Guitar, Banjo, Bass

John Birt- Guitar, Mandolin, Electric Bass, Banjo

John completed his Master’s degree at The Hartt School of Music where he studied with internationally recognized pedagogue and performer, Richard Provost. He has participated in several master classes presented by Oscar Ghiglia, Andrew York, Odair Assad of the Assad Duo, and Scott Tennant of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet. He has proven his versatility on many stages throughout the world. John’s performances have included solo and chamber repertoire that extends from the Renaissance to the present, including several premieres by American composers. A native of Rhode Island, John was a self-taught musician before entering Rhode Island College in the fall of 2007. Outside of school, John founded a seven-piece Irish group that recorded two full-length albums and continues to perform throughout New England.

John teaches on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Kevin O’Neil- Guitar, Electric Bass, Jazz Improvisation

Kevin teaches acoustic and electric guitar, focusing on jazz, rock, blues and folk styles. He received his BA at the Hartt School of Music, earned his Master’s at Wesleyan University and completed his PhD at the University of Southampton, United Kingdom, where he studied music composition. Kevin is an adjunct professor at Southern CT State University and Tunxis Community College  where he teaches music history and appreciation as well as a jazz improvisation course that he created and added to the curriculum.
As a performer, Kevin enjoys being a freelance guitarist and has recorded many CDs through the years with Anthony Braxton. Kevin was lucky enough to perform with this great African-American composer and multi-instrumentalist throughout the U.S. and Europe, recording close to a dozen CDs with him.

Kevin teaches on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Matthew McCauley- Violin, String Bass, Electric Bass

Matt studied bass at Oberlin Conservatory with Jacque Posselle and Diane Meisel, electronic music with John Meisel, jazz theory and bass with Jeff Fuller and improvisational music with cellist, David Darling. Matt is a certified improvisational music teacher (MFP) who is as comfortable with classical orchestral repertory as he is with contra-dance music. Matt has performed with the Peruvian National Symphony Orchestra, Wallingford Symphony Orchestra, Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra, Salt Marsh Opera Company, Spirit of Broadway Theater and Norma Terris Theater—Goodspeed at Chester. As a pit musician and vocalist, Matt performs locally with community, professional theaters and church groups including Musica Dulce, and the Connecticut Gilbert and Sullivan Society.

Matt teaches on Mondays.