- Kathy Andrew, violin, viola B.A., University of New Mexico; M. M., Peabody Institute. In addition to frequent performances with various area chamber and orchestral ensembles, Kathy is the Assistant Concertmaster of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Concertmaster of Opera North, a member of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra and the Burlington Chamber Orchestra, and teaches in Norwich, VT.
- Larry Brown, acoustic guitar. Berklee College of Music: Instrumental Performance (Guitar) with a minor in Harmony and Arranging. Graduate studies at George Mason University included composition, orchestration, and classical guitar.
Born and raised in Chicago, Larry has had a long career as lead guitarist for a variety of groups. Heavily influenced by Dave van Ronk, John Fahey, and Martin Simpson, Larry embarked upon a solo career as a composer and performer on the acoustic guitar fifteen years ago. He believes that the most important thing to do is to get a student playing something genuine immediately. He says "He feels it is important to get the picking hand fingers engaged through fingerstyle arrangements." This is both the foundation of good acoustic playing as well as being an important skill for those who choose to transition to electric guitar. Larry teaches with an approach he has designed based on his experience in the real world of playing and theory lessons learned from great teachers both privately and at Berklee.Larry also teaches altered tunings on the acoustic guitar and has an instructional video on playing in open D tuning as an online lesson. He has been a guest artist with Alasdair Fraser, Michael Manring, Caroline Herring, Tim Thompson, and Ken Bonfield among others.
- Steve Cady, double bass/electric bass Music Theory. Steve lives in Keene, NH and performs with professional groups throughout New England. Highlights of Steve’s playing career as a bassist include performances with The “Rat Pack is Back” and “The Crooner and the Dame” Vegas Reviews, Joan Rivers Comedy Act, The Scott Mullett Trio, The Montreal Jazz Festival, Raylynmore Opera, Keene Chamber Orchestra, Keene Jazz Orchestra, Windham Orchestra, with The Opera Theatre of Weston, and at the Palace Theater in Manchester NH, where he is house bassist. Steve holds a BM and a BA from Keene State College, where he was a freshman talent-scholar and KSC Instrumentalist of the Year in 2002. Steve has been a performer in several world premiers by New Hampshire composer Ted Mann, and has completed his own major compositions for jazz ensemble, dance accompaniment and solo bass. Steve has been teaching music at Vermont Academy in Saxtons River, VT since 2002, where he directs Jazz and Chamber Ensembles, teaches Music Theory, Music Appreciation, and Electronic Music. Steve is also adjunct instructor of double-bass at The Brattleboro Music Center, teaches bass methods at Keene State College, and teaches private electric and double-bass students in Keene. Steve enjoys studying improvisation, electronic music, mountain biking, and sailing with his wife as personal interests.
- Paul Cohen, cello, studied cello with Fritz Magg and Janos Starker at Indiana University and began his professional career with the Atlanta Chamber Players in 1982. During the next four years he performed in numerous concerts throughout the southeast, as well as playing debut concerts in Boston and New York. In 1986 he joined the Apple Hill Chamber Players in New Hampshire.
After moving to Los Angeles in 1996, Mr. Cohen performed with ensembles such as Camerata Pacifica, Pacific Serenades, and the Dunsmuir Quartet. He became a founding member of the New Hollywood String Quartet and appeared with them at numerous festivals including the Sedona Music Festival, Vermont Music Festival, Ventura Chamber Music Festival, and the 20th Century Festival in Santa Fe. He has also appeared on over 150 film scores, including Academy Award and Golden Globe winning scores by John Williams, Michael Nyman, and James Horner.
Throughout his career, Mr. Cohen has appeared in numerous solo and collaborative recitals, including performances of the complete cycles of Beethoven’s Sonatas and the Bach Cello Suites. Additionally, he has been the recipient of the C.D. Jackson Master Award from the Tanglewood Music Center as well as an Individual Artist Fellowship from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts. As a teacher, Mr. Cohen has led a class of cellists at Amherst College, and has been an artist-in-residence at Emory University in Atlanta, and at Keene State College in New Hampshire.
- Carol Compton, piano accordian, Ed.M. from Harvard University. Carol's accordion career emerged from her conversion from classical pianist to folk dance musician in the 1980's. Initially sharing time with her other instruments (piano and recorder) accordion took on a life of its own when she moved home to New England and began accompanying traditional Morris and Rapper Sword dance groups in the Monadnock region. Playing regularly for contra, English country, and community dances Carol has played for dances and festivals from Ontario to West Virginia, and in the streets of southern England. She has also performed Early American music at the Smithsonian, Winterthur and other historic sites. She can be heard on the 2000 Smithsonian Folkways Recording "Choose Your Partner," and appears in the contra dance video "What's Not to Like?" Carol also currently serves as the Education Programs Director at the Brattleboro Music Center.
