About the Director
Conductor, Murray Kidd has been entertaining audiences in the Boston area with innovative programming, emotional depth and performance excellence for over fifteen years. He has had a long association with Handel & Haydn Society and Boston Baroque-performing with such conductors as Christopher Hogwood, Sir Roger Norrington, John Finney, Grant Llewellyn, Giselle Ben-Dor, and Martin Pearlman.
Mr. Kidd has taken part in many of the world's most prestigious music festivals including: BBC Proms, Tanglewood, Ravinia, Edinburgh, Krakow's All- Beethoven Easter Festival, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and Boston Early Music Festival. Most recently he performed with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He studied conducting with Dr. William Dehning at University of the Pacific; he completed his masters degree at New England Conservatory, where he studied Historic Performance Practice with Daniel Pinkham. He currently conducts the Chamber Singers and University Choir and teaches conducting and voice at UMASS Lowell.
On the stage, Mr. Kidd has performed as a soloist with many premiere ensembles including: Boston Baroque, Handel & Haydn Society, Musicians of the Old Post Road, North Shore Philharmonic, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, and Coro Allegro. He toured California, performing with Ensemble Abendmusik, in 2007.
Mr. Kidd was recently appointed assistant director of the Wellesly Chamber Music Conference at Wellesley College. He has been a voice instructor in New England for the past 12 years and has studios at New England Conservatory Preparatory School, UMASS/Lowell, and also a very active private studio. He has taught Song Literature, 20th Century Music History, and Vocal Pedagogy for Eastern Nazarene College and UMASS/Lowell.
Mr. Kidd is a member of NATS, ACDA, MENC and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
About the Assistant Director
Assistant Conductor, Katrina Faulstich has been singing with Polymnia since 2013 and has been the Assistant Conductor since 2015. Katrina is the Choral and Theater Director at Bedford High School (MA). At BHS she conducts the Honors Choir, Concert Choir, 6th Grade Choir, the extra-curricular a cappella group The Rolling Tones, and teaches Music Theory, Piano, Theater Production, and Drama classes. She also directs BHS’s annual plays and musicals. Her directing credits include Peter and the Starcatcher, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Middletown, Shrek the Musical, Almost, Maine, and Anything Goes. Additionally, she has taught many private piano, voice, and acting students.
She has performed in numerous productions including The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Theater Company of Saugus), The Drowsy Chaperone (Wakefield Repertory Theatre), and Spamalot (Marblehead Little Theater). From 2008-2014, Katrina worked as the Music Director at Wakefield Repertory Youth Theatre’s summer theater camp. She is trained in classical ballet and studied with Denise Cecere at the Northeast School of Ballet, formerly of Melrose, and performed frequently with the Northeast Youth Ballet.
Katrina holds a B.M. in Music Education from the University of New Hampshire, where she studied piano with Christopher Kies, voice with Sharon Baker, and performed in the choral ensembles under the direction of William Kempster. She is currently pursuing her Master’s in Music Education from the HARTT School at the University of Hartford and is expected to graduate in December of 2017. Katrina is actively involved in MMEA and NAfME. She was recently selected to present a workshop based on the work she does with her choir students in Bedford entitled “The Independent Sight-Singing: Using Google Classroom for Sight- Singing Assignments” at the 2017 MA All State Music Festival in March.
About the Accompanist
Accompanist, Dorothy Travis, is active in the Greater Boston musical scene as a music director, accompanist, teacher and performer. She has an extensive background in musical theater direction, having prepared the casts and orchestras for dozens of productions. Favorites include Into the Woods, for which she received an EMACT award for music direction, Chorus Line, Evita, The Whiz and West Side Story with Theatre II of Melrose; Candide, Aida, and Putting It Together with French Woods Festival for the Performing Arts in the Catskills; Tommy, Lizzy Borden, Honk, and Damn Yankees with the Stoneham Theatre; Oklahoma, Kiss Me Kate, Les Miserables, Hairspray, and Beauty and the Beast with Brimmer and May High School and most recently two Cabarets to benefit the Polymnia Choral Society
As President of the Massachusetts Music Teachers Association, Dorothy presides over a nonprofit, professional organization dedicated to maintaining standards of excellence among its member teachers. She also chairs the MTNA State Performance Competition at Brandeis which provides a venue for performances by some of the most talented young musicians in MA
Dorothy received her Bachelor of Music from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam where she studied with James Ball and Delores Johnson. She received her Master of Music with a concentration in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Northwestern University studying Performance with Guy Mombert and Piano Pedagogy with Frances Larimer.
In her private piano studio, Dorothy believes in an eclectic approach for each student, providing a safe environment in which to cultivate each musician. She blends a combination of singing, ensemble work, sight reading, theory, harmony, technique, and repertoire to motivate students of all ages to find their inner muse. Her students have received recognition and awards from the Beethoven Society Scholarship Recital, MMTA Judged Festivals, and Polymnia's own Spotlight on High School Talent.