Vivian Tsang | Piano Program Director
Vivian Tsang was named Teacher of the Year by the Massachusetts Music Teachers Association (MMTA), the state affiliate of Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) in 2014. She has a Master of Music degree in piano from the New England Conservatory of Music. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication. She has studied with some of the most wanted teachers in the country, including Patricia Zander, Eugene & Elizabeth Pridonoff, Rosita Kerr Mang, and Suzanne Guy. Vivian has performed all over the United States, Europe, and Hong Kong and is the prizewinner of various piano competitions in the United States and Europe. She is an experienced piano teacher whose students actively participate in performances, are winners of state-wide competitions and have performed at prestigious concert halls such as Carnegie Hall in New York. She is frequently invited to adjudicate piano events throughout the state and have lead various Master Classes. She is a Past President of MMTA.
Wells Albritton | Piano
Originally from North Carolina, Wells has been playing piano since he could reach the keys. Though piano is his primary focus, Wells wears many musical hats. In addition to teaching for 5 years, the titles of Pianist, Singer/Songwriter, Composer/Lyricist, Keyboardist, Lead Singer, and Musical Director are all ones he has held on his musical journey. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Jazz Piano and Classical Composition from Sarah Lawrence College, and studied Jazz Piano and Voice at Le Cim École de Jazz et Musiques Actuelles in Paris. In Paris, Boston, New York, and Los Angeles Wells has performed as a pianist and vocalist in solo acts, rock bands, hip-hop groups, and jazz ensembles. Whatever musical role Wells is playing, he is always having fun and he can’t wait to share that passion and fun with his students!
Katherine Anderson | Piano
A native of New York, Katie began studying music at the age of five, began giving piano lessons at sixteen, and received her Bachelor's degree in music education from the University of Rhode Island in 2005. Since that time, Katie's love of music and teaching has taken her to many different places, from a little piano studio in Rhode Island, all the way to Japan. Before relocating to Massachusetts, she spent a year teaching elementary general music at the Harlem Promise Academy in New York City. Katie has many diverse hobbies, but music, by far, is number one. She looks forward to each and every opportunity she has to share and spread that love of music with others.
Nora Burgard | Piano
Nora Burgard is a native of Chapel Hill, NC, where she got her start in musical theater, opera and piano playing. Nora obtained her Master Degree in Vocal Performance from the Boston Conservatory, studying under Kathryn Wright. Nora also holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Michigan, where she studied under the esteemed soprano Martha Sheil. Nora has extensive performance experience, with performed roles from both opera and musical theatre including Mme. de Croissy (Dialogues of the Carmellites), The Mother (The Consul), Dorabella (Cosi Fan Tutte), Marian (The Music Man), The Chaperone (The Drowsy Chaperone), and Dorothy (The Wizard of Oz). In addition to her vocal studies, Nora studied classical and jazz piano for 10 years before university, where she continued her study alongside her vocal duties. In addition to teaching private voice lessons, Nora has taught collegiate piano classes and piano-based music theory group lessons. Nora is an experienced teacher whose teaching philosophy focuses on positive reinforcement, musical introspection, and good humor; tackling technical development in small, fun chunks keeps a musician engaged and in love with their own music!
Daesik Cha | Piano
Daesik Cha, a native of South Korea, has been establishing himself as a ‘renaissance’ musician, whose professional work encompasses concertizing, directing, teaching, and music scholarship. He has appeared as a pianist in several prominent concerts across continents. In the US, he was featured as a chamber music player with the Irving Fine Society at Harvard’s Sanders Theater, and celebrated as a soloist the Franz Liszt bicentennial at Brandeis University. In addition, he has been invited several times as a musical artist to the Covington Art Club in KY, giving lectures and recitals. Recently he performed chamber music at Emerson recitals in MIT, and gave a benefit recital on four pianos from different periods for the Frederick Historical Piano Study Center. He taught as a teaching fellow at Brandeis University, and is currently teaching and working as a music instructor and staff pianist at MIT. He is also giving numerous private piano lessonsto students of all ages in the Boston area and really enjoys teaching, no matter the age or level of playing. He holds many advanced degrees, including a Graduate Artist Diploma in Piano Performance from the Netherlands Royal School of Music in Maastricht and Tilburg, a Master of Music Degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and is currently working on his PhD in Musicology at Brandeis University.
