Wind and brass instruments are at the heart of the symphony orchestra, of marching bands, jazz combos, school and community concert bands. Our faculty offers personalized instruction from beginning experiences for youngsters through college audition preparation and adult learners in flute, Baroque flute (traverso), recorder, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, the saxophone family, trumpet, French horn, trombone and other low brass. Your special interests in Baroque, Celtic, Chinese, Jazz, Classical, and other repertoire and styles are welcome!
Ensemble opportunities exist for almost every wind student: Recorder Ensembles, Intergenerational Flute Choir, NE Flute Orchestra, Youth Wind Ensemble, Big Band, plus Chamber Ensembles of any size, playing any style of music. Jazz combos are available, too. See the ensemble listings in age appropriate sections for more information.
Performance-enhancing workshops and classes are offered for any student at any level, from District Audition workshops to Music Theory and Composition. Classes in Music Theory can improve your musical understanding (think of it as the grammar behind the poetry of music). Studying Composition will unleash the creative spirit within every musician and put you closer to that spark of genius which drove Mozart, Beethoven, and Duke Ellington to put pen to paper. Please see Workshops & Special Programs for more opportunities to learn how to develop more completely as a musician.
Master's Degree, Clarinet Performance, UMASS-Lowell; Bachelor's Degree, Music Education & Clarinet Performance, UMASS-Lowell
Jason Bielik is an experienced award-winning conductor of school wind ensembles. In addition to Indian Hill Music, he conducts the Rivers Conservatory Youth Wind Ensemble and was previously Director of Bands at North Middlesex Regional High School in Townsend where he oversaw the Marching Band, Concert Band, Wind Symphony, Jazz Band, Winter Percussion, Winter Color Guard, and the Pit Orchestra. In his time at North Middlesex, his groups earned gold medals at MICCA and MAJE events and won division titles at NESBA fall and winter events. Jason has also been MMEA Central District Chairperson, MICCA Gold Medal Showcase Coordinator, and currently serves as MICCA Vice President and MICCA Summer Institute Coordinator.
B.M., Boston Conservatory. Principal teachers: Eddie Daniels, Jerry Bergonzi and Pat Prencipe
A versatile performer of classical, jazz and popular music, Frank Bonanno has appeared with many performers including The Temptations, Four Tops, Sammy Davis, Frankie Valli, Johnny Mathis, Gladys Knight, Wayne Newton, and Ben Vereen. Since 1989, he has been the bandleader of Center Stage, a six-member ensemble in which he plays saxophone, clarinet and flute. A dedicated music educator, Frank is also Instrumental Director at the Applewild School, Music Director at St. Camillus Church in Fitchburg, and Director of the Jazz Bands at the Francis Parker School in Devens and the Winchendon School in Winchendon.
“I strive to instill a love of music in my students, so they will be motivated to practice outside the lesson room, as well as continue with their music in the years ahead. Staying focused, using creative problem-solving, being patient in their thinking process, and developing self-confidence are the most important values. By teaching them how to practice effectively on their own, helping them develop good listening skills, and promoting good behavioral skills in the classroom, I hope to give my students the tools they need to become excellent musicians.”
B.M and M.M. from Boston University, where she studied with Matthew Ruggiero
Stephanie Busby is a member of the Boston Ballet Orchestra and has performed professionally throughout New England, as well as in Mexico and Italy. Stephanie has performed with groups including the Portland (ME) Symphony Orchestra, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Rhode Island Philharmonic, the Springfield Symphony, and the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition to teaching at Indian Hill Music School, Stephanie is on the applied music faculties at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Salem State University. Stephanie earned her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from Boston University where she studied with Matthew Ruggiero. She also studied and performed for several summers at the Sebino Summer Class and Festival on the Lago d'Iseo in northern Italy.
M.M., Jazz Composition and Arranging; B.M. Jazz and Afro-American Music Studies (Saxophone); B.A., Acoustics, University of Massachusetts Amherst. Principle teachers: Lynn Klock, Felipe Salles, and Jeffrey W. Holmes
Mike Caudill is a Boston-based saxophonist and composer who leads his own band and freelances with multiple groups across New England. As a performer, he has played in a variety of spaces, including Boston’s Symphony Hall, Worcester’s Mechanic’s Hall, Sculler’s and Ryle’s Jazz Clubs in Boston, and Dizzy’s Club at Lincoln Center in New York City. Mike has appeared with iconic jazz figures like Sean Jones, Ambrose Akinmusire, Warren Wolf, Randy Brecker, Dick Oatts, Dave Liebman, Sheila Jordan, and Karrin Allyson, as well as with the acclaimed alternative rock group, “10,000 Maniacs.” In addition to writing for his own groups and on commission, Mike has received recognition as a composer from the ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers) Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer program and the 360 Degree Jazz Initiative at UNC Chapel Hill. In addition to Indian Hill Music, Mike teaches at Cushing Academy in Ashburnham.
