Helen Malyszka, Graduated from Stevenson College in Edinburgh, Scotland, with a degree in Early Childhood Education in 1975. Helen became involved in the Suzuki Music 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.
Andrew Lafreniere, with a Masters degree in guitar performance from the Hartt School of Music, teaches both guitar and piano at the Suzuki Music School. 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 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 15 years where he directed the Middle 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.
Born in Hanoi, Ms. Anh began playing piano at the age of 4. Her early talent was nurtured by a painter father and a cellist mother. At the age of 6, she entered the Vietnam National Academy of Music in Hanoi. She received top honors in her schooling, and developed unusually advanced capabilities at a young age under the guidance of legendary master pianist Dang Thai Son. At the age of 15, Anh was discovered by renowned French conductor Nicolas Kruger and awarded a scholarship from ‘’Children of the Mekong’’ to pursue advanced training in Paris at the National Conservatory of Boulogne and Conservatory Regional Influence of Rueil-Malmaison. In the class of Marie Paule Siruguet, Pascal Amoyel and Hortense Cartier Bresson, she received her Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance and Chamber Music with unanimous distinction. Anh has been teaching world class methods such as the Suzuki Method, Faber Adventures and Schirmer's Library to students in Paris, New York City and Connecticut since 2008.
Ms. Julie graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Music as the first undergraduate to ever receive a dual degree in violin performance and Suzuki pedagogy and be registered to teach through book 10. Ms. Julie studied at CIM with William Preucil, Brian Lewis, and Phil Setzer. She graduated from the Juilliard Pre-College Division in 2015, and also received full merit scholarships at both the National Orchestral Institute and the Round Top Festival Institute. She was also a scholarship recipient at the Meadowmount School of Music where she studied and performed for four summers, and the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival. She now teaches and performs throughout western Connecticut.
Ms. Bobi holds a BA in music, viola performance, from the State Academy of Music in Sofia, Bulgaria; an MM cum laude, viola performance, from the Hartt School of Music; and received long-term Suzuki teacher training from Hartt. She is a member of the American String Teachers Association and the Suzuki Association of the Americas. She is a member of the Bristol Symphony Orchestra and the New Britain Symphony. She is a former member of the National Opera and Seasons Chamber Orchestra in Sofia, Bulgaria.
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.
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.