Instructor of Little Music SchoolJudy Bergesen
holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Framingham State College. She served as an elementary school teacher at the Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School in Franklin from 1995 to 2012. Prior to her time spent at BFCCPS, Judy was Assistant Director at FSPA for six years, where she served as a Children’s Music, Musical Theater and Acting instructor. She returned to the FSPA Faculty in 2013. Judy has extensive performing experience and has also served on the Advisory Board for the Franklin Performing Arts Company.
Morgan Brown Sanborn
Instructor of Ballet
Morgan Brown Sanborn’s is currently a member of North Atlantic Dance Theatre, and has also appeared with SunDanceX and City Ballet of Boston. Morgan also spent two seasons with Nevada Ballet Theater, a season with Teatrul Balet de Sibiu in Romania, and a cumulative six seasons with Portland Ballet Company of Maine. Her choreography has been featured at Rhode Island Women’s Choreography Project, New England Inspirational Dance Collective, Artfulness Boston & NYC, Dance For World Community, Dancers Making a Difference, and Boston Contemporary Dance Festival. Morgan graduated magna cum laude from Point Park University with a BFA in Dance. Originally from Standish, ME she began her training at the Darcy Leavitt School of Ballet before graduating from the Portland Ballet CORPS program. Morgan has attended summer intensives at American Ballet Theatre, Festival Ballet of Providence, Point Park University, and Boston Conservatory. She is an ABT® Certified teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 5 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. She is also a certified Pilates Academy International Mat instructor. Morgan is an adjunct faculty member at Dean College.
Instructor of Commercial Dance
Alexandra Cardi graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Developmental Psychology and a minor in Dance from Plymouth State University. She was an active member of her university’s Contemporary Dance Ensemble and Dance Team as both a performer and choreographer. Her senior year, the dance faculty selected Alexandra as the recipient for the Contemporary Dance Ensemble Award. This merit award is given to a senior who has shown a strong commitment to faculty and student choreography within the dance division over four years of study. Over her years at Plymouth, she had the opportunity to work with professional guest artists such as Mziyanda Mancam, Urbanity, Bosoma, and Pantos Project. She was a captain of the university’s dance team her senior year. Currently Alexandra works as a Consulting Behavior Technician for children with Autism in Rhode Island. Alexandra joined the FSPA Dance Faculty in 2017.
Instructor of Little Music School and Piano
holds a Master’s Degree in Piano Performance from Longy School of Music and a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Lethbridge. She joined the FSPA Music Faculty in 2007 and also teaches throughout central Massachusetts. Kitty volunteers her time at the Boys’ and Girls’ Club in Leominster, where she lectured on music appreciation and the connection between music, art, society and history in conjunction with the Fitchburg Art Museum. She is an active freelance solo pianist and has collaborated with instrumentalists, musical theater performers and choirs. Kitty’s love of extended piano techniques includes improvisations, prepared piano and various electronics music, which has led her to become a frequent participant at the Longy Lab since 2012.
Instructor of Acting
Sal graduated cum laude from Rhode Island College with a Bachelor of Arts degree. His regional theater performance credits include Jonathan in “Thanks, Man” and Dave in “Heading Toward Tiki Villa” (Theatre on File, Boston/Theater Marathon). He has also been seen as George Gibb in “Our Town”, Dr. Einstein in “Arsenic & Old Lace”, Florizel/Gaoler in “The Winter’s Tale”, and as Mayor Rufus Poindexter and Aggie in “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas”. He can also be seen in New Shepherd Film’s “Footprints”. Sal is a KC/ACTF Ryan Acting Scholarship semi-finalist.
Instructor of Guitar
Jeffrey DiIorio holds Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Music Performance and Philosophy from Providence College where he studied Guitar with David Riley. While at PC, Jeffrey performed with their Pep Band, Jazz Band, Funk Ensemble, and Jazz Combo. Professionally, he has performed with ensembles led by Alex Lee-Clark, John Allmark, and Mark Burney as well as with The Mac Odom Band, The Phunky Autokratz, Nightshift Entertainment, and The Sultans of Swing. Jeffrey was the recipient of the Reverend Leo S. Cannon, O.P. Award for Excellent Musicianship as well as Judges’ Choice at the Berklee High School Jazz Festival.
