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Community Music Lesson Program Instructors

Philip Andrews


Philip holds a Master's in Percussion from the College-Conservatory of Music and a Bachelor's in Percussion from the Hartt School of Music. He offers lessons in everything from drum set to concert percussion, including timpani, mallet percussion, and battery percussion. When he is not teaching, Philip maintains an active performance schedule playing percussion and drums for various local orchestras and musical theater productions, as well as steel drums for the Jimmy Buffett tribute show, Changes in Latitudes. Philip is the founder, manager, and main performer for his own steel drum group, Steel Accent Steelband.

Stephan Arsenault

Double Bass | Electric Bass

Stephan earned a bachelor's degree in music at Berklee College of Music, bachelor's degree in computer science at Fitchburg State University, and master's degree in computer science at Boston University. Stephan's musical interests and experience span from jazz to classical to bluegrass. He has played bass with the Artie Barsamian Big Band and Swingtet, Winiker Swing Orchestra, Symphony Pro Musica, Central Mass Jazz Orchestra, Leominster Colonial Band, Ashby Band, and the Ramblin Floyds. Currently, Stephan is a member of the Hal McIntyre Orchestra, the Itchy Feet Jazz Nonet, and the Fitchburg State Community Orchestra. He plays bass in pit orchestras for musical theater productions and is Music Director for the Ashby First Parish Church.

Jane Fiske

Piano (MAA Scholarship)

Jane Fiske is Professor of Humanities (Music) at Fitchburg State University, and former Humanities Department Chair and Interim Dean of the Division of Arts & Sciences. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in music education from Boston University and Masters and Bachelor degrees in piano performance from the New England Conservatory of Music. She studied with Maria Clodes Jaguaribe, Gabriel Chodos, and Maria Bono, and has performed as recitalist throughout the New England area and as principal soloist with the Indian Hill Symphony Orchestra, the Salem Philharmonic Orchestra, the Marlboro Symphony Orchestra, and the Thayer Symphony Orchestra as winner of the Concerto Competition. She has released CDs featuring music by Scarlatti, Clara and Robert Schumann, Brahms, Villa-Lobos, Messiaen, Chopin and Debussy. She received the Vincent J. Mara Award for Excellence in Teaching at the university. She volunteers her time to teach piano lessons to students who receive the McKay Arts Academy Scholarship.

David Hines 

Bass Guitar | Piano | Guitar | Ukulele

David Hines studied music composition at Berklee College, piano and music theory at The Manhattan School of Music.  He studied bass and composition with jazz legend, Stanley Clarke.  David has performed at Acton Jazz Cafe, Scullers, Johnny D's, Ryles, Spirit of Boston Cruises (Band Leader), and in house band at Resorts Casino in Atlantic City. Currently, he performs in the David Hines Band and the David Hines Trio and tours nationally with the band, The Peacheaters. He has recorded and performed with Steve Hunt, Allan Holdsworth, Steve Michaud, Utar Artun, David Fiuczynski, Frank Tiberi, Miles Donahue, Fred Hirsch, Pete McCann, Joel Taylor, Steve Kirby, Bill Vint, Prasanna, and Pamela Hines.  He has recorded, composed, and co-produced internationally successful solo fusion project albums, Nebula, InnerDuality, and Kaleidoscope. Three of David’s bass students received the Luis Armstrong Award from The Juilliard College in New York.

Pamela Hines


Jazz pianist Pamela Hines received her Master's in Jazz from New England Conservatory. Her debut CD in 1998 earned her a guest spot on Piano Jazz with Marian McPartland in 2000. She has performed at clubs in New York, Boston and many other east coast venues. Three of her trio CDs have reached the top-20 national radio charts. Hines has been the host of Live Jazz New England, on 90.5-WICN, since October, 2012. She has worked with many jazz greats including Jerry Bergonzi, John Lockwood and Yoron Israel.

Roy Imperio


Born in the Philippines, Roy Imperio earned music degrees from the University of the Philippines and Andrews University and has taken master classes with Menahem Pressler at Indiana University. A dedicated piano teacher for more than three decades and a versatile pianist, he performs locally and internationally as a soloist, accompanist, collaborative pianist, and chamber musician. He has released two CDs: Music of Frederic Chopin: A Life of Passion and Holiday Music in New England with The Bulfinch Players. He is Director of Music at the Faith United Parish in Fitchburg and collaborative pianist at Boston Conservatory.

Matthew Kim

Saxophone | Clarinet | Flute

Matthew Kim earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) with a double major in Music Education and Classics.  He earned a master's degree in saxophone performance at the Longy School of Music.  Matthew has played saxophone in the National Wind Ensemble at Carnegie Hall under the direction of H. Robert Reynolds, the Worcester County Light Opera Company, the Holy Cross Graduation Band, and Fantasy Big Band in Hopedale.  He has played flute at the After Hours Arts Program in Lynn MA. As a Massachusetts Department of Education certified music educator, Matthew has taught master classes, beginning jazz improv, and individual lessons.  He has been a counselor & teacher for middle and high school students at UNH's Summer Youth Music School.

Jackie Landry


Jackie earned a certificate in songwriting & professional music from Berklee College of Music and a bachelor's degree in recreation/music from Western Stage College in Colorado.  Jackie plays the ukulele, guitar and piano and has been a band member for Super Cool Beans Band and lead singer for The Green Apple Kids Band. She is the creator and instructor for Minizicians music program for 2-6 year olds, and she composed music for Minizicians CD that she produced.

