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Gary Barton - Music Together
Gary Barton graduated from Framingham State College with a major in elementary education and a minor in music education. He completed his masters at Antioch University (Keene, NH) with a concentration in theater for children. Besides teaching Music Together, Gary is a children’s librarian at Howe Library where he leads a preschool story time twice a week. Gary currently sings with the Handel Society of Dartmouth College.

Tristan Bellerive - Guitar
Tristan Bellerive teaches guitar of all styles to all ages. After studying Jazz, Classical and World music at UMASS Dartmouth he has been performing and recording music throughout New England and Nashville, Tennessee. His teaching method is based on the real application of music fundamentals through songs the student personally enjoys. Please visit allaroundguitar.com for more information and guitar related content.

Sarah Brown - Piano, Collaborative Piano
Sarah Damron-Brown received her Bachelor's in piano performance from Morehead State University where she studied with Larry Keenan. Sarah attained a Masters of pedagogy, piano performance from Vanderbilt under the tutelage of Enid Katahn, and a PhD in Musicology and Piano performance from Boston University with Bela Nagy. She has since taught piano in various colleges in Nashville and Boston including Atlantic Union College while simultaneously operating her own music school. In addition to solo performances, Sarah has performed Gershwin’s Concerto in F for piano - live radio broadcast with the Morehead State Orchestra, Ravel Piano Concerto with Nashville Symphony, Rachmaninoff COncert #2 with Boston Orchestra, and recently Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the UPper Valley Chamber Orchestra. She has also performed with various chamber music groups, including Boston based MOSABA. While pursuing her performance career Sarah received a Master's of Divinity from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY. As an ordained pastor, Sarah has conducted various choirs, establishing music programs in churches while performing piano and organ. She currently teaches at her own piano studio in Thetford, VT while performing with the Kentucky Warblers Piano Trio and Quintet Ascension. Sarah is also music minister at Monroe Methodist Church in Monroe, NH.

Amy Cann - Fiddle
Amy Cann spent the first twenty years of her life becoming a violinist and the next ten becoming a fiddler. The first began in the excellent public schools of upstate NY and continued through a Bachelors in Strings/Pedagogy from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam; the second with an apprenticeship at the elbow of Jay Ungar then a journeyman stint through hundreds of contradances, kitchen junkets, and pub sessions throughout the northeast. These days she's a church organist, dance caller, music theater director, Suzuki camp clinician, and piano/theory teacher -- but what she loves best is to sit squarely on the fence between the classical and trad world and help folks climb over from either side.

Lisa Carlson - Flute, Suzuki Flute
BA Oberlin College Extended study in Music Education, University of Vermont. Lisa Carlson has taught flute since 1985. She is currently on the faculty of both the Upper Valley Music Center and the Monteverdi Music School in Montpelier VT, and teaches online to students throughout the country. Her study of flute and flute pedagogy includes lessons with Katherine Borst Jones at Oberlin, Jane Ambrose at UVM, as well as intensive study of the Suzuki Method at Suzuki Institutes in Tennessee, Ontario and Massachusetts. She enjoys teaching students of all ages and levels, from age 3 to adult, and has trained some of the top high school flutists in New England. Lisa has spearheaded chamber ensembles with some of the finest musicians in the area as well as with her own two adult daughters, and she has performed as principal flute with the Montpelier Chamber Orchestra. She maintains a web site and blogs at lisaflute.com.

Alicia Casey - Suzuki Program Coordinator; Director, Advanced Performance String Ensemble; Suzuki Violin
Alicia Casey is an internationally sought-after Suzuki educator and concert violinist originally hailing from Australia. Alicia directs the Suzuki Program at the Upper Valley Music Center, where she has taught since 2010, and oversees a program of 120 students in cello, flute, viola, and violin. Her students have been accepted to All State and New England Music Festivals.  Alicia has been a guest clinician at the Suzuki Institute of Indonesia, the Vermont Suzuki Violin Workshop and the Green Mountain Suzuki Summer Institute. Alicia has been published in the American Suzuki Journal and has presented at national conferences. She has registered formal Suzuki training with the Suzuki Association of the Americas in Violin Books 1-10 with Allen Lieb, Jeffrey Cox, Roger Stieg, Kimberly Meier-Sims, Ed Kreitman, Mark Mutter, Teri Einfeldt, Nancy Lokken, Doris Preucil and Mark Bjork. Having started violin at age 3 as a Suzuki student herself, Alicia has recently become a Suzuki parent, and now has experienced all three sides of the Suzuki triangle. Alicia received her Bachelor of Music Performance and Pedagogy from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music in Australia, where she was a student of Elizabeth Morgan, and her Masters in Violin Performance from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she was a student of Elizabeth Chang and was a recipient of the Lark Chamber Music Award. Alicia has performed with orchestras, quartets and as a soloist throughout the United States, Australia and Europe. Alicia currently lives in New Hampshire with her husband Ben, daughter Elizabeth and son Jack. 

