After abandoning a degree in Science and then classical trumpet, Mark decided to focus on his love of the bass and studied Jazz at Toronto’s Humber College with an emphasis on performance. Fast forward through 20 years of full-time touring in North America and Europe with the band Enter The Haggis and playing on dozens of session recordings, and Mark has slowed down somewhat on the touring. When not on the road, Mark enjoys performing locally, working out of his home studio, and teaching bass lessons and Middle School World Drumming at Waynflete.
Gabriel Belluscio received his Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from Keene State College with a concentration in instrumental music. While at KSC he played and sang in many ensembles including Jazz Ensemble, Clarinet Choir, Chamber Singers, Sax Ensemble, and Concert Band. While teaching band, chorus, and general music at Jaffrey Grade School, he noticed that many students were in dire need of quality instrument repair and pursued a certificate in Band Instrument Repair at Minnesota State College Southeast. He currently works in instrument repair at Music and Arts in Falmouth. When he is not teaching lessons at Waynflete, he is playing saxophone in a local band.
Nell Britton received her BM and MM in Piano Performance from the University of Southern Maine. She also studied Music at Ithaca College for two years. Nell is an active musician throughout Maine. She has accompanied choral masterworks with the Portland Symphony Orchestra as well as the USM Chorale and Chamber Singers. She has also worked as the Music Director for Lyric Music Theater, City Theater, and Carousel Music Theater. She currently serves as the Music Director at Trinity Episcopal Church in Portland. In addition to teaching at Waynflete, she is on the faculty of the Portland Conservatory of Music.
With a degree in music from the University of Southern Maine, Denise has over 20 years of experience teaching, performing, accompanying, and directing music in the Greater Portland Area. In addition to teaching private lessons at Waynflete, Denise accompanies the school’s choruses, musical productions, and vocal soloists. She enjoys working with a wide range of private students at Waynflete and at her home studio.
After studying Musical Theatre at The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Katy worked in the professional theatre for 20 years in New York City and in national tours and regional theaters across the country. She is a member of Screen Actors Guild, Actors Equity, and the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Since relocating to Maine, she has been actively engaged in Waynflete’s musical theater program and enjoys her work as a private voice teacher.
Dale received a Bachelor of Music degree with a minor in Music Education from the University of Massachusetts Boston and taught in the Boston area before relocating to Maine. He has had an extensive career as a pianist, director, and teacher. He teaches at Waynflete, the Portland Conservatory of Music, and at his private studio.
Dale's piano students develop essential musical skills by studying classical music as well as blues and jazz improvisation.
Evan Cuddy is a musician and a teacher residing in Portland, Maine. He currently serves as Musical Director at both Lyric Music Theatre and Portland Players Theatre. Evan also maintains a private studio that caters to violin and viola students of all ages, and teaches music classes at the West End Village School in Portland. In the summer months, Evan serves as Music Director at Maine State Music Theatre in Brunswick. Evan recently made his Hollywood debut as a featured musician/extra in "Little Women". When not teaching or performing, Evan enjoys long distance running, long days on the beach, and quality time with his roommate’s cat, Chaquita. Evan holds degrees in music performance from Susquehanna University and the University of Southern Maine.
Mike Dank’s extensive musical career inspires his work with students. He has spent more than 35 years studying, performing on the road, and teaching. Mike taught drums at Waynflete from 1988-1992. He took a break to concentrate on his own music, traveling the country, and recording. He returned to Waynflete in 2002 with fresh insight and devotion for teaching guitar, bass, and drums to students as well as rock ensembles.
Brian Durkin discovered an interest in music while studying visual arts at UMass Dartmouth, and has been playing guitar and bass for local and touring bands ever since. After college he studied luthiery and then spent ten years working at some of the best guitar manufacturers in the country. After his hands-on experience building instruments, Brian decided to focus more on his own playing and teaching. He says “I’d rather play them than build them.” He is happy to add Waynflete guitar students to his busy schedule as a teacher and performer.
Gene Gill joins the Waynflete music department this fall as an Instrumental and General Music teacher. Gene directs the jazz ensembles in Middle and Upper School and teaches sixth grade general music. A graduate of Arizona State University, Gene started his teaching career in Bar Harbor, Maine. He recently relocated to the Portland area for more performing opportunities as a saxophonist with experience in jazz, pop, rock, and classical music.
Andy Happel directs the Middle School Chamber Orchestra and the Upper School Chamber Ensemble and hosts the Waynflete Invitation Strings Festival. In addition to private teaching, Andy is a concert violinist and fiddler who has shared the stage with symphonies, pop stars, and country music luminaries alike. Andy toured extensively with the likes of Guster, Train, Matchbox 20, and the Dave Matthews Band, and worked with the Moravian Philharmonic in the Czech Republic, the Metropolitan Opera Children’s Chorus, and the New England String Quartet. He currently performs with Aeterna Trio and Los Galactacos and leads the acclaimed student group, Scarborough Strings.
Lauren Hastings Genova holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music in violin performance and a Master of Arts in Ethnomusicology from Boston University. She attended Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Natick, MA, the New England Conservatory’s Preparatory School, and The Royal College of Music in London, England. Lauren is a member of the Portland-based Amarantos Quartet, Bangor Symphony Orchestra, and Saint Mary Schola, and also performs regularly with members of Portland’s vibrant live music scene. The richness and variety of performance opportunities Lauren enjoys are reflected in her approach to teaching the violin. While prioritizing technical development, she tailors lessons to the inspirations and aspirations of each student.
Eddie Holmes, piano teacher, is in his second year as the K-5 General Music & Chorus teacher in the Lower School. Eddie received his Bachelors of Music Education from Gettysburg College with a concentration in piano, and has taught private lessons for six years. He enjoys incorporating music theory, composition, and arrangement into his lessons, and he has experience with classical, jazz, and popular music along with vocal accompaniment.
Originally from Bangor, Maine, Conor Linehan has been playing guitar, performing, composing, and arranging music since the age of 12. He has spent much of his life in Portland, Maine where he attended the University of Southern Maine School of Music, earning his BM in guitar performance with a concentration in jazz studies. Conor has been an active member of Portland’s music scene playing in various professional music projects as well as leading his own groups. In addition to being experienced in a plethora of guitar styles, he is also an experienced performer and instructor of ukulele, bass, mandolin, songwriting, arranging, and music theory. Conor prides himself on adapting to all learning styles in order to give students the best experience and musical foundation that can be provided!
Growing up in the military, David Stern is all too familiar with frequently moving. Having taught in Colorado, Texas, South Dakota, Arkansas, South Carolina, and Maine, David has experience working with students at all levels. He received a PhD in Fine Arts with an emphasis in Instrumental Conducting and the Master of Music Performance degrees from Texas Tech University, studying with Don Lucas. Dr. Stern earned his Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Colorado, and while there, studied low brass with Bill Stanley, Tom Stein, and Michael Allen. He has had additional study with Joe Alessi, Carsten Svanberg, Paul Droste, Steven Mead, and Rich Matteson. He currently serves as an Associate Editor of the International Trombone Association Journal and is an artist/clinician for the Edwards Instruments Company. He recently relocated to Maine and can be heard in the Portland Jazz Orchestra and Innovation Brass Quintet, and found hiking many trails with his two dogs.