Members of the faculty - Portland Conservatory of Music

The Portland Conservatory of Music is home to over 50 outstanding faculty who teach young people and adults how to play more than 30 instruments. Get to know our teachers and then register for lessons.  Questions? Email or call us at (207) 775-3356.

By Instrument

Peter Mezoian, 4-string Plectrum Banjo

John Bennett
Robin Jellis, Suzuki and Traditional
Myles Jordan
Benjamin Noyes, Suzuki and Traditional
Barbara Paschke, Suzuki and Traditional

Don Pride, Classical and Jazz

Ben Noyes, Cello

Keith Crook, Classical Guitar

John Johnstone
Nathan Kolosko
Don Pride, Classical and Jazz

Eric LaPerna, Middle Eastern Percussion

Maria Wagner, Middle Eastern Clarinet and Wind

By Name

Titus Abbott

Titus Abbott, Faculty - Portland Conservatory of MusicJazz clarinet and saxophone

Titus holds a B.Mus. in classical composition techniques from the University of Montreal.

Julia Adams

Julia Adams, Faculty - Portland Conservatory of MusicViola

Julia 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.

Graybert Beacham

Graybert Beacham, Faculty - Portland Conservatory of MusicViolin and Viola

Graybert  has a B.M. and M.M. in Viola in Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music and completed coursework, D.M.A. in Music Education, Boston University.

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Maria Belva

Maria Belva, Faculty - Portland Conservatory of MusicVoice/Choral Director

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.

John Bennett

John Bennett, Faculty - Portland Conservatory of MusicCello

John attended San Francisco State University and California State College, East Bay

Naydene Bowder

Naydene Bowder, Faculty - Portland Conservatory of MusicPiano

Naydene has a B.S. from Julliard School.

Nell Britton

Nell Britton, Faculty - Portland Conservatory of MusicPiano

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

Tim Burris, Faculty - Portland Conservatory of MusicBaroque Guitar, Lute, and Theorbo

Tim has a soloist’s diploma, Royal Conservatory, The Hague and a Ph.D., Duke University.

Erin Chenard

Erin Chenard, Faculty - Portland Conservatory of MusicVoice

Erin has a B.M. Performance, University of Southern Maine and a M.M. Performance and Pedagogy, Westminster Choir College.

Jane Clukey

Jane Clukey, Faculty - Portland Conservatory of MusicVoice

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

Keith Crook, Faculty - Portland Conservatory of MusicGuitar

Keith has a B.M., University of Southern Maine and a M.M., Boston Conservatory.

Tina Davis

Tina Davis, Faculty - Portland Conservatory of MusicPiano

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

Laura del sol Jimenez, Faculty - Portland Conservatory of MusicFlute

Laura’s degrees include: D.M.A., M.A. Performance, Manhattan School of Music, B.M., Pontifical Xaverian, University of Bogotá.

Carol Elowe

Carol Elowe, Faculty - Portland Conservatory of MusicPiano

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

Jesse Feinberg, Faculty - Portland Conservatory of MusicPiano

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

Brianna Fischler, Faculty - Portland Conservatory of MusicViolin and Viola

Brianna holds a B.M. in violin performance from Boston University’s College of Fine Arts

Lydia Forbes

Lydia Forbes, Faculty - Portland Conservatory of MusicViolin

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

Julia Frothingham, Faculty - Portland Conservatory of MusicClarinet

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 Gans

Robert Gans, Faculty - Portland Conservatory of MusicPiano

Robert received a B.A. Music from the State University of New York at Oswego.

Annah Gauthier

Annah Gauthier, Faculty - Portland Conservatory of MusicPiano

Anna has a B.M. in Performance from the University of Southern Maine.

Christian Giddings

Christian Giddings, Faculty - Portland Conservatory of MusicVoice/Choral Director

Christian holds a B.M. and M.M. in Music Education from the University of Maine and is a doctoral candidate in choral conducting at the University of Arizona.

Jackie Grigg

Jackie Grigg, Faculty - Portland Conservatory of MusicVoice, 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

Jara Goodrich, Faculty - Portland Conservatory of MusicHarp

Jara studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music.

Rachel Herzer

Rachel Herzer, Faculty - Portland Conservatory of MusicPiano

Rachel has B.A. in Music from Western Michigan University’s School of Music.

Tyler Heydolph

Tyler Heydolph, Faculty - Portland Conservatory of MusicBass

Tyler’s education has been primarily through private instruction with master bass players.

Margaret Hopkins

Margaret Hopkins, Faculty - Portland Conservatory of MusicViolin

Margaret has a B.M. in Performance from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell.

Robin Jellis

Robin Jellis, Faculty - Portland Conservatory of MusicCello

Robin has a B.M. in Performance from the University of Southern Maine.

