Russ Becker- Flute, Clarinet, Jazz Improvisation, Chamber Ensembles, Clarinet Ensemble
Russ has been an active musician on the Connecticut music scene for many years. He has been a member of the Stamford Symphony, the Hartford Civic Orchestra, Radio Piece 3(progressive jazz/rock), Collectively Speaking (jazz), The Bob Hughes Big Band, and The Art Cellar Sax Quartet, as well as countless other ensembles covering a broad spectrum of musical genres. He currently performs regularly with the Russ Becker Quartet. Russ considers teaching his most important and rewarding musical endeavor, and loves working with students of all ages and skill levels. His middle school and high school students are always well represented in area regional and all-state ensembles. He believes in a warm, friendly, personalized and encouraging approach to teaching, and incorporates many aspects of the art of making and understanding music into his instrumental lessons.
Russ teaches on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Cheryl Six- Flute, Piccolo
Cheryl Six is an active performing flutist and instructor, specializing on piccolo. Cheryl served as piccolo player in the US Coast Guard Band from 1977 until her retirement in 2007, and currently performs with the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra, a position she has held for over 30 years. In addition, she is often heard in the flute sections of the Hartford Festival Orchestra, the Waterbury Symphony, and other Connecticut ensembles.
Cheryl has been a member of the Musicians Association of Eastern Connecticut Local 285-402 since 2005 and has served as Vice-President of the Executive Board since 2010.
Cheryl teaches on Mondays and Wednesdays.
Johanna Lamb- Oboe, English Horn
Johanna received her Bachelor of Arts degree Cum Laude from UCLA and her Masters of Music in Oboe Performance from The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. She performs as the principal oboist of the Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra. In addition she has performed around the state with the Nutmeg Symphony Orchestra, the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra, The Blackledge Woodwind Quintet and the Con Brio Choral Society. As a teacher, Johanna enjoys taking the oboe, what many people consider to be a difficult instrument, and making it accessible to all her students. She also finds joy in watching them develop as performers. Her students regularly perform in regional honor ensembles and All-State.
Johanna teaches on Mondays.
Andrew Sherwood- Clarinet, Saxophone, Jazz Improvisation
Andy holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Ohio State University and a Master of Music from the University of Connecticut. He studied classical applied music with saxophonist James Hill at Ohio State and clarinetist Curt Blood at the University of Connecticut and jazz improvisation with renowned clarinetist Eddie Daniels and saxophonist Walt Weiskopf. He has a wide range of experience as a performer, especially during his 25 years in the U.S. Coast Guard Band. He performed as clarinetist and saxophonist in multiple ensembles with the Coast Guard Band including the concert band, Dixieland jazz band, saxophone quartet, swing band and big band. He led the Coast Guard Dixieland band for 15 years and also performed on classical tenor saxophone on band tours and on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Andy continues to perform locally and throughout the state with his own groups specializing in early jazz and swing, Dixieland, and jazz standards. He has released four recordings available on CD Baby with the “Andy Sherwood Dixieland Jazz Quartet.” www.andysherwoodclarinet.com
Andy teaches on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.