Jaime CastHeadshot 2011ellanos – Mondays, Fridays, and Saturdays: 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).

Most recent theatre credits include ‘Carrie: the Musical’ (Stoneham), ‘Flat Stanley’ (Boston Children’s Theatre), ‘Little Women’ (Community House), ‘Avenue Q’ (Boston Conservatory).  Other theatres where she has musically directed include the Arundel Barn Playhouse (Maine), Theatre West (Nebraska), Villagers Theatre (New Jersey).

Ethan DePuy – Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays: Praised for his “masterful acting” and “fine singing,” American tenor Ethan DePuy brings his unique dramatic style to works ranging from the Baroque era to now.

DePuy trained as a young artist at the Chautauqua Opera Company, where he was a recipient of the Young Artist Encouragement Award. His list of credits includes Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore, Peter Quint in The Turn of the Screw, Alfred in Die Fledermaus, the title role in Albert Herring, Don Basilio in Le nozze di Figaro, Jaquino in Fidelio, King Kaspar in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Chevalier de la Force in Dialogues of the Carmelites, and Motel the Tailor in Fiddler on the Roof.

Mr. DePuy has also established himself as a force to be reckoned with on the concert stage, where highlights of recent seasons include performances of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion and Easter Oratorio, Handel’s Israel in Egypt, Mozart’s Requiem, Solemn Vespers, and Coronation Mass, Schubert’s Mass in G, Haydn’s Seven Last Words, Rachmaninoff’s All Night Vigil, Stravinsky’s Mass, Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu Nostri, and the Evangelist in Bach’s Christmas Oratorio.

A native of Rochester, NY, Ethan earned degrees in voice and opera performance from SUNY Fredonia and Arizona State University.


KMHSKathryn McKellar – Mondays and Thursdays: 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.

ALEX_057.PRAlexander Morollo – Fridays: 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.


Valerie Osborn – Wednesdays: Valerie, mezzo- soprano, is originally from Downingtown, PA.  Praised by the Boston Music Intelligencer for her “strong, liquid-gold mezzo” and by Charleston Today for her “rich mezzo instrument”, sheh has performed extensively throughout New England and the Southeast. In 2016, she performed the role of Tisbe in NEMPAC Opera Project’s production of La cenerentola.  Additional roles include Zita from Puccini’s Gianni Schicci, Prince Orlofsky from Strauss’ Die Fledermaus, among others. Ms. Osborn has competed at the state and regional levels of the NATS competitions, as well as placing second in the Southeast Reginal MTNA competition. She has also been featured as a soloist with the Arlington Philharmonic Society, and as a featured artist on the Piccolo Spoleto Young Artist Series, and for the Philadelphia Phillies.  Ms. Osborn is also on the faculty at the Music Makers School of Acton.  MM Longy School of Music of Bard College, BA College of Charleston.


Manda Shepherd – Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays: 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 – Wednesdays and Fridays: 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 – Monday through Friday: Ben Xia has more than 10 years of experience in teaching piano. Born and brought up in a musical family, Xia studied and practiced piano since he was 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.