The Fall 2022 semester at PMAC is in full swing!  I’m thrilled to introduce these professionally trained and experienced teaching artists who have recently joined our faculty or started partway through last year. It’s been wonderful to see all our students in the building, hear the sounds of music being made, and see all the beautiful art being created. Our PMAC PLAY program is also still available, so if you’re looking for online lessons, let us know! Read on to learn more about our newest teaching artists. Welcome Back! ~Michelle Shoemaker, Director of Education

Erin Dubois

 Erin Dubois: Flute, Piano, and Early Childhood

Erin is a music educator and freelance flutist based in the NH Seacoast. For over a decade Erin has worked with students from various backgrounds and abilities to develop their skills and musicianship. She believes that all students should have access to high quality education with a teacher who believes they can achieve anything they set their minds to. Her students have gone on to win competitions and be accepted into music programs at UNH, UConn, and the University of Maryland. Erin plays second/third flute with the New Hampshire Philharmonic and is an alternate with the Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra.

Josh Gagnon Teaching Artist
Josh Gagnon

John Gagnon: Trombone

Josh is a trombonist, educator, and creative professional based in Boston, Massachusetts. Through advanced technical study and many years of private study on the instrument, Josh has been able to pursue playing in various groups as a student at the University of New Hampshire and the Eastman School of Music, as well as many professional settings.

Maria Isaak

Maria Isaak: Bassoon

Maria received her masters in music from the New England Conservatory in Boston, studying under Sherman Walt, Otto Eifert, and Richard Svoboda. Maria has worked as a freelance bassoonist throughout New England including the Portland Symphony, Portland Chamber Orchestra,Walker Chamber Series (Concord, NH), New Hampshire Philharmonic, and many others.

Eli Kaynor

Eli Kaynor: Cello

Eli is a touring musician who has recently relocated to Portsmouth, NH. In addition to serving as the acting Associate Principal of the Lynchburg Symphony (VA), he is also a member of the Winston-Salem and Greensboro Symphony Orchestras (NC). Closer to home, Eli is a frequent member of Opera North, the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music, Point CounterPoint (VT), and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, where he serves on their teaching artist roster.

Keith Perry

Keith Perry: Guitar and Saturday Teen Blues Ensemble

Keith has experience teaching all ages,having been a teacher in the seacoast area for the last 5 years, as well as having experience teaching at UNH’s SYMS program. Keith teaches guitar in many styles including jazz, blues, rock, pop and more. In 2017, he performed in the Montreux Jazz Festival while on tour in Switzerland and Italy with the 3 o’clock Jazz Ensemble at UNH. Keith regularly plays around the Seacoast area at venues including Blue in Portland, the Stone Church, and many other restaurants and clubs.

Rob Wheeler

Rob Wheeler: Trumpet

Rob’s teaching credits include Deering High School in Portland, ME, the Stoughton Public Schools, the Easton Public Schools.  In Easton, Rob served as Director of Music (K-12) and Director of Bands for the Oliver Ames High School Marching, Concert and Jazz Bands.  He is currently the Director of Bands at Cape Elizabeth High School in Cape Elizabeth, ME.

Nate Wotton

Nathan Wotton: Voice and Sandpipers Youth Chorus

Working specifically with choirs grades 6-12, Nathan has worked with students of all ages and abilities to improve their singing and learn valuable skills in the process. Wotton graduated with a Bachelors of Music in Music Education from the University of New Hampshire where he was classically trained in voice. He currently is the Director of Choirs, grades 6-12, in the Portsmouth School District. In addition to teaching full-time, Wotton has traveled internationally to perform in 8 countries, and is a tenor vocalist in the New Hampshire Master Chorale.

Hannah Medovnikov Teaching Artist
Hannah Mednovnikov

Hannah Mednovnikov: Visual Art

Hannah is a teaching artist working in both 2D and 3D mediums. Outside of the classroom she works in ceramics, primarily making functional, hand-built work. She is inspired to teach art because of the impact of her own teachers who have served as inspiration as artists and educators. Hannah believes in the power of the art classroom as a means to build community. She aims to have her art classes serve as safe spaces for young artists to create freely and confidently.

Sophie Ritchie

Sophie Ritchie: Saturday Open Studios

Sophie Ritchie is a recent graduate of Hampshire College where she studied art. As a part of her senior thesis, she wrote and illustrated a graphic novel. She enjoys working in both digital and traditional mediums, and is especially excited about designing characters. Sophie loves teaching and sharing her love of art with people of all ages!

If you have questions about individual instruction, classes or ensembles at PMAC, please reach out to Michelle Shoemaker, Director of Education at michelle@pmaconline.org

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