Meet the Heartbeat of the Music School
Many of the finest musicians in New England find a home at the Music School to teach students of all ages. 75% of our artist faculty reside here in New Hampshire, with others hailing from other parts of New England. Our teachers are our treasure! Teachers are listed alphabetically.
Antoaneta Anguelova, Conductor, NH Youth Concert Orchestra; violin, viola - B.M. LSU School of Music, M.M. and Performance Diploma, Boston Conservatory. Primary teachers include Yosif Radionov, James Alexander and Lynn Chang. Active soloist and chamber music player through United States and Europe. Concertmaster, Cape Symphony Orchestra; Member of Portland Symphony Orchestra and Rhode Island Philharmonic.
Teresa A. Barton, piano, Piano Explorations, Suzuki Piano – B.S. Magna cum Laude in Music Education, Western Connecticut State University. Experienced piano teacher and general music faculty for ages Kindergarten through Grade 6 and adult beginners. Current solo pianist, accompanist, vocalist, songwriter, and recording artist. Maintains a private piano studio and serves as Interim Minister of Worship and Music at Bethany Covenant Church, Bedford NH.
Carl R. Benevides, conductor, NH Youth Jazz Ensembles; saxophone and Music Technology – B.M., UMASS Lowell; M.Ed., Plymouth State University. Performances include Carnival Cruise Lines, 215th Army Concert and Jazz Bands, and the Evan Goodbrow Band. Specialist in music technology, presenting clinics at Berklee College of Music, UMASS Lowell, NH All-State Conference and New England Band Director’s Institute. Serves on Executive Board of NH Music Educator’s Association and is currently All State Band Manager. Taught jazz ensemble and saxophone at UNH Summer Youth Music School. Currently is Director of Bands at Souhegan High School.
Elizabeth Blood, piano, Education Coordinator – Elizabeth Blood, Education Coordinator and Piano Faculty, holds a B.M. Degree from Northwestern University, where she was a recipient of the Helen L. Teich scholarship, as well as two M.M. Degrees from Florida State University in Accompanying/Chamber Music and Opera Coaching. Ms. Blood currently serves as a Staff Accompanist/Lecturer at the University of New Hampshire and has served on the faculties of Shorter College (Rome, GA), Plymouth State University and Keene State College. Ms. Blood has also served as a collaborative pianist for the Opera in the Ozarks (AK), the Barga Institute (Italy) and the American Institute of Musical Studies (Graz, Austria). An active freelance musician, she has served as accompanist for the Granite State Opera, New Hampshire Opera Theatre, the National Association of Teachers of Singing and the Mobile Opera Competition. Recent performances in the Greater Boston area include collaborations with Opera Providence, Boston Midsummer Opera, New England Light Opera and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus. An active church musician, she is currently the Music Director at Christ the King Lutheran Church (Nashua, NH), and has served churches in FL, GA and IL. She also sings in the Manchester Choral Society and serves as the Accompanist for the NH All-State Women’s Chorus as well as other NHMEA festival ensembles. Upcoming appearances include performances at Dartmouth and St. Anselm’s Colleges, in their Chamber Music Series, and the New Hampshire Philharmonic.
Judith Blood, Early Childhood Education, received her Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education, magna cum laude, from the University of New Hampshire. She later earned a teaching certificate in Orff Schulwerk from the University of Lowell and a Master of Education degree in Integrated Arts from Plymouth State College. Mrs. Blood has taught for many years in the Kearsarge Regional and Derry Cooperative School Districts. She has been a clinician at Plymouth State University’s Integrated Arts Conference and has also taught at the Wheelock School, the laboratory school affiliated with Keene State College and in the Brookline (NH) school district. Currently she is a music educator at the Clark School, Amherst and at the Bedford Montessori School where she is involved in an outreach program through the Manchester Community Music School. Formerly a faculty member of the Notre Dame Community Music School, she also maintained a private piano studio. For many years she was also Music Director at Bethany Covenant Church, Bedford where she conducted adult and children’s choirs as well as children’s, teen and adult handbell choirs.
Sarah Brink , piano -M.A. in Theology from the Seminary of the Immaculate Seminary in Huntington, New York, complimenting her music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, MA and her European studies with Luigi Tagliavini, Gustave Leonhardt and Harold Vogel. From 1994-2000 Ms. Brink was organist and assistant to the Director of Music at the Oratory Church at St. Boniface in Brooklyn, NY. She currently resides in Exeter, New Hampshire where she was the Music Director at the Congregational church for six years and is now the Music Director at Trinity Episcopal Church in Haverhill, MA. She continues to run successful piano studio. She is a native of Boston who has performed extensively both as a harpsichord and organ soloist and a continuo accompanist throughout the northeast with groups such as Pomerium Musices, Banchetto Musicale, Hesperus and her own group, Phoenix.In a review, the Swiss daily Der Bund wrote, “Ms. Brink plays with a remarkable sense of style”. In 1991 she received her Master of Arts in Theology.
