David Sanford teaches courses in music theory, composition, music and film, and jazz history. As a composer, his works have been commissioned by the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Speculum Musicae, the Meridian Arts Ensemble, and cellist Matt Haimovitz, and also performed by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Chicago Symphony Chamber Players, and the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra under Marin Alsop among others. He is the leader of the contemporary big band, the Pittsburgh Collective.
Cheryl Cobb, singer, has performed in and teaches a wide variety of genres and styles. She has had solo appearances with The Boston Symphony Orchestra, The Richmond (VA) Symphony Orchestra, The Portland (Maine) Orchestra as well as in operas in Paris, Brussels and Berlin. She loves working with young singers and with them continues to explore repertoire from 20th century American jazz and popular song through the classical music of Europe and the Americas as well as World Music.
Faith Conant did her ethnomusicology research in Togo, where as a Fulbright scholar she studied with Gadji Folly and performed with the Adjogbo Habobo of the Adjigo of Lomé. A longtime member of the Agbekor Society led by David Locke, Conant creates performance collaborations with her student ensembles and African artists including Nani Agbeli, Saeed Abbas, Kwabena Boateng, and the Gnonlonfoun musical family. She is especially interested in the intersection of language and music in Ghana, Togo, Benin, and Haiti.
Stephanie Council conducts the Glee Club, Chorale, and Chamber Singers. Stephanie is passionate about choral pedagogy, specifically the development of individual music literacy and building collective sound in the choral ensemble context. She is developing a sequential curriculum of sound building exercises and exploring the impact of conducting gestures on vocal production. Stephanie academic specialties include choral conducting and early music performance practice. Her research centered around the text painting in the five-voice settings of the Lamentations of Jeremiah by Orlande de Lassus.
Robert Eisenstein played violin as a kid in Buffalo, NY, and became interested in early music in high school. He studied viola da gamba, his primary instrument, with Richard Taruskin, and still plays Renaissance and baroque violin. Mr. Eisenstein is the Programming Director and Artistic Co-director of the Folger Consort, early music ensemble in residence at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., and is the Director of the Five College Early Music Program. He teaches music history, music and technology, and directs student ensembles.
Adrianne Greenbaum is a recitalist, chamber musician, orchestral flutist, published composer/arranger and the leading pioneer klezmer flutist, performing on modern and historic flutes. She has toured with her unique klezmer ensemble “FleytMuzik” and given master classes throughout the US and Europe including performances in Scotland, Vienna, and Amsterdam. Her classical and klezmer recordings have garnered accolades for artistry and repertoire selection. Her thrust in music education is to use knowledge and skills to fully explore music and its life applications. Please contact Greenbaum to schedule private flute lessons.
Linda Laderach has expanded her research on the connections between performance and teaching of violin, viola and baroque violin to include recent research on the brain, including visual and auditory processing and learning strategies. She explores this research in her own studio teaching as well as in team-taught courses on the brain and music. Her own performance interests range from baroque through 20th and 21st century music.
Adeline Mueller is a music historian specializing in Mozart and eighteenth-century opera, art song, and ballet. She has published articles and book chapters on such topics as Mozart’s theatrical music, eighteenth-century children’s acting troupes, and the score to Fritz Lang’s silent film Die Nibelungen. In her research and in courses ranging from Music and Childhood to Race in the American Musical, she focuses on the ways music is mediated and circulated through print, and on musical practices as sites of social reflection and experimentation.
The American Prize winning conductor Ng Tian Hui is the music director of the Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra (USA), and the music director of the University of Massachusetts Amherst Symphony Orchestra (USA). Ng has conducted orchestras around the world including the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra (Czech Republic), the Dartington Festival Orchestra (UK), the Orchestra of the Royal Opera of Wallonie (Belgium), and the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra (USA)
Olabode Omojola teaches ethnomusicology, with special interests in the music of African and African Diaspora communities. As an ethnomusicologist, Omojola’s research employs ethnographic fieldwork methods in the process of understanding how music is conceptualized, practiced and interpreted within their cultural contexts; the relationships between music and social life; the roles of individual musicians and groups as culture producers; and how musical traditions reflect and respond to changes within a society, including those occasioned by global forces.
Larry Schipull specializes in performance practices on historical keyboard instruments (organ, harpsichord, and fortepiano). He is also interested in understanding the underlying processes in music skills acquisition, in both classroom and individual instruction settings. He often teaches the introductory Music 100 – Rudiments of Music and Music 131 – Basic Musicianship courses, as well as Music 231 – Theory I. He is a frequent collaborative performer – with faculty colleagues, students, and ensembles.
Author of Classic Swing Drumming and recipient of the Jazz Ambassador Award. Caputo's professional credits include drumming for Count Basie, Harry James, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, Nelson Riddle, Sammy Davis jr. Nneena Freelon, and Shelia Jordan. Classic Drummer Magazine describes Caputo as a "Master Drummer that speaks volumes in refined sensibilities with superb technique", Jazz Times Magazine refers to him as the "Keeper of the big band flame", and Modern Drummer Magazine notes his "Impressive ability as both a musician and educator".
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Deborah Gilwood regularly performs as a soloist and a chamber musician. With her longtime duo partner, cellist Arthur Cook, she founded the Blue Door Chamber Music series on Cape Cod. Their recording, Censored by Hitler, the Rediscovered Masterpieces, was released on the Centaur label. As an active educator, Ms. Gilwood has taught piano at Smith College, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Seton Hall University in NJ, and is currently on the faculties of Mt. Holyoke College and Westfield State University.
