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UVMC Welcomes Three New Faculty Members

Annie Hansen, piano, and Emma McAlister, Suzuki violin

Caroline Hagerdorn

The Upper Valley Music Center is happy to welcome three new faculty members in September 2019.

Soprano Caroline Hagedorn is a professional choral singer, conductor, and dynamic soloist. She sings professionally with The Vermont Chamber Artists and Sound of Ages and has been a featured soloist with the Wasatch Chorale, St. Michael’s trio, and numerous others. Caroline received her vocal training under Darrell and Jennifer Babidge (Juilliard) and received her BM in Music Education from Brigham Young University while on a music scholarship. She has taught private voice lessons since 2016 to students ranging in age from 10 to 70 and is passionate about teaching all levels of singers. 

Annie Hansen will join the Piano Faculty, focusing specially on lessons for age 3-5.  She grew up taking piano lessons in the Upper Valley, began teaching private lessons in high school, and joined the UVMC faculty as a teacher and collaborative pianist between 2013-2015. After taking some time off teaching to travel and live with family on the West Coast, she is returning to UVMC with a new focus on teaching the littlest learners to enjoy and feel confident playing the piano. In addition to piano, Miss Annie enjoys practicing and teaching a variety of other arts including writing, sewing and puppetmaking.

Emma McAlister will join the Suzuki Violin faculty. Emma earned a Bachelor of Music Performance from the University of Wisconsin Whitewater and a Masters in Music Education with an emphasis in Suzuki Talent Education from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point. At UW Whitewater she had the privilege of being appointed concertmaster of the UW Whitewater Symphony and the Chamber Orchestra and was a member of the Chancellor’s Quartet. She was also a fellow in the Lake Geneva Symphony Fellowship Program. While at UW Stevens Point she was assistant concertmaster of the UW Stevens Point Symphony. She has registered Suzuki Associations of America Training for Suzuki Violin Unit 1 through Unit 8. Emma has extensive experience teaching private violin lessons, group classes, and coaching orchestra sectionals. She enjoys working with students of all ages and skill levels.

To sign up for voice lessons, piano lessons or to learn about the Suzuki program, please complete our lesson inquiry form.