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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Karin Carlson, Violin

Ms. Karin Carlson received her Bachelor of Science degree in Education and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Performance from the University of Connecticut in Storrs. Ms. Carlson is currently the Orchestra Director at East Lyme High School in Connecticut. In addition to her orchestral duties she teaches classroom guitar, music history, and general music. Ms. Carlson is also the director of the Junior String Ensemble at the Thames Valley Music School in New London, CT. In addition to teaching, Ms. Carlson performs with the Mystic String Trio, the Con Brio Orchestra, and section substitute with the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra. As a freelance violist and violinist she performs weddings, church services, pit orchestras, and other musical events. Ms. Carlson is an active member of the Connecticut Music Educators Association, American String Teachers Association, and the New England Music Educators Association. Ms. Carlson was this year’s ensemble chair for the 2015 Connecticut Eastern Region Orchestra who performed in January at the University of Connecticut in Storrs.

Christine Coyle, Cello

A native of New York, Cellist Christine Coyle is a respected performer and experienced teacher of music known across the northeastern United States. Under the tutelage of Marion Feldmann, Ms.Coyle earned both Bachelor and Masters degrees from The Manhattan School of Music. During her course of study she was privileged to participate in master classes given by some of the preeminent teachers and virtuosos of our time, including Aldo Parisot, Itzhak Perlman, Yo Yo Ma, Burton Kaplan, Shlomo Mintz and with members of both the American and Tokyo String Quartets.

Today Ms. Coyle is a long tenured member of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra and the Hudson Valley Philharmonic. She performs frequently with Orchestra New England, the Greater Bridgeport Symphonic Orchestra, and has participated in numerous productions at the Goodspeed Opera House. She is a founding member of both the Amaryllis Ensemble and the Taghkanic String Quartet. She also performed and recorded as a member of the New York City based Ambrosia Trio.

Ms. Coyle believes in developing solid bow and left hand technique to enable refined artistic expression. Her past teaching experience includes time spent as a member of the faculties of Rutgers Preparatory School and the Bethwood Suzuki School. Currently Ms. Coyle serves as the Conductor of the Thames Valley Junior and Advanced String Orchestras. She is also a member of the cello faculty at the Community Music School in Essex and the Thames Valley Music School in New London.

Lisa Gray, Violin

Lisa Gray is an accomplished violinist and dedicated teacher. Currently, Lisa is a member of the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra in New London, CT. She also enjoyed playing 2 seasons with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. In February 2005, Lisa had the privilege to solo with the Coast Guard Band. She also plays for the Salt March Opera, Con Brio, Eastern Connecticut Chorus, and the Mystic River Chorale. In addition to orchestral playing, Lisa performs frequently throughout Connecticut and Rhode Island in solo and chamber music recitals in collaboration with other great musicians from traditional quartet to guitar to harp and to voice. She is also a member of the string trio Metaphor, a group comprised of Waterford residents who perform regularly around Southeastern Connecticut.

Lisa is delighted to join the faculty at the Thames Valley Music School in New London, CT and maintains a private studio as well as teaching at Music and Arts in Waterford. She taught previously at the Community Music School in Essex for over 10 years. She continues to mentor students as a visiting artist coaching ensembles including the Waterford High School orchestra and the Eastern Connecticut Youth Symphony Orchestra. She also helped begin the Music City Strings program located in New London. She has been a substitute teacher for the Waterford Public School System and instructor of a violin workshop through Waterford Parks and Recreation.

Lisa began her violin studies at the age of five in the Suzuki program with Harriette Hurd and Ronda Cole and continued on to attend the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY where she studied with Mitchell Stern and Ilya Kaler. She graduated in May 2001 with a Bachelor’s of Music in Violin Performance.

Other interests include playing the piano and organ though the majority of her time is spent being a mother.


Christine Harrington, Cello

Christine Harrington, cellist with the Bohemian Quartet, has performed symphonic and chamber music, as well as Celtic and contemporary jazz. She has performed with the Eastern Connecticut Symphony, the Ocean State Chamber Orchestra - trios and duos, as well as having the privilege of performing, premiering, and recording the music of composer, Eliane Aberdam. Christine is a classically trained cellist, having studied with master teachers, Alexander Kougell, David Wells, and Julie Charland-Ribchinsky. She has also studied improvisation with bassist, Dave Zinno, and trombonist/composer, Hal Crook and works closely with jazz pianist and composer, Joe Parillo. She is the cellist on Joe Parillo’s CD of original jazz piano/cello compositions, “Sand Box”, “Celtic Fiddle Fest” with Johnny Cunningham and Kevin Burke, as well as the Bohemian Quartet’s CD’s, “Beyond Tradition” and “Silhouette”.

