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Instructors

Instructors

The Hopkinton Center for the Arts offers quality fine art, music, and dance education for all ages and skill levels.

Instructor Bios:

Art

Sarah Alexander

Sarah Alexander (Fine Arts Academy) is a painting instructor and fine artist who exhibits nationally. She works primarily in Mixed Media, and uses watercolor on unconventional surfaces such as canvas or Aquabord with torn handmade paper collage. She also paints in oils, oil bars, and acrylics. She has been featured recently in Incite, The Best of Mixed Media (2013) and Incite Color Passions, The Best of Mixed Media (2013).  www.wanderingmindstudio.com

Cheska Komissar

Cheska has been teaching children and adults for the past 30 years in a variety of capacities. She most recently comes to us after 14 years at the Danforth where she taught ceramics to all ages and also specialized in parent/child programming. She has also been a music teacher, a flute instructor, a caterer, an author, an inclusion specialist, a pre-school teacher, a song leader, a foreign language instructor, a grant-writer, a mom, and someone who finds creativity in every endeavor.

Lynne Damianos

Lynne Damianos specializes in photography of the built environment, artwork/products and people for business. She earned her BS in Photography from Rochester Institute of Technology. Her personal photography includes NatureScapes and BuildingScapes, which have been exhibited throughout New England.

 

An active educator, Lynne presents a wide variety of photography

seminars to professionals, students and companies. She has published two of her own books, The Bancroft Building and The Saxonville Mills, and now helps other authors get published.

 

She is a board member of Amazing Things Arts Center and the Friends of Saxonville. For more information, visit DamianosPhotography.com and DamianosPublishing.com.

Richard Denzer

Milford, MA resident Richard Denzer (Watercolor Painting from Photographs) has been painting with watercolor for more than 35 years. His love for Andrew Wyeth-like landscapes and highly-detailed architectural subjects led him in the early 1990s to establish a part-time business, Curb Appeal Portraits, creating commissioned house portraits for local realtors and home-owners. Over the years, he has shown his work regionally and been a member of area Watercolor Societies. He has taught watercolor at the Franklin Art Center and continues to do so for the Dover Sherborn Community Education Department. Check out Richard’s work at www.curbappealportraits.com

Janet Schwartz

 work currently includes a cross-section of subjects that explore different media (mostly pastels, oils, and charcoal), varied palettes, the variation of light on nature and architecture, and artistic style (realism, impressionism and abstraction). She explains, “despite my need to explore diverse themes, she am consistently drawn to bold images, dramatic light, contrast and deep perspective. My work depicts my strong interest in painting rainy, blurry, realistic and impressionistic subjects.”

“I trained as an art teacher. But it wasn’t until four years ago, that I had the time to return to art, this time with passion and conviction. I currently split my time working in corporate training, teaching an art workshop for aspiring artists, Release Your Inner Artist, while producing and showing art throughout New England.” You can view her work at www.janetschwartzart.com.

Heather Heverling
Hana Reilly

Hana has worked as a potter and educator for 15 years, teaching ceramics to adults and children at the Potter's Shop and School in Needham, Southborough Art Center and the Danforth Art Museum School in Framingham. She has sold her work in South End Holiday Market and other shows, Lacoste Gallery, Danforth Museum and the annual Primarily Potters showcase in Hopkinton. She is a graduate of the School of Arts and Crafts in Prague, the Czech Republic.

Maya Wainhaus
Lee Ball
Sarah Moorehead
Carly Audet
Carly Audet
Catherine Howe

has had a life long passion for creating art starting from childhood when she crafter her own colorful jewelry out of mud and wax. Today, Catherine designs and producers her unique line of gemstone jewelry and colorful paintings that have been displayed in Florida, California and Cape Cod.

After earning her BFA in Art from Indiana University, Catherine used her artistic skills while working as a fashion illustrator, graphic designer for American Trans Air Airlines, and Art Director for American Art Clay Co. Catherine is available for private art lessons.

Music

Mark Dicampo

Mark is a Boston area musician and director, and life-long music enthusiast.  Having studied classical voice at New England Conservatory and Boston Conservatory, he now works mostly in musical theater and jazz.  In addition to his private voice studio, he has directed musicals and workshops for many local theater companies and also works as a writer/arranger for original concerts and musical revues.  His passion for song also finds an outlet in his own work as a vocalist.  A dedicated interpreter of the American Songbook, he has performed standards in concert as a guest soloist with the Claflin Hill Orchestra summer concert series and as a tenor for Boston Musical Theater, with whom he recorded the album “Blues in the Night: The Songs of Johnny Mercer.”  Roles include Camille in The Merry Widow, Jason in Bare: A Pop Opera, Joseph inJoseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors.  He also won first place in the 2010 National Association of Teachers of Singing musical theater vocal competition.

