Faculty

Piano/Keyboard

Thames Valley Music School boasts a superb faculty of professionals. Below is a listing of the faculty of TVMS by instrument section. To see the instructors of a particular section, click on one of the links below:

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Peter Emanuel

Peter Emanuel has taught piano at Thames Valley Music School since 1993. He is currently the Director of Music at The Williams School in New London, a position that he has held since 1991. Peter is also an active musician, performing on a regular basis with the Dick Campo Big Band and Johnny & the East Coast Rockers, as well as other small groups and as a soloist.

Peter graduated from the University of Connecticut in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science in Music Education. While at UCONN, he studied with Leonard Seeber. Prior to accepting the position at Williams, Peter gave private piano lessons in his home for fifteen years, teaching students of all ages, from beginners to advanced. His own piano training began in New London in 1961 with Mrs. Beatrice Hatton Fisk, followed by studies with Professor William Dale at Connecticut College. He is comfortable with all styles of music, from classical to popular to jazz.

Peter and his wife Patti have been married since 1979 and live in Waterford in the home in which they have raised their four children.

Oxana Lauria

Oxana was classically trained in Kazan, Russia she received her BA in both Piano and Theory of Music from the Kazan Music College 1981-1985 and her MA from the Kazan State Conservatory.  Oxana began teaching piano, history, and theory of music while living in Russia.  Since moving to Connecticut she has continued her music education and has been a member of the Thames Valley faculty since 2002.  Aside from her teaching at the Thames Valley Music School Mrs. Lauria provides private piano lessons and does accompaniment work with the some of the local musicians.  She is in an active member of Connecticut State Music Teachers Association.
Oxana’s approach to teaching piano is to blend what she feels are the most beneficial aspects of both European and American methods of instruction.  Oxana relies on her experience to tailor a learning program for each student and she encourages students to participate in piano competitions, festivals and theory tests.  Several of her students have gone on to pursue careers in music.
 

Elizabeth Limkemann

College of Wooster, Kent State Univ., Akron Univ., Organist St. Patrick Catholic Church, Mystic & Temple Emanu-El, Waterford.

Patrice Newman

Pianist Patrice Newman collaborates frequently in chamber music and art song.  Concerts in the New York area include the Riverside Church, Hudson Highlands Music Festival, Peconic Chamber Orchestra and a chamber music debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall as a winner of the Artists International competition.  As a new music performer, Patrice performed regularly with The Composers Circle and the Friends and Enemies of New Music in New York, and has also appeared in the Arts and Technology Symposium at Connecticut College. She is a graduate of Boston University, where she won the Piano Performance Award, and also studied at the American Conservatory at Fontainebleau, France, the Schubert Institute in Baden bei Wien, Austria, and in New York with pianist Grant Johannessen. As a collaborative pianist and coach, Patrice worked at the Mannes College of Music in New York and currently performs frequently at Connecticut College. Patrice teaches at Thames Valley Music School, and St. George’s School in Newport, RI. She is the current pianist of the Providence Singers and is a founding artistic director of Chamber Music Mystic.

Linda Pezzullo

Linda Pezzullo began formal classical piano studies at age 5. She received BA and MM in piano performance and pedagogy with several years of studies at Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. Her primary mentor is Dr. Pawel Checinski, a Fullbright scholar to Julliard and student of Claudio Arrau. Learning from his artistry, Linda was able to find the real joys of engaging students to help them find their inner passion in music. Students from her studio have consistently rated highly in festivals and competitions, including winning Connecticut State Awards of Excellence and invitations to perform in Carnegie Hall from performance assessments with the Music Development Program, the American branch of the Canadian Royal Conservatory of Music. In addition to her degree recitals, Linda has performed at Brown University, Connecticut College, Providence College, Jamestown (RI) Community Piano Association, Courthouse Performing Arts Center in Kingston, RI, and Bozeman (MT) Public Library artist series. She has worked as a collaborative artist for University of Rhode Island, Connecticut College, and Rhode Island National Association of Teachers of Singing (RI-NATS). While at the University of Rhode Island, Linda served on piano juries and was on the faculty committee for piano proficiency exams. She has also adjudicated piano competitions and music aptitude exams in Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Active in Connecticut State Music Teachers Association (CSMTA), Linda is currently interim president of the Middlesex-New London Chapter of MTNA.

John Torrenti

John Torrenti, Piano, has been teaching for Thames Valley Music School for 15 years. His teaching experience includes 35 years for the Old Saybrook Schools as Chairman of Fine arts, Director of the Concert Band and Concert Choir, Director of more than 35 Musical productions, as well as guest conductor of several music festivals. John is a graduate of Ithaca College School of Music where he earned two degrees. Bachelor of Science in Music Education, and Master of Science in Music Education with a concentration in Piano. While at Ithaca College he was the student of Joseph Tague. During his years at Ithaca College, he performed on many recital programs as a soloist and accompanist. He performed with the college orchestra on its annual Concerto program and prepared and performed a solo recital as part of his master’s degree thesis requirement. John has studied with several other Pianists including Alton Jones of the Julliard School of Music and Watson Morrison of the Hartt School – University of Hartford. John was very active in the Conn. Music Educators Association, serving as President, Chairman of Student Activities and Professional Affairs and the All State Music Festival. He also taught a Music Education course at Wesleyan University and teaches a Music Methods course at Connecticut College. John continues to study the literature for the piano, is a church organist, and attends concert and opera performances.