Administrative Staff

Matt Bailin Registrar
 

Matt holds a degree in music from the University of New Hampshire.  A multi-instrumentalist, he has been surrounded by music from a young age.  If he’s not in the front office, he is likely continuing on in his quest to find the world’s most delicious food.

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Education: B.A. University of New Hampshire
Ron Bourgeois Graphic Designer
 

My experience includes designing a wide range of communications in the areas of education, nonprofit, and small business. In my spare time, I enjoy running, painting, and cooking. Recently, it has been brought to my attention that I have a propensity for wearing plaid shirts.  

bourgeois@cmcb.org x36
Education: B.F.A. Paier College of Fine Art
Claudia Eliaza Director of Music Therapy
 

Claudia Eliaza has training in providing music therapy for individuals and groups in a wide range of settings and ages, including: Adult Day Treatment, Children with Special Needs, Early Intervention, Elders with Dementia, Children with Autism, Children/Youth with life threatening illness and Typical Students in Enrichment Programs. She has worked in residential settings, specialized social […]

Education: B.M. Music Therapy Berklee College of Music
William Fickes Artistic Director
 

William Fickes, Artistic Director, holds Master’s degrees in both Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy from the University of Colorado, Boulder, with a specialty in group environments. Outside of work he has run three marathons in the past eight years, and enjoys skyping each weekend with his grandsons George and Max.

Fickes@cmcb.org x23
Education: M.M. University of Colorado B.A. Kalamazoo College
Samantha Gambaccini Early Childhood Manager, School Outreach Assistant, SummerARTS Co-Director
 

Samantha Gambaccini is a freelance director, singing actor and educator in the Boston area. Currently a teaching artist in private and group voice, general music and theatre performance, Ms. Gambaccini specializes in musical theatre audition preparation and musicianship training with emphasis on the transition from dialogue to song. She serves as music director for singing […]

Education: M.M. University of Massachusetts, Amherst M.A. Emerson College B.M. Millikin University
Jennifer Keller Rathbun Community Engagement and Partnership Manager
 

“Miss Jenn” has studied various forms of dance including ballet, jazz, lyrical, modern, tap, Latin and theatre for over 25 years, receiving her primary instruction from Genevieve Severens. She is Assistant Director of the School Outreach & SummerARTS programs at Community Music Center of Boston and teaches dance and drama to more than 300 children […]

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Education: B.A., University of Massachusetts
Trisha Gordon SummerARTS Director
 

Trisha earned her BFA in Performance from Hofstra University and a MA in Theater Education from Emerson College. She first joined the Music Center in the summer of 2001 as the drama teacher for Summer Arts and continued in this role until January 2016 when she took on the role of Co-Director of the program.  […]

Education: B.F.A. Hofstra University M.A. Emerson College
Diego Hernandez Development Associate
 

Originally from Los Angeles, California, Diego has lived in various cities throughout the United States. After coming to Boston for work, he quickly fell in love with the vibrancy of the community. His affinity for the arts began at an early age, when he found music and painting as an avenue to express teenage angst. […]

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Education: B.A. University of California
Miguel Landestoy Assistant Registrar
 

Miguel holds a B.M. in Music Business From the University of Massachusetts Lowell and enjoys a multi faceted career as performer, teacher and administrator. He started studying classical piano at a young age and, through his studies, has branched out to Jazz and contemporary music while also dabbling as a conductor/music director. Miguel looks forward […]

Education: B.A. University of Massachusetts
David Lapin Executive Director
 

It’s true, I made my music debut on Puerto Rican television at age nine playing “Country Gardens” del folklore inglés—on accordion. This placed me on the path toward becoming the Renaissance man I am today.

lapin@cmcb.org x21
Education: Ph.D., M. Phil. Yale University B.A. Queens College, CUNY
Catherine Miller Director of Marketing
 

My love of music started at 3, in the passenger’s seat of my father’s 1977 white Cadillac, belting out songs from Phantom of the Opera. Since then, music has been a huge part of my life. Today, I still belt out show tunes while cooking, knitting and during the commercials of reality TV.

miller@cmcb.org x28
Education: B.A. Indiana University
Brent Parrish Director of Development
 

Though originally from Memphis, Brent comes to CMCB as a true Boston sports fan and with a passion for a variety of music styles and playing bass and percussion. He also has interests in world travel, current affairs, and local foodie hotspots.

parrish@cmcb.org x33
Education: M.T.S. Boston University B.A. Union University
Tiniqua Patrick Administrative Assistant
 

Since graduating from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in 2014, Tiniqua has been using her degree in music to begin her career as a Jazz Vocalist and a member of Petrichor, a vocal ensemble made up of her closest friends.  She also works for 3050 Music Group as a member of the production team.  Tiniqua […]

patrick@cmcb.org x37
Education: B.A. Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
Javier Rosario Librarian
 

Javier Rosario was born in the Dominican Republic on October 10, 1986. His fascination for sounds took him on a wonderful journey since an early age, starting his first serious studies on violin at the age of 10, switching to guitar by the age of 16. Two years later, he was awarded the first Michel […]

Education: M.M. Longy School of Music B.M. Berklee College of Music
Lucy Sollogub Dir. School Outreach, Dulcimer, Recorder
 

A multi-instrumentalist and singer, Ms. Sollogub performs on and teaches Appalachian dulcimer, recorders, tinwhistle and guitar. She has studied conducting at the University of Massachusetts/Lowell and also with conductor Joshua Jacobson and has completed two levels of Dalcroze Eurythmics at Longy School of Music. Ms. Sollogub has published two books: “Shiron L’Shalom,” a source book […]

SchoolOutreach@cmcb.org
Education: B.M. University of Massachusetts
Marie Tai Associate Director
 

Marie is a graduate of Berklee College of Music with a degree in music and enjoys working with local non-profit arts community organizations. She is also a volunteer and active tennis player with Franklin Park Tennis Association.  

