Creative Arts Faculty

Joe Beninati

Piano
Private Lessons

Joe has been an integral part of the theater community of the North Shore for a number of years. Since graduating from Reading High School in 1978, Joe has maintained an extensive career in piano performance in the Northeast, having played for fifteen years with the LaPierre School of Ballet and a wide variety of community theater productions in Reading, Wilmington, Wakefield, Peabody and New Hampshire. In addition to teaching piano at Creative Arts since 2002, Joe is also the accompanist for The Reading Community Singers and The Wakefield Choral Society.

Judy Braude

Suzuki Flute, Piccolo
Private Lessons

Judy received her Masters of Music from the University of Illinois in flute performance and is a former flute faculty at Boston Conservatory of Music Division of Special Programs, Bradford, Notre Dame and Upsala Colleges; Manchester Community Music School, and the Perkins Center for the Arts (NJ). Presently, she is the Principal Flute of the Merrimack Valley Philharmonic, and the Salem Philharmonic Orchestras; former piccoloist with the NJ State Opera Orchestra; Flutist with the Arioso Trio, Concerto Soloist with the Livingston (NJ) Symphony, the MVPO, the Salem Philharmonic and the NJ Bach Festival Orchestras. She has performed solo recitals at The Behrend College of Penn State, King's Chapel (MA), and many library concert series including Reading Memorial Library and Andover Libraries. Her specialty is preparing students for youth orchestras, Junior & Senior Districts. Judy has taught at Creative Arts since 2001.

Shannon Eldridge

Theater Arts and Voice
Private Lessons and Group Classes

 

As a performing arts educator, she teaches theater classes and workshops for elementary and middle school students at several community arts programs such as Kaleidoscope Kids (Andover), Wellesley Theatre Project (Wellesley), and The Paige Conservatory for Performing Arts (N Andover). She has also worked in area school theater programs including St. Augustine’s of Andover and Lawrence Catholic Academy. A performer in her own right, Shannon has been seen on stage most recently with the Pentucket Players in various roles during their 2016-2017 season (Narrator, Joseph…Dreamcoat / Reno, Anything Goes / Amy, Company), and she also serves on their Board of Directors. She holds a BM in Voice Performance from the University of Southern Maine. In January 2018 Shannon was given her greatest role to date - Mom to her amazing son Benjamin.

Kenya Esteva de Ruiz

Suzuki and Traditional Violin, Cello, Guitar, Ukulele

Private Lessons and Group Classes
Early Childhood Music

Kenya Esteva de Ruiz's love of string instruments started at an early age. She studied violin in the famous El Sistema Venezuelan Youth Orchestra and soon after  began classical guitar and ukulele studies. She studied abroad in Belgium. She obtained her Masters of Arts in Violin Performance from the University of Iowa. Kenya has a rich and diverse teaching career: beginning as a violin instructor with El Sistema in Venezuela, teaching violin, cello, classical guitar and early childhood classes in Buffalo, NY, and serving as Orchestra and Mariachi Director in the Texas public school system.
 

Kenya is an active performer and has played with a variety of orchestras in the United States and abroad. She currently performs with the Boston Civic Symphony Orchestra, Lowell House Opera productions at Harvard University, various music ministries in the Greater Boston area and our own Creative Arts Ensemble. She is a life-long learner, fluent in Spanish and English, certified in Music Together and registered in the Suzuki Method. She was awarded a life-long honorary membership in Pi Kappa Lambda (American Honors Society of music professors and students).

Alicia Gray

Visual Arts
Group Classes and Private Lessons

Alicia is originally from a small town in Western New York state, ironically called Boston. She earned a Bachelors of Science in Art Education and Art History at Nazareth College of Rochester. After completing her Masters in Educational Technology, she moved to Massachusetts in 2013. She has been teaching art for the past 9 years to middle and high school students and is currently working on her PhD in Brain Based Art Education at Lesley University. A new mom, her days are spent at home, taking care of and teaching her favorite mini artist, Hannah. In her spare time she loves to travel, create art and spend time with her family and two dogs. Alicia enjoys working with mixed media and loves to create artist books that combine drawing, painting, photography and graphic design.

David W. Kay

Photography

David has a BFA from the Mass College of Art. While in art school, he studied with several prominent photographers and met many famous photographers. He and his wife started Boston’s Kingston Gallery and ran it for five years. His work has been published and exhibited. In addition to his fine arts prints, he has an extensive portfolio of industrial products and jewelry/craft photography. He is an active member of the Arts Collaborative of Wakefield. He has a studio at Porter Mill Studios in Beverly.

Baekyu Kim

Piano

Private Lessons

Baekyu Kim is a gifted pianist, who has won numerous awards and made his Carnegie Hall Debut with a recital in 2009. He joined Creative Arts in 2011 while working on post-doctoral studies at Boston University. Mr. Kim’s training includes the following degrees; Piano Performance from Chung-Ang University (Korea), Master of Arts, Ecole Normal de Musique (Paris, France), Doctoral of Musical Arts from SUNY-Purchase.

Baekyu enjoys teaching both piano and music theory lessons to students of all ages, whether beginners or advanced. As an instructor who is dedicated to the artistic development of his students, Baekyu Kim addresses both the long-term and short-term goals of students with a technical, detailed and amiable approach.

Kim Kolodzieczak

Visual Arts

Group Classes and Private Lessons

Kim Kolodzieczak has a BFA in Illustration from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA and a MA in Teaching Art from Salem State University. She has volunteered and taught in classroom settings with children from kindergarten to middle school. Although her preferred mediums are drawing with graphite, colored pencil work and watercolor painting, she also has experience with clay and ceramics, screen printing, printmaking, acrylics, weaving and collage. She is always experimenting with new mediums and new ways to use materials to broaden her artistic abilities.

