Community Music Instructors
Jordan Abosch, instructor
Jordan Abosch is passionate about teaching and music. Starting at a young age he has
studied as many instruments as he could find, including piano, guitar, saxophone,
and voice. He developed a special appreciation for a cappella music during his time
in the Tufts Beelzebubs, where his favorite experience was workshopping with students
at elementary, middle, and high schools. Jordan, a Senior studying Philosophy and
Economics at Tufts, is grateful to be teaching a cappella-- especially alongside his
good friend Tim Balton!
Ashley Addington, instructor
A versatile and engaging performer, flutist Ashley Addington performs
regularly with ensembles throughout the Boston area, most recently with
the Cape Cod Symphony, Callithumpian Consort, and Sound Icon. Originally
from Texas, Ashley holds a Master of Music degree in Flute Performance
and a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Butler School of Music at
The University of Texas at Austin. Her primary teachers are Marianne Gedigian
and Robert Willoughby. Ashley teaches on the faculty at Indian Hill Music and
privately at Milton Academy and Shady Hill School.
Emil Altschuler, instructor
With a commanding stage presence and "...sound and accuracy of
intonation that are truly extraordinary" (Erick Friedman), American
violinist Emil Altschuler is a virtuoso of the highest caliber. He has
performed at Lincoln Center, the Aspen Music Festival, and Castello di
Galeazza. He holds a Bachelor of Music from the Juilliard School and a
Masters of Music from Yale School of Music under Dorothy DeLay and
Erick Friedman. He has recorded "The ABCs of Strings" books 1 and 3
for publisher Carl Fischer, independent albums "Emil Altschuler –
Violin" and "Diablo y Tango", and he is a featured artist on Josiah Altschuler's album
'Murder Ballads and Love Songs for Cello and
Voice.' His upcoming recording project includes works by Mozart, Falla,
Ravel, Poulenc, and Bartok. At New England Conservatory he serves as
Head of Strings at Festival Youth Orchestra, chamber music coach at
the School of Continuing Education, and adjudicates auditions at the
Preparatory School. He also maintains an active private studio in
Tim Balton, instructor
Tim Balton is a senior at Tufts majoring in music. He has sung a cappella for a total of
seven years dating back to high school and has come away hoping to pass on his love for it.
As a camp counselor, babysitter, and a member of Tufts Beelzebubs, Tim has had many
inspiring and rewarding opportunities to work with kids. He can't wait to further
combine his love of music and working with kids by teaching a cappella each week with
his good friend Jordan Abosch!
Kristian Baverstam, instructor
Kristian Baverstam has been a member of the clarinet faculty at the New England
Conservatory Preparatory School and School of Continuing Education since 2008.
He is also the director of winds and brass at NEC's Festival Youth Orchestra and
serves as clarinet faculty of the Tufts Youth Philharmonic at Tufts University.
Baverstam is principal
clarinet of the Boston Civic Symphony. He was recently featured as soloist with
the orchestra, performing Viktor's Tale by John Williams, which garnered
him praise as "an excellent soloist" (The Complete Hoot). Baverstam also
performs with other Boston area orchestras, including the Plymouth Philharmonic,
Metropolitan Chorale, and Symphony Nova.
In recent years, Baverstam
was awarded fellowships to the Texas Music Festival, where he performed with the
festival orchestra at The Moores Opera House in Houston. Baverstam holds a
Bachelor of Arts from Boston College and a Masters of Music from The Boston
Conservatory. Baverstam twice won the Boston College concerto competition,
performing Mozart's Clarinet Concerto and Debussy's Première Rhapsodie.
Jerry Bussiere, instructor
Jerry Bussiere has performed as a guitarist and vocalist in the field of Jazz
and Popular Music for over 40 years. His music training includes private studies
in guitar with John Scofield and Ross Adams and voice training with Eddie Watson
and Mary Healey. I addition he has studied Jazz improvisation and composition
with Jerry Bergonzi and Charlie Banacos. Jerry has worked extensively in the
field of Modern Dance as a composer/arranger and is currently employed by Green
Street Studios in Cambridge, Cambridge School of Weston and Summerstages at
Concord Academy as an accompanist. He has taught guitar at Tufts University
Charles Blandy, instructor
Charley Blandy has been critically praised for his performances in Britten's
Midsummer Night's Dream and Berio's Sinfonia at Tanglewood. He was in the
premiere of Osvaldo Golijov's opera Ainadamar at Tanglewood and Los Angeles. The
year 2005 included two appearances with Opera Boston, in Offenbach's La Vie
Parisienne and Glück's Alceste. In 2006 he will sing Tamino in Mozart's /The
Magic Flute/ with Emmanuel Music in Boston. Mr. Blandy has sung Handel's
/Messiah /with the Charlotte Symphony, premiered Jorge Liderman's Song of Songs
with the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, and performed Britten's St.
