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.
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; National Interpretation Contest, Timisoara, Romania, second prize ; "Citta Di Cantu",Italy, third prize; "Mihail Jora"Competition, Bucharest , Romania, first prize; Instrumental Interpretation National Contest,Brasov, Romania, first prize; 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.
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.
M.A. Boston University
Piano Performance Diploma, The Longy School of Music
B.A. Piano, Enescu Academy of Music, Bucharest, Romania
, 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
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