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Cindy Fong

Professor
Expertise: piano, violin, English as a second language


Education:     
    University of California at Los Angeles, Master of Arts, Teaching English as a Second Language (1982)
    Stanford University, Bachelor of Arts, English, “With Distinction” (1978)
    Also completed requirements for B.A. in Music
Courses taught:
    MUS 151 – Piano I
    MUS 152 – Piano II
    MUS 195C/295C – Applied Music I/II: Keyboards

Cindy Fong, piano and violin, completed  programs in music and English at Stanford University, where she studied piano with Earle Blew and Naomi Sparrow.  Other influential piano teachers include Randall Hodgkinson and David Oei.  Ms. Fong has performed as a pianist in recitals and chamber music concerts in  the New England area, as well as in New York, Virginia,  and Kansas, and is a regular participant in the Chamber Music Conference of the East at Bennington College, in Bennington, VT.  Also a violinist, she is a member of the Lexington (MA) Symphony as well as its principal program annotator, and occasionally subs for the New Bedford (MA) Symphony.  Ms. Fong is a professor of both Piano and English as a Second Language at Bunker Hill Community College.

Riikka Pietilainen-Caffrey

Riikka Pietiläinen-Caffrey

Associate Professor
Expertise: choral conducting, voice, music history


Education:
   University of Colorado, Doctor of Musical Arts, Choral Conducting (2012)
   University of Colorado, Master of Music, Choral Conducting (2009)
   City College of New York, Bachelor of Fine Arts (summa cum laude), Jazz Performance (2005)

Courses taught:
   MUS 101 – Music Fundamentals
   MUS 120 – College Choir
   MUS 130 – Music Appreciation
   MUS 133 – Music History I
   MUS 134 – Music History II
   MUS 151 – Piano I
   MUS 162 – Vocal Performance Workshop
   MUS 195A/295A – Applied Music I/II: Voice
   MUS 195H/295H – Applied Music I/II: Conducting

Dr. Riikka Pietilainen-Caffrey is an associate professor of music at Bunker Hill Community College. Riikka, a native Finn, has toured Europe and South America with the internationally-acclaimed Finnish choir, Philomela. While in New York, she founded and conducted Las Sirenas, the women’s chamber choir, at the City College of New York. The group premiered works by American and Finnish composers. In the fall of 2013 she taught choirs and western classical voice at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon. Riikka comes to BHCC most recently from Whitman College from Walla Walla, Washington, where she taught choirs and conducting. In the Fall of 2016, the Whitman Chamber Singers contributed via video recording to Zodiak Dance Theater’s live production of Michaela-The Queen of Everything in Helsinki. On April 25, 2020, Riikka will be guest conducting Eldrida Andrée’s Swedish Mass No. 1 in legendary Carnegie Hall. The appearance is under MidAmerica Productions concert series. Later that summer Riikka will be performing her ten-movement choral piece Viel valkee aamu with acclaimed Finnish choreographer Laura Pietiläinen. Riikka is an active conductor, soloist, and vocal coach, and is frequently invited as a soloist, adjudicator, and guest clinician for schools and choral ensembles, both in Europe and within the United States. Her compositions have been published by Alliance Music Publications and Kandinsky Music. Riikka's research interests include holistic choral experience, vocal pedagogy, mindfulness in choirs, and the mirror neuron system. Her article "Monkey See, Monkey Do - The Choral Conductor and the Mirror Neuron System" was published in the United States in The Choral Journal as well as in the Australian National Choral Association's national publication, Sing Out! Riikka holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the City College of City University of New York as well as Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Colorado.

Mark Popeney

Mark Popeney

Associate Professor, Department Chairperson
Expertise: composition, music theory, music technology


Education:
   University of Southern California, Doctor of Musical Arts (Phi Kappa Lambda), Composition (2012)
   University of California, Los Angeles, Master of Arts, Music Composition and Theory (2007)
   University of California, Berkeley, Bachelor of Arts, Music / Political Science (2004)
Courses taught:
   MUS 101 – Music Fundamentals
   MUS 105 – Music Theory and Aural Skills I
   MUS 106 – Music Theory and Aural Skills II
   MUS 116 – Popular Music Ensemble
   MUS 141 – Rock & Roll History
   MUS 171 – Introduction to Music Technology
   MUS 195I/295I – Applied Music I/II: Composition
   MUS 208 – Songwriting
   MUS 272 – Advanced Music Production

Mark Popeney is a composer whose music spans many styles and media. His music has been performed by such groups as Ensemble Signal, the USC Thornton Symphony, and the Tuscaloosa New Music Collective. His musical, irl (In Real Life) was premiered by Hooligan Theater Company in 2011. Mark’s music can be heard at https://soundcloud.com/mpopeney

Mark is an avid singer, guitarist, and producer, and is a founding member of the rock quintet Dream Hydra (https://soundcloud.com/dream-hydra and http://dreamhydra.com)

Mark received his Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition from the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music in 2012, where he studied with Stephen Hartke and Donald Crockett. Mark earned his Master’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2007, studying with David Lefkowitz and Ian Krouse, and his Bachelor’s degree in 2004 from the University of California, Berkeley.

