Enrichment Music Instruction
Registration for the 2021-2022 school year will open on August 30 (lessons start on September 13)
Waynflete’s Enrichment Music Instruction program provides students in grades 2–12 and adults, beginners as well as advanced musicians, with individual or small-group instrumental and vocal lessons. The program is open to Waynflete families as well as students and adults from the broader community. Our instructors are professional musicians with degrees in music education and/or performance—recording artists, composers, concert musicians, and teachers spanning all musical genres, including classical, folk, jazz, and rock.
Enrichment Music Instruction is divided into three sessions: Fall Session (11 lessons from September 13-December 17), January Session (3 lessons from January 3-28), and Spring Session (13 lessons from January 31- May 27). All students must be registered online and tuition paid prior to the first lesson.
All lessons occur on campus and are taught in person. Lower School may register for lessons after school. Middle School and Upper School students may register for lessons during the school day (during a free period) or after school. Waynflete students receive scheduling priority.
Read instructor profiles below. Register for lessons after you have determined a schedule with an instructor. Contact Director of Performing Arts Mary Jane Pagenstecher with any questions.
How to register
Contact individual Enrichment Music Instructors by email to arrange a specific lesson time (see instructor bios and contact information below). Questions about the program or instructors? Contact Director of Performing Arts Mary Jane Pagenstecher.
Once you have arranged a lesson day and time with the Instructor, register online and pay by credit card (VISA or Mastercard). Music lessons will not begin until the student has registered and tuition has been paid in full by credit card. No cash or checks. Questions about registration? Contact .
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INSTRUCTOR BIOS AND CONTACT INFORMATION
Mark Abraham (bass guitar)
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.
Nell Britton (piano)
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.
Denise Calkins (piano)
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.
Dale Churchill (piano)
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 (violin, viola, piano)
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 (drums, rhythm section, rock band)
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.
Kris Day (guitar, ukulele, bass, upright bass)
Kris has been teaching music for over two decades in the Portland area and has performed in 38 states, Europe and Canada. He has performed with rock ’n roll legends Link Wray, Ronnie Dawson & Dale Hawkins among others. Kris maintains a presence on the regional music scene performing in a variety of ensemble situations and musical styles. As a member of award-winning local bands King Memphis, Jerks of Grass, Cajun Aces, and Hot Club of Portland, Kris has had the opportunity to play concerts as a supporting act for artists ranging from B.B. King to Little Feat to Boyz II Men. Kris enjoys teaching music to people of all ages and skill levels and feels everyone can benefit from learning to play a musical instrument.
Gene Gill (saxophone, beginning winds, beginning brass)
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 (violin, viola, cello, mandolin, ukulele, guitar)
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.
Eddie Holmes (piano)
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.