Music Department Faculty
Foxborough Public Schools is very proud of its music program. The music instructors in grades 1 through 12 are a team of educators dedicated to developing the talents of their students, and enabling them to accomplish extraordinary goals. Listed below is the entire music faculty of the Foxborough Public Schools.
- Mr. Stephen Massey – Music Department Chairman & FHS Instrumental
- Mr. George Murphy – Music Instructor at FHS & Ahern Middle School
- Cami Tedoldi – Orchestra Director at FHS & Ahern Middle School
- Mr. Ted Hagarty – Music Instructor at Ahern Middle School
- Ms. Annette Kerner – Music Instructor at Igo & Burrell Elementary Schools
- Donny Albro – Music Instructor at Taylor Elementary School, Ahern Middle School & FHS
- Julie Law-Linck – Kindergarten Music Instructor, Igo Elementary School
- Leanna Pink-Sewell – Choral Director at Ahern Middle School
- David Piper – Chorial Director at FHS
Music Department Chairman & FHS Instrumental
Stephen C. Massey, chairman of the music department in the Foxboro (MA) Public Schools for the past 30 years, supervises an extensive music curriculum for grades 1-12. As a teacher and conductor, Mr. Massey teaches Concert Band, Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Lab Band, two Jazz Choirs, and courses in Music Theory, Arts in Western Culture and Modern American Music at Foxboro High School. His high school wind ensembles, concert bands, and jazz ensembles have consistently received state, regional and national recognition. Mr. Massey’s ensembles have made 10 recordings and hosted dozens of world-class guest artists, conductors, and composers including: Jerry Bergonzi, Dan Bukvich, Ron Carter, Alan Dawson, Justin DiCoccio, Jon Faddis, Vincent Gardner, Victor Goines, Wycliffe Gordon, Greg Hopkins, Dick Johnson, Sean Jones, Mark Miller, Tiger Okoshi, Rebecca Parris, Dave Pietro, Herb Pomeroy, Kim Richmond, Malcolm Rowell, Bobbie Shew, Reginald Thomas, Erica vonKleist, Rodney Whitaker and Phil Wilson. The Foxboro High School ensembles have also performed and given clinics at numerous university music schools and music conventions in the Northeast and performed at Symphony Hall in Boston over 10 times.
The Foxboro HS Jazz Ensemble and Wind Ensemble have been awarded gold medals at district, state, national and international music festivals consistently over the last three decades. The jazz ensemble has toured Europe three times, including a performance at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Montreux, Switzerland.
In 1997 the Jazz Ensemble attended the Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival at Jazz at Lincoln Center for the first time and won the competition. They have since qualified for the finals 11 times, which is the most of any high school group in the country. The 1999 Foxboro High School Wind Ensemble was one of 16 ensembles nationwide invited to the prestigious Bands of America Concert Band Festival in Indianapolis, Indiana.
In 2009 the Foxboro Jazz Ensemble was the only amateur group that appeared at a pre-inaugural event at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC presented by Jazz at Lincoln Center. Performers included the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Dianne Reeves, Paquito D’Rivera and many others, including Dave Brubeck, who performed with Foxboro. In June of 2009, Mr. Massey was invited to teach as part of the First White House Jazz Symposium hosted by Michele Obama, as well as to serve on the faculty of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Band Director Academy.
Mr. Massey received both his Bachelors and Masters degrees in music education from Boston University’s School for the Arts. He was the director of the Boston Conservatory Jazz Ensemble for two years, and has taught in summer music programs at the University of New Hampshire, Hartt School of Music in Connecticut and for over 20 summers at the South Shore Conservatory in Hingham, MA. Mr. Massey is the founder and director of the Foxboro Summer Jazz Improvisation Camp. He has guest conducted numerous district and all-state concert bands and jazz bands including the All Northwest Jazz Band in Portland, Oregon, and the New York, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Massachusetts All State Jazz Bands.
The Massachusetts Music Educators Association presented Mr. Massey with the Lowell Mason Award for Leadership in Music Education in 1997 and the Massachusetts Instrumental Conductors Association honored him with the Conductor of the Year award in 1994. The Massachusetts Unit of the International Association of Jazz Educators recognized Mr. Massey with a lifetime achievement award in 2005.
