Dr. Jeanne Drumm
viola, violin, piano
Originally from Seattle, Ms. Drumm is a graduate of the University of Washington with Master's Degrees in both strings and piano, and Bachelor's Degrees in piano, general music and chemistry. She moved to Massachusetts in 2002 to pursue a Doctorate of Musical Arts at the New England Conservatory of Music, completing her dissertation, a workbook on Rhythmic Structure, in 2010. Jeanne has had a varied musical career, beginning with her first accompanying "job" at age nine. She has been the Concertmistress of the Evergreen Philharmonic, Music Director for several musical theater productions (with Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winner Brian Yorkey), pianist in a Vocal Jazz Ensemble, founding member of the chamber music group Meridian Ensemble, Keyboard Harmony instructor, lecturer at the International Viola Congress, Principal Viola of Cape Ann Symphony and music director of the Worcester Opera. Jeanne has been teaching for twenty-five years. Her students frequently perform in the Central District and All-State Orchestras, and perform as accompanists in their schools. Ms. Drumm opened up the Academy of Music in order to provide high quality music education, while creating a fun atmosphere and supportive community of music students.
voice, piano and theory
Lyric Soprano Christine Petkus, a native of Canada , has happily called Massachusetts home for the past eight years. Among her numerous opera credits, favorites include Rosalinda (Die Fledermaus), Nella (Gianni Schicchi), Lauretta(Gianni Schicchi), The Governess (Britten’s The Turn of the Screw), The Representative (Barab’s A Game of Chance), and The Witch (Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel). As an oratorio soloist, Ms. Petkus has been showcased in such works as Vivaldi’s Gloria, Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Grand Mass in C minor, Fauré’s Requiem, and Syzmanowski’s Stabat Mater. Ms. Petkus is a frequent soloist in recitals and concerts, and also maintains an active teaching studio. In the past year she has begun performing the role of Rose (alternately with Erin Conley) in GWO’s touring opera for children Diamonds and Toads, and is also the organization’s fund-raising chair. She holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Ottawa and a Master’s of Music (concentration Opera) from the New England Conservatory of Music.
voice and piano