Aside from working as a freelance voice instructor, Mr. Campofelice has worked for various music programs primarily through the Boston Conservatory including the school’s summer Vocal Choral Intensive (VCI) under Patty Thom and Bill Cutter in 2016, as well as the Conservatory’s unique Music Program for Students on the Autism Spectrum since 2014. He has also served as a co-facilitator for the autism program’s pilot Inner Harmony Chorus in 2015-16. Aside from that, he also teaches private voice and piano through the Amy Dancz voice studio at the Steinert Building in downtown Boston.
Mr. Campofelice’s vocal abilities rest primarily in the musical theatre and classical repertoire. At the Conservatory his opera credits include The Cunning Little Vixen (the mosquito), La Boheme, The Magic Flute(slave) and an opera scene from Die Fledermaus (Eisenstein). His favorite musical theatre shows from both the Boston and Buffalo metro areas include Into the Woods (Jack), The Wiz (Scarecrow) West Side Story (Tony) and scenes from Angels in America: Millennium Approaches (Louis). He has also sung with various churches in the metro Boston area. Recently he has become a member of Cappella Clausura based in Newton and will be singing in an a cappella series this fall.
Having taught pre-K through high school, as well as young adults to senior citizens, Mr. Campofelice embraces the unique journey every individual takes to learn and appreciate music. There is not one system that magically works for all, and it is his mission to guide each and every student through their own unique process. His overall goal as an instructor is to guide his students in becoming self-efficient artists and musicians, and to use those skills to help others.
Jaime Castellanos: Originally from New Jersey, Jaime Kathleen has musically directed, taught, and performed both nationally and internationally; she is thrilled to be joining the faculty at NEMPAC and looks forward to sharing her experiences with the students here! Jaime is currently on staff at the Boston Conservatory where she works with the musical theatre voice students, the art song repertory classes, and as rehearsal pianist / musical director for various theatre productions. During the summer, Jaime Kathleen is on faculty at the International Performing Arts Institute in Germany, a pre-professional experience for musical theatre performers from the US and Europe. She is also on faculty the Boston Patio Playhouse musical theatre camp.
Before coming to Boston, she received her Master’s degree in piano performance and pedagogy at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln; while there, she received the prestigious ‘Best Overall Pianist’ award at the Regional NATS competition. Jaime recently completed her Graduate Performance Diploma in Collaborative Piano with a vocal concentration at the Longy School of Music of Bard College.
Jaime has extensive experience working throughout the country with young aspiring pianists and singers. Previous teaching and coaching positions include the Bridgewater School of Music (NJ), Fusion School of Performing Arts (NJ), the Theatre Opportunity for Youth (Scottsbluff, NE), Broadway Bound Intensive (NYC), and the Longy School of Education Teaching Artistry and Outreach programs (Cambridge, MA).
Rhaea has taught Kindergarten through eighth grade classroom music at St. Edward the Confessor Parish School, private voice and piano lessons with California Music Studios in Dana Point, California, and in addition to teaching with NEMPAC, she is currently on the faculty of the Cambridge Center for Adult Education and the Starline Academy in Stoughton, Massachusetts. As a teaching artist, Rhaea strives to connect music to the daily lives of audiences and students alike. She believes deeply that music, regardless of genre or instrument, is an endless opportunity for exploration, and works to help each student achieve his/her highest potential in every lesson, while steadily deepening their own self-worth. It is her most fervent passion to use music to broaden students’ perceptions and imaginations, empowering them to make things a bit more beautiful.
Kathryn McKellar: Hailed by The Boston Globe for her “elegant singing” and “polish,” Kathryn McKellar has distinguished herself as a “visually and vocally stunning performer” (Classical Music Intelligencer) who “brings palpable emotional power to her performances” (Boston Arts Review) in Opera, Musical Theater, and Concert alike.
Kathryn performs regularly with Boston Lyric Opera, Lyric Stage Company of Boston, and is founder/co-director of Opera on Tap Boston. She will be returning to Boston Lyric Opera for their 40th season in Carmen, The Rakes Progress, and Le Nozze di Figaro. In addition, she makes her debut with Odyssey Opera in Lucio Silla, Purcell Society of Boston’s production of King Arthur, and with Monadnock Chorus in Petite Messe Solennelle. Last season’s credits include La Traviata and The Merry Widow (Boston Lyric Opera), Martha (Boston Midsummer Opera), The Magic Flute (Raylynmore Opera), My Fair Lady (Lyric Stage Company of Boston) and performances with the Boston Pops on their 2015 Holiday Tour.
Kathryn has competed as a finalist in the Peter Elvins Voice Competition, the MetroWest Opera Competition, semi-finalist with the Streveport Opera Competition and was winner of the 2012 American Opera Idol Competition Young Artist Award. Other recent appearances include Cosette in Les Miserables, Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, Micaela in Carmen, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Fiordiligi in Cosi Fan Tutte, Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, and Poppea in OperaHub’s dramatically innovative production of L’Incoronazione di Poppea.
Kathryn received her Masters of Music from The Boston Conservatory where she was a member of the Opera Studio and received 1st place in the conservatory’s Chamber Music Competition. She graduated summa cum laude with her Bachelor of Arts from Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia where she majored in music and pursued extensive studies in literature, psychology, and Italian. While at Hollins, she studied abroad in Milan, Italy at the Verdi Conservatory and Civica Della Musica.
Kathryn is thrilled to join the faculty of NEMPAC, and brings over a decade of teaching experience in the Boston area and beyond including faculty positions with the Community Music Center of Boston and Boston Arts Academy. She aims to create a positive studio environment challenging her students with clear understanding and trust. As a private voice teacher she works with a variety of ages and abilities, specializing in building strong technique, vocal versatility, and stage presence. In both piano and voice instruction, she brings a focus on music reading, theory, and musicianship in a fun and inviting environment. She aims not only to develop talented musicians, but also to encourage a life-long love for music.
Sherri Snow is an active soloist, educator and philanthropist in the Boston area. She currently leads NEMPAC as the Executive Director and also continues to maintain a small private teaching studio. Originally from Connecticut, Sherri is a Massachusetts native at heart. She grounded herself as a classical singer earning her Master’s Degree in Opera Performance from the Longy School of Music of Bard College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Performance from Boston University. She has performed as a soloist with the St. Leonard Society, St. Paul’s Cathedral, the NEMPAC Opera Project, the Harvard Early Music Society and Opera del West. Her operatic roles include: Papagena, The Magic Flute; Micaela, Carmen; Monica, The Medium; Geraldine, The Hand of Bridge; Nursing Sister, Suor Angelica; and Laetitia, The Old Maid and The Thief.
Sherri began at NEMPAC as the Private Music Instruction Coordinator. In 2013, Sherri became the Executive Director of NEMPAC. She has encouraged the growth of NEMPAC as a “performing arts center” by increasing performance opportunities for artists and attracting new audiences to the North End. She founded both the NEMPAC Summer and Winter Concert Series, now in their fourth seasons, the Children’s Music Theatre Troupe program, and co-founded the Opera Project in 2011. Sherri is passionate about her work at NEMPAC and wants to ensure children in the community receive the same opportunities in music education that she once had!
Sherri thanks her parents, Caroyln Snow and Brad Snow for their encouragement in sending her to a community music program at the age of 9….to her siblings Jackie Coyle and Michael Snow for their patience in listening to her singing around the house for 18 years, and to her special voice teachers and coaches who truly made a difference in her life, including; Robin Blauers, Mitch Piper, Rae Tattenbaum, Sarah Arneson, and Tom Enman. “I hope I can be as influential to my students, as these teachers were to me”.