Titus Abbott holds a B.Mus. in classical composition techniques from the University of Montreal. He studied clarinet at the University of Ottawa followed by jazz studies on saxophone at Humber College, Toronto under the tutelage of saxophonist Pat Labarbera. He has also studied with jazz greats Kenny Wheeler, Dave Holland, Steve Coleman, Muhal Richard Abrams and Roscoe Mitchell.
Titus has performed as leader and sideman in various ensembles in Canada, Europe and the US. Since arriving in Maine in 2002 Titus has led his own groups and collaborations include performances with the outstanding pianists Curtis Clark and Frank Carlberg and the late Oud Master Al Gardner.
Titus has been teaching saxophone and clarinet for over 25 years where he specializes in tone development and articulation as well as jazz improvisation and phrasing. He is the director of the PCM’s Jazz Studies Program.
Jazz clarinet and saxophone
Titus holds a B.Mus. in classical composition techniques from the University of Montreal.
Julia Adams is a graduate of Oberlin College (B.A. in Music). She received her M.A. in Music Performance from San Francisco State College and has an Honorary PhD. in Music from Colby College where, as the violist of the Portland String Quartet (PSO), she served as Artist in Residence for a span of 20 years.
Julia has toured professionally with the PSQ to over 24 countries and has been awarded, with her colleagues, top critical acclaim from the New York Times, the Boston Globe and other major news sources for concert performances and recording releases.
She was principal violist of the Eastern Philharmonic, the Northeast Chamber Orchestra and the Portland Symphony Orchestra, and several viola concertos were written for and premiered by her—including Walter Piston, Robert Kelly, Norman Cazden and Jonathan Hallstrom.
Her major teachers were Kim Harriman, Ferenc Molnar and Lillian Fuchs. She especially enjoys encouraging young violists to explore and champion the viola as a distinct and special tenor voice in the string family.
Julia is the violist of The Portland String Quartet. She received a B.A. from Oberlin, an M.A. in Music Performance from San Francisco State College and an Honorary PhD. from Colby College.
Hans is an adept player of a variety of string and percussion instruments. He also composes vocal and instrumental works. He is multi-lingual, fluent in spoken, sung, and written Spanish, Portuguese, and English.
As an accomplished educator with a focus on music and movement arts, Hans has a strong history of productively engaging students and colleagues from diverse economic, ethnic, cultural, and linguistic backgrounds. He holds a Bachelors of Science in Jazz Guitar from Portland State University in Oregon where he studied with Darrell Grant and Jerry Hahn.
He has also studied and collaborated with world famous classical and jazz instrumentalists, and folkloric masters from Brazil, Mexico, and West Africa. His teachers and collaborators include Zaira Meneses (classical guitar), Laura Rebolloso, Ramón Gutiérrez Hernández, and Zenen Zeferino (Mexican folkloric), Miguel Bernal (Cuban master percussionist), Mestre Acordeon (capoeira master), Massamba Diop (Senegalese master percussionist featured on the Black Panther Soundtrack), and others.
Hans sees music as a form of expression, both individual and communal, as a vector for learning about cultural and historical pasts, and as a foundation from which to build robust community. Hans is excited to continue encouraging students to find integration through musical culture at Portland Conservatory of Music.
Drums & Percussion, Afro-Latin
Hans has a Bachelor of Science in Jazz Guitar from Portland State University and has studied with renowned classical and jazz instrumentalists, and folkloric masters.
Graybert Beacham completed coursework toward a D.M.A. in Music Education, Boston University; M.M. Violin Performance, Cleveland Institute of Music; B.M. Violin Performance, Cleveland Institute of Music, and Meadowmount School of Music, directed by Ivan Galamian.
He has been an active performer and teacher throughout the United States and internationally. He was the recipient of the Dr. Jerome Gross Prize in Violin at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Major teachers include David Cerone, Bernhard Goldschmidt, and Emanuel Borok.
Faculty positions have included: Colby College, Bates College, University of Southern Maine School of Music, University of Maine at Farmington, the Gandhi Ashram School (Kalimpong, India), Music Festival of Arkansas, Bay Chamber Concerts Next Generation Program, Maine ASTA Summer String Conference, New England Suzuki Institute, Southern Maine String Academy, and the Cleveland Institute of Music Preparatory Department.
Graybert has studied chamber music with members of both the LaSalle and Guarneri String Quartets. As a violinist, he has been a member of the Mexico City Philharmonic, Tulsa Philharmonic (Principal Second Violin), Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería, and Kansas City Philharmonic. He has also served as Acting Concertmaster of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Jaime Laredo, and as Concertmaster and soloist for the Cascade Festival of Music in Oregon. He is currently a substitute violinist/violist with the Portland (Maine) Symphony, and has performed with that orchestra as Concertmaster, Principal Second Violin, Principal Viola, and viola soloist. In January 2011, Mr. Beacham toured China as a violin soloist with The New Sousa Band.
He is a founding member of the Nordica Trio (clarinet, piano, and violin/viola). Recorded performances have been broadcast over public radio stations across the United States and Mexico, and he has recorded for Albany Records.
Violin and Viola
Graybert has a B.M. and M.M. in Violin Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music and completed coursework for the D.M.A. in Music Education at Boston University.
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Maria Belva is a professional choral conductor and private voice teacher. She has a B.A. in Psychology & Education from the State University of New York at Potsdam and an M.M. in Choral Conducting from the University of Maine.
She is a Certified McClosky Voice Technician, and in her voice studio, she focuses on technique and musicianship. Maria was an active soprano soloist throughout the Monadnock Region of New Hampshire, and in this capacity, performed leading roles in operatic and music theatre
productions. She also appeared often in churches, community events, benefits, and solo recitals.
Maria is a life-long chorister and understands first-hand the impact of creating an excellent choral experience. In Peterborough, NH, she founded and for 20 years directed the Grand Monadnock Youth Choirs for singers in grades 2- 12. Maria is the driving force behind the formation of the Girl Singers of Maine at PCM where she directs the program.
Maria has a B.A. in Psychology and Education from the State University of NY at Potsdam and an M.M. Choral Conducting from the University of Maine.
Cellist John Bennett was born and lived in the San Francisco Bay Area of California until 2018 when he and his wife relocated to Portland, ME. He attended San Francisco State University and California State College, Easy Bay, and his cello teachers included Margaret Rowell, Irene Sharp, Lazlo Varga, and Burton Kaplan’s Practice Retreats in New York. His chamber music coaches were Roy Bogas and Bonnie Hampton.
For many years John taught students of all levels and ages in his private studio and led workshops and cello ensembles. For 20 years he was the adjunct cello instructor at Pacific Union College and the Paulin Center for the Creative Arts in Angwin, California, where he taught lessons, coached chamber music, and conducted a youth orchestra. For 12 years, John was the cello/bass coach and a member of the Artist in Residence String Quartet for the Berkeley Youth Orchestra.
In addition to teaching, he was a tenured member of the Vallejo and Napa Valley Symphonies, freelanced as much as possible, and performed in chamber music and duo recitals.
John’s greatest love has always been helping and guiding students of all ages and levels achieve their musical goals. “I don’t teach the cello; I teach the human being, one of my teachers said to me. This has always been my guiding principle.”
John attended San Francisco State University and California State College, East Bay
A teacher of many award-winning students, Naydene is a graduate of the Julliard School and has done graduate studies at Hartt College, Manhattan School, and Columbia.