Mark teaches music at Bunker Hill Community College in Boston, MA, where he also serves as chair of the Performing Arts Department.

Yaman Akdogan

Yaman Akdogan

Adjunct Professor
Expertise: bass


Education:
  Berklee College of Music, Bachelor of Music, Performance (2013)
Courses taught:
  MUS 195B/295B – Applied Music I/II: Guitars

Yaman Akdogan is a Turkish-born bass player living in Boston. He started music by playing guitar at the age of 11. He switched to bass in high school in order to fill in the bassist position in the school band. Lately in high school, borrowing some jazz recordings from a pianist friend, he started to get into jazz music. While maintaining his degree in Laboral Economics in college, he studied jazz music theory and performance with well-known jazz pianist, arranger and jazz educator in Turkey, Omur Gidel. He performed in jazz clubs and festivals with different local bands around Turkey.

In 2008 he participated in Berklee Umbria Jazz Clinics in Perugia,Italy and studied with Grammy Award winning bassist Oscar Stagnaro. In the same year he participated in Berklee College of Music Auditions in Athens, Greece as an accompanist bass player, recognized by the audition team and invited to auditions and got acceptance to Berklee College of Music as a scholarship student. In 2010 he got scholarship to participate in Siena Jazz Academy Summer Program where he studied with great jazz musicians as Avishai Cohen, Ferenc Nemeth, Scott Colley, Paolino Dalla Porta,Anders Jormin, Ricardo Del Fra, Furio Di Castri, Marco Tamburini, Francesco Petreni, Mario Raja and Ettore Fioravanti. He graduated from Berklee College of Music where he studied jazz performance on electric and acoustic bass with great musicians as Ed Tomassi, Whit Browne, Lincoln Goines, Ron Mahdi, Danny Morris, Dave Samuels, Greg Hopkins, Steve Bailey, John Patitucci, Eddie Gomez, George Garzone, Hal Crook, Tia Fuller, John Repucci, Jetro Da Silva, Jackson Schultz and Greg Mooter. He's currently performing and touring around U.S and Europe as a professional bass player and teaching in the Performing Arts Department as a bass guitar faculty at Bunker Hill Community College in Boston.

Jonathan Amon

Jonathan Amon

Adjunct Professor
Expertise: saxophone, music history, music education


Education:
  Boston University, Doctor of Musical Arts, Saxophone Performance (2016)
  New England Conservatory of Music, Master of Music, Saxophone Performance (2009)
  Conservatoire National de Region de Boulogne-Billancourt, Cycle III saxophone studies (2005)
  University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Bachelor of Music, Music Education (2004)

Courses taught:
    MUS 130 – Music Appreciation
    MUS 144 – World Music
    MUS 147 – Music in the United States
    MUS 195G/295G – Applied Music I/II: Woodwinds

Saxophonist Jonathan Amon is active as a soloist, chamber musician, and educator. An advocate for contemporary music, he has participated in commissions and premieres of works composed by Joan Tower, Chris Rutkowski, Roscoe Mitchell, and many others.  He serves on the faculties of Bunker Hill Community College, The University of Rhode Island, and Bridgewater State University, teaching saxophone and a variety of music courses.  He is also dedicated to teaching young musicians, with students in the Concord/Carlisle School District and at The Fenn School in Concord, MA, and he is an adjudicator for the Massachusetts Music Educators Association.  Amon earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in woodwind performance at Boston University and a Master of Music in saxophone performance at the New England Conservatory, studying with Ken Radnofsky at both institutions.  His other teachers include Jean-Michel Goury at the CRR de Boulogne-Billancourt, and Matthew Sintchak at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Steve Brew

Steve Brew

Adjunct Professor
Expertise: guitar, music history


Education:
    Indiana University, Doctor of Music, Classical Guitar Performance (2018)
    Syracuse University, Master of Music, Classical Guitar Performance (2012)
    State University of New York at Fredonia, Bachelor of Music, Guitar Performance (2010)
Courses taught:
    MUS 141 – Rock & Roll History
    MUS 156 – Beginning Guitar
    MUS 195B/295B – Applied Music I/II: Guitars

