Catalina Arrubla

Catalina Arrubla is the founder and Executive Director of Multi-Arts and a well-established member of the musical and artistic community in the Pioneer Valley. Catalina formerly served as the Director of the Publications Department of the Ministry of Culture in Colombia, her home country. In addition to directing Multi-Arts, Catalina performs in ensembles across New England […]

Abigail Haines

Abigail Haines is about to finish her senior year at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is working toward a degree in oboe performance studying with Fredric Cohen. She plays in many of the ensembles at UMass including the Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra. Outside of school, she is the English horn player of the […]

Aaron Lakota

Belchertown, Massachusetts native, oboist, Aaron Lakota has a vested interest in the local arts culture in New England and hopes to promote music and the arts through performance, education, and community involvement. Aaron performs throughout New England as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player. He regularly performs with Pioneer Valley Symphony, Valley Winds, Pan […]

Thomas Wilson

Thomas Wilson is a freelance percussionist, arranger, composer, and educator based in Western Massachusetts. He is currently Pep Band Director and Adjunct Professor of Percussion at Anna Maria College where he also teaches Music Theory, Front Ensemble Director of the Jersey Surf, Assistant Director of the Shepherd Hill Marching Band, and Co-Director of the Shepherd […]

Danielle Russo

Danielle Russo is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Music Performance with a concentration in Percussion from Umass Amherst. Danielle also received her undergraduate degree in Percussion Performance and Music Education from Umass Amherst in 2013. She taught with Jersey Surf in 2013 and returned in 2019 as a front ensemble instructor. She has performed […]

Eric Putnam

Eric Putnam is Co-Director and Conductor of the Greater Chicopee Area Community Concert Band. He has served as a music educator, percussion director, and Music Arranger for the Blackstone-Millville Regional School District, Tantasqua Regional Senior High School, East Bridgewater High School, and the Spartans Drum and Bugle Corps. As a percussionist Eric served with the […]

Dustin Patrick

Performer, educator, and founding member of The Valley Winds, Dustin received his Master’s degree in Percussion Performance from UMass-Amherst and has studied with Michael DeQuattro (Rhode Island College), Ayano Kataoka (UMass-Amherst), and Thomas P. Hannum (UMass-Amherst). He has performed and taught with various ensembles and institutions throughout New England including various marching bands, drum corps, […]

Christopher Cossuto

Having recently Completed his degree in Music Education from the University of  Massachusetts Amherst, Chris looks forward to finding a full-time teaching position. Since moving to the Pioneer Valley in 2014, Chris has since  developed a strong reputation among local educators, artists, and organizations. Mr. Cossuto has played for Amherst College Orchestra, Pioneer Valley Symphony, Windham Orchestra, […]

Andrew Armstrong

Andrew studied music education at University of Massachusetts Amherst with Professors Ayano Kataoka and Thom Hannum. He is currently a percussion instructor and private lessons teacher in the Pioneer Valley. Andrew is actively involved in various ensembles ranging from marching band, winter percussion, and drum corps to concert band. Andrew has performed in several different […]

Larry Picard

Pianist and organist Larry Picard is the Director of Music at South Congregational Church in Springfield, accompanist and Theater Music Director at Western New England University, and pianist for PanOpera.  He has worked as accompanist and coach for opera companies in Detroit, Cleveland and Hartford.  He has also served as accompanist to other area performing […]