She studied piano with Adele Marcus, Jacob Lateiner, and Ocy Downs, theory with Vincent Persichetti, harpsichord with Joseph Payne, chamber music with Ivan Galamian, Leonard Rose, Louis Persinger, and Bernard Greenhouse.
Naydine has appeared as both soloist and chamber musician throughout New England. She is currently on the faculty at Bowdoin College as well as the Portland Conservatory of Music.
She has taught public school music in Maine and Connecticut, as well as Theory, Music History and Appreciation at University of Southern Maine from 1964-1981.
For 20 years, she has been a member of the Portland Symphony Orchestra’s keyboard section, was accompanist for the Hartford Symphony Chorus, and was keyboard director of the Hartt Collegium Musicum, among many other musical activities.
Naydene has a B.S. from Julliard School.
Nell Britton received her Bachelor’s and Master’s in Piano Performance from the University of Southern Maine (USM). She also studied Music Education at Ithaca College for two years. She has been teaching piano privately since 2008.
Nell is an active musician and pianist collaborator throughout Maine. She has accompanied choral masterworks with the Portland Symphony Orchestra as well as the USM Chorale and Chamber Singers. She has also worked as the Music Director for Lyric Music Theater, Carousel Music Theater, City Theater and Snowlion Repertory. Musicals she has directed include 42nd Street, Seussical, A Christmas Carol and more. She currently serves as the Choir Director at Trinity Episcopal Church in Portland.
Nell’s Honors and Awards include the Bay Chamber Concerts Young Stars of Maine Music Prize, Portland Rossini Club Gould Award, Kotschmar Memorial Trust Scholarship, Bangor Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition Finalist, Ithaca College Premier Talent Scholarship, USM Presidential Scholar and USM Honors Recital Winner.
Nell teaches privately as well as serving on the faculty of the Portland Conservatory of Music.
Nell has a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Piano Performance from the University of Southern Maine . She also studied Music Education at Ithaca College for two years
Timothy Burris has performed throughout Europe and the US, both as a soloist and an accompanist. He has appeared in concert with such esteemed artists as the mezzo Jennifer Lane and the keyboardist Robert Hill, as well as under the baton of Peter Schreier and René Clemencic, among others. In a review of The Songs of Philip Rosseter, Part II, The Lute Society Magazine said of his skills as an accompanist: “Burris … plays with beautiful tone and is an absolutely first-class accompanist.”
In addition to solo recordings, he has done CD projects with Jennifer Lane and Tamara Matthews with New York Baroque; Willeke te Brummelstroete with Koorprojekt Rotterdam; Timothy Neill Johnson; and Ensemble Pentacost, among others. He can be heard playing Bach’s c minor Prelude in Shock Act, the prize-winning short-film DVD by Seth Grossman.
Tim taught lute for six years at the Royal Flemish Conservatory in Antwerp, and currently teaches at Colby College and the Portland Conservatory of Music (Maine).
His foreign-language talents include fluency in German, French, and Dutch, and excellent facility in Spanish and Italian. His linguistic skills enhance his abilities as an accompanist, as well as adding to his effectiveness in coaching singers and instrumentalists in educational events such as master classes. He has an especial interest in French poetry, something he nurtured during more than two years of private study with French professors at the universities of Amsterdam and Leiden.
His dissertation research was done primarily at Dresden’s Sächsische Landesbibliothek, in the final stages with the generous support of a Fulbright fellowship (to the Technical University of Dresden). Tim has a Ph.D. from Duke University and a soloist’s diploma from the Royal Conservatory, The Hague.
Baroque Guitar, Lute, and Theorbo
Tim has a soloist’s diploma, Royal Conservatory, The Hague and a Ph.D., Duke University.
Jane earned her Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from the University of Southern Maine and her Master of Music in Voice Performance and Pedagogy at the University of North Texas.
She recently achieved doctoral candidacy in Voice Pedagogy from Shenandoah Conservatory in Virginia and moved back to Maine full time to finish her doctoral dissertation on jaw function in singing.
Jane is an active performer in the Midcoast area, and in her spare time enjoys yoga, hiking, and traveling with her husband.
Jane’s B.M. in Voice Performance is from the University of Southern Maine and her M.M. in Voice Performance and Pedagogy from the University of North Texas.
Keith Crook is a longtime faculty member at Portland Conservatory of Music and has taught classical guitar at the University of Maine and/or the University of Southern Maine since 1987. During that time he has also had the opportunity to teach most theory and ear-training courses offered at the undergraduate level.
He studied guitar in Spain for seven years with Jose Luis Lopategui, Eduardo Sainz de la Maza, Luis Gasser and others. Keith holds a B.M. and Masters Degree in guitar performance.
Besides periodic faculty recitals, he has been active as a soloist and chamber musician on the roster of both the New England and the Maine Touring Artists Program.
Recently two of his guitar compositions and an article have been published in Guitar Review.
Keith has a B.M., University of Southern Maine and a M.M., Boston Conservatory.
Tina Davis holds a B.A. in Music and an M.M. in Piano Performance from the University of Southern Maine (USM) School of Music, where she studied with Laura Kargul. While at USM, she was a winner of the Honors Recital and Chamber Music Awards and recipient of numerous talent and academic scholarships. She has participated in master classes with Marian Hahn, Jane Coop, Lora Tchekoratova and Mark Gibson.
She now teaches on the faculty at USM, working with majors and non-majors in private lessons, class piano, and piano pedagogy.
Tina is also on the faculty of the Portland Conservatory, a community music school in Portland, Maine, where she teaches students of all ages and coaches advanced students in the Karger College Preparatory program.
Tina completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees in piano under Laura Kargul at the University of Southern Maine School of Music.
Laura del Sol Jiménez
Flutist Laura del Sol Jiménez has won numerous awards throughout her career, highlighted by the expressiveness and poised technical accuracy of her performances. Currently based in New York City and Portland, Maine, Laura has performed in Argentina, Chile, Israel, Italy, Japan, the United States, and her native Colombia.
Laura was a prizewinner in the Gran Premio de Santiago Flute competition in Chile, Colombia’s Concurso Universitario de Flauta de Bogotá, Ciudad de Bogotá Woodwind Competition, and selected five times for the roster of the Biblioteca Luis Ángel Arango Concert Series.
Laura has appeared as a soloist with the Cali Philharmonic Orchestra, Marga-Marga Symphony, Caldas Symphonic Orchestra, Manhattan School of Music Philharmonia Orchestra, and Universidad Javeriana Symphony Orchestra and has performed with the Colombia National Symphony Orchestra, Bogotá Philharmonic Orchestra, and the CUNY Dominican Studies Symphony Orchestra.
Equally at home as a chamber musician, Laura has performed at international music festivals such as the Bowdoin Music Festival and the Portland Bach Festival, and collaborated with groups such as Windscape and the Jupiter String Quartet. In 2015, Laura founded the Linos trio, which toured Colombia and produced a much-acclaimed album premiering music of contemporary Latin American composers.
Laura has dedicated much of her career to commissioning and performing works of Latin American composers. Originally from the coffee-belt Colombian town of Calarcá, she has uniquely experienced the power of music to heal communities in war-torn countries. To help provide musical resources to under-served Colombian communities, Laura founded the Orpheus Cultural Foundation in 2013, dedicated to achieving social inclusion and encouraging the development of arts in communities devastated by Colombia’s 50-year war.
Laura holds degrees from the Manhattan School of Music and the Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá. She performs on a Sankyo silver flute and Emmanuel gold head joint. Laura is the director of PCM’s Karger College Prep Program.