Mtai@cmcb.org x24
Education: M.B.A. University of Massachusetts B.M. Berklee College of Music
Stephen Yenger Coordinator of Concert Series, Piano
 

In addition to performances across the United States and Europe, Mr. Yenger taught at Louisiana State University and a Magnet High School for the Performing and Academic Arts. Frequently requested as an adjudicator and lecturer on music and the humanities, he has served as a faculty member for summer music festivals including the prestigious music […]

yenger@cmcb.org x22
Education: M.M. Boston University B.M. Wittenberg University
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Early Childhood

Samantha Gambaccini Early Childhood Manager, Little Notes, Beginning Piano, Beginning Voice, Children's Chorus Director
 

Samantha Gambaccini is a freelance director, singing actor and educator in the Boston area. Currently a teaching artist in private and group voice, general music and theatre performance, Ms. Gambaccini specializes in musical theatre audition preparation and musicianship training with emphasis on the transition from dialogue to song. She serves as music director for singing […]

Education: M.M. University of Massachusetts, Amherst M.A. Emerson College B.M. Millikin University
Amy Dombach Chair: Wind, Brass, Percussion Department School Outreach, Flute
 

Dr. Amy Sue Dombach holds degrees in flute performance from Oberlin  Conservatory (B.M.) and Boston University College of Fine Arts  (M.M. and D.M.A), where she studied under the guidance of Michel  Debost, Kathleen Chastain, Leone Buyse, Doriot Dwyer, Linda Toote,  and Marya Martin. As a member of Phi Kappa Lambda and a Dean’s  Scholar, her […]

Education: B.M. Oberlin Conservatory M.M. and D.M.A Boston University College of Fine Arts
Anne Lemos Edgerton Beginning Piano
 

Anne Lemos Edgerton is a trained musician and dancer. She holds a MALS  in Composition from Wesleyan University in Connecticut and a Dalcroze Degree and Certificate from the Longy School of Music. She has been teaching dance for over 25 years and Dalcroze Eurhythmics for 15 years. In addition she is a choreographer who has […]

Education: M.A. Wesleyan University Berklee College of Music
Joe Hartigan Beginning Drums
 

Joe Hartigan is a percussionist living in the Boston area, who graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Massachusetts Lowell with dual degrees in Music Education and Music Performance. Joe started at CMCB as a student in middle school pursuing his love of drums and percussion. He made the switch to faculty when he […]

Education: B.M. University of Massachusetts, Lowell
Nicole Parks Beginning Strings
 

Nicole Parks, born in Minnesota, moved to Boston in September of 2010 to attend The Boston Conservatory where she is currently working toward a Master’s Degree under the tutelage of Sharan Leventhal. She began playing violin at the age of 11 in the public school system in the suburbs of Minneapolis. Until her move to […]

Education: B.M. St. Olaf College M.M. The Boston Conservatory
Javier Rosario Beginning Guitar
 

Javier Rosario was born in the Dominican Republic on October 10, 1986. His fascination for sounds took him on a wonderful journey since an early age, starting his first serious studies on violin at the age of 10, switching to guitar by the age of 16. Two years later, he was awarded the first Michel […]

Education: M.M. Longy School of Music B.M. Berklee College of Music
Maria Doreste Velazquez School Outreach, Music & Movement
 

María Doreste Velázquez was born in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain, and studied classical piano and Musicology at the Real Conservatorio Superior de Música de Madrid. Simultaneously Maria studied two years of Composition and she graduated from her Master’s in Music Education at the Boston Conservatory last winter. Maria Doreste has taught in private […]

Education: B.M. Berklee College of Music
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Guitar Faculty

Charles Gabriel Chair: Jazz & Popular Music department; guitar, double bass
 

In addition to a busy freelance career in settings ranging from jazz and blues to electronic and orchestral music, Mr. Gabriel leads his own ensembles performing original music throughout New England. His debut recording, Blueprints, was released by Creative Nation Music Productions (www.cnmpro.com) in February 2005. He is a former student of Donald Palma and […]

Education: M.M. Longy School of Music B.M. Berklee College of Music B.M. cum laude, Berklee College of Music
Michael Giordano Chair: Guitar department, Guitar
 

Active performer and composer in Jazz, Blues and Funk genres. In addition to playing and recording two CD’s with his own trio, Mr. Giordano also performs with the New Hampshire Jazz Orchestra, Maria DeMaio and The Fellas, and others. Private lessons focus on playing fundamentals, transcriptions and working with the students individual strengths and goals. […]

Education: B.M. Berklee College of Music
Santiago Diaz Guitar
 

A native of Mexico, Santiago Diaz began playing guitar at the age of 13 at the National School of Music in Mexico City and made his first public recital two years later at the Sala Huehuecóyotl. Acclaimed for his lyrical and passionate performances, Mr. Diaz is one of the leading virtuoso guitarists of his generation […]

