Welcome to Kim and Molly Jo, Our Newest Board Members

We are very pleased to welcome Molly Jo Rivelli and Kim Lamoureux to the NATS Boston board.

Kim Lamoureux

KimLPraised for her “clarion upper range and delicate tone,” soprano Kim Lamoureux is a dynamic and versatile artist based in the Boston metro area. Kim has performed with may companies across New England, including but not limited to Odyssey Opera, Commonwealth Lyric Theater, Juventas New Music Ensemble, Lowell House Opera, NEMPAC, Opera del West, Longwood Opera, The Savoyard Light Opera Company, the Concord Orchestra, Riverside Theater Works, and the Hanover Theater. Recent favorite engagements include Adele (Die Fledermaus), Azzurina in the world premiere of The Little Blue One, and Lakmé (title role, cover). Also heavily involved with interactive theater, Kim has performed lead roles in Cry Innocent, Folkways, The New England Pirate Faire, Pinocchio, and The Boston Ghost Cruise. In TV and film, Kim was featured as accused witch Sarah Cloyce in National Geographic Channel’s special Salem:Unmasking the Devil and as Ann Putnam, Sr. in The True 1692 with Cinema Salem.

As a pedagogue, Kim maintains a full time studio where she teaches voice students of all ages and ability levels, as well as beginning piano for young children. Kim has appeared as a guest lecturer and recitalist at Gordon College, and served as a Theater Outreach Specialist for NEGASS, Drama Director for the JCC Kaleidoscope Camp, and Music Director for Break-A-Leg Productions. Kim is also the co-founder a
nd Artistic Director of Rising Stars Productions, a performing arts initiative designed to bring arts education and enrichment to the communities of the greater Boston area. She currently teaches at Brookwood School in Manchester, MA, and is an active member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS).

Master of Music with Distinction, Longy School of Music
Bachelor of Music, Summa Cum Laude, Gordon College

Molly Jo Rivelli


Teaching privately and performing professionally for over 20 years, Molly Jo Rivelli brings not only a wealth of expert teaching methods, but also intense enthusiasm for her craft. Molly Jo grew up studying classical piano, and continued those studies at Whitworth University where she received a B.A. in Music Education. After teaching in the public schools as a choral director, she went on to Arizona State University to pursue her M.M. in Vocal Performance. Her interest in performing Opera and Early Music lead her to Boston where she has sung leads with Boston Lyric Opera, Granite State Opera, Opera Providence, Raylynmor Opera, and Longwood Opera. Her vocal studies include work with Carol Vaness, Arthur Levy, Andrea Del Giudice, Maria Spacagna, Sharon Daniels, and Helen Hodam in all aspects of vocal technique for various music styles including opera, classical, jazz, pop, blues, R&B, musical theatre.

An enthusiastic teacher, Molly Jo has built her individual piano and voice studio into MJ’s Music School, which now employs over a 12 teachers who teach various instruments and styles. In addition to preparing students for entrance to various Music Conservatory’s and Operatic careers, Molly Jo is passionate about early music education and working students of all levels. She has spent years working on ways to adapt Kodaly teaching methods to use successfully with students with special needs, including Autism Spectrum Disorders. Whether a beginning 5 year old, or a working professional, Molly Jo has the experience and techniques to make learning voice and piano fun and effective, thus building the confidence level of every student.


NATS Boston’s Spring 2015 Workshop: Improv for Singers

Slide1Join us! Our Improv for Singers class will be led by Christopher Simpson. Learn fun, fearless theatrical improv techniques that will make you a better singer – and teacher!  Boston NATS members and their students (ages 13+) are welcome!  LIMITED availability, so book NOW!

Date: Saturday May 16, 2015

Times: 11am – 2pm  or  3-6pm (you pick!)

Fee: $20 per participant

Location:  Futura Productions, 4 Belgrade Avenue, Roslindale, MA

 Parking: On-street parking available, and there’s a commuter lot across the street.  

Reservations: To reserve your spot, click here

1508573_10100444930317882_5624786796773175759_nChristopher Simpson is in his 10th season as Artistic Director of Wakefield, Rhode Island’s Contemporary Theatre Company.  He studied Theater and Comparative Literature at Princeton University and has worked in professional theaters in New Jersey, Kenya, and throughout New England.  


NE NATS 2015 Regional Auditions Results

Audition Results

The results are in – the first step in this competition is complete, winners now move on to the National You Tube Round where they compete against 700 students from all over the country!

The top 14 from the National You Tube round will move on to the semi finals held live in North Carolina at the Summer NATS Workshop.