Annie Chen | Piano
Annie Chen is a native Taiwanese classical and jazz pianist. She holds Bachelor Degree in Classical Music from National Hsinchu University on a scholarship award, and also accepted on scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music. She’s also former principal Oboist in Hsinchu City Hall wind orchestra band. Annie has taught Yamaha piano while in Taiwan, and she is an experienced teacher in Alexander Technique and Dalcroze Eurhythmics. She has been teaching piano and accompanying for many kind of instruments for more than ten years, and many of her students have participated in piano examinations, competitions and other events. She leads student with awakening, developing and refining innate musicality through rhythmic movement, ear-training and improvisation. Annie is focus on her music development and feels passionately to lead her students into magical music world by her faith.
Nevena Dordevic | Piano
Nevena Dordevic is a vocalist, pianist, songwriter and educator well known for her diversity in music styles including musical theater, jazz, pop, and classical music. Born and raised in Serbia, Nevena started her musical education at the age of 9 with piano and music theory lessons. She performed and won various music competitions as a child. While still in high school, Nevena rose to the fame as a performer and finalist of the first season of "First Voice of Serbia". Since then, she’s been performing in front of 10,000 people all over Serbia and Europe. Despite her growth and success in Serbia, Nevena decided to bring her musicianship and career to the next level. She came to Berklee College of Music in Boston to continue her studies. Soon after her arrival to Berklee, Nevena became very active as a lead performer at various concerts and venues. She performed next to the worldwide recognizable artists such as Tigran Hamasyan, Sheila Jordan, Theresa Thomason, Paul Winter and many others. As a versatile artist and educator, Nevena chooses and appreciates music by its quality and purpose. She strives to teach students the fundamentals of music, while focusing on students’ talents, joy in music and overall development.
Marissa Dyer | Piano
Marissa Dyer graduated with her Bachelor Degree in Vocal Performance from Idaho State University in May 2017. She is currently working on her Master Degree in Opera Performance at The Longy school of Music of Bard College. Marissa has also played piano since she was six years old. She performed leading roles in musical theatre and opera with the University and in her community. Most recently, she performed as Monica in 'The Medium' and Sara Brown in 'Guys and Dolls'. Internationally, she has toured England and Scotland with the Idaho State chamber choir, and performed with the prestigious Si Parla Si Canta opera program in Italy. In addition to performing, Marissa is a passionate music educator. For years she has worked as a private teacher to assist students in developing confidence and creativity through reliable and sustainable vocal habits and adores teaching beginning musicianship and keyboard skills in imaginative ways. Piano and voice students alike receive one on one assistance to develop as musicians and pursue their unique dreams.
Haley Evanoski | Piano
Haley is a Native of Ithaca, NY where she completed her undergraduate degree at Ithaca College with degrees in Music Education and Vocal Performance, under the study of Dawn Pierce. She relocated to Boston to persue her Masters Degree in Vocal Pedagogy under the tutelage of Dr. Kerry Deal. She is skilled in both piano and voice, and has experience teaching and playing both instruments. Haley has extensive performance experience singing roles such as Madam Hertz (Der Schauspieldirektor), Frasquita (Carmen), Ellen DeGeneres/Adolph Hitler (Bully Pulpit). Haley spent two years as a Young Artist at Opera Ithaca and was featured in programs and festivals with the Middlebury Opera and the International Performing Arts Institute. Haley is passionate about social justice through music and has organized concerts to facilitate awareness and benefit organizations within the community that work with abuse victims. Haley has been teaching a variety of ages and styles in voice and piano for five years and believes in a strong foundation of fundamental technique while balancing a dynamic sense of play and creativity.
Winston Feliz | Piano
Pianist and composer Winston Feliz has over twelve years of music teaching experience. With experience in various music methods, including the Suzuki Method, he has taught people between four years and 50 years of age. Winston began his music career at a young age. As the son of a church minister he organized and directed various church musical groups and accompanied the groups on keyboard and organ. Winston then began his own music school and audio recording/mixing studio in Humacao, Puerto Rico, where for ten years he instructed many students of all ages. He also became the director and keyboard player of the pop musical group “Eclipse”, which won performance and compositions awards including being twice-awarded the prestigious “Festival San Juan de la Cancion” (San Juan Song Festival) in Puerto Rico. Winston attended Berklee College of Music and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in 2000. During his education at Berklee he was selected to be part of the “World Music” exchange student program in the Rotterdam Conservatory in Holland. Following graduation Winston continued his music career as an educator and music producer concentrating on his interest in music education technology. Winston’s specialty is his ability to tailor his instruction method to diverse students of all ages and abilities and to excite their passion in a musical piano and keyboard style of their own liking.
