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The Hopkinton Center for the Arts offers quality private and group music, art, theater and dance education for all ages and skill levels. Our professional instructors provide individually tailored instruction for artists, dancers, and musicians. Information about our talented teachers is below, within the Art, Music and Acting tabs. At this time many instructors are offering online private lessons. Please email info@hopartscenter.org if you would like to learn more.

 

Music only: Students study with these instructors on location OR online at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts.  Rates for Private Lessons (30 min. or 1 hr.) and lesson schedule are determined by the individual instructor. For more information, contact the HCA main office at (508) 435-9222 or email info@hopartscenter.org

Dance/Theater/Art: For current group classes, visit our CLASS listings. To inquire about private lessons, contact us at info@hopartscenter.org.

 

Acting

Alyssa Rae Surrette

Alyssa is thrilled to be on the teaching staff at HCA.  With an extreme passion for the performing arts she has been performing, teaching, directing, and choreographing all over MA and RI for the past several years. Alyssa is a Boston-based actor working the past five years for companies such as New Repertory Theatre and Reagle Music Theatre. Credits include Me and My Girl, Singing in the Rain, Fiddler on the Roof and many more. She is also no stranger to the New York stage as her credits include performances at Alvin Ailey and Carnegie Hall. Alyssa received her BFA in Musical Theater from The Boston Conservatory and attended Walnut Hill School for the Arts majoring in theater as a high schooler. In addition to private voice and acting, Alyssa teaches Hip Hop, Tap, Jazz, and Storybook Theater here at HCA.

Kelly Grill

Kelly is an original founder of Enter Stage Left Theater, has served as its Executive Director for 7 years, has taught classes, and directed numerous shows for the company. For the past two years she has functioned as Executive Director for the Hopkinton Center for the Arts. As an actress, she has performed for ESL theater as well as several other theater groups in the Boston area and California. Kelly has a Bachelor’s degree in theater from Providence College. She has worked with high school students to prepare for college as well as community theater actors who want to work on professional auditions, improving technique, and those who need coaching for a performance.

Maureen Regan

Maureen Regan has been performing in plays and musicals since she was eight years old and has recently returned to the Boston area after living and working in New York City for the last five years.  

Maureen holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre from Baldwin Wallace University, and a Master of Music degree in Musical Theatre from New York University.  She has performed with theaters across the Midwest and Northeast, with some of her favorite roles including Rizzo (Grease), Marion Thayer (Titanic the Musical), and Belinda Blair (Noises Off).

Theater

Alyssa Rae Surrette

Alyssa is thrilled to be on the teaching staff at HCA.  With an extreme passion for the performing arts she has been performing, teaching, directing, and choreographing all over MA and RI for the past several years. Alyssa is a Boston-based actor working the past five years for companies such as New Repertory Theatre and Reagle Music Theatre. Credits include Me and My Girl, Singing in the Rain, Fiddler on the Roof and many more. She is also no stranger to the New York stage as her credits include performances at Alvin Ailey and Carnegie Hall. Alyssa received her BFA in Musical Theater from The Boston Conservatory and attended Walnut Hill School for the Arts majoring in theater as a high schooler. In addition to private voice and acting, Alyssa teaches Hip Hop, Tap, Jazz, and Storybook Theater here at HCA.

Maureen Regan

Maureen Regan has been performing in plays and musicals since she was eight years old and has recently returned to the Boston area after living and working in New York City for the last five years.  

Maureen holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre from Baldwin Wallace University, and a Master of Music degree in Musical Theatre from New York University.  She has performed with theaters across the Midwest and Northeast, with some of her favorite roles including Rizzo (Grease), Marion Thayer (Titanic the Musical), and Belinda Blair (Noises Off).

Jere Shea

An internationally trained actor, Jere earned his Master of Fine Arts in Acting at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Acting Program, and received his Bachelor of Arts in Theater at Boston College.  Jere also received training in the former Soviet Union at Stanislavski's Moscow Art Theatre School and Ireland’s national Abbey Theatre in Dublin. Shea studied acting under the direction of renowned instructors and directors including Ron Van Lieu, Zelda Fichandler, Michael Kahn, Liviu Ciulei, Oleg Tabakov, Rosemarie Tichler, and Deborah Lapidus (singing). 

