MMM also welcomed (left to right) Jim Foster, Dorian Mohar and Kathy Olson to its faculty this Fall.
MMM also welcomed (left to right) Jim Foster, Dorian Mohar and Kathy Olson to its faculty this Fall.
For the past 16 years, Mario Cerra has given instruction in the areas of saxophone, flute and clarinet across different countries, cultures and institutions. He attended Berklee College of Music starting in 1998 after having been awarded a full merit based scholarship. He was also awarded the Joe Viola Scholarship for Outstanding Musicianship. Between 2003 and 2007 Mario lived in Buenos Aires Argentina, where he became one of the country’s most sought-after musicians in the capacity of band-leader, sideman, recording artist and music educator. Mario has since continued his professional development studying privately with teachers including Jerry Bergonzi, Hal Brook, George Garzone, and Joe Lovano. He has earned degrees from Centro Cultural San Lorenzo, Argentina; B.M. Summa Cum Laude, Berklee College of Music. In addition to instructing with Music Matters, he is a faculty member at Sharon Music Academy.
Richard has taught trumpet in the MMM program for 14 years. He began Boston Brass in 1985 and left the group in 1997, during which time they made five recordings and won Third Prize in the 1992 International Brass Quintet Competition in Narbonne, France. At the same time, he was taking lessons from various teachers as well as teaching throughout the Greater Boston area. Since 2005, Richard has been the classical trumpet instructor at the Rivers School Conservatory in Weston. For two consecutive years his proposals were accepted for the composing of new music for trumpet for the school’s annual Seminar for Contemporary Music for the Young.
received a Master of Music Degree in Violin Performance from The Boston Conservatory in May 2010 under the tutelage of Irina Muresanu, Ronan Lefkowitz and Markus Placci. Kenneth completed his Bachelor of Music at Hong Kong Baptist University under the tutelage of Michael Ma, Lily Koh and Scott Homer in 2006. He has studied with LauYin Pui at Central Conservatory of Music at Beijing during an exchange program in 2005. In 2003, he was awarded a Diploma in Violin Performance by the Associated Board of The Royal Schools of Music. Kenneth has also participated in master classes with Eva León, Timothy Eddy and Amadi Azikiwe. He served as the concertmaster in Hong Kong Institute of Education Graduate Orchestra (1996-2001) and Hong Kong Baptist University Orchestra (2005-2006). Currently, Kenneth is an Artist-in-Residence in the Suzuki Institute of Boston and is a violin instructor in Making Music Matters
Patricia Gately is from Maynard, MA. She earned her B.M. in Music Education from Berklee College of Music (’13). Her principal instrument is trumpet. She has experience teaching all brass instruments as well as clarinet and saxophone. Patricia started studying trumpet at age nine under the direction of Bill Brisson. She has continued to play all kinds of music under excellent teachers including Andrew Sorg, Tony D’Aveni, Jim Guttmann, Christine Fawson, Jeff Stout and Ken Cervenka. When she isn’t teaching she is performing in many different groups. She is currently the bandleader and trumpet player for the “Tony Barrie Parade Band” and manager/trumpet player for “Blueprint Jazz Club”. As well as a member of “Big Ol’ Dirty Bucket” a funk band. Tricia is currently a private lesson trumpet instructor and has worked with kid’s ages 8 – 18 years old. She started working for “Making Music Matters” as a trumpet instructor in 2012. Tricia says, “As long as I am playing music and working with children I will live a happy and successful life. I am looking forward to continuing my musical career through performing and teaching for many years to come”.
Tom Halter grew up in Denver and attended University of Nevada at Las Vegas, simultaneously launching his career as a professional musician in various Las Vegas house bands backing up such artists as Wayne Newton, Ginger Rogers, Robert Goulet and Bobbie Gentry. He studied trumpet with Walter Blanton and John Carlson, improvisation with Ralph Towner, Paul McCandless, Ran Blake, George Russell, and Jerry Bergonzi, and theory and composition with Joe Maneri. He currently plays in, and is a founding member of the grammy nominated Jazz big band the Either / Orchestra having performed in 38 states and 13 countries since it's inception in 1986, and is the music director of Mariachi Internacional. In addition to instructing with Making Music Matters, he also teaches in Braintree, Cambridge, and Brookline Public Schools, and has been on the faculty of Brookline Music School since 2001.
