Katie starting singing before she could even speak. Hailing from New Hampshire, she started performing as early as kindergarten and has continued ever since in a wide variety of genres. Katie received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the Steinhardt School at New York University in Vocal Performance as well as a post-Master’s degree in Vocal Pedagogy. Recently, Katie has taught private voice lessons at NYU, Mayo Performing Arts Center, Music & Arts, and privately. As of 2013, Katie is a full member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). Additionally, Katie is a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and believes in a whole body approach to healthy performance. Recent productions in the NYC area include: Liebovar, The Magic Flute, Don Giovanni, Werther, Don Carlo, Suor Angelica, Lunch with Moto by Marc Antonio-Consoli, various roles in 6 15-minute operas by the students of the Tisch Musical Theater Writing Graduates, and Lazarus.
Rebecca is a dedicated piano instructor with experience teaching both children and adults; providing an individual approach to help each student develop his or her musical skills. She works to incorporate each student’s goals into the lesson plan, in order to make the music experience more meaningful and personal. In addition to 12 years of private lessons, Rebecca has attended the Northern Kentucky University Summer Piano Institute, the Taubman Summer Institute in Massachusetts, and the Plymouth State Summer Teacher Seminar in New Hampshire. She is active in music education activities as a teacher, judge, event chairperson, and accompanist. Rebecca has taught previously in Pittsburgh, PA and Cincinnati, OH, and enjoys working with students and their families. Current professional memberships include Music Teachers National Association, and the New Hampshire Music Teachers Association – Seacoast Chapter.
Morgan received her Bachelor’s degree in music from Central Washington University graduating Magna Cum Laude. She has extensive experience in large ensembles, flute choir, chamber orchestra, and pit orchestras for operas and musicals. She was a member of the Cascades Drum and Bugle Corps.
Tom graduated with a Bachelors in Music Composition and Theory from Keene State College in 1995. Since then he has been playing professionally for various venues including theatre, orchestra, and general business bands. He has taught at The New Hampton School, The Londonderry school system, and privately throughout the years.
His hope is that his passion for music and the art of drumming will inspire his students to be the best musicians they could ever dream of being.
Duncan Stuart is a classical guitarist teaching at Musical Arts. He will be graduated in May 2015 with a B.A. in Music from Gordon College. He has been playing guitar for 11 years, studying under David James Stuart and at Gordon under David Patterson(M.M., B.M. The New England Conservatory), and Robert Bekkers (PhD candidate, the New England Conservatory). Duncan specializes in classical guitar, but also plays other styles. He is offering beginner to advanced lessons in classical guitar, beginner to intermediate lessons in other styles, and beginner piano lessons.
Jessi is a vocalist studying at Berklee College of Music in Boston, M.A. She is from Kensington, N.H. and started her first music lessons here at MusicalArts when she was six years old. Jessi went on to join the Honors Choir at Exeter High School, and is currently one of three lead vocalists in a Joseph cover band at Berklee. Jessi has performed with different choirs and bands, as a soloist, and currently is the lead vocalist in an acoustic duo called Jess & Mitch Music. Currently, she is pursuing a Bachelors degree in Music Business Management to be completed by May 2019, while acting as the Production Assistant for Prescott Parks Arts Festival, and as Event Staff at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom. Jessi found her love for music here at MusicalArts and it has shaped her entire education and career path. She would not be where she was today without the help of her mentors from MusicalArts, and strives to be that for her students as well.
Mezzo-soprano Druinn Johnston began classical vocal training at age thirteen, and has studied at the Boston Conservatory and the University of New Hampshire. She has performed with Melissa Manseau’s Youth Opera Workshop in productions of Die Zauberflote, Cosi fan tutte (W. A. Mozart), Die Fledermaus (J. Strauss), Hansel and Gretel (E. Humperdinck), and various scene productions. She has also performed in scene productions with the Boston Conservatory Opera Workshop and the UNH Opera Workshop, as an ensemble member with Granite State Opera, and as a soloist with the Boston Conservatory Women’s Chorus and the UNH Wind Symphony. Druinn is also singer/songwriter and accompanies herself on acoustic guitar and piano. She is extremely passionate about all types of music and loves to help aspiring musicians develop their natural talents and hone their skills.
Battey has been playing piano for 17 years. He has been playing professionally for about six years now, working a range of jobs accompanying and leading choirs, leading bands, and music directing theatre along the Seacoast and at UNH. His favorite job so far has been as the Assistant Music Director and band leader for a recent production of In The Heights
at the Seacoast Repertory Theatre.
Travis was born and raised in NH. Having enjoyed listening to music his whole childhood, he started playing guitar in middle school in 2002. Initially inspired by bands like Nirvana and Smashing Pumpkins, he was soon exposed to other forms of American music like blues and jazz. After playing all through high school and taking lessons with great local musicians like George Westbay and Art Matthews, Travis enrolled in Berklee College of Music in 2008.
While at Berklee, Travis was fortunate to study with some of the college’s best teachers. These included David Newsam, John Baboian and Brett Wilmott. In his final year of Berklee, Travis began studying under world class virtuoso jazz guitarist Richie Hart. Richie taught Travis the fundamentals of what shape’s his teaching philosophy today…. Learning to use your ears, developing a good rhythm feel and playing with other people as much as possible. The profound impact of these lessons on Travis is on going to this day.
Travis graduated with honors from Berklee in 2011. After graduation, Travis started teaching and performing professionally all through out NH. He has taught all ages and all abilities at this point. Travis has taught private lessons, group lessons and coached numerous ensembles. Travis has taught at academic institutions such as Rivier University, NHTI and the Manchester school district. Travis also teaches at various music schools throughout southern NH.
When he is not teaching, Travis can be found performing with his own band, Queen City Soul or playing in various sideman gigs. Travis also enjoys collecting vinyl and CD’s.