in Germany and France. In pursuit of her Master’s degree and Graduate Performance Diploma, she studied with Michael Lewin at The Boston Conservatory, where she was the winner of the H. Wilfred Churchill Piano Scholarship Competition in 2006 and the Piano Honors Competition in 2007 and 2009, as well as an Honorable Mention Award recipient in the 2008 Mozart Concerto Competition. She was also an Honorable Mention Award recipient at the 2008 Chinese International Piano Competition in New York City. Ai-Ying has worked and performed with Sinphonia Perusina, conducted by Enrico Marconi and The Boston Conservatory Orchestra, conducted by Bruce Hangen. She has played in masterclasses given by Vladimir Viardo, Jorge Federico Osorio, Eric Larsen, Victor Rosenbaum, Jennifer Lim, Enrique Graf, Menahem Pressler, Anton Kurti, Kum Sing Lee, and many others.
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.
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.
M.M. Boston University and Diploma at the Boston Conservatory. Pianist Chia-Hui Lin is a native of Taiwan and an active chamber musician. She has performed in the United State, France and Japan. In pursuit of her Graduate Diploma, she studied with Ya-Fei Chuang at the Boston Conservatory, where she won the chamber honor competition and as an harpsichord player with Henmenway Strings , she currently serves as staff accompanist at the Boston Conservatory. She has played in masterclasses given by Georges Pludermacher, Logan Skelton, Marian Hahn, JuYing Song and Robert Levin.
Born in Moscow, Russia, Aleksandra began her musical studies at the Gnesinna School for Gifted Children. When she came to the United States she enrolled at the New England Conservatory to continue her education. Later, she received a full scholarship to Boston University to study Piano Performance where she met her teachers: Linda Jiorle-Nagy, Maria Clodes-Jaguaribe, and Jonathan Bass. Aleksandra is a graduate of Boston University holding degrees in both Piano Performance and Music Education.
Aleksandra won various state, national, and international piano competitions including the American Fine Arts Association competition, and the International Young Artist Piano Competition. Aside from her local performances around Boston, she has also performed at Carnegie Hall in NYC, and at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. She is an active solo and chamber performer.
Currently, Aleksandra is a faculty member at both, the New School of Music, and at the Noble and Greenough School, and has previously been on the faculty at the Longy School of Music. She is a passionate instructor who sparks a love of music and performance in her students. She studied several piano methodologies, American and Russian, and finds ways to tailor her program to students of all ages and levels.
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. More information about Joe can be found at www.joereidmusic.com.
Li-Han “Lily” Tseng
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.
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.
Sonia Deng | Violin
Sonia Deng, a native of Shenyang China, is a Boston educated versatile musician. After having studied in the Boston Conservatory under the guidance of Lynn Chang for her Bachelor of Music Diploma, Sonia attended Boston University for her Master of Music Diploma, studying under Lucia Lin from the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Since graduating in 2010, Sonia has been an active freelance musician and a teacher in the Boston area.
As an orchestral musician, Sonia is actively involved with the Orchestra of Indian Hill, Cape Cod Symphony, New Bedford Symphony Orchestra, Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra, Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra and Symphony New Hampshire. Sonia further refined her orchestral playing skills through music festivals such as the Lucerne Festival Academy, Castleton Music Festival, and Napa Valley Orchestral Institute. Through these opportunities, Sonia has collaborated with world-renowned musicians and celebrities such as Pierre Boulez, Peter Eotvos, Lorin Maazel, Denyce Graves, Helen Mirren, Jeremy Irons, etc.
As a chamber musician, Sonia is a founding member of The Voyages Piano Trio, performing concerts in the Boston area, bringing diverse styles of music to the audience. 2014 concert programs include Mendelssohn Piano Trio d Minor, Piazzolla Four Seasons, Schoenfield Cafe Music, etc.
Sonia appears often with festivals such as the Lucerne Festival Academy in Switzerland, where she worked closely with Pierre Boulez and the Ensemble Intercontemporain, as well as the Castleton Music Festival, under the direction of Lorin Maazel, performing for six weeks the classical orchestral repertoire and collaborating with well-known musicians on opera productions. Other festivals include the International Baroque Institute at Longy, Roundtop International Music Festival, Killington Music Festival, Las Vegas Music Festival.
