FSPA Vocal Director, Glee Club, Instructor of Voice
Hallie Wetzell holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theater from Occidental College and Master of Music degrees in Vocal Performance and Vocal Pedagogy from New England Conservatory of Music. As FSPA Vocal Director, Hallie oversees the FSPA Voice program and serves as music director for all ensembles, as well as productions of the Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC) and Electric Youth. Hallie was the Vocal Director for the FSPA Children’s Choirs for the professional touring companies of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
in 2000 and 2005 and Evita
in 2004. She has been on FSPA’s Faculty since 1998 and became Vocal Director for FPAC in 1999.
Instructor of Little Music School
Judy 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 Little Music School and Piano
Kitty Cheung-Evans 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 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 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 Voice
April Hall 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.
Instructor of Drums, Director of Saturday Sessions and FSPA Percussion Ensemble
Kenny 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
Heidi Iuliano holds a Master’s Degree in Music Education and Vocal Performance (The Boston Conservatory), a Bachelor of Arts in Music and Communications (Assumption College) and is certified in Orff-Schulwerk Level I. She has extensive teaching experience throughout New England and currently serves as a general music teacher in Norwood. Heidi has sung with a number of choirs including RPM Voices of Rhode Island Gospel Choir, Central Congregational Church and Salisbury Singers and Salisbury Lyric Opera. She joined the FSPA Faculty in 2017.
Instructor of Piano
Jiwon Kwon has a Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance & Jazz Composition Degree from Berklee College of Music and a Bachelor of Applied Music from Dongduk Women's University in Seoul, South Korea. She has been the recipient of multiple awards including the Downbeat Student Music Award for Original Composition (Small Ensemble), the Berklee College of Music Benny Golson Award, and the Berklee College of Music Clare Fischer Award. Jiwon’s arrangement of “I’m Hurt” is featured on the soundtrack for the Korean TV drama Loving You a Thousand Times
. She has taught piano in South Korea, worked as an accompanist for Berklee’s vocal programs, and played in numerous recitals and concerts.
Instructor of Little Music School
Liz Mason is a Franklin native and FSPA alumna. Joining the FSPA faculty in 2017, Liz is thrilled to combine her passion for teaching young children with her love of music right here in her home town. Nurturing and guiding children's development for 25 years, she earned an AS Degree in Early Childhood Development followed by her BA Degree in Liberal Arts and Studies with a Psychology concentration. She is licensed by the MA Department of Early Education and Care as an Infant/Toddler and Preschool Lead Teacher and is also Director II Certified. Liz attended the Northeast Montessori Institute and received her American Montessori Society Teaching Credential. She is presently employed as a Montessori Preschool Teacher at Sunrise Montessori School.
Instructor of Voice
Mariko Matsumura, a native of Tokyo, Japan, graduated with high honors with a BM in Vocal Performance from University of Montana and a MM in Vocal Performance from Longy School of Music. A recipient of the 2006 Penelope Davis Honorable Mention Award, she has served as assistant and accompanist for St. Francis Xavier, UM Dance and Drama Departments, and Missoula Children’s Theater. Mariko’s performance credits include Messiah, Aida, Hansel and Gretel, Der Rosenkavalier, The Magic Flute
, and numerous premiere performances throughout the Boston area. Mariko has performed with Lorelei Ensemble, Tanglewood Festival Chorus, Jyugoya Ensemble, Chorus Boston, Setegaya Women’s Chorus and Opera Unmet. She currently serves as Music Director and Soloist at First Parish in Malden. Mariko joined the FSPA Music Faculty in 2002.
FSPA Assistant Director, Director of Little Music School and Children's Music, Instructor of Piano
Kim Rezendes graduated magna cum laude from Providence College with a Bachelor of Arts in Music and from Rhode Island College with a Master’s Degree in Teaching Music. As coordinator of Children’s Music at FSPA, she also serves as Program Director for the Little Music School and Instructor of Musical Theater. Kim serves as Associate Organist at St. Mary Church in Franklin. One of FSPA’s first students, Kim joined the FSPA faculty in 1997.
Music Department Artistic AdvisorMaria-Regina Seidhofer was born in Sao Paolo, Brazil and began her early studies with Dinora de Carvalho. She began concertizing at the age of six, giving solo recitals and making feature performances with orchestra. From 1961-1966, she studied at the Academy of Music in Vienna with Brunco Seidlhoefer, whom she later married. She received a Diploma Speciale from the Minister of Education in Austria. Her first appearances in the United States included performances at Boston University and the New England Conservatory and in 1988, Professor Seidlhofer gave a concert in Washington D.C. at the invitation of the Organization of American States. Locally, she has performed at FSPA, the Walnut Hill School for the Arts and Dartmouth College. Since 1976, Regina has been on the Piano Faculty at the Academy of Music in Vienna. She travels extensively, teaching master courses in Finland, Germany, Brazil, Malta, Italy and the US and was decorated by the Ambassador of Brazil for outstanding service abroad. She has toured the Far East, where she also conducted master classes. Professor Seidlhofer visits the Franklin School for the Performing Arts, giving master classes to students and faculty and offering her continued guidance as Artistic Advisor.
Instructor of Piano
Ida Zelman has a bachelor’s degree from the Music Conservatory in Vilnius, Lithuania, where her studies included piano performance and music education, specializing in classical and contemporary music. Ida has extensive coaching experience in chamber music ensemble playing and accompanying. She successfully prepares many of her students for the Royal Conservatory Music Development Program. Ida joined FSPA’s Music Faculty in 1993.