Rebecca Knapp

Rebecca graduated from Stetson University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Music Education specializing in instrumental music. She currently teaches strings and general music in Milford Public Schools. She studied cello under the tutelage of David Bjella as well as Tom May. In her undergraduate career Rebecca was awarded the William E. Duckwitz Talent Scholarship as well as the Olivia T. Rosa Music Scholarship. Among those awards she was named Outstanding Performer by the 2009 Naples Bach Festival and also the 2009 winner of the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra’s concerto competition.

Currently Rebecca performs in orchestra pits and other ensembles. Rebecca holds the Massachusetts Teaching Certification for Music, grades Kindergarten through 12th. She is a member of the American String Teacher’s Association as well as the New England chapter of the National Orff Association. Rebecca approaches string pedagogy from a passionate standpoint. Her goal as an educator is to inspire and foster the love and the appreciation of music. When she is not teaching music, Rebecca resides in Franklin with her fiancé and two miniature dachshunds.

Alyssa Rae Surrette

Alyssa Rae Surrette is  a graduate of the Boston Conservatory with a degree in Musical Theater. She has worked as a director for a number of years, primarily with children, at the Stadium Theatre Performing Arts Centre in Woonsocket RI. Alyssa is a talented actress, dancer and singer, with numerous performance credits in theatres all over New England. She currently teaches acting, voice, audition prep, Hip Hop, Jazz and Broadway Musical Dance at the HCA.

Jack Brynes

Jack is a vocalist, guitarist, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist based in Boston, MA. Jack holds a Bachelor’s in Music from UMass Amherst, and a Master’s in Voice Performance from Longy School of Music of Bard College. Jack is well versed in playing a wide variety of styles from Rock, Folk, Bluegrass, Metal, Classical, and Jazz. He has performed as a guitarist on tour with Indie/Pop band, “The Narrative,” and has been performing and recording his own music for about 15 years.

Jack teaches lessons in Voice, Guitar, Piano, Bass, Banjo, Ukulele, and Mandolin. His teaching philosophy is that you are the artist, and he is simply nudging you along to find your own voice. Whether you are an absolute beginner or a more seasoned player, it is Jack’s mission to help each of his students find the confidence to achieve their artistic goals through fun and upbeat lessons.

Robb Millet

Robb offers guitar, (acoustic, Electric, slide, etc) Bass Guitar, and Mandolin lessons. He started his guitar/bass-playing career in 1965 at the age of 10, (5th Grade), and has been performing as a solo artist and in bands in and about the Boston/Metrowest area since 1971. During 1978 through 1982, as a member of the Hot Dates, he wrote and recorded several songs included on the Singles and eponymous vinyl LP “Hot Dates” released in 1981, which went on to receive varied amounts of local airplay on WBCN, WERS, WAAF and several college stations – These days, the album can be found in its entirety on YouTube. In the early 90s, with “The United Snakes”, Robb (as the bassist for that band) wrote and recorded several of the songs released on the CD “Lighten Up! This Ain’t Brain Surgery” to local critical acclaim. Since 1995, Robb has been the front man/protagonist/ringleader of the Spock Goes Mental floating pick-up band. Over the course of his career as a guitarist/bassist/songwriter/musician, Robb has played in many bands of varied genres, including Rock & Roll, Metal, Punk, New Wave, Fusion, Blues, Folk, Jazz and Avant Garde. He is fluent in many styles, from Drop-C Thud to Folk fingerstyle, slap-and-pop bass, and Mandolin improv.

Robb tailors the lessons to the student’s interest and ability, from traditional sight-reading and scales, to improvisation techniques, and even song writing. Students are encouraged to bring in music they like, to work towards as a goal. Overall emphasis is on the enjoyment of making music with the instrument. As Robb likes to say, “Guitar is supposed to be fun.”

Nicole DeMaio

Nicole is a Boston based composer, performer and educator with degrees in Music Education from Montclair State University and in Composition from The Boston Conservatory. Her compositions have won many contests and have been performed throughout the country. As a performer, Nicole is an established woodwind doubler, having performed in orchestras for more than 50 different productions throughout her career. She can be found performing with the Dudley Orchestra in Harvard and Black Sheep Contemporary Ensemble, where she also works as the Artistic Director. Nicole currently teaches at Boston College High School in the Arrupe Division and the Brookline Adult and Community Education Center, and serves as the current Operations Manager for the Boston Civic Symphony.

