Associate Professor of Music
B.M., University of Wisconsin, 1979
M.M., University of Southern California, 1981
D.M.A., The Juilliard School, 1991
Areas of Expertise
- Piano performance
- Chamber music
Pianist Yuri (Lily) Funahashi has performed extensively in Europe, Japan, Canada and Australia and in many of the major halls in the U.S. including the Kennedy Center, Orchestra Hall in Chicago, the Music Center in Los Angeles, Jones Hall in Houston and the 92nd Street Y in New York City. She has also been heard on many college campuses across the U.S. such as the Eastman School of Music, the New England Conservatory, Harvard University, Goucher College, Bates College, Kalamazoo College, Tulane University, Michigan State University, University of Wisconsin, University of Louisville, University of Connecticut and the University of Miami among others.
As a member of the Festival Chamber Music of New York City, Funahashi performs regularly in Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall and has been a guest artist at the Seattle Chamber Music Festival, the Vancouver Music Festival, Sebago Long Lake Festival, the Windham Chamber Music Festival, the Mediterranean Music Festival and Royal Viking’s Music Festival at Sea. She has collaborated frequently with the Verdehr Trio, has appeared in performances with the Brentano String Quartet and the Cassatt String Quartet, and is co-founder and co-director of the Maine Mountain Chamber Music series.
Born in Japan, Funahashi moved to the U.S. at a young age with her family and received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The Juilliard School. She has recorded for Musical Heritage and John Marks Records.
Visiting Assistant Professor
(Applied Music Associate in Violin/Viola)
B.M., Pusan National University, 1992
M,M., Boston Conservatory, 1994
Areas of Expertise:
- Orchestra Music/ Conducting
Conductor and violinist Jinwook Park enjoys a versatile career as a music director, performer, and educator. Noted for his enthusiastic and nuanced performances, he is the founder and music director of Haffner Sinfonietta, music director of Hwaum Boston Chamber Orchestra, and conductor of the Boston Korean Chorus. As a violinist, Mr. Park engages in chamber music and solo recitals and has performed with several orchestras as a soloist and member in South Korea and the United States. Also an accomplished violin teacher, he holds a private studio in the Boston area and served as a teaching assistant at the Aspen Music Festival under Kurt Sassmannshaus, a violin pedagogue at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
Envisioning a way to transform and combine the classical music tradition with an educational component and emphasis on social change, Mr. Park created Haffner Sinfonietta in 2008. A passionate advocate of cultural exchange, he has been recognized for his work in bridging Korean and American communities with the Hwaum Boston Chamber Orchestra and Boston Korean Chorus. Recently, he led benefit concerts in the effort to help and bring awareness to Syrian and North Korean refugees.
Born in South Korea, Mr. Park received his Bachelor of Music from Busan National University and then moved to the United States to pursue his graduate studies. He received a Master of Music degree in violin performance at the Boston Conservatory as a full scholarship student of David Kim, concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra, during which he was invited by the Jamaican government to perform in Kingston. He further continued his Doctor of Musical Arts studies at Boston University.
Chorale and Collegium Director
(Applied Music Associate in Voice)
B.M. Vocal Performance: State University of New York at Fredonia, 2008
M.M. Vocal Performance: Arizona State University
M.M. Choral Conducting: University of Massachusetts Amherst
Areas of Expertise
- Voice (Tenor) – specializing in oratorio, art song, and new music performance
- Choral Conducting
- Music for Male Chorus
- Icelandic Choral Music
- Arts Entrepreneurship
Lauded by the Boston Classical Review for his “expressive energy and ringing high notes,” deemed “sweet and appealing” by the Boston Globe, and complimented for his “clear and even tone” by New York Arts, conductor, tenor, and educator Eric Christopher Perry is gaining a national reputation for his passionate, imaginative chamber music performance and his innovative, thought-provoking choral programming. Mr. Perry made his professional singing debut at the Fredonia Bach and Beyond Festival under the baton of Grant Cooper in 2007. In 2010 he joined the Grammy-award winning Phoenix Chorale as a soloist in Bach’s Weihnachts-Oratorium during the inaugural Arizona Bach Festival. Later that season he made his national symphony debut as The Milkman in Krása’s children’s opera, Brundibár, with the Phoenix Symphony. In June of 2011 he was awarded the Ivars Taurins Fellowship with the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute in Toronto, where he performed as a soloist in Charpentier’s Messe de Morts and as the role of Evangelist in a reading of Bach’s Johannes-Passion. Since, he has performed across the United States, as well as in Canada, Germany, Iceland, and throughout Australia.