Sebastian Jerosch

Sebastian Jerosch, Faculty - Portland Conservatory of MusicTrombone

Sebastian has a degree in Trombone Performance from the Mannes College of Music.

John Johnstone

John Johnstone, Faculty - Portland Conservatory of MusicGuitar and Ukelele

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.

Myles Jordan

Myles Jordan, Faculty - Portland Conservatory of MusicCello

Myles’ professional training  includes: D.M.A., Temple University School of Music; M.M., B.M. Julliard School; B.M. Performance, University of Toronto.

Nathan Kolosko

Nathan Kolosko, Faculty - Portland Conservatory of MusicGuitar

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 Landau

Eric Landau, Faculty - Portland Conservatory of MusicDrums

Eric has a B.A. in Performance from the University of Southern Maine.

Eric LaPerna

Drums, Middle Eastern

Eric has been a performing musician for over 25 years.

Eleanor Lehmann

Eleanor Lehmann, Faculty - Portland Conservatory of MusicViolin and Viola

Eleanor has a B.A. in Music Education and Performance from the California State University, San Francisco.

Kimberly Lehmann

Kimberly Lehmann, Faculty - Portland Conservatory of MusicViolin 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 Johnstone Letellier, Faculty - Portland Conservatory of MusicVoice

Mary has a B.M. and M.M. from the Boston Conservatory of Music.

April Masse

April Masse, Faculty - Portland Conservatory of MusicPiano

April has a B.M. in Performance from the University of Southern Maine.

Kathleen McNerney

Kathleen McNerney, Faculty - Portland Conservatory of MusicOboe

Kathleen is a graduate of the Hartt School of Music and the University of Southern California.

Peter Mezoian

Peter Mezoian, Faculty - Portland Conservatory of MusicBanjo

Peter attended  Colby College and Essex University.

Nina Miller

French Horn and Ukulele

Nna Miller, Faculty - Portland Conservatory of MusicNina received her B.S. in French Horn Performance from Northwestern University.

Elizabeth Moore

Elizabeth Moore, Faculty - Portland Conservatory of MusicViolin 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.

Jeff Mosher

Jeff Mosher, Faculty - Portland Conservatory of MusicVoice

Jeff has a B.M. in Performance from the University of Southern Maine.

Chiharu Naruse

Chiharu Naruse, Faculty - Portland Conservatory of MusicPiano, 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.

Ben Noyes

Ben Noyes, Faculty - Portland Conservatory of MusicCello and Composition

Ben received his B.M. from Rice University and his M.M. from Northwestern University.

Deirdre Oehrtmann

Deirdre Oehrtmann, Faculty - Portland Conservatory of MusicSuzuki Violin

Deirdre’s earned a B.S. in Music Education from the University of Southern Maine.

Barbara Paschke

Barbara Paschke, Faculty - Portland Conservatory of MusicCello

Barbara holds a B.M. in Cello Performance from the Ithaca College School of Music and a M.M. from the New England Conservatory of Music.

Ed Pearlman

Ed Pearlman, Faculty - Portland Conservatory of MusicFiddle

Ed has specialized in performing and teaching fiddle music since the 1980s.

Don Pride

Don Pride, Faculty - Portland Conservatory of MusicGuitar 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.

Betty Rines

Betty Rines, Faculty - Portland Conservatory of MusicTrumpet

Betty’s holds a B.M. in Music Education from the  Crane School of Music, SUNY/Potsdam, NY, and a M.M. in Trumpet Performance from Boston University School for the Arts.

Luette Saul

Luette Saul, Faculty - Portland Conservatory of MusicVoice

Luette has a B.M. from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and a M.M. from the University of Southern Maine.

Wren Saunders

Wren Sasunders, Faculty - Portland Conservatory of MusicBassoon

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

Harold Stover, Faculty - Portland Conservatory of MusicOrgan, Music Theory and Ear Training

Harold holds a B.M. from Julliard School.

Krysia Tripp

Krysia Tripp, Faculty - Portland Conservatory of MusicFlute

Krysia received an M.M. in Performance from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.

Maria Wagner

Maria Wagner, Faculty - Portland Conservatory of MusicClarinet, Middle Eastern

Maria has a B.A. and a M.A. in Performance from the  University of Southern Maine.

Jobey Wilson

Joey Wilson, Faculty - Portland Conservatory of MusicTuba

Jobey has a B.M. from the University of Oklahoma and a M.M. from the  New England Conservatory of Music.

Upcoming Events

  1. Auditions for the Boy Singers and Girl Singers of Maine

    August 22 @ 5:00 pm - August 24 @ 2:00 pm
  2. New Old Timers | Jazz Workshop

    September 20 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  3. New Old Timers | Dimensions in Jazz Concert

    September 20 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm