Staff Members - Who is Helping You Learn?
Dorcas McCall is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Wellesley College and the New England Conservatory of Music and is the recipient of several awards and fellowships for both academic and performance excellence. Miss McCall has performed numerous solo and chamber music recitals in Boston, New York and London and has appeared as a guest artist at the Hot Springs and Merrimack Valley Chamber Music festivals. She has also been featured as a soloist on WGBH radio in Boston and on the highly acclaimed McGraw-Hill Young Artist Showcase aired on WQXR in New York. An avid champion of the viola, Miss McCall was a founding member of the Boston Viola Quartet, one of the only professional ensembles in the United States comprised solely of violas. Celebrated for their research, promotion, composition and arrangement of music for multiple violas, the Boston Viola Quartet performed by invitation as guest artists at the International Viola Congress, Boston’s First Night Festival and on numerous concert series throughout the Greater Boston area. Currently, Miss McCall enjoys a very active performance schedule with orchestras in Boston and throughout New England, including the orchestra of the Boston Lyric Opera, the Handel and Haydn Society, Indian Hill Symphony, Portland Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Festival Orchestra and many others. Additionally, she loves to teach and is a dedicated private instructor of violin and viola in Wayland, Sudbury and Waltham and at Boston College.
Oliver Chang teaches violin and viola at Wayland’s public schools, general strings at Belmont’s Saturday Morning Music School, and maintains a private teaching studio in Boston. He plays viola in the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, the Cape Ann Symphony Orchestra, and Symphony Nova, along with performing regularly with the Boston String Quartet, New England String Quartet, the Semiosis Quartet, and the Amherst String Quartet. He completed his Bachelor’s Degree at the Eastman School of Music, and his Master’s Degree and Performance Diploma at the Boston University School of Music. Previous teachers include Michelle LaCourse, George Taylor, Carol Rodland, and Lisa Suslowicz.
Diane Muffitt is the founder and music director of Sudbury Valley New Horizons Music.
Diane was introduced to the New Horizons concept when her brother, music director for the Baton Rouge Symphony, and the Lansing Symphony in Michigan, having just filled in as conductor of the Lansing New Horizons Band, called and raved about the experience. Diane, now retired, was a public school band director for 38 years, most recently band director at Wayland Middle School (1980-2012). She was active in the Massachusetts Music Educators Association as District Chairperson, as a member of the Mass Music Educators' Conference board, organizing Junior District festivals, and conducting Junior District several times throughout the state. Diane has also been a clinician at the Conference and for pre-service & in-service music educators. She was for many years conductor of the Freedom Trail Band. In 2013, Diane was appointed Program Director to create a new band camp for adults, New Horizons at New England Music Camp, in Maine (follow link for more camp information).
Jamie Clark also directs the bands and teaches the beginners, and has been part of SVNHB since 2008. Jamie directs the concert bands, orchestra and jazz bands at Trottier Middle School in Southborough, Massachusetts. Before teaching in Southborough, Jamie traveled throughout the United States and beyond, performing, providing master classes and clinics in the United States, Canada, Bermuda, the Caribbean, Europe and Asia. In 2008, Jamie conducted the inaugural concert for Massachusetts Music Educators Association Eastern Junior District Festival Concert Band. Additionally, for the 2008-2009 academic year, Jamie will be conducting the Trottier Alumni/Southborough Community Band and the Massachusetts Music Educators Association Western Junior District Festival Concert Band.
Kevin Donegan is the third band SVNHB director and teacher. He is band director at Sullivan Middle School in Franklin, Massachusetts, where he directs the concert band, symphony band, and jazz band. He teaches beginner brass lessons across the Franklin district. Kevin also plays trumpet in the Claflin Hill Symphony, Newton Symphony and Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestras. Kevin attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst where he received a B.M. in Music Education and Performance and is working on his Masters Degree at the Eastman School of Music.
Dan Foote, Percussion Coordinator, has performed in a wide variety of musical roles nationally and internationally, including freelance work in Hawaii, Peru, Germany and France. His role as the visual time keeper has taken him from the concert hall to the cruise ship, pit orchestra, recording studio, television, radio and nightclub. He is a magna cum laude graduate of the Berklee College of Music, three time Boston Music Award winner and recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant. Dan served as the Jazz Department chair, and on the board of the Arts and Education Committee, for Indian Hill Arts and was an adjunct faculty member at UMASS Lowell where he taught world music to grad students. He has been the percussion instructor for the Weston Public Schools for over 20 years and his students regularly make it into the district and all-state bands. Dan has had the opportunity to enrich, engage and entertain at many schools throughout the metrowest area with Rhythmkids, an interactive multicultural group of percussionists. He and his wife Penny reside with their three children in Weston, Massachusetts.
Linda Murdock is our General Do-All... Linda is a recently retired educator who has worn a number of different hats in her career, including lawyer, teacher, and school principal, as well as playing the French horn in various Boston area bands and orchestras. She is the co-founder of SVNHM, has taught the beginner brass class, played horn or trumpet in concerts, and most recently has been learning to play clarinet and saxophone. She enjoys rewriting parts to make them more accessible, and arranging music for the band. She also copies music, helps with organizational work, and walks Blake (the band dog) when needed.
Blake is the band dog. He barks if anyone leaves the rehearsal, but otherwise lies quietly listening to the music, and he comes along when we play at assisted living facilities. He also enjoys playing "bone" and is fond of helping out by cleaning the floor in the cafeteria of the school (where we rehearse). He lives in Sudbury with Diane & Linda and his cat, Musie.
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