ERICA MAAS SHIPPEE
Studio Owner + Coordinator
Voice & Piano
Erica Shippee is a classically-trained soprano, professional choral singer, voice & piano teacher and founder of Market Square Music Academy. While teaching for several years at Bay Path University and The Loomis Chaffee School, she started building a successful home studio of private students. After pivoting to virtual lessons due to the pandemic and continuing to grow the business, she fulfilled a longtime dream by opening Market Square Music Academy in July, 2021 with the mission to make high quality music lessons and performance opportunities more accessible for the community. She deeply believes in the transformative power of music and the enormous benefits music education can provide for both children and adults.
Erica currently sings regularly with several professional choral ensembles including CONCORA, Voices of Concinnity, and The Schola Cantorum of The Cathedral of Saint Joseph in Hartford. She has previously performed with the Boston Camerata, Hartford Symphony, Cape Cod Symphony, The New Haven Symphony, The Hartford Chorale, The Longy Early Opera Project, Hartt Opera Theater, Hartt Concentus and The Oriana Consort in Cambridge, Mass. She has been a featured soloist with Manchester Symphony in Vivaldi's Gloria, Handel's Messiah with CONCORA, and Durufle's Requiem with Music at the Red Door and has performed abroad on choral tours to Lincoln Cathedral, Coventry Cathedral, Vienna, Austria, Budapest, Hungary and The National Cathedral Washington D.C. Alongside voice and opera, she also pursued years of piano, organ, harpsichord and advanced courses in music theory, choral conducting and pedagogy. Erica holds a Bachelors Degree in Vocal Performance from The Hartt School of Music, a Masters Degree in Early Music and a Teaching Artist Certificate from The Longy School of Music of Bard College. She has studied voice with Laurie Monahan, Mauren O'Flynn, Cherie Caluda, Eric Trudel, Susan Madinly, and Donna Schaffer and piano & organ with Judy Chung, Dana Maiben, and Ezequiel Menendez.
Guitar, Piano and Ukulele
Austin Tewksbury is a guitarist, singer-songwriter, and music teacher based in Hartford, CT. He completed his Bachelors Degrees in Music from Trinity College, where he also earned a dual degree in Biology, performed in the Jazz and Samba ensembles, and sang with both the Chapel Singers and the Accidentals. Austin has always cast the net wide in his pursuit of music, with experience ranging from euphonium to vocal studies to work on and off stage in musical theater, and studying Caribbean music in Trinidad. Austin currently serves as guitarist for the Trinity College Samba Ensemble, is the tenor section leader and soloist at Old St. Andrew’s Church in Avon, and plays in pit orchestras for many musical theater productions. He also hosts open mics at ELEVATE Healing Arts in Cromwell, and is an organizer for the West End Porchfest, an annual free music festival in Hartford’s West End. He additionally writes and records his own music. Austin collaborates with many local musicians and currently works with R&B/pop artist Brandon Serafino. As a teacher, Austin aims to make connections between our prior experience and the knowledge we gain. Any experiences that we have outside of lessons, including the music we already know and love, can make their way back to lessons for us to better understand and appreciate. This process of discovering and rediscovering our love for music is an ideal way to grow as a musician.
Austin's teaching schedule includes openings on Mondays and Tuesdays. He specializes in guitar + ukulele studies for students of all ages including adults, as well as piano lessons for students K-5.
Voice & Piano
Aizel Livioco completed her Master's Degree in Voice Performance from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where she was a recipient of the Bezanson Graduate Voice Award, performed many leading roles in the opera department and was a teaching assistant for the voice department. She also received, with a full scholarship, her Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance from the University of the Philippines, where she graduated magna cum laude. She recently Aizel served on the voice faculty at the University of the Philippines, College of Music Extension Program and was the voice coordinator and vocal coach at the Assumption College in the Philippines for their after school music program, directing and accompanying from the piano in a large range of musical styles. She was also the teaching assistant for voice at the Department of Music and Dance at UMass Amherst.
Her main teachers include Marjorie Melnick, Cecilia Valeña, Fides Cuyugan-Asensio, Jane Olian, and Rachel Copland. Aizel has performed in Italy, Spain, Germany, and Indonesia when she was a member of the Philippine Madrigal Singers, a renowned chorale group in the Philippines which had won numerous international competitions including the European Grand Prix for Chorale Singing. She has also performed in China, Canada, and Hong Kong as part of the soprano crossover duo, The Nightingales. She was also part of the artist pool of the Philippine Opera Company in several of their productions. Aizel’s opera performance credits include: (Adele) Die Fledermaus, (Queen of the Night) Die Zauberflöte, (Michaëla) Carmen, (Lisa) La Sonnambula, (Violetta) La Traviata, (Gianetta) L’Elisir d’Amore, and (Amy March) Little Women. Scene work include: (Rosalinde) Die Fledermaus, (Adina) L’Elisir d’Amore, (Norina) Don Pasquale, (Donna Elvira) Don Giovanni, (Marie) La Fille du Régiment, (Despina and Fiordiligi) Cosi Fan Tutte, (Lucia) Rape of Lucretia, (Miss Pinkerton) Old Maid and the Thief, and (Olympia) Les contes d’Hoffmann.