Nicolas, conducted by Raymond Leppard. He frequently performs works of Bach with
Emmanuel Music in Boston, and he has sung several works with the Cantata Singers
under David Hoose and John Harbison. He studied at Indiana University (Masters),
Oberlin College, the Britten-Pears School in England, and Tanglewood, where he
was the recipient of the Grace B. Jackson prize. He is a native of Troy, NY.
Miguel Pérez-Espejo Cárdenas, instructor
Miguel Pérez-Espejo Cárdenas, "an extraordinary violinist with an outstanding ability to interpret from the heart" (Aaron Rosand),
"...a very strong leader...a fine soloist, with a beautiful tone, impeccable intonation and rhythm...
a fine musicianship and artistic sensibility" (Stanislaw Skrowaczewski),
is one of the leading Spanish violinists of today, whose performances have been praised as
"extremely impressive, I was struck particularly by the Bach Chaconne, of exceptional maturity and expressive depth."
(Geoffrey Norris, Chief Music Critic, The Daily Telegraph, U.K.)
A Fulbright Scholar and top-prize winner at The Olga Koussevitzky International
Competition in New York City, Dr. Pérez-Espejo concertizes as soloist and chamber musician,
performs with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Ballet Orchestra and has released solo
CDs with the RTVE MÚSICA label, of the Spanish National Radio. A pupil of distinguished concert
violinist Aaron Rosand, his teachers include Yuri Mazurkevich, Michèle Auclair, and Eric Rosenblith,
and he received special private instruction from Pina Carmirelli, founding leader of
Dr. Pérez-Espejo is on the faculty at Bridgewater State University, where he is also a
member of the Faculty Piano Trio. During the summer, he teaches at the Boston University Tanglewood
Institute, where he also served as String and Chamber Music Coordinator. An exceptional pedagogue,
his students are First Prize competition winners and perform as soloists in the U.S. and abroad,
and can be found in distinguished institutions such as the Cleveland Institute of Music and Princeton University.
Together with his wife, outstanding Taiwanese violinist Hsin-Lin Tsai, he performs in the acclaimed
dedicatee of works by several of today's distinguished composers. Upcoming engagements include a special
collaboration with leading American composer Augusta Read Thomas performing her violin duo and solo works.
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Meghan Carye, instructor
Meghan Carye is an active cellist and music educator in the Greater Boston Area.
She began her musical training at New England Conservatory and holds a Bachelor
of Music and a Graduate Performance Diploma in cello performance from the Peabody
Conservatory of Music. She has performed throughout North America, Europe and
Israel and is a founding member and cellist of the Illyrian Chamber Players.
She is currently on faculty at The New England Conservatory Preparatory School
and The School of Continuing Education. In addition to her role as a cello
teacher and chamber music coach at NEC she is the chair for SCE's Chamber
In 2013 was she appointed Program Director of The New England Conservatory's
Festival Youth Orchestra (an intensive summer orchestral institute) after
serving as the Assistant Director and Chamber Music Coordinator for twelve years.
She is also an adjunct cello faculty member at Belmont Hill School, St Marks School,
Belmont Day School and The Lincoln Public Schools. Former positions include cello
faculty member at Powers Music School, Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra's Intensive
Community Program, Orchestra Director for The Marblehead Public Schools &
chamber music coach at Gann Academy.
