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Kristian Baverstam, Clarinet Master Class, Clarinet Gym & Private Instruction 

Kristian Baverstam is the principal clarinet of the Boston Civic Symphony and performs with other Boston-area orchestras, including the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston; the Bach, Beethoven and Brahms Society; Plymouth Philharmonic; Metropolitan Chorale; the Newport Music Festival; and Symphony Nova. Mr. Baverstam is on the music faculty at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the New England Conservatory Preparatory School, and he is a founding member of the Tufts Youth Philharmonic at Tufts University.


 Andrew Bergevin, Violin Masterclass & Private Instruction

Andrew Bergevin is on the faculty at SUNY Geneseo and an active Suzuki teacher. Past teaching positions include Cornell University, Ithaca College, and Le Moyne College. Mr. Bergevin has completed long-term Suzuki teacher training and has an M.M. in Suzuki Pedagogy. An active orchestral violinist, he has performed with Virginia Symphony Orchestra, the Syracuse Symphony, Binghamton Philharmonic, and the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra.


Kawai Chan, Piano Instruction

Dr. Kawai Chan has performed extensively as a soloist and collaborative artist in Austria, Italy, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and throughout the United States. She has performed with various orchestras, including Orchestra della Foundazione Salina and Orchestra Filarmonica Italiana. Awarded first prize at the Mary Hayes North Competition and the Empire State Piano Competition in New York, Kawai was also a finalist at the Thousand Island Piano Competition. A recipient of many grants and fellowships, Kawai was awarded a full scholarship to attend Ithaca College, where she also graduated magna cum laude.  While at Peabody Conservatory she was awarded the Peabody Grant for her master’s studies. During her doctorate studies at Michigan States University, Kawai was one of the winners of the Research Enhancement Award in addition to the other scholarship and fellowship. Her principal teachers include Read Gainsford, Boris Slutsky, and George Vatchnadze. Kawai continues to be active in both performing and teaching. She has given recitals and collaborated with various artists and performed at different concert series, including Music Alive Series at HKUST; Citibank Plaza Concert Series; Art, Culture, and Music at the airport; and Music of Friends at RTHK Radio 4. Kawai is currently an adjunct lecturer and artist-teacher at Hong Kong Baptist University.


Kelly Covert, Flute Workshop & Flute Gym

Kelly Covert, second flute/piccolo, has been with Symphoria since the 2013-14 season. A graduate of the University of Georgia and Ithaca College in flute performance, she has performed with the Buffalo Philharmonic, Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, Binghamton Philharmonic, and Ensemble X, as well as in solo and chamber music concerts across the country. She is a core performer with the Syracuse Society for New Music. Ms. Covert has taught flute at Syracuse University, Ithaca College, SUNY Oswego, and Hamilton College. She is currently marketing & development associate for Symphoria.



Melissa Gardiner, Trombone Workshop, Jazz Gym and Trombone Gym

Melissa Gardiner has performed with several legendary musicians, including Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, Geri Allen, Wycliffe Gordon, Arturo O’Farrill’s Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, Dave Matthews Band, and Vulfpeck. She has released three albums: Transitions (2011), Second Line Syracuse (2016), and Empowered (2019). Ms. Gardiner has teaching credentials at Syracuse University, Le Moyne College, and Cornell University.


Dana Huyge, Private Viola & Violin Instruction

Dana Huyge is a 2005 Manlius Pebble Hill School graduate. Mr. Huyge is an active studio teacher. Past teaching positions include those at Hartwick College, and SUNY Geneseo, and as the director of the Suzuki program at Immaculate Conception Elementary School in Fayetteville, NY; he has also been involved the Symphoria Youth Orchestras. As a performer, Mr. Huyge has played viola with many orchestras in Upstate New York, including  Symphoria, the Albany Symphony Orchestra, and the Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra.


Noah Kellman, Jazz Piano Masterclass Workshop, Introduction to Improvisation, and Jazz Piano Intensive Seminar

Noah Kellman is a 2009 Manlius Pebble Hill School graduate. He is a pianist, composer, author, and music producer based in New York City. He is currently on the faculty at SUNY Purchase and author of The Game Music Handbook: A Practical Guide to Crafting An Unforgettable Soundscape | Oxford University Press.


Carrie Manolakos, Vocal Masterclass, Vocal Intensive Seminar, and Private Instruction

Carrie Manolakos is a 2002 Manlius Pebble Hill School graduate. She is best known for her roles as Sophie Sheridan in Broadway’s Mamma Mia! and Elphaba in the touring company of Wicked. She is a storyteller in every sense of the word, whether she’s on a Broadway stage, performing solo in a concert hall, or singing in films such as The Greatest Showman,  Incredibles 2, Croods: A New Age, and more. In February of 2020, Ms. Manolakos made her Carnegie Hall debut with the New York Pops, singing the songs of her heroes and playing her original music. Ms. Manolakos is also founder and CEO of Carrie U Voice Institute, where she works with singers and artists of all levels to find their authenticity, power, and joy through their voice.



Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers, Mixed Level Acoustic Guitar, Get Started with Song Writing and Creative Nonfiction Writing: Your Stories

Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers has combined his twin passions for words and music into a multifaceted career as a musician, author, and teacher. He is a grand prize winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, founding editor of Acoustic Guitar magazine, and author of numerous books on guitar and songwriting. A “renowned guitar teacher” (Boston Globe), Rodgers has been a staff instructor at Ashokan Acoustic Guitar Camp and Lamb’s Retreat for Songwriters, and for over a decade he has taught courses on songwriting and creative nonfiction writing at Syracuse University.


Zachary Sweet, Cello Masterclass, Mixed Level Cello Group Class & Private Instruction

Zachary Sweet is a registered teacher trainer with the Suzuki Association of the Americas. He is currently an instructor of cello at Nazareth College, as well as Binghamton and Colgate Universities, and is on the faculties of Ithaca Talent Education and Music Together of Ithaca. Mr. Sweet performs extensively throughout the Tri-State area as soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player. Currently, Zachary is principal of Colgate University Orchestra and Tri Cities Opera, and  he performs regularly with the Society for New Music.



Alba S. Torremocha, Introduction to Conducting & Composing for Film

Alba S. Torremocha is an award-winning composer, conductor, and multi-instrumentalist. Ms. Torremocha is on the faculty at NYU Steinhardt School of Music. Her concert pieces have been premiered around the world, and her soundtracks for film, TV, and video games keep receiving critical acclaim. Ms. Torremocha studied violin, composition, and conducting at the prestigious Musikene Conservatoire (Spain) as the valedictorian of her class and later graduated with honors from New York University with a master’s in film scoring.