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Romeo Melloni (piano, composition) was born in Milan, Italy, and began to study music at an early age. After attending Milan University, where he studied musicology with Francesco Degrada, Mr. Melloni moved to Boston. There, he received his Bachelor of Music from Berklee College and his M.M. and the honorary Graduate Diploma in composition from the New England Conservatory. His teachers include Robert DiDomenica, Theodore Antoniou, and Giacomo Manzoni. Mr. Melloni has written 75 works that include symphonic, chamber, and vocal music. His music has been performed in Europe and in the United States by the Czech Philarmonic Chamber Orchestra, NH Music Festival, Slovak Radio Orchestra, Silesian Philharmonic, Moravian Philharmonic, Martinü Quartet, the Solati Trio, and many others. Some of his compositions have been recorded on the MMC label. Mr. Melloni teaches piano, theory, and composition at the Manchester and Concord Community Music Schools.
Kathryn Southworth (dean of students and faculty,piano, performance workshops) holds a B.M. in Piano Performance from Oberlin Conservatory and an M.M. in Vocal Accompanying and Coaching from the University of Illinois. While pursuing her graduate studies, she held an assistantship as staff accompanist under the tutelage of acclaimed accompanist John Wustman and served as a musical ambassador to Costa Rica as the accompanist for soprano Ollie Watts Davis. She has been a collaborative pianist for Opera North, Dartmouth College, Plymouth State University, Boston Ballet, Belle Voci, and has also served as music director, accompanist, and organist for numerous theater and choral groups throughout New England. Ms. Southworth is currently the music director for the Canterbury Singers and music director and organist for the Canterbury United Community Church. She has been on the piano faculty at St. Paul’s School and was an interim piano faculty member at Plymouth State University.
Rebecca Herst (piano department chair, piano) holds a B.M. in Piano Performance from the Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford. She has studied with Leonard Seeber and Paul Rutman with a concentration in collaborative piano. Mrs. Herst has performed inNew York, Connecticut, and Boston. She has served on the faculty at Fairfield County School of Music and the Community Music Center of Boston and adjudicates regularly in the New England area.
Abigail Charbeneau (piano) holds a B.A. in Music from Skidmore College and an M.M. in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Illinois. She has studied with Pola Baytelman, William Heiles, Arkady Aronov, Adaleina Krivosheina, Kenneth Drake, and Reid Alexander. She is the organist at South Congregational Church and Artistic Director and pianist for the Grace Coolidge Musicale Series in Plymouth, Vermont. Ms. Charbeneau has held faculty positions at Millikin University and the University of Illinois and currently teaches at St. Paul’s School.
Calvin Herst (piano, accompanist) received his B.M. and M.M. degrees magna cum laude in Piano Performance from Ithaca College. He has also studied conducting extensively, including a summer at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. He has performed at the Kennedy Center, the Philadelphia Academy of Music, and throughout the People’s Republic of China in a 1996 concert tour. Mr. Herst is the accompanist for the Unitarian Universalist Church in Concord and the Suncook Valley Chorale and is the founding pianist of the Larksong Trio (with Peggo Horstmann Hodes, soprano and Jennifer Yeaton-Parris, flute). He has been a faculty member of the Ithaca College School of Music, the Community Music Center of Boston, and the Buckingham Browne and Nichols School.
Gregg Pauley (piano) is a graduate of the University of Southern California and the Mason Gross School ofthe Arts. He has performed extensively throughout the United States and Canada, including Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall (Lincoln Center), Merkin Hall, Steinway Hall, and Yamaha Artist Studios in New York City. During his tenure as Director of Programs at Musicfest Perugia, he was a featured soloist in concerts at the Sala dei Notari and the Basilica di San Pietro. He is currently on the faculties at Tufts University and St. Paul’s School and is a frequent master class teacher and competition adjudicator.
Peggy Senter (president, piano) is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of North Carolina-ChapelHill with a Bachelor of Music Education. She also holdsa Master of Music degree in Piano Performance fromthe University of Wisconsin-Madison, with furtherstudies in non-profit management, arts administration, piano pedagogy, and Dalcroze eurhythmics at Harvard, Longy, and the New England Conservatory. She has performed as a concerto soloist and in recital and chamber music concerts in New England, Wisconsin, and North Carolina, including many premieres of new music withthe Composers in Red Sneakers and the Musicians of Wall Street. Ms. Senter has taught at North Shore Community College, Rivers Conservatory, and St. Paul’s School. She was the recipient of the 1993 Governor’s Award for the Arts in Education, 1999 Distinguished Alumna Award from University of North Carolina, and the 2007 Citizen of the Year from the Concord Chamber of Commerce.
Anita Yu (piano) earned a B.M. from University of British Columbia and an M.M. in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Westminster Choir College of Rider University. She has studied with Louise Goss, Phyllis Lehrer, Ena Barton, and Michael Lewin of the Boston Conservatory. Ms. Yu has performed in Boston, Florida, New York, New Jersey, and Vancouver, B.C., and has been on the faculties at the Community Music Center of Boston, St. Paul’s School, and the New School for Music Study.
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