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Meg Kelsey Wright teaches piano and coordinates the Piano Connection program at NCMC. Meg received her B.A. from Marlboro College and her M.M. from UMass Amherst. She is a founding member of NCMC, having initiated several programs many years ago that exist to this day. Meg has taught at Eaglebrook School, Greenfield Community College, the UMass Performing Arts Division, and is currently on the faculty of the Williston Northampton School. Meg has performed throughout New England in solo, chamber music and piano four-hand concerts, and also as a choral accompanist in England and Wales.

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Stephen Page teaches piano, improvisation and composition at NCMC. Stephen completed his jazz studies degree at UMass Amherst, and went on to study with jazz luminaries Billy Taylor, Yusef Lateef, Andy LaVerne and Kenny Werner. He considers himself especially fortunate to have studied with renowned teacher Charlie Banacos until his passing in 2009. Stephen is currently an applied music instructor at Greenfield Community College, maintains a private teaching studio, and performs solo and ensemble concerts regularly throughout the east coast.

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Olga Gaybaryan teaches piano at NCMC. She received her training in her native Russia where she graduated with high honors. She gained the status of Teacher and Concertmaster, earning the highest teacher’s qualification while receiving awards for both herself and her students.

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Michèle Smith teaches piano and group keyboard classes at NCMC. She studied piano, organ, theory, composition and conducting, and received her B.A. in music from Smith College and M.A. in musicology from Eastman School of Music. She has performed on piano and organ, and has accompanied dance groups, solists and ensembles throughout the area.  She has taught at STCC, Holyoke Community College, and tthe Community Music School of Springfield.  Michèle is currently organist and choir director at the Leverett Congregational Church and composes/arranges music for choral ensembles.  

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Monica Robelotto teaches traditional and Suzuki piano at NCMC. She is also a composer of music that is a blend of classical, jazz and folk music. Her undergraduate degree in Piano Performance and Suzuki Certification are from the Hartt School of Music, and her Master's Degree in Education is from Leslie College. Monica's goals in teaching are to nurture a life long love of music and guide students to their highest potential. Lessons are tailored to fit the needs and interests of her students and also include technique, note reading, theory, ear training, improvisation and performance opportunities. A wide range of materials are used from different styles and periods. Her music has been featured on NPR, Music From The Hearts of Space, Echoes and other national and international radio programs. Monica is currently also on the faculty of the Red Barn Music School and she maintains a private studio in Amherst.

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Kate O’Connor teaches voice, keyboards and songwriting at NCMC. She studied Vocal Jazz and Performance at UMass Amherst, the Ali Akbar College of Music, and the Naropa Institute. Praised for her “strong and flawless powerhouse voice,” Kate has extensive performance, songwriting, and recording experience.

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Cheryl Noble teaches piano and keyboard classes at NCMC. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Berklee College of Music and has received extensive early childhood music training.

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Christine Olson teaches piano at NCMC. She earned a B.M. from the University of Colorado, M.M. from the University of Redlands, and did doctoral studies in music theory at the University of Michigan. Christine performs occasionally in the area, both on solo piano and in vocal ensembles. She is also a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique.

Sarah Ehle is a staff accompanist at NCMC. She received her B.M. in Piano Performance from Wheaton College and her Master’s at UMASS Amherst in collaborative piano performance. She is also currently a staff accompanist at the Hartt School of Music.

Lemuel Gurtowski is a staff accompanist at NCMC. He received his B.M. in Music Theory from the Hartt School of Music and his Master’s from UMASS Amherst in collaborative piano performance. He is currently also a staff accompanist at UMASS Amherst.