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Faculty Profiles




Mary Barth
Mary Jessie (Dunnett) Barth is a Cape Cod native, a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association and thrilled to be living on the Cape once again! Mary graduated from Emerson College with a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre, and moved to Chicago after graduation to study improv comedy at Second City and taught private voice and piano classes as well. From 2007-2010, Mary took a hiatus from life in Chicago to live in Orlando, FL and worked as a comedic actor and singer in shows at Walt Disney World's EPCOT Center. In 2010, Mary and her husband moved back to Chicago and Mary continued to teach private lessons, and also became a general music/theatre teacher as well as the drama director at a PreK - 8th grade school in Chicago. A fun fact about Mary is that she truly "got her start" here at the Cape Conservatory when she was 3 years old in the preschool program. Aside from attending preschool, Mary also took dance classes, and several years of piano and voice with Dot Lortie and Dru Sunderman. Mary is honored to join the staff at the Conservatory and is looking forward to making new memories! Mary is currently a graduate student at Boston University pursuing a Masters degree in Music Education and is expected to graduate in 2015.

Roy Campbell
B.M., U. Mass. Lowell; Principal trombone for Cape Symphony; trombonist for Boston Opera; faculty of Brown University, South Shore Conservatory; toured with Los Angles Opera a la Carte; music director, Monomoy Theater.  After graduating from UMass Lowell with performance degrees in piano and trombone, Roy toured as principal trombonist with Milton Berle in a two-year vaudeville review.  Returning to Boston he worked as trombonist with Sarah Caldwell's "Boston Opera Company" and as house trombonist for the Colonial Theater, South Shore Music Circus, and The Cape Cod Melody Tent. Roy has also performed at the Shubert and Wang Theaters and with the Boston Pops "Adventures In Music" concerts.  Roy has taught at Brown University, Norwood High School, and South Shore Conservatory. He is currently professor of music at Bridgewater State University. He has directed shows at Monomoy Theater in Chatham, Harwich Jr. Theater, and was conductor and director of bands at Bridgewater State University .

Mirela Chisbora
D.M.A., SUNY at Stony Brook; M.M., New England Conservatory; B.M., Gheorghe Dima Conservatory.

Kaeza Fearn
Bachelor of Arts, Music, Haverford College, PA; Master of Music, The Hartt School, CT.  Kaeza Fearn is an accomplished pianist, musical director, and composer.  As an enthusiastic educator, Ms. Fearn has held teaching positions from elementary school through college.  She is the music director at First Parish Unitarian in Taunton, MA, where she sings, plays and conducts the newly formed choir.  As a pianist, she has accompanied singers at the Boston Lyric Opera and has appeared with the Falmouth Chamber Players.  As a composer, Ms. Fearn has been commissioned by groups including the Thetford Chamber Singers and the Phoenix Concerts.  Her piano teaching style emphasizes building skills such as note-reading, improvisation and expressiveness while cultivating a joy of playing.  She is releasing an album of original chants with piano.  She currently teaches in West Barnstable on Tuesdays.

Sylvia Karkus Furash
Boston University, College of Music (BMus Perf) with certifications from Northern Illinois University (group piano) and Amherst College (Taubman technique).  State- and nationally-certified in piano and theory by the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA).   Mrs. Furash has taught private and group piano students at Tulsa, Jr. College in Oklahoma, Duchess Community College in Poughkeepsie, New York. She teaches all levels and all ages.   She has presented workshops for teachers on the national, state and local levels, and published articles in national music teacher magazines. She has also adjudicated for auditions and competitions throughout the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut region. Mrs. Furash served on the executive boards of Oklahoma-Tulsa Accredited Music Teachers Association, New York State MTA, and founded and chaired the Poughkeepsie, NY, chapter of the National Guild of Piano Teachers. Her affiliations include Massachusetts MTA, Piano Teachers Congress of NY and the National Guild of Piano Teachers.Her teachers have included Grete Husserl, Alfredo A. Fondacaro, Edith Stearns, Aldo Mancinelli. Mrs. Furash currently studies with Robert Durso and Yoriko Fieleke of the Golandsky (Taubman) Institute of Piano.   She has performed solo and chamber works,  with Rudolph Efram, violin and in duo piano with Florence M. Grenis, Julie Martyn-Baker, flute of the Hudson Valley, New York. Cape Cod performances have been solo, with Dan Flonta,violin; and Donna Murphy, piano. 

Dorothy Lortie
B.S. Ed., Worcester State College. Graduate study, Assumption College; faculty, Worcester Public Schools; currently Music Director, Our Lady of Victory Church, Centerville.

Donna Murphy
Traditional music teaching including all styles of music, with emphasis on Theory. Has been a music educator for 42 years, graduating with a BA in Music Education from Wagner College in New York, majoring in organ studies, served as president of Alpha Tau Mu Music Fraternity and was harpsichordist with the Renaissance music group, Collegium Musicum. Additional education included the Orff Music Teaching Method. While in Connecticut taught public school music, held positions in various denominations of churches as Organist and Music Director of both adult and children’s vocal and handbell choirs, and was accompanist for a school system choral program for grades 3-12.  Taught piano and organ in her own private studio, with additional concentration in theory, for 32 years.  For many years has been a member of Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), CT State and Hartford Chapter, MA State and served as president of the newly formed Cape & Islands Chapter. She has also been a member of the American Guild of Organists (AGO) and The American Handbell Ringers for many years.  Donna presently serves as Organist and Music Director for both vocal and handbell choirs at West Parish of Barnstable.
In addition she is in The Artist in Residence Program at CT Children’s Medical Center in Hartford, CT doing music with cancer and post trauma patients.  