Alison Cheroff - Piano
Alison Cheroff, MA, is a concert pianist and teacher who inspires pianists of all ages and levels. She has taught a large number of children over the last thirty years, and she also coaches professional pianists and piano teachers. She has given workshops and master classes at Music Teachers’ Associations, and such institutions as the Crane School of Music and Steinway Hall. Her lessons are energetic and creative. Based in her training in the Taubman Approach, Ms. Cheroff teaches her students how to experience freedom and mastery at the piano. From the first lesson, students are taught how to unify their fingers, hands, and forearms. Students are often surprised that they can play with such ease: evenness, power, accuracy, rich tone colors and shaped phrases emerge. Ms. Cheroff has helped countless musicians overcome pain such as tendonitis and carpal tunnel syndrome, and to go on to have successful careers in music. Ms. Cheroff has served on the Mannes College of Music Preparatory Division in New York City. Her students have been chosen for such honors as the Young Steinway Hall Artists Awards, and have participated in the National Guild Auditions. For youth, Ms. Cheroff incorporates composition and Dalcroze Eurythmic games in her lessons. Her students often include their compositions in their performances. Ms. Cheroff studied at the San Francisco Conservatory before moving to New York to study with Edna Golandsky. Alison has recently published her piano book with her own watercolors, "Bananas Hardly Say Anything During the Day".

Elizabeth Clendenning - Violin
BM Curtis Institute, MM The Cleveland Institute. At Curtis, Elizabeth was a student of Ivan Galamian. She played in the Cleveland Orchestra under George Szell for 6 seasons. Since moving to Hanover, she has been concertmaster of the Vermont Symphony and Opera North, and played in the Chautauqua Festival Orchestra for 11 seasons and in other ensembles in the New England region. She also played and taught in Honduras for 10 years helping to develop a national orchestra, receiving a Fulbright Grant for that purpose. Elizabeth is a teacher of violin, viola, chamber music, and orchestral skills.

Tim Cohen - Percussion
Tim Cohen attended Shenandoah College and Conservatory of Music in Winchester, VA (now Shenandoah University), where he studied under John R. Beck for percussion performance and William Averitt for music composition. He has performed with the NH Philharmonic Orchestra, Connecticut River Valley Orchestra, South Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Haddonfield Symphony Orchestra, Atlantic Brass Band, East Bay Jazz Ensemble, and many other ensembles throughout the Eastern Seaboard. His compositions have been performed by the Upper Valley Community

Carol Compton - Country Dance Ensemble
Ed.M. from Harvard University. Carol grew up in a family steeped in music and dance from all over the world. In college she gave up performing classical music in favor of playing for contra, English Country, and Colonial era dance in the Philadelphia area, before returning to her native New Hampshire in the 1990s. She has performed at the Smithsonian and Winterthur, has played festivals and dances from Ontario to West Virginia, teaches workshops for dance musicians, and has been spotted playing for Morris dancers from the hills of New Hampshire to the streets of Southern England. Carol can be heard on the 2000 Smithsonian Folkways Recording "Choose Your Partner," playing with the contra dance band Northern Spy and appears in the contra dance video "What's Not to Like?" She currently serves as Education Programs Director at the Brattleboro Music Center.

Meghan Davis - Chamber Music
Clarinetist Meghan Davis is a doctoral candidate in performance at Boston University, where she studies with Richard Stoltzman and is also enrolled in the Arts Administration and Fundraising Management programs. She is a member of New Bedford Symphony, Acacia Music, and doubles on saxophone, flute, and violin. With students ages 3-88, Davis teaches music at UVMC, Plymouth State University, and Newport Montessori, and yoga at Namaste Newport and as a substitute at Cowface Yoga. Ms. Davis holds a MM from Boston Conservatory, a Bachelor of Music from BU, and Associate’s level certificate in Paramedic Technology from Northeastern University.

