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.

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 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. She created and served as an anchor of the popular local cable TV show "Musical Moments with Tanya". In 2017, 2020, 2021 and 2022 Tanya was a recipient of the  "Top Teacher of the Year" Award by Steinway & Sons.

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.

 

Sture, piano lessons

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.

YELIZAVETA BERIYEVA, DMA

Piano, Music Theory

Dr. Beriyeva received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Arizona, Master of Music and post Masters performance degree from the New England Conservatory of Music, as well as the Bachelors degree with high honors from the University of Arizona. Originally from Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia, Dr. Beiryeva has attended special music school for gifted students as well as Tbilisi State Concervatory. Yelizaveta has won several prestigious competitions in the area of former USSR and in the United States, some of which include New England Conservatory Piano Sonata Competition, the East Coast Chamber Music Competition, the Green Valley Piano Competition, University of Arizona President’s Concerto Competition and Tucson Symphony Orchestra Young Artists Competition. Dr. Beriyeva has performed at many well-known concert halls such as the Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall, Jordan Hall, Tucson Symphony Orchestra Hall and Leo Rich Theatre. Yelizaveta has been Dr. Beiryeva has extensive teaching experience. Some of her previous teaching poistions include group piano instructor at the University of Arizona, teaching assistant at the New England Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of Professor Alexander Korsantia, piano/music theory instructor at St. Peter and Paul Catholic School, piano instructor at Sharon Music Academy as well as maintaing a large private piano teaching studio. Yelizaveta has been a long time member of MTNA (Music Teachers National Association) and has served as a vice president and honors society chair for the MTNA chapter in Tucson, Arizona.

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.

HYUNJU JUNG, DMA CANDIDATE

Piano, Music Theory

Ms. Hyun Ju Jung received a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She completed her Master of Music degree in both Piano Performance and Chamber Music from the University of Michigan. Ms. Jung has won numerous prizes in Asia and the United States, including the first prize in the Arts competition in Jiandu and an honorable mention in MMTA. She has performed concerts with the Perugia Piano Festival Orchestra in Perugia Hall of Notaries. Her piano education includes masterclasses with many world-renowned pianists, such as Robert Roux, Jerome Lowenthal, Joseph Rackers, Mia Chung, Martin Katz, and Sasha Starcevich, and she is currently pursuing her Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance at Boston University under the tutelage of professor Boaz Sharon. Ms. Jung has more than ten years of teaching experience in Korea and the United States.

IVAN GUEORGUIEV

Piano

Ivan 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.

DANIEL NEYMAN, DMA CANDIDATE

Piano, Music Theory, Chamber Music

Mr. Daniel Neyman attained his Bachelor of Music degree at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and received his Master of Music degree from Yale University School of Music. He has studied with famous musicians like Prof. Melvin Chen, Prof. Boris Berman, and Prof. Pavel Nersessian. Daniel has performed in many countries, such as France, Germany, Czech Republic, Hong Kong, Turkey, Spain, Azerbaijan, Hungary, Austria, Italy, Canada, U.S.A, and Portugal. Since 2008, he has been performing in Live Broadcast recitals at the Israeli Voice of Music Radio. Daniel was awarded First Prize at the Excellence of Piano Performing International Competition, which enabled him to perform at Carnegie Hall. Daniel also won first prizes at the “Voice of Music Competition,” the Puigcerdà International Piano Competition in Spain, the Pompignan International Piano Competition in France, and the Liszt International Piano Competition Eilat. He is currently playing with leading symphony orchestras and recently performed with the Yale Philharmonic Orchestra. Daniel has been teaching piano since 2010 in various institutions, including Yale University, Jerusalem Academy of Music, and Boston University, in addition to teaching private lessons.  He is currently pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Boston University School of Music.

VIVIAN (XUEYING ) FAN, DMA CANDIDATE

Piano, Music Theory

Xueying Fan graduated with academic honors from the New England Conservatory with Bachelor of Music and Master of Music, under the guidance of Professor Bruce Brubaker, chair of the Piano Department and Professor Randall Hodgkinson. Currently, Xueying is pursuing her Doctoral of Musical Arts degree in Boston University, under the tutelage of Professor Boaz Sharon. As a soloist, Xueying was awarded numerous prizes in US and China and has already successfully held plenty of concerts all over the world, such as Shanghai, Ningbo, Cixi, Shaoxing, Urumchi, Naples, Boston, Arcata, New York etc.  Xueying began her teaching career five years ago and in 2018 was invited as instructor of the "The Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st-century Maritime Silk Road" Art and Culture Talents Training Project sponsored by the Shanghai Municipal Education Commission and undertook by Shanghai Conservatory of Music.

