Our Teachers


Nancy Goodwin


Nancy is Director of Sinfonietta Strings and conducts the Sinfonietta String Ensembles. Her private teaching studio in Nashua has 20 students.  Nancy also performs regularly with Symphony New Hampshire.

Nancy began learning violin in a New York public school string program in 3rd grade.  She studied violin privately with Margaret Pardee of the Juilliard School,  Matthew Raimondi of Vassar College and Mimi Bravar, Music Director Emerita of Phillips Exeter Academy. Nancy attended the Meadowmount School for the Violin during summers and the Queens College String Seminar under Alexander Schneider. She received a Bachelor’s of Arts in Music Composition from Vassar College.

She has been a teacher at the Nashua Community Music School and group violin and ensemble teacher in the Nashua School District.  Nancy conducted the Hollis Brookline String Ensemble for Hollis Brookline Public School students and three times at the NH String Festival Orchestras.

She has performed opera and orchestral works with Concert Orchestra of Long Island and was Concertmaster with Opera on the Sound. New Hampshire performances include New England Symphony, Nashua Symphony, and SymphonyNH.  She developed a performance program and performed with a Nashua Symphony String Quartet to demonstrate string instruments for the twelve Nashua elementary schools. Solo violin performances include Heinrich Biber’s Rosary Sonatas, Bach Aria accompaniments for Christ the King Lutheran Church (Nashua NH), Church of Our Savior (Milford NH)



Beth Welty teaches at Mount Pleasant Elementary School. She received her Bachelor and Master’s degrees in violin performance from Indiana University, where she was a student of Yuval Yaron. She has performed with numerous groups in the Boston area, including the Boston Classical Orchestra, the Handel and Haydn Society, and the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra. She has performed abroad with various organizations, touring Italy with the Chorus of Westerly and South Africa with the London Chamber Players. She toured Spain twice as concertmaster of the Massachusetts Symphony.  In 2014, she traveled to Switzerland to perform  a solo recital, and in 2015 did a five concert tour of England with the Aryaloka String Quartet.

Beth is the assistant principal second violinist with the Springfield (MA) Symphony Orchestra, and serves as concertmaster of both the Nashua Chamber Orchestra and the Waltham Symphony Orchestra.

An avid chamber musician, Beth is  a founding member of the Kaleidoscope Chamber Ensemble. In 1991 she made her Lincoln Center debut with the Boston Quartet, of which she was also a founding member. She maintains a private teaching studio in her home in Waltham.



Kyra Davies


Kyra Davies taught strings at Bicentennial Elementary School for Sinfonietta Strings for 2 years and is currently a substitute teacher for Sinfonietta. She received her Bachelor of Music degree at age 20 from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, studying under Kenneth Goldsmith.  She continued her studies at the Longy School of Music, where she was a recipient of the inaugural Eric Rosenblith Scholarship and appeared as concertmaster of the Longy Chamber Orchestra. Other private teachers have included Ronan Lefkowitz, Kazuko Matsusaka and Robert Eshbach.

Kyra enjoys an active teaching career and has served on the faculties of Youth and Enrichment Family Services (Hyde Park, MA), the Belmont Public Schools, and the Sharon Music Academy.

She regularly appears with Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra, South Florida Symphony Orchestra, Symphony New Hampshire, Orchestra of Indian Hill, New England String Ensemble, Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, and New Bedford Symphony Orchestra.  As an orchestral musician, Kyra has worked with performers ranging from Itzhak Perlman and Denyce Graves to Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler and hip-hop artist DJ Premier. She has appeared as a soloist with the Orchestra of St. Margaret Mary and the National Repertory Orchestra. Recent highlights include appearances at the New Hampshire Music Festival under Donato Cabrera, the Castleton Festival (Castleton, VA), where she worked with Donald Runnicles and Lorin Maazel, and the Siena Music Festival (Siena, Italy).



Raluca Dumitrache


Boston based violinist, Raluca Dumitrache enjoys a rich musical life as a recitalist, chamber musician and a teacher.  Raluca teaches violin and viola at Amherst Street School for Sinfonietta Strings. , She strives to be an example to her students and inspire them to achieve their best. She has teaching experience for over 10 years in her private studio and in conservatories in the Boston area.

Raluca maintains a very active concert career throughout New England and she is currently a member of the Cape Symphony and New Bedford Symphony and performs regularly with Portland Symphony (ME), Symphony Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, New Hampshire Symphony and Rhode Island Symphony.

In her native Romania she has been featured as a soloist with the Jennnesse Musicales Orchestra at the Parliament Hall in Bucharest, the National Operetta Orchestra, the Lyceum String Orchestra and broadcasted live on the Romanian National Radio

Her orchestral experience includes concerts in Switzerland, Denmark, Sweden, Italy, Romania, France, Oman, Nederlands, Mexico, and the United States. She has performed in venues such as the Tonhalle Zurich Concert Hall, and the Royal Opera House.

