About Newton Music Academy


ADRIAN ARAIZA, Guitar (electric, acoustic)

B.A. Music Performance, dual degree in Guitar Performance and Music Synthesis, Berklee College of Music, Boston Ma – 2003; Diplomate in classical guitar, Baja California Orchestra and El Centro Hispanoamericano de Guitarra, Tijuana; BC, Mexico – 1996;Training with Professor Eugenio Gutierrez;Teachers included Jon Finn, Joe Stump, David Newsam, Mike Ihde, and Apostolos Paraskevas. Numerous recitals playing Classical Guitar, Electric Guitar, Blues, Rock, Jazz, Pop, and also worked as a Studio Musician. In addition he has lectured different schools in Boston and also given lessons at University of Hermosillo Mexico; Teaching experience ranges from teaching 5 y.o. to seniors in different styles of music, from Electric Guitar to Classical Guitar.Composed a series of Avant-Garde/Computer Music (Ambient, Minimal, Sound Object and Sound escape) pieces, based on the studies of Steve Reich, Ake Parmerud, Varese, Risset, Richard Boulanger.

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Svetlana Ostrovskaya, piano instructor at Newton Music Academy B.M., M.M. in piano performance and pedagogy (Gorky State Conservatory, Russia); studies with Esther Lipovich, Galina Fadeeva, Vasily Shaub,Valery Starinin; former faculty, Gorky State Conservatory; solo and chamber performances, radio and TV appearances; lectures, masterclasses on various pedagogical topics, educational concert series in Russia and U.S. Faculty, New England Conservatory; Former faculty, Gorky Conservatory, Russia; Director and Founder, Newton Music Academy.



Alyssa Weathersby (soprano) is an accomplished singing actress and experienced voice teacher. She enjoys teaching students—of all levels, ages, and voice types—healthy, expressive singing techniques, regardless of style. With a strong background in voice, dance, and acting, she works with students in many genres, including musical theatre, opera and contemporary music. Alyssa has prepared her students for successful college auditions, musical theater auditions, competitions, and countless shows and performances. She holds a BM in Vocal Performance from the University of Houston, and will soon complete a Master of Music in Vocal Pedagogy at the New England Conservatory of Music.



MM in Piano Performance from Cleveland Institute of Music; BM in Piano Performance from Central Michigan University; Completing her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Boston University under merit scholarship. Winner of the Concerto Competition and John Irwin Piano Competition, she has participated in master classes with international concert pianists, including Emanuel Ax, Leon Fleisher and Paul Badura-Skoda. An extensive chamber music performer, she has concertized throughout the United States and Asia. Ms. Chu enjoys teaching students of varying ages and abilities; attention to piano technique and proper hand position, music theory, and music appreciation; developing confidence and musicality and preparing students for performances. Besides playing the piano, Ms. Chu enjoys swimming and zumba dancing.



Jonathan teaches classical repertoire, jazz improvisational techniques, broadway, rock, pop. He enjoys teaching students of various levels and ages, from beginner to advance. Raised in Wellesley, and living with his Newton-raised wife, Mary, in Framingham, he is very familiar with the multifaceted and diverse goals of local families. Jonathan founded the nonprofit Volunteer Musicians for the Arts, Inc (www.volunteermusicians.org) because he believes “everyone deserves orchestra seats.” He is privileged to have studied at such schools as New England Conservatory of Music, Berklee College of Music, College of the Holy Cross (full-tuition academic presidential scholarship) and to have worked beyond the traditional concert hall, performing for corporate clients such as The Taj, Boston Harbor Hotel, Omni Parker House, CB Richard Ellis, Natixis Global Asset Management, among others. Jonathan is on a faculty at College of the Holy Cross.


