Andrey Y. Karpyuk began his piano studies at the age of 7 at the Music School for Gifted Children, Ukraine. At the age of 15 he was the finalist in the Young Artist Piano Competition in Ukraine after which was granted a full scholarship to study at Rivne College of Music. In 1998 his studies took him abroad to study at The Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford where he received his Bachelor and Master degrees in Piano Performance. Currently he is pursuing the Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in piano performance with a minor in music theory at the University of Connecticut under the guidance of Professor Irma Vallecillo. Andrey is a former student of Dr. Neal Larrabee and Dr. Paul Rutman. He has received numerous awards and has played across the United States, Russia, and Ukraine. In addition, he holds a Graduate Assistant position in the Music Department at the University of Connecticut and in the past has been a faculty member at Eastern Connecticut State University, The Hartt School Community Division, The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM), and Manchester Community Music School (NH). Currently, Andrey and his wife, Katie, and their daughter, Olesa, reside in Chicopee, MA.
Anthony Leathem , bass-baritone, holds a Master of Music in Vocal Pedagogy from the New England Conservatory where he was the recipient of the prestigious John Moriarty Presidential Scholarship. Mr. Leathem is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance at the University of Connecticut studying under Dr. Constance Rock and is involved in the Voice and Opera program. This year he will be performing the roles of Noah in Benjamin Britten’s Noah’s Flood and Dr. Dulcamara in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore with the UConn Opera Theater.
Mr. Leathem also maintains a rigorous teaching schedule with the Rectory School, the UConn Community School of the Arts, and MusicMakers International Academy of Music.
Wayne Gasiorek , drums, graduated from the Berklee College of Music with a Professional Musician’s Diploma in arranging and composition and drum performance. While at Berklee, Wayne studied drums with renowned drum instructor Alan Dawson. His performance credits include numerous jazz and rhythm and blues bands in New England and Las Vegas, and he teaches percussion at The Rectory School and Pomfret School. Wayne is a regular drummer with the Back Bay Jazz Group, Milestones Big Band, and Little Big Band.
Dana Maguire, African drumming, studies and plays mostly West African and Afro-Caribbean rhythms. Founder of Rhythm Kitchen, he has used his drums for work with at-risk youth and students from “ages 3 to 103.” While in Africa, Dana had the honor of performing for Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
Stephen Lyons, brass, holds an B.A. in music from the University of Connecticut and an M.M. in trumpet performance from the same institution under the guidance of Dr. Louis Hanzlik. He enjoys a wealth of variety in his career as a freelance musician, working around New York and New England as an orchestral, ceremonial, rock, jazz, and chamber trumpet player. Stephen is a charter member of the Nautilus Brass Quintet, whose educational and competitive endeavors can be found at www.nautilusbrass.com. When he is not earning his keep with a horn, he can be found on tour as Program Coordinator with the 7th Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps from New London, CT or designing/instructing for marching units such as the Cheshire High School Marching Band and the U.S. Coast Guard Windjammers Drum & Bugle Corps.
Christa Conway, violin, is a graduate of Susquehanna University in Central Pennsylvania, where she received her Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education and studied the violin with Jennifer Sacher Wiley. A Manchester, Connecticut resident, Ms. Conway has been teaching private instrumental music lessons since 2006, both in her home studio and at MusicMakers Academy in Manchester. She also has recently taught elementary school orchestra in the Torrington CT Public Schools. In the summer of 2014, Christa participated in the prestigious Retreat for Violin and Viola Teachers at Indiana University with highly revered violin pedagogue Mimi Zweig.
Along with a passion for teaching, Ms. Conway is an active performing musician, and received her Performer's Certificate in violin from the Graduate School at the University of Connecticut in 2012. In 2011, Ms. Conway attended the Sewanee Summer Music Festival in Sewanee, Tennessee for orchestral and chamber music studies. As a chamber musician and soloist, she has performed in masterclasses with the Tokyo String Quartet, Brooklyn Rider, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Anne-Marie McDermott and Gil Shaham. Currently, she is in the first violin section of the Farmington Valley Symphony Orchestra, and enjoys performing chamber music with friends and colleagues as frequently as possible!
Matthew Nichols, cello
Tara Borchert , flute, holds a Bachelor’s of Music Degree in Performance from the University of Connecticut, where she studied with Dr. Barbara Hopkins. She attended the New England Conservatory pre-college division for two years in high school to study with Daniel Riley, and received the Woodwind Department Award upon graduation. She has performed in the Summer Metropolitan Flute Festival Orchestra and the National Flute Association Collegiate flute choir, as well as attended the Julius Baker Flute Masterclass where she performed for Tadeau Coelho, Susan Hoeppner, and Gary Shocker.
While studying at UConn, she performed in the University of Connecticut Wind Ensemble, the University of Connecticut Symphony Orchestra, the University of Connecticut Collegium Musicum, and various chamber groups. As a performer in the Collegium Musicum, she traveled to Ecuador to perform newly-discovered Spanish Colonial-era music, and performed in the US Embassy in Quito, the Asamblea Nacional, and Quito Cathedral. She is currently a member of the 102D Army Band and serves as the musical director of the woodwind chamber ensemble. At the Army School of Music, Ms. Borchert graduated in the top 20% of her class and attained the coveted C1 (known as a "Charlie One") Additional Skill Identifier based on the technical and musical proficiency she demonstrated at the ASOM.
Monica March , oboe, received her B.A. in music and B.S. in music education from the University of Connecticut. While at UConn she served as principal oboist for the UConn Symphony Orchestra, the UConn Wind Ensemble, and the UConn Symphonic Band. She is currently the PK-4 music instructor at Pomfret Community School.
Michael Paglione , clarinet, holds a Bachelors degree from the University of Connecticut studying clarinet under the direction of Curt Blood. While at UConn, Michael served as principal clarinet of the UConn Wind Ensemble and Uconn Symphony Orchestra and played saxophone and bass clarinet in the Uconn Jazz ensemble. As an active woodwind doubler, he has performed in over 30 pit orchestras for musicals across the eastern part of the state, playing almost every woodwind instrument from piccolo to baritone saxophone. Michael was the woodwind instructor for the East Lyme marching band for the 2010 season, as well as the woodwind instructor and visual tech for the 2011 season. He is currently the assistant director and woodwind instructor for the Putnam High School Marching Band. On top of his students at Rectory, Michael also has private students in flute, saxophone, and clarinet throughout Northeast Connecticut.
Patrick Slattery, saxophone,
Ian Jackson, saxophone (MARS only)