Music Faculty at Middlesex Community College

Carmen Rodríguez-Peralta, Chair of the Music Department

Photo of Carmen PeraltaCarmen Rodríguez-Peralta, Chair of the Music Department and Director of A World of Music Concert Series, has appeared as piano soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States, Peru and Mexico. As a winner of Artists International Young Musicians Auditions, she was presented in two solo recitals at Carnegie Recital Hall in New York. Of her debut, The New York Times review called her "a thoughtful musician; her playing was full of intelligence and poetry...a pianist well worth hearing." Ms. Rodríguez Peralta has performed at Alice Tully Hall in New York, the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, Seiji Ozawa Hall in Tanglewood, and in the Dame Myra Hess Concert Series in Chicago and in Los Angeles. As a chamber musician, she frequently performs with members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra as well as with internationally recognized artists such as violinist Ryu Goto. Her recordings include Teresa Carreño: Solo Piano and Chamber Works and her collaboration with cellist Luis Leguía, recorded at Symphony Hall in Boston, in Music for Cello and Piano from South America, Mexico, and the Caribbean. She is also featured on Just in Time, Here and Now, a recording devoted to new music.

Ms. Rodríguez-Peralta has given piano master classes at the Conservatorio Nacional in Lima, Peru and the music school Artes Revueltas in Cholula, Mexico. She has also given numerous lecture recitals on Latin American music, including presentations at Harvard University, Cornell University, Wellesley College, Tufts University and the University of Maine. She is the editor of Piano Works by Teresa Carreño published by the Hildegard Publishing Company, and her chapter "Teresa Carreño: Triumphant Artist in a Man's World of Music" appears in A Woman's Gaze: Latin American Women Artists published by White Pines Press.

Carmen Rodríguez-Peralta holds a Bachelor of Music from Temple University, a Master of Music from The Catholic University of America, and a Post-Graduate Diploma from The Juilliard School. Her teachers include Maryan Filar, Ney Salgado and Beveridge Webster. While at Juilliard she was the teaching assistant of American composer Vincent Persichetti. 

Music Appreciation
Piano I - IV
Piano, Independent Study
Chamber Music, Independent Study

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Orlando Cela, Assistant Professor of Music

“In Orlando Cela’s able hands and imagination, a flute becomes a world orchestra,” says the Oregon ArtsWatch about Orlando’s lively performances that open new worlds of experience. Known for his compelling renditions, using imaginative programming, Orlando has premiered over 200 works, both as a flutist and as a conductor, to rave reviews from the media from the Boston Globe to the  Oregon ArtsWatch. In concert, Mr. Cela regularly offers short lively introductions to selected works, providing  audiences with entry points into unfamiliar works, so that listeners can easily connect the music with other life experience. As a flutist, Mr. Cela has performed at the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian (Washington DC), the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston), and at the Center for New Music and Technologies at UC Berkeley. His credits abroad include concerts at the Zentrum Danziger (Berlin), the Espace des Femmes (Paris), and at the Musikverein (Vienna). As a collaborative artist, Mr. Cela has concertized with flutist Paula Robison, tabla player Samir Chatterjee, harpsichordist John Gibbons, and with shen (mouth organ) virtuoso Hu Jianbing. He recently became a finalist in the American Prize in the professional instrumentalist division. He recently released his third solo CD, “Shadow Etchings” with rave reviews from Grammophone, Naxos Music, and Avant Music News.

As a conductor, he serves as the Music Director of the Arlington Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Orchestra of the North Carolina Governor’s School. He has also guest conducted the Manchester Symphony Orchestra and Choral, the London Classical Soloists, Marquette Symphony Orchestra, and others. He created the Ningbo Symphony Orchestra during his year as visiting professor at Ningbo University, in China. Orlando has received the American Prize for conducting youth and community orchestras, the Vytautas Marijosius Prize for orchestral programming, and the Ernst Bacon Memorial Award for excellence in the performance of American music. His interpretation of Beethoven’s Symphonies 7 and 8 with the London Classical Soloists earned him a second prize with their competition. 

