Music Instructors

Rick Cook - Director of Music / Instructor

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Rick Cook was appointed full-time music lecturer at Southern New Hampshire University in the fall of 2008. He was promoted to tenure track in 2012.  During his short time at SNHU, the performing music program has grown from one ensemble to 14 and academic offerings have increased from one music appreciation course to a music minor and a music education major. Cook has taught music history, music theory, composition, jazz combo, concert band, orchestra, brass choir, rock band, concert chorus, chamber choir and music education courses at SNHU.

Cook is ABD from a Ph.D. in instrumental conducting/music education at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he studied with Dr. Frank Battisti, one of the world’s leading experts in wind conducting. As a doctoral assistant, Cook served as an assistant conductor for the UMass Wind Ensemble, Symphony Band, Concert Band and Marching Band, and observed student teachers. In 2005, he completed a master's degree in wind conducting/music education at the University of New Hampshire, studying conducting/composition primarily with Dr. Andrew Boysen Jr. He did undergraduate work at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., where he studied conducting/composition with Dr. Timothy Mahr. Cook grew up off North Union Street, just up the road from SNHU, and attended Manchester Central High School, where he studied music with David Bresnahan.

Cook has written compositions performed by various performing ensembles throughout New England, including the UMass Symphony Band, the Manchester Central High School Wind Ensemble, the Manchester Memorial High School Orchestra, the Winnecunnet High School Band, various ensembles at the University of New Hampshire and the Nevers' Second Regiment Band.   Cook’s Symphony #2 was premiered by the SNHU Wind Ensemble in fall of 2012.

As a trumpet player, Cook has performed with Clark Terry, Ingrid Jensen, Paquito D’Rivera, Dave Ballou and Dan Nolan.  He served as the trumpet section leader for the Air National Guard Band of the Northeast from 2004-2010.

Prior to graduate school, Cook taught band, orchestra, chorus and general music to students (grades three through 12) in the New Hampshire public schools. He lives in Sandown, N.H., with his wife, Kim, a music teacher in the Timberlane school district, and his three cats.  Rick Cook was recently named to the Union Leader's ''40 Under Forty'' list.

David Bresnahan - Lecturer

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David joined SNHU as an adjunct Music Education faculty member in 2011. Prior to joining SNHU, Bresnahan taught for over thirty-five years in the public school system at the elementary, junior high and high school level. . His subject areas have included: general music, choral music and instrumental music.

Bresnahan received his Bachelor in Music Education from Plymouth State College and a Master of Arts in Music Education from the University of New Hampshire.

He is past president and a founding member of the New Hampshire Band Directors Association and a former Director on the Executive Board of the New Hampshire Music Educators Association. He received the 1995 NH Governor's Award for Arts in Education, the 1999 NHBDA Outstanding Band Director Award and was named ''One of the Fifty Most Influential Music Educators in America Award'' by School Band and Orchestra Magazine. He was also a recipient of the City of Manchester's ''Excellence in Education'' award in 2000. In 2002, he received the “John R. McLane, Jr. Arts Award” for leadership in the performing arts. Bresnahan was chosen as the ''Distinguished Music Educator of the Year- 2003'' by the New Hampshire Music Educators Association, received the 2003 NH Excellence in Education Award (Edie) and was the recipient of the John Philip Sousa Foundation’s ''Legion of Honor'' Award for 2010.

Bresnahan is a member of the National Band Association, New Hampshire Music Educators Association, New Hampshire Band Directors Association and the New Hampshire Retired Educators Association.

Sarah DePorter - Flute

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Sarah DePorter attended the University of New Hampshire (2007, summa cum laude, BM Music Education) and the Ohio State University (2009, MM flute performance). Her primary teachers were Peggy Vagts and Katherine Borst Jones. Sarah has also played for Ian Clark, Robert Dick, Renee Siebert, Carol Wincenc and Robert Willoughby. She currently teaches elementary music and band in the Farmington/Middleton School district.

