Faculty by Name
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. Read more.
Julia Adams, violist, is a graduate of Oberlin College (BA Music). She received her MA 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, she served as Artist in Residence for a span of 20 years. Julia Adams 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. Read more.
Jessica Amidon (Violin)
Violin Performance, Boston University
Jessica grew up in Skowhegan and holds a violin performance degree from Boston University. Her previous teachers include Roman Totenberg, Dana Mazurkevich, Lucia Lin, Peter Zazofsky and Steven Kecskemethy. She has taught and performed in the Boston area since 2001. Having previously taught beginning violin and viola at the Conservatory Lab Charter School in Boston, she has also taught at the Solomon Schecter Schools and in the Brookline Massachusetts Public Schools. Read more.
Nina has taught individual and group instruction on clarinet and saxophone for over 20 years, providing a customized approach which allows students to become proficient to the level of their ambitions and experience music as a lifelong joyful pursuit. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the USM School of Music with degrees in Music Education and Clarinet Performance. Her professional training has been with Dr. Thomas Parchman, Principal Clarinetist of the Portland Symphony, Dr. William Wreszien of the New England Conservatory, Karen Beacham, Jonathan Cohler and Bill Street. Read more.
Dr. Annie Antonacos (Piano)
BA Music, University of Southern Maine; MA and PhD in Piano Performance, Indiana University in Bloomington
An alumna of the USM School of Music, Anastasia Antonacos has given notable performances around the world as a solo recitalist and chamber musician. She has played at venues such as the Salle Cortot, Casa Orfeo, Holland’s Alkmaar Conservatory, and Alice Tully Hall. She has also played in Greece, Russia, France, and Belgium, as well as various places in the U.S., including Washington D.C., where she testified for funding for the National Endowment for the Arts. A former member of the full-time piano faculty at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, she holds a master’s and doctorate in piano performance from Indiana University in Bloomington, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern Maine School of Music. Read more.
John C. Boden was Principal horn of the Portland Symphony Orchestra from 1981-2016. John is active as a freelance musician having performed with virtually all of the professional orchestras in New England, and in musicals in the theater districts in Boston and on Broadway in New York. He is a long standing member of the Portland Brass Quintet and a member of the Kotchmar Brass. John performed extensively on the baroque and classical horn working with Handel & Haydn and Boston Baroque, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra of San Francisco, Apollo’s Fire of Cleveland and Mercury of Houston. Read more.
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. Ms. Bowder has had appeared as both soloist and chamber musician throughout New England. She is currently on the faculty at Bowdoin College and the Portland Conservatory of Music. Read more.
Timothy Burris (Baroque Guitar, Lute, and Theorbo)
Soloist’s diploma, Royal Conservatory, The Hague; Ph.D., Duke University
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.” Read more.
Erin Chenard (Voice)
BM in Music Performance, University of Southern Maine; MM in Performance and Pedagogy, Westminster Choir College
Erin Chenard is a soprano trained in classical singing. She is an active soloist, regularly performing throughout Southern and Midcoast Maine. She has sung with the Maine Pro Musica Orchestra, the Downeast Singers, the Calderwood Consort, and is a founding member of the St. Mary Schola, a professional vocal ensemble based in Falmouth, Maine, which specializes in the performance of Renaissance and Baroque music. Ms. Chenard is a graduate of Westminster Choir College and the University of Southern Maine School of Music and holds a Master of Music degree with a focus in Voice Pedagogy and Performance. Read more.
Jeff Christmas (Voice)
BS, Appalachian State University; M.Mus, Boston Conservatory
Jeff Christmas is PCM’s Karger College Prep Division Director. Originally from North Carolina, Jeff Christmas is a baritone who has experience singing and teaching in a variety of styles. As a classical singer Jeff has performed with the Boston Lyric Opera, Knoxville Opera, Greenville Light Opera Works and more. Jeff got his Masters of Music at the Boston Conservatory where he studied with William Cotten and Michael Strauss. Read more.
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 for the past 25 years. 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. Read more.
Carol Eaton Elowe, born in Portland, Maine, holds a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from the New England Conservatory 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. Read more.
Martha holds a B.S. degree in Music Education from the University of Southern Maine. She has done extensive training in Suzuki Piano at Queens University in Kingston ,Ontario, Canada where her teachers include Carole Bigler, Vallery Lloyd Watts, Mary Craig Powell, Suzanne Vasquez, and Christine Allen. Martha is co-owner of “Studio 88 Music School” in Auburn, Maine. Read more.
Jesse Feinberg was valedictorian of the class of 2013 from The University of Maine in Augusta, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz and Contemporary Music Composition, Performance and Music Education. Jesse has been teaching at The Portland Conservatory of Music since 2012, and has performed with jazz greats such as Archie Shepp and Roswell Rudd during his career. Read more.
Julia 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. Read more.
