Melissa Waterhouse

Melissa Waterhouse

Melissa Waterhouse

VIOLIN

Melissa Waterhouse studied violin with Dr. Laura Mount of the Juilliard School, and performed for several years with the New York Youth Symphony in Carnegie Hall. She received her B.A. at the University of New Hampshire and was Concertmaster of the UNH Symphony. In addition to the Artful Noise String Quartet, she performs regularly as a freelance musician and as a member of the French and Celtic trio La Madeleine. Through her freelance work, Melissa has recorded for many local songwriters and for Peter Mayer, with whom she has toured nationally. She is an active member of the NH Chapter of the American String Teachers Association and teaches at Berwick Academy, Childlight Montessori School, and at her home studio in Dover.

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Sylvia DiCrescentis

Sylvia DiCrescentis

Sylvia DiCrescentis

VIOLIN | VIOLA | PIANO

Sylvia DiCrescentis began playing violin at the tender age of 4. Soon after, she added both viola and piano to her growing list of instruments played. Later in life, her passion for music took her to Roberts Wesleyan College, where she received her Bachelors of Science in Music Education. After graduation, she continued to study with renowned musicians Gerri Fogg, Tammy Kaye, Monica Vanderbaan, and Marc Anderson. Since then, she’s been teaching her own private students at her studio, Vivo Strings in Grafton, MA.

Sylvia has decades of experience performing all genres of music, as well as writing and arranging her own pieces. In addition to spending 3 years with the Reading Symphony Orchestra as the principal violist, she has also spent over 10 years freelancing and playing at countless parties, fundraisers, concerts, and other events all over New England. Some of her favorite and most memorable events include performances with the Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra, Worcester Chorus, Andover Choral Society, and the WPI Orchestra. She also founded her own quartet in 2016, which has allowed her the opportunity to perform and arrange music for hundreds of weddings. Sylvia loves helping couples create unique musical visions for their weddings!

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Sara Wilkins

Sara Wilkins

Sara Wilkins

CELLO

Sara Wilkins has established herself as a versatile and energetic cellist in the Boston area. An active performer, she has toured and given master classes with the Tarab Cello Ensemble and performed with the American Chamber Opera in Chicago. Her performance with Time’s Arrow New Music Ensemble was called, “remarkable for its sensitivity, ensemble responsiveness, and intelligibility.” She’s also led the Boston University Cello Choir and has collaborated with renowned composers, including Richard Wernick, Augusta Read Thomas, David Rakowski, and Lyle Davidson.

An experienced teacher, Dr. Wilkins is currently on faculty at All Newton Music School, Sharon Music Academy, and Beaver Country Day School. Her cello students have won auditions for the SEMSBA and MMEA District Festival Orchestras, and prizes in the Crescendo Competition.

Dr. Wilkins is a member of the American String Teachers Association, the Suzuki Association of the Americas, and the College Music Society. She completed her doctorate at Boston University after earning her master’s degree at Roosevelt University. Before studying at Roosevelt, Sara graduated summa cum laude from the University of South Florida, where she received the Music Teachers National Association Student Achievement Award and was on the Dean’s List.

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Robert Bekkers

Robert Bekkers

Robert Bekkers

GUITAR

Studying under Eliot Fisk, Dr. Robert Bekkers earned his Doctorate in Musical Arts (DMA) in Classical Guitar at the renowned New England Conservatory. While earning his degree, he remained active in the community as the conductor of the Boston Guitar Orchestra and as a guitar instructor at Gordon College South Shore Conservatory, and Yamaha Music School. He also continued his run as a resident artist at the Walter Baker Artist Lofts in Dorchester’s Historic Lower Mills.

Born near Eindhoven, Netherlands, Dr. Bekkers first earned his performing and teaching degrees (Bachelor and Master of Music) at the Conservatory of Maastricht. During his seven years there, he was awarded a scholarship to study contemporary music with Angelo Gilardino in Italy. In addition to this honor, Dr. Bekkers also continued performing in master classes for internationally-known guitarists, such as David Russell and Pepe Romero.

After completing his education, he developed his career as a soloist and chamber musician, playing with orchestras, choirs, and giving solo recitals. He still does this today, while maintaining an active schedule, performing at many weddings, functions, and private events.

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Lizary Rodriguez Rios

Lizary Rodriguez Rios

Lizary Rodriguez Rios

HARP

Chamber performer and soloist, Lizary Rodríguez Ríos attended the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico and studied with noted Puerto Rican harpist, Maria Vidal. She earned both masters and doctoral degrees from the University of Arizona, where she studied with world renowned harpist, Dr. Carrol McLaughlin. She also subsequently finished two postgraduate degrees from Madrid’s Royal Conservatory of Music, studying under the tutelage of celebrated harpist, Dr. Maria Rosa Calvo-Manzano.

Dr. Rodríguez Ríos has performed internationally at numerous venues and festivals, including the prestigious Casals Festival in Puerto Rico. In addition to her career as a soloist, she has toured with the Grammy-nominated international harp ensemble, Harp Fusion, performing in the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Spain, and Russia. She has recorded three albums with the group, featuring her as harpist and arranger. Among many exceptional honors, Rodríguez Ríos was the first harpist to receive the Centennial Achievement Award in the history of the University of Arizona.

Dr. Rodríguez Ríos has won prizes in competitions, such as the President’s Concerto Competition at the University of Arizona, the International Tournament of Musicians (TIM) in France, the Cita di Padova International Music Performance Competition in Italy, and the Notes at 9,000’s Emerging Artist Series Competition in Colorado.

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