Our Administrative Staff

Mary Opanasets: Executive Director
Phone: 508 875-5554
Email: pac@pacmetrowest.org

Kimberly Yaari: Director of Community Partnerships & Development
Phone: 508 875-5554
Email: partnerships@pacmetrowest.org

Martha Ebel: Office Manager & Registrar
Phone: 508 875-5554
Email: registrar@pacmetrowest.org

Rachael Scanlon: Project Manager
Phone: 508 875-5554
Email: pac@pacmetrowest.org

Our Talented Teachers

Strings – Violin, Violo, Cello
Diane Hartung
Zachary Surapine

Drums & Percussion
Robert “Bob” Johnson

Woodwinds 

Brass

George Jones

Dance
Colleen Biron

Erica Osborne

Julia Da Costa

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Colleen Biron – Tap Dance, Theater Workshop, Choreographer

Colleen (Szynal) Biron holds a B.F.A. from Boston Conservatory where she majored in Musical Theatre with a minor in dance. She has been teaching adult tap classes at PAC since 2005. At PAC, she directed and choreographed several one-week musical theatre workshops for children. Colleen also choreographed The Music Man, Annie, and Bye Bye Birdie at Fuller Middle School. She has performed at area theatres, such as Zeiterion Theatre in New Bedford and the Foot Hills Theatre in Worcester.

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Rebecca Campbell – Ballet, Tap Dance, and Musical Theater

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Martha Ebel – Voice

Martha Ebel holds a Masters in Music and a Graduate Diploma in Opera from Longy School of Music, and a Bachelors of Music from California State University, Long Beach. She has taught vocal students of all ages privately and at local music organizations. Martha has sung roles in eight operas. The Boston Globe reviewed one of her performances as “sensitive and full of finesse.” Her teachers include Robert Honeysucker and Donna Roll.

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Doreen Edgar – Piano

Doreen Edgar holds a BFA in Piano Performance from SUNY College, Purchase, New York and an MS from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Doreen has taught piano to students of all levels and ages for more than 30 years. She believes in customizing lessons for each individual’s emotional expression of art with a better understanding of proper technical development and musical interpretation of composers, theory and composition. In addition, she integrates methods of teaching harmony, dictation, solfege, sight-singing, ear training and counterpoint within her piano lessons. She also taught piano performance at the prestigious Calderone School of Music for 15 years in East Hanover, NJ.

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Anat Engel – Piano

Anat received her BA from the Rubin Academy of Music in Tel Aviv, Israel. Anat has been teaching piano for more than 20 years and has been teaching at PAC longer than any of our current instructors. She lives and works in the Framingham community and teaches students in her home and at PAC.

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Warren Friedman – Musical Theater and Drama

Warren S. Friedman has worked as a professional director, choreographer, musical theatre instructor and private acting coach at performing arts camps and organizations, NYC after school and weekend programs, school residencies, colleges, high schools, community theaters, Off Broadway, dinner theaters, summer stock theaters, regional theaters, Off Off Broadway and at children’s theater companies around the country since 1987.  Warren has run many How to Audition for Musical Theatre workshops and musical theatre intensives all over the country.  Warren is a member of Actors Equity Association, an Associate Member of Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, and a Member of the Stage Managers Association.

Diane Hartung – Violin and Viola

David Houston – Flute

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Robert “Bob” Johnson – Drums and Percussion

Bob has been performing and teaching in the Boston area for more than 40 years. Early on, he played in the orchestra for many local community theater productions, youth theater groups, church and civic organization shows. Every summer, he plays drums for summer youth musical productions. He also plays for New England Band Productions, a marching band that performs throughout the area. In recent years, Bob has focused more on teaching, extending his instruction program to local music studios. He has coached several students to place first, second and third place in their categories in the New England Music Competition.

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George Jones – Trumpet and Trombone

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Kisaya Rayne – Belly Dance

With a solid background in belly dance dating back to 1999, Kisaya Rayne has dedicated her teaching career to bringing students together in all forms of tribal style belly dance.  Her focus is not only in teaching the elements of Tribal Fusion and American Tribal Style® belly dance, but her focus is on providing a positive, uplifting, and fun environment in every class.