Flutist Anthea Kechley is currently an instructor for Making Music Matters and on faculty at Brookline Music School. She is an active orchestral and chamber musician, and has appeared regularly with Sarasota Orchestra, Florida Grand Opera, and The Chelsea Symphony. She has performed in Mexico, Japan, the U.K., and throughout the United States with some of today’s most popular musicians, such as Lang Lang, Andrea Bocelli, and Itzhak Perlman. She holds a Master of Music degree from Mannes College of Music in New York City, and she extended her studies as a participant at Aspen Music Festival and School.
Molly began her musical studies on viola as a fourth grader in the public schools in Bloomington, IL. She received her BA in music and English at the University of Iowa and did Masters-level work at the University of Northern Iowa. Molly has received Suzuki training at the American Suzuki Institute in Stevens Point, WI, and The Hartt Suzuki Institute in Hartford CT. In addition to teaching violin for Making Music Matters, she teaches violin and viola at the All Newton Music School, maintains a small private studio, plays viola with the Cambridge Symphony, and freelances in the Boston area. Molly lives with her family in Roxbury.
Originally from Bel Air, MD, Elizabeth Stefan is currently a freelance violist in the Boston area, playing regularly with the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra. As part of the former Discovery Ensemble, she performed with the orchestra and with a small chamber group in several Boston area schools for their outreach program. She recently graduated with her master’s degree from the New England Conservatory where she studied with Dimitri Murrath. Previous studies were with George Taylor at the Eastman School of Music, where she earned her BM, and an Arts Leadership Certificate with a focus in contemporary orchestral issues. She also received the Robert L. Oppelt Viola Prize for the class of 2009. A founding member of the Sumner Quartet, she is also a resident musician with musiConnects, teaching at the Chittick and Sumner Elementary Schools. In addition to keeping a private studio of violin and viola students, she teaches violin in several schools with Making Music Matters In conjunction with her teaching and performing, Elizabeth is also the Training Chorus Manager for Boston City Singers, where she taught violin and cello for their Jamaica Plain division.
Dorian has lived and loved his musical experiences from a very early age. With two BM degrees from Rowan University (in Music Education and in K-6 education), a masters degree in Trumpet Performance from Miami University of Ohio, and five years experience with Carnival Cruise lines working as a Music Director and a lead/solo trumpet performer, that love for music has never stopped. Over the last few years Dorian moved to the Metro-west MA area to begin his teaching career, while maintaining his active trumpet performance lifestyle.
Kathy is a jazz baritone saxophonist and woodwind specialist based in the Boston area but originally from Charleston, West Virginia. On the baritone saxophone, alto saxophone, flute, clarinet, or bass clarinet Kathy has performed and/or recorded a variety of styles from contemporary big band to indie rock and balkan brass music. Kathy founded the Composers Saxophone Quartet in 2011. Kathy also leads the Olson Pingrey Quartet and performs as a side person throughout New England with, among others, the Ayn Inserto Jazz Orchestra and the balkan brass group Emperor Norton's Stationary Marching Band. Ms. Olson has been teaching music students for over 15 years. In addition to Making Music Matters, she teaches flute, clarinet, and saxophone for the Brookline public schools and the Brookline Music School. Kathy is also the Woodwind and Brass Dept Coordinator for the Brookline Music School and an ensemble faculty member for the Berklee Five Week Summer Performance Program.
James Foster is an accomplished musician who has worked in the music business as an entrepreneur/business owner, artist, and producer. James has performed in concert and in the recording studio with artists including Lou Rawls, Jack Faith, MFSB Orchestra, Leo Sayer, Melissa Manchester, Gato Barbieri, Dizzie Giliespie, Tower of Power, The Crusaders, The CBS All-Stars, Buddie Rich, Maurice Starr (producer of New Kids On the Block and New Edition) and Rodney Butler (formerly with Planet Patrol) George Karis (Rock Records and Sony Engineer) and Chris Bender (Epic Records). He has performed and assisted with the production of fifteen CDs with various Artists over the years. In addition to numerous appearances at clubs, jazz festivals and TV Shows, James has also been a part of the Green Planet Concert Series, where James teamed up with Livingston Taylor. Recent collaborations with James have included Richie Cole, Greg Abate, Rebecca Paris, Sam (Wiz) Cobb, among others. James is currently President & CEO of Hype Time Records, L.L.C., an independent record label in Boston and Philadelphia. A native of Michigan, he relocated to Boston to attend Berklee College of Music, where he studied Jazz performance and composition. An experienced educator as well as performer, James is delighted to be on the Making Music Matters faculty.
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