Ioana Flonta-Randall | Piano
Originally from Romania, Ioana Flonta-Randall is a passionate pianist and teacher. In 2011, she moved to the U.S., where she earned her Certificate and Master's Degree in Piano Performance on a full tuition scholarship at Bowling Green State University, Ohio, studying with Dr. Laura Melton. As a graduate assistant at BGSU, she taught group piano lessons for college level music majors. She started specializing in piano at the age of 7, attending the Sigismund Toduta Music School for grades 1-12 and continuing with her Bachelor's Degree in Piano Performance at the Gheorghe Dima Music Academy inRomania. Guided by her former teacher, Dr. Vera Negreanu, Ioana began teaching private piano lessons while in college to children and adults of all levels. She performed recitals and competitions in Europe and the United States, winning several prizes, both as a soloist and accompanist. Her varied experience enables Ioana to adapt her teaching method considering each student's unique personality.
Ivan Gueorguiev | Piano
Ivan Gueorguiev graduated from the University of Texas A&M-Commerce in the Spring of 2016 and holds a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance. While there, he studied piano with Dr. Luis Sanchez and Organ as a secondary instrument with Dr. Lerie Dellosa. Ivan also had the opportunity to teach through a school program and accompany voice majors in performance. Ivan previously studied with Dr. Brian Allison through a local community college before attending undergrad. He relocated to the Boston area in the summer of 2017 to pursue graduate school. Throughout his studies, Ivan has been actively performing locally. Some of these performances include: fundraiser performance, Christmas party at a residential office, Steinway Hall, Dallas Meyerson Symphony Hall, as well as accompanying an elementary school choir, and a part in a church program. Ivan has been teaching for 6 years and is always excited to help aspiring musicians of any age or level grow into the artist they want to be and build their passion for music. Ivan's goal is to continue reaching out to students of all levels through the joy of music.
Ling Guo | Piano
Award-winning pianist Ms. Ling Guo was a university piano faculty in China prior to moving to the USA, and is experienced in teaching students at all different ages and different levels. Ling is a member of American College of Musicians/ National Guild of Piano Teachers (ACM-NGPT), and Music Teacher National Association (MTNA). She also played diverse artistic roles such as music editor, judge at piano competitions, collaborative pianist, music director, choral conductor and event-organizer. Over many years, she has performed at various concerts, festivals, and competitions worldwide with several choruses at places such as Harvard Sanders Theatre, NEC Jordan Hall, Yale Woolsey Hall, and Vienna Musikverein. She studied at schools including Beijing Dance Institute, China Central Conservatory, and is completing her Master of Music Degree in Piano from Longy School of Music of Bard College. Ling is a vivid and patience music teacher and is greatly loved by her students.
Georgia Hadjiconstantinou | Piano
Georgia Hadjiconstantinou is a pianist, vocalist, composer and an arranger. She received her Bachelors of Music Degree from the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Vocal Performance, where she was awarded with a 5-year scholarship. She has played piano since a young age and alsoinitially started out as a dramatic coloratura soprano with classical/opera training. She has played and sang all styles of music, from classical, to musical theater, to pop and rock. Originally from Greece, Georgia now makes her home in Boston and is currently touring with the rock/blues band No/Hugs that she established in May 2015. She has toured the U.S.A and Canada and has opened for national rock bands Faster Pussycat, The Shills and Ellis Ashbrook. Georgia has taught extensively in the United States and is a not only a great teacher, but is a specialist in teaching children with autism.
Almira Izumchensky | Piano
Originally from Saint-Petersburg, Almira Izumchensky is a diverse collaborative pianist and composer. Almira studied Piano Performance and Composition at Berklee College of Music and Kazakh Conservatory. She is the recipient of numerous scholarships and composition awards as a pianist and composer. Equally experienced in classical as well as contemporary styles, her recent collaborations include chamber and choral concerts in Carnegie Hall with Schiller Institute, as well as Cathedral of St. John the Divine with Paul Winter Consort and “Pletenitsa” Balkan Choir. Currently, Almira is about to pursue Master of Arts in Composition in New England Conservatory. She is a very passionate teacher and has been privately teaching piano and composition for 7 years. She aims to help students to find their unique voice and and obtain a solid technical foundation.
