Faculty in our program are Boston area professionals who have years of experience teaching and performing. Instruction is offered on an as needed basis. If you would like a certain instrument not listed here we can arrange an instructor for you.

Seth Hamlin

Trombone, Tuba, Baritone Horn. (BM New England Conservatory of Music, MM from University of Southern California, Diploma in Film scoring, Berklee College of Music).
A Boston area freelance trombonist playing everything from salsa to jazz to classical. Mr. Hamlin has appeared on recordings under such labels as Naxos, OM, and Bib Records. Composer of orchestral and pop music. Faculty member of University of Massachusetts, Boston. You can see more of Seth's projects at: http://www.sethhamlin.com

Avril Allard, piano

Originally from Long Island, N.Y. Avril Allard has had an active performing career. After early training at the Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music, she received a Bachelor of music degree with "high distinction in piano performance" from McGill University. While in the masters program at the Eastman School of Music, she became a doctoral candidate and later did post graduate work with the noted pianist, Jascha Zayde. Ms. Allard performed frequently in Montreal and recorded for the CBC. She was broadcast live on WXXI in Rochester, N.Y., WDST in Woodstock at her debut, and appeared at Lincoln Center, Federal Hall and Trinity Church in New York City. In 1984 Ms. Allard received great critical acclaim for her rendition of works from American, Canadian and German composers while on tour in Germany. While a resident of New Jersey, Avril Allard was founder and artistic director of Garden State Chamber Players. A recipient of many scholarships, Ms. Allard received a grant from the Eastman School to attend the first TCU Van Cliburn Master class event in 1981. A former faculty member of Rutgers University and assistant to professors at the Eastman School and McGill University, Ms. Allard has always maintained a very successful and busy teaching schedule. Previously a performing faculty member and sought after teacher at Indian Hill Music School in Littleton, Massachusetts and vocal accompanist at Rollins College in Orlando, Fl. Ms. Allard is married and the mother of four grown children.

John DiTomaso, Trumpet


John DiTomaso is a trumpet player, vocalist, mult-instrumentalist and educator who works frequently around the Boston area. He has been teaching the Music Technology curriculum at Arlington High School since 2008. John currently performs and records with the Strung Out Playboys, The Few Abide, Madhouse, White Lightnin’, Big Ben Hillman, Tony Gallo Group and has been an in-demand player for Boston Horns, Kickin It, Groove Alliance, Blue Moon Band, Boston Baked Blues, Robert Johnson’s Dimestore Cowboys, and a few he may not still remember. John is “on call” whenever tight section playing and exciting solos are needed.
Trumpet lessons with Mr. DiTomaso are held in the Music Technology lab at AHS.

Dan Teager, Trumpet

Dan Teager began studying the trumpet at the tender age of seven and now, a few decades later, he continues to be enthusiastic about the instrument and its capabilities. After graduating from Princeton University, he went on to study electronic music composition at NEC with Robert Ceely. Teager was introduced as a young artist by the Armenian Renaissance Association in 1989, and has performed as a featured soloist in venues ranging from the Massachusetts State House to the historic 12th Baptist Church in Roxbury. Though primarily a trumpet player, he is known locally as a bandleader, songwriter and, arranger as well. As a teacher he has taught both trumpet and recorder to students as young as five, as established as eighty, and most ages in between. In 1996, he founded the 15-piece world music group, Black Sea Salsa, with the idea of creating an original sound by fusing elements of Middle Eastern music with Latin Jazz and blues. Since its first concert, the group has gone on to establish itself as one of Boston’s premier festival bands, performing up and down the East Coast. Black Sea Salsa has recorded two CDs, and played at venues such as Boston Harborfest, Steppin’ Out Boston, and Philadelphia’s Arts on the Main Line. As its director, writer and arranger Teager has been recognized with awards from the Massachusetts Arts Council, and the Armenian Foundation for Film Music and Art. In addition to his teaching, freelance work, and leading Black Sea Salsa, Teager also directs the Youth Choir at the Holy Trinity Armenian Apostolic Church in Cambridge. As he tells all of his students: “they call it playing music for a good reason.”