Laura’s degrees include: D.M.A., M.A. Performance, Manhattan School of Music, B.M., Pontifical Xaverian, University of Bogotá.
Carol Eaton Elowe, born in Portland, Maine, holds a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music and a Master of Music from Syracuse University where she was awarded membership in the honor society Pi Kappa Lambda.
Her piano studies began in Portland under Ocy Downs and continued at the Manhattan School of Music with Dora Zazlavsky. Her teachers also include Jean Alderman, Frederick Marvin and Frank Glazer.
She has appeared as guest soloist with the Boston Pops Orchestra, the Syracuse Symphony and as part of numerous recital series throughout the Northeast. She was a piano faculty member and recitalist at Phillips Andover Academy for many years.
Carol is a founder, the first Director of the Portland Conservatory of Music, and past Artistic Director of the Noonday Concert Series. Presently she is a member of the piano faculty and serves on the Advisory Board.
Carol holds a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music and a Master of Music from Syracuse University.
Jesse Feinberg is an accomplished and internationally recognized concert pianist and piano teacher.
He has performed on stages in Turkù and Helsinki, Finland; Stockholm, Sweden; Oslo, Norway; and most recently in Moscow, Russia.
Jesse graduated summa cum laude with his Bachelor’s of Music degree in Jazz and Contemporary Music from the University of Maine at Augusta in 2013, and his Associate’s Degree in the Arts from Holyoke Community College in 1999.
Jesse appears on the recently released album: Taylor O’Donnell sings T. Monk Ballads: A Love Letter to Thelonious, and has released multiple volumes of a method to teach improvisation, entitled: Classical Improvisation Templates.
Jesse, ia graduate of the University of Maine, Augusta, was awarded a B.A. in Jazz and Contemporary Music Composition, Performance and Music Education.
Brianna Fischler is a violist/violinist and teacher based in Portland, Maine.
She holds a B.M. in violin performance from Boston University’s College of Fine Arts, where she studied with Bayla Keyes. She also studied with Krzysztof Kuznik at Manhattan School of Music Pre-College.
Brianna, an alum of Kinhaven Music School, has attended the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Aspen Music Festival, National Orchestral Institute, Garth Newel Music Center, and Three Bridges International Chamber Festival.
She has performed in venues such as The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and Woolsey Hall.
Brianna has also participated in master classes with Ani Kavafian and Pinchas Zukerman, and placed first in the University of Connecticut Chamber Music Competition with the Annellie String Trio.
She is a founding member, as well as the Education Coordinator of Palaver Strings, a non-profit musician-led chamber ensemble based in Portland, ME. Brianna is also certified in Early Childhood Music Learning Theory and the Suzuki Method.
Violin and Viola
Brianna holds a B.M. in violin performance from Boston University’s College of Fine Arts
Lydia’s career has been guided by a singular intention — to delve as deeply as possible into the magic of great chamber music literature, old and new.
She is a graduate of Yale College, where she studied with Dorothy Delay and won the Weckstrom Prize for Musical Performance, and the New England Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Masuko Ushioda and received a Master’s Degree with Honors.
Lydia has concertized throughout Europe and the U.K. with Ensemble L’Archibudelli, Zephyr Kwartet, Het Schoenberg Ensemble, Sinfonietta Amsterdam, Het Blazers Ensemble, Osiris Piano Trio, I Fiamminghi, and Ensemble Explorations.
During this time, she recorded with some of the world’s most prominent labels; Sony Classical, Harmonia Mundi, CNM, and for Vienna Modern Masters as soloist with the Czech Radio Philharmonic. She has also performed for festivals in Europe, the U.K., Australia, New Zealand, and the U.S. Lydia has also served as concertmaster for Het Orkest van het Oosten in the Netherlands.
Lydia was drawn to the DaPonte String Quartet by their love and respect for the work. She lives in Cumberland, Maine with cellist Myles Jordan and her three children.
Lydia is a graduate of Yale College, where she won the Weckstrom Prize for Musical Performance, and the New England Conservatory of Music, where she received a Master’s Degree with Honors.
Julia Frothingham studied with Leon Russianoff, Charles Niedich (Soloist), Charles Russo (New York City Opera), and Michael Sussman (Orpheus Chamber Orchestra). She played Principal Clarinet with the Southern Maine Symphony Orchestra, Maine Pro Musica and the Northshore Philharmonic.
She has also appeared with the Bangor Symphony Orchestra, Maine State Ballet, Maine Chamber Ensemble, Maine Pro Musica, Lyric Theater, Springfield Symphony Orchestra, Massachusetts Wind Orchestra and the Bowdoin Summer Music Festival.
Founder and member of the Port City Winds, Julia, in addition to being on the faculty of the Portland Conservatory, has has been faculty at the Encore/Coda Music Camp and on staff at the Greater Boston Youth Symphony Camp as clarinet instructor and chamber music coach.
She received a Master of Music from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and a Bachelor of Music and Music Education from the Julius Hartt School of Music.
Julia received a M.M. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and a B.M. and B.M.Ed. from the Julius Hartt School of Music.
Robert received his baccalaureate degree in music from the State University of New York at Oswego where he was a dean’s list student working 12 hours a day practicing, performing and honing his skills in piano and jazz piano with Anthony Crain, and studying theory, counterpoint, orchestration, arranging, organ, voice, string bass and music history with an outstanding faculty.
After a semester of post baccalaureate study he returned home to the New York City music marketplace where he continued his piano studies with concert pianist John Contiguglia; theory, piano, music history and ear training with composer Roland Trogan; jazz piano at Lynn Oliver Studios, and arranging and production with Jordan Kaplan. He taught piano at the NY School of Music and Ridge Music Outlet, and worked for music industry leaders such as Gil Evans, Warner Bros. Music, and Chappell Music.
After seven years which produced a wide variety of audition, rehearsal and performance projects in NYC, Robert moved to Portland, Maine, where he worked as a full time multi keyboardist/vocalist for six years throughout Northern New England. When travel demands became increasingly difficult to meet, Robert redirected his energies to writing, composing, and playing classical, jazz and rock music in the Portland area.
Robert is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). His music is available online through iTunes and Amazon, and can be heard worldwide on Jango Internet Radio and Soundcloud.
Robert received a B.A. Music from the State University of New York at Oswego.
Annah Isobel Gauthier is a classical pianist who fell in love with the piano at age five and has pursued it ever since.
While acquiring her undergraduate degree in performance at the University of Southern Maine, under the tutelage of Dr. Laura Kargul, Annah has been the recipient of many awards and scholarships, recognizing her skills in piano performance and academia.
She has appeared in chamber performances as well as solo recitals, and has won awards in several music competitions, including the Anne Gannett Scholarship Competition, the Lucia A. Wright Piano Competition, and the Judith Elser Concerto Competition.
A passionate advocate for arts education, she has been teaching lessons privately for several years.
Anna has a B.M. in Performance from the University of Southern Maine.
Jackie Grigg received her Master of Music in Voice Performance and Advanced Certificate in Vocal Pedagogy from New York University, where she studied with Dianna Heldman. While at NYU, she was awarded the Steinhardt Challenge Grant for student research. Her Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance is from the University of Colorado, where she studied with Dr. Bonnie Draina.
Over the past decade, Jackie has had the opportunity to perform across the country. Notable roles include Clara Johnson in The Light in the Piazza, Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme in Assassins, Judy Haynes in Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Liesl in The Sound of Music, and Arpad in She Loves Me.
