Terry Grissino, Clarinetist and Flautist, holds her Bachelor of Music Degree in Clarinet Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music. She has performed in Jordan Hall and Symphony Hall in Boston, Carnegie Hall in New York City, and served as Concertmaster for tours of the Soviet Union and Greece. Her teachers include William Wrzesien (Boston Ballet Orchestra, Boston Symphony Chamber Players, Boston Musica Viva) and Joseph Allard (NBC Symphony Orchestra under Toscanini, Red Norvo’s Orchestra).
With a passion for teaching as well as performing, Terry held the position of Private Clarinet Instructor at the prestigious Waring School in Beverly, preparing students for their Soiree performances as well as for their participation in the school Orchestra.
While at the Waring School, Terry applied her love of Chamber Music by forming and coaching the Waring Clarinet Choir.
As a public school music instructor (Boston's "Making Music Matters!" program, Gloucester Public School System), Terry taught both group and private lessons on flute and clarinet, with a focus on Band and Marching Band literature. Her teaching curriculum includes a balanced study of Solo Repertoire and Ensemble Performance, and students are encouraged to bring into their lessons the music they are most interested in learning, whether they are preparing for an audition, or learning some tunes to play with their friends.
Terry’s recent appearances include performances with "The Steve Marchena Jazz Experience", Boston's TALZTOP ("The Acoustic Led Zeppelin Tribute Orchestra"), The Peterborough Players Cabaret Orchestra, the Cape Ann Chamber Music Series, the Middlesex Concert Band, the Chalumeau Chamber Ensemble, the Cape Ann Symphony, as well as chamber music concerts throughout the Boston area.
In addition, Terry was the founder and director of the North Shore Lieder Series in Rockport, MA, and currently sings Alto voice with the Dedham Choral Society.
Elliot James Maldonado was born in Brooklyn, NY into a Puerto Rican family during a time when Hip-Hop, Punk, and Electronic Dance music were all being invented in New York. Elliot was heavily influenced by his native New York style salsa music as well as the funk, jazz, classic rock, disco, and soul that he grew up with. He comes from a tradition of learning about all the instruments in a band and improvising in family and community jam sessions.
In college he studied music therapy as a way of using music to help improve the daily lives of all types of people.
He appreciates the way every style of music can be meaningful to somebody and has found his strongest voice with the saxophone.
He also focuses his teachings on piano, guitar, percussion, voice, and other wind instruments such as trumpet, clarinet and flute.
Elliot has spent the last twenty years teaching, studying, and performing in touring reggae , hip-hop, and funk/soul bands.
He teaches a solid foundation in classical music combined with a practical application of music theory through improvisation and multicultural and popular styles.