Lauren Caso, MT-BC, instructor
Lauren Caso is a board certified Music Therapist and Music Educator from the Boston area,
and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor's of Music degree from Berklee College
of Music in 2002 . She has been teaching music professionally for over 13 years in
public schools, community settings and privately. Lauren has traveled to Ghana,
Senegal and India to study music and dance, and specializes in Ewe Drumming and
Dancing from Ghana. In 2004, Lauren volunteered to teach HIV/AIDS awareness in a
village in Ghana, West Africa. During her stay, she was able to study drumming and
dancing in depth with master teachers. She also helped open a drum shop. Since her
return, Lauren has brought her drumming and experiences to schools, teachers, and
other arts therapists. She brought Ewe dance to Mt. Holyoke and The Five Colleges
in Amherst for 3 semesters. Currently, Lauren is on the faculty at The Community
Music Center of Boston as an African Drumming teacher. She has continued to teach
private lessons on guitar, piano, violin, theory, etc. at Timeline Music Studio in
Wakefield. She also plays violin in the Melrose Symphony Orchestra, and is an active
performing member of the Agbekor Drum and Dance Society. Some of her previous teachers
include Charlie Banacos and the Agbeli family. In Music Therapy, Lauren works with
children with autism and special needs. She is also an audio engineer and works in
concert production at local venues. Lauren's multi-cultural approach to teaching
music has enhanced education to the diverse populations she has worked with.
Her high energy and ability to adapt to other's needs make her an effective and
Katherine Chi, instructor
Katherine Chi has performed throughout Europe and North America to
great acclaim, including her 2003 New York recital debut, about
which The New York Times raved, "Ms Chi displayed a keen musical
intelligence and a powerful arsenal of technique." She has
established herself as one of Canada's fastest rising stars of
classical music. "…the most sensational but, better, the most
unfailingly cogent and compelling Prokofiev's Third I have heard in
years," said The Globe and Mail. She has appeared with the CBC Radio
Orchestra in Vancouver, Canada's National Arts Centre Orchestra,
Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia, Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, the
Neue Philharmonie Westfalen, Toronto Sinfonia, and the Alabama,
Calgary, Colorado, Edmonton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Philadelphia,
Quebec, Thunder Bay, Toronto, Victoria Symphony Orchestras and at
festivals including Aldeburgh, Banff, Canada's Festival of the
Sound, Domaine Forget, Launadière, Marlboro, Osnabrück Kammermusik,
Germany's Ruhr, Santander Summer Music, and Festival Vancouver.
Bolzano Orchestra Recitals Milan, Rome, Salzburg, tour of Italy and
Germany, Hannover. Ms. Chi gave her debut recital at age nine. A
year later she was accepted to The Curtis Institute of Music where
she studied with Seymour Lipkin. She continued studies with Russell
Sherman and Wha Kyung Byun at the New England Conservatory in
Boston, where she received her Master's degree and Graduate and
Artist Diplomas. She later studied for two years at the
International Piano Foundation in Como, Italy, and at the Hochschule
für Musik in Cologne. Ms. Chi was a prizewinner at the 1998 Busoni
International Piano Competition and was the first Canadian and first
woman to win Canada's Honens International Piano Competition. Her
debut recording, of works by Beethoven and Rachmaninov, was released
in 2003 on Canada's Arktos label.
Arminé Karapetian Donato was born in
Armenia where she studied piano at Yerevan State Conservatory and received her
Music degrees in performance under Professor Amalia Bayburtian. She has performed
across Eastern Europe and Russia as a solo performer and in group and chamber
collaborations and has been a guest artist in numerous music festivals.
Highlights of Arminé's performing career include the first public performances
of Chebotarian's Six Pieces on Folk Melodies dedicated to her and Chtchyan's
Piano Concerto. She also was the recipient of the First Prize at the Khachaturian
Competition in Yerevan. Apart from her performing, for the past fifteen years
Arminé has been teaching piano with the Cambridge Community Schools and also
maintains an active private studio.
Barry Drummond, instructor
Barry Drummond has had the good fortune to study with and perform under the direction
of many outstanding Javanese musicians, both in the United States and Indonesia.
He received a Master of Fine Arts from California Institute of the Arts, 1984.
As a Fulbright Scholar, he resided for over seven years in Surakarta, Central
Java under the auspices of the Indonesian National College of the Arts. In
addition to teaching Javanese Gamelan at Tufts, he currently is the Artistic
Director of the Boston Village Gamelan.
Nayantara Dutta, instructor
Originally from India, vocalist Nayantara Dutta is a senior at Tufts University
majoring in Psychology and minoring in Music and Communications. She has performed
in Osaka, Japan with the Association of Music in International Schools' Female Vocal
Choir and worked for the folk music venue Club Passim in Cambridge. She has taught
the Choral Singing and Musicianship class for three years and currently sings with
the Tufts Jazz Orchestra.