As an instructor, Jackie believes that efficient and sustainable singing can be obtained in any genre. She combines science and artistry to help her students move toward balanced and healthy vocal production in all styles.
Voice, Jazz Vocal Instructor
Jackie received her Master of Music in Voice Performance and Advanced Certificate in Vocal Pedagogy from New York University and her Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from the University of Colorado.
Jara Goodrich began her study of the harp at age eight. Her early education included attendance at recitals of advanced students of Carlos Salzedo, whom she studied with for six years. She continued her studies with Jeanne Chalifoux, Edna Phillips and with Alice Chalifoux at the Cleveland Institiute of Music.
She has been principal harpist with North Carolina Symphony, Goldovsky Opera, National Lyric Opera, and, for 32 years, with the Portland Symphony Orchestra.
Jara was also principal harpist with the Bangor Symphony, PORT Opera and Portland Ballet. Those three positions are now held by a former student, Mo Nichols. Other students have annually performed at Allstate and University of Southern Maine.
Jara has been teaching all levels of harp for over 30 years and now especially enjoys her students at the Portland Conservatory of Music, where she and the Conservatory plan to provide access to harps and opportunities for students to participate in harp ensembles.
Jara studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music.
A piano teacher for more than ten years, Rachel Herzer relocated from Michigan to Maine in the summer of 2011. She teaches students aged five through adult. Her teaching concentrates on classical training and utilizes material from a variety of teaching curricula.
Rachel has B.A. in Music from Western Michigan University’s School of Music, where she studied under the tutelage of Dr. Silvia Roederer. In addition to being on the piano faculty at the Portland Conservatory of Music, she is a pianist for the Tory Hill First Congregational Church in Buxton, ME.
Having devoted her life to education and the arts, she has spent years on the piano faculty at Bay Chamber Music School (Rockport, ME), Breakwater School’s Enrichment Program (Portland, ME) and the Crescendo Academy of Music (Kalamazoo, MI).
“My teaching philosophy is to instill the love of music in my students. Technique, practice, and repertoire are important yet mean nothing without passion and a desire to learn. It is my responsibility and delight as an educator to not only help students develop technical ability, but to also foster a lifelong love of music.”
Rachel has B.A. in Music from Western Michigan University’s School of Music.
After being immersed in private study with bassists James MacDonald (at the Vermont Jazz Center) and Marcus Maclaurine (Clark Terry, Abdullah Ibrahim), bassist Tyler Heydolph quickly became a first call bassist in the New England Jazz and improvised music scene.
He has performed with Charles Neville, Miro Sprague, Grace Kelly, and been on several East Coast tours with drummer Alex Snydman among others.
Tyler can be heard on recordings from Alex Snydman (Fortunate Action), Doug Abrams (Looking Forward) and Mark Tipton (Alchemist’s Dream).
He currently performs throughout the area with Mark Tipton’s Les Sorciers Perdus, collective-improv trio Earbus and folk-punk stalwarts Snaex.
Tyler’s education has been primarily through private instruction with master bass players.
Margaret Bruziak Hopkins was born in Poland where she began violin and piano studies. She received a B.M. in Performance from University of Mass. at Lowell where she also pursued Music Education.
She received extensive Suzuki training at various universities in the USA. Margaret has performed in various countries throughout Europe, Canada and the United States. She has been active in promoting music education through participation with various organizations, and in lead positions at Maine Suzuki Association, Maine American String Teachers Association, and Maine Music Educators Association.
Margaret has just retired from teaching violin in Saco schools and general music at Old Orchard Beach. She has been with PCM well over 10 years. She performs with the Lakes Region Symphony Orchestra where she is the concertmaster, the Maine Pro Musica, Opera Maine, Southern Maine Symphony Orchestra, the New Hampshire Music Festival, Deep Blue C Studio Orchestra and freelances in the New England area.
Margaret has a B.M. in Performance from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell.
Hidenori (Heday) Inoue
Originally from Himeji, Japan, Heday first earned a LLB. of Law from Doshisha University in Kyoto. Unfulfilled by this career path, Heday moved to America and discovered his passion for music.
Heday holds a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Manhattan School of Music and established his own method of singing, based on the Bel Canto philosophy, under the guidance of legendary MET opera singers, James Morris and Ron Raines.
Using this 18th century method, students will learn sustainable vocal technique to maximize their fullest potential resulting in greater expressive freedom. As described by Clara Kathleen Rogers, “Those who regard the art of singing as anything more than a means to an end, do not comprehend the true purpose of that art, much less can they ever hope to fulfill that purpose. The true purpose of singing is to give utterance to certain hidden depths in our nature which can be adequately expressed in no other way.” (The Philosophy of Singing, 1893)
As an experienced Principal Artist, Heday currently performs as a soloist for opera companies and philharmonics in Europe and across the United States. Most recently, he has taken the stage at Opera Omaha, Virginia Opera and Opera Maine. Heday is known for strong vocal technique and flexibility of repertoire ranging between Handel/Mozart to Verdi/Puccini.
Voice, Opera and Classical
Hidenori (Heday) has a M.M. from the Manhattan School of Music.
Robin Jellis has performed cello in Maine for more than 15 years. She received a Music Talent Scholarship (4 years) to attend the University of Southern Maine where she graduated cum lade with a Bachelor of Music degree in Cello Performance.
She played with the Southern Maine Symphony Orchestra. She studied jazz improvisation with Gary Pack and was principal cellist with the USM Jazz Philharmonic. She has performed with the Bangor Symphony, in productions at Portland Players community theater and at the summer Bach festival in North Conway, New Hampshire. She also plays with the Maine State Ballet Orchestra each year for their production of “The Nutcracker.”
Robin started Suzuki Cello with Richard Noyes (Portland Symphony Orchestra) and continued her studies with William Rounds (PSO, Boston Pops) and Paul Ross (Portland String Quartet). She studied chamber music with the PSQ at Colby College, with Laura Kargul and Laurence Golan at University of Southern Maine, and at the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music in New Hampshire, among others.
She studied Medieval and Renaissance music with Pamela Blake. She is a member of the Medieval ensemble Trobairitz! Robin was a featured composer for the Yarmouth Contemporary Music Days in 2011 and has collaborated with several Maine recording artists. She performs regularly with Martin Steingesser, first Poet Laureate of Portland and provides music accompaniment for Rhythmic Cypher, a regular poetry reading in Portland.
A registered Suzuki teacher, she received her teacher training at the Suzuki Institutes of Ithaca College and Hartt School of Music. In addition to being on the faculty at the Portland Conservatory of Music, Robin also teaches at the Waynflete School.
Robin has a B.M. in Performance from the University of Southern Maine.
Born into a musical family—his father is a professional pianist—Sebastian grew up in East Berlin, former East Germany. He began studying piano at age 5 and later switched to the trombone receiving his first lessons from trombonists of the Komische Oper (Comic Opera) and Deutsche Staatsoper (German State Opera) in Berlin.
He moved to the United States in 1992, and in 1994 was awarded a scholarship to study trombone performance at the Mannes College of Music. His teachers there included Per Brevig, principal trombonist, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and David Taylor, New York based freelance recording artist.
After graduating in 1997, he married and moved with his wife to Maine, her home state. Sebastian keeps an active performing schedule throughout the state ranging from engagements with the Portland and Bangor Symphonies, Portland Opera and Ballet orchestras, the Maine Chamber Ensemble, brass ensembles all the way to jazz gigs and shows at the Maine State Theatre.
