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
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.