BM, University of Michigan, University of Maryland, MM, New England Conservatory. Studied with William Stubbins, Robert Genovese, William Wrzesien and Peter Hadcock Former Chairman of the Wind Department at NEC Preparatory School. Two United States Opera tours with Boris Goldofsky. Former Second Clarinet with Worcester Symphony under the direction of Joseph Silverstein and guest artist on many chamber music series performing withthe Vermeer Quartet, Portland Quartet, and others. Premiered and recorded trio by Peter Childs. Director of All Newton Music School since 1986.
A passionate advocate for community music education and the ANMS mission of Music For All, clarinetist Michelle Shoemaker has been a member of the staff and faculty since 2002. In addition to her administrator duties at ANMS, Michelle teaches clarinet, an adult music theory class, and oversees the ANMS Emerging Artists, a lesson enrichment program for students. Her early music education began at her grandmother’s player piano where they would sing together as loudly as possible. Many clarinet lessons and musical experiences later, she earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in clarinet performance from the New England Conservatory of Music, where she was a student of William Wrzesien. Prior to moving to Boston, Michelle studied with Frank Ell at Michigan State University and Alan Woy at the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam.
Evan is committed to the transformational power of our community music school education. Evan immensely enjoys building lasting relationships and cultivating an environment where the entire community is welcome and engaged in our programming, live music series, and special events. Evan is an experienced arts administrator, performer, and director. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater and Directing from The Boston Conservatory and studied at Boston University's MET. Evan strongly believes making connections with others, experiencing a moment in time collectively and learning to communicate through music and theater are essential life experiences. Evan is the instructor for the drama course Imagination Stationand has been part of the ANMS family since 2014.
Naomi Watts is a 2017 college graduate from the Entertainment Production program at the New England School of Communications (part of Husson University). Naomi’s past work includes five years of experience in events such as: weddings, live TV shows, concerts and theatre. She’s worked several shows for the Nite Show with Danny Cashman and directed Husson University Theater’s 2017 spring show ALMOST,MAINE. She joined ANMS after she graduated and she dreams to continue to spread the fun of the arts to all.