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Adrienne Starrs

N.C.T.M. - Piano, Voice

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Adrienne Starrs

N.C.T.M. - Piano, Voice

As a graduate from Trinity University in San Antonio Texas, my home state, I have a B.M. in piano and a M.M. in voice from the Boston Conservatory. In addition I have extensive dance and I have performed with the Seacoast Repertory Theater in Portsmouth NH, The Leddy Center Performing Arts in Epping NH, Boston Center for the Arts and The Arlington Street Theater in Boston MA. I was the musical and choral director at Green Pastures Estate Conference Center where I regularly created and performed in musical and dramatic programs. Currently I am the accompanist for both the Epping Middle and High School Music department and participate in all their musical venues. More recently I updated my skills by earning a Nationally Certified Teacher’s Certificate.

As a teacher my adventurous soul loves to “draw forth” from others their inherent creative abilities giving them the freedom to grow their own musical expressions. I teach all ages and stages seeking to explore each individual’s desire for the music that truly lives within. Students who wish to further their knowledge and understanding have the opportunity to participate in our annual Evaluation Testing program at the end of the Spring Semester. I encourage regular participation in our SAM recitals as well as festival performances at the Concord Community Music School .

Because I view technique as the backbone of artistry at the piano, I have developed a way of playing and coaching what I describe as the “effortless effort”. The freedom we want to express ourselves must come thru the freedom of muscle effort. “Being aware” versus “trying” helps us master musical problems and cultivates a less stressful attitude, not only musically, but in our daily lives.

According to Ralph Waldo Emerson “to laugh often and much is success, to find the best in others and to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived” is success. Making music is a lifetime’s endeavor filled to the brim.

Allison Atchley

French Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Baritone Horn

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Allison Atchley

French Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Baritone Horn

Allison Atchley is a music educator with many years of teaching experience at all levels of public school instrumental music. She holds a BM Degree in Music Education from Hope College in Holland, MI; a MS Degree from the State University of NY at Albany; holds permanent K-12 Music Teaching Certification in both New Jersey and New York and has recently completed NYS School Building Administration Certification.

Previous teaching positions have included group and private lessons for all school band instruments grades 4-12; school band director at all levels; marching band director; jazz band director; community band director; HS musical director/pit orchestra conductor and piano accompanist for ensembles and soloists.

French horn is Allison’s major instrument and she has most recently played professionally with the Signature Brass Quintet in Schenectady, NY and various other community ensembles. Professional affiliations have included NYS School Music Association, Music Educators National Conference, Schenectady County (NY) Music Association and the Schenectady/Amsterdam Musical Union.

Having recently relocated to New Hampshire, Allison is excited to begin working with instrumental lesson students through the Seacoast Academy of Music. Even after teaching for many years, Allison still enjoys the thrill of introducing students to their first instrument and the wonder and sense of accomplishment each student experiences when creating their first musical sounds on that instrument!

Aurora Sidor

Violin, Viola, Cello, Piano

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Aurora Sidor

Violin, Viola, Cello, Piano

Aurora Sidor brings over 14 years of musical experience on the violin. In 2019, she completed her Bachelor of Arts in Violin Performance at the University of New Hampshire. She was a member of the New Hampshire Philharmonic for 3 years. Aurora will audition for the Merrimack Valley Philharmonic this Fall. When not performing violin, Aurora enjoys arranging and composing her own music, combining her classical training with her love for modern music. Two such pieces include works for violin and piano: Disney’s “Let it Go” and Madonna’s “Frozen” compilation and also an arrangement of Metallica’s “Fade to Black”. Aurora wishes to share her musical knowledge and passion in hopes of sparking inspiration in others.

C. Christine Petrucci

N.C.T.M. - Founder - Piano

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C. Christine Petrucci

N.C.T.M. - Founder - Piano

Ms. Petrucci received a B.M.Ed. from Lowell State College, piano major and M.M. from the University of Lowell. She taught Elementary and Secondary Music in the Chelmsford, MA Public Schools from 1974-1982. Her piano teachers included Jeannette Giguere, Ethel Hutchinson Russell, Myron Press, Inge Lindblad, Mme. Margaret Chaloff, Mihae Lee and currently Randall Hodgkinson.