Education: B.M., M.M., Guitar Performance, New England Conservatory (Distinction in Performance)
Phil Sargent Guitar
 

Phil Sargent has worked with a number of prominent musicians including David Liebman, Jerry Bergonzi, John Lockwood, Fernando Huergo, Bruno Raberg, Bob Moses, Matt Wilson, Phil Grenadier, Yosuke Inoue, Thomson Kneeland and others. He studied at the University of New Hampshire and in New York City with critically acclaimed guitarists Ben Monder, and Brad Shepik. […]

Education: Diploma, University of New Hampshire
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Charles Gabriel Chair: Jazz & Popular Music department; guitar, double bass
 

In addition to a busy freelance career in settings ranging from jazz and blues to electronic and orchestral music, Mr. Gabriel leads his own ensembles performing original music throughout New England. His debut recording, Blueprints, was released by Creative Nation Music Productions (www.cnmpro.com) in February 2005. He is a former student of Donald Palma and […]

Education: M.M. Longy School of Music B.M. Berklee College of Music B.M. cum laude, Berklee College of Music
Fernando Brandão Flute
 

Flutist, composer, author and educator Fernando Brandão is from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He has performed extensively as a bandleader, sideman, chamber musician and as a soloist with many ensembles and prominent orchestras both in Brazil and the US. His new album,  Sem Tradução (Without Translation) features nine original songs with Marcella Camargo as the lead […]

Education: Diploma, Longy School of Music M.M. New England Conservatory B.M. University of Rio de Janeiro
Andy Fordyce Percussion
 

Originally from the great state of NH, drummer Andy Fordyce currently resides in Cambridge and is a doctoral candidate in Contemporary Improvisation at New England Conservatory. His band Talk Listen Door explores improvisation-infused experimental songwriting and can be heard performing in the Boston area. In addition to his musical interests, Andy can be found tinkering […]

Education: M.M. New England Conservatory of Music B.M. University of Massachusetts Lowell
Michael Giordano Guitar
 

Active performer and composer in Jazz, Blues and Funk genres. In addition to playing and recording two CD’s with his own trio, Mr. Giordano also performs with the New Hampshire Jazz Orchestra, Maria DeMaio and The Fellas, and others. Private lessons focus on playing fundamentals, transcriptions and working with the students individual strengths and goals. […]

Education: B.M. Berklee College of Music
Earl Grant-Lawrence Saxophone, Flute
 

Mr. Lawrence is both a composer and performer. He has written numerous works for flute and other mediums in the contemporary idiom. He has appeared as soloist with such jazz greats as Quincy Jones, Eubie Blake and the late Duke Ellington. He is also very involved in presenting avant garde jazz. He was presented with […]

Education: M.M. Boston Conservatory B.M. Fisk University
Geoffrey Shamu Chair of Wind, Brass and Percussion Dept., Trumpet
 

Dr. Shamu has taught trumpet, presented master classes, and directed ensembles in the Boston Public Schools, at Boston University and its Tanglewood Institute, and at other universities and summer festivals across the country. He has taught classes in Brass Pedagogy and Methods at Boston University; Music History, Music Theory, and Intensive French at Harvard University. […]

shamu@cmcb.org
Education: D.M.A., M.M. Boston University Premier Prix de Trompette, Conservatoires de la Ville de Paris A.B. cum laude, Harvard College
Michael Shea Piano
 

Mr. Shea has been playing piano and composing professionally for two decades. He spent 1975-87 as house pianist at the legendary El Chapultepec Club, backing such great artists as Eddie Harris, Jerome Richardson and Joe Turner. He worked regularly with the Brazilian Band, Bridges, and Denver’s premiere salsa group, Conjunto Colores. In 1987 he moved […]

Education: M.M. Jazz, M.M. Composition, New England Conservatory B.M. University of Colorado
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Music Theory

Eva Kendrick Chair of Voice and Choral Department, Voice, Theory, CMCBeats Director, Assistant Director of ISP
 

Ms. Kendrick is a versatile composer and vocalist. She has written operas, song cycles, a musical, chamber works, choral works, and music for film. Recent venues include the Longy SeptemberFEST concert series, the Ebell of Los Angeles, and Boston’s Birth of a Musical Festival. She has received a Subito grant from the American Composers Forum, […]

Education: M.M. Longy School of Music B.M. Rhode Island College
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Music Therapy

Claudia Eliaza, MT-BC Director of Music Therapy
 

Claudia Eliaza has training in providing music therapy for individuals and groups in a wide range of settings and ages, including: Adult Day Treatment, Children with Special Needs, Early Intervention, Elders with Dementia, Children with Autism, Children/Youth with life threatening illness and Typical Students in Enrichment Programs. She has worked in residential settings, specialized social […]

Education: B.M. Music Therapy Berklee College of Music
Christopher Perry, MT-BC
 

Christopher Perry is a graduate of Berklee College of Music with a degree in music therapy.  Whether working with adults with developmental disabilities, children with special needs, Early Intervention, or children with autism, Christopher has a passion for connecting with others through music.  He has experience practicing music therapy with groups and individuals, in classrooms, […]

Education: B.M. Music Therapy Berklee College of Music
Nancy Lob Music Therapy
 

Nancy Lob has a B.S. in Education with a major in Health, Physical Education and Dance. For many years she has studied the art of movement with dance pioneer Barbara Metler, whose approach encourages movement improvisation and dance as an expressive art activity for all ages and abilities. Between the years of 1980 and 1992, […]

