Alyson Greer is the Director of Choral Music at Westborough High School where she conducts four choirs and three contemporary a cappella ensembles. Formerly, Greer was the Director of Choral Music at Hanover High School, where she directed five choirs, including honors and a cappella ensembles. Her ensembles consistently earn gold ratings and medals at the Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Directors Association (MICCA) and Heritage Music Festival statewide competitions, and have performed in MICCA’s gold medal showcase Stars @ Symphony at Symphony Hall and the Massachusetts Music Educators Association (MMEA) All-State Convention Concert Hour. She is also the Co-Founder and Assistant Director of Quincy Point Music Academy and has been Director of Music and Choirs at Quincy Point Congregational Church since 2007. Ms. Greer holds a Bachelor of Music degree (magna cum laude) in Vocal Performance and a Master of Music Education degree, both from The Boston Conservatory. She was a Full Conductor Fellow at the Sarteano Chamber Choir Conducting Workshop (Tuscany, Italy), where she participated in masterclasses with Simon Carrington and Bronislawa Falinska and was a featured alto soloist in the Chamber Choir. A mezzo-soprano, Ms. Greer is an active performer in Boston.
Jennifer Kane comes to H+H with an impressive background in choral direction and music education. Ms. Kane was Artistic Director of PALS Children’s Chorus in Brookline, and, most recently, she founded and served as the Artistic Director of the Worcester Children’s Chorus, where she built a vibrant, multi-level program with an active performance schedule and frequent collaborations with local ensembles. Before coming to Boston, Ms. Kane led, as Artistic Director of the Spivey Hall Young Artists, the training choir for the nationally renowned Spivey Hall Children’s Choir Georgia. Kane received a BA in Music from Furman University, an MM in Choral Conducting from Georgia State University, and is currently a doctoral student of Ann Howard Jones at Boston University.
Dr. Kevin J. McDonald brings 20 years of teaching experience and a broad and diverse musical background to his position as the Conductor of the H+H Young Men’s Chorus. Currently, Dr. McDonald is in his 11th year as Director of Choral Activities at Wellesley High School, where he instructs 240 students study choral music in five curricular choral ensembles. He is also the Director of Youth Music at the Wellesley Congregational Church, where he conducts over 60 singers in the Youth Choirs and leads the Village Brass Ensemble. Dr. McDonald received his B.M. in music education from the University of New Hampshire, M.M. in Low Brass Performance from the University of Idaho, and his DMA in Music Education from The Hartt School, University of Hartford.
Michael Driscoll, Musicianship Lead Teacher
Michael is the choral director at Brookline High School, and a DMA in Choral Conducting candidate at Boston University, where he studies with Anne Howard Jones. Michael is also the president of the Massachusetts chapter of the American Choral Directors Association. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Michael will be leading the musicianship teachers in developing a sequential curriculum in sight-singing and music literacy.
Craig McMahan, Musicianship Teacher
Craig McMahan teaches all levels of Musicianship 1. He is is currently on the faculty of the Belmont Public Schools, where he teaches elementary general music and chorus. Mr. McMahan earned his M.M in Music Education from Boston University.
Vale Southard, Musicianship Teacher
Vale is a recent graduate of the University of Miami, where she majored in music education and voice. She is K-8 music teacher in the Brookline Public Schools. She previously taught in the Newton and Westborough Public Schools. Vale is also an alumna of the H+H VAP program.
Michael Becker, Pianist for Young Women’s Chorus and Young Women’s Chamber Choir
Michael is currently on the faculty at All-Newton Music School and Music Director with the Riverside Theatre Works. He is also the accompanist for the Philharmonic Society of Arlington Chorale, Boston Conservatory and the Metropolitan Opera Guild’s Urban Voices Program. Michael earned his BM and MM degrees (Piano Performance) from Towson University and an MM (Collaborative Piano, summa cum laude) from New England Conservatory, with additional studies at the Eastman School of Music and the Longy School of Music Piano Pedagogy Institute.
Anna Rose Carr, Pianist for Young Men’s Chorus
Anna is a DMA in Vocal Performance and Literature candidate at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She received a Master of Music degree in Collaborative Piano from Boston University, and a bachelor’s degree in piano performance and voice from Principia College in Illinois. Anna is a staff pianist at Boston Conservatory and Boston University. She was also a pianist for the Tanglewood Festival Chorus under John Oliver.
Xixi Zhou, Pianist for H+H Singers and Youth Chorus
Xixi Zhou, joins the H+H education faculty as pianist for the H+H Singers and Youth Chorus. Xixi is very active in the Boston area as a collaborative pianist. As a concert soloist, he has performed throughout China, Australia, and Canada. In the United States, Xixi regularly appears as a soloist and chamber musician in New York City and Boston, in addition to performances with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, Shreveport Symphony and NEC Philharmonia. In 2011, he won the New England Conservatory All-School Concerto competition. Subsequently, he received the silver medal in the 61st Widerman International Piano Competition and competed as a finalist in Iowa International Piano Competition. After graduating from Shanghai Conservatory, Xixi came to Boston to continue his education at New England Conservatory. In 2012, he received his Master of Music Degree in collaborative piano. He is currently a student in NEC’s Graduate Diploma program. Outside of his professional work, Xixi devotes much of his time to performing benefit concerts at events such as the Music for Food Series sponsored by the Boston Asian Culture Center.