With a vast array of performances that include a tour of Spain with the Fredonia Guitar Quartet, a third-place finish at the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society's National Competition, and a featured performance at the Roland Dyens International Arranging Festival, guitarist Stephen Brew has effectively established himself as a performer of incredible talent and ability. His musicianship has allowed him the opportunities to perform at the Rantucci International Guitar Festival, The Schadt National String Competition, Indiana Public Media’s WFIU, Louisville’s “The Classical Hour,” and countless other performances across the Midwest and East Coast.
 
His repertoire selections represent a unique approach to programming, as evidenced by his affinity for jazz, folk, and new music.  The late Roland Dyens has described his jazz arrangements as “truly excellent” while composer Don Freund has described him as “technically dazzling” and “an interpretive showcase.”   His doctoral final project consisted of a series of arrangements for solo classical guitar in the style of jazz pianist Art Tatum.

Dr. Brew holds degrees from Indiana University, Syracuse University, and the State University of new York at Fredonia.

Richard Chowenhill

Richard Chowenhill

Adjunct Professor
Expertise: composition, music theory, music technology


Education:
    Brandeis University, Doctor of Philosophy, Music Composition and Theory (expected 2019)
    Brandeis University, Master of Fine Arts, Music Composition and Theory (2013)
    University of California, Davis, Bachelor of Arts, Music (2010)
Courses taught:
    MUS 171 – Introduction to Music Technology

Richard Chowenhill is an award-winning composer and guitarist whose music has been performed the world over. His music has been featured on the programs of the Donald Sinta Saxophone Quartet, the Bold City Chamber Ensemble, Cortona Sessions for New Music (Italy), the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, Empyrean Ensemble, Talea Ensemble, Wellesley Composers Conference (Tony Arnold, soloist), the Lydian String Quartet, the Talujon Percussion Ensemble, the Beat City Percussion Ensemble, Music From China, members of the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra, members of the UC Davis Early Music Ensemble, the Davis Shakespeare Ensemble, and numerous other soloists and ensembles. Originally from California, Richard has performed as a guitar player in numerous California-based bands and chamber ensembles. Currently he performs with the Boston-based experimental group Ehnahre, and has appeared on all of the group’s commercial releases since 2016. Drawing influence from his experiences performing in rock and metal bands, chamber ensembles, orchestras, jazz groups, an early music ensemble, several theatre productions, and a Hindustani vocal ensemble, his compositions frequently reflect his diverse musical background. Richard is currently the resident composer and associate artistic director with the Davis Shakespeare Ensemble and is pursuing a Ph.D. in music composition and theory at Brandeis University.

Seychelle Dunn-Corbin

Seychelle Dunn-Corbin

Adjunct Professor
Expertise: saxophone, piano, music history


Education:
    Longy Schol of Music at Bard College, Graduate Performance Diploma (2013)
    Morgan State University, Master of Arts, Music Performance (2011)
    Morgan State University, Bachelor of Arts, Music Performance (2008)

Courses taught:
    MUS 147 – Music in the United States
    MUS 151 – Piano I
    MUS 195C/295C – Applied Music I/II: Keyboards

Seychelle Dunn-Corbin is a saxophonist best known for her inclusivity in programming, performance, and education. As an alum of Morgan State University, a Historical Black College; Seychelle began looking to diversify the realm of western classical styles and considers herself an advocate and socially conscious artist.

As a first-generation graduate of a four-year college and beyond, education has been and continues to be at the forefront of Seychelle’s lifelong pursuit of knowledge. After completing her studies and earning both a B.A. and M.A. degree in music, Seychelle furthered her education at Longy School of Music of Bard College and is currently a third-year doctoral candidate at Boston University.

She is a founding member of the Area 9 Quartet which has commissioned and premiered new works for saxophone quartet in Boston and New York City, in addition to co-founding North Star Duo – a unique duo of Flute(s) and Saxophone(s) that commissions & performs works by composers of color; and facilitates a bi-annual Women’s Equity Project in Boston, Ma. Additionally, Seychelle serves as faculty at Bunker Hill Community College and Salem State University, teaching a wide array of courses in music history, teaching artistry, piano, and saxophone.  