Education: B.S. Bridgewater State College
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Performance Ensembles

Samantha Gambaccini Early Childhood Manager, Little Notes, Beginning Piano, Beginning Voice, Children's Chorus Director
 

Samantha Gambaccini is a freelance director, singing actor and educator in the Boston area. Currently a teaching artist in private and group voice, general music and theatre performance, Ms. Gambaccini specializes in musical theatre audition preparation and musicianship training with emphasis on the transition from dialogue to song. She serves as music director for singing […]

Education: M.M. University of Massachusetts, Amherst M.A. Emerson College B.M. Millikin University
Carrie Furniss Sing It! (JP Chorus) Director
 

Carrie is a vocalist, composer, and educator hailing from Chicago, Illinois. She moved to Boston in 2014 to pursue a master’s degree in jazz vocal performance at the New England Conservatory and is currently in her second year of the program. At NEC, Carrie studies under the direction of Dominique Eade, Anthony Coleman, and Ran […]

Education: B.M. University of Miami
Neil Godwin Junior Wind Ensemble Conductor, Senior Wind Ensemble Assistant Conductor
 

Horn player Neil Godwin is an active chamber musician, orchestral performer, and pedagogue. Neil is a member of the Anemoi Woodwind Quintet, the Serenata Chamber Musicians, and the Garder Museum Chamber Orchestra. Additionally he freelances with orchestras and ensembles throughout New England. Neil’s principle teachers include Eric Ruske, Dennis Behm, and Dr. Gary Greene on […]

Education: M.M. Boston University M.M., B.M. University of Southern Mississippi
Sam Martinborough Una Voce Conductor
 

Born in Guyana, South America, Sam Martinborough obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Atlantic Union College in South Lancaster, MA and a Master’s degree in Theatre Education from Emerson College, Boston. He has conducted choirs of all ages in Guyana, Trinidad, Antigua, Tortola and Boston, taking his choirs on seven national and international […]

Education: M.A. Emerson College B.M. Atlantic Union college A.A. Caribbean Union College
Mark Miller Chamber Orchestra Conductor
 

In addition to the CMCB Chamber Orchestra, Mark Miller conducts the Boston University All-Campus Orchestra and is an assistant conductor of the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras (BYSO). Also a clarinetist, he is principal clarinetist of the Cape Cod Symphony, Plymouth Philharmonic, and the Simon Sinfonietta, and is a member of the wind quintet Arcadian Winds. […]

Education: M.M. Boston University B.M. Florida State University
Karl Orvik Intermediate String Ensemble Conductor
 

Karl Ørvik has appeared in solo and chamber music recitals throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, Norway and South Korea. A violinist with both the Boston Public Quartet and Trio Klaritas, he has also performed as a concerto soloist, concertmaster and section violinist with numerous orchestral ensembles. Mr. Ørvik is a dedicated […]

Education: D.M.A. Boston University
Nicole Parks Junior String Ensemble Conductor, Chamber Orchestra Assistant Conductor
 

Nicole Parks, born in Minnesota, moved to Boston in September of 2010 to attend The Boston Conservatory where she is currently working toward a Master’s Degree under the tutelage of Sharan Leventhal. She began playing violin at the age of 11 in the public school system in the suburbs of Minneapolis. Until her move to […]

Education: B.M. St. Olaf College M.M. The Boston Conservatory
Janet Underhill Senior Wind Ensemble Conductor, Chamber Orchestra Assistant Conductor
 

Ms. Underhill teaches at the South Shore Music Center and Boston College as well as serving as Manager for the Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras (GBYSO) and Director of Instrumental Music at St. Mark’s School. She has performed with the Moody Blues, Placido Domingo, Tony Bennett and the Panamanian Symphony Orchestra, and has appeared as […]

Education: B.M. University of Victoria
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Piano Faculty

Matt Savage piano, jazz
 

Matt Savage, has had a fifteen-year professional career as a jazz musician, bandleader and composer with ensembles of different size. He’s played with some of the biggest names in jazz, including Chick Corea, the Ellington All Stars, Chaka Khan, Wynton Marsalis, Bobby Watson, Clark Terry, Jimmy Heath, Jason Moran, Arturo O’Farrill, John Pizzarelli, Joshua Redman, […]

Education: M.M. Manhattan School of Music B.M. Berklee College of Music
Alexander Morollo Piano
 

An award-winning teacher and pianist, Alexander Morollo has been seen in performances in the United States and Canada. He has performed at piano festivals, masterclasses, and competitions, both as a solo recitalist and chamber musician.   He began his training at the age of six under pianist and composer Dianne Rahbee. Other piano teachers include Phyllis […]

Education: M.M., Longy School of Music of Bard College B.M. Emerson College Performance Diploma, Longy School of Music
Nickolai Sheikov Chair: Piano department; Piano, Harpsichord
 

Boston based harpsichordist Nickolai Sheikov began his first music lessons on the piano at the age of nine in his native country of Bulgaria. Later, he received professional music training at the L. Pipkov National School of Music in Sofia in piano performance, graduating cum laude in 1999. In 2000, after being awarded a full scholarship at Boston’s New […]

Education: M.M., B.M, New England Conservatory of Music Piano Diploma, L. Pipkov National Music School, Bulgaria
Sarah Bob Piano Instructor
 

Sarah Bob originally hails from Teaneck, N.J., which, amazingly enough, is also the home of Sesame Street’s “Bob” and the place where Sarah’s childhood infatuation with sharing the BOB name with Bob McGrath began. After starting piano lessons in the 3rd grade, Sarah not only became known as a brilliant pianist, but also as a girl […]

Education: B.M. University of Michigan M.M. Performance New England Conservatory
William Fickes Piano
 

William Fickes, Artistic Director, holds Master’s degrees in both Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy from the University of Colorado, Boulder, with a specialty in group environments. Outside of work he has run three marathons in the past eight years, and enjoys skyping each weekend with his grandsons George and Max.

