Our instructors bring a wealth of talent, experience and knowledge to our music program. To learn more about each of our instructors, click on their image below.
Saxophonist/flautist John Cheadle first decided to study jazz after hearing John Coltrane’s ‘A Love Supreme’ and Charlie Parker with Strings one of Parker’s greatest albums by any standard at the age of 13, studying with local legend Jay Thomas while attending the award winning jazz program of Garfield High School. A soloist award winner himself, John arrived in Boston’s New England Conservatory (NEC) in 2007, where he would spend the next four years studying with saxophonist and renown jazz educator Jerry Bergonzi, New York based trumpeter John McNeil, free jazz guitarist Joe Morris, and flautist/world music artist Amir Milstein.
Cheadle has performed the music of Dave Holland, Anthony Braxton, Cecil McBee, and countless others as well as his own original compositions. Since graduating from the Conservatory in 2011 John has focused more keenly on electronic composition and production, molding his jazz background and freshly acquired modern classical tendencies into his own projects. You’ll currently find him performing with live electronica troop Modus Operandus and teaching students of all ages around the Boston area. Cheadle has been teaching at YOFES since 2013 in a variety of facets.
John has taught saxophone, clarinet, flute, and recorder both privately and ensemble classes at the onsite studio and various schools including Mattahunt elementary, BINCA high school as well as after school classes at the Church of the Holy Spirit in Mattapan. Students of his have performed in solo recitals, recorder ensembles, and saxophone trio’s performing Cheadle’s own arrangements of different melodies.
Seychelle Dunn-Corbin is a saxophonist known for her inclusion of African American artistry in performance and education. Prior to her work in the Greater Boston area, Seychelle worked in education for the Baltimore Public School system and is an alumna of Morgan State University; a Historical Black College. While attending MSU, Seychelle studied with accomplished composers Dr. James Lee III and Dr. Nkeiru Okoye, as well as, jazz saxophonist Tim Green and pianist Dr. Stephanie Bruning. She was an active participant of the marching band, symphonic winds, and jazz ensemble; as well as a highly active member of Tau Beta Sigma National Honorary Band Sorority Inc. and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. Upon completing her studies and earning both a B.A. & M.A. degree in music, Seychelle furthered her education at Longy School of Music of Bard College in Cambridge, Ma earning her graduate performance diploma while studying with classical saxophonist Kenneth Radnofsky. It was at Longy that Seychelle was able to refine her skills as a classical musician, participating in as many ensembles as she could; Seychelle has performed a wide variety of both original and transcribed manuscripts. Currently Seychelle performs in the Area 9 Quartet, as well as various chamber music settings; in addition to serving as piano faculty at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education and as a freelance teaching artist. She is highly involved with the surrounding community having served as board member of the Ashmont Hill Chamber Music Society and currently as the Director of Educational Programming with Castle of our skins; an organization that promotes and celebrates black artistry. Seychelle has dedicated her musical and artistic exploration to preserving and discovering the music of black composers and musicians in both classical and contemporary styles. She has launched several concert recital opportunities within the community that explores repertoire for wind instruments written by African Americans and has commissioned several pieces for both saxophone & piano, as well as saxophone quartet. Seychelle will continue her studies this fall as a full grant recipient Doctoral Candidate at Boston University.
Born and raised in Denver, Colorado, Jordan Celeste Pettis fell in love with the sound of the violin during her middle school years. She graduated from the renowned Denver School of the Arts majoring in classical violin and jazz voice studying under Ms. Eugenia Alikhanova, first violinist of the Moscow String Quartet. After graduating from Illinois Wesleyan University with a Bachelor of Music Performance Degree in 2012, she moved to Boston in 2013 to study Jazz Voice and Jazz Violin at the New England Conservatory of Music- receiving a Certificate of Jazz Performance in January of 2015. Jordan’s musical journey has included performances with Boston Pops, Grammy award winning artist and composer, Terence Blanchard, the Ill-Harmonic Orchestra at Carnegie Hall and many other collaborations from classical to hip-hop, and more.
Jordan has been teaching for ten years and has worked with students at a variety of levels. She has experience working with students with social and learning challenges and strives to use music as a tool for confidence building, social awareness, and self-empowerment. Her teaching style includes incorporating theory and repertoire while building a wide repertoire of traditional classical music as well as standards from other genres that students may be interested in. She loves working with young people and sharing her passion for violin and music with them and their families.
