Aniko Geladze        Anna Williams        Marc Thayer        Alana Chown      Peter Paetkau

Aniko Geladze,Violin

My students call me Aniko and you may view my availability Thursdays here.

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 Aniko Geladze is a concertmaster and soloist from Russia. She has collaborated with major orchestras and musicians from many parts of the world, including Russia, Europe, and Asia. She studied at The Royal College of Music ( London) and has since participated in yearly concert tours in Spain, France, Belgium, Germany, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, as well as a soloist for VSSO recordings, including “The Song of Triumphant Love” by M. Nosyrev, the video CD “Roman and the Voronezh State Philharmonic Orchestra – Live in Concert ‘99”, and “Opera Highlights” produced by Chi Mei Fine Art Ltd. Equally at home in chamber music, Aniko has led quartets, and participated in the Chamber Orchestra “Camara Rusa” (Spain) and has served under the direction of Mstislav Rostropovich, Vladimir Verbitsky, Mak Ka Lok, and Alexander Walker.

    Currently she is an active member of the Nashua Chamber Orchestra, The Portsmouth Symphony, and often performs with the University of New Hampshire Music Department, Portsmouth Pro Musica, and The New Hampshire Philharmonic. Aniko also teaches violin in her private home studio and often offers masterclasses around New England.


Anna Williams,Violin & Viola

My students call me Anna and you may view my availability Tuesdays here.

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Anna Marie Williams is rapidly distinguishing herself as one of the most celebrated and sought-after solo, chamber music and teaching artists of her generation. Her playing has been described as "...truly amazing" and as "sending a tingling sensation up my spine." (Fanfare Magazine.)

In the US, Ms. Williams has appeared as featured soloist in performances across the country, including appearances at Jordan Hall, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and at the Boston Opera House, WMP Hall (NYC), "Laguna Beach Live!" (CA), andwith the Rhode Island Youth Philharmonic (RI)  the San Diego State University Symphony Orchestras (CA) and the New England String Ensemble (MA). Ms. Williams has also been featured as soloist in appearances in Guatemala and Russia.

Ms. Williams is a passionate teacher, having served as Teaching Assistant to the world-renowned pedagogue, Patinka Kopec at the Manhattan School of Music (Pre- College.) She has also served on the faculties of the Longy School of Music, Wellesley College and The Castleman Quartet Program, San Diego State University, the Gillispie School, Villa Musica Community Music School, the Performing Arts Center of MetroWest, the Needham High School, the Gateway School, and Belvoir Terrace. In addition, she has taught at the St Marks International Chamber Music Institute and Festival, as well as the LyricaFest, and ArtsAhimsa festivals. Ms Williams holds degrees from the Manhattan School of Music (BM), and the Longy School of Music of Bard College (MM, GPD) where she also served as Chamber Music Ambassador and from San Diego State University (Artist Diploma).

Marc Thayer, Violin

My students call me Marc and you may view my availability Mondays here.

 Marc Thayer is currently the Executive Director of Symphony New Hampshire as of July, 2016. 

Thayer served as Director of Strings at Washington University in St. Louis and was a member of the Kingsbury Baroque Ensemble.  Previously he founded and conducted the Saint Louis University String Orchestra where he taught violin and viola. During this time Marc was also on the faculty of the Webster University Community Music School in St. Louis where he taught violin and viola and coached chamber music.  For three years he taught a Music Business class at Webster University. For one semester Marc taught violin at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville during a maternity leave.

From 2002-2011 Marc served as the Vice President for Education and Community Partnerships with the St. Louis Symphony and served as Director of Community Engagement with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, FL, from 1999-2001. Marc performed as a member of the New World Symphony from 1995-1998 and founded their Education and Community Engagement Programs.  Marc also taught at the New World School of the Arts in Miami from 1995-2001, not associated with New World Symphony.

Marc has performed with the San Diego Symphony, Syracuse Symphony, Florida Philharmonic, American Russian Young Artists Orchestra, the Opera Festival of Heidelberg, Germany, the Orquesta Superior of Cordoba, Spain, the Ancient Music Festival of St. Savin, France, the Festival d’Orange, and with the International Festival of Art in Aix-en-Provence, France.  

Alana Chown, Cello

My students call me Alana and you may view my availability Tuesdays here.

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Alana was previously a faculty member of the String Academy of Wisconsin at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she provided high-quality individual and group cello instruction, acted as a guest lecturer in cello pedagogy, directed the summer chamber music festival, Festive Week of Strings, and coordinated String Academy’s Urban Students in the Arts Outreach Program.  As a freelance musician, Alana was the principal cellist of the Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra, an Artist-in-Residence at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Milwaukee, and maintained a thriving private teaching studio.  In collaboration with pianist Elena Abend, Alana recorded and released her solo debut album Paper Moon in 2015.  Currently, Alana is performing with Symphony New Hampshire and is a faculty member at the Ithaca College Summer Music Academy. Alana is excited to be a new member at the Nashua Community Music School.   

Alana Chown (cello): B.M (Ithaca College) and M.M (University of Michigan); cello studies with Elizabeth Simkin, Anthony Elliott, Heidi Hoffman, Denis Brott and Uri Vardi; masterclasses with Richard Aaron, Timothy Eddy, Hans Jørgen Jensen, Anner Bylsma, András Fejér; chamber music studies include Takacs, Cavani, Ying, Audubon, Concord, Pacifica and Ariadne String Quartets as well as Rachel Barton-Pine, Ani Kavafian, Jaime Laredo, Martin Katz and Anner Bylsma; music festival performance include Quartet’s Intensive String Quartet Seminar and the National Summer Cello Institute. 

Peter Paetkau, Violin

My students call me Peter and I will be teaching the students of Anna Williams on January 23, January 30, and March 27.

Peter Paetkau is a recent graduate of Goshen College in Northern Indiana where he studied Music, Religion, and Spanish and is currently attending the Longy School of Music where he is a student of Anna Williams. As an orchestral, chamber, and solo musician, he has performed in a variety of venues across Canada, USA, Peru, and in Europe. He has attended a number of festivals including the Schlern International Music Festival and the Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy where he performed and studied with renowned musicians including Alexander Brusilovsky, Vladimir Landsman, Soyoung Yoon, Arthur Arnold, and others. During his time in Indiana, he performed with a number of local orchestras and chamber ensembles including solo performances with the Goshen College Symphony Orchestra where he also acted as concert master. Paetkau has worked in a variety of educational settings including coaching sectionals, orchestral rehearsals, and chamber ensembles. He has also taught lessons both for groups and individuals over a wide range of abilities and ages. His passion for music as an emotional and communicative art drives his teaching and performing practice. Paetkau’s past teachers have included Rosalyn Trianno, Solomia Soroka, and Jameson Cooper of the Euclid Quartet.


A first prize winner of the Lillian Fuchs Chamber Music Competition and previously of the New England String Ensemble Competition, Ms. Williams' devotion to chamber music was the inspiration for the formation of the acclaimed Neave Trio. The Neave Trio has been recognized for its "bright and radiant music- making"  (WQXR Radio, New York City) and as "having exceeded the gold standard and moved on to platinum" (Fanfare Magazine). Their first album for the Chandos Label is set for release in November, 2016. 


Marc received a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Violin Performance from the Eastman School of Music where he studied with William Preucil and Zvi Zeitlin.  While at Eastman he studied Suzuki pedagogy with Anastasia Jempelis.