Meet the 2016–2017 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 Assistant Dean of Campus 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
Thomas Burrill is starting his fourth year of undergrad studies at NEC, where he studies classical piano performance. Thomas studied under the tutelage of Wha Kyung Byun for several years, and currently studies with Vivian Weilerstein. Thomas was raised in Iowa City, Iowa, where throughout high school, he trained as a competitive swimmer, golfer, and tennis player. In Boston, Thomas enjoys conducting and directing a local church choir when he is not practicing. In his spare time, Thomas enjoys biking, skiing, and teaching. As a returning staff member, Thomas is looking forward to meeting both the new and returning second floor boys in the fall!
3rd Floor RA
Abraham Martin is a violist starting his sophomore year at NEC. He studies with BSO Assistant Principal Viola Cathy Basrak. Abraham was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela and lived in Porto, Portugal for a year. He enjoys reading books, salsa dancing and most importantly, playing his bratsche. This is Abraham's first year as a resident assistant and is excited to welcome all the incoming students to the NEC community!
4th Floor RA
Isaac Roth Blumfield is a sophomore studying composition with John Heiss. His primary teachers have included Kati Agócs, Samuel Adler, and Edie Hill. When not composing, he loves to listen to and discuss contemporary music with anyone who will humor him, sing in the NEC Chamber Singers, and explore the beautiful city of Boston. Originally from Saint Paul, Minnesota, Isaac is a proud Midwesterner and passionate Minnesota Orchestra and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra fanboy. This is his first year on ResLife staff and is looking forward to an exciting year on the fourth floor!
Maura Shawn Scanlin
5th Floor RA
Maura Shawn Scanlin is beginning her senior 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 her classical music studies, Maura plays and studies many other styles of music, including traditional folk music. When not playing music, she enjoys reading, drinking tea, photography, and the outdoors! Maura looks forward to her third year as a part of the Residence Life Staff team!
6th Floor RA
Darynn Dean, originally from Los Angeles, California, is beginning her second year at NEC as a Vocal Performance Major in the Jazz Studies Department. Some of her favorite artists are Betty Carter, Ella Fitzgerald, and Nancy Wilson. When she's not singing you can find her exploring Boston, searching for new restaurants, talking about Social Justice Reform, or laughing hysterically with her friends. She has many passions that shape the artist she is and aspires to be. Each step is a new journey full of self-discovery and growth. She is excited to learn from the wonderful community of musicians NEC is. She looks forward to being the 6th floor RA, but is even more excited to meet the awesome people that will inhabit it!
7th Floor RA
Third year undergraduate Elise Kolle is a harp performance major studying with Jessica Zhou. Elise grew up in the Washington, DC metro area where she was a National Symphony Orchestra Youth Fellow. When not hauling a harp around, Elise can be found running, cooking and reading Vogue. This is Elise’s second year on staff as the 7th floor RA, and she is so excited to spend a great year with the ladies!
GA for Student Activities
Luis Herrera, from Costa Rica, is entering the second year of his Masters at NEC in Percussion Performance. He completed his undergraduate degree in Costa Rica, and while here at NEC, he has been studying with Frank Epstein and Will Hudgins. Luis very much enjoys musical collaboration whether by performing in an orchestra or playing Latin music with friends and colleagues. He also enjoys being outdoors and often can be found playing soccer or running. Luis is very excited to start working as the new Graduate Assistant for Student Activities for the 2016-2017 academic year!
GA for Wellness Programming
Mona Sangesland is in her second year of the Master of Music program at NEC, where she studies flute performance with Paula Robison. In addition to her classical music studies, Mona has an interest in the musical traditions of other cultures, and is currently learning how to play the shakuhachi (a Japanese bamboo flute). A Seattle native and avid lover of nature, Mona's favorite non-musical pastime is hiking! She also enjoys cooking, yoga, and chai tea! Mona is very grateful and excited for the opportunity to encourage health awareness within the NEC community this year.
GA for Residential Life
Micah, originally from Philadelphia, is a second year Masters Bassoonist from the studio of Richard Ranti. Outside of the practice Micah loves swimming, kayaking, reading, and making reeds while marathoning Netflix. Away from NEC you’ll find him at the Y, exploring a new place to eat in Boston, or planning a trip to somewhere he’s never been! Micah has previously spent two years as an RA, before coming to NEC, and is excited to get back to work and welcome everyone to NEC and Boston!
Allesandra Cionco Dahlberg
Assistant Dean of Campus Life
Allesandra will be entering her seventh year overseeing the Residence Life program here at NEC. She looks forward this year to become more involved and in touch with the larger campus by taking on leadership of the Student Activities Center as well. An NEC graduate herself, she has been immersed in the NEC community for almost a decade and knows Boston and this community well. 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 cooking, spending time with friends and family, and finding new areas of Boston that she has yet to explore.