Robert’s journey in the music world has taught him that to reach people, it’s necessary to speak their language, and contribute something meaningful to the conversation. Robert returned to the Portland Conservatory of Music in 2017 after 6 years in the San Francisco Bay area teaching piano, music theory, and composition privately and at local music schools while continuing to compose, perform and produce recordings of his work. Prior to that, he worked at the Portland Conservatory from 2005 to 2010. Read more.
Jara Goodrich is principal harpist with the Portland Symphony Orchestra, Bangor Symphony Orchestra, Portland Opera Repertory Theatre, Portland Ballet, and Maine Music Society. Jara began her study of the harp at age nine at the Salzedo School in Camden, Maine, studying with Carlos Salzedo until his death. She continued her studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music under Alice Chalifoux, then principal harpist with the Cleveland Orchestra. Jara has performed with the North Carolina Symphony, Cleveland Playhouse, Goldovsky Opera Theatre, Cleveland Orchestra Chorus, CBS Sunday Morning, Morning Pro Musica, and Bay Chamber Concerts. Read more.
Pianist Emmett Harrity is an active performer and educator throughout the southern part of the state, based in Portland, ME. Since graduating cum laude from the University of Southern Maine with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance with a Concentration in Jazz Studies, Emmett has gone on to teach a growing number of students and become an in-demand performer in the jazz genre. Currently he is the pianist for the Fogcutters Big Band, Rob Schrieber’s Standard Issue, poet/jazz vocalist Lady Zen, and the Maine Saxophone Project, as well as playing in his own groups. Read more.
Derek Herzer began teaching himself piano at the age of 17 with virtually no prior music training. After years of intensive study, he was accepted into the piano performance program at Western Michigan University, where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in music. Subsequently, he received his Masters in Music from the University of Southern Maine. In both his training and career, Derek has won numerous scholarships and awards. Read more.
A piano teacher for more than ten years, Rachel Herzer relocated from Michigan to Maine in the summer of 2011. Rachel teaches students aged 5 through adult; her teaching concentrates on classical training and utilizes material from a variety of teaching curricula. Rachel has BA in Music from Western Michigan University’s School of Music and is on the piano faculty at the Portland Conservatory of Music, Breakwater School and Bay Chamber Music School. Read more.
A recent transplant to the area, bassist Tyler Heydolph brings with him a wealth of teaching and performance experience. He has studied with jazz greats Marcus MacLaurine (Clark Terry, Abdullah Ibrahim) and Cameron Brown (Joe Lovano, Dewey Redman). As a performer Tyler has anchored the groups of Charles Neville, Miro Sprague, Alex Snydman, Doug Abrams, Michael Kolodny & Jeff D’antona. Read more.
Margaret Bruziak Hopkins was born in Poland and began violin studies at age 7, adding piano at age 12. As a teen she was a member of the Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra for five years and a fiddler with the Polish Dancers of Boston. Ms. Hopkins received a B.M. in Performance from U. Mass. at Lowell where she also pursued Music Education. Ms. Hopkins received extensive Suzuki training at Ithaca College in NY, Hartt College at the University of CT, New York State University in Buffalo and Capital University in Ohio. Read more.
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. 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). Read more.
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. Read more.
John Johnstone holds a B.M. in Classical Guitar Performance from the University of Southern Maine, and an Assoc. 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. Read more.
Nathan Kolosko (Guitar)
Multi-instrumentalist, Nathan Kolosko performs and composes music that is both original and eclectic. Music that embraces a wide breadth of repertoire and genres. Melding ancient traditions with contemporary approaches and sensibilities. His compositions have been performed and recorded by musicians around the globe and are currently published by Doberman-Yppan & Productions D’Oz. Read more.
Eric Landau was born in Portland and grew up in South Portland. He recently finished his degree in Percussion Performance at the University of Southern Maine where he was a student of Les harris Jr. and Nancy Smith. As a teacher Eric works with students throughout the k-12 range, including teaching private lessons to high school marching bands. As a performer Eric has appeared with groups such as The Larry Williams Band, Tony Boffa, The Portland Jazz Orchestra, Jimmy Do Right & The Pop Go Boom, and enjoys booking freelance work in theater and playing jazz. Read More.
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. Read more.
Eleanor Lehmann began her musical studies on violin at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, in California. She received a degree in music education and performance from the California State University in San Francisco. After a year of public school teaching, she had the opportunity to move to Mexico and work as teacher and performer with many of the professional orchestras of the region. Returning to California in 1986, she accepted positions with the Modesto and Stockton Symphonies then entered into the teaching profession with the Merced City School District. Read more.
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. She is a member of the Portland Symphony Orchestra and on the faculty of the Portland Conservatory and the University of Southern Maine. Read more.
