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Catherine Tibbitts
B.M., University of Maine
M.M. University of Cincinnati
Kenji Kikuchi
Kenji Kikuchi, composer and flutist received his B.M. from Berklee College of Music and his G.P.C. from the Boston Conservatory. He is an active performer in the style of classical and jazz not only his primary instrument, flute, but also on clarinet, saxophone and musical saw. He is also an accomplished composer of contemporary classical music, being a member and founder of the composer’s group The Human Connection. Kikuchi had several of his works premiered including Overture for Orchestra and Saxophone Concerto by Quincy Symphony, his Marimba Concerto and Prelude for Orchestra by the Melrose Symphony and Cape Ann Overture by Cape Ann Symphony. He has also published Astronomy I, II (Finalist, National Flute Association Newly Published Piece, 2002), Quartet no.2 (Winner, National Flute Association Newly Published Piece, 1998), and Airmail Edition with Falls House Press, Sonata for Flute and Piano and Piece for Solo Piano with BKJ Publications
 
B.S. Gakushuin University (Japan)
Graduate Performance Certificate
Boston Conservatory of Music
Performance Diploma, Berklee College of Music  
 
April Showers
B.M. Flute
Graduate Performance Certificate
Boston Conservatory of Music 

Earl Raney is Artistic Director and Solo Trumpeter of the award-winning Epic Brass Quintet. Raney has given over 2000 performances in 46 states, with appearances at venues including the Kennedy Center, Weill Recital Hall, and Carnegie Hall. Internationally, he has concertized in Austria, Bermuda, Canada, England, France, Germany, Italy, Jamaica, Poland, Scotland, Switzerland, US Virgin Islands, and the Far East. Raney has recorded eight compact discs for the Ars Nova Digital label. In addition to his chamber music career, he has performed with several New England area orchestras and as principal trumpet of the Taipei Festival Orchestra in Taiwan, R.O.C. Raney is a roster artist for the Massachusetts Cultural Council and New England Foundation for the Arts. Deeply committed to music education, he performs as a clinician at colleges and high schools throughout the country and abroad. Balancing a dual career as trumpeter and conductor, Raney is a brass faculty member at New England Conservatory's Preparatory School and Assistant Professor of Music in Performance at Wheaton College where he serves as conductor of the Southeastern Massachusetts Wind Symphony. He is also Conductor of the Atlantic Wind Symphony and has served as conductor of the Great Woods Chamber Orchestra, the Atlantic Union College Symphony Orchestra. Deeply committed to music education, he is currently Director of the Thayer Performing Arts Center and Community Music School in South Lancaster, MA. Most recently, He conducted the Boston University Symphony Orchestra and the Icelandic National Festival Band in Reykjanesbaer. His principal trumpet teachers include, Roger Voisin, Rolf Smedvig, Peter Chapman, Charles Lewis, and Vincent Penzarella.

Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting, Boston University
Bachelor of Music in Trumpet Performance, Boston University

Philippine-born pianist, ROY IMPERIO has performed in concerts and recitals as a piano soloist, accompanist and chamber musician in the United States, Mexico, France, England, Russia, Ukraine, Hong Kong and the Philippines. The Worcester Telegram portrayed him as “an artist of considerable technical ability and admirable poetic depth.” Fitchburg's Sentinel and Enterprise described him as “a world class pianist, known for his incredible virtuosity and sensitivity,” and his performances of Chopin and Gershwin as “playing with a fire and command that comes when the musician knows the piece intimately.” Appearances as soloist with orchestra included exciting performances with the Thayer Symphony Orchestra (upon winning the TSO concerto competition), Andrews University Orchestra, and the Metro-Manila Symphony Orchestra. A brilliant accompanist he has collaborated with many vocalists and instrumentalists in highly acclaimed duo recitals. Passionate about chamber music, he has been a founding member of ensembles, such as the Bulfinch Players, Trio Orione and the Thayer Chamber Players and continues to perform in the New England area with the Windhammer Chamber Players, and the Nashaway Trio. In summer music festivals he has been guest pianist with chamber groups such as QX and Ventus performing chamber works by Mozart, Shostakovich, Schumann, and Rimsky-Korsakov.

