Professors

Phil Rodriguez

Phil Rodriguez has more than two decades of professional experience as a freelance trumpet player, touring artist, session musician, composer and teacher. Born and raised in Santa Barbara, CA, Phil earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, where he studied with the great […]

Kris Danielsen

Dr. Kristoffer Danielsen is an active freelance trombonist and educator throughout greater New England. In addition to maintaining an extensive private teaching studio, Kris has performed with the Albany Symphony, Cape Symphony, Portland Symphony, Eastern Connecticut Symphony, Handel Society, Moscow Ballet, Nautilus Brass Quintet, Massachusetts Chamber Players, Pioneer Valley Symphony, Windham Symphony, Keene Chamber Orchestra, […]

Alisha Lopez-Marrero

Trumpet teacher Alisha Lopez-Marrero is in her final year at the University of Massachusetts Amherst where she is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Music.  Her current focus is trumpet performance, but she is also minoring in Economics, as well as pursuing a Certificate in Arts Management.  Alisha currently performs with […]

Steve Yarbro

Steven Yarbro is a prolific musician with experience in a wide range of musical styles and capacities. A seasoned performer, his highlights include a tour of the Midwest U.S. and Japan with the Indiana University Wind Ensemble, a feature solo saxophone performance with the Arizona State University Concert Jazz Band, several performances as a saxophonist […]

Shannon Merciel

Shannon Merciel is an American cellist with a passion for travel, teaching, and collaboration. She earned her bachelor’s degree in cello performance from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2016 and her master’s from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2018. During her time in the UK, she won apprenticeships with Scottish Opera, the Royal Scottish National […]

Emily Thomas

Emily Thomas is a student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst currently pursuing her undergraduate degree in clarinet performance and music education. While at UMASS, Emily has been a member of the Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Studio Orchestra, Clarinet Choir, Clarinet Quintet, Woodwind Quintet and Oboe, Clarinet and Piano Trio. As a clarinetist, Emily has […]

Jess Erving

Soprano Jessica Erving completed her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in the Spring of 2019. While pursuing her singing career she has studied intensively outside of school through young artist programs including CSNY in June and Aims in Graz. Her most recent operatic opportunities have been La Bergère […]

Mical Henriquez

Mical Henriquez is a member of the class of 2020 at UMass Amherst where she is a double major in Composition and Vocal Jazz Performance. She has been playing the violin for 10 years, singing in vocal jazz ensembles for 9 years, and arranging and composing music for 5 years. She is also involved in […]