Getting to know us more!
Meet the founding members of MMM
Jeff Fennell moved to the Pioneer Valley in 2008 to attend UMass Amherst, where he received a BA in Jazz Performance and a BA in Psychology. While there he studied the jazz and classical tradition, performing at such prestigious festivals as the World Saxophone Congress. He became part of touring bands, some in the big band tradition and others in the modern folk, funk, soul, and jam band styles that provided many years of touring, playing large music festivals, concert halls, and intriguing clubs.
In 2015 Jeff began working at the Community Music School of Springfield with Sonido Musica, an El Sistema-inspired community partnership program that provides music education to public schools in Springfield and Holyoke, MA. The program has grown from it’s beginnings in three middle schools to now helping serve in over 20+ elementary, middle, and high schools providing music education for over 1,200 students. In 2018 Jeff was accepted into the META fellowship, which was founded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council as a means for teaching artists throughout the state to meet and discuss the unmet needs in their communities. He along with other fellows agreed that the tools their students needed were those helping in self regulation, emotional resilience and social-emotional awareness, all provided with trauma sensitive care. With this in mind, through 2019-2020 he became a certified 300-hr Mindfulness Teacher through the Engaged Mindfulness Institute, along with becoming certified to teach the Mindful Schools curriculum. He and the other MMM Fellows have been working to find creative ways of integrating MBSR and other mindfulness practices into musicians lives both in and out of the classroom.
Jeff continues to call the Pioneer Valley home and has a deep love and connection to the rich, historic yet ever changing music scene in the area. While not traveling he can be spotted playing in jam sessions and horn sections along with his three main projects, soul syndicate The Mary Jane Jones, Boston based R&B show band Miss Fairchild, and dub reggae group SoulTree.
He currently lives in Easthampton, MA where he can be heard practicing way too late at night.
Sought-after violinist and teacher Celia Zhang hails from Louisville, KY. She began her musical studies at age 5. After winning many of her local music competitions, she then joined the Preparatory Department of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, studying with Kurt Sassmannshaus and serving actively as concertmaster and soloist of the Starling Chamber Orchestra. After making her solo debut with the Louisville Youth Orchestra at age 9 and professional solo debut with the Louisville Orchestra at age 14, she later went on to complete her Bachelor's Degree in Violin Performance from the Juilliard School in 2014 and her Master's Degree from the Yale School of Music in 2016.
Throughout her career, Celia actively participated in many music festivals, including the Aspen Music Festival and School, the Spoleto Festival, Music Academy of the West, and others. Some of her highlight performances have taken place in iconic venues such as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Kennedy Center, and Beijing Concert Hall. She has performed in concerts throughout the United States, Asia and Europe, and given concerts with the Jacksonville Symphony, New Haven Symphony, Hartford Symphony, the New World Symphony and others, as well has having been selected as a Finalist with the latter group.
In addition to performing, Celia was an active member of the Music In Schools Initiative - a program which enables music students at the Yale School of Music to assist teachers in the New Haven Public School music classrooms. Other responsibilities included managing and rehearsing student ensembles through their adjacent All-City Honors Ensemble for selected students. She has also served as a Teaching Artist in MISI's summer program, the Morse Summer Music Academy.
After relocating to Boston in 2017, she joined the faculty of several notable educational programs, including the violin faculty of the Dexter Southfield School, the Josiah Quincy Orchestra Program (JQOP) and the Brookline Music School. JQOP named Celia the Director of their Villa-Lobos Orchestra (2018), and of their Newbold Orchestra (2019). She was also nominated as a Music Educators/Teaching Artist (META) Fellowship, run by the Mass Cultural Council. Her own private teaching studio opened in Newton, MA in the spring of 2018, and is already broaching maximal capacity. Her students have placed #1 in the state at the Royal Academy of Music Examinations, won first prize in the Crescendo International Music Competition, have been invited to perform solo at Carnegie Hall, and seated as front stand leaders in the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra and New England Conservatory Youth Orchestra.
In addition to her passion for teaching, Celia is also a frequent chamber and solo recitalist in the Boston area, and a founding member of the Tarlino Duo, and Duo Risu.
I was born on a farm in Nebraska, where I had plenty of hunger for sound, and the sky was as big as this child’s imagination…
I first learned piano from the nuns in grammar school; and pipe organ for church services. At the age of ten I begged for my first guitar…I couldn’t bend notes on the piano and I had to find a way to do that :) And by that age, I’d began to write my own songs.
I started teaching guitar lessons at a local music store in 1972 - at the tender age of 16. There, I continued to absorb influences both musical, and literary. After winning a few regional competitions in classical piano, and receiving a creative writing award for poetry and lyrics, I did my undergrad at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln in piano performance. I played in many and varied bands in the the area, expanding my writing, arranging and recording skills, and in 1981, moved to Boston.
I came to Boston without a job, but drew on my early experience as an organist to become organist/choir- master at First Church of Winthrop, and spent the rest of the 80’s there, while writing, recording and producing music locally. Projects included writing and producing the opening song for “From All Walks of Life,” (one of the first AIDS walks,) “Washington,” a song for the parade kickoff and booklet for the 1990 Pride parade in Boston. I played in a variety of clubs, composed and produced music scores and incidental music for several plays (Boston’s Triangle theatre, Club Cafe, and the Winthrop Playmakers.) and did a PSA for the Boston Arch Diocese. The 1980s were also about a lot of personal growth for me. An interest I’d had since my teenage years in philosophy grew into a deeper interest in psychology, and I entertained that interest with study and doing Jungian therapy.
In the years 1989-2001, I logged over 10,000 hours of performance as the resident pianist in the formal dining room of Boston's classic Ritz-Carlton, followed by a residency 2006-2009 at the Boston Harbor Hotel, and 2010-2011 at the Park Plaza Hotel. I’ve continued to perform as a solo pianist at the Harvard Club, the Boston Opera House, and at Symphony Hall.