 

Jere Shea has trained and advised actors from Broadway to Boston for over two decades, conducting workshops, master classes, lectures and coaching sessions for groups and individuals at all levels.  Jere has taught acting, scene study, text, singing/voice, musical theater performance, acting for the camera, audition techniques, and presentation skills at Massachusetts universities including Boston College, Emerson College, and the College of the Holy Cross. He is a theatre instructor and director for the Hopkinton Center for the Arts in Massachusetts, and he will join the faculty of Northeastern University in Spring 2017.  Shea specializes in preparing aspiring actors for the professional training program admissions process and provides private coaching services to professional actors.  Mr. Shea, an experienced interpersonal skills trainer and Special Advisor to Governor Paul Cellucci, also offers speech, presentation, and interpersonal skills coaching to individuals in the world of business, politics, and media. 

 

Also an accomplished singer, songwriter, and guitarist, Jere performs concerts in venues in New York and New England. He can be heard on the Grammy Award winning Original Broadway Cast recording of "Passion" (Producer Phil Ramone, Angel Records). 

Dance

Alyssa Lidia McQuillan

From the time she was three-years old, Alyssa has looked up to her own amazing dance teachers and is now thrilled to be a role model for young dancers at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts. She began her training at the Academy of Tap, Jazz, and Ballet in Bellingham, Massachusetts. While training there, Alyssa competed all over New England and won several high awards and scholarships for solos, group dances, and productions. The Academy also provided her with an opportunity to work as an assistant dance teacher with children of all different ages and abilities. This position fueled her interest and passion for becoming a teacher. Now she attends Bridgewater State University with a major in business and a minor in dance in hopes to one day open up her own dance studio.

She also is continuing her dance training at the AS220 in Providence, RI. Alyssa is a member of the Dance Teachers Club of Boston, and is excited to share her passion for dance with students here at the HCA.

Jessica Wilson

Jessica Wilson, the HCA's Director of Dance is a former student and instructor of Jacquline Cronsberg's studio in Hopkinton and is the director and owner of MetroWest Ballet in Hudson. Read more about Jessica in her letter to students

Jessica Wilson began her dance training through the Royal Academy of Dancing with Mary Tolland and received coaching from Herida May for R.A.D. exams. She also studied intensely with well known teacher Jacqueline Cronsberg, graduated from Walnut Hill School in Natick, Massachusetts, and later attended State University New York at Purchase where she majored in dance and psychology and minored in philosophy.

Ms. Wilson began her teaching career in 1993 when she joined the faculty of Ballet Workshop New England. She was appointed Associate Director of the school in 2003. Ms. Wilson also held the position of Ballet Mistress with the Massachusetts Youth Ballet. There she worked closely with Sandra Jennings, Repetiteur for the George Balanchine Trust. In 2003, Ms. Wilson was appointed Artistic Associate of the company. 
 

In an effort to keep quality classical ballet training west of Boston Ms. Wilson founded MetroWest Ballet in 2005 with the intention to provide a warm and nurturing atmosphere of small classes and individual attention and to uphold the highest standards of classical ballet training. Her students have gone onto join companies like Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company, Ballet Theater of Maryland, Dawson/Wallace Dance Project, Arch Contemporary Ballet, Carolyn Dorfman Dance, and Boston Dance Theater. In 2019, Ms. Wilson joined the Hopkinton Center for the Arts as its Director of Dance.
 

Ms. Wilson is celebrating more than twenty-five years of teaching. Outside of the studio Ms. Wilson has enjoyed working as a Tutor for Sudbury Public Schools and co-owns Woodrow’s Apiary, providing beekeeping service throughout the suburbs of Boston and Central Massachusetts.

