Our Teachers

Derek Waldron
Owner
Voice, Piano, Trumpet, Flute, Homeschool Education

Derek Waldron is a classically trained musician who graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s of Music Degree in Classical Voice from Western Connecticut State University. He began composing original pieces in high school and has self produced multiple albums, all of which are available on iTunes
Derek has been teaching in different capacities for over 7 years. He taught music at Oak Grove Montessori School in Mansfield, CT, grades K-6 and even Pre-K classes for those who sat still! That’s where he began composing pieces specific to the needs of his students which led to the creation of Winterium, a show catering to the growing minds of children.
Derek has played venues such as Mohegan Sun’s Wolf Den Theater, Foxwoods’ Fox Theater, The Palace Theater in Waterbury, Toad’s Place in New Haven, Bushnell Theater in Hartford, CT and has also performed in China, Jamaica, England, and Egypt.
Derek Won 96.5 TIC’s Connecticut Idol and was featured on CT Channel 3 Eye Witness News for his original song, I Will Run, dedicated to the events at the Boston Marathon.
Derek currently sings and plays the piano with twobands; Crazy On You – A Tribute To Heart and Lawnchair on Mars.

Jim Wheeler
Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Drums, Recording Engineer

With over 15 years professional experience, Jim has opened for Phil Vassar and Bret Michaels, performed at Big E, the Mohegan Sun Wolf Den, & the Fox Theater. Jim has been featured on 96.5 TIC and WTNH Channel 8, and is a recurring pit musician with the UConn Drama Department, the Capitol Theater and the Windham Theater Guild. Jim taught Music Theory, Music Performance & Music History for ACT High School, and was a Music Instructor for the Capitol Theater Arts Academy, Oak Grove Montessori School, and Arts Alive Music School.
Jim formally owned Woodnote Studios in Franklin, and has over 10 years of experience recording in studio and remote settings.
Sound Engineering credits include: Jimmy Buffett, Phillip Phillips, Lifehouse, Steve Holy, James Montgomery, & Nadirah Shakoor. As a composer, Jim’s work has been used for theater productions with the Connecticut Repertory Theater, Eastern Connecticut State University, the Performance Network, Michigan State University, and the Jim Henson Carriage House. Jim has also written and arranged music for Steve Daggett, A.J. Jansen, and Libby Repko. Currently, Jim plays guitar with the band Room to Move, and bass for the folk/bluegrass trio, American Soil.


Carolyn Fisher
Voice, Piano, Flute

Ms. Fisher has been a member of the teaching community since 2004, when she began taking on her first private students.  She has since expanded her practice to include directing the prestigious Entertainers theatre program at Timothy Edwards Middle School, as well as being the Music Director of C.A.S.T. children’s theatre in Manchester, a program which includes over a hundred students each summer.  Ms. Fisher attended the Boston Conservatory with a concentration in Vocal Performance.  Carolyn enjoys performing in many capacities; she has held leading roles in various productions including at the Spirit of Broadway Theater (world premiere), Little Theatre of Manchester, and Theatre Newington OnStage. In addition, Ms. Fisher has sung with the Boston Pops on their Winter tour throughout New England. She also accompanies musicals as a member of pit orchestras. Her experiences include over a decade of dance training, as well as extensive training in flute, guitar, music theory and acting.

Sophia Prasinos
Voice, Beginning Piano

Sophia Prasinos, mezzo-soprano, is a senior Vocal Performance major at the University of Connecticut, currently studying with Meredith Ziegler. A native of Woodbury, CT, she has been performing with the UCONN Opera Theater and Opera Outreach program in both the chorus and for minor roles since coming to UCONN in 2013. She has appeared as Cousin Hebe in H.M.S. Pinafore, The Herdsman in L’Enfant et les sortileges, a Gossip in Noye’s Fludde and a chorus member in Die Fledermaus, Il barbiere di Siviglia, L’elisir d’amore, and Hansel and Gretel. Sophia will be in the chorus for UCONN’s 2017 production of Le Nozze di Figaro and was chosen as a study-cover for the role of Cherubino. Within Opera Outreach, Sophia has played the Little Old Lady in Jack and the Baked Bean Stalk, the Cat in Pinocchio and Barcarolle in The Bremen Town Musicians.  She has been a member of the Chamber Singers, Collegium Musicum, and Concert Choir during her time at UCONN and recently toured with these groups in Ireland and Germany. Sophia has sung with the UCONN Wind Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble, as well as participating in choral masterclasses with prestigious groups such as The King’s Singers, Seraphic Fire, Roomful of Teeth, and with Eric Whitacre. She has also performed in the Connecticut Early Music Festival and at Carnegie Hall. Sophia currently holds the position of Alto section leader and soloist at the Universalist Church of West Hartford and is a part of the newly-founded Greater Middletown Chorale Chamber Singers. She has performed many major works, including Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Brahm’s Requiem, Duruflé’s Requiem, Carmina Burana, Persichetti’s Celebrations, Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians, and more.


Moriah Perrett
Voice, Piano

Moriah is a classically trained vocalist who recently graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in music with a concentration in vocal performance from Eastern Connecticut State University. She began employment with the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra directing a children’s choir for the program  Bravo! Waterbury this past September and in January began teaching musicianship at the Children’s Community School through Bravo! as well. She has been heavily involved in Musical theater throughout  high school and college. She began composing and conducting in college. Moriah had the pleasure of singing with Josh Groban with a group from ECSU, and has toured many places in the USA with ECSU chamber singers including Puerto Rico. She also has performed in multiple operas scenes and workshops. Moriah has performed multiple recitals usually comprised of musical theater, classical and operatic repertoire.


Rex!Rex Sturdevant  
Percussion,
 Drum Set, Low Brass (Euphonium, Trombone, Tuba), Music Theory & collegiate entrance exam preparation, Music History

Rex is a senior music education student at the University of Connecticut studying percussion with Robert McEwan. He is a member of the UConn Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, and Percussion Ensemble, and has played with Symphonic Band and Collegium Musicum. He has performed as a chamber musician and soloist in master classes with Bent Frequency, Jean-Baptiste LeClère, and Iktus Percussion, and performed at Carnegie Hall as a member of Wind Ensemble in October 2014. As part of the Sackler Prize in Composition, he has played percussion on the world premieres of A Child’s Requiem and Quintet Matinee, which was recorded in Mechanics Hall and released on compact disc through Summit Records.

Rex directed the Woodland Regional High School Percussion Ensemble as a student from 2012 to 2013. The ensemble, which was best known for its interpretation of John Cage’s Credo in US, earned perfect Heritage Festival scores in April 2013, the highest in the district’s history. In 2015, Rex was awarded a UConn IDEA Grant to direct the UConn Percussion Ensemble in a performance of Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians. During the summers, he is a staff member at Laurel Music Camp in Winsted, CT and coordinates staff and camper percussion ensembles.


Sarah Eyre
Co-Op Staff

Sarah Eyre is a working artist who has been teaching for over a decade. She specializes in textile art, fluid painting, and watercolors. She ran a teaching studio in Baltimore before moving to New England, and currently works and teaches out of Springwater Artist Cooperative in Willimantic, CT. She has also created digital courses online at Craftsy.com and is available for private instruction. sarah.eyre@me.com


Teresa Bielecki
Co-Op Staff, Photographer

Teresa is the owner of Teresa’s Touch Photography, located inside Waldron’s Studio 88, and has been active in the music  world for more than 15 years.  She is a staff member at Laurel Music Camp, teaching percussion and performing in a variety of ensembles. While studying at Central Connecticut State University, she developed a passion for American Sign Language and deaf culture and loves to share her knowledge.