TitusSquare150Titus Abbott, Clarinet and Saxophone
B.A. Music, University of Montreal

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.

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Adams6x8Julia Adams, Viola and Advanced Chamber Music
B.A. Music, Oberlin College; M.A. Music Performance, San Francisco State; Honorary Ph.D., Colby College

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.

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Maria Belva, Voice
B.A. Psychology and Education, State University of NY at Potsdam
M.M. Choral Conducting, University of Maine

Maria Belva saw a need for choral music education for youth in the Monadnock Region of New Hampshire, and along with her husband David Vernier founded the Peterborough Children’s Choir in 1997. Beginning with 20 children ages 7-12, Maria cultivated a community of choral music excellence and expanded the one choir into three with 70 singers by 2010. The choir’s name was changed to the Grand Monadnock Youth Choirs in 2011 to reflect that growth. In 2015, Maria brought Esther Rhoades on board to help grow and strengthen the organization. In May of 2017 Maria passed the Directorship to Esther. Maria directed the Cecilia Ensemble—GMYC’s high school treble ensemble until June 2018. Maria has taken this ensemble on concert tours to Europe every other year since 2003. She plans to take her new high school age choir to Italy in 2020. Read more.

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John Bennett, Cello
San Francisco State University, California State College

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. He attended San Francisco State University and California State College, East Bay, and his cello teachers included Margaret Rowell, Irene Sharp,  and Lazlo Varga.  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. Read more.

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Bowder6x8Naydene Bowder, Piano
B.S., Julliard School

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.

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Nell Britton, Piano
B.M, M.M. Performance, University of Southern Maine

Nell Britton received her Bachelor’s and Master’s in Piano Performance from the University of Southern Maine. She also studied Music Education at Ithaca College for 2 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.  Read more.

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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.

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Erin Chenard, Voice
B.M. Performance, University of Southern Maine; M.M. 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.

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Keith Crook1-cms2Keith Crook, Guitar
B.M., University of Southern Maine;  M.M., Boston Conservatory

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.

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Tina DavisTina Davis, Piano
University of Southern Maine

Tina Davis, originally from Deer Isle, completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees in piano under Laura Kargul at the USM School of Music. In high school, she won the Ocy L. Downs Piano Competition in Portland and was a finalist in the Bangor Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition. She has participated in the Maine Young Musicians Program at Kneisel Hall in Blue Hill and performed in masterclasses with Marian Hahn, Jane Coop, Lora Tchekoratova and Mark Gibson. At USM Tina was a winner of both the Honors Recital and Chamber Music Awards. Read more.

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Laura del Sol Jimenez, Flute
D.M.A., M.A. Performance, Manhattan School of Music, B.M., Pontifical Xaverian, University of Bogotá

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. Read More.

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Elowe6x8Carol Elowe, Piano
B.A. Music, New England Conservatory; M.A. Music, Syracuse University

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.

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JesseFeinbergHeadshotJesse Feinberg, Piano
B.A., University of Maine Augusta

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. 

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Brianna Fischler, Violin and Viola
B.M., Boston University

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’s Tanglewood Institute, Apsen Music Festival, National Orchestral Institute, Garth Newel Music Center, and Three Bridges International Chamber Festival. Read More.

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Lydia Forbes, Violin
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.

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. Read More.

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JuliaFrothinghamJulia Frothingham, Clarinet
M.M., University of Massachusetts at Amherst; B.M., B.M. Ed., Julius Hartt School of Music

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.

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Bio picRobert Gans, Piano
B.A. Music, State University of New York at Oswego

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.  He currently teaches piano, music theory and composition at the Portland Conservatory of Music while continuing to write, compose, perform, and produce recordings of his work.  He returned to the Portland, Maine area in July of 2016 after six years of similar pursuits in the San Francisco Bay area and a previous stint teaching at the Portland Conservatory from 2005 – 2010. Read more.

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Annah Gauthier, Piano
B.M. Performance, University of Southern Maine

Annah Isobel Gauthier is a classical pianist residing in Portland, ME. She 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. Read More.

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Classical_harpJara Goodrich, Harp
Cleveland Institute of Music

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.

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HerzerR6x8 Rachel Herzer, Piano
B.A. Music, Western Michigan University School of Music

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.

