Thomas R. Martin, educator, pianist, conductor, vocalist, musical director, composer, and arranger, retired after teaching 22 of his 32 years in public schools as Choral Director for Keene High School. He directed the A Cappella Choir, the Concert Chorus, the Vocal Jazz Ensemble, and Nostalgia. He taught Piano, Music History, Music Theory, and Voice. Tom was a member of the Berklee College of Music voice faculty for seven years, founding the Berklee Musical Theatre Workshop and the Berklee Contemporary Choir, taught private voice lessons extensively, served as musical director and conductor for many Berklee Performance Center concerts, and was assistant chair of the Voice Department. While in Boston he was also very active as a musical director for academic and regional theatre. He worked as a musical director and pianist in New York, Boston, and Nashville, working in musical theatre and cabaret. Tom has a BA in Theatre from Boston College, a BMus in Composition from Berklee College of Music, and an MEd from Keene State College. He has served as clinician and guest conductor, musical director, pianist, conductor, accompanist for over 165 theatre productions and 68 concerts and revues. He is pianist for the Keene Jazz Orchestra, director of music for the Dublin Community Church, and works as musical director for Keene State College Theatre Department and Raylynmor Opera. Tom is available for instruction in voice, piano, music theory and sight-reading. To schedule a lesson with Tom please call 603-762-0133 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Sandy Van de Kauter teaches Cello & Piano at Elm City Music. When she was a child she was made to play piano, an endeavor at which she turned out to be pretty skilled. At a stint at the Interlochen Music Festival when she was 13, she discovered that what she really wanted to do was play cello, a process which she finally set in motion in her 30’s when she left the law firm where she had been working and commenced a lawyering job in corporate America She loves cello. Since coming to Keene, she has become the parent of two children, a job she regards as far more challenging and more important than any other she has had. Sandy has studied cello with Margaret Jacobs in Chicago and with Judith Serkin in Brattleboro, and has played with the Keene Chamber Orchestra (as well as other area groups) for almost 20 years. You can contact Sandy at email@example.com.
Mezzo-soprano Stacie Pirozzi recently relocated to the Monadnock region after teaching and performing in the Boston area for 17 years. She has maintained an active private studio as well as taught at prestigious schools like the Noble and Greenough School (Dedham, MA), Xaverian Brothers High School (Westwood, MA), and the Newton Music Academy. She has also taught preschool music and conducted children’s choirs. She specializes in working with young voices as well as engaging special needs singers. Her pedagogical stylings have enriched students ranging from children and teens to adults (beginner to professional) and have performed on Broadway, in national tours, at professional sporting events as well as community and school musical theatre productions. Stacie’s own performance experience is equally as vast, from operatic roles and world premieres to concert soloist. Stacie is a long time member of NATS (National Association of Teacher’s of Singing), has a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance and music education from Ithaca College and a Master of Music from New England Conservatory in Vocal Pedagogy. She lives in Fitzwilliam with her husband, Mike, and their dog Milo. For more information about Stacie, please visit her website www.StaciePirozzi.com. To schedule a lesson with Stacie please call 603-762-0133 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Music is the language of the soul; it expresses that which we cannot express in words and it speaks to every listener in a very different and unique way. For me, studying music is not solely about how to perform, read, or write music, rather it is a path towards understanding human expression at its finest. I often struggle to find the words which best explain how I am feeling; music allows me to clear my mind. Whenever I sit at the piano, with my eyes closed, I can let go of any negativity that overtakes me and truly express myself. I can travel anywhere, see anything, be anyone. In my courses, my hopes are that my students aspire to hear and appreciate the beautiful subtleties when they listen to music, that they perform from their hearts rather than from their minds, and that they find a sense of calm, release, or inspiration within their music practice. I want my students to begin to understand how to use music effectively in their own lives. Listening to music regularly and critically is essential. Experimenting, playing, singing, writing, and performing are key. Perfectionism is crucial, but "imperfectionism" is even better. Even Beethoven wrote dozens of drafts of his famous Ninth Symphony before settling on one of the most important and recognizable compositions in Western music – even then, he was dissatisfied with his creation. Being a part of music and studying it is a process that nobody can truly master. There is always a deeper level to explore. Making mistakes is vital to discovering something new. One never has to apologize for a musical mistake; learn from it! To schedule a lesson with Patrick please call 603-762-0133 or email@example.com.