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Theory & Composition

Alisa Helene Bucchiere
piano, group piano, and theory

B.M., University of Lowell; M.M., Westminster Choir College; candidate for D.M.A. in music education, Boston University

Alisa Bucchiere is on the faculty at Northern Essex Community College (as choral director and professor of music history and music theory) and at Fitchburg State University (as choral accompanist and group piano instructor). She is a member of the American Choral Directors Association and the Merrimack Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Alisa has also served as organist at First Church Congregational in Methuen and has performed as music director/accompanist for over forty theater shows.

Eric Kamen
piano and composition

B.M. and M.M. in Piano Performance, New England Conservatory. Additional studies at Longy School of Music in Dalcroze Eurhythmics. Post-graduate studies in jazz piano and theory with Jeff Covell and Charlie Banacos. Principal teachers: Irma Wolpe, Lois Shapiro, Leonard Shure

Eric Kamen is an active performer and composer. He has appeared at the Kodaly Music Institute Summer Program, Jordan Hall, the Gardner Museum, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Sanders Theater, and WGBH-TV, and has toured in Mexico City at the University of Mexico. Formerly on the faculty of the Longy School of Music, he has served as pianist and assistant conductor for PALS/Voices Boston Children’s Chorus with performances at Tanglewood and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. As ‘Composer-in-Residence’ with City Stage Co., Boston, Eric’s original commissioned compositions were performed at the Massachusetts State House, the Brattle Theater, and on WCRB radio. Other original compositions have been commissioned and performed with Boston Composer’s New Music Series, New England Vocal Arts Ensemble, and Orchestra of Indian Hill.

“I emphasize the importance of 'practice discipline,’ coaching my students toward mindful, patient, and thoughtful practice technique. Students learn to read and interpret notation so that they can apply standard/universal score reading along with piano playing technique to every piece they learn. The music notation system is standard (developed over many centuries) and students will learn these reading and technical skills to apply on their own with the assistance of a nurturing and challenging coach. This approach translates into real learning rather than rote learning and dependence on the teacher. I challenge each student to their appropriate level as they grow and develop over their years of study. Competence and confidence is commensurate with steady application and disciplined practice. These attributes can carry over into every aspect of our lives.”

Jenny Tang
piano and theory

B.M. and M.M., New England Conservatory; Artist Diploma, Longy School of Music; D.M.A. candidate, New England Conservatory. Principal teachers: Randall Hodgkinson, Veronica Jochum, Jacob Maxim (piano); Tamara Brooks and Frank Battisti (conducting); Leonard Shure and Bernard Greenhouse (chamber music); Charlie Banacos (jazz improvisation)

Jenny Tang was born in Hong Kong and began her musical studies at age three with her mother. Awarded the Licentiate Diploma from the Royal Schools of Music (UK) in piano performance, she was also honored as a Fellow of the Trinity College of Music in London. Jenny regularly performs in solo and chamber music recitals in the U.S. and abroad. Her engagements include such venues as Jordan Hall, Sanders Theatre, Symphony Hall, Berklee College of Music, Wellesley College, and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. She is also a lecturer at Wellesley College (teaching music theory and piano performance) and is Assistant Director of the Wellesley College Chamber Music Society. She frequently collaborates with the college’s Theatre Department as Music Director for productions that have included "The Unsinkable Molly Brown" and "The Home Front."

Jenny’s teaching philosophy is to “inspire, to challenge, and to excite the potential of each individual.”

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