Orchestra Director at FHS & Ahern Middle School
George Murphy is currently the Foxboro High School Assistant Band Director, and the 5th and 8th grade band director at the John J. Ahern Middle School. He was formerly the Music Coordinator of the Old Rochester Regional H.S./Junior H.S., and Director of Brass Studies in Revere. As a student at the University of Lowell, and Berklee College of music, he received his BA and BMED degrees. Mr. Murphy has studied trombone with John Coffey, Ron Baron, Phil Wilson, Hal Crook and Bill Watrous.
Mr. Murphy conducts the FHS Symphonic Winds, Eighth Grade Concert Band, the Fifth Grade Concert Band, the FHS Concert and Marching Bands, the Foxboro Junior Jazz Band and is actively involved in the FHS Jazz Ensembles. His ensembles have won numerous awards while performing throughout the New England area. The Foxboro Junior Jazz Band has been featured, with Mr. Murphy as clinician, at the MENC Massachusetts State Convention, and premiered an original composition by Tiger Okoshi in 1999.
A clinician, adjudicator, guest artist, and guest conductor at several festivals through out the Northeast, Mr. Murphy was a recipient of Downbeat Magazine’s Achievement Award for Jazz Education. For 14 years, he was director of the Foxboro Summer Music programs and taught at the University of New Hampshire Summer Youth Music School (SYMS). Today he is Co-Director of the Foxboro Summer Improvisation Camp, and is active in the Boston music scene as a trombonist. In addition to leading his own band, he has performed with some of the most outstanding musicians and bands in the area. George Murphy is a member of the MENC, MICA and the IAJE board where he served as Southeast District Chairman for 14 years, and is currently the Coordinator of the School Clinician Outreach Program which he created. Mr. Murphy has been in Foxboro for 17 years.
Orchestra Director at FHS & Ahern Middle School
Cami Tedoldi is currently the director of orchestras at both the Ahern Middle and Foxboro High School. Cami graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Cum Laude, with a bachelor’s degree in flute performance and music education. At UMass she was the principle flutist of both the UMass Wind Ensemble, and Symphony Orchestra. She also performed in classical chamber ensembles, and gave many solo performances. She also studied the string bass as a secondary instrument and performed in the UMass Jazz Ensembles.
As a conductor, Cami taught at the Foxboro Summer Instrumental Music Camp (S.I.M.C.) from 2004-2008. In 2009 she joined the faculty of the South Shore Conservatory’s Summer Music Festival where she conducted the Summer Wind Ensemble. Cami has served as an adjudicator for the Massachusetts’s South East District Festival, and is the Assistant Band Manager of the 2011 South East Senior District Band. She also teaches private flute lessons. Cami is a graduate of the Foxboro Public Schools and is very excited to join the staff of the Foxboro Music Department.
Music Instructor at Ahern Middle School
Mr. Hagarty is currently employed by the Town of Foxborough as a Music Specialist at the Ahern Middle School where he has been teaching general classroom and instrumental music for twenty seven years. He graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor’s of Music in Education, and he received his Master’s Degree in Music from the New England Conservatory of Music.
Mr. Hagarty has studied clarinet with Edward Avedisian of the Boston Ballet and with Peter Hadcock of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. His experience includes saxophone studies with Joe Viola, and conducting with Lee Christman and Frank Battisti .
Mr. Hagarty conducts the 6th and 7th grade concert bands and teaches instrumental music in grades 5-8. He has introduced and developed an Electronic Music Lab at the Middle School. Mr. Hagarty teaches beginning Jazz Improvization at the summer Improv. camp.
Mr. Hagarty is the co-founder of the Foxboro Summer Instrumental Music Camp and has served as a director for the past 23 years. He has been a recepient of the WCVB Great Expedctations Teacher Award and the Norfolk County Teacher of the Year Award. He has perfomed with several Massachusettes wind bands including the Metropolitan Wind Symphony, The Milford Concert Band, and the Southeastern Masscussettes Wind Ensemble. He has served as a adjudicator for the Southeast Mass. District Festivals, the Mass. All State Festivals, and has served as a Junior District Concert Band Chairman. He is presently an member of the Massachussetts Instrumental and Chorale Conductors Association (MICCA) and Technology in Music Education (TI:ME). He was also a guest conductor of the South East Connecticut Junior District Concert Band in the Spring of 2011.