Ms. Petrucci has been a professional accompanist, music director and arranger for soloists, dance companies and performing vocal groups since age 12.Some of these groups include Community Concerts Association, the Merrimack Valley Orchestra, the Lowell Opera Company and numerous community and school musical productions throughout New England. During her high school years she played bass guitar, keyboard, trumpet and vocals in an all-girl rock band “The Empires” who toured throughout New England as opening acts for major headliners such as “Cream” and Vanilla Fudge”. Later she performed as a vocalist, keyboardist, trumpet and flugelhorn player for the cover groups “The Works” and “Nightclass” as well as a stint as classical music radio show host of “Dinnertime Classics” at WJUL.

In 2001, Ms Petrucci founded Seacoast Academy of Music in North Hampton, NH where she remains its director of seventeen music faculty and continues to teach her piano students. She is an active of NHMTA, hosts annual student music theory evaluations and adjudicates for the Granite State Piano Competitions. In the spring of 2011 Ms. Petrucci successfully completed all requirements and earned the title of Nationally Certified Teacher of Music in Piano from the National Music Teachers Association. In the Fall of 2011, she directed an innovative Piano Pedagogy Session “Reverse Master Class” at the MTNA Quad- State Convention in Boston, MA. She also coached, directed and performed with a vocal performance group at the Italian Folk Art Federation of America (IFAFA) Convention in Hartford, CT.

She recently received training in applying the Feldenkrais Method to piano and vocal performance from the Alan Frasier Piano Institute. And presently performs as pianist and one of four featured singers in the 17 member “Deep Blue C Studio Orchestra” under the direction of David “Doc” Vose, professor at the Berklee College of Music.

I love to teach. I love to learn. I love to make music with others. Sharing these passions fills me with a deep sense of purpose and gratitude. My teaching mantra resembles “Ready. Set, Go!” Without intention and attention, there cannot be a goal to achieve. I try to awaken the curious musician in each of my students. The one who learns to forge ahead with an honest diligence and leaves the judgmental criticism behind.

Chris Milner

Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute

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Chris Milner

Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute

Chris Milner graduated from the University of New Hampshire with his Bachelor of Music in Music Education. He studied saxophone and clarinet with Jared Sims and Dave Seiler. Chris played in the UNH Jazz Band under the direction of Dave Seiler and the UNH Wind Symphony under the direction of Andrew Boysen. While at UNH he had the opportunity to play with many great musicians such Clark Terry, Jimmy Heath, Terrell Stafford, Antonio Heart, and David Maslanka among others. Chris has also performed with local groups such as the Freese Brothers Big Band and the Seacoast Wind Ensemble.

After graduating Chris had the opportunity to start a music program for students with Behavioral and cognitive disabilities at Seacoast Learning Collaborative. At SLC Chris taught music classes to students in middle and elementary school as well as High School beginning guitar classes.

Chris currently teaches general music, chorus, and band at Birch Hill Elementary school in Nashua, NH.

Daemian C. Allen

Saxophone

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Daemian C. Allen

Saxophone

Berklee College of Music, 1996

Accomplished jazz ensemble and solo saxophone performer. Daemian has played sax and keyboard in General Business, R&B, Motown, Funk, Afro-Cuban, Klezmer, DixieLand and Classic Rock bands. He works with individuals and groups arranging music and teaching the art of playing as an ensemble. Daemian is a Former Director of Portland, Maine High School Jazz Band.

Currently, he lives in Exeter, NH with his wife and their dog, ShaZam. Daemian plays in two bands right now, one in the Boston/Cambridge area and the other in Portland, Maine. He currently teaches private lessons in Saxophone, piano and beginner flute and clarinet lessons in Peabody, MA and Seacoast Academy of Music in North Hampton, NH.