John Korajczyk

Clarinet, Oboe, Saxophone, Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone
Private Lessons

Though an active performer, multi-instrumentalist John Korajczyk's main passion is teaching music to children, teens and adults. A long-time band director and Instrumental Music teacher in Lowell, MA, he has a Bachelor's in Music Education from University of Lowell, his Master's in Clarinet Performance from New England Conservatory of Music and an advanced degree from Banff Center for the Arts. John systematically builds on basic skills for each instrument and encourages musicianship while guiding students to apply what they have learned as they refine their repertoire. He has experience teaching ages 6 to adult, beginner through advanced. Mr. Korajczyk is especially interested in helping students prepare for Junior and Senior District Auditions and emphasizes musicianship, technique, music theory, performance and ear training during lessons. He began teaching at Creative Arts in 1993, took a break for a couple years and now is back!

Sheryl LaFayette

Suzuki Viola, Violin and Piano

Private Lessons

Sheryl has extensive training in the Suzuki philosophy & approach, a Bachelor of Music with honors and a M.S. Library Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is past-president of the Massachusetts Suzuki Music Schools and the Houston Area Suzuki Strings Association; former Director of the Massachusetts Suzuki Festival, and Assistant Director of Suzuki by the Green. Sheryl has also taught at the Suzuki School of Newton, Crespo Elementary Magnet Fine Arts Academy and Spring Branch ISD. Sheryl performs with local ensembles and orchestras.

Andrea Loretz-Frey

Traditional and Improvisational Voice

Private Lessons and Group Classes

Andrea received her Masters of Music in Opera Performance from Boston Conservatory of Music and a BA from the State University of New York at Binghamton. She has performed for over 30 years throughout the East Coast, US and Europe. Andrea continues to perform, which includes her great passion for 'crossover improvisation'.


Andrea specializes in teaching youngsters, teens and adult students at all vocal levels and performing experiences.  She has taught for over 25 years in the Boston area and New York, including her tenure at Creative Arts since 2000. Andrea is the Founder, Co-Director, and Performance Artist with Improvelocity and has studied with Robert Honeysucker and Elizabeth Vrenios.

Marybeth MacKay

Suzuki Violin and Piano

Private Lessons

Marybeth MacKay’s study of the violin began at an early age through the Suzuki Method. She graduated from Ithaca College where she studied with Calvin Wiersma while exploring the intersection of music and healing through an independent concentration in Creative Arts Therapy. Marybeth has used music in eldercare and special education settings to analyze this correspondence. Marybeth integrates her training in both the Suzuki and Music Together methods into her approach to music education. Furthermore, she has performed extensively around New England, France, Scotland, and the Middle East while enjoying playing classical, bluegrass, Scottish, and Middle Eastern styles. Marybeth also works as an ABA Therapist and violin teacher in the Greater Boston Area.    

Brian Ocock

Voice 

Private Lessons

Brian Ocock received his Masters of Music in Applied Voice from New England Conservatory of Music and a BM in Applied Voice from Westminster College. He has studied voice with Mark Aliapoulios, Susan Clickner, Isaac Reid and Frank Pullano, and vocal coaching with Terry Decima and James Benner.

 

Brian teaches vocal performance and is Choral Director at Masconmet Regional School. He loves musical theater and is a member of Lyricora, a Boston area ensemble choir. Brian is Music Director for our Summer Musical Theater programs and has been at Creative Arts since 1988.

Laura Root

Visual Arts

Laura has a Masters in Teaching Art PreK-8 from Salem State University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Connecticut. Laura has also studied ceramics at Massachusetts College of Art, and desktop publishing and digital imaging/Photoshop at the University of Massachusetts. Laura has been teaching art to children since 2005 and has worked within the Arlington and Wakefield school systems. Known by students for her patient and cheerful nature, she began at Creative Arts in September 2014.

Roald Wilson

Piano, World Music Instruments

Private Lessons

Roald is Certified in World Music Pedagogy by the Smithsonian Institution and he studied music, theater and audio technology at Indiana University. He has composed for film and modern dance choreography and his acoustic ensemble "Tornado Bros.", based in Boston, received regional airplay.

 

Known for his diversity of musical interests, he has performed in dozens of states and internationally on keyboards, strings and wind instruments in classical, folk, Appalachian and Zydeco music genres to name a few. Roald has built many unique instruments and collects and plays many more. He has been teaching piano and ensembles at Creative Arts since 1997.

John Udinsky Jr

Guitar

Private Lessons

 

John Udinsky Jr earned his B.M. in Jazz Guitar Performance from The University of the Arts and leads an active career as both a performer and a teacher. As a freelancer, John’s experiences have included performing heavily in the PA/NJ/NY tri-state area, frequenting venues such as World Café Live, Milkboy, TIME, Arlene's Grocery, Rockwood Music Hall & The Bitter End. He has also toured along the East Coast performing in over 12 states & has been featured on 4 LPs, 1 EP,  3 singles & has appeared in 2 music videos. Outside of freelancing, John loves the theater and has performed in orchestra pits for over 18 musical productions. Today, John resides just outside of Boston, MA and is planning the release of his upcoming debut solo acoustic guitar album entitled "Movin' Along”. 

 

In a lesson with John, a student can expect to get a well rounded education. Not only will they receive training in the essential guitar repertoire & techniques of all styles, but will also receive lessons in musicianship such as theory, transcription & ear training. John also emphasizes creativity through the development of skills such as improvisation, arranging & composition.  

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