Roy D'Innocenzo - Guitar, Rock Bands

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Roy has been playing guitar since 1963 and has been teaching guitar since 1970. He attended Lowell State Teachers College for Music Education from 1968-1971 and transferred to Northeastern University and graduated with honors with a Bachelors of Music Ed. degree. He teaches private, semi-private, group guitar lessons, solfege and music theory at his studio at home in Barnstead, NH and at the Ted Herbert School of Music in Manchester, NH

Roy also freelances with two rock bands, two blues bands, a dixieland jazz band and a swing jazz band.

Lindsay Rinaldi - Voice

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Voice Instructor, is an active performer and educator originally from Nashua, NH. Lindsay divides her days between teaching at Southern New Hampshire University and Rivier University as an Adjunct Professor of Music, teaching voice lessons at Nashua Community Music School and performing throughout the greater Boston area.  Outside of the classroom, Lindsay can be found performing on the operatic stage. Recent operatic engagements include performances with Metrowest Opera, Friends of the Performing Arts Concord MA, Riverside Theater Works and the Diva Day Foundation. Lindsay has also shared the stage with area symphonies such as the Concord Orchestra, Bangor Symphony Orchestra, Longy Chamber Orchestra, The Great Waters Music Festival Orchestra and the Metrowest Opera Orchestra.  She was also engaged with the Key West Symphony Orchestra as a Young Artist for two summer seasons. Before coming to Boston to complete her Masters Degree, Lindsay studied and performed in Milan, Italy at the Accademia Internazionale della Musica,  L'Università Cattolica and Scuola Politecnica di Design.  Lindsay holds a Master of Music in Opera Performance from the Longy School of Music and a Bachelors of Music in Music Performance from the University of Maine, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with High Honors. She is also a proud member of Phi Beta Kappa and Pi Kappa Lamda National Honor Societies. This academic background serves as an inspiration for her ongoing project to publish her research on the compositional output of forgotten bel canto master composer, Saverio Mercadante.

Jeff Samataro - Percussion

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Jeff Samataro grew up in Manchester, New Hampshire and started playing percussion when he was 11 years old. His grandfather was the first to notice his rhythmic potential and exposed to him at a young age to early jazz drummers such as Buddy Rich, Gene Krupa, Papa Jo Jones, and Sonny Payne. The passion of these drummers was contagious and Jeff knew that drums were his calling and passion in life. Throughout high school Jeff played in many different jazz and symphonic concert settings and was awarded the Arthur J. Mirabile Scholarship to study music at the collegiate level.

Jeff is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, and holds a bachelors degree in Music Performance with a minor in Psychology.  At Berklee, Jeff studied with Grammy award winning artists and some of the best music educators in the country. In 2007, Jeff was awarded the Berklee Achievement Scholarship for his high marks and notable performances.

After graduating in 2011, Jeff has been actively pursuing teaching while at the same time performing with many different bands and artists throughout the New England area. Jeff's passion for teaching has taken him everywhere from private studios in Southern New Hampshire and Massachusetts, to music tutoring programs for under-privileged kids in Jamaica.

Jeff has performed all around the east coast and he has been apart of many different projects and tours. He has played at festivals, concerts, nightclubs, radio shows, weddings, hotels, business parties, colleges, and universities. Jeff currently teaches at Southern New Hampshire University and Ted Herberts Music School in Manchester, NH.

Sophia M. Santerre - Director of Choirs, Music Theory/History, Saxophone

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Sophia M. Santerre has been teaching music in New Hampshire for over twenty-five years.  Sophia joined the Southern New Hampshire Music Faculty in the Fall of 2010.  As an adjunct professor of music at SNHU, she is directing both the Concert Choir and Chamber Choirs, teaching the saxophone and clarinet studio lessons, music theory, music history, choral methods and some conducting classes.  The choirs at SNHU have grown a tremendous amount since 2010, performing music of various genres and levels of difficulty.  She has re-established the auditioned Chamber Choir, which is performing challenging music of varying styles.  Although the choir is a community choir that is open to the Greater Manchester area, the ensemble is primarily SNHU student based.