Kristi Scaccia

“We can run away in fear from these trying times, or we can look at them as an opportunity to grow, adapt, and learn new skills!”
Kristi Scaccia, born and raised in sunny Florida, began her music journey playing the Piano and organ alongside her grandfather at a very young age. She holds a Bachelor degree in Horn performance from Florida State University and a Master in Performance from the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano, Switzerland, where she studied with world renowned Horn players David Johnson, and Alessio Allegrini. Early in her music career she earned a DCI World Championship and performed internationally with Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps. She has performed with Busch Gardens Theme Parks, College Light Opera Company, and held positions in Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, Panama City POPS Orchestra and recently played with Orchestra Fiati della Svizzera Italiana (OFSI) and the Lugano Chamber Orchestra in Switzerland. Last year she even had the opportunity to tour with OFSI and play two concerts in the Vatican City in Rome. In addition to her performing experience, Kristi has a deep seeded passion for teaching. She has been a marching band instructor for many years, was a visual technician with Ancient City Ensemble Indoor Percussion, teaches private horn and brass lessons, beginning piano lessons, teaches English as a second language, and is on staff with Art & Music Italia! In fact, Kristi has recently collaborated with Tino D’Agostino on Nagy Zsolt’s Happy Blues for solo horn with added electric bass accompaniment.
Aside from her life of music, Kristi enjoys training dogs, learning and teaching yoga for musicians, learning and coaching personal development, coaching Free FitCamp Workouts, and spending time outside with her dogs Monty and Sofia.

Jeffrey Chew, Cellist


Jeffrey Chew is a graduate from Boston University with a dual degree in Cello Performance and Computer Science. He teaches after school private lessons through Arlington Public Schools.
Throughout his music career, he has been an avid member of various orchestras in the Boston area, including the Boston University Symphony/Chamber Orchestra, the Reading Symphony Orchestra, and various orchestras at the New England Conservatory. He has also performed in various chamber music groups at Boston University and the New England Conservatory.
While a student at Boston University, he studied with renowned cellists Marc Johnson, Rhonda Rider and Hyun-Ji Kwon. He performed Elgar's Cello Concerto and Prokofiev's Cello Sonata in C Major at his senior recital. Prior to his time at Boston University, he studied with Carol Ou through the New England Conservatory Preparatory School.
Outside of music, he is also working at Arlington Public Schools as a Desktop Support Specialist.

Bill Vint, Woodwinds

Saxophonist and woodwind specialist Bill Vint, originally from Tucson Arizona began playing with jazz, blues, and latin bands in local nightclubs and venues while still in high school. A move to Boston then followed to attend Berklee College of Music where he studied woodwinds with Joe Viola and Bill Pierce, and was in many of the school’s most prestigious ensembles including Herb Pomeroy’s Concert Jazz Orchestra and the Thelonious Monk Ensemble. After graduating Summa Cum Laude in 1996 for the next four years Bill played in the house band aboard the Odyssey, a large luxury yacht that does Boston harbor cruises. Bill has performed in bands backing up such artists as Aretha Franklin, Jennifer Hudson, the Temptations, the Four Tops, the Ojays, Frankie Valli, Kristin Chenoweth, Johnny Mathis, Josh Groban, Bernadette Peters, John Mayer, David Foster and Bobby Caldwell. Also with instrumental jazz artists Joe Zawinal, John Abercrombie, Toshiko Akiyoshi, John Faddis, Bobby Shew and Steve Marcus, as well as participating in the recording project “Spajazzy” featuring guitarist Mike Stern. He has done big band/swing tours with the Artie Shaw, Jimmy Dorsey, and Harry James Orchestras and performed with various groups at the Montreaux, Nice, Monterey, and North Sea Jazz Festivals. When many touring productions of Broadway musicals come through the northeast Bill has played in the pit orchestra for shows including “Book Of Mormon”, “Motown”, “Chicago”, “Grease”, “Cats”, “Legally Blonde”, “Sister Act”, “42nd St.”, “Peter Pan”, “A Chorus Line”, “White Christmas”, and “Miss Saigon”. Currently Bill plays in the band Clockwork, is a member of the John Allmark Jazz Orchestra, and teaches woodwinds and jazz improvisation at Providence College and the Arlington MA public schools.

