BCGS Board

 

Jérôme Mouffe, Director

Jérôme MouffeDr. Jerome Mouffe became director of the Boston Classical Guitar Society in June 2017.  Faculty at New England Conservatory and Bridgewater State University, Jerome Mouffe is an active pedagogue, concertist, and community builder. As a performer, Jerome Mouffe has toured throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Western Europe as a soloist and chamber musician. Highlight performances include recitals for Omni Concert Series in San Francisco, Austin Classical Guitar Society, International Brussels Guitar Festival, Festival del Noreste in Saltillo, Mexico, and La Guitarra California Festival, among others.  Jerome Mouffe frequently performs with guitar phenomenon Grisha Goryachev and Pacific Symphony Orchestra principal flute, Benjamin Smolen.  Jerome Mouffe has released two albums: Capriccio, on the VGo Recordings label in 2009, and more recently Bach to Beaser with flautist Benjamin Smolen.  Jerome Mouffe studied at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels and the Mozarteum University in Salzburg. He was the first guitarist to receive a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from New England Conservatory of Music. Email, website.

 

Dr. Daniel Acsadi, Trustee, Co-Director of NEGEF

Through his acclaimed performances, arrangements, and teaching, Dan Acsadi is a passionate advocate for both the guitar and the music of his native Hungary. Dan’s arrangements encompass art and folk music of the 18th through 21st centuries, innovatively expanding the guitar’s repertoire. He is firmly committed to the guitar as a versatile chamber music instrument, performing regularly with voice, viola, violin, flute, string quartet, and guitar ensemble. Beginning his musical studies at age six, Dan earned his D.M.A. and M.M. from New England Conservatory (NEC) and B.A. from Cornell University, where he double majored in music and economics. Dan studied with Eliot Fisk, Pablo Cohen and John Hall, and has performed in the masterclasses of Manuel Barrueco, Leo Brouwer, Eduardo Fernandez, and Adam Holzman. He maintains a teaching studio in the Boston area and is on the faculty of Longy School of Music of Bard College, Tufts University, and Powers Music School (Belmont).  Website.

 

Robert Bekkers, Boston Guitar Orchestra Conductor,

Robert Bekkers

Robert Bekkers’ musical education began with general music theory, recorder, French horn and trumpet. He subsequently studied classical guitar at the Conservatory of Maastricht, where he earned his performance and teaching degrees (Bachelor and Master of Music). During the seven years there, he won a scholarship to study contemporary music with Angelo Gilardino in Italy.  Since moving to Boston in 2011, he has been studying at the New England Conservatory, with Eliot Fisk for a Doctor in Musical Arts (DMA) in classical guitar and conducting with Erica Washburn.

As a teacher, he is on the faculty of Gordon College in Wenham, South Shore Conservatory in Hingham, and Yamaha Music School in Lexington. He was appointed conductor of Boston Guitar Orchestra in April 2017.  Boston Guitar Orchestra, website.

George Ward, Director of Hingham Guitar Series, Layout & Design, and Trustee

A long time member and trustee of the Boston Classical Guitar Society, George Ward is a graduate of the Art Institute of Boston and works as a freelance book illustrator. He is an active board member and produces the BCGS quarterly newsletter and the Hingham Public Library Concert Series started in 1998. George and his wife Kit have two sons in college and live in the historic district of Lowell with their Blue Heelers, Tilly and Trevor.  Email.

 

Will Riley, Trustee, Co-Director of NEGEF

William Riley maintains an active schedule as guitarist and educator.  Currently a lecturer and the director of classical guitar studies at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, he is also on the music faculty of New England Conservatory Preparatory School, and teaches a large studio of young guitarists as Director of the Childbloom Guitar Program of Boston.  As a performer, Mr. Riley has won top prizes and been a finalist and semi-finalist in several national and international solo competitions.  A frequent performer as both a soloist and chamber musician, William Riley has also recorded and premiered several new works for solo guitar, including Remembrances of Jerusalem by Israeli composer Lior Navok, for which he was praised for his “insightful playing” by Classical Net and called a “fine soloist” by American Record Guide.  William Riley holds a Bachelor of Music degree cum laude from the University of Texas at Austin, where he studied with Adam Holzman.  He then received a scholarship to study with world-renowned virtuoso Eliot Fisk at New England Conservatory, where he received his Master of Music degree with honors.  Emailwebsite.

