Music

Music

Music is a universal language. All students, regardless of musical background or skills, are encouraged to participate in choral or instrumental groups. Nobles firmly believes that a degree of musical literacy is an essential part of the educational experience.

Outside of our diverse curriculum, the music department offers several musical groups including the Greensleeves, a treble a cappella group; Nobleonians, a tenor/bass a cappella group; Noteorious, a mixed gender a cappella group; Imani, a gospel and multicultural vocal group open to everyone in the Nobles community; and Half Notes, middle school a cappella. In addition, seven music concerts are offered each year including the choral concert; wind, string, orchestra concert; chamber music concert; and the jazz, blues, drums, guitar concert.

For more information or to attend a concert, please contact Director of Music Nhung Truong at ntruong0f@nobles.edu

Faculty

Michael Turner

Music Program Director, Director of Chamber Singers and Greensleeves, Music Theory and Composition Instructor At nobles since 1988

Weber Family Chair for the Performing Arts; Bachelor of Music 1980, Boston University; M.M. in Composition and Conducting 2001, Longy School of Music; Music Fellow 1992, Northwestern University; advanced studies at New England Conservatory.

Michael Turner has been an active conductor, composer, music director and performer in the Boston area for over 35 years. He is an active member of the Massachusetts Music Educators Association and the National Association for Music Education.

Weber Family Chair for the Performing Arts; Bachelor of Music 1980, Boston University; M.M. in Composition and Conducting 2001, Longy School of Music; Music Fellow 1992, Northwestern University; advanced studies at New England Conservatory.

Michael Turner has been an active conductor, composer, music director and performer in the Boston area for over 35 years. He is an active member of the Massachusetts Music Educators Association and the National Association for Music Education.

Paul Lieberman

Director of Wind and Jazz Ensembles, Artist-in-Residence At nobles since 2014

B.A. in Music 1978, Yale University; MM in Jazz Composition and Arranging, UMass Amherst, 2008, where he was also a professor.

Spent years touring the world with groups led by Jaimoe of the Allman Brothers, Brazilian jazz stars Airto & Flora Purim, and others, and as a leader and educator, including at Yale, Northeastern, and BU.  Has performed or recorded with George Benson, Pat Metheny, Paquito D’Rivera, the Springfield Symphony, and many others.  Does cross-curricular teaching on the African roots of the music and cultures of the New World.  D’Addario Performing Artist, Gemeinhardt Woodwind Artist, JodyJazz Artist.

B.A. in Music 1978, Yale University; MM in Jazz Composition and Arranging, UMass Amherst, 2008, where he was also a professor.

Spent years touring the world with groups led by Jaimoe of the Allman Brothers, Brazilian jazz stars Airto & Flora Purim, and others, and as a leader and educator, including at Yale, Northeastern, and BU.  Has performed or recorded with George Benson, Pat Metheny, Paquito D’Rivera, the Springfield Symphony, and many others.  Does cross-curricular teaching on the African roots of the music and cultures of the New World.  D’Addario Performing Artist, Gemeinhardt Woodwind Artist, JodyJazz Artist.

Nhung Truong

Director of Music, Director of Middle School Chorus, Upper School Concert Choir, Nobleonians, Imani, Half-Notes At nobles since 2016

B.A. in Music Education ’12 Providence College; M.M. in Choral Conducting ’14 UMass-Amherst

Nhung is an active member of the Massachusetts Music Educators’ Association and the Diversity Chair for the Massachusetts American Choral Directors Association, for whom she created their DEI Mission Statement; Guest conducting engagements include the MMEA Western District Junior Festival Chorus and the Laurel Music Camp Choir in Connecticut; Conference presentations include “Building Community Through The Choral Warmup” at the MassACDA Summer Conference, and a Middle School Repertoire Session at the MMEA All-State Conference; Publications include several in MassSings and the Massachusetts Music Educators Journal; Conductor of the MIT Women’s Chorale; Has previously sung alto with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus and the Seraphim Singers.

B.A. in Music Education ’12 Providence College; M.M. in Choral Conducting ’14 UMass-Amherst

Nhung is an active member of the Massachusetts Music Educators’ Association and the Diversity Chair for the Massachusetts American Choral Directors Association, for whom she created their DEI Mission Statement; Guest conducting engagements include the MMEA Western District Junior Festival Chorus and the Laurel Music Camp Choir in Connecticut; Conference presentations include “Building Community Through The Choral Warmup” at the MassACDA Summer Conference, and a Middle School Repertoire Session at the MMEA All-State Conference; Publications include several in MassSings and the Massachusetts Music Educators Journal; Conductor of the MIT Women’s Chorale; Has previously sung alto with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus and the Seraphim Singers.

Antonio Berdugo

Director of Instrumental Music, Middle School Orchestra, Upper School String Ensemble and Nobles Symphony Orchestra At nobles since 2016

B.A. in Music Education ’98 Colombia Adventist University; Violin Performance Certificate ’07 La Sierra University; M.M. in Composition ’12 Longy School of Music of Bard College.