Andres Sanchez, Cello

Honduran-Venezuelan cellist Andres Sanchez, born in Allentown, PA, began his cello studies at the age of eight under the wing of current Puerto Rico symphony cello principle Miguel Rojas. After two years, he moved his studies to the cello studio of Jesus Morales, cellist of the Dali Quartet and past participle of the Puerto Rico Symphony. At age 10, Andres made his first solo debuts with the Midwest Clinic of Chicago and the Ocean City Pops Orchestra, which was followed by his Carnegie Hall debut alongside the Arconet Chamber Orchestra three years later. 

Andres has also appeared as a soloist with the Kutztown University Chamber Orchestra, Kennet Square Symphony, Central Jersey Symphony, and the Summit Symphony. This year Andres will appear as a soloist with the PA Sinfonia and with the Waterbury Symphony as part of the AYA Trio Beethoven Triple Concerto. Andres is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music where he studied with cellist Peter Wiley and Carter Brey.
Andres served as the associate principal cellist of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra and as principle of the Curtis Opera Orchestra during the 2016-17 season, and during Curtis on Tour, Andres played at Berlin’s Konzerthaus, Helsinki’s Musiikkitalo, Dresdner Philarmonie, and Weiner Concert Hall.
Also an avid chamber musician, Andres has performed in over 30 chamber music concerts in the Curtis Student Recital Series. As cellist of the AYA trio, he will be performing chamber concerts across the country in locations such as Memphis, TN; New York, NY; Waterbury, CT; and Washington, DC. The trio recently performed in Concerts International Series and Schneider Concert Series. In April they attended the Chesapeake chamber music competition. The AYA trio is represented by Jean Schreiber Deutsch of Jean Schreiber Management.
Andres has appeared in Curtis master classes with cellists Marcy Rosen, Colin Carr, Timothy Eddy. At the 2015 Banff Center Master Class Program, he studied with Andres Díaz, Raphael Walfisch, and Denis Brott, and at the 2016 Music From Angel Fire Festival he performed alongside Ida Kavafian, Peter Wiley, Steven Tenenbom, and Ani Kavafian. In 2018 Andres attended the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival where he played with and was coached by the esteemed artists of the Emerson Quartet including Philip Setzer and Paul Watkins. Andres has also participated in the Hefietz Institute, where he took part in master classes with cellists Franz Helmerson and Yeesun Kim.
Andres has participated in several competitions including Fischoff, M-Prize, Hudson Valley, Greenfield, and the Carlos Prieto International Cello competition. In 2018, the AYA piano trio won 1st prize in the WDAV competition, and the trio also won joint first prize in the 2020 Yellow Springs Competition.

Thomas Wong, Viola

Thomas Wong has extensive experience performing chamber and orchestral works. As a member of the Chanson Quintet, Wong was a 1st prize winner of the Lynn Conservatory Chamber Music Competition. As part of the Formation Quartet, Wong was a quarterfinalist of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. The Formation Quartet was later featured on NPR's From the Top Radio program on show #236, performing in the prestigious Shalin Liu Performance Hall in Rockport, Massachusetts. Wong has also worked extensively with the Miro Quartet at the University of Texas at Austin as part of the Brahms Intensive Seminar.
As an orchestral violist, Wong was most notably a section member of the National Youth Orchestra's inaugural year, touring Russia and England under the baton of Valery Gergiev and soloist Joshua Bell. Wong has also been a section member of the Brevard Symphony Orchestra, Lynn Philharmonia, National Repertory Orchestra Festival Orchestra, University of Texas at Austin Symphony Orchestra, Round Top Music Festival Orchestra, and the National Orchestral Institute.
Thomas Wong, born in Boston, Massachusetts, has a Master's of music in Viola from Lynn University and also has a Bachelor's of Music in Viola Performance from the University of Texas at Austin.His Teachers include Ralph Fielding and Roger Myers.Wong has worked with renowned teachers such as Susan Dubois, Steve Wyrczynski, Robert Vernon, Carrie Dennis, CJ Chang, and Brett Deubner.

