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.
Rebecca Campbell – Musical Theater, Ballet/Tap Dance and Acting
Rebecca Campbell attained her B.A. in Theatre with a minor in Dance from Dean College and a M.A. in Theatre Studies at Montclair State University. Currently Rebecca is an Adjunct Professor of the Performing Arts at Dean College. Her experience includes work as a Program Assistant for Peak Performances at The Alexander Kasser Theatre, a production house that premieres Global and American performing artists. She has Co-Directed a summer youth camp, and directed, produced and choreographed numerous musicals and plays.
Julia Da Costa – 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.
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.
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.
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 25 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.
Diane Hartung – Violin and Viola
Diane Hartung holds a M.M. in violin performance from Western Washington University and a Post Graduate Studies certificate from Der Musik Hochschule, Cologne, Germany. She plays 1st violin, 3rd chair, at the Wellesley Symphony Orchestra and is hired to play violin for the Lincoln Sudbury Civic Orchestra and the Boston Civic Symphony. Diane has taught violin to students of all ages for over 30 years.
Samuel Hausman – Trombone, Trumpet and Brass
Samuel Hausman received his B.A. in Trombone from University of Connecticut and M.M. in Trombone Performance from Hartt School of Music. He works as a Professor of Trombone at Curry College, a private instructor in his own studio and at many local community music schools. He is currently a member of the Du Bois Symphony Orchestra at Harvard University.
David Houston – Flute
David Houston trained at the High School of Music and Art in NYC, before receiving a B.A. in flute from SUNY Purchase an later a M.M. and D.M. in flute performance from Indiana University School of Music. He teaches students of all ages in his private studio and many community music schools in Eastern MA. David is a member of the Riverview Chamber Plays and a Substitute Flute at the Wellelsey Symphony Orchestra.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Johnny Mok – Cello
Johnny Mok received a M.M. in Cello from Boston Conservatory and a B.M. in Cello from the University of Alabama. He has taught cello to all ages of students. He performs locally, nationally and internationally with many well known symphonies and orchestras.
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 PAC summer musical theater workshops. 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.
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.
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.
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.
Luther Warren – Violin and Viola
Violinist and violist Luther Warren has received numerous awards for his work and appeared as soloist with several orchestras. His playing has been featured multiple times on National Public Radio and at such festivals as Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute, Perlman Music Program’s Chamber Music Workshop, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival, Taos School of Music, the International Holland Music Sessions, and Domaine Forget International Music Festival. He has collaborated in performance with such artists as David Shifrin, Colin Carr, Ida Kavafian, Steven Tenenbom, Atar Arad, and Hsin-Yun Huang. He also acts as a regular substitute violist for the Borromeo String Quartet. As a teacher, Luther maintains a private studio and serves as violin and viola instructor for Merrimack College and Main Street Music in Waltham. Luther holds degrees from the New England Conservatory where he studied with Donald Weilerstein, Miriam Fried, and Martha Katz.