A dedicated music educator, Orlando is known for his dynamic workshops and lecture demonstrations. Popular and effective as a guest lecturer and clinician, he has presented sessions at Tulane University, UC Berkeley, and Brandeis University, as well as at the Central Conservatory of Music in China, the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Stuttgart (Germany), and the Charlotte New Music Festival (NC). Mr. Cela has also lectured on general performance practice issues at flute festivals in Ithaca and Syracuse, and at in China at Dulwich College (Beijing) and Shanghai Normal University. He currently is assistant professor at Berklee College of Music, where he teaches conducting, and at Middlesex Community College, where he teaches a variety of music courses and is the coordinator of the MCC Music Outreach Program. Orlando has two masters degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music, where he studied flute performance and conducting with Paula Robison and Tamara Brooks, respectively.

Music Appreciation
World Music
Music Theory
Flute, Independent Study

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Raley Beggs, Guitar

After earning his Bachelor of Music at Florida State University under profound pedagogue Bruce Holzman and his Master of Music from New England Conservatory with esteemed artist and performer Eliot Fisk, classical guitarist Raley Beggs has found a suitable podium for which to share and enrich the music of his instrument. Raley performs widely throughout the Greater Boston Area as a soloist and chamber musician, with a special focus on community engagement established during his two-year fellowship with the Community Performances and Partnerships Program at New England Conservatory. In addition to being a performer, Raley serves as guitar faculty at EKS Music School in Quincy MA and leads the Boston-based guitar classes at Fiorentino Community Center established with The Kithara Project.

Guitar I and II

Guitar, Independent Study

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Richard Chowenhill, Music Technology

Richard Chowenhill is an award-winning composer and guitarist. His music has been performed across North America by the Lydian String Quartet, the Talujon Percussion Ensemble, the Beat City Percussion Ensemble, the Wellesley Composers Conference Orchestra, Music From China, members of the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra, members of the UC Davis Early Music Ensemble, the Davis Shakespeare Ensemble, and numerous other soloists and ensembles.

Originally from California, Richard has performed as a guitar player in numerous California-based bands and chamber ensembles. Currently he performs with the Boston-based experimental group Ehnahre, and will appear on the group’s forthcoming record. Drawing influence from his experiences performing in rock and metal bands, chamber ensembles, orchestras, jazz groups, an early music ensemble, several theatre productions, and a Hindustani vocal ensemble, his compositions frequently reflect his diverse musical background. Richard is currently the resident composer and associate artistic director with the Davis Shakespeare Ensemble.

Richard holds a Bachelor of Arts in music composition and classical guitar performance from the University of California at Davis, and a Master of Fine Arts in music composition and theory at Brandeis University, where he is currently a Ph.D. candidate.

Music Technology I and II

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Susan Dill, Voice and Piano

Susan Dill, lyric soprano, is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Music with a major in Choral Education. She studied voice with Alice Long Walker, Philip A. Duey, Robert Gartside, and Ella Lou Dimmock, and piano with Alice Kern and Kenneth Seitz.

In addition to her training in classical vocal and piano music, Ms. Dill is at home with Broadway and popular songs, and has served as music director for a number of musicals. Her credits include The Music Man, Carousel, Something's Afoot, The Drunkard, The Apple Tree, Little Shop of Horrors, The Robber Bridegroom, Godspell, A Child's Christmas in Wales, Working, Baby, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Peter Pan, The Wizard of OzThe H.M.S.Pinafore, Celestial City, Ebenezer Scrooge: A Christmas Carol, and Song on the Wind, where she played the role of the Squaw Sachem.

Ms. Dill also has a love of folk music, especially that of America and the British Isles. She has performed as soloist at Middlesex Community College, most recently in A World of Music Concert series' American Folk Tradition: Songs of the River, Rails, and High Seas. She has directed the Middlesex Community College Chorus, the Concord Madrigal and the Hartford Street Singers, and performed with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus in Boston and Lenox. In addition to teaching, she is also choir director and organist at the historic Eliot Church in Lowell.

Piano I - IV

Voice I

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James Grenier, Music Business

James Grenier is an instructor at Middlesex Community College where he teaches Introduction to the Music Business, Business Ethics and related courses. He first piloted Music Business at MCC in 2008, based on his 16 years in the industry as a radio broadcaster, music director and producer.

Outside of the classroom, he is the Director of Online Education at MassBay Community College and both speaks and publishes regularly on the use of games and simulations in learning.

Mr. Grenier is a graduate of Middlesex Community College, having earned an Associate Degree in Fine and Performing Arts. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Music from The University of Massachusetts Boston and a Master of Education in Adult and Organizational Learning from Northeastern University.