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Education: M.M. University of Colorado B.A. Kalamazoo College
Manuel García-Baró Piano
 

Born in 1983, in Madrid (Spain), Manuel García-Baró is a composer and pianist that lives in Boston since 2010. He began his music studies at age 8 in his hometown, at the Escuela de Musica Creativa. From the very first moment, he combined his piano lessons with a total passion and dedication to composition. Always […]

Education: B.M., Berklee College of Music
Gwenn Gurnack Piano
 

Gwenn is currently a faculty member at Community Music Center of Boston where she is a Permanent Substitute Piano Teacher and Piano Teacher to several students. At six, Gwenn was enrolled at the Summit School of Music, Summit, NJ, where she concentrated in piano and also studied organ, violin, saxophone, percussion instruments, voice, and dance. […]

Education: B.A Chatham College Carnegie Mellon Tech
Kathleen Maskell Piano
 

Kathy Maskell, a lifelong church musician, has a varied and rich musical background.  She studied organ with Donald Willing at New England Conservatory and piano with Bob Winter, pianist with the Boston Pops.  She received her Bachelor of Music degree from Berklee College of Music and a Masters of Music Education degree from Boston University.  […]

Education: M.M. Boston Univeristy B.M. Berkeley College of Music
Michael Shea Piano
 

Mr. Shea has been playing piano and composing professionally for two decades. He spent 1975-87 as house pianist at the legendary El Chapultepec Club, backing such great artists as Eddie Harris, Jerome Richardson and Joe Turner. He worked regularly with the Brazilian Band, Bridges, and Denver’s premiere salsa group, Conjunto Colores. In 1987 he moved […]

Education: M.M. Jazz, M.M. Composition, New England Conservatory B.M. University of Colorado
Stephen Yenger Coordinator of Concert Series, Piano
 

In addition to performances across the United States and Europe, Mr. Yenger taught at Louisiana State University and a Magnet High School for the Performing and Academic Arts. Frequently requested as an adjudicator and lecturer on music and the humanities, he has served as a faculty member for summer music festivals including the prestigious music […]

yenger@cmcb.org x22
Education: M.M. Boston University B.M. Wittenberg University
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School Outreach

Lauren Caso School Outreach
 

Lauren Caso is a board certified Music Therapist and Music Educator from the Boston area, and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s of Music degree from Berklee College of Music in 2002 .  She has been teaching music professionally for over 13 years in public schools, community settings and privately.  Lauren has traveled to […]

Education: B.M. Berklee College of Music
Amy Constantino School Outreach
 

Amy Constantino has been teaching and choreographing for the past three years. Prior to teaching, Amy began her college career as a B.F.A. Dance Major at the well-respected HARTT School of Dance, before deciding to transfer to Bridgewater State University to focus on Choreography and Dance Education. Amy holds a B.A. degree in Dance Education from […]

Education: B.A. Bridgewater State University
Anthony Douglass School Outreach
 

Anthony Douglass is an elementary school music teacher at The Community Music Center of Boston.  He received his Masters of Music Education from The Boston Conservatory.  He also holds a Masters of Fine Arts from California Institute of the Arts in African Drumming and Dance, as well as a B. M. from Berklee College of […]

Education: M.M. California Institute of the Arts B.F.A. Berklee College of Music
Samantha Gambaccini Early Childhood Manager, Little Notes, Beginning Piano, Beginning Voice, Children's Chorus Director
 

Samantha Gambaccini is a freelance director, singing actor and educator in the Boston area. Currently a teaching artist in private and group voice, general music and theatre performance, Ms. Gambaccini specializes in musical theatre audition preparation and musicianship training with emphasis on the transition from dialogue to song. She serves as music director for singing […]

Education: M.M. University of Massachusetts, Amherst M.A. Emerson College B.M. Millikin University
Czarina Olivia Schocker
 

Czarina O. Schocker recently moved from the border city of El Paso in the state of Texas. She holds a Bachelor’s in Vocal Performance, Bachelor’s in Music Education, and Master’s in Opera Performance. She has had the opportunity to perform several roles with local opera companies in Texas and is looking forward to the new […]

Education: M.M. University of Texas, Austin B.M. University of Texas, El Paso
Kerry Glennon School Outreach
 

Kerry is a graduate of Bridgewater State University where she earned BAs in both Dance Education and English.  During the academic year, Kerry teaches dance education at a number of Boston Public Schools through the Music Center where she is thrilled to have the opportunity to teach children dance, no matter their circumstance.  She believes in providing students with a solid base […]