Kathleen Flynn, instructor
Described by the Globe and Mail as having, "a voice imbued
with theatrical intensity and shimmering beauty" and by the New
Yorker, "a lush voice and hidden reserves of power," soprano
Kathleen Flynn has performed a repertoire spanning five centuries
and in locales ranging from Japan to Europe. A Sullivan Foundation
award winner, Ms. Flynn has sung under the baton of Seiji Ozawa,
Julius Rudel, Robert Spano, Christopher Hogwood, Mario Bernardi and
Jane Glover. She has performed with Chicago Opera Theater, at the
National Arts Center of Ottawa with the Winnipeg Ballet, The
Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Juilliard Theater, The Kennedy Center
and Carnegie Hall. She is an accomplished recitalist singing at
Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall and Lincoln Center Theater, the
Tanglewood Festival, and the Aspen Music Festival. Ms. Flynn is a
graduate of the University of Toronto, The Juilliard School and
received her doctorate at Stony Brook University in 2007. She is a
founding member of the new chamber music ensemble Ensemble Poema.
Recent performances include a New England recital tour with Ensemble
Poema Handel's Sorceress: Arias for Elisabetta Pilotti with NYC's
Vilas Baroque, Carmel Bach Festival, and a reading of the new opera
dreamseminar/drömseminarium, NYC. She is also an educator and
is an associate professor of voice at the Berklee College of Music.
Ian Gendreau, instructor
Ian Gendreau has been teaching music for 12 years. He has worked as a teaching
artist for Young Audiences presenting assembly programs, workshops and
residencies in Ghanaian drumming. He has also taught private lessons on drumset,
Ga drums and other percussion instruments. Ian has also worked as a performing
musician in jazz groups, steel bands, pit orchestras, drumming ensembles and
other freelance percussion performances. He has traveled to Ghana multiple times
to study drumming. Ian earned his B.A. in ethnomusicology from SUNY Geneseo and
is currently a Masters student in ethnomusicology at Tufts University.
Jill Gleim, instructor
Jill Gleim has been teaching children music and dance in the Boston area for 25
years. Jill, the founder of Jillsville School of Dance and the Arts All Day
Summer Arts Camp in Cambridge has a M.Ed. from Lesley University. She studied
the Dalcroze technique in NYC with Hilda Schuster and in Boston with Lisa
Parker. Jill's classes for the young combine Dalcroze Eurhythmics – a method of
teaching music through movement - singing games, and folk and creative dance.
Phillip Grannan, instructor
Since graduating from Tufts music department in 2012, Phillip Grannan has actively
continued pursuing his passion in music composition, performance, and education.
He has been teaching private lessons on a variety of instruments and was a counselor
at the Tufts Community Music Summer Program for the past few years. Currently, he
is a music teacher at the Bright Start after school program in Arlington. This past
spring he completed two Masters of Arts at Longy School of Music of Bard College:
one in Composition and the other in Modern American Music Guitar Performance.
Casey Hannan, instructor
Casey Hannan received his BA in math and Piano from the University of
Connecticut and his Master of Music Degree in Piano performance from the Longy
School where he studied with Sally Pinkas and Eda Shlyam. He has been giving
instruction in piano for the last decade and is currently on the faculty at the
South Shore Conservatory where he teaches both Suzuki and traditional piano.
Also an organist, he is currently music minister at the Church of The Good
Shepherd in Acton where he directs the choirs and ensembles and is devoting much
time to the study of hymn improvisation.
Anne Howarth, instructor
Anne Howarth is a founding member of the chamber group Radius
Ensemble, and performs often in the greater Boston area. She holds
the position of principal horn with the Plymouth Philharmonic
Orchestra and freelances with other orchestras, including the Boston Symphony
Orchestra, Hartford Symphony, Rhode Island Philharmonic, and
Portland Symphony Orchestra. She maintains a private teaching studio
in Somerville, MA, teaches horn at U Mass Boston, and has taught
horn and brass methods at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
Anne holds degrees from Oberlin College and New England
Elizabeth Jewell, instructor
Elizabeth Jewell is an active freelance trumpet player
and instructor in the Boston area. She is principal trumpet of the Boston Civic Symphony and has
performed with professional orchestras across the region, including the Bach Beethoven and Brahms Society,
Symphony NH, Symphony Nova, the Atlantic Symphony and the Cape Ann Symphony. Ms. Jewell is also principal
trumpet with the Southeastern Massachusetts Festival Chorus and has performed with several other area choral groups.
