Voice

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 RequiemSolemn 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.

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.

Sherri Snow – Thursdays: Sherri is an active soloist, educator and philanthropist in the Boston area. She currently leads NEMPAC as the Executive Director and also continues to maintain a small private teaching studio. Originally from Connecticut, NEMPAC Voice Instructor Sherri SnowSherri is a Massachusetts native at heart. She grounded herself as a classical singer earning her Master’s Degree in Opera Performance from the Longy School of Music of Bard College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Performance from Boston University. She has performed as a soloist with the St. Leonard Society, St. Paul’s Cathedral, the NEMPAC Opera Project, the Harvard Early Music Society and Opera del West. Her operatic roles include: Papagena, The Magic Flute; Micaela, Carmen; Monica, The Medium; Geraldine, The Hand of Bridge; Nursing Sister, Suor Angelica; and Laetitia, The Old Maid and The Thief.

Sherri began at NEMPAC as the Private Music Instruction Coordinator. In 2013, Sherri became the Executive Director of NEMPAC. She has encouraged the growth of NEMPAC as a “performing arts center” by increasing performance opportunities for artists and attracting new audiences to the North End. She founded both the NEMPAC Summer and Winter Concert Series, now in their fourth seasons, the Children’s Music Theatre Troupe program, and co-founded the Opera Project in 2011. Sherri is passionate about her work at NEMPAC and wants to ensure children in the community receive the same opportunities in music education that she once had!

Sherri thanks her parents, Caroyln Snow and Brad Snow for their encouragement in sending her to a community music program at the age of 9….to her siblings Jackie Coyle and Michael Snow for their patience in listening to her singing around the house for 18 years, and to her special voice teachers and coaches who truly made a difference in her life, including; Robin Blauers, Mitch Piper, Rae Tattenbaum, Sarah Arneson, and Tom Enman. “I hope I can be as influential to my students, as these teachers were to me”.