Chris Cavanaugh, suzuki violin, guitar – B.A., theology, Moody Bible Institute, Chicago. Suzuki Training at Hartt Suzuki Institute and Capital Suzuki Institute. Studied with John Fredrickson of American Conservatory. Performances include New Hampshire Philharmonic Orchestra and the band Brother Sun. Worship Director with various churches.
Mike Clark, music technology – Professional audio engineer for over 20 years, conducting over 200 recording sessions per year. Experienced in all recording formats. Certified Pro Tools instructor, recording connection instructor, and currently the technology director at HBHS. Has owned and operated Clarkcreative, a state of the art recording studio, for over 20 years. Experienced sound reinforcement engineer, mixing at many venues around New England. Attended Boston Audio Pro media, Interned at Blue Jay recording and has worked in many other New England recording facilities.
Jill Deleault, voice – B.A. Music, University of Nebraska; M.M. Vocal Performance, Oklahoma City University. Professional musical theater performer at both regional and national touring level. Director, musical director, and choreographer of various youth theater productions. Executive Director of New Hampshire Music Educators’ Association. Miss Nebraska 2000 and former Miss America contestant. Currently teaching music and dance at Campbell High School in Litchfield, NH.
Joe Deleault, piano – Joe Deleault is an award winning international performer, composer, and session pianist. Recording credits include Jon Bon Jovi, Carly Simon, Natalie Macmaster, Mighty Sam McClain, CJ Chenier, Shawnn Monteiro, Cecilia Zabala, Chris Colbourn & Hilken Mancini, Don Davis, Eugene Friesen, Glen Velez, FD Reeve, Kara Tondorf, Dawson’s Creek, PBS’s Roadtrip Nation, and Jonathan Lorentz. Joe is a Yamaha Piano Artist and Nord Keyboard Artist. He is currently composing with Academy Award winner Ernest Thompson. Composing credits include Ernest Thompson’s most recent film Time And Charges, Academy Award winning play On Golden Pond, and upcoming feature film Heavenly Angle. Visit Joe’s website. Listen to “The Four Winds” by Joe Deleault-piano, Don Davis-saxophone, Glen Velez-percussion.
Aubrie Dionne, flute, flute choirs – B.M. flute performance, University of New Hampshire; Graduate studies, Longy School of Music. Principal teachers include Robert Willoughby and Peggy Vagts. Adjunct faculty member Plymouth State University, UNH Summer Youth Music School. Active freelance performer including soloist with the Lakes Region Symphony. Published original flute compositions and flute choir arrangements. Founding member, The Alura Ensemble. Listen to Aubrie and Elliot Markow performing “Duettino sur des Motifs Hongrois op.36 by Franz Dopler. Visit Aubrie’s website.
Edward Doyle, trombone, Conductor, Concert Band – B.M. University of Massachusetts. M.M., University of Michigan. Current music teacher in Manchester Public Schools including associate band director at Manchester Public Schools including associate band director at Central High School. Freelance trombonist. Executive Board of New Hampshire Music Educators Association.
Vincent Duval, french horn, NH Youth Ensembles coach -B.M., Music Education, University of Massachussetts. Studied with Laura Klock. Director, Nashua Summer Band Camp. Music teacher, Pennichuck Junior High School, Freelance hornist. Hornist for Nashua Chamber Orchestra.
Lara Fejes, MT-BC, Neurologic Music Therapist, music therapy -M.M in Music Therapy, University of Louisville. Has experiencein a variety of settings including schools, early intervention, hospitals, nursing homes, and rehabilitation centers, most recently at Hands in Harmony, LLC in Rhode Island.
Harel Gietheim, cello, NH Youth Ensembles coach, chamber music – Degrees, Longy School of Music and the Telma Yalin School of Arts (Israel). Performs extensively both as soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States, England, Germany and Israel. Principal Cellist for Symphony NH.
