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Community Music Instructors

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 Master 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. He serves as Head of Strings at New England Conservatory's 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.

Adriana Ausch-Simmel, instructor
Ms. Adriana Ausch-Simmel works at the intersection between music, movement and art. She found in Dalcroze Eurhythmics the space in which she could express her Renaissance approach to all Arts. She received her Master's Degree in Dalcroze Eurhythmics and the Dalcroze License at Longy School of Music. She holds a Master's in Vocal Performance from Longy School of Music of Bard College and a master's Degree in Architecture and City Planning from the "Ion Mincu" University in Bucharest, Romania.

Ms. Ausch integrates all arts in her teaching of musicianship through Dalcroze Eurhythmics to all ages. Currently she is the Chair of Music and Movement and Eurhythmics at the Winchester Music School, and she is on the faculty at the Longy School of Music of Bard College. She has taught Dalcroze Eurhythmics workshops in the Boston area, Toronto, New York, Bucharest, and Frankfurt am Main.

In her native country, Romania, Ms. Ausch appeared on television and radio shows, toured Romania, and released a CD in Germany, where she lived before moving to Boston. She holds several performance awards as a singer-songwriter and belonged to the Romanian protest song and folk movement in communist times, when music seemed to be one way to protest against the status quo.

Ms. Ausch has performed in the Boston area primarily as a solo singer, focusing on twentieth-century art song, and appeared with the cabaret group Follen Angels and the vocal group, Pandora's Vox.

Sara Bielanski, instructor
Sara Bielanski is an American vocalist whose repertoire encompasses everything from jazz to opera. She has been described as "an artist of great dexterity and versatility" (All About Jazz), "mystifying and beautiful"(Artfuse Group, Inc.), as well as "exceptional" (Daily News of Newburyport).

As a jazz musician, Sara has performed and worked most notably with legends Sheila Jordan, Ra-Kalam Bob Moses, Rufus Reid, Jim McNeely, Tessa Souter, Stan Strickland, Steven Santoro, Peter Cassino, and had the distinct pleasure of studying improvisation with the late Charlie Banacos. She has sung at Boston and New York venues, most notably at the Regattabar, Ryles, Les Zygomates, the Boston Esplanade, Club OBERON, and in New York at the JP Morgan Penthouse. Bielanski is a founding member of the Boston-based musical improvisation group THE MELTDOWN INCENTIVE.

Bielanski's collaborations in the classical genre have most notably included Opera Boston, Tuscia Opera Festival in Rome, Boston Ballet, MetroWest Opera, Chorus Pro Musica, Commonwealth Opera, Wholetone Opera, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and the Boston Pops Chorus. Recording projects include a demo of opera choruses for Bose, ensemble work with Boston Modern Orchestra Project, a Bob Dylan project for WICN radio, as well as her debut jazz album, FROM THE HEART (released in November 2016).

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. In 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 Summer Stages 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 sang the part of 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 also include Yuri Mazurkevich, Michèle Auclair, and Eric Rosenblith, and he received special private instruction from Pina Carmirelli, founding leader of I Musici.

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 L'Étoile Duo, 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.

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 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 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 and 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 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 three 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.

Arminé Karapetian Donato, instructor
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, which was 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.

Miriam Eckelhoefer, instructor
Miriam Eckelhoefer has a multifaceted career as a performer, teacher and administrator. An active freelance musician, Ms. Eckelhoefer is a member of the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra and Michigan Opera Theater and has performed with various other groups throughout Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana. Ms. Eckelhoefer served as Director of Preparatory and Continuing Studies at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, MA, from 2008 until 2013. An avid educator, she taught cello, coached chamber music, and served as Assistant Director of Ensembles at the Neighborhood Music School in New Haven, CT from 1999 to 2008. In 2005, she co-founded Elm City ChamberFest, a summer chamber music festival in New Haven, and quadrupled the festival's enrollment by the time of her departure in 2008. Ms. Eckelhoefer holds a D.M.A. from SUNY at Stony Brook, an M.M. from Yale University, and a B.S. in Mathematics and B.A. in Music from the University of Notre Dame. Her principal instructors include Colin Carr, Aldo Parisot, Karen Buranskas, Irene Sharp, and members of the Tokyo and Emerson String Quartets. She has performed at festivals throughout the United States, Canada, England, France, Italy and Holland. Ms. Eckelhoefer maintains a private cello studio in her home and is frequently called upon to coach chamber music groups and youth orchestra sectionals.