Deborah Rentz-Moore

Voice

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Deborah Rentz-Moore

Voice

American mezzo-soprano Deborah Rentz-Moore has been praised for her “deep, radiant clear tone” (Early Music America) and her “effortlessly warm and resonant mezzo, with exquisite control over vibrato” (Boston Classical Review). She enjoys frequent solo collaborations with The Boston Camerata, Emmanuel Music and Aston Magna and has been featured with celebrated ensembles such as The Boston Early Music Festival, Handel & Haydn Society, The Bach Sinfonia, Magnificat Baroque, Voices of Music and the Mark Morris Dance Group.

A member of Emmanuel Music’s famed weekly Bach cantata series since 1999, Ms. Rentz-Moore garnered critical acclaim in the role of Joacim in their 2014 Boston premiere of Handel’s Susanna, as well as in the title role in Mozart’s Apollo et Hyacinthus in 2016. Her 2017-2018 season included a concert of voice and viols with Aston Magna, in addition to The Boston Camerata’s Mediterranean Christmas, Liberty and Love, and Liberty Tree. 2018 appearances include the critically-lauded The Orphic Moment, by Matt Aucoin, for contralto and chamber orchestra at Emmanuel Music, “A Bernstein Celebration” with University of Rhode Island and Handel’s Samson with Voices of Stow. Her 2018 performance in “Leonardo da Vinci: A Musical Odyssey” with the Voices of Music earned a “Best of the Bay” nomination from San Francisco Classical Voice. Upcoming season highlights include Medieval Christmas music (“Puer Natus Est”), Renaissance/early Baroque music of Italy (“Gloria!”), early American music (“City on the Hill”) with The Boston Camerata and Bach and Harbison with Emmanuel Music.

Recordings include: Aston Magna’s “L’Orfeo: favola in musica 1607” (Centaur), “Cozzolani: Concerti Sacri (1642),” “Cozzolani: Messa Paschale,” “J.S. Bach: Cantatas 62, 45, 140 and 192,” “Cozzolani: Salmi a Otto Voci (1650)” (all on Musica Omnia), “The Golden Harvest” (Glissando), “Feliz Navidad: Christmas from Spain and New Spain,” (Meridian), “The Rose of Sharon” (Harmonia Mundi) and David Patterson’s “#Ferguson” (Albany Records).

Holding a Master of Music in Voice performance from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Arts in Music (voice) and Environmental Science from Skidmore College, Ms. Rentz-Moore has taught on the voice faculty of the University of Rhode Island, conducted Shaker music manuscript research at Hancock Shaker Village, served as one of the contributing editors of two Shaker music books and an educational curriculum, and taught vocal music to students ages 5- 18 in both Montessori and church settings.

Ms. Rentz-Moore’s teaching philosophy entails maximizing the unique vocal beauty, range, power and interpretive nuance of each student’s singing, regardless of age, musical experience and vocal genre. She believes that every student can learn to build, improve and refine performance skills, and that practice, preparation and interpretive commitment are crucial elements. Ms. Rentz-Moore encourages her students to discover the historical context of each piece of music, focusing on the text of each song to communicate effectively with audiences. She is delighted to observe and report that finding joy in singing can occur in any stage of vocal development!

Edna Grabert

Office Administrator, Accounts Receivable

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Edna Grabert

Office Administrator, Accounts Receivable

Elizabeth Poore

N.C.T.M. - Piano

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Elizabeth Poore

N.C.T.M. - Piano

Elizabeth Poore is a performer, collaborator and teacher. She has eighteen years of piano study with teachers such as Dr. Kristin Stephenson and Dr. John Mortensen and recently completed her B.M. in Piano Performance and Keyboard Pedagogy from Cedarville University. She has taught piano privately since 2009, working with students age four through sixty-four. Her students have participated in National Guild Auditions, Federation Festivals, and a variety of other local competitions. Elizabeth recently achieved National Certification through the Music Teachers National Association.

I believe that all teaching must include love and enthusiasm. A teacher should provide honest yet encouraging feedback that enables students to become independent learners who are able to critique both themselves and others. In my studio, all of my students have different goals. My main goal for every student is that they develop the skills to enjoy playing the piano for their whole lives, whether it be a hobby or a career. Even during the earliest stages of piano study, I am committed to teaching students how to make a piece of music sound communicative and appealing. My ultimate goal is to impart to my students a love of music and music-making that will last a lifetime.

