Mancini Orchestra is an intermediate level orchestra for students who are reading music fluently and able to learn more advanced technical skills. Students in this ensemble are given the opportunity to review and further practice Sibelius Orchestra skills, in addition to performing more challenging repertoire.
Andy Chau, Director
An avid performer, music educator, and administrator, Andy Chau is the Associate Director of Career Services at Berklee College of Music/Boston Conservatory at Berklee. Mr. Chau is currently pursuing a Doctor of Education (Ed.D) degree from Northeastern University and earned his Master of Music (M.M): Music Education from The Boston Conservatory and Bachelor of Music (B.M): Music Education & Clarinet Performance from the University of Massachusetts-Lowell. Chau is also the Assistant Conductor of the Rivers Youth Wind Ensemble in Weston, MA. Previously, Chau was Manager of the Rivers Conservatory Youth Wind Ensemble and Director of the Durfee High School Symphony and Elementary Strings Specialist of the Fall River Public Schools. As a performer, Chau is both an accomplished clarinetist and violinist. He has conducted and performed with the Metropolitan Wind Symphony, Rivers Symphony Orchestra, AAYSO, Concert for Hope Orchestra, and the Fall River Symphony Orchestra.
Naseem Alatrash, Teaching Artist
Palestinian cellist, Naseem Alatrash is a sonic product of his upbringing in Bethlehem, Palestine. He is dedicated to representing Arabic culture to the world audiences. After studying at The Edward Said National Conservatory of Music in Palestine, Naseem was awarded a full presidential scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music. Naseem went on to achieve the highest honors for BMus in cello performance. As a soloist, recording musician, chamber musician, and teacher, Naseem continues his global performance career. His goal is to bring Arabic cello performance to world stage and increase the importance and the role of cello in Arabic music. The twice awarded “string player of the year” from The National Music Competition of Palestine, Naseem continues to be a voice for Palestinian culture and advocate of its music through his global string quartet The Four Corners Quartet.
Melany Piech, Teaching Artist
Violinist Melany Piech is excited to be a part of the Boston area’s vibrant musical community. Originally from Buffalo, NY, she currently resides in Somerville and is pursuing a Master of Music degree in violin performance at the Longy School of Music of Bard College. She studies violin and the Alexander Technique with Karen Oosterbaan, and has completed training in violin pedagogy with Darcy Drexler and Mimi Zweig. In addition to her private studio in Somerville, Melany has also served as Assistant Faculty at Point Counterpoint Chamber Music Camp in Leicester, VT. This year Melany will participate in the Music Educators/Teaching Artists Fellowship Program, as developed by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Klarman Family Foundation.