Theresa Kniaz

Theresa discovered her love for ballet at age ten, and began her training with Cathy Fallon. By age 16, she enrolled as a full-time student at the Boston Ballet School and later spent a year as a student at renowned Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet where she trained under the direction of Marcia Dale Weary. During her years of training, she performed extensively in corps de ballet and solo roles in productions of The Nutcracker, Peer Gynt, and Snow White, as well as annual Spring showcases. 

She also performed contemporary pieces in Boston Ballet School's production of Alice in Wonderland as the Cheshire Cat, and as a company member of SundanceX directed by David Sun.

In 2017, Therese graduated Summa Cum Laude from UMass Boston with a Bachelor's degree in Finance. After working full time as a business analyst at a fast paced start-up, Theresa renewed her passion for dance and discovered her love for teaching. In addition to her faculty positions, Theresa continues her own dance training, attending ballet and contemporary classes and workshops in the Greater Boston area, and is certified as a personal fitness trainer.

Cathy Fallon

Cathy Fallon 
Ballet, Certified Pilates, Certified Alexander Technique


Cathy Hazeltine Fallon B.S. M.AmSAT, received her classical ballet training from Melissa Hayden, Laurence Rhodes, Christina Bernal, and Maggie Black. She danced with Garden State Ballet and Kansas City Ballet, where she performed in ballets by George Balanchine, Lew Christensen, Todd Bolender and Peter Anastos. She also danced with Laura Dean Dancers and Musicians, Mark Morris, and other modern choreographers, and studied and rehearsed with Twyla Tharp and her company members. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in kinesthetic education and dance. She began her Pilates training in New York with Kathy Grant, one of only two teachers certified by Joseph Pilates’, and completed her mat certification through the Physicalmind Institute. In 1993 she completed the three-year training to become an AmSAT certified teacher of the Alexander Technique. She incorporates her Pilates and Alexander training in her dance teaching, which is especially helpful to students with strength and alignment issues.

Art

Marion Buricatu

Marion was born in France in an artistic family. Academically, she oriented herself towards science. She received a masters in Geophysics in Paris and worked in the environmental field. In 2001, she moved to the US with her family and decided to try her hand at painting. She took classes with painting teachers before becoming one herself, earned a modern art certificate at the MOMA, became a docent at the Worcester Art Museum and continuously keeps on learning. In 2011, she became a painting teacher where she combines her love for teaching art and art history. With her scientific background and artistic skills, she is able to offer art students different approaches to their art making and help them feel confident in their art projects.

 

Sarah Alexander

Sarah Alexander’s work is highly detailed, layered, and fluid. She works with multiple materials and mediums, with a focus on drawing and painting. Alexander creates through a stream of consciousness, and the resulting depictions appear gravity-defying.

Sarah Alexander is a contemporary mixed media artist with an emphasis on watercolor and drawing using unconventional surfaces and techniques. Recently she has been working with steel. She currently teaches Children and adults and is the Art Studio Manager at Hopkinton Center for the Arts in Hopkinton Ma, and in her Hopedale studio. She is a Core Artist Member at Fountain Street Gallery in Boston Ma. Her work is in private collections and has been shown extensively throughout New England, and abroad. Her work has been published by North Light Books.

Cello,Viola,Violin

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

Rebecca Vega

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.

Guitar

Anna Freitas

Anna Freitas was raised on the pop and rock music of the 70's and 80's.  She would sing along with the top 40 hits of the day,  her ear pressed firmly against the speaker in the "way back" of her parents' station wagon.  Her love of music remained strong and led Anna to first pick up a guitar at age fourteen.  Before long,  she became a member of her high school jazz band.

Anna's studies continued at Berklee College of Music as one of only a handful of female guitarists.  At Berklee she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Music with a focus on songwriting and music business.  She also had the honor of one of her original songs being nominated for a Berklee student CD release. 

Anna began honing her vocal chops as a member of the Berklee Reverence Gospel Ensemble.  Being accepted into this vocal group as a guitar major gave her the spark to pursue singing further.  After college she continued to study voice privately for several years.