Mr. Perry relocated to Boston in 2012, and since has performed as a soloist with Cantata Singers, Musica Sacra, Ashmont Hill Chamber Music, Orpheus Singers, Capella Clausura, New Hampshire Master Chorale, Andover Choral Society, Singers of Stow, Cambridge Chamber Singers, University of Massachusetts Bach Festival, and in a one-per-part performance of Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 with Cambridge Concentus under the baton of Joshua Rifkin. In the 2017-18 season he will make his solo debut with Boston Camerata in Charptentier’s Messe de Minuit under the direction of Anne Azéma.
Mr. Perry is frequently seen with the Handel and Haydn Society as a chorus member or as a soloist; the Boston Globe praised his “sharp physicality and ringing tenor voice” in his performance of BWV 10 in H+H’s annual Bach Christmas during the 2016-17 season. He has sung under the direction of Harry Christophers, Ian Watson, Scott Allen Jarrett, and Grant Llewellyn – in Boston, and on tour in California, Washington D.C., and in a special performance of Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, broadcast worldwide on Facebook Live in the 2016-17 season. He has also appeared as an ensemble member on two H+H recordings, Haydn’s The Creation, andThe Old Colony Collection [Coro], and in H+H featured lunchtime recitals at King’s Chapel in Boston and concerts of music by black composers at Boston’s Museum of African American History under countertenor, conductor, and program curator, Reginald Mobley.
He is also a proud member of Emmanuel Music, with whom he has sung over fifty cantatas as an ensemble member or soloist, as well as performances of Bach’s Mattäus-Passion, a reconstructed version of Markus-Passion, and as a soloist in Rossini’s Petite messe solennelle. He has appeared under the direction of Ryan Turner, John Harbison, Michael Beattie, Brett Hodgdon, and David Angus. He will appear as a soloist in Emmanuel Music’s presentation of Bach’s Weihnachts-Oratorium in the 2017-18 season.
Nationally, Mr. Perry has appeared with Spire Chamber Orchestra, Oregon Bach Festival, Phoenicia International Festival of Voice, and as a guest soloist and masterclass clinician at Colorado State University, Louisiana State University, the College of Idaho, College of Southern Idaho, Tennessee Wesleyan College, and Hamilton College, among others. In 2015 he was a last minute replacement in a concert of Benjamin Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings with the South Arkansas Symphony Orchestra under Kermit Poling, which was later broadcast on public radio stations across five states in the American south. He has sung for several seasons with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale. with whom he performed in their widely acclaimed performance at the 2015 American Choral Directors Association National Conference in Salt Lake City – featured by Minnesota Public Radio. Devoted to the art of song recital, recent programs include Schubert’s Winterreise and Die schöne Müllerin, Philip Rosseter’s 1601 Book of Ayres, Dvorák’s Cypresses, Christopher Berg’s Songs on Poems of Frank O’Hara and a recital of Australian art song at the Ballarat Art Gallery in Victoria, Australia in conjunction with the Australian Music Centre. An advocate for music by today’s composers, he has premiered works as a soloist and ensemble member in New England and abroad, including: Scott Farkas’s Moon in a Mason Jar – songs from a collection of poems by former Guggenheim-fellow Robert Wrigley set to music for percussion and voice, as part of the College of Southern Idaho’s Stage Door Series, Charles Stacy III’s A Rose Withered, a new hour-long cycle of songs for tenor and virtuoso piano based on A.E. Housman’s A Shropshire Lad, and James Piorkowski’s The Greatest of These for guitar and chamber ensemble [Nine: The Guitar and Beyond; Centaur, 2015]. Most recently, Mr. Perry can be heard as a contributing artist on The Vocal Music of Alan Beeler [Navona, Naxos Direct, 2016] and Cappella Clausura’s latest record, Exultet Terra: Choral Music of Hilary Tann[Navona, Naxos Direct, 2016].
