Instructor Bios and Contact Information
- Gloria Bonnin | Voice
- Nell Britton | Piano
- Denise Calkins | Piano
- Katy Cavanaugh | Voice
- Dale Churchill | Piano
- Mike Dank | Drums, Rhythm Section, Rock Band
- Brian Durkin | Guitar, Bass, Ukulele
- Andy Happel | Violin, Viola, Cello, Mandolin, Ukulele, Guitar
- Lauren Hastings Genova | Violin
Wednesdays and Fridays, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Gloria has had an extensive career both as a musical theater performer and teacher. With a degree in vocal performance from the Boston Conservatory, she has been active in the Portland area theater community for many years, both performing and directing. Gloria is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and serves on the board of directors for the Maine chapter. She maintains a full-time voice studio and also runs theater camps at Waynflete’s Flyers Camp.
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.
Tuesdays and Thursdays
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.
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays (AM)
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.
Piano methodology includes a specific curriculum for ages 4-6.
Older students can expect a foundation in essential music skills utilizing blues and jazz improvisation as well as classical studies.
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 drum 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.
Andy Happel 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. Andy leads the acclaimed student group, Scarborough Strings, and maintains a private teaching studio. He will now lead the Chamber Group in the Middle School Ensemble Program and will be available for music lessons.
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.