Music Faculty at Middlesex Community College

Carmen Rodríguez-Peralta, Chair of the Music Department

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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 in the Corcoran Gallery 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, released in 2008.

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, where she was a student of Beveridge Webster and the assistant to American composer Vincent Persichetti.

Music Appreciation
Piano I - IV Class
Piano, Independent Study





Johannah Segarich, Professor of Music

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Photo of Johanna SegarichJohannah Segarich, Professor of Music and Coordinator of the MCC Music Outreach Program, 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.

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, Ms. Segarich participated in a U.S. Department of Education grant funding a Fulbright-Hays Group Project Abroad to Cambodia. She joined faculty from MCC and the Lowell Public Schools on a four week trip to Cambodia to promote research and communication between American and Cambodian educators. As a result of her interactions with Cambodia's Royal University of Fine Arts, she developed the Strings for Cambodia fund-raising campaign, and she is the coordinator of this program.

Voice I & II
World Music
Introduction to American Music
Music Appreciation
Music Theory I
Voice, Independent Study


Richard Chowenhill, Music Technology

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Richard Chowenhill is a composer and guitarist. His music has been performed by the Lydian String Quartet, the Talujon Percussion Ensemble, the Beat City Percussion Ensemble, members of the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra, members of the UC Davis Early Music Ensemble, the Davis Shakespeare Ensemble, and numerous other ensembles and soloists. Richard was recently a composition fellow at the Wellesley Composers Conference, and is currently the resident composer with the Davis Shakespeare Ensemble. Drawing influence from his experiences performing in rock and metal bands, chamber ensembles, orchestras, jazz groups, an early music ensemble, and a Hindustani vocal ensemble, his compositions frequently reflect his diverse musical background.

In addition to composing concert music, Richard has recently scored several large-scale theatre pieces, both traditional and experimental. Most recently, he completed the score to Nightingale, a physical theatre piece that was awarded "Best of the Fringe" at the San Francisco Fringe Festival.

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

Susan Dill, Piano

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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 Class

David Janssen, Music Theory/Music Appreciation

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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.

Music Theory I

Music Appreciation


Adam Levin, Guitar

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Adam Levin, Naxos Recording Artist, has been praised by renowned American guitarist, Eliot Fisk, as a "virtuoso guitarist and a true 21st century renaissance man with the élan, intelligence, charm, tenacity and conviction to change the world". Mr. Levin has performed across the United States and Europe and is the recipient of numerous top prizes, including Asociación Cultural Trujamán, the Society of American Musicians, the Lake Forest Concerto Competition, Minnesota's Schubert Competition, Boston GuitarFest, Concurso Internacional de les Corts para Jóvenes Intérpretes in Barcelona, Concurso Internazionale Di Gargnano, and Certamen Internacional Luys Milan de Guitarra in Valencia.

An avid chamber musician, Levin has performed with orchestra, string quartet, and various duo combinations. Adam Levin and violinist, William Knuth as Duo Sonidos, bring a fresh interpretation of classical music to wide-ranging audiences across the globe, while expanding the repertoire for violin and guitar through new commissions by composers such as, Eduardo Morales-Caso, Jan Freidlin, Jorge Sastre, Jorge Muñiz, Tal Hurwitz and Jorge Variego. The duo's debut CD, Duo Sonidos, released in 2010, features works by Salvador Brotons, Eduardo Morales-Caso, Manuel de Falla, and Astor Piazzolla. In December 2010, Duo Sonidos was awarded first prize at the Luys Milán International Chamber Music Competition in Valencia, Spain.

Levin's debut record In the Beginning was lauded as "absolutely thrilling... will dazzle and entertain at every possible opportunity" by Minor 7th Acoustic Guitar Music Reviews. The record, Music from Out of Time, sponsored by La Communidad de Madrid, boasts world-premiere recordings by contemporary Spanish composers Eduardo Morales-Caso, Leonardo Balada, Mario Gosalvez-Blanco, David Del Puerto, and José María Sánchez Verdú. A fourth recording, Fuego de la luna, showcasing the complete guitar works of Spanish-Cuban composer, Eduardo Morales-Caso, was released on Verso Records in July 2011.  In 2012, production will begin on a four volume encyclopedic recording project with Naxos and companion publication with Brotons y Mercadal Edicions Musicals, presenting the 30 Spanish works recently commissioned as part of Levin's residency in Spain.

As an ambassador of the guitar, Mr. Levin is dedicated to sharing a comprehensive repertoire in underserved areas and unconventional spaces. As part of a fundraising effort for Hurricane Katrina victims, Adam directed the Concert for Gulf-Coast Aid, which raised $10,000 dollars for hurricane relief. He was awarded an Albert Schweitzer Fellowship, encompassing 200 hours of innovative community work in Boston area schools, homeless shelters, rehabilitation centers, halfway houses, and prisons.