- Susan Dedell, piano, Brattleboro Concert Choir. B.A., University of Michigan. Susan studied piano with Charles Fisher and Gyorgy Sandor, and was choral assistant to Maynard Klein at the University of Michigan, where surprising to many – she also received an undergraduate degree in biochemistry and worked for a short period of time in research at the Medical School. Upon moving to Vermont, Susan joined the piano faculty at the Brattleboro Music Center and subsequently became Artistic Director of the Brattleboro Concert Choir. She is the founder and co-director of Winged Productions, The Choir School, and VT Repertory Singers. She has been director of chorus at Marlboro College and the Bach Festival Children’s Chorus. A long time church musician, Susan is serves as Director of Music at St. Michael's Episcopal Church.
- Lisa Ferrigno, violin, chamber ensembles. M.M, Florida State University, B.M., Eastman School of Music. A native New Englander who studied at the New England Conservatory Extension Division, Lisa is currently Concertmaster of the Brevard Symphony and Walt Disney World Orchestras in Florida. She has served as Concertmaster of the Orlando Philharmonic, Principal 2nd violinist of the Glimmerglass Opera Orchestra, and was a member of the Rochester Philharmonic and Florida Symphony Orchestras. Lisa has performed as soloist with orchestra and in chamber recitals in the US, Europe, and South America.
- Riley Goodemote, trombone, euphonium, mandolin, vocal music. Riley has a BM in Music Education from the School of Music at Ithaca College. A native of southern Vermont, Riley studied classical and jazz trombone with Dr. Harold Reynolds and Jeffrey Grey in Ithaca, NY. There, he performed with various orchestras, choral groups, jazz big bands, and smaller chamber and dance music ensembles. He now performs frequently in southern Vermont and around the Northeast, and his stage appearances run the stylistic gamut: from classical brass ensembles, to funk rock groups, to traditional contra dance bands. Riley is also a vocal and instrumental teacher in the Windham Central Supervisory union, and has done clinic and ensemble coaching work in the area.
- Bruce Griffin, piano. A native of Vermont, Mr. Griffin received his formal musical training at the Peabody Conservatory of Music studying with Walter Hautzig and Leon Fleisher. In 1985, Mr. Griffin gave his New York debut at Carnegie Recital Hall. Bernard Holland of the New York Times described Mr. Griffin as “serious and imaginative”, a pianist of “unusual warmth and virtuosity” who exhibited and “exceptional feel for melody’s magnetic pull”. Mr. Griffin has appeared in solo recitals and chamber music programs throughout the country as well as soloist with the Vermont Symphony and Tacoma Symphony Orchestras. He is presently a member of the Abendmusik Chamber Players. Mr. Griffin is a member of the Leschetizky Association in New York.
- Jennifer Carol Hansen, voice, BA in French and Music, magna cum laude, Dartmouth College. Jennifer has performed as a soloist with the Brattleboro Concert Choir and throughout New England with the Manchester Choral Society, the Handel Society of Dartmouth College, the Maine Music Society, the Concord Community Chorus, and the Vermont Symphony Orchestra. Jennifer was a semifinalist in the Oratorio Society of New York Solo Competition and a New England finalist in the National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Award Auditions. Jennifer has 24 years of teaching experience, specializing in musicianship, technique and repertoire for singers from ages 8 to 84. Her high school students have gone on to sing in programs at Oberlin Conservatory, Belmont University, Elon University, Ithaca College, Dartmouth College and more.
- Karen Horton, french horn. BS in Music Education- Western Connecticut State College, MM in French Horn – Manhattan School of Music. A student of David Jolley, Karen is currently a member of the Windham Orchestra and an instrumental and vocal music teacher at Whitingham Elementary School and Twin Valley Middle School. She was formerly an adjunct professor of French Horn at Keene State College. She is also a former member of the Orquesta Filarmonica de Caracas and the Orquesta Municipal de Caracas, Venezuela, and has played with numerous groups in New England.
- Michelle Liechti, violin, viola, New Approach. B.A., Mills College. A student of David Abel and Kato Havas, Michelle is a member of Arcadia Players, and free lances throughout New England. She teaches adult beginning violin class, coaches chamber music and specializes in the New Approach. She also teaches at Northfield Mount Hermon School.
- Luba Lischynsky, piano. B.Mus., M.Mus.Ed., New England Conservatory; Certification, Kodaly Musical Training Institute. A member of the faculty since 1983, Luba is a frequent accompanist in the area. She has performed in numerous recitals as a soloist, and has appeared with the Windham Orchestra. Luba is also on the faculty of the Chesterfield School in New Hampshire.
