FACULTY

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ERICA MAAS SHIPPEE

Teaching Artist + Studio Owner 
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 with CONCORA, Voices of Concinnity, and The Schola Cantorum of The Cathedral of Saint Joseph. She has also performed with the Boston Camerata, Hartford Symphony, Cape Cod Symphony, The Longy Early Opera Project, Hartt Opera Theater and The Oriana Consort. 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. She has performed abroad on choral tours to Lincoln Cathedral, Coventry Cathedral, Vienna, Austria, Budapest, Hungary and The National Cathedral Washington D.C. Her favorite roles have been "Belinda" in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas and "Veronqiue" in Pasatieri's Hotel Casablanca. Alongside voice and opera, she also pursued years of piano, organ, harpsichord and advanced courses in music theory, choral conducting and pedagogy. Outside of Baroque and Classical music, she has also performed extensively in musical theater productions, a cappella groups and jazz ensembles. 

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. Her favorite areas to teach are K-5 piano, music theory, sight-reading, musical theater, classical voice and diction. 

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ANGELA JOY LAMB

Teaching Artist 
Voice & Piano

Angela Joy Lamb received her Master’s Degree in Classical Voice Performance from the Manhattan School of Music under the tutelage of Ruth Golden. Angela has received recognition for her versatile artistry in opera and art song and competes regularly in both areas. In 2019 Angela was also a finalist in the Joy in Singing Competition. Angela was a Masterclass Artist with the Art Song Preservation Society in New York City. She has also been named a finalist in the Schuyler Foundation for Career Bridges LLC Grant. 

While at MSM, Angela was able to explore her love for contemporary music as a member of the  Contemporary Opera Ensemble. Here she worked with living composers on their work and performed many excerpts and scene work. Angela recently workshopped a new work by David Guerrierio entitled, Don Giovy. 

As a lover of language, Ms. Lamb has a passion for studying and experiencing the music and  culture of other countries. She has spent many summers studying, singing and performing in  Italy, France and Germany. Angela has been blessed to have many wonderful experiences and  mentors through the years and is grateful for the opportunity to pass on what she has learned to  the next generation. 

Previous performance credits include (Konstanze) Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Mabel  (Pirates of Penzance), Le Nozze di Figaro (La Contessa di Almaviva), Die Zauberflöte (Königin  der Nacht), (Papagena), Der Zigeunerbaron (Saffi), L’enfant et les Sortilèges (La Bergère), The  Hotel Casablanca (Veronique), Street Scene (Mae Jones), Die Fledermaus (Adele), The  Gondoliers (Gianetta). Scene work: Hamlet (Ophelia), Ghosts of Versailles (Marie Antoinette), Lucia di Lammermore (Lucia), La Traviata (Violetta), Flight (Controller), Micaëla (Carmen),  Don Giovanni (Donna Anna). 

Angela received her BM in Vocal Performance and Music Management from the Hartt School at  the University of Hartford.

AJ's teaching schedule includes openings on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. She specializes in vocal studies for students of all ages and piano lessons for students K-5. 

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AUSTIN TEWKSBURY

Teaching Artist
Guitar, Ukulele, & Piano

Austin Tewksbury is a guitarist, singer-songwriter, and music teacher based in Hartford, CT. He received a B.A. in Music from Trinity College, where he also earned a 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 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 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 as well as piano lessons K-5. 

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NENETTE CHRISTIANA

Teaching Artist
Voice & Piano

Nenette is a music educator and vocalist with an extensive breadth of experience in the classroom and on stage. She earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey and a Master of Arts in Philosophy with a specialization in Aesthetic Education from Trinity College in Hartford. She has taught voice and piano to elementary, middle, high school and college students and is passionate about the arts. Nenette is also certified in The Orff Method of Music Education and uses the Kodály and Suzuki Methods in her instruction.  Nenette was instrumental in the development of the Cheshire Public School music curriculum where she served as a music teacher for six years, during which time she has also served as musical director for the Farmington Youth Summer Theater Company. Her post- graduate studies include arts integration with Dr. Pamela Perry at Central Connecticut State University as well as coursework in Multiple Intelligence Theory and classroom management. Nenette studied voice with Judith Nicosia at Westminster Choir College, with Barbara Pierce at The Hartt School of Music and with Christine Laird of CONCORA in New Britain, and studied piano with Ingrid Clarfield at Westminster Choir College. 

Nenette was Executive director of the Hartford Chorale and CONCORA which regularly performs with the Hartford, New Haven and New Britain Symphonies. As Music Coordinator and instructor at Naugatuck Valley Community College, Nenette oversaw the adjunct faculty, ran the busy music department and advised students transferring to four-year institutions. There, she taught private voice and piano lessons as well as group voice class, group piano class, Solfege I and II, Music Fundamentals and Introduction to Music History as well as directing The Naugatuck Valley Voices. She has presented numerous student recitals and concerts and performed in faculty presentations.

Nenette was a soprano member of the Hartford Chorale and the Hartford Chorale Chamber Singers, where she regularly performed solos since 2005. She performed in the Cultural Olympiad in China in 2008 as part of The Hartford Chorale and New York Choral Society tour prior to the Olympic Games in Beijing. She also performed in a select ensemble as part of the Hartford Chorale’s Tour in 2014 which featured performances at L’Église Saint-Étienne-Du-Mont and The American Church in Paris and at Basillique Cathédral Notre-Dame De Charters in Chartre, France. She is currently a member of The Vernon Chorale, a select, 40-member choir dedicated to presenting a broad range of choral music from composers of the Renaissance to newly commissioned works.  Her performance experience also includes singing in the Westminster Choir as an undergraduate student, during which time she participated in three national tours and where the group served as the opera chorus in residence for The Spoleto Festival of Two Worlds in Charleston, South Carolina and Spoleto, Italy.  The choir was featured in performances of The Merry Widow and The Last Savage as well as Requiem by Fauré with the Spoleto Festival Orchestra.  Locally, she has also served as soprano soloist and cantor at St. Patrick Church in Farmington.

Nenette's teaching schedule includes openings on Mondays and Wednesdays. She teaches voice + piano and accepts students of all ages and abilities. 

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BRIAN JONES

Teaching Artist
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's teaching schedule includes openings on Thursday evenings. He is currently accepting voice and guitar students of all ages and piano students K-5.