New England NATS Regional Youtube Competition 2015

 Division I: High School Musical Theater Men 

  1. Benedict Hensley, Westborough High School
    Julie Krugman, teacher

Division II: High School Musical Theater Women 

  1. Janna Sokolow, Lynnfield High School
    Noel Smith, teacher
  2. Venere Salzillo, Saugus High School
    Noel Smith, teacher
  3. Ally Peters, Lynnfield High School
    Noel Smith, teacher

Honorable Mention: Casey Greenleaf, Brattleboro Union High Schoo

Jennifer Carol Hansen, teacher

Division III: High School Classical Men

  1. Mark Garrepy, Private
    Roberta Janelle Bishop, teacher
  2. Christopher LaMountain, Westborough High School
    Julie Krugman, teacher
  3. Lucas Antonio Guzman, Roxbury Latin School
    Rob Opdycke, teacher, Roxbury Latin School

Division IV: High School Classical Women

  1. Madison Fitzpatrick, Hanover High SchoolFurong Gardner, teacher
  2. Melanie Richard, Lynnfield High SchoolNoel Smith, teacher
  3. Rachel Garrepy, PrivateRoberta Janelle Bishop, teacher

Honorable Mentions:

Sara Mitnik, Litchfield High School

Laura Mashburn, teacher

Julia Marcus, Westborough High School

Julie Krugman, teacher

Division V: College Musical Theater Men

No entries

Division VI: College Musical Theater Women

  1. Jacqueline Savageau, Clark UniversityJulie Krugman, teacher

Division VII: Lower College/Private Men

  1. Andrew GarrepyRoberta Janelle Bishop
  2. Matthew Feinberg, Western Connecticut State UniversityRoy Mazzacane, teacher
  3. Daniel Satter, Western Connecticut State UniversityDr. Richard Weidlich, teacher

Division VIII: Lower College/Private Women

  1. Arianna Carlo, Western Connecticut State UniversityDr. Margaret Astrup
  2. Nicole Salamon, Western Connecticut State UniversityDr. Richard Weidlich, teacher
  3. TIE

Kaitlin Carruthers, Western Connecticut State University

Dr. Richard Weidlich, teacher

Sophia Cannavo, Western Connecticut State University

Laura Mashburn, teacher

Upper College/Private Men

  1. TIEChristopher GarrepyRoberta Janelle Bishop, teacherCharles Widmer, Western Connecticut State UniversityDr. Richard Weidlich, teacher
  2. Benjamin McCormack, Western Connecticut State UniversityDr. Margaret Astrup, teacher
  3. Steve Valenzuela, Western Connecticut State UniversityDr. Margaret Astrup, teacher

Upper College/Private Women

  1. Kassiani Kontothanasis, Western Connecticut State UniversityDr. Margaret Astrup, teacher

Advanced Men

No entries

Advanced Women

  1. Ahyoung Jeong, New England ConservatoryCarole Haber, teacher
  2. Julie Rumbold, Central Connecticut State UniversityJoanne Scattergood, Central Connecticut State University
  3. Karolina WojteczkoDr. Margaret Astrup, teacher

Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to all who entered. We look forward to next year’s competition!


Welcome our newest Board member!

unnamedWelcome to our newest Board member, Ian Howell, who has stepped in to take over duties as Board Secretary. Ian is Vocal Pedagogy Director at New England Conservatory of Music. Praised by the New York Daily News for his “rich voice, capable of great dramatic force,” and San Francisco Classical Voice for the “heart at the core of his soulful sound,” Ian Howell sings with a warm and seamless tone rarely heard from countertenors. In 2006, Mr. Howell won First Prize at the American Bach Soloists International Solo Competition and Third Prize at the Oratorio Society of New York’s Vocal Competition. His debut solo CD, “1685 and the Art of Ian Howell” with The American Bach Soloists was released in March 2009. From 2000-04 Ian performed and recorded with the Grammy award-winning ensemble Chanticleer. He regularly sings with the finest North American baroque orchestras and is particularly sought out for his expertise in the music of Bach and Handel. Mr. Howell is currently the Vocal Pedagogy Director at the New England Conservatory of Music where he teaches voice, leads the vocal pedagogy curriculum, and directs the NEC Voice and Sound Analysis Lab. Mr. Howell has taught at Yale, Swarthmore, and Rutgers Camden, and was a 2013 NATS Teaching Intern. He was the founding editor of TheCounterTenorVoice.com, an online journal covering career and technique issues for singers. He holds a Master of Music Degree in Voice from Yale University and is a Candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree at The New England Conservatory. His research focuses on practical applications of psychoacoustics and timbre perception for voice teachers.

NE NATS 2015 Regional Auditions

As NATS members, we agree that we see the most improvement and motivation in our students when they are encouraged to perform, whether in recital, master class, or competition. They sing with more purpose and more energy, and the improvement is very often evident. We hope that you will encourage your students to take the time to enter this competition and represent our chapter…and let their voices be heard!

From Boston NATS Chapter, National Musical Theatre Student Auditions 2nd place finalist Gabrielle Corsino.

From the Boston NATS Chapter, 2014 National Musical Theatre Student Auditions 2nd place finalist Gabrielle Corsino.

Questions?  Please email Noel Smith, Massachusetts NATS Regional Governor and Boston NATS Program Director at programsnatsbos@gmail.com.

Photo Gallery: Natalie Weiss Master Class

Photos from our 2014 masterclass with Broadway singer Natalie Weiss.