Aizel accepts voice students ages 7-adult and piano students K-5 on Tuesdays.
Voice, Guitar & piano
Brian Jones is the director of choirs at Canton Middle School and Canton High School, where he teaches four choirs, two chamber ensembles, two a cappella groups, and AP Music Theory. He is also the Music Director of the high school's annual musical. Brian has also taught at King Philip Middle School in West Hartford, CT, and Hall High School, also in West Hartford. Brian is a sought after conductor and singer around Connecticut, New York, and Massachusetts. He currently sings in the Hartford-based professional ensemble, Voce, their latest album with Signum Records being "Blessing: The Music of Paul Mealor", and the professional ensemble Voices of Concinnity, based out of Mansfield, CT. He has served as music director for North Haven Congregational Church, assistant conductor of the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Chorus, guest conductor/clinician, and vocal coach for choirs, a cappella groups, and private voice students. He has performed with choral composers such as Morten Lauridsen, Ola Gjeilo, Eriks Esenvalds, Paul Mealor, and Eric Whitacre, and has sung with choirs across the United States and China.
Brian received his BA in Vocal Performance and CT Teaching Certificate from Central Connecticut State University (CCSU), and his Masters Degree in Music Education from the University of Hartford's Hartt School of Music. He has studied voice with Maxim Ivanov, Craig Hart, Joanne Scattergood, and Jack Pott, and studied conducting with Dr. Pam Perry, Dr. Peter Bagley, and Dr. Edward Bolkovac.
Brian is currently accepting voice and guitar students of all ages and piano students K-5 on Thursdays.
Piano & Composition
Nathan Scalise is an accomplished composer and multi-instrumentalist currently completing a doctoral program in music at The Hartt School. Nathan holds an MM in Composition from Binghamton University, where he studied composition with Daniel Thomas Davis and trombone with Don Robertson, as well as Bachelor of Arts degrees in Music and Economics from Swarthmore College, where he studied composition with Gerald Levinson, piano with Hans Lüdemann, and trombone with Paul Arbogast. While a DMA student in Composition at the Hartt School, Nathan was teaching fellow, working with undergraduates in music theory studies. He has also previously served as an adjunct professor at Binghamton University. Always interested in breaking down barriers between genres, he regularly performs as a pianist, trombonist, and drummer in a range of styles including jazz, rock, classical, and musical theater.
As a composer, his music has been awarded by NYC SongSLAM (2019 First Prize), Fifteen Minutes of Fame, Eventide Arts New England Songwriting Competition (2018) and Dolce Suono Ensemble (2017 Steven Stucky Young Composers Competition), and performed nationally and internationally by professional artists including Contemporaneous, the Momenta Quartet, Hub New Music, Delamo Duo, Cisum Percussion, 3G Percussion, Jordan Bowman (soprano), Baron Fenwick (piano), Andrew
Fuchs (tenor), Paul Neebe (trumpet), Opera Elect, and Orchestra 2001. He has had two 15-minute-musicals performed as part of New Musicals Inc.’s Core Curriculum and his chamber opera, A Great Resignation, will be performed at the Hartford Fringe Festival in October 2022.
As a teacher, Nathan emphasizes building strong fundamental skills that enable students to move successfully between musical contexts and play the music that makes them love music, whatever that may be. He is passionate about helping students to discover their own musical voice.
Nathan is currently accepting piano students of all ages and has teaching availability on Wednesday afternoons and evenings.
Piano & Violin
Christina knows that every child has the potential to excel in music, and has been tailoring each of her lessons to the needs, interests, and aspirations of her violin and piano students since 2017. Christina's varied performing experiences make her a versatile musician and educator. A violin student of Dr. Solomiya Ivakhiv, Christina has performed with the UConn Symphony Orchestra, the UConn Collegium Musicum, and the Osiris Quartet. She has performed as a soloist in the 2021 UConn Concerto Competition, and in masterclasses with Sean Wang (2020) and Irina Muresanu (2019). Christina has also been a featured violinist in pit orchestras for musical theater productions since 2013, including The Addams Family (2022), Les Miserables (2018), Into the Woods (2017), and The Sound of Music (2015).
Christina enjoys performing music of various styles, as seen in her appearances with The Piano Guys (2018, Jorgenson Center for the Arts) and the Rustic Ramblers (2017, Fredonia, NY). Christina has provided piano accompaniment for singers and instrumentalists in collegiate performances and competitions since 2018. A rising conductor and educator, Christina has served as the Resident Conductor of the UConn Chamber Orchestra (2021-2022) and the Assistant Director of the Southington Festival Chorale (2016-2018). She has taught in elementary and secondary music classrooms in Glastonbury, Guilford, West Hartford, and Meriden, CT.
Christina holds a B.A. in Music and a B.S. in Music Education from the University of Connecticut ('22) and is currently working towards her M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction.
She currently accepts students K-12 in the areas of piano and violin on Wednesdays.