Kaede Kobayashi-Kirker, violin/viola

Ms. Kaede Kobayashi-Kirker was born in Tokyo, Japan. She holds Master's degree in violin performance from the Boston Conservatory. Her main teachers include Lynn Chang, and Burton Kaplan. She loves to ski, and watch hockey games with her husband.

Jessica Arielle Bloch, Voice

Jessica Arielle Bloch, is a versatile soprano singing music from the Baroque period through the 21st century. She is currently a Young Artist with Dell’Arte Opera Ensemble in New York City while residing in the Greater Boston Area. In addition, Jessica has been seen performing with the Christman Opera Company (NYC), NEMPAC Opera (Boston), Opera Fusion (Ft. Lauderdale), Hartford Opera Theater (Hartford), Vienna Summer Music Festival (Vienna, Austria), SICPP - Voice Fellowship (Boston), and more. Some of her recent highlights include premiering the piano-vocal rendition of Three Beasts by Dana Kaufman, the “Hearts on Sleeves” recital program with the Songs from Hibernation Recital Series, Blonde (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Suor Genovieffa (Suor Angelica), Nella *cover* (Gianni Schicchi), Miss Johnson (World Premiere: Bessie and Ma), Titania (The Loathly Lady), Belinda *cover* (Dido and Aenaes), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), and Noémie (Cendrillon). Jessica was named a finalist in the 2020-2021 American Prize Competition for Professional Women in Opera, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theater and Music with a minor in Italian from the Florida State University, and a Master of Music in Voice Performance from the University of Connecticut.
As a voice teacher, Jessica has experience teaching students of all ages and abilities. Her teaching philosophy is as follows: My teaching philosophy is to give students the healthiest and most efficient way of using their voice. No matter the style, singing is always about vocal freedom, and freedom to communicate a piece of music in a meaningful way. Because singing is so integrated with our physical well-being and emotions, I constantly encourage my students to have positive self-talk during lessons, practice, and performance, and always inquire as to how they are feeling before starting a lesson. I do this in order to help tailor the lesson around not only their musical needs, but also their physical and emotional needs. I take pride in constantly being an advocate for my students and find it of the utmost importance to always show compassion in an art form so vulnerable and personal.

Mark Paxson, violin/viola

Mark Paxson, violin/viola Violinist Mark Paxson enjoys a varied career as an orchestral and chamber musician, concertmaster and teacher. A longtime member of the Portland Symphony Orchestra, he has performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke's, the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra (with which he has made numerous US tours), the Boston Ballet, the Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Boston, the Boston Philharmonic, and Emmanuel Music. In addition, he has been a member of both the Rhode Island Philharmonic and the Springfield Symphony Orchestra. In the summer, Mr. Paxson performs with the Sun Valley Summer Symphony in Idaho, and also appears at the Monadnock Music Festival, the New Hampshire Music Festival, and with the Portland Opera Repertory Theater. Past career highlights have also included a month-long tour of Japan with the American Symphony Orchestra, performances with the Malaysia Philharmonic, and period instrument concerts with the Handel & Haydn Society and Boston Baroque.
Mr. Paxson was guest first violinist of the Ives String Quartet in 2003. He has also performed chamber music at the Woodstock Mozart Festival, the Warebrook Contemporary Music Festival, White Mountain Musical Arts, the Taos School of Music and at Ernen Musikdorf. He has been concertmaster of the Monadnock Music Festival Orchestra, the New Hampshire Symphony, The Bostonians, the North Shore Philharmonic, the New England Philharmonic and, since 1999, for the annual oratorio concert at the First Parish Church in Brunswick, Maine. He has also acted in principal positions with the Portland Symphony Orchestra and with the Sun Valley Summer Symphony.
Mr. Paxson has taught at New England Conservatory's Extension Division, Northeastern University, Longy School of Music, Sun Valley Music Conservatory, Rocky Ridge Music Center (Colorado), and at the University of Prince Edward Island, Canada. He also teaches in music programs in both Arlington and Ipswich, MA. His students have won both regional and state competitions, as well as positions in all-state and northeastern Massachusetts district orchestras. He studied in New York City and holds degrees with honors from Indiana University and the New England Conservatory of Music.