Kisaya Rayne is best known by her students as fun loving and energetic, with a passion for dramatic choreography.  In spite of this, she has a strong passion for American Tribal Style® belly dance and loves nothing more than to share a moment of improvisational belly dance with her tribe.

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Jimmy Lanzillotta – Guitar and Ukulele

Jimmy studied at the Hartt College of Music and has studied privately with Jose Rey de la Torre and Peter Lorenco. While Jimmy specializes in classical guitar, he teaches all guitar styles including pop. Jimmy teaches all his students to read music, and as they progress, introduces them to music theory and guitar history. Jimmy has given classical guitar concerts and lectures at Harvard University, Regis College, Wentworth Institute, Curry College and other venues in New England, New York and Italy. He has been a member of the Boston Classical Guitar Society since 1977. Jimmy joined the PAC faculty in 2004, bringing a wide range of teaching experience both in schools and with private students, and has built a thriving guitar studio.

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Fanny Lora – Chorus Director

Fanny Lora is a singer/actress, music educator and Alexander Technique teacher. She has taught for the Boston Public Schools, Boston Children’s Chorus and Boston City Singers. Fanny is originally from the Dominican Republic and is passionate about making music and inspiring children to use their voices. She is a graduate of The Boston Conservatory at Berklee’s Alexander Technique Training Program, and holds Vocal Performance and Music Education degrees from Ithaca College.

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David McLellan – Guitar

David McLellan studied classical guitar at the Hartt School of Music, New England Conservatory, and the Aspen Music Festival. He has taught at the Hartt School and the University of Connecticut, while giving solo recital performances throughout New England. Later, Dave lived a double life as programmer and concert guitarist with duo partner Neil Anderson. The duo gave numerous concerts in the US, Great Britain and South America. Dave has performed with chamber ensembles and singers across New England in various genres including Latin and Rock. In addition, he plays timpani and performs with orchestras in the MetroWest area. He is involved as a musician and publicist for the Lincoln-Sudbury Civic Orchestra, and artist in residence at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School. Dave is a philanthropist, supporting many causes annually. Dave established an endowment in his parents’ memory at the Hartt School, serves on the its Board for audience development, and works closely with the guitar faculty and students, insisting that musicians must be good citizens, sharing their gifts with the world around them.

Miss Julia – Irish Dance

With over 20 years of Irish dance experience, both competitive and non-competitive, Miss Julia has worked with dancers of all ages and experience levels.  She provides a fun and engaging curriculum incorporating both traditional solo and group ceili dances (Irish social dances).  While these are non-competitive classes, they’re a great place to get started in the world of Irish dance.

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Eliomar Nascimento – Piano, Voice, and Musical Theater

Eliomar Nascimento started as a pianist earning a Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance from the Brazilian Conservatory of Music, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He then dedicated his career to the Operatic stage pursuing another Bachelor’s degree in Voice from Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. He then moved to Boston for a Master’s degree in Vocal Performance and Certificate Diploma from the Opera Institute at Boston University. Eliomar brings his musical experience as a faculty member for the Young Artists Vocal Program for Boston University Tanglewood Institute in Lenox, MA. He teaches voice and piano at PAC and is Music Director for many of our musical theater production. While at B.U., Eliomar tackled roles like Figaro in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro and Don Alfonso in Mozart’s Così fan tutte. Praised by the Boston Herald as the owner of a “Deep, lush voice” for his portrayal of Don Basilio in Rossini’s Barber of Seville, he has also appeared in La Traviata, Lo Schiavo, I Pagliacci, Elektra, Salome, La Clemenza di Tito, Magic Flute, Bluebeard’s Castle and many others with companies such as Opera Aperta, Real Time Opera, Connecticut Lyric Opera and Boston Lyric Opera. Mr. Nacimento is fluent in English, Portuguese, Spanish and Italian.

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David Owens – Piano

David is an experienced composer, pianist, organist, conductor and accompanist. He has worked as a collaborative artist with hundreds of singers and instrumentalists, as well as a piano and organ soloist in chamber music, and as a conductor. He received his BA from the Eastman School of Music and completed his graduate studies at the Manhattan School of Music. David is also a widely-read music journalist, having received the Deems Taylor Award for Distinguished Music Criticism from the American performing rights society, ASCAP. He has published and networked widely on the subject of contemporary music, including radio work, lectures and panels. David’s compositions have been played and sung by a number of chamber ensembles, orchestras, choruses and soloists throughout New England. Albany Records recently released a commercial CD recording of several of Mr. Owens’ works.