For the past 30+ years Christine has enjoyed an enriching career as a public school string teacher & orchestra director. She has developed highly successful string programs in Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts. She was featured in the March 2007 STRAD magazine in an article on techniques employed to help students achieve success in the audition process and was selected as a “Director Who Makes a Difference” by the School Band & Orchestra magazine in December 2013. Christine has presented many workshops throughout the country on new music for improvising strings as well as workshops for music educators in Rhode Island and Massachusetts on building string programs and teaching alternative strings techniques. Christine is a past president of the RI Music Educators Association and the RI String Teachers Association and is currently the middle and high school orchestra director in the Cranston, RI, Public Schools. Christine is also the Education Consultant for the Community String Project in Bristol, RI; a non-profit after-school string program.

In addition to teaching and performing, Christine has been a guest conductor of the RI All State Junior Division Orchestra, the Long Island String Festival, Eastern Region CT Junior Orchestra, and the Southern Region CT Junior Orchestra. She was a conductor for the RI Philharmonic Youth Orchestra Program from 1991 until 1999 and the Ocean State Youth Orchestra String Ensemble from 1999 until 2000.

Christine holds a Bachelor of Music Education from the Hartt School of Music, Hartford, CT, and an MALS in Literature and Art from Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT.

Analissa Martinez, Cello

Cellist Analissa Martínez has performed extensively throughout the United States, Mexico, and Europe. Her credits encompass performances of the most refined classical repertory to gigs with the world’s most famous pop stars.

Ms. Martínez performs regularly at Carnegie Hall and at the Alice Tully and Avery Fischer halls at Lincoln Center. In addition she has performed at Madison Square Garden, and at both the Bellas Artes and Sala Nezahualcoyotl in Mexico City. Some of her pop-music credentials include the Juntos tour with Marc Anthony, performance on the Latin Grammys, and work with Carlos Santana, John Legend, Patti LaBelle, and José Feliciano.

Ms. Martinez’s work in the classical genre is sundry. She presently performs with Distinguished Concerts International New York, was a cellist in the acclaimed Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas, was a member of the Manhattan-based Sheep Island Ensemble, and was a member of The Music for Life International Super-Orchestra –an all-star orchestra featuring the world’s foremost classical musicians and including members of the New York Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and the London Philharmonic.

Additionally, Ms. Martinez has served as guest cellist with the Favore String Quartet; was cello-soloist in The Tribute to Pablo Casals --a presentation of the Friends of Catalonia Society; and has premiered two original works: Liebeslied by Italian composer Alessandro Roveri, and a Mind-Dependent Phenomenon, a solo cello composition by Erin Huelskamp with the Boston New Music Initiative. Ms. Martínez has served as program director and cellist in the New York City chapter of Classical Revolution –an initiative with the mission of popularizing classical music in all socio-economic strata of society.

As a member of the Manhattan Island Duo with pianist Vlada Yaneva, Ms. Martinez recently completed Brahms and Beethoven recitals for cello and piano. The duo is currently working on a Russian-composer series. Analissa Martínez currently lives in the New Haven area.

Lynn Masciarelli, Violin

Manhattan School of Music. Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, Roslyn String Quartet. Recordings on Koch and Newport Classics.

Mark McCormick, Bass

Mark McCormick, contrabass, received both his bachelor of music and master of music degrees from the Manhattan School of Music. He has performed at the Spoleto Festival USA, the Waterloo Festival in Princeton, New Jersey and the Texas International Double Bass Symposium. In New York City he has appeared at Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall and Merkin Hall with the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, the Prism Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra New England, the Manhattan Philharmonic and the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra. Mr. McCormick has recorded on the Vox, Bridge, Newport Classic and KOCH International labels. A recording of the music of Alan Hovhaness, in which he performed as principal bassist, was voted most popular classical album for 1995 in Great Britain, as well as being nominated for a Grammy Award in the United States. Mr. McCormick joined the United States Coast Guard Band in 1997.

James McNeish, Guitar

Yale University, Hartt School of Music. CCCP, CT Classical Guitar Society, ECSO, USCGB, Goodspeed Orchestra. Faculty: CC.

Carol Pearson, Violin/Viola

Hartt School of Music. ECSO, Musica Dolce.