Meet the 2014 - 2015 Residence Life Staff
The Residence Hall is staffed by nine full-time student and paraprofessional staff members, Resident Assistants (RAs) and Graduate Assistants (GAs), along with one full-time professional staff member, the Director of Residential Life. Our student staff members work to create a communal environment within the Residence Hall through personal interaction with their peers and by sponsoring creative programs to support the philosophy and objectives of Residence Life at New England Conservatory.
2nd Floor RA
Born and raised in Iowa City, Iowa, Thomas Burrill began playing classical piano at the age of three, and viola at the age of eight. An avid chamber musician, Thomas spent several years studying piano under pianist Awadagin Pratt at the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, as well as with violist William Preucil Sr. in the Iowa City area. At NEC, Thomas elected to focus solely on piano performance under Ms. Wha Kyung Byun. When away from his instrument, Thomas enjoys spending his time outdoors, pursuing activities such as cycling, fishing, swimming, and skiing. Thomas is a sophomore and is looking forward to welcoming the 2nd floor boys.
3rd Floor RA
Nick Myers is originally from Cadillac, Michigan, and graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy in 2012. He is in his third year of study at NEC and studies double bass with the Boston Symphony's Larry Wolfe. When not practicing, Nick enjoys working at the Preparatory School and Institutional Advancement as a way to gain experience in a non-musical setting. His other interests include baseball, traveling, reading, and socializing. As a returning staff member, Nick looks forward to getting to know the residents of the third floor and reinforcing the majestic tradition of the TFBs!
4th Floor & Head RA
Sonny Lalchandani is a senior studying sitar in the Contemporary Improvisation department. Musically, Sonny is influenced by the music of Billie Holiday, Tim Hecker, Dirty Projectors and Indian classical music. He is often found journaling and reading music theory articles. He does not actually play the flute... Currently, he spends most of his time thinking about what to do once he graduates! Sonny is a returning ResLife staff member, and while he has been a 2nd floor veteran, he looks forward to working on the 4th floor this year!
5th Floor RA
Adèle-Marie Buis, originally from Chicago, is in her second year of graduate studies in oboe performance with John Ferrillo and Anne Gabriele. She received her bachelor’s degree from DePaul University. Adèle-Marie enjoys the supportive community of NEC and looks forward to living in the residence hall getting to know her residents. When not at school, Adèle-Marie works at From the Top. She loves practicing yoga and enjoys cheering on her Chicago Cubs and Blackhawks.
6th Floor RA
Maura Shawn Scanlin is beginning her sophomore year at NEC, where she studies violin with Lucy Chapman. Maura grew up in North Carolina and graduated high school from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. In addition to classical studies, Maura is actively involved in learning many styles of music, including traditional folk music. In her spare time, Maura enjoys reading, tea, photography, and the outdoors. She looks forward to sharing with her residents everything she has learned about NEC and Boston so far.
7th Floor RA
Sonnet Swire is a junior studying composition with a concentration in Music Education. When she's not composing, she likes to immerse herself even more into music by practicing theory or reading about a composer. But when she takes a break from being a complete music geek, she enjoys hanging out with friends, laughing, and snuggling with animals. She aspires to ensure that all her 7th floor ladies fall in love with NEC just as she has.
GA for Residential Life
Nataly Wickham is a first year Opera Artist Diploma student studying with Jane Eaglen, previously a Graduate Diploma student at NEC. A native of Seattle, Washington, she recently completed her. She received her Master's degree from the University of Texas in Austin and Bachelor's degree from the University of Washington in Seattle and was an RA for two years, one of which being the RA for the Arts Community. She spent the 2013 and 2014 summers as an Apprentice Artist with Des Moines Metro Opera in Indianola, Iowa. In her spare time, Nataly enjoys cooking, exploring Boston, good Mexican food, and cats. This is Nataly's second year on the Residence Life staff at NEC and she looks forward to returning at the GA for Residential Life!
GA for Wellness
Caroline Scharr, from Falmouth Massachusetts, is finishing the second year of her Master’s Degree studying oboe performance with John Ferrillo. For the past two years Caroline has provided private and group instruction for woodwinds and ukulele at the Falmouth Conservatory instructing students from ages three to adult. As well as her interests in performance and teaching, in 2012 Caroline was a runner up in Miss America’s Miss Boston competition with her platform of pressing the importance of music education within the school systems. In her spare time, Caroline loves walking her dog Moose, practicing yoga and cooking, Ina Garten style. She looks forward to returning to the Residence Life Staff for her 4th year and is excited to plan programs to promote student wellness!
GA for Student Activities
Lihi Haruvi will begin the second year of the Master's Degree Program majoring in Jazz Saxophone Performance, studying with Jerry Bergonzi and Ken Schaphorst. She loves life in Boston and knows it well after completing her Bachelor’s Degree at Berklee College of Music. In her free time she loves to spend time with friends, travel and go on adventures, workout and eat a good hummus. She believes that music is the world’s greatest power for change and excited to become a part of the ResLife team.
Director of Residential Life
Allesandra Cionco, originally from California, graduated from NEC with her Master of Music in Vocal Performance in 2010. During her time as a student at NEC she worked as a student assistant in both Admissions and Student Activities. Throughout her undergraduate degree at San José State University, Allesandra worked as an RA, the Office Manager for Hoover Hall, and as the assistant to the SJSU Housing Community Relations Coordinator, Kevina Brown. This will be Allesandra’s fifth year as the Director of NEC's Residence Life program. Allesandra continues to sing with local company, Boston Opera Collaborative, and as the soprano cantor at Back Bay's St. Cecilia Parish. In her spare time, Allesandra enjoys adventuring in the Boston area with friends and cooking.