Chris Morris
B.M. and M.M., Oberlin Conservatory. Young Artists Piano Program, Boston University Tanglewood Institute. Winner of the Carol Nott Piano Pedagogy Prize. Presenter, Music Educators National Conference, Washington, D.C.  Faculty, Academy of Performing Arts, Orleans.  Chorus Master, Cape Cod Opera.  Music Director, Brewster Baptist Church.

Norma Perron
Ms. Perron started piano lessons at 5 years of age.  She grew up in a musical household with her mother playing the piano and her father playing the trumpet.  Ms. Perron studied piano through high school, where she was an accompanist for an orchestra, singing groups, theater groups, and a soloist.  Because of an illness in the family, Ms. Perron was unable to attend college full time.  She was accepted at the New England Conservatory as a special student, where she attended school for seven years studying piano, theory, counterpoint, and harmony. Her piano teacher prepared her for a concert career. During summers she attended Yale University’s summer program. She won the audition for young musicians in Worcester County and was presented in a concert there and other concerts quickly followed. Ms. Perron has taught piano since attending N. E. C. and she continues to accompany singing groups and instrumentalists. Several of her students have gone on to receive music degrees.

Loretta Slovak
M.S. and B.S., Juilliard School of Music. Awarded Phi Beta Scholarship for Chamber Music Study at Berkshire Music Center, Tanglewood; Carl Friedberg Scholarship, Carnegie Hall, New York; Artists Diploma, The American College of Musicians; Certified Judge, American College of Musicians. Soloist with Boston Pops Symphony Orchestra, National Orchestral Society, and Berkshire Music Festival.

LaVada Studley (Piano, Assistant Conductor, Choraliers)
LaVada taught for 32 years in the Falmouth and Mashpee Public Schools and continues to do so part-time.  Her graduate work was at Lowell State College and she received her Masters in Education degree from Cambridge College.  LaVada was principle bassist with the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra for thirteen years.  She held several offices in the district and state music education organizations including most recently, President of the Massachusetts Music Educators' Association. The following awards are to her credit: The M.M.E.A. Lowell Mason Award, Cape Cod Arts Foundation Teacher of the Year Award, M.M.E.A. Distinguished Service Award and the Cape Cod Symphony Educator of the Year Award.

Elizabeth Tipton
M.S. and B.S., Juilliard School. Post-graduate studies, Columbia Teachers College; soloist and chamber player in New York and New Jersey.

Laurie Uguccioni
M.F.A., New York University Tisch School for the Arts, B.M., University of Miami.

Elaine Burkly

M.A., Fitchburg State University; B.M. Music Ed., Minor in Voice and piano, Boston University.
A vocal coach and voice teacher for several decades, Ms. Burkly has performed in Carnegie Hall, Boston Symphony Hall and soloed with choral groups in MA, RI, FL, and SC. She has performed with Leopold Stokowski, Arthur Fiedler, Louis Armstrong, Arthur Miller and Fummerfelt of Westminister Choir at Spoleto events. Ms. Burkly is the choral Director of the Music Theater Youth Singers and Choraliers. She was also the Fine Arts Director K-12 for the Falmouth Public Schools (11 years) and Music and Choral Director, Falmouth Schools (17 years). In Florida, Ms. Burkly was responsible for the Sarasota Youth Opera chorus, the Anna Maria chorus and orchestra, Choral Master as well as the Anna Maria Island Youth Choir and the adult Repertory Singers.  Ms. Burkly also taught at the Longboat Education Center where she started a choral group that presented concert versions of Broadway musicals as well as light classics. In Charleston, SC she was a member and section leader of the Charleston Symphony Chorus and the Cathedral Choir, which are audition-selected choirs as well as a voice and piano teacher. In Rhode Island, Ms. Burkly taught in the Lincoln school where she was responsible for the chorus and band in grades 7 -12. She organized, directed and arranged music for the Veritones, a semi-professional chorale that performed extensively in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.In Falmouth, the Choraliers have presented concerts at the Conservatory, performed in nursing homes and for various clubs at their meeting/holiday gatherings.

Joseph Dudzinski
Master’s in Music, George Mason University, Virginia. Second master’s degree from the Catholic University of America.  Joe has also studied with Dr. Stan Engebretson (Stanford U.), conductor of the National Philharmonic Chorus, and Dr. Laura Mann (Eastman School); Dr. Mann has performed more than 40 opera roles in Europe and the U.S., and now tours with her recital “Operatunity.” Joseph was awarded the Melton Music Teaching Scholarship at George Mason University in 2000 in recognition of his experience as an educator on the elementary, secondary and adult levels, and his proficiency in piano, organ and voice.  He has conducted choral groups for twenty years, mainly in Washington, DC.  He currently lives in Hyannis, MA, and serves as music director at Christ Church Plymouth.  Prior to joining the Conservatory, he taught piano, voice, chorus and vocal workshops at the Nantucket School of Music. He is also active in studio teaching, performing, and choral adjudication.  As bass/baritone, he has sung the role of the Count in Figaro and has twice performed a recital of Moses Hogan Spirituals.

