Vivian Tsang | Voice 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.
Amelia Browning | Voice
Amelia has been an avid teacher and performer since her graduation from the Berklee College of Music in 2004. In San Diego, where she has lived since her days at Berklee,she performed throughout the city frequently as a jazz vocalist, both leading her own group and working as a guest artist with a number of bands. Though her creative focus is jazz, she is well versed in all sub genres of pop music as well as musical theater and is a classically trained vocalist. Her lessons focus on utilizing contemporary music as a vehicle for building a solid foundation of vocal technique. She has taught students of all ages from preschoolers to retired adults. Amelia excels at nurturing her relationships with her students to create a safe environment for creativity and experimentation and is truly passionate about her students' goals and accomplishments.
Nora Burgard | Voice
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!
Nevena Dordevic | Voice
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 | Voice
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 | Voice
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.
Georgia Hadjiconstantinou | Voice
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.
Jennifer Judd | Voice
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.
Alexandra Tan | Voice
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 | Voice
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 | Voice
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 | Voice
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 | Voice
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 | Voice
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 | Voice
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.