Maria Ramey is a flutist and board-certified music therapist with an MS from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis and a BA from California State University Northridge. She performs often with Massachusetts orchestras such as Boston Civic, Brockton Symphony and the Concord Orchestra on flute and piccolo; and was previously the piccoloist and/or flutist for several Southern California orchestras including the Peninsula Symphony, Culver City Symphony, Marina del Rey Summer Symphony, San Fernando Valley Symphony, and more. She also performs with the Harmonie Transverse flute choir, the Metropolitan Flute Orchestra, and with the Thayer Flute Choir which she also directs. Maria has a special interest in low flutes and performs often at National Flute Conventions and in other settings on contrabass flute. She has won multiple competitions, has been the featured concerto soloist in orchestral concerts on both piccolo and flute, and can be heard on various CDs, including as alto flute soloist with the Song of the Angels Flute Orchestra. In the realm of music therapy, Maria is the published author of Group Music Activities for Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, and has a decade of experience working with adults and children of all ages on the Autism spectrum, with neurological impairments, Alzheimer’s, developmental and intellectual disabilities, psychiatric illnesses and more. www.mariaramey.com.
Flute & Recorder
Hannah Bitterman has a B. A. in Music from Michigan State University and teaches and performs on flute, piccolo, alto flute and recorder. She has taught at Thayer Conservatory for the past five years, has taught flute at Cushing Academy, the Ashburnham/Westminster schools, and volunteers in the music classrooms of her local school district (Leominster and Clinton public schools). She is a member of the New England Conservatory Metropolitan Flute Orchestra, Connello Consort, Thayer Flute Choir and has played in many Massachusetts bands. She also enjoys playing in pit orchestras for local school musicals. She is a member of the National Flute Association and the Music Educators National Conference (MENC).
Hannah believes that having music in one’s life makes for a much happier person, and she carries this belief over to her students as she teaches.
Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon & Saxophone
Catherine (Katie) was born and raised in Northern Maine, and during that time discovered that music made her very happy. She started out as a clarinet player, playing principal in her high school band, and in the community band which was her summer job for the next five years. Katie attended the University of Maine where she received a Bachelor of Music Education with honors, and then attended the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where she received a Master of Music in Oboe Performance. Since then she has studied with several major teachers including Laurence Thorstenberg and Thomas Stacy.
Katie taught for 35 years in the Worcester Public Schools as an instrumental instructor and has been teaching at Thayer Conservatory since 1985. She has played professionally in the Worcester and Boston areas. Katie loves passing on to her students the many things that she has learned in her career and watching them develop both as musicians and as people.
Katie’s fun fact is that she is a direct descendent of Suzannah North Martin, one of the Salem witches. In her spare time she loves gardening, baking and cats.