Piano / Voice

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.

Keun Young Sun – Sr. Piano

Dr. Keun Young Sun, pianist, a native of Seoul, Korea, began her piano studies at age 5.  After she received her bachelor’s degree in piano performance from the Kei-Myung University, Korea, Dr. Sun came to the United States in 1996 to study with Veronica Jochum and Irma Vallecillo at the New England Conservatory, where she graduated with two master’s degrees in both solo piano performance and collaborative piano. Dr. Sun has been performing as a collaborative pianist as well as  a solo pianist in numerous venues, including the Benedict Music Tent in Aspen; Williams Hall , Jordan Hall and Brown Hall in Boston; Rudolph Ganz Hall in Chicago. As an active collaborative pianist, she founded the Eclatant piano trio gives numerous chamber recitals in Korea and U.S.   She often collaborates with faculty members at New England Conservatory of Music Preparatory Division, Tufts University, Endicott College and Longy Music School.  She also committed the recording project from PARMA Recordings with Boston String Quartet (Greg Bower’s Piano Trio). As a scholarship recipient, she went to Aspen Music festival in 2005, where she worked with such acclaimed musicians as Anthony Eliot, Rita Sloan, and Peter Oundjian.  She also played for numerous master classes, including Menahem Pressler, Don-Il Han, Gilber Kalish, Jonathan Feldman, Pamela Frank, Yehuda Hanani, Misao Kawasaki, Edgar Meyer and Muir String Quartet.  Dr. Sun received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in collaborative piano at the Boston University in 2010, where she was recipient of the Dean’s scholarship and graduate assistantship.  She is currently a staff pianist at the Boston Conservatory and a church musician at the First Baptist Church in Reading.

B.M. in piano performance, Kei-Myung University; M.M in piano performance, New England Conservatory; M.M in collaborative piano, new England Conservatory; D.M.A in collaborative piano, Boston University. Proncipal teachers: Mi Sun Yun, Veronica Jochum, Irma Vallecillo and Shiela Kibbe

Cindy Lopez – Voice / Piano

Cindy López Headshot (2)Cynthia Lopez Perez is a classically trained soprano and voice instructor from Columbus, Ohio. She graduated cum laude from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance. Cindy is continuing her education with a Masters in Performance and Pedagogy at Boston Conservatory at Berklee. She has had multiple years of field experience teaching and volunteering in both public and private school systems, working with students in primary to secondary education. She has been a member of both the National Association for Music Educators and the American Choral Directors Association.

Cindy has won several competitions and awards during her professional career including the Helen Swank Vocal Scholarship, Wilson Vocal Award, and the Great Composers Competition, winning first place in Opera, Art Song and Sacred Music Categories. She has had the privilege of performing roles or solos with the Ohio State University Opera and Lyric Theatre, OSU Symphonic Choir, Opera Project Columbus and the OSU chorale. She is excited to begin graduate school this fall and further her career.

She enjoys teaching students of all ages and skill levels, with a concentration in voice, piano, and early childhood education. She has experience teaching vocal technique in various genres including classical, pop, rock, and musical theatre.

Yerim Kang – Piano

yerim kang headshotYerim Kang, originally from Seoul, Korea has obtained Bachelor of Music degree at Guildhall School of Music and Drama (2003) in London, England. Yerim had studied piano with Peter Bithell at the Guildhall and was active working with singers in workshops and masterclasses with various musicians such as Graham Johnson, Gordon Back and Christopher Elton. Prior to Guildhall school of Music and Drama, Yerim also studied with Tessa Nicholson at Royal Academy of Music.

After moving to the US in 2007, Yerim has been steadily working in the north shore of Boston area.  She is a faculty member at music schools around Boston and also maintains private teaching studio in North Andover, MA as a member of Massachusetts Music Teachers Association. She has been also playing for organizations such as Carlisle public schools Choral Program, Treble Chorus of New England of Andover and Urban Voice programs of the Metropolitan Opera Guild of NY.  She is also an ABRSM piano instructor.




Glorivy Arroyo – Voice / Piano

GlorivyArroyo_BWheadshot (1)Described by The Boston Globe as “the standout inhabiting her character with total commitment and passion”, mezzo-soprano Glorivy Arroyo brings a unique blend of exquisite musicality and compelling stage presence to a wide array of repertoire. Ms. Arroyo performed with Opera Boston for over ten seasons where appearances include Secretary to Mao in Nixon in China, Dinah in Trouble in Tahiti, Anna in The Seven Deadly Sins, and Roggiero in Tancredi opposite the world-renowned contralto Ewa Podles. She was also the co-founder, headliner, and host of the popular and critically acclaimed Opera Boston Underground cabaret series. Recent opera engagements include bowing as Sorceress in Dido and Aeneas and Arsamene in Xerxes (Connecticut Early Music Festival), Trinculo in The Tempest (The Shakespeare Concerts), Mrs. Soames in Our Town (Monadnock Music Festival), Mavra in the contemporary opera Heart of a Dog (Guerilla Opera), Dritter Knabchen in Die Zauberflöte (Opera New Jersey), Alisa in Lucia di Lammermooor and Dorabella in Così fan tutte (Commonwealth Opera), and Lolette in La Rondine (Utah Opera) with Metropolitan Opera director Michael Scarola, under the baton of Keith Lockhart. On the concert stage, Ms. Arroyo has appeared as soloist with Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Harvard Pro Musica, The Longfellow Chorus, Providence Singers, Newport Jazz Festival and many others. She can be heard on the Chandos, BMOP Sound, and Albany record labels. She is also in demand for her gospel and popular song concert work, recently opening for Grammy award winning vocalist Norah Jones during her “Little Broken Hearts” national tour stop at Boston’s Bank of America Pavilion with The Ciampa Band.  Glorivy served as Music Director for the HALLS spring allergy campaign, “Operahhhhh of Irritations” and is the lyricist and co-writer of three children’s musicals: “Frenemies”, “Out of the Nest” and “A Million Years” produced by The Real Jams Academy summer music program. She joins 77 Arts Academy with over 15 years of voice and piano teaching experience.  She holds a Bachelor of Music from Stetson University and a Master of Music from New England Conservatory of Music.

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.