Instructor of Ballet, Jazz, Tap, and Musical Theater
has Bachelor of Arts degrees in Dance Performance and Communications from Rhode Island College. Her musical theater performance credits include Godspell
, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
and It’s All Your Parents’ Fault!
Dance performance credits include Triptych
, Arms of Justice
, ’Twas the Night Before Christmas
, La Giornata Omicida
and A Long Memory
. Amanda joined the FSPA Drama and Dance Faculty in 2016.
Instructor of Violin
Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, Irina Fainkichen received degrees from the Rachmaninoff Music College (Novgorod, Russia), St. Petersburg State Conservatory, and Rubin Academy of Music and Dance (Jerusalem, Israel). She is a busy freelance violinist in the Greater Boston area. Irina was concertmaster of San Francisco’s Russian Chamber Orchestra for many years, appearing as soloist numerous times. She is a member of Cape Symphony and has performed with the New Hampshire Symphony, Lexington Symphony, Pro-Arte Chamber Orchestra and recently with Broadway on Tour’s Hello Dolly
! and Phantom of the Opera
at Boston Opera House, and An American in Paris
at the Ogunquit Playhouse in Maine. Ms. Fainkichen is a co-founder of “Flying Hearts” duo, which performs in a number of musical genres including jazz, Klezmer, and classic American tunes. She has been on the Franklin School for the Performing Arts music faculty since 2009 and has played in the orchestras of many Frankiin Performing Arts Company productions including The Music Man
, The Nutcracker
, Peter Pan
, Fiddler on the Roof,
. Irina is coordinator of THE BLACK BOX Classical Series and most recently performed there with Quartett Giocosa.
Instructor of Drums, Director of Saturday Sessions and FSPA Percussion EnsembleKenny Hadley
joined the FSPA Music Faculty in 1998 and has extensive teaching experience, including master classes and clinics throughout New England. He has played throughout the US, Europe and South America and has worked with many well-known musicians including Van Morrison, Dizzy Gillespie, The Count Basie Orchestra, Peter Wolf, The Drifters and Rebecca Parris, as well as with the North Shore Music Theater, Franklin Performing Arts Company and Electric Youth
. He serves as orchestra contractor for the Franklin Performing Arts Company and has co-produced The Sacred Music of Duke Ellington, ‘Tis the Season!
and the CD recordings of Electric Youth
. His acclaimed Kenny Hadley Big Band has shared the stage with the Count Basie Orchestra, Dizzy Gillespie’s Band, and the Duke Ellington Orchestra and has hosted guest soloists including Clark Terry and Louie Bellson. The band’s recordings include Come Sunday, A Beautiful Friendship
and Common Thread
Instructor of Voice April Hal
l graduated from Berklee College of Music, where she received the prestigious Louis Armstrong Performance Award. She has done projects for Atlantic Records, under the direction of Arif Mardin, for the likes of Chaka Khan, Melissa Manchester and Bette Midler and has performed with artists such as Rosemary Clooney, Al Jarreau, Jim Ed Brown, Helen Cornelius and Dinah Shore. She regularly performs and records with New England’s finest musicians, including Gray Sargent, Tim Ray, Marshall Wood, Kenny Hadley, Les Harris Jr., Tom Hall, Joe “Sonny” Barbato, Jerry Bergonzi, John Lockwood, Marty Ballou, Mark Poniatowski and New Orleans' Amadee Castenell. April is currently Executive Producer for ImprovLive 365, a daily web series dedicated to exploring spontaneous creativity and improvisation. She is also an award-winning songwriter. Her music has been featured on Boston's "Women in Music" series, on "The Coffeehouse,” WGBH’s “Eric in the Evening” and the nationally syndicated "Jazz After Hours" with PRI's Jim Wilke. In addition to her ongoing performances, April also continues to work with students across the country, holding master classes in modern vocal techniques and on the subject of "Songwriting in a Free Society." April has served as an FSPA Vocal Coach since 2012.