Joshua Jandreau | Piano
Joshua Jandreau is a composer, teacher, and multi-instrumentalist currently based in Boston, Massachusetts. His music has been performed, premiered, and recorded by orchestras, chamber music groups, and solo artists across the United States and Switzerland. A passionate arts educator, Joshua has been awarded grants to provide music and arts opportunities to students of low-income families. Recently, he served as a guest speaker at the 2016 Arizona Music Educator Association conference for incorporating technology in the musical classroom. As an instrumentalist, Joshua served as principal tuba with the University of Maine Symphonic Band and has played with many brass and chamber groups; as a guitarist, he routinely performs as a solo-artist; and as a pianist, he performs as a chamber musician and choir accompanist.
Eunhye Jeong | Piano
Born in Seoul, Korea in 1986, Eunhye Jeong began her piano studies at the age of 4. At the Berklee College of Music, where she received her Bachelor Degree in Film Scoring/Performance dual major and Global Studies minor in 2013, she had the honor to study with the award-winning film composer George S. Clinton. She also had the opportunity to undertake studies with the internationally acclaimed jazz pianist/composer Vadim Neselovskyi, among others. Living in the urban hotbed of multicultural Boston, she was able to explore global musical traditions from African to Middle Eastern countries, and elsewhere. This exploration became the motivation for her to connect more deeply to her own roots. In founding Sigimsae - Berklee Korean Traditional Music Society, she extended her awareness of Korean traditional music and her vision of theretofore unexplored musical possibilities. In addition, she engaged in multifarious crossover projects that included conducting, performing in concerts, writing, recording, and several clinics. Eunhye Jeong is truly a contemporary musical renaissance person. Utilizing her many talents, she is an active pianist, composer, film composer, arranger, music director, Korean percussionist, and piano teacher currently based in Boston.
Jennifer Judd | Piano
Jennifer received a Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance for Voice from Westfield State College in 1998. She began teaching voice and piano in 1997, working for some local lesson centers, as well as running her own lesson center for 6 years. Jennifer has assisted as music director for theater groups and has been a conductor for several local and national church choir concerts, particularly through the Polish National Catholic Church. As a choir member, she has enjoyed performing with the Schola Nova Chorus, Springfield Symphony Chorus and Westfield Community Chorus. Jennifer has recorded and continues to record with recording artists known as Autumn Tears, has appeared as backup singer for underground metal bands…and then changed it up for a time by touring as backup singer with a Jimmy Buffett tribute band, Changes In Latitudes. These days she dedicates a lot of her focus on yoga, which incorporates a lot of singing and breathing techniques, and where she is learning to play the harmonium. Jennifer feels that we are our own best teachers. Her focus is to help students to be interested in self-discovery - to find that strength, courage and self-discipline within themselves and cultivate it. And, of course, all learning is a more enjoyable experience if we allow ourselves to stand in that power.
Eric Krouse | Piano
Though classically trained from the age of 4, pianist Eric Krouse now primarily performs in the jazz idiom. After graduating from Oberlin Conservatory in 2016, he began performing with his own groups, playing major festivals including the Iowa City and Twin Cities Jazz Festivals. In addition to working with his own ensembles, he has played and studied with Wallace Roney, Dave Holland, Billy Hart, Sean Jones, Geri Allen, and many others. A dedicated educator, he enjoys working on all styles of music with his students. He is currently completing a graduate program in Jazz Studies at The New England Conservatory of Music.
Timothy Lumnah | Piano
Tim Lumnah is a pianist, guitarist, and composer from Boston, Massachusetts. A passionate arts educator, Tim studied jazz at the Jackie McLean Institute at Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford, and has also studied Jazz and African American Music at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He also continues his professional development with Bert Seager, an acclaimed faculty member at New England Conservatory. As a performer, Tim has appeared in musical pit orchestras since he was in high school, including Grease and Bye Bye Birdie, for groups such as Star Players of Bristol County and Triboro Youth Theater. Most recently, Tim has performed as a freelance musician, including accompanying Connecticut-based country singer, AJ Jansen. Tim is continually excited to share his musical knowledge and experience with aspiring musicians.
