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Mezzo-Soprano Petra Pacaric holds a master’s degree in Vocal Performance from the Boston Conservatory. Originally from Austria, she studied music and foreign languages at the Innsbruck Conservatory of Music and the University of Innsbruck, from which she graduated with an M.A. in Foreign Languages in Conference Interpretation and Translation. Petra Pacaric is at home in a wide range of musical styles, ranging from classical to the Great American Songbook. Ms. Pacaric has performed extensively with Boston Symphony and Tanglewood Festival Chorus in Boston, Tanglewood, and at Carnegie Hall. Her featured solo engagements include collaborations with numerous major area companies such as New England Light Opera, Longwood Opera, the Metrowest Symphony, Nashua Symphony, and Westford Chorale, as well as countless recitals in the greater Boston area and New Hampshire. A versatile mezzo-soprano, she is also active as a jazz vocalist with regular music engagements in and around Boston. She is a member of the voice faculty at Phillips Exeter Academy and lives in Stratham where she maintains a private voice studio.
Hannah Schramm Murray (voice department chair, voice, Scholarship Vocal Ensemble, Creative Arts Camp) received her B.A. in Vocal Performance from Connecticut College and her M.M. in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from Westminster Choir College. Her additional studies include the Royal Academy of Music in London and Middlebury College’s Deutsch fur Sängerin program. She has performed throughout the Northeastern United States asa soloist for the Nashua Symphony, Paul Madore Chorale, Opera Circle, Keiser Concert Series at St. Paul’s School, and the Musicians of Wall Street series. Mrs. Murray is an active member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and has held faculty positions at Endicott College, Boston Conservatory’s outreach program, and the Community Music School of Springfield.
Katy Gibney (Sunflower Singers, Take Three, Certified Music Practitioner) earned her B.S. in Nursing from Adelphi University and is a Certified Music Practitioner, using her voice and instruments to provide therapeutic music in health care settings, as well as private homes. She is the director of T’filah Band Jammers and Sunflower Singers and founded Community Without Walls (CWOW), a network for mindful living.
Peggo Horstmann Hodes (Songweavers) holds an M.A. in Elementary Education from Lesley College and an M.M. in Vocal Pedagogy from the New England Conservatory. She has been a soloist with the New Hampshire Symphony, Granite State Symphony, Concord Chorale, and the Musicians of Wall Street, and has premiered works written for her by William Fletcher and Thomas Oboe Lee. Her recordings as part of the duo Peggo and Paul have gone on to win Parent’s Choice Awards.
Maria Isaak (bassoon, Purple Finches, chamber ensembles, Creative Arts Camp) received a master’s degree in Bassoon Performance from the New England Conservatory and studied at the International School for Kodály Studiesin Hungary, where she earned her Kodály Specialist Certificate. As a bassoonist, she has performed with the Portland Symphony, Indian Hill Symphony, Nashua Symphony, and the NH Philharmonic, and has been a concerto soloist with orchestras in San Francisco, Chile, and China.
Ellen Nordstrom (voice) holds a B.A. in Music from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Additional studies include a two-year internship with the Lake George Opera, studies at Dartmouth and with Mary McDonald Klimek, Speech Pathologist at Harvard Medical School at MEEI. Ms. Nordstrom is a frequent lecturer in northern New England on vocal health and Italian diction. In addition to teaching at the Music School, she works in conjunction with local speech therapy recovery programs, teaches New England College students through CCMS’s collaboration with NEC, and teaches group voice classesat NHTI.
Jane Berlin Pauley (voice) received her B.M. in Voice Performance from the Mason Gross School of the Arts and her master’s degree from the New England Conservatory of Music. Further studies include Westminster Choir College, Manhattan School of Music, Aspen Opera Theater Center, and the Tanglewood Music Center. Her opera and concert engagements include Rutgers Summerfest, New England Lyric Operetta, Dartmouth Handel Society, and Longwood Opera. In addition to having taught at St. Paul’s School, she has also served as interim choir director at the Unitarian Church in Concord and given master classes throughout New England.
Andrea Veal (voice) received a B.A. in Vocal Performance and an M.A. in Music History from the University of New Hampshire. She has performed with the Handel and Haydn Society, Boston Baroque, Melopeo, and Capella Alamire, among others. She can be heard on the Dünya label CD, The Language of the Birds, and regularly appears on Musicians of Wall Street concerts. Ms. Vealis the soloist at the First Church of Christ, Scientist in Portsmouth, NH, director of the Andrea Veal Voice Studio in Rochester, NH, and is on the faculty of UNH’s Summer Youth Music School.
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