Introduction to the Music Business

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David Janssen, Music Theory and Piano

David C. Janssen received his D.M.A. in composition from Boston University, M. M. in Composition from Manhattan School of Music and B. M. in Composition from Oklahoma City University.

David's list of works includes a wide variety of genres such as piano solo, opera, art song cycle, chamber and orchestral music, including Symphony No. 1, a large romantic symphony incorporating hymns as well as versions of the lamento and circulatio motives. In 2006, David's Three Movements for Violin and Violoncello was premiered in Prague in The Concert Hall of the Antonín Dvořák Museum as part of the Czech-American Summer Music Institute. While in Prague David composed his Master's thesis, The Return of the Son of Man which was premiered by the Manhattan School of Music Composer's Orchestra in Borden Auditorium the following year. In the spring of 2012 The Return of the Son of Man was given recognition as an outstanding work in its awarding of semi-finalist in the Professional Division of the national competition "The American Prize in Composition". In 2009 David collaborated with Daria Titova to premiere String Quartet No. 1 and the work has been performed several times since its premiere. More recent projects include a professional recording of Cantilena in April 2013, with pianist Paul Jacobs and cellist Daria Janssen, as well as a professional recording of String Quartet No. 1 in June 2014, with violinists Julia Glenn and Bayla Keyes, violist Xi Zhang, and cellist Daria Janssen. In December 2013, Canterbury Choral Society commissioned David to write a motet The Shepherds and the Angels in the Field which was premiered as part of their annual Christmas concert under choral conductor Randi von Ellefson and the work was well received. In May 2014, the "Hammers and Strings" trio premiered David's commissioned work Trio in Christ Church Rochester, New York.

Over the years David has studied composition with Richard Danielpour, Edward Knight, Samuel Headrick, J. Mark Stambaugh and Ladislav Kubik. His additional studies include orchestration with Giampaolo Bracali and theory with David Kopp, Deborah Burton and Ildar Khannanov. David has collaborated with performers David Gilbert, Daria Titova, Ben Bloomfield, Caroline Chehade, Natia Esartia, Chen Lin, Eunmi Ko, Julia Shulman and Sini Virtanen among others.

In addition to his creative output, David is an avid music educator who seeks to bring the passion of music to an increasingly broader base. His scholarly interests include the relationship between faith and music as well as cross rhythm and number theory. Whereas his contemporary musical influences have been broad, ranging from György Ligeti to John Corigliano, his primary inspiration has come from the music of the common practice period, as well as contemporary film music. David is currently on the music faculty of Middlesex Community College, New Hampshire Institute of Art and Boston Baptist College.

Music Theory I
Piano I

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Pamela Marshall, French Horn and Composition

Pamela J. Marshall studied at Eastman and Yale and has been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony. She has written for chamber ensembles, chorus, orchestra, synthesizers, and mandolin. Her commissions include "Walden at Evening" for the International Horn Society at their Memphis symposium in 2013, South Beach Chamber Ensemble in Miami, Mastersingers of Lexington, MA, Green Mountain Youth Symphony, organist Carson Cooman, Assabet Valley Mastersingers, Unitarian choirs in Massachusetts and Minnesota, the Fisher Foundation, Axiom Duo, Trio Arundel, mandolinist Neil Gladd, and DanceArt.

At Eastman and Yale, she studied composition, horn, conducting, and electronic music. Her teachers included Jacob Druckman, Joseph Schwantner, Betsy Jolas, Warren Benson, and Samuel Adler in composition; horn studies with Verne Reynolds, Paul Ingraham, Charles Kavalovski, and Jean Rife; and conducting with Arthur Weisberg. Ravello Records released a CD of her chamber music titled “Through the Mist” in 2015. Her mandolin music is recorded on Plucked String and Uncommon Strings CDs and chamber music is recorded on the Beauport Classical, Clique Track and Living Artist labels. Her label Nachursona has released two CDs of her nature soundscapes. Her Christmas arrangements for orchestra “Traditional Christmas” and “Three Appalachian Carols” have been played throughout the United States. From 1998 to 2005, she was a member of Just In Time Composers and Players, a Boston-area collaborative of composers and performers that presented several concert seasons of beautifully accessible new music. Since 2005, the Spindrift Commissioning Guild, with contributions from friends and patrons, has supported several projects for new chamber music and recordings. A major project has been Art-Poem-Music, a collaboration with visual artist Sirarpi Heghinian Walzer and poet Elizabeth Kirschner. She has also written a series of poetry-inspired solos for various instruments.

