SUMMER 2019 Artistic Staff

Kirsten Oberoi

Kirsten Oberoi

Summer Choral Intensive Artistic Director

Email: oberoi@sscchorus.org

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A native of Quincy, MA, Kirsten Oberoi is a passionate music educator, heavily involved in the music community of the South Shore. In 2016, Kirsten co-founded the South Shore Children’s Chorus with colleague Carey Shunskis. That same year, Kirsten began as the Choral Director at Ahern Middle School in Foxborough, MA. In 2018, Kirsten was elected as the Choral Representative for the Southeastern District board of the Massachusetts Music Educator’s Association, as well as conducted the Junior and Senior SEMSBA Choirs in the spring.
Kirsten’s vision as the Artistic Director of the South Shore Children’s Chorus includes several rehearsal locations, including singers of all ages, experience levels, backgrounds, ethnicities, and more. She works hard to continually find ways to reach and include new, unique singers who need a place to be themselves where they are accepted, while also working to hire directors and staff that are aligned with the mission of the organization and will give quality vocal, choral, and music literacy instruction.
As the Director of SSCC’s Advanced Choir, Kirsten aims to create an atmosphere of professionalism and high-quality music-making in rehearsals. In addition, Kirsten works hard to ensure that each student in the Advanced Choir improves weekly in music literacy through sight-singing classes. Kirsten works daily with over 200 students in the choral program at the Ahern Middle School in Foxboro, where she is also building a music literacy curriculum through sight-singing. Kirsten graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree in Composition from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, CA. Her award-winning compositions are available at www.jwpepper.com. Between 2013 and 2015, Kirsten founded and created several different choral programs for children while living in San Diego, – most notably, the SACRA/PROFANA Summer Choral Intensive. The SCI program, sponsored by San Diego’s only year-round professional choir, SACRA/PROFANA, served 78 students in its first year (2014) and 97 students in its second year including students representing over 35 different high schools and communities. Other notable choral experiences include conducting the Intermediate Level Choir at San Diego Children’s Choir in 2013-2014, helping to prepare (and performing in) the on-stage chorus for Disney Theatrical’s U.S. Premiere of The Hunchback of Notre Dame in 2014, and singing professional choral performances as a core member of SACRA/PROFANA. Kirsten’s singing voice can be heard on the soundtrack for the live action Beauty and the Beast film released by Walt Disney Pictures in March 2017. Kirsten believes wholeheartedly in the mission of the South Shore Children’s Chorus, and looks forward to seeing the organization continue to grow!
Matthew Coveney

Matthew Coveney

Summer Chorale Director

Email: coveney@sscchorus.org
Kelly Graeber

Kelly Graeber

Summer Chorale Director

Email: graeber@sscchorus.org
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Kelly Graeber is a music educator and soprano. Growing up in Quincy, MA, Ms. Graeber began her music career studying piano, singing in school choirs and playing clarinet in the North Quincy High School band. In 1993 she was accepted into the Handel & Haydn Society Vocal Arts Program, an opportunity that would change her path forever. Voice lessons, theory/ ear training and master classes offered there readied her for college study in music. In 2001, Ms. Graeber completed a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance summa cum laude from the University of Southern Maine where she sang the role of Countess Almaviva in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro. While living in Maine, she was a soloist with the Portland Symphony and the Portland Community Chorale. Continuing her education at the University of Illinois, Ms. Graeber studied voice with the acclaimed soprano Cynthia Haymon. In 2006, she completed a Master of Music in Music Education at The Boston Conservatory and began teaching public school. Ms. Graeber studied Orff-Schulwerk music education at Boston University. In 2009, she visited Budapest on a pedagogy tour to observe music teaching and learning in Hungarian schools that follow the method of Zoltán Kodály, a Hungarian composer, musicologist and music educator. Inspired by the visit, she completed a three-year Certificate program in Kodály teaching with distinction from the Kodály Music Institute in 2014. Ms. Graeber teaches elementary school general music and chorus at the Morse School in Cambridge, MA. In an era where districts are cutting funding to music, she has expanded the music program, developing a Kodály based program based on frequent music instruction. Students at the Morse School have music classes 3 to 4 times per week. For the past 12 years she has been cantor and choir director at Saint Mary Church in West Quincy. Equally comfortable on the opera and musical theatre stage, Ms. Graeber sang the roles of Susanna in Marriage of Figaro with Opera by the Bay and Ms. Silverpeal in The Impressario with Mass Theatrica as well as Grace in Annie and Liesl in The Sound of Music with the Cohasset Dramatic Club. Ms. Graeber lives with her husband and two pre-school aged children in Quincy. When not singing or planning lessons, she enjoys chasing them around, though admittedly looks forward to singing lullabies each night as they drift off to sleep.
Krishan Oberoi