Elizabeth grew up in Cambridge, England until the age of 8. Her family moved to NH in 2002 and she lived in Mont Vernon until starting college in 2012. She was homeschooled throughout elementary, middle, and high school and enjoyed taking part in numerous local homeschool groups. Elizabeth competed with robotics teams at the world competition level for multiple years. She recently moved back to NH.

Jake Smith

Guitar, Bass Guitar, Banjo

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Jake Smith

Guitar, Bass Guitar, Banjo

A Summa Cum Laude graduate of Boston’s Berklee College of Music, Jake specializes in teaching guitar, electric bass, mandolin, ukulele, and piano. Jake works closely with his students to help them reach their personal goals. Every musician uses a similar set of essential skills in their music, whether they play classical piano or rock guitar. Through the use of modern and classic music that the students are drawn to, Jake places emphasis on these traditional musical skills that have stood the test of time.

Jake maintains an active performance schedule as well. He was performed multiple times for Former President George H.W. Bush. He serves as the lead guitarist for 60’s Invasion, a Southern New Hampshire area show band. He also performs with The Deep Blue “C” Studio Orchestra, The Rhythm Exchange Jazz Quartet, and Megan Harney. Jake has studied privately with Jon Finn (The Boston Pops Orchestra, The Jon Finn Group), Bruce Bartlett, Jon Wheatley, Ed Saindon, and Clay Steininger.

Jamie Sokolowski

Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Violin

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Jamie Sokolowski

Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Violin

Jamie Sokolowski graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a B.M. in Music Education and earned her M.A. in Music Therapy and Mental Health Counseling from Lesley University.

Jamie believes in well-rounded music education where students learn through exploring, creating and performing. She teaches music, band, orchestra, songwriting and chorus at the Nock and Molin Schools in Newburyport, Massachusetts.

Jarred Garneau

Guitar

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Jarred Garneau

Guitar

Always an avid music lover, Jarred picked up his first instrument at 10 years old, the alto saxophone. Picking up the guitar at 13 years old, Jarred was somewhat of a late bloomer on the instrument, not really hitting his stride until 19. Fueled by a new found love of blues, jazz, country, and funk, Jarred started honing his craft with friends, eventually forming his own bands throughout the years. Living his own dream, Jarred started playing local venues and festivals. While still performing regularly, Jarred is ready to share his passion and knowledge to the world through teaching.

Specializing in Slide guitar and improvising, Jarred prefers an ear based approach and making sure everything is played with feeling. Tailoring the curriculum around the interests of the student, Jarred makes sure his students not only improve their skills, but enjoy the process of it. Jarred is available for teaching all ages and skill levels and is excited to help you on your guitar journey!

John Webb

Guitar

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John Webb

Guitar

John currently plays with Liz Frame and the Kickers, an alt Country band out of Newburyport, MA. This past year he toured through Nashville TN, as well as Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Maryland. Just last month they played in Asheville North Carolina at the 2018 New Song Competition, one of seven contestants are in the process of beginning a new recording this year. John is the host of Blues Night at the Stone Church in Newmarket and performs in a gypsy jazz inspired trio, and a folk rock band, Jake Davis and the Whiskeystones, that is releasing an album this month. Last summer he released his own album that was featured on Chris Hislop's top 20 albums of the year in Edge Magazine

Laura King

Violin, Viola, Suzuki Strings

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Laura King

Violin, Viola, Suzuki Strings

Laura King is a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas and a Registered Suzuki teacher in Volumes 1, 2 and 3. She also studied extensively for two years under Moshe Neumann in Cincinnati, OH, who studied with Dr. Suzuki in Japan and John Kendall for three years. Laura has taught the Suzuki Method over fifteen years, using an approach which integrates traditional note reading along with the Suzuki Method. She challenges her students to develop a broad range of repertoire from both the Suzuki method and multi-cultural fiddle/folk tunes, as well as growing in ability to sight read. Having brought her own four children through twelve years of Suzuki music lessons and home practice, she understands the many challenges and joys that study can bring to busy families. Laura creates opportunities for her students to share their music with the public in such venues as the North Hampton Public Library’s Harvest Days, Webster at Rye and Strawberry Banke’s candle light stroll. Laura currently plays with the Lakes Region Symphony Orchestra.

