vocal Instructors

Stephen Sikorski  Piano, Voice, Guitar

For more than 10 years, Stephen has been an active freelance musician throughout the Boston area. He has earned his BM in Classical Composition and continued graduate study from the New England Conservatory. Stephen has a diverse musical background ranging from classical, jazz/improvisation, to rock. Performing solo, or on stage with modern bands, Stephen is comfortable teaching various types of music. He has been tenor section leader/soloist at various churches in the greater Boston area, and is currently organist and choir director of Christ Church, Waltham.

Brian ChurchPiano, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Voice
Brian Church holds a BM in Music Education from The College of New Jersey, an MM in Vocal Performance from New England Conservatory, and is also an accomplished bassist with the avant-noise post-punk group Tristan da Cunha with whom he has toured the midwest and released several recordings. Brian has been an elementary music educator in the Melrose Public School System teaching at the Roosevelt, Hoover and Horace Mann Schools, and has used his skills to help create almost 30 original songs with his students under his curriculum.

Alicia DePaolo Piano, Voice
Alicia holds a Bachelors in Spanish Language and Literature from Smith College, Northampton Massachusetts. From Indiana University, Alicia received her Master of Music in Early Music Vocal Performance. Alicia has previously worked at the prestigious Harlem School of the Arts in New York, NY and has been a private voice instructor since 2003. Along with an active performance schedule, Alicia currently teaches Spanish to middle-school students. Alicia believes in teaching to each student individually, especially when considering vocal studies. Proper technique transcends all genres of music, and because of this belief, Alicia is able to educate her students how to sing healthily while also speaking to their musical interests.

Hayley Thompson-King Piano, Voice, Guitar

Hayley is best known as the lead singer of American psychedelic rock band Major Stars, as well as her solo project Banditas. Her music has been featured on ABC’s Betrayal, Bravo’s Queer Eye For The Straight Guy and WBUR’s Off The Record. She has released multiple albums and toured nationally, including showcases at South by Southwest, Tweed River Music Festival, Boston’s First Night and The Boston Music Awards. She has been nominated by The Boston Music Awards and Boston Phoenix Awards as Best Female Vocalist (2011) and Best Roots/Americana Band (2011, 2012). Hayley holds a Masters of Music from New England Conservatory of Music and a Bachelors of Music from New York University, both in opera performance. As a mezzo-soprano, she has performed with New Repertory Theatre (Into The Woods),American Repertory Theatre (Carmen),The Lotte Lenya Competition (Finalist), New England Conservatory Opera Theatre (Magic Flute), Riverside Theater, Opera Boston and Ash Lawn Opera Festival.

Joshua Garvey   Piano, Voice
Joshua Garvey is an active soloist and chamber musician. He most recently made his debut with Haymarket Opera Company's new Young Artist Program, in Chicago, singing the role of Ottone in Monteverdi's "The Coronation of Poppea." Joshua has also performed with Boston Camerata in their productions of "The Play of Daniel" and "Carmina Burana." He regularly performs a variety of repertoire with the choir of First Church in Boston, ranging from renaissance polyphony to the recently composed. Joshua also performs with the Veritas Ensemble, and is a founding member of Ganymede Consort, a period Baroque band focused on using historically informed performance practice as a medium for raising awareness for social justice issues. Joshua holds both a Master of Music and Graduate Diploma in voice and early music performance from the Longy School of Music of Bard College. He studies voice with countertenor Ian Howell, and harpsichord and fortepiano with Vivian Montgomery.