H+H Youth Choruses Faculty
Our renowned faculty welcomes all young singers to participate in H+H's rigorous and fun vocal training and musicianship education.
Alyson Greer Espinosa
Conductor, Chorus of Sopranos and Altos and Chamber Choir
Alyson Greer Espinosa is thrilled to be in her ninth season on the education faculty of the Handel and Haydn Society, where she is the conductor of the Chorus of Sopranos & Altos (formerly the Young Women’s Chorus) and the Chamber Choir. Ms. Greer has prepared CSA for performances with Harry Christophers and the H+H Chorus and Orchestra for Bach’s St. Matthew’s Passion, Handel’s Messiah and Saul, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Mozart’s Requiem, and Monteverdi’s Vespers. Other collaborations with ensembles include the Back Bay Chorale, Harvard-Radcliffe Chorus, Metropolitan Chorale, Heritage Chorale, the Eureka Ensemble Women’s Chorus, Mother Caroline Academy, and the NEC Youth Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorale. The former Young Women’s Chamber Choir has performed on From The Top and CSA with alumni was featured in BBC’s Great American Railroad Journeys, 2017. Such collaborations and performances have afforded Ms. Greer and her students in CSA to experience inspiring musical-educational performances with conductors such as Harry Christophers, Ian Watson, Dr. Scott Allen Jarrett, Dr. Andrew Clark, Dr. Lisa Graham, John Finney, Dr. Lynnel Jenkins, George Steel, and Ismael Sandoval.
In addition to her work with the H+H Youth Choruses, she is the Director of Choral Music at Westborough High School where she conducts four choirs and four contemporary 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. Ms. Greer is an active choral clinician, has conducted the All-Cape High School Treble Chorus and the South Eastern Massachusetts, Jr. District Treble Choir, and has presented sessions at the Massachusetts All State Conference and the MICCA Summer Institute. She 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 resides in MetroWest with her husband, son, and daughter.
Conductor, H+H Treble Chorus, Youth Chorale, and Concert Choir
Jennifer Kane is a conductor with the Handel and Haydn Society Youth Choruses, where she directs children ranging in age from 8 -15 in rehearsals, performances, and in regional tours. Since joining H+H in 2014, Kane has conducted choristers in prestigious venues such as Jordan Hall and Boston Symphony Hall, has been actively involved in the annual H+H community concert Every Voice, and been involved in the preparation and premiere of new works, such as Jonathan Woody’s Nigra Sum. Kane’s ensembles also participate in collaborations with other organizations, local choral festivals, and actively engage in community outreach. This season Kane and the Concert Choir are honored to present a program for the Eastern Division of the American Choral Directors Association in Rochester, NY and are equally excited to participate in J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with H+H under the direction of Harry Christophers.
An active conductor of ensembles that specialize in treble repertoire, Kane is also the music director of Cantilena Women’s Chorale, an auditioned 40-voice ensemble in Arlington, MA that is dedicated to performing music written for treble voices. Cantilena’s challenging and diverse repertoire spans the 15th to the 21st centuries, and includes works that singers and audience members are unlikely to encounter in other forums. A frequent clinician and guest conductor, Kane has prepared choirs for collaborations with groups such as the Cantata Singers, the Back Bay Chorale, Boston Musica Viva, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the Worcester Chorus. She received a B.A. in Music from Furman University, an M.M. in Choral Conducting from Georgia State University, and a D.M.A. in Conducting from Boston University.
Conductor, Chorus of Tenors and Basses
Dr. Kevin J. McDonald brings 24 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, McDonald is in his 14th year as Director of Choral Activities at Wellesley High School, where he instructs 320 students in choral music in five curricular choral ensembles. Under his direction, ensembles consistently earn gold ratings at state choral festivals and have performed in the Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductors Association gold medal showcase Stars at Symphony Hall and the Massachusetts Association of Jazz Educators gold medal Showcase at the Boston Hatch Shell. McDonald is an active guest conductor and has conducted honor choirs throughout New England and Idaho. 2017-2018 conducting appointments include The Western European Honor Choir in Düsseldorf, Germany and the New Hampshire All State Jazz Choir. McDonald frequently presents sessions at state and regional conferences on topics such as Y Sing: Recruitment and Retention of Men in the Choral Program, American Song: How Jazz Choir Can Enhance the School Choral Program, and Using Descriptive Terminology in the Choral Rehearsal. McDonald is 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 is a recipient of the NAfME Professional Achievement Award for dedication to music education and the Springfield Chamber of Commerce teaching excellence Award. He 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.
Conductor, New Voices
Nurt Villani joined the faculty of the Handel and Haydn Society as conductor of the New Voices choir in 2019.