- Joseph MacCaffrey, clarinet, received both his bachelor's and master's degrees in Clarinet Performance from Boston University where he was a student of Gino Cioffi, principal clarinetist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Mr. MacCaffrey was an Instrumental and General Music teacher in the Northampton, MA school system for 34 years retiring in 2006. He was principal clarinetist with the Commonwealth Opera Orchestra as well as the American Legion Band of Northampton and the Holyoke City Band. He is currently principal clarinetist with the Westfield Legion Band and the Pioneer Valley Band.
- Robin Tinkler Matathias, flute, Flute Ensemble Camp. B.A., U.C. Santa Cruz; M.A., City College of New York. Robin was a student of Frances Blaisdell and Deirdre Manning. She has performed on both the East and West coasts as a soloist and in orchestral, opera, chamber, and jazz ensembles. Before moving to Vermont, in 1992, she taught graduate courses at the City College of New York and in the New York City public schools. She also teaches flute at Keene State College and directs the flute ensemble.
- Margery McCrum, voice. A.B., Brown University; M.D., UVM College of Medicine; M.Mus. in Voice Performance and Pedagogy, Westminster Choir College, Princeton. Margery has pursued vocal study with Laura Brooks Rice, Nan Nall, Dalton Baldwin, Glenn Parker and Jane Bryden. In addition to performing and teaching voice, Margery is a Board-certified Anestheasiologist with a MD degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine. Margery has a particular interest in discovering the full potential of one's unique voice, working with a holistic approach to integrate all aspects of health - physical, emotional and spiritual - in freeing one's voice.
- Raquel Moreno, Suzuki piano. Raquel began serving as the BMC's Education Programs Artistic Director during the 2010-11 academic year after a year as Co-Dean at the Music School. She received her Master's Degree in Music Teacher Education from the Autonoma University in Madrid, Spain, after she graduated from the Royal Conservatory of Music of Madrid on Piano; Solfege, Theory, Transposition and Accompaniment; and Pedagogy. Her interest in piano education brought her to the British Suzuki Institute in London, England, where she studied with Caroline Gowers and received her Certification as a Suzuki Piano Teacher. Raquel is certified by both the European and American Suzuki Associations, and has taught at the BMC Music School since 2003. Raquel also currently serves as the Education Programs Curriculum Director at the Brattleboro Music Center.
- Keith Murphy, traditional music classes, summer programs, Northern Roots Traditonal Music Festival. Keith is a veteran performer, teacher, composer and recording artist in the traditional arts. For twenty years Keith has toured extensively as a singer and guitar, mandolin and piano player appearing at festivals, folk clubs and performance art centers. Originally from Newfoundland, he has been based in Brattleboro since the early 1990s. He has taught instrumental classes at dozens of traditional music events around the country, working with hundreds of mandolin players, piano players and guitarists.
- Alex Ogle, flute. Alex Ogle, Senior Lecturer in Music and Director of the Performance Laboratory in Chamber Music at Dartmouth College, has performed at the Marlboro and New England Bach Festivals and played principal flute for, among others, the D'Oyly Carte Opera, the Grand Teton Music Festival, and the original American production of Jesus Christ Superstar. At conventions of the National Flute Association he has performed several times and moderated a panel on the teaching of Arnold Jacobs. Mr. Ogle also teaches flute at the Putney School and for many years taught flute at Amherst and Mount Holyoke Colleges. He attended Harvard College and the Juilliard School of Music and studied with Douglas Royal, James Pappoutsakis, Julius Baker, Harold Bennett, Marcel Moyse, and Keith Underwood. He has recorded for MusicMasters and Opus One.
- Moby Pearson, violin, Senior Orchestra, Chamber Music. Moby Pearson grew up in the Boston area where he studied with Lucy Parker and George Zazofsky. He received his degree from Oberlin Conservatory as a student of Robert Soetens and Steven Staryk. Mr Pearson’s active chamber music career has included extensive periods as principal violinist with the Apple Hill Chamber Players and the Atlanta Chamber Players, with concerts at Carnegie Recital Hall, Merkin Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and the Phillips Collection (Wash. DC), as well as tours to Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. He has performed with many Boston area orchestras and ensembles including Cantata Singers, Emmanuel Music, Boston Muscia Viva, Boston Lyric Opera, and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra. Mr Pearson has been a soloist with the Concord Chorale and the Nashua Chamber Orchestra, as well as giving many solo recitals including Jordan Hall, the Gardner Museum, and WGBH radio. In addition, Mr. Pearson has performed with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in Carnegie Hall and major concert halls throughout Europe. Recordings include the Deustche Grammaphon, Centaur, and Koch labels. Currently he is a member of the Sarasa Ensemble. His violin is by Bartolomeo Tassini, 1752.
- Judith Serkin, cello. A graduate of the Curtis Institute, Judith was a founding member of the Brattleboro Music School. She has been a member of the Iceland Symphony, the Guilford and the Hebrew Arts (now known as the Mendelssohn) String Quartets, and a participant at the Marlboro Music and Yellow Barn Schools and Festivals. Judith has performed around the world, and has served on the faculty of American University in Washington, DC.
