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.
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, 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 and Paderewski International Piano Competition. Tanya’s students have been selected to perform in Holland, Switzerland, Belgium 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 a board member of the New England Piano Teachers Association. She is frequently invited to serve as a judge at various piano competitions. In 2017 Tanya became a recipient of the "Top Teacher of the Year" Award by Steinway & Sons.
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.
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.
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.
SYNTHIA STURE, DMA
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.
HOKYONG CHOI, DMA
Piano, Music Theory
Ms. Choi received her Doctor of Musical Arts from the Boston University, Master of Music from the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Choi has been the winner of several prestigious international piano competitions, including second prize at the 2018 Paderewski International Piano Competition, first prize at the 2017 Concert Artist International Virtuoso Competition, the 2017 East Coast International Competition, and the 2017 American Fine Arts Festival Concerto Competition. She has frequently performed at the Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall in New York City since her 2016 New York debut after winning first prize in the 2016 American Protégé International Competition. She was also chosen to present the premiere of Percy Grainger’s “The Warriors” at Boston’s Symphony Hall. She is currently a member of Soloists of New England and works as a director and pianist for the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. Dr. Choi has been teaching piano and music theory at Boston University and Cambridge Public Schools since 2014.
BAEKYU KIM, DMA
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.
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.
Piano, Music Theory, Composition
Margaret Boswell is a composer, classically trained pianist, collaborator, and singer. She holds a BM in Composition and Keyboard Studies from Samford University, and a MM in Composition from the Longy School of Music of Bard College and is currently pursuing a Graduate Performance Diploma in Piano Performance from The Longy School of Music. Her studies include compositional instruction under Joel Davis, Mark Lackey, John Morrison, and Paul Brust, and piano instruction under Kathryn Fouse, and Esther Ning Yau. Compositionally she has written for a wide range of instruments and ensembles including many works for orchestra, piano trio, solo piano, and various ensembles including unique arrangements of instruments ranging from Tuba/Trombone/Viola/Piano (Premiered at the New England Conservatory in 2018). Margaret extensively performed solo and with different ensembles in USA and abroad including performances in Birmingham, Boston, Baltimore, Riga (Latvia), and Tallinn (Estonia). She has been teaching piano and composition to the students of different ages since 2012.
PianoIvan Gueorguiev holds degree in Piano Performance from the University of Texas A&M-Commerce. While there, he studied piano with Dr. Luis Sanchez and Organ as a secondary instrument with Dr. Lerie Dellosa. Ivan taught piano during all his years at UT. He has actively performed in Texas at such prominent venues as Steinway Hall, Dallas Meyerson Symphony Hall and around Boston. Ivan has been teaching for 8 years and is always excited to help aspiring musicians of any age or level grow into the artist they want to be and build their passion for music. Ivan's goal is to continue reaching out to students of all levels through the joy of music.
Violin, Chamber GroupIgor 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.
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.
HYUNJUNG KIM, DMA
Violin, Chamber GroupHyunjung Kim received her Doctor of Musical Arts from the Boston University, a master`s degree from New England Conservatory, graduated from Pinchas Zukerman`s Performance Program at Manhattan School of Music as full scholarship recipient, and a bachelor`s degree from Seoul National University. Her mentors include Donald Weilerstein, Pinchas Zukerman, and Bayla Keyes. She is an Executive Director of Soloists of New England, has been featured on KBS`s Classic Odyssey (Korea), and her performances have been broadcasted by the Suisse-Espace 2 (Switzerland) and KBS Classic (Korea). Recent performance highlights include solo concerts in Carnegie`s Weill Recital Hall, Théâtre de Valère, Troy Savings Music Hall. A winner of several international competitions, including Moscow Classical Heritage International Competition, the Yokohama International Competition, the Sion International Duo Competition “Feast of Duos,” and American Prize competition. Hyunjung has always dedicated a lot of her time to teaching students of all ages and levels and considers teaching an important part of being a musician. For more than 4 years she has been an adjunct faculty and violin and chamber music instructor at New York University and then Boston University.
SU YIN CHAN, DMA
Ms. Su Yin Chan is a graduate of DePaul and Boston Universities, with Bachelor's and Master's degrees in violin performance respectively. She received her doctorate degree in violin performance from Boston University. 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.