Education: B.A. Bridgewater State University
Simone Khenkin School Outreach
 

Simone was born in Nicosia, Cyprus and brings with her a rich cultural and historical background. She obtained a BA in Drama and Theatre Studies from the University of Kent in the UK and a Masters in Theatre Education from Emerson College. She loves to teach the arts and believes that an arts education is […]

Education: M.A. Emerson College B.A. University of Kent
Teresa Penezic-Herfindahl School Outreach
 

Ms. Penezic-Herfindahl is a professional musician and educator, holding a M.M from University of the Pacific in performance where she had a fellowship in Music Theory and Conducting and a B.A. with honors in music from the University of California, Berkeley.  She has many years of experience as a school music teacher, band director, orchestra […]

Education: B.A. University of California, Berkeley M.M. University of the Pacific
Earl Grant-Lawrence Saxophone, Flute
 

Earl Grant-Lawrence is a Wind Instructor at the Community Music Center of Boston. He holds a B.M. Degree in Applied Flute from Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee and a Masters of Music Degree in Music Composition from the Boston Conservatory of Music. During the early 70’s at Fisk University, he was a soloist with the […]

Education: M.M. Boston Conservatory B.M. Fisk University
Kevin Dacey School Outreach
 

Kevin Dacey is a percussionist, performer and instructor based out of Boston. He graduated Magne Cum Laude from the University Of Massachusetts in 2014 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Percussion Performance. There he studied the performance art of drum set and orchestral percussion with Fred Buda and Jeff Fischer. He was also granted the opportunity […]

Education: B.M. University of Massachusetts
Matthew Hull School Outreach
 

Matt Hull is a trumpet player and composer recently graduated from Berklee College of Music. While there, Matt studied jazz composition under Ayn Inserto and Greg Hopkins, and trumpet with Tiger Okoshi. Matt just released his first solo record under is his own name, and having an active performance career both locally and on tour, […]

Education: B.M. Berklee College of Music
David Hurtado Gómez Cello
 

A native of Colombia, Mr. Gomez started his musical studies at a late age at the Universidad Tecnológica in his hometown Pereira pursuing a degree in music education. At the same time took part of the El Sistema inspired program Batuta both as a teacher and member of the orchestra of that institution In Colombia […]

Education: M.M. Longy School of Music of Bard College B.M. Universidad Tecnológica
Liza Kitchell School Outreach
 

Liza received her undergraduate degree in music composition and her graduate degree in ethnomusicology. She worked as an accompanist and composer in the San Francisco Bay Area before moving to Boston in 1998. In Boston, Liza trained with Music Together and has been working professionally with children for the past 15 years. Liza also teaches […]

Education: M.A. University of Wisconsin, Madison B.A. Mills College
Sam Martinborough Una Voce Conductor
 

Born in Guyana, South America, Sam Martinborough obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Atlantic Union College in South Lancaster, MA and a Master’s degree in Theatre Education from Emerson College, Boston. He has conducted choirs of all ages in Guyana, Trinidad, Antigua, Tortola and Boston, taking his choirs on seven national and international […]

Education: M.A. Emerson College B.M. Atlantic Union college A.A. Caribbean Union College
Ann Miklich String Dept. Chair / Violin, Viola
 

Ms. Miklich is a freelance violinist in the Boston area and performs with Boston Classical Orchestra, New England String Ensemble, Emmanuel Music and the New Hampshire Symphony. She has also performed with the Portland Symphony, Dinosaur Annex, Monadnock Music, Alea III, Bard Music Festival and the New Hampshire Music Festival. In addition to being the […]

Education: M.M. New England Conservatory B.M. Ithaca College
Patrice Monahan School Outreach
 

Patrice is a professional musician: pianist, vocalist, tap dancer and educator. She teaches general music in the Boston Public Schools. As a jazz performer Patrice performs regularly with her bands: Shufflinʼ Time and Percussive Urban Swing.

SchoolOutreach@cmcb.org
Education: University of Bridgeport - Conn. BSN New England Conservatory of Music Boston Early Childhood Education Certificate Mass Bay CC
Kara Nelson School Outreach
 

Kara Nelson is a Syracuse University graduate with a B.A. in Music History & Cultures, and a minor in Film Studies. Kara has been involved with the Music Center since she was 6 years old, when she started attending SummerARTs, and has been teaching as a part of School Outreach since 2010. Along with teaching, […]

Education: B.A., Syracuse University
Karl Orvik School Outreach, Violin, Viola
 

Karl Ørvik has appeared in solo and chamber music recitals throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, Norway and South Korea. A violinist with both the Boston Public Quartet and Trio Klaritas, he has also performed as a concerto soloist, concertmaster and section violinist with numerous orchestral ensembles. Mr. Ørvik is a dedicated […]

Education: D.M.A. Boston University
Vanessa Schukis School Outreach
 

Ms. Schukis has had a multi-faceted career as a character mezzo, actress, stage director, choreographer, vocal coach, educator and administrator. She has sung a wide variety of operatic, oratorio and broadway repertoire to great critical acclaim and has performed roles with the Boston National Company of Nunsense starring Pat Carroll and Alice Ghostley, Boston Lyric […]

Education: B.A., Morovian College
Lucy Sollogub Dir. School Outreach, Dulcimer, Recorder
 