Christina L. Grandoni, MT-BC, board certified music therapist - Received a B.M (bachelor’s of music) in Music Therapy from Berklee College of Music, has experience in a variety of settings including special education populations both within schools and privately, dually diagnosed children and adolescents, and hospital intensive care and rehabilitation settings. Has worked in various public school settings in Massachusetts, most recently with Assabet Valley Collaborative in the metro-west region. Enjoys incorporating technology and modern music/music techniques into traditional music therapy sessions to create a unique environment for exploration, learning, and the therapeutic process.
Matthew D. Green, violin, NH Youth Ensembles coach – B.M., New England Conservatory of Music; Konzertklasse at Konservatorium Luzern, Lucerne, Switzerland. Faculty member, New England Conservatory Preparatory School. Extensive freelance performing throughout New England. Performances and recordings with Collegium Musicum Zurich under Paul Sacher.
Margaret Herlehy, oboe – Training at University of Michigan and Sarah Lawrence College, 5 year tenure as Artist in Residence. Principal teachers include Lois Wann and Meyer Kupferman. Has premiered numerous works for oboe, is a regularly featured concert soloist with orchestras throughout the Northeast, has performed on Broadway, for commercial soundtracks, on New Age recordings and in recital at the Concours International de Paris Ville d’Avray. Currently director of summer school chamber music at Phillips Exeter Academy, and is on the music faculty of the University of New Hampshire. Performs with infinities chamber ensemble and Ensemble Sospiri, featured recitalists at the International Double Reed Conference. Plays on a Rosewood Laubin oboe.
Mark Latham, NH Youth Symphony Orchestra Conductor; violin, viola – AGSM Guildhall School, London; B.M. Philadelphia College of Performing Arts; M.M. Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music; D.M. A. orchestral conducting the University of Michigan. Studies with David Takeno, Masao Kawasaki, Zvi Zeitlin; orchestral conducting studies with Kenneth Kiesler, Larry Rachlef and Marin Alsop. Has been active as a violinist, teacher, composer and conductor in North America, Europe and Africa. Former faculty Memorial University, Newfoundland, Canada. Conductor/Music Driector of numerous performing groups, including CAMMAC, in Quebec; the Nahsua Chamber Orchestra; the Avalon Chamber Ensemble; the Life Sciences Orchestra, in Ann Arbor, MI; the Campus Symphony Orchestra at University of Michigan; and the Gilbert & Sullivan Society of the University of Michigan. Music festivals include Aspen, Spoleto, Banff. Recordings with Black Auks improv ensemble and Atlantic String Quartet. Current faculty at Concord Academy and University of Massachusetts, Lowell.
Philip Lauriat, voice- Voice and conducting studies, Eastman School of Music and Westminster Choir College. Teachers include Ellen Repp and Dr. Georg Tinter. Artistic Director of Granite State Opera. Music Director of Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra. Voice teacher and conductor in Boston and Temple, NH for students from elementary school to Metropolitan Opera. Performances include Cincinnati Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Nashua Symphony and Keene Chamber Orchestra. Conducted performances for Granite State Opera, East Slovakian State Opera, and led performances by Frederica von Stade and Patricia Racette.
Laura Levine, early childhood- B.A. sociology, Wesleyan; M.A., dance/movement therapy, Antioch/New England Graduate School. Resource Specialist, Child Care programs, Coordinator of Community Based Services and Program Manager with Easter Seals, NH. Movement therapist at Language and Cognitive Development Center, Lynnfield, MA.
Donna Lombardo, voice – B.M. and M.M., voice pedagogy, Indiana University School of Music. Former faculty American Conservatory of Music, Chicago. Recipient of National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Artist Award, Finalist Opera Company of Boston auditions; semi-finalist Metropolitan Opera New England Region auditions. Soloist in concerts, operas, and recitals in Midwest, New Hampshire and Boston area. Member, Boston and Granite State chapters of NATS.
Deborah Markow, violin, Suzuki violin; Conductor, NH Youth Preparatory and String Orchestras, Beginner String Ensemble; Program Director, Adult String Ensemble – B.S., University Southern California. Studied with Mehli Mehta and Noumi Fischer. Performances include New Orleans Symphony and numerous orchestral and chamber music concerts. Former faculty member at University of New Orleans, Tulane University, Community Music Center of Boston, California State University, and University of Southern California. Former Director of Greater New Orleans Suzuki Forum.
Elliott Markow, violin, viola – B.M., Boston University. Studied with William Kroll, Emanuel Borok, Berl Senofsky, and Jascha Heifetz. Former member of New Orleans Symphony. Performances include Boston Pops, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Granite State Symphony and the NH Philharmonic. Concertmaster for Symphony NH. Former faculty member at University of New Orleans, Tulane University. Current faculty member at St. Paul’s School, and University of Massachusetts Lowell.