Mr. Perry is currently the Artistic Director, conductor, and founding member of Renaissance Men, New England’s professional male vocal chamber ensemble. Formed in 2014 and already garnering an enthusiastic international audience, RenMen was recently featured in the Boston Globe for its dynamic programming and ambitious commissioning. Their musical retrospective concert, RenMen 1965, was seen at the Isabella Stewart Art Museum in Boston in the 2016-17 season. Their debut record, RenMen Laments was produced by Grammy-nominated producer and engineer, Chris Sclafani [Justin Bieber, Ed Sheeran, Maroon 5], and features the world premiere recording of Daniel E. Gawthrop’s The Promises of Isaiah the Prophet, commissioned by RenMen. It is anticipated to release in the 2017-18 season.
Additionally, he made guest conducting appearances with the Nashua Sings Choral Festival and the New Hampshire Music Educators Association All State Women’s Choir. In 2013 he was the interim director of Plymouth State University’s University Chorale, with whom he conducted Adriano Banchieri’s madrigal cycle Il Festino nella sera del giovedì grasso. No stranger to the stage, he has conducted and provided original orchestrations to such shows as Godspell!, The Rocky Horror Show, Cabaret, The Music Man, Hello, Dolly!, Chicago, and Hairspray, with longtime collaborator and arranger Jayson Keeton. In 2013 Mr. Perry was the musical director/rhythm guitarist for concurrent productions of Spring Awakening at Plymouth State University and Emerson College. In 2017 he served as chorusmaster for two performances of the Hans Zimmer Live international tour in the New England region.
Eric Christopher Perry now serves as Director of Choirs and Associate of Music in Voice (area head) at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. He previously taught at the Phillips Academy in Andover, New England Conservatory Preparatory Division, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Plymouth State University, and the Academy of Performing and Creative Arts in Central New York. In 2011 he served as a visiting lecturer of musical theatre voice at Federation University Australia in Ballarat, Victoria. He is a proud member of American Choral Directors Association and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, men’s national music fraternity. He is also the Executive Director of the Nahant Music Festival, an annual summer music festival in Boston’s North Shore founded by Donald Wilkinson which hosts a two-week vocal apprentice program for aspiring classical vocal artists. Mr. Perry received degrees in vocal performance at Fredonia State University and Arizona State University, and choral conducting at the University of Massachusetts Amherst; Thea Fenton Wheeler, Gerald Thomas Gray, David Britton, and Tony Thornton count amongst his mentors.
In his spare time, he enjoys folk music-oriented projects with friends, including the New Hampshire New Folk Preservation Project with composer Jay Mobley, and performances of original music with bassist and fellow Renaissance Men founder, Will Prapestis, as the folk-duo, ecp and the good diners. Their 2018 touring season includes a concert of new music, performed on historic U.S. Route 20, coast to coast.
Applied Music Associates
Music Associate (Oboe, Baroque Violin, Mandolin)
Michael Albert attended the University of Southern Maine as a Double Performance Major in oboe and voice. He also studied at the Interlochen and Longy Schools of Music. As an oboe soloist, Michael has performed with the Maine Music Society, the Portland and Bangor Symphony Orchestras, the Harvard and Brown University Baroque Orchestras, and the North Shore Philharmonic Orchestra in Massachusetts. Michael has also performed chamber works at various colleges around New England including Wesleyan, Bowdoin, Bates, Colby and Dartmouth. Michael has also performed as an oboist in various Bach cantatas, John Rutter’s Requiem, and Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors. As an oboe soloist, Michael has performed Vivaldi’s Concerto in D minor, Bach’s Concerto in C minor for oboe and violin, and the Strauss concerto for oboe. As a countertenor, he has performed throughout New England as a soloist in Handel’s Judas Maccabeus and Messiah, Bach’s Mass in B minor, Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, Carissimi’s Jephthe and Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater. His oboe awards include the Emily K. Rand and Kotzschmar scholarships, the Maine Governor’s Award, and the Maine Bay Chamber Concerts’ Harvey Picker prize. His vocal awards include the Lillian Nordica Award, 1st place at Maine NATS, and the Bay Chamber Concerts’ Louise Meyers Vocal Award. As a composer, Michael co-composed film scores for the PBS documentaries Sweet Ambition and The Polygamist’s Daughter. Both were pre-nominated for a Grammy Award. He currently performs with Initial Ascent (an original composition improve trio), Port City Winds Woodwind Quartet, the Rogues of Arcadia early music ensemble, Portland Pro Musica, the Southern Maine String Quartet, and performs chant and chant-based polyphony with the Schola Cantorum of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland, ME.