Krishan Oberoi

Director of Choir & Voice, Stonehill College

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Krishan Oberoi was born in New York and attended Yale University. His work has been featured in TIME magazine, the Los Angeles Times and the Boston Globe, among other publications. As a conductor, he has prepared ensembles for Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang, Oscar-winning composer Michael Giacchino, and Tony award-winning composer Alan Menken.

Oberoi has been hailed as a “visionary” (San Diego Story) for his role as Founder and Principal Guest Conductor of SACRA/PROFANA. He has championed the work of avant-garde composers like Schoenberg and Ligeti. In 2018, Oberoi received a grant from the Krenek Foundation in Austria to conduct performances of 12-tone choral works by composer Ernst Krenek.

Oberoi is the recent recipient of the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Boston University. He currently lives with his wife Kirsten in Massachusetts, where he is Professor of Voice and Director of the Collegiate Chorale at Stonehill College.

More about Mr. Coveney
Matthew Coveney is originally from Braintree, MA and is ecstatic to join the SSCC team. He is excited to combine his passions for music education, choral conducting, and his love of the South Shore community. Mr. Coveney began studying piano and voice at the Braintree After School Conservatory (BASC) and then continued his vocal studies at the South Shore Conservatory with Lorna Jane Norris. Throughout high school, Mr. Coveney led sectional rehearsals for the Concert Choir, performed in BHS Theatre Guild productions, studied music theory through the BASC and sang in festivals such as the 2012 and 2013 MMEA All-State Festivals, and the 2014 NAfME All-National Festival in Nashville, TN. These experiences led to his passions for singing and music education. In 2018, Mr. Coveney continued his studies at Ithaca College where he graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education and a concentration in voice. While there, he studied voice with Marc Webster. He performed in Ithaca College’s mainstage opera La Clemenza di Tito by Mozart in 2017. In addition to gaining the musical knowledge and educational skills to teach, Mr. Coveney went out into the Ithaca community to enrich his experience as a developing music educator and a chorister through his work as a Tenor Section Leader with the Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers under the direction of Dr. Baruch Whitehead. Mr. Coveney can be heard as a featured soloist with this group on their CD and has been featured at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC as well as venues in Montreal. Under the direction of the acclaimed Dr. Janet Galván, he performed at the Lincoln Center in 2017 and as a featured singer at the 2018 Eastern Division American Choral Directors Association with the Ithaca College Choir. He has studied conducting techniques with Dr. Sean Linfors and studied piano privately with Dr. Diane Birr. Mr. Coveney studied advanced choral conducting techniques with Dr. Janet Galván.
Kayla Gautereaux

Kayla Gautereaux

Soprano Section Leader

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Kayla Gautereaux, soprano, is an active performer of solo recitals, opera, and oratorio. Among other professional choral engagements, Ms. Gautereaux is the Assistant Music Director at the Union Church in Waban. Ms. Gautereaux is a private voice teacher, maintaining an active studio at Foxborough High School and in Dedham, MA, having recently earned her Master of Music in Vocal Pedagogy at New England Conservatory. Ms. Gautereaux is the co-founder of Folklore Guild, a choral ensemble specializing in music from video-game and film soundtracks with strong education component. Ms. Gautereaux serves as Vice President on the board of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Boston Chapter, and is the creator of the Voice Box Channel on YouTube.