Justin McCarthy, D. M., piano, composition, staff accompanist – B.M. and M.M., Rice University; D.M., Boston University. Studies with Paul Cooper, Robert Roux, Bruce MacCombie, and Lukas Foss. Master classes with Richard Goode and Abbey Simon. Collaborative pianist for the Department of Music, Theatre, & Dance at Plymouth State University. Organist and Director of Contemporary Ensemble, St. Elizabeth Seton Parish, Bedford, NH. U.S. and international performances in Houston, Dallas, New York, Boston, Ireland, the Czech Republic, and the Philippines. Active as a liturgical composer, his collection “Piano Meditations” is published by G.I.A. Publications, Inc.
Romeo Melloni, piano, composition, theory – B.A., Milan University; M.M., Berkley College of Music; Graduate Diploma in Composition, New England Conservatory; Doctoral studies, Boston University. Original compositions performed throughout the world, including New York City, Boston, Washington, D.C., Providence, Baltimore, Manchester, Nashua, Italy, the Slovak Republic, the Czech Republic and Poland. Teaching experience includes Junior Music in Boston, Boston University, The Holderness School, and Plymouth State University.
Krystal Morin – voice, piano, 2G MCS, is recent graduate from Plymouth State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education. During her time at PSU, her primary focus was voice, which she studied with Amanda Munton, with secondary emphasis on piano, which she studied with Dr. Carleen Graff. She was the recipient of the PSU Choral Fellowship with Dr.
Dan Perkins, director of choral activities, from 2009-11. Krystal is the current music director of Second Generation Manchester Choral Society (2GMCS) who will be making their debut performance with the Manchester Choral Society (MCS) this spring. She is in her second year as Assistant Music Director Intern for MCS and also sings with the NH Master Chorale. Krystal is from Atkinson, NH.
Greg Newton, bassoon – B.F.A., bassoon performance, SUNY Buffalo; M.M., bassoon performance, New England Conservatory. Studied with Sherman Walt, Darlene Jussila and Louis Skinner. Performed as principal bassoon with Boston Ballet, Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Music Viva, Symphony NH, Portland Symphony, Boston Philharmonic and Boston Classical Orchestra. Founding member of chamber ensembles: Northwinds Quintet, Prometheus Ensemble and Ensemble Capolavoro. Featured soloist with Boston Classical Orchestra, Harvard Bach Society Orchestra, and Granite State Symphony.
Lilly Palchevsky, piano – B.S. music education, Towson University, Maryland. Taught private and group piano and in the public schools in the Baltimore (MD) area. Church accompanist in Greater Manchester area. On sabbatical 2012/2013.
Rebecca Plummer, piano – B.M., Virginia Commonwealth University, M.M., Boston University. Studied with Gilbert Kalish and Peter Serkin. Performances include Boston Ballet Orchestra, Alea II and Pro Arte Orchestra, Music at Eden’s Edge and leading synthesizer player for touring Broadway shows. Former faculty member: Boston University Tanglewood Institute and Longy School of Music. Former Director of Educational Quartets at Handel and Haydn Society and Personnel Manager for Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra. Currently teaches at Phillips Exeter Academy, and a private studio.
Stephanie Ratte, clarinet, early childhood music, NH Youth Ensembles coach – B.M., Crane School of Music; M.M., clarinet performance, Michigan State University. Studied with Elsa Verdehr. She performs with Granite State Symphony Orchestra, Granite State Opera, Great Water’s Music Festival, Chorus North Shore and Infinities Chamber Ensemble. She has also performed with Hanover Chamber Orchestra, Green Mountain Opera Festival, Portland Symphony, Nashua Symphony and Pro Musica. She has soloed with Lakes Region Symphony and Nashua Chamber Orchestra and maintains an active solo recital schedule. She is presently on the faculties of the Manchester Community Music School, the Concord Community Music School, and the SYMS program of the University of New Hampshire and is an adjunct clarinet teacher at Keene State College.
Piper Runnion-Bareford, harp, piano and Suzuki piano – Harp Performance, Royal College of Music in London; B.M., harp performance, Curtis Institute of Music. Principal Harp Positions include New Hampshire Philharmonic Orchestra, Brockton Symphony Orchestra, Nashua Chamber Orchestra, Merrimack Philharmonic Orchestra, Maine State Ballet, and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Other performances include Philadelphia Orchestra, Four Seasons Hotel, and soloist with Washington Choral Arts Society.