Additionally, Elizabeth is lead trumpet with the Mood Swings Orchestra, Boston’s all-women big band. As an educator,
Ms. Jewell is the trumpet instructor for Acton Boxborough schools and maintains a large private studio.
She is also the brass coach for the Tufts Youth Philharmonic.
Elizabeth holds a Master of Music degree in trumpet performance from the Indiana University Jacobs
School of Music. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Western Carolina University, where she
was winner of the Artist in Residence Concerto Competition and performed the Alexander Arutunian trumpet
concerto with orchestra.
Laura Kozachek, instructor
Laura Y. Kozachek received her BA in music at the University of California at
Santa Barbara, where she studied viola with Heiichiro Ohyama and Ronald Copes
and performed with many university ensembles, including early and new music
ensembles. She pursued graduate studies in music history at UCSB and completed
her PhD in musicology at Harvard University with a dissertation on Czech
Renaissance polyphony. She has taught music history at Harvard University and
The Boston Conservatory of Music and performs locally.
Maria Mandico, instructor
Maria Mandico knew she had a passion for teaching young children when she led neighborhood ballet classes in
her basement at age 12. She holds a Bachelor of Flute Performance with a French minor from the University of
Colorado at Boulder. After a year of study in France in Gaspar Hoyos' private studio and at the Conservatoire
Regional du Grand Nancy, she moved to Boston and is pursuing her master's degree at the Longy School of
Music in Cambridge. Maria held a Eurythmics Assistantship with Project Step at the New England
Conservatory and currently maintains a Teaching Assistantship at the Conservatory Lab Charter School.
A registered yoga teacher, Maria has developed and led workshops on Yoga for Musicians: Injury Prevention
and Management, and has provided original piano and flute music for community yoga practices. She held a
15-week Kids Yoga internship and has taught art and yoga at Integral Steps Summer Camp in Louisville, CO.
Maria joined the faculty of Brookline Music School in 2015 and teaches Music Moves for Piano classes. She
has maintained private flute and piano studios since 2006 and is currently pursuing the Dalcroze Certificate.
Nando Michelin, instructor
Born in Montevideo, Uruguay, Michelin came to Boston in 1989 to study at Berklee
College of Music. He has since remained in the Boston area and has undoubtedly
made his impact on the jazz scene. His past bands have included such up and
coming artists as bassist and vocalist Esperanza Spalding and drummer Richie
Barshay. His discography includes Art, an album featuring songs dedicated to
modern visual artists, and Duende, an album described in the Boston Globe as a
"fluid and literate" collaboration between the three featured artists. Entre
Amigos will be his ninth studio album. In addition to being a band leader,
Michelin has worked as a producer and as a sideman. He helped create the awarded
"Amores Torcidos" with Katie Viqueira and as a sideman he has performed with
icons like Jair Rodriguez and Maucha Adnet. He is also an educator, working as a
member of the applied faculty at Tufts University.
Professor John Page, conductor (Tufts Youth Philharmonic)
John Page began his career with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland in
2000. Prior to this he studied at King's College London, University
College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, and Harvard University. In Ireland, his
2002 performances of Viktor Ullmann's The Emperor of Atlantis with Opera Theatre
Company garnered the prestigious Irish Times Opera of the Year award. He
was subsequently invited to give a Lyric FM broadcast concert with the NSOI.
In 2006 Mr. Page was appointed to the Faculty of New England Conservatory as
Resident Conductor and Music Director of the NEC Sinfonietta and, in 2009, the
NEC Symphony. Highlights include collaboration with Maxim Shostakovich in a
performance of his father's Ninth Symphony in 2006, a gala performance of
Stravinsky's 1919 Firebird Suite in 2007 in conjunction with Boston Ballet and
conducting the Boston premiere of Gunther Schuller's Five Etudes for Orchestra
As a recording artist, he returns to Ireland frequently to record with the Irish
Film Orchestra. He has received six platinum discs, one triple and one double
for his recordings with PSB featured group, Celtic Woman.
In 2003 Mr. Page was appointed Zander Fellow to the Boston Philharmonic
Orchestra. He became Music Director of the NEC Youth Chorale in 2004 and
subsequently developed close links with Walnut Hill School. For three
years he was invited to conduct their Gala performances at the Lincoln Center,
New York, and Symphony Hall, Boston. In 2005 he was appointed to the newly
created position of Assistant Conductor to the Boston Philharmonic.