Skip Downing - Trumpet, Brass Chamber Music
Edmund “Skip” Downing, principal of Bywater Piano Tuning, studied at Gordon College, played the trumpet in the Air Force and presently teaches at Vermont Christian School and the Upper Valley Music Center. He is a sought after trumpet player, performing in local shows and with groups in the area.

Susan Downing - Piano
B.A. in Music, Wheaton College (Norton, MA); B.M. in Education, Keene State College. She is classically trained but enjoys teaching all styles of music. Susan has been teaching piano to students ages 5 and up for 35 years. She has previously taught general music and beginning band grades K-4 for eight years . She studied piano with Andrew Wolf, Chonghyo Shin, Jane Helms and Annemieke McLane.

Celine DuTemple - Suzuki Violin and Viola
Celine DuTemple is a violinist and Suzuki instructor whose training is versatile and dynamic. She holds a BM in violin performance from Belmont University in Nashville, TN, Cum Laude, and a Masters at The Hartt School in Hartford, CT, where she received her long-term Suzuki training in Books 1-8. Her mentors include Teri Einfeldt, Christie Felsing, and Donna Ngai. She has studied with teachers such as Elisabeth Small and Anton Miller, whose tutelage is traced to Juilliard pedagogue, Dorothy Delay. As a performer, she played with the Hartt Orchestra, their chamber music program, and their 20th/21st century music ensemble, Foot in the Door. She has also performed with the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra. During the summers of 2013 and 2014, she attended the National Music Festival as an apprentice where recordings can be heard on National Public Radio. Recently, Celine has been a teaching assistant and chamber music coach at the prestigious Interlochen Arts Camp working with students between the ages of 8-18. Celine has held Suzuki studios in the New England area at The Sound Crossing Music School in Windsor, CT and the renowned Ethel Walker School in Simsbury, CT.

Jennifer Carol Hansen - Voice, Singing for the Stage, Class Voice, Voice Program Coordinator, Faculty Performance Coordinator
BA, Dartmouth College. Mezzo-soprano Jennifer Carol Hansen has performed as soloist throughout northern New England with choral societies such as the Manchester Choral Society, the Handel Society of Dartmouth College, the Brattleboro Music Center Concert Choir, the Concord Community Chorus, the Oratorio Chorale, the Androscoggin Chorale, and the Middlebury Festival Chorus, and with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra. She has performed with the Boston Vocal Artists and with Opera North, and has given solo and chamber music recitals at Dartmouth College, Middlebury College, the University of Maine at Farmington, the Canterbury Shaker Village concert series, and the Annicchiarico Theater in Concord, New Hampshire. Jennifer is a magna cum laude graduate of Dartmouth College. She has been a semifinalist in the Oratorio Society of New York Annual Solo Competition and has been a New England finalist in the National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Award Auditions. She is choir director and organist at Sacred Heart Parish in Lebanon, a cantor at St. Denis Parish in Hanover, New Hampshire, and teaches voice privately in Lebanon, New Hampshire. Jennifer has taught voice since 1988. Her students have gone on to sing in music or theater programs at Oberlin Conservatory, St Olaf College, Belmont University, UNH, UVM, Elon University, Hamilton College, Ithaca College, Dartmouth College, and others.

Alex Hurd - Voice
BA, Oberlin College; Master’s and Doctoral degrees from The Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Baritone Alex Hurd​ was the winner of the 2005 Joy In Singing Award and made his New York recital debut in 2006. In 2004, he received Second Prize in the Young Concert Artists International Auditions. A Fulbright Grantee, he devoted a year to studying lieder in Stuttgart, Germany. He earned fellowships to the Aspen Music Festival, Tanglewood Music Center and the Steans Institute at the Ravinia Festival. He earned Bachelor’s degrees in voice performance and history from Oberlin College and his Master’s and Doctoral degrees from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He currently teaches at St. Anselm College and has served on the voice faculties at SUNY-Potsdam, SUNY-Buffalo, SUNY-Fredonia, and Baldwin Wallace University. He is excited to join the faculty at the Upper Valley Music Center.

Katie Kitchel - Music Together, Music Together Program Coordinator
Katie Kitchel has been making “music together” with families across the Upper Valley for more than a decade. A graduate of Dartmouth College, she completed her Music Together training in 2004 with MT co-founder, Lili Levinowitz. Katie has also served on the faculty of the Revels Kids program, and continues to teach music at the Hampshire Cooperative Nursery School and the Family Place. She has a passion for musical theater performance and youth theater education and truly loves to wiggle, play, and sing with the younger members of the community... because, truly, any day becomes brighter when you can sing like a cow or dance like a chicken.

