Community Music Instructors

Ashley Addington

Flutist Ashley Addington is an active performer and teacher in the Boston area. A versatile and engaging musician, Ashley brings a thoughtful, collaborative, and elegant approach to her performances and teaching. She is a member of Sound Icon and the Plymouth Philharmonic and regularly performs with Grammy-winning Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), Odyssey Opera, and Callithumpian Consort. Other notable recent engagements include performances with Rhode Island Philharmonic, Portland Symphony, Monadnock Music, and Emmanuel Music.

A dedicated educator, Ashley is an Associate Lecturer at the University of Massachusetts Boston, the woodwind coach at Tufts University, and on the faculty at Milton Academy. Ashley’s teaching philosophy focuses on inspiring students to be confident and creative thinkers who are encouraged and guided on their path to becoming well-rounded and successful musicians. She has been the Guest Clinician for the Honors Flute Choir for the New Hampshire Band Directors Association and served as a Masterclass Teacher for the Annual Flute Masterclass sponsored by the Pappoutsakis Flute Competition.  A new music advocate, Ashley has recorded and premiered dozens of new works as a soloist and ensemble member.

Ashley holds a MM and BM from The Butler School of Music at University of Texas at Austin. She studied with Marianne Gedigian and Robert Willoughby who both encouraged her to make meaningful music with every note. For more information, visit

Adriana Ausch-Simmel

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.

Phil Berman

Phil Berman is a lifelong musician and passionate early childhood educator who believes access to playful and joyful music-making can be a transformational experience for children, families, and communities. Through singing, creative movement, storytelling, instruments, puppetry, and imaginative play, students will develop a strong sense of musicianship, improvisation, and social-emotional skills that will serve them wherever their futures lead.

Phil currently serves as head of music and cultural education at Zibi Consulting Group in Cambridge, MA, partnering with local early childhood education centers to provide professional development opportunities and curriculum planning for staff, administrators, and owners.

In 2012, Phil co-created the Brookline Puppet Showplace Theater’s Puppet Playtime series and has been working with young children ever since. In 2014, he joined Rock and Roll Daycare as Music Director and ran their immersive music and Montessori program in Cambridge for seven years. During that time, Phil co-founded Fiddlefox music, collecting, translating, adapting, and publishing 37 collections of children’s songs and folk tales from around the world.

Phil has taught early childhood music in residence at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Preschool, Fletcher Maynard Academy, Gardner Pilot Academy, Horizons for Homeless Children, Children’s Village Inc., the Nurtury, and Brookline Music School.

He has been lucky to study a wide range of constructivist musical pedagogies, including Dalcroze Eurhythmics at Longy School of Music, Orff Schulwerk at George Mason University, and Music Learning Theory through the Gordon Institute of Music Learning.

Phil Berman is also a singer-songwriter, puppeteer, and theater artist who frequently performs in the Boston Area with his Americana vaudeville band, Phil and the Flying Leap. Phil has performed as an actor, puppeteer, and musician in many puppet shows and theater pieces including The Joshua Show, Astro Boy and the God of Comics (Company One), Brundibar and But the Giraffe! (Underground Railway Theater), Floyd Collins (Moonbox Productions), The Embryos (Fresh Ink Theater), and his annual Holiday Sing-Along at Puppet Showplace Theater.

Jerry Bussiere

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.

Miguel Pérez-Espejo Cárdenas

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.

Lauren Caso, MT-BC

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.

Susan Davies

Susan Davies is a Boston-based soprano and educator. As a teacher, Susan is passionate about combining science and somatic learning to create a safe, supportive, challenging, and kindly critical environment for singers to experiment with their voices and uncover unknown potential. Students have described her teaching as "focused and flexible" and praise her often unconventional methods to help each student build a functional technique that aligns with their musical goals. She is passionate about helping students reframe self-judgmental thoughts into positive, constructive patterns that facilitate lifelong learning.

Susan's flexibility as a performer has given her the opportunity to maintain an active career performing in numerous styles and contexts. As an opera and operetta singer, this has included preparing the role of Monica in Menotti's opera The Medium, covering the role of Cecilio in Mozart's opera Lucio Silla, and performing as Lady Ella in Gilbert & Sullivan's Patience. As a recitalist and art song specialist, she recently presented Nevertheless, She Persisted, an homage to the resilience, perseverance, and humor of women throughout history.

Susan received her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance at Ithaca College and her Master of Music in Voice Performance from the Longy School of Music of Bard College. She values the voice as a living, breathing instrument capable of fostering authentic connection, creating lasting empowerment, and spreading deep and abiding joy.

Arminé Karapetian Donato

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

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

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

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.

Monica Grady

Cellist Monica Grady is a passionate chamber musician, orchestral player, and solo recitalist who aspires to share her artistry with others at venues across Boston, having recently performed in spaces such as the Boston Medical Center, Museum of Fine Arts, and Symphony Hall. She graduated in May 2021 with a Performance Diploma from Boston University's College of Fine Arts. In addition to her musical endeavors, Monica holds a degree in Biochemistry and plans to teach public high school science in the Boston area.

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.

Anne Howarth

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

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.

Nando Michelin

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.

John Page

Professor John Page is the Conductor of the Tufts Youth Philharmonic. Visit John Page's profile to learn more.

Timur Rubinshteyn

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.

Elizabeth Sterling

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

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.

Hsin-Lin Tsai

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.

Alice Chenyang Xu

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.