ZIANG XU, DMA CANDIDATE

Piano, Music Theory

Ziang Xu has distinguished himself in several international competitions. His prizes and awards include first prizes in the New Orleans International Piano Competition, Rondo Young Artist Competition, The East Coast International Piano Competition, The Princeton Festival Piano Competition, and The Grand Prize at Steinway Society of Puerto Rico Award. He has also been awarded top prizes at the International Keyboard Institute and Festival, the New England Conservatory Honors Competition, and the Five Towns Music and Arts Foundation. He has performed widely, including at Carnegie (Weill) Hall, Ukrainian Institute, Hunter College in New York, and at New England Conservatory`s Jordan Hall. His performances of the complete Chopin Etudes, a feat for any pianist, were described as “extraordinary.” Making his solo debut at age eleven, Ziang studied at the Shenyang Conservatory of Music and pursued undergraduate studies at the Mannes School of Music, as a student of Vladimir Feltsman and Victor Rosenbaum, with whom he continued to study at the New England Conservatory as he pursued his Master of Music degree. Ziang is now studying with Bruce Brubaker as a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate at the New England Conservatory. He has taught piano for students of all ages at New England Conservatory for six years.

QING LI, DMA CANDIDATE

Piano, Music Theory

Qing Li holds her bachelor’s degree from Eastman School of Music with professor Nelita True and Dr. Marina Lomazov. She earned her master’s degree and professional study certificate from Manhattan School of Music at professor Jeffrey Cohen’s studio. Qing is currently pursuing her doctoral degree at Boston University School of Music with professor Pavel Nerssessian and working as a non-major piano lesson teacher at Boston University. As a soloist, Qing is actively giving recitals on stage from the U.S., Italy, and China; she also worked with several orchestras including Hunan Symphony Orchestra and Huanghe Symphony Orchestra. Growing up in a music family (both her parents are music teachers), Qing Li started piano training at four and teaching at sixteen. She started her teaching career in USA in 2015. With professional pedagogy training received, her students are varied from total beginners to advanced-level amateurs. Qing had teaching experiences with all ages in both Mandarin and English.

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. Over the years, many of his students became concertmasters and members of the first violin sections of many prestigious children's orchestras such as the BYSO and MMEA orchestras.

 

KRISTINA SHARRA

Violin, Viola, Assistant Director 

She is Assistant Director/ Violin Instructor .  Kristina Sharra is a proud alum of Sharon Music Academy. She gained a love for violin and  developed her skills as a performer and musician at SMA, where she was exposed to excellent teachers, chamber music, competitions and performance opportunities to hone her talents. After her time at SMA, she studied with pedagogues including Bonnie Bewick Brown, Peter Zazofsky, Susan Waterbury, and James Lyon. Kristina earned a dual Bachelor Degree in Violin Performance & Music Education from Ithaca College and holds a Masters Degree in Violin Performance from Penn State University. Ms. Sharra is an active educator and performer - regularly performing with the Cambridge Chamber Ensemble and has performed with orchestras like the Pennsylvania Chamber Orchestra, Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra, and Johnstown Symphony Orchestra. She first began teaching students as a private instructor when she was just 13 years old and has been doing so ever since!

ERIC MRUGALA

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.

KAVITA SHANKAR

Violin, Viola, Indian Violin, Carnatic Singing

Kavita Shankar is a graduate from Boston University with a Masters in Violin Performance. She attended Baldwin Wallace University’s Conservatory of Music, where she one of the founders of the Sun Quartet. With this chamber group she performed extensively throughout United States. Kavita has also an extensive orchestral experience and was a member of many distinguished orchestras, including several orchestras here in Massachusetts. Apart from being a performer, Kavita also loves to teach music. She has been teaching Violin and Viola students since 2015 and has taught students of all levels and age ranges. Not only is Kavita an accomplished Western Classical musician, but she also a talented performer and instructor of the South Indian Carnatic music. She has been studying Carnatic Voice and Violin since she was a child and has been teaching Indian Violin and Carnatic singing for over five years.

 

GREGORY AYRIYAN

Violin, Chamber Ensemble

Mr. Gregory Ayriyan has a Master in Violin Performance from Baku Conservatory. He has an illustrious musical career as a violinist and a performer. For four years, he was the Music Director of the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, one of the best orchestras in the world. He performed with the New England Music Ensemble of Brown University, the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra, and many other well-known music organizations. US CLCX label published his album of solo violin performances in 2010. Gregory is an avid composer and is a winner of many international composition competitions, including the 2013 De Richelieu music competition and the 2006 Cinepobre festival for music in films. He has been teaching violin for more than 30 years. Among his students are members of the RI All-State orchestra and winners of the Providence Youth Symphony Concerto Competition. He is a faculty member of RI Philharmonic Music  School.