Scott Lyman | Piano
Scott Lyman graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from UMASS Dartmouth, with an emphasis on Jazz Piano. He has classroom music teaching experience in all grades K-12 and is licensed to teach music in the public schools in Massachusetts. Playing the piano since he was 9 years old, Scott is currently a gigging musician and recording artist. Scott plays keyboard in his band Background Orcs, who has developed quite a following and frequently performs around the Boston area! He has been the musical director at the 20 Cent FictionTheatre Company, leading them to several musicals such as Sweeney Todd, Reefer Madness and Cannibal: The Musical. He has also gone to Ghana, West Africa for a trip to learn African Drum and Dance, so his musical background is quite diverse! He is very excited to be teaching private lessons and hope to inspire his students to develop as much passion for music as he has!
Robert Marx | Piano
A native of Honolulu, Hawaii, Robbie began his musical studies at the age of 8 learning both piano and trumpet. He has performed throughout the U.S. and Europe playing in various
symphony orchestras, jazz ensembles, chamber groups, brass bands and solo performances. Robbie has performed in concert halls such as Constitution Hall in Washington D.C., Alice Tully
Hall in New York City, and Orchestra Hall in Detroit Michigan. He holds a Bachelors in Performance from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester NY, and a Masters in Music Education from Boston University. Most recently, Robbie spent a summer in Chautauqua NY performing as a musician for the summer music festival there. Since relocating to Massachusetts, Robbie has performed with the Cape Ann Symphony, Brookline Symphony,
Eureka Ensemble as well as a multitude of musical theatre shows as a pit musician. In addition to his performance schedule, Robbie has taught piano privately for the past three years in and around the Boston area, and has also taught music in several public schools in both Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Robbie always strives to create a safe learning environment for students, where curiosity is encouraged and learning is centered on students interests. Aside from music, Robbie is an avid chess player and runner.
Rita Matute | Piano
A native of Wisconsin, Rita Matute grew up playing the piano and singing. She holds her Bachelor of Music (emphasis in piano), as well as her Master of Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. Rita has worked in children’s musical theater, as well as taught and run a private piano studio in Milwaukee for the past 13 years. As a teacher, Rita combines her knowledge of piano, theory, and arranging, in order to accommodate each student’s individual talents and goals. She holds bi-annual recitals featuring a variety of different musical styles, and often times features students collaborating with other musicians. A fun and diverse teacher, Rita is excited to share her passion for music with the Boston area.
Inga Mironov | Piano
Inga Mironov is an experienced piano teacher who has taught private piano lessons for over 20 years in the United States as well as in her home country of Lithuania. Inga holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Choir Conducting from Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre and a Master of Music Degree in Music Education from Lithuanian University of Educational Sciences. Inga has an extensive experience in working with young children. She is a very patient, positive and upbeat teacher who personalizes her lessons to each of her students’ needs to help them reach their full potential and to love music. Many of Inga’s students have successfully participated in piano examinations as well as other music events. Besides teaching private piano lessons Inga has also taught general music to elementary and high school students and directed children choir in Lithuania. She has also been a Music Director at FBC Medfield for 15 years now, where she plays organ, piano and works with adult and children singers. Inga lives in Natick with her husband and two daughters.
Aiko Onuma | Piano
Aiko Onuma is a keyboard/piano player and instructor, and a music therapist She holds a degree in music therapy from Berklee College of Music, in Boston, MA. After over 10 years of varied performance experience as a professional piano player and several years of teaching experience throughout Japan, Aiko moved to the United States. She has been teaching the piano, performing as a piano and keyboard player, working as a music therapist with the elderly and autistic children, and supervising music therapy students. In 2006, she developed a new music therapy program at Deutchen Altenheim, West Roxbury, MA as their first music therapist. She has given keyboard workshops for music therapy students at Berklee College of Music as her unique method of using the keyboard and improvisation has been recognized. Currently she performs on piano and keyboard both independently and with several bands. Aiko hopes to incorporate her skills as a music therapist into teaching her students, as being a music therapist gives her unique insights into the human mind, as well as a strong ability to recognize the needs of each student.