Pamela Marshall plays horn in the Concord Orchestra and Carlisle Chamber Orchestra. She has written music software and developed sounds for Kurzweil synthesizers and written technical documentation about software programming tools. She leads improvisation workshops, records concerts and nature soundscapes, and does photography and web design.

French Horn, Independent Study
Composition, Independent Study



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Aaron Rosenberg, Music Theory

Aaron Rosenberg lives in Lowell, having returned to his home state in 2009 after a combined twenty years in California and Oregon. While Rosenberg has been making recent efforts to compose absolute music, much of his output has been consciously informed by narrative, drawing inspiration from such varied sources as the Old West, fantastic chickens, and Bertrand Russell.

For ten weeks in 2014, Rosenberg was a musician-in-residence at the Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada working on a piano trio and collaborating with other artists. 2015 saw nationwide performances of his "Animus Semotus" for piano, "Misty Valley Chickens" for soprano saxophone and double bass, "Trail Days" for wind octet, and "To Fill the Hour" for large mixed chamber ensemble. In January 2016, Rosenberg participated in the Florida International Toy Piano Festival, performing his "The Crail Family, 1910." In June of the same year, he spent a week in Darmstadt, Germany for the premiere of "Ascent," his piano trio, and in August gave a lecture-performance featuring his most recent toy piano piece, "A Contrivance," as an invited guest speaker at the Dracut Rotary Club. "A Contrivance" was also performed at a UMass Lowell faculty recital in September 2016.

As a teenager, Rosenberg attended the New England Conservatory of Music's preparatory school, studying composition with Rodney Lister and Alvaro Cordero and piano with Darryl Rosenberg. After a year studying piano at Eastman with Barry Snyder, he earned a Bachelor of Music in composition from the Berklee College of Music, where he studied composition with Greg Fritze and Rick Applin and piano with Edward Bedner. Following a rather lengthy sojourn into semi-corporate America, Rosenberg earned a Master of Music in composition from the San Francisco Conservatory, studying with Conrad Susa and David Conte. He earned a PhD in composition from the University of Oregon, where he studied with Robert Kyr and David Crumb.

For his piano quartet "Pantomime and Pastorale," Rosenberg won the San Francisco Conservatory's Seventh Annual Kris Getz Award for Composition in 2003. The annual Kris Getz Composition Competition awards a commission to compose a work for young musicians, to be premiered by students in the SFCM Preparatory Division. During the same year, Rosenberg also received an honorable mention for his short choral work "Orphanage" at the Third Annual Choral Composition Competition. In addition to winning several ASCAP Plus Awards (2004-2007, 2010, 2011), Rosenberg was awarded the USA Funds Access to Education scholarships (2001-2005), as well as the University of Oregon Ruth Close Musical Fellowship (2003). In 2006, the University of Oregon Graduate School presented Rosenberg with the Gary E. Smith Summer Grant, which was applied for study at the European American Musical Alliance's month-long summer composition program in Paris. Rosenberg was a Graduate Teaching Fellow for twelve quarters (2003-2007) in the Music Theory department at the University of Oregon, instructing at all levels in keyboard skills, aural skills, theory, and analysis.

Rosenberg is a member of the music faculty at Middlesex Community College and the University of Massachusetts Lowell. In addition, he teaches private piano lessons at the Music Academy of Chelmsford and from his home studio in Lowell.

Music Theory I and II

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Marcus Santos, Percussion

Marcus Santos, contemporary percussionist and educator, is a native of Bahia, Brazil and commits his life to the study, teaching and performance of his hometown's Afro-Brazilian music and heritage. Marcus received a scholarship and completed his studies with honors at Berklee College of Music in Boston. He has performed with artists such as Paquito D'Rivera and the Gipsy Kings. Recently, Marcus performed for the Sony Pictures Oscar nominated movie 'Rachel is getting Married' featuring Anne Hathaway. He has been honored with the Outstanding Arts Performer Award by the Brazilian Immigrant Center (2008) as well as Outstanding Percussionist by Berklee College of Music in 2004.

