Voice & Piano Instructors
Erica Maas holds Masters Degree in Early music and Teaching Artist certificate from the Longy School of Music of Bard College in Cambridge as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Performance from the Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford. She has studied operatic, baroque, choral, jazz, and contemporary vocal technique as well as piano, harpsichord and organ for 15 years. She is currently a member of the Schola Cantorum at St. Joseph’s Cathedral, and has also sung with, Oriana Consort, the Boston Camerata, the Cape Symphony, Vermont Music and Arts Festival, The New Haven Chorale, The Longy Early Opera Project, Hartt Opera Theater, with Christ Church Cathedral on tour at Lincoln and Coventry Cathedrals in the UK, and as a soloist with Hartt Chamber Choir in Budapest, Hungary and Vienna, Austria. She has studied French, German, Italian, Latin as well as viola, ukulele, music theory, ear training, figured bass, and music history. When she’s not teaching, directing, singing or playing, Erica can usually be found on the golf course or hiking with her dog!
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.
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.
With a lifelong background in classical music, Justin Vendette earned his Bachelors of Music in Jazz Piano Performance at Western Connecticut State University. At WCSU, Justin’s experience spanned from solo classical piano performances to Jazz Orchestra, Big Band, Jazz Combos, arranging, and various accompanying. He also had the pleasure of sharing the college stage with such great jazz artists as John Scofield, John Patitucci, and George Garzone. Additionally, his involvement with musical theatre includes various East Hartford Summer Youth Festival Musical Productions as director, rehearsal pianist, and pit performer. Previous training includes attendance at Greater Hartford Arts Academy as well as being a former student of Summit Studios. Currently, Justin teaches, writes, and performs music around Connecticut playing and singing a variety of styles ranging from Jazz to Pop.
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.