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.
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.
Colleen Averill | Piano
Colleen Averill is a pianist and composer from Texas. She is about to graduate with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Film Scoring from the Berklee College of Music. She started piano at the age of 3, and fell in love with music. Growing up, she learned a variety of musical styles, before studying jazz at Berklee. Outside of piano, her musical interests span the orchestra as a composer. Before coming to Berklee as a music major, Colleen was at Texas A&M. An experienced teacher, Colleen is passionate about equipping students with the tools necessary to foster a love for music. She hopes to help make music understandable and exciting to all her students.
Hope Banach | Piano
Hope is a native of Boston, MA, where she began her musical studies in piano, musical theater, and classical voice. A recent graduate of Northwestern University, Hope holds a Bachelor’s of Music in Vocal Performance after studying under the tutelage of international soprano Nancy Gustafson, coaching with vocal coach and pianist Richard Boldrey, and participating in masterclasses from master teacher Marlena Malas and renowned soprano Barbara Bonney. Hope has extensive performance experience as a vocalist, having performed as a soprano and alto in Northwestern’s University Singers, University Chorale, and The Renaissance Singers, and participating in several university productions, including Les aventures du roi Pausole, Iolanthe, Trial and Error, Interim, and 1776, as well as giving recitals. Hope knows the effects a good music teacher can have on students and aspires to equip students with the tools and encouragement necessary to foster a love for music and help them reach their fullest musical potential!
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!
Evan Butler | Piano
Evan Butler has a Master of Music in Music Education from University of Massachusetts Lowell, a second Master of Music in Jazz Performance from William Peterson University, and a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance from McGill University. Evan began playing the saxophone in elementary school, and he knew he would pursue music for the rest of his life. A multi-faceted musician, Evan plays the saxophone, piano, drums, and guitar, all of which he has a lifelong commitment to ever-increasing development. His interests are multi-faceted: on the one hand he has an uncontestable passion for jazz and pop/rock music, as well as a rival passion for education. Evan believes that musical ‘genius’ is available to all who seek it and feels called upon to instill this philosophy to all, thus providing the joy of music to everyone and anyone. He is positive, friendly and enjoys the company of both children and adults.
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.
Patrick Curtin | Piano
Patrick Curtin graduated with a Bachelors of Music from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst with a focus in Classical Voice. He has been drawn to music from an early age, and throughout his journey has become an experienced pianist, vocalist, percussionist, and arranger. Patrick has been the Music
Director of the UMass Note-orious A Cappella group, among many other performance experiences. As a teacher, Patrick draws upon a wide variety of different experiences, ranging from musical theater, choir, a cappella, marching band, and rock band, to name a few. He is passionate about helping others take their first steps into the world of music, and hopes to use the tools and knowledge he has gained to help make music approachable and understandable to anyone, and inspire them to pursue a lifelong journey in music!
Ray Demers | Piano
A recent graduate of Berklee College of Music, Ray Demers is not only a teacher but a jazz pianist, composer, sound designer, voice actor, producer, and wearer of many other hats. He has been playing the piano for around 18 years now and has been teaching for 6 years. On his business card he is a musician but in his heart he is a gamer. Growing up with soundtracks from the most interactive art form out there has inspired how he views music and how he views the world. He hopes to be able to inspire others the same way.
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.
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.
Marissa Fieland | Piano
Marissa Fieland received her Bachelor of Music from the New England Conservatory. She is originally from the West Coast but came to Boston to study music where she was a recipient of the Andy Anselmo scholarship. Marissa is one of those talented musicians who excel in several instruments - voice, piano and percussion. She is an experienced and versatile teacher who is experienced in classical music, but also other genres such as musical theater and pop. Marissa performed at Carnegie Hall in 2017 as a finalist for the High School Honors Performance Series and recently placed second in the International Art of Artsong Competition in 2019. A Soprano, Marissa’s operatic roles include: Fiordiligi in Cosi fan Tutte, Countessa in Le nozze di Figaro, Alice in Falstaff, Clorinda in La Cenerentola, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Mimi in La bohème and Antonia in Les contes d'Hoffmann. Marissa aspires to give her students the tools they need to express themselves musically and to assist her students in their musical journey.
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.
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.
Erin Janke | Piano
A Kansas native, Erin Janke is a pianist, harpist, composer, and private teacher. The daughter of a pastor and a music teacher, Erin began playing the piano at a young age and soon began performing and accompanying in church. From the age of 10, Erin began performing for weddings and parties with her harp, growing her business until she attended college. She completed her Bachelor Degree in Music, then went on to earn a Master Degree in Music Composition. She now performs regularly for events in the Boston area, while composing and arranging in her spare time. Erin loves to help her students explore their creative side in making music and to have fun in their music lessons!
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 Jia | Piano
Jennifer (Wenjie) Jia has appeared worldwide as a pianist, harpsichordist, and educator. After graduating from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Jennifer furthered her studies at Manhattan School of Music and the Jacobs School of Music of Indiana University-Bloomington under Menahem Pressler, Elisabeth Wright and Jeffrey Cohen. Recently, Jennifer is pursuing her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Stony Brook University where she studies with Professor Gilbert Kalish. She has been dubbed a musician of “Ferociously talented and most beautiful Schumann playing” by distinguished pianist Menahem Pressler. An artist characterized by her grounded interpretations and colorful tone on the piano, Jennifer has delighted audiences across North America, Asia, and Africa with chamber ensembles and Baroque Orchestra. She has performed multiple concert series such as “Night with Schumann” and “Music on the Harpsichord” in major cities. Jennifer has also won numerous prizes for her performances. As a teacher, she is enthusiastic to devote her attitude, knowledge, experience and passion to students and leave a footprint in their lives. Many of Wenjie’s students are active performers and competitors in piano and keyboard competitions in China and the US.