Violin, chamber music
Eric Mrugala is from Chicago, IL and started playing the violin at the age of three. He is an active performer and teacher based in Amherst, Massachusetts. He received his Bachelors Degree at the Boston Conservatory, and completed his Masters degree at the University of Massachusetts Amherst as a Graduate Quartet Fellow, and a recipient of the Julian Olevsky Violin/Viola Memorial Award. Eric appears with New England ensembles such as the Berkshire Symphony, Bennington Chorale, Keene Chorale, and Cape Ann Symphony. His recent engagements include collaborating with living composers and performing alongside members of the Fifth House Ensemble at Fresh Inc Festival. Other chamber music experiences include the Brancaleoni International Music Festival in Italy, and the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival in Burlington, VT. Eric enjoys collaborating with musicians in traditional and non-traditional settings. Recent highlights include performing alongside DJ Spooky in Quantopia, a multimedia concert experience celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Internet, and has also performed at the Berklee Performance Center with Iranian violinist Bijan Mortazavi. As a teacher Eric is dedicated to expanding the violinistic tradition in solo and chamber music repertoire and transfer his love of music to his students. He helps students achieve their potential with structured practice, goal setting, and the use of traditional pedagogy methods used by Leopold Mozart, and Dr. Suzuki.
SARA WILKINS, DMA
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.
KAY JANG, DMA
Cello, Chamber Music
Ms. Kay Jang received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Music Performance from Manhattan School of Music, where she was a recipient of several talent scholarships. She received her doctorate degree in Musical Arts from Boston University under the tutelage of Professor Michael Reynolds. Dr. Jang was the first prize recipient of Barbara Krakauers Award from Associated Music Teachers League, Inc. Moreover, she won the Young Musician competition and had a privilege of performing at Weill Carnegie Hall in New York City. She played “A Tribute to Pablo Cassals Cello Collaboration” directed by Marta Cassals Istomin and Bonnie Hampton. She is an active member of several prominent orchestras including in Haffner Sinfonietta and New England Repertory Orchestra. Dr. Jang teaches cello at several colleges and music schools.
Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute, Recorder, Jazz Improvisation
Paulo got his education at Berklee College where his teachers include such famous musicians as Bill Pierce, George Garzone, Jerry Bergonzi and Charles Banaccos. He extensively toured around the world including performances in London with Ronnie Scott´s Jazz group and in Paris at famous Caveau de la Huchet and toured Brazil with singers Gwen Leathers and Karin Parker. With his own quartet Paulo performed all over US, toured France and Switzerland and had many appearances on TV and radio shows in Brazil. He has recorded several albums. One of them in cooperation with Jerry Bergonzi. Paulo also works as an instructor for Berklee College of Music City Music Outreach Program.
Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute, Recorder, Jazz Improvisation
Nick is a multi-instrumentalist based in the Boston area. Born into a musical family, Nick first started playing saxophone at the age of 9 and began performing with his father. He graduated from Berklee College of Music with a degree in Performance and Theory of Jazz and Popular Song, where he studied under world-renowned musicians such as Bill Pierce, Shannon Leclaire and Greg Hopkins and was a Recipient of the Jimmy Mosher Scholarship. Nick has performed at venues all over the east coast including Twins Jazz Club in Washington D.C., Jazz Education Network Conference in Louisville and Scullers Jazz Club in Boston. Currently a member of several local groups, Nick hopes to spread the joy of live music and creativity to everyone in the local community and beyond. His teaching experience include tutoring Berklee students in Contemporary Harmony, Ear Training, Counterpoint, Classical Harmony. Nick is CRLA (College Reading and Learning Association) Tutor Level 2 certified.
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.
JOHN UDINSKY, JR
Guitar, Ensemble, Band
John Udinsky, Jr is a guitarist, composer and educator. John earned a B.M. in Jazz Guitar Performance from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA where he studied with Philly guitar legends Mike Kennedy, Mike Quaile, Matt Davis and Kevin Hanson. During his time there, he was also a member of the school's prestigious 'Z Big Band' ensemble under the direction of Matt Gallagher. He has actively performed in the Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York tri-state area, lending his talents to various singer-songwriters and jazz groups on stage and in the studio. Most notably, he served as the music director & lead guitarist for South Jersey country star Liv Devine from 2013-2016 and held the guitar chair in Jake Kaplan’s Yellow 11 Big Band from 2014-2018. John has been teaching different guitar styles to the students of all ages for more than 6 years.
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.
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.
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.