Cholong Park | Piano
Cholong Park is a pianist specializing in new music. She earned her Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from Florida State University where she studied under the guidance of Dr. David Kalhous. Throughout Cholong Park’s active music career, she has developed a wide range of repertoire and discovered that chamber music, contemporary works, and piano pedagogy are her forte. She is a founding member of two chamber groups, an award-winning ensemble What Is Noise, as well as mixed chamber ensemble Some Assembly Required. In May 2014, Park made her Carnegie Hall debut performing solo and ensemble works. Park released her first album with Justin Croushore entitled "Stuff" in Fall 2017 and her ensemble What Is Noise’s debut album "Equivocal Duration" in March 2019. Besides her music career as a pianist, she was a director of international affairs at DMZ International Music Festival in South Korea and serves as the artistic director of "Voices of North Korean Refugees" dedicated to raising funds for North Korean refugees. She has been teaching students since 2002 and has taught students of all ages & levels.
Vinh Pham | Piano
Originally from Vietnam, Vinh Pham received his Bachelor Degree in Piano Performance from the prestigious Longy School of Music of Bard College. He also holds a Teaching Artist Certificate from Longy. Vinh Pham’s life was transformed by music when he touched the keyboard in his teen years. He is one of the very rare few who is able to get accepted into, and receive a scholarship at, a prestigious music school after only four years of study with a private teacher in Vietnam. His talent and work ethic is unmatched as he was able to do in four years what would take most pianist a lifetime to do. At Longy, Vinh studied with the great pianist and teacher Ludmilla Lifson, Piano Pedagogy with Esther Ning Yau and Chamber Music with Carol Mastrodomenico, Mihail Jojatu, Jane Struss and Marco Granados. Vinh has taught both when he was in Vietnam, and non-piano majors at Longy, including a student who got the comment from her examiner "The best test that I've had in the room" at her jury at the end of the year! He is committed to provide the highest teaching standard possible, focusing on the balance of enjoyment and musical concepts that aim to benefit the students in the long run.
Theresa Ronan | Piano
Theresa Ronan is a pianist/piano teacher in Brockton. She was raised in Brockton, and studied piano with the late Mrs. Helen Starr. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Lowell (now UMass-Lowell), did graduate work in Piano Performance at UMass-Lowell, and has studied piano at Longy School of Music in Cambridge. She has taught private lessons for over 20 years, and has several years of public school teaching experience. In addition, she is currently the Music Director for Christ the King Parish in Brockton, and also works as a free-lance soloist and accompanist in the Brockton area.
Sohyun Ryee | Piano
A native of South Korea, pianist Sohyun Jun made her debut with the Shanghai Orchestra in China in 2001. She has appeared as a solo pianist, collaborative pianist, and chamber musician. She performed at the Sydney Music Festival in 2002 as well as the Piano Summer Festival in New Paltz in 2005, where Vladimir Feltsman was the Artistic Director. In the summer of 2007 and 2008, she performed at SongFest in California where she worked with Graham Johnson, Amy Burton, Kendra Colton, and Jake Heggie, as well as in various master classes for Margo Garett, Martin Katz, and the American Quartet. Sohyun was invited as a pianist for the brass department at Boston University Tanglewood Institute and performed with Professor Eric Rusky in 2011. She has taught for many years in her own piano studio and joined Merry Melody Music Academy since 2013. After completing her Bachelor’s Degree in piano performance at Busan National University in Korea, she came to the United States to study with Professor Stephanie Brown at the SUNY Purchase College where she also earned her Master’s and Artist Diploma. She received a second master’s degree in collaborative piano and completed her Doctorate of Musical Arts under Professor Sheila Kibbe at Boston University in 2014.
Laura Sekarputri | Piano
Laura Sekarputri is a music therapist, composer, and pianist from Indonesia. She graduated summa cum laude from Berklee College of Music with a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Therapy and minor in Psychology. Born in Jakarta, Laura began playing piano at 4 and has become a versatile musician, who is accomplished on other instruments including the electric bass, guitar, and gamelan (Indonesian percussion). In 2017, her counterpoint composition Can-On (solo piano piece) was selected and performed by composer Marti Epstein in the ‘Best Inventions Plus 2017’, a recital of the “best student projects from the three core counterpoint courses” in Berklee College of Music. She is a founding member of the pop duo ImpromToo, of which debut single Tiada (meaning “Gone”) featuring Daniel Yoong and Irena Taib reached Number 1 on the Momea 104.2 FM Palembang in 2017. Laura has been giving piano lessons at seventeen and enjoyed connecting with people through music.
