Instructor of ActingAaron Andrade
holds a BA in Performance and an MFA in Performance and Society. He has performed throughout New England at such theaters as Trinity Repertory Company, The Trinity Summer Shakespeare Project, Company One, Daydream Theatre Company, Beowulf Theatre and Elemental Theatre Company and as a company member at The Providence Black Repertory Company. Aaron has toured the country in dual language versions of Don Quixote
and Cyrano de Bergerac
. He has been featured on screen in the films Future Justice, Charles & Bone, Permanent, Side by Each
and others. Past favorite roles include Eugene in Yellowman
, Othello, and Javert in Les Misérables
. In 2013 Aaron was invited to perform the role of Clay in Dutchman
at the New England Theater Conference, representing faculty and staff of Rhode Island College. Currently he is the regional and nationals host for Elite Dance Challenge Competition and an adjunct faculty member of Rhode Island College Theater Department. Aaron joined the FSPA Drama Faculty in 2013.
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.
Instructor of 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 LongyLab since 2012.
Instructor of 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 Faculty in 2016.
Instructor of PianoBryan Eyberg
is a pianist, piano instructor and composer from Boston, Massachusetts. He holds a master's degree in Piano Performance from the University of Michigan School of Music, Theater and Dance. Bryan has studied piano with Dr. Robert Larsen at Simpson College, Anton Nel at the University of Michigan, and Doug Buys at the New England Conservatory. He has also studied vocal accompanying with Martin Katz and composition with Bright Sheng. He has performed in recital throughout the midwest and in New England, and has been teaching at FSPA since 2004.
Instructor of ViolinIrina Fainkichen
studied at the Rachmaninoff Music College and Leningrad State Conservatory in Russia and at the Rubin Academy of Music and Dance in Israel. She is a busy freelance violinist in the Greater Boston area. She was concertmaster of San Francisco’s Russian Chamber Orchestra for many years, appearing as soloist numerous times. Currently, Irina is a member of the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra, assistant concertmaster of the Brockton Symphony Orchestra, and a co-founder of “Flying Hearts” duo, which performs in a number of musical genres including Jazz, Klezmer and classic American tunes. Irina joined the FSPA Music Faculty in 2009.
Instructor of VoiceThomas Gareau
is a lyric baritone working in the Boston area. He has performed a wide variety of repertoire, from jazz to musical theater to opera and oratorio. As a regular and soloist with the Boston Choral Ensemble, he performed in the memorable production of Thomas Tallis' Spem in alium
at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross as part of the Boston Early Music Festival. Other notable engagements include Odyssey Opera's debut concert production of Wagner's Rienzi
at Jordan Hall. Thomas has appeared in numerous solo recitals performing standard repertoire and unearthing lesser known art songs and arias. Thomas is a graduate of The Boston Conservatory with a BM in Vocal Performance (summa cum laude, member of Pi Kappa Lambda). He also holds his MM in Vocal Pedagogy and Performance from his alma mater, where he served as graduate assistant for undergraduate vocal pedagogy, instructed voice for the Boston Conservatory Vocal Arts Academy, and served as full-time faculty for the Boston Conservatory Vocal/Choral Intensive. Thomas joined the FSPA Music Faculty in 2015.
Instructor of Piano and Theory
holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Longy School of Music of Bard College. She has performed and taught piano throughout the Boston area and was awarded the Mary Ellis Smith Award in 2013 in recognition of outstanding achievement in the study of piano and the art of piano pedagogy. Christina joined the FSPA Music Faculty in 2014.
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.