Rachel Kish (violin, viola, cello) approaches music education at an individual level; adapting her teaching to students’ learning abilities and needs. Rachel holds a Bachelor’s degree in music, and has worked as an adjunct professor at Johnson State College, sectional coach for the Green Mountain Youth Symphony, and in her personal studio for nearly two decades. In her most recent position, Rachel developed an all-inclusive string program at Miller’s Run School in northern Vermont. Working with a wide range of learning differences, Rachel pioneered a revolutionary string instrument program that provided instruments, instruction, and ensemble experience to every student, every year, from 3rd to 8th grade. Rachel is excited for new opportunities to grow alongside her students as she gives them the skills necessary to
Jan Fuller (cello) is a Concord New Hampshire resident and began his studies at the age of five. Fuller has performed across the east coast as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician, performing at prestigious halls such as Jordan Hall, Sanders Theater, Symphony Hall, Alice Tully, and Carnegie Hall. Fuller has participated at festivals such as The Interlochen Music Festival, Tanglewood BUTI, Bowdoin International Music Festival, Meadowmount School of Music, Heifetz International Music Institute, Aspen Music Festival, and the National Summer Cello Institute. A passionate teacher, Fuller teaches privately in New York and continues to work with his former teacher, Harel Gietheim, as his assistant during summers at the Manchester Community Music School. Jan plays a cello made in 2007 by William Whedbee. He received
Olga Patramanska-Bell (string department chair, violin) was born and raised in Ukraine, where she received her musical education. After finishing her Bachelor’s degree at the R.M. Glier Kyiv State Higher Music College and studying a few years at the National Musical Academy of Ukraine, she came to Boston to continue her education at the Longy School of Music under the guidance of Mr. Mark Lakirovich. Olga is an active performer and participant in numerous concerts, projects and festivals. She is a winner of the Concerto competition and Honors competition at the Longy School of Music, and has performed as a soloist with the Longy Chamber Orchestra, National Pops Symphony Orchestra, and Philharmonia Orchestra in Ukraine. Olga is a winner of several competitions in Ukraine and
Matthew Dickey (violin-remote only) 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.
Judy 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.
Anthony Varga (Music Therapy Program Coordinator, music therapy, upright bass) is a graduate of the Music Therapy Equivalency program at Saint Mary of the Woods College in Indiana. Prior to becoming a music therapist, Tony enjoyed a rewarding career as a public school music educator, directing school orchestras in New Jersey for seven years before moving to New Hampshire and joining the Concord School District in 2003. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Rutgers University, a Master of Arts degree from Rowan University, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from Boston University. In addition to a prolific academic career, Tony is also a veteran of the United States Navy.
Audrey Budington (fiddle/violin, string and folk ensembles) – A Music School alumna, Audrey Budington received a B.M. magna cum laude from Berklee College of Music in Boston where she was awarded a scholarship and studied extensively with the likes of Darol Anger, Maeve Gilchrist, and Eugene Friesen. Audrey has amassed a performance resume like no other. She was selected by Grammy award-winning arranger and record producer Rob Lewis to play in a house band for the TV show pilot Legendary. She has shared the stage with such luminaries as Rosanne Cash and Esperanza Spalding, opened for Black Violin, and was a guest artist for Darlingside. Audrey holds a certificate in Suzuki Book One and enjoys teaching beginner violin as well as New England, Irish, and Scottish fiddle styles