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Community Music Instructors

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 Cambridge, MA.
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Kristian Baverstam, instructor
Kristian Baverstam is a member of the faculty at Tufts Youth Philharmonic. He is currently the head of winds and brass at the Festival Youth Orchestra at the New England Conservatory, where he is also on faculty at the Preparatory School and the School of Continuing Education. Mr. Baverstam is principal clarinetist of the Boston Civic Symphony and a member of Symphony Nova. He has also served as clarinetist for the Texas Music Festival Orchestra in Houston, Texas. Mr. Baverstam holds a Bachelor of Arts from Boston College and a Masters of Music from The Boston Conservatory.

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 since 1994.

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.

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 Music Department.

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 invaluable teacher.

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.

Héloïse Degrugillier, instructor
Héloïse Degrugillier has worked extensively as both a recorder performer and teacher throughout Europe and the United States. Recent performances included a recital at the National Music Museum in South Dakota, with the Dunya ensemble in Jordan Hall, and with the Boston Early Music Festival Opera. Héloïse is the president of the boston recorder society. She teaches therecorder and the Alexander technique. She also plays baroque flute and hasa Masters in Music from the Utrecht Conservatory in the Netherlands. She has studied with Heiko ter Scheggett, Saskia Coolen, and Pedro Memelsdorff.

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.

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.

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 Conservatory.

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.

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.

Will Myers, instructor
Will Myers is a violist, violinist, composer, conductor and music theorist and recent graduate of New England Conservatory (NEC) and Tufts University (where he studied cognitive and brain sciences). He has been a member of the Tufts Symphony Orchestra since 2009 and served as Orchestra Manager for the past three years and principal violist for the last two. His composition Bright Shadows won NEC's inaugural student orchestral composition award as was performed in Jordan Hall, and his string quartet Passages won NEC's Honors Ensemble composition competition. He is a two-time ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer's Award finalist. He has studied performance and chamber music with members of the Borromeo Quartet, conducting with Gil Rose and Bill Drury, and composition with Kati Agócs, John Heiss, Robert Beaser, John McDonald, and Stratis Minakakis.

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 in 2010.

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 Telarc label.

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 June 2011.

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 2013 tours.

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.

Greg Pauley, instructor
Greg Pauley has been praised by critics for having "perfect dynamic nuances," being "at all times technically brilliant," (The Newark Star Ledger) and for "playing with a maturity that belied his age." (The Portland Press Herald) A native of Southern California, Mr. Pauley earned his Bachelor's Degree from the University of Southern California. He also holds a Master's Degree from Mason Gross School for the Arts at Rutgers University where he studied with Ilana Vered. Mr. Pauley has performed at Alice Tully Hall, Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall among many others, and has performed live on radio and television in Vermont, New York, Maine and Alberta Canada. In addition to performances in New Hampshire, concerts have taken Mr. Pauley to Florida, Alabama, Kentucky, Vermont, New York, Michigan, Maine, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and California. In February of 2000 Mr. Pauley released his first recording, "What the West Wind Saw," a CD of solo piano music inspired by elements of nature (earth, wind, fire and water) which features works by Ravel, Chopin, Beethoven, Debussy and Scriabin. In addition to his busy performance schedule, Mr. Pauley maintains a full teaching schedule and is in demand as an adjudicator and Master Class teacher. Mr. Pauley lives with his family in Concord, New Hampshire where is on the piano faculty at St. Paul's School and the Concord Community Music School.

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.

Elizabeth Sterling, Instructor
An active performer and voice teacher in the Boston area, (formerly mezzo-) soprano Elizabeth Sterling's vocal skills have led her through varied repertoire ranging from the Baroque to the Modern. Elizabeth earned her M.M. in Voice Performance from the Longy School of Music of Bard College in May 2013, where she received the Ambassador Assistantship, and her B.M. in Voice Performance from Baldwin-Wallace College (now University), where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. While in school she performed scenes and roles such as Balkis in Randall Thompson's Solomon and Balkis, Dido in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, Rosina in Rossini's The Barber of Seville, Josephine inH.M.S. Pinafore, and Nancy in Benjamin Britten's Albert Herring. Elizabeth's skill extends also to art song and chamber music; her most recently-performed sets include John Harbison's Mirabai Songs,Dominick Argento's Miss Manners on Music, Milhaud's Catalogue de fleurs, Rossini's La Regata Veneziana,and Manuel de Falla's Siete Canciones Populares Españolas with guitar. In addition to teaching Semi-Private Voice Lessons at Tufts, Elizabeth also serves as soloist and section leader at the Congregational Church of Needham, and teaches private voice lessons at the NewtonMusic Academy.

Binney Stone, Instructor
Guitarist, arranger, audio engineer, composer and teacher, Mr. Stone's experience spans four decades of performing, teaching, recording and composing. Mr. Stone has recorded with Ben Cameron, Jude Crossen, Bill Frisell, D Sharpe, Gary Valente, and Lance Van Lenten, among others. Mr. Stone has toured with the bluesman Johnny Heartsman, and he has performed with Leslie Gore, Dick Johnson, the Platters, Sam and Dave, and Stan Strickland, and many others. Also, he has been touring ten years throughout New England with the Perry Rossi Orchestra. As an accomplished musician, Mr. Stone not only performs in theaters, clubs, performance halls and pit-bands, but also plays many styles of music, including jazz, rock, blues, klezmer, folk, world music, and classical. Mr. Stone currently teaches guitar and ensembles at the Noble and Greenough School in Dedham, MA, and at the Middlesex School in Concord, MA. He also teaches privately to serious students. He has taught at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, and at the Rivers School in Weston, MA. Mr. Stone holds a Bachelor of Music Composition from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA.

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 2011.

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.