Violin & Viola
My students call me Anna and I teach on Tuesdays.
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).
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.
My students call me Peter and I teach on Wednesdays.
Peter Paetkau is a 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. Peter will complete his Masters of Music Degree in Violin Performance in May 2019.
My students call me Luke and I teach on Thursdays.
Luke began playing cello at age 10. He progressed quickly as a cellist and performed as a soloist with his school orchestra at the age of 12. Luke graduated in 2018 with a Bachelor of Music Degree from the Boston Conservatory at Berklee. While at the Boston Conservatory, Luke was principal cellist of the Boston Conservatory Orchestra Spectrum Project. In 2018, Luke was a member of the fellowship ensemble at Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music in Nelson, New Hampshire. Luke also enjoys an active performance schedule as a chamber musician and orchestral player throughout New England.
In addition to working as an instructor for private cello lessons, Luke also works with the Worcester Youth Orchestras as a chamber music coach, conductor and cello coach. He is also a string teacher at Neighborhood Strings, a community-based program of the Worcester Chamber Music Society that offers free string lessons to youth from Worcester’s Downtown and Main South neighborhoods.
My students call me Alana and I teach on Tuesdays.
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.
Guest Cello Instructor
My students call me Caroline and I teach on Wednesdays in the summer.
Caroline Reiner-Williams completed her undergraduate degree in cello performance at the age of 19. Prior to accepting a full scholarship to pursue graduate studies at the Longy School of Music, she toured the U.S., Canada, England, France, Russia, Spain, and Portugal as a member of several chamber ensembles, including the Boston Youth Symphony. At 21, she received her master's degree in cello performance with an emphasis in cello pedagogy. Since then, Ms. Reiner-Williams has enjoyed a busy schedule as both performer and teacher. A faculty member at the Joy of Music Program in Worcester since 2009 and at Indian Hill Music in Littleton since 2012, she is also currently on the music faculty at Notre Dame Academy of Worcester, and the Shrewsbury, MA Public Schools. Past faculty positions include Brooks School in North Andover; Fay School in Southborough; and the Bancroft School of Worcester. Ms. Reiner-Williams is active throughout New England as a chamber and orchestral musician. She performs regularly with the Bangor Symphony Orchestra, where she is associate principal cello since 2009. Also in 2009, stemming from her deep love of chamber music, Caroline founded the Nashaway Trio with husband and violinist Angel Hernandez, and pianist Roy Imperio. The trio gave its premiere performance on the Webster Recital Series in Hanover, NH, and continues to perform together on a regular basis.”