Piano / Voice


Frank Rosamond  – Voice/Piano

Voice teacher Frank Rosamond, from Dallas, Texas, is a professional classical singer and currently studies at the Opera Institute at Boston University. He received his Master of Music from Florida State University in Tallahassee and his Bachelor of Music from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. 

Frank has performed roles internationally and performs regularly in the Boston area. He was engaged as a voice teacher for undergraduate students at Florida State University for two years, where he prepared students to pursue singing in their own professions. 

Frank believes that the secret to long-term vocal success is in understanding and building a solid technical foundation, so that when life and challenges arise the student can tackle them armed with the necessary tools and knowledge to handle them with confidence. He also feels that the best way to learn is to have a warm and welcoming environment where the student can feel safe to make mistakes, grow, and have fun.

 


Larisa Bainton  – Voice/Piano

Larisa Bainton, soprano, hails from Atlanta, GA and has been an active performer and music teacher. She received her Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance from the Eastman School of Music and is currently working towards her Masters in Vocal Pedagogy at The New England Conservatory of Music. Along with her musical education, Larisa also holds a Bachelors degree in Cognitive Science.

Larisa’s teaching philosophy is evidence-based. She continually assesses the students’ musical goals and then works with the students to teach skill-sets specific to the students’ needs, age and skill-level appropriate repertoire along with musicianship skills that will enable them to enjoyably practice and perform music on their own. Larisa has been teaching group music classes and private lessons to children and young adults since 2011.

In the Boston area, Larisa has performed with Opera 51, MassOpera (formerly MetroWest), New England Conservatory Opera Theater, and Promenade Opera Project. Outside of Boston, she has performed in California with OperaWorks, in Hawaii with the Hawaii Performing Arts Center, and in Austria with the American International School of Music.

 


Suzanne Parker  – Voice/Piano

Suzanne is a seasoned soprano, and has performed with groups such as The Philadelphia Orchestra, the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, and the Philharmonia Orchestra of New York.  Her most notable performance was as the soprano soloist of the Brahms Requiem with the Voices Chorale under the direction of Dr. Lyn Ransom in April of 2017. Suzanne currently holds a position as the soprano section leader for the United Methodist Church of Auburndale.

A native of New Jersey, Suzanne Parker is in the final year of her Master’s degree in Vocal Pedagogy at the New England Conservatory in Boston, MA, under the direction of Dr. Ian Howell. Previously, Ms. Parker received her Bachelor of Music from The College of New Jersey in Music Education and Voice where she was a student of Dr. Suzanne Hickman, and prior to her college experience, Melissa Daniels-McCann. Prior to her move to the Boston area, Suzanne worked extensively as a music educator in the South Jersey community. While there, Suzanne music directed at the Haddonfield Plays and Players community theater. She taught general music to grades Pre K-4th as well as high school choir. In addition, Suzanne had her own private voice and piano studio where she taught primarily undergraduate non-voice majors as well as group voice lessons to ages 6-11.

Suzanne is trained in classical, jazz, and contemporary/musical theater vocal styles, as well as classical and jazz piano. Suzanne’s teaching philosophy for voice is a patient and vibrant approach involving physical movement linked with tension release and the development of the breath mechanism to create a free and released vocal line. As for both her voice and piano students, Suzanne inspires joy and creativity, always with the student’s best wishes and interests at heart. Suzanne prioritizes a fun and positive learning environment that encourages achievable growth. Suzanne has worked with all levels of singers and pianists, and hopes to inspire a love of music in each of her students much in the way her own teachers did for her.  


Barry Gould – Sr. Piano

barry-gould-headshotBarry Gould is an alumnus of New England Conservatory of Music where he studied composition and piano. His music has appeared on primetime television dramas on FOX and SyFy networks as well as on international networks such as BBC, ITV-Thames TV, SkyAtlantic, CTV Canada, and NZTV-TV-One New Zealand. He has performed as a pianist and electric keyboard artist since his early teens, having first met the piano at age one. His various influences from both coaching and jam sessions have included jazz instrumentalists such as Miroslav Vitous, Jeff Lorber, Dave Weckl, and Bill Finegan, as well as stage and screen singer-actor, Richard Kiley.

