Faculty

When we began this venture, we conceived Sharon Music Academy to be a contributing cultural force in the local community. We knew that it would attract talented teachers, but the faculty roster that we have developed over the years is beyond our wildest dreams. We are thrilled that so many world-class musicians and educators have signed up to be part of this program. We have teachers with the Doctorate Degrees in Music, winners of prestigious competitions, award winning and recording artists. We have spent a lot of time and effort to select the best music instructors for our students. We always search for instructors, who are highly professional, love to teach and have a complete dedication to their students. That is why so many students of the Sharon Music Academy stay in touch with their instructors long after they graduate from our Academy.

Every year the faculty of the Sharon Music Academy gives a concert as a part of a fundraising event to benefit some charitable cause. For all our students and community at-large this highly entertaining and educational event serves as an inspiration to study music. Clips from these concerts can be found in our Media Archive.

Sharon Music Academy collaborates and cooperates with many famous local conservatories and orchestras and provides an opportunity for our students to take master classes with the leading professors of the New England Conservatory, Boston Conservatory, Boston University School of Music and leading members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

PIANO FACULTY

Music Director

TANYA SCHWARTZMAN

Piano, Organ, Music Theory, Chamber Group

Tanya Schwartzman is the Music Director of the Sharon Music Academy, which she has founded in 1990. She is Nationally Certified Teacher of Music in Piano, Master Teacher of World Piano Competition and is a faculty member of several international summer music programs. Tanya holds MA in Musical Education from the prestigious Novosibisrk Conservatory (Russia) and conducted postgraduate studies at the Moscow Pedagogical University, where she subsequently taught piano pedagogy to the future piano teachers. She is the author of several articles in the field of Music Theory and Pedagogy and the book “Klever Keys Scales – piano scales for the early beginner”.  Among her students are many winners of local, national and prestigious international piano competitions, including International Young Artists Competition in Washington, DC, Manchester Young Artist Competition in Connecticut, Young Promise International Music Competition. Tanya’s students have been selected to perform in Holland, Switzerland and France, as well as on the famous stages in US, such as Carnegie Hall in New York and John. F.  Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.  Recently her students have been featured in popular PBS TV show “From the Top” and in WGBH radio show with Cathy Fuller.  Tanya is the former Vice-President of MMTA and is an active member of New England Piano Teachers Association. She is frequently invited to serve as a judge at various piano competitions.
Iryna Gendin, piano lessons

IRYNA GENDIN

Piano, Music Theory

Iryna holds MA in Musical Education from Lvov State Conservatory (Ukraine) and B.A. in Piano Performance from Dnepropetrovsk College of Music (Ukraine). She was a faculty member of the Ukraine National Music School for Gifted Children and prepared many winners of the national competitions. She has 20 years of experience teaching piano. Among her students are the winners of the American Fine Arts Festival in New York and Young Soloists Festival in New Hampshire.

Lilit Karapetian, piano lessons

LILIT KARAPETIAN

Piano, Ear Training, Music Theory

Lilit is a graduate of the famous Moscow Conservatory (Doctorate Degree in Piano Performance) and was a pupil of the internationally acclaimed pianists Mikhail Pletnev and Lev Vlasenko. She has performed extensively in her native Armenia, Russia as well as internationally to high acclaim in the press and from the renowned authorities in the musical world, including praise from Paul Badura Skoda, Mikhail Pletnev and Daniel Pollock. Lilit has had an impressive number of solo recitals in Syria, Jordan, the United States, Great Britain and Argentina. In 1994 she was invited to perform in the prestigious Grande Finale concert together with Ann Shein, a world-famous pianist, at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. Her 1995 recital at the Washington Arts Club and a series of concerts in Buenos-Aires and Cordoba in 1996 were highly praised by international press and the local musical circles. She also performed with the Arlington Symphony and the Williamsburg Symphony orchestras. In 2006-2007 she had solo recitals in Venice, in the National Museum of Musical Instruments in Rome and Teatro di Marcello of Rome (Italy). Lilit has authored several articles on musicology and theory of piano interpretation. She has been teaching piano for more than 15 years. She is on the faculty of New England Conservatory Preparatory School.