Anna has performed consistently throughout New England since the mid nineties as a guitarist and vocalist with various projects.  She was lead guitarist for the rock/funk group Dr. Overseer, which caught a local buzz in the club scene.   Anna Also had a brief weekly gig at the renowned Wally's Jazz Cafe where she had the opportunity to play with some of Boston's best funk musicians.

Anna continued on to form her own original project as guitarist and vocalist drawing from a range of influences,  including classic rock and contemporary and classic RnB.  She has been a fixture in the Boston club scene, has toured and done live radio appearances throughout New England, and continues to perform at various private events in the area.

In addition to performing, studying music, and being a Mom to a young daughter,   Anna truly enjoys working with kids of all ages teaching private lessons.  She feels great satisfaction in knowing she had helped to encourage an interest in music for a student, whichever direction it may take!

Jodi Stevens

Jodi Stevens earned a Bachelor of Music from Berklee College of Music in 1997 with a concentration in Education and Electric Bass performance. She has taught in Massachusetts for over twenty years, everything from private to small group lessons. She also co-directed a youth choir for 5 years.

Ms. Stevens has played and continues to play in multiple bands including The Mix ‘Em Ups, 8 Misbehavin’ (an 8 piece jazz band) and also plays in multiple musical theater pit orchestras. Jodi was one of ten featured performers at Brandeis University's Alive By Her Own Hand women's music festival in 2011 where she was selected to perform her original composition Simpatico. Her song 34268 was selected as the theme song for the independent film Quest For the Indie Tube and two other compositions were used in the soundtrack for the Great College Radio Hoax. Ms. Stevens draws from her vast experience teaching students of multiple ages, instruments and learning styles to design lessons towards the individual client

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.”

Jack Byrne

Jack Byrne 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.

T.J. Mendillo

A guitarist since the age of ten, T.J. began his studies in traditional music theory and notation on classical guitar, and was then introduced to new styles such as rock and metal styles shortly afterward.  T.J. discovered his calling and passion for Rock guitar and continued his studies all the way to his college career. T.J. is also versed in teaching students on piano and drums (beginner level)

An active performer and studio buff, T. J.’s guitar skills and talent for studio production helped to secure him a spot at Boston’s Berklee College of Music, where he earn a B.M. in Music Production and Engineering as a principal guitarist. Studying under guitar greats such as Bret Wilmott, Freddie Bryant and Shaun Michaud, and renowned MP&E faculty such as Susan Rogers and Prince Charles Alexander, T.J. has had hands-on experience with some of the best guitarists and studio experts anywhere in the music industry. Joining the BSM faculty to share his love of guitar, T.J. encourages students of all ages to explore the music that drives them, from indie to alternative, rock and metal, both on the guitar and in the recording studio.

Percussion / Woodwinds / Brass

Jodi Stevens

Jodi Stevens earned a Bachelor of Music from Berklee College of Music in 1997 with a concentration in Education and Electric Bass performance. She has taught in Massachusetts for over twenty years, everything from private to small group lessons. She also co-directed a youth choir for 5 years.

Ms. Stevens has played and continues to play in multiple bands including The Mix ‘Em Ups, 8 Misbehavin’ (an 8 piece jazz band) and also plays in multiple musical theater pit orchestras. Jodi was one of ten featured performers at Brandeis University's Alive By Her Own Hand women's music festival in 2011 where she was selected to perform her original composition Simpatico. Her song 34268 was selected as the theme song for the independent film Quest For the Indie Tube and two other compositions were used in the soundtrack for the Great College Radio Hoax. Ms. Stevens draws from her vast experience teaching students of multiple ages, instruments and learning styles to design lessons towards the individual client

Philip Antoniades

graduated Magna Cum Laude from Berklee College of Music with a degree in Percussion and Music Synthesis, and has toured extensively throughout the US and the world. Phil has opened for the Spin Doctors, Van Halen, BB King, Indigo Girls and Rusted Root, as well as performed and/or recorded with artists such as Evan Goodrow, Todd Thibaud, Barbara Kessler, Jimmy Buffet, Bob Malone, Jennifer Tefft, Geoff Bartley, Jennifer Kimball, Buskin & Bateau, Tim Mason, Signs Of Life, John Fulbright, Shecky and The Pimp Monkeys, Stephanie Corby, Amy Fairchild, Zach Brooke, Timothy Rirdon, Gracie Fan Brunt, Charlotte Sands Berking and many other artists.

