Administrative Staff

Lecolion Washington Executive Director
 
lecolion@cmcb.org x21
Education: M.M. Manhattan School of Music B.M. University of Texas at Austin
Marie Tai Chief Operating Officer
 

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
Morgan Beckford Chief Programming Officer
 

Morgan Beckford, originally from Memphis, Tennessee, embraces her work as an arts administrator, teaching artist, and performer. She is very excited to bring her experience to Boston, having sharpened her education and outreach, programming, and development skills with Opera Memphis, the Opera Memphis Summer Conservatories, and the Memphis Music Initiative. With a background in classical […]

mbeckford@cmcb.org x53
Education: M.M. University of Maryland - College Park B.A. University of Texas, Austin
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
Elizabeth Cai Assistant Registrar/Facilities Coordinator
 

Originally from Houston, Texas, Elizabeth is a classically trained violinist, teacher, and performer who looks forward to working in arts administration as a way of giving back to her community. She is a recent graduate of Longy School of Music with her M.M in Violin Performance, prior to which she was at Boston College studying […]

ecai@cmcb.org x30
M.M. Longy School of Music B.A. Boston College, Lynch School of Education
Rebecca Connors Marketing and Communications Coordinator
Rebecca Connors  

Rebecca Connors is excited to bring her marketing and communications skills to CMCB and support the mission of equity in music education. In her creative career, she has been the vocalist for two rock bands and still remembers how to play the piano. Besides working at CMCB, she is also an MFA candidate at the Solstice […]

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Education: MFA Candidate, Pine Manor College B.A., Boston University
Samantha Gambaccini Early Childhood Director, SummerARTS Director and Voice Division Chair
 

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
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
Stephanie Lamprea Executive Assistant
 

Stephanie graduated from Manhattan School of Music in 2013. A trained classical soprano, she is an active performer, recitalist and curator, specializing in 20th and 21st century repertoire. Stephanie has received performance prizes from the Puffin Foundation and the John Cage Orgel Stiftung in Halberstadt, Germany. She has collaborated with ensembles such as Ekmeles (NYC) and Verdant […]

lamprea@cmcb.org Ext. 29
Education: B.M. Manhattan School of Music
Miguel Landestoy Human Resources/Business Office Manager
 

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.M. University of Massachusetts
Ly Meloccaro School Outreach Program Assistant
 

Ly’s love for music started at age five, when they started taking piano lessons from a classmate’s neighbor.  They have been acting and singing professionally since the age of 13, and now have an active freelance career performing musical theatre, dance, drag, jazz percussion, plays, cabarets, stand-up, and interactive theatre across New England. Ly is […]

meloccaro@cmcb.org x52
B.A. Candidate, Bard College
Tiniqua Patrick Registrar
 

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 x54
Education: B.A. Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
Christopher Perry, MT-BC Director of Music Therapy
 

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, […]

cperry@cmcb.org x27
Education: B.M. Music Therapy Berklee College of Music
Quentin Powell Community Engagement Manager
 

Singer, Scholar, and Social Activist Quentin B. Powell holds a M.M. in Voice Performance, a B.A. in Music Performance, a B.A. in English with a concentration in Speech & Hearing Sciences, and has done extensive graduate study in Education & Curriculum Design. Quentin has been an active Arts & Culture administrator for over a decade, […]

qpowell@cmcb.org x26
Jennifer Keller Rathbun Director of School Outreach
 

“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 […]

krathbun@cmcb.org x34
Education: B.A., University of Massachusetts
Zachary Sheets Institutional Giving Associate
 

Zach is a flutist, composer, and arts administrator originally from Vermont. He’s thrilled to move home to Boston after five years in New York, where he worked as Managing Director of the Talea Ensemble and as Executive Director of the [Switch~ Ensemble]. Zach currently serves as Principal Flute in the Cape Cod Symphony performs as […]

sheets@cmcb.org x33
M.M. Eastman School of Music B.A. Harvard University
Hannah Sigel Programming Assistant
 

Hannah Sigel holds a BM from Boston Conservatory at Berklee, where she studied voice under the tutelage of Kevin Wilson. Having performed and taught privately for years, Hannah is delighted to share her passion for music with the community and inspire the next generation of musicians. Originally from Miami, FL, Hannah is passionate about the […]

B.M. Boston Conservatory at Berklee
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Early Childhood

Heather Gallagher Voice
 

Heather Gallagher is a professional opera singer, director and educator. Recent appearances include the world premiere of The Nefarious, Immoral but Highly Profitable Enterprise of Mr. Burke and Mr. Hare (Margaret, dir David Schweizer, Boston Lyric Opera) The Threepenny Opera (Betty; Jenny cover, dir James Darrah, BLO), Carmen (Mercedes; Carmen cover, dir Calixto Bieito/Rechi, BLO) […]

Lisa Sailer Violin; Early Childhood
 

Lisa Sailer is a violist and certified Alexander Technique teacher originally from Washington, D.C.  She holds a Bachelor of Music in violin performance from SUNY Purchase and a Master of Music in viola performance from The Boston Conservatory.  Lisa recently completed a three-year training course at Boston Conservatory at Berklee to become a certified Alexander […]

M.M. The Boston Conservatory; B.M. SUNY Purchase
Liz Stefan Violin; Early Childhood
 

Originally from Bel Air, MD, Elizabeth Stefan is currently a freelance violist in the Boston area playing regularly with the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, and is a founding member of the newly formed ensemble, Phoenix.  She has performed extensively throughout the United States and Europe, both in orchestral and chamber music settings. As a founding member […]

M.M. New England Conservatory; B.M. Eastman School 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
Amy Dombach Chair: Wind, Brass Department, School Outreach, Flute
Amy Domback with flute  

Flutist 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, Doriot Dwyer, Linda Toote, and Marya Martin.She has performed as a soloist, chamber and orchestral player, teacher, and clinician in Kentucky, […]

Education: D.M.A., Boston University, College of Fine Arts M.M., Boston University, College of Fine Arts B.M., Oberlin Conservatory
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 Percussion, 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
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
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 Chair: Guitar Department
 

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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Akili Jamal Haynes Chair: Percussion Department, Percussion
 

coming soon!