LISA LEONG

Piano, Music Theory

Lisa Leong has worked with composers such as John Cage, Mario Davidovsky, Steven Stucky, Gunther Schuller, Alvin Singleton and Chen Yi. Her interest in new music has led to performances with the Auros Group for New Music and Underground Composers in Boston, Ensemble X, Mother Mallard's Portable masterpiece, Cornell Contemporary Chamber Players, Milwaukee Symphony clarinetist William Helmers, Thamyris, and Soli. As a winner of the Schubert Club's Young Artist of the Year, she appeared as soloist in Ravel's Piano Concerto in G with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. In June 2004, she appeared at the Institute and Festival of Contemporary Performance at Mannes College in New York, alongside members of Speculum Musicae. Her performances have been broadcast on Radio France, WGBH in Boston, Georgia Public Radio's "Atlanta Music Scene," and recorded by National Public Radio's "Performance Today" . Ms. Leong was Artist Affiliate at Emory University and adjunct faculty at Clayton State University. She graduated with an MM in Piano Performance at New England Conservatory, where she studied with Veronica Jochum and Stephen Drury. She is also the pianist for the Atlanta-based ensemble Bent Frequency and Sonic Generator at Gerogia institute of Technology. Lisa has been teaching in various music schools for more than 10 years.

Levina, Piano Lessons

TATIANA LEVINA

Piano, Music Theory

Tanya has more than 25 years of experience teaching music and piano performance. She is an assistant to professors of New England Conservatory and Longy School of Music, where she works with the students, who compete in international piano competitions. Tanya is a Certified "Music Together" instructor and holds BA in piano performance and early childhood education from highly acclaimed Gorky State Conservatory, Russia. She also graduated from the same conservatory with double MA degree in piano performance and music theory and composition.

Sture, piano lessons

SYNTHIA STURE

Piano, Vocal training

Dr. Synthia Sture joined the piano faculty at Sharon Music Academy in 2007. She has been teaching solo piano for over twenty years. Her pedagogical philosophy is to seek out one's artistic potential and nurture it. Ms. Sture’s multifaceted performance career in solo and chamber music has taken her across the US and on many stages throughout the world, including Germany, Japan, France and South Korea. She is the 1st Prize winner of La Grange Symphony Orchestra Competition, La Grange, GA. In 2002 she and clarinetist Todd Brunel premiered a work by composer Vuk Kulenovich to critical acclaim. Richard Dyer in The Boston Globe praised the performance for having a “tremendous virtuosity and heart”. An accomplished collaborative pianist, she works as a rehearsal pianist at Longy School of Music, Tufts University and Leslie University. Synthia holds a DMA in Collaborative Piano from Boston University, an MM in Piano Performance from Longy school of Music and a BM in Piano Performance from the Latvian Music Academy.

Sandy, piano lessons

SANDY LIN

Piano, Music Theory

Sandy holds a Master of Arts in Piano Performance from the Royal Academy of Music, where she studied with the world-renowned pianist Hamish Milne. She has performed extensively throughout the U.S. as well as the world, including France, England, Italy, Taiwan, and Romania. Sandy is the Scholarship Winner of the Rising Artist Concerto Competition in New York, marking her debut with the New York Concert Artist Symphony. She is also an accomplished chamber musician, frequently collaborating with various chamber ensembles throughout England and Taiwan. Sandy has been teaching piano since 2004, with years of experience teaching various ages, from 3 to 70. Sandy also holds a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music in Piano Performance from the Manhattan School of Music.