Robert Landry


Bob Landry earned bachelor's degrees in music synthesis & commercial arranging and music education from Berklee College of Music. He earned a master's degree in music education from University of Connecticut. As music teacher at Samoset School middle school for 19 years, Bob brings extensive experience conducting/directing concert bands, jazz bands, choruses, orchestras, and singers in theater productions. A guitarist, singer and pianist, Bob performed in the band Law, and he performs in pit orchestras and other professional ensembles.

Paul Luria

Guitar | Banjo | Ukelele | Mandolin | Harmonica

Paul Luria is an active performer and teacher. He has been a musician for most of his life and currently plays with three different bands. As an instructor, he is committed to a balance of long range goals and instant gratification.

Cynthia Menard


As a fiddler and vocalist, Cynthia Menard has performed and recorded fiddle and folk music with the Contra Banditos throughout New England. She also plays violin in the Fitchburg State Community Orchestra. While studying violin at Oswego State University, Cynthia performed with Oswego State College-Community Orchestra and Oswego Opera Theater Orchestra.  In teaching violin, she blends classical training with many different styles of music depending on the interest of each student, helping students of all ages find passion in their playing.

Julia Okrusko


Julia Okrusko, Bachelor’s Degree in Violin Performance at Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theater at Vilnius; Master’s Degree & Performance Diploma in Violin Performance at Boston University. Julia has won awards for violin playing at International J.S. Bach Competition in Boston, A Glazounov Competition in Paris, and International JH Heifetz Competition in Lithuania. She has composed award-winning music including Legends: Fantasy Violin CD, which was nominated for Best Classical, Best Orchestral, and Best New Age categories by Hollywood Music. Julia is the first violinist and founder of the New England String Quartet. 

Cynthia Bryndis Schilling


Cynthia earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from the University of Massachusetts Amherst Commonwealth Honors College, where she was recipient of the Chancellor’s Talent Award and Eugenie M. May Piano Award for outstanding musicianship. She studied piano with Gilles Vonsattel at UMass, and also studied with Elinor Freer, Roy Imperio, and Dr. Jane Fiske. Cynthia has performed solo piano and chamber music at Bowdoin International Music Festival, Buffalo Center for 21st Century Music, and Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival. She has played piano, violin, and viola in many ensembles, including UMass Symphony Orchestra, Five-College Baroque Ensemble, UMass Women’s Choir, UMass Percussion Ensemble, Symphony Pro Musica, and Fitchburg State Community Orchestra.

Hildur Schilling

Violin | Viola

Hildur Schilling received a full scholarship (Artistic Achievement Award) to study violin and viola performance at Meadow School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University, where she also majored in psychology.  She earned a doctorate in cognitive psychology from UMass Amherst and is Professor of Psychological Science at Fitchburg State, where she conducts the Fitchburg State Community Orchestra. Hildur played violin/viola in Waco Symphony, East Texas Symphony, Wichita Falls Symphony, Thayer Symphony, Manchester Music Festival, and Killington Music Festival. Currently, she enjoys playing violin and viola in chamber music ensembles and in pit orchestras for musical theater productions.

Mark St. Laurent


Bass-baritone Mark St. Laurent earned a B.M., M.M., and Performer’s Certificate from Indiana University. He studied with Carlos Alexander, Camilla Williams, John Humphry, and Ruud Van de Meer. He sang solos at Aspen Music Festival, Bach Aria Festival, Boston Lyric Opera, Lake George Opera, Monadnock Music, Indian Hill Symphony, and the Liederkranz Foundation.  He sang opera for productions of La Bohème, Madame Butterfly, Die Zauberflöte, Don Giovanni, The Barber of Seville, and The Elixir of Love. Students from his studio include regional/national finalists & winners of Metropolitan Opera Guild and performers with Metropolitan Opera, St. Louis Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Utah Opera, Sarasota Opera, and Boston Lyric Opera. Mark has taught at New England Conservatory and Brandeis University.

Jodi Helenora Stevens

Electric Bass

Jodi earned a Bachelor of Music from Berklee College of Music with concentrations in Education and Electric Bass performance. She has played electric bass in The Mix ‘Em Ups, 8 Misbehavin’ (an 8 piece
jazz band), and pit orchestras for musical theater productions. She performed her bass composition Simpatico at the women’s musical festival Alive by Her Own Hand at Brandeis University. Some of her
compositions have been used in a film, a radio play, and a compilation cd. Jodi has taught lessons for over 20 years.

Laurie Strubbe


Laurie Strubbe, B.A in Music from Eastern Kentucky University, M.M. in Music Education from University of Miami. Laurie is the Principal Cellist for Merrimack Valley Symphony and Fitchburg State Community Orchestra. She also plays cello for Kimberly Consort and Thayer Symphony Orchestra. She has performed in Puccini Festival Orchestra and ensembles for Cranberry Coast Concerts. Laurie has taught cello for over 25 years.

Ning Tien


Born in Beijing, Dr. Ning Tien is a performer and teacher of violoncello, piano, chamber and orchestra ensembles. With over 30 years of experience, her career as a cellist has taken her around the globe from Boston to Bali, and from New York to Beijing, as well as to numerous cities in the U.S. and Europe. A resident of Massachusetts, she is the founding member of the New England Piano Trio.