Alexandra Tan | Piano
Alexandra Tan started her musical studies at the age of four in classical piano. She later received a Diploma in piano performance from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM). Having completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Melbourne, Australia where she majored in voice performance and instrumental teaching and minored in piano, she continued her graduate studies at The Boston Conservatory, receiving a Masters in voice performance under the tutelage of Dr Marilyn Bulli. She has also performed and given recitals in her home country, Singapore, Australia and here in Massachusetts. Discovering her passion for teaching, she also undertook a Post Graduate Diploma in Music Education. Alexandra has taught in a variety of settings. Besides teaching private piano and voice lessons, she has also taught in public schools in Massachusetts such as the Boston Latin School and Bigelow Middle school, teaching general music, chorus and instrumental ensembles. As a teacher, she endeavors to help students achieve their full potential by adapting her instruction to the student’s needs. Besides this, she believes music should be enjoyable and fun for all.
Natasha Valdes | Piano
A California native, Natasha recently moved to Boston to pursue her Masters Degree in Vocal Pedagogy at the Boston Conservatory of Music. Before moving to Boston, she received her B.A. in Opera Performance at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music. Since graduation, she has had the privilege of performing all over Europe and the United States. Her operatic roles include Susana in Le nozze di Figaro, Despina in Cosi fan tutte, Olympia in Le contes d’Hoffman, and Papagena in Die Zauberflöte. She also has been a featured soloist in the Faure Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, and the Mozart Coronation Mass. She has won various competitions, including 1st place in the American Protege Competition where she performed at Carnegie Hall. Natasha began her musical education at the age of 9 in piano and began voice lessons at the age of 12. Natasha is very passionate about sharing her love of music with others and helping them to grow in their own musical journey. Her teaching is tailored to each student and their learning styles. Natasha prides herself on making sure students learn healthy technique while maintaining a balance between personal progress and fun.
Minjing Vandenbos | Piano
A native of China, Minjing Vandenbos, is a Boston based educator, collaborative pianist, vocalist, and choral conductor. She has a Masters Degree in Collaborative Piano from Longy school of Music of Bard college and a Bachelors Degree in Music Education from Shanghai Conservatory of Music. Minjing has performed all over the world, in China, U.S., Japan and the U.K., as a pianist, choral conductor and singer. She is a multi-talented musician due to her creativity and wide interests of different aspects of music. On the one hand, she analyzes how teaching pedagogy could work for different individual students for piano teaching. On the other hand, she focus on classical vocal and instrument ensemble coaching and performance.
Ana Maria Villa Pico | Piano
Ana María Villa is a multi-talented vocalist and pianist from Bogotá, Colombia. She studied and performed Musical Theater in Bogotá for 7 years and later moved to Boston to pursue a career in music when she got admitted into Berklee College of Music. Ana María graduated with a performance degree in 2016 and has been actively performing around the Boston area. During her time in Boston she has performed along artists like Juan Luis Guerra, Joyce Moreno, Noel Schajris, Tigran Hamasyan and Mane Dela Parra. Besides performing, Ana loves teaching and sharing her love of music with her students!
Riley Vogel | Piano
Riley Vogel is an in-demand bass-baritone, conductor, and teacher. A member of the New England Conservatory of Music graduating class of 2015, Riley has spent the last 4 years in Houston, Texas singing with the Houston Grand Opera, singing and conducting with Opera in the Heights, teaching private piano and voice lessons, and running the music departments at four private grade schools in the Houston area. Now back in Boston, Riley is a candidate for the Master of Music degree in instrumental conducting. Riley has played piano since he was 5 years old, and with his degrees in Vocal Performance and now working on his instrumental conducting degree, Riley is one of those rare musicians who can play multiple musical instruments at a high level. Recent engagements have taken Riley to Sofia, Bulgaria where he conducted the New Symphony Orchestra in selections by Beethoven, Dvořák, and Stravinsky. Riley was also recently seen on the HGO stage in critically-acclaimed productions of Mozart's Don Giovanni, Puccini's La bohème, and Catán's Florencia en el Amazonas. Riley is committed to training and mentoring the next generation of performing musicians. He believes an excellent music education can prepare developing minds for a rich and rewarding life.