Music Associate (Lute)
Tim Burris has performed widely in Europe and the US, including appearances with world-renowned early music specialists Derek Lee Ragin and Jennifer Lane. His recordings include modern premieres of 18th-century works including lute and written for the Dresden court (the subject of his dissertation). Lute instructor at the Royal Flemish Conservatory of Music in Antwerp from 1990-96, he is currently teaching at Colby College and the Portland Conservatory of Music.
Music Associate (African Drumming)
B.M., Institut des Sciences Commerciales, 1979
Areas of Expertise
- Master drummer of Ewe people of West Africa
- Renowned for complex cross-rhythms
- Ashanti and Ga music
Jordan Messan Benissan, a native of Togo, West Africa, received a B.A. from the Institut des Sciences Commerciales in Lome, Togo. A member of the Ewe people, he was introduced to music and dance at an early age through ceremonies and rituals. He received his traditional music training from several West African master drummers. He has taught and performed for all levels, from elementary school through college level. His first CD, Drumming Through the Spirit of my Ancestors, has been widely distributed and was adopted by the Hennepin County Library (Minneapolis) as a teaching resource. Some of his performances include an opening show for the West African Drummer Babatunde Olatunji, a performance for the national NAACP Conference and performances for Mayo Clinic’s Multicultural Program. His World Music Band was featured as the official band for Béla Fleck’s Throw Down Your Heart concert in Waterville, Maine.
- Let Me Play My Music, 2004
- Beautiful Music from West Africa, 2003
- Fame Without Fortune, 2006
- He was recently featured in Highlight Magazine for children, September 2004; their website featured three of his songs from “Beautiful Music from West Africa”
- His song “Let Me Play My Music” was selected by NPR to be featured on their online radio program, All Songs Considered, September 2004
- Phoenix Magazine selected his CD “Beautiful Music from West Africa” as best world music album, May 2004
Music Associate (Bass Guitar)
Duane Edwards is an accomplished musician residing in Portland, Maine. He studied Jazz at the Univ. of Maine Augusta under Greg Lougham, Steve Grover, Chuck Winfield, Richard Nelson, and Frank Mauceri.
Duane plays a wide range of styles of Jazz to rock to cuban, has performed throughout New England and Canada and as far as Texas. He is an Adjunct professor at the University of Maine Augusta and Bowdoin College
Music Associate (Voice)
B.M., California State University of Los Angeles, 1986
Extended study – The Royal Conservatory of Antwerp, Belgium 1991-3
Areas of Expertise
- Vocal performance
- Chamber music
- Early music
- Art song
Timothy Neill Johnson, tenor, has been performing for more than 40 years in many genres and styles, and with many ensembles. As a soloist and ensemble member, he has sung, toured and recorded with the Roger Wagner Chorale, La Petite Bande, Collegium Vocale, Il Fondimento, the Portland Symphony, the Vermont Symphony, Boston Cecilia, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Le Concert Spirituel, Los Angeles Baroque Orchestra, Los Angeles Opera, Flemish Opera, Apollo’s Fire, the Oratorio Chorale, the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra, as well as many concerts series, festivals and radio broadcasts in the USA and Europe. Since 2001, Mr. Johnson has been actively performing with lutenist, Dr. Timothy Burris, as the duo, Music’s Quill, focusing on the repertoire of the Renaissance and Baroque. From 2008, he has been co-director of the Early Music in the Chapel series in the chapel of Saint Luke’s Cathedral in Portland, Maine.
Although his higher studies are classically based, his private studies in Jazz, Blues, Rock and Improvisation are equally developed. This is exemplified in his most recent CD recordings of the Complete songs of Philip Rosseter with Music’s Quill, and Dr. Richard Nelson’s(UMA) Deep River Blues with the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra. Tim has been a voice instructor and ensemble director in higher education for nearly 20 years in both classical and jazz/blues/contemporary music programs.