While living in England, he worked with Modern Band at the Royal Opera House and
Surrey Opera. He also assisted Benjamin Zander in his Philharmonia recordings of
Mahler's First, Third and Sixth Symphonies and most recently the
Grammy-nominated recording of Bruckner's Fifth Symphony, all released under the
More recently, John Page was Director of Large Ensembles for the New York City
based Mimesis Ensemble, a group dedicated to the performance of music by living
composers. He has performed with them in the Kennedy Center, Washington DC, and
Symphony Space, New York, as well as conducting numerous studio recordings. He
also traveled home to his native Northern Ireland to conduct the BBC Ulster
Orchestra in 2009.
In 2010, John Page was invited to join the Faculty of the Boston University as a
Visiting Associate Professor. He was appointed Music Director of the Portsmouth
Symphony Orchestra, New Hampshire in 2011 and worked as cover conductor for the
Portland Symphony Orchestra, Maine. Mr. Page is also the Artistic Director of
the newly formed PARMA Orchestra, which began an ongoing series of recordings in
In December 2011, John Page conducted the highly successful first Celtic Woman
Symphony Tour visiting thirteen US cities and orchestras including the Atlanta
Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony and
Colorado Symphony. He has been subsequently re-invited to conduct the 2012 and
Mr. Page was appointed Director of Orchestral Activities at Tufts University in
Fall 2012 and has direct responsibility for the Tufts
Symphony Orchestra and the recently formed Tufts Youth Philharmonic.
Emmanuel Attah Poku, instructor
Emmanuel Attah Poku is a prominent master drummer from the Ashanti Region
of Ghana, West Africa. Born and raised inside the walls of the
Ashanti King's palace, Attah began training with his grandfather
when he was only five years old, and officially joined the Ashanti
King's drum ensemble when he was ten. Performing as lead drummer for
the Kumasi Centre for National Culture, the Ashanti King's Fontomfrom
ensemble, and the renowned Nsuase Kete group, Attah has toured
Africa extensively, playing in Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria,
Togo, and Benin. Attah is currently based in Boston, Massachusetts,
where he directs the Kiniwe African Music and Dance Ensemble at
Tufts University and is the Artistic Director of the Agbekor Drum
and Dance Society, founded by Professor David Locke (Music
Department, Tufts University.
In Ghana, Attah has instructed youth drumming groups throughout
the Ashanti Region, and has taught workshops on Ghanaian percussion at the Kwame Nkrumah
University of Science and Technology (Kumasi, Ghana), the University
of Education (Winneba, Ghana), and the Yaa Asantewaa Senior High
School (Kumasi, Ghana). Additionally, he has taught visiting
professors and students from Berklee College of Music, Hartt School
of Music, UMASS Dartmouth, University of Michigan, West Virginia
University, Simon Fraser University, and the University of Alabama.
Attah Poku has performed for internationally renowned figures such
as German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Prince Charles of Wales, movie
star Steven Seagal, heavyweight boxing champion Lennox Lewis, and
presidents of many African nations including Ghana, Cote D'Ivoire,
Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Togo, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and Ethiopia.
Timur Rubinshteyn, instructor
Timur Rubinshteyn holds a DMA in Percussion Performance
from Boston University. He teaches percussion at Boston College, plays principal timpani for Atlantic Symphony
and freelances regionally, including RI Philharmonic. Timur R completed BM with Academic Honors and MM with
Academic Honors and Performance Distinction at NEC, where he received Zildjian Award for Excellence in the
Art of Percussion, was a joint winner of the commencement competition (performing solo with the NEC Honors Orchestra)
and one of two members of the graduating class awarded the Gunther Schuller Medal for Outstanding Contributions to
the Life of NEC. Timur R. attended Aspen Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, Schleswig Holstein Musik Festival,
National Orchestral Institute, and Tanglewood Music Center. Formerly Timur R. was percussion coach and assistant
conductor of the NEC Youth Symphony, and managed the orchestra’s tours of Italy, Greece, and Costa Rica. Other tours
included Israel, Italy, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and France. From 2012-16 he was percussion faculty of the
NEC Festival Youth Orchestra. Timur R. also teaches percussion at Concord High School and Carlisle Middle School,
Norwood High School and Coakley Middle School, Belmont Day School, and Common Time Music Studio.