In 2008, Levin was honored as a Fulbright Scholar in the field of music performance, researching contemporary Spanish guitar repertoire in Madrid, Spain. In collaboration with the Spanish and American embassies, Levin has continued outreach performances in Madrid at a number of bilingual school programs, introducing both American and Spanish classical guitar repertoire to students. In 2009, he was awarded the Program for Cultural Cooperation Fellowship, promoting cultural understanding between Spain and the United States. In May 2010, Levin was awarded the Kate Neal Kinley Fellowship, continuing his research and performance of contemporary Spanish music in Madrid.

A native of Chicago's North Shore, Adam holds BM and BA degrees from Northwestern University in Music Performance, Psychology, and Pre-Med. Under the tutelage of Eliot Fisk, Levin completed a Master of Music at New England Conservatory in Boston. Adam is currently the co-director of the Young Guitarist's Workshop (as part of the annual Boston GuitarFest) and he is on the music faculty at UMass Boston and Middlesex Community College.

Guitar I & II

Guitar, Independent Studies


Robert Nash, Sound Recording

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Robert Nash owns and operates "Wonka Sound", a professional recording studio in Lowell,MA.  He has co-written, recorded, produced, mixed, and mastered countless songs and albums for local bands and artists, as well as clients around the globe (via the internet).  In addition to his engineering skills, he is also an accomplished guitarist and drummer, currently performing drums and backup vocals in the original pop group  "Melvern Taylor And His Fabulous Meltones". 

Bob Nash graduated from Berklee College of Music in 1994 with a degree in Music Production and Engineering. He has been teaching Multi-track Music Recording at Middlesex Community College since the spring of 2010.

Multi-track Music Recording I & II


Aaron Rosenberg, Music Theory

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Aaron Rosenberg lives in the Boston area, returning to his hometown in 2009 after nineteen years away. Much of his music is consciously informed by narrative, drawing inspiration from such varied sources as the Old West, fantastic chickens, high school randiness, and Bertrand Russell.

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), 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 and the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

Music Theory I


Marcus Santos, Percussion

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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


Anna Ward, Voice

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Hailed for her "flexible yet radiant tone," Anna Ward, soprano, is an active artist throughout New England. Ward was featured this season with the Raylynmor Opera, Lorelei Ensemble, Coro-Dante, Copley Singers, the Freisinger Chamber Orchestra, the Longfellow Chorus, and Seraphim Singers. She performed in this year's inaugural series of Yale Choral Artists, under William Christie at Carnegie Hall and in collaboration with the Mark Morris Dance Company at YaleUniversity. She was the featured soprano soloist on MIT Women's Chorale's premiere recording of the second mass of Charles-René.

Ward brings her luminous stage presence to the operatic arena, as well, where she has appeared as Lisette (La Rondine), Mabel (Pirates of Penzance), Phyllis (Iolanthe), Barbarina (Le Nozze di Figaro), 2nd Lady (The Magic Flute), and Despina (The Three Little Pigs). She has been featured as a young artist with the Austrian-American Mozart Academy and OperaWorks' Advanced Artist program. This fall, Ms. Ward will perform the roles of Yum-Yum in The Mikado (Raylynmor Opera) and Eve in Patrick Soluri's Adam and Eve (UnMet: Opera for the 21st Century).

Ward is a passionate performer and 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). In 2009, she premiered the role of Lily in The Year of the Serpent with Juventas! Opera Project. She rejoined the ensemble this year as Vixen in Ketty Nez's  The Fiddler and the Old Woman of Rumelia and to perform excerpts from Dominick DiOrio's song cycle for soprano and cello, And the Barriers Had Vanished.

Ward is a native of Bismarck, North Dakota, to which she recently returned for a benefit recital to aid the Bismarck-Minot Salvation Army Flood Relief. She 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, where she was a teaching assistant in the music history department. Ms. Ward is a faculty member at Roxbury Community College and Middlesex Community College.

Voice I

Voice, Independent Study


Michele Zaccagnini

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Michele Zaccagnini is a composer from Rome, Italy who currently lives in Cambridge. He studied clarinet and composition at Conservatorio di Musica Santa Cecilia and graduated in Economics and Business, with a concentration in Music Business, from the Università La Sapienza in Rome. He composed music for several video-theatre projects and commercial labels such as the Cinecittà Studios in Rome and the Fondazione Arturo Toscanini in Bologna, as well as in Los Angeles, where he also studied film-scoring at UCLA.

Michele Zaccagnini received a Master of Music in Composition and a Ph.D. in Music Theory and Composition from Brandeis University. Among his teachers were the Irish composer Frank Corcoran, Martin Boykan, Eric Chasalow, David Rakowski and Yu-Hui Chang. Michele Zaccagnini's music has been performed in several countries including Germany, France, Italy and the US. He is currently on the music faculty at Middlesex Community College, and this fall he is teaching a section of Music Theory for music majors at Harvard University.

Music Theory I

Introduction to the Music Business

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