Benjamin Kulp - Suzuki and Traditional Cello, Music Together
B.Mus, St Olaf College; MM, Ball State University; Currently registered for Suzuki Cello Books 1-4, Suzuki Principles in Action. Benjamin Kulp is the cello instructor at The Upper Valley Music Center. He graduated from St. Olaf College with a Bachelor's in Music Performance, and a Master of Music from Ball State University, with further studies with Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi and Brant Taylor. He is currently registered for Suzuki Cello Books 1-4, Suzuki Principles in Action, and is also a registered Music Together Teacher. He is a former member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and the Miami Symphony Orchestra, and he founded the Logan Chamber Players, a not-for-profit chamber music orchestra in Chicago dedicated to bringing accessible classical music to local communities.

Matthew McGrath - Collaborative Piano
Matthew McGrath is a graduate of Berklee College of Music. He enjoys making music of all genres with instrumentalists and vocalists and has served as music director for many theatre productions. Matt is the collaborative pianist for the Lebanon High School choir as well as a member of the performing arts department at Aloha Hive summer camp.

Annemieke Spoelstra McLane - Piano
Music Pedagogy and Masters in Performance from the Zwolle Conservatory (Netherlands). Pianist Annemieke McLane was born in the Netherlands. She has studied classical piano and received degrees in Music Pedagogy and a Masters in Performance from the Conservatory in Zwolle, where she studied with Prof. Rudy de Heus and was awarded the conservatory's 'Student of the Year' for "great intelligence in pedagogy and sensitivity as a performer in well-balanced programs". Ms. ​McLane has performed in the Netherlands, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and United States. ​Annemieke won the National Young Music Talent (Netherlands) for piano-accompaniment, praised for her touch and coloring. In Paris she was finalist at the international Nadia and Lili Boulanger competition. In 2004, Annemieke made her way to Vermont. She has been staff accompanist at the Boston conservatory ​ 2004-2006, and has been teaching and performing as collaborative artist since 2004 at Saint Michael's College​. She is pianist for the Handel Society of Dartmouth College and for the Dartmouth Theater Department. At Middlebury College she accompanies vocal students. She is the music director of the United Church in Strafford since September 2016 and is part of the UVMC faculty. ​​She collaborates with vocalists and instrumentalists in concerts. She forms a duo with accordionist Jeremiah McLane in "Folklassics". ​Their Album "Danse" came out in 2012. ​Annemieke's first solo ​album "​T​occare" was released in the Fall of 2009. ​"Mesmerizing Schubert" (Seven Days) and her new solo album "Birds and Beethoven" arrived in August 2016 ('All of it is a joy", J. Lowe)​ A new website is under construction.

Jeremiah McLane - Accordion, Piano, Jazz Theory, Ear Training, and Improvisation
MM, New England Conservatory. Jeremiah McLane is a composer, accordionist, pianist and teacher with a diverse musical background including blues, jazz, Celtic, Québécois, French and other roots influenced music. He has performed throughout the United States, Canada and Europe, in bands such as The Clayfoot Strutters, Nightingale, The Goat Broke Loose, Allos Musica, Le Bon Vent, and Wheezer & Squeezer. He holds a master’s degree in contemporary improvisation from the New England Conservatory in Boston and in 2005 he started the Floating Bridge Music School, which is devoted to teaching traditional music from the British Isles, Quebec and Northern Europe, and North America, all genres that have influenced the music of his native New England. Since 1990 Jeremiah has released over thirty recordings, including three CDs in the past year alone: a solo project entitled The Grinding Stone; Gnossienne with Chicago-based Allos Musica; and most recently The Wind Among the Reeds with bagpiper Timothy Cummings, which won the Montpelier’s Times-Argus Vermont album of the year award for 2016. His second solo recording Smile When You’re Ready, was nominated by National Public Radio in their “favorite picks”, and his fifth release Hummingbird, with Ruthie Dornfeld, received the French music magazine “Trad Mag” Bravo award, as did Goodnight Marc Chagall with Le Bon Vent. He has composed music for theatre and film, including Sam Shepard’s A Lie Of The Mind, and been awarded the Ontario Center For The Performing Arts “Meet The Composer” Award, and the Vermont Council On The Arts “Creation Of New Work” grant. He has served on the faculty of the State University of New York in Plattsburgh, New York and currently teaches the Summit School for Traditional Music in Montpelier, Vermont and at the Upper valley Music Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire. He also teaches regularly at summer music programs throughout the United States including Ashokan, Centrum’s American Festival of Fiddle Tunes, Swananoah, Maine Fiddle Camp, Lark in the Morning, John C. Campbell Folk School, Pinewoods, Bay Area CDSS Camps, and many others. www.jeremiahmclane.com