In addition to his performance career, Phil founded and developed multiple music companies including Nimbit Inc., Artist Development Associates and Johnny Brock Management. From Harvard Business School to Belfast Music Week, Phil has presented and motivated audiences around the world with his unique perspective of the real business of music.

T.J. Mendillo

A guitarist since the age of ten, T.J. began his studies in traditional music theory and notation on classical guitar, and was then introduced to new styles such as rock and metal styles shortly afterward.  T.J. discovered his calling and passion for Rock guitar and continued his studies all the way to his college career. T.J. is also versed in teaching students on piano and drums (beginner level)

An active performer and studio buff, T. J.’s guitar skills and talent for studio production helped to secure him a spot at Boston’s Berklee College of Music, where he earn a B.M. in Music Production and Engineering as a principal guitarist. Studying under guitar greats such as Bret Wilmott, Freddie Bryant and Shaun Michaud, and renowned MP&E faculty such as Susan Rogers and Prince Charles Alexander, T.J. has had hands-on experience with some of the best guitarists and studio experts anywhere in the music industry. Joining the BSM faculty to share his love of guitar, T.J. encourages students of all ages to explore the music that drives them, from indie to alternative, rock and metal, both on the guitar and in the recording studio.

Piano

Jodi Stevens

Jodi Stevens earned a Bachelor of Music from Berklee College of Music in 1997 with a concentration in Education and Electric Bass performance. She has taught in Massachusetts for over twenty years, everything from private to small group lessons. She also co-directed a youth choir for 5 years.

Ms. Stevens has played and continues to play in multiple bands including The Mix ‘Em Ups, 8 Misbehavin’ (an 8 piece jazz band) and also plays in multiple musical theater pit orchestras. Jodi was one of ten featured performers at Brandeis University's Alive By Her Own Hand women's music festival in 2011 where she was selected to perform her original composition Simpatico. Her song 34268 was selected as the theme song for the independent film Quest For the Indie Tube and two other compositions were used in the soundtrack for the Great College Radio Hoax. Ms. Stevens draws from her vast experience teaching students of multiple ages, instruments and learning styles to design lessons towards the individual client

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

Victoria Bartolomeo

Soprano Victoria Bartolomeo holds a Master of Music (M.M.) in Vocal Performance from Longy School of Music of Bard College in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Music from Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pennsylvania.

 

Ms. Bartolomeo's partial roles include: Ilia (Idomeneo), Blanche (Dialogues of the Carmelites), and the Queen of the Night (Die Zauberflöte).  In April of 2014, Victoria participated as a chorus member in MetroWest Opera's production of Hansel & Gretel.  In October of the same year, Ms. Bartolomeo gave the modern-day premiere of vocal selections by Boston-based composer Salvatore Arnò (1884-1963).  In September of 2017, she performed the role of Dodo in The Merry Widow with Worcester Schubertiade.  Additionally, during the holiday season, Ms. Bartolomeo returns to the Church of the Good Shepherd in Acton, Massachusetts, to perform in their Lessons & Carols Service.

 

Along with being an active vocalist, Victoria performs as a pianist.  She could be seen most recently performing with the Westford Historical Society during a fundraising event titled An Evening at the Abbott Estate, in June of 2017.  Ms. Bartolomeo performed selections by Schumann, Mendelssohn, Donaudy, and Andrew Lloyd Webber on the home’s antique Steinway piano.

 

For the past seven years, Victoria has been teaching voice and piano lessons in the Greater Boston area.  During voice lessons, she guides students in improving their breath management skills, resonance, diction, range, and vocal timbre.  During piano lessons, Victoria focuses on note reading, rhythmic accuracy, and nuances such as dynamics and articulation, in order to build the strongest musical foundation for her students.