A multi-instrumentalist and singer, Ms. Sollogub performs on and teaches Appalachian dulcimer, recorders, tinwhistle and guitar. She has studied conducting at the University of Massachusetts/Lowell and also with conductor Joshua Jacobson and has completed two levels of Dalcroze Eurythmics at Longy School of Music. Ms. Sollogub has published two books: “Shiron L’Shalom,” a source book […]

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Education: B.M. University of Massachusetts
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STRINGS Faculty

Ann Miklich String Dept. Chair / Violin, Viola
 

Ms. Miklich is a freelance violinist in the Boston area and performs with Boston Classical Orchestra, New England String Ensemble, Emmanuel Music and the New Hampshire Symphony. She has also performed with the Portland Symphony, Dinosaur Annex, Monadnock Music, Alea III, Bard Music Festival and the New Hampshire Music Festival. In addition to being the […]

Education: M.M. New England Conservatory B.M. Ithaca College
David Rubin Strings, Advent School
 

David Rubin is a freelance violinist based in Boston, where he teaches students of all ages and performs on modern and period instruments. David studied violin at The Boston Conservatory, Lawrence University, and Conservatorium van Amsterdam, where his primary instructors were Sharan Leventhal, Wen-Lei Gu, and Johannes Leertouwer, respectively. Career highlights include chamber music broadcasts for WFMT […]

Education: M.M. The Boston Conservatory B.M. Lawrence University
Charles Gabriel Chair: Jazz & Popular Music department; guitar, double bass
 

In addition to a busy freelance career in settings ranging from jazz and blues to electronic and orchestral music, Mr. Gabriel leads his own ensembles performing original music throughout New England. His debut recording, Blueprints, was released by Creative Nation Music Productions (www.cnmpro.com) in February 2005. He is a former student of Donald Palma and […]

Education: M.M. Longy School of Music B.M. Berklee College of Music B.M. cum laude, Berklee College of Music
Stephen Marotto Cello
 

A native of Norwalk, Connecticut, Stephen has received a Bachelors degree with honors from the University of Connecticut, a Masters degree from Boston University, and is currently a candidate for a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree at BU under the direction of Michael Reynolds. Stephen’s formative teachers include Kangho Lee, Marc Johnson, and Rhonda Rider. […]

Education: M.M., B.M. Boston University
Karl Orvik Violin, Viola
 

Karl Ørvik has appeared in solo and chamber music recitals throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, Norway and South Korea. A violinist with both the Boston Public Quartet and Trio Klaritas, he has also performed as a concerto soloist, concertmaster and section violinist with numerous orchestral ensembles. Mr. Ørvik is a dedicated […]

Education: D.M.A. Boston University
Nicole Parks Violin/Viola
 

Nicole Parks, born in Minnesota, moved to Boston in September of 2010 to attend The Boston Conservatory where she is currently working toward a Master’s Degree under the tutelage of Sharan Leventhal. She began playing violin at the age of 11 in the public school system in the suburbs of Minneapolis. Until her move to […]

Education: B.M. St. Olaf College M.M. The Boston Conservatory
Lucy Sollogub Dir. School Outreach, Dulcimer, Recorder
 

A multi-instrumentalist and singer, Ms. Sollogub performs on and teaches Appalachian dulcimer, recorders, tinwhistle and guitar. She has studied conducting at the University of Massachusetts/Lowell and also with conductor Joshua Jacobson and has completed two levels of Dalcroze Eurythmics at Longy School of Music. Ms. Sollogub has published two books: “Shiron L’Shalom,” a source book […]

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Education: B.M. University of Massachusetts
Benjamin Swartz Cello
 

Cellist Benjamin Swartz hails from Richmond, VA, and has concertized extensively in the United States and Europe with a particular emphasis on historically-informed performance, electroacoustic collaboration, and the exposure of neglected repertoire. Equally at home on cello, Baroque cello, and viola da gamba, he is gaining increased recognition for multi-instrumental virtuosity spanning the Ars Subtilior to the present […]

Education: M.A, B.A. John Hopkins University B.M. Peabody Conservatory
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Voice

Samantha Gambaccini Early Childhood Manager, Little Notes, Beginning Piano, Beginning Voice, Children's Chorus Director
 

Samantha Gambaccini is a freelance director, singing actor and educator in the Boston area. Currently a teaching artist in private and group voice, general music and theatre performance, Ms. Gambaccini specializes in musical theatre audition preparation and musicianship training with emphasis on the transition from dialogue to song. She serves as music director for singing […]

Education: M.M. University of Massachusetts, Amherst M.A. Emerson College B.M. Millikin University
Carrie Furniss Sing It! (JP Chorus) Director
 

Carrie is a vocalist, composer, and educator hailing from Chicago, Illinois. She moved to Boston in 2014 to pursue a master’s degree in jazz vocal performance at the New England Conservatory and is currently in her second year of the program. At NEC, Carrie studies under the direction of Dominique Eade, Anthony Coleman, and Ran […]

Education: B.M. University of Miami
Eva Kendrick Chair of Voice and Choral Department, Voice, Theory, CMCBeats Director, Assistant Director of ISP
 

Ms. Kendrick is a versatile composer and vocalist. She has written operas, song cycles, a musical, chamber works, choral works, and music for film. Recent venues include the Longy SeptemberFEST concert series, the Ebell of Los Angeles, and Boston’s Birth of a Musical Festival. She has received a Subito grant from the American Composers Forum, […]

Education: M.M. Longy School of Music B.M. Rhode Island College
Katie O’Reilly Voice Teacher
 