In the spring of 2012, Sophia left public school teaching after twenty-eight years.  Her previous teaching assignment had been at Nashua High School (South) from 1998-2012. During those years the Nashua High School South choral groups received countless invitations to perform throughout New Hampshire.  Choral groups under her direction have received high ratings at state festivals and competitions along the Eastern Seaboard and Canada. The school was always well represented at New Hampshire All-State and Jazz All-State festivals. She has also directed many musical theater productions at Nashua High School South and other high schools in New Hampshire.

Sophia is frequently sought after as an adjudicator and clinician for state and local festivals. Over the past few years she has guest conducted the New Hampshire Jazz All-State Choir, the New Hampshire South Central Middle School Chorus, the New Hampshire Northern District Middle School Chorus and the Maine District II High School Choir. In 2013 she will be conducting the New Hampshire High School Chamber Festival Women’s Choir and the Northern District Middle School Chorus.

A very active member of the New Hampshire Music Educators Association (NHMEA) Sophia served in the capacity of Solo & Ensemble Chair for eleven years and then as President-Elect, President and Immediate Past President  Mrs. Santerre has represented New Hampshire at countless divisional and national meetings, conferences and conventions.  She is currently completely a 4 year term as the chairperson of the New Hampshire All-State Mixed Choir.

The recipient of the 2012 New Hampshire Distinguished Music Educator of the year, Sophia holds a Masters in Music with an emphasis in Choral Conducting from the University of Maine – Orono and a Bachelors in Music from Keene State College in Keene, New Hampshire. 

Dave Umstead - Jazz

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Presently the Band Director and Visual & Performing Arts Department Chair at Hollis-Brookline High School in Hollis, New Hampshire, Dave Umstead conducts instrumental ensembles and teaches music elective courses. Previously, Dave directed jazz bands at Plymouth State University and the University of Louisville, worked on the staff at Jamey Aebersold’s Summer Jazz Workshops, and taught in the Manchester (NH) public schools. Dave is the Membership Chair and NHBDA Jazz Clinic Festival Director for the New Hampshire Band Directors Association and regularly serves the New Hampshire Music Educators Association as a member of the All-State Band Committee and as trumpet audition adjudicator. A graduate of the Armed Forces School of Music in Norfolk, Virginia, the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and the University of Louisville in Kentucky, Dave has studied composition with Phil Wilson (Berklee) and John LaBarbera (UofL) and has had works performed by numerous high school, collegiate and professional musicians. As a trumpeter, Dave has performed professionally with brass quintets, orchestras, pit orchestras, wind bands, jazz bands, jazz combos and fusion/rock groups.

Molly Wood - Piano

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A resident of Milford NH, collaborative pianist Molly Lozeau frequently performs and teaches all over New Hampshire and the greater Boston area. Molly teaches piano at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester and Rivier University, and at the Nashua Community Music School. She is the Music Director at First Church Unitarian in Littleton, Massachusetts, providing solo piano and organ music as well as directing the mixed choir in weekly rehearsals and services. For nearly six years she played piano and organ at Arlington Street Church in Boston for the chorus and weekly services. Molly accompanies the Concord Chorale and Merrimack Concert Association Chorus. She occasionally plays classes at the New England School of Dance for all ages and levels, having trained at the Boston Ballet School for three years. For the past four years Molly has played several school outreach tours and performances with Opera North in Lebanon and Boston-based Opera To Go. She is also an active recitalist, co-founding ³The Open Aire Ensemble² with flutists Rebecca Jeffreys and Marjorie Bollinger-Hogan, touring southern New Hampshire with ³The Aliento Trio² (piano, clarinet, cello) and kicked off Southern New Hampshire University¹s performance series for the second time in a faculty recital with soprano Lindsay Rinaldi. In the fall of 2009 she participated with soprano Rebekah Alexander in the Oxford Lieder Mastercourse in England. During the summers of 2007 and 2008 she served as a staff pianist and vocal coach at the Boston University Tanglewood  Institute. Molly earned her Master of Music degree in collaborative piano from Boston University in 2008.