Conducting studies with Frank Battisti & Charles Peltz at the New England Conservatory and Julian Pellicano at Longy School of Music. Currently an active member of the Massachusetts Music Educators’ Association and the American Strings Teacher Association; serves as artistic consultant for Cajamag Youth Orchestra Program in Santa Marta, Colombia where he recently served as a guest conductor from 2015-2016; as a violinist, performs regularly with the Arlington Philharmonic under the direction of Orlando Cela; and an active participant in the El Sistema-Boston community, a system of youth ensembles inspired by the music education movement in Venezuela, which uses music education as a vehicle for social change. Previous appointments include, Director of Youth Orchestras at Milton Public Schools, Director of the Zimmer Orchestra at Josiah Quincy Orchestra Program, Director of Instrumental Program at San Gabriel Academy, CA.

B.A. in Music Education ’98 Colombia Adventist University; Violin Performance Certificate ’07 La Sierra University; M.M. in Composition ’12 Longy School of Music of Bard College.

Conducting studies with Frank Battisti & Charles Peltz at the New England Conservatory and Julian Pellicano at Longy School of Music. Currently an active member of the Massachusetts Music Educators’ Association and the American Strings Teacher Association; serves as artistic consultant for Cajamag Youth Orchestra Program in Santa Marta, Colombia where he recently served as a guest conductor from 2015-2016; as a violinist, performs regularly with the Arlington Philharmonic under the direction of Orlando Cela; and an active participant in the El Sistema-Boston community, a system of youth ensembles inspired by the music education movement in Venezuela, which uses music education as a vehicle for social change. Previous appointments include, Director of Youth Orchestras at Milton Public Schools, Director of the Zimmer Orchestra at Josiah Quincy Orchestra Program, Director of Instrumental Program at San Gabriel Academy, CA.

Adjunct Music Faculty

Bruce Bears

Title
Piano Instructor

At Nobles Since
1999

Bio
B.A., Music Composition, Hobart College

Performs approximately 150 times a year in the U.S., Canada, and the EU. Produced/performed on numerous CDs, including the 2010 Grammy-nominated “Stomp the Blues Tonight”; works frequently as a studio musician and tours with Duke Robillard.

Nicole Cariglia

Title
Cello Instructor

At Nobles Since
2019

Bio
B.Mus in Cello Performance ’99 New England Conservatory of Music; M.Mus in Cello Performance ’01 NEC; D.M.A in Cello Performance ‘09 Boston University

Cello studies with Yeesun Kim at NEC and Rhonda Rider at BU. Artistic Director of the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras’ Intensive Community Program. ICP Cello faculty. Active performer in Boston, appearing regularly with the Grammy-nominated Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Odyssey Opera, The Cantata Singers and Back Bay Chorale.

Jeffrey 'Doc' Chanonhouse

Title
Director of Blues Band

At Nobles Since
1996

Bio
Trumpet Diploma in Professional Music (magna cum laude); Berklee College of Music; Classical studies at Boston University with Armando Ghitalla.

Has played principal trumpet in the North Shore Philharmonic Orchestra, Wellesley Symphony Orchestra, New Hampshire Symphony Orchestra and was an extra trumpet for the Boston Symphony String Orchestra. He was voted “Best Horn Player in Boston” by the Boston Blues Society in 1996 and is currently a member of the Linemen, a band sponsored by the Bose Corporation.

Andra Voldins Dix '94

Title
Viola and Violin Instructor

At Nobles Since
2004

Bio
B.A., Harvard University, M.Mus. Boston University School of Fine Arts

For eight years in New York City Andra enjoyed an active career running a string program at Berkeley Carroll School, and freelancing for Broadway shows, live television, studio recordings, and string backup for major touring artists. Currently Andra performs with Boston Ballet, serves on the music faculty at Phillips Academy in Andover, MA, and has a private teaching studio.

Eun Mi Lee

Title
Violin Teacher

At Nobles Since
2022

Bio

B.M.A. in Violin Performance at Temple University; M.M. in Violin Performance at Rice University, D.M.A. in Violin Performance at University of Texas at Austin.

She has won numerous awards and competitions including Edwin B. Garrigues Scholarships (2007-2011), Starling Awards (2011), Shepherd School tuition Awards (2011-2013), Starling Distinguished Violinist Scholarships (2013-2016), Austin Civic Orchestra Concerto Competition, MBC Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Concerto Competition, and Daegu Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition. She also attended many summer festivals including the Encore Music Festival, Mozarteum Summer festival, Great Mountain Music Festival, and Baroque Summer Festival. Dr. Lee received her doctorate in violin performance from the University of Texas at Austin in 2016. She received her Master’s degree from Rice University in 2013. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree from Temple University in 2011. She received full scholarships from each of these institutions. Her principal teachers include Brian Lewis, Cho Liang Lin, Eduard Schmieder, Malcolm Lewis and Ikhwan Bae.