Chloe S. Johnson 
M.A. York University B.A. Bangor University. Chloe received her higher education at two of the United Kingdom’s most highly rated universities for music. During her studies she trained in both the Bel Canto classical style and performed in a folk/pop group. Chloe trained with MusicLeader Yorkshire and Opera North in the practice of leading music workshops for students of all ages. Her undergraduate degree focused on music composition, voice training and music pedagogy, while her postgraduate degree concentrated on music performance and vocal history and repertoire. She has performed with three opera companies in various roles from the Baroque, Classical, and Romantic traditions. Her recent choir solos include “Pie Jesu” Requiem - Gabriel Fauré, The Rio Grande - C. Lambert, and Four Motets - A. Copland. Chloe is an experienced performer and teacher of all styles of song (broadway, operatic, liturgical, jazz, pop, et cetera) and expert in singing French, Spanish, Italian, Latin, German, English, Welsh and Swedish.

Lesli Loosli
M.A., Music Education Montclair State University, B.F.A. Opera Theater Boston University. Ms. Loosli has had a varied career as a voice teacher and coach, as well as a singing career as a soloist in opera, concert and oratorio. She has performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra conducted by Charles Munch and the Boston Pops conducted by Arthur Fiedler and Harry Ellis Dickson. Lesli was a soloist for Leopold Stokowski in the American premier performance of Carl Orff's Carmina Burana. Ms. Loosli was a scholarship student at Boston University Opera under the direction of Sarah Caldwell where she received her B.F.A. with a major in voice. While a student she won scholarships for two summers at the Tanglewood Opera Department under Boris Goldovsky. After completing her degree she performed for two seasons as the prima soprano with the Boston Comic Opera Company in Milwaukee with leading roles in operas of Mozart, Strauss, Gilbert and Sullivan, to name a few. Her career continued to flourish and Ms. Loosli was a Foundation recipient to perform at the Brevard Music Center in North Carolina and at the Chautauqua Music Festival. Lesli was the Artistic Director of the Bloomfield Opera Theater in Bloomfield, New Jersey for 12 years. The National Council of the Arts and New Jersey Council of the Arts funded the Bloomfield Opera Theater. Ms. Loosli is accepting voice students in West Barnstable and Falmouth.

Brandon Martinez
B.M. in Vocal Performance, Texas Christian University: M.M. Vocal Performance and Vocal Pedagogy, New England Conservatory of Music
Mr. Martinez has been teaching voice & vocal techniques since 2006 in Boston & Texas.  He has performed in several recitals, operas & choirs throughout New England & in the Fort Worth area of Texas.  Recently he was awarded thrid place in the Peter Elvins Vocal Competition in Belmont, MA & is currently a board member at the National Association of Teachers Singing in Boston.

Drusilla Welt Sunderman
B.S. in Music Education, University of Massachusetts, Lowell.
Ms. Sunderman has been the Vocal Music teacher and Choral Conductor with Barnstable, Cambridge, Dennis-Yarmouth, and Brewster public schools for over 22 years. She is the Vocal Director for Knights Theater Co. in Sandwich and Barnstable, presenting the musicals, Guys & Dolls, Crazy for You, South Pacific, Carousel, Once Upon a Mattress, Grease, The Wiz, Funny Girl, and The Wizard of Oz.
Ms. Sunderman's professional singing career includes Church Soloist and Choir Director, Master Singers vocal ensemble, and several musical roles including The King & I and No, No, Nanette. She has toured with the vocal duo Sisters Too.Currently, Ms. Sunderman is teaching Broadway Vocal Music at Cape Cod Conservatory, where she has taught for 15 years. Her students have performed on and off Broadway in New York and Disney World in Florida. Ms. Sunderman also does piano accompanying for students and musicals.

Lary Chaplan (violin & fiddle)
Bachelor of Fine Arts, City University of New York.  Master of Education, University of Massachusetts, Boston. In 1954, Mr. Chaplan started studying and playing violin in Los Angeles with Ben Berzinsky, a previous member of the New York Philharmonic and teacher of Albert Einstein. Mr. Chaplan joined the California Jr. Symphony in 1959 where he remained a member for 9 years. He attended UCLA for 3 ½ years, studying violin and chamber music with Stanley Plummer. He then moved to New York City where he attended CUNY and received a Bachelor of Fine Art degree. Mr. Chaplan studied and performed with John Lewis, Joel Lester, Tiny Grimes, and Albert Hirsh. He played as a free lance violinist in New York for 18 years, working with various symphonies, pit orchestras, rock bands, and jazz bands.  In 1989, Mr. Chaplan moved to Cape Cod and joined the Cape Symphony Orchestra, the Plymouth Philharmonic, the SMU Symphony,  and Woods Hole Choral Society. Mr. Chaplan attended U. Mass Boston where he received Master of Education.
Grades Pre K – 6:  Music Education, Strings Education
Grades 7 – 12: Music Education, Strings Education
Grades 5 – 9: Mathematics
Grades 9 – 12: Mathematics