Seychelle currently studies with Kenneth Radnofsky and has previously studied with composers Dr. James Lee III and Dr. Nkeiru Okoye; saxophonists Tim Green, Brian Sacawa, and Cory Kaspryzk; and pianists/organists Dr. Stephanie Bruning and Dr. Samuel Springer.  She is a proud member of the Omega Eta Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc; serving the South Shore needs through various community engagement activities.
For more information go to www.seychelledcorbin.com

Jonathan Hurley

Jonathan Hurley

Adjunct Professor
Expertise: guitar


Education:
    Berklee College of Music, Bachelor of Arts, Professional Music

Courses taught:
    MUS 195B/295B – Applied Music I/II: Guitars

Guitarist Jonathan Hurley is a graduate of Berklee College of Music. Currently a busy performer in the Boston music scene, Jonathan toured nationally and internationally with diverse musical acts from country groups during his time in Nashville to Jazz and classical groups. He has been the musical director for the national/international touring musical production of “A Jew Grows in Brooklyn”, performed in “Streetmosphere” - the Italian opera-based musical at the Venetian Macau in Macau, China, and played music aboard Holland America Line and P&O Australia cruise ships.  He was also the front-man of the touring gypsy jazz group Occidental Gypsy.  

In Los Angeles, Jonathan formed the comedy-musical group “Einstein McCrankypants,” which produced the award-winning music video “That Doesn’t Make Sense”. In Boston, he founded the classical duo “The Laurel Street Duo” which focused on the music of Paganini and Piazzolla and he currently teaches music at Bunker Hill. Every new genre, technique and musical experience Jonathan has been exposed to in his career has informed his unique style and interpretation of the guitar.

Jaehee Ju

Jaehee Ju

Adjunct Professor
Expertise: cello


Education:
    Indiana University, Doctor of Musical Arts, Performance/Music Theory (expected 2019)
    Yale University, Artist Diploma (2008)
    New England Conservatory of Music, Master of Music, Cello Performance (2005)
    Seoul National University, Bachelor of Arts, Music (2003)

Courses taught:
    MUS 195F/295F – Applied Music I/II: Strings

Cellist Jaehee Ju, a native of Korea, has already won top prizes in several prestigious Korean competitions, including first prize in both Korea Times and Chosun Times Competitions. She also won Luigi Silva Memorial Award at the Corpus Christi International Competition for piano & strings. As an active recitalists and chamber musician, Ms. Ju has performed in major concert halls such as Carnegie Hall, Boston Symphony Hall, and in Korea and Japan. Ms. Ju is also an active orchestra player. She served as a Principal Cellist of  Civic Orchestra of Chicago where she actively collaborated with Yo-Yo Ma, and Principal Cellist at Boston Civic Symphony. She played with the Boston Public Quartet and has performed in a variety of venues, including Harvard Musical Associations and the Celebrity Series of Boston.

As a dynamic and engaging teacher, Ms. Ju currently serves as cello faculty at the Bunker Hill Community College and the Chestnut Hill School. She is also teaching at Wellesley College as a visiting lecturer in East Language and Culture department. She also taught cello at Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra ICP program, Midwest Young Artist, Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, KIPP Academy, Lena Park, and Mattahunt community centers. She holds a Bachelor degree from Seoul National University, Master’s and Graduate Diploma at New England Conservatory, as well as an Artist Diploma at Yale University. As one of only selected few who are recipients of the Jacobs School of Music’s most prestigious award, Ms. Ju is pursuing her Doctoral studies, where she is a ABD candidate, with Eric Kim at Indiana University.

Rob Lehmann

Robert Lehmann

Adjunct Professor
Expertise: music technology, music history, guitar


Education:
    University of Massachusetts, Lowell, Master of Business Administration (2002)
    Berklee College of Music, Bachelor of Music, Music Production and Engineering (1988)

Courses taught:
    MUS 130 – Music Appreciation
    MUS 171 – Introduction to Music Technology

Rob Lehmann teaches music history, music technology, and audio technology at Bunker Hill. He has a Bachelor of Music degree from Berklee College of Music (major in Music Production & Engineering) and a Master of Business Administration degree from U/Mass Lowell. He has been teaching at the college level for 25 years and for 20 years he was the department chair of Audio Production at The New England Institute of Art. Rob has recorded and produced lots of music, mixed many live concerts, and played a lot of notes on his guitar over the years. He has worked in many styles and has production and/or engineering credits in genres including jazz, classical, folk, rock, and even marching band music. He is also a member of the Audio Engineering Society.