Ms Dumitrache has participated in international music festivals such as the Geminiani Music Festival (Italy), Round Top Music Festival (TX), Chautauqua MusicInstitute (NY), Heber Springs Festival (AK), Belfort Music Festival (France), Palofoxiano Music Festival (Mexico), Castleton Music Festival ( US) and Early Music Festival (Netherlands).

In 2010 she toured the United States in the all star chamber orchestra assembled for the  “75 Anniversary of  Porgy and Bess”.

From 2010 to 2012 Ms Dumitrache performed under the baton of Maestro Lorin Maazel in the United States, Canada, Oman.

Ms. Dumitrach’s  principal teachers include Irina Muresanu, James Alexander and Daniel Podlovsky and has performed in master classes for Yfrah Neaman, Jorja Fleezanis and Jacques Israelievitch.


Susan Faux teaches strings at Sinfonietta Strings summer week program each summer. She received a BM from Hartt School of Music and a MM from New England Conservatory. She has studied violin with Eric Rosenblith, Ben Sayevich, and Charles Treger and chamber music with members of the Emerson Quartet. Sue has also attended teacher training workshops at University of Wisconsin at Steven’s Point.

Sue has performed with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, the Albany, Vermont, Portland ME, Newfoundland CANADA, Greenville SC, Richmond, Jacksonville, and Springfield MA symphony orchestras as well as Rhode Island Philharmonic, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Ballet Florida, Boston Landmarks Orchestra, Michigan Opera Theater, Orchestra of Indian Hill, Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Philharmonic, and Symphony New Hampshire. She is also a member of the orchestra at Sarasota Opera, where she plays co-principal 2nd violin.

Ms Faux has participated in numerous summer festivals including New Hampshire Music Festival, Bellingham WA, Aspen, Hampden-Sydney VA, Conductors’ Institute at Hartt, and Musik Festival Davos in Switzerland. She was also a member of the orchestra for the North American tour of “Star Wars in Concert”.

Sue is a former member of the faculty of the Community Music Schools of Manchester and Concord NH, Winchester MA, as well as the coaching staff at Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras. She lives in Jamaica Plain


Deborah Markow


Deborah Markow teaches violin and viola at Dr. Crisp elementary school and during Sinfonietta Summer Week.  She is a violinist, violin and viola instructor, and conductor of string chamber ensembles.  She studied with Mehli Mehta and Noumi Fischer and received a Bachelor of Science degree at University of Southern California.  Deborah has performed in numerous orchestras (including New Orleans Symphony), chamber music ensembles and recording studios  in Los Angeles, Boston, New Orleans and New Hampshire.  She is a former faculty member at University of New Orleans, Tulane University and Community Music Center of Boston, and former director of the Greater New Orleans Suzuki Forum.  She has had private teaching studios in Los Angeles, Boston and New Orleans.  Presently,

Deborah resides in New Hampshire and enjoys performing, teaching and conducting (both youth and adult) string chamber ensembles in the New England area.



Lynn Basila


Lynn Mielke Basila teaches strings at Birch Hill Elementary School for Sinfonietta Strings and at Sinfonietta Summer Week.  She maintains a private violin studio in her home in Nashua NH.  Lynn has been on the faculty at Indian Hill Music, the Tulsa Suzuki School and the Rocky Mountain Summer Music Camp.

Lynn performs with Symphony New Hampshire, the Orchestra of Indian Hill, and is an active freelancer in both Massachusetts and New Hampshire.  The winner of several competitions, including the Arizona State University and Colorado State University Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competitions, Lynn has performed with many orchestras and chamber ensembles.  She was a full time core member of the Tulsa Philharmonic in Oklahoma, performed with the Phoenix Symphony, Jerusalem International Symphony Orchestra, Aspen Festival Orchestra, National Repertory Orchestra, National Orchestral Institute and the Colorado Music Festival.

Lynn has a B.M. from Colorado State University, a M.M. from Arizona State University.  She resides in Nashua with her husband Nicholas, daughter Elena, and kitties Lucy and Ethel.


Elaine Leisinger


Elaine Leisinger teaches strings at Bicentennial Elementary School for Sinfonietta Strings.  Her early music education was at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School.  She holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music (B.M. in Viola Performance, with Performer’s Certificate), the University of Rochester (B.A. in Mathematics), and the University of Massachusetts — Boston (M.Ed. with Secondary Mathematics focus).

Elaine enjoys performing in both large and small ensembles.  She can often be seen playing violin/viola with orchestras such as Symphony New Hampshire, Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra, and Mercury Orchestra.  An avid chamber musician, Elaine is a co-founder of the Haydn Enthusiasts, which has presented the complete string quartets of Haydn.