After receiving her BA in music from the University of Cauca in Popayan (Colombia), she went on to study Choral conducting at the Conservatoire de Paris and Gregorian Chant conducting at the Conservatoire de Paris (France), where she was awarded the first prize. During that time, Nurt was assistant conductor of the Maitrise de Paris, and was invited to conduct the Maitrise of the Cathedral in Metz, France, two leading youth choral organizations. Nurt has founded and directed various ensembles including the training choir at Conservatoire Francis Poulenc, the choir of Palais de la Culture in Puteaux, the World Music choir in the Cite International Universitaire, and the Popayan choir celebrating Latin-American music.
She is now the artistic director and conductor of the Treble Chorus of New England in Andover (MA), and serves on faculty for the Project STEP program in Boston. She also regularly returns to Colombia to transmit her experience to the next generation of educators. In addition to Choral conducting, she holds diplomas in musical pedagogy from the Kodaly Institute in Ezstergom, Hungary; Willems in Lyon, France; and Dalcroze in NY.
H+H Youth Choruses Assistant Conductor
Marisa joined H+H as an intern in Education last year and has been a regular substitute/support for musicianship and administrative functions of HHYC, now she joined the H+H staff as the Youth Choruses Assistant Conductor. She got her Bachelor in Music with a specialization in choral conducting at Los Andes University in Venezuela and currently is the chorus director at the Devereux School in Marblehead and teaches piano at Brimmer and May School in Chestnut Hill. In Venezuela, Marisa belonged to the internationally recognized music education program “El Sistema” for 8 years as a soprano and section leader in the Symphonic Choir, musicianship teacher, and piano teacher. In 2016, she became the Assistant Director of the Choral Program for her city, Merida, Venezuela, conducting choirs for ages 6-28. Marisa has participated in the preparation for several Symphonic-Choral concerts with the renowned conductor Gustavo Dudamel performing Beethoven Symphony No. 9, Handel Messiah, Antonio Estevez’s Cantata Criolla, and works by Mahler, Mendelssohn, and Mozart.
Lead Musicianship Teacher
Laura Nevitt is a Boston-based conductor, composer, and soprano. She is currently pursuing a M. M. in Choral Conducting at Boston Conservatory at Berklee, studying conducting with Dr. George Case. She earned degrees in composition and music education from the University of South Carolina. During her time as a choral director in South Carolina, Nevitt’s ensembles consistently earned superior ratings at the Carowinds Festival of Music in Charlotte, North Carolina, and the Music USA Festival in Orlando, Florida. She is a founding member and co-director of Nightingale, a Boston-based vocal ensemble focused on innovative programming and original and experimental compositions. As a soprano, she has performed Reich’s Drumming with New York-based ensemble So Percussion. Her compositions have been featured in concerts by Nightingale, the University of South Carolina Concert Choir, the East Central College Choir in Missouri, and the First Presbyterian Church Chamber Choir during the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC.
Talia is excited to be a regular faculty member at H&H this year after being involved in the community as a substitute musicianship teacher for the past three years. A native of Brookline, Talia is glad to be back in the Boston area. She is currently a 5th and 6th grade math and ESL teacher in the Somerville Public Schools and has spent the past eight years teaching in a vast array of settings locally and abroad. She holds a Master of Arts in Teaching degree in Elementary Education from Brown University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Oberlin College. Talia sings in Boston's semi-professional Jewish a cappella group, Honorable Menschen. Outside of teaching and singing, Talia enjoys tap dancing, baking, and learning foreign languages.
Michaela Kelly is a graduate student at New England Conservatory studying Vocal Pedagogy. She recently was the choral director at A.L. Stanback Middle School in North Carolina. Michaela has performed with Bel Canto Company, North Carolina Opera, and Greensboro Opera. Past summer programs have included Berkshire Choral Festival, Curtis Summerfest, and the NATS Intern Program. Michaela is a founding teacher at the Community Arts Collaborative and has been teaching private voice and piano for several years. Currently, Michaela is a cantor at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Quincy, MA. This is Michaela’s first year as a musicianship teacher at H+H!
Kilian Mooney, sought after teaching artist, chorister, and tenor soloist throughout the Boston area, holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Rhode Island and a Master’s degree in Vocal Performance from the Longy School of Music. Kilian performs with several choral groups in the Boston area, including Renaissance Men, Labyrinth Choir, and Cappella Clausura. He travels home regularly for engagements with the Providence-based early music ensemble, Ecclesia Consort, and he has also sung with the Nahant Music Festival, the Newport Music Festival, and the Lucerne Music Festival in Lucerne, Switzerland. Currently, Kilian teaches chorus and general music at Saint Peter School in Cambridge, MA. In addition, he teaches adults through his position as assistant director for Sharing a New Song, a cultural exchange choir in Belmont, MA. Kilian frequently returns to the University of Rhode Island to speak on the art of singing and the importance of educating young singers, a calling that is near to his heart.