Mark Nelson - Vivace Ensemble, Chamber Music, Chamber Orchestra Conductor, Music Theory, Music History
A multifaceted musician with wide-ranging musical interests, Mark Nelson has over 30 years’ experience conducting instrumental and choral ensembles in schools, colleges, and communities. He developed the instrumental-music program at Lake Forest College, led brass, chamber, and new-music ensembles at Wabash College, directed the orchestra at the Webb Schools, and conducted performances of Company, Les Misérables, The Threepenny Opera, and Working at various sites. He has launched electronic-music programs at two colleges and three independent secondary schools. With degrees from Yale (B.A.), Princeton (Ph.D.), and Harvard (Ed.M.), and having undertaken additional graduate study of Javanese gamelan and South Indian classical music at Wesleyan, he is deeply committed to promoting among ensemble members, audiences, and students of music theory, composition, and history the joys of musical discovery.

Julie Ness - Voice, Singing for the Stage, Class Voice
BM in vocal performance, Oberlin Conservatory. Soprano Julie Ness is a versatile performer of the opera and concert stage. After receiving her training at the Oberlin Conservatory she went on to make her professional debut with Opera San Jose in California and lived and worked on the West coast for many years in both operatic and concert repertoire. While living in New York City, she made her Carnegie Hall debut as the featured soprano soloist in Handel's Messiah and John Rutter's Requiem and also performed recitals with Trinity Church and the New York Festival of Song. Ms. Ness performed such roles as Rosina (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Despina (Così fan tutte), Atalanta (Xerxes), Adele (Die Fledermaus), and Norina (Don Pasquale). She has worked with Opera San Jose, Festival Opera, Lake George Opera Festival and the Chicago Humanities Festival and has sung with the American Bach Soloists and the San Francisco City Choir and Orchestra. Ms. Ness has recorded on the Deluxe label and worked with such prominent conductors as Daniel Beckwith, Paul Nadler, Jeffrey Thomas and Michael Barrett. Since moving to Vermont, she has devoted her time to teaching voice privately and with the Upper Valley Music Center, recital work and raising her three young children. Her students are active in the Upper Valley and beyond- with NATS, All State, NEMFA, and within area high schools and local theaters; many are graduates pursuing classical voice and musical theater degrees.

Patricia Norton -Vocal Exploration, Choral Singing Skills, Community Chorus Director, Choral Program Coordinator
BA from Middlebury College in Political Philosophy; extended study with Alice Parker, Judi Vinar, Bobby McFerrin, and others. Despite being told in 1st grade to mouth the words, Patricia has an ongoing love affair with choral music. In the fall of 2012, she founded the Juneberry Music Choral Singing School, which merged with the UVMC in 2016. Patricia was choir director and organist at the First Congregational Church in Thetford for 13 years, and facilitates classes in literature and music with OSHER at Dartmouth and the Vermont Humanities Council. She has performed with Full Circle, Vermont Chamber Artists, and Handel Society. www.juneberrymusic.com

Lisa Piccirillo -Music Together
Since she was a kid, Lisa Piccirillo has been singing and performing in musical theater as well as in choirs and a cappella groups. An Elementary Education major at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY, Lisa worked in preschool classrooms and taught fourth grade after graduation. She has toured nationally as a singer/songwriter, performing original music in legendary venues across the country as a solo artist and as a member of various bands, namely Hotels & Highways and the Gregory Douglass Band. Lisa plays guitar, ukulele, piano and percussion instruments, but considers vocal harmony her specialty and has been invited to lend her voice to a number of recordings over the years in addition to her solo debut (Momentum 2008) and releases by Hotels & Highways (Lost River 2011 & Greetings from Wilbraham 2012). She and her husband, bassist Seth Barbiero, can be seen performing around the Upper Valley and beyond with their rock cover band, The Tricksters, or found at home in Norwich, VT with their baby, Luca, working on their recording studio-to-be. Lisa is thrilled to be teaching at the UVMC, having received her Music Together certification in 2015 at the MT headquarters in Hopewell, NJ. To learn more about Lisa and hear her music, visit www.lisapiccirillo.com

