Meet Our Teachers

Helen Malyszka, Director

Helen Malyszka, Graduated from Stevenson College in Edinburgh, Scotland, with a degree in Early Childhood Education in 1975. Helen became involved in the Suzuki Talent Education School in 1983 with her son Paul, who was three years old at the time. In 1985 she received her Suzuki training from Jeanne Luedke and began teaching Pre-Suzuki and music theory classes at the school. Helen has been the music teacher at St. Rose Pre-School in Newtown since 2000, Newtown Congregational Nursery Co-op since 1987, and the Wesley Learning Center in Sandy Hook since 1994. Helen has been directing the St. Rose Children’s choir Newtown, since 2002. She has been performing with her Brother and twin sister in the group Eclipse since the early 70's.

Andy Lafreniere, Director

Andrew Lafreniere, with a Masters degree in guitar performance from the Hartt School of Music, teaches both guitar and piano at STES. His Suzuki studies have been with Jeanne Luedke, Frank Longay, and Bill Kossler. Mr. Lafreniere has been a Suzuki teacher since 1982. He is on the Suzuki Association of the Americas Guitar Development Committee and, as a member of the committee, he has been involved with the publication of the Suzuki guitar method books. He is a popular clinician, teaching at many Suzuki institutes throughout the country. Several of his students have gone on to study at some of the finest music schools in the country and have won several performance awards. Andrew has performed throughout the area, most recently with Eclipse and the Wykeham Consort.

Paul Malyszka, Piano

Paul Malyszka has been teaching piano at the Suzuki Music School since 2002. He was a student of the Suzuki Method beginning his study at the age of three. He received his B.A. in Music from Manhattanville College and M.M. in Piano Performance from The University of Hartford at The Hartt School of Music. He has also worked as the Director of the Choral and Chamber Divisions at The Wooster School in Danbury, CT for the past 13 years where he directed the Middle School and Upper School Handbell Choirs, Middle School Chorus, Wooster Singers, Madrigals Choir, and the Middle and Upper School Chamber Ensembles. Paul has been the Director of Music at King Street United Church of Christ in Danbury, CT since 1999. He is the full time organist and choir director of the Junior and Senior Choirs. He has also worked as the Piano Accompanist for the Southington Festival Chorale, and King Low Heywood Thomas School in Stamford, CT.

Trish Keil, Baby & Pre-School

Trish Keil Born and raised in Edinburgh, Scotland, is Helen’s twin sister, she also teaches the pre-Suzuki program. Trish has been the music teacher at Wesley Learning Center in Sandy Hook, Newtown since 2004 and New England Country Day School in Danbury since 2000. Trish has been directing the St. Rose children’s choir since 2002 and is one of the lead singers and guitarist in the Vocal harmony group Eclipse. Trish has had a lot of experience in the recording field and has sung backup vocals for many artists.

Larry Deming, Violin, Viola, Traditional Fiddle

Larry Deming began his study of Violin in the Danbury Music Centre's Summer String Program studying violin under John Burnett. Larry received a B.S. Degree with Distinction from the Indiana University School of Music in 1981. He played Violin in the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra for seven years, the Springfield Symphony Orchestra for nine years, was Concertmaster of the Danbury Symphony Orchestra for five years, and is first Violinist of the Deming String Quartet. Mr. Deming has played with many musical luminaries and he loves to arrange, compose, conduct, perform and teach many types of music. His CD, "Journey to the East" was released in 2005. He subs regularly now with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra and teaches violin and viola at The Hotchkiss School and Kent School.  He is once again concertmaster of the Danbury Symphony Orchestra,and has been director of the Summer Strings Program at the Danbury Music Centre since 2002. www.danburymusiccentre.org

Dick Neal, Americana & Songwriting Program

Richard Neal works as a producer, recording engineer, studio/performing musician, songwriter, recording artist, and teacher. A shortlist of recent recording credits includes the Discovery Channel (Penn & Teller) and PBS (Roadtrip Nation). He produced Chris Berardo and the Desberardos CD "Ignoring All the Warning Signs" which reached #4 on a Sirius/XM radio Americana chart. As a songwriter Richard has had a dozen or more of his compositions recorded by other artists, and several more have appeared in the stage acts of various singers. He released a new collection of recordings early in 2016 titled "A Step Up". It consists of 10 of his original compositions produced in a collaboration with Rex Fowler of Aztec Two-Step. He has taught songwriting at the college level and conducted songwriting workshops on the festival circuit. He currently studies songwriting at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. 

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