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James P. Cassarino M.Phil.
Associate Professor and Director of Music Program.

M.Phil., University of Wales, Bangor (U.K.)
Graduate Diploma, St. John's University
M.A., Ball State University
B.A., Castleton State College

A native of Vermont, Prof. James P. Cassarino oversees a vibrant music program that includes course work in music and performing opportunities in both instrumental and choral ensembles. In addition to his classroom duties, Prof. Cassarino conducts the Green Mountain College & Community Concert Band, the madrigal choir Cantorion, and the GMC Choir. As an academic, Prof. Cassarino is an active researcher in Welsh music and is well-known in the United States and Wales as an authority of Welsh-American music traditions.

Adjunct Faculty
Mary Barron
Adjunct Instructor of Applied Strings
M.A., St. Michaels College
B.F.A., Williams College

Mary is a professional musician and music teacher living in Rutland, Vt. She has played in the Torrington Symphony Orchestra and after taking a break from music to study visual arts at Williams College, began fiddling with the Boston Scottish Fiddle Club in 1994. Although she still enjoys playing classical music, she has focused on primarily Celtic fiddle styles ever since. Mary currently plays fiddle, mandolin, guitar and sings with local bands Extra Stout, Cold River Band, and Salt River Revue. In addition to teaching at GMC, she teaches music in several Rutland County elementary schools and serves as co-director of Trillium, the Rutland area's hospice chorus.

Gus Bloch
Adjunct Instructor of Music Performance
B.S., Ithaca College

Active in community music, Gus Bloch served as conductor of the Rutland City Band, the oldest municipally support band in the country. He performs in a number of local bands and is founder and director of the Tailgaters Old-Time Jazz Band. At GMC he teaches guitar, banjo (four or five string), mandolin, ukulele, clarinet, saxophone, penny whistle, folk percussion and virtually any other peculiar instrument requested. He also serves as director of the Green Mountaineers, and old-time music performing ensemble.

Jared Shapiro
Adjunct Instructor of Applied Cello and Bass
M.Mus., Bennington College
Jared Shapiro, cellist, holds his Master of Music degree in cello and composition from Bennington College. In addition to Green Mountain College, he also teaches at Castleton State College, the Michael Rudiakov Music Academy (Manchester, Vt.), and at the Community College of Vermont. He has recorded music for film and CD. Mr. Shapiro also sings, plays cello, recorder, and percussion in the eclectic music world trio, “Natural History.”

Gary Meitrott
Adjunct Lecturer in Music
B.F.A., Ithaca College
M.A., Goddard College

Gary Meitrott has been shaking it since he found his mother's hidden stash of Elvis Presley records back in the 50's. While in high school, Gary found his place behind a set of drums and on the theatrical stage where his love of percussion was interwoven with his passion for theater. Following college, Gary lived an actor's life in NYC with numerous off-Broadway shows, Broadway, dinner theatre engagements and tours of the U.S. in shows such as Grease. His drumming education was electrified by the masters Babatunde Olatunji, YaYa Diyallo, and John Amira. His love of nature brought him to Vermont where he completed graduate work at Goddard College with an M.A. in Consciousness Studies.

At Green Mountain College, he is currently teaching courses with ethnic hand percussion, and regularly develops energetic courses. He is also the artistic director of Shakespeare on Main Street, an outdoor summer theater in Poultney. Gary encourages his students to see their experience at GMC as a rite of passage leading to a profound shift in their being.

Jean Sutton
Staff Accompanist
B.A., Houghton College
M.Mus., Indiana Univeristy - Bloomington

Jean Sutton has served on the music faculty at Green Mountain College since 2008. In addition to being an active performer, she maintains an active piano teaching studio. She has served as Assistant Professor of Music at Dowling College and has additional experience as a music coach and adjudicator for the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, at Steinway Hall (NYC), and at the Manhattan School of Music.

Lucy Allen Tenenbaum
Adjunct Instructor of Applied Voice
B.A., Skidmore College

Lucy Tenenbaum is a 1999 graduate of Skidmore College with a BA in Music in Vocal Performance and Choral Conducting. In the summer of 2012 she began a Master of Music Ed program in Choral Pedagogy at Kansas University, completing a Science-based Vocal Pedagogy course as well as Advanced Choral Conducting and Rehearsal Techniques. Ms. Tenenbaum maintains a large voice studio at Green Mountain College, as well as teaching voice at Castleton State College and in her studio in Rutland. She conducts a popular local choir, Ladies’ Night Out Women’s Chorus, and also has been a Piano Tuner for 40 years. She is married to Phil Tenenbaum, local Apple Computer Guru, and enjoys gardening, traveling, and keeping up with her family.

Barry Hyman
Adjunct Instructor of Applied Music
B.A., Antioch College
Graduate Studies, Bennington College
Barry Hyman has been performing since 1965 and teaching music since 1977. His primary instruments are guitar and pedal steel guitar, but he also sings and plays bass, harmonica, sitar, keyboard, banjo, and percussion. He founded his underground label, Sweet and Happy Records, in 1983, and his discography currently includes 26 titles. A grant-winning composer, he holds a BA in Music from Antioch College and completed two years of additional study with the "Black Music Division" at Bennington College, but the most important part of his music education has come from decades of regular performance in many quite different musical genres. He currently plays with four bands, teaches private lessons, is an adjunct at three colleges and a high school, and has just released his latest cd, The Spice Of Life, which is available at his website,, and at CD Baby and I-tunes.

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