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Heydolph6x8Tyler Heydolph,  Bass

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.

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Hopkins6x8Margaret Hopkins, Suzuki Violin
B.M. Performance, University of Massachusetts at Lowell

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.

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Jellis6x8Robin Jellis, Suzuki and Traditional Cello
B.M. Performance, University of Southern Maine

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.

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Unknown-6Sebastian Jerosch, Classical and Jazz Trombone
Trombone Performance, Mannes College of Music

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.

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Johnstone6x8John Johnstone, Guitar and Ukelele
B.M. Performance, University of Southern Maine; A.A. Jazz, University of Maine at Augusta

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. Read more.

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Myles Jordan, Cello
D.M.A., Temple University School of Music; M.M., B.M. Julliard School; B.M. Performance, University of Toronto

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. Read More

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Nathan Kolosko, Guitar
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

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.

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Eric LandauEric Landau, Drums
B.A. Performance, University of Southern Maine

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.
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EricLaPernaPhotoEric LaPerna, Middle Eastern Drums

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.
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LehmannE6x8Eleanor Lehmann, Violin and Viola
B.A. Music Education and Performance, California State University in San Francisco

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.

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LehmannK6x8Kimberly Lehmann, Suzuki and Traditional Violin and Viola
B.M. Violin Performance, University of Minnesota; M.M. Violin Performance and Literature, Eastman School of Music

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. 

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Mary Johnstone Letellier, Voice
B.M., M.M., Boston Conservatory of Music

Mary Johnstone Letellier is a lyric 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, and is the soprano soloist for the Bar Mills Community Church. She recently performed Violetta in Verdi’s La Traviata with Flagstaff in Fidenza, conducted by Darko Butarac. Read More.

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April Masse, Piano
B.M. Performance, University of Southern Maine.

April Masse, originally from Castine, graduated from USM in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in piano performance and pedagogy.  She is now in the process of completing a master’s degree in piano performance.  At USM April was a winner in the 2017 Annual Honors Recital Competition and the 2015 Chamber Music Awards Competition, 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. Read more.

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McNerney6x8Kathleen McNerney, Oboe
Hartt School of Music, University of Southern California

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.

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mezoianPeter Mezoian, 4-string Plectrum Banjo

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.

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NinaMillerBioPicNina Miller, French Horn and Ukelele
B.S. Performance, Northwestern 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. Read more.

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Heidi Modr, Violin and Voice
B.M. Violin Performance, Oberlin Conservatory; Advanced Certificate in Violin Performance, Juilliard School

Heidi Modr is a native Mainer and was brought up in a musical family. She studied with many wonderful violinists in Maine before going to Oberlin Conservatory where she received a Bachelor of Music in Violin performance. While at Oberlin, she also enjoyed studying violin pedagogy. Heidi met Dorothy Delay at the Aspen Summer Music School and continued studying with her at The Juilliard School where she received an Advanced Certificate post graduate degree in violin performance. She stayed in New York for many years after graduating doing solo, chamber and orchestral performances and has two favorable New York Times reviews for solo performances. Read more.

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Elizabeth Moore, Violin and Viola
B.M. Viola Performance, University of North Carolina School of the Arts; M.M., Boston University College of Fine Arts

Elizabeth Moore started violin as a child with Janet Ciano and Augusto Salazar, among many other musical mentors while growing up in mid-coast Maine. She ​earned degrees in viola performance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts with a Bachelor’s of Music, and Boston University College of Fine Arts with a Master’s of Music. Her primary viola instructors were Sheila Browne and Karen Ritscher. In addition to her viola studies, she 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. Read More.

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Jeff Mosher, Voice
B.M. Performance, University of Southern Maine

Jeff Mosher, baritone, is an American singer, teacher and conductor who hails from the great state of Maine. He currently holds a BM in Voice Performance from the University of Southern Maine where he sang regularly with numerous university ensembles. With the chorale, he appeared as a guest soloist in Mozart’s Requiem. With the opera workshop, he sang such roles as Lord Mountararat in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe and Liberto in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea. With the chamber singers, he was a collaborator in hundreds of concerts, the most recent being a concert tour of Croatia. Read More.