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Maria Price – Cello and Strings

Maria Price is a multi-instrumentalist and educator from the Boston area.  She specializes in instrumental music, but also has years of experience teaching classroom music in the Dedham Public Schools, where she incorporated elements of John Feierebend and Edwin E. Gordon’s music education methods to create an environment of “tuneful, beatiful, and artful” learners.

Maria received her Bachelor of Music from the University of Massachusetts Lowell, earning a dual degree in Music Education and Music Performance within 4 years, and graduating Summa Cum Laude.  She went on to earn her Masters in Music Education from The Boston Conservatory at Berklee, where she student-taught under mentors such as Susan Shipley of the Boston Latin School and Heather Kirby of Dedham Public Schools.

Recently, Maria returned to Massachusetts from two years abroad in Kenya, where she worked as Strings Teacher and Director of School Orchestras at the Mount Kenya Academy in Nyeri, Kenya.  During her time at Mount Kenya Academy, she coached many individual students through ABRSM playing exams, and led the MKA Senior School orchestra to place 1st overall in the nation-wide Kenya Music Festival in August 2018.

Maria has a great interest in traditional music of the world, and has studied Cambodian music under master teacher Sovann Kohn, Ugandan drumming and xylophone/madinda music under master teacher Moses Buyondo, traditional Irish music at the Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, and Ewe dance drumming at the Dagbe Cultural Centre in Kopeyia, Ghana.  She has also played with Gamelan Laras Tentrem based out of Tufts University.  You can probably find her attending Irish sessions at pubs around Boston, or performing around Boston with the AfroBrazilian percussion fusion ensemble, Grooversity.

When she’s not teaching or playing music, Maria enjoys expanding her physical and mental limits through yoga, reading a good book, learning a new language (her current project is Swahili), and savoring a good cup of coffee.

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Ann Stimson – Piano

Ann Stimson holds a MA in Music Composition from SUNY Buffalo and a BA in Music from Oberlin College. She has taught piano to children and adults for over 17 years, exploring genres from classical to ragtime to jazz to movie music. She encourages her students to compose and notate their own music. Every year, she puts together a book of her students’ compositions called “Music By Young Composers.” Ann is an active composer and member of American Women Composers/MA, now part of International Alliance for Women in Music. She premiered her most recent work, Caracas, at last winter’s PAC Faculty recital.

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Zachery Surapine – Violin and Viola

Zachary received his Bachelor of Music Degree in violin performance from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst, where is also working to complete a Bachelor of Music Education. As an undergraduate at UMass, Zachary alternated roles between Principal Second Violin and playing in the first violin section. He has played with the Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra, UMass Amherst Symphony Orchestra, the Shanghai Quartet, Apple Hill String, Chiara String and Boromeo String Quartets. He served as an orchestral leader mentor/teacher at Amherst Regional High School and he is an Eagle Scout.

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Joey Talbert – Children’s Theater

Joey Talbert holds a M.Ed. from Lesley College. She has been teaching drama and telling stories professionally for 20 years. Prior to that, she taught preschool in a classroom setting. Joey enjoys traveling to other preschools, performing art centers and children’s theatre companies to share her love of drama with children ages 2-9. During the summer months, she runs a drama camp for children 8-12 years old. Ask Joey how she feels about her schedule and she will tell you she has the best job ever!

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Katherine Waters – Musical Theater and Drama

Katherine Waters has taught music at Algonquin Regional High School since 2006. She earned her music degree from San Francisco State University and her Master’s in Music Education from Boston Conservatory. She has worked in Indiana and Massachusetts as a school music teacher, a church choir director, director of musicals, drama teacher and private voice teacher. Katherine was a music instructor and choir director at Indiana University at Kokomo, and has sung with the Indianapolis Opera Chorus. Kathrine has also been a lead performer and/or director with Kokomo Civic Theatre, Southborough Players, Stageloft Repertory Theater, Performing Arts Center of MetroWest and River’s Edge Players.