Elena Ioannisyan, piano instructor at Newton Music Academy Master of Music, St.Petersburg State Conservatory, Russia; Majored in piano performance and pedagogy;Bachelor of Music, Kabardino-Balkarian College of Fine Arts, Nalchik, Russia. Winner of the International Music Competition “XXI Century Art”; Kiev, Ukraine, Guest Artist, Gaetano Zinetti International Music Competition and Festival, Italy. Performed as a soloist and as a member of chamber ensembles in the best concert halls of Saint-Petersburg, Pushkin, Pavlovsk, Petergof, Gatchina etc. and abroad;Took part in series of concerts: “Mariinsky (Kirov) theater Presents” directed by Valerie Gergiev, St. Petersburg, Russia; Concerts of chamber music in N.A.Rimskii-Korsakov State museum, St.Petersburg, Russia, Concerts of “Gaetano Zinetti International Music Competition and Festival”, Italy, “St-Petersburg Conservatory Presents young Performers”, St.Petersburg, Russia, and many others.


Soprano Anna Richardson is a versatile singing actress with recent credits spanning opera to new music to musical theatre. Her recent credits include Marian in The Music Man with Rochester Opera House, Beach Girl in Beach and Moan, Anne Egerman in A Little Night Music with Hartford Opera Theatre, and Papagena in Die Zauberflöte with New York Opera Exchange. As a teacher, Anna is dedicated to helping her students creatively connect with text and characters while developing a natural, healthy technique. Her students currently perform with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus as well as the Harvard Chamber Music Society. In 2013, Anna completed her Masters of Music in Vocal Performance at the Conservatory of Music at Brooklyn College where her performance credits include La Feu in Ravel’s L’Enfant et les Sortilegesand Crobyle in Massenet’s Thaïs. Anna also had the privilege of participating in Sherrill Milnes’ summer program, V.O.I.C.Experience, in conjunction with the Savannah Voice Festival. Ms. Richardson received her Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, in Applied Music from Pepperdine University where she played Papagena in The Magic Flute, Meg Brockie in Brigadoon, and Ruth Putnam in The Crucible. Ms. Richardson currently studies with renowned vocal pedagogue, Patricia McCaffrey.


Olga Litvintsova, violin instructor at Newton Music Academy Master of Music, Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance and Education, Donetsk Prokofiev Conservatory, Ukraine; Awards and Honors: 11TH International Tchaikovsky Competition participant, Moscow, Russia; 4th International Prokofiev Competition, Mariupol, Ukraine; more then 10 years of teaching and performing experience; First violin/Assistant to the Music Director at Kiev national Opera House and Donetks Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra; Performed as a featured soloist in front of British former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher,participation in a Golden Jubilee celebration of Her Majesty The Queen of The United Kingdom, The Queen Elizabeth II, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Her Accession to the Throne (February 6, 2002); Extensively perform with Cape Symphony, Plymouth Philharmonic and Indian Hill Orchestras and as a member of “Con Anima” Duet;Recorded three albums released in London (UK) and Kiev (Ukraine).


Irene Choi, piano instructor at Newton Music Academy Master’s degree from New England Conservatory; B.A., University of California; 15 years teaching experience with variety of students ranging from young children to adults; Teach many styles of piano music (classical, blues, jazz, etc.); First place award in the Memorial Scholarship Foundation of the Music Teachers’ Association of California, Alameda County Branch; Keyboard Educators Prize from the San Francisco Young Pianists Competition; Outstanding Musician Award at the ‘World of Music’ Festival; Winner of Nasung Symphony Orchestra Youth Competition, sponsored by Pepsi; Grand Prize Winner in the junior piano division of the Korean Times Competition; performed for NEC Prep School, Winchester Community Music School, River City Theatre Company, Sacramento Valley Concert Choir.


Sivan Etedgee, piano instructor at Newton Music Academy B.A. in Piano Performance, University of New Hampshire; M.M in Piano Performance, Magna Cum Laude, Boston University; Extensive experience teaching students ranging from age 6 to adult; Teaching style includes improvisation and music theory, with strong emphasis on classical repertoire; Former Faculty Berwick Academy in ME; Adjunct Faculty University of New Hampshire; member of New England Piano Teachers’ Association; Frequent lectures and performances throughout New England; Director of “Concerts at St. John’s” in Dedham; Principal Teachers include Anthony di Bonaventura, Christopher Kies and Luiz de Moura Castro.