Before joining the faculty at the Portland Conservatory in 2012, Sebastian had extensive teaching experience with prior appointments at the University of Maine at Augusta (1998), Colby (2000) and Bates (2001) as instructor for trombone and lecturer. He has continued to teach at all three institutions and has conducted many master classes.
Sebastian also owns a small masonry business, and he has recently completed studies for a Bachelor degree in Architecture at UMA. He lives in Yarmouth with his wife, their three children and several pets.
Sebastian has a degree in Trombone Performance from the Mannes College of Music.
John Johnstone holds a B.M. in Classical Guitar Performance from the University of Southern Maine, and an Associate Degree in Jazz from the University of Maine, Augusta. He has studied with David Leisner, Neil Anderson, George Sakellariou, and Bob Sullivan, and has participated in master classes with Manuel Barrueco, Sharon Isbin, Nicholas Goluses, Adam and Bruce Holzman, Norbert Kraft and many others.
John has performed with the Portland Symphony Orchestra, Portland Symphony Orchestra Chamber Ensemble, and the Choral Art Society. Other performances include an all Bach solo guitar concert at the Maine Festival, a Renaissance solo guitar concert at St. Joseph’s College, and solo and chamber recitals at Olin Arts Center, Corthell Hall and Bowdoin Chapel.
His classical, jazz, and electronic compositions have been performed at the Portland Conservatory of Music. Soundboard magazine has favorably reviewed his classical guitar compositions.
In addition to playing and teaching classical and jazz guitar, he also teaches blues, rock and folk styles. Other instruments that he teaches include electric bass and ukulele. Mr. Johnstone is also on the guitar faculty at Bowdoin College.
Guitar and Ukulele
John has a B.M. in Performance from the University of Southern Maine and an A.A. in Jazz from the University of Maine at Augusta.
Cellist Myles Jordan arrived in the US from Canada in 1981. While attending graduate school in Philadelphia he founded the DaPonte String Quartet and taught cello and chamber music at Temple University, Wilkes University, then afterwards at the University of North Texas.
Holding a doctorate and with almost four decades of professional experience, Jordan has recorded for RCA Red Seal, CBC, Cadenza and Centaur records, written for Strad Magazine and collaborated in chamber music concerts and broadcasts with many of the world’s greatest performing artists.
A firm believer in the inestimable value of art music, Myles strives to give students a sense that the highest possible standards are both their calling and their responsibility.
Learning constantly from resources that are partly documentary, partly technical, partly traditional and partly spiritual – to lay open as clearly as possible composers’ original intentions – is the central ideal to which he has dedicated his working life.
Myles’ professional training includes: D.M.A., Temple University School of Music; M.M., B.M. Julliard School; B.M. Performance, University of Toronto.
Multi-instrumentalist/composer Nathan Kolosko received his M.A. in classical guitar performance at the University of Denver, Lamont School of Music. Nathan has been a private music instructor for over 25 years. Nathan has been on the faculty of the University of Southern Maine, St. Joseph’s College, Maine College of Art and the Portland Conservatory of Music.
Nathan is a fun, engaging and dedicated teacher as well as a certified Suzuki guitar instructor. In 2008 Nathan founded the guitar program at the New England Suzuki Institute and played a critical role in writing the curriculum for the music minor at Maine College of Art.
Nathan has studied with luminaries from the guitar world including Ricardo Iznaola, the Castellani-Andriaccio Duo, Pierre Bensusan, Lorenzo Micheli and Oscar Ghiglia. He has recorded four studio albums which have received critical praise: “A high-octane agenda from a guitarist with the skill, imagination, and confidence to bring it alive.” – Classical Guitar, London. Nathan has over 20 published compositions which have been performed and recorded by musicians throughout the world from Japan and Taiwan, to Belgium, New Zealand and Australia. He has received grants and awards from the Maine Arts Commission, the Allied Arts Foundation and D’Addario Strings.
Nathan has collaborated with numerous musicians including Carl Dimow and Dan Cosley, as well as visual artist Ling-Wen Tsai. In addition to guitar, Nathan also performs on Oud, Persian Tar and Kamanche/Tarhu with the Portland based Middle Eastern ensemble Zapion.
Nathan’s has earned the following degrees: M.A. Performance, University of Denver, Lamont School of Music; B.S. Performance, University of Buffalo; A.S. Performance N.C.C.C.; Suzuki Certification, Hartt School of Music.
Eric LaPerna has been a performing musician for over 25 years. He is well versed in many different styles of percussion but Middle Eastern hand drums and rhythmic systems are his specialty.
He is a founding member of Okbari Middle Eastern Ensemble and Zapion and has played with some of Maine’s most prestigious ensembles and performers including the Daponte String Quartet and the late Udi Alan Shavarsh Bardezbanian.
Eric is the Director of the Bowdoin College Middle Eastern Music Ensemble, and is a member of the Applied Music Faculty at Bates College as well as adjunct instructor of hand percussion at Bowdoin College.
He also teaches private lessons and workshops on Middle Eastern hand drums and music throughout New England.
Drums, Middle Eastern
Eric has been a performing musician for over 25 years.
Eleanor Lehmann began her musical studies on violin at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, in California. In 1960, she received a degree in music education and performance from California State University, San Francisco.
In 1965, after a year of public school teaching, she had the opportunity to move to the country of Mexico and work as teacher and professional violin/violist with many of the orchestras of the region.
Returning to California in 1986, she accepted positions as violist with the Modesto and Stockton Symphonies and entered into the teaching profession with the Merced City School District, a position she held for fifteen years.
In 2003, she moved to Maine where she taught both the violin and viola at her private studio and the Portland Conservatory of Music. In 2007, she initiated violin classes at the University of Southern Maine for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute where people over the age of 55 could fulfill their wish to learn how to play the violin.
Eleanor presently holds the titled position of President for the two music clubs in the area, the Portland Rossini and Marston-Kotzschmar Music Clubs.
Violin and Viola
Eleanor has a B.A. in Music Education and Performance from the California State University, San Francisco.
Kimberly Lehmann, originally from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, received her Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from the University of Minnesota and her Master of Music in Violin Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music. Her principal teachers were Lea Foli, Harold Wippler, Catherine Tait, and Camilla Wicks.
Some years ago, after receiving a beautiful viola that belonged to her husband’s grandmother, Kim fell in love with the viola and gradually grew to prefer the deep, mellow sound and the wonderful chamber music writing for the instrument.
She is a member of the Portland Symphony Orchestra and on the faculty of the Portland Conservatory and the University of Southern Maine. Kim has been a member of the South Dakota Symphony, the Colorado Springs Symphony and the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra. She has performed with the Eastman Philharmonia in residence at the Heidelberg Schlossfestspiele, at the National Orchestral Institute, and with the Boston Academy of Music. She regularly performs with PORT Opera, Choral Art Society, Oratorio Chorale, Portland Ballet, Maine Pro Musica and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project. She has appeared as guest violist with the DaPonte String Quartet and collaborates often with VentiCordi.
Kim teaches Suzuki and traditional violin and viola at the Portland Conservatory. She has coached violin and viola sectionals and chamber music for the Longwood Symphony, Brandeis University, Wellesley College, the Greater Boston Youth Symphonies and the USM Youth Ensembles. She has adjudicated auditions for the New England Conservatory Youth Orchestras and for Maine District Festivals. Ms. Lehmann has also performed solo works with the Portland Chamber Orchestra, the North Shore Philharmonic Orchestra, the Salem Philharmonic, Longy School of Music and Maine Pro Musica.
