Heather Teed

Heather Teed is a native of Wilbraham and loves living in western Mass. Heather holds master’s degrees in both psychology and clarinet performance. She is currently works as a School Adjustment Counselor at Northampton High School and previously worked as a counselor for the Holyoke Public Schools. Heather has studied clarinet at Indiana University in […]

Rongbing Shen

Rongbing Shen, a native of Shenzhen, China. She is the clarinetist for The Valley Winds ensemble, the co-founder of Five Times Windy wind quintet and the former principal clarinet for the UMass symphony band and All-University Orchestra. She started her music career since she was six and studied aboard in her junior year in high […]

Zachary Robarge

Zach Robarge, saxophone, clarinet, flute, and oboe, holds a bachelor’s degree in saxophone performance and music education, as well as a performance certificate in flute and oboe studies, all from The University of Massachusetts. Zach has a wide variety of performance experience in many different ensembles, including playing with the community wind ensemble, The Valley […]

Kara Peterman

Kara is an Assistant Professor of Structural Engineering at UMass Amherst. Prior to joining the faculty at UMass, she was a post-doc at Northeastern University, and received her MS and PhD from Johns Hopkins University. Her musical life mirrors her academic trajectory – in every community she has been a part of, Kara has been […]

Ashley Paradis

Ashley Paradis is the Band Director at Pittsfield (MA) High School where she teaches AP Music Theory, Music Appreciation, World Drumming and conducts the Concert and Jazz Bands. She received her Master of Arts in Wind Conducting and Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of New Hampshire where she was assistant for […]

Charlotte Oullette

Charlotte Ouellette is an active educator and clarinetist residing in Amherst, Massachusetts. A northern Vermont native, Charlotte moved to western Massachusetts in the fall of 2015 to pursue her undergraduate degree in music education and clarinet performance at UMass Amherst. Charlotte has performed as the principal clarinetist of the UMass Wind Ensemble, as well as […]

Janice Murphy

As a young musician fresh out of graduate school in Chicago, I was auditioning all over the country for the coveted orchestral job, which I thought was the only job for me.  When a spot opened up in Washington, DC with the “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, I was intrigued.  What would it […]

Megan Mahoney

Megan Mahoney is a music educator and clarinetist who freelances as a woodwind doubler for musical theaters throughout the Pioneer Valley. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam and a Master’s degree in clarinet performance from UMASS Amherst. Megan has taught music for many years […]

Deb Coon

Deb Coon recently retired from Northampton High School where she spent 16 years as a band director learning from her students all about teaching and music. She also worked for a year and a half as a para-professional; something she recommends to anyone considering a career in education. Deb lives on in Easthampton, MA with […]

Michael Brignolo

Lecturer, Clarinet B.M., University of Massachusetts, Amherst; M.M., University of Massachusetts, Amherst Michael Brignolo maintains an active career teaching and performing throughout the Pioneer Valley. A founding member and principal clarinetist of The Valley Winds, he also performs with Panopera and is a member of the music faculty at Westfield State University and Mount Holyoke College. Mr. […]