She has had masterclasses with various artists, including Ida Kavafian, Ani Kavafian, Joshua Bell, David Kim, Soovin Kim, Ilya Gringolts, Martin Beaver, Emerson Quartet, Tokyo String Quartet, Miro Quartet, and others. She has also performed at different venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kimmel Center, Long Center, Blanton Museum of Art, Jones Hall, Stude Concert Hall, Duncan Recital Hall, Homer Rainey Hall, and Bates Hall.

Lee has been a tenured first violinist at Austin Symphony Orchestra since 2017, and she has been teaching private students since 2007. She greatly enjoys teaching her students, as it inspires her and fills her with joy. Besides music, she likes outdoor activities such as jogging, playing badminton, and hiking. She currently resides in Wellesley, MA.

Carmen Marsico

Title
Voice Instructor

At Nobles Since
2004

Bio
B.S. in Architecture, University Institute of Venice, Italy; Diploma in Professional Music, Berklee College of Music; M.M., Jazz Performance, New England Conservatory

Founder and co-leader/arranger of the Italian Folk Ensemble, “Newpoli.” Voice faculty at the Community Music Center of Boston, among other. Performed at venues such as Northeastern University and Berklee Performing Center in Mass., and Stanford University in Calif.

Linda Poland

Title
Clarinet Instructor

At Nobles Since
2015

Bio
B.M., Clarinet Performance, University of Maryland
M.M., Clarinet Performance, New England Conservatory of Music

Ms. Poland has had extensive orchestral experience as a section clarinetist, most notably with the New Bedford (MA) and the Albany (NY) Symphony Orchestras. She has performed as a substitute clarinetist in symphony, opera, and ballet orchestras throughout the Boston region as well. She currently performs with Kammerwerke, a professional double wind quintet (www.kammerwerke.org) and in concerts for senior communities throughout eastern MA (www.nostalgiasongfests.com). Ms. Poland is also a clarinet instructor for Milton Academy, Dedham Country Day School and the Milton and Newton Public Schools.

Aleksandra 'Sasha' Pustilnikova

Title
Piano Instructor, Accompanist for Choral Program

At Nobles Since
2009

Bio
B.M. in Piano Performance and Music Education, Boston University

Winner of numerous competitions, including the American Fine Arts Association competition and the International Young Artist Piano Competition. Performed at Carnegie Hall in NYC. Pustilnikova teaches piano at Martin Snow’s Pianos, and in her private studio.

Marty Richards

Title
Director of Drum Ensemble, Percussion Instructor

At Nobles Since
2002

Bio
B.A. in Professional Music, Berklee College of Music

Drummer for jazz great Gary Burton for 10 years and for Grammy-nominated blues guitarist Duke Robillard. Currently the drummer for rock legend Peter Wolf, The Joe Perry Project (guitarist for Aerosmith) and for the J. Geils Band.

Binney Stone

Title
Guitar Instructor, Director of Guitar Ensemble

At Nobles Since
1998

Bio
B.A. Psychology, SUNY at Buffalo, NY; B.Mus Composition, Berklee College of Music

Played and recorded with Bill Frisell, D. Sharpe, Gary Valente, Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Strickland and Leslie Gore. Currently a freelance guitarist/vocalist working in Boston and New York areas.

Gretchen Stone

Title
Piano Instructor

At Nobles Since
2001

Bio
B.M.,Berklee College of Music

Has performed both in jazz combos and in classical venues, and in a piano/vocal jazz duo. She also teaches at MusicMaker studios in Brighton, and at Solomon Schechter Day School in Newton.

Julius Williams III

Title


At Nobles Since
2022

Bio

Julius P. Williams III has been involved in music and theater his entire life. As a teenager, he was in the select choir ensembles of CT, The USA Eastern Seaboard, All-New England, NY State Summer School of the Arts, and Tanglewood Boston University Institute. Julius achieved his Bachelor of Music, Musical Theater Vocal Performance BM at the NYU Steinhardt School, and Classical Voice Performance Masters in Music at The Boston Conservatory. He has performed in musicals and opera in the United States and Europe, having been seen as Benvolio in “Romeo et Juliette” as well as in the ensembles of “Die Zauberflöte” at the New Jersey Opera Theater, The Male Chorus in “The Rape of Lucretia” at the Hamburg Staatsoper, Robbins in Porgy and Bess at Grange Park Opera, Nemorino in “L’elisir d’amore” at the Boston Conservatory, Duane Cover Seaweed in “Hairspray” at the Cologne Musical Dome. Williams also starred in his own two-person Golden Age of musicals Show “Funny Faces Fancy Feet” and was a founding member and arranger for the Classical crossover group Vox Fortura. He has also appeared as a solo singer on the Aida Cruise line and regularly teaches musical theater, and dance workshops throughout Europe and the United States.

Linden Wu

Title
Flute Teacher

At Nobles Since
2022

Bio

Bachelor’s in Music Ed. from University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, Masters in Flute Performance from New England Conservatory. Previous mentors include Jonathan Keeble, Paula Robison, and Elizabeth Rowe.

Chicago Flute Club solo competition finalist, Tanglewood guest, freelance musician. Flute faculty at Brookline Music School, The Middlesex School, and Natick Public Schools.