“My teaching philosophy is that every student should be treated equally, weather they are studying music as a hobby or a career. My overall goal for each student is to help them develop the fundamentals they need to tackle music of any genre or for any ensemble, and to move at a pace that they find comfortable yet engaging.”

Melissa Ennulat

Melissa is a graduate of UMass Amherst with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance.  She began teaching voice lessons at UMass where she also studied Vocal Pedagogy or the study of the art and science of voice instruction.  There she learned key teaching techniques that incorporate breathing, placement, posture, diction, among many others, to produce healthy singing.  Currently, she is working as a vocal instructor as well as teaching musical theater classes to young children. In her time at UMass she performed as a soloist in George Crumb’s The River of Life with the UMass Percussion Ensemble. She is also an avid Musical Theater performer and in the summer of 2012 she was a member of the College Light Opera Company. Recent roles include Greta Fiorentino (Street Scene), Hope (Urinetown), Fiona (Brigadoon), Eve (Children of Eden), Lucy (You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown), Rosemary (How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying) and Fraulein Kost (Cabaret).

Richard Romiti

Richard Romiti earned Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Boston University’s College of Music and a Doctor of Music degree (in music theory and composition) from the University of Toronto. He has received grants, awards and fellowships in music composition from organizations that include the National Endowment for the Arts/American Music Center, Eastman School of Music (Eastman-Hanson Composition Prize), Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (two grants in composition), the University of Toronto and the Pittsburgh Flute Club. He has musical works published by Southern Music Co. and Oregon Catholic Press.

 

He served as Director of Music at St. John the Evangelist Church (Hopkinton, MA) from 1991-2015 and has taught music at many levels and at several schools and colleges, including Providence College, Rhode Island College, the University of Rhode Island and the University of Toronto. He has also served as Artist-in-Residence with the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, teaching music theory and composition at No. Smithfield (RI) High School. He has been a piano instructor at HCA/ESL Theater and director of the Treblemakers vocal ensemble since 2009.

Betty Wycoff

have been teaching music for 45 years. My musical journey began when I studied violin in the third grade. By the time I was twelve I was studying with a teacher from the Boston Symphony. When I was 16, I started studying classical piano. I graduated Boston University School of fine arts with a double major in strings and musical education grades k-12. I was the director of elementary music in Stowe, Morrisville, and Elmore Vermont from 1968-1973. I then returned to Hopkinton to raise my family, teach general music in many surrounding towns, became the church organist for the Woodville Baptist Church for 25 years and also played violin in the Hopkinton Chamber Orchestra. I also played fiddle with the Vermont Fiddlers of Massachusetts for over twenty years.

My students are exposed to every avenue; classical, improvisation, composition, technical skills, sight reading, theory, and new pop music. Music is an art and I hope all my students will enjoy music as part of their adult lives.

Victoria Bartolomeo

Soprano Victoria Bartolomeo holds a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Longy School of Music of Bard College in Cambridge, Massachusetts and a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pennsylvania. In October of 2014, Ms. Bartolomeo gave the modern-day premiere of vocal selections by Boston-based composer Salvatore Arnò (1884-1963).  In the spring of 2018, Victoria will be traveling to Messina, Italy, to perform additional Salvatore Arnò selections, emphasizing his opera works. Victoria currently provides voice and piano lessons.  During piano lessons, she guides students in improving their technique, musicality, and sight-reading skills.  She has also instructed voice students on accompanying themselves while singing, encouraging them to be more independent musicians.

Rachel MacKenzie

Rachel, a Milford MA native, is a New York based actress, singer, and pianist. Rachel holds degrees in Piano, Voice, and Anthropology from UMass Amherst, a Masters in Music in Vocal Performance for Musical Theater and an Advanced Certificate in Vocal Pedagogy from NYU where she served on the adjunct voice faculty for the past three years. Past shows at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts include Heathers, I Heart Cabaret, Thoroughly Modern Millie, 1776, A Charlie Brown Christmas, Baby, and We Tell The Story. Recent credits: A My Name Will Always Be Alice, Grand Hotel, Talking City, and Hairspray. Rachel has sung backup for many series and artists including Robin de Jesus, The Broadway Loves series, The Broadway Princess Party at 54 Below, and Grammy-nominated Chandrika Tandon’s newest Soul Chants album. Rachel also enjoys teaching voice and specializes in working with performers recovering from vocal injury. www.rachelannemackenzie.com