Violist Lauren Nelson believes that music has the power to reach everyone and she’s building a career that combines performing, teaching and social action to make an impact on her community. A recent graduate of Boston’s New England Conservatory (Graduate Diploma) she is making an impact teaching music to the children of the Haitian community of Hyde Park, MA. Lauren’s performance career takes her through many musical environments, from Boston’s Jordan Hall, to New York’s Whitney Museum with the Wordless Music Ensemble, from Carnegie Hall, and the Kennedy Center to Sculler’s Jazz Club in Cambridge, MA.
Lauren is also a committed educator and arts advocate. She is fully behind the El Sistema movement, and is currently a dedicated teacher at the Youth and Family Enrichment Services after school program in Hyde Park. Here she focuses on musical and personal development through peer-teaching and rigorous lessons and rehearsals.
Violinist Carol Cubberley freelances and teaches in the Boston area. She is passionate about teaching and enjoys helping each student find their own musical voice. Along with YoFES, she also teaches at The Conservatory at Highlands, in Wayland, and in Jamaica Plain. Carol performs with such ensembles as Symphony Nova, Boston Chamber Orchestra, and the Cambridge Philharmonic. During the last year Carol has been a resident musician at Avaloch Farm with composer and pianist Andy Costello, performed a solo recital at Brandeis University in which all of the music she played was by women composers, and taught a music history class titled “Women Composers Through the Ages” at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education. She received her BM from Oberlin Conservatory and her MM from Boston Conservatory.
Lisa Sailer teaches violin and viola at YoFES. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Violin Performance from SUNY Purchase and a Master’s Degree in Viola Performance from The Boston Conservatory, where she is currently pursuing an Alexander Technique teaching certification. Because of her Alexander Technique work, Lisa’s teaching method helps students with injury treatment and prevention in a way that incorporates the use of the whole self and encourages ease and freedom of movement.
Lisa has been a teaching assistant at the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music and the Director of Upper Strings at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts Summer Music Festival. She is the new conductor of the Kreutzer Orchestra at YoFES.
Austin Lightfoot conducts the Viotti Orchestra and teaches violin at YoFES. Austin studied violin performance at Berklee College of Music, where he had coursework in music therapy and early education. He has pedagogical training through the Suzuki Institute of Boston. Austin believes music should be fun and to that extent, he finds or makes creative arrangements for his students and orchestra in addition to teaching them fundamentals and standard repertoire.
Composer and pianist Joo Park received Ph.D in Music Composition at the University of Minnesota in the studio of Alex Lubet. She received her Masters Degree in Composition at Boston University. She had taught for four years at the University of Minnesota and McNally Smith College of Music as faculty. She published a CD, “Passionate Message,” with Silkheart, and the book, “Musical creativity,” by Springer. As a collaborative pianist, she has extensive experience of playing with many singers and instrumentalists in addition to accompanist activities at church for more than 10 years. She pursues her life with all musical activities- performing, composing, and teaching.
She studied with Donald Becker, Founder and Director of the Suzuki Institute of Boston as a child and later trained through high school and started teaching violin at the Rev. Dr. Michael E. Haynes Early Education Center during her junior year in high school. She continued teaching in Western Massachusetts while completing her bachelor’s degree at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Nora has taught students from age 3, up through the high school level. Her other interests in the arts
include salsa dancing and instruction. She is fluent in Spanish and Haitian Creole.
Artistic Director/Cello Teacher
Kyung-Nam Oh is a cellist, conductor, and music teacher. He obtained a Bachelor’s degree in music from Kyung-Hee University in Korea and then went on to earn a Master’s degree from Ball State University and a Performance Diploma from Indiana University.Mr. Oh has taught cello for more than twenty years and his students have won numerous competitions. In a broader context, his students have developed in many cases as role models for the societies in which they live and work. Mr. Oh has played cello in numerous solo and chamber music recitals including in the US. Midwest, South Korea and Hungary. Mr. Oh believes his role is as much being a mentor to his students as it is in being a teacher. With this philosophy in mind he has served as Director of various youth groups including Master’s Youth Orchestra and Anderson University Summer String Camp. Mr. Oh was also an adjunct faculty at Anderson University and Taylor University in Indiana before moving to Boston.