Kathleen O’Boyle (voice) is an ardent music educator and performer and has been teaching private voice and piano lessons since 2006. She has taught many master classes and workshops specializing in audition and performance practice and has a keen ability for dramatic coaching. She specializes in vocal technique and has been taking leveling courses in speech language pathology to advance her scientific knowledge of the voice. She considers herself a crossover teacher and is comfortable teaching classical voice as well as pop and musical theater. Kathleen has sung with Boston Opera Collaborative, Longwood Opera, Cambridge Summer Opera, and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus. She was a soloist and cantor at St. Theresa of Avila Parish and Trinity Lutheran Church of Boston in West Roxbury, and continues to
Jennie O’Brien (voice department chair/voice-soprano, Songweavers Chorus) is a graduate of Boston University with Bachelor of Music, one in Vocal Performance and the other in Music Education and a Master’s in Education from University of Massachusetts Boston specializing in teaching students with visual impairments. A soloist for several area churches, Jennie has also performed with Newton Choral Society, Longy Chamber Singers, Broadmoor Chamber Singers, Vokes Theater, Revels, Inc., In Good Company, and her own trio Crooked Mowth. Jennie teaches voice, theatre arts, vocal ensembles, and independent living skills at Perkins School for the Blind. Jennie also teaches at New England Conservatory in the Continuing Education department and is a board member of the theater group, In Good Company.
Peter Furlong (voice) “A magesterial tenor…” is how The New York Times’ Anthony Tommasini described Peter Furlong’s voice. An accomplished Heldentenor with dark hues and powerful ring to his voice, Peter has appeared to plaudits on stages around the world including Germany, Italy, Ireland, Scotland, Canada, and the USA. Upcoming performance is as Siegfried with Berlin Wagner Group in November of 2022. His recent engagements include two concerts with Berlin Wagner Group in July of 2022, the roles of Siegmund in Die Walküre in February 2020 in Toronto and Siegmund, Adam in Der Vogelhändler, and Max in Der Freischütz in Berlin. As a teacher, Peter is very much in demand. He has been teaching voice for 17 years in a fun, motivating, educational, and highly
Tyler Shore (voice) blends the sounds of contemporary musical theatre, jazz, golden-age classics, and modern pop styles to bring variety to every event. Tyler holds a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from The Boston Conservatory at Berklee. Tyler is an alumnus of the Concord Community Music School, the proud recipient of a New Hampshire Theatre Award, and a national finalist in the NATS Musical Theatre Competition. Performing on professional stages and venues throughout the Northeast, his goal is to spread the joy and magic of music and theatre to as many people as he can.
Petra Pacaric Mezzo-Soprano Petra Pacaric (voice) holds a Masters in Vocal Performance from the Boston Conservatory. In her native 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. for Foreign Languages in Conference Interpretation and Translation. Petra has performed with the Boston Symphony and Tanglewood Festival Chorus; featured solo engagements include collaborations with the New England Light Opera, Longwood Opera, Metrowest Symphony, and Nashua Symphony. She performs regularly as a recitalist and jazz vocalist, and is a member of the voice faculty at Phillips Exeter Academy.
Peggo Horstmann Hodes (Northern Lights Vocal Ensemble) 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 received Parent’s Choice Awards.
Maria Isaak (bassoon, Purple Finches, chamber ensembles) received a Master’s degree in Bassoon Performance from the New England Conservatory and studied choral music at the International School for Kodály Studies in 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.
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.
Kathryn Southworth (piano department co-chair, 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.
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. Jane has participated in Levels I, II, and III of the Lovetri Institute for Somatic Voicework ™ and uses these principles to work with students interested in studying musical theatre, rock, and jazz. 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
Ellen Nordstrom (voice) holds a B.A. in Music from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with additional studies at the Lake George Opera internship program, Dartmouth, and with Mary McDonald Klimek, Head Speech Pathologist at Harvard Medical School. Ellen is a former member of both Opera North and of the Dartmouth Repertory Players and has performed with Northern Stage. A frequent touring recitalist as well as lecturer on vocal health, auditioning techniques, and Italian diction, she also works with local speech therapy recovery programs, teaches vocal performance classes at NHTI, and is a member of the Mairzy Doats Duo.