Anna Avetisyan, piano instructor at Newton Music Academy Master of Music in Piano Performance, Komitas Conservatory, Yerevan, Armenia; GPD in Collaborative Piano Performance, Longy School of Music, Cambridge, MA; Bachelor of Music with emphasis in Piano Pedagogy, Babadjanyan Music College, Yerevan, Armenia. Longy Scholarship and Rome Festival Scholarship recipient; Masterclasses with Dalton Baldwin, Martin Katz, Dr. Deen Larsen (Schubert Institute), Dr. Karl T. Paulnack, Lorraine Nubar, Thomas Meglioranza, Irma Vallecillo
Over 15 years of teaching and performing; Extensive experience in teaching children from young beginner through advanced level.
Former piano faculty, Ter-Gevondyan Special Music School and Saradjev Special Music school, Yerevan, Armenia; Staff Pianist, Longy School of Music, Cambridge, MA.


Master Degree in piano performance, pedagogy and Artist of The Chamber Ensemble, Kyiv National University of Culture and Arts, Ukraine; Bachelor Degree and Specialist Diploma in piano performance, Odessa Music Conservatory, Ukraine;Over 15 years of experience in teaching piano to children and adults of all levels. Galyna believes that developing of artistic and imaginative thinking in her students, and is as important as building up their knowledge of piano technic, music theory, music analysis and ensemble playing skills. She personalizes her lessons to the individual musical goals of each student. Performances in concerts and competitions as a soloist and a concertmaster.


Chu Yi Lin, Piano

Bachelor of Piano Professional Studies Certificate and Bachelor of Music Arts from from Newton England Conservatory; Extensive teaching experience with attention to piano technique, music history and music theory; preparing students for various performances and auditions; patient and encouraging approach to develop student’s confidence and musicality and love for music; develops individualized program tailored to meet every student’s unique needs. Incorporates games and fun challenges into teaching sessions to keep piano lessons interesting and enjoyable as well as structured and informative. Well rounded and goal-oriented teaching approach allows an imaginative and creative learning process with structure.



Master of Music in Violin Performance, with special emphasis in historical performance practice, Longy School of Music, Cambride, MA; Over ten years experience teaching beginners through advanced students, children through adults; Teaching style includes traditional classical technique and repertoire as well as folk and fiddle traditions; Pedagogical styles influenced by Suzuki, Kodaly, Rostral, and Kato Havas; Former faculty School for Strings, Port Huron, MI; Former member International Symphony Orchestra, Northwest Philharmonic, Orchestra Seattle; Concerts with Amherst Baroque Opera, Western Baroque Festival, Vancouver Early Music, and Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music; Frequent chamber music performances with pianist Valerie Ross; Teachers include Sharan Leventhal, Dana Maiben, Mark Lakirovich, and Ingrid Matthews.



Master of Music in Vocal Performance, Longy School of Music; Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance, New England Conservatory. Broad pedagogy training and kept up-to-date on the latest pedagogical methods and materials. Expensive teaching experience with all ages, ranging in age from 5 y.o. through adult. Prepared students for college auditions, musical theater auditions, shows and performances, adjudicated events such as the Royal Conservatory Music Development Program, and more. Passionate about helping students to sing in the healthiest, most expressive, most efficient way possible. Works with advanced, intermediate, and beginner students, progressing from fundamentals of healthy singing and development of musical fluency to performance/audition techniques, foreign language diction, and advanced technical concepts. Uses a wide range of vocal repertoire in lessons with all voice types.




Grace Shepard has Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from the University of South Carolina and currently is pursuing a Masters Degree in Piano Performance at Longy School of Music of Bard College. Made international debut with the orchestra performing Beethoven’s Second Concerto under conductor Mina Ignat. In addition to her solo performances, Miss Shepard greatly enjoys teaching. She is focusing on nurturing musicianship, love for music and works with students of all ages and levels, from beginners to advanced. Her students received recognition at the state and national level. In addition to working with students on their piano technique, hand position and beautiful sound, she also teaches music theory, skill of performing in the recitals, and composition. Above all, Miss Shepard endeavors to foster a productive musical relationship with all her students that will allow them to flourish and reach their potential.