“A music educator’s most important role is to inspire students and guide them toward being proactive in their individual journey and development as musicians. My foremost goal as a teacher is to go beyond simply teaching one piece at a time, and focus on approaches a student can take with them through any future musical situation as they discover how to adapt and learn on their own. With the understanding that each student comes from a unique background and set of interests, I rely on a combination of fundamental exercises, including tone practice, scale studies, solo etudes, improvisations, and duets to foster active listening and a deeper understanding of the measurable parts of music.”
B.M., New England Conservatory; A.M.S. Montessori Pre-school Certification. Principal teachers: James Pappoutsakis, Lois Schaefer, Leta Whitney
Sue Gleason has appeared at Jordan Hall, Boston University, The Longy School, JFK Library, Boston College and Thayer Conservatory. She performs throughout New England with the flute and harp duo, Wind Chimes, which has released several CDs since 1997. A longtime member of the Indian Hill faculty, Sue also teaches in our Ayer Shirley After School Music Program.
“As a music teacher with Montessori pre-school certification, I developed my own pre-school music curriculum, which I taught for many years at Indian Hill Music School and at Oak Meadow Montessori School, where I also directed the music program through grade 6. My philosophy of education is deeply rooted in Montessori principles of respect for each student’s need to learn at his/her own pace, with much patience and gentle encouragement. My motto is: patient persistence produces promising performers.”
B.M., Boston University under Harold Wright. Awards for special achievement in performance from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute
Steven Jackson is Principal Clarinet of the Orchestra of Indian Hill, Boston Landmarks Orchestra, Symphony New Hampshire, and Granite State Symphony. He was a member of the award-winning Boston Wind Quintet and was Principal Clarinet of the Shreveport (LA) Music Festival for nine seasons. He has since appeared with the Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Ballet Orchestra, Springfield Symphony, and touring orchestras, including those of The Royal Ballet Company of Great Britain, Linda Ronstadt, The Irish Tenors, and Diana Krall. His recordings appear on CRI, Dorian, Gasparo, Marlboro Recording Society, and Sony Classical labels. Steve has been on the faculty at UMass-Amherst and the Walnut Hill School. He also teaches in our Ayer Shirley After School Music Program.
Music Diploma in Chinese Music Performance and Composition, National Kuo-Kuang Academy of Arts in Taiwan; B.M., Berklee College of Music; M.M., Longy School of Music. Principal teachers: Tibor Pusztai and Armand Qualliontine (composition); Matt Marvuglio, Wendy Rolfe, Vanessa Mulvey (flute); Ray Santisi (piano), George Garzone and Charlie Banacos (jazz)
Pei-Chun Lin offers expertise in teaching, conducting, directing, and composing in Classical, Jazz, Rock, and Popular musical styles. A versatile instructor, she teaches both piano and flute as well as coaching the School of Rock Ensemble. In addition to her work at Indian Hill, Pei-Chun serves as Music Director/Organist at First Baptist Church of Belmont and the Children's Choir Director at United Parish of Auburndale. She conducts the New England Asian Instrumental Ensemble and the Theater Orchestra at The Cambridge School of Weston, where she co-directed well-known musical productions such as Chess, Carousel, Beauty and The Beast, Anything Goes, and Once Upon A Mattress. She also served as Children's Choir Director/Organist at the Kings Chapel Church in Boston. Pei-Chun was commissioned by the Chinese government to compose original music to accompany a Beijing Style Opera, "The Beauty Trap," which was performed during a five week tour of China in 2011.
B.M., WuHan Conservatory of Music, China; M.M. in Flute Performance, Indiana University; Artist Diploma under Donald Peck, Principle Flute, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
A prizewinner in the Beijing Flute Competition, Shan Liu has performed with China's Central Philharmonic Orchestra, Beijing Chamber Orchestra, Indiana University Philharmonic, and Southwest Michigan Orchestra. She has been on the faculty at St. Mary's College and Indiana University South Bend Academy. She also serves as Vice-President of Di Zhao Flutes.
Her teaching style is a blend of the rigorous, technique based Chinese system and the more open, free form Western style. She says that “everybody has music in their hearts, and to unlock your full potential, you must exercise both discipline and creativity.”
