Staff & Faculty
Mr. Jenkins is the Executive Director of Música Franklin. He was previously a full time performing artist, and a manager and Teaching Artist at several educational arts programs in New England. His music has been featured in publications in England, Italy, Germany, Japan, Puerto Rico, and the mainland United States, and he has been conducting and arranging for string ensembles since he was 13 years old. He is also a genealogy researcher and published author with a passion for social justice and community unification.
Development and Communications Manager
Annierose Klingbeil is a violist with a love of chamber music. She is a Suzuki trained violin and viola teacher with Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from UMass Amherst in violin performance and music theory. She also studied piano, viola, chamber music, and music education throughout college. She has a passion for pedagogy, which she has used in her work as an aural skills teacher at UMass Amherst and Amherst College. She is the general manager of two non-profit concert series in MA and CT. She spends her summers in Burlington, VT, where she serves as the concert manager and Suzuki coordinator for the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival.
Spencer Lee, violinist and violist, enjoys a varied and stimulating career as chamber musician, teacher, and arts administrator. Born in Eastern Massachusetts, Spencer has performed in venues such as Symphony Hall, Jordan Hall, and the Massachusetts State House; he also had the privilege of attending Brancaleoni International Music Festival in 2020, where he performed in a masterclass for Julia Glenn. He has also attended Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival for several years as a scholarship student.
Spencer has collaborated with artists such as Nardo Poy, Andrew Megill, and Eric Thomas and is currently a student of Elizabeth Chang at UMass Amherst; he was previously a student of Christopher Memoli.
Ms. Kurland has been playing the violin since the age of five. Classically trained, she has branched out to play folk, jazz, fiddle and klezmer music. She is a member of a band that provides musical performances and workshops in elementary schools and summer camps. She loves watching the joy that music and dancing elicits, and appreciates the friendships and connections that are formed through making music together. She has her BA in Sociology and her MS in Environmental Science. She currently spends much of her time nurturing her three year old daughter and infant son.
AmeriCorps Program Assistant
Joshua Crane is a member of DIAL/SELF Americorps, supporting positive youth development in Western Mass. He loves to sing and play guitar, piano, and tin whistle. He grew up listening to Bob Dylan records, and is inspired by musicians who use music as a means for creating social change. As a singer-songwriter/recording artist, he has self-released many albums of original indie-folk songs, and he currently sings bass with the Eventide Hospice Chorus. Prior to joining Americorps & engaging with the youth at Música Franklin, he spent 10 years working in elder care, where he especially enjoyed being with people living with dementia. Whether for sing-a-longs, or 1:1 visits, he found that familiarizing himself with the Popular Jazz & Showtunes of the early 20th century was not only vital to connecting with the elder community, but also to his own growth as a musician. He feels very honored to now be serving at Música Franklin, assisting such accomplished teachers & inspiring students.
Founding Teaching Artist
Ms. Matlock began her music career at the age of five, when she sang in a family choir directed by her mother and learned to play hand drums. She became the official rhythm keeper of the Robinson Singers and has been singing and drumming ever since. She has led and taught at workshops throughout the United States, including at the United Nations. According to Ms. Matlock, the healing power of the drums and the inspiring melodies of her ancestors’ Spiritual Songs are gifts of history which speak to the soul and should be shared.
Bekka, known to the students as Ms. Bea, teaches violin at Música Franklin. Her music studies included pedagogy, theory, and performance at the University of Rochester and Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. She has a lifetime of experience as a Suzuki student, teacher and parent.
Bekka teaches Suzuki violin in both Southern Vermont and Newton, Massachusetts, is principal first violin of the Keene Chamber Orchestra, and loves to spend time in the woods. Her favorite part of teaching at Música Franklin is working with her esteemed colleague Gloria Matlock to bring the students a joyful musical experience.
Julie Carew is a cellist with a Bachelor’s of Music in Cello Performance from the Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford and a Master’s of Music in Cello Performance specializing in Suzuki Pedagogy from the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver, CO.
While living in Denver, Julie maintained a private studio of nearly 40 students and taught through Denver Talent Education, a Suzuki group program for students in the greater Denver area. She also founded City Strings, a low-cost string program in North Aurora, CO in 2001. Julie was a member of the Denver String Quartet, Centennial Philharmonic Orchestra, and the music director for Destination Freedom: Black Radio Days.
Since returning to New England in 2007, Julie has been teaching private and group classes at her home and has held teaching positions at the Suzuki School of Newton, Community Music Center of Boston, and the Powers Music School.
Julie has been teaching in Greenfield since 2016 and currently directs the Strings for Kids program. Julie is also a member of NERO- the New England Repertory Orchestra
Aidin Martinez is from Puerto Rico and has lived in Massachusetts for 5 years. Her main language is Spanish, but she has learned English and learns something new every day. Ms. Martinez started in a school as a volunteer to work with children. She loves helping children learn something new and continuing to reinforce their skills. She currently volunteers in a program called PEER Ambassador to help families in the community by sharing information about resources they need or that exist in the community. She has known the Música Franklin program for three years and her children belonged to the program. It is a pleasure for her to belong to Música Franklin as part of its faculty.
Ms. Citron, an avid chamber music player, has taught for over 40 years in after-school music programs, community music schools, and a private Suzuki studio. She is past president of the statewide association of MA Suzuki teachers and families. As the founder and Artistic Director of Música Franklin, she is deeply committed to music and social justice. Ms. Citron holds a BM from Brandeis University and a MM in performance from UMass Lowell.