Music Instructor at Igo & Burrell Elementary Schools
Annette Kerner is currently teaching elementary music in the Burrell, Taylor and Igo Elementary Schools in Foxborough. Previously she taught in the Falmouth School District at the middle school level. Before teaching in the public schools, Annette taught private instrumental lessons for nine years. Through these lessons, she initiated a music program at the St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Holbrook.
Annette received her Bachelors Degree in Music in Classical Saxophone Performance, and her Masters Degree in Music Education, from New England Conservatory of Music . She studied classical and jazz saxophone with Joe Allard of the Julliard School of Music for six years.
Over the years, Annette has been responsible for many successful elementary school concerts.
Annette also continues to enjoy performing on a freelance basis.
Music Instructor at Taylor Elementary School, Ahern Middle School & FHS
Donny Albro currently teaches 2nd and 3rd grade classroom music at the Taylor School in Foxborough. Donny is also the percussion coordinator for the Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras.
He received his Bachelors Degree in percussion performance from the Eastman School of Music and his Masters Degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Donny has been teaching private percussion lessons throughout eastern Massachusetts for 10 years. In addition to his work as a teacher Donny plays professionally with orchestras such as the Boston Philharmonic and New Hampshire Symphony.
Kindergarten Music Instructor, Igo Elementary School
Julie Law-Linck has been teaching kindergarten music at the Igo School in Foxboro since 2008. As a graduate of the Foxborough Public School system, she is very pleased to return to her hometown as a music educator. Julie received her Bachelors and Masters degrees in music education from the University of New Hampshire, where she was an active French hornist and pianist. Julie teaches private piano lessons and enjoys freelance work as an accompanist for musical theater and children’s music programs. Prior to her position in Foxborough, she taught elementary school music in the Pentucket Regional School District. Julie has completed two levels of Orff-Shulwerk training, is a member of the New England Orff-Schulwerk Association, and is a trained Music Together® teacher.
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Choral Director at Ahern Middle School
Having been a graduate from the Foxborough High School Music Program (Class of 1999), she is excited to be part of the program that inspired her to pursue a career in music. Leanna Pink-Sewell currently teaches choir at the Ahern Middle School as well as the concert choir and a cappella choir at Foxborough High School. She also works with the Jazz Choir as their vocal coach and team instructor with Mr. Massey. Over the past 4 years, the FHS Choirs have been to Music Festivals nationwide and students are consistently chosen to participate in honor choirs throughout the United States.
Mrs. Pink-Sewell began her college education at the Hartt School of Music in West Hartford, CT; studying musical theater and music education with an emphasis in vocal studies. At the interim of her collegiate studies, Leanna traveled to Seoul, South Korea for 18 months on a service mission; where she taught English, religious matters, and used her musical talents to communicate with the people of South Korea. Upon her return to the United States, she received her Bachelors Degree in Choral Music Education from Brigham Young University. She is certified as an educator in Grades K-12.
Leanna's choral experience includes tours throughout Europe, Canada, and New England with featured performances at national choral and music education conventions. She has also been seen in many musical theater stage productions over the past 18 years and was privileged to sing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir during her residency in Utah with The Brigham Young University Singers.
For 9 years, she has been a member of MENC (National Association for Music Education), ACDA (American Choral Directors Association), and SAI (Sigma Alpha Iota) a professional international music fraternity,which founded the People-to-People "Adopt an Instrument" program. She is also currently studying the McClosky Technique for voice.
Mrs. Pink-Sewell has directed the K-2 class at Bay Colony's Summer Theater Camp at the Foxborough Orpheum; where they performed "Grease," "Annie," and two original plays that she wrote. In addition to her work as a teacher, she enjoys her freelance work as a professional mezzo-soprano and voice teacher in the Mewsik Studio (Foxboro).
She currently resides in Foxborough with her family and their newest addition, baby Aria.
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Choral Director at FHS
David Piper is director of the concert choir and a cappella choir at Foxborough High School, and assistant director of the jazz choir. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Cum Laude, with a bachelor’s degree in Music and English, and from the Berklee College of Music with a diploma in Music Production and Engineering. He has studied euphonium, guitar, and string bass, as well as producing award-winning recordings for ensembles throughout New England. He holds Kodaly Level 1 Certification, and is currently earning his Masters in Music Education from Gordon College.
David taught general music and choir at the Jackson School in Newton, and at Mission Grammar School in Roxbury for three years prior to joining the staff in Foxboro. He is a graduate of the Foxboro Public Schools and honored to join the music faculty.