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Ashley Paine (piano) received her B.S. in Music Education and B.A. in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Plymouth State University, where she studied piano performance with Dr. Carleen Graff and collaborative piano with Constance Chesebrough. She began her teaching career at PSU where she taught piano to children and adults, assisted teaching Piano Classes to music majors, and performed as a soloist and collaborative pianist. Ms. Paine went on to teach music in Vermont, where she taught general, choral, and instrumental music at Westminster Center School. She also taught piano, voice, woodwind, and brass lessons, performed as a collaborative pianist, and served as music director of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Chester, VT. She returned to PSU in 2014 to teach a Piano Master Class for young students of Piano Pedagogy majors. She currently teaches general music to students in grades K-8 at Chichester Central School.
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.
Jacqueline Morin (piano, accompanist) graduatedsumma cum laude with a B.A. in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Plymouth State University and an M.M. in Piano Pedagogy from West Chester University. Additional studies include the Tanglewood Young Artists Piano Program and music history and theory studies at Oxford University. In addition to performing as a collaborative pianist, she is the organist for St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Derry and a soprano with the New Hampshire Master Chorale. Ms. Morin serves on the NH Music Teachers Association board as Secretary and Chair of the Fall Festival. Previous faculty positions include the West Chester Community Music School, Seacoast Academy of Music, Plymouth State University, and an interim position at St. Paul’s School, and she currently teaches theory at the Mila Filatova Piano Academy in Manchester.
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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