Laura Balboni Craciun (viola)
Laura Balboni Craciun is a graduate of the Peabody Institute of Music, John Hopkins University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Viola Performance.  She studied with Patricia McCarty (former asst. Princ. violist of the Boston Symphony Orch.), paul Coletti and Helen Callus (former President, American Viola Society).  Laura has performed at the Kennedy Center in NY, and toured in various orchestras in Finland, Spain and Italy.  She participated in the Tanglewood Institute, principal violist at the Chautauqua Institute, and was a member of the Sessione Senese Chamber Orchestra in Sienna, Italy.  Ms. Balboni Craciun was selected for the National Honors Orchestra in Washington D.C., and the East-Coast Honors Orchestra.  Laura is currently principal violist with the Falmouth Chamber Players Orchestra and giving solor performances throughout Cape Cod.  She was awarded the Xerox "Humanities" Award, "Daughters of the American Revolution" Good Citizen Award and received a Citation from the Governor of MA for excellence in both music and fine art.  She lives in Harwich with her two young sons, speaks fluent Romanian, and enjoys Moldavian Folk Art. View Laura's artwork.

Bo Ericsson (cello)
Mr. Ericsson, a native of Skovde, Sweden, graduated from Gothenborg Conservatory of Music and the Swedish Radio School of Music in Stockholm where he studied with Erling Bengtsson. Further studies included Anthony Pini and William Pleeth in London and the Amadeus String Quarter in Cologne, Germany. Mr. Ericsson has performed with the Gothenborg Symphony, Swedish Radio Orchestra, Upsala Chamber Soloists and served for six years as the principal cellist with the Bergen (Norway) Philharmonic.  A founding member of the Berwald String Quartet, he toured all over Europe with that group in performances that included the premiere works of many of the Continent’s top composers.  Mr. Ericsson is the principal cellist for the Cape Cod Symphony and is an active and much sought-after performer of chamber music, including his work with his wife, Liz, in the Schultze-Ericsson Cello Duo.  Mr. Ericsson and Ms. Schultze live in East Orleans where he operates a workshop repairing violins and cellos.

Dan Flonta (violin)
Mr. Dan Flonta earned his Master of Music in Violin Performance from Bowling Green State University in Ohio and his Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from The Gheorghe Dima Music Academy in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Mr. Flonta has performed extensively throughout Europe and North America. Some of the venues include The Berliner Philharmoniker Concert Hall and Chamber Music Hall, The Herodes Atticus Theater in Athens, Greece, The Norwalk Concert Hall, Troy Music Hall and the EMPAC Center in Troy, New York. A native of Romania, Mr. Flonta won an honorable mention at the George Georgescu International Violin Competition in Tulcea, Romania as well as a place at the prestigious Bach Academy Festival in Stuttgart, Germany under the artistic direction of Maestro Helmuth Rilling. In addition, Mr. Flonta was appointed Concert Master and Principal second Violin at several orchestras in Romania, Italy, Spain, Germany and The United States. Mr. Flonta’s teaching experience is vast and it includes positions with The Bowling Green State University in Ohio, Academy of Saint Joseph in Manhattan and The New York Conservatory of Music in Manhattan.

Clayton Hoener (violin)
Mr. Clayton Hoener is a dynamic and versatile violinist who has performed extensively throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. He is principal second violin of the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, and also performs with Boston Baroque and the Handel & Haydn Society. With eight musicians of the Handel and Haydn Society and the vocal group Chanticleer, Mr. Hoener participated in the 2002 Grammy Award winning recording of John Tavener’s compelling composition Lamentations and Praises. Clayton Hoener was a founding member and first violinist of the Boston Composers String Quartet winning a silver medal in the 1993 Osaka Chamber Music Competition, a Chamber Music America Three-Year Residency Grant, and the 1995 CMA/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming. As solo violinist and chamber musician, he has also participated in the Cleveland, Taos, and Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festivals, and the prestigious Internationale Sommerakademie-Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. For over a quarter century, violin and pedagogical instruction has held a special place in his career. Mr. Hoener is Community Programs Chair of Strings at Longy School of Music and also on the faculty of Cape Cod Conservatory. He holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Boston University as a student of Roman Totenberg. Mr. Hoener has recorded for Albany, Koch International Classics, Master Musicians Collective, Music and Arts, and Northeastern Records. He performs on both period and modern instruments. Carl Becker and Son of Chicago made his modern violin in 1925.

Yoko Waynen (violin)
Yoko Furihata Waynen, began studying violin at the age of 3 at the original Suzuki school called “The Talent Education Institute” in Nagano, Japan and occasion, she was fortunate to receive advice from Dr. Shinichi Suzuki himself. She holds her bachelor degree from Soai University in Osaka where she was a student of Machie Oguri. Later, she studied at the University of Wyoming and Longy School of Music in Cambridge. She is a faculty member at the Cape Cod Conservatory as well as a member of the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra.  She joined the faculty at Sandwich Montessori School in the fall of 2013 teaching basic Japanese to pre-school students.