Kristen Murdaugh

Kristen Murdaugh

Alto Section Leader

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Kristen Murdaugh, mezzo-soprano, is a performer of opera, oratorio, and art song. With a passion for contemporary repertoire, she recently sang the role of Estelle in John Musto’s Later the Same Evening under the direction of Robert Tweten and Joshua Major. Her other recent opera credits include Zita in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and La Zia Principessa in Puccini’s Suor Angelica — both under the direction of Steven Goldstein and Christopher Larkin; Madame Flora in Menotti’s The Medium as well as roles in works by Bizet, Britten, Mozart, Puccini, Rossini, and Gilbert & Sullivan. An avid performer of sacred repertoire, she has been a featured soloist with the South Carolina Bach Choir, North Carolina Baroque Orchestra, Furman Symphony Orchestra, and Furman Chamber Choir on works such as Bach’s Die Elenden sollen essen, Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb, and Honegger’s King David. She is currently in her second year as the alto section leader at the United Parish of Brookline where she recently sang the contralto solos in the world premier of Christopher LaRosa’s oratorio Joshua. She has participated in masterclasses led by Betsy Bishop, Kathryn Cowdrick, and Martin Katz while in the United States, and in masterclasses led by Angelika Kirchschlager and Luigi Marzola while studying and performing in Europe. Kristen holds a Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance and German studies from Furman University where she graduated summa cum laude. She is currently working on her Master of Music degree in vocal pedagogy at the New England Conservatory of Music and runs a private voice studio in the Greater Boston Area. Her teachers include Lisa Saffer, Ian Howell, Lisa Barksdale, Jill Feldman, and Trudy Fuller. 

Mike Pfitzer

Mike Pfitzer

Tenor Section Leader

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Michael Pfitzer is Director of Choral Studies at SUNY-Albany, where he conducts the Chamber Singers and Chorale. He has previously conducted choirs at Harvard University, Boston University, Framingham State University, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and led international performances in Brazil and Romania. An advocate for creating strong communities through music, he has conducted a number of community ensembles including the Cambridge Community Chorus, whom he prepared for performances with the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra and Boston Civic Symphony. He is also the Director of Music at the First Parish Church of Stow and Acton.
In addition to choral music, Mr. Pfitzer has conducted dozens of musical theatre and opera productions, and performed as an oratorio soloist with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and Sounds of Stow. He is scheduled to graduate in May with a DMA from Boston University, where he has studied conducting with Dr. Miguel Ángel Felipe and Dr. Scott Jarrett. He received a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and History from Tufts University. He is excited to be returning to the SSCC Summer Intensive for his third year!
Ethan Lobenstine

Ethan Lobenstine

Bass Section Leader

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Ethan is a conductor, music educator, and vocalist based in the Boston MetroWest area. Ethan’s passion is group singing and helping others find joy in improving their voice, regardless of age or musical style. He serves as the Director of Choirs for Dracut High School and Richardson Middle School, where he directs two traditional choruses and a competitive Show Choir. He is also the Artistic Director for Voices of MetroWest, a community choir based in Natick, MA that shares popular music with voices and audiences of all ages. Ethan has been an a cappella aficionado since high school, and has been beatboxing and directing a cappella groups since he was 14. A professional a cappella arranger, his arrangements have been performed widely across the US, Europe, and Australia. He currently directs Harvard VoiceLab, a graduate student a cappella group at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. While completing his MM in Choral Conducting at New England Conservatory, Ethan worked with the acclaimed Boston Children’s Chorus as a Teaching Fellow. A resident of Belmont, MA, Ethan can be found hiking local trails, running, and almost always singing.