Vocal pedagogue, Kristy Errera-Solomon, serves on the voice faculty of Bridgewater State University and formerly on the voice and theater faculty of The South Shore Conservatory (SSC), teaching private students as well as class voice and musical theater courses. She has also directed at SSC’s Summer Vocal Institute.
Errera-Solomon served as the Director of Admissions at The Boston Conservatory for several years, a position through which she was able to help thousands of young aspiring musicians, actors, and dancers take steps closer to their professional goals. She has adjudicated thousands of auditions and has presented her knowledge of performing arts admissions at a number of national Classical Singer conventions. While at The Boston Conservatory, she served on the voice faculty of the Boston Conservatory Vocal/Choral Intensive in the summers of 2008 and 2009.
Errera-Solomon’s students have been accepted to numerous prestigious musical theater and music programs around the country, including but not limited to Berklee College of Music, The Boston Conservatory, Elon University, Roosevelt University, New York University, University of the Arts, Penn State, Northwestern University, Ithaca College, Oberlin College, Marymount Manhattan College, and The American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA). Current students and alumni are actively performing with Broadway, off-Broadway, and regional theater companies, national tours, and at prominent music venues.
As a soprano, Errera-Solomon has performed throughout the country with groups such as Orange County Opera, South Orange County Chamber Orchestra, Metro Stage West, the Chance Theater, the Zeltsman Marimba Festival, and Cohasset Dramatic Club. Past highlights include Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Olympia in Les Contes D’Hoffman, Emmie in Albert Herring, Frasquita in Carmen, Musetta in La Bohéme, Gianetta in the Gondoliers, Gabrielle in La Vie Parisienne, Maria in West Side Story, Wicked Witch in Shrek the Musical, and Cunegonde in Candide.
Errera-Solomon, a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, holds a Bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from Boston University and a Master’s degree in vocal pedagogy from The Boston Conservatory. She specializes in CCM pedagogy, and has held a private studio for many years, also offering additional services as a private college admissions/auditions counselor. She lives in Scituate, Massachusetts with her husband, percussionist Samuel Solomon, and children Nicolas, Leo, and Luciana.
Sarah Troxler, pianist and vocal coach
Sarah Troxler, is an active musical collaborator throughout the greater Boston area, having earned her Master of Music degree in Collaborative Piano at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, MA. She earned her B.A. in Piano Performance at Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, MA, where she is currently an adjunct music professor. She also teaches at the South Shore Conservatory.
Ms. Troxler is active in community music programs, serving on staff with the Quincy-based South Shore Performing Artists’ Concert Series and Quincy Summer Singers. She serves as a collaborative pianist and vocal coach at Longy School of Music of Bard College, Brandeis University, and with Cambridge Summer Opera Company, as well as serving as Minister of Worship at North Street Community Church in Hingham. Her instrumental arrangements of favorite Christmas tunes can be heard on North Street’s Advent album Coming Home.
Kristin Swan, vocal therapist
While Kristin has extensive experience treating various speech, language and hearing disorders; she is pleased to team with Kristy and consult using an interdisciplinary approach to those students whose voice difficulties may be impeding their ability to reach their full singing potential. By working together, combining both professional disciplines, the singer has the benefit of a clinical management of the voice. Kristin pays attention to the fine details of professional voice use and evaluates the best management of the vocal mechanism for long-term vocal health.
Kristin received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Purdue University with a Master of Science degree in Speech Language Pathology. She is certified through the American Speech-Language Hearing Association as a speech-language pathologist.
In addition to her work as a Speech-Language Pathologist, Kristin co-developed The Short Fuse Theatre Project where she serves as a Director.
Vocal instructor Maria Marini has extensive experience teaching private students.
She is a former voice instructor of Robinson Music in Westborough and a former Voice and Jazz/Rock/Pop faculty member of the South Shore Conservatory (SSC). While teaching at SSC, Maria created the course Pop/Rock Vocal Tech, coached a weekly performance workshop for contemporary music students, and was a camp director for Summer Vocal Institute. She has also adjudicated for Hingham Schools Solo and Ensemble Festival. Maria’s students have gone on to study music professionally with many of them attending Berklee College of Music.
Trained in classical, musical theater, jazz, pop, rock, country, R&B, and electronica styles, Maria specializes in song stylization. Her performance credits include leading roles in community musical theater productions, competition placement at the national level, an Outstanding Vocal Solo Performance Award given by the International Association of Jazz Educators, and the 2010 release of her pop single “Falling” under the name Maria Veronica.
Maria graduated with honors from Berklee College of Music and holds a Dual Bachelor of Music Degree in Vocal Performance and Music Production & Engineering.
Erica McDermott is a Boston Native SAG/AFTRA actress who has maintained a busy work schedule since landing a supporting role in the Oscar nominated Bio-Flick “THE FIGHTER.” This role earned her an MTV Movie Award nomination for “Best Fight,” along with being part of an Ensemble that was nominated for several major awards throughout the year. Erica’s other credits include “AMERICAN HUSTLE,” ABCs ‘Body of Proof,” SPIKE TV’s “Guys Choice Awards,” ”Jimmy Kimmel Live,” and a LIFETIME Movie of the week. You can see Erica as South Boston’s own Mary Bulger in Warner Bros. Pictures “BLACK MASS.” She also appeared in FOX 2000 Pictures “JOY,” and can be seen in “MANCHESTER BY THE SEA” and “PATRIOTS DAY.”
Erica has been a cast member of the successful stage comedy MOMologues for over 10 years. She will tell you one of her favorite stage performances was to a sold out house at The Hard Rock Cafe in the comedy “The Pink Ribbon Overdose.” Erica is a proud co-creator of The Short Fuse Theatre Project where she co-directs shows and classes for children and teens.
Meredith Gosselin is a Boston-area Equity actor known for chameleon-like qualities, playing everything from power lesbians to shy bookworms!
Meredith’s approach to monologue coaching draws upon a combination of techniques she acquired while studying at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee and those she picked up through her experiences performing. She touches upon the work of Michael Chekhov and Kristin Linklater, to mention a few.
Meredith focuses on connecting the interstitial moments found in each piece to create fully realized and truthful characters.