Our Instructors are very active in their respective art forms. Below is a list of recent highlights of the work they have engaged in.

Mellissa Craig

Mellissa Craig recently danced in "Colorfields,"a movement exploration of the art of Helen Frankenthaler, whose later works are on exhibit at the New Britain Museum of American Art. Created by the Judy Dworin Performance Project.

Gene Bozzi

Gene Bozzi has performed as the principal timpanist for the Hartford Symphony Orchestra since 1971. He also leads the HSO Jazz Quartet and heads the Jazz and Strings performances. Additionally, he has performed as the percussionist in the Bushnell Broadway Series and for performances at Goodspeed Opera House and the Shubert Theater.

In this photo, he is performing in the HSO Percusion concert which streamed in February 2021.

Dianne Mower

She has worked at the academy since 1994 as an artist instructor teaching jazz vocals and music theory where she has brought her connections bringing in many artists for concerts and master classes. In 2005, the Academy performed The Real Ambassadors alongside David Brubeck.

In this video clip, Dianne is singing “Sometimes” alongside former Academy student Matt DeChamplain.

Calvin Linderman

Calvin Linderman is our Half Day Academy’s Orchestra Director and runs our Modern Music Performance and Production program. Like many musicians, Calvin has had to adjust his output as a creative from live performance to studio work. Over the past year Calvin has written music for several marketing campaigns for international companies, composed and produced music for many premier music production libraries, and wrote the music for nearly 50 episodes of the podcast Something Scary, a young adult narrative podcast with almost 1 million weekly listeners. Calvin also recently released new music with his band Moscow Girls, listen to them on Spotify and follow them at @moscowgirlsband on Instagram! Check Out Calvin’s Work Below

Calvin’s Band”Something Scary”


Christine Perry

Christine Perry’s company, IMMIX Dance Project, premiered "Snowprints" on Saturday, March 27th at 7:00pm for the 19th Annual 5x5 Dance Festival, “Snowprints” is based on the idea that like steps in the snow, a memory leaves an imprint on your soul. Though the snow, like the memory, fades, the beauty of both remains.

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