Kim lives in Scarborough, Maine with her husband Robert and sons Eric and Alexander.
Violin and Viola
Kimberly has a B.M. in Violin Performance from the University of Minnesota; M.M. in Violin Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music.
Mary Johnston Letellier
Mary Johnston Letellier is a dramatic coloratura soprano. As a voice teacher, Mary firmly believes in balancing the science and art of singing together to form a cohesive, healthy and beautiful singing voice.
She performs regularly with the Portland Rossini Club. Recent performances include Franca in City Theater’s Light in the Piazza, Chorus/ First Lady Cover in Opera Maine’s Die Zauberflote and Violetta in Verdi’s La Traviata with Flagstaff in Fidenza.
Mary graduated from the Boston Conservatory with her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Opera Performance where she studied with Dr. Rebecca Folsom. She is a member of Pi Kappa Lamba and was honored with the Arthur P. Whitney Medal for Highest Academic Achievement upon earning her Bachelor’s Degree.
She currently serve as Vice President for Maine NATS chapter.
Mary has a B.M. and M.M. from the Boston Conservatory of Music.
April Masse, originally from Castine, graduated from University of Southern Maine (USM) in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in piano performance and pedagogy. She is now completing a master’s degree in piano performance.
At USM April won the 2017 Annual Honors Recital Competition and the 2015 Chamber Music Awards Competition. She participated in the Portland Ovations/USM-sponsored master class with renowned pianist Inon Barnatan and was a featured performer in the 2018 USM Scholarship Gala.
April is strongly committed to the teaching profession. She is a member of both MTNA (Music Teachers National Association) and MMTA (Maine Music Teachers Association) and serves on the board of MMTA.
She has also been active as an accompanist in the community, playing for the Portland Youth Ensemble and Portland Children’s Chorus, as well as other choral groups in the surrounding area. April is the director of the Conservatory’s Early Childhood Education program, First Steps in Music.
April has a B.M. in Performance from the University of Southern Maine.
A graduate of the Hartt School and the University of Southern California, Kathleen McNerney has been hailed by critics for her “rich, full-bodied tone” and “attention to the natural and enticing timbre of the instrument.”
With Dean Stein, she founded and is Artistic Director of VentiCordi Chamber Music, dedicated to performing innovative programs that artfully combine winds and strings.
Kathleen has performed with many New England and Maine-based orchestras such as the Portland Symphony, PortOpera, Bay Chamber Music, Maine Music Society, Maine Chamber Ensemble, and New Hampshire Symphony.
Before moving to Maine, she enjoyed a prolific and varied playing career in Los Angeles, participating in two woodwind quintets, Imbroglio and Calico Winds, and recording with each group.
Kathleen currently teaches oboe at Portland Conservatory of Music, Bowdoin and Bates Colleges, and is the woodwind chamber music coach at Bowdoin.
Kathleen is a graduate of the Hartt School of Music and the University of Southern California.
Peter Mezoian is a world-renowned 4-string plectrum banjo virtuoso, originally from South Portland, Maine.
He tours the world regularly, working in myriad venues, from ballrooms to outdoor festivals to cruise ships as a featured solo act.
Throughout his years performing, Peter has explored an incredible range of musical styles, including, but not limited to: early jazz, bluegrass, rock & roll, folk music, Broadway hits, contemporary jazz and rock, and classical music.
His concerts have been hailed the world over, and his keen associations with banjoists around the globe is a testament to his knowledgability and love for his instrument.
Peter attended Colby College and Essex University.
Nina began her love affair with the ukulele at the tender age of eight, after her parents went to Hawaii and brought back a sweet little soprano with painted Hula dancers. One night, after months of plucking and strumming, her brother stepped on that Hula gem, thus ending the happiest period of her life.
Four decades later, on a whim (and to spite her brother), she picked it up again and started The FLUKES (Falmouth Library Ukulele Society) and has been blissfully plucking, strumming and singing once again, along with 35 of her new best friends.
When not parading around with ukulele in hand, Nina can be found tooting her own French horn in the Portland Symphony Orchestra.
French Horn and Ukulele
Nina received her B.S. in French Horn Performance from Northwestern University.
RJ’s education has been primarily through private instruction from masters like Ornette Coleman, Frank Wess, Masabumi Kikuchi, Juini Booth, Reggie Workman, Steve Grover, Jeff Williams and Jeff Hirshfield.
He is best known for his work on albums like “Ben Entrada La Nit,” “Alive in Japan,” “Ronald’s Rhythm,” “Plainville,” “Memories of Days Gone By,”“Intuition,” “Sinker,” “Dreams in Apartments,” and “Horses.”
RJ’s education has been primarily through private instruction from masters like Ornette Coleman, Frank Wess, Masabumi Kikuchi, and more.
Elizabeth Moore earned a Bachelor’s of Music in viola performance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and a Master’s of Music from the Boston University College of Fine Arts.
Her primary viola instructors were Sheila Browne and Karen Ritscher. In addition to her viola studies, Elizabeth was a Keenan Fellow at Lincoln Center Education in New York City, where she worked with Teaching Artists in public schools and put on a collaborative performance at Lincoln Center Education’s Clark Theatre.
She performs regularly as a violist and singer, primarily with Palaver Strings, a musician-led string ensemble formed in Boston, who now calls Portland, ME home.
A Suzuki-certified violin and viola teacher, Elizabeth combines the Suzuki method with traditional methods to set every student up with solid technique from the very beginning and to help them develop a strong and clear tone.
Violin and Viola
Elizabeth has a B.M. in Viola Performance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and an M.M. from the Boston University College of Fine Arts.
Chiharu Naruse holds a Masters Degree in Music Performance and a Masters Degree in Music Instruction from the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin, Germany. In Berlin, she studied piano under Klaus Bäßler and Lied Accompaniment under Wolfram Riegar.
Chiharu has performed throughout the world in recitals and piano competitions, including a piano concert to benefit Amnesty International in Germany, the Hyogo Piano Competition in Japan (silver prize), the Clara Haskil piano competition in Switzerland, the Pescara Academie Piano Competition in Italy, and the International Mozart Wettbewerb in Salzburg Austria.
In the spring of 2002, she moved to the United States to study under Frank Glazer. Since her arrival, Naruse has given several recitals at Bates College and Bowdoin College. She has also collaborated with the Portland String Quartet, the DaPonte String Quartet and Frank Glazer. She has performed Beethoven’s Fifth Piano Concerto, Mozart’s Piano Concerto K466, and the Rachmaninoff Second Piano Concerto with the Augusta Symphony and toured with the Maine Pro Musica Ensemble under conductor Janna Hymes, performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3. In addition, Chiharu appeared as a featured artist at the Ocean Park Music Festival and the Franco-American Heritage Center.
During the 2012-13 seasons she performed all 10 of Beethoven’s Sonatas for violin and piano with violinist Dean Stein at Bates College. In 2014, she was invited to perform at the Parma Music Festival. Her solo performance was selected to be one of the tracks on a CD, released in June 2015, capturing the highlights from the three-day long musical festival. This recording is now available on iTunes and Spotify.
In addition to maintaining a regular performance schedule, Chiharu is also a well-respected music teacher, chamber music coach, music competition adjudicator and accompanist, with many of her students receiving competition prizes. She currently is a member of the applied music faculty at Bates College as well as a faculty member at the Portland Conservatory of Music.
