Aside from working as a freelance voice instructor, Mr. Campofelice has worked for various music programs primarily through the Boston Conservatory including the school’s summer Vocal Choral Intensive (VCI) under Patty Thom and Bill Cutter in 2016, as well as the Conservatory’s unique Music Program for Students on the Autism Spectrum since 2014. He has also served as a co-facilitator for the autism program’s pilot Inner Harmony Chorus in 2015-16. Aside from that, he also teaches private voice and piano through the Amy Dancz voice studio at the Steinert Building in downtown Boston.
Mr. Campofelice’s vocal abilities rest primarily in the musical theatre and classical repertoire. At the Conservatory his opera credits include The Cunning Little Vixen (the mosquito), La Boheme, The Magic Flute(slave) and an opera scene from Die Fledermaus (Eisenstein). His favorite musical theatre shows from both the Boston and Buffalo metro areas include Into the Woods (Jack), The Wiz (Scarecrow) West Side Story (Tony) and scenes from Angels in America: Millennium Approaches (Louis). He has also sung with various churches in the metro Boston area. Recently he has become a member of Cappella Clausura based in Newton and will be singing in an a cappella series this fall.
Having taught pre-K through high school, as well as young adults to senior citizens, Mr. Campofelice embraces the unique journey every individual takes to learn and appreciate music. There is not one system that magically works for all, and it is his mission to guide each and every student through their own unique process. His overall goal as an instructor is to guide his students in becoming self-efficient artists and musicians, and to use those skills to help others.
Jaime Castellanos: Originally from New Jersey, Jaime Kathleen has musically directed, taught, and performed both nationally and internationally; she is thrilled to be joining the faculty at NEMPAC and looks forward to sharing her experiences with the students here! Jaime is currently on staff at the Boston Conservatory where she works with the musical theatre voice students, the art song repertory classes, and as rehearsal pianist / musical director for various theatre productions. During the summer, Jaime Kathleen is on faculty at the International Performing Arts Institute in Germany, a pre-professional experience for musical theatre performers from the US and Europe. She is also on faculty the Boston Patio Playhouse musical theatre camp.
Before coming to Boston, she received her Master’s degree in piano performance and pedagogy at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln; while there, she received the prestigious ‘Best Overall Pianist’ award at the Regional NATS competition. Jaime recently completed her Graduate Performance Diploma in Collaborative Piano with a vocal concentration at the Longy School of Music of Bard College.
Jaime has extensive experience working throughout the country with young aspiring pianists and singers. Previous teaching and coaching positions include the Bridgewater School of Music (NJ), Fusion School of Performing Arts (NJ), the Theatre Opportunity for Youth (Scottsbluff, NE), Broadway Bound Intensive (NYC), and the Longy School of Education Teaching Artistry and Outreach programs (Cambridge, MA).
Rhaea has taught Kindergarten through eighth grade classroom music at St. Edward the Confessor Parish School, private voice and piano lessons with California Music Studios in Dana Point, California, and in addition to teaching with NEMPAC, she is currently on the faculty of the Cambridge Center for Adult Education and the Starline Academy in Stoughton, Massachusetts. As a teaching artist, Rhaea strives to connect music to the daily lives of audiences and students alike. She believes deeply that music, regardless of genre or instrument, is an endless opportunity for exploration, and works to help each student achieve his/her highest potential in every lesson, while steadily deepening their own self-worth. It is her most fervent passion to use music to broaden students’ perceptions and imaginations, empowering them to make things a bit more beautiful.
Kathryn McKellar: Hailed by The Boston Globe for her “elegant singing” and “polish,” Kathryn McKellar has distinguished herself as a “visually and vocally stunning performer” (Classical Music Intelligencer) who “brings palpable emotional power to her performances” (Boston Arts Review) in Opera, Musical Theater, and Concert alike.
Kathryn performs regularly with Boston Lyric Opera, Lyric Stage Company of Boston, and is founder/co-director of Opera on Tap Boston. She will be returning to Boston Lyric Opera for their 40th season in Carmen, The Rakes Progress, and Le Nozze di Figaro. In addition, she makes her debut with Odyssey Opera in Lucio Silla, Purcell Society of Boston’s production of King Arthur, and with Monadnock Chorus in Petite Messe Solennelle. Last season’s credits include La Traviata and The Merry Widow (Boston Lyric Opera), Martha (Boston Midsummer Opera), The Magic Flute (Raylynmore Opera), My Fair Lady (Lyric Stage Company of Boston) and performances with the Boston Pops on their 2015 Holiday Tour.
