Piano & Organ
Johnna Ross began her music career in New England, studying piano as well as pipe organ, as soon as she could reach the pedal board. As a young teen she held her first church organist position and performed at the American Guild of Organists’ National Conventions in Dallas (’94) and New York City (’96). Johnna received her Bachelor of Music degree in performance from the IU Jacobs School of Music, where she studied under Christopher Young (organ), Elisabeth Wright and Jacques Ogg (harpsichord). She continues to perform as a solo recitalist, accompanist and chamber musician and has served several churches as organist, pianist, and choir director. Recently, Johnna has branched out into more popular music styles, playing keyboard with a worship band.
Mrs. Ross has over 15 years of experience as a piano instructor. A versatile performer and teacher, she is familiar with a wide range of music genres and keyboard instruments. Her students have fun learning everything from Bach to Coldplay, sometimes in the same lesson! She is pleased to join the faculty of the Nashua Community Music School and begin working with students of any age or ability.
Johnna and her husband, Mark recently moved from Indianapolis, IN to Hollis, NH where they reside with their three spoiled cats. Johnna is also a certified yoga instructor and loves the outdoors.
Deb Dell Orfano Piano
Ms. Dell Orfano holds a degree from Eastern Nazarene College in Music. She has been teaching piano and beginner voice at the Nashua Community Music School since 2000. She is a passionate, patient, and inspiring instructor that loves to work with students from pre-school age to adult. In addition to her teaching activities Deborah also served as the organist at Messiah Lutheran Church in Amherst, NH and is now enjoying life as an active fiddler!
R. Scott White Piano & Organ
Scott White is in his 22nd year as a teacher at Nashua Community Music School. He has played the piano since age six. His major piano accomplishments started in 1972 when he won the NH Baldwin Junior Achievement award at the age of 12. He has studied at UNH under the tutelage of Ruth Edwards and Donald Steele. He earned his Masters of Music at Boston University as a vocal accompanist; studying with Allen Rogers, Brenda Windham, and harpsichord with Mark Kroll. He was also on the faculty at Keene State College as an accompanist and instructor.
He is also an organist and has played at various churches in the area. After a wonderful experience with Pilgrim Congregational Church in Nashua, he is now director of Music at Union Congregational Church in North Reading, MA.
Piano, Group Piano Class, & African Drumming
Marie Mendelow has been teaching piano and percussion for over thirty years on four different continents. She received her collegiate training in her native South Africa at Witswatersrand University and completed all the piano examinations through the Royal Schools of Music, London.She studied piano under Dr. Adolph Hallis, a World Master, and was invited at the age of seventeen to join the Primary Orchestra of South Africa (SABC Orchestra), where she performed weekly on national television as one of their four percussionists. She has served on the faculty of the Orange Free State University, and has been living and teaching piano and percussion in New Hampshire since 1991.
In 2007, Governor Lynch signed a proclamation making her NH's Music Teacher of the Year.
My students call me Mike and you may view my availability on Tuesdays here.
Mike has been teaching private piano, synthesizer, voice, guitar, and drum lessons for over 20 years and continues to perform while producing music and radio programming for Nashua's WSMN radio. Mike is the perfect instructor for students looking to specialize in pop, jazz, or contemporary piano styles.
Mike has been involved in music and electronics since the '70s. He has performed with both cover and corporate bands in New England as well as having served as a studio musician for a score of recording artists.
As well as extensive private piano lessons early on, Mike studied Music Synthesis and Music Production at Boston's Berklee College of Music. He continued to work with the college's staff for 13 years while continuing his studies in theory, songwriting, performance, music synthesis, and production.
Mike is retired from the Waltham School Department where he headed the audio visual department and support staff for over 17 years. There he specialized in maintaining auditorium sound and lighting as well as tutoring students in the music department.