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Danielle Moreau, Percussion
B.M. Music Education,  University of New Hampshire; M.M., D.MA. Percussion Performance, Arizona State University

Dr. Danielle Moreau is a percussion performer, music educator, and entrepreneur based in New England. She currently serves as adjunct faculty at the University of New Hampshire, percussion faculty at the Portland Conservatory of Music, and percussion specialist of the Westbrook School Department in Maine. While completing her doctoral work, she served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in Ethnomusicology and Percussion at Arizona State University where she was the Director of the African Drum Ensemble and Percussion Jazz Ensemble. Danielle is the co-founder of the Moreau | VanTuinen Duo and an active presenter, clinician, and performing artist throughout the United States. Read more.

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ChiharuNaruseChiharu Naruse, Suzuki and Traditional Piano
M.M. Performance, M.M. Instruction, Hochschule Fur Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin

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.

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noyes6x8Benjamin Noyes,  Cello and Composition
B.M., Rice University; M.M., Northwestern University

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.

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DeirdreOehrtmannDeirdre Oehrtmann,  Suzuki Violin
B.S. Music Education, University of Southern Maine

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.

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Barbara Paschke, Cello
B.M. Cello Performance, Ithaca College School of Music; M.M. New England Conservatory of Music

Barbara Paschke received her Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance from the Ithaca College School of Music and her Master of Music Degree from the New England Conservatory.  Her principal teachers include Einar Holm, Lawrence Lesser, Madeline Foley, and David Wells.  She has done extensive Suzuki teacher training with Gilda Barston, Jean Dixon, and Rick Mooney. Ms. Paschke is a longtime member of the Portland Symphony Orchestra. She is also one of the teaching artists with the Portland Symphony sponsored education program, PSO Explorers, dedicated to teaching literacy, community and sharing through music. She has just recently moved to Maine from Massachusetts, where she maintained a private studio of over 40 students using both traditional and Suzuki Methods.  Read more.

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Ed Pearlman,  Fiddle

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.  Read more.

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Tux_Picture5aDon Pride, Classical and Jazz Guitar,  and Jazz Composition
B.A. Classical Guitar Performance, University of Southern Maine

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.

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photoBetty Rines, Trumpet
B.M. Music Education, Crane School of Music, SUNY/Potsdam, NY; M.M. Trumpet Performance; Boston University School for the Arts

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.

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Luette Saul, Voice
M.M., University of Southern Maine; B.M., San Francisco Conservatory of Music

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. Read more. 

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Unknown-10Wren Saunders, Bassoon
B.M., University of Southern Maine; M.M. Bassoon Performance, New England Conservatory of Music

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.

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Paul Schnell, Choral Conductor
B.M. Music Education, Organ and Voice, Westminster Choir College, 

Paul’s studies at Westminster included vocal pedagogy and choral conducting with Helen and John Kemp, and organ with James Litton and Eugene Roan. With over thirty years experience in music education, he has directed school choruses and led numerous concerts and music ensembles. As an active professional musician, he has been affiliated with American Guild of Organists, Maine Music Educators Association, and the United Church Of Christ Musicians Association.  He currently serves as Organist and Assistant Music Director at Woodfords Church, Portland, Maine. Beginning in Fall 2017, he will conduct the Boy Singers of Maine at the Portland Conservatory of Music. Read more.

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Harold Stover, Organ, Music Theory and Ear Training
B.M.,  Juilliard School

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. Read more.

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tripp-cms2Krysia Tripp, Flute
M.M. Performance, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music

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.

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Danielle VanTuinen, Euphonium, Tuba, and Trombone
B.M. Euphonium Performance, Central Michigan University; M.M. Euphonium Performance, D.M.A. Euphonium Performance  with Emphasis in Tuba Performance, Arizona State University

Dr. Danielle VanTuinen is a low brass performer, music educator, arranger, and entrepreneur based in New England. She currently serves as low brass faculty at the Portland Conservatory of Music, low brass instructor for the marching band at the University of New Hampshire, the low brass specialist of the Westbrook School Department in Maine, and a private lessons instructor in the Stratham School District in Stratham, NH. Read more.

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B.A., M.A. Performance University of Southern Maine

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.
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Jobey Wilson, Tuba

B.M, University of Oklahoma; M.M., New England Conservatory of Music

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.