Piano / Voice


Ann-Marie Iacoviello  – Voice/Piano

Voice and beginner piano instructor, Ann-Marie Iacoviello, is a Boston based professional classical singer. She received her Master of Music from Boston University and her Bachelor of Music from Ithaca College. Ann-Marie has been seen on the operatic, concert, and musical theater stages around the Boston area, Miami, DC, New York, and abroad. Recently, The Boston Musical Intelligencer praised her “perfectly pointed voice” in the role of Selena St. George in the New England Premiere of Dolores Claiborne with the Boston University Opera Institute. This past summer, Ann-Marie performed the infamous Queen of the Night (Die Zauberflöte) with the Miami Music Festival where “she sang with bloodcurdling fury and urgency, producing notes of brilliant intensity” (South Florida Classical Review). Ann-Marie enjoys concert performances and has been seen performing with the Boston University Symphony Strings, Ithaca Baroque Orchestra, and contemporary music group ALEAIII. She is also on faculty at the Arlington Street Church, where she performs both ensemble and solo music weekly.

Ann-Marie strongly believes that fostering musicality also builds strong communication and interpersonal skills. Becoming a more effective communicator is always the overarching goal. The root of her pedagogical technique is to connect breath to text and then text to music. This text-based approach puts communication first and allows for freedom in performance and practice. Ann-Marie also loves incorporating acting exercises and movement into her lessons and believes practicing is a time for fun and exploration. She also believes that teaching her students a method to learning music leads to independent and successful musicians. She works with her students to create specific goals and then builds a plan to help her students on their respective paths. No two voices are the same, which means no two voice lessons will be.


 Katelyn Geary – Voice/Piano 

Katelyn Geary is a voice and beginner piano teacher from Lincoln, Nebraska. She is a professional classical singer, currently pursuing a Master of Music in Opera Performance at Longy School of Music of Bard College in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She has a Master of Arts in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. Currently she performs and works in the Boston area.

Katelyn believes in developing a student’s natural curiosity for learning through a flexible teaching process that responds to the varying stress that can impact young students. She believes that her students benefit from an exposure to a variety of styles of music, centered on a classical singing technique to promote healthy and sustainable singing. She supports her students as they work to find their unique sound, incorporating her experience with Vinyasa yoga and body-mapping to promote self-esteem and confidence. Katelyn believes that great performances come from age-appropriate understanding of music and poetry, through the use of acting and imagination exercises to help her students communicate clearly and honestly. Finally, Katelyn hopes to inspire a life-long love of music and the learning process through fun and exploration that her students can apply to all aspects of their lives.

Jade Espina – Voice / Piano

  • An Arkansas native, mezzo-soprano Jade Espina is a voice and intermediate piano teacher and classical singer in the Boston area. She has a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance and Bachelor of Music Education-Choral Emphasis from the University of Colorado-Boulder, where she earned her Initial Teaching Licensure in K-12 Music Education in the state of Colorado. She is in her second year of graduate studies at Boston University, pursuing a Master of Music in Voice Performance as a student of Penelope Bitzas. She has been playing and learning piano for 14 years.  During her time at CU Boulder, she was a conductor with the College of Music Middle School Ensemble program and a teaching assistant with Boulder Children’s Chorale for several years. Jade is entering her second year as a teaching fellow for Boston Children’s Chorus and will serve as the Boston University Symphonic Chorus Manager for the upcoming academic school year.
  • She has performed with multiple summer music programs such as Miami Music Festival, Chicago Summer Opera, Up North Vocal Institute, University of Colorado Boulder Music & Performing Arts Renaissance in the XXI Century Study Abroad Program, Brevard Music Festival, and CU NOW (University of Colorado Boulder New Opera Workshop). This fall, Jade will perform the role of Estelle Oglethorpe in BU Opera Institute’s production of Later the Same Evening by John Musto. She is also a mezzo-soprano soloist with the BSNJ Vocal Ensemble at Church on the Hill in Boston.Jade believes that music education fosters cooperation and team spirit, builds listening skills and a strong ear, and most importantly, is an essential form of communication and expression. Developing respectful relationships in a safe and fun environment, while also encouraging mistakes as an acceptable form of learning, offers students the ability to participate and incorporate aspects of themselves in music. Entering each lesson with set objectives and goals is essential for the discipline and longevity of an authentic musical experience. Having studied violin and piano since the age of six, Jade values the importance of private instruction as well as the quality of education through ensemble training and practice. Exploring repertoire through a variety of genres leads to the discovery of possibilities as a young musician through the process of establishing a solid and reliable foundation and fundamental technique as a performer.