Judy Yaldatel (string bass)
Judy Yaldatel is a member of the Cape Cod Symphony and Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestras. She also holds the position of Principal Bass with the Simon Sinfonietta and Cape Sinfonietta/Chatham Chorale Orchestras. Additionally, she has performed with the San Antonio Symphony and the orchestras of the Houston Ballet and Houston Grand Opera. Ms. Yaldatel is a much sought-after chamber musician and soloist who has won both first place and finalist status in concerto competitions. A native of Massachusetts, this highly engaging young woman holds performance degrees: Master of Music from Rice University's Shepherd School of Music and Bachelor of Music with high honors from the University of Michigan.


Joseph Scott:
Teaching Statement
In my work as a teacher of the guitar, I try to help a student discover the beauty of the sound of the instrument and the range of expression it makes possible, while developing a flexible and efficient technique. The instrument is truly the most versatile, and also one of the most challenging, and often requires long exploration and different approaches before a guitarist arrives at what one might call his true voice. In my teaching of students of all ages and backgrounds, I try to find the music and style that will resonate with that particular person to result in joyful music making. In working with young students of the Suzuki guitar method, many beginning at age 6 and continuing through high school,  I’ve experienced the wonderful development of the whole person that can, in part, be attributed to patient guitar study. 
Teaching Bio
Joseph Scott began to play the guitar in his teens, at first self-tutored, passing through phases of folk music and rock and roll, learning by ear while learning to read. After taking a degree in English from the University of Massachusetts, (May 1973), he began another period of exploration including forays into folk music, blues and ragtime, and of course, more rock and roll. At the same time he began his first formal study of the classical guitar, while teaching at home and in music stores and playing and singing in rock bands. Following further private study, and some classroom English teaching, he enrolled in Boston Conservatory, graduating summa cum laude in 1985, in applied classical guitar. Since 1986, Mr. Scott has taught at Cape Cod Conservatory, Powers Music School, Belmont,  Franklin School for the Performing Arts, Milton Academy (1986-2007), and South Shore Conservatory. In 2007, he joined the faculty of Worcester State College, where he conducts a guitar class, and individual lessons. As a student and practitioner of the Suzuki Method for guitar since 1999, Joe has had his most gratifying teaching successes, assisting students from the earliest stages to advanced ability. 
Performance Bio
Guitarist, Joseph Scott has been performing on guitar, lute, and in vocal ensembles in a wide range of styles since his teens. As a vocalist member of the rock band Ford Theatre, he recorded two albums for ABC Records in the late 60s, and he continued to play guitar and sing in rock and folk music until becoming serious about the classical guitar in his early twenties. After a number of short periods of study with private teachers, he completed a Bachelor of Music degree at Boston Conservatory, and has been performing in the Boston to Cape Cod region ever since. His most recent performances include solo guitar recitals at Worcester State College, and the Woods Hole, MA Church of the Messiah summer concert series. Mr. Scott has also performed with The Cape Cod Symphony, the Rhode Island Philharmonic, The Boston University Opera, and the Colorado String Quartet.

Aaron Mayo


Paul Gross
Principal Percussion, Cape Symphony Orchestra

Bart Weisman (percussion, jazz ensembles)
Bart Weisman teaches drums and jazz at the Conservatory, and he is on the Board of Directors for the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod. He is the Executive Producer & Performer for the annual Provincetown Jazz Festival and the Host & Performer for the Provincetown Art Association and Museum Summer Jazz Concert Series and Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater Summer Music Festival. He also produces concerts year-round at Cultural Center of Cape Cod in South Yarmouth and Cotuit Center for the Arts on Cape Cod. Bart performs with his jazz group, klezmer swing group, smooth jazz group, Brazilian music group and the Cape Cod Jazz Quintet throughout Southeastern Massachusetts. Bart Weisman Music

Mark Prall
Mark is a summa cum laude graduate (Music performance/Percussion) of Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey where he studied with Laurence Jacobs as well as independent studies with Andrew Cyrille and Freddie Waits. He has performed with the Queens Symphony, the Goldman Band, the New Jersey Chamber Music Society and the Hudson Chamber Orchestra ( Principal Percussionist). He is currently the principal timpanist with the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra, the Plymouth Philharmonic, the Chatham Chorale, the Falmouth Chorale and the former Simon Sinfonietta.
He is an active performer in chamber productions and theatre productions throughout Cape Cod. He has appeared as a soloist with the Cape Symphony Orchestra on numerous occasions performing on timpani as well as on xylophone. Mark maintains a roster of private students and also maintains percussion outreach programs which he brings to schools and institutions providing music education and music therapy for students and seniors alike.      

