Voice & Piano Instructors
Erienne Grieco is in her tenth year of teaching K-5 General Music and Fifth Grade Chorus at Robertson Elementary School in Manchester. She earned her undergraduate degrees in Music Education and Voice from the University of Connecticut in 2007. At UConn, she sang in the Concert Choir, Festival Chorus, Collegium Musicum and the Voices of Freedom. Erienne received her Master of Science in Music Education from Central Connecticut State University in the Spring of 2015. Since then, she has sung with numerous Connecticut bands and recorded several commercial spots for PowerHouse Gym, The Hospital of Central Connecticut, Columbia Dental and the Just for School Teachers Program.
Peter Skaar holds a Masters of Music from the Hartt School of Music and a Bachelors in Music Performance from Shenandoah Conservatory. Peter is also graduate of the Dreyfoos school of the Arts. Starting piano at age 7 and later cello at age 11 Mr. Skaar has over 18 years of musical experiences. His major Teachers include Terry King Professor of cello at the hartt school and Longy school of music, Clyde Thomas Shaw Retired Professor of Cello at Shenandoah Conservatory and member of the former Audubon String Quartet, as well as David Cole Cello Professor at Lynn Conservatory.
As a teacher Peter has experience working with all ages and levels of player. He believes that each student’s needs are unique and that with enough dedication anyone can become a musician. “There are only two rules I have in my lessons. A student needs to learn something and the student should have fun during learning.”
Alice is very dedicated to music ministry in the church. She has been a member of the Schola Cantorum at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford since 2008, where she frequently presents solos. She also serves as a cantor for the Catholic Communities of East Hartford North, St. John Fisher Church in Marlborough and St. Mary’s Parish in Longmeadow, Massachusetts. Concert works have included soprano soloist in Mozart’s Requiem, Fauré’s Requiem, Vivaldi’s Gloria, and Benjamin Britten’s Missa Brevis and Ceremony of Carols. Chamber works have included soprano soloist in Heinrich Schütz’s Müsikalische Exequien, J.S. Bach’s Wedding Canata (BWV 202) and Giacomo Carissimi’s Jonas.
Alice will be traveling to Ireland in the summer of 2013 for a two-week concert tour with Vallis Musicae, a choral ensemble based out of the Farmington Valley.
Mezzo-Soprano Genevieve Clements has been an active performer since the age of 4. Throughout her childhood, Genny played the piano, baritone horn, and sang in local choirs and musical theatre productions, often receiving solos and leads. When it came time to decide on plans after high school, she decided to study classical voice at the Hartt School at the University of Hartford in West Hartford, CT. During her four years at Hartt, Genny studied voice with Cherie Caluda and Kyle Swann and performed with Hartt Opera Theatre.
During the fall of her junior year, Genny continued her studies in Milan, Italy, and performed with professional choirs in the area. While in Milan, she also realized her love of 20thand 21st Century music for the voice, especially contemporary opera and chamber music. Since graduating summa cum laude with her Bachelor of Music in Classical Vocal Performance, Genny has developed her proficiency and passion for teaching both voice and piano to aspiring musicians of all ages and skill levels. She loves helping people make and nurture a connection with music of all kinds. Genny sings with the Schola Cantorum at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford, CT and is an active performer and recitalist around the Hartford area.
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A native of Orange County, New York, Rachel Love, Soprano studied voice and piano privately starting at a young age. While being active in recitals and competitions, she made the decision to further her musical career over in Hartford, CT where she received her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from The Hartt School of Music in May of 2014. While studying, Rachel performed the role of Anna Maurrant in Kurt Weill’s Street Scene in February of 2014, covered the role of Rosalinda in Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus in February of 2013, performed the role of Chorus 1 in Ned Rorem’s Fables in December of 2012, and performed as Countess in scenes of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro in December of 2011 with Hartford Opera Theatre. During her time she also prepared a recital with works including Richard Wagner, Giuseppe Verdi, Christoph Willibald Gluck and William Bolcom in May of 2014. In the summer of 2014, Rachel was a part of the BEAT Festival in Brooklyn, New York (A visual Art and Music Production) reviewed by the New York Times. Rachel performed the role of Gertrude in Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel with the Revolution Opera Alliance in December of 2014 and proceeds to perform with various opportunities in and out of the Hartford area. Rachel has also served as section leader and soloist in churches of Hartford, currently holding a position with the Schola Cantorum at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford since 2013 where she has performed solos and sings with the schola.
Nicole Caskey is a graduate of Central Connecticut State University where she studied Music Education with a concentration in voice. Nicole is currently an Itinerant General Music Teacher for Manchester Public Schools. She also has experience teaching private vocal and instrumental students. Nicole sings as a section leader in an adult choir. She also lends her voice to local bands as backup and ensemble vocalist for American Choral Director Association conferences. In addition to voice, Nicole plays and piano, guitar, flute and ukulele.