Since making her NYC debut at Carnegie Recital Hall in 1982 as winner of the Artists International competition, Alison Hale has performed in Lincoln Center, Merkin Hall, CAMI Hall, and many of the major churches in New York City. Recent solo performances include appearances with Berkshire Bach Ensemble, New England Piano Quintet, Portland String Quartet, Portland Symphony Orchestra, and at the National Flute Association convention. She is currently on the faculties of Amherst, Mt. Holyoke, and Bennington Colleges and is a member of the Portland, ME, Symphony Orchestra, Portland Opera Repertory Theatre, and Berkshire Bach Ensemble. Please contact Professor Greenbaum to schedule private flute lessons.
Jean Jeffries teaches, lectures and performs throughout New England on modern, natural and baroque horn. A graduate of Harvard College deeply committed to liberal arts education and creative approaches to learning, Jean provides students with tools to analyze, interpret and articulate musical ideas, then shape them into performance. Jean’s interest in promoting and performing contemporary music has resulted in several commissions, the most recent being a setting of Elizabeth Bishop’s poem, “The Fish,” by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Lewis Spratlan.
Drawing upon his Juilliard training, symphonic career, and mind/body practices, Yossi Klement offers aspiring trumpeters specific individualized techniques to produce agile, versatile proficiency, and pure, brilliant, beautiful tones. Imbalances and inefficiencies in posture, breath and embouchure are diagnosed and corrected, thereby minimizing the technical barriers that most brass players face. Applying this transformed technique to a broad range of repertoire enables students to reach high levels of creativity and artistry. "Practice only your best sound!"
Lach teaches beginner and intermediate level skills in classical guitar including sight-reading, musical notation, theory and performance etiquette. Lach’s approach to teaching is based on listening to her student’s needs, believing in their potential, and adjusting the teaching based on an individual’s unique pursuit. Her piano instruction includes music theory, exercises and assessments through which students can demonstrate their understanding of music theory. Her musical background also includes performing rock, reggae and pop music in various groups including PA set up, promotion, and choice of repertoire. When not in the classroom, Lach can be found in her luthier’s studio building classical guitars.
Kirsten Hadden Lipkens
Kirsten Lipkens is an active freelance artist throughout New England, playing with the Vermont Symphony, Springfield Symphony, Worcester Bach Consort and many other ensembles. As a teacher, she thoroughly enjoys teaching all levels of students. Her goal is to make each of her students experience the joy of performing and perfecting a solo piece, improve their basic skills of tone production, emboucher, and technique. She will also teach reed making to those students who are interested.
Dustin is our resident percussion instructor and directs the Percussion Ensemble at Mount Holyoke College. His private students experience a personalized and open ended exploration of the world of percussion while also focusing on building a strong foundation of technique. Dustin has pursued his studies under Thomas P. Hannum (UMass-Amherst), Ayano Kataoka (UMass-Amherst), and Michael DeQuattro (Rhode Island College), and maintains an active performing and teaching career in the Pioneer Valley and beyond.
David Perry has a strong passion for the connective power of music, for its potential to bring people together in community in a time when our attention is often divided between an ever- increasing number of purposes. In 2014, David founded The Second Movement, a chamber music series and ensemble which both embrace the evolving and expanding role of the musician today. Constituting the basis of David’s artistic activity, this organization is a reflection of his vision of the future of classical music in America. By engaging musicians in all of their capacities, as performers, educators, and advocates of the arts, David aims to create a more sustainable foundation for the art form
David Picchi has been performing and teaching music throughout the Pioneer Valley since 2001. As an electric and double bass player, he has been called to play on many recording projects and is known for his ability to perform with any lineup, in any genre, for any audience. After graduating from Holyoke Community College and UMass Amherst, David spent 3 years touring nationally with the Soul/R&B band Leah Randazzo Group. In addition to being the Administrative Director for the UMass Jazz in July Summer Music Programs, David is a member of the Amherst College Music Department faculty, and also contributes his skills and services to the HCC Jazz Festival, Northampton Jazz Festival, Mt. Holyoke College Music Department, and Vermont Jazz Center.
Scott Slapin's viola playing has received critical acclaim in the American Record Guide, Fanfare, Mundo Clasico, Musical Opinion, and Strad, and his compositions have been performed by scores of violists throughout the Americas and Europe as well as at the Primrose, Tertis and ARD Competitions. He has given countless recitals, written five albums of violacentric recital music, and made many premiere recordings. He is one-half of the Slapin-Solomon Viola Duo.
Gary Steigerwalt performs in four-hand and duo-piano recitals with his wife, pianist Dana Muller. Together they have recorded four-hand works by Franz Schubert (a portion of which is heard on the soundtrack of the motion picture Good Will Hunting), works by three late nineteenth-century Romantic composers, and works by a number of early twentieth-century European composers for Centaur Records. In addition to teaching and performing, Steigerwalt is working on a biography of the Scottish American pianist and composer Helen Hopekirk (1856–1945).
Mark Gionfriddo is the Director of Jazz Ensembles at Mount Holyoke College, conducting the Big Band, Chamber and Vocal Jazz Ensembles. Mark also serves as Staff Accompanist for the Music Department and is an Instructor in Jazz and Classical Piano. In addition, he is Catholic Music Director for the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, conducting the Abbey Chapel Singers. Mark is well known as a pianist/keyboardist, composer, arranger and musical director in the Pioneer Valley and Berkshires of Massachusetts.