Mark Crociati (clarinet, sax)

B.M. Boston University, M.M. Yale University, Tanglewood Institute.  Mark has been Principal Clarinetist of the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra and the New England Philharmonic as well as many other musical organizations too numerous to mention. He has performed in places such as Europe, New York City as well as around the country. Mark was the recipient of many scholarships from several music festivals and was a finalist in the prestigious Walter W. Naumburg Competition. He has been a private student of such renowned teachers as David Shifrin, Pasquale Cardillo of the Boston Symphony, Kalman Opperman and Leon Russianoff of the Julliard School and studied chamber music with Doriot Dwyer, Myron Bloom, the Tokyo String Quartet, Matthew Ruggiero and Charles Neidich.  His recent performances include a full clarinet recital, summer chamber music with I Musicisti at the Cape Cod Cultural Center, Yarmouth, the Chatham Chorale’s Beethoven performance as well as others.  He has taught clarinet for 25 years on the college level, privately and in the public school system to all ages and ranges of experience.  In addition, he has served as an adjudicator for the Rhode Island and Massachusetts Educators Association.

Sally J. Davol (flute, recorder)
B.A., Syracuse University. Section leader, Secretary, Chatham Band. Member of Sterling Winds, professional flute quartet. Teacher, Monomoy Regional School District. Sally has been teaching private flute lessons since 1988, specializing in young musicians.





Roger Gamache (saxophone, bagpipes, clarinet, recorder, flute, piccolo)
Bachelor of Music, Berklee College of Music; Grad student, University of Hawaii; Navy School of Music, Little Creek, VA; Invermark College of Piping, Rome, NY; College of Piping, PEI, Canada. With over twenty years of music experience both teaching and professionally playing, Mr. Gamache offers an extensive knowledge and an overwhelming passion for music to his students. He is currently music teacher, director of bands, chorus and drama department at St. Pius X in South Yarmouth. He facilitated a jazz workshop and clinic at Falmouth High School and a sax clinic with the Sandwich High School Band. Mr. Gamache directs and performs with Stage Door Canteen Big Band. He has provided private instruction for woodwinds and brass with the Brian Boru Pipe Band, along with group lessons with a bagpipe chanter. Mr. Gamache was a member of the 215th Army Band and US Navy Band. He co-founded the Falmouth Military Tattoo, an annual field show featuring Military marching bands and color guards.


Amanda Kosloski (bassoon, flute)
Amanda is a 2008 graduate of Keene State College, earning her Bachelor of Music in Bassoon Performance, with a secondary in Flute Performance. After moving back to Cape Cod, she currently plays in the Cape Cod Community Orchestra, the Cape Cod Conservatory Flute Ensemble, and serves on the Executive Board of the Barnstable Town Band. She also performs with the Pilgrim Congregational Church Handbell Choir and at churches around the Cape.


Mariellen Sears (flute)
B.A., Music and M.M., UMass Lowell. Mariellen Sears has been performing on Cape Cod for over 25 years. Her teachers include Virginia Sindelar, Martha Woodward, and Eleanor Lawrence. In addition to a full time teaching schedule for the Nauset Public Schools, she plays Flute in the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra and is the founding member of the Scorton Chamber Ensemble which has been a featured wedding group for 10 years. Mariellen also maintains a private flute studio in her home in East Sandwich.

Paul L. Weller (clarinet, oboe, flute, saxophone– alto, tenor, baritone)
B.A. Music Education, Northwestern State University.  M.A. Music Education, New England Conservatory of Music.  Paul Weller has been teaching music since 1972 and  started as a full time band director, jazz band director and choral director in the Norwell public schools.  He has also directed the band and orchestra for First Act, Boston.  Paul has performed  with the Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestera, the Hingham Symphony, the Plymouth Legion Band and is currently the conductor of the Plymouth Legion Band and the lead saxophonist  with the "Sounds of Yesterday" big band in Plymouth.  Paul is also the president of the Local 281 American Federation of Musicians and was the Region 1 Director for NAPBIRT from 1998-2006.

Roy Campbell (trombone, trumpet, French horn, baritone)
B.M., U. Mass. Lowell; Principal trombone for Cape Symphony; trombonist for Boston Opera; faculty of Brown University, South Shore Conservatory; toured with Los Angles Opera a la Carte; music director, Monomoy Theater.  After graduating from UMass Lowell with performance degrees in piano and trombone, Roy toured as principal trombonist with Milton Berle in a two-year vaudeville review.  Returning to Boston he worked as trombonist with Sarah Caldwell's "Boston Opera Company" and as house trombonist for the Colonial Theater, South Shore Music Circus, and The Cape Cod Melody Tent. Roy has also performed at the Shubert and Wang Theaters and with the Boston Pops "Adventures In Music" concerts.  Roy has taught at Brown. Norwood High, South Shore Conservatory and is Currently professor of music at Bridgewater State College. He has directed shows at the Monomoy Theater in Chatham, The Harwich Jr. Theater,  and was conductor and director of bands at Bridgewater State College.

Robert W. Kidd
B.S., University of Massachusetts, Mus.M. Mus.A.D. Pi Kappa Lambda, Boston University.  Professor Emeritus and Former Chair of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts, Cape Cod Community College, former Teaching Fellow at Boston University, public school teaching at Littleton, MA.  Experienced choral and instrumental conductor and performer on trumpet and renaissance and baroque wind instruments (recorder, krummhorn, cornetto) Specialties include 20th century and Jazz, renaissance and baroque (esp. Tudor-Stuart). Several church choir positions.  Groups include Royale Noyse, In Praise of Folly, Practicall Musick. Currently: Brentwood Brass, Brentwood Consort, Silver Foxes, Original "Dissonance" Jazz Band and performance in several classical and Jazz ensembles. Concert tours in the United States and Europe.  Interest in international education include Fulbright-Hayes Fellowships in China and Poland.

