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Strings

Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki

Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki

Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki is an award-winning fiddler who grew up playing dances and concerts around New England. He was first recognized as part of New Hampshire’s culture at the age of 12, when he was the youngest member of the delegation representing the state at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. He has toured nationally with bands in various genres, performed across Ireland, and released multiple recordings of Celtic music that can be heard on radio stations around New England and in the British Isles. He has also written soundtracks for audiobooks and television and appeared as a guest on over 75 albums. He performs around 200 shows each year with multiple groups, mostly with his own project, the Jordan TW Trio. In 2013, Tirrell-Wysocki was awarded the title of “Master Artist” by the NH State Council on the Arts, and named “Best Fiddler 2016” by NH Magazine. When not on the road, he teaches in Concord and cohosts the family-friendly Irish Night every Thursday at the legendary Stone Church Meeting House in Newmarket, NH. 

Liz Faiella

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Liz Faiella (folk, jazz, & popular music department chair, fiddle, folk ensembles) received her B.A. summa cum laude from Dartmouth College. A Music School alumna, she performs Celtic and New England music with her brother, guitarist Dan Faiella, at premier New England folk venues including Club Passim, the Boston Celtic Music Festival, the New England Folk Festival, and the Acadia Trad Festival. Liz has shared the stage with celebrated New England folk musicians including David Surette, Dudley and Jacqueline Laufman, Matt and Shannon Heaton, and Grammy winner Dan Zanes, among others. In 2015, the NH State Council on the Arts selected her to conduct fieldwork on New Hampshire’s contradancing history.

Judy Seaton

judy seaton headshot webJudy Seaton (violin) graduated from Duquesne University with a B.S. in Music Education, with additional studies in string pedagogy at the University of Wisconsin and New England Conservatory.  Her primary violin and pedagogy teachers include Richard Goldner, Raymond Montoni, Mimi Zweig, Mimi Bravar, and Marylou Speaker Churchill. With her husband David, Judy co-directed the Pittsfield Community Music School (Mass.) and taught violin, viola, recorder, and Orff-Kodaly classes. She joined the CCMS faculty in 1984 as its first String Department chair, teaching violin, viola, and ensembles. A member of the St. Paul’s School music faculty for more than 20 years, Judy has performed with the NH Philharmonic, the Concord Chorale, Manchester Choral Society, and Lakes Region Symphony.

Scott Kiefner

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Matthew Dickey

matthew dickey headshot webMatthew Dickey (violin) earned a Master of Music from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in 2015 studying with Piotr Milewski. He has performed widely in the Midwest with orchestras such as The Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, the Dayton Philharmonic, and the Queen City Opera Company; he was also on the faculty at the Toedtman School of Music and the Northern Kentucky School of Music. Mr. Dickey has also served as Concert Master of the Booth-Tarkington Theater in Indianapolis and as Assistant Concertmaster on tour with the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players.

Bozena O'Brien

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Bozena O’Brien (string department chair, violin, string ensembles), originally from Poland, received her training at Tanglewood, Boston University, and with Marylou Speaker Churchill of the Boston Symphony. She holds a Suzuki Book 1 Certificate, and has taught at St. Paul's School, Plymouth State University, Holderness School and Kimball Union Academy.  She performs with the NH Music Festival, Vermont Symphony, Handel Society of Dartmouth and many other choral and orchestral ensembles as an active freelance violinist throughout New England.

Kate Jensik

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Kate Jensik (cello, string ensembles) is a graduate of Ithaca College with a bachelor’s degree in Music. She received an Artist Diploma from Brandeis University and a master’s degree from the Boston Conservatory, studying with renowned teacher and performer Rhonda Rider. She also studied at the Janacek Academy of Music in the Czech Republic and has participated in master classes with Yo-Yo Ma, Benjamin Zander, and Paul Katz. Kate has taught at the Powers Music School, the Rivers Music School, Ithaca Talent Education Suzuki School, Ithaca College, and Brandeis University.