Mr. Stoddard graduated from the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music in 1994 with a B.M. in music education. He first taught at Sts. Peter and Paul School in Fall River, Massachusetts, where he also served as parish organist and choir director. After that, he taught in Ashburnham, Massachusetts while studying for the M.M. degree in music education from the University of Mas- sachusetts at Amherst, which he earned in 2000. At UMass he earned all three levels of Orff-Schulwerk certification. In 2002, he began teaching in Marble- head. Shortly after he came to Marblehead, he earned the Kodaly Certificate from the Hartt School of Music. In 2009 he became a National Board Certi- fied Teacher in early/middle-childhood music.
Although originally from the Midwest, Ms. Frias’ musical studies brought her to Massachusetts to pursue a Bachelors in Music in Music Education at Gordon College. While at Gordon, Ms. Frias studied the violin under Dr. Susan Kim, and was an active member of the Symphony Orchestra and the Chamber Music Program. She was also honored as the recipient of the Gordon College Music Guild Scholarship. This past summer, Ms. Frias returned to her alma mater to begin pursuing a Masters of Music Education.
Since 2012, Ms. Frias has had the privilege of working for the Marblehead Public Schools, where she teaches and directs the string lessons and ensemble rehearsals for grades 3-12. In addition to her role as Director of Orchestras, Ms. Frias is the advisor to Marblehead High School’s Tri-M Music Honor Society.
Outside of Marblehead, Ms. Frias serves as the conductor of the Prelude Strings Ensemble for the Northeast Massachusetts Youth Orchestras(NMYO) .
Kate Ferris conducts the concert and jazz bands at Village and serves as the Specialist Lead Teacher. She is a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Educator Advisory Council, teaches woodwinds at Endicott College, and is the Jazz Council Chair for the Massachusetts Music Educators Association.
Ms. Ferris holds a Bachelor of Music with a concentration in Music Education from Berklee College of Music, and a Masters of Music in Music Education with concentrations in instrumental pedagogy and music cognition from Northwestern University. Previous teaching experiences include teaching in- strumental and vocal music in Ipswich and Salem, MA, Chicago, and Boston.
In addition to performing and recording with contemporary music groups around New England, Ms. Ferris is active with many community music groups and firmly believes in access of performing opportunities for all. During summers, Ms. Ferris is busy being a sailing instructor, helping run the Salem Jazz & Soul Festival, and performing music all over New England!