A Connecticut native, Katie O’Reilly is a Boston-based singer, music director, pianist, and educator. An active performer in the Boston opera scene, her recent roles include the Sandman (Hansel and Gretel, MetroWest Opera,) Rose (Lakmé, Lowell House Opera), and Josephine (HMS Pinafore, MIT Gilbert & Sullivan Players.) She works as a music director and vocal […]

Education: M.M. Boston Conservatory B.M. Oberlin Conservatory
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Winds, Brass & Percussion Faculty

Amy Dombach Chair: Wind, Brass, Percussion Department School Outreach, Flute
 

Dr. Amy Sue Dombach holds degrees in flute performance from Oberlin  Conservatory (B.M.) and Boston University College of Fine Arts  (M.M. and D.M.A), where she studied under the guidance of Michel  Debost, Kathleen Chastain, Leone Buyse, Doriot Dwyer, Linda Toote,  and Marya Martin. As a member of Phi Kappa Lambda and a Dean’s  Scholar, her […]

Education: B.M. Oberlin Conservatory M.M. and D.M.A Boston University College of Fine Arts
Geoffrey Shamu Trumpet
 

Dr. Shamu has taught trumpet, presented master classes, and directed ensembles in the Boston Public Schools, at Boston University and its Tanglewood Institute, and at other universities and summer festivals across the country. He has taught classes in Brass Pedagogy and Methods at Boston University; Music History, Music Theory, and Intensive French at Harvard University. […]

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Education: D.M.A., M.M. Boston University Premier Prix de Trompette, Conservatoires de la Ville de Paris A.B. cum laude, Harvard College
Fernando Brandao Flute
 

Flutist, composer, author and educator Fernando Brandão is from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He has performed extensively as a bandleader, sideman, chamber musician and as a soloist with many ensembles and prominent orchestras both in Brazil and the US. His new album,  Sem Tradução (Without Translation) features nine original songs with Marcella Camargo as the lead […]

Education: Diploma, Longy School of Music M.M. New England Conservatory B.M. University of Rio de Janeiro
Jared Holaday Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute
 

A native of Newburyport Massachusetts, Jared Holaday is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Lowell with a degree in saxophone performance.  An avid performer and multi-instrumentalist, he has seen on stage with various musical groups throughout New England including Groove Alliance, Introduction: The Chicago experience, 10,000 Maniacs, and the Boston Civic Symphony. He also […]

Education: B.M., University of Massachusetts, Lowell
Andy Fordyce Percussion
 

Boston-area percussionist and educator Andy Fordyce has taught at CMCB since 2013. He is currently a doctoral candidate at New England Conservatory of Music in Contemporary Improvisation, and is on the faculty at UMass Lowell. Andy is primarily interested in popular and improvised music.

Education: M.M. New England Conservatory of Music B.M. University of Massachusetts Lowell
Neil Godwin French Horn
 

Neil Godwin is a native of West Monroe, LA, where he began his horn studies with Dr. Gary Greene at Northeast Louisiana University. Neil holds degrees in horn performance and conducting from the University of Southern Mississippi, where he was a student of Dennis Behm in horn and Drs. Timothy Koch and Jay Dean in […]

Education: M.M. Boston University M.M., B.M. University of Southern Mississippi
Anna Bradford Oboe
 

Anna Bradford is a performer and educator in the Boston area, and is also a doctoral candidate at Boston University.  She currently holds positions as the oboe fellow of Symphony Nova and as principal oboe of the Boston Civic Symphony Orchestra. As a freelancer, Anna also performs with the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of […]

Education: M.M. Indiana University Jacobs School of Music B.M. Western Michigan University
Earl Grant-Lawrence Saxophone, Flute
 

Earl Grant-Lawrence is a Wind Instructor at the Community Music Center of Boston. He holds a B.M. Degree in Applied Flute from Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee and a Masters of Music Degree in Music Composition from the Boston Conservatory of Music. During the early 70’s at Fisk University, he was a soloist with the […]

Education: M.M. Boston Conservatory B.M. Fisk University
Katherine Matasy Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Accordion
 

One of the area’s most versatile musicians, Ms. Matasy has been described in The Boston Globe as “a musician of depth and refinement,” and her solo performances have been praised as “a rare feat,” “riveting,” “ravishing” and brilliant.” She has performed (as clarinetist, bass clarinetist and/or accordionist) with most of the region’s major musical organizations, […]

Education: M.M. New England Conservatory B.M. New England Conservatory
Lucy Sollogub Dir. School Outreach, Dulcimer, Recorder
 

A multi-instrumentalist and singer, Ms. Sollogub performs on and teaches Appalachian dulcimer, recorders, tinwhistle and guitar. She has studied conducting at the University of Massachusetts/Lowell and also with conductor Joshua Jacobson and has completed two levels of Dalcroze Eurythmics at Longy School of Music. Ms. Sollogub has published two books: “Shiron L’Shalom,” a source book […]

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Education: B.M. University of Massachusetts
Janet Underhill Bassoon
 

Ms. Underhill teaches at the South Shore Music Center and Boston College as well as serving as Manager for the Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras (GBYSO) and Director of Instrumental Music at St. Mark’s School. She has performed with the Moody Blues, Placido Domingo, Tony Bennett and the Panamanian Symphony Orchestra, and has appeared as […]

Education: B.M. University of Victoria
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