Knarik Nerkararyan, voice

Knarik Nerkararyan is an operatic soprano. She graduated with honors from the Komitas Yerevan State Conservatory.. In 2006 she received scholarship to continue her studies in US and in 2008 earned her Degree in Vocal Performance, from Azusa Pacific University. During 2003 and 2004 she participated in the International Christian Music Festival SOZO in Baja, Hungary, where she introduced wide audiences to Armenian medieval spiritual music. In 2007and 2008 Knarik was granted scholarships from Armenian General Benevolent Union. Also, in 2008 she won 2nd prize at the Los Angeles International Liszt Competition for Vocalists. She is the winner of the 2007 and 2010 Concerto Competition at Azusa Pacific University. In 2010 she was granted a scholarship and selected for the Intimate Opera Fifth Annual Vocal Workshop. In 2011 she won the American Educators of Italian Origin United 41st Annual Opera Auditions. In 2010 she was selected as a Resident Artist in the Riverside Lyric Opera. In 2011 Knarik performed Mimi’s role in " La Bohem" with Repertory Opera Company. She performed scenes from “The Abduction from the Seraglio” as Konstanze and “Lucia di Lammermoor” as Lucia with the Intimate Opera Company. Among her other operatic roles are Fiordiligi in “ Cosi fan tutte”, Sister Angelica in “ Sister Angelica”, Mother in “Amahl and the night visitors”, Tatiana in “Eugene Onegin”, Kupava in the US premier of Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera“ The Snow Maiden” Zemfira in Rachmaninov’s opera “ Aleko”

Hannah Meloy, Voice

Soprano, Hannah Meloy, is an emerging artist in the Boston community. With an affinity for interpreting and performing art song, she was selected to participate in the 2016 Cleveland Art Song Festival where she worked with Susan Graham, Bradley Moore, Eduardo Valdes, and Edwin Crossley-Mercer. In the 2018 she won 3rd prize in the Philharmonic Society of Arlington's Young Artist Concerto Competition for her performance of Samuel Barber's Knoxville: Summer of 1915. She was one of four singers chosen to attend the Stratton Mountain Vocal Workshop at the 2018 Manchester Music Festival where she coached with Warren Jones and Sidney Outlaw and shared the stage with Warren Jones and Renee Tatum.
Her operatic roles include most recently, Zerlina in Don Giovanni; Valencienne in The Merry Widow; Miss Paige in Dan Shore’s An Embarrassing Position; scene work as Sophie in Werther, Norina in Don Pasquale, and Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel; Despina in Così fan tutte; Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro; Pamina in Die Zauberflöte; and Foreign Woman in The Consul. She has performed with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, the Beiras Philharmonic Orchestra in Portugal as well as with the North Czech Philharmonic Orchestra.
Hannah obtained her Master of Music degree from the Longy School of Music of Bard College in Cambridge, MA. During her tenure at Longy she was a winner of the 2016 Longy Honors Competition.
In addition to her work as a performer, Hannah has a passion for teaching aspiring singers of all levels. She maintains a private teaching studio in Arlington, MA where she helps her students develop a healthy singing technique and pursue their musical goals. Her pupils can be found singing in top level collegiate programs, as well as high school and community theater performances.