Elisabeth Marshall, soprano, trained at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, earning a Master of Music and is currently in candidacy toward a Doctorate of Music degree in Voice Performance. Ms. Marshall is a 2006 recipient of the prestigious Fulbright grant, and studied voice at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater “Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy”, in Leipzig, Germany. Ms. Marshall has been a featured guest soloist with the Cincinnati Symphony, Windsor (Ontario) Symphony, Carmel Bach Festival, Indianapolis Symphony, Columbus Symphony, and Bangor Symphony. Read more.
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. Read more.
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. Read more.
Nina began her love affair with the ukulele at the tender age of 8, 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. Read more.
Chiharu Naruse holds a Masters Degree in Music Performance and a Masters Degree in Music Instruction from the Hochschule Fur Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin. In Berlin, Chiharu studied piano under Klaus Baessler 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. Read more.
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. Read more.
Deirdre Oehrtmann has been a member of the Portland Symphony Orchestra for forty years. A Maine native, “Dee Dee” graduated magna cum laude in seven semesters from the University of Southern Maine with a BS degree in Music Education. While there, she was named to the “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.” Her private teachers have included Stephen Kecskemethy of the Portland String Quartet, Eric Rosenblith of New England Conservatory, and Arturo Delmoni of NYC. Read more.
Carolyn Paulin (Choral conductor)
A.B. Mus (voice), Occidental College, Los Angeles; M.A. Mus (choral conducting), Occidental College, Los Angeles; D.M.A. Mus (choral conducting), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Carolyn Paulin is a free-lance choral conductor and classical music radio producer. Carolyn was the founding conductor and Music Director Emerita of the Oak Park and River Forest Children’s Chorus (now known as Pro Musica), leading that professional- level community ensemble for 10 years. Under her direction OPRFCC Choirs performed in Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, with the Chicago Youth Symphony and Northwest Symphony, at national, regional and state conferences, and toured throughout the United States and in Europe. Read more.
Guitarist and composer Don Pride has an extensive performance background. Don is noted for being able to play a wide variety of styles. As a classical guitarist he has presented concerts and recitals throughout the United States. Don recently played lead guitar as part of Clay Aiken’s band during his 2006 and 2007 Christmas tours. Don is also a member of the Chelsea Symphony and the TACTUS New Music Ensemble in New York City. Don is currently Music Minister for Windham Assembly of God and also teaches guitar and composition. Read more.
Amanda Raymond, of North Waterboro, is a senior piano performance major at the University of Southern Maine. She has been a student of Laura Kargul since 2011; her prior music studies were with Christine Kissack (piano) and Ronald Lantz (violin). Amanda has won the Bangor Symphony Concerto Competition, the Ocy L. Downs Piano Competition, the Lucia A. Wright Piano Competition, Maine State Pine Tree Piano Competition, the Contemporary Music Festival Piano Competition at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire, the A.H. Chatfield Jr. Piano Prize from Bay Chamber Concerts, and the Kotzschmar Memorial Trust Scholarship. Read more.
Betty Barber Rines began teaching trumpet at the University of Southern Maine in the fall of 1999. She has held the position of 2nd trumpet with the Portland Symphony Orchestra, and has been a member of the Portland Brass Quintet since 1985. Prior to joining the USM faculty, Ms. Rines taught at Bowdoin College, Phillips-Exeter Academy, Pine Tree Academy, Waynflete School, and the Portland Conservatory. Read more.
While at New England Conservatory Wren Saunders studied with Richard Svoboda, the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s principal bassoonist. Ms. Saunders is currently a member of the Orchestra of Indian Hill (MA), and is principal bassoon of the Bangor Symphony and is a former member of the Knoxville Symphony(TN). In 2007 she was a concerto soloist with the Bangor Symphony. Read more.
Harold Stover is a native of Latrobe PA and a graduate of the Juilliard School in New York. He is conductor of the Portland-based chamber chorus Renaissance Voices, and a charter member of the faculty of the Portland Conservatory. He has recently retired as Organist and Director of Music of Woodfords Congregational Church in Portland. His activity as an organ recitalist spans 45 years and includes appearances at The Riverside Church in New York, The National Cathedral in Washington, Westminster Abbey in London, and many other distinguished venues. Read more.
Krysia Tripp 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 and Mary; the Brubeck Brothers, and Andrea Bocelli. She currently performs with the Southwest Florida Symphony, the Hartford Symphony, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Portland Symphony, Indian Hill Orchestra, 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) and the New Hampshire Music Festival. Read more.
Maria Wagner, performer and private 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. Read more.
Kansas native Scott Wheatley’s operatic performances include Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, Marcello in La Bohème, Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus, Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor, Count Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro, and Tonio in I Pagliacci. He has performed with the Kansas City Lyric Opera, New York City Opera, Whitewater Opera, Bronx Opera, Sarasota Opera, Opera Northeast, Connecticut Grand Opera, and the Ashlawn Summer Festival companies. Read more.
Mr. Jobey Wilson, tubist, has entertained audiences all over the world with his charismatically unique style. Raised on a golf course in Broken Arrow, OK, 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 BM 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. Read more.