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Hope Banach | Voice


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!

Hope
Banach

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.

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Browning

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!

Nora
Burgard

Patrick Curtin | Voice


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!

Patrick
Curtin

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.

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Dordevic

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.

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Dyer

Marissa Fieland | Voice


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.

Marissa
Fieland

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.

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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.

Jennifer
Judd

Amber Naugle | Voice


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.

Amber
Naugle

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.

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Tan

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.

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Valdes

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!

Ana Maria
Villa Pico

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.

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Vogel