Sandy Lin

Sandy Lin

Adjunct Professor
Expertise: piano


Education:
    Royal Academy of Music, Master of Arts, Piano Performance (2014)
    Manhattan School of Music, Master of Music, Piano Performance (2012)
    Manhattan School of Music, Bachelor of Music, Piano Performance (2010)

Courses taught:
    MUS 195C/295C – Applied Music I/II: Keyboards

Taiwanese American pianist Sandy Lin is an international renowned soloist, chamber musician, and teacher, frequently praised for her captivating musicianship and artistry. Since the age of six, Sandy has been seen performing throughout the United States, Taiwan, Italy, France, United Kingdom, and Czech Republic. Throughout the years, she has had masterclasses with Ivan Moravec, Tamás Vásáry, Pascal Devoyon, André Watts, Roberto Plano, Christopher Taylor, Melinda Lee Masur, and the Muir String Quartet. Sandy is an awarded recipient of various organizations and competitions such as in Tomorrow’s Star at the Center, Coeur d’Alene Young Artist Competition, Chopin Etudes Competition of Southwestern Youth Music Festival, Vivo International Music Competition, International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition, and Jeunesses International Piano Competition. She is also the scholarship winner of the New York Concert Artist, where she made her New York debut in collaboration with the NYCA Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Eduard Zilberkant. Over the years, Sandy has had the guidance of Jeffrey Cohen from Manhattan School of Music with the President’s Award, earning both a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degree. Sandy also attained her Master of Arts in Piano Performance under the tutelage of world-renowned pianist Hamish Milne at the Royal Academy of Music. She is currently a member of the piano faculty at Bunker Hill Community College, as well as staff accompanist at Boston University College of Fine Arts and Boston Conservatory at Berklee.

Jackson Mann

Jackson Mann

Adjunct Professor
Expertise: composition, music theory, guitar, bass, harmonica


Education:
    Vermont College of Fine Arts, Master of Fine Arts, Music Composition (expected 2019)
    Berklee College of Music, Master of Music, Contemporary Performance (2016)
    Berklee College of Music, Bachelor of Music, Professional Music (2015)

Courses taught:
    MUS 101 – Music Fundamentals
    MUS 156 – Beginning Guitar
    MUS 195B/295B – Applied Music I/II: Guitars

Jackson Albert Mann is a multi-instrumentalist performer, composer, and teacher from Boston, MA. He received his Masters degree in Music Performance from Berklee College of Music (Valencia Spain Campus) in 2015. He is currently a candidate for a Masters degree in Music Composition at Vermont College of Fine Arts. He leads his own group, an experimental jazz fusion sextet called Araqsana, in which he plays chromatic harmonica, keyboard, and electronics. He is also an accomplished electric bassist who currently plays with the instrumental rock quintet Pangea and the country pop band The Wolff Sisters.

Tim McLaughlin

Tim McLaughlin

Professor
Expertise: jazz performance, literature


Education:
    Eastern Michigan University, Master of Arts, English (1976)
    Eastern Michigan University, Bachelor of Science, English, with secondary teaching certificate (1972)

Courses taught:
    MUS 113 – Jazz Ensemble

Professor Tim McLaughlin has directed the student Jazz Ensemble at BHCC since 1984.  The Jazz Ensemble has been an important musical presence in the life of the college, having played at many college events.  The ensemble has also been regularly featured as part of the BHCC Jazz Celebration series, which Professor McLaughlin helped cofound in 1999. This series has brought many well-known jazz artists to the college over the last twenty years.  Besides Jazz Ensemble, Professor McLaughlin also teaches Children’s Literature.   

Edmond Moussally

Edmond Moussally

Adjunct Professor, Professor (Roxbury Community College)
Expertise: voice, music history, music education


Education:
    Boston University, Doctor of Education, Multicultural Education (1992)
    Boston Conservatory, Master of Music, Music Education (1974)
    New England Conservatory of Music, Bachelor of Music, Music Education (1959)

Courses taught:
    MUS 195A/295A – Applied Music I/II: Voice

Yoo-Sun Na

Yoo Sun Na

Adjunct Professor
Expertise: voice, music theory


Education:
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Doctor of Musical Arts, Voice Performance (2012)
    New England Conservatory of Music, Master of Music, Voice Performance, Honors (2008)
    Seoul National University, Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance, Top Honor, 2006

Courses taught:
    MUS 101 – Music Fundamentals
    MUS 195A/295A – Applied Music I/II: Voice

Dr. Yoo Sun Na is a performer and an educator in US and South Korea. Na covers music ranging from Baroque to Contemporary with her powerful interpretations and vibrant stage presence as a soloist and guest artist. She made her Carnegie Hall debut as the winner of the Barry Alexander International Vocal Competition. She was also a district winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council. Na earned her Bachelor’s Degree with top honors from Seoul National University where she received the Presidential Scholarship. She earned her Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance with honors from the New England Conservatory of Music and received her Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Vocal Performance and Literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She currently is a voice faculty at Northeastern University and Bunker Hill Community College in Boston.