Yank'l Garcia, instructor
Yank'l Garcia is a violist and board-certified music therapist. She is currently pursuing her Masters of Music degree in music education at Boston University. Yank'l is a violin instructor at Tufts Community Music Program and music director at the El Sistema inspired programs, Josiah Quincy Orchestra Program as well as Youth and Family Enrichment Services. 

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
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.

Lincoln Gray
Lincoln Gray is a professional musician, composer, actor, and educator. He has been commissioned by schools to write children's music, has received awards for his multiple original musicals, and has performed locally for the past five years. Lincoln graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Tufts University in 2016. He was the recipient of the Etta and Harry Winokur Award for Outstanding Achievement in Artistic or Scholarly Work, as well as the Charles F. Seymour Jr. Prize for excellence in musical theater. During his theater career at Tufts, Lincoln was voted best actor in a musical three times by his peers.

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.

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 B.A. 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 Ph.D. 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.

Karen Luttik, instructor
Clarinetist Karen Luttik has been praised for her "musical sensitivity and good sense of style." (Stephen Maxym, former bassoonist Met Opera Orchestra), and her "warm, sensuous sound, and deft clarity, always expressive" (Jim Lowe, The Barre Montpelier Times Argus).

Karen served as solo clarinetist with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra for four years directly after her studies at Manhattan School of Music. After relocating to the Netherlands, she performed extensively throughout Holland with Trio Aleotti and the Kurios Klarinet Kwartet. While in the Netherlands, she combined music making with innovative approaches to excellent business practice and created "MusicaLeren" with husband Peter. These highly effective workshops used professional chamber music ensembles as metaphors for learning organizations and self-organizing teams. Management teams and other non-traditional audiences were introduced to the skill sets, disciplines and rigor required to create outstanding classical performance. Karen returned to New England in 2008, and often performs with The Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra, Symphony New Hampshire, Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Plymouth Symphony Orchestra, the Chatham Chorale, and the Gloriae Dei Cantores Orchestra.

Karen's research for her Doctorate of Musical Arts Degree at Boston University focused on a newly discovered Concerto for Clarinets, (for Eb, Bb, A and bass clarinets) by WWII era Dutch composer, Géza Frid. Research and Lecture Recital Links can be viewed at Boston University Library, and at the Géza Frid site.

Karen has performing degrees from, Manhattan School of Music, Longy School of Music of Bard College, the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, and the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam.

Karen greatly enjoys teaching and has been described as "a talented musician who certainly transfers this passion for music to her students." (Jane Forrest, Deputy Head Rotterdam International Secondary School). Her teaching is characterized by limitless enthusiasm, her desire to develop clarinet students to their full potential, and a customized approach tailored to the unique needs of each individual. Karen teaches at the Nashua Community Music School and BU.

Megan McCormick, instructor
Megan McCormick is a music educator, entertainer, and administrator, known for her high energy performances on stage and in the classroom. A recent Summa Cum Laude graduate of Tufts University with a double major in Music and Community Health, Megan has continued her pursuit of the arts and education post-graduation as a teaching artist and administrative coordinator for the Metropolitan Opera Guild, a choral and voice instructor and administrative assistant for Tufts Community Music, and an outreach assistant for Tufts Summer Session. During her time as a at Tufts, Megan worked on over 25 different theatrical productions; her favorites being Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey, Choreographer), Doll's House: A New Opera (Nora), and, Into the Woods (Rapunzel). Megan has received such accolades for her work as the Etta and Henry Winoker Award for Outstanding Scholarly or Artistic Achievement, the Elizabeth Verveer Tischler Prize for Vocal Performance, and Highest Honors on her senior thesis. Megan was also voted as Best Actress for her portrayals of Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors and Rapunzel in Into the Woods as well as Best Choreographer for Urinetown and Chicago by her Tufts theater peers.