Lucy Fillery-Murphy

Cello, Composition, Piano

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Lucy Fillery-Murphy

Cello, Composition, Piano

Lucy Fillery is originally from the UK, where she studied music at Southampton University and was a member of the SU Symphony, Jazz & Chamber Orchestras, as well as the Cordelia String Quartet. She recently relocated with her family to West Newbury from Prague, where she furthered her studies at the Prague Conservatory and was based for many years. Lucy is a versatile musician, composer and teacher; she has written music for short films, video game trailers and animation, including the award winning ‘Bark, George’ narrated by John Lithgow. Lucy has performed, toured & recorded with various Prague based bands & musicians including: Deep Sweden, Colorfactory, Ohm Square, Ecstasy of St Theresa, MLM, The Yellow Sisters, Sonority, Mythematica & Kiva amongst many others.

Lucy has written & performed improvised music as well as scores for many multimedia, modern dance, & theatre productions, most notably for the highly acclaimed Prague Shakespeare Company’s production of Hamlet. She has also written and arranged music for the Prague Symphony Orchestra to record. Lucy has done many string arrangements and session recordings for film scores, documentaries, and commercials (including for composer, Jan P. Muchow). Since moving to West Newbury, she has also been playing live cello and singing with ‘Full Moon Friday’ yoga classes at the Giving Tree Wellness Studio. As a music teacher, Lucy caters her lessons to each student’s needs and interests. She likes seeing her students’ progress, and it is very important to her that they enjoy their lessons and play music that they love! Lucy has sixteen years experience in teaching the cello, piano and singing. She has been an instructor at various independent schools in South East England, such as King Edward’s, Witley, Churcher’s College, Petersfield, & St. Edmund’s, Hindhead, as well as privately, and at the International School of Prague

Rebecca Austin-Bolster

Piano

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Rebecca Austin-Bolster

Piano

Rebecca Austin studied with Arlene and Christopher Kies at the University of New Hampshire where she graduated with a B.A. in Piano Performance and a minor in Education. She developed a love for music at a young age and started piano lessons at age eight. In addition to SAM, Rebecca also teaches through the Piano Extension Program at UNH where she has taught for the past four years, and accompanies the Oyster River Middle School Choirs. She also dabbles in playing the organ, percussion, and the accordion.

I have loved music for as long as I can remember and enjoy sharing the gift of music with others. I have a passion for teaching and it is my goal to help my students develop a love for music while teaching them proper technique and practicing habits that ultimately lead them to be best musicians they can be. I knew early on in my journey as a pianist that I wanted to teach others how to play the instrument when I was older. I am so happy to be able to accomplish this goal everyday when I teach my students and hope to be as inspiring to them as my teachers have been to me.

Susan Consoli

Voice

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Susan Consoli

Voice

Susan Consoli, American Soprano has taught voice at Phillips Academy in Exeter and Andover. She has worked under such notable conductors as Grant Llewellyn, Paul Goodwin, Harry Christophers, Bruno Weil, Laurence Cummings, Odaline (Chachi) de la Martinez, Craig Smith, David Alan Miller, John Finney, James David Christie, David Angus and Ryan Turner. Additional collaborations include director/choreographer Chen Shi-Zheng, Tero Saarinen and Betsi Graves (Urbanity Dance), as composers Peter Child, Carson Cooman, David Patterson and John Harbison with whom she premiered (Boston) A Clear Midnight and Vocalism.

Ms. Consoli made her Carnegie Hall debut last season performing Handel Messiah. This is Ms. Consoli’s 15th season with Emmanuel Music.

Her range of musical styles extends from Bach to Gershwin. She is a soloist with Voices of Hope, a non-profit organization which supports cancer research. She resides in Haverhill, MA with her husband and 2 children.