Piano, Suzuki and Traditional
Chiharu holds a M.A. in Music Performance and a M.A. in Music Instruction from the Hochschule fur Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin.
Benjamin Noyes grew up in Portland, inheriting a rich musical/pedagogical heritage from his parents. He found local acclaim immediately and while attending Bowdoin Summer Music Festival, Irene Sharp invited him to study in San Francisco where he attended the School of the Arts and San Francisco Conservatory’s preparatory division.
He won numerous awards, including top prizes in NFAA’s ARTS Recognition, National Federation of Music Clubs, and National ASTA competitions, as well as being selected by Yo-Yo Ma to participate as soloist and recitalist throughout China to perform with the Beijing, Chengdu, Shenzen and Shanghai Symphony Orchestras.
As a fellowship recipient he attended the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, the New York String Orchestra Seminar, Yale’s Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the Sarasota Chamber Music Festival, the Aspen Festival, and Meadowmount.
As an undergraduate, he attended Eastman School of Music, received his B.M. from Rice University and his M.M. from Northwestern University where he participated in the Chicago Symphony’s Civic Orchestra program playing under maestros Pierre Boulez, Mstislav Rostropovich, and Daniel Barenboim, among others.
He held a position with the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra and various summer opera orchestras for five years before moving to Virginia to focus on teaching and performing.. He played with the Roanoke Symphony, Roanoke Opera Orchestra, Miami Symphony and was adjunct faculty at Randolph College in Lynchburg.
Ben has a private studio and continues to garner acclaim for performances of solo recital programs, chamber ensemble concerts as well as various non-classical ventures. Pursuing the artist’s life has led him to collaborations and performances throughout North America, Europe, and Asia, as well as teaching, coaching, and motivating individuals of all ages and professions.
Cello and Composition
Ben received his B.M. from Rice University and his M.M. from Northwestern University.
Deirdre Oehrtmann has been a member of the Portland Symphony (PSO) for over 45 years. “Dee Dee” graduated magna cum laude from the University of Southern Maine with a B.S. degree in Music Education. Her private teachers included Stephen Kecskemethy (Portland String Quartet), Eric Rosenblith (New England Conservatory), and Arturo Delmoni of NYC. The Portland Conservatory of Music awarded her the Third Annual Carol Eaton Elowe Award for Outstanding Faculty Member.
Besides performing with the PSO, Deirdre is principal second violinist of the Maine Chamber Ensemble (Maine Music Society) and also performs with the orchestras of PORT Opera, Maine State Ballet, Portland Ballet, Oratorio Chorale, and the White Mountain Bach Festival (NH).
She was founder and for ten years conductor of the Portland Young Peoples String Consort, training orchestra for the USM Youth Ensembles. Deirdre served for 27 years on the staff of the Maine ASTA (American String Teachers Association) Summer Conference in many capacities, i.e., chamber music coach, section leader, conductor of both the Junior and Intermediate Orchestras as well as being the director for her last six years on staff.
She also served on the faculty of the New Jersey ASTA Summer Conference for 10 years. Deirdre is past president of the Maine ASTA and has also served as vice president of orchestra for the Maine Music Educators Association.
Deirdre has extensive training in the Suzuki method and strongly believes that children should start their musical training at an early age. Her training is extensive through Book 6 as well as supplemental courses. Her Suzuki trainers have included John Kendall (USA), Ronda Cole (USA), Judith Bossuat (France/USA), Helen Brunner (England), Edward Sprunger (USA), Alice Joy Lewis (USA) and Edward Kreitman (USA).
Deirdre’s earned a B.S. in Music Education from the University of Southern Maine.
Ed Pearlman has specialized in performing and teaching fiddle music since the 1980s, focusing especially on Scottish and Cape Breton styles, but also playing a variety of others, including American contradance music, Irish, bluegrass, jazz, Hungarian, Quebecois, and klezmer.
He likes to teach ergonomic playing, quality sound, spirit and musicality. Ed’s early training was with Perry Crafton (Chicago Symphony), Daniel Stepner (Boston Museum Trio), and Roger Shermont (Boston Symphony). One high point was playing in the Yale Symphony’s European premiere of Leonard Bernstein’s Mass.
Ed founded and directed the Boston Scottish Fiddle Club, the Hatch Shell Celtic Festival, directed Ashokan’s Celtic Week, and a large contradance band. He has taught students privately, in workshops, and at music camps throughout the US and in Scotland.
His innovative website at www.fiddle-online.com offers learning resources as well as live online workshops taught by Ed and world-class guest fiddlers.
Working often with members of his family band, Highland Soles, Ed has toured the U.S., Canada, and Scotland, playing concerts and dances, as well as sponsoring seasonal ceilidhs with his wife, dancer Laura Scott, in Portland. He has 3 solo CDs.
Ed has served as a judge for the U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Championships many times, has written the music column for Scottish Life magazine for over 20 years, and writes a column for Fiddler magazine. Each summer, Ed co-leads music and walking tours of Scotland.
Ed has specialized in performing and teaching fiddle music since the 1980s.
Don has been teaching for over 30 years and enjoys teaching in many different musical styles. He accepts students of all ages and levels of ability and is known for his enthusiasm for teaching and his sense of humor. He is a professor at the University of Southern Maine.
He has presented concerts and recitals throughout the United States and has extensive playing experience in a wide variety of styles. Don has played with American Idol artist Clay Aikin, the Portland Symphony Orchestra, the Chelsea Symphony, and many others.
Currently, he is a member of the Portland Jazz Orchestra, plays worldwide for American Cruise Lines and leads The Don Pride Band.
Don has studied privately with many distinguished guitarists, including Eliot Fisk, David Leisner, Mark Delpriora,Tony Gabouri and Gary Wittner. He has studied composition with Charles Fussell, Elliott Schwartz, and many others.
Don has earned the following degrees and pursued the advanced studies noted below:
» M.M. (Composition) University of Maine School of Music
» M .M. (Jazz Studies) University of Maine School of Music
» B.A. (Classical Guitar Performance) University of Maine School of Music
» Graduate Studies in Classical Guitar at Manhattan School of Music
» Graduate Studies in Classical Guitar at New England Conservatory
Guitar and Composition
Don has a B.A. in Classical Guitar Performance and two Masters in Composition and Jazz Studies from the University of Southern Maine.
Luette Saul, soprano, holds degrees in vocal performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the University of Southern Maine.
Since moving to Maine in 2009, Luette has been active as a recitalist and soloist with recent appearances including Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with the Maine Music Society and Bates Chorale, and Kathe Kollwitz, a recently commissioned work by Tom Myron for soprano and string quartet with the Portland String Quartet.
As a director she has put together lieder ensembles and opera scenes concerts for performance throughout Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. She also teaches voice at Bates College.
Luette has a B.M. from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and a M.M. from the University of Southern Maine.
Wren Saunders holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Southern Maine and a Master of Music degree from New England Conservatory of Music in bassoon performance. While at New England Conservatory she studied with Richard Svoboda; other teachers include Richard Ranti, Ben Kamins, and John Hunt.
Wren is currently principal bassoon of the Bangor Symphony Orchestra and Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra (MA) and formerly held the associate principal bassoon position with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra (TN). In 2007 she was a concerto soloist with the Bangor Symphony.