Joe Hartigan Percussion, 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
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. […]

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
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
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
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

Aidan Ramsay
Aidan Ramsay  

A naturally inquisitive and curious person from birth, Aidan has always been fascinated with sound. As a composer, he finds himself often categorized as a writer of experimental music, due to his fascination with texture and color as primary musical forces, but he has also been trained as a jazz and classical composer, and retains […]

Education: M.M., Boston University B.Mus, University of Oregon
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Music Therapy

Kira Helper
 

Kira Helper is a graduate of Berklee College of Music with a degree in Music Therapy and a minor degree in psychology. Kira has an extensive background in musical theater performance and enjoys incorporating the elements of dramatic expression, dance, and movement into her music therapy sessions. She performs regularly around New England, singing in […]

B.A Berklee College of Music
Swara Swaminathan Director of Music Therapy
Swara Swaminathan  

Swara is a vocalist from Mumbai, India. She is a Music Therapy major from Berklee College of Music. Starting in childhood, music was a constant companion and an outlet for expression.  Following her from India to Shanghai to Malaysia, music was a way to connect with people.  Swara has a belief that music can connect […]

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

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
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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
Neil Godwin Wind Ensemble Director, 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
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 Assistant String Department Chair, Intermediate String Ensemble Conductor, 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
Janet Underhill Chamber Orchestra Co-Assistant Director, 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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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 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

Dana Reid
 
B.A. Bridgewater State University
Danielle Andersen
 

Danielle Andersen born in Omaha, Nebraska moved to Boston in 2015 to continue her education and work bringing music and dance to children in their schools. She holds a degree in Dance and Early Childhood Education at the Young Americans College of the Performing Arts. Teaching and performing in over 200 schools across the United […]

B.A. Young Americans College of the Performing Arts
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
Joe Hartigan Percussion, 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
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
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
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
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
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
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STRINGS Faculty

Lisa Sailer Violin; Early Childhood
 

Lisa Sailer is a violist and certified Alexander Technique teacher originally from Washington, D.C.  She holds a Bachelor of Music in violin performance from SUNY Purchase and a Master of Music in viola performance from The Boston Conservatory.  Lisa recently completed a three-year training course at Boston Conservatory at Berklee to become a certified Alexander […]

M.M. The Boston Conservatory; B.M. SUNY Purchase
Liz Stefan Violin; Early Childhood
 

Originally from Bel Air, MD, Elizabeth Stefan is currently a freelance violist in the Boston area playing regularly with the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, and is a founding member of the newly formed ensemble, Phoenix.  She has performed extensively throughout the United States and Europe, both in orchestral and chamber music settings. As a founding member […]

M.M. New England Conservatory; B.M. Eastman School Of Music
Timothy Paek
 

Cellist Timothy Paek is an enthusiastic chamber musician and dedicated teacher. Recent highlights of Timothy’s career include an appearance at the Brookline Library Music Association as founding cellist of the Meadowlark Piano Trio, and numerous concerts with Symphony NOVA. He has also performed as a guest on numerous faculty recitals at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Timothy completed degrees […]

Carnegie Mellon University, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and the University of Nebraska
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
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
Dr. Stephen Marotto, D.M.A 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 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. As a passionate advocate of […]

Education: D.M.A Boston University M.M.Boston University B.A. University of Connecticut
Karl Orvik Assistant String Department Chair, Intermediate String Ensemble Conductor, 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
Lucy Sollogub 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 […]

sollogub@cmcb.org
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

Heather Gallagher Voice
 

Heather Gallagher is a professional opera singer, director and educator. Recent appearances include the world premiere of The Nefarious, Immoral but Highly Profitable Enterprise of Mr. Burke and Mr. Hare (Margaret, dir David Schweizer, Boston Lyric Opera) The Threepenny Opera (Betty; Jenny cover, dir James Darrah, BLO), Carmen (Mercedes; Carmen cover, dir Calixto Bieito/Rechi, BLO) […]

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
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

Akili Jamal Haynes Chair: Percussion Department, Percussion
 

coming soon!

Amy Dombach Chair: Wind, Brass Department, School Outreach, Flute
Amy Domback with flute  

Flutist 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, Doriot Dwyer, Linda Toote, and Marya Martin.She has performed as a soloist, chamber and orchestral player, teacher, and clinician in Kentucky, […]

Education: D.M.A., Boston University, College of Fine Arts M.M., Boston University, College of Fine Arts B.M., Oberlin Conservatory
Joe Hartigan Percussion, 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
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
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. […]

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
Neil Godwin Wind Ensemble Director, 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: D.M.A. Boston University 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 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 […]

sollogub@cmcb.org
Education: B.M. University of Massachusetts
Janet Underhill Chamber Orchestra Co-Assistant Director, 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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