Judean LaSalle Feldman

has taught strings and piano privately and for a number of school systems since 1979. Ms. Feldman plays the violin in numerous orchestras and ensembles including the Worcester Symphony Orchestra, Wellesley Symphony Orchestra, and the MetroWest Symphony Orchestra of Hopkinton

Michelle Tate
Matthew Sullivan
Rebecca Knapp
Jodi Stevens

Dance

Alyssa Rae Surrette

Alyssa Rae Surrette is  a graduate of the Boston Conservatory with a degree in Musical Theater. She has worked as a director for a number of years, primarily with children, at the Stadium Theatre Performing Arts Centre in Woonsocket RI. Alyssa is a talented actress, dancer and singer, with numerous performance credits in theatres all over New England. She currently teaches acting, voice, audition prep, Hip Hop, Jazz and Broadway Musical Dance at the HCA.

Maureen Lawler
Jessica Pittsley

Theater

Alyssa Rae Surrette

Alyssa Rae Surrette is  a graduate of the Boston Conservatory with a degree in Musical Theater. She has worked as a director for a number of years, primarily with children, at the Stadium Theatre Performing Arts Centre in Woonsocket RI. Alyssa is a talented actress, dancer and singer, with numerous performance credits in theatres all over New England. She currently teaches acting, voice, audition prep, Hip Hop, Jazz and Broadway Musical Dance at the HCA.

Melissa Ennulat

Melissa is a graduate of UMass Amherst with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance.  She began teaching voice lessons at UMass where she also studied Vocal Pedagogy or the study of the art and science of voice instruction.  There she learned key teaching techniques that incorporate breathing, placement, posture, diction, among many others, to produce healthy singing.  Currently, she is working as a vocal instructor as well as teaching musical theater classes to young children. In her time at UMass she performed as a soloist in George Crumb’s The River of Life with the UMass Percussion Ensemble. She is also an avid Musical Theater performer and in the summer of 2012 she was a member of the College Light Opera Company. Recent roles include Greta Fiorentino (Street Scene), Hope (Urinetown), Fiona (Brigadoon), Eve (Children of Eden), Lucy (You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown), Rosemary (How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying) and Fraulein Kost (Cabaret).

Mark Schiappucci

(Little Actors Center)

Mary Scarlata-Rowe

(Magic Treehouse, The Little Mermaid) is one of the founding members of Enter Stage Left Theater.  She has been performing since age 6 and teaching/directing for the last 25 years.  As a member of Enter Stage Left she has performed and directed over 30 shows.  Mary is also a co-founder of the Boston Association of Cabaret Artists, has several recordings and jingles to her name. Recently her focus has been to expand her theatrical offering to those with special needs and the aging population.

Julia Bartoletti
Jessica Pittsley
Tamosin Hellegers Johnson

Writing

Kate Westhaver

(Creative Writing, College Essay) is a poet, essay writer, and teacher. She earned an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Oregon, was the recipient of a Margery David Boyden Wilderness Writing award, and has spent time writing at the Vermont Studio Center and Providence Fine Arts Work Center.

She has over 12 years of experience teaching literature and creative writing at independent high schools and colleges. Her work has been published in Red Rock Review, US 1 Worksheets, and MiPoesias.

Barbara Varanka

(Creative Writing, Memoir) holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Missouri – Kansas City. Her poems have appeared in journals such as Bear ReviewThe Jet Fuel Review, and Booth. She is currently working on a creative non-fiction book about her parents’ immigration to America.

Yoga

Kandace Matzker

It was a common running injury that introduced Kandace Matzker (Vinyasa) to yoga. With a background in exercise, becoming a yoga instructor seemed like an organic progression. Kandace has a degree in kinesiology (the study of human movement), spent the years following college working in a hospital doing injury rehab and teaching many different exercise classes (spinning, kickboxing, stretching, conditioning, chair aerobics for arthritis) as well as personal training. These days Kadance can be found enjoying the great outdoors with family and friends or teaching yoga at REI.

“Yoga has the ability to create transformation. It provides necessary time to align, reflect and find inner strength. Like many, I was first attracted to the physical aspects of yoga but I soon found the rhythmic movement connected to breath soothed my mind and spirit. My goal is to bring all of this to my students in each and every class I’m blessed to guide. I encourage you to let your yoga practice be a journey of self-discovery and your inner teacher be your guide.”

Mary Starr Green

(Teen Yoga & Meditation: Chill Skills) is a certified Kripalu yoga instructor and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) practitioner. Her teaching is informed by meditation, visual arts and a passion for sharing self-care and wellness tools with people of all ages.

Anh Thomas-Wolfe

(Vinyasa)…