Alyssa San Pedro, instructor
Alyssa San Pedro is a second-year graduate student pursuing a Masters in Music Education
through the College of Fine Arts at Boston University. She received her BA in Music and
Spanish from Tufts University in May 2013, studying flute with Nina Barwell for four years.
As a graduate student, Alyssa has studied recorder, performed with both the Boston University
Concert Band and Flute Ensemble, and is developing curriculum for an eighth grade general
music classroom. She currently serves as the Secretary for Boston University's Collegiate
Chapter of the National Association for Music Education.
Erica Schwartz, instructor
Originally from Albany, New York, violist Erica Schwartz is a fourth year in
the New England Conservatory/Tufts University Double Degree Program, where she is
studying with Roger Tapping. An active orchestral musician, she has been part of
many ensembles, including the Portsmouth Symphony, Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra,
and the NEC Philharmonia. She additionally serves as a substitute musician for the
New World Symphony in Miami Beach. She is also an avid chamber musician and recitalist,
and has given solo and chamber performances in venues such as NEC's Jordan Hall,
Tanglewood's Ozawa Hall, and Distler Performance Center at Tufts University and
the National Opera Center in New York City. Erica has appeared at festivals such
as the Tanglewood Music Center and Bowdoin International Music Festival. Erica
also regularly assists with the fourth through eighth grade strings program at
the Kennedy School in Cambridge, MA.
Yukiko Sekino, instructor
Pianist Yukiko Sekino leads an active career as a soloist and chamber musician
in the United States, Europe, and her native Japan. She made her debut with the
Boston Symphony Orchestra at age sixteen, and has since performed at Carnegie
Hall's Weill Recital Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Sanders Theatre in Boston, and
Seiji Ozawa Hall in Tanglewood. In the recent seasons, she appeared as a soloist
with the New World Symphony, Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra, Lakeside Symphony,
Nova Vista Symphony, and Suburban Symphony. Her awards include the Gold Medal
and the Audience Prize at the 2006 International Russian Music Piano Competition
and the Jackson Prize from Tanglewood Music Center. An avid chamber musician,
Ms. Sekino has been invited to Tanglewood Music Center, Music Academy of the
West, Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, and Thy Masterclass Chamber Music
Festival (Denmark). Ms. Sekino graduated from Harvard University and the
Juilliard School, and holds a doctoral degree from State University of New York
at Stony Brook. She has taught piano at Colby College and SUNY Stony Brook.
Hannah Shefsky, instructor
Hannah Shefsky is a local musician, music educator, and music therapist-in-training
based in Somerville. She received her BA in Music from Tufts University in 2011,
and went on to spend 4 years in Chicago as Lead Instructor and Program &
Outreach Coordinator for Intonation Music, a nonprofit community music program.
She returned to Boston in 2015 to pursue a Masters in Expressive Therapies - Music
Therapy Specialization at Lesley University, and is currently completing a clinical
internship at Tewksbury Hospital. In addition to her work with the Tufts Community
Music Program, she also teaches private piano and guitar lessons and performs regularly
on piano, guitar, voice, and harmonium in a wide range of musical settings.
Layth Sidiq, instructor
Born in Iraq and raised in Jordan, Layth Sidiq is a leading Middle Eastern violinist
on the world music stage. A recent graduate from the prestigious Berklee College of Music
with both a bachelor and a masters degree (Berklee Global Jazz Institute), and at just 24
years old, he has traveled the world performing with orchestras and artists including
Simon Shaheen, Jack Dejohnette, The Palestine Youth Orchestra, Javier Limon, Aldeburgh World
Orchestra, Alejandro Sanz and Gary Burton just to name a few. He has also been featured on
numerous albums from around the world, some of which were nominated for Latin Grammy Awards.
Layth is now the director of the Arab Music Ensemble at Tufts University as well as an active
performer and educator around the Boston area. His new and first album 'Son of Tigris' is set
to be released in the next few months which will be followed by multiple concerts and
performances nationally and internationally.
