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)
Michael Barrett is a conductor, singer, multi-instrumentalist, and teacher. He has performed and recorded with many professional early music ensembles, including Blue Heron, the Boston Camerata, the Huelgas Ensemble, Vox Luminis, the Handel and Haydn Society, Netherlands Bach Society, Seven Times Salt, and Nota Bene.
Thomas Ciufo is a sound artist, composer, improviser, and music technologist working at the intersections of electronic music, electroacoustic performance, sonic art and emerging digital technologies. Additional research and teaching interests include audio recording and production, acoustic ecology, and innovative approaches to teaching, learning, and career development. As a faculty innovation hire in digital music and music entrepreneurship, Thomas is developing new courses and facilities to support student explorations in creative music technology. He is also a faculty affiliate in the Makerspace.
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.
In addition to Rachel Feldman's role as visiting director of choral studies at Mount Holyoke, she also directs the choral ensembles at Connecticut College. Recent engagements include conducting Mount Holyoke choirs at Vespers, preparing William Walton’s Belshazzar's Feast, and serving as the clinician for the Quinebaug Valley Middle School Music Festival. For two summers Feldman has taught at Westminster Choir College’s High School Summer Vocal Institute, where she has conducted the treble choir and taught music theory and history.
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.
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.
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.
Olabode Festus Omojola
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.
Sherezade Panthaki, is internationally acclaimed for her skillful interpretations of oratorio and concert repertoire under several of the world’s leading conductors including Nicholas McGegan, Masaaki Suzuki, Mark Morris, and Matthew Halls. An early music specialist, she is a frequent soloist with Bach Collegium Japan, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Wiener Akademie (Austria), Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra (Canada), NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover (Germany), Minnesota/St. Louis/Houston/Calgary Symphony Orchestras, and the Boston Early Music Festival. Born and raised in India, she holds graduate degrees from the Yale School of Music and the University of Illinois. She is a founding member and Artistic Advisor of the Kaleidoscope Vocal Ensemble.
David W. Sanford
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.
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.
Drawing upon the relationship between music, visual art, mathematics, and computer programming, Jazer Giles uses algorithms and physical modeling to create generative audio and video. He has collaborated with artists, musicians, and choreographers including Max Cooper, Kevin McGloughlin, Jacob Jonas, Salvatore Macchia, and Barbie Diewald.
Tara discovered the harp at an early age and went on to earn degrees at Manhattan School of Music, B.A. and Yale University, M.A., studying under the guidance of renowned master harpist, Gloria Agostini. She maintains a private harp studio where she teaches students at all ages and levels and performs with The Pioneer Valley Symphony. Tara has previously taught at Wilkes University, Illinois State University, and Illinois Wesleyan University.
Michael Brignolo is an active clarinetist throughout the Pioneer Valley, teaching students of all levels and performing with various ensembles. As a founding member of The Valley Winds, he performs frequently as principal clarinetist for the wind ensemble and chamber groups. As a teacher, his goal is to provide pupils with the means to become as self-sufficient as possible while bringing out their individual voices and building upon strong fundamentals. Brignolo is currently a member of the music faculty at Mount Holyoke College and Westfield State University.
Phillip de Fremery
Guitarist Phillip de Fremery has appeared as recitalist and orchestral soloist throughout the United States, Canada and Central Europe. From 1972-1975, in the role of assistant to Oscar Ghiglia, he conducted master classes at the Aspen Music School. He was appointed Instructor of Guitar at Mount Holyoke in 1973; since that time he has taught for all of the Five Colleges. He has premiered several major works for the guitar including pieces by William Valente, Tania French and Lewis Spratlan. In 1995 he was commissioned by the Segovia family to transcribe, from the recordings and including the fingerings, over 125 pages of music including a 2,500-word Foreword in four languages.
Sandra Dennis is an alumna of Philadelphia's Settlement Music School, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and The Juilliard School. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Performance, a Master of Music in Teaching, and a Master's degree in Performance. Her teachers include Bonnee Hendricks Hoy, Elizabeth Lasley, Arthur Dann, and Beveridge Webster.
Nicole Fizznoglia studied at the Boston Conservatory of Music and received her Masters Degree in cello performance from UMass Amherst. Her teachers have included Astrid Schween of the Juilliard Quartet, Jonathan Miller of the Boston Symphony and Matt Haimovitz. Nicole has performed with the Lark Quartet, the Lighthouse Chamber Players, the Mohawk Trail Music Festival, the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, and has performed with Kanye West at the Giants Stadium, Gillette Stadium, Mullins Center and in New York for Hennessy Artistry.
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. In addition to teaching at Mt. Holyoke, Gilwood has taught piano at Smith College, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Seton Hall University in NJ, 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.
Charles Huang is a founding member of Oboe Duo Agosto, whose concerts span traditional classical music to theatrical and electronic. He has recorded for Navona records and PARMA. A Fulbright Scholar, he has also been a scholarship recipient at Music Academy of the West and the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. He has been a guest clinician at the University of Michigan, SUNY Purchase, and Chiayi University in Taiwan. Charles teaches at Mount Holyoke and Smith Colleges, and The Hartt School Community Division. His goal is to use the study of music to help students on their way to be successful, regardless of their chosen field.
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.