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.

T.J. Mendillo

A guitarist since the age of ten, T.J. began his studies in traditional music theory and notation on classical guitar, and was then introduced to new styles such as rock and metal styles shortly afterward.  T.J. discovered his calling and passion for Rock guitar and continued his studies all the way to his college career. T.J. is also versed in teaching students on piano and drums (beginner level)

An active performer and studio buff, T. J.’s guitar skills and talent for studio production helped to secure him a spot at Boston’s Berklee College of Music, where he earn a B.M. in Music Production and Engineering as a principal guitarist. Studying under guitar greats such as Bret Wilmott, Freddie Bryant and Shaun Michaud, and renowned MP&E faculty such as Susan Rogers and Prince Charles Alexander, T.J. has had hands-on experience with some of the best guitarists and studio experts anywhere in the music industry. Joining the BSM faculty to share his love of guitar, T.J. encourages students of all ages to explore the music that drives them, from indie to alternative, rock and metal, both on the guitar and in the recording studio.

Voice

Anna Freitas

Anna Freitas was raised on the pop and rock music of the 70's and 80's.  She would sing along with the top 40 hits of the day,  her ear pressed firmly against the speaker in the "way back" of her parents' station wagon.  Her love of music remained strong and led Anna to first pick up a guitar at age fourteen.  Before long,  she became a member of her high school jazz band.

Anna's studies continued at Berklee College of Music as one of only a handful of female guitarists.  At Berklee she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Music with a focus on songwriting and music business.  She also had the honor of one of her original songs being nominated for a Berklee student CD release. 

Anna began honing her vocal chops as a member of the Berklee Reverence Gospel Ensemble.  Being accepted into this vocal group as a guitar major gave her the spark to pursue singing further.  After college she continued to study voice privately for several years.

Anna has performed consistently throughout New England since the mid nineties as a guitarist and vocalist with various projects.  She was lead guitarist for the rock/funk group Dr. Overseer, which caught a local buzz in the club scene.   Anna Also had a brief weekly gig at the renowned Wally's Jazz Cafe where she had the opportunity to play with some of Boston's best funk musicians.

Anna continued on to form her own original project as guitarist and vocalist drawing from a range of influences,  including classic rock and contemporary and classic RnB.  She has been a fixture in the Boston club scene, has toured and done live radio appearances throughout New England, and continues to perform at various private events in the area.

In addition to performing, studying music, and being a Mom to a young daughter,   Anna truly enjoys working with kids of all ages teaching private lessons.  She feels great satisfaction in knowing she had helped to encourage an interest in music for a student, whichever direction it may take!

Eric Balboni

The singing voice is an extension of the singer’s identity, and to develop it takes introspection and trust. Eric’s role as a teacher is to help his students find balance in their singing. With that balance comes the ability to make musical and vocal choices. The more balanced the instrument, the more options a singer has.

Tenor Eric Balboni currently teaches in Worcester, Massachusetts. Eric is an Assistant Professor of Music at Anna Maria College in Paxton, Massachusetts where he teaches voice lessons, and a variety of performance classes. He is a graduate of New York University’s Steinhardt School, having earned his Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance (Opera) as well as an Advanced Certificate in Vocal Pedagogy. His teaching method is strongly based in an understanding of the science of the voice. Eric helps his students to form good vocal habits and technique that will grow as their voices develop. Students in his private studio have gone on to participate in District and All State festival choirs and to be accepted at music programs of major colleges and universities.

Eric enjoys teaching all styles of singing including classical, musical theater, and pop. He believes in a comprehensive approach to technique using various genres of repertoire to help his students grow as singers and musicians. He is an active member of the Pan-American Vocology Association and the National Association for Teachers of Singing.

Eric teaches in person and virtual lessons via Zoom.

Music directing credits include Drowsy Chaperone, Children of Eden (ESL Theater), Avenue Q, The Wedding Singer(Clark University), Little Shop of Horrors, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Anna Maria College).

Eric is an active performer and an experienced accompanist.