He has been commissioned as composer, arranger, or pianist for clients such as the Boston Symphony Orchestra brass section, Georgetown University, Alan Gorrie of the Grammy-nominated Average White Band, and the Yamaha Symphonic Band of Hamamatsu, Japan. For several years, Barry served as music director, arranger, orchestrator, and keyboardist in the musical theater productions, Ebenezer Scrooge: A Christmas Carol and Celestial City, of New Life Drama Company in Concord, Massachusetts.

Barry also lived in Japan for five years, working with Yamaha as a digital piano/electronic keyboard consultant and composer/arranger, and giving piano concerts across the country, including several at the Japan Bösendorfer Piano main branch. His CD album of acoustic keyboard music entitled Selah was released by the Japanese label Michtam/Will, and he is a father and active as a piano teacher, performing pianist, songwriter, and composer of classical and jazz oriented music designed for film and television.


Sarah Tocco, DMA – Sr. Piano

Piano - Sarah Tocco headshotSince the successful debut at Carnegie Weill Recital Hall in New York as an accompanist, Dr. Sarah Tocco has maintained an active concert career both as a soloist and an ensemble pianist. As a concerto competition winner, she has performed with California State University Symphony in Los Angeles and Moor Park College Symphony in California. She has collaborated with numerous chamber and vocal ensembles throughout the New England area as well as in New York, California and around the world. Dr. Tocco also received a full two- year scholarship to the Manchester Music Festival, by invitation of internationally renowned pianist, Eugene List.

Dr. Tocco has had concert tours in multiple foreign countries including Brazil, Cuba, Russia, Vietnam, Italy, Jamaica and as well as in the US as both accompanist and soloist. Her recent performances in the US include an appearance at Newport Contemporary Music Series and a solo pianist with Choral Arts Society orchestra in a performance of Beethoven Choral Fantasy, among others.

Dr. Tocco’s teachers are Mr. Boaz Sharon at Boston University and world-renowned pianist, Constance Keene, Don Alexander-Feder and Marc Silverman at Manhattan School of Music in New York.


Isabelle Zeledon – Voice / Piano

Voice Zeledón_Isabelle_HeadshotIsabelle recently completed her Professional Studies Certificate in Voice Performance at the Boston Conservatory, where she also received her Masters of Music in Opera Performance. After participating in a dual degree program with the New England Conservatory and Tufts University, Isabelle received a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance, cum laude, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations and German Studies, cum laude. She studies with Dr. Rebecca Folsom.

Isabelle believes that successful learning occurs when a student and teacher collaborate together in an open and nurturing environment. Each student has their own individual voice, and she believes it is a teacher’s responsibility to guide them in their own, organic discovery of their instrument. While maintaining a repertoire of age appropriate skills and knowledge, she believe that an open dialogue is best in order to apply practice skills and set technical & performance goals. Most importantly, Isabelle believe that learning music should be fun and exciting: the classroom is a place to explore and play, while learning practical skills that students can take with them into performance hall, or into other aspects of their life. Comfortable with musical theater, classical, and pop music, Isabelle’s ultimate goal is to instill a love and appreciation for music in her students during their time together.


Brendan Buckley – Sr. Voice

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Massachusetts native Brendan P. Buckley, tenor, is quickly gaining a reputation as a skilled and sought-after performer.  Brendan was recently seen as George Gibbs in Monadnock Music’s production of Our Town and as Howard Boucher in the New England premiere of Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking.  Brendan has also played the title role in Boston Opera Collaborative’s production of Orpheus in the Underworld as well as covering the title role in Opera Boston’s production of Béatrice et Bénédict.  Other recent notable performances include Fenton in Falstaff and Laurie in Little Women with BOC and Tamino in The Magic Flute with MetroWest Opera.  Past performances include Don Basilio in Le nozze di Figaro, Remendado in Carmen and Monostatos in The Magic Flute with BOC, First Tenor in The Seven Deadly Sins with the Five College Opera Project and Alfred in Die Fledermaus with Opera del West.  Concert performances include engagements with the Nashua Symphony, Choral Art Society of the South Shore, and MIT Symphony Orchestra.

