PEOPLE

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

K.C. Conlan received a Bachelor of Music from the Boston Conservatory of Music and a Master of Music from the University of Massachusetts. She taught vocal music at The Common School in Amherst for 20 years and has also taught in the Brookline, Amherst, and Northampton public schools and at UMass. She has advanced training in the Orff and Kodály approaches, and has directed the children’s program at the Western Wind Ensemble Singing Workshops at Smith College. K.C. serves as Repertoire & Resources Chair for Children’s and Community Youth Choirs for the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association.

ABOUT THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

Reka Peterson grew up in Hungary, where she received her musical education in the famed Hungarian music schools and was trained as a violinist. Her most cherished musical experiences were singing in choral groups during her childhood and adolescence. She is a graduate of Vermont College and also attended the Kodály Music Institute at New England Conservatory. She taught music for 8 years at the Sage School in Foxborough where she worked with young singers ages 4-14.

ABOUT THE ACCOMPANIST

Triin Vallaste holds a PhD in Ethnomusicology from Brown University and a BA in musicology from the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre. She has been active as a chamber musician and accompanist in the Pioneer Valley since 2006. Currently, she is the Academic Department Coordinator in the Department of Russian at Amherst College. Triin lives in Pelham with her husband and two daughters.