Melissa Perley

452 Brookfield Road
Berlin, VT 05602

Melissa believes that all students learn differently and tailors her program to the individual, always including all the elements that make a successful, complete and relaxed musician.

Melissa’s performance experience includes solo concerts with internationally known pianist Vladimir Odinakikh from Russia, various chamber ensembles, Romani band, jazz duo and freelance work.  Melissa has taught privately since 2008.  Students varying in age and ability from beginners to conservatory have successfully auditioned for: GMYS, VYO, Vermont All-State orchestra, New England Music Festival and university orchestras.  She is also an All State Music Festival adjudicator for all low strings.




Rachel Clemente

179 Elliot Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301

Rachel teaches both lever harp and pedal harp. She is a graduate of both Interlochen Arts Academy and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Contemporary and traditional Scottish and Irish music are her main passion.




Allison Marino

79 Lincoln Ave.
Saint Albans, VT 05478

Suzuki inspired violin lessons with a focus on music theory & note reading.  Instruction is tailored for each individual student to meet their learning style and musical goals.

I have a BA in violin performance.  I’ve been teaching since 2004 and performing professionally since 2008.  I’ve recently relocated back to VT from Los Angeles where I was teaching and performing with various regional orchestras & small ensembles.



Emmerson Stapleton

24 Brigham Hill Rd.
Essex, VT 05452

I teach Suzuki violin lessons from my home studio, in Essex.  Lessons are offered from a beginner to intermediate level.  Any age is welcome!  Lessons are curated to help each individual reach his or her full potential, and have an emphasis placed on staying entertaining and engaging, while also being focused.

Emmerson is a current VYO violinist, and was accepted into Interlochen Center for the Arts.  She has been teaching for over a year, and has experience teaching younger students.




Maxwell Grube

11 Bay Street
Potsdam, NY 13676

Maxwell Grube is an active bassoon educator, chamber musician, soloist, and orchestral freelancer in Vermont and New York State. He currently serves as Affiliate-Artist in Bassoon at the university of Vermont, as well as maintaining a private studio in Burlington. Grube serves as the VYOA’s bassoon instructor for the Endangered Instruments Program, and works with beginner-advanced bassoonists. Lessons include: warmups, etudes, solo repertoire, large and chamber ensemble repertoire, and reed adjustment/making.

He holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music (DMA in Bassoon Performance and Literature), Arizona State University (MM in Bassoon Performance), and Mansfield University of Pennsylvania (BM in Music Education, Bassoon).





Scott Slapin

7 Valley View Dr.
Milton, VT 05468

Scott Slapin’s viola playing has received critical acclaim in Fanfare, Stad, the American Record Guide, Mundo Clasico, and Musical Opinion, and his popular recital compositions have been performed by hundreds of viola players throughout the world.  Many of his compositions can be heard on ten albums by the Slapin-Solomon Viola Duo, the Wistaria String Quartet, the Penn State Viola Ensemble, Viola Around the World, and the American Viola Quartet.  Scott is a featured soloist on dozens of premiere recordings and the first person to have recorded the complete set of J.S. Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas on viola; he can also be heard playing solo Bach, Paganini, and some of his own compositions on various soundtracks for film and TV.  Scott and his wife, violist Tanya Solomon, performed together as the award-winning Slapin-Solomon Viola Duo for more than twenty years.  At eighteen Scott was one of the youngest graduates of the Manhattan School of Music in New York City.  He teaches viola, violin, and composition privately online and has reached students on five continents via Skype.  For more information, visit and







Tanya Solomon

7 Valley View Dr.
Milton, VT 05468

A native of Geneva, Switzerland, violist Tanya Solomon holds degrees from Oberlin Conservatory of Music and Northwestern University.  A finalist in the International William Primrose Competition, Tanya has performed extensively in ensembles and music festivals throughout the United States and Europe, given many recitals, and soloed with orchestras performing such lyrical 20th Century repertoire as Hindemith’s Trauermusik and Vaughan-Williams’ Flos Campi.  She can be heard playing all six Bach Cello Suites as part of the first complete all-viola recording ever made of J.S. Bach’s Unaccompanied Sonatas, Partitas, and Suites (BWV 1001-1013), released in 2009 on the Eroica Classical Recordings label.  Tanya has been a member of many orchestras including the Louisville Orchestra, the Philadelphia Virtuosi, The Sao Paulo Symphony in Brazil, and the Louisiana Philharmonic in New Orleans.  She taught at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where she was principal violist with the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera.  As duo recitalists, Tanya and her husband, violist Scott Slapin, have been featured performers at several International Viola Congresses/Festivals, and they won Best Chamber Music Performance in 2008 at the Big Easy Entertainment Awards in New Orleans.  They have made many recordings, and their debut CD Sketches from the New World: American Viola Duos in the 21st Century was hailed as “absolutely brilliant” in Strad Magazine.  Tanya teaches viola/violin online, at Amherst College, and locally in the Burlington area.  More info at