Faculty Biographies 




Bob Baughman - Instructor of piano, jazz improvisation and music theory, jazz ensembles

Bob is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music with a Bachelor of Music in Composition and the New England Conservatory with a Master of Music degree in Jazz Studies. Very active as a bandleader, pianist and vocalist in the Boston/New England area for many years, Bob currently plays piano each week in the Oak Bar at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel in Boston, and frequently for special events throughout New England. Bob has been teaching jazz, popular and classical piano at Phillips Academy for over 25 years and has also taught at Boston Conservatory's Division of Special Programs, Milton Academy and Brooks School. He has arranged over 80 jazz and popular tunes in a wide variety of styles for his piano students. He performs, composes and arranges for Phillips Academy Faculty Jazz concerts, for recordings for others and his own projects. He composed and performed "Iridescence" for piano, four hands at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, NYC. He has recorded three jazz albums as a leader. 




Tad Hitchcock- Instructor of guitar, Electric Bass and Ukelele,Ensemble Coach: Jazz, Blues and Beatles Ensembles, Monthly Jam Session leader, Early childhood teacher in the Lawrence Public Schools and other local programs.

Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Tad Hitchcock was raised in New England and came to Boston to pursue musical goals in 1975, making his first stop at Berklee College of Music. Since that time he has worked steadily as an accompanist, bandleader, and vocalist. In 1988-89 he toured with the Artie Shaw Orchestra under the direction of Dick Johnson. Tad has enjoyed playing clubs and concerts with reed players Billy Novick and Scott Hamilton, cornetist Ruby Braff, and trumpeter Herb Pomeroy. Previously he taught K-2 music at Tenacre Country Day School in Wellesley and was the former music director at Stoneridge Children's Montessori School in Beverly. He has been on the faculty of Winchester Community Music School for over 20 years, teaching guitar lessons, coaching ensembles, and co-teaching the early childhood programs during the summer. He loves talking about his favorite jazz guitarists Wes Montgomery, Oscar Moore, Jim Hall, and Charlie Christian.



Kyoko Hida-Battaglia– Enrichment class instructor in Lawrence Public Schools, Oboe, Chamber Ensembles

Kyoko Hida-Battaglia holds a Bachelor's of Music degree from Tokyo College of Music and a Master's degree from the New England Conservatory. She is a regular player with the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, Symphony New Hampshire, and Lexington Symphony. Kyoko has performed in the past with the Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, Boston Ballet, Boston Lyric Opera, New Haven Symphony and Colorado Music Festival. She is studying Dalcroze Eurythmics.

Kyoko is a faculty member at the Winchester Community Music School, Boston Conservatory, the New England Conservatory Preparatory Division, the Rivers School Conservatory, and Manchester Community Music School in New Hampshire.





Valerie Walton- Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, Recorder, Saxophone Ensembles, Early Childhood Classes, Executive Director

Valerie has a bachelors degree from Berklee College of Music in Flute Performance, a Masters Degree in Saxophone Performance and Jazz Studies at New England Conservatory. Her early years were spent playing in a soul band, a Haitian dance band, and a Brazilian dance band and she was able to travel to France, Martinique, Guadalupe, Venezuela and Columbia to play gigs.

She has played in Saxophone Quartets, Wind Ensembles, Jazz big bands, pit orchestras for musicals, and small combos. Former faculty, Bristol Community College, Boston College, Winchester and Salem public schools. Current faculty at the Winchester Community Music School and Manchester Community Music Schools. 





Arkady Beletsky– Instructor of cello

Upon completing his Master's of Music at the Gnesin Institute of Music in Moscow, Mr. Beletsky performed solo and with chamber groups all around the former Soviet Union. In 1983, he founded the Renaissance Chamber Ensemble, which quickly rose to prominence as one of the most prolific chamber groups in pre-Perestroika USSR. 
In 1989 Mr. Beletsky emigrated to US with his family. Since then, he has performed solo, chamber, and orchestral work at Jordan Hall, Sanders Theater, Mechanics Hall, has participated in numerous music festivals, and has performed live on WGBH. He now dedicates most of his time to teaching cello and chamber music privately, and as a faculty member of Andover Community Music School and Indian Hill Arts Music Center in Littleton, MA.

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