Dr. Baekyu Kim

Piano, Music Theory

Dr. Kim earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Chung-ang University, and continued his studies in France at the Ecole Normal de Musique de Paris and the Conservatoire National de Versailles. He earned his Doctoral Degree in Piano Performance at Boston University. Dr. Kim has impressed audiences worldwide with his unique artistry, a blend of commanding technique and gentle musicality. After winning the “Special Presentation Award” from the Artists International Competition, also in 2008, he made his successful Carnegie Hall debut in 2009, performing a program that included the world premiere of “Lutine” by American composer Richard Cornell. In addition to Weill Recital Hall, he has also performed at Salle Cortot in Paris, Lille, and Strasburg in France, Freiburg and Karlsruhe in Germany, the Sejong Art Center and YoungSan Art Center in Seoul, Kangwon University and the Mozart Hall in Korea. Aa Piano instructor, Dr. Kim is a member of New England Piano Teachers Association and he has been teaching in various prestigious music schools in the United States for more than 10 years. He is faculty member of many international music festivals, such as Youth and Muse International Music Festival.

Lambrozo, piano lessons

VICTORIA LAMBROZO

Piano, Music Theory

Victoria Lambrozo received her Master’s Degree in Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy from famous Odessa Conservatory, Ukraine. For more than 20 years she has been teaching piano and work as a collaborative pianist with many different choirs and instrumental groups. Victoria has performed extensively in Ukraine and United States. She is a versatile musician and for many years she has served as a music director for Arts Alive! Theatre program in Rhode Island. She is a faculty member of Roger Williams University where she teaches piano and accompanies various vocal groups.

STRING FACULTY

IGOR CHEREVKO

Violin, Chamber Group

Igor holds Master of Music in Violin Performance Degree from renowned Odessa Conservatory (Ukraine). He has been a chair of the string department at the State Music College (Ukraine), where he worked with gifted children and taught future violin teachers violin pedagogy. He has been performing as a soloist and concertmaster of the Ukraine Chamber orchestra and is currently an active member of Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra, Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra ,   Nashua Symphony Orchestra, NH and Bangor Symphony Orchestra, ME.
Jo, violin lessons

JO MANNING-SOUZA

Violin, Music Therapy, Early Childhood Education

Jo Francine Manning-Souza has received a Bachelor's and Master's Degrees from The Boston Conservatory of Music. She holds certification in all volumes of the Suzuki Method as well as Orff for General Music. She is also certified in grades Pre-K-12 and has taught at all levels in the public school and college. Her students have won awards at Disney World, Six Flags, and at the Junior and Senior Districts and SEMSBA Festivals. In 2010, Ms. Manning-Souza received the Extraordinary Dedication and Achievement for having two students perform in the A-Muse The World Young Promise International Music Competition. In 2013 and 2014, she had six students win first and second prize at the International Young Mozart's Competition at Carnegie Hall. Ms. Manning-Souza also has a Master's Degree in Music Therapy and is a member of the American Music Therapy Association. Ms. Manning-Souza is an actively performing artist and is a member of Artes Trio, the first violin section of the Wellesley Symphony Orchestra and is a soloist of St. Mary's Music Ministry in Mansfield. Ms. Manning-Souza has performed at prestigious concert halls such as Boston Symphony Hall, Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall.

Nelli, violin lessons

NELLI JABOTINSKY

Violin, Viola, Chamber Group

Nelli studied violin in Israel with Haim Taub, concertmaster of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. She earned her BM degree in Violin Performance at the Schwob School of Music, where she studied with Turner Distinguished Violin Professor Sergiu Schwartz, and received her MM degree from Boston University. Currently a student of Dana Mazurkevich, Nelli is pursuing her DMA degree at BU. Throughout the years she has been a participant in many international music festivals in Israel, US and Germany, performed as a soloist with the famous orchestras in Europe and US and is a winner of the Young Talent Competition in Israel. Nelli has an extensive teaching experience having taught students of all levels in music schools in Israel and US. She is currently a DMA candidate at Boston University.
Su, violin and viola lessons