Elizabeth Sterling, instructor
An active performer and
teacher in the Boston area, soprano Elizabeth Sterling was most
recently seen in the roles of Bat and The Numbers in the Emerald
City Opera Artist Institute's production of L'Enfant
et les Sortileges, and in the OperaWorks world premiere
of The Heist as part of Advanced Artist Program. Ms. Sterling
completed her MM in Voice Performance at the Longy School of Music
of Bard College, where she received the Amabassador Assistantship,
and received her BM in Voice Performance from Baldwin-Wallace
College, where she graduated magna cum laude. In addition to
teaching semi-private voice at Tufts Community Music, Ms. Sterling
also works as the Soprano Soloist and Section Leader at the United
Congregational Church of Needham, and teaches private voice and
Youth Choir at the Yamaha Music School of Boston. More information
may be seen online at her website,
Holly Stumpf, instructor
Holly Stumpf graduated from the University of Rochester and received
an M.Ed. in Creative Arts from Lesley University. She attended the
yearlong course at the Orff Institute in Salzburg, Austria, where
she studied Orff-Schulwerk, which she believes to be an authentic
vision of integrated arts education. Ms. Stumpf has taught
elementary music in Lexington, Massachusetts, since 1975, and has
taught courses at the New England Conservatory and UMassLowell. She
has presented several workshops at national American Orff-Schulwerk
Association conferences. She has recently traveled to Senegal and
Ghana to study African drumming and dancing, and has led community
drum circles. Ms Stumpf received the Lexington Public Schools
Diversity Award in 2008 for her multicultural music and movement
curriculum and the Yale Distinguished Music Educators Award for
Hsin-Lin Tsai, instructor
Violinist Hsin-Lin Tsai has concertized as soloist and chamber musician throughout the
US, Europe and Taiwan, and has performed with artists such as Christoph
Eschenbach, Sir Colin Davis, and principal players of the Boston Symphony,
Cleveland Orchestra, Montréal and San Diego Symphony orchestras. The legendary
pedagogue Yfrah Neaman said of her: "I haven't heard anyone play with
such musicality, emotion, and beautiful sound in the last fifty years."
First Prize winner at the Taiwan National Competition and City of Tainan Competition, she is
a member of the US National Music Honor Society. She has released solo CDs with
RTVE MÚSICA, and gave her New York recital début at Carnegie Hall. Dr. Tsai has
been invited to perform at the Lucerne Music Festival in Switzerland and venues
that include Lincoln Center in New York City, National Concert Hall in Taiwan,
the Víctor Villegas Auditorium in Spain, and Symphony Hall and Jordan Hall in
Boston. A guest artist at numerous international festivals, she plays with the
Boston Ballet Orchestra, and in the "outstanding" (Melómano magazine,
Spain) L'Étoile Violin Duo together with her husband, Miguel Pérez-Espejo,
championing the music of composers of our era. Upcoming highlights include a
collaboration with Augusta Read Thomas and a concert and master class tour in
Dr. Tsai's students have performed as soloists and in recital at Carnegie Hall, and have
won first prizes at competitions and professional orchestra positions. She has
taught at the International Master Classes of the Mediterranean, Boston
University, Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and the New England
Conservatory's Preparatory Division. She is currently on faculty at BU's
Tanglewood Institute, Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras, All Newton Music School,
and Harvard University.
She graduated from the New England Conservatory with Distinction in Performance, received the
Artist Diploma from the Guildhall School of Music (UK), and her Doctoral degree
from Boston University. Her dissertation "Poulenc's Violin Sonata - An Analysis"
is referenced by scholars and performers worldwide. Her teachers include Harvey
Shapiro, Michèle Auclair, Eric Rosenblith, Yuri Mazurkevich, Eduard Schmieder
and Erick Friedman.
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Noralee Walker, instructor
Boston-born violist Noralee Walker is an active performer as
well as a dedicated teacher. She plays with a variety of ensembles,
including the Boston Classical Orchestra, Emmanuel Music, New England String
Ensemble, and the Vermont Symphony Orchestra. Recent projects have
included touring North America with the multi-media show Star Wars in Concert,
soloing with Paul Henry Smith's digital Fauxharmonic, and improvising
with blues guitarist Chris McDermott. She can be heard on the recently
released CD of American composer Ruth Lomon's music, Ruth Lomon at 80.
An ardent chamber musician, Noralee has collaborated with many of the areas
finest musicians, having appeared with the Boston Viola Quartet, Kaleidoscope
Chamber Players, South Coast Chamber Music Society, and the acclaimed Musicians
of the Old Post Road. Noralee is a graduate of Wellesley College, The Harid
Conservatory of Music, and the Yale School of Music. She has served on the
faculties of Winchester Community Music School and the Greater Boston Youth
Symphony Orchestras, as well as the Music on the Hill (Powers Music School) and
Spencer Brook Summer Music Festivals.