Bryan Pollock

Bryan Pollock

Adjunct Professor
Expertise: voice, music history


Education:
    Boston University, Doctor of Musical Arts, Voice Performance (2017)
    University of California, Irvine, Master of Fine Arts (magna cum laude), Voice Performance (2013)
    East Carolina University, Bachelor of Music (magna cum laude), Voice Performance (2010)

Courses taught:
    MUS 130 – Music Appreciation
    MUS 195A/295A – Applied Music I/II: Voice

Countertenor Bryan Pollock has been an instructor with BHCC since 2017.  Dr. Pollock earned degrees in voice performance from East Carolina University (BM), the University of CA Irvine (MFA), and Boston University (DMA).  He has performed in over twenty fully-staged operatic productions with lead roles such as Giulio Cesare from Händel's Giulio Cesare in Egitto, Oberon from Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Refugee from Dove’s Flight and Orfeo from Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice.  His past performances include the roles of Aldoborontiphosocophornio from the world premiere of Andy Vores’ opera Chrononhotonthologos with Guerilla Opera of Boston and Truman Capote in the world premiere of Eric Sawyer’s The Scarlet Professor with Five College Opera.  “Bryan Pollock (Cardinal 1/Oracle 1) has an easily produced countertenor which he was able to vary in tone from reedy warmth to edgy body” from Opera Today.  “Bryan Pollock’s Oberon was, theatrically, something to behold.  It was sung with a chocolate ganache smoothness, with a sinister underlay hidden behind an alarmingly disarming smile” from The Boston Music Intelligencer.  "Counter-tenor Bryan Pollock as Arsamene was outstanding, dominating the stage with a magnificent, strong voice” from the CVNC.  He currently sings with the choir of All Saint’s Ashmont in Dorchester, MA and the Schola Cantorum of Boston.  Dr. Pollock has performed in a variety of choral venues and teaches voice, piano and rhetoric in his private studio in Waltham, MA.  

Laura Prichard

Laura Prichard

Adjunct Professor
Expertise: conducting, voice, piano, woodwinds, music history


Education:
    Fitchburg State University, Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study, Music Education (2016)
    University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Doctor of Philosophy (ABD), Musicology (1995)
    University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Master of Library Science (1994)
    University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Master of Music (with honors), Choral Conducting (1992)
    Yale University, Bachelor of Arts, Music/Conducting (1990)

Courses taught:
    MUS 144 – World Music
    MUS 195A/295A – Applied Music I/II: Voice
    MUS 195C/295C – Applied Music I/II: Keyboards
    MUS 195G/295G – Applied Music I/II: Woodwinds
    MUS 195H/295H – Applied Music I/II: Conducting

Laura Stanfield Prichard sings with the BSO and Boston Pops and is the music director/pianist for the Winchester Cooperative Theater. She teaches instrumental music lessons at BHCC and has a private studio in Lexington. An active conductor and writer, she was a finalist for the 2015 Pauline Alderman Award for outstanding writing on women and music. The Boston Musical Intelligencer sent her to Cuba in 2015 as a foreign correspondent, and she has reviewed local concerts for them since 2010.

Laura teaches World Music and conducted the inaugural year of the College Choir at BHCC: she gives frequent public talks for Boston Baroque, Boston Lyric Opera, and the San Francisco Symphony and Chicago Symphonies. She was the President of the Pacific Chapter of the College Music Society and Assistant Conductor of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus under Michael Tilson Thomas (1995-2003).

Beth Ratay

Beth Ratay

Adjunct Professor
Expertise: composition, music theory, flute


Education:
    University of California, Santa Cruz, Doctor of Musical Arts, World Music Composition (2013)
    Arizona State University, Master of Music, Music Composition (2007)
    University of Colorado, Boulder, Bachelor of Music (with honors), Music Composition (2005)

Courses taught:
    MUS 101 – Music Fundamentals
    MUS 144 – World Music

Beth Ratay has been composing and performing for over 25 years. Dr. Ratay received her Doctor of Musical Arts in World Music Composition from the University of California, Santa Cruz, her Master of Music in Music Composition from Arizona State University, and her Bachelor of Music in Music Composition from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her musical research has focused on the music of Harrison Birtwistle as well as text setting, poetic interpretation and the relationship of language to music, especially in Czech, German and English. She has studied with composers David Evan Jones, Paul Nauert, James DeMars, and Michael Theodore.

