$35.00 once per semester
$32 for 30-minute; $48 for 45-minute; $64 for 60-minute
$39 for 30-minute; $59 for 45-minute; $78 for 60-minute
Donna Dik began teaching piano in 1988. In 1989, she received her Associates Degrees in Piano Performance and Music Theory from the Royal Schools of Music in London. In 1993, she graduated from the Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford with a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education. She taught elementary and middle school General Music in the public schools in Uxbridge and Fitchburg, Massachusetts for 17 years. Currently, she is the music director at her church in West Townsend, Massachusetts; she also teaches private and group piano lessons, and homeschools her 13-year-old daughter.
Fun Fact: Donna is a dog lover and has two Labrador retrievers.
Piano, Viola, Choir, Composition & YENE
Connie Rittenhouse Drexler is one of the four founding members of the New England Youth Ensemble. She studied piano with her aunt, Dr. Virginia-Gene Rittenhouse, and performed as violinist, violist, and piano soloist with the orchestra for more than 10 years. Her mother and brother also played in the orchestra and they enjoyed traveling as a family with the orchestra, sometimes accompanied by her father as well. She was encouraged by The New England Piano Teacher's Association to pursue a degree in music when she won their competition in Boston as a high school senior and was awarded to play a solo piano recital for the organization. She completed a Bachelor of Music in piano performance and music education at Atlantic Union College, in South Lancaster, Massachusetts. She has always had a variety of interests and in addition, completed pre-med requirements during college. Connie went on to receive a master's degree in piano performance from Boston University before attending Loma Linda University School of Medicine in California and taking a residency in Internal Medicine. Through the years she has combined a love of medicine (working as an Internist and Hospitalist) with the love of music by performing with her brother, Jerry (a cellist), composing and arranging, conducting orchestra and choirs, playing chamber music, accompanying, teaching piano, violin, viola, and voice. In 2001 she started a second Youth Ensemble with her aunt and now is the director of the Youth Ensemble of New England. She is married to David Drexler, MD, Ph.D., with whom she shares a love of music and medicine. They have two children Robert and Katharine who grew up playing cello and violin in the orchestra. Robert also played trombone in the orchestra and Katharine sang as soprano soloist. Presently Connie is Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and works in the outpatient department for UMass Community Physicians. She also enjoys working with the orchestra and teaching music on her "day off'. One of her greatest joys is sharing the love of music with young people.
Fun Fact: When she was 16, her adventurous father piloted Connie and her family in a single engine airplane to Alaska, following the Alaska Highway. They camped on airport tarmacs and even flew as far north as the Arctic Circle. Connie’s mother, Peggy Rittenhouse earned her pilot’s license so that she could be co-pilot for this trip.
Connie was also one of the four original members of the New England Youth Ensemble which started in 1968 and continues to today. The ensemble was sponsored by the Reader’s Digest Foundation as Friendship Ambassadors during the Cold War and she traveled several times behind the iron curtain to Poland, Latvia and Russia to promote good will between countries through music.
Roy Imperio has concertized as a piano soloist, collaborative pianist, accompanist, and chamber musician in the United States, Canada, Mexico, England, France, Russia, Ukraine, Hong Kong and throughout the Philippines. Passionate about chamber music he co-founded ensembles such as the Windhammer Chamber Players, the Bulfinch Players, and he continues to perform in New England with Trio Orione, the Nashaway Trio, and Imperio in Stereo, a piano duo with his son, Kristjon. In 2001, he made his premiere CD album for flute, guitar and piano with the Bulfinch Players, “Holiday Music in New England” and in 2010 his first piano solo album, “Music of Frederic Chopin: a Life of Passion.” His recent CDs, “Seleksiyon” featuring piano arrangements of Filipino folk tunes by Augusto Espino and “Music from Four Continents” with cellist, Dr. Ning Tien were released in 2017. He has served as a Music Professor at Atlantic Union College and as a collaborative pianist at Boston Conservatory- Berklee. Currently he teaches piano at the Thayer Performing Arts Center, 77 Arts Academy in So. Acton, and at the Fitchburg State University Community Music Lesson Program. He is also Organist at the First Congregational Church in Gardner.
Fun Fact: Mr. Imperio plays volleyball every day; and is renovating his 1799 home …but wants to relay that he is not available for carpentry jobs!
Violin, Viola, Piano
Marcia Kidder Desilets is a violin, viola and piano teacher with over forty years of experience working with students ranging in age from 3 to 73.
Marcia holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music and has studied with Robert Koff and Virginia Neikrug. She has played violin and viola in a number of area orchestral groups, including the New England Youth Ensemble, Thayer Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Pro Musica, and the Lancaster Chamber Ensemble.
Marcia is certified in Suzuki pedagogy and founded the Suzuki string program at Thayer Conservatory in the 1980s. Since that time, she has taught individual and group lessons in several area music schools including Thayer Conservatory of Music Prep School, Joy of Music and Bancroft Schools in Worcester, and Applewild School in Fitchburg.
Marcia also plays the organ professionally and has studied with William Ness. She is currently the music director of the United Parish of Winchendon where she plays pipe organ and directs the choir. Marcia also continues to teach individual lessons from her home studio and in the afterschool program at the Florence Sawyer/Emerson School in Bolton.
Fun Fact: Marcia was one of the 4 original members of the New England Youth Ensemble in 1969 (along with Connie Rittenhouse Drexler), and was their first concert master. Marcia was a NEYE member and traveled internationally with them for many years, and continues today as a string sectional teacher.
Susan Dill, lyric soprano, is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Music with a major in Choral Music Education. She studied voice with Alice Long Walker, Philip A. Duey, Robert Gartside, and Ella Lou Dimmock, and piano with Alice Kern and
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 Ebenezer Scrooge: A Christmas Carol, Song on the Wind, The Music Man, Carousel, Celestial City, 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 Oz, and The H.M.S. Pinafore.
Ms. Dill also has a love of folk music, especially that of America and the British Isles. She has performed as soloist and choral director at Middlesex Community College, most recently in The World of Music Concert series’ American Folk Tradition: Songs of the River, Rails, and High Seas. She has directed the Middlesex Community College Choir, the Concord Madrigal and the Hartford Street Singers, the First Baptist Church choir of Bedford and performed with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus in Boston and Lenox. She is currently Music Director at the historic, multi-cultural Eliot Presbyterian Church in Lowell, Massachusetts.
In addition to her musical background, she holds a Master’s Degree in Dispute Resolution from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and enjoys dabbling in gardening and is a fused and stained glass artist.
Ms. Dill has been a faculty member at Thayer Conservatory since 2008.