The Lake Winni Overnight Music Camp has some of the best faculty in the nation for Classical, Jazz, Rock, Pop, Vocals, and Strings. But what makes our teachers so great is that they are all teachers and professional musicians. We know what it is like to have to work together and have fun doing it!
Noelle Beaudin - Executive Director, Classical & Celtic Music
For many years Noelle Beaudin worked as an independent composer in Boston, Massachusetts and taught piano and music theory in the greater Boston area. She attended the Boston Conservatory of Music majoring in composition and piano performance and is a member of the National Piano Guild and MTNA. Over the last fifteen years, she has worked for various start-up companies as marketing director and nonprofit companies as executive director. She has Kodaly and Orff certification and uses these teaching methods for the basis of all her program concepts. She currently teaches piano and composition from her studio in Center Sandwich, is the music and choir director for the Unitarian Universalist Society of Laconia, and Music Teacher at the Sandwich Children's Center. She also regularly performs throughout the New England area as a soloist or accompanist. She is the founder and Executive Director of the New Hampshire Independent School of Music and coaches the NHISOM Chamber Ensembles.
James Dozet - Rock Bands, Funk & Hip-Hop, Guitar Master Classes
Jim attended the University of New Hampshire, where he studied under David Newsam receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Jazz Guitar Performance. After graduating from UNH, he studied privately with renowned Berklee professor Bruce Bartlett (Billy Cobham, Chick Corea, John Blackwell) in Boston, MA. He has taught locally for the past 20 years both privatel, at local music stores and for the past 5 years has been a full time faculty member at The Portsmouth Music and Arts Center (PMAC). Jim has taught master classes in funk guitar styles at S.Y.M.S (Summer Youth Music School) and makes regular appearances at UNH giving lectures and running clinics for the guitar students there. While maintaining a busy teaching schedule, Jim performs regularly, both locally and regionally with various groups. In his 20 years as a professional/performing musician Jim has performed various styles ranging from funk, blues, jazz, hip hop, rock, and acoustic/singer-songwriter. Jim has performed at the Bonnaroo music festival and opened for acts such as Soulive, George Clinton, Robert Randolph, and The Roots. He lives in South Berwick, ME with his wife Alex.
Tim Gilmore - Drums & Percussion Ensembles
A member of Brownstone Recording Artists, the Harry Skoler Jazz Quartet and CCMS Musicians of Wall Street, Mr. Gilmore has performed with the Cape Ann Symphony, Symphony by the Sea, the Paul Madore Chorale and Boston Percussion Ensemble. He has also performed with Lester Bowie, Marion McPartland, Fred Hersch, Tower of Power, Tiger Okoshi and Warren Vache. He received his Bachelor of Science degree, magna cum laude in elementary/music education from Salem State College and pursued further study in composition and jazz performance at Berklee College of Music.
William Gunn - Voice & Choral Ensembles
William Gunn is the director of music at Plymouth Regional HIgh School where he conducts the Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, Concert Choir, and Chamber Singers. He is also the music director of the Pemigewasset Choral Society in Plymouth, NH. Mr. Gunn received his bachelor of music in music education from Ithaca College and his masters of music in conducting from Colorado State University. Mr. Gunn has studied conducting with Wes Kenney, Dwight Bigler, Steve Peterson, and Eric Hammer.
Mr. Gunn's choirs have consistently received high ratings at local and regional festivals. In 2014, the PRHS Chamber Singers were chosen to be the featured choir at the All New England Choral Festival. In 2016, the PRHS Concert Choir premiered a new work in collaboration with the ALS Association of New England and raised over two thousand dollars for ALS research. The new composition included text by a local author and community member who lost the battle to ALS in 2015. Mr. Gunn is excited to collaborate on a new composition in 2017 with Plymouth State University's composition professor, Dr. Jonathan Santore.
Mr. Gunn regularly performs with the New Hampshire Master Chorale and has toured with the Manchester Choral Society, New Hampshire Friendship Chorus, and Pemi Choral Society. Mr. Gunn is also the Treble Choir manager for the New Hampshire All State Festival and is President-Elect of the Lakes Region Music Festival.
Scott Kiefner - Bass, Funk, Rock, and Punk Bands
Scott Kiefner (bass) graduated from McGill Universityâ€™s Schulich School of Music in Montreal, QC, where he studied with Fraser Hollins and Chris McCann. In the summer of 2013, he was selected to attend the School for Improvisational Music Intensive workshop in New York City. He has since returned to New England, where he performs as an in-demand bass player with Jonathan Lorentz, Jim Dozet, Chris Klaxton, and many others.
Matt Langley - Director of Jazz Studies, Jazz Ensembles & Improvisation, Saxophone
Matt Langley is a saxophonist, and has studied with Lou Marini of Saturday Night Live, David Baker, Ted Dunbar, and Stan Strickland. Since 1988 he has been a member of the Charlie Kohlhase Quintet (CKQ), recording three CDs, touring the United States, and performing in jazz festivals from the Boston Globe Festival to the Rutabega Jazz Jam. CKQ's fourth CD, Dancing on My Bedpost, made the top-10 lists of many jazz critics in 1999. Langley has recorded with Ron Carter, John Medeski, Billy Martin, Chris Wood, Roswell Rudd, and others.