- Chonghyo Shin, piano. B.Mus. and M. Mus., New England Conservatory; private studies with Nadia Reisenberg and Stell Andersen. A former teacher at the Preparatory Division of the New England Conservatory and at Keene State College, Chonghyo now teaches at Amherst College. She has been a soloist with the Boston Pops, the Pioneer Valley Symphony, the New England Conservatory Orchestra, and the Windham Orchestra.
- Bill Shontz, clarinet, saxophone, recorder, Intro to Improv. M.Mus., in flute, clarinet, saxophone, and recorder, Ohio State University. Bill has performed and recorded widely as a member of RosenShontz, the nationally acclaimed duo. He has also taught at the University of Illinois, Ohio State University, Muskingum College, and Bluffton College and performs classical and jazz for children, families and adults.
- Peggy Spencer, violin, viola. Peggy Spencer was concertmaster of the New England Bach Festival Orchestra under the direction of Blanche Honegger Moyse for two decades, charming Marlboro audiences with the violin solos in all of Bach’s great choral works. She is also a consummate chamber musician (a former member of the Bella Rosa Quartet and the New England Camerata) and has toured with various period instrument ensembles throughout the country. She has taught at Putney School, Brattleboro Music Center, Bennington Chamber Music Conference, and Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music. She owns a farm in Guilford, Vermont.
- Heather Sommerlad, Music-in-the-Schools, Youth Orchestra, violin. Heather was born and raised in El Paso, TX, where music became the foundation for her continuing studies at Bennington College. At 16, she began playing with the El Paso Symphony under the direction of Gurer Aykal, an opportunity which prompted the beginning of her professional career. During her time at Bennington, Heather worked closely with emerging composers, performing a countless number of new works. As first violinist of the Bennington College String Quartet, she traveled with the group to perform and teach in Kingston, Jamaica, and the Czech Republic. Today, Heather continues to promote new music as a regular performer for Brooklyn Emerging Artists, as well as the experimental folk band, Horse's Mouth. She has recently returned to the southern Vermont area having spent the past several years teaching both group and private violin classes in New York City. Heather is dedicated to nurturing passion, dedication, and enthusiasm in all her students to maintain a healthy balance of technical proficiency and musical integrity.
- Becky Tracy, fiddle, traditional music classes, summer programs, Northern Roots Traditonal Music Festival. Becky's fiddle playing and repertoire combines elements of traditional Irish and French Canadian music. She is a veteran of the New England contra dance scene and has performed and traveled widely. Becky began playing for contra dancing in Maine, bending her early classical training to the demands of dance music. Later, she studied Irish fiddling styles with Brendan Mulvihill and Eugene O'Donnel and French Canadian fiddling with Lisa Ornstein. She has been a defining presence in some of the most popular and innovative contra dance bands to come out of New England, being the fiddler for both Wild Asparagus and Nightingale.
- Richard Ullman, classical guitar, lute. B.A., Harvard College; M.F.A. in Early Music, Sarah Lawrence College; graduate of the Kodaly Pedagogical Institute, Hungary; studied with Peter Pears at the Britten-Pears School for Advanced Musical Studies, England. Richard, who won a national guitar competition in Washington, D.C., specializes in accompanying singers. He also teaches guitar and solfege at Castleton State College. He has performed widely and has taught at Tufts, Sarah Lawrence, Concordia, Central Connecticut State, and Green Mountain College. He has taught at Castleton College for fourteen years. Ullman can be heard playing in the movie Meet the Parents.
- Kim Wallach, Movin' Into Music, banjo B.A. Wellesely College. Kim Wallach is a music teacher, singer, songwriter, mom, camp counselor, Short Sister, Children’s Music Network board member, avid reader, and gardener.
Before moving to New Hampshire in 1990 and settling into teaching Kim studied with legendary Scottish singer Jean Redpath, busked in subways and on the streets of Boston, played at Club Passim, founded the Short Sisters singing trio, toured extensively, taught music to toddlers at the Brookline Arts Center and in Wellesley and found time to record more than a dozen albums and raise a daughter.
- Junko Watanabe, voice. M.Mus. in Opera Performance, from both Longy School of Music and Osaka College of Music. She has performed operas, oratorios, and recitals in the U.S. and in Japan. Her solo appearances include performances with the Boston Lyric Opera, Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, Key West Symphony Orchestra, Boston Classical Orchestra, Chorus ProMusica, and the BMC Concert Choir. From 2004 through 2007 she participated in the Marlboro Music Festival. She was a finalist in the Oratorio Society of New York Solo Competition and winner of the NATS Competition Professional Division. Currently she is a member of the Wistariahurst Chamber Music Society, and she is on the faculty of Amherst College and Rivers School Conservatory in Massachusetts.