Kathryn has competed as a finalist in the Peter Elvins Voice Competition, the MetroWest Opera Competition, semi-finalist with the Streveport Opera Competition and was winner of the 2012 American Opera Idol Competition Young Artist Award. Other recent appearances include Cosette in Les Miserables, Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, Micaela in Carmen, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Fiordiligi in Cosi Fan Tutte, Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, and Poppea in OperaHub’s dramatically innovative production of L’Incoronazione di Poppea.
Kathryn received her Masters of Music from The Boston Conservatory where she was a member of the Opera Studio and received 1st place in the conservatory’s Chamber Music Competition. She graduated summa cum laude with her Bachelor of Arts from Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia where she majored in music and pursued extensive studies in literature, psychology, and Italian. While at Hollins, she studied abroad in Milan, Italy at the Verdi Conservatory and Civica Della Musica.
Kathryn is thrilled to join the faculty of NEMPAC, and brings over a decade of teaching experience in the Boston area and beyond including faculty positions with the Community Music Center of Boston and Boston Arts Academy. She aims to create a positive studio environment challenging her students with clear understanding and trust. As a private voice teacher she works with a variety of ages and abilities, specializing in building strong technique, vocal versatility, and stage presence. In both piano and voice instruction, she brings a focus on music reading, theory, and musicianship in a fun and inviting environment. She aims not only to develop talented musicians, but also to encourage a life-long love for music.
Alexander Morollo: An award-winning teacher and pianist, Alexander Morollo has been seen in performances in the United States and Canada. He has performed at piano festivals, masterclasses, and competitions, both as a solo recitalist and chamber musician.
He began his training at the age of six under pianist and composer Dianne Rahbee. Other piano teachers include Phyllis Lehrer, Galina Gertsenzen, and Hugh Hinton; coupled with masterclasses with Dianne Anderson, Andrew Staupe, Ena Barton, James Goldswerthy, Andrius Zlabys, Andreas Klein, and Mykola Suk. Highly trained in music theory as well, he has studied with Paul Brust and Judy Ross.
Mr. Morollo has competed in the NEPTA Piano Competitions, won the Catherine Dower-Gold Performing Arts Award, and won First Prize in the Young Artists Piano Competition of Western Massachusetts and Connecticut in the highest division. Additionally, Mr. Morollo was the 2015 recipient of the Mary Ellis Smith Prize for ‘Excellence in the art of Piano Pedagogy’.
An avid teacher, Mr. Morollo maintains a private studio and is faculty at The Starline Academy for the Performing Arts in Stoughton, MA, and the North End Music and Performing Arts Center in Boston. Throughout his teaching career he has prepared students for proficiency exams in piano, solfege, and music theory, along with the MTEL teacher certification test. During his undergraduate education at Longy, he was hired by the school to co-instruct graduate students in secondary piano through classroom instruction and private lessons. Several students of his have been accepted into Bachelor of Music programs, most recently at the Berklee School of Music in Boston and Ithaca College in New York.
Performance Diploma, Longy School of Music; Bachelor of Music, Emerson College; Master of Music, Longy School of Music of Bard College.
Manda Shepherd: As a graduate of the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory and Boston University Metropolitan College, Manda has obtained a diverse education in performance and performing arts management. As a clarinetist, Manda has performed in Illinois, Alabama, Ohio, and Massachusetts as a soloist, chamber musician, and in large ensembles. Her performances have been well received for their diverse programming and superior musicianship and technique.
Manda began teaching clarinet and piano in 2008 while she was still in high school. She began with beginning and intermediate musicians and quickly received the opportunity to coach advanced players at one of Illinois’ top high school band programs. While studying in Ohio, she began teaching clarinet and piano at the Joyful Noise Neighborhood Music School. Currently, Manda continues teaching in Boston, MA through Takelessons and Musika as well as through her own personal network.
Outside of her performances and teaching, Manda has held positions as a fundraiser and administrator at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute in Massachusetts, the Brooke Charter Schools, and the New England Historic Genealogical Society.
Xiaolan Ruan: Piano Instructor
Xiaolan Ruan, piano, graduated from the Longy School of Music with a graduate diploma in piano performance. She has taught for 18 years in the greater Boston area. She teaches students of all ages and ability levels.
Ben Xia: Ben Xia has more than 10 years experiences in teaching piano. Born and brought up in a musical family, Xia studied and practiced piano since 6 years old. He received his professional piano education from East China Normal University, and had been a private student of Prof. Zheng Shuxin, one of the best piano educators in China. Xia combines the modern and classical teaching methods, and customizes them for different students.