Music Associate (Bassoon)
David Joseph, Principal Bassoon of the Maine Midcoast Symphony relocated to Maine with his family in 2003 following a 20 year hiatus from music. David began music studies on clarinet in grade school and later encouraged by his high school orchestra director changed to bassoon. During high school David studied in the Juilliard School Pre-College with Harold Goltzer of the NY Philharmonic and matriculated to the upper division graduating from the Juilliard School with a bachelor degree as an honorary scholarship student in 1981. While at Juilliard, he was a member of the prestigious young artists training orchestra, The National Orchestral Associate. David earned his Masters of Music degree from Yale University in 1985 where he was a student and graduate teaching assistant of Arthur Weisberg. Mr. Joseph has performed with many orchestras around the world including the Israel Chamber Orchestra Jerusalem Philharmonic and Israel Sinfonietta where he appeared frequently as soloist. Here in the US he has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, NJ Symphony, New Haven Symphony, Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia and Long Island Philharmonic. He has participated and performed at many of the America’s leading music festivals including Interlochen, Tanglewood, Music Academy of the West, LA Philharmonic Institute and Norfolk Chamber Music Festival and played under renowned conductors including Leonard Bernstein, Seiji Ozawa, Ricardo Muti and Sir Colin Davis to name a few. David currently serves as Adjunct Professor of Bassoon at Bowdoin College and performs extensively throughout Maine. Several years ago David start playing flute when he exhausted the bassoon repertoire. David currently serves as the Chairman/Co-Founder of DAVO Technologies, a tech start-up located in Portland.
Music Associate (Classical Guitar)
B.M., New England Conservatory, 1981
Areas of Expertise
- Classical and Jazz Guitar
Mark Leighton graduated from the New England Conservatory in Boston, and has been on the Applied Music Faculty at Colby since 1981. His teachers include David Leisner and Sharon Isbin. He also teaches at Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, MA, and is an active member of the Copley Chamber Players. Mark has performed throughout New England, including performances at the Museum of Fine Arts, the Gardner Museum, and Kings Chapel, Boston. He is also the Artistic Director of First Night Quincy, and the wine writer for the New Bedford Standard Times.
Music Associate (Flute)
Flutist Nicole Rabata is well known for her diverse musical interests and her virtuosity in the classical, Celtic, and Brazilian choro genres. Holding an International Artist Diploma and Masters Degree in Performance from Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England, she is on the faculty at Colby College and the University of Maine at Augusta.
Nicole has performed internationally at festivals and concert halls throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. Highlights include appearances at the International Flute Festival of Lund, Sweden and the Magic Flute Festival in Stockholm; Interharmony International Music Festival in Bavaria; White Mountain Bach Festival; Acadia School of Traditional Music and Arts; Festival Interceltique du L’Orient in France; Hebridean Celtic Festival in Scotland; International World of Music and Dance Festival in the UK; chamber music performances in Kalimpong, India, and Portland Chamber Music Festival. Nicole was selected to perform and present lectures at the National Flute Conventions in both San Diego and New York City, and was featured on National Public Radio, BBC Glasgow and French national television.
Nicole appears with the Maine State Ballet, Portland Ballet, PortOpera, Bangor Symphony Orchestra, Maine ProMusica Symphony Orchestra and Maine Chamber Ensemble.
An avid chamber musician, Nicole is a member of the Bayside Trio and Colby Faculty Winds. She has been a coach and adjudicator at Bay Chamber Concerts’ Next Generation Program, and also had the opportunity to coach chamber music for two months at Ghandi Ashram School in Northeast Bengal, India as part of the Colby College JanPlan abroad program. She was a founding member of Harlequine, former Ensemble in Residence at Bowdoin College.
Nicole’s debut recording “Armorica,” released in 2010, features traditional Irish, Breton, Scandinavian and French Canadian repertoire in addition to her own compositions. She plays flutes by Brannen Brothers and Patrick Olwell.
Music Associate (French Horn)
Music Associate (Piano)
Joann Westin, Nationally Certified Teacher of Music, began giving private piano instruction at Colby in 1996. She has also given lessons from a home studio for many years, with an emphasis on intermediate and advanced students. She has taught music for the public school system and has worked as an adjudicator for professional piano evaluations. Joann has served as an accompanist for various organizations, including community summer theater. She is a member of the National, Maine, and Central Maine Music Teachers Associations and has served as Chairperson of the Independent Music Teachers’ Forum for MMTA.
Music Associate (Trumpet)
Bill Whitener received his Bachelor of Music from The Peabody Conservatory of Music, Baltimore. He has performed with the Portland Symphony, the Portugese Embassy Symphony, Bangor Symphony Quintet, Acadia Brass Consort, the Maine Chamber Orchestra, the Pro Musica Orchestra, and has been a soloist with various orchestras in New England and Canada. Mr. Whitener has performed as lead trumpet in back-up bands for Frankie Valli, Anne Murray, Manhattan Transfer, Beatlemania, and others. He is Co-Principal of the Bangor Symphony Orchestra.