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.
Marlene Markard | Early Childhood
Marlene Markard is a conservatory-trained pianist, piano teacher, performing artist, licensed Musikgarten teacher, early childhood music educator, and early childhood music education advocate. Before moving to the Boston area, she owned and operated Markard Music, a robust music studio on the East End of Long Island, where Marlene taught early childhood music classes as well as private and group piano lessons to students of all ages, levels, abilities, and aspirations.
From 2015 – 2018, Marlene served on the faculties of The Children’s Museum of the East End, the Southampton Cultural Center, and the East End Arts School (EEAS). During that time, she also led successful early childhood summer music camps at prominent cultural and academic organizations on the East End of Long Island.
A professional musician, Marlene performed actively as a soloist and duettist throughout Long Island before relocating to the Boston area. Marlene studied classical piano at The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, and Mannes College of Music, from which she earned her Music Certificate. She holds a B.A., cum laude, in Music and English Literature from Barnard College as well as a J.D. from the Cardozo School of Law. She is currently attending The Boston Conservatory at Berklee College of Music, where she is working on her Graduate Certificate in Music Education and Autism.
An advocate for early childhood music education, Marlene has appeared as a guest speaker at libraries, schools, churches, and other venues in the Hamptons to speak with parents and educators about the benefits of early childhood music education. Marlene is very pleased to have joined the faculty of the New School of Music. She also serves as a teaching artist for the VSA Massachusetts Cool Schools Program and the Berklee Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs.
Pampa Rotolo | Early Childhood
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”
Pampa Rotolo | Cultural Collage Program
Pampa is a musician and educator with a background in ethnomusicology, arts administration and early childhood education. For over a decade, she has worked with students of all ages in schools and cultural institutions in New York, Washington, D.C. and Boston. Pampa has collaborated with the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, The U.S. Holocaust Museum, The DeCordova Scultpure Park and Museum and the Smithsonian Institute and has served on the faculty of The Franklin Montessori School, Capital City Public Charter School, Conservatory Lab Charter School and The Tremont School. At present, Pampa is an Early Childhood Music Instructor at the New School of Music, offering classes and workshops for preschool and elementary students. 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 and Cambridge-based Latin American folk band, delSur. Pampa is committed to social justice and is a proponent of arts education. A native of Buenos Aires, Pampa brings a global perspective to her teaching and is Spanish-English bilingual. She is the proud mother of two young musicians.
Elise Tally | Cultural Collage Program, Chamber Ensembles
See bio under “Woodwind Faculty”
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.
Ben Icenogle | Ukulele
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.
August Watters is a multi-stylistic, improvising mandolinist, composer/arranger, and teacher. His work as an interpreter, improviser, composer and arranger bridges contemporary classical music, bluegrass, jazz, folk music traditions, and the historical concert mandolin repertoire.
As an international clinician and soloist, August has performed in Italy, Germany, England, the Czech Republic, Canada, and the United States. His Berklee Press book, “Exploring Classical Mandolin,” has received strong reviews in the USA and Europe.
As a teacher and conductor of mandolin ensemble music, August has founded the Festival of Mandolin Chamber Music and Cape Cod Mandolin Camp. He is also the founder of Boston Mandolins and the New England Mandolin Ensemble. Watters is also an Emmy award-winning arranger and conductor, with dozens of commercial music credits. August holds a Masters of Music Education from Boston University, and a Bachelor’s of Music from Berklee College, majoring in Jazz Composition and Arranging, summa cum laude.
August is a freelance musician. He recently retired from an 18-year career at Berklee College of Music, where he held the title of Professor of Ear Training. His “Acoustic String Project” Ensemble trained jazz-bluegrass improvisers for fifteen years (2000-2014).
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.
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.
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 | Musical Director
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.
Nelli studied violin in Israel with Haim Taub, concertmaster of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. She earned her BM degree in Violin Performance at the Schwob School of Music, where she studied with Turner Distinguished Violin Professor Sergiu Schwartz, and received her MM degree from Boston University. Currently a student of Dana Mazurkevich, Nelli is pursuing her DMA degree at BU. Throughout the years she has been a participant in many international music festivals in Israel, US and Germany, performed as a soloist with the famous orchestras in Europe and US and is a winner of the Young Talent Competition in Israel. Nelli has an extensive teaching experience having taught students of all levels in music schools in Israel and US. She currently teaches violin at Boston University.
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.
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.
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.
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!
See bio under “Piano faculty”
Joanna Schubert | Kids’ Cabaret Music Director
See bio under “Voice Faculty”
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, Bedford Youth Performing Company in Bedford, NH, and with the Harvard University Summer Chorus. She has received advanced pedagogy training at the Shenandoah University CCM Institute and her students have gone on to university level vocal performance, musical theatre, and music therapy programs, including the Westminster Choir College, Shenandoah 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.
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.
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 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, Mrs. Tally is a passionate music teacher of clarinet, flute, saxophone, and recorder. 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”