With the Bulfinch Players he released his first CD recording in 2001, “Holiday Music in New England” which also included his arrangements and a composition for flute, guitar and piano. In 2010, his premiere piano solo CD recording, an all Chopin album:“A Life of Passion: Music of Frederic Chopin” was released by Acoustic Track Records and is distributed worldwide.

A dedicated teacher, he has taught piano and coached music students of all ages in the past three decades serving on the piano faculties at Atlantic Union College, Andrews University, the Performing Arts School of Worcester, the Groton Center for the Arts, and the Adventist University of the Philippines. Many of his students continue to fulfill successful musical careers.  A Bachelor of Music and a Master of Music in Piano Performance degree graduate from the University of the Philippines and Andrews University, he has also taken masterclasses with Reynaldo Reyes and Menahem Pressler at Indiana University. Since 1985 he has taught piano at the Thayer Performing Arts Center in South Lancaster and is currently piano instructor at the 77Arts Academy in South Acton and at the Fitchburg State University Department of Humanities Music Lesson Program. He is also staff accompanist at the Boston Conservatory.

Ms. Silvia  Bota  began her piano studies at the age of 6 with Prof. Petre Dan Stefanescu ,in her home country, Romania. She is a graduate of the " Dinu Lipatti" Music High School in Bucharest and a recipient of a B.A. Diploma from  "George Enescu" Academy of Music also in Bucharest.She studied there with Prof. Ligia Pop and Prof. Dana Borsan. In 2000,Ms. Bota came to United States to continue her musical education with Prof.Anthony Di Bonaventura at Boston University[M.A.] and with Prof. Victor Rosenbaum at Longy School of Music [Graduate Performance Diploma].

Ms. Bota is the recipient of numerous national and international awards, including:"Richmond Competition",Boston University,MA,first prize[2002]; National Interpretation Contest, Timisoara, Romania, second prize [1995]; "Citta Di Cantu",Italy, third prize[1994]; "Mihail Jora"Competition, Bucharest , Romania, first prize[1993]; Instrumental Interpretation National Contest,Brasov, Romania, first prize[1993]; Piano Contest "Per Giovanni Pianisti",Rome, Italy,third prize [199
2];  the National Radio and TV Broadcasting Award for Special Recordings and  the National Composers and Musicologists Union Award, the Town's Prize of Bucharest[1991]. 

Over the course of her career , Ms. Bota served on the faculties of "George Enescu" Academy,Bucharest, Boston Center of Adult Education ,Boston,MA, Acton Music School, Acton,MA,  and the Lexi Music school,Lexington, MA.She has made solo and chamber music appearances and she has performed with Radio Orchestra ,Bucharest ,Romania; "Oltenia" Philharmonic Orchestra, Romania and  Constanta Philharmonic ,Romania.

Ms. Bota has a solid experience in both secular and liturgical musical styles. She has worked as a pianist for King's Chapel House ,Boston[2002-2003] and as an organist for"St. George" Cathedral in South Boston ,MA. Currently, she is the senior organist/pianist at "Saint Anthony of Padua "Church in Shirley, MA and  a piano instructor at Atlantic Union College in Lancaster, MA.
 
Silvia Bota
M.A. Boston University
Piano Performance Diploma, The Longy School of Music
B.A. Piano, Enescu Academy of Music, Bucharest, Romania

Susan Dill

Susan   Dill , lyric soprano, is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Music with a major in Choral Education. She studied voice with Alice Long Walker, Philip A. Duey, Robert Gartside, and Ella Lou Dimmock, and piano with Alice Kern and Kenneth Seitz.

Ms. Dill has been teaching piano and voice at Thayer Performing Arts Center since 2007.  She has also worked as a church music director for most of her career, and presently holds forth at the historic Eliot Presbyterian Church in Lowell, Massachusetts, a vibrant city church on the site of John Eliot’s meeting house, with a congregation of people from many countries around the world.

In addition to her training in classical vocal and piano music, Ms. Dill is at home with Broadway and popular songs, and has served as music director for a number of musicals. Her credits include The Music Man, Carousel, Something's Afoot, The Drunkard, The Apple Tree, Little Shop of Horrors, The Robber Bridegroom, Godspell, A Child's Christmas in Wales, Working, Baby, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Peter Pan, The Wizard of Oz The H.M.S. Pinafore, Celestial City, Ebenezer Scrooge: A Christmas Carol, and Song on the Wind, where she played the role of the Squaw Sachem.