SU YIN CHAN

Violin, Viola

Su Yin Chan is a graduate of DePaul and Boston Universities, with Bachelor's and Master's degrees in violin performance respectively. While completing her undergraduate degree at DePaul University, Su Yin studied with Janet Sung and was a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the training orchestra of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. While being a part of the Civic Orchestra, she had the privilege of working with musical luminaries such as Yo-Yo Ma, Ricardo Muti, Jaap Van Zweden, Emmanuel Ax, Carlos Miguel Preito and Clifford Colnot. Su Yin has served as concertmaster at the Brevard Music Festival, DePaul Opera orchestra and Fredonia Symphony Orchestra. She has performed in prestigious concert halls in the United States and Asia such as Chicago Symphony Center, Boston Symphony Hall, Beijing National Center for Performing Arts, Seoul Arts Center, Tokyo Opera City and Dewan Filharmonik Petronas. Recently she has studied with Bayla Keyes at Boston University, while performing with various orchestras in the Boston area. Su Yin has been teaching violin and viola since 2009. She is currently a DMA candidate at BU.

Sara Wilkins, cello lessons

SARA WILKINS

Cello, Chamber Group

Sara Wilkins has established herself as a versatile and energetic cellist in the Boston area. An active freelancer, she has toured with the Tarab Cello Ensemble, performed with the American Chamber Opera in Chicago, and currently serves as principal cellist of Calliope and Sounds of Stow. Recent appearances include Symphony Nova, The Company Theater, North Shore Philharmonic, and The Concord Players. Sara advocates contemporary music through her solo recitals and guest performances with ALEA III and the American Festival of Microtonal Music. She has collaborated with renowned composers including Richard Wernick, David Rakowski, and Augusta Read Thomas, and performed in the orchestra for Robert Helps: Orchestral Works released by Albany Records in 2009. An experienced teacher, Sara is on faculty at All Newton Music School, the Performing Arts Center of MetroWest, and Maestro Musicians. She holds DMA in Cello performance from Boston University and performance degrees in cello from Roosevelt University and University of South Florida.

Kwon, cello lessons

HYUN-JI KWON

Cello

Hyun-ji Kwon earned her Bachelor of Music degree at Ewha Women’s University in Seoul, Korea. In 2006, she came to Boston to study at the New England Conservatory, where she earned her Master of Music degree in Cello Performance in 2008 as well as a Graduate Diploma in 2009. She completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree program in Cello Performance as a student of Rhonda Rider at Boston University’s School of Music. She serves on the cello faculty of BU’s Tanglewood Institute during the summer months and is teaching at Boston University as a lecturer.

Fabrizio, cello lessons

FABRIZIO MAZZETTA

Cello

Fabrizio Mazzetta holds Master of Music with Distinction degree in cello performance from Longy School of Music (Cambridge, MA) and Bachelor Degree in Musical Studies from National School of Music of Bourg-la-Reine (Paris, France). He is a founding member of Chagall Boston String Quartet, VOCE Chamber Ensemble, Sounds & Visions Ensemble. He is actively performing with many prominent musicians, ensembles and orchestras in the area and has 5 CDs to his credit. Fabrizio is a recipient of Chiles Foundation Award (USA, 2000) and Chevalier, Le Royaume de la Musique Award( France, 1988). He has been teaching cello from 1996 and has been on the faculty of Milton Academy (Milton, MA) and National School of Music of Bourg-la-Reine (Paris, France).

WOODWINDS

Woodwind lessons by Mario

MARIO CERRA

Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute, Recorder, Jazz Improvization

Mario is a graduate of the University of Music of Rosario, Argentina and Berklee College of Music. He is a receipient of Joe Viola Award. Mario is a renowned performing and recording artist with many CDs, live and TV performances and radio concerts to his credit. He has performed with internationally acclaimed artists including Greg Hopkins, Joe Lovano, and Maria Schneider. Between 2003 and 2007 Mario lived in Buenos Aires Argentina, where he became one of the country’s most sought-after musicians in the capacity of band-leader, sideman, recording artist and music educator. Mario is the author of several published books on music education. He has been teaching woodwinds since 1996.