Eric Miller

Eric Miller (Voice Teacher)

Eric’s experiences studying at the University of Massachusetts Lowell in both undergraduate and graduate careers influenced his teaching heavily. Eric has trained primarily in classical singing, and has performed with the New England Conservatory Summer Opera Studio, but also loves musical theater, performing in musicals throughout high school and college - notably at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts! Eric has taught all ages and across many settings. In graduate school, Eric was the assistant conductor for both Freshman Chorus and Choral Union, working with collegiates and adults from the community. He completed part of his student teaching at Lexington High School, where he worked with all five choirs, and most closely with the Madrigal Singers, the Tenor and Bass Chorale, and Concert Choir. He has been a K-2 music specialist at Brookside Elementary School in Milford, MA, and a K-4 music specialist in Methuen, MA, at Timony Grammar School.  

Eric’s teaching philosophy is built around what he refers to as “sustainable musicianship”. Such things as learning how to practice music effectively, how to read music quickly and efficiently, how to analyze music from a theoretical standpoint, and how to apply healthy singing technique to practice and performance are just a few parts of creating a lifelong musician. With every student, Eric takes the time to understand their reason for seeking out private voice instruction. Whether a student wants to become a professional musician, simply learn how to sing a little higher for school choir, pick up singing again after years of not singing, he wants to help each student meet their own goals and works hard to create a personalized approach that will best serve his students.

 

Monica Spencer

Monica Anderson Spencer, soprano, has performed with such diverse organizations as the SpeakEasy Stage Company, the Heritage Chorale, Enter Stage Left, Opera Southwest, the Goldovsky Opera Institute Summer Workshop, the Wolf Trap Opera Training Program, the Nevilla Ottley Singers, the Joffrey Ballet, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, the Oscar Micheaux Theater Program and with jazz greats Donald Byrd, Max Roach and Oscar Brown, Jr.

 

She has also appeared as a soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra, the Takoma Park Symphony Orchestra and in recital at the U. S. State Department, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Danforth Museum, the Sumner Museum, the National Gallery of Art and several other venues in the Metropolitan area of Washington, D.C., and the Metrowest area of Boston, MA.

 

Having earned  Master’s and Bachelor’s Degrees in Music Education (Vocal Performance) from Howard University in Washington, D.C., Ms. Spencer has served on the voice faculty of the Trinity College (Trinity Washington University), the Ottley Music Studio, the Sewell Conservatory of Music, the former District of Columbia Youth Chorale Program, the Oscar Micheaux Family Theater Company Program and the Suitland High School Visual and Performing Arts Program where she established an opera workshop.  She has also taught on the music faculty of Bellingham High School, Bellingham Memorial Middle School and is a frequent substitute music teacher in the Hopkinton Public Schools.

 

With over two decades of working with high school and college singers, she has a great deal of experience with the care and training of developing voices, paying attention to vocal health in students of all levels and ages.  Learning to sing is a slow, patient process.  It is a learned skill and those with sufficient motivation and patience will improve their performance considerably.  Ms. Spencer’s teaching approach is based on a vocal technique pyramid with Posture as the foundation upon which Breathing , Tone Production, Diction and Resonance are built.

 

She is a resident of Hopkinton, MA., and a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, the American Choral Directors Association, and the National Association for Music Educators.

Alyssa Rae Surrette

Alyssa is thrilled to be on the teaching staff at HCA.  With an extreme passion for the performing arts she has been performing, teaching, directing, and choreographing all over MA and RI for the past several years. Alyssa is a Boston-based actor working the past five years for companies such as New Repertory Theatre and Reagle Music Theatre. Credits include Me and My Girl, Singing in the Rain, Fiddler on the Roof and many more. She is also no stranger to the New York stage as her credits include performances at Alvin Ailey and Carnegie Hall. Alyssa received her BFA in Musical Theater from The Boston Conservatory and attended Walnut Hill School for the Arts majoring in theater as a high schooler. In addition to private voice and acting, Alyssa teaches Hip Hop, Tap, Jazz, and Storybook Theater here at HCA.

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