As a teacher, Sonia has years of experience working with a studio of students ranging from children to adults, beginner to advanced levels. Sonia is excited to share her knowledge of violin playing with students, helping them to grow in each person’s unique ways. Sonia works with her students to develop a routine for each individual, emphasizing on solidifying techniques while introducing music making tips and experiences. Sonia has helped many of her students reach their goals in various auditions and festivals. Sonia holds yearly studio recitals for students to showcase their accomplishments.
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, Carolineenjoys 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, the Tuscarawas Philharmonic, and various local chamber groups. While primarily a classical musician, Caroline enjoys dabbling in bluegrass, jazz, and other styles.
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.
BA Smith College. MM SUNY-Buffalo. Performed chamber, symphonic, and operatic music in Europe for 10 years. Performances with Boston Opera, Worcester Symphony, Masterworks Chorale, Rhode Island Philharmonic, and Hartford Symphony, among others. WGBH Live Performance Series. Since 1987 with husband Kevin McGinty has performed viola-piano recitals in local schools and colleges. Former faculty, Milton Academy and Cape Cod Conservatory.
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.
Simone Trollmo | Violin
Swedish violinist and music educator Simone Trollmo enjoys exploring the different repertoire of the violin and especially the freedom and improvisatory nature of baroque music. A passionate performer, Simone believes in breaking the traditional boundaries between performer and listener and by expanding the horizons of classical music through performing in non-traditional venues. Recent performances include a Boston Early Music Festival fringe concert where she as part of the Volare ensemble put up the musical enlightenment salon “The Meaning of Life”, and touring Sweden with her Ensemble Haag. When not performing in a concert hall, Simone frequently takes the music to the streets as part of a busking Cello & Violin Duo.
A keen educator, Simone enjoys passing on the joy of making music to a new generation, and has been working for amongst others Dedham School of Music, Braintree Public Schools, Keynotes School of Music and Josiah Quincy Orchestra Program. She is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Historical Performance at Boston University.
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.
Li-Han “Lily” Tseng | Summer Medley and Play Me!
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Joanna Schubert | Kids’ Cabaret Music Director
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Soprano Lauren A. Cook has established herself as an intelligent and sensitive performer of art song, opera, and oratorio in the Boston and MetroWest areas. Recent opera credits include Der Sandmann in Hansel und Gretel in Opera del West’s 10th Anniversary Gala as well as appearances with Anthem Theatre Company at the Boston Center for the Arts, Greater Worcester Opera, and Riverside Theatre Works. Especially dedicated to preserving the place of art song and vocal works in the traditional chamber music repertoire, Ms. Cook co-founded the Artemis Chamber Music Society in 2014 with pianist Aleksandra Lvin. She has collaborated extensively with Iris Winds, MetroWest Choral Artists, and frequently works alongside contemporary opera composer Dan Shore. As en educator, Lauren encourages her students to develop healthy and technically solid instruments while understanding the musical, artistic, and expressive capabilities of the voice. She is comfortable across a number of genres, with a focus on classical singing and musical theatre, and is on the faculty of the New School of Music in Cambridge, MA and the Bedford Youth Performing Company in Bedford, NH. Her students have gone on to university level vocal performance, musical theatre, and music therapy programs, including the Westminster Choir College, Shenandoah College Conservatory, and Manhattanville College. Visit LaurenACookSoprano.com for more information.
Seth Grondin, Bass-Baritone, received his B.M. in Vocal Performance from the University of Maine, and his M.M. in Opera Performance from the Longy School of Music. He was the Musical Director of the Maine Steiners, as well as the Assistant Conductor of the Collegiate Chorale at the University of Maine, and has experience as a private voice instructor.
Mr. Grondin also has an active performing career in the Boston area. He has performed with many opera companies including Boston Opera Collaborative, Opera Boston, Odyssey Opera, MetroWest Opera, Opera del West, and Lowell House Opera. Equally at home in a concert setting, he has performed as a soloist with Calliope, the Assabet Valley Mastersingers, Pilgrim UCC, and the Bangor Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Grondin has an avid interest in Barbershop and a cappella music in general, as well as Maritime and other Folk music.