Tino D’Agostino, Bass Guitar

Born in Italy, he studied Solfege, History of Music and Tonal Harmony at the Salerno Conservatory. In 1987, Tino obtained a bachelor Degree in Classical Trumpet, Summa Cum Laude (Salerno Conservatory). From 1986 to 1995 he performed in the Vicenza Symphonic Orchestra, Verdi Philharmonic, Willy Frank Jazz Orchestra and RAI (Public Italian Television) as well as for nationally known artists such as Cattaneo, Cionfoli and Andrea Bocelli. In 1990-91, he studied Arranging and Conducting with Giuseppe Mirra, Advanced Jazz Improvisation (Siena Jazz Institute) and Harmonic Analysis with Amedeo Tommasi. In 1990, he completed a Degree in Pedagogy and Didactic teaching Methods in Florence.
In 1994, he was the recipient of the “Best Bass Player Award” at the First National Bass Competition in Pesaro. In the same year, he won a full Scholarship from Berklee Umbria Jazz Clinics to study Improvisation in Perugia. He was also chosen as a best bassist for the Touring Berklee/Umbria Jazz Quintet. In 1995, Tino was offered a Full Tuition scholarship to study at the Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA. At Berklee, he studied Performance, Harmony and Arranging with Oscar Stagnaro, Bruce Gertz and Hal Crook. In 1996, he concluded his studies in Berklee with Bachelor’s Degree in Performance, Summa Cum Laude. In 1997, he was awarded with the Bass Department Chair Award, from Berklee College.
In 1998, D’Agostino recorded and produced his first album as a soloist, composer and arranger, “Spajazzy,” featuring Mike Stern and Jim Kelly. 1998 and 1999, he toured Europe with the Steve Hunt Quintet, Jim Kelly Trio and Spajazzy, the jazz band he co-founded with Sergio Bellotti. In 2002 he concluded his Master In Education at Cambridge College. In 2004, Tino was featured on the cover of the SBO Band and Orchestra Magazine. During his career Tino he has taught music and directed individuals as well as groups ranging from small ensembles to full orchestras. Tino is currently teaching ensemble at Berklee College of Music, and he is also the director of the Arlington High School Jazz Band, Orchestra and Symphonic Band, in Massachusetts. Tino is currently writing music articles for bass players on bass magazines such as World Guitar’s Bass Player, Bassics(in USA) and Bass Guitar(UK). Tino proudly uses Epifani Amplifiers Systems, Zon Elite Bass and DR Strings.

Asuka Usui, violin/viola

Japanese violinist Asuka Usui is a former student of the great violin pedagogue Eric Rosenblith. Asuka has appeared with the Boston Lyric Opera, Portland Symphony, Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, Boston Philharmonic, Topeka Symphony, Miami Pops, and the Florida Symphony. She has spent past summers performing at the International Musical Arts Institute in Maine, and the Ameropa Chamber Music Festival in Prague, as well teaching on the violin faculty at the Caritas String Summer Festival in Edinburgh. She maintains a private violin studio, and teaches lessons in the Wellesley Public Schools. Asuka lives in Arlington, Massachusetts with her husband, violist Jason Fisher and their son Kaito. B.M., University of Kansas. M.M., Longy School of Music.

Ceora Jaffe, Flute

Ceora Jaffe has enjoyed educating flautists in the Boston area for over 10 years. She is committed to helping flautists achieve their individual goals and develop their own unique musical voice and personality. She works with students to overcome technical challenges in order to fully express and communicate through music. Ms. Jaffe enjoys building relationships with students and helping them learn to cultivate good practice habits which can translate to success in other areas. In addition to her active private studio, Ms. Jaffe has also taught for the private lesson program at Brimmer and May, for the Stokes Forest Music Camp, Camp Encore/Coda, and for Symphony New Hampshire’s "Adopt a School Program."
She can be heard regularly throughout New England performing with groups including The Albany Symphony, The Springfield Symphony, Symphony New Hampshire, The Atlantic Symphony and The New Bedford Symphony. She is also an active chamber musician and has performed as guest artist with the Williams Chamber players, in recital at the Boston Public Library, and with the Eleva Chamber Players.
Ms. Jaffe received her Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music where she studied with Joshua Smith. She has attended the Kent/Blossom Professional Training program and the Domaine Forget Academy of Music and Dance.
For more information about Ceora and her performances and recordings, please visit www.ceorajaffe.com .