Pianist for Chorus of Sopranos and Altos and Chamber Choir
Michael Becker has been on the Handel and Haydn Society Youth Choruses faculty since 2009, where he currently accompanies the Chorus of Sopranos and Altos and the Chamber Choir. He is on the piano faculty of the All Newton Music School, accompanies the Arlington-Belmont Chorale of the Philharmonic Society of Arlington, and is a staff pianist at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee. Michael has served as a faculty member and music director at Riverside Theatre Works, and has been a pianist for Urban Voices, an educational outreach program of the Metropolitan Opera Guild.
Michael is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, where he earned a Master of Music degree in Collaborative Piano. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Music in Piano Performance from Towson University in Maryland, with additional studies at the Eastman School of Music and the Longy School of Music Piano Pedagogy Institute.
Andrew David Mattfeld
Pianist for Chorus of Tenors and Basses
Originally from the suburbs of New York City, conductor, pianist, and tenor Andrew David Mattfeld now spends his time living, teaching, and performing in an around the Boston area. His early training in music consisted of intensive voice and piano, studying under Morris Borenstien of The Julliard School, and soprano Eileen Mackintosh. He holds both Bachelors and Masters Degrees from Ithaca College School of Music concentrating in Vocal and Piano Performance as a student of Patrice Pastore, David Parks, Charis Dimaras, and Karl Lutchmayer. Andrew was a chorister with the Ithaca College Choir for 6 years and is a founding member of UNYC (Upstate New York Chorus). His conducting studies were with Lawrence Doebler, Janet Galván, and Jeffery Meyer. Andrew performed at the Adriatic Chamber Music Festival in Bonefro, Italy as a solo and collaborative pianist, and as a tenor soloist for the 2012 Salzburg Festival.
Andrew has presented lectures, recitals, and concerts in Ithaca, Boston, and around the US and Europe, performing voice and piano recitals, as well as collaborations between area orchestras, chamber ensembles, choruses, and soloists, as a soloist himself or conductor. Andrew made his international conducting debut at the Louis Lewondowski Festival in Berlin, Germany in 2014. An intensive academic, his Graduate thesis on the development of Cabaret culture as a form of political resistance in NAZI Germany was the basis for a Fulbright to examine the current state of the art form in Berlin. He has participated in Masterclasses as a singer, pianist, collaborator, and conductor with many notable performers and teachers such as Sharon Sweet, Penelope Bitzas, Lindsey Christiansen, and the violinist Nadja Solerno-Sonnenberg.
Mr. Mattfeld currently lives in Boston MA where he is on Faculty at Northeastern University where he has a large studio of both singers and pianists. He is formerly on Voice and Piano Faculty at the Fay School in Southborough, MA. He serves as Director of Music Ministries and Organist at First United Methodist in Melrose, MA, and Director of Music and Organist with the Central Reform Temple at Emmanuel Church. He has been a chorister with the Back Bay Chorale, The Metropolitan Chorale, is a former Teaching Fellow with the Boston Children’s Chorus, and Assistant Conductor for The Zamir Chorale of Boston.
Maria Rivera White
Pianist for Treble Chorus, Youth Chorale, and Concert Choir
Maria Rivera White is currently the full time music director for St. John the Evangelist Parish in Canton. She studied at the Naples Conservatory of Music, and received her Bachelor of Music from the Eastman School of Music in Piano Performance. Her Master’s degree from The Juilliard School is a double major in Collaborative Arts which includes Vocal Accompanying/Coaching. She has performed in such venues as Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Steinway and Alice Tully Halls, and the Kyoto International Music Festival. Maria was an adjunct instructor in piano for eight years at Vassar College in New York, where she performed solo piano works on the annual Vassar College Modfest. She performed the world premiere of Vassar composer Suzanne Sorkin’s solo piano piece Falling through Crimson and Lead at Merkin Hall, NYC, which she later recorded. She continues performing throughout the US and abroad, most recently in Tallin, Estonia with violinist Gary Ronkin. Upcoming projects include recording the solo piano works of Boston composer, John Holland in the spring.
Pianist for New Voices
Dr. Younggyo Lee, a native of South Korea, joined the HHYC faculty this season as collaborative pianist for New Voices. Dr. Lee has won numerous national and international competitions including the American Protégé Concerto Competition, Forte International Music Competition, and Golden Classical Music Award. She and her husband, tubist Kyung Seok Yu, made their collaborative debut at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in 2017. With her keen interest in and commitment to the art of collaborations, she is a collaborative pianist for the John D. Runkle School choruses in Brookline, New England Conservatory, and Boston University; has played for the Seoul International Composition Competition and the Yamaha Thailand International Brass Festival; and has performed with the Boston Civic Symphony, Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra, Symphony Pro Musica, and From the Top’s Community Development Artist Leader Program. Ms. Lee graduated from Sookmyung Women’s University, South Korea, and holds a master’s degree and graduate diploma from New England Conservatory with a Music in Education Concentrate Certificate. In May 2019, she received a doctoral degree in piano performance with a Graduate Certificate in Arts Administration from Boston University.