Brass

Andrew Janes- Trombone, Low Brass

Andrew is in his second year of study towards a Masters in Instrumental Conducting at UConn, having received a Masters degree in Trombone Performance from UConn in May of 2015. As a graduate teaching assistant, Andrew works with UConn’s athletic bands, the university’s conducting labs, as well as conducting the Symphonic and Concert Bands.

Originally from Nashville, Tennessee, Andrew received his B.M. from Middle Tennessee State University, where he studied trombone with Dr. David Loucky and conducting with Dr. Reed Thomas. While at MTSU, Andrew participated in several summer music festivals, including the Symphony Orchestra Academy of the Pacific, (Powell River, British Columbia, CA), the Eastern Music Festival (Greensboro, NC), and the Collegium Musicum Program (Pommersfelden, Germany). As a music educator, Andrew has worked as a jazz assistant at the Blue Lake International Fine Arts Camp, held in Muskegon, Michigan, and taught at the Community School for the Arts, in Mansfield, Connecticut.

Patricia Hurley- Trumpet, Low Brass, New Horizons Band Director

Paddy founded Community Music School in 1983 in response to a need for local private music instruction to enhance the public school music programs. At the time, she was Director of Music at John Winthrop Junior High School, and soon thereafter, added the position of Band Director at Valley Regional High School. In 1991 she took a position as music instructor in the Scarsdale, NY schools, where she remained until 2005. Upon her return to Ivoryton, she found that CMS had grown considerably. She joined the Board of Directors and participated in a further expansion. Paddy is very pleased and proud that CMS is serving a large segment of our community and fulfilling a dream to make music education a viable part of the lives of its residents of all ages.

Paddy teaches Mondays and Tuesdays.

Nathan Pawelek- French Horn

A horn player and composer, Nathan attended Oberlin College and Conservatory where he received degrees in horn performance and English.  He received a master of horn performance from Yale University and a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from Goddard College in Vermont.

Nathan played principal horn with the South Dakota Symphony and Dakota Wind Quintet for ten seasons before moving back to New England to raise his family near family.  He continues to play with QUADRE, The Voice of Four Horns, a professional horn quartet based in San Francisco (www.quadre.org).  He has worked with nationally-recognized artists, and an occasional international VIP.  Nathan attended the Tanglewood Music Festival, the European Mozart Academy in Poland, The National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, CO and played under the baton of Michael Tilson-Thomas with the New World Symphony

Since 2008, Nathan has been a regular of the horn section of the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra in Boulder, and recently began playing with the Iris Chamber Orchestra in Germantown, TN under the direction of Michael Stern, son of Isaac Stern.

Nate teaches on Thursdays.