After 2000, I spent time as piano accompanist at Boston Conservatory, Organist/Choirmaster at St Paul’s Episcopal in Malden, wrote the “Torch Song” for and appeared in a cameo in Roland Tec’s movie “All the Rage”, and was part of an acoustic performance duo “Meradith and McGhei,”. I also performed and played for the Boston Ballet School, teaching music history in their summer programs for several years.
Since 2011, I’ve been the choral conductor/music director/organist at St John’s Episcopal in Winthrop MA.
At Zumix, East Boston, (Since 2003) I’ve been teaching piano and guitar, was co-director of the DiverCity Band, Voces, co-facilitator and sometimes composer for the Sprouts and Musical Theatre programs, and very recently Play It Forward project, and a new program for market priced lessons for adults, helping to subsidize Zumix lessons for children: Bands and Brews.
Since 2010 I’ve been music director for “A Touch of Class" women’s chorus of East Boston and in 2019/2020 have been the official Lenox hotel (Boston) “wedding pianist.”
As a solo artist (adult alternative) I’ve released three CDs, SWIM (2006,) UPWARD (2013) and SG EP (2018, an ode to my old Gibson SG guitar)
My work affords me the opportunity to work with people of all ages — and I love that!
Daniel Doña has distinguished himself as an active performer and pedagogue. He serves on the viola faculty of the Boston University School of Music alongside his duties as Chair of Student Life and Honors, Assistant Chair of the String Department, Coordinator of String Chamber Music, and Lecturer of String Pedagogy and String Literature. Daniel is also Assistant Director of the Boston University Tanglewood Institute String Quartet Workshop and has taught at the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music and Point CounterPoint. In addition to his teaching at BU, Dr. Doña serves on the faculty of the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra Intensive Community Program. Dr. Doña is an avid chamber musician and is a member of TriChrome and the critically acclaimed Arneis Quartet.
Performance highlights include appearances at the Beijing Modern Music Festival, Music on Main (Vancouver) and Stanford University’s Lively Arts series as well as broadcasts on CBC Radio 2, WGBH and WCLV. Daniel performs regularly with Emmanuel Music and other ensembles in the Boston area. He has presented guest masterclasses at the University of Connecticut, Swarthmore College, Northwestern University Music Academy and Miami University. His arrangement of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody for viola ensemble has been performed internationally.
Partially as a result of his time at the University of Chicago, Daniel pursues interdisciplinary projects with a passion. In 2014 he received a Humanities Enhancement Project Award from the Boston University Center for the Humanities to curate concerts exploring relationships between poetry and music accompanied by lectures on poetry from members of the BU and Harvard English Departments. As a member of the Banff Festival Quartet he performed in collaboration with dancers, presenting Hans van Manenʼs Grosse Fuge and a world premiere of Heather Myersʼs Dedications. As part of his META fellowship with the Mass Cultural Council Dr. Doña is currently exploring connections between mindfulness practice and music pedagogy and performance.
Dr. Doña received his AB in Philosophy from the University of Chicago, where he was awarded the inaugural David Fulton Award for excellence in instrumental performance. He received his MM in Viola Performance from the University of Oklahoma where he studied with Matthew Dane (viola) and Felicia Moye (violin). At Boston University he studied with Michelle LaCourse, Steven Ansell and Ed Gazouleas. He received his PD and DMA from BU and was a two-time recipient of the String Department Award.
In his spare time Daniel enjoys traveling with his husband Scott and finding exotic places to run races and pursue culinary adventures. He ran the Berlin Marathon on his honeymoon and has also completed the NYC and Chicago Marathons. Bookstores are his Achilles heel.
For the last 10 years, 4 time award winning Female Music Producer of New England’s Urban Award Monet A. Ledbetter-Glaude better known as (“Angel Mone’t”), has opened up a musical window of original and contemporary music that lets in the likes of Pop, Funk, Hip Hop and Caribbean music. She has created a phenomenal revolution in the world of Children’s music through her original songs filled with uplifting themes.
Mone’t Ledbetter-Glaude has designed a multicultural music curriculum with resources that teaches children the fundamentals of music and addresses the needs of music in early childhood education through her Children’s Music Program “Peppy People’s Music”. She is also a teaching Artist for Berklee City Music teaching Piano and Voice at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Ma.
Mone’t is the writer, director and producer of The Children’s Family Musical “Jack’s World”, a play about Love, Family and Self-esteem in which she received the iParenting Media Award for the sound track she produced and performed from Jack’s World. She was the featured opening act for The famous “Univer-Soul Circus” in 2005.
As a song writer, performer, vocalist, pianist and playwright, her fresh blend of soulful vocals, positive lyrics and up beat rhythms has touched the hearts of many across the country raving for her CD “Jack’s World”, filled with motivational and inspirational messages of Love, Family and Self-Esteem. Mone’t has also written, performed, produced and recorded her latest song “MY TEACHER” which is a tribute to teachers all over the world. Now, with the anticipated release of her new Album, “Children Are A Gift”, on Rossy Records, Monet Ledbetter-Glaude is sure to set new standards.
Ms. Ledbetter-Glaude is the founder of the HOI Network” Internet Radio Station and Creator of the “House of Inspiration Show”. She is the president of Inet Productions Inc, a music production company that specializes in the development of instrumental, vocal and performance skills. She is a graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston, receiving a Bachelor of Music degree.
Ms. Ledbetter-Glaude is also the author of the children’s book “Introducing Jack Christopher Wilson” that comes along with music and character building tools. Ms. Ledbetter-Glaude enjoys sharing her gift of music with families of the community and other surrounding areas.