Originally from College Station, TX, Kenneth Toland is a Boston based Clarinetist and educator. Kenneth has performed with the Dubois Orchestra, Longy Conservatory Orchestra, New Texas Symphony, and North Texas Concert Band. Also, an experienced chamber musician, Kenneth has played with many chamber ensembles of various instrumentation and has also worked with the Horszowski and Neave Trio. Kenneth Is also a founding member of the Boston based clarinet quartet Tona, who he performs with regularly. Kenneth has participated in the Boston Clarinet Academy and Hot Springs Music Festival.

A passionate educator, Kenneth has worked with young clarinetists across the Boston area. He was a Teaching Assistant in Longy School of Music of Bard College’s El Sistema youth program as well as a clarinet instructor in Cambridge Public Schools, where he worked with students of all playing levels and was formerly a clarinet instructor in the Dallas/Fort Worth Area.

He holds a Master of Music degree in Clarinet Performance from The Longy School of Music of Bard College. He received his undergraduate degree in Music Education from The University of North Texas in Denton, TX. Kenneth’s primary teachers include Michael Norsworthy, Andrew Crisanti, and Daryl Coad.

Linden Wu – Flute

10982130_10155325019725354_2569459519628465917_nTaiwanese-American flutist Linden Wu is an established musician and teacher based in the city of Boston. Raised in the Chicago suburbs, he started piano at age four and began flute when he was ten years old. He received his undergraduate degree in music education from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, studying under Dr. Jonathan Keeble. He went on to receive his master’s degree in music performance from the New England Conservatory, where he received tutelage from Paula Robison and Elizabeth Rowe.

Various awards and honors that he received were 2ndplace in solo competition and 1stplace in the chamber music competition hosted by the Illinois Flute Society, runner-up in the Armstrong Competition, and finalist for the Chicago Flute Club Solo Competition. In addition, he has had previous engagements with the Yellow River Ensemble, Boston Philharmonic, and the Video Game Orchestra of Boston.

In addition to 77 Arts Academy, he also serves as a faculty member of the Natick School District and the Middlesex School.

 Robert Pettipaw – Sr.Trumpet

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    • B.M. (Boston University); M.M. (NEC);  trumpet studies with Roger Voisin and Armando Ghitalla; conducting with Attilio Poto; former principal trumpet with Portland Maine Symphony; founder and leader of Cantabrigia Brass Quintet; performances with Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, Boston Ballet, Boston Opera; former adjunct faculty MIT, University of Lowell and Brown University; Former Brass Dept. Co-ordinator, trumpet teacher and chamber music coach at Boston Conservatory.  Brass Chair of NEC Preparatory School.

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Andrew Knight – Sr.Trombone/Low Brass

Andrew Knight has been teaching low brass for nearly 20 years while playing solo, chamber, and orchestral engagements around the country. Andrew continues to perform while maintaining an active studio. His orchestral experience includes performances with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonic de Acapulco, Portland Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops Esplande Orchestra, New Bedford Symphony Orchestra, the Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra, and various pit orchestras in theaters around the Greater Boston area.

Andrewʼs studies include a Bachelor of Music Performance at Miami University, Ohio under John Seidel, a Master of Music Performance at Southern Methodist University under John Kitzman (Dallas Symphony Orchestra), and Doctoral studies in Brass Pedagogy at Indiana University under Edwin Anderson (Cleveland Symphony Orchestra), Scott Hartman (Empire Brass, Proteus 7), and Pete Ellefson (Seattle Symphony Orchestra). While at Indiana University he spent extensive study and performance time in the Jazz department with the legendary jazz educator David Baker.

Andrew began teaching his first student while an undergraduate at Miami University and has continued teaching since then in Texas, Indiana, and Massachusetts. He currently maintains a studio of students from beginner through high school studying trombone, euphonium, and tuba.