Marcus produced his own DVD Modern Approach to Pandeiro and the DVD Musically Speaking II together with BOSE.  He also appears on a new DVD by drummer Neil Peart (from the rock band Rush) produced by Hudson Music.  Marcus leads workshops on Afro-Brazilian percussion and music for Social Change in universities and conventions around the world such as MIT, Harvard, Brown U, Universidad Central de Venezuela and PASIC 2007, 2010 and 2011. He is currently the director of the Grooversity network project, and is the artistic director of drumming groups in seven different states in the US. 

World Drumming

Percussion, Independent Study

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Johannah Segarich, Music Appreciation and American Music

Johannah Segarich, Professor of Music and Coordinator of the MCC Music Outreach Program until her retirement in July 2016, has performed as a mezzo-soprano with the Opera Company of Boston, Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Concert Opera, Longwood Opera, and the Boston Opera Association school programs. Her numerous operatic roles include Hansel and the Witch in Hansel and Gretel, Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro, Dorabella in Cosi fan Tutte, Maddalena in Rigoletto, and the title role in The Medium. She has also performed throughout New England in recitals, as an oratorio soloist and in outreach programs. In addition to her vocal performance career, she has been a speaker and panelist for numerous events nationally and internationally. Ms. Segarich received a Bachelor of Music from Boston Conservatory, where she participated in the Opera Theater Program, and a Master of Music degree in voice performance from Boston University.

In the summer of 2010, Professor Segarich participated in a U.S. Department of Education grant funding a Fulbright-Hays Group Project Abroad to Cambodia. Until her retirement she was engaged in two projects which came out of this grant: a project to include Cambodian music in the Lowell Public Schools and a capital campaign, called Strings for Cambodia, to raise funds to send Luis and Clark carbon fiber (Western) string instruments to the Royal University of Fine Arts in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. In the fall semester of 2014, Professor Segarich was granted sabbatical leave, during which time she studied Arabic and Arabic music. The presentation of an Arabic concert in the fall 2015 and the accompanying Blackboard module are some of the results of her sabbatical project.

Although Johannah Segarich has retired from the fulltime faculty, she will continue to teach Music Appreciation and American Music online.

Introduction to American Music online

Music Appreciation online

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Anna Ward, Voice

Hailed for her “flexible yet radiant tone” and “jaw-dropping precision,” Anna Ward is a passionate and versatile vocalist. Ward has been featured with the Raylynmor Opera, Lorelei Ensemble, Copley Singers, the Freisinger Chamber Orchestra, the Longfellow Chorus, and Seraphim Singers. She is the soprano soloist on MIT Women’s Chorale’s premiere recording of the second mass of Charles-René, available on iTunes. As a chorister, Ward performed in the inaugural series of Yale Choral Artists under William Christie at Carnegie Hall and in collaboration with the Mark Morris Dance Company at Yale University. After the tragedy of the 2013 Boston Marathon, Ward was selected for the chorus of Barack and Michelle Obama’s Interfaith Memorial Service.

Ward brings her luminous stage presence to the operatic arena, as well, where she has been a young artist with the Austrian-American Mozart Academy and OperaWorks Advanced Artist program. Roles include Lisette (La Rondine), Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), 2nd Lady (the Magic Flute), Mabel (Pirates of Penzance), Yum-Yum (The Mikado), Phyllis (Iolanthe), and Despina (The Three Little Pigs). Ward takes pleasure in originating new characters, and she has premiered roles in operas by Alla Cohen, Ketty Nez, Patrick Soluri and Erin Huelskamp.

Ward is an avid proponent of new music. She was featured on Equilibrium Ensemble’s opening program in an “electrifying” delivery of Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire and Masaki Hasebe’s Mi-da-re-ga-mi No. 2. Ward’s performance “negotiated Schönberg’s often treacherous sprechstimme with a warm tone and a flexible inflection that revealed Pierrot’s inner psychology and Schönberg’s vivid drama” (the Boston Musical Intelligencer). She has premiered works with Juventas! New Music Ensemble at the Boston Center for the Arts and the Oberon in Cambridge. Most recently, Ward performed Gorecki’s Good Night with Equilibrium Ensemble and will soon be touring with duo partner Drew Ricciardi, premiering new works for viola and sopranoA native of Bismarck, North Dakota, Ward received her Bachelor of Music, summa cum laude, from Western Michigan University as the Robert and Carol Payne-Smith Medallion Scholar and a member of the Lee Honors College. From there, she went on to complete a Master of Music in Voice Performance at the Boston Conservatory, studying under Rebecca Folsom.

Voice I and II
Voice, Independent Study

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