GUITAR FACULTY

Bjorn Wennas, guitar lessons

BJORN WENNAS

Guitar, Ensemble

Björn received a BA from Uppsala University, a Diploma from Berklee College of Music, and MM with distinction from Longy School of Music. He made his debut on stage at the age of 12 with the Flamenco group Los Dos Jovenes led by acclaimed guitarist and educator Miroslav Simic. Björn eventually developed an interest in jazz and went on to play guitar in several big bands and smaller ensembles. He was nominated in 2004 for the "Just Plain Folk&s Award" for the best jazz vocal composition and in 2005 he was a finalist in the International Massimo Urbani Competition , a jazz soloist competition that takes place in Camerino, Italy. Björn is an active composer and currently co-leads BC Quintet featuring his original compositions drawing inspiration from both rock and jazz tradition as well as from contemporary music. He also frequently performs with Newpoli, a Southern Italian Folk Ensemble, and plays classical guitar solos, duos and trios.

 

VOCAL FACULTY

Nicole, vocal lessons

NICOLE FERRETTI

Vocal (chair of department), Piano, Ear Training, Music Theater

Nicole Ferretti is a classically trained singer with several years of teaching and stage experience. She holds a Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance from Boston University and a BM in Vocal Performance from Florida International University. In addition to extensive study in classical and operatic repertoire, both abroad and in the U.S., she is also practiced in the genres of pop and musical theater. Nicole is committed to providing an inspirational and positive learning environment through musical study. Many of her vocal and piano students received awards and performance recognition in local talent shows and competitions throughout the city. Nicole enjoys an increasingly active performing career in Boston including roles with Opera del West and Metro West Opera.

Carmen, vocal lessons

CARMEN MARSICO

Vocal

Italian vocalist and composer Carmen Marsico holds a Diploma from Berklee College of Music, a BA from the University of Venice (Italy) and Master’s Degree in Jazz Performance from New England Conservatory. She was a finalist at the 2005 edition of the International Massimo Urbani Competition (Italy). Her performances have been heard on WGBH, WNUR, CKUW-FM, KZSU-FM in United States, on CHUO in Canada and on RAI, the national TV in Italy. She has toured through out the United States playing venues such as Stanford University (CA), Sarah Lawrence College (NY), Alvernia University (PA), and Regattabar (MA). As well as being one of the founding member and leader/singer of Newpoli, a reknown Boston based ensemble that performs Italian world music, she also co-leads the BC Quintet, performing original jazz compositions as well as creative arrangements of traditional material. Carmen is an active voice teacher and has been on the faculty at Noble and Greenough School since 2004.

VICTOR KRAY

Vocal, Piano, Song Writing, Sound Engineering

Victor Kray is a vocal teacher and music producer with 30 years of professional experience as a session singer, keyboard player, and arranger. Being both a singer and a record producer, he understands all aspects of vocal artistry for stage performance and recording. He has developed a unique method of “voice tuning” - the technique he uses to teach singers to stay in tune. He coaches “a cappella” ensembles and produces recordings at Harvard, MIT, Dartmouth, Brown, Boston University, Tufts University, Bentley College, Brandeis University and other colleges. Victor’s work with “Dartmouth Aires” has won Contemporary A Cappella Recording Award (CARA) for Best All-Male Collegiate Album in 2003 and 2005. During his tenure as an executive producer and music director of Megapolis International Agency in Moscow, Victor has created and produced recordings for four rock and pop bands, while contributing as a composer, arranger and lead singer to many of their hits. He is a graduate of Kiev Conservatory and Jazz Music School with major in vocal and piano. His students have successful singing careers all over the world.