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, Vt. Ms. Charbeneau has held faculty positions at Millikin University and the University of Illinois and currently teaches at St. Paul’s School.
Andrew Grosvenor is a piano player and songwriter with many years of experience playing professionally in a variety of styles. Andrew teaches beginner piano as well as intermediate to advanced jazz and rock piano, theory and improvisation. He also serves as keyboardist and bandleader of the regional band “Andrew North & the Rangers”
Anita Yu (piano) earned a B.M. from the University of British Columbia and an M.M. in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Westminster Choir College of Rider University. Her major teachers include Louise Goss, Phyllis Lehrer, Ena Barton, and Michael Lewin. Anita 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. She has a particular interest in preparing students for the Royal Conservatory Certificate Program and statewide, regional, and national piano competitions.
Calvin Herst (piano, accompanist) received his B.M. and M.M. degrees magna cum laude in Piano Performance from Ithaca College, with additional studies in conducting, most notably 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. Calvin is the accompanist for the Unitarian Universalist Church in Concord and the Suncook Valley Chorale and founding pianist of the Larksong Trio. 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.
Eric Klaxton (jazz piano, composition, audio engineering) performs frequently with many notable ensembles, including The Soggy Po Boys, Sojoy, OurBigBand, and composes and arranges for a number of his own groups. He earned his B.A. in Saxophone Performance at the University of New Hampshire where he studied jazz harmony with Mark Shilanksy, arranging with Mike Annicchiarico, and worked with such inspiring visiting artists as Clark Terry, Frank Wess, Terell Stafford, Jimmy Heath, and Stjepko Gut. Eric enjoys the arts across a broad spectrum, seeking inspiration from the works of great philosophers, classical composers, modern authors, directors, and visual artists.
Hailey Kelley graduated from Plymouth State University in 2019 with a degree in Music Education(K-12). She is currently in her third year of teaching at Ashland Elementary School where she teaches general, choral and instrumental music. Hailey teaches piano lessons both in the Plymouth area, as well as at Concord Community Music School. She taught and counseled at the Plymouth State University Piano Monster Festival for four years. After two years asPresident of the PSU Collegiate Chapter of MTNA, she is now an active member and is the Plymouth site chair for the NHMTA Evaluations.
Kathryn Southworth (dean of students and faculty, piano, performance workshops, Canterbury Singers) holds a B.M. in Piano Performance from Oberlin Conservatory and an M.M. in Vocal Accompanying and Coaching from the University of Illinois. She held a graduate assistantship as staff accompanist under the tutelage of acclaimed accompanist John Wustman and served as a musical ambassador to Costa Rica with soprano Ollie Watts Davis. She has been a collaborative pianist for Opera North, Dartmouth College, Plymouth State University, and Boston Ballet, and has also served as music director, accompanist, and organist for many theater and choral groups in New England. Kathy is currently music director and organist for the Canterbury United Community Church. Former faculty positions include St. Paul’s School and Plymouth State University.
Katy Gibney (Sunflower Singers, Take Three, Keyboard Connection, 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 settings and 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. She is on the NH State Council on the Arts “NH Arts in Health Roster,” and brings music and theater projects to schools and after school programs.
Rebecca Herst (piano department chair, piano) holds a B.M. in Piano Performance from the Hartt School of Music, where she was the recipient of the Hartt Talent Scholarship. At Hartt she studied with Leonard Seeber and Paul Rutman, with a concentration in collaborative piano. Rebecca has performed throughout the Northeast, and has taught at Fairfield County School of Music and the Community Music Center of Boston. She adjudicates regularly in the New England area, and is the Music School’s site coordinator for the Royal Conservatory of Music Certificate Program.
Romeo Melloni (piano, composition) was born in Milan, Italy, and attended Milan University, where he studied musicology with Francesco Degrada. He received his Bachelor of Music from Berklee College of Music and his M.M. and honorary Graduate Diploma in composition from New England Conservatory. His teachers include Robert DiDomenica, Theodore Antoniou, and Giacomo Manzoni. Romeo’s compositions include 75 works of symphonic, chamber, and vocal music that have been performed in Europe and in the United States by the Czech Philarmonic Chamber Orchestra, NH Music Festival, Slovak Radio Orchestra, Martinü Quartet, Solati Trio, and many others. Mr. Melloni teaches piano, theory, and composition at the Manchester Community Music School.