Ted Levine received a BA in music from Westfield State College in 1982. He is on the faculty at Holyoke Community College, Mount Holyoke College, and Western New England University, where he is the Director of Bands. He taught applied saxophone and Jazz Studies at Westfield State University for 35 years. He has performed with many jazz greats such as Randy Brecker, Jon Faddis, Jimmy Knepper, Eliane Elias, Mario Pavone, Michael Musillami, Chris Vadala, Peter Madsen, and Peter Erskine. Mr. Levine has also been a soloist with the Springfield Symphony Pops and the Amherst College Orchestra, and is the founder and leader of the East Wind Saxophone Quartet.
As a regularly performing artist, entrepreneur, and promoter of bass playing throughout the Five-College area, Lynn Lovell teaches the Double Bass and the Electric Bass Guitar. With several decades of experience and genres, she teaches a full range or objectives from fundamental playing skills and instrument maintenance to the techniques of formal performance. Her teaching orientation seeks to enhance - through the enjoyment and pleasure of music - the bonds across all the arts and the union of mind, body and spirit.
A versatile multi-instrumentalist, Dan Meyers has developed a reputation as a flexible and engaging performer of both classical and folk music; his credits range from premieres of new chamber music, to headlining a concert series in honor of Pete Seeger at the Newport Folk Festival, to playing Renaissance instruments on Broadway as part of the “band” for Shakespeare’s Globe. He is a founding member of the Boston-based early music/folk crossover group Seven Times Salt, and also performs throughout New England with the 7 Hills Renaissance Wind Band and the medieval music ensemble Meravelha.
Allyson Michal, violin, is a member of the Hartford Symphony, Portland Symphony Orchestra, and the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra. In the summer, she is concertmaster for the New Hampshire opera festival, Opera North. Additionally, she participated on international tours to Asia and Europe with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and has also performed with them at Lincoln Center and the Proms in London.
Nona Monahin (B. Mus., Ph.D. in musicology) teaches Renaissance and Baroque dance in the Five College Early Music Program. A scholar-practitioner, she has presented lectures and workshops on music and dance in Australia, Europe, and North America, including at conferences of the Dance Studies Association, American and International Musicological societies, and American and International Shakespeare associations, and has published with Medieval Institute Publications, University of Georgia, and Oxford University Press.
Meg Pash is a faculty member in the Five College Early Music Program where she is an instructor in Lute and Renaissance and Baroque dance, and directs ensembles including the Renaissance and Baroque Dance Band, 17th-Century Song Seminar, and Lute Ensemble. As a singer, multi-instrumentalist, and dancer, she focuses on repertoires from the late medieval, renaissance, and early baroque periods. She also frequently performs modern and traditional folk, and Americana. Her teaching style is informed by performance practices across historical and modern genres and she is glad to work with students at all levels through collaboratively designed course content.
Performer, educator, percussionist, and freelance drum set artist Dustin Patrick received his bachelor’s in music performance from Rhode Island College and a master’s degree in percussion performance from UMass-Amherst. He has studied under teachers Michael DeQuattro (Rhode Island College), Ayano Kataoka (UMass-Amherst), Dave Fox, and Thomas P. Hannum (UMass-Amherst).
Scott Pemrick has appeared with such groups as Alea III, the Boston Civic symphony, the Springfield Symphony, the Albany Symphony, Saint Cecilia orchestra and the Berkshire opera orchestra. As a chamber musician, Mr. Pemrick was also a founding member of the Paramount brass, an award-winning brass quintet from the Boston area and a founding member of the Deerfield brass, a brass quintet which performed extensively in Western mass for over 10 years. He is also the trombone professor at Smith College. Mr. Pemrick holds degrees from the Crane school of music in Potsdam, New York and the New England Conservatory in Boston, Massachusetts. He performs with the Pioneer Valley Symphony, Brass Attack of Springfield and the Berkshire big band."
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.
Laurie Rabut (viola da gamba, Baroque violin/viola) performs and teaches Renaissance, Baroque, and Classical repertoire on period string instruments. She has performed as a freelance orchestral musician with many ensembles, including The American Classical Orchestra, The Greenwood Consort, Parthenia Viol Consort, The Boston Camerata, Boston Baroque, Boston Cecilia, Apollo Ensemble, and Palma Choralis. Laurie’s teaching career has included string instruction and orchestral direction in the Amherst, Massachusetts public schools from 1980-2012, and courses for Amherst Early Music, Pinewoods Early Music Week, and the Viola da Gamba Society.
Alice Robbins plays principal cello as well as viol with the historical performance ensemble Arcadia Players in western Massachusetts, of which she is a founding member. She is also a member of Arcadia Viols and the Oberlin Consort of Viols, and in the course of a long career has enjoyed performing widely on baroque cello, viola da gamba and vielle in numerous ensembles, including the Early Music Quartet (Studio der frühen Musik), Concerto Vocale, Smithsonian Chamber Players, Boston Camerata, Opera Lafayette, Washington Bach Consort, and the Handel and Haydn Society.
Eileen Ruby has been teaching voice at Mount Holyoke since 2009. Her students are often active performers on and off campus. She loves helping students find the vocal freedom to perform the music that inspires them, and encourages them to develop their musical taste through sampling a wide range of repertoire including art songs, folk song arrangements, opera arias, jazz standards, blues, or music theatre selections. When needed, in addition to scales and vocal exercises she offers stress reducing practice tips using somatic techniques borrowed from Alexander Technique, Qi Gong or Yoga.