Christine Rua -Recorder
Christine Rua graduated magna cum laude with a B.M. from the Crane School of Music at Potsdam, NY with a teaching degree and a focus in oboe. She has recently completed a 10 year tour with Cirque du Soleil’s show Varekai, having performed over 3000 shows all over the World in 25 countries, from Sydney to Seoul, Rio to Russia as well as the Royal Albert Hall in London. While with Cirque she played a wide range of instruments including recorders, flutes, oboe, clarinet, shawms, bombards, bagpipes, percussion and as a vocalist. Before Cirque she lived in the Boston area and was involved in the world of Early Music. She was inspired by the teachings and approach to sound of Marleen Montgomery, director of The Quadrivium, an ensemble who performed Early Music in innovative and creative ways and she also studied recorder with Marion Verbruggen and with Owen Watkins. Chris is a multi-instrumentalist, playing recorders, historical flutes, reeds, bagpipes and percussion as well as singing. She has performed, recorded and toured with such ensembles as The Quadrivium, Libana, The Christmas Revels in Cambridge, Washington, Philadelphia and Hanover, NH, Early Music New York, Piffaro, Ex Umbris and with Anne Azema of the Boston Camerata.

Jennifer Turbes - Suzuki Violin/Viola; Student Performance Coordinator; Summer Program Coordinator
MM & DMA, Eastman School of Music; BA, St. Olaf College. Jennifer Elton Turbes grew up in Duluth, MN and graduated from the Lake Superior Suzuki Talent Education Program, studying with Laurie Bastian for 12 years. She went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Olaf College, followed by graduate studies at the Eastman School of Music, from which she holds the degrees Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music. Jennifer is passionate about pedagogy and performance, serving as a full time member of the Suzuki & Viola faculty at the Upper Valley Music Center since 2012 (Lebanon, NH) and appearing frequently on concert programs in Vermont and New Hampshire. She has registered teacher training with the Suzuki Association of the Americas on both violin and viola (with Nancy Lokken, Edward Kreitman, Carrie Ruening-Hummel, Elizabeth Stuen-Walker, Carol Dallinger & Alice Joy Lewis). In her spare time, Jennifer plays the Norwegian Hardanger Fiddle, and loves to spend time with her dog, Alaska, and cat, Beep.

Ben Van Vliet - Suzuki Violin/Viola; Chamber Music; Class Fiddle
Benjamin Van Vliet
is an experienced violin educator specializing in the Suzuki method for students from beginning to advanced levels. Ben has taught at the Upper Valley Music Center since 2011, where he is Executive Director and teaches chamber music and fiddle in addition to his private studio. Ben’s students have been accepted to multiple festivals and competitions. Ben has been published in the American Suzuki Journal and has presented at the Suzuki Association of the Americas National Conference. Ben has registered formal Suzuki training with the Suzuki Association of the Americas in Violin Books 1-10 and supplemental courses with Teri Einfeldt at the Hartt School of Music, Nancy Lokken, Alice Joy Lewis, Doris Preucil, Thomas Wermuth, Ronda Cole, and Michele Higa George, and Allen Lieb. Ben holds a B.A. in Music from Vassar College and a M.M. in Violin Performance from the University of Massachusetts Amherst where he studied violin with Elizabeth Chang and viola with Kathryn Lockwood, and where he was a recipient of the Lark Chamber Music Award. In addition to his love of classical music, Ben plays fiddle for contra dances from time to time.

Judy Wild - Violin
Judy Wild graduated from the Birmingham Conservatory, UK with an honors degree in music and teaching diplomas in both violin and piano. Her teachers included Andrew Watkinson (violin) and Frank Wibaut (piano). She also holds a violin teaching diploma from the Royal College of Music, London (ARCM). Judy received her masters in violin performance from the Royal Northern College of Music, UK studying there with Malcolm Layfield. She and her family relocated to the US in 2000. Her exposure to the Suzuki program at the UVMC (as accompanist) inspired her to further explore the Suzuki teaching method. She has done the teacher training for books I-4.

Brooke Wilkinson - Music Together
Brooke Wilkinson has completed Music Together teacher training and has taught at UVMC since 2012. Brooke also teaches early childhood music classes at childcare centers throughout the Upper Valley including the Dartmouth College Childcare Center.