MARTA DOROVIC

Violin, Chamber Ensemble

Marta Đorović was born in Belgrade, Serbia, where she started studying violin at the age of 6. After attending the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz, Austria, she was awarded the prestigious Kenan Excellence Scholarship, which brought her to the United States. She graduated from the University of Northern  Carolina, where she studied with Prof. Ida Bieler and Prof. Janet Orenstein. Currently, she is pursuing her Master's degree in Violin Performance at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee, in the class of Prof. Markus Placci. Marta has played in various chamber music ensembles and orchestras across her country and Europe, including Austria, Germany, France, Switzerland, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Lithuania, Slovenia, Croatia, and Montenegro. In 2020 she won a position at the Chamber Orchestra of The Triangle, where she still performs. She appeared as a soloist with Chamber Orchestra Mokranjac and gave solo recitals at the 2019 Venice Biennale in Italy and St. Simeon Serbian Church in Charlotte, NC. In 2022 she was named the Michael A. Alaura Memorial Scholar  for her "exemplary artistry, academic achievements, contributions to the division, and outstanding citizenship." Passionate about teaching and social work through music, Marta participated in volunteer and community service in Serbia, Austria, and the US. She has been a member of ArtistCorps, The Vivaldi Project, aimed at providing quality music education opportunities for preschool children. She has served as the artistic director of The Cross the Line Project. In 2018 she designed a workshop, "Musical Crumbs," to integrate music into immigrant children's everyday lives in Refugee Centers across Serbia. Before moving to Boston, Marta was on the faculty of Salem Music Academy in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

HAEJU SONG, DMA

Cello, Chamber Music

 Haeju Song is a DMA candidate with a full scholarship at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She received her master’s degree and graduate performance diploma from the famous Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor’s degree from the Korea National University of Arts. She has won several international cello competitions, including The Plowman Chamber music competition, TBC, Yemyung Larsen, Eumyeon, Seoul Youth Chamber Music Competition, and New York young Artists International Competition. Ms. Song has performed at Carnegie Hall, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, numerous concerts at Seoul Arts Center, Young Artists Series, and recitals at Kumho Art Hall, LOTTE Concert Hall, Ewon Cultural Center, Hoam Art Hall, Gimhae Arts Center, Suncheon Art Center, Maria Callas Hall, IPAC, Ensemblian in South Korea, and Hiroshima Community Culture Center in Japan. She has performed in many chamber music groups or orchestras such as Koro String Quartet, Anima Chamber Ensemble, Camerata Illinois, Korea Soloists, Korean Chamber Orchestra, Illinois Modern Ensemble, Sinfonia da Camera, Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra, etc. She is currently a member of Apollo Ensemble, Ensemble Nouvelle Vague, Plos String Quartet, and Bon Soloists. She has been teaching cello for almost ten years. Among her students are many competition winners. Many of her students have been accepted into prestigious music schools and universities. For her pedagogical achievements, she received a Diploma of Recognition.

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.

WOODWINDS

PAULO DANAY

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.

Nicholas Mosca

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.

GUITAR FACULTY

 

BRUNO PETERSON

Guitar, Ukulele, Improvisation

Bruno grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area where he learned blues, folk, and rock in local scenes and studied Classical music and Jazz in college. In 2013 he relocated to Boston to attend Berklee where he earned a B.M. in Jazz Composition ‘16. He spent a month studying with masters of Brazilian music in Italy, and picked up Django Reinhardt inspired swing guitar playing from the strong east coast jazz manouche community. He’s a very active performer regularly playing many styles of Jazz and Swing music in the greater Boston area. He also plays a wide variety of styles at events and concerts across New England including: funk, Motown, rock, top 40/pop, folk, R&B and solo classical guitar. Bruno has been teaching for over a decade in a variety of settings including elementary and high schools, college, local music schools and his own private studio. He has extensive experience working with students of all ages and abilities teaching acoustic and electric guitar, piano, ukulele, music theory, composition and improvisation. Bruno’s eclectic tastes and diverse background and experiences allow him to draw from a wide range of wonderful musical traditions whenever he performs and teaches.

VOCAL FACULTY

Nicole, vocal lessons

NICOLE FERRETTI

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

A classically trained singer with extensive stage experience, Nicole has devoted herself to training singers for over a decade.  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 her education in classical and operatic repertoire, both abroad and in the U.S., she is also highly practiced in the genres of pop and musical theater. Nicole is committed to providing an inspirational and positive learning environment through musical study. In addition to earning scholarships to renowned music schools such as Berklee and AMDA, Nicole’s voice students have landed lead roles in such productions as Mamma Mia, Frozen, Willy Wonka,  Annie, Grease, Little Shop of Horrors, Mary Poppins, How to Succeed in Business, Wizard of Oz, Seussical and Cinderella!

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.