Michael Simon, Bass

Double bassist Michael Simon recently received a Graduate Performance Diploma in Double Bass Performance from the Boston Conservatory at Berklee under the private direction of Thomas Van Dyck of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He previously earned his Masters of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees in Double Bass Performance from the Boston Conservatory under Lawrence Wolfe, Assistant Principal of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and Benjamin Levy of the Boston Symphony Orchestra respectively. Michael is currently a member of the Orchestra of Indian Hill, and has performed with various other symphonic, operatic, and music theater orchestras throughout the Greater Boston area, including the Boston Philharmonic, Lexington Symphony, Plymouth Philharmonic, Portland Symphony Orchestra, Boston Opera Collaborative, New Repertory Theater, and Lyric Stage Company of Boston. Michael continues to establish his professional freelance career throughout Boston as a versatile musician interested in performing many different styles and genres of music. Beyond his career in music, Michael also enjoys fitness and nutrition, and has managed a GNC (General Nutrition Center) for the last six years.

Betsy Schramm, Composition

Have you ever written music or heard music running through your head? Ever thought of writing for your own instrument or another instrument? Did you ever come up with some lyrics that you want to turn into a song? Are you interested in learning how music is put together, how it works?
All that and more is offered in Composition lessons. Betsy Schramm will gently guide you through the fascinating stunt of writing music and understanding it through music theory. Whether you are an old hand at writing music or just beginning, this award winning composer can help build your skills in writing music.
Dr. Schramm loves teaching people of all ages about Music Composition. She has given masterclasses on Composition at Boston Conservatory of Music, Harvard University, New England Conservatory, Boston University, Northern Illinois University, and University of Connecticut, Arlington High School, and Ottoson Middle School. She was composer in residence for two weeks at Bishop Elementary and Dallin Elementary schools. She taught composition at the Eastman School of Music.

Seth Botos, Drums and Percusssion

A force behind the drums for over 15 years and a graduate of Boston's Berklee College of Music, you would be hard pressed to find a musical situation that Seth Botos is unfamiliar with. From musical theater to heavy metal, from the living room to the concert hall, Seth has lent his diverse percussive abilities to performances and recordings with a wide array of bands, theater troupes, orchestras, and solo artists. Seth has been teaching drum set and percussion in his own practice and through various educational institutions since 2005. His experience in many genres of music and varied performance situations makes him uniquely situated to gear lessons toward whatever the student wants to learn while emphasizing fundamentals. For more info about Seth, check out his web site: http://www.sethbotosdrums.com

Joseph Gotoff, Cello

Cellist and musicologist Joseph Gotoff is in high demand as a chamber musician, scholar, and teacher. He has given the world premiere for several important works, including Lowell Liebermann's Piano Trio (2013) and Binna Kim's Shibboleth for solo cello (2016), and his performances have garnered rave reviews from audiences and critics alike. As the founding cellist of the award-winning Petrucci Quartet, he is devoted to musicological exploration of composers' manuscripts, especially the late string quartet manuscripts of Beethoven. Mr. Gotoff is also committed to promoting less familiar forms of classical music, and bringing classical music to underserved communities. He is the principal cellist of the Unitas Ensemble, an orchestra dedicated to promoting music from South and Latin America, which records their first international album this winter. A passionate teacher, Mr. Gotoff is a cello instructor for El Sistema Somerville, and is on the faculty at the University of Massachusetts, Boston campus as well as Bunker Hill Community College. Joseph began playing the cello at age 10, and early on developed a love for chamber music. His principal mentors have included the renowned cellist Orlando Cole, the Brentano String Quartet, Barbara Stein-Mallow and Yeesun Kim, with whom he is getting his Doctorate in Cello Performance at New England Conservatory. His dissertation involves a close analysis of markings in Beethoven's string quartet manuscripts.