Russ Ryan, trumpet – B.M., Berklee College of Music; further studies at College of San Mateo. Member, River City Band and B Street Bombers. Performed with Greg Hopkins, Jeff Stout, Bill Pierce and Tiger Okoshi. Soloist with Big and Phat Jazz Orchestra and Ryles Jazz Orchestra. Russ also plays in the Adagio Big Band. Teaching experience includes private and group instruction at Masconomet Regional (MA), Timberlane, Alvirne HS, Triton Regional (MA) and Gordon College.
Barbara Scott, Director of Music Therapy – B.M. in Music Therapy, Ohio University. M.S.W., Boston University. Music Therapy experience includes Director of Music Therapy for the Community Music Center of Boston, school based therapist and social worker for the McKay School of East Boston, music therapist at McLean Hospital of Belmont, MA, Director of Recreational Therapy and Music Therapist for the Greenery Nursing and Rehabilitation Center of North Andover, MA. Present piano teacher for the Kids Club of Andover, MA
Rebekah Schulz, Early Childhood Education, holds a Bachelor of Music degree from St. Olaf College (Northfield, MN) and a Master of Sacred Music degree from Luther Seminary (St. Paul, MN). Ms. Bekah has taught early childhood music classes in Connecticut and Minnesota for 10 years. She is certified in the Orff-Schulwerk and Kindermusik music education methodologies, and is completing her Kodály certification. A conductor and voice teacher, Ms. Bekah is on the middle school choir faculty at the International Music Camp in the International Peace Gardens. In addition, she is a contributor to the website “Prelude Music Planner,” and a teacher at the Chapel School in Nashua. Prior to moving to Nashua, Ms. Bekah worked in St. Paul, MN, as a church musician where she led choirs (including 2 children’s choirs), taught Kindermusik classes, conducted a summer choir camp for elementary and middle school children, and was the interim conductor of the Treble Choir of the Northfield Youth Choirs.
Aimee Seiler, early childhood – B.A., History, College of the Holy Cross. M.Ed., Elementary Education, University of Notre Dame, C.A.E.S., Language, Literacy and Learning, Boston College. Former professor of Early Childhood and Child Development at Southern New Hampshire University and Kindergarten teacher in both Texas and Massachusetts.
Tatyana Shrago, piano – B.M., M.M., piano performance and pedagogy, St. Petersburg Conservatory, Russia. Accompanist, Music College and Music Schools in St. Petersburg, The Boston Conservatory and the vocal studio of Robert Honeysucker of Longy School of Music. Former faculty member, St. Petersburg Children’s Schools, Petrozavodsk Music College. Concertmaster, St. Petersburg Chamber Opera House, St. Petersburg Conservatory. Her students have won international competitions in Russia, Israel, Spain and USA. Performs numerous solo and chamber recitals. Recorded on Radio Classica in Russia and WNUR, America. Visit Tanya’s website. Listen to Tanya performing “Waltz Brillante”.
Linda Sidore, early childhood art, Triple Treat – B.S., Tufts University. Active local volunteer and advocate for young children. Original faculty member Manchester Community Music School.
Judy Teehan, Suzuki flute, recorder, Director of Education – B.A., music therapy, and music education certificate, Montclair State University. Principal teachers include Thomas Wilt, Robert Willoughby, Lea Pearson and Liisa Ruoho. Teaches flute and coaches chamber music at Phillips Exeter Academy, Timberlane Regional High School, and Pinkerton Academy. Founding Member of Infinities chamber ensemble. Member of the NH State Council on the Arts Artist Roster.
Mark Zelinski, trumpet – B.M. in Music Education, Masters of Music along with a cognate field in Wind Conducting and a Performers Certificate from Indiana University. Music education experiences at the middle school, high school and collegiate levels, including conducting clinics at the University of Texas at Austin, Indiana University, and Northwestern University. Former Director of Instrumental Music and Department Chair at Hereford High School in Baltimore, Maryland. Current Lecturer in Music at the University of New Hampshire, Durham.
John Zevos, Music technology, guitar, mandolin, ukulele – B. M., music education, Plymouth State University; Current faculty member at Timberlane Regional High school, Junior SYMS, Senior SYMS and Timberlane Summer Guitar and Bass Camp Director. Also teaches and plays guitar, bass, mandolin, banjo, dobro and lap steel. Performs regularly with Ben Rudnick and Friends, Lichen and others. Through Lichen, has performed with Crosby, Still and Nash, Bruce Hornsby and Bo Diddley.