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.
Rainice Lai | Piano
Rainice Lai holds Graduate Performance Degrees from New England Conservatory and Boston University, a Masters degree from Temple University, and a Bachelor degree from the Boston Conservatory. A pianist and percussionist, Rainice was born and raised in Hong Kong where she started playing piano and percussion from a young age. She has performed with numerous ensembles across the US, Asia and Europe. She has served as a guest percussionist with professional orchestras such as Philharmonia Orchestra London, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Macau Orchestra, Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra, Hawaii Symphony Orchestra and New World Symphony. As an active chamber musician, Rainice has appeared in the Boston Symphony Orchestra Prelude Series, Boston’s leading contemporary ensemble ‘Callithumpian Consort’, the Summer Institute of Contemporary Performance Practice; she also appeared on the Dutch National Classical Music TV Channel, Podium Witteman, as a guest percussionist with Fuse Ensemble.
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.
Naomi Nakanishi | Piano
A multifaceted pianist, educator, and composer, Naomi Nakanishi is currently based in Boston, MA. Naomi is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree at the Berklee Global Jazz Institute led by Grammy Award winning pianist Danilo Pérez.
Naomi has a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from the renowned Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. Her background in classical and folk repertoire deeply influence her sound today through her ethereal and groove oriented compositions. As an activist she focuses on social justice issues through her organization, Women Mean Business, featuring femme/non-binary musicians. She has performed at numerous major festivals such as the Rochester International Jazz Festival and the Jazz Education Network Conference. Naomi has shared the stage with world renowned jazz musicians such as Jimmy Cobb, and Tanya Darby. There is hardly a moment in Naomi’s life where she isn’t performing or teaching. She hopes to continually strive to cultivate an enriching, musical experience for all.
Amber Naugle | Piano
Originally from Missouri, Amber Naugle earned her Master of Music in Voice Performance from the Boston Conservatory in 2019 under the tutelage of Victor Jannett. She arrived in New England after obtaining her Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance, studying under Stella Roden, and her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Ms. Naugle studied voice and piano from an early age and is accomplished in both instrument. She has performed voice in Italy, France, and across the United States. Her notable roles are Mother (Hansel und Gretel), Pamina (The Magic Flute), La Princesse (L’Enfant et les Sortilèges), Mrs. Gobineau (The Medium), and Despina (Così Fan Tutte). During her undergraduate studies, Ms. Naugle served for 2 years as President of the Student Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. She also virtually teaches English to Chinese children aged 3-18 and aspires to bring fun and positive energy into every class setting. She strives to understand her students on a personal level to better tailor the learning experience to the students’ interest.
Yana Onufriychuk | Piano
Yana recently moved to Boston to pursue her Masters
Degree at the Boston Conservatory of Music on a scholarship. Before moving to Boston, she received her Bachelor of Music at Syracuse University where she studied with Laura Bossert. She also studied in Ithaca College with Calvin Wiersma. Yana
started piano at the age of 8 and has been taking piano
lessons all the way through her music career path along
with the violin. She studied piano with Dr. Kevin Moore while doing her undergraduate studies. She performed with many orchestras and has been doing solo works as well. Yana believes that piano and violin are very close instruments and she is one of the very few who has mastered both of them.
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.
Daniel Paik | Piano
Daniel Paik is a pianist and composer from Los Angeles, California. He has a Bachelor Degree from Berklee College of Music in Jazz Composition. He started piano at the age of 6 and decided that he wanted to pursue a career in music when he joined his high school Jazz band. He is a wonderful jazz pianist and an experienced teacher. He is well versed in all genres, but currently mostly performs jazz music. Daniel has hopes of not only passing on what he has learned from his teachers, but also getting his students passionate about the music they are studying. This is because he believes that being in love with one’s craft is the key to fast learning.
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.
Yingyu Ren | Piano
Yingyu Ren is a pianist dedicated to chamber music, vocal coaching, solo piano performance and piano teaching. She is completing her Master of Music degree in Collaborative Piano Performance at Longy School of Music, instructed by Esther Ning Yau. She also holds a Graduate Performance Diploma in Collabroative Piano Performance from Longy School of Music and double Bachelor Degrees in Piano Performance and Collaborative Piano from Xinghai Conservatory, where she studied with Qin Wang. Yingyu have been featured in numerous concerts, including Xinghai Conservatory Concert Hall in Guangzhou and Shalin Liu Performance Center in Boston, and has won numerous piano competitions here in the US and in China. An experienced teacher, Yingyu has taught piano both in the US and China.
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.
Omar Sandakly | Piano
Omar is a graduate of The Hartt School with a Bachelor of Music in Composition with a concentration in Voice. He is a multi-talented musician, being a skilled vocalist with two years of conservatory musical theatre training, in addition to having professional experience singing — as well as playing piano, drums, and guitar— in rock, pop, jazz, alternative, and R&B styles. Omar is an experienced teacher who has been teaching voice and piano lessons since 2018. A composer, arranger, filmmaker, and absurdist, Omar brings a diverse educational perspective to the table.
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.
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!
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!