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Suffield Arts Council

Class Instructors

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Fall 2008


AMY CELE has been sharing and teaching music with students of all ages for many years. In 2000 she started Music For Children, providing high quality music education programs to families, schools and daycare centers throughout Northern CT.


Beginning her studies in violin with the Suzuki Method, she later studied Music Therapy at Marywood University.  She has traveled to South Africa, where she lived and worked, assisting youth, and children at need, through music and the Arts. She believes in music’s ability to bring together people from diverse backgrounds and that music provides a strong framework in which children can be nurtured and grow!



CHRISTINE HOFFACKER has an Associates degree in piano performance from the Royal Conservatory of Toronto, Licentiate degree from the Royal Schools of Music, London England and a Bachelor degree of Music in piano performance  from the Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford.  She is presently working on a Masters degree.


Hoffacker teaches Music Technology, directs the Vocal Ensembles and Brass Ensemble at Suffield High School.  She is on the Board of Examiners of the Royal Conservatory of Music, Canada and the USA. Hoffacker is a member of MTNA, MENC, ACDA and the Rotary Club of Suffield.



KAITLYN KING has played flute for ten years within classical and jazz environments.  While a student at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts from 2003 – 2007, she studied an intense program of solo and ensemble repertoire, music theory, history, and composition.  King has performed alongside a variety of musicians during numerous recitals and local performances.  "One cannot count the reasons as to why someone should study music.  Music is a universal language, shared by all cultures around the world.  It opens one's eyes to creativity and discipline, and can strongly come to aid in other aspects of life and growth." 


King began college at Montclair State University, NJ for music therapy, and although she has decided to pursue another path, she still wishes to pass on the beauty and creativity of music to others as she has found within her own musical experience.



LYNDA MONTEFUSCO, fine artist and owner of ‘A Stroke of Color’ Art Studio, provides wonderful artistic instruction to people of all ages.  Lynda’s artistic expertise consists of a number of art mediums, including oils, acrylics, colored pencils and pen& inks.   


Holding a teaching degree in Decorative Fine Arts from the University of Hartford, she has been putting this to good use in teaching fine arts for 25 years.  She travels throughout the US and Canada for art, teaching specialty seminars in a number of states and attending classes regularly in which she is building a certification program towards her Masters program. 



RAY PIOGGIA with 30 years experience as a Professional Artist / Journalist and Commercial Photographer is very passionate about his art and his community.   Pioggia is very knowledgeable about the presentation of photographs.  He sees the whole picture and knows what it takes to present works of art so they are fully appreciated.



DANE SCOZZARI is a Suffield Resident who graduated from Suffield High School in 2006. Scozzari began drumming at the age of ten and has since studied with such professionals as Michael Savage, Tony Leone and Eric McPherson. While attending Suffield High School, he was an active member of the Suffield High School Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble, Camerata and Select Chamber Choir. Scozzari also landed several leading roles in Suffield High School’s productions of Anything Goes, Oklahoma! and Man of La Mancha.


From 2002-2007 he was a member of the Springfield Symphony Youth Orchestra and in 2006 won the SSYO Outstanding Youth Leadership Award. In 2006, he was awarded the Outstanding Arts Award by the Connecticut Association Of Schools. He currently studies jazz at the Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz at the Hartt School of Music.


Dane is very excited to be teaching at the brand new Suffield Arts Center. He has a very strong passion for music and truly believes in the potential of young people. With the Suffield Arts Center, he hopes to increase students’ understanding of America’s music and inspire youths of this community to pursue careers in the performing arts. 



PEGGY SULLIVAN is a member of the National Society of Decorative Painters and the Pioneer Valley Decorative Painters of Massachusetts (PVDP).  She began painting in 1985 and shortly started teaching in 1988.  She has taught at Crafts for Busy Fingers in Springfield, Judy’s Crafts Shop in Feeding Hills, Municipal Hospital in Springfield and is currently teaching out of her home studio and the Grange in Feeding Hills with occasional courses at the local chapter of PVDP. 


She has learned many different painting methods through taking workshops and courses of her own.  Her mediums are acrylic, watercolor, colored pencil, fabric paints and other forms of decorative art.  Her other creative talents include crocheting, knitting, quilling and macramé. 

Peggy believes decorative art can be taught to an individual regardless of his or her ability, that one does not need experience in drawing or painting.  She always appreciates and looks forward to an opportunity to share her decorative painting expertise.


JOYCE ZIEN, Suffield resident, has been teaching Art in Connecticut schools for 30+ years; most recently at Windsor High School.  She has years of experience teaching portfolio prep and advanced placement art.  Her students’ portfolios have been accepted at Pratt Institute, RISD, Maryland College of Art, Savannah College of Art, RIT, Mass Art, Maine College of Art, UCONN, and others.  Her Advanced Placement students’ portfolios consistently scored 4’s and 5’s-- 5 being the highest achievable score.  She is looking forward to serving young artists as they work toward their goal of college acceptance.