As a voice teacher at SAM, Ms Consoli’s knowledgeable and supportive teaching style comes highly recommended by her former students. She is an effective vocal coach who understands the needs of students seeking vocal roles in musical theater. She will accept students at SAM on Mondays from 2 – 7pm, ages 12 – adult, all styles, all abilities.

T.J. Wheeler

Guitar, Ukulele, Banjo, Jazz Arranging, Mandolin

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T.J. Wheeler

Guitar, Ukulele, Banjo, Jazz Arranging, Mandolin

T.J. Wheeler is an original but his music is steeped in musical styles that go back hundreds of years. That being said, T.J. transports audiences of all ages to times and places where their imaginations can vividly and vicariously experience the rich history and soul connections of Blues and Jazz power.

Over the last 45 years, T.J. has worked with such Blues greats as Bukka White, Furry Lewis, Pinetop Perkins, Lazy Lester, Louisiana Red, and Mighty Sam McClain. He’s also shared billings with BB King, Muddy Waters, the Neville Brothers, Odetta, John Hammond, and Tom Rush.

Zach Lange

Trumpet, Baritone Horn, Music Theory, Jazz Arranging, French Horn, Trombone

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Zach Lange

Trumpet, Baritone Horn, Music Theory, Jazz Arranging, French Horn, Trombone

Originally from the Midwest, Zach Lange has become the most sought-after trumpet player on the Seacoast NH scene. He received a classical music and Medallion scholarship, a jazz scholarship and the Judith Bailey Music Scholarship to attend the School of Music at Western Michigan University, in Kalamazoo, MI.

During this time, he honed his jazz improvisation skills and firmly established himself in the music scene in the greater West Michigan region.

While in Kalamazoo, Zach had the opportunity to study with Dr. Scott Cowan and Prof. Scott Thornburg as well as performing with such artists as Billy Hart, Stephan Harris, Darmon Meader, Fred Hersch and Ingrid Jensen to name a few. He had the opportunity to record albums with WMU Jazz Octet, the Ryan Andrews Group [Requiem] at both Western Sound Studios and Arcadia Recording. In 2006, Zach toured China with the University Symphonic Band making stops Beijing and Xi’an over a two week period. He loves to travel with his music, having performed in Washington D.C., Toronto, Chicago, Wyoming, and regularly in the Seacoast area.

He plays trumpet and writes musical arrangements for the “Soggy Po’Boys” Dixieland band who recently toured the Easter US with rave reviews.

As for his passion for teaching, “I love the “ah-ha” moments as a student progresses…watching weeks of work pay off.”

This year Zach’s SAM Jazz Band will be performing in a few local public venues and produce a CD in a professional recording studio.

Zoia Bologovsky

Violin

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Zoia Bologovsky

Violin

Zoia is an active musician in the New England area. A graduate of the Juilliard School, Zoia has had many adventures touring as first violinist with the Arden String Quartet around America and Europe. She has held positions with the Portland and Springfield Symphonies and Rhode Island Philharmonic as well as Symphony New Hampshire. Currently, Zoia is Concertmaster of North Shore Philharmonic and the Portsmouth Symphony.  She is also Principal 2nd violin of Opera Maine, and can be found teaching at St Paul's School in Concord, NH, and her studio in Stoneham, MA. Zoia also coaches at adult Chamber Music.

Some of her favorite work involves Musical Theater. Zoia is a frequent performer at Providence Performing Arts Center, North Shore Music Theater, Hanover Theater in Worcester and the Boston Opera House playing touring and local Broadway shows.

Zoia is a long time educator. With over 34 years of experience, Zoia has taught all ages of ability from beginner to competition winner to adult enthusiast.

“ I love teaching. There’s nothing more satisfying than seeing people of all ages learning and discovering music. My goal is to give students all the tools they’ll need to do whatever moves them musically. Whether it’s playing in small ensembles or Orchestra or solo performance, music is such a great way to connect with other people and really express yourself and get lost in the beauty and complexity that is making music together. I want my students to be confident that there are no holes in their technique, that they understand everything they need to know in order to make great music.”

Get in touch


Email:

sam@seacoastacademyofmusic.org

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 726

North Hampton, NH 03862

Phone:

603-964-3660