Beth is also active as both a flutist and a singer. She was the principal flutist for the University of California, Santa Cruz Orchestra and also performed for the April in Santa Cruz New Music Festival for three consecutive years. She is currently a member of the Back Bay Chorale and the Cambridge Chamber Singers. In the past, she has been a member of the Phoenix Symphony Chorus and the San Francisco Symphony Chorus. Beth is currently the Artistic Director for the Boston New Music Initiative.

Matt Savage

Matt Savage

Adjunct Professor
Expertise: piano


Education:
    Manhattan School of Music, Master of Music, Jazz Arts (2015)
    Berklee College of Music, Bachelor of Music, Performance (2012)

Courses taught:
    MUS 152 – Piano II
    MUS 195C/295C – Applied Music I/II: Keyboards

Matt Savage has had a seventeen-year professional career as a jazz musician, bandleader and composer with ensembles of different size. He’s played with some of the biggest names in jazz, including Chick Corea, the Ellington All Stars, Chaka Khan, Wynton Marsalis, Bobby Watson, Clark Terry, and Jimmy Heath.  Along the way, he’s recorded twelve albums as leader and one as collaborator.  As a composer, Matt has also garnered respect and recognition. He composed and recorded the score for a full-length jazz documentary film, Sound of Redemption: The Frank Morgan Story.  Matt’s latest project is the Matt Savage Groove Experiment’s debut EP, Splash Variations. Splash Variations was released on December 7, 2018, and it will be accompanied by a CD release tour in early 2019.

Dennis Shafer

Dennis Shafer

Adjunct Professor
Expertise: saxophone, clarinet, music business, music history


Education:
    Brooklyn College, Master of Fine Arts, Performance & Interactive Media Arts (2015)
    Bard College (Longy School of Music), Artist Diplomaa (2009)
    Musicales Boulogne Conservatory, Diplôme d'études (2007)
    The Boston Conservatory, Bachelor of Music, Woodwinds Performance (2004)

Courses taught:
    MUS 130 – Music Appreciation
    MUS 141 – Rock & Roll History
    MUS 147 – Music in the United States
    MUS 180 – Introduction to the Music Business
    MUS 195G/295G – Applied Music I/II: Woodwinds

Dennis Shafer is a saxophonist, director, and live-composer based in Boston and New York City.  His playing has been reviewed as “brilliant” by The Boston Globe, and he has engagements around the world soloist, educator, and live-composer. He conducts and directs Boston University Saxophone Ensemble, Chagall Performance Art Collaborative, and Brooklyn Soundpainting Ensemble. As a commercial musician, Shafer is represented by Hank Agency and works for Honey Train Music Services. In New York, Shafer made his concerto debut in 2011 in Merkin Hall and his recital debut in 2015 at the Firehouse Space. His most recent multimedia project, RendrGram, gave a debut at Washington Square Park in 2015. Dennis Shafer holds diplomas with honors from The Boston Conservatory, Boulogne Conservatory (Paris, France), Longy School of Music, and Brooklyn College (Performance and Interactive Media Arts).  He has studied saxophone and Soundpainting with Kenneth Radnofsky, Jean-Michel Goury, Vincent Gnojek, Etienne Rolin, and Walter Thompson.

Matt Sharrock

Matt Sharrock

Adjunct Professor
Expertise: percussion


Courses taught:
    MUS 195D/295D – Applied Music I/II: Percussion

"Hailed as one of “Boston’s best percussionists” by I Care if You Listen, Matt Sharrock is a versatile marimbist, percussionist, and conductor who tirelessly champions the music of living composers. As half of the bass clarinet/marimba duo Transient Canvas, he has premiered over 80 pieces and tours extensively in the United States and abroad. Since 2013, he has served as Music Director for Equilibrium and is a founding member of the Boston Percussion Group and the mixed quartet Hinge. Matt has performed with some of New England’s finest arts organizations, including Boston Modern Orchestra Project, the Portland Symphony Orchestra, Boston Landmarks Orchestra, the Lydian String Quartet, and the Chameleon Arts Ensemble. He can be heard on BMOP/sound, Innova, Navona, New Focus, and Ravello record labels. He is currently on faculty at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee in the music theory department and teaches applied percussion at Bunker Hill Community College. Matt proudly endorses Marimba One marimbas, vibraphones, and mallets. For more information, visit www.mattsharrock.com."