Juan Oscar Azaret, Trustee, Performance Party Coordinator

A native of Cuba, Oscar Azaret immigrated to the United States in the early 60’s, and has lived in Miami, East Tennessee, California, and Massachusetts. He holds a Master of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, and a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Tennessee where he studied engineering and mathematics. For over 3 decades Oscar Azaret held a variety of design, architecture, and management positions with domestic and international teams for companies including Bell Telephone Laboratories, AT&T, and LSI Corporation, primarily in the fields of communication systems and semiconductors.

A long-time member and trustee of the Boston Classical Guitar Society, Oscar Azaret’s involvement with the guitar dates back to the early exposure in his native Cuba as well as the bluegrass and folk traditions of East Tennessee, rock and roll and folk music of the 60’s and 70’s, and family links to Spain and Flamenco music. He has been studying and honing the craft and science of guitar building for the past twenty years. Oscar Azaret now builds classical guitars professionally, and is also active as an adjunct professor of electrical engineering with institutions including University of New Hampshire, ITT Technical Institute, and Northern Essex Community College. Passionate of the sound, aesthetics, and science of the classical guitar, Oscar Azaret strives to go beyond the craft and explore the underlying physics which endow the classical guitar with its enduring human appeal. He has lectured on this topic at various universities and institutions as well as at Martin Guitars in Nazareth Pennsylvania.

Oscar Azaret coordinates our Society’s performance parties. He and his wife Leslie live in North Andover MA, and have two children – Julian and Lydia. Email.

 

Kim Perlak, Board Member

 

Charles Ewing, Membership Director

 

Mark Small, Newsletter Editor

Mark Small is a guitarist, composer, and music journalist, and earned classical guitar performance degrees from New England Conservatory and California State University at Fullerton. He is a staff member at Berklee College of Music serving as editor of Berklee today magazine. He has released eight recordings and has published his compositions and arrangements with Mel Bay and Clear Note Publications. The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet commissioned him to arrange Pat Metheny’s “Letter From Home,” which appeared on their Grammy-winning album “Guitar Heroes” and on the “LAGQ Live” DVD.

 

 

 

 

Rocco Bombardieri, Treasurer

 

Micheline Soley, Webmaster

Micheline SoleyMicheline Soley is a classical guitarist and a doctoral candidate in Chemical Physics at Harvard University. At Harvard University, she studies ultracold chemistry as a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and worked as a teaching fellow in applied math for which she won the Derek Bok Center Certificate of Teaching Excellence. She studies classical guitar with Jérôme Mouffe of New England Conservatory and has participated in masterclasses with Benjamin Verdery, Eliot Fisk, Simon Carrington, Brian O’Connell, and Broni Falinska. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in music and chemistry magna cum laude with distinction in both majors from Yale University, where she studied quantum physics as a National Beckman Scholar. While at Yale, she participated in the Yale School of Music graduate classical guitar seminars with Benjamin Verdery and performed with the Yale Glee Club and Chamber Singers in venues including Carnegie Hall and with the national choir of the Dominican Republic. After graduation, she went to Berlin, Germany on a Fulbright fellowship, where she researched pump-probe spectroscopy at the Max-Born Institute for Nonlinear Optics and Short Pulse Spectroscopy and continued guitar studies with Rafael Aguirre, Petrit Çeku, and Alessandro Paganelli. In addition to the classical guitar, Micheline has also enjoyed playing jazz piano and performing as a soprano in jazz combos, big bands, and opera.  Email, website.

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