Miranda Henne, Cello


A passionate teacher, Miranda Henne teaches cello in Boston, MA and coaches chamber music for the Northeast Massachusetts Youth Orchestras and the Lexington Chamber Music Center. For 4 weeks in the summer, she teaches cello, improvisation and poetry writing at Friends Music Camp at Earlham College in Indiana. While residing in Dallas, TX, she maintained a studio of 28 cello students and taught music appreciation courses as a Graduate Assistant at Southern Methodist University. Her cello students advanced to All Region Orchestra, and 20 students won top honors at the 2014 Plano I.S.D. Solo Contest. In her 12 years of teaching, her students have ranged from ages 8-80.
As a performer, Miranda soloed with the Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra and was twice featured at the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival. She has also shared the improv, rock and folk stage with the likes of Mike Mills from R.E.M., Abigail Washburn, Mike Block, Rushad Eggleston, fiddler Bruce Molsky and the piri and Saengwhang player Gamin. In 2012, Miranda collaborated with Shen Wei, choreographer of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Ceremony, to create and premiere The New You, featuring her musical improvisation. She has also worked with and premiered pieces by composers like Libby Larson.
Miranda holds a B.A. in Music with a minor in English from the McDuffie Center for Strings at Mercer University and a M.M. from Southern Methodist University. In 2015, she studied at the Glenn Gould School at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. As an undergraduate, Miranda spent a semester studying Shakespeare’s plays in Oxford, U.K. and a month in Wallacedene, South Africa helping local high school students write and produce a musical play. An avid runner and soccer fan, Miranda played on the champion intramural soccer team at Southern Methodist University.

Li-Mei Liang, Violin

Taiwanese violinist Li-Mei Liang is a frequent performer in renowned concert halls worldwide, such as Boston Symphony Hall, Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, Shanghai Oriental Art Center, Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall, and Taiwan National Concert Hall. Li-Mei’s performances have received rave reviews from audiences and critics. Her recent performance has been described as a “powerhouse” by the Boston Intelligencier. A consummate chamber musician, Li-Mei has collaborated with world-famous musicians including pianist Emanuel Ax, cellist Sergey Antonov, composer Menachem Wiesenberg, and the Borromeo String Quartet. She is also a founding member of the Petrucci String Quartet, whose debut performance was described as “first rate and thoroughly engaging” by the Boston Musical Intelligencer.
As an orchestral player, Li-Mei is the associate concertmaster of the Orchestra of Indian Hill and a core member of New York Classical Players.
Since 2013, Li-Mei has been committed to teaching and community outreach. She is currently on the theory department faculty at New England Conservatory and its Preparatory School, as well as a chamber music instructor at Quad Chamber Program at Harvard University. During the 2017-18 academic year, she served as a violin and chamber music lecturer at University of California, Irvine.
Li-Mei maintains an active performance schedule as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player. Recent highlights include a lecture recital in Taiwan, a solo appearance with the Symphony Orchestra of University of California, Irvine, a 19-city tour in China with the Petrucci Quartet, and concerts with East Coast Chamber Orchestra. Li-Mei has been as the associate concertmaster of the Orchestra of Indian Hill since 2013. She is also a core member of New York Classical Players.
Li-Mei grew up in Taipei, where she graduated from the Affiliated High School of National Taiwan Normal University. After receiving a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Music from New England Conservatory with academic awards, she is now a doctoral candidate in violin performance with a minor in music theory at the same institution. Her mentors include Donald Weilerstein, Nicholas Kitchen, and Cheng-Tu Su.

Valerie Becker, Piano

Valerie J. Becker is a multi-faceted musician who is active as a pianist, conductor and music educator in the Boston area.  A native of Boston, Ms. Becker received both her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Boston University where she was a student of Anthony di Bonaventura.  Her post graduate studies led her to the University of Illinois where she worked on a collaborative artist degree, to Austria where she studied German Lied and to Italy where she performed with the Rome Festival Orchestra. She has been soloist with the Boston Pops Orchestra and has appeared in recital with many major artists throughout the world. As a former rehearsal pianist for the Boston Ms. Becker had the occasion to play for world-renowned artists such as Midori, YoYo Ma, James Galway and Kathleen Battle. She served on the faculty of North Carolina School of the Arts, the Boston University Tanglewood Institute and was Artistic Director for The Treble Chorus of New England for many years. Ms. Becker has adjudicated Northeast District Auditions, conducted the Northeast District Treble Chorus in concert and was a choral clinician for The Choristers Guild Southeastern Children’s Festival. Currently she is on the Performing Arts Faculty at the Commonwealth School, Needham High School, a faculty accompanist at The Rivers School and New England Conservatory, Music Director for the Congregational Church of Needham, pianist for both the Andover Choral Society and the Kodaly Institute of Boston’s summer program and coaches and teaches piano privately.