Tom Robinson - Operations Manager, Jazz Piano, Funk/Fusion, Saxophone, Wind Ensembles and Wind Choirs
Tom is adjunct instructor of jazz piano at Plymouth State University. He also teaches jazz piano, saxophone and directs the jazz band for St. Paul's School in Concord, NH. He is a member of the CCMS Musicians of Wall Street, and the PSU faculty jazz quartet. He has a busy performance schedule as a soloist, sideman, and as part of a trio with drummer Tim Gilmore, and bassist John Hunter. The trio's recording Skylight features original music. Tom received his Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio.
Counselors and Interns
Our Counselors and Interns are all college-aged or older musicians/teachers that have been with the camp since they were young. They are role models, friends, and confidents.
They know the ins and outs of the camp, and are easily the most important aspect of what makes this camp so great. They take our moto very seriously: listening, empathy and respect.
Year after year, we get to experience their personal and professional growth as well as the growth of the camp students.
Caleb Jaster - Head Counselor, Piano Instructor & Accompanist
Caleb Jaster is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College with B.A in Music. Jaster was a student of Noelle's since he first attended the Lake Winni Music Day Camp in 5th grade. From there, he became a regular member of NHISOM's Youth Chamber Ensemble and the Sant Bani School High School Jazz Band.
As a freshman in college, he was a featured soloist with the Sarah Lawrence String Orchestra, playing Bloch's Concerto Grosso. Spending his Junior year abroad in Florence, Italy he has found his passion in music history, but comes back home to New Hampton for the summers to be Head Counselor at the Lake Winni Music Camp and play piano for the Union Church on Meredith Neck Road.
Alex Bartholomew, Composition, Voice, French Horn, Saxophone
Alex is a rising senior at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York studying music and physics. He lives in Warner, New Hampshire and is returning for his second year as a teacher and counselor at the Lake Winni Music Camp, although he also attended as a camper for many years before.
Alex has studied saxophone for ten years, French horn for five, and voice for four, and has been involved for many years with orchestral, band, and choral ensembles at school and in the community, both as a performer and a conductor. He has been composing, arranging, and studying music theory since middle school and is the author of several works across genres, including a piano quartet that earned him recognition at the 2015 NAfME Eastern Division Conference.
Teresa Dancewicz Helmers, Piano & Accompanist
Teresa Dancewicz Helmers is currently a student studying music at Clark University. She has studied classical piano with Noelle Beaudin since she was eleven and began attending Lake Winni Music camp when she was twelve. After years of studying, she began teaching her own piano students at Clark University this past year. This summer she will continue to teach a few students in New Hampshire.
Monica Hardesty, Violin, Viola, Chamber groups
Monica is a violinist from Franklin, Massachusetts who just completed her freshman year at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. She majors in Violin and Viola Performance. As she continues with her studies, she plans to add a concentration in music theory and composition as well as a minor in secondary education. Monica studied under Don Krishnaswami for 10 years and Ken Aiso for 1 year. She has been playing violin for 11 years and viola since the start of 2016. Monica also has experience with cello. She spends time teaching beginning and intermediate violin lessons and beginner cello lessons to students as young as 6 years old as well as participating in the LMU chamber orchestra and string ensembles. Monica has been going to Camp Winni continuously for the past 6 years and plans on continuing as long as Noelle will let her.
Dalton Puffer, Drums
Dalton Puffer from Plymouth, New Hampshire is an upcoming student at Plymouth State Univeristy for Communications. He has attended the NHISOM camp now for over 6 years now playing the drums since the age of 12 and guitar since 10.
Being a major outdoors enthusiast and recreationalist he strives for bringing out the passion and emotion in music while making sure others around him capture those feelings as well. To him music is a therapy, and therapy can be found in many ways. He plans to stay with NHISOM for years to come teaching kids to open there minds to music, advance or novice, and flourish in there field of practice!
Alex Sandin, Drums, Guitar, Voice
Alex is an avid social creature and all-round people enthusiast, the president of his Honors Society and Philosophy Club, and contributes to a variety of clubs and service initiatives on and off campus. Likewise, he has been absolutely overjoyed to have counseled with NHISOM for the past 2 years (and interned the year before), the camp he has grown and matured with for seven years and counting. Alex has studied the drums and percussion for eight years and piano for fifteen. He is formally trained on the violin and voice, didactically taught guitar and electric bass across genres, and maintains a decent literacy in music theory and composition. He has performed behind the kit for a number of professional pit orchestras, local town bands, and independent bands, and is currently co-arranging, composing, mixing, and producing two separate albums for the bands HFN and The Dead Flowers.
Jared Wortis Bozza, Trombone, Guitar, Bass, Voice, Drums
Jared started playing the guitar at age 10, and played throughout middle and high school with friends and school bands. He first attended camp when he was 12 years old, and has been there every year (except one) since then. She recently finished his sophomore year at Lewis & Clark College, studying guitar performance and music education. Jared runs the alternative, punk, and fusion-rock combos.