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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.

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.

Cyndy Carlton

Guitar, Ukulele, Trombone

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Cyndy Carlton

Guitar, Ukulele, Trombone

Cyndy Carlton has recently retired as a Music Teacher from Salt Lake City School District where she taught General Music, English as a Second Language, Band, Choir and Orchestra. At the Jr. High Level, she taught ukulele, guitar, bucket drumming, theory, band, choir and orchestra. Cyndy has taught private lessons on Brass, Percussion, Strings, Woodwinds, piano, guitar, ukulele and was trained to teach children and adults with disabilities including learning disabilities.

Cyndy is originally from Hampton, NH, where she started her music training in 7th grade at Hampton Academy Jr. High. She graduated from Winnacunnett High School and attended Plymouth State College. Her main instrument is trombone and has played in numerous professional groups. She Currently plays with the Strafford, NH Wind Symphony.

I come from a long line of professional musicians and entertainers. My Dad has played Tuba and my Mom, sister and Grandmother were night club entertainers. My Grandmother was a classical and Jazz Pianist who has played with Fritz Kreisler and Sammy Davis Jr.

Music has always been a major part of my life and all of my children played instruments and sang in choir.

I love teaching lessons to people of all ages. I will start children on guitar at age 6, piano- age 5, and other instruments based on individual student criteria. I believe Music can help children to learn to read, increase their focus and attention span. It gives one a feeling of success and evokes confidence.

I look forward to teaching my students at Seacoast Academy of Music.

Sincerely,

Cyndy Myers Carlton

 

Education
  • Weber State University, Ogden,UT
  • Utah State University, Logan, UT - BA in Music Education
  • Brigham Young University - BS Music Therapy, minor in Special Ed and Psychology

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.

Gwendolyn Trott

Voice

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Gwendolyn Trott

Voice

Gwendolyn graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education. Throughout her time at UNH, she studied voice with Dr. Jenni Cook, sang in the UNH concert choir and chamber singers under the direction of Dr. Bill Kempster, and performed in opera workshops under the direction of Professor David Ripley. In addition to teaching private lessons during her college years, Gwendolyn also taught group voice lessons at Spaulding High School, conducted the Nottingham School chorus, and was one of the music directors of a university acapella group. After graduating from college, spent four months in Yangon, Myanmar in Southeast Asia teaching music and English at an international school and children’s home. This year, she will be teaching chorus, band, and general music at Barrington Elementary School.

As a performer, Gwendolyn has been found singing anything from opera and oratorio at UNH to playing the piano and singing jazz and pop in local coffee shops. She loves teaching a variety of genres and helping her students understand how to cross over to different styles with healthy technique. She has found that teaching students the basic anatomy of the voice and helping them understand what is going on in their bodies when they sing is key to setting their voices free and putting them on track for healthy, lasting vocal growth.

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.

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.

Liz Faiella

Fiddle Workshop

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Liz Faiella

Fiddle Workshop

Liz earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Dartmouth College as the 2012 salutatorian.  She teaches techniques and repertory in a variety of fiddling traditions including Irish, Scottish, New England and Old-Time.  She is also an accomplished performer and Folk Singer along with her brother Dan Faiella at premier folk venues and contra dances around New England including the Boston Celtic Music Festival, New England Folk Festival, Club Passim, New Hampshire Public Radio Folk Show with Kate McNally and at the Scottish Club of the Twin States Robert Burns Banquet.  Currently she teaches at the Concord Community music School in Concord, NH and at her home studio.  Her teaching experience includes Maine Fiddle Camp, Acadia School of Traditional Music and Arts and Strathspey and Reel Society of New Hampshire.

Lucy Fillery

Cello, Composition, Piano

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Lucy Fillery

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

Michelle Cloutier

Violin, Viola, Suzuki Strings

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Michelle Cloutier

Violin, Viola, Suzuki Strings

Michelle Cloutier graduated cum laude from Boston Conservatory with a B.M. and an M.M. in Violin Performanace.  Her teachers have included Magdelena Richter, Bonnie Berwick and Irina Muresanu.  She has performed with Symphony Nova, Brockton Symphony and Newton Symphony.  In New Hampshire, she has performed with the Merrimack Valley Philharmonic Orchestra and the New Hampshire Philharmonic.  Mrs. Cloutier is certified as a Suzuki teacher for Books 1-5, having trained with Allen Lieb and Carol Sykes.  She has attended master classes in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont for her Suzuki training and is a former faculty member at the Suzuki School of Newton and Concord Community Music School.  Her teaching philosophy is that everyone, no matter their age, ability or background can learn how to play music.  Always say you can and you will!

Rebecca Austin

Piano

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Rebecca Austin

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.

Stephen Poirier

Violin, Viola, Cello

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Stephen Poirier

Violin, Viola, Cello

Stephen Poirier started violin lessons at age 4 as a student of the Suzuki Method. He has been playing continuously for 25 years as both teacher and performer and still adheres to the advice given by Schinichi Suzuki, the founder of the Suzuki Method, “You don’t have to practice every day, just on the days you eat!” At age 14, Stephen started his musical career as a minstrel at various Italian restaurants. During his years in high school, he played at many weddings, events, functions, and special occasions around New England. In 2003, Stephen was accepted into the Hartt School where he studied under Anthea Kreston and received a Bachelor of music Education degree. After completing his studies at Hartt, he began his teaching career as an orchestra director in the Manchester School District in New Hampshire. During this time he was also the assistant Director of the New Hampshire Youth Ensemble and was director of the String Ensemble at Pinkerton Academy. For four years Stephen sat principal second chair in the New Hampshire Philharmonic.

Philosophy of Music Education

Music is all around us. It permeates every culture and society, past and present, adding richness and dimension to our everyday life. I believe that every person has some innate musical talent just waiting to be discovered. Every child brings forth their own uniqueness into the world. As a teacher of music, I strive to help them discover that uniqueness. As Shinichi Suzuki said, “Success breeds success.”

Music has a positive effect on people of all ages.

Music has the ability to shape our hearts and open our minds to something greater than ourselves. My ultimate goal as a music teacher is to use music as a means to allow children to grow as talented and respectful individuals.

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.

Yacov Aviv

Cello

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Yacov Aviv

Cello

After years of performing improvised music in impromptu and other settings, Yacov Aviv decided to receive a formal education in music. Because of his interest in improvisation Aviv decided to attend Berklee College of Music where he concentrated on Jazz and graduated summa cum laude. Since then he has performed mostly in small ensembles in all genres including jazz, rock and classical. Aviv performs on traditional cello and on the five-stringed electric cello, often incorporating effects into his sound. Currently he performs with the Deep Blue C Studio Orchestra and plays both cello and electric bass with the Southern Maine rock trio Stone Free. In addition to his musical interests, Aviv has an MA in Psychology from Claremont Graduate University and is a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique.

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.

Get in touch


Email:

sam@seacoastacademyofmusic.org

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 726

North Hampton, NH 03862

Phone:

603-964-3660