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SUDBURY VALLEY
NEW HORIZONS MUSIC

Staff Members - Who is Helping You Learn?

STRINGS:

WhitneyWhitney Tandon is heading up the string program. Our Wayland string students will recongnize her as the Strings Director for grades 3-8 in the Wayland Schools. She has served as guest conductor and adjudicator for the Rivers Music School Youth Orchestras, as well as managing the Eastern District orchestra. Prior to coming to Wayland, she directed and created various school-year and summer string programs in both Massachusetts and Vermont. Whitney received her undergraduate degree from Middlebury College and her Masters in Music Education from Boston University.

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Oliver 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.

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BANDS:

Diane Muffitt is the founder and music director of Sudbury Valley New Horizons Music. DianeMuffitt 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).
A French horn player and folk singer in earlier years, Diane mostly just waves her hands in the air nowadays, although as one retirement project she is taking lessons to finally learn to play piano! Diane is passionate about canoeing, camping and anything outdoors; another retirement project is a nature blog. During the summers, she and Linda travel extensively in their 1991 VW camper van.

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Jamie

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.

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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.

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Dan FooteDan 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.

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LindaLinda Murdock is our General Do-All... She can be found copying and sorting music, teaching the brass class, learning and then assisting with clarinet, sitting in with the trumpet, clarinet or horn section, selling lesson books, taking pictures for this page, assisting the beginner teachers, rewriting parts for our novice players so that can be successful, etc.  Linda is a retired educator, most recently a principal in Southborough where she also accompanied the chorus when they need a pianist.  She is a woman of many talents.

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Blake

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.

 

PHOTO CREDITS:
Muffitt by Harold Curtin
Chang by Rintze Zelle
others by D.Muffitt or L.Murdock
or unknown

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