In addition to her work as a string performer, Elaine has diverse experiences as a coach and pedagogue, collaborative pianist, and composer/arranger.  She has worked as a strings teacher and coach, both privately and at the Perry Elementary School (Boston, MA) in affiliation with the New Philharmonia Orchestra.  She has worked as a piano accompanist at the Eastman School of Music and the Suzuki School of Newton.  She has tutored music theory and coached vocalists.  She has also written musical arrangements for teaching purposes and for professional-level ensembles.

In her non-musical life, Elaine is passionate about math education, and has taught math at the University of Massachusetts — Boston and in the Boston Public Schools.


Caterina Yetto


Caterina Yetto teaches strings at Sinfonietta Summer Week and New Searles Elementary. Caterina received her Master of Music degree from the University of Delaware, and her Bachelor of Music from Oberlin Conservatory of Music. During her six years of higher education she wastaught and mentored by Xiang Gao, Lawrence Stomberg, James Anderson, and Gregory Fulkerson.

She has performed in master classes, including those given by The Julliard Quartet, Eugene Drucker of The Emerson Quartet, Karla Donehew-Perez of The Catalyst Quartet, and David Kim of the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra. She has also been presented with a wide variety of performance opportunities. In the orchestral setting Caterina has held both Associate Concertmaster and Concertmaster positions in the University of Delaware Symphony Orchestra. She was also the Associate Concertmaster for the Master Players Concert Series 2016 Concertized Production of Die Zauberflöte. Caterina is active in smaller ensembles as well, having returned to the Master Players Concert Series in 2017 for two newly arranged pipa and violin octets as well as a soloist. She also held the concertmaster seat for University of Delaware Opera Theater’s production of Glass and Moran’s The Juniper Tree and O’Riordan’s The Masque of Edgar Allen Poe, a world premiere. More recently, Caterina has been an active substitute violinist in both Symphony New Hampshire and the Orchestra of Indian Hill. While in school, Caterina was a member of the UD Graduate String Quartet, where she had the opportunity to partake in her favorite form of performance: chamber music. Chamber music, to
Caterina, is the purest form that music can take as each person communicates to the others completely through the music. She strives to achieve that level of connection in any and all music making as well as to imbue her teaching with it.

Since graduating, Caterina has happily been expanding her teaching career. She joined the faculty at North Main Music, Rosita Lee, and Let’s Play Music in the fall of 2017, and has been growing her private studio as well as volunteering for the violin program at Infant Jesus School in Nashua since 2011. She is looking forward to joining Sinfonietta Strings!




Carolyn Fryer


Carolyn Davis Fryer, bassist, has a wide range of experience as chamber musician, orchestral player, coach and teacher. She has performed extensively around Europe, South America, the United States and Mexico. Notable touring opportunities have included travelling to South America with the New York Philharmonic under the direction of Zubin Mehta, multiple U.S. tours with the Brandenburg Ensemble under the direction of Jaime Laredo, and several east coast tours as part of the prestigious “Music from Marlboro” concert series. As guest artist she performed with Isaac Stern at the State Department in Washington D.C. and for the Kennedy Center Honors to honor her mentor, Alexander Schneider, in a nationally televised live broadcast.

Chamber music guest appearances have included performances with Triple Helix, Lavazza, the Colorado and Mendelssohn Quartets, the Orion Trio, Maine Mountain Chamber Music, the Portland Chamber Music Festival, and the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music. Ms. Fryer has also spent multiple summers performing in the Grand Teton and Marlboro Music Festivals.

Since moving to the Boston area in 1996, Ms. Fryer has performed regularly with the Boston Ballet Company and Boston Musica Viva. In addition to Boston University’s School of Fine Arts, she is on the music faculty at the University of Massachusetts in Lowell and, as guest artist, has coached at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute (BUTI) and the New Hampshire All State Chamber Music Festival.

Before moving to Massachusetts, Ms. Fryer was an active freelance musician living and working in New York City where she was Principal Bassist with Philharmonia Virtuosi, performed with the American Ballet Theater, and taught at Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts and Mannes Preparatory School of Music. She graduated from the Juilliard School where she was awarded the Zimmerman Scholarship for Outstanding Achievement and earned her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees.

Priscilla TaylorPriscilla Hayes Taylor is the creator, cellist, programmer, researcher, and artistic director of Decompression Chamber Music. She is a member of the Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra and Symphony New Hampshire. Ms. Taylor performed with Frank Sinatra, Paul Anka, the Temptations, and Mary Wilson of The Supremes. She has performed with various chamber groups and orchestras in New England, California, Nevada, France, Austria, Vietnam and Thailand. Ms. Taylor has a MM in Cello Performance from New England Conservatory, and a BA in Music Performance and Composition with a minor in Spanish Literature from Bennington College. An experienced cello teacher and chamber music coach, Ms. Taylor has taught privately and at various educational institutions in California and New England, Ms. Taylor is currently on the music faculty at UMASS Boston. She received a Provost’s award for scholarly and/or creative activity from that institution in 2012.

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