A versatile actor and musician, Brendan is at home in both classical and contemporary works.  He has premiered a number of new roles, including Dr. Singleton in Rudolf Rojan’s We Are Sons with Guerilla Opera, John in RE: with Juventas! and OperaHub, and Monsieur de Kock in System of Soothing by composer Frank Pesci.  Brendan also premiered Music for the Journey, a cantata composed by John Kramer for the Winchester Unitarian Society.

Mr. Buckley is also a passionate educator, with ten years of experience teaching both adults and children.  Brendan has worked as a Boston Lyric Opera Teaching Artist, and maintains active studios at 77 Arts Academy in Acton, the Lynnfield Community Music Program, and Riverside Theatre Works in Hyde Park.  Former students have continued studies at Penn State, Northeastern University, Florida Southern College, and CAP21.

Brendan received a Master’s degree in Voice Performance and Pedagogy from The Pennsylvania State University.  He received his Bachelor’s degree, cum laude, in Music at The University of Massachusetts-Amherst, with further study at the Scuola Italia in Urbania, Italy.  Brendan studies with Elisabeth Phinney.  For more information, please visit www.brendanpbuckley.com.


Patrick Valentino – Piano

A native of New Jersey, Patrick Valentino has been teaching private and group lessons for over a decade. He holds degrees from Ithaca College, New England Conservatory, and Montclair State University, and has studied at Moscow Conservatory in Russia.

Primarily trained as a conductor and composer, Patrick has led numerous ensembles including the Ithaca and Cornell Symphonies, the Monmouth Symphony, and Symphony NOVA, among others. His music has been performed on 3 continents and has appeared on television and radio. He frequently performs on piano, trumpet, and organ, and is currently Director of Music at St. John the Evangelist Church in Swampscott, where he leads two choirs from the newly-installed 1874 George Stevens organ. He is currently forming a contemporary chamber ensemble which will perform in cross-collaboration with other art forms.   Patrick is also the Artistic Director for the Boston New Music Initiative.

Patrick has long been dedicated to music education, and in addition to maintaining a private studio, has taught individual students and classes at the Montclair State University Preparatory Division, Winthrop school of Performing Arts, and the Summer Music Academy at Ithaca College, as well as acting as a teaching assistant at the Brevard Music Center and graduate assistant at Ithaca College. Patrick is dedicated to providing a well-rounded education for students in a fun and engaging way, infusing each lesson with some theory, history and improvisation to help students make connections between each new piece they learn.


Roy Imperio – Sr. Piano

A dedicated teacher, pianist Roy Imperio has mentored, inspired and taught piano and music students of all ages in the past three decades. His students have various backgrounds and musical aspirations yet attest to the joy of music making that comes from his classes. Importantly, many of his students continue to fulfill successful musical careers. He has also served on the piano faculties at Atlantic Union College, Andrews University, the Performing Arts School of Worcester, and the Groton Center for the Arts.

An active performer, he has played in concerts and recitals in the United States, Mexico, France, England, Hong Kong and the Philippines as a piano soloist, accompanist and chamber musician. Appearances as soloist with orchestra include acclaimed performances with the Thayer Symphony Orchestra, Andrews University Orchestra, and the Metro-Manila Symphony Orchestra playing concertos by Mozart, Grieg, Saint-Saens, Prokofiev, Khachaturian and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. His passion for chamber music enabled him to release his first CD recording in 2001,“Holiday Music in New England” with the Bulfinch Players which also included his arrangements and a composition for flute, guitar and piano. He has been a founding member of chamber ensembles, such as Trio Orione and the Thayer Chamber Players, and he continues to perform in the New England area with the Windhammer Chamber Players, and the Nashaway Trio. In 2010, his premiere piano solo CD recording, “A Life of Passion: Music of Frederic Chopin” was released by Acoustic Track Records which coincided with the composer’s bicentennial year.

He holds a Bachelor of Music degree and a Master of Music in Piano Performance degree from the University of the Philippines and Andrews University and has taken masterclasses with Menahem Pressler at Indiana University. Since 1985, he continues to maintain a large piano studio at the Thayer Performing Arts Center in So. Lancaster, Massachusetts. Currently, he is also staff accompanist for the Boston Conservatory.