Jane Woods - Messiah Sing Conductor; Music Theory
Master of Music in Choral Conducting, Temple University. Bachelor of Music in Music Education (piano/vocal), University of Delaware. Jane Woods is a retired K-12 public/private school music educator, having most recently taught and conducted for 21 years at Hanover High School, Hanover, NH. At Hanover High she directed the Chorus and Footnotes Chamber Ensemble (including 5 tours to France) and coached students participating in NH Concert/Jazz All-State festivals. Additionally, she advised three student-directed a cappella ensembles, provided musical direction for the annual Broadway show productions and taught Music Theory. She is currently involved in a variety of Upper Valley community choral and musical theater organizations: Bel Canto Chamber Singers (Music Director/Conductor), NCCT Teens musicals (Music Director/Conductor), Northern Stage YES musicals (Music Director/piano), and Upper Valley Music Center (Messiah Sing/Conductor and teaching Music Theory). In addition to her formal degree training she studied and participated widely in workshops and seminars including: Sommerkademie JSBach — Eugene, Oregon and Stuttgart, Germany (choral-orchestral conducting) Europa Cantat XIX -- Never, France (Conductors’ Study Tour) Westminster Choir College, Western Wind, College of Santa Fe, Isaye Barnwell (African American choral tradition).

David Wysocki
David Wysocki has conducted the UVMC Chamber Orchestra since September, 2008. Under his leadership the orchestra has made the transition from "reading" orchestra to a performing ensemble featuring professional soloists.David Wysocki received a degree in double bass performance from the Boston University School of Music. He studied with Boston Symphony Orchestra bassist Leslie Martin and former BSO principal bassist Henry Portnoi. A Vermont resident since 1986, Mr. Wysocki has performed with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, the Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra and the Hanover Chamber Orchestra. In addition, Mr. Wysocki performs chamber music with the Upper Valley Mozart Project and the Abendmusik Chamber Players

Nicholas Zannoni - Chamber Music Program Coordinator, violin, Strings in Schools
Nicholas Zannoni began playing the violin at age 6 under the tutelage of Mary Kay Neal at Buffalo Suzuki Strings, and performed with the Buffalo Suzuki Strings Advanced Ensemble at the International Suzuki Conference in Turin, Italy. He completed two Bachelor’s Degrees in Music Education and Violin Performance from the Hartt School of Music while studying with Anton Miller, and a Masters Degree in Music Education with a concentration in Violin while studying with Elizabeth Chang. Nicholas has been teaching strings in Connecticut public schools, and Violin, Viola, and Double Bass at his private studio for the past 6 years, and enjoys performing a wide variety of musical styles.

Michael Zsoldos - saxophone, clarinet
Based in Woodstock, Vermont, woodwind specialist, educator, composer, conductor, Michael Zsoldos is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and Michigan State University where he studied with Branford Marsalis. He has performed with Paquito D’Rivera, Sheila Jordan, Kevin Mahogony, Houston Person, Luis Perdomo, Jason Palmer, Matt Wilson, Bernadette Peters, Carole King, Ben Vereen, Bebe Winans, Yolanda Adams, and many others. Michael’s debut CD as a leader, Off the Cuff, is playing on streaming services and jazz radio stations worldwide. Currently, Michael is a member of the NYC-based Miro Sprague Quintet, the Jason Ennis Quartet, and Eugene Uman’s Convergence Project; a group whose original music merges Colombian rhythms with jazz harmonies. In addition to teaching and performing as a saxophonist, Michael plays and offers instruction on flute and clarinet. Since 2005, Michael has been the instrumental arranger for the Dartmouth College Gospel Choir and Dartmouth Idol. Michael composed the music for the 2017 documentary Seeing Through The Wall: Meeting Ourselves in Palestine and Israel. He was the orchestrator for the musical, 21, based on the life of baseball legend, Roberto Clemente, which had its premiere at Pointe Park University in Pittsburgh in October 2014. Michael is a lecturer in classical and jazz saxophone at Dartmouth, and for eight years was the jazz and classical saxophone instructor at the University of Vermont. He is on the teaching faculties of the Vermont Jazz Center in Brattleboro, and Interplay Jazz and Arts, based in the Upper Valley. He and his wife Elizabeth Reaves are the proud parents of Laszlo Zsoldos, now 2.