Jiayi Wang | Piano
Originally from China, Jiayi received her Master of Music in Music Education from Boston Conservatory at Berklee. She also has Bachelor and Master Degrees in Vocal Performance at the Sichuan Conservatory of Music, focusing on Chinese folk singing and opera. In her time at Berklee, she studied voice and piano with Frank Kelley and Aleksandr Poliykov. As a result, she developed her vocal and piano technique and broadened her knowledge of Western classical and contemporary music. Jiayi has taught voice and piano lessons for many years, planning and organizing fun and engaging lessons in order to meet her students’ individual needs. She believes enjoyment in the learning process is important, as it contributes to creative, musical, and intellectual growth. She hopes to inspire every students’ talent and passion towards music from deep within their hearts to create a genuine love for music.
Jennifer Watson | Piano
Jennifer Watson is a classically trained pianist and vocalist, having studied music for sixteen years. Ms. Watson received her bachelor's degree in Vocal Music Education from Oklahoma Baptist University, where she studied pedagogy of both voice and piano. Currently, Jennifer is pursuing her Master's of Vocal Performance from the Boston Conservatory at Berklee, where she will be singing in the upcoming production as Vera Boronel in The Consul by Menotti. Jennifer has also been featured as a lead in the premiere of A Porcelain Doll by James Vernon, and in Carlisle Floyd's Susannah. Ms. Watson's choral experience includes membership in top choirs of both Oklahoma Baptist University and Boston Conservatory, performing at Carnegie Hall, and a multitude of venues throughout Kansas, Missouri, and Texas. Ms. Watson's competition resumè includes top placements in NATS and Concerto-Aria at OBU. Throughout her musical career, she has been mentored by Michael Dean, Monique Phinney, Louima Lilite, Norma Partridge, and Gail Simpson.
Matthew Xiong | Piano
Matthew Xiong is an Australian classical pianist and teacher based in Boston, MA. He began his studies in piano at the age of 5 and he has concertized nationally and internationally in USA, Australia and Europe. Matthew obtained his Bachelor Degree for Piano performance with academic honors at New England Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Prof. Gabriel Chodos. He is currently pursuing his Masters in Music at Boston University. He has also had the opportunity to study under several revered pianists; among them are teachers such as John Perry, as well as Curtis and Juilliard faculty members Robert Mcdonald and Ignat Solzhenitsyn. Matthew has attended several competitive music festivals, including the KlavierSommer in Cochem, Germany, the Kawai International Piano Masterclass festival in Sydney, Australia, and the Beethoven institute at Mannes, New York. Matthew is particularly interested in the field of Psychology, which he believes is integral to all areas of musical practice and teaching. He is an experienced teacher who has taught for six years before coming to Boston to pursue his degrees. His ultimate goal is to delve deeply into each of his students interests and methods of learning to find a unique way to ignite their passion for music.
Yuko Yoshikawa | Piano
Born and raised in Japan, Yuko began her musical journey starting with piano at the age of three, percussion at nine, and marimba at fifteen. She holds Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance from Osaka College of Music and Master of Music in Marimba Performance from The Boston Conservatory at Berklee. Yuko has been teaching piano and marimba more than a decade in the US. She has taught in various schools including The Boston Conservatory at Berklee, Berklee College of Music and Liceo Mexicano Japones. After taking a few years off due to a baby, Yuko is happy to return to Merry Melody, where she has been working since 2007! As teaching is one of her passions, she is looking forward to sharing the joy of music!
Tianqi Zhao | Piano
Tianqi Zhao started learning piano at the age of four. By the age of fourteen, she was accepted by The Affiliated High School of China Conservatory of Music Middle school & High school in Beijing where she has studied Piano Performance with Professor Xiaoxue Hu. In May of 2019, she graduated from The Boston Conservatory at Berklee with a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance, studying with Ya-Fei Chuang on a scholarship. She is now continuing her Master Degree in Piano Performance there at Boston Conservatory on another scholarship. She has performed at The Fifth Beijing International Piano Festival in 2010, been a Third Prize winner of the Colorado International Piano Academy Competition and has performed recitals all over China and the US. Tianqi wants to share her passion for music with her students!