Sandi is a singer-songwriter, choral director, voice teacher and composer. She recently launched a non-profit, called Butterfly Music, which seeks to elevate humanity through the power of music. Under the auspices of this organization she has created two choirs: the Butterfly Women’s Human Rights Choir, and the second all-transgender choir in the nation, which rehearses Thursday’s in Cambridge. A long-term goal of her organization is to also create a therapeutic music program for survivors of trauma, particularly survivors of human trafficking.
Sandi’s voice teaching focuses on the basics of breathe support, reducing tension, and freeing up resonance, and she covers a wide range of styles from classical to pop. She has taught voice for over 25 years, enjoying students from ages 6-86. Building joy and community through singing are her passion.
Joanna has worn many different hats over the course of her musical and theatrical career. She studied drama at LaGuardia High School (the “Fame” school) in NYC, film acting at Stonestreet Studios, and appeared in various NYC-based independent films. Joanna graduated Summa Cum Laude from Skidmore College with a B.A. in Music. At Skidmore, she studied piano, voice, composition, and orchestration, and participated in master classes with Christopher O’Riley (classical piano) and The Bad Plus (jazz voice). Joanna is also a singer/songwriter, having written and orchestrated dozens of songs and performed in numerous venues in the Northeast. Joanna’s teaching credentials include: Creator/Director of “Sing What You Love” popular group vocal ensembles at the New School, Song-leader at Congregation Eitz Chayim, Assistant Director and Acting Coach of “Broadway Kids” at the JCC in Tenafly, NJ, and co-director of Skidmore College’s Gospel Choir. She has also directed, written, and arranged music for diverse groups of vocalists/instrumentalists for both the recording studio and live performances. Currently, Joanna teaches private piano and voice lessons, and works as a freelance musician/composer/arranger in various genres including Electronic Dance Music, Musical Theater, and Folk/Rock.
BM, Berklee College of Music. Studies with Susan Lincoln, April Arabian, Maggie Scott, Bob Stoloff. Performs “Torch and Twang” mix of country, jazz, blues and original music in local clubs. Performed with Vox One, Peter Mulvey, Bruce Millard, the Gin House Heroes, and Groovasaurus which won two Boston Music Awards and Boston Magazine’s Best Rock Band. Faculty, Brookline Music School.
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.
B.A., Old Dominion University; M.M., New England Conservatory. Performed with the Boston Pops Orchestra, Emmanuel Music, New World Symphony Orchestra in Miami, the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, and Boston Baroque. Recordings on Telarc, Koch International, and American Gramophone. He has been featured on the radio in A Note To You and A Musical Offering, and on television on Long Ago and Far Away. Roy has coached ensembles at Wellesley College, Tufts University, Mountain Collegium (North Carolina), Pine Woods, the Institute of Historical Dance (Salzburg), and University of Florida, Gainsville.
Elise Tally (formerly Kopesky) is an active chamber and orchestral musician based in Somerville, MA. 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 the Boston New Music Initiative and other ensembles. Mrs. Tally has performed extensively in the United States and toured Latin America with the New England Conservatory Youth Philharmonic that included a performance for the United States Ambassador to Panama. She was also featured on New England Conservatory’s recording of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf. Mrs. Tally performs a diverse repertoire with a focus on new music, premiering works of local composers Alla Elana Cohen, John McDonald, and John Howell Morrison. She also expands the repertoire for clarinet with her own arrangements and compositions.
In addition to performing, Ms. Kopesky is a passionate music teacher of clarinet, flute, saxophone, and recorder. She is a faculty member at the New School of Music (MA), Prospect Hill Academy Charter School, Lincoln Public Schools, and Buckingham Browne & Nichols. Mrs. Tally earned her Undergraduate Diploma and Master of Music degree from the Longy School of Music, where she was a winner in the 2007 Honors Competition and studied with Dr. Michelle Shoemaker and Michael Wayne.
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”