B.M. in Horn Performance, University of Lowell-College of Music; M.M., New England Conservatory under Richard Mackey
Ellen Martins performs frequently with the Boston Ballet Orchestra, ProArte Chamber Orchestra, Cantata Singers Orchestra, Symphony New Hampshire, Lexington Symphony, and Orchestra of Indian Hill. She has been a regular performer with Alea III, Portland Symphony, Springfield Symphony, and Rhode Island Philharmonic, and was a founding member of the CommonWealth Winds (an acclaimed woodwind quintet) and HarmonieMusik (resident Wind Octet at UMass Lowell in 1988-1994). As a recitalist, she has performed in Iraklion, Crete, in the International Contemporary Music Festival and in contemporary chamber music concerts in Athens and St. Petersburg, Russia. Ellen is a horn professor at Gordon College and University of Massachusetts-Lowell. She is also Wind Chair of New England Conservatory’s Preparatory School and Continuing Education Division. She can be heard in orchestral and chamber music recordings on the Koch International, CRI, Titanic, and Albany labels.
“To me, there is a great balance in being a practitioner of the performance discipline: to always strive to perform better, to understand the music deeper, to become technically more proficient, and to continually challenge myself while also engaging and nurturing the next generation of musicians. This incorporates the same drive: how to inspire my students to improve, to become technically proficient, to understand the music deeper, and to always challenge them. I bring the multiple tools of experience, inspiration, engagement, and knowledge to my teaching.”
B.M., New England Conservatory. Principal teachers: Gerard Goguen and John Coffey
Steve Savage retired as Music Director for the Ayer and Groton-Dunstable Public Schools and has been active in music education associations throughout his career. A former principal trumpet for the Civic Symphony of Boston, he was formerly on the faculty at the South End Music Center and the Windsor School in Boston. He was also the soprano horn line instructor with the Boston Crusaders Drum Corp (1963-1968) and Director of the St. Agnes CYO Band in Arlington. For over 30 years, Steve was an adjudicator for the Central District Music Festivals, Allstate, and the New Hampshire Festivals. Most recently, he has been the Elementary Schools Band Director for Acton Public Schools and director of the Acton Community Summer Band. An interesting side note is that Steve started as a saxophone player and studied with many noteworthy teachers for 10 years before playing brass instruments. His interests outside of music include fishing, raising dogs, and anything mechanical that needs fixing!
Steve teaches students of all ages (including adults) on trumpet, trombone, and euphonium. He has a lot of experience with young brass players with orthodontic problems and works closely with many local band directors in making sure these students are given the best chance to have success. As a longtime school band director, he understands the need for students to be successful in competing in music festivals as well as being successful at school.
Artist Diploma, Boston Conservatory, B.M. Curtis Institute of Music, M.M. (flute) Boston Conservatory. Principal teachers Leonard Rose, Orlando Cole, Mischa Nieland, Ronald Thomas
Tim Terranella has performed as both cellist and flutist with many of Boston's most prestigious musical organizations including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Esplanade Pops, New Hampshire Symphony, Cape Cod Symphony, Symphony New Hampshire, Boston Academy of Music, Claflin Hill Symphony, Boston Lyric Opera, and the Bostonian Chamber Players. He has also performed and recorded in the New York area as a member of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Tim has dedicated much of his professional experience to teaching the cello and flute and coaching chamber ensembles. He has served on the faculties of Boston University, Buckingham and Nichols School, and the Groton School.
B.M. Ed., University of Lowell; M.M., New England Conservatory.
Principal teachers: Ralph Gomberg, John Holmes and Laurence Thorstenberg
An active freelancer, Henry Tervo has performed with the Boston Pops, Emmanuel Music, Portland Symphony, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Acton Chamber Orchestra, and the Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra. He is also a woodwind instructor for Acton-Boxborough Community Education and has been on the faculties at Lynn Public Schools, Gordon College, Lynnfield Public Schools, and Weston Public Schools.
“I teach not only the instrument but relevant theory so that students can better understand the structure of the music and be able to phrase more musically. Knowing that most students will not choose music as a career, my hope is that they will continue to find recreational joy in their instruments and have an appreciation of fine music.”
B.M., University of New Hampshire;
M.M., Pennsylvania State University;
D.M.A., University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Dr. Eileen Yarrison was the first flutist to receive a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Nebraska. (She also majored in German at University of New Hampshire, and attended the Goethe-Institute in Blaubeuren, Germany.) Highlights of her teaching career include standing in for each of her teachers at her three collegiate alma maters while they went on sabbatical leaves, teaching and conducting at the Summer Youth Music School of UNH, and making a “standing-room only” pedagogical presentation at the 1996 National Flute Association convention. Eileen has performed in the flute sections of the Omaha and Lincoln Symphony Orchestras of Nebraska, the Altoona Symphony, Centre Country Chamber Orchestra, and Music at Penn’s Woods Festival Orchestras of Pennsylvania. When not performing, she teaches flute to students of all ages, holding positions at Gordon College, Shore Country Day School, and the Hamilton-Wenham Elementary Music program. She also conducts flute ensembles of various sizes, including the New England Flute Orchestra of Indian Hill and our Intergenerational Flute Choir.
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