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, all-female a cappella group; Nobleonians, all-male a cappella group; Noteorious, co-ed a cappella group; Imani, co-ed gospel group; and Half Notes, middle school a cappella. In addition, five music concerts are offered each year including the choral concert; wind, string, orchestra concert; chamber music concert; jazz, blues, drums, guitar concert; and the Imani concert.

For more information or to attend a concert, please contact Director of Music Michael Turner at mike_turner@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 Middle School Jam Band, Jazz and Wind Ensemble; 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.

Curator and co-Executive Director, Voyages on the Black Atlantic; tours the world as Music Director for Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band and as a leader and educator; has performed or recorded with George Benson, Pat Metheny, Paquito D’Rivera, the Springfield Symphony, and many others.

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

Curator and co-Executive Director, Voyages on the Black Atlantic; tours the world as Music Director for Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band and as a leader and educator; has performed or recorded with George Benson, Pat Metheny, Paquito D’Rivera, the Springfield Symphony, and many others.

Nhung Truong

Director of Middle School Chorus, Upper School Chorus, Nobleonians, Imani, Half-Notes; Coordinator of Applied Music At nobles since 2016

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

Active member of the Massachusetts Music Educators’ Association and American Choral Director’s Association; article published in the Massachusetts Music Educator’s Journal; serves as senior counselor at Laurel Music Camp in Connecticut and conductor of the Chorus in summer 2018; sings Alto with the Seraphim Singers, a semi-professional choir based in Boston.

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

Active member of the Massachusetts Music Educators’ Association and American Choral Director’s Association; article published in the Massachusetts Music Educator’s Journal; serves as senior counselor at Laurel Music Camp in Connecticut and conductor of the Chorus in summer 2018; sings Alto with the Seraphim Singers, a semi-professional choir based in Boston.

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

Joyce Alper

Title
Flute, Oboe and Recorder Instructor

At Nobles Since
2014

Bio
Bachelor of Music in Oboe and Music Education, Boston Conservatory; Master’s Degrees in Oboe and Historical Performance, New England Conservatory; Post-Graduate Study in Historical Performance, The Royal Conservatory, The Hague, Netherlands; Doctoral Studies in Historical Performance, Boston University

Ms. Alper is a busy freelance musician, playing both historical and modern winds with ensembles in the US, Mexico, and Europe. She has given master classes and lectures at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, National Music School of Mexico (UNAM), Boston Conservatory, Louisiana State University, University of Houston, Texas Tech University, and the Gene Byron Museum (Guanajuato, Mexico). She can heard on recordings at the instrument collection of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, demonstrating antique oboes in the collection.

Bruce Bears

Title
Trombone 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.

Derrick Campbell

Title
Guitar Instructor

At Nobles Since
2001

Bio
B.A. in Mass Communications, Wright State University

Derrick has been teaching guitar since 1992 and teaches at Music Maker Studios in Brighton and teaches group guitar classes at the Boston Center for Adult Education. In addition to teaching guitar, he performs regularly with his band Element 78 at private events and clubs all over New England, and works as a freelance session guitarist for other bands live shows and recording projects. Learn more about Derrick by visiting his website.

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.

Kett Chuan Lee

Title
Cello

At Nobles Since
2017

Bio
Undergraduate Performance Diploma, The Boston Conservatory; Graduate Performance Diploma, Longy School of Music

Kett is a member of the nationally acclaimed Boston String Quartet. He has performed as a principal cellist for Symphony Nova, Cape Ann Symphony, Waltham Philharmonic and Trinity Repertory Theatre, other orchestra affiliations include National Symphony Orchestra of Malaysia, Atlantic Symphony, New Bedford Symphony and Plymouth Philharmonic. His debut album – Franck and Beethoven Sonatas was released in 2017.

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.