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, a collaboration between the three featured artists and an album described in the Boston Globe as a "fluid and literate". 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)
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Timur Rubinshteyn, instructor
Timur Rubinshteyn holds a D.M.A. in Percussion Performance from Boston University. He teaches percussion at Boston College, plays principal timpani for Atlantic Symphony and freelances regionally, including R.I. Philharmonic. Timur R. completed his B.M. with academic honors and hiw M.M. with academic honors and performance distinction at NEC, where he received the Zildjian Award for Excellence in the Art of Percussion. He was also 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. has attended Aspen Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, Schleswig Holstein Musik Festival, National Orchestral Institute, and Tanglewood Music Center. Formerly Timur R. was a percussion coach and assistant conductor of the NEC Youth Symphony, and managed the orchestra's tours of Italy, Greece, and Costa Rica. His other tours have included Israel, Italy, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and France. From 2012-16 he was part of the percussion faculty of the NEC's Festival Youth Orchestra. Timur R. also teaches percussion at Concord High School, Carlisle Middle School, Norwood High School, Coakley Middle School, Belmont Day School, and Common Time Music Studio.

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 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.

Nicholas Southwick, instructor
Praised by the Royal Gazette for his "beautiful phrasing" and "bright and lively playing," flutist Nicholas Southwick made his international solo debut at the age of 18 performing the music of J.S. Bach with the Bermuda Chamber Orchestra in Hamilton, Bermuda and has since performed as principle flute with the Trentino Festival Orchestra, the Longy Conservatory Orchestra, the Gordon College Symphony Orchestra, and the Bangor Symphony Orchestra. During the summers, he has held a flute fellowship to the Trentino Opera Festival in northern Italy and studied at the Mozarteum University of Salzburg, Austria and participated in the Kneisel Hall Young Musician’s Program in Blue Hill, ME. For his outstanding work, he has received such accolades as the Ezra Rachlin Prize for Excellence (Presser Foundation), Prize Winner of the 2015 Concerto Competition (Gordon College), and Summa Cum Laude honors (Gordon College).This summer he will travel to Haiti to teach flute and music theory at BLUME Haiti as a part of an international mission sponsored by the Fulbright Association. He is pursuing his Master of Music degree at Bard College’s Longy School of Music.

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 M.M. in Voice Performance at the Longy School of Music of Bard College, where she received the Ambassador Assistantship, and received her B.M. 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.

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.

Nora Tirrell, instructor
Nora Tirrell is a singer/songwriter from Boston, Massachusetts. Her sound is Sara Bareilles/Norah Jones meets Jason Mraz. Her catchy melodies and storytelling lyrics are her "hook" to her songs and will leave people wanting to hear more of her stories. Nora's lyrics make her songs. Her songs are her stories and they are her poetry. Throughout her life, she's written songs when she's been inspired to, whether by people in her life, difficulties she goes through, or just events that spark inspiration in her.

Now, as a more experienced songwriter, she takes more joy in carefully crafting her songs and really analyzing what each lyric means and why it's essential to the meaning of the song. The songs don't just "fall out" of her imagination as much anymore, they're more of a craft that she takes the time to mold into a full song from either an idea, a single word, or a phrase.

Hsin-Lin Tsai, instructor
Violinist Hsin-Lin Tsai has concertized as soloist and chamber musician throughout the U.S., 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 California.

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.

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 area's 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.

Alice Chenyang Xu, instructor
Pianist Alice Chenyang Xu has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in the U.S., Germany, Canada, and China since her solo debut in 1996. Most recently she has performed in Boston's Jordan Hall, Leipzig HMT Concert Hall, Chicago's Orchestra Hall, The Myra Heiss Concert Series at Chicago Cultural Center, and Chicago Auditorium Theatre.

She recently collaborated with Borromeo String Quartet, worked with American composer George Crumb on his set of piano work "Makrocosmos," and performed for former U.S. General Colin Powell at the Eisenhower Fellowships in Philadelphia.  Ms.Xu has collaborated extensively with the Chicago Chamber Musicians (CCM), and her concert performances have frequently been broadcasted on WFMT classical radio.

Ms.Xu is the recipient of Dorothy Hinton Congleton Memorial Presidential Scholarship for 2013 and 2014, and second prize winner of 10th Southern Missouri International Piano Competition, third prize winner in the 2nd SEILER International Piano Competition in Germany, and the recipient of YAMAHA scholarship for talented young musicians award.

Ms. Xu received her bachelor's from The Curtis Institute of Music and Roosevelt University, studying with Seymour Lipkin, Meng-Chieh Liu, and Winston Choi.  Ms. Xu received her master's degree from The New England Conservatory under the tutelage of Wha-Kyung Byun and Russell Sherman. She is currently pursing her Doctoral of Musical Arts degree at NEC with Vivian Weilerstein.