Our Summer Music Program offers Weekly Classes and Private Lessons for 8 Weeks.
Designed for young singers looking to gain experience and basic technique, classes focus on fundamentals of breathing, vowel placement, sight-reading, and ear training. A wide range of repertoire will be studied with emphasis on classical and musical theater genres. This class is ideal for students entering the FSPA voice program in the fall.
Girls’ Teen Voice
Girls’ Teen Voice is designed for the beginning to intermediate singer. Emphasis is placed on building confidence along with a healthy vocal technique. Repertoire includes musical theater and popular contemporary genres.
Make Sense of It All! Music Theory
Imagine you had to read a novel letter by letter. It’s not that different from reading music note by note! Similar to the way we read and understand each sentence as a complete thought, music has a grammar all its own, a series of patterns and groupings that make it easier to understand what is going on in the score! This class will give you a boost in speed and efficiency to improve on your instrument!
Small Instrumental Ensembles
Piano is often a lonely undertaking, but there is a great deal of repertoire written for two people to play together! Students will be assigned a partner with whom to learn a piece and will have the opportunity to play in every class. Students will be coached on how to tackle the repertoire and how to develop the skills to work on music collaboratively.
Check out our Summer Brochure for all the details!
Summer Music Faculty
Instructor of 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 LongyLab since 2012.
Instructor of Piano
Bryan 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 Violin
Irina 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 Piano and Theory
Christina Guibas 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 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
Shauna Martin joined the FSPA Music Faculty in 2006 and has more than 20 years of teaching experience. She holds a MM in Opera from University of British Columbia and a BM from Brandon University. Shauna’s performances include a wide variety of operatic and musical theater roles in works by classical as well as contemporary composers. She has performed in the Czech Republic as well as with Canada’s regional orchestras. Shauna performed several times on CBC Radio, most prominently as a soloist in Stravinsky’s Les Noces
. She is a proud founding member of the humorous and popular children’s show, Opera Night in Canada
, which successfully toured for four years and was featured on CBC Radio’s Arts Report
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
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 and Cantor at St. Mary Church in Franklin. One of FSPA’s first students, Kim joined the FSPA faculty in 1997.
FSPA Assistant Director, Vocal Director
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 Pro 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 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.