Haley Thompson-King

Hayley Thompson-King

Adjunct Professor
Expertise: voice, music history


Education:
    New England Conservatory of Music, Master of Music, Vocal Performance (Opera Studies)
    New York University, Bachelor of Music, Vocal Performance (Opera Studies)

Courses taught:
    MUS 141 – Rock & Roll History
    MUS 195A/295A – Applied Music I/II: Voice

Hayley Thompson-King is a mezzosoprano, composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist known for her complexly charismatic voice and haunting songwriting, which defiantly incorporates art music with rock and roll and Americana. Paste Magazine says of her 2017 release: “The intellectual contingent of her writing aside, Psychotic Melancholia is a positively jaw-dropping exposition that celebrates the entire canon of rock ‘n’ roll’s energy, and should be considered an upping of the ante on the gritty sonic real estate of garage, punk, country, and Americana, into some amalgam altogether more apt of Thompson-King’s wondrous artistic aptitudes.”

Hayley has toured throughout the United States and Europe and, in addition to her solo project, has been featured on albums by Major Stars (Decibels of Gratitude, Important Records; Motion Set, Drag City), The Upper Crust (Delusions of Grandeur, UCL), and Banditas (Save The Rats, Hard To Kill Records). Her music has been featured in film and television, including ABC’s Betrayal and Diary of a Teenage Girl starring Kristen Wiig. She is a recipient of the Somerville Arts Council Fellowship in Music (2017) and The Iguana Fund Music Grant (2015).

Hayley is a native of Sebastian, Florida, and is currently a “resident artist” in Somerville, Massachusetts through a sponsorship from the city and The Somerville Arts Council. She is a graduate of the Opera Studies programs from New York University (B.M.) and New England Conservatory of Music (M.M).

Bobby Thorp

Bobby Thorp

Adjunct Professor
Expertise: trumpet, trombone, music business, music history


Education:
    Boston University, Doctor of Musical Arts, Trumpet Performance (2015)
    University of Maryland, Master of Music, Trumpet Performance (2000)
    Boston Conservatory, Bachelor of Music, Trumpet Performance (1998)

Courses taught:
    MUS 130 – Music Appreciation
    MUS 180 – Introduction to the Music Business
    MUS 195E/295E – Brass

Bobby Thorp has performed at Tanglewood, Ravinia, Chautauqua, Bethlehem, and Boston Early Music festivals. He has presented numerous master classes including at Tokyo Conservatory, Osaka Conservatory Nagoya Conservatory, Manhattan School, Rice, Northwestern, San Francisco Conservatory, University of North Texas, and Mannes College. He currently teaches at Salem State University, Bunker Hill Community College, and Gordon College in Massachusetts. Thorp Studied under Chris Gekker, Rolf Smedvig, Terry Everson and holds degrees from the Boston Conservatory, University of Maryland, and Boston University. He can be heard on recordings on the Paraclete and RAI labels.

Angel Valchinov

Angel Valchinov

Adjunct Professor
Expertise: violin


Education:
    Boston University, Doctor of Musical Arts, Violin Performance (2010)
    Boston University, Master of Music, Violin Performance (2005)
    Lynn University, Bachelor of Music, Violin Performance (2003)

Courses taught:
    MUS 195F/295F – Applied Music I/II: Strings

Dr. Angel Valchinov is a violin soloist, concertmaster, chamber musician, and teacher. Currently performing as a soloist with orchestras in the U.S. and Europe, Dr. Valchinov plays a wide-ranging repertoire. A recent performance highlight was H. W. Ernst's Six Polyphonic Etudes. An avid recitalist and chamber musician, he recently performed with the Turtle Island Quartet in Boston's Jordan Hall. Dr. Valchinov serves as concertmaster of several orchestras in the Boston area, including Claflin Hill Symphony and Boston Chamber Orchestra. He is also a member of the String Faculties at Bunker Hill Community College and Northern Essex Community College, and he is the String Department Chair at the Concord Conservatory of Music. In addition, he has a large private teaching studio. In the summer, Mr. Valchinov teaches at the Atlantic Music Festival, Colby College, Waterville, Maine and the Youth & Muse Music Festival, Boston. He is the subject of a documentary by Bulgarian national television, and he has been featured on a number of television and radio stations across the U.S. A third generation musician, Dr. Valchinov regularly performs with his wife, violist Dr. Chen Lin, and other family members, and he is a reader at his beloved Orthodox Church in Allston, MA.

Mr. Valchinov is officially endorsed by Optima Strings of Germany.

More information on his website, www.linvalchinovmusic.com.