Becky Burrell Owner/Piano Teacher
Becky Burrell (formerly Siegrist) began her piano studies at a young age under the inspiration and teachings of her mother. Throughout Elementary and High School, she was an active performer in school programs and music events, receiving a Music Service Award in 2004. She received her Bachelors Degree in Music Education from Nyack College in New York in 2008 with a focus on piano performance and pedagogy under the teaching of Dr. Tammy Lum. She was a winner of Nyack’s Invitational Scholarship Competition and frequently performed for Music Department Recitals, Chamber Music and Handbell Concerts and Choral Tours at the college and in the local community.
During her time at Nyack, she enjoyed teaching piano and music theory lessons at a local music studio. After completing her Bachelors degree she worked as the music teacher for Albrook Montessori School of New Jersey, helping implement an International Music Day. Inspired by her students and by her love of music, she pursued and completed her Masters in Music Education from the University of Newcastle in England, working with pianist David Murray to perform two recitals incorporating Classical and Contemporary piano music. She now has a family with three adorable children and enjoys sharing her love for music and piano through teaching and involvement with the community in Clinton, NJ. She is a member of the NJ Music Teacher's National Association and a founding teacher of the Royal Conservatory's Music Development Program. She is always searching for creative ways to keep her students engaged and smiling!
Paula Siegrist has taught students of all ages at her own piano studio for 15 years and has been with Main Street Musicking for 5 years. She has loved playing the piano ever since she begged her parents as a child to give her lessons on an old donated piano. Soon her parents were begging her to stop playing so much! She is continuing to broaden and learn through her lessons with Dr. Tammy Lum at Nyack College, and through her attendance of Master classes and piano workshops at Nyack. She loves encouraging students to explore and develop their own unique gifts, as well as fostering a personal love for music and the piano.
Guitarist Laura Oltman (Newman and Oltman Duo) has received acclaim for her recital and chamber music performances throughout the world. The New York Times described her debut performance at Carnegie Recital Hall as“remarkably successful—sensitive, well proportioned, and large on lyrical feeling.” Laura was chosen to perform in a nationally televised master class conducted by Andrés Segovia at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Guitar instructor at Princeton University and Lafayette College. Partner in The Newman & Oltman Guitar Duo—Ensemble-in-Residence at New York’s Mannes College of Music since 1987. Concerts on five continents. Critically-acclaimed CDs for MusicMasters/BMG, Musical Heritage, MSR Classics/Albany, Sheffield Lab Audiophile. Awards from National Endowment for the Arts, ASCAP, Chamber Music America. Laura is Co-Founding Director of Raritan River Music (www.RaritanRiverMusic.org), the New York Guitar Seminar at Mannes (www.mannesguitar.com), and the Lanciano International Guitar Seminar (www.lancianoguitar.com).
Laura Oltman graduated with honors from Florida State University and received the Diploma di Merito from Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy. She studied with Bruce Holzman, Oscar Ghiglia, Luisa Sanchez de Fuentes, and Andrés Segovia
Nathan Currier has won such awards as the Rome Prize, Guggenheim, American Academy of Arts & Letters’ Academy Award, NEA, International Sackler Prize, NYFA, Fromm, Fulbright, Ives, and Barlow prizes, and renowned music critic Tim Page has written that “Currier’s music is often wildly virtuosic,” and that his “engaging, virtuosic and richly inventive works do not fit into any of the pre-fabricated categories that have been set aside to describe composers.” Recent premieres includeHildegard’s Symphony by the Simon Bolivar Orchestra, and Tomorrow, Agamemnon? at New York’s Symphony Space (2013).
His Possum Wakes from Playing Dead was commissioned by the Berlin Philharmonic, and three of his chamber works have been played at the Berlin Philharmonic. His music is recorded on Chandos, Crystal CRI and New World Records and has been published by Theodore Presser Co. His very first commissioned work, premiered in India, was hailed by the critic there as a “piece of genius,” and his one act monodrama A Kafka Cantata was rated the #1 Musical Event of the Year in Pittsburgh by that city’s chief newspaper after its premiere there, and his music has also been broadcast nationally in the U.S. on National Public Radio with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and heard at major musical establishments such as the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
On Earth Day, 2004, Currier’s massive environmental oratorio Gaian Variations, an evening length work, was premiered, somewhat controversially, at Avery Fisher Hall. This work also ties in with a unique aspect of Currier’s career – his involvement with climate science and Gaia theory. He co-authored a chapter of Lynn Margulis’ last book, Chimeras and Consciousness, published by MIT Press, with longtime NASA scientist Paul D. Lowman. Their article was cited in the keynote address of
NASA’s 50th anniversary celebration of its astrobiology program. He has taught at the Juilliard School, in its Evening and MAP programs, and at the University of Virginia.
David Cudworth is a Cum Laude graduate of Montclair State University, where he earned a Bachelors Degree in Music Composition, with guitar as his principal instrument. With over 50 original compositions and arrangements to his name, David has studied long and hard to hone his creative skills. His vocal and orchestral pieces are regularly performed at local schools, and he is a sought-after arranger, performer, clinician, and studio musician. He leads weekly worship at Oasis Church in South Plainfield, performs at various venues in New Brunswick, Philadelphia, and New York City with local bands, and is part owner of Elixir Studios in Flemington, where his band The Power just recorded their first full-length album.