Ms. Dill also has a love of folk music, especially that of America and the British Isles. She has performed as soloist at Middlesex Community College, most recently in A World of Music Concert series' American Folk Tradition: Songs of the River, Rails, and High Seas. She has directed the Middlesex Community College Chorus, the Concord Madrigal and the Hartford Street Singers, and performed with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus in Boston and Lenox.

Susan Dill (Voice and Piano Teacher)
B.M., The University of Michigan School of Music
M.A., University of Massachusetts, Boston

I began studying piano with Mrs. Win Osborne Shankel when I was 7 years old. I accompanied my older sister to her piano lesson and apparently pestered my parents until they gave in and allowed be to have a lesson as well.I graduated to studying with Mrs. Shankel's daughter, Virginia-Gene Rittenhouse after several years. It was a wonderful experience to be taking lessons from such a special lady. I studied with her until I was 20 years old... a music major at Atlantic Union College. During my junior year, I decided I needed someone different to study with, and had a semester with Gary Chapman.  Then after the first semester of my senior year, I quit music altogether. I graduated from Atlantic Union College with a major in Business Education.

After more than ten years, I decided to return to Atlantic Union College and finish something I had started. I studied again with Dr. Virginia-Gene Rittenhouse. At the time she was no longer on the faculty. I was allowed to study with her, however.I have received several awards from the Massachusetts Piano Teacher's Association while studying with Dr. Rittenhouse, including the Senior scholarship award in 1976,
I performed with the New England Youth Ensemble as a piano soloist.

My performance preference is to accompany others, supporting the instrumentalists in their performance. I have really enjoyed working with the young violinists and cellists at Thayer Performing Arts Center as their accompanist. I also enjoy playing in churches throughout the area.I am employed as a consultant/data analyst for a local printing company. My hobbies include knitting, cooking, nordic skiing, sewing, gardening and caring for and about my family
 
Bonnie Koval
B.M. Piano Performance and
 B.S. Business Administration, Atlantic Union College
Connie Rittenhouse Drexler
Director of New England Youth Chamber Ensemble
B.M., Atlantic Union College
M.M., Boston University
M.D., Loma Linda University
 

Lauren Rittenhouse
Lauren Rittenhouse graduated from Atlantic Union College in 1980 with a B.A. degree in Music Performance and a B.S. degree in Interior Design and Art.  She studied with teachers Mark Churchill   and Raya Garbousova.  She is presently a member of the Symphony Pro Musica Orchestra.  She has been a cellist in numerous orchestras, including the Redlands Symphony, the Riverside Symphony, the Inland Empire Orchestra, Thayer Conservatory Orchestra, and the New England Youth Ensemble.  She and her husband Jerry, also a cellist, formed their own Rittenhouse Cello Quartet with their children, Julia and David.  She has been teaching cello lessons since 2006 and especially enjoys teaching young children. 
 
B.M. Music Performance and B.A. Interior Design, Atlantic Union College
M.M. Boston University 
 

Ning Tien 

B.M., M.M., Performers Certificate, Eastman School of Music
D.M.A., Louisiana State University
 

Lira Cady 
Children's Classes,
B.S., Atlantic Union College
Connie Rittenhouse Drexler 
Director of New England Youth Chamber Ensemble
B.M., Atlantic Union College
M.M., Boston University
M.D., Loma Linda University
Violin and viola 
 
Kathryn Kalmansson
Violin and Viola 
 
Ana-Maria LaPointe
M.M., The Longy School of Music 
Violin 
 
Marcio Andre Candido
M.M., The Longy School of Music
B.M., University of Rio de Janeiro (UNIRIO)
Violin


Susan Dill
B.M., The University of Michigan School of Music
M.A., University of Massachusetts, Boston
 
Jazer Sanchez
B.M., Atlantic Union College 
 


Earl Raney
Director of Atlantic Wind Symphony

B.M., M.M., Boston University
 


Luz Gonzalez
Office Manager
B.S., Universidad Adventista de las Antillas.
 
William Byas
Office Assistant
B.A.,Religion, 2011 Atlantic Union College
Masters in Elementary Education (Present), Grand Canyon University