As an active freelancer she has played with the region’s top orchestras including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, BMOP, Portland Symphony Orchestra, Boston Philharmonic, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Boston Ballet, Vermont Symphony, and the ProArte Chamber Orchestra of Boston among others. Wren can be heard playing principal bassoon with the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra performing Violin Concerto No. 6 “Old Brass” on Mark O’Connor’s CD “Americana Symphony” on the OMAC label.
Wren has a vibrant and successful bassoon studio where her students are regularly accepted into the Maine All-State and District festivals, the University of Southern Maine Youth Ensembles as well as New England Conservatory’s Youth Orchestras and the Boston Youth Orchestras in Massachusetts. She has had five students perform on From the Top.
Wren is currently also on the faculty of the University of Southern Maine.
Wren received a B.M. from the University of Southern Maine and a M.M. from New England Conservatory of Music in bassoon performance.
Harold Stover is a native of Latrobe, PA, a graduate of the Juilliard School in New York, and a charter member of the conservatory faculty. His performing career spans half a century and includes concerts on most major organ recital series in New York, at the National Cathedral in Washington, Westminster Abbey in London, Harvard and Princeton universities, and many other distinguished venues.
His compositions are published by the Augsburg-Fortress, ECS, MorningStar, and Paraclete presses and are recorded on the Albany, ACA Digital, and Gloriae Dei Cantores labels.
He has made ten appearances as composer and/or organist on Pipedreams, the radio program of organ music from American Public Media, and has been featured as performer, composer, and lecturer at regional and national conventions of the American Guild of Organists.
His scholarly articles on organ and choral music, with an emphasis on American works, have been published in The American Organist, The Diapason, and other professional journals.
Now retired from full time church music work after serving churches in New York and Portland, he presently directs the Portland-based chorus Renaissance Voices and pursues an active career as a free-lance organist and composer in addition to his work at the conservatory.
Organ, Music Theory and Ear Training
Harold holds a B.M. from Julliard School.
Krysia Tripp received an M. M. from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and studied with Thomas Nyfenger at Yale. Other influential teachers include Leone Buyse, Robert Willoughby, Jack Wellbaum, and Julius Baker.
She has concertized in the U.S. and Europe and has had the opportunity to collaborate with a diverse group of artists including Luciano Pavarotti, Peter Paul & Mary, the Brubeck Brothers, and Andrea Bocelli.
Krysia currently performs with the Southwest Florida Symphony, the Hartford Symphony, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Portland Symphony, PORT Opera and the Sigmund Romberg Pops Touring Orchestra. In addition, she has participated in the Spoleto Festival (USA and Italy), the Aspen Music Festival, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Sarasota Music Festival, Bear Valley Festival (CA), Monadnock Music, the New Hampshire Music Festival, and most recently the Bowdoin International Music Festival.
For the past three summers, she has served as an Artist Faculty member of the InterHarmony International Music Festival in Sulzbach-Rosenberg, Germany and Acqui Terme, Italy. Recent concerts include chamber music at the Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Yale Center of British Art.
Krysia is currently a member of the Artist Faculty at USM School of Music, Bates and Bowdoin Colleges, and the Portland Conservatory of Music. She also maintains a private studio in Portland. Former students have won top prizes in prominent music competitions including the National Flute Association’s ‘Young Artist Competition’, and the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. Her students have also been selected to perform in NPR’s ‘From the Top’ with pianist Christopher O’Riley.
Krysia received an M.M. in Performance from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.
Maria Wagner, performer and clarinet instructor, has performed with the Portland Symphony Orchestra, the Bangor Symphony Orchestra, PORTopera Orchestra, and maintains an active freelance career in Maine.
She specializes in the performance of new solo and chamber music and has premiered many works for the clarinet and bass clarinet at new music concerts in Portland and New York City.
Maria did her undergraduate and graduate study of classical clarinet performance and pedagogy at the University of Southern Maine with Dr. Thomas Parchman of the Portland Symphony Orchestra. Maria also studies classical and folk music from Middle Eastern traditions with master Armenian oudist and clarinetist Malcolm Barsamian and Middle Eastern percussionist Eric LaPerna, and plays the clarinet and the Arabic nay flute in Zapion Middle Eastern Ensemble.
Many of Maria’s students are members of the Portland Youth Wind Ensemble and are regularly accepted into Maine’s district and All-State festivals, as well as university music programs. In 2015 Maria became a certified Yoga instructor with a special focus in Mindful Movement for Musicians: a holistic mind/body/breath approach to making music.
Maria teaches private lessons at PCM in the following specialties:
Middle eastern clarinet lessons
Learn to play the clarinet in Turkish, Armenian, Arab, and Greek traditions. Through performance you will learn about the standard repertoire of these traditions as well as the art of taqsim (improvisation) in Middle Eastern maqamat (melodic modes). Clarinet fundamentals and technique will also be covered as appropriate. All levels welcome, including beginners.
Middle eastern winds lessons
Through performance, learn about the standard repertoire of Turkish, Armenian, Arab, and Greek traditions as well as the art of taqsim (improvisation) in Middle Eastern maqamat (melodic modes). 2 years minimum experience on your instrument required.
Clarinet, Middle Eastern
Maria has a B.A. and a M.A. in Performance from the University of Southern Maine.
Shelley Willcox, Director of the Boy Singers of Maine, recently moved to Portland from Great Neck, New York, where she taught vocal music in the Great Neck Public Schools.
Her choirs have performed in schools, community events, and benefit concerts. In addition, she prepared her vocal students for their solo New York State School Music Association Festival adjudications and All-County choral performances.
Shelley spent summers directing and accompanying children’s musical theater productions and performing in regional choirs. She holds a B.S. in Music Education from New York University and a M.M.E. from the Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College, City University of New York.
Shelley holds a B.S. in Music Education from N.Y. University and a M.M.E. from the Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College, City University of N.Y.
Jobey Wilson has entertained audiences all over the world with his charismatic and unique style. Raised on a golf course in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, this championship golfer retired his clubs at the age of 17 and flew to Chicago to join the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps. After completing his B.M. at the University of Oklahoma under Ted L. Cox, the proud “Sooner” moved northeast to refine his skills under the legendary Chester Schmitz of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
In 2001, Jobey earned his Master’s degree from New England Conservatory and has since served as principal tubist of the Lexington Symphony, Atlantic Symphony and the New Bedford Symphony. He has also performed with the Boston Pops, Boston Ballet, Boston Philharmonic, Portland Symphony, Vermont Symphony, Albany Symphony (N.Y.), Rhode Island Philharmonic, New World Symphony (FL), and the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra. Wilson has performed under such world-class conductors as Seiji Ozawa, Michael Tilson Thomas, Keith Lockhart, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, James Conlon, Roberto Abbado, Michael Stern and Gunther Schuller.
In addition to his position as Artist Faculty in the University of Southern Maine School of Music, Jobey is also Adjunct Professor of Music/Low Brass at Boston College and the Low Brass and Chamber Music Coach for the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras. After spending six summers teaching for Boston University’s famed Tanglewood Institute, Jobey started his own Summer Brass Institute; now in residence at Boston College.
Jobey currently pursues his Doctorate at Boston University under Mike Roylance of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He studied with the late Abe Torchinsky of the Philadelphia Orchestra during two summers at the Aspen Music Festival and also worked with Alan Baer, Ron Bishop, Warren Deck, Matthew Good, Christopher Olka, J. Samuel Pilafian, Daniel Perantoni, John Rojak and Norman Bolter.
Jobey has a B.M. from the University of Oklahoma and a M.M. from the New England Conservatory of Music.