Ty Newcomb
Elected Band President at Pasadena High School which won the prestigious Sweepstakes at the All-Western Band Review in Long Beach, CA. Ty received an A.A. degree from Arizona State University, where he attended on a full music scholarship. He continued to U.C. Long Beach, following his early influential band director at Pasadena High School, Larry Curtis. In the middle of his senior year, he left school to tour with the Gringos. After touring the world for 10 years as the lead trumpet in the group, he settled on Cape Cod. Not soon after, because of his life experience, he was appointed Director of the Cape Cod Conservatory Jazz Ensemble. In addition to the Gringos, Ty has recorded with Leon Russell, The Davis Brothers Garage band, and Brad Delp, the late, great lead singer of the group Boston. He has also played with The Mike Dumas Band/Platform Soul and currently plays with local nightclub favorite Pocketful of Soul.

Paul L. Weller (trumpet, trombone)
B.A. Music Education, Northwestern State University.  M.A. Music Education, New England Conservatory of Music.  Paul Weller has been teaching music since 1972 and started as a full time band director, jazz band director and choral director in the Norwell public schools.  He has also directed the band and orchestra for First Act, Boston.  Paul has performed  with the Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestera, the Hingham Symphony, the Plymouth Legion Band and is currently the conductor of the Plymouth Legion Band and the lead saxophonist  with the "Sounds of Yesterday" big band in Plymouth.  Paul is also the president of the Local 281 American Federation of Musicians and was the Region 1 Director for NAPBIRT from 1998-2006.

Elaine Burkly

Conductor of Choraliers
M.A., Fitchburg State College; B.M. Ed., Boston University. Music Supervisor, K – 12, Falmouth Public Schools for 11 years. Director, Anna Maria Island Repertory Singers, Sarasota Opera children’s chorus. Private teacher, voice and piano.

Dan Flonta
Conductor of Debut Strings
Dan is originally from Romania and is an accomplished violinist. He began giving private lessons at age 17 and has served on many faculties, including the Conservatory. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Violin Performance and Teaching from Gh. Dima Music Academy in Cluj-Napoca and a Masters Degree in Violin Performance from Bowling Green State University.

Joan Landry
Music Director and Conductor of the Youth Orchestra
Joan Landry is also Associate Conductor for the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra. In addition to being an accomplished musician, she is an experienced and versatile conductor, a rare gem among youth orchestras. Most recently, she served as Assistant Conductor of the North Carolina Symphony where she conducted fifty concerts per season. Prior to that, she served as Associate Conductor for the Honolulu Symphony for three seasons. While there, she designed and conducted education concerts for over 100,000 students on Oahu. Landry earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and both a Masters Degree and Artists Diploma from The Hartt School in Connecticut for Orchestral Conducting. She has also guest-conducted the Boston Landmarks Orchestra and Springfield Symphony and serves as Cover-Conductor with the Boston Pops.

Tyler Newcomb
Director of Conservatory Jazz Band
Music study, Arizona University and University of California at Long Beach.

John Yankee
Director of Cape Cod Children's Chorus
A dynamic and versatile musician, Mr. Yankee is artistic director of Falmouth Chorale, conductor of Falmouth Chamber Players Orchestra, music director at John Wesley United Methodist Church, choral director at Falmouth Academy, and conducted Cape Cod Opera for two seasons. He plays in the Woods Hole Folk Orchestra, performs on hammered dulcimer, coaches ensembles, teaches privately and leads workshops ranging from Renaissance choral music to traditional bluegrass. He a long affiliation with the Walden School for young composers and has written music in a wide variety of genres. Prior to coming to Cape Cod in September 2007, Mr. Yankee served as artistic director of the San Diego Choral Union and Children's Choir, and also founded and directed the Telluride Choral Society. He earned a Bachelor of Music Degree at Peabody Conservatory and Master's degrees at Yale School of Music.


Chamber Music
Bo Ericsson

Gothenbert Conservatory of Music & Swedish Radio School of Music. Principal cellist, Cape Symphony Orchestra and Schultze-Ericsson Cello Duo.

Cynthia Weller


Caroline Scharr
Troy Davies
Libby Dougherty



Josh Bell
Joshua Bell, musical director of l'Esperance Mandolin Ensemble, began his musical life as an absolutely dreadful french horn player and didn't really discover that there was any hope for a successful musical experience until he began playing mandolin in the early 1970s. A member of the Providence Mandolin Orchestra since its founding in 1971, he was named concertmaster of the orchestra in 1982. In addition he conducts the Cape Cod Conservatory Mandolin Ensemble; and performs with Pandora, specializing in chamber works for mandolins and guitar; and the Outhouse Shouters, a traditional American string band. He has been a featured performer with the North American Ensemble in Washington, DC, Jungend Zupforkester Roggenstein in Munich, Germany, the Orquestra a Plectra de Toulouse, France, Het Consort of Zwolle, Netherlands, the Takoma Mandoleers in Virginia, the Valleyview Mandolin Ensemble in Maine, the American Guitar and Mandolin Orchestra and the Classical Mandolin Society of America.
Now an active teacher with students across Southern New England, he focuses on providing musical opportunity to people of all ages and musical backgrounds. The mandolin is an opportunity instrument. Anyone with modest dexterity and reasonable time for practice can develop their unique musical gifts, join with other mandolinists and experience the unique pleasure of making music with other people.