 


Frank Rosamond  – Voice/Piano

Voice teacher Frank Rosamond, from Dallas, Texas, is a professional classical singer and currently studies at the Opera Institute at Boston University. He received his Master of Music from Florida State University in Tallahassee and his Bachelor of Music from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. 

Frank has performed roles internationally and performs regularly in the Boston area. He was engaged as a voice teacher for undergraduate students at Florida State University for two years, where he prepared students to pursue singing in their own professions. 

Frank believes that the secret to long-term vocal success is in understanding and building a solid technical foundation, so that when life and challenges arise the student can tackle them armed with the necessary tools and knowledge to handle them with confidence. He also feels that the best way to learn is to have a warm and welcoming environment where the student can feel safe to make mistakes, grow, and have fun.


Brendan Buckley – Sr. Voice

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Tenor Brendan P. Buckley is a skilled and sought-after performer.  Brendan played George Gibbs in Monadnock Music’s production of Ned Rorem’s Our Town, the premiere recording of which was recently released on New World Records. Brendan can also be heard in Cape Ann Opera’s recording of Robert J. Bradshaw’s new steampunk opera Deus Ex Machina, which recently received three Global Music Awards.

Other notable performances include Howard Boucher in the New England premiere of Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking, Fenton in Falstaff and Laurie in Little Women with BOC and Tamino in The Magic Flute with MetroWest Opera.  Past performances include Don Basilio in Le nozze di Figaro, Remendado in Carmen and Monostatos in The Magic Flute with BOC, First Tenor in The Seven Deadly Sins with the Five College Opera Project and Alfred in Die Fledermaus with Opera del West.  Concert performances include engagements with the Amherst College Orchestra, Nashua Symphony, Greater New Bedford Choral Society, Choral Art Society of the South Shore, and MIT Symphony Orchestra.

A versatile actor and musician, Brendan is at home in both classical and contemporary works.  He recently premiered the role of Nurse in Hannah Lash’s Beowulf with Guerilla Opera.  Other premieres include Dr. Singleton in Rudolf Rojan’s We Are Sons with Guerilla Opera, John in RE: with Juventas! and OperaHub, and Monsieur de Kock in System of Soothing by composer Frank Pesci.  Brendan also premiered Music for the Journey, a cantata composed by John Kramer for the Winchester Unitarian Society.

Mr. Buckley is a passionate educator, with over ten years of experience teaching both adults and children.  Brendan is currently a visiting lecturer of voice at Plymouth State University, is a faculty member of New England Conservatory’s School of Continuing Education and Preparatory School, and is Massachusetts Governor of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.  He also has appeared on the radio waves as a guest judge for the WERS All A Capella Live! competition.  Former students have continued studies at Penn State, Northeastern University, Salem State University, Florida Southern College, and CAP21.

Brendan received a Master’s degree in Voice Performance and Pedagogy from The Pennsylvania State University.  He received his Bachelor’s degree, cum laude, in Music at The University of Massachusetts-Amherst, with further study at the Scuola Italia in Urbania, Italy.  Brendan studies with Elisabeth Phinney.


 

Roy Imperio – Sr. Piano

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A dedicated teacher, pianist Roy Imperio has mentored, inspired and taught piano and music students of all ages in the past three decades. His students have various backgrounds and musical aspirations yet attest to the joy of music making that comes from his classes. Importantly, many of his students continue to fulfill successful musical careers. He has also served on the piano faculties at Atlantic Union College, Andrews University, the Performing Arts School of Worcester, and the Groton Center for the Arts.

An active performer, he has played in concerts and recitals in the United States, Mexico, France, England, Hong Kong and the Philippines as a piano soloist, accompanist and chamber musician. Appearances as soloist with orchestra include acclaimed performances with the Thayer Symphony Orchestra, Andrews University Orchestra, and the Metro-Manila Symphony Orchestra playing concertos by Mozart, Grieg, Saint-Saens, Prokofiev, Khachaturian and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. His passion for chamber music enabled him to release his first CD recording in 2001,“Holiday Music in New England” with the Bulfinch Players which also included his arrangements and a composition for flute, guitar and piano. He has been a founding member of chamber ensembles, such as Trio Orione and the Thayer Chamber Players, and he continues to perform in the New England area with the Windhammer Chamber Players, and the Nashaway Trio. In 2010, his premiere piano solo CD recording, “A Life of Passion: Music of Frederic Chopin” was released by Acoustic Track Records which coincided with the composer’s bicentennial year.

He holds a Bachelor of Music degree and a Master of Music in Piano Performance degree from the University of the Philippines and Andrews University and has taken masterclasses with Menahem Pressler at Indiana University. Since 1985, he continues to maintain a large piano studio at the Thayer Performing Arts Center in So. Lancaster, Massachusetts. Currently, he is also staff accompanist for the Boston Conservatory.