Anne Kullas
Preschool Director
Anne holds a dual major in elementary education and psychology from Bridgewater State where she graduated cum laude.

Susan Fitzgerald
Susan holds a Bachelor's Degree from Lesley University and is a Certified Massachusetts Early Education teacher. She is also a Children's Yoga and Movement Specialist. 

Alyson Palmer



Alicia Buccino
B.A. Cum Laude, Studio Art, Mount Holyoke College.  Alicia studied printmaking and photography as well as painting and sculpture with Bonnie Miller and Edward DeLonga at Mount Holyoke College Master class and large format photography and the Zone System with John Sexton, Ansel Adams assistant, at the Maine Photographic Workshops, Rockport, ME.  She has also taught summer workshops in art & photography at Falmouth Academy and was an art and art and appreciation volunteer in public schools for 14 years at North Falmouth Elementary.  Alicia is a member of the Falmouth Artists Guild, the Musuem of Fine Arts, Boston and Mount Holyoke College Art Museum.  Alicia's goal is to introduce children to multiple ways of producing art, and also give them references to other artists' work for inspiration and technique, as well as provide them an art history perspective appropriate to their age.

Susan Pennington
M.A. & B.A., University of Wisconsin.

Nancy Pettibone
B.A., Savannah College of Art and Design. Nancy Pettibone has been teaching art to children in the Cape Cod area for nearly twenty years. She graduated summa cum laude from the Savannah College of Art and Design with a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts in Painting. Ms. Pettibone received her Early Childhood Education Certificate from Cape Cod Community College and is also certified preschool lead teacher. She brings her enthusiasm for art to her classroom, creating a warm, positive and creative atmosphere for all young artists. A working artist as well as an art teacher, her artwork can be seen at the McGuire Gallery in Provincetown and the TAI Group in New York City. 

Dorene Sykes
B.A., Hunter College; M.B.A., Boston University; Commercial Photography Certificate, Germain School of Photography; Portraiture Certificate, New England School of Photography. Member of Professional Photographers Association of Massachusetts and Professional Photographers of Cape Cod. Dorene launched Dorene Sykes Photography after settling in Falmouth in 2004. She specializes in portraits of families at places they love, such as beaches and private homes. Dorene also exhibits fine art photographs and teaches photography classes. Her photographs have won numerous awards in member and juried shows, including Best Color and First Place. 


Jane E. Caputo (Ballet)
Ms. Caputo’s recently moved to the Cape (to be closer to family) from Maryland where she was founder, artistic director, principal dancer and choreographer of the St. Mary’s Ballet Company and School.  The school flourished under Ms. Caputo’s inspired leadership, as demonstrated through rapid growth, grants from the NEA and consistent praise for her work, including many original ballets. Ms. Caputo studied with Edward Villella and Mimi Paul (NYC Ballet), Victoria Shifflett (American Ballet Theater). Her teaching method is Vaganova-based with influences from the Royal Ballet School and the Cecchetti Method.  Advanced students will benefit from her Balanchine Method. She has understandable pride in the many accomplishments of her students.  Among these are:  a $25,000 scholarship to George Mason University, a full scholarship to Kirov Academy as well as the American Ballet Theater School and acceptance to the Joffrey Ballet’s pre-professional school and the Jackie Onassis school.  Ms. Caputo offers classes in Pre-Ballet through Ballet V and private instruction. 

Troy Davies
This wily Canuck is a graduate of the famed Second City conservatory program. Troy also studied theater at the University of Toronto, the University of Waterloo and the renowned Purple Rose Theatre. Troy was a member of GoComedy Improv Theater's original resident cast. Troy can be seen as The Cat in the Hat in HJT's upcoming musical, Seussical. Recent theater credits include Five Women Wearing the Same Dress (Cotuit Center for the Arts), The 39 Steps (Nantucket Theater Workshop), Quills (Cotuit Center for the Arts), The 39 Steps (Cotuit Center for the Arts), the GoComedy Improv All-Star Showdown, Blue Surge (Blackbird Theater), Tartuffe (Michigan Classical Repertory Theater), The Mechanicals (Performance Network), The Golden Goose (Performance Network), Last Cardinal Standing (Second City Detroit), Pancakes (Planet Ant Theater) and The Teachings of Don B. (Planet Ant Theater). He was also a member of the award-winning improv comedy group The Franchise and the Detroit Neutrino Project (improvised films). Recent staged reading credits include: "Medium:Rare", "Blue Kiss" and "Highland Center Indiana". Troy currently teaches improv comedy at the Cape Conservatory.

Our faculty members are leaders in the music community with extensive experience as soloists, chamber musicians, orchestral musicians and composers who are committed to the Conservatory’s focus on mentorship and personal attention.

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